FLIP OR FLOP (Part 3) – The Furniture Move

KG5HOK and N5FWB led the charge to finish the day with an attempt to move the MCC styled consoles into the shack. Previously placed in holding storage in the ESTA (Energy Systems Test Area) facility (the place where KB5PGY regularly blows up flight assets- in a controlled manner of course…), the club members who just finished disassembling the ham shack console now jumped into 3 trucks and loaded up the truck beds from the ESTA garage. Heavy, heavy, heavy.

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FLIP OR FLOP (Part 2) – The satellite console

Part II (The satellite console)

On a drizzly Saturday morning Feb 10, 2018, club members came to the rescue (again) to finish up some reinstallation of electrical/ground cover plates (removed for the previous day’s painting) and the major job to dismantle our famous Apollo vintage metal cabinet which housed our current satellite station.

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Welcome New Members!

Please click here:  Welcome New Members Presentation – 2/6/18

JSCARC warmly welcomes new members during our 2018 Membership Drive. New license classes, New club project builds, New operating Events, New club activities! Come to the next meeting and we’ll roll out the red carpet.   Keep checking this site for updates and rollouts of our new activities. 73 (best regards),  W5RRR

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W5RRR makeover (in progress!)

Here’s the first glimpse of our newly tiled flooring.

Many thanks to Jerry, N5FWB, who managed to get us this nice upgrade from our ratty carpet.

So, much of the equipment has been moved to a temporary holding room for now.  The tiled floor is now complete, and we’ve decided to paint the walls while the opportunity exists.  Standby for an all hands on deck for painters this week.  This shack refurbishment includes installing 2 donated operations desks from the MCC (thanks AB5SS).  One of the new benches will replace our old Satellite console and the other will be set up as an Emergency Operations Center station, against the wall where the IC-781 current sits.  The remaining 3 wooden benches will be placed side-to-side on the primary wall, while we also shrink and update the patch panel into a smaller footprint that can sit ontop of a bench top.

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AB5SS is a World Class VHF/UHF Rover Contester.

John, AB5SS, is a World Class VHF/UHF Rover Contester.
  2000- 1st place in the US and Canada (AB5SS+W5DF)
  2002- 4th place in the US and Canada (AB5SS+W5DF)

“From  1998-2002, we ran a serious competitive rover station and had many top 10 rover scores for the US & Canada.

On his truck, John had radios covering 6m through 3cm (that’s all 10 bands – 50/144/222/432/902/1296/2304/3456/5760/10368 MHz).

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Winter Field Day (WFD) 2018 @ W5RRR


On a cold, rainy weekend of the January 27th, members of the JSCARC successfully marked W5RRR’s presence in our first ever 2018 Winter Field Day event. KB5PGY, W9TWJ, and W5OC setup portable operations from the outdoor picnic tables adjacent to the W5RRR shack.   The intrepid trio strung up a variety of temporary antennas which included two long wire antennas (Zepp, End-Fed) strung from the trees and two exotic portable vertical antennas: 1) The Next Generation Antenna (N6BT) V-8 and 2) the Transworld TW-2010/4040, both ground mounted. The V-8 antenna required a bit of ingenuity to mount but W9TWJ ended up hammering down 2 leftover fence posts from last year’s summer FD, which worked great as a self supporting ground stake.

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Observations from a 1st time VHF contester

What I learned for my 1st exposure to the VHF weekend contest.

  1. VHF/UHF/Microwavers are serious hams.

            – They communicate and take these operations very seriously

            – They operate strange expensive radios and antennas from their cars

            – They pre-arrange operating times and coordinate with others

            – They operate big signals and hunt out the little guys

  1. The W5RRR satellite antennas are not fun equipment for this type of contest

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