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The Next Meeting  *** March 2, at 7:00 PM 

Location: ***Bristol Regional Medical Center. Lower level see hall monitor.

Presentation By:  *** Max Williams, W4TGV

Max tells me that his program will "be more of a demonstration than presentation" based on experimenting that he and David have been doing.

 
Two Meter Net
Dale Barker, KT4SQ holds a net each Tuesday night @ 9:00 PM on the frequency of 146.670,no tones. Be sure to try to check in. Dale runs a very good net so check in to show him your support. Also this one of the oldest Nets on the East Coast.

Club Dues
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now taking the club dues for 2017. They run from Jan 1,thru Dec.31 of the same year. You can give them to Toni at the next club meeting or mail a check to Toni Ward C/O BARC 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Thanks.

Testing Sessions
Ben Morris, K4EDI  and his fellow amateurs who help give the tests are ready and able to go and give the tests after each club meeting. Ben says the correct change is always appreciated and a duplicate copy of your current license and a photo ID is also required. For more info you may email him at:utben1997@gmail.com You can also call him at 276/791/0102.
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Vibroplex to distribute 4O3A Signature products in USA/Canada
KNOXVILLE, TN., USA  Vibroplex LLC, Knoxville, TN, USA and SKY SAT d.o.o. of Igalo, Montenegro are pleased to announce an exclusive agreement for Vibroplex to distribute the 4O3A Signature product line in the United States and Canada.
The 4O3A Signature line consists of TCP/IP and LAN enabled radio accessory equipment including advanced rotator control devices, radio interface devices for serious radio contest operation, remote and locally controlled antenna switches, station controllers, antenna controllers, combiners, triplexers, 4.5 kW HF bandpass filters and more. Many new products are slated for 2017 release.
Sky Sat CEO Ranko Boca, 4O3A stated "I know Scott Robbins from our long mutual passion for radio contesting have developed great respect for the business acumen he's demonstrated growing the Vibroplex business. 2017 will be a great year for the 4O3A Signature line and I'm thrilled with our new American representation."
Vibroplex expects to have the entire 4O3A Signature line available from stock for shipment in early February. Product warranties for equipment previously sold in North America through other channels will be transferred to Vibroplex and honored in full.
About Vibroplex LLC:
Vibroplex is the oldest continuously operating business in Amateur Radio, in their 112th year. Vibroplex manufactures Morse Code keys under the Vibroplex and Bencher brands, and are the owners of International Radio ("INRAD"), manufacturer of aftermarket crystal filters and roofing filters and who presently is the supplier of OEM filters for Elecraft, and W7FG Vintage Manuals. In addition, they currently distribute products for German radio companies Spiderbeam GmbH and Easy-Rotor-Control and Chinese manufacturer YouKits on an exclusive basis in the United States.
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Communication Satellite Pioneer Harold A. Rosen, ex-W5JKW, SK
Communication satellite pioneer Harold Rosen, ex-W5JKW, of Pacific Palisades, California, died on January 30. He was 90. Inspired by the USSR’s launch of Sputnik I in 1957 that kicked off the space race in earnest, Rosen — an alumnus of Tulane and Caltech — foresaw the potential for such spacecraft to do more than transmit a beacon signal. An engineer with Hughes Aircraft (later Boeing), he, Thomas Hudspeth, and Don Williams developed a prototype geosynchronous communication satellite called Syncom.
NASA launched the first successful spacecraft, Syncom II, in 1963, and President John F. Kennedy spoke through the spacecraft with Nigeria’s prime minister, marking the first conversation between two heads of state via satellite. Syncom III carried images from the summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964.
Rosen became interested in electronics while in high school, and he built his own radio as a ham radio club project. At some point prior to World War II, Rosen obtained his Amateur Radio license and, according to a close friend, Stanley Pulitzer, W5JYK, was once regularly active on 40-meter CW. He let his license lapse as his post-war activities accelerated. Pulitzer said Rosen was his Elmer.
Rosen went on to oversee the development of some 150 communication satellites that revolutionized communication worldwide.
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Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station Planned                                                                   
Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions are planned from the International Space Station (ISS) on February 13-14. The SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver located in the ISS Russian Service Module. It’s anticipated the transmissions will be in PD-180 SSTV format. The MAI-75 activities have been scheduled for the Russian crew on February 13 from 0925 until 1800 UTC and on February 14 from 1125 until 1630 UTC. Transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz deviation. The ISS Fan Club website will show when the space station is in range. More information on ISS SSTV is on the AMSAT-UK website. Visit the gallery of ARISS SSTV images.
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Russia’s Oldest Radio Amateur Oleg S. Klyucharev, U1AU, SK                                                                   
Russia’s oldest Amateur Radio operator, Oleg S. Klyucharev, U1AU, of St. Petersburg, died on January 31. He was 102. His death followed by a few days the passing of the oldest US radio amateur, Charlie Hellman, W2RP. Klyucharev was licensed as EU3GM in 1933, and as U1AU the following year. Born in Strelna in 1915 in czarist Russia, he graduated in 1937 from the Maritime College and spent some time in the Arctic and on Antarctica. He served in World War II in the defense and liberation of Sevastopol. During his working years, Klyucharev was the head of communications for the Baltic Shipping Company. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Association of St. Petersburg and was active on the air until his death.
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The U.S. National Science Foundation is accepting proposals from anyone who wants to take over operations.
