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Should we weep for amateur radio?

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On an amateur radio mailing list that I subscribe to, one fellow wrote, “I weep for the state of amateur radio in the US, since this dispatch is apparently necessary…” He then pointed to an article on the ARRL website that reminded hams that while their local time may be switching to daylight time, Universal Coordinated Time did not change.

The implication, of course, was that we have dumbed down ham radio so much that a reminder like this was necessary.

This thread went on and on, eventually garnering 17 different replies. Before it morphed into a discussion of whether or not DST is a good idea in the first place, the replies echoed the sentiment in the original e-mail:

“It’s become a push button, nanny state world, what do you expect, competence?”

“We are truly in a time of appliance operating, not only in ham radio, but in practically every aspect of our lives. :-(“

At first, I had the same reaction. I thought to myself, “How dumb are we getting in ham radio, if guys have to be reminded that UTC doesn’t change when we switch to daylight savings time?” After thinking about this for a while, though, I’ve completely change my mind on this.

I work with a lot of newcomers to amateur radio, and many of them just don’t know how UTC works. This is not their fault—-they just haven’t had the opportunity to deal with UTC. What these old timers (old farts?) didn’t realize is that the ARRL article is not directed at them, but at the newcomers to ham radio.

I’ll even go one step further. It’s easy for us old-timers to be dismissive of newcomers’ lack of knowledge, and then complain that amateur radio is getting dumber, but knee-jerk reactions don’t usually help anyone involved. A much better approach would be to roll up your sleeves and teach them something. The only way newcomers are going to get to be old timers like us is if we help them learn stuff like this.

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When not teaching newbies about UTC, you’ll find KB6NU working on updates to his “No Nonsense” study guides, teaching one-day Tech classes, or blogging about amateur radio at www.kb6nu.com.

President’s Message for March 2015

Mike KiefferThe March MARC birthday party will be at the regular meeting place (Faith Church) Thursday 3/12/15 and will be a club sponsored (paid) pizza party and movie. We will have a variety of pizza and soft drinks. Food will start at 6:00pm and movie begins at 6:30pm. The movie will be “Frequency” (118 minutes):

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via HAM radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history–again.

At the Birthday Part we will be auctioning off a copy of Jack Purdum’s new book: Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio, available at Amazon.com. The book has had great reviews on Amazon and we appreciate Jack’s donating a copy to the club for the raffle. Chances will be 1$ each.

If you are interested in helping out with 2015 ARRL Field DAY, contact Bill Schroeder

April’s meeting presentation topic has been changed to “QSL Cards, eQSL and QSL best practices”, by Mark Tannert, WN8U.

We need suggestions for meeting presentation topics. Please email me suggestions.

We will have a brief MARC business meeting after the movie 3/12/15.

73, Mike Kieffer (KD8OUT), President

MARC Casual Contesters — March SSB Contests

There are two SSB contests on the MARC calendar in March.

Both run for 48 hours, so anyone with an HF radio should be able to get on the air for 15 or 20 minutes and make a few contact.

Registration, prior to the contest, is not required for either of these contests, so if you decide at the last minute to get of the air just do it.

1. ARRL DX Contest

The contest starts on March 7 at 00:00 UTC and runs for 48 hours.

US and Canada only work DX.

DX only works US and Canada.

This contest has a Club Competition as defined in the “General Rules for All ARRL Contests”.

To have your score added to MARC’s total be sure to include a CLUB: line in the Cabrillo log entry and enter the club name exactly as it’s listed in the ARRL Contest Club List located in the Contest section.

Rules are on the ARRL web site.

2. CQ World Wide WPX Contest

The contest starts on March 28 at 00:00 UTC and runs for 48 hours.

Everybody works everybody.

Multipliers are call sign prefixes.

This contest has a Club Competition. To have your score added to MARC’s total be sure to include a CLUB: line in the Cabrillo log entry and enter the club name exactly as it’s listed in Club Names on the CQ WPX web site. Look under the Logs tab.

Rules

Logging

If you don’t already have contest logging software you might consider using N1MM+. It’s fee. Just don’t start reading the 800+ page manual, contact Denny or me and we can talk you through setting it up for a single op operation.

Contact me via email or on the MARC repeater if you have any questions.

Bill WS6K
MARC Contest Coordinator

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