The HARC Elmer Net

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Introduction

In ham radio parlance, an elmer means a teacher. The net provides a place to come and ask your questions. You might even answer a question and get a gold star! The Elmer Net meets on the HARC repeater, WM3PEN, on a frequency of 146.685 MHz, and with a PL of 146.2. Should the repeater go down, we will meet on the K3RJC repeater, 444.9 MHz, with a PL of 131.8. The net meets every Wednesday at 07:00 PM Philadelphia time. If I cannot host the net, then Cliff, KC3PGT, will act as my backup. We hope to see you there.

73, Austin, KA3TTT

Unofficial <2020-08-05 Wed>

Checkins

  • WA2UAR i/o
  • KC3PGT
  • N3ZZK
  • WR3P
  • km3s -W3EL Dan

Unofficial <2020-09-16 Wed>

Checkings

  • WA2UAR
  • KC3PRE

#101 <2021-01-13 Wed>

Checkins

  • KC3PGT
  • KC3AZT
  • K3FZT
  • KC3PRE, Chris

Notes

Steve gave a demonstration of JS8Call. It has several modes. We heard normal and fast modes. Like with CW, slowing your speed can increase the distance. PSK Reporter]] shows where listening stations hear your digitial signal. Technicians have data privileges on 10 meters.

#102 <2021-01-20 Wed>

Checkins

  • K2RSJ Rich
  • K3FZT Steve
  • AJ3DI Jim
  • K1UVH/M Mik
  • WS3RIC Eric
  • KE3NP, Fred
  • K2SPG, Stephen

Notes

Rich, first checkin. He got a DSTAR radio.

Steve works on his second work station.

Mike mobile from Boston. DM281E Kenwood mobile with 5/8 magmount on the company net. J-hill gang. Meet once a month 160 ft sea level. 2 meters simplex. Commercial 2-way radio background, retired 9 years firefighter. Eric, first net. He set up a Common GD1., DMR expert

Fred, eggbeater antenna for 2 meters

#103 <2021-01-27 Wed>

Checkins

  • WA2UAR
  • KC3PGT
  • KM3S
  • K3FZT
  • AJ3DI
  • W3AZT
  • AA3VZ

Notes

Jay wants to get hams into ARES and the Rec Cross. He works on improving via digital modes. FLDIGI and Winlink

Allan hears clicking. In an out in the repeater?

Steve came on with his FT991A for the first time. Jay gets a gold start for spending 1 1/2 hours configuring FLDIGI. Jim also gives Jay a star.

Steve has a new call, W3AZT The next What Hams Do will talk about citizen science. hamsci.org

#104 <2021-02-03 Wed>

Checkins

  • WA2UAR i/o
  • NW3T, no traffic
  • KC3PGT
  • K2RSJ, Rich
  • W3AZT
  • N3ZZK
  • K3FZT, Steve
  • AJ3DI
  • aa3vz

**i Notes Cliff ran the weather net on Monday.

Get your vanity call before the fee.

AM Rally this weekend!

Carl has returned. Hospitalized for 7 days.

  • on 16-bit 48000 hz. 50% recceive,

10 meters net at 28.450

#105 <2021-02-10 Wed>

Chekins

  • KC3PGT
  • AA3VZ
  • N3ZZK
  • NW3T
  • WS3RIC
  • W3AZT

Notes

WB3JOE 147.06 pl 131.8

Carl went back to work. will check out a 160 antenna.

Eric wants to put some verticals on his roof for VHF/UHF.

K3DVF 28.45 and 448.825 131.8 pl Friday 50.150 k3dvf.com

#106 <2021-02-17 Wed>

Checkins

  • KC3PGT
  • AA3VZ
  • N3ZZK
  • K3FZT
  • W3AOK, Bill, previously N3FVI
  • W3AZT
  • K2SPG

Notes

Cliff learning about digital modes. He does Philly ARES.

MARC will do a memorial for K3UCR tonight. Anthony served him.

Carl learning RTTY and FT8 and FT4 He worked Australia over the weekend on 20 meters.

Bill knows Kristoff, DF9RM. He bought a Wolf River Coil.

