September Club Meeting

Choosing Your First Radio

In-person only: LARC Clubhouse (4420 NW 41st St., Lincoln)

How do you choose which radio to buy? There are several options, and many radios look the same. Bryan Leavitt, WØBCL, and Jim Nelson, WØJRN, will talk about what to look for in a radio and help you narrow the field as you search.

The presentation will focus on FM radios for use primarily on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands.

Presentation for download 2m-70cm-RadioRecommendations

Sioux City Hamfest – Sept 10

Saturday, Sept 10, 2022, 9 am – 2 pm
Morningside Lutheran Church gym
700 So. Martha St.

VE Test Session at 10:30 am

Prizes include:

  • Yaesu FT-2980 2 meter mobile rig
  • Diamond X30A 146/446 base antenna
  • Baofeng UV-5R dual band HT
  • Heil Ham Radio Handbook, 2d Ed., autographed by Bob Heil.

Admission is $5. Flea Market tables are $10. To reserve flea market tables or for more info, contact K0UX at

August Club Meeting

Programming Your Radio with CHIRP

In-person: LARC Clubhouse (4420 NW 41st St., Lincoln).
Zoom: (meeting: 937 5139 3405; Passcode: 554816).

So, you have a new radio, but how do you program it? CHIRP is a free, open-source software programming package for ham radios, and it simplifies the process by allowing you to use a single tool to update most radios.

We will cover the basics of using CHIRP, focusing on programming Baofeng radios. Topics will include choosing a cable, common issues under Windows, and the basics of operating CHIRP.

Repeater lists are constantly in flux, but the list I use is available at under “other files.” This is the list I will use during the presentation.

Heatstroke 100 – Looking for Hams

The 2022 Heatstroke 100 ride is Sunday, August 28, beginning at 7:30 am. The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum on Hwy 66, east of Ashland, will be the hub for three road loops stretching from Greenwood to Louisville and incorporating the Lied Platte River Bridge (MoPac Trail).

More information about the ride, along with maps, is available at

We will be using the Ashland repeater, KØASH, 145.310(-). A mobile radio is required for this event.

An online sign-up form is available at

Summer Tech Class – Zoom

The summer tech class is being offered in person and online.

Times: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Monday evenings
First session: July 11
Kruger Center, Room 130, Union College
4989 Bancroft Ave, Lincoln, NE 68506
Enter on the lower floor from the northeast parking lot. The room is down the hall to the left.

For those joining online, here is the connection information.

Meeting ID: 963 6239 9991
Passcode: Tech