GPS

Courtesy of Jack, WØDSV The Global Positioning System is the world’s only global utility. Operated by the dedicated men and women of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., GPS is also the world’s largest military satellite constellation. The 2nd SOPS has three missions: global navigation, time transfer and nuclear detection….

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BAD WEATHER AND ANTENNAS

by PADRE – WØWPD There’s an old, but not accurately certifiable tradition about putting up Ham antennas in bad weather. It goes something like the following: any antenna erected during bad weather (snow, sleet, rain and/or heavy wind) will work and perform very well. There’s an implied corollary which says antennas put up and/or serviced…

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George Cowan, NØQJY

George was a long time member of the PCRC, and was always the first to renew his membership each year in May or early June. In the past he assisted with the Burro Races and the “100,” even before he earned his Ham ticket. He was also involved with many other civic causes and was…

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Neal Hart, KØUEM

Neal was born in Mendota, Illinois on May 5, 1924. He spent his childhood in Illinois. Neal married Dolores on September 29, 1943. They were married for 65 years. Their son, Steve, was born in 1950 and in 1951 they moved to Colorado.He enlisted in the Army-Air Force in July of 1941. He was a…

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Cross Band Repeating

By Ken Larson KJ6RZ “Cross band repeating is a relatively inexpensive means for extending the range of handheld radios. The purpose of a cross band repeater is the same as any radio repeater. It allows stations to communicate that ordinarily would not be able to do so because of the distance or terrain between them.”…

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PICKET FENCING on 2 METERS

by Pete, NEØT Have you been in your car on the air and noticed the so-called “picket fencing” where the signal seems to turn on and off quickly as though you are hearing it through the staves of a picket fence which you are driving next to?  If you slow the car you will find that…

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STANDING WAVES

by Pete, NEØT We are familiar with waves.  We see them in water.  Drop a stone in and a wave travels outward from the spot.  This is called a “traveling wave”.  If another wave in the water travels back toward the spot, the two waves will add to set up what’s called a Standing Wave.  You can…

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Ted Cross, NØIAK

Ted was originally from Barrow-in-Furness, UK and had dual citizenship. He was living in Fort Collins and working at Hewlett-Packard when he passed away. Ted was active with the CRA’s repeater maintenance crew.

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