The August 5, 2020 ZOOM Video General Meeting was called to order by Bill Harwell at 7:00 PM.
Next amateur radio license testing session is S2:00 PM,aturday, August 15, at
Mountain View Baptist Church, 1201 Belmont Avenue, Centralia.
GO-BAGS FOR SHORT DEPLOYMENTS:
CVARS member and Centralia ARES emergency coordinator Bob Willey (KD7OWN)
authored this article which appeared in the August 2020 QST. Congratulations, Bob!
PROGRAM - "MINI_DX-PEDITIONS":
Grant Hopper, KB7WSD, shared his experiences operating portable DX,
a) the variety of activities that involve operating in the field;
b) the importance of planning, knowing the rules for those activities;
c) the equipment that he has found useful.
- Buddipole Triple Ratio Switch Balun switchable between 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 ═
- Grant uses a 100 foot chalk reel loaded with either 24- or 26-gauge
wire as a variable length couterpoise. Could also be used to make a vertical or
use 2 to make a dipole. He found a reel by Irwin with a clutch/release that lets the
wire play out without the windup crank rotating.
- Small antenna analyzer measures SWR and impedance magnitude ═
Grant said he now would use a NanoVNA.
- Grant uses an in-ear microphone with a digital voice recorder.
When used with a head set, it captures both sides of a QSO.
- Grant uses an Elecraft KX3 with an aftermarket heatsink that
extends transmit time at full power with high duty cycle digital modes.
He build an external battery pack using lithium-polymer batteries to
get longer operating times than the KX3 internal battery provides.
He found a rapid battery charger targeted to the radio controlled models market.
- MFJ has several telescopic whip antennas, some specifically for
portable transceivers like the Yaesu FT-817 and Elecraft KX3 ═
- Grant has 10 watt, 20 watt and 60 watt foldable PowerFilm solar panels
that he uses with a charge controller ═
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM. There were 21 people attending.