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HamSphere Newsletter Spring/Summer 2020:

Bill Craft
 

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Kelly SM7NHC
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Re: Health and Wellness Net Friday NOW at 7 pm

Hilton N. Jeanne
 

Hi Bill and Rosendo and everyone else.  We're still around, just not at the time of the meetings :-(

Jeanne and I are doing fine.  She is still working from home and should be here until September or October.  She has taken over the radio room and by the time she's done I'm too tired to play.  I've been working out in the garage doing scroll saw work and when Jeanne gets off work we start doing resin work.  She's trying to start her own small business and is waiting on Austin.  It's only been about two months so she should he something by Christmas.

Hope everyone is well!

Hilton / N3JFF and Jeanne Chesterfield


On 7/10/2020 9:46 AM, Bill Craft wrote:
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Health and Wellness Net Friday NOW at 7 pm

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Re: Running cable through wall

Jim Hargrave
 

Bob,

Underground cables has some major advantages:

Lower receiver noise

Extends cable life

Wiring hidden from neighbors

Etc…

 

Don’t forget to install cable Pull  wire. (Twice the pipe length)

 

Above all…Have fun.

 

Jim – w5ifp-

 

From: main@saradioclub.groups.io [mailto:main@saradioclub.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Dole, not that old guy.
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:15 PM
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

 

Jim,

I am thinking to do something similar, but running cable underground after conduit exits the external wall. 

Thanks, Bob

Re: Running cable through wall

Bob Dole, not that old guy.
 

Jim,

I am thinking to do something similar, but running cable underground after conduit exits the external wall. 

Thanks, Bob

Re: Running cable through wall

Jim Hargrave
 

Bob,

I built my house in Bulverde.

I installed 2 each 2in pvc pipes that are in the slab. These come out about 6 inches below ground on the outside and the inside, they come out in the wall behind the operating desk.

My tower is about 100 ft away from the house. All cables are underground.

 

 

Jim – w5ifp-r

 

From: main@saradioclub.groups.io [mailto:main@saradioclub.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Dole, not that old guy.
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:08 AM
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

 

Additional info: the wall is dry wall on inside and stone on outside. With that said, the house is currently being built and I have opportunity to have something professionally installed. I just need to be able to convey what I want. 

I appreciate all the advice and encourage more. 

Thanks, Bob 

Re: Running cable through wall

Bob Dole, not that old guy.
 

Additional info: the wall is dry wall on inside and stone on outside. With that said, the house is currently being built and I have opportunity to have something professionally installed. I just need to be able to convey what I want. 

I appreciate all the advice and encourage more. 

Thanks, Bob 

Re: Running cable through wall

Joe Bruno
 

Personally I've helped Greg, the hard line guy, put up his towers and install his coax, please read that as sewer pipe.  I could be wrong but one of his hard lines  is 2" I think.  If you want to see an antenna installation that is second to none, ask him if he wouldn't mind you looking at his.  Now let's put this into perspective; the sink in your kitchen probably has 2" pipes for the drain.  Then think of that same size being the size of your coax, hard line.   That is actually what the word "amazing" means...

Joe Bruno 
210-363-9500
W5AUQ


On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 9:49 PM Lou Everett, Sr. <loueverettsr@...> wrote:
MFJ has window panels with everything you need.  You just need a window to mont it in.  I’ve used them for years.  Works great!  No damage to house what so ever.

Lou WA5LOU

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:20 PM Bob Dole, not that old guy. <redawg@...> wrote:
I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

--
Lou WA5LOU


Re: Running cable through wall

Lou Everett, Sr.
 

MFJ has window panels with everything you need.  You just need a window to mont it in.  I’ve used them for years.  Works great!  No damage to house what so ever.

Lou WA5LOU

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:20 PM Bob Dole, not that old guy. <redawg@...> wrote:
I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

--
Lou WA5LOU


Re: Running cable through wall

Lee Besing
 

When my wife, Pat AD5BR, got the ham bug, we decided to drill a big hole thru the side wall using a hole saw cutter the size of a dryer vent.

