80 Ft. Tower project 2013

80 Ft. Tower project 2013

April 2014 Minutes & Treasurer's Report

 Greetings Fellow Amateurs,

The Minutes and Treasurer's Report from our April 2014 meeting are ready for download in the "Member Downloads" area.  Remember - you must be registered with the website AND logged in to be able to view the documents.

Anyone that doesn't already have an account can simply click the "Create New Account" link to the left to get started.  Once we "approve" your request, a link will be sent for you to set a password and you may log in anytime.

I also want to remind all club members that you are welcome to post blog entries and pictures to the website.  Each time a new post is added, it will appear on the front page for everyone to see!

73s

Sean Campbell - KS9N

Vice President, WVARC

Wayne County Indiana Skywarn

 Wayne County Indiana Skywarn is now on Facebook.  A daily forecast is posted everyday, if you are interested in weather come and join in the fun on Facebook under Wayne County Indiana Skywarn.

Jim Scott

Wayne County Skywarn Coordinator

APRS.fi filter trick (how to eliminate non RF or APRS stations)

Take a look at my filter list, I finally figured out how to eliminate the APRSDroid type stations that use commercial IP networks (cell towers) to link in on the map. This filter also removes the CWOP type weather stations *BUT* still shows ham radio weather stations. (So Dave and Reuben's stations still show). The trick was to have an 'inclusive' filter set to filter part of the path WIDE.
 
Perhaps seeing these type stations don't bother you, but I am seemingly looking at RF and station/digi performance and they tend to clutter the map a bit. Please pass to anyone that this may help. John and Sean, please post this to your area web pages.
 
Access this list with the filter icon:  on the right side of the page.
 
Add filters with the 'plus' '  +  ' symbol at the bottom as shown.
 
Don't forget to save your settings by selecting "Prferences - My account" under "Other Views" section, then check the box that says "Save current map view as default view" as shown here:
 
73s
Curtis
 
filter list-W8VFR.jpeg

Wayne County Skywarn

The KB9SJZ Centerville, Indiana Repeater that is used for Wayne County Skywarn has the Weather Broadcaster is back in operation.  This system is set up for weather alerts that are sent out by the NWS and re-transmitted over the 147.180 repeater.

Jim Scott

KB9SJZ

 

New "Member Downloads" Page

 Hello WVARC Members,

I have created a new page called "Member Downloads".  Here, you can downloads minutes from our club meetings as well as the most recent Club Roster.

Because these downloads are for members only, you must be logged in to view them.  If you are not logged in, the "Member Downloads" page will not be visible to you.

We invite all club members to register for an account.  Simply click the "Create New Account" link on the left to get started.  Once your account has been approved, you can access the "Member Downloads" area, post your own blog entries and even upload pictures!

73s

Sean Campbell - KS9N

Vice President, WVARC

Fred and I taking a selfie at the VFW lunch.

Fred and I taking a selfie at the VFW lunch.

Codec 2

I thought that this might interest someone. This is a video of one of the first tests of codec 2. This is an audio compression codec meant to be an open source replacement for the AMBE codec used in D-star radios. It's currently running at 2500bps, while AMBE runs at 2400bps with 1200bps error correction. Codec 2 and AMBE are incompatible and cannot talk to each other. Noone currently knows if Codec 2 will replace AMBE as the voice compression for D-star or if there will be a competing network transport that will replace D-star and carry the Codec 2 audio. There are some Icom radios that don't come with D-star support but you can put an addon card in to add it. There's speculation that it may be possible to make a Codec 2 addon card instead of using the AMBE one.

The audio quality of Codec 2 seems really good in this video. Plus it's small. A 1hr conversation would fit on a 1.44mb floppy disk. It's in alpha stage, so there's still a lot of work to do.

James Hall
N9XLC

My first rig N9XLC

 http://www.rigpix.com/rs-realistic/htx202.htm

The Realistic HTX 202 was my first radio, I got it in 1994 brand new from Radio Shack. I used that thing everywhere for a few years after I got my license. I had it hooked up to my Ringo Ranger 2 antenna at home and used it as a base radio. After awhile I got a PK-12 packet modem and used it to get on the PBBS systems that existed. I had a gel cell battery from a hospital emergency light that I could run it off of until I finally got a power supply. Probably one of my fondest memories of it was when I got a contact that I even question today. We were in Whitewater state park and I talked to a guy who purported to be in Terra Haute or near it. 5 watts into a rubberducky on the gelcell power. I never really knew about QSL cards back then, I wish I had one to confirm the contact.

 

I recently got my TS-520S operational.. I don't have an antenna that I trust to transmit on yet, but the other day I was listening to the RTTY roundup on 40m and hearing a lot of people. NY, MI, MO, AZ, VA, TN, GA, etc. I was able to decode at least one side of each of those contacts with my netbook using a program called fldigi. My receive antenna? A CB magmount my dad gave me a while back, stuck to the top of the radio in my basement.. Wow!

What rig was your first contact made with?

    Looking back at the rigs we used over the years, is always fun. I would love to hear about the rig each of you used during that first Amateur Radio contact or HF contact.
 

    Mine was a Heathkit DX100B transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX 110 receiver. I got it from a neighbor when I was 15 years old, he was a ham, his last name was Larman, lived on Cart road. I got the TX and RX plus a Hallicrafters T.O. Keyer and a vibroplex key. I paid $50.00 for the whole works; he knew I had an interest in it and 5 years later in 1980 at age 20 I got my novice ticket. I used that setup for a few years, and it was some of my best times since I had to always be tinkering with it to keep it working. 

   I am slowly rebuilding my first station, I have the SX110 and the T.O. Keyer, I still need the DX100B,

 

Here are what they look like for those who may not know..

 
 
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