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2013
 
PCARA Club Meeting - Breakfast Location - Angler's Inn
December 10, 2013 - It's official, we've moved our breakfast back to Angler's Inn in downtown Balsam Lake, WI. On the second Saturday of each month, we hold our meetings, but beforehand we like to have a little breakfast first. Starting with the December 14th meeting, we will once again be at Angler's Inn. Please see our meetings page for more information.
 
PCARA Club Officer Nominations & Election Slate Approved
November 09, 2013 - The following slate was approved for the 2014 club elections to be held during the December 14th club meeting. You may vote proxy by sending in a paper ballot to the club address, or by e-mail to the club President, info@n9xh.org. Write-ins are accepted.
President - Rick W9WS
Vice President - Mark W9GWG
Treasurer - Chris KC9NVV
Secretary - Greg N9CHA
 
Osceola Pack 131 Participates in Jamboree on the Air
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Photos: Rick W9WS
October 19, 2013 - JOTA 2013 Osceola Troop 131 Shillbergs Park Activation of N9XH. Friday afternoon we went to the park and scouted out the best place for our ladder line fed 130' dipole.
Mark W9GWG lent his innovative "spud guns" for getting our ropes high into the air. Both ends of the north/south oriented dipole were up about 35 feet or so, with the center sagging to about 15 feet. Saturday morning, Don Burrows, our scout master, delivered the Polk County Emergency Command Post RV. He parked directly under the dipole and we used the telescoping mast to lift the center support to a height of about 30 feet. The setup went well but for some power issues and rain/35 degree temps! The feed line was connected to the Icom AH4 / Icom 706 MKIIG combo to give us 6M-80M coverage at 100 Watts.
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October 19, 2013 - After the class the scouts headed to the command post station and made contacts with JOTA stations under the direction of Ben KC9ROI. The boys of Troop 131 conversed with well over 100 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Explorer Scouts in the USA and Canada. Some notable stations were: K2BSA (National BSA Station) and VA3VGC from the SS Keewatin, a Great Lakes Steam Ship Museum!
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October 19, 2013 - The Radio Merit badge class was held by Steve N0XC from 9:00 am to 10:45 am while Rick- W9WS, Mark W9GWG and Ben KC9ROI set up the station in the Command Post. Thanks Guys!
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October 19, 2013 - Hot dogs were served for lunch and Pizza for dinner (Boy Scout staple fare). Many scouts and adults stayed and camped that evening. An attempt was made to connect to Chuck, WD9GWG's IRLP node but an antenna problem prevented the contact. On Sunday the IRLP node was tried again (new antenna) by KC9ROI, but no scouts were heard on the BSA channel). By Saturday evening noise was loud at our location so the decision was made to pull the plug around 7:30PM. All said, about 20 scouts and adults participated in the event.

Osceola Scout Troop 131 would like to thank the Polk County Sheriff's office for the use of the Communications Van and to the members of the Polk County Amateur Radio Association who helped in person, lent equipment or offered support via email.

 
W9GWG Net Control - Maritime Mobile Service Net 14.300
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October 16, 2013 - If you operate HF, you know about the net on 14.300, the Maritime Mobile Service Net. Mark W9GWG, Vice President of the PCARA recently applied and was accepted after completing training to become a Net Control. There is a great deal of responsibility and commitment that comes along with serving as a MMSN control operator.
 
JOTA Operating Event - Osceola Troop 131 - N9XH
JOTA - Jamboree on the Air 2013
October 15, 2013 - Boy Scout Troop 131 from Osceola will be operating JOTA again this year using the club call sign, N9XH. The Scouts will operate an HF Radio using a dipole antenna. The location will be on the old Shillberg Farm behind the High School. The Polk County Sheriff's Department plans on driving their Mobile Communications Unit to Osceola for the Scouts to use. Jamboree-on-the-Air is celebrating it's 56th year. Troop 131 plans on starting their operations at 9am, and ending around 2pm Saturday the 19th. JOTA is a worldwide event drawing more than a half-million Scouts and Guides. Listen for "CQ Jamboree" and join in the fun! K2BSA is the station at the National BSA office in Texas.
 
