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.
  • ARES nets meet every Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater. .
    The next ARES meeting is on Sunday, June 7, 2020 At the Helwig Wistle Stop, 599 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017, from 2PM to 4PM
  • 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
    An On-Line Spotter training vidio from the NWS is available at www.facebook.com/NWSCleveland/videos/858879174941020/
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting Will be Tuesday May 26, 2020 as a virtual meeting held on WebX. See the latest newsletter for general info. Details will be emailed to the membership.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday July 11, at 9:15AM - (stay tuned for update)
  • 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"
    Due to the Corona Virus, the CVS Marathon has been cancled along with may others.
    Please monitor events at the above N8ESG.org link
  • 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

  • We are sorry to hear that David Kennet passed away April 15, 2020. An Ohio Bell Retiree, W8KFJ
    You can read about Dave's radio adventures with links to many sources on QRZ.
    You can also see many videos he made on You Tube.
  • We would also like to acknowledge the Passing of Daniel Pickergill N8PKV
    Dan was very active in Ham radio and the setting up of
    repeaters and the Skywarn Program with NWS.

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 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.
  • 04/02/20 Question: What call sign was held by the late King Hussein
    Options: A. JY1, B. YJ1, C. JA1, D. None of the above
    Answer: A- JY1
  • 04/09/20 Question: On April 6, 1914 the American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded in Hartford, Connecticut. Everyone knows the
    name Hiram Percy Maxim, but few people know the name of his co-founder. His co-founder was the just as important, if only becuase he owned
    a small magazine called QST.
    Choices: a) William Ball b) Guglielmo Marconi c) Nikola Tesla d) Clarence D. Tuska
    Answer: D- Tuska

    Eratta: Clarence D. Tuska co-founded the ARRL at the age of 18. His original call sign was 1WD. Tuska was the
    original editor and owner of the amateur radio publication QST. During WW1 he served with the U.S.
    Army's Signal Corps. He established a radio training school at the Ellington Airfield near Houston, Texas.
    He was later transferred to the radio school at Camp McClellan in Alabama. After the end of the war, he
    returned to Hartford. On his return to Hartford, he sold QST to the ARRL in 1919, as part of his
    reorientation toward professional activities within the radio industry. Tuska really went pro! He went on
    to graduate with a law degree from LaSalle Extension University and in 1947, became the Director of
    Patent Operations for a small company named Radio Corporation of America.

    At the time of his death he held 20 patents. In 1982, Tuska was inducted as the second member of the
    American Radio Relay League's Hall of Fame.
  • 04/16/20 Question: When did the FCC turn over license testing to the VEC?
    Choices: A. 1980, B. 1984, C. 1988, D. 1990
    Answer: B. 1984
  • 04/23/20 Question: How many US citizens perished in the 1918 Spanish flue epidemic?
    A-50 million, B-675K, C-125K, D-80K
    Answer: B-675K

    The Spanish flue of 1918 killed 50 million people, worldwide. In the United States, 675,000 are known to have perished.
    In contrast, the Swine flu, which like the Spanish flu is an H1N1 virus, claimed about 12,500 people in the States.
    The 1957 Asian flu was based on an H2N2 virus while the 1968 pandemic was caused by an H3N2 flu bug.
    More can be learned from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/basics/past-pandemics.html.
    For people interested in what takes place in the planning arena, there are a series of Youtube videos that document table top exercises.
    These can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm1-DnxRiPM
    and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ1x8SlNxj0&t=1080s
    Both of these are multi part, multi hour sources of spine tingling inspiration.

  • 04/30/20 Question: Today we will be talking about the weekly LEARA Net.
    In 2019, What was the total number of checkins for the entire year:
    Choices: A- 517, B-677, C-732, D-854
    Answer: B- 677. After tonights net we have 317 YTD.
  • 05/07/20 Question: In radio electronics, what is a TNT?
    a) a type of transistor
    b) a type of tube
    c) a type of oscillator
    d) a calibrating device
    Answer: C. TNT stands for "tuned not tuned".
    It's a variation on the tuned plate tuned grid circuit that uses a broadband, low Q inductor in the feedback circuit.
    Way back when, it was a less expensive way to build a transmitter. Like, 1920's or so. It was also more prone to harmonics, which is why we dont use them any more.

    Discussion: Given that many repuable colleges and universities offer some courses completel on line these days,
    how do you feel about online, remote amateur radio license testing?
  • 05/14/20 Question: The history channel and other sites claim that Guglielmo Marconi sent the first communication
    by wireless telegraph on May 14, 1897. The statement is not without controversy as others claim another
    inventor was actually earlier...
    Was the person who claims to have actually invented the ability to transmit and receive radio waves first
    a) Russian Alexander Popov
    b) India’s Jagdish Chandra Bose
    c) Nikola Tesla
    d) Britain Oliver Joseph Lodge

    Answer: It’s a trick question. All are true
    As early as 1895, the Russian physicist Alexander Popov was broadcasting between buildings.
    As early as 1895, India’s Jagdish Chandra Bose was using radio waves to ring bells and trigger explosions. (setting up the plot for about 12 Die Hard movies)
    In 1901 the Serbian-American electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla said he had developed a wireless telegraph in 1893. In 1943 the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated four Marconi radio patents, citing Tesla’s prior work. Tesla was both broke and dead when the ruling was handed down.
    Oliver Joseph Lodge identified electromagnetic radiation, independent of Hertz's proof, and at his 1894 Royal Institution lectures,
    Lodge demonstrated an early radio wave detector he named the "cohere-er".

    Another fun fact without controversy… The Stars and Stripes Forever was performed publicly for the first time ever on May 14, 1897 in Philadelphia. It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia.
  • 05/21/20 Trivia Question was: Coaxial cable for radio came into general use during which years?
    Choices: A. 1935-1940, B. 1940-1945, C. 1945-1950, D. 1950-1955
    Answer: B. 1940-1945

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 2020 Checkins - 36
AB8M Doug
AB8UM Mike
AC8JR Andy
K1QCD Frank
K2WJS Bill
K8EHP Mike
K8SAS Steve
KB8KHW Allen
KC8KSU Sarah
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8CEO Robert
KE8EWG Roger
KM8V Jon
N8AHS Fred
N8AUC Eric
N8OOF Bryan
N8UPZ Bill
NQ8O Tom

  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule
05/21/20 Ken KG8DN
05/28/20 Mike AB8UM
06/04/20 Carl KB8VXE
06/11/20 Eric N8AUC
06/18/20 Ken KG8DN
06/25/20 Bill K2WJS
07/02/20 Mike AB8UM
07/09/20 Carl KB8VXE
07/16/20 Eric N8AUC