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NW Citizen Corps Expo

Rowland Brasch <rb@...>
 

I talked about this at the last meeting.  Kathy and I have attended this before and it is quite a learning experience.  I have attached the Expo flyer so take a look and if you do have a desire to attend you must register by July 31st.

 

Rowland Brasch

K7RWB

EmComm

Snoqualmie Valley ARC

(SnoVARC) KE7GFZ

www.snovalleyarc.com

 

 

 

Re: KE7GFZ . Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Repeater site test

Rowland <rwb1@...>
 

In Your dreams

 


From: KE7GFZ@... [mailto:KE7GFZ@...] On Behalf Of jerrykonoske
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 7:52 PM
To: KE7GFZ@...
Subject: KE7GFZ · Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Repeater site test

 

 

I neglected to mention that all were kind enough to also do a test on VHF 145.590 MHz simplex, and all the signals were better then on 446.100, with the exception of Brian, N7BKD, which is sort of strange as 2 M should of been better for him also. Anyone know of an unused 2M pair that we could get? Jerry NA7Z

Repeater site test

jerrykonoske <jerrykonoske@...>
 

I neglected to mention that all were kind enough to also do a test on VHF 145.590 MHz simplex, and all the signals were better then on 446.100, with the exception of Brian, N7BKD, which is sort of strange as 2 M should of been better for him also. Anyone know of an unused 2M pair that we could get? Jerry NA7Z

Test of possible repeater site

jerrykonoske <jerrykonoske@...>
 

This time the test was more encouraging then last. I was able to work on 446.100 simplex, from my vehicle, with a trunk mounted dual band antenna at 35 watts the following stations.

K7RWB S9 Lake Joy
N6IBI S2 Gold Bar
KB7CIN S2 Carnation
KA7GPP S6 Tolt
KE7JWP S9 Tolt Highlands along with K7XIT
K7MLK S7 Ne Cherry Valley Rd
KF7CHI S3 Duvall
KE7OFC and KC7WOH S4 Duvall
N7BKD S2 from Kirkland

Thanks to all of you that helped out with the testing and I do believe this site has promise, more so then the last one at the water tank on NE 144 St. This location is right at 400 feet and about 47 degrees 42 mins N, 122 degrees 47 W, at least I think that is correct.

Jerry NA7Z

SnoVARC Net, 7/14/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday July 14, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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Reminder

Rowland Brasch <rb@...>
 

Hi All,

 

Just a reminder for tonight.  After the net we are going to go to 446.100MHz simplex to test the possible alternative location for our repeater.  So please all members available sign in for the net and then partake in the test.

 

Thank you!

 

Rowland

 

 

SnoVARC Net, 7/14/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday July 14, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Next reminder:   The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 18 hours, 2 minutes.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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Special Bulletin - Stolen Radio Equipment

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Special Bulletin  -  Stolen Radio Equipment

IF YOU NOTICE SOMEONE TRYING TO PEDDLE ANY OF THIS GEAR CONTACT nu7z@... or the Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's Dept.

Rick NU7Z -- had his vehicle broken into -- and all of his radio equipment stolen.  A police report has been filed, but any help that the hams of Snohomish County and other Western Washington counties can provide would be appreciated. Here is a list of what was stolen:

ICOM IC-901A ,2m, 440, 6m, 220, with all the cables, control head, fiber optic module, mic

TPL 75 watts 6 meter amplifier
500 watt all HF band Worthmore Amplifier
7 TenTec Scout modules,  80, 20, 15, 30, 17, 12, 10 meters
500 watt power converter, 12Vdc to 110Volts
AC Sirius radio receiver
Garmin color fish finder - new
2 May West PFD's from Cabela's
Rain gear
Motorola, M1225 2 channel UHF mobile radio
Electronic trailer brake

There was a lot of damage to the vehicle too -- so be aware that these guys are lurking in the Edmonds area. Don't be fooled!!

Repeater Test After This Weeks Net

slick <rb@...>
 

Repeater Test After This Weeks Net

After the Net on this Thursday the 14th everybody needs to change frequency to simplex 446.100MHz.  Jerry will be on the West side of the Valley up on top of the hill at a residents home to test the propagation of a possible repeater site.

As most of you know he tested the water tower site Southeast of Duvall with dismal results in many areas.  Hopefully this new test will be better. 

We really need as many people as possible to take part in this test from all areas of the valley so we can truly get an idea if that location will work or not.

Thank you!
Rowland

SnoVARC Net, 7/7/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday July 7, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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New file uploaded to KE7GFZ

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SnoVARC Net, 7/7/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday July 7, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Next reminder:   The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 18 hours, 3 minutes.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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SnoVARC General Meeting., 7/7/2011, 7:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC General Meeting.
 
Date:   Thursday July 7, 2011
Time:   7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every month on the first Thursday.
Location:   Duvall Fire Station
Street:   15600 1st Ave N.
City State Zip:   Duvall, WA 98019
Notes:   The Elmer meeting will take place directly after the regular general meeting. For directions go to SnoVARC website http://snovalleyarc.org/meeting/index.html

There will not be a radio Net on meeting night.
 
