The Tune button on the W0ZSW remote interface is now available to transmit privilege users. It works through the Windows PC and Android apps, activating the LDG automatic antenna tuner to match the impedance of the 270 foot dipole fed with 450 ohm ladder line to the Icom IC-7200 transceiver. When the tuning sequence is activated, you will not hear the receiver until the cycle completes. At that point, the signals should be coming in even better, since the antenna is now tuned. Often tuning the antenna will make the difference between hearing nothing on a given band and the band coming alive with many signals. Always identify your transmissions.
Sometimes you will encounter a frequency where the LDG tuner has not already “memorized” the tuner settings. When you toggle the tune button, it may then take 20 to 25 seconds to go through the whole tuning sequence as the LDG tuner tries one combination after another to get the best match. During this time the receiver will be silent, but when it is complete you will once again hear audio. Then you can identify and go ahead and operate.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to report any problems. Have fun with the radio!
Following a transmitter failure in the TS-480HX, W0ZSW was sidelined. The station is now back on line with an Icom IC-7200, but we are waiting for a data cable to connect the radio to the LDG automatic antenna tuner. We expect this to be available soon, but in the meantime it is necessary to provide some RF carrier to tune the antenna prior to transmitting phone or CW. You must identify all transmissions.
Once the data cable is installed, the “Tune” button will work and take care of the antenna tuning process.
Station W0ZSW is offline due to a transmitter failure. Although the Kenwood TS-480HX receiver still works, the transmitter section is not functional, putting out no RF at all. The radio will probably be replaced with a different one, but for now the station remains offline. Station W0EQO remains in operation.
W0ZSW is back on line, but 160m is not tuning correctly and may not be available. Please send reports to email@example.com.
Audio from W0EQO was down for around 8 hours between 3 January and the early morning of 4 January 2017. A reboot of the RCForb host software has resolved the issue. Please report any outages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The antenna at W0ZSW has stopped tuning properly. There has been an ice storm followed by high winds in the Twin Cities, so we will have to check the antenna system for damage. With subzero temperatures in the forecast, this work will be delayed.
W0ZSW has a 24/7 schedule now, replacing the old daytime-only schedule. Please be respectful of all other users by returning controls like RF Gain and Split to their normal positions before you log off. Also, please use the lowest power level needed for all transmissions to avoid interference to other electronic equipment at the station location. If interference remains minimal, we can keep the station in operation full-time.
W0ZSW will be down for scheduled maintenance on Friday morning, 18 November 2016. The station’s power supply will be replaced and testing will be completed in time for the station to return to service for ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes weekend.
The internet issue has been resolved and we are back on the air.
W0EQO has gone offline due to internet failure. We are investigating the outage.