Chasing the Backstory of Mountaintop Portable

Steve WG0AT is a well-known Summits on the Air activator. His excursions to the top of SOTA summits to operate mountaintop portable with his to goats, Peanut and Rooster is legendary. But there is so much more to his story. Steve has been operating from the top of mountaintops long before the existence of SOTA. So what was that like? What was the motivation? How have things changed? Join us as we talk with Steve about those early days.

IARU R1 Records on 134 and 241 GHz DK5NJ & DB6NT

New IARU R1 Records on 134 and 241 GHz Amateur Radio Bands

Tuesday, March 1st 2022

DK5NJ at the Leipzigerturm (797 m ASL) near Schmiedefeld JO50ON60BJ

DB6NT at the Aschberg (913 m ASL) near Klingenthal JO60GJ03RO

distance 92,8 km

Air temperature 6°C at Aschberg

Relative humidity 29% on the Aschberg

DK5NJ and DB6NT worked in CW
QSO on 76 GHz at 14:45 UTC with 599
QSO on 122 GHz at 15:01 UTC with 599
QSO on 134 GHz at 15:03 UTC with 599 IARU 1 Record
QSO on 241 GHz at 15:38 UTC with 559 IARU 1 Record

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Important Changes To EZNEC

Important Changes To EZNEC

Last year, Roger Steyaert K7RXV made an interesting presentation to the club on the topic of network analyzers, one of which was a program called EZNEC. He just alerted us to an important announcement from Roy Lewallen, W7EL, about his retirement in 2022 and his release of EZNEC to the public domain. If you have ever used EZNEC or thought about using it, you’ll want to check out the details HERE. The site has been completely rewritten and updated.

EZNEC Pro+ v. 7.0 is now available! – FREE

The highlights of his earlier announcement are:
EZNEC (Pro/2) will be free beginning in 2022
EZNec Pro/4 will be discontinued
There will be no support or refunds for these programs after 2021.

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FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

UPDATE from Rich K3VAT:

In the last SVARC Zoom Meeting (4/15/2021) during the VP Report, I mentioned that: “The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023.

Additionally, I mentioned that a large part of future SVARC Program Presentations would be centered around this very important topic because it affects every amateur using any kind of radio transmitter whatsoever.  I am currently watching the ARRL.ORG website for updates that will be passed along.  For the first presentation on May 6, 2021, I’ve chosen a 20-minute YouTube by Dave Casler, KE0OG.