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Re: Elmer Sessions

Robin WA7CPA
 

I am a Ria Jairam,  N2RJ, fan. I have wished to have her as club meeting guest for a long time. With Zoom maybe it is now possible. We could invite her to speak about all kinds of things, such as ARRL state of things, SDR, setting up a world class station, Dxing, etc. Perhaps invite her to talk about her latest interest, historical figures in ham radio, or her surprise preference.. invite the speaker, and let her choose the topic. She also has a good YL friend with a very tricked out rolling radio station they go to Hamvention in. 

Anyway, she is a top choice for me.

Another is my YL acquaintance Jeri Ellsworth. She is a Bay Area engineer/ company founder par excellence with a unique and fascinating background.  She was keynoting around in 2019 and I enjoyed hanging around her and engineer sidekick Amy Herndon at conventions, watching all the OM fan bees buzzing toward her everywhere she walked. You can Jeri and Amy featured in QST a few years ago. 

Jeri and Ria both have extensive YouTube and podcasting you can look up.

Other than that, if you want super technical antenna talk, Kristen McIntyre is the one. She just replaced SK ARRL officer in Bay Area, but she is worth a try if you want any antenna question you could dream of answered with the math. She is a professor. I *think* she went to MIT and currently teaches at Stanford, but haven't looked her up in awhile.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA 


Elmer Sessions

Rowland
 

Hi All,

I have volunteered to coordinate the monthly Elmer sessions for the club.  What I need from you is ideas and suggestions on what you would like to see.  If any of you have direct contacts to presenters let me know so we can schedule them accordingly. Remember we are using Zoom so the presentation has to be tailored for that.

We want to do a mix of technical (for us radio geeks) and enjoyable ones like the DX Expeditions we have had in the past.

Lynn (N7CFO) has created a list of people that are willing to be Elmers. If we have a month without any suggestions I will use that list to fill the meeting for a particular month.

So put on your thinking caps and let me know your ideas.


Thanks,

Rowland
K7RWB


Re: Digital nets

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I checked in to the Humboldt ARC digital net last night. The NCS station is based in Eureka, CA and I was picking him up passably well. There were other stations I could not copy.

The ORCA net draws a wider set of checkins from all over, as far east as the Mississippi. NCS is in Brookings, OR and I’ve checked in several times directly, once via a relay by W7ZAP (curiously also in Brookings), and had band condx so bad I couldn’t get in once.

You will want flwrap set up and running for ORCA and WDN, as they will use it consistently, and you’ll get to see stations calling for fills on stuff they missed, which is good practice.

Eureka is a little under 500 miles. Brookings is 400. That puts them outside NVIS range despite what I told you earlier. Still in decent condx I’ve had little trouble even with my OCFD that’s only 30-35 ft up. So it will be very interesting to see how things go for you tonite.

I will try to participate tonite as well.

Again I encourage folks to check the digital nets on 80m out. Even if you’re not running fldigi, if the software you are running can do MFSK32 you can follow along and get an idea of how they’re running the net.

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

On Dec 29, 2020, at 11:47 AM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@reign.net> wrote:

Thanks Paul. I'll be listening to the Orca net tonight to identify if I can hear anyone and get an idea of how they run the net. Seems fairly straightforward.

I could share my screen if someone wants to watch but isn't set-up. This can be done via Zoom or the Discord channel. I'd be interested to see what someone, in a more normal elevation, is able to hear compared to my location. I'll be operating the 7300 from an end-fed which I have hung in my attic (thanks for letting me borrow the gear fellow SnoVARC member).






Re: Digital nets

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Thanks Paul. I'll be listening to the Orca net tonight to identify if I can hear anyone and get an idea of how they run the net. Seems fairly straightforward.

I could share my screen if someone wants to watch but isn't set-up. This can be done via Zoom or the Discord channel. I'd be interested to see what someone, in a more normal elevation, is able to hear compared to my location. I'll be operating the 7300 from an end-fed which I have hung in my attic (thanks for letting me borrow the gear fellow SnoVARC member).


