SYNTOGRAM -- November, 2000
Synton Web Site
Synton news group
Joint Synton/Twin Cities ARC 2-meter net meets Thursdays at 9 p.m.
local on the 146.76 MHz (-600 kHz transmit offset) Champaign repeater.
Synton members and University-community hams are especially encouraged
to join the net.
Please advise Tim, KM4KS, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are receiving
duplicates of this newsletter, or would like to be added to our
Welcome to the home stretch of the fall semester! Course projects,
midterm exam outwash, quick turn-around homework assignments and some
initial preparation for finals are the order of the day. As one who
has been both a student and a teacher during these times, I know
schedules can get very full indeed, and hobbies like amateur radio tend
to be put away temporarily. Better days ahead!
One better day will certainly be our annual Holiday Party. Let me know
<email@example.com> what days would be good for you to join us all for
lunch/supper at Papa Dels. The pizza is amazingly good, but a chance
to get together before the holidays is even better!
I was delighted by how our club pulled together to meet some of our
short-range goals this month. Early in the month, we rigged our
VHF/UHF antenna to the roof of 330D Everitt Lab and now have excellent
capabilities. Take a break from the study grind, stop in to 330D, pick
up the manual and have some fun with our new radio. Try out the W9YH
repeater on 444.65 MHz. I know youll like it as much as I do!
On November 17th, Prof. Jim, KA6A, loaned us a trailer for hauling the
"big stuff" from storage near the site of Physics House III to the
off-campus U of I Aeronomy Lab. Alijeet, KB9UBQ, Debbie, N9DN, and
Jay, KD5EOQ all helped with the move, which was completed in
approximately 90 minutes. We still have some small items in the
warehouse, and these will be moved out to storage by car when its
convenient for us. Well done, and thanks to all for pulling together.
Our next goal will be to install an HF antenna so we can get our
Kenwood TS-850S back on the air. Although it would be nice to put up
something super-duper right from the beginning, I will be very happy to
see a temporary antenna that will get us through the winter until
something more permanent (and better!) can be arranged.
A final word on safety -- keep an eye on those "rattlesnake" cables
around the shack. Lengthy cords and cables are invitations to snag
chair legs and unsuspecting feet resulting in damaged equipment or a
tripped-up operator. Lets do it the right way by bundling cables and
getting them up off the floor so that these "snakes" wont bite!
Good luck as things wind down this semester. See you around the shack
or around the bands.
73 Tim, KM4KS
Synton ARC President
Holiday Party -- What days are good for you? Please let Tim, KM4KS
<firstname.lastname@example.org> know your preferences.
License Examinations -- Next chance to test locally will be with the
Twin Cities Amateur Radio Club (TCARC). They will be holding ARRL-VEC
license examinations on Sunday, January 21, 2001, 1 p.m., at the Fire
Service Institute Building. Please bring picture identification, and
both the original and a copy of your license and certificates of
successful completion (CSCE).
...AND ON THE BACK BURNER...
Handbook Sales -- Anyone need a 1999 Handbook? At a good price? Two
are still available in Room 330D EL.
Net Control? -- Anyone interested in representing Synton as net control
for the Thursday night 2-meter net. The job is a lot of fun, and a
good way to meet many of the local hams. Tell Tim, KM4KS
<email@example.com> if youre interested in learning more.
Nov. 15 -- Club Meeting, 330D Everitt Lab, noon
Nov. 22 -- NO MEETING -- Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Nov. 29 -- Club Meeting, 330D Everitt Lab, noon
Dec. 6 -- Club Meeting, 330D Everitt Lab, noon
TBA -- Synton Holiday Party at Papa Dels
no change since last month.
President: Tim Shy (KM4KS)
Vice President: -- Vacant --
Treasurer: Debbie Fligor (N9DN)
Secretary: -- Vacant --
Station Manager: -- Vacant --
QSL Manager: -- Vacant --
Public Service Manager: -- Vacant --
Engineering Council Representative: Tim Shy (KM4KS)
Advisor: Prof. Jim Coleman (KA6A)