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Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Brian - AI6US
 

I understand that the team didn't deploy. 

Best Regards! 
Brian Gohl - AI6US 
(916) 770-7751 cell

-------- Original message --------
From: Greg D <ko6th.greg@...>
Date: 9/8/19 2:00 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Skip - K6DGW <k6dgw@...>, sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] Backup hurricane communications plan

Yes, I noticed that too and mentioned it to him.  SSTV has been kind
quiet with the lack of propagation, but I took a listen yesterday and it
was definitely active.  Even hear some off in the distance now, too.
Hopefully they won't have a conflict.

Greg  KO6TH


Skip - K6DGW wrote:
> Hmmm ... secondary 20 is the WW SSTV frequency whose regular inhabitants are not known for a welcoming approach to other modes.





--
Brian- AI6US


Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Greg - KO6TH
 

Yes, I noticed that too and mentioned it to him. SSTV has been kind
quiet with the lack of propagation, but I took a listen yesterday and it
was definitely active. Even hear some off in the distance now, too.
Hopefully they won't have a conflict.

Greg KO6TH


Skip - K6DGW wrote:

Hmmm ... secondary 20 is the WW SSTV frequency whose regular inhabitants are not known for a welcoming approach to other modes.


Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Skip - K6DGW <k6dgw@...>
 

Hmmm ... secondary 20 is the WW SSTV frequency whose regular inhabitants are not known for a welcoming approach to other modes.


Kenwood V71 / D710 microphone extender cable

Jef - N5JEF
 

This is the properly shielded cable for extending the microphone from the radio base of a Kenwood TM-V71A or D710[G]A.  It solves the problem of a ticking sound sound in the transmitted audio that you may (or may not) experience if you try to extend your microphone cable with a simple Cat-5 or Cat-6 cable.

The ticking comes from the Kenwood microphone's keypad matrix clock.  Rather than choose a wiring scheme that would have allowed use of standard twisted-pair shielded cable, the Kenwood engineers wired the connections such that the clock signal is paired and twisted with the microphone audio--thus the noise induction.

I've also seen particular Kenwood microphones that exacerbate the problem, maybe a higher current clock signal...

Note that Kenwood does not list this this cable separately.  It is included as part of a more comprehensive extender kit that has more than what you might want and costs more than you might want to pay.

Here's the properly shielded microphone extender cable, 4 meters long, as a stand-alone item.  [You might also need a simple RJ-45 to RJ-45 coupler that you can pick up at Home Depot or the like.]

Kenwood 880H07-4306-92

$31.17  

Modular Cable 4 Meter

WARRANTY: 90 Day Warranty

ASSOCIATED MODEL(S)
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Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Greg - KO6TH
 

Clarification from Phil:

I am currently in FL and will deploy in the morning to Treasure Caye and Nassau island to set up two HF stations with one other operator. 

Anyone able to monitor and relay missed traffic will be appreciated.

Greg  KO6TH


Greg D via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi folks,

Phil, AA5EX (brother of club member Chip) will be deploying to Florida
to help with the hurricane communications, and has asked me to forward
the following information to the club. 

If you have the equipment, he would appreciate having some ears open out
here on the West Coast as a deep backup for the Hurricane net, in case
propagation prevents the primary stations closer in from receiving their
transmissions.  Note that the primary frequencies are both within the
current Amateur Extra license class.

The communications plan will be as follows:

Top of the hour:  20 meters
  Primary 14.165 (Extra license),  Secondary 14.230 (General license)

Bottom of the hour:  40 meters
  Primary 7.165 (Advanced/Extra license), Secondary 7.230 (General license)

Phil's email is copied, above, if you have any questions.

Hoping everyone back there remains safe. 

Greg  KO6TH








Backup hurricane communications plan

Greg - KO6TH
 

Hi folks,

Phil, AA5EX (brother of club member Chip) will be deploying to Florida
to help with the hurricane communications, and has asked me to forward
the following information to the club.

If you have the equipment, he would appreciate having some ears open out
here on the West Coast as a deep backup for the Hurricane net, in case
propagation prevents the primary stations closer in from receiving their
transmissions. Note that the primary frequencies are both within the
current Amateur Extra license class.

