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SARC Meetings

General Meeting

 

 We meet on the first Tuesday of every month.

6:30 pm - Social Time

7:00 pm - Business Meeting

"The Farm"

9707 58th Street

Live Oak, FL 32060

link to directions:

http://www.suwanneearc.org/smf/index.php?topic=249.0

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On Air Meeting

NOTE:  The On Air meeting will now be held Thursday's along with our Net Training.

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Net Training

Every Thursday - 8:30 pm

145.270 Mhz -600 PL 123

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License Testing

Our club is eager to train and test new Hams.  We schedule testing the first Friday of every month. 

Since the testing rules require that at least 3 examiners be present, please contact Wayne Peterson at 386-963-1080 to arrange your testing appointment.

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Recent Events


If you have items/pictures etc. for Recent Events please send to webmaster@suwanneearc.org


The SARC Tower Plan map is complete. See Steve's Club Projects column for a link to the full size image.

Thanks to all who came out for the JOTA Scouting event - we did get the Scoutmaster on the air HIHI. Later the clubhouse radio station went to hell - FeldHell that is for the two hour sprint - about 20 QSO's on 15 and 40 meters tops our previous efforts in this strange mode.



Upcoming Events


If you would like to list an event here...a contest, class, antenna project, workday etc...send to webmaster@suwanneearc.org


10/24-26/14 - 8PM Friday to 8PM Sunday - CQ Worldwide DX Contest SSB - http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm Saturday night ..... It's a ..... Halloween Party .... starts at 7PM - wear a costume if you can - keep an eye on the Shout Box for more info.

11/02/14 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS...FALL BACK

11/04/14 - SARC Meeting

11/5&6/14 - Health Care Drill - MORE information is in Joe's CERT Group column.

11/07-09/14 - 7PM Friday to 7PM Sunday - 10-10 Fall Digital see: http://www.ten-ten.org/index.php/activity/2013-07-22-20-26-48/qso-party-schedule

11/14-16/14 - 8PM - 2AM each day - PODXS070 - Triple Play Low Band Sprint see: http://www.podxs070.com/o7o-club-sponsored-contests/triple-play-low-band-sprint

11/15/14 -  11AM - 1PM FeldHell November Turkey Hunt Sprint see: https://sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/Home/contests/sprints/turkey-hunt-sprint

Shout Box

Last 60 Shouts:

Jon KM4EON

Today at 05:34:14 PM
Thanks, Pat.   Its back!!!  ;o)
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

Today at 03:26:53 PM
BREAKING NEWS:  Edge of Space Sciences Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio to Launch Sat  Oct 25 2014
http://www.eham.net/articles/33400 :)
 

Ron-KK4HGY

Today at 12:10:34 PM
Who's bringing the hay for the hay ride? :D
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

Today at 11:28:28 AM
Yes....I am bringing my tractor for the hay ride, its real, were also going to have a bonfire...Lots of fun, show up.   ;)
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

Today at 10:52:52 AM
and pants we hope!!!!!!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

Today at 09:32:07 AM
 Hey Gang! We will be there tonight in Spirit! (Boo!)  ALSO-- I'll be in costume! You folks never seen me in a jacket and tie!  
 

Pat-WA4VKD

Today at 07:46:29 AM
Jon - Try again - It almost looks as if the "article" link category was only open to non members for some reason.... Surprised it took so long for someone to notice a problem but I guess its an indicator of how many are interested in the Area Nets....

Jon KM4EON

Yesterday at 10:02:30 PM
Is the LeftPanel link to Area Nets down for service?  :]
 

KI6II - Lee

Yesterday at 02:39:56 PM
Doris said we will be at the party Saturday night. ;D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

Yesterday at 06:44:12 AM
New article in Charly's Ham News column.....
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 23, 2014, 08:24:13 PM
New Health Care Drill info from Dave-K4VLF - click  on the link to Health Care Drill in Joe's CERT Column. NOTE: This exercise is being referred to as Smoke on the Water.

Yo Wayne -- costume...I don't need no stiiiinking costume

 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 23, 2014, 08:11:28 PM
Don't forget your costume,  ;)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 23, 2014, 07:47:33 PM
I'm trying to make it early as possible Saturday and work on beam/contest/party ... see ya there.

Scott Woodruff

October 23, 2014, 05:59:16 PM
tnx Dave for the info.

Dave K4VLF

October 23, 2014, 05:49:51 PM
Scott, I am quite sure that folks will be working it Sat nite - check with Pat VKD.
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 23, 2014, 04:37:09 PM
Party starts at 7:00 Pm, get with Patsy on what to bring.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

October 23, 2014, 04:08:44 PM
Mary and I have been working on our costumes Wayne.  What time does this gala event begin to commence?
 

KI6II - Lee

October 23, 2014, 01:56:56 PM
CHECK ALL COAX CONNECTORS!!!!!!!!!  
i JUST TWO PULL APART ON HOUSE BULK HEAD CONNECTORS  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
DROVE ME UP THE WALL TRYING TO FIND ANTENNA PROBLEMS. THESE WERE NOT RADIO SHACK CHEEP CONNECTORS!!!!!!!!!!

Scott

October 23, 2014, 11:29:36 AM
Scott k4qqt Is anyone working cqww at the clubhouse this weekend ?.. :)
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 23, 2014, 10:40:13 AM
Is everybody getting there costume ready for this Sat. ;)  

Dave K4VLF

October 23, 2014, 07:40:26 AM
"Bill Gates just bought 4500 acres near McAlpin "   I don't think McAlpin has 4500 acres ...
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 23, 2014, 07:35:36 AM
Catch Charly's Ham News column - its about today....
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 22, 2014, 04:53:36 PM
Hello Robert-KB9EFG - welcome aboard and enjoy the site.
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 22, 2014, 01:37:16 PM
FYI:  Bill Gates just bought 4500 acres near McAlpin for $27,061,144.69.  Maybe he will build a software company on it....or grow peanuts. :)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 22, 2014, 07:21:19 AM
Thanks to Tom-WA4ZET for the cross checking he was able to do even though his monitor bit the dust...hope you're back online Tom.
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 21, 2014, 09:23:32 PM
Good Job guys on the member list...very easy to use. :) :)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 21, 2014, 09:06:00 PM
Welcome aboard Neill-KK4CRF, enjoy what the site has to offer.
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 21, 2014, 07:58:45 PM
Member List......WELL DONE PAT!!!!!! Thanks for the hard work.  
See below for instructions if they are out of site. :D
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 21, 2014, 05:42:34 PM
OK its out there - after you log on  - click on Forum on the top line. Scroll down to the SARC Members only section and click on SARC Member Roster. Let me know if you have any corrections needed. Snail mail address info came from QRZ - its your choice whether to publish your telephone number, those listed had been published in the previous list.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 21, 2014, 05:17:55 PM
email address that is hihi
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 21, 2014, 05:16:25 PM
I have just completed a update of the SARC Member status for members of this website. I have been working to create a new club roster which will only be available for viewing by SARC Members here on this site. If you are a SARC member and you are unable to view this info let me know - I'll get you updated here and on the official roster if need be. NOTE: One reason you may be left out is if your member name here on the site does not have your first name and call sign....I can't guess based on em
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 21, 2014, 05:05:47 PM
Pat, no reason to give up, just don't let break your heart if nothing happens! ;)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 21, 2014, 03:53:32 PM
Well said. Still, I'm buying a Ohms Law clock to give my Grandson for Christmas...it may not lead to a Ham radio hobby but nothing wrong with a little exposure to the basics.  This will be from the same fellow who did our license plates, link available upon request.

Alex- KK4EYX

October 21, 2014, 09:06:00 AM
It's just not what we're into. (this goes vice versa with many hams and Facebook, there are a handful of clubs on Facebook and the ham world is dead there). I think I have a little over 400 QSOs and the youngest was 41 years old.

