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Mlbdriver

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just got my Echolink App set up on my phone, will try to figure it out on the mobile rig before this Friday coming up. Hope to be able to make contact with some of you all.

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TerryD

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Tonight is our weekly Echolink net! I'll be your net control station starting at 8:30pm EST (5:30pm PST) and tonight's topic is "Camp Lighting".

All licensed Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to participate on Echolink Node 591550 (USA-GNG) known also as Grits N Gravy, DMR TG 1137550 and Allstar 41130 and those who aren't licensed may listen in here:

www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/29437/web

Looking forward to talking with everyone tonight!

73, KT4OZ
 

TerryD

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OB Net 8/30/19
Topic: Camp Lighting
Net control: Terry KT4OZ
Check-ins: 14

OB Net 8/30/19

W7BR: No announcements but welcomed new members and hams. Put out call for topics for future nets.

KF4YLM Josh: Good evening everyone. Good morning to Randall in VK land. Fall is contest season, VHF contests coming up. VHF Fall sprint. 4hr contests fun to do on trail from high elevations. September contest 21/22. Camp lighting: work lamps and generators in camp/contest sights. LED better and looking to upgrade. Uses LED headlamps and good for tower climbs.

W7BR Brent: Earth cruiser with LED setup. Keeps Coleman white gas lantern for a backup. Doesn’t know if it will light ATM. Has hanging lanterns and strips outside and head lamps. 2. Hello to new stations. Put roll of LED lamps inside tent on trailer with relay hooked to keychain. Can activate lights via keyfob both inside and outside the tent.

KM4MCM Tony: not light system but uses headlamp and flash light for around camp. Hadn’t checked in for a while. Been busy. Just wanted to touch base. 2. Tactical light from Lowe’s about 8” long. Used several years as Deputy Sherriff. Been very tough, Going to look into brand. Comment to Randall: Had 3 cell Maglight with conversion with 3 CREE LEDS. Was impressive at the time but it is lacking today. Hasn’t looked for updated versions online. Light earlier is Lowes Kobalt brand. 9” long with hex around head so it won’t roll.

K5TIN Shane: LED setup for camp. Carries 4-5 Coleman LED lanterns and headlamps. Then rig headlights. Weight savings important. Has Coleman lanterns but hard to find room for. 2. Carry at work Nebo Slim. 500lum with belt clip and hanging loop and magnetic base. Clip to front of shirt at work. Adjustable from 500 to 25 lumen. Works great, rechargeable, about $30 for light from Amazon.

KD2SOC Jordan: Excited to hear about the Coleman. Inherited 200A from Grandfather with broken mantle. Sat for years after about a year. 1970 year. New generator, pump cup and globe. Coleman Cyclone in place of hatch light for plenty of light in vehicle. 2. Uses streamlight survivor around camp. Stays in door pocket of Jeep. LED version but throws narrow beam. Uses 4-6 AA batteries so easy to find. Carries Protac 2l everyday, had for 3 years and previous one still works but has broken lens. Don’t leave home without it. Has couple settings.

VK7VWK Randall: LED setup. Cheap LED strips in soft plastic. Water proof and hung from awning bars. Provide good light and not expensive. Tried with varied luck. Amber color for soft light and bugs. 2. Still around for second round. Has a lot of old Mag Light with bulbs in them. Has anyone converted to LED? Has one that refuses to work in particular light. Project never really lived up where other works grea.

N7PHY Ed: Loading up on LED lamps and flash lights. Hard to beat light output for price and power consumption. Hard to find quality flash lights. Cheap hold up ok but expensive don’t seem to last. Has Coleman lantern from camping with family growing up. Wedding gift from Dad. Use on deck for nostalgia. 2. Nothing to add on 2nd round. Looking up lights from chat window. Secretly love magnetic HF lights. Going to do some shopping online and try running power through a pencil for light.

KN4QQB Brad: Minimalist. Alcohol lamp/stove made from aluminum can. Will carry battery/boost box with pencil. Hook battery to pencil led to make light. Use camp fire more often than not. 2. Hook up battery to pencil led it will glow very bright. Can start fires with mechanical pencil led and 9V battery. Built 10W LED to plug into phone using micro voltage regulator and micro-usb to let phone power device hooked to it. Was much brighter than phone flashlight but once it gets above 2.5W the phone turns off the USB power output. Will eventually power down because LED increase in temperature they increase current draw. Carried around in Africa.

