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Because of increased use of faster 586 CPUs with SUSE 13.1 LINUX operating systems.. Yesterday....  all servers in the U.S. went out on strike.....   in a bid to get more RAM and faster CPUs. A spokes person said that the need for better RAM was due to some fool increasing the front-side bus speed. In the future, buses will be told to slow down in residential motherboards.  After all...  with all the internal activities.. the memories were having difficulty pulling up the right information!!!!  :-))))

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 11:44
 

N0CRD Amateur Radio Community Portal

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The N0CRD KC 6 Meter Community Portal is now online. Here, you will find a constant source of information about the activities, and of contributors, powering the N0CRD KC 6 Meter Project. Learn about  KC 6 Meter Project Events, and see if there is a KC 6 Meter / or other Project Receiver Node (or User Group) nearby. The KC 6 Meter Project promises an interesting overview of feature articles, community accomplishments, learning topics, and project updates each month.

Also, check out KC 6 Meter Project. This aggregated feed brings together KC 6 Meter Project news from all over the area in terms you can understand! Get the latest and greatest by visiting here frequently.

Jan 28, 2014..      What brought about this big project??

What was absent and needed in the KC area was for a public service, area wide  Kansas City 6 meter public safety communication system... for the Amateur Radio Community.  To be used as back up or primary use. This project is not just another simple radio repeater system, But one in which there will be a RF 50 MGHz receiver in every major surrounding communities (up to 10 each nodes planned at this time) surrounding KC, MO.

What this project amounts to is finding volunteers, locations and operators needed for establishing 10 each geographic node locations. The general idea of the system was to have one central voting / transmit site, with ten each remote site receivers.

Needed to even start and complete this project was to have donated or built...30 each transceivers with all the parts (cabinets, screws / hardware), electrical), 21 lengths of coax with connectors, 20 each UHF antennas, 11 each VHF 6 meter "J-Beam" antennas, 11 each "586" computers complete with control software installed and programmed for Node control / station ID on each node, 1 each central computer control, Internet interface for all locations, 2 each (5 station) voter machines and 11 each low ripple (professional) power supplies.

And of course finding the expert volunteer labor to program and electronically interface all the radios, install and operate all the antennas and tower necessities. Not to leave out finding the volunteer hours to monitor and administrate each node. I have in a very big way, also donating hours to build, wire and fine tune each node, set up / program each 586 computer along with interfacing the central control and voting system site.

The idea is each Node receiver will then relay back from low powered 6 meter transceivers(via linking 70 centimeter radios) to a central Transmitter site . Each of the incoming node signals will then be processed by commercial built voting machines.  With the strongest / signal to noise ratio winning the vote. Then that audio being re-transmitted to all the area... via a 100 watt or higher power, using the transmitter frequency of 52.97 MGHZ .

The project after 7 months is now 75 % complete!  Come Spring and warm weather.. the first 5 each nodes will be installed and brought into service!

The idea is to allow very low to medium powered 6 meter (50 mghz) Amateur Radios to access the area wide (5000 member strong) Amateur radio community. Hopefully to use for public service and every day communication. A challenge that has actually introduced me to newer technologies, created new friendships and kept me very active and alert.

Life is still interesting and fun!

More info on the project and monthly updates will be available …

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:03
 

We are Volunteers

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The  KC 6 Meter Project Core Team and Working Group members are volunteer developers, designers, administrators and managers who have worked together to take the KC 6 Meter Project to new heights in its relatively short life. The KC 6 Meter Project has some wonderfully talented people taking Open Source concepts and old used wide band radios to the forefront of amateur radio standards. The KC 6 Meter Project is a major leap forward using proven concepts used by city / county governments in communicating with low powered mobiles (in not so well covered areas) .. and represents the most exciting KC 6 Meter Project in the KC area.  And if it were not for the generosity of all the donors....  donations of old radios, antenna materials, power supplies, Node locations.. This project would not be happening!  Most important are the folks who have been generous with there time  and labor in their helping with guidance,  programming radios, setting up computers and many task too numerous to mention!

It is a Grand experiment still unfolding!  Keep your fingers crossed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:13
 

All about N0CRD

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N0CRD

Have been actively involved in Amateur Radio since 1966.  
Tutored early in teens by "Pappy Teets", A retired Navy Avionics 
communications Electronics instructor / amateur Radio operator.

