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The Next Meeting  *** January 8, 2015  Starting at 7:00 PM 

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

Program presdented by: *** Ben Morris, K4EDI - ; Working with what you have.

 

January Meeting
Ben Morris, K4EDI will have the presentation for January. His presentation will be on using what you have. I think this presentation came about from Ben’s experience in a contest he worked recently. I won’t spoil Ben’s presentation so I will let him tell you “the rest of the story” as Mr. Paul Harvey used to say.

Club Dues
Let me get this commercial in real quick about the club dues. The club dues for 2015 is now due. The dues are fifteen dollars per year and run from January 1 thru December 31 of the same yearYou can pay them to: Toni Ward, KF4BMW at the next club meeting or you can mail them to: BARC C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620.

Thank you.

Bristol Two Meter Net
On Tuesday night @ 9:00 PM each Tuesday night there is a net on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones. This is the Bristol Two Meter Net and it is one of the oldest nets on the East coast. Dale Barker, KT4SQ is the man in charge and some times Chris Brooks, K4XMN helps him out by calling it. Check in and see what ole Dale or Chris is up to. If you have a desire to call the net or be a regular net control station please let Dale or Chris know. You can also tell Tom Shutters, K4FJW, Adam Dye, AD4FF, or Ken Graff, N8FF. they will see that it is passed on to the right people.
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License Testing Session

As usual there will be a testing session after our meeting Thursday night.
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ARES
We were taking applications for Welmont to assist in the emergency radio operations but Mr. Alan Bagley says; we have enough at the present time. We want to say Thanks for every one who was willing to help out. Also, I would like to say at this time that you might want to check your batteries, generators, and anything else you might have for portable or emergency communications. Sometimes in the Winter time we have a tendency to forget this until its to late. So make sure every thing is in good running order!
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Club Competition:
We have 2 contests left in January and both are scheduled for the same weekend.

ARRL January VHF
This is one of my favorite contests since there is a lot of relaxed local activity.
 Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 24-26, 2015)
http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf

CQ WW 160 CW
CW: January 23 - 25, 2015
SSB: February 27 - Mar 1, 2015
Starts: 2200 GMT Friday
Ends: 2200 GMT Sunday
http://www.cq160.com/ 
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Ham Radio Deluxe News: Santa’s Gift for You!
If you need to drop a hint about a stocking stuffer – look no further than HRD! Tell your family and friends that with the coupon code “holidays” they can get you the top of the line Amateur Radio software – Ham Radio Deluxe – for 10% off! Or, why not spoil a friend from your ham club, or even purchase a copy for your ham club holiday gathering? Give our sales office a call and we’ll help you organize your purchase.

Many of our customers noticed an issue pop up this week when logging in to their HRD Logbook. After a great deal of investigation, we discovered the issue was related to NOAA moving the location of their Solar Indexing Files, which in turn caused an error message to welcome our customers upon opening their logbook. After a great deal of research, the problem was located and solved. Customers can download the newest release, 6.2.7.315.

The new release also addresses the memory leaks with DM-780 which the development team worked with Microsoft on. The memory leaks have been dramatically reduced due to a Windows Update for Windows from Microsoft as well as some good debugging of the leak and redesign of the DM-780 with the development team.

As always, HRD is available to “try before you buy” with a FREE 30-day trial that includes support. Now is the time to try out HRD or renew your support package.
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CLEBRATING QST CENTENNIAL IN 2015

And a happy centennial to the ARRL’s official journal QST Magazine. First published in December 1915, QST is the not only the official membership periodical of the ARRL, it is also the most widely read Amateur Radio magazine in the world with a monthly circulation of more than 165,000.

According to the League, QST kicks off its celebration with a photo contest announced in the January issue, as well as online. Winning photos will appear on several QST covers throughout 2015 and each winning photographer will receive $250.

