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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA
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Meeting For August
The meeting for August will be presented by Bob Lilly, W4BCU Bob’s presentation will be called Wood. Now normally I pretty much know what old Bob is thinking about but this time I am lost for words! I have no idea what the meeting is about or anything else. I do know that Bob has always put on a good presentation so I guess we will have to wait and see what he has prepared for us. Be sure to attend this meeting and see what he has in store for us .
OK after the brief break Ben Morris, K4EDI and the gang will be doing the VE Test after each club meeting Tech through Extra class. If you plan on upgrading or if you know some one who is or someone wanting to take the test for the first time. You can contact Ben by email: email@example.com or by phone at 276/791/0102. He will get back in touch with you.
Two Meter Net
On Tuesday night at 9:00 PM on the frequency of 146.670, minus split, no tones there will be held The Bristol Two Meter Net. It is one of the oldest running nets on the East Coast. Dale Barker, KT4SQ is the net Control Station.
Dale runs a real good net so take the time to check in and see what Dale has for us. If you would like to call the net or take turns with Dale calling the net once a week let Dale know or Adam Dye, AD4FF the club president. Thank You.
Bridgecom Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of a 220 MHz Handheld radio to the amateur radio market.
Introducing the BCH-220Handheld radio. It operates between 222-225 MHz, 1.25m, and features user selectable 5 or 2 Watts. Other features included: LCD Display, DTMFKeypad, 199 channels, 50 CTCSS/105 DCS, durable, good battery life, light weight at 230 grams and it is a perfect size to fit in the palm of your hand. For a full list of features and a specs visit http://www.bridgecomsystems.com/products/bch-220 or call 816-532-8451.
Bridgecom Systems, Inc. was established in 2004 and is located in Smithville, MO. We specialize in the development of communications equipment for land mobile radio and remote monitoring industries. Our first product to market was analog FM community repeater available in both UHF and VHF. Since that time, we developed an LTR controller and a new repeater series called the BCR available in UHF, 220 MHz and VHF. Bridgecom Systems signature product is called TL-NET. TL-NET is a multi-site wide area linking product that links RF sites including: LTR, conventional, digital, P25 and more. As a third-party developer for MOTOTRBO products, TL-NET also allows for various enhancements to MOTOTRBO digital repeaters operating in IP-Site connect mode.
In addition, we offer concept to reality engineering for your design and manufacturing needs. Our services include electronic and software engineering and complete turn-key communication solutions.
As the industry evolves we are committed to developing outstanding products that meet our customers' needs.
ARRL Dues to Rise in 2016
The Board approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016. In so doing, the Board adopted a recommendation of the Administration & Finance Committee. ARRL basic dues have been held at $39 a year since 2001. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said the League has done as much as it can to hold off a dues increase for more than a decade, but now it’s a necessity, not an option.
One of the most difficult decisions a membership organization faces is a dues increase,” he said. “Over the past 14 years we have managed to hold the increase in expenses to just 19 percent, against a US inflation rate of 32 percent over the same period,” he continued. “We have implemented operating efficiencies that allowed reducing the staff by 15 percent while expanding the range of services to members and to Amateur Radio as a whole. We created a development program, offering to those members who have greater financial capacity an opportunity to support their national association at a higher level.”
Enhanced membership services since 2001 include inauguration of Logbook of The World (LoTW); a digital edition of QST at no additional cost; expanded QST and video product reviews; upgraded public service support including the Ham Aid program, Emergency Communications Training, and the ARESÂ® E-Letter; the Education & Technology program and Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology, and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Sumner aid that advocacy on behalf of Amateur Radio has included relentless defense of Amateur Radio spectrum, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, and an increased awareness of the value of Amateur Radio on Capitol Hill.
Amateur Radio Enforcement Plan
The Board also directed the CEO, staff, and General Counsel to develop and, under the supervision of the Executive Committee, execute a plan to improve timely and visible enforcement in the Amateur Radio Service, most notably in the areas of RF interference from power lines and Part 15 and 18 lighting devices and malicious interference to HF net operations and VHF/UHF repeaters.
