Hey folks! I did it! I finally got the July (catch-up) issue of the Cherry Juice published!
Digital Voice Workshop: A Digital Voice Mode Primer!
A review of the three modes, and discussion of what might be the “best fit” for your use!
$10 registration fee required which benefits the Salvation Army. Lunch and Snacks will be Provided by the Salvation Army.
For information, email: CherrylandARC@gmail.com
Sign up online at: http://bit.ly/carcdigital
Yes – $30. Cherryland ARC has planned to keep a steady supply of Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF Ham radios available for purchase at our monthly meetings and events. This is a great beginner/backup radio pre-programmed for repeaters from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw Bridge (120 channels). We purchase them from Amazon, program and charge them, and sell them at cost. If you are interested in Ham Radio (the club can help you to get your Technician license) or a “been-there-done-that” Ham operator, this is a great deal. The radio package includes:
But wait, there’s more. For $17 you can get a 3800 mAh battery. This doubles the battery power, lengthens the radio, and gives it a great solid feel.
You can just buy them at the meetings or send an email to email@example.com to reserve one for you.
What a blast! Great weather, food, friendship and an amazing view of the Bay made the 2015 Field Day a winner. Click here to view photos.
The 148.860 W8TCM repeater was upgraded from an aged Motorola MSR2000 system with an ACC RC-85 controller to a brand-new Yaesu SystemFusion Analog+Digital repeater system. Along with the upgrade were several clean-ups to the installation, including moving the UHF repeater out of an inadequate housing to being located in a rack with the other repeater and duplexer units.
There are some changes you should make note of to the way the 146.86 W8TCM repeater operates.
Here is an overview:
Mike Flynn KC8GW did a presentation at the CARC General Meeting on the Yaesu SystemFusion digital system. Click here to view the presentation. You will learn all about the cool digital features that are now available on 146.86 .. as well as 147.040 in Benzonia.
Here is a more in-depth review of the above:
Other than the above changes, the repeater should actually perform better than the previous system – the receiver (as published specs show) is more sensitive and selective than the MSR2000, and the RF format feature set and audio quality are vastly improved compared to the MSR2000 and ACC RC-85.
We encourage you to try out the new system – it sure sounds great! Sure, there will be some changes to get used to, but the addition of the digital capabilities more than make up for the features that are lost. Also, Yaesu is busily working on new firmware for the DR-1X repeater system that should restore some of the “missing” features we’d come to use over the years.
Please don’t hesitate to call, email, or talk on the repeater to us to report your impressions/thoughts/questions/concerns/signal-reports on the new system. We would really like to know how YOU think it is working.
Missed the monthly Cherryland ARC meeting? Catch the monthly lectures:
Looking for Nets? Click here.
Send an email to the club site if you are aware of others.
If you’re like me, sometimes your schedule is so busy that you just can’t get to the radio to check into the MESH Net, or maybe you are stuck in a basement or at work and wish you could listen to the repeater. Well – dread no more, I have a solution to your woes!
I was wondering what to do with some extra hardware that I was playing with after a repeater interfacing mock-up I was working on a couple of months ago. Without going into a lot of technical detail, I was able to reconfigure some older systems, repurpose a couple of scanning receivers that my wife will no longer allow me to set up in main rooms in our house, and configured it to stream audio from both repeaters live to the internet!
That’s right – if you have internet access, you can listen to the W8TCM Repeaters Live! Thanks to the folks at RadioReference.com (in partnership with broadcastify) you can listen for free, and I can stream it to their servers for free. You can search for “W8TCM” right from the main page and find it, or you can use this link: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17816
At the time of writing, from the webpage you are able to stream into Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, iTunes, or Winamp. There is also a Java player and a web-based player. There is an app called “Scanner Radio” in both the Android Google Play and IOS Apple App Stores
– for free!
So – enjoy the repeater audio, whether you’re stuck in a basement or miles away!
– 73 Joe N8CN