Adding time servers to windows 10

To check the accuracy of the time on the computer goto www.time.is

If there is more than 0.5 second error then here is a fix.

Adding time servers to windows 10

Type “Control Panel” in Start search and hit Enter to open the Control Panel of your Windows 10 PC.

Type “Date and Time” in the search box and click on the result.

Click on the ‘Internet Time’ tab and hit on the ‘Change Settings’ button.

From the drop-down menu, select, say, time.nist.gov as the Server and hit the ‘Update now’ button.

If you receive any error, try using pool.ntp.org as your time server and then hit the Update Now button.

Make sure you select the checkbox saying, Synchronize with an internet time server.

Now Change time synchronization interval in Windows 10 Registry

A windows 10 computer synchronizes with a time server to update the clock at specific intervals. On stand-alone systems the update interval is 1 day. If you want your computer to synchronize the time more frequently, you can achieve that by changing the value for a registry key.

  1. Open registry editor. (Type regedit in the search box)
  2. Open the following registry path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient

  1. Right click the key SpecialPollInterval and select modify.
  2. Select Decimal as Base. The default value in the Value data box will be 86400 which is the poll interval in seconds (86400 seconds = 1 day).
  3. Enter a new value in the Value data box. For example if you want to set the poll interval to two hours, enter the value 7200 or 3600 to set the interval to one hour.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Close registry editor and restart your computer.

DMR: Choosing a pi for your pi-star hotspot

Bud Talbot W0RMT

An important question to consider when building a pi-star based hotspot is what version of raspberry pi to use. You have three basic form factors to choose from: the zero, A+, and B+. The pi-zero is the smallest of these three, followed by the A+, and then the B+. The latest versions are the pi-zero W (or WH, which just has the header soldered on), the pi-3 A+, and the pi-3 B+. Other important factors to consider besides size are power consumption (very important for portable setups), boot time, wireless connection strength, and time required to switch configurations.

pi Specs

First let’s look at some published specifications for each of these models. Below is a nice chart from http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/raspberrypi-models-comparison

From this chart, you can see that both the pi-3 A+ and pi-3 B+ have quad core processors clocked at 1.4 GHz. The difference between these two computers in terms of system resources is the RAM: the pi3 A+ has 512 MB while the pi-3 B+ has 1 GB. Note that the A+ form factor also lacks the RJ45 ethernet port, and only has 1 USB port. Neither of these is really a huge limitation for a hotspot in my opinion. That said, I do like to connect my pi-3 B+ based hotspots directly to the ethernet when available. The pi-zero is much smaller, but also has only a single core processor clocked at 1 GHz with 512 MB or RAM. So we can expect it to be slower in terms of performing operations. But for that tradeoff, you should see significantly less power consumption. Another important difference is in the WiFi: the A+ and B+ support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n/ac protocols, while the pi-zero only supports 802.11n over 2.4 GHz. This is likely to be an important factor as well.

Testing Procedure

In order to look more deeply at power consumption, I set up a test where I compared the three different raspberry pi options (zero, A+, and B+) using the same mmdvm hat (an N5BOC simplex board) and the same instance of pi-star (v 4.0 RC3) installed on a micro SD card (Patriot class 10 16 GB), and using the same power supply.

I then measured voltage (V) and current (I) over time using a small, inline USB meter (the UM25C). One nice thing about the UMC is that it interfaces with a PC over bluetooth so that you can record V and I versus t and view a graph and output data on the PC. This is a screenshot of testing for the pi-zero:

For each of the raspberry pi models tested, I ran three trials where I booted the pi and let it run for 15 minutes. I set the pi-star image up for D-STAR, and used the voice announcement as my “ready indicator for boot time.” I recorded the following parameters:

