Ham testing

Don’t forget to check our calendar for the next available WCARS Ham testing session. You are not required to sign up ahead of time, nor do you need to bring the ticket to the testing session. Our ticketing system helps the club see how many folks are planning to come to a test session, and for follow-up.

Eclipse Balloon Launch

Latest Update on the Stratos Project (Eclipse Balloon Launch)
Fleet Thomas Belknap and his engineering colleagues have the following update on their project:
-Funds raised, as of April 3, were $1130 toward a goal of $1700
-The Raspberry Pi and half of the sensors are purchased
-The initial Python program has been written with two additional programs under development.

For more updates on the Stratos Project visit their Facebook page at:
https://m.facebook.com/GRVHAB/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1

To donate to the project visit their GoFundMe page at:
https://www.gofundme.com/GRVHAB

The team have a forum thread on QRZ at:
http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/stratos-high-altitude-balloon-launchduring- the-2017-solar-eclipse.559654/

An article was recently published on Hamsci about the project. That article is located at:
http://hamsci.org/basic-project/2017-total-solar-eclipse

Their latest video is available at: https://youtu.be/3KZWgAtIovk

NC- Control 101 Documents

Here are a couple of documents for you to download.
Click the link, these are large so for best viewing download to your PC.
The first one is Net-Control 101 operating info:
http://www.brars.cc/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Net-Control-101-25Mar2017.pdf

The Second one is the Materials you need including preamble and getting ready info:
https://www.blueridgears.org/brars/nc_101_handout_25mar2017r/

Any Questions on these items contact: Robert, wr8rw@mail.com

 

Severe_Weather_Awareness_Week_Information_2017

Severe Weather Awareness Week Information

In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week and the upcoming severe weather season in this area, we have received the following information from Mandell Rigdon (WR4XM) related to the WARNs system and GSP Regional SkyWarn.
The list of repeaters linked in the WARNs system in support of GSP Regional SkyWarn can be found at the following link:
www.warnsystem.org
Additional access to the GSP Regional SkyWarn net, in the event of severe
weather, also is available through Echolink and Allstar as follows:
Echolink Node 442775-N4LRD-R
Echolink Node 791726-K9OH-R
Allstar Node 41786 K9OH/R GSPSKYWARN.ORG
There is also a training hosted by the GSP NWS Office in support of Weather Spotters at the following link:
https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23
If you have any questions feel free to contact Mandell (WR4XM) at:
wr4xm@wx4pg.org, or Robert (WR8RW) at wr8rw@mail.com.

Click Below to Download

Severe_Weather_Awareness_Week_Information_2017

Net Control 101 Class

Our very own Robert Webster (WR8RW), will be holding a class on how to be a net controller for the 146.61 nightly net, and generally for other nets, on March 25th from 9am to 1pm. The class is open to all amateur radio operators. We do ask that you sign up for this class, so that we know how many handouts to have on hand. You can sign up at the Net Control 101 Signup page. There is no cost for this class. Also, if you have a handheld, please bring it with you for a practice exercise.

Getting started with FLdigi

Hello… A local Ham in the area has made available to me, his hand out from the Greenville Hamfest forum that he presented. I thought this was very detailed so he and I would like to share it with you.
Fldigi a digital program that is very popular.
From Thomas Belknap…KJ4ZWA

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