Summary:

Technical team members went to the VE7EGO site to troubleshoot the internet connection. A couple of items were adjusted in our shack, but the fact remains that the internet connection has still not been re-established via our internet service provider.

Attendees:

VE7VZ Doug
VE7TRZ Terry

Access:

The usual route was taken to access the VE7EGO Commonage site. All in attendance drove to just below the rocky section of the road in Doug's RAV4. As the RAV4 didn't have enough ground clearance to go any further, all proceeded to the site on foot (an approximate 80m rise over a distance of 400m)

Just before heading up to the VE7EGO site, Terry telephoned Kevin at 250-744-0732 who is in charge of exploding/disposing of WW2 munitions still in the hillsides. Upon departure from the site, Terry texted Kevin to notify him of our departure. Kevin likes to know both the ins and outs of our visits to the VE7EGO site.

Events Leading Up To This Visit:

On July 23rd, we had installed new cat5e cable (donated by Lorne VE7LWK) in attempts to re-establish our internet connection. Omega would install a patch cable from the inside of their shack to our new cable demarcation box located on the outside of their shack.

On July 24th after receiving a couple of surprise emails from the PiEGO controller (indicating that internet connectivity had been restored), Brad VE7WBM was not able to make an inbound connection to the IRLP server and Terry was also unable to connect to the PiEGO server.

Actions Taken:

Doug and Terry inspected the ethernet networking situation at the site.

Three issues were found:

1) INTERNET: there was still no WAN data (confusing considering emails were received from the PiEGO which requires an internet connection). Terry has left a voice message and emailed iSpeed in attempts to resolve this issue.

2) IRLP: the IRLP server's hard drive power plug had fallen off. An easy fix to re-install it.

3) PiEGO: the internet router configuration needed some additional changes for PiEGO.

Next Steps:

Terry will continue to work remotely with our ISP iSpeed and their shack host Omega to resolve the final issue of internet access.

FYI,
Terry VE7TRZ
NORAC Technical Lead

 

Summary:

Technical team members went to the old VE7RIP repeater site to remove a UHF yagi antenna and plan for the Sinclair 210C4 removal later in the week. Then, over to the VE7EGO site to troubleshoot the internet connection, pull out the existing buried ethernet cable and replace it with new.

Attendees:

Terry VE7TRZ
Brad VE7WBM
Mike VE7KPZ

Access:

The usual route was taken to access the old VE7RIP site. The gate was open as the BC Hydro guys were already on site. The DOD guys had been informed of our attendance and were very friendly. All in attendance drove to the site in Jane VE7WWJ's trusty Jeep.

The usual route was taken to access the VE7EGO Commonage site. All in attendance drove to the site in Jane VE7WWJ's trusty Jeep.

Just before heading up to the VE7EGO site, Mike telephoned Kevin at 250-744-0732 who is in charge of exploding/disposing of WW2 munitions still in the hillsides. Upon departure from the site, Mike texted Kevin to notify him of our departure. Kevin likes to know both the ins and outs of our visits to the VE7EGO site.

Tasks Undertaken:

On the way to our first site visit for the day, Mike stopped at Fern and Karl VE7ZDL's QTH to pick up a roll-end of CAT-5 direct burial ethernet cable that Lorne VE7LWK had donated to the club. Let us say how much we appreciate donations of much needed (new) communications materials. The cable will be put to very good use up at the VE7EGO site.

Next, at the old VE7RIP site, Terry pulled the UHF yagi off the old antenna tower. Mike discussed with Mike from BC Hydro the plan for the Sinclair 210C4 removal in the following days.

Then, over to the VE7EGO site where Terry worked on the telephone with ispeed Communications (who graciously provide the club with free internet connectivity) and Omega Communications (who host ispeed's networking equipment at the site) to determine where the cabling issue was. Shortly thereafter, Brad and Mike dug up the old cable and replaced it with the new CAT-5 cable. Terry sorted out the new CAT-5 cable terminations at the NORAC shack end while Mike and Brad sorted out the CAT-5 cable terminations at the Omega Communications shack end.

As we did not have access to the inside of the Omega Communications shack, we will have to wait for their next real-customer-related work visit to the site, where they will quickly install a new patch cable between our CAT-5 cable run (terminating in a female RJ-45) and the ispeed Communications network switch. We installed a junction box on the outside of their shack so that in the future we can easily troubleshoot our own cable separate from the cable inside their shack.

