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Recommended Podcast

Mel
 

One of my favorite Amateur Radio resources is QSO Today Podcast hosted by Eric Guth (4Z1UG/WA6IGR)

https://www.qsotoday.com/

 

Every Week Eric interviews a significant person in amateur radio. In the course of the interview he will often ask the person he is interviewing:

  • ·         How did you get started in Amateur Radio?
  • What was your first radio?
  •  Did it influence your choice of careers or education?
  •  What do you see as the biggest challenge to amateur radio?
  •  What excites you most about amateur radio?

 

Each podcast is just about one hour in length. I love listening to them when I am running errands or driving on a trip. Eric has now done 264 of the weekly podcasts.

 

You can download the podcasts to your phone using any of the normal services (Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, You Tube, Overcast, etc).

 

Listening to these podcasts has certainly increased my understanding and love of amateur radio. I encourage you to give them a try.


Mel
N7GCO

Please Take Action: DOD Broadcast and Listener Survey on WWV and WWVH

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Takes only a minute and may keep these venerable stations up.

https://swling.com/blog/2019/08/please-take-action-dod-broadcast-and-listener-survey-on-wwv-and-wwvh/



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Tunnel Marathon comms support on 9/15/2019.

Tom WA7TBP
 

SNOVARC  members.

We have a request for operators for a marathon next month in North Bend. I have forwarded the request for you to examine. I was going to help out here, but, I will be helping with the Plain 100 that week-end. This is an excellent opportunity for SNOVARC operators to help out another SNO Valley group with a public service event.

Thanks for considering helping out here.

73,

Tom, WA7TBP


From: mjtnorton@...
To: tomwa7tbp@...
Sent: 8/20/2019 17:34:32 Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Tunnel Marathon comms support on 9/15/2019.

Tom: I am reaching out to you about an opportunity for your ham radio operators to participate with North Bend ARES team (NBAT) in providing communications support to the last of the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathons. Several of the NBAT team helped out for the August race. This was an excellent opportunity to exercise our radio and organizational skills in a beautiful environment (the John Wayne Trail east of North Bend).

 

Date: September 15, 2019

 

Time: 6: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or unless released earlier.

 

Please see https://www.tunnelmarathon.com/ for race information.

 

Sign-up for comms support at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D45ABA82FA5FC1-north8.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,
Mary Norton
Snoqualmie-North Bend CERT
Snoqualmie Emergency Communication and Support Team
North Bend ARES
KF7FAC

Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’m glad I was able to help.

I will be happy to do as many little Powerpole Elmer sessions as needed to get everyone up to speed on how to install Powerpoles.  Folks need only ask. Having made many of he possible mistakes myself I’m thrilled to think others might learn from my mistakes rather than having to invent them de novo.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 19, 2019, at 6:49 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Thank you Paul (W7PFB) for the very helpful Anderson Power Pole crimping/installation lesson today and the other great advice for building my go-box! 

73

Howard 
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thank you Paul (W7PFB) for the very helpful Anderson Power Pole crimping/installation lesson today and the other great advice for building my go-box! 

73

Howard 
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Bob Otis
 

This is a good Elmer session.  I have gotten pretty good at Powerpoles, though, so I’ll miss it.  That said, the one tip I have found useful is the put the metal piece into the crimper the way you want it, and squeeze just enough to secure it.  Then, insert the wire and finish the crimp.  Also, sometimes inserting the crimped wire into the plastic holder can require some assistance (e.g., small screw driver). 

 

Best of luck, Bob

 

From: snovarc@groups.io <snovarc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2019 5:45 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

 

Perfect. See you there. Thanks!


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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Perfect. See you there. Thanks!


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WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

If we do something tomorrow afternoon (all are welcome) then you will be able to make progress to show us on Thursday.  So how about tomorrow, say, 1pm, at the club shack in Carnation?

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 18, 2019, at 12:19 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Paul- Monday or Tuesday could work. I could also wait for our Thursday night in the park gathering if that is more helpful for others who might need the lesson as well. 

