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.

Field Day 2019

Field Day 2019 will be held June 22/23, 2019 at the Red Cross building at 1045 Outer Park Drive in Springfield. The operation will be as an Emergency Operations Center classificatrion. The official start of the event will be at 1:00 p.m. with some setup prior to that time.

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!

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