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Larry Unfried (WA9KJV) Vice President:
Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd
William Dusenbery (N9OQK) Secretary:
05/21/2015 Another Dayton Hamvention® is in the log, and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016).
Mary Ellen Sundstrom While Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio manufacturers to
introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015
Treasurer: Mike Phillips (N0RSP)
event. On the other hand, this may have shifted attention toward Hamvention's other activities, such as the always-popular forums and, of course, the flea market. There were scattered showers on all 3 days.
Bill Schmidt (WA0JCO) Frank Shears (K7RMJ) Repeater Chair: Marty Schultz (N9PPJ) Newsletter Editor
: Jason Cato (KB9LBC)
"Great weekend!" was how ARRL CEO David Sumner
, K1ZZ, summed things up. He described visitors as "friendly" and said there was a lot of anticipation for the geosynchronous satellite package that AMSAT plans to put into orbit in 2017. ARRL Publications Manager and QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, described Hamvention's opening day as "extremely crowded for a Friday." Traffic at ARRL EXPO was brisk, and the ARRL Lab's spectral purity testing table saw "steady traffic with long lines at times," he added. NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, a special Hamvention guest, stopped by to tour ARRL EXPO and to chat with ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and visitors. To celebrate 100 years of QST, ARRL introduced a commemorative edition of the first QST -- the December 1915 issue. The reprint was free for those joining, renewing, or extending their ARRL
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On Saturday afternoon Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) President Don Dubon, N6JRL, presented two $10,000 checks to President Craigie. One was a gift to support the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. DARA has sponsored past Teachers Institute sessions in Dayton, and a class will be held there this summer as well, July 13-16. The second check was a donation
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Something to look forward to in 2016: Hara Arena posted artist's depictions of renovations to the Hara complex that are expected to be completed by next year's show.
Our repeaters are: 146.760 PL 141.3 in downtown St. Louis
, MO with an EchoLink Node #541608 146.790 PL 127.3 in Edwardsville, IL
What's New? New products touted at the 2015 Hamvention included the K3S transceiver fromElecraft -- an upgrade of its very popular K3. Expected to ship by mid-June, the K3S is the "second-generation, software defined superhet transceiver," the manufacturer said on its website. "We've upgraded nearly every subsystem, improving performance and adding many new features," Elecraft said. New features include a quieter synthesizer, "unequaled" strong-signal performance, and "exceptional" transmitter purity. There's also a second preamp, a new LCD bezel, and a "softtouch VFO A knob with improved grip."
224.060 No PL in Edwardsville, IL 442.400 + PL 127.3 in Edwardsville, IL
FlexRadio debuted the Maestro control console for its FLEX-6000 series of transceivers. Expected to become available later this year, the Maestro is "an intuitive, plug-and-play control console" that lets the user operate any FLEX-6000 transceiver without a PC. FlexRadio said the unit combines a high-definition 8-inch touch display and is "ergonomically designed." European manufacturer Elad introduced at Hamvention its SDR FDM-DUOtransceiver, which has been available since 2014. The manufacturer said on its website that the FDM-DUO can be operated in a traditional manner or via a PC. Its direct-conversion receiver covers 10 kHz to 54 MHz. The transmitter runs about 5-8 W.
Other new products at Dayton this year included several accessories for Elecraft radios from QRP Works; the Rowetel SM1000 digital voice unit, and the MFJ-226 graphical antenna analyzer and compact MFJ-939I 200 W autotuner from MFJ. Forum News On Saturday, Carole Perry, WB2MGP, moderated the Youth Forum, which featured presentations from eight talented young radio amateurs, each of whom -- along with eight additional young hams selected during a prize drawing -- enjoyed an ARRL-hosted luncheon with Astronaut Mike Fincke. "These 16 young hams are already contributing to the second century of our Amateur Radio Service!" said ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ. Galen Wilson, KF5BET, whose daughters Abbi, KF5BEW, and Kendra, KF5FYS, were among the forum presenters, expressed appreciation to Perry and to the League "for the awesome support given to the forum, the presenters, and the youth." Wilson said his family "was overwhelmed with the magnitude of support" the youngsters received during their first Hamvention. "This was truly an experience of a lifetime for my girls," he added. At its forum, AMSAT announced that the launch of its Fox-1 CubeSat has been delayed until late September. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, also said that AMSAT's planned geosynchronous satellite package would offer uplinks on 5 GHz and downlinks on 10 GHz. Buxton explained that the geosynchronous footprint will not be absolutely fixed; some variation may require some up/down movement of the user's dish at certain times. Even in the worst case, he told the AMSAT Forum, a user with a fixed antenna would still be able to enjoy several hours of access each day. The transponder for the new satellite will be software defined and capable of supporting many different modes, including analog SSB. The satellite's potential footprint could extend over the US from the Mid-Pacific to Africa. AMSAT has accepted the opportunity to be a "hosted payload" on a spacecraft that Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of California is under contract to design, launch, and operate for the US government. At the Saturday ARRL Member Forum moderated by ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, President Craigie discussed "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 -- and encouraged members to recruit supporters among their congressional representatives. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, also met with visitors to ARRL EXPO to discuss the legislation. ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX, talked about ARRL and Amateur Radio's interests at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), which he will attend in November. High on the list was the possibility of a contiguous 5 MHz secondary allocation somewhere within the range 5250 kHz through 5450 kHz. He also discussed the issue of vehicular radars in the 76-81 GHz range, the topic of a current FCC proceeding. Sumner shared news of recent FCC progress toward domestic implementation of the new Amateur Radio MF and LF allocations at 135.7-137.8 kHz and 472-479 kHz and upgrading of the amateur allocation at 1900-2000 kHz from secondary to primary. ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, gave a rousing presentation encouraging ARRL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
