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Advice needed

Tom O'Brien
 

Tom AB5XZ, David KE5KCW, and (Mike callsign TBD) will be operating portable in northern Colorado in July.
We plan to take a Kenwood TS-450 and lightweight MFJ power supply. What we have not decided on is the antenna. In the past, we have taken a long wire or a 20m dipole. This time, we are looking at the Buddipole product, mainly for its compactness and easy setup.

Can anyone on these list tell us about experience with the Buddipole?

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Fw: Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit at Trinity Saturday, May 1

Tom O'Brien
 

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Sent: Apr 22, 2010 3:19 PM
To: STXDXCC <STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com>, W5SC <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit at Trinity Saturday, May 1

Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit
May 1, 2010, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Trinity University
Moody Engineering Science Building, Room MEB 305
Sponsored by IEEE Life Members Group – San Antonio

Come and see Electrical Engineering history! Life Members and others who have
unique instruments and pieces of equipment from decades past will exhibit and
discuss the equipment they used and their experiences. Items already on the
list of exhibits include:

WWII and Vietnam era military electronics
Vacuum Tubes, Vacuum capacitors, Telegraph equipment
Standard cell, laboratory test equipment
Early electronic calculators
SWTP 6809 microcomputer, punch cards
Personal (hobby) robots
Vintage 1930's era radios
Oscilloscopes and VTVMs from the 50's and 60's
Microcomputer magazines, 1930's ARRL manuals
Part catalogs and literature
The format will be informal and visitors can visit all the table top exhibits.
Exhibitors will explain how the equipment was obtained and how they were
personally involved in the use or design.

Space is available for more table-top exhibits. Do you have a piece of electrical
history in your garage or attic? A test instrument that you used, a Dumont
television set, a kit microcomputer, parts catalogs or magazines from the 60's,
50's, 40's or earlier? If so, dust it off and bring it to our Exhibit. Show off your
treasures and look at all the other items that will be there.

Certificates will be awarded for “oldest” (must be documented) and “best of
show” (selected by vote of visitors).
Anyone who would like to participate should contact Ernest Franke||
(e.franke@ieee.org) so exhibit space can be planned.

Announcement and Map attached.



Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas

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FW: You GOTTA see this video!!!

Gary Harmon
 

Very interesting video.



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."



From: Rich Arland [mailto:k7sz@live.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:14 AM
To: Andy Howard; Bill Rankin; bobkb3vs@aol.com; boyd schilling; Cal Neff;
Cam Hartford; Chris Fowler; Dar Piatt; Dean Johnston; Debbie Stanfield; Dino
Papas; Doug Hendricks; Doug Rubenstein; Frank Henrikson; Fran Slavinski;
Gary Harmon; Gwen Stanfieldc; Howie Weinstine; Jerel Duboff; Jim Fitton; Jim
Larsen; Joe Lynch; John Tomsak; Kevin Stanfield; Kielan Stanfield; Mark
Wilson; Marv Feldman; Mike Zane; Mitch Gill; N2CX; Patricia Arland; Paul
Stroud; Paul; Philip Neidlinger; Ralph Fellows; Rich; Roger Kropf; Roy
Lewallen; Steve Ford; Tom at Hayseed Hamfest Co.; Vic Klein;
wlmccrory@roadrunner.com; worksntv@aol.com
Subject: You GOTTA see this video!!!



Hal N4GG presented this to the North Fulton Amateur Radio League last
evening. This is a replica of a 1910 rotary spark-gap transmitter AND IT
WORKS!!!!!

The video is a little over an hour long, and is a great presentation,
however if you want to just watch the transmitter in action go to about 1 hr
5 mins and watch from there. This project took Hal over 2500 hours to
complete. It weighs in excess of 70 pounds! It is a beautiful piece of
antique radio gear and when you hear it for the first time and see that
"Blue Lightening" flashing across the spark-gap you'll be seeing "REAL
RADIO" in action.

