UPCOMING EVENTS

Our next general membership meeting will be July 21, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Veterans Memorial Building, 22 W. Broadway, Meridian


The American Legion Post 113 Amateur Radio Club are announcing some very interesting activities that we think you’ll be happy you attended. These programs will feature some very fun/interesting speakers and demonstrations in the coming months. We are inviting all hams to attend these live activities at: The American Legion Hall Post 113 at 22W. Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID. Contact: rjdees@AOL.com/ 208-888-1343 or robwhit_6@msn.com We will start at 7:00 pm sharp. 

1.) July 28th Club Meeting, Rich Dees: 19th Century Telegraph/Morris Code demonstration and operation.

2.)  Aug 25th Club Meeting, Bob Whitlatch Demonstration: UPS (Un-interuptable Power Supply) Solar Battery Powered Ham Station.

3.) Sep 9th Special Club Meeting, Dr Ed Fong’s J-pole Antennae Class: 

Dr. Edison (ED) Fong (WB6IQN) will be our guest speaker and he will be bringing some of his world famous antennas with him.  The date is September 9, 2021 where we will have a special meeting time and date. Ed Fong was first licensed in 1968 as WN6IQN.  He later upgraded to Extra Class (with full 20 WPM CW) with his present call of WB6IQN.  He obtained the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of San Francisco.  A Life Senior Member of the IEEE, he has 12 patents and over 40 published papers and books in the area of communications and integrated circuit design.  Presently, he is employed by the University of California (previously at Berkeley and presently at Santa Cruz- Silicon Valley) as an instructor teaching graduate classes in RF design and High Speed interface design.  During his 40 year career he has performed work for Motorola, National Semiconductor, Phillips Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices.” 

Look him up on the internet and you can see what he’s been doing over the years.  We will send out many reminders between now and then, but you should keep this date in your calendar and plan to attend.   

4.)  Sep 22nd Special Club Meeting, John Kernkamp’s Near Vertical Incident Skywave Antenna Presentation:

John Kernkamp has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1972, and holds the Extra Class License.
His first call sign was WB4YJT, which he has never changed since no one has ever been able to come up with any outrageous phonetics for “YJT”.

Since 1990, John has been the co-owner of, and Chief Engineer for the Ventenna Company, LLC, which designs and manufactures specialized and stealthy radio antennas. With worldwide distribution, customers include the FBI, CIA, NSA, and DOD, as well as various international governments.

John holds three patents in the fields of antenna design and industrial motor control methods.

John currently resides in southwestern Idaho, where he continues to pursue new antenna designs, and offer consulting services to various clients.


Technician Class License Class

Proposed dates are: July 21, July 29, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 26, Sep 1, and Sep 8.  We can take the test on Sep 19, 2021.  The classes will run from 7:00 PM to10:00 PM each session.

Based on the building availability, we will need to limit the classroom days to once a week.  Even at that, the days of the week may jump around a bit during the month because of the increased building usage.  As planned now, we can meet once a week for eight weeks.  Each time we meet we can have three hour sessions.  That means around 24 classroom hours will be presented.  The test will be given a week after the class finishes. 

This also means students will need to do some independent study to really grasp the material.  Sounds like school huh? Our text will be the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition.  The book is available from RJM Computers and Electronics and the ARRL.  There is no cost for the class, but you will need to get a book.  Also, students will need to begin taking the practice tests available from many on-line resources. 

Please understand, this is a full class…not a quickie class.  We will be going over the material in-depth.  The electronics will be geared for the Technician as will the math.  If math is not your forte, no worries. We will start at the beginning.  There will be some memorization especially for the rules and the authorized frequencies.  

Please RSVP if you or someone you know will be attending the class. The class limit is 20, and the minimum is three.  You may call at 208 888 1343, or email Rich at rjdees@aol.com   


Our net is held every Thursday evening at 1900 (except holidays). The frequency is 146.940 for receive and 146.340 for transmit. PL is 100 Hz. All are welcome to check in. Volunteers are needed to be Net Control Stations. It is fun and easy. Rich W7BOI will provide the script and training. Please consider stepping up so he can have a rest once in a while.


FUN & GAMES

May 1, 2021: N7LGN hosted a “Now What?” event at the American Legion Post in Meridian. The event was designed for newly licensed ham operators and for older operators who had not talked on the radio. Different ham modes were discussed, everyone had the opportunity to talk on their radios, and they built three homemade antennas. Young and old all had a great time.

 

 

July 6, 2019: Members of N7LGN gathered for an antenna party to install the new VHF/UHF and HF antennas in the attic of the Veterans Memorial Building. N7LGN is on the air!

 

 

June 15, 2019: The Fox Hunt hosted by N7LN was once again a success and fun for all.

Hunters were from Lt-Rt, Thom WA7JUL, Steve, W7BJX, Matt (Fox) W7LGN, Rich (Fox) W7BOI, Mike W7RWJ, and Steve W7OSG. First place was won by the team of Steve and Mike. In a tight race (not really) Thom and Mike came in second. Matt and Rich did an outstanding job of being the fox. They had us all on the run.
 

April 20, 2019: N7LGN hosted its first fox hunt of the season. Four two-man teams participated. Thom WA7JUL hosted, along with Bill N7OCV and Mike WB7RWS playing fox. The group met at the Veterans Memorial Building in Meridian for doughnuts and coffee before the hunt, and pizza afterward. It was unanimous that all had a good time and it was lots of fun. Bill N7OCV did a great job of hiding and used just about every trick in the book to fool the hunters. The winners of the Fox Trophy  were the team of Steve N7BJX and Mike W7OSG. Second was the team of Rich W7BOI and Matt W7LGN, Third was Eric N1SRC and his co-pilot Bill. Fourth was Joel N0DNE and Judy NC0DNE.