Also, each 2015 issue of QST will also contain articles and columns republished from vintage issues. “In the January issue we’ll be reprinting the special declaration from the January 1942 QST concerning the cessation of amateur operations at the start of the US entry into World War II. Each vintage article will be reprinted exactly as it appeared in its original issue. According to QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, we chose articles based on either historical relevance or nostalgia value. Ford added that as space permits, QST will be reprinting some vintage Gil Gildersleeve cartoons. He also advises readers to also be on the lookout for occasional appearances of the beloved ‘Stray’ kitties. Long time QST readers will know what that means.
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RUSSIAN SSTV FROM THE ISS
Russian Slow Scan Television or SSTV transmissions are planned from the International Space Station on December 18 and 20. The transmit frequency will be 145.800 MHz with a 3 minute off time between transmissions.
The expected mode is PD180 producing a high quality image with a frame scan of 187 seconds. A total of 12 different photos will be sent throughout an operation period.
Image transmissions for December 18th should begin around 14:20 UTC and on December. 20th look for signals to start around 12:40 UTC. For both days, operation is expected to terminate around 21:30 UTC.
Please note that the SSTV operation times may change due to any launch delays of the SpaceX CRS-5 scheduled for December 16th. Received images can be uploaded to the image gallery found at tinyurl.com/december-2014-ariss-sstv.

UK ASTRONAUT COULD WALK ON MARS IN FUTURE NASA MISSION

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that a British astronaut could walk on Mars as part of a joint United States and United Kingdom expedition to the red planet.

In an October interview with Great Britain’s I-T-V news, Bolden noted that much of the earlier work in aeronautics was done in the United Kingdom. As such, it has always been among the leaders when it came to taking things from the unknown and making them known. He thinks the UK is a perfect partner to try to venture off into the far reaches of the solar system with.
Asked if he saw British astronauts being part of a mission he has said he hoped to launch, he said: “I do. I expect that you will see representatives from many nations, particularly the partner nations that we currently have.”

ARISS CONTINUES EXPANDING ROLE OF ISS HAM TV
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or ARISS group is continuing to explore the possibility of establishing a network of ground stations. This, in the hope of enabling the use of the recently activated Ham TV video system during such activities as ARISS school contacts.
Kerry Banke, N6IZW, works on ARISS hardware. He reports that a document under is under development that will describe what is required to build a ground station. He also notes that both he and ARISS International representative Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully received Ham TV transmissions from the ISS.

HRIS: NASA NEW HORIZONS PLUTO SPACECRAFT WAKES UP
After nine years and a journey of three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation on Saturday, December 5th. This to begin an mission to study the icy Pluto and other dwarf worlds in its Kuiper Belt home.

A preset timing system awoke New Horizons from its electronic slumber at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time but ground control teams didn't receive its confirmation until just after 9:30 p.m. The probe is so far away that radio signals which travel at the speed of light take four hours and 25 minutes to reach Earth.

Pluto lies in the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy mini-planets orbiting the sun beyond Neptune. These are believed to be the remains from the formation of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago. It is also the last unexplored region of the solar system.
The scientific observation in that part of the solar system will begin January 15th with the space crafts closest approach is expected on July 14th.

ASSEMBLING THE ISS ON-ORBIT
Ad finally tisweek, building the International Space Station took over 40 missions between 1998 and 2011, with one more piece planned for delivery in 2015. Now you can watch the whole thing come together in just a few minutes thanks to a newly released time lapse video. Those who have ony seen photos of the massive structure circling our planet may be surprised to learn that the ISS in Earth terms is a massive structure weighing over 400 tons spread out over the size of a football field. No booster rocket could carry it into orbit as a completely assembled unit, so it was assembled piece by piece in Earth orbit with components contributed by space agencies. These included the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan.

So set your web browser to tinyurl.com/building-the-iss, turn the music up and enjoy this short video on how the International Space Station was put together on orbit through the cooperations of nations worldwide.

HARA ARENA FACING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
Financial troubles for the longtime home of the Dayton Hamvention. This as WDTN TV News 2 report that the venue located in the suburb of Trotwood has cut back to only a dozen full-time staff to save on operating costs.

The WDTN story quotes Hara’s Director of Marketing, Karen Wampler. She explained the difficulty facing the Hara Arena in competing with other area venues such as the Nutter Center at Wright State University. Wampler went on to describe the primary challenges for the HARA is a need for renovation funds and an ownership model change. To that end Wampler said that the arena is working with VenuWorks, which is a company that specializes in restoring event venues such as the HARA and that she anticipated some very good news in 2015.

