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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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NOTE TO REGISTERED MEMBERS - We do have a classified section where you can buy and sell HAM equipment and heck, even a lawn mower if you want .

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 ..... It's a ..... Halloween Party .... starts at 7PM - wear a costume if you can - keep an eye on the Shout Box for more info.

11/04/14 - SARC Meeting

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

11/15/14 -  2-4PM FeldHell November Turkey Hunt Sprint see: https://sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/Home/contests/sprints/turkey-hunt-sprint

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.



Shout Box

Last 60 Shouts:

 

Pat-WA4VKD

Yesterday at 04:53:36 PM
Hello Robert-KB9EFG - welcome aboard and enjoy the site.
 

Charly KK4OAB Hornbrook

Yesterday at 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

Yesterday at 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? :)
935-4751
 

Ron-KK4HGY

October 19, 2014, 12:22:03 PM
Steve, RS-232 tester is in top left drawer of workbench at clubhouse.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 19, 2014, 11:29:20 AM
About 200 noisy 160M CW contacts last night!  What a chore!  
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 18, 2014, 08:29:14 PM
New article in Charly's Ham News column....
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 18, 2014, 08:19:19 PM
Please check Joe's CERT column - new documents with assignments for Smoke On the Water....
 

Charly KK4OAB

October 18, 2014, 06:12:22 PM
FYI:  Gasoline was $3.12 in Bell, $3.07 in Chiefland and $3.12 in Perry today.   New mobile installation by Wayne worked great!  Had the .410 into Bell and in from Lee on 50 Watts.  And the raw oysters on the half shell were feeenominal at Deal's in Perry.  Sluuuuurrrrp  ;D ;D ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 18, 2014, 11:25:05 AM
Alex, Simple answer-- Its broke!  Most likely one leg  lost connection or some one cut your coax!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 18, 2014, 11:22:31 AM
Boy!  All of my antennas are in rough shape also! Must be those October Antenna Gremlins!   Got two fixed here. Only 14 more to go!!
I have never used a G5RV but-- they must work differently as a "V"  vs a Dipole  like a single band cut antenna.  So-- I'll take one of those "Bad"Antennas! I need something here for all the bands.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 18, 2014, 10:58:11 AM
Lets see if I can clear this up. Both G5RV antennas produced similar results setup in the inverted vee configuration at KK4OAB. The INTERNAL antenna tuner of the rig Charly is using could not tame either to be useful. Ron-KK4HGY discovered the same and that's why he put up a OCF dipole and made his G5RV available to anyone who could use it. The 'piece of coax' is serving fine for the 40 meter dipole...so its not the culprit. AND before you ask, yes we kept the ladder line far away from the tower

Alex- KK4EYX

October 18, 2014, 09:36:07 AM
Something is wrong with my antenna  >:( Working fine when I went to bed last night and now its SWR is off the chart and won't tune.
 

Ron-KK4HGY

October 18, 2014, 09:09:57 AM
The very first section in the Gallery is "Antennas" and there are 46 pictures.   Probably need more current stuff though.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 18, 2014, 08:56:05 AM
What are the odds that two G5RV antenna could be bad?  Must be the same piece of coax they were both tried on!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 18, 2014, 08:54:39 AM
Hey! Where are all of the pictures  of our Clubhouse antennas?  We need a section in the Gallery for them.
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 18, 2014, 08:49:03 AM
Any you too Charly! If it wasn't for guys like you, we wouldn't have a thing to do ;)!
 

Charly KK4OAB

October 18, 2014, 08:39:01 AM
Also, on Thursday, pat came over and we put up two G5RV's but neither was producing low SWR's, so back up went my homebrew 40m.  Thanks so very much Pat, you are another good friend I am lucky to have.  And the Club is blessed with having both you and Wayne at the helm. (and Jon and Steve and Tom of course) :) :) :)
 

Charly KK4OAB

October 18, 2014, 08:34:14 AM
I am fortunate to have Wayne KD8MRC as a friend...he spent the better part of 3 hours yesterday afternoon  installing a 2m radio in my Bug.  Whataguy!  People like him are vary rare in today's world.   (however he did say: NEVER AGAIN ON A *&%##** Volkswagen!!!)  So, I am now KK4OAB Mobile!   Thanks buddy.... :)

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

October 18, 2014, 02:31:58 AM
  U the man steve, but u just wont be able to compete with the mighty N4SVC club station !!! ;D
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 17, 2014, 09:36:09 PM
Played all day getting our 160M station back on the air!  Still need another week to get all of the antennas back up!  Been de-buggin the switch boxes one shorted  diode at a time!  What Fun! Anyway, Have one TX antenna and one RX antenna working now, 3 more RX antennas to go before tomorrow night.  I just knew operating  a Digi-dork contest was gona hurt and it did!  

Jon Beaver-kd4amp

October 17, 2014, 06:04:56 PM
Ham Halloween Howl-October 25th-2014 @ 7.00 P.M. at S.A.R.C. Clubhouse. Patsy and I plan to bring Meatballs, Lil Franks, Witch's Brew and some candy for a treat not a trick:) The more goodies the better!!  Dress up, bring some goodies and come enjoy our party!!!
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 17, 2014, 03:24:32 PM
Got it Ron and I replied. Thanks!
 

Ron-KK4HGY

October 17, 2014, 12:20:12 PM
Steve, check your email.  I will drop off tester + 25 to 9 pin adapter + null modem at the Farm on Saturday.
 

Pat-WA4VKD

October 17, 2014, 10:26:58 AM
Great NET last night Jon - thanks.

Great WX this weekend - see Upcoming Events  
 

N2CEI,Slacker Steve

October 17, 2014, 09:05:57 AM
OK Thanks Mike! If not, Guess I'll make one or two. Could use one at the club house also.

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