I hope people got a chance to work some DX this weekend. 20 Meters was wide open all night Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I actually heard more DX stations than US. Several Australia and New Zealand stations were heard at S7-8 at my QTH. Dozens of Russian calls were heard at 59+. Hopefully these conditions will persist for the near future.
Here is a PDF of Fred’s slides from the April 9 XARC Meeting.
I found this online. Very informative.
Not sure if anyone else has had a digital QSO yet on the repeater, but Steve KA1CNF, Tom KC2TCK, and myself had a digital QSO on the repeater earlier today. Steve was going back and forth between his truck and his shack, and had some issues hearing the repeater from his truck, but he was loud and clear on my rig, as was Tom who was mobile on 590. It was like they were sitting right next to me.
My first listen to digital, and I was impressed.
Maybe we can get a quick demo in Thursday night.
I went back down this afternoon and finished installing the System Fusion repeater. Assuming I set everything up correctly, in order to use the repeater in FM mode, you’ll need 110.9Hz encode AND decode. The reasoning behind this – if two people are having a QSO in digital mode, no PL tone is transmitted and FM users will not hear the digital signal.
Well, the new repeater was almost up and running tonight.
- What is fox hunting
- Types of hunts
- Rules, procedures, scoring
- Equipment (receivers, antennas, attenuators)
- Techniques (body fade, tune off frequency, maps/triangulation)
- Foxes (building, using)
- Advanced hunting equipment
- Hunting hints
- Demonstrations; and of course – story telling!
Thanks to Mike W2HYP and Fred WO2P, the new repeater is close to being ready for installation. Mike donated this Motorola cabinet, and Fred made some modifications to allow our repeater to fit.
The cabinet is nice because it is fully enclosed, but it is very shallow. The repeater depth was quite a bit deeper, so Fred reversed the orientation of the brackets to give us an additional inch and a half, then cut an opening in the rear cover of the cabinet to allow the repeater to protrude out the back. Since the repeater is fully enclosed, it should be fine.
He also fabricated a shelf for the repeater, as Yaesu recommends a shelf to help support the weight. Additionally, he made plates with threaded holes to captures the bolts to hold the repeater. So it looks like a solid installation that should last for years and handle future expansion if required.
90% of the ventilation holes in the repeater chassis are outside of the cabinet, so cooling shouldn’t be an issue.
Jon Dickason will make a presentation/discuss how the local ARES/RACES organization provides communications for public service events, exercises and local disasters, how we use APRS to do real time tactical mapping for these events, and how we create our own wireless Intranet using easily modified consumer wifi routers. RACES also regularly practices with Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, ARMY, border patrol, etc., and local law enforcement.
Please join us for this presentation as well as our regular General Meeting agenda items.
~ Rich Hull, K2RAH
I’ve had a personal weather station running at my QTH for about 6 years. For the last 5 or so it has been feeding the data to a Linux PC running various version of Ubuntu, and using a software package “Wview” to process the information. It created HTML pages, FTP’ed the files to my website, submitted data to the CWOP “Citizen Weather Observer Program”, and also submitted info the Weather Underground. A few of years ago I added a webcam to the system.
RARA (Rochester Amateur Radio Association) will be holding amateur license classes this spring – from WB2SXY:
Classes for Tech, General and Extra will start 10 Mar 2015 at
RIT, Jefferson Road, Henrietta.
Classes will run for 10 weeks, ending 12 May 2015.
Exams for all licensees will be held also at RIT
on 21 Feb 2015, 21 Mar 2015, 18 Apr 2015 in the mornings.
see rochesterham.org for details.