LEARA Club Net Activity Log


Tuesday, July 27th, 2021:

The Tuesday, July 27, 2021 LEARA Picnic Meeting will be at the Harriet Keeler Picnic Pavilion, on Chippewa Creek Drive, across from the Brecksville Nature Center, just south of Chippewa Road (Route 82), in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Reservations may be made on the club website at https://www.leara.org/meetings-and-events/dinner-reservation, or by calling Marv Grossman (W8AZO) at 440-248-0031.

Reservations MUST BE IN BY Friday the 23rd July at 9:00 p.m. (21:00 hrs).

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 the 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.
    ARES meetings will no longer be held on zoom. The next meeting July 11, will be held in the meeting room at the Helwig Whistle Stop 599 West Bagley Rd. Berea, OH. at 2PM.
    Please monitor the ARES website at www.n8esg.org//ares for information on nets and events. They are open to all, but if you are not an ARES member, please send a request at https://n8esg.org/contact/
  • 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 June 29, 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.
    Please note that the July meeting is tentatively going to be an outdoor picnic, catered by Mr. Mike, at the Harriet Keeler Memorial Picnic Area in Brecksville.
  • 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

  • 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?
  • 05/20/21 Question: What group from the 70s made it big by agreeing to record a rock version of a symphony,
    but recorded their own material, instead?
    Choices: A)Electric Light Orchestra
    B)Moody Blues
    D)The Who
    E)None of the above.
    Answer B- Moody Blues.
    Here is a link that provides a slightly different angle to the story the interview that I read:
    The following link is a little closer to what I read:
  • 05/27/21 Question: Which of the following entertainers is NOT or was NOT an Amateur Radio Operator?
    A) Ronnie Milsap
    B) Joe Walsh
    C) Priscilla Presley
    D) Donnie Osmond
    E) None of the above
    Answer: E. None of the above
    Ronnie Milsap holds the callsign WB4KCG,
    Joe Walsh holds the callsign WB6ACU,
    Priscilla Presley (whose real name is Lou Lou Beaulieu) held N6YOS, and
    Donnie Osmond held WD4SKT
  • 06/03/21 QUESTION:June 2, Marconi files full specs for first wireless patent. In What Year did this occur?
    A: 1890, B: 1896, C: 1899, D: 1904
    Answer: B - 1896
  • 06/10/21 QUESTION: A dipole made of insulated wire has a slightly lower resonant frequency than a dipole made of bare wire with the same dimensions.
    True or False?
    Answer: True. As you put insulation on a wire, it slows down it's speed, which is close to (about 80-90%)the speed of light called the Velocity factor.
    If you send a electromagnetic signal down a wire in air, it goes almost the speed of light> If you add insulation to the wire it slows the signal even more.
    If the signal is slowed down the on wire wavelength increases, which means that the wire will be detuned or resonant at a slightly lower frequency.
  • 06/17/21 QUESTION: In what hear were phone transmissions first authorized on 40M:
    A)1931, B)1936, C)1947, D)1952?
    Answer: D- 1952
  • 6/24/21 QUESTION: Who was the first ham in space?
    A. Owen Garriott W5LFL
    B. Yuri Gidzenko RK3DOG
    C. Richard Garriott W5KWQ
    D. Joe Walsh WB6ACU Answer: A - Owen Garriot W5LFL
    Owen Garriott, W5LFL a member of the astronaut hall of fame who for the first time took a ham radio into space on STS-9 on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1983. The first contact was made on December 1st 1983 with WA1JXN in Montana. Garriott tried to get ham radio to the moon when he was being considered for an Apollo 18, 19 or 20 flight, called Project MOONRAY, but all missions after Apollo 17 were scrubbed. After that, he tried to get ham radio on Skylab, which he flew to in the early 1970s, but the proposal was turned down. Third time was a charm with STS-9, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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.
June 2021 Checkins - 39
AB8M Doug
AB8UM Mike
AD8AA Jeff
AD8G David
K2WJX Bill
K8ALG Andy
K8EHP Mike
K8SAS Steve
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8CEO Robert
KE8RMV Shawn
KM8V Jon
N8AHS Fred
N8AUC Eric
N8AY John
N8IYAC Steve
N8OHA Mark
N8OFF Bryan
N8UPZ Bill
N8YNR Jeff
NQ8O Tom
VE3CNF/W8 Brad
W8DKA Doug
W8NIN Mike
W8PKT William

  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule
07/08/21 Ed W8IE
07/15/21 Carl KB8VXE
07/22/21 Eric N8AUC
07/29/21 Ken KG8DN
08/05/21 Jon KM8V
08/12/21 Mike AB8UM
08/19/21 Ed W8IE
08/26/21 Carl KB8VXE
09/02/21 Eric N8AUC
09/09/21 Ken KG8DN
09/16/21 Jon KM8V
09/23/21 Mike AB8UM