Thursday 19 March Meeting to be On-Air!

Since we are not having an in-person meeting this month on the 19th, we have decided to add an additional on-air net on our normal frequency at a 6:30 PM (same time we would normally have our club meeting).  This net will be on the Ensign Peak repeater at 147.16 MHz tone 127.3 Hz.

Turn on your radios and check in!

5.7 Earthquake Near Magna

There was a 5.7 earthquake a little north of Magna this morning.  There have been several aftershocks.  We are asking all club members to check in either here (post a comment on this message) or via e-mail to the club.  Joey has advised that the city is okay, some minor water breaks, but nothing major.  No need for a club activation at this time.

March 19th Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 (a.k.a. Corona) virus, it has been decided to suspend in-person club meetings at this time.  We will NOT be meeting on the 19th of March.  We will continue to have our weekly Sunday evening nets.

Best wishes to all and stay safe and healthy.  If you have been exposed to the virus, take appropriate action, including contacting your health care professional(s).  While primarily dangerous to the elderly, young, and those with compromised immune systems or respiratory disorders, the disease is not fun no matter what your health condition and you should avoid it if you can.  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Given the shortage of items such as hand sanitizer, wet wipes, cold medicine, and other related products, you may want to experiment with making your own hand sanitizer.  This can be done quite simply by using a mixture of 2/3 rubbing alcohol with 1/3 aloe vera gel.  Keep it in a sealed container to prevent evaporation.  While helpful when soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is NOT a substitute for proper hand washing.  Hand sanitizer kills some of the virus, but soap and water washes it away entirely.

Club ID Badges

Our glorious leader has made arrangements for us to be able to get ID badges.  Visit Ham Badgers to order your own badge.

Now, you'll notice that there are several color choices to choose from.  There has been some discussion on the club mailing list about everyone sticking with a common color scheme.  Given this, you might want to wait until a final decision on the "approved" colors has been reached.  Update:  we decided people should just get whatever color scheme they like, there is no recommended or approved color.

The badges are available in small, medium, or large and can be ordered with a pin fastener or a magnetic fastener.  See below for some example images:

February 20th Meeting Venue Change

Don't forget, our February monthly meeting on the 20th will not be at the usual location.  We will be visiting the Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio club which is meeting at the Glendale branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library.  This meeting will start at 7:00 PM at the library and we will be treated to a presentation on WinLink, a mechanism for sending "e-mail" messages using amateur radio.

If you have a laptop, bring it to the meeting and you will be shown how to install and configure the WinLink software and will be able to practice sending and receiving some messages (via the TELNET protocol over the Internet).  If you have a radio with a TNC, bring that too and we'll try to get it set up.

Check out our Monthly Meeting event for more details including where and when, and even a map to the location.

Utah Amateur Radio Slack

There is a Slack group for Amateur Radio in Utah!

For those of you who have never used Slack before, it is an instant messaging platform that is widely used in corporate and private communications.  Slack provides a quick means of communication without the spam and noise of e-mail.  It supports multiple "channels" for communication, as well as direct messages between people and ad hoc groups.  Slack provides an online history, so you don't have to be online all the time to see what people have been saying.  There are also mobile apps for it that you can install directly on your smart phone device(s).

Invites to the Utah Amateur Radio Slack, and specifically to the MARC channel (#marc) have been sent to all club members listed in the current roster.  If you didn't get an invite and you think you should have, please contact Jan (KD7ZWV).

If you got an invitation but you don't want to use Slack, don't worry about it... you can simply ignore the invitation.


Old Radios Slideshow

At our recent club meeting and potluck dinner, Gary Duhaine presented a short slideshow of some old radios he has collected over the years.  He also brought several of these old radio receivers in so we could look at them up close.  Please enjoy this slideshow featuring some of Gary's radios.


(Note, there were two versions of this slideshow, one of which had an audio component, but the audio component was extremely limited and also increased the size of the video by about fourteen times.  If we are able to get the correct audio component added to the video and get it sufficiently compressed, we will update this post with the new version.)

The “Phoneyetic” Alphabet

In our club meeting on 17 October 2019, we discussed the importance of using correct, concise terminology and language when relaying messages.  We are all familiar with the standard NATO phonetic alphabet as used in amateur radio... a copy of which is included here for your reference:


I present here a "humorous" version of the alphabet that I call "Phoneyetic"... you'll see why in a moment.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, do not use this version of the alphabet on the air!