  • Boot time
  • 15 minute capacity used (in mAh)
  • 15 minute energy used (in mWh)
  • steady state voltage and current
  • pi load averages at 15 minutes (1’, 5’ and 15’ loads- see this linkif you’re not familiar with these metrics. Remember the pi-zero has a single core while the A+ and B+ have 4 cores)
  • Temperature (open case) after 15 minutes. Note that future testing should probably be in closed case which is more typical of operation. But that also introduces many more variables for each form factor (e.g. air space in case, ventilation in each case, etc).
  • Wifi signal strength (in dBm – see this linkif you’re not familiar with this measure). I measured this as signal strength received by my Ubiquiti networks access point, as read through the Unifi interface. For VoIP protocols, we really need at least -67 dBm. A lower value might work in some situations, but we’d like to see this greater than -67.

Results

parameter

pi-zero W

pi-3 A+

pi-3 B+

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Boot time

(s)

73

80

89

60

56

60

60

55

59

15’ Capacity used (mAh)

53

53

53

61

62

61

162

163

164

15’ Energy used (mWh)

273

274

274

315

317

313

824

824

826

Steady state Voltage (V)

5.12

5.12

5.12

5.12

5.12

5.12

5.06

5.07

5.07

Steady State current (A)

0.219

0.216

0.220

0.238

0.240

0.239

0.651

0.648

0.681

Max current (A)

0.35

0.50

0.90

1’ pi load (@15’)

2.46

2.01

2.26

0.22

0.43

0.06

0.12

0.12

0.12

5’ pi load (@15’)

2.43

2.18

2.21

0.20

0.27

0.14

0.15

0.13

0.12

15’ pi load (@ 15’)

1.65

1.52

1.55

0.11

0.15

0.11

0.11

0.11

0.11

Temp- open case (@ 15’) (°C)

44.5

44.4

45.5

37.6

39.7

38.6

43.5

45.2

44.2

Wifi signal strength (dBm)

-60

-61

-60

-51

-50

-50

-49

-48

-49

Conclusion

So what’s the conclusion? First, let’s look at the data to identify some notable differences.

  • Boot time: the pi-zero is about 20 s slower than the pi-3 A+ and B+
  • Power consumption: the pi-zero uses the least power, but the A+ doesn’t use much more. The B+ is a hog by comparison.
  • Maximum current on boot: again, the B+ has the largest, but it is still under 1 A. This surprised me, as I expected maximum current draw to be greater.
  • Operating temperature: the A+ has the clear edge here. It’s not working as hard as the pi-zero (reference the load averages) and it’s larger board may dissipate heat better.
  • Wifi signal strength: the zero really lags in this metric. The A+ and B+ have a 10x stronger wifi signal. This is a big deal.

Bottom line: I think the pi-3 A+ is probably the best in terms of boot time, low energy consumption, operating temperature, and wifi signal strength. And in terms of form factor, it’s not much larger than a pi-zero. I think that once we see some good case options for A+ based hotspots, we’ll notice a proliferation of ham hotspots built on the pi-3 A+. I know I’ll be migrating mine over to the pi-3 A+ from the pi-zero’s. I do think the pi-3 B+ board still has great utility in situations where power consumption is not an issue, like on the desktop in the shack where you are likely plugged into mains power and might want to connect to the network via ethernet.

Thanks for reading.

Bud

Newsletter – Nov 2019

LAST UPDATED: 2-NOV-2019 1443

PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates during the publishing period. 

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Announcements

  • Next meeting is TUESDAY 5-NOV 2019 PBC West Boca Library
  • PayPal available for 2020 dues, donation, and purchased items
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • Hosted Events: Scout JOTA was weekend of 19+20-OCT
  • Holiday Party on 12-DEC-2019 Boca Chase Clubhouse
  • Monday analog nets move to 146.82- PL110.9
  • Bruce KO4XL Road Tests the Raspberry Pi 4 CLICK HERE TO READ

Calendar


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Shack Hosting Events

The following events are planned. Any organization who desires to use BRARA facilities shall contact a board member and provide specific details. CLICK HERE FMI

NO UPCOMING SHACK HOSTED EVENTS SCHEDULED 

HOSTED EVENTS:  JOTA by Ralph W1DAR and Bruce KO4XA


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 12-DEC-2019 Holiday Potluck Party 
Approximately 6pm to 8pm with setup about 5pm, we are hosting the F2019 Holiday Party at Robert Eng’s W1ENG club house. On behalf of our members, we offer our thanks and appreciation to Robert for offering this facility.

