WCARC Changes for 2018


Welcome to a new year with the White County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC)! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. As of our January meeting, there have been a few important changes in the club.

First up, let’s welcome our new officers for 2018. Club President is John O’Connor (KD4WX), Vice President is Daniel Marcum (KK4MKZ), and Secretary is Steve Kujawski (NN9J). They are dedicated to making 2018 a great year for WCARC.

Second, WCARC will now be charging dues. The rates are as follows: $20 per year for an Individual licensed ham, and $30 for a Family of two or more licensed hams per year. As with anything, it takes a little cashflow to keep things running smoothly. This includes upkeep of the local repeaters we all enjoy using, small promotional items for local events such as the Liberty Square Celebration, etc. WCARC has proudly been dues free since the beginning, relying on a few generous donations to make all of this happen. We feel like the new rates are reasonable, and will help the club grow and become more stable. Dues are to be paid by or on the date of the February club meeting each year. Check whitecountyarc.org soon for more information and a copy of the membership application.

Lastly, but most importantly, WCARC needs to update the club roster. This is where we need your help, and you should be receiving an email about this soon. If you wish to remain an active member of the White County Amateur Radio Club, please respond to the email or contact us through the website and let us know. It is crucial that the club to keep an up-to-date list of our active members, not only for our own records, but for the ARRL and ARES as well. We will be doing this update at the beginning of each year and we would very much appreciate your response.

That’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful new year and that ham radio and WCARC will be part of it.

Very 73,

White County Amateur Radio Club


SSB Explanation

From Hackaday via South Gate ARC:

Math Behind SSB Explained!
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about how voice is transmitted over radio waves
AM, or amplitude modulation, was the earliest way of sending voice over radio waves. That makes sense because it is easy to modulate a signal and easy to demodulate it, as well. A carbon microphone is sufficient to crudely modulate an AM signal and diode — even a piece of natural crystal — will suffice to demodulate it.
Outside of broadcast radio, most AM users migrated to single side band or SSB. On an AM receiver that sounds like Donald Duck, but with a little work, it will sound almost as good as AM, and in many cases better.
Read the full article and watch the video at
Why is Donald Duck on the Radio? Math Behind Single Sideband Explained

Submitted by KD4WX

ARRL International Grid Chase Kicks Off with the New Year!


Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-international-grid-chase-kicks-off-with-the-new-year

Warm up the ham shack! The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 is nearly here! The Grid Chase gets under way on January 1 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The objective of the year-long event is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and then upload your log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW).

Each new grid square contact confirmed through LoTW will count toward your monthly total.

Many hams are familiar with grid squares from the VHF/UHF and satellite realms, and everyone lives in one. An online calculator by David Levine, K2DSL, can determine your grid square. Enter a postal address, ZIP code, or a call sign, and the calculator will return the grid square for that location.

Any contact you make in 2018 can count for your Chase score; as long as the other operators participate in LoTW, you’ll get credit automatically when they upload their logs. This means that your contest contacts will count, as will contacts with special event stations, or other on-air activity that uses LoTW to confirm contacts. Except for 60 meters, there are no restrictions on modes or bands, as long as they are legal. Satellite contacts are valid for the Chase too. The event is open to all radio amateurs.

Complete details of the ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 appeared in the December 2017 issue of QST. For more information, contact the ARRL Contest Branch.

Submitted by KD4WX

Changes Coming to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service

From ARRL:

Changes Coming to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) has been the public service communications program of the ARRL since 1935. Over the program’s eight decades it has occasionally undergone updates to make sure it meets the needs of partners at all levels, adjusts to changes in the Amateur Radio Service, and incorporate lessons learned from emergency and disaster activations. However, the last major update to ARES occurred more than 40 years ago, and it is quite clear that a lot has changed since then.
So, two years ago, the ARRL board of directors created the Public Service Enhancement Working Group to study the ARRL’s public service offerings and recommend changes and improvements. The working group focused on many areas including training, volunteer management, field organization positions, and mission – all areas of concern brought to the board and staff’s attention from those in the field. The recommendations were vetted through a peer review group of field organization volunteers and readied for implementation.
In the months ahead, you will receive information on enhancements coming to the ARES program, including:
– A new national mission statement for ARES
– New national training requirements and local training resources for ARES
– Updated field organization job descriptions
– Improved ARES operating guidelines
– New ARES group benefits
– A new volunteer management system – ARES Connect
The first step in the next evolution of ARES is group identification. Currently there is no way to identify ARES groups or their associated volunteers with a searchable unique designator, which makes reporting and accountability difficult. Beginning January 1, 2018 ARES groups will need to sign up for their unique ARES identification number. This number will be utilized by the ARES Connect system and provide ARES groups with unique benefits (think club affiliation, but for ARES!).
Once ARES groups receive their identification numbers they will be eligible for benefits including:
– ARES book sets (great for the EOC or Red Cross radio room)
– New ham referral
– Early access to the annual ARES Report
– Email forwarding, which will provide ARES groups that have a club callsign with a uniform “call sign@arrl.net”
– More to come!
Groups that will need an ARES identification number include local level (city/county/district) and section level. Information about the ARES identification application process will be sent out the week before the application system opens.
If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, ki1u@arrl.org

ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group
Dale Williams, WA8EFK

Submitted by KD4WX

New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio

From ARRL News

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the newer digital modes not so much. The recent advent of the still-beta “quick” FT8 mode, developed by Steve Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT — the “F” and the “T” in the mode’s moniker — has brought this to a head. Some now wonder if FT8 marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age. Continue reading “New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio”

Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

From ARRL News


The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said.

This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subjects as soldering, using drones, setting up a Facebook page, and configuring and using a smartphone.

“These types of programs were dropped by RadioShack years ago,” Freers told the newspaper. “Now we have the opportunity to bring them back. We have to get to the next generation. RadioShack will die out if we don’t get to them.”

The bankrupt RadioShack has closed its company-owned retail outlets. Freers’ store was among the last to go dark. He was given the opportunity to reopen as a franchise store, however, and he purchases his stocke from a RadioShack distribution center.

Submitted by KD4WX