W4FOZ Jeff: Setup for lighting is headlamps (2), 3 flashlights, 2 cheap flashlights (bright red and floats) LED Waterproof Flashlight , campfire. M-powered LUCI from REI. Plastic inflatable lights, opaque for diffusion. Solar string light from M-powered. 10 LEDS with 3 settings for awning for ambient lighting and cooking. Also good to put in tent when away from the car. 2. Nothing else to add but enjoyed the topic.

KC2WAO Ben: goal zero venture 30 battery pack with mini-light string. 4 lamps with color change. 2 settings for brightness. Flashlight junkie. 6-8 flashlights in truck with several headlamps. Likes campfire too. 2. Nothing to add but glad to have joined us for 1st net.

KW4SM Carol: favorite camp light is campfire. Uses mag light to get around in camp. When dog goes nuts at home, TSC sells light with swivel head that will pull off with LED light strip inside. Likes HF free flashlights for getting to and from car. Comment for Randall about Maglight conversion: Did ok but bought LED version of Maglight and it did better. Currently misplaced. 2. Flashlight from TSC has magnet on one end, makes good work light. Husband wanted to add likes Lowe’s flashlight that will plug into outlet for emergency light when power goes off, but works as flashlight or work light.

W8ILL Will: Wal-mart $1 lights cheap. Rode bike to Walmart but forgot to bring light and got one to get home. Likes LEDs. Was working on bicycle and almost missed the net.

VK2DY Robert: Echolink touchy tonight. Overcast in Sydney. Had 4-5” rain recently to help with drout. Father’s day tomorrow there so they’re going to celebrate it tomorrow. Usually buys lights when they need them from DCF (outdoors supply in Aus). Has big aluminum job says does 900lumen. Does a great job. Just checking in for one for the count.

NB9D Neil: Uses HF lights, they work pretty good. Had flashlight/stun gun and accidently zapped himself. Uses standard flashlight about the size of Maglight. Has some weight to it. Use flat panel lights in camp for hallways and stairs. Use 1/3W. Got from Wal-Mart. GE brand.
 

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OB Net 8/30/19
Topic: Camp Lighting
Net control: Terry KT4OZ
Check-ins: 14

OB Net 8/30/19

W7BR: No announcements but welcomed new members and hams. Put out call for topics for future nets.

KF4YLM Josh: Good evening everyone. Good morning to Randall in VK land. Fall is contest season, VHF contests coming up. VHF Fall sprint. 4hr contests fun to do on trail from high elevations. September contest 21/22. Camp lighting: work lamps and generators in camp/contest sights. LED better and looking to upgrade. Uses LED headlamps and good for tower climbs.

W7BR Brent: Earth cruiser with LED setup. Keeps Coleman white gas lantern for a backup. Doesn’t know if it will light ATM. Has hanging lanterns and strips outside and head lamps. 2. Hello to new stations. Put roll of LED lamps inside tent on trailer with relay hooked to keychain. Can activate lights via keyfob both inside and outside the tent.

KM4MCM Tony: not light system but uses headlamp and flash light for around camp. Hadn’t checked in for a while. Been busy. Just wanted to touch base. 2. Tactical light from Lowe’s about 8” long. Used several years as Deputy Sherriff. Been very tough, Going to look into brand. Comment to Randall: Had 3 cell Maglight with conversion with 3 CREE LEDS. Was impressive at the time but it is lacking today. Hasn’t looked for updated versions online. Light earlier is Lowes Kobalt brand. 9” long with hex around head so it won’t roll.

K5TIN Shane: LED setup for camp. Carries 4-5 Coleman LED lanterns and headlamps. Then rig headlights. Weight savings important. Has Coleman lanterns but hard to find room for. 2. Carry at work Nebo Slim. 500lum with belt clip and hanging loop and magnetic base. Clip to front of shirt at work. Adjustable from 500 to 25 lumen. Works great, rechargeable, about $30 for light from Amazon.

