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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


8/02-03/14 - 10-10 Summer Phone QSO Party (8PM Friday to 8PM Sunday)& ARRL UHF Contest (2PM Saturday to 2PM Sunday)
08/05/14 - SARC Meeting @ 6:30PM

Recent Events

N2CEI/K4SME - Roving - July 2014 CQ Worldwide VHF Contest

Shout Box

Last 60 Shouts:

 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

Today at 08:27:27 AM
Thanks for the cool air Sandra
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

Today at 07:03:38 AM
Nice to see that all has been s normal on the shout box while we have been away. Hope you all enjoy the cool dry weather we brought back from TX .  Got to fix the breaks in the Jeep and maybe go roving in the UHF contest this weekend so--- may not be around  'till The Tuesday meeting.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

Yesterday at 09:18:24 PM
wayne said they were pretty flars !!! ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

Yesterday at 07:59:06 PM
FYI it's almost 8pm and 6 meters is open to the west and the carribean!

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 05:01:37 PM
Speaking of talking funny, here is another good reason to stay in the USA:

Cow herd kills German woman hiker in Austria    

VIENNA (AP) -- Police say a herd of cows attacked and killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight of her leashed dog.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

Yesterday at 12:28:32 PM
Times for two of the contests this weekend are posted in Upcoming Events...above....
 

Pat-WA4VKD

Yesterday at 12:02:30 PM
Some good news, it looks like we have 48 hours of hot dry WX. Can hook up all the antennas with no worries and play radio. Jon - If I came across your CAW broken down I'd see if Steve had any EARL for it........ ;)
 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

July 28, 2014, 08:44:06 PM
Ya I think you got Jon right on!
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 28, 2014, 08:41:20 PM
Sorry to hear about your friend Wayne!

Ron, I think you made a good analogy of Jon but we still love him!!

Dave K4VLF

July 28, 2014, 06:52:03 PM
Sorry you lost your friend, Wayne.
 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

July 28, 2014, 05:37:28 PM
With very sad news the Suwannee County Assistant Fire Chief  Robert Eyer passed away today, he was a very good person and will be missed.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 28, 2014, 02:07:33 PM
Jon had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and  put a pot of flowers in front  and back of his truck. Then he waited.  Wayne  drove by, stopped, and  asked what the problem was.  Jon replied, “I got a flat tahr.”  Wayne asked, "What’s with the flowers?”

Jon responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back.
 

