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We have a ham radio net every Monday at 1900 (7pm) on our Sun City repeater (447.475 MHz transmit, 442.475 MHz receive, PL 110.8hz). Join us!

Every third Wednesday of the month, we meet for coffee and an agenda as the Neighborhood Preparedness Team, Amateur Radio Subcommittee. Desert Vista Room #3 @2:00 PM

Skywarn Training in two weeks

At the present time there are only two Sun City Radio Operators signed up for the SKYWARN Training for Saturday May 11 at the Government Center, training room 3 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Mark W6MW and myself are signed up at the present time. I would like to see as many attendees as possible. This emergency certifications is one of easiest to get, and is needed for Sun City Summerlin. Jeff Hahn, KE7KLV Skywarn Coordinator specified only 2 to 4 alerts yearly when NWS spotter reports are needed during incumbent weather. Sign up if you can, contact me by e-mail, phone or radio. I would like to fill up the room with Sun City HAMS..

73, Ken W7BES

w7bes@cox.net

702-373-8923

Update from Ken

CQ, CQ CQ – ATTENTION SUN CITY RADIO OPERATORS:

 A REMINDER OF UPCOMING SUN CITY RADIO ACTIVITIES:

  • MONDAY APRIL 22ND. AMATEUR RADIO NET AT 7pm. KJ6MW, JOHN IS NET CONTROL. THIS IS FOR ALL SUN CITY AND VISITOR HAMS, CHECK-IN.
  • THE NATIONAL WEATHER SKYWARN TRAINING CLASS IS MAY 11TH AT THE CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING. CONTACT W7BES FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND.THIS TRAINING IS FOR AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS. THE CLASS STARTS AT 9:00am TO 11:00am. I NEED TO GIVE A COUNT OF SUN CITY ATTENDIES. CALL KEN-254-5840 H/702-373-8923 C (Phone or Text), E-MAIL OR REPEATER. AT THIS TIME, I HAVE MARK, W6MW AND MYSELF AT THIS TIME. PLEASE ATTEND IF YOU CAN.

 UPCOMING ATIVITIES IN MAY:

  • MONDAY MAY 6,13,20 27- SUN CITY RADIO NET @ 7:00Ppm
  • SATURDAT MAY 11TH – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN TRAINING @ CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER-9:00am TO 11:00am.
  • WEDNESDAY MAY 22-WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH – NEIBORHOOD WATCH-REPAREDNESS TEAM MEETING – TIME 9 am – LOCATION DESERT VISTA-ROOM # 2. PLEASE COME, WE NEED TO REPRESENTATION OF SUN CITY AMATEURS.
  • WEDNEDAY MAY 22- THE COFFEE MEETING – NEW LOCATION TO BE ANNCOUNCED.

  KEN -73, W7BES

SK: First QSO From Space

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skylab-and-space-shuttle-astronaut-owen-garriott-dies-at-88-300832454.html

HOUSTON, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

“The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. “We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today.”

Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Garriott served as an electronics officer while on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, and was stationed aboard several U.S. destroyers at sea. He then taught electronics, electromagnetic theory and ionospheric physics as an associate professor at Stanford. He performed research in ionospheric physics and has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and one book on this subject.

He was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965, and then completed a 53-week course in flight training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. He logged more than 5,000 hours flying time — including more than 2,900 hours in jet and light aircraft, spacecraft and helicopters. In addition to NASA ratings, he held FAA commercial pilot and flight instructor certification for instrument and multi-engine aircraft.

Garriott was the science-pilot for Skylab 3, the second crewed Skylab mission, and was in orbit from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. His crewmates were Commander Alan Bean and Pilot Jack Lousma. The crew accomplished 150% of mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth and traveling some 24.5 million miles. The crew installed replacement rate gyros used for attitude control of the spacecraft and a twin pole sunshade used for thermal control, and repaired nine major experiment or operational equipment items. They devoted 305 hours to extensive solar observations and completed 333 medical experiment performances to obtain valuable data on the effects of extended weightlessness on humans. The crew of Skylab 3 logged 1,427 hours and 9 minutes each in space, setting a world record for a single mission, and Garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes in three separate spacewalks outside the orbital workshop.

On his second and final flight, Garriott flew as a mission specialist on the ninth space shuttle mission and the first six-person flight. He launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-9/Spacelab-1 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Nov. 28, 1983. His crewmates were Commander John Young, Pilot Brewster Shaw, Jr., fellow mission specialist Robert Parker, and Payload Specialists Byron Lichtenberg and Ulf Merbold of (ESA) European Space Agency. This six-person crew was the largest yet to fly aboard a single spacecraft, the first international shuttle crew and the first to carry payload specialists. During STS-9, the first human amateur radio operations in space were conducted using Garriott’s station call, W5LFL. After 10 days of Spacelab hardware verification and around-the-clock scientific operations, Columbia and its laboratory cargo landed on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on Dec. 8, 1983.

Garriott held other positions at Johnson Space Center such as deputy and later director of Science and Applications, and as the assistant director for Space and Life Science.