The future of one of the world's largest single-dish radio telescopes is in question after the U.S. National Science Foundation announced Wednesday it was accepting proposals from those interested in assuming operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
The announcement comes as the federal agency runs out of funds to support the observatory, which features a 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish used in part to search for gravitational waves and track asteroids that might be on a collision course with Earth.
Officials with the foundation stressed in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that the agency prefers that the observatory remain open with the help of collaborators that would provide a funding boost.
"Our (community reviews) have recognized that Arecibo does great science and will continue to do great science," said Ralph Gaume, acting division director for the foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences.
However, he warned it's possible none of the proposals that have to be submitted by late April will be chosen. This would leave the foundation with alternatives including suspending operations at the observatory, turning it into an educational center or shutting it down.
The first hint that the 53-year-old observatory was at risk came a decade ago, when a panel of experts recommended it be shut down unless other institutions could help the foundation. The agency finances two-thirds of the observatory's $12 million annual budget, and officials said it could provide some $20 million over a five-year period to a potential new operator.
Scientists use the observatory in part to detect radio emissions emitted by objects including stars and galaxies, and it has been featured in the Jodie Foster film "Contact" and the James Bond movie "GoldenEye." It attracts about 90,000 visitors and some 200 scientists a year that use the observatory for free to do research, said observatory director Francisco Cordova.
However, he told the AP that could change depending on the type of proposals submitted.
"Perhaps in the future, scientists might have to pay to use it," he said, adding that the observatory still plays a key role in research including the study of solar eruptions capable of disrupting electronic equipment.
The observatory has been threatened in recent years by bigger, more powerful telescopes in places like Chile and China, where officials recently unveiled the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST.
The foundation said it expects to make a decision by late 2017 as it awaits completion of a final environmental impact statement, which will outline all alternatives for the observatory's future.
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US Naval Academy HFsat Coordinated for 15- Meter to 10-Meter Transponder
The US Naval Academy has received IARU satellite frequency coordination for HFsat, a 1.5 U CubeSat carrying a 15 to 10-meter inverting linear transponder with a 30 kHz bandwidth (uplink 21.4 MHz, downlink 29.42 MHz). The Mode K configuration is reminiscent of the old “RS” series of Russian satellites. The CubeSat will also carry an APRS digipeater on 145.825 MHz. The US Naval Academy’s Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, said HFsat is designed to demonstrate the viability of HF satellites as a back-up communication system, taking advantage of HF radios found in a typical Amateur Radio installation or frequently used to support disaster and emergency response communication.
“HFsat will be gravity gradient-stabilized by its full-sized 10-meter half-wave HF dipole with tip masses,” Bruninga explained on the HFsat web page. “HFsat will continue the long tradition of small amateur satellites designed by aerospace students at the US Naval Academy.”
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A standardized CubeSat VHF communication card based on the popular Byonics MTT4B all-in-one APRS Tiny-Track4 module for telemetry, command, and control is under development at the Academy. Students are working with Bill Ress, N6GHZ, on the HF transponder card. HFsat’s control operator will be Todd Bruner, WB1HAI.
Bruninga sees a future for Amateur Radio satellites operating on the HF bands. “HFsat will operate under the ITU rules of the Amateur Satellite Service since not only does that service currently have allocations for satellite relay on HF, but it is also the only service with nearly a century of knowledgeable operators’ experience with the HF bands under all conditions,” Bruninga wrote on the HFsat web page. “Should the system prove viable, and should other services desire to use the transponder technology, then the lengthy process to obtain federal HF [satellite communication] allocations could be considered.”
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Second Annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night Set
US and Canadian radio amateurs and Part 5 experimental stations will take part in the second annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night, which will begin  March 4 at 0000 UTC and continue through March 5 at 2359 UTC. Radio amateurs in the US will be able to make cross-band contacts with Canadian participants.
“This event is being undertaken because of the continuing, worldwide interest in 630-meter activities,” said ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, in announcing the event. He said US radio amateurs are looking forward to gaining access to the new 472-479 kHz band, while Canadians are eager to learn more about the present level of amateur activity on their newest ham band.
“This activity night will give interested radio amateurs in both countries an opportunity to see firsthand what is happening, and cross-band activity with Canadian amateurs will offer a chance for US hams to take part in the activity,” Raab said.
The event is open to both radio amateurs and listeners. Raab said it will provide an opportunity for participants to test their MF receive capabilities. Operation will be in various modes.
A number of US FCC Part 5 Experimental stations will also operate throughout 630 meters on CW, PSK31, JT9, and QRSS modes. Some stations will operate WSPR and QRSS CW beacons. FCC Part 97 rules stipulate that US Amateur Radio stations may not contact Experimental stations, however. Submit reception reports via the ARRL Experiment website.
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The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Meteor Scatter” is the topic of the latest (February 26) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!
Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices.
