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Easy Rotor Control Kit #automation

Dennis - WU6X
 

I just finished building, testing, calibrating and installing the ERC Easy Rotor Control Kit sold through Vibroplex. This kit is engineered in Germany, so you can imagine the precise construction ... the instruction manual wasn't too bad either, and the software works well. Once calibrated, the software presents a compass on your computer where you can manually or automatically control the rotor, with available presets for "park" and favorite positions. An intermediate-level build, it was great fun to put it together and it works as advertised. Pictures at in the PHOTOS area: https://w6ek.groups.io/g/sfarc/album?id=71274
Dennis, WU6X


Re: Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

Hello, Mike!

I'd be happy to help out if I could do so without missing church.  Are there shifts available that would be over by 9am or start after 1:30pm?

73,
Nathan Chilton, K6NDC


Re: Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Jeff - KM6RGO
 

I am available and interested.  Sign me up please.  

Jeff Morgan, KM6RGO


On Sep 7, 2018, at 10:59, Michael Perry <mrprry2@...> wrote:

Hello All,

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Cycle for Life bicycle event is one month away! (Sunday, October 7)

The SFARC has provided communications support for this event for many years. While we have enough volunteers to staff all positions, I wanted to put out another call for volunteers, specifically those new to the Club or to ham radio.

This is a great event to work 2m in field conditions, with fellow Club members. It will take only a few hours of your day, and the weather hopefully will be great. Net Control is in Loomis, with field positions in Newcastle, Lincoln, etc.

If you're interested in participating, send me a reply, and I'll team you up with a someone on a position.

73

Mike Perry KK6GLP
SFARC Community Events Coordinator


Re: Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Michael - N6MRP
 

Jon,

Sounds good! I'll put you both on one of the Rest Stops. Will send out assignments shortly.

73

Mike KK6GLP



On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 7:04 PM Jon KF6LMD <jonpthomasson@...> wrote:
Hi Mike,

My daughter Talia (KM6UMY) and myself (KF6LMD) would like to help out at the event. We are both brand new to ham radio and the club. In fact we made our first contact at the elmer net this last week. This would be a great opportunity to get to help a good cause and get into the hobby a little more.

73

Jon Thomasson KF6LMD


Re: Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Jon KF6LMD
 

Hi Mike,

My daughter Talia (KM6UMY) and myself (KF6LMD) would like to help out at the event. We are both brand new to ham radio and the club. In fact we made our first contact at the elmer net this last week. This would be a great opportunity to get to help a good cause and get into the hobby a little more.

73

Jon Thomasson KF6LMD


Re: Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Dennis - WU6X
 

Sorry I won't be able to make it this year ... I'll be away camping.

73,
Dennis, WU6X


From: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io> on behalf of Michael Perry <mrprry2@...>
Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 10:59 AM
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: [W6EK Groups.io] Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7
 
Hello All,

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Cycle for Life bicycle event is one month away! (Sunday, October 7)

The SFARC has provided communications support for this event for many years. While we have enough volunteers to staff all positions, I wanted to put out another call for volunteers, specifically those new to the Club or to ham radio.

This is a great event to work 2m in field conditions, with fellow Club members. It will take only a few hours of your day, and the weather hopefully will be great. Net Control is in Loomis, with field positions in Newcastle, Lincoln, etc.

If you're interested in participating, send me a reply, and I'll team you up with a someone on a position.

73

Mike Perry KK6GLP
SFARC Community Events Coordinator

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Dennis - WU6X


Club Volunteer Event - CFF Cycle for Life - Sunday, October 7 #volunteer

Michael - N6MRP
 

Hello All,

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Cycle for Life bicycle event is one month away! (Sunday, October 7)

The SFARC has provided communications support for this event for many years. While we have enough volunteers to staff all positions, I wanted to put out another call for volunteers, specifically those new to the Club or to ham radio.

This is a great event to work 2m in field conditions, with fellow Club members. It will take only a few hours of your day, and the weather hopefully will be great. Net Control is in Loomis, with field positions in Newcastle, Lincoln, etc.

If you're interested in participating, send me a reply, and I'll team you up with a someone on a position.

73

Mike Perry KK6GLP
SFARC Community Events Coordinator


SFARC Net - Thu, 9/6/18 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 

Reminder:
SFARC Net

When:
Thursday, 6 September 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
W6EK Repeater - 145.430 -600, PL162.2

Description:
Check-in for Club updates from Officers and members, QSTs and more. Everyone is welcome!

View Event.


Elmer Net - Wed, 9/5/18 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 

Reminder:
Elmer Net

When:
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
W6EK Repeater - 145.430 -600, PL162.2

Description:

This is our every other weekly net devoted to answering questions, providing answers and scheduling help for all Hams. No question is "stupid". We encourage everyone to ask away so we can all learn and grow more knowledgeably together. Web address: http://w6ek.org/nets.html

View Event.