PCARA Founding Members Share Stories - October Meeting
Jim N9QFW, Chuck WD9GWG, Paul AA9FW Founding members of the PCARA sharred breakfast together and afterward attended the Ocober club meeting.
Photo: John NØTCN
October 12, 2013 - What a surprise! Jim N9QFW and Paul AA9FW (standing) came to visit with the PCARA and joined fellow founding member Chuck WD9GWG in the above photo. The three shared breakfast along with 9 other club members before the October meeting. Jim and Paul moved from the area a few years ago and now live in Bloomer and Eau Claire. The three hams joined together with Jim K9HDF and Jerry N9MMT to form the PCARA in 1995.
 
Simulated Emergency Test 2013
Simulated Emergency Test PCARA Michelle KC9TYL
Photos: Greg N9CHA, Mark W9GWG, Mark WM9E, Bill K9WEN, Steve NØXC
October 5, 2013 - The Polk County ARES/RACES ham radio group participated in the 2013 Simulated Emergency Test. Michelle KC9TYL helped out at the "Incident Command" area set up at the Trade River Campground. Her duties included sending and receiving messages from the Net Control and the Emergency Coordinator. Michelle is a relatively new ham and this was her first exercise with the ARES/RACES group. She has however utilized her communication skills during actual search and rescue events by being a member of an equestrian group supporting the Polk County Sheriffs Department.
Chuck WD9GWG and Ben KC9ROI operated from Chuck's hamshack in Osceola. Chuck is the Polk County Emergency Coordinator.
October 5, 2013 - Chuck WD9GWG and Ben KC9ROI operated during the SET from Chuck's hamshack in Osceola. From there they fed information into the event using both voice and packet communications. Chuck is the Polk County Emergency Coordinator and wrote the script for this year's SET which included a "grass/brush fire" in the northwest portion of the county.
Bill K9WEN and Rick W9WS handled the Net Control duties from the club's hamshack in Balsam Lake.
October 5, 2013 - Bill K9WEN took over Net Control duties from Rick W9WS near the end of the SET. The two operated from the club's hamshack in Balsam Lake. They were responsible for all communications from the EC to the operators in the field.
Two portable antennas were set up in Frederic. One was a packet node, the other a cross band repeater.
October 5, 2013 - Just north of Frederic the club deployed two portable mast and antenna systems. One was used as a packet node, the other as a cross-band repeater. One of the two field assignments was in Frederic, but in such an area where it was nearly impossible to get a radio transmission back to the repeater and packet system in Balsam Lake. By setting up these two relay stations, Mark W9GWG, Mike KK9MC and Mark WM9E were able to send/receive voice and and packet data effectively.
Mounted inside a weather proof plastic storage container was a battery and dual-band radio programmed to operate as a cross-band repeater.
October 5, 2013 - Inside this plastic storage container is a battery and Icom IC-2720 dual-band transceiver set into the cross-band mode. Mark WM9E, Mike KK9MC and Mark W9GWG used this cross-band radio to communicate back to the club's repeater in Balsam Lake. Their assigned position was near the local high school in Frederic which posed a communications challenge.
Incident Command was set up by Greg N9CHA, Michelle KC9TYL and Steve KC9WKY
October 5, 2013 - Set up at the Trade River Campground were Greg N9CHA, Michelle KC9TYL and Steve KC9WKY. This location was the "Incident Command" area. Michelle is seen re-locating her mobile mag-mount antenna. Greg's van shows a drive-on tipper antenna mast system with a dual-band antenna mounted on 16' of mast.
Steve KC9WKY operated at the Incident Command
October 5, 2013 - Steve KC9WKY assisted with communications at the Incident Command area. He took part in a short training exercise consisting of raising and lowering the portable mast and antenna system, and also in attaching hand-held transceivers to the deployed antenna to determine if a 5 watt HT could communicate to the Balsam Lake repeater. (It did!)
Mark WM9E donuts
October 5, 2013 - Showing off the "shelter" food supply, Mark WM9E operated packet radio and sent messages containing "shelter" data. He was assisted by Mark W9GWG and Mike KK9MC.
Packet radio laptop
October 5, 2013 - The packet radio laptop was mounted in Mark W9GWG's vehicle. Using Outpost, a TNC and VHF transceiver and magnet mount antenna, Mark WM9E was able to easily send and receive text messages. He utilized the WINODE portable packet radio station set up on a higher elevation from where he was at the local Frederic High School. Overcoming challenges is what hams are known for, and the deployment of both voice and data systems to cover hard-to-reach areas is sometimes necessary in emergency communication situations.
Mike KK9MC sits in the back of Mark's vehicle taking notes.
October 5, 2013 - Taking notes and helping with communications is Mike KK9MC. He's sitting in the rear of Mark W9GWG's vehicle. He helped to support "shelter" communications in Frederic.
Net Control for the 2013 SET was the club's hamshack in Balsam Lake.
October 5, 2013 - Rick W9WS (seated) took the duties of Net Control during the first portion of the SET. Chris KC9NVV (standing) is the District Emergency Coordinator for Northwest Wisconsin. He spent his time observing the SET from the hamshack. All voice and packet communications flowed to and from the hamshack in Balsam Lake.
 
