Another "Station Night" is on schedule for this Thursday night, July 24,
from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the W4DFU club station, D11-27 at the
Dental Science Building. Call 846-0239 for more information.
Jim Carr, KC4MHH, has an extra rain guage since he upgraded his weather
system. It is compatible with the Peet Bros. system we have. This will
expand the sensor capability to include rainfall ! The only other major
sensor we're missing is humidity. The rain gauge will fill the values
for "Rainfall Today" and "Total Rain" on the image. The "Humidity" and
"Dewpoint" calculation will remain "0%" and "NaN" (not-a-number).
Jim will stop by on Thursday to help install the rain gauge and
reconfigure the weather station software. If you want to see the weather
station "virtual" status panel, the link is below:
*** ORIENTATION ***
Thursday night is also an opportunity for anyone desiring additional
familiarization with the ham radio equipment to stop by and learn all
about the rigs, antennas, and how to match them up.
*** ANTENNA PARTY REPORT ***
At the antenna party this past Sunday, work was completed on the
installation of the Decibel Products DB-224 antenna as the new antenna for
the DX Cluster, operated by David Price, WA4ET. The cluster operates on
packet radio on the frequency 145.09 MHz. In your packet terminal
program, just type "C WA4ET" to connect to the cluster.
In other work, the Cushcraft AR-270B antenna was re-located to a position
atop the OSCAR array tower. This antenna is a dual-band antenna for
2-meters and 440. Its primary use is for with the ICOM IC-910 radio for
repeater and simplex VHF/UHF FM work. The 910 is an all-mode radio.
And, as planned, the GAP de-installation was successfully completed. The
specific name is the CHALLENGER III-DX, a vertical multi-band non-trapped
antenna. It appears to be in good shape--the poles do not appear to be
bent. The problem was primarily loss of the second set of guy ropes and
the other set being loose. The GAP has been separated into several
sections and is in storage pending further dispostion. Is anyone
interested in putting the GAP back up? It will need some minor work done.
If anyone has comments on how well the GAP worked when it was up, please
let me know.
Finally, Joe DiPietro N2UF and Shannon Boal K4LQM installed the G5RV
dipole antenna between the north tower and south tower on the rooftop.
Bruce, KG4WKY and I were unable to tune this antenna on any ham bands, so
it may need further adjustments or inspection. At this time, there are no
working HF antennae available in the club station.
Some pictures from the antenna party for those interested. Enjoy!
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