The January 2015 Board of Directors meeting minutes have been posted to the “Members Area / Meeting Minutes” page.
I bought this Hammarlund HQ-145-X on eBay. I paid a little more than I planned, but I got tired of losing auctions. Got it Monday, and there is little cosmetic damage. Dirt, on the other hand, is a different story. The cover is well ventilated with thousands of holes, and 50+ years of dust build-up was on the top of the chassis. The underneath side was clean. It did work – I heard signals with just a wire off the back of the radio. Audio gain pot was noisy, some controls not real smooth.
My first professionally printed QSL card since 1973, 3 addresses ago, when I was 17 and living with my parents.
Lying in bed last night, I thought it would be neat if there was a tool that did this. And of course, there already is.
Here is an elevation profile from my house to the new repeater site. This is at ground level,
Here is the URL to do your own location.
Despite some rain and wind, Mike Rink W2HYP, Jim Stefano W2COP, and I managed to get our antenna mounted about 45 ft up the tower, and get the repeater on the air.
As you might have heard, we have made a decision to buy as Yaesu DR1X repeater than operates supports the Yaesu digital mode called, System Fusion.
Obviously many things have to happen before we’ll see that on the air, but in the mean-time, here are some links (some of this is obviously Yaesu marketing driven):
We attempted a work party at the new repeater site, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Foggy up on that hill, colder too. We did manage to get some things done, and we have a plan to do some more work after Christmas. Here are a couple photos –
L to R – AA2RS, W2COP, AE2EA, K2AS, K2RAH, W3MUD. W2HYP photographer
L to R – W2COP, AA2RS, W2HYP, K2AS, K2RAH, AE2EA photographer W3MUD
Over the years, the XARC has been known for several things: Foxhunts, Field Day, our club station, and our repeater, among others. The repeater, actually three repeaters , were located in the premier location in the city of Rochester. The Xerox Tower, the tallest building in the city. There were other commercial repeaters located there, but the XARC repeaters were the only amateur radio repeaters at that site.
It started in 1981, with help from member Dan Thomas KJ2E, when we got approval to locate a repeater in the building. We partnered with Paul DiLorenzo, WB2IMT to place a 220 Mhz repeater at the site. Sometime in the mid-80’s, a 440 Mhz repeater was added. Pete Secrist, WB2SUN was our repeater trustee at that time.
In the late 80’s, a fairly recent ham, John Wright, KE2MK who had interest in building controllers, proposed adding a 2 meter repeater to the mix. It was at first located in Webster, NY at the Xerox facility there, but was eventually moved downtown.
A new controller in the mid-90’s allowed the three to be linked together, and the two meter machine had excellent coverage and experienced heavy usage for many years.
By 2010, corporate support for employee clubs disappeared at Xerox. We lost our club station, the club languished a bit, and repeater usage dwindled. In 2013, the Xerox Tower was sold to a real estate company. Xerox still leased most of the facility, but the roof of the building was no longer controlled by Xerox. We received word in early 2014 that the locations of our repeater antennas were income generating space, and that they would be available only with a lease agreement. Since the monthly cost would be higher than our yearly budget, there was no way we could afford to stay. We would be allowed to stay rent free until upgrades were in place at the site and a paying customer was located.
Also in mid-2014, there was renewed interest in re-activating the club. We investigated alternate repeater locations, and found something south of the city. While plans were being worked out, a mysterious signal started to interfere with the 2 meter repeater, intermittently. The 220 and 440 machines were shut off. With an eviction notice not far off, we decided it wasn’t worth a huge effort to investigate the source of the interference. Then it began to get worse. We had some delays to getting an antenna installed at the new site, so some decisions had to be made.
With the ongoing interference issue getting worse, the repeater essentially unusable most days, we either had to shut it off, or move it. So we are planning to remove it from the Xerox Tower in the near future, and hopefully get the 2 meter installed and running at the new location. It may not have a permanent antenna at first, but something at least usable.
When complete, we hope to have something at an excellent elevation, though at 25+ miles south of the city. HT coverage will likely suffer in the city and north, but we hope mobile and base access will be very good throughout the Rochester area, with increased coverage south.
With any luck we will continue to have use of the 145.29 repeater for many years to come.
After missing this years Field Day to go to my son’s graduation from the Police Academy, I was looking forward to next years FD. Then I got an email from one of my wife’s Aunts. Her daughter, who we are Godparents of, is getting married June 27, 2015! In Colorado.
Looks like I’ll have to wait for the 2016 FD.