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The Next Meeting  *** September 1, 2016  at 7 PM 

 Location: *** Bristol Regional Med. ctr. lower level - see Hall Monitor

Presentation By   ***   Different Club Members


Meeting for Sept     *** The program for September will be called “Radios to Go”. It will be presented by different club members and I am not sure who yet. So come on out and see what this program is about and who puts it on . I am in the dark on this one myself!

Bristol Two Meter Net
On Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, The frequency of 146.670, minus offset, no tones is the home of The Bristol Two Meter Net. Dale Barker, KT4SQ is the Net Control Station. Dale runs a very good net and everyone is invited to check in and take part. Jim Bond, KL1ZA, Gary Maiden, N4KZS, and some other people help Dale out some times. Y’all be sure and check in we need all the help we can get keeping an eye on Dale. You just never know!

VE Testing
Ben Morris, K4EDI, and the gang will be once again giving VE tests after each meeting. All exams Tech thru Extra will be given. If you need to get in touch with Ben you may call him at 276/791/0102 or you can email him at: Ben and the rest of the VE’s do a wonderful job so if you know someone who is looking to take their Tech test or wanting to upgrade tell them about our VE sessions. Remember a photo ID is required and if you are want to upgrade a photo copy of your license is required also. The fee is fifteen dollars and Ben says that the correct change is greatly appreciated. Him and the other VEs, run a very good test session so just give them a try! Ben and his gang of VE’s do a bang up job! Be prepared for the test,besides that no had come for the VE Test last meeting and old Ben had to explain why he was early getting home!

BARC Dues for 2016
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now accepting the dues for 2016. These dues run fifteen dollars per year and they cover from January1, thru December 31 of the same year. You can pay them at the next meeting or you can mail a check to: BARC, C/O Toni Ward, KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. The year 2016 is now over one half over  believe it or not! So if you haven’t paid your dues for 2016 please get them in to Toni. This is the month of September already so you might be able to cut a real dealwith her! You know like,’this is Sept. can’t you cut me some slack!’Then again she might say since this year is almost over how about 2017!

Date CHANGE ON Bob Lilly’s Hamfest!
Bob lilly, W4BCU has had a time change in his “giveaway hamfest”. He says it will be the same week as the club meeting but it will be held on Saturday. So don’t forget about Bob’s Hamfest on the 3rd of September 2016 at Bob’s place at Blountville, Tennessee.

BridgeCom Systems BCH-220 HT for 220 MHz now shippingIntroducing the BCH-220 Handheld radio. It operates between 222-225 MHz, 1.25m, and features user selectable 5 or 2 Watts. Other features included: LCD Display, DTMF Keypad, 199 channels, 50 CTCSS/105 DCS, durable, good battery life, light weight at 230 grams and it is a perfect size to fit in the palm of your hand. For a full list of features and a specs visit or call 816-532-8451.
Bridgecom Systems, Inc. was established in 2004 and is located in Smithville, MO. We specialize in the development of communications equipment for land mobile radio and remote monitoring industries. Our first product to market was an analog FM community repeater available in both UHF and VHF. Since that time, we developed an LTR controller and a new repeater series called the BCR available in UHF, 220 MHz anVHF. Bridgecom Systems signature product is called TL-NET. TL-NET is a multi-site wide area linking product that links RF sites including: LTR, conventional, digital, P25 and more. As a third-party developer for MOTOTRBO products, TL-NET also allows for various enhancements to MOTOTRBO digital repeaters operating in IP-Site connect mode.
In addition, we offer concept to reality engineering for your design and manufacturing needs. Our services include electronic and software engineering and complete turn-key communication solutions.
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--------------------Tennessee QSO Party
September 4, 1800 UTC - September 5, 0300 UTC

Illegal GPS sea buoys on 10 meters
A group of Portuguese amateur radio enthusiasts are spending their own vacation time trying to identify the location of a series of GPS buoy clusters that are transmitting, illegally and for years, on the 10 meter band.
"So far, we have had some success in determining the location of the few that we can receive when propagation allows. The data suggests that these clusters are located in the Atlantic, alongside the coasts of Africa and Europe but it´s possible that they are present elsewhere", indicates Paulo Teixeira, CT2IWW.

