PRC mtgs Feb ’20

2020 got off to a great start with a terrific program from Tom Bedocs, K8DMM who had recently held a successful open house for neighborhood scouts, introducing them to the wide world of opportunities in amateur radio. Tom said he opened the day with an explanation of the basics of the hobby then followed up with providing hands on experience on the ham bands. As you might imagine their eyes were wide open. Spreading the word about our great hobby is always a thrill and very rewarding. Good job, Tom!

At our recent meeting, George Donaldson, EI7KO located in Ireland visited us through his YouTube channel to share a demonstration of one of his favorite programs, CW Skimmer. Many hams, and some SWLs, use the program which is capable of decoding multiple stations simultaneously.

I later told George how much we enjoyed his program and he thanked me for letting him know and asked that everyone subscribe to his channel.

If you missed the meeting, you can see George’s informative program, “CW Skimmer Explained” at


The evening also gave us an opportunity to show Ken Osicki, K8OAE our appreciation for the superb photo work he provides us by presenting him with a unique coffee mug that resembles his professional camera lens. He’s sure to enjoy the unique mug. We might have discovered another photographer, too. Thanks to John Malloy, KA8VTV for stepping taking hold of Ken’s camera to capture the moment.

A word of caution, Ken. Make sure you grab the real lens when you dash out to our next meeting!


We have some excellent programs lined up for this month.
On Monday, February 3rd following a short discussion of business issues and upcoming events, Tom Bedocs K8DMM will bring us in on one of his current technical projects — the rebuild of a repeater. Not only will we learn a lot about repeaters, but Tom will introduce us to the differences between diplexers and duplexers. So, it will be a great learning session.

Later in the month, at the February 17 meeting we’ll talk HF with an interesting program that will explain what’s been going on in the world of HF propagation. It’s no secret that band conditions have been less than desirable. Why is that? Is there hope for anything better. It’s time to look to the experts. And that’s what we’ll do. So don’t miss it.


The PRC received correspondence from Rob Hall (KV8P), President of the Toledo Mobile Radio Association. Bob is Chairman for the upcoming ARRL Great Lakes Convention in Toledo, OH scheduled only 46 days from today.   Bob’s letter is attached.


In additional correspondence the PRC received the following press release from SWODXA.

Attached is information about the SouthWest Ohio DX Assn or (SWODXA)… our Dayton DX Dinner that we have been putting on for 35 years. We ask that you pass this onto your membership and others.

Thanks in advance for your help.

See you at the Monday February 3rd PRC meeting.

Hal Rogers, K8CMD President