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

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

Program presdented by: *** Mr. Bunky Botts, K4EJQ


Meeting for the Month of May

The program for the month of May will be presented by Bunky Botts, K4EJQ. It will be about the six meter beam he built. It has 18 elements and is so long you cannot turn it! I know he has had great satisfaction from his end on it, it does a great job. Come on out and see what Bunky has in store for us, he always has great program.

V.E. Testing
Each month after the meeting a group of hams led by Ben Morris, K4EDI and others take the time to administer the Tech thru Extra class ham tests. The reason I say and others there are several hams who have the certification of VE Examiner who cannot be there each month so they will always have a test group on hand. If you desire to take a test to upgrade or if you know someone who is, please get in touch with Ben. His email is; or you may call him @ 276.591.0102.

The club dues are now past due. They are fifteen dollars and run from January 1, thru December 31 of the same year. You can pay them at the club meeting or you mail a check for fifteen dollars 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 there is a net held on the frequency of 146.670, no tones and minus offset. This is one of the longest running nets on the East Coast. Dale Barker, KT4SQ is the usual "Net Control Station" so try to check in and see what old Dale is up to. Thanks

BARC Club Competition
We have only 1 Club Competition Contest for May.
CQ WPX Contest
CW: May 30-31, 2015
Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday
Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday

Not even a year after TEN-TEC and Alpha Amplifiers merged under the RF Concepts banner, the companies have once again changed ownership. This as RKR Designs LLC of Longmont, Colorado, announced on April 2 that it has acquired the two brands.

RKR Designs leadership includes Ken Long, N0QO, Richard Gall, and Rich Danielson. Long has over 20 years in the electronics and Amateur Radio industries. He will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the new company.

Gall and Danielson of QSC Systems in Longmont have been a successful contract manufacturer for over two decades. That company has been building Alpha amplifiers for more than 5 years and boards for TEN-TEC gear since RF Concepts bought the company last year.
RKR Designs LLC is a privately-held company and the terms of the acquisition of the assets of RF Concepts was not disclosed. A media release says that RKR plans to expand the product lines while continuing to service their customers.

Some names in the news. Bill Cross, W3TN, known unofficially as amateur radio's point man at the FCC retired on Friday, April 3rd, after a career spanning almost four decades with the regulatory agency.

Officially a Program Analyst in the Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Cross started with the Amateur Radio Group in what was then the Private Radio Bureau. That became the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau when other services were added in 1989. Prior to that, he worked in the Common Carrier Bureau which has since been renamed as the Wireline Competition Bureau.

A ham since 1968, the married father of two said he's still active on the air but strictly on High Frequency SSB and CW. In a recent interview he told the ARRL Letter that he hopes to expand his time for ham radio once away from the daily grind. He has already achieved the DXCC Honor Roll and actively participates in the Islands on the Air program.

Many radio amateurs had the opportunity to meet Cross when he conducted the once popular Dayton Hamvention Amateur Radio FCC forum, which has since fallen victim to FCC budget trimming. You can read more detailing W3TN's career at the FCC on the web at (ARRL)


HB9AW is a Switzerland-based 60 meter CW beacon project that sends its callsign at 10 watts out followed by five dashes, each lasting five seconds. The first dash is sent at the same 10 watts followed by the next at 5 watts, then at 1 watt, 100 milliwatts and the fifth dash at 10 milliwatts.

The HB9AW beacon can be found on 5.291 MHz occupying a narrow bandwidth of only about 100 Hertz. So far over 2,000 reports have been received from all over Europe, and the beacon has also been heard in the Americas. Those wishing to send a reception report can do so on-line at

Gould Smith, WA4SXM's 's book titled Getting Started With Amateur Satellites is being updated to tell you how you can get ready to operate through the Fox-1 satellites launching later this year. Additional chapters in the book tell you about tracking software, orbital mechanics, antennas, radios, Doppler tuning, and operating techniques.

Going beyond brief descriptions in Hamfest flyers, this book will provide a complete reference for new satellite users to assemble a basic station and to make your first satellite contacts. It will also explain will how to incrementally upgrade a simple FM only satellite station to include automated tracking as well as operating through the CW and SSB linear pass-band satellites.

