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SARC Meetings

General Meeting

 

 We meet on the first Tuesday of every month.

6:30 pm - Social Time

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

Beaver's Nursery

"The Farm"

9707 58th Street

Live Oak, FL 32060

link to directions:

http://www.suwanneearc.org/smf/index.php?topic=249.0

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On Air Meeting

NOTE:  The On Air meeting will now be held Thursday's along with our Net Training.

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Net Training

Every Thursday - 8:30 pm

145.270 Mhz -600 PL 123

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License Testing

Our club is eager to train and test new Hams.  We schedule testing the first Friday of every month. 

Since the testing rules require that at least 3 examiners be present, please contact Wayne Peterson at 386-963-1080 to arrange your testing appointment.

 

 



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Upcoming Events at The Farm


If you would like to list an event here...a contest, class, antenna project, workday etc...send an email to webmaster@suwanneearc.org - thanks!

08/23/14 - A memorial service for Emil-WA4FYA will be held at St Barnabas Episcopal Church in Valdosta,GA at 11AM

09/02/14 - SARC Meeting @ 6:30PM

09/06/14 - PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak 80 Meter Memorial Sprint - PSK31 8PM - 2AM http://www.podxs070.com/o7o-club-sponsored-contests/jay-hudak-memorial-80m-sprint

Recent Events


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The SARC Tower map will be back after more planning takes place in the next few weeks. Meanwhile.............



Shout Box

Last 60 Shouts:

 

Randy-AJ7G

Yesterday at 09:53:42 PM
One other thing Dave, if you need you can call me tomorrow at 386-938-4100.  Remember I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to JT65 but maybe we can figure it out.
 

Randy-AJ7G

Yesterday at 09:35:13 PM
Dave, another thing I also had a problem with on WSJT-X was the mode was set wrong.  When I first started up the program for the first time, the default mode was JT-9.  On the main screen there's a tab for "mode" and there I set mine to decode both JT65 and JT9 instead of just JT-9.  THere's not much activity with JT-9 although supposedly it's more efficient.

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 08:36:47 PM
Oh, and same story with jt65 - no decode.

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 08:36:20 PM
Well Randy, i rolled the s/w back 1 version, and now it decodes a few messages every hour!?!  Waterfall and rcvr and signlink interface is fine - decode light comes on every minute, but it just doesn't want to extract the data  ...
 

Randy-AJ7G

Yesterday at 01:32:01 PM
Hey Dave.  Just got back and saw this.  I don't know how much help I can be with it cause I'm a newbie at JT65.  Have you selected the audio settings in WSJT-X yet?  If not, go to the settings in the WSJT-x program and make sure it's also set for "CODEC" setting.  This is just a thought cause I encountered the same problem when setting it up.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

Yesterday at 11:39:22 AM
Work Party Sat if you can stand the Heat!!  I'll be there  with Doughnuts around 7:30AM to start.  ;D Work planned is  40M array, Rohn 55 tower prep, Rohn 25 tower prep , Tiatian tower assembly.
The hide out in the AC and play "Radio"  when it get to hot!  ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

Yesterday at 10:28:42 AM
Hey! I see we have reached 100 members on our Website!  That's fitting for our Clubhouse Birthday party at the next meeting!  
Oh! And did you hear?  Wayne is buying Cake and Ice-cream ;D!!PARTY!!!!!!!

Mark-AF1Z

Yesterday at 07:47:17 AM
Wayne Peterson came out and he and his ground man did a great job with my 70 ft. aluminum tower. Wayne, Never-Seez, and aluminum - great combination!!  Mark-AF1Z

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 07:01:07 AM
Need JT9 software help (WSJT-X ). Can't seem to get the decoder to kick in, on RX signals. Waterfall looks fine. Worked for a bit and then stopped. Who uses this??

