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

Robin Amundson
 

Location location location. At 60 feet above sea level...maybe you have 32 feet height on a vertical configuration? What band were you listening to at what time? Try 20m daytime. That should be your best bet. Lower bands in the daytime, no.

At night 40 and 80. 20m closes around grayline. 

Take the BP someplace high and set up portable. Take it to the beach by Mukilteo Lighthouse during daytime on 20m and hear the difference. Compare a few locations. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA 

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 8:38 AM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Hello Elmers,
I received my Buddipole as my first HF ant with the hope of hearing _something_. I did not expect anyone to hear me. But, after a few nights of searching for some sign of life I'm hearing pretty much nothing (across all bands). Every once in a while I hear something that might be digital but it's too faint to show in the fldigi waterfall.

Now, I know my location is horrible but I expected to hear _something_. The fact I'm hearing noting leads me to believe I've gone and done something completely wrong. But then I remember how difficult my location was just to get reliable VHF/UHF and maybe I'm expecting too much? My next step is to get the ARRL antenna book and _really_ sit down and understand propagation of the different bands.

My shack is less than a mile from the Carnation library and my front door is something like 60 feet above sea-level. My goal is to receive _something_ but maybe this just isn't possible sitting in the meddle of the bathtub we call Carnation. Any pointers would be very helpful and if someone within he bathtub wants to do some testing I'd really appreciate it as that would allow me to validate my set-up. We could fire some psk31 or RTTY back and forth on 10m.

Talk to everyone tonight on the net. Thanks and 73




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

Jackson Beard
 

There are several large hf setups in carnation. 

Have you checked your line?

On Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 08:38 Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
Hello Elmers,
I received my Buddipole as my first HF ant with the hope of hearing _something_. I did not expect anyone to hear me. But, after a few nights of searching for some sign of life I'm hearing pretty much nothing (across all bands). Every once in a while I hear something that might be digital but it's too faint to show in the fldigi waterfall.

Now, I know my location is horrible but I expected to hear _something_. The fact I'm hearing noting leads me to believe I've gone and done something completely wrong. But then I remember how difficult my location was just to get reliable VHF/UHF and maybe I'm expecting too much? My next step is to get the ARRL antenna book and _really_ sit down and understand propagation of the different bands.

My shack is less than a mile from the Carnation library and my front door is something like 60 feet above sea-level. My goal is to receive _something_ but maybe this just isn't possible sitting in the meddle of the bathtub we call Carnation. Any pointers would be very helpful and if someone within he bathtub wants to do some testing I'd really appreciate it as that would allow me to validate my set-up. We could fire some psk31 or RTTY back and forth on 10m.

Talk to everyone tonight on the net. Thanks and 73




Is it me or am I in a Faraday cage?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Hello Elmers,
I received my Buddipole as my first HF ant with the hope of hearing _something_. I did not expect anyone to hear me. But, after a few nights of searching for some sign of life I'm hearing pretty much nothing (across all bands). Every once in a while I hear something that might be digital but it's too faint to show in the fldigi waterfall.

Now, I know my location is horrible but I expected to hear _something_. The fact I'm hearing noting leads me to believe I've gone and done something completely wrong. But then I remember how difficult my location was just to get reliable VHF/UHF and maybe I'm expecting too much? My next step is to get the ARRL antenna book and _really_ sit down and understand propagation of the different bands.

My shack is less than a mile from the Carnation library and my front door is something like 60 feet above sea-level. My goal is to receive _something_ but maybe this just isn't possible sitting in the meddle of the bathtub we call Carnation. Any pointers would be very helpful and if someone within he bathtub wants to do some testing I'd really appreciate it as that would allow me to validate my set-up. We could fire some psk31 or RTTY back and forth on 10m.

Talk to everyone tonight on the net. Thanks and 73


Thursday, Augaust 20 mini exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello all:

This Thursday, after the regular SNOVARC net at 2000 hours, I will be conducting the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. The details of the exercise are include in this e-mail. Understand that depending on the number of participants, this exercise most likely run long compared to the other mini exercises. Please review the included exercise information. If you have any questions, contact me at home, 425-333-4833, by replying to this e-mail, or talk with me on the air if you hear me.
 
