Programming Your Radio – Getting Started With Amateur Radio Series – Basic Topics – 21 MAR 2024 and 4 APR 2024

The fourth session of the Getting Started With Amateur Radio series, this session covers programming your radio.  We start with talking about various settings and configuration options, diving into detail on what each of the options are and why you would choose one setting over another.  We continue with a discussion of programming in frequencies (and where to find the frequencies to program in).  Unfortunately, we ran out of time before we got into the demos, so we'll continue this session next time, which will be April 4th, 2024.

We continued with a discussion of programming the radio's VFO (Variable Frequency Oscillator) manually from the front panel and saving that information into a memory, then covered programming via software with the manufacturer's software, CHIRP, and RT Systems.

Here's the video from the second session:

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What to Do When Disaster Strikes – General Meeting – 7 MAR 2024

Dan (N7XDL) relates his experiences surviving a 7.5 and 7.4 earthquake in Chile and talks about what we should do to be ready to help ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities when the "Big One" hits Utah. MARC welcomed the Salt Lake Crossroads club, who joined us for the briefing.

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EchoLink and the MARC Repeater – Advanced Topics – 15 Feb 2024

Jan (KD7ZWV) introduced the MARC repeater and talked about the need to provide some type of wide area connectivity into the repeater for MARC members (and others).  He covers repeater linking, both RF and Internet based, and moves on to the solution that MARC is exploring, EchoLink.  EchoLink is introduced and we discuss how to get an EchoLink account, including getting your license validated. Finally, EchoLink configuration is covered.  Jeff (KL7KVG) continues with a discussion of the EchoLink for Android application and then talks about the EchoLink node that he has built as a proof of concept for the MARC repeater.  Finally, we observe a demo of the EchoLink software connecting to the MARC repeater using the node Jeff built, which was on display in the meeting room.

Slides are available here:  EchoLink and the MARC Repeater

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Additional notes:

  1. This project is NOT complete... Jeff detailed a few things that we still want to do, including
    1. Registering N7MRY-R as an EchoLink node
    2. Installing the node at a location other than Jeff's dining room table
    3. Not hogging up Jeff's portable computer (dedicating some hardware to the node)
    4. Tweaking and adjusting parameters to improve the functionality of the node
    5. Configuring outbound connectivity from the node (i.e. DTMF control)
    6. and whatever else we think it needs to be a solid addition to MARC's repeater setup
  2. We had some previous classes that covered repeater linking, including IRLP and EchoLink
    1. April 8th, 2021, Radio Linking via Internet IRLP and EchoLink
    2. October 14th, 2021, we had a joint meeting with the Taylorsville club on IRLP and EchoLink presented by Doug (AD7LO).  This meeting was carried on the Taylorsville Zoom and we were unable to record it.  I believe the slides are the same as recently presented to the Taylorsville club and can be found here:  Doug's IRLP and EchoLink Slide Deck
  3. As mentioned during the meeting, our prototype is not online all of the time... Jeff will be facilitating experimentation with it by bringing the node up about an hour before our Sunday net and leaving it up for about an hour afterwards.  If you want to experiment with EchoLink and the MARC repeater, this will be an excellent opportunity for you to try it out.  Get the software installed, get your EchoLink account set up and validated, and be ready to try it out this Sunday beginning around 7:00 PM until about 9:30 PM.

The Farnsworth .62 Repeater – General Meeting with UARC – 8 FEB 2024

The four of us from MARC who attended the UARC meeting tonight learned a lot about the "Farnsworth" .62 repeater.  Clint (KA7OEI), the repeater manager for UARC, started with a brief history of the .62 machine, including some unique aspects related to its installation at the Fox 13 transmitter site.  He then delved into ways to extend the coverage of a repeater by linking multiple repeaters together.  Of course, the best example of this in Utah is the Intermountain Intertie, a linked repeater system that covers most of the state, with branches into Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Arizona.  The drawback to such a system is that each repeater needs to be on a different frequency.  This led to a discussion of the .62's setup, with a master repeater on Farnsworth peak and a secondary repeater on Scott's.  These two repeaters operate on the same frequency, using only one frequency pair for extremely wide coverage.

UARC has posted the recording of the meeting on their Youtube channel, and I'll include it here.  If you're curious how this system works, check it out.  At the end of the presentation, there was also some discussion about direction finding and how to deal with abusive use of the amateur frequencies, which was also quite interesting and may be the subject of a future UARC talk.

Introduction to Amateur Radio – Getting Started With Ham Radio Series – Basic Topics – 7 DEC 2023

This post kicks off the Getting Started with Ham Radio series with episode one, Introduction to Amateur Radio.  This series will be presented during the MARC "Basic Topics" class on the first Thursday of each month for the next several months.  This episode introduces amateur radio, and is aimed at the non-ham who is interested in learning about amateur radio.

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