Hello all, Just a quick little post to add some study links for VE training.
Please Bring a Smart phone or print these out for your use during the meeting. I look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday.
The Third Annual Greater Midwest Radio Show sponsored by the Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska will be held SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018, AT THE ADAMS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 947 SOUTH BALTIMORE, HASTINGS, NEBRASKA, FROM 0800 T0 1300.
Antique radios, vintage electronics, AMATEUR RADIO, antennas, microcontrollers, project items, hobbyists, swap meet, comercial vendors, demonstrations, presentations by the National Weather Service, DOOR PRIZES, PHENOMENAL REFRESHMENTS, ARRL approved, contests for beautiful and ugly sets, auction, and even MORE! Admission is $3.50 in advance or $5.00 at the door. Table rental: http://www.greatermidwestradio.org.
Well it has been a very busy year for me this year. Besides the 12 hour work days I have had to endure, we were able to spend a lot of the summer on the boat on the lake learning how to fish, which is something I would probably be doing right now if it were not for the fact I uprooted my family, and the shack and moved across town. Now that the kids have grown up and are well on there way to starting there own lives in there own locations, me and Deb have decided to up-size. I now have a location that is very friendly to ham radio in so many ways.
One of the great things about moving is when you start to plan out your new shack you can do just about anything you want to do, the only limits being space and time. I am very lucky in that I was able to commandeer a whole room area about the size of two walk in closets that was both completely empty, had the power distribution box conveniently located, and where my antenna cables can easily go right out the foundation with the addition of a few holes.
As you can see the shack is coming together quite nicely. While I wish I could have spent more time on Ham radio, it has not been a bad year.
I hope to see you all on the air, we hold a little round table net starting about 5am on the 94 repeater on most week day mornings, all are welcome. See you there….N0DND
Time for officer elections. It is time for some of the new members to pick up the mantel and run with it. The club needs to have your participation. If you are interested in putting your mark on the club please feel free to volunteer. Dan has decided not to run for President again and would very much like to pass on those responsibilities to others as he has little time to give the club the time he thinks it deserves. As of now we have Jeremy, KC0NUK, who is willing to be President unless others would like to volunteer. Also Dan will also Run as Vice President if nobody else will just so the office is not vacant. And I believe Jay will once again fill the seat he has proven to be so good at as Club Treasurer. We Never did find a secretary so we still need somebody to fill that roll. Please step up and make a contribution!
Next we have Skywarn days, December 2 @ the national weather service. All hams are invited and ecouraged to operate from that location.
Also, would like to remind folks that winter field day is coming up, though I do not know the date. I would encourage you too look it up if you are interested in participating, my understanding is the guys in hastings are planning to have a git together.
Here is hoping for a successful and healthy 2017. There is a lot going on this year. I hope that we get good attendance and participation. We hope to achieve many difficult things this year and with all of your help we can make that happen.
Talking to Stan, N0YXV, We have decided that since we have not been approached by anyone connected with Race for Grace our club will not be participating this year. Apparently there was some turn over in those responsible for the race and we thought it might be better if we focus on ARES and recruiting this year.
We are still looking for a secretary, if interested let one of the officers know.
Thanks for visiting the GIARS Web site.
The club meets every third Thursday of the month at the red cross building in Grand Island starting at 7:00pm for a meet and greet, and then we attend to business at 7:30. The public is welcome to attend. Additionally, every Saturday morning at 8:00am we meet at the State street McDonald’s for coffee and breakfast and a lot of good conversation. A lot has changed with the club, many new members and ideas, new technologies, and we seem to have more activities all the time. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings.
At the march meeting it was voted on and approved that all hams who have taken the test and became new licensees within the first year will have club dues waived for that year. We would love for you to join us no matter the reason you became a ham. there is something to do for all of us and that is what makes it fun.
We are looking for contributors to the website. If you have the ability and desire to write a story one or two times a month and post it on the site let Dan, n0dnd or Stan, n0yxv know and you will be given access. Stories can be anything interesting about ham radio or a member of the ham community. The format here is magazine like so the site can accommodate a lot of different styles and it is sure to fit in. We are looking for quality not quantity. Participation is a good thing and you will be proud of what you do.
As many of you know, the numbers of members who have been active in the club has dwindled down to the bare minimum to where we rarely have enough people to even make decisions and do the stuff required to live up to our commitments. So we have decided to make a few changes.
