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Re: Updated Event: Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session #cal-invite

Robin Amundson
 

REMINDER: This evening's presentation will be photography rich from the Antarctica adventure of VP8PJ. 
Great entertainment and very unique. ELMER: VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition on Signy Island -- Hear the first-hand account of the DXpedition to South Orkney in the Antarctic on the Braveheart six days at sea each way from our local DXpeditioner, Rob Fanfant, N7QT. The team left the old world just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak, but experiencing civil unrest in Puntas Arenas Chile before their ship departed, a foreshadow of what was to come in the US. The VP8PJ team successfully experienced extreme weather and near super-human physical challenges setting up camp while making hams all over the world happy with record-breaking QSO’s from Signy Island. They returned to a completely different world, barely getting home on nearly empty airplanes ahead of the travel restrictions. This is a ham radio adventure tale you will not want to miss.

 


Updated Event: Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session #cal-invite

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

Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
Thursday, 2 July 2020
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles
Repeats: Monthly on the first Thursday, through Saturday, 31 October 2020

Where:
Zoom Meeting

Description:

Business meeting starts at 18:15 (6:15p)
Elmer Session begins at 19:00 (7:00p)
 
Topic: Snovarc July Monthly Business meeting and Elmer Session:ZOOM
Time: Jul 2, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95119740887?pwd=WXVKTENkVDh0YmxtMnI4YnNsUFBNdz09
 
Meeting ID: 951 1974 0887
Password: 546508
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,95119740887#,,,,0#,,546508# US (Tacoma)
+16699006833,,95119740887#,,,,0#,,546508# US (San Jose)
 
Dial by your location
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        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 951 1974 0887
Password: 546508
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeg9buwaTB
 


moderated ZOOM details for Monthly Business Meeting and Elmer Session - July 2 2020 #cal-invite #announcement

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 
Edited

Business meeting starts at 18:15 (6:15p)
Elmer Session begins at 19:00 (7:00p)
 
Topic: Snovarc July Monthly Business meeting and Elmer Session:ZOOM
Time: Jul 2, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95119740887?pwd=WXVKTENkVDh0YmxtMnI4YnNsUFBNdz09
 
Meeting ID: 951 1974 0887
Password: 546508
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,95119740887#,,,,0#,,546508# US (Tacoma)
+16699006833,,95119740887#,,,,0#,,546508# US (San Jose)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 951 1974 0887
Password: 546508
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeg9buwaTB
 
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
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Re: Elmer ideas

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’d be happy to cover psk31.  If we’re doing it via Zoom it would be pretty easy to do live demo from my home station.

It might be nice to throw in some other digital modes as well, if only so that when people hear/see them they know what they are.  Olivia and it’s stepchild Contestia are common enough that you’ll encounter them.  MFSK is another you’re likely to encounter.  I still see Feld-Hell on occasion and Throb and Thor are not extinct.

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

On Jun 30, 2020, at 6:58 PM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Even though PSK31 is pretty much a dying mode using unsupported FLDGI software, I want to get into it. So, I would love it if Paul, W7PFB, would present a how to get it set up and operating etiquette.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


A new thing for packet radio

Shawn / K7ATA
 

For everyone that has worked with packet, or is interested:

https://maqifrnswa.github.io/PCSI/


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--Shawn
--K7ATA


Re: Elmer ideas

Robin Amundson
 

Even though PSK31 is pretty much a dying mode using unsupported FLDGI software, I want to get into it. So, I would love it if Paul, W7PFB, would present a how to get it set up and operating etiquette.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Elmer ideas

@lostrouter
 

I'd be interested in learning about bpq.  I'm starting to play around with TARPN, TNCs and raspberry pi.

--Michael KJ7NVA


Elmer ideas

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Now that field day is past, I thought it might be interesting to list ideas for Elmer classes. Here are several ideas that Kirt (K7KDW) and I discussed today:

1) psk31 set up, volume calibration, etiquette and macros.

