|Monthly Newsletter Dedicated to the Advancement of Amateur Radio June, 1998|
THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Thanks goes to Gary Johnson for his interesting program on Free Energy. His demonstrations and examples had all of us scratching our head. We're looking to attending his Tesla Coil Symposium in October.
Our next meeting is June 12th at 7:30 p.m. in room 152 Rathbone Hall on the KSU-Manhattan campus. This meeting will be devoted to final Field Day planning and training for computer logging. Don't forget the Eating Meeting at the Sirloin Stockade in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.
Congratulations to Fred and Nadine Stueve's daughter Nancy Dekat. She won the Paul and Helen L. Grauer Scholarship for the second year in a row. She's studying Nursing at Washburn University.
Norm Dillman, NØJCC
Important two-meter repeater messages:
In May we received a call to come to Colorado because a good friend, Vic, was near death. He's also the father-in-law of our daughter, Linda. As we neared Colby, Kansas we got a call from Bruce Frahm, KØBJ, on their 2-meter repeater. Linda, NØOYE, had called him on the phone from Florida to report Vic's death just a short time earlier. Bruce was able to make a phone patch for us on the repeater to her husband Mike, NØOYD, who was already in Colorado. We told him that we had heard the news and would be stopping overnight instead of driving through. It was a sad but appreciated use of ham radio.
Now for the rest of the story. Bruce later got an email about a death in his family and somehow realized that it was the same person. Bruce's sister's daughter's husband is a grandson of Linda's husband's father's brother. Good detective work, Cousin Bruce.
A happier message was sent to us about ten years ago from the father of a new-born son from the delivery room in El Paso, Texas. He was using a 2-meter HT and we were mobile on the interstate just east of Sante Fe, New Mexico. We were using the ZIA net that links many repeaters in several states in the southwest. Many hams from several states joined us in congratulating him. Have you had interesting messages delivered by Ham radio?
Lenore Layman, NØTSN
Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society
The guest speaker for the evening was Gary Johnson, KØHGJ a discussion on "Free Energy."
Solar Car - Steve and Jason, K-State Students, discussed the solar power car with the club. The next sun race will be from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida - they have named their car "Apollo" (Greek God of the Sun). They are raising money for the race by sponsoring "Adopt-A-Cell" program. They will need to sell 720 cells at $20.00 per cell. It was proposed and second that our club purchase a cell. The club received a "Certificate of Appreciation." from the Solar Car Team. If anyone else would like to adopt-a-cell, see Norm, NØJCC for more information.
Newsletter - articles can be sent by e-mail to Chuck, AAØRI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles are due the 4th Friday of the month. Articles can be saved in DOS.Text or Word Perfect 5.1.
The possibility of a donation to the club for advertising in a classified section was discussed.
Web Page - If you would like to have an article on the web page contact David Yoder.
Field Day - will be discussed at the clubs next meeting in June. Henry will finalize plans for field day. A computer logging system will be used as you make contacts.
Proclamation for field day will be given out on Tuesday, June 16th. This will also be televised.
XYL - the possibility of touring the Columbian Theatre in Wamego, more to come at our next meeting.
Next meeting Friday, June 12th.
AMATEUR RADIO CLUES
KNSP BALLOON FLIGHT 98 A
Two balloons were successfully launched from Gary Johnson's, KØHGJ, site on the morning of May 16, 1998, located about 9.6 miles S.W. of Manhattan on McDowell Creek Road. Preflight preparations were done the preceding evening at the launch site. The next morning the final launch preparations were underway by about 6:00 AM. The balloons were filled with helium, the first to 17.6 lbs. and the second to 12.5 lbs. since one instrument capsule was heavier than the other. This gave the balloons approximately 1 lb. of lifting force after the payload was added. The first balloon was assembled and tested and then released at about 7:19 AM. The second balloon followed soon thereafter at about 7:25 AM. The balloons rose and began traveling in an approximately east direction. They were soon sighted and reported by Steve Kelly, AAØYF, as they passed over the radio relay post at the Konza observation point located about 3 miles south of Manhattan on highway 177. Steve had transceivers on both two meters and 75 meters at 3.990 MHz.
The weather on this day was very good, sunny and clear. This was ideal weather for balloon flights. The air was so clear that the balloons were visually sighted many times during the flight. One observer, Daryl, KCØATQ, whose QTH is located about 10 miles west of Mayetta, reported seeing them overhead near the position where they reached burst altitude.
The chase and recovery vehicles traveled east on Interstate 70 to the Topeka area. The original predicted landing area was in the Tonganoxie vicinity, but by the time the chase vehicles arrived in the Topeka area, it was apparent that they would not travel that far and that the landing would probably be in the vicinity of Mayetta, north of Topeka.
