Winterfest 2020: Wes Schum W9DYV Symposium

The Symposium is a FREE event, Friday January 24th starting at 8 a.m.
If you are planning on attending, the organizers ask that you register online

While the Symposium’s forum admission is free to anyone, this event relies on attendee and private company donations to cover its production costs. Those who have attended have been enthusiastic supporters as the forums presented are always first-rate and are provided by experts in their chosen area of the hobby. More info can be found on the website.

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m – A High Performance SDR Receiver for the Ham – Bob Nichols (W9RAN)
9:45 a.m – 11:15 a.m – HF Receiver Performance – Rob Sherwood (NC0B)
11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m. – Understanding of Human Speech Articulation – Dr. Bob Heil (K9EID)
12:30 p.m – 1:15 p.m – The Collins S-2 Line History & Evolution – Dave Beckler (N0SAP)
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Wes Schum (W9DYV) and Central Electronics – Nick Tusa (K5EF)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Drake T4XC: Low Power Output & Why – David Assaf (W5XU)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – ARRL, AM & the Story of the Gates BC-IT – Bob Allison (WB1GCM)
3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. – Pending vintage radio home brew discussion TBDWinterfest 2020
More on the Winterfest website

SLSRC “Back to Basics” Friday, November 1, “Your First HF Radio Station”

This month’s “Back to Basics” will cover setting up your first HF station and will include:

  • Buying your first HF radio
  • Hooking up your first HF radio
  • Calling CQ
  • Modes and operating procedures
  • Antennas
  • Coax
  • Contesting & DXing
  • Etc.

The classes are for ALL amateurs, but are geared toward the new amateurs, those who want to refresh their knowledge, and those who are not amateurs…yet, and, of course “old timers!” This month’s topic will also be of special interest if you have recently upgraded to general and the HF bands are new to you.

More info can be found at the Back to Basics website located at :

In addition to the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with several mentors available to answer your questions.

Friday, November 1
Missouri Baptist Hospital
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Rooms 419-420
7 PM



ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine in January

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ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.


Read more at the ARRL.

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.