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Re: HAM Radio & Survival.
« Reply #60 on: April 02, 2021, 10:41:42 AM »
Mostly the repeater club nets, because I'm usually driving.

Old Miss net, I've listened a bit on the maritime net on 20meters (14.300Mhz?).

My little test on the solar near-miss was interesting, Local stations were diminished, but stations 500mi away were right there, all morning and into mid day - like what you'd expect at night.   It was pretty much back to normal 2 days after the event.  I had wanted to get up on 80 meters, or 160 and play around, but my big antenna was on the ground.  That's the thing with these Solar Events, absolutely nobody can really predict what's going to happen - even base on past events, because just like ground conductivity, what I got at my place can be completely different than 5 miles away.

For instance, we know radio waves, via ground effect, travel pretty much on the surface, right?
What if the guys who dug out my basement, spread all that highly conductive magnetite sub-soil across the surface?   I can literally "pick up dirt" with a magnet in my front lawn.  The only places grass is growing (growing well) - where ever the ducks & chickens crap - dark green!  It'll take decades to ever have a decent looking front lawn... speaking of which... they noticed me through the window... asking for Popcorn....  :popcorn:
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Re: HAM Radio & Survival.
« Reply #61 on: April 02, 2021, 12:35:25 PM »
Yes the maritime net at 14.300. Old Miss net is new to me.

Yoy just need to shape that dirt into a ground plane

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Re: HAM Radio & Survival.
« Reply #62 on: April 02, 2021, 04:29:40 PM »
Yes the maritime net at 14.300. Old Miss net is new to me.

Yoy just need to shape that dirt into a ground plane
Close to the house, I don't have radials, just drive a stake or two, and that's it!
Pity those guys who bury miles of wire... but, I have no real lawn, just clumps of green here and there.
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Re: HAM Radio & Survival. OMISS net
« Reply #63 on: April 03, 2021, 05:25:49 AM »
OMISS OPERATES ON THE FOLLOWING FREQUENCIES AND TIMES, PLUS OR MINUS QRM AND PROPAGATION:

Band.. Net Time & Frequency ... ............ ......Day .............  Band Coordinator

10m    1800z ---> 28.665 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   WB6RAB, DAVID, #7380
12m    1630z ---> 24.980 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Tue, Thur (Early)   N4UP, PETER, #9203
12m Late    2030z ---> 24.980 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat, Sun (Late)   N4UP, PETER, #9203
15m    1630z ---> 21.395 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   N5GGG, DAVE, #9395
17m    1900z ---> 18.158 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   K8MPW, CLAUDE, #9757
20m    1830z ---> 14.290 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   N0JOY, LEE, #12097
40m    0100z ---> 7.185 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   WA5CAT, ED, #11055
40m Late    0400z ---> 7.185 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1   WA5CAT, ED, #11055
80m    0300z ---> 3.825 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Daily   WN4WDE, ERIC, #12197
80m Late    0500z ---> 3.825 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun 1,2,3   WN4WDE, ERIC, #12197
160m    0400z ---> 1.930 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)   Sat & Sun & Mon 2,3   K7CTM, THOMAS, #10452
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Re: HAM Radio & Survival.
« Reply #64 on: April 03, 2021, 08:40:20 AM »
Wow thats some operation.

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Re: HAM Radio & Survival - got batteries...?
« Reply #65 on: April 16, 2021, 05:59:15 AM »
This is the time of year, cable and telecom (internet) companies start sending out tasks to their techs to do "Preventative Maintenance" at those remote sites.   If you know anyone who works in the industry, buy 'em a soda, case of water, beer and ask, "I'm looking for some big batteries, for my HAM station - you know, that kind of stuff for emergency communications?   I want to keep it going during those power outages & rolling blackouts."

When someone asks *me* & tells me why they want the batteries, emergency communications, I'll give them as many as their vehicle can carry!  If they say, "for our club repeater" since I already know what that is, they'll get the best I can give them.  If I got an odd number of batteries, which is less than 4  of the 12volt variety (our systems are 48volt based, 1-3 batteries will not work & we can't "mix" them, size, age, type.) - they'll get them.

Those old UPS units, some are 24volt, some 36volt, and the big ones are 48volt.  If they have a fan on them, and better yet, a big battery PLUG, might be yellow, blue, black.  That plug allows you to ADD massive battery banks for extended run time (must have a FAN for cooling!!!).   Well, some of the batteries we're cycling out of our systems, will run those UPSes for -days-   

When we had our spring ice storm just a couple of months ago, I kept my furnace blower running (LPG heat) for 2 days, house warm, without running a generator - big old UPS, 10yr old batteries.  Yup, vintage 6-11, sticker right on the front of them.    These came from a data center, and basically sat there, as emergency backup to the gear, only 2x did they ever get called upon.  Both times, they kept it all humming along, 14hrs and about 7-8hrs the second time.   The rest of the time, they were sitting there, no stress at all, fully charged.   I got them, and they sat outside my basement door for 3 years, till last fall, when I brought them in -- Hey, the test set says they're still good!?   So I pressed them back into service!

If you know a Cable TV guy, Telephone / Internet guy... or see a guy hunched over a big light green terminal on the side of the road - *ask* them.  It's worth the try - and make sure you mention you/your club needs newer batteries for emergency communications - (all volunteers, not much money, donations welcome, you provide backup communications for ems/police/fire if other systems fail.. like theirs).   

Not saying it'll work everytime, but, as one of those guys who's delivered batteries by the hundreds, maybe thousands... to clubs, repeaters, home HAM radio operators - I can tell you, "When I got them, I need to know WHERE they can go TODAY... 'cause I'm not gonna carry those things around on my service truck tomorrow!"  Right now... I know "Jerry" is looking for 8x  40ah batteries for his UPS.  He asked me 2 weeks ago.  Probably have them within the month.  They'll be used, but still good.  He'll need to meet me on short notice, we can do the transfer, he buys me a soda or bottle of water.

Who I absolutely will not give batteries to:  The jerk who is just going to take them and cash in on the lead.   "Oh, you're just giving these away, I'll take them all and turn them into the recycler!  (thanks, sucker!!!  that's a great freebe!  snicker-snicker!) - nope, if I find out that happened, I stop offering them to that person or club.  I got people who will put them to good use, who do public service at their own expense - when the batteries are dead, they can recycle them.   

BTW... go BIG on them, not the small batteries, get the biggest you can, with one exception - not the flooded cells (have water in them, water you can see, usually glass case). 

Just get your name & phone number out there with the guys doing the work, even talk to a manager - tell them what you do, public service, emergency communications, etc...  and call them every 2-3 weeks, to gently remind them, "If you can help us, we'd really, really appreciate it!"  Who knows, you might end up with some brand new, big batteries.
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