hank you for visiting the Sangamon Valley Radio Club! We are an organization of both licensed amateur radio operators and non-licensed individuals, based in Central Illinois, who are dedicated to preserving the spirit of this great hobby we call Ham Radio. We accomplish this through community service, technological proficiency, social activities and fun! If you are interested in amateur radio communications, if you are already a licensed amateur and want to meet other amateurs in the area or if you just like to have fun, the SVRC is the place for you! Please come join us at our next club meeting. Guests are always welcome. We also have an email list server hosted by Yahoo Groups. If you don’t already receive email announcements then you can sign up below to be added to the list. The SVRC is an ARRL affiliated club and maintains a working relationship with the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Club’s 2013 ARRL Field Day will be held at the:
Riverton Middle School
1014 E Lincoln St.
again this year. Set-up will start at 08:00 on Saturday morning and the official start to make contacts is at 13:00 local time. The event runs for a full 24 hours. There will be the usual cook out with pot luck on Saturday evening. New hams are especially welcome, and this is a good event to get some experience making contacts with an experienced ham there to help out.
Sangamon Valley Radio Club and VFW Post 10302 welcome Lisa Spahr, author of World War II Radio Heroes, to present a story from
WWII that most never knew.
Bring the whole family – as this story will inspire, delight and warm hearts of every age. WWII Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion is a story about strangers helping each other during a time of war. The book features more than 30 letters and postcards sent to the author’s family in 1943, alerting them of her grandfather’s capture and status as a prisoner of war. Upon discovering these letters, Ms. Spahr began researching the people who did this, and why, and reached out to find them or their next of kin, more than 60 years after the fact. Her journey is detailed in WWII Radio Heroes.
The Sangamon Valley Radio Club is sponsoring a Technician License Class. The class will meet at the the Red Cross building located at 1045 Outer Park Drive in Room 230 on Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the following dates:
Cost of the book (available the first night of class, as long as we know you are coming) is $25. The fee for the test the last night of class will be $15.
Well, Field Day 2012 is behind us. To summarize, propagation was bad to non-existent. The weather was nice, with the exception of a very minor shower late Sunday morning. The Saturday night dinner was excellent, and the social hour was fun (as always).
Due to poor propagation, SVRC members worked diligently, trying to contact other FD stations. The solar website http:/dx.qsl.net/propagation indicated that FD weekend would be a period of ‘low solar activity’, and that prediction was certainly correct. Our raw QSO count for all five stations was approximately 700. Of course, our final score will be higher, due to points added by ARRL for various activities. For example, we will receive 100 points for copying the ARRL Field Day message.
Please remember that Field Day is not the product of any one person. A successful Field Day is a team effort. Needless to say, SVRC members provided teamwork plus a willingness to go the “extra mile”. No sooner than a task was identified than someone would volunteer to take care of the task.
Also, I would like to thank our sponsors, the Riverton Middle School for allowing us to use their facility, and Staab Battery for loaning the deep cycle batteries to power our stations. Staab has provided batteries for Field Day for the last 25 years (at least). Riverton Middle School has hosted us for the last six years (at least).
News – - this site has a summary of upcoming, ongoing and past dx operations ranging from the huge expeditions to casual vacation operations and links to more detailed websites of expeditions and operations:
“The Rules of the Antenna Game,” Ted Hart, W5QJR (1984)
This site promotes a book that contains a lot of very useful antenna guidance geared toward construction of very DX-effective antennas at very reasonable cost. There are a lot of expensive gimmicks in the antenna market that will not enhance your signal quality at the other end over some simple wire antennas. While the book isn’t free, the amount of money it will save you if you are thinking that the latest whiz-bang gimmick from the XYZ antenna company for $300 will give you a better signal far exceeds the cost:
Online VOACAP – this is the online program calling for you to input your location, transmitter power, type and height of antenna, mode and band, showing where you are likely to be heard under current propagation conditions:
We will be having an optional gift exchange with a $25 limit. If you choose to participate we draw numbers for who gets to choose 1st. 2nd…..and the present can be stolen 3 times, we also have the rule that you can only steal 3 presents from the same person. It is always a lot of fun!
We have a party room and I have given the restaurant a preliminary count of 30 with a possibility of more coming to the party.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
SVRC had class a Technician License Class that recently ended. Several participants in the class tested at the December 2011 test session. They all passed.
Here is the photo of the Tech class members who passed their test last Saturday. Don, W9EBK had a hard time getting all of their names straight in this class and he is pretty sure he has all of them correct.
Front row L-R: Shirley, Miriam, Keith, and Al
Back row L-R: Ron, Bill, He didn't take the class-a friend of one of the classmates possibly Chuck or Steve, Daniel, and Drew
The following information may be useful if you have a D-STAR capable radio and wish to access the new W9DUA D-STAR repeater.
The repeater transmits (and you listen) on 443.78125 MHz.
The transmit offset is +5.0 MHz.
Call sign programming information…
Note the “*” in the examples below indicate you should type a blank space, not the asterisk character. If you do not have the ‘B’ or ‘G’ in the eighth position of the field it will not work.
The exact methods for programming this information into your radio vary from model to model.
“MY CALL” should be set your FCC assigned call sign
“YOUR CALL” should be set to “CQCQCQ”
“RPT1″ should be set to “W9DUA**B”
“RPT2″ should be set to “W9DUA**G”
What does all of this do?
The “CQCQCQ” tells the system you want to communicate with anyone listening not just a specific station.
The “W9DUA B” tells the repeater you want to use Port B, which is the UHF repeater module. Some D-STAR repeaters have VHF, UHF, and 1.2 GHz ports.
The “W9DUA G” tells the repeater you want to also use the gateway to the rest of the D-STAR system. This allows DV-Dongle users to hear your transmissions as well as other users around the world who may be linked to our repeater.
The W9DUA D-Star Gateway Server is now functioning. The repeater itself is not at the hospital yet but we are ready for people to register for using the system if you are planning to buy a radio or get a DV-Dongle.
Before you try and do the self registration I highly recommend that you use the tutorial written by Robin AA4RC. It will save you some confusion.