Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to try something a little different from I have in the past. Since I have added some new responsibilities at home, I am now totally limited to working on my podcast at work. So I am pretty much limited to the solo head style of podcasting unless I can get lucky and get someone who wants to get up early on Saturday between 7 and 9:30 am. My interviews will probably be limited only the Amateur Radio Club Spotlights if I can get in contact with someone early enough.
I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Fred Kemmerer who is the president of the club that I featured in this episode. I emailed their club email on Friday afternoon to just let them know that I was featuring them in my podcast episode and mentioned that if someone would be available on Saturday morning that we could possibly do an interview about their club. He was able to check the email in time and we were able to do the interview. Not only once, but twice because I failed to push the record button the first time!
Tech Corner – Repeaters
What is a Repeater?
A repeater is a piece of equipment that receives a signal and retransmits it at a higher power. A repeater is very useful for covering a large geographical area. Repeaters are used by not only ham radio operators but also by the government, businesses, or even just a small family needing better covering for their radios around a large farm.
There are a few types of repeaters:
- Simplex Repeater – A simplex repeater is located on a single frequency and uses a digital recorder. It will receive a signal, typically up to about 30 seconds. Once person A unkeys their radio, the simplex repeater will retransmit what it recorded. This type of repeater is typically used by an individual or a family that wants to talk on a smallish geographical area.
- Conventional Repeater – This type of repeater is what most of us use. When you transmit, the repeater will receive the signal on a frequency, then retransmit on a different frequency at a higher power level. For example, a 2 meter repeater may be on 145.490 for it’s output frequency. When you key up your radio, if it’s settings are correct, you will transmit on 144.890 or 600 kHz down. The repeater receives on that frequency and immediately retransmits what you are saying on its output frequency of 145.490. There is only minimal delay or maybe half a second or so.
- Out of Band Repeater – There isn’t many Out of Band repeaters anymore. They were also primarily used in government repeaters. For example, in California there was a system where it’s input was on the 46 MHz band and it’s output was on the 154 MHz band.
Along with the different types of repeaters, there are a couple different types of repeaters that you may come into contact with.
- Analog Repeater – An analog repeater is still the majority of the repeaters that are out there. An analog repeater has the largest bandwidth of all the types of repeaters that we are going to talk about in this episode.
- Digital Repeaters – There are several types of digital repeaters now a days. There is DStar repeaters, System Fusion Repeaters, DMR Repeaters and even P.25 Repeaters that are used in government entities.
- Digipeaters – These are a type of repeaters that are different from a voice ones that you may be use to using. These type of repeaters are for computers to use in applications like packet and APRS.
Amateur Radio Club Spotlight
Nashua Area Radio Club
Club Callsign: N1FD
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC – President – Personal Blog
Club Meetings on the first Tuesday of each Month. Our meetings include presentations from club members and local experts on a variety of topics related to Amateur Radio. The last club meeting, two daysN ago, Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm featured Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, CEO of the ARRL, as speaker. Tom was be joined by Dave Patton, NN1N – ARRL Manager, Field Services and Radiosport; Tom Frenaye, K1KI – ARRL New England Division Director; and Peter Strohrer, K1PJS – ARRL NH Section Leader.
Tech Night – Second Tuesday of the Month. How-to technical topics.
- Sunday Night Chat Net – 8:30 PM Eastern – 28.500 Range MHz on SSB Phone
- Youth Net – N1NMO Repeater Network – Starting around October 2016
- Hamfest – Boxboro Hamfest – Sep 9-11
- Multiple National Parks On The Air Activations
- Our 2016 Field Day Operation – Typically run 7 or 8 A
- Operating as K2K New Hampshire in the Thirteen Colonies Special Event
- Our Winning Entries in the 2016 ARRL Rookie Roundup Contest
- Operating as N1FD/M in the 2016 New England QSO Party
- The N1FD/M Dayton and Back Counties Activation Tour
- Our 35th Anniversary Club Operating Event
- Picnic in the Park
- September VHF
- Objective – For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz.
- Dates – The second full weekend of September. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday (September 10-12, 2016)
- Log Submission Deadline – All submissions must be emailed or postmarked no later than 0300 UTC Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Email logs to email@example.com
- 10 GHz and Up
- Objective – The objective of 10 GHz and Up is for North American amateurs work as many amateur stations in as many different locations as possible in North America on bands from 10-GHz through Light. Amateurs are encouraged to operate from more than one location during this event. See the detailed rules for restrictions.
- Dates – Third full weekend of August and September (August 20-21, 2016 and September 17-18, 2016). Operations may take place for 24 hours total on each contest weekend. Each weekend begins at 6:00 AM local Saturday though 12:00 midnight local Sunday.