This event is potluck and folks will need to tell us what foods they are bringing.

Please watch for details over the coming days.


This Month’s Speaker

Erik Olmer W4EJO on shelter communications (rescheduled from October)


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 Amp temporary replacement is inline
  • Station-1 ICOM IC-7600 off line for repair at Station-2
  • Station-1 has gently used and donated IC-7600
  • Station-2 being used to repair IC-7600
  • Station-3 FT-1000 is working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 is working normally
  • Station-5 FT-1000MP is new and uses offset dipole on VHF tower
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally with exception of IC-706

Two new floor chair protectors have been placed at HF stations 1 and 2. Outside debris has been removed to PBC recycle facility thanks to Walt W4WCD. Ralph W1DAR was our Radiator  Grille coordinator and recently cleaned and repaired our Weber Q3000 grill.  The fence gate door has been raised for smoother operation and to meet PBC needs. The shack has been decluttered and reorganized to open up more space. Art WA8VSJ and Bruce KO4XL are addressing the various HF issues such as tuners, amps, switches and radios.


 

Annual Toy Drive:
Request for unwrapped toy donations

In cooperation with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club a donation box will be located at The Shack.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy to the Radiator Grille on the 26-OCT-2019.

Our appreciation to Mike Ross N4ANO who is one of our members as well as Blue Knights. Mike suggested we provide a donation opportunity and for sure, its with welcome hearts and thoughts our members offer up such gifts.


SHACK ITEMS WE NEED
We are in need to replacing the HF tuner for station-1. If a willing member is able to help finance or donate such an item, our club members and The Shack would be so very grateful and it would help protect our HF assets.

Please see Bruce KO4XL, Art WA8VSJ or Ed N2II for details.


Special Projects

The following are project status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation POSTPONED until Fall of 2019
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation TBA
  • DMR repeater internet access IN-PROGRESS

CLICK HERE for DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status


How to use PayPal for BRARA member business

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  • 2020 DUES accepted starting October 1 2019
  • First time members join for the remainder of 2019 and 2020
  • Dues amounts have not changed from last year.

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ARRL CANDIDATE ELECTION DETAILS

  • CLICK HERE  for Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Statement

Report (by Ed N4II)

We received QSL cards from last fall 2018. Ed said we got new contacts for confirmed 287. Rolled over 251 CW contacts. Worked tough to reach stations on FT8. WAS added 1 state. Got 19 more QSL from 2019 FD.

Ed N4II


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Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020

We will begin taking reservations to travel to Orlando in a large van.


New Website Capability

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Member Online Auction is LIVE

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Public Classified Section is LIVE

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Please note: items are Negotiable 


Training Video 

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Training Classes
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Free Laurel VEC Testing
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About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Nob Fox W1VEI
  • Myron Goldstein WA2PWJ CLICK FOR OBIT 

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

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  • KN4GML Nikko Pabion
  • N1JIW Joseph Wiesenfeld
  • WA2ROA Henry Seidner

Statistics

  • 30 Member renewals for 2020
  • 163 paid members
  • 3 new members
  • 7 pending online applications
  • 6 silent keys
  • 130 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 22 family members
  • 1 lifetime

Our Scheduled Nets

COORDINATED NETS BEING REFORMED
We are adjusting the content and format of the Monday night Voice Com net. This means shortening the NCS script and refocus on the net content. For example, we used to have checked in stations provide project updates and address questions. Please join us the next few Mondays as we poll those station offering ideas and feedback.

