Monday, September 29, 2014

Fire Station Meeting was GREAT !


Great meeting Saturday! I think those that attended saw that the new meeting place is top notch and will work out great for meetings going forward! Special thanks to Jim Tuggle from RACES which presented a program on RACES including what it is, what they do and how we can get involved! See the embedded slide show which he presented below!

We had a few new guests and new member sign ups! I think that going forward SEKARC will have a role in emergency communications in the Southeast Kansas area. One VIP was the Crawford County Emergency Coordinator Eldon Bedene! We look forward to working with him going forward on many fronts. After the meeting many of us went to Schlanger Park and set up some remote radios! If the weather cooperates we will do the same in October.

The fire station is an excellent location for the meetings and all of us cannot say enough nice things about the firemen and the welcoming they gave our group! A few of us were given a tour after the meeting, so next month stick around and maybe you can look around. What a great facility and Pittsburg should be thankful and proud of the station and the citizens that serve there!

Here are some photos from the meeting and a copy of the RACES presentation by Jim Tuggle KCØNYK.






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Last Man Standing" Stage Special Event

K6H -- Special Event Radio Station:

Website: PAPASYS.COM

The Southern California based PAPA Repeater System will be reprising its popular special radio event!

Under the call sign K6H, “Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood” will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm PST and originate from Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio City, California.

Historic Stage 9 is the home of ABC’s hit TV show, “Last Man Standing”, starring Tim Allen. “Seinfeld”, “Spin City”, “According To Jim”, “Cane”, “The Cleaner” and “The Defenders” are among the shows that have been shot on the stage.

“Last Man Standing” has just been renewed for its 4th season and a number of the shows licensed radio operators will be on hand to host the PAPA members.

Many paths and modes will be available to contact the stage including HF, VHF, UHF, DSTAR, Echolink and IRLP. This is not a contest, but a fun opportunity for amateur operators to talk directly to the stage on the equipment seen on “Last Man Standing” each week.

To facilitate contacts the event will be streamed live via the internet and operators will BLOG in real-time on Twitter and the PAPA System webpage. A special, limited edition QSL card will be issued to all confirmed contacts.

A schedule of operating times and frequencies will be announced shortly. For more information contact Rob Antonacci at: sideshowbob0374@yahoo.com and watch the PAPA System Website www.papasys.com.



Friday, September 19, 2014

SEKARC Coffee QSO - Always Interesting

If you have not made it to one of our coffee qso's at Starbucks, then try to make one soon. There is always something interesting to see and learn. From old radios, keyers, QRP homebrew products to fascinating screenshots of solar activity!

Most of the conversation has a radio topic, but occasionally it wonders to weather, current news and there is even an occasional tailgate swap. Always interesting... be there ! 9am Starbucks Wednesdays.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Radio Prepares for War Pt. One




By PAUL LITWINOVICH

Read entire story here ---- WSHU.ORG

1935 National HRO U.S. Navy Receiver.
Credit P. Litwinovich collection

As the roaring twenties came to a close, radio technology would continue to evolve with significant improvements to consumer sets, particularly in the area of shortwave reception. Read my past articles for more details as to how this transpired. The price of radios would continue to fall as availability continued to increase. Herbert Hoover could have added "a radio in every home" to his famous "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" campaign slogan. This radio boom would continue right up until December of 1941, when the first bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor. After that, new radios would be a scarcity as almost all production and materials were diverted to the war effort.

One can make the philosophical argument that war brings very little benefit to mankind. Technology may be one exception. The following is but a small part of that story.

National HRO Plug-In Tuning Coil




Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Never Forget


I recorded the N2Y Special Event commemorating the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Then took some photos that I have stored on my pc from 2001. Sound from today, photos from 13 years ago and the photographers are unknown but the content should never be forgotten.

14.265 MHz
N2Y Special Event Station
New York City, New York

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rotating Tower Raising


This is an interesting video about putting a very nice tower! Be sure and check it out and if you need help putting yours up let us know.... we might watch! ok ok.... we'll help you! (from the ground).

Friday, September 5, 2014

Milestone SEKARC Meeting Sept 27th


The September 27th meeting of the SEKARC will be held at the Pittsburg Fire Station #1 on West Fourth Street in Pittsburg at 9am! We are very excited about the news and this will be our first actual meeting room, and we will even have a program with a special guest presenter!

Jim Tuggle, the Kansas State RACES officer will be providing the program for us and will be giving a presentation on the RACES program. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the program here is a little rundown taken from the RACES website.

RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.

Click to go to RACES.org

We have met with the Fire Chief Mike Simons and our plan is to make this a regular location for our monthly meetings. At each monthly meeting we will reserve and confirm the room for the following month. The station has a great training room with lots of space as it holds 80, and it also has the latest media technology which the Chief offered for us to use. Large screen with projector, laptop and Internet access. I think this will be a great partnership going forward. 

With the large room, tables and technology all we will need to provide is the donuts and coffee! This had great possibilities for the club for bringing in guest speakers, demonstrations and we could even have kit or antenna building meetings so if you have an idea for a meeting topic then speak up and let us know! There is parking in the front on the left and in the rear of the building and on 3rd street if we need it! Just don't park on the approach and block the trucks!

One other option is to use the lot to the East of the station to setup radio gear right there on sight. Imagine having something like this for the community to see and we could even offer a Get On The Air station or GOTA for anyone interested to make some radio contacts! This opens up many possibilities for SEKARC so the club can make the next steps as we grow!

Thanks and mark your calendars for Sept 27th 9-11 am! See you there!