2022-07-19 Net Minutes


Check-ins (22)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Jim Hanks Jr. (W5CYN)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Rich Rychetsky (KI5QNR)
  • Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Joshua Wenger (W5AML)
  • Robert Carter (NC5R)
  • Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Jason Shutt (KI5LGO)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Jonathan Graham (KD5GG)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (W4RDP)

  • Please send any ideas for after-meeting presentations
  • Last meeting had presentation by Phil Gates (N5ZKF) about local repeaters and how they work

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Net minutes will be sent out at conclusion of net
  • Haven’t had the chance to finish with prior minutes, but hope to finish those as time allows

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • 57 members
  • Current balance: $8,619.98
  • if you haven’t renewed your membership yet this year
    • you can fill out the PDF from the club website and send it in
    • can also send you a PayPal invoice
  • Remember to set the Bryan Amateur Radio Club as your Amazon Smile charity of choice

Announcements / Comments

Question for conversation: What coax do you recommend for HF work? VHF/UHF?

Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)

  • Goal is to minimize loss
    • more loss with longer length and higher frequencies
    • for HF: RG-8 or RG-213 has loss of 1/2 dB per 100 ft
    • for VHF/UHF: LMR-400 3 dB (half of your power!) per 100 ft loss at 440 MHz

Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • I try to minimize use of coax for HF (due to loss)
  • ladder-line / twin lead has very low loss, but can couple with nearby metal (no shielding)
  • be sure to match impedance from coax and balance the feedline: use, e.g. 4:1 or 7:1 balun

Bill Rose (K5WTR)

  • I use CA-400 for all bands
  • pay attention to velocity factor difference, though
  • put some twist in the twin lead to reduce coupling with nearby metal

Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)

  • Also use LMR-400 on yagi and ground-plane
  • ISP Supplies off Hwy 30 has big 400-ft spools of “LMR-equivalent” available for about $380

Buy / Sell

Brad Snyder (KG5SDE)

  • looking to sell Astron VLS-35M variable linear power supply
  • asking $100
  • Good on QRZ if interested

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • West Mountain Radio CLRdsp ClearSpeech noise reduction processor
  • power cord is Anderson Powerpole-terminated
  • sells for $200, asking $120
  • send email to n5zkf@arrl.net if interested

Jonathan Graham (KD5GG)

  • Avoid coax with the foam in it

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