Next Steps:

Mike will return to the old VE7RIP site later in the week to pick up the Sinclair 210C4 antenna and take it to the club's storage trailer (to await re-deployment).

Terry, Mike and others will return to the VE7EGO site once Omega Communications has completed the internet re-hook-up. We will put IRLP node 1050 back on the air, allow for remote access to PiEGO (plus allow PiEGO email notification sends) and move forward with the APRS RX-only iGate project.

FYI,
Mike VE7KPZ
NORAC Vice-President (2017-2019) and technical committee member

July 15, 2019

We have just completed the Field Day 2019 online Entry for the ARRL. Below are some of the details of that submission.

Call Used: VE7NOR     GOTA Station Call: (NONE)     ARRL/RAC Section: BC     Class: 1A
Participants: 70     Club/Group Name: North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club
Power Source(s): Generator, Battery, Solar
Power Multiplier: 2X
Preliminary Total Score: 1,640

Note: this beats our score of 1,328 for last year running the same 1A class. I doubt we'll win top 1A for all of Canada as there are some big contest clubs out East, but we are in the running to be number one for Western Canada (MB, SK, AB and BC). Fingers crossed.

For bonus points we were able to score the following:

Bonus Points:

Bonus Points Status
100% emergency power 100  
Public information table 100 Documented by WhatIsAmateurRadio-NORACV6.docx
W1AW Field Day message 100 Documented by FDBULLETIN2019.doc
Natural power QSOs completed 100 Documented by NORACFieldDay2019SolarPowering.docx
Educational activity 100  
Safety officer 100 Documented by SafetyChecklist_IMG_20190623_1213402.jpg
Social media 100  
Entry submitted via web 50  
Total bonus points 750

And then for our QSO score summary:

Score Summary - Cabrillo log/dupe sheet file: FD2019-VE7NOR-Dupe.dup
  CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 99 42 163  
Total Points 198 84 163 445

  Claimed Score =(QSO points x power mult) = 890

Here's our band/mode QSO breakdown:

Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
  CW Digital Phone
Band QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m            
80m 27 100        
40m 28 100 7 25 60 100
20m 43 100 27 25 85 100
15m 1 100        
10m            
6m     8 30    
2m         18 80
222            
432            
Other            
Satellite            
GOTA            
Total 99   42   163  

The N3FJP logging software also gives some nice summary statistics:

VE7NOR's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY


Created by N3FJP's ARRL Field Day Contest Log
Version 6.0 www.n3fjp.com

Total Contacts = 304
Total Points = 445

Operating Period: 2019/06/22 18:02 - 2019/06/22 23:00

Total op time (breaks > 30 min deducted): -5:-12:-46
Total op time (breaks > 60 min deducted): -2:-09:-19

Avg Qs/Hr (breaks > 30 min deducted): -58.3


Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 27 0 0 27 9
40 28 60 7 95 31
20 43 85 27 155 51
15 1 0 0 1 0
6 0 0 8 8 3
2 0 18 0 18 6
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 99 163 42 304 100

 

Total Contacts by Section:

Section Total %
------- ----- ---
BC 24 8
SV 24 8
WWA 24 8
OR 23 8
SCV 22 7
AZ 19 6
LAX 15 5
UT 15 5
EB 14 5
SF 9 3
SJV 9 3
CO 7 2
ID 7 2
NM 7 2
NV 7 2
SD 7 2
SB 6 2
AB 4 1
MT 4 1
OK 4 1
ORG 4 1
PAC 4 1
STX 4 1
EWA 3 1
NTX 3 1
WTX 3 1
AK 2 1
IA 2 1
LA 2 1
OH 2 1
SK 2 1
TN 2 1
WI 2 1
WY 2 1
IL 1 0
KY 1 0
MB 1 0
MI 1 0
MN 1 0
MO 1 0
NC 1 0
ND 1 0
NFL 1 0
NLI 1 0
NNJ 1 0
NT 1 0
SC 1 0
VA 1 0
VT 1 0
WPA 1 0

Total = 50


Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
CA 102 34
WA 27 9
BC 24 8
OR 23 8
AZ 19 6
UT 15 5
TX 10 3
CO 7 2
ID 7 2
NM 7 2
NV 7 2
SD 7 2
MT 5 2
AB 4 1
HI 4 1
OK 4 1
LA 3 1
AK 2 1
IA 2 1
OH 2 1
SK 2 1
TN 2 1
WI 2 1
WY 2 1
FL 1 0
IL 1 0
KY 1 0
MB 1 0
MI 1 0
MN 1 0
MO 1 0
NC 1 0
ND 1 0
NJ 1 0
NY 1 0
PA 1 0
SC 1 0
VA 1 0
VT 1 0

Total = 39


Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
USA 264 87
Canada 32 11
Hawaii 5 2
Alaska 2 1
India 1 0

Total = 5


Total DX Miles (QSOs in Canada not counted) = 591,094
Average miles per DX QSO = 2,173


Average bearing to the entities worked in each continent.
QSOs in Canada not counted.

AS = 344
NA = 95
OC = 240


Total Contacts by Continent:

Continent Total %
--------- ----- ---
NA 298 98
OC 5 2
AS 1 0

Total = 3


Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
03 225 74
04 55 18
05 15 5
31 5 2
01 3 1
22 1 0

Total = 6


Total Contacts by Operator:

Operator Total %
-------- ----- ---
VE7ASY 89 29
VE7WBM 61 20
VE7KPZ 54 18
VE7ZDL 47 15
VE7FI 36 12
VE7NU 8 3
VE7VZ 8 3
VE7TBD 1 0

Total = 8

And lastly, here's the map of what we worked:

Colored areas/sections were worked while white sections were not.

Now, how does this compare to others? We won't know until the December issue of ARRL's QST magazine is published... but you know we'll post up another article here as soon as those results are available.

FYI and 73,
Mike VE7KPZ and the Field Day 2019 crew

 

Summary:

Technical team members went to the VE7EGO repeater site to check out what was going on with the IRLP 1050 node computer. It turned out that the internet connection was no longer working. Additionally, the PiEGO shack automation solution was installed at the site.

Attendees:

Terry VE7TRZ
Ted VE7UIH
Mike VE7KPZ

Access:

The usual route was taken to access the VE7EGO Commonage site. Ted drove his truck and Mike drove Jane VE7WWJ's Jeep.

Just before heading up to the site, Mike telephoned Kevin at 250-744-0732 who is in charge of exploding/disposing of WW2 munitions still in the hillsides. Upon departure from the site, Mike texted Kevin to notify him of our departure. Kevin likes to know both the ins and outs of our visits to the site.

Tasks Undertaken:

Terry and Ted went to work on the PiEGO installation while Mike focussed on the IRLP setup.

For the PiEGO installation, AC power needed to be run so it was perfect to have Ted, our commercial electrician there to assist. The power-supply and control cabling was run, the door sensor installed and relay board populated with AC line cords from the repeaters.

For IRLP, Mike rebooted the host followed by a fsck. All appeared ok hardware-wise, but then checking networking a ping of a known external IP showed no response. The internet connection was dead.

With PiEGO installed, the team loaded the IRLP node into the Jeep to be taken down to Brad VE7WBM's house as a temporary service location while the internet connection was sorted out with our provider. There had been many requests to have IRLP up this weekend so it was great that Brad and wife Jennifer obliged to temporarily host the IRLP node again.

Next Steps:

Mike and Terry met other club members at Boston Pizza for dinner and then proceeded to install the IRLP node at Brad's QTH, but the node can't stay at Brad's for long. Brad already hosts the club's WIRES-X node... and both IRLP and WIRES-X nodes run UHF. Without filtration, it's not a great plan to have two UHF nodes at one location. So, we need to find another host for the IRLP node until VE7EGO internet is sorted out. David VA7SZ has volunteered to take the IRLP node for a bit, so the next steps will be to move it to his QTH.

PiEGO won't be online until we again have an internet connection at the VE7EGO site. Terry is already talking with our provider and appears to have figured out the issue. Next steps will be for him to re-visit the site and sort the connection and then for us to finally bring the IRLP node back to the site where it belongs. Once internet is back on line, we'll have full access to the PiEGO system. In the meantime, it works to manage the shack on it's own.

FYI and 73,
Mike VE7KPZ
NORAC Vice President 2018/2019