Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Winlink Wednesday

For this Winlink Wednesday we will be doing a standard check-in. No additional information will be required.



Friday, March 15, 2019

In Person Meet Tomorrow Reminder

Just a reminder.  In Person Meet, tomorrow 9:00 AM at Station 74.  Come by even if just to visit.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Winlink Wednesday - March 12th, 2019

This Winlink Wednesday we will do the same thing as last week.  I would like you add a weather report for your current location for the second line.

If you do not know what Winlink Wednesday is you can find out more here: Winlink Wednesday


6 Position, 30 Amp DC Power Distribution Board Details

I received and was able to assemble one of the 6 Position, 30 Amp DC Power Distribution boards today.  I think they turned out great.  This is one of our club fund raising kits we will have available Saturday for $30 at our in person meet.  Most circuit boards have 1 oz of copper per square foot.  These have 4 oz's as well as extra wide traces to handle the amperage.  I have include some pictures below.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Maker March In Person Meet March 16th

Our in-person meet this month will be one were we will building stuff.  I find these a lot of fun and the feedback we have received also indicates you all enjoy them as well.  We have three different kits we will be offering this year.  The first is our 1200 / 9600 baud TNC.  Information regarding the TNC can be found here:

Second will be a new item.  It is a 6 position 30 AMP DC distribution board.  Information on this item can be found here:

The last item is a 2 Meter roll up J-Pole.  These are great for portable use. It looks something like this:

We will also have cables to program radios as well as some cables to help people hook their TNC's to their radios.  Please sign up below.  As a reminder any profits from these kits goes back to the club to help fund activities and maintain the city repeater.

Winlink Wednesday

This Winlink Wednesday we will do the same thing as last week, except, I will have you add a second line to your message that includes the type / model of TNC that you are using.

If you do not know what Winlink Wednesday is you can find out more here: Winlink Wednesday


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Final Repeater Update

This is the final update on the repeater.  In a nutshell, it is done!  Today Curtis and I went and finished terminating the final two coax runs and grounded the lightning arresters.  Curtis donated a UPS for the packet server and we hooked up the 9600 baud packet radio.  I adjusted the repeater so that it would transmit at 30 watts.  It was transmitting at 15.  It is capable of transmitting at 40, but coverage seems sufficient where it is at.  Let me know if you notice anything weird.  Hopefully I am able to talk to you all on the repeater at some point.  Below are a few pictures and current status of our fire station deployment

Fire StationNotes
71Under Construction
72Not Started
74Needs one Antenna Mounted
76Needs one voice radio installed

Thursday, February 28, 2019

It's All About The Power Man

Tonight's training was on making sure you have enough power for an event.

Steps to take

1. Assess station requirements
2. Design backup power system
3. Purchase & Install
4. Test Monthly

Establish Station Requirements - Decide what you want to do?
  • Monitoring
  • Net control
  • Aid Station
  • Duration and duty cycle

List all components
  • Computer equipment
  • Consider other household needs (lights?)
  • Transceivers/tuners/interfaces
  • Computer & monitor
  • Phone land-line/cell
  • Lighting

For each component collect the following information

  • Voltage requirements
  • Peak current consumption
  • Duty cycle Requirements / How long

Homework is to find this information out.  If you would like to find out how much battery you will need use our handy dandy batter calculator for here: Battery Calculator



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Repeater is Back Online

We received the repeater back from the doctor today.  It has been placed at Fire Station 76 and is online.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  We will be using it for the Net on Thursday.  As a reminder the frequency is 448.800 MHz negative offset and 100 Hz tone.



Winlink Wednesday FAQ

I am putting this together to answer a few questions that I may have glossed over regarding Winlink Wednesday.

Question: When do I check-in?
Answer: Anytime on Wednesday.  There is not a specific time.

Question: What software do I use?
Answer:  You can use any Winlink client you want.  Here is a link to them:  If you are a Windows user then RMS Express is the easiest.  We will be showing people how to use one called PAT.  It is web based so you can use anything with a browser.

Question: How do I check-in?
Answer: Just send a message over RF.  Information is below.

Subject: WVCARC Winlink Net Check-in.
Message: call sign, first name, city or town, state (HF, VHF, UHF) and mode.

An example of the message would be: K2MJM, Mat, West Valley City, UT VHF

Question: How do I hook up my TNC to my Radio and Computer
Answer: Send me an email directly or bring your equipment to the next in-person meeting and we will get you hooked up.

Question: Why are we doing this?
Answer: We want to make sure that everyone knows how to use the packet network we have setup for the city.  Nothing does this better then actually using the system.

Question:  What frequency should I use.
Answer:  145.050 Mhz simplex will be where our node is.

Question: What is the station I should connect to.
Answer: Ours is called K2WVC-10

Question: This is awesome!  Do you need help?
Answer: I would love help with this.  Shoot me an email at

Monday, February 25, 2019

New Weekly Winlink NET

I have told this story many times in the past but I think it applies to many of us out there.  When I first received my technician license some 15 years ago I purchased a HT and mobile radio.  I connected to a repeater and probably talked to a couple folks and then sat it on the shelf.  A year later I pulled it out, played around with it for a bit and put it back on the shelf.  This cycle went on for five to six years.   I realized that I would continue this trend unless I did something that would force me to use my license, so I started our local neighborhood ham group.

