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  • 02 Mar 2015 09:50 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    MCARA are pleased to announce our February Meeting Annual Election results as follows:

    New President: Ron Schoner K4OIL 

    VP: Gary Webster K4GMW 

    Treasurer: Dick Langbert K4MMZ 

    Secretary: Amy Laakkonen KI4RHM


    Board of Directors: 

    Joe Sawyer KI4OXP, 

    Eric Boyd W4ELB, 

    Arnie Dykes KH7GZ, 

    Lee Pennington II K4LJP,

    Bob Kagel KM4DS

    We wish to thank our outgoing 2014 staff for their service to the club- Thank You All. Meeting minutes for the Feb 2015 meeting are available in the Members Area under "Meeting Minutes".

    Dues and Renewals Changes

    Also taken under motion and approved was a call to raise annual dues from 15 dollars to 20 for Regular membership, and 22.50 to 30 dollars for Family Membership levels. This modest increase is our first ever dues increase since 1974. Thanks to all our members for your continued support. 

    Please be aware if your membership is in renewal status, you may renew at the old rate listed on your invoice. If your membership is now expired, you must renew at the new rates. All new members are using the new rates, this change, along with the change to anniversary renewals for memberships approved in 2014, should make it easier for folks to join us during the busiest parts of the year. 

    We look forward to seeing you all at the Stuart Hamfest on 21 March, 2015. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Hamfest Chairman, Doug Shields - you do not need to be a member to volunteer to help with the event. We appreciate all our friends pitching in to support our event and keep it free of cost to attendees.


  • 10 Nov 2014 14:34 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Oct 30 K4ZK at the Stuart Airshow
    K4ZK 2-14 Oct 30 Stuart Airshow

    K4ZK 10-31 2014

    K4ZK Sunday Nov -02 2014 Stuart Airshow

    From Kevin Jackson W4JKJ

    Thanks for putting up the special event station!
    Had a great time as always with you guys.
    I uploaded my pics to shutterfly. There are a few pics of some of the folks working the radio that you may want to grab.

    Best of 73,
    de Kevin-W4JKJ

  • 10 Nov 2014 13:19 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    2014 Airshow Video

    2014 Airshow Stuart Florida from MCARA on Vimeo.

    Find the video to share on Facebook

    Find the video to share on YouTube - 1280 HD

  • 31 Oct 2014 07:50 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Please Join us as our club celebrates a 40 year anniversary at the 2014 Stuart Air Show in Stuart Florida - you may join us on air with  our special event station operating on 10, 15 and 20 meters or come out to the Airshow and join the fun!  

  • 19 Jun 2014 09:28 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    So on occasion we are asked "Where is the best place to start learning how to build electronic projects?"


    Fritzing - from University of Potsdam, is a nice representation of the real-world process from schematic to breadboard to PCB. Would you be interested in learning the Fritzing way? Have a look and let us know:
  • 12 Mar 2014 08:17 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Explaining how radio beams bend around the Earth for HF communications has always been a bit of a task to convey for me. Radio waves, which are in the same domain as light waves, don't "reflect" - they actually refract, or bend.

    Refection makes the pencil appear to bend
    One way to see the bending is to place a pencil in a clear measure cup-- you will notice it appear to bend at the water line. Rays of light, and indeed radio waves-- do the same.

    Refracted arrow appears to reverse direction
    What you see is not always what actually happens. The arrow appears to reverse direction- and radio waves can do the same when traversing a medium such as the ether.

    This video shows an even more dramatic demonstration of refraction:

    These visual cues may help you to understand how our ionosphere shapes and bends signals around the globe.  Here is some more info on the effect including a better explanation.  So the next time you hear a person stating signals reflect off the ionosphere- you have a couple quick and easy ways to show that they refract-- not reflect. The ionosphere is not a mirror. If you would like to learn more about ham radio and how we communicate around the world-- and how you can get a license to do the same. Please feel free to contact our club to find out about a ham radio license class near you.   
  • 24 Feb 2014 13:18 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Monday 2/24 thru Friday 2/28/2014 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida.  Included will be a statewide tornado drill on Thursday starting at 10:10 and ending at 10:30.

    See the NOAA weather site in Melbourne for information.  Here is the Tornado Drill Document (PDF).

    After our local SKYWARN activation on 22 February due to the tornado warning; this comes at a very good time.

    Ron Tagg KD4PQQ
  • 19 Feb 2014 11:41 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Pete Lynch, W1MNY, Silent Key
    Pete Lynch W1MNY- photo courtesy Gus, NU4L

    It is with sadness that we announce the death of former MCARA President and member Pete Lynch, W1MNY. Pete was 73 years at the time of his passing on Valentine's day, 2014.

    You may read the Obituary and Funeral Arrangements here.

    73 OM Pete.

    I just uploaded a album of older club photos from Gus, NU4L to the MCARA Facebook page. Can you help ID some faces we may not have seen in awhile? Thanks.
  • 15 Aug 2013 11:00 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    QSL Card
    We just received word that officials from the US Postal Service will have a first day issue stamp available with a special cancellation featuring a Radio Tower and the ILLW initials at the Jupiter Lighthouse International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

    The stamp issuance with special cancellations is scheduled for 1PM local time. A limited number of special Florida Lighthouse Station QSL (post) cards will be available as souvenirs for affixing the stamps if desired. The Jupiter Lighthouse gift shop also has postal cards available.

    Best regards or "73"
    We hope to see you all there again this year!

    Our thanks to the Loxahatchee Historical Society and JTRG
  • 24 Jul 2013 10:49 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    RSGB Islands On The Air- Hutchinson Island NA-141

    Details updated July 25th 7:00 AM.

    Operating July 27, 8:00 AM - July 28, 08:00 AM 
    Setup begins at 7:00 AM 27 July.

    The IOTA (Islands on the Air) events are a Contest held every last full weekend in July, organized by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). This year is a special event as it marks the RSGB centenary. 

    The basic objective of the event is to promote public awareness of amateur radio by activating Islands On The Air worldwide. As this is a contest type of event, we will operate in accordance with the event rules as stated on the RSGB web site here.

    We plan to set up at the newest pavilion area on Stuart Beach at Pavilion 11 to operate during the contest. We will operate overnight as Stuart Beach is open 24 hours. Stuart Beach is located next to the Elliot Museum on Hutchinson Island. The pavilion 11 is next to the Fire Station.

    Pavilion 11 is new- it is not on any map- but if you get to the Stuart Beach, you will find it. Map to Stuart Beach is here:,1238847&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL It is listed as "Stuart Beach"

    As this is a relatively easy contest- it is a great starting point for newcomers to the art. Please check out the Contesting Newcomers Help Guide.
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