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Re: Go bags

Rowland
 

Good plan 

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM W7ABD <w7abd1@...> wrote:








I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else

on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading

batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your

devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore

- they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>





I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags

outside of my devices.





Jim


W7ABD








On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:








Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new

batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights

including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite

flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth

trying to get the cell out. 






Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and

not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it

will not ruin the light/device. 







Ralph


KC7QXD 





















--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Go bags

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’ve had decent luck with Duracells bought at retail locally, but horrid luck with Duracells bought off Amazon.  Amazon pools stock, and batteries are apparently a commonly counterfeited item, so the pool of stock on Amazon is basically mostly counterfeit.  I no longer buy any batteries of any type off Amazon Same thing with any other items likely to be counterfeited. The only exception battery wise are the Amaon Basics ones, which I expect are not pooled stock and are sourced by Amazon.

Despite good luck with batteries purchased local retail  I now do as Jim and Ralph do and never store alkaline batteries in devices, and instead use plastic battery cases to hold the batteries.

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

On Sep 5, 2020, at 6:18 PM, W7ABD <w7abd1@...> wrote:

I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore - they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>

I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags outside of my devices.

Jim
W7ABD


On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:
Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth trying to get the cell out. 

Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it will not ruin the light/device. 

Ralph
KC7QXD 



Re: Go bags

W7ABD
 

I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore - they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>

I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags outside of my devices.

Jim
W7ABD


On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:
Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth trying to get the cell out. 

Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it will not ruin the light/device. 

Ralph
KC7QXD 


Re: Tarheel antenna gathering Sunday at 1pm

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

See you there (at 6ft with mask 😷)

Excuse my typos - sent via my thumbs or by voice from a mobile device

On Sep 5, 2020, at 9:50 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

Correct, Sunday September 6.

Sheesh.  I plead idiocy as a result of sleeping poorly and not enough coffee.

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

On Sep 5, 2020, at 8:51 AM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Sunday, September 6.

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 8:06 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Several Snovarcians have recently bought Tarheel screwdriver antennas for mobile/field use.  We’re going to gather at the Duvall ballfields on Big Rock Road at 1pm on Sunday September 5 to share our experiences and see how each of us has set things up.

Everyone is welcome to join us.  If you’re interested in vehicle mounted HF antennas this will be a good chance to see them up close and learn something about them.

Good fun likely to be had.

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






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*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Go bags

Ralph Lease
 

Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth trying to get the cell out. 

Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it will not ruin the light/device. 

Ralph
KC7QXD 


Hot spot Zoom series

Robin Amundson
 

(Passing this on as promised--Robin, WA7CPA)

All,

 

I am very excited to bring to you a four (4) part series surrounding Hot Spots. This will be hosted by the Puget Sound DMR Coalition via a Zoom meeting.

 

The rough agenda is as follows. Calendar and invites soon to come. The dates and times below are subject to change without notice.

 

September 12th, 18:00 PST  (1 Hour)– What is a Hot Spot, and why do I want or need one? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB

September 19th, 18:00 PST (1-2 Hours) – What are my options for a Hot Spot(s)? Presenter: Rob Fanfant N7QT

 

To be announced: The following are tentative.

September 26th, 18:00 PST (1-3 Hours) – Now that I own one, how do I build and configure it? Presenter: Jamie Hughes WA7JH and Team

October 3rd, 18:00 (1-2 Hours) – What are some of the advanced features and how do I configure those? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB and Team

 

 

73,

 

Jamie Hughes

WA7JH

Founder

Email: wa7jh@...

Phone: (360) 362-4575

Puget Sound Digital Mobile Radio Coalition


Re: Tarheel antenna gathering Sunday at 1pm

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Correct, Sunday September 6.

Sheesh.  I plead idiocy as a result of sleeping poorly and not enough coffee.

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

On Sep 5, 2020, at 8:51 AM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Sunday, September 6.

