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Re: email posting to groups.io

Bill
 

Jonesy,

There's a new system that's taken most everyone off groups io anyway.  It's called slack channel.  You can find the NMVHF Society at


There's also may other VHF channels you'll be interested in.  Check it out.

73 Bill W7QQ


On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 4:19 PM Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io <mailserver=jonz.net@groups.io> wrote:
I see no interest on their side in fixing this.
Both my ISP and I have eliminated everything
between my VPS and their servers.  
I'll just move on with my life -- without groups.io.
I'll still be signed up for the NMVHF --
it'll just be read-only -- 
unless I'm motivated enough to log on through the clunky browser gui.
73,
Jonesy


Re: email posting to groups.io

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

I see no interest on their side in fixing this.
Both my ISP and I have eliminated everything
between my VPS and their servers.  
I'll just move on with my life -- without groups.io.
I'll still be signed up for the NMVHF --
it'll just be read-only -- 
unless I'm motivated enough to log on through the clunky browser gui.
73,
Jonesy


MUD in DALLAS Info

Tom
 

Just making sure all have this info..
see below..
Thanks
Tom
N7GP
EX Wa8WZG

Microwave Update 2019



Conference registration is now available on line at www.microwaveupdate.org



The North Texas Microwave Society would like to invite you to the annual Microwave Update Conference to be held October 3rd through the 5th 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Lewisville (Dallas) Texas. Microwave Update is the premier microwave conference of the year and was initially started by Don Hilliard W0PW (sk) back in 1985. This is the ideal conference to meet fellow microwave enthusiasts and share ideas and techniques that will help you conquer your next microwave band.



The latest list of speakers now includes Rex Moncur VK7MO, Tony Emanuele K8ZR, Rick Fogle WA5TNY, Brian Hendryx, Paul Wade W1GHZ, Joe Jurecka N5PYK, Doug Miller K6JEY, Greg McIntire AA5C, Steve Kostro N2CEI, Kent Britain WA5VJB, Bob Stricklin N5BRG, Barry Malowanchuk VE4MA, Tom Williams WA1MBA, Tom Apel K5TRA, Tom McDermott N5EG, Dave Robinson G4FRE, Ben Lowe K4QF, Skip Macaulay VE6BGT, Warren Ferber WF0T and Al Ward W5LUA. Check out the web site for the titles.



Friday morning will be dedicated to antenna gain measuring led by WA5VJB, noise figure testing led by W5LUA and phase noise analysis led by AF8Z and KC4YOE.



We still have several surplus electronics and mechanical places in the DFW area that may still be worth a visit on Thursday. Those would include Tanner Electronics in Carrollton, Altex Electronics in Carrollton, and CDC Surplus in Richardson. Other places that would also handle walk-in business and be worth a visit include Texas Towers, Ham Radio Outlet, Fry's Electronics. A complete list is available on www.ntms.org.



On Thursday afternoon, we plan to have a workshop lead by Tom McDermott N5EG on GNU Radio. GNU Radio is a development and simulation environment used to create and test software design radio applications. This is a powerful learning tool and GNU Radio can be used to implement working radio applications.

Topics to be covered during the workshop will include:

Installation of the GNU Radio package in Windows.
Review of GNU Radio capabilities and core concepts.
Review of important GNU Radio modules, building a project, implementing and running projects involving hardware.
Use of Gnuradio Companion (GRC) graphical environment.
Demonstration of Gnuradio Companion (GRC) application with Ettus radio.

The attendee is encouraged to bring their 64-bit laptop with Windows 10. The focus will be on Windows but GNU radio works well in Linux also. Tom, N5EG has a good deal of experience working with GNU radio and communication systems. He has made presentations on the topic at the ARRL TAPR Digital Communication Conference. Tom will also have other speakers assisting him with the workshop. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 3 PM until 6 PM.



We have also put together an informal family program with local visits to Grapevine and Denton. Please check out the "Family" program on the web site.



Our Saturday night banquet speaker will feature Rex Moncur VK7MO who has activated over 100 grid squares on 10 GHz EME in both Australia and New Zealand. Rex has also set numerous distance records on both EME and terrestrial using the various WSJT modes. Rex will show us some of the beautiful places he has visited and talk about his adventures to some of the more remote places down under. This should be a real treat for hams and spouses.



Kent Britain WA5VJB will coordinate the publishing of the proceedings by the ARRL. We are always looking for additional papers for the proceedings. You don't have to be a presenter to have your paper published in the proceedings. If you have an article on your latest microwave related project that you would like published, please send your article to Kent WA5VJB at wa5vjb@flash.net.

Deadline for the proceedings is September 3rd.



