May 21, 203 May Monthly Club Meeting The May monthly meeting of the Newton ARC will be held May 21
at 7:00PM at the Newton Public Library. Emergency communications preparedness training and support for events needing communication is always a focus of the group. Do-it-yourself builders are also welcome to see what they can add to the hobby. All interested persons are welcome! Visitors and non-members are encouraged to join us. Posted on: 03/15/2013 ARRL Contest Calendar You may get more details on ARRL and non-ARRL sanctioned contests by going to the Contesting link . The dates are listed here as a way to show a simple events calendar.
Posted on: 07/07/2010 June 22-23, 2013 Amateur Radio Field Day ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio has its annual Field Day the 4th week-end of June. These exercises are to have ham radio clubs and individuals set up in less than ideal conditions to attempt to make the most contacts possible during a 24 hours. The exercise is open to the public. The Newton and McPherson Amateur Radio Clubs will participate from Stutzman Retreat Center again in 2013. A map to the Retreat is found at this link Posted on: 03/19/2013
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Meetings the 3rd Tuesday each month @ 7:00pm
The Newton Amateur Radio Club meets at 7:00pm in the Newton Public Library
of each month. The Library is located at 720 N. Oak.
All are welcome to join us.
Amateur Radio Newsline - 7:00pm Sunday 146.610
Weekly Club Net follow Newsline at 7:30pm
Effective February 11, 2013 1330hrs
The WØBZN 146.610 repeater is back to full operations. Please note
the new 103.5PL tone. The repeater is a GE Mastr II w/ 100% duty
PA running 50w
a DB-224 at 300' replacing the
driven element that caused desense on receive.
Check out our upgrade, made possible from time dedicated by
Justin, NØUJQ, Russell, WXØRG, and others!
The Newton Repeater has been part of the K-Link system of 23 repeaters covering a large portion of the state. If you would like to assist by
donating funds for this system, please visit the K-Link Repeater web site.
Make sure you check the links in the New Ham Starter Page and Becoming a New
Ham below. Please support your local Clubs, services, and general interest on-air nets. It is only through the participation of all
hams that our hobby can be the best it can be. It is up to us!
The April 14, 2012 Tornado outbreak put the K-Link System to the stress test.
Thanks to John, KRØL, Harvey, WØHGJ, for taking reports, Justin, NØUJQ for splitting the link
system into 2 separate networks as both sides of I-70 were tested. Many SKYWARN® ham radio operators, SKYWARN® home spotters, wall-to-wall TV coverage, independent spotters, TV and radio
storm spotters, saved many lives with a total of (154) 24 supercell tornadoes reported in OK, KS, NE, & IA.
Simple Steps to Prepare for Your First Amateur Radio License
Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator is easy - lots of people are doing it, with little or no prior background in radio or electronics. Under the current rules (May 2011), the entry-level license is called "Technician." Applied to Amateur Radio, the term "Technician" is a misnomer - it does not mean you'll have to learn how to repair or service electronics. A licensed 2-way radio "technician" and a licensed "Amateur Radio Technician" are two different things.
As an Amateur Radio Operator, Technician class, you will be licensed to use VHF and UHF radio equipment and repeaters comparable to that used by local public agencies like Police and Fire departments. This will give you communications capability to participate in local roundtables, stay in contact with licensed family and friends, citizen patrols, volunteer programs like Citizen Corps, severe weather spotting, and emergency response teams providing backup and interoperability services to various public service and emergency response organizations. It allows you to become an active and effective volunteer communicator, assisting your community in times of need, and you'll make lots of new friends, too!
Amateur Radio is not like CB radio. Communications are polite and "family friendly," unlike CB, where conversations are often rude and vulgar. Amateur Technicians usually operate on VHF and UHF FM, using repeaters, just like police and other public service agencies. The communications are clear and reliable, unlike CB, and are not bothered by a roar of interference. FM radios use "squelch" that silences the radio between transmissions, again unlike CB, but like police radios. Using 2-meter FM radios is a purposeful and rewarding experience, not annoying nor frustrating like CB. Amateur Radio operators are trained, tested, and licensed, once again unlike CB.
Amateur Radio is strictly a non-commercial service. It may not be used for business or advertising. Businesses must use radios licensed and approved for the Business Radio Services, not the Amateur Radio Service.
The Technician class license gives you the ability to use any and all Amateur radio modes, like FM, single-sideband (SSB), digital, and even satellites and 2-way television, on VHF and UHF frequencies. This includes all the Amateur bands above 50 MHz. Technicians typically begin by purchasing a small hand-held radio and using 2-meter repeaters. Repeaters are devices located around the area that "repeat" or re-transmit your signal, so that you can reliably cover a large area using handheld, mobile, and base radios. The "repeater" is controlled by your radio and instantly repeats whatever you say, with greater power and range. Amateur repeaters typically use the same type of commercial repeater equipment used by police and other such agencies.
"Is it for me? Can I do this?" Once again, we stress that licensed Amateur Radio operators do not have to learn complex radio engineering theory nor radio electronics repair! There are licensed Amateurs from 6 to over 100 years old. You can do this, if you commit to a period of study and pass the exam. It's just like any other course of study: You immerse yourself in it for a little while, pass your exam, then enjoy all the benefits for the rest of your life.
There are many resources online for studying ham radio. There are also many books and software programs for preparing for the exams. There are even web sites that give practice exams. I have located and compiled herein what I consider the best resources. If you follow these steps, you will be ready for the Tech exam in less time that you think. Two weeks to two months is typical, depending on how much time you can devote to study.
First, familiarize yourself with the Amateur Radio "world." Please read the ARRL article at http://www.arrl.org/hamradio.html. When complete, use your "Back" button to return here and continue.
It's important and very useful to learn the terminology. This will make study much more beneficial. Subscribe to ham radio magazines and learn the terminology from the context.
Order and read the book "Now You're Talking!" from ARRL. This $29.95 book is the standard entry-level Amateur Radio text, and is essential to prepare you both for the exam, and a firm foundation in Amateur Radio, since it explains the correct answers. It is very user-friendly, and highly recommended reading. It goes well beyond the exam, giving you a wide-angle view into the Amateur Radio hobby. Magazine subscriptions are also very helpful, just as in any other hobby.
Another gentleman's school of learning all you need to pass your written from Technician to Extra tests are Gordon West, WB6NOA, or "Gordo" as he calls himself with his series of books for $20.95 from the W5YI Group.
Study the Technician exam question pool. See http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=338. These are the official question pool from which 30 or 50 questions (depending on the exam being taken) will be drawn at random to compose your exam. Most people recommend that you never read the distracters (wrong answers). Simply read the questions and the correct answers. This will teach you a lot, and prepare you for the exam. Many people like to read and record the questions and answers on cassette tape or into the computer, and play them in the background while driving around or working. This is very effective!
Take practice exams at http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl . The practice exams are drawn from the actual question pool that real exams are drawn from, and each one is different. While your scores are low, keep listening to and reading the exam pool. Soon you will be consistently passing your practice exams at 90% or above. When you can do so, you are ready for the exam. There is no Morse code test for the Technician license.
Contact your local club. See when there is an exam session you can take the multiple-choice exam.
If you are interested, please contact us through the contact page.