Ongoing maintenance and improvement! I completed installation of the 12 SO-239 lock washers on the MFJ Patch Panel connectors both front and back today. They are quite tight now and should stay that way. More than half of the connections were loose. I reconfigured the panel as it was before starting.-DaleW8KTQThis might be a good time to review what antennas we have for you at the ARC. You can see on the bottom row that each HF position has two separate runs of coax back to the position. They are labeled as they come out of the table tray at each position. We generally try to leave the beam and loop attached to the Yaesu 5000 when we leave, but when you’re there operating feel free to mix and match!The antennas are labeled across the top. •GOTA antenna is a trapped 40-80 dipole, running along the ridge of the rooftop east-to-west. (Radiation north and south.) •80 Loop is a full wave delta-loop (triangular) running across the parking lot. It can be tuned to any band and is an excellent low band antenna. •40 Extended Double Zepp is basically a long inverted V antenna centered on 40 meters. It runs the tree line east of the building, it runs north-to-south but radiates pretty much in all directions. It’s perhaps 50’ high. •The Cushcraft beam is a standard tri-band yagi (10-15-20) that can be tuned to some of the newer bands. Great directional antenna when the band is hot!•HF Vertical is a ground-mounted Hustler 5-BTV vertical; that is, it’s a trapped vertical antenna for 80-10. This antenna has a number of radials, and is a good DX performer. Because it hears 360 degrees it is noisy, but it can hear stations you may miss with a directional beam. Sound better than a condo’s attic? Hey- the station is just waiting for YOU. Couple these antennas with some killer HF radios, and you can have a lot of fun! We even have a digital station if you want to try PSK31 or some of those modes! Contact station managers Dale W8KTQ or Donn K8AOK or Prez Joe AA8TA for the lock codes and any operating notes you may need… and then, have some fun!! It’s YOUR club station.
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 January 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!Remote Radio is easier than you’d think! When you connect via remote to the DX5000 you have some options. For a contest you can start up the FT2000RC emulation, N1MMControl, And N1mm or A more straight forward approach would be to start up AIO. AIO has a built in emulator so you do not need N1MMControl, FT2000RC or anything special. Plus the built in rig has a much smaller foot print. I've attached a picture of the built in rig for your inspection.George, WD8KNC