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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA
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The presentation for the month of March will be presented by Bob Lilly W4BCU. This presentation will be another “show and tell” by Bob. All joking aside this meeting will be on the lines of the other one he did a short while back. He will have some radio parts for us to identify and tell what they are to be used for. Bob promises that this one wont be near as hard on "us appliance operators" Be sure and come out and see what Bob has in store for us.
Ben Morris, K4EDI and a task force of others continue to have VE Testing after each club meeting. After the meeting they promptly hold the test session from Tech thru Extra Class. If you have questions you may call Ben at 276-591-0102 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Ben and the others have an excellent passing rate so you might want to give them a try.
The dues for 2015 are now officially past due. The dues are fifteen dollars per year and they run from January 1,thru December 31 of the same year. You may give them to Toni Ward, Club Treasure at the meeting or you can write a check for fifteen dollars and mail it to: BARC C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee,37620. Thank you.
Two Meter Net
The Bristol Two Meter Net meets each Tuesday night at 900 P.M. on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, and no tones. This is the Bristol club repeater and it has excellent coverage around the Tri Cities area.Check in and see what Dale Barker KT4SQ is up to, he is usually the Net control station.
I have a Yaesu FT-2000 100 watt version with the DMU-2000 and the SP-2000 for sale. I am the orginal owner and it comes from a non smoking environment. The station is clean with one hard to see, light scratch on the face of the DMU. The radio has had all the firmware updates performed. The radio does have the Digital Voice recorder and ability to store CW memories as well. The radio has a sub receiver as well. This radio has many years of contesting and DX'ing left to go! If you are interested, please give me an email. Price at $2550 obo.
Ben/K4EDI- 276- 791 0102
ARRL International DX Phone
March 7 - 8
Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday
Virginia QSO Party
Saturday, 21 March 1400 UTC - Sunday, 22 March 0200 UTC
Sunday, 22 March 1200 UTC - 2400 UTC
CQ WPX Contest Dates
SSB: March 28-29, 2015
Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday
Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday
MacLoggerDX Version 5.59 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.59 of MacLoggerDX has been released.
What's New in this version:
• Added time-to-sunrise/sunset to Local Lookup.
• 2D Map centered on QTH Longitude.
• Added Find My Location button to Station Prefs.
• Added Club Log Delete QSO command.
• Added processSpot AppleScript command.
• Added extra_cluster Application.
• Added merge log escape key break.
• Fixed DXCluster spot time bug.
• Fixed DXCluster unicode comments bug.
• Fixed FlexRadio SmartSDR open/close bug.
• Fixed Band Plan mode bug.
• Fixed Change Selected Log Entries bug with large logs.
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Organizing and filtering the spots from your favourite DX Cluster for DXing, Contesting or casual 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.
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US hams track down indoor marijuana growers causing radio interference
US ham radio operators are helping police catch indoor marijuana growers who are causing RFI interference.
An article in the February 4 Police One magazine says
"Reports have begun to flood into the National Association for Amateur Radio about interference with their ham radios from their neighbor’s marijuana grows. The most complaints come from California and Colorado, for obvious reasons. Many ham radio operators began to see a correlation with marijuana grows and this RFI.
One amateur radio operator located five marijuana grows near his house due to RFI alone! Many ham operators can locate a grow simply by taking a radio and portable antennae out into their neighborhood and using the radio to triangulate the exact location of the grow.
Experimental Licenses Reveals Interesting HF Data Comm Experiments
If you thought BPL was a potential nightmare, check out this report!
Permission to operate in the 80, 60, 40, 30 and 20 meter ham bands with signals of 5 kHz to 1 MHZ (!) bandwidth and power levels of 6 - 122 watts. With REAL antennas, not power lines.
The ARRL has already responded. See their web site for details.
WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY APRIL 18TH
The theme of World Amateur Radio Day 2015 will be the International Telecommunications Union and the International Amateur Radio Union Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing the Telecommunication Art.
