West Chester Amateur Radio Association – WC8VOA

Posted by: | Posted on: February 15, 2016

440 MHz Repeater Operational
WCARA has installed a repeater operating on 443.650 (+) MHz in operation
from the VOA site.  It is a Yaesu Fusion repeater operating in Automatic mode.
The repeater is running at 20 w through a Station Master antenna at 60 ft.
No access tone is required, but it transmits a 123.0 tone in FM mode.
Set tone/squelch to 123.0 and FM users will not hear the digital signal.
Identification is WC8VOA/R and time out is 3 minutes.
Coverage is expected to be in the local area only, and reports can be sent to qst@wc8voa.org.

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EchoLink is now available for use on the WC8VOA 145.390 (-) (no tone) repeater.
ID is WC8VOA-R and node number is 805289
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West Chester Amateur Radio Association, a division of National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting, is organized to promote amateur radio and provide facilities for members and guests to meet, operate WC8VOA, and exchange information about the hobby.

The club has members with many different backgrounds, and technical training and interests.  WC8VOA has four HF operating positions, functioning in voice, cw, and data modes.  WC8VOA/R  is the callsign for the clubs two repeaters.  Each is a  Yaesu Fusion repeater, operating in the automatic mode. The two meter repeater operates on 145.390 (-) (no tone) from a commercial tower located in Fairfield, Ohio.  The 440 MHZ repeater frequency is 443.650 (+) (no tone) from a 60 ft. tower located at the Voice of America Museum in West Chester, Ohio.   We also operate an APRS beacon/relay station with the call sign WC8VOA,and EchoLink on the two meter repeater with node number 805289.

Additionally, we operate 10 Ghz EME, several contests each year, and ARRL Field Day.

An open operating night is held at 7:00 PM each Wednesday, and everyone is welcome to visit.  Click ABOUT US in the toolbar for more information.

 


Ohio State Park Parks On The Air (OSPOTA)

Posted by: | Posted on: August 22, 2017

WCARA will participate in the 10th annual Ohio State Parks on the Air from Caesar Creek Pioneer Village, which is located on the south side of the lake. The location has a collection of old local structures, similar to those found in Sharon Woods. This year the event is on Saturday September 9th from 1400 UTC until 2200 UTC (10 AM till 6 PM EST). We plan on operating at least two HF rigs with various portable antennas. The rules call for SSB on HF only. We will operate under 100 watts.  

 

Please contact Karl (n8miq@yahoo.com) if you have any questions and/or plan on participating. The village is located at 3999 Pioneer Village Rd.,Waynesville, OH. This is about one half hour from VOA. They are letting us use one of the structures with power.  There are nearby toilet facilities.  You should plan on bringing your own refreshments.  

 

Here are some links to the facility and the event:

 

http://www.caesarscreekpioneervillage.org/index.html

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Caesar’s+Creek+Pioneer+Village/@39.4854733,-84.0394881,16.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8840ecb89c9c9969:0x9e6834425b897880!8m2!3d39.485545!4d-84.037578

 

http://www.ospota.org/ospota/index.php


Youth DX Adventure

Posted by: | Posted on: August 1, 2017

As most of you already know, Chris(KD8YVJ) and Jocelyn(KD8VRX) are headed to Costa Rica(TI5) as part of the Youth DX Adventure(YDXA) from August 3rd until the 8th.  You can find out more about the trip and YDXA from the YDXA Website.

Members of the Current Team.

There’s also a Twitter account that will show the frequencies and activities:
@YDXA2017
** You do NOT need a Twitter account to see their status/updates

Be on the lookout for KD8YVJ/TI5, please feel free to spot them on the cluster.

 


Software Defined Radio Operational

Posted by: | Posted on: July 13, 2017

ND8D has installed a SDR in the WC8VOA operating room.
Click this link to learn more and access the SDR
http://websdr.wc8voa.org:8073/`

The SDR allows you to monitor many of the SW bands, and you can check you signal by transmitting from home and listening to how you sound when received at WC8VOA.  The unit is presently connected to the fan dipole.  Four simultaneous connects are possible.


