Steve Lybarger NU7T is Silent Key
Local club leader and CW advocate
Nevada amateur's are saddened by the death of Stephen A. Lybarger, NU7T of Sparks, Nevada. Steve passed away on Friday, February 20.
Lybarger was a past president of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society of Reno and was one of the founders and a driving force of the Reno QRP Group.
He was an ARRL VE Examiner and had served as Official Observer Coordinator for a period of time .
Lybarger was a strong proponent of the use of morse code. He was a member of the North America QRP CW Club and was well known for his own the air code classes.
He leaves his wife Mimi of 2346 Roman Drive Sparks, Nevada 89434. No services are planned.
If you care to make a donation in Steve's memory, please send your tax deductible donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Nevada,323 Maine Street, Reno, Nevada 89502.
New DMR Repeater System is Operational
A newly installed Motorola XPR8400 Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) UHF repeater system owned by the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society is now operational.
The system is currently being "burned in" and is operating low level from downtown Reno. The equipment will soon be moved to it's permanent location atop Peavine Peak in Washoe County.
The repeater operates on 444.925 MHz and is bridged to the CalDMR system, effectively linking the Reno system internationally.
The system was paid for by club member donations. On February 7th a crowd of more than 70 SNARS members squeezed into the Denny's in Sparks, Nevada to hear an overview of the DMR system by the NorCal DMR group.
Nevada Section Manager given tour of new WCARES Amateur Radio Outreach Center
Nevada Section Manager John Bigley, N7UR, recently received an in-depth tour of the newly opened Washoe County ARES Amateur Radio Outreach Center and the Great Western Marketplace facilities.
Randall Lorenz AF7HD, who is an ARRL Public Information Officer embedded with the WCARES group gave Bigley a comprehensive viewing of not only the WCARES suite, but also of the entire Great Western Marketplace facility.
The Great Western Marketplace is a huge 167,000 square foot retail incubator, designed to give small and start-up businesses a brick and mortar site from which their enterprises can grow and prosper. Space for the Amateur Radio Outreach Center was made available thru the generosity of the Naumann Family of Reno, owners and developers of the GWM.
Since opening, the Amateur Radio Outreach Center has had a steady stream of people stopping by to learn more about amateur radio, it's role in emergency communications, and the various hobby aspects associated with ham radio. "I am really impressed with the number of people who are being introduced to amateur radio via this Outreach Center," said Bigley.
While at the facility, SM Bigley had an opportunity to speak with several prospective hams as well as a few licensed operators who stopped by. The center is a resource for area hams, offering information about joining ARES, up-grade classes, continuing education, community resources, and ARRL services.
Great Western Marketplace CEO Trudy Naumann welcomed SM Bigley to the facility. Ms. Naumann expressed GWM's commitment to assist amateur radio in the Reno-Sparks area, not only by the donation of the area which WCARES is is using, but also by making classroom and meeting space available, and by hosting special amateur radio events such as Field Day. Section Manager Bigley congratulated the Naumann family on the inauguration of the facility and thanked them for their support of amateur radio in Nevada.
The Washoe County ARES Amateur Radio Outreach Center is open Friday and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 4;00 PM. PIO Lorenz is the primary person staffing the center. "Washoe County ARES should be commended for taking the initiative to make this center a reality," Bigley said, "and Randall Lorenz deserves a big round of applause for the dozens of hours he puts in every single week staffing this venue."
Nevada Ham Radio in the Media
Nevada Section Public Information Officer Chuck Farnham WD6CHC of Fallon was the guest Tuesday morning on the "Just The Facts" radio show on America Matters Media stations 101.3 FM and 99.1 FM.
You can listen to the interview below.
AC7EL Completes 100 VE Sessions!
Congratulations go out to Dick Grady AC7EL, of Pahrump, Nevada who on February 7th. participated in his 100th session as a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL VEC Program.
Grady is the long serving ARRL VE Liaison for Nye County. He also serves as a Director of the Southern Nye County Amateur Emergency Service and as Director of the Pahrump Amateur Radio Repeater Association.
In 1984 the FCC authorized the creation of Volunteer Examination Coordinators (VEC's) to administer amateur radio license examinations.
There are 14 VEC's authorized to certify Volunteer Examiners and to conduct licensing test sessions. The ARRL VEC Program comprises more than 35,000 Volunteer Examiners and administers 90% of all license examinations.
Finally Heading Home!
Nevada Section Manager Gary Grant K7VY is expected to return home today (Monday) following a lengthy hospitalization.
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