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.
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
What did Field Day 2017 mean to me?
I posted that question on Facebook to trigger some responses, and as I thought about it, if I were to answer that question…I could write a book, as to relay what it has meant to me.
Recognizing that just like the whole concept of Amateur Radio, it is an individual thing.
But, then like in some other things, what is the fun in being alone, when there are others doing the same thing or nearly the same thing.
I feel I must point out something. I never excelled in team sports where there is quarterback, or point guard, that drives the whole team, and expects absolute obedience, for while I consider myself a team player, I tend to ‘experiment’ with the boundaries, I crave to be ‘creative’, so, while understanding the need for those other kinds of Teams, I stay away from Teams that don’t allow questioning the next move. And I absolutely Run away from any Team with a Pistol Pete, as I prefer a Team that moves forward as Team, not one that puts anyone on a pedestal.
I love the story of the SS Robert E. Peary, a Liberty Ship built during WWII that was launched 4 days and 15 1/2 hours after the keel was laid. There was a Team that I could have been on. No one quarterback nor point guard could pull that off, that took a Team of Quarterbacks working with each other, not against each other, nor competing with each other, as each piece of that ship had to be ready to slide into place at exactly the right moment, or a really fast recovery had better be ready to put into place. My kind of competition….me against myself. Where failure isn’t failing, its a learning experience.
So, the question was Field Day? I penned a phrase, of which I am sure it ain’t original, some time back, actually it was on the obligatory trip to Disney World after someone wins the Superbowl, or gets a diagnosis that is about as rare. It went like this’ No Regrets, Bucket List Tour’ and it was stenciled on a sheet of coroplast stuck in the ground in front of my RV at Fort Wilderness. So, yes, Field Day, with No Regrets, and a few Check Offs on the List.
Only being licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator for the first time last October, I have been working hard on my List.
This was my first Field Day. I didn’t personally make one radio contact. But, I consider it a success for me. Working within my limitations, I made a few contributions to the team, but I gained so much more. I observed most of the radio operators and loggers doing their thing.
I was allowed to share some of my creative ideas in a side room, where the club has started a Builders Group ( also called WeCanHams.com ) and I saw more new ideas come back at me than I can work in year. I saw the twinkle in someone else’s eye….who after 5 hours of trying various ways to solder a thru hole component in a PCB, finally was satisfied with the result….
and I am sure that many projects will follow that soldering adventure….I figure that at least 120 years of soldering experience was shared in that effort…THAT IS MY KIND OF TEAM. At one point, it resulted in a run to the kitchen to cut a corner off a pot scrubber….not a Pistol Pete move….but a Team move.
I had been told to make the move from 2 meter HT’s to HF required many hundreds of dollars, and a thousand dollars was tossed out there very often as what I should expect to spend. So, before Field Day, I tested this theory, by building a BitX40 kit for $59, and putting it on the air with a jump start battery for power and some galvanized fence wire for an antenna.
On the second Day of Field Day I took my Tour on the Road, down one the spokes on the HUB, to an affiliated Field Day site at HHART, and I had the extreme pleasure of lighting up someone else’s eyes. When I overheard that someone was thinking about getting that kit….I asked, ‘wanna play with one?’ It was exciting to watch and be a part of the ‘Team’ making that QSO, even though I was sitting in a chair just watching. He was heard saying after that he was ordering two BitX40’s.
And we should never forget a two transistor Pixie…just for fun…and plenty of learning.
So, what did Field Day mean to me? Making a lot of up close and personal connections in a sport that is usually done at long range. And quite a few more Check Off’s on the List.
LARC was Featured in the local newspaper Field Day 2017, check it out!
So as Field Day 2017 has came to an end I have to post how proud I am of my LARC family. This year we were sort of thin due to members having family and other obligations,but I can not put into words how proud I am of our club. This year we added a few new twists to our FD activities which I believe was a hit! Our builders group had a session which was only slotted to be about 2 hours ended up lasting nearly 8! We had Testing which resulted in a new ticket and club member! We had over 50 visitors some of who literally saw our FB posts and came by, others heard our members talking on various repeaters swung by to join the fun!!!! Field Day is always special but this year it just felt more special than most. On top of that we operated one less station than last year and made over 100 more contacts. I just want everyone to know how proud an honored I am to be a part of this club. We are far from perfect, have different opinions, disagree about things but we work them out for the better of our hobby and group. We do not ban people, we don’t point out each other’s flaws publicly, we work them out like adults. This shows when we do events like last weekend! In closing, just a big thank you to those who helped, stopped in, brought food and especially smiles and laughter! Hyde WX4HYD
This last weekend was my first ever ARRL Field Day. A wonderful experience I recommend any ham to take part in. I worked about 18 contacts on 80 and 40 meters solo then 60 more or so teamed with Jim Sipprell on 40 and 15 meters. You can really fly thru the contacts if teamed up with someone. I also learned I like the Icom 706MK a lot and plan to add one to my station as soon as I can. Great little radio. Working with the wonderful members of the LARC, I realized how important the companionship of others who share your joy of amateur radios is to this hobby and your immersion into it is. I have pledged to myself to become more active in the club and on the airways. Thank you everyone for a great day!
We received this note from a fellow Ham, check it out.