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 8:06 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Several Snovarcians have recently bought Tarheel screwdriver antennas for mobile/field use.  We’re going to gather at the Duvall ballfields on Big Rock Road at 1pm on Sunday September 5 to share our experiences and see how each of us has set things up.

Everyone is welcome to join us.  If you’re interested in vehicle mounted HF antennas this will be a good chance to see them up close and learn something about them.

Good fun likely to be had.

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






Re: Tarheel antenna gathering Sunday at 1pm

Robin Amundson
 

Sunday, September 6.


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 8:06 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Several Snovarcians have recently bought Tarheel screwdriver antennas for mobile/field use.  We’re going to gather at the Duvall ballfields on Big Rock Road at 1pm on Sunday September 5 to share our experiences and see how each of us has set things up.

Everyone is welcome to join us.  If you’re interested in vehicle mounted HF antennas this will be a good chance to see them up close and learn something about them.

Good fun likely to be had.

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





Tarheel antenna gathering Sunday at 1pm

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Several Snovarcians have recently bought Tarheel screwdriver antennas for mobile/field use. We’re going to gather at the Duvall ballfields on Big Rock Road at 1pm on Sunday September 5 to share our experiences and see how each of us has set things up.

Everyone is welcome to join us. If you’re interested in vehicle mounted HF antennas this will be a good chance to see them up close and learn something about them.

Good fun likely to be had.

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


SSB All Asian

Robin Amundson
 
Edited

Here is a chance to make SSB contacts with Asian station. Now. 40m good this evening and into morning tomorrow. Daylight in Asia. Some WC stations are working them on 20m. This weekend. Rules here:
https://www.jarl.org/English/4_Library/A-4-3_Contests/2020AA_rule.htm

Or listen and learn...

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session - Thu, 09/03/2020 #cal-notice

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

Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
Thursday, 3 September 2020
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Zoom Meeting

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


Are you prepared? Time to charge those batteries and verify you are prepared!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

A friendly reminder from your SnoVarc friends to make sure you are prepared:
 
  • Are your HT, backup, and go-box batteries charged up?
  • Is all your bug-out gear in one place and easy to access?
  • Is your go box, cables, microphones, and antennas ready to go?
  • How about clothing, emergency food, and water?
  • Are your medical supplies, meds, and first aid kits ready?



Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session - Thu, 09/03/2020 6:15pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When: Thursday, 3 September 2020, 6:15pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-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


SnoVARC Weekly Winlink Check-In Procedure

W7ABD
 

SnoVARC Weekly Winlink Check-In Procedure

 

1) Check-In every Thursday, except for the 1st Thursday of the Month. Please send your message by 19:50 each week.

 

2) Connect to a Winlink CMS server, by one of the following methods:

1) Telnet (Does not need a radio)

2) VHF/UHF FM  - (Vara, HF, Ardop, FM, Winmore (depreciated))

3) HF  -  (Vara HF, Ardop, Winmore (depreciated))

 

3) Compose your message to the club with the following information:

1) Your Callsign

2) Your Name

3) Your Location

4) The Winlink method used to send message (Telnet, VHF. UHF, HF, Vara FM, Vara HF)

 

4) Send your message to: KE7GFZ

 

 

W7ABD will collect and sort all the received messages, then present the findings during the weekly 20:00 Member Check-in.

 

 

 

Tools:

 

Winlink Program: RMS Express (aka Winlink Express) - Main Winlink Program

https://www.winlink.org/WinlinkExpress

 

Vara Program: Vara FM and Vara HF - Additional Client Program (recommended)

https://rosmodem.wordpress.com/

 

Itshfbc - VOACAP HF Propagation Forecast Program

http://www.greg-hand.com/versions/itshfbc_180417a.exe

 

 

 

(Ardop, winmore and telnet are built-in to the RMS Express program)

 

 


Re: Free 55 ft tower, Moseley triband and a great deal on equipment

Robin Amundson
 

Pictures of tower base and Moseley on tower are attached.


Free 55 ft tower, Moseley triband and a great deal on equipment

Robin Amundson
 

This weekend I went to Puyallup with a ham friend to take down a Butternut 40-80-160 vertical from the yard of the nicest 88 yo ham who is retiring from the hobby, disposing of his stuff, and moving. I have the Butternut. Is anyone interested in it? I have been considering the tower but not too interested in the Moseley, as I have other sugar plums dancing in my head. The equipment is a very good deal for all that. Buy it, keep what you want, sell or give away the rest. Make him an offer.  I am still looking at my dual QTH station planning from the 40,000 foot level and couldn't quite make any commitments. Now, the tower looks like a super good deal because Phil is looking into hiring to have it taken down professionally, removing that barrier. I want everyone to have an opportunity. If you visit him in Puyallup, be sure to ask to see his QSL card collection. He worked North Korea during the 3-day Romanian activation before it was shut down!!!

Here is what Phil wrote:

My DX days are over.  I just turned 88 and have little hope on the last 8 or 9 I need.  I made the DXCC Honor Roll & worked all 3,077 counties in the U.S.  Country total is all but 8.

 

I have a Mosley triband 6 element on a 55ft tower – remove it and it’s yours.  Ham-M works great.

 

Also have gear IC-756 Pro & Ameritron 811B – used less than 2 hours.  1.5kW antenna tuner, SWR meter, dummy load – I want to sell for $900 total.

 

Call me if someone is interested.

 

73 Phil

253-845-3501

 

I hate to quit, but we are going to sell and move along.”


Re: tarheel setup and call for a Tarheel Antenna play date at the Duvall ballfield

Rowland
 

Will be out of town due to labor day weekend 

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
Paul,
Correction. I am available either September 5 or 6, time flexible.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA 







--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: tarheel setup and call for a Tarheel Antenna play date at the Duvall ballfield

Ralph Lease
 

I have double checked with the social director and either day is good for me.

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 7:39 AM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
Paul,
Correction. I am available either September 5 or 6, time flexible.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA 


Re: tarheel setup and call for a Tarheel Antenna play date at the Duvall ballfield

Robin Amundson
 

Paul,
Correction. I am available either September 5 or 6, time flexible.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA 


Re: tarheel setup and call for a Tarheel Antenna play date at the Duvall ballfield

Ralph Lease
 

As per Robin, I am time flexible on September 6.

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 10:48 PM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
Paul,
I am not available September 5, but I am available Sunday, September 6, time flexible. I will be a looky-loo because the majority of my equipment is currently staged at my secondary QTH. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 9:20 PM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
I got some questions about exactly what whip arrangements I’m using.  I said I’d send out and email with the details.

I’m using a Little Tarheel II:

I have it mounted on a monster magmount:

On top of the tarheel I’ve got a 3/8-24 whip quick disconnect, and I have the matching part of the quick disconnect on the bottom of each whip I use.

I have three different whips that I use.

One is the stock Tarheel whip with a quick disconnect on the bottom.

The second consists of another quick disconnect, two buddipole accessory arms (total length 44”), and a Buddipole long telescoping whip (9 feet 6 inches extended) which makes it a bit over 13 feet long.  This will tune on 17m thru 160m.

And I also have a NVIS antenna setup, which is a quick disconnect with a long length of wire on a wire winder.

Getting it all assembled and on top of my car (which serves as a ground plane) is a bit of a challenge.  I first get the mag mount and tarheel base on top of the car and route all the cables, then I put whichever whip assembly I want on top of that using the quick disconnect.

Anyway it seemed like it would be a good idea of have a get together for everyone interested in things Tarheel, where we can see how each of us works, see what tricks we’ve got to share, etc.  The Duvall Ballfield seems like it would be a good spot, although pretty much any park with easy parking would work fine.

Robin suggested something on a weekend, because it’s already getting dark too early to do it on a weeknight after work.

I propose either Saturday Sept 5 or Sunday Sept 6, lunch time.  What do people think?




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