Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Here is a parts and price break down
MCM 27-110 Lighter Plug $0.60
MCM 24-1900 14 AWG Wire $0.22 (for 6 inches)
MCM 21-3300 Powerpole Modular Connector $1.69 (One Set)
MCM 108-2405 1/4 Inch I.D. Black Heat Shink Tubing $0.10 (for 2 Inches)
MCM 22-770 Heavy Duty Crimp Tool For Solder-less Connectors $20.00
powerwerx.com TRIcrimp $39.99
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
what is this field day thing anyway
Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year.
Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.
To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.