This Months News
Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ
This has been a busy month for us in the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club. We had the Kansas QSO party where the club made over 200 contacts total. The total numbers are still being worked. There were some mix up on who has working what bands and what operation modes. We got it sorted out for this year but we need better communication and coordination when we have the QSO party next year.
With the closure of the Perkins in Olathe we also had to pick a new location for our weekly breakfast rag chew events as well as a new location for our monthly meeting. After visiting several locations in Olathe and Gardner we had a discussion at the last business meeting on how to decide the new location. A poll was sent out via the website and the winner by a majority vote was Hy-Vee at 151st street in Olathe. Hy-Vee won by a margin of 2 to 1. Hy-Vee will allow us to arrange the tables for our club meeting as well as provide a closed meeting room for technology presentations. More on this in an upcoming articles.
In two weeks it will be fall. The season for the changing of the leaves as well as the start of some of the local Hamfests. Hamfests are a great place to get that special item you have been looking for at a special price, as well as allowing you to recycle some for the items you do not need or use anymore. I know that Southside Hamfest is coming up in a couple of weeks. If you know of other please let us know or post the to the calendar on the website yourself.
Lastly in the month of October we will start planning for an Extra class that will start after the holidays. If that Extra class has alluded you now is a good time to take the class. A testing session will be held at the end of the class. If you have volunteer blood in your bones it is also a good time to give back by participating in the class as an instructor or volunteer. The will be more of the planning on this at the October meeting.
Marty Peters - KE0PEZ
MEETING TO ORDER:
The President, Jeff Darby KE0CAZ, called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM. Attendees introduced themselves by name and call-sign. A total of 21 club members and 3 guests were present.
The Secretary-Treasurer Report was given by Marty Peters KE0PEZ. He reported the checking account balance. The amount of club revenue since the August meeting was $1,020. There were no disbursements. Revenue consisted of a dues payment from new member Ed Kern and an anonymous donation of $1,000 to be specifically used to pay for expenses associated with getting our club-sponsored repeaters back on the air. On behalf of the club, I would like to express sincere appreciation to this donor for their generous support of the club repeaters.
(Marty paid the annual premium of $223.68 to ARRL Risk Strategies on September 9 for equipment insurance. This amount will be shown on the Treasurer's report at the October meeting.)
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Kansas QSO Party
On August 24th and 25th, there was a lot of activity at Del’s Radio Park in Edgerton; it was a good place to operate with many contacts made. George WB0CNK and Marty worked CW at George's QTH. Other operators at different QTHs were also making CW contacts. We must take care to coordinate so that different operators do not use the club callsign on the same band at the same time.
Each of the three repeaters is now operating at the QTH of the owner, two of which are in De Soto. The owners have indicated that the repeaters are either already in service or soon to be in service. We must continue to discuss the future of the repeaters. President Darby asked club members to consider how the club should support the repeaters if they are not operated in Olathe.
Location of future breakfast meetings
President Darby reviewed the pros and cons of the five locations that have been tried so far. Ralph N0KC expressed the desirability of choosing a meeting room that would conveniently allow audio/visual presentation to be made. The lack of this capability has lately impeded our club's technical and educational communications.
Jeff will set up a web-based voting system and club members will choose among the five candidate meeting locations.
Tom Apalanek WA2IVD recently donated a power cable to the club that will allow the generator to be moved farther away from the operating stations during our Field Day and other events. This will greatly ease the noise pollution from the generator. Thank you Tom!
Jim Andera K0NK reported that the weather during the Hollenberg Pony Express Station special event was GREAT. It turned out to be a tremendous event with CW radio contacts but more importantly lots of interaction with the visitors who were seeing first-hand what communication was like in a bygone era.
Jim asked if the club should consider adding a Fall special event to our present annual schedule that includes Kansas Day in January, Field Day in June, WW1USA in July, and Kansas QSO Party in August. One possibility would be to participate in the William Becknell Heritage Days special event in September, which commemorates the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Before taking on any such participation, a suitable number of club members would need to be available to operate during the events.
After a motion, a second, and a unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.
They didn't party like it was 1999, but members of the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club still managed to have some fun over the weekend of August 24 and 25 in Edgerton and Overland Park, too, during the 2019 Kansas QSO Party.
In Edgerton, seated inside a vintage camper parked on a piece of property owned by club member Del Sawyer, K0DDS, members of the club made an effort to contact as many other hams as possible that Saturday and Sunday in participating in what has become an annual special event to make sure Kansas is "on the air."
Using the club call sign of KS0KS, they worked in pairs as much as possible at the three voice stations in operation, one regularly calling out "CQ, CQ. Kansas QSO Party. CQ, CQ." into the headset microphone while the other focused on the computer keyboard and screen nearby, ready to log the necessary information about the ham on the other end of the proverbial line once he or she had been contacted.
Meanwhile, in Overland Park, club members George McCarville, pictured here on the left, WB0CNK, and Marty Peters, KE0PEZ, manned a continuous wave (CW) station at George's home in the quest to make additional contacts through Morse code. "It was great fun, especially for me as I tried to hone my timing on the keyer paddles," Marty reported afterward. "I changed S's to H's and B's to 6's, and I sent a lot of other non-defined weird characters. But it was all good, and it was great experience. It was a pleasure working together with George."
All in all, according to Marty, roughly 50 contacts were made, mostly on 40 meters but with "a handful" on 20 meters.
Anyone contacting KS0KS either day on either band in play (20 or 40 meters) or through either mode (voice or CW) earned 100 bonus points in the competition for plaques and certificates. That's because the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club was instrumental in organizing the first Kansas QSO Party more than a decade ago and has been involved in the event ever since.
The activity that took place that Saturday at Sawyer Memorial Antenna Park in Edgerton included the serving of a catered lunch prepared by Tony Johnson, KD0KLD, consisting of brisket, baked beans and potato salad, with soft drinks available to 'wash' everything down with. And in the evening, pizza was delivered to the camper (not by Tony) for all present to enjoy.
Between the 12-hour operating 'window' that Saturday (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and the six-hour 'window' that Sunday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), club members registered approximately 320 voice and CW contacts altogether during the party. Locations reached over the airways included Slovakia, Canada, Hawaii and North Dakota.
"It went great once we got the band conditions," Del reported afterward. "It was a lot of fun." He went on to say that the two-day event gave him and other club members a chance to "try out" the antenna park, which "worked great," according to him.
Del was joined at the park by club president Jeff Darby, KE0CAZ, Joe Krout, KR0UT, Peg Nichols, KD0VQO, Gil Ludwig, WA0YCY, Pete Christensen, KE0SHD, and Howard Cripe, N0AZ, among others.
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