In April, the club performed a Fox Hunt for the program meeting. A Fox (small, low-power transmitter) was hidden in Joplin, and the members used various techniques to find it. In a previous meeting, the club provided materials and instructions for constructing a 2m loop antenna. This particular antenna has sharp nulls which can be used in finding the direction of the transmitter by turning it until the signal disappears.
Various techniques were used and the winner simply drove around with their HT and listened for the signal to get stronger, then walked around the park until they found David Surgi dressed up like a bum, with the transmitter!
In March the club program meeting was BalUn construction. Jim Scott led the meeting and the club provided materials to construct a 1:1 open air balun by wrapping wire around a PVC core and containing the whole thing in a larger PVC piece. This balun should be able to be used for coax connection to a dipole antenna at lower power levels.
Jasper Co ARES leadership made a presentation to the club at the Program Meeting on Feb 24th, covering the basics of ARES, such as the organizational structure, what they do, how to get involved, and the SMLRS repeater network.
The presentation that was given can be viewed online here: ARRL – ARES Presentation.
An announcement was also made that the final day to order vests is March 4. If you want the name and call sign embroidered, it is $32.00. Not embroidered $29.00. Vests only $17.00. Please get your money to Tom Zeller by the meeting on Tuesday, March 3 if you would like to order a vest.
Thanks to Andy, KAØTUD, and the rest of the ARES leadership on a very informative presentation!
On Jan 20th, the program meeting was held for “Ham Shack Show & Tell.” Club members sent in photographs and descriptions of their shacks, then we took turns describing our setup and what activities we liked to participate in.
It was great to learn how many different things our club members are involved in, such as contesting, PSK31, DX, QRP, and local repeaters, and the variety of equipment. It was also noted that everyone who shared used a wire antenna of some kind – no beams! I’m sure new hams were interested in seeing what can be done with varying levels of expenditure as well.
As a result of this meeting, an idea for a future “List of Elmers” was conceived and may be available in the Members Area of the website soon. Thank you to all who participated, it was a fun evening of sharing!