. He also spoke of the need to revitalize clubs. Honors Named as Hamvention Amateur of the Year was top-tier contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, who is also ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Manager. Hamvention's Special Achievement Award went to Tom Medlin, W5KUB, and the Technical Excellence Award to the Rev George Dobbs, G3RJV. The Orlando Amateur Radio Club
(OARC) was Club of the Year. ARRL has posted an album of Dayton Hamvention 2015 photos on its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/? set=a.10153014309012408.1073741873.20069212407&type=1&l=9f5354c1a5
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From the top... **The Dayton Hamvention is in full swing as I write this. personal circumstances
kept me at home again this year, but there is always next year. By all accounts, folks are running between the raindrops there. Hope that all who attended have a safe trip home and found the goodies for which they were looking. **As of this writing, there have been two serious earthquakes in Nepal and Indiaalong with an uncountable number of aftershocks. There was also a serious volcanic eruption in Chile, forcing mass evacuations. Again, it was Amateur Radio into the breach when nothing else worked. Interestingly, the situation triggered numerous pieces in the popular media
about "old technology" carrying the day. What do you mean: "old"? **We have 55 cosponsors of HR 1301. But, we need more. Again: check the list to see if your Member of Congress is on board. If not, make a phone call or send an email. Again, these people need to know that there is a voter on the other end of the conversation. Not in an adversarial or threatening way. Just letting them know that we are watching and that we vote. Get informed... **New bands? A good possibility. The FCC has released a number of proposalswhich, if accepted, will result in new bands at 2200 meters
and 630 meters. That is correct: longwave. Part 15 experimenters have used 1750 meters for decades (including me many years ago). There has also been experimentation just above 630 meters at around 500kHz. There is a comment period where the opinions of both hams and power companies will be solicited. The power companies operate Power Line Carrier systems on transmission lines using both bands, and they hollered mightily when a variant of this was proposed back in 2003. Chances are that this will become reality. It will be interesting to see what kind of transmitters get built as commercial transmitting gear is skinny to nonexistent. **From the "Law of Unintended Consequences Has a Wide blast radius
" Department comes the news that the Department of Defense
has decided tophase out the Navy/Marine Corps MARS program and transfer the activities to Army and Air Force
MARS. Which doesn't greatly affect us here...right? Not quite. According to Brad Pioveson W9FX, our SEC and state RACES Officer, this puts a significant dent in many states' EmComm programs. Here, it's caused the cancellation of a large number of MARS licenses, which were gotten to facilitate coordination for IEMA and other state agencies
in case of grave declared emergency. There are also other complications. The Army MARS program is not accommodating some of the things that we did, notably a MARS Winlink system. Left unchecked, we'll need to regroup come September. Hopefully, pressure from the affected states' emergency management offices might get the Navy to reconsider. It certainly wasn't costing them anything. **Our brothers and sisters across the Plains states have been jumping with the severe weather which has seemed to camp out over the traditional tornado alley areas. We've been fortunate since early last month, and we've had no direct involvement since the original incidents.
Around the Section... **From Jim Novak WA9FIH comes his report of the Six Meter Club of Chicago's annual effort in providing communications and support for the Hinsdale Walk for Autism. Jim said "On Sunday morning, April 26, twenty-two members and friends of the Six Meter Club of Chicago provided communications and traffic control assistance for the Hinsdale Walk for Autism. The weather was clear, cool and dry, perfect for walking the circuitous 3.1 mile route through the village, and more than 1000 people of all ages as well as a number of their canine friends
participated. Communicators called in progress of the walkers to the start/finish line via the club's repeater. The operation went smoothly with no problems encountered. Among the volunteers were W9AVB, WA9FIH, KB9FUR, N9GFY, WD9GJK, KC9IDS, WA9IYV, W9JGH and his wife, KC9KLA, KB9KRT, AC9KV, K9LAE, W9NHX, KC9NLA, W9NSP, KB9OYQ, KC9TQF, KC9VZH, KC9WIC, K9WSS, and AK9Y." **But wait: there's more! On 16 May, SMCC provided the same service for LaGrange Park's Run for the Roses. Jim WA9FIH again: "Twenty members and friends of the Six Meter Club of Chicago provided communications and traffic control assistance May 16 for the Park District of LaGrange Park's 24th annual Run For The Roses, a 3.1 mile run and walk which raises funds for a scholarship. Hundreds of runners and walkers participated. Leading female and male runners and walkers were identified at the 1, 2, and 3 mile points and called in to race officials who announced them to spectators at the finish line. Participants included KC9ALX, W9AVB, WB9DHS and his wife Stephanie, WA9FIH, KB9FUR, KC9IDS, WA9IYZ, K9JK and his wife Judy, KC9KLA, AC9KV, K9LAE, KB9NLA, KB9OYQ, KC9TQF, N9TUQ, KB9VMR, KC9VZH, and K9WSS." **From the Okaw Valley ARC newsletter comes word of the club's participation in the Owl Creek Gazette SelfReliance Expo on 18 April. The event is just as it sounds: showcasing ways to become less dependent on commercial staples. Amateur Radio is one of the "big things" of the New Survivalists and others, so a demo fit right in to the theme of the event. Two separate stations were active, along with a HSMM-MESH network. For those who came in late, HSMM-MESH is a neat networking scheme using repurposed wi-fi routers. **From John McCormick N0FCD comes the following: "The 63rd annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held September 11-12, 2015, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. One new addition this year is a Contest University program that will join the DX University on Friday. Both tracks will have presentation for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong convention on Saturday will feature a full program of speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The Banquet on Saturday evening is a time to relax with keynote speaker
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, former FCC Special Counsel for Spectrum Enforcement, as well as the DX Countdown and grand prizes. The convention is scheduled one week earlier than normal because of hotel availability." The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg IL. **Thankfully, that "hotel availability" thingy moves W9DXCC off of the same weekend as the Peoria Superfest. Which will make more than a few people happy, including me, as I do like to attend both events and this year. It will be nice to give each the proper attention. **Why two items about SMCC? Because they took the time to send me text and photos. What would you rather do if you were in my shoes? Troll a few dozen newsletters for things that you might find interesting or use direct submissions?
DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM The start of 2015 has been a good one for the Missouri Section. On March 20th, I was joined by ARRL Midwest Division Assistant Director
Brian Short, KCШBS, in presenting Steve Kraske and Beth Lipoff of KCUR-FM in Kansas City
the 2014 Bill Leonard Award. The Bill Leonard Award was for the best audio media program
ming related to Amateur Radio in 2014. The program was titled Exploring Ham Radio in a Digital World and was an interview on Steve Kraske and Beth Lipoff's Up To Date show with Brian Short, KC0BS, who was the winner of the Phil McGan public relations
award in 2014. The recipients were very pleased to receive the award and Steve Steigman, Chief of Broadcast Operations gave those attending the presentation a tour of KCUR-FM. You can check out the April Issue of Current Contacts at http://www.arrl.org/current-contact-issue#KCUR At the Ararat Shrine Hambash ARRL Forum, Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, was presented with the first in the Missouri Section ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting award. I was pleased to present the certificate and to be joined in that presentation by the Midwest Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS. Keith has done an outstanding job with Scouting and introducing Amateur Radio to Scouts in the Kansas City Area. Mr. Kaiser is the 14th in the nation to receive this honor. Congratulations to Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT and to all those that supported his nomination. APRIL 2015 HAMFEST REPORT The Ararat Shrine Amateur Radio Club's Hambash 2015 was a great success. Chet Hallberg, K0TCB part of the Ararat Shrine Hambash leadership organized a strong program of forums. The forums included the ARRL, MARS, Ham 101, the Liberty Memorial and in another room the forum on Motorola Programming, the Council of Clubs meeting and the USAF MARS. In addition there was a large number flea market vendors complimented by several well supplied Commercial vendors. One of the great parts of the Ararat Shrine Hambash is the participation of the Emergency Operations groups in the Kansas City area and as a show case for the Area Scouts and other youth groups that have had presentations about robotics/drone/lots of other areas of interest. JULY 2015 HAMFEST The Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring their Hamfest on Saturday July 18, 2015. The Hamfest will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds that is located a couple miles west of Warrensburg, MO on U.S. Highway 50. The website is http://www.waarci.org/hamfest/hamfestflyer_2015.pdfthe Talk-in will be on 146.880 offset (PL 107.2) The Contact person is Ken Smith , KO9R, 126 SW 400th Road Warrensburg, MO 64093 Phone: 660441-0007. The e-mail is [email protected]
The Zero Beaters ARC will be holding their Hamfest on Sunday July 19, 2015 in Washington, MO at the Washington Elks Hall located at 5th and Grand. To learn more about this year's Hamfest, check their websitehttp://www.zerobeaters.org Talk-in is on 147.24+ (no PL tone) You can also contact Bruce Serbus , KD0KCF, PO Box
277 Gray Summit, MO 63039. Bruce is available by phone: 314-954-3199 or e-mail at [email protected]
AFFILIATED CLUB NEWS KEITH HAYE, WE0G, ACC Mike Bogard, KDШFW, reports that there will be an HF Mobile Shootout test on June 6 2015 at the QTH of Mike Barelli, W0MAF in the Northern part of Independence, Mo. The shootout site is near 291 Highway and 24 Highway not far from the Twin Drive outdoor theater. The shootout will start at 12:00 Saturday and will be on 40 meters around 7.230 mhz. Some rules are: 1. Any street legal vehicle with a road-worthy antenna with the total height not to exceed 13' 6" and that the capacity hat can't exceed 8' in diameter. This mobile shootout will be the first one and will be given by some of the guy's with the INDEPENDENCE FM Amateur Radio Club along with Don Reed KШIFO who has spoken lately to some of the local clubs on antennas. The Callaway Amateur Radio League and the Boone County ARES Group, are assisting Ryan Raney, KE5USI and his
group called the Columbia Gadget Works to track a lost high altitude balloon that was launched on April 26, 2015. Four of the CGW are licensed Amateurs. Their Balloon flight was intended to be an entry for the global space balloon challenge. (https://www.balloonchallenge.org ) Ryan explained that his group had launched a balloon from Long View Park in Columbia, MO. They had expected it the balloon to burst at about 90,000 feet and the payload to land in an area near Hermann, MO. The payload was a Styrofoam cooler carrying a GoPro and Canon point and shoot camera with CGW Dragon Two on each side with an orange parachute. The tracking telemetry had issues because the last received packet showed the balloon at a position over Fulton, MO at a negative 23,000 feet. Since the packet was copied in Lebanon, MO the balloon actually was still at a significant altitude. The balloon, that used the callsign KD0MSL-11, did have a secondary tracker set up but that has failed too as they did not realize it wouldn't operate over 23,000 feet. It's a SPOT satellite tracker which either disabled itself after it went above 23,000 feet or landed in a position that was not facing skyward. Ryan requested assistance from the BCARES group in hopes that they could put him in contact with someone who runs an aprs station from home, an EOC, or mobile that may have logs of the balloon's position as it didn't make it to any igates after 11:36. The BCARES contacted the CARL Group to bring them into the search for the lost high altitude balloon. Ryan and his group would really like to get the cameras back. Anyone that could help find the missing balloon should contact Ryan at his e-mail address of [email protected]
. The Heart of America Radio Club newsletter the Harc Herald reported that Don Reed, K0IFO will be presenting a program on Antenna Modeling using EZNEC. This is a follow-up program to last month's program on demonstrating the electrical characteristics of several common amateur radio designs. Members were encouraged to bring their laptop computer
s to the meeting and to load the software and follow along in hands-on fashion.
