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Re: Corona Virus Updates for Club Activities

KB6SQT - Sam
 

Sam Frazier

KB6SQT checking in and monitoring 

Regards 
Sam

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Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Orion, AI6JB
 

Hi Everyone,

 

I thought I would give you a few tips on GoToMeeting, which is the teleconference app we will be using for the Board Meeting on Friday night.

 

First, you DO NOT need to download anything, nor do you have to sign-up for an account.

 

Open your web browser on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Type in the address:  GoToMeeting.com.

 

When the page opens up, look in the upper right hand corner and look for the JOIN button and click it.



The next screen will have a white box for you to enter the Meeting ID:  423 - 173 - 365

A new page will open and you will be given a choice, Select the one that says "JOIN ON THE WEB" no download required.  The fastest, easiest way to join & host meetings.



The next screen gives you TWO options to customize your experience.



Select "COMPUTER" if you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone WITH a headset, or mic AND speakers.

Select "PHONE", if your computer doesn't have any audio.  The next screen will give you a phone number to dial.  Follow the prompts.

Remember to mute yourself as a courtesy to the other participants.  Of course, if you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to call me at 916.534.8251.

73
Orion, AI6JB


Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Michele - WH7QC
 

I also use ZOOM for teleconferencing for inservice meetings I'm involved with about once monthly or every other month. I must say though that my log in is the phone number of my coordinator, so I would need to figure out what log in I would use.
I just downloaded Go to Meeting though, so I'll see how that works for me.

73Michele WH7QC


[pr:14890] New Podcast from Eastern PA ARRL "The Future of Amateur Radio"

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 
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Subject: [pr:14890] New Podcast from Eastern PA ARRL "The Future of Amateur Radio"
Date: March 11, 2020 at 8:30:13 AM PDT
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We’re just in the process of releasing this podcast now. And as soon as Apple iTunes recognizes it we’ll have a major social media platform blast, but I thought all of you would appreciate where we’re going with our new series “What Hams Do.”
 
In this first episode we juxtapose the very different reasons two young hams got into amateur radio. One’s a hacker, and the other, an 11 year old scout. Let us know what you think about it:
 
 
You can subscribe through your favorite podcast distributor (iTunes in a couple of days) and via RSS feed right to your browser.
 
Please share this, especially with your non-ham friends. 
 
Thanks,
 
Jay Silber (WA2UAR)
Public Information Coordinator
ARRL-Eastern Pennsylvania
Tel: 610 662-8032
 
 
 

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Re: W6EK 2M Repeater Failure Update

Gerry - WA6E
 

When repeaters first became popular back in the 1960s and 70s, they were all carrier access.  You still find a few of those in more remote locations.  But I'm surprised a repeater in an area like Atlanta can survive without PL.

Gerry
WA6E

On 3/11/2020 8:29 AM, Nathan Chilton - K6NDC wrote:
When I was in Atlanta, I came across a repeater without a CTCSS/DCS tone listed in RepeaterBook.  I assumed it was an oversight, but then I found that I could activate the repeater by just transmitting on the input frequency without any tone at all.  That's the first time I'd come across a repeater without any input tone.


Re: Repeaters with no PL tone [WAS: W6EK 2M Repeater Failure Update]

Jef - N5JEF
 

Indeed!  That would be a fun project.  I like the built-in anti-kerchunking and how it enforces good operator practice such as waiting at least a half second before talking. And the elegance of requiring _no_ PL tone. (Of course they have to be the one unique site with no tone...)   The tranmitter fingerprinting is intriguing, and I would really enjoy taking that further by having a group (at least three) repeaters in the area share Time Of Arrival data as well.

- Jef

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 10:10 AM Nathan Chilton - K6NDC <k6ndc@...> wrote:
That's fancy!


Re: Repeaters with no PL tone [WAS: W6EK 2M Repeater Failure Update]

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

That's fancy!


Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

Yeah, it looks like there's going to be a lot more telecommuting/teleconferencing for at least a short period of time as the COVID-19 situation plays out.

Zoom is the best video conferencing software I've used.  I liked Hangouts a lot, and prefer it to Highfive and GoToMeeting, but Zoom is great for both 1:1 meetings and larger groups.  It's a lot of fun to have our whole Engineering department participating in a meeting from their desks.  It's nice to a grid of everyone's faces in real time, reacting to what's being discussed.  

I use it with remote coworkers all the time, enabling me to see their screens and talk them through things.  I can even draw on their screen or type text that appears floating on top of whatever they're doing.  Sometimes I'll just type out the line of code that I'm suggesting and they can just look at what I've typed and copy it.  (There is also the ability to send text in a chat window, so that they can easily copy/paste it.)

Zoom is even better if you have a conference room set up for it.  We have two televisions in each conference room now.  One shows the person talking (or the screen/presentation being shared) and the other television shows the rest of the participants.  The experience is controlled by an iPad on the table, which knows which conference room it is in and which meeting is scheduled for that room at that time.  It means that you can walk into the room and the app on the iPad already knows which meeting is scheduled and has a big button on it which will join the meeting with a single tap.


Repeaters with no PL tone [WAS: W6EK 2M Repeater Failure Update]

Jef - N5JEF
 

Nathan, if you think having a repeater with no PL tone is interesting, take a look at this info about the Seattle Repeater Group's system:

- Jef  N5JEF

From http://www.qsl.net/srg/index.html
Seattle Repeater Group (SRG)'s highly computerized repeater is located "High atop Green Mountain" eight miles west of Bremerton, Washington on the Kitsap Penninsula. This repeater is owned by the Seattle Repeater Group and administered by Phil, K7PF. It is allocated the frequency pair 146.28/146.88.

The SRG repeater has several unique operating characteristics of which a user must be aware. A half second of audio silence is necessary to start the repeater. A weak signal may not start it, but can answer once the system is up. Any sub-audible tone will totally prevent startup. The repeater possesses a defense against Kerchunking.

The "courtesy" beep (at the end of each transmission") tells users that the repeater is available for use, and that all timers have been reset. It is actually not a tone but a direct FM data burst at 9600 bits per second which sounds like a tone, sometimes. If you have an IBM PC (or clone), with EGA or higher graphics, you, too, can read this data burst, identify users, and tell about the characteristics of each transmission. "

http://www.qsl.net/srg/operations.htm#KERCHUNK

"Kerchunking" (keying up and immediately releasing the microphone button) the repeater momentarily may result in a CW "?" or a "Please Identify" voice message. Nothing will have been repeated.

The repeater is immediately put into AUTOVOX mode and remains there until the next even minute (every two minutes.) Further Kerchunks have no effect.

One must exceed the 2 KHz LOW DEVIATION threshold to start the repeater while it is in AUTOVOX mode. Successful starting cancels the AUTOVOX (until the next Kerchunk, of course.)

http://www.qsl.net/srg/fingerprint.htm

On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 8:29 AM Nathan Chilton - K6NDC <k6ndc@...> wrote:
When I was in Atlanta, I came across a repeater without a CTCSS/DCS tone listed in RepeaterBook.  I assumed it was an oversight, but then I found that I could activate the repeater by just transmitting on the input frequency without any tone at all.  That's the first time I'd come across a repeater without any input tone.

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Re: W6EK 2M Repeater Failure Update

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

When I was in Atlanta, I came across a repeater without a CTCSS/DCS tone listed in RepeaterBook.  I assumed it was an oversight, but then I found that I could activate the repeater by just transmitting on the input frequency without any tone at all.  That's the first time I'd come across a repeater without any input tone.


Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Alan - W6WN
 

Heh, I was just sitting here learning how to use Zoom. I had a presentation coming up for the Stockton Delta Club and now I won't be able to make it in person.