Dual Band Beam Installed on W9WS Tower
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October 2, 2013 - Since early August, the PCARA has two repeaters, one on VHF and the other UHF with the additional feature of IRLP. Rick, club President, invested in a new dual-band beam antenna so he can easily work both machines. He's only a few miles from the repeater tower, but a directional antenna means a consistent full-quieting signal. The beam is manufactured by Hy-Gain, model DB-2345. It features a single coaxial feed point.
 
W9WS Pontoon Boat Mobile
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September 25, 2013 - How about a little spin around the lake? Working 17 & 10 meters? You bet! Rick W9WS pulled his pontoon boat out from his dock with Greg N9CHA along for the ride. Balsam Lake is a beautiful location for a little relaxation and ham radio. Rick talked to a station in Spain on 17, then a brief contact with a fellow in Georgia (USA) on 10 meters. Excellent lake conditions provided for a scenic, smooth, and very enjoyable afternoon.
 
Breakfast Location Change - Doc's Pub & Eatery
September 16, 2013 - The club will be switching the pre-meeting 8am breakfast location starting October 12th. Doc's Pub & Eatery has been selected. The address is 305 Main Street, Balsam Lake. All are welcome to join in. The meeting will still be at the Government Center at 9am.
 
N9XH Tower Shack Gets Fresh Coat of Paint
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Photo: Rick W9WS
August 14, 2013 - Rick W9WS has done an excellent job painting the tower shack. A fresh coat of grey primer, wood putty to fix the door threshold and some maroon pain on the door really spiffed up the shack. Recently the club added its UHF repeater featuring IRLP. Functional on the inside, clean and fresh looking on the outside!
 
W9GWG Antennas Fly Again!
W9GWG antennas being installed by Chris KC9NVV and Josh AG9K
Photos: Rick W9WS
August 3, 2013 - Chris KC9NVV (left) and Josh AG9K (right) install the VHF beam to Mark W9GWG's tower. Earlier this spring, during a very brief but disastrous wind storm, Mark's tower fell over. It was later discovered the first section of tower was corroded and the wall thickness was severely compromised. The section was replaced with a new segment and the tower reassembled.
WM9E measures the trap to trap distance on Mark W9GWG's Cushcraft A3S bean reflector element.
August 3, 2013 - Measuring the trap to trap distance is Mark WM9E. He double checked all of the assembly measurements on W9GWG's Cushcraft A3S tribander. Making sure all of the clamps are tight, weep holes down, trap dimensions checked, and other mounting clamps re-tightened is important before raising a new beam. This is a new beam, replacing the damaged antenna.
W9GWG Cushcraft A3S antenna being placed on the tower.
August 3, 2013 - The HF tribander being placed on the mast. Mark uses a "Hazer" on his tower to raise and lower antennas. The Cushcraft A3S is mounted just below the VHF beam.
KC9WKY and W9GWG hold the ladder as the VHF beam is installed.
August 3, 2013 - Steve KC9WKY (left) and Mark W9GWG (right) hold the ladder while the VHF beam is being installed. Mark had all of the coax cables stretched out ready to be re-installed as well as the two beams.
The installation crew included Steve KC9WKY, Rick W9WS, Mark WM9E, Chris KC9NVV, Josh AG9K, Greg N9CHA and Mark W9GWG.
August 3, 2013 - The antenna crew consisted of 7 club members: Steve KC9WKY, Rick W9WS, Mark WM9E, Chris KC9NVV, Josh AG9K, Greg N9CHA and Mark W9GWG. Mark and his wife provided a wonderful lunch after the work was completed.
The installation crew included Steve KC9WKY, Rick W9WS, Mark WM9E, Chris KC9NVV, Josh AG9K, Greg N9CHA and Mark W9GWG.
August 3, 2013 - The antenna crew consisted of 7 club members: Steve KC9WKY, Rick W9WS, Mark WM9E, Chris KC9NVV, Josh AG9K, Greg N9CHA and Mark W9GWG. Mark and his wife provided a wonderful lunch after the work was completed.
W9GWG antennas flying high above his Dresser home.
August 3, 2013 - Mark W9GWG's antennas are flying high once again. The crew had all of the antennas checked and mounted in a couple of hours. Final SWR checks were made which verified the total system.
 