EGYPTIAN RADIO CLUB MEMBERS MEETING DATE: 5/7/15 MEETING PLACE: Anderson Hospital Physician's Office Building Classroom 3 BEGAN: 1830 PRESIDING: Larry Unfried, WA9KJV OFFICERS IN ATTENDANCE: Bill Dusenbery N0OQK, Mike Phillips N0RSP, Mary Sundstrom KA9ZTJ, Bill Schmidt WA0JCO, Larry Unfried WA9KJV MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: John Knipping AA9KC, Pat Walkup KC0ZIW, Nolan Zobrist KA9VKC, Alan Howard KB9ZVL, Alan Geis New member, John Sundstrom WA0LIS, Ray Rakers KC9YFV, Mortimer Snerd AKA Bill Schmidt WA0JCO, Marty Schultz N9PPJ, Gary Roland AD0AJ, Paison Horiace KD0UYK, John Fuesting new member, Keith Unfried KD9DGW, Gregory Cook new member, Bill Coby KB0MWG, Trot Hemann new member, Dave Miller
KF9EV Treasurer's repost given by Mike N0RSP and accepted by club. Meeting minutes published and accepted by club Report given by Bill Coby on class and test session
held March 2, 2015. Six people took the class and ten people took testing and ALL passed. A couple of General tests were passed as well. Four of the six gentlemen that took class attended meeting and were welcomed by club. A short discussion about an open house to introduce new members was discussed and approved. Date is set for May 21, 2015 at 1800 at the club room. Repeater report given by Marty N9PPJ. Lou from Missouri is requesting use of ERC 440 repeater for a walkathon. Nolan also is requesting use of the
440 repeater for the Lewis and Clark 6 mile walkathon. Repeater committee is worried about antenna is leaning. Club agreed to hire a professional climber to climb tower and repair antenna. Antenna Builders Guild will have a mini swap meet and antenna building exposition on May 9, 2015 at Pleasant Ridge Park in Fairview Heights. Food will be provided. ABG is requesting donations in order to cover cost of pavilion rental. Field Day
will be held at the club room on June 27th and 28th operating under class 2E- operating as existing structure on emergency power. Egyptian Fest will be held June 14, 2015 at Holy Family Community Center starting at 7am and running until 1pm. ERC holds classes the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to educate on radio and electronics theory. The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm and the meeting after the meeting will be held at the Red Apple on HWY 159. There were about 10-12 people that attended the meeting after the meeting. A good time was had by all.
Net Notes 04/28/2015 WA0JCO WAS NET CONTROL AND WA0LIS TOOK NET NOTES. KD9DGW REQUESTED VENDOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING HAMFEST. WA8KJV ANNOUNCED THAT THE HAMFEST WILL BE THE SECOND SUNDAY IN JUNE AND IS LOOKING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TABLES AVAILABLE. KD9CIV HAS MOVED HER PLANTS OFF THE PORCH. AH SPRING1 KA9ZTJ REMINDED US THERE WILL BE A TECHNICIAN CLASS AND TEST SESSION MAY 2 AND 3. K9FGO CHECKED IN AND OUT. N9PPJ SAID KC9YFV WAS ON ECHOLINK AND THAT THE RAIN REPORT WAS ABOUT THE DAYTON HAMVENTION. KC9YFV HAD TRANSMIT TROUBLE WITH ECHOLINK AND DID NOT GET TO TALK ON THE NET. HE DID, HOWEVER, MANAGE TO TALK TO SOME OF US ON 40 METER LSB AFTER THE NET. HE IS AT THE FARM OUT BY SPRINGFIELD, MO. WA0LIS SUGGESTED DEBCO TO KEITH AND A DESIRED VENDOR. IT WAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WOULD BE A TEST SESSION BEFORE THE MEETING OF THE ST. CLAIR ARC THURSDAY EVENING. N0RSP ANNOUNCED WITH REGRETS THAT JOE YANKO N0UHJ HAS BECOME A SILENT KEY. N9SIM/9 CHECKED IN MOBILE. HE HAD A BEST BUY GIFT CARD TO SPEND AND WAS NOW ON THE WAY HOME. KC0ZIW SENT A THANKS TO WA9KJV FOR OFFERING TO HELP HIM GET AN HF ANTENNA UP. KD0YYG HAD NO WORDS OF WISDOM TONIGHT. AA9KC SAID HE LISTENED TO A COUPLE OF HAMS DISCUSSING THE BIBLE. IT WAS SOMEWHAT OF A COMEDY AS THEY WERE DISCUSSING MOSES AND THE ARK. THE RAIN REPORT WAS THEN PLAYED. N9ADJ CHECKED IN VIA ECHOLINK AFTER THE RAIN REPORT. HE SAID IT WAS NICE TO SEE BILL JCO AT THE LCRC HAMFEST. KB9FQR WAS THE LAST CHECK IN, THEN OUT. TOTAL QNI WAS 15 IF YOU COUNT KC9YFV. THIS IS A SMALLER QNI THAN USUAL. 05/05/15 WA0JCO WAS NCS. HE SAID HE WOULD TAKE NET THIS WEEK IF WA0LIS TOOK NET NOTES. Bill W
ILL NOT BE HERE NEXT WEEK. WA0LIS TOOK NET NOTES AND ANNOUNCED THAT THE TEST SESSION LAST SUNDAY WAS VERY SUCESSFUL. SEVEN PEOPLE HAD STARTED THE CLASS. TEN PEOPLE WERE THERE FOR TESTING. ALL TEN LEFT WITH A MINIMUM OF A TECH LICENSE. TWO PASSED GENERAL AND ONE PASSED EXTRA.
