Western North Carolina Social PSK31 Net

Please join us Tuesday night at 9 PM for the first “Western North Carolina Social PSK31 Net” on 10 meters – 28.120 MHz which follows our Clay County ARES Net which starts at 8 PM on Tuesday evenings on the K5PRE repeater (146.955- 100 Hz PL).

If you have any questions or need any advice on how to get started on PSK31 feel free to ask any questions.

Additionally, if you need to test or check TX/RX of your PSK31 gear I currently run an automated and remotely controlled PSK31 PropNet.org station and software on 28.119 MHz (about 1500 Hz on the waterfall). My station ID’s 6 times per hour. If you call me (KK4EKN KK4EKN DE MYCALL MYCALL K) the “robot” will call back your callsign as well as log the contact on PropNet.org (click link to see 10 meter activity)
Hope to see everyone on the waterfall and 73, de KK4EKN

Support the Amateur Radio Parity Act

I can tell you myself not being able to have an outdoor antenna has pretty much kept me from getting more involved with amateur radio. I, the guy who hosts Clayares.net, only have a technicians license and thought to myself what is really the point of getting a general when I’ve no where I can put an antenna due to the home owner’s association. HR 1301 aims to lift the restrictions on antenna use on private land (that means your home owner’s association). It is very clear that amateur radio is not just a hobby but a valuable resource during emergencies. Personally I feel these restrictions are another good reason people choose not to take up the hobby and practice of amateur radio.

Click the link to write to your state’s senator. When you go to the page you’ll be asked to enter your ZIP code. Fill out the form and the ARRL will send the letter on your behalf.

Urge the Senate to Support the Amateur Radio Parity Act

 

 

ARES Net Reminder and May 2016 Updates

Clay County ARES Emergency Net, 9:00 PM Tuesday night, May 24, 2016, on the K5PRE 146.955 repeater (“minus offset,” 100 Hz PL tone).

K4AEC or KK4EKN will be your NCS.

Informal lunch 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, May 25th, to be discussed and decided upon on the Net tonight with Pappy’s K5PRE’s lead.
UPCOMING EVENTS 

The Warrior’s Veterans Outreach of Cherokee County, a recently formed support group for US Military Veterans, is holding a 22 mile walk/march from Andrews to Murphy and beyond to Ranger on Saturday, May 28th, 2016. This group has requested that we provide communications assistance for the march. There are a minimum of 10 spots to fill, and really we need 12 to 14. The walk begins at 0800 EDT at the Rest Area on US 19/74 near Andrews and it ends at the RV Park in Ranger. The walk is expected to take up to 10 hours to complete. Those who volunteer for communications will either be assigned to one of the chase vehicles or a stationary post. Volunteer communicators will not be required to walk the 22 miles or any portion of it. However, you will be outside and you would need to bring food and beverages for yourself. If enough people volunteer, we will be able to provide relief operators for personals and meals.  Those who do volunteer can expect to meet at 0700 EDT at the start point for briefing and assignments.  Full information about the event, the group we are assisting, and the route will be sent to all who volunteer in a single e-mail once we have a valid list of volunteers.

If you wish to volunteer for this event, please contact me as soon as possible. You can reply to KEVIN HEYBOER at k.heyboer@verizon.net or contact me at 828-557-3363.

955 Repeater “Tower Climb/Antenna & Feed Line Replacement”

Due to changes in Matt’s (our volunteer tower climber) work schedule, the “955 Tower Climb” is now tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 3rd, 2016, probably beginning mid-morning.  More details as Matt’s plans firm-up.  He says he plans to schedule a day off from work, so he won’t get called in like he did for this coming weekend.

87th Annual Atlanta Hamfest

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Where: Jim Miller Park located in Marietta, GA. For more info:  http://atlantahamfest.org/
Admission: Adults $6 at the gate. Kids 17/Under & Scouts in uniform are free.
Talk-in: 146.820(-) PL 146.2Hz, available Friday and Saturday.
Map:  http://atlantahamfest.org/location/
ATM located in the “A” Building

Recycle your old electronics!

