Category Archives: Monthly Meeting

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

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

 

 

 

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

May Monthly Meeting

The May meeting of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association was another successful one with 23 in attendance.

Among subjects discussed was our annual Christmas dinner.  The Christmas party this year will be at Casa Mexicana on December 8th at 6 PM.  This is a nice opportunity to hang out with other hams and have a good dinner.  Don’t miss out.

Also discussed was that there will only be one more meeting before Field Day.  Ed noted we will have 4 stations operating 3A, with a GOTA station. The Icom 7200 will be the GOTA rig,  Ed’s Omni           VII for CW.  More Field Day preparation to be discussed at the June     9th PARA Club meeting.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To see the NCO’s go to the Net Control Operator page.

We’re still needing some “Shack” pictures for the website.  Thanks to the stations that have submitted pictures.  They all look good and we’re finally building the page nicely.  If you have pictures that you can send me email them to me here.  The “Show Us Your Shack” page can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Tristan Jones of Wickliffe, KY.  He passed his technicians class exam.  One more ham in the mix.

Big thanks to Gene – N4FZ for the help with the website updates.

Finally here is a great article from Clint – W5CPT on “How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline.”  This is an excellent article and a must read.  To view the article click the link below.  Thanks Clint for this presentation.

How to attach a standard PL-259 to ½” Cable TV Hardline

Until next time….73’s Rob KC9VFV

April Monthly Meeting

April’s meeting has come and gone and we had another good turnout with 23 in attendance.  Our new room in the Emerging Technology Building at WKCTC is very nice.  It’s nicely equipped with projectors and WiFi to make future presentations enjoyable.

Field Day 2014 was a big topic as usual this time of year.  Testing out the new routers for the logging programs  was discussed using Paul’s ND4X router configuration.  If you haven’t read this yet it’s a very detailed and interesting read.  You can find Paul’s article here.  We are also needing to get an idea on how many operators and helpers we’ll have this year.  If you are interested in operating at Field Day or even help setup (hang antennas, set up tables, ect…) just email one of the club officers here.  Any help is appreciated and Field Day is a lot of fun.  Just let us know what you can do.  Field Day is June 28th and 29th.

Net control operators were set for the next month.  The net meets every Sunday night at 9PM on 147.060 PL 179.9 and all amateur radio operators are invited to check in.  Net control operators are listed here.

Ed – AB4IQ gave a great demonstration of the VE7CC DX Cluster software.  A DX Cluster is in essence a “chatroom” or node into which amateur DX hunters can post information about DX either worked or heard.  For more information about cluster software or W4NJA’s cluster info click here.

We’re still needing some submissions for our “Show Us Your Shack” portion of our web page.  We only need 1 or 2 pictures submitted.  These are a really good way to get different ideas for your own shack by seeing what other hams are doing.  You can email your photos to me here.  Be sure to include your callsign in the email.

Our next PARA meeting will be May 12th at 7PM.

73’s

Rob KC9VFV

March Monthly Meeting

     Hello everybody.  The March meeting has come and gone and quite a bit was discussed Monday night.  We had a wonderful classroom to meet in, with at least 25 in attendance. Discussions included the W1AW/4 Centennial operation at Mike’s QTH, which expected to make over 3.2k contacts. Bruce, KS4V commented that on 40m, he was running 800 Watts calling them, and they still couldn’t hear him. I, N4FZ was running 500W, my vertical and had similar problems getting them to hear me. Mike commented that he had significant QRN, and a narrow beam width on receive, but his transmit signal reports were very good.  Mike mentioned he had added a capacitor/device to his coax, to reduce QRN, and time will tell if it works.  Mike said during the Centennial W1AW/4 event, he had a contact with a QRP station, running a similar  4 element 40m beam, and was also very loud, in spite of the other station’s 5 Watts of output power. “Invest in your antennas”, Mike said.

     Field Day was discussed next, with questions about the Club radio that will be used, antenna plans for this year, as well as generator availability, the EM bus’s cool air conditioning, “bring a jacket”, Mike noted, hi.  Mike has the Club computers and HF radio, and antennas which he will bring.   Ed said he will also bring his trusty Omni VII, LDG tuner and bandpass filters once again.  Paul Smith commented that there were synching issues with the station computers last Field Day, due to poor WiFi signal strength.  Chris O’Dea, KC9RZV, volunteered some WiFi equipment with 12dBi antennas, which should solve the problem.  Mike made a motion, which was accepted, to accept the WiFi equipment during FD, and that the Club would be responsible for it.  The GOTA station should have a new Op callsign, yet to be determined, and a question of whether the Op had to be a Technician Class to be eligible to man it, we will check the rules. Malcolm said he needed better lighting for the GOTA station, which I volunteered to bring him a hat light.  For FD station locations, Bill’s KY2O RV should be there, Ed commented, and that the pavilions should be available in case the RV isn’t, for backup.  Ed also said he would get there early to reserve them. Also, Clint Talmadge showed us his parasitic suppressor he had assembled, Mike explained how they work and their purpose in an amplifier.  Bruce explained “SPLIT” operation on a DXpedition or special event, like the W1AW/# Centennial.  The meeting was adjourned at about 8:10pm.

73’s
Gene – N4FZ