2) Rig grounding in your shack Including how to if an outside 8ft grounding rod is not available

3) Tracking down and eliminating rouge RF noise in your shack/house 

4)  Winlink set up including peer to peer for EmComm purposes

What are other topics you’d be interested in?




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WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Winlink W7PFB-10 and W7PFB-11 / Mistakes

Shawn / K7ATA
 

You mentioned BPQ again; I'm sending my next therapy bill to you.

--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 6/26/2020 11:29 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) wrote:
Last Sunday Tom WA7TBP alerted me to a problem with W7PFB-11 where it was allowing connections but reporting it could not connect to a CMS.

Rebooting the Raspberry Pi that hosts W7PFB-11 did not solve the problem. Further, I could not SSH into the Raspberry Pi to try to diagnose the problem, and until this morning I had no free time to do more than desultory debugging.

This morning I first tackled the problem in earnest. After a bunch of dorking around I finally realized that all of the other computers that route through one specific 100Base-T switch also seemed to have no connectivity to the internet (or, indeed, to any of the rest of my home network.) This took me an embarrassingly long time to discover (more than an hour of head scratching).

So I checked on the switch, which was essentially hidden in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door reading “Beware of the Leopard”. The switch was alive in the sense that the power LED was illuminated but dead in the sense that it was not routing packets. Power cycling the switch changed the switch from “mostly dead” to “working but now highly suspect and not to be trusted”.

Anyway, the RMS station W7PFB-11 now appears to be working fine. When I get a moment I will order a replacement switch and also route the wiring for the rack so that it goes directly to my main switch instead of going higgledy-piggely thru some indeterminate number of switches.

Memo to self: it does not help if you have backup power at the equipment rack to keep the RMS station running, and backup power at the main switch and network link to keep that running, if your traffic from the RMS will be routed through a switch that is not connected to some sort of backup power! Bad Paul! No biscuit!

Eventually W7PFB-10 will be restored to service but not until I screw up my courage to wrestle with BPQ configuration again. Shawn K7ATA will attest to the horrors that lurk there.

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




Re: Winlink W7PFB-10 and W7PFB-11 / Mistakes

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

I think we have a new monthly award - :”The Snovarc Hammy - for the biggest “Duh!” of the month!”  LOL

On Jun 26, 2020, at 11:36 AM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Ham Pulitzer Prize Paul!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA 

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 11:29 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Last Sunday Tom WA7TBP alerted me to a problem with W7PFB-11 where it was allowing connections but reporting it could not connect to a CMS.

Rebooting the Raspberry Pi that hosts W7PFB-11 did not solve the problem.  Further, I could not SSH into the Raspberry Pi to try to diagnose the problem, and until this morning I had no free time to do more than desultory debugging.

This morning I first tackled the problem in earnest.  After a bunch of dorking around I finally realized that all of the other computers that route through one specific 100Base-T switch also seemed to have no connectivity to the internet (or, indeed, to any of the rest of my home network.)  This took me an embarrassingly long time to discover (more than an hour of head scratching).

So I checked on the switch, which was essentially hidden in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door reading “Beware of the Leopard”.  The switch was alive in the sense that the power LED was illuminated but dead in the sense that it was not routing packets.  Power cycling the switch changed the switch from “mostly dead” to “working but now highly suspect and not to be trusted”.

Anyway, the RMS station W7PFB-11 now appears to be working fine.  When I get a moment I will order a replacement switch and also route the wiring for the rack so that it goes directly to my main switch instead of going higgledy-piggely thru some indeterminate number of switches.  

Memo to self: it does not help if you have backup power at the equipment rack to keep the RMS station running, and backup power at the main switch and network link to keep that running, if your traffic from the RMS will be routed through a switch that is not connected to some sort of backup power! Bad Paul!  No biscuit!

