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



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.

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.