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NETNEWS April 2019

04/03/19 10m Phone Net 28.375MHz 19:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, Jim AF6N Tustin, Cliff N6PWC Orange, and Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach. Gene drops out in the middle of his first transmission, say Jim and Corey. Gene alternates between strong and weak signals on his second turn. Jim receives Gene at s4 at his QTH in Tustin. He spent the week making repairs on the house. He made repairs to a window, and replaced a water heater. Jim receives Cliff at s7. Cliff receives Gene and Jim at s4, and Corey at s7. Cliff is in Orange, near Cambridge and Collins, and this is his first time on this Net. He is a new OCARC member. He has nothing new to report. Cliff is running a Kenwood TS-590SG. He started at 40W, and brought it down to 30W, into a random wire in a tree about 80ft up. Phil is unreadable to Corey. Jim receives him at s7 to s8. Corey gives some meeting information to Cliff at the end of the Net. Corey YHX reads the check-ins at s7.9, s8.7, s7.1, and no copy, respectively. QRT 19:43 PDT.

04/03/19 2m Phone Net 146.550MHz 20:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Vijay KM6IZO Irvine, Bob WB6IXN Santa Ana, Sam W6JTT Garden Grove, Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach, Jeff KK6TRC, Tom W6ETC, Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, and Mike W6MAO Rialto. Corey asks Vijay if there was some rig work Corey forgot about. Vijay says no, but maybe later this weekend if it is dry weather. Vijay brewed a Kvass Ale made with toasted bread and water. Bob didn’t hear anything on 10M. He has a haywire SWR, and needs that rig checked out. Bob was on HF earlier this morning, and started having problems later. Corey mentions a possible bad contact with a spade connector on Bob’s un-inverted “v.” Sam says good evening to the net. He got on 10m a little late and missed the earlier Net. Sam still has some clean-up work to do for radios in the garage. It will take a couple days, says Sam on the second go-round. Phil says Vijay is s9, and Corey, Bob, and Sam are all s10. He made contact on 20m, 14.240MHz, around 0100 UTC this afternoon with a station in Montserrat in the Caribbean, VP2MNI, Frankie. Frankie talks to stations in Florida and Japan also. Phil stands-by for the second go-round. Jeff reports Echolink is up and working in Huntington Beach. Jeff is direct, not on Echolink. Corey asks for some instructions on resetting his Echolink app. Vijay and Jeff clarify. Jeff bought a Boafeng UV5R HT, with a longer extra antenna, a charging pack, and a data cable for $40. He found an app called “Chirp” to mirror a Yaesu memory onto the Baofeng. Tom says hello to Corey and the Net via Echolink. Tom reminds Corey to turn the Echolink volume down on his iPhone. Tom went to the TRW Swap Meet last Saturday, and lost some expensive glasses. On the good side, he got his rig in his Ford F-150 back up and running after the mishap at the Ford dealership. Gene recaps the Echolink audio effect. Phil says “I guess that’s why they call it ‘Echolink.’” Jeff, Tom and Corey give Echolink a try after the net. The VU meter is for phone input audio, and is a nice feature. Corey also needs to set up his Echolink name. Tom says thanks and 73. Mike W6MAO comes in late after the Net, 9:08pm PDT, after some grocery shopping. Corey YHX reads the check-ins at s7, F.Q., s6, s7, s6, s6, F.Q., and full-copy, respectively. QRT 20:55 PDT.

04/10/19 10m Phone Net 28.375MHz 19:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Jim AF6N Tustin, Bob AF6C Orange, Vijay KM6IZO Irvine, Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, and Sam W6JTT Garden Grove. Jim tuned up the rig on the dummy load, and forgot to hook up the antenna for a couple minutes before the Net. He has been reading and working around the house today. He reads Corey at an s9 off the side of the antenna. Jim is working on a double-bazooka for 40m, and has it tuned-up. Bob and the other OPs check in late. He finally got the “form” he needed today. Bob hears Vijay and relays his check-in to Corey. Bob has a high noise level tonight, so Vijay is a little too difficult to read. Gene checks-in and checks-out. Sam is difficult copy for Corey. Corey reads the check-ins at s8.8, 7dB over s9, s7.7, s7.5, and s5.9, respectively. QRT 19:36 QQRT 19:42 PDT.

