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20/9 Radio Club, Inc. - - Volume 5, Issue 5

MAY 2017

IMPORTANT DATES (for locations and times, check the event calendar on

May 1 - VE Testing

May 6 - Radio Club Breakfast

May 9 - Club Meeting

May 20 - St. Rose 5K Run

JUNE 23-25 - FIELD DAY!!!

K8TKA, is on 147.315MHz + / 156.7pl
located in Austintown Ohio.

Friday Night 2 Meter Net is held at 9:20PM. (Temporary Off-Line)

A Word from the President

Spring is finally taking hold, with teasing in February and then a cold March it's starting to balance slightly. With warm weather brings more outdoor activity, we participated in Ohio NVIS Day however Sol decided to give us a geomagnetic storm which made contacts far and few to make on 40 and 80. But we had fun getting stuff set up checking some antennas for the upcoming summer.

The repeater is destined to come back online but juggling work and weather it's been tricky to get done. Still looking into a more permanent solution in location for the repeater that will give us reasonable coverage.

We've added another antenna to our portable setup arsenal, Wolf River Coils LLC Silver Bullet variable tuned loading coil, it's a 3/8-24 mount coil that can be used mobile as well as portable so getting on the air will be faster for some events we have slated this year.

This past meeting Marianne Donley (KE8ENV) presented important information for safety and disaster preparedness, with spring being a bit turbulent it's a good time to make sure you have what you need to get by in case of a major disruption to power from a weather event, as well as what you'll need if responding with ARES for a long duration assignment.

Hamvention is around the corner and as you all know it has moved to Xenia, I hope to get some great images of it for those who can't make it this year.

June 3rd 20/9 will be doing double duty, first is Relay for Life at Austintown Schools on Idaho Rd. Operators will be needed from morning till mid afternoon in getting people where they need to be, this is a handheld event. Also 20/9 will be out at Craig Beach Vol. FIRE Dept for their Safety Service Day, we'll be demonstrating what amateur radio has to offer to the public in general as well as for emergency communications and also give information about Skywarn and ARES that may be of interest, we will also be participating in working the Battleship Memorial Special Event held through the US that weekend too so come out to operate.

In June K8TGR will be operating the weekend of June 9-10 in a Field Day style event of celebrating the first year of the club, see the article below for more details. You're highly encouraged to come out to support the kids efforts and participate, maybe camp put and get some pre field day preparation done in Newton Falls.

Don't forget Skywarn Training net first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 PM on 146.745 W8QLY, the way the pattern is shaping up we may actually use a lot more of that training from the NWS then the past few years. Keep a weather eye to the sky and keep up with forecasts, while we may not get tornadoes as frequent as out west we do see microburst and derechos and can cause similar damage to some low end tornadoes but broader damage paths.

Our club meetings are the second Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Austintown Senior Center and the Classic Car Cruise will be starting soon so parking will shift to the back of the building when those events are ongoing.


Vice President's Corner

Happy Spring Everyone,

Wow!! We have so much underway and planned for the summer. We hope everyone can come out to something. Let's start with our May activities. We have our regular club meeting on May 9th at 7pm. This is also the first scheduled car cruise at the Senior Center. If weather is good, please park on the side by Rachel's and enter through the back door for the meeting. The senior center kitchen will be open during the cruises so stop in for a bite to eat. If the weather is inclement, we will be able to park as normal in the front. Watch Facebook for updates. Speaking of Facebook, are you interested in learning more about social media? Our speaker at our May meeting will be Shawn Donley and he will be speaking about social media and how to get started and additional information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Plan to come out at 7pm on the 9th to join us!! Saturday May 20th we need operators for the First Annual St Rose 5K and Fun walk. We will be starting about 8am and going till about 11am or noon. Contact me if you can help!

June is right around the corner and that means our big event is too!! Field Day 2017 is June 23-25. Make sure you have planned to come out, even if it is just for an hour or our 20/9 Family Dinner. Watch the June newsletter for our Field Day planner with all the details!!

Sunday July 9th is our Hamfest, Computer and Electronic Show from 8am till 1pm at the Austintown Senior Center. Check the newsletter for our flyer. We will need help this day for coordination of the tailgaters and inside vendors. Let us know if you can help!!

Hope to see everyone this month at the meeting!!!


Treasurer Information and Update

Dues still remain the same $15 for an individual and $20 for family.

We have added a PayPal link to the website for membership.

You can also send in dues via mail to Rich Hamaker, Treasurer at the address listed below, or you can come to a club meeting at the Austintown Senior Center!!

20/9 ARC K8TKA
P.O. Box 4006
Youngstown, OH 44515

73, KB8YHC Rich Hamaker

Need to Test or Upgrade?

20/9 Amateur Radio Club now has a scheduled monthly testing day. It is currently set for the first Monday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Austintown Senior Center. This date will also be published to the public on ARRL. If you wish to test or upgrade test for your license, please e-mail to schedule for your testing. When you test, you will need to bring two forms of identification, a photo copy of your current license (if you are upgrading), a calculator (cell phones are not permitted), and two number 2 pencils.

If this date does not meet your schedule, please contact us to arrange for another date/time.

Field Day 2017 - Will Be Here Soon!

By Andrew Kitchens (KD8YRA)

Field Day is on the way and 20/9 is calling on all members for all hands on deck. Field Day will be here before you know it, and we need everyone to help make it a success. This year, our goal is to have six stations on the air operating for the entire 24 hour period. This may sound like a simple goal to most; however, it does take some planning, coordination, and a little bit of organizing to accomplish this goal. The list of tasks is not that long, but each item on the list is important.

First, if you would like to operate or plan on operating, we need to know. There will be plenty of opportunities to get on the air, so all who are willing are welcome.

As of right now, the kick off for the Field Day setup will begin on Friday June 23rd at 8 a.m. at the Austintown Senior Center. We will be loading up trucks, trailers, and whatever we can to get all of the equipment from the center over to the field day site. Anyone wishing to join us, please let us know. No task is too small, any time dedicated is golden and all assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information or to add you to the list, please e-mail to let us know when you can join us.

20/9 ARC, Officers

George Meleski

Vice President:
Dotti O'Neil-Meleski

Rich Hamaker

Jan Hamaker

Joe Hanisko

David Bresko

Andrew Kitchens

Classes and VE Exams:

Newsletter Information:
Shawn Donley

Do You Use Social Media?

Speaker Topic for May Meeting

Do you tweet, like and share things on facebook, or use instagram? How do hashtags mean and how do they work? Well, another tool that an amateur radio operator can have is social media. During this month’s meeting, Shawn Donley (KE8ENU) will give a presentation on how you can use social media to not only obtain valuable information, but provide information that can promote what you are doing, as well as, what is going on with the hobby within your circle of friends. He will be discussing resources that are freely available to you and how you can catch onto the social media frenzy that is taking over the world. Handouts will be provided on how you can create your free social media accounts and for cheatsheets on how to use them.

May is Hamvention Month!

Ohio State Convention (2017 Dayton Hamvention)

Start Date: 05/19/2017
End Date: 05/21/2017
Location: Greene County Fair and Exposition Center
120 Fairground Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.94 (PL 123)
Public Contact: Ron Cramer , KD8ENJ
PO Box 964 Dayton, OH 45401
Phone: 937-603-9707

Special Events Stations in May

By: ARRL - 05/01/2017

  • 04/28/2017 | City of Baton Rouge 200th Anniversary

    Apr 28-May 8, 0000Z-2359Z, N5B, Baton Rouge, LA. Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 14.060 7.240 7.060. QSL. BRARC, PO Box 4004, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

  • 04/29/2017 | Russell Elementary's 19th Annual 27-hour Space Shuttle Mission Simulation

    Apr 29-May 5, 1600Z-1600Z, KM4RE, Mableton, GA. Russell Elementary Amateur Radio Club. 14.266 7.245. QSL. KM4RE: Russell Elementary ARC, 3920 South Hurt Rd, Smyrna, GA 30082. Recognizing the Russell Elementary School’s 19th annual Space Shuttle Mission Simulation. Russell Elementary is located in Smyrna, GA. Students train all year for different positions in Mission Control or the Space Shuttle Simulator Intrepid and then put their skills to the test during a 27-hour simulated mission. You can learn much more about our school’s space program at our program’s website: All radio operation, QSO logging, and QSL card design and processing for this special event is done by the elementary school students. We will operate intermittently to work around student schedules. 100% phone.

