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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA
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Meeting for April
The program for the month of April will be presented by Bob Lilly,W4BCU.
Bob’s presentation will be titled MOPA and he says that is not Italian for mop either. I have no clue what Bob has in store for us and everyone will have to come out and hear it for themselves. I even asked Bob what it was about and he replied "if I tell you then I will have to kill you". Everyone please come out and listen to Bob, that’s the only way to find out what MOPA is all about.
Club Dues for 2014
The club dues for 2014 are now officially four months late. Your dues are important to the BARC for Field Day, repeater maintenance, and other expenses. Please help by paying your dues at the next club meeting or by mailing a check for fifteen dollars to: BARC C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Thanks
The Dale and Chris Show
Each Tuesday night at 9:00 PM there is a net called on the Bristol Repeater, It is held on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones and it is called The Bristol Two Meter net. Many people don't realize it but the net is one of the oldest nets in the East. It is now run by Dale Barker, KT4SQ, and Chris Brooks, K4XMN. You never know what these two are up to so try to check in and help keep them on the straight and narrow.
Testing April 3rd
We had a successful test session at our March meeting with 4 candidates sitting for their exams and all 4 earning a new ham license. We will continue this at our April 3rd meeting and conduct the tests immediately following the meeting. We provide testing on Tech, General, and Extra. Cost for the exam is $15. Correct change is appreciated. Please bring a photo ID and a second form of ID. If you are upgrading, we will need a photocopy of your current license. If you know of anyone in the area wishing to test, let them know of our service. Also, try and let Ben Morris K4EDI know that you would like to test, so that we have the right amount of VE’s on hand to make things run efficiently. Any questions, email Ben at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-791-0102.
No planned activities but I recommend the "Georgia QSO Party" for those who would like to get in a little practice.
DARC NOTES DECLINE IN NUMBER OF GERMAN AMATEUR LICENSEES
The German national amateur radio society, the DARC, reports the number of amateur radio licenses in that nation fell by 3.2% in 2013. As of last December 31st there were 68,191 amateur radio licenses as opposed to 70,446 at the end of 2012 and 71,659 at the close of 2011. The total including Club Stations, repeaters, beacons and special calls and training calls was 75,031 at the end of 2013 versus 77,089 in 2012 and 78109 as 2011 drew to a close.
This says the DARC shows a continuing the pattern of steady decline in recent years.
Nor did the number of new people joining the hobby did show a hoped for increase in 2013 with only 829 receiving an amateur radio certificate and 724 in 2012. DARC says that these figures fall far short of the number needed to stabilize the nations amateur population. The DARC say the number of exam participants were 909 in 2013 and 804 in 2012.
But there may be some light at the end of this downward tunnel. According to the DARC educational training callsigns showed an increase in 2013 with 2711 DN calls issues. That's 183 more than in 2012 when only 2528 were issued. The German DN calls are held by amateur radio educators and are used by unlicensed people operating under the direct control of those trainers.
NEW RULES PROPOSED FOR HAM RADIO IN BELGIUM
Hams in Belgium appear on the verge of getting some new regulations. On Tuesday, February 19, the Belgium national society the UBA met with the regulator the nations telecommunications regulator to discuss what is known as a the forthcoming Royal Decree or RD for radio amateurs expected out later this year. Among the proposed changes are the disconnecting from holding an operator license which is valid for 5 years and a transmitting station license for which there will be an annual tax. The intention is that the total cost remains unchanged for most radio amateurs but a lot less expensive for those who do not own station or who just want to use a club station. Te full list of proposed changes are on the national society's website at tinyurl.com/BelgiumUBA (BelgiumUBA is spelled as one word).
GALILEO GPS CLOSES DOWN 23CM ATV REPEATER DB0QI
A new Global Positioning System headquarter in Germany has led to the closure of a pair of co-sited Amateur Television repeaters. On March 4th the owners of the Munich-based DB0QI repeaters operating analog on 1276 MHz and digital on 1291 MHz took them out of service after being informed by the nations Federal Network Agency that they were interfering with the operation of the Global Positioning System's Galileo Satnav Control Center. As elsewhere, the 23 cm band in Germany is allocated to radio amateurs only on a secondary use basis. So far no other ham radio operations in Germany have been affected.
