Red Cross is Back on the Air

WØEQU is operational from the Heartland Chapterhouse, thanks to the hard work of AI7Q, NØUP, KAØVNY, KØCTU and NØTRK.  These folks have been working to get the Red Cross amateur radio station back on the air after the feed lines between the tower and the building were unfortunately removed several years ago.  This required the replacement of the lightning arresters on the tower.

The HF antenna has an improved mounting system which will not put stress on the balun or resistor that are critical to its operation, and it is also now on a pulley system to allow it to be lowered for servicing.

The group worked to confirm that the VHF/UHF antennas are still good operating condition.     The group also have packet back on the air and added a AREDN mesh node as well.    They also have acquired a couple of computers for use at the station.   AI7Q and the group are working on a wish list for the station.

Currently the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, a long time support of ARES working with the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, has loaned a complete Kenwood TS-570D station to be used until the equipment can be updated.     The antenna and radio were working well.  KØCTU heard a station that he worked many times during National Parks on the Air.   K7CAR was camped in Nevada and was coming in 59 to Omaha.

While the radios are working again, there is still a lot of work to do in the radio room itself, so it will be a while before there will be any organized non-Red Cross or emergency operations from the site.