The membership elected the following officers at the February 6 meeting.
President - Dave Wickelhaus - N8DZ
Vice-President - John Graves - K8ITE
Treasurer - Bob Fay - WBØNPN
Secretary - Scott Pettigrew - N8VSI
President Wickelhaus made the following administrative appointments.
Chief Engineer - Jim Miller - N8ECI
Station Manager - Ken Lowrey - W8ND
QSL Bureau - Mike Braun - KB8ZYE
VOA Board - Denny Perry - WB8BIU
Township Liaison - Gary West - K8DEV
A revised net control schedule for the first six months of 2014 has been posted. Scroll down this page to see when you are scheduled. Please mark it on your calendar, and arrange for a replacement if you are not able to manage the net.
Note - With the monthly meeting move to the first Thursday, we will now have a net every Monday night.
Use the club call, WC8VOA, when operating as net control.
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The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station
W1AW to also use the call sign W100AW during 2014, the ARRL's
Contacts made from the Maxim Memorial Station in Newington, from
regional Centennial conventions, and during the IARU HF Championship
will use W100AW, with portable designators as appropriate. The "W1AW
WAS" operations throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will use
W1AW, not W100AW.
Bulletins and code practice transmissions during 2014 also will
still use W1AW. Contacts with W100AW are worth 100 points in the
ARRL Centennial QSO Party.
Information on the ARRL Centennial QSO Party may be found on the
web at, http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party .
During the Dayton Hamfest weekend, George Thomas, W5JDX, and Tommy Martin of AmateurLogic.TV recorded interviews about the Voice of America Museum and history of the transmission site, and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association and club station WC8VOA. A 45 minute broadcast of this production is now available for viewing or download at http://www.amateurlogic.tv/blog/
A remote receiver site for the WC8VOA 145.390 repater operating on 446.300 (PL 123.0) has been installed in the operating room at VOA. Click on the navigation link in the left sidebar for details.
Through the efforts of Roger Smallwood (N8EKG) of R & L Electronics, representatives of Heil Sound, Icom America, Kenwood, MFJ, and Yaesu visited the WC8VOA operating center and the VOA Museums on Friday evening, Dec. 7.
All expressed their congratulations on the efforts of the organizations participating in the VOA restoration, and their interest in support our continuing work.
Bob Heil presented the WCARA with an operational Heil Classic Microphone, complete with a VOA nameplate mounted on top of the microphone.
Bob participates in the weekly production of Ham Nation webcast at http://twit.tv/hn (Wednesday, 9:00pm ET). He presented a very interesting segment complete with several photographs on Wednesday evening, Dec.12. It is available for viewing at the same website as broadcast #77.
The weekly program is hosted by Leo Laporte W6TWT, Bob Heil K9EID, and Gordon West WB6NOA with George Thomas W5JDX covering ‘Smoke and Solder’.
Click on the first attachment to see a photo of the microphone presentation.
(L to R - Bob Heil (K9EID), Dave Wickelhaus - N8DZ (Pres), Bob Fay - WBØNPN (VP), Karl Howat - N8MIQ (Treas), Mike Murphy - KA8ABR (Engr) and Jim Miller - N8ECI(Chief Engr))
Bob Heil is also an accomplished organist. The second attachment is a picture of him at the Wurlitzer theater organ, which ultimately will be returned to playing condition.
Our sincere thanks to the vendors and Roger for thier interest in our project.
The WCARA monthly program meeting is at 7:00pm at the VOA bulding on the first Thursday of each month. A technical program dealing with various aspects of amateur radio and communications is presented.
The membership decided at the August 2013 technical meeting to change the business meeting to two Saturdays before the monthly technical meeting. The members felt that this would give more lead time to manage the business affairs before the monthly meeting.
A 2m net is held each Monday evening at 8:00pm on the WCARA - WC8VOA 145.39- repeater. No tone access is required. All amateurs are welcome to participate, and net control is shared by members per the schedule on this website.
A three position operating station has been activated using a trailer mounted beam antenna at the east end of the VOA building, and a G5RV wire strung from the trailer tower to a light pole. It is operational on the 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands with a maximum power outputs or 600w and 1,000w, depending on the amplifier used. Equipment is an Icom IC-9100, an Icom IC-749, and a Kenwood TS-590.
The Voice of America building is located at 8070 Tylersville Rd, in West Chester. This is about 1/2 mile east of the I75-Tylersville Rd. exit.
Guests are welcome at all technical meetings.
The WCARA Monday Night Rountable meets each Monday Night at 8:00pm local time on the WCARA - WC8VOA 145.39 (-600) Repeater (No PL required).
Operators Note - Use WC8VOA as net control callsign.
|1/06 - N8DZ||2/03 - N8MIQ||3/03 - W8BXG||4/07 - N8VSI||5/05 - W8BXG||6/02 - N8MIQ|
|1/13 - K8DEV||2/10 - KD8VRX||3/10 - N8DZ||4/14 - KD8HOY||5/12 - N8DZ||6/09 - N8VSI|
|1/20 - KB8ZYE||2/17 - N8VSI||3/17 - AC8CS||4/21 - KD8VRX||5/19 - AC8CS||6/16 - WB0NPN|
|1/27 - KD8HOY||2/24 - WB0NPN||3/24 - KB8ZYE||4/28 - K8DEV||5/26 - KB8ZYE||6/23 - KD8HOY|
|3/31 - N8MIQ||6/30 - KD8VRX|