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Attention All Club Members! Spring Dinner Du Bois Diner, Du Bois - Saturday May 14, 6:30 PM Order from the menu, please drop W3BC an email if you are attending. The dinner is scheduled to be on the second floor dining facility. Parking at the rear of the building. Handicapped accessible. Monthly Breakfast Arrowhead Restaurant, Clearfield - ...

Severe Weather Watch-Warning, Know The Difference

Sometimes we peer out the window and the sky looks ominous then the wind picks up and possibly it begins to rain or hail. What may happen next can be a matter of protecting our life and property, a good reason to understand the difference between Watches and Warnings.  Being ...

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Spring Can Bring Some of Our Wildest Weather

Already this Spring has proven that we should be prepared for some of our wildest weather! One of the best aids in keeping abreast of developing weather issues is the NOAA Weather Radio system. Having a radio at home provides an advantage to be aware of upcoming severe weather. Some ...

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Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind….

Yaesu FT-991 A huge step for mankind....

Hello again It was a while ago since I wrote anything here, but now I really have something to write about! As maybe some of you know, I took the step, and bought a new radio, the Yaesu FT-991. It is an all band all mode transceiver, where all the best parts ...

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Are Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses in the Future?

There is a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses. The FCC is seeking comments on this petition that would revise §97.25 to indicate the license is granted for lifetime as opposed to the current 10 year term. Individuals may submit comments ...

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Powerpole® Crimp Tool Review

For many hams the go-to 12 VDC connector is the Anderson Powerpole®. I feel the same, this connector is the only one that makes sense for convenience and durability of connection among my own radios and if the need arises other power supplies. This form of 12 VDC power connection ...

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WIRES-X , The New Kid on the Block

Just above the horizon – WIRES-X! Recently you may have heard some rather odd noises and unlikely QSOs taking place on the N3QC, 147.315 repeater. The latest update to our repeater was added January 12, 2016 when the Yaesu Wires-X Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was added. More information will ...

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A New Satellite in 2017

The New Year of 2016 just arrived but there are some amateurs already anticipating 2017. That anticipation for 2017 stems from a recent announcement that researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, part of Virginia Tech University are preparing to send an amateur radio ...

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What About Inversions

Lately many of us have heard stations from rather distant areas on the 147.315 repeater. It is interesting to hear those stations that we normally do not hear but often it is just due to a weather phenomenon called and inversion. I expect that some amateurs sit back and wonder ...

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Happy Thanksgiving - We Remember

  Happy Thanksgiving everybody! This is a traditional time to spend with family and friends, and to remember all those who are no longer with us. I remember in the early days of the club, that there was a day-long QSO on the DuBois Repeater with hams far and wide in the ...

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CubeSats - An Interesting Concept

AMSAT recently deployed the FOX-1A amateur radio satellite, also designated AO-85. These tiny satellites are only 4 inches square! Image that little cube flying around the earth and using it to talk to other amateur radio operators around the world. Communications can be established via the FM transponder that has ...

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2016 Dues Are Past Due

Quad County Amateur Radio Club Membership dues are now past due but payable. > Renewal memberships: $25.00 > First Time only memberships: See the pro-rated chart on the form. To download a fillable form, click  2016 Membership Application you can then open that form, fill, then print. Please submit the completed, printed form with ...

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UPDATED TIMES FOR THE MONTHLY BREAKFAST AND MEETING

The November meeting brought about a discussion concerning the times of the breakfast and meetings. After a discussion, the membership voted to change the times for the breakfast to 8:30 AM and the meeting to 6:30 PM. The unanimous vote resulted in the decision to change to what is believed ...

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- IMPORTANT UPDATE - The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 & S 1685

Recent information from ARRL indicates that those in opposition to this bill are campaigning against the bill with fraudulent information which is shown in a video on the link below "Contacting Your Congressional Representatives". It is also part of the QCARC meeting program on November 20. To counter these false ...

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N3Q Takes First Place in WPA on Field Day!

he rain couldn't damp OR dampen the spirits of the erstwhile Quad-County hams as they slogged through the ankle-deep waters and braved the torrential downpours on Field Day, this June 27 and 28th. This year, the operations were set up at the Punxsutawney Airport at the facilities used by the ...

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Found at Butler Hamfest

Hi everybody

Since I was just sitting here, I thought that I could show you all what I found at the ham-fest in Butler last Sunday.

Well, lets go back to the beginning in this story. In 1978, I became interested in ham-radio satellites, so called OSCAR satellites. Way back then, the AMSAT OSCAR 7 was the satellite to work. It had an orbit that made it show up every 90 minutes, and covered Europe, northern Africa, and also the US East Coast. To work US East Coast stations, you had about 5 minutes before it went down under the horizon again, so you had to be quick!

Now to the more technical part, the radio you see here at the right, is an Icom 402, it was the state of the art in late 70’s if you wanted to do some SSB on 70cm. It has 3w out-put, and that is not very much, but then again, your average 2m FM radio had a high-power setting of 10w. I used an Icom 402 on the uplink, 435 Mhz LSB, and then the signal from the satellite came back on 145 Mhz USB. The 402 was hooked up to a 46 element J-beam, and the antenna for down-link was a simple 4 element yagi. Right at the 2m yagi, I had a low-noise preamp, to help my Kenwood TS-700 hear the weak signals coming back from the satellite. I would say, that I worked a few hundred  stations via OSCAR satellites.

Now to complete this little story. At the hamfest, I paid $10 for this radio in close to mint condition! Needless to say, it made my day! Of course, there aren’t many 70 cm stations around Clearfield — much less SSB ones — but late last night before I went to bed, I went into my shack, and for some reason I tuned around the band and heard somebody! It was Joe W3BC, and he was operating from W3SO in Altoona, so that was my first QSO on my new “old” rig, Joe also gave me the frequencies for 2m and 6m, since what I stumbled into was the VHF contest, lucky them!

Hope this little essay was worth reading  :)

PS: For all you who are interested, there is a 2m version of this radio and a 6m version, Icom 202 and Icom 502, there is also a fm 2m, Icom 215.

Lars

PS2: This is a 70cm Halo antenna I built for the radio, it’s horizontally polarized and it is Omni directional (same radiation all directions)

Update on Halo, just worked W3SO, Altoona, made op laugh! Will listen for other stations also….

 

       

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3 comments to Found at Butler Hamfest

  • Lars —

    That radio sounded as good as any I heard during the contest. Your 3 watts was S-9 +10dB at W3SO’s QTH high atop Wopsononock Mountain near Altoona. If you compare that to an IC-7000 with 35 watts or a 706 with 25 watts, you’re only 10dB less, so you still would have been S-9!!!

    Of course if you compare that to the 1000 watts of W3SO… well that’s a whole other story!

    On behalf of the W3SO operators, thanks to you (and to Doug W3DWR) for the QSOs!

  • Lars

    Thanks for the comment Joe :)
    Well, you can’t even imagine how surprised I was, when I heard somebody being on 70cm ssb :)

  • emmitt clark

    hi lars, my call is wb3ccw just to let you know i have the icom 502 6 meter rig. bought it back in 1977
    5watts ssb and cw. still works great and have a lot fun with it. i have worked dx and 41 states from
    different fire towers around the area using the built in antenna and using c cell batterys internally.
    what a great portable rig!!! have fun. emmitt clark, brockway, pa.

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