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From the Desk of Our Repeater Engineer: Joe N2QPD
The UHF repeater is back on line. The only thing I found was that the transmitter was slightly off frequency that could explain the distortion.
During those extremely hot days the repeaters may do some funny things at the hottest part of the day. It will usually clear up when it cools down.
I checked the exhaust fan and it is working fine, it just gets very hot up there at times. So far the equipment is holding up fine.
We were very lucky and had a close call with one of the antennas. The only antenna that is NOT ours fell down. It managed to fall directly between ours without hitting ant of them ! The mast is 1.5 inch pipe with couplings and it rotted at the threads going into the coupling. (see attached pictures).
I spoke to the service provider and he is going to fix it. He did not even know it was down. They are going to try to relocate their antenna some where else because they are having coverage issues.
This fall we are going to have to fix the outside of the shed. The rotting wood is getting bad. I want to wait until I find out if they are going to move their antenna first because they drilled through the wall to run the coax and I don’t want to put in any holes in the new wood we put up.
Also a sad note. It looks like a baby deer was trying to eat his way into the shed and died right next to it. The other animals eat him and only bones were left.
Despite the heavy rain and occasional strong wind the Suffolk County Radio Club had a successful Field Day.
Many Club members came out to support the Club during the 2015 event.
Ken KD2DZZ set up his Eagle One Vertical Dipole.
Bill KD2COL and Vinny KC2WPP did a great job setting up other antenna systems for the event.
Bill KC2COL set up his camper and it made for a comfortable and dry operating station out of the rain.
The club tent held up well until a huge gust of wind toppled it over around 4 AM. Fortunately, no radio equipment got damaged by the heavy rain.
The newly donated Club HF radio operated well. Thanks to Bruce WB2ADF for your generous donation.
Gil KC2WCB donated an HT for a Field Day raffle. Tony KB2HRB had the winning ticket and the radio was presented to Tony by Greg KC2GGH our club president.
As always, the negative moments of Field Day are put aside and talks about how to improve on the operation next year is the topic of conversation as break down begins.
A special thanks to our President Greg KC2GGH (right) for taking on the task of organizing the 2015 Field Day.
Thanks to all club members and visitors who also helped make Field Day a success.
Visit the Photo Archive for more 2015 Field Day Photos.
See you next year!