Charly KK4OAB

July 28, 2014, 11:57:25 AM
Good advice Pat, just got back from LC and the humidity is so thick it's falling out of the sky in concentrated pieces.  Stay indoors and stay healthy today.  Weather bureau has issued a Heat Advisory alert from 1 pm until 7 pm. today.   AC AC AC AC
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 28, 2014, 11:53:09 AM
Hey Ron, thanks again for the help getting that wire cable (wire rope) off the tower.  I wish I didn't have so many other things to do and could focus on the tower/antenna project only.  Been working on it for the past week in little increments and finally about done.
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 28, 2014, 11:49:25 AM
Pat, 6 would be nice to see open.  The SSTV doesn't appeal to me either but I would be interested in seeing a station operate using SSTV.  I've read where all they do is send a still picture for the other station to look at.
 Awfully hot today but I may venture out some now that I'm back from Valdosta.  Still got antenna work to do!
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 28, 2014, 08:16:57 AM
Its a good day to delve into the AC if ya can! Looks like 6 may open here based on DXMAPS reports. Stay cool.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 28, 2014, 06:29:35 AM
Rise and shine fellows !! Its time to go !! Everyone have a wonderful day !!!!! 73 and god bless  !!  jon ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 28, 2014, 12:34:29 AM
Good morning all !! another week to play radio with u guys= what will we delve into this week ?? looking forward to it !!! ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 27, 2014, 10:30:29 PM
Hey Randy - Its Digital SSTV. Smitty-KB4BW was talking to Jon-KD4AMP about it on Saturday while we were at the farm. I had messed with it some awhile back but never found much activity on the air so didn't pursue it. Lots more info at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/digsstv
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 27, 2014, 03:40:35 PM
Hey Pat, I've been researching EasyPal through Google and it's hard to find any reference to it other than downloads.  I've been able to piece together some info but is it a SSTV program??
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 27, 2014, 10:49:21 AM
We all learn from each other - the clubhouse helps make it possible on a greater scale. On EasyPal, set it up to work with SignaLink as follows: Click Setup and select C/S-SoundCard-PTT, then click Soundcard.In the new window that opens, click on "USB Audio Codec" in both the RX and TX menus, and then click the "Assign" button.
    Click Setup and select C/S-SoundCard-PTT, then click VOX.  Note that you do NOT need to turn on the radio's VOX feature (it should be OFF!). Close EasyPal and restart it so changes take effect.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 27, 2014, 01:17:09 AM
got the pleasure of learning from the digi guru this am  tnx pat !! also at the clubhouse uncle bill preen !! ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 25, 2014, 04:14:02 PM
FB Randy...10 has been closed lately...but remain optimistic. Can always dabble in the others waiting for a beacon to show up.
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 25, 2014, 08:03:22 AM
Pat, thanks for reminding me of the 10-10 contest.  Terry Webb, N0TW is going to the Bahamas for this contest and I hope to work him.  Besides, I always enjoy this contest and I hope 10 meters is open that weekend.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 25, 2014, 06:45:04 AM
I'll be at the "farm" tomorrow to pull Field Day log totals by band/mode off the N1MM database - most likely 9-noon. Take a look at next weekend 8/2-3 (see Upcoming Events above) ... maybe get the shack setup for it.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 24, 2014, 08:50:04 PM
New article in Charly's Ham News column....
 

Charly KK4OAB

July 24, 2014, 04:29:43 PM
We just drove past Pat's house a few minutes ago and we didn't see you.  Are you sure you know where you are? or where you were??? :)
 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

July 24, 2014, 03:19:28 PM
I must of missed the memo, but I drove by Pat's home twice today, does that count?
 

Charly KK4OAB

July 24, 2014, 08:47:16 AM
Jon, I got the memo and we have all been waiting for you to show up.

Dave K4VLF

July 24, 2014, 08:26:04 AM
Didn't you get the memo??

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 23, 2014, 09:05:09 PM
were  did everone go ???????????????????? >:(

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 22, 2014, 09:51:54 PM
u guys r crazy  ;)
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 22, 2014, 02:53:02 PM
OVER! ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 22, 2014, 01:33:42 PM
Steve, great one!!  I love " Aphrodite Jumped 7 Guys".  It took me a couple of minutes to stop laughing.  10-4 good buddy!!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 22, 2014, 01:18:39 PM
Randy! You just need  some catchy Phonetics like  "  A  Jolly  7 Gorillas"  "All Jewels 7 Grams" or my Favorite,    " Aphrodite Jumped 7 Guys"   ;D !!!!!!!
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 22, 2014, 12:11:45 PM
This was my first VHF contest and had a blast operating in it.  I learned a good lesson though, my call sign isn't conducive to VHF contesting.  Several had a problem with a short call.  I was told I needed a WA?ZZZZ call to be better understood.  Whiskey Alpha ? Zanibar Zanibar Zanibar Zanibar instead of AJ7G. :D

