As most Ham operators know, radio astronomy is a pretty interesting field. Scientists in Australia have detected a burst of radio waves originating from another galaxy. It’s a pretty neat discovery. You can find the article at www.9news.com.au
Well, the Day in the Park was a success. We had a couple of potential new hams come by and we were able to get our hands on some great equipment, courtesy of MFJ. The Xiegu G90 is an incredible little radio packed with features and will get you excited about QRP operations, if you’re not already excited about it. We had 20+ in attendance throughout the day and beautiful weather, with a light breeze most of the morning. Below are some pictures from the event, taken by John (K5DDT). John, we thank you for capturing the day so well. It was well attended and I thank everyone for coming out and having a great time.
If you’ve been on the Magnolia ARC Facebook page, or checked in to the W5YD net recently, you’ve probably heard something about the MagARC and Lowndes ARC clubs getting together for a Day in the Park on July 13th. With the LoCoARC meeting night falling on July 4th we’ve decided to get the clubs together on July 13th for a Radio Day in the Park and we’ve invited the public to attend.
The plan is to grab a quick breakfast at Vowell’s and head over to McKee Park, located near the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane, for our Day in the Park. As usual there will be a station or two setup, but we’ll either use one of these or an additional setup as a GOTA station.
Mark, W5TXR, has indicated that he would be interested in doing a satellite communication demo that day. Here’s what I’d like to see for this event, since we hope to have a good public turnout. Whether or not you setup a working station try to bring something related to amateur radio that you feel comfortable talking about.
Homebrew projects would be great to have represented and would give a “station” if you will for kids to go to and ask questions. Ask yourself what your favorite part of the radio field is and bring something relative to that. I want everyone to be involved as much as you want to be involved. Don’t leave that park wishing you’d brought something or had done something more.
Antennas, Go kits, portable station, HT, computer, QSL cards, CW key (I’ll bring a practice key from MFJ for someone to demo with), etc… N5ZNI, Jeff, has his QSL cards in albums. How cool would it be for a kid to come up and flip through an album and see a QSL card from a battleship or one of the cool cards from W9IMS with Nascar stuff.
This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we love about amateur radio and spark interest in someone else, so don’t just come out and be there. Come out and share your excitement about amateur radio with whoever comes by.
We’ll have a blast together, undoubtedly, and I bet we’ll recruit a few more folks into the world of ham radio. I can’t wait to see you there.
73 de K5RFL, Caleb
Here’s the note K5DDT sent out to the list regarding Field Day this year:
Calling all radio amateurs, Field Day 2019 is rapidly approaching and a group of us will be meeting at the Lowndes County ARC clubhouse to participate in this event. This is a “group event” and everyone is welcome. Come fellowship with friends and family. This is an open event to everyone. All modes are welcome and we can put up an antenna for you and your radio or you can sit in on one of the ones we have setup. Hope to see you there.
Field Day is ham radio’s open house. It has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Every June, more than 40,000 operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event.
Hams will set up and operate radio stations to contact other hams throughout the US and Canada over a 24 hour period. If you are a newly licensed operator, be sure to make this event.
The nearest address is a community gym @ 222 Lawrence Dr. Columbus MS 39702. Lowndes County
Amateur Radio Club is 0.1 mi farther on the right.
Off Grid Ham has a pretty good article on Tuner Basics. It may be of interest to you.
The writer himself is an amateur radio operator.
The next month is packed with fun and activities for all of you and there may be a surprise or two in there as well.
Tonight at 7:30- Lowndes County ARC net- 147.000 136.5 tone
Saturday, June 1st- 8:30 AM- Magnolia ARC HAM and Eggs breakfast at Vowell’s.- Monthly eyeball QSO. (Immediately following breakfast there will be a tower raising at the home of N5OMK, so join in and let’s help Steve get this tower up)
Monday, June 3rd- 8:00 PM- W5YD weekly net- 146.805 no tone- Drawing for the May net prize will take place after the net. May prize is a CAD D90 microphone from Backstage Music. Thanks to Allen, AG5ND, for all of his support in the monthly prizes and putting this together. On a personal note, the D90 is an incredible mic. I won one at the club Christmas party that is my station mic and I love it.
Tuesday, June 4th- 7:30 PM- Lowndes County ARC weekly net 147.000 136.5 tone
Thursday, June 6th- 6:00 PM- Golden Triangle VE Team will have a testing session at the Lowndes County ARC clubhouse on Lawrence St in Columbus. Lowndes County ARC club meeting will follow at 7:00 PM
Monday, June 10th- 8:00 PM- W5YD net
Tuesday, June 11- 7:30 PM- Lowndes ARC net
Thursday, June 13th- 7:00 PM- Magnolia ARC monthly meeting at Oktibbeha EOC bldg in 2nd floor conference room.
Monday, June 17th- 8:00 PM- W5YD net
Tuesday, June 18th- 7:30 PM- Lowndes ARC net
Saturday, June 22nd-Sunday, June 23rd- 2019 ARRL Field Day- Operations will be setup at Lowndes ARC clubhouse in Columbus on Saturday and lunch will be grilled.
Monday, June 24th- 8:00 PM- W5YD net
Tuesday, June 25th- 7:30 PM- Lowndes ARC net
June has a lot going on and plenty of opportunity for you to get out and be a part of a ham radio activity.
I hope to see you at breakfast on Saturday.
73, de K5RFL!!!