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General Discussion / Re: Looking for an Elmer (General Class)
« on: January 20, 2015, 04:41:36 PM »
Mike, call me and I can offer some time. 262-241-3769.
73, Nels WA9JOB

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I enjoyed my trip down to the Hamvention.  I was very pleased with how Ed Rate AA9W,  had acquired three more spaces in back of the original space that I had turned over to the Club after many years of my use.  I don't know yet how the Scholarship sales finished up, but there was a whole lot of customers eager to buy items on the six, or seven tables that there now is room for. Cudo's to Ed!

The Dayton weekend is something, not only for the Hamvention, but for the camaraderie of our group.  From long conversations while in the car, to watching the Preakness horse race while enjoying a juicy steak and a tall cold one, breakfast at the hotel in the mornings, and our annual trip to the Texas Roadhouse, that makes this a complete getaway weekend.

Of course, there also are sore feet, rain, hail, cold this year, sunburn, and crowds.  One finds interesting salesmen, junk, things one really needs, negotiation, things one really doesn't need, and, did I mention sore feet?

What did I get from the Hamvention?  Well, when I got home, I found a roll of sticky tape, two little drill bits for my Dremel tool, an electric de-soldering iron, three cans of warm beer (I had brought four!) some Velcro, an L.E.D. flashlight, and a power nut driver set for my drill, with both standard and metric wrench sizes!

All of the above only cost me the hotel bill, a couple of tanks of gas, twenty bucks admission, and about twenty bucks per night for the restaurants!  To me, it was well worth it!

73, Nels....

General Discussion / Re: 440 band QRM
« on: March 23, 2014, 05:03:16 PM »
I have found a lot of digital noise parked near the 224.18 repeater on the input frequency. I think it's digital cable leakage that doesn't get identified as cable leakage. K9QLP has complained often about interference on his 442.100 repeater. It seems to be all around Cedarburg.


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Dayton Hamvention / Re: Who's going to the Dayton Hamvention in 2014?
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:28:15 PM »
It's that time of the year again!  I am getting a list together for rooms wanted, for our annual trip to Dayton.  The dates are May 16, 17, and 18.

We have been staying at the Fairfield Inn, New Paris, Ohio for many years.  This hotel is modern, and is located just outside Richmond, Indiana.  For the last few years, the cost has been about $82.00 per night, three nights being about $250.00 including tax.  I don't know what their rates will be this year, but it is a great price for the room and hot breakfast it offers.  One other feature is restaurants in the Richmond, IN area are busy, but not overcrowded with so many 'Hams'!

I need to reserve the rooms by the end of February to get a group rate as before.  Please let me know soon if you are interested.  All rooms are two queen size beds, so let me know who you wish to share if you like.

I also try to keep track of who is carpooling.  In the past, Gabe Chido has been taking three of us, Tom Ruhlmann takes five, or six, and others have also driven.  Let me know if you would like to carpool, or drive and share expenses.

The Fleamarket spot that was originally Dave Knaus' and taken over by me, has once again changed hands.  It now is assigned to ORC!  Ed Rate is negotiating to expand the site to include adjacent spots and be given the Club rate.  As it is now, we can only get two Fleamarket tickets, but we may be able to get more if the space is expanded.  For that reason, I am not ordering tickets at this time, but will probably order some later on.  Advance tickets cost $20.00, and $25.00 at the Hamvention.  Let me know if you would like to buy a ticket.

73, Nels....

General Discussion / ORC meeting test
« on: September 11, 2013, 07:04:30 PM »
I'm sending a short message as a test of the system, for the meeting.

Practice Posts / Re: New Stuff
« on: August 15, 2013, 03:27:28 PM »
It's working!

Test Equipment / Re: VOM, VTVM and DMM Differences - Part 1
« on: August 13, 2013, 02:59:09 PM »
Great topic Gary. Meters 101.  Basics are always good to review.

General Discussion / Ozaukee Radio Club e-mail re-mailer
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:01:16 PM »
This is a reminder that the Club also supports a re-mailer for our members and friends.  Items of general interest are posted there as well as notifications, such as the Newsletter is posted, etc, and other Club business.

If you aren't on the re-mailer, and would like to be included, please send me a note to that effect, as well as your e-mail address of choice.  I do not add people to the list without their permission, so even though you included your e-mail address on your renewal, it will not be added without a specific permission from you.