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 06:58:23 AM
Propagation maps: have you see this one - pretty nice. PSK Reporter  http://pskreporter.info/pskmap.html
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 19, 2014, 08:23:12 PM
New link in the Library block (left-bottom) for SignaLink USB setup - Thanks Charly - I agree Randy, when you can leave the antennas, modems etc... connected and work HF without the QRN... gotta get through "H" season first though and here comes the peak.
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 19, 2014, 07:27:58 PM
Glad to hear that Steve.  Yes, the clubhouse would be a good idea, hope the last person using the radio's unhooked/unplugged them.  I always unplug when I hear thunderstorms!  Actually I've unplugged so muxh that my fingers hurt.  Can't wait till Winter and lose this wx problem!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 19, 2014, 06:59:23 PM
Randy , All of it ran north of here today!  Hope all is OK by you and the Club House!  Guess its time to give  the club house a good look over this weekend.
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 19, 2014, 06:24:24 PM
Steve, glad everything is okay and you and Sandra are safe.  I'm also glad you have such a great grounding system down there.  Hopefully it will keep all the lightning strikes down your way and away from my QTH   :).
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 19, 2014, 02:35:22 PM
The tower grounding is covered in this. http://www.downeastmicrowave.com/Noview/SARC-10.pdf
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 19, 2014, 02:33:55 PM
Dave, first read this. Its in our SARC Library on the lower left of the front web page.   THEN--- understand that I do not operate any HF bands during the summer. I'm on 160M from Oct to April
so the tower is "hard grounded"  with 00 wire form each leg to head of the  multiple ground rod  system around the tower  just like we did with the 10 M tower at the club house. BUT-- after a couple of hits. it needs to be dug up and inspected and I'm behind on that!!  BUT-- nothing connected to it so-- i
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 19, 2014, 02:23:30 PM
Today's storm is moving in on Schedule! Madison has a Severe Thunderstorm Warning right now. We may be next!    

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 19, 2014, 01:30:07 PM
 We have a few Madison county hams coming to our next meeting, and a few from down bell-Trenton-chiefland way ! ;D

Dave K4VLF

August 19, 2014, 10:24:11 AM
Steve, how do you you ground your huge vert radiator? Use a spark gap? Or hard ground it during storms? Or rely on guy wire grounding??
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 18, 2014, 05:42:16 PM
That was strange! the tower didn't get struck today!  Maybe the Ground connection vaporized  during the last hit!  ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 18, 2014, 04:00:38 PM
Sounds good...Sunday better for me but either OK. Whew...nasty little line of WX but looks like it's passed now...friend lost her modem yesterday came in through the DSL, remember to unplug those too...
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 18, 2014, 02:13:04 PM
More weather coming!  Looks like a straight line (North- South) moving in from the West!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 18, 2014, 02:12:11 PM
So-- work Party this weekend?  40 M sloper,  Titan tower base assembly, prep one section of Rohn 55 and prep the Rohn 25.
Then-- when it gets to hot (or at lunch)  we go over the Tower plan Ideas.  So-- what day? makes no difference to me.  :)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 18, 2014, 10:46:34 AM
Wow...two bolts right on top of us and the chance for a shower very low...hi FL in the summer. S&S glad you're back at Base, rest your Giga's. Jon...King of the Digi-Dorks...is that 7 closer to where your idea was? Let me know...that's why we're doing this.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 18, 2014, 09:59:40 AM
We are all Re-couping from a wild and crazy Weekend!  I did so much driving the couple of days my Giga hurts!  ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 18, 2014, 02:11:49 AM
weres everybody at ????? ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 17, 2014, 09:39:45 PM
pat, also checked into 2 meter 145.700 contestia 32/1000 net out of chareston, sc also tonite with 99 percent sucess !! ;D sarc digidorks !!

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 17, 2014, 09:37:11 PM
oh, pat i thought steve put  the map up  -- i think (dangerous) the titan was going to b by the southwest corner of the clubhouse .because of no guywires needed  ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 17, 2014, 08:27:16 PM
Jon, FB on checking into the NET and I just stuck that 7 out there to indicate the area we'd talked about for one of the freestanding units. Stay cool Charly going to get warmer if the wx report is right.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 17, 2014, 07:43:14 PM
steve is number 7 tower position correct ??? (thats the tyedown pad for ant 6)  :)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 17, 2014, 07:41:25 PM
hello  charly !!!!!!!!!! ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 17, 2014, 07:41:05 PM
pat  checked in to 19:00 psk 31 net on 3.590 mhz, the they sent a message in domino 22 that i copied also great success    also we got the 070 membership page in the mail !!! ;D
 

Charly KK4OAB

August 17, 2014, 04:53:31 PM
Just thought I would type something in to see if the Shout Box was stalled, since the "Shouts" don't seem to have changed since Saturday morning.  Oh well, I suppose we are all outside enjoying the cool weather ;) ;) ;)
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 16, 2014, 10:35:38 AM
It's another beautiful, hot day in Hamilton county.  Not much RF radiating from Hamilton county though!
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 15, 2014, 04:54:15 PM
New items in Charly's Ham News column and in Joe's CERT column....
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 15, 2014, 03:10:28 PM
Nasty Line of weather moving east of here (as he types for the second time because of the power failure!    >:( )  It tickled the tower here again  before the rain came!
heads up everyone!
 

