This year the Bike MS Gateway Getaway Ride is in the metro STL area and many of the ham volunteers from Columbia and Jeff City will not be volunteering, so the metro STL amateur community needs to step up to the plate and fill in the gaps.
For the past several decades, cyclists have been strapping on their helmets and hopping on their bikes to move towards a world free of multiple sclerosis. As a result of their dedication, great strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of MS. This is why we volunteer.
There are only 56 days left until the Express Scripts Bike MS Gateway Getaway Ride, in Godfrey, IL on September 12-13, 2015. We are still in need of Amateur Radio Communicators to help with the event.
The positions we currently need to fill are:
Training is scheduled for August 14 at Missouri Baptist Hospital.
In order to avoid chaos at the training, please fill out the online registration form at http://bikemos.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MOSBikeEvents?fr_id=20130&pg=entry
Thank you for all you support!!
After several months of being off the air, the Club's 224.520 repeater is back on the air. This week Club members WØFY, Joe Fleagle and K4LSU, Craig Klimczak took care of getting things repaired on behalf of the Club.
The Club's 220 repeater has been out of service for quite a while due to a broken antenna. For over a year the repeater has operated off a mobile antenna magnetically connected to the building. The mobile antenna was replaced back in May. Unfortunately, the system continued to perform poorly so additional diagnostics were done.
A broken connector was found on the Heliax transmission line near the lightening arrestor. Joe, WØFY, ordered new connectors and got them in this week. Of Friday, July 17, 2015, Joe and Craig met at the repeater site to install the new connector. Preliminary testing shows that the system is now back on the air and performing much better. All club members are encouraged to test out the clubs repeaters and systems and let the President know how they are performing.
DE K4LSU, Craig
Our October is shaping up to be quite a busy month for the club with October 17th tuning into a mega-event weekend. This weekend marks the opening of the club's special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch. To celebrate, the club will be operating the special event call-sign W∅A from October 17 to October 31st. Most of the special event will be operated by club members from their home stations. However, to get things kicked off with a bang, the club will set up a mini-Field Day configuration at Stacey Park to give this event a Grand Opening kickoff.
In addition to the W∅A special event, the club will also use this date to host our annual picnic. Previously, the annual picnic was hosted as the After Dayton Picnic in May but many members felt that the timing wasn't the best for most members. So this year the annual picnic is being moved to the Fall and to a weekend day. Our Social Committee is already on it planning the menu for the event. Rumor has it that the menu may be something different so stay tuned to find out.
For all our ARRL and ARES members out there, October is Simulated Emergency Test (SET) month and the club would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge and promote the use of Amateur Radio for Emergency communications. Many of our members have portable field stations that are quite elegant and the club would like to invite those members to bring out their field stations and set them up for "show and tell." While it is not a SET, the show and tell is a great way to educate other hams on how they may want to build a field station.
Last but not least, the club has long been a friend to Scouting with numerous scouts in our midst. This year's W∅A kickoff also happens to fall on Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) weekend. In recognition of our scouts and to promote them getting into amateur radio, the club is inviting scouts from around the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) to come out and Get On The Air for JOTA. With all these activities going on October 17th, this event will certainly be special and hopefully the contacts will be numerous!
Mark your calendar now and plan on coming out ready to operate, demonstrate and celebrate all that amateur radio has to offer!
DE K4LSU, Craig
If you happened to be listening to the 146.850 repeater this weekend you may have noticed that the repeater was being worked on by members of the club. This past weekend, Chris Barber, WX5CW, installed a computer and interface that directly connects the Club's 146.850 to IRLP and EchoLink. Previously, the repeated connected to IRPL and EchoLink through a RF link to a radio at Mark Biernacki's house. While this system provided many years of access to IRLP and EchoLink, it suffered from timing delays and repeater squelch tail lockout. Now that the IRLP and EchoLink node is directly connected to the repeater, carrier squelch detection is performed on the input of the repeated thus eliminating the lockout caused by a long repeater squelch tail. This should improve both the usability and the reliability of IRLP and EchoLink. And, as a final added benefit members can now send a #504 DTMF prefix followed by the EchoLink node number to reach EchoLink stations directly through the repeater. Please join me in thanking WX5CW, Chris, for all the hard work and effort that he put in to make this a reality.
DE K4LSU, Craig