Thursday, June 6, 2024

D-Day June 6 And Radio Comms

Ran across this great article that details the radio communications used on D-Day. Let us all remember and thank those who sacrificed and risked their lives on that day. Below is an excerpt from the article and a photo.

How The ARMY handled D-Day communications


"SigC (U.S. Army Signal Corps) had estimated it would need some 90,000 transmitters for the job. This mandated frequency coordination. The radios were largely short-range “hand-helds” but also included short- and medium-distance radio links to naval and air elements and Allied headquarters.

Signal-gear manufacturers were asked to provide rollout proposals for the project and it quickly became apparent that the total number of required radio channels was far larger than the spectrum available (2.5 to 8 mc). SigC’s last-minute solution was to narrow the guard bands between channels to as little as 4 kc. Fortunately, tactical radios had been designed for crystal-controlled FM operation so this predicted project snafu was resolved by last-minute crystal-regrinding on a massive scale."

For those not very familiar with the D-Day story... here is a good reference link

Friday, May 31, 2024

1960 Intro To Ham Radio

Wow some things never change in this hobby.... they just get fancier!!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Friday, March 22, 2024

March Meeting SEKARC

Hello everyone, it's time again to get together. We have lot's to discuss from Band Pass Filters for Field Days to what activity should we plan for April? Fire Station#1 in Pittsburg at 911 W 4th Street March 30th and we will begin at 10am (new time) and of course we will have the breakfast casserole, coffee, donuts etc etc. 

We will email the agenda out the day before so stay tuned. I know it's Easter weekend but hopefully you can all get away for a couple of hours on this Saturday!

Here are some photos from last months meeting. Including the award presentation for Ralph NØOTS for his outstanding VE work !!

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Cool HamClock Package


This thing is all over YouTube !! Check this out.. might be a fun addition to your shack? Here are two different videos for you to watch!


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

New POTA/Field EFHW Antenna

This looks like a super easy antenna to deploy in the field. Or even a back up antenna to have on hand in case of emergency needs.

 Links from the video:

Reel-POTA-able Antenna 

Spiderbeams Mast

Hitch Mount for Mast Holder -


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Coffee QSO Change - Welcome Back To Harry's Cafe



After a few years of bring away... we are going back to Harry's Cafe for the Wednesday Coffee QSO. Farmhouse was fun.... but kind of cramped. We hope to get our numbers back with this move. A few of us stopped by after the meeting Saturday and let them know we were coming.. in numbers smaller now but we hope to get it back to the 15-20 we used to see every week!

Plus.. there is a LITTLE history there.......

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

SEKARC February Meeting With Presentation

It's that time again.... and our goal is to be much more active with meetings and events in 2024. On February 24th at 9am at Pittsburg Fire Station #1 located at 911 W 4th in Pittsburg. Winter Field Day was a complete success so let's keep it going! As normal we will have coffee. doughnuts and of course the famous breakfast casserole for all! We will be having a presentation and Zoom demo of the recently talked about. Chris NØYH and Tim N5STR will be showing us the RM Noise application with a live radio demo!

Then Winter Field Day results will be discussed and how we can make Field Days even better at the SEKARC by using/building band filters to improve the 2 station operation! There is plenty of parking in the back and please use the main entrance in the front of the rear East door. Please stay tuned to the website here, email list, facebook group and GroupMe sites for updates and additional information


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Winter Field Day 2024

Winter Field Day will be held at the Frontenac Fire Department/Public Safety Office at 199 N Crawford in Frontenac Kansas. We will distribute more information as it comes out. Please submit the RSVP Form below with your information if you can help setup Saturday morning, operate and/or take down on Sunday early afternoon.

Kilowatt Amateur Club will also be working with us and we GREATLY appreciate their help and cooperation! Teamwork!!

Also there is a spot on the form if you are interested in operating over night... we'd like to if we can get enough operators to do so but we can discuss. 

Monday, January 8, 2024

Top 5 HF Antennas For New Hams

Professor Jim N4BFR teaches you the best HF ham radio antennas for beginners!

If you're new to HF and want some extra help, we also offer a full online class to help you get your station setup and learn how to operate:

Friday, January 5, 2024

School Club Celebrates ISS Contact

I got this tip from my sister!! Thanks Diana!

From the ARRL:

From ARRL News:

A student-led contact with astronauts through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program was a great success that earned significant media attention. On Monday, December 11, students at Harbor Creek High School in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, used amateur radio to talk with Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, KG5GCZ.

The students are part of the Advanced Technologies Group, KC3SGV, an after-school club at Harbor Creek. Fifteen of the students are licensed radio amateurs. As ARRL News reported last week, their faculty advisor, Assistant Principal Drew Mortensen, AC3DS, is a graduate of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. He utilized what he learned in the program and brought it back to the school. The ARISS contact is just one of the many successes the program has had.  


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Secret Tip on the ICOM 7300

This is interesting..... did you know about the EMERGENCY setting on the 7300? Having troubles getting a multi band antenna tuned on some bands? Well of course it will not improve the effectiveness of the antenna but will allow you to operate... check this out! Maybe you 7300 users are already aware?