  • 05/01/2017 | Mars New Year

    May 1-May 15, 1700Z-2200Z, K3M, Mars, PA. North Hills Amateur Radio Club. 14.255 14.055 7.235 7.055. QSL. Al, Houston, 281 Forsythe Rd, Mars, PA 16046. Martian Solar Year is 1 year 322 days and this is the second Mars New Year Celebration in Mars PA NASA will be in force with displays and fun games. Please SASE for QSL to N2MA

  • 05/04/2017 | International Firefighters Day

    May 4, 1200Z-2000Z, NA4CC, Shelby, NC. Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service. 21.250 14.220 7.235 3.625. QSL. Cly White, 5138 Brooks Chapel Rd., Ellenboro, NC 28040. We will set up and work from the Shanghi VFD in Shelby, NC and make as many contacts as possible for this world wide Day of thanks to our firefighters. Everyone is invited, and we would love to have firemen from all over Cleveland County to come join us in the fun of talking to Fireman around the world on their day. Frequency will vary for conditions, and the CCARS face book page will be kept up to date as to where we are operating. Please check Twitter user n4cly for frequency use as well.

  • 05/05/2017 | Planet of Mars New Year

    May 5-May 6, 2000Z-2000Z, K3PSG, Mars, PA. Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group, Inc. 14.265 7.265. Certificate. Butler County Amateur Radio PSG, Inc., P.O. Box 141, Prospect, PA 16052. Event is sponsored by NASA, Mars Borough, ARES and RACES. Times are 5/5 2000Z-5/6 0200Z and 5/6 1400Z-2000Z (Fri 4-10PM and Sat 10AM-4PM local time)

  • 05/06/2017 | Nazi Germany Surrenders in World War II

    May 6-May 7, 1200Z-2359Z, W4ABR, Johnson City, TN. Johnson City Radio Association Inc. 28.400 14.275 7.225 3.850. QSL. Leo P Quesinberry, 327 Shannon View Rd, Johnson City, TN 37615.

  • 05/06/2017 | Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor

    May 6-May 7, 1400Z-2100Z, KD9GUH, Wilmington, IL. UMC Disaster Response Communication Team. 21.350 18.140 14.280 7.265. QSL. Wilmington UMC Disaster Response Emergency Communications Team, 401 E Kahler Rd, Wilmington, IL 60481. We'll also monitor 146.520 for anybody in or around Wilmington.

  • 05/07/2017 | Grand Prix of Indianapolis Special Event

    May 7-May 14, 0400Z-0400Z, W9IMS, Indianapolis, IN. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club. 18.140 14.245 7.245 3.840. Certificate & QSL. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. Full information on how to get the QSL and Certificate at

  • 05/09/2017 | 1869 Transcontinental Railroad Golden Spike Commemoration

    May 9-May 10, 1500Z-2300Z, W7G, Promontory Summit, UT. Ogden Amateur Radio Club. 14.255 7.235. QSL. Ogden Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 3353, Ogden, UT 84409. 1500Z to 2300Z daily. Lucky contacts may hear actual whistles from the "Jupiter" and "119" replica locomotives.

  • 05/10/2017 | 67th Anniversary of Livonia, Michigan

    May 10-May 30, 0000Z-2359Z, K8UNS, Livonia, MI. Livonia Amateur Radio Club. 14.000 7.000. QSL. Livonia Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 51532, Livonia, MI 48151. LARC members may operate all bands and modes from their own station using the club call sign K8UNS to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Livonia, Michigan.

  • 05/11/2017 | Overland Expo 2017 WEST

    May 11-May 15, 1900Z-0000Z, K7E, Flagstaff, AZ. Overland Expo/Coconino Amateur Radio Club. 146.460 7.240. QSL. Scott Martin, 8620 Marys Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. We will be demonstrating radio operation and maintain Communication for event. Testing on Sunday Morning.

  • 05/13/2017 | Battle of Coral Sea Special Event

    May 13, 1600Z-2300Z, NI6IW, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship. 14.320 7.250; PSK31 on 14.707; D-STAR on REF001C. QSL. USS Midway Museum Ship Radio Room, 910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101.

  • 05/13/2017 | National Train Day at Fort Smith Trolley Car Museum

    May 13, 1300Z-2359Z, K5T, Fort Smith, AR. Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club. All bands, all modes. QSL. Fort Smith Area ARC W5ANR, PO Box 32, Fort Smith, AR 72902. SASE please.

  • 05/13/2017 | Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary

    May 13, 1900Z-2200Z, W1HGY, Taunton, MA. Saint Maximilian Kolbe Net. 14.341 7.241 3.841 . Certificate. Lloyd Bankson Roach, K3QNT, 120 W Watson St, Bedford, PA 15522. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the apparition of our Blessed Mother at Fatima Portugal. SASE (Large Envelope) to K3QNT 120 W. Watson Street Bedford, PA 15522

  • 05/13/2017 | US Navy Cargo Handlers - Armed Forces Day

    May 13-May 16, 0800Z-1800Z, N4C, Williamsburg, VA. WZ4K. 14.335 7.235. Certificate & QSL. Howard Waxman, 38 Island View Dr, Newport News, VA 23602. Operating during the day. Certificate via email. QSL card with SASE.

  • 05/18/2017 | Hubble Space Telescope

    May 18-May 22, 0000Z-2359Z, N7T, Maple Valley, WA. L Greg Magone. 146.52 14.275 14.250. Certificate & QSL. L Greg Magone, 27492 254th PL SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038. This is the May special event station in support of the 2017 KB7QPS Air, Space, and Technology Operating Event.

  • 05/19/2017 | N6L: 95th Anniversary, Lombard St. San Francisco.

    May 19-May 29, 0000Z-2359Z, N6L, Healdsburg, CA. Will Pattullo, AE6YB. 21.265 14.265 7.265 3.815. QSL. N6L - Will Pattullo, 161 Presidential Cir, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Built in 1922, Lombard Street in San Francisco, is known for the one-way block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, where eight sharp turns are said to make it the most crooked street in the world.

  • 05/19/2017 | Perrin Air Force Base Museum Special Event

    May 19-May 28, 0000Z-2359Z, W5I, Sherman, TX. Grayson County Amateur Radio Club. 14.250 14.070 7.200 7.070. QSL. Grayson County ARC, P.O. Box 642, Sherman, TX 75091. Grayson County ARC hosts the Perrin Air Force Base Museum Special Event which celebrates the Perrin Air Force Base Museum and Armed Forces Day and commemorates Perrin Air Force Base which was active from WW2 until early in the 1970's.

  • 05/20/2017 | 75th Annual YAARAB Shrine Circus

    May 20-May 29, 1000Z-2200Z, W4FEZ, Atlanta, Ga. YAARAB Communication Unit. 28.475 14.275 7.275 3.875. QSL. YAARAB Communication Unit, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Shriners spreading the word worldwide about our 22 hospitals for children. Building a better tomorrow for children today. If you would like one of our special event QSL cards, USA please send a SASE, and one of your cards DX send $2 US currency for postage..

  • 05/20/2017 | 90th Anniversary- Lindbergh Flies Across the Atlantic

    May 20, 1300Z-2000Z, K2CAM, Garden City, NY. Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. 21.340 14.240 7.240. QSL. LIMARC, P.O. Box 392, Levittown, NY 11756. We will be operating from inside the Cradle located near the Spirit of St. Louis duplicate. Please QSL SASE.

  • 05/20/2017 | American Airpower Museum

    May 20-May 21, 1400Z-2000Z, W2GSB, Farmingdale, NY. Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club. SSB 14.280 7.280; CW 14.055 7.055. QSL. Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. Also operating on various Amateur Radio Satellites.

  • 05/20/2017 | Armed Forces Day

    May 20, 1500Z-2100Z, W9DUP, Westmont, IL. DuPage Arateur Radio Club. 7.240 14.290 28.400 145.430-600. Certificate. Brian Eder, P.O. Box 71, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. DuPage Amateur Radio Club Armed Forces day from Veterans Memorial Park in Westmont IL.

  • 05/20/2017 | Black Diamond Radio Group 1st Annual "Radio and Rockets"

    May 20, 1500Z-2330Z, WI9BD/AFD, Pewaukee, WI. Black Diamond Radio Group. 21.260 14.260 7.260 3.860. Certificate & QSL. Black Diamond Radios and Rockets, PO Box 324, Muskego, WI 53150. In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Black Diamond Radio Group will be QRV as WI9BD/AFD from 1000 CDT to dusk (~1830CDT). Certificate and QSL's will be available. Please include SASE for QSL. Certificates can be obtained by sending an email to

  • 05/20/2017 | N3M@NCM: Amateur Radio at the National Cryptologic Museum on Armed Forces Day

    May 20, 1400Z-1800Z, N3M, Annapolis Junction, MD. National Cryptologic Museum. 7.200 3.900 146.535. Certificate. Charles Dorcey, 9210 Dewberry Ln, College Park, MD 20740. HF/SSB or VHF/FM; single operator. Certificate via email, if address is provided or found in QSOs logged on by AB3NA. May start earlier and/or end later, depending on conditions and interest. May be pre-empted by hazardous weather.

  • 05/20/2017 | USS Kidd Armed Forces Day

    May 20, 1500Z-2030Z, W5KID, Baton Rouge, LA. Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club. 14.730 14.270 7.280 7.230. QSL. USS Kidd Amateur Radio Club, 305 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

  • 05/20/2017 | William Becknell Heritage Days - Founder of the Santa Fe Trail

    May 20-May 21, 1400Z-2200Z, KC0VYS/WB0SFT, Overland Park, KS. William Becknell Heritage Days. 21.365 14.265 7.265 3.865. Certificate & QSL. Robert "Steve" Everley, 6521 West 78th Ter., Overland Park, KS 66204. Please see website for information on how to receive QSL and/or Certificate.

  • 05/22/2017 | Indianapolis 500 Special Event

    May 22-May 29, 0400Z-0400Z, W9IMS, Indianapolis, IN. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club. 18.140 14.245 7.245 3.840. Certificate & QSL. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. Full information on how to get the QSL and Certificate at

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W0H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L Puckett, 23440 W US Highway 54, Goddard, KS 67052. May 24, 0300Z - June 1, 0500Z. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations W0H, K0H, W1H, W2H, W4H, W5H, K5H, W6H, W7H, W9H will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, K0H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W1H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W2H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, w4h, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W5H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, K5H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W6H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W7H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | Ham Nation 300

    May 24-Jun 1, 0300Z-0500Z, W9H, Petaluma, CA. Ham Nation Post Show Net Controllers. 14.268 7.192. Certificate & QSL. Dale L. Puckett, 23440 W US Hwy 54, Goddard, KS 67052. Ham Nation 300 commemorates the 300th broadcast of the TWIT.TV podcast Ham Nation. Stations will be operated by Ham Nation net control operators and Ham Nation hosts. Operation will be on all HF bands using both voice and digital modes. A certificate, QSL cards and a Clean Sweep Sticker available. Ham Nation 300 Challenge runs concurrently. Details and QSL information for operating event and challenge available at the QRZ page for all 10 stations listed above. Also follow updates using hashtag #hamnation300 on Twitter or by “Liking” the HamNation300 Facebook page.

  • 05/24/2017 | National Emergency Medical Services Week 2017

    May 24, 1300Z-1900Z, W1W, Evansville, IN. AMR Evansville. 14.250 7.250. QSL. Kyle Kirkman, K9SOL, 2062 John St., Evansville, IN 47714. National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." We will be operating from the ground of American Medical Response Ambulance Service in Evansville Indiana on "Hot Dog " Day where many police, fire, and EMS agencies will be present for our annual cook out.

  • 05/25/2017 | City of Le Havre 500th Anniversary

    May 25-May 31, 0000Z-2359Z, TM500LH, Le Harve, FRANCE. Le Havre Wireless Society. All bands, all modes. Certificate. F6KOH, 25 Rue des Iris, Le Harve 76610 , FRANCE. Events also being held in July, August and October

  • 05/25/2017 | Memorial Day Remembrance Event

    May 25-May 31, 0000Z-2359Z, KC5NX, Cleburne, TX. Menasco Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 14.050 7.240 7.050. QSL. Club KC5NX, 9200 Summit Court West, Cleburne, TX 76031. Club KC5NX is back on the air again for our Memorial Day Remembrance Event... Remembering those who gave their life in the service of the United States Military

  • 05/27/2017 | The 4th Annual Mercer County WV Fly-in / Car Show

    May 27, 1430Z-2100Z, W8MOP, Bluefield, WV. Easter River Amateur Radio Club. 14.250 18.130 7.225 3.820. QSL. East River Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 1362, Bluefield, WV 24701. Basically look for us on the General portion of the bands listed above. We will slide one way or another if we hear any net near us. There will only be 1 (one ) operating station on the air from 9:30am til 4:00 pm. using the club call sign--W8MOP. Air Nav...KBLF Longest runway...4743 Elevation...2857 Food vendors, live music, free airplane rides for kids--Adults pay. Free parking. Great fun for the entire family. or

  • 05/27/2017 | 150th Kings County Memorial Day Parade

    May 27-May 29, 0000Z-2359Z, K2P, Brooklyn, NY. Kings County Parade Committee. 28.405 18.135 14.255 7.195. QSL. James Gallo, 149 Marine Ave, KB2FMH, Brooklyn, NY 11209. 150th Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade, the oldest Memorial Day Parade in the country.

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    Looking Back NVIS Day - Open House

    We had a great time at the Ohio NVIS and club open house this year on April 22nd. We got together and setup 4 radios and tried to make some contacts; however, there was a geomagnetic storm going on which prohibited much of the communications. It did give us a chance to get out the antennas and coax and test them out. We even tested out an NVIS antenna to see how we can make use it to make some contacts within the State over HF frequencies.

    For more pictures, visit the 20 Over 9 web page here.

    K8TGR Update - And Tigers On The Air - June 9/10

    By: Shawn Donley (KE8ENU)

    CQ CQ CQ, The Newton Falls Technology and Multimedia Club (K8TGR) will be hosting the first annual "Tigers on the Air" special event, Friday June 9 (3 p.m. EST - 19:00 UTC) - Saturday June 10 (4 p.m. EST - 20:00 UTC) to celebrate the establishment of our radio club here at the school. We invite any licensed Amateur Radio operator in the area to come out and either work one of our stations or bring your equipment out and get it ready for Field Day.

    For those of you not in the area, we invite you to QSO with us to receive a special QSL card and certificate. We will be operating on multiple frequencies with multiple modes during the 24hr window, so you should have a great chance to make a contact.

    The 2016-2017 school year was the inaugural school year for K8TGR. We had a lot of fun this year, and hope to have many more years in the future. Join us "on the air" and make a contact with us during our celebration so that you too can be a part of K8TGR's history. A listing of all contacts that we make during our Tigers on the Air Special Event will be archived on our website and we hope to have many more years ahead.

    To find out more details about the event, please visit: The 2017 Tigers on the Air Special Event web page.

    Solar Flare Activity Goes High Order

    By: ARRL - 04/03/2017

    Following months of quiet and negligible solar flares, new sunspot 2644 unleashed a series of M-class explosions on April 1 and 2. Each blast produced a shortwave radio blackout over different parts of the planet. The powerful explosions also sent beams of radio energy toward Earth.

    The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports that moderate radio blackouts reaching the R2 level occurred over the past 24 hours, and minor radio blackouts reaching R1 level are anticipated over the next 24 hours. Region 2644 produced a pair of R2 radio blackouts at 0802 UTC and 2033 UTC on April 2.

    “Multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs) associated with the solar flare activity originating from Region 2644 have been observed but are not expected to be earth-directed,” the SWPC said.

    R2 is a limited blackout of HF radio communication on Earth’s sunlit side, and the loss of radio contact for tens of minutes. This also can degrade low-frequency navigation signals for tens of minutes, according to the SWPC. R1 means weak or minor degradation of HF radio communication on Earth’s sunlit side, with occasional loss of radio contact. Low-frequency navigation signals can be degraded for brief intervals.

