All Things HF: July 2019

An update of the future of Ham radio on Mount Athos as announced by QST magazine.

Monk Iakovos (SV3RSG) has been approved to take over and to operate the radio station on Mount Athos continuing the work of Monk Apollo (SV2ASP/A) SK. Mount Athos is now the 18th most wanted on the DXCC list of worldwide entities. This is good news for the DXCC community worldwide.

For yours truly, this has been a month of medical issues but getting on HF was not brushed aside as calling CQ is what this operator thrives on. All of July’s operating from my radio station was on the 40-meter band utilizing my new inverted vee antenna. How sweet it is as I watched the various dials indicating operating conditions across the 7khz band were all under control. This operator is not bashful about using the after-burner even though its always several hundred watts below legal power, I’m able to get my signal out there in spite of QSB and static crashes.

Getting back to rag chewing is nothing short joy so that’s what I did throughout the month. As band conditions improve (and I hope they will sooner than later) it’ll be interesting to find out how this wire will do on DX. In the event it falls flat on phone operation for DX, the hope is that it’ll work well with the CW mode. As the saying goes, “time will tell”.

That’s about all for this month’s excitement from this station so I’ll close with this reminder…sit down at your station and call CQ because someone somewhere is waiting for your call and keep this in mind, nobody can hear you listening so call CQ. So long from my station for now in Huntersville to your station wherever it might be.

Best 73 es gud DX de WØZPE Bob Feuer

JULY 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-JULY 25, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: John Luce WØWY
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Lyle KØLFV, Doug WØDWB, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, John WØWY, Mitch ADØHJ, and Steve NØCRM. The Vice President opened the Board Meeting at 4:10 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 69 members with 53 paid for 2019 (as of membership meeting close). The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the “Resources/Members Only” area. Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the “Contact Us” form.
  • Minutes: The June meeting minutes were posted to the club website.. 
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: None.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer presented the report forwarded to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. 
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second John WØWY, Passed

Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed: 

  • FREE Tailgate Hamfest Saturday: August 10, 2019, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.
  • September 26: “Member Show and Tell”.
  • Breakfast, Picnic and Fox Hunt: Saturday: August 17, 2019, Lum Park, Brainerd, 9:00 AM Breakfast at Northwind Grill, Brainerd
  • Baxter Triathlon: Sunday, August 25, 2019, Whipple Beach, Baxter.
  • Northland Arboretum “Haunted Trail”: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 17-19, 2019, Brainerd.
  • “Pulse Point” presentation: September 26 Membership Meeting.

Old Business:  

  • The Club will offer unused/surplus gear from the storage unit to members for a small donation. This will coincide with a Club Meeting or Breakfast in the near future.
  • Remote Base Station: Will leave at present location for now; working well.
  • Club information document: no activity to report.
  • Club Website: discussed stability, moving to a new server.
  • The Secretary will complete a design for an appreciation plaque for Scott Goddard, CWC Sheriff, and John Bowen CWC Emergency Management Director and furnish to Tom KTØMMY to laser-engrave for the Club.

Club Repeaters Status:

  • Gull Lake: Mitch was out there 2 weeks ago, will be installing ground strap and new connectors. Roger and Dan completed work on UHF duplexer. Nick and Mitch working on motherboards for new rack-mount PCs.
  • Crosby: No new items
  • Crow Wing Power: No new items.
  • Cross Lake: No new items.
  • High-rise Site: No new items.

New Business:

  • Following the Tailgate Hamfest, the treasurer will order an HRI-200 controller (($130) and pop-up awning (($118) from DX Engineering.
  • Discussion regarding replacing the old Club generator. MOTION: Sell old generator at Hamfest for $200 and purchase a new Honda 4KW inverter generator. Lyle/Al, Passed.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:05 PM.

THURSDAY-JULY 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

The President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 25 members and guests present. Following the business meeting, the Club viewed a DVD presentation of DXpedition to South Sandwich and South Georgia Island “Back to the basics: small radios, antennas and generators; no more Mr. Kilowatt”

—Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary

All Things HF: June 2019

All Things HF
The station for WØZPE uses all monoband Yagi antennas. Lots of aluminum up there on a single tower along with 2 power poles with side mounted rotors. Power poles work out just fine plus they look a lot better than a tower.

A decision was made to install a wire antenna for 40-meters rather than using a vertical. The 7khz band is fun both day and night with lots of good operators and when band conditions are good, lots of available DX.

