Jul 07

AO-85 AMSAT Battery News

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-181.01
ANS-181 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 181.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
jUNE 30, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-181.01


AO-85 Update: Do Not Access While in Eclipse

The auto Safe mode was disabled on June 24 and the transponder was 
turned on.  A few QSOs were made to verify that it would drop with 
inactivity.

Currently, the battery voltage is very low and it looks like a cell 
is prepared to give up the ghost.  Please do not use the satellite 
while it is in eclipse, even if you hear it.  Operations is not sure 
what will be usable if and when this cell fails completely.

In the meantime, please send reports to the AMSAT-BB.  THey are 
welcome and helpful.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.]

http://www.arrl.org/news/ao-85-turned-off-due-to-return-of-eclipse-periods-and-poor-battery-condition

Jun 20

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday July 9, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

July 9, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bob Lanahan, KK6WYW:

“Winlink Tutorial and Demo

Winlink is…a global email system via radio.

…a worldwide radio email service that uses radio pathways where the internet is not present, and is capable of operating completely without the internet–automatically–using smart-network radio relays. Winlink provides its users email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in emergency and disaster relief communications.

Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed volunteers. https://www.winlink.org/

 

Bob started Amateur radio with a technician’s license in Oct, 2015, he upgraded to general in Feb, 2017. He’s a member of the TRW, Aerospace, HARC, SBARC and ESARG radio clubs. In addition to digital modes, he’s helping Aerospace upgrade their club shacks with new equipment, including radios and antennas. Bob has done a few Summit’s On The Air (SOTA) hikes, including with Jeff Reed.

Jun 02

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday June 11, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

June 11, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Field Day Co-Chairs, Chris Wachs WA2KDL & Greg Shreve KE6YEX:

“ARRL’s Field Day Prep Meeting

Field Day QTH: Friendship Park
1805 W 9th St, San Pedro, CA 90732
Event Schedule: Club Set-Up Friday 21 June 2019
Weekend of 22-23 June 2019

Begins at 1800 UTC Saturday ending at 2100 UTC Sunday

The W6TRW Amateur Radio Club will set up their antennas and emergency
communications equipment in Friendship Park for the annual emergency response
drill, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day. American Radio Relay
League Field Day is a nationwide annual public service drill put on by amateur
radio operators to prepare for volunteer emergency and disaster response.

http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Apr 29

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday May 14, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

May 14, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bill Moulton, WA6PMW, will present

W6TRW Repeaters

W6TRW Technical Chairperson, WA6PMW, shares his perspectives and

latest information about the Club’s Repeaters.

Gain insight from a Subject Matter Expert on how to maintain and service your repeater

and communications equipment – troubleshoot, fix and repair

I hold an extra class license and have been licensed since 1976. I spent 30 years at TRW/ Northrop Grumman as a spacecraft test conductor & test engineer. I retired in July of 2013. I am presently the technical chairperson of the club responsible for repair and upkeep of the W6TRW repeaters and other radios.”
Bill WA6PMW, Amateur Extra

Mar 31

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday April 9, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

April 9, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

David Ziskin, AG6E, will present

Tour of Duty: Antarctica

For the Antarctica research season of 2005/2006, I was aboard the USNS Paul Buck (which has since been decommisioned) as the Radio-Electronics Officer (REO) for the trip.  We made the trip south and met up with the Lawrence Gold, the Krasin, and the USCGC Polar Star.  Our radio equipment allowed coverage from 1.5 – 30MHz.  Voice only, no telegraph.

AG6E is one of Battleship Iowa (BB-61) Amateur Radio Association Directors. NI6BB is a member of K6AA, United Radio Club (URAC) located within L.A. Maritime Museum in San Pedro.

Pictured: Dave, AG6E and Doug Dowds, W6HB, key note speakers at the 2018 W6TRW Awards Banquet.

“I have had a ham license for over 60 years.

Currently, I am involved with the Veterans Administration, as a Communications Specialist and as a drone pilot in the Emergency Operations Dept..I have been a sea-going radio officer – when we had such things.”