A quick look at the Hara Arena web page shows some 60 major events already scheduled between January 2nd and September 26th of 2015 with the Dayton Hamvention in its usual slot in mid-May. Specifically the weekend of May15th to the 17th, so no matter what the TV news report says about the finances of the 165,000 square foot HARA complex, for Hamvention 2015, the show will definitely will go on as planned.
The complete WDTN TV News 2 story is on the web at tinyurl.com/report-on-hara (WDTN)

DAYTON HAMVENTION DX DINNER MAY 15
And speaking about Hamvention 2015, word from the South West Ohio DX Association that it will again sponsor the annual DX Dinner. This is the groups 30th annual dinner and will be held on Friday, May 15th at the Dayton Marriott on South Patterson Blvd. in Dayton. There will be a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00. In celebration of this 30th anniversary among other great prizes, Yaesu has generously donated an FT DX-3000 transceiver. Details and dinner reservation information can be found on the events website www.swodxaevents.org. From there simply click on the DX Dinner icon.

DX ENGINEERING ACQUIRES BENCHER AND BUTTERNUT ANTENNAS
Talmadge, Ohio-based DX Engineering has announced acquisition of Bencher Incorporated’s antenna product lines. This includes the rights Bencher Skyhawk, Skylark, and Butternut antenna products. DX Engineering will also provide replacement pars for these antennas. The deal does not include the Bencher line of Iambic Morse paddles. Bencher will remain located in Antioch, Illinois.

POPULAR ELECTRONICS MAGAZINES ARCHIVE NOW ON LINE
If you are new to hobby electronics or just nostalgic for the good old days, then the name of a magazine known as popular electronics will definitely ring a bell. And now, thanks to the effort of americanradiohistory.com there is a shared archive of all the Popular Electronics magazines from 1954 to 1982.

But Popular Electronics is not the only publication you will find there. There are millions of pages and hundreds of books and magazines on radio, television, computers and much more. Its all available on the web at www.americanradiohistory.com. The direct link to the Popular Electronics archive is at tinyurl.com/popular-electronics-archive

COPPER THIEVES TAKE NORTH CAROLINA STATION OFF THE AIR
A Morgantown North Carolina radio station was taken off the air after thieves struck sometime on Thursday December 4th. The owners of the station came to work to find thieves had ripped the building apart and done thousands of dollars in damage to the transmitter. The damage was so bad, the station can’t even get on the air.

Owner John Whisnant said that he knew something was wrong when he turned the dial to AM 760 and didn't hear a thing. He said that the thieves got in by cutting their way through a fence topped with barbed wire on the top. Thy then climbed through a window where they gutted the stations two transmitters of its copper wiring.

The actual value of the copper wire taken is estimated at only about $250 but the overall damage to the station will be in the area of $50,000 to repair.

K1N NAVASSA ISLAND DXPEDITION
In DX up front, preparations for the early 2015 Nevassa Island operation are well underway. This according to a press release from planners Bob Allphin, K4UEE, Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, and Mike Thomas, NA5U. According to the trio, all of their equipment is being assembled, tested and packed. The container of equipment and supplies will depart late in December enroute to the helicopter staging area. The group says that it has contracted with the largest helicopter operations group in the Caribbean to transfer personnel and equipment to the island. Although the actual dates may still vary, it now appears the group of fifteen operators will begin transport to the Island during the last week of January. More information and regular updates are on the web at www.navassadx.com for details. (KP1-5 Project)

COOK ISLANDS SPECIAL CALL PREFIX
E51AND has told the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that Cook Island's resident hams will be allowed a special 1 by1 callsign for use during the 50th anniversary of Self Governance in 2015. The special call is available for use at the operator's discretion only during the period January 1st, 2015 to December 31st. Visitors to the island will be issued callsigns in accordance with current practice.

DX
In DX, RV3ARY, is planning to operate from Mount Vinson in Antarctica between December 24th and January 3rd. He will use battery power and take a Windom and Yagi antenna for 20 meters. Listen out or him on 7.045, 14.260 and 21.260 MHz. More details including QSL routing will be forthcoming.

