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Pocatello Amateur Radio Club
Established 1957

Pocatello Amateur Radio Club, ham radio, Idaho Ham Radio Repeaters, Idaho amateur radio exams, ham radio exams, Idaho Amateur Radio, ham radio Idaho, ARRL ,
If you need information about our club or
Ham Radio contact any Board Member.
see the "Station Index"  member roster below
 
Mike Vaughn
Dave Turnmire
Barbara Housley
John Wilson
John Sanderson
Dick Thomas
Jim Hicks
WB7DNU
N7TZK
KG7IZF
KIP
W7CHE
WA7VKE
KO7P

President
Secretary/Treasurer

Recording Secretary
VP / Webmaster
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member

PARC , PO Box 2722,  Pocatello, Idaho 83206

Our meetings:  the 2nd Thursday of the month
 ISU campus, Trade & Technology Building, unless otherwise stated in the "news section"
Finding PARC meeting location

Monthly Breakfast:
9AM, 3rd Saturday of Month
 

 

What is Ham Radio,  it's "way" better than CB  or stamp collecting,  HR can be a  Hi Tech Hobby.
How to become a Ham, where to get help
Where to take a TEST in SE Idaho
Other Ham Clubs in our area
  Tough Talk - for New Ham , The Hard Facts
PARC - community service

ARRL membership/renewal Link
Want to join our Club? Membership form

 
Click for test times and details

Next test: May 12  - 1pm
Click for Club Contact INFO

PARC CLUB ROSTER
 

Radios FOR SALE  by owner
 

Internet LINKS


PARC Picture Gallery

 
Time in UTC:
    
 
2 Meter Repeaters in Pocatello
New Hams MUST WATCH VIDEO
 
PARC - History & Bylaws


In the area just below, you will find the late news
and information  from PARC, it is updated often..

 

 

OLD
But Not So Cold
PARC NEWS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Next Club meeting,, May10  
Stills a month away.  However, the program is planned
it's TWO hands on demos
First 
A quick overview of the Buddy Pole portable HF antenna system. presented by Mike WB7DNU and John W7CHE. Setup and swr measurements. once the
antenna is working, we will mover to the 
Second Live demo
the WSPR propagation system, one of the modes in the WSJT-x software suite,  Which is FREE to download. 
Latest full release, Version 1.8: wsjtx-1.8.0-win32.exe. 

We will take a look three web's that present the propagation results in real time,
We will use an Icon IC-7000 and the Buddy Pole antenna setup in the parking lot.
https://pskreporter.info/pskmap.html
http://wsprnet.org/drupal/wsprnet/map
http://wspr.aprsinfo.com/

If the weather is good, we may set up a G5RV dipole to compare propagation
results against the Buddy Pole.  and possible make a live FT-8 QSO.  We will
need to see how the time goes.

Being presented  ""live and in color"" , real HF ham radio
YOU WILL BE AMAZED  ,

 
    

Contest corner 
March 10th 2018,  N7PI achieves TOP Idaho Score in the IDQP.
link to score summary ...   599 QSO's  

OTHER CONTEST RESULTS,  those in red text are PARC members

IARU HF World Championships

#

Call

Score

QSOs

Mult

1

WJ9B

875,726

1,600

173

2

KA7T

44,454

261

62

3

K7TQ

37,455

243

55

4

KK7A

1,872

66

13

5

K0IP

1,092

29

12

6

KB0NHW

484

20

11

7

WM5F

248

15

8

8

K7ELC

10

3

2

2017 ARRL 160 Meter Contest

#

Call

Score

QSOs

Mult

1

WJ9B

181,544

925

88

2

KG7CW

113,148

660

84

3

AI7H

39,410

277

70

4

W7MEM

34,719

237

71

5

KA7T

20,800

151

65

6

AA7UN

8,736

98

42

7

K7JAN

2,304

48

24

8

W7TX

360

15

12

9

KK7A

192

16

6


ARRL Sweepstakes  SSB
# Call Score QSOs Mult
1 AA7UN 107,092 653 82
2 KV7N 97,524 602 81
3 K0IP 94,608 584 81
4 W7ZRC 18,656 176 53
5 KB0NHW 9,212 98 47
6 KF6CRW 2,494 43 29
7 WB7CYO 1,176 28 21
8 K7ETE 1,058 23 23
9 AG7CC 242 11 11
10 KK7A 72 6 6
11 AF7LZ 8 2 2

ARRL Sweepstakes  CW
# Call Score QSOs Mult
1 WJ9B 171,052 1,043 82
2 W7ZRC 69,264 444 78
3 K7CF 27,068 202 67
4 KK7A 9,898 101 49
5 KK7X 5,332 62 43
6 N7GOA 2,970 45 33
7 N7TMS 1,950 39 25
8 WM5F 420 15 14
9 NO6Z 221 12 10
 

OK, I goofed ,  Please everyone check the ROSTER page and make sure your info is up to date.  I accidentally  deleted some info.

AGAIN CHECK THE ROSTER


 

PARC APRIL MEETING
April 12
RECAP
good turnout, even in the snow,
good program,


 



6 meter

Sporadic E ??????????

The Spring/Summer E-layer propagation season should be here in a few months. 
Get Ready NOW !
 
In general, sun spot's have little  effect on Sporadic E skip.
This means that 10 meters, and 6 meters will be open.  
(could be ??) (at times) (but not all the time) (maybe once in a while)

To get in on the E skip, you need to leave your radio ON, and  the volume turned up.

If you operate on 6 meters, you should know your grid square. 
You can find it by checking your info at QRZ.com. 