Well, over the past two years the West Valley City Amateur Radio Club in partnership with West Valley City has worked to deploy a city wide packet network.  This project is slated to be completed by the end of the year when construction on Fire Station 71 is finished this summer.  As a club we not only have placed hardware at various fire stations but have worked to outfit our club members with the hardware necessary to take advantage of this network.  What I am afraid of is a repeat of what happened to me when I received my ticket.

I received a timely email a few days ago from Doug Davis, AD7LO who, knowing my interest in Winlink, wanted to make me aware of an article in the latest ARES E-Letter regarding the Winlink system as an emergency communications resource.  The thing that caught my eye was that in Florida they have a weekly Winlink Net. "Participants simply use on-the-air radio to send a radio email using any Winlink RMS server station they wish with one or two lines of specified content."  I realized this is what we needed in order to blow the dust off of our equipment and become more familiar with this mode.  So, with that being said I am announcing the formation of the WVCARC Winlink Net.  This Net will be held each Wednesday ie "Winlink Wednesday".  All you need to do is send a message over RF unless otherwise instructed to  The format is as follows.

Subject: WVCARC Winlink Net Check-in.
Message: call sign, first name, city or town, state (HF, VHF or Telnet) and mode.

K2MJM, Mat, West Valley City, UT VHF

All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete list of check-ins will be sent via Winlink to all participants.

Our first Winlink Wednesday NET will be this week, February 27th.  Our WVC Winlink server packet node is live on 145.050 Mhz.  Although you are free to use any you can connect to.  For this week we will keep it simple.  Just reply with your information as the example shows above.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding this new Net let me know.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Volunteers Needed for Salt Lake City Marathon

It looks like you can now sign up to volunteer for the Salt Lake City Marathon.  This is a great event for the first timers.  The vent is usually done by 1:00 PM and depending on your station you may be done earlier.  You can sign by going to  We encourage everyone to participate in at least one event each year.  You will learn things at these events that you will learn no where else.



Saturday, February 2, 2019

VE's Needed!

We have a testing session coming up this Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  We were going to be short one VE, however my daughter will be taking the test so I will not be able to grade her test so we will need two additional VE's.  This will be an ARRL sponsored testing session so you will need to be ARRL VE.  Let me know if you are available to help out.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Technician Class

Related imageWe will be sponsoring a technician class in conjunction with the Salt Lake Hunter Neighborhood group on February 1st and 2nd.  The class will cost $10 and will be held at Station 74.  You can sign up here:

Please share with your family and friends.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

2019 Utah DCC Conference
February 2nd, 2019
SLCC Miller Campus - Sandy, Utah
Cost is $15 per person, $20 at the door.

Prefer Cash/Check? Email for instructions. You can register HERE.

Current Presenters as of Jan 24th is as follows:

9:10am - 10:10am - General Session #1 
Dxing with Digital Modes - John Mitton KK7L

10:35 am - 11:35 am - General Session #2
Field Radio Operations with Digital - John Jacobs W7DBO

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Breakout Session #1
Room 1 - Ham Band Packet (HBP) a new protocol - Andy Valencia K6AJV
Room 2 - Asterisk Allstar Digital Network - Roland Smith K7OJL

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Breakout Session #2
Room 1 - Antenna Modeling with 4nec2 - Kelby Davis AD7VO
Room 2 - Winlink and the Bear 100 - Tyler Griffiths N7UWX
Room 3 - Setting up a Pi Star HotSpot for DMR - Roger Davies N6DVZ

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Breakout Session #4
Room 1 - Yaesu System Fusion - Greg Lundell K7UHP
Room 2 - USB Software Defined Radio - John Jacobs W7DBO
Room 3 - DMR Q & A - Roger Davies N6DVZ

PBX On Mesh
DMR Get On The Air Station
MESH Nodes
3D Printing
Field Radio Digital Equipment

Monday, January 21, 2019


We have tested out our new repeater and we feel things are sufficiently setup to move the Thursday Net to our new frequency.  So with that being said Thursday's net (January 24th 8:00 PM) will be held on 448.800 Mhz, negative offset 100 hz tone.  We will have someone on the old frequency just in case not everyone gets the message that we have moved.  In the mean time I would recommend that you try hit the repeater before the net to make sure your radio is properly configured. 

We thank the Salt Lake Count ARES for allowing us to use their
repeater the past couple of years.

Mat Murdock

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Repeater Update

Just a quick update on the repeater.  The company that is installing the tower is still waiting on a part.  In the mean time I have installed the repeater at a temporary location that will allow it to be on 24/7.  I have been able to hit it as far as Draper.   Please give it a try and let me know of any issues you have with it.  Unless we find something wrong with it we are hoping to run Thursday's NET on it.  As a reminder the frequency is 448.80 Mhz, negative offset 100 hz tone.



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Saturday Morning In Person Meet Details

This Saturday will be the first in person meet of the year. We will meet at station 74 in the training room at 9:00 AM. To kick things of we are going to start with bagels and juice then we will have a quick election for President and Secretary.  After that we will have a few demonstrations.  They will be how to build a Baofeng repeater, Bluetooth and packet radio, components of a repeater.  If you have something you would like to bring for show and tell please bring it.