Saturday, March 27, 2010

St. Joseph's Hospital HAM Station Test

Kevin-KW4B and I met over at St. Joseph's Hospital today to install and test the new Dual Band VHF/UHF radio and antenna.  St. Joseph's is one our served agencies here in Chatham County and relies on the local ARES operators to provide backup communications in the event of emergencies or disaster in the area.  First thing we did today was to connect the analyzer to the feed line and test the antenna SWR.  1.2 to 1 all the way across the 2 meter and 70 cm bands.  Nice.  Then we set up the new Alinco power supply and Kenwood dual bander and began to test all of the local repeaters.  We gave Steve-K4SDJ a call and he gave us comm checks on all of the local repeaters.  We were also able to hit the repeaters in Jesup, Whitehall, Pembroke, and Rockledge (just east of Dublin).  Not too bad.  Now we just have to wait for the new HF radio and antenna to come in and get it installed and tested.  Productive day.

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