Thank you in advance for participating in the exercise.
 
73,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 

THIRD THURSDAY SNOVARC MINI EXERCISE FOR AUGUST 20, 2020

This exercise will be somewhat longer than normal, as it is combining several of our past mini exercises and other drills.

 

Goals

1.    Run a VHF simplex net

2.    Provide Net Control with the following information:

a.    The AC voltage at your current location

b.    The time you measured the voltage

c.     The zip code where you measured the voltage.

3.    Provide relays of information in case Net Control was unable to copy the reporting station.

The Scenario

5 days ago, King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties experienced a windstorm that was more powerful than the Inaugural Day Wind Storm of January 20, 1993. As a result of this recent storm, the power grids in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties have been very unreliable. Power goes on and off, the voltage is fluctuating wildly, and many homes have experienced damage to their electrical equipment. Power crews are working hard to restore power, but they estimate if could be at least a month before the power will be back to normal.

The electrical providers have asked amateur radio operators to report the voltage at their current locations, the time they measured the voltage, and the zip code where they recorded the information. For this exercise, Net Control will gather the information, and pass it on to an exercise EOC somewhere.

 

Because the electric grid has been so severely damaged, SNOVARC repeaters have exhausted their battery back-up power, and are off the air. The Thursday night exercise net will be run on 145.59 MHz simplex, with NO TONE.

 

Operating during the net

1.    Please say “this is an exercise” when you transmit your information.

2.    Remember to speak clearly and slowly when transmitting your information.

3.    Be prepared to relay other station’s information if Net Control does not acknowledge a check in. Please say RELAY if you are going to relay information.

4.    If there is a real emergency that should occur during our drill, the drill will be stopped. Net Control will say REAL WORLD EMERGENCY and handle the emergency traffic. All stations should monitor and be prepared to relay information for the real emergency.

This exercise will most likely take a minimum of 30 minutes, but probably longer, depending on the number of stations that participate. Thank you in advance for your participation.

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 
 


Re: presentation from last week elmers session?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’ve uploaded the powerpoint file for the presentation to the SNOVARC groups.io section, in a new folder named ‘presentations’.

You will need some powerpoint compatible viewer to look at it.

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

On Aug 18, 2020, at 9:21 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

I will upload it to the SnoVARC groups.io files section.


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

On Aug 18, 2020, at 8:26 AM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

Paul,

Can that be uploaded to io site or is it too large?  If too large I would like a copy also please.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 6:31 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
I think calling it very well put together is extraordinarily kind of you.

I do have it squirreled away on the shack laptop, I’ll forward you a copy.  Sending it via email will be fine?

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

> On Aug 17, 2020, at 10:30 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
>
> Paul,
> Is the, very well put together, presentation from last weeks session (2 weeks ago?) floating around somewhere?
>
> Please and thank you. 73
>
>
>







Re: presentation from last week elmers session?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I will upload it to the SnoVARC groups.io files section.


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

On Aug 18, 2020, at 8:26 AM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

Paul,

Can that be uploaded to io site or is it too large?  If too large I would like a copy also please.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 6:31 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
I think calling it very well put together is extraordinarily kind of you.

I do have it squirreled away on the shack laptop, I’ll forward you a copy.  Sending it via email will be fine?

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

> On Aug 17, 2020, at 10:30 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
>
> Paul,
> Is the, very well put together, presentation from last weeks session (2 weeks ago?) floating around somewhere?
>
> Please and thank you. 73
>
>
>






Re: presentation from last week elmers session?

Rowland
 

Paul,

Can that be uploaded to io site or is it too large?  If too large I would like a copy also please.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 6:31 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
I think calling it very well put together is extraordinarily kind of you.

I do have it squirreled away on the shack laptop, I’ll forward you a copy.  Sending it via email will be fine?

