special field day edition
Centenarian Ham Ken Pollard w1RPk now a silent Key
On Monday 100 year old amateur radio operator Ken Pollard W1RPK of Windsor, Vermont became a Silent Key.
An Advanced Class amateur radio licensee and a retired draftsman, Ken was born Kenworth Coburn Pollard on March 26, 1914.
Licensed for more than 70 years, Mr. Pollard operated daily until he entered the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, Vermont during the past year.
A member of the Straight Key Century Club, Ken was also a Freemason for more than 60 years.
A practicing magician, Ken performed for many years in the New England area.
He volunteered as a Little League baseball coach and was also the voice of Windsor High School baseball as the announcer and organist at Macleay-Royce Field.
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Kati Stenrud K7KTI Appointed Youth Coordinator
Nevada Section Manager Gary Grant -K7VY has announced the appointment of Katherine "Kati" Stenstrud- K7KTI of Reno as the new Nevada Section Youth Coordinator.
Kati, who is 14 years old, was named the 2012 Young Amateur of the Year by the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club.
A General Class licensee, Kati enjoys contesting, volunteering for communication evemts, Field Day, Kids Day and going to hamfests to promote ham radio to other youth.
She also likes to solder kits, and is working to master CW. In addition to ham radio Kati is active in the theatre arts.
History is about to repeat itself in Nevada
Regular readers of this site already know the story about how 150 years ago James Guild worked hunched over his telegraph key to send the entire text of the Silver State's newly adopted Constitution to President Lincoln, thus gaining statehood for Nevada.
Till this very day, that event maintains the record as being the longest message ever transmitted via telegraphy.
On October 31st history will repeat itself, when the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, will recreate the sending of the original message to President Lincoln in Washington.
As a part of Nevada's 150th Anniversary celebration, the State of Nevada has designated this re-enactment by SNARS as a Nevada Sesquicentennial "Signature Nevada 150" event.
SNARS will have a public operating site where Nevadan's and their guests can view the telegraphy in operation and to learn about the original 1864 event, as well as learning about modern methods of communications via amateur radio.
Event organizers are finalizing plans concerning the actual transmission and delivery of the message
Derrick Appointed Northeast District Emergency Coordinator
Nevada Section Emergency Coordinator has announced the appointment of James Derrick K6FIR of Ely as the new District Emergency Coordinator for the Northeast District.
Derrick, a General Class licensee is active as a firefighter in White Pine County. He is taking over the reigns from outgoing DEC Don Tanner KF7GGR of Elko.
Ham radio aids Injured Colorado Hiker
When Bill Eberle AMØMY of Boulder, Colorado goes hiking in the rugged wilds of that state, he always takes his handheld.
While he and his wife Mary were out hiking on Monday, they came upon two paramedics rendering aid to 67 year old Michael Schuett, of Bloomfield. Schuett had lost his footing while crossing a stream near the Fourth of July campground, west of the town of Nedeland. Schuett had struck his head on a boulder and was found unconscious and face down in the water by a Good Samaritan, who pulled him to safety. The paramedics had been heading to a youth camp and also had stumbled onto the scene.
As is often the case, the remote location did not have cell phone coverage. Eberle, an Extra Class operator with 14 years experience, lost no time in putting out a distress call on the statewide Colorado Connection Repeater system. That call was quickly answered by Ryan Frederick KDØTSZ in Colorado Springs.
Frederick contacted the Boulder County Sheriff's office. The police quickly turned to Scott Whitehead KAØQPT of Longmont. Whitehead, who holds a General Class license, is a Radio Specialist with the Sheriff's Department and also is a 30 year member of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Team.
Whitehead was able to make contact via the repeater network with Eberle. They were then able to coordinate equipment and rescue personnel.
Crews from Nederland Fire and Rescue and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Team arrived on the scene. Schuett was treated and released from an area hospital. He credited ham radio for bringing the rescuers to him.
Ham Radio Comes To the Aid of Jeepster
Saturday afternoon John Abrott KD7NHC Northwest District Emergency Coordinator, received a phone call from Doug Abramsom- KA7FOO. Doug in Reno heard traffic on the Linked repeater system coming from the Smith Valley area off of the Lobdell Peak machine. There was a jeep broken down, and Bill Nichols NN7K was with them.
