Does anyone have a source for small AC-AC transformers?
If not, can someone either make me or show me how to make an AC-AC
I need to transform 0.175vAC to 0.300 vAC @ 2-amps.
Date: March 17, 2001
To: Potential 2001 USA ARDF Championships Participants
From: 2001 USA ARDF Championships organizing staff
Subject: Registration Deadline and Event Update
Response to the 2001 USA ARDF Championships call for participation has been
great! The number of early registrations was approximately twice what the
organizing committee expected. We have received registrations from
individuals and teams all over the United States, as well as Australia, and
are expecting registrations from China as well!
The good news is we already have enough registered participants to
defiantly go ahead with the event. The bad news is, the organizing
committee is beginning to worry we may end up with too many participants
registering at the last minute.
Event organizers will soon need to make several commitments on long
lead-time items that are tied to the number of participants. These include
room accommodations, bus size, t-shirts, food, etc.
To insure a well-organized and trouble-free event, the organizing committee
has decided to set the following registration deadlines:
==> May 1, 2001 - 50% deposit on event fees and completed registration form.
==> June 1, 2001 - All event fees paid in full.
Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. However, if
meeting any of the deadlines above poses a hardship, please contact the 2001
USA ARDF Championships organizing committee via email at
abqardf(a)yahoogroups.com and will do what we can on a case-by-case basis - we
want to include as many interested ARDFers as possible.
Please pass this information to your ARDF / T-Hunting friends, too. We are
looking forward to hosting this event for ARDFers and T-Hunters across the
USA and the world, and hope to see you in Albuquerque!
73, Brian, N5ZGT
Nineteen foxhunters signed in at the first southern California
radio-orienteering event of 2001, held at Hillcrest Park in Fullerton on
Saint Patrick's Day. They came from as far as San Diego and Santa Barbara
counties. Ages ranged from 13 to 76.
Since many beginners were expected, including some Girl Scouts, I designed
the two-meter course to be relatively "easy," with six transmitters on six
different frequencies. In addition, for experienced foxtailers, I put out
undisclosed number of "hard" microfoxes on or near 146.565 MHz, jamming one
another. (There were 3 of them, but hunters didn't know that in advance.)
Everyone was timed, but there were no restrictions on which transmitters to
find in which order. Probably the best strategy was to look for the "easy"
foxes but keep checking 146.565 while doing so, in case the easy-fox route
took the hunter near one or more "hard" foxes. Results below are listed in
order of total foxes found, then by time.
Name(s) Time Easy Hard
Marvin Johnston KE6HTS 2:01:53 6 3
Jay Thompson W6JAY 1:08:30 6 2
Rick Barrett KE6DKF 1:15:18 6 2
Bob Dengler NO6B 1:28:25 6 2
Gary Holoubek WB6GCT 2:17:30 6 2
Tony Boegeman WA6ZMZ 0:49:00 6 1
with Joe Loughlin KE6PHB
Tom Gaccione WB2LRH 1:54:00 6 1
with Vicki Moll and Missy Hughes KG6CJJ
Brian Welch KF6TTV 2:08:18 5 0
with Michael Welch
Ira Feldman WB6ZXA 2:10:31 5 0
with David Feldman
Richard Thompson WA6NOL 0:42:15 0 2
Cathy Stanfill KS6CW 0:45:50 2 0
with Ken and Mary Stanfill, KF6YGC & KF6YNM
Two hunters (W6JAY and WB6GCT) chose to go out at separate times for the
"easy" and "hard" foxes. Their scores above are the sums of the two forays.
The two 80-meter ARDF sets got a workout, as six hunters used them to find
the bonus 80m transmitter. Even though it was at the far end of the park,
times were very good because 80m signals hug the ground and don't bounce the
way 2m signals do. Here are the times for finders of the 80m fox.
Jay Thompson W6JAY 0:08:20
Rick Barrett KD6DKF 0:11:12
Missy Hughes KG6CJJ 0:14:52
Richard Thompson WA6NOL 0:17:15
Vicki Moll 0:18:32
Brian Welch KF6TTV 0:22:40
Thanks to April WA6OPS for timing the competitors and distributing the
prizes. Photos will soon be posted at my Web site.