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

> On Aug 17, 2020, at 10:30 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
>
> Paul,
> Is the, very well put together, presentation from last weeks session (2 weeks ago?) floating around somewhere?
>
> Please and thank you. 73
>
>
>





Re: presentation from last week elmers session?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Sending it via email will be fine?
Yes, e-mail works great. Or groups.io files or FB files. Thanks!


Re: presentation from last week elmers session?

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I think calling it very well put together is extraordinarily kind of you.

I do have it squirreled away on the shack laptop, I’ll forward you a copy. Sending it via email will be fine?

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

On Aug 17, 2020, at 10:30 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <@KJ7GIE> wrote:

Paul,
Is the, very well put together, presentation from last weeks session (2 weeks ago?) floating around somewhere?

Please and thank you. 73



presentation from last week elmers session?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Paul,
Is the, very well put together, presentation from last weeks session (2 weeks ago?) floating around somewhere?

Please and thank you. 73


IRLP/Echolink

Shawn / K7ATA
 

ALL,

Due to some irregularities on the network hosting our IRLP server, I have brought the system down, and removed some of the failed hardware from the mountain so  that it can be fixed. I expect this to take at least a week, but I HOPE to get it done quicker.

--
--Shawn
--K7ATA


Re: 1", 1/2" or 1/4" braided tinned copper wire for RFI grounding in the shack?

Paul Zoba
 

I bought a 25’ spool of 1/4” braid that I use in the shack.


On Aug 16, 2020, at 12:46 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

What width of grounding wire do folks use to ground the rigs, power supplies, etc in their shack?
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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1", 1/2" or 1/4" braided tinned copper wire for RFI grounding in the shack?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

What width of grounding wire do folks use to ground the rigs, power supplies, etc in their shack?
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Anytone Deal link

Robin Amundson
 

https://sites.google.com/view/pugetsounddmr/Support?authuser=0

Scroll down to the Special Deal. SnoVarc has been added to the dropdown list you will find as you register your email etc.

878=$175
858=$350


Re: DMR Codeplugs... who wants a process?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I have consistently decent reception from Cougar Mtn. I can also reach East Tiger. I will test Rattlesnake Ridge this weekend but I've not had much luck in that direction from my house.
http://www.pnwdigital.net/repeaters.html


Re: Elmer idea

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

I have no plans on climbing a tower anytime soon, but I would be interested in his presentation. Sounds scary and fascinating...

On Aug 13, 2020, at 9:21 AM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

On Tuesday evening K1IR from Massachusetts gave a shocking, well-researched, and very riveting presentation on amateur tower climbing accidents and what can be learned from them, how to prevent, etc. He was one of the best Zoom presenters hands-down, with a fantastic slide show. He is on a mission to educate and prevent tower climbing accidents among radio amateurs. If interested, I will reach out to him to see if he will present. The DX club had 29 participants, quite a few more than we have been having. I would hope we could get at least 15-20. He presented at 10 p.m. his time in MA, so he is very gracious in giving his time. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


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


Re: Elmer idea

Rowland
 

I think this is a great idea. Towers can be killers if the untrained attempt to climb them.

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
On Tuesday evening K1IR from Massachusetts gave a shocking, well-researched, and very riveting presentation on amateur tower climbing accidents and what can be learned from them, how to prevent, etc. He was one of the best Zoom presenters hands-down, with a fantastic slide show. He is on a mission to educate and prevent tower climbing accidents among radio amateurs. If interested, I will reach out to him to see if he will present. The DX club had 29 participants, quite a few more than we have been having. I would hope we could get at least 15-20. He presented at 10 p.m. his time in MA, so he is very gracious in giving his time. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA







--
Thanks,
Rowland


Re: DMR Codeplugs... who wants a process?

Robin Amundson
 

Following, Ryan. Which DMR repeater are you using?

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 12:26 PM Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@...> wrote:
I dropped the ball on this as I said I'd do it and then just didn't get around to it. I don't have a "conventional" way of creating a codeplug for my radio. What I do is I take all the PNWDigital repeaters, talkgroups, etc. and I export them as text files. I then shift their slot locations and shove the SnoVARC recommended repeater list to the top into an "Home" group. Then I import the text files into radio programming software.

