January 24, 2021 SPARK club net


PURPOSE:
Weekly SPARK club information net
LOCATION: The club 147.03- (179.9) repeater
NET CONTROL: KØTV
CHECK IN:
KEØVCR, KEØWTX, KEØCYR, KEØOTS, ADØVD, KEØMER, KFØARQ, KDØOPV, KDØETL, KEØWJX, KEØFUD, W3MEB, WØVK, KEØUHO, KDØWXT, KEØYWX, KEØLMY, KEØLMZ, KEØYGT, KCØTKS

Net opened 8:00 pm and closed 8:15pm.  It only lasted 15min. Majority of check-in was in and out status. Pretty much everyone had other more pressing projects going on. The most frequent reason was getting back to the Chiefs Divisional game which was in progress.  If I missed anyone on the check in list or messed up your call, let me know and I’ll update the posting.

Harry, KØTV

Online hamfest

www.qsotodayhamexpo.com

There ‘ya go. That is the link to the online hamfest mentioned at todays SPARK membership meeting.

Looks pretty cool. 70+ speakers, virtual vendor booths, and pretty significant door prizes. Sign up is free and presentations will be available for download for 30 days after the fest.  Use the link above to learn all the details.

Have fun
Harry, KØTV

Monitor 6M repeater on an HT

iCom Q7 radio
iCom Q7 dual band HT tuned for the new local 6M repeater.

I’m sure you have already heard about a new local 6 meter repeater due to go live shortly here in the Sedalia area.  It may not be of much interest to you now because many of us don’t have 6M capability.

But, did you know that you may already have the ability to at least listen to the new repeater once it goes on the air?  Many hand held, base, and mobile radios today enjoy expanded receivers.  You will be able to monitor, but not transmit.

So, put the new 6M repeater in a memory channel in your radio and include it when you scan.  For that matter, local repeaters in the 220 Mhz band could be included, too.  The little, pocket-friendly, iCom Q7 here enjoys a wide band receiver capable of picking up a wide range of other frequencies like commercial FM broadcast radio, public service, and even AM aircraft.  It will only transmit in the 2M/70cm bands.  It is a very old radio. Newer ones have lots more capabilities.

Take another look at the radios you carry or in your shack.  They may have some features you overlooked or were not aware of.

Harry, KØTV

Who ‘Ya gonna Call? …

Bret, KDØUSK and John, NØEE inspect their work at the QTH of Harry, KAØTTY

No not the Ghostbusters.  You call upon the fellow members of S.P.A.R.K.  The other day, John, NØEE and Bret, KDØUSK stopped by to help me put up an antenna so I could finally get a base station on the air. 
 
In the past, I can remember being on the other side, climbing, lifting, and pulling cables.  It was a rewarding feeling helping out.  It never occurred to me that some day I would be on the receiving side.  The assistance from Bret and John is certainly appreciated.  Thank-You!
 
If anyone else needs help on a project.  Programming that new radio. Installing or operating that new software. Upgrading a license. Installing an antenna. Or, just getting on the air.  All you have to do is say something and someone from SPARK will step up.  The expertise and talent is pretty broad in the group.  Someone will be able to help you out.
 
Thanks again for the help.
Harry, KAØTTY