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: HAM VIDEO COMMISSIONING STEPS 1 AND 2 SUCCESSFUL
Steps 1 and 2 of the commissioning of the new Ham Video transmitter system on board the International Space Station have been completed and deemed a total success.
Presently Ham Video is transmitting a blank image and no audio in what is being called configuration 1. The signal is on 2422 MHz with a Symbol rate 1.3. Blank transmission will then move to 2395 MHz at the same Symbol rate. These blank transmissions will continue until the next commissioning step which is planned April 12th.
Reports from ground stations during blank screen transmissions are welcome and will allow further analysis of their performance and radiation characteristics from the ISS. They can be filed on line at tinyurl.com/new-ariss-tv. Recordings of signals received during commissioning steps at Matera ground station will be made available on the British Amateur Television Club server
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: ARISS CONTACTS TO BE DELAYED
Due to the increased work load of Astronaut and ham radio operator Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, ARISS has had to move 3 schools back to its long term waiting list. Planners say that they hope to get all of them rescheduled and completed by this fall.
Also, there are also several other schools that are on the list for possible postponement to the fall season. This is because for the period from May 12th to June 15th there will be no licensed radio amateurs on-board the International Space Station.
FEMA CREATES WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS FAQ WEB PAGE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a new Frequently Asked Questions or F-A-Q web page dealing with alerts sent directly to wireless and mobile devices. The page answers such questions as what are Wireless Emergency Alerts and why they are important to the recipient. What types of alerts will be received; what such messages look like and more. The page appears to be a truly valuable asset to anyone involved in rescue radio or first response operations. Its on the web at
RESCUE RADIO: SALVATION ARMY PUTS NEW EDS SATERN STATION 'ON THE AIR'
The FCC has approved a new call sign for a recently created SATERN station located in the Salvation Army's Alabama-Louisiana -Mississippi Division's Emergency Disaster Services center. The new call of WB5ALM stands for William Booth 5 Alabama Louisiana Mississippi and is dedicated to William Booth who was the founder of the Salvation Army.
The WB5ALM call was activated for the first time on March 5th during a check-in to the International SATERN Net on 20 meter phone. SATERN, which is an acronym for Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, is the volunteer amateur radio communications arm of the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services.
DAVID CHARTOCK NEW HEAD OF ADVERTISING AT CQ
CQ Communications has announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company's advertising department, effective immediately. Chartock will guide CQ magazine's advertising sales as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital "hybrid" publication covering the entire communications hobby.
Chartock has more than 25 years' experience in publishing, both in editorial and sales positions. From 1989 to 2002, he was Editor-in-Chief and Web Content Editor of the trade magazine, New York Construction News. Since 2002, he has been an independent sales representative, working with start-up publications and the annual journal of New York's Concrete Industry Board. He can be contacted by e-mail to email@example.com
CROSSBAND REPEATER FROM BALLOON IN APRIL
The University of Akron Amateur Radio Club is planning to launch a high altitude balloon named UA-HABP2 on Saturday, April 12th at around 11am EDT. The payload includes a cross band FM repeater with its input on 438.050 MHz and an output of 145.600 MHz running 2 watts out. With the balloon expected to get as high as 80,000 feet, the repeater will have a projected coverage area exceeding 200 miles for a majority of the two to four hour flight. The balloon will also carry a slow scan television system as well as well as a telemetry downlink. For the latest information on this pending repeater near space project keep an eye on the w8upd.org website for updated launch info as well as real time tracking when the mission begins.
DX UP FRONT: XZ1Z FROM MYANMAR
In DX up front, word that JH1AJT will be in Myanmar for a Foundation for Global Children mission through March 21st. During that time he plans to be on the air as as XZ1Z from Sunday the 16th but only during his spare time. Activity would probably
be on high bands.
