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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

Mon, 23 May 2016 23:45:00 -0400

[UPDATED 2016-05-24 @1256 UTC] Now in its 36th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May 28. The event, which gets under way at 1300 UTC and wraps up at 2100 UTC, is conducted each year in advance of hurricane season.

“The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas and computers prior to...

Mon, 23 May 2016 18:43:00 -0400

It’s been a week since the St Thomas More Cathedral School’s STMSat-1 CubeSat was deployed from the International Space Station, and the spacecraft has yet to phone home. Students and faculty and the Washington, DC-area grade school now are pinning their hopes on a reboot signal that will be sent to the satellite at around 0400 UTC on May 24.

“As with any satellite, you have to be able to commun...

Mon, 23 May 2016 16:39:00 -0400

Day 3 of Hamvention is finished, and with it the 2016 Dayton Hamvention has ended. The sun was shining all day, allowing hams to explore the flea market and make any last-minute purchases.

Traffic slowed down in the ARRL EXPO and the ARRL Store after days of long lines. In Hara Arena, vendors gradually packed up their displays and carefully took down antennas.

At the Amateur Radio Disaster and E...

Sun, 22 May 2016 19:32:00 -0400

Using Amateur Radio to enhance engineering education will be the discussion topic during a May 24 session at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), taking place this week in San Francisco. For the fourth consecutive year, the ARRL will be represented at the IMS. This year’s theme is, “Connecting minds, exchanging ideas.” The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society sponsors the c...

Sun, 22 May 2016 07:59:00 -0400

Sat, 21 May 2016 07:30:00 -0400

Fri, 20 May 2016 22:43:00 -0400

[UPDATED 2016-05-23 @ 1327 UTC] Pupils at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, have begun tracking the orbit of STMSat-1, the 1U CubeSat they built and which was deployed on May 16 from the International Space Station. It is object 41476. After being place in orbit, the CubeSat had continued roughly in the same orbit as the ISS and of other satellites deployed on May 16...

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:59:00 -0400

The Radio Club of America Inc (RCA) has debuted a revamped website. It includes resources unique to RCA and its rich history, while maintaining a focus on items of current and future use. The new website includes an archive of Technical Symposium slides and videos of the 2015 presentations, an updated publications archive, offering instant access to RCA’s technical journal The Proceedings and q...

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:55:00 -0400

Ahoy! Ever-persistent Hassan the Pirate from Baghdad, Iraq, continues to plague the Amateur Radio bands. According to The Daily DX, this individual has been pirating and bootlegging multiple call signs for several years. He’s been heard bootlegging YI1HR, YI1H, YI1HRP, and YI1HI, and pirating the call signs YI1BGD, YI1IRQ, YI1DZ, and, most recently TA7/YI1RZ.

Telecommunication enforcement in Ira...

Fri, 20 May 2016 17:34:00 -0400

Average daily solar flux and sunspot numbers rose over the past week. The average daily sunspot number rose 5 points to 64.1 while average daily solar flux was up 11.6 points to 100.4. Geomagnetic indices were quieter, with average planetary A index decreasing from 22.6 to 9.9 and average mid-latitude A index dropping from 14.6 to 10.9.

USAF and NOAA predict solar flux at 100 on May 20-24, 95 on...

Fri, 20 May 2016 16:00:00 -0400

CQ magazine has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. The list includes the election of non-amateurs to the CQ DX Hall of Fame for only the second time. There are two new inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and 21 newcomers to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals, licensed or not, who have made significant...

Fri, 20 May 2016 01:11:00 -0400

Inside the Hara Arena complex, in the portion of Ball Arena devoted to the ARRL Expo, gold curtains are hung and tugged into place by the setup team. Banners are dusted off, backdrops are ironed, and tables are meticulously organized.

The steady beep of a forklift breaks through the hum of chatter echoing through the room. The smell of pizza hangs heavy in the air as setup crews finish smoothing...

Thu, 19 May 2016 15:49:00 -0400

Wed, 18 May 2016 23:54:00 -0400

Wed, 18 May 2016 22:16:00 -0400

[UPDATED 2016-05-19 @ 1532 UTC] The STMSat-1 CubeSat built by students at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, silent since it was deployed from the International Space Station, will begin transmitting when its orbit is stable, the transmitter has power, and its antennas are deployed, according to a May 18 tweet. Satellite enthusiasts around the globe have been listenin...