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The Next Meeting  *** November 5, 2015  at 7 PM 

 Location: *** Bristol Regional Medical Center - Lower level. , Bristol TN

Program presdented by: *** Mr. Ben Morris K4EDI. The topic: Station Automation


Meeting for November
The meeting for November will be the election of new officers for 2016. This is an extremely important meeting so you need to try and be present! Otherwise you may become an officer and you don’t want it. Also at this meeting Ben Morris, K4EDI will do a presentation on Station Automation: How to Allow Your Computer to Assist You To Make More Q's.

Club Dues
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now accepting the dues for 2016. The dues are fifteen dollars and run from January 1 thru December 31 of the same year. You may give your club dues to Toni at the club meeting or you can mail them to: BARC C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620.
Thank You.

VE Test Session
Ben Morris, K4EDI and his gang of test administers give a test after each club meeting. Ben and the guys run one of the best testing sessions in the Tri Cities area. If you know someone who is going to upgrade their license or if you know someone who is testing for the first time have them give old Ben a call. They do Tech thru Extra Class. Ben can be reached at: and by phone at: 276/791/0102.

Jim Skeen Article
Jim Skeen K4IZ (former WA4NEC) was a gracious and wonderful gentleman that I had the brief pleasure of getting to know.  I got to meet Jim for the first time in late 2013 when he attended a couple of club meetings and actually presented a great program on the history of the club and the people who got BARC going in the early days.  Jim had wonderful pictures and did all of this at age 86 at the time.  I could tell the first time that I met Jim, that he embodied the true “spirit” of ham radio.  We lost Jim back on September 12th, just a few days shy of his 88th birthday.  Jim will be missed by me and members of our club that actually go back through the years with Jim.  I wanted to include a short editorial that Jim contributed to the BARC Newsletter, QRM in 1965.  I spoke to Jim about his editorial and asked his permission this past February to run it at some point.  I feel now is an appropriate time to honor him and reprint his thoughts called “The Heart of Amateur Radio”.

The Heart of Amateur Radio By Jim Skeen WA4NEC/K4IZ
No endeavor of man escapes becoming a part of his spiritual make-up.  Everything we do contributs to the shaping of our character, the hobby of Amateur Radio is no exception.
    ‘Hamming’ is a neighbor rousing, divorce-provoking, finger burning wonderful past time; To those who have an inquiring mind, it offers many answers, it is a friend to those who are patient, a monster to those who disobey the rules, and an inspiration to our younger folk.  Such a thing MUST have a heart.
    For the fellow who builds his own gear the heart is seen in a strange way.  His project will, most likely, work if he has followed good building rules...this is not the idea at all.  The fun is in the building because he keeps right on building.
    To the DX’er or rag chewer, the heart is filled with new names, people and places.  He enjoys the endless hours of conversation and from it he gets under standing.
    The traffic and net operators have the hardest and most unselfish task.  They work with the feeling that is close to the heart...public service.
    We may, at times, think we are pretty big, but remember there are over two hundred thousand people like us in this country.  Their hearts are filled by the same measure as our own.  In all our getting, then let us get tolerance for one another.  May the day come when our publications in this field refrain from publishing letters from readers who call each other “riff-raff” and “idiots”.
    A giant emerges from the collective ideas of all these people.  It has it’s own heart beating with eagerness as a novice, with determination as a General, and with experience as an Extra.  When we draw from our ranks those who can lead, those who are willing to give, and those with the faith of an elephant on a mouse ranch...we won’t have to worry about the future of this’s people after all that make it worth while.  73,  Jim.

Bristol Two Meter Net
Every Tuesday Night at 9:00 PM there is a net called each and every Tuesday on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones. This is one of the oldest nets on the East Coast. Be sure and check in.

BARC Club Competition Calendar for November
November 2015
7-9       ARRL November Sweepstakes CW
21-23   ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone
28-29  CQ WW CW

Ham Radio Deluxe News: Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.3.429 Released

HRD Software, LLC announces the release of Version today. This is a maintenance release for HRD that addresses a variety of bug fixes as well as enhancement additions. Everyone that has purchased HRD will get the bug fixes at no charge.
In this latest release, developers addressed various issues including fixing issues with the Flex 6500 via SmartSDR and the KX3 where the internal antenna tuner inside Rig Control was disabled from use of the power slider. The Rotor Control now allows +/- 180 degree offset and there are various fixes within Digital Master. Details of all updates are available as release notes on the download page of our website. Customers are invited to download this current version at
Please note, the sales and support offices will be closed on Monday October 12th in observance of Columbus Day and will re-open on Tuesday.
As always, Ham Radio Deluxe is free to try before you buy for 30 days. During the month of October try the software for free and then take advantage of the savings with the code “halloween” (no caps!!) to save 10% - this special is good for both new and renewal plans. Try it today!
Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.3 at
HRD Paid support:
HRD Peer Support Forum:
HRD YouTube Channel:

More than 50 ham radio stations throughout the United States will be on the air beginning Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday Oct. 18 as special event stations marking the 76th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The stations will operate mainly with 1 x 1 calls from lighthouses, battleships, vessels and other venues, using both voice and digital modes, including CW and PSK-31.
Participating stations include N7B, a mobile station near the Alki Light House in Seattle, Washington; N3G, operating portable CW & PSK-31 from Augustine Beach, Delaware and NJ2BB, the Battleship New Jersey.

Pro. Maps has become the new North American distributor of the Folding Antennas line of hexagon beam antennas, commonly known as "hexbeams."
The Folding Antenna Hexagon Beam is a completely portable antenna that allows Amateur Radio operators to quickly and efficiently deploy the 20 meter through 6 meter hexbeam in about 20 minutes.
The Folding Antenna Hexagon Beam antenna will be offered for sale through the website.
In addition to sales of the antenna, partially assembled kits will also be available. Prior to starting CQmaps, James Viars / N4EGA, was the U.S. assembler of the Folding Antenna in 2014. This hands-on experience resulted in detailed knowledge of the antenna and allowed Viars to assist customers and answer questions regarding antenna construction.
I'd especially like to thank Michael Falk / DM2DLG owner of, and Scott Robbins / W4PA, owner of Vibroplex LLC., for allowing this new opportunity to transpire.

CQmaps - Professional Maps for Amateur Radio, is a veteran owned and Tennessee based company that specializes in Amateur Radio mapping products. With more than a decade of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography, CQmaps offers the ham radio community a ever growing selection of station maps to suit every need.

Log4OM update now ready to go
Version 1.23 of the free logging software Log4OM has been released and includes the following new features
• Favourite memory feature
• Aide Memoire for tuner and amplifier settings
• Alternate QRG font layout as an option
• Ability to add a custom note in the program log (realtime log screen) to mark specific activities in the log for better view
• Multiple instances of Log4OM can now run together from different folders (multiple Portable editions and max one installed edition)
• Enable selection of the message in labels from comment/note/qslmessage
• Added ability to export ADIF in a simplified version
• Enable merge for massive award reference import
• Country specific band plans
• New function that rescans log to find orphaned award references and reconnect with the correct one
• Option to MERGE awards when importing from ARRL CSV file
• Show frequency in manual QSL input screen
• Added <DELAY> command to cluster login script to add 1 sec delay each between commands for CDXC Cluster
• eQSL retrieved with fixed extension not following user requirements
• LOTW members list filter's Maximum age (last upload seen) set to 1 year
Download the program and user guides from

Any ham who’s ever been an Elmer to another ham knows that, to be truly helpful, you sometimes have to be willing to go the distance. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Stephen Kinford spoke with one ham who did just that – going many hundreds of miles, in fact, as part of a team of Elmers helping young hams in Ethiopia.
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, is an electrical engineer and a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club near his home in Stafford, Virginia. But sometimes you can catch him on operating out of the ET3AA club station in Ethiopia where he has been part of a team that includes Bob Schenck, N-2-OH-OH (N2OO), of the Old Barney Amateur Radio Club in XXXX. The veteran radio amateurs have been lending moral and technical support to the 20 or so students at Addis Ababa University’s Institute of Technology. Claerbout had already been traveling to Ethiopia on business more than two years ago when he first heard that the student hams needed a helping hand.
Basic mentoring, in this case, meant helping the students prepared to test for licenses and to fix or replace equipment, even getting donations.
The licensing issue remains, for now unresolved. In Ethiopia, where ham radio licenses are rare, the government will only issue a license to the club, not to the students themselves. Many of them instead have U.S. licenses. There are, unfortunately, some things that even the best of Elmers can’t fix. But Clearbout and his team are working on it. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio.

