Superstition ARC The President's Corner

For October 2018 By Steve, KB7KWK

If you have not heard by now, the Board voted at our last meeting to purchase three Yaesu Fusion repeaters. We hope to have better linking and better audio quality from the new repeaters. The decision to replace the BridgeCom with Yaesu repeaters was based on several factors. First of all they are very poorly made therefore seem to fail often. We did not know this when they were purchased. Also, we were told that they would hold up in extreme temps. We found this not to be the case. We had to install high speed cooling fans inside the case as well as temp sensors to shut down the transmitter if it reached a certain temperature.

The Board has not decided yet if we will keep one or two for backups or just sell them and put the money back into the repeater fund. The warranty on the Yaesu repeaters is better and they seem to be holding up in Arizona Temps. We now have cooling at both repeater sites and temperature should no longer be a problem.

We will be having another program on the Yaesu Fusion system again in the future that is a basic introduction. We had a video at the last club meeting on Fusion however; it was way too advanced for our use. The clubs program director, Andy Keels KD4ABB has been in contact with Yaesu and explained that the program was not an introduction to Yaesu and Andy asked if they could do it again. For right now it looks like we will have another program on Fusion but the person will be able to answer questions via Skype.

We have suspended our monthly club raffles until after the first of the year. We would like people to please purchase SuperFest Tickets instead. Remember, our yearly SuperFest event is where most of the money comes from that keeps our equipment running, and to purchase new items when needed. Along with rent for the repeater sites, insurance and other expenses we have throughout the year, such as the above Yaesu Fusion Repeaters. In the future we are planning to replace the tower at the Stone Castle Site with a taller one and replace the current antenna at the same time.

I look forward to seeing all of you at club meetings and outings in 2018. When you see me out there or hear me on the air, please say hello.

Your 2018 Club President
Steve Estes, KB7KWK