Ham Nation Ep. 135

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!


February Monthly Meeting

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

WA9WJL in QST Magazine

Surprise! Surprised!

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!
Ken JT-65

Programming the Baofeng UV-5R

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.

January Monthly Meeting

Hello everyone,

Our first meeting of 2014 has come and gone and we have several changes to announce.  January is when we hold our club officer elections and we have some new names in the mix this year.  The new elected officers are:

President – Mike Newman WD4EFZ

Vice President – Ken Wontor WA9WJL

Secretary – Gene Summers N4FZ

Treasurer – Paul Smith N4DX

We had a nice turnout with 32 in attendence with several taking exams. Daniel KG4JXH upgraded to General Class tonight so congratulations Daniel.

Other topics discussed tonight were the latest on the repeater controller failure. As many have noticed the W4NJA 147.060 repeater is currently off the air. The repeater has experienced a failure that several members are working to resolve. 147.060 should be up and running soon so stay tuned.  Remember that the Sunday night net will be on the KD4DVI 147.120 repeater until our main machine is fixed so keep that in mind. PL tone for 147.120 is 179.9 also. 

US Islands Announcement: The US Islands on the air program has a new island that will be very easy to activate. The Power House Operations Center at Kentucky Dam qualifies under this award, you can drive right up to it and set up. It has a designation of KY021R.  Go to http://www.usislands.org for more information. 

2014 PARA activities: Please be thinking about any activities you would like to see the club participate in this year and let us know at the next meeting. Special events, contests, you name it just let us know. You might be surprised how many others would want to join.

We are pleased to announce that John Hudson KO4XJ has assumed the duties of Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator effective January 1, 2014. John has served as the past president of the Paducah Amatuer Radio Association, McCracken County EC and District 1 DEC. Please continue to give John your support as he takes over this very important role.  Congrats John!

With John’s busy schedule I (Rob KC9VFV) have voluteered to take over the PARA website updates. If you have any suggestions or ideas on what you would like to see on here please let me know.

Lets make 2014 a fun one!!!


Rob – KC9VFV

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Contact ND4X for info or look up Paul on QRZ