Monday, April 20, 2015

Meeting - Sat April 25th

It's that time again! This Saturday the 25th is the April meeting for the Southeast Kansas Amateur Radio Club. We will meet at 9am at the Pittsburg Fire Station #1 on West 4th street in Pittsburg. We will have breakfast and coffee and radio fellowship! We have a special guest, Steve Lester who was here in January with the SATERN team and was part of the presentation given to the SEKARC. He will be giving his presentation that will cover various severe weather topics and some basic first aid for certain symptoms related to severe weather.

Other topics will be Field Day 2015, club activities in the spring and hopefully lots of help available for those either interested in getting their license or help with new operators! Everyone is welcome! Also if you remember, the February meeting presentation from Joe WØMQY offered a challenge for all to build a project in the Altoid tin he provided so bring your project.

This should be an interesting meeting full of new info and lot's of radio talk so come and bring a friend! If you have a friend that might be interested in ham radio then offer to bring them along. Field Day is 2 months away so we are excited to lay some plans down for the big weekend in June! Everyone is welcome to come and stay all weekend or just come out for a visit. Big Brutus is a great site for radio and hopefully we will not have the weather challenges like we had last year.

See you Saturday



Monday, April 13, 2015

Job or Adventure?

David Keath

As always, I am going to taste, swish around in my mouth, and savor each and every experience in Radio that I am lucky enough to get. Like cheese tasting or biting into one of those awesome gourmet burgers you get at some place like Applebees or Fridays; those frightening experiences in life are ones to be relished for their power to shake your nerves and heart both.

I have been practicing CW, or rather Morse Code, for a long while now and yet I am still shakin in my boots when I attempt to make contacts. The funny part is that I work almost daily with my Elmer WØIIT like a seasoned pro, and recently I have been able to check into a local and regional CW net. Outside of that, you might say I've got a mean set of the jitters. Key fright.. Ouch! But hey, maybe there are one or two others out there who will say to themselves, “Wow, I am not the only one...”

After an enjoyable check in on the Rocky Mountain Regional net this evening, I was marching about the house, patting myself on the back and reveling in my glorious triumph; thinking myself master of the CW universe. Ya, right. After a bit though, I went back to my rig and began to work on a T match problem I have been having.

As I was just finishing my work, I heard a fellow operator calling CQ in my earphones. I knew by the call that the operator must be out east some place so I wrote down the call and listened too see if I might be able to try this one. This is a bit of a process for me as I always go through a line of reasoning that includes the old self-talk statement that “no one is going to do it for me.” There was some QSB and lots of noise but I thought that I might zero beat and key out the call sign to myself real fast. “Maybe I will try this one,” I thought to myself. As I started to key out the call, I suddenly realized I was sending. I was live. I had left my transmitter keying circuit live after the net. Holy cow!

Without missing a beat in my mind, I knew I had to keep my composure and keep going. Maybe I wont' be heard. Yes, that's it! Rationalization rarely works for me. So half excited and half terrified, I kept going. And to be sure, that whole not being heard thing has happened too many times for me to count. But not tonight. Sure enough, I got a call back! There it was now; that sudden shrill excitement that climbs up your windpipe into your throat when you make a contact. That never gets old. Unfortunately, just after exchanging RST and name, QSB started having fun. NO! Not now! RRR!!!
CW and Morse Code are not a job, but they sure are an adventure. They are that specter that haunts each of us just around the corner: stretch and growth. The painful chasm that separates stagnation and the push onward and forward..

If you struggle with CW and perhaps with self-confidence; do not give up. Stay the course and just do your best. It will pay off.

D Keath - NØWKZ

* David is a SEKARC club member and a frequent contributor to and his article are always among the most popular that we post! Another great one, keep them coming David!! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Field Strength Meter Build from QST

From K7AGE - Published on Feb 25, 2015

Randy follows Richard's, KB3VZL, February 2015 QST (page 71) article about building a field strength meter into a DVM. He built the circuit to fit inside a Harbor Freight digital volt meter. You can get these free at Harbor Freight if you have the right coupons. In fact I just picked up one of those meters from Harbor Frieght last week!