    The SWPC predicts a 60% chance of R1 or R2 radio blackouts over the next 24 hours.

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    Radio Amateurs Supporting Colombia Landslide Disaster Relief and Recovery Effort

    By: ARRL - 04/03/2017

    A disastrous landslide in Colombia overnight on March 31-April 1 has left more than 230 dead and devastated the town of Mocoa. Many others are injured or missing, and search crews are scrambling to find survivors in the rubble. An emergency Amateur Radio network now is active on 40 meters (7.093-7.095 MHz, to support the relief and recovery effort.

    “The Mocoa and Garzón Fire Departments are aware of the network and also the additional support of HK3NOL, who is mounting additional antennas,” said Roberto Rey, HK3CW. “Radio amateurs from La Plata and Garzón were critical in supporting personnel and rescuers,” he said. “We’re paying attention [to the situation].”

    Heavy rainfall in Colombia’s Putumayo Province triggered the mud and rockslide after a river burst its banks, and debris swept into the town, burying homes and residents. President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency after he visited the town.

    Nearly 1300 National System for Risk and Disaster Management (SNGRD) team members are at work in the area. A flotilla of aircraft, vehicles, and watercraft has been deployed for the effort. — Thanks to UNGRD Director Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez; IARU Region 2

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    Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner

    By: ARRL - 04/03/2017

    Club Log has become the first logging service to achieve Trusted Partner™ status for Logbook of the World® (LoTW), ARRL and Club Log have announced. Radio amateurs holding LoTW “callsign certificates” who have uploaded logs to Club Log now can readily cross-post them to the highly secure LoTW —world’s largest repository for confirming Amateur Radio contacts.

    The Trusted Partner program defines the requirements for an online service to store user credentials with acceptable security. All LoTW users, whether or not they work through Club Log as a Trusted Partner, are responsible for ensuring the security of their credentials. Individuals who rely on a Trusted Partner site for security have met the requirement to keep LoTW their credentials secure. Users who allow their callsign certificates to be compromised or who knowingly exploit compromised credentials may lose the privilege of using LoTW and participating in ARRL-sponsored award programs.

    Club Log has implemented security at the level required by the Trusted Partner program, as verified by ARRL’s Information Technology Department. Trusted Partners are re-verified periodically to remain in the program. More information on technical specifications and on current Trusted Partner program members is available on the ARRL website.

    Other logging sites are invited to join the program by implementing the Trusted Partner standard.

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    “Not Withstanding a Series of Obstacles,” Kids in French Guiana Speak with Space Station

    By: ARRL - 04/03/2017

    It seemed nothing was going to stand in the way of nine youngsters and their two teachers from Trois Palétuviers (Three Mangroves) School in French Guiana, South America, and their chance to speak with Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, on the International Space Station via an Amateur Radio link. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was set for March 23.

    “I love talking to kids, their questions are often better than adults’ questions!” Pesquet said on his Facebook page, which has a little video that tells the story of the contact.

    The small village of 180 inhabitants between the Amazonian Forest and the Oyapock River — a natural border with Brazil — Troi Palétuviers isn’t all that easy to get to. It accessible only by dugout canoe; the trip takes about an hour. At the school, there is no electricity during the day, no Internet, and only recently telephone service. The village population is exclusively Native American, many having strong ties with Brazil. The school has about 50 students in two classes.

    To reach the location where the students would speak with Pesquet entailed not only the hour-long canoe trip but a 3-hour bus journey, and things did not quite go as planned. As the bus neared its destination, the passengers learned that roads to both their primary and back-up locations were blocked due to a strike. The only solution was to use a teacher’s mobile telephone. So, the students and their teachers ended up in the small kitchen of a private home.

    The contact was a “telebridge,” with W6SRJ in California serving as the Earth station for NA1SS and two-way audio provided via telephone to the contact site, where the youngsters planned to ask a dozen or so questions (they had 17 ready) in French.

    “Not withstanding a series of obstacles, the radio conversation between the students and astronaut Thomas Pesquet was a success,” one of the teachers said. “This was Amateur Radio at its best.”

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    Same-Band “Dueling CQs” Now Prohibited in All ARRL Contests

    By: ARRL - 04/05/2017

    ARRL has clarified its contest rules to clearly prohibit the practice of interleaved CQs — also known as “dueling CQs” — on two or more frequencies in the same band. The clarification is an extension of existing rules that permit only “one transmitted signal,” and it formalizes what had been a “gentleman’s agreement.”

    “ARRL reviewed it, concurred that this is technically occupying two channels, and in consultation with several members of the Board of Directors — who had been contacted by concerned parties — and the Programs and Services Committee, it was concluded we needed to ‘clarify’ our existing rules,” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said.

    An explanatory paragraph points out, “The intent of the rules has always been that a participant would use/occupy only a single channel in a given band, changing frequency in band from time to time leaving a CQ frequency to work a multiplier or to change the CQing frequency as band occupancy or changing propagation dictated, and this rules clarification will now give the needed added clarity to that intent.”

    The issue arose when a multioperator station successfully employed in-band interleaved CQs in the last ARRL International DX SSB event, substantially boosting their score.

    The topic subsequently occupied a lot of bandwidth on the CQ-Contest reflector, where elite contester Frank Donovan, W3LPL, observed, “That doesn’t make it right for [a contest station] to follow this practice that is generally understood to be unacceptable behavior by all of the rest of us.” At the time of the event, however, ARRL rules did not explicitly prohibit the practice, and as another top contester, Steve London, N2IC, asked, “Falls under the ‘what is not specifically prohibited is allowed’ rule?”

    Responding to a poster who said dueling CQs on the same band was simply “innovation,” Hans Brakob, K0HB, opined, “By any reasonable measure, running interleaved CQs on two [frequencies] in the same band consumes two operating channels on that band. In the existing period of limited propagation, many would consider such double-occupancy of a finite resource to be selfish, not innovative.”

    The update brings ARRL’s contest rules in line with those of CQ-sponsored contests, which already prohibit the practice of in-band, interleaved CQs. The IARU HF Championship Contest bans the practice for multioperator entries.

    The rule clarification does not prohibit the practice of alternating CQs on different bands, also called 2BSIQ — two-band synchronized interleaved QSOs.

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    Free App Allows Blind Hams to Work PSK31

    By: ARRL - 04/05/2017

    A free, new app — Accessible Digipan — has been released that allows blind hams to operate PSK31. The download includes the app, audio tutorials, detailed written guides, and additional helpful resources, plus DigiPan PSK31 and PSK63 software.

    ARRL member Richard McDonald, KK6MRH, and Jim Snowbarger, WA0PSS — both blind — developed the program. “Until now, blind hams worldwide have not had any accessible program to work PSK31,” McDonald said. “Now they do.”

    Accessible Digipan brings together the most popular screen reader, JAWS, and DigiPan, McDonald said, and the app will work with many different kinds of rigs, interfaces, and Windows versions.

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    Revised Memorandum of Understanding between ARRL and FCC Still a Work in Progress

    By: ARRL - 04/06/2017

    The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) has directed that work begin on finalizing the language of a revised memorandum of understanding between ARRL and the FCC regarding the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observer) program. The EC met on March 25 in Aurora, Colorado. The panel, which acts on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors between its regular meetings, heard an update on the Official Observer Program Revitalization Study from ARRL Second Vice President and committee chair Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, who said his committee plans to present final recommendations later this year on revamping the Amateur Auxiliary, for ultimate consideration by the full Board.

    In his remarks, General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, was complimentary of new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and told the EC he thinks enforcement efforts may be more successful in the future, due to the new chairman’s interest in the issue. Imlay also said the new chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Michael Carowitz, is reported to be “amateur friendly.” He told the EC that he foresees a potential window of opportunity for improved spectrum enforcement work, as well as the opportunity to build a stronger working relationship with the FCC on all issues.

    The ARRL’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws came up for discussion. A thorough review by Imlay and ARRL International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB — also an attorney — that was directed by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, identified several areas that should be addressed. Imlay’s and Bellows’ observations were presented to the EC for discussion, and the two attorneys were instructed to continue work on the project, building on input received from the EC.