Looking for a place to deposit your old or unused electronics?? This year we will be providing a depository bin at the hamfest for you to drop off old and unwanted items that you would like to get rid of but haven’t had the ability to trash.
Waynesville (WCARS) Hamfest, Lake Junaluska, NC (near Waynesville)

Last Saturday in July.  See http://www.wcars.org/hamfest.html

Tonight’s NET & Future Meetings

Clay County ARES Emergency Net, 8:00 PM Tuesday night, December 2nd, on the K5PRE – 146.955 repeater (“minus 600 kHz offset,” 100 Hz PL tone). K4AEC or KK4EKN will be NCS.

Clay ARES informal lunch on Wednesday, 12:00 Noon, to be discussed and location announced on Net Tuesday night.

Results of “Mini-SET” (test of Simplex Net on 146.490 MHz) following last week’s Net:

Following stations checked-in on the Simplex Net, all “Loud & Clear:”

KK4EKN Mike SE Clay County

KK4AMM Blairsville, GA

W4FED Dave Blairsville, GA

N4AOW Cleveland, TN

KK4JTH Mike Brasstown

KK4JQV George Brasstown

KK4JQU Lois Brasstown

W8JHD Bob Brasstown

W4SDJ Jim Murphy

K4SMW Jim Young Harris, GA

Overall, a very good test of our ability to hold a Net on Simplex in case of an emergency.  Future “Mini-SETs” will include net operations, both Simplex and repeater, on emergency power supplies (i.e., batteries, generator, mobile, etc., not on AC commercial “Mains” Power).

I need more feedback on the following:

We need to have at least one more “formal” lunch meeting with a training presentation before the end of the year, I’d like to hear comments from the group on your preference of the following possible training topics:

1. Continuation of the Sound Card Digital Modes training started back in the summer (which got delayed last month due to my work schedule); without reviewing my notes, I believe we were ready to jump into the actual “nuts and bolts” of one of the two most prevalent and popular digital mode programs for ARES/AUXCOMM/EMCOMM use, i.e., either RMS Express (part of the Winlink system) or FLDIGI.

or,

2. Some other amateur radio related topic of interest to all; it would be good if the topic bears some direct or indirect relationship to ARES/AUXCOMM/EMCOMM. Could be an antenna topic, mobile radio topic, equipment questions, etc.

Think about it and let me know on the Net Tuesday night, or by e-mail.

Finally, check-out the new Clay County ARES page on Facebook – thanks to Mike

KK4EKN:

http://www.facebook.com/clayncares

“Like us” on Facebook and become a “Follower” to receive updates.

NC ARES – Western Branch Fall Meeting

North Carolina ARES Western Branch Fall Meeting

When:

Meeting Date: November 02, 2013
Start time 9:00 AM – Hard Stop 12:30 PM

Where:

Western Piedmont CC
Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Morganton, NC

Paul Robinette – KD4OZI@ARRL.NET  (NC ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator – Western Branch)

Links: N.C. Western Branch: http://www.KD4OZI.ORG

K4OGB Web Page: http://k4ogb.org/

Convert a Mobile 2m/70cm Vertical Antenna to Ground Plane Antenna

On July 15, 2013 KG4GPJ, Larry gave a presentation on how to convert a typical “mag mount” antenna into a ground plane antenna.

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MFJ 1401 – Ground Plane Conversion Kit

So the question is why would you want to do this?

  • Much more efficient, therefore a more effective antenna
  • Very easy to do – you don’t need to know all the technical stuff
  • Easy to implement

Generally speaking mobile antennas use the vehicle’s body as the ground plane, however most mobile antennas are capacitive coupled to the vehicle therefore making the antenna less efficient.

 

Monitoring Times to Cease Publication

EDIT: Watch HamRadioNow interview with Bob Grove, W8JHD

“Its time for us to retire.” The Monitoring times after 33 years will be ending its monthly publication. Grove says the decision wasn’t easy and was mostly based on the declining subscribers due to a slow economy and availability of content from other sources. Monitoring Times, which promotes itself as “The World of Radio All in One Place,” covers — among other topics — shortwave and broadcast listening, scanning, military, maritime, and aviation monitoring, equipment reviews, clandestine stations, and public safety monitoring. You can read more about the Monitoring Times ending its publication on the ARRL website. Source: ARRL – Monitoring Times to Cease Publication, http://www.arrl.org/news/em-monitoring-times-em-to-cease-publication