BRARA Net Update – 145.29 moving to 146.82
The BRARA 145.29 repeater located at the Social Security building in Boca Raton FL near RT95 and Yamato has been experiencing audio issues for a few months.  Given this, the two nets that occurs Monday on that machine will transition on a temporary basis to the GCARA 146.82(-) PL110.9 repeater located near the Boca Regional hospital in Boca Raton FL.

Please note the new BRARA DMR repeater is behaving just fine and can be used by those with DMR radios locally on TG-311027.

NET DETAILS FOLLOW

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net
GCARA 443.3500+ CC-11 TS-1 TG-3112529 (NO CHANGE)

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net
GCARA analog 146.82- PL110.9 (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED)

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net
BRARA LOCAL 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net
GCARA analog 146.82- PL110.9 (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED)

Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

From this past Sunday net a few very informed DMR technical experts suggested anyone using a mobile DMR hotspot such as a Pi-Star to use the Texas server 3102. The reason is this server is much more stable and not experimental like some others.

Please read Bernie’s BLOG post on further details that applies to us all.

WHAT IS TGIF TALKGROUP

On Fridays at 8.30ET on TG-31665 is the TGIF Net. In order to participate, you have to change you pi-start DMR Master from 3102 to TGIF_Network om the drop down list and update your pi-star settings. Once the pi-star has recycled and is operating normally, connect to you hotspot on TG-31665 and enjoy the net. When you are done, change the DMR Master back to 3102. Have fun.

TGIF CONNECTION UPDATE

I reached out to one of my friends at BM to find out about TGIF. TGIF is not part of BM and is not on their network. They are apparently using a software made by Ty Weaver to host their system and a product called HB Link. The HBLINK is what allows your hotspot to connect to it and basically emulates a Brandmeister server type connection. This being the case the only way to reach their TG is connecting to their server or linking through someone else who has a connection.

Regards,
Bernie NY4Z

GCARA DMR REPEATER AND HOTSPOT PACKET DROPOUT
GCARA have adjusted their DMR repeater to use DMR server 3102. This should help reduce te DMR packet dropout. Our many thanks to GCARA and the group of folks who implemented this change.


Local DMR Repeaters
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Scheduled DMR Nets
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  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves NotANet (LOCAL ONLY)
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: With the new DMR Brandmeister Repeater installed and awaiting internet access, that repeater DMR ID is TG-311037. At a future date, we will be transitioning from TG-3112529 to TG-311037. A whole lot of communication and monitoring will occur well before this happens.

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: Sundays  at 8pm on TG-3112529 which is the DMR ID for N4BRF our club callsign. You may also access the Gold Coast ARC DMR 70cm Repeater on 443.3500 CC-11 to join the fun. A new code plug has been provide to enable members to access the GCARC TG-3112529. See our HOME page for the codeplugs. 

BRARA DMR BrainWaves NotANet: On Mondays at 7.30pm on TG-311037 to local user only until IP is available and after which it shall continue but open to all DMR amateurs. The purpose is to use the repeater plus test radios, codeplugs, audio and have fun. There is no NCS so just find an opening and announce yourself.


BRARA Open House

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 09:30 and 13:00 for our Open House, and for any work that needs to be done at the Shack. Anyone interested in exploring Amateur Radio is encouraged to stop in for a visit.


Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos


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Delray Beach, FL 33446


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Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

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To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

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Reproduction of material from any BRARA web page without written permission is prohibited.

