I checked the APRS map this morning and caught Mark, K0NYE road trippin’. He hit the Sedalia Igate past where he crossed the river at Lexington. Google Maps measured it at 49 miles. Something to be said about having your Igate antenna at 400+ feet!
Update: I looked again and he hit the Sedalia Igate when he was passing through Polo at 72 miles. Good job on the Igate Steve and Doc!
Had a great time visiting my friend Philip (KJ5ZW) in Texas this past weekend. Although the trip was a short one, I did make some lasting memories. And yes I did deliver his brownies that he won because nobody guessed that he was the “Who’s It” in a past newsletter.
As we discussed at our May meeting, we will be conducting a special net. Our 1st Safe Space Net will be held on Tuesday May 16th beginning at 7:00 pm. The net will be held on our 2m repeater (147.030 – (179.9) ). The purpose of this net is to check out our radios in our storm ready safe space. What we want each of you to find out in the event of a major weather event if you can reach the repeater in your safe place. We want everybody to be able to communicate in their safe space in event that power, cell service, etc are disrupted. This could be a safety issue and we want to make sure that you are prepared. The check in process is simple:
1) you will give your call sign and location
2) you will be asked what type of radio your using (ht–base)
3) your power source (battery–conventional)
We will have a short preamble to get things started. There will be no in & outs, just a regular check in and providing the information above. Once you check in, net control will provide you with how well your signal is reaching our repeater. It’s that simple. We hope that you will take advantage of this special net. We look forward to hearing from you on May 16th. Richard ke0qya 73’s
After our May club meeting we conducted a VE testing session. Congratulations to the following Technicians you successfully upgraded to a General Class license:
Wow! What an honor to have the privilege of teaching and testing such a group. We had a great turnout on the class, testing, and upgrades for this March/April. 7 students, 5 new Technicians, 1 upgrade to General. It is really great to get this kind of activity in the Ham Radio Community. Be expecting to hear some new call signs in the near future. Please reach out to me if you are the first to contact one of these new Technicians, I would like to see about doing something special for them on that contact. I know a lot of hours of studying went into this and it showed.