May Fun Night - TBD
April Business Meeting - Thursday, April 24 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7:00 PM Click Here for Map
March Fun Night Followup - Several asked if Bryan Foster could provide his 'bug out bag' list. Ronnie received the document and I'm posting it here as a link in PDF form. LINK
ARRL Field Day - We will once again be participating in Field Day - this year's date is Saturday June 28, 2014. We will start setting up about 10:30 AM or so and then begin operating at 18:00 UTC time. We will once again have our potluck starting about 5 PM and we plan to continue to operate till just before when the park closes - 10:00 PM. Out location will be the same as last year - Spitler Woods State Park, in Mt. Zion, IL. At the Mt. Zion Pavilion. For the potluck bring a main dish or desert to pass, table service and your own drinks. It is very casual. KB9JLO will once again have his world famous beans'n'weenies! We will concentrate on operating battery only this year so please don't bring a station expecting to use AC power. We want to demonstrate that in an emergency we can operate HF & VHF equipment on battery power very successfully. At least that's our goal!
So, if we run battery power - how much battery do you need? Well how about a spreadsheet to help calculate that? My good Friend Terry WA0ITP. Off his Tips-Tricks-Info page is the SPREADSHEET LINK. Very easy to use, you put in the duty cycle - how time you transmit compared to receive, amps on receive, amps on transmit, etc. and it will calculate AH and how long your batter will last with given AH battery.
60 Meter Website - Found a great site that has a LOT of information on 60 meters, HF Link. I've also added that to the '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)