Have fun!!

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6327659

VY 73 es GUD DX!

Rich Arland, K7SZ
Bent Dipole Ranch
Dacula, GA

Cogito Ergo CQ! (I Think Therefore I Ham!)
(With apologies to Rene Descartes, 1596 to 1650)





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Older Working Laptop Available

Gary Harmon
 

I have an older Dell Latitude laptop for sale or trade or even giveaway if
the need brings tears to my eyes. It works good, holds a two hour charge
but has two issues. One, the LAN socket does not work but the internal
wireless does. Two, sometimes the screen will go off into horiz-hold-ville
but a slap to the back will bring it back. It is loaded with XP
Professional and I have the CD and related documents. If you have a need,
let me know.



73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."


New ARRL Website

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Looks like the new ARRL site is operational.

http://www.arrl.org/


SK- KA5MUK

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Richard F. (Dick) Gabler 94 has departed on his final flight into the
heavens. An avid career aviator Dick was a pilot beginning with his career
in the U.S. Navy and followed with a career flying for the airlines and as
an executive pilot. Well into his retirement he spent many hours flying his
glider for personal enjoyment and accomplishment. Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma
on May 8 1915 he spent his childhood in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He is a
graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene Texas where he was a proud
member of the World Famous Cowboy marching band. After college he joined the
U.S. Navy as a pilot flying amphibious patrol aircraft during WWII. It was
during his training at Pensacola Naval Air Station that he met and married
his wife Helen Myrick. He left the Navy as a Commander to begin an airline
pilot career. Following his career with the airline he flew as a private
pilot for a local rancher. He ended his career working in Civil Service at
Kelly AFB. Dick also enjoyed his hobbies of sailing, ham radio (KA5MUK) and
model railroading. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Myrick Gabler
of Pensacola FL. He is survived by his daughter Helen Jeanne Kincheloe and
her husband Gordon grandchildren Michelle White Rebecca Handley and her
husband Derek and his great-grandchildren Brooke White and Heather Bay
Handley. Dick is also survived by his sister-in-law Hazel Gowling of New
Jersey. He was also preceded in death by his second wife Johnnie West Gabler
A private family graveside memorial will be at Ft. Sam Houston National
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please contribute to your favorite charity.


http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=richard-gabler&pid=141677483


Re: Texas VHF-FM Society Polls TX Hams

Larry Higgins
 

Hi, guys: The question before us is both political and technical. In so far as I can tell, only the Utah VHF Society has done their engineering homework on this issue. They have answered numerous technical questions on their web site at: http://utahvhfs.org/.
The political question is this: Do you agree that digital stations should have priority over analog assignments for repeater coordination? That is, they would be allowed to go to the head of the line, by creating new pairs out of simplex channels.
The Utah group (I think) is sticking with the 20 kHz pairs that we use in Texas. They assign digital 2 meter repeaters in the same manner as analog repeaters.
In their technical section, they point out that only one (1) digital channel will fit in a single 20 KHz  2-meter slot. Ideally, 2 adjacent 20 KHz slots might allow a 3rd repeater.
On 440 MHz, 25 KHz analog channels now in use here and in Utah will work fine. But the notion that 2 digital repeaters can be placed in a single 25 KHz slot is conclusively shot down, because of consumer grade radio frequency instability.
Have a look at what Utah has done, before you vote!
73,
Larry Higgins, W5EX
Former Pres., etc etc. Tx VHF FM Society and the San Antonio Radio Club.



  



It's fine with me Mike FG w5fgg

________________________________
From: Mike Check <k5ucq@arrl.net>
To: SARC Yahoo <w5sc@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon, March 15, 2010 7:44:06 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Texas VHF-FM Society Polls TX Hams

 
I am interested in other hams ideas on this. Please e-mail ME your opinion
at k5ucq@arrl.net

A proposal for
146.450 - 146.490 MHz, High in/low out, 1 MHz offset, 12.5 kHz channel
spacing or less, any digital voice/data air interface technology suitable
for the Amateur Radio Service that is compatible with the channel spacing.
No analog transmission permitted.

