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The Next Meeting  *** October 6, 2016  at 7 PM 

 Location: *** Bristol Regional Med. ctr. lower level - see Hall Monitor

Presentation By   ***   To be determined

Bristol Two Meter Net

On Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, The frequency of 146.670, minus offset, no tones is the home of The Bristol Two Meter Net. Dale Barker, KT4SQ is the Net Control Station. Dale runs a very good net and everyone is invited to check in and take part. Jim Bond, KL1ZA, Gary Maiden, N4KZS, and some other people help Dale out some times. Y’all be sure and check in we need all the help we can get keeping an eye on Dale. Dale,KT4SQ does a fantastic job of running the net so be sure and try to check in with him.

VE Testing
Ben Morris, K4EDI, and the gang will be once again giving VE tests after each meeting. All exams Tech thru Extra will be given. If you need to get in touch with Ben you may call him at 276/791/0102 or you can email him at: Ben and the rest of the VE’s do a wonderful job so if you know someone who is looking to take their Tech test or wanting to upgrade tell them about our VE sessions. Remember a photo ID is required and if you are want to upgrade a photo copy of your license is required also. The fee is fifteen dollars and Ben says that the correct change is greatly appreciated. Him and the other VEs, run a very good test session so just give them a try! Ben and his gang of VE’s do a bang up job! Be prepared for the test,besides that no had come for the VE Test last meeting and old Ben had to explain why he was early getting home!

BARC Dues for 2016
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now accepting the dues for 2016. These dues run fifteen dollars per year and they cover from January1, thru December 31 of the same year. You can pay them at the next meeting or you can mail a check to: BARC, C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Toni is now accepting the club dues for 2017 also. It is now almost the end of the year.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Stations Encouraged to Register and File Post-Event Reports
Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) officials are asking JOTA 2016 participants not only to register for this year’s event, but to follow up with a post-JOTA report. As an incentive, all stations filing reports will automatically be entered to win an Icom ID-51A handheld transceiver. The 59th annual JOTA takes place October 14-16.
“Last year we had 400 stations register but only 200 stations file a report,” said JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND. “We’re going to improve that this year. Icom America and Ray Novak, N9JA, have stepped up to help us with a considerable incentive.”
Wilson pointed out that only BSA stations will be eligible to win. “These prizes are for the station. It’s up to you to determine who gets it or how you share it,” he said. “Of course, everyone who files a report will receive the 2016 Jamboree on the Air Certificate.”
More than 1 million Scouts in 150+ countries — at nearly 18,000 stations — are expected to take part in JOTA 2016, engaging with other Scouts to talk about Amateur Radio and their Scouting experiences. “JOTA is about conversations across town and around the world, rather than about contacts,” Wilson said.
The JOTA reporting system will open right after JOTA weekend; reports are due on November 1, with the prize drawing held that week. “Designate someone on your team to collect the information needed for your report,” Wilson recommended, pointing to a list of “best practices“ to ensure a report that “truly captures your event.”
JOTA Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators are available online. Among other advice, the operating guide points out that US Scouts may speak directly with Scouts in other countries as long as a third-party agreement exists between that country and the US. A Scout station spotting cluster will also be available this year, to show who’s on the air and where. Dave Edwards, KD2E, and Andy O’Brien, K3UK, have developed a Scout scheduling page for teams to post their frequencies.
JOTA stations have been asked to avoid other operating activities taking place over the October 14-16 weekend, including the Worked All Germany Contest. Four state QSO parties are also taking place over JOTA weekend — Illinois, Iowa, New York, and South Dakota. Wilson also asked for the cooperation of contesters.
“As you participate in these or other contests that weekend, please keep in mind that Scouts will be on the air at the same time,” Wilson advised competitors. “For most, this will be their first experience with Amateur Radio. Please be courteous and, where possible, provide some contest-free space around their ongoing QSOs near the Scouting frequencies. After all, they are the next generation of ham operators — or not.”

The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Software Defined Radio” is the topic of the new (August 25) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!
Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide. Coming up on September 8: “Coaxial Connectors.

