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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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September 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

True Story of Hiram Percy Maxim  Page 6

The RCA Selectron Tube Page 8

SMRA Amateur Radio Conference Page 10

ON4KST Charts  Page 12

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Sparc to Participate in the PA QSO Party 2014

Sparc will be Participating in the PA QSO Party this October 11th and 12th.

Lets put the new towers and antenna to the test by running full out in the multi-multi category. If you would like to participate we have room for people to bring rigs and setup. We also have room for anyone to come and sit at an existing station to operate, there will be at least 5 setup. CW, Phone and Digital will be all running at 100 watts max to connect with our fellow 67 counties, US sections and CA Providences.

Please contact Kevin Lampo if you would like to participate. Setup will be Tuesday evening the 7th with final hanging and tuning Saturday morning before the show.

For more info on the Party visit the Nittany Radio Club

Here are photos from last years party

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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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