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5 Reasons To Attend August 14-15 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Rowland
 



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From: QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Team <hamexpo@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 1:03 PM
Subject: 5 Reasons To Attend August 14-15 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
To: Rowland Brasch <rowland.brasch@...>


​Dear Rowland,


Our third and next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is scheduled Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days.  We promise a flawless, great learning experience for those seeking to improve their knowledge and to be exposed to new ideas, equipment, and practical techniques – all done in a highly engaging format on the vFairs platform that we used in our first August 2020 Expo.  No need to travel - participate from your home or office!  Information can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.  Here are 5 reasons why you must attend:

  1. Listen, engage with 80+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries.  Our speakers are experts with deep knowledge of their presentations.  Most importantly, they’ve worked hard to make sure that you’ll understand their material and can apply it immediately to your projects.  

  2. So, so many different topics - everybody will find something of high value.  There’s content for everyone whether you are a newly licensed ham looking for next steps to using that license or a 30+ year experienced ham looking for new projects.  Topics include (sample list):  Emergency Services; Antennas; HF operation; contesting; DXpeditions; Ham radio on a budget; Satellite communication; VHF and above; Digital Modes; QRP; Homebrewing; Field, Mobile and portable operation; Software Defined Radio;  Test equipment and repair; and Youth Presentations! 

  3. Watch as many presentations as you want!  A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time).  At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to listen to any Live speakers you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.  At our last Expo, our 7,500 attendees downloaded 100,000 presentations.

  4. Take advantage of our calendar technology to efficiently organize your time.  You’ll be able to download speaker times in your local time zone directly to your Google or Outlook calendar.  You’ll then have a complete schedule of sessions to join to maximize your time during the Live period with speakers that are the most important.

  5. Check out our live round table video for attendees to interact with each other and exhibitors.  Already integrated into the Expo platform is proven technology for you to participate in live video lounges to interact with exhibitors and fellow amateur operators.  You’ll find this is a great way to meet up with friends, talk to vendors, and network on specific subject areas.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.  FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor.  Gold sponsors as of this time are Elecraft and RFinder.


Registration begins on July 1st, 2021. Full registration Early Bird Tickets are just $10 and then $12.50 “at the door”.  Full registration includes access to the entire Expo including presentations and the 30 day on-demand period. Free registration includes access to exhibitors, prizes, general lounge and lobbies. If you were registered to the March Expo, then you already have a free registration to the August Expo. 


For more information and Expo Updates, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com

Make sure to put the dates (August 14-15,2021) on your calendar!

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Re: Battery backup at Costco. Worth it?

Jackson Beard
 

You can charge that device with any 12 volt input to the PowerPole connector. 


On Tue, Jun 15, 2021, 12:40 Gerard Repko via groups.io <kg7rev=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Personally I would go for something that can be recharged with alternatives to AC. eg. solar, 12 volt car etc.






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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06/03/2021
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Where:
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Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
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