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Spring Light Up 2 Meters Night, an FM Simplex Event

Shawn / K7ATA
 

Spring Light Up 2 Meters Night, an FM Simplex Event

March 24, 2019 6-8pm Local Time

Most Amateur Radio Operators today start out with a radio capable of
operating FM on the 2 meter band, so, you probably already have the
minimum equipment necessary to participate. The objective is simple -
make 2 meter FM simplex contacts, challenge your operating limits, and
just get on the air and have some fun.

146.52 MHz is a good place to start here in the USA, but in your part of
the world there may be a better 2 meter simplex frequency. Even US based
hams might have a good local simplex frequency in their area.

Now all you have to do is get on the air! Of course, you don't have to
stop there, maybe your station needs an upgrade, whether it’s a handheld
needing a better antenna, to the 100' of 30 year old RG8X to your 2
meter vertical on the tower needing replaced, or maybe, a new mobile rig
has been on your shopping list.

https://www.w5kv.com/light-up-2-meters-night-an-fm-simplex-event-2/


Please share this announcement - the more hams that know, the more can
participate, and the more contacts everyone can make.

--Shawn
--K7ATA


Field Day June 21-23

Irvina Mizell
 

Hi all,

At the March meeting I volunteered to ask the City for permission to have Field Day at the Big Rock Ball Fields.  Today they granted that permission.

We have permission to have 2 campers there overnight, Friday after set up and Saturday.  We will be in the area near Big Rock Road, and will try to do most of our work in the grassy area -where we met during the summer.  We will have to be creative about parking in the afternoon on Saturday as there will be a lot of Little League families coming in for games.  She will supply us with a key and we will lock the gate at night.

If we end up with more than 2 campers who want to be there, I'll need to get back to them for permission.  More to discuss at the April meeting.

Irvina
W7IRM


Re: Field Day Questions

Robin WA7CPA
 

http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Everything you ever wanted to know about FD but weren’t afraid to ask.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA 


On Mar 18, 2019, at 1:59 PM, Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...> wrote:

Quick, when does Field Day officially start/end?

(Writing the request to the City)

Thanks.

Irvina
W7IRM


Field Day Questions

Irvina Mizell
 

Quick, when does Field Day officially start/end?

(Writing the request to the City)

Thanks.

Irvina
W7IRM


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Marshall Carpenter
 

Car Toys will not install HAM equipment but they will and can run the cables and wires required. I had them do my mobile installation and was very happy. Took about 20 minutes.

 

From: snovarc@groups.io [mailto:snovarc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jackson Beard
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:28 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

 

I wouldn't trust car toys to plug in a cigarette lighter adapter.

 

 

 

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 23:23 Ken Koch WA7KK <groups@...> wrote:

I haven't exhausted my preliminary list of possible installers, but they are looking pretty pricey so far.  I hate to even try Car Toys, but they may be the cheapest.  Does anyone have any experience with them?

I may give it a try myself.  I have a reasonable background in electrical stuff, but cars are a different matter.  Knowing the tricks they use for routing wires is something I've never learned, and I'm sure that will be the vast majority of the work.  The added complexity of a hybrid doesn't help. 

Any help would be appreciated. 


Weather birds

 
Edited

Some of the best decodes from the NOAA birds from my QTH ever with very basic setup.

Ken W7ECK


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Ken Koch WA7KK
 

Thanks!  I got an estimate from them that was very reasonable ($250 - $300).  Now I just need to find an impossible to find (OPC-1444) separation cable to put the radio where I would prefer to put it.


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Mel - N7GCO - Cheney, WA
 

I have used FCI in North Bend to install several antennas. They always did a great job and were very reasonable. There main clients are police and emergency vehicles. I have attached their contact information.
Mel
N7GCO


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Jackson Beard
 

I wouldn't trust car toys to plug in a cigarette lighter adapter.



On Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 23:23 Ken Koch WA7KK <groups@...> wrote:
I haven't exhausted my preliminary list of possible installers, but they are looking pretty pricey so far.  I hate to even try Car Toys, but they may be the cheapest.  Does anyone have any experience with them?

I may give it a try myself.  I have a reasonable background in electrical stuff, but cars are a different matter.  Knowing the tricks they use for routing wires is something I've never learned, and I'm sure that will be the vast majority of the work.  The added complexity of a hybrid doesn't help. 

Any help would be appreciated. 


