April Club Meeting

The April club meeting is April 12 at 19:30. We will meet at LI-COR (4647 Superior Street) – located near the intersection of Superior Street and North 48th Street.

Presentation by Jim Davidsaver

Jim Davidsaver, Lancaster County Emergency Management Director, will talk about the EOC (Emergency Operation Center).

The EOC is designed to coordinate and manage the response and recovery operations during disasters and other declared emergencies.

The most common activation of the EOC is severe weather, so you don’t want to miss this presentation!

March Club Meeting

The March club meeting is March 8 at 19:30. We will meet at LI-COR (4647 Superior Street) – located near the intersection of Superior Street and North 48th Street.

Presentation by Ken Dewey

After years of chasing storms, the storms finally caught Ken Dewey, WDØBIV, and trashed his home and neighborhood on the afternoon of May 9, 2016. Come to the next club meeting at LI-COR on March 8. Ken will give us his first-hand account, with photos and videos, of Lincoln’s worst hailstorm on record and Lincoln’s first tornado since 1957.

Oh, and he might just give us an outlook of what to expect this coming storm season in our area.

Storm Spotter Training April 1

The annual storm spotter training will be held April 1 in conjunction with the 17 annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium.  It is being held this year at the Nebraska Innovation Campus located at 2021 Transformation Dr (https://goo.gl/maps/FaLRn8dQkTP2).

The severe weather seminars start at 12:30 with the spotter training at 14:30.

State spotter certification will be offered for those who need it. If you passed the state spotter credentials in 2013 or before, you will need to re-certify. State certification is good for three years. In addition to attending the April 1 training, new and renewed spotters must complete two online courses and take the written exam in order to receive the state credentials.

Online courses are available at http://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23. You will need to complete the modules titled: Role of SKYWARN® Spotters
and SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics. Be sure to send the certificate of completion to k0rpt@arrl.net.

Nebraska 150th anniversary

Nebraska 150 logoNebraska hams will help the state celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017. Throughout the year, hams in the state will sign their calls with WØN special event call sign or add a “/NE150” suffix to their call. The Lincoln Amateur Radio Club is among the first participants in the commemorative. They have been operating station WØN since January 1 and will remain active through the end of March or even longer. In addition, they will operate during special events during the rest of the year, such as field day. WØN has made close to 2,000 QSOs and processed close to 200 QSL requests thus far! We also have a Facebook page set up to follow who is operating when and what modes to help keep track, so no one interferes with one another. The link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/394096724271191/ for NE150hams

The NE150Hams committee is led by ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director Art Zygielbaum, KØAIZ, and Nebraska Section Manager Matt Anderson, KAØBOJ. Members include Fred Eriksen, KBØLF, John Mardock, KRØP, Larry Frisch, KDØRTK, Dale Douglas KDØWVD, and Kurt Bauer, WBØAEA. Nebraska QCWA and other clubs and organizations have volunteered to provide event support.

The high point will be a Nebraska Sesquicentennial QSO Party for the nine days around the anniversary date, March 1, 2017. The event will start at 1300 UTC on Feb. 25, 2017, and end at 2300 UTC on March 5, 2017. The commemorative is sanctioned as an official state event by the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission.

Nebraska hams are encouraged to activate Nebraska historical and cultural sites. In addition, Nebraska hams may operate in recognition of well-known Nebraskans such as literary or historical figures.

Special commemorative QSL cards will be distributed to Nebraska Hams at no cost (except for postage to ship the cards to them). They can use them to confirm their QSOs.

For QSOs made during the Centennial Week QSO Party, certificates will be issued to out-of-state hams recognizing the number of NE stations worked, and to NE stations recognizing the total number of QSOs made. Participating hams will be asked to submit their logs electronically, if possible, for review. Details will be posted on the commemorative website (www.ne150hams.org) as soon as possible.