QCWA Piedmont Chapter #126

June 2018

Next Meeting:  The next Piedmont Chapter 126 meeting will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Best Food Cafeteria in Siler City, NC. ALL members and guests are welcome! Our meeting room will be in the Steakhouse. Go into the Cafeteria Gift shop and take an immediate right opposite the cash register. Wearing your Ham badge is encouraged.

Directions: The Best Food Cafeteria is at 220 East 11th Street, Siler City, NC, telephone number is 919-742-2475 and located on Highway 64 about 1.9 miles West of the intersection with Highway 421, and right across the street from Marsh Auto Parts.

When: Plan to arrive at 11:30 AM to socialize, dinner at 12Noon, business and program at about 12:45 PM. Board members are requested to arrive at 11 AM.

Program: The program will be by Albert Reynolds, N4AGG on “The G5RV, fact or fantasy and Other Antenna Tips.”

Tidbits: We continue to keep Larry, K4LXV in our prayers. After overcoming other obstacles he is scheduled for a kidney removal this month. Our newest chapter members are John Jaskolka, N4YRD of Raleigh and D. Lane Kendall, WK4WC of Mt. Pleasant. K1AF in Wilmington joins our net thanks to remote operation with the help of K3OS in Hickory. Gary has been experimenting with the remote two way communications. Several chapter members dropped by to chat at the Charlotte and Raleigh Hamfests. ND4MR continues his Tech classes and encourages them to adapt good operating practices and motivate them to upgrade soon. The average age of his students is 50+. WB4DCM again participated in the Annual QCWA QSO Party and the NC QSO Party. Conditions were not as favorable as last year. The new ICOM IC 7610 was on display only at Dayton last year and now there is a buying frenzy this year. KB4BR reminds us of a potential spectrum noise source in the way of wireless battery charging technology for electric powered vehicles. Discussions have continued on the proposed Technician License privileges and what will encourage newcomers to move on from the use of only VHF/UHF. Most feel that the ARRL is in the best position to help protect our spectrum and privileges. Members are enjoying the ARRL Annual International Grid Chase. K4MK is cleaning up after his 120’ tower damage and making plans for the replacement. NC4EW is replacing all his antenna coax cables. Among the non-radio hobbies mentioned on the net were astronomy, genealogy, photography, instrument playing, civic activities, fishing, tent camping, kite flying, grandchildren’s ball games and more. N4TL is at 351 countries confirmed and W4TJE is at 317. KJ4WD says our recent net frequency of 3.853 MHz has been satisfactory for the last few months. We thank Charles, WB4DCM for taking on the Sec/Tres position for the current term.

Upcoming Hamfests: Durham, May 26; Salisbury, July 7; Cary, July 21; Asheville, July 28; Fayetteville, August 11; Shelby, August 31-1-2

Chapter 126 Weekly Net: About 3.853 MHz, 8:45AM each Saturday morning. Look for a frequency announcement from KJ4WD from the chapter reflector about 15 minutes before net time.

The Piedmont Chapter 126 Website::

The National QCWA Website:

Your dues go to Charles, WB4DCM. Local dues are $7 a year. National membership can be handled at the national website.
Use the Chapter 126 Reflector for announcements of interest.
See you on June 9th and bring a friend!


Chuck, K4HF