Hotel registration has been setup. The hotel link is



https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/D/DALLEGI-MICRO-20191003/index.jhtml



I suggest copying and pasting the link into your internet browser for best results. Microsoft Edge gets fussy but Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work well. The conference rate for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night is $104 per night for a King which includes breakfast. The rate on the same days for a Double Queen is $114 per night including breakfast. The rate for Wednesday night is $129 per night for a King including breakfast and $132 for a Double Queen. The hotel charges a higher rate on Wednesday as they have a lot of business travelers. We encourage everyone to register for the hotel as early as possible. If your plans change and you can't attend, you have until September 30th to cancel without any cancellation fee. Special room rate will be available until September 13. If you book without using the link above please mention North Texas Microwave Society so we can get credit for the room nights as this is required for us to keep conference registration rates as low as possible. The Group Code is "MICRO". If you have any problems with booking the hotel rate please contact w5lua@sbcglobal.net. Please book your hotel early so we can make sure rooms are available for everyone. Late booking has been an issue at past MUDs and we would like to have everyone at the same hotel. It's more fun for all.



Hope to see you in the Dallas area once again.

73

Al Ward W5LUA Conference Co Chairman

Bob Stricklin N5BRG Conference Co Chairman

July 19, 2019


Re: Tower removal

Keith Morehouse
 

If you get in a bind, find someone with a vehicle recovery winch on their 4X4.  I raised and lowered 40' of 45G on a hinge base, with 15' mast, rotor and antennas, several times with no issues.  25G is a third of the weight of 45.

Run the winch line over a sturdy ladder right next to the tower do your pull angle doesn't get to critical for those final few feet to the ground.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 8:18 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
I have 4 sections of Rohn 25 on a hinged base that needs to come down. 
I have tried contacting N5SDO, but no response. NM5MS was also
recommended but no contact info.  N5SJ knows a guy out in the Grants
area who I also called without success.  Can anyone advise? I'd prefer
someone in or around Albuquerque.

Mike WB2FKO





Re: Tower removal

Bill
 

Mike,

It's worth asking NN5K Dave Fuller. I'll text you his contact info.

Bill W7QQ


On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 8:18 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
I have 4 sections of Rohn 25 on a hinged base that needs to come down. 
I have tried contacting N5SDO, but no response. NM5MS was also
recommended but no contact info.  N5SJ knows a guy out in the Grants
area who I also called without success.  Can anyone advise? I'd prefer
someone in or around Albuquerque.

Mike WB2FKO





Tower removal

Mike WB2FKO
 

I have 4 sections of Rohn 25 on a hinged base that needs to come down.  I have tried contacting N5SDO, but no response. NM5MS was also recommended but no contact info.  N5SJ knows a guy out in the Grants area who I also called without success.  Can anyone advise? I'd prefer someone in or around Albuquerque.

Mike WB2FKO


Re: NMVHF polo shirts

Jonathan Fox - W0AMT
 

Please put me down for an XL. 

73, Jon
W0AMT

On Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
In 2017, the NMVHF Society contracted Zia Graphics for a limited run of
custom, high-quality 60/40 polo shirts.  Since then, there has been
interest in placing a second order. That will happen no later than Aug
15. The shirts will be almost identical to those shown in the attached
photos, except in this edition you'll have first name (or nickname) in
addition to callsign.  There is a men's and women's cut. Cost will be
around $30 each; I'll have a more exact price when the order is placed.
Sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. To make this process as fast as
possible, we'll do this on the honor system with payment collection and
shirt distribution handled by Bill W7QQ.  I'll collect your info and
place the order.

I take zero credit for the design, which was the handiwork of KG5FHU and
KK6MC's son-in-law Randy.

73 Mike WB2FKO




--
Jonathan Fox 505-270-5835


Re: NMVHF polo shirts

mike sullivan
 

Good afternoon Mike.

I will put my self down for 1 T-Shirt men's size 2XL or XXL which ever designation works.

Mike Sullivan wn5pmr

Albuquerque.

On Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
In 2017, the NMVHF Society contracted Zia Graphics for a limited run of
custom, high-quality 60/40 polo shirts.  Since then, there has been
interest in placing a second order. That will happen no later than Aug
15. The shirts will be almost identical to those shown in the attached
photos, except in this edition you'll have first name (or nickname) in
addition to callsign.  There is a men's and women's cut. Cost will be
around $30 each; I'll have a more exact price when the order is placed.
Sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. To make this process as fast as
possible, we'll do this on the honor system with payment collection and
shirt distribution handled by Bill W7QQ.  I'll collect your info and
place the order.

I take zero credit for the design, which was the handiwork of KG5FHU and
KK6MC's son-in-law Randy.