KM9O ANNOUNCED THAT THE FIRST SPRING ANTENNA BUILDER'S GUILD MEETING WILL BE THIS SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE FOOD. THERE WILL ALSO BE A MINI SWAPFEST AND MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MAKE wire antennas
K9FGO SHORT TIME VERY BEUTIFUL DAY. KD9DGW SHORT TIME WAS ON BREAK AT WORK. CONGRATS TO TESTEES. N9PPJ REPORTED THAT THERE WERE NO ECHOLINK CHECKINS AND THAT HE HAD THE SECOND PART OF THE RAIN REPORT ON THE DAYTON HAMVENTION. MARTY ALSO REPORTED THAT THE FIVE DRAWER FILE CABINET WITH THE CLUB HISTORY HAD BEEN DELIVERED TO THE CLUB ROOM. WA0KUZ WAS WATCHING THE CARDINALS GAME AND OFFERED CONGRATS TO THE TESTEES. WA9KJV REPORTED WE NEED MORE ANTENNAS AT THE CLUB ROOM AND THAT THE 10M ANTENNA HAD BLOWN OVER AND HAD SOME DAMAGE. AA9KC SAYS HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO. HE HAD GONE OUT FOR CHICKEN TACOS. THERE WAS A SHORT DISCUSSION ABOUT FLOODING AT THE MOUNDS. SCIENTISTS NOW BELIEVE FLOODING CAUSED THE ABANDONMENT OF THE MOUNDS AREA ABOUT 500 YEARS AGO. KD0YYG CHECKED IN PORTABLE AND KEPT IT SHORT DUE TO LOW BATTERIES. NICE WX AND HE WAS OUT ON THE PORCH. KC0ZIW WONDERED WHY NOBODY ANNOUNCED THE UPCOMING CLUB MEETING THURSDAY EVENING. HE REQUESTED A RIDE AND N0RSP MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH PAT AND CALLED AA9KC. N0RSP INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC WITH KC0ZIW AND AA9KC. N0TOP THANKED BILL FOR TAKING NCS AND SAID THAT SEVER STORMS WERE EXPECTED STARTING FRIDAY. K7RMJ HAD A PANIC AT WORK AND DIDN'T GET HOME TILL 8:15. CU AT MEETING. KC9IJX IS BACK IN GRANITE CITY. MARK SAID CONGRATS TO TESTEES. KE0DJR IS WORKING ON HIS GENERAL. BILL ASKED ABOUT HIS STATION AS THERE WAS SOME NOISE ON THE REPEATER. BRIAN WAS IN OAKVILLE RUNNING 50 WATTS INTO A COMET ANTENNA. HE HAD A GOOD SIGNAL. N9NJS CHECKED IN MOBILE AND FADED OUT. THE RAIN REPORT WAS PLAYED. N9ADJ CHECKED IN VIA ECHOLINK AFTER RAIN. THIS BROUGHT THE QNI TO 18. NET WAS SIGNED CLEAR AT 9:04. 05/12/15 Net was called to order at 8pm NCS is John, WA0LIS on the farm in New Douglas, IL. Emergency Traffic = none Special Announcements =
K7FMJ announced the Washington, MO Zero Beaters ARC Hamfest, Sunday July 19th, 7am to 1pm at the Elks Lodge in Washington, MO WA0LIS announced the upcoming Egyptian Radio Club Hamf3est at our new clubhouse, second weekend in June Short Time QNI = NONE Echo Link QNI = 1 - Ron, N9ADJ on EchoLink, Just tuned in. done mowing the lawn. Didn't make it to the antenna builders guild meeting last Sat, was nasty weather but he will make it to the next one. Regular QNI = 2 - K7RMJ 3 - N9PPJ, Marty has a RAIN report, 16 minutes about Good Operating Procedures. He thinks we don't need to play it because everybody on the repeater already has good procedures. 4 - KA9ZTJ, Mary, Good evening all. Not much going on. Got her water pipes cleared out and can wash dishes now. She is sitting in the Walmart parking lot listening to the net with Keith. 5 - KD0YYG, Al in St Louis, Glad the rain stopped for a while, has to cut grass. Not much else going on. Waiting for the hamfests. Looking forward to the food again this year. 6 - KC9YFV, Ray, Good evening all, the Cards game is on so he will pop on a headset and listen to the net while he watches the game. He also likes the RAIN report. 7 - KD9DGW, Keith in the WalMart parking Lot. Taking his break, enjoying the net. The Egyptian Hamfest will be June 14 from 7am to 2pm at 2600 ashington Ave, the Holy Family Community Center. 8 - KC0ZIW, Pat (scratchy), Thinking about something to talk about. The other day he was outside and heard lawnmowers and smelled the fresh cut grass. He thought the people with allergies probably don't like that as much as he does. It will pass as the season goes along.