Charly KK4OAB

August 15, 2014, 02:22:00 PM
Nice online place to test your Mic, Speakers and Camera.  http://www.onlinemictest.com  
Of course if you are a Guru, you already know about this URL.  However, not all of us are URUG'S. :D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 15, 2014, 01:32:21 PM
Cojones!
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 15, 2014, 01:13:48 PM
Yeah it was here too till about an hour ago...Jon I don't know how you ran the net in this last night but thanks for doing it.
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 15, 2014, 08:38:30 AM
 "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 14, 2014, 08:22:16 PM
its lightning, thundering and raining  yeehaw!! ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 14, 2014, 07:27:52 AM
Wayne   the 2 digipeaters r doing a great job- they have brought this area out of the dark    u the man !!!  ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 09:56:01 PM
God smiles on me everyday !!!!!!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 09:54:13 PM
Sucess is so sweet !!! great 2 meter sideband contact 32/1000 contestia with skip in fm02 charleston,sc . using fldigi !! ;D then 432.090 ssb contact with dex in charlotte,nc. ;)  then 222.100 contacts with n4twx terry and n4ngz corey !!! ;D along with some echolink and d star contacts today and many qso,s on the shotgun repeater-- a great day !!! ;D ;D ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 13, 2014, 10:38:45 AM
Except when I translate back to English and get - The CQ CQ CQ of the German N4SVC PSE K table ........ HIHI
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 13, 2014, 10:27:56 AM
 Hey Jon - no problem - 的CQ的CQ的CQ德N4SVC PSE K表

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 08:50:39 AM
Hello mark af1z! good morning !!

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 08:49:34 AM
that's great steve we can talk jt65b to the man in the moon , the same one we were talking about on the shotgun this am !!!!!! do we have to speak Chinese? ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 08:44:34 AM
also pat  we can use both stations for meteor scatter and aircraft scatter with the different jt 65 modes !! as we say down south  AINT it great  !! ;D ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 13, 2014, 08:43:06 AM
Pat , I have the new rotor by yaesu 5500 and 2 Alaskan arrow 2 = 440 antennas sitting right here on the couch ready to be mounted !! just waiting for tower plan as steve said so we can put together our satellite station first then our eme station !! ;D ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 12, 2014, 07:28:02 PM
Yes, I'm using the program you and Bill showed me, WSJT-X.  Works slick as a whistle.  Made about 10 contacts but still learning the process, lost a few due to my inexperience.  JT65 is a 2 monitor mode, 1 monitor for running the program and the other for surfing the web while waiting to complete the QSO. hi hi.
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 12, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
Pat, tnx for the info but I stumbled into a while ago doing what you said.  It's embedded in MAP65 and only found it after installing the program and going to modes tab.  Searching on the internet is a joke, lots of how-to but no one tells you where the download is.  cont...
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 12, 2014, 06:45:50 PM
Randy, Go to WSJT you'll find downloads there for JT65 and other modes. JT65B is the mode for 144 and 440 while A is used for 50 MHz and C for 1296 and above. The documentation provided is top notch. Are you ready for JT9 yet? Jon's been messing with it.
 

Randy-AJ7G

August 12, 2014, 04:32:40 PM
Hey Pat, being a newbie on JT65, what exactly is JT65B?  I've spent a good deal of time looking for the download for JT65B but everything keeps referring back to JT65.  Where can I go to download JT65B??
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

August 12, 2014, 03:23:54 PM
We have  the equipment to point anything anywhere but we have not made a decision on where or what tower it should be located on. The BOD needs to take a hard look at the various Tower function and location plans. THEN- after a decision is made and the weather breaks, we get busy with work partys!!  :D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

August 12, 2014, 03:14:37 PM
And wouldn't you know it...the IC746-Pro station now works VHF through the SignaLink having changed to the mini din...so 145.990 JT65B should be easy as falling off a log. Now we need the right rotor(s) for Sat tracking or someone who doesn't mind waving an antenna around while 10 people tell him which way to point it.

Dave K4VLF

August 12, 2014, 09:03:38 AM
I don't know about All Nations, but the motto at Morehead U is: Any Head is Good Head!.
 

Charly KK4OAB

August 12, 2014, 08:40:41 AM
Well now Jon, that does explain a lot of things... ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

August 11, 2014, 09:41:16 PM
All Nations University is were i got my first PHD (post hole digger) and then on with life !! ;)

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