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Old 03-04-2009, 05:39 PM
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I like where this thread is headed.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:20 AM
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Tech nights is a great idea. Also, some type of RS Hamfest is great too, and should be its own event separate from the WBPP. Call it the "Ham & Eggs run," we all drive out somewhere sorta remote (but stocker-asccessible) and cook breakfast, then sit on our tailgates and discuss the finer points of vehicle communication.
...and get everyone on the air!! HF, VHF, UHF, doesn't matter. Just get on the air!! If we can pick a date when the VHF guys in CO are having a contest, we could be a sought after location, depending on where we were. The contests on VHF sometimes entail getting all the grid squares one can (From the maidenhead locator system:The Maidenhead Locator System is a geographic coordinate system used by amateur radio operators.) in order to gain points for the contest. If we are in a sparsely populated grid square, we would get a lot of traffic.

Plus, we could do this for field day 2009. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in amateur radio. On the fourth full weekend in June, tens of thousands of amateur radio operators gather for a public demonstration of our service. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN!

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We could combine a run with field day (actually an idea presented to me about a week ago by tramontana-aka David Bosley.) Everybody would bring their HAM equipment they have, and we would do some cool event stuff mixed with a laid back trail run to get to a field day location! Sounds like things are brewing for HAM & Eggs on Field Day with the Rising Sun 4x4 Club of Colorado trail run...

And now back to your regularly scheduled analog show.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:40 AM
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Another option is Ham 14'er. I know you and Seldom Seen have done it. I am planning on doing it this year, home brewed yagi, two 5A-hr batteries, VX-7R and all.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:54 AM
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Events like field day and the 14er sound really fun, but to be honest both are probably a little more involved, and possibly somewhat intimidating for what I'm thinking we're after here. I'm thinking of a little less formal, "just the club" kind of event, where we go out and folks can expand their communication skills under the tutelage of some of RS's finest. It would also be the ideal spot to install a new rig, or change antenna locations, test SWR's, etc.


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If we do it March 17th, we could have green eggs and ham.
Is Saturday March 21st close enough? Looking at the calendar, that's one few dates that doesn't really conflict with anything. I know the perfect spot too- where we did the cookout on the Spooky Night Run 2007, just not sure how much snow there is up there right now but a well timed prerun could solve that. I can come up with an alternate site if need be.

But here's my proposed agenda. Let me know if someone else thinks this sounds good, and would want to come, and I'll step up to "lead" this run.

1. We meet somewhere around 08:00, then drive somewhere that's less than an hour away.

2. We set up, cook, and share a fun potluck breakfast. I will then happily read Dr. Suess' Green Eggs & Ham to all those in attendence.

3. Afterwards, the XYL's & Kiddo's all go on a hike, play tag, go sledding, or possibly a smaller group takes off in vehicles to explore something else. The rest of us of the group would all then strap on our tighty whities & collander caps, then proceed to geek out for the next hour or two from the comfort of our tail gates:

Rig setups, SWR tuning, experimenting with each other's equipment, antenna swaps, cross-band repeat demonstrations, trail communication etiquette discussions, repeater etiquette discussions, all would be on the table, whatever the group wanted to do. For someone who just got their license, you would walk away with the knowledge you need to run your new rig. For the seasoned experts, you'd benefit by helping others, learn from some of the other guys, and expand on what you already know.

4. You can then pack up and either be home by lunch time, rag chewing all the way, or stay up in the hills and enjoy the rest of the day.

It's the WBPP for Ham Radio. So who's up for the inaugural Green Eggs & Ham run?
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:13 PM
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Events like field day and the 14er sound really fun, but to be honest both are probably a little more involved, and possibly somewhat intimidating for what I'm thinking we're after here. I'm thinking of a little less formal, "just the club" kind of event, where we go out and folks can expand their communication skills under the tutelage of some of RS's finest. It would also be the ideal spot to install a new rig, or change antenna locations, test SWR's, etc.

It's the WBPP for Ham Radio. So who's up for the inaugural Green Eggs & Ham run?
I think that a run either way would be cool. I've been doing this for going on 5 years now and haven't stayed with the same setup yet. Constantly changing, adapting, improving things.

March 21st coincides with the Pre-Run to Moab. I'm not sure if that is too much of a concern, however.

Field Day can be as much or as little as we would make it, plus the great thing about field day is everybodys on the air! Wherever we go, there is bound to be someone on any band you choose, at any given time. The purpose of the Amateur Radio setup is to communicate, so I think it would be great to do it when there is an opportunity for folks to talk with people from all over, not just our group.

Those who just came out of the HAM class know this, but remember that part of our responsibility is to the community is to promote and show our ability to be ready at a moments notice for emergencies. We could do exactly what you (Nakman) propose, from installing to testing to swapping to rag-chewing and anywhere in between. Then to prove it out, we would make QSO's with folks all over. Plus, it would maximize the opportunity to get Tech's on HF.

The second good thing about field day is that it is usually warm.

Regardless of field day or not, I am up for whatever. We need to elect someone to organize this thing. Nakman?
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:25 PM
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Last comment about hamfest, is with "everyone on the air" it's actually a little more intimidating to the new folks. They may not want to talk to everyone, would rather speak to just people they already know until they get a little more comfortable. So as part of my responsibility to the ammateur radio community, I'm going to lead an event where folks can polish their skills in a little more safe environment.

And ooo, forgot about the Moab prerun. sorry about that. But I think if you are going to Moab, you've probably already made those arrangements and it's pretty unlikely you're going to bail on Moab to go play radios.. right? Plus there oughta be plenty of radio use in Moab anyway. No date works for everyone, and since I can't go to Moab I'm still up for doing this on the 21st. anyone else?
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I'm taking a class at CU Boulder March 21-29, so both those weekends are tied up for me unfortunately. Sounds like fun though!
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Moab pre-run that weekend.

I just wanna know what those knobs do. And to say cool three letter things when I am on the air and actually know what they mean.
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Moab pre-run that weekend.

I just wanna know what those knobs do. And to say cool three letter things when I am on the air and actually know what they mean.
Yeah, I think the pre-run will prevent the bulk of the people who might really need to practice with their radios. I think we should shoot for some day before CM for that reason.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:26 PM
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Ok how about April 11th then? the week after the WBPP? Any later an you all are going to be too busy finding your camping gear.
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