Texas VHF-FM Society Seeks Opinion
on DStar Coordination

http://www.eham. net/articles/ 23414

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Re: Texas VHF-FM Society Polls TX Hams

Floyd Gordon
 

It's fine with me Mike FG w5fgg




________________________________
From: Mike Check <k5ucq@arrl.net>
To: SARC Yahoo <w5sc@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon, March 15, 2010 7:44:06 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Texas VHF-FM Society Polls TX Hams

 
I am interested in other hams ideas on this. Please e-mail ME your opinion
at k5ucq@arrl.net

A proposal for
146.450 - 146.490 MHz, High in/low out, 1 MHz offset, 12.5 kHz channel
spacing or less, any digital voice/data air interface technology suitable
for the Amateur Radio Service that is compatible with the channel spacing.
No analog transmission permitted.

Texas VHF-FM Society Seeks Opinion
on DStar Coordination

http://www.eham. net/articles/ 23414

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Texas VHF-FM Society Polls TX Hams

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

I am interested in other hams ideas on this. Please e-mail ME your opinion
at k5ucq@arrl.net

A proposal for
146.450 - 146.490 MHz, High in/low out, 1 MHz offset, 12.5 kHz channel
spacing or less, any digital voice/data air interface technology suitable
for the Amateur Radio Service that is compatible with the channel spacing.
No analog transmission permitted.

Texas VHF-FM Society Seeks Opinion
on DStar Coordination

http://www.eham.net/articles/23414


Fw: League request with S 1755

David F <davidftx@...>
 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: ARRL STX Section <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
To: davidftx@swbell.net
Sent: Thu, March 11, 2010 9:47:20 AM
Subject: League request with S 1755

From Dr. Woolweaver:

As you are aware, S 1755 the "Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Enhancement Act of 2009" unanimously passed the Senate December 14,
2009 and was transmitted to the House of Representatives for
consideration. S 1755 is assigned to the House Committee on Energy and
Commerce, the same committee where HR 2160 current sits with 35
co-sponsors.


Our Washington team has decided that since S 1755 has already
successfully cleared one chamber that we will now focus on this version
of the bill. The strategy decided upon is to ask all ARRL members to
contact Chairman Henry Waxman (CA-30) and Congressman Joe Barton
(TX-05) urging them to bring S 1755 up for consideration by the
Committee and forward it on to the full House for a vote. Because of
the bipartisan nature and passage of S 1755 in the Senate, we believe
this strategy offers an excellent opportunity to get this important
legislation passed.

To help with this, we again need the assistance of each of our members.
This is a slightly different tactic than the familiar request being
made to each ARRL member's home district House member. We are asking
that ARRL members contact the leadership of the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce urging them to bring up S 1755 for consideration
and passage.

We would like to keep this issue on the "front burner" of the Committee
leadership, so we are asking that ARRL members fax letters directly to
Congressmen Waxman and Barton . Their office fax numbers are:

Chairman Waxman 202-225-2525
Congressman Barton 202-225-1919

We also ask that they fax copies of their letters to our consultants in
Washington at Chwat & Co at 703-684-7594.

Members can read the Webstory at
www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/10/11385/?nc=1 A copy of a sample
letter is linked from the web story. A copy is also attached to this
email.

We are trying to generate as many letters on this as quickly as
possible, so thanks in advance for your assistance on helping expedite
this request. As always, please contact my office if I can assist you
with this project. Your efforts do make a difference!

73

Dan Henderson, N1ND
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio(tm)
860-594-0236
dhenderson@arrl.org

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Today's "Checkout Party" at Krueger Middle School

Tom O'Brien
 

SARC President Lew Archer and I arrived at Krueger at about 11:30 and checked in with the front desk. Mr. Claughton was on "Lunchroom Duty", whatever that is. Sounds scary, doesn't it?

