In this issue of QRZ
Table of Contents
President’s Message Page 1
Miles Newman, W3DRB SK Page 2
Radio Lumiere Page 2
Coming Events Page 3
Editor’s Notes Page 5
Six Metre DX Report Page 5
ARES/RACES Information Page 8
SPARC Officers, Nets, Etc. Page 8
Lighting our Club Shack Page 10
History of Crystals Page 13
For all who may not have heard Jim Ibaugh, AA3C, is now a silent key. His obituary is posted on Lancaster Online.
Jim was an original member of the Columbia Ham and Eggers club and has seen 2 club name changes and 3 site location changes. Having received his ticket at the age of 12 he embodied the spirit of Amateur Radio. Through his experiences in the Air Force and at RCA he always maintained a positive attitude, even when his photo multiplier tubes told him otherwise those days in March of 1979.
I had the fortune to sit with Jim at Brethren Village. What started off as a half hour visit turned into 3 hours. Jim’s way of captivating his audience and his ability to spin a story into a great adventure is what I will always remember him by. No one but Jim could tell the story about his encounter with the bear and the dumpster, or the birds on the radar dish. He will be missed.
Sparc is pleased to Announce we are starting onsite Ham Testing for Technician through Extra exams.
Goto Ham License Testing for more information.
Pennsylvania stations and operators are encouraged to participate in the W1AW/3 on the air event – the last weekend of this month. Please read this information about the operation. http://w3lif.org/attachments/W1AW3_Guidelines.pdf
You can see the current schedule of W1AW/3 operations here: http://w3lif.org/W1AW/
If you would like to participate please contact Cory, W3CDG via email only.
Sparc’s 449.975 repeater is connected to IRLP. To connect our UHF repeater to another repeater, find a node number, key the PTT and punch in the digits. Listen for the IRLP repeater on the other side to identify that the link is up. From there give out your call and see who answers.
Our node number is 8537, members out of town can use this number to connect in to the repeater to check into the net.
A good list to start with is the node summary by Country.
Another way is to use a phone app. Here is one for Android.
And here is one for IOS.
Some notable numbers to try are
8838 KC4AAC Palmer Station Antarctica
6050 VK2RCZ Sydney Austrailia
8522 VP9RSB Bermuda
6900 ZL3CAR Christchurch NZ
7767 9Z4FZ Trinidad and Tobago
6969 KF2GV Armenia
8144 ZS1JEN Cape Town South Africa
9070 REF9070 Alaska Reflector