WC8VOA Equipment Usage Instructions

While WCARA enjoys and encourages experimentation, as well as innovation, for the well being of all involved it is asked that before adding equipment to the operating room that permission is requested.

STATION 8 (The position under the big screen TV)
This position is for all members to bring their equipment in for testing/experimentation.  It is requested that those using this station only use if for a short period of time so as to allow others the same opportunity.

STATIONS 1, 2, 3 & 4
Each of these stations has been designed to hold one manufacture’s donated equipment.  As such, they are a show case for that particular company.  PLEASE do not rearrange the equipment without consent of the club.

If a member wishes to donate or set up equipment for a long term, a space at one of the other stations will be found to accommodate that members needs.

STATIONS 5, 6 & 7
These operating positions are reserved for vintage equipment.  The equipment will vary from time to time, and operators should refer to instruction manuals or information from the internet before operating this equipment.  Parts are hard to obtain, and we want to hold repairs to a minimum.

VHF/UHF Station
A Yaesu FTM-400 Fusion VHF/UHF transceiver is used for local communications.  Several local repeaters have been programmed, but the unit normally is set to the 145.390 (-) on band A, and the 443.650 (+) repeater located at the VOA is on band B.  The transceiver is capable of analog and fusion digital on band A.  Band B is capable of only analog.

OPERATING ROOM USAGE

Having eight working stations is both a blessing and a curse.  Being able to put that many people on the air is wonderful, but it generates a lot of noise.  Please wear the provided earphones while operating.  This will help in the ambient noise, as other operators will not have to shout over each other.

It is also wonderful that the members wish to congregate in the shack to talk of many topics.  Please be considerate of those on station to keep your noise level down.  If at all possible, hold general conversations in the Hahnle Hall.

LOGGING

Our logging program (Affirmatech) now has over 62,000 contacts in it going back to 2002. In order to keep our log functioning correctly, all contacts must be manually entered. Please do not import any ADI files or link logs from any other software such as HRD. If you have an ADI file from an event or contest and wish to have it uploaded please contact Mike KB8ZYE our QSL manager or Jocelyn KD8VRX our IT manager to have the external log added to our master log. It is extremely important to maintain the integrity of our master log file.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

HOUSEKEEPING

Please pick up after yourself.  Any trash that you have generated needs to be placed in the trash cans.  Push your chair back under a desk.  A great advantage that WCARA has is that the large window allows guests to the museum to see our operation.  A better impression is generated when we all work to make our shack professional looking.