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 Wednesday SkyWarn Wednesday night practice nets are on vacation till March 2018,
    where they will meet every Wednesday in March thru September at 8:30PM on 146.880 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!
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting is on Tuesday January 30 around 6:30 PM at 100 Bomber Squadron on Brookpark Road. Please register on the club's WEB Site
    https://www.leara.org/meetings-and-events/holiday-dinner-reservation , or click on the link.
    Be sure to register before November 21 to get the club price of $25
    Dinner at the door will be $35.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday January 13, at 9:15AM - Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
    2121 Snow Road, Prma, Ohio 44134 - 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 back in town awaiting installation. 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"

  • 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

  • We want to send out a warm Hi, and wish a speedy recovery to
    Finley Stay, WD8ARM. Is undergoing some medical speed bumps.
    David Prestel W8AJR
    and our condolances to the family of
    Richard Albert W8RMA (WB8HNX) SK
    Brad Lovejoy KD8DWK who passed 11/19

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 10/05/17 Question: In which year did the Cleveland Indians franchise begin?
    A)1901, B)1905, C)1911, D)1915
    Answer:The Indians franchise began in 1901 as the Cleveland Blues. In 1905, they became known as tehe Cleveland Naps. In 1915, the Naps became the Indians.
  • 10/12/17 Question: When doing Net Control duties during a major storm in the area, what should NOT be done?
    A) Take damage reports. B) Get up and leave the radio unattended
    C) Take check-ins. D) Give reports on storm track and any weather bulletins.
    Answer:B) You should NEVER leave your net-control station when you are net control unless you have a back-up NCS.

    Bonus: Cuyahoga County Skywarn is active during: (several date groups)
    Answer: CCSW is active throughout the entire year. Anytime the NWS issues a ssevere weather alert CCSW may be activated.
  • 10/19/17 Question: Who initially figured out how sound waves traveled and how to transmit those waves wirelessly from one point to another?
    A) Reginald Fessenden, B) Samuel Morse, C) Thomas Edison, D) Gudielmo Marconi
    Answer: D) Canadian Reginald Fessenden was the larger than life man who in, 1906, solved the riddle of how sound waves traveled and what was necessary to transmit those waves wirelessly from one point to another.
  • 10/26/17: Question: In 1970, a Novice Class liscensee could run how much maximum power?
    a- 250 watts input, b- 75 watts output, c- 75 watts input, d-100 watts output
    Answer: C - 75 watts input

    Years ago accurate RF wattmeters were hard to come by, and were very expensive
    So transmitter power was measured as power input to the final amplifier, which
    is the plate voltage times the plate current. This is why almost all vintage
    transmitters with tube finals always had a plate current meter on the front panel.
    A Novice was allowed 75 watts input to the final amplifier.
    Modern regulations specify allowable transmitter in terms of output power.
  • 11/02/17 Discussion: What would you like for the shack for Christmas
  • 11/09/17 Discussion: Are you a Ragchewer or a Contester?
    Preopmted by "new digital modes"and possible loss of "the human touch"
  • 11/16/17 Question: John D. Rockefeller lived in what 2 suburbs prior to moving into Cleveland.
    Please give two cities.
    Answer: Strongsville and Parma
  • 11/23/17 Question: Multiple Thanksgiving trivia questions:
    Abraham Linkoln was presitdent to declair Thanksgiving Day a National Holiday
    The first Macy's Day Parade was held in 1924.
    It's the Male Turkey that Gobbles
    [Thanks Steve for a fun net]
  • 11/30/17 Question: The first airport traffic control tower opened in Cleveloand in what year?
    A)1928, B)1930, C)19*32, D)1934
    Answer B) 1930. Cleveland Hopkins was the location of many other aviation firsts.
  • Question: The first text message (SMS) was sent in which year?
    Choices A)1984, B)1992, C)1994, D)2010
    Answer: B- 1992
    Sent on December 3, 1992, the first text went from a PC to a mobile device over
    Vodafone's U.K. network and expressed the simple message "Merry Christmas." Makkonen had
    initially suggested the idea back in 1984 at a telecommunications conference, according
    to the BBC. Yet SMS didn't come to life until engineers incorporated it as part of their
    work on the then-budding GSM standard... the technology acually was launched in 1994
    when Nokia unveiled its 2010 mobile phone.
    See http://www.cnet.com/news/father-of-sms-reflects-on-20th-anniversary-of-first-text-message/ .

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.
November 2017 Checkins - 24
AC8CO Bill
K2WJS Bill
K8EHP Mike
K8JTK Jeff
K8SAS Steve
K8WDS Bill
KD8ACO David
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8TWG David
KE8HXX Duane
N8AHC Fred
N8UPZ Bill
W8RWK Dick
WA8LIV Andrew


Net Control Schedule
11/30/17 David KD8ACO
12/07/17 Jeff K8JTK
12/14/17 Ken KG8DN
12/21/17 Eric N8AUC
12/28/17 Carl KB8VXE
01/04/18 Eric N8AUC
01/11/18 Tom N8AGM
01/18/18 Ken KG8DN
01/25/18 Steve K8SAS
02/01/18 David KD8ACO
02/08/18 Andrew WA8LIV