Hi eveyone, the hamfest is coming up this saturday

The Yakima Hamfest is this coming Saturday April 11th.  See the link.  http://yakimaamateurradioclub.com/yakima-hamfest/ .  For the ones that don't know what a Hamfest is.  A Hamfest is an Amateur Radio type swapmeet.  I am sure that everyone knows what a swapmeet is.  The stuff baught, sold or traded at a Hamfest is in some way or an other related to the Amateur Radio hobby.  I hope to find a new/used hf 2 way radio at the Hamfest to replace the one I have that croaked.   I hope to turn a good size profit from the stuff I have collected together. I will try to post pictures from the Hamfest.



Hi everyone

It has been a while since I last posted here.  I have been very busy lately.  I can't go into detailes  (nor will I drag my self to her level to sling mud here) here but it involves a nasty divorce between my room mate/best friend Russ and his wife with a 10 year old boy (my god son) and my self in the middle. Face off date is March 3rd in court.

On the brighter side.  Radcon  " http://www.radcon.org/ "  Was the weekend of Feb 14th.  A kind of break away from the current problems.  It was a great weekend for both of us even though we couldn't aford a hotel room for the weekend (that we normally do).  Parking at the Red Lyon Hotel on Radcon weekend is a major problem.  Thats why we normally get a hotel room for the weekend.  This time we had to drive home each night (only a 15 minute drive). The whole (completely) and I do meen the WHOLE hotel is taken over for Radcon that weekend. Starting Friday morning to Sunday afternoon.   I wish I could have posted some pictures on my web page but my digital camera decided to croak.  We had a very nice recruiting table with pictures, a video (with sound) and brochures for our local Star Trek fan club and the world wide parent group StarFleet international.  We signed up 10 new members to our local group that weekend.  There was some way out costumes,  some very revealing,  borderline illegal revealing.   And some that should have been covered up in a potato sack revealing.  If you get my meaning.  hehehe.   There was some kind of a bug running around Radcon this year.  2 of our members including myself came down with it.  Nothing to be alarmed about.  A minor cold type thing.  This Radcon was a coming home party.  We launched our club at Radcon.  Then do to personality problems with some people we stayed away from Radcon for 7 years.  Now we are back.

Well 73s (Amateur Radio jargon) for CUL=catch you later


Now that chore is done

All of my posts are now moved over from the old blog (it was a very dull looking blog). I like the look of the new blog/web page. And the guy (I won't say his name here) that got me started in bloging. Filled my head with all kinds of ideas on how to make a lot of money with affiliates on my blog. But he never came through with any of his promises as to how to go about making all that money. OOOO I had/have a lot of traffic through that blog.  It has been up and running a bit over a year and I have yet to see 1 red cent out of it. Also after about 2 weeks of helping get it started.  He stopped helping me cold turkey and left me to fend for my self.  Fortunately I am only out $22.50 for the domain name.  Which I was able to re direct point to my new web page.  Again I won't say his name in public  (I don't need trouble) but look out for fast, slick talking hustlers. I was lucky this time.


A report on a new group bidding for a chunk of the remote base market

The url for this new service is   http://www.remotehamradio.com/ .    I have had a chance to try out this new service and compare the pro's and con's with   http://www.remotehams.com.

The pro's list is as follows
1.     All of the remote bases are on mountain/hill tops

2.     All remote bases are running adjustable kw amp's

3.    All remote bases have the same equipment, radios, antennas, amp's, interfaces and      software

4.    All remote bases have the same type of rotating multi element, multi band beam antennas

5.   There is no half second internet delay between what the receiver hears and I hear it, the same with transmit.  The internet delay is only micro seconds.

6.   You don't have to share the connection.  If I am on one of the remote bases everyone else is locked out until  I log off the remote base. Anyone else that clicks on that remote base will see a red box saying station in use.  Except for the station owner and or an appointed administrator.

The con's to this new setup.

1.   The biggest negative against this setup in my book is it is a pay service,  and payed by the minute.  The San Joaquin Valley Ca station is 33 cents per minute. The other stations have there own rates per minute.

2.   There is only 5 stations operating in the world (all in the USA).  The San Joaquin Valley Ca station,  The Westchester County New York station,   The 2 stations in Dutchess County New York,  And  the Sullivan County New York station.

I tryed to check into the WARTS net  tonight (3.975mhz @ 18:00 pdt) using my free 30 minutes air time for signing up. Using the   San Joaquin Valley Ca station.  I could only hear the southern net relay station, QTH in the middle of Oregon state (90% of the net  control stations are in Washington state.  No one heard me.  I tried barefoot and full 1kw and no one heard me. All that power went right over them because the station is high up on a mountain top.

To sum it all up. With the positives that this service has,  the negatives of this service outweigh the it's positives.  It isn't worth paying for, specialy for ham's like me on a low fixed income.  I am going to stick with www.remotehams.com until I can get my own hf station up and working.  A personal note when I go to something like a Star Trek convention and stay over at a hotel.  I will have my laptop with  me and  make some time to do some QSO's via the remote base program.

73s  Steve

an interesting teck article I read in April QST

I won't go into all the technical details here but it is about taking a store shelf (buy them anywere) computer wireless router. Stick an external rf amplifier and a better roof antenna on it.  Hams are setting up hi speed wireless nodes in the 13 cm band with this new setup.   It works almost like EchoLink and IRLP.  Except this new setup is directly connecting computers together on a high speed data link.   Info, file transfers and even digital pictures can be sent both ways in the blink of an eye.  This system doesn't depend on the internet or regular phone lines,  it can be run on auxiliary power. And it is very easy to pack up and take it to a remote location.  There is even a VOIP setup for voice transmitting in the works.

What is unique about this that the FCC allows ham operators to experiment and explore new ideas like this,  all legal under the Amateur Radio License.  And by doing this pushing the envelope of new technology forward.

This new setup will help  me solve a problem of getting internet in my work shop at my new apt when we move in. The single car garage were the work shop is going to be is a few 100 yards north and on the other side of the private road from the new apt in the apt complex.  I have been racking my brains on how to solve this problem short of asking the apt management for permission to have Charter (my internet service provider) to run a cable tv cable into the garage.  I have also seen a gadget on tv that claims to be able to transmit a modulated video and sound signal over a wireless router, pull tv signal out of the wireless incoded signal and feed it to a tv.  That I have not seen any solid hard data on yet.   For anyone that wants to read more about this new project can find it in the April 2014 issue of QST starting on page 80.  

73s     Steve