W9YB.org honored in November CQ magazine!

CQ WW logo_2W9YB’s website at www.w9yb.org has been highlighted and honored in November 2014 edition of CQ magazine!

CQ Amateur Radio magazine in a international publication that was started in 1945 with a large readership among ham radio operators and those interested in the hobby of Amateur Radio.

In the November 2014 edition under the article heading “Why Your Radio Club May Be Dying, and What You Can Do About It”, that starts on page 143, Cory Sickles WA3UVV writes about using the web and social media to promote Amateur Radio clubs.

On page 145, he highlighted the W9YB PARC website and praised the club with the words: “Speaking of amateur radio club Web pages, the classier you make it, the better.  The Internet is a fabulous and natural portal to attract new, young people to your club’s meeting.  The Purdue University ARC website – W9YB – serves as an excellent example.”

As the webmaster, I was flattered and honored to see the article in CQ magazine.  Not to diminish the accolade, I just wanted to say that the site it done with WordPress and I used a color combination that is complementary to our hobby and Purdue University.  My 3 goals are to keep the site easy to navigate, chock full of interesting information, and above all else keep it updated!  That’s really it.  There are a plenty of bad sites on the web and plenty of awesome ones graphically.  But if they aren’t updated or have the proper information, people will not go to them or spend any time looking through your information (or lack thereof).

Again thanks to Corey Sickles WA3UVV for the kind mention in such a great magazine!

73! de Nick N9SJA – W9YB webmaster

Here is a clipping of the actual article from the November 2014 CQ magazine featuring this article. Page 145 at the top.

CQ magazine W9YB nov 2014 pg 145.

2 W9YB Events on Saturday 11/15!

VE-patch2This Saturday, November 15th at 9:00 am we will be holding a VE testing exam session at RAWLS hall at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  For more information and details, check out our LICENSING PAGE.

 

 

 

NovemberSweepstakesLogoAlso Saturday afternoon, we will be participating in the ARRL 2014 Novemeber Sweepstakes contest.

This contest is a lot of fun with all of the US states participating in the contest as well as Canada and a few other North American regions.  Come to the shack and help us work all sections for a clean sweep!

The contest starts at 4:00 pm (21:00 UTC) and we will operate from our shack, PMU Room 370 West Tower.  Come join us for as long as you would like.  Don’t know anything about contesting?  No worries, we have people that can help you.  Once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy and fun to make contests.

The contest runs from 4:00 pm on Saturday (21:00 UTC) until 9:55 pm on Sunday (02:59 UTC Monday, November 17), so stop by and work some of the contest and help W9YB post a great score!

For more information on the ARRL 2014 November Sweepstakes Contest please see http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

73! de W9YB

W9YB Antenna Maintenance

W9YB antenna party 010This past weekend we were fortunate enough to have semi-decent weather in West Lafayette so we decided to do a bit of antenna maintenance, repair and a few additions!

With help from a SOGA grant here at Purdue University, we were able to do a lot of work and replace some faulty old components.  Nearest we can tell, it has been over a decade since the antenna systems here at W9YB were maintained properly.  Some new restrictions and regulations from the university make it a bit more complicated to do the work that needs to be done.  However we were able to meet these new requirements and now have trained personnel for the maintenance of these items.

Here is a brief description of what maintenance work was performed:

 

 

  • Replaced the faulty rotator unit with a new Hy-Gain Tailtwister rotor on the 10m/15m beam stack tower.  This rotator has not worked for quite some time and now works beautifully.
  • Replaced the aging, but still operational 20m rotator with a new Hy-Gain Tailtwister rotor.  The old rotor will be rebuilt and saved as a backup.
  • Replaced rotator cables with high quality UV resistant cabling.
  • Repaired the 40m mono-band dipole antenna.
  • Added a new 80m mono-band dipole antenna.
  • Added a new Comet GP-15 6m/2m/70cm vertical antenna for repeaters and or packet radio.
  • Repair of both rotor control boxes (replaced fuses, light bulbs and wiring).
  • Connected each of the shack antennas to an antenna analyzer to examine and tune the antennas.
  • Assembly of a AZ-EL rotor and M2 2m and 70cm satellite antennas for satellite operation.
  • Replaced faulty feedline with new LMR-400 Flex style feedline.

 

Unfortunately we could not erect the satellite antenna system yet since we had issues with a mounting location.  We will be investigating a better method for that later.

Here are some pictures from the crew working on the antennas, feedlines and other cabling:

Using my trusty RigExpert AA-54 I did analyze each of the antennas and found all antennas to be sound except for the new 80m dipole that will need a bit of work.  We plan on fixing that antenna soon so that we have a capable antenna for 80m, and perhaps erecting another 40m dipole for North/South operation.

Here are some SWR data graphs for the various antennas we have.

A special thanks to all those who helped with their time, expertise, tools, and much more!

Jake – KC9RQT
Gary – NQ9G
Nick – N9SJA
Eugene – KA9NOH
Joe – KD8ZNP
Yuhi “Z” – BI4QXZ
Ann – KC9YMB
Mike – AC9ID
Kyler – KD9AWO

 

CQ WW SSB DX Contest Oct 24-26

CQ WW logo_2This weekend is the CQ World Wide SSB (Phone) DX Contest.  This is an excellent opportunity to work stations from all over the world on the HF bands.

