Club and Radio News

Dec Meeting: You Should Have Been There!

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 18 December 2017
Written by Craige Olson

 

Our new officers are: President Greg Lundell K7UHP (consented to serve another year), Vice President Joe Giraudo N7JEH (consented to serve another year), Secretary Craige Olson N7HYP (new guy), Treasurer Gary Johnson N7DND (consented to serve another year), Past President Chad Rapier K7FJM (consented to serve another year). Picture to follow

Almost everyone received a door prize, there were so many!

Thanks for your efforts we expect another fun year!

  

The member raffle was held and Spencer Mark AE7IO won the Yaesu FTM 3200 DR/DE. Matt Zundell NA7RF won the Yaesu FT 70 DR/DE 

 

Club Meeting Dec 2017

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Monday, 20 November 2017
Written by Craige Olson

December Club Meeting December 2017

 

The meeting will be December 9th (the second Saturday – as always) at the Davis County Sheriffs Office meeting room. Enter from the Northwest parking lot.

 

December is our final club meeting for the year and as always we hold elections for club officers, showoff homebrew projects and have our Pre-Christmas radio raffle.  

If you would like to serve as an officer please contact one of the current officers or just show up and give an idea (short speech) to the members of what you would like to do.

Bring your homebrew project in and show off your creativity.  These have always been helpful to many members of our club and who knows what someone else will create because of your idea.

This year we will raffle a Yeasu FTM 3200 DR/DE Digital that can be used with our new repeaters plus a Yeasu FT-70DR/DE. Tickets are two for $5.00 or four for $10.00.

As always you are invited to the get-together before the meeting at the Golden Coral in Layton at 8 AM.

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

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.
     https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/

This link is for online registration with the system where you can customize the alerts you will get.
     https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/es/BFB7CC4C6C0A

BATTERY INFORMATION

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.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg434K0gHeQ

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.
         http://www.a123systems.com/lithium-battery.htm


Bioenno Power also has LiFePO4 batteries and their site is "ham friendly". Bioenno also has solar panels suitable for portable operation.
         https://www.bioennopower.com/

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.

2018 Bountiful Handcart Parade

Category: Club and Radio News
Published: Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Written by Gary Johnson

Who: YOU

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

When: 7/20/2018. 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,  Bountiful - 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 20. “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 7/19/18 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.

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