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March 3, 2017 -- Efforts continue on the Parrott Rd. repeater project. In late February, during that stretch of good weather, the VHF and UHF antennas and feedlines were installed on the tower. Both antennas are mounted on the west leg directly beneath the WLDE antenna, at about 300 feet. Initial tests of both antennas appear good. A few brief contacts around town using both antennas gave encouraging results.
Earlier this week, the D-STAR system at the Masonic Temple, and the 146.94 MHz Fusion system at Parkview Hospital were taken out of service and the equipment removed in preparation for their installation at the Parrott Rd. site. A 900 MHz data link was installed between the Parrott Rd. site and the home of Phil Hooper, AB9IZ to provide internet connectivity at Parrott Rd. for the D-STAR system.
As soon as we get a stretch of good weather again, the D-STAR and Fusion equipment will be installed in the enclosure at Parrott Rd. and fired up. Hopefully this can be accomplished in the next few weeks.
The March 2017 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download using the link below. This and previous issues are also available for download by clicking the "Files" link in the main menu and then clicking "Newsletters."
|March 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews|
The March 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.
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The Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society (ACARTS) will sponsor a simplex FM contest on the two-meter, 1.25-meter and 70 cm bands April 8, 2017. The contest will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.
According to information provided by the ACARTS, the contest is designed for hams to have fun over a short period. "You don't need to devote an entire weekend, just an enjoyable Saturday evening. So get a cup of hot chocolate, a comfortable chair, and sit down for a few hours to see who is on the air. There will be some rovers running around during the full contest period to keep activity going the entire time."
Complete information, including rules, etc. is available by downloading the PDF file below.
|2017 ACARTS FM Simplex Contest|
Rules for the ACARTS VHF/UHF FM simplex contest, April 8, 2017
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Progress continues on the Parrott Road repeater project with the equipment enclosure having been installed on its mounting platform next to the tower. Power wiring has been routed from the WLDE transmitter building to the enclosure via buried conduit, and the final pieces of above ground flexible conduit have been acquired that will allow us to complete the wiring of the enclosure service box that will provide a 120-volt, 20-amp service.
Carole and Al Burke, (WB9RUS, WB9SSE) made a road trip to tower site equipment suppliers Site Pro-1 (Plymouth, Indiana), and Primus (Morris, Illinois) to pick up the final items necessary to complete the project. These items included two 320-foot spools of 7/8-inch foam coaxial cable, four cable connectors, four side mount assemblies (for the antennas), four coax ground strap kits and 200 stackable coax cable clips (to fasten the feedlines to the tower leg). Some of this stuff is big, and heavy, and sure made a load for the trailer that Al borrowed from Jim Pliett (K9OMA). Jim’s trailer really got a workout.
The road trip was more or less uneventful, but made for a full day. I can only comment that I don’t recommend hauling a trailer load of stuff through Chicago Heights.
At this point all of the material is at the Parrott Road site ready for our tower climbing firm, Peters Broadcast Engineering, to do their thing. Mike Peters and crew will perform the tower work (installing the antennas, hanging the feedlines, integrating our equipment into the site ground system) as soon as weather permits with an eye towards minimizing the tower work expenses.
I expect that the 146.940 machine and the D_STAR machine will be on the air from the Parrott Road site (at 280 feet) by early spring.
It’s time for YOU to start planning for the upcoming foxhunting season. Foxhunts will occur on Sundays in the months February through November. We knock off for December and January. The dates established for 2017 are as follows:
A foxhunt in any particular month can be rescheduled once within that month (due to weather, civil riots, Godzilla attacks or other unforeseen events). If the rescheduled hunt subsequently cannot be executed for whatever reason, then there will be no hunt that month.