Link posted on: 24th May, 2017
Click here to support Accessible DigiPan For Blind Hams organized by Richard McDonald
Dear Fellow Ham, Recently, an app has been created that for the first time ever allows blind hams to participate in PSK31. The app is being given away to the world for free. Essentially, this app allows blind hams to use their computer’s “screen reader” to work with DigiPan. Several members of the "Westside [of Los Angeles] Amateur Radio Club" participated in creating this app. We would be most grateful to you if you could forward this email on to your club members. Please help us spread this great news! To support the continued creation of adaptive technologies for blind hams, a GoFundMe webpage has been created. The link to it is below. You can learn a little more about this app there too. https://www.gofundme.com/accessible-digipan-for-blind-hams Please donate in whatever amount you can. Most especially, forward this email on to all of your friends and family, "Like" the GoFundMe webpage on Facebook, "Share" it with all your friends, tweet it out and ask everyone to do the same! 73, Richard KK6MRH


Status updated: 23rd May, 2017
Quick question: I'm trying to access the Derby repeater but I can't seem to transmit. What is the encoding for the tone? I had it setup on my old radio, but can't seem to get my FT-7900r in my truck to work. ENC, ENC.DEC, or DCS? - View Post


Video posted on: 14th May, 2017
Wichita Amateur Radio Club shared Catawba County Firefighters Association's post.
Watch video →


Status updated: 14th May, 2017
The Wichita Amateur Radio Club is seeking a volunteer to act as membership secretary. This involves maintaining a spreadsheet of member data including dues expiration and coordinating with the treasurer for updates. If you are interested in filling this need please contact any of the board members. - View Post


Photo posted on: 14th May, 2017

Wichita Amateur Radio Club added 3 new photos.


Status updated: 12th May, 2017
Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated as DXCC Entities: On March 31, 2017, the DXCC desk announced the deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list. The stated reason for this action was because of changes in the administration resulting from changes in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, of which the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Battle of Midway National Memorial, the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary at Kure Atoll, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State Marine Refuge, of which they are all included. After further review, it has been found that the deletion of these two entities is not supported by the changes that were made to the relevant administrations. Therefore, the deletions from the DXCC list should not have occurred, and the two entities, Midway Island KH4 and Kure Island KH7K, will return to the DXCC list as separate entities. - View Post


Status updated: 11th May, 2017
Second Saturday ham radio lunch coming up May 13 at noon at Ourrs Family Restaurant at the East end of the Harry street Mall Wichita KS. Informal gathering for food, general back slapping, hand shaking, and telling tall tales about the one that got away. - View Post


Link posted on: 11th May, 2017
Todd
Korcj Richard shared a post to Wichita Amateur Radio Club's Timeline.


Link posted on: 7th May, 2017
Mcpherson Amateur Radio Club
Korcj Richard shared a post to Wichita Amateur Radio Club's Timeline.


Video posted on: 4th May, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/wayne.schlueter/posts/1513009388749468
Watch video →


Status updated: 4th May, 2017
Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator or “Ham” A significant number of CERT members who were not already amateur operators become so after joining CERT. Communications is a vital part of emergency and disaster operations, and the equipment and practice available to hams far exceeds that of the inexpensive FRS “Walkie Talkies” available without a license. The integration with CERT and other emergency service organizations has become a big part of amateur radio’s reason for existing. CERT radio operations practice conducted in regular “nets” is one of the best way to stay actively involved with others in the CERT organization, as well as keeping your radio skills sharp. Becoming a licensed amateur operator is neither particularly difficult or expensive. Many non-technical people can pass the exam with a few weeks study, or even a one-day “cram course”, although that latter path isn’t particularly recommended, but see below. The license from the FCC is free, as are renewals, required every 10 years, with no re-exam required. The license exam fee is most typically between free and $5, sometimes slightly more depending on the agency sponsoring the exam. A book / study guide is $20 – $30. An entry-level radio, which is all the majority of CERT amateur operators ever find is necessary, costs less than $200. See below for a little more information on equipment Getting licensed. There are three classes of amateur license, Technician, General, and Extra. Higher classes allow use of additional frequencies and in some cases higher transmit power, but the entry-level Technician class is all that’s needed for most CERT radio operations. The exam is multiple-choice, selected from a question pool that is widely published and available for study. Currently, the Technician exam is 35 questions drawn from a pool of about 400. Passing is 26 correct (about 75%). There is no morse code requirement to become licensed, for any license class, even Extra class. This has been the case since 2007. Exams are given pretty much every week somewhere. But before taking the exam, you must obtain a free FCC Registration Number (FRN). This is a unique personal ID number that the FCC can use in public correspondence and documents without exposing your SSN. Preparing for the Exam. Buy a book. Learn the material, not just the test. Be advised that the Technician class question pool expired, and a new one replaced it, June 30 2014. The new one will be valid until June 30 2018. Be alert to that and don’t buy an obsolete book or exam study guide. A recommended and popular book is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition (also available on Amazon, both paper and as a Kindle eBook). You don’t need more than one. Just don’t buy a 2010-2014 book! A highly recommended exam practice drill website is hamexam.org. It’s free (donations accepted) and it can provide several types of drills and practice exams. Radio Equipment CERT amateur radio use typically involves two amateur bands, 2 meter (around 146 MHz) and 70 cm (around 446 MHz) so you will need a “multiband” radio that handles at least these. The nomenclature will be clear once you pass the license exam. If you’re not there yet, just use those terms as guidelines for any window shopping you might do if you’re curious. Most CERT amateurs only use a dual-band 5 watt handheld transceiver (HT). Models with all the features one needs can be purchased for well under $200, although there are HTs with more features that can cost three or four times that. Mobile (car mounted) equipment, typically around 50 watt transmit power with better antennas than HTs, can cost several hundred. Base station equipment and antennas can cost thousands of dollars, but this is not common among CERT hams other than those who came to CERT after being amateur operators. Considering the CERT mission, every CERT radio amateur should have an HT, so it makes sense to start with that as your first radio. A majority won’t find the need to go further, but you will be able to evaluate that more intelligently for yourself after some experience operating with an HT. Amateur works .... ... when all else fails! - View Post


Link posted on: 3rd May, 2017
Amateur radio in the news: Kids get radios, - KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
https://www.facebook.com/wayne.schlueter/posts/1511969328853474


Photo posted on: 3rd May, 2017

Wichita Amateur Radio Club added a new photo.


Link posted on: 3rd May, 2017
Amateur radio operators keep emergency communication lines open at area hospitals
https://www.facebook.com/wayne.schlueter/posts/1511375952246145


Link posted on: 3rd May, 2017
Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators
https://www.facebook.com/wayne.schlueter/posts/1511190788931328