ARRL Complains to FCC About The Home Depot’s Marketing of RF Lighting Devices
The ARRL has filed a formal complaint with the FCC, alleging that The Home Depot retail chain has been marketing certain RF-ballast lighting devices in violation of FCC Part 18 rules. Accompanying the League’s July 14 letter to FCC Enforcement Bureau Spectrum Enforcement Division Chief Bruce Jacobs and Office of Engineering and Technology Laboratory Division Chief Rashmi Doshi was a 20-page report prepared by the ARRL Laboratory’s Mike Gruber, W1MG. His report outlines four instances in which ARRL investigated The Home Depot’s marketing and sale to consumers of non-consumer-rated RF lighting devices.
In three cases, The Home Depot sold non-consumer devices having far greater emission limits and intended for commercial use to consumers who specifically expressed plans to use the devices in residential settings. Although notices accompanying the store’s display and included with some devices purchased indicated that they were for commercial use, the information did not specify that the devices could not be used for residential purposes. In the case of products that did include such a notice, the information was not visible without opening the packaging.
“Clearly Home Depot’s marketing and sale of non-consumer ballasts is not adequate to ensure compliance with FCC Part 18 requirements,” Gruber’s report concluded. The ARRL asked the FCC to “investigate and commence an enforcement proceeding” regarding The Home Depot’s retail marketing and sale of RF lighting devices in the US.
Amateur Radio Satellite Pioneer’s Estate Will Boost ARRL Endowment Fund
The ARRL will benefit from the largess of the late Amateur Radio satellite pioneer Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (ex-W6HDO), and his late wife Mable Vierthaler. The League this month received the first major installment of its portion of the couple’s estate. Buttschardt also designated AMSAT to receive a similar share. Buttschardt died in 2006, and his wife in 2013. The funds will go into the ARRL Endowment Fund. ARRL Development Manager Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, has estimated that the ultimate gift will be in the vicinity of $280,000.
Buttschardt, a long-time Project OSCAR leader, AMSAT member, and ARRL Life Member lived in Morro Bay, California. He was 75 when he died on July 30, 2006. Just days before, the Project OSCAR Board of Directors awarded him with its Lifetime Achievement Award — its highest honor — for his contributions to Amateur Satellite Radio.
A native of the New York City area, Buttschardt graduated from San Jose State in California with a degree in electrical engineering. He served as a radioman in the US Navy and later worked at Raytheon and SRI. While at SRI, he joined the original project OSCAR and supported the construction of OSCAR 1, the first Amateur Radio satellite.
In 2001, while he was teaching at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, Buttschardt — with Ed English, W6WYQ — began work on the CubeSat project. After Buttschardt moved to Cal Poly, he and English continued to mentor students who were involved in developing the initial CubeSat designs.
“Cliff was a skilled and passionate radio amateur, as devoted to maintaining the traditions he valued as to exploring the frontiers of space communications,” said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ.
ARISS Offering Certificate for Receiving Apollo-Soyuz Mission SSTV Images
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th anniversary event, July 18-19. The ARISS team transmitted a series of 12 SSTV images related to the historical event. Apollo-Soyuz represented the first joint US-USSR mission, and it set the stage for later US-Russia collaboration on the space shuttle, Mir Space Station, and the ISS. The limited-edition certificate is available to all who apply by July 31.
Several dozen SSTV images — many of them received by stations in Europe and Asia — have been posted to the ARISS website.
During the Apollo-Soyuz coupling, NASA astronauts Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton, and Vance Brand in an Apollo Command and Service Module met Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov in a Soyuz capsule. The five collaborated on experiments, and the experience opened the door to future US-Russian cooperation in space. The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were docked from July 17-19, 1975. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair, and NASA
Party Balloon Carrying Ham Radio Payload Circles Southern Hemisphere a Second Time
After traveling for more than 110,800 km (68,696 mi) aloft, the record-setting pico balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, completed its second circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere, before descending into the Indian Ocean on July 18 due to bad weather. The helium balloon and its solar-powered 25 mW payload were launched on May 23 by Andy Nguyen, VK3YT.
“It was an exciting but also an exhausting eight weeks for many hard-core trackers,” Nguyen said. “Their perseverance ensured the balloon was tracked almost around the clock. It was hard work, and the little party balloon was becoming part of the daily routine for many of us.”
More than 20 “regulars” were among those who tracked the high-altitude flight, monitoring the payload’s 20 meter signals in WSPR and JT9 modes. Stations in Virginia and Florida, as well as in Peru and Argentina were among those hearing the balloon’s beacon.
The last station to hear the balloon was Vince, ZS6BTY, in Pretoria, South Africa. The balloon had been at an altitude of about 9000 meters (29,530 feet), but quickly descended into the ocean.
