April Monthly Meeting

April’s meeting has come and gone and we had another good turnout with 23 in attendance.  Our new room in the Emerging Technology Building at WKCTC is very nice.  It’s nicely equipped with projectors and WiFi to make future presentations enjoyable.

Field Day 2014 was a big topic as usual this time of year.  Testing out the new routers for the logging programs  was discussed using Paul’s ND4X router configuration.  If you haven’t read this yet it’s a very detailed and interesting read.  You can find Paul’s article here.  We are also needing to get an idea on how many operators and helpers we’ll have this year.  If you are interested in operating at Field Day or even help setup (hang antennas, set up tables, ect…) just email one of the club officers here.  Any help is appreciated and Field Day is a lot of fun.  Just let us know what you can do.  Field Day is June 28th and 29th.

Net control operators were set for the next month.  The net meets every Sunday night at 9PM on 147.060 PL 179.9 and all amateur radio operators are invited to check in.  Net control operators are listed here.

Ed – AB4IQ gave a great demonstration of the VE7CC DX Cluster software.  A DX Cluster is in essence a “chatroom” or node into which amateur DX hunters can post information about DX either worked or heard.  For more information about cluster software or W4NJA’s cluster info click here.

We’re still needing some submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” portion of our web page.  We only need 1 or 2 pictures submitted.  These are a really good way to get different ideas for your own shack by seeing what other hams are doing.  You can email your photos to me here.  Be sure to include your callsign in the email.

Our next PARA meeting will be May 12th at 7PM.

73′s

Rob KC9VFV

W4NJA Field Day Computer Networking

W4NJA Network Site Overview

This is a very detailed article by Paul – ND4X about how to network the logging computers during this years Field Day.  It also is an excellent tutorial on how to install DD-WRT firmware for that old router you have laying around.  This is a really good read and a great learning tool.  Thanks to Paul and Ed for the contribution.  Click the link below for the article.

W4NJA Field Day Computer Networking 2014 – Version 20140405

 

March Monthly Meeting

     Hello everybody.  The March meeting has come and gone and quite a bit was discussed Monday night.  We had a wonderful classroom to meet in, with at least 25 in attendance. Discussions included the W1AW/4 Centennial operation at Mike’s QTH, which expected to make over 3.2k contacts. Bruce, KS4V commented that on 40m, he was running 800 Watts calling them, and they still couldn’t hear him. I, N4FZ was running 500W, my vertical and had similar problems getting them to hear me. Mike commented that he had significant QRN, and a narrow beam width on receive, but his transmit signal reports were very good.  Mike mentioned he had added a capacitor/device to his coax, to reduce QRN, and time will tell if it works.  Mike said during the Centennial W1AW/4 event, he had a contact with a QRP station, running a similar  4 element 40m beam, and was also very loud, in spite of the other station’s 5 Watts of output power. “Invest in your antennas”, Mike said.

     Field Day was discussed next, with questions about the Club radio that will be used, antenna plans for this year, as well as generator availability, the EM bus’s cool air conditioning, “bring a jacket”, Mike noted, hi.  Mike has the Club computers and HF radio, and antennas which he will bring.   Ed said he will also bring his trusty Omni VII, LDG tuner and bandpass filters once again.  Paul Smith commented that there were synching issues with the station computers last Field Day, due to poor WiFi signal strength.  Chris O’Dea, KC9RZV, volunteered some WiFi equipment with 12dBi antennas, which should solve the problem.  Mike made a motion, which was accepted, to accept the WiFi equipment during FD, and that the Club would be responsible for it.  The GOTA station should have a new Op callsign, yet to be determined, and a question of whether the Op had to be a Technician Class to be eligible to man it, we will check the rules. Malcolm said he needed better lighting for the GOTA station, which I volunteered to bring him a hat light.  For FD station locations, Bill’s KY2O RV should be there, Ed commented, and that the pavilions should be available in case the RV isn’t, for backup.  Ed also said he would get there early to reserve them. Also, Clint Talmadge showed us his parasitic suppressor he had assembled, Mike explained how they work and their purpose in an amplifier.  Bruce explained “SPLIT” operation on a DXpedition or special event, like the W1AW/# Centennial.  The meeting was adjourned at about 8:10pm.

73′s
Gene – N4FZ

Ham Nation Ep. 135

If you are a fan of the Ham Nation Webcast on the TWiT network then you may have noticed that W4NJA.ORG was the website of the week.  Big shout out to Bill KY2O for submitting this for us.  If you haven’t seen any of the episodes then check them out at twit.tv/hn.  The hosts are Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA.  Our episode is 135.  If you haven’t seen it yet check out the video below.  Very cool!

 

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