YL's prepare to 'ride the rails' and march along with Santa
December 6 will be a big day of amateur radio fun for the YL's of Southern Nevada.
Organized by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR), area YL's will gather at the Southern Nevada Railroad Museum in Boulder City at 9:30 AM as they prepare to board the "Santa Train" for a 40 minute excursion. During the time on the train and while aboard other rolling stock at the museum, they will be operating "Railroad Maritime Mobile" via IRLP and Echolink.
A brief luncheon is planned at a nearby restaurant before the group heads over to the Radio World parking lot to decorate their entry for that evenings annual Santa's Electric Night Parade.
This will be the second year that the YL's have showcased amateur radio by participating in the live, televised parade. (The parade will also be re-broadcasted a number of times during the month on COX Cable).
All YL's are encouraged to participate in these fun activities. More information is available by email from: email@example.com
JOTA: After action report - Las Vegas
Number of participating youths: 48
Number of parents/adult leaders: 44
Number of licensed operators: 13
Number of stations: 4
Logged QSO's: 153
Unlogged QSO's: Infinity x Infinity
States worked: 15
Countries worked: 9
MARS Day Out: After action report
Three Las Vegas area hams took to the field Saturday morning to participate in the ARES statewide net and to activate for the MARS Day Out.
Sponsored by the United States Department of Defense, Mars is an acronym for the Military Auxiliary Radio System, the official civilian communications arm of the United States military.
Jim Basett W1RO NNNØGBE/NNNØZKQ Nevada State Director for Navy/Marine Corps MARS, reports that they were in position at the parking area on SR160 and on the air for the ARES net at 07:00 and was also on frequency when the MARS Day Out exercise began at 09:00 PDT.
Despite horrible band conditions, the group managed to communicate and was also able to operate via Winlink and HF Winmor, using relay stations in Arizona and California.
Bob Nelson WA3PAD represented Air Force MARS and Dennie Little KE7WOD was on had as the observer.
Let's All Jamboree!
More than a half million scouts from around the world are ready to Jamboree and all they need to do it is you!
For the 57th time, the Jamboree On The Air or "JOTA" will globally unite the boys, girls, and adult leaders of scouting via amateur radio.
Always held on the third weekend in October, scouts and hams can utilize any or all of the time to make new friends via QSO's on the amateur radio bands. Many scouts and hams begin their operations with Friday evening pre-Jamboree teasers.
Nevada will once again be well represented by both organized groups and individual stations taking part in the weekend of fun.
In Elko, scouts will operate Oct 17, 18, and 19 from N5SWE located on Mountain City Highway.
Scouts in the Reno / Carson City area can head out to Washoe Lake State Park and take part in the JOTA operations being offered there.
Once again, the Nellis Radio Amateur Club and the Amateur Electronics Supply Employees Radio Club will join forces in hosting JOTA activities in Las Vegas.
Listen for their signal on Saturday Oct 18, as they operate as W7AES from the AES store on Polaris Avenue.
Anyone interested in scouting or amateur radio is invited to drop in at any of the above locations and join in the fun. If you can not make it to a JOTA location be sure and get on the air and QSO with a scout or two.
ARRL's Final Centennial Celebration gets underway
Pacificon - Pacific Division Convention is this weekend
The last of the ARRL Regional Centennial Celebrations takes place this weekend in Santa Clara, California. PACIFICON, the Pacific Division Convention, promises a full slate of amateur radio activities.
Boasting a forum schedule second to none, the event kicks off on Friday with it's hugely successful antenna forum.
Numerous amateur radio personalities such as Gordon West, Carole Perry, and George Thomas will be making presentations during the weekend.
ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN and Bob Heil K9EID will be Keynote Speakers at the banquet, Saturday evening.
You can check out the whole big event here: www.pacificon.org
Zombies prepared to take over the airwaves!!!
They are said to have been HFpackers (Hams who hike trails with backpack radios and antennas) who fell victim to a Zombie Apocalypse which struck the Silicone Valley during PACIFICON a few years back. This catastrophic event caused the HFpackers to become real mutant Zombies theirselves.
This mutation drives these Zombies to hunger, not for flesh, but for RF energy.
Most of the time these Zombies are able to walk among us, un-detected.
Once a year, on the eve of the great Pacificon Zombie Apocalypse, these poor creatures become fueled with RF energy and their ghastly transformation as Radio Zombies is exposed. In what is now an annual Pacificon tradition, the HFpack Zombie Radio Group will once again host Zombie Radio Night on Saturday from 8:00pm to 12:00pm. It is NOT necessary to walk like a zombie!
Look for the Zombies or call "CQ ZOMBIE" on Lower Side Band at 7.200 Mhz beginning at 8:00 pm PDT. There will be two Zombie Night net control stations operating both phone and CW modes. Anyone can check into this joint Norcal QRP / Zombie Radio Group.