Our relay post at the Konza observation point was closed at 9:30 AM when the balloons were approaching the Topeka area. Communication with the Topeka repeater and the chase vehicles was very good from this location, and it also was with our flight position analyzer, Ralph Walio, WØRPK located in Indianola, Iowa on 3.990 MHz.
Radio frequencies used for this flight were: 144.390 MHz for APRS and instrument data telemetry from the balloons. 146.670 MHz, the WAØVRS Topeka repeater and 146.52 MHz for general mobile and base communications. 147.310 and 147.455 MHz were the frequencies for the low power backup beacons on the balloons.
Stations operating on 3.990 MHz were AAØYF at the Konza relay post, NØIN Manhattan , KØTCS near Wamego, KBØJYL Topeka (flight control station), NØLJK Topeka Mobile, and WØRPK Indianola, Iowa.
The following list of people were present or participated at the launch site: Lloyd KD4STH, Chris KBØWNK, Rob WN5HOO, Frank KBØUYF, Mike NØPVU, Chuck AAØRI, Nathan KC7JHO, Daniel KBØOTV, Jim KAØFEW, David NØIN, Gary KØHGJ, Dave NØLJK, Rock WØEFZ, Steve AAØYF, Mark N9XTN, and Francis WØEVJ. Others were involved in the chase and recovery. I will leave it to Chief Balloon Expert, Lloyd KD4STH, to report the technical details and results of the onboard cameras, instruments, and experiments.
To an amateur radio operator prepared for away-from-home emergency responses, a "Grab 'N Go" box is an already-packed box/suitcase/trunk which contains ham-radio-related equipment that may be useful at the emergency site. In addition to the obvious things, such as radios!, your box should probably contain many maybe-not-so-obvious things, such as that one-of-a-kind antenna connector on top of your "handi-talki".
My Grab-N-Go box has expanded from one original small wooden box until it now fills a very large briefcase (for VHF equipment), two large suitcases (for HF equipment), plus the original wooden box (for maps and other paper things). I use separate HF and VHF boxes because HF and VHF equipment can use very different antennas, power supplies, etc., and I've found that it's nice to keep related equipment together. Unfortunately, I don't have enough HT's, transceivers, power supplies, etc., to have a spare set waiting in each box, but I do keep the smaller stuff (tools, wire and cable, adapters, etc.) in my Grab-N-Go boxes, and on top of each box is a list of other stuff I have to grab on the way out the door.
If I were to "take the whole nine yards", here is what I would have:
Miscellaneous Equipment in Both Cases
And, if I were called out of town, I'd also take
--Myron A. Calhoun.
|Chairman: Norm NØJCC||General Chairman and Solar-powered station #1|
|Co-chair: Henry KAØSWM||June meeting and arrangements|
|Novice/Tech. Station: Mike, NØPVU||Responsible for Novice/Tech. station set-up and operators|
|Pre-publicity: NØTSN||All publicity before Field Day signs|
|Information Booth: KAØSWM||Greeting and informing public during Field Day|
|Bike Power: Jon NØRYQ|
|Packet/Satellites: Daniel KBØOTV||Satellites, 2-meter packet for bulletins, messages, etc.|
|WARN: Phyllis NØMJB||Storm spotting information booth|
|WARN and message: Phyllis NØMJB||WARN publicity and Send message to Section manager|
|Computer logging: Mike NØPVU||Set up computers and software for logging and training|
|HF Station #1: Norm||Total Solar Powered|
|HF Station #2: Chuck/Francis (CW)||Focus on CW|
|HF Station #3: Fred KØTCS||Mixed CW and Voice|
|Generators: Fred KØTCS||Coordinate all generators and gas (Soldan gen. for shelter)|
|Lights/shelters: Jon NØRYQ||Set up gas or electric lights, tables, chairs and shade, etc.|
|Operation coordinator: Norm||Submit final form to ARRL/collect logs/schedule operators|
|Water, food: Phyllis NØMJB||Food, water, etc.|
|First aid: KØUHF||First aid, bug spray, sun screen|
|SWL/Night Security: John NØPVT||Shortwave listening and night security|
|W1AW messages, All HF operators||Copy message, accurate copy needed for report: ONE needed|
|Message Relays, All HF operators||10 points for each, up to ten (100 pts.)|
|July 11||PHD Hamfest||Kansas City, MO|
|July 19||Zero Beaters Hamfest||Washington, MO|
|August 1||MO State Convention||Springfield, MO|
|August 9||CVARC Hamfest||Amana, IA|
|August 16||CKARC Hamfest||Salina, KS|
|August 23||Ak-sar-ben Hamfest||Omaha, NE|
|August 30||Dubuque Hamfest||Dubuque, IA|
|September 12||CMRA Hamfest||Columbia, MO|