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:

  • The Thursday LEARA Club net meets every Thursday at 8 PM on the 146.760. All are welcome to participate.
  • ARES nets meet every Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater. A simplex net follows. Note there is no net on the third Tuesday as it is meeting night.
    ARES meetings are held 7PM the third Tuesday of each month. The next ARES meeting August 19, will be held at 7 PM at the Helwig Whistle Stop 599 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017, as well as a Zoom meeting. For more info, contact ARES at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 at 8:30 PM on the 146.760 repeater (-)PL110.9. .
  • An On-Line Spotter training video from the NWS is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6R25g5YYhg

  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting is on Tuesday, August 30 around 6:30 PM. It will be another pot-luck picnic meeting, and Jeff Garvus will be cooking the burgers and dogs (that's Hot Dogs - the neighbors pets will be safe). You are encouraged to bring a dish to share. There will be a demonstration of various DRONES so selection of a clear leagal flying space is limited. We will be meeting at Bohlken Park located at 3885 West 210th Street in Fairview Park, behind the Westgate Mall.
    Note if you are traveling I-480, ODOT has West 220 closed in both directions as they rebuild the bridge over I-480. It is recommended that you avoid the construction by getting off at Clague road and going north to Lorain road to west 210, or if you go to West 220, Turn right on Mastick road and then left on west 210 to the park.
    Check here, on the nets, and the Newsletter for further information. It will NOT be a zoom meeting.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday September 10, at 9:15AM -
    It is open to all Paid LEARA Members. An Email will be sent out to members with instructions on how to attend.
  • 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 UHF Repeater on 444.700 is on the air. It is a digital mode only. It will handle DMR, Fusion, P25 and D-Star (note there may be issues with Fusion and D-Star. Try them out and if you encounter problems, let David AD8A know). Check out the Repeaters tab for more information.
  • The '76 repeater has been returned to service.  We want to thank Bill Hess K8SGX and David Anrewjewski AD8G for their work on our repeaters.
  • Public Service events: The Public Service season for 2022 is starting, 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

  • Mike (K8EHP) had a knee replacement a couple weeks ago. On the net he says he is doing better.
    (Note if the Doc's didn't measure him right, we may have to call him "I-lean" ; >)
  • Tim Price K8WFL SK I was made aware yesterday that Tim Price, K8WFL passed away back in May of this year. Tim served as ADEC for District 10 ARES as well as ASEC for Ohio ARES and Local Government Liaison for the ARRL. Tim was responsible for introducing many ideas including NVIS day, and the ARES VHF contest. He will be missed by many.
    Additional information may be found at:
  • Trustee Robert Wright KE8CEO has volunteered to take over the Sunshine post.
    Thank you Robert.

