Binary Theory 101: A Really Basic Explanation

Binary Theory 101: A Really Basic Explanation

Modern Amateur radio incorporates digital computing systems like never before. The word “Binary” is tossed about freely with sometimes little understanding of what a binary numbering system is or how binary mathematics actually works.  This elementary video helps explain how a group of solid state elements can apply basic binary math to perform a function.  We hope this five-minute video helps remove some of the mystery from digital electronics.

Special Event Station K9L

K9L QSL Card

During the week of April 7 to the 14th, 2020, the Sangamon Valley Radio Club sponsored a special event amateur radio station. The station is issued a special call-sign by the FCC which is only good for the time of the event. World-wide, amateur stations enjoy making contacts with stations that are only on the air for short periods of time. This spring, K9L was formed and tasked with remembering the assassination of Abraham Lincoln 155 years ago.

Check before you go - UPDATE #2

April 8, 2020

Due to ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, SVRC board will discuss canceling/moving online further meetings/open hours/classes/exams until further notice. This will be discussed at our board meeting March 18th which will be held via WebEx. 

The scheduled meetings of the "on-air" GENERAL and EXTRA license classes have been concluded.  We are currently waiting to see how the Covid-19 plays out to determine future license testing dates.  Watch this space.

2,100 SVRC Historical Photos Now Available

Thanks in large part to Ben Kiningham, a massive collection of over 2,100 historical photos of the SVRC and related projects is now available to anyone!  These photos are of club activities, private ham shacks, hamfests, radios, tours, sponsored events, faces, faces, and more faces!  These photos have been sitting in a file collecting dust for a long, long time and have now been digitized and compiled on a single DVD.

Who knows - maybe you'll see a younger version of yourself. I did!

Here’s how you can get yours for a small donation!

Don't Forget the 72nd Anniversary Dinner

It's that time of year again to get together and socialize with other hams and friends.

The dinner will be held on March 7th, 2020 5:30pm at the Richardson Club House at 7282 Buffalo-Hart Rd., Buffalo, IL 62515 as it was the previous year.

Come out at noon, bring your radios to get on the air and operate for a couple of hours. Tell everyone about the one that got away!

Our menu for this years anniversary dinner is a Pasta Bar:

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Garlic Bread

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:

SVRC at the 2019 STEM Fair

In an increasingly complex world, it's important that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math - disciplines collectively known as STEM.


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