Saturday, March 29, 2014

Officers & Meeting Announcements!

Great meeting today !

We have some information and announcements to pass along. We now have club officers.... Congratulations and THANKS go to the new officers !!

President - Joe Porter WØMQY
Vice President - Jack Dock WDØCFH
Sec/Treasurer - Loren Chancey KDØRTX

You can see the officer and member listing on the Officers and Members tab in the left hand column.

We voted on and approved the club constitution and bylaws and will now be working on submitting the paperwork for ARRL club affiliation. Once that is complete we will apply for a club call sign for use on Field Day and future Special Event Stations! We are planning an activity after the April meeting so stay tuned for that !! Make your plans to come out to Big Brutus on Field Day and let us know if you have any questions!

Thanks. 73's Jeff KAØEGE

TX Factor Episode Two

Here is the second episode of TX Factor, the new UK Amateur Radio show. This episode has a couple of great segments beginning with the FunCube creator and a demo of the FunCube radio segment. I sent them an email asking permission to post their show and by the way, they loved our club website. There quote was it was "very smart!".

Great show again... Give it a go...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meeting Saturday !!

The winter that won't go away! But... I understand that the weather this weekend is supposed to be GREAT, so come on out to our meeting Saturday 9 a.m. at Hardee's of Pittsburg! Some topics that I am sure will be covered will be solar panels and battery power, local repeater updates, ARRL Field Day 2014, QRP and building kits and might even discuss the best BBQ in town. ( Does Oklahoma Joe's count as in town? )

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


This is a nice video story about the first photographed Earthrise over the moon. Not really ham related but still interesting and educational. I had not heard this story before and hopefully all of you will enjoy it. How fascinating and humbling it must have been for these astronauts and for all that get to journey into space!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Joplin VE Testing March 26

JARC - Joplin Amateur Radio Club

Title: VE exam
Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

CAUTION - Aggressive Island Girls

I have to pass on this 20 meter PSK31 QSO that I had from a retired man in Florida. N2FBB/4 Bob sounded like a wonderful man with many many stories. The first story was of his first antenna in the apartment in Florida. He took 20 feet of thin wire, froze the end in an ice cube tray, and FLUSHED it down the toilet. Well to be accurate his wife did the flushing while he fed the wire down. The ice cube melted and the antenna was deployed! Now for all I know he just had an active imagination, but something tells me these were not imagined. But surely the statute of limitations has passed on some of these?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wind Turbine Intro - Power From Nature !

Ham radio operators are always looking for sources of alternative and renewable power for both field operations and in times of emergency when the power grid may or may not be available. As I try to educate myself on these energy sources, I found this fairly local company MISSOURI WIND AND SOLAR that is doing great things in this field!

Both from the retail side and for me their YouTube sight has been extremely helpful as I learn about harnessing our natural resources! The video channel offers a wide array of choices from intro videos on wind and solar power, to ideas for setting up your system at home.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Missing Flight Search Involves Amateur Radio

The vanishing of the Malaysian Airline (MAS) Boeing 777-200ER jetliner with 239 passengers on board is a mystery that nine nations are trying to solve.

When flight MH370, ex-Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, disappeared from the air traffic control radar, the MAS Emergency Management Centre (EMC) at Kuala Lumpur Airport provided accommodation for all next-of-kin at the Everly Hotel at Putrajaya.

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society President, Mohd Aris Bernawi 9M2IR, said MARTS was asked to provide a link between the airport and the hotel.

Mohd 9M2IR said at the hotel MARTS quickly set up a station, led by Zanirul Akhmal Zanirun 9M2PRO, and Azizi Samsuri 9W2ZZE was the MAS team leader.

See the full article linked below !!

Missing flight search involves amateur radio emcomm | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slow Speed CW Weekly Net

Here is information regarding a slow speed weekly CW Net held weekly. Just tune into the Kansas Slow Speed Net operated by Mike WD0ESF in Medicine Lodge.

