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.

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Through Morse Code" page, which contains links to a number of great sites including biographic information and the historical documents of Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of Morse code, and how the code has been used both historically and today.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.

Field Day 2018

The High Rock Mountain VHF Society participated in the 2018 ARRL Field Day exercise on Saturday, June 23 at the Central Volunteer Fire Department on Becks Church Road in Lexington, NC. Running this year as a 2F station, members of the club made contacts throughout the US, including stations as far as California and Washington state. While attendance was lighter than we had hoped, a good time was enjoyed by all.

ARRL says "New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio"

The ARRL notes that the proliferation of digital modes in the last several years, especially the explosion of the FT8 mode in 2017, is changing the nature of ham traffic on the airwaves and wonders if FT8 in particular "marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age."

Original link from the ICQ Podcast.

FT8 page is at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html.