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BRISTOL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VIRGINIA/TENNESSEE - USA
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The meeting for the month of August will be presented by Bunky Botts, K4EJQ and is titled SWR? Bunky's presentation is based on an article he is writing for publication. Bunky always has a
wonderful presentation so come on out and see what Bunky has prepared for us.
Two Meter Net
On Tuesday night @ 9:00 PM on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones, Dale, KT4SQ, and Chris, K4XMN take turns as net Control for the BARC weekly net. This net meets weekly on the 146.670
repeater. Try to remember to check in and see what these two are into. If you are interested in becoming a Net Control get in touch with either Dale, or Chris or let Tom Shutters, K4FJW current club president know. Thank You.
There will be a testing session at the end of this meeting for new licensees or those interested in upgrading.
Hawaii QSO Party - weekend of Aug 23 rd
KH6LC asks that we watch for him.
Tennessee QSO Party
BARC 2013 winning club
The club dues for 2014 are now long overdue. If for some reason you have not paid your dues you can give them to Toni Ward, KF4BMW or you can mail a check for fifteen dollars to: BARC C/O Toni
Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Drive, Bristol Tennessee,37620. Thanks
Repeater Back Up
I am so happy to report that 224.100 220 repeater tone 77.0 is finally back up and on the air again. It has been off the air for a long time but Gerald Saunders, K4YW finally got it going again.
Since it went down Gerald has changed jobs and towns, he lives in Wytheville, Va. His new job is in Roanoke, Virginia which makes it impossible to commute daily. Any way old Gerald has it up and going again and it really sounds great sitting from Brumley Mountain North of Abingdon. I was able to recently hook up with Ben, K4EDI and talk him home from the other side of Jonesville Virginia
which is quite a way for one repeater.
Tennessee CW Net - from Jim Hite AA4AJ
The TN CW net took a summer break. We plan to restart sometime in September - Labor day to the 15th depending on opinions. There will be a few changes such as we plan to have a slow CW night (Friday) with speeds at 7 to 10 wpm. Is it possible to get a notice in the next newsletter (assuming we get our act together by then) to let people know that don't check into either the SSB or the CW nets in TN ?? The net is not limited to Tennessee amateurs. We have QNI from other states regularly.
GERMAN RADIO HAMS GET 70 MHZ ACCESS
The German Federal Network Agency has approved the use of 70.000 to 70.030 MHz by Class A radio amateurs through August 31st. The German national society, the DARC report the restrictions are similar to those for the 50 MHz band. Those are a maximum of 25 watts Effective Radiated Power, permission to use all modes with a bandwidth of up to 12 Kilohertz into a horizontally polarized antenna system.
This temporary authorization means that the 4 meter band is available in Germany for the first time since way back in 1957. The DARC says it will work with the various agencies necessary in hope of garnering a permanent allocation for the band.
SPAIN EXTENDS 5 MHZ OPERATIONS TEST
Hams in Spain are getting a time extension for their use of the 5 MHz or 80 meter band. Back on January 1st Spain’s Department of Post and Telecommunications authorized the use of several frequencies in that spectrum until this past June 30th. But following a request from the Union Radioaficionados Espanoles, the nations telecommunications regulator has granted permission for use of the band to continue until November 30th, 2015
The frequencies authorized are 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz, with a power of 100 Watts PEP. Because these channels are not in common with any 5 MHz allocations outside Spain, hams in other countries making contact with Spanish stations on 60 meters are reminded that their own transmitted signal
must remain within their nations designated frequency allocation.
CLIPS AIRED ON TV WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE ON-LINE CLOSED CAPTIONING
The FCC has voted unanimously to apply online closed captioning mandates to video clips that originally aired on TV. The mandate applies only to clips from programs that were originally captioned on TV, and only to sites owned or controlled by that TV distributor. It does not apply to library programming that predates the
compliance deadlines. The new rules will be phased in gradually starting in January of 2016 with the process to be completed by July of 2017. The complete story is on the web at http://tinyurl.com/llt5sao
FACEBOOK SAYS OK TO HAM CALLS AS ALTERNATE NAME
Officially licensed amateur radio operators may now use their call sign as their alternate name, or nickname, on their individual Facebook profiles.
This thanks to Richard Bobbitt, NW7OR, who recently organized a petition drive on the social media site in the hope of achieving this goal. It turned out that Jeff Ferland, KB1PNB, who works at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found the petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he belongs. After doing a bit of research Ferland wrote the necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.
To add your call Bobitt says to go to go to “Settings”, then click on “Edit Your Name.” In the middle of the page you will see the words “Alternate Name.” That’s where you can add your callsign. Bobbitt says that the petition was originally the idea of Richard Allcorn, KW7PTL, without whom, this may not have happened so easily and quickly. Over 1000 hams on Facebook signed the petition within the first week or so after it was posted on the various Facebook ham radio pages.
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: SURREY SPACE CENTRE ANNOUNCES UK CUBESAIL SATELLITE PROJECT
The United Kingdom’s Surrey Space Center is embarking on a very fascinating new project that will include Amateur Radio as we hear from News line’s Heather Embee, KB3TZD:
They are calling it CubeSail and describing it as an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project from the Surrey Space Centre. One that its builders hope to launch into a 680 kilometer Sun Synchronous Orbit sometime in December of this year.
CubeSail will be a 3 unit size CubeSat with a 6 kilogram mass. A key feature of this tiny bird will be its ability to deploy a 25 square meter sail structure. This will be used to demonstrate the propulsion effect of solar radiation pressure sometimes referred to as solar sailing.
It will also show the increased de-orbiting capabilities of the sail as a drag augmentation device.
The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur radio operators will be able to receive. At
the moment the designers are considering the use of a 9600 Bit-Per-Second AX.25 protocol on the downlink. The International Amateur Radio Union Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel has already
assigned CubeSail a downlink frequency of 435.240 MHz.
RADIO IN SPACE: ISEE-3 THRUSTERS FAIL TO FIRE
NASA’s International Earth Sun Explorer also known as ISEE-3 will not be resuming its original mission after all. This after the citizen scientists, engineers and ham radio operators trying to rescue it discovered on July 9 that the almost four decade old space observatory’s propulsion system is no longer working.
According to Keith Cowing, who spearheaded the ISEE-3 Reboot Project along with Dennis Wingo, KD4ETA, there was no burn and no detected no acceleration after the July 9th scheduled burn.
The failure may have come as a surprise to controllers. The spacecraft’s small hydrazine thrusters had been fired successfully on July 3rd and systems appeared nominal. And on July 8, the spacecrafts thrusters even managed to perform one of the six burns that would have set it up for a return to the orbit into which it was launched in 1978.
But all is not lost. Controllers at the ISEE-3 Reboot Project were able to place the spacecraft into its science mode using the big dish antenna at the Arecibo radio observatory in Puerto Rico. This will allow its instrument to collect data and radio it back to Earth for several months before it flies out of practical communications range.
In addition to Wingo, other hams who were involved in the ISEE-3 Reboot Project included Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA, and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO.
AMAZON ASKS FAA TO PERMIT DRONE PACKAGE DELIVERY TESTS
Amazon.com is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to field test drone aircraft as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Amateur Radio New-sline’s Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has the rest of the story:
In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, July 9th, Amazon.com said it is developing aerial
vehicles as part of its previously announced Amazon Prime Air delivery service. It noted that these high tech delivery aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. The company noted that about 86 percent of its deliveries weigh 5 pounds or less. The Federal Aviation Administration currently allows hobbyists and model aircraft makers limited privileges to fly remote controlled drones, but their commercial use is all but completely prohibited. Amazon is asking for an exemption to the ban so it can test its design for the proposed delivery service. The Seattle, Washington-based company says its drone testing will only take place over Amazon's private property, away from airports or areas with aviation activity and definitely away from military bases. With Amazon’s paperwork now submitted, at this point, its all up to the FAA to decide.
congratulations to the ARRL which is holding its Centenary Convention as this newscast goes to air. This gathering marks the 100th anniversary of the League which is the official representative of United States radio amateurs to our government and to the world.
It is truly a remarkable achievement for any organization to last for 100 years but the ARRL has made the mark and is not looking back. So as the League moves into its second century of representation of the United States amateur radio service please permit us to add our thanks to the ARRL for what you have done and what you will do in the future. Without the ARRL its doubtful if any of us would be enjoying ham radio as we know it today.
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HA9MDN will be on the air stroke 9A from Vir Island between July 25th and August 3rd. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. QSL via his home callsign by the bureau or eQSL.
ZS6AYU, will be operational from Botswana as A25GF between September 1st and the 3rd. This will be on 6 meters only expedition from Grid Square KH 22 and beaming North. He hopes to be on the air between 1300
until around 1900 UTC on 50.097 MHz CW. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the bureau.
DL7VOA will be active as J34O from Grenada between November 22nd and December 6th. Activity will be holiday style and include the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest on November 29th and 30th. QSL via DL7VOA either direct or via the bureau.
TA1HZ reports that will be operating from Palau as T88HZ between October 24th to the 30th including the CQ World Wide SSB Contest. The log from this operation will be uploaded to Logbook of the World of the World as soon as time permits. QSL to TA1HZ direct or via the s will be sent out in June 2016 via the bureau.
Lastly, listen for station HS50RAST to be active through December 31st to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand. QSL via E21EIC direct or electronically via Logbook to the World.
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Aug 1
+ TARA Grid Dip Shindig
0000Z-2400Z, Aug 2
+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB
0001Z, Aug 2 to 2359Z, Aug 3
+ European HF Championship
1200Z-2359Z, Aug 2
+ North American QSO Party, CW
1800Z, Aug 2 to 0559Z, Aug 3
+ ARRL August UHF Contest
1800Z, Aug 2 to 1800Z, Aug 3
+ RSGB RoPoCo CW
0700Z-0830Z, Aug 3
+ SARL HF Phone Contest
1300Z-1630Z, Aug 3
+ ARS Spartan Sprint
0100Z-0300Z, Aug 5
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Aug 7
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Aug 8
+ WAE DX Contest, CW
0000Z, Aug 9 to 2359Z, Aug 10
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 9 to 2400Z, Aug 10
+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
0030Z-0230Z, Aug 13
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Aug 14
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Aug 15
+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest
0000Z, Aug 16 to 1600Z, Aug 17
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest
0600 local, Aug 16 to 2400 local, Aug 17
+ North American QSO Party, SSB
1800Z, Aug 16 to 0559Z, Aug 17
+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY
1800Z-2359Z, Aug 17
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Aug 21
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Aug 22
+ Hawaii QSO Party
0400Z, Aug 23 to 0400Z, Aug 25
+ Ohio QSO Party
1600Z, Aug 23 to 0400Z, Aug 24
+ QRP Fox Hunt
0100Z-0230Z, Aug 28
+ NCCC Sprint Ladder
0230Z-0300Z, Aug 29
+ YO DX HF Contest
1200Z, Aug 30 to 1200Z, Aug 31
+ SCC RTTY Championship
1200Z, Aug 30 to 1159Z, Aug 31
+ SARL HF CW Contest