Then after high school and during a two year Vo-Tech Electronics course 
and was reintroduced to Amateur Radio by "K0PUX (John Campbell, 
Electronics instructor and dear friend, now deceased). 

Currently a Member of Quarter Century Club, CERT certified (via Olathe, 
Ks Fire Department / Johnson County ).  RACES / SATERN member 
(Kansas City Area and Paola, Ks activity. I Get excited about chasing DX 
and Field Day events. Have been known to build and maintain local 
repeaters, set up and operate satellite tracking and communications.
ATV operation back in the 80s. Computer (college trained and career 
certified) savy in every sense. Big value to me is the ability to design, 
manufacture and operate your own(if you want) under the FCC / ARRL 
experimental agreement. 

And I have... (rolled my own... radios and test equipment that is! :-))))  ...   
But lately as the years have gone by... I am liking more the Store
bought equipment. and of course horse trading makes sense too! :-)) 

The Best though... is the community, Friends and service the hobby serves!  
See my many movies at (general)  http://gracetime.com/media  
More poular are How To alternative fuels    http://www.gracetime.com/tv
Ham Page.      http://www.lifeandstory.org/n0crd
Join me at Twitter! https://twitter.com/gracelineusa
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KC 6 meter Repeater project Update Nov. 1st, 2013.. 
We think the Split site operation should allow better sensitivity and certainly we will be able to crank up the power if need be! The past week we have been trying to reprogram the Motorola 440 Maratrack and Radius radios for a 430 range control / Link to that central location.. 
Thanks to BJ Huff in his spare time for assisting us with that effort.  We are having difficulty, as the rigs don’t seem to want to go that low.  We are now pursuing alternatives for the control / Link frequency.
The rock bound Micor 110 watt transmitter should be operational in the next few weeks. 
We welcome a new participant in the group.. WV0T ..  He and others in that group have an existing 6 meter repeater that has been pledged to incorporate into the project to serve as a node for the Midtown area.  He has offered and We are considering..  Putting his existing programmable 100-watt transmitter on the Commerce Building.  Might speed things up.. For a single link..  Might be a good test.  However the project will still be aimed at allowing several area remote low power access receive nodes.  
We are excited to have them aboard! 
So now we have a Centralized transmit site and 4 ea. Committed locations for the 6 meter split site receive nodes. 
Node # 1.  Michael Barelli W0MAF. of  N. W. Independence, MO. 
Covering Independence, N. E. KC Metro and probably a radius of several miles.  He is out by the Twin Drive In Theatre NW of Independence, MO. 
Node #2  Dan Stark N0CRD, Olathe, KS Serving Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill and Lenexa, KS area.
Node # 3  (Asked to be Anonymous) But positioned well in the middle of Raytown.  
Node # 4  WV0T, Phillip Leonard and group.. Serving the Mid Town Area. 
What started out to be a simple split site 6 meter project is starting to blossom into a real workable plan.  We have accumulated a lot of link control radios and when we get them programmed.. The RF links will be activated.  Your Yaesu 5 watt portable vx7, 8 or other dual band radio will be able to work this system..  If you are anywhere near a 6-meter receive node.  

The plan is to also have at each site a computer / controller ie; Earth Station software / or similar, with Internet access.  But in the beginning we will be analog and RF.. Once the system is up and while it is expanding we will start the conversion.  It will not be just for 6 meters.. but some new exciting possibilities. 

