Field Day 2022 Update

The following is the update to all members from Buford (KF0EAO) & Terri (General Public is also welcomed to visit the site):

Greetings from Terri and Buford KF0EAO

 This is the second update on field day 2022.

 The Radio Club trailer is now at the field day site and is level.  The air conditioning is working!!  The six-meter antenna that goes on the back of the trailer is present as well as two telescoping masts.  The trailer will need some attention and organizing for making connections.  There is no central power supply for the radios in the trailer any more. Any radios brought to the radio trailer will need their own power supply and tuner.  Several radios could be run in there out of the heat. I am unsure as to the amount of coax that is in the trailer The Porta Potty arrived.  The blue pavilion tent is in the radio trailer.  I am not sure as to its condition.  We will need volunteers to help put this up.  There seems to be plenty of fold up tables.  I have several small fans.  There is a large shop type fan on a stand that can be used for a larger area.  The 3500 watt generator will be there and tested.  We will need radios for the club trailer with tuner and power supply.   I have two laptops with the M3FJP software installed.  We may need and extra laptop.  There is some question about the ground rod for the generator.  This will require help.  We will have all sorts of tools on site.  We will need a 50 foot heavy 15 to 20 amp extension cord for the club trailer.

 There will be food and drink out all day Saturday (for club members, their spouses & their guests). We will have iced coolers with soda, bottled water, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc. There will be a propane grill and cooker for frying. Saturday evening there will be a traditional meal for all club members, spouses and guests.  We are still working on the menu. There will be snacks and coffee through the night and morning.  There is WiFi through out the site.  The only tear down will be the pavilion tent and any temporary antennas and experiments Sunday morning. 

We need operators whom can help keep the radios working, day and night.  Also, we will need help with station protocol, narrative for operators using club call sign. reporting points, and logging software.  We could use some more fold up or plastic chairs. If you have a lounger or special chair, you should bring it.  Personal equipment such flashlights etc would be helpful.  Important, We recommend anti tick spray such as OFF.  We have man eating ticks this year. 

The address is 403 McNeil St Climax Springs MO.   All are welcome.  This field day should be similar to last year’s field day.  The purpose is to bring together members of the radio club and to demonstrate and learn radio.  Also, Terri and I need to know how many people to expect so we can plan accordingly.  Anyone with experiments or their own mobile setup would be welcome and desirable.  Again, we should use the radio clubs call numbers for competition credit etc.  The best part is there is very little site setup or take down and plenty of room and good food and company.  Everything will be setup and working.  Our telephone number is 573 345-3575, cell 573 932-4673,  email  [email protected].  We would like to hear from you.

I also wanted to mention to everyone that I will be at the Field Day site Friday morning starting at 9 am for needed antenna and radio trailer work.  Larry will be there.  I encourage all with any set up that they may have to come by.  I also contacted KRMS, Lake TV and Lake Media publishing for publicity.

Thanks, Buford Casebolt KF0EAO & Terri Meyers

Field Day 2022

The following message was sent to our club president regarding Field Day 2022 and posted here with Buford’s (KFØEAO) permission . For more information please call Buford or Teri at this number 573-345-3575. This will be discussed at the weekly Eat’n Meet’n and at the monthly meeting on the 8th.

“Hi Gary

Teri and I have decided to host the upcoming field day in the field in back of her home in climax springs, where the radio trailer and tower are.  There is 70 amps of power back there.  There are several acres of open and wooded areas.  Additional antennas could be deployed.  There are currently two Alpha/Delta center fed flat top multi  band dipoles pointed east and west.  They work exceptionally well.  One radio and tuner, so far.  There is wireless internet throughout the area.  In addition to the trailer shack I have a semi large multi person tent, tables and chairs. There will be refreshments and food, propane grill, coffee maker for later.  Byob on alcohol etc.  There will be a porta potty on site.  FRED GROCE is on board for this.  We will use the radio clubs call numbers for competition credit etc.  It is possible to link activities between the Club house and Teri’s place through the internet.  There is very little site setup or take down and plenty of room.  Everything is setup and working.  Our telephone number is 573 345-3575.

Buford and Teri”

If’s Official New License Fees

In December of 2020 the FCC announced a change in the licensing fees for Amateur Radio (HAM) AND General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). However, no date was set. Well the date and amount was set the cost for both a Ham license will be $35 and the cost for a GMRS license will be lowered to $35, effective April 19, 2022. For more information on the effective date FCC DA 22-307 (Mod) and for information on the price FCC-20-184A1 (Mod) I highlighted the paragraphs with the information in both documents

Club Adds DMR Repeater

LOARC has added a DMR repeater to the clubs public arsenal of repeaters. Just recently one of our members Scott Poest (KB8KGU) has donated his time and equipment to enable the club to have a DMR repeater. Pertinent information about the repeater is listed in blue below.

In addition, in the near future the club will be offering a generic “code plug” for Anytone radios courtesy of Fred Groce (K0FG).

From Larry Cicchineli (K3PTO) here is a link to a DMR beginner’s guide.

For those that are interested in other forms of digital format the repeater is capable of handing not only DMR but also System Fusion and D-Star.

BTW, there will be NO Training this coming Wednesday (Nov 17th)

The Osage Beach DMR repeater is located near the center of town.  Here is some important information about the repeater:

 

Repeater DMR Number:  312583

Network: Brandmeister

Repeater Callsign: KB8KGU

Hardware: Motorola VRM-850 with MMDVM, approximately 35 watts ERP

Transmit: 442.200

Receive: 447.200

 

Color Code (CC): 1

 

Current Slot Details:

Static Talkgroups:

 

Timeslot 1:

3100  (All USA)

3180  (Missouri Lakes)

31201 (BYRG)

31290 (MO ARES)

31291 (SW Missouri)

31292 (STL Metro)

 

Timeslot 2:

312583 (Local mode)

3129 (MO Statewide – Scheduled Wednesdays 7:30PM Net only)

 

With DMR there are two timeslots.  Two QSOs can happen simultaneously.

