LEARA Club Net Activity Log


146.76 is On the Air!


The .76 repeater is back on the air!  There are a few remaining minor issues that we are aware of and are working on.

See the Repeaters page for more information.

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 146.880 (normally held on 146.760 until repairs are completed). All are welcome to participate.
  • ARES nets meet every Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater. A simplex net follows. .
    ARES meetings are usually held 2PM the first Sunday each month unless there is an event or special occation.
    They are held on zoom. They are open to all, but if you are not an ARES member, please send a request at https://n8esg.org/contact/
    The next meeting is June 6.
  • The SkyWarn Wednesday night practice nets meet every Wednesday in April thru September at 8:30PM on 146.760 repeater.
    At the end of the net a short simplex net will take place on 146.475.
    Feel free to check in and test your gear on simplex.
  • The National Weather Service has cancled it's customary multiple county Spring Spotter training for Spring of 2021
    An On-Line Spotter training video from the NWS is available at www.facebook.com/NWSCleveland/videos/858879174941020/

  • In place of in person training, the NWS is offering a few on-line training sessions. See below
    On-Line Spotter registration with NWS is available at https://www.weather.gov/cle/SKYWARN_schedule
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting Will be Tuesday May 25, 2021 as a virtual meeting held on Zoom. See the latest newsletter for general info. Details will be emailed to the membership. If you are not a member but wish to attend, Contact a trustee to be sent information.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday July 10, at 9:00AM -
    It is open to all Paid LEARA Members. To attend contact one of the Trusttees for Zoom instructions.
  • Have pictures of your shack or mobile installation? Pass them along to the newsletter editor Carsten KD8WBB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • IRLP is no longer on the '88 repeater; The 88 system has been upgraded to Allstar and Echo link. See the LEARA Newsletter and Web Page for more information
  • The Fusion Repeater on 444.700 is on the air, but WiresX is not working at this time. . Check out the Repeaters tab for more information.
  • The '76 repeater is being removed from service to undergo in depth maintenance. Activities will be moved to the 146.880 repeater.
  • Upcoming Hamfests – See Newsletter on the Club's Net page. (Due to COVID-19 many are still being cancled)
  • Public Service events: The Public Service season for 2021 is starting to recover, please check out the link at: http://neoesg.org/events
    and scroll to the bottom or click "HERE"
  • N8UPZ reminds everyone that the National Weather Service can always use help with precipitation monitoring. For further info please check out the CoCoRaHS web site at http://www.cocorahs.org

  • 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

  • 3/11/21 Question: Does a U.S. ham need written authorization from Canada before operating an amateur radio in Canada?
    Choices: A) Yes, B) NO
    Answer: B- No
  • 3/18/21 Question: For amateur callsigns (i.e. WB8CQR), what is the regional number for the District of Columbia
    Choices: 1, 2, 3, or 4
    Answer: 3
  • 3/25/21 Quesetion: What is a better antenna to use for NVIS Day?
    Choices: A) Verticle, B) Horizontal
    Answer: B- Verticle
    Discussion: Have you ever built your own antenna?
  • 4/01/21 Queston: What kind of ham radios are installed in orbit on the International Space Station?
    Choices: a)Yaesu, b)Icom, c)Motorola, d)Kenwood, e)Baofeng
    Answer: D Kenwood. There are two Kenwood dual-band APRS mobile radios specially outfitted for operation on the
    International Space Station. One of them was recently off the air for a few weeks following a replacement of
    the antenna feedline. As part of a subsequent spacewalk, the previous feedline was re-connected and the station
    is back on the air. More information can be found at amsat.org. Fun fact, there used to be a GE/Ericsson portable
    in service on the space station, but it was recently replaced with a Kenwood mobile rig..
    Discussion Question: What ham radio activity have you done recently, besides talking on FM repeaters or simplex?
  • 4/08/21 Question: What two states have towns to which you must travel to a different country to get to?
    Choice of states include: Texas, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Arizona, Montana,
    New Hampshire, California, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Minnesota, Maine
    Answer: Washington & Minnesota
  • 4/15/21 Queston: Next week Saturday 4/24 is NVIS day. Which of the following antennas is NOT optimal for nvis?
    Choices: A)Dipole, B)A tied down whip, C)A delta mono loop, D)Yagi, E)A double Bazooka.
    Answer: D - Yagi
    The Yagi is used for direct line of transmission to the horizon. The other antennas direct the wave upward to bounce off the ionosphere to nearer points.
  • 4/22/21 Question: What is the record number of consecutive days with temperatures below freezing in Cleveland?
    A. 5 days
    B. 11 days
    C. 26 days
    D. 38 days
    E. None of the above
    Answer: The correct answer is 38 days. The record number of consecutive days of below freezing temperatures in Cleveland is 38 days from December 26, 1976 to February 2, 1977. Cleveland did not experience a single minute of above freezing temperatures in the entire month of January in 1977.
  • 4/29/21 Question: What was the year was first Field Day held.
    Choices: A)1917, B)1933, C)1945, D)1952.
    Answer B - 1933
  • 5/6/21 Question: In what year was the ionospher descovered?
    A) 1895
    B) 1900
    C) 1924
    D) 1928
    Answer: C-1924
    Sir Edward Victor Appleton won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 for his investigations of the upper atmosphere especially for the discovery of the so-called appleton layer.
    When radio signals were sent across the Atlantic at the beginning of the 20th century, it became apparent that the radio waves followed the earth's curvature. Physicists assumed that the radio waves wee being reflected from a layer in the atmosphere where the sun's ultraviolet light had liberated electrons from their atoms.
  • 05/13/21 Quesetion: Which DXCC entity is wanted the most?
    A) Syria YK
    B) South Sandwich Islands VP8S
    C) Yemen 7O
    D) Easter Island CE0Y
    Answer: B - South Sandwich Island VP8S
    Discussion Question: What are your plans for Field Day?

Related info on WWV

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 KNOW 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.
April 2021 Checkins - 36
AB8M0 Andy
AB8UM Mike
AD8G David
K2WJS Bill
K8ADS Allen
K8ALG Andy
K8EHP Mike
K8SAS Steve
KC8CSU Sarah
KD8DYG Justin
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8HZV Frank
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8CEO Robert
KM8V Jon
N8AHS Fred
N8AUC Eric
N8OFF Bryan
N8RKE Larry
N8UPZ Bill
W8DEC Matt
W8DKA Doug

  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule
05/13/21 Jon KM8V
05/20/21 Mike AB8UM
05/27/21 Ed W8IE
06/03/21 Carl KB8VXE
06/10/21 Ken KG8DN
006/17/21 Eric N8AUC
006/24/21 Jon KM8V
07/01/21 Mike AB8UM
07/08/21 Ed W8IE
07/15/21 Carl KB8VXE
07/22/21 Eric N8AUC
07/29/21 Ken KG8DN