    The EC was briefed on a report from the League’s Connecticut corporate counsel Day Pitney LLP on ARRL organizational governance, with a view to modernizing it and bringing it into full compliance with Connecticut statutes.

    President Roderick chaired the session. In his remarks to the EC, he emphasized the need for all ARRL Divisions to focus harder on growing membership.

    ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, offered an optimistic report on January-February ARRL finances, noting solid financial results with income above projections.

    Gallagher told the EC that the Membership Working Group continues to identify ways to increase membership, especially among former members or those who have never belonged to the League. The working group is developing a “life-long learning plan” to encourage activity and development among all age groups.

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    2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Call for Papers

    By: ARRL - 04/11/2017

    Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 36th Annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), set for September 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Earth City.

    Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is July 31, 2017.

    Submit papers via e-mail or via post to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Papers will be published exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all rights.

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    Four Days in May is Hamvention Weekend Focus for QRP Community

    By: ARRL - 04/11/2017

    Four Days In May (FDIM) is the event that attracts many members of the QRP community to the Dayton, Ohio, area at Hamvention® time.

    Registration remains open for the annual event, which gets under way on Thursday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio. FDIM is the annual convention of the event’s sponsor, the QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRPARCI).

    FDIM features a day of seminars, a Buildathon, Vendors’ Night, QRP Club night, homebrew competitions, games, music, raffles, door prizes, QRP Hall of Fame inductions, and a banquet. E-mail for more information.

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    Russian “Buzzer” Disappears, Chinese “Foghorn” Returns

    By: ARRL - 04/12/2017

    The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) March newsletter reports that the Russian “buzzer” on 6,998.0 kHz has disappeared. For a long time the system interfered with the lower edge of the 40-meter band.

    In addition, a Russian F1B transmission on 7,193 kHz — believed to be emanating from Kaliningrad — has ceased. IARUMS credits German telecoms authorities for submitting complaints and the Russian military.

    The IARUMS March newsletter further reports that a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst system radar “foghorn” signal is being heard again on both 40 meters (jumping between 7,128 and 7,187 kHz) and on 20 meters (14,218 kHz). The signals are 10 kHz wide with burst durations of 3.8 and 7.6 seconds.

    A “numbers” station said to be from the Ukraine SZRU intelligence agency was reported on March 30 on AM (female voice) on 14,212 kHz.

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    ARRL EXPO will Anchor League’s Hamvention Presence

    By: ARRL - 04/13/2017

    At Hamvention® 2017 in Xenia, Ohio, on May 19, 20, and 21, ARRL EXPO will provide a spacious area focusing on ARRL activities. The ARRL Store will be the central focus of ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, where visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a wide array of ARRL publications, supplies, and official League merchandise. They’ll also be able to join, renew, or extend their ARRL memberships. A limited supply of complimentary ARRL EXPO 2017 pins will be available. With ARRL Field Day (FD) looming on June 24-25, ARRL will offer an inventory of official ARRL FD gear, including T-shirts, pins, hats, mugs, and posters. ARRL EXPO exhibits will include:

    Representatives of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will be on hand to meet and greet visitors.

    Heading the ARRL delegation will be ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. On hand to represent ARRL will be Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK; Vice Director Thomas Delaney, W8WTD, and Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.

    ARRL is seeking college students and high school seniors to help support the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative booth at ARRL EXPO. Student volunteers will sign up for one or more shifts working in the booth — during which they will visit with Hamvention attendees and exchange ideas to strengthen radio clubs at our nation’s colleges and universities. Volunteers will receive a Hamvention exhibitor badge and ARRL Team shirts. Contact Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, if interested.

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    Article Links Amateur Radio Growth to Emergency Communications

    By: ARRL - 04/13/2017

    An April 11 article, “Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators,” in Emergency Management magazine links the growth in Amateur Radio numbers to interest in emergency communications.

    “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the Amateur Radio community as well,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, told the publication. “Emergency communications is a gateway into Amateur Radio, and many join our ranks through an interest in being better prepared themselves and as a way to serve their community.”

    The article cites numbers from ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, who notes that 2016 was the third year in a row that the total number of new licenses exceeded 30,000.

    The article also cites ARRL Colorado Section Manager Jack Ciaccia, WM0G, who agreed with the premise that the uptick in new licenses is due to Amateur Radio’s emergency capabilities.

    “Interest really peaks after a large-scale event where ham radio has been utilized,” Ciaccia said. “When regular phone service fails, Amateur Radio operators fill the communications gap with their independent transceivers and battery power backups,” said the article, which also discusses the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

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    Radio DARC to Cover IARU Region 1 General Conference on Shortwave this Fall

    By: ARRL - 04/13/2017

    Radio DARC — the shortwave broadcast program of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club in Germany (DARC) — has announced plans to broadcast six programs during the 24th International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Conference, September 16-22 in Landshut, Germany. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Rainer Englert, DF2NU, of Radio DARC said the broadcasts from the conference, in English, will keep the IARU Region 1 ham radio audience up to date with news and background reports.

    “Although targeted to IARU Region 1, the transmissions are likely to be heard in North America, too, as 2,000 kW EIRP from a log periodic antenna will be used for the Western European beam in the 31-meter broadcast band,” Englert said.

    Radio DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6,070 kHz for Europe. Typical programs contain DX news, technical features, and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and music from the 1970s and 1980s. After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle and other shortwave broadcasters, the weekly DARC program is one of the few remaining from Germany.

    “Several transmitters of up to 300 kW and three shortwave bands will be used to allow reception in different target regions of the world,” Englert said.

    In 2015, a group of radio amateurs in Germany obtained a license to broadcast on the 49-meter band after German national broadcaster Deutsche Welle closed down a 500 kW shortwave broadcast transmitter near Munich. Using parts scavenged from the Deutsche Welle site, the ham group built up its own 10 kW transmitter and launched Channel 292. The Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) near Vienna is a broadcast partner for the IARU R1 General Conference, and broadcasts covering that event will air via ORS and Channel 292 transmitters.

    Preliminary Schedule: Sunday, September 17 through Friday, September 22, 2017

    The venue for the 2017 IARU Region 1 General Conference is the Sparkassenakademie Bayern in Landshut. On the last day of the event, delegates will visit BMW Welt and Museum and then attend Oktoberfest.

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    ISS Packet System is Back on VHF

    By: ARRL - 04/14/2017

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on VHF — 145.825 MHz. The failure of an Ericsson handheld VHF transceiver on board the ISS last fall had caused ARISS to shift packet operation to 70 centimeters. A cargo resupply mission in February delivered a new Ericsson 2 meter handheld, to replace the one that had failed, which had been used in the Columbus module for school group contacts and for Amateur Radio packet.

    While the VHF transceiver was offline, ARISS shifted school contacts from NA1SS to the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the Russian Service Module. NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said the VHF capability now back in Columbus can be used in conjunction with passes involving the HamTV digital amateur television (DATV) system, which operates on 2.4 GHz.

    ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said recently that ARISS continues to make progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system on the ISS “that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module.”

    Packets digipeated in a valid APRS format via the ISS system and picked up by an Internet gateway station are documented on the “Amateur Radio Stations heard via ISS” page. — Thanks to Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, ISS Ham Project Coordinator

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    FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

    By: ARRL - 04/17/2017

    The FCC has proposed a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens, New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with NYPD officers’ communications. Jay Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against individual NYPD officers. The unauthorized transmissions began a year ago, according to the FCC.

    “Through his actions, as he described them to the NYPD, Mr. Peralta has demonstrated not only a deliberate disregard of the Commission’s authority and rules, but of the safety of NYPD officers and the public that they are called to serve and protect,” the FCC said in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL), issued on April 14. “Commission action in this context is therefore essential to safeguard authorized operations on spectrum licensed for public safety uses, and, accordingly, a substantial penalty appears warranted.”

    The FCC said the NAL addresses nine unauthorized and interfering transmissions that Peralta has admitted to the NYPD that he made on its radio system. The FCC said Peralta’s unauthorized transmissions included false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against individual NYPD officers.

