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The Next Meeting  *** January 5th, at 7:00 PM 

Location: ***Bristol Regional Medical Center. Lower level see hall monitor.

Presentation By:  *** William Wakely

 January Meeting     ***
The program for January will be “Near Space Ballooning”. This program sounds like it will be on APRS, so everyone try to attend and see what William has for us.

Two Meter Net
Dale Barker, KT4SQ holds a net each Tuesday night @ 9:00 PM on the frequency of 146.670, no tones. Be sure to try to check in. Dale runs a very good net so check in to show him your support. Also this one of the oldest Nets on the East Coast.

Club Dues
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now taking the club dues for 2017. They run from Jan 1,thru Dec.31 of the same year. You can give them to Toni at the next club meeting or mail hr a check to: Toni Ward C/O BARC 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Thanks

Testing Sessions
Ben Morris, K4EDI  and his fellow amateurs who help give the tests are ready and able to go and give the tests after each club meeting. Ben says the correct change is always appreciated and a duplicate copy of your current license and a photo ID is also required. For more info you may email him at:utben1997@gmail.com You can also call him at 276/791/0102
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ARRL RTTY Roundup
Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2400 UTC Sunday (January 7-8, 2017).
http://www.arrl.org/rtty-roundup
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ARRL January VHF Contest
Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 21-23, 2017)
http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf
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National Parks on the Air Contact Tally Tops 1 Million
Participants in ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program have completed more than 1 million contacts! Activators operating from National Park Service units across the US and Chasers around the world pushed the contact tally over its goal this week. ARRL sponsored NPOTA to help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial. National Parks on the Air has become one of the most popular events in the history of the League NPOTA Administrator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, said. “It’s been fun seeing so many hams take part.” Kutzko said the NPOTA Facebook group really helped drive participation, especially in the last 3 months, when it became clear that the 1 million-QSO goal was within reach. “Some 25,000 NPOTA contacts were uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) every week since October,” he noted. “The entire group came together and simply willed the 1 million-contact mark to be broken. It was incredible to watch!” He said some real friendships developed among those who frequented the NPOTA Facebook page.

Those taking part in NPOTA made nearly 20,000 visits to 460 of the 489 NPS units eligible for NPOTA credit, including portions of the National Trails System and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Nearly 150 Chasers completed contacts with more than 400 of the 489 NPOTA units this year, while one Activator transmitted from more than 250 different NPS units in 2016. Kutzko said the activations effectively transported those National Park Service units via radio to all 50 states and more than 100 countries during 2016.Kutzko said NPOTA garnered interest from hams at all proficiency levels, but he was especially gratified to see how it encouraged less-experienced hams to acquire new skills, such as operating a portable station on battery power, learning CW, or discovering digital modes. “Pileups from some activations rivaled those during a major DXpedition — if only for a few hours at a time,” he added. Jim Clark, Jr., an NPS Ranger at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site in Vermont, said NPOTA helped to generate greater awareness of his unit.

“National Parks on the Air has afforded us the opportunity to connect with a much larger and more diverse audience than we could have ever imagined,” he told ARRL. “We are pleased and proud that the world of Amateur Radio helped us to celebrate 100 years of service to the nation....history and scenery offered by the National Park Service was a wonderful gift. “We heard from countless amateurs who learned something about our country while operating from an NPS unit and experiencing ‘the other side’ of a pileup. There will be other on-air events from ARRL, but National Parks on the Air was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I don’t think there will ever be anything quite like it in Amateur Radio again. I will miss it.”

 

The Digital Edition of January QST Now Available
 New PageSuite PlatformThe digital edition of the January 2017 issue of QST is now available on the new PageSuite platform. The new viewing platform brings a number of changes, so members are advised to download and read the QST PageSuite Manual.If you view the digital edition of QST on an Apple smartphone or tablet, update your current QST app. In the App Store app, tap the Updates icon in the menu along the bottom, scroll until you see the QST app, and then tap UPDATE. This will overwrite the older app with the new PageSuite version.If you are an Android user, you will also need to update your current QST app. For both Apple and Android devices, updating to the new PageSuite app will clear your device of all previously downloaded QST issues.Finally, Kindle Fire users will be pleased to learn that there is a now a QST app for their device.