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Time to Order ARRL November Sweepstakes Clean Sweep Mugs, Participation Pins!
Anyone who managed to make a “Clean Sweep” by working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections during the 2016 ARRL November Sweepstakes may commemorate their accomplishment by purchasing a 2016 November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” mug. Awards are based on claimed scores. Keepsake mugs are $15 each, including postage and handling. In addition, participation pins are available to operators who completed at least 100 Sweepstakes contacts. Pins include the year and mode and have become a popular Sweepstakes tradition. Pins also are based on claimed scores, and each is $8, including postage and handling. When you order, indicate CW or SSB.
Order mugs and pins separately. In either case, if you submitted your log electronically, accompany your check for payment with a paper copy of the first page of your Cabrillo log, indicating how many mugs or pins you are ordering. If you logged on paper, accompany your check for payment with a note to the top of your summary sheet, indicating how many mugs or pins you are ordering.
Send orders to “Clean Sweep Mugs” or “Sweepstakes Pins” (whichever applies) to ARRL Contest Branch, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111.
Mugs and pins will be shipped after all entries have been processed and logs verified (approximately April 2017). This helps ARRL to keep costs down and avoid inventory issues. As a non-profit organization, we need to minimize expenses.
Supplies are limited. Orders for mugs and pins must be received by January 31, 2017.
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CIA Declassified Database Includes Information about Soviet-Era Amateur Radio
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports relating to Amateur Radio in the former Soviet Union (including the Baltic States) and Warsaw Pact countries are among documents declassified to a new searchable online database, the CIA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room. Documents cover translations and assessments of Amateur Radio clubs; training; monitoring Sputniks; technology and equipment; QSL cards, and ruminations on a plan to monitor US ham radio transmissions for activities “of interest” to the intelligence community. Searches on “Amateur Radio” or “ham radio” will yield multiple documents, some heavily redacted.
For example, a 1949 memo largely dismissed the use of Amateur Radio in the Soviet Bloc as an intelligence-gathering tool. “Except for possibilities in the counter-espionage field, it is believed that exploitation of amateurs with reference to the USSR and satellites could lead at best only to information concerning the location of ham transmitters, an item of dubious intelligence value,” said the memo, which carried the subject line “Exploitation of Radio Amateurs.” Another memo from the same year showed that the USSR viewed the growing “cadre” of radio amateurs as the next generation of engineers.
Documents covering a wide range of topics not necessarily related to Amateur Radio also have been declassified, sanitized, and made available to the public for the first time in this archive. Some of these documents were only available previously in a closed system at the US National Archives.
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Tickets Now Available for Dayton DX, Top Band, and Contest Dinners
Tickets are now available to the 2017 DX Dinner, Top Band Dinner, and Contest Dinner, held in conjunction with Hamvention® in May.
The 32nd annual DX Dinner, sponsored by the SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA), will be held on Friday, May 19, at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 South Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, starting with a social hour at 5:30 PM and dinner at 7 PM. The DXpedition of the Year® will be announced. Tickets for the DX Dinner are available via the SWODXA website (click on the “Purchase Tickets Today!” banner in the upper right-hand corner).
Tickets are also now available for the 28th annual Dayton Top Band Dinner, which takes place on Friday, May 19, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, starting with a social hour at 6:15 PM and dinner at 7 PM.The 25th annual Contest Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 20, at the Crowne Plaza — home of the Contest Super Suite. The dinner event begins with a social hour at 5:30 PM, with dinner to follow at 6:30 PM. The event is sponsored by the North Coast Contesters. Contest Dinner tickets are available online.
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UK Regulator Ofcom No Longer Listing Unassigned Amateur Radio Call Signs                                              
UK Telecommunications regulator Ofcom no longer issues lists of unassigned — or unallocated — UK Amateur Radio call signs. This practice ended last fall. Replying to an inquiry, Ofcom’s Julia Snape explained, “We do not hold a list of call signs that are available. Due to a system change, the assignment of call signs is now done using an algorithm rather than ‘grabbing’ from a list.” A call sign database dated September 20, 2016, can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.
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Sweden’s SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Station Reports “Successful” Christmas Transmission                                                                                                                   
The old Alexanderson alternator SAQ at World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden was heard by more than 400 listeners on December 24, 2016, setting a new record. SAQ traditionally broadcasts at Christmas with the 1920s-era electro-mechanical transmitter that operates on 17.2 kHz. SAQ has released a report that summarizes the success and a map that shows the locations of those who heard SAQ. The vast majority of reports came from listeners — many of them radio amateurs — in Europe, but several hams in the US and Canada were among those able to hear the 17.2 kHz transmission. “Excellent reception,” reported LF enthusiast Joe Craig, VO1NA, in Newfoundland. “I look forward to visiting SAQ someday.” Dave Riley, AA1A, at historic Brant Rock in Massachusetts reported “very good” copy, with the SAQ signal at 10 dB above the noise. SAQ was even heard in Alaska, by Laurence Howell, KL7L, in Wasilla, who gave SAQ a 449 signal report.
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QRP ARCI Four Days in May Event Registration Open                               
Registration is open for Four Days in May (FDIM), the QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRP ARCI) annual convention held in conjunction with Hamvention. The hosting Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio, has sold out, but other accommodations are available in the vicinity. The event features a day of seminars (including a free kit), Buildathon, vendors’ night, evening lecture, pizza night, QRP club night, homebrew competitions, games, music, raffles, door prizes, QRP Hall of Fame induction, and a banquet. Program details are available and being updated on the QRP ARCI website. Contact FDIM for more information.
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New Mexico Radio Amateur Marks 80 Years as a Licensee
“Made it! 80 years a ham.” That’s how ARRL member Paul Elliott, W5DM, of Hobbs, New Mexico, recently posted his milestone on the Top Band reflector. Growing up during the Great Depression in Kingsville, Texas, Elliott got his ham ticket at age 14 as W5GGV. Now 94, Elliott eventually worked his way to the top rung — Amateur Extra — back in the day when that license offered no additional privileges, just prestige. It did later allow him to apply for a two-letter suffix call sign, though, and he became W5DM.
His first rig was homebrewed from Atwater Kent radio parts, with a wire to a tree for an antenna, but he remembers making his own galena crystal for a crystal set and experimenting with a Model T spark coil. He continued building his own transmitters and receivers for a couple of decades, operating CW until SSB came along. Elliott succeeded in working all states on 160 meters from a 120 × 120 foot electrically noisy city lot with “a long but low semi-inverted L,” as he described it. He now has 189 DXCC entities confirmed on Top Band.
A Texas native and World War II veteran, Elliott is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and served in the Pacific. After the war, he farmed cotton and maize on 200 South Texas acres, before going back to school to earn a doctorate in physics from Texas A&M. “I’m basically a peasant with a lot of education,” he quipped during a telephone chat with ARRL. Elliott spent more than 20 years in academia as a professor of physics at his alma mater.
“Basically, all I’m doing today is chasing the occasional DX,” Elliott told ARRL. He said he has a transceiver and a couple of wire antennas that he makes work on all bands. Elliott has 325 DXCC entities confirmed on all bands — plus a lot of memories from an earlier era of Amateur Radio.
“Age, not surprisingly, has taken its toll,” Elliott said on the Top Band reflector, noting that his CW speed was now down to 20-25 WPM because of waning dexterity. “Thanks to all who have had the knowledge and the kindness to help me over the years.”
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The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Meteor Scatter” is the topic of the latest (January 12) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!
Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide. Just ahead: “AM and SSB.”
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ARRL Reintroduces a Popular Classic — Experimental Methods in RF Design
ARRL has reintroduced the popular title Experimental Methods in RF Design as a classic reprint edition. Immerse yourself in the communications experience. Build equipment while understanding basic concepts and circuits.
“This is a...classic, extremely good text on designing circuits for the ham,” ARRL Life Member Bob DeVarney, W1ICW, a professional radio communication technician and avid experimenter said. “If you do any building at all and want to know the ‘why’ behind things, this is a very worthwhile addition to your bookshelf.”
Experimental Methods in RF Design classic reprint edition is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer (ARRL Item no. 0574), ISBN: 978-8-87259-9239-9, $49.95 retail. Contact ARRL Publication Sales or call 860-594-0355 (toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289).
This classic reprint edition of a previous ARRL publication contains dated content and references that may no longer be relevant or valid. Software referenced throughout the book is not included and not available.
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Maxim Memorial Station W1AW Receives Equipment Donations
Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has received equipment donations from Heil Sound and Radiohaus/America.
Heil Sound recently gave W1AW a Gold Grill PR781G Studio Microphone, a PR40 Gold microphone, two PRO7-DY headsets (pink and red), a Pro Set Elite 6 headset with HC6 element, three FS-3 single footswitches, two “topless” mic booms, and replacement Pro Set Plus cords and PS3 cables.
W1AW Manager Joe Carcia said most of the gear will repair or replace items at the station that have seen a lot of visitor use over the years.
W1AW has also received a “Callsight“ lighted call sign display from Erwin Hübsch Neto, PY2QI/KK4CGD, at Radiohaus/America in Brazil. A remote control allows the user to change the display color as well as choose flashing or strobe display mode.
“We’re extremely grateful to Bob Heil and Erwin Neto for their generous donations,” Carcia said.
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Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration QSO Party Set for March
Radio amateurs in Nebraska will celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary during the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration Week QSO Party, starting on  Sunday, March 6. That time period includes the actual anniversary date, March 1.
Nebraska radio amateurs may operate from their own stations or as part of Nebraska historical site activations, appending “/NE150” to their call signs. Nebraska stations transmit name, signal report, and Nebraska county (plus historical site, if appropriate). Non-Nebraska stations transmit name, signal report, and state, Canadian province, or DXCC entity.
A special QSL card will be available with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and QSL to the Nebraska station contacted. Contact ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, or ARRL Nebraska Section Manager Matt Anderson, KB0BOJ, for additional information.
Commemorative QSO Party is an official Nebraska Sesquicentennial event sanctioned by the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission.
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Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, SK at 107 May Have Been World’s Oldest Active Radio Amateur
Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, has died just a couple of weeks short of his 108th birthday. Wolf may have been the oldest active radio amateur in the US, if not in the world, although no official records are maintained. Licensed since 1936, Wolf was an ARRL member and a Life Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Wolf was on the air daily, mostly on 40-meter CW.
Born in Paso Robles, California, Wolf said in his QRZ.com profile that he built his first radio as a young teenager in 1922. He got his ham ticket while living in Arizona, and held the call sign W6NKT for his entire life.
While serving in the US Navy during World War II, Wolf taught navigation to cadets in San Luis Obispo, California. Later, he served for 31 years as a professor of electronics engineering at two University of California campuses, retiring in 1973. Wolf was the founding advisor of the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club and signed the club’s original charter in 1947; in 2009, he donated a Yaesu FTDX-9000D transceiver to the club. After retiring, Wolf went to Hong Kong Polytechnic for 4 years and operated as VS6GF. His nephew, Tim Bryan, said his uncle also taught in Tanzania. After returning to the US, he lived in Florida until 1994, when he returned to Morro Bay.
Bryan told ARRL that his uncle was raised on a ranch in the Geneseo area and was once known as the fastest grain sack sewer in San Luis Obispo County, demonstrating the by-then lost art into his hundreds.
Neal Swanberg, KG6AYI, who is secretary of the Estero Radio Club, said Wolf last checked into the county net in late November. “We will all miss Harry’s bright smile and good humor,” he said. A memorial service is set for Saturday, January 28, at the Morro Bay Golf Course.
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VHF Propagation Guru, DXer Patrick J. Dyer, WA5IYX, SK                                                                  VHF DXer and propagation expert Pat Dyer, WA5IYX, of San Antonio, Texas, died in mid-December. Licensed in 1963 and an ARRL member, he was 69. “Pat contributed greatly to our understanding of sporadic E propagation, through both his professional research at the Office of Telecommunications in Boulder, Colorado, and later through his personal observations,” Les Rayburn, N1LF, said in a post to the VHF Contesting reflector. Dyer’s research led to articles in both QEX and QST, and he delivered presentations at Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) conferences. He also contributed to Ham Radio, Popular Electronics, CQ VHF, and CQ. Dyer posted an extensive archive of propagation observations on YouTube. Dyer was a prominent TV and FM broadcast-band DXer.
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Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles Emerson, N4OKL, SK                                           Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles “Charlie” Emerson, N4OKL, of Huntsville, Alabama, died on January 14. An ARRL member, he was 71. “Charlie had come to be the face and voice of Huntsville Hamfest,” said a statement issued by the Huntsville Hamfest Board of Directors. “Huntsville Hamfest was Charlie’s pride and joy, and he never missed an opportunity to promote the show or ham radio as a hobby. We look forward to honoring Charlie’s memory in August at the 2017 Huntsville Hamfest.” Licensed for about 10 years, Emerson also enjoyed bass fishing and took part in many tournaments over the years.
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***Southeastern VHF Society Issues Call for Papers The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHS) has issued a call for papers and presentations for delivery at its convention, April 28-29, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Papers and presentations are solicited on both technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF, and microwave “weak-signal” Amateur Radio. Suggested topic areas include transmitters, receivers, transverters, RF power amplifiers, RF low-noise preamplifiers, antennas, construction projects, test equipment and station accessories, station design and construction, contesting, roving, DXpeditions, EME, propagation (sporadic E, meteor scatter, troposphere ducting, etc.), digital modes (WSJT, etc.), digital signal processing (DSP), software-defined radio, amateur satellites, and amateur television. The submission deadline is March 13. Those submitting papers or presentations should indicate if they plan to present in person. Contact Jim Worsham, W4KXY, to submit papers and presentations or for more information.
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Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Recognized for Pioneering Work on SDR
Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, of Synergy Microwave Corp was invited to deliver the sixth Sir J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the IEEE Hyderabad Section on December 2 during a joint session of the IEEE MTT, AP, and EMC Societies in Hyderabad, India. Rohde’s talk was “Next Generation Networks: Software Defined Radio — Emerging Trends.” (Click here to view a collection of slides used in the lecture.)
While working under a US Department of Defense contract at RCA in 1982, Rohde’s department developed the first SDR, which used the COSMAC (Complementary Symmetry Monolithic Array Computer) chip. Introduced by RCA in early 1976, the RCA CDP1802 eight-bit CMOS microprocessor — a 40-pin LSI integrated circuit chip — was the company’s first single-chip microprocessor. Rohde was among the first to present publicly on this topic with his February 1984 talk, “Digital HF Radio: A Sampling of Techniques,” at the Third International Conference on HF Communication Systems and Techniques in London.
The Hyderabad lecture’s namesake, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, was a Bengali scientist who lived in British India in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was an expert in math, physics, biology, and archaeology. Bose pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, contributed significantly to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science.
Much of Bose’s original scientific work was in the area of microwaves. He produced extremely short radio waves and was the first to use a semiconductor junction to detect radio waves. Bose’s research on the response of tissues to microwaves and other stimuli led to many significant findings in that field, and the IEEE named him one of the fathers of radio science.

