October Meeting

Thursday October 9th, 2014
7:00 PM – Gallatin, TN

The W4LKZ Repeater System
So, what’s it all about you ask?.

OVERVIEW

We’ve all heard about how complex the W4LKZ system really is, and without question it is indeed one of the best and most capable systems in the entire state of Tennessee. However, with the complex system of linking them together, there are some things we need to keep in mind when using the system. First of all, you are all encouraged to use the system. That is what it is there for, however, in order to really appreciate its capability, we need to understand more about the system operation behind the scenes. Richard Pryor will explain how it is all linked together, and what happens when you key up the repeater system. That is exactly what this month’s meeting is all about and you definitely don’t want to miss this meeting. Not only will you learn a lot, but you will have a new appreciation for what Richard and his team have accomplished with this system and its capabilities.

Richard Pryor is our Trustee and solely responsible for the proper use of the club call sign – W4LKZ, as well as making sure the system follows all FCC regulations and requirements for engineering quality, proper use of the system by its users, and of course, it must also follow all FCC regulations for system identification, proper operating practices, and user identification. This will be a great meeting! You definitely do not want to miss this meeting! Please be there!

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August Meeting

Where: The EOC @ the Emergency Management Building -  255 Airport Road, Gallatin TN. 37066

What Time: The meeting will start at 7:00 pm.

This month’s topic: This month’s program is on RDF (Radio Directional Finding) – RDF – “Technique and Technology” –  by Jonathan Cullifer – W4CGP

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July Meeting

This is a reminder that our July meeting will be tomorrow at 7:00 PM at the Emergency Services Center in Gallatin, TN. VE testing begins promptly at 6:00 PM. For directions, please see the meeting page. For more information on testing, please see the testing page.

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Field Day

Just a reminder: Field Day is next weekend (June 28 & 29). We will have an operating location in Triple Creek Park near Gallatin. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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White House Repeater

The White House repeater is up.

443.400 (+), 107.2 PL
25W Output

We are still working out some of the issues with the receive audio.

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April Meeting – CW – A Winner in Adverse Conditions

When all other modes of communication fail, perhaps the only way to get your message through may be CW!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to enter a CW Contest or what it would be like to contact someone in Australia or South Africa by Morse Code. Well, CW is loads of fun and even though code proficiency is no longer required to obtain your Ham License, it is still the main mode of operation for many hams who consider CW “the only way to go”

You’ll learn about the types of keys used by CW operators and a bit of history about the International Morse Code. Scotty Huff and Gary Ketterman will provide a brief demonstration of CW operation and will also discuss, “Q” Signals or Codes, Some common abbreviations, CW Contests, and CW groups like SKCC and FISTS.

Please join us on Thursday April 10th for some fun with CW – the mode of operation that will usually punch right through the QRN and the QRM!

Guests and non-members are welcome!

Host: Sumner County Emergency Management Agency
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Sumner County Emergency Services Center
255 Airport Road
Gallatin, TN 37066

VE Testing will begin at 6:30 PM.

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March Meeting

One of the most popular columns in QST Magazine is the “Hints and Kinks” section. It is popular because we are all able to better understand various technologies by learning from the experiences of others who have gained valuable knowledge (often by trial and error), about our Ham Radio hobby. This month we will discuss station safety, proper grounding, feed lines, and feed line impedance, and the proper application of certain feed lines for specific antenna configurations.

Good station safety and operating practices, and a well thought out station design, will greatly reduce the possibility of RF burns, stray RF in the shack, and most important of all, will eliminate radio interference to other nearby users of electronic equipment. Protecting our radio equipment by providing proper antenna lightning protection and most importantly our station grounding systems, will often prevent the expense for costly repairs.

Please join us for an enlightening look into a more efficient application of feed lines and antenna matching, which can result in increased effective radiated power from your antenna system and a much cleaner signal.

Moderator: Mike Quinn – KE4CE
Host: Sumner County Emergency Management Agency
Place: Sumner County Emergency Services Center
255 Airport Road
Gallatin, TN 37066

GUESTS AND NON-MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!

 

VE Testing will be offered and begins at 6:30. All Tests will be offered.

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February Meeting

Our February meeting will be on February 13. Mike will be presenting a program on slow scan television. VE testing will also be offered at the club meeting. For more information on testing, please visit the testing page.

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January Meeting

Next meeting is January 9.

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