If you're a leading manufacturer of amateur radio equipment, there's no better place to release the news of long-awaited new products than at the Tokyo Ham Fair, which recently concluded. Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP tells us what radio giant Icom had in store there.
Attendees at the Japan Amateur Radio League's Tokyo Ham Fair on Aug. 20th and 21st got quite an eyeful from Icom Inc. The manufacturer at long last trotted out the very samples it had been hinting at for the past few weeks in its online campaign. Visitors got their first glimpses of a few new products: Icom's IC-7610 will replace the IC-7600 as a 100-watt base station with built-in antenna tuner and capability for HF and 50MHz. Icom also rolled out the IC-R8600 wideband receiver to replace its IC-R8500. This receiver will operate in analog and digital modes and have a frequency range from 0.01-3000MHz. Among handhelds, Icom is introducing the IC-R30, an analog and digital model which succeeds the IC-R20 and can decode D-STAR, P25, NXDN and dPMR digital modes.
A special edition handheld model was also introduced: the ID-51 PLUS2, which permits D-STAR calls through the Internet, even in areas without access to D-STAR repeaters.
Though Icom revealed the samples, the company did not unveil details on prices or the products' launch dates.
With more than 36,000 participants at the ham fair, you can be sure there were a lot of eyes on Icom this year.”

National Parks on the Air Update
The National Park Service Centennial last week was a great celebration of our National Parks. Amateur Radio operators played their part, transmitting from an amazing 174 units during the Centennial Week, as part of ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program. There were 77 units active on August 25, the actual date of the NPS Centennial, and 286 activations resulted in 14,559 QSOs between August 22-28. Thanks to all the NPOTA activators who made this possible!
The first activation of the newly-created Katahdin Woods and Rivers National Monument (MN84) in Maine occurred on August 30, just 6 days after President Obama created the monument. Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and his wife Anita, AB1QB, had to work “split” to handle the pileups. They will return to MN84 on September 3, and others are planning to activate this new one as well.
There are 41 activations are scheduled for September 1-7, including Hovenweep National Monument in Utah, and Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut.
Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.
Keep up with the latest NPOTA news on Facebook.

 Three Companies Agree to Plead Guilty for Fixing Prices of Electrolytic Capacitors
The US Department of Justice announced this week that three companies have agreed to plead guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the US and elsewhere. The companies are Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co Ltd, and Holy Stone Holdings Co Ltd.
“The Antitrust Division has now charged five companies and one individual for their participation in this international price-fixing conspiracy,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, said in an August 23 Justice Department news release. “The electrolytic capacitors conspiracy affected millions of American consumers who use electronic devices containing capacitors every day.”
The division filed one-count felony charges against each of the three companies in US District Court in San Francisco. In addition to pleading guilty to the charges against them, each company has agreed to pay a criminal fine and to cooperate with the Division’s ongoing investigation. The plea agreements are subject to court approval.
NEC TOKIN Corp and Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd already pleaded guilty earlier to participating in the same worldwide conspiracy.

Ham Radio Outlet Refurbishes, Reopens Former AES Milwaukee Location
Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) opened its latest Amateur Radio retail outlet at the site of the former Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) headquarters store at 5710 West Good Hope Road in Milwaukee on August 27. AES closed its Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and Orlando outlets on July 28, following a surprise announcement 4 weeks earlier that it was going out of business after 59 years as a ham radio equipment supplier. A couple of weeks later, HRO announced plans to make over the Milwaukee outlet and reopen it as its latest “super store” — now HRO’s largest. Several former AES Milwaukee employees are now working for HRO, which undertook a rapid remodeling project to make the store over in its own brand. Dan Vanevenhoven, N9LVS, visited the HRO Milwaukee location on opening day, camera in hand, and he posted video of his brief tour on YouTube.
One of the first things that caught my eye was the radio demo area,” Vanevenhoven says in his video. “They’ve actually got radios that you can try out.” A row of eight carrels, each with a different piece of gear ready to use, stretches along part of one wall in the store.
The Milwaukee store is 5000 square feet of Amateur Radio equipment, antennas, books, and accessories.
A family-owned business, HRO is the world’s largest Amateur Radio dealership, with 14 locations from New England to the West Coast. It opened a new outlet in Plano, Texas, in early 2015 and relocated and expanded its Portland, Oregon, store, which opened in late July.
HRO has planned the weekends of September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 for the grand opening of its Portland store, and October 1, 8, 15, and 22 for the grand opening of the new Milwaukee outlet.

