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Re: External Antenna box connection question

Ralph Lease
 

I would use bulkhead connectors or panel mount connectors. Location should primary be on the bottom due to avoid water ingress. Secondary on the side of the junction box. Leave the j-box cover alone as it's for access only. Gaskets should be used as well.


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 12:41 PM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
I just had 4 coax lines installed for my external antennas that are now coiled up in a waterproof box outside (see pic). What do folks recommend for making the connections to the antennas, especially if I want to disconnect/connect easily? I was thinking of installing so 239 connectors to the box cover (similar to the second pic) and connecting the antenna lines to those and then weatherproofing the connections. What do others suggest? Is there a best practice?




dual feed line, relay box, rf relay box, twopak, two pak, two pack ...
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Re: External Antenna box connection question

W7ABD
 

I have to agree with Jackson here...

PL259, SO259 Connectors are not water proof.  Not without sealing them up good.  Which would defeat the whole quick-change concept. 

It if was me, I would run the coax feedlines through the wall to the inside.  Then you could install a patch panel inside out of the weather.

Jim
W7ABD
 

On 8/21/20 12:43, Jackson Beard wrote:
My connections are inside the box out of the weather.  It's not super fast, but they're dry.

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 12:41 Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
I just had 4 coax lines installed for my external antennas that are now coiled up in a waterproof box outside (see pic). What do folks recommend for making the connections to the antennas, especially if I want to disconnect/connect easily? I was thinking of installing so 239 connectors to the box cover (similar to the second pic) and connecting the antenna lines to those and then weatherproofing the connections. What do others suggest? Is there a best practice?




dual feed line, relay box, rf relay box, twopak, two
              pak, two pack ...
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: External Antenna box connection question

Jackson Beard
 

My connections are inside the box out of the weather.  It's not super fast, but they're dry.


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 12:41 Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
I just had 4 coax lines installed for my external antennas that are now coiled up in a waterproof box outside (see pic). What do folks recommend for making the connections to the antennas, especially if I want to disconnect/connect easily? I was thinking of installing so 239 connectors to the box cover (similar to the second pic) and connecting the antenna lines to those and then weatherproofing the connections. What do others suggest? Is there a best practice?




dual feed line, relay box, rf relay box, twopak, two pak, two pack ...
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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External Antenna box connection question

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

I just had 4 coax lines installed for my external antennas that are now coiled up in a waterproof box outside (see pic). What do folks recommend for making the connections to the antennas, especially if I want to disconnect/connect easily? I was thinking of installing so 239 connectors to the box cover (similar to the second pic) and connecting the antenna lines to those and then weatherproofing the connections. What do others suggest? Is there a best practice?




dual feed line, relay box, rf relay box, twopak, two pak, two pack ...
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: New Buy/Sell/Trade Subgroup

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Nice. 

On Aug 21, 2020, at 10:22 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Thanks Kirt! I've got things started with the first listing....


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Re: New Buy/Sell/Trade Subgroup

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thanks Kirt! I've got things started with the first listing....


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Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Depending on whether the weather allows me to solder some ends onto my new cables - I should be able to do a 10M PSK31 test with you at 5p

On Aug 21, 2020, at 9:32 AM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:

OK, I have a window at lunch to tune my ant back to 10m. That means I'll be ready to go for psk31 starting at 5.

Who wants to be part of this?
WA1HEM
KC7QXD

Should we set-up a call or Zoom? Some remote Elmer communication would be very helpful as I work through this. Thanks all!







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Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

OK, I have a window at lunch to tune my ant back to 10m. That means I'll be ready to go for psk31 starting at 5.

Who wants to be part of this?
WA1HEM
KC7QXD

Should we set-up a call or Zoom? Some remote Elmer communication would be very helpful as I work through this. Thanks all!


New Buy/Sell/Trade Subgroup

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

A new subgroup has been created for anyone interested in listing equipment for sale/trade. 

https://snovarc.groups.io/g/Buysell

If you'd like to participate in the group and receive email notifications, please subscribe. Here's an email subscription link (Buysell+subscribe@snovarc.groups.io)

If you choose not to subscribe, you can still view and post within the group via the web page. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks
Kirt (K7KDW)


Re: Thursday, Augaust 20 mini exercise

Dave, KI7VLV
 

Great exercise this eve. Thanks for hosting.

