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.
  • ARES nets meet every Tuesdays at 8 PM on 145.410 repeater. .
    The next ARES meeting is on Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Cuyahoga County Library Independence Branch 6361 Selig Drive.
    For more information on ARES check their website at www.ccares.us .
  • The SkyWarn practice nets meet every Wednesday in March 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!
    A net will be activated should NWS issue a severe storm warning.
  • The National Weather Service is dividing up the customary multiple county Spring Spotter training into Fall and Spring sessions.
    Half the counties will be presented in the fall with the remaining counties holding there session in the usual Spring time.
    NOTE: Due to low staffing and other issues at NWS, there will be NO SPRING training sessions in 2019
  • Next LEARA monthly membership meeting Will be Tuesday August 27. 2019 at Firehouse Grille & Pub , 2768 Stark Drive, Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094, phone: 440-943-4983.
    We will be ordering off the menu
  • Next LEARA Trustee meeting Saturday September 14, at 9:15AM - Independence Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
    6361 Selig Dr, Independence, OH 44131 - 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; (currently not accessable as DTMF is not deconding tones) See the LEARA Newsletter and Web Page for more information
  • The Fusion Repeater on 444.800 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 2019 is in full swing with request for help. For events to come, please check out the link at: http://neoesg.org/events
    and scroll to the bottom or click "HERE"
  • Ham Technician Classes will be offered by Eric Jessen N8AUC Starting on Monday September 7 at 7PM.
    There will be 9 - 2 hour sessions at the Lorain County EOC
    Seating is limited, please contact Eric at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • There will be a VEC testing session October 20 at 3PM at Location is 593 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017
  • 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.
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NOTICE:

  • NEWSLETTER EDITOR NEEDED:
    Our current newsletter editor, Ken Kane, KG8DN, will not be running for reelection this year and will also be re-signing as newsletter editor. We really, really, really, need someone to step up and take over as newsletter editor.
    The newsletter editor does not have to be a Trustee, although it would be helpful if the editor would be able to attend the Trustee meetings, held six times per year. Ken has offered to mentor his replacement over the coming months. As Ken has no immediate plans to leave the area, he will also still be available for help in the future. We will pro-vide a copy of the software currently used, but one would be free to use whatever software they like. Any member who is interested may contact Ken or any Trustee for more info.

Sunshine Report

  • We want to wish a speedy recovery to our own net controler
    Bill Sheehan (K2WJS) who will be out of service for a while, while he's off fighting germs.
  • Past Trivia / Discussion Questions

  • 6/13/19 Question: Seems like cars have always had radios, but they didn't. Who or what incident inspired the idea of the Motorola Car Radio:
    Choices: A) The Laurel and Hardy film BUSY BODIES by Hal Roach, where the boys had installed a Victrola under the bonnet of their Model T and was started by pulling a string,
    Choices: B) A date where the girl said it would be nice to have some music.
    Choices: C) Henry Ford, who thought it would be a selling point for his vehicles
    Choices: D) The US Army, which thought it would give them a field tactical advantage.
    Answer: B) One evening, in 1929, two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their
    girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois,
    to watch the sunset. It was a omantic night to be sure, but one of the women observed that it
    would be even nicer if they could listen to music in the car.

    ref:From Lauren Fix the Car Coach, Submitted by Jane Brunner
    https://laurenfix.com/article/history-car-radio/
    also at Gabes Fascinating Stories
    https://gabesfascinatingstories.blogspot.com/2014/03/history-of-car-radio.html
  • 6/20/19 Discussion: What is your favorite part/activity of Ham Radio?
  • 6/27/19 Question: In what year was the first Callbook published?
    Choices: a) 1908, b) 1910, c) 1912, d) 1914
    Answer: B. The first callbook, "The Wireless Blue Book" was published in the United States in 1910.
  • 7/4/19 Question: None as usual, other than "How are you observing the 4th?"
    Various "Did You Know?" items related to July 4th as Independence Day were offered.
  • 7/11/19 Question: When did NASA get its name? A)1955, B)1956, C)1957, D)1958
    Answer: D- 1958 (Used to be called National Advisory for Aeronautices Committee)
    Was desiganted to have a definite civilian iinfluence for peacefull applicationa in space science.
  • 7/18/19 Question: How much does the height of the Eiffel Tower vary due to temperature changes? Choices: A) 4 inches B) 6 inches C) 8 inches D) 10 inches
    Answer: B) The height of the 1,063 foot Eiffel Tower varies by 6 inches due to temperature changes.
  • 7/25/19 Question: Which invention was produced by someone who was not an immigrant to the united states?
    A The Telephone by Alexander Grahm Bel
    B The Fracking process by Hermann Frash
    C The Saturn V rocket
    D The Atomic Bomb
    E The Flying Wing
    F None of the above
    Answer: d The Atomic Bomb
  • 8/1/19 Question: The DB-23 was:
    Choices: A) an audio amplifier , B)a dia; bpp, jeadset , C) an RF preselector, D)a computer cable connector
    Answer: c) An RF preselector ( The DB-23 was the last in theline of preselectors manufactured by RME in late 50s and 60s) (antenna preamplifier)
    Discussion: What's your favorite picnic food?
  • 8/8/19 We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 from the article, "The Legacies of Apollo 11."
    It was published in the May, 2019, edition of The Physics Teacher and written by Greg DiLisi.
    (Greg is a prof. at John Carroll University and a graduate of Gilmour.)
  • 8/15/19 Question: What event made Samuel Morse pursue inventing the Morse Code.
    Choices: A) Start of a war, B)A death in the family, C)A simple drumming contest, D) ---
    Answer: B; A death in the family
  • 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 2019 Checkins - 23
    AB8UM Mike
    AC8AJR Andy
    K2WJS Bill
    K8ARP Arp
    K8EHP Mike
    K8RJH Ron
    K8SAS Steve
    KB8VXE Carl
    KC8NZJ Mat
    KD8ACO David
    KD8AJZ Rich
    KD8FTS Eddie
    KD8TWG David
    KD8WBB Carson
    KG8DN Ken
    KM8V John
    N8AGM Tom
    N8AUC Eric
    N8OOF Bryan
    N8UPZ Bill
    W8IE Ed
    W8TAB Tom
    WB8ROK Ed
    - -

      Please note there is a slight change in the schedule.

    Net Control Schedule
    08/01/19 Carl KB8VXE
    08/08/19 Ken KG8DN
    08/15/19 Steve K8SAS
    08/22/19 David KD8ACO
    08/29/19 Carl KB8VXE
    09/05/19 Eric N8AUC
    09/12/19 Ken KG8DN
    09/19/19 Steve K8SAS
    09/26/19 David KD8ACO
    10/03/19 Carl KB8VXE