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Kenwood TS-2000 Manual

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Official Kenwood manual for TS-2000 series radios.  Includes TS-2000, TS-2000X, and TS-B2000 radios.

Kenwood TS-480 Manual

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Official Kenwood instruction manual for TS-480 series radios.  Covers both TS-480SAT and TS-480HX models.

Amateur Weather Station – Part 2

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Brief review of Part 1.  Introduce several options for weather station barometric pressure sensors.  Introduce low-cost GPS receivers for precision position & time reporting, to include high-level overview of Network Time Protocol servers.  Introduce high-level concept of ultrasonic anemometer using 40kHz transceiver.

2018 New Mexico QSO Party

The 2018 New Mexico QSO Party will be held Saturday, April 14th from 8:00am – 8:00pm MDT.  For New Mexico-based stations, the objective is to work as many NM counties, states, Canadian provinces, and other DX entities as possible in the 12 hour period.

Club members are strongly encouraged to participate in the QSO party, as this year’s rules allow club members’ individual scores to be aggregated and the Club ranked against other participating clubs.  Last year our club placed 13 out of 17 among participating clubs and we’re looking to increase participation to boost our ranking at this year’s QSO party.

Content rules, participation categories, logging procedures, and other contest-related information can be found at the NM QSO Party website:  http://www.newmexicoqsoparty.org/

We will discuss participation in the QSO party at this weekend’s monthly meeting.  Of note, the scoring system for the QSO party affords mobile stations a 5000 point bonus for each county from which 15 or more contacts are made.  I am planning on activating many of the southern counties in NM to include: OTE, CHA, EDD, LIN, SOC, SIE, DON, LUN, GRA, and HID.  A quick trip from Cloucroft to Artesia to Roswell to Ruidoso and home activates 4 counties and can be accomplished in half a day.

If you have questions on the QSO party, please contact me at your earliest convenience.  Hope to see you on the air next Saturday!

2018 Cactus To Cloud Event Support

Club members!  Get out your portable kits, charge up your batteries and get ready because the 2018 Cactus To Cloud race is officially a go, and the event organizers have requested our help once again this year.

Date:  May 12, 2018

Time:  7:00am Race Start

Location:  Start Line @ Oliver Lee State Park south of Alamogordo, then per race routing to finish line at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, NM


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The aid station locations will be the same as the race last year, with many of the usual suspects as event organizers & supporters.  We’ll conduct a planning meeting next week at the April Club meeting, so come prepared to discuss aid station assignments & equipment lists.  Of note, we’ll be looking for a Net Control Station volunteer this year, as I will likely run at least part of the race.

We’ll have an event support web page up on the site this week with more information so watch for that notification.  Stay tuned for more info…

Amateur Weather Station – Part 1

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Part 1 of a multi-part series on building an amateur weather station which can be interfaced with the APRS network.

Website DNS Issues

The new website is currently experiencing DNS issues, causing it to be inaccessible, or to load very slowly if accessed.  I am working with our webhost and our name registrar to get to the bottom of the problem and get things back on track.  More to follow as I gather the info…

Building A Wire Beam Antenna

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This presentation was given by Kurt, KE7KUS, at the Club on February 14, 2016 as an introduction to software-based antenna system modeling to accomplish specific communication objectives.

Introduction to Packet Radio

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This presentation was given by Kurt, KE7KUS, at the Club on April 12, 2014 as a beginner’s introduction to digital data.