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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

then QSY to 145.410 - 600 PL 123

then QSY to 146.550

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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


04/19-20/14 - SARC workday(s) - lots to do!
04/26-27/14 - 10-10 Intl. Spring Sprint - Digital & Florida QSO Party
05/06/14 - SARC Meeting @ 6:30 PM
05/24/14 - *** SARC HamFest ***
05/31/14 - SARC to host Florida Weak Signal Society Meeting
06/03/14 SARC Meeting @ 6:30 PM  
06/28-29/14 - Field Day!

Recent Events




 

Shout Box

Last 60 Shouts:

Dave K4VLF

Yesterday at 08:48:03 PM
In case anyone forgot - your federal taxes are due today --  Long live the King!
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

Yesterday at 03:18:17 PM
I'll see you Saturday then Pat. I want to chat with you about FL Digi!
 

KI6II-Francis

Yesterday at 01:26:52 PM
O Yes, confirmed 57 with 100 W on 1st call.   ;D
 

KI6II-Francis

Yesterday at 01:24:11 PM
IF anyone cares 10M is open DR800BI is on 28.475   :D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

Yesterday at 11:58:24 AM
Ernest, I'll be up there Saturday is all goes as planned. Spending some time on PSK with the big antennas would be fun.
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 14, 2014, 03:43:41 PM
http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/contestdetails.php?ref=320 Digi Dweebs, How about the TARA contest on the 19, all digital. Exch is name and prefix. ex, Ernest N4. It runs from Friday night 8 pm, for 24 hrs! I'm in the mood for a PSK contes, the FL QSO party is CW and Phone only, I 'd rather do PSK at the moment. Anyone interested? 73 de AA1IK  :) :) :)
 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

April 14, 2014, 02:25:33 PM
OH forgot my size is 9
 

KD8MRC Wayne Peterson

April 14, 2014, 02:25:05 PM
2 club members get boots
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 14, 2014, 02:16:32 PM
I don't think it matters what we call them, just not Late for Pizza Lunch!
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 14, 2014, 12:43:43 PM
How about we just call them "Patsy's"?.  Nice and short and we will honor two club members to boot.  ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 14, 2014, 11:45:19 AM
Yea Ernest, Dweebs works also!  When were were utilizing WJST for contesting at K1WHS,  The Dweebs did the Digi-Dorkin' around on 6 and 2M through out the night.  It was never anything derogatory, just an easy way to describe "those individuals that were responsible, maintained , and operated the WJST VHF stations"   AND-- Dweebie  Digi-dorks was far to lengthy of an description. Is Digi-dweebs the HF version?  ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 14, 2014, 05:38:02 AM
Ernest - We'll be running the 10-10 digital sprint then too but heck why not, more the merrier. I'll add it to the upcoming events list. FB on DM780 unlink - gotta try that.
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 13, 2014, 10:55:14 PM
http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/rules.html Florida QSO party coming right up on the 26th and 27th of this month. Any one interested in doing this contest from the club?? I sure am!  :D :D :D
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 13, 2014, 09:05:47 PM
Without its parent HRD! Appropriate changes need to be made for the Signal Link in the PTT, of course, but it works well. You can do the same thing for the logging program too. Copy the .exe for logging to the desk top and you can launch that separately. Cool! ;) ;) ;)
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 13, 2014, 09:03:43 PM
Helpful hams! I had a PSK QSO with a ham in Dallas today, I chatted with him about failing to get DM780 to work with my little Signal Link. He called me on the phone, and talked me through it. Wow, how's that for 'radio friendly!' DM780 is my favorite App for CW, PSK! It had to be unlinked, or separated from the parent APP, HRD. Doing so was fairly easy. From Program Files (x86), simply copy the .exe icon for DM780 to the desktop and paste it there. DM780 will launch from the desk top, without i
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 13, 2014, 08:56:56 PM
I like the term 'Digi-Dweeb' better, but to each his own. I've been doing PSK since Solar Cycle 23 approached its bottom and stayed there for years! If it were not for PSK, the pickins, were mighty slim on the bands.
 ;)
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 13, 2014, 08:16:50 PM
And a Fine dorky line up it is!  011010011110100100000101101101101010010101001010  ;D
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 13, 2014, 07:33:14 PM
Glad you got the FLDigi going Ernest.  Now Pat has a new member of the SARC DigiDorks.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 13, 2014, 01:42:24 PM
If that was you on KC4GOL charly, nothing heard here. Must be something bad in the Microphone.
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 13, 2014, 01:30:50 PM
Thanx for the help on Signal Link/FL Digi, I found the problem last night after poking around with setting under 'Configure'! Its working now. I have used this same radio, and Sig Lnk, before. I don't know why, but I uninstalled FL-Digi from this computer, probably because I was using DM870, primarily!  :)

