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Re: General License Exam Class -- Complete!

Orion - AI6JB
 

There is still space available in the General License Exam Class!  For all the details, please see our class wiki at https://w6ek.groups.io/g/sfarc/wiki/23336

To enroll, please fill out the enrollment form HERE.

I will be placing the order for manuals and class materials tomorrow.  Please enroll by 5:00 PM, Thurs, Sept. 24, 2020.  Thank You!

73
Orion, AI6JB


SFARC Monthly Breakfast - Sat, 09/26/2020 7:30am-9:00am #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: SFARC Monthly Breakfast

When: Saturday, 26 September 2020, 7:30am to 9:00am, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Mel's Diner, 1730 Grass Valley Highway (Hwy 49 at Luther Road)

View Event

Description: We meet in the back room at Mel's, unless a "shelter in place" order is still in place. Everyone is invited to come out and attend the Breakfast! See http://w6ek.org/meetings.html. NOTE: The breakfast is held on the LAST SATURDAY of every month, although the calendar may not reflect this due to programming limitations.


SFARC Net - Thu, 09/24/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: SFARC Net

When: Thursday, 24 September 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

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

View Event

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


Re: RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Brian - AI6US
 

LOL!!! :)

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


-------- Original message --------
From: Gerry Brentnall <gjbrent@...>
Date: 9/22/20 11:01 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io, ai6us@..., Alan.W6WN@...
Subject: Re: [from W6EK Groups.io] RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

My wife's comment:  Obviously there were no hams living in the town.

Gerry
WA6E

On 9/22/2020 10:17 AM, Brian Gohl - AI6US wrote:
I posted this on another forum -
18 months of service calls, replacing the main distribution line... all before a technician takes a spectrum analyzer out into the field? Customer is blamed for the failure of inept field technicians. Time for that ISP to audit their field teams skillsets.

While the TV might be the source, it likely wasn't the cause. More likely that this was a bad line tap, a connector suckout, etc. that allowed interference to backfeed. 




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


-------- Original message --------
From: Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...>
Date: 9/22/20 9:21 AM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Can't blame Ham Radio for this one...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180
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Brian- AI6US


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Brian- AI6US


Re: RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Gerry - WA6E
 

My wife's comment:  Obviously there were no hams living in the town.

Gerry
WA6E

On 9/22/2020 10:17 AM, Brian Gohl - AI6US wrote:
I posted this on another forum -
18 months of service calls, replacing the main distribution line... all before a technician takes a spectrum analyzer out into the field? Customer is blamed for the failure of inept field technicians. Time for that ISP to audit their field teams skillsets.

While the TV might be the source, it likely wasn't the cause. More likely that this was a bad line tap, a connector suckout, etc. that allowed interference to backfeed. 




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


-------- Original message --------
From: Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...>
Date: 9/22/20 9:21 AM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Can't blame Ham Radio for this one...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180
--
Brian- AI6US


Re: RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Brian - AI6US
 

I posted this on another forum -
18 months of service calls, replacing the main distribution line... all before a technician takes a spectrum analyzer out into the field? Customer is blamed for the failure of inept field technicians. Time for that ISP to audit their field teams skillsets.

While the TV might be the source, it likely wasn't the cause. More likely that this was a bad line tap, a connector suckout, etc. that allowed interference to backfeed. 




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


-------- Original message --------
From: Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...>
Date: 9/22/20 9:21 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfarc@w6ek.groups.io
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Can't blame Ham Radio for this one...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180
--
Brian- AI6US


RF Interference From Old TV Caused Village Broadband Internet Outages for 18 Months

Alan - W6WN
 

Can't blame Ham Radio for this one...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180


Shortwave Propagation Handbook

Carl - WF6J
 

If you don’t get CQ Magazine, then you don’t get the attached.

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73, Carl

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Re: FCC License Fee Proposal Comment #QST

Michael - N6MRP
 

Thanks to Dennis WU6X for the suggested comment, and to Bob K6UDA for the instructional YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b75MAqATRYg

I have submitted my comments.

Mike N6MRP

On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 12:40 PM Dennis - WU6X <wu6x@...> wrote:
My comments to the FCC proposal. Feel free to copy and paste into your comment to this proposed change.

"I am strongly apposed to the proposal to charge a fee for amateur radio licenses. Amateur Radio plays a significant role in providing disaster communications support throughout the USA. Most amateur radio licensees are of an age where it is becoming more difficult to participate in these events, making attracting new licensees of primary importance. This new generation will be significantly impacted by a licensing fee and would likely not pursue an amateur radio license at all. I am deeply concerned that the effect of a fee will significantly reduce the number of amateur radio candidates coming from generations to come, and recommend no fees be charged."

Dennis, WU6X


Re: FCC License Fee Proposal Comment #QST

Greg - KO6TH
 

Hi Dennis,

I'm not sure what the best approach to take in this...  The twisted backronym name of the act that precipitated it, the
“Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018, appears to me to be intent on reducing the current occupancy of the spectrum, in order to re-allocate ("repack") it for other uses.  Pointing out that the fee will accomplish that goal is telling them that they are exactly right in imposing it, for the purposes of the act.  That's not the outcome we want.

I think, perhaps, a better approach might be to focus on the value that the Amateur Service creates for the country, and that replacing that value through other services would be more expensive than keeping our community intact and vibrant.  Instead of instituting a fee, they should encourage the Amateur Service by removing any and all impediments to its growth.  If this is about money, what's better than free?

