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Re: Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Gerard Repko
 

Personally I would go for something that can be recharged with alternatives to AC. eg. solar, 12 volt car etc.


NOAA weather Pi today

 

Hi all,

The weather NOAA sat Pi is still chugging along, thought I would share.

Ken W7ECK 


Re: Messaging and Search and Rescue Drill

Robin WA7CPA
 

Besides being good training, it was fun being with everyone and no masks required. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Messaging and Search and Rescue Drill

Rowland
 

Just wanted to take a moment and thank Tom and Jenn for putting on a great Saturday morning drill.  I am sure every participant there took away more knowledge for messaging and search and rescue.  The weather was perfect and we had a good showing of volunteers.  I highly recommend all of those that could not make it this time to plan on joining us the next time. As they say, knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have when something real does occur the better off you will all be.


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: VPN

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Agree and I too use PIA. If you use an open wifi like at McDonald's or something it is best to always use a VPN.


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On Jun 10, 2021, 11:45 PM, Mike Jacob < golferguy02@...> wrote:

Big fan.
I don't go online without one.

I use Private Internet Access. (PIA)



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Rowland <rowland.brasch@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:13:00 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: [SnoVARC] VPN
 
What do all you computer geeks out there think about VPNs?  I have been reading about them and am not sure if they are worth the cost.  Would appreciate everyone's thoughts and if yes which one is the best.


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: VPN

Mike Jacob
 

Big fan.
I don't go online without one.

I use Private Internet Access. (PIA)



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Rowland <rowland.brasch@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:13:00 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: [SnoVARC] VPN
 
What do all you computer geeks out there think about VPNs?  I have been reading about them and am not sure if they are worth the cost.  Would appreciate everyone's thoughts and if yes which one is the best.


Thanks,

Rowland


VPN

Rowland
 

What do all you computer geeks out there think about VPNs?  I have been reading about them and am not sure if they are worth the cost.  Would appreciate everyone's thoughts and if yes which one is the best.


Thanks,

Rowland


June 24th Net Control

Rowland
 

I will be out of town on the 24th if someone could please take my turn at net control for that evening.


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Paul Zoba
 

Yes, that’s a pretty good price. If you compare it to the Goal Zero devices available on Amazon. The Goal Zero 1500X is a lithium battery (better and lighter than SLA) and their inverter is 2,000 watts instead of 1440 watts but the GZ is also quadruple the price.


On Jun 8, 2021, at 1:20 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:



I saw this at Costco. Any comments I’d this is worth it? 



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Re: Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Bruce Gary
 

I'll preface this by saying "I don't know anything, and I can usually prove it"....

I looked at a variety of battery backup options a couple of months back.  Looked hard at the APC UPS (uninterruptible power supply) devices, which come in a variety of va ratings.  

At the end of the day, what I decided was that if I wanted to run a radio off D/C, it didn't make sense to have an A/C backup system.  

What I ended up getting was one of these:


It's a battery box with automated charging and switch-over, with a rig-runner power distribution panel added in.

So... now my power-supply feeds this thing, which charges the battery when needed and feeds a constant 13.8V to the radio.  If house-power fails, it automatically switches over to feed power from the battery to the radio.  And when house power comes back on, it recharges the battery.  

All up, it cost me a little less than the Costco thing - I think the box from West Mountain cost $270, and a deep-cycle group-24 80-ah AGM (sealed) battery from the local marine hardware store cost about $180.  there's even a voltmeter/ammeter on the front so I can keep track of power draw and battery state.

As a bonus, I now have a complete ready-to-throw-in-the-truck portable power setup, if/when I want to operate mobile (like POTA or something)

$.02
Bruce / K7BGG



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Subject: [SnoVARC] Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?
From: "Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM" <wa1hem@...>
Date: Tue, June 08, 2021 1:20 pm
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io

I saw this at Costco. Any comments I’d this is worth it? 


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Re: Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Jackson Beard
 

It seems reasonably priced for devices of its type.


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021, 13:20 Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

I saw this at Costco. Any comments I’d this is worth it? 



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Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 
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I saw this at Costco. Any comments If this is worth it? 



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Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

I saw this at Costco. Any comments I’d this is worth it? 



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Some Pi images from NOAA

 

Thought I would share some images from this wild weekend. I also added WAV file for those that might want to listen to the down-link or try to decode images also, audio is from my QTH.