We then ran a piece of suitably sized PVC pipe thru the hole and sealed the edges of the hole. We put 45° curved connectors on the ends, facing downward.

After running ladder line for our HF loop (loop needs repairs now), rotor controller cable, and the normal high end coax for our 2m/440 antenna, we soaked large sponges with insecticide and stuffed them in the pipe to block unwanted critters and air flow.

This arrangement allowed us to make changes over the years, while being able to physically separate the various cables to reduce interference.

But it does have that permanent dryer vent size hole in the wall.


Lee Besing
210-771-7075
San Antonio TX


-----Original Message-----
From: David Finell <dfinell@...>
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Sent: Sun, 05 Jul 2020 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

That depends on what your home is made of.  I just have fiber siding with standard sheetrock walls.  I just purchased a very long drill for drilling through walls and drilled a hole the exact size of the cable I wanted to pass through.  After passing the cable through I made a drip loop with the cable on the outside and sealed the hole with RTV.  I also used through wall cable feedthroughs that RadioShack carried.  I think I have seen them at altex before as well.  When I leave it is easy to patch the holes so there is no sign of the hole for future residence.

 

73’s,

 

David Finell

 

From: <main@saradioclub.groups.io> on behalf of "Bob Dole, not that old guy." <redawg@...>
Reply-To: <main@saradioclub.groups.io>
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 10:42 AM
To: <main@saradioclub.groups.io>
Subject: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

 

I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

Re: Running cable through wall

David Finell
 

That depends on what your home is made of.  I just have fiber siding with standard sheetrock walls.  I just purchased a very long drill for drilling through walls and drilled a hole the exact size of the cable I wanted to pass through.  After passing the cable through I made a drip loop with the cable on the outside and sealed the hole with RTV.  I also used through wall cable feedthroughs that RadioShack carried.  I think I have seen them at altex before as well.  When I leave it is easy to patch the holes so there is no sign of the hole for future residence.

 

73’s,

 

David Finell

 

From: <main@saradioclub.groups.io> on behalf of "Bob Dole, not that old guy." <redawg@...>
Reply-To: <main@saradioclub.groups.io>
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 10:42 AM
To: <main@saradioclub.groups.io>
Subject: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

 

I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

Re: Running cable through wall

J C Smith
 

MFJ makes a board that can be and installed in a window.  It has coax barrel connectors and other type connectors.  I used window locks in the window channel and had my alarm company add sensors in new locations on the window.
I didn't get any flack from my wife when I brought the cables in to my office using the MFJ panel.  At other residents I went through and she wasn't happy with me.

J C, N5RXS 

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From: "Bob Dole, not that old guy."
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Sunday July 5 2020 1:20:08PM
Subject: [W5SC] Running cable through wall

I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

Re: Running cable through wall

Bill Craft
 

Re: Running cable through wall

Bill Craft
 

what kind of wall? how thick? if you drill through wall, you need to proceed carefully so you don't drill through electric wires, etc.

Running cable through wall

Bob Dole, not that old guy.
 

I would appreciate any input on best way to run antenna cable from inside house to outside with minimal damage to house. 

Re: Field Day 2020

Cray / K5MUG
 

Hello, Joe, good to hear from you.

 

Yes, it was a fun time.  I haven’t worked many contests/events for quite a while so I’m looking at the calendar for a few more targets. I have a few newly built lightweight antennas to tune and test for more ‘5w and a wire’ options.  Proof-tested a new small lightweight single lever Torsion Bar Paddle Portable key from W1SFR / Steve Roberts ( w1sfr.com ).  It performed very well without the base plate using poster putty to stabilize the key, another top-notch key from Steve.  It has also proven itself with honors as cootie key.