NCS says he broke the belt on his lawnmower so he didn't have to cut the grass today. But will have to cut it tomorrow when the new belt gets there. It is growing real fast with this wet weather. Next round 9 - WA0KUZ, Jim, Good evening all, not much going on, wanted to check in for the count. 10 - WA9KJV, Larry mobile, Good evening all. He has an announcement, nothing going on this Thursday at the clubroom, yes there WILL be people there and talking about whatever pops up. We are having an open house on the 21st at the clubhouse. All hams welcome, especially the new hams. Come out and meet us. 11 - KC9IJX, Mark, Good evening all, just checking in for the count, all is good with him tonight. 12 - KD9DQH mobile, His first time on the net, wanted to see how everybody hears him. He is a little scratchy. N9PPJ recheck, we have another echo link user, Donn KA0SOH. 13 - KA0SOH, Donn on Echo Link, glad to check into the home town repeater. He is looking forward to the hamfest, he has lots of odds and ends to bring and sell. He will be there but you never know exactly when. He recently worked Cuba and is tickled about that. He remembers when we were not allowed to work Cuba. N9PPJ Played the RAIN report at 8:27 PM. It w2as about good operating practices. Time for Field day and time to brush up on our on the air techniques and operating practices. Good operating is mkore fun and enjoyable., Also better ops make more contacts. Hams are looked up to as the radio experts. We need to live up to that as well as out public service commitments. We need to know more so we can teach the new hams good operating procedures. Pub Service Operating. Contesting is for most people, a training tool. The point is to become a better operator. Learn strategy, skills, etc. The most important thing in a contest is to BE ON THE AIR! You cannot make contacts with the radio turned off. Lose the cell phone, they tend to be rude. If you are in a contact, tell the cell phone caller,
you will call them back. He says it is IMPORTANT to listen to the other guy you are talking with on the air. Don't mumble, speak clearly. You have to speak clearly so others can understand you. Know your equipment and know your band characteristics. You will need to learn it and if you get on the air regularly, you will know how the bands work in just a few years. You need the right equipment. To become a good operator, get on the air and practice. Go to field day and listen to the experienced operators. Learn how they do it. Get on the air and talk with others. You will discover what others do to make themselves understood. Use good equipment that is adjusted properly and use good antennas. You can be heard that way. Talk in short bursts. Give a little info then receive a little info. That is the way it works. Keep it going back and forth. Talk about the important info first. Get the call sign, signal report and location first, then move on to the chat stuff. Enunciate. Don't mumble. Speak clearly so the person you are talking with can understand you. When on HF use phonetics. On VHF FM you don't usually need to because it has better audio bandwidth with the higher frequency audio bandpass. When getting in a marginal area start speaking slower and very carefully. Try using headphones, they will make a noisy radio channel a little clearer and easier to understand. Think before you speak. You don;'t need to give a blow by blow about the idiot drivers. Others don't want to hear that. Say what has to be said. Unlearn bad habits. The FCC requires you give your call sign every 10 minutes and at the END of your transmission. You don't NEED to give it every transmission and you don't need to give it at the beginning of your transmission. It gets tiring for the other person to give your call every transmission, especially on FM. You do NOT have to give everybody's call sign that is talking in your conversation. It is not necessary and irritating. RAIN report finished at 8:44 PM. Last round QNI 14 - N0RSP, Mike, Good evening all, checking in late. Was eating supper and let the time get away from him. It's a shame it rained Saturday, but some
people made it and the food was great. It started raining and everybody went in to eat. 15 - AA9KC, John, He was involved in a project this evening and that is why he is late. He bought a new floor mat for his desk chair. He took his old one out and cut it up in pieces on his power saw. His new one is paying on the floor to flatten out for a few hours before he installs it under his chair. 16 - K9GTB, Herb, Good evening all, He got side tracked this evening but made it tonight. He has a request, he wants to know an address or phone number for a Granger store. K7RMJ provided the 800 number for Grainger customer service
to Herb. 17 - AB0TO short time. Just checking in. 18 - WA0LIS our illustrious Net Control Station No other check ins. A total of 18 QNI this evening Net was closed at 8:54 pm. 05/19/2015 WA0JCO WAS NET CONTROL. WA0LIS TOOK NET NOTES AND HAD A FLAT TIRE. KC0ZIW POSED A QUESTION REGARDING AN ALPHA DELTA DX SENIOR DIPOLE. WHAT IS THE MAIN POLARIZATION OF THE SIGNAL. CONSENSUS WAS IF FLAT TOPPED, HORIZONTAL, BUT IF VEE THEN NOT SO MUCH BUT STILL HORIZONTAL. WA9KJV ANNOUNCED THE OPEN HOUSE FOR THIS THURSDAY EVENING. AND THE HAMFEST FOR JUNE 14 FROM 7 AM TO 1 PM AT THE CLUBHOUSE. KA9ZTJ WAS IN THE WALMART PARKING LOT WAITING FOR KEITH TO GO ON BREAK. KG9PP CHECKED IN MOBILE. HE IS MIKE FROM FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS. WA0KUZ ASKED WHEN HIS LICENSE EXPIRES. FROM QRZ THE ANSWER WAS 5-26-25 PROVIDED BY JACK KC9KY. N9PPJ REPORTED NOBODY ACTIVE ON ECHOLINK AND HE HAD A RAIN REPORT ON OPERATING PROCEDURES. N0RSP LIKED CRYSTAL'S ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE OPEN HOUSE. SEVERAL OF THE GUYS WOULD LIKE TO MEET CRYSTAL! MIKE ALSO INFORMED US THAT THE CLUB WEB SITE IS DOWN BECAUSE IT IS BEING UPDATED. KC9KY WANTED TO HAVE A TABLE AT THE HAMFEST. KEITH PROVIDED INFO ON THE TABLES. KD9DGW, THE AFORMENTIONED KEITH, WAS FINALLY ON BREAK FROM WORK AT WALMART. N9NJS CHECKED IN MOBILE FROM NEW BADEN IN CLINTON COUNTY. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE LEE WAS HEARD ON THE NET.
