July Fun Night - We'll be meeting & eating at Dale Brix house, 1131 N. 2200 East Road, Assumption, IL 62510. Meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.
July Business Meeting - Thursday, July 24 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map
Technician License Class - We will once again holding a amateur radio Technician License class. This will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, July 26th & August 2nd, 2014. Classes will open at about 8:30 AM, with classes starting at 9 AM. We plan to offer donuts, coffee and drinks in the morning, lunch will be on your own, BYOL or grab lunch in the nearby area at noon. Class will run till 5:30 PM or so. On the second class day we will be offering the exam so you can complete the whole process in two Saturdays. There will be a slight cost for the printing of materials plus the license testing fee ($15). There is no charge for the class itself. We are going to require a minimum of 4 people pre-registered to have the class. You can pre-register by emailing Dan Reynolds, KB9JLO at kb9jlo<at>comcast<dot>net (replace <at> with @ and <dot> with . ).
Propogation 101 - I stumbled onto an EXCELLENT article by John Shannon, K3WWP, published in North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) Newsletter, "Key Clicks" (May 2014). This is a LINK to the newsletter I would direct you to page 3 to read the article. I don't think I've ever seen anyone break down propogation techno mumbo-jumbo into such an understandable format. Again the author is John Shannon, K3WWP and the article was published in the NAQCC "Key Clicks" newsletter. Thanks to John and Paul Huff, N8XMS, club manager of NAQCC for allowing me to share this link.
BTW, the NAQCC has excellent resources for CW learning or re-learning. They have numerous QRS nets and very low key contests and activities every month for those wanting to hone their CW skills. I don't think they will even hold it against you if your're operating QRO! :-)
Awesome Morse Code Training Page - I stumbled onto a neat site that some Morse code training materials & instructions. No, it's not another magic pill. It has the ARRL method and the K7QO method plus some drills, hints and tips. It is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Radio Club in MD. The site is called Morse Code Training take a look at it. This will be posted on the permanent 'Links' page.
Six Meter Repeater - The six meter repeater is once again fully functional and operational.
The six meter repeater listens on 51.53 MHz and transmits on 53.23 MHz (-1.7 MHz offset)
with a PL tone of 103.5 Hz.
Discovery magazine article on some ideas on how to see the space station.
NASA's 'Spot The Station' alert service. This is really cool and referenced in the Discovery article above.
Space Weather's Satellite Flybys page - very neat resource. You can pick what objects to display, works by zipcode and they also have an app for most smartphones. It will also produce a printable page.
Heavens Above is the absolute best online resource for tracking any orbiting object. A lot of information but very configurable and quite comprehensive.
NASA Skywatch - I hesitantly list this one as it is a JAVA applet. JAVA has a lot of security implications right now and if you've implemented any of the recent protection solutions lately this one might not work. I would recommend the others before this one...
Awesome video of the ISS orbiting the earth during our night times. Check it out.
Awesome video tour of the inside of the ISS (Nov. 2012).
ISS Frequencies lists amateur radio frequencies and other frequencies.
Looking for some ham radio activity? Have you ever participated in any contests? Not all contesting is heavy duty competitive. Some is just basically for fun and to see how many contacts you can make - just fun! Here are a couple of links to contest calendars. Note that QSO parties tend to be pretty relaxed, laid back and fun - plus they build up your skills in operating. And you would be amazed at how well someone can hear you when they're in a contest -- Hi, hi! Highly recommended for newbies.
Check out the Special Event Schedule at the upper left for a listing of special event operations.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party (page on what it's all about)