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

BRARA Nets

BRARA / N4BRF
www.BRARA.org
DMR TG-3112529
LOCAL TG-311037
EchoLink 826953

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net

  • GCARA 443.3500+ CC-11 TS-1 TG-3112529
  • Brandmeister TG-3112529
  • Supports all DMR Technical issues
  • CLICK HERE for SEFL DMR Tech Net Script
  • CLICK HERE for Codeplug List
  • CLICK HERE for DMR Support

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 
  • Supports New Hams and local announcements and info
  • CLICK HERE for the VoiceComm Net Script

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net

  • BRARA LOCAL 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037
  • Test codeplugs, radios, audio, have fun
  • This is for local users until IP is available

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL 110.9
  • Practice digital communication
  • CLICK HERE for the So County NBEMS Net Script

Other Tools and Nets

Regards and 73
de N4BRF from the Shack

Newsletter – Oct 2019

LAST UPDATED: 12-OCT-2019 0557

PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates during the publishing period. 

Proposed August Minutes
TBA

There are no September minutes due to hurricane Dorian.

Subscribe
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Announcements

  • Next meeting is TUESDAY 5-NOV 2019 PBC West Boca Library
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • 26-Oct 10am-1pm at The Shack BRARA Fall Radiator Grill

Calendar


CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS


Shack Hosting Events

The following events are planned. Any organization who desires to use BRARA facilities shall contact a board member and provide specific details. CLICK HERE FMI


This Month’s Speaker

Erik Olmer W4EJO on shelter communications


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 Amp is repaired and online
  • Station-1 ICOM IC-7600 off line for repair at Station-2
  • Station-1 has gently used and donated IC-7600
  • Station-3 FT-1000 is working normally

Radiator Grille

  • 26-October-2019 10am to 1pm at The Shack
  • Free food and Drinks
  • Inventory displayed for viewing

Special Projects

The following are project status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation POSTPONED until Fall of 2019
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation TBA
  • DMR repeater internet access IN-PROGRESS

CLICK HERE for DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status


  • 2020 DUES accepted starting October 1 2019
  • First time members join for the remainder of 2019 and 2020
  • Dues amounts have not changed from last year.

CLICK FOR DUES FMI


ARRL CANDIDATE ELECTION DETAILS

  • CLICK HERE  for Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Statement

Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


Dx Operating News and Information
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The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information


Contests and Special Events
CLICK TO READ MORE

Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?


Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020


New Website Capability

  • New Emergency Communication page added (CLICK HERE)
  • Several new administrative capabilities implemented over the summer

Member Online Auction is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates


Public Classified Section is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates

Please note: items are Negotiable 


Training Video 

  • No new Training videos

Training Classes
CLICK FMI


Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE


About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Nob Fox W1VEI

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

CLICK HERE to email details.


New Hams Corner
NO NEW ITEMS


New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF


  • W4MGK Alan Preuss

Statistics

  • 152 paid members
  • 1 new members
  • 3 pending online applications
  • 5 silent keys
  • 120 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 22 family members
  • 1 lifetime

From this past Sunday net a few very informed DMR technical experts suggested anyone using a mobile DMR hotspot such as a Pi-Star to use the Texas server 3102. The reason is this server is much more stable and not experimental like some others.

Please read Bernie’s BLOG post on further details that applies to us all.


Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves NotANet (LOCAL ONLY)
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: With the new DMR Brandmeister Repeater installed and awaiting internet access, that repeater DMR ID is TG-311037. At a future date, we will be transitioning from TG-3112529 to TG-311037. A whole lot of communication and monitoring will occur well before this happens.

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: Sundays  at 8pm on TG-3112529 which is the DMR ID for N4BRF our club callsign. You may also access the Gold Coast ARC DMR 70cm Repeater on 443.3500 CC-11 to join the fun. A new code plug has been provide to enable members to access the GCARC TG-3112529. See our HOME page for the codeplugs. 

BRARA DMR BrainWaves NotANet: On Mondays at 7.30pm on TG-311037 to local user only until IP is available and after which it shall continue but open to all DMR amateurs. The purpose is to use the repeater plus test radios, codeplugs, audio and have fun. There is no NCS so just find an opening and announce yourself.


Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • 145.290– PL110.9 EC-826953
  • 442.875+ CC-1 TG-311037
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED


BRARA Open House

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 09:30 and 13:00 for our Open House, and for any work that needs to be done at the Shack. Anyone interested in exploring Amateur Radio is encouraged to stop in for a visit.


Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos


Club Ham Shack

Club shack location

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Mailing address

Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association
P.O. Box 480162
Delray Beach, FL 33448-0162


Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Saturday preceding the next General Meeting.


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Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.


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Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

ARRL: Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Candidate Position Statement

I am running for SE Division Vice-Director because I want to assure that the ARRL members in our division have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in this office. Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and dedication to amateur radio as a service is what I believe should be three characteristics of whoever occupies this office.

The ARRL, as the premier representative of the amateur service in the US, must operate with transparency to its members. Stewardship of the amateur service and representing the interests of ARRL members should be the primary function of the league and its Board of Directors. One area in which the league should take a steadfast stand is in protecting the right of amateur radio operators to install an amateur radio station, including antennas of choice, at the licensed location in their license grants. Because we operate in the public interest and in protection of life and property in times of infrastructure failure organizations with no knowledge of the amateur service and whose only concern is an idealized, narrow-minded fantasy of aesthetics must be subservient to the public service interests of the amateur service and the FCC.

One area on which the league should focus should be attracting younger people into the Amateur Service. Finding ways to cooperate with the public school system to establish radio clubs and use amateur radio in the classroom as a teaching tool should be one goal. School children will willingly learn if they have fun doing it. Reaching into the college and university system is another area where youth can be enticed to become amateur radio licensees. Many colleges and Universities require completion of a project by their senior class, and amateur radio can provide a unique and rewarding outlet for this activity.

One of my goals is to see the ARRL VEC expedite the processing of Amateur Service License grant requests. By using electronic filing methods with the ARRL Headquarters these grants can be delivered to the FCC in a matter of days or even hours as opposed to the week or more currently needed because of the use of the postal service and paper forms. Although some privacy issues exist with electronic filing, the technology currently exists to provide sufficient protection of applicant personal information.

Finally, in the Southeast US we annually go through hurricane season, but our amateur participation in ARES and RACES is far from what it should be. The ARRL needs to spearhead an attitude of service to the public on the part of amateur radio licensees so that the public will always have a line of communications out of any disaster area.

I have been licensed for 49 years and currently serve Broward County as the ARES Emergency Coordinator and the Assistant RACES Officer. I also serve as a VE for both ARRL and Laurel VEC’s and I am the VE team lead for the Gold Coast club. Many times I have presented in front of radio clubs on a variety of topics from practical skills to theoretical topics and personal and psychological subjects. I serve on the board of directors of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association, and the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association. I also serve as an alumni advisor to the FAU Amateur Radio Club.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Broward College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing  from FAU and when I was medically forced to retire I was completing my Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics at University of Phoenix.

Regardless of who you vote for in this election, please be grateful that you have a choice and can restore this office to its necessary level of professionalism and integrity.

73,

Jeff Stahl, K4BH
ARRL SE Division Vice-Director Candidate

DMR: Update to the AnyTone radios

Here are the instructions for applying the vocoder update to the AnyTone radios.

There is a new Firmware update posted for the AnyTone 878 named vn 1.14. within this update there is an update for the Baseband IC 3258 chip. This update also applies to the AnyTone 868 but has not been published on the 868 update site. The update applies changes to the vocoder and hopefully fixes some issues with coding and decoding of the digital signals. In order to get the update go to the following link CLICK HERE

If you have an 868 only do the baseband update from this file.The rest of the updates do not apply to the 868. You have to unzip the file and save it somewhere on your computer. Go to the baseband update folder and read and follow the instructions carefully to apply the update to the chip.

