At the Wednesday morning social meeting at the clubhouse, SK VE9TM's brother Glenn stopped by to drop off some radios that the family wanted to give to the MAARC.
There were two Alinco 2 meter radios, a Kenwood TR-7950 2 meter radio, a 20 amp Astron P/S, an old Heathkit shortwave radio and a Zenith portable shortwave radio.
Having nothing to do today, I put the three transceivers through their paces. The Kenwood and one of the Alinco's are good to go, both Tx and Rcv. The other Alinco has issues. The Tx side is fine but there is no volume on receive. You can hear the speaker "pop" when it powers up and I opened it up and the speaker is plugged in. Also, an external speaker didn't change anything. I thought maybe a new volume pot would fix it but I noticed after being turned on for about 30 min that it was hot. Hot like it had been keyed down on high power for 5 minutes hot.
Maybe it can be a project for the Tinkerers to play with. I have taken it as far as I can and I don't want to burn the house down.
A big thank you to Jean Richard for his work today on the MAARC tower. The ground crew was myself, Oscar, Gordie, Jim, Andre, Tobie and the student JP from the Basic Class. Also, Hinson and Larry stopped by to check out the work.
All antennas are now up and working. The dualband has been replaced and is being used by the DMR repeater. The Log Periodic is back up and lined up with the 6 meter beam. The 40/80 meter dipole has been secured with steel wire as the para cord was showing signs of UV Ray damage.
The Ringo on the parking lot side is now a Ringo Ranger so it has double the gain now.
As big as the Log Periodic looks up on the tower, you should see it on the ground.
Thanks again to all who came out this morning. We had a great day for working on antennas.
Another great turnout to the MAARC Monthly members meeting this month with 30+ members in attendance. Thanks to Nav Canada for providing the TekTalk.
Meeting minutes can be found here.
Ron VE1BIC as posted photos of the 2019 SMART Symposium held in Springhill on April 27th.
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A great time had by all. MAARC member Misha (VE9GIS) won the 50/50!
Gordie (VE9MM) waiting for a sale and Denis (VE9MUD) manning the QSL Bureau at S.M.A.R.T. 2019.
Photo courtesy of Larry McKnight (VE9ASB)