AB0TO REPORTED THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL NEW HAMS AS A RESULT OF TESTING AT CLIFF CAVE. KA9VKC REPORTED IT IS ANTENNA SEASON. WATCH OUT FOR THUNDERBOOMERS. N9BSO FRED IN ST. LOUIS JUST HAPPENED TO HEAR THE NET GOING ON AND CHECKED IN. THE RAIN REPORT WAS PLAYED. MITCH STERN WAS THE SPEAKER. IT WAS A SHORT NET DUE TO THE FINE WX AND THE GRASS THAT NEEDED MOWING. TOTAL QNI WAS ONLY 15 INCLUDING NCS. 05/26/2015 Net started at 8pm St Louis time with WA0LIS as Net Control Station and K7RMJ logging and taking net notes. Emergency Traffic = None Special Announcements = 1 - WA0JCO, Next week will be the first Thursday in June, and there will be a meeting of Egyptian Radio Club. Anderson Hospital Also, June 14th will be Egyptian Fest Short/Mobile Time = 2 - KA9ZTJ, Mary, Good evening to net, hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial day. Enjoying the evening. 3 - KD0CIV, Dolores, Good evening everybody. She has been out of State in Florida and recently got back. Wanted to just say hello to everybody. 4 - KC9YFV, Ray, New batteries in the hand held work. Good evening net, Watching the ball game and that is why he is short time. 5 - N9NJS, Brent Lee, rather scratchy into the repeater, help everybody, especially Frank and Pat haven't heard from them lately. 6 - KD9DGW, Keith, on break from Wal-Mart. Echo Link =
Regular Check In = 7 - K7RMJ, Frank, practicing his loafing skills preparing for retirement, speaking of which, reminder to Marty N9PPJ, it is time to get a work party together and bring the tower down. Frank will have BRATW and Burgers for the work partry. 8 - WA0LIS, John, opposite of Frank he has been retired a couple of years. John's hickory tree... he was mowing the yard and that darn hickory tree tried to do him in. A breeze came up and the tree dropped a 5 inch diameter branch just a few feet behind him. The day before that, KC9ZCA built a rack for his radios and didn't like the paint so John painted it and got it finished about 1 minute before net started. Just in time. 9 - KC0ZIW, Pat, Pat in Cold Water Creek township. He is waiting for the arrival of his new HF antenna. He is scheduled for Minor surgery
on his hand tomorrow so he will be busy for a whi8le. He doesn't know if he is bragging or complaining so 73 to all. 10 - N9PPJ, Marty, nobody on Echo Link and he has a RAIN report for us. They are having a series of good operating procedures for us tonight, about Public Service event operation. He says he cut the grass today and did some weeding. It needed to be done before the city sends hima letter. He says, yes, he will getr together a work party to take that tower down before it gets too hot. 11 - WA0KUZ, Jim, he is in the kitchen feeding his face so please excuse the smacking. Hopes everyone had a good Memorial day, he sure did. Went to Cracker Barrel today and the food was tremendous and the service was lousy. Terrible service. But the food was great. They had a good time in spite of the service. Jim is going to turn the ball game on and see how they are doing. 12 - KD0YYG, Alan, corrected NCS on his call. Good to hear everyone tonight, looking forward to the hamfest. Hopes they have good food again. Gets to meet some more guys he has talked to on the radio. N9BSO, Fred, Checked in last week too, should be able to check in most Tuesdays. Just moved to the area in December. Originally was an '8' call sign. He lived in west county until recently and is now getting settled into his new location. 13 - KA9BGT, James, not much to add. Question, is the ham fest the 13th or 14th? NCS advised it is always the 2nd Sunday in June, on the 14th and will be over at our clubhouse. N0RSP, Mike, Good evening all. Egyptian fest is June 14th over at Holy Family Community center, 2600 Washington in Granite City. Opens at 8am on Sunday the 14th. We will have some vendors and tailgating again this year. Mike is just getting over the sinus infection. (same thing K7RMJ had and just got over)
Second round of check-ins 14 - Sheldon, KC0UEQ, Just checking on for the count, Just got done with Daughters ball game and going through Dairy Queen drive through. NCS called for N9PPJ to play the RAIN report. Marty says AD0JA, Jacob is in from Wright City 15 - AD0JA, Jacob, Warren County. Doing good tonight. Last time he tried echo link it was down, this time it is up. The week before the Egyptian fest KD0KC and he will be setting WSSP Rail road, They will have UHF, VHF and HF set up. They get a lot of people come by so they decided to set up the radio system. Now, let's try the RAIN Report again. N9PPJ played the rain report at 8:34 PM PART-3 Public Service Radio Support tips and comments. If you have been involved in one you may have encountered poor operating procedures between the publi8c service entity and ham radio and others. Golden Rule
, The reason Ham Radio Exists is to provide a public service when needed. We MUST remember that when we are working for non-hams, we are literally WORKING for THEM. When working for an emergency organization make sure you talk slowly precisely and clearly. Make sure you are prepared with equipment, spare batteries, appropriate radio equipment, paperwork, and endurance. Each of the various emergency communications groups have their own procedures and language. You need to learn their language and operating procedures. You are working for THEM. Questions to think about.
