Harry W2HRY and myself replaced our 2 meter DR1X repeater with a new DR2X model. All went well and settings are the same for the moment. We will likely move from a CTCSS Tone Squelch to a DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) system in a couple of months.
DCS is a newer and better system from a performance standpoint. It will hopefully eliminate squelch hang and noise.
Please join us for a fun morning of direction finding with your HT radio! You will learn the tips and tricks on how to find a hidden transmitter in the great outdoors! Please bring your friends and kids. Not everyone needs a radio – once you get close, they can help search visually. Everyone is welcome, and an amateur license is not required. Please RSVP with your call sign and cell phone number to the hunt-masters below so that we can update you in case there is a last minute change. We will meet for lunch following the hunt.
When: Saturday May 14, 2016
Hunt Begins: 9:30
Where: o Webster Town Recreation Center o Chiyoda Drive, Webster, NY 14580
Talk in channel: 145.29 XARC Repeater (110.9PL)
RSVP with Hunt-masters: Bill Kurrasch, K2WEK, email@example.com, 585.303.7878
Paul Kurrasch, KC2GTO, firstname.lastname@example.org, 585.645.2138
We attempted a Fusion net tonight on the W2XRX repeater, but someone had a stuck mic about 4 minutes before the net started. The repeater timed out, and I’m guessing the signal was on the input for some time, because the repeater would not transmit again for about 40 minutes.
So we had to postpone, but will try again tomorrow (Wednesday Sept 23rd at 8:30PM).
The September meeting of the XARC will be a tour of the Antique Wireless Association museum in Bloomfield, NY. The tour is scheduled for September 10 at 7:00PM. We will be meeting at Cheap Charlie’s at 6:00PM for food if interested. Friends and significant others are invited. A map to the AWA is included in their Website under “About Us / Location and Campus Details“.
A few years back I had kept seeing ads for Anderson Power Poles, and it seemed like I was missing the boat on these new connectors, which offered up to 30 amps in a handy configuration that offered some standardization in DC power connectors. So thinking I was missing out on a new standard, I ordered some and began slowly converting some of my connectors. I can’t say I saw anything special about them, and wondered if there was any advantage in them other than standardization. But I never did any testing, or stressing of them.
I was watching HamNation Episode 203 on YouTube last week, and Gordon West WB6NOA was doing a review of Field Day and had unfavorable things to say about problems they had with Power poles. Connectors breaking, voltage drops – he said despite their rating, they shouldn’t be used at anything more than 10 amps.
This months XARC General Meeting agenda is to organize and prepare for the upcoming ARRL Field Day. Bob Karz will be statusing the equipment list and responsibilities. We will be setting up at the Nazareth College, Pittsford, NY site again this year. The club would like to take advantage of several point scoring opportunities this year including: Satellite QSO’s, W1AW message copying, GOTA and Youth stations. For those that can not make operating times, set-up and tear-down help is also needed. Details will be worked at the General Meeting. Please join us at both the June General Meeting as well as Field Day.