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. Note there is no net on the first Tuesday as it is meeting night.
    ARES meetings are held 7PM the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting February 1, will be held in the meeting room at the Helwig Whistle stop 599 West Bagley Rd. Berea, OH. from 7 to 9PM.
    Please monitor the ARES website at for information on nets and events. They are open to all, but if you are not an ARES member, please send a request at
  • The SkyWarn Wednesday night practice nets on vacation until March 2022. .
  • 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

  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting is on Tuesday January 25 around 7:00 PM. It will be a ZOOM meeting due to the recent breakout of COVID.
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday March 12, 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 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.  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 2022 is starting, please check out the link at:
    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

  • 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

  • This is late being Posted (my fault) Ed but was listed in the Bits newsletter, Ed Stevens WB8ROK passed away September 16. He was a long time member of LEARA. He also had an interesting Career. for those that missed it you can click on the following link for his Obit. Corrigan's Funneral Home. .
    We will miss him.

  • Below is the link to the Roy McClure (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

  • Larry Shimerka N8OWS SK
    Larry passed away this morning (12/17) due to complications stemming from a COVID-19 infection.
    He had been in the hospital since about December 8th.
    Last night he suffered multiple cardiac arrests and sepsis and he passed away this morning.
    Larry was very active in the GARA club. Most recently he served as club Secretary.
    He was also on the VE team, participated heavily in GEARS public service events, organized special events...
    He was also heavily involved in the Woodchucks club in Parma.
    His contributions to this club and to the amateur radio community are many.
    No details yet on arrangements.
    73 - Dave/ad8g

  • We have lost another loved member of our LEARA group. Tom Bishop, W8TAB, SK

    Tom Bishop, W8TAB, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021, 4:30 P.M. while in hospice at
    Avon Cleveland Clinic Hospital. Tom had battled cancer, and done well, for many years.
    Tom served as a LEARA Trustee from May, 2004 to November, 2007. Even after his term as Trustee,
    Tom continued as an active member by attending most membership meetings as his health permitted.
    Tom was last at our Holiday Meeting at Houlihans on November 30, 2021.

    Obituray for Tom Bishop
    Full Obituary
    Tom's funeral was today 12/30.

  • We also want to send our condolences to Mike Coleman (AB8UM) and his family.
    Mike's mother passed away mid December.

  •   We are lookiing for a new Sunshine Chairman. You do NOT have to be trustee to provide this service.
    Please contact Carl Gedeon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or any of the other trustees.

Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 11/11/21 Question: When was the first picture of earth taken from space?
    Choices: A) October 24, 1946 from a Nazi V2 rocket
    B) 4 October 1957 from Sputnik 1
    C) April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin
    D) May 5, 1961 by alan B. Sheppard
    E) None of the above
    Answer: A- October 24, 1946 from a Nazi V2 rocket
  • 11/18/21Question: Which of the following SDR Receivers is also capable of transmitting?
    A. RTL-SDR v.3
    B. HackRF One
    C. KiwiSDR
    D. SDRplay RSP1A
    Answer B. HackRF One
    The HackRF One is capable of receiving and transmitting from 1Mhz to 6Ghz.
  • 12/02/21 Quetion: Which Canadian band used an adapted version of the ARRL logo for their 2010 tour, and displayed images of some of their grandfather’s QSL cards during some live performances?
    A. Barenaked Ladies
    B. Arcade Fire
    C. Rush
    D. Men Without Hats
    E. The Foo Fighters
    Answer: B-Arcade Fire. Band members Win and Will Butler are the grandsons of the late Alvino Ray, W6UK.
    The song “We Used to Wait” from their grammy winning album relates to communications and, during their concert
    performances of the song, the band displays images of Amateur Radio QSL cards from their grandfather’s lifelong collection.
  • 12/09/21 Question: All call signs beginning with A, K, N, and W are USA callsigns?
    A) True, B) False.
    Answer: False. K, N, and W are US only. But only AA-AL are allocated to the US.
  • 12/16/21 Discussion: What would you do if you suddenly found yourself running a net?
  • 12/23/21 Question: In what year was the first voice transmission from space?
    Choices: A)1956, B)1957, C)1958, D)1959
    Answer: is C: 1958
    SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment) was the world's first purpose-built communications satellite. Launched aboard an American Atlas rocket on December 18, 1958, SCORE provided the second test of a communications relay system in space (the first having been provided by the USAF/NASA's Pioneer 1), the first broadcast of a human voice from space, and the first successful use of the Atlas as a launch vehicle. It captured world attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via shortwave radio from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an on-board tape recorder. The satellite was popularly dubbed "The Talking Atlas". SCORE, as a geopolitical strategy, placed the United States at an even technological par with the Soviet Union as a highly functional response to the Sputnik 1 and Sputnik 2 satellites.

    How does this tie into the Holiday Season?
    The recording was non political of the accomplishment.
    The following is the recorded message from Eisenhower.

    This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. My message is a simple one. Through this unique means, I convey to you and all mankind, America’s wish for peace on earth and good will to men everywhere.
  • 12/30/21 Question: Which US call area includes the most states?
    Choices: A 7, B 4, C 0, D 5
    Answer: A (9) Answer details: CallS 4 and 0 each include 8 states. 7 includes 8 contiguous states plus Alaska. 5 is only 6.
  • 01/06/22 Question: What was the last country to occupy territory belonging to the United States?
    A) Canada
    B) England in the war of 1812
    C) Japan in June of 1942
    D) Mexico during the Mexico American way
    E) None of the above
    Answer: C) Japan in June of 1942
    Bill, K2WJS, pointed out a technicality. That would be that the Irinian takeover of our embassy would have qualified as an answer. I wrestle with that one, slightly, Mike AB8UM
    For more info, check out these links
  • 01/13/22 Question: January 11th marked the anniversary of the release of what?
    A. Allstar
    B. Echolink
    C. Dstar
    D. Morse Code
    Answer: D. Morse Code
    January 11, 1838 was the day Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse first unveiled Morse Code to the world. It was quickly adopted by the military and aviation industry worldwide because it greatly improved the speed of communication.

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.



November and December 2021 Checkins - 37

AB8UM Mike
AC8JR Andy
AD0G Dave
AF8A Gary
K8ADS Allen
K8EHP Mike
AF8A Gary
K8SAS Steve
KA8JOY Robert
KD8FTS Eddie
KD8WBB Carsten
KE8JPQ Chris
KE8NNC Brian
KE8RMV Shawn
KM8V Jon
N8AUC Eric
N8QMK Mike
N8UPZ Bill
N8UUC Dave
NQ8O Tom
W8DKA Doug
W8HNP Gary
W8PKT William
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  Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

Net Control Schedule

01/20/22 Carl KB8VXE
01/27/22 Eric N8AUC
02/03/22 Ken KG8DN
02/10/22 Steve K8SAS
02/17/22 Jon KM8V
02/24/21 Mike AB8UM
03/03/22 Ed W8IE
03/10/22 Carl KB8VXE
03/17/22 Eric N8AUC
03/24/22 Ken KG8DN
03/31/22 Steve K8SAS