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  • in reply to: Building a satellite antenna rotator #11319
    kz6t
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    You can download the original WRAPS project files using this URL.
    https://www.amsat.org//wordpress/xtra/WRAPS%20CD%20Master.zip

    in reply to: Building a satellite antenna rotator #11317
    kz6t
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    Second article “Tricked out WRAPS” is attached here.

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    in reply to: Mini-X 2016 #10821
    kz6t
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    Here is a link to photos from this years event
    2016 photos

    in reply to: Mini-X 2016 #10780
    kz6t
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    Doug suggested we post up what we all will be bringing.

    This is the list of radio gear I will be bringing on the trip. All are welcome to tryout the gear.

    Miscellaneous Gear
    Antenna Launcher: Same type that is used at Field Day. There are lots of tall trees to string wire dipoles or inverted V’s into.
    Antenna Analyzer: Rigexpert AA-600
    Coax & fittings: Don’t forget it (been there, done that)

    Antennas:
    80M Carolina Windom, its an off-center fed dipole that tunes up nicely on all bands from 80M to 10M.
    Budipole on a 25’ mast. Configures and tunes up on most all bands. Anticipate setting it up for 6M
    Screwdriver, vertical antenna that tunes from 80M to 10M. Anyone is welcome to use it.
    Elk 2M log periodic: For SOTA work.

    Radios:
    Elecraft KX3: HF to VHF QRP rig. Have had excellent results in camp using this combined with the Windom
    Icom 7000: HV – UHF 100w rig. Probably will set this up for PSK31
    Mobile rig and HT

    Note that if anyone would like to use or tryout the Club’s loaners, let me know.
    Rigs for loan include:
    Yaesu 2900: 2M 75W mobile station
    Yaesu FT60: VHF-UHF HT
    Yaesu FT1DR: VHF-UFH HT with APRS and Fusion Digital (very nice rig)
    TYT TH-F5: VHF HT

    in reply to: Mini-X 2016 #10765
    kz6t
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    Hi Eric
    One aspect of Mini-DX you may be interested in is Summits on The Air (SOTA).

    Last year, Ed W1EJ and I attempted 2 activations. We successfully activated Chemise Mountain, but were only able to make 3-contacts from North Slide Peak. (Although there is an interesting side story off how we rescued an off-roader.) There are a number of registered peaks in the nearby vicinity, the problem with some of them is that they are on private land. Even accessing the public land ones can be a bit sketchy because of the growing season. (The public 4×4 road to North Slide Peak had a lot of irrigation paraphernalia along it. Then there were the “hunters” we spotted.)

    My intent this year is to activate a couple of nearby peaks on Friday. Cooksie Mtn is just over 2-miles from the camp and “appears” to be on public land. Moody Ridge also looks to be on public land and is just over 4 miles from camp. Both have nearby road access. One that I am certain we can get is Mt. Pierce. Just over 12 miles away but it will take a least 90 minutes drive time to get there. So let us know if you (or anyone else) would be interested in operating SOTA and I can provide a bit more information.

    BTYW, you are correct on there being no AC power (or RV hookups). As mentioned in the Ops Plan, the preference is to run off of batteries and try to only use generators for re-charging. For Mini-DX-2 we operated with generators a lot. Not only did they interfere with the radios, they disturbed the very quiet environment. We do have a need for one on Saturday night for a after dinner Powerpoint presentation.

    in reply to: Grounding your station #10692
    kz6t
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    My HF radios get grounded to a bus that is tied to 1/2″ wide flat copper braided strap that is tied to a ground rod. (Due to soil conditions I could only go down 4 feet.) I don’t have any lightning protection other than disconnecting everything when the odd storm comes rolling in.

    Talk to Joe K6AWA. He gave a very informative talk on grounding a few months ago.

    73 … Charlie

    in reply to: Help Programming a Baofeng GT-3 Mark II HT #10527
    kz6t
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    Just a thought. I don’t have a manual, but does that radio support PL decode? If so, and if it is activated, is the decode set to a different PL tone than the encode?

    in reply to: Yaesu Fusion Issues #10383
    kz6t
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    Undocumented FTM 400 Feature – Cross Band Repeat

    Yaesu omitted this feature from the user manual but the radio actually supports it.

    Here are the steps:

    Entering Cross-band mode
    Turn the APRS modem off.
    Set a UHF frequency in either the upper or lower display, using either the VFO or memory.
    Set a VHF frequency in the other display, using either the VFO or memory.
    Turn the FTM-400 off.
    Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred into cross-band repeater mode.

    Exiting Cross-band mode
    Turn the FTM-400 off.
    Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will not be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred out of cross-band repeater mode.
    Return the frequencies to your preferences.
    Turn the APRS modem on, if you run APRS.

    Attached is a file to download.

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    in reply to: Mini-Dx Signups #10121
    kz6t
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    Just bumping the thread to see if anyone else out there is going to sign-up or needs more information.

    in reply to: IRLP not operating #9816
    kz6t
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    The IRLP system is now back up and running.
    We replaced the aging computer with a new “embedded node”. This is basically a dedicated single purpose computer with a solid state hard drive, who’s only mission is to run IRLP.

    I would post some pictures, but …

    Anyway, please use it. If you notice something that isn’t quite right with it, please shoot me an email.

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