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Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage July 20, 2012

By Karen Simmons

The Ragnar overnight running relay race began at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine Friday morning with approximately 350 teams of 12 people each (over 4060 participants – many in crazy costumes) and ended in Langley, WA 200 miles later. Blaine ACS Communication Van stationed at Peace Arch State Park and ACS members positoned at four checkpoints along with mobile support provided nine hours of emergency and Relay-related communications within the City of Blaine. Limited sunscreen was needed – it rained!

FIELD DAY 2011

By Brian Lawler

The Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service will operate from the “old Blaine airport” at coordinates 48.989506,-122.732468 Set-up for ACS members will begin Friday night, with operations open to the public from 1100 PDT Saturday until 1100 PDT Sunday. The emphasis will be on training in radio operations rather than point chasing. Directions: Take the “truck border crossing” exit on I-5 (WA 543) North and turn EAST on BOBLETT St. Make an immediate SOUTH turn on to YEW and continue about a block to the City Park sign on your left. Turn left on the gravel past the park and Blaine City shop, following the road around to the North again, through the open gate and around to the front of the steel building. YES- It is a little hard to find, but worth the effort 🙂 “Talk-in” on Sumas Mtn 145.230 -.600 tone-103.5

Activation Dec 4 – Tree Lighting in Blaine

QST QST QST       To all Blaine ACS Members       QST QST QST

The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place on Saturday Dec 4 at 1600 hrs. at H street and Peace Portal. ACS will provide the PD support we will set up the Comm van . We will all meet at the PD 1530 that’s
330 pm. for a short briefing. Dress for cold and rain/snow ? ACS jacket and your field equipment.

73
Jim Elston KP2X
Communications ACS Manager

More MT-63

By Brian Lawler

Check the Training tab for more help with running MT-63. Be sure to ID by voice and announce you are running MT-63 if you are using the repeater. Do NOT use the repeater unless you are trying to contact another station. Radio testing should be done on a simplex frequency into a dummy load.

MT-63 Help

By Brian Lawler

Download FLDIGI, FLMSG and FLWRAP from http://www.w1hkj.com/download.html Look at the column heading for your computer- Linux, Windows, Apple, etc. Also note the column for the HELP FILES.

Following is a re-post from my blog. You will need to join the Yahoo group to access the files.

WR5J Down in West Seattle posted the following to the NWDigital Google Group regarding NBEMS/FLDIGI MT63 and similar pursuits. Please consider joining the group (P-S-Digi-Hams) and avail yourself of the tools and techniques from the local folks that have been doing the MT-63 thing for a while. Thank you Curt.

MT-63 Experiments

By Brian Lawler

Time for some radio FUN that might prove very valuable during an emergency. Go to www.W1HKJ.com and download the FLDIGI software for your computer. It is available for Windows, Linux and Apple OS. Also on the downloads page you will see the MANUAL and GETTING STARTED GUIDES in PDF format. Get those too, and read through them. If you need a PDF reader, get FoxIt.

We are going to experiment with the MT-63 mode which has proven very useful on VHF and UHF repeaters. This mode of sending computer text can even be used without a computer interface. Just hold the radio mic up to the computer speaker to transmit, and position the computer mic near the radio speaker to receive!