Alex- KK4EYX

October 21, 2014, 09:04:39 AM
Steve has got it. My friends come over all the time and I show them my radio, pull up PSK31 and then a couple contacts on voice. They think its cool, but just not their thing. Especially not to spend money on. My generation is in debt (myself in double digits) from schooling and we're staying home longer to offset the cost of living on our own. I am hoping to get my own place next year, unfortunately that will bid bye-bye to expanding any of my hobbies (guns, flying, radios, computers). Its just
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 11:07:48 PM
By dragging the youth into it. Some will see the interesting aspect and join in. Most won't. Its not the "thing to do" anymore.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 11:06:04 PM
Ham radio simply captured a generation or two in the "Beginning space Exploration Era"  Its not going to move on with the interest and enthusiasm  of the past. It will dwindle away with us and some day be called the "radio experimenters Era" . There will be people still interested in it as a hobby  but only as we see other hobby s such as restoring Automobiles, Steam engines, coin collecting  and  Antique Guns.  So-- enjoy what we have  and don't feel obligated  to pass the hobby on by dragging
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 10:53:59 PM
My grandfather once told me a story about his grandfather. As a hobby, he built a "steam engine" because his friends were also building Steam engines. It was an "ERA"! Steam was the 'thing to do"  as far as advancement in technology and anybody that had an interest in the future, was involved in steam.  And the story was told to me because  my youngest Uncle at the time was building a 'Hot Rod" , the "thing to do" in his "ERA"  
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 10:31:34 PM
Our Youth do not have the curiosity or the imaginations our generation grew up with!  And wrong or right, the technology is placed in their hands to use as a tool or a toy for school , work, or play, The TV repair man doesn't show up with his Tube caddy  to perform the magic, breathing life back into it when it doesn't perform up to expectations.  They simply ask Dad for a new one and most likely get it! When I broke my first bicycle, my Dad said, "Well, time to learn how to fix it because its t
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 10:18:45 PM
At 13 years of age, I wanted to be the first person to to talk to the first person on the moon  to prove that radio worked with its path loss and delay as calculated.  Today,"new" basic science for our youth  does not exist.  Granted-- there is not enough time  to learn how a computer or a wireless device was designed or functions before we just start to  "point and click". BUT our youth not having basic understandings of why "Things work" is frightening.    
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 09:56:29 PM
Some of us that have been involved with the hobby for going on 50 years, (Wow! that long?)  remember why we got started in the hobby.  It was "the Thing to do"  then in the mid 60's for any kid involved in Science. My entertainment was listening to a ball game on the radio but learning that I could not hear the Cubs until  the sun set in Chicago! AND I understood the need for space communication and the effort that went into the space program. I didn't want to be an astronaut, I wanted to be the
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 20, 2014, 09:03:55 PM
Yep  Pat, whatever it takes to set the hook.  So far nothing is working to get the youth involved, so it doesn't matter whether it one or the other, just what youth respond to.  Once you set the hook, then you can decide which bucket to put the fish in for the long term.  Maybe our Club can be the local catalyst working with Tom and others.  The goal is to get them involved with personal communication by which means is not important. :)   :)
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 20, 2014, 09:02:03 PM
I think that we are doing something right in our club because when it started about 5 years ago original membership was about 5, were no busting at the seams with 30 at our meeting, keep up the good work everyone.   All form of Ham radio supported here. If we all ask 1 friend to get on our radios or come to meeting we will grow again. Wayne.   PS  Thanks for your input Charly, keep it up.   ;)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 20, 2014, 07:17:19 PM
Well Charly, we're having conversations with other Hams here too HI... I showed my 10yr old Grandson the fldigi waterfall on a busy psk 3khz. He thought it looked like a cool video game...the hook is baited...
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 20, 2014, 05:40:43 PM
As Hamsphere stated in the opening statement on their website, it is NOT ham radio it is Virtual Ham radio.  It is just another way to have conversations with other hams around the world when the weather is bad, or you're living in a HOA situation or Care facility or just too old to climb.  We are talking about trying to get the youth into 'real' ham radio and we are failing.  So let's try a different approach or soon we will just fade away with old age.  Avg age is about 60 and climbing. Kids l
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 20, 2014, 05:19:05 PM
Well there you have it Hamsphere is a pier to pier internet service, not real ham radio.  However might still be fun for some, just not me.
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 20, 2014, 05:14:37 PM
Not the same unless you already have a FCC license and a transceiver and antenna, which the young folks don't.  However they do have Smart Phones that they are familiar with, so they can QSO right away within a format they use daily.  Driver Training Schools teach noobies to drive, NASCAR would start them off at 200 mph.  First you have to get their attention.  :)
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 20, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
OR you can connect your iIPhone to a real radio through a fairly simple interface and use aps like CommCat and Morse-it for digital or CW QSO's ....... have fun.
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

October 20, 2014, 04:00:14 PM
No, Hamsphere assigns you a temporary license like 2HS1234 so  you can play.  When you get your FCC, then they will record it for login and use.  All it takes is a desktop, laptop or smart phone.  Free 5 day trial.  $32 a year for home use.  The kids nowadays have to be exposed to what THEY call MODERN or they will never open the door.  Alex is correct in his request about cel phones.  This software does just that. :)
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 20, 2014, 03:48:41 PM
Don't you need a license ?
 

Charly KK4OAB

October 20, 2014, 02:56:53 PM
Hamsphere is the perfect learning tool to interest the young in Ham radio.  Can be used on SmartPhones, no QRM, hundreds on the air 24/7, Ham protocol & procedures easily learned, phone or CW contacts in 280 countries, contesting, ragchew; & we can put it on our club computer for free!
It's the perfect start for someone to see if they like Ham Radio w/o studying 1st & buying expensive equipment.  So before you say no, go back & re-read my last ham news or I can send it to you as an attachment A
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 01:08:08 PM
I'm, sure there must be some "ap"  that is a bidirectional  CW translator ?

Alex- KK4EYX

October 20, 2014, 12:07:50 PM
Attach an iPhone to the radio, maybe then you'll get some of us younger generations interested  ;)
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 20, 2014, 11:42:54 AM
So-- Who was "The Last Boy Scout" ?
 

Wayne Peterson KD8MRC

October 20, 2014, 11:10:42 AM
NO Boy Scouts showed up! >:(
 

KI6II - Lee

October 20, 2014, 11:06:32 AM
Charly, call me I may have what you need.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 19, 2014, 09:48:20 PM
Besides the Scoutmaster, How many Boyscout s showed up?  Did any take their test?
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 19, 2014, 09:46:40 PM
Thanks Ron! Picked it up today.   Good idea Dave! I'll try it next time! Oh! Thats right, no FM in the K3! Charly, you can have the Rollator that is here but Mom goes with it,OK?  ;)

Dave K4VLF

October 19, 2014, 04:55:48 PM
"About 200 noisy 160M CW contacts"  --- Silly boy,  if you run FM, most of that noise gets clipped off the waveform. Viola!
 

Charly KK4OAB

October 19, 2014, 03:17:44 PM
Anybody have a Rollator (aka 4 wheel walker) for sale? :)
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