Four of the attendees are in training for the USA ARDF Championships in
Albuquerque, which will be 31 July through 4 August. The Championships are
open to anyone of any age, no matter how experienced (or inexperienced) you
are. If you enjoy radio-orienteering, why not go and take part this
Albuquerque is easy to reach by car, plane or train. Early registration is
good idea. More information is at my Web site.
Joe Moell K0OV
USA ARDF Coordinator
QST All CW Ops -
The message below was sent out with the ARRL weekly newsletter and I'm
passing it along. If you're trying to learn the code or have already passed
your 5-wpm test, this should be a good chance to practice copying at slow
speeds. If you are licensed to operate CW then by all means check-in to the
net. Give it a try! Remember... If you don't use it you loose it!
* Slow Speed Code Practice Net on 40 meters: The Metro Amateur Radio Club's
Slow Speed Code Practice Net meets on the second, third, and fourth Wednesday
of each month at 7 PM Central (currently 0100 UTC) on 7.138 MHz (plus or
minus QRM). Listen for "CQ MAC" and send your call sign at your speed. The
net will QRS to match the speed of the slowest op. FISTS members are free to
exchange numbers with other participants. Net control is Philip, K9PL. For
more information, send e-mail to mac(a)qsl.net or visit the MAC Web site,
73 de Denny AD6EZ<><
The SBARC general meeting is this Friday, March 16, 2001 - we'll want
to invite everyone to come out - titled "Big Eye in the SKY" about
satellites. (Check Key-Klix for more info, if you want to mention
The Beginner's T-hunt is held the second Saturday of every month and
begins at Stow House in Goleta (off Los Carneros). Also, this weekend
at Hillcrest Park in Fullerton will be an ARDF practice. And the US
ARDF Championships will be taking place in Albuquerque July 31 - Aug
4, and at least three HAMS from SB will be participating. Last year
the group went to China.
Also, some events to mention:
Field Day in June, Electronics Bazaar July 14, same day as a VE
session. HamFest in August, also with a VE session.
Operating events: March 31 = MS Walk,
April 7th = Brain Cancer Awareness Walk.
The ASAP bike ride.
Fiesta Parade in early August
SB Co. Triathlon in late August
Carp Triathlon in September
MS Bike Fest October 20th, 2001.
SBNewsPress Half Marathon in November
In case you missed tonight's command performance of 3 SBARC members
on Channel 17, I invite you to watch the rerun at 6 PM on Saturday
Spread the word.....
Paul Cronshaw DC
Hello to the list.
I received this from a friend in the LA area (Torrance). If interested in a little noontime ARP let Bart know.
Thanks - Wally - K7AMI
From: Bart Rowlett <bart(a)wb6hqk.ampr.org>
Subject: More stuff
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 10:11:36 -0800
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I forgot to mention i'm trying to start a noontime QRP event. During good
weather I usually walk to a local dive for lunch and depending on schedule,
walk a couple of extra miles on the way back. There are several locations,
none even close to ideal but usable, where I could throw up a very simple 30 or
40m wire antenna and spend up to a half hour operating. Noontime conditions
are pretty good on 40 and a couple of watts into a field expedient antenna
appears to be adequate for local work. Yesterday I simulated such an event
using the FT-817 and made a prescheduled contact with kq6xa in the silicon
valley area. Kq6xa was using a 20 watt manpack radio with a short whip and
dragging counterpoise wire. I've been working on Bob, kb6xu (in Goleta) to
build up a simple qrp rig and give it a try. Could be fun if we had a weekly
event where several got on the air using very simple field expedient equipment.
I have tried to generate interest for this sort of thing in the past but the
time wasn't right. There seems to be a resurgence of QRP interest along with
so called Adventure type activities and the time might be right. If not, I
will try again in a couple of years.
If it flies, I'll build up a little miniature self contained rig, including
internal antenna reel, which can be carried in a pocket or very small fanny
pack. Just enough batteries to operate for a half hour to hour and it's back to
the charger for another trip.
Any interest in some lunchtime schedules? While not pocket portable, your QRP+
would be ideal.
Also - Bill WB6RIJ sent along info on HF antennas for the FT-817 QRP rig, as follows:
Came across these antennas aimed at the 817.