Search for the QST app in the Kindle Fire app storeImportant note: If prompted to enter an e-mail address upon signing into either the desktop version of Digital QST or the app, enter your ARRL website username instead.In the January issue . . .Build a high-voltage, lightweight power supply.Put a Yaesu FT-817 transceiver on 222 MHz.Add squelch delay lights to your station.Try an Arduino CW IDer.Build a motorized telescoping mast.transceiver.and much more! 

 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Step Down in January FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will step down in January, when President Barack Obama’s term ends. An Obama appointee, Wheeler has headed the Commission for 3 years.Sitting in this chair has been the greatest privilege of my professional career,” Wheeler said on December 15, during his final FCC monthly open meeting. “I’m grateful to President Obama for the opportunity to serve and for the confidence he placed in me....It has been a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair, and open networks for all Americans.”Wheeler was a staunch proponent of the FCC’s net neutrality policy, which has been opposed by conservatives as government overreach.When Wheeler departs on January 20, the FCC will be left with two Republicans — Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly — and one Democrat — Mignon Clyburn, whose term ends in mid-2017. Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel failed to gain confirmation for another term before Congress adjourned and is expected to depart by year’s end. The FCC’s five commissioners are appointed by the president, the political balance favoring the party holding the White House.

 

 The Doctor Will See You Now!
Antenna System Troubleshooting” is the topic of the latest (December 15) 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 doctor@arrl.org, 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. Just ahead on December 29, “Restoring Old Radios.”

Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar QRMing Low End of 40 Meters
The IARU Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System newsletter reports that one of China’s HF Over-the-Horizon radars (OTH-R) has been transmitting on 6.999 MHz, impinging on the very low end of the 40-meter band.As the newsletter reported: “A jumping Chinese OTH radar covered the CW DX-edge of our exclusive 7 MHz band on November 17 at about 1500 UTC and later (long lasting).” The signal was 67 sweeps per second with a 10 kHz bandwidth.Elsewhere on 40 meters, military ALE transmissions have been heard from Kyrgyzstan on 7050.0 kHz. IARUMS also reports that the Australian Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) has been heard on 10.131 MHz in the amateur 30-meter band; Amateur Radio is secondary on 30 meters.Radio Eritrea appeared in November on 7180 kHz together with white noise from Ethiopia. The frequencies 7146.5, 7175, and 7185 kHz were reported to be still in use as well.Reports of Amateur Radio band intruders may be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System logger.

 

WSJT Development Group Releases WSJT-X Version 1.7.0
The WSJT Development Group has released WSJT-X version 1.7.0. The WSJT-X software suite is designed to facilitate basic Amateur Radio communication using very weak signals (WSJT stands for Weak Signal communication by K1JT). Joe Taylor, K1JT, recommends reading the extensively updated WSJT-X version 1.7 User Guide, which describes new features and capabilities (relative to version 1.6). WSJT-X version 1.7.0 includes new modes ISCAT, MSK144, and QRA64; newly implemented submodes JT65B-C and JT9B-H; a new Franke-Taylor decoder to replace the Koetter-Vardy decoder previously used for JT65; improvements to the JT4, JT9, and JT65 decoders; multi-pass decoding for JT65 and WSPR, and improved convenience features for EME Doppler tracking.

 

ARRL CEO is Featured Speaker at New York City/Long Island Section Convention Ham Radio University
ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will be the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual ARRL New York City/Long Island Section Convention Ham Radio University (HRU) on January 8, 2017, at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, New York. The event is described as “a day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowledge, and fellowship among Amateur Radio operators.” On the schedule are 30 forums, with topics including “Safety in the Ham Shack,” “DXing (Propagation, History, Techniques),” “Transmitter Hunting,” “Kids World,” “The Military Auxiliary Radio System,” “Amateur Radio Solar/Jupiter Observation using a Radio Receiver System,” and “Working Satellites with your HT.” Presenter Peter Portanova, W2JV, will attempt some satellite contacts as time and weather permit. AMSAT representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Amateur Radio licensing exams will be offered, and special event W2HRU will be on the air. For more information, visit the Ham Radio University website or e-mail HRU.

