August Monthly Meeting

Our August meeting has come and gone and we had 23 in attendance.

Gene N4FZ gave a report on the ARRL Centennial W1AW/4 Kentucky operations. For the week of July 31 – 5 August, there were 24,713 QSO’s made with 19 stations operating. The breakdown was CW: 7,728, SSB: 13,351, DATA: 3,634. The grand total for both weeks was 55,878 QSO’s made. Gene, N4FZ made 1,933 digi QSO’s signing W1AW/4 from his shack. Tim Totten, N4GN, and Glenn Petri, KE4KY coordinated the event.  Kentucky was well represented and accessible in this ARRL Centennial. Happy Birthday to the ARRL!

Bruce KS4V did a fine presentation on “HF Signals in the 20M Band Plan”.  This included modes such as CW, Hellschreiber, PSK31, Olivia, JT65, RTTY, Packet, Winlink, Pactor, SSTV and Digital Voice.  Bruce noted the availability of freeware on the internet makes these modes very easy to use and afford.  Thanks Bruce!

Net Control Operators have been set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.

And finally, Ken found a old short video made by MGM in 1939 called “Radio Hams”, which told stories of long ago and far away Ham Radio rescues of those in distress. The end will surprise you!
 
73’s
Gene N4FZ

 

July Monthly Meeting

Monday night was our monthly meeting and we had another decent turnout with 21 in attendance.

Our 2014 W4NJA Field Day scores were passed around for everyone to view. Final FD score was 5,810, and we made 1,375 QSO’s. We also
achieved WAS this year, working the elusive Rhode Island! Congratulations and thanks to all who attended Field Day!  If you haven’t seen this years scores you can check them out here.

Bruce Huyck VE, noted that those with expired Amateur licenses can take the Element 2 exam, or Technician  Class, to regain their former Amateur Radio license, according to the new FCC rules. Also, the new question pool is out July 1st. Bruce added that the ARRL website has free practice exams you can take, that now refer you to the test manuals for more background theory on the questions.

Our website is now Ad-Free!  On occasion our site would put an ad in the posts which was not control by the club.  As of Wednesday, July 16th those ads should no longer appear.

Net control operators have been set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.

Daniel, KG4JXH mentioned the 443.000 KD4DVI repeater is available and has great area coverage.  All hams are encouraged to use the repeater.  Also, starting this coming Thursday at 9PM on the W4NJA 147.060 repeater Daniel will be starting regular Thursday night nets.  These will be general ragchew nets and any radio friendly topics are welcome.

Paul Smith also noted the second week of the ARRL Centennial and W1AW/4 Kentucky is coming up July 30, and those interested in operating in it should contact Tim Totten, N4GN via email.

Logan, KG4VKB gave an excellent presentation on Echolink.  For those not familiar with Echolink it is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows radio amateurs to communicate with other amateur radio operators using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them.  For more information on Echolink visit their website at this location.  Thanks again Logan, great job.

Get on the radio!

73’s Rob KC9VFV

 

 

 

Co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014”

HR.4969 would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs).  PRB-1 states that local governments cannot preclude Amateur Radio communications; they must “reasonably accommodate” amateur operations, and the state and local regulations must be the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate governmental interest.

Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.  Since PRB-1 was enacted, the FCC has said several times that it would prefer to have some guidance from Congress before extending the policy to private land-use regulations.  HR.4969 will provide that guidance, and give PRB-1 the force of Federal law.

Radio amateurs, while providing a valuable and necessary service to their communities, are frequently and increasingly precluded from installing necessary equipment (antennas, coax, etc) by unreasonable private land-use restrictions, including restrictive CC&R covenants.  The net effect of HR.4969 passage will be to suppress those unreasonable restrictions and allow licensed amateurs to install reasonable equipment for practicing our hobby and having the means to serve our communities.

Sign Petition

Field Day Update

W4NJA Field Day Score Update

Our 2014 Total Estimated Score will be:

Bonus Points                      1,230

QSO Score                           4,468

GOTO Score                          112

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Total 2014 Estimate         5,810

Historical Analysis

Year                       QSOs                     Score

2014                       1,375                     5,810

2013                       1,965                     7,380

2012                       1,317                     5,118

2011                       1,292                     4,748

2010                       1,281                     4.402

2009                          921                      3,762

Field Day 2014 Submission Summary

Our Field Day 2014 activity summary has been submitted to the ARRL along with the supporting ADI/Cabrillo/Field Day Message files.

Last year we had 1,965 QSOs with a score total of 7,380.

This year we had 1,375 QSOs with a score total of 4,468.

The results are usually published in the December issue of QST.

To view the submission summary click the link below.

Field-Day-2014-Submission-Confirmation

73’s

Paul – ND4X

Field Day 2014 Starts Saturday June 28th

Hello Everyone,

Please remember that this Saturday and Sunday is Field Day !!!

We need some members to show up at around 6 AM Saturday (yea – I know that is early Ha Ha), to secure the covered shelters that we will use.  Mike Newman is one of the early risers, and will help lead that effort.

Some of the other members are meeting at Cracker Barrel by the mall around 6 AM.  Contact AB4IQ if you wish to join the group there.

The main setup effort will start around 8 AM.

Please come out and join us for 30 minutes anytime or the entire operating period.  Everyone is welcome.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM Central Time)Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2014 is June 28-29.

We really, really, really  need a couple of people to copy the ARRL Bulletin Friday night.  It is worth 100 Points (which is equal to 100 SSB QSOs, or 50 CW QSOs.)  The schedule follows:
W1AW Field Day Bulletin Transmission Schedule
Day    Mode      Pacific      Mountain        Central         Eastern        UTC
FRI     CW        5:00 PM     6:00 PM        7:00 PM       8:00 PM       0000 (Sat)
Digi         6:00 PM     7:00 PM       8:00 PM       9:00 PM       0100
Ph          6:45 PM      7:45 PM       8:45 PM       9:45 PM       0145
CW         8:00 PM     9:00 PM       10:00 PM      11:00 PM     0300
CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675, and 147.555 MHz.
Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095, 28.095, and 147.555 MHz.
Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390, 28.590, and 147.555 MHz

We will be at the same location we have used for the last several years.  Keiler Park, Broadway, Paducah, KY

We hope to see you there.  We will have 4 stations on the air, and at least 2 of them will be in air conditioning…..

73’s

Paul-ND4X

June Monthly Meeting

The June monthly meeting was another success with 19 in attendance with 2 guests.

Field Day is the 28th and 29th of this month.  For those not familiar with Field Day it is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators.  In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.  A great resource for Field Day can be found at the ARRL website.  For more information about W4NJA’s Field Day click on this month’s meeting minutes.

Starting this month all VE testing will be done on the EVEN numbered months directly after the monthly club meeting.  So the next testing session will be after the meeting in August.  If you are interesting in testing or upgrading please contact Bruce KS4V here.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s please click here.

WA9WJL  asked about log submission of check ins on Sunday’s Weather Net. New info: Check in logs should
be submitted to Garry Wheatley, EC, then to Jim Brooks, KY4Z, but only when there is an actual emergency or
weather event.  On a side note, W5CPT asked about the Echolink connection to the 147.060mHz W4NJA repeater, and KG4VKB
mentioned the EM protocol says “No Echolink per RF connection”, which means connection by computer only.
PC, MAC, Android and IOS is supported.  For more information on Echolink check out there website.

We really hope to see many of you at Field Day this year.  Operators are always needed and it’s a great time to forget everything else and play radio all day.  Hope to see you all there!

73’s

Rob – KC9VFV

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