Vol. 13, Issue 9 Official Newsletter of Huron Amateur Radio Association Web Site:www.huronarc.info September, 2009 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
President: Rod, KD0AKN
Vice President: Bob, N0TDA
Sec/Tres Lloyd, WB0ULX
Act. Mgr. Jack, K0OH
VQC Net© net control operators on 147.090 MHz each Sunday at 8:00 PM are as follows:
Lloyd, WBØULXSep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13
Bill, KMØFOct 4, Nov 1, Dec 27
Jack, KØOHOct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6
Sam, NØOTBSep 27, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 20
NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL RESPONDS TO ARRL: NO EVIDENCE OF "SIGNIFICANT CRASH RISKS" WHILE OPERATING MOBILE
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, wrote a letter to National Safety Council (NSC) President Janet Froetscher in July expressing the ARRL's concerns that Amateur Radio not become an unintended victim of the growing public debate over what to do about distracted drivers
Froetscher has now replied, saying the NSC does not support bans or prohibitions on the use of Amateur Radios while driving
Noting that there is significant evidence that talking on cell phones while driving poses crash risk four times that of other drivers, Froetscher observed that the NSC position calling for bans on the use of cell phones while driving is grounded in science. "We are not aware of evidence that using Amateur Radios while driving has significant crash risks," Froetscher wrote in her August 24 letter. "We also have no evidence that using two-way radios while driving poses significant crash risks. Until such time as compelling, peer-reviewed scientific research is presented that denotes significant risks associated with the use of Amateur Radios, two-way radios or other communication devices, the NSC does not support legislative bans or prohibition on their use."
September 17, 2009 Agenda
Old Business:Read minutes of previous meeting -- All LHP certificates have been mailed -- Report on VHF Qso Party.
Events:Sep 19 Pierre Hamfest
26-27 CQ WW RTTY contest
Oct 3 SET
24-25 CQ WW SSB contest
Nov 7 VE Test- Huron 9 AM
New Business:Hand out newsletter -- Collect Coborn receipts -- JOTA update
August 20, 2009 Meeting
The July 16, 2009 monthly meeting was called to order at 7:08PM at the LDS church with President, Rod, KD0AKN presiding. 7 members present
Old Business: Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read.
Report on the Little House on the Parry Special Event had 338 Qso’s requested for certificates numbering 103. Received a $50.00 donation from KK1S along with his request for a certificate. KM0F and WB0ULX went to Clear Lake Hamfest which had a low turnout but a nice day to visit.
New Business: Handing out newsletter, collecting Coborn receipts, passed around Handi-Ham newsletter and read letter from Rick's Electronic PartsEmporium. Received a check from Coborns in the amount of $3.53. Discussed maintenance on the 147.09 repeater and possible toning of the receiver. Adjourned at 7:48 PM. Program: Test and Tune. Several radios held nasty surprises for their owners when put on the test bench!
LOOK FOR THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF QST IN YOUR MAILBOX
The October issue of QST -- our second annual Radiosport issue -- is jam-packed with all sorts of things today's Amateur Radio operator needs, with a special focus on Amateur Radio contesting. From product reviews to experiments to public service, the upcoming issue of QST has something for just about everyone.
GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING ARRL SEPTEMBER VHF QSO PARTY
September is here, and according to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, that means the VHF bands are getting a workout. "If you’ve never experienced the fun of VHF+ operating, the ARRL September VHF QSO Party <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/sepvhf.html>
is a great place to start.
Pierre HamfestThursday, September 10, 2009
2009 Annual Hamfest and Amateur Radio Flea Market
When: Saturday Sept. 19, 2009
Where: Pierre Area Senior Citizens Center (401 West Pleasant Drive)
Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Who is invited? Anyone with an interest in amateur radio. Ask any questions you may have from some seasoned radio operators.
VE Testing (test for your license or upgrade at the Hamfest) following the auction.
Flea Market tables. Buy and Sell. No table charge but you must reserve one before the Hamfest.
Visit our website at www.sdhams.com.
Auction Bill for 9/19/2009 P.A.R.C. Hamfest and Flea Market
Icom IC-745 HF Transceiver
Yaesu FT-747 HF Transceiver
Bencher YA-1 Low Pass Filter
MFJ-207 Antenna analyzer
Heathkit HM-2102 SWR Meter
MFJ-260 dummy load
Heathkit SB-230 HF Amplifier
Yaesu FT-209RH 2M HT w/charger
Heathkit IM-4100 Frequency Counter
TX70-1B PC Electronics ATV
Items that will be given away as door prizes. A raffle ticket must be purchased to win a door prize.
1- Yaesu FT7900 w/sep kit 2M/70CM mobile NEW
1- Yaesu FT2800 2M mobile NEW
1- Yaesu VX-150 2M HT NEW
2- $50.00 Gift Certificates from the *ARRL
2- $25.00 Gift Certificates from the ARRL
Monthly South Dakota Section News Summary Monday, July 20, 2009
Big Hill ARC (Spearfish)
The Big Hill club held Field Day in the back yard of Don K0HP near Spearfish, with one of the best ever results turned in. Again, this was a CW – only operation. One significant contributing factor in achieving the excellent results was the Red Dog multiplier, it was reported.