DX UP FRONT: 7P8Z FROM LESOTHO MARCH 28 AND 29
Also get ready for ZS4TX to be on the air as 7P8Z from Lesotho on March 28th and the 29th. Although this is mainly a VHF activation to explore possible F2 and Trans Equatorial Propagation openings on 6 meters, ZS4TX may also be active on 10 and 12 meter CW. The actual operating site is at 10,800 feet situated right next to the Afriski Resort which also claims to have the highest Restaurant and Pub in Africa. QSL as directed by the operator Still in Lesotho, news that EI7CC is on the air as as 7P8PB through April 3rd. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will only operate when circumstances permit. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World immediately upon his return to Ireland. QSL via EI7CC either direct or via the bureau
MARION ISLAND ACTIVATIONS
In DX up front, several sources are reporting that ZS1KX, will be leaving South Africa on April 2nd for the Marion Island. He has requested the callsign ZS8KX and expected to be active from the island in May. QSL direct to Gerard de Jong, P.O. Box 744, Wellington, 7654, South Africa.
Also from Marion Islands comes word that a female operator signing ZS8A, has been showing up on 28.650 MHz between 14:20 to16:00. Reports are that she handles QSLing via ClubLog.
Marion Island lies in the Southern Indian Ocean and is part of a two island group. It is only about 12 miles long by 7 ½ wide, and the two islands have a combined area of 196 square miles. Politically they form part of South Africa's Western Cape Province. (OPDX, Wikipedia)
DX UP FRONT: 6 METERS FROM GRENEDA IN JUNE
And if you are an aficionado of the 50 MHz band, then listen up. W9DR will be active on 6 meters as J38DR from Grenada between June 19th and July 1st. This operation will be located on the north shore of the island for a great launch angle to North America and Europe over the Atlantic Ocean. Operating frequencies will be 50.115 MHz SSB, 50.115.6 MHz CW as well as a breakable Beacon on 50.115.6 MHz running when no stations heard. Gear for this DXpedition will be a FlexRadio SDR-1500 driving a home built solid state water-cooled amplifier into a 5 element Yagi. If you manage to work him, QSL to W9DR at his home address. And we will have more DX news for you later on in this weeks newscast.
In DX, word that The Czech DXpedition team has organized an expedition to Togo. Preliminary date is near the end of September for approximately for 10 days. Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes. Operation during the CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest on September 27th and 28th will be a part of the operation. QSL via OK6DJ either direct, via the bureau, eQSL, Logbook of the World or using the OQRS on ClubLog.
Bill Moore, NC1L, at the ARRL Awards Desk says that the current T6DD from Afghanistan has been approved for DXCC credit. You can now begin claiming credit for this one.
JH3AEF will once again be active as A52EQW from Dochula Resort in Bhutan at the end of August or in early September. Other operators with him may include JH3AEF who will operate as A52AEF and JA3IVU with the call A52IVU. No modes or operating times were mentioned. QSL via each operator via his home callsign.
F5MNW will be operating stroke FR from Reunion Island through April 8th. Activity will be on the High Frequency bands using CW only. QSL via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau.
JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island between April 27th and May 11th. Operations will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ
Lastly, UA3AA is on the air from Nepal using the call 9N7AA until May 23rd. Activity has been on 160 through 10 meters using CW only. Unfortunately his current location suffers from some serious RFI issues that affect his ability to hear the calling stations. QSL direct only.
In DX, I1FQH is again active as 5V7DX from Kpalime Village in the central Togo. Word is that he will be there until late March on the top bands using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL to his home callsign either direct, via the bureau or Logbook of the World.
N5JC and N5JR will be active stroke HH2 from Haiti between March 25th and April 1st. Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters with a focus on CW, RTTY and the 30, 17 amd12 meter bands. QSL both callsigns via N5JR direct, via the bureau or electronically using Logbook of the World.
