Hamvention and ARRL Convention

Hamvention is quickly approaching, May 17-19, 2019. While you’re there you can also take in the ARRL National Convention which is hosting a meet the authors this year. More information can be found here.

This is all being held in Xenia, OH at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The go to event of the year for Amateur Radio operators.

Here are some links to assist you and give more information.
Hamvention
ARRL National Convention

Make your plans soon and get your gear and money ready.

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145.210 Repeater Installation

Saturday, April 20th @ 11 am the following club members arrived at our new location up on Oxbow road in Canastota for the installation of the Repeater and Antenna: W2ZXN, WB2RLL, KC2FEV, KA2JFU, KR2HWK, and KR2ECP that is Andy, Bruce, JJ, Dick, Marc, and Josiah respectively.  No rain was falling, but the clouds were set and the sun was hidden as the group started to unload and start the process of putting everything together. 2 geese decided to fly by and see what was going on at the initial start of the unloading. The view was beautiful with some of the Fenner Wind Turbines in the background.

It took about 10 minutes to unload and get everything into the garage and around back before the process of putting everything together could begin.  By 11:30 the antenna was on the ground and assembled into what was going to be stationed against the chimney. Three members of the group walked the mast up against the chimney and in place beside the current owner’s FM antenna.  It was around noon when the minor adjustments were all done. Resecuring the antenna to the top of the mast as it wasn’t tightened enough before going up and stand needed to be a little to better secure the mast to the chimney.

It was near to One o’clock when the repeater cables were ready to be attached to the Duplexer and antenna cable to the Repeater.  At this point, testing began and at first, all seemed to be working fine, until it was noticed that the high and low pass cables were swapped.  This was remedied and testing continued on the drive home after 2 pm. So far there are some good signal reports while there are some others with not as good a report.  Testing will continue to see what better signal footprint can be attained.

The help from all hands that were available that day was greatly appreciated.  It was a fun time and flies on the roof didn’t affect things too much, although it was a nuisance to JJ who became the default safety person and dedicated roof climber.  The equipment went up without too much of a hitch, but there are always little issues. During the testing phase, some adjustments will be made and hopefully, these will improve the use of the repeater.

Here is a little gallery of what happened that day:

World Amateur Radio Day 2019

It’s not too late to join in and celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2019. HF, VHF, UHF, Microwave and all parts of the spectrum are a great place to show your support of Amateur Radio. The ARRL has a notice about it so take the time to boost, support and advocate on and off the air our Hobby and World Amateur Radio Day.

Here’s the ARRL article for your perusal.

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March 2019 NET check-ins

MARCH 2019

K2JAF – JIM – 21
K2VAF – VICKIE – 1
KA2ZNZ – JACK – 12
KC2FEV – JJ – 14
KC2IXV – LEN – 32
KC2MHD – KATHY – 1
KC2YXQ – JOHN – 1
KC2ZCA – ALLAN – 30
KC2ZKC – AJ – 1
KD2BRR – BOYD – 13
KD2CDX – JUSTIN – 4
KD2HKB – MATT – 1
KG2DI – BILL – 2
KR2HWK – MARC – 5
N2STC – STAN – 1
N2ZPI – FRED – 1
W2AND – ANDY – 26
W3RKI – RICK – 11
WA2U – JOHN – 3
WB2RLL – BRUCE – 20
WN2IHJ – SCOTT – 18

256 CHECK INS
22 HAMS
881 – FOR THE YEAR

So Now What? – ARRL Podcasts

Okay, so a little while ago we mentioned that the ARRL was going to be putting out some Podcasts for new Amateur Radio operators. Well it’s finally here. The Introductory episode was published on January 30th and the current ones will be coming out soon. They are supposed to be putting out new podcasts every two weeks. So stay tuned.

More information can be found at the ARRL website. The address is here. http://www.arrl.org/news/so-now-what

So if you need some assistance getting started with Amateur radio check out the article and the links and subscribe. They are available on iTunes, Blubrry, and Stitcher subscriptions. You can find it on multiple devices from the Stitcher app.

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FCC AND ARRL – LOOKING To CHANGE TECH PRIVILEGES

Take a moment to assist the FCC and ARRL with their request for comments in regards to changing Technician Privileges. They are looking to enhance and expand the Technician class privileges with regards to HF frequencies. For more information check out the link below and if able to and want to please assist them with their request for comments.

Technician Privlleges: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-invites-comments-on-arrl-technician-enhancement-proposal

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Bullthistle Hamfest – April

Interested in an early spring Hamfest? There’s one next month. Check out the link below from the Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association (W2RME). Door prizes, with the possibility of tailgating and your own tables to sell. Take the time and opportunity to check out the link if you’re interested in going. You never know what you might find there. Some treasure you’ve been looking for or some other item of interest.

CVARA Bullthistle Hamfest Link

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