ARRL Nebraska State Convention

The ARRL Nebraska State Convention will be Saturday, May 14, at the Lancaster County Event Center (map). Check out www.lincolnhamfest.org to stay in the know regarding Hamfest, and invite your friends to join you at the convention.

Volunteers needed

We’ll be setting up the room on Friday, May 13, from noon to 5:00 pm. Volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday to assist with setting up tables, escorting flea market and exhibitor participants to their designated areas, raffle ticket sales, and more. If you are available to help on one or both of those days, please get in touch with me at k0rpt@arrl.net.

We look forward to having a great convention and hope to see you there!

Lancaster County Storm Spotter Make-up Session

Lancaster County Spotter Training Make-Up Session will be Saturday, May 7th at the LARC Clubhouse. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. Brian Smith will start his presentation at 11:00 AM. The credentialing exam will follow and Ed’s, KØRPT, presentation will follow the exam.
  • 09:30 AM Registration
  • 11:00 AM Brian Smith.
  • 12:30 PM Exam
  • 1:00 PM Ed, KØRPT, Presentation
Please contact Ed, KØRPT, at k0rpt@arrl.net and let him know you’ll be there.

SKYWARN Spotter Training & Certification 2022

Calling all Lancaster County Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters. We’re back! It’s been three years since our last training session at the Severe Weather Symposium. For that reason, all spotters are required to attend a training session on Saturday, April 16, 2022, to recertify for deployment.

The new Lincoln Amateur Radio Club facility, 4420 NW 41st Street, will be the location for this training session. It is in northwest Lincoln’s Airpark industrial area. We hope to have the club station operational for tours, but please keep in mind this is a new installation, and we may not be fully functional by SKYWARN training day.

We’ve booked an in-person presentation with Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist. Training event sponsors NeARES, Lincoln Amateur Radio Club, and Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency will have team members on-site to assist.

If you’ve previously completed “Role of the SKYWARN Spotter” and “Spotter Convective Basics” online courses, you’re not required to retake them if you’ve submitted your certificate to me for our official records. However, retaking it as a refresher is recommended. Go to www.neares.net and find the links to these courses on the right-hand column. Please add Ed Holloway, KØRPT, as your instructor, and upon completion of these courses, the system will email your completion certificate to me.

It has been a long time since we’ve issued Lancaster County Emergency Management ID cards, and we will resume this process on training day. The procedure includes completing a form, updating your ARES information, and taking your photo. Please bring your driver’s license, as we’ll need it to complete your registration. Your data will be securely stored and never shared or published online in any form.

Here is the training day schedule:

  • 08:00 am to 12:30 pm – Salamander and ARES Registration
  • 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – Brian Smith Presentation
  • 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm – Mark Hosking – Lancaster County EMA – Credentials Exam
  • 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Ed Holloway, KØRPT – EC Presentation

We are in the process of updating storm spotter packets. After completing the credential exam, Salamander, and ARES registration, we’ll send your 2022 storm spotter packet in an email. A limited number of print copies will be available on training day.

We will follow Lancaster County DHMs. If the mask mandate is in effect, please have yours available and wear it properly. I’m excited and looking forward to seeing everyone.

Ed Holloway, KØRPT

Fox Hunt 3/21

There will be a transmitter fox hunt next Sunday, March 21, starting at 2:00 pm.

Kelly and Harrison Gubser (NØKDG and NØHDG) will be hiding somewhere in Lancaster County.

Participants will be asked to check in on the 146.76(-) repeater. Once check-in is completed, the fox transmissions will begin on 146.52 simplex. Transmissions will last for two minutes followed by three minutes of silence. This pattern will continue until all of those searching have found the fox.

There are no rules here, just some good ol’ fun on the air! As always, use common sense when navigating your path and whatever triangulation methods you have.

Due to COVID, this will be a non-contact event with no food or snacks provided. Participants finding the fox will be logged in by the order in which they found the fox. Any socializing activity at the end of the event will be at the participants’ own risk.

Check the LARC Facebook page for updates as the event approaches.

—Kelly Gubser (NØKDG) and Harrison Gubser (NØHDG)