LEARA Club Net Activity Log

Recent Announcements:

  • LEARA Club Net promotion - see the LEARA "On The Air" column in the newsletter for more info
  • The Thursday LEARA Club net meets every Thursday at 8 PM on 146.760. All are welcome to participate.
  • The Thursday LEARA Digital Communications Net meets every Thursday at 9PM on 146.880. All are welcome to participate.
    For information on Digital communication, software and cofiguraion, See Getting Started Tutorials on the Club's Net page.
  • ARES nets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater
  • The SkyWarn Wednesday night practice nets are held on Wednesdays on the 146.760 repeater at 8:30PM.
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting is on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM
    at Mahle's Restaurant & Lounge , 24945 Detroit Ave, Westlake, OH 44145)
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday September 9, at 9:15AM - Maple Hts Library - All members welcome
  • Have pictures of your shack or mobile installation? Pass them along to the newsletter editor KG8DN
  • IRLP is on the '88 repeater; See the LEARA Newsletter and Web Page for more information
  • The Fusion Repeater on 447.880 is out for factory updates. Check out the Repeaters tab for more information.
  • Upcoming Hamfests – See Newsletter on the Club's Net page.
  • Public Service events:

    The Public Service season for 2017 has started . For events to come, please check out the ARES link: http://ccares.us/
    and scroll to the bottom or click "HERE"

    August 19 Is Bike for Beck. For the Beck Performing arts is a ride through the west branch of the Rocky River Reservation. To help, contact John Padley (W8DRT) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    August 20, Help is needed for the Rock Hall of Fame Half Marathon. please register at "https://goo.gl/forms/5vjhB7QeiOkC034z2" (or click here)

    August 26, Race For The Cure contact Leone Sirna (KB8VBR) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    August 27, Belfaire Biathlon, please register at "https://goo.gl/forms/bdZtmnzcUdqGKL3Q2" (or click here)

    August 31 thru September 4, The Great Geauga County Fair needs hams for service. Register at "https://geaugacountyares.org/" (or click here)

    September 10, River run, To help, contact Eric Jessen (N8AUC) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    September 24, Ride for Miles. Register at "https://goo.gl/forms/RYa74HTRC34X1jp52" (or click here)

  • We can always use net controlers, which means that you can try your hand at running a LEARA net! Give it a try, it's not that hard. Learn the voices and call signs of your fellow radio members. We presently have 7 active net controlers to bring you the net each week. Why not join up and give us a hand.
    You can even do a part time shift - say 4 times a year! Give it a try!
    Contact Carl KB8VXE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunshine Report

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 06/08/17 Question: How is the feedback supplied in a Pierce oscillator?
    A) Tapped coil, B) Linked coupling, C) Neutralizing Capacitor, D) Quartz Crystal.
    Answer: D) A quartz Crystal.
  • 06/15/17 Question: Who is thet OH HENRY! Candy bar named after?
    A) Hank Aaron, B) Henry Ford, C) Hank Williams, D) Henry VIII, E) A lesser known individual?.
    Answer: E) A young man named Henry who regularly visited the candy shop owned by the creator of the candy bar.
  • 06/22/17 Discussion: What are your field day plans?
    Will you be joining LEARA this year?
    Are you new or a field day veteran?
  • 06/29/17 Question: In the equation Lambda x f = C; What is C?
    A) 3 x 10 power 8, B) 9.8 x 10 power 8, C) The velocity of light, D) The approximate speed that energy travels in free space?
    Answer: All are true. In calculating antenna wavelengths, the basic equation is corrected for multiple factors such as;
    dielectric materials, wire size, spaciong impedeance, and location of the antenna above the ground.
    Refer to ARRL Antenna Book (Chapter 2)
    Discussion: This past weekend was Field Day. Did you participate and where?
    What was your most memorable antenna experience?
  • 07/06/17 Question: (QRZ #1179) When tuning a trapped vertical antenna for lowest SWR, one should alwary:
    A) Tune to highest frequency, B) Tune to the lowest frequency, C)Tune to 20 meters, D)Use a dummy load?
    Answer: A - Tune to the highest frequency.
    Discussion: Did you know - Sunday was the 80th anniversary of the loss of Amelia Erhart over the Pacific
  • 07/13/17 Question: When did SkyWarn start? (Closest wins)
    Guesses included:1971, 1973,1974, 1975, 1976, 1978.
    Answer: June 18, 1971
  • 07/20/17 Question: When was the last time it rained in the McMurdo Dry Valley, Antartica?
    Hint: It was a very long time ago.
    Answer: 2 million years ago.
  • 07/27/17 Question: (QRZ #435) To whom does an Official Observer send his monthly report?
    Answer: D) OCC Official Observer Coordinator
  • 08/03/17 Question: Who is the oldest ham radio operator?
    A) Hiram Percy Maaxim, B) Jose Vicichi-from Argentina, C) Tom Gallagher, D)Rick Roderick, E) Scott Yonally
    Answer: B) Jose Vicichi
    Hirem Percy Maxim died 1936, revered as father of amateur radio
    Tom Gallagher is the chief executive officer of the ARRL
    Rick Roderick is the ARRL president
    Scott Yonally ARRL Ohio Section leader
  • 08/10/17 Question: Which man did not hold a patent for radio:
    A) Hiram Percy Maxim, B) Alfred Grossi, C) Ed Armstrong
    Answer: A) Hiram Percy Maxim
    Discussion: Talk about the upcoming eclipse

Trivia Question Etiquette

    The Trivia Question is supposed to be a fun and learning experience for everyone checking in. Most of the time the answer is a multiple guess, and for many literally a guess. It makes the people sit and ponder the possible answers. If you don't know the answer, you may say so and acknowlege that you are taking a guess, and then give your answer. If you KNOW the correct answer, please just give give the letter or text of your choice only. Don't spoil the question for others by giving a complete dissertation on the principals, theories and biographies of the author or scientist. Giving that information early in the net spoils the fun for the people who have yet to play. Factoids and anecdotal information regarding history or even personal experience relating to the question is a most welcome additive to the discussion AFTER the answer has been given. Let the Net Control you have additional info for the end of the net.

    Thanks for checking in and enjoy learning new facts, or basking in the knowlege that you have.
July 2017 Checkins - 18
K8SAS Steve
K8SHB Joel
KE8HSK Chuck
N6JUB Andy
N8OOF Bryan
N8UPZ Bill
WA8LIV Andrew
WB8IXZ Megan


Net Control Schedule
08/10/17 Steve K8SAS
08/24/17 Carl KB8VXE
08/31/17 Megan WB8IXZ
09/07/17 Eric N8AUC
09/14/17 Ken KG8DN
09/21/17 Andrew WA8LIV
09/28/17 Steve K8SAS
10/05/17 David KD8ACO
10/12/17 Tom N8AGM
10/19/17 Carl KB8VXE
10/26/17 Eric N8AUC
11/02/17 Megan WB8IXZ