According to Paulo´s description, these transmissions consist of three second long F1B bursts(RTTY) at 51bd, 300 kHz shift. Individual transmissions are 10 seconds apart with the whole process repeating every five minutes. Frequencies are between 28000kHz and 28120kHz, at 5 kHz intervals.
"So far we detected them on 28010, 28025, 28035, 28050, 28065, 28075 and 28101 khz but we believe that other frequency ranges are possible", advances the team´s spokesman.

The group requests the assistance of the amateur community, particularly of those amateurs along the Atlantic, to look out for these transmissions and record them, since they are having a tough time getting more samples, due to lack of propagation.

"More recordings are needed in order to get greater consistency of the decoded data and, possibly, work on an automated or semi-automated decoding solution", detailed Paulo, CT2IWW.

According to the group, it´s important that the recordings indicate the date, start time UTC, frequency and mode, preferably in USB. Audio center frequency between MARK and SPACE should be kept as close as possible to 1500Hz to achieve grater consistency (eg. 28025kHz should tuned at 28023.5kHz USB). Recordings should be, at least, 10 to 20 minutes long.
Results can be emailed directly to CT2IWW (email info on QRZ.COM) or, preferably, as a link to a cloud upload like Dropbox, Mega, etc.

National Parks on the Air Update
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club put on a first-class activation of the White House Ellipse, which counts for President’s Park (DZ10) in ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program. After considerable effort to secure a permit from the National Park Service, the club set up two stations on the Ellipse on August 5 and 6 and made more than 1200 HF contacts on SSB and CW. AMSAT-NA Secretary Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, also handed out the unit on several Amateur Radio satellite passes.
Kudos to the Rogers High School Amateur Radio Club (W1VRC) in Newport, Rhode Island, for a successful activation of the Touro Synagogue National Historic Site (AA24). The high school club teamed up with the Middletown All Saints STEAM Academy’s ham radio club (N1ASA) to make the August 7 activation a success.
For August 11-17, there are 33 Activations on tap, including the first-ever activation of Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska, and Wupatki National Monument in Arizona.
Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.

New Hamfest Site for Dayton Hamfest
Greene County officials announced the annual Hamvention event will relocate there after the Hara Arena closes.
Greene County Agricultural Society Board of Directors made the announcement in partnership with Greene County Board of Commissioners, city of Xenia and Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Since 1952, Hamvention, a multi-day convention of ham radios, has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.
“We are so excited to be working with the Dayton Hamvention to bring an event of this caliber to the Fairgrounds and Expo Center,” said Alan Anderson president of the Greene County Board of Commissioners, in a release. “Spend time with this group of professionals and volunteers and their passion for running a first-class event immediately becomes abundantly clear.” The annual economic impact of this event is about $17 million, in hotel stays, restaurants, gas stations and local merchants.

“We appreciate and value all the time and effort of the many partners, in particular the Greene County Agricultural Society, the Greene County Board of Commissioners and the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has put into helping Hamvention find the right venue to continue our long history here in the Miami Valley,” said Ron Cramer, general chairman of Hamvention, in a release.

 Ham Radio Deluxe Version
HRD Software, LLC announces the release of Version as a maintenance release. Everyone that has purchased HRD since February 2012 will get the fixes at no charge. This is a fix only version with no new features.
The fixes include:
 fix for split off on spot on some machines when using VFO B and TX-B LB
· set correct bitmap for "various" toolbar on RC RC
· code changes for Orion ii DM, LB
· Fix WSI refresh on cluster. LB
· Update only matching entries in Cluster for a Log Add. LB
· CW mode Fixed for flex. RC
· fixed Data controller macros (for TNCs) DM
· Fixed email case sensitive bug LB
· fixes for sending IF after FA or FB on Elecraft remoterig RC
· fix for reset split on save and reset ALE LB
HRD begins work on a 64 bit version. The number of 32 bit versions of Windows are down to less than 5%, so it’s time to move forward. We will continue to do both 32 and 64 bit versions for the near future, but the focus in 2017 will be 64 but only.
As announced before, the JT65 interface for DM-780 is on hold until further notice. We will announce when development on it resumes.
As mentioned in another press release, Mike Carper, WA9PIE has his cluster back up. This is the recommend cluster for HRD.
As always, HRD is available to “try before you buy,” with a complementary 30-day trial that includes live technical support. If you have had a trial before and not purchased, email the sales team for a 10 day extension.
Call HRD at 813-434-4650 or email
Purchase and download
Ham Radio Deluxe:
HRD Paid support:
HRD Peer Support Forum:
HRD YouTube Channel:

The Doctor Will See You Now!
SWR” is the topic of the current 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, 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: Software Defined Radio.
ARES® Day in Palm Beach County Recruits 15 New Members
It was ARES® Day on July 30 in Palm Beach County, Florida. Sponsored by Palm Beach County ARES, the event at the Palm Beach/Martin County Red Cross Chapter in West Palm Beach attracted 50 radio amateurs, and 15 joined ARES. The Red Cross provided lunch.
“Thanks to the Red Cross and all who attended,” said Central County Emergency Coordinator Barry Porter, KB1PA. “Palm Beach County ARES is now more prepared if we are needed by any of our served agencies. It was a positive event that energized all who attended.”
Local ham radio clubs were represented at the event and offered assistance, along with District Emergency Coordinator Charlie Benn, WB2SNN; South County Emergency Coordinator Bob Vastola, KK4ATI; North County Emergency Coordinator Chris Anderson, KK4ENJ, and Porter. Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, and Section Emergency Coordinator Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ, attended.
Activities included demonstrations of emergency power equipment, digital communications using packet and Winlink, National Traffic System™ and NTS™digital communication, how to build an effective UHF/VHF antenna, portable VHF and UHF antennas, and what’s inside a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle.
Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Julius T. Freeman, KB2OFY, SK
Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Julius T. Freeman, KB2OFY, of Spring Garden, New York, died on July 22 after suffering a heart attack. He was 89. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Freeman served during World War II as a medic with the famed 332nd Tuskegee Airmen. He was a frequent speaker at schools and civic organizations.
When Freeman returned home after his wartime service, he was dismayed to find that widespread segregation and the Jim Crow Era persisted. As a personal protest, he discarded his Army uniform and military memorabilia, not acknowledging his military service again until many years later.
A flamboyant and highly successful car salesman, Freeman began his career at a Columbus, Ohio, Hudson Motorcar dealership; during the war, Freeman had saved the grateful owner’s son’s life. So successful was Freeman in this venture that he became the first African-American spokesperson to appear in TV commercials in Ohio. In 1954, he was lured to New York with hopes of greater success, but he found no jobs for African-American car salesmen. So, he went to work emptying trash cans on the graveyard shift at the Empire State Building.
A few years later, though, he broke back into auto sales, again achieving success. In 1977 he sold more than $1 million worth of Lincolns. Freeman also became the car salesman to such African-American celebrities as Sammy Davis Jr, James Brown, Dick Gregory, Joe Louis, and Wilson Pickett. He retired in 2008, although he appeared in a 2015 commercial for a Long Island Honda dealership.
In 2007 President George W. Bush awarded Freeman and the other “Red Tails” the Congressional Gold Medal, although Freeman was too ill to attend the ceremony, which honored the estimated 16,000 or more Tuskegee Airmen. Freeman once again embraced his military past, visiting schools and educating youth about the role that the Tuskegee Airmen had played.
A Technician licensee, Freeman had been an ARRL member in the 1990s.
ARISS US Team to Host ARISS-International Summit
The US Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team will host the ARISS-International “face-to-face” summit in the Houston, Texas, area this fall. A highlight of the November 15-18 gathering will be a tour of NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) — across the street from the meeting site at the ISS Conference Facility, 1800 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas. Members of the public may attend as observers.
The ARISS-International meeting will follow on the heels of the AMSAT Space Symposium, and ARISS has encouraged Symposium participants to stay for the ARISS-International meeting. The ARISS-International summit coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ARISS program; the first international ARISS meeting took place at NASA JSC in November 1996, and ARISS will commemorate its 2 decades of success at this year’s summit.
This year’s meeting will focus on the ARISS hardware development project and future initiatives, sustaining the ARISS program through strategic partnerships and fundraising, and improving educational outcomes. Anyone interested in attending the ARISS-International meeting November 15-18 may contact Rosalie White, K1STO, or ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO.

