Unique Scanner Frequencies

Pleasant Grove

Frequency                          Description                                        Mode     

460.47500                            Pleasant Grove Police Dispatch      FM

154.01000                            Pleasant Grove Fire                         FM

453.07500                            Pleasant Grove  EMS                       FM

158.94000                             Pleasant Grove Public Works          FM

Springville

Frequency                          Description                                        Mode     

154.41500                            Springville Fire Dispatch                  FM

155.94000                            Springville Public Works                  FM

Mapleton

Frequency                             Description                                      Mode

154.16000                            Mapleton  Fire Dispatch                        FM

Payson

Frequency                             Description                                          Mode     

155.26500                            Payson Hosp Mountain View                FM

Santaquin

Frequency                             Description                                          Mode     

155.14500                            Santaquin  Services                             FM

Utah State Frequencies in Utah County

Frequency                          Description                                                 Mode

155.25000                            Utah Highway Patrol (N. Utah County)     FM

155.62500                            Utah Highway Patrol (S. Utah County)     FM

155.62500                            Utah Highway Patrol (Sp Fork Canyon)    FM

151.08500                            Utah State Rptr Systm (Lake Mtn 1)         FM

151.37000                            Utah State Rptr Systm (Lake Mtn 2)          FM

151.05500                            Utah State Repeater System (Sundance)  FM

155.89500                            Utah Dept. of Transportation (Utah Co.)    FM

Federal Frequencies in Utah County

Frequency                          Description                                        Mode    

166.15000                            Timpanogos Cave Ntl Monument   FM

172.40000                            Uinta National Forest (Lake Mtn)    FM

172.40000                            Uinta National Forest (Teat Mtn)     FM

172.37500                            Uinta National Forest (Lake Mtn)    FM

171.42500                            Manti-La Sal Ntl Forest (Teat Pk)    FM

173.67500                            Bureau of Land Mgt  (W. Mtn)         FM

Public Utilities

Frequency                             Description                                    Mode   

153.50000                             Rocky Mtn Power (Pacificorp)       FM

 

Introduction ~ KF7KGK L. Richard Heward

In the late 60’s I was introduced to ham radio by a neighbor who lived a few houses down my street.  I was very intrigued by what I both saw and heard.  Then in 1974 I found an inexpensive way to get on the air.

It fit my shoestring budget perfectly and got me into two-way radio.  Even though it was just 11 meter I rarely used the garbage channels and had a lot of productive use with this type of radio until the advent of the cell phone.

From 1974 until 1985 I was on the 11 meter solely using this system to communicate with a neighborhood patrol that involved the cities of Orem and Provo.  The name of the organization was “People of Concern” or P.O.C. for short.

The organization comprised of 25 mobile radio’s and 6 base stations.  Needless to say with this coverage we were able to help the police fight crime, reporting drunk drivers and giving aid to the broken down motorist.

Then in 1985 I started my own towing business.  My two way radio experience at this time had included Air traffic, being a student pilot, and 900 MHz business band radio with a phone patch.  We still used the CB in our tow trucks – the police still monitored channel 9 and we could get in touch with them right away if need be.

Then in May of 2010, fulfilling a call in my church as a Ward Emergency Communication Specialist I had to obtain my Ham Radio License.  After passing my examination, the FCC granted me my Technician  License on 21 May 2010.  Just six months later I became a “General” on November 8th, 2010.

Presently, I am studying to become an Extra, but my time has been devoted to the 76’ers cause and I haven’t been able to study as I would have liked to.

My wife and I will have been married 29 years this September 3rd, 2011.  We have a total of seven children with our youngest serving a mission in New Jersey / New York area.  We presently are the grandparents to 10 grand-kids and expect that number to grow sometime since our four youngest haven’t been married yet.

It’s been an honor to get to know all the ham operators I’ve come in contact with.  It feels like a special brotherhood and is just a awesome experience.  We are hopeful that my XYL will become a ham this Fall.  This is the plan anyways.

It has been great to be a part of everyone who is involved with the 76’ers.  And I look forward with earnest expectations that the 76’ers will continue to grow and expand.

73’s to all ~ Stay safe and I’ll catch you on 146.760 MHz

;-)

Here Are The “J” Codes for Utah County

 

 

 

1-J: Utah County
2-J: Provo
3-J: Orem
4-J: Springville
5-J: American Fork
6-J: Spanish Fork
7-J: Pleasant Grove
8-J: Lehi
9-J: Payson
10-J: Mapleton
13-J: Lindon
14-J: Santaquin
15-J: Salem
16-J: Goshen
17-J: Genola
18-J: Alpine
19-J: Woodland Hills
20-J: Highland
21-J: Sundance
22-J: Elk Ridge
23-J: Cedar Fort
24-J: Cedar Hills
25-J: Eagle Mountain

26-J: Saratoga Springs

76’ers Would Like to Extend Their Thanks and Appreciation to Matthew R Walker ~ N7TOX

As Chairman of the 76’ers, it is with heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude for your willingness and time to create this wonderful website.  We are very pleased that you have brought so much of your talent, and expertise, to the 76’ers in such a very short period of time.