The net meets on 3.547 MHz at 7:32 PM Kansas City time every Monday evening.  The signal is usually S9  or better in Kansas City.

It is easy to get recognized.  Just send your call when the net controller asks for check-ins.  If you are not sure when that is, just wait until you hear others sending their calls.  Then, when you hear the net controller send "pse wait"  acknowledging the previous call, he will ask for new check-ins.  Send your call then.  Even if you screw it up, he will still recognize you.

Don't worry about speed, the net will operate as slow as the slowest operator.  It is a friendly net dedicated to the encouragement of new (and old) CW operators to improve their skills. If you listen or check in to this net, let us know in the comments below!

Thanks to Jaimie Charlton  AD0AB for this information !!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

UK's TX Factor

Click Logo to go to website!

Click logo above for their website. I found TX Factor Ham Radio Show from the UK ! This has great historical information, on site video of some portable SOTA work and is a very nice chance to see ham radio as it is viewed from across the pond! The first episode is viewable below, check it out! Go to YouTube and subscribe to their channel or sign up on their site for updates and new show notices!

Here is a blurb from their website....
Welcome to TX Factor!
TX Factor is a brand new series of high definition TV shows covering all aspects of the hobby which is amateur radio

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Week One Reminders !

Wednesday - Coffee QSO @ Starbucks 9 am

Wednesday - FM Net - Pittsburg Rptr 8 pm

Wednesday - 80 meter PSK Net @ 8:30

Thursday - Builders Group @ 7 pm
( see OUR PAGE for info )

Spring is right around the corner so I hope we can make some plans for an activity after our March 29th monthly meeting at Hardees! Let's go to the park and set up some field stations? Or maybe try our hand at a little foxhunting?

Update on the SEKARC banner... it is ready and was picked up Monday! I will bring it to the Coffee QSO Wednesday for a first viewing!

A special thanks to Jack WDØCFH for being the Net Control for the last two weekly nets as I was out of town and unavailable! While on Sanibel Island in Florida, I was able to run across a net Sunday night on the Sanibel repeater. It was a nice net and I was made to feel very welcome and they sounded like an interesting bunch. I am sure the repeater is well used during Hurricane season!

73's de KAØEGE Jeff

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Foxhunting in North Carolina

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Quoted from the article posted on, be sure and read the whole article from their site. I post this so that some of you that are new to Amateur Radio and those that do not know much about "Foxhunting". Hopefully in 2014, SEKARC can develop a simlar activity!

SALISBURY — Every month, members of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society, plus anybody else who wants to go along for the ride, meet up in town and go fox hunting.

It’s not what you think. This “fox” doesn’t run, for starters.

Ralph Brown, member of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society, holds up his antenna, ready to take a bearing at the start of the monthly fox hunt. Ralph Brown, member of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society, holds up his antenna, ready to take a bearing at the start of the monthly fox hunt.

The ‘fox’ in the Rowan Amateur Radio Society’s monthly fox hunt is this 5-watt radio transmitter, mounted in an old ammunition can. The monthly hidden transmitter hunts help amateur radio operators hone their skills — and no license is required to go hunting. The ‘fox’ in the Rowan Amateur Radio Society’s monthly fox hunt is this 5-watt radio transmitter, mounted in an old ammunition can. The monthly hidden transmitter hunts help amateur radio operators hone their skills — and no license is required to go hunting.

It’s a 5-watt radio transmitter, packed into an old ammunition can.

The object of the game is to find the transmitter, which a member hides somewhere in Rowan County.

Members meet at a central location. Once the “fox” goes live, they get their bearings, then take off in cars and trucks.

It’s a race against time, but it’s also a test of skill to see who can find the “fox.”

And, in an emergency, those skills can count.

Amateur radio volunteers can use those triangulation skills to find illegal transmitters or sources of interference — even to locate radio beacons on downed aircraft.