by: John Youngquist WJ6Y
February 23, 2013
Central Valley Transmitter Hunters
“T Hunt” 2-23-2013
WJ6Y, having won the previous hunt I had the dubious pleasure of being the fox for this month’s T Hunt. Eight teams showed up for the February 2013 Central Valley Transmitter Hunters (CVTH) T Hunt. After some question as to the correct start time, all eight teams were off like a herd of hams pursuing the hidden transmitter. My first clue as to how serious some of the hunters are was when two vehicles blew past my hiding spot following the transmitters melodious signal. A short while later in a cloud of dust, the first vehicle arrived at ground zero. But the hunt was not over as a second very low power transmitter had been hidden nearby and required being found before anyone could claim victory. A mad dash with handheld beams resulted in the days first place winner…..or did it? The winner would be decided later by a coin toss after much discussion.
At the February CARP meeting Mike W6YDE gave a presentation on his method for soldering PL-259 connectors. The presentation included a demonstration where Mike walked through the process of installing a PL-259 connector on a piece of LMR-400 cable. The talk included a wealth of information from his experience and knowledge.
Mike also introduced us to a two-piece solder only style Type N Connector that is similar to the PL-259. Those of you who have had the experience of assembling the traditional crimp or compression style Type N connector know how excited some of us got at the mention of the new simple style connector. While Mike said he obtained the connectors from Dayton Hamvention, I have located a company online that carries them. Max-Gain Systems out of Georgia [http://www.mgs4u.com/RF-adapters.htm], part number i303
M² Open House – Saturday March 16, 2013
Bring your swap table and your appetite! Spring is approaching and it will soon be time for our 15th Annual Open House and Bar-B-Q!
There is NO CHARGE to attend!
Gates open at 8:00 am (7:30 for swap setup).
This year will be especially important as we celebrate the life a good friend and inspiration for this annual event, Larry Hogue, W6OMF (SK).
Turlock Amateur Radio Auction – Saturday April 13, 2013
The Turlock Amateur Radio Club holds an auction one to two times a year. Everyone is welcome to attend as well as auction any amateur radio related equipment. The next auction will be held on April 13, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Turlock. The doors will open at 8 AM and the auction will start at 9 AM. There will be a $5 dollar non-refundable fee to obtain a bidder’s paddle.
You can see info and photos at the Turlock Amateur Radio Club Auction webpage.
CARP Sponsored Transmitter Hunt Saturday March 16, 2013 at the M² Open House Event
This year at the M² Open House we will be trying something different. A perpetual Transmitter hunt. With this type of event hunters will have the opportunity at their leisure to participate in the hunt. Either see Rob Mavis or stop by the CARP table at the event and get your entry form with instructions. Every hunter that finds the transmitter will be entered into a drawing for an M² antenna!