Ben KC9ROI "Whiz-Kid" - World Radio Cover!
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July 27, 2013 - Take a look at this! Ben KC9ROI makes the cover of the August issue of World Radio. Ben was invited by the Radio Club of America to present his experiences regarding the photos he downloaded from ARISSat-1.
Click on this link for more information. http://www.worldradiomagazine.com/
 
N9XH/L Back On-Air
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Photos: Rick W9WS
July 19, 2013 - Mark W9GWG secures the remote repeater link cabinet to it's mounting position in Taylors Falls. Rick W9WS, Mark W9GWG, Bill K9WEN and Greg N9CHA turned the link back on at 11:30am and tested the audio deviation and power output.
K9WEN applied expanding foam to weatherize and bug-proof the remote link cabinet.
July 19, 2013 - The N9XH remote link located in Taylors Falls was re-installed after suffering a failure late last month. The link enables low power signals from the St. Croix river valley to be retransmitted on a UHF link to the main repeater site. Bill K9WEN used expanding foam to weatherize and bug-proof the electrical conduit attached to the equipment cabinet.
 
Field Day 2013 Results
July 1, 2013 - Here are the results from this years Field Day.
Total QSO Points: 223 x 2 (emergency power) = 446
Total Bonus Points: 690
Total FD2013 Points: 1136

We had 1406 points in 2012 and 2130 in 2011 for comparison. The hot band was 20 phone again this year, however there were 17 CW contacts in the logs which had not been done in recent history. Additionally, 8 points were gained for digital contacts. 6 meters came alive and 11 contacts were made on the magic band. 17 were counted as being involved with the event and of those, 12 made contacts including our 2 youth participants!
 