 

You are able to bring up any talk group programmed into your radio.  Keying up a non-static talk group will establish a link to that talk group, and will expire after approximately 10 minutes of inactivity.

 

Currently, talk group 3100 is static on time slot 1, mainly for proof of concept testing to generate traffic.  It keeps the repeater very busy and is good to verify your radio, and the repeater, are working.  Eventually this group may be removed from static because of its chattiness. 

 

 

Work Begins

Works begins at our new club location. Here we see Al, a friend of Ralli (W9TPA, yea I was surprised he had a friend, Ralli told me he has to pay Al) anyway Al was measuring the tower for the mounts we need to install the antenna we want. BTW, was told that the tower is about 160 feet.

 

Great News on the DMR Repeater

Received the following from Scott (KB8KGU) via Gary (KE5JTL)

From: Scott Poest
Date: September 19, 2021 at 20:31:03 CDT
To: Gary Sundstrom
Subject: Re: DMR Update

Sounds good. 

On Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 20:06 Gary Sundstrom  wrote:

Thanks for the update and all the effort getting this working. Hopefully the coordinators and the frequencies you have will agree. I’d like to send this on to Jack to post on the website if that works for you. Thanks
Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 19, 2021, at 11:00, Scott Poest wrote:
 
  Hi all,
  I received the repaired radios  yesterday and I have everything working now.  The “repeater” consists of two Motorola mobile radios.  At present the transmit radio puts out 10 watts with a fan so it can have a higher duty cycle.  I have my Anytone radio programmed and the system is working well.
  
  If 10 watts isn’t enough we may need to consider an external amplifier for the system. 
  
  I’m still waiting on the repeater coordinators to finish up.  It has been almost 2 months and they haven’t finished it yet.  I don’t know when it will be done at this point.  If we do need to change frequencies I would probably send the radios back to the person I got them from for proper alignment and programming.
  
  I gave up on the Kenwood TKR850.  I think the PA is bad and it is not aligned to the ham bands.  If we have anyone who knows of a place to service it, it would be worth having as a backup analog repeater perhaps.
  
  The repeater is on my call with number 312583.  You may be able to program that ID in your radio and reach it if you have a hotspot or something already.  I will also have some static talk groups on like 3100 North America, 31291 SW MO, 31292 STL Metro.  We can decide if we want more later.
  
  With the raspberry pi setup it will also do Yaesu system fusion, DSTAR, P25, NXDN.  I only have DMR enabled and the more you turn on, the busier the repeater will be of course.  I don’t know much about anything but DMR but I think Yeasu is popular too*.
  
  See ya!
  Scott

* (Webmaster note: According to Repeaterbook.com System Fusion has the most repeaters in Missouri.)

Looking forward to New Stuff . . .

Last year FCC announced that the license fee for Amateur Radio would be increase to $50 and GMRS license would be reduced to $35. In December of 2020 FCC announced that Amateur  Radio would be reduced to $35, this was after FCC received massive feed back against the $50 increase. As of the date of this notice FCC has not announce an effective date. Normally, notification should be 30 days before the effective date.

For you Parks on the Air folks there is some good news. There has been over 1,000 parks added and POTA has established a POTA support desk (send email to [email protected] air.com), you can still get help at the POTA facebook group. For more information on POTA go to www.parksontheair.com. Also Vance Martin (N3VEM) does a monthly podcast update on POTA at his website check it out here https://www.hamradioworkbench.com/podcast. BTW, Vance also has a relatively new YOUTUBE site, simply search for N3VEM.

Lastly some exciting news from ARRL. ARRL board is considering plans to cover the new $35 FCC fee (effective date not set yet for this increase) for applicants under 18 years old. For more information please go to ARRL’s website; http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-considers-plan-to-cover-new-35-fcc-fee-for-some-young-applicants.

C’ya at the meeting . . . Oh, don’t forget it’s at the new building in Osage Beach. See directions in post below.

The move is on!!

LOARC’s last meeting at the Mid-County Fire Protection District building was held August 11, 2021. Starting on September 8, 2021 LOARC will be holding our meetings in the new Club house at 1081 Osage Beach Rd in Osage Beach, meeting will start at 7PM. See map below. If you have any questions send email to the webmaster at the address above.

Two position have be created, Antenna Coordinator [Larry Cichinelli (K3PTO)] and Operations Coordinator [Fred Groce (K0FG)]. Antenna Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the tower and coordinating installation of antennas on the tower. Operations Coordinator is responsible for setting up and operation of radios to include HF, VHF, and UHF radios. If you are interested in assisting in these position send an email to the club’s email listed in the header of each page and webmaster will forward it to the appropriate individual.

 

Here it is – – – as promised

 

Band

CW

Digital

Phone

80m

51

 

12

40m

42

 

106

20m

 

 

150

15m

 

 

34

10m

 

 

 

6m

 

19

19

GOTA

 

 

7

Total

93

19

328

 

Bonus

Points

100% Emergency Power

200

Media Publicity

100

Public Location

100

Visit by invited served agency

100

Safety officer

100

Social media

100

Entry submitted via web

50

Total bonus points

750

 

Score Summary

 

 

 

 

 

CW

Digital

Phone

Total

Total QSO

93

19

328

 

Total Points

186

38

328

552

 

Claimed Score =(QSOxpower muilt)=552×2=1104
Preliminary Score=(Claimed Score+Bonus Points)=1104+750=1854