W3TTW turning 100 years old this month and still active on 40M CW!
A good radio friend of mine will be 100 years old in August. He is still active on 40M CW and is still very sharp. His name is Woody and his call is W3TTW.
Due to his achievement of making it with a very good quality of life, Martha and I are holding a special birthday picnic for all his radio friends. So far, we have about 35 people that will attend. I decided it would be nice to set up a station outside and kind of make it a special event station to celebrate his achievement. The picnic will be on August 2, 2016 and the picnic will start around 12 noon EDT. I would imagine we should be on the air from the outside picnic area station around 1PM or so. I put up a 40M dipole for the occasion and I am guessing we will be on 7.270 +/- QRM. We will be using Woody's call -W3TTW / 3.
Out QTH is about 20 miles east of Lancaster, PA. So if you have 40M capability and the 40M band is good from your QTH to S.E. PA give a listen for us. I am sure Woody would like to chat with you. I have attached a picture in his younger years at one of his earlier stations. TNX Joe, W3GMS
ARRL Digital Membership $9.99/6 months
I absolutely love the ARRL and how important you folks are for defending our band and operating privileges, and everything else you do as a wonderful organization representing the best interests of amateur radio in the United States. No other country in the world has a group like you, and without you, the bands for us would be a sorry state of affairs like they are in many other parts of the world..
I thought about renewing my ARRL membership, but I just can't allow $50 for that. I am still saving up $40 of fun money for an extra baofong handheld or my next antenna project. I represent a large part of the amateur radio community. I am younger than 40 and not wealthy but financially responsible. I am very busy with my jobs and my gf and my house and my dogs. I have only so much time for radio and an occasional antenna project. I have no interest in a print magazine or radio insurance or any other membership benefit, other than possibly an email forward. (You could corner all of these markets if you tried to keep up with digital versions of articles and the internet in general)
I would gladly have $9.99 automatically taken off my debit card every 6 months for an expanded monthly digital version of the ARRL letter including advertising, articles featuring new product reviews, antenna projects, qrp projects, theory, myths vs facts and so on. I would be so
excited for the next version to come out each month to read on my tablet between meetings and classes and in my rare evening downtime. I would also enjoy few other member benefits.
If I was the ARRL and I only had 1/5th membership or 160,000+ of the 740,000+ of licensed (which is the most ever and growing fast), I would be very interested in getting at least 1/2 or 2/3 of that culture. Your articles would be much more relevant reaching 50-70% of your target audience compared to about 20% now and your advertising would be much more valuable because it could reach 3 times the audience.

Strongest solar flare of 2016 just occurred
Departing sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23rd, twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession. The first @ 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter Scale of Flares. The second @ 0516 UT registered M7.6, making it the strongest flare of 2016 so far. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flare's extreme ultraviolet flash:
Radiation from the two flares ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a blackout of shortwave radio transmissions over the Pacific side of Earth. Blackout maps from NOAA show the frequencies and territories affected: blackout #1, blackout #2. People who might have noticed the blackouts include ham radio operators, mariners and aviators.
The explosions likely hurled CMEs into space. However, we won't know for sure until coronagraph images from SOHO become available later in the day. Stay tuned for updates.

FCC Notice of Violation Alleges Malicious Interference, Transmitting Music, Failure to Identify
The FCC has issued a Notice of Violation (NoV) to a California Amateur Radio licensee, alleging that he caused willful and malicious interference, transmitted music, and failed to identify properly. The FCC Enforcement Bureau said in the Notice, issued on July 13 to Philip J. Beaudet, N6PJB, of Burney, that agents from the San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon, offices observed the violations on four occasions in August and October 2015. A General class licensee, Beaudet formerly held the call sign WD6FGE.
FCC agents responding to an interference complaint used direction-finding techniques to pin down the source of an interfering signal on 3908 kHz to Beaudet’s residence. They also observed and recorded transmissions of music on 3908 kHz from Beaudet’s amateur station. The agents said that while they were monitoring and recording, the station’s assigned call sign was not transmitted at the end of each communication.
The Enforcement Bureau said the Notice does not preclude it from taking further action, if warranted, including issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture with respect to the cited violations.
The Bureau gave Beaudet 20 days to respond in writing to “fully explain each violation, including all relevant surrounding facts & circumstances.”

UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, Heads Ham Contingent to 10 Downing Street
UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS — just back from a duty tour on the International Space Station — headed a contingent of radio amateurs and youngsters invited to visit new Prime Minister
Theresa May at 10 Downing Street earlier this month. The July 18 reception at the PM’s residence celebrated the success of Peake’s “Principia Mission“ and his time in space. Sandringham School student Jessica Leigh, M6LPJ, and her head teacher Alan Gray, G4DJX, were among those also on hand, along with students from the Principia Mission schools.
Jessica, then a brand-new ham, was the first student in the UK to speak with Peake during an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) ham radio contact with the ISS. Peake inaugurated the use of the ISS Ham TV system when he spoke on January 8 with Jessica and other students at Sandringham School in Hertfordshire, England.
Also attending the reception at 10 Downing Street were Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, and the UK’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, GB1MIR, who traveled to the Russian Mir space station in 1991.
Cristoforetti was among those responsible for configuring the Ham TV digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) system on the space station.
Peake dedicated part of his 6 months in space to educational activities for youngsters on Earth. He described his Principia Mission as the largest and most ambitious educational outreach program of any European space mission. It was supported by ARISS, the UK Space Agency, the ESA, and others on a long list of educational institutions and organizations.
The July 29-31 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford will feature presentations about Peake’s Principia Mission, and Sandringham School students will talk about their ARISS experience.

Past AMSAT President Doug Loughmiller, W5BL, SK
Past AMSAT President and AMSAT Journal Editor Doug Loughmiller, W5BL (ex-KO5I), of McKinney, Texas, died on July 22. An ARRL Life Member, he was 60 and had been suffering from cancer.
Loughmiller was probably best known in recent years as a high-altitude Amateur Radio ballooning enthusiast, and he evangelized on that topic at the ARRL Centennial Convention in 2014 as well as at Dayton Hamvention ®. He was the co-moderator of the BalloonSat Forum at Hamvention, and the co-founder of ARBONET (Amateur Radio Balloon over North East Texas) — described as “a poor man’s space program.” He also held a pilot’s license and was interested in motor sports, fishing, and scuba diving.
He also was an active Amateur Radio instructor, and he was the recipient of the 2008 Herb S. Brier Award bestowed by ARRL to recognize a volunteer Amateur Radio instructor.
Loughmiller grew up in Indiana and, after graduating from high school there, he attended Paris Junior College in Texas. His first career was as a baker, but from there he jumped to a job in the Satellite Communications Department at the University of Surrey in England, as a payload supervisor. Subsequently he pursued a successful career in the electronics component industry, working for Arrow Electronics, Future Electronics/FAI, and RAM Electronic Sales.

W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention
If you have not heard about the W4DXCC DX and Contest convention, it's a yearly convention held in Pigeon Forge TN in September and this year is our 12th year. It's a gathering of Hams who come together to listen to presentations on DX and Contesting. On Friday we hold a Ham Radio Boot Camp for new and older hams alike that teaches basic need to know things every ham should know. Some hams were lucky enough to have an Elmer, someone who guides them to learn the hobby. Other hams became hams because they would like to learn and know about how to operate and use amateur radio. The BootCamp can help new and older hams learn more about what amateur radio is. It's kind of the Elmer you did not have. I suggest that all new hams attend this Friday Boot Camp. Read more about it here Ham Radio Boot Camp

Each year we have TOP equipment manufacturers come and set up in the lobby, right outside of the convention hall. They come to give each attendee the opportunity to speak with the representative directly, one on one. You have a chance to play with that new gear you have been wanting. These Top manufacturers come for you so come meet these fine people face to face.