“Come, Let Us Talk Together” — Ham Contact Recalls Royal Telegraph Exchange
An ARRL Radiogram sent via Amateur Radio to Queen Elizabeth II on August 16 commemorated the anniversary of an exchange of telegrams 158 years earlier between Queen Victoria and US President James Buchanan. In August 1858, President Buchanan — staying at his summer White House in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania — responded to a transatlantic telegraph invitation from Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.
“Come, let us talk together,” the Queen’s message began in 1858.
The 21st Century contact, between Bedford County Amateur Radio Society (BCARS) special event N3B at Omni Bedford Springs Resort and GB3RS at the RSGB National Radio Centre Bletchley Park, was an effort to recreate the 19th Century event. ARRL helped to broker the arrangement with RSGB to activate GB3RS and make the contact possible.
“Greetings from Bedford County Penna. on the 158th anniversary of the first transatlantic telegraph message between Queen Victoria and President Buchanan in 1858,” the Radiogram said. “The county commissioners wish her majesty and Prince Philip best wishes.” It was signed by Bedford County Commission Chair Josh Lang.
The message to the UK was transmitted via CW on 20 meters by Lloyd B. Roach, K3QNT, and Bernie Frank, W3DRW, from the BCARS communication van. “Signals were marginal, but the message got through,” Roach said. “Our HF antenna on the van wasn’t working too well,” he added. “However, we were able to hear each other.” The operator at GB3RS was Trevor Hughes, G4WKJ, with Andy Roberts, M0GYK, assisting.
Roach said the N3B special event station was a huge hit at the resort. “Guests from the hotel visited the van and observed our operations,” he told ARRL. “This is a world-renowned destination. Eleven Presidents have used the facility for their summer White House, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.”
RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, indicated that the Radiogram had been forwarded to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The special event received wide media coverage from a local newspaper and two TV stations.
Participants at the Bedford Springs end, in addition to Frank and Roach, included Steve Elliott, KA3UDR; Jay Williams, K3SCM; John Hogenmiller, KB3DFZ; Mark Leibfreid, KC3CMF; Gary Metivier, KC3HKZ; Kenny Burtnett, WB3JEK, and Robin Hogenmiller, KC3EXR.
Founded in 1959, BCARS is an ARRL Special Service Club.

NPOTA Event at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Will Include Space Station Contact
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Astoria, Oregon, will partner with the Mouth of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club to provide park visitors with an opportunity to see Amateur Radio up close over the Labor Day weekend. As part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program, club members will set up a station at the park’s Netul Landing. The KF7TCG special event is set to start on the evening of Friday, September 2, and continue through the afternoon of Sunday, September 4. As a special highlight, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been set for Saturday, September 3, at 1821 UTC.“This is an amazing cooperative effort between ARRL, the National Park Service, and the ARISS team,” said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X — who is also co-coordinator of the NPOTA program. “Using the science and skill of Amateur Radio to bring astronauts into a National Park Service unit devoted to the greatest scientific expedition in the history of the US highlights how much all three organizations have in common. We are all dedicated to public service, and exploration and education of the natural resources in and around our world. We are proud to use our skills and expertise to bring 21st century explorers to National Park visitors.”
This is the first NPOTA event to include an ARISS contact. ISS astronaut Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, will field the questions from NA1SS on the space station.

