SHORT SKIP - FROM THE PARADE STAND
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2021 LCARC President
I hope “Mother Nature” acting up on Saturday of Field Day didn’t cause anyone harm. The tornado sirens, lightening, cloud bursts, and high winds on Saturday certainly were unpredictable additions to our local operators. NOAA tracked and officially declared that a tornado traveled through Dyer to Schererville on Saturday..
Last Month’s Programs were: “Restoration of a Heathkit HW-16”. The popular and collectable HW-16 was in production from 1967-1976. The other program was “Using FT8 on Field Day”. Both were presented at a live meeting at the Crown Point EMA Office and on ZOOM by Tim McGillen N9CA.
July Club Program: “Electric Utility Communications” to be simulcast both via ZOOM and at the EMA Office in Crown Point. Presented to us – from Florida - by Charlie Sulfana AJ9N.
The Club meeting and ZOOM link will start at 7:30pm Friday July 9th. Look for the ZOOM link on www.W9LJ.org. Club members will also have this link sent to their email as well as a meeting reminder.
Skipping Around on 10, 6, and 2 Meters
Sporadic E peaks around the summer solstice, on or around June 21, with a minor peak around the winter solstice, on or around December 21. Each summer season has unique characteristics that are not predictable, but make these bands so fascinating to follow. No special antennas, no special power output. 600 to 1,400 miles are typical (sometimes more with a double hop).
6 meters is the most likely, but pick your favorite. Try monitoring and decoding signals on those FT8 frequencies.
Upcoming Nearby July Hamfests 07/09/2021 - 07/10/2021 Indianapolis Hamfest, ARRL Indiana State ConventionLocation: Indianapolis, IN
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Indianapolis Amateur Radio Assoc., Inc.
07/10/2021 - Auburn (Indiana) Hamfest
Location: Auburn, IN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Association
07/18/2021 - KARS-Fest
Location: Peotone, IL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: the Kankakee Area Radio Society
IARU World Championship - International Amateur Radio Union
The objective of the IARU HF World Championship is “to support amateur self-training in radio communications including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs around the world, especially IARU member society headquarters stations, using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter bands.”
Saturday July 10th at 12:00 UTZ (7:00am CDT) > Sunday Jul 11th at 1159 UTZ (6:59am CDT) Visit www.ARRL.org
CQWW VHF Contest
The contest promotes VHF activity on the 6 and 2 meter bands with participation from around the world.
Saturday July 18th 1800 UTZ (1:00pm CDT) > Sunday 2100 UTZ ( 3:59pm CDT). Visit www.cqww-vhf.com
North American QSO Party (RTTY)
The North American QSO Parties are favorites of beginners and seasoned operators alike. The NAQPs are low-power only (no amplifiers allowed) which makes for a lot more breathing room on the bands.
July is RTTY only. May operate 10 out of the 12 hours of the contest. Off-times must be at least 30 minutes in length. 1800 UTC Saturday July 17 (1:00pm CDT) to 05:59 UTC Sunday July 18 Visit www.ncjweb.com
Other Club News
Physical Club meetings: We’re resumed in-person physical Club meetings at the EMA Building 7:30pm. Masks will be required, windows will be open, and social distancing practiced. For now, we will offer a simulcast ZOOM option with a log-in link posted on the Club website. There will be a 50/50 raffle held. $1 per ticket, 6 tickets for $5.00 www.W9LJ.org
LCARC HT Give Away GOTA Program
The Club officially presented programed VHF/UHF HTs to two recently licensed Hams and new members of the LCARC; Chad Marine KD9STK and Tara Howell KD9STJ. Congratulations!
If you were newly licensed in 2020 or 2021, you too may join the LCARC for our yearly $20 membership dues and we’ll help you get-on-the-air with a programmed VHF/UHF HT provided to you by the LCARC. You must submit an application to the Club (found on www.W9LJ.org) and physically attend at least one live Club meeting.
LCARC Information NET EVERY Wednesday at 8:00pm. 147.000 and 442.075 pl 131.8 (on linked Club repeaters). Informal, informative, and fun. A great way to stay connected with local hams. You do not have to be a Club member to check-in. Typically 30 minutes
VE Session: We anticipate a VE Session in late August at the EMA office. Lake County Government Complex Building, 2900 W. 93rd Crown Point IN 46307. Details to follow. Visit www.w9lj.org or www.ARRL.org
Have a safe terrific 4th of July everyone!
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