|March 2006 Edition Amateur Radio... When All Else Fails !|
º March Meeting:
º Volunteer Exam Testing Available
º President's Message
º BPL News
º Where are the hams in our area located?
º Minutes from February 15th Meeting
The National Association for Amateur Radio
|March 2006 Club Meeting:
Note: The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at the St. George Community and Arts Building (Old Dixie Academy) located at 86 South Main Street, St. George.
"EchoLink/Internet Relay Link Protocol Communications"
This month's club meeting will be a presentation by Dixie Amateur Radio Club member Thom Oliphant, KC1EMS, who will be giving those in attendance a demonstration in the use of EchoLink/IRLP.
According to the IRLP web site:
The aim [ of IRLP ] is to reliably and inexpensively link amateur radio systems without the use of RF links, leased lines, or satellites.
IRLP uses Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) custom software and hardware. Coupled with the power of the Internet, IRLP will link your repeater site or simplex station to the world in a simple and cost effective way.
IRLP operates a worldwide network of dedicated servers and nodes offering very stable worldwide voice communications between hundreds of towns and cities. All this with unsurpassed uptimes and the full dynamic range of telephone quality audio.
From the EchoLink web site:
EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities. There are more than 170,000 registered users in 158 nations worldwide!
Also on the agenda will be:
- Report on VE Test Session
- Report on the meeting of the DARC Board (March 11, 2006)
- Repeater status
- Update on Club Inventory
- Emcomm committee Updates
- Tech committee Updates
- Special Events committee: Upcoming Events (Volunteers Always Needed)
- Public Relations committee
- Class status
- Code classes
- Licensing classes
- Net controllers
- OtherPlanned events
- Other Business
There will be a ARRL Volunteer Exam Session held at 6:00 P.M. at the same location as the Club Meeting.
If you are a
person desiring to take an Amateur Radio test or a currently licensed
ham wanting to upgrade this month, or are a Volunteer Examiner who
would like to help out at a session, please contact please contact V.E.
Sappington, WI7Z, via e-mail or telephone (435)
673-4552; or Board Member Dan Farwell,
W8EQA, via e-mail or telephone at (435) 668-1609. Please contact
these gentlemen no later than Tuesday, March 14, 2006 to assure a test
session for you.
It is great to see the Dixie Amateur Radio Club Sunday Evening Net growing in membership. It is also good to see other amateur radio groups wanting to interact with us. Our purpose is to provide effective radio communications in the event of an emergency and that is the direction we are moving. I appreciate everyone that listed their interests during the last club meeting. We are going to be using that list to help develop committees to help in our goals. I believe that if the community sees that we are organized and making an active presence, more will come to an understanding of what we do and want to be a part of us. It has been suggested that this year we set up a Special Events station in addition to our Field Day and Marathon activities. I think this could be a great public relations activity, limited only by the enthusiasm of those participating. This month Thom Oliphant, KC1EMS is going to be presenting on EchoLink and IRLP communications. Ron Sappington will be doing the training in April on EMCOMM.
How many of you have tried doing the two-meter single sideband communications? All license classes Technician through Amateur Extra are authorized to use that mode of communications. One of the local operators reports making contacts as far away as the Mississippi River using this mode of communication. Talking locally without the repeater using sideband is very effective and provides very clear audio. The frequencies open for sideband use in Utah are 144.100-144.275 Mhz with 144.200 Mhz being the calling frequency. http://utahvhfs.org/bandplan1.html FM transmissions are not allowed in this portion of the spectrum. What does it take to get into two meter sideband? Used two meter sideband radios are available for as low as $50. Normally a horizontal polarized antenna would be used, but we have been making good communications just using our existing J-pole antennas. The link above has some great information in it both on frequencies and in operating practice.
The ARRL emergency communications courses are still available and worth the money they cost. If you are interested in being actively involved in emergency communications, consider getting training to better prepare you. The better prepared we are, the better we can serve.
I thank each one of you for your efforts in making the club a success.
Hal K. Whiting
Bulloch Brothers Engineering, Inc.
750 West Pioneer Blvd.
Mesquite, NV 89027
to FCC: Order an End to Arbitrary Access Limits to BPL Database
Note: As far as can be ascertained from UTC's inadequate database,
which is tough to utilize for "random" searches, there are no current
implementations of BPL internet anywhere in the state of Utah.
Here is a link to
the ARRL BPL Interference Database. Now this is a "real"
reading from the database is the Cottonwood, Arizona experience:
Repeat (since this is just too cool)
This site uses
Google Maps in conjunction with the FCC License Database to visually
see where ham readio operators are located, based upon the street
address in the database. It is really kind of neat. Thanks Leila, for
the heads up on this cool site.
Minutes of Previous Club Meeting: