Get on the HF Air

July meeting topic presented by Harry

Getting on the HF AIR

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July 2015 QRZ

In this issue of QRZ

Table of Contents

President’s Message Page 1

Miles Newman, W3DRB SK  Page 2

Radio Lumiere  Page 2

Coming Events  Page 3

Editor’s Notes  Page 5

Six Metre DX Report  Page 5

ARES/RACES Information  Page 8

SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc.  Page 8

Lighting our Club Shack  Page 10

History of Crystals  Page 13



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The Great Columbia Orator AA3C, SK

For all who may not have heard Jim Ibaugh, AA3C, is now a silent key. His obituary is posted on Lancaster Online.

Jim was an original member of the Columbia Ham and Eggers club and has seen 2 club name changes and 3 site location changes. Having received his ticket at the age of 12 he embodied the spirit of Amateur Radio. Through his experiences in the Air Force and at RCA he always maintained a positive attitude, even when his photo multiplier tubes told him otherwise those days in March of 1979.

I had the fortune to sit with Jim at Brethren Village. What started off as a half hour visit turned into 3 hours. Jim’s way of captivating his audience and his ability to spin a story into a great adventure is what I will always remember him by. No one but Jim could tell the story about his encounter with the bear and the dumpster, or the birds on the radar dish. He will be missed.

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Ham License Testing

Sparc is pleased to Announce we are starting onsite Ham Testing for Technician through Extra exams.
Goto  Ham License Testing for more information.

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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.


You can see the current schedule of W1AW/3 operations here:


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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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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