A YouTube Channel I watch regularly. This is a good example of one of his typical videos. He is German, speaking in English, and it is a bit slow moving at times. I usually speed it up to 1.25 X normal speed. This is an excellent example of his methodical troubleshooting techniques to narrow down the problem – even on a modern type radio. No real special equipment used in this video. A multimeter is the main tool, but a signal generator is used, and a scope briefly, but really not necessary.
On Saturday May 12, the XARC hosted their annual spring fox hunt in Webster and Penfield NY. The hunt began at the Holt Road Wegmans, with three foxes being hidden. While it was pouring early that day, mother nature coooperated and the weather broke and we had a rain free hunt. We had a fantastic turn out with 7 teams participating in the hunt!
Fox 1 (at .5 watts) was in Milton Case Park, in the village of Webster, which is a small and not easy to find park that takes up a small plot of real estate.
Fox 2 (at 6 watts) was hidden in the 1000 Acre Swap Preserve near the Penfield Ambulance Base. Due to the power of this fox, and the locations close proximity to Harris Whalen Park, many hunters spent some time in the Harris park before finding Fox 2 at the Swamp location.
Fox 3 (at .5 watts) was hidden in Rothfuss Park in Penfield.
After the final fox was found team members met at Hooligans East Side grill to enjoy some lunch and review the day.
Rookie Team honors went to the all rookie teams of:
Luke Hawley – KD2OJV and Paul Adamides KD2PII
Joe Merolillo – K2ZX, Mike Happell – W3MJH, Larry Brightenfield – W2LB, and Doug Bower – W2GT
Long Distance went to:
Bill Ackroyd WA2UFQ and his wife all the way up from Dryden, NY
First place went to:
John Dickason – N2JAC, Bob Karz, – K2OID, and Rookie Paw Welch – KD2PER
Secend went to Brian Donovan – K2AS, and Rookie Austin Chudyk -KD2OYZ
Third went to:
Rich Hull – K2RAH, and Fred Donahue – W3MUD
A special thanks goes to co-huntmasters K2WEK – Bill Kurrasch and KC2GTO – Paul Kurrasch for their hard work in getting the event setup and run.
Also, thanks to Joe Merolillo – K2ZX and the ROC City net guys for promoting the hunt on the 2 and 80 meter Sunday night and Wednesday night Roc City Net.
The next hunt will be hosted by the XARC in October of 2018. The the winners – Bob K., Jon D., and Pat W. get to organize and execute what will surely be an exciting event.
Another option for Fusion will be available soon. The FTM-7250 looks like the single band FTM-3200 (2m) and FTM-3207 (70cm), but will operate both bands. It is still waiting FCC acceptance, but expect it to run somewhere between $220 and $250. The FTM-100 is $308 right now and has APRS capability.
This is a Map of System Fusion repeaters I copied from repeaterbook.com. It gives an idea of density and locations of System Fusion activity in the US. In some places, like Phiily/NJ area, too many to individually show at this zoom level, so it just looks blurry blue. Click on the Map for a larger version.
A couple of emails sent to out club email list sent in the last two days have still not been delivered. Search of the internet finds others are saying the same thing. We had long delays last week but it definitely seems down. No status from Yahoo.