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March 4, 2020

Following is a list of items for sale.  Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of this equipment.  They will be on display at the March 12, 2020 meeting.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Repeater Fund

All prices are approximate as-is or for parts.

  1. Inductor – make offer
  2. VHF FM Amplifier – make offer
  3. 110V relay – make offer
  4. Autek research active filter QF1 – $200
  5. Yaesu FT227R 2 meter parts only – $25
  6. Yaesu Landliner – $50
  7. Yaesu FT 208R HT with NC 8A battery charger – make offer
  8. Daiwa RF Speech Processor $90
  9. Drake W7 Watt Meter  $120
  10. Drake TR7 Transceiver – $350
  11. Drake PS7 power supply (dated 1980) – $75

~Marlene KK6CTX


Club Officers for the year 2020

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association

Elected Officers for the Year 2020


Alan Serl KM6KPW


km6kpw @

Mike Yasmer KM6LOR


coyotegrad @

Jim Wiley AG6EA


jameswiley757 @

Margaret Albanese KC6UDH


malbanese @


Ron Braley KE6RYX

Director of Communications

(951) 369-5149


Marlene KK6CTX

Membership Chair

xmadamxx @

Appointed Positions for 2020


Sunshine Chair

Rick Schirmer KK6CTT


rngr86 @

Alan Serl KM6KPW


km6kpw @


KM6KPW 10 Meter Vertical Stick Dipole Antenna

I needed 10 Meter capability but have power lines just behind my property that keep me from putting up a nice big ground plane.  I’ve been messing around with horizontal dipole antennas for a while and found this assembly from MFJ.  This is a mount that lets you use a pair of stick antennas in a dipole configuration.

I purchased the MFJ-347 mount and a pair of 10 Meter stick antennas.  The assembly is intended to be used in a horizontal dipole configuration but as a group, the RCARA 10 Meter Net has agreed to using vertically polarized antennas.  My existing 10 Meter horizontal dipole had very bad reception already.

Why not put it into a vertical placement and see how it works.  So far I have to say that the response from the tuesday night 10 Meter Net crew is a huge improvement!

A new arm for my antenna mast was assembled using galvanized gas pipe fittings from the corner hardware store.  I will be adding the second arm to this mount to relocate my 2 Meter antenna so the two are six feet apart.  I have another five foot section to go above where I plan to mount a Ubiquiti Mesh network radio but that’s another project.

KM6CFH’s Go-Bag

After our 2019 Field Day I decided that making three trips to my truck to gather my gear was two trips too many. I had to figure out a way to get my power supply (including solar charging system) all of my essential gear into one bag and that would allow me to have both hands free. The following is what I came up with. You will see pre-holed sections because these are pictures of the frame after it was reconfigured.

I started off by taking some measurement of a Rush 24 backpack I purchased from 511 Tactical on Indiana in Riverside. This purchase was made in 2018 and was never intended to become a go-bag, but its durability made it the perfect choice. I came up with a PVC frame that sits in the bag. I used a box of #8 X ½” Phillips-head sheet metal screws to keep the PVC joined instead of glue in case I needed to make any future modifications (which I did for this version). I used plexiglass to make shelves and panels for the accessories and the battery.


The next step was to strap a Bioenno LiFePO4 12V, 12Ah battery to the bottom shelf and bolt an Epic PWRgate to the plexiglass on the top panel. I installed a 30A switch which I constructed to work with Anderson Powerpole connectors to turn power off/on.


I made the holes for the accessories using a step drill bit. I modified a Powerwerx Panelpole so that I could plug in the solar panels through it (in blue) and kept the black/red for powering the rig. The center is a Powerwerx Panel DVM to monitor battery voltage and the other accessory is a Powerwerx PanelUSB-Plus to power an LED light that I use at night.

The final step was to make all the connections and place the “top” panel on the frame.

I used two heavy duty GRIFFITI Bands to keep the plastic and metal from sliding around on smooth surfaces. The reason I made it this size was not only to have it fit in the bag, but to also provide a base for my Yaesu FT 991A.


The next pics are of the power frame and FT991A in the bag. As you can see I have room above for some extra supplies I may need and use a piece of plexiglass I have to keep pressure off of the knobs on the rig.

The only thing I needed to purchase to make the frame was, 8 90-degree socket X socket X socket elbows, 8 tees and a box of #8 ½” screws. I purchased a 28” X 30” of clear acrylic sheet (plexiglass) to create the shelves. These items were purchased from Lowes for under $50.

I already had about 8ft of ½” schedule 40 PVC for the actual frame. All the electronic components and the battery were from other builds and projects I have worked on. Everything I carry in the bag, including the two solar panels strapped on the outside, weighs about 38 pounds which is very manageable and allows me to have two free hands while walking to my destination.


Ham License Study Guides

Here are some of the Ham License Study Guides that our club members have found useful:

Get your FRN number

Register with the Federal Communications Commission to obtain your FRN number.  Every Amateur Radio Operator needs to have a FRN at the test time.

The practice exams on are up to date pools of questions.  This is great for checking your readiness for a real test.

Ham Test Prep (Android App)

This is a great practice test app.  Webmaster comment – “I used this to study for the General exam on lunches and breaks at work”


Testing at Field Day 2019 – One Tech and Two General!

RCARA 10 Meter Net

Please join us on Tuesdays nights at 7:00 PM on 28.420Mhz USB for a 10 meter Round-Table Net.  If the frequency is in use the alternate is 28.410MHZ USB.  Antenna polarization: Vertical.

The purpose of the 10 meter Net is to develop and improve our skills in bands of radio communications that are available but unfamiliar to many club members.

Technician Class license holders have Voice (Phone) privilege on 10 Meters between 28.300 Mhz and 28.500 Mhz meaning all licensed operators can participate.

Because of the sunspot activity is limiting 10 Meter propagation, our RCARA Net coverage area is expected to include Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Anyone interested in taking a turn as Net Coordinator, please contact KM6KPW (Alan).  Feedback (negative and positive) is greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks & 73!

Alan – KM6KPW


Tally for the Tuesday Night 10 Meter:

Mar 10, 2020 Mar 24, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Apr 14, 2020
Regular Check-ins: 4 6 6
Guests/Visitors: 0 0 0
Coordinator: Alan KM6KPW Alan KM6KPW Alan KM6KPW Alan KM6KPW Alan KM6KPW

* Subject to audit