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Mar 04 2011

RFC Show Notes Episode 050

00:00 Notice HR-607 has been introduced into Congress which will reallocate most of the 440MHz amateur radio band to Public Safety broadband network. Please read this and take action!
02:04 Song “Dropping Out of School” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
04:20 Introduction In the studio to answer a lot of feedback and start a new series.
04:56 Feedback Corey, KB9JHU, responds to Richard’s call for podcast topics by pointing us to Bryce and Brent Salmi’s website, CollegeARC.com. Thanks, Corey.
06:57 Bill, KA9WKA, sends Richard compliments on the introduction to Ubuntu video on the website. Keep an eye on the Video page for more!
07:49 Ray, KO4RB, expresses his appreciation for the return of Resonant Frequency and looks forward to future episodes.
08:52 Tim, KI6BGE, wonders where the log-in link is on the new website. Sorry, Tim, but the new website does not have a separate user contribution area, so no login is needed. Tim also said he likes the new website.
10:08 Jerry, KD0BIK, of The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast, also writes to say he’s glad Resonant Frequency is back. Thanks, Jerry, and we’re glad you’re back, too!
11:51 Tim, KI6BGE, sent his compliments on Resonant Frequency Video Edition 1, an introduction to Ubuntu Linux for hams. (See the Video link above.)
Tim also commented that he thinks the ads on the website are fine. He says, “If it helps the cause, it’s worth the pause.” Thanks, Tim. Every little bit helps.
14:14 Take a look at the introduction to DX cluster video on the website, too.
15:00 Ted made a donation to the podcast toward server fees. Thanks very much, Ted! If any episode has helped you, it should be worth a dollar, so please click the Donate link on the website.
16:44 We had a few Twitter mentions in response to episode 48. Thanks!
17:47 Bruce, VE2GZI, sends his appreciation for the podcast. Thanks, Bruce.
19:45 Joe, NE3R, left a comment on Richard’s article “So That’s Your Best Argument Against D-Star”. At the moment, his biggest issue with D-Star is a lack of a repeater in his area. He agrees that ham radio and Linux is a good fit.
24:36 Paul, KE5WMA, made a donation to the podcast. Thanks, Paul!
25:05 Tim, KI6BGE, also commented on the D-Star article. He thinks D-Star is just another tool in the ham radio toolbox, and should be used when necessary and appropriate for the task at hand. Good point, Tim.
30:24 Don, WS4E, replied to the D-Star article, saying he’d prefer to use a Yaesu radio, rather than Icom. He also wonders why, if proprietary systems are acceptable, aren’t we using digital APCO 25? Richard discusses.
35:08 Please visit our advertising sponsors by clicking through the Go Daddy and Amazon links on the website. Even better, click the Donate button and help with the operating expenses of the podcast.
39:14 Song “Out of It” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
42:54 Topic We begin a new series on installing ham radios in your vehicle. 

For most new hams, their first project is installing a radio in their car. This can be as simple as a magnet mount antenna on the roof, a hand-held radio and cigarette lighter power adapter.

First, of course, is planning. Decide what bands you wish to use while mobile. If you have a larger vehicle, you probably have the luxury of more space for an HF or HF/VHF/UHF radio.

If you have a small car, you may be limited to a UHF/VHF dual band or a single band radio. You should also consider if it is important to be able to easily remove the radio to move it to another vehicle.

Consider the available mounting locations.

Next, you should evaluate how you will provide power to the radio. If you wish to run a 100W HF rig, you may need an alternator with higher output. In any case, you’ll need a good ground for the system, too.

Generally, the best way to provide power is to run wires directly from the battery to the radio. This will minimize electrical noise from other electronics in the vehicle.

If you have room, you may wish to add a second battery, which will prevent your primary battery from being discharged to the point that it cannot restart the engine. For that, you’ll need a battery isolator.

It’s also a good idea to fuse both the hot and ground leads.

If you do add a second battery, do not place it in the passenger compartment as it can generate hydrogen gas during charging. Make sure, too, the battery is properly ventilated, contained and secured. Optima deep cycle batteries are recommended as they are designed to be discharged further than conventional automotive starting batteries.

1:01:41 Song “Total Breakdown” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
1:03:58 Conclusion Check out the website, make a donation to the podcast, use Go Daddy for your web hosting, and click the Amazon link for your purchases. Send your feedback! 

Email Richard at kb5jbv@gmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/kb5jbv
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KB5JBV on D-Star via the NT5RN repeater.
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1:06:48 Song “Certain Death” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
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