Pres Sez – February 2017

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for this month’s Prez Sez being late, but I have been ill with some respiratory virus.  While I will miss the February meeting, I plan on  being at the next one. This bug is something that I won’t transmit. (pun intended)

I recently received an email from Yoshio KE6ACH about the VHF / UHF DX book. While it is currently not in print, it is available free over the internet. Here is what Yoshio told me:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/february/the-vhf-uhf-dx-book-replica-edition.htm
The VHF/UHF DX Book, 2017 Replica Edition – is now available for free download

‘The VHF/UHF DX Book’ was written in the early to mid-1990s by a team of experienced VHF/UHF DXers and equipment developers, in an effort to pass on our knowledge and stimulate further developments.

But eventually the book went out of print, and information of lasting value became trapped on the printed pages.

To keep that information alive for future generations of VHF/UHF DXers, a digital replica of the Second Printing (1995) has now been released as a free download, by kind permission of the copyright owner TRPublishing and its proprietor Trevor Preece.

As with all older books, the challenge for the reader is to separate the parts that are of lasting value from other parts that have become dated. But we make no apology for that; even the outdated parts remain an accurate snapshot of VHF/UHF DXing in its heyday.

http://www.trpub.net/html/dx_book.htm
(with an underscore, not a space)

Thank you, Yoshio for the information.

Also I would like to thank Tom K6THH, our treasurer, for spending several hours filing our e postcards for tax purposes with the state and the feds. This requirement started about four years ago for clubs that are nonprofits and is a yearly task. Getting it set up is time consuming, but once you do it, it goes fairly quickly.

Most members know by now that I enjoy assembling radio kits. I recently ordered and received a MKAR80 kit in the mail from England.  http://www.radio-kits.co.uk/

It is an 80m SSB QRP transceiver. I started assembling it before I became ill and will bring it in when I complete it. It has a fairly high parts count and has lots of really small parts so I am taking my time putting it together. You can’t solder them if you can’t see them. Actually they are all thru hole parts not surface mount so I shouldn’t complain.

Mark Gershen KF6YAN recently had ankle surgery and is rehabbing at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

73 Mike KF6KXG

Author: Mike Lichtman KF6KXG (President)

I earned my Technician license in 1997 and joined CVRC soon after. After retiring from a career in education, I earned my General and Amateur Extra licenses. I enjoy ragchewing, working DX, restoring boatanchors, and working QRP.

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