Hellgate Static

                                                                     

OCTOBER 2006

W7PX

http://www.users.qwest.net/~k7vk/

Next meeting is October 9, 2006

At St. Patrick Hospital basement meeting room (1st level)

500 West Broadway      

1900 local

 

 

 

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Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

P.O. Box 3811

Missoula, MT. 59806-3811

HARC Board of Directors

Club President, N7GE, Jerry Ehli at jehli@modernmachinery.com
Vice-president, W7PAQ Frank Kisselbach at fkissel@direcway.com
Treasurer, K7PX, Steve Schlang at ripply1@msn.com

Secretary, AC7UZ, Lewis Ball at ac7uz@blackfoot.net

Newsletter Editor, KE7NO, Craig Nelson at twincreek@blackfoot.net

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Meeting of Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

September 11, 2006

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:12 by President Ehli.  There were 8 in attendance.  The treasurer was not in attendance and there was no financial report.  The Minutes were approved as presented in the Hellgate Static.

Repeater Committee

There is a bad squelch on the “90” machine which may be caused by a bad controller, or a problem with the “96” machine on Lolo pass. A new controller and filters should fix the problem, but at an expense of over $700.00. A discussion at to the need of this level of linking was held with the suggestion that the repeater committee make a recommendation be ready for the meeting of October 9.

 

Old Business

Report of the QSL party (Lewis & Clark) work group. In 5 years 2000+ contacts were completed. This year 170 QSL cards and certificates were verified and sent out.

 

New Business

The need for a program after the meeting was addressed by Jerry, N7GE.  Frank, W7PAQ will do a program on DXing.

 

Dennis, W7DHB will do a Question/Answer on antennas.

 

Other topics are needed.  PLEASE contact Jerry N7GE to make suggestions!

 

There will be VE testing on Monday October 18th.

 

The emergency & severe weather spotters nets will be on 7:00PM VHF using the 147.040 repeater & the HF net will meet at the end of the VHF net.  We need more participants for these nets.  Winter is coming.

Sept 20 Lewis   Dennis

Sept.27 Eric      Steve

Oct.  4  Jerry     Dennis

Oct 11  Frank    Bill

Oct 18  Frank    Mike

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:29PM


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CONGRATS TO LANCE ON TWO MORE!

CONGRATULATIONS to W7GJ, Lance for recently working country # 104, GU8FBO and #105, OJ0LA on Six Meter moon bounce.  He's sure that there will be more new ones in the next few months. 

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U.M. HOMECOMING JOKES

1) What does the average MSU football player get on his SAT's?
 
Answer: Drool.

 

                        2) How do you get a MSU graduate off your porch?
 
                        Answer: Pay him for the pizza.

 

3) Why is the MSU foot ball team like a possum?
 
Answer: Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.
 
                        4) What are the longest three years of a Bobcat football players life?
 
                        Answer: His freshman year.
 
5) How many MSU freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?
 
Answer: None. That is a sophomore Class

 

                        6).Where was O.J. headed in the white Bronco?
 
                        Answer:  Bozeman, Montana. He knew that police would never look at MSU for a Heisman Trophy winner.

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A NEW AIRLINE FOR MISSOULA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?

 

Dere is a new airline flying da friendly skies over Minnysotaa--Also, serving Visconsin, Nort and Sout Dakota.  If ya are travelin soon, consider Lutran (Lutheran) Air, da no frills airline.  Ya'are all in da same boat on Lutran Air, where flying is a upliftin experi-ence.  Dere is no first class on any Lutran Air flight.  Meals are potluck.  Rows 1-6 - bring rolls, 7-15 - bring a salad, 16-21 - a main dish, and 22-30 - a dessert.

Basses and tenors -- please sit in da rear of da aircraft.  Ya, all you guys are responsible for ya'are own baggage.  All fares are by free-will offering - annnd - da plane will not land 'til da budget is met.


Pay attention to yer flight attendant, Lena.  She will acquaint ya wit da safety system aboard dis vonderful Lutran Air 599.  Okay den, listen up.  I'm only gonna say dis vunce.  In da event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, (I am frankly going to be real surprised and so vill Captain Ole Olson), because ve fly right about two tousand feet.  (So loss of cabin pressure would probably mean da Second Coming er sumpin of dat nature) and I woun't bodar wit doze liddle masks on da rubber tubes.  Ya'are gonna have bigger tings to worry about dan dat.  Yust stuff doze masks back up in dair liddle holes.  Probably da masks fell out because of turbulence which, to be honest wit ua, we're going to have quite a bit of at two tousand feet.  (Sorta like driving tractor across a plowed field, but after a while ya get used to it.

