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Growing Towers

If rain makes flowers grow then the threat of rain makes towers grow

A big thank you to Mike, Harry, Larry, Scott, Dave SP for the help putting up the Sparc Towers. Though it threatened to rain the weather help and it turned out to be the perfect combination of temperature, overcast, and a cool breeze to get the work done. The XR-5 is up and spinning, SWR checked, and the feedlines run.

Photos of the day are at New-Tower-Construction page.

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QRZ TS-990S Sweepstakes

The QRZ 2014 Anniversary Sweepstakes
Grand Prize: Kenwood TS-990S

That’s right, it’s not a misprint. For QRZ’s 21st anniversary, we’re giving away a brand new Kenwood TS-990S in our biggest sweepstakes ever,

Thanks to a generous donation by Bob Patton, W4PG, with additional support from our friends at Gigaparts, we’re able to make this the most exciting giveaway we’ve ever held.

Unlike last year, however, we will not be asking you to fill out a survey. Plus, you can enter this sweepstakes multiple times, as often as once per day.

The final drawing will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Sweepstakes entries may be made up until midnight, October 31st.

Each week from now until the final drawing, we’ll also be giving away a weekly prize from one of our sponsors. We will announce these winners on the QRZ home page each Saturday until the final drawing.

No Purchase is Necessary to Win any Prize. These sweepstakes are open to ALL registered QRZ members who hold a current, valid amateur radio license issued by a recognized DXCC country. QRZ and/or its sponsors will pay all shipping charges necessary to deliver these prizes. Winners are responsible for any taxes, import duties, etc., associated with these prizes.

Note that these sweepstakes are open to individual licensed operators only and that you may be asked to provide photo identification and proof of licensing to confirm your eligibility.

New Sponsors Welcome – If you are a manufacturer or dealer of amateur radio goods and/or services and would like to sponsor a prize, please contact the QRZ HQ by email at hq@qrz.com

Goto: http://www.qrz.com/sweepstakes for Details and to enter.
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August 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 3

ARES/RACES Information  Page 4

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 4

Radio Balloon Around the World  Page 6

Central States VHF Conference  Page 7

Dr. Frank Drake & History of SETI  Page 8

SMRA Amateur Radio Conference Page 12

ON4KST Charts  Page 13

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PA Radio Conference

Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Conference (PARC)

 

SMRA of Carlisle, PA will host this conference devoted to inspiring new technology at the Whispering Pines Banquet Hall, just north of Carlisle, PA from 1200-1600 on Saturday, 4 Oct 2014. Directions can be found at; http://www.whisperingpinesbanquethall.com/

 

Registration and payment can be by PayPal or credit card. Save your ticket to present at the door. Register at   http://n3twt.org/events/parc.

 

The fee includes complementary coffee, soft drinks, and cookies available throughout the event. DRESS: business -casual dress is highly recommended. FYI, Glenn, K3SWZ, will be available to check QSL cards.

 

The fee of $9 was an “Early Bird” special. On August 15th 2014, the cost for the PARC will increase to $11.00 and to larger amounts thereafter.

 

Agenda:

  • Building High Quality VHF and UHF Antennas, by Ray Golley, N3RG.
  • Live demo of the latest HF Flex Radio software defined (SDR) transceiver, by Phil Theis, K3TUF.
  • Working the World on the low power HF WSJT-X data mode by Richard Goodman, WA3USG.
  • Photo visit to an outstanding contest station, by Herb Crumlich, WA2FGK.
  • Automating Your HF/VHF Station logging and control of radios, by Paul Sokoloff, WA3GFZ.

 

All: Please pass the word on this conference. For program/technical questions not addressed above, please contact John Jaminet, W3HMS, at EMAIL: w3hms @aol.com. For logistics questions, please contact Don Evans, KB3VAX, at EMAIL:kb3vax@yahoo.com

 

SMRA Club Mission Statement, #1…..To be a resource for advancing operational and technical skills, competency, and amateur radio licensing.

