Date   
October Regular Club meeting.

Richard Arnold
 

Don't forget! This coming Saturday, October 12th at Western Sizzlin.
Meeting begins at 10:00AM, come at 9:30 and enjoy their Breakfast Buffet.

All CERT members are welcome to attend as our honored guests and see what goes on.

Hope to see you all there.

KB4RMA

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Retraction. The September ARES/CERT meeting is back on!

Richard Arnold
 

One of our newest members, Veronica Woodall (KN4WZT) has secured the meeting room at the Jackson County Senior Center which is just inside the entrance of Jackson County Park.

Hope to see you all there at 6:00PM on Wednesday night.

If you want to look it up or program it into your GPS, here is the address:  146 Rita Williams Dr , Scottsboro, AL 35769, Scottsboro, AL 35769  

KB4RMA

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September ARES/CERT meeting cancelled.

Richard Arnold
 

OK people. We have tried and tried and tried but scheduling conflicts this month leave us with no venue in which to host the ARES/CERT meeting so it is as of now cancelled.
Our apologies to the group but we will pick back up in October with he promised radio operation class.  

KB4RMA

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September Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 8/10/19                       


Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for August


Income:

Donations - $41.00

Shirt money - $38.00
Expenditures: 

Radio 10 pack - $212.75

ARRL Testing Fees associated with CERT training - $40.00


Current balance-$3540.35


K4NHA demonstrated the new Echolink setup on the 90 repeater that is currentyl operating through KK4UWF’s Allstar node from his home.

BenLowe explained about the DStar app for Smartphones (Peanut) and gave a demonstration by talking to a ham in the UK across his Smartphone.


John Hilliard (K4JCH) donated an MFJ prize pack consisting of a coffee cup, short PL259 jumper and a pack of coax seal for give-a-way and new member George Patides was the lucky winner.


Ben Lowe then led a lively discussion of changes in the license classes and structure over the years followed by a short presentation and explanation of his latest antenna build out for his 1296 gHz Moonbounce system.


K4NHA discussed the recent CERT training class and the addition of 4 new hams to the radio ranks.


Byron Lauderdale then started a discussion of how we could get in the schools to demonstrate ham radio to the students.


K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Brad Ivey. KK4UWF

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Ben Lowe, K4QF

Patrick Clifford, KN4BRG

Tanya Sparkman, KA4TLH

Mark Pierson, KN4JXL

George Patides, KN4IEE

John Hilliard, K4JCH

Janet Lauderdale, KN4WZU


Guests this month were:

Gloria Arnold

Marlee Ivey



Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

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Jackson County Fair

Richard Arnold
 

Alright. We are set up with a little finish work to do on Tuesday night when the fair opens.
Hope to see some (all) of you there, come hang out with us one or more nights.

KB4RMA.

TUE-FRI SEP 10-13 - Gates open 5:30 pm Rides begin at 6:00 p.m. 
SAT SEP 14 Gates open 4:30 p.m. Rides begin at 5:00 p.m.  

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August ARES meeting cancelled.

Richard Arnold
 

Due to the CERT training we are conducting on Tuesday and Thursday nights this month, there will not be an ARES meeting this Thursday night at the EOC.

We will catch up in September.

KB4RMA

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August Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 8/10/19                       


Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for July


Income:

Antenna Auction - $50.00

Shirt money - $264.00
Expenditures: $722.00 for shirt order


Current balance-$3616.75


2019 Dues collection is still in progress. Still have 2 members outstanding.


K4NHA gave an update on the 2019 CERT training class and HamCram training and testing session being held at the Jackson County Board of Education Teacher Resource center in August and put forth a motion for the club to purchase 10 more radios to be presented to the CERT trainees that are also testing for their Technician class license.


Motion carried and was passed by members present.


K4NHA then told the membership of how the 3 VE’s had been absorbing the cosst of ARRL license testing up to this point but would like for the club to pay the licensing cost for up to 14-15 tests to be administered on the same day. A motion for the payment was made and passed by the members present.


K4NHA announced the Jackson County Fair dates and that we were planning to once again be present at the fair along with EMA, CERT and Jackson County Fire Association.


K4JCH told of the success of the HARC Apollo special event at the Space and Rocket Center and then gave an update on Huntsville Hamfest which is less than 1 week away.


K4NHA updated the group on our idea to have a special event station for the Trail of Tears Ride and that after numerous emails he still had no response from the trail organization. Event is questionable at this time.

Open floor discussion consisted of Ben Lowe telling of HF contacts at a past Dayton Hamvention made from his bicycle. 


K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Mel Bartlett, KD4PID

John Grider, KF4HAB

Ben Lowe, K4QF

Danielle Fuller, KN4SDJ

Jim Clifford, NK3V

Jerry Rossano, N4JR


Guests this month were:

George Patides

Bill Patides

Alix Fuller

Deo Fuller

Mikayla



Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

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August Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Saturday, August 10th. Don't forget, bring a friend!

Hope to see you all there,

KB4RMA

KB4RMA

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Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

One final frequency change seems to have solved the interference issues.
The input frequency for my node is now 440.925 UHF.
This is still analog and requires no tone.

