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Presidents Corner July 2019

Jeff Darby - KE0CAZ

Another Field Day has come and gone.  I know many club members got a chance to participate but the weather and the bands were not as cooperative.  I'd like to thank the Field Day Committee for their efforts in putting on the 2019 Field Day event.

As a club I would like to think we need to constantly improve the way we do things.  This includes events that we put on as a club.  In pursuit of that I will be working on a survey to see how we can improve the events the club sponsors.  Please look for an email on this in the near future.

In July there will be a Hamfest in Warrensburg, MO.  The Mo-Kan council will be sponsoring an Elmer table.  This table will be manned by experienced ham that will be available for answering questions for any of the attendees.  This is mainly to support new hams but if you have a question while you are at the Ham Fest please feel free to stop by and ask your question at the Elmer table.

It's also not to early to start planning for the Kansas QSO party.  It will be Saturday Aug. 24 and Sunday Aug. 25th.  More information on this event will be coming in the near future.


July 2019 Meeting Notes

Marty Peters - KE0PEZ

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The President, Jeff Darby KE0CAZ, called the meeting to order at 7:15 AM. Attendees introduced themselves by name and call-sign. A total of 22 club members and 4 guests were present.


The Secretary-Treasurer Report was given by Marty Peters KE0PEZ.  He reported the checking account balance. The amounts of club revenue and disbursements since the June meeting were $50 and $396.86, respectively. The disbursements during June were to reimburse Greg for radio parts, to pay Smokey Hill Catering for Field Day food, and to reimburse Ruth Vano for filing the annual non-profit corporation report with the Kansas Secretary of State. Revenue consisted of dues payments from two new members: Woody Jeffrey and Jeff Cashman. A hearty welcome to Woody and Jeff. Dues payments are always welcome; give them to Jeff, Larry, or Marty at breakfast or send them to our post office box (SFTARC, P.O. Box 3144, Olathe, KS. 66063). Marty will pay Risk Strategies ~$220.00 in September for equipment insurance. Del Sawyer recommended authorizing a donation to support Bob Harder and the Kansas QSO Party in August. It was moved and seconded to authorize the Treasurer to send a check for $200 to Bob for this purpose. The motion passed unanimously.

 Ensor volunteers [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]

Volunteers from our club assisted chief tour guide Larry Woodworth W0HXS during the month of June. Everything went smoothly. Many thanks to all volunteers. A sign-up sheet for the month of September was passed around.

Club 501c7 process [Marty Peters - KE0PEZ]

We continue to await word from the IRS about our application to reinstate our tax-exempt status. Marty E-filed the N-990 postcard report for Tax Year 2018.

Club Newsletter [Greg Wolfe – KI0KK] 

Newsletter inputs are due by 7PM Wednesday, July 10th.

Council Grove operating event

Greg reported that things went well, although band conditions were poor. Operators made 6 phone contacts and 9 CW contacts. These contacts have been uploaded to LOTW, and three have been confirmed.

Repeater issues

Over the next few weeks we will be working on how best to locate and operate the repeater at the Olathe Towers. Jim Andera and Larry Hall will be leading the planning effort.

WW1USA POTA operating event

SFTARC will provide a trailer (with A/C) to support the July 6 outdoor event at the WWI Liberty Memorial, sponsored by the WW1USA club. Liberty Memorial is qualified as a POTA. Hams are invited to participate.

Field-Day results

The event went well in spite of significant periods of heavy rain and lightning. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with set-up and tear-down of antennas and equipment. Thanks to the operators who in many cases needed concentration and perseverance to pull the callsigns and required data out of the noise. Although it was originally planned to operate KS0KS as Class 2A, the Class was changed to 3A on Saturday afternoon. It did not appear likely that we would have visitors to entertain with the GOTA station, so it was converted to a phone station. Smokey Hill Catering provided meals for our volunteers. Jim Andera cooked up scrambled eggs and sausage to cheer up the volunteers on a very soggy Sunday morning. A total of 189 QSOs were made using phone, CW, and FT8. These QSOs have been uploaded to LOTW. As of July 9, 47 FD QSOs have been confirmed. A Field-Day Contest report, including the Cabrillo file with the list of contacts, a PDF of the news article in the Gardner News, and the report of the Safety Officer (WB0CNK), was submitted to the ARRL.


Jeff is concerned about how amateur radio clubs are perceived by hams and the public in general. He is going to design a survey to get better information about that subject. The results of such a survey may help us to better accomplish our objectives.

Del is looking forward to the Kansas QSO Party. He suggests operating two stations, one at his QTH in Olathe and the other at the Radio Park in Edgerton.

The annual meeting of the KS section of the ARRL will not be held in Salina this year. The location of the meeting is pending. The ARRL Central Region convention/hamfest will be in O'Fallon, IL (not to be confused with O'Fallon, MO).


After a motion, a second, and a unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.

2019 Kansas QSO Party

Bob Harder - W0BH

Greetings to the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club!

Planning for the Kansas QSO Party is going well this year, and the 2019 Rules are posted.  There are no changes to the actual party operations, but the award package includes plaques as well as sweatshirts and T-shirts this year.  Category winners will have the option of a sweatshirt or plaque since the sweatshirts were so well received last year, and we'll continue to give T-shirts to out-of-state ops who fill their nine-stamp certificates and Kansas 1x1 ops who don't already have one. 
We also found the last four stamps which are radio-related and will offer them one a year for the next four years.  You can see them in the Rules.  The stamp series is called "American Inventors" and we'll be offering the 1983 20-cent Edwin Armstrong stamp (who developed wide-band FM).  Those of you who already have all nine of our existing stamps will automatically get one.  If you still need to fill your nine-stamp certificate, you'll get up to three more plus the new stamp.
At the moment, I'm planning on 56 1x1 operators this year which could easily change and often goes up as we get closer to the event.  50 calls have already been assigned by the ARRL, and one additional call was just applied for yesterday for a total of 51.  I'm waiting to hear back from two other ops who helped last year, so we're getting close.  The only 1x1 snag this year so far was W0Q.  One of our ops waited too long to apply and another op from Washington State took the call for a week.  I sent emails to him trying to get it back for our two days, but no response, so I'm not counting on that one for this year.  
It was really fun delivering T-shirts to the Kansas ops and sponsors last year, and I can assure you that wouldn't have happened without your support.  Normally, our budget is about $1800, but last year we spent $2972, mostly on T-shirts (about 200), sweatshirts (about 30), and postage.  Our income was $1985 from sponsors, $876 in extra donations (when some of you heard we were going to be short, or helped cover the cost of your own shirt or your team shirts, and a surprising number of $5, $10 and $20 bills included in certificate requests), and $32 in certificate donations.  That left us just $79 short which I was more than happy to cover.  I knew it was a big challenge but somehow it worked out and again, THANKS!
The good news is we're back to a normal budget year again, so I'm not expecting you to go above and beyond this year!  I'm keeping the "plaque" sponsorships at $35 (actual cost is about $50 including postage which has gone up again).  If we get the "normal" level of sponsorships, we should be fine.  I put quotes around plaque because some of the winners might choose a monogrammed sweatshirt instead which costs a little less.  Certificates and stamps are always an unknown but I take educated guesses.  Also, my "cheap but really good" color printer broke because I got some bad ink on eBay.  My (amazing) new printer is more expensive to operate, but I predict we'll be fine.
Bottom line, it would be really great if you are able to sponsor again this year!  Let me know if you can (or can't) and at what level so I can start putting numbers together once again.  On behalf of all the ops who so much enjoy the KSQP and it's unique set of certificates and awards, thanks in advance!
KS QSO Party Web Page -  https://www.ksqsoparty.org/

73, Bob, w0bh

KSQP Coordinator

Above Ground vs Below Ground Radials

G Wolfe - KI0KK

The eHam Elmers Forum has an interesting discussion on the placement of Radials.


RF Design Tools

G Wolfe - KI0KK

From: Jerry Egleston, W0AJ, via Larry's List

Hi Larry,

I came across this website while searching the net. There are several free RF design calculators on the site and one can print a free PDF of a Smith Chart in color or B/W. Fellow hams might find it worth taking a look.



Jerry Egleston, W0AJ
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