2023-6-20 Weekly This & That Newsletter
Field Day – Saturday, June 24th at Lake Somerset !!!
Saturday is the BIG DAY! Here’s what will be happening (all times Eastern Daylight):
— Final Field Day Planning Meeting – Thursday, July 22, Zoom, 11 AM.
— Set-up at Lake Somerset begins at 11 AM on Saturday, June 24th.
— Lunch for the Set-up Crew – around 12 Noon.
— Antennas and Radios in place and ready to operate by 1:45 PM.
— Field Day Operation begins at 2 PM.
— Six Stations on the air: 15m, 20m, and 40m SSB (Low Power); 10-15-20m CW; Digital QRP Station; 2-6-10m FM.
— Educational Session for New Hams planned for 3 PM.
— Field Day Operation concludes around 5 PM. We may extend to 6 PM if conditions warrant.
— At conclusion of Field Day Operation, take down antennas, remove equipment, cords, cables, and clean the site.
If you can help with the Set-up, please be at Lake Somerset at 11 AM.
If you can participate in Field Day operations, help with logging, take down/clean-up, etc. or just want to see what’s going on, stop by between 2 PM and 5 PM. Bring a folding chair if you want to sit down as seating may be limited. Snacks and bottled water will be available to all. Feel free to bring something for yourself or FOR ALL to enjoy (such as sodas, snacks, baked goods, etc.). No alcoholic beverages please!
If you’d like to operate one of the SSB or CW stations, please let Harve (KB3FW) know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get you on the schedule. Half-hour slots are available between 3 PM and 4 PM.
Hoping for great weather and looking forward to seeing many members and guests on Saturday!
If WEATHER becomes a potential problem: PLEASE look for an email from the Club and/or from Harve, KB3FW (email@example.com) before 10 AM on June 24th to confirm that our Field Day is ON or OFF!
Items of Interest
How To Send a Bunch of QSL Cards to DX Stations Around the World
Did you know that the ARRL has a OUTGOING QSL Bureau? Learn how to utilize this member service here.
If you think you might have some incoming cards from DX stations, you can also utilize your call region’s QSL bureau. For example, if you are a “3” (e.g., KB3FW), you need to use the 3rd Call Area QSL Bureau. Details can be found here.
So…You Want a Better QTH for Your Ham Radio Station?
Tired of the HOA restrictions??
Thanks to Bob, N0DQD, for this one!
QSL Card of the Week
This one is from Jack, K2ITZ!
Looks like a great QTH for a POTA Activation!!! IOTA too!!!!
Please send a photo of one of your favorite QSL cards to hnat463@gmail for inclusion in an upcoming issue of This & That.
Upcoming Club Events
June 24th – Field Day
See details above! Hope to see you at Lake Somerset!
July 15th – SCHH ARC Fox Hunt
Organized by Ron Frick, AI4HH, and Ed Stratton, W1ZZ. More details to follow.
August 19th – KE4HAM Operation on Hunting Island for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
Coordinated by Jack Frisch, K2ITZ. More details to follow!
Next Membership Meeting
The Club’s next Membership Meeting will be on Thursday, September 7th, at the Lake House. Plans are to have an Elmer Presentation by Frank Pollino, K2OS, at 6:45 PM followed by the evening’s main program, which will be presented by Ken Finke, KN8F, and cover how to get an antenna installation approved here in Sun City. The business meeting will follow Ken’s presentation. More info will be sent as the date gets closer on the calendar.
Sunday NET (8 PM) operates on 147.550 MHz simplex and Echolink node: KE4HAM – L
Wednesday Nets (8 PM) operates from KK4ONF/Jasper repeater, 147.060+ and Echolink node: KE4HAM-R
Thanks to our regular Net Controls: Bob Officer, WA6WAY; Russ Treadwell, N1ZK; and Harve Hnatiuk, KB3FW.
Thanks to Ron Frick, AI4HH, for keeping the nets on Echolink.
Please check into our nets when you can. The nets are informative and interesting and foster club camaraderie.
If you are interested in being a Net Control, please let Ron or Harve know.
Daily — DX spotting and open chat 24/7 on 147.550 MHz simplex and the Jasper Repeater, 147.060+ (no Echolink).