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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

Secretary/Treasurer


7/13/19



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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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Re: ARES Meeting, Thursday 5/23

Richard Arnold
 

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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ARES Meeting, Thursday 5/23

Richard Arnold
 

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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K4R, Russell Cave Special Event Station. 5/11/19

Richard Arnold
 

The K4R, Russell Cave Special Event Station activation is now behind us.
We consider it to be a successful outing with 11 club members present, 1 visiting amateur operator and 3 guests and a good time was had by all present.


We began the day at a disadvantage with two members absent due to sickness and a tragic death in the family and rain delays as well.


We knew this activation would be challenging due to the location of Russell Cave in the shadow of the mountain and weather conditions and while we were not able to operate on all bands planned we did achieve 15 contacts on 20 and 40 meters.

Our dedicated radio operators were Mark Pierson, KN4JXL and John Hilliard, K4JCH.

Members present were:
Richard Arnold, K4NHA.
Ben Lowe, K4QF.
Byron Lauderdale, KN4QVD.
Danielle Fuller, KN4SDJ.
Jerry Rossanno, N4JR.
Jim Clifford, NK3V.
John Hillisrd, K4JCH.
Kendall Mashburn, KN4KYX
Kendall's Wife, Brittney Mashburn.
Kendall's Daughter, Piper Masburn.
Mark Pierson, KN4JXL.
Patrick Gifford, KN4BRG.
Tanya Sparkman, KA4TLH.
Visiting Amateur was Chris White, KK4TLK from Whitwell, TN and his Father-in-Law Jerry Godsby that lives in the cove at the cave.

Thanks to all that turned out for this event and to my setup and tear-down crew.

K4NHA.

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Russell Cave Special Event Station

Richard Arnold
 

One week away! Russell Cave Special Event Station.

On May 11, 2019 we will be operating a special event station under the call-sign K4R for the 58th Anniversary of Russell Cave National Monument. We're doing this mostly for fun but to also activate a National Monument which is part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air for those that are chasing those activations.

One Day Event - Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6 hours total on-air time

Setup Time will be 8:00am at the entrance to Russell Cave
On-Air at 9:00am
Operating SSB, CW, and Digital Modes.
Operating 40m and 20m.
12v DC available (any radio's will need to use DC)
Shutdown at 3:00pm
Packed up and out of the Park by 4:00pm

There are many rules and laws in place since this land is a Federal Archaeology site. No vehicles can be on the grass at any time, no ground penetration can happen anywhere (no tent stakes, etc.), and the Park Rangers would like us to be gone by 4:00pm so they can finish their end of day and close the park at 4:30pm.

We have graciously been given the two RV/bus parking spots for the day. This will provide plenty of room for the portable antenna trailer (same as used at the fair and field day) and room for a smaller enclosed trailer and the canopy which to operate in/under. This is actually a great location because everyone coming in or out of the park will see us. We'll be setup for inclement weather so rain or shine we'll be on the air. Image showing location attached.

For the antenna we'll be running a G5RV-Jr at around 35' in an inverted V configuration. We have several radio's available but feel free to bring yours if you prefer! We have the following available at this time:
Icom IC-7200
Icom IC-706MKIIG
Yaesu FT-991

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ARES Meeting, 4/25/19

Richard Arnold
 

This month our main topic is going to be on SWR meters and antenna analyzers.
I will have 3 different SWR meters and 1 MFJ analyzer to demonstrate and see how they function.

Invite a friend to attend.

Hope to see you all there.

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Re: March Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

Well Oops!
It would seem that I am behind my times, this is for the April meeting.
Thanks to more observant person than yours truly for catching my error.😁

On Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 5:59 PM Richard Arnold <kb4rma@...> wrote:
It's that time again!  The meeting will be this Saturday, March 13th at Western Sizzlin.
10:00AM, 9:30 for breakfast.

Hope to see you all there.


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March Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

It's that time again!  The meeting will be this Saturday, March 13th at Western Sizzlin.
10:00AM, 9:30 for breakfast.

Hope to see you all there.


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Club Meeting this Saturday

Brad Arnold
 

Club Meeting this Saturday at Western Sizzlin’ in Scottsboro. Meeting begins at 10:00am, come at 9:30am for breakfast!

This will be the final shirt order date as well so if you would like club logo t-shirts (short and long sleeve, with pocket or not), hoodies, hats, beanies, or polos please let me know by this Saturday. Polo shirts are embroidered and also have your name and callsign. 

As always we will accommodate a Technician Class exam session after the meeting if needed. 

See everyone Saturday!



Sincerely,


Brad Arnold, K4NHA
President - Jackson County Amateur Radio
Assistant Emergency Coordinator - Jackson County ARES/RACES
(256) 609-5664
jcar.us
k4nha.com

February Regular Club Meeting

Richard Arnold
 

It's that time again!  The meeting will be this Saturday, February 9th at Western Sizzlin.
10:00AM, 9:30 for breakfast.

We are still collecting 2019 dues.

Hope to see you all there.

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Winter Field Day 2019

Brad Arnold
 

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Winter Field Day 2019 was a huge success! We had a large turnout and a lot of fun testing our equipment and setups. Using both portable antenna platforms we had a 40m dipole and VHF/UHF dual band omni on one and a 40m-10m G5RV Mini on the other, both at around 30’ high. Both antennas worked flawlessly through the entire event. Ray Young KM4YCO brought his Icom IC-7300 go-box out and operated on 20m most of the day while Brad Arnold K4NHA brought his Icom IC-7200 which was used on 40m. Richard Arnold KB4RMA setup a full VHF/UHF digital capable station using his go-box with multiple radios. We had over 900Ah of DC power available as this was the first chance to operate on the large DC power system KB4RMA and K4NHA have been building over the past several months.

The highlight of the day was when the kids got on the air. Danielle Fuller’s kids Deo and Alix made a contact with a contest station in South Carolina and Brad Ivey KK4UWF’s daughter Marley contacted the ARRL Headquarters W1AW in Connecticut for the second field day in a row. Rumor has it 7 year old Deo may be studying for his Technician License Exam soon!

With Winter Field Day in the books we’re now looking ahead to our next events which will be the K4R Special Event Station at Russell Cave National Monument in May and ARRL Field Day this June. Thank you to everyone that came out and made this Winter Field Day such a fun event and a great success!

All of the pictures can be found on the JCAR site and on the JCAR Facebook page: