This Months News
G Wolfe - KI0KK
Field Day was a success again,thanks to everyone's participation. Thanks to Jim Andera and Larry Hall for organizing this years event. Not the highest scores but acceptable results and an enjoyable event. Jim Andera's article on Field Day was published by the Gardner News thanks to the efforts of Peg and Rick Nichols. Peg's efforts to advertise the event resulted in a better than normal number of visitors.
Parts for the HyGain 3 Element beam have been shipped and we will need to repair and test the beam in the next few months. This additional antenna will give the club and addition beam antenna for club operating events such as Field Day.
Nominations for club officers will occur at our September meeting so begin to think of who to nominate. Elections will occur at the October club meeting.
The club is planning to have a camp fire event at Ensor in July on a Saturday to be announced, look for further details on the club calendar or via email.
If you have a topic you wish to write about or find an interesting topic please publish it either in the newsletter area or the Tech Blog on the web site. We can also list web links on the website if you find ones that are of general interest. If you have club news, event pictures or ham related comments the club also has a Facebook page, "Sftarc Olathe".
Read the Meeting Notes in this newsletter for more details on these and other subjects.
Check out the sftarc.org web site club calendar for upcoming events.
See you at the August 4th meeting at Perkins in Olathe.
Mike Costello - KB0ISQ
MEETING TO ORDER:
President, Greg Wolfe KI0KK,, called the meeting to order. Introductions of attendees were made by name and call-sign.
Secretary/Treasurer Mike Costello KBØISQ reported the bank balance, there was no income for June and $200 expense for club Liability Insurance.
The quaterly Tech Night will held on July 20 7PM at the Olathe Salvation Army meeting room. The presntation will be given by Kay, WA0WOF, on her DX operation in Bhutan.
Please sign up for September Tour Guide duty at Ensor. This event is a major portion of the club's income for the year..
Field day operating resulted in 412 contacts for 665 point for KS0KS and only 2 GOTA contacts that are eligible for Field Day Contest reporting. Jim Andera and Larry Hall are compiling the information to submit the club contest results to the ARRL before the contest reporting deadline.
Club Officer Elections
At the September club meeting nominations for club officers will be recorded. Based on current information both the President and Sec/Treas offices will need to be filled by a new club member. Take this time to give some thought and discussion about who could best fill the club officers positions for 2019. Election for 2019 club officers will occur at the October club meeting. Please review the duties of these offices as found in the club by-laws on our web site.
Link to Club By-Laws
KANSAS QSO PARTY
Del collected T-Shirt sizes for those planning on participating in the KS QSO Party on August 25 & 26 at his shack. If you were not at the meeting, a list of all who participate will be sent in at the end of the weekend so you can get a T-Shirt. Check the club calendar for event details.
Fund Raising Event
Del, KØDDS, is offering money to club members willing to work his Sweet Corn on the Cob booth at the Johnson County Fair, August 3rd or 4th. Let him know if you are willing to work and what times.
Repair of Tri-Band Beam
A 3 Element tri-band beam (Hy-Gain, TH-3JRS) was donated by Joe Krout earlier this spring. After looking at the antenna it was determined that several of the traps and some of the hardware needed to be replace. The club voted to continue the effort to repair the antenna as a backup to the current 2 element beam. The replacement traps and hardware, previously on order, should be received by KI0KK by 7/13/2018 from HY-Gain/MFJ.
A informal campfire at Ensor Museum is planned for a Saturday in July or August depending on weather conditions. Watch for an email announcing the date and time.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.
Jim Andera - K0NK
For the second year in a row we had below normal temperatures for Field Day weekend, June 23 and 24. If you can ignore the last-minute excitement when a couple of antennas did not tune up as expected or a rain shower in the final hour of FD, things went pretty much as planned. The Ensor Park and Museum was once again the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club’s location of choice.
The club operated Class 3A, with a phone station, a digital station and a CW station that on occasion got converted to an additional phone station. And let’s not forget the 6 meter station that accounted for almost half of our phone-mode contact. Plus we had an additional GOTA station. N3FPJ Field Day software was again used for our logging functions. A two-element 10/15/20m beam and a five-element 6m beam were perched at a height 40-plus feet on the club’s tower. Two HF vertical antennas, a Windom antenna, a 40m dipole and an 80m horizontal loop were our skyhooks to the rest of the world.
And for the second year in a row we had an above-average number of visitors, largely thanks to Peg, KD0VQO, and Rick Nichols. Peg invited the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and other government officials. The result was a visit from the 6th District Johnson County Commissioner, Mike Brown, and his family, plus a couple of Sheriff’s Deputies (dispatchers). Rick’s article in the Gardner News drew in a number of visitors and an invitation to our 2018 ham-class students resulted in more visitors.