Everyone is able to post to the re-mailer, simply by sending an e-mail message to [email protected]  Everyone on the list will receive a copy.  An exception to 'everyone' is if you use an e-mail service like [email protected], you will not be able to post, because you can't send a message from  I will need to enter your real e-mail address.

Just send me a e-mail to [email protected] to get your e-mail added to the Yahoogroups re-mailer.

73, Nels....

Repeaters / Re: Repeater repairs
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:22:16 PM »
The temporary controller was reprogrammed, and will work fine until we get the repaired controller back from Scom.  The backup battery died ( probably 25 years old) and was replaced.  The reset A was replaced with the letter T.  The initial CW ID is now W9CQO/R.  The reset T is now 1 full second after your mic is released, and the repaired controller will go back to the .7 second interval we all are used to.

Thank you all for your patience.

73, Nels....

Corn Roast / Re: Corn Roast date?
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:42:28 PM »
Joyce tells me that it is only one of two yearly opportunities for her to visit with other wives, and compare notes on our behavior!  The other of course, is the annual P.E.P. Awards Dinner.  Remember, most of us have obligations to our better halves first, and the ORC comes in somewhere behind that!

It is important to support these two activities and include our wives into this part of our lives.

73, Nels....

Repeaters / Repeater repairs
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:14:20 AM »
You may be wondering just what happened to the 146.97 repeater.  It had been working just fine, it seemed.  Actually, it wasn't.  Well, the radios were fine, but the main controller, an Scom 7K model, had stopped responding to touch tone commands.  That meant we no longer had remote control of basic functions required by the FCC. 

We are required to have a means of turning the repeater off by remote control, and we weren't able to do so.  We also lost the ability to change WX warnings, or extend time out time for the Tuesday net.

After consulting with Bob Schmid WB9FBO, who manufactured the unit years ago, it was decided to follow his advice, and replace a couple of rather ancient chips, and battery backup.  This was supposed to fix the TT problem and provide more years of service.  After the necessary reset however, the TT's still didn't respond, and we had lost the id's, reset beeps and all other programming after a reboot.

The 7K was sent back to Colorado to be fixed, and I put an old 5K controller of mine into service.  It only offers Morse Code beeps for reset, and id's.  The reset is the letter A, for Alternate?  Well that was inadvertent, but will do until the 7K is returned and replaced.  The 5K has the highs rolled off too, but that will go away with the returning 7K. 

73, Nels....

Dayton Hamvention / Re: Four weeks to go!
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:08:04 PM »
My bags are packed.  I didn't forget the tickets!  Gabe will pick me up in the morning.  My daughter is in town to plant our posies while I'm away.  Someone, please order sunshine for us there in Dayton.

Dayton Hamvention / Re: Four weeks to go!
« on: May 13, 2013, 11:14:25 AM »
Gabe WI9GC, will be taking John W9FAD, Jim K9QLP and me, WA9JOB to the Hamvention.  I have tickets for the site, as well as for Gary W9DJT, Tom W9IPR, Ray W9BUJ, his nephew Roger, Ed AA9WW, and Ed AA9W.  Tickets cost $20.00 advance, $25.00 at the door. 
Gabe plans to pick me up last, at about 8:00 A.M. Thursday morning.  After losing an hour to the time zone change, we will get to the hotel about 4:00 P.M.  I wish all of you could join us for a weekend of fun and great food!

73, Nels....

Field Day / Lazy Days
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:40:53 PM »
Are we squared away with Lazy Days?

Dayton Hamvention / Four weeks to go!
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:36:42 PM »
Tomorrow, Thursday, marks only four weeks before the annual trek to the Dayton Hamvention.  The count in our group is ten.  We are going down in two cars, with Tom W9IPR, pulling his trailer.  He will haul the Scholarship items along with a small table, umbrella, and chairs, to be used in the excellent, traditional spot that we've used since Dave Knaus W9QA (ex WA9POV) acquired it years ago.  You need to understand that with all the hype and excitement at the Hamvention, there are also the gatherings at the Texas Roadhouse, the early morning breakfast sessions in the hotel, the enjoyment of the road trip, and the social gatherings in someone's room, with a friendly cooler, that make these trips memorable.  I'm sorry you will miss this!


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