Notes for the participation in the 2015 JMFD, from Sawyers Valley Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station.
|IC-706MKIIG||VK6NAK||160m-70cm||All Mode||12VDC |
|SRM9200||VK6NAK||2m||FM||12VDC||Mounted in car, remote head|
|TYT TH-UVF9||VK6NAK||2m/70cm||FM||Battery||HH, 5W TX|
|RTL SDR Receiver||VK6NAK||DC-Daylight||All-mode||Laptop||Able to monitor an entire band
May require additional shielding around up-converter
Will need antenna to suit
Requires disassembly to change band
No tuner required
|Loaded Vertical||10/20m||Minimal ground plan
Needs adapting for 10m
|Random Long-wire||80-10m||Uses Codan manual tuner
Needs good earth for performance
Ideally thrown up tree
|Dipole / Inverted V||40m||Simple build
Thrown up tree, high as possible
|End-fed dipole||2m||Already mounted on car|
|Station folded dipoles||2m/70cm|
|Yagis||2m||Need mounting somehow|
|Yagis in vk6wk's shed||various||Need poles and guys|
The current draw will be up to 40A if both radios are TXing concurrently. This doesn't include powering other systems, such as laptops. It may be worth running the 706 and 718 at lower TX power and ramping up to full power if the QSO requires it.
Both Icoms use the same 6 pin power connector. Power leads (with fuses) should be constructed to allow for a quick setup on the day.
|Station batteries||12V heavy||condition is unknown; may contravene field day rules?|
|Bobcat batteries||2x6V large||condition is unknown|
|Wheelchair battery||12V 74Ah||condition is unknown, takes a charge|
|UPS battery||12V 12Ah||condition is unknown, taking a charge|
|Brigade generator||240V large||use via batteries to smooth supply if needed|
|vk6wk's generator||4kVA sinusoidal||use if necessary|
|Vehicle (Light Tanker?) for charging|
|any||RG213/U12V heavy||ex shed stock, N Type fittings, various lengths; need adaptors|
JMFD rules state that multi-operator stations much maintain a separate log for each band. This implies a separate laptop for each radio, although paper-logging could be utilised for low volume bands (2m?).
VKCL should be used for recording logs entries where possible. It can be downloaded from http://www.mnds.com.au/vkcl/.