delara newsDelaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH VOL 37 NUMBER 8
DELARA Club Station Agreement•Use of the club station is limited to DELARA members who are current on their dues.•If in doubt, ask! The station manager’s names and phone numbers are posted on the station door.•There is a lock box on the outside of the building to get a key to unlock the outside door and a keypad lock for the station door. The keypad code will be changed periodically.•Please be aware that a camera records people coming into or out of the station. This is for security and is not designed to monitor your operating.•Please attend an orientation session, or ask for a demonstration, before operating at the station.•Codes for the doors are not to be shared with friends, family members or other non-DELARA members.•Please announce your intention to use the station via the club’s email reflector so that others May plan around your intention.•Operation of the stations must be within the bounds of your license.•Please be extremely careful with drinks or food; food should be kept in the kitchen. You are responsible for cleaning up your own mess.•Please be aware that the Red Cross owns the building has much property in the building and respect for their property is expected.Most of all:PLEASE USE THE STATION!! IT’S THERE FOR ALL CLUB MEMBERS!
DELARA at the ARC
Rome wasn’t built in a day… there were environmental impact studies, traffic studies, OSHA work safety requirements and local zoning approvals to be had. Or something like that. In the case of DELARA at the ARC, we’re launching phase two in order to create a better club station for everyone! Lessons learned from phase one: Nearby antennas interfere with each other. Folding tables aren’t designed for the weight of radios and computers. A small room gathers boxes of “stuff”. Clutter causes frowns on the faces of those entering the room. Dale, W8KTQ, and other managers of the station have done a lot of research, bringing in outside experts and consulting other operators in an effort to eliminate the interference, create antennas that work well and return to a simplified operating environment that has a better appearance. And we are confident the team is going to hit one out of the park on this phase. Significant projects:1. Grounding. We weren’t slouching when we installed the RF ground system for the station. But experts tell us it isn’t enough- so we’re doubling the size of the ground strap around the room, and installing a number of ground rods to tie the system together. 2. Tables. It’s apparent (from the deep sag) that the folding tables are over-taxed. While they were a great start, the team thought we could do better. After Tim, NS8B, got done with his plans, we’re going to do ~way~ better!3. Wheels. The new operating desks will be more functional if they can be easily rolled away from the walls. 4. Antennas. We have settled on an antenna scheme that will place dipoles in one long line, running from the tree at the front back to the barn. The plan now is for 80-40-80 dipoles end-to-end which should remove interference significantly and still perform well.
Where we stand
Tim has created a floor plan that will provide up to five operating positions! One will be ARES dedicated, with a couple VHF/UHF radios at a second position in case we require two operators in an emergency or an event. The other positions will be available for HF, remote, and any other station we wish. Operating positions will be cornered and ‘flat’ against the walls. Tim plans on using counter tops donated by Dale, which should give us a most professional appearance! Tim has the sub-frame constructed for the desks already! He’s been able to acquire a good amount of lumber by using an old and proven technology: Dumpster diving! We are very pleased that every time we have a work session a large number of club members donate their time and energy! We’ll be calling once again for some specific projects to complete our second phase. One critical shortage we face is PC’s. Our plan is to somehow secure and provide a ‘matched set’ of current PC’s, programmed similarly so that we can have better control over their application! We’re searching out grants and other potential sources. If you have ideas, let us know!