04/10/19 2m Phone Net 146.550MHz 20:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Bob WB6IXN Santa Ana, Sam W6JTT Garden Grove, Vijay KM6IZO Irvine, Robert W6QIZ/M Wrightwood, Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, and Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach. Bob’s 10M un-inverted-v seems fine in the winds, and has reception on it. He will need to test it further. Bob Eckweiler has been asking him about the old Club 40M CW Nets that were on Sundays at 9am, on 7.086MHz. It was active around the time of Nancy Beuker (spelling?). Bob has been working on his income taxes the past few days. Social Security never sent the form he needs, so has been trying to get it on the Social Security Web Site. Corey will call this Sunday morning to see if it is a good time to check on the antenna. Bob hears all OPs RST 59. Sam has been taking inventory of some WWII radio equipment in his garage. He plans on selling it. Sam agrees with Bob about taxes. His tax professional had his office in Paradise burn to the ground, along with some houses. It took some time for him to reconstruct his papers. Fortunately, he had duplicate copies of everything. Vijay checks-in after Bob’s turn, but doesn’t come back. Robert checks-in from 7500ft in the Angeles National Forest, near Wrightwood. Corey gives his and the Net’s location. Robert checks-in-and-out. Gene checked in early, but must have doubled with someone. Phil reports all with good signals, including Robert in Wrightwood at 10 out of 10. He has been DXing with Australia and New Zealand on 20M, 14.198MHz. He contacted ZL2SDX Darren, who reached Kansas, Hawaii, and the middle of the country. Phil got his taxes done early and mailed in February. Bob and Corey say good-night. Corey reads the check-ins at F.Q., s5 to s6, full-copy, full-copy and varying, F.Q., and s8, respectively. QRT 20:49 PDT.

04/17/19 10m Phone Net 28.375MHz 19:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey copies no one, but by proxy on the 2M Net checks in Clem W0MEC Westminster, Sam W6JTT Garden Grove, Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach, and Vijay KM6IZO. Corey reads none. QRT 19:32 PDT.

04/17/19 2m Phone Net 146.550MHz 20:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Clem W0MEC Westminster, Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, Sam W6JTT Garden Grove, Jeff KK6TRC/Echolink Huntington Beach, Mike W6MAO Rialto, Vijay KM6IZO Irvine, Bob AF6C Orange, Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach, Bob WB6IXN Santa Ana, Tom W6ETC/M, and Charles N6YMK/M. Clem reports the check-ins on 10m. Corey has some buzzing and popping interference on the second go-round. Gene was busy with termite removal using a soaker, so didn’t check-in to 10m. He hears all the OPs clear on the second go-round so far. Sam found out one of his VHF antennas, a ground plane, is severely damaged. Jeff says good evening, just a quick check-in. He is doing some studying for a boating safety exam for his first open-ocean race next weekend. It is from Newport to San Diego. The full race normally goes to Ensenada. Mike reports Santa Ana conditions today, neither cold nor hot, and some micro-quakes. His dipole has a deciduous tree under it, so he needs to trim some branches. Corey will be back on the 75M Net next week, he says to Mike. Mike says all are readable so far on the second go-round. Corey is about s4 to s5. Vijay tried to check-in to the 10M Net, but no one heard him. Bob Eckweiler says good evening to the Net. He rolled an IRA in November. The people he was dealing with were very difficult. Bob ended up writing the CEO of the company, and finally got the corrections he needed. He slept well after that. Bob had ground termites last year. The exterminator drilled some holes, and found the termites in the garage wall and the laundry room. Bob found they were back recently, so the exterminator gave an extra big dose of the chemicals California now allows you to use. The work is under warranty, fortunately. Corey tells of his 75m antenna work. On the second go-round, Bob cranks up the power. He now has more Ham Radio plans after the financial business. Bob has been working on an S40B Receiver. He got some parts for it, some resistors changed value 50%-400%, so he is replacing them. He will be getting it cleaned up and ready to go. Phil heard Sam and Clem, but not Vijay, and Corey was weak on 10m. He got tires for the car today. Phil made a Hawaii contact on 40m a few minutes ago, after Gordo was done with the contact. He reminds us the upcoming Friday is Good Friday, and the Club Meeting will be postponed. Bob Evans has his digital WIRES turned on, Corey notes on the second go-round. His HF un-inverted-v antenna seems to be working fine business. Bob listened to some CW on it. Evans says to Eckweiler he had termites on the southwest corner of the house. This was 15 or 20 years ago and Evans dug into the soil and tracked the infestation to four catalpa trees in a side bed. They were full of termites. He ended up removing the trees and poured a driveway in their place. Bob finds out his Tx CW is worse than receiving. He thanks Corey for coming last Sunday and doing some antenna work. Tom is mobile and comes-in on the tail-end of the second round. He pulled the truck out four feet and finds he receives the OPs much better. Jeff reports Echolink is back up. Charles comes in on the tail end of the second go-round also. He checked in on his way home from Irvine Valley College before. Charles is in the staff parking lot now, on the corner of Irvine Center Drive and Jeffrey. The hill is blocking Charles from the Echolink Node, says Tom. Jeff says the mic hit the keyboard, but the Node is back up now. Tom has an Icom FT-M350AR, and says the mic cord is too short. Is there an extension out there? Tom asks. Bob Eckweiler suggests an extender kit, which probably exists if this is a problem. Tom says he already has one for the control plate, but the mic cable is still a problem. Bob says he has a crimper to make one, if Tom can get some shielded cable. There are 8-pin, 6-pin, and 4-pin of this type of connectors, says Bob. Clem still has some buzzing interference when he checks on the last round, says Corey. Tom can’t read Clem. Clem also doesn’t hear Tom, and just barely on Echolink. Tom tries Echolink with Clem. Clem reads him at an s5 in Westminster. Tom hears Clem also. Tom reminisces Echolink experiences. Corey finds he has buzzing and popping on weaker signals. Corey reads the check-ins at s7, F.Q., s5 to s6, s5 to s6, s4 to s5, s6, F.Q., s7, F.Q., s6 to s7, and s5, respectively. QRT 21:31 PDT.