Dave K4VLF

July 21, 2014, 07:46:06 PM
Support Your Local Solder Slinger: I need a 60000 uF capacitor, 25VDC. Will also accept 20 or 40 k uF. This to repair a Power Supply that the Beaver chewed thru last week!!
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 21, 2014, 05:36:11 PM
Thanks Ron!
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 21, 2014, 05:35:38 PM
Steve, I don't know how to respond to that on this website without getting thrown off the website hi hi.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 21, 2014, 05:22:18 PM
Okay Randy, we'll be up there about 10:30 if it is not raining.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 21, 2014, 04:47:58 PM
Randy, If it was peanuts, they must have seen your trunk!  ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 21, 2014, 03:40:12 PM
Hey Ron, if you're not busy tomorrow I plan on putting the wire rope cables back on the tower.  Sure would appreciate the help.  Also went to the Jax zoo while waiting for the cables.  Excellent time at the zoo but couldn't figure out why everyone kept wanting to feed me? :)
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 21, 2014, 02:19:16 PM
Then, we only Found  N4SVC and AJ7G because they were calling CQ.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 21, 2014, 01:58:35 PM
FB Pat.  We will give it another try next Sunday using 3.590 mhz.  Maybe you will have an 80 M antenna up by then.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 21, 2014, 01:53:38 PM
Randy, I have strategically placed a rake on the floor at the entrance to the ham shack to ensure that all who enter will talk in their girly voice.  Thanks for the tip.  On a side note, ice packs will be on sale.  Proceeds will go to the repeater fund.   ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 21, 2014, 11:54:44 AM
Glad to hear you guys made some contacts on 6M! ----Dave, we were a tough contact for a few reasons. First , we only called CQ when the Band was open.  Our antenna was low so you would need a higher something on your end to compensate.  We were at distances from the club guys that show off the difference between 6 and 2 M operation for local communications.    AND-- its easier to work  stations at the 850 to 1200 mile  range than locals during Sporadic "E" events.  THEN- we only fund N4SVC and A
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 21, 2014, 10:17:21 AM
My bad Ron - Looked back in the shout I placed yesterday AM and there it is as 3.950 - yup - the ssb net vs digital net frequency of 3.590. Sorry about that chief....
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 21, 2014, 09:23:31 AM
Guess it was my dyslexia kicking in Dave.  I check in to the ARES net on 3.950 and when I read 3.590 my brain said 3.950.  If they would have used the 80 M PSK-31 freq of 3.580 I would have gone there.

Dave K4VLF

July 21, 2014, 08:29:47 AM
Digital Net - I think I figured it out Ron: it was 3.590, not 3.950 ...

Might check yer meds ...  :)

Dave K4VLF

July 21, 2014, 08:27:06 AM
VHF Contest - I played at this for a while. Got about 50 contacts, including California and Nevada. Never found S&S  >:(.  Very pleased with the performance of my new hexbeam; disappointed I can only get 65 watts from my transmitter - supposed to be 100. Yeah, I know, just ~ 2 dB difference ...

Dave K4VLF

July 21, 2014, 08:19:26 AM
"I didn't see any activity at all on 3.950 PSK at 7 pm.  Did anybody hear anything? "  Uhmm, I was on the net. Lasted 1/2 hour. We were the only digital signals on the waterfall. Maybe your beam was pointed the wrong way ...  ;)
 

Randy-AJ7G

July 21, 2014, 05:49:02 AM
Steve, a woman's voice will add 10 db gain to a signal automatically.  I was upset I didn't work Sandy Saturday but was busy packing my amp up to send off but she was spotted several times on the cluster.  I was excited to work you though.  Your signal was very strong and clear on 2 meters.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 21, 2014, 12:20:26 AM
6 was dead most of day then 90 contacts last 2 hours!!!
 ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 20, 2014, 10:00:00 PM
Oh! I think Sandra beat us all again!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 20, 2014, 09:58:18 PM
Hope to hear about the big scores on 6M  from N4SVC and AJ7G!

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

July 20, 2014, 09:56:30 PM
ron was going to be there and try it out but fell asleep during that time frame!! >:(
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

July 20, 2014, 09:54:42 PM
pat, do you have a "Radio Active Ron"? ;)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

July 20, 2014, 09:15:23 PM
Can't do it here Ron, when my 80M dipole came down in a storm a few weeks ago I added a bit of wire and formed it up into a 40M full wave delta loop. I'll get a 80M horizontal loop up after the monsoon season. I'll try from the farm some Sunday before that.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 20, 2014, 07:23:36 PM
I didn't see any activity at all on 3.950 PSK at 7 pm.  Did anybody hear anything?
 

Ron-KK4HGY

July 20, 2014, 09:27:37 AM
Hey Pat, I love your Radio Active antenna picture!  Great job.   Kudos to Jon for the "Radio Active" idea.  We need to get that on our QRZ page.

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