The SSRA participated in Salmon Run 2019. This is a Washington State QSO Party where the objective is to collect contacts with all 39 Counties in the state. The event was visited by nearly 25 people and 15 individuals made contacts on the air, helping the SSRA make a big splash in Salmon Run 2019!
The 1st SSRA Club participation in the Salmon Run, a Washington State QSO party! Stations work towards contacting all 39 Washington State counties and compete for points. The event is presented by the Western Washington DX Club.
A trip to repeater to install grounding and 2 additional cavities on the receive side of the repeater. A special thanks to Tracy Bales W7BSD for his donation of the cavities and labor to install the additional components.
The LINK Frequency on 70cm was also modified this day between the Oregon and Washington repeater locations
The repeater rack was also bolted onto the top of the duplexer cabinet. Clean-up of the building was done and more rodent control bait and poison was deployed.
Trip to install a door sweep seal on the lower outside of the repeater shack. Trying to minimize moisture creeping in at the lower left corner. Also installed a large vinyl graphic on the door of repeater to identify the SSRA and our website so we can be contacted in the event of issues at the site. Picture of a neighboring tower and their damaged antenna.
To install Double Shielded RG-142 Coax Jumpers from the RX and TX radios to the back of the repeater cabinet. A huge help from Tyson KI7FXJ, Jason W7JSN, Tom KD7CDC and McKenzie KI7LZO for their help with the project. Lots of weed-eating and site cleanup as well.
The SSRA received a donation of brand new Duplexers and Circulator, all installed in a cabinet from Tracy Bales W7BSD. Tracy tuned the cavities and circulator, then a trip to the hill to install. The Tri-Cities repeater was also swapped with the 146.800 repeater at this time. This was to accommodate the larger cabinet for the duplexer. The Spout machine and it's tall rack was taken to Tri-Cities, becoming the 146.620 machine. The smaller open rack mount sits nicely atop the new duplexer cabinet at Spout. Thank you Tracy (again!)
Also a few pictures of a Verizon CELL tower crash. This crash happened VERY close to our repeater and guy wires. This cellular installation is the closest neighbor the SSRA has at the site. This is less then 25' from our towers guy wires!
Thanksgiving Day Midnight to 5:30AM. EMERGENCY trip to repeater to rewire battery charging circuit. Controller and link radio were on batteries for about 4 months without trickle charging. Re-wired, used 2 battery chargers to bring our battery backup cells up to full. This was the last trip for the year, and was nearly impossible to do. Whiteout blizzard conditions, and mountain roads that were buried. Not fun!
Was supposed to be the final check on the repeater before it was secured for the winter. Photos of the first snowfall at the site. Did not know we would be back in a week for the battery charging issue.
Tuning Duplexers on site for the 146.800. A huge help from Tracy W7BSD in fine tuning the cavities for simultaneous RX/TX on the same antenna. Screenshots of the seperation between TX and RX. Jessie KA7ISH also on site as was Marc KC7NXX. Very educational trip.
Trip to tower with Andy W7ALZ to do site maintenience and to re-install an antenna that had "blown" over. Andy realigned the antenna and torqued the mounting hardware for the link radio and APRS station.