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April 14, 2018
Vol. 18, No. 14

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Weather Spotter Training
Test Sessions
From the ARRL Letter - April 12, 2018
     New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change
     Amateur Radio's Service and Support Commended on National Volunteer Week
     IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018
     More-Frequent Spotless Days Signal Start of Lengthy, Deep Solar Minimum Phase
     ARRL VEC Conducts First-Ever Amateur Radio Licensing Exam Session in Cambodia
In Brief
 Education and Training
Closing Items



EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time:  08:30 AM
First Choice Catering & Party
1110 S. 9th St.
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

Minutes from the March 3 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page

NOTE: The March meeting will is one week early to allow members to attend the Nebraska State Convention in Lincoln on March 10 (see Hamfests/Conventions section below for more information)

Field Day - 2018

The Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio club is planning on participating in the annual Field Day event.  This event is held the last full weekend of June.  This years event will be Saurday - Sunday, June 23 - 24.  Watch this space for more details.  In addition you can get additional information about Field Day here

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for April 2018 is available on the EVARC Web site.

The latest Nebraska Sections news can be found on the Nebraska Section Facebook page or the ARRL Nebraska Section news web page.





Weather Spotter Training - 2018

Date Time County Location
April 17 7:00 PM Madison/Pierce County Lifelong Learning Center
701 E Benjamin,
Norfolk, NE 68701 (map)
April 23 7:00 PM Cedar County Randolph Fire Hall
202 S. Main St.
Randolph, NE  68771 (map)

See the Omaha NWS Severe Strom Spotter Training page for more information. More sessions will be added above as they become available



Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

  04/18/2018 - Hastings, NE

     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Apr 18 2018
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Central Community College
                    Easy Hwy 6
                    Room 132
                    Dawson Bldg
                    Hastings NE 68901-9999

  04/24/2018 - Council Bluffs, IA

     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Apr 24 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross
                    705 N 16th St
                    Council Bluffs IA 51501-0105

05/03/2018 - Lincoln, NE
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: May 03 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross Center
                    220 Oakcreek Dr
                    Lincoln NE 68528-1587
05/08/2018 - Yankton, SD
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: May 08 2018
     Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Fred L. De Roos
                    (605) 665-2590
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
                    305 W 25th St
                    Yankton SD 57078-1317
05/12/2018 - Papillion, NE
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: May 12 2018
     Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Robert F. McCoy
                    (402) 871-5077
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
                    11111 S 84 Street
                    McArdle Suite
                    Papillion NE 68046-3920
05/16/2018 - Hastings, NE
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: May 16 2018
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Central Community College
                    Easy Hwy 6
                    Room 132
                    Dawson Bldg
                    Hastings NE 68901-9999
05/29/2018 - Omaha, NE
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: May 29 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross
                    2912 S 80th Avenue
                    Near 84th and Center
                    Lower Level West Side
                    Omaha NE 68124-3250
  For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page and the W5YI-VEC page




04/28/2018 - 3rd Annual Greater Midwest Radio Show, Hastings, NE
    Start Date: 04/28/2018
     End Date: 04/28/2018
     Location: Adams County Fairgrounds
                    947 South Baltimore Avenue
                    Hastings, NE 68901
     Website: http://greatermidwestradio.org/
     Sponsor: Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.130- 123.0 or 443.200+ (no PL tone)
     Public Contact: Bart Jones , KBØHAW
                              PO Box 235 Bladen, NE 68928
     Phone: 402-756-1270
     Email: mailto:[email protected]


04/28/2018 - Heartland Hams Hamfest - Glenwood, IA	
     Start Date: 04/28/2018
     End Date: 04/28/2018
     Location: American Legion Hall
                    104 North Vine Street
                    Glenwood, IA 51534
     Website: http://heartlandhams.org
     Sponsor: Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.290
     Public Contact: Donald Brown , WØAF
                              53243 260th Street Glenwood, IA 51534
     Phone: 712-526-2080
     Email: mailto:[email protected]


