May Club Meeting

In-person only. Zoom has been discontinued pending that COVID counts remain low in Lancaster County.

HF Basics

Upgrading from the Technician class to the General class may begin and end with a test, but the challenges of becoming a good HF operator are just beginning! Learning new modes, equipment, and operating procedures can seem overwhelming.

Greg Brown, KTØK, will present a basic introduction to setting up your first station, the proper adjustment and use of HF equipment, and operating procedures to make your transition more enjoyable. There will also be a few tips to help long-time HF operators hone their skills.

April Club Meeting

Soldering Revisited

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

We will continue learning the basics of soldering. It is common for Amateur Radio operators to work with “breadboards” and do a type of soldering called “through-hole.” This is a fundamental skill that every Ham should have.

LARC will provide switches, resistors, LEDs, breadboards, battery connectors, wire, and soldering stations. You get to put it all together into a finished product that will display your new skills. Please bring a 9-volt battery or $1.00 to purchase one from the club. This is a fun project that should not take long to complete.

March Club Meeting

Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs)

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

In early February, a solar storm destroyed 40 of 49 recently launched Starlink satellites. On February 15, a huge Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was observed on the backside of the sun. Fortunately for us, it was not Earth-directed, as some scientists have stated that it would have been comparable to the Carrington Event, which is regarded as the largest solar storm in modern history.

For the March club meeting, we will be viewing videos about the Carrington Event, which occurred on September 1-2, 1859, and the storm of March 13, 1989, which blacked out the entire province of Quebec, Canada, leaving more than 6 million people without power.

February Club Meeting

Practical Skills – Soldering

In-person: LARC Clubhouse (NEW ADDRESS: 4420 NW 41st St., Lincoln).
Zoom: bit.ly/LARCProgram (meeting: 937 5139 3405; Passcode: 554816).
Masks required: Per the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s Directed Health Measure (DHM), all in-person attendees are required to wear a mask. Thank you in advance!

This month, Shaun Munson, KØSMM, and Bryan Leavitt, WØBCL, will be addressing soldering. After an overview of the fundamental theory, there will be soldering stations available so you can get hands-on experience. There will also be a contest to see who can do the best job soldering a PL259 (aka UHF) connector, with a prize for the winner. If you have a small item that you need soldering help with, bring it along, and Shaun and Bryan will assist as time allows.

January Club Meeting

In-person: Northern Lighthouse Church (6141 N 14th St, Lincoln).
Zoom: bit.ly/LARCProgram (meeting: 937 5139 3405; Passcode: 554816).

Per the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s recommendations, all in-person attendees are requested to wear a mask. Thank you in advance!

Matt Jones, ALØR, is a professional tower and antenna system designer and installer. He is going to talk to us about tower and antenna installation, grounding, and safety. This presentation is part of a new series about the specifics in theory in Amateur Radio communications.