A purchase was made of a commercial wire made up as a half wave center fed inverted vee with a 1to1 balun all fabricated ready to install. The lead line from my station goes over the roof of the house then underground in PVC to the antenna location. A 20 ft. section of ½ inch black iron pipe is being used as the center support and is mounted on an ersatz totem pole that was fixed to a section of 2X6 wood fencing putting the apex at 24 ft. above grade.

On completing the install, my antenna analyzer showed no more than 1:2 to 1 VSWR’s across the entire bandwidth (bless these monobanders) so it was no surprise when I set the station up for operation including the amplifier, that my first contact went perfectly. This wire and balun will take full legal power with the amplifier showing no issues as it was being used.

Prior to writing this blog, WØZPE worked 17 stations on 40-meters for Field Day as 1 Hotel (unable to find WØUJ) but had a blast. The band was very crowded so the amplifier made it easier to get through the noise and the pileups. Getting a new antenna is fun as it helps put some pizzazz in ones station as you get answers to your CQ’s.

Don’t forget to sit at your station and call CQ as there’s someone somewhere listening for your call, don’t disappoint them. So long from my station in Huntersville to your station wherever it my be.

Best 73 es gud DX from WØZPE

APRIL 2019 BAARC SECRETARY’S REPORT

THURSDAY-APRIL 25, 2019 – 4:00 PM – BAARC BOARD MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION
President: Steve Mott NØCRM
Vice President: John Luce WØWY
Treasurer: Doug Bergsnev WØDWB
Secretary: Ron Finger KØGOP
Past Presidents: Charles Lane W5CCL, Al Doree WØRC
Director At Large: Lyle Amundson KØLFV
Director of Emergency Communications: Dave Schuldheisz KØISZ
Repeater Trustee: Mitch Ahrenstorff ADØHJ
Community & Special Events Coordinator: Mark Cross KEØLFQ
Attendees: Steve NØCRM, Lyle KØLFV, Doug WØDWB, John WØWY, Ron KØGOP, Al WØRC, Shirley KØDCW, Mitch ADØHJ, Mark KEØLFQ and visiting from the St.Cloud Amateur Radio Club, Jason KØTH. The President opened the Board Meeting at 400 PM.

Secretary’s Report: 

  • Membership roster: 75 members with 50 paid for 2019 (as of membership meeting close). The Club roster can be found on the Club website under the “Resources/Members Only” area. Current paid members can request an individual password for access via the “Contact Us” form.
  • Minutes: The March 2019 Executive Board and Membership Meeting minutes were posted to the “Baarcer” area.
  • Correspondence: None.
  • Documents: Updated Club membership roster and Gmail contacts database. Appreciation plaque design for laser engraving by Tom KTØMMY, and presentation to retiring NWS-Duluth meteorologist Carol Christenson KCØMAK.
  • Membership ID’s: 1 new Club ID.
  • Club Website: New “2019 ARRL Field Day” banner graphics.
  • Motion to accept: Al WØRC, Second Lyle KØLFV, Passed. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The Treasurer presented the April report forwarded to the board showing all month’s account transactions and balances to date. Of particular interest were figures showing a very successful April Hamfest.
  • The Brainerd Armory site will be unavailable for the next 1-2 years due to extensive remodeling plans. A new hamfest site will need to be found in the interim.
  • Motion to accept: John WØWY, Second Al WØRC, Passed

Membership Meeting Programs: 

  • The President reviewed recent and future Club programs and events.
  • March 28: “Forestview High Altitude Balloon Class presentation” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson
  • April 25: “Slow Scan TV (SSTV)” demonstration by Al WØRC, “SKYWARN Training Review” by John WØWY
  • May 23: “BAARC Spring Dinner” at American Legion, Nisswa
  • June 20: “Field Day 2019 Prep”
  • July 25: “Field Day Recap” Need alternate location for 4PM Board Meeting.

Recent / Upcoming Events: The following events were discussed:

NWS Duluth “SKYWARN Spotter Class”

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2pm & 6pm, Crow Wing County Land Services Building, Brainerd, MN
  • The training will include: a brief introduction to the National Weather Service (NWS), the different types of hazardous weather and how to safely observe them, the categories of severe weather to report, and how to send those reports to the NWS.

Brainerd Jaycees “Run For The Lakes” Marathon

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, Nisswa, MN
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.

“Aviation Days” at the Breezy Point Airport

  • Saturday May 4, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 30360 Airport Road, Breezy Point, MN
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair pending sufficient interest from Club membership.