JA6WFM is now active as YS1/NP3J from San Salvador on 80 through 6 meters using CW and SSB. He will be there through the end of the year. QSL via EA5GL.
Lastly, N7QT, AB1UH, W4VAB and N7UN will be operational as 5J0X from San Andres Island between April 2nd and the 14th. Their activity will be primarily holiday style on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL direct to N7QT.
BA3AX and BD3AEO will be active slash B3 from Yuetuo Island between March 21st through the 24th. Their operation will be 20, 17 and 15 meters meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via BA3AX direct, via the bureau or usung Logbook of the World. More
information is on QRZ.com.
QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Apr 2
SARL 80m QSO Party
1700Z-2000Z, Apr 3
NRAU 10m Activity Contest
1800Z-1900Z, Apr 3 (CW) and
1900Z-2000Z, Apr 3 (SSB) and
2000Z-2100Z, Apr 3 (FM) and
2100Z-2200Z, Apr 3 (Dig)
QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Apr 4
15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest
0000Z, Apr 5 to 2359Z, Apr 6
LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest
0400Z-0800Z, Apr 5
QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party
1200Z, Apr 5 to 2359Z, Apr 6
PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest
1200-1800 local, Apr 5
Mississippi QSO Party
1400Z, Apr 5 to 0200Z, Apr 6
Texas State Parks on the Air
1400Z, Apr 5 to 0159Z, Apr 6
Missouri QSO Party
1400Z, Apr 5 to 0200Z, Apr 6 and
1400Z-2000Z, Apr 6
SP DX Contest
1500Z, Apr 5 to 1500Z, Apr 6
EA RTTY Contest
1600Z, Apr 5 to 1600Z, Apr 6
RSGB RoPoCo SSB
1900Z-2030Z, Apr 6
144 MHz Spring Sprint
1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 7
RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW
1900Z-2030Z, Apr 7
ARS Spartan Sprint
0100Z-0300Z, Apr 8
NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
0030Z-0230Z, Apr 9
NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Apr 11
JIDX CW Contest
0700Z, Apr 12 to 1300Z, Apr 13
OK/OM DX Contest, SSB
1200Z, Apr 12 to 1200Z, Apr 13
New Mexico QSO Party
1400Z, Apr 12 to 0200Z, Apr 13
EU Spring Sprint, CW
1600Z-1959Z, Apr 12
Georgia QSO Party
1800Z, Apr 12 to 2359Z, Apr 13
Hungarian Straight Key Contest
1500Z-1700Z, Apr 13
222 MHz Spring Sprint
1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 15
RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB
1900Z-2030Z, Apr 16
ARLHS Annual Spring Lites QSO Party
0001Z, Apr 17 to 2359Z, Apr 22
NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Apr 18
Holyland DX Contest
2100Z, Apr 18 to 2100Z, Apr 19
TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest
0000Z-2359Z, Apr 19
ES Open HF Championship
0500Z-0859Z, Apr 19
CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest
1200Z, Apr 19 to 2359Z, Apr 20
EU Spring Sprint, SSB
1600Z-1959Z, Apr 19
Michigan QSO Party
1600Z, Apr 19 to 0400Z, Apr 20
Ontario QSO Party
1800Z, Apr 19 to 1800Z, Apr 20
YU DX Contest
2100Z, Apr 19 to 1700Z, Apr 20
Low Power Spring Sprint
1400Z-2000Z, Apr 21
432 MHz Spring Sprint
1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 23
RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data
1900Z-2030Z, Apr 24
NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Apr 25
10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital
0001Z, Apr 26 to 2359Z, Apr 27
SP DX RTTY Contest
1200Z, Apr 26 to 1200Z, Apr 27
1300Z, Apr 26 to 1259Z, Apr 27
QRP to the Field
1500Z, Apr 26 to 0300Z, Apr 27
Florida QSO Party
1600Z, Apr 26 to 2159Z, Apr 27
BARTG Sprint 75
1700Z-2100Z, Apr 27