Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

It is that time of week again. Winlink Wednesday! Please include in the body if you do any HF work.  Use the Winklink General Check-In Template.

As always, if you need more information regarding Winlink Wednesday, go here:  https://www.wvcarc.com/p/winlink-wednesday.html

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

It is that time of week again. Winlink Wednesday!  I don't remember if I did this already, but this week please include in the body a topic you would like covered at one of our upcoming in person meets.  Use the Winklink General Check-In Template.

As always, if you need more information regarding Winlink Wednesday, go here:  https://www.wvcarc.com/p/winlink-wednesday.html

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Winlink uhhh Thursday?

So, I forgot to make my normal Winlink Wednesday post as I was preparing for the Salt Flats 100 Endurance Run which will be held this weekend.  Also I found out that the node was down... grrrr.  Anyway, I see that a bunch of you went ahead and checked in, which is great.  The node is back up, and if you would still like to check-in please do so today.  Use the Winklink General Check-In Template.

As always, if you need more information regarding Winlink Wednesday, go here:  https://www.wvcarc.com/p/winlink-wednesday.html

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 WVCARC Field Operation Manual is Complete

The 2019 WVCARC Field Operation Manual is complete!  It's a collection of policies, procedures, and resources relevant to WVCARC.  It is designed to be printed on 8.5" x 5.5" paper and bound into a manual.  It currently stands at 64 pages.  WVCARC will have copies available for the price of printing and binding.  I am still working out what that will cost will be.  You may of course print your own if you would like.  I generally release an updated version every year.  You can view the 2019 version now by clicking the link below.


Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Thursday, April 25, 2019

LOCATING AND POSITIONING YOUR SOLAR ARRAY

Facing true south in an unobstructed location is extremely important to the proper functioning
of a solar electric system
If your site is in the northern hemisphere you need to aim your solar modules to true south
(the reverse is true for locations in the southern hemisphere) to maximize your daily energy output.
For many locations there is quite a difference between magnetic south and true south,
so please consult a magnetic declination map before you setup your mount structure.
The solar modules should be tilted up from horizontal to get a better angle at the sun and help keep
the modules clean by shedding rain or snow.
For best year round power output with the least amount of maintenance,
you should set the solar array facing true south at a tilt angle equal to your latitude with respect to the
horizontal position. If you plan to adjust your solar array tilt angle seasonally, a good rule of thumb is:

  • latitude minus 15° in the summer
  • latitude in the spring/fall
  • latitude plus 15° in the winter
Most mount structures are available with a seasonal adjustment of the tilt angle from horizontal to 65°.

To determine if your proposed array site will be shaded at any time of the day or year you should consider
using the Solar Pathfinder.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

It is that time of week again. Winlink Wednesday!  This week please include in the body of you check-in how many fire fighters are generally on duty (hint look at Thursday night's post).  Use the Winklink General Check-In Template.

As always, if you need more information regarding Winlink Wednesday, go here:  https://www.wvcarc.com/p/winlink-wednesday.html

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM

Sunday, April 21, 2019

WVCARC - Draft Field Operations Manual

For some time now I have wanted to get the Field Operations Manual completed for the WVCARC group.  My local neighborhood group has had one for many years and I have found it invaluable.  What is the Field Operation Manual (FOM)?  Glad you asked.  It a collection of policies, procedures, and resources relevent to WVCARC.  It is designed to be printed on 8.5" x 5.5" paper and bound into a manual.  It currently stands at 61 pages.  I am waiting for one more piece of information before I can recommend that it can be printed.  WVCARC will have copies available for the price of printing and binding.  I am still working out what that will cost will be.  You may of course print your own if you would like.  I generally release an updated version every year.  You can view the draft version now by clicking the link below.  I remind you not to print it yet as this is just a draft.  If you see any errors or if you have suggestions for the FOM, let me know ASAP so that they can be fixed or added before it goes to print.


Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM