Hamvention QSO Party

The Dayton Hamvention for 2020 has been cancelled. WWROF, in cooperation with the Hamvention organizers, wanted to create a fun way for people to celebrate the Hamvention experience over the air – the Hamvention QSO Party.

In memory of Ron, W8ILC, who became a silent key just two days after the Hamvention 2020 cancellation announcement. Ron had attended every Hamvention since the beginning.

This is a 12 hour fun event on Saturday of Hamvention May 16, 2020.

Object: To celebrate the Dayton Hamvention by working as many Amateur stations as possible during the QSO Party period.

Contest period: 8 AM to 8 PM EDST (1200 to 2400 UTC), May 16, 2020

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters CW and SSB – You can work the same station once per band mode (12 QSOs possible with same station).

Exchange: Signal report and first year you attended Hamvention. If you have never attended Hamvention send “2020”.

Entry Categories: Only single operator entries – you may use assistance such as the cluster and the reverse beacon network (RBN). No self-spotting.

There are three power levels:

  • QRP – no more than 5 watts
  • Low Power – No more than 100 watts
  • High Power – no more than 1500 watts.

Scoring: Score is number of QSOs + bonus points = final score. There are no multipliers.

Special bonus points:

W8BI, the club call of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA is the host of Hamvention), will be activated by DARA members from their home stations. You can add 10 points for each band/mode QSO with W8BI (12 available). You can earn up to 120 bonus points (this is like having 120 additional QSOs).

To Enter: Post your score at 3830scores.com within 5 days of the event (May 21, 2020). No logs are required.

Awards: An electronic participation certificate will be available to all stations that post a score before the deadline. Send an email to k3lr@k3lr.com to request your certificate.

WTWW Tour This Wednesday Zoom Meeting


Welcome Skyview Members & Steel City Members & North Hills Members

To the first Joint Zoom Meeting between our clubs. This week meeting is another special tour this time it is the Shortwave Radio Station  WTWW located in Lebanon, Tennessee. This shortwave radio station is run my Ham Radio operators and they several radio related programs that they broadcast like: QSO Radio Show & Ham Nation Live, and Amateur Radio Newsline. They transmit on 5,085 Mhz & 9,475 Mhz.

See Their Website: http://wtww.us/

When:  May 13th at 8:00 PM
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Meeting Links: SCARC & Skyview emails will be sent via your email reflectors.
                          Other clubs look for the email from your leaders
Programing: WTWW Tour

Not a member of these clubs:  Send a email to N3LRG (AT) W3KWH (DIT) COM
Other WPA clubs wanting to participate let N3LRG know your club reflector.

 


Hello are you missing all your friends up at the club house? Well This Wednesday night at 8:00 PM sharp we will try out our first virtual social meeting. Like our normal social meeting there is no set format  for the meeting just friends getting together to jabber the night away.

This past weekend the technical committee tried out the software and what was suppose to be just a short test but it work so well we used the software for two hours. Doug W3HH show us his shack and how his person SDR radio worked.  Karl WA3VXJ show us some of his old antique radios. The the stories flowed the whole night.  I was able to show off RemoteHams software to the whole group while they were all able to ask questions about how to use it.

This is what the invite will look like – Just click on the link in the message

So you now wondering how to join in on the fun.  First of all there is nothing to install on your computer. All you will have to do is to check your email for the Zoom Meeting Invite which I will be sending out around 7:45 PM Wednesday.  Once you open the email you will just have to click on the link inside the email. This will install a very small program in your browser once that little program is install the Zoom Window will open up and ask for your name.  I would recommend using your First Name and Call Sign. Now the meeting will open up and you should be able to see what is going on.   You will most like need to click on the MICROPHONE icon at the bottom of the screen to turn your microphone on.  The first part of the meeting I will be going over how to use the software.

So what equipment do you need to make this work.  You will need either a Desktop Computer, Laptop, I-Phone, Android Phone, Window or Mac are ok.  The second thing you will need is some sort of microphone plug into your computer. If you have a headset for the remotes that would be perfect for the Zoom Meeting.  Now your computer should have a Webcam {While its not required it is nice to see your face other wise the screen will just show your name} If you have a desktop computer make sure the webcam is plug in. {Dont bother looking to buy one the $40 ones are going for $100 and they are still out of stock.}   Now most laptops have webcams built into them along with a microphone. The webcam is a small hole above the computer screen.  And all I-Phones and Android phone have camera now a day.

Now if you what you show us your shack pictures, an interesting webpage, or your favorite FT-8 program make sure you have those open before you start the Zoom Window.  That way you can click on SHARE THE SCREEN icon at the bottom of your window to select which ever Windows screen you want to share out to the group.  This program has been very interesting in how it lets many people join in on the fun.

MEMBERS: Please make sure your on the [W3KWH Group] email reflector.  The invite will be sent out only via the email reflector from my N3LRG gmail account.

 

WLS RADIO 890 KC

The Sears & Roebuck Co. founded WLS ( WORLDS LARGEST STORE) on April 12,1924. In 1938, the station’s transmitter was moved to Tinley Park, Illinois In 1931 and the station’s power was increased from 5,000 watts to 50,000 watts using a RCA 50 kw transmitter.

The 50F even had a door that you could walk through to get into the transmitter from the front. Here, the door to the power supply section is open.

Transmitter site Tinley Park, Illinois

Ralph Beaudin was the station’s president and general manager, and oversaw the station’s transformation into a rock and roll / top 40 station.Sam Holman was the station’s program director and an afternoon DJ. Beaudin and Holman were both brought in from KQV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Could of been our own Joe WB3AGB !

The station also experimented successfully in many forms of news broadcasting, including weather and crop reports. Its most famous news broadcast was the eyewitness report of the Hindenburg disaster by Herbert Morrison. Morrison and engineer Charles Nehlsen had been sent to New Jersey by WLS to cover the arrival of the Hindenburg for delayed broadcast. Their recordings aired the next day on May 7, 1937, the first time that recordings of a news event were ever broadcast.

Herbert Morrison born May 14th, Connellsville, Pa. In 1905 best known for his dramatic report of the Hindenburg disaster, a catastrophic fire that destroyed the LZ 129 Hindenburg zeppelin on May 6, 1937, killing 36 people.Morrison served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and became a radio reporter and the first news director at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. He ran for Congress three times as a Pennsylvania Republican during  the 1950s.