  5/12/2018 - Hamboree 2018 - Boone, IA

     Start Date: 5/12/2018
     End Date: 5/12/2007
     Location: Boone County Fair Grounds
                    Community Building
                    1601 Industrial Park Road
                     Boone, IA
     Website: www.3900.com
     Sponsor: 3900 Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.850 - (no PL tone)
     Public Contact: Clay Conard, WØFS
                              PO Box 286
                              Stratford, IA 50249
     Phone: 515-838-2285
     Email: [email protected]


  06/09/2018 - SWIARA Swapmeet - Creston, IA

     Start Date: 06/09/2018
     End Date: 06/09/2018
     Location: Union County Emergency Management
                    705 East Taylor Street
                    Creston, IA 50801
     Website: http://www.swiara.com/home.html
     Sponsor: South West Iowa Amateur Radio Association
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.790 -offset (PL 136.5) KØCSQ Repeater
     Public Contact: Doug Welsch , KAØMHJ
                              517 SW 2nd Street
                              Greenfield, IA 50849
     Phone: 641-745-5501
     Email: [email protected]


07/14/2018 - Pioneer ARC's 21st Annual Flea Market	
     Start Date: 07/14/2018
     End Date: 07/14/2018
     Location: St. Charles Parish Center
               811 Locust Street
               North Bend, NE 68649
     Website: http://www.k0jfn.com
     Sponsor: Pioneer Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.76/07
     Public Contact: Rich Mehaffey , KBØARZ
                     230 West 11th Street 
                     North Bend, NE 68649
     Phone: 402-652-3410
     Email: [email protected]
07/28/2018 - 57th Annual Victoria Springs Ham Fest & Steak Fry - Anselmo, NE
     Start Date: 07/28/2018
     End Date: 07/29/2018
         Location: Victoria Springs State Recreation Area
                                       43400 State Highway 21A South
                                       Anselmo, NE 68813
         Website: http://cnarc.club
         Sponsor: Central Nebraska Amateur Radio Club
         Type: ARRL Hamfest
         Talk-In: 147.09+ Open
         Public Contact: Larry Lehmann , KCØDA
                                  528 West Avenue 
                                  Minden, NE 68959
         Phone: 308-832-7016
         Email: [email protected]
08/04/2018 - Midwest Division Convention
     Start Date: 08/04/2018
     End Date: 08/05/2018
     Location: Linn County Iowa Fairgrounds
                    201 Central City Road
                    Central City, IA 52214
     Website: http://www.w0gq.org
     Sponsor: Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention
     Talk-In: 146.505
     Public Contact: Tim Busch , NØCKR
                              3244 70th Street 
                              Atkins, IA 52206
     Phone: 319-373-3971
     Email: [email protected]
09/08/2018 - AK-SAR-BEN ARC Flea-Esta
     Start Date: 09/08/2018
     End Date: 09/08/2018
     Location: Sarpy County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
                    100 Main Street
                    Springfield, NE 68059
     Website: http://www.aksarbenarc.org
     Sponsor: AK-SAR-BEN Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.940
     Public Contact: David Rice , NØJSB
                              8002 Crown Point Avenue Omaha, NE 68134
     Phone: 402-571-8915
     Email: [email protected]
09/29/2018 - Iowa Great lakes ARC Hamfest
     Start Date: 09/29/2018
     End Date: 09/29/2018
     Location: Milford American Legion
                    1709 Okoboji Avenue
                    Milford, IA 51351
     Website: http://gt9650.wixsite.com/iglarc
     Sponsor: Iowa Great Lakes Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.610 (PL 110.9)
     Public Contact: Eric Hinshaw , KBØLOX
                              103 Hinshaw Street Arnolds Park, IA 51331
     Phone: 712-330-2259
     Email: [email protected]


  11/03/2018 - Northeast Nebraska Hamfest - Norfolk, NE

     Start Date: 11/03/2018
     End Date: 11/03/2018
     Location: CHC Hall
                    105 Elm Avenue
                    Norfolk, NE 68701
     Website: http://www.qsl.net/evarc
     Sponsor: Elkorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.730/130 (PL 131.8)
     Public Contact: Fred Wiebelhaus , KØFJW
                              920 South 4th Street
                              Norfolk, NE 68701
     Phone: 402-992-7653
     Email: [email protected]



For a complete listing of Hamfests go to the ARRL Hamfest Search page



From the April 12, 2018 ARRL Letter


New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change

ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization with an overarching goal of promoting the League’s mission, “To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.” Shelley has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the limelight, so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity within the greater Amateur Radio community. But, he brings to his new position nearly 3 decades of experience as ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer. Shelley intends to leverage that background in his role as CEO, enabling him to hit the ground running.

