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Free Technician License Class October 22- Nov 3 2018

posted Sep 15, 2018, 11:02 AM by Brian Lawler

Pass the word.  Lenny WA7LA's famous Technician license class has been updated for the new question pool (July 2018) and premieres October 22 at the Sudden Valley fire station.  Open to all.  Please download the syllabus and preregister!

Hurricane Nets

posted Sep 13, 2018, 10:02 AM by Brian Lawler

Hurricane Watch Net
Day: 14.325MHz
Night: 7.268MHz

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network)
National: 14.265MHz
Southern Territory: 7.262MHz

Georgia ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.975MHz
Alternate: 3.982.5MHz, 3.995MHz, 5.330.5MHz, 7.287.5MHz
Special modes: 3.583MHz (PSK), 3.549MHz (CW)

North Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.923MHz
Alternate: 7.232MHz
CW: 3.573MHz

South Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.990MHz
Alternate: 3.993.5MHz, 7.232MHz

Amateur Radio in the Wilderness

posted Sep 12, 2018, 12:05 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 12:15 PM ]

Submitted by Bruce Prior, N7RR

(note:  The limited formatting provided by the web host does not do this article justice.  Please pull the PDF file that Bruce supplied from the link below)


Meeting Tuesday September 11, 2018

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:56 PM by Brian Lawler


Come join us on Tuesday night, September 11th, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

We have some interesting topics to cover, a door prize and pictures from Field Day.

As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! We hope to see you there.

If you are looking for a place to grab dinner before the meeting, some of us will be enjoying burgers at Grants up the hill from the library starting around 6:00.

Tech License Class Sept 22-29, 2018

posted Jul 25, 2018, 11:21 AM by Brian Lawler

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING CLASS IN BLAINE

 

Anyone interested in taking a radio class can do so this fall on September 22nd and 29th in the city of Blaine.

Chris Doutre, KC9AD, has posted all the details on the Blaine ACS website:
Amateur Radio Testing will be conducted on September 29th and is open to all who want to take any of the license class tests, however you must sign up in advance. Walk-ins will not be permitted. See the link above to learn how to register in advance.

Digital Group Summer Meetings- All Welcome

posted Jul 17, 2018, 3:35 PM by Brian Lawler

Ferndale Library - 7 PM  -  Tuesday July 17  and  Tuesday August 21


While the club takes a break from General Meetings during the months of July and August, our Digital Group keeps going right through the summer. These are informal gatherings with round table discussions about the digital side of our Ham Radio hobby. Bring your questions if you need answers. Bring your projects if you have something for 'Show 'n Tell'.

The North Bend Summer Gathering is coming up on September 7-9. I will be doing a presentation on FSQ there on Saturday and hope to enlist the help of others to set up a few digital stations around the site to show it off. This would be a great time to put some of our Go-Kits to use. We need to start making plans.

Also we have news about what is going on in UDRC-Land and what we can expect from the new version that should be out soon.

And you won't want to miss the news about HamWAN coming to a neighborhood near you later this summer.

If you have equipment you want to set up, come early at 6:30. And some of us will be enjoying burgers and shakes at Grants, just up the hill from the library, starting around  6:00.

We hope to see you there.
Budd WB7FHC

FD 2018 Results

posted Jun 27, 2018, 3:26 PM by Brian Lawler

Courtesy of Don W7AIN:

Below are the WECG / MBARC Field Day totals.  Our 2018 totals were higher in all categories except digital vs. 2017. 

 

In addition to the Field Day totals, some of the other event highlights included:

 

* We had 3 Field Day participants under 18 years old.  Each had successful voice contacts.  This included Lucas (KI7OPF), Mateo Gilmer and Eva Kay (KI7FGT)

* This year our GOTA (Get On The Air) station was operated during the entire event via solar power.  The GOTA station included 26 confirmed contacts.

* We had two visually impaired ham radio operators this year that had successful CW contacts via our GOTA station

* There were two WECG ham satellite stations operating during Field Day attempting to make contacts with the International Space Station and other ham operators via satellites.  This was their first Field Day attempt using this sometimes challenging mode. Operators included Jason (KG7PWQ) and Bryce (KI7UIN)

 

All the Field Day Committee members, group members and visitors who helped out and those who participated in this year's event did a great job.  Thank you and congratulations!

 

73,

Don W7AIN

 

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Here are the comparisons of 2018 vs. 2017:

 

Total contact points: (more points for CW and digital)

2018: 194

2017: 121

 

Total contacts by mode:

CW:

2018: 20

2017: -0-

 

Digital:

2018: 16

2017: 20

 

Phone:

2018: 158 (including 26 by solar power on the GOTA station)

2017: 101 (no solar powered contacts in 2017)

 

Participants: (Members and Visitors combined)

2018: 66

2017: 62

 

Total Field Day Points:

2018: 1838 (preliminary) Final official results will be published in QST magazine later this year

2017: 1522 (Official)

FIELD DAY

posted Jun 21, 2018, 11:13 AM by Brian Lawler

FIELD DAY
June 23/24 2018

June 12 - Last meeting before Summer break!

posted Jun 10, 2018, 8:16 AM by Brian Lawler

This will be our final meeting before the summer break when we take July and August off. As we have done in the past, we will look forward to sharing some great 'Eye Ball - QSO' time to chat with other local hams and this time there will be ICE-CREAM. A couple of lucky attendees will be going home with door prizes.

We will hear more about the Field Day Plans and elect our new officers.

There will be a 'For Sale' table set up. If you have some gear that you would like to flog, bring it in.

We hope to see you all at 7 pm Tuesday June 12 at the Ferndale Public Library.

MBARC May 8th

posted May 7, 2018, 9:14 AM by Brian Lawler


Come join us on Tuesday night, May 8th, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

 

This month we will hear a presentation from our own Andy Backus, WA2TND, who will talk about this adventures in TIME!

Andy asks us: "Do you ever wonder how they can get away with calling them "atomic clocks?"  Clearly for $10 you are not getting a hydrogen-maser master timekeeping unit (or even cesium, for that matter).  What has brought these clocks so widely to market over the last decade?  Join me at the meeting on Tuesday night -- and I'll say a little about it (and show you my WWVB simulator)"

And there will be door prizes. Did I tell you? We're going to have door prizes!

As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there.

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