Idaho Society of
Magic Valley Radio Club
Snake River Chapter
Burley / Rupert
Wood River Valley
Ketchum - Sun Valley - Hailey - Bellevue
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CLUB NEWS AND EVENTS
April 24, 2007
Hey Guys, I just wanted to give you an update on repeater and club info.
1st: The phone patch is a go!! This will be a local line only (Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey, and Bellevue) I will provide details later.
2nd: We have free space in the Galena communications building. I am working on funding to have a two meter repeater on Galena summit. (further plan is to have Galena site linked to Baldy and Shaffer Butte in Boise)
3rd: I am working to have both Galena and Baldy to be digipeater sites (invaluable in Search and Rescue) and we have donated equipment available. If you are not familiar with digipeater please research at ARRL Web site.
4th: Bill Marshall KC7UCV suggested we do some volunteer communication. (Sawtooth Relay, Wagon Days etc. Please email me if you are willing to participate. This is a great way to practice communication skills.
5th: Bill also suggested a club breakfast (Shorty's or Perry's) every other month. Please give input and if you could support?
6th: Financial report: After all bills are paid we have $300 in the account. Not bad when you consider that some thought it was impossible to locate a repeater on Baldy!!! Keep the checkbooks open!! Donations accepted 24/7 at WRARC, PO Box 2830, Hailey, Idaho 83333
7th: Last but not least!!! Thanks for your support!!! This repeater would have not been possible without all of you!!!!
73 Joe Yelda KF7AE
April 21, 2007 HAMFEST!
April 21, 2007
A reminder of the 7 Land QSO Party coming very soon.. the weekend of the 6th of May. I am hoping that many or all of you will operate at least a few hours of this as to help put Idaho on the map. It is hoped that some of you might get in the old mobile and maybe go to the county next to you and put it on for a few also. The over all goal is to put on as many counties of the different 7 land states that can be done. I have volunteered to be a co-captain this year as I feel it is an event worthy to do so. All it takes is a few hours of your time and it will help make this event grow. There should be lots of activity as I think it is the weekend of the New England qso party as well and that will help get those states you may need in that part of the country. So I hope to hear you on.. or see you spotted... info on the 7QP can be found at WWW.7QP.ORG I will be going to the hamfest in Caldwell so hope to see you there.. By the way... results for the Idaho QSO Party are on my web page and I will be sending out certificates when I get back from the Hamfest. They are being made now..
My web page is WWW.NT4TT.COM and you if you have comments or question feel free to email me here or at the new call at NX7TT@MSN.COM
VY 73, Ed NX7TT Rigby, Id
APRIL 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
I plan an ATV near space balloon launch on Saturday May 19. "Should" happen in the field that will be used for the new high school at about 8 am. Will be recording video over the usefull tracking range. Lots of work goes into this effort. Really like to have those interested to give us a hand in the launch effort that morning. Contact me by e-mail or phone (208)734-7785 for more information.
Best 73 - Lee - K6ZVA
April 2, 2007
Well here is the second installment in the progress of my new vertical antenna ( HiQ 5/160 ) I have received the controller from MFJ everything intact. there nick name holds true for this piece of equipment also. After modifying it a little and adding some mounting brackets. I then made a prototype panel that will replace the panel that is now holding the other two antenna switches reference the photo of my shack they are in the black panel on the right side next to the rotor control. It will be permanently mounted in a new panel between those two existing switches. It is capable of remembering 10 settings someplace between 10 meters and 160 meters. We will see and report back. Some of the antenna came, the mast with the coil and the rods for the capacity hat. the one foot extension and the hub to assemble the capacity hat were placed on back order. " two weeks " I took the mast and coil over to Bill's W7-AAZ and he helped me to install torroids around the lead wire's up inside the mast just below the drive motor. Upon disassembly of the mounting slug in the base of the mast we discovered a bad condition where if left alone could have caused a shorting condition in the lead wire's from the antenna to the controller. So that was put straight at that time. And a plug was added to these wire's at this time so as to facilitate plugging in the wire's that lead down to the shack. With the help of another friend the fabrication of the mounting plat that will fit to the roof has almost been completed. Just the bracket that holds the coax fitting need to be welded in place. See you all at the next meeting, The 14th at Perkins. Stay tuned and you will be the second ones to know if it works as advertised. Lorand ' Dunk ' Layton = KD7-JKB
March 26, 2007
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March 7, 2007
Hi everyone, I just wanted all of you to know the two local papers, (Wood River Journal and the Idaho Mountain Express) ran articles on our new Baldy Repeater. Since a number of you on my mailing list live outside the valley I thought you would like to read one of the articles. The following is from the Wood River Journal and they printed it just like I wrote it.
