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Real-World Fox Hunt

On July 18, 2013, the Short Mountain Repeater was locked up by a transmitting signal from a station and disrupted the hospital net. W4WRB recounts the series of events he and other radio techs took in finding the offending station. This is an interesting look into the behind-the-scenes requirements of what it takes to keep a repeater operational.

Antenna Workshop for Fox Hunting Yagi

Step-by-step process of building a 3 element yagi used for simple 2 meter operation or for Fox Hunting. The specifications for construction are as follows:

  • Reflector- 41 3/8"
  • Driven Element- 17 3/4" each
  • Director- 35 1/8"
  • Matching loop (balun)- 5 1/2"
  • Space between Reflector and Driven Element- 8" on center
  • Space between Driven Element and Director- 12 1/2" on center

A New Very Special Ham Licensee

Barry with VEs KD4MFH, AJ4YS,AK4AX, W4BB

Today (11/03/2012) at the VE Testing in Shelbyville, TN a 16 year old boy passed his test for a Technician Class Amateur Radio License

His name is Barry Bee and he is a special needs child. He has Down Syndrome. He had studied almost non-stop for approximately a year. He had taken the test once prior at the last session 2 months ago.

He studied with and was tutored by several Hams and non-hams alike. A debt of gratitude is owed all who assisted Barry during this process.

A special thanks is due several who helped him in various extra ways including one-on-one training along his journey.

These include Tony Reaux (WA4VDB) Bob Petrie (W4AZM) Sam Reid (KK4DUP) Barry Hudgins (KK4CGM) of our Short Mountain Repeater Club;  Joe Thatcher (AJ4YS) Eddie Carmicheal (KD4MFH) of Bedford County Amateur Radio Society; David Brown (W4ODB) Christle Price (Special Education Teacher Bedford County Schools).

This is a monumental step for Barry and I know that we are all very proud of him.

He can hardly wait to get his callsign on Monday.

 

QSL Cards and the Future

W4WRB show some of QSL cards he received over the years and surprises a member of the club at the same time. W4ODB talks about how QSLs are being tallied now by E-QSL.

Winlink Installation

W4WRB goes through the initial installation of Winlink 2000 including how to set up your Winlink account and how to configure your computer to get up and going with Winlink.

SMRC's Mailing Address

Short Mountain Repeater Club
P.O. Box 330914
Murfreesboro, TN  37133

615-787-7672

Use our contact form

 

Repeater Trustee:

 W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Trustee email

Club Officers

2017 Officers & 2018 Officers Elect

President:  W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Vice President: WA4IVD (Russell Bryant)

Secretary: WD4CYV (George Stone)

Treasurer: N4MEY (Curt Porter)

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