ARISS Celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary through SSTV Event

Posted by: | Posted on: July 13, 2017

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of ARISS, a Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event is planned for Thursday, July 20 starting around 21:25 UTC.  The event plans to feature images from ARISS activities both past and present. This opportunity should cover most of the world during the operation period.

The event plans to use a computer on the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ham radio, specifically the onboard Kenwood TM D710 transceiver. Those receiving the images can post them at https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/ for viewing by the public.

The 20 year history of ARISS will be displayed through a collection of 12 unique images sharing the amazing accomplishments of ARISS over the last two decades. SSTV signals will be sent to earth at 145.80 MHz using FM. The SSTV mode of transmission is expected to be PD 120 (PD 180 may be a second option). The event is expected to continue over a two day period.

Since it’s inception, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has provided students an opportunity, through ham radio, to engage in conversation with orbiting astronauts and inspired many to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Consider how you might inspire students in your area through this chance to capture images directly from space to their computers.

Please note that the event, and any ARISS event, is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

While preparations are being finalized please check for new and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status for the latest information on this event.

You can use the AMSAT website to do ISS Pass Prediction for your area.
You will need software to decode the pictures, for the PC there’s MMSSTV. You can also decode the pictures from your smartphone, yep there’s an App for that. I use CQ SSTV for iOS(Apple), there’s also Robot36 for Android.

Good luck!

 


ARRL Kids Day – Sunday June 18th.

Posted by: | Posted on: June 15, 2017

Please join us as amateur radio operators across the United States and Canada will introduce kids to the wonderful world of amateur radio.  This event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), this is an informal event and meant to be done in a relax atmosphere.  Kids will be making “Contacts” with other kids from across the United States, Canada and maybe even across the globe, you never who will answer you.  This year we will have two locations, the Voice of America Museum in West Chester and Sharon Woods park (Near the visitor center).

Cancellation:
The Sharon Woods location will be cancelled if Heavy Rain or Thunderstorms are present.

When: Sunday, June 18th.
Time: 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Where:
Voice of America Museum.  8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester OH 45069
http://www.voamuseum.org/
 or
Sharon Woods Park. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville OH 45241
http://www.greatparks.org/parks/sharon-woods


Kids Day Certificate of Participation:
Download Certificate

For more information:
http://www.arrl.org/news/kids-day-is-sunday-june-18
http://www.arrl.org/kids-day

 Pictures of the event:


2016 Holiday Party

Posted by: | Posted on: December 6, 2016

KD8YVJ Young Ham Of The Year Award Ceremony

Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2016

Follow this link to see the Young Ham of the Year award presented to KD8YVJ

https://youtu.be/cn1e-QLjZiE

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iSPACE and WCARA make ISS Contact.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 14, 2016

On Saturday October 8th iSPACE students in Cincinnati were able to talk to astronaut Kate Rubins (KG5FYJ) aboard the International Space Station with the help of our club and the VOA Museum.  The contact only lasted 10 minutes but I’m sure everyone will remember this exciting QSO for a very long time.

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Jocelyn (KD8VRX) & Sharon (iSPACE) Chris (KD8YVJ)

Cincinnati Enquirer Article/Video:
http://cin.ci/2eeN2ya

The local community TV (ICRC TV) posted the full event on Youtube.

Italian Telebridge Station Video:

73,
Jocelyn
KD8VRX


NPOTA Taft Museum – July 23, 2016

Posted by: | Posted on: July 25, 2016

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2017 Field Day Photos

Posted by: | Posted on: July 3, 2016
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Field Day Results  

.                                              Contacts                  Points
CW                                            77                            154
Digital                                      40                             80
Phone                                   1225                         1225

Total QSO Points                      1459                                         
Power Multiplier (2X)           2918                              

Bonus Points                             1240
TOTAL POINTS                       4158        

Click this link for detailed statistics
2017 WC8VOA Field Day Contacts