- Log Submission Deadline – Logs must be submitted no later than 0000 UTC Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
- AK-SAR-BEN Amateur Radio Club Flea-Esta – Springfield, NE
- GMARC September Trunk Swap – Shelby Township, MI
- Kentucky State Convention (Greater Louisville Hamfest 2016) – Shepherdsville, KY
- Lubbock ARC’s Third Annual Hamfest – Lubbock, TX
- Rush City Radio Rendezvous – Rush City, MN
- Virginia Section Convention (Virginia Beach Hamfest) – Virginia Beach, VA
- 38th Annual Gloucester County ARC Hamfest – Mullica Hill, NJ
- BCARA SwapFest – Butler, PA
- Findlay Hamfest – Findlay, OH
- Lancaster NY Hamfest – Lancaster, NY
- Saratoga County NY Hamfest – Ballston Spa, NY
- The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference – St. Petersburg, FL
- W9DXCC DX Convention & Banquet – Schaumburg, IL
- All-Arkansas Hamfest – Little Rock, AR
- Augusta Hamfest – Grovetown, GA
- Gadsden Hamfest – Attalla, AL
- GRAHamfest 2016 – Wyoming, MI
- Illinois State Convention (Peoria Superfest) – Peoria, IL
- OH-KY-IN Hamfest – Cincinnati, OH
- St. Croix Valley ARC Hamfest – Alexander, ME
- Tenth Annual Sacramento Valley Hamfest – Lincoln, CA
ARRL CEO Urges New York City-Area Hams to Join Him as Marathon Volunteer
ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF — a New York City Marathon volunteer since 1981 — is urging radio amateurs in the New York metropolitan area to join him on the race course this fall to, as he put it, “participate in one of the world’s most important public service events.”
On Sunday, November 6, Amateur Radio volunteers will provide communication support for the 46th running of the TCS New York City Marathon. The Marathon starts near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island and continues through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before finishing 26.2 miles later in Manhattan’s Central Park. Amateur Radio volunteers provide emergency medical and logistics communication support throughout the course, working in concert with the New York Police Department and Fire Department of New York Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to aid the more than 50,000 athletes expected to take part this year.
“Additional ham radio operators are still needed to staff some mile points along the course as well as some post-finish locations inside Central Park,” said TCS NYC Marathon Amateur Radio Communications Director Deborah Kerr, KC2GPV.
Radio amateurs interested in serving the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon should register online.
The New York City Marathon originated in 1970 as a low-budget event confined to Central Park. That first marathon attracted 127 entrants. In 1976 — the US Bicentennial Year — the marathon was expanded to encompass the city’s five boroughs.
For many years, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (SK), served as the Marathon’s communications director, overseeing the approximately 400 ham radio volunteers supporting race communications. Inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame a week before he died in 2012, Mendelsohn, had served as ARRL Hudson Division Director and as ARRL First Vice President.
“I feel as though I have been given this amazing opportunity to continue Steve’s legacy and continue to give other ham the opportunity to enjoy an event that I hope will continue in the years to come,” Kerr said.
Ham Radio Outlet Refurbishes, Reopens Former AES Milwaukee Location
Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) opened its latest Amateur Radio retail outlet at the site of the former Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) headquarters store at 5710 West Good Hope Road in Milwaukee on August 27. AES closed its Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and Orlando outlets on July 28, following a surprise announcement 4 weeks earlier that it was going out of business after 59 years as a ham radio equipment supplier. A couple of weeks later, HRO announced plans to make over the Milwaukee outlet and reopen it as its “superstore” — now HRO’s largest. Several former AES Milwaukee employees now are working for HRO, which undertook a rapid remodeling project to make the store over in its own brand. Dan Vanevenhoven, N9LVS, visited the HRO Milwaukee location on opening day, camera in hand, and he posted video of his brief tour on YouTube.
“One of the first things that caught my eye was the radio demo area,” Vanevenhoven says in his video. “They’ve actually got radios that you can try out.” A row of eight carrels, each with a different piece of gear ready to use, stretches along part of one wall in the store.
The Milwaukee store in 5000 square feet of Amateur Radio equipment, antennas, books, and accessories.
A family-owned business, HRO is the world’s largest Amateur Radio dealership, with 14 locations from New England to the West Coast. It opened a new outlet in Plano, Texas, in early 2015 and relocated and expanded its Portland, Oregon, store, which opened in late July.
HRO has planned the weekends of September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 for the grand opening of its Portland store, and October 1, 8, 15, and 22 for the grand opening of the new Milwaukee outlet.
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