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Park gathering activity idea

Robin WA7CPA
 

Our friend Robin G3TKF just told me about his club's gathering activity. It sounds like a lot of fun. They set up stations with 6 types of antennas and transmitted, then watched to see which antenna was picked up first on the reverse beacon network and how many spots there were for the transmission.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Third Thursday mini exercise

Bob (KI7RMO)
 

Thanks, Tom,

 

We have an Eastside Coalition meeting tomorrow night, but I hope it is over in time for the mini exercise.  I may be late, but will try to check in on 10m.  I would like to test my 705 and a 10m EFHW inside (but maybe outside if I can get it set up during the day).

 

On another subject, Valentine is currently giving me a new roof.  Started Monday, hope to finish by the weekend unless it gets too hot.  Shingles started today – hopefully the backyard will be clear for an antenna by tomorrow afternoon.

 

73, Bob

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom WA7TBP via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 7:01 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; hickey@...; we7x@...
Subject: [SnoVARC] Third Thursday mini exercise

 

Hello everyone:

 

My apologies for the late notice for the third Thursday mini. On the 21st, we will have a 10 meter tune up. Instead of an exercise, we will have a short round table discussion instead of passing traffic, doing signal checks or other information transmissions. We will meet up on 28.420 MHz.

 

As usual, we will do the 10 meter tune up after the check in net is completed. I will be the net control and will monitor the Cougar repeater in case your signal on 10 meter isn't heard by anyone. Technician license holders, remember you have 10 meter privileges. 

 

For any new members, the technical information:

 

    Cougar repeater, 441.825 MHz, plus 5 MHz shift, 103.5 Hz tone.

 

See you on Thursday for the regular check in net, then the 10 meter tune up.

 

73,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 

 


Third Thursday mini exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
My apologies for the late notice for the third Thursday mini. On the 21st, we will have a 10 meter tune up. Instead of an exercise, we will have a short round table discussion instead of passing traffic, doing signal checks or other information transmissions. We will meet up on 28.420 MHz.
 
As usual, we will do the 10 meter tune up after the check in net is completed. I will be the net control and will monitor the Cougar repeater in case your signal on 10 meter isn't heard by anyone. Technician license holders, remember you have 10 meter privileges. 
 
For any new members, the technical information:
 
    Cougar repeater, 441.825 MHz, plus 5 MHz shift, 103.5 Hz tone.
 
See you on Thursday for the regular check in net, then the 10 meter tune up.
 
73,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


Re: Need instructions for Morse Code Keyer

Robin WA7CPA
 

On Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 12:56 PM Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...> wrote:
Hey all,

Anyone have instructions on how to build a basic keyer?  Just to practice on, nothing fancy.

Thanks.

Irvina
WA7IRM


Re: Need instructions for Morse Code Keyer

Konstantin
 


On Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 12:56 PM Irvina Mizell <irvina.mizell@...> wrote:
Hey all,

Anyone have instructions on how to build a basic keyer?  Just to practice on, nothing fancy.

Thanks.

Irvina
WA7IRM


Need instructions for Morse Code Keyer

Irvina Mizell
 

Hey all,

Anyone have instructions on how to build a basic keyer?  Just to practice on, nothing fancy.

Thanks.

Irvina
WA7IRM


The Carnation Shack

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
It is now official. SNOVARC has completely vacated the space at Carnation City Hall to make room for some long overdue additional city employees. Rowland will run a vacuum cleaner and reinstall the standard door knob assembly before we officially turn the room back to the City.
 
Thanks to some great prep work by W7PFB, Paul a few weeks ago, K7RWB, Rowland, KK7GCN, Konstantin, KE7JWP, Chuck, and myself, moved all the remaining gear to the Lake Joy Fire Station. A couple of weeks ago, Rowland and I moved some items to the Evac Hill Red Cross building. The City has agreed to let us keep the UHF repeater at City Hall. The caveat being they don't want the noise to bother any personnel. K7KJB, Kathy, Rowland, and myself had a meeting with Ana, the City Manager, and she will be working with us to land the repeater in a space upstairs as soon as she can. The Carnation UHF repeater is temporarily residing at the W7PFB QTH and is up and operating. Please test it out and help us ascertain where it works and doesn't work compared to City Hall.
 
If we have an event that requires a Net Control, we will either run the net from someone's house, or establish a portable net control near the operating area. While this won't be convenient, it is realistic for us amateur operators. We can learn some good operating lessons here.
 
We were very fortunate to have had the space for 6 years. Before COVID hit, we were using the space. We are fortunate that Ana, the City Manager, now has a very good idea of what the CDCCC groups (CERT, SNOVARC, MRC) have done for the City, and we believe we will continue to provide our services to Carnation and Duvall when requested.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me, tomwa7tbp@..., or give me a call, 425-333-4833.
 
Have a great week coming up.
 
