LEARA Club Net Activity Log


Lake County Input Site Wanted!

We are looking for an input site for 146.76 in Lake County.  If you can help with this, please contact the club!

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.
  • ARES nets meet every Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater. .
    The next ARES meeting is on Sunday, March 22, 2020 Has been Canceled
  • The Wednesday SkyWarn Wednesday night practice nets will meet every Wednesday in March 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 2020.
    Note that the NWS State wide Tornado Drill is Wednesday, March 25th at 9:50AM. Please feel free to check into the Skywarn net on 146.760. Give your call and location and you can secure your station.
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting Will be Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 at a location yet to be determined. PLEASE MONITOR THE NET and Emails. The Corona virus is closing our venues.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday March 14, at 9:15AM - Progresive meeting room
  • Have pictures of your shack or mobile installation? Pass them along to the newsletter editor KG8DN
  • IRLP is on the '88 repeater; (currently not accessable as DTMF is not deconding tones) See the LEARA Newsletter and Web Page for more information
  • The Fusion Repeater on 444.700 is on the air in both digital and analog modes. 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 2020 is Starting. For events to come, please check out the link at: http://neoesg.org/events
    and scroll to the bottom or click "HERE"
    Mat KC8NZJ, reminds everyone that the start of the season is with the Cleveland CVS Marathon.
    He needs 10 people for Saturday and 40 for Sunday. If you can return from Hamvention is time or are available, please sign up at the link above.
  • 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.


  • LEARA Fundraiser: LEARA is raffling off a Honda EU2200i generator to raise much-needed funds. This is the premier inverter generator for Field Day, camping, light duty home power backup, and many other uses. In addittion to the 120VAC ouput this generator also has a 12VDC output, useful for charging batteries or running ham radio gear.

    Tickets are available from trustees and also on line at the http://www.leara.org/raffle.org LEARA website. There are a maximum of 500 tickets. Tickets are $20 each. Note that if a minimum number of ticket sales are not reached, your money will be refunded.

Sunshine Report

  • Want to wish our friend Ed Rivers W8IE XYL a speedy recovery

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 02/06/20 Question: In 1970 which famous inventor and HAM taped two microphones together and wired one out of phase
    to prevent feedback for Gerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
    Choices: a) Bob Heil - K9EID, b) Amar Bose (not a ham), c) Paul Klipsch, d) Dick Rutan KB6LQ.
    Answer: A- Bob Heil - K9EID
  • 02/13/20 Question: What callsign was used byt the ARRL Headquarter's Station before W1AW was assigned to it?
    Choices: A) W1HQ, B) W1AR, C) W1AL, D) W1MK
    Answer: D)-W1MK
    Question 2: A QSO with an ocean-going vessel, anchored in the territorial waters of Russia, can be counted as a DSCC contact with Russia.
    Answer: False. The only way a ship may be counted as a DSCC is if it is permantly fixed to the land base, i.e. museum piece such as the Cod.
  • 02/20/20 Question: In what year was Marconi born?
    Choices: A)1860, B)1874, C)1890, D)1894
    Answer: Answer: B
  • 02/27/20 Question:Which gemstone or mineral was historically associated with what we call the ELECTRON?
    Choices: A. Amber, B. Berylium, C. Calcite, D. Diamond, E. Emerald
    Answer: A. Amber - from its electrostatic properties. The Ancient Greek word for Amber was close to "electron.")
    Discussion: What do you think of the modes, FT8 and JS8 (specifically, JS8Call)?
    "Did you know?" Theme: That Herbert Hoover, Jr., son of president Herbert Hoover, was a ham with call W6ZH, etc.
  • 03/05/20 Question: Who's idea was it to promote Daylight Savings Time
    Choices: A) Ben Franklin , B) Dwight D Eisenhower , C) George Washington
    Answer: Answer: A
    Daylight saving time is one thing that Franklin did not invent.
    He merely suggested Parisians change their sleep schedules to save money on candles and lamp oil.
    The common misconception comes from a satirical essay he wrote in the spring of 1784
    that was published in the Journal de Paris.
  • 03/12/20 Question: On March 13, 1923 who first demonstated sound on film for movies?
    a) Thomas Edison, b) Philo Farnsworth, c) Howard Hughes, d) Lee de Forest
    Answer: d) March 13 1923 - 1923 Lee de Forest demonstrates his sound-on-film moving pictures (NYC)

    BTW: On July 18, 1907, de Forest made the first ship-to-shore transmissions by radiotelephone — race reports
    for the Annual Inter-Lakes Yachting Association (I-LYA) Regatta held on Lake Erie — which were sent from the
    steam yacht Thelma to his assistant, Frank E. Butler, located in the Fox's Dock Pavilion on South Bass Island.
    That dock is now called "the Jet Express Dock"!
  • 03/19/20 Question: What presidential candidate favored dropping impeachment of Bill Clinton and called for the impeachment of George Bush?
    Choices: a) John McCain, b) Hillary Clinton, c) Donald Trump, d) Bernie Sanders?
    Answer: C) Donald Trump
  • 03/26/20 Question: CONTEST BASICS - The goal of Amateur Radio contesting is to contact as many stations as possible during the contest period.
    Every contest has Contest Rules: Which of the following is not a rule?
    A. Only certain bands may be used
    B. The contest only takes places between certain times and on certain dates. Some contests also require “off times” when you are forced to leave the air.
    C. An exchange of information is necessary during each contact. You may be required to send and receive a serial number, location, name or even a person’s age.
    D. Only certain operating configurations can be used. You may have to choose a “class” of operation such as a single operator using low power.
    E. All the above are rules.

    Answer: E- All are rules.
  • 03/31/20 SPECIAL NET! The weekly membership meeting was held on Air at 7:30 PM. Lasted One hour and thirty minutes.
    Survey questions asked about on line meeting/confrence experiences.

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.
March 2020 Checkins - 35
We had 27 checkins for Club meeting on 3/31
AB8M Doug
AB8UM Mike
AC8JR Andy
K1QCD Frank
K2WJS Bill
K8ALG Andy
K8CVM Chuck
K8EHP Mike
K8KBZ Keith
K8PP Fred
K8SAS Steve
KC8KSU Sarah
KC8NOV Marty
KD8ACO David
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8CEO Robert
KE8HNK Elmer
KM8V Jon
N8AUC Eric
N8OOF Bryan
N8UPZ Bill
N8UUC Dave
W8DKA Doug
W8HF Steve
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  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule
04/02/20 Eric N8AUC
04/09/20 Bill K2WJS
04/16/20 Ken KG8DN
04/23/20 Mike AB8UM
04/30/20 Carl KB8VXE
05/07/20 Eric N8AUC
05/14/20 Bill K2WJS
05/21/20 Ken KG8DN
05/28/20 Mike AB8UM
06/04/20 Carl KB8VXE