There is still time!

To make sure we know you’re coming to the CARS Dinner Meeting, Monday December 7th at 6:30 PM at Kelly’s Tavern on N. Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake.

Come on out and enjoy some good food and good time with your fellow club members.  We have 40 confirmed.  Let’s make sure your space is reserved and the restaurant has enough food for all.

Don’t forget we will be giving our newest Ham of The Year winner his award.  What a way to close out amateur radio for 2015 and get ready for a fun year of amateur radio in 2016!

Just drop an email to Paul, K4PRB, the club secretary at

FCC Cites Homeowner for Unintentional Interference to Telecoms Provider

The FCC has issued a Citation and Order to an Illinois man to notify him of his obligation to stop operating devices that cause interference to licensed radio operations and to comply with federal rules and regulations related to RF devices. The FCC Enforcement Bureau’s Northeast Region office issued the Citation on November 24 to Edward Kozol of Lemont, Illinois, warning him that he could face fines of up to $16,000 a day unless he resolves the interference, which was reported last spring by AT&T.

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Taming the MFJ-226 Data File

As with many other hams, I am morbidly preoccupied with my antenna systems and how to get the best performance from them. In particular, I want to be able to compare different antennas or the same antenna system under different conditions; including plotting the SWR (standing wave ratio) and other parameters as a function of frequency. Using a conventional antenna analyzer, this task is tedious because of the need to record the many data points and vulnerable to increased error during transcription. For a long time I have lusted in my heart after a VNA (vector network analyzer).

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