Update: The PSRG Annual Meeting will be held Sunday January 27th from 1 PM to 4PM at the Seattle EOC . The speaker will be Bob Stephens AF9W on the topic “Introduction to DMR.” See the Annual Meeting Page for detailed information.
New! PSRG has received a donation of an AnyTone AT-D878UV GPS DMR handie-talkie which will be awarded as a door prize at the Annual Meeting. You need to be in attendance at the annual meeting to win.
The AnyTone AT-D878UV is a dual band analog FM and DMR (tier I and II) portable radio, it supports APRS, DMR Roaming and DPRS. This radio is designed for amateur radio. The radio has a value of $219 and was donated by an anonymous donor.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JM2HTV6/ It will, of course, work on the new PSRG DMR repeater.
Although the minutes of the December board meeting have not been released, President Doug, KD7DK has announced that the board approved the installation of a 70 cm DMR repeater at the Capitol Park site. See the previous DMR Repeater Proposal for an explanation and details. Doug announce on the December 10 PSRG Net that donations were being accepted to cover most of the costs. By the December 12 9 PM Net, the goal had been met!
IRLP has been out of commission for a while, but thanks to our dedicated Tech Team, it is back in business. The Echolink/IRLP/Allstar page has been updated with instructions about how to use it.
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.
The November Educational Meeting date was held on Saturday November 10, at 1:30 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle.
The topic was “Ham Makers and Tinkerers Showcase”
Confirmed presenters were Cody, AG7LR, presenting his work with micro-controllers; Darin, KG7ZFC, presenting his Raspberry Pi/SDR box project and Quentin, K7DRQ, discussing Antenna Optimization with Genetic Algorithms.
The August meeting minutes have been posted under the News & Information tab.
There is an Extra Class coming up in late October and early November. The class is sponsored by Mike & Key Amateur Radio Club, and it’s FREE.
Details: Dates for the class are October 27th, November 3rd and 10th from 9am-5pm. The class is FREE, but the test at the end of the third day costs $ 15. The class location is
2363 NW 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Course materials are available at www.TukwilaRadioClub.org under Training Roadmap and the ARRL Extra Licensing Manual is recommended. The Manual is available for $30 at the class, but you should reserve a copy.
There is also a Technician class at the same location on November 3rd and 10th. If you know anyone looking to get their license, here is an opportunity. Materials are also on the Tukwila site.
If interested in either class, please email Dan Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The September Educational Meeting date was held on September 15, at 1:30 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle.
Part 1 featured Hannah Heyrich presenting a talk on disaster risk reduction. Her focus is in community and public outreach with the goal of helping to build safer and more resilient communities. She offered practical information you can use to be proactive in preparing for catastrophes. Update: Here is a link to Hannah’s slides.
Part 2 featured Jack, KI7RMU and Jacob KI7YAE, showing their portable solar power battery system used recently on Salt Spring Island on a two week camping adventure. This system can also be used for emergency power needs and is relatively inexpensive – about $200.
This part also covered the Anderson Power Pole system used to connect the system parts. Anderson Power Poles are a de facto standard for ham radio power connections.
Part 3 is an antenna party hosted at Sam KD7PWA & Dave’s KD7PWB’s shop which is about three blocks from the Salmon Bay Cafe. For new hams and old hands this was an exciting post-meeting time to build an antenna, build cables with Power Poles and to socialize.
We just added the 7:47 AM Boaters’ Net to the list of sponsored nets. Sponsored nets are listed under the Calendar menu option.
Update: The next PSRG Board meeting is on December 8, 2018 at 2 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle. Your input to the discussions is always encouraged, although only board members will vote. The meeting will include a discussion of a proposal to add PSRG sponsorship of a DMR repeater. DMR Repeater Proposal.