Riverside County Amateur Radio Association
Elected Officers for the Year 2020
Alan Serl KM6KPW
km6kpw @ scrnet.com
Mike Yasmer KM6LOR
coyotegrad @ gmail.com
Jim Wiley AG6EA
jameswiley757 @ gmail.com
Margaret Albanese KC6UDH
malbanese @ dslextreme.com
|Don Williams KD6UVT
kd6uvt @ mac.com
xmadamxx @ aol.com
Appointed Positions for 2020
|Ron Braley KE6RYX
Director of Communications
|Rick Schirmer KK6CTT
rngr86 @ juno.com
|Alan Serl KM6KPW
km6kpw @ scrnet.com
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.
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.
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 eHam.net 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!
September rolls around again and it’s time for the Riverside Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Galleria at Tyler. Marlene is chatting up the visitors while Bob (KG6NIB) and Juan (KM6CFH) are busy with demonstrations.
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:
||Feb 4, 2020
||Feb 11, 2020
||Feb 18, 2020
||Feb 25, 2020
* Subject to audit
RCARA’s 64th Anniversary Potluck
We had a great Field Day for 2019! Thanks to all who participated!
- OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – PETE SELLAS – PARK PROCUREMENT
- SCOUT TROOP 116 – OPENING CEREMONIES
- ART AA6CA – PUBLICITY
- BOB KG6NIB – EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR
- JUAN KM6CFH – RADIO EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR, SET UP
- JOHN KM6YLK – RADIO EQUIPMENT, OPERATOR & SECURITY, SET UP, GOTA CAPTAIN
- DAVID KM6WVH – RADIO OPERATOR & SECURITY
- JIM AG6EA – VE COORDINATOR, TESTING SITE, EQUIPMENT LOAN, SET UP
- MADELEINE KM6QCF/AG – SAFETY OFFICER, GENERAL ASSISTANCE, SET UP, TEAR DOWN
- RICK AI6AU – TOWER, RADIO ANTENNAS, EQUIPMENT
- CHRIS KM6LOQ – SAFETY OFFICER, FIRST AID, SECURITY
- LARRY WA6PMY – LOGGING SOFTWARE & MAINTENANCE, TEAR DOWN, TRUCK LOAN
- RICK KK6CTT – EMCOMM, MESH NETWORK DEMO, COOK, PROCUREMENT ASSISTANT, DOOR PRIZE DONATIONS AND BEHIND THE SCENES SUPPORT
- ALAN KM6KPW/AG – WEB SITE & TECHNICAL LOGGING, RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS
- EMCOMM MEMBERS – STAFFING PAVILION #1 AND PROVIDING DEMOS, SUPPORT, ETC.
- JURUPA CITIZENS CORP – PARTICIPATION WITH EMCOMM GROUP
- NINA – POTLUCK COORDINATOR, GENERAL ASSISTANCE
- RON KE6RYX – PORTA POTTY PROCUREMENT, TEAR DOWN
- CARRIE N6LMA – MOST RAFFLE TICKET SALES, VE TESTING, EMCOMM SET UP
- MIKE AI6PD – VE TESTING, EMCOMM SET UP
- MIKE W6OSO – CLUB PRESIDENT, LOAN OF EQUIPMENT
- PHIL KJ6KE & MARGARET KC6UDH – DONATION OF RADIO FOR RAFFLE PRIZE, VE TESTER
- DANA KM6YLM – DONATION OF MUGS FOR RAFFLE PRIZE, GOTA STATION ASSISTANT
- FIRE STATION #5 – A WELCOME VISIT
- RPD – MAKING THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND; A TALK ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY/NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR SERVICES:
- CLAIR – K6LG – CW OPERATOR, eESL CARD COORDINATOR & MAINTENANCE
- DAVID – K9LMR – EMCOMM, MESH NETWORK, EDGAR ANTENNA
- MATHEW THURMAN – PHOTOGRAPHER
- KATRINA SCHIRMER – GOPHER
- CHERYL THURMAN – GOPHER, MOTHER STABILIZER, SOCIAL DIRECTOR
- THOMAS JUNKER – TEAR DOWN & TRUCK LOAN
Thank you to all the folks who contributed to the potluck picnic. There was an abundance of food and goodies to more than please the most discerning tastes.
MUCH APPRECIATION TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED, CONTRIBUTED AND DEDICATED THEIR TIME, EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO MAKE FIELD DAY 2019 A HUGE SUCCESS. If I forgot anyone, please remind me and forgive me for the oversight. We had a great team of volunteers… your time and efforts have not gone unnoticed.
The July 11, 2019 RCARA meeting will consist of an “AFTER ACTION REVIEW” for the purpose of discussing Field Day 2019 … goals, what was accomplished, what was successful, what went wrong and what the club can do to make future Field Days better.
Please come prepared to critique the FD but be mindful that if you have a criticism, you are expected to follow it up with a solution.
This is a meeting to help iron out some of the “wrinkles” that were observed followed by a suggestion for change to those areas that are in need of “fixing”.
Plan ahead and bring your constructive thoughts and solutions.
If you wish to volunteer for specific duties or as needed, please sign up at the June 13 meeting OR contact Marlene at email@example.com
Boy Scouts from Troop 116 will facilitate the Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday
- Setup crews (Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.)
- Cleanup/pack-up crews (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.)
- Overnight security (4 hour shifts) for Friday and Saturday nights
- Radio equipment and operators
- Folding tables
- Potluck food donations or $5.00 for Saturday night dinner – contact Nina at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cook(s) for BBQ
- Overnight campers
- Ticket sales for raffle by members (see Marlene KK6CTX for tickets)
- Donations of items for Door Prizes
- Raffle prizes will be for an Anytone AT-D878UV Digital DMR Dual band handheld radio
- An Alinco UHF-VHF Dual band Transceiver DJ-500
- $100 gift certificate from Home Depot; $50 gift certificate from Starbucks
- Field Day pins, t-shirts, stickers
- Gift certificate for an official RCARA embroidered polo shirt
- Coffee mug with RCARA logo
- Mini spy camera