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Ken Koch WA7KK
 

I haven't exhausted my preliminary list of possible installers, but they are looking pretty pricey so far.  I hate to even try Car Toys, but they may be the cheapest.  Does anyone have any experience with them?

I may give it a try myself.  I have a reasonable background in electrical stuff, but cars are a different matter.  Knowing the tricks they use for routing wires is something I've never learned, and I'm sure that will be the vast majority of the work.  The added complexity of a hybrid doesn't help. 

Any help would be appreciated. 


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Benjamin Thompson
 

It sounds like a good topic for an Elmer session this year, “Mobile Installation Planning”, followed by a SnoVARC ‘wrenching’ day to perform the actual installation.

I have a good amount of experience as an armature upfitter, as do many of the club members I imagine.

Check out www.fordbbas.com/publications they have guides on how to modify the Ford Fusion Hybrid for police applications. The similar info was helpful to me when doing my F150.

-Benjamin Thompson, sent from my phone.
 


From: snovarc@groups.io on behalf of Jackson Beard <macleanofduart@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:20 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000
 
Day Wireless, but not cheap.

I've done a bunch. 

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 15:03 Ken Koch WA7KK <groups@...> wrote:
I picked up a used Icom 7000 at the swap meet.  It looks like installing it neatly and professionally is beyond me.  I have a Ford hybrid and the engine compartment is beyond cramped.  It might be possible to connect a the fuse block, but even that doesn't look easy.

Does anyone know of a professional installation company that does a good job for a somewhat reasonable amount?  Also, any guess about what it would/should cost would be appreciated.


Re: Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Jackson Beard
 

Day Wireless, but not cheap.

I've done a bunch. 

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 15:03 Ken Koch WA7KK <groups@...> wrote:
I picked up a used Icom 7000 at the swap meet.  It looks like installing it neatly and professionally is beyond me.  I have a Ford hybrid and the engine compartment is beyond cramped.  It might be possible to connect a the fuse block, but even that doesn't look easy.

Does anyone know of a professional installation company that does a good job for a somewhat reasonable amount?  Also, any guess about what it would/should cost would be appreciated.


Professional Car Installer for Icom 7000

Ken Koch WA7KK
 

I picked up a used Icom 7000 at the swap meet.  It looks like installing it neatly and professionally is beyond me.  I have a Ford hybrid and the engine compartment is beyond cramped.  It might be possible to connect a the fuse block, but even that doesn't look easy.

Does anyone know of a professional installation company that does a good job for a somewhat reasonable amount?  Also, any guess about what it would/should cost would be appreciated.


Re: Thank you rack pickup crew

Rowland
 

Way to go everybody!

 

Thank You,

 

Rowland Brasch

 

Rowland Brasch

K7RWB

SnoValley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC)

www.snovarc.org

SnoVARC Facebook

 

From: snovarc@groups.io <snovarc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Robin Amundson
Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2019 8:31 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: [snovarc] Thank you rack pickup crew

 

This afternoon Shawn, K7ATA, Tom, WA7TBP, Joe, KI7EMB, and Jim, W7ABD picked up the Hitachi rack donated to the club by Steve Toth, W7SJT. The rack will be used on Cougar Mountain for housing repeater equipment. Additionally, the club was given a 4-drawer file cabinet for the club shack in Carnation.

Taking the door, sides, and shelving off the 500-lb rack and moving it through a narrow upstairs hallway, twisting it around a corner, down stairs with an additional bend and a lowered ceiling near the bottom was a feat of planning, cleverness, teamwork, and muscle. Once at the bottom of the stairs, there was a 2-minute rest period on the porch before an additional set of stairs to the driveway was encountered. Jim, W7ABD, provided the trailer for hauling the equipment to its temporary location in Tom's Carnation storage unit.

I took pictures of most of the process that I anxiously want to share with the club because the club should see the effort it took to get the rack down the stairs with no injuries or damage. When I load the pictures here, each image fills the entire screen, so until I figure out how to get them to display at a normal size, the pictures will wait.

Thank you, thank you, to our team of volunteers who spent the better part of their Sunday afternoon on this project which shall provide an immense upgrade to our equipment storage on Cougar, making room for some future additions.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Thank you rack pickup crew

Robin WA7CPA
 

This afternoon Shawn, K7ATA, Tom, WA7TBP, Joe, KI7EMB, and Jim, W7ABD picked up the Hitachi rack donated to the club by Steve Toth, W7SJT. The rack will be used on Cougar Mountain for housing repeater equipment. Additionally, the club was given a 4-drawer file cabinet for the club shack in Carnation.