Great YouTube channel to subscribe to !!! ----------->   YouTube Channel for K7AGE

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spellbound Bookstore Coffee QSO

From the time the club started pretty much, we have held our 9am coffee QSO's on Wednesday at Starbucks in Pittsburg. In the mindset of keeping it local, we have decided to try a new spot for the Wednesday coffee. We will try it for a while and see how we like and see if the Spellbound Bookstore and Cafe will allow us!

Joe and a couple of us have "cased the joint" and feel like it would be a good fit! Fresh coffee, seating with tables, wifi access and LOT'S of books.... but we may have to ask for a "Ham Radio Section". We will start this trial on Wednesday the 8th. The owners seemed happy to hear from us so we will see if they feel the same after a couple of Coffee QSO's.

Anyone is welcome, and if you have not been to one of the coffee's this might be a good time to start !!! There is a link to the Facebook page for Spellbound. Plus we can give them some exposure and a little media on our website and Facebook page as well. Thier current menu is posted below... click on photo for a larger version!

Spellbound Bookstore & Cafe
1012 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Open today
7:00 am – 7:00 pm

See you Wednesday, and 73 !!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

KL7AH Estate Sale

Test Bench

The Amateur Radio Estate of KL7AH  sk.
The following equipment is being made available for sale.  Please send your inquires or offer's to buy via email to and we will forward to the family.  A public auction of this equipment is scheduled for April 26, 2015.  If you plan to attend the auction, email us at indicating so.  Starting time and location information will be emailed to you. 

Heath Co.  AC Power Supply Model PS-23   120/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 350 Watts (These items are connected to one another)

No photo available

HP8553L Spectrum Analyzer -RF Section and HP855 Spectrum Analyzer - IF Section

HP 141T Display Section   HP 8555A Apectrum Analyzer - RF Section, HP8552B Spectrum Analyzer - IF Section  (this is all one piece of equipment)

Monday, March 30, 2015

S.E.K.A.R.C to the Park


Our first outing of the year turned out to be a cool one.  Operators present were, Jim Paddock, ADØOD of Baxter Springs, John Humble, ADØKA of Joplin, MO, Tom Sevart, N2UHC and harmonic Skyler, St. Paul , Bill Bradrick, WBØLXZ of Pittsburg, Leon Heer, N3LRH of Pittsburg.  Cecil Weinstein, NØEHP, of Lamar later joined us for breakfast.  Tom and John had contacts on cw and ssb.  Yours truly made several attempts on 30 meters but to no avail.  The bands were is reasonably good shape considering all the solar activity of late.

The temperature was hovering around 42 degrees with a slight breeze making it a bit uncomfortable for old duffers like me.  Testing of packs and antenna's was the order of the day.  John and Tom seem to have mastered the "One Bag Station"  I have mine down to a backpack for the bicycle but still needs some refinement.  It doesn't take long in the field to decide you are carrying things you don't need.  Weight seems to be the major factor and it is surprising how much two 7 amp gel cell batteries weigh at the end of a 10 mile bike ride.  All in all, it was a great morning, great fellowship, followed by a warm breakfast and hot coffee..  If you didn't make it this time, join us for the next one.
72/73  Joe   WØMQY

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Great Copper J-Pole Calculator

I found this great little site for calculating the materials and measurements for making a great copper j-pole antenna! If you were looking at making one of these classics, this will help you out !

J-Pole Antenna Calculator

The Frequency you entered: 146.94 MHz

Measurements(95% Velocity Factor for Copper Pipe):
A: 1.454 meters or 4 Feet 9.24 inches
B: 0.485 meters or 1 Feet 7.092 inches
C: 0.049 meters or 0 Feet 1.932 inches*
D: 0.046 meters or 0 Feet 1.812 inches §

* Adjust up or down to get the best SWR.
§ Measurement not critical.