Short Skip - March 2023
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2023 LCARC President
March 2023 issue
*Click on blue or the underlined wording to open the internet topic links
Hello everyone, here is the latest…
The entire LCARC extends our sincere thanks to Paul Petrie KD9NPC and the Lake County EMA.
It was exciting to hold our first Club meeting on the 4th floor in the long awaited EMA’s new meeting room. We were treated to having our program shown on a multi-media array of large screen TVs surrounding the new room
The meeting room is handicapped accessible via elevator, or for the hardy.. there are also… the stairs.
February’s Club Program was “Purchasing State-Of-The-Art Electronic Testing and Repair Equipment” plus news about The Antique Wireless Society Club in Illinois presented by George Pazak/KD9FCI.
Thank you very much George. Great presentation! You were kind enough to share your decades of experience working with test instruments, and how to cherry pick the best ones. The hand-outs were appreciated also.
March 10th Friday at 7:30pm is the next LCARC meeting. We will share a live video presentation by Richard Glover KD9VCQ and Erin Hill.
Richard is the Indiana Aux-Comm Coordinator for the State of Indiana. Together they will be getting us up to speed on what is happening with Ham Radio and the need for HR participation.
You do not have to be a Club member to attend our meetings or licensed. Ample parking - handicapped accessible - 2900 W. 93rd Ave Crown Point IN 46307
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 in 30 minutes. You do not need to be a Club member to check in.
LOCAL HR NETS
Courtesy of KC9UNS www.tinyurl.com/chicago-ham-nets
KDWN “K-Dawn” Las Vegas AM 720 Final sign-off
They got big $$$ for the tower site property. Going QRT and surrendering the license. Sign off includes SSTV pictures of the transmitter site and a cw bulletin sign off while playing the Star Spangled Banner. Very moving
ICELAND 3RD TALLEST RADIO TOWER “SK”
Third largest structure in Iceland demolished - RÚV.is
Third largest structure in Iceland demolished - RÚV.isOnce ubiquitous, few radios now receive long wave broadcasts. Priority is now given to boosting FM signals. RÚV'...
2023 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo March 25 – 26
The event is a fully interactive virtual ham radio convention offering new content, networking opportunities, and more than 50 amateur radio presentations on a wide variety of subjects. Here are a couple;
For a $15.00 ticket, listen live, even ask presenters questions. You also get steaming access later to all 50 recorded 2023 presentations for 30 days, PLUS streaming access to the catalog of Expo’s previous 200 recorded programs. https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
Hunting For NDBs In CLE288
This is a challenge for all newcomers to NDB listening and the ultimate test of your medium frequency receiving capabilities. Can you meet the challenge?'
March 11th, is the Wabash Vally ARC Hamfest at the Clay County 4H Fairgrounds Brazil Indiana a 150 mile drive straight down south via US 41.
March 11th is the Southern Michigan ARC “wings event” hamfest. If you go, they are 1 hour ahead of us in Battle Creek MI www.w8df.com
(BTW: Battle Creek Michigan hosts a “Cereal Festival” every summer in June)
Live VE Testing
03/11/2023 | Valparaiso IN 46383-4820
Sponsor: Porter County ARC
Location: Valparaiso Public Library
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) www.PC-ARC.net
PROS AND CONS OF HF ATTIC ANTENNAS
In a perfect world, all hams would have plenty of room for antennas. HOAs wouldn’t exist, and there would be no need to hide antennas in the attic (provided you have one). While the performance of antennas located outside will almost always be better, locating them inside and in a roof space may be the only option—and a workable one.
Here’s the article’s link found with other great – (worth a look) - ham stuff at www.onallbands.com a HR blog by DX Engineering
March 2023, Facebook Live HR Events
FB Live with Tim, K3LR every Friday at 3:00 pm CST (20:00 UTC)
FB Live with Tim, K3LR, and Jeff, KB8ZWT, every Tuesday at 12:15 pm CST (17:15 UTC)
Manufacturer Showcase, every Thursday at 1:30 pm CST (18:30 UTC)
ARRL Audio News
Listen to ARRL Audio News, a new 10-13 minute edition is available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week's top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.
K7RA Solar Update www.K7RA@ARRL.net
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 the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA. Also VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.
10 METER BAND OPEN
During the mornings, Europe is open to the US. While in the afternoon, propagation favors the southwest: Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
ALL , ham licenses have privileges on 10 meters for Voice, CW and digital modes. The antenna needs for 10 meters such as a horizontal or vertical dipole are simple… just 16 and a half feet long… total. Higher may be better, but just 15 feet off the ground works (as will an attic install). Max 10m output for the Tech license is 200 watts. When 10m is open, you can work the world with 10 watts.
GLANCING-BLOW CME POSSIBLE THIS WEEK: Yesterday's M8.6-class solar flare produced a faint CME. NOAA analysts have determined that it might deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on March 4th. Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on that date.
G1 storms are relatively weak and usually only cause minor fluctuations in power grids and impair some satellite functions — including those for mobile devices and GPS systems. It could also cause auroras or Northern lights
The G-scale used by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which rates the storm from G1 to G5 (i.e. G1, G2, G3, G4, G5 in order),
G1 is the weakest storm classification (corresponding to a solar Kp value of 5), and G5 is the strongest (corresponding to a Kp value of 9).
The KP index: disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field
The planetary 3-hour-range index Kp is the mean standardized K-index from 13 geomagnetic observatories located about Earth’s northern and southern geomagnetic latitudes between 44 degrees and 60 degrees.
DID YOU KNOW
That there is a straight key Century Club? Membership is free, the only requirement is that you do not use an electronic key. They offer numerous awards and host straight key contests.
If interested, visit www.SKCCgroup.com click the “JOIN SKCC” tab
ARES local 2 meter NET
Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. N9IAA repeater 146.685 MHz PL 173.8
ARES Indiana HF VOICE Net
Sunday 4:00 PM - 80 meters 3.900 MHz – LSB
ARES D1 DIGITAL 3.590 MHz USB
Held Wednesday at 8:30 PM Eastern Time on or about 3.590 MHz USB. Check in using Olivia 8/500 digital. May use VARA-HF also.
ARRL ARES Info: https://inarrl.org/index.php/public-service/indiana-ares
On-Line EmComm WINLINK VARA Digital Training
www.ARRL.org/contest-calendar *pick the month you wish
WA7BNM Contest Calendar: Home
DX News www.DxNews.com (DX news with a European slant)
http://www.DxMaps.com (real-time propagation & DX news)
QSO/SWL real time maps and listsQSO/SWL real time maps and lists
See you March 10th @ 7:30PM 73, Tim/N9CA
Q: Why can’t sailors play cards while at sea?
A: Because the Captain stands on the deck
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