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K9LA Propagation Presentation from the Special February Club Meeting

Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) delivered another very informative presentation to the club last night. If you weren't able to attend, the presentation is available for download below.

If you have HF propagation questions or topics you'd like to learn about, please let us know and we will arrange another webinar with Carl.

Special February Club Meeting - Propagation webinar with K9LA Carl Luetzelschwab

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a special meeting on February 4 at 7PM at the Kamloops Innovation Centre, where Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) will be presenting his second webinar on radio propagation.

This special presentation is open to all amateur radio operators, or anyone with an interest in radio propagation.

Here is some background on Carl:

http://k9la.us/
http://k9la.us/html/webinars.html
Carl's bio

 

 

January meeting minutes now available

Minutes from the January 2016 meeting are now available to KARC members.  Log into your account and go to the Files section to view the minutes.

Scenic photos from Greenstone Mountain

Panoramic photos taken from the top of Greenstone Mountain on January 10, 2016.

Greenstone repeater guy line repair update

On January 10, 2016 Myles (VE7FSR) and his friend Bert made the trip up to Greenstone to make a permanent repair to the broken guy line.  A new "pre-formed dead end" was installed, replacing the temporary fix undertaken last December.  While we were up there we dug down through the snow and inspected all the other guy lines at the ground end of the tower -- they look OK and should last through the winter.  Next summer a closer inspection should be made at both the tower and ground end of all guy lines, and any dead ends that look questionable should be replaced with new ones.

See attachments below for photos of the repair.

Monthly Meeting tonight!

Happy 2016 all!

Our 1st meeting of 2016 is tonight at the usual time & place.

See you there!

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Link east to Salmon Arm is on and working!

The link to the east has been turned on (*8321 ON | *8320 OFF) and is working! I spoke with Ron (VE7RLE) and Darrell (VE7IU) through the Fly Hills link this morning and they say the signal is good at their end. It's great to have the link back in operation after a long hiatus, so don't be surprised if you start hearing some "new" call signs on the VE7RKA repeater!

Follow-up visit to the Greenstone repeater on December 16, 2015 (UPDATED!)

Last night when I visited the repeater on Greenstone I discovered that the top guy wire on the east side had snapped off and was hanging loose. I wasn't sure how long it had been like this, but it needed to be repaired soon to prevent the tower from coming down if there was a severe wind storm and/or heavy ice loading. Before work today I stopped in at Shaw's Enterprises and asked them what they would recommend for a temporary fix until we can do a proper splice. They were very helpful and I'd like to send a big "thank you!" to the guys at Shaw's! In less than 15 minutes I was out the door with five feet of 3/8" wire rope with a swaged loop on one end and a half-dozen top-quality wire rope clamps (total cost: $21.32). They also walked me through the right way to install rope clamps .

It was minus 13C and a windy at the top last night, but the sky was absolutely clear and there was a sliver of moon and a million stars right above me. A very scenic, albeit a bit chilly, environment for the repair.

Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) Propagation Presentation

On November 5, 2015 the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club hosted a special meeting where propagation expert and experienced DX'er Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) presented a webinar on radio propagation.

Carl has very kindly offered to share his presentation with the membership, and it is available for download below.

Visit to the Greenstone repeater, December 15, 2015

I made an evening trip up to the Greenstone repeater (VE7RKA) on December 15, to do some troubleshooting on some UHF interference that was causing problems for the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club repeater on Fly Hills. After slogging in to the repeater shack on snowshoes, I was surprised to see a strange looking "wire" covered in frost, hanging from the tower.

After I dug out the door to the shack, I grabbed my flashlight and walked over to take a look. Much to my surprise it was the top guy wire from the east side of the tower -- it had broken off at the turnbuckle! And it was draped across several antennas on the tower, including two of the UHF link antennas! I wonder if this could have been the cause of the issue with the east UHF link to Salmon Arm!?

I managed to get it moved off the antennas and tied down right against the tower, but it was a little exciting because as I waved the loose guy wire around, clumps of frost and ice were dislodged from the top of the tower and showered down on me. And no, I hadn't thought to bring a helmet!

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