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.
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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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.
Get all the details here: https://eznec.com
This program by Mike Mladejovsky WA7ARK was recommended to us by club member Roger Steyaert K7RXV. The presenter is a knowledgeable retired professor. This video starts in the middle of the recording but at the beginning of his presentation.
This video explores Smith Chart basics, and uses that information to learn about the RF performance of a paperclip.
Would this make a good antenna, at what frequencies does it resonate?
A Smith chart makes this really easy to see.
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.