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Post Winter Hamfest Season Begins
The time has come for me to post information about Hamvention 2014 and
the presence of many WMPORN friends and family.
Once again we will be located at booths FW2530 - FW2534. You will note that the numbers
for the spots are clearly marked on at least half a dozen different locations in the
fleamarket, and you will need to count from there to figure it out. Of course this
year there will be a major change as I no longer have the little red wagon (AKA my
Mercury Villager Van) as I found it necessary to replace it with a white one. The
little red wagon was actually three different vehicles, two of them being identical
We welcome everyone to stop by the booth. Many of the group will be in and out, but
we always have plenty of chairs and something to drink. Due to circumstances beyond
our control however you will need to make other arrangements for use of the restrooms.
If you have something to sell, feel free to bring it along. The only thing we ask is
that you donate a portion of the proceeds to help defray our costs.
We also plan to have a repeater available for use during the open hours of the
flea market. The repeater output is on 927.9875 with the input on 902.9875 using
a CTCS of 131.8. We also sometimes use the output of the repeater on simplex for
some local communication. We also sometimes use 442.175 (the output of the K8SN
repeater in the Grand Rapids area) as simplex with a tone of 103.5 to accomodate
communicaiton among ourselves while enganed in the Hamvention experience.
Please notice that if I am able I will be posting updates to the website with some
pictures to the Dayton 2014 blog.
In the event that we have snow, a "we're at the motel" NET may be established on
either the repeater or one of the simplex frequencies listed abov, by the LAZES
coordinator. Please see your hotel clerk for "check in" information.
With that said, we must once again issue this disclaimer. WMPORN is not responsible
for injuries caused by ROFLing, loss of vocal ability due to excessive talking (rare
at ham radio events due to refined practice except for those Morse code guys), lack
of sleep, sore muscles, hunger, or offended olfactory senses or irritation caused
by uncooperative people. WMPORN is also not responsible for frostbite, sunburn, or
chafing due to wet clothing (whatever may apply).
As always, we come to the more serious part where we hope that everyone has as much
fun as we will have. Stay safe and of course stop by to see us.
You can read a little bit about a WMPORN Dayton trip by clicking here.
WMPORN REPEATER STATUS 04/18/14
This winter has been a little bit hard on everyone of the group. With
much higher than normal snowfall over the 2013-2014 winter it became
a little tough for some of us aging geeks to access some of the remote
sites to perform maintenance and repairs on equipment.
The N8JPR repeater transmitting on 223.920 MHz found it's receiver off
frequency, however it did get a new antenna that has increased the useability
and range. The frequency issue has been corrected and the autopatch placed
back into operation.
The DSTAR repeater suffers from some other issues that have not yet been
uncovered as some remodeling is planned for this spring. Currently the UHF
module does not seem to have the coverage that it once did. It hears quite
well, however the transmit is down considerably. The amplifier remains
operating at 60 Watts, however the antenna system is shared on a combiner
with several other transmitters. The VHF module does not hear so well. The
transmit runs at about 70 Watts and is easily heard in Kalamazoo and Holland,
however it is difficult to get into it from there. This problem has not been
tracked down yet. It is far more difficult to find problems of this nature
on a DSTAR system. The 1.2GHz modules continue to be strong performers and
are at their best until the leaves come out.
The mighty 442.175 K8SN repeater was taken off the air by a mouse. There
are several repeaters and various equipment in that room, but for some reason
the mice like THAT particular repeater. This year mice made a nest inside
the controller. The repeater started acting very strange so it was disabled
for a few hours until someone could look at it. Unfortunately there was plenty
of damage to the FF-800 controller since apparently the mice have a nest
inside their condo and every other place is a bathroom.
The other repeaters are working as expected. THere are still a few issues
with the Morley repeater however it continues to improve and makes a nice
extension to the North.
WX8GRR Internet Gateway Information
With the upgrade of the gateway software to G2 (gateway 2) many things have changed.
As always, one must be registered with one of the gateways in order to use the
gateway features such as call routing over the internet. Getting yourself registered
however has changed drastically. What was a cryptic nightmare for the gateway operators
has not become a cryptic nightmare for the users!! Yipee, now it's your problem!!
Ok, well that is not quite true, the software is not all that impressive and leaves
much to be desired, but it does make life a little easier.
To register for DStar gateway use please first visit the
G2 Registration Information webpage and read it completely. Let me say
that once more, READ IT completely. If I do not know who you are I will do
a callbook lookup to see where you live (your license information is up to date, right?).
If you are not in a reasonable coverage area of the repeater you will get an email
from me asking some questions. Why? Just because WMPORN is not a paid membership
group (though we do accept donations) does not mean that we intend to destroy local clubs
by helping people use features of expensive equipment without paying the club dues that
pay for that equipment. On the other hand, we want everyone to be able to enjoy amateur
radio and will help where we can. And, thanks to G2 the local club can still ban you from
using those features through their repeater.
Looking for something that was located on this page? As news becomes old or
past tense I frequently move those paragraphs to the BLOG section that can
be selected using the green links to the left. The blog contains the latest
things removed from this page and are simply pasted at the top of the blog
page starting with the second paragraph. Keeping this information around is
good for historical purposes as well as allowing people to catch up and maybe
even move ahead faster with their DStar project.
We have another DStar repeater in town that was purchased through grant money
given to the local emergency services group. The repeater in the downtown Grand Rapids
area and is currently UHF only. The repeater is operating on a full coordination on
444.250 + with the callsign KD8HLF
Hats and patches for shirts and jackets are here! While I have not had the time
to take pictures of these items a reasonable idea of what they are can be found
by using the apparel link to the left. This is not a profit making situation for
us, just a way for people to show support. The hats are 5 panel Khaki with the
2008 WMPORN logo embroidered on them. The hats are $16 each. The patches are
circular approximately 3 "e; in diameter indicated as #5 on the apparel page
and cost $11.00. These are very well made and will last a very long time. Unfortunately
it is too late at this time to get the callsigns placed on the back of the hat without
doing another order. We are also looking into some other items using silkscreen
methods to offer an alternative.
For callsign and routing information please see
the WMPORN routing information page. Please
remember to check back here frequently as this routing information will be changing once
we install the gateway.
What we need now is some help with funding. Though we were able to obtain
the D-Star repeater at a reasonable price, we have also had to purchase
D-Star radios to use with the repeater. This has been no cheap adventure
for the repeater owners. If you would like to help accelerate this project
donations are being accepted. But wait, we really don't want your money.
It seems that too often donations are mishandled these days and to avoid
such issues we would prefer that donations come in a form the actual needed
items. You can look
this link to see some
of the items that we could use some help purchasing.
Several of the WMPORN people meet every Thursday evening.
More information is available here.