QSO Today “Virtual” Ham Expo

Remember, QSO Today Ham Expo Virtual Hamfest is quickly approaching! the 48 hour Virtual Amateur Radio Hamfest, Likely the largest Virtual Ham Radio event of the year. There is a cost, it is $10.00 to offset the cost of producing and hosting such a large event, I have gladly paid my entry fee. I did attend their inaugural virtual event last year and enjoyed those many hours of the event from the comfort of my living room with my endless coffee, snacks, meals while attending each of my selected presentations. Just click on the link below and have a look at what they are offering, buy your “Early Bird” ticket and meet up with some of your Ham friends during the event? yes this year they DO have virtual meeting areas to search by call sign and meet up with your Club members, On-Air friends etc. Looks like a great time Virtually.

Coming to your desktop, laptop, and tablet: 
​ March 12th, 2021 1800 PDT for 48 Hours
and “on-demand” until April 12, 2021


New Firmware for the IC-7300

Icom released new firmware for the IC-7300 ver. 1.4 with many very useful changes including spectrum scope changes, Expanded Menu selections, A FT-8 preset selection, programable microphone buttons, Front Key customization etc. So many many changes that they added a 11 page manual to cover the changes. I have added a link to the Icom website: IC-7300 Ver. 1.4 and to the firmware document here: Icom IC-7300 ver. 1.4 firmware Docs

For those of you that own a IC-7300 or plan on operating one soon or at “Field Day 2021”, use the Docs link to familiarize yourself with these new and very useful updates/changes.

Remember TCARA net Sunday night 7:00 PM 446.400 -(103.5)

TCARA weekly net Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm on the WA6FZH repeater frequency 446.400 – offset tone of 103.5, beginning in 2021 our “Net Control” operator, Bruce AG6YS has modified the format of our “Net” adopting the classic “RoundTable” format over the “Check-in” only style. A Round Table net allows our members to be more conversational allowing each attendee to discuss what they have been doing in Ham Radio or just their experiences in the day, week, month or ask questions of the group. Bruce also attempts to “pound out” some CW sending a Members call sign then adding a short common phrase allowing those of us interested to “copy” the call and message, returning it by email for our award… (the satisfaction of copying it correctly)

Personally this is my favorite method of radio communication, old fashioned “Rag Chewing”, I like to inject some humor and find out more about each member or guest. It also allows our recently licensed Amateur operators to easily hop in and introduce themselves and with luck overcome the initial “Mike Fright” that many of us experienced in the beginning of our Ham Radio Journey.

We look forward to hearing each of you on our Sunday evening nets.

’73 Ken KC6WOK

Don’t Miss ZOOM @ NOON! Every Saturday at 12:00 See ya there!

In these crazy times of “No Group Meetings” Tri County members Stay Home, Stay Safe but still manage to congregate virtually via the Zoom.us video conferencing platform. Our Saturday sessions have become Fun, Energetic and even educational! If you haven’t joined us recently, stop by check-in and see for yourself.

If you would like to be included in this virtual chat session, email a request to our club secretary Dave K6EV at K6AGF@Arrl.net.

Dick Norton N6AA speaks at Quartzite AZ “Quartzpause”

Our ARRL Southwest division director Dick Norton had just returned from the national ARRL Board meeting and brings news, information and some of his personal back to the membership gathered in the Arizona Desert. Several Amateurs rigged up an Amateur television transmitter and two meter radio transceiver allowing those of us with a simple television receiver to view/listen to the talk and ask questions or respond via 146.550 simplex. I was able to record the transmitted video with a small video camera so be aware that it is a “Hand-Held” recording. There were some technical difficulties a few of the ATV team some of mine, the audio is marginal, the questionable video centering (my issues) and the presentation is lengthy, nearly one hour.

Quartzfest (Quartzpause) 2021

We are on the air! For monitoring frequency, see gotahams.com . For the latest updates on the TCARA website go to QuartzFest (QuartPause)2021 – K6AGF (tcaraclub.net)

Officers from both TCARA and GOTAhams arrived at Quartzite Arizona (Quartzpause) Jan. 16th at 7:00 PM, quickly setup camp and attended the nightly Zoom hosted by our sister club, allowing us to Listen to the nightly topical net on WA6FZH (446.400) repeater. Sunday morning offered us a beautiful sunrise some announcements on the Quartzfest simplex “talk-in”. as I finish this post it will be time to erect some HF and Amateur TV antennas to get us on 40 meters? and FT8 (I will post Frequencies.)

Photo taken from GOTAhams.com Website, Check there for GPS Coordinates

Stay Tuned for Upcoming “Quartzpause events”

TCARA General Meeting Wed. Jan. 13 @ 7:00 PM on Zoom.us

In these days of Covid-19, No Group meetings, Etc. TCARA is currently meeting “Virtually” on the ZOOM Video Conferencing platform. to get your personal invitation with a meeting number, Password and to simplify things a “Link” simply email a request to Dave K6EV at k6agf@gmail.com

PLEASE PUT YOUR CALLSIGN AND FULL NAME IN YOUR ZOOM ‘ID’ so that we can clearly see who you are during check-in.  If you don’t do this, it could delay moving you into the main meeting room.   We use the waiting room to avoid being ‘zoom bombed’ by hackers.

We Look forward to seeing everyone there! ’73 Ken KC6WOK