Friday, December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas !!

Merry Christmas to everyone with the SEKARC and their families. We are all truly blessed to have you all as friends. God Bless.


Tuesday, December 13, 2022


Due to my mistake of NOT contacting Barto's to make the reservations..... we will have to reschedule the party until NEXT Wednesday the 21st at 6pm.

Today it dawned on me.... that with all the craziness around here the last few weeks I totally forgot to call and reserve the space. Unfortunately when I called, they were booked with the Little Balkins Days committee party. 

So.... the best date they had open was NEXT Wednesday the 21st. I know it's last minute and closer to Christmas so I fully apologize for the trouble I caused. Please help spread the word. I will post this, and will put it on facebook so if you are on the repeaters.... spread the word!


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

SEKARC Christmas Party 2022

SEKARC will be having it's annual Holiday Dinner and it will be held at Barto's Idle Hour, Wednesday December 14th at 6 PM. Everyone is invited and XYL's and kids or anyone you would like to bring are also welcome to come!

There will be no ARES net and no SEKARC FM net that night.

It will be a buy your own meal and drinks (best chicken in town some say) but you do not have to eat or stay long but we would love to see you! 

We will also be having a secret Santa gift exchange so feel free to bring a small gift and you will be in the running to receive one via ticket drawing! So if you bring a gift you will GET A GIFT !!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Standing Wave Presentation

This from what I hear is a great lesson on standing wave. It is not short so get some coffee and snacks and settle in when the cold weather keeps us inside. For Joe WØMQY it will be after he does his antenna work in the ice and snow. HaHa !!


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Woofferton Shortwave Transmitting Station

Take a look at this !! The Woofferton transmitting station is owned and operated by Encompass Digital Media, as one of the BBC's assets which were handed over as part of the privatization of World Service distribution and transmission in 1997. It is the last remaining UK shortwave broadcasting site, located at Woofferton, south of Ludlow, Shropshire, England.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Learning HF Bands One At A Time - 10 Meters

Eric KJ4YZI has a great YouTube channel and he is starting a new series...

"This is where you start. Video #1. I have done a quick video on each one of the HF bands to educate the newcomer to the hobby or for anyone who wants to learn. You can learn here about each one of the bands we have, such as when you can operate these bands, how long a wire antenna for that band should be and what you might find when exploring each band. I hope everyone who watches this that may be new to the hobby will learn from this. PLEASE comment below, give a THUMBS UP for the effort of these videos, subscribe and stay tuned for each new video released."


Wednesday, October 19, 2022


This is an impressive documentation of how they deployed for emergency communications in SW Florida... including Pine Island, Sanibel and Fort Myers immediately after the storm passed. Wow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Sad News - KØPR SK

Steve Draper N5SD called me yesterday to inform me that Phil Rankin KØPR passed away yesterday September 5th. He had been living in Garfield Arkansas and had battled long term illness that he could not recover from.

Phil was very much a part of the Pittsburg Repeater Organization "PRO" group and was instrumental in the development of amateur radio and radio communications in the four states area. 

His QRZ page tells a lot of his story... and he will be missed. No word yet on services but when we learn details we will pass it on. Please keep his family in your prayers.


Thursday, July 14, 2022

Easy Way To Learn Morse Code?

Here is an interesting video.... I have been thinking of learning code and I am curious what you all think of this method. Add your comment or email the group with your thoughts!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

"Silent Key" WØKEU Keith Retzer

Recently, local ham operator WØKEU Keith Retzer passed away. Our club had a few interactions with him through the years of SEKARC. One of those he had called us out to help him take down one of his antennas that needed some work and he was unable to do it by himself. After our Wednesday coffee a few of us went out to lend a hand.

Here is an excerpt from the article I posted on our website with a few photos...

SEKARC Helps Local Ham

"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."

And on a personal note, Keith was my first HF contact.... yep a whole 3 miles! January 17, 2013 I was still holding a technician license ans was listening to my tech portion of 10 meters and I heard him making a contact with a station in the state of Washington. I had not looked up his call yet.... I called for him and he answered. I was excited, my FIRST HF contact! Looked him up and sure enough we was just west of Chicopee! 

After he passed, his daughter Joy Lynette Stahl reached out to us on Facebook to see if we could help his wife with selling his equipment. She then posted this fantastic comment from her memories with her dad. One of the best family ham stories I have heard. Thank you and SEKARC sends our most sincere sympathies. 

We have a couple of members reaching out to help her and it was nice to hear directly from his daughter. 

WØKEU (SK) Keith Retzer

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Field Day 2022 information.... please also see the RSVP post and reply if you are going to be stopping by! Should be a fun weekend, SEE YOU THERE !!

Address: 306 S. 250th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762


Field Day 2022 RSVP

Hello.... we would like your information if you plan on coming out for Field Day. Please use form below to RSVP. Especially the dinner so we can get our order for food placed!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Favorite HAM Bands

Here are the latest results of an interesting poll we posted a year or so ago.... still gets responses. Probably no real surprises... if 6m was included I'd guess it would be in the 40% range? What do you think?

Forms response chart. Question title: Please select your TOP TWO favorite bands to operate on HF !!. Number of responses: 186 responses.