Apr, 2011 World Radio Laboratories Founder SK

Leo Meyerson, WØGFQ, a Radio Pioneer has passed away. Bob Roske, NØUF, President of the QCWA, reports that Leo Meyerson, W0GFQ, became a silent key last night at 9:50 pm in the Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Leo Meyerson, WØGFQ, is a renowned pioneer in the history of radio in the Midwest. His interest in wireless began in 1920, when after a classroom lecture in Council Bluffs about the advent of radio broadcasting stations. He was the oldest member of Omaha Chapter 210.

Sep, 2010

Article & Images by Dave, WAØZZG

The Foxhunt

On a cold Saturday in September, 15 ham radio operators gathered to practice amateur radio direction finding in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The ham radio "foxhunt" was sponsored by the local Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club, as a way to learn to operate directional radio antennas, coordinate information, and find radio signals quickly in the area.

The hunt started with a quick practice station, and a hands-on demonstration on how to locate and report unknown radio signals.

The foxhunt then progressed to a more difficult phase of hiding a transmitter in a local park, then racing each other to try to find the transmitter using amateur radio.

The coordinator for the event, David Huff W0IM reported, "We faced some last minute technical issues, but the event was an overall success, the radio operators gained some valuable practice for next time."

Oct, 2010

Thanks Bill, WØWOI for the link from Ancorage, Alaska

Not Your Average "Radio Flyer" wagon!

Sep, 2010 Tower Installation Slide Show

Apr, 2010 SATERN EmCom Trailer On Display

The SATERN EmCom trailer was on display at two events over the past week (see pictures on YouTube, click here) —and it received good attention at both events. On April 17 it was on display at the Ararat Shrine Hamfest in K.C. MO. Many hamfest attendees stopped by to see just how functional, economical and agile this 8 ft trailer really is. A common comment we heard was, “So this is how you package 10 pounds of radio equipment into a 5 pound box”. Equipped with coverage from 3.5 through 440 MHz, the trailer can be deployed throughout Kansas and western Missouri in support of the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services.

Three days later the trailer was on display at the Midwest Consortium Security Forum in downtown K.C. KS. This 2-day conference was attended by a wide range of government, law-enforcement and business personnel, featuring topics from Cyber Security to Weapons of Mass Destruction. Surrounded by other emergency response vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and a bomb-squad unit, our EmCom trailer was part of a 3-hour static display that allowed us to demonstrate amateur radio’s ability to communicate independent of any man-made infrastructure. A wide variety of individuals stopped by and received a snapshot of the capabilities of amateur radio and a brief introduction to organizations such as SATERN, ARES and RACES.

WB0CNK, N0ENO, N0MZW, K0NK, W0PWJ and N0ZIZ, plus others, supported the events. We used the local SATERN group’s callsign of KS0SA from the trailer. SATERN is the acronym for the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network.

Apr, 2010 Midwest Division Webmaster Featured on NPR

Steve Schmitz, WØSJS, the Midwest Division webmaster is featured -- along with other St. Louis-area hams -- in on-line stories on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered". Click here to go the NPR web site to read the story and listen to the story.

The NPR feature says that "until recently, ham radio was declining as older operators died. Then the Federal Communications Commission phased out the Morse code test that many saw as a stumbling block to getting a license. Last year more than 30,000 new applicants signed up to become ham radio operators, according to Maria Somma, an official with the American Radio Relay League".

All Things Considered, The Back-Story
by Steve, WØSJS

The St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club's (SLSRC) '85' repeater came alive and it was Helen, WØAKI, giving me a call as she has so often done. Today, the call was different than the usual conversation or questions. Today Helen was getting ready for a visit from a reporter who was going to interview her about Amateur Radio and she wanted to be able to demonstrate how it works by calling up a friend on the local club repeater. I was not surprised when she asked me if I would be available as we have quite a history in the short time she has been licensed and, of course, I agreed.

After that quick contact she was gone getting ready for her visitor.