73
Al AF4FA 

DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status

Summary: The new BRARA DMR Repeater and UHF Antenna were installed on Wednesday, July 31, and is operational for local communications on 442.875 MHz +5 MHz Offset (previous UHF repeater frequencies) with Color Code 1 (CC-1), Time Slot 2 (TS-2), Talk Group 311037 (TG-311037). Connection to Brandmeister is still pending (non-operational).

Details: On Tuesday, June 30, the Motorola SLR5700 DMR Repeater was programmed by Jerry Zaza. The repeater is Brandmeister repeat number 311037 and the local talk group was programed to be 311037. He tested local communication between two handhelds on TS-2 TG-311037, tested the connection to Brandmeister with the Ethernet connection, made sure the repeater would work locally even without an Ethernet connection, and made sure the repeater was broadcasting an analog CW ID every 10 minutes. After testing, which required a low power setting, he set the power setting back to maximum. Robert Eng picked up the DMR repeater and the Ethernet Microwave Antenna from Jerry for installation the next day.

On Wednesday, July 31, at 9:00 AM, Art Lewis, Gerry Gawaldo, and Robert Eng met at the BRARA shack and picked up the new UHF 4-element folded dipole antenna and transported it to the repeater site.

On Wednesday, July 31, at 10:00 AM, the team of Art Lewis, Lewis Lehman, Gerry Gawaldo, Grant Baron, Pablo Solsona, and Robert Eng met at the repeater site at the One Park Place building at the northwest corner of Yamato Road and I-95. The following was performed:

1. The new UHF antenna, tools, and the Microwave antenna were lifted by rope to the roof (top level) of the building. They had to be roped up because it was impossible to bring them up the vertical ladder which leads up to the roof.

2. The old UHF repeater antenna was removed. The mounting nuts were relatively easy to remove (ie they were not frozen).

3. The new UHF antenna was installed in same place as the old antenna using the existing hardware. SWR of new antenna was checked with a Rig Expert AA-600 Antenna Analyzer. SWR was around 1.2. The new antenna was connected to the existing coax cable. The new antenna has a male N connector and the existing cable had a female N connector. Connection was sealed with black tape.

4. The existing Ethernet cable was identified and tested with an Ethernet Cable tester. All 4 pairs and the shield of the cable tested OK.

5. Internet Microwave Antenna was mounted on the bottom of the UHF antenna mask slightly above the edge of the wall around the roof. Ethernet cable was attached. Antenna was leveled and pointed towards FAU.

6. Old UHF antenna and tools were lowered from roof using rope.

7. DMR Repeater was installed in repeater rack. Repeater transmit and receiver ports were hooked to duplexer. The transmit port were both N connectors but the receiver port required a female N to male BNC adapter (repeater receiver port is a female BNC).

8. Ethernet cable from Microwave Antenna was hooked to POE power supply, then cabled to an Ethernet Switch. The LAN1 port of the repeater was also connected to the Ethernet Switch.

9. Repeater was powered on. Gerry Gawaldo had a DMR handheld programmed for CC-1, TS-2, Talk Groups (TG) 1, 2, 9, and 311037. Found that Talk Groups 1, 2, 311037 made the repeater respond (transmit LEDs on front panel of repeater lit) but TG-9 had no response. Do not test actual voice communication because we only had one DMR radio.

Sometime on Wednesday afternoon, it appeared the repeater stopped working. Robert Eng could not get his CS800D at home to handshake with the repeater (getting Call Failed message) and Gerry Gawaldo could not longer contact the repeater with the same radio he used when we tested the repeater after installation.

On Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 AM, Art Lewis, Lewis Lehman, and Robert Eng went back to the repeater site to check the DMR repeater. The red alarm LED was lit, and it obviously had shutdown. Added a right angle adapter to the top of the repeater rack to relieve strain on coax going to antenna. Measured transmit power of DMR repeater – was about 50 watts when keyed up. Measured SWR of antenna plus coax (where coax connects to duplexer) and SWR was 1.3. Tested communication between two DMR handhelds on TG 311037 both near the repeater and outside in parking lot and voice communication works OK.