And speaking of QRZ.com, you might want to update your Email & Bio, put a picture of yourself up,  here are a few club members who have seen the light,   W7RSK  WB7DNU  K7CF, W7EKG, KO7P   sign up today

E skip is "Fickle" propagation, you never know when it will happen, any time(?) but mostly in the afternoon to early evening.

On ten meters, it would be best to scan from (say) 28.400mHz to 28.500 mHz. USB

On 6 meters either listen to 50.125mHz ( the national SSB calling Freq) or scan from 50.125 to 50.150. USB . 

If the band opens you will hear signals in those windows.


WHAT ANTENNA TO USE ?
Bigger is better, a 200' tower with an 10 element beam is best , RIGHT  !

BUT, 
a dipole at 5 to 10 feet off the ground will work  too.
Now I don't give too hoots about your HOA, if you string a dipole for 6 meters up in back of your house,  Who's going to see it..  I won't tell..  its only about 9 feet long, and almost invisible.  you could paint it red to attract those HOA Nazi's.  The only thing holding you back is your desire to DO IT .

want more than a dipole or simple vertical,  I suggest  a Hy-Gain  64DX,, I'm not sure of the exact model number,  seems MFJ likes to change model numbers, but it's a 4 element 6 meter beam cost $140 ..  I am always afraid they will eventually discontinue this model, they have many other 6 meter beams for $300 plus,   more profit for basically the same antenna.  they might be a bit better,  but for a big price difference.  I have used this model for 30 plus years, it works great..  I worked all over the Pacific region, worked Europe, and over 500 grids.  Sorry to report, I'm still missing an African contact,  maybe someday.

DID I MENTION
leave your radio ON,
REMEMBER if you just walk into ur shack and flip on the radio,
take a quick listen up and down the band,  and hit the OFF switch, chances are you will never talk to anyone !!    you might have to listen for weeks ?? 
Another thought, CALL CQ on 50.125


Contact KIP for free copper wire. I have  insulators, and coax by the foot, cheap for sale.  (see the "radios for sale by owner" button , above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Link to Blast From The Past database
 

 

 

Central Electronics  20 A  ,   First band switched SSB transmitter..  It's predecessor was the 10B which used plug in coils to change bands,    these were the first commercial  SSB transmitters  ,   20 watts out, ,   Webmasters note, this was my transmitter after I graduated from Novice to General,   A nice radio.   I worked lots of DX on the 20 watts and a hy-gain 14AVQ vertical..   To save money, make things a bit cheaper, the company used modified WW2 ARC-5  transmitter as the VFO...  

 

                                                      
   
  Callsign look ups:
Need to find out where someone lives, sending a QSL card ?
 * QRZ.com

  *
HAMQTH

 *The University of Arkansas ham lookup
 
   
  DX SPOTS & more
 *DX Sherlock Maps - current band conditions 106 & 2  meter  
          *DX Summit - http://new.dxsummit.fi/#/  SPOTS
          *DX Watch -  http://www.dxwatch.com/  SPOTS
          *APRS NETWORK DATA Two meter propagation map
          *Check
YOUR Propagation use the Reverse Beacon Network                  
              this link shows W1AW, to change to your call , just above the list
              see "search spots by callsign" , then to see the map display,,
              on the right top side of the page , click "options" show/hide go down
              just a bit and click show map. Why does this need to be so complex
 
   
  These ARRL newsletters are update regularly,
click the link, pick the latest edition at the top of the list 
 
 
  ARRL NEWS  General Ham News.  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter  
  ARRL Contest Newsletter       http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues  
  ARRL   ARES  E-Letter     http://www.arrl.org/ares-el
if your main interest is emergency communications
you should check into
  PV-ARES web.
 
  ARRL "The Doctors in"      https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/       The Dr's in Audio podcasts, worth checking out,  a new topic is covered
every 2 weeks,  this link takes you to the topic index 
 
   
  Want to find out what's coming in the next few weeks, check here
Link
 


                            




PARC LOGO GEAR ,
like Hats, T-shirts, Jackets, etc, available from

Old Town Embroidery, call 234-2679
 


Anderson Power Poles are available from our club treasure

Here's a video link about the Power Pole connectors   LINK
you do not need a crimper,  several club members will loan theirs
to you or crimp the cables for you at a club meeting
The Club has purchased a quantity of these Anderson Power Pole's. They are available at the meeting for $1.25  a set for the 15, 30 amp varieties & $1.50 for the 45amp units. contact the treasure at the meetings.

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This map installed 1 Jan 2013

Visits to our web over the last 24 hours



This is no substitute for turning your radio ON

   The PARC home page is always under construction, its up-to-date, so     check back often for  News and HAM activities effecting our members      and the hams in Southeast Idaho .    The webmaster makes no promises as to spelling and grammar  !! 






 

Safety is No Accident
Think before you act !
Be Careful, we want you alive !
Here's some surprising  facts about        
FIRE


make sure you have operating smoke detectors
preferably at least one on each floor of your home .
More is Better !!

THESE DEVICES SAVE LIVES !

Our WEB is
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Promoting Amateur Radio in Idaho.
If you're considering a internet provider,
you might want to check them out !! 
For info click their logo.

This test Pattern has circles, not ovals, if you see ovals, chances are your windows settings are incorrect for your monitor .

PLUS: if you have a gas furnace , hot water heater,
fireplace insert, anything that uses combustion
you need a CO detector

Pocatello Amateur Radio Club, Pocatello Idaho USA
if you have ideas, corrections, anything to make this web
or our club
better ,  email me- jcwilson (at) ida.net
link to KIP's personal "Ham History" web