NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 18,
2004 8:00 PM at the Sterling Community Center Annex.
Contact Gordon (NQ4K) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESENTATION: Kevin, W4KLS, - PSK31
and other digital modes
REFRESHMENTS: Dick - W2YE
Sterlingfest was a great success and
we had a tremendous time at the SPARC special event station. There is a
short write-up at our web site.
The next SPARC meeting is on Monday, 18 Oct 04, and we have three major
goals for the meeting.
First, Kevin, W4KLS, an advocate of the digital modes, will discuss
PSK31 and similar modes. For those of us that are CW-challenged, these
modes offer an alternative to only phone operation. I find the RTTY
contests to be fun, but they require a slightly different set of
skills. I am looking forward to Kevin's presentation to learn more
about an interesting aspect of ham radio.
Second, we will have our initial discussion of VA QSO Party rules and
complete the discussion at the November meeting. We have several
comments from the log submissions last year and we have invited
comments on the rules (on our web site). Dick, W2YE, volunteered to
collect comments and lead a discussion. At our last meeting, Aubri
discussed her strategy for the Va QSO Party and recommended a change to
the 15 minute rule. I am sure this will be a key issue. Please think
Finally, we will have a discussion about SPARC participation in
upcoming contests. SPARC participates as a club in several of hte
upcoming contests. In the past, the effort has not been very focused.
This year, I hope we can organize a more concentrated effort and
commitment to get our membership on the air. Dick, W2YE, has
volunteered to lead a discussion about our past participation and the
rules in the various contests.
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
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