This Months News
G Wolfe - KI0KK
Raytown Hamfest was held the first Saturday of November at the Ararat Shrine Temple in KCMO. There were several commercial vendors present including Yaesu. The MO-KAN Council of Clubs meeting was attended by myself, KI0KK, and Jeff Darby. Meeting notes may be found at http://mokancouncil.org. One of the meeting discussions to investigate the possibility of hosting the 2020 ARRL Midwest Division Convention in the KC Metro. The Yaesu factory representative made an interesting presentation on Fusion radios and Wires-X features.
Del Sawyer and Mike Costello purchased an 8 KW replacement generator for the club trailer after the club meeting. This purchase should complete our repair of the club trailer.
The bands have been surprisingly active on the new digital mode FT-8. Several DX stations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East have been heard on 15 and 12 meters.
Our club web site at "sftarc.org" is no longer being updated. Please check out the the new web site at "dev3.sftarc.org", suggestions are welcome and needed. The new format should be much easier to see on mobile devices. The new site is about 90% complete with just a few articles needing migration. Please login to the new web site and make sure your passwords work before we migrate in 1Q2018? Once migrated the new site will take over the old URL "sftarc.org".
Tech Night will be held on November 17 at the New Century Fire Station. The subject for this months presentation will be by Ron Cowan - KB0DTI. Ron is going to tell us about how ham radio is being used for public service and disaster assistance. Plus where there are opportunities for hams to get involved. I will also do a short demo on the web site "roster" function, Check the club calendar for details and updates. Tech Night presenters are encouraged to provide an article for our newsletter.
If you have a topic you wish to write about or find an interesting topic please publish it either in the newsletter area or Tech Blog on the web site. We can also list web links on the website if you find ones that are useful. Please contribute, there is nothing worst than a stale web site that never has anything new.
Read the Meeting Notes in this newsletter for more details on these and other subjects.
November is a busy month for Hamfests, Check out the club calendar for dates.
See you at our December 2nd meeting at Perkins in Olathe.
Mike Costello - KB0ISQ
The President, Greg Wolfe KI0KK, called the meeting to order.
Introductions of attendees were made by name and call-sign.
The Sec-Treasurer Report was given by Mike Costello KB0ISQ. He verbally reported the revenue and disbursement amounts the club incurred since our last meeting. Treasurers report for the last 12 months showed Income of $4702, including $1815 of receipts from insurance claims. Expenses for the last year were $2695. Leaving out the insurance claims means a difference of $192.00 between income and expense for the last year.
2018 Club Officer Elections
The current officers were re-elected by a unanimous vote. The 2018 officers are; President Greg Wolfe KI0KK, Vice President Larry Hall KD0RIU, and Sec-Treasurer Mike Costello KB0ISQ.
Del, KØDDS reported on his investigation of replacing the generator ruined by flooding. He reported the Harbor Freight Predator 8750 starting, 7000 running watts would be the better buy. Cost $599.99 plus 2 year replacement program and taxes, In two years, the unit can be returned to Harbor freight and a new one received for the cost of a new two year replacement plan. It sounds strange but that is the way Harbor Freight operates.
November Tech Demo
November 17, 2017 Tech Demos will be held at fire station at New Century from 1900 to 2100.
The subject for the November presentation will be by Ron Cowan - KB0DTI. Ron is going to tell us about how ham radio is being used for public service and disaster assistance. Plus where there are opportunities for hams to get involved.
Christmas Party will replace our December Tech Demo. Christmas party will be at the Fire Station in New Century airport, eating starts at 6:30 so show up 15 minutes or so earlier. Jim. ACØKN will be coordinating event so watch for emails from him.
Web site rebuild is all most finished. Please use the new site URL at dev3.sftarc.org. Will let you know whenmigration to the permanent URL of sftarc.org is done.
2018 CW & Technician Classes
CW & Technician Classes in 2018 will start on January 6. CW class from 8:30 to 9:45 and Technician license classes from 10:00 to 12:30. CW class is free to SFTARC members and $5.00 for others. Technician classes are $15.00 for those 16 and under and $30.00 for others, includes Technician manual.
No new business.
ADJOURN: A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned
BRAND NEW PREDATOR 4000/3000 W (Harbor Freight)
(with transferable $150, 2 year warranty)
We will hold this in reserve until 12/1/2017 for any club member wishing to purchase it.
G Wolfe - KI0KK
The SFTARC held it's monthly Tech Night on October 20, 2017 with very light attendance. The topics for October were; SFTARC Web Site Rebuild and Fundamentals of Troubleshooting, both present by Greg Wolfe - KI0KK.
