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The Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club (MVARC) is the largest group of amateur radio operators in Knox County, Ohio.  We exist to promote amateur radio, serve our members, educate the community and be a resource for our served agencies.

Our primary repeater is located just north of Mount Vernon on St. Route 3.  It operates on a frequency of 146.790- with a PL of 71.9 and operates under the club callsign of K8EEN.  Our secondary repeater operates under the call KD8EVR and is on a frequency of 442.100 with a PL of 71.9.  All amateur radio operators are welcome to use our repeater systems.

Amateur Radio News

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:01:00 -0400

On Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:13:00 -0400

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of “electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,” does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. The Council adopted a reso...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:48:00 -0400

The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, is set to launch from China, attached to the final stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch will take place within a narrow window on October 23, with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October 28. Integration of the LX0OHB-4M Amateur Radio payload was completed on October 12. D...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:28:00 -0400

Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported.

Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo, the stronger of the two storms, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made a near-direct hit on Bermuda on...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:00 -0400

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Alabama and Michigan. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 22 (the evening of October 21 in US time zones), to West Virginia (W1AW/8) and Nevada (W1AW/7). W1AW/KH0 also will be active until October 21 from Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. So far during 2014, W...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:22:00 -0400

Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to 117.4.

Average planetary A index rose from 6.4 to 10.4. The most unsettled geomagnetic day was Tuesday, October 14, when the planetary A index was 18, and the planetary K index reached 5 for 9 hours overnight. ...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:48:00 -0400

CQ has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that “after considerable deliberation,” it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “until such time as the political situation ...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:17:00 -0400

AMSAT has invited the Amateur Satellite community to submit ideas and suggestions for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced the plan at the recent 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore. AMSAT asked that ideas be based on the CubeSat platform, as “this is the standard through which we will look for launches in the foreseeable fu...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:52:00 -0400

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the application window is open for proposals from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member. The deadline for proposals is December 15. Educational entities may apply individually or in concert with other institutions or organizati...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:28:00 -0400

The winner of the October QST Cover Plaque award is William Alsup, N6XMW, for his article “Extended Double Zepp Yagi Antenna.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue today.

 

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:02:00 -0400

As the now-Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo continues northward, poised for a near-direct hit on Bermuda, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has affirmed plans to activate this afternoon, October 16, at 2100 UTC. As of 1800 UTC, the storm was 460 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving at 7 MPH and packing maximum sustained winds of 145 MPH.

“Interests in Bermuda should be rushing their preparations to ...

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:40:00 -0400

Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Mary E. Lau, N1VH (ex-N7IAL), of Newington, Connecticut, died October 15. She was 61 and had been suffering from ALS. Lau worked in several League Headquarters departments from 1985 until her retirement in 2005, including Field and Educational Services (F&ES), where she was projects supervisor and secretary of the ARRL Foundation, then a part of the F&ES De...

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:54:00 -0400

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Hawaii are on alert for possible activation as Tropical Storm Ana, which is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane, bears down on the Hawaiian Islands. As of 1200 UTC on October 16, Ana was 740 miles southeast of Honolulu and moving at about 10 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. The storm is expected to reach the islands on Saturd...

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:05:00 -0400

The November edition of Digital QST is now available. This is our special Product Review issue with 22 pages of informative reviews! Click here to start reading.

Also in this issue…

• Learn how to track down noise and other interference sources on the HF bands

• Add USB connectivity to the popular Kantronics KPC-3 packet radio TNC

• Discover the world of motors and mechanisms in Amateur Radio

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:58:00 -0400

A young radio amateur from California is one of nine Popular Mechanics “Future Breakthrough Award” winners. Shiloh Curtis, KK6ISM, developed a “hat-based, hands-free, haptic navigational aid for visually impaired individuals.” As the publication explained, after a friend from her school’s robotics club described going blind as losing “two eyes and one hand,” Curtis determined to come up with a ...