A companion Fox-1A reference sheet is also being planned for release. This will be made available for the AMSAT's Field Operations Team for distribution at Hamfests and satellite operating demonstrations.

Watch for the 2015 edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites book and reference sheet at the AMSAT booth at the Dayton Hamvention and in the AMSAT on-line store shortly after. That u-r-l is: (ANS)

Ukraine Today reports that Tomasz Brol, SP9UOB, launched a high altitude balloon to capture video the Solar Eclipse that took place back on Friday, March 20th.
In the article SP9UOB called this a successful experiment. He said that he was able to pick up a signal from the balloon and then showed live internet information giving its position and its altitude.

To make the balloon flight more interactive, a radio signal tracing its path was made available so that amateurs worldwide could track its position. The capsule carrying the cameras was equipped with a GPS and APRS transmitter to find the devices later. After descent, the SP9UOB electronics package landed some 80 kilometers from Gliwice, Poland.

This was a Total Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, Norway, and a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. It began at 07:41 and ended at 11:50 UTC.

In DX up-front, VE3LYC says that he is planning to activate Melville Island sometime between August 3rd and the 10th but the exact dates have not yet been announced. Melville Island lies in the eastern Timor Sea off the coast of Australia's Northern Territory. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula and north of Darwin with a tropical climate. According to a report in the Ohio – Penn DX newsletter VE3LYC says that landing permission and logistics have been granted. Full details will be announced in the near future on a dedicated Web page to be created for this operation.

EA5IDQ will be on the air stroke 3B8 from the island of Mauritius between May 10th to the 18th. He then moves to Rodriguez Island and operate stroke 3B9 from May 19th to the 23rd. He plans to be on 40 through 10 meters from both Islands using SSB and RTTY. QSLs via EA5IDQ direct or by the Bureau. You can also QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

Listen out for J52HF to be operating from Guinea – Bisseau through May 30th. The station operator is IZ3BUR who will be on 20, 15,10 and 6 meters during his spare time. Modes of choice are SSB and PSK31. His log will be uploaded to ClubLog when he returns to Italy. For information including QSL routing send an E-mail to: veronadxteam (at) gmail (dot) com.

Lastly, JA1NLX will once again be active as 3D2YA, but this time from Yangeta Island. This operation will take place between September 23rd to the 28th on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JA1NLX direct or via the OQRS that's now set up on Club Log. He adds that he does not send cards via the bureau.

And a group of operators from Japan will be active from Bhutan as A52AEF, A52ARJ, A52IVU, and A52LSS, respectively between April 30th and May 5th. Their operation will be on 80 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes. Maximum power will be 200 watts into various directional and wire antennas. QSL A52AEF via JH3AEF; A52ARJ via JA3ARJ; A52IVU via JA3IVU and A52LSS via JH3LSS. See each call on for more details.

The latest International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring Service Newsletter prepared by Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, is now available for free download. There's lots of news concerning intruders into the ham bands as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB:
[Stephen] Among the items covered in this latest issue are the Russian channel markers that have shown up in the amateur radio High Frequency bands.

One of these is on 3 dot 756 kHz from Tuapse on the northeast shore of the Black Sea. Its signal is audible every evening with the actual transmission mode being A3E. That means it puts out a carrier and both sidebands modulated by short tone bursts which are called pip tones called master and slave. Earlier reports had pegged its location as being in the Ukraine but those proved to be inaccurate.

Another intruder reported was Radio Ertrea which appeared on 7.175 MHz with very strong signals in Europe but with a rather unstable carrier. Also that an Australian Over The Horizon Radar has been heard operating daily on 21.295 MHz using different sweep rates.

As the newsletter went to publication the Monitoring Service indicated that Radio Hargaysa in Somalia was still transmitting on 7.120 MHz while the Voice of Iran on 7.200 MHz was also audible on 7.195.5 during the afternoons. inaccurate.

Another intruder reported was Radio Ertrea which appeared on 7.175 MHz with very strong signals in Europe but with a rather unstable carrier. Also that an Australian Over The Horizon Radar has been heard operating daily on 21.295 MHz using different sweep rates.