“I am familiar with the issues that matter to ARRL members and the Amateur Radio community at large,” Shelley pointed out in his inaugural “Second Century” editorial “Advancing Amateur Radio, Together,” in the April issue of QST.

Picture of Barry Shelley, N1VXY, ARRL CEOHe acknowledged that with both ARRL and Amateur Radio undergoing “a great deal of change,” not all League members will necessarily be on the same page, but he believes disagreement about the way forward “can be healthy, and bring new perspectives to light.” At the same time, he encouraged individuals to “remain respectful and constructive” in discussing issues about which they may not agree.

“In my opinion, fulfilling ARRL’s mission means doing so for all Amateur Radio operators, regardless of their license class, level of technical ability, or particular interests within the wide range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer,” Shelley allowed. Increasing the number of younger radio amateurs will benefit both the avocation and ARRL, he said. And despite any generational rift — perceived or otherwise — between older and younger hams, “There’s more to enjoy than ever before — Amateur Radio in 2018 looks and sounds different than it did in 1968 or even in 1988 — and licensing numbers indicate that people are still interested in exploring Amateur Radio.”

Blazing the trail for Amateur Radio’s future should involve all hams, Shelley believes, noting that for more than a year, a team at ARRL Headquarters has been looking into how to better define the needs of radio amateurs “in the various generational and interest groups, and plan for how ARRL can respond to those needs” effectively. ARRL’s research, he said, has made clear that all radio amateurs want help, regardless of license class, experience, and interests. “They want help figuring out which activities to get involved in, what kind of gear they need for those activities, and where to find like-minded fellow hams,” Shelly wrote, urging radio amateurs to be there for each other.

“[We] all need to keep our vibrant and varied community moving forward amid great change,” Shelley concluded. “Let’s keep encouraging others to join our wonderful hobby, let’s keep talking to each other, and let’s keep teaching each other — after all, that’s the tried-and-true ham way. It’s how we’ve gotten this far.”

The ARRL Board elected Shelley as CEO in January, to succeed Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, who has retired. As Shelley himself nears his own retirement over the next 18 months, the League continues to advertise for applicants to fill the CEO position on a long-term basis.



Amateur Radio's Service and Support Commended on National Volunteer Week

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, used the occasion of National Volunteer Week, April 15 - 21, to express gratitude to "the thousands of Amateur Radio operators who have given, and who continue to give, of their time and expertise" to serve as vital communication links during emergencies, disasters, and community events. Throughout the past year, President Roderick recounted, ham radio operators have volunteered during hurricanes, wildfires, and severe weather to support communication for emergency evacuation shelters, pass health-and-welfare traffic to anxious families, and partner with the National Weather Service as SKYWARN volunteers to report local weather conditions. Hams also volunteered during the solar eclipse last August, working with scientists to record its impact on radio propagation, he pointed out.

National Volunteer Week Logo"Amateur Radio volunteers have a long history of providing service and support to their communities and our served agencies," Roderick said. "As this avocation continues to evolve, alongside the technological advances in telecommunications, we are proud that, as hams, public service to our communities will continue to be at the core of who we are."

Echoing President Roderick's remarks, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, cited Amateur Radio's volunteer spirit as one of its most admirable aspects.

"Radio amateurs have taken their passion for radio, communication, science, and technology and given back service in so many ways," Corey said. "Radio amateurs teach, inspire, offer insights to the world that others cannot, assist during times of emergency and disaster, and report to assist during such community events as marathons and festivals," he said.

"Volunteerism has always been at the heart of Amateur Radio, and it is through the work of volunteers that Amateur Radio will be there for future generations to enjoy."

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by Points of Light, an ARRL partner through National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Points of Light called the week-long observance "an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges and build stronger, more resilient communities."

"Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent, and voice to make a difference in their communities," the organization said.



IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio's contribution to society.

