General Informaion


History

The Sandusky Radio Experimental League was founded in 1932. The main purpose was to promote the hobby of Amateur Radio. In the early years of amateur radio there was no commercial manufactures of radio equipment. Most radio equipment was either converted from military surplus or homebrew, hence the word "experimental" in our name. The organization was one of the first of its kind in the Northern Ohio Area. It is also one of the few amateur clubs that has it own meeting place. Due to the efforts of our founding members, plus a lot of hard work, the club members can enjoy the convenience of a meeting place they can call their own.

Location

The Sandusky Radio Experimental League is located at 2909 W. Perkins Ave in Sandusky, Ohio. Easy access to the club house from RT 101 or RT 4 is ideal for out of town guests to visit. The club house, which is Club owned, was built in 1950 and later added onto, in 1954. The building was later remodeled in 1974. All the club's equipment is located in this building, with the exception of the 440 MHZ repeater. Access to club members is available 24 hours a day. There are three main parts to the building. The meeting room is the largest and contains a small kitchen. The second largest is a workshop area that includes a electronic bench with test equipment and a bench for mechanical construction. The third and last area is the operations room. This room is home to the HF gear, packet and computer equipment.

Picture of Main Meeting Room

Picture from Outside of Club House

HF STATION

In the operations room we have a complete HF station available to all the members. The main component of the equipment roster is a Kenwood TS-850 with all the bells and whistles. When a little extra power is needed the Ameritron Amp can be placed on line. To round out the list we have a complement of antennas for the major amateur bands. Our tri- bander beam is mounted on a Rohn 45G at 80 feet and takes care of the 10,15,and 20 meter bands. Mounted on the repeater antenna pole we have dipoles for 40 meters and 80 meters at 65 feet.

Picture of HF Operating Position

6 METER REPEATER

The 53.35 repeater is located at the club house in the workshop area. Built by club members in 1998 the repeater has been in continuous duty ever since. The transmitter and receiver are a Motorola Micor Compu Station, and the controller is a RC100. The output power is 50 watts at the duplexer output. This 50 watts is then fed to the antenna via 3/4 cable TV hardline and eventually arrives at a Diamond 6 Meter antenna at 85 feet.

2 METER REPEATER

The 146.655 repeater is located at the club house in the workshop area. Built by club members in 1976 the repeater has been in continuous duty ever since. Over the years, the repeater has had many changes made to it. The original repeater was a commercial tube type receiver and transmitter, with the controller built by club members. For many years this served the Sandusky area well. However technology has changed and the repeater is now completely solid state. The transmitter and receiver are Spectrum Communications, and the controller is a S- Com 7K. The output power is 25 watts at the duplexer output. This 25 watts is then fed to the antenna via 7/8 hardline and eventually arrives at a Hustler G7 at 85 feet. The repeater is equipped for emergency communication with a battery backup.

440 MHZ REPEATER

The 444.375 repeater is located on a water tower at the intersection of Columbus Ave. and Strub roads in Sandusky. The repeater was first placed in operation in 1990 at the club house and later moved to the water tower in the same year. The repeater is a Motorola commercial repeater with a S-Com 5K controller. Power output is 40 watts and then fed, via 7/8 hardline, to an antenna that is located at approximately 180 feet.

PACKET

The club sponsors a digipeater on 145.030. The alias for this digi is "SKY". The TNC is an Kantronics KPC-3 Plus and is equipped with a personal packet mailbox, W8LBZ-1. Third party mail, mail addressed to anyone other than the sponsor, may be left here for other amateurs to retrieve. The radio is a Motorola Micor with an output of 25 watts and terminated with a Cushcraft Ringo Ranger at 65 feet.

Erie County EMA PACKET********not in operatoin at this time****

The club does not sponsor but does maintain a full service packet station. The station is located at the Erie County Jail and is sponsored by the Erie County Emergency Management Agency. This station is located at the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Erie County Jail. Ports are provided for packet access on 145.030, 223.550 and 441.050. The 145.030 port is for local access and the other ports are for forwarding, however users are welcome to use these ports for local access. To get the most out of this system please download the user manual for MSYS 1.19 below.

Download User Manual for ECEMA (Text Version)

FUTURE PROJECTS

The Sandusky Radio Experimental League is also working on areas of new technology available to the amateurs community. For example, many TNCs and multi-mode interfaces receive weather fax transmissions. With some basic hardware, most amateurs are able to intercept this vast information on our ever changing weather. Each day satellites download many million bytes of information on every aspect of our weather. Imagine, you can predict the weather days in advance just by the movements of the clouds. Many positive aspects, not to mention just the enjoyment of predicting the weather, are available to someone that receives this information. For example passing this information on to a school class room via Amateur Television, or even the general public. In recent months there has been many construction articles involving ATV. Articles that won't cost you an arm and a leg to try ATV. A simple ATV station can be realized for around $150.00. If you have a cable ready TV set you already have half the station. Cable channel 60 is already at the amateur bands. With a transmitter set to 439.250 you can send a signal to any cable ready TV tuned to Channel 60. The only catch is the TV must be connect to a outside antenna, but configured as if you were going to connect to the cable system. ATV has many uses in public service. Organizers of a parade can see exactly what is happening along the parade route. Emergency coordinators can see what a accident scene looks like and still be at the command post to organize a plan of action. ATV is not limited to just public service, it can be used to promote the hobby of Amateur Radio. Special events dealing with Amateur Radio could be televised to non-amateurs via a cable ready television.

MEMBERSHIP

You don't have to wait until we have a open house to visit. Our meetings are held every week and open to all. The time and day of the meetings are Thursday at 8:45 P.M. Yes it is true that 8:45 P.M. is an unusual time for a meeting, however because of the frequency of our meetings, the actual meeting is relatively short. It also allows many members to spend time with the family before the meeting time (usually members are there by 8 p.m.). If your visit proves to be enjoyable, and you would like to join our club the requirements are very simple. You must attend at least 4 meetings before applying for membership. Due to refreshments offered on the club grounds you must be at least 21 years of age. You can be an amateur or just someone interested in amateur radio. Being a licensed amateur is NOT a requirement. We do have dues of $2.50 a week. Your dues can be paid by the week or in one lump sum for the year, which ever is easiest. Our calendar starts January 1st, and on the first Thursday in January is the election of officers at our annual meeting. After becoming a member you will have full use of all the equipment and 24 hour access to the building. If you require additional information please leave a query on our packet station, voice repeater or just come to a meeting and we will be happy to help. Also at W8LBZ@cros.net