PRC mtg Nov 6

Our recent program on tuners was both enlightening and enjoyable. Following a couple of helpful video that explained this

Tom Bedocs, K8DMM explains how his small tuner does a big job.

valuable addition to the versatile HF ham shack, we had some hands on showings of the various member gear, seen below. The collection ranged from “robust sized” home brew to modern manufactured automatic tuners.

More photos are in our album:

HF Tuners

2018 Officer Nominations Sought

Ken Osicki, K8OAE,  Nominations Chairman reminds us that all officer positions are open and nominations will be accepted at the Nov 6th meeting.  If you would consider holding an office make your intention known.  Positions available: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Election will be held at the November 20th business meeting.  Those interested in holding an office should email Ken by Nov 6th at:

For a description of the responsibilities of each officer position, click on Bylaws.

U.S. DOD to Conduct Communications Interoperability Training with Ham Community

Elements of the US Department of Defense will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5,330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC. New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.

“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a “very bad day” scenario.

Contact English for more information or questions about this exercise.

from ARRL Newsletter

Hal Rogers, K8CMD

President, Communications Director