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December 2014 QRZ News

In this issue of QRZ

 

Table of Contents

President’s Message  Page 1

Coming Events  Page 2

Editor’s Notes  Page 2

Six Meter DX Report  Page 3

ARES/RACES Information  Page 4

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 4

Amateur Satellites Made Easy  Page 6

Hams Must Save Morse Code  Page 7

Six Meter DX Report Large Plots  Page 10

PARC Report  Page 11

 

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W1AW/3 Participants Wanted

Pennsylvania stations and operators are encouraged to participate in the W1AW/3 on the air event – the last weekend of this month. Please read this information about the operation. http://w3lif.org/attachments/W1AW3_Guidelines.pdf

 

You can see the current schedule of W1AW/3 operations here: http://w3lif.org/W1AW/

 

If you would like to participate please contact Cory, W3CDG via email only.

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IRLP Node is Up and Going.

Sparc’s 449.975 repeater is connected to IRLP. To connect our UHF repeater to another repeater, find a node number, key the PTT and punch in the digits. Listen for the IRLP repeater on the other side to identify that the link is up. From there give out your call and see who answers.

Our node number is 8537, members out of town can use this number to connect in to the repeater to check into the net.

A good list to start with is the node summary by Country.

Another way is to use a phone app. Here is one for Android.

And here is one for IOS.

 

Some notable numbers to try are

8838  KC4AAC Palmer Station Antarctica

6050  VK2RCZ  Sydney Austrailia

8522  VP9RSB  Bermuda

6900  ZL3CAR  Christchurch NZ

7767  9Z4FZ  Trinidad and Tobago

6969  KF2GV  Armenia

8144  ZS1JEN  Cape Town South Africa

9070  REF9070  Alaska Reflector

 

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Ready Mt Joy 2

Ready Mount Joy is a practice event at the Lancaster Training Center. This is centered around Mount Joy but all are welcome to attend. Please see the below Flyer.

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November 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 Meter DX Report  Page 2

ARES/RACES Information  Page 4

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 4

December HF Propagation Report  Page 6

Grizzly Greeting in KL7  Page 7

Six Meter DX Report Large Pix  Page 13

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Nov. Membership Meeting

SPARC membership meeting, will be at 7:00PM at the Rapho Twp. Municipal Bldg. 971 N. Colebrook Rd., Rapho Twp., (Manheim P.O. 17545 for GPS).

Glenn Kurzenknabe, K3SWZ, will be speaking on “DX’ers Code of Conduct”

Glen is also prepared to check any applications and QSL cards for ARRL Awards, DXCC, WAS, WAC and VUCC…. He can also check CQ WAZ award paperwork… If you would like QSL card validation please let him know in advance, so he can bring the paperwork, etc. e-mail: k3swz@arrl.net

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Frisbie Museum this Weekend.

 

Ron Frisbie of Akron is a 90+ year old retiree from the local telephone company who has had one passion in life:  to embrace the remembrance of “The Golden Days or Radio” from the 20s through the 50s. To do this he has spent his life collecting the symbols of that period in the old time wireless appliances of the era.  He started in his home but time and a growing collection soon outpaced his dwelling.  And his late wife wanted her house back and so Ron and sons erected a small garage-like two story building at the rear of his home to house his thousands of replicas.  We now are the benefactor’s of Ron’s hard work in this mini museum here in our own vicinity.  Even though shelf after full shelf of every conceivable sample of the radios of by gone days may appeal mostly to the retiree who can remember them and find an example of the radio that adorned their childhood parlors’, Ron is proud of all the young folks from schools and scout troops  he has taken through his collection.  This author has been there twice and looks forward to our next visit knowing that as in the past two, each visit has its own unique narrative provided by our host.  Ron never charges  any money to show his collection but gets his payment in the joy he gives others.  Last trips group in front of the museum:

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October 2014 QRZ

In This Months Issue of QRZ

 

Table of Contents

President’s Message  Page 1

Coming Events  Page 2

Editor’s Notes  Page 4

Six Metre DX Report  Page 4

ARES/RACES Information  Page 11

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 11

Let the microwaves out  Page 12

Sun WX & Radio Waves  Page 13

SMRA Amateur Radio Conference  Page 10

Six Metre DX Report Large Pix  Page 15

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PA QSO PArty 2014

Sparc participated in the PA QSO party

 

This year we had 12 operators working 7 bands and Phone, Digital, and CW modes. All together we made 803 contacts with 66/67 PA Counties. We racked up 145 multipliers and 17 QSO’s with the bonus station. We tallied a score of 180,263 points which is an improvement over last year. Thank you to all that came and helped out it was a great time.

Pictures of the event are posted here.

 

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Sparc October Meeting at F&M Observatory

The October 28th meeting of SPARC will be held at the Grundy Astronomical Observatory at the Baker campus of Franklin & Marshall College.
The meeting will be held at our regular meeting time of 7:00 PM.
Mr. Ed Cook will demonstrate the two instruments installed at the location.  On the floor is the historic 11 inch Clark-Repsold refractor, installed in 1886, and a 16 inch Boller & Chivens reflector.
These telescopes operate from their enclosed laboratory which is equipped with a retractable roof. Here we will share the commonalities of our two avocations with discussions about moon bounce, solar propagation effects, and the artificial amateur radio satellites.
The telescopes at Grundy are capable of resolving all of our solar system planets, and the distant galaxies including nebula.
Grundy is equipped with a classroom and lavatories.
Grundy is located behind the athletic fields at Harrisburg Pike and President Ave.
If you need to use your GPS to locate Grundy.  Either of these addresses are adjacent to the driveway that leads to the entrance to the observatory:
815 Wilson Dr. Lancaster, Pa. 17603 or 1401 Clayton Rd. Lancaster Pa. 17603

Directions to the Observatory:
  • From Harrisburg Pike turn south onto President Avenue.
  • Take President Avenue to Valley Road.
  • Turn right onto Valley and go straight until you come to Wilson Ave.
  • Turn right onto Wilson.
  • Go several blocks until you come to a chain link fence.
  • Go through the gate and follow the driveway to the parking area.
If you are traveling via Columbia Ave. turn onto Wilson Dr. Across from WGAL TV and continue straight on Wilson Dr. until you enter the gate at the observatory.
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