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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA
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The meeting for September will be presented by Chris Brooks, K4XMN.
Chris's presentation will be called The “To Go Radio”. I have no idea what Chris has prepared for us, all I know was when I asked him he replied if I tell you then I will have to kill you!. Naw, old Chris didn't say that but you can bet your last dollar he will have a good presentation for us so everyone come on out and hear what he has prepared for us!
I want to announce that William D. “Bill” Price, W4CZ as he was known to everybody is now a Silent Key. Bill suffered from a heart attack and I understand it took him immediately. Bill was also a well known architect and did many projects over the years in the Tri Cities area. His former call WA4MCZ was held by Bill for many years and later he got the call, W4CZ. Bill will be missed by many.
BARC Club Competition
Tennessee QSO Party - (Sept 7 th)
ARRL September VHF QSO Party
CQ WW RTTY Contest (Sept 27-28)
Starts: 0000 GMT Saturday
Ends: 2400 GMT Sunday
Each Tuesday night at 900 P.M. on the frequency of 146.670 minus 600 and no tones they hold The Bristol Two Meter Net. This is one of the oldest nets on the East Coast so it has been going on for a very long time. Dale Barker, KT4SQ AND Chris Brooks, K4XMN take turns being the Net Control so please stop by and see what they are up to. If you have a desire to call the net just get in touch with Dale or Chris or you might want to get in touch with Tom Shutters, K4FJW, current president of The BARC.
CHASQUI-1 HAM RADIO RESEARCH CUBESAT DEPLOYED FROM ISS
The Chasqui-1 amateur radio satellite has been successfully deployed from the International Space Station during a space-walk by two Russian Cosmonauts .
,At 14:00 UTC on August 18th Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev opened the hatch of the docking module to start their space walk or EVA. The tiny satellite was successfully deployed by Artemyev about 23 minutes later.
Chasqui-1 is a research satellite designed to standard CubeSat dimension by the Peruvian National University of Engineering in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk. Experiments on-board include a cameras that visible light and another that detects only infra-red.
The tiny bird carries a beacon on 437.025 MHz that can transmit either 1200 bit per second Audio Frequency Shift keying using AX.25 protocol or 9600 bits per second Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying better known as GMSK.
NEW 73 ON AO-73 AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, has announced a new award for contacts made via the AO-73 which is better known as the FUNcube-1 amateur radio satellite.
Stoetzer says that the requirements for this award are very simple. Just work 73 unique stations on AO-73 on or after September 1, 2014. That’s it.
N8HM says that there are no geographic restrictions on your operating location and no QSL cards are required. When you complete the requirements, simply e-mail your log extract including the call sign of each station worked, the UTC time, and dates of all contacts to n8hm (at) arrl (dot) net. Also include the address where you'd like your certificate to be sent.
According to Stoetzer, there will be no cost for this award however donations to AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-North America’s Fox satellite program are encouraged and will be appreciated.
THE SEVENTH NEXT GEN GPS SATELLITE IS NOW IN ORBIT
On August 1st, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket successfully carried an Air Force GPS-IIF satellite in the orbit. This is the seventh such satellite launched of a planned constellation of 12 such birds. This satellite is the third launched in 2014, with one more planned for later this year.
LATEST BAA RAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Volume 2 issue 1 of the free radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download. This edition includes articles on such topics as an introduction to objects that can be detected by the amateur radio astronomer, a simple Digital Interferometer, the quarterly VLF observing report and much more. You can download this and previous issues at tinyurl.com/ragazine.
KATIE ALLEN WY7YL JOINS HRD LLC
Katie Allen, WY7YL of Sundance, Wyoming, has joined the staff of HRD LLC the developers and distributors of the Ham Radio Deluxe station control package. Allen is an Extra Class with various interests in Amateur Radio from contesting and DX’ing to volunteering. While still a General, she achieved both Worked All States and DXCC. Additionally she serves as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner; as the ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Wyoming, and as the Director of Development for Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. At HRD Allen will be involved in providing technical support, documentation and sales of the company’s Ham Radio Deluxe software suite.
PA70OMG COMMEMORATES WW2 OPERATION MARKET BASKET
On the air, keep an ear open for special event station PA70OMG, to be operational from the Netherlands from September 12th to the 21st. This to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War 2, Operation Market Garden by paratroopers and allied forces which began on September 17th 1944 to help liberate the region after four years of German occupation. If you make contact QSL’s go direct or via the bureau to PB0AEZ. More information on Operation Market Basket and this ham radio special event operation can be found on-line at pa2p.nl/pa70omg.
B4YOG CELEBRATES CHINA 2ND YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
Also, be on the lookout for special event station B4YOG to be active until September 28th. This operation is being held to celebrate the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in the city of Nanjing, China. This station has been operational on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL’s go via BD4WO, either direct or by via the bureau.
Summits on the Air activity weekend, September 13-14, 2014 North America
SOTA Activity Weekend is a casual event involving tiny battery-powered radios on mountain summits. It is not a contest but is intended to introduce "Summits on the Air" to newcomers with home stations who try to work summit operators during one or two days. There are no rules regarding power levels, modes or number of bands worked, but please be courteous when more than one station is trying to talk to a SOTA operator on a summit. The SOTA operators have just climbed mountains as high as 14,000 feet; they use low power; and they don't receive on split frequencies.
Check SOTAWATCH.org to spot who is on which mountain. Summits are numbered, and you can hover your cursor over the number to see the name and point value for each summit. Expect the website to show activity near 7.032, 7.185, 10.110, 14.342, 18.095, 18.155, 21.350, 24.905, 24.955, 28.420, 146.52, 446.00, and 61 Khz up from the bottom of 20, 15 and 10 meters CW. Participants are invited to collect points toward certificates and trophies offered by the twelve-year-old international SOTA group (SOTA.org.UK). As we learned in past years, this is a barrel of fun for both hill climbers and home operators. See you then.
In DX, IZ0CKJ will be active stroke I-B-zero from Palmarola Island until September 31st. His operations are on 40, 20 and 15 meters during his daytime hours and mainly on SSB. Listen for his QSL as directed on the air.
Members of the Romanian Radio Club Association will activate Fericirii Island for the first time as YP0F between August 22nd and September 30th. Operations will be on the High Frequency bands only. QSL via YO9FNP.
EA7FTR will be active between September 5th and October 10th as D44KS from Boa Vista which is the Eastern most island of Cape Verde. Due to work commitments his hours of operation will be limited to his spare time. Listen for him on 40 through 6 meters using SSB and RTTY and QSL via EB7DX.
W5JON will be on the air as V47JA from his vacation home at Calypso Bay on St. Kitts between September 29th and November 12th. Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters including 60 meters using SSB. He will also be operational during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest as a Single Operator All-Band entry. In addition his wife who holds the call W5HAM will occasionally operate as V47HAM. All QSLs go to W5JON direct or via Logbook of the World. No bureau QSLs for this operation.
ZL2MF will be operational as E6MF from Niue Island between September 2nd and the 9th on 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters SSB. Look for him also in the All Asian DX SSB Contest On September 6th and 7th. QSL’s go via ZL2MF direct or via the bureau.
AC8G will be operational as J37K from Saint Georges between October 24th to the 26th. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 25th and 26th signing J3A. QSL J37K via AC8G and J3A via WA1S.
Lastly, DL7DF will be on holiday in Senegal between November 1st and the13th and plans to be on the air stroke 6w but only as time permits. Operation will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SBB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. QSL to: DL7DF, directly or by the DARC Bureau.
+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint
2300Z, Sep 1 to 0300Z, Sep 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint
0100Z-0300Z, Sep 2
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Sep 5
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 5
+ CWOps CW Open
0000Z-0359Z, Sep 6 and
1200Z-1559Z, Sep 6 and
2000Z-2359Z, Sep 6
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone
0000Z, Sep 6 to 2400Z, Sep 7
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint
0600Z-0629Z, Sep 6 and
0630Z-0659Z, Sep 6 and
0700Z-0729Z, Sep 6 and
0730Z-0800Z, Sep 6
+ AGCW Straight Key Party
1300Z-1600Z, Sep 6
+ North American Sprint, CW
0000Z-0400Z, Sep 7
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest
1100Z-1700Z, Sep 7
+ Tennessee QSO Party
1800Z, Sep 7 to 0300Z, Sep 8
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Sep 12
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 12
+ WAE DX Contest, SSB
0000Z, Sep 13 to 2359Z, Sep 14
+ FOC QSO Party
0000Z-2359Z, Sep 13
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest
1000Z, Sep 13 to 1000Z, Sep 14
+ Arkansas QSO Party
1400Z, Sep 13 to 0200Z, Sep 14
+ ARRL September VHF Contest
1800Z, Sep 13 to 0300Z, Sep 15
+ North American Sprint, SSB
0000Z-0400Z, Sep 14
+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint
1300Z-1900Z, Sep 14
+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
0030Z-0230Z, Sep 18
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 19
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest
0600 local, Sep 20 to 2400 local, Sep 21
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW
1200Z, Sep 20 to 1200Z, Sep 21
+ SRT HF Contest SSB
1300Z, Sep 20 to 1300Z, Sep 21
+ QRP Afield
1500Z, Sep 20 to 0300Z, Sep 21
+ Washington State Salmon Run
1600Z, Sep 20 to 2400Z, Sep 21
+ BARTG Sprint 75
1700Z-2100Z, Sep 21
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
0145Z-0215Z, Sep 26
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY
0000Z, Sep 27 to 2400Z, Sep 28
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest
1400Z-1700Z, Sep 27 (144) and
1700Z-1800Z, Sep 27 (432)
+ Texas QSO Party
1400Z, Sep 27 to 2000Z, Sep 28