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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

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

Reminder: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
06/03/2021
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Zoom Meeting

View Event

Description:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
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Passcode: 3UJNed
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+13462487799,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Houston)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 070760


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

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

Reminder: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
06/03/2021
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Zoom Meeting

View Event

Description:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 3UJNed
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Houston)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 070760


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


LMR400

Mike Jacob
 

Looking to purchase some LMR-400. 
I am thinking about 250' minimum for my job(s).

Anyone got some they are looking to sell or interested in a group buy?

-Mike J
W7GR


NOAA images

 

Hi All,

Did some script changes on the Pi for different filters and thought I would share. The hash lines are due to antenna location with trees and or other views.

Ken W7ECK 73


Re: WA7CPA Demolition Day for CN88 Shack

Robin WA7CPA
 

Antenna!

It took my antenna installer, Adam, 3 full days valiantly and painstakingly getting the SmallIR with 30/40 coil installed and tuned on the metal roof of my new CN88 QTH. In the best-case scenario, the metal roof would have acted as a ground plane with the antenna bonded to it. The roof is too small and has too many angles for it to act like a ground plane. It was impossible to tune bonded to the roof. Adam ended up mounting it on a DX Engineering ground plate elevated several feet above the roof, strapped to one of the chimneys. He dropped the balun down the chimney several feet. The LMR400 ultraflex coax was fed down the (unused) chimney and out an opening in the brick in the basement, then run along a beam to the new shack, where it was fed through a ready pass-through. Radials touching the metal roof was not an option as the roof interacted with them. Adam’s challenge was to devise a plan to elevate radials above the roof. He cleverly ran Mastrant or thicker rope to the second chimney and a second line from the second chimney to a kitchen vent on the far side of the house. He then ran one radial per band to the other chimney and some tied to the line between the two protrusions. That is literally all he had to work with. He put up a second radial for 40 meters in the opposite direction across the yard, tied to a fence post. It is elevated high enough to be out of the way. There are no high trees on the property. It is a ¼ acre city lot. I stayed in Woodinville out of the way during the 3 days Adam worked. He did the best humanly possible during the 3 days of his weekend from his regular job.

 

As one might guess, the results with only 1 radial per band (none needed on 6m) are less than one would hope for in an elevated vertical near salt water. I have spent several days testing and operating, mostly CW. Most signals are RST 229 to 239. I had to ignore some uncopyable callers. I heard no DX signals. I worked a few East Coast stations, some Midwest stations, California, Arizona, and Idaho. The only true 599 was across the Sound in Marysville on 20m. Because I have capability of remoting in to my CN87 station to work FT8, I was able to compare decodes between stations. CN87 has many more decodes, but CN88 does decode some DX. Working a DX from CN88, it missed numerous decodes during the exchange that CN87 heard, making it a less efficient station for completing an FT8 QSO.

 

With wider filters, noise in the SSB end of the bands is a major impediment to that mode. It ranges from S5 to S9. 40m and 20m are the worst. The CW portion of the bands is much more listenable with noise ranging from S0 to S3, but with only one radial per band the incoming signals are very weak. For close-in work, 10m turns out to be the best band, even though the Thursday night SnoVARC tuneup yielded no copy between participants. I tested subsequently with a QSO partner who has a yagi and some power, in both CW and SSB. Both directions were very satisfactorily heard.

 

I have significant work to do running down local noise sources. Next week I will put the station on battery power and turn off the main. If that yields no noise source, I will ask the PUD to test its installed Smart Meter and the overhead power lines running past the lot. Beyond that I will walk the neighborhood doing some direction finding. DX Engineering has an interesting new noise-finding antenna I may investigate. I will order a new pile of Palomar ferrites.

 

 

My shack is a fantastic space, ironically the brightest room in the house, with two below ground basement windows, where I watch mama deer and spotted newborn fawns ambling by above my head level. My station is set up temporarily on two portable and not very stable tables. Therefore, it is a minimalist setup, using the KX3 to the smallish KPA100. When my permanent operating desk is built, I will add the KPA500, connecting it to the KPA100, driving to 500w out of the little KX3. Yes, it apparently can be done and I have the adapter to do it.

