Remote 1 – Update’s Done

Hello Members,

The computer for Remote 1 has been update and now open for members use.  The Skype name stayed the same but the Teamviewer ID did change.  Operations is the same as before we still need to add some programs to the computer like FT-8 & SSTV.  If you didn’t make it up to the club house this past Wednesday and need the new Teamviewer sooner please email Karl or Christine.

W3KWH FT-8 Log

                         W3KWH FT-8 Log

Wondering how popular the new digital mode FT-8 mode is getting?  We downloaded the logbook from the WSJTX program on just the Kenwood TS-590 rig.  This one radio had over 952 QSO with other FT-8 users from around the world. I have broken down the log by the different bands and have sorted the list by call sign.  I have also included the complete logbook in Excel format if you want to dig it down farther.

BAND    NUMBER OF QSO
6m                        88
10m                        9
15m                    154
17m                        2
20m                    172
40m                    351
80m                        2
160m                  157
Unknown Band    26

Total QSO           952

PDF of the logbook sorted by call sign

Complete raw logbook in Excel

 

2m Repeater – HIGH POWER

Steel City 2m FM Repeater is now running HIGH POWER

Update 12/23/17
Today’s work party was very successful we discovered yet another bad jumper which has now been taken out of circulation. So here’s the update the 2 meter radio is now running on the amp with an output of 85 watts, and the noise is gone in fact it is sounding even better.  While tracking down the noise we temporary move the Fusion repeater down to two meter side and it was fun trying out two meter digital.  At this time the Kenwood is hooked back up so the controller and Echolink continue to work.

Since we moved the Fusion machine down temporary we decided hook the New Fusion DR-2X repeater back up to the 440 side.  Since we bought the new SWR meter we quickly found the bad jumper when the SWR hit 5 to 1.  Thinking that temporary antenna was the problem we hooked back up to the tower mount folded dipole antenna it too had the same bad SWR.  So then we swap out some jumper and found the bad one.  It wasn’t one of the ones that we got from that vendor it was an older cable. Once we swap the jumper out we found the folded dipole had a good SWR so we decided to leave it hooked up.  With the new repeater the DR-2X seem to have fixed the signal issues.  It is definitely hearing a lot better now.

So What Next:

  1. We need to buy some new jumpers.
  2. Hook up Wires-X to new Fusion DR-2X.
  3. Hook up the new 440 antenna on the tower.
  4. Fix the Astron power supply the positive power stud is getting loose.
  5. Get a better power distribution block for all the 12 volt accessories in the hut.
  6. Find how why the battery bank wont run the amp
  7. Add the fiber extension on the clubhouse side

Special Thanks:
Big thanks goes out to Karl, WA3VXJ and Joe, WB3AGB for coming out in the cold to lift repeaters and change out jumpers and to bounce suggestions back a forth.  Also Bobby, N3LL and Doug, W3HH for helping me track down a new Echolink issue and helping me set the levels. Finally thanks for all that gave us signal reports.

Your IT Gal,
Christine, N3LRG

UPDATE: 11/17/2017  Some noise started to leak though to the amp will be intermittent while we track the noise issue down…

11/15/2017
All Steel City members are request to test out our two meter repeater and give signal report back via the clubs email reflector.  This past Wednesday Karl and myself hooked the 2 meter amplifier back up to the clubs repeater.   We would like to get some signal report on how it is get out in our previous weak areas. Also please give feedback on any noise reports that you might hear on the repeater.  So lets see how far we can get out now!

 

Work Party This Saturday Sept 30th

WE NEED A WORK PARTY THIS SATURDAY AT 0900 FOR PLACING CONDUIT IN THE TRENCHES FROM THE CLUB HOUSE TO THE  TOWERS.  SINCE WE HAD SO MUCH FUN LAST SATURDAY, I THOUGHT YOU ALL WOULD WANT TO GET TOGETHER AGAIN.  THIS WILL COMPLETE THE CONDUIT JOB WHICH I’M SURE EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE.
PLEASE COME AND HELP  REMEMBER IT’S YOUR CLUB!!!
 
73’S
CHUCK  N3UUZ

Work Party Successful

Today’s work party was very successful and a lot of future infrastructure was put in place.  We placed conduit buried to the driveway for a near future camera so members can check out the drive way condition.  Also conduit  was run to the telephone pole to move the inverted L over to the wooden telephone pole.  And finally a conduit was put in place to that empty far tower so we can put an antenna on top of it.

Thanks go out to:
Chuck, Art, Karl, Nate, Tim, Dave, Joe

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Work Party This Weekend

COME TO THE W3KWH PIZZA PARTY ON SATURDAY SEPT 16TH AT 0900. THERE WILL BE PIZZA FOR ALL THAT ARE WILLING TO COME AND HELP WITH THE WORK BEING DONE ON CONDUIT TRENCHING.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE; DON’T FORGET IT IS YOUR CLUB.

73’S
N3UUZ
CHUCK