KD2SOC Jordan: Excited to hear about the Coleman. Inherited 200A from Grandfather with broken mantle. Sat for years after about a year. 1970 year. New generator, pump cup and globe. Coleman Cyclone in place of hatch light for plenty of light in vehicle. 2. Uses streamlight survivor around camp. Stays in door pocket of Jeep. LED version but throws narrow beam. Uses 4-6 AA batteries so easy to find. Carries Protac 2l everyday, had for 3 years and previous one still works but has broken lens. Don’t leave home without it. Has couple settings.

VK7VWK Randall: LED setup. Cheap LED strips in soft plastic. Water proof and hung from awning bars. Provide good light and not expensive. Tried with varied luck. Amber color for soft light and bugs. 2. Still around for second round. Has a lot of old Mag Light with bulbs in them. Has anyone converted to LED? Has one that refuses to work in particular light. Project never really lived up where other works grea.

N7PHY Ed: Loading up on LED lamps and flash lights. Hard to beat light output for price and power consumption. Hard to find quality flash lights. Cheap hold up ok but expensive don’t seem to last. Has Coleman lantern from camping with family growing up. Wedding gift from Dad. Use on deck for nostalgia. 2. Nothing to add on 2nd round. Looking up lights from chat window. Secretly love magnetic HF lights. Going to do some shopping online and try running power through a pencil for light.

KN4QQB Brad: Minimalist. Alcohol lamp/stove made from aluminum can. Will carry battery/boost box with pencil. Hook battery to pencil led to make light. Use camp fire more often than not. 2. Hook up battery to pencil led it will glow very bright. Can start fires with mechanical pencil led and 9V battery. Built 10W LED to plug into phone using micro voltage regulator and micro-usb to let phone power device hooked to it. Was much brighter than phone flashlight but once it gets above 2.5W the phone turns off the USB power output. Will eventually power down because LED increase in temperature they increase current draw. Carried around in Africa.

W4FOZ Jeff: Setup for lighting is headlamps (2), 3 flashlights, 2 cheap flashlights (bright red and floats) LED Waterproof Flashlight , campfire. M-powered LUCI from REI. Plastic inflatable lights, opaque for diffusion. Solar string light from M-powered. 10 LEDS with 3 settings for awning for ambient lighting and cooking. Also good to put in tent when away from the car. 2. Nothing else to add but enjoyed the topic.

KC2WAO Ben: goal zero venture 30 battery pack with mini-light string. 4 lamps with color change. 2 settings for brightness. Flashlight junkie. 6-8 flashlights in truck with several headlamps. Likes campfire too. 2. Nothing to add but glad to have joined us for 1st net.

KW4SM Carol: favorite camp light is campfire. Uses mag light to get around in camp. When dog goes nuts at home, TSC sells light with swivel head that will pull off with LED light strip inside. Likes HF free flashlights for getting to and from car. Comment for Randall about Maglight conversion: Did ok but bought LED version of Maglight and it did better. Currently misplaced. 2. Flashlight from TSC has magnet on one end, makes good work light. Husband wanted to add likes Lowe’s flashlight that will plug into outlet for emergency light when power goes off, but works as flashlight or work light.

W8ILL Will: Wal-mart $1 lights cheap. Rode bike to Walmart but forgot to bring light and got one to get home. Likes LEDs. Was working on bicycle and almost missed the net.

VK2DY Robert: Echolink touchy tonight. Overcast in Sydney. Had 4-5” rain recently to help with drout. Father’s day tomorrow there so they’re going to celebrate it tomorrow. Usually buys lights when they need them from DCF (outdoors supply in Aus). Has big aluminum job says does 900lumen. Does a great job. Just checking in for one for the count.

NB9D Neil: Uses HF lights, they work pretty good. Had flashlight/stun gun and accidently zapped himself. Uses standard flashlight about the size of Maglight. Has some weight to it. Use flat panel lights in camp for hallways and stairs. Use 1/3W. Got from Wal-Mart. GE brand.
Great net tonight.:smiley:

For anyone who's interested, here's links to all the lights we use at camp:

MPOWERD Luci Pro Lux Inflatable Solar Lanterns
MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights
Black Diamond Cosmo 225 Headlamp
Coast G25 330 Lumen LED Flashlight
Energizer Weatheready Floating Flashlights
  • Low lumens but great flashlight. Cheap (so we've got two of them), durable plastic, waterproof, floats, and is bright red so it's easy to find them in the bottom of our go box or if you drop it at night.
Headlamps
  • A couple other ones that we've had forever stay in our go box. I think one's a Petzl and one's a cheapo Energizer.
 
