Status updated: 24th Apr, 2018
Link to the May 2018 Grounded Grid Newsletter - View Post

Status updated: 18th Apr, 2018
Letters: On DMR A lot of hams tend to discount the newer digital modes, mainly for the reasoning that they depend on the Internet to link to reflectors, or master servers in the case of DMR, somehow making them not ham radio. That argument usually extends to the contingency scenario of a loss of infrastructure, such as telephone, Internet, cell phones, etc. Those same hams seem to think that a DMR repeater becomes a paper weight; nothing can be further from the truth. DMR (as we use it) is a Time Domain Multiple-Access (TDMA) protocol that provides two voice/data channels in the same spectrum space as a narrowband analog voice channel. A DMR repeater will continue to function as a conventional (non-Internet linked) repeater when the Internet is not available, repeating both timeslots the same way it would with the network up. DMR provides emergency communicators with twice the number of channels in the same bandwidth (actually less) as an analog repeater. It also allows emergency coordinators and communicators to segment their traffic by talkgroups, providing even more capability. -- Greg Horine, N9PBD, Trustee, KD9JNB Multi-Mode Digital Repeater Southwestern Illinois Digital Group - View Post

Status updated: 12th Apr, 2018
Good news and bad news. The good news is that the 442.250 digital Fusion Repeater has been turned back on and is ready for Beta testing. Feedback on coverage and signal quality is wanted. The bad news is that the Wires-X hit a roadblock and we are back looking for place to obtain free internet access and ability to install a radio to link to the repeater. So no wires -X on the fusion repeater for now. - View Post

Status updated: 7th Apr, 2018
Patreon Financial Support Site Launched. The WARC today launched a Patreon Support Page. Patreon is a webservice that allows people to support scientific and artistic endeavors through an ongoing monthly financial contribution. You can pledge support at any level you select, but we have established four reward levels. Level 1 is an Associate supporter and covers any amount at or above $1.00 per month. Level 2 is $4.00 or more per month and earns you a full regular membership in the WARC. Level 3 is $9.00 or more per month and that makes you both a regular member and a member of the Tower Climb Circle. The Tower Climb Circle provides Support for our VHF and UHF repeater infrastructure. Level 4 is $14.00 or more per month and includes all the other level benefits and entry into the Sustaining Member Circle. Sustaining Member Circle supporters receive name and call sign recognition at all WARC General Membership Eyeball Meetings and our weekly on the air net. Check it all out at the link below. - View Post

Status updated: 4th Apr, 2018
OPERATING TIP Adapt Messages During a Contest When running, higher rates can be obtained by changing your messages in response to a deepening pileup. In phone contests, you can just change what you say. For CW and RTTY contests, by setting up your messages appropriately in your logging program or you can shorten them on the fly by pressing the "stop sending" key in your logging program. This is usually the ESCape key. For example, here's a sample contact, starting with the CQ. My CQ message: CQ N9ADG I hear: W0XXX ...(weaker) Y This indicates to me that there's likely at least one other station is calling. I don't have the full call of the second caller, just one letter. I send my exchange message: W0XXX 5NN WA The other station sends: 5NN MO My thank you message is "TU N9ADG CQ." Because I know there's another caller waiting, I log the contact with W0XXX and start sending the "thank you" message, but I hit ESC just after I hear "TU" sent in my headphones. I don't need to send my call, because the other person calling likely copied my call, and doesn't need it again. Even better, I could send "Y ?" after the TU, so that ideally only that one station would respond. Furthermore, if I thought conditions were excellent and callers were well behaved, I might risk sending "Y ? 5NN WA," trusting that the other operator would send his/her call, realizing I didn't have it. But that is risking the chance that I would need a fill if they don't send their call. Fills are rate killers, and can scare off any other callers that are waiting. You could avoid having to time ESC keypresses by setting up additional macros to address multiple situations. - View Post

Status updated: 4th Apr, 2018
April 7 LZ Open 40 meter Sprint Contest SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest SKCC Weekend Sprintathon Florida State Parks on the Air Texas State Parks on the Air Mississippi QSO Party Missouri QSO Party SP DX Contest EA RTTY Contest April 8 Florida State Parks on the Air Texas State Parks on the Air Missouri QSO Party North American SSB Sprint Contest April 9 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint 144 MHz Spring Sprint - View Post

Status updated: 4th Apr, 2018
The Central States VHF Society is proud to sponsor and announce the dates and times for the 2018 run of the VHF and up Spring Sprints! 144 MHz: Monday, April 9, 2018 from 7 - 11 PM local, Exchange: 4-character grid 222 MHz: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 7 - 11 PM local, Exchange: 4-character grid 432 MHz: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 7 - 11 PM local, Exchange: 4-character grid Microwave, 902 MHz and up: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 AM - 2 PM local, Exchange: 6-character grid 50 MHz: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2300Z until 0300Z Sunday, May 13, 2018, Exchange: 4-character grid - View Post

Status updated: 4th Apr, 2018
The Central States VHF Society, Inc. is soliciting both authors for the "Proceedings of the Central States VHF Society" and presenters for the technical sessions at its 2018 Conference to be held in Wichita, Kansas, July 26 through 29, 2018. Topics for both papers and presentations include all topics related to CW, SSB, and Digital VHF and above Amateur Radio activities, including: Antennas: including Modeling, Design, Arrays, and Control Test Equipment: including Homebrew, Commercial, and Measurement Techniques & Tips Construction of equipment: such as Transmitters, Receivers, and Transverters Operating: including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions RF power amps: including Single and Multi-band Vacuum Tube, Solid-state, and Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTA) Propagation: including Ducting, Sporadic E, Tropospheric, Meteor Scatter, etc. Pre-amplifiers (low noise) Digital Modes: such as WSJT, JT65, FT8, JT6M, ISCAT, etc. Regulatory topics Moonbounce (EME) Software-defined Radio (SDR) Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Further information for both authors and presenters may be found on the 2018 Conference website. - View Post

Status updated: 25th Mar, 2018
WARC fund raising raffle if interested in a ticket e-mail Jr-Dir at WARC 1 dot org - View Post

Status updated: 16th Mar, 2018
also available in paperback. - View Post

Status updated: 14th Mar, 2018
Ladies net March newsletter. - View Post

Status updated: 10th Mar, 2018
K9TAL 59+20 into McPherson, 7.225 now. Solid copy - View Post

Status updated: 5th Mar, 2018
WARC March 7 2018 general Meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the Spangles restaurant located at Broadway and Kellogg in Wichita. - View Post