Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Planning Meetings

BARS and SLAMS will have a set of 3 planning meetings aimed at setting up the plans and schedule for events in 2019. Here are they:

2018-11-10: TA in Troy, IL
2018-12-15: Waffle House, Dorsett STL
2019-01-27: Denny's, STL

Everybody interested in our activities is welcome, does not matter if you are a member of one or both of our groups! Should you be interested, then please join us for one of the meetings above!

73 Herbert

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

MUD 2018

"Attending a seminar has numerous benefits, including improving communication skills, gaining expert knowledge, networking with others and renewing motivation and confidence."  This quote is taken from a higher education, but it applies quite nicely to MUD 2018 which was held in Fairborn, OH nearby to Dayton.  The organizers did an outstanding job putting on this year's MUD.

In attendance to this year's MUD from the St. Louis group was Bob N0IS, Mel K0PFX, Ron KO0Z, Herbert AF4JF and Zack W9SZ.  Ron, Zack and Herbert carpooled to the Dayton/Fairborn MUD conference on Thursday, October 11.  

10 GHz EME contacts were made and a group even tried 131 GHz!

Here are some photos from the conference.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Potential uW site EN50ce

Debbie KC9ULA and me, KO0Z checked out a promising tower site about 5 miles southwest of Mason City, IL EN50ce.  For reference Mason City is about half-way between Springfield, IL an Peoria, IL.  It is a high location, but there is a stand of trees that could be a problem pointing north.  The east location looks promising and depending on corn, a path to St. Louis is possible.  It's not the greatest site, but it does offer some possibilities.  Ron W9ZIH in EN51nv is 127 miles away, Zack in EN50rl is 69 miles away and St. Louis is about 110 miles away.

                       Mason City, IL Tower site EN50ce.  Looking west on County road 850N

                                                                 EN50ce Tower

                                            Looking north from EN50ce

                                             Looking northeast and east from EN50ce

                                         Debbie KC9ULA and southeast in the background

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Resume Activity?

The BARS group will have a breakfast meeting on Saturday October 6th. The location will be Ponderosa in Arnold, MO (see the article from last meeting there).  This might be a good time to get together again and resume some local activities!

73 Herbert

Friday, September 8, 2017


It's been a while since I've posted here, but today warrants a posting.  Today, Dave Calvert, KB0PE, is being interred at his home in New Mexico.   KB0PE was one of SLAMS founding members.   Dave's wife, Nancy, sent us the following email a few weeks back:

 From: "Dave Calvert [THE_SLAMS]" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:24 PM
Subject: [THE_SLAMS] Dave Calvert

Dave died August 17, 2017 here at my home in New Mexico.  He will be buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Sept. 8.  He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer at the VA Hospital in July of 2016.  It was Stage IV.  He had chemo here in NM for a year, but the cancer went to his brain and he was put in hospice here at my home.  While in hospice he went to the Central States conference in Albuquerque. He was passionate about radio and  loved interacting with all of you.  You were his tribe.   

His sense of humor and courage never left him.

Nancy O'Bryan
On a personal note,I first met Dave in 1998 at the Central States VHF Society conference in Kansas City, MO.  Smitty, W0DQY introduced me to him because I was in the market for a used all-mode 2 meter rig and Dave was selling his Yaesu FT-726R.  I still have that rig.  Dave was my VHF mentor and I was in awe of his operating skill.  We went on many CSVHFS adventures together.  We all knew Dave and enjoyed his contagious laugh and assistance throughout the years.
73 KB0PE,
de Ron, KO0Z

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MUD 2016

MUD 2016 is now history.  October 13-16 saw the gathering of some of the finest minds in Amateur Radio microwave operation gathered together at the Earth City Holiday Inn.  We had ops from England and from Australia share their experiences. 

MUD 2016 provided an antenna testing range and a room for preamp measurements.  I had two preamps measured  (432 and 1.2) by Dick, WA2AAU and he gave me an  excellent tutorial using HP test gear.  Thank you Dick!

Everyone involved with MUD did an excellent job and we received many compliments.  In addition to providing some writing consultation, my photos were selected for the cover of the MUD 2016 Proceedings! 

Al Ward, W5LUA made a number of 10 GHz EME contacts with Europe.

The banquet was excellent and the attendance prizes were very nice.  I know we had some difficulty procuring prizes, but it all worked out.