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CSRA DSTAR/DMR UPDATE MAY 27 2022

KENT HUFFORD
 

With the move of the KR4AIK DSTAR repeaters from the old tower to the new one, 1.98 miles, 078 deg, required a recoordination with SERA. That has been completed and approved.

 

Also the N2ZZ DMR repeater has been moved to the new site and has been recoordinated with SERA. And has a brand new antenna system operational.

 

We have brand new ICOM dual mode DSTAR repeaters for KR4AIK courtesy of Aiken County Emergency Management and Paul Matthews.   The new repeaters can also do Analog FM voice. Same frequencies. The FM Tone  is 88.5hz. So remember that the repeater maybe doing DSTAR or Analog, but not both at the same time, nor will it cross mode. So, if you seen the repeater keyed up, but no audio, that means it is in the other mode transmitting.

 

The DSTAR KR4AIK C (VHF) 145.160 – 600khz

 

The DSTAR KR4AIK B (UHF) 443.4125 + 5mhz

 

The DMR N2ZZ (UHF) 443.4625 + 5mhz

 

The DSTAR and DMR repeaters are linked to the internet.

 

The Raspberry Pi temp sensor system is being upgraded.

 

Aiken County Emergency Management has procured a larger/upgraded UPS for the DSTAR repeaters. And SC ETV has installed a complete generator backup system to the repeater shack.

 

Also a new analog FM repeater has been added to the Trenton site belonging to the ARC 145.39 – tone 71.91hz

 

The Beech Island DSTAR repeaters KM4LOD are operational.  Both KM4LOD and KR4AIK repeaters are linked to reflectors

 

 

Kent

KQ4KK


Re: NABRC Meeting Start Time Poll #poll-notice

Brian Robertson
 

Either time is fine.

Brian D. Robertson
149 Lady Banks Rd.
Aiken, SC  29803

803.226.3144




On May 20, 2022, at 7:29 PM, Carl Juvrud KP2L <cjuvrud@...> wrote:

We have only heard from 10 club members, so if you wish to be heard on this topic, please vote.  This topic will close in one week. tnx/73   Carl KP2L



Re: NABRC Meeting Start Time Poll #poll-notice

Carl Juvrud KP2L
 

We have only heard from 10 club members, so if you wish to be heard on this topic, please vote.  This topic will close in one week. tnx/73   Carl KP2L


N2ZZ Brandmeister DMR repeater back on the air

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

Dr. Jim's, N2ZZ Brandmeister DMR repeater is back on the air from the new Aiken tower. Jim's antenna is an 8-bay open dipole (~11.0 dBd) antenna mounted at 380ft. His Motorola SLR5500 repeater (50 W) should have excellent coverage across the CSRA.
--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


Amateur Radio Club of Augusta Announces a New 2 Meter FM repeater

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

*******NEW VHF REPEATER******* 
It’s 145.390 (-) with a pl tone of 71.9. The new repeater is on our Trenton, SC  tower at approximately 300′. It is available now to all licensed amateurs in the area. 

This will become the backup if the 145.490 becomes non-operational instead of the 145.110. Echolink is not included. The 145.110 is still operational and can continue be used by the Ham Community.

So program your radios to include this new frequency and enjoy!!

--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


NABRC Meeting Start Time Poll #poll-notice

Carl Juvrud KP2L
 

For dues paid up NABRC members only, would you be in favor of changing the meeting start time from 7PM to 6:30PM ?

Thank you for voting. Results will be available when the poll is closed.



Meeting Reminder - Monday May 9

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

This is a meeting reminder for the first in-person meeting of NABRC in many many months.
The meeting is at North Augusta Public Safety #2, 501 W. Five Notch Rd. North Augusta SC
As in the past, informal fellowship will start at 6:30pm with the business meeting starting 7:00pm.
Covid 19 masks are recommended as this is an enclosed venue.
On the agenda are several issues critical to the future of NABRC. In addition, as time permits, Carl Juvrud, KP2L, will be demonstrating the M5Stack with his IC-705 transceiver. The M5Stack was reviewed in the April  QST (pg 49). If there isn't time for Carl's demonstration we will move it to our June meeting.

We have also received good news for our Aiken meeting location. So long as Covid rates remain low, we are able to resume meetings at Aiken Regional Medical Center (ARMC), 6th floor class rooms. Masks are required and must be worn at all times when in ARMC. Our June meeting will be at ARMC.

