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.

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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!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

JARC Joplin Hamfest

Once again the  Joplin Amateur Radio Club put on a great Hamfest! The SEKARC table was a success and next year I think we will need to get TWO tables! The club made some money from the sale of some donated gear and many menbers that brought items to sell, did so! This years fest was even better than last years. Several of us got to meet Bob Heil as he stopped by our table and with our table being right next to Big Larry NØMST there was always entertainment going on!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pony Express Special Event Sunday

The Crown Amateur Radio Association will be operating a Pony Express Special Event Station this Sunday, August 31, 2014. From 9:30 a. m. to 4 p. m. CDT, we will be operating from the grounds of the Historic Hollenberg Pony Express Station 1 mile east of Hanover, KS.

KØASA will operate as an 1860s-style Telegraph Office during the annual Hollenberg Pony Express Station Festival. Frequencies: 7.045, 14.045, 14.245 & 18.085 MHz. We plan to be operating on 40m at 11 am and 2 pm CDT as well as at other unscheduled times. The 14.245 is for SSB contacts!

Certificate awarded and QSL available.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Portable Copper J-Pole ? Nick Says "Yep!"

Screenshot from YouTube

Nick KEØATH, son of Burke Jones NØHYD in Wichita wanted to make a portable copper j-pole that is portable. Now portable and copper j-pole are not often used together but this is a great idea and video that shows us how to make one! Keep them coming Nick and Burke!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Build An AM Radio In A Box

Here is a great little project... an AM radio receiver with amplified speaker, using a 9 volt battery! Schematic is included. If anyone decides to build one of these, take pictures and take notes. It would make a nice follow up article.

Also, does anyone have a cool box, or an idea for a box to use for this project?