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2012 California Trip

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Bat Country

VLA 80 foot dish (one of 27)

Grand Canyon South Rim

Monument Valley

Laguna Beach Light House

Nice Bench on the South Rim

Laguna Beach

Mount Wilson Observatory

Oasis wildfire near Wrightwood, CA




Painted Desert

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July 5, 2012 at 4:13 am

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2007 JOTA (Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air) Spring TX

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Red Cross ECRV 4707 arrives

Setting up

Rigging the Buddipole for 20m

Classroom Briefing

Richard discusses the finer points of what the ECRV is all about

We decided to add an interesting twist to the flag raising ceremony, flip a switch

and up it goes

WAY up there

Richard demonstrating the satellite data link

OOPS!… I didnt do it

If all else fails… Ham Radio really does work

how many scouts can we fit inside?

tuning up the radios for the event

lots of smiling faces

dishes and mast deployed

We found several interested in being future ECRV operators

Satellite communications discussion

Group Photo

Getting started with the contacts


What did he say?

Handling the mic like an old pro

Classroom debriefing and logging of contacts

Time to pack it all up and head out…. anybody know the way to Washington D.C. ???

Photos courtesy of Rudy Moore    Copyright RM Graphics

Written by w5ffp

November 21, 2007 at 9:46 am

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ECRV 4716 and 4715: From Austin to D.C.

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External shot of 4716 in Shenandoah National Park:

These trucks have gasoline engines instead of diesel. Note the absence of the Pneumatic mast this gives it a much lower center of gravity.

Closeup of the front console:

P.A., Vertex low band, Icom IC-7000, Midland C.B., Bearcat Scanner and the Nextel, Satellite, and analog phones.

Rear View Camera Monitor:

One camera shows the view of the rear and another faces the Vsat dish, shure makes backing up easier.


Rear Panel:

Back here the most notable differences in the new version are the rack mounted server PC and a Yaesu FT-8800 VHF/UHF ham radio instead of the Kenwood TS-2000. The upper right has a flat screen monitor for the server

 This is the auto pointing Vsat dish

 The "Airport Shuttle"

Mike gave us a quick tour of headquarters and then the capitol on the way to the airport






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November 18, 2007 at 4:17 am

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