Amateur Radio Is Getting New Life In Eastern Nevada
In recent decades you would have had to look pretty hard to find any signs of amateur radio activity in the wide open space between Las Vegas and Elko in the area known as the Great Basin.
In an area with only a handful of small towns and roads on which you can travel dozens of miles and not see a home, amateur radio was limited to an occasional repeater IDing.
More often than not any such repeater ID carried the call-sign of Joe Christensen WB7WTS. Christensen took a kind of "Johnny Appleseed" approach to ham radio. His machines are sprinkled across Nevada. Of course he planted repeaters in the towns of Ely and Tonopah. But he also made sure the tiniest of places had a repeater. Little settlements like Goldfield, Eureka, Lund, Warm Springs, and Pioche all have their own WB7WTS machines.
Beginning about five years ago a resurgence of amateur radio began in Eastern Nevada. Bruce Palmer and others began the Ely Live Wires radio group in Ely. In time it was learned that a number of years earlier there had been a previous ham group in White Pine county. Upon hearing this, the Ely Live Wires adopted the vintage club's name, the Eastern Nevada Amateur Radio Society or ENARS. The club which meets at the historic Hotel Nevada continues to grow and is an ARRL Affiliated Club. Ely now has more than 30 hams and are now regular participants in public service events such as the Silver State Classic Challenge.
Ely area hams are also working to put a new VHF repeater on the air on Squaw Peak above Ely the first week of October. It will be on the same frequency as the prior machine (146.880- pl 114.8) and when completed will be linked to the 147.180+ on Kimberly, the 145.220- on Highland Pk, and the 146.850- machine at Warm Springs on US 6 between Ely, and Tonopah.
Radio exams are also now being regularly given in Ely at the White Pine County Emergency Operations Center. Last month 6 candidates presented themselves for upgrades .
One hundred and ten miles south on US 93 is Ely's next door neighbor, the town of Pioche. Here, amateur radio is coming to life with 14 licensed hams. Another 20 hams reside in other parts of Lincoln County.
Pioche can also now boast that they have their own radio club, the recently formed Great Basin Amateur Radio Club.
Both White Pine and Lincoln county currently have active ARES groups. The groups recently completed the statewide SET. Both groups are active in several Nevada Section nets.
Ham-Com Just Got A Whole Lot Bigger!
Irving, TX – Ham-Com, the largest amateur radio convention in Texas, announced today that it would be moving the location of the 2015 convention from the Plano Center to the Irving Convention Center. The Ham-Com board of directors deemed the move necessary due to the increased growth they have experienced over the past several years.
Board member Bill Nelson explains, "The Plano center served us very well for years but in 2014 we realized we had outgrown it. We had to turn away vendors because of the lack of space. The move to the Irving Convention Center immediately triples our vendor and flea market spaces while still allowing additional room for growth. Our move to this beautiful, new facility is part of our commitment to provide a first-class convention experience."
The move to the new location not only provides an increase in convention capacity but also increases transportation, lodging, and parking availability for Ham-Com attendees. DFW international airport and Dallas Love field are connected by the DART light rail station providing easy access. Irving Texas also boasts more than 75 hotels, 11,000 rooms and hundreds of restaurants.
Ham-Com 2015 starts Friday, June 12th and ends on Saturday, June 13th.
Ham-Com is a yearly amateur radio convention and is produced by an all-volunteer staff. The first annual convention was held in June of 1978. Over the next 36 years the convention has moved from venue to venue as the attendance and need for space increased. Because of its central US location, Ham-Com draws attendees from every state and visitors from around the world for the yearly event. Ham-Com hosts various American Radio Relay League (ARRL) division events and also has the longest-running Boy Scouts of America radio merit badge program held during the convention.
About Irving Convention Center
Irving Convention Center opened in 2011. It contains 275,000 sq ft of luxurious space and is located on 40 acres with an adjoining mixed used entertainment district. The facility is designed to serve exhibition, conventions, meetings and a variety of other events with the focus being primarily on groups of 800 to 1,200 people with a capacity of 4,000 for a general session. The facility consists of several levels, outdoor covered terraces, and adjacent parking garage.
It's Time to "Get Your Kicks On Route 66"
It's been called the "Great Diagonal Way", the "Will Rogers Memorial Highway", the "Mother Road", the "Main Street of America, and the "Electric Highway".
Of the 4 million miles of highways in the United States, none are more famous than the 2,451 miles that once made up U.S. 66, better known as "Route 66".
Starting on September 6th you will have nine days to travel Route 66 once again, this time via the airwaves. Twenty one Special Event stations, each located in a city along the route, will join together for the 15th annual "Route 66 On The Air".
The event, which was created by the Northern Arizona DX Club and is now organized by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, Cali-fornia, allows the participants to traverse the route one more time, by radio.
Beginning in 1926, millions of people travelled the road which began at Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago and ended at 7th Street and Broadway in Los Angeles. In 1936 the road was extended to the intersection of Olympic Blvd and Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica has also promoted the inter-section of Ocean Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd and also the Santa Monica Pier as the ending point, but Route 66 never ended at either of those places.
The Dust Bowl of the 1930's saw 200,000 "Okies", "Arkies", and "Texies" loose their farms to the elements and to the banks. These plains dwellers, packed up their families and traveled Route 66 in search of agriculture jobs in California. Their westward migration began to create a need for travel services all along the road to the Pacific.
Although in many places, U.S. 66 was little more than a single, 9 foot wide lane of asphalt, by the war years of the 1940's the route had spawned thousands of service stations, motor lodges, souvenir shops, and eateries.
In 1940 the very first McDonalds opened along Route 66 at the corner of North E Street and West 14th Street in San Bernardino, California. But the distinction as the very first drive-thru restaurant goes to another Route 66 icon, "Red's Giant Hamburg" which was in Springfield, Missouri.
"Get your Kicks on Route 66" was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946. The song was written earlier that year by Bobby Troup who was inspired after a ten day trip on the road. Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, and a host of others have re-recorded the song over the years.
By the 1950's Route 66 had become a neon highway. Even the most remote sections of the road held some recently added "landmark" designed to separate the many families travelling on vacation from their money.
A family could spend the night in a genuine Indian wig-wam (although really shaped like a ti-pi and made of concrete) in two locations along Route 66, Holbrook, AZ and San Bernadino, CA.
Meteorite craters. leaning water towers, the worlds largest Ketchup bottle, Cadillac's planted nose first into the ground, a round barn, a giant orange, and the world's largest map were just a few of the thousands of attractions that dotted the landscape along Route 66.
Every few miles one could see a freshly painted barn, courtesy of workers from the Meramac Caverns of Stanton, Missouri. Meramac would paint a farmers barn for free in exchange for being allowed to emblazon the roof and sides of the barn with ads enticing travelers to visit "Jesse James Hideout".
In 1960 Hollywood took note of Route 66 with the creation of the television series of the same name. For four years two young men in a Corvette convertible sought adventure on the open road.
While the '50s and '60s gave Route 66 it's most prosperous times, it was 1956 that began it's slow death. With the introduction, that year, of the Interstate Highway System, the narrow, little Route 66 began to be replaced by new super-highways. On June 27, 1985 the government decertified the highway and U.S. 66 ceased to exist.
Today, many of the states operate sections of the original road as state routes. The largest portion in use is in Arizona, where you can still 'stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona', pet dozens of wild burros as they beg handouts from the tourists on Route 66 in Oatman, view the petrified forest in the Painted Desert, and take a peak at that giant meteor crater.
A beautiful certificate awaits those who work at least one of the 21 Special Event stations. Operations are planned for all modes and bands. Complete information is available on the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club website. www.w6jbt.org
Arnie Zelig WA2SOE is Silent Key
Long time Las Vegas area ham, Arnold Daniel "Arnie" Zelig WA2SOE passed away July 18th, at age 51, following a lengthy illness.
A native of New York, Arnie was a fixture of the Las Vegas Amateur Radio community for a number of years. He served a term as President of the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club, a term as Vice-President of the Nellis Radio Amateur Club, and was the webmaster for the Frontier Amateur Radio Society.
Zelig was an officer in the Civil Air Patrol and was also an avid communications volunteer for area public service events.
Arnie received a life extending, multiple organ transplant some 15 years ago which ended his employment. He subsequently returned to school, eventually becoming an Educational Specialist at the College of Southern Nevada.
Zelig is most widely known as the team leader of the LVRAC volunteers who manned the fund raising booths at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for more than a decade.
An accomplished CW operator, Arnie enjoyed Field Day activities and operating day trips to Mt. Charleston and Red Rock canyon.
Arnie Zelig is survived by his mother Gloria Zelig of Las Vegas and sister Rita of New York. A graveside service was held July 29th at Woodlawn Cemetery in Las Vegas.
TV Episode Features Washoe EOC /ARES News Magazine "Plush Life TV" Showcases Amateur Radio
Television viewers got a glimpse inside the Washoe County Regional Emergency Operations Center and the Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) radio room during last weeks broadcast of the television news magazine "Plush Life TV".
Now in it's sixth season, the Reno based program is broadcast regionally. Hosted by Jenifer Rose and co-host John Oliver, the on the air magazine touts the "Plush Life" of Northern Nevada. While the shows name conjures up images of champagne sipping, caviar tasting, affluent lifestyles, the name is actually meant to showcase the relatively good quality of life found in the Reno/Tahoe are of Nevada.
Filming of this episode began after ARRL Public Information Officer Randall Lorenz AF7HD, of Reno, contacted the show's producer about the possibility of having a segment on ARES activities.
Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston KE7GFF and Washoe County AREC Emergency Coordinator Bob Miller WA6MTY both appeared during the broadcast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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