Sitting, waiting for her call I though back over the series of events that brought us to this point. Although I have been licensed for a long time Helen, who's original callsign was KDØEOM, had only been licensed for about 2 years. To me she represents part of the modern look of Amateur Radio – that is an Amateur Radio that encompasses a more varied piece of the American spectrum. Today, that spectrum is composed of active men and women, persons of all ages such as the teenagers Jacob, KDØHHL and Jonathan KDØHSL, also members of SLSRC, and Helen at age 89. People from all walks of life and all family heritages. Knowing Helen, Jacob and Jonathan and many many others from this new spectrum of Amateurs makes me feel good about the hobby as I believe that this variety represents the drawing power of Amateur Radio for those who make the effort.

One of the important things that Helen wanted to do once licensed was to change her callsign to that of her late husband's – Ken, WØAKI(sk). This was important because Ken enjoyed Amateur Radio so much and it ment so much to him that when he developed cancer and they realized that he was not going to survive it, Helen began studying. With the help of Cece, WØCMR, another club member, I got the forms together and helped Helen fill them out and file them through the Vanity license system. When the new callsign arrived she became WØAKI (seen below at the right) as a way of honoring Ken and his 50 plus years of love for Amateur Radio.

Over the brief time she has been licensed, Helen has made an impact both on the local amateur community and on me. I can remember hearing her voice on the WØSRC repeater for the first time and answering her call and learning that she had just received her ticket and I was her first contact. Since that time her interest and outgoing nature has inspired our club to develop a complete education and mentoring program that seeks to not only welcome newly licensed Hams but to reach out in terms of education and mentoring. Our club has developed a companion website to the clubs official www.slsrc.org website, at www.w0aki.com that is now our official education and mentoring site for SLSRC, all inspired by Helen.

Throughout the time she has been licensed I have been her Elmer and in turn as so many of us do as we become more comfortable with Amateur Radio, Helen has become the mentor for others.

As I wait for her call I think on just how wonderful this hobby is and and what variety it offers. For someone who is a “people” person, who loves gadgets and technology, or enjoys experimenting and creating things they can then use and enjoy – Amateur Radio can't be beat.

WØSJS this is WØAKI” ... “Hi Helen this is WØSJS, how are you doing today?

Mar, 2010 Please Support S 1755 - "The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009"

S 1755 -- "The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009" unanimously passed the US Senate last year and has been sent to the US House of Representatives for consideration.  S 1755 is now pending in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  If enacted, this legislation would instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to study and make recommendations to enhance the use of Amateur Radio in disaster and emergency communications, and identify and make recommendations concerning unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications, such as the effects of private land use regulations on residential antenna installations.

We need your help with S 1755.  ARRL is asking hams throughout the United States to write letters in support of S 1755 to the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Henry A. Waxman, and the Ranking Member of the Committee, Representative Joe Barton.  Here's a link to the ARRL Web news story, which has more information: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/10/11385/?nc=1.

The Representative's fax numbers are included in the news story.  We ask that you please fax a copy of your letters to the ARRL Washington Representative, John Chwat, at his fax number also in the news story.

Here is a sample letter (in PDF format) that you can download, sign and mail to add your support to S-1755. If you use this letter please be sure to: sign it, add your callsign, and your mailing address.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at k0ca@arrl.org or 573-221-8618.  Thanks for your help!
Cliff K0CA
ARRL Midwest Division Director

Mar, 2010 Midwest Division Assistant Directors Appointed

Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, ARRL Midwest Division Director, has appointed a number of Assistant Directors from throughout the Midwest Division who will help the Director, Vice Director, and Section Managers at hamfests and conventions, and will serve as an advisory council to give feedback on current issues.

The list of Assistant Directors includes:  K0VBU, K0NK, K0THN, W0AFQ, K0GND, NF0N, W0WC, AK0BG, KC0WX, KO0Z, K0BXF, K0AL, KK0DX, K0IIR, KG0UT, K0NEB, K0JPL, K4SX, N0SS, K0GOB, K0DEW, W0SR, KC0BS, and K0FJ.  Several additional appointments will be made in the near future.

