Uncategorized

now browsing by category

 
Posted by: | Posted on: May 20, 2019

West Chester Amateur Radio Association – WC8VOA

HamVention 2019 News
We had 345 licensed operators visit the VOA Museum and WC8VOA during HamVention weekend.

June 6th Program Meeting @ 7PM sharp
Live Skype presentation with Ward Silver, N0DX discussing proper Grounding and Bonding. Local area HAMs also invited.

FIELD DAY 2019
Setup Saturday June 22nd at 03:00 UTC (8:00 AM)
Starts Saturday June 22nd at 18:00 UTC (1:00 PM)
Ends Sunday June 23rd at 20:59 UTC (3:59 PM)
Setup out front to VOA Museum

 

 

 

 

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: March 28, 2019

WC8VOA Partners with YARC for CQ WPX

This year WC8VOA will be participating in the CQ WPX contest as a YARC partner hosting station. This means we have a few youth guest operators at the station to learn more about contesting. Our goal to teach our guest operators the tips & tricks of contesting and most of all HAVE A GOOD TIME!

YARC stands for “Young Amateurs Radio Club”, part of the club is to introduce youth to contesting via their Youth Contest Program(YCP). You can find more information on their website. YARC

All QSO’s are worth points for this contest, we want to hear from everyone. Look for us on the bands.

Good luck & 73.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 25, 2018

Jamboree on the Air 2018 – Results

Once again this year the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting  hosted Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) for any Scouts that want to participate.

We made over 80 contacts from 22 different states and 9 countries.
We are looking forward to next years event.  Thank you to all the helped with the event.

 

Posted by: | Posted on: October 15, 2018

ARRL Get Your Park On!

WC8VOA operated the ARRL Get Your Park ON! event this past Sunday, October 14th.

Click here for more information

Posted by: | Posted on: October 9, 2018

iSPACE Day

The VOA Museum and WCARA were well represented at iSPACE Day.

Click here for more information

Posted by: | Posted on: July 10, 2018

2018 Field Day

  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day
  • 2018 Field Day
    2018 Field Day

2018 Field Day Satistics

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

img_3099s

 

 

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.

kd8vrx_ispace kd8yvj_1
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