An amateur radio license is a license to learn. Look here for information about upcoming license classes and specialized training. 

Parametric Equalizers - What's That All About?

Parametric Equalizers

We've all heard about parametric equalizers and have even had a recent program by Bob Heil concerning this subject. But, what exactly is a parametric equalizer, what can it do for me, and why should I care?
Well, Mitch Hopper, K9ZXO, produced a very short four-minute video that will explain it all in simple language and terms.
See it here: https://youtu.be/Kb2dZKQs2qw

The Hex Beam is finally operational!

W9DUA Hex Beam

The Hex Beam is in place and operational!  After months of planning and organizing, the Hex Beam was pressed into service for the VHF contest on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  The official antenna crew under the direction of senior club members, hauled heavy steel, concrete, and antenna  components up to the Red Cross building roof in several stages.  We now have extra directional capability for HF 20 meters and up – including 6 meters.  This unique antenna certainly gives our club location a distinctive visual footprint with the upside-down umbrella design.

Hex Beam - Phase 2 Completed

Memorial day provided a perfect time to complete phase 2 of the SVRC Hex Beam Project.  A large volunteer crew assembled on Monday morning, May 27, to help with the ongoing plan to erect a Rohn tower on the roof of the Red Cross building – home of the SVRC club station.  Thirty donated concrete blocks were taken from the parking lot to the roof where they were installed on the tower base that had been constructed a week earlier.  Then the single section of Rohn tower and rotor were installed on the base.  Only one step remains; installing the Hex Beam on the tower.

Technician & General Licensing Class

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/18/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/01/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/08/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/15/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon, 04/29/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
1045 Outer Park Drive

Technician and General Licensing Classes will be held at the Red Cross Building 1045 Outer Park Drive Room 330.

Gorden West study guides available from Amazon and other sources.





SSTV 101 (Slow Scan Television)

SSTV 101 by K9ZXO

So, you’re thinking about Slow Scan Television, but don’t quite know what it’s all about?  Well, this short video tutorial will give you a hand with that “I don’t know what I don’t know” problem. The video will cover the absolutely beginning basics of what it is and how it works.  It will also cover some of the elementary ideas of image selection and basic operations.  So, watch this seven-minute video and then... go give it a try!

Watch "SSTV 101" here!

We'd love to hear your comments!

SVRC license classes

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 10/08/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 10/15/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 10/29/2018 - 6:00pm
Mon, 11/05/2018 - 6:00pm
Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield, IL 3rd floor

These are license study classes for ham radio licensing.

SVRC Fall License Classes

SVRC license classes are getting started at 6:00 p.m. in room 330 at the Red Cross building, 1045 Outer Park Drive in Springfield.

There will be classes for Technician and General licenses with the possibility of an Extra class study group.

There will be an exam session at the end of the classes.

We use the Gordon West books which are available from a variety of sources including Amazon. Be sure to get the current version for the class of license you are studying for.

Modes, Modes, and More Modes

Modes, Modes, and More Modes


Modes. There's a word you run across all the time in amateur radio.  What exactly do we mean by mode?  Well, the answer is: it depends on the context in which it's used.  There's modulation modes, operating modes, digital communication modes, and all kinds of other flavors of mode.  K9ZXO takes a stab at explaining some of the possible uses of the word in this five minute "mini-lesson".

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvpV4kZpgJw

W9DUA Station Open Hours

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 04/13/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 05/11/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 06/08/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 08/10/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 09/14/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 11/09/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sat, 12/14/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
1045 Outer Park Drive

Open Hours for operation of W9DUA.  

When: Saturdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm or until boredom sets in;

Where: 1045 Outer Park Drive in the SVRC Meeting  Room;

What: Operate the club station;

How: We will monitor the 443.000 repeater in analog mode and also 146.520. This will give you the ability to check if we are still there.  It will also allow us to come down and let you in if the door to the building gets locked;


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