Each year on April 18th radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day, which happens to be the date way back in 1925 when the International Amateur Radio Union was founded. As such World Amateur Radio Day activities and special events are an opportunity to spread the word about what radio amateurs are doing in the 21st century.
And as this is considered to be one of amateur radio's most important annual events, several IARU member societies and associated clubs are expected to sponsor special event stations on the weekend to mark the occasion.
GRENEDA BY J38NN AND J38MM IN MAY
In DX up-front, W6NN and KE1B will be operating as J38NN and J38MM, respectively, from Grenada between May 23rd and the 31st. Activity will probably be holiday-style using a single station with 100w watts and a Buddipole antenna system on 40 through 10 including 30, 17 and 12 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. If they have Internet access, they will probably upload logs to ClubLog on a daily basis. QSLs go via their home callsigns as listed on QRZ.com or via by the bureau. Electronic QSL's are via Logbook of the World and eQSL.
FCC ASKS FUNDING FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS
The FCC says that it may have to move to a new headquarters in the Washington, DC, area and that it needs funding to make this happen. This came to light when the administration asked for $388,000,000 for Fiscal Year 2016 in the President's budget, which is what the FCC had proposed.
That amount is up from the more than 375 million dollars it asked for in Fiscal Year 2015 and is attributable almost entirely the what the FCC says it needs to either move to a new headquarters or re-stacking the current space given the expiration of its lease. Doing either should save the FCC $119 million over 15 years, the agency says.
The FCC's budget is entirely covered by regulatory fees, in addition to which the commission will be generating billions for the treasury through its ongoing spectrum auctions.
IRAN LAUNCHES 4TH HAM RADIO PAYLOD
PA0DLO reports that the Iranian Fajr satellite has an amateur radio band telemetry downlink on 437.538 MHz. PA0DLO says that the bird also carries a camera for Earth observations and should have and a command uplink in the 144 to146 MHz amateur radio band.
The Iranian satellite Fajr or ‘Dawn’ was launched on February 2nd at 08:50 UTC from the Imam Khomeini Space Center. The 50 kilogram bird was carried to space on a Safir launcher into an initial orbit of 223 km by 470 km with an inclination of 55.5°.
This is Iran’s fourth satellite and has propulsion in the form of a cold gas thruster. Presumably the thruster will be used to circularize the orbit at around 470 km which may give it a lifetime of over a year.
NO US ARISS OPERATIONS NOV 5 TO DEC 6
From November 5th to December 6th there will be no United States operational segment hams on board the International Space Station. Because of this, any school contacts during this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia team.
Also, ARISS is always happy to receive listener reports for these contacts and thanks everyone for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n (at) amsat (dot) org or aj9n (at) aol (dot) com.
ROTARY CELEBRATES ITS 110TH BIRTHDAY
The service organization Rotary International will be celebrating its founding 110 years ago with ham radio operators taking part by using the special event callsign VI110ROTARY that will be heard from Australia for three months.
Rotarians of Amateur Radio or ROAR will launch the special callsign from New South Wales Central Coast on Sunday, February 22nd possibly using a new software defined radio. Suggested operating frequencies include 7 dot 118, 14 dot 295.2 and 21 dot 295 MHz and these will be on from various locations around Australia during the course of the operation.
The Rotary International fellowship and amateur radio have a long-standing and very cordial relationship. According to Jim Linton, VK3PC, similar events may also be planned in other countries as well.
END OF BBC WORLD SERVICE ON 1323 KHZ
BBC World Service Eastern Mediterranean English language operation will end medium wave radio services on 1323 kHz on April 25th. The region affected includes Israel, much of Lebanon, Cyprus and southern Turkey. Audiences in the region will be able to listen to BBC World Service English service 24 hours day through the direct-to-home Eutelsat 13 satellite or over the internet at BBCWorldservice.com
PUTTING THE INTERNET INTO EARTH ORBIT
Space exploration company Virgin Galactic and chip-maker Qualcomm have announced their backing of a venture called OneWeb. Their idea is to put 648 satellites in orbit about 750 miles above Earth's surface, where the RF round trip time is just a few thousands of a second, Both companies say that this is an apropos altitude for any online application.