I think the months ahead will be filled with many changes and limitations for many things because of ‘Rona’, so I’m hoping to increase my chances of participation with alternative plans, options, and equipment.  Sometimes it’ll work, sometimes not.  Just have to hang in there!

 

Looking forward to open meetings and face to face activities,

Wishing you good health and the best of luck,

 

Qrp CW Rocks, 5w and a wire!

72, 73,

Cray / K5MUG

 

From: main@saradioclub.groups.io <main@saradioclub.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Bruno
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:46 AM
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc: stxdxcc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Field Day 2020

 

Hmmm, sounds like you had a blast.   I didn't participate in field day this year.   Numerous reasons.   I'm going to get ready for it next year for sure, just in case we're still in lockdown mode.  Thanks for sharing your results.

 

Joe Bruno 

210-363-9500

W5AUQ

Re: Field Day 2020

Joe Bruno
 

Hmmm, sounds like you had a blast.   I didn't participate in field day this year.   Numerous reasons.   I'm going to get ready for it next year for sure, just in case we're still in lockdown mode.  Thanks for sharing your results.

Joe Bruno 
210-363-9500
W5AUQ

On Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 9:50 PM Cray / K5MUG <k5mug@...> wrote:

Greetings to all,

 

Just coming off a high from Field Day 2020 running Class 1E Qrp, on a 12AH/12v battery and solar power in my backyard/patio:  Elecraft Kx3 running 5w into a portable 40/20 fan dipole on a 31’ pushup pole.  All contacts were via Search and Pounce, I will admit to doing a pick and choose method on selecting contacts, mostly targeting picks on FD 2020 count of Sections, States, and DX. Think I worked about 9 or 10 hours, give or take, Saturday late afternoon and evening  and last two hours Sunday afternoon.  I’ll also admit to spending a little more time to get a target rather than shooting for quantity; doing that was fun, exciting, and satisfying (and frustrating) at the time but also more frustrating at the end. My grandfathers would call that robbing Peter to pay Paul, you make your picks and suffer the consequences.  Hmm, wonder why I didn’t score higher?  Get over it!!!  LOL.

.

While I’m somewhat disappointed in my total results, I did hit all four lower 48 USA corners except for Maine but did tag New Hampshire for that corner.  Ticked 52 Sections, 38 States.  I also worked Hawaii, British Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Barbados for distance targets.  Probably could have gotten Bert, F6HKA, France, but that’s like catching fish in a barrel, Bert is one of those with BIG EARS who can hear anyone almost anytime worldwide regardless of power coming his way.

 

Overall  87 total contacts.

 

One pleasant surprise was 20m, I’ve been checking on 20m CW for a couple of weeks from mid-late afternoon for a current gauge of activity.  It’s been very slow with what I hear being very weak, not much coming my way.  When I started Saturday about 4 PM on it seemed to be the norm as I had observed, but from about 6 or 6:30 PM it come alive with a second and third breath and stayed very active and coming in nicely that way until about 10 PM or so when I changed over to 40m.  Confirms the belief that even though propagation is in its low cycle, but can and does support great signals when we ‘push to talk’ regardless of our mode.

 

If we ALL clicked our mic, tapped our key, or activated our digital, we ALL might be pleased with the results! Don’t just wheel your knob and listen but put your noise of choice on the air, give it a chance, don’t give up.  Propagation is waiting to push your signal somewhere, find out.   Git-r-done!

 

How was your FD?  Hope you had as much fun as I did.  ?  If you didn’t do FD, you really missed out on another real blast – start making your plans today for FD 2021, it’s never never too early.

 

Qrp CW Rocks! 5w and a wire!

 

72, 73,

 

Cray / K5MUG

 

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Bill Craft
 

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SARC- in person meeting are canceled

Bill Craft
 

Y'all know that the city & state are experiencing a higher COVID rate. To be safe, Rosendo has suspended in person meeting until further notice. We know that Zoom isn't the same as in person but its certainly safer.
So we all want to be safe and not get this virus.
73's