Hope to see everyone Monday

--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


Re: NABRC Leadership problem

W8SC
 

Thanks for the great info to "refresh" our memories.  Remember discussing the docs but we never really brought them into the open at any meeting. Great food for serious consideration.  To place another question on the table (as if we needed any more?), are we required by the State of SC to file an annual report as a Club/Organization that is tax exempt?


NABRC Leadership problem

Jerry Flanders
 

If you attended the last Zoom meeting or have been following the discussion on the mailing list, you are aware of Greg's resignation. Dave has stepped up and is now Acting President as well as Treasurer - totally unfair to Dave. We owe him our thanks for stepping up to the crisis. The rest of us need to also step up and make things right ASAP.

We probably wouldn't be having this leadership crisis if we had been in full compliance with our constitution and bylaws.

https://k4nab.org/documents/constitution/
https://k4nab.org/documents/bylaws/

Constitution (adopted Dec 2013), Article IV:
“The officers of the Club shall be the President, the Trustee, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, who shall be elected or appointed as provided by the By-Laws. The Executive Committee consisting of the Club officers and two Directors elected as provided by the By-Laws shall govern the affairs of the Club...." and "...No member may serve in two elected positions simultaneously.”

That is a total of six plus the repeater trustee. We only had two before Greg resigned. AFAIK, we _never_ had a VP and I don't remember any Directors.

It is clear now that the surprise resignation would not have caused such a stir if we had had this full suite of officers in place.

There have been several proposals of how to proceed.

Dave and I think we should concentrate on getting _fully_ staffed via new appointments and let the new officers and trustee run things conventionally for the remainder of the present terms (i.e., until December) before considering alternate proposals.

I have volunteered to help Dave assemble a list of appointment candidates to discuss with attendees at the May 9 meeting, with official appointments following.

I told Dave that I would be the first to volunteer for one of the 6 posts. He has two more volunteers for indeterminate positions. That leaves 3 to go. That is why I am contacting you.

The club needs you now more than ever. Please read over the constitution and bylaws and let Dave or me know ASAP by private email (jeflanders@... or dave@...) if you will help the club by volunteering for the remainder of this year.

Thanks

Jerry W4UK


Run United Thank You

Carl Juvrud KP2L
 



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Charles Miller <ae4ux@...>
Date: Mon, May 2, 2022 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Run United Thank You
To: Barry Fraley <snakebranchfarm@...>, Jim Matson <jimmatson@...>, Arthur Ruditzky <a_ruditzky@...>, Kent Hufford <khufford@...>, Charles Miller <ae4ux@...>, Mike Newland <nc8n@...>, Gabe McGhee <techminer49er@...>, Carl Juvrud <cjuvrud@...>, James Wegener <jjw@...>, David Kjellquist <dave@...>


Run United Volunteers,

Thank you for your support of the 2022 Run United Half Marathon.

163 Runners completed the 2022 Run United Half Marathon. The lowest time to complete the run was 1 hour, 13 minutes and 46 seconds (pace was 5 minutes and 38 seconds per mile). The last runner finished the run in 3 hours, 12 minutes and 42 seconds (pace was 14 minutes and 43 seconds per mile).

The race coordinator was very complementary to the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and all the radio operators for providing the information they needed to successfully monitor the race progress.

Carl Juvrud (KP2L) was the Net Control

Gabe McGee (KO4AAP) was the Mile Marker 1 Radio Operator

Dave Kjellquist (WB5NHL) was the Mile Marker 2 and the Mile Marker 11 Radio Operator

Mike Newland (NC8N) and Winston Matson (KO4YKK) were the Mile Marker 3 and the Mile Marker 12 Radio Operators.

Kent Hufford (KQ4KK) was the Mile Marker 4 and the Mile Marker 10 Radio Operator

Arthur Ruditzky (W3WR) was the Mile Marker 5 Radio Operator

James Wegener (KM4TWA) was the Mile Marker 6 Radio Operator

Barry Fraley (AB4BF) was the Mile Markers 7 & 8 Radio Operator

James Matson (KN4OQD) was the Mile Marker 9 Radio Operator

Thanks again for making this public service event a success.

73 Charlie AE4UX




Re: NABRC Operation - Option

Clint Bradford <clintbradford@...>
 

If incorporated, the existing bylaws need to be adhered to ...


Re: Lighning Strike Info

Jerry Flanders
 

Hi Steve

FYI - if you have conventional internet service (not DSL) MagicJack can use it with no landline connection and is inexpensive. Hardware including first year of service $50 (plus a one time fee of $20 extra to continue using your present nr if you want that).

Future service $109 for 3 years service but there is an occasional sale. I am on the third year of a 5 year for $50 bargain.