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Downs

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Added to my Echolink favorites on my phone. Hope to participate next week but may be at work.
 
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OB Net 9/06/19
Topic: New Hams Net
Net control: Ted WD6TED, San Diego, CA
Check-ins: 8 (including net control)

Topic: New Hams Net, but had no new or recent hams tonight. So 1st time through discussed what's new for each person in the last week or two regarding overloading and on the 2nd time through discussing what's new with amateur radio for each person.

KJ7IEXK - Dana - Driggs, Idaho, OB#3498: Got out and explored southern Montana. Did a lot of mountain biking. Very scenic area lots of lakes and mountains, and the Continental Divide Trail goes through the area. Has been working on a 2017 Tacoma he purchased at the beginning of summer. Done suspension, wheels & tires etc. Basically just starting from scratch and building out the vehicle. It's about ready to go. Picked up a B-Tech DMR HT, thinks it's an Anyone rebranded. Working well for him. Used it to get on the net last week.

N7PHY - Ed - Edmonds, WA - OB# 15391: Took his son with him to the East Cascades. Had a great time. Installed a Yaesu 8900 in truck. Sticking with his vertical end fed (about 50' long) at home instead of the dipole antenna. Just been having fun and getting old!

KD2SOC - Jordon - Potsdam, New York - Hasn't gotten out much since kids started school again. Got an Icom 2730A and wired it up. Very happy with it. He was working and had to leave net early.

K7XPO - Brien - Tucson, Arizona - OB# 13675: Talked about the upcoming Overland Bound Rally Sierras. 5-day event based in Edison Campground at Shaver Lake on September 25 - 29. Wed/Thurs are educational days for topics such as self-rescue, comms, off-road driving, etc. Fri, Sat, Sun are off-roading events around the area (e.g. Bald Mountain). Each person must register for the event. He's also been out on a trip to the Mogollon Rim in AZ. Big cliff face about 500ft then another 500 of steep hill. Really great views. Also did some SOTA activations.

KF4YLM - Josh - Catawba, Virginia - Driving off of Poor Mtn while he was talking to us on his GE Orion Radio he just installed in his Tacoma. An older radio modified for amateur use. Has a 110W power amplifier.

NB9D - Neil, Bedford, New Hampshire - Lives off grid. Just having fun with amateur radio. Reports that temps are cooling off and fall is in the air.

KI5EE - Mike - Montgomery, TX - new to the net - just heard it and had questions about what overlanding is.

Net was closed at 18:34 PDT, 21:34 EDT, 01:34Z. Thanks to everyone who participated tonight!

-73
Ted
 
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MTN RNR

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Following up from our really interesting net a couple weeks ago on "grounding" I found a nice presentation on YouTube from Dave Castler KE0OG wherein he covers grounding for a base station (not mobile). He covers the three types of grounding for a base station: Electrical Safety, RF, and Lightning. If you are new to ham radio, or just haven't got the whole concepts of these types of grounding figured out this 15 min video is a great place to get get things squared away. Here is the link:
KE0OG on Grounding

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TerryD

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Following up from our really interesting net a couple weeks ago on "grounding" I found a nice presentation on YouTube from Dave Castler KE0OG wherein he covers grounding for a base station (not mobile). He covers the three types of grounding for a base station: Electrical Safety, RF, and Lightning. If you are new to ham radio, or just haven't got the whole concepts of these types of grounding figured out this 15 min video is a great place to get get things squared away. Here is the link:
KE0OG on Grounding

-73
Ted
His stuff is really good. I'll check out that video, I haven't seen it yet.
 
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MTN RNR

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His stuff is really good. I'll check out that video, I haven't seen it yet.
It's really a "primer" but he does a great job covering the subject and explains it all very clearly. Especially like the mention of how household wiring and become part of the antenna system.
 

MTN RNR

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It's really a "primer" but he does a great job covering the subject and explains it all very clearly. Especially like the mention of how household wiring and become part of the antenna system.
Not in a good way that is....
 

Brentc17

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OB Weekly Net 9/13/19
Topic - 2020 Overlanding Trip Planning and resources you use
NET Control - Brent W7BR
Check ins - 12 including NET Controller

1 - W7BR - Brent - 13675 - Olympia Washington - Planning trips to Baja in March, Utah, Death Valley and Borego State Park in Jan, May, and November.

2 - KN4NHL - Brian - Zebulon - Has Jeep Wrangler and likes to take last minute trips to North Carolina and Beach. Doesn't do much planning

3- KI7RAM - Bill - 9206 - Reno, Nevada - Does planning for Reno Group in January for the following year and gets together with friends to do plan personal trips. Also wanting to do Baja.

4. K5TIN - Shane - 12189 - Prairieville Louisiana - Doesn't have any big plans coming up, trying to figure out finances for new tear drop and going to do another large trip West in 2021

5. KD2SOC - Jordan - Potsdam New York - Planning a trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia Park

6. KT4OZ - Terry - Covington Virginia - No plans for 2020 and checked in remote via local repeater.

7. W8ILL - Old Man Will - Done building his bike out and wants to build a Racecar for 2020.

8. KF4YLM - Josh - Does not have any big plans for 2020 but did share idea of using FCC website to see where FM radio stations are to use for VHF contesting and also uses google maps and google earth

9. KN4YAL - Megan - Carthage, North Carolina - Uses local Scout troop to see where good places to explore or not are in the area. No big plans for 2020

10. VK7VWK - Randall - Hobart Australia - He is planning to ride from 5000KM across remote part of Australia with a Tri Bike. Will keep us posted

11. VK2DY - Robert - Kellyville Ridge Australia - Going to plan a trip to York Pennisula

12. KN6DCU - Dave - San Rafael - No plans for 2020 just checking in.
 

12poundtest

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Good day everyone,
I'll be your net control this evening for the weekly Overland Bound amateur radio net. Tonight I'd like to discuss the topic of vehicle security. Do you do anything more than just lock the doors? It came up after my truck was broken into in a parking garage. I'm looking at aftermarket vehicle vaults and that sort of thing but would really like to know what everybody else is doing.
Of course, any relevant topic is open for discussion so feel free to bring your questions, comments, etc.

Hope you can make it!
73 - Ed


Time : 5:30PM Pacific Standard Time or 17:30 hours Pacific Standard Time
Where : Echolink Node 591550 (USA-GNG) known also as Grits N Gravy, DMR TG 1137550 and Allstar 41130
Anyone can listen only here www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/29437/web

Topic this week: Vehicle Security
 

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Greetings again amateur radio overlanders. The Grits-n-Gravy conference server is having technical difficulties tonight. If you find it is offline and wish to check in try connecting directly to my node. N7PHY
It's not ideal but we'll host the net one way or another.

Thanks everyone! - Ed
 

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Greetings again amateur radio overlanders. The Grits-n-Gravy conference server is having technical difficulties tonight. If you find it is offline and wish to check in try connecting directly to my node. N7PHY
It's not ideal but we'll host the net one way or another.

Thanks everyone! - Ed
So far no joy. GNG offline and my connection attempts to your node time out via cellular and WiFi connections I’ll keep trying.
 

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Unfortunately the GnG server is down and folks are not able to connect to my node. A few of us are hanging out on the KF4YLM-R (repeater) node if you would like to join us.
 

12poundtest

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Well, we didn't have a formal net tonight but a few folks found us on the KF4YLM repeater and echolink.
We had an interesting round table talking about HF antennas mostly.
Our participants tonight:
W7BR, KF4YLM, KI7RAM, KN4HTA, VA2EEK, and KD2SOC gave it a valiant try.

By next week we'll have a plan and a backup plan for getting our net back on the air.

Thanks everyone. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Ed - N7PHY
 
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MTN RNR

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Greetings everyone! I’ll be your net control tomorrow night. Topic(s) will be “bolt on” equipment for your rig (e.g. roof racks, awnings, ladders, etc.) and vehicle security. The first topic is an interest of mine as I’d like to get an awning before I go out on the Mojave Road next month but let’s not limit it to just that.

Vehicle security can covered a couple of ways. Alarms, safes in the vehicle, even window tinting (more on that tomorrow).

Looking forward to hearing y'all tomorrow night!

-Ted