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session #cal-invite

snovarc@snovarc.groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
Thursday, 7 January 2021
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-08:00) America/Los Angeles
Repeats: Monthly on the first Thursday

Where:
Zoom Meeting

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Good-bye

Dale Smith <dale_smith@...>
 

All,

 

I’ve decided to drop out of SNOVarc. It was nice meeting you all and I hope you all have a great time learning and exploring the hobby. I’m removing my name from the Group.io account but I can still be reached at my comcast email address.

 

Regards,

Dale Smith

425-686-9304

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

 

To be truly free you must have the means to protect yourself from coercion through argument or force and provide for the requirements of life.

 


Christmas eve net.

Ralph Lease
 

Christmas eve net had 2 people check in. I made a call for Santa but guess he had his hands full being mobile and didn't get a response.

Merry Christmas to all.

73
Ralph 

On Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 12:15 PM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
Just for fun, I have made my scanner available online. It is currently set up to scan King County fire, police, WA State Patrol, and EMS. You can listen for free - here is all you need to do:



  • Download the Free version of ProScan here -> https://www.proscan.org/ProScan_Client_16_2.zip
  • Extract the program and install it on your Windows PC
  • Start the program
  • Click on the "Remote Sanner Over IP" Tab
  • In the "Client-Server IP Address or Name"  input box on the left of the screen enter 66.235.14.193
  • Enter 5000 into the "Server Port" input box
  •  Click "Start" (in the "Mode" box right above where you entered the IP address.
  • The scanner should start (The scanner controls are disabled) - Adjust the volume on your PC
  • You can click on "View" in the menu and select "Scanner Only" for less clutter
  • Enjoy listening!
P.S. let me know if you have any difficulties...


--
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Fldigi Session

Rowland
 

The first session for fldigi is full.  Limiting to 4 participants for the first one.  If more people are interested please let me know and we can schedule another zoom session for the future.

Would also like to mention if there are people that would like to learn certain aspects of ham radio and people willing to teach on zoom please let me know and we can either set something up as a regular elmer session after the monthly business meeting or do a special one at any time.


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: History of SnoVARC?

Rowland
 

I am doing research on the history. Will put the info together and publish it here when done.

Rowland 

On Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 2:59 PM Kathy Brasch <kathy.brasch@...> wrote:
I believe it was originally started by Gene Laughlin of the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps, under the name of CDARC (Carnation Duvall Amateur Radio Club. I would have to check on the year.

Kathy Brasch


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:16 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

I'm curious. 

When was SnoVarc founded?
By whom?

Is there a history that someone can elaborate on?

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

73,

Howard
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Thanks,

Rowland


Re: History of SnoVARC?

Kathy Brasch
 

I believe it was originally started by Gene Laughlin of the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps, under the name of CDARC (Carnation Duvall Amateur Radio Club. I would have to check on the year.

Kathy Brasch


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:16 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

I'm curious. 

When was SnoVarc founded?
By whom?

Is there a history that someone can elaborate on?

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

73,

Howard
--
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Local Scanner Online. Give it a try

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Just for fun, I have made my scanner available online. It is currently set up to scan King County fire, police, WA State Patrol, and EMS. You can listen for free - here is all you need to do:



  • Download the Free version of ProScan here -> https://www.proscan.org/ProScan_Client_16_2.zip
  • Extract the program and install it on your Windows PC
  • Start the program
  • Click on the "Remote Sanner Over IP" Tab
  • In the "Client-Server IP Address or Name"  input box on the left of the screen enter 66.235.14.193
  • Enter 5000 into the "Server Port" input box
  •  Click "Start" (in the "Mode" box right above where you entered the IP address.
  • The scanner should start (The scanner controls are disabled) - Adjust the volume on your PC
  • You can click on "View" in the menu and select "Scanner Only" for less clutter
  • Enjoy listening!
P.S. let me know if you have any difficulties...


