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!

 

February Monthly Meeting

We had another really good turnout for the February meeting with 28 in attendance.  Not a bad number when it’s 10 degrees outside.

The big news of the night was the W1AW contest.  The ARRL Centennial Celebration was presented by Paul for operations on March, 5 2014 at 6 PM.  This will be held at Mike Newman’s QTH using W1AW/4 in a contest setting.  If your interested in operating please email Paul and let him know.

Another topic to keep in mind is the possibility that we might need to relocate our monthly meetings.  In the past several months we have been forced to use the student lounge at WKCTC instead of our normal room 142.  If anyone has a place they know of that could accommodate between 20-35 people, send one of the officers an email.

Show us your shack!!!  We are needing photos or video of your shack to put on the website.  If you have a few photos or video to send you can email them here or you can upload them to an online viewer (skydrive, dropbox, ect…) as long as they are set to public.  We would like to have a nice spot on the website to showcase these so please take a couple of minutes and email them to me.

The new website has a nice RSS source that you can use with your phone or tablet.  If you use any feed reader app (flipboard, feedly, ect…) you can access the feed by entering the address: https://w4nja.org/feed in the search bar.  Every post that is made will automatically show up in your reader.

Net control operators were set for February.  See the net control page for schedules.

Don’t forget that the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet every Thursday at Michael’s Pizzeria in Paducah at 11AM for lunch.  Come have lunch and meet some of the local hams.  It’s a good time.  Click here for directions to Michael’s.

We had another good night of testing with 3 upgrading to General Class and 2 upgrading to Amateur Extra.  Congratulations guys!

Club dues are due.  The club now accepts all major credit cards.  If you are interested in membership or need to pay dues contact ND4X.

73’s – Rob KC9VFV