Ham Nets @ WiresX network

Here are some of the nets I have found on the web that can be found on the Yaesu WiresX network.  Which you can now connect to on the Steel City 444.45 Mhz UHF repeater. Just connect to the room number by pressing the pound symbol before and after the room number. For example #21080# then to disconnect press the star key *

Time EDT    - Room # - Description
Tue 7:30 PM - 21379 - NW Texas Repeater Link Informal net
Tue 8:30 PM - 21659 - Nebraska Ragchew Net
Wed 8:30 PM - 40234 - San Antonio Digital Net (Tech and social)
Wed 9:00 PM - 40678 - Canadian Net
Fri 0030 UTC - 28418 - TGIF Room
Sat 9:00 PM - 21080 - America Link’s Round Table Rag Chew
Sat 9:00 PM - 21636 - Digital Amateur Radio Club Net
Sun 9:00 PM - 21733 - Oklahoma Link
Sun 9:00 PM - 43035 - SPRC Digital Net

How to use the WireX @ SCARC UHF Repeater

We are currently testing our WireX connection to the Internet on our UHF repeater.  WireX is a way to inter connection radio to other radios/repeater around the whole world.  Each station or repeater has a User ID and a Room ID. By connecting to the User ID let one user connect to the station, whereas connecting to the Room ID let you connect to that person/club chat room where multiple users can have a voice chat with many other users.

The Steel City UHF repeater has a User ID of 33352 and its Room ID is 43352.  You can find other station ID by clicking on the User List link below.  This will list every other user id from around the world.  Also listed there is their Room ID which lets you have a group chat via that station.

To connect to another station or room is first find their user ID or Room ID number it is an 5 digital number.  For example the popular chat room America Link room ID is 21080 so using your mobile or HT on our UHF 444.45 Mhz repeater frequence you would DTMF the follow code #21080# which would let you connect to the room.  At this point whatever you say to go though our repeater and come out to every other user that is also signed into the America Link chat room.   When your done chatting with the other users you disconnect you just DTMF the “*” star key.

Link to find other users User ID and Room ID‘s:

Link to Yaesu website to find out more information about how use WireX:

WireX Steel City Node Online @ 444.45 Mhz

Final testing is now taking place!  Karl KA3VXJ and myself have been  working hard on getting a computer to load the WireX software and getting it hooked up to the 440 machine. It is working so far in analog mode but you can now connect to other stations and rooms.   Our first contact was with a guy in Portland, OR not to bad for UHF FM. We listen and got to ask some questions about WireX on the Saturday night net on the American Link room which is on Saturday nights at 9 pm.

So if you want to try it out the Steel City node number is: 33352  and like I said we are still working on getting some bugs worked out. Some of the items are, getting the digital side working.. And to find a permanent computer solution since we are running it on a trail license. We also need some help getting someone from outside our area to try to remotely connect to our node.

Hopefully Karl and myself can give a little demo this next social night.

Our other bands – 1.25 Meters

Hello all,
I want to start a series of post on our other less used ham bands, and to start the series out one of our most over looked bands the 220 Mhz 1.25 meter band.  The band has access to every license class  so any amateur radio operator can use this band. Here is an interesting video I found that talks  about the 1.25 meter band.  Take a moment and you might learn something new.

It’s a great band, with characteristics similar to 144-148 MHz, and has certain real advantages over the 2 Meter band.220 MHz is alive and well in areas where hams aren’t afraid to experiment and think outside the normal 2-Meter/70-CM realm. While there isn’t a ton of commercially available amateur equipment available these days for 220 MHz they can be found new and used.  With a quality radio, you can drive around almost anywhere in CSQ mode and the noise floor is next to nothing. Radio amateurs will lose this band unless we make better use of it than we do at present. Amateurs in the US lost 220 to 222 MHz some years ago.