World Amateur Radio Day Poster"World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of Amateur Radio, both on the air and through social media," IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said. "It is a celebration of what the Amateur Radio Service has brought to the public over the years, and of our ability to provide communication to assist others in times of crisis."

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum -- far from being the wasteland "experts" of the time considered it to be -- could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was "in grave danger of being pushed aside," the IARU's history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio around the globe.

Two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today -- 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. The IARU has been working to defend and expand Amateur Radio frequency allocations ever since.

From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

"I wish all amateurs a fantastic day of celebration of Amateur Radio, encourage everyone to get involved, and, most of all, to have fun!" IARU President Ellam said.

Groups should promote their WARD activity on social media by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


More-Frequent Spotless Days Signal Start of Lengthy, Deep Solar Minimum Phase

The sunspot numbers have not been good, and it does not seem they’ll be getting much better anytime soon. According to the April 6 “K7RA Solar Update,” only 2 days of the March 29 – April 4 reporting week saw sunspots, and that was at the bare minimum. No sunspots showed at all for the previous reporting week. Solar flux has been sitting in the 60s lately and are forecast to remain at that level for the next 45 days. Better days lie ahead — eventually. Top contester Frank Donovan, W3LPL, asserts that solar precursors like spotless days, which correlate physical solar phenomena with future solar activity levels, are much better indicators of progress toward a solar minimum — a broad phase of the solar cycle — than of a specific event, such as the bottom of a broad solar minimum. Not only that, these and other solar precursors are useful in predicting the likely strength of Cycle 25, although accurate predictions of the strength and timeframe of the Cycle 25 solar maximum aren’t possible until the new sunspot cycle is under way.

“We entered the Cycle 24 solar minimum with the onset of 8 spotless days in June 2016,” Donovan pointed out. “We had only 32 spotless days in 2016. We had 15 spotless days in a row in March 2017, followed by relatively infrequent spotless days for the next 7 months.”

Chart showing number of spotless daysThe frequency of spotless days accelerated in early November 2017, with 13 spotless days in a row. That was followed by many more spotless days over the next 5 months. In all, 2017 experienced 104 spotless days (see chart).

“The frequency of spotless days accelerated again last month, when we had 25 spotless days,” Donovan noted. “We’ve already had 54 spotless days during the first quarter of 2018. This data and comparisons to frequent spotless days during the last solar minimum suggests that we may have just begun a period of very frequent spotless days for approximately the next 2 years, similar to the period of September 2007 through January 2009.

Donovan said the next solar precursor is frequent extended periods of spotless days. For example, 2016 saw 14 spotless days in a row, March 2017 had 15, November 2017 saw 13, and early March experienced 14.

“Long periods of spotless days will become even more frequent as we go deeper into solar minimum,” Donovan predicted. Once extended periods of spotless days become more frequent, another solar precursor will become important, he said.

“New high-latitude, opposite-polarity Cycle 25 sunspots will then begin to appear more frequently, perhaps by late next year,” Donovan said. “More frequent Cycle 25 sunspots will signal that we’re approaching the bottom of the [Cycle 24] solar minimum phase.”

An ongoing solar precursor that could herald the future strength of Cycle 25 is the intensity of the solar polar magnetic fields prior to the Cycle 24 solar minimum, Donovan said. “The good news is that the solar polar magnetic field strength is already slightly stronger than it was prior to the last solar minimum,” he said. “This suggests that Cycle 25 will be somewhat stronger than Cycle 24.”

Donovan said if the long periods of spotless days end in about a year, that will be a precursor of a stronger Cycle 25. If they take more than 2 years to end, however, it will portend a weaker Cycle 25.

He takes issue with reports suggesting that the solar minimum has arrived, based entirely on the very frequent incidence of spotless days over the past 6 weeks. “More comprehensive physical evidence suggests it’s more likely that we’ve just begun a lengthy deep solar minimum phase — similar to late 2007 through late 2008 — that’s likely to last well into next year,” he told The Daily DX. He said solar polar magnetic field strength peaks at least 1 year before solar minimum, and, while the south polar region peaked last year, the north polar region has not yet done so, suggesting that solar minimum is not likely to occur until 2019 at the earliest.