A recent report from the International Amateur Radio Union has put radio amateurs on alert to some new and persistent sources of interference on the bands. An increasing amount of Russian military traffic has turned up at 40 meters and 20 meters, according to the September newsletter from the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System. Monitors in Europe reported strong daily interference and frequent splatter in particular in Gorodezh on 14.108 MHz from a Russian over-the-horizon radar, and found the Russian Navy using FM CW frequently on 14.192 MHz. Other monitors, based in Germany, reported Chinese over-the-horizon radars operating on other bands, including 75 meters. Region 1 monitors have also detected interference from Spanish fishing vessels on all bands, and an interfering transmission from a beacon in Kazakhstan on 7027.5 kHz, sent as a continuous letter “V.” European-based monitors have also detected interference on 10 meters, as transmissions between taxi dispatchers and drivers.
Wolf Hadel, D-K-2-OH-M (DK2OM), a coordinator and monitor with the program, has told members of the Rusk County Amateur Radio Club in East Texas that Russian and Iranian over-the-horizon operations are among the worst offenders, especially on 20 meters.

The man who could be called the father of single sideband on amateur radio is a silent key. Wes Schum, W9DYV passed away last week at the age of 94. Wes Schum founded Central Electronics in 1949, the first product that Central Electronics manufactured was a hearing aid device.
But radio was what Wes envisioned for CE. He had a budding interest in single sideband during World War II. He and colleague Joe Batchelor began development of amateur SSB transmitters for use on 75 meters. The Central Electronics 10-A exciter, the company's first amateur product, is credited for being amateur radio's first practical SSB transmitter.
Wes's story is best told by those who knew him well. One of those is Nick Tusa, K5EF. Nick shared with Ham Nation viewers how he and Wes Schum met and struck up a decades long friendship.

With seasonal storms very much in the headlines – and weighing on everyone’s mind – the National Weather Service is looking for Connecticut area radio amateurs to train as weather-watchers. A SKYWARN course is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to teach proper reporting of hazardous conditions to relay to the weather service. SKYWARN’s national network of volunteer weather spotters will provide the training and certification following the two-hour class in the East Hampton, Connecticut Middle School Library. Trainees will learn to report developing thunderstorms as well as assess weather conditions such as heavy snow, rain and flooding. Those completing the course receive a Spotter ID card and a certificate. The course is sponsored by the East Hampton Community Emergency Response Team and the town’s Emergency Management department. Seating is limited to 70.
To register, send an email to and include your name, phone number and email address.

In the latest in a series of online security issues affecting hams around the world, the Radio Society of Great Britain reports a breach that has affected users’ passwords on the website for RSGB’s Islands on the Air. A bug in the online code was apparently exploited, allowing the intruder to reset the passwords of all the website’s users, which prevented anyone from logging in.
Immediately following the Sept. 27 breach, IOTA issued a statement of reassurance saying, QUOTE “There is no sign in the system logs that any data was read or that personal data was compromised.”ENDQUOTE The website has been encouraging users to change their passwords and to contact them directly with any additional concerns.

Perry Williams, W1UED, a veteran ARRL staffer and the League’s former Washington Coordinator, became a Silent Key on Sept. 25. Williams’ tenure with the League included a stint in Washington, D.C., speaking on Capitol Hill on behalf of amateur radio, assisting the ARRL’s general counsel, and communicating with the FCC on behalf of the League.
The Unionville, Connecticut, ham had worked for the ARRL for four decades before retiring in 1994, the same year he was named Dayton Hamvention’s Amateur of the Year. In 2002, he returned as part-time archivist, a position he held until 2011.
Remarking on Williams’ decades of contributions, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ said, QUOTE“If Perry didn’t know something about ARRL history, it wasn’t worth knowing.”ENDQUOTE Williams died just weeks before what would have been his 87th birthday.

