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Chairman's Comments - Posted March 24th 2018
These jackets are available through Lee's Pro Shop in Pine City, They're felt lined three season jackets, and would probably feel very comfortable 75% of the time in these parts. They probably won't be suitable to wear on a hot day, and if you wear them on a very cold day it might help to add another liner inside.
These jackets have a highly visible exterior - complete with reflective stripes, a good feature if we are ever called out at night during an emergency. They also have plenty of pockets, which come in very handy and there is no shortage of them in these jackets. The patches would be embroidered, with the front patch sporting the first name and call sign of each member.
Zoom in on the picture to get a closeup of the latest version of the front logo patch. Members who reviewed the original front patch design made it clear that it was "too busy", and I had to agree with them after having submitted the design. So, as an alternative, the front patch was cleaned up in favor of adding a second large patch on the back of the jacket.
I'm told that Lee's would be willing to make themselves available for a fitting session at one of our meetings if we choose to purchase these jackets.
Several MORA members have expressed an interest in these jackets, but we will need to order at least 12 of them to get any sort of discount. Any paid member of MORA is eligible to order these jackets.
As far as the price goes, the original estimate with one front patch was $57.80 for sizes small through XL. Each size larger than XL would be $2 more. I'm waiting for an updated estimate based on adding the back patch. This update should be available by the time the next issue of the MORAnnouncer is published.
In the meantime, look the jacket over and let me know if your interested. The first opportunity for any fitting session would probably be during our May 12th General Membership Breakfast Meeting, so you do have time to think about it.
73 de KJ9W
The latest effort to pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act [S.1534] into law appears to have stalled in the US Senate. This is the companion bill to H.R.555, which passed a bi-partisan vote in the House of Representatives back in January of 2017.
To learn the details and latest status of the bill, click here.
Are you one of those skeptics who believes radio communications is becoming obsolete? If you are, you might change your mind after you read this article from the Reuters News Agency on QRZ.COM.
Kanabec County's Open and Friendly Repeater
147.240 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz
ABOUT OUR REPEATER:
The Mora Open Repeater Association
The Minnesota Department of Transportation
Kanabec County Emergency Management
Custodian & Call Sign Trustee:
Kenny Broshofske, KJ9W
Jerry Whitaker, WBØOFB
Lena Lake UHF Link:
Kanabec County Skywarn Net to Duluth [Under Construction]
Milaca UHF Link:
Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net to St Cloud [Under Construction]
LATEST NEWS: As of February 6th 2018
Simulated Testing of the Ogilvie to Milaca leg of the East Central Minnesota Hospital Net Link has been suspended in lieu of actual link testing, which is expected to begin soon! Installation and activation of the new equipment at Milaca is getting closer after several setbacks caused one postponement after another, and a major setback during this past November caused the project to undergo a serious re-evaluation.
Mark Smith, a senior engineer at DSC Communications in Superior Wisconsin and was familiar with programming older Motorola equipment such as what was to be used at the link site, died while hunting in Northern Minnesota. Without an expert programmer, it appeared that the use of this equipment would be rendered virtually useless. As a result, it appeared that alternative equipment would have to be used, and an alternative plan was made ready. But in an amazing turn of events, DSC Communications was able to program the original equipment and get the project back on track.
The Milaca Hospital Link Site was recently inspected by Repeater System Engineer Jerry Whitaker, WBØOFB, and Repeater Custodian Kenny Broshofske, KJ9W, to catalog items remaining to be gathered to finish infrastructure and electrical connections.
Once the Milaca Link Site is completed and operational, construction of the planned Ogilvie to Duxbury Lena Lake UHF Skywarn Link will resume. When completed, the Skywarn link will be activated not only during severe weather, but also during the Tuesday Evening EMESNET.
Stay tuned for further developments on these important links.
At 11:30 AM on Thursday August 21st 2008, after a year and a half of planning, the Kanabec County Amateur Radio VHF Repeater came on line at the old [and since demolished] County Radio Tower located 4 miles north of Ogilvie Minnesota along Highway 47.
The original plans included a Skywarn Link to Duluth and a Hospital Net Link into St Cloud, and until recently lack of resources put those plans on hold. Currently, the Skywarn Net UHF Link at Lena Lake in Pine County and the Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net UHF Link at Milaca are under construction.
When repeater operations began, Kenny Broshofske was asked to act as Custodian. As a result, the repeater was assigned his call sign - which at that time was KDØCI.
During May of 2013, the repeater was relocated to a new and improved site 5 miles north of Ogilvie, resulting in improved coverage across Kanabec and surrounding counties.
On August 22nd 2013, the call sign of the repeater was changed to KJ9W to correspond with Broshofske's own call sign change. This change was considered to be temporary until the Mora Open Repeater Association could acquire its own call sign.
On August 6th 2015, the KDØCI call sign became available for assignment as a Vanity Call in the Federal Communications Commission's database. On October 10th, the Mora Open Repeater Association filed an application to acquire KDØCI as its club call sign, and on October 23rd, the FCC officially approved the application.
On January 14th 2016, the KDØCI call sign once again became the ID for the repeater under MORA sponsorship, with Broshofske continuing to serve as Repeater Custodian and Call Sign Trustee.
The primary purpose of the repeater is to provide emergency backup communications for Kanabec County, facilitate Skywarn Spotter activity across the repeater coverage area, and enable general communications for radio amateurs.
During normal propagation conditions, mobile coverage is very good for up to 35 miles from the repeater site in all directions, while basic home station access is considered reliable from as far away as Aitkin and McGregor to the north, Danbury and Siren Wisconsin to the east, the northern suburbs of the Twin City Metro area to the south, and St Cloud and Little Falls to the west.
The repeater is shielded to the southeast to protect the 147.240 repeater near Eau Claire Wisconsin.
REPEATER COVERAGE MAP:
KDØCI Repeater Coverage Map - Courtesy of RepeaterBook
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