This has a couple advantages over the "conventional" way of doing things.
1) Import does not touch the "user" specific config of the radio. In DMR there is the concept of a radio ID and if you simply pass codeplugs around this area of the radio has to be reconfigured every time you open someone else's codeplug.
2) Because I'm importing / exporting text files (really CSV) you can easily manipulate the files and identify what's in the "config" before having to deal with the software (the radio software is a bit of a PITA). Codeplugs are not human readable.
3) If you have any background with basic scripting and file manipulation its easy to inject / remove areas of the config automagically to suite your individual needs.
4) probably some other advantages I'm forgetting.

OK, so...  why are you reading this / why am I writing this...
I recently got a brand new AnyTone 878 which is sort of the preferred / standard radio for DMR. I've not had a chance to program it yet so I'm starting from zero. Additionally, I realized my Baofeng 6x2 radio is about a year old in its firmware and requires an update (which wipes out the programming). This means I've got two radios, similar but different, that need complete DMR codeplug builds.

I will document the steps I take for each of these and share with the group. I'll also share the importable files I generate if you want to follow along for your own DMR radio. I could also, possibly, hold a session to help others if they want to follow the same procedure.

Anything you'd like to see specifically covered in the documentation? I've been doing the DMR "thing" since I started my journey a year+ ago and that puts me at a disadvantage for remembering some of the things I wish I knew back then. If you have questions or want me to document something specific please reach out and I'll certainly include it.




DMR Codeplugs... who wants a process?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I dropped the ball on this as I said I'd do it and then just didn't get around to it. I don't have a "conventional" way of creating a codeplug for my radio. What I do is I take all the PNWDigital repeaters, talkgroups, etc. and I export them as text files. I then shift their slot locations and shove the SnoVARC recommended repeater list to the top into an "Home" group. Then I import the text files into radio programming software.

This has a couple advantages over the "conventional" way of doing things.
1) Import does not touch the "user" specific config of the radio. In DMR there is the concept of a radio ID and if you simply pass codeplugs around this area of the radio has to be reconfigured every time you open someone else's codeplug.
2) Because I'm importing / exporting text files (really CSV) you can easily manipulate the files and identify what's in the "config" before having to deal with the software (the radio software is a bit of a PITA). Codeplugs are not human readable.
3) If you have any background with basic scripting and file manipulation its easy to inject / remove areas of the config automagically to suite your individual needs.
4) probably some other advantages I'm forgetting.

OK, so... why are you reading this / why am I writing this...
I recently got a brand new AnyTone 878 which is sort of the preferred / standard radio for DMR. I've not had a chance to program it yet so I'm starting from zero. Additionally, I realized my Baofeng 6x2 radio is about a year old in its firmware and requires an update (which wipes out the programming). This means I've got two radios, similar but different, that need complete DMR codeplug builds.

I will document the steps I take for each of these and share with the group. I'll also share the importable files I generate if you want to follow along for your own DMR radio. I could also, possibly, hold a session to help others if they want to follow the same procedure.

Anything you'd like to see specifically covered in the documentation? I've been doing the DMR "thing" since I started my journey a year+ ago and that puts me at a disadvantage for remembering some of the things I wish I knew back then. If you have questions or want me to document something specific please reach out and I'll certainly include it.


Re: Elmer idea

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

I would be interested. Thanks Robin!


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On Aug 13, 2020, 9:21 AM, Robin Amundson < wa7cpa@...> wrote:

On Tuesday evening K1IR from Massachusetts gave a shocking, well-researched, and very riveting presentation on amateur tower climbing accidents and what can be learned from them, how to prevent, etc. He was one of the best Zoom presenters hands-down, with a fantastic slide show. He is on a mission to educate and prevent tower climbing accidents among radio amateurs. If interested, I will reach out to him to see if he will present. The DX club had 29 participants, quite a few more than we have been having. I would hope we could get at least 15-20. He presented at 10 p.m. his time in MA, so he is very gracious in giving his time. 

73,
Robin, WA7CPA