--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Digital nets

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Given the recent interest in fldigi I thought I’d pass these on.  These are HF nets, all of them pretty easy to hear/check in on 80m. All three use the fldigi/flmsg/flwrap/flamp suite.

Monday night 1845: Humboldt ARC HF Digital Emergency Net 3.581MHz+1500/MFSK32, Net Control is KE6SLS (
Tuesday night 1930: ORCA Digital Net 3.581MHz +1500/MFSK32, Net Control is Doug K7KY and Mindy W7ZAP (orcadigitalnet.com)
Thursday night 1930: Western Digital Net 3.581 + 1500 / MFS32

All three nets welcome newcomers, newcomers are encouraged to check in as ‘monitoring’ aka QNX. (http://westerndigitalnet.org)

All three use the fldigi/flmsg/flwrap/flamp suite.

The ORCA digital net web site has a fair bit of info to make it easy for newbies.

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


Rookie Roundtable

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Hello everyone.

Sending out a reminder regarding the Rookie Roundtable nets. We will not be having the roundtable this Thursday (12/24) or next Thursday (12/31) due to the holidays.

Since our club meeting will be on January 7th, we will catch you on the next roundtable on January 14th.

Wishing Happy Holidays to all of you.

Thanks
Kirt - K7KDW


Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 07:33 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) wrote:


I’m still not sure why I’d use the controls on flrig rather than just
turning the knob on the radio
I turn the knob on the radio, or more accurately, I use a memory location because most of the digital I do is off a repeater. That doesn't mean you can forgo rig control. I've had very little luck in getting fldigi to work reliably if it doesn't know what frequency the radio is at. Maybe that's just me but, in my experience, fldigi needs to know where the radio is tuned and that comes from rig control. There are some aspects of fldigi that will tune the radio as well. I have not used it that way though. Rig control is needed even if only to allow fldigi to read the radio frequency.

And, like Paul, I had it working in 3 minutes after I reset the IC-7300 per the instructions in the other thread. Before then it was almost of hour of odd behavior. When it works its 3 minutes. When it doesn't it can be very frustrating (and, probably, worth a reset). Thanks for checking that out Paul. It's helpful to know it "should" work "out of the box".


Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

From what I understand, you can’t use HRD to do rig control for fldigi. Sorry.

I’ve been using fldigi for years without using flrig, just using either the built-in rigcat support or the built-in hamlib support.

When I got my IC-7300 I had hamlib rig control working in fldigi in about two minutes. Very straightforward.

This afternoon after Ryan touted the benefits of flrig I went out and configured flrig to control my IC-7300 and fldigi to use flrig. Flrig configuration consisted of picking “IC-7300” from the rig list, picking the right serial port, and hitting the ‘initialize’ button. Worked first time. Configuring fldigi to work with flrig instead of the hamlib I was using consisted of checking a check box in a config dialog. I had the whole shebang working in, no joking, about 3 minutes, and I’d never looked at it before.

The rig control offered by flrig is surprisingly comprehensive, I was impressed. I’m still not sure why I’d use the controls on flrig rather than just turning the knob on the radio, but the whole thing does seem to work fine and it’s very useful to have fldigi able to control the rig.


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

On Dec 21, 2020, at 7:12 PM, Paul Zoba <pezoba@gmail.com> wrote:

I use Ham Radio Deluxe for rig control. Is that going to be a problem?
On Dec 21, 2020, at 3:26 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@reign.net> wrote:

Class might be a strong word ;)
Troubleshooting for sure. Please have the following software downloaded and installed:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

fldigi - Required. This is the "heart" of what we'll be doing.
flrig - Partially required. You need rig control. fldigi supports a couple different rig control packages. We will only be troubleshooting flrig. If you use something else (like rigcat) you'd be on your own. More details: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/rig_config_page.html
flmsg - Required. We'll be focused on using this package and its templates for sending messages.
flamp - Good idea. We'll dive into what this is, and why it's different than films, if we have time and, if we have time, we'll use it to send files.
flwrap - Required. We'll talk about what this does.