BAARC Spring Dinner

  • Thursday May 23, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Nisswa American Legion Post 627, 25807 Main St, Nisswa
  • Social hour: 5PM, Dinner served: 6 PM, Program: 7 PM – 8 PM, “Forestview Middle School High Altitude Balloon Class” by teachers Jim Reed and Cory Olson.
  • Menu options were discussed; selected $17 per person, 2-choice option of baked honey ham or baked chicken, bread & rolls w/ butters, twice-baked potatoes, and tossed salad.
  • Make your reservations with our Treasurer, Doug WØDWB. We will need to have FINAL COUNT by Net time, Sunday, May 19th.

Paul Bunyan Cyclists “Tour of the Lakes” Bike Ride

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, Downtown Brainerd
  • Mark KEØLFQ will chair.
  • Traffic congestion is anticipated in the downtown area. Net control will use the CWC Sheriff’s van near the county garage and operators stage along the route.
  • John will contact John Bowen to verify the operation and use of the Sheriff’s comm trailer.

“ARRL Field Day 2019” 1PM Saturday, June 22, – Noon Sunday, June 23: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds

Friday June 21, Mid-Afternoon

  • Deliver communications trailer to FD site
  • Camping available at FD site Friday & Saturday nights 
  • Bathrooms and electric power are available
  • Event talk-In frequency 147.600+  T-141.3

Saturday June 22, Morning

  • 8:00 AM: Club breakfast downtown Brainerd at Northwind Grille 
  • 9:30 AM: Set-up communications trailer, install antennas and check out radios & support equipment.
  • 10:30 AM: Amateur radio license testing
  • 1:00 PM: Field Day operations open. On-site communications on 146.58 simplex
  • 5:30 PM: Potluck supper at F/D Site.  Bring something good to share.   

Sunday June 23,12:00 PM, Noon 

  • 12:00 PM: Field Day operations close.
  • Tear down / cleanup of antennas and equipment.

FREE Tailgate Hamfest

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
  • Lyle KØLFV will chair.

Breakfast, Picnic and Fox Hunt

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, Lum Park, Brainerd
  • 9:00 AM Breakfast at Northwind Grill, Brainerd
  • Fox Hunt begins after breakfast with activities and picnic at Lum Park sheltered area.
  • Lyle KØLFV will chair.

Digital & Emergency Communications: 

  • John will present a recap of the 2019 SKYWARN training class to Club members at the evening Membership Meeting. This was the last year of instruction from retiring meteorologist Carol Christenson KCØMAK.
  • No further updates on CWC-EOC remodeling progress.

Old Business:  

  • Club Fundraising Documents: The Secretary emailed a first draft of a Club information letter to the Board for comments.

Club Repeaters Status:

Gull Lake:

  • Looking ahead to finishing outdoor cabling work as weather improves.
    Crosby:
  • No new items.
    Crow Wing Power:
  • No new items.
    Cross Lake:
  • No new items.
    High-rise Site:
  • No new items.

New Business:

  • The Secretary will complete a design for an appreciation plaque for Scott Goddard, CWC Sheriff, and John Bowen CWC Emergency Management Director and submit to Tom KTØMMY who has generously offered to laser-engrave for the Club.
  • Mitch ADØHJ introduced his invited guest, Jason KØTH from the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club. Jason asked the board to consider Club involvement in a new event, “The 2019 Area-Wide Ripley Rendezvous”. The event is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, and will be held at Camp Ripley, May 17-19. Of interest to the possible 3000 scouts and leader attendees would be Club members demonstrating working setups profiling various Amateur Radio activities. These could include VHF, UHF analog/digital radio, HF-radio phone, CW and digital modes, and AMSAT portable radio. Involvement in these amateur radio activities would be one of many choices available to the scouts during the Saturday schedule. It was decided to try supporting this event and pass a sign-up sheet at the evening Membership Meeting.

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 5:10 PM.

THURSDAY-APRIL 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM – BAARC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES – BRAINERD FIRE STATION

  • The President called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 37 members and guests present. Following the business meeting, several member presentations were made:
  • SKYWARN Training recap, John WØWY
  • Morrison County SKYWARN program, Tom KDØMOM
  • Amateur Radio SSTV, Al WØRC
  • ISS-SSTV Image reception, Mitch ADØHJ

–Respectfully submitted by Ron KØGOP, Secretary