#107 <2021-02-24 Wed>

Chekins

  • KC3PGT
  • K2RSJ
  • K3FZT
  • N3ZZK
  • AJ3DI
  • W3AZT
  • K2SPG, Stephen in Palmira NJ

notes

Cliff got n FT-991A.

Steve got a Heil headset!

W3AZT talked about a grounding plate for your desk. K3FZT suggests a grounding bar.

#108 <2021-03-03 Wed>

Checkins

  • KC3PGT
  • K3FZT
  • N3ZZK
  • W3AZT
  • KM3S

Notes

Cliff will get a grounding kit. Getting in to 2 m ssb. He runs the Tuesday drivetime net

K3FZT put up a pole in the nice sun.

Carl will set up a vertical for Saul. He will get a shortened antenna for 160 meters

Carl ran 20 gauge wire around a cycloe fence to create a counterpoise. You can run a wire to a cold water pipe. K3FZT reminded us that mnodern condos use plastic.

#109 <2021-03-10 Wed>

Cliff, KC3PGT, ran this net.

Checkins

  • N3ZZK
  • KA3TTT
  • W3AZT
  • KC3OPD

#110 <2021-03-17 Wed>

Checkins

  • KC3PGT
  • K2RSJ
  • K3FZT
  • KC3OZI
  • AJ3DI
  • W4GMN, Dan

Notes

Rich gets a gold star for 3 mobile installations. He wants an AllStar node. I love my ClearNode.

Steve gets a gold star for donating some HTs to Handiham. He got his endfed and new swr analyser Paul in Springfield

Dan got his license in January and upgraded to General.

The main repeater dropped about half way through. We resumed on 444.9, our backup frequency. One for the books.

#111 <2021-03-31 Wed>

Cliff ran this net, as I had my second of the COVID-19 vaccine last night.

Chekins

  • ka3ttt
  • k3fzt
  • n3zzk

Notes

Cliff gets a super gold star for becoming the Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Eastern Pennsylvania ARRL. Ralph, WR3P, had COVID. In the hospital for 6 months. He'll come on this or next week. In bed now. Roll-up j-pole fromN9TAX Carl notices more ads and articles in QST for magnetic loops. The HG3 Stepper Mag Loop Antenna

#112 <2021-04-07 Wed>

Checkins

  • KCP3GT
  • W3AZT
  • K2RSJ KC3OZI, PAUL
  • N3ZZK

Notes

Cliff ordered an Alpha Loop! Hooking up a Baofeng to a computer for new tech emergency training.

W3AZT on 60 meters. He needs to get his Icom on 60 meters. Cutting a diode can open it up. Upgrade Echolink. The new update has Call CQ. Stee got a guy from Hawaii. Cliff believes you can do it legally.

Rich building his shack.

Paul playing with POTA. A Wolf River Coil. He wonders about inductance and radials.

Carl got his second COVID shot. Working on a Dipole for Saul, W3WHK

Cliff gave a utube video about adding radials. Chester County ARES video about SWR and loss.

Steve used a window screen for a CB antenna at age 13.

Carl says to cut one inch at a time.

#113 <2021-04-14 Wed>

Checkins

  • kc3pgt n3zzk
  • w3azt
  • kc3ozi
  • k3fzt in/out
  • kc3pre, Chris
    • Notes

Testing Cliff's Alpha Loop!

Carl got a confirmation from an island by Sicily. It came back quickly. Carl got Saul's vertical set up in his basement. He has to go back and take measurements.

Steve having fun with FT8 and PSK Reporter. He contacted deep south Brazil with 50 Watts. PP5JR

Cliff ordered a J-pole.

April QST has a magnetic loop.

Paul had some gray line contacts to Brazil. 20 Meters. 14.295 around 07:30 PM. 100 Watts.

#114 <2021-04-21 Wed>

Checkins

  • n3zzk
  • k3fzt
  • kc3ozi
    • kc3ozd
  • kc3pgt
    • w3azt
    • w3el

Notes

Carl got Mark KC3JJ's antenna. A dipole with loading coils connected to a tower. It acts as a capacity hat.

Steve has 250 feet of wire.

Charlie saved the net with a simplex link. I had trouble making the repeater.

Warren asked about aartment and portable antennas.

