Working Wednesday…What’s Up With That?

Many of you know that we have something we call “Working Wednesdays”.  Ever wonder what that’s really about?  It’s pretty simple really.  It’s just a night of the week that was chosen a few years back (when we were still located at the old Rowan Street clubhouse) for club members to get together to physically work on club projects.  It’s been an important weekly event and really helps us move club projects forward. 

Tonight’s Working Wednesday was a good example of how we team up to get a pile of work done.  Here is a brief summary of what went on (to the best of my recollection):

  1. Parking lot cleanup of gravel that had been spread over the winter for ice/snow control.
  2. Install a new computer projector in the multi-purpose room
  3. Check into the Sniper’s Net
  4. Receive a donation for an HF vertical antenna
  5. Troubleshoot a condition noted on the mesh network relative to Winlink message processing of messages with large attachments
  6. Work on batteries in the battery lab and design external battery pack solution for a large UPS in the operations area
  7. Give a tour of the RSOC to a visitor
  8. Work on the HF APRS Robust Packet Gateway
  9. Change the callsign of the HF RMS from WL7CVG to KL7NMC
  10. Discuss plans to install an antenna rotor rebuild / maintenance lab
  11. Install a flexible flat panel HDTV antenna for the big screen TV in the operations area

I’m sure there are a few more things that were worked on by the many folks that where there this evening.  The long and short of it is that there are plenty of projects and tasks that need attention at the RSOC, and you could play a part in making this already awesome place even better!

So, if you’d like to get out of the house, see a great facility, and help us make improvements, please come on out on Working Wednesdays from about 6 PM to 9 PM, or on Saturdays from about 10 AM to 2 PM to lend a hand.  Members are sometimes at the RSOC during other time periods.  You might just give a call to see if someone is there.  The number is 907.345.0719.  Or, we typically monitor 146.49 simplex (that’s the designated Anchorage simplex frequency), 223.5 simplex (national calling frequency), the 34/94 repeater, and the 30/90 repeater.  You can always drop us a note at if you just want to make contact or learn more about happenings.

If you have your own projects you might need help with, please let us know so that this can be scheduled.  Or, perhaps you need some training on Winlink, or APRS, or want to learn more about the MESH network, etc. 

See you at the RSOC.


Kent Petty, KL5T
Vice President