Monday, January 22, 2018

January Meeting - Election of Officers

On Saturday January 27th the SEKARC will be holding it's January Meeting at 9am. The topics will be the Election of Officers for 2018/2019 and upcoming special events for the mining history. See the post on the webpage for details. We will have the regular breakfast casserole, donuts and coffee!

Special thanks go out to Joe WØMQY and Jack WDØCFH for the time as president and vice president the last 4 years. They served with honor and we all appreciate their time! If you would like to be considered for an office let us know! You can email the club at @

2018 is going to be a busy and fun year so let's get it started. These meetings are a nice informal setting with time for visiting and if you have a project to show off feel free to bring it in and show it off! We will probably have the meeting in February at the station as well so if you have an idea for a program from a speaker and or video presentation please send us your suggestions!

Then after the meeting we can head over to the Winter Field Day location... the new GoBox will be setup and ready to get on the air when WFD begins! Or stop by later and take your turn making some contacts or help with logging !!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Winter Field Day 2018 event by the SEKARC will be January 27th and 28th. Here are some details and more info on this site WINTERFIELDDAY. So come to the January SEKARC meeting and election of officers held at Fire Station #1 at 9am then head over to the site. We will be operating from the shelter by the entrance.

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates are January 27th and 28th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.

Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Getting Started in Digital Modes

This is a great introduction to Digital modes and how to set them up. Great for new hams and experienced hams just starting on digital.

From the QRP School YouTube page...

This comprehensive video explains the concept behind amateur radio digital modes and describes the hardware and cabling required to get started.  This video lays the groundwork for future, in-depth videos that will demonstrate  RTTY, PSK31, JT65, and Winlink.

I explain the audio cables that are required for those who want to make their own cables.  I also show the inner workings of a Signalink box and recommend that most people purchase a Signalink or Rig Blaster external sound card in order to resolve the audio and push-to-talk cabling issues.

Here is a link to the QRP School YouTube Channel !!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Your SDR Dongle/Upconverter In A Closet?

This is interesting.... MFJ created the MFJ-1708 SDR.

One of the issues commonly faced by hams is how to protect sensitive receivers in the vicinity of radio transmitters. One popular solution for those who wish to build a pan adapter or just want to protect their RSP which is operated nearby a rig is the MFJ-1708. The MFJ-1708 is a T/R (Transmit/Receive) switch which can isolate the RSP while the transmitter is being keyed.