What works for you and thanks for the help!
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WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thanks Paul! Safe travels.
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Paul- Monday or Tuesday could work. I could also wait for our Thursday night in the park gathering if that is more helpful for others who might need the lesson as well. 

What works for you and thanks for the help!
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Paul Sprouse
 

If you don’t get schooled in the next week, I can help you when I get back from California. Can’t help much with the rest of the box, but I’m pretty good with Anderson.

N0HIT


On Aug 17, 2019, at 7:08 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

It's my first attempt to make some Anderson Powerpoles for my go-box. I have completely failed to crimp a single one! I am need of an Elmer!!

Is there anyone willing to school me this week? Glad to pay with coffee or beer!

Thanks!

73,


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WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
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Re: Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’m totally up for giving people lessons on powerpole installation.  I have already found 127 of the nearly infinite array of ways to get it wrong.

How many folks want to participate?

Howard, when would you like to get together to address your current crisis?


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 17, 2019, at 7:08 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

It's my first attempt to make some Anderson Powerpoles for my go-box. I have completely failed to crimp a single one! I am need of an Elmer!!

Is there anyone willing to school me this week? Glad to pay with coffee or beer!

Thanks!

73,


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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
(425) 864 - 5104
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Help! Anderson Powerpole. Fail!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 
Edited

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

It's my first attempt to make some Anderson Powerpoles for my go-box. I have completely failed to crimp a single one! I am in need of an Elmer!!

Is there anyone willing to school me this week? Glad to pay with coffee or beer!

Thanks!

73,


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WA1HEM <-- note new call-sign - replacing --> KJ7HHS
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Re: Sam Baker.....Silent Key

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Sam - my deepest condolences.

Howard


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Sam Baker.....Silent Key

Rowland
 

All,

 

It is with sadness that I inform our membership that Sam Baker passed away last Sunday.  For those of you that knew Sam he was a great guy with a dry sense of humor.  He was quite active in the club several years ago but eventually illness crept up on him and his mobility became limited. Two years ago he attended the ham test trying for his Extra but did not quite make it.  He was always fun to be around and your wit better be sharp or you were going to go down in flames.  He will be missed.

 

His wife Diane wanted to let members know there would be a gathering at Holy Innocents Church this Friday, August 16, at 11:00 a.m. and the funeral mass at 12:00 noon. Please see memory page for Sam   https://dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/monroe-wa/samuel-baker-8817428

 

I would like to suggest we have a moment of silence at the next meeting to remember Sam.

 

 

 

 

Thank You,

 

Rowland Brasch

 

Rowland Brasch

K7RWB

SnoValley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC)

www.snovarc.org

SnoVARC Facebook

 

Looking For Help

Rowland
 

If you want to take part in a neat ham radio experience try the PLAIN100 ultra marathon taking place in Plain Washington on the weekend of September 13th.  We are looking for volunteers to help with net control and to be stationed at check points throughout the 100-mile course to perform runner checkins.  It is an amazing experience to witness these runners as they are challenged by one of the toughest ultra-marathon courses in the country.

 

For more information look at these two sites:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/plain100st/

 

https://sites.google.com/site/plain100st/

 

If you have any unanswered questions please contact me or Tom Needham for more details.  I know that Dan Pflugrath is participating and has a cabin near Lake Wenatchee with a few more sleeping spots which would save you the cost of a hotel room. Tom and I take our RVs there and that is another option for you.

 

All I can say it is a little work with lots of for included.  Hope you may consider it.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland Brasch

Slick56@...

 

Re: Go Box

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

The radio, head, power supply, speaker all have mounts that can be screwed directly to the shelves.  The pwrgate I will mount with velcro on the shelf and on the pwrgate.  The SLA battery will be held in place with l-brackets to hold it in place horizontally and a velcro strap to go over it to hold it to the shelf.

Let me know what you find at Guitar Center.  There’s a lot of value in being able to look things over, as opposed to order off the web.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 9, 2019, at 10:31 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <howard@...> wrote:

Paul - thanks for the feedback above. The pwrgate looks perfect and isn't really more expensive since John's solution is a kit that you have to assemble, solder, etc. and you're right, John's solution sits on the top of the battery which poses a problem in a rack (thus my question about putting an SLA battery on its side). 

