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.
I am a member of the Coastal Amateur Radio Society and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Radio Club and am currently serving as a new ADEC Metro Atlanta ARES. I am also a communications unit director with the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Communication Team and a volunteer with the Red Cross SAF (Service to Armed Forces). Been married to Lorie for 31 years and have five children ranging from age 18 to 29. I have one son that served as an Infantryman in the US Army who served in Iraq and a daughter that is serving in the Georgia National Guard. Ooooooaaahh!!!
Yaesu FT-857D for HF and UHF Yaesu FT-2800M for VHF Kenwood TS-440S Kenwood PS-50 Power Supply Kenwood SP-430 Speaker Kenwood MC-60 Desk Mic Astatic D-104 Desk mic Yaesu VX-7R Quad Band Handheld Radio Shack Pro-96 Digital Scanner Astron SS-25M DC Power Supply RIGrunner 4008 DC Power Panel LDG Z-11 Pro Autotuner MFJ SWR Wattmeter LDG FT Meter Yaesu MD-100 Desk Mic RadioShack External Speaker G5RV for 80M thru 6M G5RV Jr. for 40M thru 10M Homebrew J-Pole for VHF/UHF Homebrew ground plane for 2m/70cm RS ground plane ant for Scanner Comet CF-416 Duplexer MFJ-259B Analyzer Dell 530S to run all radio related sw Ham Radio Delux Program Echolink Program Winlink Program Bu-Tel ARC96 Scanner sw La Cross WS-3610 Weather Station B&D Portable Power Station Honeywell HW2000i generator
Mobile Station Components
Yaesu FT-857D for HF Yaesu FT-1802M for 2 meters Icom ID-800H for UHF and D-STAR Yaesu VX-2R HT for portable op RS Dual band magmount antenna Low profile magmount for 2 meters Low profile magmount for scanner High Sierra Sidekick antenna for HF