73 Mike WB2FKO





NMVHF polo shirts

Mike WB2FKO
 

In 2017, the NMVHF Society contracted Zia Graphics for a limited run of custom, high-quality 60/40 polo shirts.  Since then, there has been interest in placing a second order. That will happen no later than Aug 15. The shirts will be almost identical to those shown in the attached photos, except in this edition you'll have first name (or nickname) in addition to callsign.  There is a men's and women's cut. Cost will be around $30 each; I'll have a more exact price when the order is placed. Sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. To make this process as fast as possible, we'll do this on the honor system with payment collection and shirt distribution handled by Bill W7QQ.  I'll collect your info and place the order.

I take zero credit for the design, which was the handiwork of KG5FHU and KK6MC's son-in-law Randy.

73 Mike WB2FKO


Re: Heliax...

James Duffey
 

Yes, 1296 would probably be stretching it for that stuff.


James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Aug 4, 2019, at 16:46, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

.. you're probably just joking, but.....EIA flange to 7-16 DIN (and N, probably) are certainly available in that size.  There is at least one on eBay right now for a surprisingly low price for what it is ($410).

Just like any big connectors, the catalog list prices if these things will make your eyes water.  Our old contest station had need for several 1 5/8" in-line splices once.  They were $600-700 bucks new, but the surplus prices were manageable.

Beware of this big stuff at higher frequencies.  All coax cable has a cut-off frequency (FsubC) above which multiple modes can propagate.  Propagating multiple modes through a length of coax is.......bad.


-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 3:50 PM Bill <bill4070@...> wrote:
Bob,

Got any DIN 7-16 connectors for that coax?

Bill W7QQ
DM75ao

On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 11:43 AM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:
Hi all,

Jim Potter posted this on Facebook today.  It might be of interest to some of you:

Sorry for the off topic post, but I figure there are lots of people here who would know what to do with this. It's a 100 ft spool of unused 3" Andrew Heliax, HJB-50B, RG-322/U. I'm downsizing my business and no longer have room to store it. It's on eBay item number 113668741992. If anyone has a suggestion about where I should list this please let me know. if you are interested in purchasing it at a bargain price, PM me. It has a standard 3-1/8" EIA flange on both ends. I need to vacate my current location by August 31, 2019.  

He has a "buy it now" price of $650, but you can likely make a deal with him directly.  I cc'd him on this email.

-Bob N3XKB


Re: Heliax...

Keith Morehouse
 

.. you're probably just joking, but.....EIA flange to 7-16 DIN (and N, probably) are certainly available in that size.  There is at least one on eBay right now for a surprisingly low price for what it is ($410).

Just like any big connectors, the catalog list prices if these things will make your eyes water.  Our old contest station had need for several 1 5/8" in-line splices once.  They were $600-700 bucks new, but the surplus prices were manageable.

Beware of this big stuff at higher frequencies.  All coax cable has a cut-off frequency (FsubC) above which multiple modes can propagate.  Propagating multiple modes through a length of coax is.......bad.


-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 3:50 PM Bill <bill4070@...> wrote:
Bob,

Got any DIN 7-16 connectors for that coax?

Bill W7QQ
DM75ao

On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 11:43 AM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:
Hi all,

Jim Potter posted this on Facebook today.  It might be of interest to some of you:

Sorry for the off topic post, but I figure there are lots of people here who would know what to do with this. It's a 100 ft spool of unused 3" Andrew Heliax, HJB-50B, RG-322/U. I'm downsizing my business and no longer have room to store it. It's on eBay item number 113668741992. If anyone has a suggestion about where I should list this please let me know. if you are interested in purchasing it at a bargain price, PM me. It has a standard 3-1/8" EIA flange on both ends. I need to vacate my current location by August 31, 2019.  

He has a "buy it now" price of $650, but you can likely make a deal with him directly.  I cc'd him on this email.

-Bob N3XKB


Re: Heliax...

Bill
 

Bob,

Got any DIN 7-16 connectors for that coax?

Bill W7QQ
DM75ao


On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 11:43 AM redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:
Hi all,

Jim Potter posted this on Facebook today.  It might be of interest to some of you:

Sorry for the off topic post, but I figure there are lots of people here who would know what to do with this. It's a 100 ft spool of unused 3" Andrew Heliax, HJB-50B, RG-322/U. I'm downsizing my business and no longer have room to store it. It's on eBay item number 113668741992. If anyone has a suggestion about where I should list this please let me know. if you are interested in purchasing it at a bargain price, PM me. It has a standard 3-1/8" EIA flange on both ends. I need to vacate my current location by August 31, 2019.  

He has a "buy it now" price of $650, but you can likely make a deal with him directly.  I cc'd him on this email.