SFTARC Web Site Tutorial
The Web Site presentation provide an overview of the new site layout and a basic tutorial on how to publish articles on the web site. Several excellent suggestions were provided. The web site has three help files to assist the user in publishing content to the web site:
These help files may also be accessed by clicking on the "Publishing" menu.
A copy of the entire presentation may be viewed by clicking the image below:
Fundamentals of Troubleshooting
Finding and fixing a problem with a radio, station setup or network connectivity can seem like an impossible task. Using a logical process of observation, applying technical documentation, training and appropriate test equipment is the key to success. The Tech Night presentation goal was to provide a look at well established troubleshooting methods and guidance on some of the basic test equipment needed by a Ham Radio Operator.
The presentation included a hands on demonstration using a Heathkit IG-102 Signal Generator and a Rigol DS1102E Oscilloscope. A copy of the entire presentation may be viewed by clicking the image below.
HAM RADIO CROSSWORD PUZZLE
G Wolfe - KI0KK
SFTARC members helped make the Lanesfield School Museum a little more prominent on the national map on Saturday Oct 14. This one-room limestone schoolhouse that is located just NE of Edgerton is operated by the Johnson County (KS) Museum and sits on the historic Santa Fe Trail. The School house was built in 1869, and then rebuilt in 1904 after a fire.
Lanesfield School House
A number of club members participated in the setup, operation and tear-down of three stations under a shelter house just to the east of the Lanesfield Visitor’s Center. Operation on 20m phone yielded the best performance using the Chushcraft R5 vertical antenna and 100W.
20M Phone Station
Modest activity was seen on 30m CW using a Stepper vertical antenna. 40m and 17 m yielded only a limited number of QSO with a full-wave 40m horizontal loop. Fortunately, thunderstorms slipped to the north of the Lanesfield location, allowing our stations to remain on the air for the entire 5 hours. Thanks to all those who participated.
40M/17M Phone Station
One unique aspect of the Lanesfield School Museum is that it is a living-history museum; it offers four-hour classes to grade school students with each classes taught using the materials, techniques and discipline of the early 1900s. Our youngest SFTARC member Jim, KE0GEY, participated in one such class a couple of years ago. And then after the Special Event Jim again got to sit in a front-row desk and practice penmanship using an ink-well pen, under the watchful eye of Miss Regenia.
Jim Cessna - AC0KN
Bob spent the club meeting talking about sound and the human ear. He also talked about the magic of phasing both in his microphones and antennas. There was a lot of good information conveyed, and the club soaked it up like a sponge.
Bob’s love of electronics started with Amateur Radio and was very instrumental in paving the way into supporting the rock groups. Bob jokingly says, “Ham Radio was his college education.”
Bob continues to reinvent and improve upon the Heil Microphones and the Heil Earphones. His equipment is so innovative, several rock groups and rock stars like Carrie Underwood, use nothing else on stage.
Bob also hosts Ham Nation on the TWIT.TV network live on the Internet Wednesday nights. The show is recorded enabling playback at a later date in podcast fashion.
Bob and I talked about his sound mixer design I built and brought to the KCDXC club meeting. I used Bob’s design featured on a Ham Nation episode. I added a 1-watt amplifier to his design. He is an avid builder and keeps a soldering iron close at hand in his shack. Bob encourages everyone to build something. A lot of simple “shack accessories” projects can be found in his Heil Ham Radio Handbook.
Bob noticed my Morse code T-shirt and used the picture above to challenge Ham Nation viewer to decipher the code. Although, the top word is partially covered, the meaning is decipherable. It says, “World Best Dad”.
As a back-story to my T-Shirt … My daughter Heather went through great pains researching Morse code off the Internet, explaining it to the T-Shirt employees, and then wrapping it for Father’s Day. After I unwrapped it, Heather took it from me, and proudly held it up expecting me to “read Morse code”. I asked her if she use “American Morse code”, or “International Morse code”? She freaked and said, “You mean there’s two!” All is well. She choose International. I am loved and was told so using Morse code. Best Father’s Day ever!
Braid and Celebrate Your Cables
More abstractly: Our obsession with wirelessness leads us to treat cabling as a regrettable necessity, from a functional perspective, and as an eyesore to be concealed as cleverly as practical, from an aesthetic one. But the spirit of functionalism, IMHO, is that things should be proudly what they are, and though ubiquitous wireless data transfer has become a reality, power is another matter. When it comes to charging our electronics, universal wirelessness seems much farther off, which means we’re all probably going to be living with our power cables for a while yet. So why shouldn’t they be beautiful?
Jim Cessna - AC0KN
HAM RADIO CROSSWORD PUZZLE SOLUTION
AC Voltage that reverses at regular intervals
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