The rest you may want to review as there are some good stuff in there (like flnet and fllog) but we won't be using those.

User manual: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/index.html










Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Paul Zoba
 

I use Ham Radio Deluxe for rig control. Is that going to be a problem?

On Dec 21, 2020, at 3:26 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@reign.net> wrote:

Class might be a strong word ;)
Troubleshooting for sure. Please have the following software downloaded and installed:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

fldigi - Required. This is the "heart" of what we'll be doing.
flrig - Partially required. You need rig control. fldigi supports a couple different rig control packages. We will only be troubleshooting flrig. If you use something else (like rigcat) you'd be on your own. More details: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/rig_config_page.html
flmsg - Required. We'll be focused on using this package and its templates for sending messages.
flamp - Good idea. We'll dive into what this is, and why it's different than films, if we have time and, if we have time, we'll use it to send files.
flwrap - Required. We'll talk about what this does.

The rest you may want to review as there are some good stuff in there (like flnet and fllog) but we won't be using those.

User manual: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/index.html


Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

If you get rig control working please join us as that's half the battle. Better if you can verify control of PTT as well. If you need help with rig control let's limit it to 4 as we'll spend most of the time troubleshooting that. The other option is the use of breakout rooms. If Paul and Howard and others, that have rig control working already, can help 1-on-1 we can use the breakout room feature and work 1-on-1 while others work on verifying tx / rx.


Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Rowland
 

What do you want to limit the fldigi meeting too? 


Thanks,

Rowland



On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 3:26 PM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Class might be a strong word ;)
Troubleshooting for sure. Please have the following software downloaded and installed:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

fldigi - Required. This is the "heart" of what we'll be doing.
flrig - Partially required. You need rig control. fldigi supports a couple different rig control packages. We will only be troubleshooting flrig. If you use something else (like rigcat) you'd be on your own. More details: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/rig_config_page.html
flmsg - Required. We'll be focused on using this package and its templates for sending messages.
flamp - Good idea. We'll dive into what this is, and why it's different than films, if we have time and, if we have time, we'll use it to send files.
flwrap - Required. We'll talk about what this does.

The rest you may want to review as there are some good stuff in there (like flnet and fllog) but we won't be using those.

User manual: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/index.html






Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Class might be a strong word ;)
Troubleshooting for sure. Please have the following software downloaded and installed:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

fldigi - Required. This is the "heart" of what we'll be doing.
flrig - Partially required. You need rig control. fldigi supports a couple different rig control packages. We will only be troubleshooting flrig. If you use something else (like rigcat) you'd be on your own. More details: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/rig_config_page.html
flmsg - Required. We'll be focused on using this package and its templates for sending messages.
flamp - Good idea. We'll dive into what this is, and why it's different than films, if we have time and, if we have time, we'll use it to send files.
flwrap - Required. We'll talk about what this does.

The rest you may want to review as there are some good stuff in there (like flnet and fllog) but we won't be using those.

User manual: http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp/index.html


Re: fldigi Zoom Class

Ralph Lease
 

I would like to attend.  But if there are too many, I would be willing to wait.  Can someone post the best link to download the software from?

Merry Christmas! 
Ralph 

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020, 12:36 PM Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:
Looks like the best night for a Zoom fldigi class would be Tuesday or Wednesday evening.  I would like to suggest January 5th at 7PM. This first class would be based on the Icom 7300 HF radio.

As requested by the elmer(s) we will need to limit the size of the class for better exchange of information. I will let the people teaching this class let me know what that limit will be.  If there are more people interested and they do not make the first cut or have a different radio I am sure another class can be scheduled accordingly.

If you are interested to be part of this IC-7300 class let me know as soon as you can.


Thanks,

Rowland

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