But the two companies are not alone. Not to be outdone, SpaceX immediately announced its own plan to do the same, but upping the numbers by building and launching 4000 satellites to a similar altitude.
While some form of radio communications might seem to be the obvious form of connection between Earthbound users and a satellite system, other systems are also under consideration. This includes a possible optical communications infrastructure.
No matter what is decided, the concept makes for an interesting expansion of high speed Internet access. An in-depth article on these proposals and other ideas can be found in an article in New Scientist magazine. Its on the web at tinyurl.com/mqjbgpv
NEW PHONE PROCESSOR CHIP ANNOUNCED
Chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, has unveiled new technology for mobile devices that it says will be much faster while using less energy. The company, whose designs are built into more than 95% of smartphones, says more than 10 companies have licensed its new Cortex A-72 processor design. The new technology is expected to be used in phones delivered to customers in 2016.
ARM, based in Cambridge, England, says the new processor design is 3.5 times as fast as the ARM technology used in most smartphones sold in 2014. The company expects most chips based on the design to be manufactured using an advanced production process from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION
With the K1N Navassa Island operation now over, Heard Island appears to be the next up as far as top 10 Most Wanted entities in the DXCC Program's list. With the story from Down Under, here is Graham Kemp VK4BB...
[Graham:] Heard will also rise to number 4 in the DX Publications Most Wanted List, but this is, of course, always subject to change due to those who participate in the poll each year. It will be number five in the Clublog Most Wanted List but this also changes based on those who upload their log files,.
Based on this need, the next Heard Operation sponsored by Cordell Expeditions is tentatively scheduled for the 2015 southern hemisphere summer. The voyage to the island is scheduled for November 10th to December 22nd with actual operation running from about November 22nd to December 8th. The callsign to be used will be VK0EK.
Heard Island was last activated eighteen years ago back in 1997. Before that an operation from Heard was part of a 1980's era scientific expedition chronicled in the Australian theatrical motion picture to the White Volcano. On that expedition the scientific team relied totally on the ham radio operators for communications with the outside world.
In DX, JR1JYR will be active as V63JYR from Phonpei in the Federated State of Micronesia between March 5th and the 11th. Operation will be on 20 through 10 meters including 17 and 12 meters using mainly CW, SSB and the digital modes. QSL via JR1JYR direct or electronically using Logbook of the World.
7K2TTJ will be operational as T88YD from Palau between March 14 and 18th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
DL9NBJ will be active stroke PJ2 from Curacao through March 10th using an Elecraft KX3 with 12 watts into a vertical wire dipole. Listen out for him on the High Frequency bands operating CW and SSB. Skeds are possible by making arrangements using E-mail or Echolink. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.
DF2WO will be on the air signing XT2AW from Burkiuna Faso between May 20th and June 25th. Activity will be holiday style on CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.
Lastly, Members of the Belgian International Police Association Radio Club will be active as HB0 stroke OO6P from Lichtenstein between June 21st and the 26th. Their operation will be on 160 through 6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL 's go via ON6ZV.
K6W WAKE ISLAND SEPTEMBER 4 - 19
Down the calendar a bit, AG6IP will be active as K6W on Wake Island between September 4th and the 19th. His operation is to celebrate the 70th anniversary and memorial of the “End Battle of Wake Island.” His operation will be on 80 through 6 meters SSB. Look for more details including QSL routing as it gets closer to the beginning of the operation. SM6CPY will be on the air as 99X0PY from Kigali Rwanda through March 2nd. Operations will definitely be on 20 through 10 meters with the possibly of some signals on 160 and 40 meters as well. QSL direct to his home callsign or via the bureau.
