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

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.