In da event of a water landing, I'd say fergit it all.  Start saying da Lord's Prayer and yust hope ya get to da part about forgive us our sins as we forgive doze who sin against us, which some people say "trespass against us" (which isn't right—but what can ya do?)

Da use of cell phones on da plane is strictly forbidden, not because day may confuse da plane's navie-gation system (which is seat-of-da-pants all da vay).  No, it's because cell phones are a pain in da wazoo, and if God meant ya to use a cell phone, He would have put your mout on da side of yer head.

We start lunch right about noon and it's Buffet style wit da coffee up at da front. Den ve'll have da hymn sing; hymnals are in da seat pocket in front of ya.  Don't take yers wit ya when ya go, or I am going to be real upset and I am not kiddin.

Right now ve'al say Grace:  "Come, Lord Yesus, be are guest and let deze gifts to us be blessed.  Fadar, Son, and Holy Ghost, may ve land in Dulut or pretty close."

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CONTEST SEASON BEGINS

Do you remember that cold wind that blew through the area a few weeks back.  That was mother nature’s way of telling you that your antennas are still laying on the ground, in a box in your shack, or still on a roll of wire.  Contest season is on its way, and this month several contest will help you warm your station up for the long cold months that are out ahead.

 

October 3-5 gives us the Young Ladies Radio League CW party.

 

October 7-8 has the California QSO party, the Oceania DX contest (SSB), the EU Autumn Sprint (SSB) and the PSK Rumble.

 

October 10 brings us the 10-10 Day Sprint (Phone, CW, and digital).

 

October 14-15 presents to us the ARRL International EME Contest (GO LANCE!!), the Pennsylvania QSO Party, the North American RTTY Sprint, the YLRL SSB party, the CW Oceania contest, the FISTS Fall Sprint, the Asia-Pacific CW Sprint, the RSGB 21/28 MHz contest, the Bill Windle QSO party, and the ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) On the Air.

 

October 21-23 gives us a full weekend with the Illinois QSO Party, the W/VE Island on the air, the QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party, the Worked All Germany, JARTS WW RTTY contest, the Jamboree On The Air (See the article this month), and if you are in W3 land (Hey Dennis, I hope to hear that KB3MQQ was on the air) the Delaware Valley VHF FM Simplex Contest.

 

On October 28-29, even though it is hunting season, the “Contest Season” gets underway with the CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB), and it will share the 10 meter airwaves with the 10-10 International CW/digital Contest.

 

See you out there!

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WHAT YA’ WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

Like the past two years, I’ll looking for your needs and wants for the December edition.  Remember, Christmas is only two issues away!  Just send me a list of what you want to see in your stocking.

JAMBOREE ON THE AIR

 

What are you doing on the weekend of Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22?  If you are just sitting at home in front of the radio, check out the Jamboree On The Air.  Even better, help out Frank, W7PQA as he helps out scouts (Boy and Girl Scouts, and Cubs and Brownies) in the area.  They will be using the club’s antenna and trailer.  If you need to remember what happened in the Missoula area last year, please read the excellent article written last year by Kit, KI4CYV to get a good primer.  Also, you might want to read the October QST (page 102) for another written account of what JOTA is all about.  Who knows, maybe you have a scout nearby that could enjoy getting on the radio at your shack or just talking about radio.  Where ever you are, if you feel like helping, get in contact with the local troop or help folks like Frank that are helping scouts work toward the Radio Merit Badge.  If you are curious, stop in at the following frequencies:

 

Band                            Phone (MHz)                            CW (MHz)

80 M                             3.940                                      3.590

40 M                             7.270                                      7.030

20 M                           14.290                                    14.070

17 M                           18.140                                    18.080

15 M                           21.360                                    21.140

12 M                           24.960                                    24.910

10 M                           28.390                                    28.190

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GOOD JOB MIKE… KE7IZG

The examination Monday, September 18, was a rousing success.  Six VEs overwhelmed the only candidate.  But it did not deter Mike Leary from passing Technician.  He received his new call today, KE7IZG.  Congratulations!