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Acquires “Creed Machine” from Georgia Radio Amateur
ARRL member Gene Greneker, K4MOG, of Powder Springs, Georgia, recently fulfilled a dream for the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center museum — formerly WCC on Cape Cod — to add an important artifact to its collection. Greneker spotted a brief item in QST last year seeking a so-called “Creed machine” for the museum. While most ship-to-shore station traffic was conducted by skilled Morse operators at their keys, the Creed machine — or keyer — read a punched tape prepared in advance that generated one-way Morse code broadcasts to ships at sea.
We have searched continuously for roughly 10 years for this artifact, following leads with historians, other museums, archivists, ham radio operators, collectors, and any other possible leads,” said Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Operations Manager Dorothy Bassett. The mention in QST, resulting from a visit to the museum by ARRL Lab staffer Mike Gruber, W1MG, did the trick. Greneker spotted it and let Bassett know he had what she was seeking.
Our members and supporters raised the funds, and we were able to purchase the Creed machine, a custom table, and an entire exhibit to showcase this item and how it worked with our Kleinschmidt machine,” Bassett recounted. The Kleinschmidt machine — or “Klein” — refers to the equipment used to create the punched “Wheatstone” tape, the narrow ribbon of heavy, perforated paper read by the Creed keyer.
Bassett said that once the exhibit is complete, the museum plans to install a button that visitors can push to start the machine, “so guests will get to hear the Creed working, see the tape move, and watch the pins and mechanics in action.”
Greneker said the Creed machine is a rare find for a collector, and he obtained his when he and Fred Dorsey, WA4TDC, bought an entire lot of equipment that had been installed at WOE in Lantana, Florida. “Most of these stations only had one keyer to broadcast the traffic lists on the hour, and these were cut with the Wheatstone perforator,” Greneker told Bassett. “Given that there were not that many shore-to-ship stations, not many Creed keyers were ever manufactured.” Greneker said the machines were assembled by hand and expensive to purchase. He speculated that the Creed machine he donated may once have been at WCC.
RCA was famous for taking old equipment from the flagship station (WCC) and sending it to the smaller stations when they needed some item. The flagship station then got the new replacement equipment,” he explained. Greneker explained that when shore station operators such as RCA closed those facilities, “the entire station was loaded up and carried to the dump, making the keyers almost impossible to find today.”
This piece is very special to us,” Basset said, “and I can’t thank the ARRL enough for running the ad that secured procurement.”
Fox-1B (RadFxSat) Nears Completion
AMSAT-NA Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reports that the Fox-1B CubeSat (RadFxSat — Radiation Effects Satellite) flight unit has been assembled and now is undergoing various stages of testing before it is put through environmental (shock, vibration, thermal) testing in August for completion by early September. Launch is scheduled for January 20.
Fox 1B is a joint mission by AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. It hosts a technology experiment by Vanderbilt University as well as an analog FM Amateur Radio payload.
During a recent test stop in Fox Labs, most of the testing was streamed live on YouTube (archived) to give enthusiasts an opportunity to look over Buxton’s shoulder as he conducted tests on the flight unit along with other Fox Engineering Team members.

Fox-1B (RadFxSat) is expected to be back in Fox Labs around August 11 for another round of tests, and live streaming will be available duringthose tests as well.
iPhone mobile callsign app for QRZ
 updatedNeil Kutchera, K4FV, is pleased to announce the release of Callsign Search version 3.0 into the iTunes store.
This FREE iPhone and iPad app provides for QRZ call sign lookups including complete licensee information along with their photo and biographical information (if provided on QRZ.COM).
An interactive map is available showing the licensee's QTH along with the distance and heading from your current location. (Requires GPS permission. Tap to zoom.)
The most significant feature of the update is the new electronic keyboard which includes a top number row permitting easier entry of call signs.
As call signs are entered they are stored on the device and displayed on the history screen. This can be used as a mini logbook. The app can send this log in CSV format via email. Individual entries can be removed at anytime or the entire log cleared. (The log is limited to 1,000 entries and includes only the call sign, date and time.)

September 2016

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest

1700Z-1800Z, Sep 1 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Sep 1 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 1 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Sep 1 (Dig)

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0100Z-0230Z, Sep 2

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Sep 2

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 2

+ G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest

2300Z, Sep 2 to 2300Z, Sep 4

+ Russian RTTY WW Contest

0000Z-2359Z, Sep 3

+ CWOps CW Open

0000Z-0359Z, Sep 3 and
  1200Z-1559Z, Sep 3 and
  2000Z-2359Z, Sep 3

+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone

0000Z, Sep 3 to 2400Z, Sep 4

+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint

0600Z-0629Z, Sep 3 and
  0630Z-0659Z, Sep 3 and
  0700Z-0729Z, Sep 3 and
  0730Z-0800Z, Sep 3