We will have Extra class operators present, so that you can operate all allocated frequencies if you have your Technician, General, or even no FCC amateur radio license at all!  Before the contest we will have members familiar to contests, go over the exchange (what to say on the radio) and explain how the contest works.

The contest starts on Friday at 8:00 pm (this is actually Sat the 25th 00:00 UTC), and runs through Sunday at 7:59 pm (Sunday Oct, 26th 23:59 UTC).  We plan on operating in shifts and having food and drinks around.  You can stop by and operate for just a few hours, or stay all day if you wish.

W9YB Purdue University Amateur Radio Club has a long and distinguished history in Amateur Radio contesting.  Come be part of this event, and have fun operating!

You can read more here about the CQ WW SSB (phone) 2014 contest.

If you wish to operate in the contest, please contact nicholashyer@gmail.com for more information.

 

73! de W9YB

 

W9YB VE Team – License Exam this Saturday, Sept 27th.

VE-patch2This Saturday, September 27 the W9YB PUARC VE Team will be conducting an Amateur Radio license exam session.

The exam sessions will begin at 9:00 am at Rawls Hall Room 2079.  Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are fine as well until 11:00 am.  No additional exams will be started after 11:00am.

To register and for information about the exams, please visit our licensing page.

 

Please note:  You must bring a valid ID card.  This can be an Indiana state ID card, Drivers License, or your Purdue University ID card.  We cannot administer an exam without ID.

The fee for the exam is $15.00  at this time we only accept cash payments.  We cannot process credit cards, checks, bitcoins, or other forms of payment.

For directions to the testing location please visit the licensing page.

AMET-Areospace Callout

Cametlogo2ome join AMET on projects relating to Rocketry, UAVs, High Altitude Ballooning, and other aerospace releated projects.

 

Thursday, September 18th, 6:30pm – Stewart Center (STEW) Room 214C

Click HERE to download the callout flyer (PDF)!

baloon1 rocket1 UAV1

 

 

 

 

 

Skills Needed!  ALL MAJORS WELCOMED!

Aeronautical:

  • Lift Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Nozzle Design
  • Trajectory Simulation

Electrical/Electronics:

  • RF Communications
  • PCB Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • Electro-Mechanical
  • Integration

Mechanical:

  • Machining
  • Statics/Dynamics
  • Material Strengths
  • Electro-Mechanical
  • Intergration

Public Relations:

  • Web Development
  • Photography/Photographers
  • Social Media
  • Blogger

 

Questions or if unable to attend please contact:

attar@purdue.edu

dlyles@purdue.edu

dhhuston@purdue.edu

For more information on AMET please visit  http://www.purdueamet.org/aerospace

W9YB PARC bi-weekly nets are back!

baofeng-uv-5rThe W9YB PARC bi-weekly repeater nets are back!

Join in using your 2m or 70cm radio.  We will be linking both the W9YB 2m and 70cm repeaters using IRLP.
These nets will occur twice per month on an every other week schedule on a Tuesday at 8:00pm EST.  The nets will last for approximately 1 hour.

Click HERE for event details and dates.

Frequencies for the repeaters and associated information:

W9YB 2m repeater 146.760 – (pl tone=131.8 Hz)
W9YB 70cm repeater 444.500 + (pl tone=131.8 Hz)

Anyone is welcome to join the net.  This will be a directed net by net control, and checkins will be taken.

73! de W9YB

 

W9YB PARC Club call-out!

new-iconThe W9YB Purdue Amateur Radio Club and our sister club AMET (American Mechanical and Electrical Technologists) will be participating in a call-out for new club members.

The Call out will be at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd at the WTHR building in room 172.

Anyone interested in Amateur Radio can join in. All majors as well.

Refreshments will be provided (Pizza and Soda).

 

 

  • Learn about getting your ham radio license!
  • Learn about our local repeater system for talking to other student hams!
  • Participate in contests with other clubs all over the world!
  • Communicate with satellites orbiting over head!
  • Learn digital modes and packet radio such as APRS location tracking systems!

Click here for event information!  73! and see you at the call-out!

The W9YB 2m repeater has been repaired and is back online!

breaking-news-redglobeDATELINE:  West Lafayette, Indiana – Purdue University Campus
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The W9YB 2m repeater (146.760- PL tone 131.8Hz) has been repaired by our own Tim Miller N9DKI and is back on the air!

A big thanks again to Tim for all his hard work and time maintaining the W9YB repeater systems.

 

 

 

 

Here is a quick status of the W9YB repeater systems as of 8/20/2014:

  •      2m – 146.760 (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – ONLINE
  •      70cm – 444.500 (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – ONLINE
  •      1 1/4m repeater (no PL tone) – OFFLINE (Possibly a bad transmitter on this one)
  •      6m (PL tone 131.8 Hz) – OFFLINE (This repeater was offline due to a lightning strike.  The antenna was demolished, but a new one has been ordered and will be replaced soon.)

 

For more information on W9YB repeaters, please see http://www.w9yb.org/repeater

 

73! de W9YB

W9YB 2m repeater offline

repeaterThe W9YB 2m repeater is currently offline.  There seems to perhaps be a problem with one of the controller boards or perhaps a faulty cable.  Currently our Repeater and Club Trustee Tim Miller N9DKI is looking at the problem.  More information as is becomes available.

In the meantime, please feel free to use our 70cm repeater at 444.500 MHz with a PL tone of 131.8 Hz.

W9YB