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Auxfog and Arrl Centenial Pictures

The DHS Aux Fog handbook is now posted to the Ares/Races page.

 

The pictures from the ARRL Centennial are up and posted in the Gallery

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July 2014 QRZ

In This Months Issue of QRZ

Table of Contents

President’s Message  Page 1

Coming Events  Page 2

Editor’s NotesPage 2

Six Metre DX Report   Page 2

ARES/RACES Information   Page 9

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc. Page 9

Electrical Engineering Community  Page 10

Field Day Report Page 11

Air & Space Museum Trip Page 16

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Field Day 2014 Summery and Report

 There were a lot of unresolved questions going into Field Day.

First and foremost, where do we put 5 trailers at the site? Placement was one thing the order of arrival was completely separate. We were, with some maneuvering and wiggling, able to get them all positioned where they should be. The layout proved quite functional.

 

The FD station

The FD station

 

What’s that about Horse Fence? In testing we knew that the horse fence would work as suitable dipoles. Once we got the twisting out all was well in the world. We worked 40 and 80M on the horse hence and the 40HF was the preferred antenna for the event.

 

Good view of the horse fence

Good view of the horse fence

All those shiny band pass filters, how did they work out? Well after banging CQ in psk for all of 30 seconds one caught fire. Without panic it was disconnected from the rig, and tossed into the field. The post mortem is still on going to what happened, but it was the C3 cap the gave up the factory smoke.

 

Band Pass Filters, lasted all of 5 minutes before they caught fire.

Band Pass Filters, lasted all of 5 minutes before they caught fire.

Most importantly, what about food? This has always been something that is dire important but not related directly to radio. The Mastersonville Fire Company fed us well, the fruit bowls were a nice touch, not having to think about breakfast lunch and dinner made the operating that much easier.

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There were things on Field Day that just kind of came together.

We had sleeping quarters this year. years past it has been at best crashing in cars, but this was a real treat. Thank you to Skip and Scott for the use of your travel trailers.

Perfect size for an operating station

Perfect size for an operating station

Jonathan brought a 15 and 20M beam. These turned out to be our best antenna, I know duh. The 20M beam tower system, mounted on an extension ladder, was a dream and is destined to be used elsewhere. He has plans to build a 10M for next year and make it sing.

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We scored 1233 contacts for 5808 points. This includes 1500 bonus points, we will get that satellite QSO one of these years. We racked up 719 CW QSO’s, 202 PSK QSO’s, and 312 Phone QSO’s. This coming from a total of 8 operators.

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Next year both QSO count and operator count should be looked for improvement. There is always a seat and even if you do not feel you can do it, we are a club of coaches and teachers, we will get you through. We had 3 junior operators this year all making at least one contact on PSK. If they can do it anyone can.

 

5 AM Antennas

5 AM Antennas

 

More photos are posted on the website

http://www.k3ir.org/about-sparc-2/sparc-gallery/field-day-2014/

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Field Day Wrap

A big thank you to all who came out to help, participate, and enjoy Field Day 2014 at SPARC.

 

I am still pulling together the totals but we made 1233 contacts over the 21 hours. We were able to get most of the bonus points including 3 junior operators, 10 NTS messages and the elected official. A huge bonus to Mike D’s wife for going on a midnight cookie run, it was definitely what was needed.

The total score for Sparc is 5808 which puts us in the top 25 and second in our section based on last years score .

Lastly I leave you with this picture Scott took at 5AM Sunday morning. The morning shots are always the best. Look for the Field Day Gallery Here, and it will only grow in photos over the next few days.

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June 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 3

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 4

Anders Jonas Angstrom  Page 5

Ham Ads  Page 8

Air & Space Museum Trip Page 9

Penn. Amateur Radio Conference  Page 10

Ham Equipment for Sale  Page 11

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Sparc has a Facebook Group

Sparc has created a Facebook group to encourage people to share links from the web, discuss all things Amateur Radio. It will also allow you to catch every update to the website as they happen.

 

Find the group on Facebook  Just ask to be join and we will let you in!

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