Problems at Snowmass 146.67

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PM – Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Appears we have had a hardware failure on the link radio, or the controller up at the 146.67Mhz  Aspen/Snowmass Repeater site.

I did some troubleshooting today and determined that it was not in any of the controller configuration that I could identify, so the most likely problem is hardware.

Previously the link was transmitting into the UHF hub, but not receiving.      Rather than have a one way link operating that can create all sorts of havoc, I’ve turned off the link at Snowmass until we can make a site visit and attempt to make a repair.

Stay tuned.   Will probably be a couple of weeks before I’m able to make the site visit.

Chuck   – n0nhj

 

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ARRL Field Day 2017 – K0RV Style!

The QSO + Fun Factor exceeded last Years effort – if you ask N0ECT!  Some of our favorite Field Day Photos and captions from this (June 24-25) weekend’s 24 Hours of Operating HF using Emergency Power only.

ARRL-FIELD-DAY-2017-Chase-BrentIron Chicken Chef N0AFO…demonstrates to Debbie N0LDB the Art of Grilling Chicken – with his Eyes Closed!So-Easy-I-Can-Grill-Chicken-With-My-Eyes-ClosedK0RV’s most Experienced Drone Pilot – Eric K0JEG.  Armed with his 4K HD Drone Camera and GPS Drone Technology – Eric’s Drone located the MOST COMFORTABLE chair at Field Day and K0JEG and took full advantage after an exhausting day of QSO’s and Flying High!Drone-Master-K0JEG-Best-Seat-In-the-HouseK0RV’s t-Shirt Design Team Phil N0KE and Ms. Betty KD0YDH are busy working on next years Field Day 2018 t-Shirt.ARRL-FIELD-DAY-2017-N0KE-KD0YDHN0ECT is still insisting he found one of these Signs…On N0AFO’s Beer Cooler that Saturday Afternoon!Free-StuffBob KI0G Cutter ran the (GOTA – Get On The Air) Station this year.  Being a former Judge – KI0G must be use to handing out cruel and unusual punishment!  How So?Well…Bob ran the GOTA Station at QRP (5 Watts) – Yikes!  Bob is still trying to explain how to beat an HF Pile Up on Field Day using only 5 Watts…leveraging what looked like Kite String for an Antenna!  At QRP – N0ECT rechristened KI0G’s GOTA Station as the “Waiting for Godot” QSO Station!   Extreme QSO Patience paid off…Occasionally, the GOTA Station confirmed a few 40 meter QRP QSO’s!  Their GOTA Station Blew the Horn targeting their skeptics…for every completed QSO!Always-Running-On-Low-Lower-KI0G-QRP-ManWell if you don’t know what “Frequency Feast” looks like – you do NOW!Field-Day-Feist-K0RV-25JUN2017

Field Day 2017 – ARRL & SCARC

by  N0ECT

Setup for Field Day 2017 starts at 3PM, Friday, June 23rd at our Field Day QTH.  At 6PM Friday nite is the drawing for ARRL Field Day Souvenirs for those helping with Setup.image

Field Day officially starts at Noon (Mountain Daylight Time) on Saturday, June 24th and continues till Noon on Sunday, June 25th.  Sign up Times for operating on HF during the 24 hours of Field Day will be available – starting 3PM Friday.

For more information and a Map to our Field Day Site – (Missouri Heights near Carbondale, Colorado (Click Here)

For all ARRL Field Day Sites & Locations – just CLICK ON the Map below.image

146.880 power increased by 20% today.

So I planned on making a recon trip to see how far the road was open up Sunlight on the way home this afternoon.   Surprised that it was in really good shape and was able to drive to within 30 feet of the gate (still 1/4 mile from the SCARC radio site).   Since it was 70°, Sunny, and I had my hiking boots with me, I did the hike in, but wasn’t able to carry much test gear with me – just a watt meter.

Was able to determine that 88 was only putting 10 watts out of the duplexer to the antenna.   No reflected power on the antenna.  Checked at the radio, and it was putting out 20 watts.   No amplification from the Power Amplifier.

Just looking through the vents revealed some serious heat, a small copper tab that looks like it’s designed to dissipate heat was out of place.  Probably indicating that we heated up the board enough to flow the solder.   Good news is that there was no obvious damage to the board.

PA Damage

You can see that the upper one is horizontal, the circled one is at an angle.

I was able to carry the PA down with me, and have it here in Glenwood Springs.  I’ll be calling the manufacturer Monday and making arrangements to get it repaired.   Hopefully we will be able to get a quick turn around.

Meanwhile removing the PA and a jumper brought the power out of the Duplexer to the Antenna up to 12 Watts.   Enjoy that extra power 😉

Chuck   n0nhj

Montrose ARC Hamfest Tomorrow – Delta

Seems like the word didn’t get around much, but the Annual Tailgate in Delta is Tomorrow.     Starts at 8 AM at Confluence Park in Delta  (to the west of City Market)  Map is accessible from the link – http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/montrose-arc-tailgate-party-1

They usually have coffee and donuts available, usually runs until noon, though the crowd will probably be pretty thin by then.   Free admission, tables for sale items are $5.

See you there.   Chuck  n0nhj

Digital Radio & What’s New from Dayton

The Days of the Digital Radio “Tower of Babel” are coming to an end.

The different Digital Modes promoted by different Radio Vendors are starting to “Converge” via new Digital HUBS and Digital Servers.

Result?  DSTAR folks can talk to C4FM/Yaesu using their native vendor specific Radio, DMR Radios interoperate here too.  The ever popular Digital HT – the MD380 was selling for $75.00ea at Dayton.  Digital Mobile interoperability is improving too because of the availability of WiFi while Mobile due to today’s SmartPhones.

Below is a great summary – of what’s going on in the Digital Radio World – from Dayton last week.

http://www.k6jm.com/wp/dayton-2017-d-star-and-digital-voice/

 

 

Sky High Picnic

Glad everyone enjoyed my presentation. Here are the pictures that Gerry, Brian, Pete and I took while flying. Word around the club is that Debbie N0LDB is going to get one for her birthday this year!

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