Don't forget. This Saturday, January 21, the FSAARC Banquet and meeting will be held at 6:00pm at Western Sizzlin, 5200 Towson Avenue in Fort Smith.
We ALL know that the month of August can be a brutal month with temps reaching the Century mark and higher so, what better way to beat the heatthan staying under the airconditioning and "play" radio. As a reminder be sure to invite NEW HAMs to come over and participate in these on air activities so they can get their feet wet and see what we enjoy as a hobby.
A more extensive Calendar of up comming on air activities can be found at WWW.WA7BNM.COM
Photos from the 2011 Field Day in Greenwood have been posted on the web gallery.
Thanks to Gloria Fitzgerald, KE5EJR, for the excellent pictures.
Thanks to everyone who has logged on to the Weather Nets for this busy sever weather season, your contributions have been much appreciated.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the weather net, and ensure the most important information is communicated back to the National Weather Service, I'd like to remind everyone of the proper reporting criteria outlined below. Please refer to the Weather Page (on the menu above) or contact me for more information.
Also, I have made up several copies of the NWS SKYWARN Reference cards. If you'd like a copy, please let me know and I'll get one to you.
Thanks and 73,
Wayne Johnson, W5OFN, Senior SKYWARN Coordinator
There will be over 60 special event stations located on board museum ships across the U.S. on the air on June 4-5, 2011.Â Â There willÂ be all kinds of ships on the airÂ including the USS Batfish a WWII sub located in Muskogee, OK.Â The Broken Arrow club will sponsor the operation from the sub.Â There are two Ham stations at the War Memorial Museum in Muskogee, WW2SUB, the Batfish and W2OK the USS Oklahoma.Â Only a part of on of the mast from the USS Oklahoma isÂ on displayÂ at the museum.Â Â Most of the special event stations will have qsl and certificates available for the contacts made.Â If you have time listen to the bands and see how many of the museum ships you can contact.Â Two of the FSAARC club members Levi, wa5wrn and Royce, ke5tc will beÂ operatingÂ from one of the stations as they are also members ofÂ the Broken Arrow group.
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
QRZ.Com currently has a very interesting item on fractal antennas (http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=277623). While the idea of applying fractals to the design and construction of antennas has been around for quite some time, very few hams have actually built them, and there are currently no companies building commercial fractal antennas for the ham radio market. The question, of course, is why?
Those that are hyping fractal antennasâ€”most notably W1YW, CEO of Fractal Antenna Systemsâ€”claim several advantages. These advantages purportedly include wider bandwidth and smaller size when compared to traditional antennas, such as verticals and dipoles. Those that are trying to debunk these claims contend that this is all just hogwash, and that there's no real scientific basis for these claims.