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 6/02/22 Question: In years past, "Little America" was a frequently used name for a DXCC entity which is officially called what?
    a) US Virgin Islands, b) Navis Island, c) Antarctica, d) The State of Alaska
    Answer: c) Antarctica.
    Discussion Field Day is coming! (June 25-26) Do you plan to participate?
  • 6/9/22 Question: The now-defunct FCC "Conditional Class" license granted what privileges?
    Choices A: VHF only, B: HF only, C: HF and VHF only, D: The same privileges as the General Class
    Answer: D: The same privileges as the General Class
    The Conditional Class could be converted to a General Class license, by taking an upgrade examination at an FCC office. In 1978, the FCC eliminated this class of license, and all existing licensees were converted into General Class licensees. This license was issued for a five year term (renewable).
  • 6/16/22 Question: What band is commonly referred to as the “magic band”?
    A) 6m
    B) 23cm
    C) 30m
    D) 17m
    Answer: A - When 6m has an opening, it can be pretty spectacular. Over this past weekend, for the ARRL June VHF Contest, there was a crazy opening to Europe and even some Asia. I managed to work Japan, with just 100w and a low loop antenna. For more information on my operation in the 2022 June VHF Contest, you can check out my website here: "https://www.km8v.com/hamradio/2022-arrl-june-vhf/"
  • 6/23/22 Question: Field Day has taken place every year since it began with the exception of the time during what event?
    A. World War I
    B. World War II
    C. Korean War
    D. Vietnam War
    E. Covid Outbreak
    Answer: B. World War IIThe first ARRL Field Day was held on the second Saturday in June 1933. The initial event, organized by F. E Handy, was such a hit with the amateur radio community that it became an annual tradition, with 1942 through to 1945 being the only years that Field Day has not been held, due to World War II. Reference: "https://nationaltoday.com/field-day/"
  • 6/30/22 Question: DroidStar is a smartphone app allowing hams to connect to ham radio digital and VoIP networks using only an app. This app was designed to work on the Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems. Late last year, one of the operating systems were removed from support. Was it:
    A) Android?
    B) Windows?
    C) iOS?
    Answer: C)i-OS
    Changes to the app removed the built-in vocoder (voice encoder). iOS, or iPhone Operating System, is a tightly controlled ecosystem of Apple mobile devices (phones, tablets, smartwatches, TV, etc.). Anyone doing development or app validation knows you cannot load an app on an Apple device out-of-nowhere. It must be loaded through the Apple App Store. A testing and feedback program called Test Flight is available to developers who pay for an Apple Developer account, $99 currently. Most iOS users never use Test Flight as it is a beta program. The program allows users to test apps and provide feedback to the developer before an app is qualified and published in the App Store. Apple doesn’t want developers to forever use Test Flight circumventing the scrutiny and validation of the App Store. Test Flight apps have a limited lifetime of 90 days. The app can be made available again, though users have to rejoin the new beta version in order to have access to the app for another 90 days. This is the mechanism DroidStar was using making a version of the app available to iPhone users – and not through the App store. Development of the app has come to an end, at least for now. Posted on the project's Github page by the developer, the older MacBook Pro used for development is no longer eligible for the latest macOS version. Apple requires an iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) version only supposed by later versions of macOS. There are no planned upgrades to support this development effort. There is a chance someone else could maintain an iOS version as the project can be forked for continued development. https://www.jeffreykopcak.com/2021/11/28/ohio-section-journal-the-technical-coordinator-november-2021-edition/
  • 7/07/22 Question:Who is the patron saint of amateur radio?
    A. St. Francis of Assisi
    B. St. Maximilian Kolbe
    C. St. Jerome
    D. St. Joe Taylor of Princeton
    Answer details: B - Maximilian Kolbe SP3RN
    He was a Polish friar, and is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, churches, prisoners, and amateur radio operators. Joe Taylor is not a saint, but he is a Nobel Laureate, and the creator of the WSJT-X software whichmany, many hams enjoy using for FT8 and other digital modes.
  • 7/14/22 Question: When was amateur radio temporarily suspended in the United States?
    a) During the Vietnam War
    b) During World War II
    c) During World War I
    d) During both world wars
    Answer: d) During both world wars
    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) was co-founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, and Clarence D. Tuska. It is important to realize, and remember, that had it not been for Hiram Percy Maxin and the ARRL, we would not have amateur radio today.
    1) "https://earlyradiohistory.us/sec013.htm"
    2) Journal of Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) - December 2019 Edition
    Please watch for an article submitted by Eric N8AUC regarding Amaateur Radio during the Wars in an upcoming issue of the LEARA Newsletter.
  • 7/21/22 Question: Which movie, featuring a break in, was filmed in Cleveland, offering night time views of University Circle?
    a) Air Force One
    b) All The President’s Men
    c) Oceans 11
    d) Vantage Point
    e) None of the above
    Answer: A) Air Force One
  • 7/28/22 Which of the following may apply in areas under FCC jurisdiction outside of ITU Region 2?
    A. Station identification may have to be in a language other than English
    B. Morse code may not be permitted
    C. Digital transmission may not be permitted
    D. Frequency allocations may differ
    Answer: D. Frequency allocations may differ
    Borrowed from the current General Class question pool.
  • 8/4/22 Question:Where was US time-broadcast station WWV located before it was first moved?
    Choices: A: Greenbelt, Maryland
    B: Washington, DC
    C: Syracuse, New York
    D: Santa Barbara, California
    Correct Answer: B-Washington, DC
    Discussion: Do you, or when was the last time you used WWV?
    WWV is the oldest continuously operating radio station in the United States, first going on the air from Washington DC in May 1920.
    January 1931: Moved from Washington DC to College Park, NJ
    December 1932: Moved to Beltsville, MD
    December 1966 Fort Collins
    More interesting information on WWV, WWVH WWVD can be had at:

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 2022 Checkins - 30

AB8UM Mike
AC8JR Andy
K2WJS Bill
K8EHP Mike
K8IDI Rene
K8SHB Joel
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8CEO Robert
KE8RML Emilia
KE8RMV Shawn
KM8V Jon
N8AHS Fred
N8AUC Eric
N8IYA Steve
N8QMK Mike
N8UPZ Bill


  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule

08/04/22 Carl KB8VXE
08/11/22 Eric N8AUC
08/18/22 Ken KG8DN
08/25/22 Jon KM8V
09/01/22 Mike AB8UM
09/08/22 Ed W8IE
09/15/22 Carl KB8VXE
09/22/22 Eric N8AUC
09/29/22 Ken KG8DN
10/06/22 Jon KM8V
10/13/22 Mike AB8UM
10/20/22 Ed W8IE