Black Hills ARC (Rapid City)
The BHARC met on 17 July, with the technical committee meeting at 7 PM. Plans for the 18 August tailgate party was finalized. Everyone is invited to bring equipment and cash, and participate in the event. Parts from the parted-out broadcast transmitter will be for sale. Harry Martens reported that the mailing to all novices and Tec’s in the Rapid City area had been completed. If there is sufficient interest, a class will be held to assist with upgrades to General class. Harry also reported that a 90th birthday open house would be held for Ray Stepanek W0HVY on 08 Aug at his residence in Rapid Valley. Scott Rausch gave a technical presentation entitled "Design of an Analog Current Meter Using an LM10 Op Amp". BHARC meets on 3rd Fridays at the Radar Hill clubhouse. Crazy Horse ARC (Custer) The Hill City to Keystone foot race was held on 18 July. The group met at the 1880 Train parking lot and provided communication for the participants. Karen Kruse organized the amateur radio support for the event. The CHARC meets on 1st Thursdays at the Laughing Waters restaurant at the monument during the summer and at the Rockin'R in Hermosa during the winter months.
Deuel County ARC (Clear Lake)
The July Hamfest was a success again this year, with a good turnout and moderate weather. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year for the last Saturday in July.
Hot Springs ARC
We have spent the last 2 club meetings learning more about transmitter hunting. Congratulations to Carl, W9LEQ and Robert, KDÃ˜GRG, who took first place in our fox hunt in July. After spending more time practicing at our August meeting, we should be ready for some serious hunting. We are planning on helping with the Southern Hills Triathlon on Sept. 5, at Angostura Dam. Also our annual club picnic will be on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 PM in Chataqua Park. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Hub City ARC (Aberdeen)
The club does not meet in July or August, but normally meets on the 1st Monday of each month. In the event that a meeting should fall on a recognized holiday it will be held the following Monday. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 Monday October 6th at the Hub Area Technical School, 640 9th Ave. SW in Aberdeen, SD. Please enter the building using the south doors.
Northern Hills ARC (Lead, Deadwood, Sturgis, Belle Fourche)
We are planning a Black Hills Area ARES meeting for August 23 to be held at Hermosa. We will be doing the final planning for the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in October. Also we are planning on moving the Bear Mountain repeater on either the 19th or 20th of September and we will need assistance with that move to the old tower site. This does conflict with the Pierre Hamfest on the 19th. The July meeting was held at the Lead fire hall on 24 July. NHARC meets on 4th Fridays at the Lead fire hall, and at the Sturgis fire hall during the winter.
For those of you who enjoyed the PARC newsletter article on VHF / UHF roving last month, take a look at this month's article -- a 160 / 80m (really big) vertical. The 146.730 link repeater at Pierre is now residing in its new home. The move to this permanent home will provide more shack room for the equipment, as well as a new 14KW propane generator provided by Hughes County. Pierre ARC members, AA0LY, N0NPO, KC0WVF, KD0S, and Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines provided the muscle. See announcement of the Pierre Hamfest below. Email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the PARC newsletter distribution. The PARC meets on 2nd Thursdays at fire station #4.
Prairie Region Communication Association (Aberdeen)
The meeting scheduled for 20 July was cancelled. The club will be back on track for the August meeting.
School of Mines ARC (Rapid City)
School begins on 31 August, and we are looking forward to getting our full membership back for our fall activities. We are thinking about organizing a Harney Peak portable operation using HF QRP.
Sioux Empire ARC (Sioux Falls)
The summer tailgate party was held in Tea on 18 July at Marlin's Truck Stop and Restaurant. The event was a success. The weather was wonderful and we had a large turnout for the event. The Marlin's Truck Stop was very generous in letting us use their space. A special thanks to those who dined in the restaurant. One of our younger hams won the door prize, which was a battery backup system. We hope to do another tailgate next summer.
Dakota Chapter QCWA
The QCWA meets weekly on 3889 at 7:00am Mountain Time. You can search the Internet for the QCWA site for membership information. The national organization publishes a nice quarterly journal. Those who are of college age (or are moms or dads of a college age student) may be interested in applying for one of the scholarships the national organization offers. Region 10 Net. Jim W0CLS and Dave W0SS reported a total of 155 messages in 62 sessions for the month of July. Those interested in participating in the region 10 net should contact Jim.
The Pierre club is hosting a Hamfest on Saturday, 19 September at the Pierre Sr. Citizens' Center. Flea market tables are free, but a reservation is required for planning purposes. Entry to the event is free. The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be on the 10 October. Take this opportunity to work with your Emergency Management agencies to participate. The goal for this year is to check out HF and VHF capabilities at your county's EOC. Send a message over HF or VHF from your EOC to other statewide participants. We will activate a HF net at 10:00 mountain time on 80 or 40 meters. Details to follow via email. Gene McPherson of Sturgis is putting together a list of ham radio issues to present to the legislators later this fall. Anyone wishing to assist or if you have issues you would like to see on the list, contact Gene. Please mark your calendars for the New Years Eve QSO party. Email your news items to me at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 10th of the month for inclusion in this report. Scott Rausch, WA0VKC