Here is a recap from WA1SER of what was discussed at the meeting Jan. 9th 2016
At the NWMOARES meeting today Trevor (kc0qlu) and I did a FSQ/Fldigi demo for the group.
Trevor had his FT-817 connected to a SignaLink to his laptop running Fldigi and FSQcall, this station was called kc0qlu.
I had a UV5R connected to a SignaLink to a raspberry Pi running Fldigi, this station was called wa1ser/p (portable).
At my home QTH, about .4 miles from the meeting site, I had a FT-991 connected to a laptop running FSQcall, this station was called wa1ser/b (base).
Both stations, kc0qlu and wa1ser/p, were able to contact each other and wa1ser/b. Both stations were able to contact w0oem, in KC, by relaying through wa1ser/b. A successful multi-hop connection was made from kc0qlu to wa1ser/p to wa1ser/b to w0oem and back. The group then discussed FSQcall, Fldigi, Flmsg, Flwrap, Flarq, NBEMS, EMCOMM and the progress that FSQCALL-KC has made in this area.
The NWMO ARES Group annual party is December 12th 2:00pm at the Washington Street Food and Drink restaurant in Cameron, MO. The location is at the corner of 36 Hwy and 69 Hwy beside the Burger King. Hope to see everyone there as well as your family. This event is open to the public so feel free to invite your friends and family. We will introduce the new Pres and Vice Pres and then enjoy food and fellowship. We have reserved the meeting room that holds about 25 people so we would love to fill it up.
For those of you that receive QST magazine you may recall an article about FSQ (Fast Simple QSO). I have downloaded the program and would like to get a couple people to try it out on HF in the evenings. It works while you are away so testing can be done even with no one at the other end. There are several videos online about setup and use so if you are interested please give them a look and let me know if you are interested. There are several features that I think would benefit ARES.
There is a new 2M repeater in our area. It is located in Hamilton MO and is on 146.745- pl 141.3. It is permanently linked to the Osborn repeater network. This repeater should give us better coverage to the NE for folks in Chillicothe and Trenton.
Within the next week or so we will have Hamilton, Kingston, Osborn and Plattsburg repeaters inked 24/7. This will give us a large foot print of coverage area without relying on the internet for linking and give us the ability to have a more regional net as well. We hope to keep expanding our system into the entire NWMO area.
You can find all the NWMO repeater frequencies on our site under the “Frequencies” tab.
This Saturday is the Missouri Days event in Trenton, MO. Glen Briggs KB0RPJ Grundy Co. EMD is requesting assistance with this event again this year. There will be several more bands in the parade which means more spectators too. We have been asked to provide SA for the parade and at the fairgrounds. There will be a pre-event meeting at 7:15a at the EOC for briefings and assignments. The parade will begin at 8:15a and should be done around 10:30a. After the parade we will meet back at the EOC and get instructions for locations to monitor throughout the day.
We can still use a few more operators for this event so we can rotate operators in and out for breaks and food. If you can help for an hour or more come on up and enjoy a great event.
All that is required is a handheld, and a reflective vest and a desire to help. The weather is going to be cool in the morning and should warm up in the afternoon so dress accordingly.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday Oct 10th was the 8th annual Walk for HD in Liberty, MO. There were just under 100 walkers and runners and as of today the event raised just over $45,000! 5 operators assisted with communications and rest stops for the event without incident. Thank you to N0MIJ for driving from Saint Joe, WU0G Mike for driving from Chillicothe, KC0GP George and N0IRD Melody for driving from Hamilton to make this years event a success. Looking forward to next year already!
The new ADR interface for the repeater is back on the air. There was an issue with the circuit board from ARCOM and was repaired under warranty. The repeater is now linked to the Osborn repeaters and the Kingston repeater is linked to Plattsburg. Sunday night nets will now be on all 4 repeaters again, and all 4 are linked 24/7.
With the new interface installed the repeater will only send analog traffic over the linked repeaters. However, the repeater is still digital capable and will work as a standalone with no linking when digital is being used.
We have been running at 20 watts and plans are in the near future to add an amp to increase power to 60 watts, this will make the receive and transmit circles closer to the same area. Right now the repeater is receiving much better than transmit. An attenuater will need to be ordered to make the input power compatible with the amp.
Any questions about the repeater functions or issues that you notice please contact kc0qlu (at) nwmoares.org.
Reminder that the club’s monthly meeting is this Saturday at the Cameron, MO PD building.
Repeater update, Need more Net Controllers, City of Saint Joe EMA opportunity, Region H net time, are some of the things that need discussed.
Hope to see everyone there!
Setup at the Plattsburg Fire Station will be at 10am Saturday and we plan to operate the full time running on generator power. Feel free to stay all night or as much as you can, there is plenty of bandwidth for everyone! There will be at least 2 screened in tents for operating in.
See you there!
Thanks to several people the Plattsburg 2M repeater now has an improved antenna and so far reports have been very good as far as coverage and signal quality. The new System Fusion repeater from Yaesu is doing quite well at 20W. Feel free to try it out and send reports to email@example.com so we can get a feel for coverage area and audio reports.
The repeater is NOT linked and is functioning as a stand alone repeater until we get the controller interface ordered and installed. This may take 3-4 weeks to arrive so any weather nets will be conducted on the other 3 linked repeaters; in Osborn on the 2M and 70cm and on the Kingston 70cm.