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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB  VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA

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The Next Meeting  *** December 4, 2014  Starting at 6:00 PM 

 Location: *** Pigtails/Fishtails reataurant on Volunteer Pkwy. , Bristol TN

Program presdented by: ***- 2014 Chirstmas Dinner night.

Meeting Held At     *** Pigtails/Fishtails on The Volunteer Parkway, across from the Walmart Shopping Center and Bill Gatton’s car lot.

 

December Meeting
The meeting for the month of December will be the Annual Christmas Dinner for the Bristol Amateur Radio Club. It will be at Fishtails again because they have a good menu and there is something there for everybody. Also at this meeting we will present the Ham of the year award and have drawings for the door prizes. Every one try to attend and remember to tip the young ladies that wait on you, they work hard to take care of us and they depend on these tips. These ladies work this party on their own so please remember this.

New Club Officers for 2015
The new officers for next year are: Adam Dye, AD4FF President, Ken Graff, N8FF, Vice President, John Williams, KJ4ZFK, Secretary, Toni Ward, KF4BMW, Treasure. We want to welcome all these people to their new offices for the coming year. The outgoing officers have done a great job and we thank you for your kind efforts and look forward to your input in the coming year.

Silent Key
My Mother,Ella Mae Ward who passed away suddenly last month from a heart attack was a member of BARC even though she never did have a ham license. She listened to everyone on her scanner and she had not missed a Field Day in years until this year. I want to thank every one for all the nice cards and kind words in a very bad time in my life. My good friend Jim Clark,W4HRT, who is a silent key now used to say “all you need in life is a few good friends” and I am truly blessed with friends. Thank you every one. DE Lonnie Ward, W4FXO

BARC Dues
The club dues are now due again. They are $15.00 per year and run from Jan1 thru Dec. 31 of the same year. You may give them to Toni at the club meeting or you can mail a check for $15.00 dollars to: BARC C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Thanks.

Bristol Two Meter Net
The Bristol Two Meter Net is called on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones each and every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM. This is one of the oldests nets on the East Coast. Be sure and check in to see what the Net Control is up to.Dale Barker, KT4SQ and Chris Brooks, K4XMN take turns being net control
So check in and see what they are to. If you have a desire to call the net or become a Net Control Station give a shout to Dale or Chris or get in touch with the club president.

SPACE JUNK TURNS OUT TO BE RUSSIAN SATELLITE
And finally, its well known that there is a lot of junk in Earth orbit as a result of over a half decade, but once in a while a piece of space debris is not what everyone thinks it to be as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline’s Hal Rodgers, K8CMD:
What was first thought to be a piece of debris left over from the launch of three Russian military communication satellites has turned out to be a fourth bird that is actually on-orbit and capable of maneuvers.

The three satellites were designated Kosmos 2496, 2497 and 2498 were launched this past May. An analysis of orbital elements from a United States space radar showed that a ghost spacecraft that had been thought to be debris from the launch had made a definite controlled maneuver between May 29th and May 31st.

On June 24, the mysterious spacecraft started maneuvering again, lowering its perigee by four kilometers and lifting its apogee by 3.5 kilometers. The object continued its maneuvers in July and its perigee was lowered sharply, bringing it close to the launch vehicles upper stage which had originally delivered all four payloads into orbit.
This is the second time a Russian piece of orbital junk has suddenly started maneuvering while on-orbit. The first time was in early 2014 after a December 2013 launch. At that time the Russians admitted five months later that the supposed junk was itself actually another satellite.

FOUR NEW JAPAN MICROSATS LAUNCHED
Four new microsats developed in Japan are now on-orbit. Carried aloft on Thursday November 6th on board a Russian Dnepr rocket were ChubuSat-1; Tsubame; Hodoyoshi-1 and QSAT-EOS.
ChubuSat has a CW and AX.35 downlink on 437.485 MHz with its digipeter uplink on 145.980. TSUBAME transmits CW on 437.250 and AX.25 data on 437.505 MHz. Signals from Hodoyoshi-1 should be found on 467.674 MHz while QSAT-EOS carries an AX.25 G-M-S-K payload but its exact transmit frequency is unknown.
Kosmotras launch controllers reported all spacecraft were inserted into their target orbits.

VK5ZAI TAKING A WELL DESERVED ARISS BREAK
Some names in the news. Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI, a communications relay mainstay of Amateur Radio on the Space Station or the ARISS program, is taking a well-earned break. His involvement so far spans 21 years and includes being the ARISS Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Region. His immediate plan is to move to a new location and retire from daily business. While taking a break in arranging school contacts with International Space Station astronauts, he will continue as a well-equipped telebridge station, when at home.

