New EML Shack DC Power Supplies Installed
Posted 8/15/2018 (Systems Officer)
Two Astron linear 13.8 VDC power supplies have been installed into the EML Shack Ops Console, replacing the old single surplus Sorenson 12 VDC supply. Each console half (left & right) now has a dedicated DC supply, controlled by the ISO-TRIPP AC power panel located in the middle of each console half. In addition, we now have real-time monitoring of voltage, current, and power via a Powerwerx Digital Watt Meter (pictured) for both power supplies, also conveniently located on the center of each console half. Thank you to Michael Seay, Robert Schwader, and Dave Harrison for their installation help.
New Technician License Manuals Now Available
Posted 7/23/2018 (Systems Officer)
Three (3) copies of the ARRL "Ham Radio License Manual - Level 1 (Technician)" are now available in the KARC Shack Library. The new license manuals are valid July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022 (and replace the previous dated copies). The new & updated Gordon West "Technician Class" Preperation Manual has also arrived and available for check-out. The license manuals, in addition to any other club library books, are available for loan from the club shack (simply use the sign-out sheet located next to the library books).
Say Hello To Our Newest Member!
Updated 6/10/2018 (Systems Officer)
The egg is gone, so hopefully the bird hatched and flew the coop. The nesting material was cleaned up frrom the panel area. No damage was done to the coax cables by the birds.
Posted 5/26/2018 (Systems Officer)
While doing an outdoor inspection of the coax cable interface panel I noticed a significant amount of sticks piled up in the bottom corner of the window housing. Upon closer examination it appears that we are now the host of a bird nest with one egg! If someone knows how to identify bird eggs please let us know what kind of bird will be hatching soon. Please be very careful as to not disturb the nest & egg, nature will play itself out and we can remove the nest material once the bird has flew the coop!
KARC Tower Hold-Down Post Completed - Hurricane Season Ready
Posted 5/26/2018 (Systems Officer)
Work has been completed on the installation of the hold-down post for the new tiltable tower. This hold-down post provides a 8 ft height cradled resting platform for when working on the tower & antennas in the stowed horizontal position. In addition, this hold-down post provides a secure platform for safing the tower during hurricanes when four securing straps are installed on 4 ft deep earth anchor screws providing additional support (pictured). We would like to thank Jim D., Jim H., Michael S., Scott V., and Kevin Z. for getting this important work complete prior to the start of the 2018 hurricane season.
KARC Beam Team Completed - Tower & HF Yagi Beams Operational!
Posted 5/7/2018 (Systems Officer)
The Beam-Team has completed all installation work required for the new 52 foot self-standing tiltable tower plus two HF Yagi Beam antennas, and is now fully operational. A full report of the team activities was presented at the May Monthly Club Meeting 5/10/18 (details can be found in the meeting minutes). We would like to thanks the several volunteers who donated their time, money, and support for the largest club project to-date. The new tower & beams provide an incredible new operational capabilty to the station, as was experienced during the recent FL QSO Party. KARC Tower & Beam Timeline