As the newsletter went to publication the Monitoring Service indicated that Radio Hargaysa in Somalia was still transmitting on 7.120 MHz while the Voice of Iran on 7.200 MHz was also audible on 7.195.5 during the afternoons.

And be sure to listen out for special event station 3A90IARU in Monaco through June 30th. This station is also in celebration of the 90th anniversary of International Amateur Radio Union. Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via 3A2ARM, direct, by the bureau or electronically using Logbook of the World.

In DX up front, word that the Northern California DX Foundation has announced announce a grant of $50,000 to the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition planned for this coming November. In its April 2nd press release the NCDXF noted that Heard Island has moved up to the number 5 position on the ClubLog Most Wanted List, after the recent Navassa operation was completed.

Within the last year the Northern California DX Foundation has given $175,000 in grants to operations in Iran, the Andaman, Navassa, Eritrea, South Sandwich, South Georgia, Chesterfield islands and now Heard Island. It will also be lending its support to a yet unannounced DXpedition which will be in or near the Top Ten Most Wanted.

The Northern California DX Foundation has been doing this for the past 42 years. It adds that the credit for these large grants goes to contributors, individuals and clubs who believe in supporting it.

May 2015
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, May 1
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, May 1
+ AGCW QRP/QRP Party1300Z-1900Z, May 1

+ 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW0001Z, May 2 to 2359Z, May 3
+ SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and Club Challenge0600 local, May 2 to 2359 local, May 3
+ Microwave Spring Sprint0800-1300 local, May 2
+ ARI International DX Contest1200Z, May 2 to 1159Z, May 3
+ 7th Call Area QSO Party1300Z, May 2 to 0700Z, May 3
+ Indiana QSO Party1600Z, May 2 to 0400Z, May 3
+ Delaware QSO Party1700Z, May 2 to 2359Z, May 3
+ New England QSO Party2000Z, May 2 to 0500Z, May 3 and
1300Z-2400Z, May 3

+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB1900Z-2030Z, May 4
+ MIE 33 Contest2300Z, May 4 to 0300Z, May 5
+ ARS Spartan Sprint0100Z-0300Z, May 5
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, May 6 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 6 and 0300Z-0400Z, May 7
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest1700Z-1800Z, May 7 (CW) and
1800Z-1900Z, May 7 (SSB) and
1900Z-2000Z, May 7 (FM) and
2000Z-2100Z, May 7 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, May 8
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, May 8
+ VOLTA WW RTTY Contest1200Z, May 9 to 1200Z, May 10
+ CQ-M International DX Contest1200Z, May 9 to 1159Z, May 10
+ F9AA Cup, PSK1200Z, May 9 to 1200Z, May 10
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon1200Z, May 9 to 2400Z, May 10
+ FISTS Spring Sprint1700Z-2100Z, May 9+ 50 MHz Spring Sprint2300Z, May 9 to
0300Z, May 10

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, May 13 and
1900Z-2000Z, May 13 and
0300Z-0400Z, May 14
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data1900Z-2030Z, May 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, May 15+ NCCC Sprint0230Z-0300Z, May 15
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW1200Z, May 16 to 1200Z, May 17
+ Feld Hell Sprint1600Z-1759Z, May 16 and 2000Z-2159Z, May 16
+ WAB 7 MHz Phone1000Z-1400Z, May 17

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest0100Z-0300Z, May 18+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, May 20 and
1900Z-2000Z, May 20 and
0300Z-0400Z, May 21
+ NAQCC CW Sprint0030Z-0230Z, May 21
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW1900Z-2030Z, May 21+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, May 22
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, May 22
+ EU PSK DX Contest1200Z, May 23 to 1200Z, May 24
+ Baltic Contest2100Z, May 23 to 0200Z, May 24

+ SKCC Sprint0000Z-0200Z, May 27
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, May 27 and 1900Z-2000Z, May 27 and
0300Z-0400Z, May 28
+ UKEICC 80m Contest2000Z-2100Z, May 27
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint0145Z-0215Z, May 29
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder0230Z-0300Z, May 29
+ CQ WW WPX Contest, CW 0000Z, May 30 to 2359Z, May 31
+ SARL Digital Con