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March 2017
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 1
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 1
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 1 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 1 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 2
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 1
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Mar 2 (CW) and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 2 (SSB) and
2000Z-2100Z, Mar 2 (FM) and
2100Z-2200Z, Mar 2 (Dig)
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 3
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 3
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 3

+ ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 4 to 2400Z, Mar 5
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Mar 4 and
0630Z-0659Z, Mar 4 and
0700Z-0729Z, Mar 4 and
0730Z-0800Z, Mar 4
+ Open Ukraine RTTY Championship 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 4 (Low Band) and
2100Z-2359Z, Mar 4 (Low Band) and
0800Z-1059Z, Mar 5 (High Band) and
1100Z-1359Z, Mar 5 (High Band)
+ UBA Spring Contest, CW 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 5
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Mar 5
+ SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest 1200Z-1400Z, Mar 5
+ NSARA Contest 1200Z-1600Z, Mar 5 and
1800Z-2200Z, Mar 5
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 6
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Mar 7
+ AGCW YL-CW Party 1900Z-2100Z, Mar 7

+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 8
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 8
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 8 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 8 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 9
+ AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest 2300Z, Mar 8 to 2300Z, Mar 9 and
2300Z, Mar 11 to 2300Z, Mar 12
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 10
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 10
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 10
+ Nauryz DX Contest 0800Z-1359Z, Mar 11
+ RSGB Commonwealth Contest 1000Z, Mar 11 to 1000Z, Mar 12
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest 1000Z, Mar 11 to 1000Z, Mar 12
+ South America 10 Meter Contest 1200Z, Mar 11 to 1200Z, Mar 12
+ F9AA Cup, SSB 1200Z, Mar 11 to 1200Z, Mar 12
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Mar 11 to 2400Z, Mar 12
+ Oklahoma QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 11 to 0200Z, Mar 12 and
1400Z-2000Z, Mar 12
+ AGCW QRP Contest 1400Z-2000Z, Mar 11
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Mar 11 to 1500Z, Mar 12