FO-29 Satellite Turns 20
It’s been 20 years since the Fuji-OSCAR 29 (FO-29) satellite launched on August 17, 1996, from Tanegashima Space Center. Its 100-kHz-wide analog Mode V/U transponder continues to serve the Amateur Satellite community, although its packet BBS and digitalker no longer function.
With an apogee of 1323 kilometers, FO-29 provides satellite operators with excellent DX opportunities every few months. Intercontinental contacts are regularly reported, including contacts between Japan and Alaska and between North America and Europe. While the theoretical maximum range at apogee is 7502 kilometers, the transponder’s excellent sensitivity and solid 1 W downlink signal allow that distance to be stretched when conditions are right. The longest distance covered via FO-29 was an unscheduled 7599.959 kilometer (approximately 4712 mile) contact on August 27, 2015, between Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Little Rock, Arkansas (on Shinnal Mountain in EM34), and Christophe Lucas, F4CQA, in Trouy, France (NJ17). Swanson answered F4CQA’s CQ.
The 2015 K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island made 29 contacts during two passes of FO-29, activating that extremely rare DX entity on satellite for the first time since 1993, when Don Roland, VE1AOE, reported logging between 400 and 500 contacts as part of the W5IJU DXpedition to Navassa — making the bulk of them on AO-13.
FO-29 remains the most widely used linear transponder satellite and an ideal starting point for beginners.
Uplink for the mode V/U (J) inverting linear transponder is from 145.900 to 146.000 MHz, SSB or CW. The downlink is 435.800 to 435.900 MHz. The CW beacon transmits on 435.795 MHz.
JARL offers an award for confirmed QSOs with 10 different stations via FO-29.

BIRDS CubeSat Constellation to Launch in 2017
AMSAT-UK reports that four CubeSats comprising the BIRDS (Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds) constellation are set to deploy from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The 1U CubeSats -- BIRD-B, BIRD-J, BIRD-G, and BIRD-M -- have identical designs, will use the same Amateur Radio frequencies, and will be deployed as a group. The main mission of the 2-year project is to use the constellation to carry out radio communication experiments via a network of UHF/VHF Amateur Radio ground stations around the world.
Four faculty members -- including Yasuhiro Tokunaga, JG6YBW -- and 15 students at Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) are coordinating the experiment, with participation from student engineering teams at universities in Bangladesh, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Thailand, and Taiwan. Project literature and news releases describe the BIRDS project as a five-satellite constellation, but the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) reports frequency coordination requests for only four.
The challenges will be to distinguish each CubeSat from its companion spacecraft transmitting on the same frequency, hand over operation of a satellite from one ground station to another, and assemble the satellite data obtained at different ground stations.
Radio amateurs have been invited to join the network to assist in the data downlink and reconstruction of patchy satellite data into meaningful data. Orbit information and the operational plan of each satellite will be made available to the Amateur Radio community, along with software to decode the satellite data.

Aves Island YX0V DXpedition Put on Hold
 The planned YX0V DXpedition to Aves Island has been postponed. No new dates have been announced. A DXpedition team was set to depart on August 31 for the 17th most-wanted DXCC entity. On August 24, the Amateur Radio Association of Venezuela, Santiago de Leon de Caracas Group, announced that it has been notified by the Venezuelan Navy that the DXpedition to Aves Island — to be held in commemoration of Navy Day 2016 — “has been put on hold until further notice.” Aves Island was last activated on February 13, 2007, by YW0DX
AMSAT Issues Call for 2016 Space Symposium Papers, Presentations
AMSAT has invited proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community for the 2016 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. The Space Symposium will be held November 10-14, 2016. Tentative presentation titles are requested as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Final papers and presentations are due by October 15, in order to be included in the printed proceedings. Send abstracts and papers to Dan Schultz, N8FGV. The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty, which will depart from Galveston, Texas, on November 10. RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Set for March 2017
 AMSAT has announced that the launch of RadFxSat/Fox-1B has been rescheduled for March 16, 2017. RadFxSat will ride as one of the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV secondary payloads aboard a NASA Delta II launch from Vandenberg AFB in California. The RadFxSat mission is a partnership with Vanderbilt Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) that will study space radiation effects on commercial off-the-shelf memory. The experiments are carried aboard the AMSAT Fox-1B CubeSat, and experiment data will be transmitted via the sub-audible telemetry stream of the Fox-1B FM repeater along with the CubeSat telemetry data. The telemetry can be decoded and displayed with the AMSAT FoxTelem software.

