James "Mac" McCoy, W0LQV - SK on January 25, 2015

It is with saddness that we report the passing of "Mac" McCoy W0LQV.  “Mac” served as the JCRAC Treasurer, elected in 1995, retiring from that position at the end of 2013.  Back in February 2014 "Mac" wrote a Featured Member article about himself.  Below is a link to that article.

Featured Member Mac McCoy W0LQV.pdf

2m Repeater Update (145.29 MHz) - January 24, 2015

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The Johnson County Radio Amateur Club's repeater 145.290/146.900 PL 151.4 is back on the air.  It is a DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Motorola MotoTrbo repeater operating in the Dynamic Mixed Mode.  This means if you transmit into the repeater in analog mode it comes out analog or if you transmit into the repeater in digital (DMR) mode it comes out digital.  For those with DMR radios the Talk Group Number is 913, the Color Code is 1 and the Time Slot is 1.  The 145.210/144.610 PL 151.4 repeater in Shawnee also operates with the same Talk Group, Color Code and Time Slot.  These repeaters are not linked but are using the standard local Talk Group for this area. Anyone needing additional help programming their DMR radios or understanding DMR should contact Bill WA0CBW at WA0CBW@arrl.net or Van K0HCV at K0HCV@arrl.net.

Some additional operating notes:  These repeaters have the standard 3 minute time-out timer and do not have a courtesy beep. For analog users it may be helpful to use receive CTCSS or Tone Squelch to eliminate the digital sound when the repeater is in the digital mode.  When using CTCSS or Tone Squelch you will not hear the Identifier as the repeater strips PL when the ID is sent.  The repeater never sends an ID when voice is present.  And following FCC rules it is always good practice to monitor the channel prior to transmitting to be sure there isn't a conversation (either digital or analog) already in progress.


Some additional DMR programing notes:  In the DMR world everyone has a unique identification number.  This number is necessary primarily in the DMR linked repeater world and not an absolute requirement in our environment. However everyone should apply for and program into their DMR radio their unique number.  

The number is free, all you have to do is apply for it via the DMR-MARC website.  The url is: http://www.dmr-marc.net/cgi-bin/trbo-database/register.cgi.  Don't worry about all the verbiage on the page, just scroll down to the bottom and press the "user registration" button. Fill out the information and press the "register" button.   The home repeater callsign box on the registration page would be W0ERH.   It is necessary for everyone to apply for and program their number into their radio even though we are not linked into the DMR network.  If anyone has questions or needs their CSI radio programmed, just contact Van K0HCV at K0HCV@arrl.net.


Welcome to the new and improved family of repeaters from the Johnson County Radio Amateur club.  Stand by for information about a new Yaesu Fusion repeater that will be added in the future to the family. 

Bill - WA0CBW
W0ERH Trustee


Welcome to nonprofit organization 501(c)(3)  EIN 48-1071476 dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Radio.  The club is involved in various public service events and many members are involved in other public service associated programs such as A.R.E  .S., E.C.S. and SATERN.

President's Corner

January 2015

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday time. “Real winter weather” held off for us in the Kansas City area as 2014 ended.  As 2015 dawns let us see what the New Year brings.

It was good to see everyone at the 2014 Christmas party (non-mobile).  Special thanks to entertainers, Tom Wheeler, NØGSG, Jaimie Charlton, ADØAB and the Chip, ACØYF, and Deborah, KDØRYE, Buckner.   What did Chip say the name of the group was?  “The Wheeler Holiday Orchestra ... The WHO”.

One club activity I failed to mention last month was the “Shootout”. Thank you, Lon Martin, KØWJ for organizing the challenge.

As usual the first meeting of the year will be a planning meeting.  Please bring your ideas for Club activities and programs to the January 9 meeting.  This is a good way to share your experiences and learn more about the ever-expanding world of Amateur Radio.

For 2015 Field Day we are planning to return to the Shawnee Mission Park. The location has been very good for providing exposure to Amateur Radio.  The Johnson County Parks Department has been very supportive.


Bill KA2FNK, President

Upcomming Events

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Upcoming Programs

February 13, 2015     7:30 pm

The Program for this meeting will be a presentation and demonstration by Brandon Graham W0GPR on Software Defined Radio.

February 27, 2015  7:30 pm

The Program for this meeting will be a presentation by Herb Fiddick NZ0F on "The Role of the Club in the Life of a New Ham".

Weekly Net Check-ins

443.725 Repeater 145.29 Repeater
Date # Date #
Feb-04 18 Feb-05 15
Feb-11 19 Feb-12 31
Feb-18 14 Feb-19 27
Feb-25 19 Feb-26 14



The Treasurer's Report for January 23, 2015

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Repeater Operating Reserve


Memorial Fund