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Emergency Connections and Kit_

The ability to easily interchange equipment between stations may be crucial in an emergency. All stations active n the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) should use a common type of power connector throughout their stations, or they should keep an adapter on hand. Dick Rawson N6CMJ, writing in the June issue of Electronics Museum ARC newsletter, suggests Molex"* 2-pin (0.093-diameter pins), 12-amp connectors with a contact resistance of O.Q025 ohms. 2.5 mV/A, However, this connector is not suitable for ?ong-term outside use because it is not weatherproof

Make sure tnai polarization is the same from station to station, The POSITIVE pin is on the FLAT side of the connector and the NEG^ ATIVE is on the POINTED side. ¡Ed. Note: Standardization rs important between stations because some hams use an opposite polarity arrangement, myself included}. The source side of the connector (from the power supply) is the MALE housing with the FEMALE pins to be installed Tne radio side is the FEMALE housing, with the MALE pins to be installed,

Waldom Part No. 1545PRT, a package of three sets, contains Molex parts 03-09-2021 (plug), 03-09-1021 (receptacle), 03-09-1118 (female pins)T and 03-09-2118 (male pins). Radio Shack's one-connector set rs £274-0222.

In the May issue of the above newsletter, the editors state that rubber duck antennas and NiCd battery packs are severe handicaps during a prolongued communications emergency, NiCd batteries last only a few hours, so your emergency communications kit should include some alkaline batteries. As for antennas. you can quickly attach a J*poie 2m antenna to a school flagpole and hoist it up 30 feet, or throw it up over a tree branch with some nyfon rope and a rock /look carefully before you throw} A small generator or a deep cycle 12-volt battery can keep your 2m and HF radios operating * hen the power is out.

In addition to the right connections mentioned previously, your kit should contain: adapters, extra coax with lifting, AC power supply, large alligator clips on a power cord for using a car battery, and a high capacity (800 mAh) NiCd pack for your HT, A magnetic mount antenna and power cord with cigarette lighter adapter and a pair of earphones can come in handy, too.


Receive Awards_

On June 9, 1990, James "Jim" Heil KB5AWM received the 1990 Amateur Ambassador Award at the ARRL National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Mike Lamb N7ML. president of Advanced Electronic Applications, inc presented theaward.

AEA presents the award yearly to the radio amateur who demonstrates extraordinary efforts in promoting the amateur service to individuals new to amateur radio, Jim Hetl was chosen because he has organized and taught numerous Novice classes, elmers new hams, and has served as a VE and VE coordinator

As ARRL Public Information Officer. Jim has managed to get an amateur radio announcement on the local cable system and write articles about ham club activities and amateur radio for the local newspapers. With the Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club (ClARC), Jim helped donate books on amateur radio to the local library.

Since becoming licensed in 1986 at the age of 18 {and upgrading to Extra Class the following year), Jim helped establish CLARC. which has grown from seven to over 130 members, and he edits the club's newsletter, the CLARC Chronicles, For two years, he was vice-president of CLARC. He is a member of Skywarn, RACES, and ARES, and assists in public events that can benefit from amateur radio. Jim, a full-time student at the University of Houston at Clear Lake; is pursuing a degree in computer information systems

Former recipients of the AEA Amateur Ambassador Award include Mary Duffield WA6KFA, Barry Goldwater K7UGA, Byron Lindsey W4BIW. and Bob Wallar WB6GNR. AEA will accept entries for the 1991 award through May 1t 1991 All entries must include an outline of the nominee s activities in three categories: dedication to amateur radio, positive influence on those outside of the Amateur Radio Service, and initiation of spectal projects or programs to promote amateur radio The recipient of the award receives $1,000 and an expense-paid irip to the ARRL National Convention. Send entries to AEA, Attn: Amateur Ambassador Award, P.O. Box 2160, Lynn wood WA 98036,

Tweive-year-old Mary F. Alestra KB2JGG, featured in "Ham Profiles" In the February 1990 issue, was named the 1990 Westtink Report Young Ham of the Year. The award, a plaque detailing her accomplishments, was presented to Mary by Burt Hicks WB6MOV. Westlink publisher, and Bill Pasternak WA6ITF, contributing editor of same, at a banquet afso on June 9 at tne ARRL Convention. As part of the award. Mary received an ail-expense paid trip to the Convention and new radio equipment from Yaesu, a complete set of amateur radio training materials from Gordon West W 86 NO A and a three-year subscription to 73 Magazine compliments of Wayne Green W2NSD.

Mary, a student of Rocco Laurie Intermediate School in New York City, was chosen to receive this award because of her many accomplishments in amateur radio in The short time since first exposed to it by Carole Perry WB2MGP (see Mary's interview with Carole in the May issue). Interested in other cultures. Mary has discovered the joys of contacting people all over !he world, as well as locally. Using borrowed radio equipment, on bus snps she has kept hundreds of students, some of them out of state, in contact with the school principal and hams who coufd help in case of mechanical problems or emergencies.