Give it  try.

KB4RMA

On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 5:52 PM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
Update on the Wires-X node: Due to some adjacent channel interference I have moved the frequency from 146.430 to 146.575.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

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Member looking for tower sections

Richard Arnold
 


Carl Wesser is looking for at least 2, 10' tower sections and maybe a top section as well.
If anyone has any sections they want to sell, reply here and I will put you in touch with Carl.

Thanks,

Richard
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Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

Update on the Wires-X node: Due to some adjacent channel interference I have moved the frequency from 146.430 to 146.575.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

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July ARES Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Next Thursday night, 6:00PM at the EOC on the West side of the square.

KK4UWF will demonstrate his Allstar hotspot system and K4NHA will have the Field Day video in case anyone at the ARES meeting missed the regular club meeting this month.

Come see us and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

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Re: Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

One other note about my Wires-X node that I forgot to mention is that it will be taken off the air when lightning is in the area or if storms with the potential for heavy lightning are forecast for the day when the station will be unattended.
Today is a case in point, due to the forecasted storms, I have taken it off the air while I will be at work.
It will be back on the air when I return home at 4:00PM.

KB4RMA.

On Tue, Jul 16, 2019, 5:32 PM Richard Arnold KB4RMA <kb4rma@...> wrote:
Well other than the "Clock Tick" everything seems to be working well.
Developed a noise problem but tracked that down (I think) and left it on the air all night last night and all day today with no problems so I believe it will now stay on 24/7 and connected to the America Link.

Use it if you can get to it.

KB4RMA

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:10 AM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

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Wires-X Node on the air

Richard Arnold
 

I have a Wires-X node up and running from the house. The antenna is approximately 40' in the air (highest one I have).

As you can see from the picture, the frequency is 146.430 and I am running it analog so anyone that wants to can listen to it and try to use it.

It is on the America-Link and will be on the air any time I am home until I think I have all of the bugs worked out and gain more confidence in operation.

My hope is to have it running 24/7 as soon as I am comfortable with it.

Note; there is a noticeable but not intrusive "Clock Tick" when it is receiving form the link.
From what I have been told and can find out, this is a known problem that Yaesu has yet to address or correct.

Give it a try, if you can hear it you may be able to talk back to it.  
Let me know if you use it and what you think.

73,

KB4RMA

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July Regular Club Meeting Minutes

Richard Arnold
 

Jackson County Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes, 7/3/19                       


Brad Arnold, K4NHA called the meeting to order.

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA gave the Treasurer’s report for June


Income:

Dues - $24.00

Donations - $20.00
Expenditures: $92.89 for Give-A-Way Radios


Current balance-$4,061.14


2019 Dues collection is still in progress. Still have 2 members outstanding.


K4NHA made a slide presentation on the Field Day activities and then we watched Paul Smith’s (K4FUZ) video on Field Day setup and activities.


K4NHA distributed shirt orders to members present. All in attendance agreed they look great.


K4NHA then auctioned off Ben Lowe’s 2M loop antenna with proceeds from the auction being donated by Ben to the club general fund. Your’s truly won the short bidding war with a winning bid of $50.00.


KB4RMA then had a short show and tell on the 2M quad antenna that K4FUZ found packed away in the EOC store room.


K4NHA announced that due to the diligence of K4FUZ we may be able to secure a spot on the Farmer’s Telco tower in Section which would allow us to return the 36 repeater to it’s best location. Paul is always looking for ways to aid us in our mission and is a great asset to the club in his position as Deputy EMA Director.

Open floor discussion consisted of Ben Lowe telling of ballon launches and operation in the late 50’s


K4NHA called for a motion to adjourn, a motion was made, seconded and carried.


Members present this month were:

Brad Arnold, K4NHA

Richard Arnold, KB4RMA

Paul Smith, K4FUZ

Christine Harger, NM4C

Mark Pierson, KN4JXL

Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD

Mel Bartlett, KD4PID

John Grider, KF4HAB

Tommy Upton, KF4HAC

Ben Lowe, K4QF


Guests this month were:

Gloria Arnold

JanetLauderdale

Donna Grider

Clay Rice

Serge ?


Club website: http://jcar.us

Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/


KB4RMA

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July Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Don't want to miss this one folks!

We will have a recap of Field Day with a slideshow and video, a demo of an Allstar Node from Brad Ivey, KK4UWF, show and tell of what must surely be an antique 2M quad antenna and even an auction for another antenna.

Going to be an hour full of fun.

This Saturday at Western Sizzlin.
Meeting starts at 10:00AM, 9:30 for breakfast.

Hope to see you all there,

KB4RMA

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Field Day 2019

Brad Arnold
 

Another Field Day is in the books and boy was it fun! We managed at least 217 contacts with one more operator's log to add to that once received. CW, SSB, FT8, and PSK were used among the 4 stations Saturday and 2 stations Sunday. We just missed Worked All States by six with Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa eluding us. Three Canadian Territories and Puerto Rico were also logged.

