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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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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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