SHORT SKIP - FROM THE PARADE STAND
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2021 LCARC President
Hard to believe 2021 is half over already! Hope you all had a great Memorial Day.
*Remember… click on the blue links to go-to the various websites imbeded.
The Club held a live VE Session on May 15th. All candidates received a new license or upgrade. Our thanks to the VE team: Doug Kiser/KD4CXG, Michael Masleid/AB9GV, Russ McComb/KB9HO, and George Pazak/KD9FCI. I was very proud for our Club.
Last month’s ZOOM Club Program Was “Using the Raspberry PI Micro-Computer with Ham Radio” presented by George Suprenant/N9GWS. A truly great presentation. Thank you George.
June’s Club Program will be a double header. “Restoration of a Heathkit HW-16”. The popular and collectable HW-16 was in production from 1967-1976. The other program will be “Using FT8 on Field Day”.
HAMFESTS ARE BACK !
06/06/2021 Starved Rock Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Mendota Tri-County Fairgrounds
503 First Ave.
Mendota, IL 61342
Website: http://www.w9mks.org 07/09/2021 - 07/10/2021 Indianapolis Hamfest, ARRL Indiana State ConventionLocation: Indianapolis, IN
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Indianapolis Amateur Radio Assoc., Inc.Website: http://indyhamfest. 07/10/2021 - Auburn (Indiana) HamfestLocation: 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
ARRL VHF CONTEST
Begins Saturday June 12th at 2:00pm CDT. Ends June 13th 9:59pm CDT on Sunday.
Contest Objective: For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz.
All legal modes are permitted (while CW and SSB/Phone are most common, MSK144, FT8 and FM-Only are gaining popularity - other popular modes include PSK31, FSK441 and JT65).
For contest information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 594-0232
6 Meter SMIRK CONTEST
Begins Saturday, June 19th 7:00pm CDT Ends Sunday, on June 20th 9:59 CDT
If you have been around 6 meters for any length of time, you have most likely heard about the SMIRK Contest. It's loads of fun! You can meet SMIRK members or become a SMIRK member during this contest, just call "CQ SMIRK",
Six Meter International Radio Klub visit: www.smirk.org/contest
ARRL Field Day is June 26-27 (*click on any blue link below)
Rules & Resources | Facebook Group | Field Day T-shirts & Gear | Join ARRL
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
Get ready for 2021 ARRL Field Day (YouTube video), created by J. Mitch Hopper, K9ZXO, QSL Manager -- Sangamon Valley Radio Club. See also a version with Spanish-language subtitles.
ARRL to Extend Field Day Rule Waivers from 2020, Add Class D and E Power Limit
NOVEL SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY I was flabbergasted when I heard plans to build Sat-Cubes out of plywood with the moto “Going Where No Wood Has Gone Before”. Now, the next level is to build satellites using lab grown mycelium… a.k.a mushroom skins.
With a proposed 30,000 new satellites that are currently being launched at the rate of 80+ per day for internet communications. These potential new 30,000 satellites will have to be repositioned 8x per day to avoid collisions.
The thought of building mushroom skinned satellites is to help reduce the danger of space debris. Although, in my mind, anything flying at you at 12,000 mph is just plain dangerous!
Per NASA there are now over 500,000 pieces of space debris the size of a marble and larger.
As of June 23, 2019, NORAD’s tracking catalog listed 44,336 tracked objects including 8,558 satellites launched into orbit since 1957.
My “Safe Travel Wishes” go out for Santa when he delivers presents across the globe!
Physical Club meetings: We’re anticipating the resumption of in-person physical Club meetings at the EMA Building 7:00pm on June 11th. Masks will be required, windows will be open, and social distancing practiced. We also will try to offer a simulcast ZOOM option with a log-in link posted on the Club website www.W9LJ.org
2021 Club Dues are still only $20. Help support your local HR Club. LCARC, PO Box 90, Crown Point IN 46308. Licensed amateurs, who have never been a member of LCARC, can join with 2021 membership dues waived. Applications at www.W9LJ.org or email thru Club’s website.
Club Repeaters Late April some of you have noticed the time clock on our repeaters has gotten out of synch. The issue was resolved thanks to Pat/N9FXT and Andy/W9FXT. The Red Cross is remodeling the area where the repeaters are located and had “cut the power”.
LCARC Information NET June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th, 30th 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.
June 8th Club Board Meeting via ZOOM at 7:00pm. A ZOOM link will be emailed to all current Club members.
June 11th 7:00pm Club Meeting at EMA office 2900 W. 93rd. Ave Crown Point IN 46307
OTHER IMPORTANT HR ITEMS
Indiana ARES District 1 is conducting a weekly net EVERY Tuesday evening 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT. ARES membership not required to check in. N9IAA repeater 146.685 pl 173.8. Joe/W1SPY offers free training and practice in the latest digital EMCOMM modes. Joe has also created a great new website that he constantly updates. www.ARESd1.com
73, Enjoy the summer hope to see you soon. Tim/N9CA
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