November Monthly Meeting

Well another year is almost gone and our turnout for the last regular club meeting of 2014 was pretty good at 23 attendees.  A reminder that the December 8th meeting will actually be the PARA Christmas Party.  The dinner will be held at Casa Mexican in Paducah at 7 PM.  The next regular club meeting will be January 12th.

Among topics discussed at the meeting were selecting volunteers to be on the officers selection committee.  Jerry Foland WA4TTL and Fred Carter AI4EY volunteered for the job.

Paul Smith requested a By-Law change in the mode to contact members. In the past it said members would be notified by mail and due to the advances in technology was suggested to say Email.  It was voted on and passed.

Bruce KS4V said he had a Mirage 10W in 80W out 2 meter amplifier that belonged to the club.  He suggested selling it for a donation to the club.  No response at this time.  Contact Bruce if you are interested.

Daniel KG4JXH reminded of us of to meet on the 147.060 PL 179.9 repeater on Thursday nights @ 9:00 pm (03:00 UTC) for a roundtable net.

Net Control Operators have been set all the way to January 11 because of the holidays.  To view the NCO’s click here.

We still need more submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” page.  Email me a couple of pictures of your shack so we can add it to the website.  Be sure and include your call sign.

Congratulations to the 3 who tested and passed exams Monday night.  Our own Ken Wontor WA9WJL upgraded to Extra Class.  Way to go Ken!

Finally, Ken WA9WJL gave a presentation on End Fed Zepp Antennas and the theory behind it.  To view the video click here or watch the clip below.

Until next time….73′s

Rob KC9VFV

October Monthly Meeting

     We had 15 brave Amateurs in attendance last night HI, a good but lower number, due to the stormy weather. Two guests were with us, with three people testing, all passed. Ken Krahl, KM4DTS passed his General Class, Benjamin Selph passed his General Class test, Joe Grimes passed the Technician Class as well. Congratulations guys!
     Monday’s weather was just a reminder of the need for more participation in the Sunday night at 9 pm, Purchase Area Emergency Weather and Traffic Net, PAEWTN. The weather in recent years has been extreme at times, and Amateur Radio is a powerful resource that has over the last 100 years, stepped in during times of emergencies and disasters. One member, Frank, KY4LDS suggested adding a “Check Box” in the sign in sheet to indicate participation in the PAEWTN net. The motion passed, and in the future, we can put a number in the box, to indicate our efforts to help in times of emergencies. Weather Spotting is one way to help our fellow man, and the training is available to those interested.
     Net Control operators have been set for the next four weeks.  To view the NCO’s click here.
     Ken’s WA9WJL,” VSWR Explained” video is here:  
     Mike Newman mentioned Club officer’s positions for 2015, will be discussed at the next meeting. Those interested in serving their Club, should consider these positions. Plus, it’s fun to give back to such a great hobby as Amateur Radio! The Christmas Dinner will be held at Casa Mexicana, December 8 at 6pm. Bring your appetites for some great Mexican food.   Gene N4FZ

September Monthly Meeting

     We had a full house last night at the PARA meeting, with 23 in attendance, a fine looking bunch, HI. PARA President Mike Newman mentioned that the NWS Open House is coming up in two weeks, The NWS Open House website link is: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=pah&storyid=103700&source=0 . Looks like a great opportunity for Amateurs and the Community to rub elbows, and learn about our regional NWS site, near Barkley Regional Airport. Jeff Weilgos, KB9BVL is a contact person for more information on volunteering for the event.
     George Lankton, W4TPC, has some radio equipment, an Icom IC706MKII HF transceiver, a Mosley HF beam antenna and 45′ crank up tower for sale. Give George a call if you are interested in any those items.
     Several computer programs were discussed at the meeting last night, including the VE7CC Cluster program, which Ed Pflueger, AB4IQ, and other Club members have set up as a local “node”, W4NJA-1. This allows our Club members and others to connect to the VE7CC-1 node, and several others, which link together. These connections allow local DXers to be able to spot any stations heard from exotic locations, worldwide. Also, Ed has tied his DXbase2007 program into the local node, in order to process any spots which include DX entities he  made need for DXCC awards.
     Ron Cowherd, K4GYD, Discussed the six meter band, and that it was a new band for him to be able to operate on. Ron has found a good website, DXMaps2.6,http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/map.php?Map=NA   which shows propagation and spots on all the amateur bands, six meters included. This site is a great resource for DXers and those interested in propagation.
     Ken Wontor, WA9WJL, found some real gems once again, including; “Windom antenna build”, by W1GV, which describes the theory behind the Windom antenna. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PbOfZYzCUE . Also, “Shortwave Radio from WWII, “Voice of Victory, part 2, 1944″, Hallicrafter’s SCR-299 HT-4 transmitter”. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TURd_XVpwvk .
     We have five new Purchase Area Emergency Weather and Traffic Net, net controls for the month of September through October 12. To view the NCO’s click here. Be sure to mark you calenders for the next PARA Club meeting is October 13. See you there, 73.
Gene, N4FZ

Countdown to W4DXCC

For Immediate Release to ALL Amateur Radio Operators

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The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention located in Pigeon Forge, TN starts September 26th and 27th, that’s in 30 days.  This is our 10th year and it will be another great event.

The presentation schedule is full and packed with presentations.  We have had two new arrivals, Heil Sound and Steppir Antennas.  Our manufacturers are located in the lobby right outside of the conference hall allowing you easy access to all the gear.  Come and have a one on one conversation with the manufacturers and twist the knobs.

Heil Sound will have two workshops called “The Science of Audio” on Saturday.  Come learn how to improve your audio from Bob Heil himself. 

We will conduct Amateur FCC License testing.  It’s a great time to upgrade or get your spouse or friends licensed.

Pigeon Forge is a wonderful place for the family too, bring the family and they can enjoy the local attractions while you enjoy the convention.

Check out the details here  W4DXCC > Home

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

 

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