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Re: Advice for home base set up

AC9IM Steve
 

Is there anyway you can sit the antenna on top of the roof?

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:32 PM Carlos V. <vazquezusmc@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Hello, 

looking for for some advice on setting up a home base. 


I'm planning on setting up a dual band 2m/70cm transceiver. Due to hoa restrictions I’m planning on setting up the antenna in the attic. My house is a two story house and my current elevation is about 530’ asl. I’ve figured out the cable run shouldn’t be no more than 55’. 

I’ve settled on the comet gp-1 for my base antenna due to the space I have in the attic. But I’m curious if anyone has any opinions about this one or any suggestions on others. There are so many to choose from!

This is all relatively new to me and I’m looking for advice. Mainly on what to avoid or any resources that can help prevent me from making rookie mistakes. 

Thank you in advance!
Carlos KO4JNY


10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB - Sun, 12/27/2020 7:30pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB

When: Sunday, 27 December 2020, 7:30pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:28.415 USB

View Event

Organizer: Alan W4EAC W4EAC59@...

Description:

10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB


Please be prepared to quickly state Ham Call, Name, Antenna (Vertical/Horizontal), transmitted wattage & antenna type, ie 1/4, 1/2, 5/8 wave.


Advice for home base set up

 
Edited

Hello, 

looking for for some advice on setting up a home base. 


I'm planning on setting up a dual band 2m/70cm transceiver. Due to hoa restrictions I’m planning on setting up the antenna in the attic. My house is a two story house and my current elevation is about 530’ asl. I’ve figured out the cable run shouldn’t be no more than 55’. 

I’ve settled on the comet gp-1 for my base antenna due to the space I have in the attic. But I’m curious if anyone has any opinions about this one or any suggestions on others. There are so many to choose from!

This is all relatively new to me and I’m looking for advice. Mainly on what to avoid or any resources that can help prevent me from making rookie mistakes. 

Thank you in advance!
Carlos KO4JNY


Looking to buy coax

 

Hello, 

I'm looking to buy about 55ft of LMR-400 or 9913 coax. I’m in the process of gathering/purchasing equipment for my home radio shack. Email in qrz is good if you would like to reply from there also. 


Thank you
Carlos KO4JNY


Saturday Night Net Results #simplex-results

 

WOW. WOW. WOW. and then another WOW!!
We had 40 check-ins on 146.415 FM this evening. Perhaps because the internet was down all over the place due to the bombing in Nashville.

We slogged on into the 2m USB Net on 144.240 and had 9 check-ins and then continued on into the 10 m USB net on 28.415 and had 12 check-ins!

So, quite a night that went on for almost 90 minutes.  There was quite a bit of talk on the net by knowledgeable Hams who were familiar with the damage assessment at the Nashville ATT building, which was very informative.

See/hear the net here.
--
Hope to hear you on the air!!

Paul
K4PEW
Mt. Juliet


Mount Juliet Simplex Society Saturday Night Net - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Mount Juliet Simplex Society Saturday Night Net

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Mount Juliet

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@...

Description: Saturday Night Simplex Nets
146.415 FM

Followed by:

BSSS Net (Buy/Sell/Swap/Swindle Net)

Followed by:

USB Net on 144.240

See/hear the best Simplex Net East of the Mississippi and South of the Mason-Dixon Line (and North of Alabama)
Hope to hear you on the air!!


Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN - Sat, 12/26/2020 7:45pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 7:45pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Franklin, TN

View Event

Organizer: Karl N8NUT NN8NUT@...

Description:

Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 
Only need your Call, Name and location.
Plan on having fun.


Re: soldering iron recommendations

W4EBX Eddie
 

Good list Robin


On Dec 26, 2020, at 3:03 PM, K4IDC Robin <K4IDC@...> wrote:


Hi Carey,
I've been using an inexpensive variable temperature soldering iron like the one below for nearly 20 years. The key is the availability of replacement parts, the tips in particular.
https://www.mpja.com/Mini-Solder-Station-ZD-99/productinfo/15860+TL/. For $20, and the listed replacement parts, it'd be hard to go wrong. I suggest investing in a few extra tips along with the iron.
Of course, Weller is probably the most recognized name in soldering equipment. You may want to look around for a Weller station. Getting replacement parts for a Weller is easy since they're an anchor in the industry. 
Since you're expressing the interest in kits and repair work, here's my list of electronic surplus resources that you & others may find helpful.



Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM W4TFZ Carey <csmith3233@...> wrote:
I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.


Re: soldering iron recommendations

K4IDC Robin
 

Hi Carey,
I've been using an inexpensive variable temperature soldering iron like the one below for nearly 20 years. The key is the availability of replacement parts, the tips in particular.
https://www.mpja.com/Mini-Solder-Station-ZD-99/productinfo/15860+TL/. For $20, and the listed replacement parts, it'd be hard to go wrong. I suggest investing in a few extra tips along with the iron.
Of course, Weller is probably the most recognized name in soldering equipment. You may want to look around for a Weller station. Getting replacement parts for a Weller is easy since they're an anchor in the industry. 
Since you're expressing the interest in kits and repair work, here's my list of electronic surplus resources that you & others may find helpful.



Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM W4TFZ Carey <csmith3233@...> wrote:
I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.


soldering iron recommendations

W4TFZ Carey
 

I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.


Re: Weather Station

W4MUF Jimmy Moser
 

Hey Paul:

The one I bought 10 yrs ago from Davis Instruments cost me $850.  The current VP2 model is $695.
Its wireless and has temp, humidity, wind direction and speed and rainfall collection with solar power.
If you can do w/o the rainfall collection then you can get one for around $395. It comes with weatherlink(?)
software but I chose to use the Weather Display software(extra cost) written by a guy in New Zealand.


Re: SKYWARN 2021

W4TFZ Carey
 

Ken, thanks for posting this. I think you have a great idea here. I'd be interested in some more information as you progress with this. Compiling the requirements and information needed would be a good start. I believe there are some specific requirements and certifications to be officially recognized as a SKYWARN group. The ARRL has some online classes for Emergency Communications training here http://www.arrl.org/Online-Course-Catalog I think I read somewhere that this was required as a prerequisite to the Skywarn training but I can't state that as fact. 

A couple of things I've noticed with occasionally participating in some of the other local ARES type nets, is that sadly Wilson county doesn't seem to have much in the way of an organized ARES network. We  have a Wilson County Emergency Preparedness Net on Tuesdays at 7:15 (which I admit I usually forget) but the participation has been minimal at times. The last time I checked in there were only a handful of check ins and the net was over in about 10 minutes. I think that this would be a good starting point to bring folks together willing to be involved, in a centralized "location" to start building from.

Wilson county is one of the only counties surrounding the Metro area that does NOT have a UHF repeater tied into the linked repeater system for the Statewide SKYWARN / MTEARS network. The Gallatin repeater is the closest to us and it only works about 1/2 time. I'm only about 15 miles from this one and I have to use the Nashville hub, which is closer to Franklin, or the one on Short Mountain, for any check ins. The MTEARS nets are quite lengthy and Wilson county is always way down the list and can fall into the hour plus range after the net starts before they get to us. They always start in east TN and work their way westward. Their are only a few linked repeaters in west TN so once it get past middle TN the net progresses pretty quick near the end. I'm not a member of the MTEARS group but here is their link for those interested. http://www.mtears.org

One of our neighboring counties has an extensive organization with the WCARES group over in Williamson County. This is who I attended their classes and took my test to get my License. They are the ones that operate and maintain the 145.210 repeater that many folks in Middle TN use routinely on 2meters. I'm sure if we asked they have some folks willing to help with suggestions and information to streamline putting together a Skywarn network for Wilson County.

These are just some of my rambling thoughts that may be helpful

Carey
W4TFZ



Re: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00am-10:00am #cal-reminder

 

Important: Breakfast will be at COURTNEYS RESTAURANT on M. Mount Juliet Road at *8AM or so.
I'll be there!!
Paul


On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 08:00 PM, "MJSS@groups.io Calendar" <MJSS@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00am to 10:00am, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@... 615.795.7396

Description: POTUS called me again and told me that due to all the mail he got from The Simplextons, he said  it was imperative that we hold a breakfast meeting as soon as possible.

SO......We're meeting at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet at 8 AM so that we can be in an open space and continue to practice "Simplexton Distancing".  Please feel free to wear your Simplex masks, only available from your Simplexton Dealer.

You can bring your own coffee and we will also have coffee available, as well as doughnuts.

Hope to see you there!!!


Twice monthly Simplexton Breakfast
Eyeball QSO's and ragchew; no real meeting


 
--
Hope to hear you on the air!!