The food was very good, thanks to Tony and Smokey Hills Catering and the atmosphere during the weekend was generally relaxed—just the way the SFTARC likes it. We did not quite keep a station on the air all night, but we had stations on the air most of the daytime hours. The end result was 180 CW QSOs, 73 digital QSOs and 160 phone QSOs, 75 of those being on 6 meters. There were a number of additional digital QSOs made using the FT-8 mode where the other stations did not send the proper FD exchange information, so they could not be counted as valid contacts. The GOTA station logged 32 QSOs, a couple of those being made by a Sheriff’s Deputy.
For the SFTARC, FD started on Thursday evening, with Larry, KD0RIU, launching a number of ropes over the tree tops with a compound bow and a steel arrow. A larger crew showed up Friday before noon for the early setup of most of the antennas. Final setup was done Saturday morning. The club’s trailer served us well with regard to the equipment carried on board and it also provided the home for the phone and digital stations. A 6 meter station and a GOTA station were set up on the front porch of the house and the CW station was 100 feet further west, set up under some evergreen trees. Thanks to all those who participated and helped create another enjoyable SFTARC weekend event.
Field Day Contest Results
View all the Field Day Pictures
Larry Hall - KD0RIU
A52YL, Bhutan - April 29 through May 5, 2018
On April 29, 2018, my friend Kyoko "Mio" Miyoshi, JR3MVF, and I (Kay, WA0WOF), joined Junichi Tojo, JH3AEF, and Jusei Kitai, JA3IVU, on their 7th trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan. We operated from Dochula Eco Retreat, which is described on the Internet as the most scenic spot in Bhutan.
Please come to the SFTARC Tech Night at the Salvation Army meeting room in Olathe on July 20 at 7pm to hear about Kay's experience.
Del Sawyer - K0DDS
CQ CQ - KS0KS, KANSAS QSO PARTY - CQ CQ
This will be the 10th year for the Kansas QSO party and the club station, KS0KS, has been involved from the start. We are a 100 point bonus station and we are hunted by stations all over the world. We need operators on all bands and modes. We will need some CW operators, we seem to be a little short on CW operators. If you can help or know of ham who can help please contact them.
The location of the KS QSO party is at the K0DDS QTH, in his Air Conditioned shack. Check the club calendar for further details.
Kansas QSO Party Setup and General Information
CQ CQ - KS0KS - CQ CQ
See you there !!!
G Wolfe - KI0KK
Louisburg Repeater Update. The email text below provides an update specifically on efforts to establish a Fusion repeater in Louisberg KS. Also provided is a summary of Fusion repeaters in the area. (G Wolfe -KI0KK)
The Fusion Elves have been working on putting up a Fusion repeater in Lousiburg Kansas. Brian Short KC0BS has graciously allowed us to use the 147.315 frequency on his TV tower in Louisburg. I believe the antenna is about 400 ft up in the air and the repeater runs about 50 watts. Currently we are testing out that repeater... So,,, for now it is in test mode and we are looking for comments.
Just last night the radio link location has change to a much closer location to the repeater thanks to Dan Harlow of Associated Radio. He is now hosting that link at his home. Dan is also the radio link host for the Plaza repeater from his store Associated Radio in Overland Park. The Louisburg repeater is being linked to the Yaesu "Kansas City Room, # 29852.
A special thanks to Chris Mateski KD0NBF who jumped through hoops to try and link the Louisburg repeater from his home but he was just to far away. As always thanks to Van K0HCV who made all the radio and computer stuff work and Bill WA0CBW who provided the RF technical direction and support.
If you get a chance please try it out and let us know any good or bad comments. I am mostly interested in any suggestions or bad reports.
I attached an updated list of the the local area Fusion repeaters. I am getting old, so If you see any mistakes or know of any changes please let me know and I will update the sheet.
The Fusion Elves have been trying to expand the Fusion repeaters in the local area. We have been blessed get get a lot of help from the community.
The following local Fusion Repeaters are all linked together to try and provide good coverage as you drive around the Metro area. That group of repeaters are available on Yaesu room # 28952 and is listed as the "Kansas City Room". The Wires-X feature from your radio are not available on your radio when you use these repeaters since that feature is used to link all the machines together.
There are several other Fusion Local/Regional repeaters that are not connected in the area. Many are analog or Fusion or both. Some of these repeaters offer Wires-X user connections that you can select via your radio and access any Yaesu room. Some local repeaters don't offer any Fusion linking. For a list of Yaesu rooms please see: https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/id/id_usa.php
I think the list below is the latest repeaters I have heard about. They seem to be popping up all over so it is hard to keep up with all the new Fusion repeaters.
KCMO City Hall, 146.820
FYI and Thank you.
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