There is something behind that STOP sign, and at 1pm today it will be removed. Get Ready
Lakeway Amateur Radio Club Builders Group
The purpose of this group is to foster and accommodate the art of DIY in Ham Radio. The group is available to new and experienced hams in the Lakeway Area in East Tennessee. Projects vary from simple antenna construction to projects using
microprocessors such as the PIC and Arduino.
Oldest Ham F8IL, SK
Jean Touzot, F8IL, of Albi, France — said to have been the world’s oldest radio amateur — has died. The “dean of French radio amateurs,” Touzot was 109 and enjoyed operating CW with an old-fashioned hand key and a modern Yaesu transceiver. He “retired from the airwaves for health reasons” at age 105 in 2014, according to media accounts. Until then he had been active on the air, making daily contacts on 80-meter CW with other stations in France. In stepping back from his ham activity, Touzot said he no longer was able to send CW and made “too many mistakes.”
He was a member of France’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society REF as well as of the Union of French Telegraphists (UFT).
Born in Algeria, Touzot had been on the air since 1936 and had learned CW in 2 months during his time in the military. Prior to military service, he attended the Technical Institute of Toulouse and became an industrial designer, retiring in 1966.
Touzot received considerable acclaim in 2009, when he became a centenarian. Among his gifts was a special Morse key created especially for him.
No official records are kept to document who is the oldest radio amateur.
Coming up on the Event schedule
Get ready for an antenna party!!!
SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday, December 2
SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.
Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
SRD was developed jointly in 1999 by the NWS and ARRL to celebrate the contributions SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission — the protection of life and property. Amateur Radio operators, which comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers, also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency managers, if normal communications become inoperative. [The National Weather Service and ARRL have been formal partners since 1986].
LARC joins the Rose Center at Mountain Makins this weekend Sat and Sun. come by and see us and operatre on the air with amateur radio.
42nd Annual Mountain Makins Festival
October 27-29, 2017
Celebrating 42 Years of Family Fun!
Mountain Makins is an award-winning festival which started in 1976 as a way to raise funds to save historic Rose School. The festival continues to support the preservation of the Rose School building, provides Arts Education for residents of 5 counties, and serves to keep Appalachian history and culture vibrant and alive for generations to come. Festival goers come year after year, from distances far and wide, to immerse themselves in the very best of Appalachian culture, food, music, dance, crafts, artwork, and fun!
The celebration begins with a Preview Party on Friday, October 27. Advance-only tickets for this special event are $25. Guests will be treated to a gourmet buffet and exclusive early-bird shopping. Additionally, Preview guests are admitted to the festival free on both Saturday and Sunday. (Festival Hack–Preview Tickets bring best value and access to the festival.)
Check out the article published to the ARRL website. This article is going viral across various Facebook groups and pages, its good to see our local radio club and builders group in a positive light to the radio community. Many many thanks goes to the vision of L.A.R.C member Craig Thibodeaux, KM4YEC. Craig has worked diligently with the help of other club members, especially Dan W4DOD, they have developed a consistent plan of advancement in the Bitx-40 project build, which puts a low cost 40 meter SSB radio in operation for qrp communications. The builders club is openingly sharing this process. Come join the builders group at the next build session on Nov. 18th. 2017, 2:00 P.M, at the Jefferson City Library, Jefferson City, TN. The group is known as the WE Can Hams Builders Group, website is www.wecanhams.com.
Thanks to the builders, and Radio Shack’s willingness to partner with LARC. Many joint projects are being planned out for the local community.
Club President, Dale Knight AB4DK
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!
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.
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
- 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.