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Member Rick (N6IET) gives us a preview of his bicycle portable field day station.

Here’s Rick testing out his new mobile station. Rick set up on the wheelchair ramp at the Beachside Cafe at Will Rogers State Beach. Rick reports everything is working with the exception of his Elecraft Built-in KX2 paddles. Rick mentioned that the bronze-anodized aluminum railings make a perfect ground counterpoise for his Hustler Mobile antenna setup.¬†

Life being too short for QRP with an already compromised antenna (as Rick explains) he decided to go with his ‘brick’ amp the HF Packer amp kit that boosts the KX2’s 10 watt available power up to 50 watts. Using his SLA 6 Ah battery Rick says that it will keep him on-air for about 3 hours on a single charge. In the left rear a solar charge controller can be seen for use with a 28-watt Bioenno folding solar panel which can expand that time.

Rick uses his U-bolt clamp on his RV Hustler on the 40, 20, 17 and 15 meter bands. He can also substitute resonator coils for 30,60 or even 80 meters.¬†Good luck to Rick for many QSOs on his weekend field day use, we’ll be listening for you on the air!

The SFM ARC Needs your help with Club Presentations

As those many of you who attend our regular in-person meetings held each first Thursday of the month know, the club has some type of presenter/ presentation each month. Months where there is an inordinate amount of club business to discuss presentations are not made available. At the beginning of each year the club is asked to suggest ideas that they would like to see presented or discussed at the in-person meeting. Last year the club enjoyed presentations such as:

  • WSPR Program and operations
  • RigExpert Antenna Analyzer overview
  • Antenna and Grounding Safety
  • SMD Soldering and Hot air rework station use
  • How to read the solar report and solar indices
  • DSP Noise Reduction on an SDR Radio
  • Horizontal Antenna Design

2018 will bring us a whole new list of educational and entertaining presentations. On the list we have the following being considered:

  • Vertical Antenna Design
  • VEC / VE What is needed and How to become involved
  • Phased Verticals Construction and Installation.
  • KX2/KX3 operations
  • Magloop antenna design
  • Field Day prep
  • Bogus Story recap and award modifications
  • RigExpert AA-55 Zoom features and operations.
  • Buddipole setup and Configurations.

The club is still looking for input from its members on what other ideas YOU may have. If there is something that you would like to hear or see presented at the meeting the club kindly asks that you email us to give us your input. Those out of town are also welcome to suggest presentation material as well. All presentations that are given in-person are also then presented to the editor of the W6SFM newsletter for publication each month. This way our out of town members will be able to enjoy what the other members saw or heard at the in-person meetings. So, should you think of something, please be sure to submit your suggestions for an opportunity to have them presented. Recaps can also be viewed on the Videos page too.