Join us for the weekly KD8LBS net, to be hosted every Thursday Night @ 8:30PM EST. The net is held on the W8SDR Analog Repeater 444.9750 MHz +5, Tone 162.2 Hz.
It seems like it was just yesterday that we did this whole “Winter Field Day” thing, but in reality it’s been 365 days. With the combined gusto of everyone, and it was a great turnout, the OVEC crew has once again succeeded at “ham radioing” in a group setting.
We started coming out to the lake about 4 years ago after coming to the conclusion that we wanted our WFD OPS to not only be a ham radio operating event, but a club member social operation as well. It’s always been fun, and this year was no different.
Arrivals commenced on Friday at 4pm, when the illustrious president (KD8GQW) and associated members began showing up for check-in at our previously reserved Cowan Lake State Park cabins. The first people there had the privilege of having first pick for sleeping quarters. I arrived around 9pm to be pleasantly surprised that my fellow members had reserved the only remaining individual room with a queen bed for my wife (KD8KDT) and myself to share. We were both thankful for the quiet space to rest and relax in between doing the hammiest of hammy things such as eating “Sandwich”, operating the radios, and shooting the breeze with the other members. We went to bed at 4am, which may have been a bad choice on our part.
This is a quick video I shot while troubleshooting a Receive (Rx) Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) problem that affects my location from time to time. This appearance of this RFI is sporadic, and since moving to his location about two years ago I have experienced it about a half-dozen times.
One of the first steps for solving a noise problem is finding out if it is generated within your own home, or is external to it. It is actually really good news if the noise is generated by equipment or appliances that you own and control ! The general 1st step there is to power the radio from a battery and turn off all your own power. If that eliminates it, you can then use a divide and conquer strategy to identify the specific source and remediate it.
Quick review of finds from the OH-KY-IN hamfest, which was held September 21st 2019.
Hope you enjoyed the video. I am working on a follow-up on how to characterize flea market and second hand meters so they can be used in new projects.
73, Erik / AC8VK
Here we go again, it’s been another year and time for the 2019 Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) operating event to grace us once again!
In the past, OVEC has activated Buckeye Lake State Park just east of Columbus Ohio. This year however, we have decided to make things a bit more interesting!
For 2019, OVEC will be activating Kellys Island State Park which is located up in Lake Erie north of Port Clinton Ohio. Everyone is excited to take on the challenge of doing something new, and enjoying the time to be spent with friends and family!
If you are in the area, feel free to hunt us down in the fairgrounds. We would love to meet you!
I love prototyping electronics projects – really projects in general – and I hope you do (or will soon). One trap that many Makers, tinkerers and would be citizen scientists get caught in, is holding ourselves to high design and finish standards.
This post was inspired by “What’s All This Pease Prototype Stuff, Anyhow?” – check it out.
In my youth, I had the great fortune of living within walking distance of a library that had the “maker” publications of era: QST, 73 and CQ – in addition to other hobby magazines. Currently we have access to tremendous volumes of build and prototype content via Maker oriented magazines, electronics blogs galore and youtube.
One thing to keep in mind, is that very often we are not seeing raw, first-draft, or one-off project builds. Often these projects were built and then re-built for the magazine photos or for the video. This creates an interesting gap – where many folks are frustrated by their build skills and reluctant to share what they are working on. I myself fall into this trap all of time, especially when in comes to finishing a project with a case.
For the first time ever, OVEC will be participating in the Columbus Hamfest! We will be custom printing badges for anyone who would love to get their hammy hands on one. Look for us there, and let us know what we can do for you!
Talk-In: 146.760MHz, PL 123.0
Check it out at:
Aladdin Shrine Center
1801 Gateway Circle
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Every technology adventure begins with a “Hello World” moment, whether it is getting that first computer program to run, or the first LED to blink, we always start small and build from there.
My friends at Ohio Valley Experimenters club have invited me to blog and video blog on www.kd8lbs.com and the invitation could not have come at a better time. Since getting reengaged with amateur radio and hobby electronics in 2016 I have been anxious to do some blogging about it. Why? Because I love the hobby, and I really enjoy connecting with people through it… and digital content is the new connections medium.
So, watch this space for a mix of blog postings and video…
AC8VK / Erik
Every year I enjoy working this special event, and then sending in my contact log so that I am able to receive the customized participation certificate. This is a relaxed “contest”, and a very easy one to get your contesting feet wet with since it runs over a week, giving you plenty of time to work all 13 special event stations!
Well that time of the year is just around the corner once again, time to do what we created this club to do. The 2019 ARRL Field Day is going to kick off next weekend on 6/22 and 6/23, in the same great spot as last year.
If you are looking for a bit of a different club experience, you may consider visiting us! We are a great group of folks in the 20-50 year old range, who value having a good time while operating radio. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to work, to us it’s more about having fun with good people, operating radio, and eating good food on Saturday night. Look us up!
Come on out and visit us, we would love to meet you!