He took us over to the modular building where the stack of radio gear awaited. The gear had lots of dust but no cobwebs and probably no cooties. We started by going through the big pieces and identifying them by manufacturer, model number, and serial number. For each item, we took one or two identifying photos and noted its condition. We were able to test only a few items (power supplies and an oscilloscope). By about 2:30 we had covered all of the equipment items. We were not able to identify the RG-8 coax cables that came through the ceiling (one with blue tape and one with red tape around the end), although we ran an antenna analyzer sweep on them. We also took some outdoor photographs of details of the two towers and their installed antennas. Mr. Claughton checked his files and found no documentation of the radio club's equipment.

Our next step is to enter all of our notes and photographs into a report for the school. Along with that, we will attempt to find technical documentation for each piece of equipment. At tomorrow night's club meeting, I plan to give Lew a CD containing today's photographs. The documentation will be a challenge, and we will ask club members for help in obtaining it.

Our goal is to help Krueger get the station up and running by the start of the Fall semester. They already have two teachers newly licensed (last Saturday), and hope to have several more licensed by Fall.

I think today's Checkout Party was a success. It certainly has identified some more work that is needed.

73TomAB5XZ


Re: Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!

Tom O'Brien
 

Lew, thank you. I will buy lunch.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lew Archer
Sent: Mar 8, 2010 2:32 PM
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!





I will come. Keep in mind I have both weak mind and back, but willingness in abundance.

--- On Mon, 3/8/10, Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net> wrote:

From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Subject: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!
To: "W5SC" <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 12:06 PM



We may be down to a crew of 1 (me) because David K5OLE is feeling ill.

This work party should take no more than three hours (from start of lunch until we go home).

I don't know how many pieces of equipment there are, but I think it all fits in a 6 foot mobile rack.

It is important to get the equipment inventoried and checked out so we (and the school) can know what needs to be added, connected, or repaired.

Please give this work party some consideration, as it is a worthwhile way to spend a few hours. I'm told that the station was a project of SARC some years ago, and every project needs some follow-up.

What I would like to do is meet at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches on Austin Highway, about 11 AM. To sweeten the deal, I will buy your lunch if you come for the work party. After lunch, we can head over to Krueger Middle School and get started. No tower climbing is involved!

Let me know if you can help, even for just an hour.

Sincerely,

Tom O'Brien

San Antonio, Texas






Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Krueger Middle School Checkout Party

Tom O'Brien
 

Wednesday, March 10th.
Meet at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches on Austin Highway, 11 AM.
Bring test equipment: DVM, Antenna Analyzer, Dummy Load.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!

Lew Archer <usxpop@...>
 

I will come.  Keep in mind I have both weak mind and back, but willingness in abundance.

--- On Mon, 3/8/10, Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net> wrote:

From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Subject: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!
To: "W5SC" <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 12:06 PM







 









We may be down to a crew of 1 (me) because David K5OLE is feeling ill.



This work party should take no more than three hours (from start of lunch until we go home).

I don't know how many pieces of equipment there are, but I think it all fits in a 6 foot mobile rack.

It is important to get the equipment inventoried and checked out so we (and the school) can know what needs to be added, connected, or repaired.



Please give this work party some consideration, as it is a worthwhile way to spend a few hours. I'm told that the station was a project of SARC some years ago, and every project needs some follow-up.



What I would like to do is meet at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches on Austin Highway, about 11 AM. To sweeten the deal, I will buy your lunch if you come for the work party. After lunch, we can head over to Krueger Middle School and get started. No tower climbing is involved!



Let me know if you can help, even for just an hour.



Sincerely,

Tom O'Brien

San Antonio, Texas




















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Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout day - Please help!

Tom O'Brien
 

We may be down to a crew of 1 (me) because David K5OLE is feeling ill.

