FROM THE PARADE STAND
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2021 LCARC President
Congratulations & thank you to George Suprenant/N9GWS our new 2021 Club Vice President.
Past Program. Thank you to February Club Meeting program co-presenters: Joe Cirone/W1SPY ARRL ARES EC for District one, Jim Mohring/KB9WWM Indiana Section ARES Emergency Coordinator, and Jimmy Merry/KC9RPX ARRL Indiana Section Manager. Their topic was: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), EmComms, and SkyWarn in NW Indiana District 1.
Joe/W1SPY has assured me that he is streamlining District One ARES and ARES training to make it easier for volunteers to join in. Joe has also created a great new website. www.ARESd1.com
March Club Board meeting will be via ZOOM: Tuesday March 9th at 7:00pm. A ZOOM link will be sent to all Club members.
March General Meeting wil be via ZOOM: Friday March 12th at 7:00pm. A Zoom link will be sent to all Club members and posted on www.W9LJ.org.
March General Meeting Program: Slow Scan Amateur TV How to use free "MMSSTV" software app and download. As seen on Youtube.
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.
LCARC Information Net a fun informal net. Wednesdays at 8:00pm on either the Club’s VHF (147.000) or UHF (442.075) repeaters pl 131.8. A great way to stay in touch with local hams. If you haven’t logged in, you are missing out. Non-member logins are welcome
ARRL Podcasts Schedule
The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 14) takes a deeper dive into the subject of HF antenna tuners, including some shopping tips.
The latest edition of Eclectic Tech (Episode 27) features a discussion of virtual audio cables, plus a chat with Clint Turner, KA7OEI, about extremely slow CW, otherwise known as QRSS.
The On the Air and Eclectic Tech podcasts are sponsored by Icom. Both podcasts are available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android), as well as on Blubrry –
On the Air | Eclectic Tech.
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo REGISTER NOW (control enter)
· Coming to your desktop, laptop, and tablet: Starts March 12th, 1800 PST for 48 Hours and "on-demand" download until April 12, 2021 Tickets just: $10.00
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INTERESTING HR NEWS
VE7TIL, of Roberts Creek, British Columbia, has snagged another signal from deep space. His latest conquest has been to copy the signal from China's Tianwen-1 (pronounced "tee-EN-ven") probe, which went into orbit around Mars on February 10. Tilley told Spaceweather.com that the probe's X-band signal was "loud and audible."
"It was a treasure hunt," Tilley told Spaceweather.com. He explained that while the spacecraft did post its frequency with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), it was too vague for precise tuning (X band is between 8 GHz and 12 GHz).
Launched last July, Tianwen-1 represents China's first Mars mission. It consists of an orbiter and a rover, which will land on the Martian surface in May or June 2021
Tilley has also picked up signals from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the United Arab Emirates Hope probe, both orbiting Mars some 124 million miles away.
He uses a homemade 60-centimeter dish and relies on software-defined radios (SDRs) to accomplish the task. Read an expanded version.
Solar Cycle 25: NOAA predicts it will peak in 2025 (+/- 8 months) with a peak flux level of 115 similar to Solar Cycle 24. Current Solar Flux has dropped to 72 from 80 just a few months ago. For reference, the Solar Flux low point was 68 in early 2020.
Predicted planetary A index remains at 5.
Check out K9LA’s solar predictions on the web. A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read "What the Numbers Mean...," and check out K9LA's Propagation Page.
Weekly HR Webinar: “Amateur Radio Roundtable” with guests from around the world. Join at www.W5KUB.com Every Tuesday night 8:00pm CST. Simulcast: WBCQ shortwave at 5130 kHz.
UPCOMING RADIO SPORTS
CQWW 160 meter SSB Contest February 26 thru 28th. Visit: www.CQ160.com
FYI: 160 meters is typically a night time band for DX. “Grey-line propagation” is very useful. With Grey-line propagation, one can make contacts North and South +/- of an hour of the setting or rising SUN. Typically, from the US, signals East toward Europe peak about mid-night and then reception swings South then finally West to the Pacific about dawn.
NORTH AMERICAN QSO PARTY – RTTY. 1200 CST Feb 27 to 1159 CST Feb 28 www.ncjweb.com
FYI: 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. The 12 hour format allows participants to do some great contesting, yet still have time for other activities during the weekend.
ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST – SSB Begins 6:00pm CST Friday March 13 and runs through 0559 CST Sunday. www.ARRL.org
NORTH AMERICAN RTTY SPRINT The March 13 RTTY Sprint will begin 1 hour earlier, at 2300 UTC instead of 0000 UTC. It will end at 0259 UTC. An earlier start time will give participants in the north and east a larger window for 20-meter activity. www.ncjweb.com or www.ARRL.org
CQWW WPX SSB Contest SSB: March 27-28, 2021 Starts: 0600 CST Friday Ends: 0559 CST Sunday Visit: www.cqwpx.com
Mark your calendars. See you on ZOOM!
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