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.

SVRC Summer Picnic and Unofficial Field Day

Richardson Clubhouse

On July 27, 2019, the SVRC held its summer family picnic and unofficial “Field Day” at Richardson’s Clubhouse near Buffalo Hart.  The event was generally well attended with multiple radios, two dipoles in the trees, a twenty foot car-mounted HF antenna mast, and multiple VHF/UHF verticals on several portable masts.  Even though the conditions were not great, many QSOs were made; many with “Parks on the Air”.  We covered 20/40 meters and had some fun with two-meters and 440.  Roger Whitaker even conducted a Winlink demo. 

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.

Show Your Colors! SVRC T-Shirs are here!

SVRC T-shirts

The new official Sangamon Valley Radio Club T-shirts are available for sale now!  These comfortable white cotton shirts proudly sport the SVRC club logo on the front.  Wear them with pride at any of our public service events, club meetings, or just about anywhere you wish. They come in all sizes from small to XXX-large and are only $20.  Please contact our club treasure, Will Summers WR5C, for more information or purchase them at any official club meeting or gathering.  Make checks payable to SVRC.


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