Tuesday, March 29, 2022
The Logs for the Wisconsin QSO Party are DUE TODAY !!!March 27th.
April 5th.. Voting
April 9th …Brat Barn at De Pere Festival.
Our first fund raiser is the Brat Barn at the Festival Foods on the West side of DePere on Saturday, April 9th. On the South side of Main Street. We have some slots filled already, but we are in need of at least two more for the 9AM shift.. If you can help, please contact Keith at 920-619-3394 or email@example.com
Another way of helping, is to come to the Barn and purchase a brat or burger or even both.. open ‘til 5
##The Annual Awards Banquet
“There were 32 in attendance. Food was good. But could have been warmer. Dave Catalano was awarded Ham of the Year. I was caught totally by surprise. I 3as voted a life time paid membership for my years of club participation and support. I am glad the board decided I was worth honor. Makes me proud to have served and been a member for31 yrs. I'm wondering how it can be that many years. THANKS AGAIN!!!!,
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Saturday, March 19, 2022
St. Patrick Day..
It was quite busy the past few days and some
more activity coming up..
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK
March 19th Awards Banquet (the Woods) Doors open at 5ish for attitude adjustment and dinner a 6PM 530 Erie Road-- Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Scout Radio Merit Badge
On Saturday, March 12th, we were busy with the Radio Merit Badge and the Scouts were there at NWTC for that Merit Badge as well as other badges .. after all, it was Pi Day !!
That famous base number which is too long for me to remember.
We set up a VHF station and utilized the .120 repeater.. Paul, KBØP, set up his traveling antenna and hooked into the IRLP and the East Coast Reflector. A big thanks to all of you that were able to take some time and talk to the Scouts. There were about 17 that completed the Merit Badge requirements which included talking on the radio for at least 10 minutes.. the reflector connection even made contact all the way to the UK.. That same day, our VEs were setting up for testing at St. Norbert College. There, they were able to squeeze in a couple of contacts with the Scouts ... Multi tasking...
WISCONSIN QSO PARTY
Then the next day, March 13th, was the Wisconsin QSO Party.. Not much of a party at my QTH. Noise was the highest ever... could not hear any stations on any bands.. After an hour and a half, called KD9LHY who was on his way to my place and he checked the noise at his place and it was somewhat better. We operated from his station.. took about another half hour to get our first contact.. very slow day for us until the last hour but by then it was almost over.. not a great score but we had fun trying. And since then, the noise has disappeared..?? (knocking on wood)
I understand that the party was not going on at St. Norbert either. A few of the members were there to make contacts for the Wi QSO using the Club "Shack". A number of incidents can cause havoc.
Some History of the St.N. “shack”
In order to use the 2M radio, the
D-Star has to be turned off in order to use that antenna... There is a brand new Yeasu
3000DX there for HF. That is a big machine with a lot of bells and
whistles and not having operated it before, can cause a bunch of head scratching. The feed line goes out to the top of the
building where there is a Hustler 5BTV vertical antenna. There is some
history with that antenna.. and bare with me as
I try to make it short.
First of all, we were given a small area to put up antennas. So verticals would fit the area. The Dual Band VHF UHF antenna was easy. For HF, we used to have a three element beam on the roof before the remodeling. That had to go with all the cable and all the equipment in what used to be the "Shack". So the five band Hustler was chosen. There is a pipe bolted to the frame of the building as it's base. The antenna was set up on a pipe elsewhere and tuned to all the bands before being mounted at St. N. It worked well until a day of 50 MPH winds. The antenna had a large 80M coil on the top. It is not guyed due to restrictions by Facilities. The swaying back and forth caused the lower length to bend permanently. The bend was not able to be straightened. An attempt to strengthen it, caused a mismatch.
A new section was purchased
and replaced the bent one and to prevent another such incident, the 80
meter coil was removed. The band width was only 1.5 k for that band, so it
seemed impractical to have. At the same time, it was discovered that it
needed radials to be more efficient. We were then told that as long
as they were hidden we could put them up. We have two wires woven through
the edging. The radials are needed because without them, the pipe stand
becomes part of the antenna like a dipole.. we got this advice from the "Doctor"
at ARRL. and it seemed to work. The
Kenwood 570 (the radio before the 3000) was able to operate on all bands using
its internal tuner. There is another radial ready to be attached via
clamp whenever we get a chance to go up there. . It would
be good to check the coax attachment to the antenna when up there.. it is not a
PL259 but a screw through a ring lug. So now the antenna is a 4BTV using four bands, 40, 15, 20 and 10 meters ....
For those that wonder where the 80 meter coil is. .. N8KQS has it with the "top hat" as told to the membership at the time we fixed and re-tuned the antenna. (all the “we” is the membership as it went through the meetings prior ) I actually have two because of what happened at St. N, I took the coil off mine.
If anyone is going to
take the antenna down, I will be glad to show you an easy way and you should
have a harness on if the wind is blowing at all..
Sometimes it is good to know the past so we do not have to relive it.. I have to pass the information I know, in order to save a lot questions or work later..
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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OF EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK
March 9th – Siren Test Net 11:45 147.120 March 10th – M&K Club Meeting March 12th Scout Radio Merit Badge March 13th Daylight Savings begins.. March 13th.. Wisconsin QSO Party
Awards Banquet (the Woods) 530 Erie Road-- Please RSVP to email@example.com
Scout Radio Merit Badge
We have been asked to help with the Radio Merit Badge. The Scouts need to have a 10 minute contact via radio and that is where we come in. Please plan on being available on March 12th. All radio operators like to talk.. here is a chance for more.. More information on Freq. and times coming. (I hope) Most likely starting mid morning until about 3PM
Awards Banquet is
coming up. At the Woods Banquet Hall,. $18/person. I have heard that the menu
will be chicken and beef tips.. Will be looking for a head count soon.. Everyone
welcome.. Make plans…. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW!!! Need 20 to nail it down ..
been at St Norbert as well as on Zoom. Use the information sent out last week
and this week. You will also find it on the Web Site.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 861 8875 9720
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbC5BBfWHr
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