New Shack Computer

Well Steve N8DNG was able to get us a great deal on a new HP computer and 26″ HD monitor. He was able to get it all for $489.98 tax free! Now we shouldn’t have internet connection issues as well as software update issues. It is now at the main station. So make sure you check it out on Field Day.

Thanks Steve

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Main Station

 

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Our Digital Station for DigiPan & FLDIGI

330 Repeater repair/update

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Well we made it this morning to the 330 repeater site and swapped out all the crimp-on connectors and mounted the 440 antenna. Everything was going well until we went to run the new feed line for the 2 meter and 440 antenna. We were stopped by the small diameter of the holes and the 90 degree bends needed to get to the repeater cabinet.  After several attempts we noticed that the burrs on the angle iron roof framing was cutting through the outer sheathing of the coax. So we will need to pop open the fresh air duct and feed it through. Therefore we will need to get plant engineering involved with one of the HVAC guys to help. So please stand by for further up dates.

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Update: Mike told me that he and Jack were successful with plant engineering in running the new coax to both antennas. Thanks fellows, now we need to connect them inside the cabinet and should be good to go. We are looking good for the upgrades we needed to make to a 30 year old repeater installation!

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As you can see there are several antennas in the near field of our 2 meter antenna. I will investigate to find out to whom they belong to.

Well to continue the on going 330 saga, Jack and Jay visited the site this past Friday. They inspected the wiring harness for the 2 meter dipole antenna and found no significant cable issues. They re-taped it and remounted it. Positioning it at a different angle to get it out of the near field of neighboring antennas.  After a signal check with Carl WD8NHK it appears that the weak signal cracking is gone. Great job to all involved as Jay said it appears to be “fixed” for now.

As Jack suggested to Sycamore Plant Engineering, they need to check who and what is on the roof from time to time. I think we should be pro-activeand pop in quarterly and make sure no one has encroached on our “air space” so this issue doesn’t happen again. Hey this is a great reason for the club to buy a drone. Then we could inspect our repeater sites and members station towers from the ground.

Thanks Jay, Jack,  Carl and Mike

73

Dale KD8HFM

Mound Amateur Radio Association Miamisburg, Ohio