Novice Class by J69FL

On the weekend of the 12th August, J69FL Fabian conducted a class for Novice level Amateur Radio Operators with as view to sit a successful exam.
The class was very well attended with 16 students present. I was also present to assist, but the presenter/teacher was Fabian. He certainly did a very good job of doing theory for the first day. On the second day we had a little bit of theory and then we had a super practical session.
The group was split into three groups and each was given a frequency, some wire, and a design (vertical horizontal) and with that they had to work out the length of the antenna’s legs and figure a way to make the antenna. Each group came up with innovative ideas on how to achieve the antenna and set out to make it. The three antennae were checked and verified to be on frequency with an analyzer. The group then proceeded to make some contacts with a few hams on each antenna/band under the supervision of J69FL Fabian and myself J69DS. 

The exam was set for the Friday following the class, but mother nature sent a storm so the exam was moved to the 25th August. So now we are waiting ont he results. Everybody sat the exam. we are all anxious to get the results.

A few photos from the classes below.

73 de J69DS

Skimmer! Crossband! Sdr!

Since last year Bill J68HZ said he wanted to do some skimmers to put up here in J6 Land. I agreed and we decided it was a go ahead. He built the skimmer from DX Engineering Equipment. The Hardware from antennae coming down is the following: two ARAH-1P Antennae, into a 2 port splitter/combiner by way of power injector module. From there it goes to a receiver guard and into a RPA-1 Receiver amplifier and into the QS1R Sdr radio. All this was nicely built into an empty dell pc case. Bill did a great setup of all the software on a dell pc on windows 7. He has had this on the ready for a while whilst we were looking for a good site to put it on. It cannot be in our shack since we would overload it if we so much as looked at a radio.

In came Lin J69CU, he came back to radio recently and we hooked up at some point. He got interested in the crossband setup I was trying to work on and from there we just started talking and of course I mentioned the fact we were looking for a good spot for the skimmers and crossband. The skimmers needed a good location and internet access and that was the harder part actually. But Len said for the both he had a perfect site in mind. I said ok lets go and see and try it out. We organized and the whole crew went to do a site visit. We met at Soufriere and went up to the base of Morne Tabac where we parked and gathered all our stuff to go up and try out. After a good 30 minute climb, going up a track in the forest and climbing 150 meters up. Once on site it was like WOW this is it! We setup a temp antenna on the tower on vhf and worked as far as St Kitts’ repeater. Simplex qso’s were done from there to all our qth’s up north without as problem. The only catch was internet was at least 3 km away!
After some good fun up on top we all climbed back down and we all agreed it was a perfect location! So now to find a way to get the internet up there.
However when I spoke to Bill that evening he was like you can see the far point directly? So yeah we could, then he said that is easy I will bring you the proper equipment for that. Which he did when he came down in April. Whilst he was there Continue reading

Two or more hands can and will clap!

It is a west indies saying: it takes two hands to clap! So the group went up to Rosemond’s place to to d a bit of tree trimming..
Ian J66CD of course was the point man, he climbed that huge mango tree and had branches coming down like joke!
we dragged those to the top end of the property, cut ’em up and piled it all there in the bush.
We then proceeded to clear an old pole he had behind the house. We removed the remains of a 11 meter ground plane from it.
Kieran J69BJ had done a yagi for him and left it by him to be tuned and mounted.
We used the analyzer to tune the yagi before putting it in place. We then mounted the 3 element yagi on the pole next to the house.
Ran a test to J66YAZ base with excellent results, also the FM HamRa club repeaters were accessed with perfect results.
So off we went and Rosemond is on VHF with a good punch right now!

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