Antennas Mentioned on the July, 2023 Fun Antenna Surprise Net

My thanks to all the hams who participated! Antennas mentioned tonight included:

The homebrew Buddipole was mentioned by Tony, NT5TM. He presented this at the July, 2017 DARC meeting.

Bill, N5BB, mentioned using a bedspring for QRP contacts at a past IARC Field Day, as well as using a balloon to hoist a wire antenna into the air.

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UPDATED: Geek Net, 8/22/2016: Shortwave Strangeness.

dorchester_antenna_closeup-728x760Have you ever heard a numbers station? Did you ever hear the Russian Woodpecker? I can recognize the sound of an ionosonde, but I don’t know much more than that…and I’d like to learn more. This Monday, I plan to talk about odd things we’ve heard on the radio. Bring your news of the weird. Bring you wild shortwave stories. Bring your secret key to understanding Swedish Rhapsody, and join us on the 146.88 repeater this Monday, August 22nd, at 7:00 PM.

Some of the resources I mentioned on the air are listed below.

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Tech Net on the Hill: what do YOU want?

I’d like to ask you to put your thinking cap on and ponder what sort of classes or activities you’d like to be involved in at Tech Net on the Hill this October. Would you like to learn more about stealth antennas or kit building? Would you like to learn how to trim a dipole, or would you just like to get on the air using the club’s HF rigs? Come to tomorrow’s (8/2/2016) meeting and share, or send us a message with the form below. I’ll have my notes from past years, and I suspect Randy will, too…but if you don’t speak up for what you want, you might not get it.

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Skynet Tonight!


SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Summer Solstice: Native American Site Alignment” and “Tour of the Constellation Libra”

Net Control: Carolyn KC5OZT

Afterglow Movie at 10:30: “2010: The Year We Make Contact”

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Links to tonight’s Sky Net:

Discussion topic of the evening.

“Summer Solstice: Native American Site Alignments”

Photo #1 Bighorn Medicine Wheel…/13307200_14174821182…

Photo #2 Fajada Butte…/13342998_14174821082…

Photo #3 Fajada Butte Diagram of Spirals…/13343004_14174821116…

Photo #4 Monks Mound in Cahokia…/13336051_14174821449…

In the sky this evening

Big Dipper and Polaris…/Big_Dipper_to_Polaris_Abhijit_Juve…

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Skymap – Constellation Libra…/13335583_14174799949…

Photo #1 Methuselah HD 140283…/13393904_14174799982…

Photo #2 Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 5792)…/13339567_14174800049…

Recent Astronomical discoveries

How Comets Break Up, Make Up…/2016/…/160601141522.htm

A New Einstein Ring: Distant Galaxy Lensed by Gravity…/2016/…/160602083727.htm

Space Exploration and Space History

Surveyor 1:…/files/thumbnails/image/pia02976_0.jpg
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.


June 13…

Tiangong 1…

June 11…

June 13…

Skynet – Every Saturday Night at 9PM CT

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 10.44.00 PMSkyNet is a weekly net called every Saturday night at 9PM concerning the subject of Astronomy.  Our purpose is to help amateurs become more familiar with the night time and daytime sky, astronomy, and space, in general.

This net is open to all amateurs interested in this topic and we encourage your participation, comments, and suggestions for this net.

In case you missed last weeks live event you can watch the recorded event at: