This Friday July 13th is the monthly meeting of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club... the meeting starts at 7:00 pm and is held at the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross 2912 S 80th Ave, This month's meeting will be the Omaha Maker Group.

The 

Omaha Maker Group exists to facilitate a place where people can explore Technology, Science and Art. They operate a community workshop in Omaha a

nd have bi-weekly meetings where people can collaborate, share resources, create, and learn together. They are Omaha’s original makerspace. Come find out about some of the cool things they do and get involved in "making"
 

 

The objective of the Nebraska QSO party is for stations outside of Nebraska to work Nebraska stations and Nebraska counties as possible.  Stations in Nebraska work everyone.  

The QSO Party is held over two days, April 21 at 1300z (8:00 AM CDT April 21)  and will end at 0200Z Sunday, April 22nd (9:00 PM CDT April 21st)  The second Day, April 22nd operations will begin again at 1300Z (8:00 AM CDT April 22) and end at 2200z (5:00 PM CDT April 22nd)

Modes of operation are CW, Phone (SSB, AM, FM) and Digital (RTTY, PSK, FT8 and other digital modes) Please note that for FT8 contacts, the exchange will be different based on the current standard exchange for the mode.    Please check the rules for how to submit the logs for 

your FT8 contacts.  

The complete rules can be found at the link below

http://www.qcwa.org/chapter025-rules-ne-qso-party-2018.pdf

The more Nebraska stations on the air, the more fun it is for the stations outside of Nebraska.  So... mark the date and get on the air for a while.  Its a lot of fun!

KØUSA will be on the air from the USS Hazard radio room starting at 11:00am until approximatly 3:00pm  Come on down to Freedom Park and get on the air for a while.

 

Your New Leadership for 2018
 President:  Vice President:
 Bill True, WA9ASD  Justin Tabor, KE0BHP
   
Board of Director: Board of Director:
Barb Westcott, KC0HLB Brian Sohl, KE0GKB

 

 

Its almost time for the Annual Meeting and the Election of Members.   You can feel the excitment building!   The nominating committee had met and has decided on the following canditates for your consideration for each open position.    (President, Vice President and two Board Members) 

For Club President:

Photo Courtesy Omaha MagazineBill True, WA9ASD As you can tell from my call sign (originally WN9ASD) I have been licensed for many years and I have enjoyed a wide range of ham radio activities over the years. For more than half of the years I have been licensed I have been a member of this club. While my participation in club activities over the years has varied from none to a great deal my membership has always been important to me. The club provides a wonderful resource not only for the hams in the area but also does an excellent job of providing benefit to a number of government and private entities in the area. To continue and enhance this benefit I feel increasing the membership in the club is an important goal for the coming year. 

For Club Vice President:

Justin Tabor, KE0BHP First licensed in 1993. I have always had an interest in electronics and building things since I was young. Always trying to think of ways to improve a process or build something to see if there was a better interface to the people that use it. Later, I graduated from the University of Nebraska as a Industrial Engineer deeply intrigued with systems and processes. After school, I worked at UPS in the Engineering dept and had a lot of experiences with many aspects of the package delivery business. My interest in ham radio began while listening to our local emergency radios on a scanner my Dad gave me for Christmas. Of course today I use a cell phone every day, but am intrigued by the fact that in an emergency situation, amateur radio operators dispatched into the field can be the only source of communication. I take part in APRS, AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) exercises with my local club.

Board of Director:

KC0HLBBarb Westcott, KC0HLB I am running for Board Member of the Aksarben Radio Club. I was elected to the board in December of 2012 and have had the good fortune to serve since that time. I sincerely wish to continue to work for the club in that capacity. I was initially licensed in March of 2000 with a tech license until passing my general in July of 2011. In 2002, I became an online mentor for the ARRL’s Emergency Communications Course and continue in that role today. In September of 2010, I took and successfully passed the “Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs” course

 
Board of Director:

BrianBrian Sohl, KE0GKB Though relatively new to amateur radio (Just two years this month), I do have a very diverse background in radio from Bearcat scanners, GMRS, and SDR's. This passion has been used to support my work in community service and disaster preparedness. One of the events that I worked with AKSARBEN ARC has been the Market to Market Relay for the past 2 years. I started off on exchange 8 and this last year I took on exchange 9, the most remote site. I learned so much from this experience and I am anxious for next year when I can use these lessons learned to provide even more value to the event. In addition to Aksarben ARC I am also involved with REACT where I am a Storm Spotter and also work with Law Enforcement providing traffic control and road closures for special events, as well as 4 wheel drive patrol during bad weather. In my personal life I moved from the DC area back to Nebraska almost 4 years ago to be closer to family and friends and enjoy a more normal lifestyle. As for work, I spend my days at Offutt AFB where I am a Windows Server Administrator. My hope is that I can be of service to the organization and I look forward to learning so much more about Amateur radio from each and everyone here.

If you would like to see another active club member join the roster, remember that club members in good standing can nominate additional candidates who are also members in good standing by nominating them from the floor during the election process.  Please approach your candidate before you submit them for a position, and if they are not present, please have proof that they are willing to serve.    

 

There is a group of hams who get together on a semi regular basis to work on various data modes.  
Last year, they worked on AREDN - using 2.4 GHz and other frequencies to create ham radio networks. This year they are working on packet.  

Their plans are to setup a packet BBS and encourage more hams to get involved in packet.  
Despite its limited speed, packet is still a reliable method of communications and can be a great way to communicate during times of disaster and disaster recovery.

This is an informal group that meets to keep interest going on the project, work together over difficult issue and help each other achieve the goals of the "project".

Currently they have completed the following:

  1. Setup a Winlink RMS station - this is the ONLY active Winlink station in Nebraska. 
  2. Sent and received emails via the Winlink system that were initiated and received over packet radio.   
    The Packet RMS station is under the K0MMR (OMMRS) callsign
  3. Re-instated the packet station at the Red Cross - on the air as W0EQU with a PBBS of RedX-1

USS Hazard 2016On Saturday November 11, 2017 - members of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club setup operations on board the USS Hazard to celebrate the day and let all the vets (including the Hazard herself) know that they are appreciated.  

The ship's oven needs a thermostat repair, so the plan for pizza was scrapped, but crock pots full of chili and bar-b-que chicken were a nice warm subsititute.   There was also plenty of coffee to help keep the operators warm.   

The KØUSA remote operation team (aka - KØCTU and NØTRK) decided against using the Icom IC-728 that is currently housed in the radio room, and instead opted to use the Icom IC-7000 that was a veteran of National Parks on the Air in 2016.   The also decided to try the newest additon to their portable set up, an Bioenno 30aH LiFePo4 battery.   They did use the ships long wire antenna for all contacts.

While the chili and chicken were warming in the galley, the radio room was getting warmer as the heaters worked hard to chase away the chill of the steel hull of the ship.    Sinse the band condtions  have been poor lately, the KØUSA team assumed that the contacts would come slowly and it would be a great time to get new hams and other visitors a chance to get on the air.   They were wrong.