I noticed in your box that some of your items, like the rigs head was screwed to a mount that was attached directly to the rack - how did you mount your other items that don't have a natural way to secure to the rack? Straps? You're innards looks very neat and clean.  I didn't notice. I'm going to run over to Guitar center this weekend to check out if they have any rack cases on hand to look at. I'm also going to explore using a smaller 2u case for just carrying the power supply, Yaesu main unit, head and external speaker, then deal with the backup batteries separately. Don't know. So many permutations!! Thanks again for all the great input!

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Re: Go Box

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Paul - thanks for the feedback above. The pwrgate looks perfect and isn't really more expensive since John's solution is a kit that you have to assemble, solder, etc. and you're right, John's solution sits on the top of the battery which poses a problem in a rack (thus my question about putting an SLA battery on its side). 

I noticed in your box that some of your items, like the rigs head was screwed to a mount that was attached directly to the rack - how did you mount your other items that don't have a natural way to secure to the rack? Straps? You're innards looks very neat and clean.  I didn't notice. I'm going to run over to Guitar center this weekend to check out if they have any rack cases on hand to look at. I'm also going to explore using a smaller 2u case for just carrying the power supply, Yaesu main unit, head and external speaker, then deal with the backup batteries separately. Don't know. So many permutations!! Thanks again for all the great input!

'


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WA1HEM --> Note new callsign - replacing KJ7HHS <--
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Go Box

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 


On Aug 9, 2019, at 11:18 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <howard@...> wrote:

Paul - you make some really good points about that case - especially that there might not be that much protection in the front or rear panels and it's definitely is not made to stack. The case you have is awesome, nearly a tank, with the only missing feature being waterproof when closed (although I doubt that is necessary).
None of these cases are waterproof but the SKB case I’ve got actually has a gasket, so when the end caps are on it’s probably rainproof.  I have no plans to submerge it so weather resistant is fine.  The manufacturers web sites will all tell you if a case has a gasket. 

But this one appears to be lighter and more luggable...Tough choices! I like the idea of building the Rack first using an external rack, sans a case, fine tune the setup and then think about which case to use.

One issue is that if you have multiple shelves, any cabling that goes from the top shelf to the bottom may well need to be routed differently if you change rack/case.


Also - here is the link I was talking about yesterday for the "Power Charger Transfer Kit" available from John Boal K9JEB (Redmond) that I was thinking of adding to my Go-Box. I just bought a jpole from him. This is pretty cool because it can be connected full-time to a power supply and will automatically switch to battery power should AC be lost (or you can just run from the battery or keep it off and use on-demand). My next questions is can you put an SLA battery on its side? Fun stuff…

Yes, you can put an SLA battery on its side.  An alternative to the kit from John is:

I have a couple of these and find them really handy.  Slightly more expensive than what John sells but John’s version would be a problem if the battery is on its side.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM (!!! NOTE MY NEW CALLSIGN - replacing KJ7HHS)
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Go Box

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Paul - you make some really good points about that case - especially that there might not be that much protection in the front or rear panels and it's definitely is not made to stack. The case you have is awesome, nearly a tank, with the only missing feature being waterproof when closed (although I doubt that is necessary). But this one appears to be lighter and more luggable...Tough choices! I like the idea of building the Rack first using an external rack, sans a case, fine tune the setup and then think about which case to use.

Also - here is the link I was talking about yesterday for the "Power Charger Transfer Kit" available from John Boal K9JEB (Redmond) that I was thinking of adding to my Go-Box. I just bought a jpole from him. This is pretty cool because it can be connected full-time to a power supply and will automatically switch to battery power should AC be lost (or you can just run from the battery or keep it off and use on-demand). My next questions is can you put an SLA battery on its side? Fun stuff...
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WA1HEM (!!! NOTE MY NEW CALLSIGN - replacing KJ7HHS)
(425) 864 - 5104
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