CCARA Club News
Club Repeater On Medium Power
We are operating at the 25 watt power level with no external amp connected. The results seem to be good.
July Club Meeting
The July club meeting was held at the County Services Building on 7th street on July 7th. A discussion was held about the possibility of setting up a packet station at the Keene repeater site
Field Day at the Brown Farm
The club has resumed an actual field day even at the Brown farm, and we had excellent weather for it. We set up an amateur radio club display and had our usual 3A (voice, cw, digital) stations set up for operation. We had some good scores considering the poor radio propagation. We still had lots of fun, fellowship, and very good eats. Thanks to Will KC8PUW and his family, Wip KE8WIP for handling breakfast duty on Sunday, and all who brought covered dishes to augment what the club provided.
Thanks to all who came out to operate, feast, or just to catch up on how each of us have been fairing during the long period of forced separation. It should be mentioned that Dan N8VV, although at home, supported the group with his more than 300 CW contacts to add to the club totals.
Below are some pix of the beautiful set up and some of the activity at this year's CCARA Field Day taken by Steve AA8BN.
one of the G5RV antennas
KE8WIP on the digital station
N8MXX at the VHF station with his portable station
Mike NF8U and Chad AB8SV at the CW station
Ham radio info. and club signs
Beautiful sunset beyond antenna
N8VV on 10 Meters
N8VV our CW Guru does it again!
N8VV A very nice certificate for the year
Ham's Social Distancing
Ft8 & JS8CALL Article
Thanks to Heinz KB8VIP for writing and submitting a short article describing two neat operating modes for making use of poor propagation. You can find this article on the Digital modes page.
New Club Patches and Mugrugs
There are "personalized" club patches and "Mugrugs" available for members of CCARA. Check out this PAGE to see what is available.
Icom Radio RepairCheck out the Links page if you are in need of an Icom repair. This repair facility is recommended by club member experience.
Solar/Terrestrial Weather and Propagation
Check out the website, Solarham.com for current propagation forcasts and solar activity as it relates to ham radio operations.
Don't forget that the club meeting minutes are available on the Meetings page. Check them out before the next meeting to keep up with current information.
The 147.045MHz CCARA Club Repeater Antenna and Equipment
Ohio Single Sideband Net
The OSSBN is a great introduction to the ARRL's National Traffic System. It meets three times a day: 10:30AM, 4:15PM, and currently 6:00PM to handle traffic in, out, and througout the state of Ohio, and the rest of the country. Check them out, and listen in on 75 meters on 3.9725MHz. This is a very active net and represents some of the best of amateur radio operating, as well as continuing the fine tradiotion of providing emergency communications in existance since the inception of ham radio iteslf. This was the foundation of the formation of the Amateur Radio RELAY League. This is where the "Relay" came from in the name.
Check out the OSSBN website at: Ohio Single Sideband Net
Net on 440
The KB9JSC repeater will be linked to the 145.230MHz for the Monday ARES net at 9PM local, so you can check in to the net on either band. The frequency of the UHF repeater is 443.5375+MHz.
Right after the ARES net, the 440 link will be brought down, and there will be a new net run on the 440 repeater alone. The purpose of this net is for folks to set up and test their equipment on the 440 band and get used to operating there. If you have 440 capability, you are welcome to check in to the net. You don't have to be a member of any group to join in.