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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.
On an usually warm first Sunday of November, the Fort Wayne Radio Club held its final Fox Hunt of the 2016 season. The foxes, Linda, W9LAN, Steve, W9SAN, and their grandson, Alex, had chosen an Acres Land Trust location on Chapman Road in northern Allen County. This location includes the main office of the Acres organization. Pulling our Honda fox vehicle into the small parking lot, we assigned Alex the job of hiding the micro fox, which he located behind an old garage in a dead Elm tree, sliding it behind some the bark on the tree at about 5 feet above the ground. This height would prove to be just enough to allow the micro fox signal to be heard before hunters could localize the site.
At 1:30 pm, after turning all of our clocks back an hour to go back on Standard Time, the fox began transmitting. Since initial reception reports were weak, we increased power to 25 watts, swung the antenna in the direction we imagined the start point to be, and continued. Most were hearing us with enough strength to get a decent bearing and the hunt was on! Included in the hunt were 5 teams; the Burke-Pliett team of 4, the Charles-Fred team of 2, Jason plus daughter Kylie and Deborah, Jim and Kim, and a new team consisting of Brenda and Jim, KD9GDX & KD9GDY, hunting on their own for the first time after several ride along hunts. We kept transmitting every 5 minutes despite several interruptions by curious passersby’s, curious bees, and Alex's new found bird calling skills.
Little did we know the drama that the hunters were enduring!
Well, we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station; and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!
The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done. Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I believe! Wow!
The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next. We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine, and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).
Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!