This Week in Cherryland ARC

Club Picnic is on Tuesday evening. This is the Club Meeting for July. We look forward to seeing you there. please let us know if you plan to attend. See notes below in picnic announcement. Bring something to show and tell, or something to sell- this will be fun! Bring the kids. Talk in on 146.540 mHz simplex or 146.86 repeater W8TCM in Traverse City.

Annual Club Picnic Tuesday July 27

It all happens at beautiful Sayler Park! Near Yuba.

This is a fun family event we enjoy every year.  This year is no exception. 
There is a great sandy beach for the kids and a modern bathhouse in the park, playgrounds and fun trails to explore.

Plan to arrive around 5:30 PM  It’s a good time to visit, swim, or walk around, socially distanced of course.  Kids will love the playgrounds and walking in the woods. Bring something to show and tell, bring something you want to sell-  Tail Gate Hamfest.   

The Club is providing hamburgers & hot dogs that will go on the grill around 6:00 pm.  Please bring a dish to share along with your own table setting and beverage of choice

Here’s a link to the google map:  

Please RSVP by email to cherrylandarc@gmail.com Tell us that you plan to attend and how many people you will have.  (we understand plans change, so no problem)

July 2021 Newsletter is Here!

The July 2021 Issue of Cherry Juice is published. Click Here for your copy.  Inside this issue- CARC Field Day. . . All that happened. And Oh, what a Field Day it was! Plus: CARC member’s Special Tribute to Joe, W8TVT, who passed away in April 2021.   News you can use –the July Calendar, and Great Lakes Area Hamfest Listings. There’s gear for sale and more. Get your copy today. Pass it on to a friend! CARC is here for you!

Houston, No Problem!

W8TCM made CONTACT
with NA1SS

Friday June 28 at 10:02AM
(14:02 UTC)

CONTACT ESTABLISHED!

If you missed the event (in person or live-streamed, or on local cable channel 189) you can catch the replay of the stream (very good quality and audio) at this link:

contact begins at 33:05, so you can either fast forward or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OnrVCbWW9E&t=1975
Making Contact with NA1ISS as it passes over North America and within range.
Special guest and Astronaut who was on board the ISS Col. Greg Johnson gave a presentation prior to and a Q&A after the event which is very awesome to listen to.
WZ8C with Col. Greg Johnson
Some of our AWESOME take-down crew!
KD8KXJ, W8RAK, NU8A, WX1J, KE8MJA, N8OCX
The rest of our take-down crew and el-presidente! KC8RLU
( Joe took everything we could throw at him – 12 cinder blocks, 2 antennas, lots of steel framing and lots of hardline and coax. Of the entire take-down crew, I think he got the most waterlogged..)
Q&A with Col. Johnson. His exact words: “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I will tell you, this is the NUMBER ONE BEST HAM RADIO INTERCHANGE I’ve EVER WITNESS. I kid you not. It’s the best one. No kidding!”
Brook N8OCX, and Joe N8CN
Brook designed and built the rack-mounted station and provided most of the equipment shown which was used for the contact.

We continue to receive notes of gratitude, thanks, and interest in the CARC and Ham Radio in general in response to this event which was widely covered in the media:

https://www.9and10news.com/2019/06/28/traverse-city-district-library-makes-contact-with-international-space-station/

 

https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/traverse-area-library-to-host-qa-with-international-space-station

https://www.traverseticker.com/news/traverse-city-to-international-space-station-do-you-read/

We are still collecting media files (pictures, video and audio) from many sources and will present these to a future Cherryland ARC meeting and have them available online.

The Cherryland ARC is proud and honored to have assisted to provide the youth of the area a unique opportunity to engage in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and be introduced to cutting-edge technology and the intersecting STEM, Robotics, Mechelectronics, Computer, Biology, and other science-related topics intertwined into this experience. We hope this helps to direct, propel, and inspire our area youth to embrace a high-tech career path and to be fluent with the tools, technology, science, and terminology as we look to them to forge our future.

We wish to thank Dale Williams, Director of the Great Lakes Division of the ARRL for attending, our ARISS mentors Gordon Scannell and Larry Koziel, and the entire ARISS team who incidentally watched our content live while at their yearly face-to-face conference in Canada. We wish to thank NASA, CASIS, and the team at Houston watching the interaction. We wish to thank Astronaut Col. Greg Johnson for his involvement with the program. We wish to thank ALL of the support from the Cherryland ARC, namely financial support from Ernest and Jennifer Abel, David Wilcox, and the New Approaches Center in Traverse City. We also wish to thank the Traverse Area District Library for.. EVERYTHING! They invited us to facilitate contact when a Telebridge style contact (not direct ham radio, a contact via phone line) was a possibility being considered. We are happy that we were given the opportunity to participate in this and make it a success. The TADL team is AMAZING without question, and we thank them for their coordination of literally everything, and unending hospitality, and interest in our group and members.

Finally but most of all, we wish to thank our spouses for tolerating our absence and stress through this process. We intend to repay this debt gradually over time with many kind returns.

Stay tuned for a CJ article and club presentation on this marvelous experience. We hope you were able to tune in!

73,
Joe N8CN
Editor
Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

ARISS CONTACT at the Traverse Area District Library

ARISS CONTACT via Ham Radio provided by the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

Friday June 28 at 10:02AM
(14:02 UTC)

The Traverse Area District Library’s ARISS contact with an Astronaut will be on Friday June 28 at 14:02 UTC (10:02 local time). 

More Info about the news release here:
https://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2019-June/073654.html

There will be a program leading up to, during, and after the contact.

We suggest arriving to the Library no later than 8am in order to get a good seat, because they’ll go fast!

TADL will be streaming the event on their YouTube Channel and it will also be on local Charter/Spectrum channel 189. More information about media coverage will be relayed later. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TADLnotjustbooks
If you visit the above link you can set a reminder to join the live 720p broadcast!

The Traverse Area District Library has published a full press-release, and you can read about the effort here:
https://www.tadl.org/2019/05/01/tadl-selected-to-host-amateur-radio-contact-with-iss/

Forecast is for Rain and possible Thunderstorms!
Scott WX1J is checking the weather-seal and the feedline protector
where the cables enter the building.
A double thumbs-up from our design engineer!