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

 

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.

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