[450] The link

George Andrews gandrews at ntplx.net
Mon Jun 17 21:00:07 EDT 2013



I have been following the thread, but did not know all the details regarding
function. I thought it was a kind of remote base. It sounds like a great
concept. Thanks to all for your efforts on this project. How does one get on
the "call sign list"? I would not be a frequent user, but would likely check
in once a month from NH if RF does not work. It is also great to see such
collaborative effort on such things.


All of my antennae have been taken down at Seymour and are packed and ready
to move to New Hampshire. I am going to try to salvage the A99. It has
something growing on it that is apparently alive and might be eating the
fiberglass. Did not know there were life forms that eat fiberglass. Will
scrape it off and see if anything functional is left. It has been up for
almost twenty years and has never been taken down.


I have only mobile and portable capability presently. I have HF already in
NH and a 3 element beam on the second floor Harry Potter room. I plant to
improve the HF antenna first and the get the Diamond X200 up next. A tower
on the garage (for 2m and 6 M H) is in the future, but there is a lot of
non-radio stuff that will have to come first.


I do think I will need a couple of week's downtime once we get up there. 



From: 450-bounces at lists.vhfwiki.com [mailto:450-bounces at lists.vhfwiki.com]
On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 8:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [450] The link


George!  You haven't heard about "the link"?

Concieved and implemented by Dave, a crude simplex Echolink node has already
been established on 450 and is undergoing 'beta testing" as I type!


We have already had sign ins from Josh, N3WRX (now in NJ), John, W1QEX) now
in GERMANY!, Shawn, N2DXT, as a pedestrian mobile in NYC and from a plane
leaving New Orleans!, also others from Vermont, New Jersey, etc.  Even Jay,
N1UJT from the Catskills!


This has now become a "group project" (can you believe it?) and the plan is
to make it "stand alone" and permanent from atop East Mountain from John's
folks' place with a stacked set of loops and one of the dead display
Kenwoods!  Dave is working on software, firmware, and hardware for the
interfacing and keying, I am building the antennas, N1ONZ is donating a
"Nomic" from West Mtn. Radio, and YOU are donating a Kenwood as a backup!  I
have two others already to get us started...

Essentially, if you are "on the call sign list", you can access the link and
for all intents and purposes  remotely operate a 50 watt stacked loop
simplex station on top of East Mountain from your computer or smart phone.


Cool, huh?

On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM, George Andrews <gandrews at ntplx.net> wrote:

It sounds like somebody has been watching Duck Dynasty, but maybe necks are
blue instead of redJ. I am up to my ears in packing and will be leaving the
end of the month. If not, I would certainly lend a hand. Demo work can be
fun. Know any ex-military that can get primer cord or equivalent. Oops, NSA
is watching! That will definitely work and is low risk. Some number of moons
ago there was a Huffy bicycle event that involved a contest to see how far
someone could toss a Huffy. It was a long time ago, but I vaguely recall
disassembly of a Huffy by a similar method. All kidding aside, SawzAll or
small easily handled chain saws (depending on the dimensions of the wood)
and a careful analysis of the design of the tree house to know where to cut
first/last. I would tie ropes to it to encourage the fall in an appropriate
direction. Perhaps two lines with a come along in each line would be good


Back to the subject line; tell me more about the link concept. I will have
170 W on SSB/FM 2 M when I get the station set up. It might be about 200 mi
air distance. I have a bit over 800 ft. elevation and a big lake that might
serve some useful propagation purpose. I will try to communicate back to CT
on 450 once I am in New Hampshire and have the station up. I will probably
have HF before VHF as that is easier to set up.




From: 450-bounces at lists.vhfwiki.com [mailto:450-bounces at lists.vhfwiki.com]
On Behalf Of John Foege
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 1:20 PM
To: 450 at lists.vhfwiki.com
Subject: Re: [450] The link



My Dad was cool with the link being permanently installed @ the East
Mountain location....The hurdle was going to be my mom.

My mom agreed, but she said only if the 450 guys would pitch in to demolish
the 23 year old tree house that just doesn't want to quit.....

M80s strapped all around and remote detonated anyone?


On Jun 8, 2013 4:53 AM, "David McKenzie" <k1fsy at vhfwiki.com> wrote:

There it is in all its hacked up glory

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