Inquiring minds wana know……
Come join us for an interesting program at our September’s meeting at the Jefferson City Library. September 28th, 2017.
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.
Thanks to Dan W4DOD for the info below.
The Tennessee Phone Net on 3980 was wiped out this morning by this solar event.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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)
If you are unlicensed bring:
2 ID’s( one with Photo)
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
First Baptist Church Youth Center,
504 W Main St
Morristown, TN 37814.
Email for details or questions:
Recently, Lakeway Amateur Radio Club – Builder’s Group, was searching for an additional meeting space for its group building sessions. After looking at the new library in Jefferson City it was discovered that there were no Amateur Radio books on the shelf.
So, a careful preflight inspection was done: Large Conference Room seats 100 at capacity.
Full multi-media facility with wifi, computers, projector, drop down large media screen, sound system. They even let us solder our radio kits (when we are very careful).
We even found a large back porch with really comfortable reading chairs, under the large ceiling fans, and as you can see: the back porch is shaded in the afternoon.
So, shaded in the afternoon in summer, and a large fireplace for the winter? So, for reading or operating radios or soldering on the back porch during a Builders Group Session, this venue is hard to beat.
Lakeway Amateur Radio Club – giving back to the library.
So, Lakeway Amateur Radio Club – Builders Group – WeCanHams at work, assembling a HF (High Frequency) 40 Meter Band – 7 MHz kit Radio at one of our 3rd Saturday of each month Building Sessions. Whether you call it a Builders Group, Homebrewing, Makers, Tinkering, Hacking, or just having fun, the Jefferson City Library is where its at!
And don’t forget the back porch, whether you curl up with your favorite book (maybe that ARRL Handbook) or join the Builders Group (WeCanHams.com) for some afternoon relaxation.
Many Thanks to Jefferson City Library and its very helpful and friendly staff.
LARC will be participating in this event by providing communications assistance to event sponsors. More info to follow.
When: JULY 22:
Alps 26th Annual “ Walk to Remember”
Build a team or walk as an individual. All money you raise stays in Morristown, providing affordable adult day care for Lakeway residents and caregiving support for their families.
Grainger County Tomato Festival TN.
Hours: Friday 28 noon to 8pm
Saturday 29 9am to 6pm
Sunday 30 noon to 5pmGrainger County Tomato Festival
7480 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge Tn 37861
The festival is always the last full weekend in July in Rutledge,Tennessee. Be sure to mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss it.