Hoping for streamlined service under the FCC’s Universal Licensing System’s electronic batch filing, hams are growing impatient and disappointed. The FCC’s IT staff has been looking into why, despite the website’s server switchover in early September, recent VEC license and examination files aren’t being processed. The ARRL’s VEC Manager, Maria Somma, AB1FM, said her office has been pressing the FCC to correct the situation which she said came as QUOTE“a bit of a surprise.”
She said even the license search function was only working sporadically. Stay tuned. And continue to stand by

License applicants, welcome to the age of paperless paperwork: In keeping with its announcement earlier this year, FCC has stopped printing and mailing license documents as part of its plan to economize and streamline. And that has made things busier than ever at the ARRL’s VEC.
VEC Manager, Maria Somma, A-B-ONE-F-M, (AB1FM), says her offices are receiving three times the number of calls from amateurs who may be confused about the change, or need additional information on how to get copies of their license. Somma has responded by creating a web page called “Obtain License Copy,” which walks website visitors through the ways to receive an official document from the FCC. She also recommends that amateurs wanting a license copy call the FCC directly at 877-480-3201 and select option 4 from the menu.

If you use an email alias and the ARRL email forwarding service, be on the lookout for a phishing scam. A number of ARRL members have reported to the League that they received an email from “Arrl Webmail Admin” with “account upgrade” in the subject line. The email requests such personal information as user names and passwords, and includes a bogus message telling the recipient that the accounts are being removed and upgraded to an enhanced service. The ARRL emphatically states this is not an official message and is cautioning recipients of these emails.

Andy Shefrin, KB1YHB, the ARRL’s IT Infrastructure and Operations Manager, says: QUOTE“The ARRL is aware of this phishing scheme and is working to block the sender’s email address at our upstream provider. As with any emails of unknown origin, do not open or reply.”ENDQUOTE
In short, ignore it. If you do develop problem with e-mail forwarding, contact the ARRL IT Department. And be careful out there.

Changes are coming to two European amateur radio licensing systems. In the UK, starting on Oct. 1, amateur radio license exams will be overseen by the Radio Society of Great Britain, which is picking up the responsibility from the Radio Communications Foundation.
The RGSB has been assuring applicants that nothing, other than that, will really change. A recent statement says: QUOTE “The same people will be doing the same things; they will just be reporting to the RSGB Board instead of the RCF. This will free the RCF Trustees to concentrate on their charitable work and will further streamline the administration of the examinations, building on the foundation established over the last 8 years.” The tests had been given by the RCF since 2007.
The RGSB concludes its statement by saying: QUOTE “Examinations will continue to be available to all, regardless of RSGB membership, and these changes will have minimal impact on the conduct of the examinations at local level.”
In the meantime, the formerly free licenses issued in The Netherlands are now subject to a fee of 31 euros. The Dutch government announced the imposition of the new fee on Budget Day, Sept. 15. The move is being protested by the Dutch radio communications agency, VERON.

We’re barely into autumn but already the Intrepid DX Group is thinking ahead to January 2016. That’s when the radio operators are heading to South Sandwich/South Georgia on their next DXpedition. These are coveted spots, with the South Sandwich Islands being Number 3 on ClubLog’s Most Wanted DXCC List, and South Georgia Number 8.
Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said the team expects to arrive on South Sandwich on Jan. 17, weather permitting, and will spend 10 days there operating as VP8STI, before moving on to South Georgia Island, where they will operate as VP8SGI beginning Feb. 1.
Ewing told the ARRL that the South Sandwich operation is a top consideration: QUOTE “Our main priority is to make a great impact to the need for South Sandwich contacts, and we will sacrifice our time at South Georgia to ensure that we make that impact from South Sandwich.”

November 2015


+ High Speed Club CW Contest

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

+ Phone Fray

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

+ NCCC Sprint


+ IPARC Contest, CW

+ Ukrainian DX Contest

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

+ NA Collegiate ARC Championship, CW

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

+ IPARC Contest, SSB

+ EANET Sprint

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

+ Phone Fray


+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

+ NCCC Sprint

+ WAE DX Contest, RTTY

+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, Digital

+ JIDX Phone Contest

+ OK/OM DX Contest, CW


+ Kentucky QSO Party

+ CQ-WE Contest

+ Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment Party

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

+ Phone Fray

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

+ NCCC Sprint


+ YO International PSK31 Contest

+ SARL Field Day Contest

+ LZ DX Contest

+ All Austrian 160-Meter Contest

+ Feld Hell Sprint

+ NA Collegiate ARC Championship, SSB

+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB

+ RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest, CW

+ SKCC Sprint


+ Phone Fray

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

+ NCCC Sprint

+ ARRL EME Contest

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW


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