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.

Skywarn Recognition Day First Saturday in December

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

SRD was developed jointly in 1999 by the NWS and ARRL to celebrate the contributions SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission — the protection of life and property. Amateur Radio operators, which comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers, also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency managers, if normal communications become inoperative. 



The AkSarBen ARC will be on the air from the radio room of the USS Hazard on November 11, 2017 to commemorate United States Veterans.
AARC Members on board USS Hazard There is an amateur radio station installed on the ship, and we will be using the ship's antenna.  All area amateurs are invited to come out.  

Operations will start at 10:00 am and will continue until 3:00 pm. Come out and visit and get on the air for a while. The park will be open for the day and admission as always is free.   


The USS Hazard is an Admiral Class Minesweeper that served in the Pacific theater during World War II. The Admirable class of minesweepers were also used for patrol and escort duties. Hazard first served in this capacity, escorting a convoy from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, and then running with convoys to Eniwetok and Ulithi. In March 1945, the sweeper was sent to Okinawa, where she first performed anti-submarine patrols before sweeping the waters off Kerama Retto in keeping with the minesweeper's slogan, "No Sweep, No Invasion." At the war's end the ship cleared the seas off Korea and Japan for the occupation forces.

Club members are encouraged to bring a ham radio item they can hold in one hand (or one in each hand if they have 2 items) that sit on the shelf in their shack that they can no longer use. We don't want any 2 KW amplifier power supplies to show up so they need to be small items. The goal is to swap, buy, sell or otherwise move items from one ham to another. All participants need to be sure that no items are left behind to be tossed into a dumpster.  
Meeting is at 7:00 pm at the Red Cross at 81st and Spring... 
See you there!

September 16, 2017

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Springfield, NE

Food - Door Prizes - Bargains

Admission is $5

Tables (prepaid) $8 (includes 1 admission)

>>>>Table Registration form can be found here<<<<

Get your table before they are all gone!


 Grand prize is an:

Icom IC-2730A 144/440MHz Dual Band Mobile Radio

Supports V/V - V/U - U/U Simultaneous Receive
Supports CrossBand Repeat
50 Watt Output on Both Bands
1000 Memories
Wide Band Receive Coverage




September 8, 2018

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Springfield, NE



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 Grand Prize

Anytone Digital DMR Analog  (AT-D868UV)


Silent Auction Items

HP 432A Power Meter with 8478B thermister mount and cables

- frequency range 10 MHz to 18 GHZ  
- power levels from 10 micro-Watts to 10 milli-Watts in 7 ranges

RFSpace SDR-IQ Software Defined Receiver
SDR - Spectrum Analyer - Panoramic Adapter frequency range 500 Hz to 30 MHz

DX Engineering DXE-RTR-1A Receive Antenna Interface for Transceivers
Automatically switches the RF output connector on the transceiver between
a receiving antenna system and a transmitting antenna for transceivers without
a seperate receiving antenna connector.

CWTouchKeyer Model P1 Touch Paddle Keyer
functions and memory programmed through the paddles

MFJ-941D Versa Tuner II
coax switch - SWR meter - wattmeter - antenna tuner - balun
power rating 300 Watts  1.8 - 30 MHz

West Mountain Radio Rig Blaster
Model M8 for 8 pin microphones

HamGadgets Ultra PicoKeyer with 'Finger Tip Tapper'
Morse Code Memeory Keyer - 4 memories of 127 characters

MFJ-1022 Active Antenna
300 KHz to 200 MHZ

Heathkit HD-19 Phone Patch with manual
identical electrically to modern computer interface
has screw terminals on back - make your own cables

Turner +3 desk mic with PTT bar
5K ohm impedance with preamplifier (req. 9V battery)
4 pin connector on coiled cord