April 2014 QRZ

In This Months Issue of QRZ

Table of Contents

President’s Message  Page 1

Coming Events  Page 2

Editor’s Notes  Page 2

Six Metre DX Report  Page 3

ARES/RACES Information  Page 6

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.   Page 7

The HeartBleed Bug   Page 8

Central PA IP Network Update  Page 8

ARRL Ham Exam VE Operation   Page 8

Ham Ads  Page 10


Ham Classes are coming up See the Flyer

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Local VHF/UHF Program Files Wanted

Larry K3LWL and myself K3LLC would like to build a set of frequency files for the various handheld and moble VHF and UHF Rigs. These files should include repeaters in the Lancaster, York, Dauphin and Lebanon areas. Please send ready to load and go files not a spreadsheet. Also note what radios the file will load onto. We are looking for as many make and model files as we can to make this manufacturer agnostic.

The hope is to make it easier for first time Hams to be able to get their rigs on the air as painless as possible.

If you have a configuration file that has a good set of repeaters and other useful frequencies please send them to me, for posting on the repeater page.

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March 2014 QRZ

In This Months Issue of QRZ

  • Table of Contents
  • President’s Message  Page 1
  • Coming Events  Page 2
  • Editor’s Notes  Page 2
  • ARES/RACES Information  Page 3
  • SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 3
  • Origin of the term Elmer   Page 4
  • Dodge a Wrench or Ball   Page 5
  • Genesis of SPARC   Page 7
  • Ham Ads  Page 11
  • Six Meter DX Report  Page 11
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March 2-3 Weather plan

From our Section Manager Bob K3RF

It seems we have a new storm closing in on EPA.  If this new storm
creates a communications emergency, use 3917 KHz and the EPA Emergency
Phone and Traffic Net (“EPA EPTN”) as our EPA gathering spot.
Remember, the net is only in session regularly at 18:00 local or if
separately called up by our EPA NTS management upon request our EPA
ARES officers.  However, an undirected net may occasionally be
operating during the storm at other times.  Questions, concerns or
comments should be directed to our EPA Section Emergency Coordinator
WB3W and/or our EPA Section Traffic Manager N3SW.  Let me know what you
think as well.

3917 KHz does not supplant your local designated ARES frequencies in
your county or ARES district, but having a common HF frequency which
gives us access to our trained and ready NTS crew for emergency ops is
proving to be useful and many of you have picked up on this.  Keep your
batteries charged, the generators ready, and stay safe.

See you on the radio.  73

Bob Famiglio, K3RF

From our Local Races Coordinator Phil K3TUF

Recently PEMA notified of possible activation over the impending weather:

With bad weather coming into the commonwealth on Sunday, March 2, 2014 there is a strong possibility that PEMA may activate the State Emergency Operations Center and possibly the PEMA Area Offices.   This said, I have requested the PEMA ACS Officers to plan to staff the State EOC Radio Room and PEMA Area Office Radio Rooms.  There are no set times yet but we will most likely activate around 8:00 pm on Sunday.  The storms are expected to hit sometime Sunday night and continue for about 24 hours.

The EPA SM also notified of the use of 3917 kHZ as meet point for state traffic.  The Central area HF frequency is 3993.5 kHZ
If any event requires attention we in Lancaster County will use the N3FYI County Emergency Repeater 145.310

Please be sure your batteries are charged and generator gas cans filled to be prepared for any eventuality.  Mostly be safe.

Phil K3TUF

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Feb 25th Meeting Video

The video Shot during the Feb 25th club meeting featuring Jim Ibaugh discussing the origins of Sparc is up and can be found at the About Sparc section of the site.



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Febuary 2014 QRZ

In This Months Issue of QRZ

  • President’s Message   Page 1
  • Coming Events   Page 2
  • Editor’s Notes    Page 3
  • Six Meter DX Report   Page 4
  • ARES/RACES Information   Page 5
  • SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.   Page 5
  • KN3A VHF Contest Report   Page 6
  • Safer Down Loading   Page 7
  • MIT Radiation Lab History  Page 8
  • Guide to February SPARC Mtg.   Page 10
  • ON4KST February 12th Propagation   Page 11
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From our Section Manager Regarding Weather on 2/12/14-2/14/14

As most of the Southeastern Pennsylvania region of our section recovers
from the latest winter storm, we are on the threshold of a new event
which threatens to be just as nasty in terms of loss of power and
conventional communications assets. I’m proud to report that those ARES
units that were asked to provide auxiliary communications to shelters
have already served admirably and the cross county support offered was

We are not out of the woods yet, unfortunately, as many of you in
the section know if you have been monitoring the weather forecast.  A
winter storm warning is now in effect for our section, and most every
county in Eastern Pennsylvania will be experiencing trouble at various
levels from the new storm closing in. This one promises even more
difficulty with icing, the enemy of wires and antennas everywhere.

Since we anticipate widespread outages, the NTS team in EPA has
suggested, and our Section Emergency Coordinator, Bob Wiseman WB3W, has
approved the use of 3917 kHz LSB as an undirected ARES resource net
frequency at such times when the actual Eastern Pennsylvania Emergency
Phone and Traffic Net is not in formal operation on that frequency,
which is daily at 1800 eastern and other times when warranted.

As some of you may know, I have been an advocate of the
re-integration of the National Traffic System and the Amateur Radio
Emergency Service as it was originally intended many years ago. Our
friends at NTS are experts at passing formal traffic and our ARES teams
are experts at local tactical communications. Together, we can have the
whole situation covered. There will be more about this in the months to
come as I am planning a section summit meeting sometime by this summer.
More detail will follow.

In the meantime, while I hope I am wrong, hope is not a plan.  So
make sure that you and your family are prepared for possible power
outages for several days and keep your batteries charged.  As per a
well-known cliché, chance favors the prepared mind.

See you on the radio. 73

Bob Famiglio, K3RF


ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section
Section Manager: Robert B Famiglio, K3RF
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Pema Activation for Feb 4-5

From our coordinator up at PEMA

Dear County RACES and ACS Coordinators, PEMA ACS will be activated from 8:00pm this evening (Tues.) through 8:00pm tomorrow evening (Weds.) for the winter weather event. We will be monitoring the frequencies on the attached ICS 205.

PEMA 205 – Winter Weather Feb 4-5 2014

Susan D. Singer |

Emergency Management Specialist Commonwealth ACS Coordinator Division of Logistics & Resource Management

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency 2605 Interstate Drive | Harrisburg, PA 17110

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Sparc February Meeting

A special February meeting at Brethren Village. Jim Ibaug will present and will be a meeting not to miss. See Below for information and the location.

SPARC February 24th 2014 (7PM)

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January 2014 QRZ

In this month’s issue of QRZ
  • President’s Message  Page 1
  • Coming Events  Page 2
  • Editor’s Notes  Page 2
  • Six Meter DX Report  Page 3
  • ARES/RACES Information  Page 7
  • SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 7
  • 25A Switching Power Supply  Page 8
  • Secondary Emission Amplifier  Page 10
  • EME Tip: Video Camera Noise  Page 13
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