Sunspots Numbers for September 2019


In the last four months the Sun has produced practically no sunspots. There were two in June, two in July, and one in August. The September graph, (above)  shows that the past month was as weak as August, with only one sunspot again.

A periodic solar event called a "grand minimum" could overtake the sun perhaps as soon as 2020 and lasting through 2070, resulting in diminished magnetism, infrequent sunspot production and less ultraviolet (UV) radiation reaching Earth — all bringing a cooler period to the planet that may span 50 years.

Doesn't look good for an upturn anytime soon. Read more about what this may mean to ham radio, by Robert Zimmerman at Behind the Black

W9AIU (146.76) repeater adds P25



The Egyptian Radio Club has recently upgraded the 146.76 repeater with a Motorola Quantar. This repeater does both standard analog FM and APCO Project 25 phase 1 or P25 Phase 1

When someone is using the repeater with a P25 signal, analog users will hear an ASCI like digital noise. Using a PL tone of 141.3 on both transmit and recieve will prevent analog users from hearing the digital noise. There S meter will still indicate that there is or is not a signal present on the frequency.

In time this same upgrade will be made to the 146.79 repeater.

ARES will continue just Analog for primary operations. This is simply because with all the different digital modes, and it maybe financially impossible for some members to purchase digital voice equipment.

The EOC and UCP Kenwood base stations, I do not believe are capable of digital voice, if they are it would be DSTAR.

If we get enough people with the same type of digital voice mode, a subnet maybe possible.

from Madison County Elmers on Face Book

ARES Task Book

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Task Book

The TaskBook is a working document that enables those ARES® communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed towards the various levels of increasing proficiency. The TaskBook should contain all training plan items, completion dates and sign-offs as the ARES® communicator transitions through the three skill levels. The ARES® communicator is responsible for maintaining his/her Task Book and having it with him/her during training and assignments. The TaskBook also contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities.

Since the Task Book is personal to each ARES Communicator, each user should feel free to adapt it to their needs and requirements of their geographical region.

Download the Task Book

SLSRC - Back to the Basics - 2019/2020

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE 4th YEAR… SLSRC is once again starting the Fall/Winter sessions of “Back to the Basics” classes for Amateur Radio.

The classes are for ALL Amateurs, but are geared toward new amateurs, those who want to refresh their knowledge, and those who are not amateurs….yet !

The classes will be at 7 PM on the first Friday of each month from October- March, in rooms 419-420 of the Clinical Learning Institute (Goldfarb School of Nursing) at Missouri Baptist Hospital. (Same meeting location as the monthly SLRC meetings.)


  • October 4– Tech License privileges and your first VHF/UHF station, antennas/coax, using repeaters, etc. We will have a “mock” net so you can “get on the air.”
  • November 1- Your first HF radio, calling CQ, modes and operating procedures on HF, antennas, coax, etc.

  • December 6– Safety- Antenna and tower safety, electrical wiring, grounding, RF radiation, etc.

  • January 3 – Testing procedures- basic instruments and how to use them- SWR meter, antenna analyzer, dummy load, etc.

  • February 7 – Activities in Amateur Radio- awards, contests, QSL cards, nets, EmComm, public service, Field Day, etc.

  • March 6 – Other aspects of Amateur Radio (HamWAN, satellite, digital modes, Hot Spots, SDR, contesting, QRP, portable operation, etc.

In addition to a presentation about each topic, there will be a Q&A session with several Mentors (aka “Elmers”) available to answer your questions.

All amateurs and future amateurs are invited to attend….not licensed “yet”…newly licensed….been licensed but not active…and of course, “old timers.”

Contact Cliff KCØSDV at for information or questions.

Saint Louis Halloween Hamfest 2019

28th Annual

Sponsored by Saint Louis Amateur Radio Club

Saturday October 26, 2019
Kirkwood Community Center
111 S Geyer Road Kirkwood, Missouri

7:30 A.M. to Main prize
drawing at 12:00 P.M.

Talk in 147.75/147.15
Thanks to the Telephone Employees ARC

GPS Coordinates are   38.34.848N by 090.25.004W

Plenty of FREE Parking
2 Rooms FULL of Swap Tables and Vendors
Hourly Door Prizes
VE Exams

The Best Hamfest FOOD around
Breakfast made to order

Raffle Prize for 2018
Over $1500 in prizes to give away

Door prize every 30 minutes
1st – $300.00
2nd – $200.00
3rd – $100.00
4th - TBA
 Need not be present to win

We wish to thank our sponsors  and exhibitors who make the hamfest possable;

Exhibitors this year are;

Click on vendor to see their web page.

Associated Radio
 D&L Antenna Supply
 Mosley Electronics

Gold Medal Ideas

Sponsors who contribute are:

Click o the sponsor to see their web page.

Gateway Electronics

 DX Engineering
Fluid Motion, Inc. (StepperIR)

RT Systems
West Mountain Radio

Universal Radio

Ham Radio Delux

Easy Way Hambooks

 for their support of this event..

Children under 12 free

Tickets in Advance $4 each or 3 for $10
Tickets at the Door $7 each or 2 for $12
Your Admission ticket is a prize ticket

Click here for table and ticket order form


Vendor and Swap Tables
$15.00 for each Private Table
$15.00 for Commercial
Electric hookup is $15.00 limit one per vendor
Click here for ticket order form or contact
Phone: Janelle Brisbine at 563-726-3860
E-Mail: N0MTI

For information contact Steve Welton WØSLW
(314) 941-8500 or E-Mail: WØSLW

VE Exams begin at 8:30 AM Sharp!
for more information call 314-941-8500


SLSRC Technician License Class October 12-13, 2019

SLSRC has scheduled a Technician License Class for the weekend of October 12-13. This is the entry level license to Amateur Radio and will get you started on the road to a great hobby.

The class will be held at Missouri Baptist Hospital and registration is required. License testing will be held on the last day of the class. There is no charge for the class but there is a $15 charge for the license testing.

All of the possible test questions will be covered in the class and study guides will be sent upon registration.

For additional information and/or to register, contact Cliff KCØSDV at

Winterfest 2020

Winterfest 2020


Winterfest 2020 has been selected as the ARRL Midwest Conference!

Contest College 2020 January 25th

SLSRC is excited to announce Contest College at Winterfest 2020.  Contest College will start at 1 p.m. with 10+ hours of forums, presentations, Q&A and contesting discussion for the new and seasoned contester. 

Contest College Info

Saturday, January 25th 8 AM - 4 PM
Gateway Convention Center
Collinsville, IL 62234


ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues


In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS) — many employing Winlink email. The committee will also discuss operating frequencies for FT4, FT8, and other digital modes. Widin says the committee will meet next week to chart its course. Reactivation of the HF Band Planning Committee came out of discussions during the July 2019 ARRL Board meeting.

Full story by the ARRL