Monday, July 8, 2024

RADIO HAPPENINGS 7.9.2024

                                           

 Have you noticed that the rain stops just long enough for us to cut the grass?  Hope everyone found some time to enjoy some of the Independence Day weekend..  Radio conditions have been remaining just about the same this month but just every once in a while, there is an opening and all is good again.. 

       Here is an early Spotlight on the Club President..>>>>>
  Hello Club Members…

Did you make it out to Field Day?  If you did, I’m sure you had a great time.  Despite a lot of rain during our set up, everybody pitched in to put up the antennas and get powered-up, in time to go “radio active”.  The bands weren’t too cooperative, but we still made lots of contacts.  Probably the most fun was in the conversations and visiting among those of us who were there. (A much bigger crowd than last year…) In many ways, that’s one of the compelling features of Field Day.  That and the food.  Thanks to Chef Paul, KB0P we enjoyed some very tasty burgers and brats that went well with the many dishes brought in by the members.  Special thanks to   Gene, AB9GK, Wes, W9WES, Dave, N8KQS and everybody else who helped make this a big success.  There is one other member who went above and beyond to make sure things were “just right” and that’s Arlene Radtke, KC9CDX.  She got there early on Saturday and made sure the facility was clean and organized and ready for our event.  Thank you, Arlene!  We’ll have a complete Field Day report at our July meeting.

As you may recall, we have a Brat Barn scheduled for Saturday July 13. This one will be at the East Side Festival on Steffens Court, next to Menard’s in Green Bay.  Keith, KS9WI needs volunteers, so be sure to let him know you if can come out and help.  Working a Brat Barn is fun and a good way to meet fellow club members.  The money we’ll earn from this event will go towards repairs to the club communications trailer.  We’ll go over the details at the July 11th club meeting.

I hope to see you at the meeting on Thursday, July 11th.  The agenda items will include Field Day after action report, the July Brat Barn, Lighthouse activations, and the club picnic. Be there for the Tech Talk at 6:30. This month’s Tech Talker will be Walt, KE9TT who will be telling us about wire antennas. 

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about our club.

See you at the meeting…73,

Bill, KB3KYH

(302) 537-4755


Coming up;;;;      
     July 10th Siren Test Net  . 1145 check in .. Siren at noon unless a storm in the area.
     July 11th GB Mike & Key Club meeting.. Tech Talk at 6:30 meeting at 7pm
    July 13th   Brat Barn at Festival East.. please let Keith KS9WI know if you can help between 9 and 5.
     July 13th .. Activation of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse .. Between 10 &2 on HF  try 20 meters first..
    (Some other dates are coming up to operate from a Lighthouse.. mostly on a Saturday..   Interested? Email:  contact@k9eam.org
      Early August : Aug 3-4 National Lighthouse Day
    Later August : Club Picnic 

    Stay Radio Active --- 



Wednesday, July 3, 2024

RADIO HAPPENINGS 07.01.2024

 


Credit: Pickles by Brian Crane, September 28, 2019

  Welcome to July!!! We ended June with a nice day... 73 light breeze and no rain... The 4th of July is just a few days away and as we toured the farm areas, it does  not seem as if we are going to see the corn "knee high by the fourth of July" . But we should have  great sweet corn when the Club Picnic happens.. (stay tuned.) 
       A short "look back" before we get into what is coming up..
       Tech Talk at the last meeting was by the President of RT Systems. This company provides Ham Radio programming software. Rather than trying to put all the frequencies and menu items in by hand, you fill in the blanks on your pc and then download it in .... The demo was interesting..
       Field Day.. June 22-23... The group gathered at the Oak Street Cafe' at 8am.. the rain had just begun.. Shortly after 9am we headed out to Osprey Point Park.. The East River had just begun to rise next to the driveway ingress. There was a good size bunch of helpers for setting up,  Some of our newest members dug right in.. put up the antennas, ran coax, setting up the radio stations under the shelter just out of the spray of the rain.. had to move one into the building and the third in the EComm trailer.. Used two OCF dipoles, a fan dipole and a 19ft vertical.(not all at the same time) Later on some others came and set up another vertical to use.   At first, one dipole that was parallel to the big power lines had major noise on one radio but another radio was able to null that out.. Ran 3A on 40, 15 and 20 meters.. the CW was mostly on 40 meters. otherwise voice was used on all of them .. 
    Propagation was poor.. the best run was by holding one frequency and calling CQ....
   The dinner was very well attended.. as well as the camaraderie after... 12:30am almost all folks had left- so the two members that were still there, closed down and took a nap until 4:30am .. put on the coffee pot and started back up. 
     Although there was rain most of the time, people kept dropping by.. and we added a few new members ... Welcome !! 
        The end of a great day on Saturday, was highlighted by the bright sky filled rainbow ... almost like someone saying " Job well done ....
       That "job well done" was expressed by the park custodians after checking the park on Monday after.. Thanks to everyone that made that happen.
       The forms have been filled out and sent into the ARRL... 
        Thanks to everyone that helped before, during and after......  

      Coming up... 
  July 10th  - Siren Test Net ... 1145 check in .. Siren at noon unless a storm in the area... 
   July 11th - GB Mike & Key Club Meeting... Tech Talk at 6:30 Meeting at 7pm ..   
  July 13th - Brat Barn at Festival East.. please let Keith KS9WI, know if you can help                              between 9 and 5..
   July 13th - Activation of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse ...between 10 and 2 on                                HF (try 20m first) 
    (some other dates are coming up to operate from a lighthouse..              mostly on a  Saturday. .interested? Email contact@k9eam.org.) 
    July 16th - CQ Tuesday...... 
          Early August: National Lighthouse Day
          Later August: Club Picnic