04/24/19 10m Phone Net 28.375MHz 19:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey in Orange checks in Jim AF6N Tustin. Jim has been watching a car chase on TV. They are down south near Clem. Corey tells of his antenna work. Corey YHX reads the check-in at s8.8. QRT 19:38 PDT.

04/24/19 2m Phone Net 146.550MHz 20:30 PDT

W6ZE/KE6YHX Corey checks in Clem W0MEC Westminster, Gene KJ6OML Garden Grove, Jeff KK6TRC/Echolink Newport Beach, Phil K6PAD Huntington Beach, Vijay KM6IZO Irvine, Bob WB6IXN Santa Ana, Tom W6ETC/Echolink Tustin, and Charles N6YMK/M Tustin Metrolink Station. Clem is running 60W on his KX-3. Corey is s7 to s8, says Clem. Clem can barely hear Vijay. Vijay normally hears Clem clearly, but not tonight. Gene didn’t make the 10M Net because he was busy with a project. Gene receives Corey to Tom nice and clear. Gene offers to drive Bob to the meeting and home. Bob needs to stay home with Lee, though. Jeff checks in via Echolink from Newport Beach. He is aboard a vessel named “Stanley Cup.” Jeff is getting ready for a yacht race from Newport to Ensenada. He is doing the leg from Newport to San Diego starting at noon on Friday. Jeff has been working on the Ham Station at the house. His Echolink station has some electronic noise, and it may be coming from an Ethernet cable. Jeff is assembling a radar reflector for the race. Phil contacted a station on an island called “Niue,” E6AF a DXpedition south of American Samoa. Phil got it for his DXCC. Phil mentions the meeting topic, “FT8” Vijay’s XYL’s laptop stopped powering up. He took out all the parts and it still won’t power-up after only three years of operation. Vijay calls for suggestions. Corey asks Clem about the free computer he fixed. Clem replaced a couple capacitors, so Corey suggests replacing the power supply capacitors. Vijay doesn’t see any capacitors there, so will probably buy her a new Dell. Bob hears all OPs RST 59. He stopped driving, so took a taxi for an errand, paid $4 one way, and $4 back. Phil suggests Über or Lyft. Corey offers a lift. Bob is also working on his CW speed. Tom checks in via Echolink from Tustin, and mentions he might be late for the club meeting. Jeff might use the Club band-pass filter from Bob AF6C to eliminate the interference, says Tom. Charles checks in at the end of the Net via mobile, as he passes the Tustin Metrolink Station near Jamboree. Jeff tells of a tracker app called “YBRaces” for the race. Corey YHX reads the check-ins at s6, F.Q., s6, s7, s6 to s7, F.Q., s5, and choppy but full-copy, respectively. QRT 21:20 PDT.

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