Re: Kenwood TH-D74 and WinLink #elmer

Greg D
 

Hi Carl,

Ok, very good.  One thing to remind folks of is to have the latest software on the D74.  I'm on v1.08 now, but the unit came with 1.05 or thereabouts.  I think there was a fix in there somewhere that helped.

Greg  KO6TH


Carl - N6CKV wrote:

Greg

I have had WinLink Express working on HF for about 2 years, I just got a D74 and just got WinLink Packet working with it, Just offering help to those with a D74 in setting it up for WinLink
carl
N6CKV


Re: Kenwood TH-D74 and WinLink #elmer

Carl - N6CKV
 

Greg

I have had WinLink Express working on HF for about 2 years, I just got a D74 and just got WinLink Packet working with it, Just offering help to those with a D74 in setting it up for WinLink
carl
N6CKV


Re: Echolink Issues

Alan Thompson - W6LAN <alanrthompson@...>
 

Thanks, Birton, much appreciated.

And much good on you for all the work to maintain the Repeaters. I know everyone appreciates it very much.

Best Regards, Alan 


Re: Echolink Issues

Peter - WB6POT
 

Hi Birton,

Thanks for the Echolink information.  I was wondering IF the Echolink announcement was turned off, would that allow links during an ongoing QSO?  Other repeaters I have linked to, I have always gotten on during an ongoing QSO.  In fact, two nets ago (on W6EK) I was a bit late and didn't think I stood a chance to get on, but was successful.  When Echolink connected, someone was in the middle of a sentence.  I just assumed someone had fixed that issue with W6EK/Echolink config.

And I'm also assuming the configuration is set up so it will display the first person logged on (ie. "W6EK-R In Conference W6LAN [2/11]") with the # representing number of Echolink users plus computer.  This is different than what I see on other Echolink systems.  I normally don't see someones callsign added in the string, just "W6EK-R In Conference [2/11]", or something similar.

I'll try to play around with a few other repeaters and see if I notice differences in operation.

Thanks,
Peter - WB6POT

On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 8:59 AM Birton R. Gilbert <n6ug@...> wrote:
Couple of comments to sort this out,

1. If the Echolink computer is not connected to the 2m radios, at the repeater, you can sill connect to Echolink and the only people that will hear each other are the Echolink users. That was the cause of one of your situations. Occasionally, when we are debugging repeater issues, we disconnect but normally Echolink is always connected.

2. If the repeater is being used, Echolink will not allow you to connect because the Echolink announcement interrupts the current users. If you try to connect when the repeater is not busy or at a magical moment between key up, you will get connected.

3. There are 10 + 1 (the computer) simultaneous connections allowed at one time. So, up to, 10 people can connect to Echolink at one time and join the 2m repeater.

Regards,
Birton, N6UG


Re: Echolink Issues

Birton - N6UG
 

Couple of comments to sort this out,

1. If the Echolink computer is not connected to the 2m radios, at the repeater, you can sill connect to Echolink and the only people that will hear each other are the Echolink users. That was the cause of one of your situations. Occasionally, when we are debugging repeater issues, we disconnect but normally Echolink is always connected.

2. If the repeater is being used, Echolink will not allow you to connect because the Echolink announcement interrupts the current users. If you try to connect when the repeater is not busy or at a magical moment between key up, you will get connected.

3. There are 10 + 1 (the computer) simultaneous connections allowed at one time. So, up to, 10 people can connect to Echolink at one time and join the 2m repeater.

Regards,
Birton, N6UG


Re: Echolink Issues

Alan Thompson - W6LAN <alanrthompson@...>
 
Edited

Hi Peter,

Yes, I was logged in to Echolink for about an hour this morning. Was able to talk to Bob through the Echolink connection so it's working, at least for that today.

Left Echolink logged in while I worked around the house this morning, monitoring my radio while you guys were discussing D-Star and DMR.

Maybe we can only log on (connect) to Echolink when no one is actively transmitting on the Repeater? Does the [2/11] and [3/11] refer to the current number of connections [in this case, 2 or 3, with one of them being the Repeater] and the maximum number of Echolink connections [11]  allowed by the Repeater? New to all this.

Just disconnected from Echolink, and heard a confirmation through my radio, "Disconnected."

Best Regards,

- Alan


Re: Echolink Issues

Peter - WB6POT
 

Hi Alan,

I think others confirmed we were never interfering with the net.  It was as though Echolink wasn't linked properly to the repeater that night.

