Clay Bartholow's (W0LED) Question for the Net

2022 Halloween Special Event Station

On Monday, October 31 (Halloween) the ACRC will be hosting a special event station located at Sunrise Park in Lino Lakes, MN from 9:00AM to 4:00PM Central time (14:00-01:00 UTC) (or when the contacts slow down). 

People can operate on-site during the day, or from home during the evening (under the permissions of your own license class) using the club callsign. 


Some of my fellow ACRC'ers own Baofeng HTs.  Before I bought my F8HP unit, I watched Youtube
installments mentioning how the squelch was really BAD on Baofengs.  After setting up my radio
I found that it, too, exhibited awful squelch characteristics, namely, OPEN squelch, and CLOSED
squelch.  The problem lies in the squelch curve settings.  It is my SWAG (Scientific Wild A@@
Guess) that these factory settings were due to too much electromagnetic interference at the
factory.  Just my thoughts.
 As you may know, audio control is non-linear, rather (somewhat) semi logarithmic in nature.
After re-writing the squelch settings in CHIRP's SERVICE SETTINGS page, I believe this to be
about "as good as it gets" for these critters.  The revised settings are as follows:

VHF - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 26, 33

UHF - 0. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 14, 19, 22

 This really helped my little radio.  I hope it works as well for yours, too.

Russ Emerson - AEØPX

Hams in the park

On the second Saturday of each month, local ham radio operators normally meet at the Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton   to operate, show off their gear and test ham radio related equipment.   The event starts at noon.   The next date for this event is 5/14/2021.   This is an event of interest to ACRC members, but is not an ACRC event.    Hope to see you there!

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