Mystery sound

There was some discussion today during the club meeting about interference on the 6m repeater that sounds like an idling diesel engine and I investigated. I found the problem to possibly be from a pager transmitter that could be in the same building, or possibly even on the same antenna as the 6 meter repeater or somewhere nearby.

Anyone wanting to help me confirm this can tune to 152.03 MHz to see if this is the same sound they are hearing.

Anyone wanting to discuss this, email me, my call at gmail dot com.

73, Chris – KC0TKS

Nano VNA

Several people at the club meeting Saturday asked me about the $55 antenna analyzer (Vector Network Analyzer) I mentioned. Here are the details for all interested.

Go to Amazon.com and search for Nano VNA.

Chris – KC0TKS

KEØCYW, WAØWUY recognized

Steve – KEØCYW (left) and Bret – WØVK (right)

Steve Semon, KEØCYW was presented with a plaque and a lifetime membership to the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub  during the club meeting on August 29, 2020 .

The inscription on the plaque reads  “In recognition of the many years of service,  generous contributions and dedication to amateur radio in the Sedalia- Pettis County area”

Thank you Steve and congratulations!

Also, at the same meeting, Steve De Moss, WAØWUY was awarded a lifetime membership for his many decades of participation and contributions to the club including the equipment for the repeater streaming project.

Congratulations to you also!

Live Stream Phase 2 Operational

Phase two of the repeater streaming project is currently in operation. Phase two is the addition of the WBØLRX 224.44 repeater to our stream. Thanks to Jeff for letting us do that. It and the 2 meter repeater share stream number one, using the radio that Steve, WAØWUY donated, the tri-band Baofeng, that will simultaneously monitor 2m and 220.

Phase three will be forthcoming, placing the 6 meter repeater on a second stream using a radio donated by John, NØEE. This will take me some additional time since it involves fairly complex configuration of the Raspberry Pi to stream two audio sources at the same time, as well as adding to the tangled mess of wires and antennas.

Listen to the live streams on Broadcastify.com or use the Broadcastify app on your phone.

I will post photos of the completed setup after phase 3 is complete.

73,
Chris – KCØTKS

Repeater Streaming up for a test

The SPARK 2 meter repeater is now up for a live streaming test. It will only be up for a short time. The streamer at this point is nothing but a tangled mess of wires on the workbench, but it appears to work.

In the next few days, it will be cleaned up into its final configuration.
Things to remember:
1. This is only a preliminary test. The feed may be up and down sporadically for several days.
2. The feed is delayed from live by 15 seconds to as much as 2 minutes.

Give a listen at broadcastify.com on your computer, or install the official broadcastify app on your cell phone. Search for Missouri | Pettis County.

73, Chris – KC0TKS

 

Jim Keck WØFRX, SK

Jim Keck WØFRX
1920-2019

Our eldest Klub member, friend and mentor Jim Keck WØFRX became a silent key on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the age of 98.

In some way, Jim touched nearly all of us over his many years, whether by mentoring, sharing his vast experience or by spending countless hours in QSOs with us.

He will be sadly missed.

His obituary can be found here.

Any Klub member who has a story to share about Jim is invited to add it to the end of this post. Click “edit” to add your memory of Jim.

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Welcome, Missouri State Fair Visitors

Hams who are visiting the Missouri State Fair are  invited to utilize our repeater while they are in town.

We have operators who monitor daily and can answer most questions you might have about your visit to Sedalia. We also have a 2 meter net on our repeater that will happen twice during the fair, once on Sunday the 11th and again on the last day of the fair on the 18th, both at 8pm. Please check in, we’d love to hear from you!

Several area hams also monitor 146.52. Give a call there also if you need assistance during the fair.

Statistics suggest that approximately 79 hams per day may visit this year’s fair as hams comprise .248% of the US population.  We hope to hear from every one of you!

Repeater info:
 
147.03 MHz with a 
non-standard negative 
offset that you will
have to manually
program.
(Your radio will assume
a + offset.)
Input is 146.43 

179.9 PL tone 

Net is on Sundays, 8:00pm

Net Audio

The net last evening was a really good and informative one. I even got to check in for a change, which is rare. Perfect time for the recording to fail and it did.

I am at my wits’ end. I spent a significant amount of time diagnosing and repairing all possible causes of failure and several weeks had passed and I was confident I had it figured out once and for all. After I let my guard down, another failure happened 16 seconds into the recording this past Sunday.

I’m not sure what to do except to have several of us do the recording every week, that way at least one of us captures it. Anyone interested in stepping up, let me know and I will show you how to do it.

I hate to do it, but I may just give up on it.  I have alarms, reminders and timers set and still have a sketchy record that all seems like a waste of my time and effort. I enjoy the recordings as much as the rest of you, I am rarely here for the net and get to listen after the fact but the unreliability really has my enthusiasm at zero.

Chris – KC0TKS