I just launched Echolink on my desktop and see "W6EK-R In Conference W6LAN [2/11]".  Our repeater is the only one on Echolink I ever see a message like this, and in the past when I have seen it, something is not right.  When I first saw that this morning, I tried to log on but got a "busy" message.  Then I thought maybe you were in a qso on the repeater.  Waited a few minutes and tried again and got on.  I waited 15 seconds or so and then ID'ed.... nothing.  Something seems 'stuck' on the display side.  In fact, I just relogged into the repeater and had a nice qso with K6UDA.  Everything worked fine.  The displayed message on my screen still says "W6EK-R In Conference W6LAN [2/11]".  Although it sometimes says [3/11] instead of [2/11].

Hopefully someone with more Echolink knowledge than me can shed some light on this.

Peter - WB6POT

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:27 PM Alan Thompson - W6LAN <alanrthompson@...> wrote:
Hello Peter,

Thanks for that. We did have a nice QSO all on our own :) One concern we shared is whether we were interfering with the rest of the group since we could not hear anything other than our own convo.

Hopefully, the issue can be solved. I'm travelling a lot on business lately, and often out of radio range of the repeater. Hate to miss a net if I can check in one way or another.


Re: Echolink Issues

Alan Thompson - W6LAN <alanrthompson@...>
 

Hello Peter,

Thanks for that. We did have a nice QSO all on our own :) One concern we shared is whether we were interfering with the rest of the group since we could not hear anything other than our own convo.

Hopefully, the issue can be solved. I'm travelling a lot on business lately, and often out of radio range of the repeater. Hate to miss a net if I can check in one way or another.


Re: Kenwood TH-D74 and WinLink #elmer

Greg D
 

Hi Bruce,

There were some software updates related to templates a few months ago, but after a flurry of messages about it, all seems quiet now.  There's an update button, and it may need Internet access to work. 

When did it break (or did it never work)?

Greg  KO6TH


Bruce Anderson wrote:

Carl, Greg,


I've had my WinLink successfully working for the last couple of months. Only issue is under templates.  When I click on the forms, ie ICS, radiogram, etc there is nothing, no form. What am I missing here?


Bruce-K6BAA


On 9/2/2018 5:16 PM, Greg D wrote:
Hi Carl,

Not an expert here, but I did get it working.  You'll need a Winlink account (www.winlink.org), and the Winlink Express software (I'm assuming a Windows-based PC or laptop of some sort).

Setup is pretty simple.  Have you used Winlink before?

Greg  KO6TH


Carl - N6CKV wrote:
I have got my Kenwood TH-D74 working with WinLink over a Bluetooth connection between the computer and D74.  If any of the D74 users would like help setting up WinLink please contact me

carl
N6CKV@...




Re: Echolink Issues

Peter - WB6POT
 

Hi Alan,

I was part of that group of 4 a few weeks ago.  I believe this is something on the repeater side.  I have noticed over the months a lot of odd behavior with Echolink, such as what you described with the 4 of us.  I was always told that if someone is using the repeater and you try to connect via Echolink, you will get a busy message and connection refused.  Normally on other repeaters I have connected to via Echolink in the south bay, I can connect during a qso.  About two weeks ago I connected to W6EK right in the middle of a qso.  I assumed then that someone had figured out a solution to the problem, but unfortunately during last weeks net my connection was refused again.

I'm not sure what type of internet connection we have, if there is a large latency, could that contribute to these problems?

I'm experiencing (inconsistantly) the same problems you are having with Echolink and the W6EK repeater.

Peter - WB6POT

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 5:28 PM W6LAN <W6LAN@...> wrote:
Hello all, 

The last two times I tried logging into the net using Echolink didn't work. The first tome, there were four of us on there, and we could hear each other, but apparently no one on the repeater could hear us nor we them. The second time I tried to.log on (last wee), the connection was refused.

Is there something I need to explore on my side, or is there an issue with Echolink?
--
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Best Regards,

Alan Thompson - W6LAN
S
enior Technician
El Dorado Networks


Re: Kenwood TH-D74 and WinLink #elmer

Bruce Anderson
 

Carl, Greg,


I've had my WinLink successfully working for the last couple of months. Only issue is under templates.  When I click on the forms, ie ICS, radiogram, etc there is nothing, no form. What am I missing here?


Bruce-K6BAA


On 9/2/2018 5:16 PM, Greg D wrote:
Hi Carl,

Not an expert here, but I did get it working.  You'll need a Winlink account (www.winlink.org), and the Winlink Express software (I'm assuming a Windows-based PC or laptop of some sort).

Setup is pretty simple.  Have you used Winlink before?

Greg  KO6TH


Carl - N6CKV wrote:
I have got my Kenwood TH-D74 working with WinLink over a Bluetooth connection between the computer and D74.  If any of the D74 users would like help setting up WinLink please contact me

carl
N6CKV@...