-Bob N3XKB


Heliax...

redarlington
 

Hi all,

Jim Potter posted this on Facebook today.  It might be of interest to some of you:

Sorry for the off topic post, but I figure there are lots of people here who would know what to do with this. It's a 100 ft spool of unused 3" Andrew Heliax, HJB-50B, RG-322/U. I'm downsizing my business and no longer have room to store it. It's on eBay item number 113668741992. If anyone has a suggestion about where I should list this please let me know. if you are interested in purchasing it at a bargain price, PM me. It has a standard 3-1/8" EIA flange on both ends. I need to vacate my current location by August 31, 2019.  

He has a "buy it now" price of $650, but you can likely make a deal with him directly.  I cc'd him on this email.

-Bob N3XKB


Re: email posting to groups.io

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

Alas, no.
I sent a very detailed problem report to support@groups.io.
First from my "usual" email server, and it failed the same way.
Then I dug out my old, dusty gmail userid and password and
sent the email to support@groups.io via that route.
That was last Saturday, and I received a reply:
"Your request (9428) has been received and is being reviewed by our support staff."
... and I've heard nothing since.

Ergo, I reply here via the (clunky) browser route.
Jonesy

 
 


Re: email posting to groups.io

Bill
 

Hi Jonesy,

Just following up to verify your connection and access to NMVHF has been solved. Pse confirm.

73 Bill W7QQ 


On Jul 22, 2019, at 2:19 PM, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io <mailserver@...> wrote:

.... and that's how I send the email:

From    : Jonesy W3DHJ <mailserver@...>
Reply-To: Jonesy W3DHJ <W3DHJ@...>
To      : NM VHF <nmvhf@groups.io>


222 & up contest this weekend

Keith Morehouse
 

Like the title says...222 & Up ! 

Starts Saturday at local noon and runs for 24 hours.  This is a 'distance challenge' where actual QSO miles are scored, so you need to send your 6 character grid square.  EME QSOs do not count.

I will be around at the start for a while, monitoring 222.1 & 432.1 and then early Sunday morning, trying to convince people to run on 222 meteor scatter.

Good luck !

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


Not much to offer for CQWW

Bob Norton
 

OK, I admit that I am less motivated than most of you!

Got home Saturday PM to discover any band opening was over.

Sunday, bits and pieces. Granted, I only worked all but one contact on 6m SSB. Do you remember SSB? Gawd, I feel so old!

My puny submission already has been made in the name of New Mexico VHF Society. I urge all of you to do the same.

Band was largely dead with a half hour to go, so took another break. Fired up 6m with about 3 minutes to go in the contest.

Found big signal K1TEO from FN31 and worked with one minute to spare. Longest distance QSO of the weekend. Ya just never know on this band!

73, Bob N5EPA




AA5PR/R in CQWW VHF

John Klem
 

I stayed pretty close to home for this one:  DM75 and DM74 Saturday, and DM55 Sunday.  

Saturday was not great, although it picked up somewhat later in the day when I was in DM74.  I was happy to work a few east coast stations, but I suspect that many stations in EM were pointing east or toward Asia instead of toward us.  

I didn't spend much time planning the trip to DM55, so it was great to find a nice forested spot right on the continental divide, with a good radio horizon in most directions.

About 20% of my QSOs were SSB, and the remainder FT8.  I would have enjoyed making more SSB contacts, but that well ran dry pretty quickly.  FT4 will wait until I implement fully automated logging, which didn't seem necessary until now.

The lack of 2 m activity was pretty disappointing, but it took some of the sting out of the realization that my brand new 2 m amplifier wouldn't key on SSB.

Total contacts: 133
Total multipliers: 80
Score: 10,880

Station
6 m:  100 W + Moxon
2 m:  4 W SSB, 80 W FT8 + 7 elements

John, AA5PR


Re: After Action Report (DM77,DM78,DM87,DM88)

KC7QY
 

Interesting observation Jonesey. I just went back and looked at my 2018 summary. Twice the Qs and mults under worse propagation running SSB and CW only last year. Score nearly 3X last year over this.

Jim KC7QY


On Monday, July 22, 2019, 05:34:02 PM MDT, Jonesy W3DHJ via Groups.Io <mailserver@...> wrote:


OK, after proof-reading my paper log with my transcribed Cabrillo log,
I corrected several errors.  So, my new claimed score
is:
    3588
which is about 1/9th of my 2018 score.
... and, will no doubt will be reduced further by the contest robot.
(It never seems to be increased,....)


Re: After Action Report (DM77,DM78,DM87,DM88)

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

OK, after proof-reading my paper log with my transcribed Cabrillo log,
I corrected several errors.  So, my new claimed score
is:
    3588
which is about 1/9th of my 2018 score.
... and, will no doubt will be reduced further by the contest robot.
(It never seems to be increased,....)

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