Eventually W7PFB-10 will be restored to service but not until I screw up my courage to wrestle with BPQ configuration again.  Shawn K7ATA will attest to the horrors that lurk there.

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






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Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Winlink W7PFB-10 and W7PFB-11 / Mistakes

Robin Amundson
 

Ham Pulitzer Prize Paul!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA 

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 11:29 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Last Sunday Tom WA7TBP alerted me to a problem with W7PFB-11 where it was allowing connections but reporting it could not connect to a CMS.

Rebooting the Raspberry Pi that hosts W7PFB-11 did not solve the problem.  Further, I could not SSH into the Raspberry Pi to try to diagnose the problem, and until this morning I had no free time to do more than desultory debugging.

This morning I first tackled the problem in earnest.  After a bunch of dorking around I finally realized that all of the other computers that route through one specific 100Base-T switch also seemed to have no connectivity to the internet (or, indeed, to any of the rest of my home network.)  This took me an embarrassingly long time to discover (more than an hour of head scratching).

So I checked on the switch, which was essentially hidden in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door reading “Beware of the Leopard”.  The switch was alive in the sense that the power LED was illuminated but dead in the sense that it was not routing packets.  Power cycling the switch changed the switch from “mostly dead” to “working but now highly suspect and not to be trusted”.

Anyway, the RMS station W7PFB-11 now appears to be working fine.  When I get a moment I will order a replacement switch and also route the wiring for the rack so that it goes directly to my main switch instead of going higgledy-piggely thru some indeterminate number of switches. 

Memo to self: it does not help if you have backup power at the equipment rack to keep the RMS station running, and backup power at the main switch and network link to keep that running, if your traffic from the RMS will be routed through a switch that is not connected to some sort of backup power! Bad Paul!  No biscuit!

Eventually W7PFB-10 will be restored to service but not until I screw up my courage to wrestle with BPQ configuration again.  Shawn K7ATA will attest to the horrors that lurk there.

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





Winlink W7PFB-10 and W7PFB-11 / Mistakes

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Last Sunday Tom WA7TBP alerted me to a problem with W7PFB-11 where it was allowing connections but reporting it could not connect to a CMS.

Rebooting the Raspberry Pi that hosts W7PFB-11 did not solve the problem. Further, I could not SSH into the Raspberry Pi to try to diagnose the problem, and until this morning I had no free time to do more than desultory debugging.

This morning I first tackled the problem in earnest. After a bunch of dorking around I finally realized that all of the other computers that route through one specific 100Base-T switch also seemed to have no connectivity to the internet (or, indeed, to any of the rest of my home network.) This took me an embarrassingly long time to discover (more than an hour of head scratching).

So I checked on the switch, which was essentially hidden in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door reading “Beware of the Leopard”. The switch was alive in the sense that the power LED was illuminated but dead in the sense that it was not routing packets. Power cycling the switch changed the switch from “mostly dead” to “working but now highly suspect and not to be trusted”.

Anyway, the RMS station W7PFB-11 now appears to be working fine. When I get a moment I will order a replacement switch and also route the wiring for the rack so that it goes directly to my main switch instead of going higgledy-piggely thru some indeterminate number of switches.

Memo to self: it does not help if you have backup power at the equipment rack to keep the RMS station running, and backup power at the main switch and network link to keep that running, if your traffic from the RMS will be routed through a switch that is not connected to some sort of backup power! Bad Paul! No biscuit!

Eventually W7PFB-10 will be restored to service but not until I screw up my courage to wrestle with BPQ configuration again. Shawn K7ATA will attest to the horrors that lurk there.

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


July 2 SnoVarc Zoom Meeting: Your "National Geographic" Ham Radio sheltering entertainment evening--do not miss this one!

