Author Archives: Mike N7ONP

About Mike N7ONP

Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, President 2021 Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service, CERT Liaison Central Coast CERT, President Amateur Extra License

KG7EAB: Thanks for a great year

I am writing to thank all of our local stations for all of the friendship, laughs, information and technical help. Today marks just about one year since I found my way back into amateur radio.  I am amazed at how much I have learned and how much fun it has been for the last 12 months.

When I originally received my Technician and then General ticket back in June of 2013, my shack had only a few pieces of equipment. A power supply, FT-2900 (as a base VHF radio), FT-60, Baofeng UV-5RE and a Kenwood TS-590S.

I did a lot of VHF, but never did get an HF antenna installed before life kept me too busy for HAM (late 2014 – 2019).  I am so happy that I set my shack up again in February 2020 anticipating that I would have a lot more time when I retired June 30, 2020. 

And what a year it has been – VHF, HF, APRS, WinLink, DSTAR, Fusion, CW and more. And great groups too – LCARC and ACS.

This is a picture of my shack today. It needs a clean up because I have had so many interests going on at once. Some stations may notice that I need to complete my station grounding.

So again, thank you to all of those that have provided amazing help. And that you to all stations that have participated in our various nets. I do not even know what some of you look like so I am looking forward to when we can get back to safely getting together in person.
73 all

N8MFE Antenna Project

Testing a home brew 70cc antenna. Location is Crestview above Waldport. Radio Yaesu FTM 7250D at high power (50 watts).  Attempting to contact 440 repeaters on Mt. Hebo, Mary’s Peak and Florence. One success: 440.900 on Mt. Hebo, a linked repeater. A station in Coos Bay came back with a sound  check. Intention is to mount antenna at home shack. Antenna made locally by expert antenna builder, Brian Jones, using as the horizonal mast a bamboo section (!), light, non-conducting and impervious to coastal weather. Other materials: copper directors, wood, etc.

Charlie N8MFE

Winter Field Day – N7OY

We need everyone who can possibly participate to do this ‘simplex exercise’ at 11am on Saturday.  It’s our part of Winter Field day that everyone can do.  Get on 146.580, exchange your information and log the contact, and see if you can make another contact.  

Here are your options: 

1.       N7OY Club station – attached is the document with a rough schedule and placeholders for the people that have committed to being there.  As you can see, we have room for a few more people, and Sunday morning we could use a couple more.  We have one spare bedroom at the rental house if anyone else wants to stay up late and make contacts and sleep over.  We should have an HF voice station, an HF digital capable station with laptop and programs on it, and a VHF station on 146.5800.  It’s not too late, if you think you might want to come join us in Newport please email directly daron@wilson.organd let me know times and I’ll update the schedule.

2.       Mobile…ish – one feature of the rules is that you can operate mobile with your callsign and have your points go the club as well.  You operate using your callsign, your exchange is simply 1O for outdoor, OR for Oregon.  So an exchange would go like this:               

  • “CQ Winter Field Day, CQ Winter Field Day, this is N7HQR”  
  • “N7HQR this is KD7YGN”  
  • “KD7YGN this is N7HQR please copy One Oscar Oregon”
  • “N7HQR this is KD7YGN please copy One Oscar Oregon”
  • “Thanks and good luck”

Now…that contact is worth one point.  But, you were on battery power, so you get an extra 1500 bonus points for being on battery power! But wait, there’s more.  You were also ‘outdoor’ so you get another 1500 bonus points.  But wait, there is even more!  Since you are NOT operating from ‘home’ you get another 1500 bonus points!  So you have 4500 bonus points, now you made one contact so that is one more point, and if you kept your transmitter power under 10 watts that is a multiplier of 4 so the one contact point becomes 4 points.

3.       Home – again you can operate at home and have your points contribute to the club as well.  So without leaving the house, you can simply put your radio on 146.580 at 11am on Saturday and call CQ Winter Field Day!.  You can still get 1500 bonus  points if you are on battery, one point for each contact, and 4 points for each contact if you are using less than 10 watts. Attached is a spreadsheet that you can fill out with the required details for Winter Field Day.  If you make a couple contacts, that really helps us, and I will take the information you entered on the spreadsheet and complete the log in the correct format for you so you don’t have to bother with that.  Don’t worry about the points, I’ll enter that in the software and tally it all up. If you decide to participate more and want to use one of the computer logging programs, please work with me when you are done so we are sure to get the details correct and can get the points. Hope you can participate, please let me know if you have questions, we’ll be on the air as N7OY at 11am on Saturday on 146.580. 

Description Document with Schedule and Zoom address: Map and address to the house are here:

ZOOM Information:

Meeting ID: 869 4818 1687   Passcode: 594930

Annual Meeting

We have scheduled our annual meeting and election of officers for December 8th.  The meeting will be held online via Zoom.  Information on how to join the meeting will be forthcoming.  We are now taking nominations for officers – President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone else.  Nominated so far are Mike Eastman for President, with Ginny Goblirsch and Bill Brown willing to continue if no one else volunteers.  Please, we need more club participation in office holding and taking the net. Just reply to this email to make a nomination.   Anyway, we will vote at the Dec. 8 meeting.

Minutes from our last in-person club meeting (February 2020) and the recent Board of Directors meeting were emailed out. A suggestion for a special activity was brought up and placed on the Dec. 8 meeting agenda – a project-building contest.

2021 dues will be payable in December.  Please fill out a membership form (downloadable from this website) and mail it with your check to the address listed.  Thank you.