+ RSGB SSB Field Day

1300Z, Sep 3 to 1300Z, Sep 4

+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB

1300Z, Sep 3 to 1259Z, Sep 4

+ AGCW Straight Key Party

1300Z-1600Z, Sep 3

+ Colorado QSO Party

1300Z, Sep 3 to 0400Z, Sep 4

+ PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint

2000Z, Sep 3 to 2000Z, Sep 4

+ WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone

1000Z-1400Z, Sep 4

+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

1100Z-1700Z, Sep 4

+ Tennessee QSO Party

1800Z, Sep 4 to 0300Z, Sep 5

+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint

2300Z, Sep 5 to 0300Z, Sep 6

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

0100Z-0300Z, Sep 6

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 7

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Sep 7 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 7 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 8

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Sep 7

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Sep 9

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 9

+ Kulikovo Polye Contest

0000Z-2359Z, Sep 10

+ FOC QSO Party

0000Z-2359Z, Sep 10

+ WAE DX Contest, SSB

0000Z, Sep 10 to 2359Z, Sep 11

+ SARL Field Day Contest

1000Z, Sep 10 to 1000Z, Sep 11

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Sep 10 to 2400Z, Sep 11

+ Russian Cup Digital Contest

1500Z-1859Z, Sep 10 and
  0600Z-0959Z, Sep 11

+ Ohio State Parks on the Air

1600Z-2400Z, Sep 10

+ ARRL September VHF Contest

1800Z, Sep 10 to 0300Z, Sep 12

+ North American Sprint, CW

0000Z-0400Z, Sep 11

+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint

1300Z-1900Z, Sep 11

+ Classic Exchange, CW

1300Z, Sep 11 to 0800Z, Sep 12 and
  1300Z, Sep 13 to 0800Z, Sep 14

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 14

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Sep 14 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 14 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 15

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB

1900Z-2000Z, Sep 14

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Sep 16

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 16

+ AGB NEMIGA Contest

2100Z-2400Z, Sep 16

+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest

0600 local, Sep 17 to 2400 local, Sep 18

+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest

1000Z, Sep 17 to 1000Z, Sep 18

+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

1200Z, Sep 17 to 1200Z, Sep 18

+ All Africa International DX Contest

1200Z, Sep 17 to 1200Z, Sep 18

+ SRT HF Contest SSB

1300Z, Sep 17 to 1300Z, Sep 18

+ QRP Afield

1600Z-2200Z, Sep 17

+ New Jersey QSO Party

1600Z, Sep 17 to 0359Z, Sep 18 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Sep 18

+ New Hampshire QSO Party

1600Z, Sep 17 to 0400Z, Sep 18 and
  1600Z-2200Z, Sep 18

+ Washington State Salmon Run

1600Z, Sep 17 to 0700Z, Sep 18 and
  1600Z-2400Z, Sep 18

+ Feld Hell Sprint

1800Z-1959Z, Sep 17

+ North American Sprint, RTTY

0000Z-0400Z, Sep 18

+ BARTG Sprint 75

1700Z-2100Z, Sep 18

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0100Z-0300Z, Sep 19

+ 144 MHz Fall Sprint

1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 19

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 21

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Sep 21 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 21 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 22

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0030Z-0230Z, Sep 22

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Sep 23

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 23

+ ARRL EME Contest

0000Z, Sep 24 to 2359Z, Sep 25

+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

0000Z, Sep 24 to 2400Z, Sep 25

+ Maine QSO Party

1200Z, Sep 24 to 1200Z, Sep 25

+ Texas QSO Party

1400Z, Sep 24 to 0200Z, Sep 25 and
  1400Z-2000Z, Sep 25

+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest

1400Z-1700Z, Sep 24 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Sep 24 (432)

+ RSGB International Sprint Contest, CW

1700Z-2100Z, Sep 24

+ UBA ON Contest, 6m

0700Z-1000Z, Sep 25

+ Classic Exchange, Phone

1300Z, Sep 25 to 0800Z, Sep 26 and
  1300Z, Sep 27 to 0800Z, Sep 28

+ Peanut Power QRP Sprint

2000Z-2200Z, Sep 25

+ 220 MHz Fall Sprint

1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 27

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Sep 28

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 28

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Sep 28 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Sep 28 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Sep 29

+ UKEICC 80m Contest

2000Z-2100Z, Sep 28

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

1900Z-2000Z, Sep 29

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Sep 30

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Sep 30




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