For sometime now, we’ve tried to have our own website and unfortunately have run into many challenges and or shortcomings.  Within days after you offered to put our website together you delivered a very professional great looking, user friendly, site.

We understand too that it is a website still in its infancy and it may have some growing pains along the way, as it is still being developed, but we are very pleased with the progress it has taken in such a very brief time.

Thank you again.  Most sincerely,

L.Richard Heward ~ KF7KGK

76’ers Chairman

 

What Is Gain?

I happened to be in my car the other night, and heard a conversation between two people talking about antennas. One of them brought up the topic of whether or not he should buy a ‘gain antenna’. The conversation that followed made it clear that neither one of them had a clear concept of what gain is, so I am going to do my best to explain it here.

First, we need to understand the concept of the ‘Isotropic Radiator‘. It is a purely theoretical antenna that radiates perfectly evenly in all directions (including up and down). Such a thing is impossible in the real world, but it’s a useful tool when discussing the properties of antennas. Why? Because it doesn’t matter HOW you design your antenna, it will NEVER radiate more power than an Isotropic Radiator. In fact, it will always radiate less, due to resistance losses.

So, if your antenna is radiating less power than an Isotropic Radiator, then what is ‘gain’? For that, you have to start understanding how regular antennas radiate. Since they can’t radiate equally in all directions, they have some areas where they radiate more strongly, and areas where they radiate weakly. When people talk about ‘gain’ they’re referring to one of two things, depending on whether they’re referring to dBi or dBd. The first is relative to the Isotropic Radiator. The second is relative to a half-wave dipole in free space (that is, not near ground).

So, a standard half-wave dipole has a dBi of 2.15, and a dBd of 0. Yagis frequently get over 10 dBi, but are extremely directional (that is, they only transmit and receive well in one direction). So, to get back to the original topic that spurred me to post this: Unless you live in another universe, all antennas are ‘gain’ antennas. The design of the antenna determines how much gain it has, and in which directions it has that gain.

Most omnidirectional antennas have nulls above and below the antenna, and are approximately equally good in all directions along the horizon. They tend to have a gain of <5 dBi. Directional antennas can have much higher gains, but have to be aimed because they have extremely weak directions where they can neither send nor receive effectively. This can be used to your advantage, however. For example, Yagis and other directional antennas are great for finding out what direction a signal is coming from, because you can sweep them in a circle, and find which direction results in the strongest signal.

Hopefully this helps clear up some of the misconceptions I’ve heard on the air. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them below, or ask me on the air.

Introduction – N7TOX

First, a little about myself. My name is Matthew Walker. I grew up in Sanpete County, and have had a long term interest in ham radio, but have never done well at learning morse code, which held me back as a kid. I grew up with a great interest in computers, math, and science, and ended up becoming a computer programmer. I specialize in web development, and do it both for my day job, and on the side as a contractor. I live in Springville now, with my wife, our 4 cats, and our assortment of computers and other electronics.

Finally, in 2010, something reminded me about ham radio. I don’t recall what. But I looked into it again, and was delighted to discover that the morse code requirements had been dropped. I quickly started studying and learning about it.

I got my General on April 23, 2010, and was assigned the callsign KF7JLF. I had studied for only the Technician, but when I was told I could take as many tests as I wanted for the one fee, I tested all the way up to Extra, which I failed with only 50% correct answers.

About a month later, I went back after having studied more and re-took the Extra, passing with 98%. I also applied for and received my vanity callsign, N7TOX. It’s several nerdy references in one. First, N7 is a Mass Effect reference, and the TOX refers to the handle I’ve used online since 1995, Utoxin. The avatar I created for myself plays off of the Mass Effect reference, by imitating the style of the game’s logo. I have a friend who works at Bioware, and he said they were flattered at the imitation, and thought I’d done a good job with it.

I was without a radio for several months, until late fall when I finally purchased my Yaesu FT-250 HT. So far, it’s my only radio, although N1CPU has very generously offered to sell me a used HF base station, an IC-756, for a great price. I’m now working to save up for the radio, and shopping for the other pieces I’ll need.

I joined the ’76ers on July 7, 2011, after having chatted with many of you for several months off and on. I plan on signing up for UARC as well soon, when finances allow. I really look forward to the net each week now, and created this site after suggesting it a week ago on the net.