 

Past AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, SK
Past AMSAT-NA President Frank Robert “Robin” Haighton, VE3FRH, of Burlington, Ontario, died on December 2, after suffering a stroke in late November. A Life Member of Radio Amateurs of Canada and a member of ARRL, he was 79. Haighton served as AMSAT-NA president from 2000 until 2004, succeeding Keith Baker, KB1SF. Prior to that, he was an AMSAT executive vice president and a longtime member of the Board of Directors. As a founding member of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project, he was one of two delegates from Canada.“Robin contributed significantly to ARISS through his ideas, guidance, and wise counsel,” said AMSAT Vice President for Human Spaceflight and ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. “He challenged members of our team to look at things in a different perspective. As a result of his sage advice, we were able to work through these issues and arrive at a common approach, both in developing and delivering ARISS hardware as well as supporting the technical mentoring of schools and local hams.”During his tenure as AMSAT president and Board member, Haighton guided the organization through the launch — and subsequent anomalies — with the Phase 3D satellite, later AO-40 — the most expensive and elaborate amateur satellite project in history. He was also instrumental in the subsequent development and launch of AO-51, one of the so-called “easy sats.

 

German Radio Amateurs Gain Access to 60-Meter Band
On December 21, Amateur Radio operators in Germany gained access to the band 5.351.5 to 5.366.5 MHz with 15 W EIRP, and a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz. Access applies to Class A licensees. Amateur Radio is secondary on 60 meters.The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) called users’ attention to the IARU Region 1 band plan for 60 meters, which recommends CW and digital modes, maximum bandwidth of 200 Hz, from 5.351.5 to 5.354.0 MHz; all modes, maximum bandwidth of 2. 7 kHz (use USB for SSB), from 5.354.0 to 5.366.0 MHz, and all modes, maximum bandwidth of 20 Hz “with the least power,” from 5.366.0 to 5.366.5 MHz.“Because a lot of radio amateurs must share this narrow 15 kHz band, everyone should keep transmissions short and avoid lengthy ragchews,” the DARC advised in announcing access to the new allocation.Other countries are expected to grant access to the new, 15 kHz 60-meter band when the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, which made the allocation available to Amateur Radio, go into effect on January 1, but the US will not be among them; the FCC has yet to allow Amateur Radio access to 60 meters beyond the five discrete channels already available.

 

Eleven US Schools, Organizations Advance to Next Stage of ARISS Ham Contact Selection
ARRL and AMSAT — the US managing partners of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program — have announced that 11 schools or organizations submitting proposals have been selected to advance to the next stage of planning to host scheduled Amateur Radio contacts with ISS crew members next year. ARISS’s primary goal is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and raise awareness of space exploration, radio communications, and related areas of study and career possibilities.ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations during the second half of 2017. The 11 candidate schools/organizations must now complete an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS technical team, the final selected schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility match up with NASA scheduling opportunities.

The schools and organizations are:
2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, Glen Jean, West VirginiaAntietam Elementary School, Woodbridge, VirginiaBishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, Rhode IslandChiddix Junior High School, Normal, IllinoisFleet Science Center, BE WiSE Program, San Diego, CaliforniaFrontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TexasHeart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, Missour Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Los Angeles, CaliforniaMeadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CaliforniaSouth Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FloridaWest Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Morgantown, West VirginiaGerman Radio Amateurs Gain Access to 60-Meter BandOn December 21, Amateur Radio operators in Germany gained access to the band 5.351.5 to 5.366.5 MHz with 15 W EIRP, and a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz. Access applies to Class A licensees. Amateur Radio is secondary on 60 meters.

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) called users’ attention to the IARU Region 1 band plan for 60 meters, which recommends CW and digital modes, maximum bandwidth of 200 Hz, from 5.351.5 to 5.354.0 MHz; all modes, maximum bandwidth of 2. 7 kHz (use USB for SSB), from 5.354.0 to 5.366.0 MHz, and all modes, maximum bandwidth of 20 Hz “with the least power,” from 5.366.0 to 5.366.5 MHz.“Because a lot of radio amateurs must share this narrow 15 kHz band, everyone should keep transmissions short and avoid lengthy ragchews,” the DARC advised in announcing access to the new allocation.Other countries are expected to grant access to the new, 15 kHz 60-meter band when the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, which made the allocation available to Amateur Radio, go into effect on January 1, but the US will not be among them; the FCC has yet to allow Amateur Radio access to 60 meters beyond the five discrete channels already available.
cooperation with the FCC, to ensure active use of the Amateur Auxiliary program.

 

January 2017

+ AGB New Year Snowball Contest

0000Z-0100Z, Jan 1

+ SARTG New Year RTTY Contest

0800Z-1100Z, Jan 1

+ AGCW Happy New Year Contest

0900Z-1200Z, Jan 1

+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest

1400Z-1700Z, Jan 1 (144) and   1700Z-1800Z, Jan 1 (432)

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

0200Z-0400Z, Jan 3

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 4

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 4

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Jan 4 and   1900Z-2000Z, Jan 4 and   0300Z-0400Z, Jan 5

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Jan 4

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Jan 6

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 6

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 6

+ PODXS 070 Club PSKFest

0000Z-2400Z, Jan 7

+ WW PMC Contest

1200Z, Jan 7 to 1200Z, Jan 8

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Jan 7 to 2400Z, Jan 8

+ Original QRP Contest

1500Z, Jan 7 to 1500Z, Jan 8

+ ARRL RTTY Roundup

1800Z, Jan 7 to 2400Z, Jan 8

+ Kid's Day Contest

1800Z-2359Z, Jan 7

+ EUCW 160m Contest

2000Z-2300Z, Jan 7 and   0400Z-0700Z, Jan 8

+ DARC 10-Meter Contest

0900Z-1059Z, Jan 8

+ Midwinter Contest

1000Z-1400Z, Jan 8

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 11

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 11

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Jan 11 and   1900Z-2000Z, Jan 11 and   0300Z-0400Z, Jan 12

+ AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest

2300Z, Jan 11 to 2300Z, Jan 12 and   2300Z, Jan 14 to 2300Z, Jan 15

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Jan 13

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 13

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 13

+ Old New Year Contest

0500Z-0900Z, Jan 14

+ UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest

1200Z, Jan 14 to 1200Z, Jan 15

+ North American QSO Party, CW

1800Z, Jan 14 to 0559Z, Jan 15

+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB

0630Z-0830Z, Jan 15

+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW

0900Z-1100Z, Jan 15

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0200Z-0400Z, Jan 16

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 18

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 18

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Jan 18 and   1900Z-2000Z, Jan 18 and   0300Z-0400Z, Jan 19

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Jan 19

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Jan 20

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 20

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 20

+ LZ Open Contest

1800Z-2200Z, Jan 20

+ Hungarian DX Contest

1200Z, Jan 21 to 1159Z, Jan 22

+ North American QSO Party, SSB

1800Z, Jan 21 to 0559Z, Jan 22

+ ARRL January VHF Contest

1900Z, Jan 21 to 0359Z, Jan 23

+ WAB 1.8 MHz Phone

1900Z-2300Z, Jan 21

+ Feld Hell Sprint

2000Z-2359Z, Jan 21 (EU/AF) and   2300Z, Jan 21 to 0259Z, Jan 22 (ENA/ESA) and   0200Z-0559Z, Jan 22 (WNA/AS/OC)

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Jan 25

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Jan 25

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 25

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 25

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Jan 25 and   1900Z-2000Z, Jan 25 and   0300Z-0400Z, Jan 26

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Jan 25

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Jan 27

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Jan 27

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Jan 27

+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW

2200Z, Jan 27 to 2200Z, Jan 29

+ Montana QSO Party

0000Z-2400Z, Jan 28

+ REF Contest, CW

0600Z, Jan 28 to 1800Z, Jan 29

+ BARTG RTTY Sprint

1200Z, Jan 28 to 1200Z, Jan 29

+ UBA DX Contest, SSB

1300Z, Jan 28 to 1300Z, Jan 29

+ Winter Field Day

1900Z, Jan 28 to 1900Z, Jan 29

 

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