WWV/WWVH event

From the hflink group:

From 14-24 August, WWV and WWVH will be broadcasting a DOD message at 10 mins past the hour on WWV and 50 mins past the hour on WWVH. As part of the message, all listeners are asked to take a listener survey at the URL specified in the message.

The results of this survey are shared with WWV/H personnel to show their NIST chain of command how often their stations are monitored and how the various timing signals and messages are used by the listeners.

Please take a listen to this message and take the survey…as the saying goes, “every vote counts” and your input to this survey is being used to help demonstrate the importance of these stations.

This requires no talking on the radio for those that have mic fright. Everyone can participate. Frequencies are at: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwv

DMR Talk Groups

This is a followup from the presentation Norm (K4GFD) gave at the August 2019 TARS meeting.

A list of the DRM Talk Groups that are on available on the local Repeaters is located at: http://k4tlh.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/TALK-GROUP-LIST.pdf

This file includes the Talk Group Name, The Talk Group Number, the slot that the talk group is on and a description. This is very helpful information if you are building a code plug or modifying one or just interested on what is available on the DMR system

What is a code plug you might ask. It is the configuration for your DMR radio.

Norm also showed a website of interlinked DMR repeater activity. The link to this page is at: http://cbridge.k4usd.org:42420/MinimalNetwatch

August 2019 Monthly Meeting

TARS Regular Monthly Meeting, Thursday, 7 pm, American Red Cross building on Easterwood Drive.    

Our Guest Speaker will be Norm – K4GFD – who will talk about  DMR  and it’s Repeater System.


Friday Lunch Bunch Back to the Corral

I have received 9 emails regarding Friday Lunches.I’ll get to that in a moment, but first a little history regarding TARS Friday Lunches.
When I became a ham, just over 10 years ago, lunch was always on Fridays at the CG @  1100.Back then, our Friday number was usually around 8 people.  Two of those regular members became Silent Keys in the last couple of years 

We have tried different locations over the years, especially while the Golden Corral was closed for a complete renovation for most of last year.
Among those other places were New Times Country Buffet, Kaycee’s Country Kitchen, Pappas Diner, and the Log Cabin on Capital Circle N.E.At each location, members suggested to trying somewhere else for a while, and we did so for a few weeks.
As soon as the Corral reopened, the regulars wanted to move back to there.
Regarding the emails I received, a couple had no real preference, a couple preferred New Times, and one or two suggested different days of the week and/or several different locations.
Lastly, we meet at 11:00 am because the CG Breakfast Bar is still open, and they begin to transition to the lunch items at that time.  Two of our members want to have breakfast, others have some breakfast items and some lunch items.
A total of 5 voted for the Golden Corral.
So, the Golden Corral is the winner.
We hope to see you THIS Friday at the Golden Corral at, or about 11:00 a.m. We’re usually there until 12:30 or sometimes until 1:00 pm.

Chief KA5USN

2019 Field Day Contacts

Total Contacts by Band and Mode: K4TLH 

Band     CW      Dig       Phone      Total     %
----     --     -----      -----      -----    ---   
80       98       0          0          98      13   
40      177      52          4         233      31   
20      301      40          8         349      46   
15       72       0          0          72      10
GOTA      0       0          0           0       0            
-----   -----   -----     -----         ---    ---
Total   648      92         12          752    100

Major WSJT-X Upgrade Boosts FT4 into “a Finished Protocol for HF Contesting”

From the ARRL: The WSJT Development Group has announced the “general availability” release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0. This major upgrade formally introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting. WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any “release candidate” (beta) versions, and users should discontinue using any beta versions of the software. The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also includes improvements and bug fixes in several areas, including FT8. For more information:


DMR In The Tallahassee Area

How would you like to talk around the world with just a Tech license and an HT?   You can if you use a DMR Radio.  

How does that work? I have been told that my HT is only good to talk to a repeater.  Well that is right, but DMR repeaters are interlinked with other repeaters around the world and your voice goes everywhere.

In the Tallahassee area there are repeaters (NX4DN) located at Greensboro in west Gadsden county near I-10  at 300 feet, a repeater in Tallahassee located downtown at 200 feet, and a repeater located in Wacissa near HWY 59 and Tram Rd at 500 feet. All sites are networked together and if you key any one site all sites key up in unison.  

Information on the local DMR environment is available at dmr.kd4moj.org.   Good primers about DMR can be found at http://www.trbo.org/docs/Amateur_Radio_Guide_to_DMR.pdfhttp://www.miklor.com/DMR/ppt/DMR-BasicTutorial.pdf and many other sites out on the web.

If you are interested, come to a club meeting and ask the experts in the room.  They are sure to help.