P.O. Box 50
El Cajon, California 92022
Founded 1960 ~ Incorporated 1976
Repeater Update August 2023
The 2m repeater has problems. Some of us can't reach it from our usual locations, and for those who live close enough, it's super scratchy. Chuck believes the 2m unit has a burned out or failing amplifier, which is consistent with the limited range and difficulty users are experiencing.
The 70cm repeater is working fine. Use this instead! We're working on a plan to prioritize the 2m repeater repair soon. Hopefully before 2024.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
June 2023 -- MEETING BEGINS AT 6:30 p.m.
PLANNING MEETING IN PREPARATION FOR FIELD DAY 2023
Our Field Day is June 24-25, at in the parking lot ofPadre Water District, located
9300 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
June 24-25 - FIELD DAY 2023
Padre Water District
July 2023 - Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for an updated SCARF pre-meeting location. Manana's is closed.
August 2023 - Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Somebody needs to suggest a practical pre-meeting place where we can get some snacks.
DMR programming workshop. with help from Rich NJ6F
I know at least one of you has a DMR radio still sitting in a drawer, unprogrammed or incomplete and you haven't spent any time figuring it out. I'm right there with you, but I took mine out of the drawer. With some help from experienced operators who have mastered the DMR process, we would like to dedicate a Thursday evening to the process of properly programming a DMR HT.
Participants will need to have a fully functional laptop and data cable, a DMR radio, DMR ID, and a fairly current release of radio firmware. We will provide power and a table to get setup, but we can't spend any time debugging windows or faulty wiring. In the workshop we will all step through the building blocks of a DMR code plug. Hopefully this will give you all the skills necessary to take your DMR configuration to the next level, and teach others how to navigate the configuration complexities of a code plug. BRING A USB STICK if you want a copy of some very useful code plugs.
Create channels for local analog and digital repeaters.
Populate local and regional talkgroups.
Create a DMR simplex configuration.
Get on the air and make a contact within those talk groups.
Make a contact with digital and analog simplex.
Show users where they can get meaningful repeater and talkgroup information.
Reply with the DMR radio brand (Anytone, TYT, BTech, etc) and model number you have, and let us know your skill level.
1 - Total Newbie ----- 10 - Master of Time and Space
Update August 11, 2023
Update August 11, 2023: For those who did not make it to our August DMR workshop, here is an artist rendition (from my daughter Lindsay) depicting the events of our evening. Rich gave a lot of information on DMR, and most of us were able to program and make a contact on a local DMR repeater. We used almost the entire meeting covering DMR topics, fundamentals, tips tricks, and probably needed two more hours to continue. I don't think we're all masters of DMR yet, so we might incorporate another workshop in a future meeting. You can see everybody is having a great time, except Steve K6RSH and Jerry W6KIN, who were struggling with a problematic USB cable. If you are still interested in learning more about DMR, don't worry. I'm working with Rich to compile his notes into a recipe that is easy to digest, with the same examples we used on Thursday. Rich has a lot more pages and images about his code plug and how he organizes channels and zones to get the most from the radio, and there are dozens of quality examples and tutorials online from other clubs, DMR enthusiasts, and even professionals. Don't feel overwhelmed -- we're working through this together. I learn best by doing, so we should do this again.
Lindsay is really good at digital art, but I said STICK FIGURE. This was fun.
September, 2023 - Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Regular meeting location and time. We will have a general club business update, and continue with DMR and soldering projects. If you have a soldering project or radio DMR config you need help decoding, bring your stuff and get connected with our wealth of experience.
Business meeting, status of the repeaters and future plans for the next two months.
We will be taking a closer look at AREDN in the months ahead.
We have a great location to install an AREDN node, and the equipment is inexpensive. Any ham can participate at their home or can use an established node with distance. This is something we want to investigate and possibly install as a club.
The club repeaters are due for some maintenance. Since being deployed in 2015, they have been very reliable until now. The 2m repeater final amplifier is not working very well and will be coming out for service. The plan is to reprogram the other Yaesu repeater to function on 2m, and the 70cm will be offline during this time.
Be sure to visit Hamtastic on Saturday, October 28. Fiesta Island, starting at 7:00a. Bring a hat and sunscreen.
Bring scrap aluminum and copper for recycling. We'll take this into the recycle place and get the best price. Proceeds from the recycle metals will go into the club general fund. If you bring soda cans, please crush them and bag them so they don't drip all over the place. UPDATE: we got $255.48 and cleaned up a bunch of stuff we had laying around.
We are going to build something!
After seeing a kit TNC demonstrated at Hamtastic, I thought this would be a great project for our club and anyone else who is looking for a new thing to try using inexpensive radios, a laptop you probably already have, and a little bit of soldering skills. Everybody in attendance at our November meeting also thought it was a great idea. Click here for more Project TNC information.
Ham Dinner Potluck - sign up now. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how many are coming and what category of food item you are bringing. Mix it up a bit. The club will provide ham and drinks, and we will have plates and utensils and some to-go boxes for those who need to bring something home. Potluck dinner starts a litte bit after 6:30pm!
Assuming all parts are in stock (right now they are) the TNC project will probably have a workshop night where we help you solder and get started with the TNC and how to use Winlink Express.
Get your AREDN hardware acquired and read the documentation on how to flash firmware, and lets do something useful and fun with AREDN. There are three of us who already have some inexpensive WiFi gear ready to be upgraded. The more nodes in the mesh, the more resilient the mesh. A bunch of this technology started here in San Diego, so lets keep it going. It doesn't have to be a permanent install.