If you are called into action, is your equipment ready and batteries charged? If the power has been off for weeks would you be able to communicate? Can you charge your batteries? Would you be able to emotionally handle it if YOUR area is struck by disaster? How do you become a better operator? Try CONTESTING. It is a great way to meet many people. You learn how to summarize your life in one sentence. It is a great way to work new countries and all states in a short period of time. If you like collecting cards or wall paper it is a good way to do it. You learn how to make contacts in difficult radio conditions. You contact the most number of stations in the most defined areas in the prescribed period of time and you make sure you keep a good log and get it right the first time. You can operate voice, CW, digital modes, etc. There are DX contests and there are State-side only. State side you don't need the huge antennas and maximum power to be effective. RAIN Report finished at 8:51 pm. Call for Late Check-ins. 16 - W9SYB, Rocky, just jumped in to say hi. Had another meeting tonight so he is late for net. 17 - WA9KJV, Larry, He has been moving his son into new house and very busy. He says the Open House was very well attended, it went extremely well, around 25 or more people. Good information, good friends, good fun. According to Bill, we had two guys make their first contact. We need to do it again. Good discussin=s till around 10:30 pm so it was really good. 18 - KA9VKC, Nolan, good evening net, Remember tomorrow night at 7pm, 28.420 MHz the 10-10 net meets. Lots of good discussions about future events
at the open house. Get ready for the Ham Fest and Field Day. Also RT-66 is coming up on the 13th. N9SIM, Shawn in Roxana, IL, Good evening net, not much for the net., he says he has some odds and ends for sale, couple of radios and antennas and wants to see what he needs to set up a tailgate spot in the parking lot for the Egyptian Fest. NCX called WA9KJV to answer the question. Larry says $5 plus an admission ticket for tail=gating, probably park on the grass woith the nose of the vehicle over the parking lot. Larry reminded him you can still get an inside table. 18 Stations checked into the net this evening. Net closed at 9:01 pm
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General Club Information The club holds a monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month and is open to all. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings. The next meeting is June 4th, at 6:30pm at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. It is in the Physician's Office Building. Check the display by the elevators for the location. Members tend to arrive early to socialize, and the actual meeting starts at 6:30pm. After the meeting, there is usually a social gathering at a local restaurant. "The meeting after the meeting." The club has a informal net every Tuesday at 8:00pm on 146.76. The PL and time-out timer are turned off for the net. You do NOT need to be a member to participate or use the repeater, as it is open to ALL licensed Amateurs. Be sure to "stop in" and say hi! Net Control Schedule 04/07/15 = K7RMJ 04/14/15 = WA0LIS 04/21/15 = WA0JCO 04/28/15 = K7RMJ 05/05/15 = WA0LIS 05/12/15 = WA0JCO
05/19/15 = K7RMJ 05/26/15 = WA0LIS 06/02/15 = K7RMJ 06/09/15 = WA0LIS 06/16/15 = WA0JCO 06/23/15 = K7RMJ 06/30/15 = WA0LIS Anyone interested in joining the Egyptian Radio Club will find an application at the end of this newsletter. Contact us; WebMaster - [email protected]
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT We are advertising for another new Net Control Station. If you know of anyone who might be willing to help us out please put them in contact with me and I will send them a welcome letter and the appropriate information needed to execute this honorable position. My email address is [email protected]
and I can be reached by phone at 615796-0314. The requirements are an agreement to work for low pay, the capacity to drink gallons of "Wish Coffee" and the digestive disposition to eat copious amounts of "Donut Holes" along with an even temperament, good operating practices and the desire to help others is. Previous net control experience is very desirable. The Net Control Station must also be a member of the Egyptian Radio Club even though you do NOT need to be a member of any radio club to join the net.
Artwork by Phillip "Gil" Gildersleeve, W1CJD/SK. Longtime Staff Artist at ARRL HQ This painting is the property of the Egyptian Radio Club and is on loan to the ARRL. It hangs in the entrance foyer at HQ.
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