LARC will once again be returning to the lush green fields of Izaak Walton Park in Amherst County for the 24 hour operating period, beginning at 2 PM on June 24th.
But the setup will get started on Friday morning, and lots of help is needed. We are making a major change this year — for the first time in many years, K4CQ will be operating in the 3A category — that is three main transmitters on air, with a VHF station and the Get On The Air (GOTA) station. More antenna work than we usually do will be needed.
Buck Clark K4IEE is FD Chairman once again this year and can use all the help that can be rounded up! We have a great evening meal on Saturday night, open to all participants and family, and there will be food available for the whole time.
FD is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop your contesting skills, or to get your feet wet for the first or second time. The GOTA station offers an opportunity for first time operators as well as those who have not operated HF for a long time to get some air time in. There will be an experienced op in place to coach and help. And having the third transmitting station will also allow more on air opportunities.
Please make plans to come out for part if not the entire weekend. Its FUN, educational, fills your stomach, and helps LARC stand out as a club. The program for the June Meeting, on Friday, June 9th will be devoted to FD. We’ll demonstrate a station, the logging program, discuss some of the bonus points that can be earned, watch a FD video from prior years as well as go into some of the LARC history of prior FD’s.
Here are some good videos I’ve been finding to learn morse code.
Experience the nostalgia of a good old training film. Beats me what the purpose of the lady,gun,and piano is.
K4CD has turned me onto CW Academy. They use the KOCH method of learning CW. Here is a link to the resources page: http://www.cwops.org/cwa-student-res.html
Learn CW Online is another resource:
Why CW? Because you can send long distances with lower power using less bandwidth than a phone transmission.
I am learning it because a lot of the el-cheapo QRP kits are CW transceivers.
Fox Hunting is where HAM operators try to find a hidden transmitter somewhere in an area.
This can be done as teams or individuals.
Prize: The pride of getting their first.
Location: Somewhere in Lynchburg,VA
Repeater to monitor 147.195 tone 136.5 (this is not the fox)
The fox is at 146.565 with a 136.5 Tone
DATE: Saturday July 23,2014 (Alternate to Sunday if there is a thunderstorm on Saturday)
TIME: 1400hrs (2pm)
You’ll need a directional antenna like this one linked above. Easy to build. Don’t worry about tuning it. You will be primarily using it for receive.
This was actually a very good explanation of Baluns and Chokes.
You’ve heard a lot of people recommend putting a few loops of coax near the feed point of your antenna to keep the RF energy out. How does this work and why is it needed. Watch this episode for more information on common mode currents, baluns, and RF chokes.
More info: https://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/07/23/baluns-and-rf-chokes-ham-radio-q-a-episode-3/
ROANOKE HAMFEST 2015
Sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club
SATURDAY, August 1, 2014 8 A.M. until 1 P.M.
William Byrd High School,
2902 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179
Talk-in On 146.985 (- 600) T=107.2
Free Hamfest PARKING!!!
“Night Before” Dealer Set-Up Friday, 4:00-7:00 P.M.
“Day of Show” Set-Up 6:00 – 8:00 A.M.
HOURLY DOOR PRIZES
Include ARRL gift certificates
& Much More!
Date: Saturday August 8, 2015 (notice date changed – Vinton Ham Fest is August 1,2015)
Location: TBA in Lynchburg
Times – Workshop: 10 to 12 | Foxhunt: 1 to 3
Cost: $20.00 (cost may get lower once I know how much coax and connectors will cost)
We will be building a 4 element Yagi Antenna and following up the build with a foxhunt
All materials will be provided.
Foxhunt participants will need to have a handheld radio to participate
More to come I’m sure. But here is some to start us off. A great team of people working hard.
An antenna building clinic is tentatively scheduled for August 1,2015
We will be building a simple Yagi antenna.