Field Day 2013
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Photos: Rick W9WS
June 22, 2013 - Rising high above the Justice Center parking lot are the towers used by the PCARA crew for Field Day 2013. The Polk County Emergency Command Center was put into service thanks to the gracious support of the Sheriffs Department and EOC. A new addition to the skyline is a crank-up tower brought by Mel KF6OZ.
Mel KF6OZ Assemble Tower
June 22, 2013 - Mel KF6OZ tightening one of the U-bolts on the 40 meter rotatable dipole. Mel and his XYL Ona KE5QMA are recent members of the club. His portable tower rig performed excellently at the clubs FD set up this year.
Jasmine, Mark WM9E and Mel KF6OZ assemble 40 meter dipole
June 22, 2013 - Hang in there Jasmine! She and Mark WM9E lend a helping hand to Mel KF6OZ while he fastens the 40 meter dipole to the crank up tower. Jasmine is a FD pro... she's been helping out for years and once again made a few Q's during operations.
Josh AG9K and Chris KC9NVV assemble the tri-band beam to the mast on top of the Communications vehicle.
June 22, 2013 - Josh AG9K holds onto the tri-band beam while Chris KC9NVV tightens the clamp securing it to the mast on top of the Communications Vehicle.
Jim NØAIS making cw contacts durring FD. Jim and his wife Connie KBØGMK visited the PCARA club location.
June 22, 2013 - Jim NØAIS at the controls of the CW station. He and his XYL Connie KBØGMK made contacts over the weekend. Jim and Connie stopped by this year to join in the fun. They are from the St. Paul area and were up in the Polk County area for the weekend and decided to stop in and make a few Q's. Thanks you guys! We really enjoy guests!
Burgers on the grill. Josh AG9K cooked up a great meal for the hungry operators at this years N9XH Field Day.
June 22, 2013 - Look at those burgers! Josh AG9K cooked up a great meal for everyone at this years Field Day. The hungry operators took time out to enjoy good-eats before heading back inside the Communications Vehicle to make more contacts.
Joanna KD2CTA running the 20 meter phone station. Her grandfather was one of the founding members of the PCARA.
June 22, 2013 - At the controls of the 20 meter phone station is new ham, Joanna KD2CTA visiting from New York state. Her grandfather, Jerry N9MMT (SK) was one of the founding members of the PCARA. She was in the mid-west visiting her grandmother Bev who also came out to see the N9XH field day operation. Joanna is a General Class and has been licenced for only 9 months!
Mark W9GWG standing with Polk County EC, Kathy Poirier in front of the Communications vehicle.
June 22, 2013 - Kathy Poirier, Polk County Emergency Coordinator, and Mark W9GWG stand along side the Emergency Command Center used for this years field day exercise. Thanks to the Sheriff's Department and the OEM, the club enjoys this air conditioned mobile facility.
Joseph takes a break after all the hard work he did durring setup.
June 22, 2013 - Taking a break and proud of his accomplishments, Joseph, son of Dan KB9OBF and Missy WAØCUK, helped put up antennas, arraigned the literature display, and made contacts during this years event. It's great to have our young people involved!
KC9ROI Presents at Dayton Hamvention 2013
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May 18, 2013 - Ben KC9ROI and his father Steve NØXC pose for a picture just after Ben's "satellite" presentation at the Radio Club of America's "youth forum." Ben received the personalized Icom knapsack he's holding and other gifts including a new HT. His presentation was delivered to a packed assembly hall in front of hams from around the world, other ham-youth and their parents. Watch the video!
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May 18, 2013 - Participants of the Dayton Hamvention 2013 Youth Forum included PCARA member Ben KC9ROI (back row middle). His "Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites" provided an overview of the FM sats, and his experience with ARISSat-1. All of the youth presenters gave excellent orations augmented by photos and video supporting their topics. Prizes were awarded afterward by Ray Novak N9JA of Icom, Gordon West WB9NOA and MFJ Enterprises.
KC9ROI QSL K8YSE at Dayton Hamvention!
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May 17, 2013 - Ben KC9ROI met with John K8YSE and exchanged QSL cards of their Satellite QSO from earlier this month. It was Ben's first QSO via a satellite. Meeting up with your first QSO of any type is special, but meeting them at the Dayton Hamvention brings it's own special meaning.
PCARA Members at Dayton Hamvention 2013
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May 17, 2013 - Ben KC9ROI, Greg N9CHA and Steve NØXC met up at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention on Friday. Ben and his father Steve arrived in the flea market and found Greg helping sell items with friends of his who had several table spaces. Ben will be presenting "An Introduction to Amateur Radio Satellites" on Saturday during the Youth Forum. Friday started out muggy and foggy, cleared by mid-day and by 2:00 pm full sun bathed the festers.
PCARA Member Supports Gary ARISS Contact
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Photo: John J. Watkins - Northwest Indiana Times
May 8, 2013 - An ARISS contact between students from the Gary, IN school district and Cmdr. Thomas Marshburn aboard the International Space Station was achieved with help from PCARA club member and ARISS Mentor, Greg N9CHA. Roy Gillis KC9JQN organized the ham radio effort with support from ARISS Mentor John AG9D. Chuck WD9GWG, Rick W9WS and Steve NØXC reported hearing the downlink. Members from the Lake County Amateur Radio Club provided their support as well. 16 students in grades 4 thru 12 were selected to ask questions.
Audio files can be downloaded HERE.
W9WS "Adventurer" Restoration Project
W9WS Adventurer Front
Photos: Rick W9WS