Ken W7ECK


Re: CERT comm drill and traffic review exercise

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

This sounds awesome and I would love to participate but will be in Tillamook that weekend. Have a great exercise!

Howard


On Jun 3, 2021, at 4:48 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:


Hello all. Jenn Hargrove and I are hosting a CERT comm exercise and traffic management review on Saturday, June 12th. We will meet at Nick Loutsis Park, at the corner of Entwistle Street and Milwaukie Avenue in Carnation. Check in will be at 0930 hours, drill to begin at 1000 hours and go to 1200 hours. I will send out an additional info sheet when I have it. All comms will be with FRS and GMRS radios.

This is a continuation of an earlier exercise Carnation Duvall CERTS had in March.
 
We are working on a Code Red notification and sign up sheet. They aren't completed yet.
 
Looking forward to seeing you.
 
Tom
 

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Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 06/03/2021 #cal-reminder

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CERT comm drill and traffic review exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello all. Jenn Hargrove and I are hosting a CERT comm exercise and traffic management review on Saturday, June 12th. We will meet at Nick Loutsis Park, at the corner of Entwistle Street and Milwaukie Avenue in Carnation. Check in will be at 0930 hours, drill to begin at 1000 hours and go to 1200 hours. I will send out an additional info sheet when I have it. All comms will be with FRS and GMRS radios.

This is a continuation of an earlier exercise Carnation Duvall CERTS had in March.
 
We are working on a Code Red notification and sign up sheet. They aren't completed yet.
 
Looking forward to seeing you.
 
Tom
 


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 06/03/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

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(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
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Description:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
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Re: Lost a Great Ham Radio Person Recently

Gerard Repko
 

Condolences, sounds like a great guy. I can’t say I ever had the pleasure of meeting him.
73 to a silent key on your journey through the airwaves.

KG7REV
GERARD


Lost a Great Ham Radio Person Recently

Rowland
 

Not sure if many of you knew Mark but he was amazing.  I learnt a lot from him over the years. He was a great leader and a pleasant person to be around.  He will be missed!

Here is some information about him from the Seattle ACS Group that he created.

Seattle ACS Community,

 It is with great sadness, along with deep gratitude for his contributions, that I report the passing of Mark Sheppard, N7LYE, yesterday evening. As most of you know, Mark had been suffering from cardiac issues for several months now. We were fortunate enough to get a bit more time with him when he made some progress in the mid-spring, but things took a turn downward again a few weeks ago. His family was able to be at his side at the time of his passing, and he even enjoyed his beloved longtime evening ritual of a whiskey and a cigar on his last day. 

 We wouldn't all be together in this community if it weren't for Mark, of course, and for that we will be forever grateful, but Mark did so much more than start a ham radio communications group. By combining his talents, relationships, skills, and grit, Mark founded and then led a world-class emergency preparedness resource, staffed with experts who took cues from Mark's own operational excellence, attention to detail, and passion for the mission. I think I speak for all of us when I say that what we do together in this community, serving our neighbors and our City, will always be done with inspiration from, and a nod to, Mark Sheppard.

 Mark founded Seattle ACS in 1993, drawing upon learnings from various other emergency communications organizations and structures, as well as his own extensive experience supporting wildfire lookout and suppression efforts. His vision for the ACS program from the start was to go beyond some of the constraints faced by amateur radio-rooted organizations such as ARES and RACES, which is why Seattle ACS works not only with amateur spectrum but also with public safety circuits, and why we go beyond the mic to assist with functions such as audio/visual, meal prep, and other logistical help at the EOC. Mark's vision for how a dedicated volunteer group, with expert technical and non-technical skills could support the Office of Emergency Management had everything to do with the warm welcome you have received if you have ever been at the EOC during an activation. While our group may be composed of volunteers, we have always been treaded by the OEM as professionals and peers, and a great deal of the credit for that goes to the way Mark shaped ACS.

 Mark is survived by his wife Sherry, sons Alex and Nikolai, and grandson Kristopher. Please keep them in your thoughts. While they have requested privacy, if you feel moved to share a note or card, those may be sent to:

 Sherry Taylor & the Sheppard Family
2584 11th Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119

 This evening's Seattle ACS net on 146.96 and 444.550 will be dedicated to Mark's memory and will follow a special format. Please join promptly at 7PM if able.

 Respectfully, 

 Tim Helming, WT1IM
Director, Seattle ACS



Thanks,

Rowland

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