JAPAN ANNOUNCES DEEP SPACE HAM RADIO SATELLITE
A Japanese news report says the asteroid mission Hayabusa 2, planned to launch before years end on will also carry an amateur radio satellite named Shin’en 2. The bird will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars.
Shin’en 2’ inclination will be almost zero, which means that it will stay in the Earth’s equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 Astronomical Units. An Astronomical Unit is described as 149,597,871 kilometers.

Shin’en 2 already has a set of IARU coordinated frequencies. These are 437.505 MHz for its CW beacon and 437.385 MHz to be used for WSJT telemetry. It will also carry a Mode J inverting SSB and Morse transponder operating with a Lower Sideband uplink between 145.940 to 145.960 MHz and a UHF downlink from 435.280 to 435.260 MHz on Upper Sideband.
Shin'en 2 is a deep space satellite built by students at Kagoshima University in Japan. Its primary mission is to establish communication technologies with a long range as far as moon.

MALAYSIA INCLUDES HAM RADIO IN FLOOD PLANNING
Malaysia is including ham radio in its emergency preparedness for the upcoming monsoon season. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has the details:
Malaysia’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia will ensure that all communication towers including those used by radio amateurs will be fully functioning even though they are inundated during the flood season.

According to the Ministry, several communication towers that were inundated during the flood season last year, especially in the Kemaman area. To prevent this happening again, many had already been upgraded so that they were located on higher ground and would not be submerged by the rising waters.
A Ministry spokesperson noted that there are several areas which could not receive normal communication coverage but can be contacted using the amateur radio. The ministry went on to say that it would cooperate with several amateur radio associations under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission to assist in terms of information sharing in any flood-affected areas.

ILLEGAL DEFENFDER TAKES ON RUSSIAN MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
An unidentified German amateur station has tried to disturb military transmissions from Russia taking place in the 80 meter band. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has what’s known so far:
The action happened on 3.733 MHz on October 22nd at 2000 hours UTC. The Russian Frequency Shift or FSK transmission is believed to have come from a transmitting site in Kaliningrad.
A screenshot photograph taken by International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring Service observer Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, shows a station trying to insert Morse code dashes on the space breaks of the Russian transmission. It also shows the interfering station putting out spurious emissions at least 2 kilohertz wide.
According to the Monitoring Service, the same unidentified operator is believed responsible for similar transmissions against Russian based communications in the 40 meter band but this has yet to be proven.

49.9 MHZ RADAR 16 KW WITH 64 ANTENNAS IN ETHOPIA
A new back-scatter radar on 49.9 MHz is currently being constructed in Ethiopia. The Bahir Dar coherent backscatter radar is being assembled by researchers from the University of Oulu, Finland and Boston College, here in the United States.

The new system will operate just below the 6 meter band using a 16 kilowatt solid-state transmitter and 64 antennas. The return sampling is based on a number of USRPX model 300 high-performance, modular software defined radios. This is a platform developed by Matt Ettus, N2MJI that combine two extended-bandwidth daughterboard slots covering DC to 6 GHz with up to 120 MHz bandwidth and multiple high-speed interface options.

OLD SUNSPOT RETURNS: QUIET WITH A CHANCE OF FLARES:

Old sunspot AR 2192 now renamed AR 2209 has returned to the side of the Sun facing Earth. As this report is being prepared solar observers say that it still poses a threat for strong flares because the sunspot's magnetic field is unstable and harbors the energy required for X-class eruptions. If such flare were to occur NOAA estimates a 25% chance it will be likely have a direct effect on High Frequency communications because AR 2209 is almost directly facing Earth. You can keep an eye on AR 2207 and other solar happenings by simply taking your web browser to spaceweather.com.

DX: AUSTRAL ISLANDS IN JANUARY 2015
Also word that KK6BT will be operational as TX5W from Raivavae Island in the Austral Island group between January 5th through the 11th 2015. Activity will be on 40 through 10 meters including the 17 and 12 meter bands operating exclusively SSB. His primary objective is to work as many amateurs in Central and Northern Europe as possible during his stay. QSL direct only.

BOUVET IN LATE 2015
And the one many have been waiting to hear. This with the announcement that a team of 12 operators, lead by UN7PCZ will be active from Bouvet Island as 3Y0F sometime between December 2015 and January 2016. The group plans to be on the island for 2 weeks with 6 stations on the air. More details and a Web page are forthcoming.

G3VPW will be active from Falkland Islands through December 12th operating as VP8KF. He will be active on 80 through 10 meters. He also plans to use the special call VP8KF stroke 100. QSL via his home call or electronically using Logbook of the world.

