Re: PAPA Meeting - USNS Mercy Presentation

Jer Kostro - Red Cross

Thanks for posting the pictures, Steve - hoping someone would do it.

IIRC equipment rack from top to bottom:

Windows 10 and Linux servers

Flex radio

Icom 7100 with what looks like a SCS modems

Icom 7200 x2; ditto SCS modems

Yaesu 8800 x3

D-Star transceiver (model?)


Radio over IP equipment


Big old power supply at the bottom.

Appreciate and fills/corrections anyone might have. I going to have a station just like this someday - as soon as I can talk Pat into letting me paint the house white. Already have the Red Crosses.

Bottom picture was the results  of their ham radio team contacting all seven continents via WSPR over a 24 hour period.

BTW here is USNS Mercy leaving San Diego  in 2008. "Doghouse" that  was mentioned is probably the structure topside just aft of the middle of the ship (between the second and third cross), next to the radome that I suspect houses the satellite communications antennas. On the original picture from the Wikipedia article you can make out some of the antennas forward of the doghouse.

Neat presentation! 878 donation was a nice touch.


 Jer aka AK6QJ

On 5/9/2020 10:07 PM, Steve wrote:
If you happened to miss the PAPA online meeting today (Bob!) the guest speakers were hams aboard the USNS Mercy, discussing their ham shack - K6MRC.  See photo below.
They have a lot of gear as you can see, but no DMR.  (The Comfort does not have a ham shack.)
On their humanitarian missions around the world sometimes ham radio is the best if not the only communication method.
Each PAPA meeting has 1 or more door prizes depending on how many tickets are sold.  One of today's prizes was an Anytone 878.  The winner donated it to the ship's crew.  The club is going to donate a 578 as well.
73 Steve

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