You plug your regular phone into it just as you would plug it into your phone wall socket.

I have been using MagicJack for 9-10 years. 

Jerry W4UK

On 04/27/2022 5:11 PM W8SC <w8sc@...> wrote:


Great info, Dave. If this was prompted by my request during the ZOOM meeting last Monday, I really wanted a discussion on lightning surges on telephone lines. I lost several landline telephones from surges coming in the telephone line in the past several months. I have since done some troubleshooting myself, and I found the #12 solid ground wire from the NID (Network Interface Device, i.e. telephone box) where the TELCO line comes in to my house, was BROKEN!  Thus, there was NO GROUND on the telephone line! There is a yellow tag on that ground wire that reads if found to be disconnected, call telephone repair.  I need to tell AT&T that their ground wire is broken, but if anyone has spoken to AT&T repair service (Singapore or India), they don't know what I'm talking about! Stay tuned.


Re: Lighning Strike Info

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

Steve, we had an issue with our landline service. Wife went online and filled out a trouble ticket rather than talking to some contract call taker. We got good response.

On Apr 27, 2022 5:11 PM, W8SC <w8sc@...> wrote:
Great info, Dave. If this was prompted by my request during the ZOOM meeting last Monday, I really wanted a discussion on lightning surges on telephone lines. I lost several landline telephones from surges coming in the telephone line in the past several months. I have since done some troubleshooting myself, and I found the #12 solid ground wire from the NID (Network Interface Device, i.e. telephone box) where the TELCO line comes in to my house, was BROKEN!  Thus, there was NO GROUND on the telephone line! There is a yellow tag on that ground wire that reads if found to be disconnected, call telephone repair.  I need to tell AT&T that their ground wire is broken, but if anyone has spoken to AT&T repair service (Singapore or India), they don't know what I'm talking about! Stay tuned.


--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


Re: Lighning Strike Info

W8SC
 

Great info, Dave. If this was prompted by my request during the ZOOM meeting last Monday, I really wanted a discussion on lightning surges on telephone lines. I lost several landline telephones from surges coming in the telephone line in the past several months. I have since done some troubleshooting myself, and I found the #12 solid ground wire from the NID (Network Interface Device, i.e. telephone box) where the TELCO line comes in to my house, was BROKEN!  Thus, there was NO GROUND on the telephone line! There is a yellow tag on that ground wire that reads if found to be disconnected, call telephone repair.  I need to tell AT&T that their ground wire is broken, but if anyone has spoken to AT&T repair service (Singapore or India), they don't know what I'm talking about! Stay tuned.


NABRC Operation - Option

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 

An alternate proposal for NABRC until more officers are elected.

As Carl and I stated in the original email the functioning and future of NABRC is subject to discussion and debate at our next meeting.

To this goal I am offering the following description for temporary functioning NABRC going forward. Please consider all the points below for discussion on May 9.

Goal: Retain a minimal functioning club that more closely mirrors current operation and member needs.

Officers: Until a replacement for our President is found, It is proposed that there be a minimum of 2 officers, Treasurer and Trustee. These officers are the minimum required. Trustee because of FCC requirements for K4NAB and Treasurer to maintain and administer club finances. I have already said I will continue as treasurer until another member is voted as treasurer. Nominations for additional officers i.e. president, vice president and secretary remain open.

Dues & Financial: We will continue to collect dues on an annual basis. Expenditures will be voted on by members. Financial reports will be provided at meetings

New members: Upon payment of dues and submitting of application, a vote will be taken for new members

Meetings: At each monthly meeting the treasurer will report income & expenditures. Any large expenditures will be voted upon. Meetings will be held at Public Safety #2 on odd months (May, Jul, Sep etc) and Aiken Regional Medical Center on even months (Jun, Aug, Oct etc). Masks are mandatory for the ARMC building. To address health risks in the future Zoom meetings may be held.

Once the treasurer's report is complete the meeting is open to club "champions". A club champion is the key to the continued functioning of the club. A champion is a member that voluntarily undertakes a function or activity on behalf of or to benefit the club. For example, this month, club member, Charlie Miller, is the Run United champion. Charlie has stood up to organize member support for Run United again this year. Another champion example, is Kent Hufford. Kent is both the Schofield Middle School and SEED champions.  There can also be a one time presentation champion. A club member interested giving a presentation can announce their topic via the club group.io or an in-person club meeting.

The key take away is monthly meetings are the in-person forum for club champions to come forward, make reports or request support.

