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Posted by: | Posted on: August 1, 2017

Youth DX Adventure

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.

Posted by: | Posted on: July 13, 2017

ARISS Celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary through SSTV Event

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!

 

Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2016

KD8YVJ Young Ham Of The Year Award Ceremony

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

https://youtu.be/cn1e-QLjZiE

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Posted by: | Posted on: October 14, 2016

iSPACE and WCARA make ISS Contact.

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:

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Jocelyn
KD8VRX

Posted by: | Posted on: July 25, 2016

NPOTA Taft Museum – July 23, 2016

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Posted by: | Posted on: July 3, 2016

2017 Field Day Photos

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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        

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 15, 2016

West Chester Amateur Radio Association – WC8VOA

West Chester Amateur Radio Association, a division of National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting.   Operating as WC8VOA,  it is organized to promote amateur radio and provide facilities for members and guests to meet and to exchange information about the hobby.

The club has members with many different backgrounds, and technical training and interests.  WC8VOA has seven 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.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 5, 2015

WCARA Calendar

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

* Swap MeetSwap Meet

Time: 4:00 pm

Swap Meet at the VOA. Spaces $5.00, and $10.00 if WCARA provides the table. Open to all to sell or buy. RSVP to treasurer@wc8voa.org by 12/1.

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Monday NetMonday Net

Time: 8:00 pm

Weekly net on 145.390 FM & Digital. No tone required. No net on holidays.

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* Siren TestSiren Test

Time: 11:50 am

Monthly West Chester/Butler County siren test

* Open Operating NightOpen Operating Night

Time: 7:00 pm

Station is open for members and visitors to operate

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* Holiday PartyHoliday Party

Time: 7:00 pm

WCARA annual holiday party. Free to all members and their family. RSVP by 12/1 to treasurer@wc8voa.org. 2018 $20.00 can be paid at this event.

* Monthly MeetingMonthly Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm

Monthly Program Meeting. 7:00 pm at VOA Building

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Monday NetMonday Net

Time: 8:00 pm

Weekly net on 145.390 FM & Digital. No tone required. No net on holidays.

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* Business MeetingBusiness Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm

Monthly business meeting - 7:00 pm at VOA Building.

* Open Operating NightOpen Operating Night

Time: 7:00 pm

Station is open for members and visitors to operate

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

* VOA Open HouseVOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Monthly open house

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Monday NetMonday Net

Time: 8:00 pm

Weekly net on 145.390 FM & Digital. No tone required. No net on holidays.

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* Open Operating NightOpen Operating Night

Time: 7:00 pm

Station is open for members and visitors to operate

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Monday NetMonday Net

Time: 8:00 pm

Weekly net on 145.390 FM & Digital. No tone required. No net on holidays.

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* Open Operating NightOpen Operating Night

Time: 7:00 pm

Station is open for members and visitors to operate

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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* Museum & WC8VOA Open HouseMuseum & WC8VOA Open House

Time: 1:00 pm

Both the Museum and WC8VOA will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.