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 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 September 5, 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 is on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 PM
    at My Friend's Restaurant , 11616 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102)
    We will be ordering off the menu. Please register on line so we can have a head count for the venue.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday September 11, 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 has been returned to service.  The Lakewood input is still out for some last minute work but should be turned on in the next week. We want to thank Bill Hess K8SGX and David Anrewjewski AD8G for their work on our repeaters.
  • 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

  • RIP Ed Stevens WB8ROK.  Eddie infromed me that his Father Ed, passed away this morning 9/16/21.  Ed ran into some complications just after the picnic, and after a brief hospital stay was in rehab for the last few weeks. Obit: https://www.chambersfuneral.com/obituary/edward-h-stevens

    Friday, September 24, 2021  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Saturday September 25, 2021   at 10AM


    Chambers Funeral Homes (West Park)
    4420 Rocky River Dr.
    Cleveland, Ohio 44135
  • We send wishes for a quick healing to Chris Spisak, XYL to our Steve Spisak K8SAS.  She had a tumble while caring for a neighbor's pet, and sustained multiple injuries.   Get well Chris!
  • Below is the link to Roy McClure’s (KD8AJX) obit, in case any of you knew him.
    He was a LEARA member from 2004-2017, when his health began to decline. He was in a nursing home and suffered from diabetes.
    RIP, 73, Obituary for Roy Curtis McClure | Ferfolia Funeral Home
  • National POW MIA Recognition Day

    Observance of National POW MIA Recognition Day are held across this country on the third Friday in September.
    This year it will be on September 17. The day was established to honor our prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.
    This will be the 13th year the special event station has been activated. Primary operational days will be Sept 11 through Sept 19.
    We will be operating SSB, CW, FT8. There will be sister stations K4MIA/1, K4MIA/5 K4MIA/7 and K4MIA/8. Through out the month of Sept.,
    K4MIA will hopefully operate Satellites, EME, Microwave and other less used digital modes (PSK32, Hell Scriber, RTTY, SSTV).
    Besides operating from our home QTHs we hope to operate from a Huey Helicopter, VA Hospital, Amercian Legion Post, and various parks
    as part of POTA). We are trying to increase the awareness of our POWs and MIAs. Because of the volume of requests, you MUST SEND SASE
    to get a returned QSL. Please take time to remember our POW's and MIA's as well as their families. I would like to include KIA's and all
    veterans (past and present) that have given so much for this country.

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 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.
  • 07/01/21 Question: For how long did the United States fly a 49 star flag?
    Choices: A) 3 months, B)9 months, C)1 Year, D)1.5 years, E) Are you kidding? No such flag ever existed.
    Answer: C - 1 Year
  • 07/08/21 Queston: When did the term "Elmer" come to be in Amateur Radio?
    Choices: A) 1939, B) 1944, C) 1965, D) 1971
    Answer: D-1971
    The term "Elmer"--meaning someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be hams
    --first appeared in QST in a March 1971 "How's DX" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD (now also VA3ZBB).
    Newkirk called them "the unsung fathers of Amateur Radio." While he probably was not trying to coin a term at the time,
    Newkirk introduced "Elmer" in his column and to the rest of the Amateur Radio world.
  • 07/15/21 Question: Before WW2 What call area was the state of Nevada?
    Choices: A) 7, B) 5, C) 6
    Answer: C-6
    The state of California increased in population so much that
    it was the only US state in the 6 area after WW2 (before HI became a state),
    AZ ,NV, and UT became 7s from 6s.
  • 07/22/21 Question: We are entering the beginning of sunspot cycle 25. How long is the average sunspot cycle?
    Choices: a) 1 year, b) 3 years, c) 6 years, d) 11 years
    Answer: D-11 Years
  • 07/29/21 Question: How long does it take for a solar mass ejection to reach the earth
    Choices: A) Instantly, B) 8 Minutes, C) 16 Minutes, D) 20-40 Hours
    Answer: D- 20 to 40 hours
  • 08/05/21 Question: Which of the following is NOT an SSTV mode?
    A) Radek 1, B) Robot 36, C) ScottieDX, D) Martin 2
    Discussion Question: Will you participate in the Ohio QSO Party?
  • 08/12/21 Question: How many times has article 5 been invoked?
    A) 0, B) 1, C) 2, D) 3, E) 4
    Answer: B- only once
    Additional information is available at:
  • 08/19/21 If the election had gone in a different direction this long time amateur radio operator would have probably had a ham antenna on the roof of the White House. Who is he?
    A. George Wallace
    B. Hubert Humphrey
    C. John McCain
    D. Barry Goldwater
    Answer: D. Senator Barry Goldwater
    Senator Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 Presidential election to Lyndon Johnson. Senator Goldwater, who was known on the air as K7UGA was a ham for many years and during the Vietnam War provided a radio/telephone link to thousands of GIs and their families.
    Question From funtrivia.com
  • 08/26/21 Question: What is Dr. K. Garriott (W5LFL) famous for?
    A) He lost his life while monitoring Mount Stt. Helens during its eruption
    B) He made the first trans-pacific contact using Amateur radio
    C) He used Amateur radio to organize disaster relief following teh Earthquake in Haiti
    D) He was the first Amateur Operator ot operate from Space.
    Answer: D- He was the first Amateur Operator ot operate from Space.
    Dr. Owen Garriott (PhD) has flown on Skylab-3, spending 60 days (a record at the time, doubling the previous record) in space in 1973. His next space mission was aboard Spacelab-1 for 10 days in 1983. During this mission (STS-9) Dr. Garriott, an amateur radio operator for over 40 years, was the first astronaut to take a ham radio into space.
    Garriott said. "In my spare time only, I managed to hold up an antenna to the window and to talk to amateurs on Earth."
    Since that time, Amateur radio has been included on almost every American spaceflight, and is currently in use on the International Space Station.

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.



July 2021 Checkins - 33

AB8MO Andy
AB8UM Mike
AB8G David
K2WJS Bill
K8EHP Mike
K8SAS Steve
KB8VBR Leone
KC8KSU Sarah
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8NNC Brian
KM8V Jon
N8AHS Fred
N8AUC Eric
N8OFF Bryan
N8UPZ Bill
W8DKA Doug
W8NIN Mike
W8PKT William


  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule

08/19/21 Ed W8IE
08/26/21 Carl KB8VXE
09/02/21 Eric N8AUC
09/09/21 Ken KG8DN
09/16/21 Carl KB8VXE
09/23/21 Mike AB8UM
09/30/21 Ed W8IE
10/07/21 Carl KB8VXE