ShoutboxDoug yes still here living in PG
and working in Charles City.
I have been by the shack a couple of times but no one has been there.W1AW/KG4 (Guantanamo) on 24.943 now. The path might be a little short for me, but you might be able to work him from everyone else.N9VU(Tuesday, Mar 4. 2014 06:11 PM)OK Jason, chew on this. I just worked S58N in Slovenia on 14.215. 58 lives, right? And the rest of you? I just heard another guy from Richmond 5/9 working this guy. Something, huh?I need to check my logs, but I may have worked him too. You should go to Slovenia and apply for a callsign!N9VU(Tuesday, Mar 4. 2014 11:35 PM)Uh, negative.
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Doug and I have been working on building up a replacement for the KG4YJB repeater system that we have been assisting with for a while now. The 1970′s vintage Mastr II is proving to be more challenging to maintain each day. Here is the current state of the replacement system. Tx/Rx will be surplus CDM750′s (thanks Darren) and the VHF link radio is a Radius M216 (thanks Brad P). Rob provided the Arcom controller, and Doug and I are handling wiring, programming and other setup. Nothing fancy, but it will ensure that this system remains available for all to enjoy. Stay tuned for full deployment information in the spring.
Input: 448.1375 MHz
Output: 443.1375 MHz
RAN 1 / PL 100.0
VNFM (6.25 kHz) NXDN
It is connected to the worldwide NXDN network.
The ARRL has posted the results from the 2013
Field Day, and WA4FC did well!
Officially, our station achieved a score of 3380 points, with 1373 QSOs.
How did that rank? Here’s some analysis:
ALL USA/CANADA: 466th of 2548 stations, #221 in QSO count.
ALL ARRL ROANOKE DIV: 46th of 202 stations, #28 in QSO count.
ALL VIRGINIA: 18th of 80 stations, #12 in QSO count.
ALL 2E STATIONS W/VE: 9th of 30 stations, FOURTH in QSO count.
What if we ran as a 2A station, one of the most popular station classes in the contest? There were 398 entrants in that category, and we would have ranked 63rd in QSO count. Our score would have been #102.
Clearly, we were a contender in terms of QSO count. There are things that we can do, to improve the overall score. This includes making more CW or digital contacts, making a satellite contact, copying the W1AW bulletins, sending NTS traffic, and more. If we get together again for 2014, we’ll work on taking advantage of more of those bonus points.
I am really proud of our result, and once again, I want to thank everyone who participated in the event, and to the trustees of WA4FC for letting us invade the shack for the weekend. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
I will repost this article in the forums. Please go there, and share your comments and experiences.
(from richmond-900 yahoo group, courtesy of WB4KXS)
The second 900 MHz Richmond repeater is on the air from south side right now. It is on 927.0250 / 902.0250 MHz. It is a mixed mode repeater, that is it can work in analog mode using 100 Hz PL, OR it will work in P25 digital mode using NAC $293.
The repeater output (after the duplexer) is 60 watts. The antenna is fed by about 500 feet of 7/8 inch hardline. The antenna is one that was already mounted on the PBS tower. However, it is NOT a 900 MHz antenna. In fact we do not really know what the antenna is, but we suspect that it is a UHF (450 MHz) antenna. We have a 900 MHz Super StationMaster antenna ready to go, but are trying to find a way to cover the cost of having a commercial tower crew (that is approved by PBS) put the 900 MHz antenna up on the tower. When the Super StationMaster antenna is in place, this repeater’s range should improve greatly. Then again, even with the current antenna, it works surprisingly well.
If you have one of the Kenwood TK-981 radios that N4MW and I have set up and distributed in Virginia, mainly in the Richmond metro area, this repeater is just two channels down from the downtown Richmond repeater you have been using.
If you have one of the P25 EFJ 5100 handheld radios that were recently available on eBay, you are ready to go on analog. You will need to get the very latest version of the software configuration for it to work on P25. Any 5100 programmed at the last Tailgate Fest (or since then) is programmed for P25 on this repeater. If you need a 5100 update, let me know and we can fix you up with the newest configuration.
Thanks to N4MW for the engineering, metal work, duplexer, time, and sweat to put together this repeater, a Motorola Quantar. Thanks to K3WRY for the Bird meter panel we are using in this repeater. Thanks to RATS for getting permission to put this repeater at the PBS site, and thanks to PBS for giving that permission.
It’s mostly depressing. Another digital mode, that isn’t interoperable with any of the others. Lets all go back to AM.
For those of you who haven’t seen the shack lately (or at all) here is a view of what you would expect. If you look closely, you’ll see my shadow in one of the pics. In the other, you can clearly see how the two yagis are offset currently due to the wind we experienced a while back. Yes ladies, it sounds as good as the tower looks.
This report came to use yesterday from Roger, W4MW (EM96) near Charlotte, NC on our 6 meter beacon station. On a related note, the 10 meter signal is way down and we will be troubleshooting next week.
After a year of planning and discussion, the Fieldcomm shack was the site of the WA4FC Field Day station, on June 22 and 23, 2013. Six amateur operators and one guest attended the event.
Two HF stations, a Yaesu FT-857 and FT-897, were connected to the shack’s numerous antennas, providing access to frequencies from 160 meters, all the way to UHF. Both stations were connected together by N1MM logging software, providing PC-based rig control, as well as real-time logging, scoring, and dupe-checking.
Over the 24 hours of operation (minus a couple for rest), the team logged an impressive 1373 contacts, on bands between 160m and 6m, and modes including voice, CW, and RTTY. Contacts were made to 49 of 50 states (missed Alaska), Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and all Canadian provinces/sections, except Newfoundland. There were no contacts made to the Canadian territories, most likely due to the lack of participation from those areas. A couple of DX contacts made it into the log, but since this is primarily a W/VE contest, there was little effort to work these stations.
A full summary and score analysis will be posted soon.
Many thanks to those who attended:
Doug Renn, KD4GIE
Jay Lovelady, KD4BPZ
Jamie Stapleton, KD4RJN
Jennifer Stapleton, KK4RER
Scott Galloway, AE4TC (our CW specialist)
Jason Triolo, KD4ACG
Gary West, K9DOG
and non-ham guest Steve Barlow.
Special thanks to Jay and Doug, for providing the use of the Fieldcomm facilities for this event.
The final score is yet to be determined, once the worksheet is completed, and the bonus points are calculated. Pictures from the weekend will also be posted soon.