If you are a fan of the Ham Nation Webcast on the TWiT network then you may have noticed that W4NJA.ORG was the website of the week. Big shout out to Bill KY2O for submitting this for us. If you haven’t seen any of the episodes then check them out at twit.tv/hn. The hosts are Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA. Our episode is 135. If you haven’t seen it yet check out the video below. Very cool!
PARA now has a new location for our monthly meetings. Starting March 10th (our next PARA meeting) we will meet in the Emerging Technology Center room 140 on the WKCTC Campus. Meeting time will remain the same at 7 PM. For a layout of the building click here.
The third annual Princeton hamfest will be June 7th, 2014 8AM until 1PM. See flyer below for details. www.w4kbl.org.
We had another really good turnout for the February meeting with 28 in attendance. Not a bad number when it’s 10 degrees outside.
The big news of the night was the W1AW contest. The ARRL Centennial Celebration was presented by Paul for operations on March, 5 2014 at 6 PM. This will be held at Mike Newman’s QTH using W1AW/4 in a contest setting. If your interested in operating please email Paul and let him know.
Another topic to keep in mind is the possibility that we might need to relocate our monthly meetings. In the past several months we have been forced to use the student lounge at WKCTC instead of our normal room 142. If anyone has a place they know of that could accommodate between 20-35 people, send one of the officers an email.
Show us your shack!!! We are needing photos or video of your shack to put on the website. If you have a few photos or video to send you can email them here or you can upload them to an online viewer (skydrive, dropbox, ect…) as long as they are set to public. We would like to have a nice spot on the website to showcase these so please take a couple of minutes and email them to me.
The new website has a nice RSS source that you can use with your phone or tablet. If you use any feed reader app (flipboard, feedly, ect…) you can access the feed by entering the address: https://w4nja.org/feed in the search bar. Every post that is made will automatically show up in your reader.
Net control operators were set for February. See the net control page for schedules.
Don’t forget that the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet every Thursday at Michael’s Pizzeria in Paducah at 11AM for lunch. Come have lunch and meet some of the local hams. It’s a good time. Click here for directions to Michael’s.
We had another good night of testing with 3 upgrading to General Class and 2 upgrading to Amateur Extra. Congratulations guys!
Club dues are due. The club now accepts all major credit cards. If you are interested in membership or need to pay dues contact ND4X.
73’s – Rob KC9VFV
In this months QST Magazine, Feb. 2014 on page 49, there is an article about “Real Signal Reports in Real Time” using JT-65 in the digital modes.
In the example picture that they used, WA9WJL
is contacting CA3SOC
(Raul in Santiago, Cordillera Chile) receiving a signal strength of R-12 and completing with a 73 on the 10 meter band, 28.076 Mhz. . What Luck! Very cool Ken!
Whether you’ve been into ham radio for years or you’re a newbie chances are you have purchased one the the low cost Baofeng radios. It for sure is a nice little radio and great for a beginner Ham operator, but the instructions that come with this radio are lacking to say the least. You can’t beat these for the money. At the time I bought mine I gave exactly $35 for it…shipping and all. Now the same radio is around $30.
This video is one of the better ones to help explain programming.
For the latest version of the Chirp software click here.