Friday, November 23, 2018

SEKARC Helps Local Ham

Jack WDØCFH and Keith WØKEU
Keith Retzer WØKEU contacted SEKARC and asked about getting help with his hex beam that was on a mast that was bent over in a storm. He has limited eyesight and needed some help getting it down. After the coffee today myself KAØEGE, Jack WDØCFH, Dick WD5FMQ and Tyler KBØPQP went out to his home west of Chicopee to see if we could help.

It was a pretty easy job as the mast had bent below the antenna which was only up about 15 feet. We disconnected the coax and the rotor cable, slid the hex beam out of the rotor mount and laid it on the ground. Then removed the mast from it's mount. The mast was a total loss, but the nice hex beam is very salvageable with a fiberglass replacement piece that broke in the fall. Keith just wanted it taken down so it was pretty easy.

Keith was very appreciative and we were glad to help. We got a tour of his garage and ham shack. A shack in which he was able to get USA Worked All COUNTIES..... TWICE and working on a third round now! He operates almost all on SSB and is a very successful and veteran ham operator. On a personal note Keith was my very first HF contact on 10 meters as a Technician Class operator in the tech portion of the band. I heard him QSO with a guy in the state of Washington, called him after he finished that QSO and after our 73's I looked up his call to find out we was about 4 miles southwest of me! Some real HF DX huh !!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving !!

Happy Thanksgiving from SEKARC and Last Man Standing. This is a great Thanksgiving Day clip from our favorite ham radio TV show !!

Monday, November 19, 2018

N2UHC 10 Meter Beacon On The Air 28.2095 MHz EM27jm

One of our members Tom N2UHC has a new diy 10 meter beacon on the air 28.2095 MHz located in St Paul, KS EM27jm

Here are the technical details from Tom!

My beacon consists of a converted Midland 13-882B CB, running 4W on
28.2095 MHZ. Converting the beacon was fairly straightforward.
I simply replaced the 11.275 MHz TX crystal with a 10.240 MHz
crystal which put channel 1 on 28.000 MHz and gave me six possible
frequencies to use in the beacon band. The beacon transmits by keying
the old microphone PTT line. The receive crystal was removed in order
to prevent any mixing spurs like I first had with my first beacon.
It operated on 28.233 MHz and I noticed spurs about 455 KHz above
and below the operating freq. Removing the crystal solved that problem.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Steve Hefley WD0DTS Final Call Recording

On Wednesday, November 14 the Southeast Kansas Amateur Radio Club paid tribute to Steve Hefley WD0DTS on our weekly net with a final call ceremony. Steve Tandy N0SLT did a wonderful job as net control. Here is the recording of the net. 73 Steve

Monday, November 12, 2018

How Does A J-Pole Work ?

Are you like I am...? I have always wondered how and why the popular J-Pole antenna works. This video is great at explaining that. Also, Dave has a great YouTube Channel so I recommend that you follow it !!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Steve Hefley WDØDTS/SK 1947-2018

I’m sorry to report Steve Hefley WD0DTS passed away last night 11/9/2018

Steve has been licensed for a very long time. He was active on HF as well as 2 meters and checked into the SEKARC net on a regular basis. Steve taught electronics for 35 years at Pittsburg State University and was always willing to share that knowledge with fellow hams.

Steve will be missed very much.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (November 14) at First Church of the Nazarene (PittNaz) with Pastor Kyle Rogers and Pastor Jim Sukraw co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. The family suggests memorials to the First Church of the Nazarene. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

Here is a link to his obituary:

73 Steve 1947-2018 WD0DTS /SK

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Technical Humor... or is it ??

My brain hurts and part of thinks I am so uneducated that parts of this might actually be true!! Enjoy !!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Coffee QSO New Home - Harry's Cafe

A previous owner of Harry's Cafe and previous owner of callsign KAØEGE, Charles Chancey would be proud to know that the SEKARC will be meeting at Harry's for our weekly Coffee QSO. Seems it was time for a change and so.... we did. I informed Harry's that we will be coming there for a while every week on Wednesday mornings and they said we were sure welcome!!

Harry's has a long tradition of local service and being a great place for folks to gather. Great breakfast selections from homemade Cinnamon Rolls, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and more. Please stop by if you have not made it to one of the Coffee QSOs for a while we would be happy to see you!

I think we will enjoy the new location and it is nice to be welcomed. Notice the tag and logo on my parents van from a while back? The tag also has been brought back on my truck!!