Grounding: Don’t Get Zapped!

At the April 2014 CMRA meeting Mac, K4CHS, gave an informative talk on grounding. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to view the accompanying slides due to technical difficulties. It was recommended that the slides be made available to all on this site. Thanks to Don, KM0R, for converting Mac’s presentation into PDF format. You can view the slides with or without notes by clicking on the links below. Each link will open a new window in your browser.

CMRA Teams Up With Rock Bridge Elementary for ISS Contact

Students from Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, made contact with the International Space Station (ISS) with help from CMRA on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1400 UTC or 0800 CST. Several club members reported hearing portions of the astronaut’s transmissions on 145.800 MHz. as the station flew overhead.

A great deal of work and planning went into the event. Its success reflects the good job done by everyone involved. View an article written by Bill, N0AXZ, when you click here.

The event received favorable local press coverage as well. The Columbia Tribune featured an article entitled “Rock Bridge students talk to astronaut on International Space Station” which you can see when you click here. KOMU-TV covered the event as well, with an online story you can see when you click here.

Sarah Hill of Veterans United did a live broadcast on YouTube the morning of the contact, which you can view below.



CMRA Club Station Forced to Move

The American Red Cross on Worley advised us the first week of December 2013 that their building had been sold and they had to vacate by the end of the month, which means we did also. Several volunteers pitched in at various times throughout the month and did a great deal of hard work to pack up and move the equipment and other club property in the club station.

For the time being, there is no longer a CMRA club station. It is hoped one can be put back together in a location to be determined by the club at a later time.

This affects license testing as well. If you or someone you know needs to test or upgrade, contact AC0G so arrangements can be made. See the Public Service page for his contact info.

More to come as the situation develops.