The Internet connection portion at the repeater site should be complete (other than the antenna aiming may need to be refined). The FAU portion of the Internet connection still needs to be completed in order for the connection to Brandmeister to work.

If I forgot or misstated something, please feel free to correct me. As one gets older, the memory starts to fail.

A million thanks to everyone that helped with this effort to get the DMR repeater up and running. Greatly appreciate your time, effort, and expertise.

73

Robert Eng W1ENG

 

DMR: Pi-Star – How to upgrade vn4.1 rc from earlier versions

How to upgrade to the latest vn4.1 rc from earlier versions of Pi-Star. The new version is designed to work on all versions of the RPI boards from a Pi zero up to the latest Pi 4 boards. It became necessary due to the release version of Linux changing and the new features of the new Pi 4 boards.

First you must backup your current pistar configuration. In order to then upgrade you will have to download from the pistar website the latest version ( beta version as of now ) of the software. You will then have to reformat an SD card and then burn the image to the SD card. After that is done copy the backed up configuration zip file to the root directory of the SD card. At this point you can place the SD card into your hotspot and boot it up. It will take several minutes for the hotspot to complete the upgrade and then you will be able to log into it. If you had changed the password from raspberry to something else it will be returned to raspberry as that is one of a few fields that is not saved in a backup. At this point do an SSH login in and do a sudo pistar-upgrade to load that latest upgrades. After that is done do a sudo pistar-update to get the latest updates to the Linux and any pistar binaries that have been updated since the image file was created. Now you can look at the fields on the admin page and the configuration page and make sure any fields you changed but were not backed up are made correct.

Al AF4FA

QSL Report: Aug 2019

New DXCC this month
Trinidad & Tobago (9Y) 6m, Digital; Portugal (CT) 6m; Canary Islands (EA8) 6m; Ireland (EI) 6m; Isle of Man (GD) 6m, Digital; Scotland (GM) 6m; Wales (GW) 6m; Dominican Republic (HI) 6m, Digital; Colombia (HK) 6m, Digital; Sardinia (IS0) 6m, Digital; Puerto Rico (KP4) 6m; Belgium (ON) 6m; Greenland (OX) Digital; Brazil (PY) 6m; Costa Rica (TI) 6m; Ukraine (UR) 6m; Mexico (XE) 6m; New Zealand (ZL) 20m, Digital.

New WAS this month
CO, 80m Digital; IN, 40m Digital; KY, 80m Digital; MD, 40m Digital, 80m Digital; MT, 40m Digital; NC, 15m Digital, 80m Digital; ND, 80m Digital; NH, 40m Digital; NJ, 80m Digital; OH, 80m Digital; NV, 6m Digital; OR, 40m Phone; SC, 80m Digital; TX, 80m Digital; VA, 80m Digital; WV, 40m Digital. Need NM, SD, and WY on 10m for 5BWAS.

New VUCC this month
DL99; DM26; EJ79; EK09; EL08; FJ34; FJ92; FK49; FK58; FK68; FK90; IL18; IM68; IN50; IO53; IO72; IO74; IO75; IO84; JM49; JM76; JN55; JN61; JO21; KN77

New WAZ this month
Z6, Digital; Z11, 6m; Z16, 6m; Z32, 20m (Digital); Z33, 6m, 20m (Digital); Z40, 17m (Digital)

180 (+1) QSLs have been received from our 2012 Field Day activity.
192 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2013 Field Day activity.
267 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2014 Field Day activity.
299 (+2) QSLs have been received from our 2015 Field Day activity.
171 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2016 Field Day activity.
281 (+1) QSLs have been received from our 2017 Field Day activity.
469 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2018 Field Day activity.
214 (+214) QSLs have been received from our 2019 Field Day activity.

Ed N4II