March Fun Night - Thursday, March 13 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM. We will have a guest speaker, Bryan Foster who will speak to us about survival skills, preppers and "prepping." From his Amazon.com bio: Bryan Foster, pen name Zion Prepper, holds a MS - Chemistry, MBA, MS - Management, and BS - Forensic Chemistry. He is a Christian, husband, father, author, and Navy veteran. Bryan has authored six books to include: "The Prepper's Handbook - First and Second Edition", "The Christian Prepper's Handbook First and Second Edition", "The Prepper's Survival Guide: An Introduction to Prepping and a Guide to Fire", and "The Prepper's Survival Guide: Sheltering-in-Place". His books have been used as a basis for prepping by civic, religious, educational, and prepper communities alike. His fifth book, "The Prepper's Handbook - Second Edition" was released 9.11.2013 and "The Christian Prepper's Handbook - Second Edition" December 1, 2013. Bryan is a well known lecturer and consultant on the topic of preppers and prepping and has been featured extensively in newspaper articles and network programming to include the History Channel.
March Kits-Homebrew Night - Thursday, March 20 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM. If you want to build, have a kit you want to build, have something you want to show or if you just want to come and watch please plan to attend. Bring a piece of cardboard to put on the table if you plan to work (we want to protect the tables at the church). I also HIGHLY recommend an old cookie sheet to build on. They help to protect the surface and keep your parts and tool corralled and out of the carpet.
March Business Meeting - Thursday, March 27 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map
Volunteer Opportunity - Brent Wielt, the historic site manager, for the Macon County Conservation District is inquiring about the possibility of the local ham radio community assisting him with project he's trying to develop for the children of Macon County. He's wanting to construct a short telegraph system between two buildings to allow children to experience the telegraph.
You can contact Brent at the Macon County Conservation District at 217 423-7708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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)