An Antenna Building Workshop was up and running both days with several members building tape measure yagis and copper cactus j-poles for their VHF/UHF radios. A traveling ham was also assisted in checking his radio's RF output and programming.

Our ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Ray Walker Forrester Sr., visited the site Saturday on his quest to see all District-F Field Day sites this year.


Here's a link to the photo gallery on Facebook (you don't need an account):

https://www.facebook.com/pg/JacksonCountyAmateurRadio/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1095861973939931


Paul Smith K4FUZ, our Deputy EMA Coordinator, made a great video from his drone footage:



Thank you to everyone that came out, had fun, sweated a lot, and made this years Field Day the best yet! I'm already looking forward to next year!

See you at the next meeting, ARES Meeting this Thursday and Club Meeting on July 13th.

73's,

Brad Arnold, K4NHA
President - Jackson County Amateur Radio
Assistant Emergency Coordinator - Jackson County ARES/RACES



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Recognition is nice.

Richard Arnold
 

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Re: Antenna Plans

Richard Arnold
 

Ben, your suggestions and tales of yore are always welcome at the meetings!

Have we ever told you to shut up yet?

Yet?.............😀

See you there!


On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 4:42 PM Ben <LoWeb@...> wrote:

Richard et al,

 

At the JCAR meeting this Sat., I can offer some suggestions to ease construction and making measurements on these, in fact, any antennas.  It won’t be any changes to your basic construction approach, but there are a couple of things to do to make the process easier.  My approach isn’t the normal way of going about doing things, but then I’ve never been accused of normal thinking anyway!

 

73’s…Ben/K4QF/K4VOW (contest call)

 

P.S.  We don’t want to take too long Sat. dwelling on antennas since the ARRL VHF contest starts at 1 p.m. Sat. and runs until 10 p.m. (I think) Sun. evening.  I think there is now a category for FM only stations.  Remember, those tape measure yagis work on 2 m. SSB too in case your rig covers that mode, but be sure to turn it horizontal so you don’t lose that 30 dB of cross polarization!

 

 

Here are the plans and material lists from various authors on the internet that I have personally built and found to perform perfectly.
As stated, we will have an antenna building workshop in conjunction with our Field Day activities on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23.

Pleas note that the only improvement we have made on the Copper Cactus Super J-Pole is to replace the SO239 connector with a short piece of coax and a PL259 connector.

 

This makes it easier to tune the J-Pole after construction and also makes it very easy to seal the connection between the antenna and your feed-line going to your shack.

I will provide the torch for soldering, solder, flux and grit cloth for cleaning the copper tubing, drill and all necessary hand tools and glue for use on the PVC pipe yagi antennas.

 

If you are planning on building one or both of the Yagi antennas, you will need to go somewhere like Ollie's and by one of their cheap 1" wide blade tape measures.

 

For your connection coax and connectors for the Yagi or J-Pole antennas, I suggest you order a jumper with the PL259 ends already installed much like the one shown in the Amazon link.

https://smile.amazon.com/Antenna-Eagles-Coaxial-Adapter-Assembly/dp/B06XJHYK6Z/ref=sr_1_4?crid=37O2QDWX7J0YV&keywords=coax+jumper+cable+pl259&qid=1558832198&s=gateway&sprefix=coax+jumpr%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-4

If you do not already own any, you may also want to order some Female barrel connectors as well.

 https://smile.amazon.com/Maxmoral-2-Pack-PL-259-Adapter-Connector/dp/B016HPOX7M/ref=sr_1_19?crid=37O2QDWX7J0YV&keywords=coax+jumper+cable+pl259&qid=1558832283&s=gateway&sprefix=coax+jumpr%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-19

 

If I have missed anything or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply to this email.

 

I will have printed copies of the attached instructions at the Filed Day event.

I would request that you use the Reply To All function so that everyone on the mailing list can benefit from your questions.

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Re: ARES Meeting, Thursday 5/23

Richard Arnold
 

I made a mistake in the original email. The June club meeting will be on the 8th, not the 14th.
Sorry about that, I have been distracted for several weeks now.

Hope to see you all on the 8th.


On Sat, May 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:

Full house for the May ARES meeting. Summer Field Day exercise was discussed.

Summer Field Day will be held June 22nd and 23rd at Jackson County Park. 

Glad to see regular club members  Jerry, N4JR and Jim, NK3V in attendance and bringing some really good ideas for Field Day to the table.
We will go over the planning from the ARES meeting and continue the discussion at the Regular Club meeting on June14 at Western Sizzlin.

Let's all turn out and make this a great Field Day for our club.


Richard.

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On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 6:31 PM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
Primary point of discussion will be Field Day, 2019.

June 22nd-23rd is not that far off and we have one ARES meeting and one Regular Club meeting between now and then.

If you have any plans to volunteer to help out with Field Day, I ask that you make every effort to attend this next meeting to discuss preparation, setup and Field Day operation.

Invite a friend to attend so they can learn more about Amateur Radio and ARES.

Hope to see you there, KB4RMA

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