After a welcome by Steve Townes WB4ILW, Jonathan Cameron KF6RTA announced the 2018 JPL ARC Holiday Dinner (details below). Then Chris Gaylord W6YTB gave a presentation on the JEARS participation in the Great Shakeout exercise (a summary of the presentation is given below). Following that, Rob Smith W6GRV gave a presentation on getting started with making contacts by satellite. Rob also prepared an update on the JPL ARC participation in the NASA On The Air (NOTA) but did not have time to present it. Links to both of Rob’s presentations are included below.
Chris Gaylord gave an update on our participation in the Great Shakeout Exercise. There were updates on the HF capabilities in the Building 329 “Shack”. We discussed how to improve our HF capabilities, including how to repair our HF antennas on the Mesa. Steve Townes announced that there would be a work party on our next RDO Friday (November 9).
NOTE: The main JPL repeater on 445.20 MHz has switch to regular PL tones (103.5 Hz). Please updates your radios. The Repeater list on this website has been updated appropriately.
Steve Townes WB4ILW, our club president, gave an update on the club status and activities. A PDF version of his presentation is available (see below). Note that this presentation includes a our new HF equipment in the Building 329 “Shack” (see page 11). This equipment was purchased by JEARS, the JPL Emergency Amateur Radio Service, an official JPL entity. The primary purpose of the equipment is for NASA inter-center contacts in case of an emergency.
By: Steve Townes, WB4ILW
I went up to the Mesa last Friday with Jonathan Cameron, KF6RTA, to evaluate the condition of the HF antennas. Here is a short update.
We welcomed Will Michael KF6LOK of the Emergency Management Services at JPL. We discussed the recent progress in getting the HF equipment set up in the Building 329 “Shack”for communicating with other NASA centers during emergencies. We also discussed several items related to the future of JPL-supported radio equipment (via JEARS). We did not have a quorum, so no official actions were taken.
Attending: Steve Townes WB4ILW (President), Jonathan Cameron KF6RTA (Vice-President), and William Michael KF6LOK. By Phone: Walt Mushagian K6DNS, Chuck Sarture KG6NF (Treasurer), and Bill Weber N6NI.