Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DStar Class Tonight at 6:30 PM

The class on DStar will be today, June 17th 2020.  Connection information is below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 5096 5944
Password: 679880

This is one of the modes that we will using during our August drill.

Mat
K2MJM

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Upcoming August Drill

As announced on Thursday's NET, we will be holding a Valley wide drill on August 29th.  At the moment the final details regarding the drill are being worked out.  I can share with you a high level overview of what we will be doing.

Each city will be setting up a station.  The goal is to make contact with other city's using different modes and frequencies.  These modes will be phone, packet, Winlink, Dstar, DMR, Winmore, and VARA.  We will be utilizing both VHF, UHF, and HF frequencies.  We will try to contact as many cities using as many of the different modes as possible.

In order to be as successful as possible we have arranged to hold valley wide training's over the next couple of months.  The topics that we have currently scheduled are as follows.

June 17th - DMR
July 1st - Packet
July 8th - Winlink and HF Modes
July 15th - DMR

As additional information is received I will post it here.

Mat
K2MJM

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

UVARC Presentation "The Ham Police"

I received the following email from Noji Ratzlaff KNØJI

This Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 pm, you are invited to a special meeting of the Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club.  The topic this time is "The Ham Police," being presented by special guests Brett Sutherland (N7KG) and Riley  Hollingsworth (K4ZDH), former FCC Special Counsel for ARRL and the Amateur Auxiliary.

All ham radio clubs and organizations are hereby invited to join us in this historic meeting via live-stream on our YouTube channel. You'll be able to enter questions in the comments area on YouTube, and they'll be relayed to the presenters. The link to the YouTube channel is:


Or just do a search on YouTube for "utah valley amateur radio club" The live stream will automatically appear on the channel when it starts.

The ARRL had planned to present this topic at Dayton, to the masses, but as you know the Hamvention was canceled. So, when the ARRL caught wind that UVARC was planning to present this topic in a monthly club meeting, they asked whether they can invite all clubs in the Utah ARRL Section to the meeting, and we approved. Hence, the special arrangement. Hams all over Utah will be invited to our "club meeting" this Thursday, so they could hear first-hand about the new Amateur Auxiliary program, which supersedes the now-retired Official Observer program.

We only hope it's enough notice. If you could, please forward the above YouTube link to your members at your earliest convenience.

Hopefully this is of some interest to some of you. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2020

The MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2020 is Saturday from 9:45 AM to 5:00 PM.  It will be online only this year.  You can find out more here: https://www.microhams.com/mhdc/mhdc2020/.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Skywarn Amateur Radio Network and How to Get Involved

SKYWARN
Keeping the public aware of severe weather hazards isn’t just for meteorologists anymore. Amateur Radio operators, known as storm spotters, partner with the National Weather Service (NWS) to recognize and notify the NWS of critical weather situations through a volunteer program called SKYWARN®.
The organization is comprised of between 350,000-400,000 severe weather spotters trained to stay abreast of severe weather situations and communicate potential threats to the NWS using Amateur Radio. With over 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, and over 1,000 tornadoes reported annually, SKYWARN is more than just a hobby—it saves lives.
The critically important organization got its start in the 1970s. Today, it’s combined with Doppler radar technology and satellite data to create a strong first line of defense against the dangers of inclement weather. Seemingly harmless to some, thunderstorms, lightning, and problematic weather situations are responsible for hundreds of injuries, deaths, and billions of dollars spent on property and crop damage each year.
The NWS encourages those with an interest in public service to volunteer their time and Amateur Radio abilities with the SKYWARN program. Volunteers regularly include police, fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, and of course, private citizens interested in keeping their communities safe and informed.
Training for SKYWARN is generally free of charge and is condensed into a two-hour module. During the course, participants learn the fundamentals of thunderstorm development, basic storm structures, how to identify potential severe weather features, how and what to report, and basic severe weather safety.
Want to learn more? Head to the NWS website to find training programs in your state or check out SKYWARN spotter training to begin the training process online. Most states require in-person class participation in addition to the online course load. Or pick up ARRL’s Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio 2nd Edition from DX Engineering for additional reading material.
You can contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist for information on how to find or replace your spotter number and ways to participate in upcoming training seminars—or head to the NWS website to learn how to participate in annual SKYWARN Recognition Day activities. 
For real-time updates, check SKYWARN out on Twitter at #skywarn19.
You can find more information regarding SKYWARN in Utah by going to the UTASAG website, and click on Training & Classes.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Online Winlink Training This Saturday

Stuck at home? Well, this Saturday at 9:00 AM we will be offering an online training on how to set up and use Winlink for Windows.  The training will go no longer the 2 hours and will cover account creation and basic Winlink usage.  A more advanced training will be scheduled following this session.  The link to the meeting will be posted on our website 30 minutes prior to the meeting start time.  It will be helpful if you have Winlink installed on your computer prior to this session.  You can download it here: https://downloads.winlink.org/User%20Programs/Winlink_Express_install_1-5-27-0.zip.

If you have any questions post them here.

Thanks,

Mat
K2MJM