H8PHT will be active between March 11th and the 15th as AH0KT from the rental shack on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Island. Activity will be on the High Frequency bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB, the Digital modes. He also plans to try 10 meter AM and FM on 29 dot 600 MHz only. QSL via his home callsign.
Three operators from Poland will activate Kathmandu, Nepal between March 18th and the 30th. The callsign will be announced later. Operators mentioned are SP2FUD, SP9FIH and SQ9CNN. The operations actual call will be announced at a later date at 9n dot dxpeditions dot org.
DK5ON will be active stroke A6 from the United Arab Emerates between March 18th and the 27th. His operation will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
LU1FM, will be operational as 5-J-zero-B from San Andres Island between March 21st and April 4th. Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters using SSB and the digital modes. He also plans to participate in CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest on March 28th and 29th. QSL via his home callsign.
Last but by no means least, F5RAV, will be active as as C5LT from Kololi in The Gambia between October 20th to the 27th. Operations will be on 40 through 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and possibly CW. QSL direct only via F5RAV.
+ NSARA Contest1200Z-1600Z, Mar 1 and
1800Z-2200Z, Mar 1
+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest1200Z-1400Z, Mar 1
+ North Carolina QSO Party1500Z, Mar 1 to 0059Z, Mar 2
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data2000Z-2130Z, Mar 2+ ARS Spartan Sprint0200Z-0400Z, Mar 3+ AGCW YL-CW Party1900Z-2100Z, Mar 3+ QRP Fox Hunt0200Z-0330Z, Mar 4
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Mar 4 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 4 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 5
+ AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest2300Z, Mar 4 to 2300Z, Mar 5 and
2300Z, Mar 7 to 2300Z, Mar 8
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest1800Z-1900Z, Mar 5 (CW) and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 5 (SSB) and
2000Z-2100Z, Mar 5 (FM) and
2100Z-2200Z, Mar 5 (Dig)
+ QRP Fox Hunt0200Z-0330Z, Mar 6
+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 7 to 2400Z, Mar 8
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint0600Z-0629Z, Mar 7 and
0630Z-0659Z, Mar 7 and
0700Z-0729Z, Mar 7 and
0730Z-0800Z, Mar 7
+ UBA Spring Contest, CW0700Z-1100Z, Mar 8
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest1100Z-1700Z, Mar 8
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 11
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Mar 11 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 11 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 12
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW2000Z-2130Z, Mar 11
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 13
+ F9AA Cup, SSB1200Z, Mar 14 to 1200Z, Mar 15
+ AGCW QRP Contest1400Z-2000Z, Mar 14
+ EA PSK63 Contest1600Z, Mar 14 to 1600Z, Mar 15
+ Idaho QSO Party1900Z, Mar 14 to 1900Z, Mar 15
+ North American Sprint, RTTY0000Z-0400Z, Mar 15
+ UBA Spring Contest, 2m0700Z-1100Z, Mar 15+
Wisconsin QSO Party1800Z, Mar 15 to 0100Z, Mar 16
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest0200Z-0400Z, Mar 16
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 18+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Mar 18 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 18 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 19
+ NAQCC CW Sprint0030Z-0230Z, Mar 19
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB2000Z-2130Z, Mar 19
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 20
+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest0200Z, Mar 21 to 0200Z, Mar 23
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest1000Z, Mar 21 to 1000Z, Mar 22
+ Russian DX Contest1200Z, Mar 21 to 1200Z, Mar 22
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest1400Z-1700Z, Mar 21 (144) and
1700Z-1800Z, Mar 21 (432)
+ Feld Hell Sprint1700Z-1859Z, Mar 21
+ UBA Spring Contest, SSB0700Z-1100Z, Mar 22
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 25
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Mar 25 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 25 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 26
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Mar 27
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 28 to 2400Z, Mar 29