Club and Radio News

Saturday General Meeting

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Wednesday, 08 November 2017
Written by Joe Giraudo

Our November General Meeting will be held at the Davis County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:00 AM.  The topic for our monthly presentation will be " Disruption-Tolerant Networks and Their Application to Interplanetary Communication" by Chuck Killian.


Hope to see you there!



Mt Ogden Repeater Update

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Saturday, 04 November 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

The Mt Ogden Repeater 146.900 now uses a DCS tone of 122.  The Pl tone of 123 will no longer work, you must reprogram your radios in order to use it going forward.  

All radios supporting the Northern Utah Hospital Coalition must make that change in the near future.

Johnny- K7ZZQ

Sunday Night Net

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Written by K7zzq

bAs requested on the ARES NET this evening, here are the details on the reinstatement of the Syracuse City ERC NET on Sunday evenings at 9pm:

- KI7HBJ  

CQ CQ CQ - All Amateur Radio Operators in Syracuse:


It's been dormant for a little while.  We are reinstating the Syracuse City ERC (Emergency Response Communications) NET on its original day, time and frequency.  This is a weekly NET on Sundays @ 9pm on 145.310 MHz (no PL tone) Simplex.


This will take place after the Layton Storehouse ERC NET, for those who attend that NET at 8:30pm.


*** We Invite All HAMs to Participate ***


Although the primary audience for this net are all City District & Area ERC Specialists from Syracuse, Syracuse Bluff, Syracuse Legacy Park, Syracuse South & Syracuse West Districts, ALL are welcome to check-in to this weekly NET.


[A City District has the same boundaries as a Stake in Syracuse.]


The purpose of this NET is to train radio operators in emergency procedures, to test their radio equipment, and practice communications protocols.


Coming in April, we will be involved in a City Wide Disaster Drill, where the City Disaster Preparedness Committee will be evaluating the integrity and effectiveness of communications from the City's Emergency Operation Center down to Residents, and in return.  Getting practice in now, before the drill, or a real event, will help us to be prepared to ensure we are all able to communicate with each other during emergencies.



Code Red and Battery Information

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Thursday, 28 September 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

CODE RED Emergency Notification System

Posted: 27 Sep 2017 10:44 PM PDT

Code Red is an emergency notification system that includes cell phones that has widespread use through the USA. It is similar to the Reverse 911 system that works only with you land line phone.

This link explains the mobile apps available for Code Red and has links to download it.

This link is for online registration with the system where you can customize the alerts you will get.


Posted: 27 Sep 2017 10:28 PM PDT

Here is some information on LiFePO4 batteries.

LiFePO4 vs AGM You Tube video -  The video shows a load test comparison between the two types of batteries. At the end of the video there is a cost to own comparison.

The LiFePO4 battery in the video came from A123 Systems. However, after reviewing A123 Systems website I could not find the battery used in the video or any battery that appeared to be suitable for ham radio use. However, I did not email them to ask for information.

Bioenno Power also has LiFePO4 batteries and their site is "ham friendly". Bioenno also has solar panels suitable for portable operation.

One thing to keep in mind when considering cost is that these batteries come with built-in the charge controller/overload/over discharge protection circuitry. A charger suitable for AGM will also charge LiFePO4 batteries that have a built-in charge controller circuitry.

Thanks to Dave Harris K7PDW for gathering this information.

QRP Vertical and HOA Stealth Antenna

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Sunday, 18 June 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

At WIMU this weekend, John Kernkamp WB4YJT had great 40-6 meter vertical antenna that did not require a tuner, could handle 200 Watts and weighted 2.5 pounds that would be ideal for QRP.  For details of his vertical or an HOA Stealthy antenna, go to  

Johnny- K7ZZQ


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