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, said that with the NAL, the FCC is making it “abundantly clear that it will not tolerate unauthorized and illegal use of the radio spectrum.” The entire Commission now must sign off on such proposed fines, and Pai said he was grateful to his fellow FCC members for “agreeing to act swiftly and strongly” in the matter. “This may not be a typical pirate radio case in which an unauthorized operator inflicts damage on a radio broadcaster that is operating with a valid FCC license,” Pai said, “but it does involve unauthorized interference to critical public safety communications systems.”

    Peralta was arrested last fall along with two other men suspected of committing several robberies. According to news accounts, police found a cache of scanners and radios in one of the suspects’ homes.

    The FCC said it was alerted by a Twitter post about an unlawful intrusion on the NYPD radio system and dispatched an Enforcement Bureau agent to check it out. On September 30, the NYPD contacted the FCC’s New York Office and advised that it had arrested Peralta and another individual in connection with unauthorized transmissions on NYPD’s radio system. According to police reports, the other individual arrested — Ricardo Torres, 29, described as “a ham radio enthusiast” in some news accounts — allegedly provided the radios used.

    Torres, is said to hold an FCC General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license but his name does not appear in the Amateur Radio licensee database. Police said they found 15 portable radios, 9 scanners, roof-top antennas, an amplifier, and assorted other electronics in Torres’s apartment.

    Peralta has 30 days to pay or contest the proposed $404,166 FCC forfeiture.

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    Central States VHF Society Solicits Conference Papers, Presentations, Poster Displays

    By: ARRL - 04/17/2017

    The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) is soliciting papers, presentations, and posters/tabletop displays for its 51st annual conference, set for July 27-30 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference is seeking papers, presentations, and posters on all “weak-signal” VHF-and-above Amateur Radio topics. These include:

    Such topics as FM, repeaters, and packet radio are generally considered outside the scope of papers, presentations, and posters being sought, but there are exceptions. Contact Ed James, KA8JMW (10 Trade Ct, Edgewood, NM 87105), if you have any questions about the suitability of a particular topic.

    You do not need to attend the conference or present your paper to have it published in the Proceedings. Posters will be displayed during the conference. Submissions will be accepted via e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive, CD/DVD, USB stick/thumb drive, and other methods.


    Additional details on papers, presentations, and posters, including formatting guidelines, are on the conference website. Visit the conference website for more information on the conference. Online registration will open on about May 1. — Thanks to Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, 2017 CSVHFS President

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    Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station

    By: ARRL - 04/18/2017

    With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs will head into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The three touched down safely in Kazakhstan on April 10 after spending 173 days on board the orbiting laboratory.

    “Our crew landed safely in Kazakhstan!” Kimbrough tweeted shortly after arriving in Kazakhstan. “We are looking forward to time with family and friends.”

    During his time on the orbital complex, Kimbrough participated in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts. He also ventured outside the confines of the space station for four spacewalks.

    The Expedition 51/52 crew increment of NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, and veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, are poised for their own journey of exploration and research on ISS. They will launch in a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on April 20.

    The pair will travel on a fast-track, 6-hour course to the space station and dock to the Poisk module. Welcoming them aboard will be Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Oleg Novitskiy, and Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.

    Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than 4 months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in early September.

    NASA-TV will cover pre-launch, launch, and arrival activities starting on April 19.

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    Nominations are Open for the 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year

    By: ARRL - 04/18/2017

    Nominations for the 2017 Bill Pasternak/Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) will be accepted until May 31.

    Candidates for the award must be 18 or younger and reside in the US (or its possessions) or Canada. Nominees must hold a valid Amateur Radio license issued by the US or Canada.

    A candidate needs to have accomplished something outstanding as an Amateur Radio operator, whether by recruiting new hams, engaging in a community service project, or helping to benefit Amateur Radio in other ways.

    The award presentation will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August 19, 2017. The Young Ham of the Year Award was created by Amateur Radio Newsline founder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK). The 2016 YHOTY was Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB, of Denver

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    Spratly Islands DXpedition Postponed

    By: ARRL - 04/18/2017

    An international Amateur Radio team has postponed its DXpedition to the Spratly Islands, planned for December 2017. The DXpedition, which will take place from Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reef — AS-051) under Malaysian call sign 9M0W, will be on the air March 10-20, 2018. Operation will be on 160 through 6 meters, CW, SSB, and digital modes.

    The team, headed by Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD, had to change its plans because the resort on Layang Layang Island is closed from December until February.

    The team will include participants from Kota Konibalu (9M6). Layang Island is approximately 15 acres, which includes “reclaimed” land. While the Royal Malaysian Navy maintains a presence on the reef, ownership — as with all of the Spratlys — is disputed. It is also claimed by the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

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    Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

    By: ARRL - 04/19/2017

    Motorola Solutions on March 29 announced that it had filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany.

    The legal action in Germany came on the heels of complaints the company filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that Hytera’s digital mobile radio (DMR) products employ techniques and systems that infringe on Motorola Solutions’ patents and trade secrets. Already known for its Land Mobile Radio Service products, Hytera entered the Amateur Radio DMR market last year. The Regional Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communication devices that utilize “pseudo-trunking” functionality infringe on a Motorola Solutions’ patent.

    Motorola also has filed a patent infringement complaint against Hytera with the US International Trade Commission. In the complaints, Motorola is seeking to prevent Hytera from offering and delivering products that, it contends, infringe on Motorola patents and to halt the marketing and sale of the infringing devices.

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    ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference

    By: ARRL - 04/19/2017

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team shared a booth with a few other educational programs under the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Space Station Explorers umbrella. CASIS is an important sponsor of the ARISS program and the sole manager of the ISS US National Laboratory.

    An estimated 4,000 educators visited the CASIS booth, learning what is available to engage students in ISS research and activities.

    “The Space Station Explorers program includes a number of educational activities available to teachers that are appropriate for various grade levels: Story Time in Space, Zero Gravity, and Orion’s Quest to name a few,” Johnson said. “While at the NSTA, I had opportunities to speak with several curriculum developers, pointing up the importance of including radio and wireless communications in their physical science curricula,” she added. “Curriculum material about the electromagnetic spectrum and for using sensor technologies abounded, but radio was hard to find.”

    Johnson said the NSTA conference also allowed an opportunity to engage in some team building with other program representatives, discussing ideas for future collaboration.

    The NSTA convention came on the heels of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) conference in Los Angeles. “CASIS also laid the groundwork for the ARISS program to participate in that conference by conducting a scheduled interview between ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and students in the LA School District for the attending professionals to experience,” Johnson recounted. “The contact and interview went extraordinarily well and resulted in many inquiries about the program from those attendees who subsequently visited us at the NSTA.”

    Johnson also promoted ARISS to individual educators visiting the booth, explaining the program and the proposal process and handing out more than 400 flyers. “I also discussed the ARRL’s Teachers Institutes with some attendees and encouraged them to consider applying,” she said.

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    Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families

    By: ARRL - 04/20/2017

    For the past 24 years, members of India’s West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields a special event station for the occasion. But each year, a number of visitors simply lose their way. This year, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the region once again reached out to the club for its help.

    “Some people are admitted [to the hospital] at the time of Sagar Mela, and after the end of mela, many patients are waiting to return to their homes,” WBRC founder and secretary Ambarish Nag “Raju” Biswas, VU2JFA, told ARRL. “But some patients are not able to reach their destination on their own, and no family members have claimed them.”

    WBRC members contact other radio amateurs in the home states of those who have become separated or, in some cases, just become lost, to reconnect them with their families and help them on their way.

    Recently, a 25-year-old man — a Tamil speaker not in town for the fair — became hurt and lost and was hospitalized. Biswas, who does not speak Tamil, enlisted the assistance of another club member, T. Gopinath, VU3ZHC, who was able to translate. Armed with some information from the man and a photo, the club members, working for more than a month through ham radio and social media, were able to get in touch with the man’s family in the Vellore district.

    “When we met him, he could hardly speak. He had head injuries,” Biswas said. They were able to determine that the young man, who was headed for Gujarat state for work, had ended up in Kolkata by mistake and had lost all his belongings on a train.

    The young man’s father and brother came to West Bengal with documents to prove his identity, and the hospital and local authorities reunited him with his family.

