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BSA & ARRL
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||K3BSA is housed in SPARK Lodge at Camp Delmont.
SPARK Lodge is the name that the cabin was given by the SPARK
Lodge ARC. It was formerly the camp's Cook's Cabin.
It housed the kitchen staff for the Cedar Dining Hall. In
1994 the Council loaned the cabin to the radio club to provide
program opportunities for the camp. The club completely
gutted and rebuilt the interior of the cabin, added a new roof
and added a porch-like extension to protect outdoor classes from
the rain. The cabin had been used to store old ceramic
tiles, tent poles, and other junk.
|SPARK Lodge presently houses two all-mode HF
operating positions. Seen here is the Yaesu
operating position which includes a Yaesu FT-990 transceiver and
a Yaesu FL-7000 linear amplifier. In the foreground is a packet
station used to participate in the DX spotting cluster of the
Frankford Radio Club.
In the center right of the picture, the interlocking
antenna switching arrangement can be seen. It permits the
selection of a Cushcraft R7 vertical or either a G5RV or a home
brewed dipole (one up about 35 feet and the other at about 60
feet) from either HF operating position.
||Our other HF operating position used a Kenwood
TS-930 transceiver and other equipment donated by Addison
Howard, KC3VM, of Perkasie, PA. Unfortunately, this radio
is inoperable due to transmitter failure. It shares the
packet cluster station with the Yaesu position. The
computers at the two HF operating positions are fully networked
into a state-of-the-art cat-5 ethernet network. HF
operations on SSB and CW take place on any open band on all
Saturdays that the camp is open.
Unfortunately, our Kenwood TS-930 has recently, September 2009,
stopped working. When and if we can afford to get it fixed
or replace it with another donated radio, we will have this
operating position back up and running. After a qualified
technician recently looked over this rig, he determined that
this rig may not be able to be fixed.
position, we operated PSK-31 and Slow Scan TV in addition to SSB
and CW. It really gave us a great hands on opportunity for
|The VHF operating position has a Yaesu FT-2200 for
VHF-FM Phone operations on simplex and through several local
repeaters. The Yaesu's liquid crystal display is failing
but when it works we know for sure what frequency we are on.
It is not a backlight problem, the display itself is failing.
This rig also doubles as our packet station which is connected
to a computer through a home brew modem and is used for packet
operations. The antennas for these operations are a pair
of Ringo Rangers mounted about 25 or so feet up above the roof
of the cabin.
The Yaesu FT-2200 2-mtr radio's
display has been failing and we sometimes don't know what
frequency the radio is on. We wish it was only a bulb but,
it is the LCD display itself that is failing.
|Repairs and projects are easily handled on our well
|Our kitchen/bunk area doubles as a classroom in
inclement weather. So does the operating room when
conditions get really crowded. (Don't let the appearance fool
you, we have no running water--yet!)
|When weather permits, classes are held on our open
porch. The porch also makes an excellent outdoor dining
area and sleeping area when the weather is nice.