The communications plan will be as follows:

Top of the hour: 20 meters
Primary 14.165 (Extra license), Secondary 14.230 (General license)

Bottom of the hour: 40 meters
Primary 7.165 (Advanced/Extra license), Secondary 7.230 (General license)

Phil's email is copied, above, if you have any questions.

Hoping everyone back there remains safe.

Greg KO6TH


Re: You are Cordially Invited to Join the SFARC Repeater Committee

Jef - N5JEF
 

Orion -

In preparation for this meeting and to avoid unnecessary questions and delays during the meeting, could you ask someone to summarize the existing architecture and components of the current repeater system?  What type of receivers/transmitters, controllers, duplexers or other RF filters, preamps, and antennas/combiners/isolators?  And Echolink, Internet, and phone patch. And power supplies and backup batteries.

- Jef

On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 6:22 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Good Evening Everyone,

You are all cordially invited to join the SFARC Repeater Committee.  All members are invited.  No experience necessary.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the Membership and Board of Directors on matters concerning our Club Repeater, implement upgrades and new features, and maintain our system in tip top shape.  The committee will meet as needed.  Our first meeting is set for Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 18:00 hours local time.

We will meet via GoToMeeting.com, an online teleconference system.  The log in information is below.  You can log in via phone, smartphone, tablet, or computer.  If your device has a screen, you can follow along.  If you have any questions or need assistance getting setup on GoToMeeting, please give me a call.  I'll be happy to walk you through it.

I hope to hear on Tuesday!

73
Orion, AI6JB
President
Sierra Foothills ARC

SFARC Repeater Committee Log-in Information
 
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You are Cordially Invited to Join the SFARC Repeater Committee

Orion - AI6JB
 

Good Evening Everyone,

You are all cordially invited to join the SFARC Repeater Committee.  All members are invited.  No experience necessary.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the Membership and Board of Directors on matters concerning our Club Repeater, implement upgrades and new features, and maintain our system in tip top shape.  The committee will meet as needed.  Our first meeting is set for Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 18:00 hours local time.

We will meet via GoToMeeting.com, an online teleconference system.  The log in information is below.  You can log in via phone, smartphone, tablet, or computer.  If your device has a screen, you can follow along.  If you have any questions or need assistance getting setup on GoToMeeting, please give me a call.  I'll be happy to walk you through it.

I hope to hear on Tuesday!

73
Orion, AI6JB
President
Sierra Foothills ARC

SFARC Repeater Committee Log-in Information
 
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
 
You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
 
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
- One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,423173365#
 
Access Code: 423-173-365
 
 
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/423173365
 


Upcoming Event: VE Exams Session #ve - Sat, 09/07/2019 8:00am-9:00am #ve #cal-reminder

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Reminder: VE Exams Session #ve

When: Saturday, 7 September 2019, 8:00am to 9:00am, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Raley's Granite Bay

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Organizer: Al Martin - NI2U

Description: ARRL VE testing for all license classes, walk-ins welcomed! Please get there early. Sessions start at 8am. See http://w6ek.org/FCCexams.html for details and map.


Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Nathan - N5NDC
 

I'd love to help out, too.  A park in Auburn would be extremely convenient for me, but i'm happy to help out regardless of the destination.  The area that Greg highlighted at Regional Park is very nice, though Recreation Park is closer to Hwy 80.

--Nathan K6NDC


Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Michael - N6MRP
 
Edited

It will likely be far easier to rent a park site than have Sierra College grant permission. Plus, I think Sierra College charges for parking.

Mike KK6GLP

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 4:21 PM Greg D <ko6th.greg@...> wrote:
Sierra College is a huge site.  How much space do we need?

Besides Recreation Park in Auburn, there's also Regional Park out here near me (off Dry Creek Rd.)  Two large picnic areas that they rent out, lots of trees, if we want something on the small side.




There's also the main part of the park, over by the Gym.  Not sure how one would rent that, but my wife's Quilt Guild holds their event over there.  They've also had large events - concerts, even a Ren Faire, etc. out there.

Just a thought.

Greg  KO6TH





Michael - KK6GLP wrote:
Additional info, the Mini Maker Faire should be adjacent to the Sierra College Campus Center. We were at the southwest corner in past years. Have yet to get word on where we will be this year, but it is likely the same spot.

Mike KK6GLP



On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 2:58 PM Michael - KK6GLP via Groups.Io <mrprry2=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Orion,

Count me in.

Perhaps consider the same spot as the Mini Maker Faire? I have yet to visit the site myself, but Dr. Milazzo provides photos that give an idea of the site:


73

Mike KK6GLP

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Mark you calendars for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on October 19th, 2019!

JOTA is THE biggest amateur radio operating event of the year.  Last year over 1.6 MILLION scouts participated in 152 countries.  Truly an event you are going to want to be a part of!

Our Club hosts a JOTA site each year.  Last year we had the good fortune to be at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo.

This year, I need your help!  I am looking for suggestions on where to setup up our station, W6BSA.  The IDEAL site should have the following features:
  • Easy drive from the Sacramento Metropolitan area (biggest draw will be here, but scouts from areas north may come too)
  • Open area free of RFI and power lines to erect antenna masts
  • Trees to hang antennas
  • Access to one or more local repeaters
  • Ample parking and up close to unload and load equipment
  • Does not conflict soccer or baseball games
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I have left a message with Penyrn Park.

Thank you all!

Orion, AI6JB


Re: What is IOTA?

Greg - KO6TH
 

Hi Herb,

It's "Islands On The Air".   IOTA is an awards program for making contacts to a number of identified Islands that are activated from time to time.  I've never tried it, but there appears to be info here:  https://iota-world.org/  and also on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islands_on_the_air

Enjoy,

Greg  KO6TH



Herb - KM6JBI wrote:

I noticed on my logging software is asking for IOTA

What is IOTA and what is it used for?

Herb KM6JBI


What is IOTA?

Herb Garcia
 

I noticed on my logging software is asking for IOTA

What is IOTA and what is it used for?

Herb KM6JBI


Upcoming Event: SFARC Net - Thu, 09/05/2019 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: SFARC Net

When: Thursday, 5 September 2019, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

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

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


Upcoming Event: Elmer Net - Wed, 09/04/2019 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Greg - KO6TH
 
Edited

Sierra College is a huge site.  How much space do we need?

Besides Recreation Park in Auburn, there's also Regional Park out here near me (off Dry Creek Rd.)  Two large picnic areas that they rent out, lots of trees, if we want something on the small side.




There's also the main part of the park, over by the Gym.  Not sure how one would rent that, but my wife's Quilt Guild holds their event over there.  They've also had large events - concerts, even a Ren Faire, etc. out there.

Just a thought.

Greg  KO6TH





Michael - KK6GLP wrote:

Additional info, the Mini Maker Faire should be adjacent to the Sierra College Campus Center. We were at the southwest corner in past years. Have yet to get word on where we will be this year, but it is likely the same spot.

Mike KK6GLP

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On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 2:58 PM Michael - KK6GLP via Groups.Io <mrprry2=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Orion,

Count me in.

Perhaps consider the same spot as the Mini Maker Faire? I have yet to visit the site myself, but Dr. Milazzo provides photos that give an idea of the site:


73

Mike KK6GLP

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Mark you calendars for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on October 19th, 2019!

JOTA is THE biggest amateur radio operating event of the year.  Last year over 1.6 MILLION scouts participated in 152 countries.  Truly an event you are going to want to be a part of!

Our Club hosts a JOTA site each year.  Last year we had the good fortune to be at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo.

This year, I need your help!  I am looking for suggestions on where to setup up our station, W6BSA.  The IDEAL site should have the following features:
  • Easy drive from the Sacramento Metropolitan area (biggest draw will be here, but scouts from areas north may come too)
  • Open area free of RFI and power lines to erect antenna masts
  • Trees to hang antennas
  • Access to one or more local repeaters
  • Ample parking and up close to unload and load equipment
  • Does not conflict soccer or baseball games
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I have left a message with Penyrn Park.

