Newsletter of the St. Clair Amateur Radio Club
Club Repeaters: 147.120+ / 224.120- / 444.625+
The June meeting was held June 24. There was a discussion of Skywarn/ARES/RACES net operating procedures. A committee was formed to investigate how we can better provide communications for emergencies including a search for an understudy for Ed Matysik W9RQR (or WC9AAE when wearing the RACES hat).
The program’s topic was the Metro-East Search and Rescue Team (MESAR) presented by Eric Bennett and Ted Lohr N9WDS.
ARRL Field Day for the club was once again held at Mueller’s Antiques. The weather was wonderful and the club made many QSOs. Our claimed score is 3376 with 447 CW QSOs and 394 Phone QSOs. As you might expect for this point in the solar cycle 40 meters was the money band both on Phone and CW. Your humble editor checked the ARRL web site where scores are available only as far back as 1997 and within that time-frame, this is a high for the club. Congratulations and thanks to all who contributed in any way since it could not have been done without you. Taking part in Field Day were the following club members: Charlie N9BPK, Lou KB9UEF, John WA0LIS, Larry K9OI, Red WA9MGX, Aaron KB9HYY, Terry KA9YZS, Marlyn KA9ZAV, Chris KC9AUJ, Tom W9TJ, Mark KC9CXV, Kurt N9PYM, and Mike KB9WQJ.
The United Power Line Council, a pro BPL industry consortium, has urged the FCC to ignore “armchair amateurs that still use vacuum tube transmitters” and…listen to the real experts on BPL.
Your editor will continue to report on news in the BPL arena as long as this misguided technology continues to be a threat to the amateur radio service.
One of our club members was featured in an article in the Belleville News Democrat. Mark, KC9CXV along with his two brothers were showcased for his brother Joe who is helping to rehab a house for a low income family for his Eagle Scout project. Brothers Mark and Tim are helping him and he will help them when the time comes for their projects. Way to go guys!
The newly formed (as mentioned above) ARES Committee will meet with Mr. Bob Knight (St. Clair County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Communications Officer) on July 26th. The members of this committee are: W9TJ, N9PYM, AA9ZV, KC9EIZ, and KB9HYY. Thanks to them for making their time available for this purpose.
Aug 7 0001Z to Aug 8 2359Z 10-10 International Summer Contest SSB
Aug 7 1800Z to Aug 8 0600Z North American QSO Party CW
Aug 21 0800-1400 local time Missouri
State Convention at the National
Guard Armory in
Aug 21 1800Z to Aug 22 0600Z North American QSO Party SSB
Aug 22 St. Charles ARC Hamfest at the American Legion
Sep 4 0000Z to Sep 5 2400Z All Asian DX Contest Phone
Sep 11 1800Z to Sep 13 0300Z ARRL September VHF QSO Party