Dave K4VLF

April 13, 2014, 01:03:03 PM
Kenwood V71A - anyone use this mobile radio? Toying with the idea of getting one to use as crossband repeater, at the house. Seems to have good reviews. I think John CQX may have one ...
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 13, 2014, 11:47:26 AM
Ernest, I found this in the jumper settings for the 703.  Don't know if you saw this or not:  **IC-703 - If you are using the Data Port on this radio, then you must set menu #36 to "1200".
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 12, 2014, 09:03:18 PM
Ernest - If the PTT light on the SignaLink is NOT coming on go back and check your setup of internal jumpers and cables. If it is coming on do like Ron said to check you have the fldigi soundcard settings for USB Codec. If that all looks OK check your windows sound mixer to insure adequate audio levels.

Are you using the data port or mic cable to the SignaLink?
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 12, 2014, 08:17:57 PM
First things first.   I assume you got the correct cable from Signalink and have the jumpers set correctly.  Did you set up FLdigi sound settings to use the USB Codec?  
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 12, 2014, 07:30:06 PM
Can anyone help me set up FLdigi? I have a ic 703 on it now with a signal link interface, I can't get PTT working! Tnx
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 12, 2014, 07:18:16 PM
Hey, great job at the farm today.  Pat, Jon, Mary, Bill Preen, Dave, Steve, Sandra, Charly, Debbie, Randy and Sherry were the action heros today.  Tune in next club cleanup Saturday on the same club cleanup channel for more action as we fight grime.  Tailgate is scheduled for 8 AM, Saturday, May 24th and we have lots to do.
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 12, 2014, 03:28:18 PM
Fat fingers, Sorry. A guy he knows has some N type connectors that he wants to donate to the club. He didn't say how many. Do we need any?
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 12, 2014, 03:27:11 PM
Steve, Dave Gillam called me, K4DFG
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 11, 2014, 03:13:45 PM
Pat, I'm starting to come back around now.  That molar had an extensive root so it was hard to extract consequently ached all night and most of today.  Will see you and whoexer else yhat wants to try dm780 down there at the farm tomorrow.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 11, 2014, 11:01:48 AM
Per request: Standard Repeater Offsets are now listed on the Area Repeaters link in the About Us block on the left panel. Tnx Dave for mentioning that.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 11, 2014, 10:57:48 AM
Randy - Hope you'll feel up to doing the contest setup tomorrow. We have a big pair of rusty pliers in the "tool-refirgerator" and as you know we work cheap.
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 11, 2014, 08:53:42 AM
My apologies for not checking into the net last night but was a little under the weather.  I had a molar extracted yesterday afternoon.  I was hoping to check in before I took this antenna down.  SORRY.
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 11, 2014, 08:23:06 AM
Ok, so I got one radio only half- programmed...it's a start!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 10, 2014, 06:48:01 PM
Ok Charly!  Good luck!
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 10, 2014, 06:25:08 PM
Steve, I have been called a Ham for many years but it is only recently that the nickname has had anything to do with radio ;D   CYA on the net tonite.  Got both radios reprogrammed...I think?
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 10, 2014, 12:21:27 PM
Charly! Its all about being a Ham!    >:( AND-- Ron and Ernest, you both sounded good! I was on the Phone or would have called in!  :)
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 10, 2014, 10:11:27 AM
I talked to Ernest this morning on the Hines repeater.  He had a great signal.  It must be 40 miles line of sight from my place to Hines, but Ernest says the repeater antenna is 400 feet high.
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 10, 2014, 08:55:25 AM
Mornin' Steve.  Just sittin' here reading the mail and the world news on Google.  Getting ready to lead an Honor Guard at the funeral of a WWII vet over by Columbia City, then back home to work on the @#$%&$## problem of HDTV interference with 2m/70cm before the Net tonite.
Oh well, are we having fun yet? :D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 10, 2014, 08:34:25 AM
Morning Charly!  ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 10, 2014, 07:39:32 AM
Ernest ! If you do that , we will all be listening! Give a call when you are Mobile!
 