+ EA PSK63 Contest 1600Z, Mar 11 to 1600Z, Mar 12
+ QCWA QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 11 to 1800Z, Mar 12
+ TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest 1800Z, Mar 11 to 0559Z, Mar 12
+ Idaho QSO Party 1900Z, Mar 11 to 1900Z, Mar 12
+ QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Sprint 2000Z-2359Z, Mar 11
+ North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Mar 12
+ UBA Spring Contest, 2m 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 12
+ WAB 3.5 MHz Phone 1800Z-2200Z, Mar 12
+ Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 12 to 0100Z, Mar 13
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 15
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 15
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 15 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 15 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 16
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 15
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Mar 16
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 17
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 17
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 17
+ BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 20
+ Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 18 to 1200Z, Mar 19
+ Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19 and
1200Z-2400Z, Mar 19
+ Louisiana QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Mar 18 (144) and
1700Z-1800Z, Mar 18 (432)
+ Feld Hell Sprint 2000Z-2159Z, Mar 18
+ UBA Spring Contest, SSB 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 19
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Mar 20
+ Bucharest Contest 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 20
+ CLARA Chatter Party 1700Z, Mar 21 to 1700Z, Mar 22 and
1700Z, Mar 25 to 1700Z, Mar 26

+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Mar 22
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 22
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 22
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 22 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 22 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 23
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 23
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 24
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 24
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 24
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 25
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 25 to 2359Z, Mar 26
+ UBA Spring Contest, 6m 0600Z-1000Z, Mar 26
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 29
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 29
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 29 and
1900Z-2000Z, Mar 29 and
0300Z-0400Z, Mar 30
+ UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 29
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 31
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 31

+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 31

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