Emergency communications repeater is now operational in Wood River Valley.
The Wood River Amateur Radio Club would like to announce a new communications repeater (frequency 147.18) is now in place on top of Baldy. This repeater is designed to facilitate communications if a disaster situation were to happen here in the Wood River Valley. This repeater has a three day battery backup and will soon have emergency generator power. The coverage of the repeater is from Galena Summit on the north to the Utah border on the south. It is also open to personal use by anyone holding an amateur radio license see www.arrl.org Back country uses such as para gliders, runners,backpackers, and climbers will now have an option for personal and emergency use by obtaining an license and purchasing a handheld transceiver(approximate cost $120) This repeater is also available for public events such as the Sawtooth Relay or the Back Country Run where reliable communications are desired. This repeater has been made possible with the support of the local amateur club, Wally Huffman from Sun Valley Company, Dean Newman from Idaho Wireless, and Kurt Funkhouser from Idaho Tower. For further information please contact the Wood River Amateur Radio Club c/o Joe Yelda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for all your support!! Enjoy your repeater!!! 73 Joe Yelda KF7AE
March 7, 2007
March 6, 2007
March 3, 2007
Hey Guys, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support and for making this wide area repeater possible!! The Baldy repeater has only been on the air for a week now and I have never seen such excitement in the 22 years I have been involved in amateur radio!!!! I think Fred N7ACB was right when he said with no code and a new repeater a new era has started in Amateur Radio!!!!!
Here is our financial report. After all the bills are paid and rental for the site (one year) we should have about $200 in our account. Not bad when you consider some of you were wondering if we would even get this off the ground!! When I get back from vacation I plan on working on a phone patch.
What I really wanted to talk to you was about was a future vision of the repeater. When I was working with Dean Newman from Idaho Wireless (he runs the communication building we are in on top of Baldy). He mentioned that we may have an opportunity to locate a 2 meter repeater on Galena due to our public service background. Before I go any further, Dean is the guy who was instrumental in negotiating a lower rate for us with Sun Valley Company. Dean is also letting us use his (3 day) battery backup system. So if you run into Dean you need to buy him a drink or take him out to lunch!!!
Here is my vision of our repeater. We would have two open repeaters linked together (Baldy and Galena) which means you key up one repeater you then key up the other. I am talking about communications with a handheld from the Sawtooth wilderness area and Stanley back to the Wood River Valley. I can foresee every Search and Rescue guy along with many back country users with a ham license and a handheld. Now add a phone patch to Baldy and imagine your communications ability!!! The cost I estimate will be between $3000 to $4000. Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas for funding.
By the way some of you may know I do some free lance writing (published World Radio, Runners World, etc. I have written an article about the repeater and have sent it to the newspapers. We may get some press on the repeater Thanks again for your support!!! 73 Joe Yelda KF7AE
March 3, 2007
The latest project at the shack of KD7JKB ( Dunk ) Is going to be a vertical HiQ 5/160. Most of you know I have my shack out in the shop, The shop is a Metal clad building. The new vertical antenna will be mounted in the center of the roof. If every one will please cross your fingers for me ! I will let you know how things are proceeding. The antenna is on back order the controller is on back order. I have 102" steal whip and am working on the mounting platform. 73 Dunk
February 26, 2007
January 18, 2007
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