Technical Mentoring & Elmering Net

Technical Topics and Advice for New Hams

Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 PM on the SBARC Hub linked repeaters.

The Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net is dedicated to teaching. We discuss technical topics related to ham radio at ALL levels of expertise, with very special emphasis on helping any new ham any way we can. Remember you are an expert in your field of endeavor, so its no shame if you are just a beginner in ham radio. In fact, a great question for the net is “ WHAT are you guys talking about?”

There is no “lecture topic”, meaning that we are completely question-based, so its great if you have a list of questions ready. We take check-ins at the beginning, and throughout the net, so you can join (and leave) anytime you want to. Usually we discuss some technical topic for awhile, then leave breaks for people to jump in with a different question. Often several very expert hams are on, with possibly some listening ready to help with something they know, or to answer up to net control asking “who wants to answer that question?” The net is very informal and friendly, and also helps any new ham with even non-technical ham radio questions, like correct operating procedure, etc.

You’ll find recordings of the net in the SBARC Audio Archives.

Net controllers, see the TM&E Net preamble and script wiki.

 



Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 8/18/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 9 check-ins plus net control Dave, AI6VX. Tonight’s topics included:

  • DMR Simplex hotspot & Santa Ynez repeater, not hearing all traffic.
  • EchoLink and Blind Ham net.
  • Xiegu G90 20 Watt HF Radio.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 8/11/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 5 check-ins plus net control Frank, K6FLD. Tonight’s topics included:

  • Will hanging string of 12V LED lights with shielded wire from a Hex Beam antenna cause interference? Why you ask? Because it would look cool and keep the neighbors guessing!
  • Larsen dual-band antenna.
  • Looking to construct 12V battery system to power a mobile shack (trailer) using an inverter, battery, etc.
  • Biometric utility safe that runs on 9V battery and fingerprint draining battery within 2 weeks at which time the safe has to be opened with a key. Possible solution: 6 AA alkaline battery case with 9V snap snaked through small hole in safe or housed within the case.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 8/4/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 9 check-ins plus net control Brian, K6BPM. Tonight’s topics included:

  • Difficult ground rod installation and new antennas at the new Carpinteria SBARC club station. Included are Upside down cobweb antenna for HF, 2 tri-band verticals for VHF and 1 Discone for scanning, etc.
  • Switching power supply versus regular power supply.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 7/28/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 11 check-ins plus net control Ken, KA6KEN. Tonight’s topics included:

  • A damaged SMA connector repair on a Yaesu VX6 (Submersible) led to the discovery of a manufacturer cold solder joint. Repair of the cold solder joint fixed the radio that had been performing poorly since it was purchased.
  • Ameritron AL-811H 10 Meter hack.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 7/21/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had a limited number of check-ins tonight due to TZ (146.79) being down.

We had another interesting net tonight with 5 check-ins plus net control Dave, AI6VX. Tonight’s topics included:

  • Eric’s (KG6WXC) truck hood solar panel & road trip.
  • Scanning, certain frequencies or whole band?
  • MARS.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 7/14/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 11 check-ins plus net control Frank, K6FLD. Tonight’s topics included:

  • Cement versus ceramic resistors? Where can they be purchased? (Digikey.com)
  • Solar Panel mounted on truck hood for charging auxiliary and or main vehicle battery.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.

Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net – 7/7/2022

The audio archive of this net can best be followed by downloading the .mp3 file for the appropriate date here and listening with the media player of your choice. You can move the progress slider forward or backward to the subject of interest to you.

We had another interesting net tonight with 11 check-ins plus net control Brian, K6BPM. Tonight’s topics included:

  • Diablo Peak repeater fixed.
  • Discone antennas.
  • SDRplay/HackRF.

Tune in to the SBARC TM&E Net every Thursday at 8:00 PM local (2000 Hrs) and see what interesting ham radio questions might arise or ask some of your own! All club members and visitors are encouraged to check in to the net each week.