Robin Amundson
 

Elmer: VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition on Signy Island

Hear the first-hand account of the DXpedition to South Orkney in the Antarctic on the Braveheart six days at sea each way from our local DXpeditioner, Rob Fanfant, N7QT. The team left the old world just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak, but experiencing civil unrest in Puntas Arenas Chile before their ship departed, a foreshadow of what was to come in the US. The VP8PJ team successfully experienced extreme weather and near super-human physical challenges setting up camp while making hams all over the world happy with record-breaking QSO’s from Signy Island. They returned to a completely different world, barely getting home on nearly empty airplanes ahead of the travel restrictions. This is a ham radio adventure tale you will not want to miss.

7 p.m. Thursday July 2



Re: Are Bioenno Batteries worth their price?

GARY DENSOW
 

  • Bioenno Power battery is thermally and chemically stable
  • A Bioenno Power battery is dependable and reliable without the possibility of lithium fires
  • Bioenno Power battery is 50% to 70% lighter than a traditional SLA (sealed lead acid) battery
  • Bioenno Power battery allows for extraction of >80-90% of the rated capacity, whereas an SLA battery only allows for 50% of the rated capacity
  • A Bioenno Power product has a service life of 2000+ charge cycles at 5-10+ years with a shelf life that far exceeds the service life of many other batteries  


Gary Densow

AF7TZ

Fall City, Wa.

425-281-2287

garydensow@...


From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:11 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Are Bioenno Batteries worth their price?
 
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 9:27 AM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
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Re: DMR Anytone Zoom invitation: Radio discount offer

Robin Amundson
 

The time is THIS FRIDAY at 1800 local. Yes, right before FD the next morning. But everyone has already tested and setup will be a snap Saturday morning, right?


Re: DMR Anytone Zoom invitation: Radio discount offer

Robin Amundson
 

I was not at the fire station. Jamie Hughes is going to talk about how to set up a radio and will answer any other questions, I believe. The discount is available only through Jamie as far as I know. He is a very nice and accessible guy.

Robin, WA7CPA

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 9:26 AM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
Will this online session be similar to the one we had at the fire station? I'm interested in the 578. 
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Re: Are Bioenno Batteries worth their price?

Robin Amundson
 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 9:27 AM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
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Are Bioenno Batteries worth their price?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

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Re: DMR Anytone Zoom invitation: Radio discount offer

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Will this online session be similar to the one we had at the fire station? I'm interested in the 578. 
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WA1HEM
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Re: DMR Anytone Zoom invitation: Radio discount offer

Rowland
 

Depending on the date I am interested in attending.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 7:02 AM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
If anyone is thinking of purchasing a digital mobile radio (DMR,) by attending the Zoom meeting offered by Jamie Hughes, there will be a link to purchasing a radio at a discount. I attended a previous Zoom presentation at the WWDXC meeting and got the discount on the mobile station, which I have yet had time to set up. I will be on this Zoom presentation. The discount is a good one. I will not publish the link here but if you want the link to the discount for SnoVarc members, please email me ASAP, per Jamie's permission. The link is not to be published on social media. I got my radio promptly by mail after ordering. The discounted radios are:

AT-D878UV+ (Portable)

AT-D578UV Pro, (Mobile)

There has been some informal discussion among some SnoVarc members about whether it is time to upgrade our repeater to a Hyterra that can do DMR and analog. There are definite benefits to adding the digital feature. For one thing, even technician class licensees will be able to access worldwide talk groups as well as local special interest talk groups. Repeater pairs are maxed out in Western Washington. There is a move to convert repeaters to digital, which will increase capacity for pairs, accommodating more repeaters. 

Our repeater is experiencing some problems as we have all noticed. I believe we may also be able to access a discount by Hyterra. Now is the time as a club to figure out our next steps.

Anyway, here is the link as posted in the previous post. Don't be shy about calling Jamie if you have questions:

All are welcome though, come learn about the programming tricks before you take the plunge into DMR if you’d like.

 

Here is the zoom link and an invite is soon to follow:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83779961979

 Jamie Hughes

WA7JH

Phone: (360) 362-4575


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