[sarcmembers] Re: Comments on the February SARC Meeting...

  • From: <jportune@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:40:32 -0800

The ARS rotator control is capable of controlling late-model rotators that use 
10bit data. This has become the standard for rotators since some time last 
year. To use another brand or older model, someone would have to contstruct an 
interface. There are those in the clubs with such skills. Harold EAT or Dave 
BFB, for example. If your Ham-IV has such an interface it would indeed by 
overkill but an easy solution..

And of course we still would need the $500 1.2GHz module for the Kenwood 2000 
and the PC card that implements the ARSwin software. I do not know its price. 
The expense of the card, though, would be spread out over the whole IRB 
project, not just 1.2.

I think it would be a worthy additon to the IRB, it is just not within my 
current personal purview as leader of the project, though I would be most 
pleased if others would spearhead it.

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Maetta 
  To: sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 8:10 AM
  Subject: [sarcmembers] Re: Comments on the February SARC Meeting...


  The 10W drive from the 1296MHz module is perfect. That module will drive the 
amp to full output. 
  Also, I kept a provision in the amp to install a 1296MHz low NF preamp. It is 
a Downeast Microwave kit type and it is assembled and tested, just not 

  What rotors are campatible with RIB? I may have a HAM-IV available as well as 
several cheaper TV type rotors. The HAM-IV would be overkill with just a 23cM 
yagi to turn.

  We almost have the makings of a super 1296MHz station.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: jportune@xxxxxxx 
    To: sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 15:05 PM
    Subject: [sarcmembers] Re: Comments on the February SARC Meeting...

    Thanks for the complements on the last meeting. It is board's plan to keep 
that kind of thing as the center of the club, not boring business squabbles 
which will be handled mainly in the board meetings.

    On 1.2 GHz for the IRB, there is a plug-in module for the Kenwood TS-2000 
which gives receive and 10W output, all modes. They cost about $500 new, 
however. I saw a used on on EBay for $400. There is already built-in provision 
in the IRB for adding amplifiers on any or all bands, as well as rotor 
steering.. The beam and amp you offer would be just fine.   
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: n6vmo@xxxxxxxxx 
      To: sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 10:32 AM
      Subject: [sarcmembers] Comments on the February SARC Meeting...

      Hello All,

      I have to say that the last SARC meeting was one of the most informative 
and interesting club meetings I have attended.  

      John's (W6NBC) presentation of W4MQ's Remote Internet Base software 
really got me motivated for several reasons.  I went home and dowloaded the RIB 
software and connected to several publicly open stations here on the west 
coast.  Using the software was easy and I could listen to the Sunday afternoon 
40 Meter Swap Net from my laptop, pretty cool.

      The other motivating reason was the potential of participating in the 
weekly 1296Mhz SSB/CW nets.  The location of the RIB would enable many 
statewide 1296MHz contacts. From the presentation, I understood that the RIB 
station does not have 1296MHz capabilities, so I make the following proposal to 
the club board and station manager(s):

      I would like to offer the RIB station, the use of my homebrew solidstate 
1296MHz 60W all-mode amplifier and a 24 element M2 yagi antenna. 
      The amplifier requires ~10amps at 13.8VDC. 



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