It's surprisingly simple to set up and use on both ends, and does exactly what I needed with the main PowerPoint presentation in full screen, with a talking head inset in the corner. Also has the ability to record the presentation. Very cool!

Probably should buy stock in Zoom. These companies are poised to profit from the current situation.


Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Nathan Chilton - K6NDC
 

I like his progression. Zoom is an excellent videoconferencing application. We started using it about a year ago at work and now all of our conference rooms are equipped with it. I use it all the time to communicate with coworkers in our Atlanta office. 


Updated Event: SFARC Board Meeting - Friday, 13 March 2020 #cal-invite

sfarc@w6ek.groups.io Calendar <sfarc@...>
 
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SFARC Board Meeting

When:
Friday, 13 March 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Online GoTo Meeting Teleconference

Description:

The Board Meeting will be held online via the GoTo Meeting teleconference platform on Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 6pm. The meeting is open to SFARC members only, and we encourage you to attend and participate. For information about how to join the conference, please send an email request to and SFARC Officer. Email address' are printed in the Club Roster.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience that this schedule change may cause, but the health of our membership, visitors and community is our primary concern.  We will make every effort to notify members and attendees of these schedule changes via email, telephone and social media. We will update the W6EK.org website, on Facebook and Groups.io with additional information as it becomes available.  Please help us spread the word.

 


Re: In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Greg D
 

:) Perfect!

I SO miss my honors physics classes at Berkeley! The staff there made
things both approachable and enjoyable. I remember spending one class
out on Faculty Glade throwing boomerangs with the professor to get a
hands-on feel for gyroscopes and various aspects of rotational physics.
But I quickly realized that computer engineering was fun too, and I
could actually get a paying job doing it. And the rest, so they say, is
history.

If this thing continues, we can hold the April meeting on the club
repeater, with presentation slides sent via slow-scan TV.

Greg KO6TH


Aaron K6ABJ wrote:

In-person classes at Berkeley have been canceled. Professor Christian Schmid’s physics students received the following notice:

Aaron, K6ABJ





Re: Me and my dog

Alan - W6WN
 

Ha Ha! That's Great!


Cancelled Event: Loomis Hamfest 2020 - Saturday, 21 March 2020 #cal-cancelled

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

Cancelled: Loomis Hamfest 2020

This event has been cancelled.

When:
Saturday, 21 March 2020

Where:
Historic Loomis Train Depot, Loomis, California

Organizer: Orion\, AI6JB

Description:


In-person classes canceled at Berkeley

Aaron K6ABJ
 

In-person classes at Berkeley have been canceled. Professor Christian Schmid’s physics students received the following notice:

Aaron, K6ABJ


Cancelled Event: General Meeting - CANCELLED - Friday, 13 March 2020 #cal-cancelled

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

Cancelled: General Meeting - CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled.

When:
Friday, 13 March 2020
7:30pm to 9:30pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

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

Description:

Hello SFARC Members,

 

The SFARC Board is monitoring the corona virus advisories as they affect public meetings in California. Today a COVID-19 advisory issued by Placer County. 
https://www.placer.ca.gov/6454/Recommend-COVID-19-mitigation

Please note the following recommendation:
" Large Gatherings: Those who are planning large gatherings should consider modifying, postponing or canceling them, especially if large numbers of people will be within arm’s length of each other. Follow posted CDPH guidance under Scenario II."

 

This evening the full board discussed the Placer County advisory, our ability to provide a safe venue based on the CDPH guidance and the potential for impact to our membership and community. Based on the county advisory and the fluidity of the evolving situation, the board has voted to modify our upcoming meeting and event schedule, therefore cancelling this month's General Meeting.


Me and my dog

Aaron K6ABJ
 

Here is a picture and me and my dog...



Aaron


DX Convention Cancelled

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Got this on FB:

Visalia DX convention canceled (postponed) due to COVID-19. #hamradio #DXIsnt