April 26, 2013 - Restoring a 1950's vintage transmitter can be a rewarding challenge as well as a good technical adventure. Rick W9WS worked on this EF Johnson Adventurer which belonged to John NØTCN. The TX was sold as an 80 - 10 meter kit and competed with the Heathkit AT-1, DX-20, Globe Scout and Globe Champ. This CW only rig was marketed as a 50 watt transmitter, but in actual use it is capable of putting out 25 to 35 watts depending on the band. In 1954-1963 you could purchase the kit for $54.95 or spend a little extra, $69.95 to have it delivered to you factory assembled. Today they range in price from $75 to $200 depending on condition.
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April 26, 2013 - The EF Johnson Adventurer transmitter utilizes a 6AG7 tube in the oscillator. A crystal is used for frequency selection. The power output tube is the venerable 807 running a B+ of 665 VDC. This was a very popular transmitter for Novice class operators of the time since it was limited to 75 watts input, a requirement of that age. The Adventurer uses what is referred to as an "MPOA" configuration; master oscillator power amplifier.
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April 26, 2013 - Rick W9WS replaced most all of the components and cleaned the chassis, front panel and rebuilt the front meter. He reports finding several "fried" components on the AC side of the circuit. He is looking for a 40 meter crystal to see if the oscillator is working properly. (Thanks to Dale W9DKB for the historical & technical data.)
UHF Repeater IRLP 3443 On Air
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April 7, 2013 - The photo above is a close up of the Raspberry Pi computer being used to run the clubs new IRLP Node 3443. The UHF repeater is currently running at a test location waiting for permanent installation at the clubs repeater site. More information about the repeater and IRLP use can be found HERE.
Polk Hams Support Washburn Disaster Drill
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Photo: Rick W9WS
February 28, 2013 - ARES/RACES Northwest Wisconsin District Emergency Coordinator, Chris KC9NVV and Washburn County Emergency Coordinator Kris KB9KRH discuss communication resources during the disaster drill test. The EOC in Spooner, Wisconsin was staffed by public service employees, Sheriff department officers, community volunteers and amateur radio operators. The disaster scenario was defined as an area 1.5 miles in radius within the city of Minong where an ammonia leak was discovered coming from a local snack food company. The drill started at 1pm Thursday and concluded by 5pm. PCARA members included Chris KC9NVV, Rick W9WS and Tom KC9UWA. For more information and additional photos, navigate to the ARES/RACES page.
W9WS: NMO Stake Pocket Antenna Mount
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February 25, 2013 - Looking to add a new antenna mount to your truck? Rick W9WS recently purchased a Ford Ranger and decided to use one of the stake pockets as an antenna mount. He discovered a company called Breedlove Mounts on the internet and ordered their extremely well designed and built flat plate with NMO antenna mount. (Photos: Rick W9WS)
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February 25, 2013 - Shown above is a Diamond dual-band 1/2 wave antenna attached to the Breedlove stake pocket mount. There are two clamps which attach to the underside of the pocket. The NMO antenna mount has a SO-239 on the opposite end to connect the coax. The ground is accomplished using a length of braid to connect to the truck body. The mount is made from aluminum and the NMO antenna mount is made from solid brass.
APRS KC9NVV-3 Digi On Air
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January 17, 2013 - Thanks to the generosity of the Association Retreat Center (ARC) near East Farmington, a new APRS digi is on the air. The ARC is the site of the former Air Force Early-Warning Radar Installation put into action during the cold war era. A 120' commercial tower remains on the site. Chris KC9NVV inquired about it's use and asked if our club could utilize it for an APRS project.. There are two commercial VHF antennas mounted at the top. An MFJ antenna tuner is being used to reduce the SWR since neither antenna is specified for ham radio frequencies.
Special thanks to Bruce N9BLU, Mark KC9GHQ, Rick W9WS, Chris KC9NVV and Greg N9CHA for seeing this project through to completion and implementation.
Portable APRS KC9GHQ-9
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January 7, 2013 - Neatly tucked inside a metal hinged-top container is Mark's new portable APRS tracker. GPS data is fed into the Tiny-Trak3Plus™ where it is turned into AX.25 packet AFSK data. The packet audio is then sent to the Icom HT for transmission on 144.39.
W9DKB Top Band 1/2 Wave End Fed Antenna
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Photos: Greg N9CHA
January 5, 2013 Have you ever considered a half-wave, end-fed antenna? Dale W9DKB has been experimenting with them for quite a while and has achieved very good results on shorter bands. Now, he's built one for 160 meters. A standard dipole is approximately 250' long, a bit much for a standard lot. However, back in July of 2012, Dale and his family moved to an ideal location with 3 acres of property of plenty of very tall trees! Still, a top-band antenna provides a challenge.
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January 5, 2013 - The antenna coupling network is housed in this electrical box. There is about 250' of wire strung in the trees, and a 25' counterpoise laid out on the ground. Want more information? Check out Steve's AA5TB site.
Happy New Year!
January 1, 2013 - The PCARA rang in the new year with its annual New Year Net. Mark W9GWG called the net to order at 12:01 am CST. The outside temperature was -4 degrees! Joining Mark was Greg N9CHA, Paul KB9PDX, John KB9ODW, Chuck WD9GWG and Russell KCØIVL.
N9XH - Polk County Amateur Radio Association - 1732 Forest Circle - Balsam Lake - WI - 54810 - Info@N9XH.org