Greetings to all our club members and Friends of the KCRA.

April 19th is the Open House D-Star night! We will be having our very own, Gary KB2BSL, give a presentation on the basics of D-Star equipment, including non-Icom equipment. This is a Hands-On-Lab, so everyone will have an opportunity to use D-Star and make contacts!   Gary is a very knowledgeable on the subject... He specializes in D-Star and the portable devices that make it work!   He is a mobile contest operator, and has been listed in QST several times. You don't have to be a member of the club to join us for the presentation. There will be a Fantastic Prize giving away, for those that participate in Gary’s hands-on Lab!!

Don’t forget that we will be Raffling off Sid’s donated radio, AMP and scanner at the end of the meeting. There is still time to buy tickets for the raffle. Members and Friends of the KCRA are welcome to enter this Raffle. All proceeds will go towards the Repeater Improvement Fund. May 17th, we will have a Hands-on Lab with our resident Repeater Extraordinaire, Jim KC2LEB. Jim and Gary will demonstrate what makes up a repeater, and various ways of linking them together. They will also be discussing the improvements that went into the new Club repeater that is being built.

I would like to thank last month’s guest speaker, Tony WW2W, who demonstrated transmitter hunting and the proper use of directional antennas for signal hunting. He brought with him several loop and Yagi antennas, and showed us how simple it is to build them.   Tony donated several antennas to the club for a “Bunny-Hunt” the club will be holding in the warmer weather.

Jim KC2LEB, Gary KB2BSL and I have been actively working on improving the repeater the last few weeks. We will be seeing the results shortly with the installation of the new Motorola MSF 5000 that was donated to the club.

Future meetings will include:

Hands on Lab with John, KB2RIF. He will instruct us in the building of a 15m vertical antenna for Field-Day.

The Kings County Repeater Association needs your support at our monthly meetings!  If you have any ideas that pertain to amateur radio, we would like to hear from you.  I think most of us are members of the ARRL.  If you are not, I would like you to consider becoming a member of the ARRL. The ARRL has a lot to offer you in many ways, and they protect the amateur radio bands from commercial use!

Club meeting “Talk-In” frequency will be the KC2RA repeater 146.430 PL 136.5 shift +1.0. We will be monitoring the repeater, make any last minute announcements, and provide assistance to meeting participants if needed

73’de KB2PSI, Vinny