E-Bay link for used radios:


Bridge Com 1.25 Radio:

1.25 Meters (222-225 MHz) Band Plan:

222.0-222.150 Weak-signal modes
222.0-222.025 EME
222.05-222.06 Propagation beacons
222.1 SSB & CW calling frequency
222.10-222.15 Weak-signal CW & SSB
222.15-222.25 Weak signal, repeater inputs, control
222.25-223.38 FM repeater inputs only
223.40-223.52 FM simplex
223.52-223.64 Digital, packet
223.64-223.70 Links, control
223.71-223.85 Local coordinator’s option; FM simplex, packet, repeater outputs
223.85-224.98 Repeater outputs only

Our other bands – 60 Meters

Amateurs are permitted to operate on five frequency channels, each having an effective bandwidth of 2.8 kHz. Amateurs may transmit with an effective radiated power of 100 W or less, relative to a half-wave dipole

Table 1:
Channel 1: 5330.5 kHz
Channel 2: 5346.5 kHz
Channel 3: 5357.0 kHz
Channel 4: 5371.5 kHz
Channel 5: 5403.5 kHz

These frequencies are available for use by stations having a control operator holding a General, Advanced or Amateur Extra class license. It is important to note that the frequencies shown above are suppressed carrier frequencies – the frequencies that appear in your transceiver’s tuning display when your transceiver is in the USB mode.

CW Operation
CW operation must take place at the center of your chosen channel. This means that your transmitting frequency must be 1.5 kHz above the suppressed carrier frequency as specified in the Report and Order (see Table 1). Operating at strict channel-center frequencies may come as a disappointment to many, but cooperating with the NTIA is key to expanded privileges in the future.
The channel center frequencies are:

Channel 1: 5332.0 kHz
Channel 2: 5348.0 kHz
Channel 3: 5358.5 kHz
Channel 4: 5373.0 kHz
Channel 5: 5405.0 kHz

FYI: The new VLF bands

Image result for 630 meter ham band

There was a lot of talk at our last meeting about the two new VLF ham band and what it will take to get on the air.  I found this while surfing and it answers a lot of questions.   You will need Microsoft Powerpoint or at least a viewer {link below} to see the presentation.

From the N6LF blog: SeaPac 2014 630m talk
On Saturday June 7th I gave a talk at SeaPac 2014.  You can download the PowerPoint presentation here: Download Sea-Pac 2014 Presentation .  I should add that the Flex Radio 1500 and 6000 series SDR’s can transmit on 630m.  I spoke with the K3 folks and while the K3 will not operate directly that low in frequency they have modified the software to be compatible with transverters.

For true LF operation read this: http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateur-s-sub-9-khz-vlf-signal-detected-across-the-atlantic

To view the powerpoint presentation you will need this viewer from Microsoft

Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 comparison

No Nonsense Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 Comparison
Rich, K0PIR

It’s time I did the Icom 7300 vs. Icom 7610 comparison. I’m not going to list my personal likes and dislikes. I think many of the early reviews of the Icom 7610 were premature in their criticism. I’ve had my IC-7610 for over a month (December 2017) and have used it daily, including in the last ARRL RTTY Roundup. I’m very pleased with the ergonomics. The Icom 7300 is an entry level radio, while the Icom 7610 is designed for DX’ing and contesting. Let’s look at the basic physical differences and a no-nonsense comparison. So, if you are considering the Icom 7610, hopefully this will help.

Read the full article here

Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Read the full article at the ARRL website

Geostationary “Phase 4” Satellite

Es’HailSat-2 with two geostationary “Phase 4” amateur radio transponders The Qatar Amateur Radio Society has presented to Es’ Hailsat, the Qatar Satellite Company, a concept and specification for an amateur radio payload on the new geostationary communication satellite Es’HailSat- 2 presented. Based on this specification, Es’ Hailsat announced that amateur radio transponders will be on board.

Es’HailSat-2 will have a 250 kHz wide linear transponder for conventional analogue operation as well as an 8 MHz transponder for experimental digital modulation modes and DVB-ATV.

The exact uplink and downlink frequencies are not yet finalized. However, it is clear that the uplink in the range 2.400 to 2.450 GHz and the downlink in the range 10.450 to 10.500 GHz will be within the respective amateur radio assignments. The antennas of both transponders will have large aperture angles, so that the maximum possible area, ie about one third of the earth’s surface, is covered.

Exact technical parameters will be set within the next few months. It is expected that only a relatively simple station equipment is required for operation over this satellite.

This groundbreaking project will trigger a phase of new, exciting amateur radio activity. The technical expertise is provided by a team of radio amateurs led by Peter Gülzow (DB2OS, AMSAT-DL President).

For More Information Click Here for the AMSAT-DL website

“Sorry guys it will be station over Europe” “
“Also sorry for the English it was translated from German”