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Webelos Camp

 We had fun at Webelos camp this week, Pictures are here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=ralphb72&target=ALBUM&id=5632772952601853233&authkey=Gv1sRgCPXm2ZLcoMby0wE&feat=email

or here:  http://tinyurl.com/webelopics

Field Day 2011

Had a blast operating from the EOC. Had way to much food! But, I guess that is better than running out. No idea what out score will be. Most of the folks that visited the EOC this week-end operated the radio and made at least one contact. Plans are already on the way for another effort for nest year. This that we will be 2F next year. Talked about setting up a GOTA station (but due to space that might not happen). The main purpose of the EOC Field Day was to give out new station baptism by fire and we did that. A couple of members decided to try and set up station for digital late Saturday night. But, they were unable to get it configured properly. I'll check out the digital setup within the next couple of weeks (I had it working a couple of months ago. So, not sure what they were doing wrong). The other reason for the Field Day effort at the EOC was to have fun and show off the EOC/RACES to some of the community. We also were successful in doing that. We had a County Commissioner, the County Emergency Manager, and the County Assistant Emergency Manager pay us a visit. Thanks to everyone that helped and visited the EOC for Field Day.

73,

Dave

HAMVENTION and FIELD DAY

WOW!!! WOW!!! From what I saw this was a great SHOW. Lots of folks (initial count is well over 25,000) looking at Flea Market (fantastic weather and almost a sold out Flea market), inside exhibits were almost sold out and some really GREAT Forums this year. Did you see Joe (The Cat in the HAT)? See and or hear the Astronaut? See Bob Heil's forum on how to use the menu's on your radio? Were you there when the restrooms were closed? Did you see all of the great prizes donated this year? Did you stop at the 10-10 booth? What else did you see or hear? What did you enjoy the most? What would you like to see different? Did you take a pictures? Send me anything that you would like to see in the Newsletter?

Ready for field day? This is the BIG yearly event when hams demonstrate their ability to operate under emergency conditions? If everyone in the club shows up, helps with setup and tear down, sits in a chair and operates for at least an hour, N9JM will have a GREAT field day!

If you want a little different flavor for field day come down to the EOC. If you get there and the door (we use the EOC backdoor located at the NW corner of the annex) just call me at 969-2212 and I will let you in. Wayne County RACES will be operating our station to see how well our equipment will operate over a 24 hour period.

73,

Dave NØEOP

 

Dayton Hamvention

Stop by the prize booth in the main arena and say hello to Laura KC9PXX. She is the Assistant Chair this year and next year she will be the Chair. The prize committee has a lot of great prizes for this year. Remember to say thanks to the prize committee and also tell the vendors that donated the prizes this year.

I will be located in the Forums Office most of the time. Stop by and say hello. Make sure to take a look at the Forums line up. Some teriffic presentations and the volunteers that provide the presentations have put in a great deal of effort to provide only the best for all of the guests attending the Hamvention this year.

73 and ENJOY yourself,

Dave NØEOP

MY FIRST RADIO AS A NOVICE N9XC

MY FIRST RADIO WAS A DRAKE 2NT CRYSTAL CONTROLED 75 WATT TRANSMITER. THE RECEIVER WAS A RADIO SHACK DT 160. I HAD 2 CRYSTALS 1 FOR 80 METERS 3900 , THE OTHER WAS 1 FOR 40 METERS 7250 I HAD AN OLD SINGLE PADDLE NAVY CODE KEY. ABOUT 6 MONTH AFTER I GOT ON THE AIR THE FCC CHANGED THE RULES AND WE WERE ALLOWED TO HAVE A VFO. I FOUND ONE AT GRAHAM ELECTRONICS IN INDY. IT WAS AN EICO. I ATTACHED IT TO THE DRAKE WITH TELEVISON WIRE PLUGGED IN TO THE CRYSTAL SOCKET.I MADE 3970 CONTACTS. AND GOT MY WAS (WORKED ALL STATES) AWARD. I HAVE BEEN LICENSED SINCE 1972. HAVE MADE COUNTLESS FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. I WOULD NOT TRADE KY HOBBIE FOR ANY THING. 

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..

 
 

Finals

 Hopefully I didn't blow any!

 

If you guys have noticed that the website hasn't been updated very much lately, I've been busy with class and homework the past few weeks. My classes are officially over for the Fall semester this week. Yay! So far, I've finished 3 classes and have 1 to go. It's barely worth mentioning since there's no question that I'll pass it. Last week on 12/8 I took my first A+ certification test and passed it. 860 points out of a possible 900. I obliterated it. I take my second test next week on 12/21, I'm pretty confident. The A+ certification covers the basics of computer servicing, not only troubleshooting but also customer service. It's considered the basic cert many employers require to hire for IT jobs.

In the time off I have between semesters I'm planning on working around the house a little. I've got a Softrock RXTX kit to build. It's a QRP SDR (Software Defined Radio) transceiver. I could put it anywhere on HF but once I build it, it's stuck there. I'm intending on building the 40m-30m-20m option. Wish me luck, there's quite a few SMT components to it, plus winding coils which I've never done. Output should be 1-2w, maybe a future kit I could build would be a 50w amp. :) I've also got a bum TS-520s I want to work on and get going. I've identified a switch in the front panel with a disconnected wire between a couple of it's wafers. I just gotta work out how to get the front all the way off so I can remove the switch, figure out where the wire connected and replace it. Then test and cross my fingers that was the only thing wrong with it. I'm also sitting on the order button at thewireman.com for some stuff to build a 40m dipole. Still trying to see if I can build something for cheaper.

I have a ton of projects I can do over the course of the next few weeks, snow won't get me down!

James Hall
N9XLC

Learn CW Online

 Here's a good website to learn morse code on: lcwo.net

I'm currently trying to learn morse code on that site. They've got a bunch of different practice sessions and an entire 40 lesson KOCH method training. If you create a user account on that website then it will save your progress. There's options to download practice files in mp3 format (which I believe Windows can burn to an audio cd if you want it to). The website has a neat feature where you can create and join groups for the purpose of discussion and competition. Each group will let you compare your highscores with the other users of that group.

Let me know if anyone else uses this website. I've started a group "Whitewater Valley Indiana" on the lcwo.net website if anyone would like to join me.

73s
James Hall
N9XLC
 

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