ARRL VEC Conducts First-Ever Amateur Radio Licensing Exam Session in Cambodia

The first ARRL VEC Amateur Radio examination session in Cambodia was held on April 5. The session resulted in two new Technician licensees, both Cambodian nationals, and one university professor, who tested all the way to Amateur Extra-class in a single bound. Currently, no path exists for Cambodians to obtain an Amateur Radio license in that Southeast Asia nation, but qualifying for an FCC-issued US license enables licensees to obtain a Cambodian license based on their US tickets.

"This is very exciting news!" ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said. Volunteer Examiners were Mike Adams, KH0AS -- a resident of Cambodia who holds XU7AJA; Guy West, N0MMA/XU7AKA, and David Creel, AH0AM, who visits Cambodia often.

Participants were associated with the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC). The radio club there has been active in contests for the past 3 years, using Adams' XU7AJA call sign. Adams has been working in Cambodia for more than 20 years and living there full-time for the past 3 years. He said that, while foreigners can get a reciprocal license, there is no process for Cambodians to earn a ham one, except to show a foreign radio license.

"We hope to work with the Ministry of Post and Telecoms to show there is a demand for Amateur Radio in Cambodia," he said.



In Brief

  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We only saw sunspots on 2 days of the reporting week, on March 30 and 31, when the daily sunspot numbers were 11 and 12. No sunspots appeared during the previous week, so the average daily sunspot number rose from 0 to 3.3. Average daily solar flux inched upward from 68.2 to 68.6. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary A index declining from 10.6 to 5, and average mid-latitude A index dipping from 8.9 to 4. Predicted solar flux is 69 on April 5-11; 68 on April 12-22; 69 on April 23-May 6, and 68 from May 7-19. Predicted planetary A index is 10 and 8 on April 5-6; 5 on April 7-9; 10, 15, and 20 on April 10-12; 18 on April 13-14; 15, 10, 5, and 8 on April 15-18; 15 on April 19-21; 12 and 10 on April 22-23; 5 on April 24-May 6; 10, 15, and 20 on May 7-9; 18 on May 10-11; 15, 10, 5, and 10 on May 12-15; 15 on May 16-18, and 12 on May 19. Sunspot numbers for March 29 through April 4, 2018 were 0, 11, 12, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.3. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 69, 68.8, 69, 69, 68.4, 67.8, and 68.5, with a mean of 68.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 5, 7, 5, 5, 4, and 5, with a mean of 5. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 4, 6, 4, 4, 3, and 4, with a mean of 4. In Friday's bulletin look for an updated forecast and reports from readers, including one from K3MSB on difficulties working Australia from Pennsylvania on 160 meters.   Send me your reports and observations.

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!!!!: "Microphones" is the topic (April 12) episode episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn! Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to [email protected], and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast. Enjoy "ARRL The Doctor is In" on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for "ARRL The Doctor is In"). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner´s guide



Education and Training

  • ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration - The ARRL has many ways to continue your education in things Amateur Radio.  For more information go to the ARRL Training web pagee.

  • FEMA Online Training - FEMA has numerous Independent Study Program courses available for Ham Radio Operators and others interested in emergency support and are recommended by ARES.  For a list of courses check the FEMA ISP training web site.  Look for courses:
         IS-100b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
         IS-200b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
         IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
         IS-800.b - National Response Framework, An Introductionn

  • Weather Spotter Training - To be a certified Weather Spotter in the State of Nebraska, you must attend a weather spotter training session, take two on-line courses, and pass a written exam provided by your local Emergency Coordinator.  The on-line courses can be found on the ucar.edu web site.

  • Did you know you can practice code on-line?? The ARRL posts their code practice files on the web. These audio files can be played on line or downloaded for later play back on your own computer. Practice files are available for 5, 7.5, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 Words per Minute. To find the files click the following link: http://www.arrl.org/code-practice-filess



    The EVARC weekly net meets every Monday evening at 7:30 PM on the club 2 meter repeater (146.73 -). Check-in to the net to hear an update on activities of other club members,  announcements of local interest, and any late breaking information. Everyone is welcome to check in.


    The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information to local hams with items of interest.  It is compiled from local, regional, and national sources an includes national, regional, and local news items and events.  Created by Monty Wilson, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions..