Short Skip - March 2022
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2022 LCARC President
On March 13th we switch to “Daylight Savings Time”. “CST” becomes “CDT”. Our time offset from “UST” changes from -6 hours to -5 hours.
Last Month’s Program: Thank you to Charlie Sufana AJ9N!! If you watch the news, at all, his timely program was “Our Planet’s Future - Renewable Energy”. Below is the link to his program:
The March 11th LCARC meeting: 7:30pm CST 100% on ZOOMThe ZOOM meeting will officially start at 7:30pm CST. Club members will receive a ZOOM link sent to their email-of-record. The ZOOM link can also be found on www.W9LJ.org (the Club’s website) as well as on our Facebook page.
*Non Club members are always welcome to log-in on ZOOM with us.
BTW, the LCARC always welcomes new members. A member application can be submitted through the Club website www.W9LJ.org by clicking on “INFO” . Many hams belong to more than just one Club.
March 11th program: by K8MNJ Teri Grizer of DX Engineering
Teri has been with DX Engineering for several years. Her responsibilities include; equipment supplies for DXpedition trips, Hamfest sponsorship programs, leading the Contest University (CTU) organizing committee, plus various Dayton Hamvention related activities.
Amateur Radio in Ukraine Ordered Off the Air in State of Emergency
A state of emergency was declared in Ukraine just prior to the Russian military invasion. Among other things, the February 24 decree from President Volodymyr Zelensky will remain in effect at least for 30 days and may be extended.
Crozet Island DXpedition Preparations are Moving Forward
The upcoming solo DXpedition to Crozet Island, spearheaded by Thierry Mazel, F6CUK, will likely arrive on the island around Christmas. While traveling aboard the Marion Dufresne, Mazel will make stopovers at other remote islands that are also rare DXCC entities, including Tromelin Island.
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The average daily planetary A index went from 13 to 9.6, and the average daily middle latitude A index was off by a point to 7.3.
Predicted solar flux for the month of March is predicted to be over 100
For real-time solar flux index (SFI) and propagation on all HR bands; www.dxmaps.com
Hamradio Related Dates
March 2nd, “Ham Radio-Citizen Science Workshop,” RATPAC Zoom Presentation. Starts Wednesday 8:00pm CST
TOPIC: Ham Radio-Citizen Science Workshop
Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF
Assistant professor at the University of Scranton Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. The March 2nd ZOOM link into the meeting is below.
Meeting ID: 212 888 4758
March 12-13 – “Virtual Ham Expo”
The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will be held live from March 12-13, and then on demand for 30 days afterward. More than 60 speakers will deliver presentations on their subject areas. "There's content for everyone whether a newly licensed ham looking for next steps to use their license or a 30+ year experienced ham looking for “new projects”.
*Tickets are $10 thru March 6.
March 18-19, HamSCI starts 8:00am CDT Via ZOOM
Join HamSCI at its fifth annual workshop March 18-19, 2022 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2022 HamSCI Workshop is “The Weather Connection”.
This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, a NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPR, Case Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTR, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College, and the amateur radio community at large.
The 2022 HamSCI workshop is organized by The University of Scranton in collaboration with The University of Alabama and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Support is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Use the above internet link to view the diverse “cutting edge” program topic details and to register to connect via ZOOM Webinar on March 18th and 19th.
LOCAL HR NETS Look-up
Courtesy of KC9UNS www.tinyurl.com/chicago-ham-nets
Go to www.arrl.org and search “contest corral March 2022”
Go to www.contestcalendar.com
LCARC HT Give Away GOTA Program If you were newly licensed in 2021 or 2022, you 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 by US mail or @ 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
73, Tim/N9CA CU on ZOOM Friday March 11th 7:30pm !
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