Franklin and Jefferson County ARES groups will be conducting a Simplex Exercise

posted Aug 16, 2022, 10:12 PM by Wm James Bryant

On August 18th at 8:00pm Franklin and Jefferson County ARES groups will be conducting a Simplex Exercise.  We will start at 8:00pm using the LEARS/ARCOM repeaters to announce the exercise and take check-ins.   The Net Controls will be at their County EMA office and the purpose is to simplex to surrounding towns and counties.   At that point the Net control for your County will announce which frequency to QSY to.      Also, we are practicing Relay skills  If one station can hear someone but the Net Control cannot, when Net Control asks for Relay, announce you have a relay and when Net Control stays go ahead state your call sign and say what station you heard trying to check in.   This all can be done from your home or mobile station. 


Shelter Net 146.4250   Evacuation Net 146.4750

CQ CQ CQ “This is an EXERCISE, repeat This is an ECERCISE:”


This is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service 2-meter simplex communications exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to test emergency communications using 2-meter simplex frequencies in Franklin, Jefferson and surrounding counties. We will take check-ins on this local repeater then we will QSY to the designated simplex frequency for testing.


After you make contact or if unable to make contact on the simplex frequency return to your local repeater frequency (LEARS/ARCOM) for further instructions. 


Lets try to make this a fun learning experience


August 01 2022

posted Aug 1, 2022, 8:44 PM by Wm James Bryant

I have regained access to be able to update this page (Thanks to Chris KC9RZV). The LEARS Club has upgraded the repeater to a Yaesu DR-2X repeater. It is set in dual mode Analog (FM) & C4FM. If you only have a Analog radio turn on your CTCSS / Tone Squelch so you will not have to hear the "Digital Noise"(as it has been referred to). Also the squelch tail has been set very short & there is no courtesy (end of transmission) tone. Please let the repeater drop before you key up to reply. I am sorry to say there is no Echo Link on the repeater (hasn't been for a long time) at this time. Maybe in the future on analog only.

March 2019 EchoLink update

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:07 PM by Wm James Bryant   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 11:08 PM ]

The N9RBE-R EchoLink node is back on line. I will put it up around 8pm before the Monday night net and take it down after the last station logs off after the net.

6/19/17 Net EchoLink update

posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:38 PM by Chris O'Dea

Those wishing to check in to our net tonight via EchoLink tonight will need to do so via a different node. Please look for KD9ASD-R, node #229150.

July Skywarn Training Net

posted Jun 13, 2017, 6:14 PM by Chris O'Dea

The Skywarn training net will not be taking place for July due to conflict with Independence Day.  

New Skywarn Training Net

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:15 PM by Chris O'Dea   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 5:25 PM ]

KD9ASD has volunteered to conduct a Skywarn Training net on the first Tuesday of each month beginning April 4th 2017. The net will be held at 7PM on the 146.805 repeater.

LEARS Club Christmas Dinner

posted Nov 15, 2016, 5:24 PM by Chris O'Dea

Please join us for the club Christmas dinner on Tuesday December 13th.  We will meet at 6:00PM at DiMaggio's Pizza in Christopher IL (108 E. Market St.).  Feel free to bring family and any other interested parties who might like to meet the club members.  

November meeting rescheduled

posted Oct 11, 2016, 5:44 PM by Chris O'Dea   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 5:53 PM ]

As the November election falls on our normal meeting day, we have rescheduled the November meeting for Tuesday the 15th.  
Please research the candidates and take the time to vote on the 8th!

Technician License class

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:08 PM by Chris O'Dea   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 7:09 PM ]

The LEARS Club will be holding a class for those interested in getting their HAM License.  This will be for the Technician (entry level) license, and will be targeted at those completely new to amateur radio.  Classes will be held beginning August 4th 2016, 6PM in the Benton Hospital Conference room.  The class is expected to meet each Thursday night for 8 weeks, with a test session being held on the final class September 22nd.  The class itself is free, but the test does have a $15 FCC fee.  We should be able to accommodate as many students as necessary, but it would be appreciated those planning to attend could email class@learsradio.org so we have a rough count.  Questions can also be emailed and we will respond as soon as possible. 

Club shirts

posted May 13, 2016, 6:18 AM by Chris O'Dea

The LEARS club will be ordering club shirts soon. They will be safety orange with the club logo, name, and repeater info on them. For an additional $1 you can also have your call sign printed on them as well. Great for field day or emergency response scenarios. 
All orders must be in by the end of the month. 
Prices as follows for Child-xl ($1 per extra X past XL):

T-shirt $8
Pocket $9
Long sleeve $12
Hoodie $18
Sweatshirt $15
Zipper $25

To order, email shirtorders@learsradio.org

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