    Another patient in his early 70s has only been able to provide his name and state but nothing else, and after searching via ham radio, the club has been unable to repatriate him. He remains in the hospital in West Bengal. “We are trying our best,” Biswas said. “We found 563 persons this Sagar Mela.” He said others also remain in the hospital and in limbo.

    A man in his 60s who had attended the mela awoke in the hospital after becoming separated from his family, which had returned home to Bihar state without him, assuming he was lost. Authorities turned to the radio amateurs at the club, who were able to reunite him with his family within a couple of days. — Thanks to Raju Biswas, VU2JFA, and to Greg Lee, KI6GIG/HS0ZHM

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    WRTC 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters

    By: ARRL - 04/24/2017

    The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July, will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the time of the event. Prospective participants need only to apply. The international event July 12-16, 2018, will feature 42 competing teams. This will mark Germany’s first time hosting a WRTC, which takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event, July 15-16, 2018. The IARU contest provides a framework for the WRTC; the rules for each event differ. Contester Sandy Raeker, DL1QQ, who handles WRTC 2018 US fundraising, spoke recently with Tim Duffy, K3LR, for a DX Engineering video.

    “I think we’re making real good progress,” Raeker said. She noted that WRTC 2014 in New England had one youth team. “We decided to have three youth teams this time, because it’s so important to involve more young people in this great contesting hobby,” she said.

    Managing preparations for WRTC 2018 is a 12-member organizing committee, headed by Chris Janssen, DL1MGB. Raeker said the sites, all in the relatively flat Jessen-Wittenberg region, south of Berlin in the former East Germany, have yet to be evaluated, but that organizers are aiming to offer comparable operating sites for all WRTC 2018 participants.

    Among other things, WRTC 2018 has wrapped up its qualification process, drafted official rules for the competition, selected 160 possible station sites, picked and tested antennas and antenna-related gear, completed an initial round of testing, and signed several major sponsorship contracts. In March, WRTC 2018 began accepting applications for referees.

    Raeker said some 39% of contributions for WRTC 2018 to date have come from the US, with 56% from Germany. US supporters may donate to WRTC 2018 via the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) website.

    Onlookers are welcome, Raeker said. The popular Ham Radio show in Friedrichshafen, Germany in late June is approximately 420 miles from the Jessen-Wittenberg area, where WRTC 2018 will take place. WRTC 2018 will have a booth at Ham Radio 2017.

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    ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Sets New US Record for Time in Space

    By: ARRL - 04/25/2017

    Current International Space Station (ISS) Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, this week broke the record for cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut. President Donald Trump — with daughter Ivanka Trump and astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, joining him in the Oval Office — called Whitson on April 24 to congratulate her on her accomplishment. With Whitson for the call on board the ISS was astronaut Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, who arrived on April 20 for his first mission aboard ISS.

    “Peggy is a phenomenal role model for young women, and all Americans, who are exploring or participating in STEM education programs and careers,” President Trump said. “When I signed the INSPIRE Women Act in February, I did so to ensure more women have access to STEM education and careers, and to ensure America continues to benefit from the contributions of trailblazers like Peggy.”

    Whitson tweeted back, “Thank you, Mr. President, for the great opportunity to highlight the research we are doing up here aboard the space station and beyond!”

    Last November, Whitson, 57, launched to the ISS on her current mission, with 377 days in space already under her belt, and broke the 534 cumulative-day record in space held by Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. Whitson became the first woman to command the space station in 2008, and on April 9, she became the first woman to command it twice. She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut.

    “This is an inspirational record Peggy is setting today, and she would be the first to tell you this is a record that’s absolutely made to be broken as we advance our knowledge and existence as both Americans and humans,” said NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot.

    This is Whitson’s third long-duration stay on board the space station, and her mission was recently extended for another 3 months. Instead of returning to Earth in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the ISS until September, returning home with Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI.

    In addition to scientific research that cannot be conducted on Earth, Whitson and Fischer are scheduled to take part in the fifth spacewalk of the year on May 12, to conduct maintenance. Whitson first served aboard the ISS in 2002 as part of the Expedition 5 crew, was the Expedition 16 Commander some 5 years later, and has conducted numerous Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts with students on Earth. Whitson has since let her Amateur Radio license lapse. — Thanks to NASA

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    Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13

    By: ARRL - 04/26/2017

    The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests on Saturday, May 13 to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD). Armed Forces Day is May 20, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event will take place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention.

    Complete information, including military stations, modes, and frequencies, is available on the US Army MARS website.

    The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two-way communication between radio amateurs and military stations (authorized under §97.111 of the Amateur Service rules). It features traditional military-to-amateur crossband SSB voice, CW, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, and the opportunity for participating hams to utilize more modern military modes, such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE). Military stations and Amateur Radio stations are authorized to communicate directly on certain 60-meter interoperability channels — 5,330.5, 5346.5, and 5,371.5 kHz.

    These tests give Amateur Radio operators and shortwave listeners (SWLs) a chance and a challenge to demonstrate individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station. QSL cards will be available for stations successfully contacting participating military stations.

    AFD Message

    The Armed Forces Day message will be transmitted via Military Standard radioteletype modes (MIL-STD 188-110A/B). Software is available to demodulate the military serial PSK waveform, and detailed instructions can be downloaded. Utilizing this mode with soundcard equipment can be challenging; review the instructions carefully.

    A short practice transmission will be sent at 1930 and 2330 on May 6, 7, 10, and 12 on 13.506.5 MHz USB and 17.443.0 MHz USB.

    Military FSK is Baudot at 850 Hz, 75 baud, low mark, and 2000 Hz center. Most RTTY programs can be set to decode this mode. To achieve low mark while receiving in USB, select reverse shift.

    QSL cards are available for individuals that receive the Armed Forces Day test message. To receive a card, copy the printed text of the test message as received from the military station, and include it in your report. No attempt should be made to correct possible errors.

    Stations copying Armed Forces Day messages transmitted from US Army and US Navy stations and requesting a QSL card, can complete the QSL report form online. Stations copying the Armed Forces Day message transmitted from US Air Force stations and seeking a QSL card should send a request to Armed Forces Day Celebration, Chief, Air Force MARS, 203 W. Losey St, Scott AFB, IL 62225.

    Include a transcript of the received text, time observed, frequency observed, military station call sign, your full name and Amateur Radio call sign (if applicable), full mailing address (including ZIP code).

    Automatic Link Establishment

    Stations with Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) capability can contact a military station on specific half duplex crossband channels established for this purpose. ALE is a selective calling and linking method utilized by government, military, and amateur radio communications. Military stations will scan and receive certain amateur HFLINK ALE frequencies and transmit on the corresponding military ALE frequency. Military stations will also transmit ALE station identification (soundings) on each military frequency at 30- to 90-minute intervals. Amateur stations may scan military frequencies and monitor the soundings to build the LQA database or select the channel manually. Amateur stations will call military stations using ALE selective calling on one of the paired cross band channels.

    Announced AFD Special Operations

    NEPM on board the USS Iowa (BB61) will be on the air for its first annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test. The Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) and qualified Pacific Battleship Center crew members will activate NEPM.

    The Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) and the US Naval Academy Radio Club will operate NSS on the site of the 1918 Naval Radio Transmitting Station on Greenbury Point in Annapolis, Maryland, across the Severn River from the US Naval Academy.

    Other Navy Stations scheduled to be on the air include NIIW, USS Midway, San Diego; NWKJ; NWKJ, USS Yorktown, Charleston, South Carolina, and NWVC, LST-325, Evansville, Indiana.

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Baker Island DXpedition Compatibility

    By: ARRL - 04/26/2017

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) appears open to a DXpedition to Baker Island in the Pacific, which has not been activated for 15 years. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List. On April 24, the FWS released a Draft Compatibility Determination for Amateur Radio Operation for public review and comment. The comment period ends on May 8. Public access to the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is managed through a special use permit (SUP). Baker and Howland Islands are part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), created by former President George W. Bush under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The monument was expanded by President Barack Obama.

