Tech Net News 08-24-2019

HPM-Granite_2Thanks to Tom and everyone who participated! We had a great time at the Lecture and Lab today, and we built quite a few simple, 2-element Yagis. If you built one, you could use it to get started in fox hunting right now. Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, gave a short presentation on fox hunting after the build and he let us hear the humorous signals from the RWK foxes. Remember, the K5RWK foxhunt series is continuing every Saturday, including today.

The next club meeting on September 3rd, 2019, will be the annual show and tell night! Bring something cool to talk about. It doesn’t have to be unique, and you don’t have to talk for long—you just need to enjoy what you’re sharing.

Remember, it’s never too early to sign up to help at Lifewalk on Oct. 6th, 2019. We’ll need your participation to help make the event a success.

There are no big contests on the calendar for this weekend, but there are several fun events including the Hawaii QSO Party, a U.S and Canadian Islands QSO Party, and still more QSO parties for the Young Amateurs Radio Club, Ohio, and Kansas.

Remember, I have less and less time to write Tech Net announcements…bring your own and share them with the club. Your contribution will be appreciated!

In news from the world of ham radio and science:

A new contest is coming up: the World Wide Digi DX. The new contest—which has a “practice period” this evening—will focus exclusively on FT8 and FT4.

The ARRL reminds us:

The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration gets under way on Saturday, August 31, and wraps up on Monday, September 8. The 9-day operating event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW (HPM) — born on September 2, 1869 — and is open to all radio amateurs. The objective is to work as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as <call sign>/150, if permitted by their country of license.)

Nigeria has eliminated polio! This marks the eradication of wild polio cases in all of the vast continent of Africa. Next to go: Afghanistan and Pakistan…and polio might become the second disease ever to be eradicated.

And this week’s news from my second-favorite science is pretty depressing. A huge hailstorm has killed huge numbers of pelicans, cormorants, and ducks at a major wildlife refuge in Montana.