- Morse Code "AT" Tenth anniversary N1A Planning in the works
ANNOUNCEMENT: — 2 Meter Side of the Repeater DISABLED
2 Meters has been shut down. I've noticed it is varying output power.
There is no sense in chancing destroying the PA in it, so it has been disabled until it can be pulled out.
- Steve, N7CPU
147.12 Off Line Sunday, April 13
Beginning on Sunday, April 13, the 2 Meter side of the Repeater will be down altogether for a rebuild effort. The 449.600 Repeater will continue active at that time.
This is being pulled with the recent firebombing of the primary fuse. There is a known failure that causes this and can destroy the PA transistors. It was noticed in the past that the PA on 2 was running quite warm, and this is also a symptom of this pending failure. Decision was made to move forward with its replacement immediately instead of waiting as planned. This radio will be replaced with our backup.
Please see repeater updated below to see what originally happened.
- Steve, N7CPU
All nets on 449.60 only
The 147.12 is being pulled from service for needed maintenance and restoration. From this time until the Sunday, April 13 takedown of the two meter repeater, folks on the 2 meter side looking to join the various nets held on the club repeater system will be redirected to the 449.60 repeater or to EchoLink by way of KB7KWK-L in order to take part in the Club net on Wednesday, the Swap Net on Thursday and the morning DriveTime nets through Friday morning. This will give folks a heads-up and minimize the "what happened" question.
- Larry, WB7C
- REPEATER UPDATE FROM SUNDAY'S FAILURE (a few weeks ago)
- Two meters blew a fuse. It's back up and running. This may be a warning that the PA is on the verge of failure, as is concurrent with a common problem with GE PA boards drawing more and more current until the PA transistors open up. These are not easily obtainable, and if they are found, they are about $120.00 each, and VHF GEs are getting few and far between. Let's just hope it makes it to the end of the month when we can get it replaced. We may unlink the repeaters during nets and not beat VHF until this is rectified.
Thanks Dennis, KA0/OBC For running up to the site to check out this failure -- Larry WB7C
- REPEATER UPDATES After the city of Mesa replaced the fence at the site, we are experiencing interference from 107.1 FM. The fence is rectifying and reradiating that very strong signal. We'll have to live with this until we get the new ground system in place, hopefully by the end of April. After hours and hours of work, 2 meters has been working but is getting fussy enough that it is time to replace it. We have another machine that can be converted to repeater service, but need to pull 2 meters down to pull the ICOMs and audio board for the new radio. This will be done at the same time the ground system is replaced
Updates will be posted as the tech committee finds out more.
Butter Braids Promotion
A Fundraiser for the club was introduced in the March meeting Tuesday, March 18.
DOWNLOAD the Butter Braids PDF — printing in Portrait mode creates a landscape-oriented form. In Adobe Reader, you must open the Print dialog and there set to "Actual Size." This will get you a printout with half-inch borders exactly as this document was intended. Otherwise, according to my experience, the document comes up short of filling the long dimension of the page.)
The order form allows you to place an order for this delicious frozen pastry, which is shipped from Iowa at 30 degrees below zero to you, and you set it out, let it rise, then bake.
Your order, for $12.00 will net the club a $5.00 cut. The full range of flavors was presented at the club meeting for everyone to sample. They were delicious!
Butter Braids is a fundraising tool used by many churches and other organizations. They cannot be purchased in any store, or online direct from the bakery.
Our goal here is for you to sell as many Butter Braids as you can, turn the money in to the club together with the order, and pick them up at the next meeting, You then distribute to your buyers. The one who brings in the most orders will win something from the club.
Please touch base with Ed Taggard, K7EDT to get more information and any corrections to what I have stated here. Please also see the next item to get the most out of the PayPal button on the top of the site.
Use of the PayPal Button to your advantage
Use of the PayPal Donate button on the site allows you to send in one payment transaction and specify how it is to be shared among club funds or your Dues. Simply provide a breakdown of your contribution's destination(s) in the note to the vendor box.
Repeater Fund Drive
There is a fundraiser effort to meet a $2700 goal of new money for the repeater fund by August's meeting to allow us to perform some needed improvements to the repeater and the site. Feel free to use the Donate button to contribute via PayPal, or tender your contribution by other means if you prefer.
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