By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2022 LCARC President
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Thank you on behalf of the Club to Tim McGillen N9CA for his August meeting program titled “Efficient Wire HF Antennas”.
Free door prize at September’s Club meeting. It is the new ARRL book on how to use Digital Amateur Radio 3rd edition.
The September 9th 7:30pm program will be a “double-header”. Andy Finick W9FTX, who with his wife Pat N9FXT keeps our Club repeaters up to date, will discuss “DXing the AM Broadcast band and the hobby of Short Wave Listening.”
The other half of the program will be presented by Tim McGillen N9CA on “Operating with a “new” conversational HF digital mode called VarAC” To do so, you will need 2 free Windows software programs downloaded from the internet.
Because it’s digital, even if you are operating QRP, with poor band conditions, and less than optimal antennas, the digital signal gets through when others don’t. The software uses ARQ for error free copy.
VarAC allows for computer CAT control of your compatible transceiver, and what I personally like… it has built in spell checker! Download, unzip, and install VARA HF first.
Free VARA HF v4.6.3 software site https://rosmodem.wordpress.com/
Video on how to install VARA HF https://youtu.be/N8Kd_W_djVQ
Find the free program VarAC at: https://www.varac-hamradio.com
VarAC a fast tutorial: https://youtu.be/0yJ-GGBEFQU
Detailed using VarAC in your shack: https://youtu.be/INjXXriezhA
Other Cool YouTube HR Videos
How To: $30 Software Defined Radio (SDR) dongle using your computer.
Visit www.ARRL.org/contest-calendar then pick the month you wish
September 10-12 ARRL VHF 50mHz and up
September 17-18 ARRL 10 GHz & Up - Round 2
September 17-18 ARRL EME - 2.3 GHz & Up
*visit www.arrl.org for more specific ARRL contest info
Route 66 On the Air Special Event
The annual Route 66 On the Air Special Event will take place September 10 - 18, 2022. The purpose of the event is to commemorate the history of the "Mother Road" connecting the east and west United States.
For more information on participating stations, certificates and decals, and the Route 66 On the Air Special Event, visit the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) and Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA) websites.
On-Line VE Testing Sources
LOCAL HR NETS
Courtesy of KC9UNS www.tinyurl.com/chicago-ham-nets
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. Typically 30 minutes long.
ARES NET Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. N9IAA repeater 146.685 MHz PL 173.8 www.ARESD1.com
On-Line EmComm WINLINK VARA Digital Training
Have you ever looked at this website: www.DXnews.com It is a European based website about DX, contesting, ham radio news, DXpeditions, and the world of amateur radio but with a Euro slant. I found it interesting. Kind of like listening to the BBC news or NHK news from Japan on the TV instead of the Chicago channels
On-Line Ham Expo 2022
There will be close to 100 live programs on Radio topics coming up September 17-18. For a $10 ticket, you also get access to listen to any speaker you missed for 30 days afterwards.
Did I mention there are virtual sales booths and HR door prizes?
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ABOUT SEPTEMBER’S MEETING
There will NOT be a ZOOM simulcast of the Friday September 9th 7:30pm meeting.
Live Meeting Site: EMA office - 2900 W. 93rd Ave. Crown Point IN 46307
Windows will be open, fans running, social distance kept, masks are optional.
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