 

Even though I custom-planned my she-shack, I forgot about my UHF antenna run. It had been jumpered through the laundry room door. Now it needs a way into the basement and into the shack. I did not have the electrician make a pass-through for it. Oops. I guess during another radial tying session, perhaps Adam can run the Comet GP15 down the chimney and along the same beam (if he will come back!), threaded through the enlarged pass-through into the shack. Otherwise, it will be a very cold winter with an open door into the basement.

 

So, that is my up-to-date report. There is much to do to improve the antenna results and station. Currently it will be best as my CW skill-building station. Listening and copying such faint signals will be very good for me. I need domestic CW QSOs on 17m and 30m, so those will be my focus at CN88. I can simultaneously run FT8 remotely on the CN87 station. So, it is super fun operating two stations at once.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

 


some days, you just need a new antenna...

Shawn / K7ATA
 

Adjustable polarity 6meter dipole, its kinda ugly, but it tunes better than 2.0:1 across the entire 6 meter band in any orientation

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--Shawn
--K7ATA


Re: Recruiting a crew for a project at the W1ABD QTH

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I am available but am out of town starting tomorrow and thru the weekend (Tuesday through Sunday).

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

On May 16, 2021, at 5:00 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:

Hello all:

Paul, W7PFB and I visited Jo Anne, Jim Myers wife at their QTH. Jo Anne needs help with mowing and trimming the yard. For the most part, everything we need is there. We have a Craftsman riding lawn mower with a catchment system, Stihl back pack blower, and a Stihl string trimmer there. Jo Anne told us that when Jim did the mowing, it took about two hours. There is a place on site where we can dump the clippings and trimmings.
 
I would like to prepare a list of who would be able to help with this project. I think if we got four people, we could knock out the project in several hours. I am interested in someone with rider lawn mower experience, as Paul and I have very limited experience running one of these.
 
Please respond by answering this e-mail, and/or call my cell, 206-714-8646. The lawn is getting real long, so sooner is better.
 
Thank you in advance for your offers to help.
 
73,
 
Tom


Re: Recruiting a crew for a project at the W1ABD QTH

Benjamin Thompson
 

Back in a prior life I did landscaping; I can help if timing works. It looks like the weather should be nice Saturday. Should we plan a Saturday morning work party?

-Ben

On Sun, May 16, 2021 at 5:33 PM Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:
I have a craftsman mower and should be familiar with it.  I am willing to help do whatever just let me know when.  I will be gone most of next week.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Sun, May 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all:

Paul, W7PFB and I visited Jo Anne, Jim Myers wife at their QTH. Jo Anne needs help with mowing and trimming the yard. For the most part, everything we need is there. We have a Craftsman riding lawn mower with a catchment system, Stihl back pack blower, and a Stihl string trimmer there. Jo Anne told us that when Jim did the mowing, it took about two hours. There is a place on site where we can dump the clippings and trimmings.
 
I would like to prepare a list of who would be able to help with this project. I think if we got four people, we could knock out the project in several hours. I am interested in someone with rider lawn mower experience, as Paul and I have very limited experience running one of these.
 
Please respond by answering this e-mail, and/or call my cell, 206-714-8646. The lawn is getting real long, so sooner is better.
 
Thank you in advance for your offers to help.
 
73,
 
Tom


Re: Recruiting a crew for a project at the W1ABD QTH

Rowland
 

I have a craftsman mower and should be familiar with it.  I am willing to help do whatever just let me know when.  I will be gone most of next week.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Sun, May 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all:

Paul, W7PFB and I visited Jo Anne, Jim Myers wife at their QTH. Jo Anne needs help with mowing and trimming the yard. For the most part, everything we need is there. We have a Craftsman riding lawn mower with a catchment system, Stihl back pack blower, and a Stihl string trimmer there. Jo Anne told us that when Jim did the mowing, it took about two hours. There is a place on site where we can dump the clippings and trimmings.
 
I would like to prepare a list of who would be able to help with this project. I think if we got four people, we could knock out the project in several hours. I am interested in someone with rider lawn mower experience, as Paul and I have very limited experience running one of these.
 
Please respond by answering this e-mail, and/or call my cell, 206-714-8646. The lawn is getting real long, so sooner is better.
 
Thank you in advance for your offers to help.
 
73,
 
Tom

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