73,
 
Tom


Re: Myers Repeater Test - 6/25/22 8am to 1pm

Tom WA7TBP
 

Thanks Mike:
 
Excellent information. Very easy to see where the ham operators were stationed. Sounded like a great event. Thanks for giving the Myers repeater a good workout. It is good to know how well our equipment works and where it works.
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 

In a message dated 7/13/2022 21:41:29 Pacific Standard Time, mike.kelly.56@... writes:
 
RE: Mike's action item from the 7/7 SNOVARC meeting
 
SNOVARC Members,
 
Attached is a map of the Trilogy in Redmond Ridge. This map was used during the Trek-aThon, a walk to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital. There were six ham operators placed along the paths where walkers would pass and possibly need directions or assistance. Looking at the map you will see green smiley faces where each of the hams were located. If you blow up the attachment, you can see the street names and you will know exactly where we were stationed.
 
Each of us had a 5W handheld. I was in the woods, so I used a cookie sheet and a mag mount to enhance my signal. All of us were able to communicate with each other easily utilizing the Myers Repeater that day. In a short amount of time, the event collected over $16K for Children's Hospital - so it was well worth the effort. 
 
Mike Kelly
KJ7JNG


Moving Out Carnation Shack

Rowland
 

At 1pm tomorrow (Saturday the 16th) we need people to help move equipment out of the Carnation Shack at city hall. Destination will be either Lake Joy Fire Station or Red Cross building at Evac Hill. We really need help so please come.--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Carnation Repeater 441.850 will be down for a while

Tom WA7TBP
 

Thanks for doing the job Rowland and Kathy.
 
Tom

In a message dated 7/14/2022 20:09:58 Pacific Standard Time, rowland.brasch@... writes:
 
Kathy and I set up the shelves at the Lake Joy Fire Station. So that makes almost three that are pretty empty shelves to move stuff there.
 
The plastic shelves that are at the Carnation shack will be moved to the Red Cross building up on Evac Hill for the non-electronic equipment to be stored.
 
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Rowland
 
 

On Thu, Jul 14, 2022 at 4:41 PM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb=butzi.net@groups.io> wrote:
The 441.850 Carnation repeater is now in my shack, in the rack and connected to an antenna and power, and appears to be operating normally.  It’s not connected to backup power (it also had no backup power in the Carnation shack) so if the power goes out it will go offline for a minute as the backup generator fires up, the transfer switch throws over, and the repeater boots back up.  When I get a chance I’ll hook it up to a battery for backup power to keep it live while the generator fires up.
 
It would be good to know if it can be reached through the 145.750 crossband.  If it can’t I’ll try to either get the antenna up higher or swap around antennas in the hopes we can get that working ok.  
 
Shawn, if the crossband is currently set to low power, when you get a chance it might be a good idea to dial it up to full power, as there’s a bit of a hill between the crossband and the repeater now.
 
Side note: I moved everything breakable  in the Carnation shack off the countertop, table, and shelves and onto the floor.  It looks a mess but at least now nothing can vibrate off an elevated surface and fall onto the floor.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jul 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...> wrote:

I’m about to head down to the Carnation shack, I’ll be taking the Carnation repeater (441.850+103.5) offline and moving the repeater itself off site, to avoid the predicted severe vibrations caused by the road work.  My plan is to put the repeater in my rack here at my place, hook it up to an antenna, and let it work from my place until we can move it back.  It might take me some time to get all that done, as I’ll have to sort out some antenna arrangements.
 
We’ll sort out the new placement of the repeater when City Hall reopens after the construction work is complete.  
 
The Cougar and Myers repeaters will remain in service.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

 

 


Re: Carnation Repeater 441.850 will be down for a while

Rowland
 

Kathy and I set up the shelves at the Lake Joy Fire Station. So that makes almost three that are pretty empty shelves to move stuff there.

The plastic shelves that are at the Carnation shack will be moved to the Red Cross building up on Evac Hill for the non-electronic equipment to be stored.




Thanks,

Rowland



On Thu, Jul 14, 2022 at 4:41 PM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb=butzi.net@groups.io> wrote:
The 441.850 Carnation repeater is now in my shack, in the rack and connected to an antenna and power, and appears to be operating normally.  It’s not connected to backup power (it also had no backup power in the Carnation shack) so if the power goes out it will go offline for a minute as the backup generator fires up, the transfer switch throws over, and the repeater boots back up.  When I get a chance I’ll hook it up to a battery for backup power to keep it live while the generator fires up.

It would be good to know if it can be reached through the 145.750 crossband.  If it can’t I’ll try to either get the antenna up higher or swap around antennas in the hopes we can get that working ok.  

Shawn, if the crossband is currently set to low power, when you get a chance it might be a good idea to dial it up to full power, as there’s a bit of a hill between the crossband and the repeater now.

