Short Skip - April 2022
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2022 LCARC President
Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the increased band openings.
Last Month’s program: was presented by Tim Duffy K3LR the CEO of Dx Engineering on Ham Radio Antenna. If you paste Tim’s bio below into your browser, you will see he is definitely a friend and pace setter of our Ham Radio hobby. Thank you Tim. It was a great presentation.
Dx Engineering carrys all the popular antennas in stock and all the parts to “roll your own” Request a catalog or shop on-line: www.dxengineering.com
April Club Meeting Friday April 8th at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held entirely on ZOOM. Our program is by Joe Butcher/KE9FZ: How To Obtain A Permit To Build A HR Tower
The ZOOM link to log-in will be available on our Facebook and Club website in April www.W9LJ.org
You do not have to be a Club member - or a ham - to join us for that meeting.
2022 CLUB MEMBERSHIPThe LCARC always welcomes new members. If you have never been a Club member, the cost to join for the year 2022 is; zero, free, nada. Go to www.W9LJ.org and submit an email membership request. You can also print a form out and mail it to us.
Club dues are just pennies a day. Send your membership renewal checks to: LCARC PO Box 90 Crown Point IN 46308
Spring Time Trans-Equitorial PropagationA few weeks +/- of the spring and the fall equinox…. March 21st and September 21st
The best ham radio bands to benefit from TEP: 10m and 6m
Occurs in late afternoon and early evening local time (think 3pm – 7pm)
Skip from the 100-500 mile high “F and F2” layer are steady and strong
Range for TEP on 10 and 6 meters is… 3000 to 5000 miles
2 Meter "EveningTEP” may observed later in the day between 7:00pm and 11:00pm local time if, if the atmospheric ionization is strong enough. These late evening TEP signals exhibit distortion, flutter, and fading as the ionization of the F and F2 layers break up after sun down.
TEP radio paths are north – south. (Think Central and South America) *All HR licenses have privileges on 10, 6, and 2 meters.
04/02/2022 - Columbus (Indiana) Hamfest
Location: Columbus, IN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Columbus Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://carcnet.net 175 miles EDT
04/16/2022 - Henry County Tailgate II
Location: New Castle, IN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Henry County ARC
Website: http://w9ob.org 184 miles EDT
04/30/2022 - Sullivan Hamfest
Location: Sullivan, IL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Moultrie Amateur Radio Klub
Website: https://www.qsl.net/mark/ 173 miles CDT
The bad news is they are 173 – 184 miles away. The good news is we have longer hours of daylight.
LOCAL VE EXAM SESSIONS04/02/2022 | Freeport IL 61032-4116
Sponsor: Stephenson City ARES
Location: Freeport Public Library
Time: 12:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
04/11/2022 | LaPorte IN 46350
Sponsor: LaPorte ARC
Location: LaPorte Seventh Day Adventist Church
Time: 7:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)
04/16/2022 | Valparaiso IN 46383-4820
Sponsor: Porter County ARC
Location: Valparaiso Public Library
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Sunday April 10th ARRL SSB ROOKIE ROUNDUP. Runs 6 hours 1:00pm to 6:59pm CDT)
Mission: To encourage newly-licensed (3 years or less) operators (“Rookies”) in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators (“Non-Rookies”) are strongly encouraged to participate and help new operators – either on the air or in person.
Objective: Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible using SSB on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter HF bands.
*Complete list of other HR contests go to: www.ContestCalendar.com
LOCAL HR NETS
Courtesy of KC9UNS www.tinyurl.com/chicago-ham-nets
The LCARC Information NET Every Wednesday - at 8:00pm. 147.000 and 442.075 (pl 131.8) Informal, informative, and fun. A great way to stay connected with local hams. Typically 30 minutes long.
The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 27) features an audio tour of the 10-meter band. (Click on the blue link above)
Podcasts are available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android) as well as on Blubrry.
INDIANA ARRL STATE CONVENTIONMay 7 -- ARRL Indiana State Convention (North Central Indiana Hamfest), Peru, Indiana
Hamvention will be held May 20, 21 and 22, 2022 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Have your hotel reservations yet ?? Visit: www.hamvention.org
73, and good DX Tim/N9CAQuestion #1: What is the other name associated with a YAGI antenna?
a) Beam b) Parasitic c) Uda d) Horizontal
Question #2: Name the outside receiving wire of old radio sets?
a) parrellax b) aerial c) ground-plane d) feed-back loop
Q1 c Q2 b
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