F2VX and F9IE will be active stroke FM from Martinique through January 8th. Operations will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB, from FM5WD’s station. They may make a side trip to St. Lucia. QSL via their home callsigns.

FW5JJ is back on Wallis Island after a few months holiday. He is expected to be on Wallis for 2 years or longer. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters. He is also on 2 meter E-M-E and has made his first Wallis to France QSO with F6BKI in Bordeaux. QSL direct only via F5RXL.

Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be active as 8T5MQT from Sagar Island between January 9th to the 16th mainly on 14.260 MHz. QSL via VU2NRO. For more details and updates, visit wbradioclub.in.

Members of the Radiogrupo Sur will be operational as CV5A from Flores Island between February 21-23rd. Activity will be on all high frequency bands and modes. QSL via CX2ABC.

Lastly, K4KGG will be active stroke VP9 from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda between December 31st and January 5th. Operations will be on the High Frequency bands only. All contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of the World and ClubLog. QSL via W3HNK, direct or by the Bureau. DX

In DX, RV3ARY, is planning to operate from Mount Vinson in Antarctica between December 24th and January 3rd. He will use battery power and take a Windom and Yagi antenna for 20 meters. Listen out or him on 7.045, 14.260 and 21.260 MHz. More details including QSL routing will be forthcoming.

F2VX and F9IE will be active stroke FM from Martinique through January 8th. Operations will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB, from FM5WD’s station. They may make a side trip to St. Lucia. QSL via their home callsigns.

FW5JJ is back on Wallis Island after a few months holiday. He is expected to be on Wallis for 2 years or longer. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters. He is also on 2 meter E-M-E and has made his first Wallis to France QSO with F6BKI in Bordeaux. QSL direct only via F5RXL.

Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be active as 8T5MQT from Sagar Island between January 9th to the 16th mainly on 14.260 MHz. QSL via VU2NRO. For more details and updates, visit wbradioclub.in.

Members of the Radiogrupo Sur will be operational as CV5A from Flores Island between February 21-23rd. Activity will be on all high frequency bands and modes. QSL via CX2ABC.

Lastly, K4KGG will be active stroke VP9 from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda between December 31st and January 5th. Operations will be on the High Frequency bands only. All contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of the World and ClubLog. QSL via W3HNK, direct or by the Bureau.

January 2015
+ SARTG New Year RTTY Contest0800Z-1100Z, Jan 1+ AGCW Happy New Year Contest0900Z-1200Z, Jan 1
+ QRP Fox Hunt0200Z-0330Z, Jan 2
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Jan 2
+ WW PMC Contest1200Z, Jan 3 to 1200Z, Jan 4
+ ARRL RTTY Roundup1800Z, Jan 3 to 2400Z, Jan 4

+ EUCW 160m Contest2000Z, Jan 3 to 0700Z, Jan 4
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Jan 9
+ North American QSO Party, CW1800Z, Jan 10 to 0600Z, Jan 11
+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, CW0630Z-0830Z, Jan 11
+ DARC 10-Meter Contest0900Z-1059Z, Jan 11

+ NRAU-Baltic Contest, SSB0900Z-1100Z, Jan 11
+ Midwinter Contest1000Z-1400Z, Jan 11
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Jan 16
+ LZ Open Contest0000Z-0400Z, Jan 17
+ Hungarian DX Contest1200Z, Jan 17 to 1200Z, Jan 18
+ North American QSO Party, SSB1800Z, Jan 17 to 0600Z, Jan 18

+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Jan 23
+ CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW2200Z, Jan 23 to 2159Z, Jan 25
+ REF Contest, CW0600Z, Jan 24 to 1800Z, Jan 25
+ BARTG RTTY Sprint1200Z, Jan 24 to 1200Z, Jan 25
+ ARRL January VHF Contest1900Z, Jan 24 to 0359Z, Jan 26
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, Jan 30
+ UBA DX Contest, SSB1300Z, Jan 31 to 1300Z, Feb 1
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