Side note: I moved everything breakable  in the Carnation shack off the countertop, table, and shelves and onto the floor.  It looks a mess but at least now nothing can vibrate off an elevated surface and fall onto the floor.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jul 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...> wrote:

I’m about to head down to the Carnation shack, I’ll be taking the Carnation repeater (441.850+103.5) offline and moving the repeater itself off site, to avoid the predicted severe vibrations caused by the road work.  My plan is to put the repeater in my rack here at my place, hook it up to an antenna, and let it work from my place until we can move it back.  It might take me some time to get all that done, as I’ll have to sort out some antenna arrangements.

We’ll sort out the new placement of the repeater when City Hall reopens after the construction work is complete.  

The Cougar and Myers repeaters will remain in service.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



Re: Carnation Repeater 441.850 will be down for a while

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

The 441.850 Carnation repeater is now in my shack, in the rack and connected to an antenna and power, and appears to be operating normally.  It’s not connected to backup power (it also had no backup power in the Carnation shack) so if the power goes out it will go offline for a minute as the backup generator fires up, the transfer switch throws over, and the repeater boots back up.  When I get a chance I’ll hook it up to a battery for backup power to keep it live while the generator fires up.

It would be good to know if it can be reached through the 145.750 crossband.  If it can’t I’ll try to either get the antenna up higher or swap around antennas in the hopes we can get that working ok.  

Shawn, if the crossband is currently set to low power, when you get a chance it might be a good idea to dial it up to full power, as there’s a bit of a hill between the crossband and the repeater now.

Side note: I moved everything breakable  in the Carnation shack off the countertop, table, and shelves and onto the floor.  It looks a mess but at least now nothing can vibrate off an elevated surface and fall onto the floor.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jul 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...> wrote:

I’m about to head down to the Carnation shack, I’ll be taking the Carnation repeater (441.850+103.5) offline and moving the repeater itself off site, to avoid the predicted severe vibrations caused by the road work.  My plan is to put the repeater in my rack here at my place, hook it up to an antenna, and let it work from my place until we can move it back.  It might take me some time to get all that done, as I’ll have to sort out some antenna arrangements.

We’ll sort out the new placement of the repeater when City Hall reopens after the construction work is complete.  

The Cougar and Myers repeaters will remain in service.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



Rookie Roundtable Net Control Sign-Up For August/September

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Net control spots open for August and September. Feel free to insert your name in any spot you'd like. Reach out to me if you have any questions.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ndMbhGl78VpYkdnNWVsPHhFuKEfom29Vtvi-CHiDI8Q/edit#gid=0

Thanks
Kirt


Carnation Repeater 441.850 will be down for a while

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’m about to head down to the Carnation shack, I’ll be taking the Carnation repeater (441.850+103.5) offline and moving the repeater itself off site, to avoid the predicted severe vibrations caused by the road work.  My plan is to put the repeater in my rack here at my place, hook it up to an antenna, and let it work from my place until we can move it back.  It might take me some time to get all that done, as I’ll have to sort out some antenna arrangements.

We’ll sort out the new placement of the repeater when City Hall reopens after the construction work is complete.  

The Cougar and Myers repeaters will remain in service.

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Myers Repeater Test - 6/25/22 8am to 1pm

Mike Kelly KJ7JNG
 

RE: Mike's action item from the 7/7 SNOVARC meeting

SNOVARC Members,

Attached is a map of the Trilogy in Redmond Ridge. This map was used during the Trek-aThon, a walk to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital. There were six ham operators placed along the paths where walkers would pass and possibly need directions or assistance. Looking at the map you will see green smiley faces where each of the hams were located. If you blow up the attachment, you can see the street names and you will know exactly where we were stationed.

Each of us had a 5W handheld. I was in the woods, so I used a cookie sheet and a mag mount to enhance my signal. All of us were able to communicate with each other easily utilizing the Myers Repeater that day. In a short amount of time, the event collected over $16K for Children's Hospital - so it was well worth the effort. 

Mike Kelly
KJ7JNG


Draft Copy of SNOVARC July Meeting Minutes

Mike Kelly KJ7JNG
 

SNOVARC members,

Please read over the attached meeting minutes and let me know if I need to make any corrections.

Thanks,

Mike Kelly
KJ7JNG


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 07/07/2022 #cal-reminder

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Meeting with Issaquah Ham Club

Rowland
 

Hi All,

If you did not attend the Issaquah ham club picnic tonight you missed a lot of fun.  Great pizza and great conversation.  Remember we want to start working with these folks more in the future so meeting in a more social aspect always contributes to the comradery.


Thanks,

Rowland


Elmer Session

Rowland
 

Remember the devastating Oso landslide in 2014 that took 43 lives?  Thursday night, at the SnoVARC meeting, Scott Honaker will be making a presentation on the radio communications aspect that took place during that event.  I have heard his presentation once before and it is well worth hearing!

Hope to see you all at the meeting.  Business meeting starts at 6:15 and the Elmer session at 7pm.


Thanks,

Rowland


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 07/07/2022 #cal-reminder

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