AA1IK Ernest Gregoire

April 09, 2014, 09:29:56 PM
Ha Cha Cha! Jon! Thank you for that! So you and Steve can get into the the Hines machine, cool! I listen to that all day long and hear zilch on it. I'm going shopping in Perry tomorrow, I'll listen for activity on it while I'm on the road.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 09, 2014, 07:28:18 PM
Minutes for the 4/1/14 meeting are posted to the site - thanks Steve.
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 09, 2014, 05:39:21 PM
Haven't been on 2 meters in a couple of years and was pleasantly surprised to hear the activity on the area repeaters.  I might listen to the nets if nothing comes up.
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 09, 2014, 05:20:52 PM
I will set up the software on one of the club's computers and give a demo of email by HF the next time we don't have something scheduled for a monthly meeting.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

April 09, 2014, 11:14:24 AM
 hello ernest,aa1ik  just punched up hines 146.745 -6 pl 123  and from the office here I talked to steve n2cei at his office and even talked to w4uzb james and he was mobile  wow  will put it in the rotation Thursday nite . cu  ;)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

April 09, 2014, 10:59:52 AM
great ron sounds like fun !!!!!!! ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 09, 2014, 08:17:11 AM
That sounds interesting Ron.  Heck, the speed of your email is still faster than windstream.  That is when windstream is up.  You ought to think about giving a demo of that sometime.
 

KK4HGY-Ron

April 09, 2014, 02:27:44 AM
I made my first ever email transfer via HF tonight on 40 meters using WA3MEZ as a relay.  I controled my TS-480 via serial cable to my computer and it was pretty cool to watch it change frequency and transmit under software control.  I used WinLink/Winmor and RMS Express.  It took 2 minutes to transmit a one line email, but when the local internet is down this can be used.

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

April 08, 2014, 09:46:45 PM
5.25 total from front that went thru and steak and lobster was great !!! ;D

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

April 08, 2014, 09:45:16 PM
 Well n4svc got 6 contacts on vhf last nite , 2 .25 inches of rain and numerous lightning strikes in the area!! The equipment worked great but mother nature kept most folks of the air -- steve and i had a great time and the word is out n4svc is on the air with vhf !! ps got another 3 inches rain before nite over  5 and one quareter before nite over !!
 

Pat-WA4VKD

April 08, 2014, 08:51:18 PM
HotDang - Just snagged HI (W7NX) on 28.120 PSK31. The band is staying open late tonight-enjoy.
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 08, 2014, 04:18:29 PM
Thanks Charly but I have other plans.  I need to get this other tower up which I would like to put a 6 and meter combe antenna on.  The bosses project is top priority though so not much on ham radio now.
Steve, you're probably right about the direction, I was just guessimating.  I might try out this 897d's tx today if I get freed up.
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 08, 2014, 03:51:35 PM
Hey Randy...just looked at the FL map with a compass & you are at about 160 degrees from the Farm shotgun.
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 08, 2014, 03:16:09 PM
I Have the 2m 4 elem Yagi I took down.  I was going to return it but he said I could buy it for 1/2 the price of a new one. With my dual band I no longer use it.  It is on my porch.  Interested Randy?  Let me know.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 08, 2014, 01:23:31 PM
Call anytime Randy! Listing on .410 for the rest of the day.
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 08, 2014, 12:20:04 PM
I use a rotor to turn the antenna and it's at approx. 240 degrees.  Just looked and it's pointing at that direction.  Just keyed up the repeaters and copied part of of the id'er.  I need to listen more carefully next time it ids.  Trying to do too many things at once.  I'd like to hear you guys chit chat before I take the 897d offline again and store it in the closet.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 08, 2014, 11:53:36 AM
Its the only thing I have here at the shop , so I listen all day (except when out to lunch!)   Would be good to know if you can make the machine from there. I don't think it would be a problem.
maybe put up a permanent fixed small yagi pointing at Live Oak so you can work us on Simplex also. :)
 

Charly KK4OAB

April 08, 2014, 11:50:21 AM
Randy:  You are only 25 "Crow miles" from the Farm while I am 31 Crow miles and get both the 410 and 270 repeaters just fine.  I had no problem with a 4 element Yagi at 22 feet up either before I got my Tram dual band up at 55 feet.  You sure you are not pointed toward Chicago? ;D
 

Randy-AJ7G

April 08, 2014, 10:59:53 AM
Thanks Steve.  Antenna is my draw back at the present.  I only have a M2 modified 17 element on a 30 foot boom up 75 feet in the air resonant on 144.5 MHz, need more height for up here in N. Fla..  Maybe in a while I'll get 145.410 set on the 897d.  Listening is about the only thing I do on 2 meters, not much to say.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

April 08, 2014, 10:30:59 AM
Randy, Get on 145.410.  We all listen unless called!  What do you have for an antenna?

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