Paul
K4PEW
Mt. Juliet


Re: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00am-10:00am #cal-reminder

AC9IM Steve
 

Distancing? For what?

***Moderator's note: Apparently, you can't tell by the way that it is stated that it was a joke. Paul***

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 9:47 PM K4PEW Paul Wieloszynski <k4pew@...> wrote:
Important: Breakfast will be at COURTNEYS RESTAURANT on M. Mount Juliet Road at *8AM or so.
I'll be there!!
Paul

On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 08:00 PM, "MJSS@groups.io Calendar" <MJSS@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00am to 10:00am, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@... 615.795.7396

Description: POTUS called me again and told me that due to all the mail he got from The Simplextons, he said  it was imperative that we hold a breakfast meeting as soon as possible.

SO......We're meeting at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet at 8 AM so that we can be in an open space and continue to practice "Simplexton Distancing".  Please feel free to wear your Simplex masks, only available from your Simplexton Dealer.

You can bring your own coffee and we will also have coffee available, as well as doughnuts.

Hope to see you there!!!


Twice monthly Simplexton Breakfast
Eyeball QSO's and ragchew; no real meeting


 
--
Hope to hear you on the air!!

Paul
K4PEW
Mt. Juliet

 

 


Re: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00am-10:00am #cal-reminder

 

Important: Breakfast will be at COURTNEYS RESTAURANT on M. Mount Juliet Road at *8AM or so.
I'll be there!!
Paul


On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 08:00 PM, "MJSS@groups.io Calendar" <MJSS@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00am to 10:00am, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@... 615.795.7396

Description: POTUS called me again and told me that due to all the mail he got from The Simplextons, he said  it was imperative that we hold a breakfast meeting as soon as possible.

SO......We're meeting at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet at 8 AM so that we can be in an open space and continue to practice "Simplexton Distancing".  Please feel free to wear your Simplex masks, only available from your Simplexton Dealer.

You can bring your own coffee and we will also have coffee available, as well as doughnuts.

Hope to see you there!!!


Twice monthly Simplexton Breakfast
Eyeball QSO's and ragchew; no real meeting


 
--
Hope to hear you on the air!!

Paul
K4PEW
Mt. Juliet


Re: Weather Station

 

Jimmy:
That's one heck of a weather station. You sure that's not NOAA's?

Seriously, though, what brand is that? What kind of damage would it do to my xyl's wallet?

On Friday, December 25, 2020, 03:35:52 PM CST, W4MUF Jimmy Moser <wxgeek@...> wrote:


Have recently gotten a snag with my weather station software worked out and the data is being posted to my
website. Check it out at http://wxgeek-tn.com/GreystoneSubdivision.htm.  Let me know if there are obvious errors
and I will attempt to correct them.

Jimmy
W4MUF


Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN - Sat, 12/26/2020 7:45pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

MJSS@groups.io Calendar <MJSS@...>
 

Reminder: Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 7:45pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Franklin, TN

View Event

Organizer: Karl N8NUT NN8NUT@...

Description:

Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 
Only need your Call, Name and location.
Plan on having fun.


Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00am-10:00am #cal-reminder

MJSS@groups.io Calendar <MJSS@...>
 

Reminder: Simplexton Breakfast/Coffee/Doughnuts in Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00am to 10:00am, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@... 615.795.7396

Description: POTUS called me again and told me that due to all the mail he got from The Simplextons, he said  it was imperative that we hold a breakfast meeting as soon as possible.

SO......We're meeting at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet at 8 AM so that we can be in an open space and continue to practice "Simplexton Distancing".  Please feel free to wear your Simplex masks, only available from your Simplexton Dealer.

You can bring your own coffee and we will also have coffee available, as well as doughnuts.

Hope to see you there!!!


Twice monthly Simplexton Breakfast
Eyeball QSO's and ragchew; no real meeting


Weather Station

W4MUF Jimmy Moser
 

Have recently gotten a snag with my weather station software worked out and the data is being posted to my
website. Check it out at http://wxgeek-tn.com/GreystoneSubdivision.htm.  Let me know if there are obvious errors
and I will attempt to correct them.

Jimmy
W4MUF


Re: SKYWARN 2021

KO4HGO Josh
 

I am also a new ham KO4HGO. I am interested in helping spot or give information. I am willIng to drive around to spot activity. However I am in Gallatin but from my area I can see over the top of northern Wilson county. Let me know if you need help. 

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