W4PAR

The Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society is an ARRL affiliated amateur radio club making its home in Lexington, North Carolina, supporting a number of local VHF and UHF repeaters. We also support our members who work a variety of HF and digital modes.

Big Toy Day Recap

Members of the Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society participated in the 2018 Big Toy Day, an event that supports the local Communities In Schools organization. This year we offered kids the opportunity to build a simple circuit that turned on an LED and tutored them in Morse Code. This was a big hit, with all 40 kits being handed out before the end of the day.

A number of people also stopped by to discuss amateur radio with us, and we were able to meet a number of local hams who aren't members of the club. Unfortunately our planned operation efforts were thwarted by the presence of background music that would have went out over the air--a big no-no with the FCC.

We plan to attend next year's event, so look for us next August at Big Toy Day 2019.

 
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Balloon rides were something new at Big Toy Day.

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After all the LED kits were done, members of the Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society get a breather.

Here Comes Big Toy Day, 2018 Edition!

Once again, members of W4PAR will be participating in Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County's annual "Big Toy Day" on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Davidson County Airport.

This year we will be treating 30 youngsters to the thrill of building a simple electronics project, an LED lamp. Members of W4PAR will also be operating SSB on 20 and 40 meters, band conditions permitting.

We look forward to seeing you in person or on the air!

History of Morse Code Resources

Future radio amateur Adam Z. from New Jersey has just finished up a summer camp where part of his time was taken up learning about Morse code, radio frequencies, and the history of early communication. Adam's Mom Hannah contacted W4PAR to let us know about Adam's interest in the hobby, which she is encouraging.

Adam passed along a link to the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications "History of Communication Through Morse Code" page, which contains links to a number of great sites including biographic information and the historical documents of Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of Morse code, and how the code has been used both historically and today.

Adam, W4PAR thanks you for sending us this information. 73 to you.