N7LGN Events & Activities

March 26, 2022: At 9:46 AM, a 24-inch mylar balloon was launched from Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle. This launching was spearheaded by Dr. Gene Pentecost, W4IMT, in collaboration with Rick Briggs, KL7BR, Eileen Wallace, KI7KXN, and Dr. Kellie Taylor from Hawthorne Elementary School in the Boise School District.  This practice launch was part of program headed by Dr.Taylor and supported by the amateur radio community. The program is in the feasibility stage and determining methods for integrating lessons and resources to make it possible for educators around the state to launch their own balloon. 

Gene will explain the program at Hawthorne Elementary as well how this simple APRS beaconing balloon, launched as a test item, was last heard from over Ukraine!  The program launch, a joint effort of students and hams, is scheduled for May 2022.

April 10, 2022 Status update: The ballon and transmitter just showed up west of Japan.  It came out of darkness.  Now there is a very good chance it will make it around the world!

April 9, 2022:  Fox Hunt Postponed. Stay tuned for next announcement.

April 27, 2022: N7LGN Monthly Meeting at 7:00 pm: Guest speaker Gene Pentecost W4IMT: **** Very Interesting****

May 6th, 2022 at 7:00 pm ****Special Day/Time. Dr. Ed Fong WB6IQN will return to N7LGN. The program will feature his most recent antenna is the TBJ-1 – a tri-band base antenna that was published in March 2017 QST. This antenna covers 2m/220 MHz/70cm in one 6ft ¾ inch pvc pipe and requires no radials.  

Ed says, “There is no “black magic” to antennas.”  He will explain in a non-mathematical manner how the overall performance and simplicity of his approach is one of the most practical antennas made. Editorial note, “I love mine! Come find out why.” Bulk orders will not be featured this year. However, Ed always brings raffle prizes.

Wednesday May 25, 2022: N7LGN Monthly Meeting at 7:00 pm: Larry Stokes/N7IBC will visit us from McCall, ID to share his experience with Near Vertical Incident Response

Wednesday June 22: David Grant will bring us WiresX, a hands-on demonstration titled “Do I hear UFOs on HF? Reach out to the World on HF with 25 watts!”

Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th 9:00 am: The N7LGN Amateur Radio Field Day:  This year our site will be in the SW corner of Shari’s Restaurant of Meridian, 895 S Progress Ave where some shade will be welcomed. What modes are you demonstrating this year? Planners Needed!!!!!