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The next PSRG Educational Meeting will be held July 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM.
The Educational Meeting on July 9th will be presented by none other than Eric Nichols, KL7AJ. Eric is the author of books such as “Receiving Antennas for Amateur Radio”, “Propagation and Radio Science”, and “Radio Science for the Radio Amateur”. He’ll be speaking to us about Digisonde; abstract to come. Until then, here’s an interesting article: Ionosonde Probes HF Propagation
THE PSRG POTLUCK PICNIC ON SATURDAY JULY 23rd IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! This is an epic picnic you do not want to miss. Attendees must answer this survey to let us know if you’re attending, etc. or risk not being able to join us if we run out of room! PICNIC POLL The Seattle Parks permit for this reserved space at Magnolia Park allows for 80 attendees so get back to us on the poll ASAP.
The picnic gets started at Noon and runs till 3 PM or so. PSRG will provide basic soft drinks/juice, burgers, meatless burgers, dogs, chips etc. If you’d like to contribute anything for the potluck bring it along. A picnic type salad, specialty dish, watermelon or anything else is appreciated.
Jack KI7RMU is looking for a handful of volunteers to help set-up and tear down and is in need of the following (email Jack direct at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help):
(6) 6 – 8′ tables
(1) 4 burner BBQ grill (for burgers/dogs)
AS IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH, we’ll also be running the Saturday 9 AM net and the Noon Net from the park!
The PSRG 6m repeater is now fully operational! The transmitter is located at Capitol Park and the Receiver is at Beacon Hill. A second receiver has now been located at Cougar Mountain.
Repeater output is 52.87 MHz, input is 51.17 MHz, and it requires a tone of 103.5 Hz.
The 6 meter repeater is linked to the 2 meter repeater for the Monday night check-in net.
Although we are currently reviewing the site to make it as accessible as possible, it is hard for those without particular limitations to anticipate what problems users might have in accessing parts of the site. If you notice something that could be an obstacle, please let us know. Contact email@example.com.
In light of the uncertainty about when large group gatherings will be safe again, it is not a good use of volunteer time to plan for our normal events. Board Meetings and Educational Meetings will be held online until further notice. (This policy was renewed at the August 14, 2021 board meeting.)
We have added a Photo Gallery page to the website. We are seeking photos of PSRG events beginning with 2018 Field Day, especially the Annual Dinner, Annual Meeting and 2018 Picnic. If you have photos to submit, email them K7RAG@psrg.org. (Note, if you have trouble sending them, email Rich for help.)
See the information page at N7CFO for classes and testing information N7CFO Licensing Information Page
Weekly Simplex Voice Net Every Saturday on 146.550 MHz! The Weekly Simplex Voice Net happens Every Saturday night at 8 PM. The usual hosts are Dan (KB7RYY) and Amy (KB9IQX). Drop by and say hello!
From Doug (KD7DK): With material help from Randy (W3RWN) and labor from Casey (AE7SL), the Puget Sound Repeater Group has installed its test DMR repeater at Capitol Park. This repeater is linked to and carries the core PNW-DMR (Pacific NorthWest DMR Group) talkgroups. Please visit their website pnwdigital.net* for more information on the PNW-DMR network, talkgroups, user technical guidelines, and operating best practices.
If you are going to operate DMR in this region, please join the PNW-DMR notification group so you can receive operational notifications and be informed of network changes.
Now the details so you can program your radios: Our repeater is new so its not in the existing codeplugs which you can download from the PNW-DMR website.
RX 440.775 / TX 445.775 (+5.0) Color code 2
This is a dedicated narrowband (12.5KHz) channel.
DMR Digital transmissions only.
The following talkgroups are supported:
Time slot 1:
Seattle 1 (310477)
Wash 1 (3153)
Local 1 (3181)
PNW 1 (3187)
Parrot (9998) – This is a playback test talkgroup.
Time slot 2:
Seattle 2 (310534)
Wash 2 (103153)
Local 2 (3166)
Tac 1 (8951)
Tac 2 (8952)
Tac 8 (8958)
PNW 2 (103187)
Audio Test (9999)
The equipment for this repeater is a Yaesu DR-1X operating at 20 watts into a modest gain antenna. The digital modem is a Micro-Node Teensy-MMDVM connected to a Raspberry Pi 3 running MMDVM-Host and DMR-Gateway to interconnect to the PWN-DMR 2-slot gateway, known as Rex. This is not the final configuration but one the group could launch quickly, and help us gain more information to inform our final equipment choices.
If you have not operated DMR before, please take some time to read some of the information for first time users before keying up.
We have been really pleased with the initial coverage reports. Please let us know how you find the coverage. We are currently running 5 watts, but that was a configuration mistake and it will shortly be set to 20 watts which will probably be the final setting for the test repeater. Send questions and observations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Also please note that PNW-DMR is in the process of moving their web presence to a new hosting site and that some of the URLs referenced above may change in the future.
PSRG added a “Voting System” in October 2018. This is a network of remote receivers scattered around the coverage area to enhance the coverage for people calling into the repeater. Although the system is one directional, i.e., the remote units can receive your signal, the output of the repeater still comes from Queen Anne. A more detailed explanation of how the system works has been provided by Doug Kingston, KD7DK: PSRG Voting System. PSRG Voting System.
You can look at the strength of the signals being received by each of the receivers in real time at the PSRG Supermon page.