Category Archives: Updates

Funds Needed For Apple Orchard Site

We all enjoy the repeaters in the area. Most of us take no notice of what is and must be required to maintain a repeater site. Not the cost of maintenance or site fees. Please consider supporting WA1ZMS costs associated with the Apple Orchard site.

This is an urgent request to all users of the Apple Orchard repeaters — 2 meters, 220, 440 and 900 Mhz.

Many of our members use the Apple Orchard repeater stack — 146.685, 442.650 and others — owned and maintained by Brian Justin WA1ZMS. Brian has always taken care of the costs of operating the repeaters out of his own pocket, with an occasional request for donations. We’re very blessed in this area to have many dedicated people who maintain the repeater systems at no cost to the users, and all of the LARC sites have no operating costs. Count your blessings folks, it does cost real dollars to be on AO.

BUT — Brian found out yesterday that the Forest Service, under pressure from our beloved money grubbing Congress, no doubt, had to re-assess user fees for the entire stock of sites. He got a bill for $816 — fortunately, supposedly, a one time charge — to keep his site on the mountain. It’s due September 1, 2017.

I’m going to send him a check, and urge anyone who uses the system to do so as well. His address is 1704 Cottontown Road, Forest, VA, 24551. Please help if you are able, preferably before you press the PTT on 685 the next time.

Geep

Roanoke Ham Fest – August 5,2017

ROANOKE HAMFEST 2017    
Sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club 
SATURDAY, August 5, 2017
8 A.M. until 1 P.M.
Vinton Moose Lodge
2127 E. Washington Avenue Vinton, VA  24179
VENDOR LINKS
Talk-in On 146.985 (- 600) T=107.2  
          Free Hamfest PARKING!!!
      “Night Before” Dealer Set-Up Friday, August, 4, 2017
4:00-7:00P.M.
              “Day of Show” Set-Up 6:00 – 8:00 A.M. 
HOURLY DOOR PRIZES
Include ARRL gift certificates  & Much More!
MAIN DOOR PRIZES
* FIRST-DUAL BAND MOBILE RADIO
SECOND-DMR HANDHELD TRANSCIEVER
THIRD-$50.00 CASH
*Do not have to be present to win.* 
ARRL VE EXAMS at 10:00 A.M.
Walk-In Registration–$15.00  
Breakfast and Lunch Food Concession 
Admission required for ALL attendees: $8.00    
             
Large Outside Flea MarkeArea 
Tailgate: $6.00 per space  
Air Conditioned Inside Exhibit  Hall 
Commercial Dealers — Tables, 8 foot: $12.00 —–
— Electric Hookup $10.00—  
For general information:
Nancy Wood, KG4ETP  540-330-7101   woodest2003@cox.net  
For vendor information:
Nancy Wood, KG4ETP  540-330-7101   woodest2003@cox.net  
Directions:
From I-81 – Exit 143 (I-581, 220 S).  Take Exit 6 off 581, Route 24 E. to Vinton.  Through Vinton on 24 E Past stop light at E. Vinton Plaza on left. Turn right at the second driveway into the Vinton Moose Lodge. 
 
From Rt. 460 East – Turn left at light, Gus Nicks Blvd. (at Hardees) Go to Vinton on Washington Ave. Look for East Vinton Plaza (as above)
From Bedford – Look for East Vinton Plaza. Make UTURN at stop light to second driveway.

Field Day – June 24-25,2017 – Izaak Walton Park

Field Day 17

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.

Learn Morse Code (CW)

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:
http://lcwo.net/courseintro

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.

Enjoy,

KK4SGS

Lynchburg Fox Hunt – Saturday July 23, 2016

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)

http://www.qsl.net/n2ki/HVDFA/Stuff/flexbeam.html
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.

Baluns and Chokes

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 HAM Fest – Vinton, VA – August 1, 2015

http://w4ca.com/page.php?5

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!

Yagi Antenna Workshop & Foxhunt – August 8, 2015

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

Signup here:

Field Day Pics

More to come I’m sure. But here is some to start us off. A great team of people working hard.