I went up to cap santé to see how the path worked
Cap santé was a great experience .Then I went over to Mt Erie but it was to cloudy and I decided to try another day.
I thought I'd better check out the proposed F.D. site. Although I do not have mobile HF, I brought along my 130 Mhz receiver to listen for power line noise. It has been warm of late and it is my experience with that source of noise to be more likely to occur in dry weather. The only interference I could detect was from the south east. I moved to the high school tennis court and took a listen. The buzzing much louder there and seemed to be sourced west near the old saw mill,corner of Batey and Jameison. There is a pole there with an underground drop. Pole top is double arm with lots of hardware that any single joint could be the offending source. It would be nice to pinpoint it. That is a pretty bad corner for vehicle traffic and it would be good to have a set of eyes for safety.
Here's a link to an article about the HAM radio participation in the Boston Marathon
Military Auxiliary Radio System
For those interested MARS day out is April 20th
A few people have asked about donations for Anita, so I thought I'd post what I heard.
At the service for Anita today it was announced (I think I have this right.), "In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Anita Jackson at Whidbey Island bank. Funds will be used to cover funeral costs, pay off bills, etc."
Anita will be missed.
Below is a email forwarded to me .Anita will be missed by the amateur community.
----- Forwarded message -----
From: "Billy Farrar"
Subject: Anita Jackson
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 18:05
Dear Grace Church,
We are writing to share with you the news that on Monday, April 1, our dear friend and sister in Christ; Anita Jackson went to be with the Lord. As many of you know she has been dealing with heart issues and had just been given a great report that her coronary arteries were completely clean (she even sent an email to all of us giving Jesus the praise last week), but on Monday her heart value gave out and she peacefully went to be with Jesus her Lord and Savior. GOD IS IN CONTROL!
It is with great sadness to report that our Club President, Anita Jackson (KE7GQO) has become Silent Key (SK) as of 4/1/2013 13:00.
The RASC Leadership has no details at this time but felt it appropriate to share this information.
Anita was a service-focused individual who had a drive to promote amateur radio in her day to day life. She has spent great time helping our veterens with connecting them to benifits and opportunities.
She had held the leadersip roles of President, Vice President and Secretary of our club.
I'm prioritizing this on our home page so others can share their reflections and thoughts.
At the last club meeting I showed a project that had many drilled and tap threaded holes. If you've broken a few taps you know how aggravating that can be. The worse offenders are the coarser threads like 6-32 and 10-24. If you are the designer you can specify for the constructor (you) a better choice in fastener size. Also as I discovered there are better taps available. I picked up a 2-56 2-flute spiral point tap. They push the chips forward ahead of the tap and are ideal for through hole threading. I used it with good results in blind holes by simply drilling deeper than my tap depth. it is good to use some thought in screw length. A 3/16 or 1/4 inch will hold sheet and the "Hole business" will go quicker (HI) than 3/8 or 1/2 inch length.
I was able to attend the MicroHams Digital Conference last weekend. There was about 114 Hams that showed up. Here is a link http://www.microhams.com/digitalconference/ to the agenda. I thought I'd be mostly interested in the Raspberry Pi talks, but found all the presentations to be worth the trip. I was surprised how much work was being done with Mesh networking in the Seattle area! Also it seemed the Canadians are having fun with a BCWAN project (http://www.bcwarn.net/).
Cheers and 73's
Blaine - W7MCY