Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse QSO Party

ARLX008 Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

Special Bulletin 8  ARLX008
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  August 15, 2017
To all radio amateurs


ARLX008 Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) now is just under a week away - Monday, August 21 - and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI), led by Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, to study ionospheric effects caused by the total solar eclipse. Event rules and operating procedures are available on the HamSCI website at:


During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. HamSCI researchers want to know where you plan to be during the eclipse and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page at,


The experiment will take advantage of such systems as the Reverse Beacon Network, (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet, and participants' logs will provide contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Receiver Test Elecraft K3 vs Yaseu FT450

This is an interesting video comparing the rx signal between an Elecraft K3 and the Yaesu FT450. Value he gave for the K3 was $5,000 as he had it setup and the FT450 was about $500. As I right this, I have no idea which is which in the examples. So give it a listen and see what you think?

I will follow his YouTube channel to see if posts the results and identifies which radio is #1 and #2 in this test. His channel looks interesting... you can comment here or go the the YouTube page and place your vote and comments there.. please take our poll linked below the video for your vote!

Here is the YouTune link  K3 vs FT450

Here is a link to his YouTube Channel JIM W6LG

Interesting video... I am curious, are you?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ham Nation and our Net Check-in Winner

On Wednesday July 12th we had a gust check in to our 2 meter net. He was a winner on this show !! Nice to have a celebrity among us !! Plus Ham Nation is a good show to watch. Plus I believe that Bob Heil talks about his pine board transmitter that we discussed at the coffee a little while ago.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Trip To The Museum

SEKARC held its July meeting with a breakfast and coffee at Hardee's then rolled over to the Crawford County Historical Museum to set up some field radios! We had 4 stations setup and on the air!  It was the nicest day in July for sure... about 80 degrees and a nice breeze in the shade! It was also nice to get to meet one of the new hams in the area Dusty KEØNWV.

John ADØKA tested a couple of new antennas he had recently built and they worked great! He even made a 6m contact in Las Vegas! ( CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Meeting Saturday 7/29

It looks like the weather on Saturday is supposed to be pretty nice ( at this point ) so SEKARC is having it's July meeting starting at Hardee's for breakfast at 9am, then after some coffee and a biscuit we will head to the Crawford County Historical Museum about 10am as we have done before!

We will setup some radios and antennas, get on the air and have some radio fun. There is plenty of room for multiple setups and lots of trees !!

We have a few things to discuss and plan for. Among those is the upcoming EchoLink functionality for our repeater, a possible Special Event Station at the Little Balkins Days celebration and early talks for a Winter Field Day!

Friday, July 21, 2017

KØSEK Prepares for Echolink

SEKARC is working on adding Echolink to the clubs 70cm 442.675 repeater. We hope to have it complete and functioning soon. Some of us are familiar with Echolink but for those that are new to it, I have included some informative links below that give an overview of the system and overviews of setting it up on your smartphone AND on your desktop. Try it out and we will let the club know when it is fully online and active.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

K2BSA Will Be On the Air During National Scout Jamboree

from The ARRL Letter on July 13, 2017

K2BSA Will Be On the Air During National Scout Jamboree:
The Boy Scouts of America station K2BSA will be on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio merit badge requirement for QSOs.

"We need you on the other end of the contact," the BSA announcement said.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

ARRL podcast - Solar Minimum

ARRL The Doctor is In ! From the ARRL..... "We're on the downhill slide to the solar minimum, but that doesn't mean the end of Amateur Radio enjoyment. Even at the very bottom of the cycle there is still plenty to do, and plenty of ways to do it!"

It always amazes me with all of the talk on the solar minimum... I guess for Field Day 2017 I guess someone turned that switch off because the bands sure were full of radio signals.... ALL NIGHT and DAY !!