Club members are STRONGLY encouraged to become a club champion whether it be one-time topic, organization support or something I haven't thought of. The only real requirement is that it be ham radio related.

Without champions the club can not continue to function. 

--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


Re: Lighning Strike Info

Rodney Tanner
 
Edited

On Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 2:56 PM Jerry Flanders <jeflanders@...> wrote:
Good resource. I was outside cutting grass and saw the dark clouds approaching, so cut it short. No lightning here so far.
 
Jerry W4UK
On 04/26/2022 2:03 PM Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL <dave@...> wrote:
 
 
There are several lightning strike information sites available on the Internet. I regularly have used Weatherbug's Sparky on my phone. However, the SCETV weather site has a good one you might try.
Go to the web page for the weather station at the new Aiken tower. This is an interesting site even if you aren't interested lightning info.

https://aiken.weatherstem.com/etvaiken

Once at the site  click on Lightning/Heat Guidance. You will probably have to accept a legal statement about responsibility. Once accepted, you will be able to see a record of recent lightning strikes giving times, distance and wehter cloud to cloud or clod to ground. If click on the Locate Me button and allow the software to use your location it will reference the data to your location. (see the screen snap blew for an example) The revert to Station will change the location reference back to the tower location.




--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC

 

 


Re: Lighning Strike Info

Jerry Flanders
 

Good resource. I was outside cutting grass and saw the dark clouds approaching, so cut it short. No lightning here so far.

Jerry W4UK

On 04/26/2022 2:03 PM Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL <dave@...> wrote:


There are several lightning strike information sites available on the Internet. I regularly have used Weatherbug's Sparky on my phone. However, the SCETV weather site has a good one you might try.
Go to the web page for the weather station at the new Aiken tower. This is an interesting site even if you aren't interested lightning info.

https://aiken.weatherstem.com/etvaiken

Once at the site  click on Lightning/Heat Guidance. You will probably have to accept a legal statement about responsibility. Once accepted, you will be able to see a record of recent lightning strikes giving times, distance and wehter cloud to cloud or clod to ground. If click on the Locate Me button and allow the software to use your location it will reference the data to your location. (see the screen snap blew for an example) The revert to Station will change the location reference back to the tower location.




--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


Lighning Strike Info

Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
 
Edited

There are several lightning strike information sites available on the Internet. I regularly have used Weatherbug's Sparky on my phone. However, the SCETV weather site has a good one you might try.
Go to the web page for the weather station at the new Aiken tower. This is an interesting site even if you aren't interested lightning info.

https://aiken.weatherstem.com/etvaiken

Once at the site  click on Lightning/Heat Guidance. You will probably have to accept a legal statement about responsibility. Once accepted, you will be able to see a record of recent lightning strikes giving times, distance and whether cloud to cloud or cloud to ground. If click on the Locate Me button and allow the software to use your location it will reference the data to your location. (see the screen snap below for an example) The revert to Station will change the location reference back to the tower location.




--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC


BARTG Sprint 75 RTTY contest - W4UK

Jerry Flanders
 

BARTG Sprint 75 - April

Call: W4UK
Operator(s): W4UK
Station: W4UK
Class: Single Op HP
QTH: SC
Operating Time (hrs): 4

Summary:
Band QSOs
------------
80: 0
40: 0
20: 40
15: 1
10: 0
------------
Total: 41 Mults = 22 Continents = 2 Total Score = 1,804

Club: South East Contest Club

Comments:
43 ft vertical antenna with 16 43 ft radials on ground, Flex 6700 + Yaesu Quadra
amp at 500 W.


Re: *** AIKEN Meeting location GREAT NEWS!!!!***

Rodney Tanner
 

That is great.  Maybe we can get back to some kind of normal even if wearing masks.

Rodney


On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 11:11 AM James F. Boehner, MD via groups.io <jboehner01=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Excellent!

 

Yes, we are all still masking at the hospital and at my practice.

 

’73 de JIM N2ZZ

 

From: nabrc@groups.io <nabrc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave Kjellquist, WB5NHL
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 10:21 AM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] *** AIKEN Meeting location GREAT NEWS!!!!***

 

Talk to Eric Muhlbaier from ARMC this morning. We are welcome to resume meeting in the 6th floor classroom.
It is mandatory the masks must be worn while in the building.
We will resume alternating between North Augusta Public Safety #2 (odd months, Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov) and Aiken Regional Medical Center (even months, Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct)

Thus our next in-person meeting at ARMC will be June 13!!!
--
Dave,  WB5NHL
Treasurer,  NABRC

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