Turnout seemed great as well.

It'd be cool to see the zip codes in a heat map or appropriate. Maybe there are some Tableau or MS Power BI folks out there. 73, Dave KI7VLV


Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I'm happy to report _some_ success with the noon net on 80m; I heard voices. I have no idea what they were saying under all the noise but voices were certainly on that frequency and that's not something I had heard previously. Thanks everyone who steered me in that direction as a quick test. There was very little to no change with the tuner in the path; which I find to be good as I assume that means the tuner isn't causing an issue with reception. I did _not_ attempt to key up.

To answer the Buddiepole / tuning question... I did not tune or even set it up properly for 80m as I didn't have time. I just extended the arms in a horizontal dipole, leaving the coil taps wherever they had been from the other day, and called it "good".

OK, on to the local PSK31 testing. I'll reach out and set something up for tomorrow evening. Thanks all! Little steps forward are much better than where I was yesterday.


Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

W7ABD
 

Hi Ryan,

Do you have an Antenna Analyzer?  The documentation for the Buddipole gets you close, but it is affected quite a bit by where it is setup.  So best to fine tune the resonance for the band you are using with an analyzer.  Also I assume you are using your IC-7100 radio.  This may sound crazy, but are you using the correct antenna port on the back of the radio?  I know I have gotten that wrong more than once!

And finally, downtown Carnation has pretty high noise floor, so I would configure the buddipole for horizontal rather than vertical polarization.  To help eliminate some of that noise

Jim
W7ABD



On 8/20/20 10:44, Dave, KI7VLV wrote:

I’m frequently using PSK31. 14.070 during the day into the eve. What’s the schedule?



Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Dave, KI7VLV
 

I’m frequently using PSK31. 14.070 during the day into the eve. What’s the schedule?


Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

The band conditions can be wonky during the noontime net so be patient. Someone might go from an s9 to into the noise quickly… You should be able to pick them up from where you are

On Aug 20, 2020, at 10:13 AM, Ralph Lease <ralph.lease@...> wrote:

This is a good idea.  Also on 80 meters at 3970 at 11:30 for their portion of the noontime net.

The noontime net starts early checkins around 10:00AM on 7.283.50

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 10:05 AM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
Tune to  7283.5kHz around 11:30a and see if you can pick up the "Noon Time Net" - you should hear some of the "relayers"  - and you might be able to check in too
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Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ralph Lease
 

This is a good idea.  Also on 80 meters at 3970 at 11:30 for their portion of the noontime net.

The noontime net starts early checkins around 10:00AM on 7.283.50

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 10:05 AM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
Tune to  7283.5kHz around 11:30a and see if you can pick up the "Noon Time Net" - you should hear some of the "relayers"  - and you might be able to check in too
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
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Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ralph Lease
 

we can give it a go tomorrow evening if that works for you unless someone else has time.  I have had luck with the locals on 20m at 14.070. Dx goes away on 20 after grayline but we are close enough it should work.

respond with a time and I will make it work.  We can link up by voice on our repeater to start with.

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 10:03 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
I can be available after work almost every evening (after 5) and will into the late night. Also willing to get up early. Am flexible to your schedule for sure.

Except for tonight.. unless you want to try after the simplex exercise completes as I plan on participating in that.




Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Tune to  7283.5kHz around 11:30a and see if you can pick up the "Noon Time Net" - you should hear some of the "relayers"  - and you might be able to check in too
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I can be available after work almost every evening (after 5) and will into the late night. Also willing to get up early. Am flexible to your schedule for sure.

Except for tonight.. unless you want to try after the simplex exercise completes as I plan on participating in that.


Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ralph Lease
 

when would you be available to try psk31.

Ralph
KC7QXD

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 9:48 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 09:33 AM, Robin Amundson wrote:

>
> maybe you have 32 feet height on a vertical configuration
>

I've been using it in a horizontal dipole configuration.




Re: Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 09:33 AM, Robin Amundson wrote:


maybe you have 32 feet height on a vertical configuration
I've been using it in a horizontal dipole configuration.