At this month’s meeting we will bring to order what could be the final decision actually made at the meeting If the vote is to the affirmative. We would like to have our business meeting on the air from now on. We will pick a time and place for the net. This way everyone can participate in the event and we will be able to save our actual meeting time for ham related activities.
When we have a meeting we do whatever comes to mind. Hopefully that will include good food and good times. We will start with a few videos and some pizza
As many of you know there has been an Echolink enabled repeater in the area for some time now. Over the Christmas Holiday and all the way thru now there has been a considerable amount of time put in to the underlying mechanics, the computer system. Echolink is standard windows program, which is an easily operated point and click operation, but as with anything windows is not stable long term, in other words it works great until enough time goes by then it doesn’t. So as with everything else in my shack I switched it over to a Linux based program. In the case of Echolink, the program I use is SVXLink. Over this long period, I have learned much about configuring this program and right along with it how to work in Linux, it was one of the best learning experiences I have had with the computer.
SVXLink is a very powerful piece of software, not only can it do Echolink, it can act as a repeater controller, a cross band link if needed, a weather machine, it will do a lot. Right now, it serves to link the 444.750 machine to the Nebraska Hub. The Nebraska hub has been a growing network of Nebraska linked repeaters. The link is established thru the KD0PGV link, which unfortunately at the time of this writing is down for repairs, but for the better part of a year it has been flawless. Should be back linked soon we hope. In the mean time I wanted to write a piece that gives instructions on how to link with other machines. SVXLink has a little different way of doing things than the standard Echolink software.
I will just give the codes here and what they do:
* SVXLink Status
1# Link Status
If you have to deactivate the Echolink module you can re-connect by dialing 2#
If the Echolink Module is not loaded it will not recognize your commands.
For any node, enter the node number followed by the # key. Shortcuts to favorite destinations follows. If you have a favorite Echolink node that you want a shortcut added for then let us know and it can be added.
D1# Nebraska Hub – Non Operational
D2# kr1sto North platte
D3# N0IQ North platte
D4# WB0WLY Omaha area Linked repeaters
D5# Crossroads reflector
D6# Dodropin reflector
D7# Hi-Gate reflector
D8# Handiham reflector
D13# Michigan – These people are a bit of a bunch of jackasses, so no kerchunking or anything out of the ordinary please. And if anyone connects here and hears something that should not be there please report it to the Sysop.
D14# World reflector
D16# KC0EQA – Hastings, NE – Possibly connected to the Allstar Network
A few weeks ago a few of us went to Taylor Nebraska to meet up with the folks at the region 26 Emergency Management Center. we had a great conversation and got to see how they do thing out in the Nebraska Sandhills. While our EOC is quite busy by Nebraska standards, Region 26 has a huge geographical area to manage.
It was a huge learning experience, and was really neat that we were welcomed with open arms. We were asked for advice on comms, repeaters, and we learned a little about what they had available for us to use if we ever had to go up and help them set up some kind of comms to Grand Island or elsewhere.
Here are a few Photos Of the trip.:
It was a lot of Fun, Thanks to the crew of Region 26!
Sorry guys it has taken this long to post this stuff, But been busy with a project, like an itch it just couldn’t sit on the back burner. So here is the first minutes of the 2017 year. We had a great and productive meeting.
Welcome to 2017 everyone. We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2017. We will be much more focused on training this year with an eye toward ARES and CERT as both organizations work to focus on the mission and being able to get the job done when call upon. I know the CERT guys are already on the minds of our city emergency manager, we have been told we are likely to see some deployments. In concert with that goal, and the goals of the Dept of Homeland Security, and the federal government, in order for us to remain a needed service in this nation it is important for us to train, and follow and practice the procedures that will be required during times of need, whether it is a disaster or simply working out at the parade. Our volunteers are needed, but in order to fill that need we have to be focused, determined, and well trained. There is no substitute for training.
I know it can be hard for some to get away, there are so many priorities in life as we are all aware. I hope that being a member of ARES, GIARS, and soon the Mid Nebraska Amateur Radio Club, becomes at least a small priority in your busy lives. It is not only needed by your ham community, but you are needed by the community at large, it could save your life or that of someone in your family. And besides all that mumbo jumbo, it will just plain ol fun.
This months Agenda: