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Re: September ARRL VHF Contest #contest

Brian Gohl - AI6US
 
Edited

It is easy to join in and support the VHF contest even if you only have a basic mobile HT. Many stations will be active and monitoring the 2m and 70cm FM simplex calling frequencies between 11am Saturday and 8pm Sunday. 

Put your call out several times on 146.52 or 446.000 FM. The exchange is easy, your call and your current grid square (4 character).  http://levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php

You don't need to submit a log to give the contesting stations credit.

Hope to work you this weekend or stop by Duncan Peak Fire Lookout. While I have seen crazy people driving small city cars to the lookout, I would recommend either a 2-wheel drive with medium ground clearance or park city cars at the lookout intersection and walk up to the tower (approx. 1/2 mile). https://maps.app.goo.gl/wacpc3XEmXGx7HNi7



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

-------- Original message --------
From: "Orion, AI6JB" <ojendres@...>
Date: 9/12/19 9:29 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] September ARRL VHF Contest #contest

Hello SFARC,

This weekend is the ARRL September VHF Contest.  It is a fun low key contest that anyone with a 2m/440 radio can participate in.

Brian and I have Clyde's permission to use the W6EK callsign for the contest.  We also have permission from the Forest Service to operate at the Duncan Peak Lookout!!  This promises to be an awesome location with line of sight to the coastal range, north towards Redding, and south towards Stockton.  From here, you can hit our repeater with an HT using 1 watt.

Everyone is welcome to join us.  Duncan Peak Lookout is only 45 minutes from Auburn at the end of Foresthill Road.  FREE RV & tent camping is available at the Robinson Flat Campground a very short distance away.  Come for a few hours or the whole week.

We plan to run Multi-Operator Limited.  We will have at least two radios going and four antennas up:  2m 12 element Yagi, 2m/440 X50 vertical, 2m J-Pole, 6m Inverted V.

If you plan on coming, we'll save you a seat.

73
Brian, AI6US, and Orion, AI6JB
--
Brian- AI6US

September ARRL VHF Contest #contest

Orion, AI6JB
 

Hello SFARC,

This weekend is the ARRL September VHF Contest.  It is a fun low key contest that anyone with a 2m/440 radio can participate in.

Brian and I have Clyde's permission to use the W6EK callsign for the contest.  We also have permission from the Forest Service to operate at the Duncan Peak Lookout!!  This promises to be an awesome location with line of sight to the coastal range, north towards Redding, and south towards Stockton.  From here, you can hit our repeater with an HT using 1 watt.

Everyone is welcome to join us.  Duncan Peak Lookout is only 45 minutes from Auburn at the end of Foresthill Road.  FREE RV & tent camping is available at the Robinson Flat Campground a very short distance away.  Come for a few hours or the whole week.

We plan to run Multi-Operator Limited.  We will have at least two radios going and four antennas up:  2m 12 element Yagi, 2m/440 X50 vertical, 2m J-Pole, 6m Inverted V.

If you plan on coming, we'll save you a seat.

73
Brian, AI6US, and Orion, AI6JB

Upcoming Event: General Meeting - Fri, 09/13/2019 7:30pm-9:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: General Meeting

When: Friday, 13 September 2019, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA - City Hall, Rose Room

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Description: Come a little early and visit! Ample parking in back of the building. See map at http://www.w6ek.org for details (Hwy49 & Lincoln Way)

FOR SALE: Low Profile Tower #forsale

Dennis - WU6X
 

US Tower Model TMM 541 SS

This tower is 41’ extended with 5 section. Retracted it is 12’. Age is approximately 5 years old. Transport weight 430lbs
Accessories are heavy duty T type pivot base, 3 each coaxial arms
Original price not including shipping $3,111.00
Asking $2,500 OBO
It is in very good condition and is on the ground in Felton, CA at JV's QTH and can be seen by appointment
Call 831 359 3102
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PS: I know nothing about this tower, so please don't call me ... call JV with any questions.
Dennis - WU6X

Upcoming Event: SFARC Net - Thu, 09/12/2019 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: SFARC Net

When: Thursday, 12 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!

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

Orion, AI6JB
 

Absolutely Nathan!

73
Orion, AI6JB

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

Orion, AI6JB
 

Just a quick reminder, our first Repeater Committee meeting is this evening starting at 18:00.

We will be meeting online via GoToMeeting.  The log-in information is reprinted below for your convenience.

Looking forward to hearing you all!

73
Orion, AI6JB

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Updated Event: California QSO Party - W6EK Expedition - Saturday, 5 October 2019 #cal-invite

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California QSO Party - W6EK Expedition

When:
Saturday, 5 October 2019 through
Sunday, 6 October 2019

Where:
Near Duncan Peak

Organizer: Brian, AI6US, and Orion AI6JB ai6us@.../ or ai6jb@...

Description:
Come on out and join us for the California QSO Party.  The Club W6EK Expedition is 45 minutes from Auburn.

All club members are invited to work the Club station.

Free RV & Tent camping available.  Come for the whole weekend or just for a few hours.

Please contact Brian, AI6US, or Orion, AI6JB, for additional information.

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

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

I won't be able to make the meeting this week, due to a special week at work, involving lots of late nights.  Can we expect similar invitations for future meetings?

--Nathan K6NDC

Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Brian Gohl - 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 D
 

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
 

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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KENWOOD TMV71AAmateur Radio: Mobile Transceiver2007

Re: Backup hurricane communications plan

Greg D
 

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 D
 

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

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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

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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 Chilton - K6NDC
 

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