Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mining Special Event - Feedback Request

Here is a form we would like for you to complete so we can get feedback and your thoughts on the 2018 event and how we should plan for 2019. This will be the main topic for the meeting coming up on the 29th of this month. Please review this and provide your thoughts as the more input we get, the better the event will be in 2019!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ham Radio and Hurricane Florence

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Author: Suzanne Lawler

A state group is on standby to go to the Carolinas and help after Florence. Ham radio operators can help organize volunteers. 

Here in Georgia, a ham radio mutual assistance team went on standby to help the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

They can set up quickly in a danger zone and transmit messages without a power source.

13WMAZ sat down with a member from Houston County who says ham radio assignments are changing in the field.

John Louth is the Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator for Houston County.

He got into this over 50 years ago as a young boy.

"There was a man next door, and he worked on hearing aids, and I was ten years old, and he gave me some books it was downhill from there," Louth said.

Now when the weather goes downhill, guys like Louth are there to help. He's monitoring Florence this weekend.

"Where the communication goes out, amateur radios called in to take the place of regular communications," Louth said. "That doesn't happen very much anymore because the communications are getting more and more sophisticated with more fiber optic and more buried cable, etc."

When Florence is finished with her wrath, volunteers will move in. Louth says that's where ham operators have really shown their worth.

"For example, we had a tornado here two years ago, and we had all these chainsaw crews, well they tried to coordinate with cell phones, but cell phones aren't made for a one to many, many communication," Louth said. "So we took our ham operators and put one operator with each chainsaw team."

You might think of ham radio as a hobby, but this is serious stuff.

Men and women go through extensive training to respond in emergencies.

"We are not just people that come in for the occasion," Louth said. "FEMA has a series of four courses having to do with management and how things are done, and most of our people have taken all four of those courses and have the certification from FEMA."

So the boy fascinated by hearing aids is now keeping an ear out for anyone in need.

If conditions deteriorate within the state the Georgia Emergency Management agency could also activate the ham operator group.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Forget 9/11/01

Ham Radio Special Event Station remembers their brothers and hams lost. Here is my QSL that I received from my contact with them. God Bless America.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kansas Mining Event #6 - Galena Museum

One of the friendliest and accommodating locations we set up for the 2018 Mining Series was the Galena Mining and Historical Museum. Here is a link to their website CLICK HERE. Ahead of the event we contacted Linda at the Museum and she was vert gracious in the permission and appreciative of us coming there and spreading the word about their location to amateur radio operators around the country.

She met us there for the one day of the on site event and helped us with locating the power outlets, and later brought us copies of their tourism information cards, a great little book titled Pioneer Days of Galena that told the story of Galena's rich history. And then gave us private tours of their museum and talked about the various displays from glowing minerals in the rocks to a small but heavy chunk of Iron Ore. Linda offered us some cold bottled water and a chance to get in to the air conditioning for a bit. What a great museum and if you have not stopped and toured it, you should.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Kansas And Ohio QSO Parties With NVIS Dipole

I ran across this on Larry's List. A great resource and I suggest you look it up and get on the list! Mostly midwest hams and good links for selling/buying and information like this post. I reached out to Bob WØAO and got his permission to post. Check this out, we need to try this at our next outing!

Special Contributer Bob Kimbrell WØAO -

After returning home from Keystone Park for the After Beryl Breakfast Activity I was disappointed that I had only worked 3 counties in the Kansas QSO party and they were all in far western Kansas.  I had been using a 40 meter vertical at the park and most of my signal was going over Kansas.  I constructed a low NVIS 40 meter dipole with a reflector wire on the ground underneath in my yard (HOA neighborhood) to try to fill in some more counties:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Don't Like DX Map Pins ???

Class your shack up with this new approach. I ran across this on a travel site but quickly realized it would be GREAT for tracking states and countries that you have QSO's with on Amateur Radio. Check this out with the video below and the main website for ordering will be listed below the video. Check it out and let us know what you think?

Seems there are many more products available so search Scratch Map on Amazon...... here is the one referenced in the video and another one that is reasonably priced !!

Have fun !!


Friday, August 17, 2018


From the great YouTube Channel HM RADIO CONCEPTS, check out the new FT8 mode and software. No it is not WSJT !!

FT8, as we know, has dominated the airwaves for over a year now. Imagine the ability to have keyboard to keyboard ragchew, with the same exact performance of FT8. Why wouldn't you? This is brand new, still under development, and will surely take off big time!

FT8CALL is alive!

Click Here For Latest-Release-Download-Links    (Join to download software and chat with others)

Here is his YouTube Channel.... I highly recommend you follow !!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SEKARC Gear Update

Hello SEKARC !! FYI I ordered one of the shirts on the clubs Cafe Press site linked below. I am pleasantly surprised, it looks really good! The white lettering pops and I was afraid it would not. I have posted below an actual photo of the shirt I received today. Heads up --- unless you pay for expedited shipping they are kind of slow on delivery. If you place an order today, you SHOULD have it by the hamfest but no guarantees. But hey if you want it quick pay a little extra !! Over all the design I ordered looks very good and the tshirt construction is pretty sold.

Like I mention often... let me know if you want a design tweaked or maybe your call sign added as I can probably do that !! The store has a section for mining special event items. I especially like the coffee mug with black inside color pictured in the right column here.

Check it out...

CLICK --> SEKARC Cafe Press Gear

Here is the shirt I received today.
I ordered this...

Mine Se 2018 T-Shirt

X-Large Tumbleweed Color