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LHARG Monthly News – November, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our Club is now an ARRL Affiliated Club. Applying for Affiliation included establishing a Constitution and By-Laws. Other requirements included at least 51% of our membership must be members of the ARRL. There are many benefits to being affiliated. Among them are mailing list access, Club Commission Program, Club Liability Insurance, Ham Radio Equipment Insurance Plan etc. On October 30th, the LHARG helped provide communications and tactical support for the Tour de Lincoln bicycle event. Some members drive the various routes, watching out for riders who may need help. Others man the rest stop areas and communicate any needs the riders may have to a central Net Control Operator. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 147.030 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us

LHARG Monthly News – October, 2021

The first weekend in October is the annual California QSO Party. Hams from all over the country and international stations reach out to California stations to make as many contacts as they can. California stations also compete to make contacts. The bands were very active and it was fun to hear all the requests for contacts. The Club completed 50 QSO’s, which included 17 states and 2 Canadian Provinces over 4 different Bands. Dan, KN6DRN earned his “Arizona Agave” POTA award – 100 QSO’s. We will now have our meetings at our Headquarters, the South Tower. Meetings are every Monday night at 6:30 PM. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 147.030 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – September, 2021

Group meetings have been covering a variety of topics. Band conditions have been poor, but we did record higher sunspots of 73 and 77 on August 28th and 29th. Dan, KN6DRN, earned his “Diamond Award” from POTA, contacting 50 separate Parks, good job! DX contacts have been made successfully using the digital mode FT8 and include Fiji, Japan and New Zealand. We have completed the research on the Repeater and have submitted paperwork to NARCC for authorization for the frequency pair of 147.030 and 147.630, with a PL Tone of 167.9. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 147.030 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – August, 2021

August meetings were hot but fun as we continued to discuss our latest Ham radio experiences. Several members have made digital contacts known as DX contacts as far away as Australia, Fiji, Poland and Romania. Dan, KN6DRN has enrolled in Parks On The Air (POTA). The main idea behind this is to take your radio and go out to State or Federal Parks and make as many contacts as possible. If an operator makes 10 successful contacts (QSO’s) then that Park is “activated.” It’s a great way to combine Nature and technology. Dan was able to activate Auburn State Recreation Area and enjoy Lake Clementine with his wife, Anita. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 147.030 MHz, 167.9 PL.

LHARG Monthly News – July, 2021

Field Day 2021 was hot but we accomplished a lot and had fun. Antennas went up early and by 11:00 AM we were on the air. We erected two Verticals and one End Fed Antenna and worked 20, 40 and 15 Meters. Our Banner and Visitor Log In sheets were proudly displayed. Several folks stopped by and information was shared. We had a total of 183 QSO’s (contacts) 56 on SSB and 127 on Digital. Our coverage was widespread, covering 29 States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Our total score of 1,490 is a Club high. Dan’s, KN6DRN, Grandson, Caleb, made his first contact and then another 5! At seven years old, he was very successful and had big smiles throughout. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 147.030 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – June, 2021

Club meetings near the Sports Pavilion are a mixture of technical talk and nature inspiring views, a great combination. The Repeater is performing well thanks to John, NQ6Q and L.C, N7VQC. We are continuing our discussions with Management to find the best home for it. In the event of an emergency, it is critical that communications within our Community is far reaching, clear and consistent. Thanks to intense testing and experimentation, ideal locations have been identified. Congratulations to Dan, KN6DRN for earning his 17m Digital Worked All States award. Field Day preparations were underway at the time of this writing and we will report on the results next month. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 443.2250 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – May, 2021

Our recent meeting was a reunion of sorts, as we conducted our pre-net meeting outdoors. Keeping socially distant and obeying other safety guidelines, we were able to discuss the Repeater status and field ideas on where the best site for it could be. A donation of equipment and books related to Amateur Radio was received. The members were excited and grateful with the show of support from the Community. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in Amateur Radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 443.2250 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – April 2021

We are happy to announce the Group’s Repeater is back on the air. Thank you John, NQ6Q and L.C., N7VQC for your hard work. Special thanks to the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club for allowing us to use their Repeater during the down time. We continue to test and research to find the best antenna and location for the Repeater, stay tuned (no pun intended). Some of the Members spent time watching the ARRL Ham Virtual Expo on their computers. Presentations were given covering an incredible wide range of topics. Sun Cycles, Propagation, How to Solder, 3D Printing, and about 80 other topics were available for the user to select from. The Worldwide SSB Contest was held and contacts were made to the East Coast and North to Canada. We continue to Zoom our pre-Net meetings every Monday night at 6:30 PM. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in amateur radio, please check out the LHARG. Our club conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 443.2250 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

LHARG Monthly News – March, 2021

Keeping with the spirit of “Spring Cleaning” our Repeater has been taken down for maintenance and clean up by L.C., N7VQC. This important job has been undertaken to improve the coverage to our Lincoln Hills Community. In the event of an emergency, it is critical that our voice transmissions can be clearly heard. John, NQ6Q has been testing various antennas and compiling those results for analysis. Thank you L.C. and John. Special thanks to the Western Placer Amateur Radio Club for allowing us to use their Repeater during the down time. We continue to Zoom our pre-Net meetings every Monday night at 6:30 PM. If you are looking for a way to engage in the community and have an interest in amateur radio, please check out the LHARG.  The LHARG conducts a weekly radio network at 7:00 PM every Monday on the W6LHR Repeater at 443.2250 MHz, 167.9 PL. For more LHARG information visit our Website, the URL is: lharg.us or email dlehrer72@gmail.com

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo 2021

This weekend March 13-14, the ARRL is sponsoring the online Virtual Expo. Participants can log on and watch live presentations on many Amateur Radio topics. You can ask questions online and choose from a wide list of topics to attend. Here is the information you need to sign up.

The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is approaching fast, taking place on March 13-14, 2021. This Expo features many new speakers, kit-building workshops, panel discussions, booth prizes, and much more. Early Bird discount tickets are available for a limited time and include entry for the Live 2-day period plus the 30-day on-demand period. Register at qsotodayhamexpo.com

At the Expo, there’s something for everyone:

  • Learn from a packed lineup of 80+ renowned ham radio speakers.  Use the new calendar features to download times directly to your calendar. See the full lineup at qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakers.
  • Take part in a Live Buildathon of kit-building workshops. Purchase kits now and have them delivered prior to the Expo so you can build from the convenience of your home. Learn more and order kits at qsotodayhamexpo.com/build-a-thons.
  • Walk through the virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch live product demos of the latest equipment. New video technology will be used to provide a better experience for attendees to engage with exhibitors.
  • Visit the “Ask the ARRL Lab” and ARRL booths. ARRL Lab engineers will be available to answer questions and share tips about a project you’re working on or suggestions to overcome a problem with a station installation, antenna, or a piece of gear.
  • ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, will keynote at 2000 UTC (3 PM EST) on March 13.
  • Take advantage of the very cool virtual lounges, which allow you to meet up with fellow hams using the latest video technology.

A number of exhibitors will be doing drawings for some great prizes – including some exciting high-end items!

You can participate from the convenience of your home without spending a dime on travel! So if you’ve never been to an in-person hamfest, you can participate in the Expo and get the same benefits. The platform simulates a full convention experience. 

Come and join thousands of ham radio operators – go to qsotodayhamexpo.com now to learn more and get registered!

We look forward to having you join us at Expo for an amazing and engaging experience.