Steve worked 6 meters 8 ft8 with 5 Watts, 120 miles north into New York with an SWR of 3.0

#115 <2021-04-28 Wed>

Checkins

  • kc3pgt
  • kc3ozi
  • n3zzk
  • k2rsj
  • w3azt
  • k3fzt/ae
  • aj3d

Notes

Cliff got his Alpha Loop. He can't hear any FT8. Weird.

Paul has construction going on.

Carl's 160 Dipole needs a tower with a beam acting as a capacity hat for working 80 and 160 meters. Only 120-130 feet with a coil.

Carl tried hitting a repeater in AC J-pole with 30 Watts. He couldn't because the windows had a copper tint to reduce UV.

Rich does net control from the drive time net on the Phil-mont repeater, 147.03 MHz, 131.8 PL, 05:00 PM Monday-Friday.

Rich wants to buy a ClearNode.

Steve suggests using a remote SDR.

Steve got his extra.

#116 <2021-05-05 Wed>

Checkins

  • kc3ozi
  • kc3pgt
  • k3fzt
  • n3zzk
  • w3el
  • nw3t in/out
  • w3azt

Notes

kc3ozi got his extra! He did POTA at Ridley on Sunday. He got 41 QSos. Moving his antenna 15 feet south got him into New England. Strange.

K3FZT asked finds it a nusance to go between 80 meteres digital net and the 2 meters repeteer used as a back channel. The FT-400 has band stacking.

N3ZZK caught up on QSL cards from his log. They forgot to respond. Email them.

W3EL tinkered around and built some power supplies.

kc3ozi offers his help for extra studies.

#117 <2021-05-12 Wed>

Checkins

  • km3s
  • w3azt
  • kc3ozi
  • k3cbvl
  • kc3pgt
  • nw3t
  • kd4utl, Brian

Notes

Alan checked in at first. Distracted taking flying lessons.

KC3OZI researches a radial field for his vertical. Length is less important than the number of radials.

KC3PL will move his shack one room over.

KC3BVL recommends the K3CX beacons starting at 28.8 MHz 50.8 MHz

kc4utl unpacking equiment after 20 years.

KC3BPL helped Fred put up antennas last year, a week before the pandemic. He made a moxon out of crutches. He has only shaken one man's hand since.

K3CH met Fred in 1995. He played Santa Clause in the pre-Thanksgiving day parade for 15 years.

#118 <2021-05-19 Wed>

Checkins

  • n3zzk
  • kc3rne, Chris
  • kc3ozi
  • aj3di
  • k3fzt
  • w3azt

Notes

N3ZZK Got the new 160/80 meters shortened dipole but hasn't used it yet.

KC3RNE, Chris from Ardmore.

Chris asked about used equipment. Jim recommends July 17 hamfest. The MARC hamfest.

w3azt on 60 meeters. He has a 46-foot top hat antenna with an UNUN. Not as well from 17-6 meters. He wants to build another antenna within it, like a triangle within a triangle.

#119 <2021-05-26 Wed>

Checkins

  • kc3pgt
  • n3zzk
  • w3azt
  • ks3x
  • k2rsj
  • k3cl

Notes

Ground plane for a magnetic loop.

Remember to join 13 Colonies.

Enoch checked in the net. He had copper under his roof and mounted a loop. "Don't touch that!" Reports on the Delta Loop compared to a beam.

K2RSJ passed his extra!

WX4NHC will have a test on Saturday.

W3AZT recommendgs rcforbs as a remote station.

#120 <2021-06-02 Wed>

Checkins

  • kc3pgt
  • kc3ozi
  • k3cl/m
  • n3zzk
  • kc3sai
  • k3fzt
  • aj3di
  • w3el
  • w4gmn
  • kd4utl, Brian

Notes

K3CL checked in mobile. Just got back into town. He met KC3SAI through YARC.

Paul went camping with the Wolf River Coil. He built a group of radials. 12 groups of 4.

Carl says that the battleship New Jersey has a Discone on the front.

KC3SAI, a new ham in Northern Liberties. Sean. Welcome to the hobby!

Steve got a Yaesu ft-100DR mobile as a base station.

w4gmn got his license in January.

KD4UTL told us about his father who served in the Navy. He can still use it tog et lucidity.