Thank you all!

Orion, AI6JB


Re: FlexRadio Partners with Raytheon on Defense Contract

Gerry - WA6E
 

I saw that.  The article says Flex/Raytheon was awarded one of the two contracts.  I wonder if the other was Collins?  The systems will be tested and eventually just one contractor selected.

Gerry
WA6E

On 9/3/2019 7:29 AM, Alan Thompson wrote:
In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, FlexRadio has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) to adapt its commercial off the shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The joint press release with Raytheon can be found herehttps://files.constantcontact.com/02a2c6f7201/5e79c88d-848d-40af-848a-d6f161a546a6.pdf 


Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Michael - N6MRP
 
Edited

Additional info, the Mini Maker Faire should be adjacent to the Sierra College Campus Center. We were at the southwest corner in past years. Have yet to get word on where we will be this year, but it is likely the same spot.

Mike KK6GLP



On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 2:58 PM Michael - KK6GLP via Groups.Io <mrprry2=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Orion,

Count me in.

Perhaps consider the same spot as the Mini Maker Faire? I have yet to visit the site myself, but Dr. Milazzo provides photos that give an idea of the site:


73

Mike KK6GLP

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Mark you calendars for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on October 19th, 2019!

JOTA is THE biggest amateur radio operating event of the year.  Last year over 1.6 MILLION scouts participated in 152 countries.  Truly an event you are going to want to be a part of!

Our Club hosts a JOTA site each year.  Last year we had the good fortune to be at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo.

This year, I need your help!  I am looking for suggestions on where to setup up our station, W6BSA.  The IDEAL site should have the following features:
  • Easy drive from the Sacramento Metropolitan area (biggest draw will be here, but scouts from areas north may come too)
  • Open area free of RFI and power lines to erect antenna masts
  • Trees to hang antennas
  • Access to one or more local repeaters
  • Ample parking and up close to unload and load equipment
  • Does not conflict soccer or baseball games
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I have left a message with Penyrn Park.

Thank you all!

Orion, AI6JB


Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Michael - N6MRP
 

Orion,

Count me in.

Perhaps consider the same spot as the Mini Maker Faire? I have yet to visit the site myself, but Dr. Milazzo provides photos that give an idea of the site:


73

Mike KK6GLP

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Mark you calendars for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on October 19th, 2019!

JOTA is THE biggest amateur radio operating event of the year.  Last year over 1.6 MILLION scouts participated in 152 countries.  Truly an event you are going to want to be a part of!

Our Club hosts a JOTA site each year.  Last year we had the good fortune to be at Beale Air Force Base as a part of Scout Expo.

This year, I need your help!  I am looking for suggestions on where to setup up our station, W6BSA.  The IDEAL site should have the following features:
  • Easy drive from the Sacramento Metropolitan area (biggest draw will be here, but scouts from areas north may come too)
  • Open area free of RFI and power lines to erect antenna masts
  • Trees to hang antennas
  • Access to one or more local repeaters
  • Ample parking and up close to unload and load equipment
  • Does not conflict soccer or baseball games
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I have left a message with Penyrn Park.

Thank you all!

Orion, AI6JB


Re: Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2019 - October 19th

Jef - N5JEF
 

And it looks like the Mini-Make Fair in Rocklin is the Saturday before JOTA, so that may be an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among of JOTA among young folk, not just the Scouts.

- Jef


On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:37 PM Jef - N5JEF via Groups.Io <jef=jefallbright.net@groups.io> wrote:
Orion -

Count me in to participate again this year.

I can't think of any mountain tops with the accessibility and parking we would need.

So, probably a public park...?    And if we're going to do that, maybe a park in Auburn, for the club's convenience?

I think Auburn Rec Park, near Sacramento Street and Racetrack, might have a nice combination of trees, shade, picnic tables and parking.  I think it's pretty clear of power lines too, but that should be verified. And not a bad spot for VHF repeaters in the area.

- Jef

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Mark you calendars for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on October 19th, 2019!


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