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WinLink Thursday beginning again

WinLink Thursday exercises have begun again.

Go here for information and download the exercise PDF:

I participated last year and found each exercise to be not only informative but a lot of fun.  Every weekly exercise added a layer of complexity and a new challenge.  As a result, quite a bit was learned regarding the capabilities and previously unknown inner workings of using WinLink.

If you are already using WinLink, then you are set. If your equipment is set up for digital modes, like FT8, then you are very close and you may only need to add the software.  There is a local VHF FM WinLink node on 145.07 WAØSDO-10.  You can use Packet Radio for access.  Or, WinLink using VARA-HF modem software works very well on HF.  Once you have WinLink working, the PDF, mentioned above, pretty much leads you click by click on what you need to complete the exercise.

The exercise runs 0000Z to 2359Z on Thursday. Usually on the weekend following the Thursday exercise, they publish a map showing all the check-ins.  It would be cool to see lots of spots show up here in central Missouri.

Harry, KØTV

February Meeting

NOTE MEETING DATE: Our February 5th meeting will be held at Sedalia-Pettis County EMA Headquarters located at 1511 N. Ohio in Sedalia. After the meeting we will conduct a testing session for locals who want to upgrade or for new Tech’s. If you would like to test please pre-register with Bret(W0VK), his email address is It’s that time to pay your club dues for 2022. Hope to see everyone there.

Bothwell Auxiliary January 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Every month, the BRHC Hospital Auxiliary selects one of their volunteers to be recognized as a volunteer of the month.  January 2022 saw SPARK member Harry Burford, KØTV in the spotlight.  Harry has been working with the Amateur Radio station installed at the hospital for over 12 years.  He started as a Red Cross volunteer, but those volunteers were recently absorbed into the Auxiliary organization after the Red Cross closed offices in Missouri.   Here is a copy of the article from the Auxiliary newsletter. .

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