#121 <2021-06-09 Wed>

Checkins

  • K3CL in/out
  • kc3pgt
  • kc3ozi
  • n3zzk
  • km3s
  • kc3nyw, Paul w3azt
    • k3sai

Notes

Two weeks until Field Day!

KC3OZI still dealing with construction. Maybe POTA this weekend. Play with the Wolf River Coil.

N3ZZK worked 6 ships.

A half wave doesn't need radials. A quarter wave needs radials, minimum 1 per band covered. A ground mounted vertical will produce more DX. Careful when cutting grass! You can run radials from ground rods.

Carl wonders about #12 or #14 gauge wire for grounding.

K3CL has an IRC channel. irc.libera.chat ##phillyhams He mentioned the salt water antenna. Carl says the DXpeditions use

#122 <2021-06-15 Tue>

Checkins

  • kc3pgt
  • k2rsj
  • k3fzt
  • kc3sai, Sean
  • n3zzk
  • aa3vz
  • n3eg, Earl
  • aj3di
  • n1lc, Lamonte
  • kd4utl, Brian

Notes

K2RSJ asked about relearning CW after getting his extra. K3FZT joined an operating class. CW in the No Code era from K3RA. TheLong Island CW Club. Also CWOPS.

KC3SAI, Sean, still has audio issues. We'll get it.

Carl has something wrong with his 2m beam.

KC3SAI wants to make a J-pole. He wants to use an SWR meter to tune it.

N3EG moved away in 1981, back visiting family. Try at the lower end of the band and move up. If lowest at the high end then too short. If lowest at the bottom then then too long.

  • aa3vz recommends k3dvf web site

Earl built his first antenna in 1975, a 5 element yagi. He prefers quarter or 5/8 verticals to J-poles.

Brian wondered about tuning copper gutters.

N3FLL gutter antennas

Steve recommend svg rain gutters

Diamond x30 or x50 for suggested verticals

#123 <2021-06-23 Wed>

Checkins

  • nw3t
  • n3zzk
  • wa3zpc
  • kc3ozi
  • kc3l/p
  • w3azt
  • n1lc i/o ** ka3ttt baluns

wa3zpc, Bruce

New member Fran, KC3SAD, couldn't get in. He had the PL tones off. Yaseu FT series

Notes

  • KC3OZI playing with his Wolf River Coil and doin some POTA
  • GLARC will have a VE session tomorrow.

#124 <2021-06-30 Wed>

Checkins

  • KC3PGT
  • KM3S
  • KT3H, Formerly KC3OZI
  • KD4UTL
  • N3ZZK
  • KC3SAI
  • W4GMN
  • K3FZT
  • N1LC
  • AJ3DI

Notes

w4gmn just got an Icom IC706 Mark IIG. He wants to make his first HF antenna. He can't get outside. He built a 6M antenna. Maybe a speaker wire dipole.

KD4UTL brought up antiquated smoke alarms. It has happened with me.

Ed, KB3IV at Philmont has experience building indoor dipoles. An interesting configuration: one leg on the ceiling, one limb on the baseboard. This doubles the possible space.

N1LC also recommends the end fed. It looks like the way to go. They can zigzag or slope, the wire just can't loop back on itself. I recommended a 9:1 Balun at the antenna and a 1:1 balun at the transceiver.

BalunDesigns.com make good baluns, and they also have good instructions. Thanks AJ3DI.

N3ZZK mentioned the copper tint on new condo windows to reduce UV. Watch out for the tips of the dipole, they carry high voltage. Wire strung around indoors can increase the chances of RFI.

#125 <2021-07-07 Wed>

I could not run this net because I had a terrible headache. Thankfully my backup, Cliff, KC3PGT, took over.

#126 <2021-07-14 Wed>

Checkins

  • N3ZZk
  • K3FZT
  • NW3T in/out

Notes

N3ZZK did 13 colonies. He worked 20 meters SSB from 06:00-08:00 PM he only worked 3-4 contacts. Then all of a sudden people started coming in. He will go to the Kimberton hamfest. 6 and 10 meters have started opening up at around 08:00 at night.

K3FZT worked digital for 13 colonies. He notices repeater noise. Like an engine hum. Only when transmitting. We all hear it. Charlie, K3CJ, says it comes from the PL tone running hot with everything else.

Created: 2021-07-15 Thu 19:15

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