PS-46 had circumnavigated the Southern Hemisphere the first time in 12 days, and it was starting its third trip around when it went down. Read more. — Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC
THE WORLD OF DX
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, E7. Members of the Nikola Tesla Radio Club are QRV as E7TESLA until August 10. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via E77E.
ETHIOPIA, ET. Andy, UR4LRQ, Yaroslav, UW7LL and Igor, UY5LW are QRV from club station ET3AA until August 21. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via US0LW.
+ TARA Grid Dip Shindig0000Z-2400Z, Aug 1
+ International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend Contest0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2
+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2
+ European HF Championship1200Z-2359Z, Aug 1
+ North American QSO Party, CW1800Z, Aug 1 to 0559Z, Aug 2
+ ARRL August UHF Contest1800Z, Aug 1 to 1800Z, Aug 2
+ RSGB RoPoCo CW0700Z-0830Z, Aug 2
+ SARL HF Phone Contest1300Z-1630Z, Aug 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint0100Z-0300Z, Aug 4
+ Phone Fray0230Z-0300Z, Aug 5
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Aug 5 and
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 5 and 0300Z-0400Z, Aug 6
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest1700Z-1800Z, Aug 6 (CW) and
1800Z-1900Z, Aug 6 (SSB) and
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 6 (FM) and
2000Z-2100Z, Aug 6 (Dig)
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Aug 7
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, Aug 7
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Aug 7
+ WAE DX Contest, CW0000Z, Aug 8 to 2359Z, Aug 9
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon1200Z, Aug 8 to 2400Z, Aug 9
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party1600Z, Aug 8 to 0400Z, Aug 9 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 9+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint2300Z, Aug 8 to 0300Z, Aug 9
+ NAQCC CW Sprint0030Z-0230Z, Aug 12
+ Phone Fray0230Z-0300Z, Aug 12
+ MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest0400Z, Aug 12 to 0359Z, Aug 14
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Aug 12 and
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 12 and 0300Z-0400Z, Aug 13
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW1900Z-2000Z, Aug 12
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Aug 14
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, Aug 14
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Aug 14
+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest0000Z-0800Z, Aug 15 and
1600Z-2400Z, Aug 15 and 0800Z-1600Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest0600 local, Aug 15 to 2400 local, Aug 16
+ Russian District Award Contest0800Z, Aug 15 to 0800Z, Aug 16
+ Keyman's Club of Japan Contest1200Z, Aug 15 to 1200Z, Aug 16
+ North American QSO Party, SSB1800Z, Aug 15 to 0559Z, Aug 16
+ Feld Hell Sprint2000Z-2159Z, Aug 15
+ CVA DX Contest, CW2100Z, Aug 15 to 2100Z, Aug 16
+ SARL HF Digital Contest1300Z-1630Z, Aug 16
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY1800Z-2359Z, Aug 16
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest0100Z-0300Z, Aug 17
+ Phone Fray0230Z-0300Z, Aug 19
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Aug 19 and
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 19 and 0300Z-0400Z, Aug 20
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0230Z, Aug 21
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, Aug 21
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Aug 21
+ Hawaii QSO Party 0400Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 24
+ Ohio QSO Party1600Z, Aug 22 to 0400Z, Aug 23
+ CVA DX Contest, SSB2100Z, Aug 22 to 2100Z, Aug 23
+ SKCC Sprint0000Z-0200Z, Aug 26
+ Phone Fray0230Z-0300Z, Aug 26
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Aug 26 and
1900Z-2000Z, Aug 26 and
0300Z-0400Z, Aug 27
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB1900Z-2000Z, Aug 27
+ QRP Fox Hunt0100Z-0Feld Hell Sprint0000Z-2359Z, Aug 29
+ ALARA Contest0400Z-1359Z, Aug 29 and 0400Z-1359Z, Aug 30
+230Z, Aug 28
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, Aug 28
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Aug 28
+ YO DX HF Contest1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30
+ W/VE Islands QSO Party1200Z, Aug 29 to 0300Z, Aug 30
+ SCC RTTY Championship1200Z, Aug 29 to 1159Z, Aug 30
+ Kansas QSO Party1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30 and
1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30
+ North American SSB Sprint Contest0000Z-0400Z, Aug 30
+ SARL HF CW Contest 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 30
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