Thanks to these individuals for agreeing to assist the Director in serving the ARRL and radio amateurs in the Midwest Division.

Apr 3-4, 2010 Missouri QSO Party Announcement
April 3 - 4, 2010
Sponsored by
Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society – St. Louis

The annual Missouri QSO Party, sponsored by the Boeing Employees’ Amateur Radio Society – St. Louis, will be held this year on April 3rd-4th, 2010. Operating periods are from 1800 UTC April 3rd thru 0500 UTC April 4th and again beginning at 1800 UTC on April 4th thru 2359 UTC April 4th. The object of the contest is to make QSOs with as many Missouri amateur radio stations as possible and to contact as many different Missouri counties as possible. You may work each Missouri station once per band and mode. A 100 point bonus will added for any station that works W0MA at least once.

CW frequencies are 1.820 MHz and 40kHz up from the lower band edge. Phone frequencies are 1.880 MHz, 3.825 MHz, 7.220 MHz, 14.250 MHz, 21.380 MHz and 28.350 MHz. The contest exchange is RST, serial number and Missouri County or S/P/C.

Logs are to be submitted no later than 4 May 2010. Logs may be submitted electronically to moqsoparty@w0ma.org or may be mailed to Boeing Employees ARS W0MA; 7488 Cornell Ave; University City, MO 63130; USA. All logs generated electronically must be submitted electronically. Cabrillo format is preferred, but other electronic formats will be accepted if a summary sheet is included. All Paper logs submitted must include a summary sheet. Please note that logs submitted without the required summary sheet will not be accepted.

Club competition will be added this year. Please see contest rules for details.

Complete contest information is available at www.W0MA.org

Apr 24-25, 2010 2010 NEBRASKA QSO PARTY (NQP)
Official Rules
(Full details and Rules)

Begins 1700 UTC - April 24, 2010 • Ends 1700 UTC - April 25, 2010

OBJECT: Stations outside of Nebraska work as many Nebraska stations and NE counties as possible. Stations in Nebraska work everyone.

EXCHANGE: Stations outside of Nebraska send signal report and State, Canadian Province, or DXCC Country. Stations in Nebraska send signal report and county.

MODE: Modes of operation are CW, Phone (SSB, AM, FM, etc) and Digital (RTTY, PSK, etc.) Only one contact per station per mode per band is permitted.

ENTRIES: Received deadline for all entries is May 31, 2010 regardless of how sent. Late entries are not accepted. Logs with over 100 contacts are encouraged to submit their log in electronic format. There are two ways to submit logs:

  1. E-Mail: Log must be an ASCII file following ARRL suggested Standard File Format or in Cabrillot Format, and contain all log information including band, mode, date, UTC time, station worked, and exchange sent/received. Summary must include all information as requested on official NQP paper summary. Log and summary must be sent to: nqp@hdxa.net

  2. Regular Mail: Paper logs and signed Summary Sheets must be submitted to: HDXA NQP, PO Box 375, Elkhorn, NE 68022-0375.

A signed summary sheet is required with all entries. Electronic signatures are allowed for e-mail submissions. Results will be posted on HDXA's web site at www.hdxa.net when results are certified as final.

Plaque & Certificates will be issued as follows:

  • Plaque: One for overall high score.
  • Certificates: (Will be awarded via log submission format).
    • Nebraska Entries - Top in each each Entry Class in each county, and Top Mobile in State
    • Non-Nebraska Entries - Top in each each Entry Class in each State Province, and DXCC Country.

Aug 28-29, 2010 Kansas QSO Party Announcement
August 28 - 29, 2010

With the first Kansas QSO party in years wrapped up, it is time to plan for 2010s event. The dates have been decided, so please mark your contest calendar.

The 2010 Kansas QSO Party is a go! With 17 plaques, Kansas Konsumable Award, certificates and many rare kansas counties; there is something for everyone. Youth even have their own category.

Oct 17, 2010 Iowa QSO Party Announcement
October 17, 2010

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