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Understanding Repeater Antennas Part 2

Mr. W4KEV,  Kevin Duplantis will be the guest speaker and will present a program for Lakeway members and visitors at the L.A.R.C. meeting this month on Thursday Oct. 26th, 2017 at the Youth Building First Baptist Church, Morristown, TN.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM be there early to get your seat!

        

September Meeting Program

Come join us for an interesting program at our September’s meeting at the Jefferson City Library. September 28th, 2017.

WSPRNET 

we’ll be covering details of equipment used, software, antennas, computers, why it’s helpful, ways to use it! Get ready for another tools to use with Amateur Radio

WSPR (pronounced “whisper”) stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter”. It is a computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between amateur radio operators. The program was initially written by Joe Taylor, K1JT, but is now open source and is developed by a small team. The program is designed for sending and receiving low-power transmissions to test propagation paths on the MF and HF bands.

WSPR implements a protocol designed for probing potential propagation paths with low-power transmissions. Transmissions carry a station’s callsign, Maidenhead grid locator, and transmitter power in dBm. The program can decode signals with S/N as low as -28 dB in a 2500 Hz bandwidth. Stations with internet access can automatically upload their reception reports to a central database called WSPRnet, which includes a mapping facility.

Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

Thanks to Dan W4DOD for the info below.
The Tennessee Phone Net on 3980 was wiped out this morning by this solar event.
Dan
W4DOD

Early this morning (Sept. 6), the sun released two powerful solar flares — the second was the most powerful in more than a decade.

At 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT), an X-class solar flare — the most powerful sun-storm category — blasted from a large sunspot on the sun’s surface. That flare was the strongest since 2015, at X2.2, but it was dwarfed just 3 hours later, at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1202 GMT), by an X9.3 flare, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The last X9 flare occurred in 2006 (coming in at X9.0).

According to SWPC, the flares resulted in radio blackouts: high-frequency radio experienced a “wide area of blackouts, loss of contact for up to an hour over [the] sunlit side of Earth,” and low frequency communication, used in navigation, was degraded for an hour. [The Sun’s Wrath: Worst Solar Storms in History]

Read More at the Link below

Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP)

The SEQP will take place on August 21, 2017 from 1400 – 2200 UTC.
Partial eclipse begins at about 1600 UTC in Oregon ends at about 2015 UTC in South Carolina.
Forms for SEQP and RBN log uploading will be posted here on Monday, August 21.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes causing dramatic changes in both the ionosphere and HF propagation. The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is a HamSCI-ARRL sponsored operating event to generate data to study ionospheric changes during the eclipse. Not a ham radio operator yet? Learn more about it from the American Radio Relay League.

 

 

SEQP Rules

SEQP Logs

  • Sample Log File
  • N1MM+ now has a built-in SEQP logging module. Simply select “ECLIPSE” for log type. (Thanks to Nick NA3M for coding this!)
    • Bug notice: The signal report bug has been fixed. Please use N1MM+ v1.0.6585 or later.
  • Logs must be submitted by 2359 UTC Saturday, September 30, 2017.
  • A link to the log submission page for both SEQP and RBN logs will be posted here at the end of the SEQP.

Resources

EclipseMob Radio – Builders Group

This Saturday August 19, see you there!

K1T Special Event Station

I Just worked the K1T special station, on 20 meters, 14.265. @ 12:00 am. This event celebrates 70 years of Electronics kits by HeathKit. Great guy, great QSO, a very fitting Special Event since LARC started up its Builders group.  Go try to work this station.

Dale, AB4DK

Operating ONLY during:  00:00 UTC July 23, 2017 – 23:59:59 August 5, 2017
Make sure you are requesting a QSL card from the correct K1T station!!
https://www.qrz.com/db/K1T#QSL

VE Testing

VE Testing LARC Meetings

 

Thursday, August 24th. 2017
(4th Thursday of every month)
@ 5:00 P.M.
VE
Testing in Room 1
If you are interested in attending a testing session
to obtain your FCC License
Please email to let us know for confirmation.
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com

Walk ins are welcome:

When coming to a test session, be sure to bring:
Your current License,
A copy of your License,
Any orginal CSCE you have,
A copy of any CSCE Plus the Original,
Your SSN and FCC Licensee Number (Cores or FRN)
Photo ID,
If you are unlicensed bring:
2 ID’s( one with Photo)
Your SSN

Builders Group in Room 2
(note: always show and tell, along with builders group program)

@ 6:00 P.M.
Board Meeting in Room 1: After Testing
Social Gathering in Room 2
(note: this could also be extended builders group on some nights, show and tell, etc)

@ 7:00 P.M.
Meeting / Program in Room 2
Refreshments in Room 1

Where:
First Baptist Church Youth Center,
504 W Main St
Morristown, TN 37814.
Email for details or questions:
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com