Taking the door, sides, and shelving off the 500-lb rack and moving it through a narrow upstairs hallway, twisting it around a corner, down stairs with an additional bend and a lowered ceiling near the bottom was a feat of planning, cleverness, teamwork, and muscle. Once at the bottom of the stairs, there was a 2-minute rest period on the porch before an additional set of stairs to the driveway was encountered. Jim, W7ABD, provided the trailer for hauling the equipment to its temporary location in Tom's Carnation storage unit.

I took pictures of most of the process that I anxiously want to share with the club because the club should see the effort it took to get the rack down the stairs with no injuries or damage. When I load the pictures here, each image fills the entire screen, so until I figure out how to get them to display at a normal size, the pictures will wait.

Thank you, thank you, to our team of volunteers who spent the better part of their Sunday afternoon on this project which shall provide an immense upgrade to our equipment storage on Cougar, making room for some future additions.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Rack Pickup in Woodinville #cal-reminder

Robin WA7CPA
 

I sent emails to all who volunteered. Show up at 1 pm per whatever DST at the address I sent. Please text if you didn’t get my emails on Thursday after the meeting.

Robin


On Mar 9, 2019, at 6:40 PM, Marshall Carpenter <TheNose55@...> wrote:

When and where are we meeting to pickup the rack on Sunday. remember the clocks change on Sunday as well


Re: Rack Pickup in Woodinville #cal-reminder

Tom WA7TBP
 

Joe:

Listen on the Cougar repeater starting at 1230. Other than that, there is no formal plan for organizing the group to get there.

Tom

In a message dated 3/9/2019 18:41:00 Pacific Standard Time, TheNose55@... writes:

When and where are we meeting to pickup the rack on Sunday. remember the clocks change on Sunday as well


Rack Pickup in Woodinville #cal-reminder

Marshall Carpenter
 

When and where are we meeting to pickup the rack on Sunday. remember the clocks change on Sunday as well


Extending HT range discussions notes

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

On our Thursday “New ham net” we have been discussing ways to get more range out of your HT. Thank you to all who joined the nets and participated in the discussions.

 

I've compiled a list of most of the upgrades that were discussed over the course of the last couple of weeks. Feel free to comment anything I may have missed.

* Making a Tiger Tail (Give a boost to your existing HT antenna) *

 

http://www.hamuniverse.com/htantennamod.html

 

 

* HT Antenna upgrades (NA-771 and SRJ77CA were the most common) *


Diamond SRJ77CA (https://www.diamondantenna.net/srj77ca.html)

Nagoya NA-701 (https://www.nagoya.com.tw/en/product-384796/NA-701.html)
Nagoya NA-771 (https://www.nagoya.com.tw/en/product-384799/NA-771.html)
Smiley Tri-Band Telescoping (https://www.smileyantenna.com/product-p/27000.htm)



* Roll-up slim jim antenna *

 

http://www.n9tax.com/slim%20jim%20info.html

Also check Ebay. “nelson_antennas” is the seller I bought mine from

 

 

* Mobile antenna options *

 

A cheap mag mount option (https://baofengtech.com/NAGOYA-UT-72)


Comet mobile antennas (http://www.cometantenna.com/amateur-radio/mobile-antennas/ma-dual-band/).

You can use a mag mount such as (http://amzn.com/B01J9EGGDW) to attach an NMO mobile antenna to your car or use a ground plane kit such as (http://amzn.com/B0744Q3RDM) to attach it to a pole.

 

 

* Base station antenna options (Comet GP-3 was the most common) *

 

Tram 1480 (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tram-Amateur-Dual-Band-Base-Antenna-1480/300026057)

 

Comet base station antennas (http://www.cometantenna.com/amateur-radio/base-antennas/ba-dual-band/)

 

Diamond base station antennas (https://www.diamondantenna.net/Product_Catalog/base_station.html)


Ed Fong Antennas (https://edsantennas.weebly.com/)

 

 

* HT Power Amplifier option *

 

Btech power amplifier (http://amzn.com/B07DPBQ9YW)



* Coax line loss calculator *


https://www.qsl.net/co8tw/Coax_Calculator.htm

 


NOAA 19 this afternoon

 
Edited

Some images from NOAA-19 this afternoon from simple setup.

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