This work party should take no more than three hours (from start of lunch until we go home).
I don't know how many pieces of equipment there are, but I think it all fits in a 6 foot mobile rack.
It is important to get the equipment inventoried and checked out so we (and the school) can know what needs to be added, connected, or repaired.

Please give this work party some consideration, as it is a worthwhile way to spend a few hours. I'm told that the station was a project of SARC some years ago, and every project needs some follow-up.

What I would like to do is meet at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches on Austin Highway, about 11 AM. To sweeten the deal, I will buy your lunch if you come for the work party. After lunch, we can head over to Krueger Middle School and get started. No tower climbing is involved!

Let me know if you can help, even for just an hour.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: Krueger Middle School Radio Club - moving forward

David F <davidftx@...>
 

Tom,

I thought I'd warn you-I'm sick.  Not from the cancer, just sick.  A cold or flu or something.  If it doesn't clear up by Wednesday I'll be a no show.  I hate it and hope I get better fast.

David.




________________________________
From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
To: W5SC <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon, March 8, 2010 9:03:19 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - moving forward

 
The two teachers (Bill and Sabine) from Krueger who attended Saturday's crash course at UIW both passed their exams and will soon have Tech licenses!

That's one small step toward restarting the KD5OMG club at Krueger. Congratulations!

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas



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Krueger Middle School Radio Club - moving forward

Tom O'Brien
 

The two teachers (Bill and Sabine) from Krueger who attended Saturday's crash course at UIW both passed their exams and will soon have Tech licenses!

That's one small step toward restarting the KD5OMG club at Krueger. Congratulations!

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Krueger checkout day

Tom O'Brien
 

The recommended lunch place is Jimmy John's, on Austin Highway.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout party

David F <davidftx@...>
 

It's Wednesday Lew. 

I have most of the stuff you need Tom.  My antenna analyzer only goes to 150 MHz, though.

Are you talking about Jerry's cousin, Jason?  25 Northeast Loop 410?

David F.




________________________________
From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
To: STXDXCC <STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com>; W5SC <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sat, March 6, 2010 11:55:51 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout party

 
I have an appointment at Krueger Middle School to inventory and check out the radio club's equipment.

So far I have these volunteers to help:
AB5XZ (me)
K5OLE (David)

I would like to have just one more volunteer - surely there is some one out there with a little extra time to help us.

Where: Krueger Middle School (Science and Technology Magnet)
When: 11:30 AM (for two hours)
What we need: HF Antenna Analyzer, DVM (Digital Voltmeter), HF wattmeter, VHF antenna analyzer.

We will probably have lunch at Jerry's deli (name?) before, unless school cafeteria food really appeals to you.

I can pick up anyone who doesn't feel like driving.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas



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Re: Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout party

Lew Archer <usxpop@...>
 

Is there a date associated with the place and time of day?  I have none of the test equipment and have a doctors appointment tomorrow at 10am, but if I can help, I'll show up.  Let me know if this helps.

--- On Sat, 3/6/10, Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net> wrote:

From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Subject: [W5SC] Krueger Middle School Radio Club - Checkout party
To: "STXDXCC" <STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com>, "W5SC" <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:55 AM







 









I have an appointment at Krueger Middle School to inventory and check out the radio club's equipment.



So far I have these volunteers to help:

AB5XZ (me)

K5OLE (David)



I would like to have just one more volunteer - surely there is some one out there with a little extra time to help us.



Where: Krueger Middle School (Science and Technology Magnet)

When: 11:30 AM (for two hours)

What we need: HF Antenna Analyzer, DVM (Digital Voltmeter), HF wattmeter, VHF antenna analyzer.



We will probably have lunch at Jerry's deli (name?) before, unless school cafeteria food really appeals to you.



I can pick up anyone who doesn't feel like driving.



Sincerely,

Tom O'Brien

San Antonio, Texas

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