Monthly Meeting Notes from 3/8/18

Wednesday’s meeting program was construction of a 2-meter yagi for foxhunting or portable use.  Here is Dick AH6EZ’s powerpoint and some photos from the evening project:

AH6EZ’s Powerpoint presentation: JCARC Mar 2018 Membership Meeting (1)

Photos by Elizabeth, KI7AUH:

Billl and Dick install the reflector

Installing the reflector

Checking the director elements

Measuring and cutting driven elements


Field Program Your Baofeng

Just posted on the Jefferson County VECOM website: Here are some aids to help you program your Baofeng manually when needed. Click here to view the post.

New Hams

Jerry Fry, W7PT reports that all students in this past weekend’s technician class passed the test and will soon receive their licenses as ham radio operators. Congratulations to those new hams, and we look forward to hearing you on the air.

A special thanks to instructors Jerry W7PT, and Mark Miller K6JMM for their dedication in promoting ham radio.

JCARC Meeting Wed, Feb 7

We will have the normal 5:30 Board meeting at the Chimacum Cafe, and social time at the Fire Hall starting at 7pm.

  • The program this month will be about QSL cards.
  • We will discuss and plan for a March production line assembly of tape measure yagi antennas.

Please be prepared to pay your 2018 dues (cash or check) if you haven’t done so already.

Dick Illman AH6EZ
JCARC President

Training for New Hams

Jerry Fry, W7PT has been instrumental in presenting technician classes and training for new hams. His next class is February 3-4, 2018. The class is now filled, but here is the latest from Jerry:

The class is full with 2 extras to fill in for the no-shows. All students have been sent a confirmation. Could you each pass the word to those who need to know. I will be starting a new “Waiting List” for those who responded with a request to be added.

73 – Jerry, W7PT

Note to tech students: The ARRL is coming out with a new question pool this year. The current question pool is valid until June 20, 2018. After that date, the old study guides will not be current.

The solution? Take the Technician test before June 30, or be sure you are using a new study guide to prepare for any test after that date. For more information, check out the ARRL website.


Please join us for our annual December Potluck Dinner.

We will start setting up at 5 pm and have dinner at 6 pm. Spouses are more than welcome. We are glad they support our hobby throughout the year. This is a good time to socialize. We will have a ham (by Owen) and cookies (by John) plus all of the goodies you all bring. Some drinks available, BYOB.

(There will NOT be a separate Board meeting.)

Get into DIGITAL modes with ANDFLMSG

The things we practice regularly, and the tools we have in our pockets will determine how well we respond when other modes of communication fail.

This month’s JCARC meeting will include a demonstration of ANDFLMSG, a version of FLDIGI that is simplified and tailored to use on android devices including cellphones.   Continue reading

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part. Continue reading

JCARC Field Day Facebook Page

Our Field Day Facebook Page is up and running.  Check it our by clicking HERE.

Cape George Fire Station 14 Progress Report

Kurt Steinbach, KG7EKI and Dan Moreillon, KQ7DRM erect the VHF/UHF GP6 Antenna

It all started last year when some of our board members thought that an HF Antenna would be a good addition to the Cape George fire station–this would allow us to have live demonstrations of HF modes and equipment during monthly club meetings, which are currently held at that location.

We submitted our request and got permission for our antenna plan, PLUS a room on the lower floor to be a designated radio room. It turns out that the East Jefferson Fire Department is interested in emergency ham radio stations in most, or all of their Fire Stations. Jefferson County DEM showered us with some radios and other equipment, and before we knew it, we had enough stuff to build a pretty nice all-mode station.

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