 

Thanks to examiners, K7BA, Bob; N7MSU, Bob; W7DHB, Dennis; WV7Z, Mike; K7VK, Vick; & K7PX, Steve.

 

The next Hellgate ARC sponsored examination session will be held October 16, 6 pm at the Missoula Public Library

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NEWS FROM THE ARRL CONTEST RATE SHEET

September 20, 2006

Edited by Ward Silver, N0AX

 

More moves in the contest industry as Chip Margelli K7JA joins Heil Sound (http://www.heilsound.com) as VP of Sales and Marketing.  Formerly the Customer Service manager for Yaesu America, Chip has an extensive contest resume and is a well-known figure at conventions and hamfests. Chip will be staying in Los Angeles where his wife Janet KL7MF is the manager of the Anaheim HRO store.

If you have a video camera and would like to contribute to the small, but growing, amount of ham radio footage, media professionals W6AQ, W6RCL, and WA6ITF have started an organization called The Ham Radio Video Corps.  The goal is to produce more footage that can be used for new and documentary projects.  You need not be a professional camera operator! For more information and training on what and how to shoot suitable videos, subscribe to the mailing list at http://yahoogroups.com The address of the group's mailing list is thehrvc@yahoogroups.com or contact Bill WA6ITF at newsline@ix.netcom.com.

 

CQP Strategy for Little Pistol Stations, an article by Rob K6RB, is available at http://www.cqp.org/pdf/cqp_strategy_k6rb.pdf  This is intended to help those that may be new to contesting and is broadly applicable to other state QSO parties. (Thanks, Marc W6ZZZ)

 

For those who already own Fred K1VR's book, Antenna Zoning, an Errata and Addenda are now posted at (http://www.arrl.org/notes  He's added an especially long section on how to submit an application, a section on testimony at the state legislature (if, for example, you are seeking a state emulation of PRB-1 - and 27 states do not have one), and some elaborations for the index making it easier to find things in the book.

 

The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio, SPAR, declares October 2006 to be Key Month by sponsoring a homebrew key competition and an operating championship. The details can be found at http://www.spar-hams.org/index.php by selecting the "Key Month" link under "Activities/Contests." (Thanks, Walt W5ALT)

 

URL of the Week - Another composite list this time to help you brush off the summer rust (or winter, for readers in the southern latitudes) and get ready for contest season.  You can copy these contest audio files to a hard drive or portable music player and practice pileups during the morning commute! http://k5zd.contesting.com/live/wwph05/audio_wwph05.html
http://www.sral.fi/kilpailut/harjoitukset/ .

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1) What is an OSCAR, an RS, and an SO?

2) Frequency “going up”.

3) Frequency “coming down”.

4) An orbit time of about 90 minutes comes from this type of orbit.

5) Change in frequency of a train whistle as the train passes by you.

6) The circular orbit matches the rotation of the earth.

7) The orbit that puts the satellite at up to 60,000 km. from the earth surface.

8) The path of the satellite “footprint” on the earth surface.

9) The vertical component used to locate the satellite.

10) The compass point location of the satellite (0° - 359°).

11) A satellite’ current location or future locations are gotten from _____ elements.

12) Satellite that captures one signal out of all that it hears and retransmits it on the downlink.

13) The old transponder mode “B” is now ____.

14) Voice FM operation is _____.

15) Listening on one band and transmitting on another band.

16) Not just for bows anymore.

17) Abbreviation of “Time of Closest Approach”.

18) The common vernacular for the satellite’s orbit and when an earthbound station can work it.

19) The only manned satellite.

20) Mode JD is _____ operation.

21) A simple piece of equipment designed to improve your received signal.

22) A series of CW signals that are sent out for people on the earth know what the condition of the satellite is.

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QRZ’ED

We hope the HELLGATE STATIC was interesting for you this month.  Let us know if this newsletter is to your acceptance.  So far, I’ve only heard good things.  If there is something YOU would like to see, or that you feel is overdone, please let me know.  This is the Hellgate Amateur Radio Club newsletter, not mine!  If you have something (even a simple one-liner) please write to me at our address or e-mail me (Craig, KE7NO) at twincreek@blackfoot.net.

 

Good luck finishing your antenna projects and other plans.  My sources say that snow isn’t too far away.   It will help with hunting season, but will make outside work a pain.  Instead, sit back next to your radio, have a nice warm beverage, and write me an article for next month.  73