    “Amateur Radio operation is an existing use at Baker Island NWR; however, it is not a common use,” the FWS said in opening the Draft Compatibility Determination for comment. “The Service last permitted an Amateur Radio operator group to access Baker Island NWR in April 2002. The SUP authorizing this use will include stipulations, conditions, and restrictions to ensure compatibility and mitigate for potential anticipated impacts to refuge resources.”

    Comments may be submitted via e-mail to Monument Superintendent Laura Beauregard. Include “Baker Amateur Radio Comments” in the message subject line.

    The FWS allowed that while Amateur Radio is not a wildlife-dependent public use, it does offer “some value as a source of public information about wildlife resources and to bring public attention to the Refuge,” the FWS said. Baker Island is 1,830 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu — an 8-day voyage.

    “Deployment and breakdown of the camp and radio equipment usually takes 2 days on each end of the trip,” the Draft Compatibility Determination estimates. “Selection of a landing site will depend on conditions at sea, and conditions at the individual landing sites at Baker Island. Access to the island would be gained by small boats capable of beach landings, as there is no moorage for larger vessels.”

    Visitors to Baker Island would be accompanied by an FWS representative, who would approve the landing zone.

    “Complete avoidance of seabird colonies will minimize nest disturbance and prevent burrow nest cave-ins,” the document adds. “Activities on Baker Island will always attract the land crabs that inhabit this location. All efforts must be taken to avoid inadvertently feeding or entrapping these animals.”

    The FWS would also have to approve QSL cards to ensure that they include “an informative or educational statement about the Refuge.” The FWS called QSLs “a valuable outreach tool.”

    “By allowing Amateur Radio operators to visit the PRIMNM refuges, the refuges benefit through the ability of staff to visit remote island sites to monitor wildlife populations and habitats, detect invasive species introductions, and perform management actions that would otherwise require the Service to charter a vessel,” the FWS, said, pointing out the mutual advantage to the Service of accompanying a DXpedition to the island. The K1B Baker Island DXpedition logged 96,000 contacts. — Thanks to The Daily DX, FWS

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    FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices

    By: ARRL - 04/28/2017

    In a lengthy Report and Order (R&O) in a proceeding (WT Docket No. 10-119) dating back 7 years, the FCC has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS or “CB”), as well as other applications that fall under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices typically are low-power units that communicate over shared spectrum and, with some exceptions, do not require an individual user license from the FCC. As the R&O explains, common examples of PRS devices include “walkie-talkies;” radio-control cars, boats, and planes; hearing assistance devices; CB radios; medical implant devices; and Personal Locator Beacons.

    “This draft Report and Order completes a thorough review of the PRS rules in order to modernize them, remove outdated requirements, and reorganize them to make it easier to find information,” the FCC said in a summary attached to the R&O. “As a result of this effort, the rules will become consistent, clear, and concise.”

    GMRS and FRS devices are used for personal communication over several miles; compact FRS handhelds, often sold in pairs, are widely available. While GMRS and FRS share spectrum, GMRS provides for greater communications range and requires an FCC license; FRS does not.

    “The rules will increase the number of communications channels for both GMRS and FRS, expand digital capabilities to GMRS (currently allowed for FRS), and increase the power/range for certain FRS channels to meet consumer demands for longer range communications (while maintaining higher power capabilities for licensed GMRS),” the FCC explained.

    The amended rules eventually will eliminate combination FRS/GMRS radios for the most part, but allow up to 2 W PEP output for FRS transceivers. “[M]any current users of GMRS/FRS combination radios do not obtain licenses to operate over the GMRS frequencies in those radios,” the FCC said. “Much of this problem likely arises as a result of the mass consumer marketing of combination devices for sale to the public in large quantities to users who do not know about or do not understand the licensing requirements attached to such radios and obligations associated with operating in the GMRS.”

    The FCC said it no longer will certify FRS devices that incorporate GMRS capabilities or capabilities of other services. Existing GMRS/FRS combination radios that operate at power levels of less than 2 W ERP will be reclassified as FRS devices; existing GMRS/FRS radios that operate above that power level will be reclassified as GMRS devices, requiring an individual license. Radios that can transmit on GMRS repeater input channels will continue to be licensed individually and not by rule.

    “We believe the 2 W limit for FRS is appropriate, because many of the existing combination GMRS/FRS radios already operate under that level with no significant complaints about interference or other problems, and it provides a reasonable balance between the desire for increased range over the prior FRS power levels and battery life,” the FCC said.

    The FCC said changes to the decades-old Citizens Band (CB) rules will remove outdated requirements, including certain labeling requirements. DXing on Citizens Band will become legal too. Once the new rules are effective, CBers will be allowed to contact stations outside of the FCC-imposed — but widely disregarded — 155.3-mile distance limit. The revised CB rules further clarify how hands-free devices can be used with CB radios and will allow the use of wireless microphones with CB radios. “We find the record persuasive regarding the consumer demand for this feature, and it will promote safety on the highways by reducing driver distraction for those using CB [radios],” the FCC said. The FCC left in place the current power limits for the CB Radio Service.

    The rule changes will phase out the use of voice-scrambling or “obscuring” features in all Part 95 devices, and it will ultimately prohibit manufacture, importation, or sale of any devices incorporating such features, “regardless of whether the Commission has previously certified that radio.”

    Overall, the FCC said, its action “achieves a thorough review of Part 95 rules and creates a new rule structure where common administrative rules are consolidated to reduce duplication, and individual subparts are structured with a common numbering scheme.” The FCC said the changes remove “outdated and unnecessary rules, while clarifying others.”

    Most of the new Part 95 rules will become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register.

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    The K7RA Solar Update

    By: ARRL - 04/28/2017

    Each of the average solar and geomagnetic indices rose last week (April 20-26) over the previous seven days.

    Average daily sunspot number rose from 8.6 to 35.7, and solar flux rose from 76.5 to 81.4.

    Average daily planetary A index went from 8 to 26.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.3 to 18.4.

    The day with the most geomagnetic activity was April 22 when the planetary A index was 54. One the same date, Alaska’s College A index (near Fairbanks) was 86.

    Predicted planetary A index is 8, 5 and 5 on April 28-30, then 14, 10, 8 and 10 on May 1-4, 15 on May 5-6, 8 on May 7-8, 5 on May 9-14, 8 and 15 on May 15-16, and then into a more active period at 30, 25, 45, 50 and 30 on May 17-21. Then 20 on May 22-24, then 15, 8, 5 and 20 on May 25-28, 10 on May 29-31, 15 on June 1-2, 8 on June 3-4, and 5 on June 5-9.

    Predicted solar flux values are 79 on April 28-29, 78 on April 30 and May 1, 77 on May 2-4, 75 on May 5-14, 80 on May 15-18, 85 on May 19-24, 80 on May 25-28 and 75 on May 29 to June 10.

    OK1HH sent us this geomagnetic activity forecast for the period April 28 til May 24, 2017.

    Geomagnetic field will be:
    Quiet on May 9-10, 12-13
    Mostly quiet on April 30, May 7
    Quiet to unsettled April 29, May 2, 4, 14, 21-24
    Quiet to active on April 28, May 1, 3, 8, 11, 15-16, 19
    Active to disturbed on May (5-6,) 17-18, 20

    Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on April 28, May (1-5,) 6-8, (9-11,) 18-22

    - Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement and/or lower reliability of prediction.

    I thought I ran this last week, but apparently not:

    These always seem to come out after the bulletin is posted.

    You might want to check this for more up to date videos from Tamitha Skov:

    Thanks to Don, N5DM for that tip.

    For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service at For an explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see

    An archive of past propagation bulletins is at More good information and tutorials on propagation are at

    Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at

    Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL bulletins are at

    Sunspot numbers for April 20 through 26, 2017 were 26, 39, 29, 43, 41, 36, and 36, with a mean of 35.7. 10.7 cm flux was 80.7, 82.2, 83.6, 82.5, 80.2, 81.3, and 79.6, with a mean of 81.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 30, 19, 54, 41, 20, 12, and 9, with a mean of 26.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 20, 11, 37, 24, 19, 10, and 8, with a mean of 18.4.

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    The 20/9 Resonator

    20/9 Amateur Radio, Inc.
    P.O. Box 4006
    Youngstown, OH 44515

    Phone: 330.651.8420


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