Club and Radio News

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 www.ventenna.com.  

Johnny- K7ZZQ

 

2017 Bountiful Handcart Parade

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Thursday, 01 June 2017
Written by Gary Johnson

Who: YOU

What: Join us at the Bountiful Handcart Day Grand Parade.

When: 7/21/2017. Staging begins at 3PM, the parade starts at 6PM.

Where:  It begins at 1500 South Main Street and proceeds North on Main Street to 400 North.

Why: This year’s theme,  Heritage - Our Future   As a member of both the local comminuty and our ham radio community, we need you to pull together and help. This parade is a sizable event with over 95 entries sponsored by churches, civic groups, businesses, and others organizations and is enjoyed by over 14,000 spectators! Over 200 volunteers make it happen on parade day, and we need you!

How: As a volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the following roles: 

 Shadow: A Shadow has a very important job; He or She will be assigned to a Parade official. There job will be to communicate the information, to and from this person. In most cases you are on your feet for the complete parade. If you are lucky enough to get the parade chairperson, or a staging official, you will be asked to make some very important decisions. You will be asked to pass the exact info that you are told.  Wear comfortable shoes!

Assembly: Bikes: These people is responsible to make sure that all entries in their area are in place and ready to go by 16:00. Each entry will be assigned a number and it will be written on the street. When it is their turn, the start Ham (Mel Parks) will call you on the radio and you are to work with the parade volunteers’ to get them moving. Each assembly Ham will have two- four Church volunteers to complete this task. NOTE: The staging area will be blocked off to “through traffic” after 4:00 p.m. on  July 21. “Parade Officials” will be in orange vests and are there to assist you. Church volunteers will report to you when their entries are in place.

Public address stations: This Person’s responsibility is to receive parade traffic from net control and pass it to the announcer during the parade. In some cases you will need a magnetic mount antenna; you can attach it to the scuffling. You can transmit twice as far. Please take sticky notes, great way to communicate with the announcer. This year Hams will take possession of the sound equipment if the announcer is not there by 5PM!

Net Controller: This person's responsibly is to oversee the commutations of the parade, there are three or four types of net controls; Shadow, PA, Assembly, and Parade.They have the resources to get with the police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, and other emergency help.  

We try to use the same people at the same positions each year, but if you want to change, please ask. It's fun to try something new!    A net will be held on 7/20/17 at 7:30PM on a frequency of 147.42. We will confirm your position prior to the parade. Please make EVERY effort to be on that net.

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

-All assembly hams, bicycle support, etc. need to check in at the Park bowery, it is located in the park by the cleaners. ( five points, 1500 so main) Please be there by 3:30. Parking is available in the new parking terrace. In most cases, shadows and assembly will check in at the park across the street from the Maverick Convenience Store

-PA stations are to go directly to their PA location and check in with PA net control.( 145.57). You don't have to be in place until 5PM.

-All volunteers please go to  http://www.handcartdays.org/Parade   to get, and print your Parade Day documents!    

-Ham operators are at the parade to communicate and they should have adequate equipment to communicate effectively. In some cases, handy talkies will not be enough. Gain antennas, spare batteries, ear buds, can make the difference, so please bring your accessories. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and be prepared for anything!

-If rain is in the forecast bring protection for yourself, the radio and for the paperwork you printed from the website. All Hams should bring an orange/yellow high-visibility vest, a name tag (with your call sign), and a clipboard. PA stations need a clip board and some sticky notes to write on and then they can hand it to the announcers. 

RADIO FREQUENCES FOR THE PARADE WILL BE:

-PA STATIONS  -145.57 simplex 

-ASSEMBLY AREA  -147.42/449.925 REPEATER

-SHADOWS- DISBAND-145.75 simplex.

April Meeting Presentation

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Written by Joe Giraudo

Dave Harris, K7PDW will give a presentation on Nearly Vertical Incident Skywave (NVIS) and field expedient antennas.  NVIS antennas are used by the military and others for close-in communications on the high frequency (HF) bands.

Digital Communications Conference

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 06 March 2017
Written by K7ZZQ

Utah Digital Communications Conference March 25, 2017 at 

410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84070 

I would like to encourage all of you who are considering attending this
event to please sign up on line now to help the organizers get a better
idea of the numbers attending. This is definitely and event you will
not want to miss!  I hope to see you there.

The conference will be a fusion of amateur radio communications and
maker topics. Amateur radio is the pioneer of digital modes. This
conference will focus on the amateur radio hobby that surrounds
utilizing digital modes. Current emerging topics such as digital modes
for emergency communications and making your own electronics will be
presented.

SESSION TOPICS 

I got APRS, Now What?
Winlink: Getting Started
DMR, D-Star, Fusion, and P25 Universal Modem for Ham Radio
Getting started with DMR
Introduction to D-Star
D-Star set-up and administration
Introduction to 3D Design and Printing
Introduction to D-Star
Arduino - Introduction
Use of Digital Radio in Emergency Response
Getting started with MESH
Advanced MESH
Getting started with FLDIGI
Digital Modes on HF
Getting started with Raspberry 


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Net Control Class

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017
Written by K7ZZQ for KE7NZA
Effective Net Control Operations / How to be an Event Communications Coordinator Training Class

March 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM with a break for lunch between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM at the Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 West Taylorsville Blvd. Tarylorsville, UT.

This is a full day specialized training session broken into two parts. In the morning will be Effective Net Control Operator training including best practices and functional guidelines. In the afternoon will be how to be an event communications coordinator including the use of Google Docs, Working with Event Directors, what are your responsibilities and duties, knowing the law, and best practices to make the event as smooth as possible for the volunteers.

These are specialized classes developed by folks who have been supporting events in the area for many years. We are in dire need of additional Net Control operators and Event Communications Coordinators as there are simply more and more events being put on that could use our help and not enough of us trained to help them. It is in our (HAM Radio Operators) best interest to work with and be available for as many of these public service events as possible or we will find that we simply won't be asked to assist again or, worse yet, we won't have had enough real time practice working in real life situations to be of any assistance when "the big one" hits and our communities need us.

These classes are open to any licensed HAM radio operator of any license class. You do not need to be a General or Extra to be a Net Control Operator or Event Coordinator, you just need the motivation to help and stay on task.

There will be a $25 charge for the class. To sign up for the class follow this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/aMOoCUPzVMnphyMy2
 
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If you know someone who is a newer HAM who might be interested in helping
out forward this email to them.

Visit the new UtahSAG web site

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To see when the Salt Lake Area W5YI group will be holding test sessions or other special events go to their Facebook Events page
Please pass the word about UtahSAG around to everyone you know.  We are trying our best to raise funds to pay for new equipment to support events, maintain existing equipment by passing funds to the repeater trustees for events we work on, and getting new equipment for the Utah Weather Service office to replace their stolen and non-working equipment.  Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page. 
Mickey
KE7NZA
 

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