Needs.. 
1.    Looking for help in reprogramming a Motorola Radius / and select Maxtrac UHF link radios.
2.    Need help in reprogramming a Motorola Mitrak (low band).  
3.    Looking for more 440 style 2 ways to make available for more area links. 
4.    Looking for more 6 meter receivers capable of receiving 51.27 FM
in order to add new areas / links. 
5.    Looking for a Motorola Spectra UHF Mobile Radio D44KMA7JA5BK UHF Or a MaxTrac  300…  either, (looking for the feature of a Scan function scanning multiple channels on receive only)
6.    Looking for new unserved areas to set a 6 meter receive node.
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Update  Sept. 6, 2013        
The  Six Meter repeater project for the Kansas City metro area.
Thanks to Larry Mofitt (WØEAA), we have a Motorola (older) receive section
 that looks good and now up and running, currently crystal-ed for a
 52.525 receive, a base (110v. Motorola power supply good for a 30-watt
 transmitter with some schematics for the older Motorola’s (1960-70 series). 
This is a good temporary receiver start and will be used, but we are still 
looking for more sensitive solid-state alternatives. If you happen to have
 an extra, more modern, 6 meter FM receiver (mobile or base)  and are 
willing to donate it to the project...  the project would be much improved.  
Picture  http://www.lifeandstory.org/pictures/6meter_8_27_13.jpg     
This Article and photo is at http://www.gracetime.com/n0crd

The carrier operated relay for this receiver was built and tested week of Sept 1.
 We are ready for the MaxTrac 440 transmit link.

Thanks to KD0NRC, Noah, we have a MaxTrac mobile (suitable for
 modification) for the transmitting link from the 6 meter receive site to the
 (proposed 4 or 5 mile) separated transmit site.  We now think we have a
 good source for reprogramming the 430 frequency radios to the (to be) 
assigned control link freq when the time comes. 
We are in need of a 15 amp regulated power supply for this rig.
 Thanks to a Kansas City, Ks donor, who wishes to remain anonymous,
 We now have the 440 FM band  "Link receiver" equipment.  We are in the
 process of modifying this equipment by adding a COR / control to this UHF
 link unit.  Once we receive the requested Link frequency coordination..
 the receive radio will be programmed and put into service.
For this receive radio we need a 10 amp power supply of some kind.    
Also needed is 3 to 6 ft of RG 316 uhf coax for jumper leads..  (MINI UHF 
connectors to pl 259 or "N" . 

Thanks to the good guys in Missouri (Nixa Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
we now have an excellent Micor 100 watt 6 meter transmitter added to the mix. 
 We are in need of a 20 amp regulated power supply to power the beauty

For the controller, I am donating and programming a computer suitable 
for running EchoStation.    (<http://www.echolink.org/sc/>) EchoStation. 
This is a repeater-control program for Windows which makes it easy to set 
up a complete, fully-functional repeater or "announcement machine" using 
a personal computer. EchoStation is perfect for portable and emergency use,
 or for clubs wishing to use a PC instead of specialized hardware to 
control a repeater. The software even lets you set up an "announcement machine"
 which plays scheduled voice announcements over your club's existing repeater, 
using a radio at another location, such as a home station.  
And it also allows a internet connection, telephone connection and a host of other options.

This week and the next few, in between activities, I will be building 2 ea. 5 
element 440 beams for each site along with 2 ea J-Poles for the 6 meter
 receiver and transmit sites (all home depot stuff).  
That is unless someone has 6  or 440 meter antennas they want to contribute.  
Options for feed line to these antennas have been offered by yet another group in
 the Missouri lake region. Thank You! Will be in touch. 

We have not, to date, determined where the receive site will be, and would be 
open to suggestions. A little height (roof top) and a Kansas City metro / 
Overland Park / Shawnee / Olathe or other location would be best. 
However, if you have the space for a 40 ft tower and guys, I will donate the tower sections and antennas.
 Alternatively, If you know where we might have a small roof top area, we would not need the tower. 
We would need it to be equipped with 110 v outlet and a place to set a 6 meter J-Pole along 
with a small 440 Mghz 5 element beam.  
Please give us a shout as we are currently / seriously looking! For this piece of the puzzle; the sooner the better!
All in all, the project is still coming together nicely! Thanks to the generosity of our community!
Application for the control frequency and 6-meter frequency pair has been applied for.  
In regards to the power supplies.. I have found a great affordable source for regulated 30 amp 
power supplies on E-Bay.  New and only  $28.68 frt paid!
If there is a donor out there, here is a reasonable opportunity to help!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:01
 

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KC 6 Meter Project makes it easy to launch a a multipurpose Amateur Radio project.. like Low powered 6 meter reception or experimental projects like "MESH". Whether you want a single site or you are building a large online community, The  KC 6 Meter Project hopefully will establish a way for you to make new friends, deploy a new project in short time and add maybe allow extra functionality as you need it.