50 MHz & Up Group

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The 50 MHz and Up Group is an educational and public service amateur radio organization centered in the San Francisco Bay area. The group is interested in developing and utilizing communications on frequencies from 50MHz up through light-waves. The group is open to any related topics that might be of interest to members, such as: technology, design, construction, operation, public service, contesting and antennas.
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For questions about this group or about programs and activities, please contact the 2022 President, Jim Moss (N9JIM):  n9jim-6 at pacbell.net

We will NOT be meeting in person this month. ZOOM ONLY.

The next meeting will be Tuesday Sept 6, 2022. Please note the new time: 7pm

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Meeting ID: 869 7272 5373
Passcode: 10368
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+16699009128,,86972725373#,,,,*10368# US (San Jose)

July Agenda:
Events and contests (Jim)
Sept VHF Sept 10-12
10GHz and Up weekend Sept 17-18
Also EME aboove 2.3GHZ is the same weekend Sept 17-18

Other Announcements

Treasurer Report and Dues: We have an up to date summary. Ask if you are unsure.
Updates on meeting times and locations
Treasurer's report
Updates on meeting times and perhaps location
Web and email hosting
New projects

Email Reflector outage
10gc Groups.io discussion
update of the August contest
planning for the Sept contest

50 MHz and Up Group meeting minutes 8/2/2022

Upcoming Events
The Mt Allison 10 GHz translator net is held on the third Sunday of the month, at 4 PM for the winter.
Pacificon will be October 14-16th at the San Ramon Marriott. For more information visit www.pacificon.org

Jim Moss (N9JIM) called the online only (Zoom) meeting to order.
Old Business:
Oliver Barrett (KB6BA) provided a treasurers report. A few more dues checks have been received a $165 balance increase. Jim Moss mentioned that the groups Zoom account charge for the year was coming up.
New Project Ideas committee update. TConner Spencer (KN6CDZ) showed a LNA/PLUTO/WEBRX SDR that he is working on at the picnic.
Web and Email Hosting and Tools committee. The email reflector is working but the administrative interface is not working so no edits or changes can be made yet
New Business:
That ended the formal portion of the meeting.
The formal portion of the meeting was followed by a round table discussion of current activity. Followed by a planning session for the August 10 GHz and Up Contest weekend.
The presentation was followed by a round table discussion of current activity.

photo of the rig testing at the July 30 picnic

2022 rig testing web.jpg

Dues are required for 2022 if you are in the SF Bay area. If you are not within driving distance then you can be a Friend of the 50MHz and Up Group instead of a Member. Then you do not need to pay dues. You will receive emails but you cannot vote.

The officers, board members and members at the meeting decided to resume dues.

If you have changed your address, email, phone, other info, please send a simple email to jpawlan@yahoo.com
If nothing has changed at all, then once a year please send an email saying nothing has changed. Make sure you state whether your email address has been changed or not.
To send a memberform with your updated information or to join, please go to the Membership tab of this website.
If you have not paid your dues for 2022 please either pay in person at a meeting or mail a check to the Treasurer.
Dues are $10 for a year, $15 for two years. Mail this to the Treasurer:
Oliver Barrett
1111 Pecos Way
Sunnyvale CA 94089

Make your check payable to 50MHz and Up Group of N. Calif Inc

The new 2022 Officers and Board Members

Beacons in Northern and Central Calif

The SBMS and the San Diego Microwave Group are the best resources for Southern Calif.

Here is our document about the upgrade and operation of the Mt Allison Beacon
Please click here to view or download

Microwave Beacons in operation The following beacons are known to be operating as of 01-29-2021:
Stanford University CM87WJ 37.403, -122.165 122.400G K6ML +2 dBM ERP 70 degree horn aimed E CW ID, locked
Mt Allison CM97bl 37.500, -121.872 80.832G AD6IW unknown aimed Alviso CW ID, locked
Mt Vaca CM88wj 38.415, -122.116 10368.325M W6ASL +30dBm 10dBi omni CW ID
Mt Allison CM97bl 37.500, -121.872 working

not measured

10dBi omni
12dBi omni
+20 dBi horn 27 deg beamwidth, aimed SW
CW ID, locked, S-meter output
Linear translator: Output is 1KHz-40kHz above beacon
Input 600 kHz below desired output
CW ID locked
CW ID locked
Mt Leeson CM97ae 37.167, -121.924 10367.990
KF6KVG +20dBm
2.5" horn
1.5" horn
1.25" horn
0.6" horn
FM ID, locked, aimed NW
FM ID, locked, aimed NW
FM ID, unlocked, aimed NW
no ID, locked, aimed NW
Bear Mtn being rebuilt DM06ir 37.747, -119.281 24191.990 W6BY/B +27dBm 20 slot omni locked, IDs as DM07IC, will fix
Mt Frazier DM04ms 34.775, -118.969 10368.310 N6CA/B +31dBm 14dBi omni CW ID, locked