One of MaryTs favorite ham activities is participating in the ,LCQ Alt Schools Net," a hookup of dozens of schools around the country. Mary has developed a high level of compe tence in handling traffic, and her skili al operating various types of radio gear often astounds the more experienced devotees of the hobby Her irrepressible enthusiasm is quickly communicated to her classmates, and she enjoys helping them get started in amateur radio.

Mary says that amateur radio has helped her greatly in her school work, especially in geography and social studies, and that she is becoming increasingly interested in the scientific and experimental aspects of ham radio.

For nominating Alestra, Carole will be given a complete set of all currently available amateur radio promotional and educational videotapes produced by Roy Neaí K6DUE, Frosty Oden N6ENV, and Bill Pasternak WA6fTFfrom Amateur Radio Newsline.

Past winners include Erin McGinnis KA0WTE (1989), Jonathan Binstock NK3D (1988), David Rosenman KA9PMK (1987), and Shawn Alan Wakefield WK5P (1986) TNX Westtink Report and AEA

Bet Ready tor More BFI

OTH-B, the Over the Horizon Backscatter radar system with transmitters in Moscow, Maine, and receivers in Columbia Falls, Maine, is only the first of four such systems to be built. A system spanning California, Idaho, and Oregon is now 90% complete. The central system will be based in North and South Dakota, and Minnesota The fourth system will be In Alaska. OTH-B has a range 10 times greater than that of conventional radar, and will be useful in detecting small drug-smuggling planes as well as serving as an early warning system,

OTH-B is also known as the "woodpecker" because the interference it causes in shortwave communications resembles the rhythmic pecking of this bird. According to GEr the builder, the transmissions will include the following frequencies: 5 MHz (what about WWV?)t 6.74-9,09 MHz (40m^)( 9.09-12.24 MHz (30mJ>j. and during the day, 12.25 to 16.50 MHz (20m). 16.50 to 22.25 MHz (18m and 15m), and 22.25 to 28 MHz (possibly affecting the 24 and 10m bands). And now Japan and Australia are also interested in set-ling up their own OTH-B radar systems!

However, Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co., Ltd in Japan has developed equipment which almost completely eliminates 'woodpecker11 interference without using noise-blanking methods. Al present, this new equipment is only used on ship telephones, but amateur radio use is under consideration. TNX Crosstalk, newsletter of the TRW ARC, The JARL News. and Amateur Radio Newsline.

To all our contributors. You can reach us by phone at (603) 525-4201 or by mail 73 Magazine, Forest Rd,. Hancock Mh 03^49: on CompuServe ppn 70310,775; MC! Mail "WGEPUB"; GEnie, "MAG73"; and the 73 BBS at (603) 525-4438 (300-2400 bps). 8 data bits, no parity, one stop bit.

PK-232MBX Multi-Mode Data Controller

Wrth over 40,000 unks sold worldwide, the PK-232MBX is the world s leading multi-mode data controller. Combining all amateur data communication modes in one comprehensive unit, the PK-232MBX offers Morse Code. Baudot, ASCII. AMTGR S1TOR 476 and 625, HF and VHF Packet- WE FAX receive and transmit, TDM, as well as commercial standard NAVTEX automated marine information services.

All software is on ROM,

20 front panel status and mode LED indicators

RS-232 compatible

Exclusive SIAM™ Signal Identification and Acquisition Mode

TDM Time Division Multiplex decodmc

PakMail™ mailbox with selective control of third-party traffic

FAX printing - supports most printers

Two radio ports

Host mode for efficient program contra! of the PK-232MBX

KISS mode for TCP/IP networking protocol compatibility

32K RAM lithium battery-backed

Many features for the digital SWL

The Morse Machine 3 Keyer

The Morse Machine has al> the features you need in a memory keyer. including 2 to 99 WPM speed selection and over 8P000 characters of soft-partitioned memory. Twenty memories store your short or as long as you like. Memory can be expanded to 36,000 characters. All memory is backed up by an internal lithium battery.

Comprehensive Morse training facilities are built-in. A Proficiency Trainer for random code group practice A Random Word Generator which generates four-letter words and A QSO Simulator which allows you to call stations, answer a CQ or listen to realistic on-the-air QSO s+

The MM-3 also features automatic serial number insertion and incrementing in any memory message. Use the front panel knob to adjust your sending speed or enter a precise speed with the keypad, toggling between the two at any time. Exchanges can be expedited by having parts of your message sent at a higher speed. You can even add remote switches for four of the memories to send your response or call CQ, The MM-3 can also be programmed for automatic beacon use- The RS-232 compatible serial I/O port provides computer control of the MM-3 and monitoring of the Morse training features.

DIY Battery Repair

DIY Battery Repair

You can now recondition your old batteries at home and bring them back to 100 percent of their working condition. This guide will enable you to revive All NiCd batteries regardless of brand and battery volt. It will give you the required information on how to re-energize and revive your NiCd batteries through the RVD process, charging method and charging guidelines.

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