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SnoVARC General Meeting., 7/7/2011, 7:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC General Meeting.
 
Date:   Thursday July 7, 2011
Time:   7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every month on the first Thursday.
Next reminder:   The next reminder for this event will be sent in 2 days, 4 minutes.
Location:   Duvall Fire Station
Street:   15600 1st Ave N.
City State Zip:   Duvall, WA 98019
Notes:   The Elmer meeting will take place directly after the regular general meeting. For directions go to SnoVARC website http://snovalleyarc.org/meeting/index.html

There will not be a radio Net on meeting night.
 
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SnoVARC Net, 6/30/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday June 30, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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Field Day

Rowland Brasch <rb@...>
 

My gosh I forgot to mention the wonderful Sloppy Joe’s Brian made for us in the Dutch oven for Saturday lunch……HHHHMMMM

 

Rowland

 

 

Extra Antenna

Rowland Brasch <rb@...>
 

We have one extra antenna that someone left at Field Day.  It looks like a dipole with a clear plastic connection system.  If it is yours please let me know and I will get it back to you.

 

Rowland Brasch

K7RWB

EmComm

Snoqualmie Valley ARC

(SnoVARC) KE7GFZ

www.snovalleyarc.com

 

 

 

Field Day

Rowland Brasch <rb@...>
 

Would like to thank everyone that took part in Field Day this year.  It was another great success!  We learned a lot more about setting up antennas and generally had a blast.  Ralph out did himself again with the Dutch oven meals and deserts.  We had a great barbeque on Saturday night.  The weather was a little wet Friday night but beautiful the rest of the weekend. 

 

Here are the stats:

 

  • 18 people total throughout the weekend including visitors
  • 7 stayed over night
  • Had 4 radios working so we were “4A Western Washington”.  “A “ stood for emergency power (Batteries)
  • Had 8 antennas setup (two had problems)
    • 1 very successful NVIS antenna
  • Made over 108 contacts (not bad folks for the second event!)

 

All in all a fun time was had by all.

 

 

Those of you that took pictures please select the best ones and send them to me so I can prepare another PowerPoint for all to see.

 

Thanks!

 

Rowland

 

Rowland Brasch

K7RWB

EmComm

Snoqualmie Valley ARC

(SnoVARC) KE7GFZ

www.snovalleyarc.com

 

 

 

SnoVARC Net, 6/30/2011, 8:00 pm

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Reminder from:   KE7GFZ Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SnoVARC Net
 
Date:   Thursday June 30, 2011
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Next reminder:   The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 18 hours, 3 minutes.
Location:   "150" repeater at 442.150 MHz plus shift with a tone of 103.5
Notes:   Net meets on the "150" repeater on 442.150 MHz + shift with a tone of 103.5. If Repeater fails then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net!

Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
 
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Reprinted Fome ARRL Web site "Sun Spots"

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Reprinted Fome ARRL Web site "Sun Spots"

A long read but pretty interesting......

Over the past week (June 16-22) the average daily sunspot number
rose nearly 20 points to 55, and average daily solar flux readings
increased by nearly 9 points to 98.6.  All geomagnetic indices
declined slightly.  These increases or decreases are relative to the
previous seven days, before June 16.

For the past month we've been looking nervously toward ARRL Field
Day, because a forecast from NOAA and USAF showed possibly unsettled
geomagnetic conditions on Friday, June 24, and continuing through
Field Day weekend.

The forecast has evolved from troubling to frightening, and back
again. Early in June the predicted planetary A index for June 24-26
was 18, 18 and 15. Then on June 7 it changed to 15, 15, and 10, a
little better. Then a week later things looked even more promising
on June 14 at 15, 10 and 5. But on June 17 it was revised upward, to
30, 15 and 5. A planetary A index of 30 indicates a geomagnetic
storm.

The next day on June 18 the forecast shifted to 25, 18 and 8, and on
June 19 it changed again to 25, 18 and 10. June 20 saw a slight
change to 25, 18 and 8 again, then June 21 it shifted to 15, 40 and
25.  An A index of 40 on the first day of Field Day sounds ominous.
Then June 22 it changed again to 30, 10 and 10, and now the June 23
prediction for June 24-26 shows a planetary A index of 30, 18 and
12.

Basically we would love to see the A index as low as possible, five
or less would be wonderful.  The latest news is that the solar wind
from a Coronal Mass Ejection which occurred on the solstice is
moving slower than originally thought, which means a weaker effect
here on Earth.  A planetary K index of 5 is expected when the storm
arrives, now predicted at 0700z on June 24, which is 35 hours before
the start of Field Day, 1800z on June 25.

At 0640z on June 23, the Australian IPS Radio and Space Services
released a bulletin stating that increased geomagnetic activity is
expected on Jun4 23-24 due to the coronal mass ejection, but that
the effect on June 23 is expected to be mild, with a small chance of
isolated storm periods.