Es'hailSat-2 Launch Reset for 2017
The Es'hailSat Qatar Satellite Company has announced that the launch of Es'hail-2, which will carry the first "Phase 4" geostationary Amateur Radio transponder, has been shifted to the 3rd quarter of 2017. Es'hail-2 had been scheduled to launch in December. Coverage of the Amateur Radio narrowband (NB) and wideband (WB) transponders should extend from Brazil to Thailand.
Es'hail-2 will carry two P4 non-inverting Amateur Radio transponders operating in the 2.4 GHz and 10.45 GHz bands. A 250-kHz bandwidth linear transponder is intended for conventional analog operation, and an 8 MHz bandwidth transponder is designed for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.
For the X band (10 GHz) downlink, receiving stations will need anywhere from a 75 centimeter to an 89 centimeter dish. The narrowband transponder will be vertically polarized, while the digital transponder will be horizontally polarized.
For the S band (2.4 GHz) uplink, narrowband modes such as CW and SSB should be able to access the satellite with a nominal power of 5 W into a 22.5 dBi antenna (75 centimeter dish) with right-hand circular polarization. For the WB uplink on S band, using such modes as DVB, a peak EIRP of 53 dBw (2.4 meter dish and 100 W) will be needed, with RHCP.

Now Free of HAARP, US Air Force Still Wants to Tinker with the Ionosphere
A lot of radio amateurs bemoaning the recent spate of poor HF conditions would love to have a way to improve propagation -- perhaps without even having to rely on the whims of the Sun. The US Department of Defense has been thinking along the same lines. An August 9 article in New Scientist reports that the US Air Force is exploring a plan to bombard Earth's upper atmosphere with ionized gas dispersed from CubeSats. According to the New Scientist article by David Hambling, the Air Force hopes to improve long-distance radio communication by "detonating plasma bombs" in the upper atmosphere, and the military branch has contracted with corporate and university researchers to figure out how to make this a reality.
The US Air Force is no stranger to ionospheric tinkering, having just last year transferred the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) facility to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), which hopes to restart it next year. HAARP's super-power RF in the high-frequency spectrum has been used to stimulate the ionosphere and create a plasma cloud that could support HF radio propagation; it also has been used to study how the ionosphere functions.
The trick with using CubeSats to disperse ionizing gas above Earth is coming up with a plasma generator small enough to fit within a CubeSat, and controlling how the plasma will disperse. New Scientist said General Sciences of Souderton, Pennsylvania, and Enig Associates of Bethesda, Maryland, are working with scientists at Drexel University and at the University of Maryland, respectively, on separate methods to produce plasma.
The New Scientist article said the better approach will be selected for a second phase, which will involve testing plasma generators in vacuum chambers and exploratory space flights.

Annual IOTA DXpedition Morphs into Visit to Rare One -- Aves Island
An unexpected invitation from the Venezuelan Navy gave rise to a DXpedition later this month to Aves Island -- Isla de Aves -- currently number 17 on the ClubLog DXCC Most Wanted List. The departure date for the YX0V Aves Island DXpedition has been moved up by a few days. The team now will depart Caracas on Saturday, Septembert 27. The YX0V team will include 14 operators.
Members of the Asociación de Radioaficionados de Venezuela (ARV) and Grupo DX Caracas received the surprise Navy invite while trying to organize their annual Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Los Monjes Island (SA-015). Aves Island (NA-020) was last activated in 2007.
The group will be on the air for up to 10 days as YX0V, with the full support of the Navy. Tiny Aves Island is situated west of the Leeward Islands. It's only about 1200 feet long and some 150 feet wide.

PA3WEG Receives Louis Varney Cup: Amateur Radio satellite enthusiast and hardware designer Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, has been awarded the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to several Amateur Radio satellites and associated outreach. RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley, G0FUW, made the presentation on July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford, England. The award's namesake, Louis Varney, G5RV, was the inventor of the world-famous G5RV antenna and an RSGB member for 74 years. He died in 2000. The award cited Weggelaar's "enthusiasm, technical knowledge, and willingness to work for the good of the Amateur Radio Satellite community around the world, together with his commitment to STEM outreach." Weggelaar contributed to the Delfi and FUNcube satellite projects.

MacLoggerDX v6.04 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.04 of MacLoggerDX has been released.
What's New in this version:
* macOS 10.12 (Sierra) compatible.
* Added 2D Map VUCC Grid square overlay.
* Added Bands worked/confirmed to VUCC awards table.
* Added Grid square to Log panel search fields.
* Added 4M band to Spots and Bands Panels.
* Added Continent to Spots Panel.
* Added State, SOTA and My SOTA to Speed Log.
* Added Icom IC-736 driver.
* Added ADIF import Address option.
* Regard SAT as a separate band in awards panels.
* Spots Panel double-click lookups changed to non-cached.
* Light Mode DX Call sign background changed to white.
* Fixed corrupt QSL image bug.
* Fixed ADIF import bug.
* Fixed detached Log unterminated-edit bug.

MacLoggerDX is the Total Mac Ham Radio Assistant and premier Mac logger:
Organizing and filtering the spots from your favourite DX Cluster for DXing, casual Contesting or rag-chewing.
It supports close to a hundred radios, automatically tuning to the spots you are interested in and optionally swinging your beam around.
Alerting you to rare contacts or Band Openings and looking up, displaying on 2D, 3D and Satellite Maps and logging your contacts to a super fast sql database.
MacLoggerDX can also text or email you when the Bands are open or that rare DX is spotted.
Awards Tracking, Band Activity, Schedules, Memories, QSL Generation, ADIF import, export, eQSL, LoTW Confirmations and much more.
This is a free update for all Version 6 customers and can be downloaded from:

IARU Honors Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has bestowed its President's Award on retired IARU Satellite Advisor Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV. He was recognized for his many years of service to the IARU and the contributions he has made to the association, especially in the area of satellite frequency coordination. Van de Groenendaal served as IARU Satellite Advisor from 1994 until earlier this year. He established many of the Amateur Satellite frequency coordination procedures and was a critical contributor to the IARU coordination process. Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, was appointed in April to succeed van de Groenendaal as IARU Satellite Advisor.

FEMA Teaming with Amateur Radio Clubs to Present Preparedness Information
September is National Preparedness Month. As part of its focus on educating and getting prepared, FEMA is offering a "Family Emergency Communications Plan," which helps families work out their communication strategies in the event of an emergency. ARRL is partnering with FEMA to offer this material to interested Amateur Radio clubs that are willing to present it in their localities during National Preparedness Month.
While the FEMA presentation focuses on the Family Communications Plan and doesn't specifically mention ham radio, the material offers Amateur Radio clubs a great opportunity to raise their visibility in their communities.
A webinar with FEMA Region 1 Preparedness Liaison Sara Varela will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at 8 PM EDT (Wednesday, August 24, at 0000 UTC), to offer background and training for any club wishing to present FEMA's Family Emergency Communications Plan material in September. Registration is requested.
Presentation of the FEMA material to local communities should take approximately 1 hour. It will include a PowerPoint presentation and links to worksheets that families can discuss and fill out together.
Clubs are free to offer additional presentations on their activities following the program covering the FEMA material.

Amateur radio operators in Latvia just got some new space on the spectrum. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
Two new bands opened up for amateurs in Latvia on August the 9th: the 60 meter, 5 MHz allocation with 15w EIRP and the 630 meter band, between 472 and 479 KHz, with 1 watt EIRP.
The 60 meter band in particular opens up new operating space on the spectrum in an area that has already been available to amateurs in the United States, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. As with most new allocations of this band this is a continuous range of frequency and not channelised as many earlier allocations were.
Both bands are open for use by Latvia's top-level Category A licensees but unlike other countries the 60 metre band is restricted to modes with a maximum bandwidth of 800 Hz.
Sixty meters is also gaining traction in Australia, where the Wireless Institute of Australia's request for the allocation, made last April to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, has been graded as Priority 1 by the authority. The ACMA acknowledges amateurs' interest in gaining 60-meter access. The WIA's magazine, "Amateur Radio," is preparing to publish a situation paper on the subject when space becomes available.

October 2016

+ TARA PSK Rumble Contest

0000Z-2400Z, Oct 1

+ 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest

0000Z, Oct 1 to 2359Z, Oct 2

+ Oceania DX Contest, Phone

0800Z, Oct 1 to 0800Z, Oct 2

+ WAB HF Phone

1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

+ TRC DX Contest

1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

+ GTC CW Cup

1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

+ Russian WW Digital Contest

1200Z, Oct 1 to 1159Z, Oct 2

+ International HELL-Contest

1600Z-1800Z, Oct 1 (80m) and
  0900Z-1100Z, Oct 2 (40m)

+ California QSO Party

1600Z, Oct 1 to 2200Z, Oct 2

+ FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint

1700Z-2100Z, Oct 1

+ UBA ON Contest, SSB

0600Z-1000Z, Oct 2

+ RSGB International DX Contest

0700Z-1900Z, Oct 2

+ German Telegraphy Contest

0700Z-1000Z, Oct 3

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

0100Z-0300Z, Oct 4

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 5

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Oct 5 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Oct 5 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Oct 6

+ 432 MHz Fall Sprint

1900 local - 2300 local, Oct 5

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Oct 5

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest

1700Z-1800Z, Oct 6 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Oct 6 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Oct 6 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Oct 6 (Dig)

+ SARL 80m QSO Party

1700Z-2000Z, Oct 6

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 7

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 7

+ Makrothen RTTY Contest

0000Z-0759Z, Oct 8 and
  1600Z-2359Z, Oct 8 and
  0800Z-1559Z, Oct 9

+ Oceania DX Contest, CW

0800Z, Oct 8 to 0800Z, Oct 9

+ Microwave Fall Sprint

0800 local - 1400 local, Oct 8

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Oct 8 to 2400Z, Oct 9

+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB

1200Z, Oct 8 to 1200Z, Oct 9

+ QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party

1200Z, Oct 8 to 2359Z, Oct 9

+ Pennsylvania QSO Party

1600Z, Oct 8 to 0500Z, Oct 9 and
  1300Z-2200Z, Oct 9

+ Arizona QSO Party

1600Z, Oct 8 to 0600Z, Oct 9 and
  1400Z-2359Z, Oct 9

+ FISTS Fall Unlimited Sprint

1700Z-2100Z, Oct 8

+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint

2000Z, Oct 8 to 2000Z, Oct 9

+ North American SSB Sprint Contest

0000Z-0400Z, Oct 9

+ UBA ON Contest, CW

0600Z-0900Z, Oct 9

+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint

0001Z-2359Z, Oct 10

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0030Z-0230Z, Oct 12

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 12

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Oct 12 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Oct 12 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Oct 13

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

1900Z-2000Z, Oct 12

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 14

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 14

+ MCG Autumn Sprint

1500Z-1900Z, Oct 14


0000Z, Oct 15 to 2400Z, Oct 16

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW

0001Z, Oct 15 to 2359Z, Oct 16

+ Iowa QSO Party

1400Z-2300Z, Oct 15

+ New York QSO Party

1400Z, Oct 15 to 0200Z, Oct 16

+ Worked All Germany Contest

1500Z, Oct 15 to 1459Z, Oct 16

+ South Dakota QSO Party

1800Z, Oct 15 to 1800Z, Oct 16

+ Feld Hell Sprint

2000Z-2359Z, Oct 15

+ Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW

0000Z-0200Z, Oct 16

+ UBA ON Contest, 2m

0600Z-1000Z, Oct 16

+ Illinois QSO Party

1700Z, Oct 16 to 0100Z, Oct 17


1900Z-2030Z, Oct 16

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0100Z-0300Z, Oct 17

+ ARRL School Club Roundup

1300Z, Oct 17 to 2359Z, Oct 21

+ Telephone Pioneers QSO Party

1900Z, Oct 17 to 0300Z, Oct 18

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 19

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Oct 19 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Oct 19 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Oct 20

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 21

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 21

+ ARRL EME Contest

0000Z, Oct 22 to 2359Z, Oct 23

+ UK/EI DX Contest, SSB

1200Z, Oct 22 to 1200Z, Oct 23

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge

1500Z, Oct 22 to 1500Z, Oct 23

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Oct 26

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 26

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Oct 26 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Oct 26 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Oct 27

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Oct 26

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB

1900Z-2000Z, Oct 27

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 28

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Oct 28

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

0000Z, Oct 29 to 2400Z, Oct 30





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