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2015 Veterans Day Parade - ARES Operations

 Wayne County - ARES

 

Veterans Day Parade Detail

 

November 7, 2015

 

When: Parade starts at noon

 

Where: 12th street and runs to 5th street

 

 

 

I would like for us to meet at the parking lot at 10th and Main street between 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be 7 stations if we have 7 operators (one at each intersection)

 

We need to be on the station by 11:15 AM.

 

We will be operating an informal net with an official check-in with call sign and then we will be using the station number (Street Number of the Intersection) and then finally closing with your call sign.

 

We will be operating on the Wayne County ARES / RACES Frequency of 146.430 Simplex with no tone. The backup Frequency will be the Reid Repeater 147.465 with a minus. .9 offset and a tone of 131.8

 

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me at 765-969-2599 or kb9zjv@jeffanorris.com.

 

Thanks for you help,

Jeff Norris - KB9ZJV

Club Picnic Saturday October 3rd at NOON

 Greetings fellow club members,

 

WVARC will be holding a Club Picnic on Saturday, October 3rd at noon.  The picnic will be held at the Ken Rueth residence on US40, just east of the Wayne County Highway Garage.

All club members and their family are invited.

Anyone planning on participating should RSVP.  Please send an email to siteadmin@wvarc.org, or TEXT (don't call) 765-551-7685.

We need everyone to RSVP so that we have enough food available for everyone.  Feel free to bring a side dish, dessert, or anything you would like to bring (not required).

I look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

 

Sean

Radio Panadapter project

 I recently came across a panadapter buffer board designed by G4HUP  (http://www.g4hup.com) and decided that it would be a really nifty feature to be able to have a visual representation the signals adjacent to the tuned frequency.

Thanks to a fellow ham who did the soldering for me (THANKS W8VFR!), I now have the board installed and functional.

Basically, we tapped the radio's IF (at very high impendence, so as to not affect the main receiver sensitivity).  Then this signal is amplified about 1dB, then output to an SMA connector installed in the rear of the radio.  Finally, we connect the buffer board's output to an RTL-SDR USB stick, which interfaces to a modified android device running an app called "RF Analyzer".

The total cost of the project is around $100:  Android device:  $50, RTL-SDR USB stick:  $15, G4HUP buffer board $35, homebrew USB interface cable $0.

The result is a fully functional spectrum analyzer / waterfall display connected to the radio's IF.  This gives me a 30-KHz wide view of the spectrum.  I can see 15Khz on either side of the tuned frequency.

My particular radio has a common IF for all bands (160m - 70cm), so the panadapter works no matter which frequency I'm tuned to.

This is a really neat project, and I feel that I've added alot of value to my Yaesu FT-897d.  This could be VERY useful on field day - use your imagination :)

Attached is a picture of the PAT board installed inside the radio, and also a picture of the panadapter in action on 40m.

 

Enjoy!!!!

73,

Sean

KS9N

Panadapter

Packet Radio

 I have recently wth the help of Buster KG9ND, gotten my packet station up and running. 

It has been fun getting setup and testing.  

Believe it or not there is packet traffic around Wayen County, IN. 

 

73

Jeff Norris

KB9ZJV

Ham Radio Classes Forming NOW!

The Whitewater Valley Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 10 week course where you can learn everything you need to earn your Technician (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio License.

The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio...

...and now you do not need to learn Morse code!

Classes begin on February, 18th 7:00PM

VFW Post 1108, 213 S. 8th St, Richmond, IN  47374

Classes are FREE, but the ARRL Technician Manual is required.  Provide your own copy, or one can be purchased at cost.

Please RSVP

Contact Ken Rueth kprueth@earthlink.net  765-855-2404

QST Magazines dating back to 1947

 Alan Weber KC9JWO has informed me that the Anderson radio club has multiple copies of the QST Magazine dating back to 1947 available. They are looking for someone interested to take them as they are moving and don't have the space. If you are interested, please contact Alan at kc9jwo@outlook.com.

Thank you!

Marc Cromis KD9BPQ

Russian Digital Radio Club MultiMode Contest Nov 15/16

Hi guys.  I received this message through the website's "contact us" form.

Yuri sent a message using the contact form at

http://www.wvarc.org/?q=contact.

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs
all over the world to participate in the 1st Russian WW MultiMode Contest
2014. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as
possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in
Russia.

We invite all fans of all modes to take part in contest from 12.00 UTC on
Saturday 15th November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 16th November, 2014. Types of
modulation: BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB. The repeated contacts are permitted on
different bands and different modes providing that a contact will be made not
earlier than in 3 minutes. The output power should not exceed 10 watts on 160
meters and 100 watts on other bands. The operator may change the bands no
more than 10 times within calendar hour (with zero on 59-th minute of each
hour). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160 m, 80
m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m.
Prizes and certificates in all categories:
SOAB - BPSK63-CW-RTTY-SSB
SOAB - BPSK63-CW-RTTY
SOAB - BPSK63-CW-SSB
SOAB - BPSK63-RTTY-SSB
SOAB - CW-RTTY-SSB
SOAB - BPSK63-CW
SOAB - BPSK63-RTTY
SOAB - BPSK63-SSB
SOAB - BPSK63-SSB
SOAB - RTTY-SSB
SOAB - CW-RTTY
SOAB - CW-SSB
MOAB - BPSK63-CW-RTTY-SSB

For more info please visit Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2014 Rules:
http://www.rdrclub.ru/russian-ww-multimode-contest/159-rus-ww-multimode-...

You should send your log upload via the Web interface
http://ua9qcq.com/en/submit_log.php?lang=en

All logs must be sent no later than 14 days after the contest (23:59 UTC on
30th November 2014).

 

Amateur Radio Entry-Level Classes available 9-24-14

 WVARC will be offering Amateur Radio Entry-Level Classes in Richmond, Indiana.

Learn about amateur radio and earn your FCC Technician Class License.

Classes are FREE.  Materials required are:  ARRL Technician License Manual.  Provide your own copy or (if available) one can be purchased at cost from the club.

Classes will be conducted at VFW Post 1108 on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM starting:  September 24, 2014.

For more information, contact:

Ron Weadick 765-969-5767 ronweadick@comcast.net  or

Ken Rueth 765-855-2404 kprueth@earthlink.net

Boy Scout Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA)

Marc Cromis, KD9BPQ ( kd9bpq@gmail.com ) is organizing a Scout station for this years Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) on October 18th 2014:

On Monday, August 18, 2014, Marc Cromis <kd9bpq@gmail.com> wrote:

Just got some more information on the setup of where the troop will be.  They will be at the Old Trails Gun Club range on Beeson Road.  The have a dining shelter where we can set up at.  There is no power at this location, however, they do have a gas generator.  I know some of you have done Field Day and I think this would be a way to show off how we can still communicate without electricity.  If this puts a bind into the works, please let me know.
 
Time wise, we are looking at having cub scouts from approximately 1-5pm and the boy scouts in the evening.  Yes, we will be in the valley.  I would like to see what contacts we can make from down there.
 
If there is anyone that is able to help with this, please let me know.  I am working on other activities to keep the scouts busy while not on the air.  Let's try to get a commitment from anyone in the club that is able to help out by Sunday, August 31st.
 
Thanks again!
Marc Cromis

 

JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. 

We hope to have a couple of HF stations operating so that Scouts can talk to other Scouts all over the world.  Ideally a few people could bring their "Field Day" setup, and help out for the day. I'm sure Troop 16 would feed us some of their good camp chow for dinner!

 

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