Geophysical Institute Prague predicts active conditions June 24,
unsettled to active on June 25, quiet to unsettled June 26-27, and
quiet on June 28-30.

The last forecast before Field Day should be on Friday, June 24,
released after 2100z. Check
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpmenu/forecasts/45DF.html and also
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/DGD.txt for the latest K
indices.  The similar
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/DSD.txt shows you solar
flux, sunspot number, and other data such as sunspot area.

The most recent forecast from USAF and NOAA has solar flux at 95 on
June 24-25, 90 on June 26-30, 85 on July 1, and 95, 93 and 90 on
July 2-4  Predicted planetary A index for June 24-26 is 30, 18, and
12, 8 on June 27-28, and 5 on Jun 29 through July 1.

Ron Zond, K3MIY of Clarion, Pennsylvania found an interesting
article in an old QST from a half century ago.  John Chambers, W6NLZ
published "After Sunspots - What?" on pages 66-67 in the March 1960
QST.  I was about to dig out that old issue when I remembered that
ARRL members can access an archive of QST magazines running from
December 1915 to December 2007 at
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-periodicals-archive-search.  I just
searched on Name: Chambers Call: W6NLZ Year: 1960 and went right to
it.

This article was written just after the peak of Cycle 19 (which was
huge!) and in it the author speculates on what a future with little
or no sunspots might hold.

I thought W6NLZ seemed like a familiar call from my childhood, and
he was known back then for his VHF records establishing contact with
KH6UK.  Check out
http://wy6k.com/Shack%20Photos/1961/Great%20Shack%20Photos%201961%20Page%202.htm
for photos of both of them.

Thanks to Howard Lester, N7SO of Schuylerville, New York, K3CWF and
a number of others who sent in this article from Sky & Telescope
about disappearing sunspots:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/123844859.html.
Howard notes that there is no mention of the dissenting view.

Jeff Hartley, N8II of Shepherdstown, West Virginia sent in his
observations on recent conditions: "Conditions have seemed down from
2-3 weeks ago, but there has been a decent amount of sporadic-E as
we near the peak of the season which seems to me to be right around
July 1 on average. Late into the evening openings to EU on 15 meters
and higher have been much rarer, but there was some good propagation
reported in the All Asia CW contest by others.

"Around 0100Z Sunday on 15 phone, I worked Jim, E51JD in Rarotonga,
South Cook with a S9 signal. He was only running 100W to a small low
tribander.

"Saturday June 18, I was active in the WV QSO party and the
sporadic-E continued to abound again this year as it did in 2010.
Not much was happening right at the 1600Z start, but by 1700Z skip
on 20 phone was short enough to work the other side of WV, southern
VA, and many in NC. I even worked a guy in Weaverville, NC in the
Smokies where I had stopped for breakfast a day ago - small world!
There were plenty of OH and KY stations for a while, then the band
opened to the northeast and even as close as DE about 140 miles from
here!  I managed to work all states except AK and VT (propagation
and QSO total to neighboring NH was good) in a few hours. 10M was
not quite good enough to spend much time there while I was able to
operate, but at 0100Z there was double hop Es to CA, NV, and AZ.

"On Friday June 17 around 2200Z, 6 meters was open to FM5AA, FM5AN,
V44KAI, and FG5FR.

"There were about the normal amount of Es on 6 meters during the
June VHF contest with C6, VP9, a few double hop stations in the
Rockies and lots of 4s, 5s and southern 0s logged."

Lawrence, GJ3RAX of the Isle of Jersey observes: "I have had some
comments from Nick VE3OWV. I have known him for a long time as we
were at university together in England in the early 60s. He has also
noticed that, although the sunspots have been increasing recently,
the propagation has not improved in the way it did at a similar
stage of previous cycles. We have not been able to get back to our
skeds on 17 that we used to keep so email has had to do instead. He
did say that he has been having QSOs to Europe on 17 at about 11 to
12 pm my time. Normally I only look on the bands during the
afternoons so I will start checking them again at that time. I used
to enjoy late night QSOs when I was younger but my stamina is now
rather less than it used to be!"

Check out K9LA, Carl Luetzelschwab's Propagation column on pages
16-19 in the July 2011 issue of Worldradio, which you can download
for free at http://worldradiomagazine.com/. He talks about signal
comparisons on the air in the 1980s, and how to use some new tools
such as internet connected remote receivers and a reverse beacon
network for similar comparisons today.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@....

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of the
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past
propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. Find more good
information and tutorials on propagation at
http://mysite.ncnetwork.net/k9la/index.html.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for June 16 through 22 were 62, 65, 67, 47, 43, 57,
and 44, with a mean of 55. 10.7 cm flux was 103.3, 104.3, 99.2,
99.1, 96.4, 95.1, and 92.9, with a mean of 98.6. Estimated planetary
A indices were 4, 11, 4, 4, 7, 10, and 12, with a mean of 7.4.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 8, 4, 3, 7, 8, and 7, with
a mean of 5.7.
NNNN
/EX