Just my opinion,

Greg  KO6TH


Dennis - WU6X wrote:

My comments to the FCC proposal. Feel free to copy and paste into your comment to this proposed change.

"I am strongly apposed to the proposal to charge a fee for amateur radio licenses. Amateur Radio plays a significant role in providing disaster communications support throughout the USA. Most amateur radio licensees are of an age where it is becoming more difficult to participate in these events, making attracting new licensees of primary importance. This new generation will be significantly impacted by a licensing fee and would likely not pursue an amateur radio license at all. I am deeply concerned that the effect of a fee will significantly reduce the number of amateur radio candidates coming from generations to come, and recommend no fees be charged."

Dennis, WU6X


Re: General License Exam Class -- Complete!

Kenai - KN6LDN
 

In the future I would like to take the General class. Right now I am dealing with a lot of changes at work I can’t guarantee I will be able to commit to the class times. 

Thanks,
Kenai Morgan


If you’re going to be one thing, you should be efficient.

On Sep 21, 2020, at 12:32 PM, Orion, AI6JB <ojendres@...> wrote:

Good Morning Everyone,

We are still enrolling for the General Exam Class starting on Oct 6th.  If you are interested, please enroll HERE. We have setup a Wiki page for the course information.  Please point your browser to https://w6ek.groups.io/g/sfarc/wiki/23336.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Email you inquiries to ai6jb@....  

73
Orion, AI6JB


FCC License Fee Proposal Comment #QST

Dennis - WU6X
 
Edited

My comments to the FCC proposal. Feel free to copy and paste into your comment to this proposed change.

"I am strongly opposed to the proposal to charge a fee for amateur radio licenses. Amateur Radio plays a significant role in providing disaster communications support throughout the USA. Most amateur radio licensees are of an age where it is becoming more difficult to participate in these events, making attracting new licensees of primary importance. This new generation will be significantly impacted by a licensing fee and would likely not pursue an amateur radio license at all. I am deeply concerned that the effect of a fee will significantly reduce the number of amateur radio candidates coming from generations to come, and recommend no fees be charged."

Dennis, WU6X


Re: General License Exam Class -- Complete!

Orion - AI6JB
 

Good Morning Everyone,

We are still enrolling for the General Exam Class starting on Oct 6th.  If you are interested, please enroll HERE. We have setup a Wiki page for the course information.  Please point your browser to https://w6ek.groups.io/g/sfarc/wiki/23336.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Email you inquiries to ai6jb@....  

73
Orion, AI6JB


Re: FW: [HXO Member] Jordan Peak

Michele - WH7QC
 

That is so sad. Thank you for sharing Gerry WA6E.
73
Michele
WH7QC


FW: [HXO Member] Jordan Peak

Gerry - WA6E
 

Are any of you familiar with the GRONK radio network (GRN)?  A lot of guys in the Sacramento area were the pioneers of this system back in the mid-1960's.  I believe it is primarily in Southern California now and involves multiple remote bases and other repeaters.

Anyway, they have a facility up on Jordon Peak in the Sequoia National Forest.  The fire down there destroyed the site.  Thought you might be interested to see it.  This is a risk inherent with radios in remote locations.  I hope nobody was hurt.

Gerry
WA6E

========================


There was mention this morning about the Gronk Radio Network site on Jordan Peak ... Matt and his guys had done a maintenance/upgrade trip there about a month ago, and all that work is gone.

The building was a wood structure, with metal sheeting on the outside -- solar panels on the roof.

Here's a picture of the site before the fire:

The GRN building is to the right of the lookout.
And, another view ..

Then, the "SQF Complex" fire rolled through ...

This is what's left of the lookout ...


And an aerial view - the GRN building (or what's left of it) is at the left of the picture, above the USFS solar panels.
The vertical "posts" are pipes that were used as supports for antennas.


Sad to look at ...



YGate -- turn your Yaesu FTM100 or FTM100 into an APRS packet igate, no extra hardware required.

Craig - KM6LYW
 

From the W6EK software development laboratory:

    https://youtu.be/uuyBmRwv38o

If you have a Yaesu FTM400 or FTM100, and a PC or Pi, you have all the hardware you need to create an APRS igate.  You just need one bit of software called "ygate" which translates the serial data output from your Yaesu radio, and converts it into APRS packets, then forwards them to the APRS information service on the Internet.  So why build an igate?  An igate listens to APRS packets on 144.390 (144.800 Europe), and relays them to the APRS Information Service where they're processed and relayed all over the world.  APRS can provide email, SMS, position reporting, and a host of other services.  You need an FCC/CEPT amateur radio license to use this software!


Mother Lode DX/Contest Club's September Online Meeting: "CQP 2020" This Saturday, September 19th @ 11:30 AM

Alan - W6WN
 


Best Regards,

Alan

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Alan Thompson - W6WN
Public Information Officer
The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club
EDCARC.net

M. (530) 417 1451
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Re: Ever wonder how many other hams are around you?

Greg - KO6TH
 

Interesting tool!

And a bit depressing. So many hams near me, and I recognize almost none
of them. Opportunity, me thinks...

Greg KO6TH


Jim - N6MED wrote:


Re: Ever wonder how many other hams are around you?

Alan - W6WN
 

Very Cool!

I just shared that with the El Dorado Club. Has some real, practical usefulness with our Neighborhood Radio Watch programs.


Ever wonder how many other hams are around you?

Jim - N6MED
 

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