For Garriott’s official NASA biography, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/garriott_owen.pdf

NASA Johnson Space Center news releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to listserv@listserver.jsc.nasa.gov.  In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type “subscribe hsfnews” (no quotes). This will add the email address that sent the subscribe message to the news release distribution list. The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription.  Once you have subscribed you will receive future news releases via e-mail.

SOURCE NASA

Club Coffee Meeting this Wednesday

SUN CITY SUMMERLIN AMATEUR RADIO “Reminder Message” FROM Ken Johnson, W7BES- Repeater Trustee

Radio Net and Coffee Meeting Schedule and events: Mark on your calendar or post Reminder Message.

  • Sun City Repeater Net every Monday at 7pm- Sun City Repeater, Transmit Frequency 447.475 MHz, Receive Frequency 442.475 MHz, PL 110.8 Hz, Repeater Location Summerlin Pinnacle.
  • Sun City HAM Coffee get-together every 3rd Wednesday at 2pm- Location- Millers Tavern at Palm Valley Golf Course, 9201 Del Webb Blvd. We have a great group, come and enjoy.  Sun City  and visiting HAMS and future to be HAMS are invited. Bring your HT
  • Neighborhood Watch/Preparedness Meetings-Every 3rd Wednesday at 9 am.  Desert Vista, Room # 2. Attend meeting if possible, we need Sun City AMATEURS representation in the Preparedness Group.

Purpose as Amateur radio operators in Sun City Summerlin, also known as HAM radio operators, describes the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radio sport, contesting, and emergency communication in public safety. Our purpose is to support any Sun City communication requests from the Sun City Association, Neighborhood/Watch-Preparedness, or special event support.

CQ, CQ CQ – ATTENTION SUN CITY RADIO OPERATORS: COMING EVENTS

 A REMINDER NOTICE OF THIS WEEKS SUN CITY AMATEUR RADIO ACTIVITIES:

  • MONDAY APRIL 15th- THE SUN CITY AMATEUR RADIO NET AT 7 pm. KJ6MW, JOHN IS NET CONTROL. THIS IS FOR ALL SUN CITY AND VISITOR HAMS, CHECK-IN.
  • WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH – NEIBORHOOD WATCH-PREPAREDNESS MEETING – TIME 9 am – LOCATION DESERT VISTA-ROOM # 2. PLEASE COME, WE NEED TO REPRESENT SUN CITY AMATEURS AVAILABLE FOR SUN CITY ACTIVITIES AND REQUESTS.    
  • ALSO, WEDNEDAY APRIL 17TH IS THE COFFEE GATHERING AT MILLERS TAVERN @ 2 pm.
  • GREETINGS TO THE NEW HAMS ON THE NOTIFICATION LIST, AND THANKS TO BRUCE, KF4SOM FOR A GREAT JOB IN MAINTAINING THE AMATEUR RADIO SUB COMMITTEE ROSTER AND LISTING THE INTERESTED FUTURE HAMS. GOOD JOB!

Subjects that will be brought up at the coffee meeting: I went to the Clark County ARES/RACES Training meeting last Saturday and some interesting topics were brought up I want to share.

– Las Vegas National Weather Service will provide Spotter/SKYWARN Training for Sun City Neighborhood Watch/Preparedness and Amateur Radio Operators. The purpose for this is to supply local and outlying area in supplying weather reports to the LV NWS during incumbent weather. Anyone interested resident or visitors are invited.  

– A SkyWarn Training course will be conducted for Amateur Radio Operators at the Government Building, May 11 at 9:00 am. If any radio operators, Sun City or visitor HAMS contact Ken Johnson, W7BES by the repeater or e-mail to w7bes@cox.net. The NWS would like to have the Fire Station 107 activated on actual alerts.

– Don Backstrom, AA7AU of the Henderson Amateur Radio Club approached me at to if Sun City Amateur Radio Group would be interested in being involved in the HAM MESH Net, an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network. It is a project we should investigate, I really do not have much information of it, but Don would sure want us to look into it. For more information on it you can look at the HARC: www.w7hen.com. I may have more information by Wednesdays gathering.

KEN -73, W7BES

LVRAC meets next week

The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club’s April 2019 General Meeting will be this coming Wednesday the 17th.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM, but please feel free to arrive earlier and network with your fellow hams for a social hour from 6 to 7PM.  The meeting will be at our regular location, Red Rock Search and Rescue building at 340 Villa Monterey Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada. 

This month’s presentation is by one of our members, Fred Anderson – K5LX.  Fred will be discussing the challenge of designing and building an effective 40 meter mobile antenna.  The center loaded “Bug Catcher Vertical” has consistently outperformed all other HF antennas in mobile operation.  Building and installing one on a vehicle can present unique challenges requiring attention to detail in design and construction.  Fred’s presentation will show how and why this antenna is made like it is and how it relates to the theory behind it.

The Club has some great raffle prizes for your Amateur Radio Experience.  So come to the meeting talk to your fellow hams and support your club.

Remember check the Clubs Web Site http://lvrac.org and like the Clubs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasRadioAmateurClub  for current updates and information.  And follow LVRAC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LVRAC1  

we want to make sure your amateur radio experience is a happy one.

73,

Chas. B. (Charlie) Shepard – K7CBS

President