Members of Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club of Frankfurt will be active as 4S7DLG from Sri Lanka until December  27th. Operators mentioned are DK7TF, DH6ICE and DH0RAK. Operations should be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DK8ZZ.

JJ2RCJ will be active stroke AH2 from KH2JU's rental shack on Guam between December 27th to the 30th. Activity will be focused on 30, 17 and 12 meters mainly using RTTY. QSL via direct to JJ2RCJ or electronically using Logbook of the World.

DJ8VW will be operational as 5P8VW from Romo Island between December 6th and the 21st. Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters, including the 30, 17 and 12m bands, using CW and SSB. QSL via DJ8VW direct only or electronically using Logbook of the world or eQSL.

Lastly, and subject to weather conditions in the area, JI3DST will be active stroke 6 from Tokara Island between 0600 UTC on December 27th through 0000 UTC on January 4th. Operations will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB, FM and some of the digital modes. QSL to JI3DST/6 via the bureau or by ClubLog's Oh QRS.

RILEY IS BACK – KIND OF
Back here in the USA, retired FCC Special Council Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, gave what is being called an inspirational talk at the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on November 10th.
Addressing the group, Hollingsworth explained that while it may seem like there is less enforcement activity in Amateur Radio under current Special Council Laura Smith than when he was doing the job, that's not the case. New FCC privacy rules mean that Smith can only release information after an enforcement action has been completed, not when one was initiated as Hollingsworth did.
The talk was recorded and appears as Episode 174 of the online Amateur Radio television series HamRadioNow. You can catch it on the web at hamradionow.tv and click on the link to episode number 174.

December 2014

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

0200Z-0400Z, Dec 2

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 3

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Dec 3 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 3 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Dec 4

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest

1800Z-1900Z, Dec 4 (CW) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 4 (SSB) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Dec 4 (FM) and
  2100Z-2200Z, Dec 4 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 5

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 5

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 5

+ ARRL 160-Meter Contest

2200Z, Dec 5 to 1600Z, Dec 7

+ TARA RTTY Melee

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 6

+ ARRL EME Contest

0000Z, Dec 6 to 2359Z, Dec 7

+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint

0600Z-0629Z, Dec 6 and
  0630Z-0659Z, Dec 6 and
  0700Z-0729Z, Dec 6 and
  0730Z-0800Z, Dec 6

+ VU International DX Contest

1200Z, Dec 6 to 1200Z, Dec 7

+ TOPS Activity Contest

1600Z, Dec 6 to 1559Z, Dec 7

+ EPC Ukraine DX Contest

2000Z, Dec 6 to 1959Z, Dec 7

+ AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party

2300Z, Dec 6 to 2300Z, Dec 7 and
  2300Z, Dec 13 to 2300Z, Dec 14

+ Ten-Meter RTTY Contest

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 7

+ SARL Digital Contest

1300Z-1600Z, Dec 7

+ CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run

2100Z-2259Z, Dec 7

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Dec 10

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 10

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Dec 10 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 10 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Dec 11

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 12

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 12

+ ARRL 10-Meter Contest

0000Z, Dec 13 to 2400Z, Dec 14

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Dec 13 to 2400Z, Dec 14

+ International Naval Contest

1600Z, Dec 13 to 1559Z, Dec 14

+ QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint

2000Z-2359Z, Dec 14

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Dec 17

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 17

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Dec 17 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 17 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Dec 18

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 19

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 19

+ Russian 160-Meter Contest

2000Z-2400Z, Dec 19

+ AGB-Party Contest

2100Z-2400Z, Dec 19

+ OK DX RTTY Contest

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 20

+ Feld Hell Sprint

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 20

+ Lighthouse Christmas Lights QSO Party

0001Z, Dec 20 to 2359Z, Jan 4

+ Croatian CW Contest

1400Z, Dec 20 to 1400Z, Dec 21

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW

1800Z-2359Z, Dec 21

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0200Z-0400Z, Dec 22

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Dec 24

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Dec 24 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 24 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Dec 25

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 26

+ DARC Christmas Contest

0830Z-1059Z, Dec 26

+ RAC Winter Contest

0000Z-2359Z, Dec 27

+ World Wide Iron Ham Contest

1200Z, Dec 27 to 1159Z, Dec 28

+ Original QRP Contest

1500Z, Dec 27 to 1500Z, Dec 28

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge

1500Z, Dec 27 to 1500Z, Dec 28

+ RAEM Contest

0000Z-1159Z, Dec 28

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0200Z-0330Z, Dec 31

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Dec 31 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 31 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jan 1

 

 

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