Tuesday, September 22, 2009

VHF+ in Salina

Beams.  Dishes. Towers, oh my !

The antenna farm of Pete, WB0DRL, near Salina, Kansas


Check out w5bbs.blogspot.com for W5BBS / amateur radio-related news.

Better yet, contact me at kd5njr@gmail.com with your news (club meetings, breakfasts, test sessions, nets, tailgates, so on and so forth) and we'll get it on the site.

Tell your friends to stop by too.

Thanks & vy 73

(collecting news on w5bbs.blogspot.com might be better use of it than net transcripts.  I never could get in the habit of it anyway.)

Thursday, September 17, 2009



I think it is a.....

No. They have been gone for years.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Is This ?

What is this ? There are these holes and all ?!?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Balloons, File Sharing, Old Satellite Dishes, Ham Radio

Passing traffic via wi-fi connection from neighboring ham to ham to ham might be viable if a disaster ever took down Cox or your Internet provider.


And these young folks did it with surplus materials.

Substitute a 4,600 ft mountain with a balloon-mounted wireless router and you could probably exceed their record of 50 miles...

Just a thought ...

if I was a Glue Dobber...

I'd build something like this:




Something interesting to release from a balloon ? :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Newer Take on The Ham Balloon Problem

Okay, if I separate the web-link with blank lines, I'm told it's clickable, so here goes:


Link above for NW5M's balloon project. Uses a newer, more popular microcontroller and Canon cameras among other changes.

I'll go over my take on these developments if anyone's interested. I wanted to do something like this once, but couldn't find a lot of support locally.


Boss says dig a hole...

This is way cool. M J Rainey, avid QRPer, has built himself an underground ham shack and shop.

If the neighbors let me grow up...I want one.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Balloon Chase Hobby

Here is a very good site and quite an interesting story about a Ham Radio guy and a balloon


  1. It talks about Video

  2. LINUX Computer on a board.

  3. Balloon Launch, Chase and Recovery

  4. Shows Photos

This is a great story. Maybe one of you would like to recreate this adventure.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Meeting: QSL Cards: Arctic / Antarctic Regions

I enjoyed tonight's presentation. I'm going to try and find out more about places on QSL cards that were discussed.

Until then...


September Club Meeting: Echolink

At the club meeting, an interest in Echolink was indicated again.

It might be time to revisit Echolink as the BAARC has two functioning VHF and 2 functioning UHF machines. We should be able to set up shop on one of them.

Some questions and concerns were raised:

1. SITE:
A) Tiger Hill:
pro: Internet access via City of BA
con: Internet access via City of BA (firewalls, etc.)

B) Leonard Mtn.
pro: excellent line of sight.
con: no existing data service

C) TBA: possibly Asbury UMC or BA "Towne Center" Water Tower.
pro: we have a guy "on the inside" at Asbury.
con: we need to shield the heck out of the repeater so it doesn't interrupt Sunday Service.

general feeling was that Echolink shouldn't be conducted on a "primary repeater". So that would suggest NOT .91 or .45

To satisfy that request, I was thinking 443.600 out of Leonard Mtn. But the radios we use to backhaul the audio back to someone's house (it used to be Jeff / AE5ME) would have to be in the 440 range to satisfy some FCC requirements on remote control. I don't know if that is asking for intermod issues or not considering a 443.600 XMIT frequency. We could avoid the backhaul radios by getting a computer and Internet up at Leonard. I don't know if we could set up a microwave / wi-fi shot or not. Alternately, we could backhaul at 900 MHz. Does anyone live nearby ?

Thoughts ?
Questions ?
Comments ?

September Club Meeting: Ron for PIO !!

Congrats to Ron on his appointment to the position of BAARC Public Information Officer.

Ron has some ideas about how to get our club "out in the public eye" (and ham radio too).

Let him know you're interested.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Teletype over Amateur Radio (RTTY)

Anyone active presently on RTTY ? Guy (WB5MXO) has mentioned past work with RTTY on VHF lately. Sounded interesting. Any particular websites for such stuff ? I found this one: