At the latest club meeting, the possible sale of the W8LKY 440 repeater was discussed. K8OMO has taken the machine off the air, due to low usage, and high electric costs to run it.
An offer was made to try relocating it. This was discussed further at a subsequent meeting of the repeater committee. At that meeting, it was agreed that the club 440 repeater would be moved to the KD8MQ QTH about a mile north of the present site.
Though the site is about the same altitude, it does have some advantages. We are hoping for improved range from the relocation.
The move should take place sometime in the next few months. No disruption in service should be noted since the repeater is currently off the air.
Well, we were unable to get Alex Trebek to bring the Ham version of Jeopardy to one of our club meetings, but we did the next best thing.
At our next meeting on March 12th, we’ll be hosting Ham Radio Jeperdee. Plan to come out and test your Ham knowledge. We also tried to get cash prizes for the winners, but were unable to make that happen, so We’ll be playing for bragging rights. Hope to see you there.
Stark County Skywarn training is next Tuesday (March 11th). If you need a ride, contact frank, WA8WHP at 330-206-2639. I’m guessing he’ll be leaving about 4:00-4:15
We are meeting for dinner at Chick-Fil-A on Dressler Rd at about 4:45.
Skywarn® registration starts at 6:00.
In conjunction with the Cleveland National Weather Service, the Stark County Emergency Management Agency and the Stark County ARES, Severe Weather Awareness Training will once again be held at Stark State College of Technology on Tuesday, March 11th beginning at 6:00 PM. Registration will begin at 6:00 PM to issue Skywarn® Registration numbers to first time attendees although registration is not necessary to attend the training. The training is being presented as part of Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week March 2nd to March 8th. The training is hosted by Tim Warstler, Director of the Stark County EMA and will be taught by Cleveland Weather Coordinating Meteorologist Gary Garnet of the Cleveland National Weather Service (NWS).
The training will consist of an excellent PowerPoint presentation covering the science of severe weather, how to recognize weather patterns and cloud formations and how to report your observations to the Cleveland NWS. The training is free and open to the public. Area public safety officials, school staff, health & safety forces, hospital staff and amateur radio operators are all encouraged to attend this valuable training as we enter the 2014 severe storm season. Contact local Skywarn Coordinator Terry Russ, N8ATZ for questions or additional information at (330) 837-3091 or by email to email@example.com. M & K Engraving will also be on hand, our exclusive supplier of Skywarn® ID Badges and additional items.
The Statewide Tornado Drill will be held on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:50 AM for the purpose of testing local severe weather notification systems including Television, Radio, Cable and local neighborhood warning sirens. Stark County ARES will activate a severe weather net on the 147.12Mhz ARES Repeater accepting check-ins for those stations hearing warning sirens.
The preceding text is copied from the March issue of the Feedback. The Feedback is the newsletter of the Massillon Amateur Radio Club. Www.w8np.org. Gary Kline, WC8W Editor.
The 2014 Skywarn flyer can be downloaded here.
The latest issue of our club newsletter; the Zero Beat is now posted. You can download it here. You can access our full archive on our newsletter page.
It’s that time again! Our VHF contest turns 5! This year, we have a new name, and a change in the rules. This years party will be on April 26th, and runs from 12 noon – 4 PM. Forms, and more information are posted on the VHF Contest Page
The purpose of this contest is to:
- Provide an opportunity for local Amateurs to enhance their station and operating skills.
- Simulate emergency conditions (with NO repeaters).
- To enhance utilization of the 2 meter band and simplex operation
- To have fun.
So, let’s tune up those antennas, fine tune those mobile stations, and get ready for a great afternoon on the Two-Meter band!
From the “Gee, I wish I’d thought of that one first” department, comes the AARC Wacky Key Night. The idea for this one comes from the Delaware-Lehigh ARC. The rules are simple.
Build a device which will key a code oscillator (provided). Simulated straight keys, iambic paddles, sideswipers; whatever! Any and all are welcome. The more elaborate or ridiculous, the better! We will provide several connector configurations for you to attach to your “Wacky Key,” even alligator clips to your terminals if that’s all you have.
The WACKIEST KEY WINS!! Put your silly alter ego to work and construct a Rube Goldberg device. Carry, drag, or wheel it in if you have to. No limits; just don’t scratch the floor!
Imagination, originality, and HUMOR are going to rule the outcome!
There are 3 simple rules:
- Real, manufactured keys are prohibited.
- It has to actually function by closing a circuit that will trigger an audio oscillator.
- It must be able to send your Callsign legibly, or just a simple “CQ.”
For ideas, please consult https://sites.google.com/site/oh6dccw/strangecwkeys
Winners determined by popular vote, (determined by judges) and prizes will be awarded!
We’ll see you at the April 9th club meeting!
KD8KMQ Is Chosen Ham Of The Year
well, the annual ARC Christmas Party is now history. If you missed it, you missed an awesome time.
As usual, the shindig was held at Don Panchos Tex-Mex Cafe on West State St. here in Alliance. The night started off with a wonderful meal served by the Don Panchos staff. We then moved on to the annual drawing for presents. Thanks to everyone who brought presents, by the way.
After that, came the awarding of certificates of appreciation, for members who have participated in club activities this year.
Then came the high point of the evening; the awarding of the Ham Of The Year Plaque to Ben, KD8KMQ. Since joining the club, Ben has worked quietly for the betterment of Amateur Radio in the Alliance are. His work has not gone un-noticed. Thanks Ben!
The smaller than normal quarters did little to subdue the excitement of our 5th annual Homebrew night. This years entries included:
- A slide show of projects from Gary, KD8QFH, who was unable to be with us.
- A Heathkit Transceiver from Jerry, N8SH
- A Digital interface from Frank, WA8WHP.
The winner by popular vote was Frank, WA8WHP.
(Apologies for the lack of pictures. Your editor was relying on his ancient smartphone, which is no longer very smart.)