Abrott contacted Bill on the Lobdell repeater to find out what type of assistance was needed, and their location. A 1966 vintage jeep had a broken rear drivers side spring. They were located about 2 miles up Taylor Canyon off of the Desert Creek Road. The road is a typical jeep jeep trail, and taking a trailer to the jeep was not possible. Nichols advised that they had plenty of water.
The jeep owner asked for a block of wood (a short piece of railroad tie) a chain and a chain binder. Abrott contacted Paul Strople KG7DQG and filled him in on the situation.. Abrott then went to his house and gathered chains and chain binders, while Strople gathered some short railroad ties and other sizes of wood, along with a small chain saw. They met at Strople's house on Desert Creek Road, and loaded up the requested items.
Abrott and Strople continued to have radio contact with Bill Nichols using the 444.875 repeater. Strople, his wife Susan KG7MIL, and Abrott entered Desert Creek heading south in Paul's Toyota FJ. They met Bill NN7K and the owner of the jeep part way up the canyon.
Nichols, in his Polaris side-by side, led them up to the Taylor Canyon turn off. They then went about 2 miles to the west and found the disabled jeep. The owners wife was glad to see the hams.
From this location there is no Cell phone coverage. At the location of the disabled jeep, they had access to 4 Ham repeaters, 2 VHF and 2 UHF machines. Three of the repeaters, 1 VHF and 2 UHF located on Lobdell Peak, and the SIERA repeater located on
They went to work using the chain saw to shorten up the railroad tie. The tie was placed between the axle and the frame. A ratchet strap secured the block of wood to the axle. A chain was then hooked from the springs front shackle to the rear shackle, with tension applied by a chain binder. The rear drive shaft was removed so as not to apply any torque to the rear axle.
It was a slow trip down to Desert Creek road. Once on the main road, the group continued south, to where they were camped, making sure they made it there with no other problems. (The radiator had sprung a leak as well) The jeep owner was planned to bring in a car trailer from the top of Desert Creek off of HW 338 the next day, to haul the jeep home. The road is much better, and the only way to get a trailer into the south end of Desert Creek.
The first water crossing heading north from where they were camped can not be crossed with most highway trailers. If not for Bill NN7K being able to call for assistance using Ham radio, It would have taken much longer to make field repairs to the disabled jeep to get it to move. Again Ham radio came through. Thank you to John, Paul and his wife Susan for helping retrieve the couple and their jeep. All three made it safely out of the canyon and headed to the Smith Valley Firemen's BBQ for dinner, a little late, but in time for a great steak.
New Club Organizes in Pioche
A brand new Amateur Radio Club has emerged in the Lincoln County town of Pioche. Christened the Great Basin Amateur Radio Club, the group is already off to a flying start.
Officers were elected and By-Laws were adopted at the groups first meeting July 11th. Mark Robinson N7MDR has been chosen to be the first President of the new club.
A logo and club patch have already been designed and approved by the membership.
The group has hit the ground running and are already working on a project to establish a repeater in the town of Alamo, Nevada.
Ten Year Old wins Nevada QSO Party
It may have been a dismal showing by the majority of Nevada's 6,800+ amateur radio operators, but 10 year old Sam Chase-KG7HBY seized the opportunity to capture the First Place Overall Winner's plaque in this years Nevada QSO Party, dubbed the Nevada Mustang Round-up.
Working exclusively via digital modes, young Master Chase rose above the dismally small number of Nevada participants to earn the win.
LCARES will be hosting an EMCOMM Level 1 Certification Course to be held September 3rd thru December 3rd, Wednesday nights from 6pm to 9pm. For more information regarding the course and to register please contact Doug Abramson at: KA7FOO@gmail.com
Date SEt For Ham Auction
The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club has announced that it will sponsor an auction of amateur radio gear and equipment.
Scheduled for Saturday September 13th at the Elks Lodge, 4100 West Charleston Blvd, in Las Vegas, the auction is open for buying or selling to anyone interested in ham radio.
Professional auctioneer services are being donated by Gino Munari-K7MGM owner of Munari Auctions.
A 15% fee will be assessed on each transaction to benefit the LVRAC.
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