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Eric Watson
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K0ECW Ham Since 2002
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My Ham Radio Interests
I like to work Public Service events. My club provides communications for several Triathlons, charity fundraising walks, and 5k and 15k runs and walks.

I'm a net control for the weekly ARES net.

In my car I have a Yaesu FT-7900R and a Byonics Microtrak-RTG for APRS.

At home I have an Icom IC-718 HF radio as well as several Yaesu FT-1802M radios for FM phone and APRS.

My tower is a Universal Towers 9-30. 30 foot with a 5 foot mast supporting a dual band vertical as well as a commercial TV receive antenna.

Other Interests

Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club
Linn County ARES.

APRS antenna

From K0ECW

12/19/2011 7:40:43 PM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

I decided that trying to put a cross arm on the tower for an APRS antenna was a little silly when I had everything already wired out to the garage where the old antenna mast was. I had to buy a new bracket but I was able to salvage two mostly straight pieces of mast and so now my APRS antenna is up about 20 feet instead of 8. This has increased the range significantly.

Of course, now that I have the TinyTrak4 digipeating nicely I may change the setup to an I-gate/digipeater. I just don't know if I want to leave a computer on all the time for this. I had a spare computer that I just installed Xubuntu 11.10 on along with Xastir. I'm working on the configuration now.

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