OPERATION FOXHUNTER

Ron photo droneOperators in rural Salmon Arm with the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club hone their skills in determining the transmission source of drones in unauthorized areas.
Present were Robin VE7HMN, Mike VE7LOG, Tim VA7TMK, Dave VA7HDY, and Simon VE7SHG with photos by Ron VE7RLE.
Further postings to this blog by members of the Technical Committee will comment upon the materials and procedures which will be required to further the club’s progress towards making the “hunt” more effective.DSC_7525

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Drone Fox Hunt Preparation

Club President and Technical Committee member Robin VE7HMN, at the May 12, 2016 Club Meeting, demonstrates the club 15-element 2.4 Ghz Yagi in conjunction with the wifi dongle and laptop.
At this demonstration, the laptop displays all WiFi sources and their respective signal strengths within an approximate one kilometer radius of the meeting site in the Piccadilly Mall Board Room.
The club has purchased the yagi and dongle–as part of its project to be able to locate the transmitter of a drone.
Hopefully testing will soon be conducted with drones personally owned by club members and then perhaps with the drones now being used by the Sicamous-based Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue group.

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Silent Key: Hans VE7BOD

hans berls--DARYLHans Berls was born in Bremen, Germany and immigrated to Canada after the Second World War. He landed in Montreal, worked on farms, and moved to Kitchener, Ontario where he met Marianne Kuerzel whom he married on December 5, 1953. Hans and Marianne lived in Calgary for a number of years and then in the sixties moved to Texas and Mississippi with his young family where Hans did contract work. Finally they moved to Salmon Arm in 1969, taking up residence on ten acres in Sunnybrae. Hans was a masonry contractor for many years known for quality brick and concrete work. He built a great number of the early concrete-block buildings in Salmon Arm.

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SARC Trailer Tarped

Chilly, wet weather deterred the first intentions of the adhoc trailer maintenance crew, namely Ron/RLE, Simon/SLG and Dave/HDY,  in getting the SARC trailer tarped for the winter.  Today, with bright sunny skies, we gathered at Peter/RZZ and Ann’s, where the trailer is stored, and got a tarp over the top of our trailer to offer some protection from the winter snow.  We just hope that there isn’t so much snow that we have to get up on top to shovel snow off of the roof.  Thanks to Ann for doing that last winter after we had forgotten all about the trailer.  We will be more diligent this winter.  A summary of the job was completed over a hot drink and snack at Timmy’s.

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RNH Repeater Maintenance

RNH Service August 23, 2015
The West parking lot at Piccadilly Mall was the meeting point for a small army of SARC members at 1000 hours on Sunday, August 23rd. Nine of us – Robin/HMN, Phil/BPU, Mike/LOG, Ron/RLE, Simon/SLG, Dave/HDY, Darrell/IU, Patrick/FAT, Bill/WTT – two Ford 350 crew cabs and a small Jeep assembled in preparation to mounting an expeditionary force to the RNH site on Granite Peak to re-install the radio equipment that had been damaged in the break in last fall and repair the recent round of vandalism. The drive to the site took about an hour, over some rough gravel sections of road going up the face of the Fly Hills. Once we were at the site we set up two Honda generators to provide power for lights and electric hand tools. A plywood panel had to be removed from the porch wall so that we could move the radio equipment in as the stairs were unsafe. Robin took charge of getting the radio equipment back in place while Phil and Patrick got on with putting up the new UHF antenna and running of the co-axial cable. While the technical aspects were being taken care of the remaining crew got on with putting up a steel plate over the new hole in the wall and tearing out the wreckage of the old stairs. Using scrap lumber, that Ron was only too anxious to get rid of, we rebuilt the outside stairs and repaired the interior stairs. Repairs to the framing around the door and the door frame itself were also necessary in order for the door to be closed. As an added touch we crafted a new locking mechanism to keep the door closed. (See attached pictures) It is important to note that none of this carpentry work would be featured in a Homes and Garden magazine, nor would it meet the building code.
Normally aligning the UHF antenna with the AHR site would be a simple visual effort but due to the heavy smoke haze I understand that Phil had to do some guessing and used marks from the previous antenna on the mast to make the alignment. Other technical work involved re-installing the Daniels radios, duplexer, a new SRMT 2430 charge controller, a new UHF antenna and new co-axial cable from the antennas to the radio equipment. The equipment was then calibrated, battery voltages checked and batteries topped up with water. RNH is once again operational and went through an inaugural test for the Sunday night net. Unfortunately there is some variable background “noise” that seems to be linked to the UHF antenna. This is causing some head scratching and discussion as to the reason for the noise which, hopefully, will lead to a quick solution.

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