Feb 22

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday March 12, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

March 12, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will present

Baker to Vegas Challenge 2019

 

Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will brief volunteers on B2V 2019

The largest police foot pursuit in the world, the Baker to Vegas run is where police organizations form relay teams to run the 120 mi course, in 20 stages from Baker, CA to Las Vegas, NV. Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI, will brief volunteers supporting this event on March 23-24, 2019

Event Information: http://bakervegas.net/

Jan 17

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday February 12, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

February 12, 2019 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Bill Shanney, W6QR, will present

HF Radio and Portable Operations

Special CW Feature: Keys and Keyers

Bill Shanney, the W6TRW Club Elmer, at his operating bench

W6TRW welcomes one its own, longtime members, Bill Shanney, W6QR.  A ham operator since 1960, Bill has written many technical articles and stays current with ham radio items of interest for beginners to the most advanced operators.

“My first call was WV2RDG in NJ. I became WA2RDG when I got my general in 1961. I operate 99.5% CW on 160-6M. After a long period of inactivity (career and family) I upgraded to extra class in 1988 and became very active. That is also the year that I joined the TRW ARC. I have a BSEE from NJ Institute of Technology and worked for 45 years in RF and microwave design. I retired from NG/TRW in 2007 after 31 years with the company.”

Jan 10

Volunteers Wanted for Baker to Vegas in March

This is the 35th Annual Baker to Vegas 2019

We need help!

Baker to Vegas is a 120-mile relay run, there are 20 stages. This is held every year in March. Runners are police officers from around the country and from other countries.

Currently, there are 270 teams that participate in this event. There are over 6000 runners and support staff, several hundred Family members, friends, Thousands of Race volunteers, like the W6TRW amateur radio club.

There are two websites that would explain what goes on,    

       http://www.bakervegas.net 

        http://www.radiobaker2vegas.org 

It is up to the amateur radio operators to keep track of all of the runners that are on the course.

About eight years ago W6TRW  amateur radio club got involved with doing radio communications for this event. Our club sponsors stage 18. It’s a special spot for us, it is located in the middle of a neighborhood so this stage must be silent.

We use radios to communicate and also computers.  We also use the clubs radio truck for this event.

This is one event that there is real emergency traffic taking place.

 Staffing:  We are looking for 7 more Volunteers and looking for an IT person.

This event takes place on March 23 and 24 of 2019 

If there is anybody interested in this event Please contact: Ray Enriquez 310-678-2732 or Email  radioray22@sbcglobal.net 

You’ll need to make a Hotel reservation.

Thanks

Ray- KD6IGI

 

Jan 04

W6TRW Meeting – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

W6TRW General Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Bch Blvd 


Live by Skype

from the Tyler Texas Amateur Radio Club (TARC, call sign K5TYR)

 Mark Depaepe, N5YEY, will demo DMR – Digital Mobile Radio

Meet N5YEY

Mark has taught amateurs looking to obtain their Extra class license and is one of a dozen volunteers that coach athletes in East Texas Special Olympics long distance cycling. He trained 1 of only 4 in Texas who will be going to New Jersey for the U.S. Special Olympics National Games.

Let’s give Mark a warm W6TRW welcome!


W6TRW has its own UHF MotoTRBO DMR repeater in the South Bay: 

449.4625 MHz, Offset: -5 MHz, Color Code: 2
Connected to the Western States DMR C-Bridge
DO NOT use the “All Call” Talk Group.

 

Nov 26

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday December 11, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

December 11, 2018 Tuesday @ 6:00pm
QTH: Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Chris Wachs, WA2KDL, will present

What is FT-8 Digital Mode?

Chris will demonstrate and share his Field Day experience with FT-8 Digital Mode

FT8 stands for “Franke-Taylor design, 8-FSK modulation” and was created by Joe Taylor, K1JT and Steve Franke, K9AN. It is described as being designed for “multi-hop Es where signals may be weak and fading, openings may be short, and you want fast completion of reliable, confirm-able QSO’s.

WA2KDL, longtime member, Chris has held numerous club leadership positions. His Ham Radio resume includes DMR hot spots, IRLP software (what you need to use it on the internet), SDR use for HDSDR & Linux SDR software and AMSAT Life Member, talked to both the space shuttle & OSCAR 6,7,8 working GSE for AMSAT OSCAR 16,17,18-19 use FOX Satellite, Field Day Band Captain 80M and MORE!