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The Next Meeting  *** December 1, 2016  at 6 PM 

Location: *** Logan's Roadhouse Restaurant. Exit 7 of I-81 (3174 Linden Drive Bristol VA - Phone 276 669-2886)

Presentation By   ***   This is the club's Christmas dinner and introduction of Oficers for 2017

Directions to Logaan's  *** If you take exit seven across from Walmart Turn right into the shopping center, stay on the right and Logan’s is on your right just at the top of the curve.
http://logansroadhouse.com/menu-alt/
http://logansroadhouse.com/store-locator/

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New Officers for 2017

President Ken Graff, N8FF     Vice President Bob Lilly, W4BCU
Secretary David Bradley, N4DTB   Treasurer Toni Ward, KF4BMW
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 her a check to Toni Ward C/O BARC 305 Honeysuckle Lane, Bristol Tennessee, 37620. Thanks


Testing Sessions
Been 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. This meeting is not on a good ent night, so we will try for some where on the Hospital properity. We will keep you posted.


The Advantage of DStar and DMR Modes
Ham Radio is a fascinating hobby, but what are the advantages of D-star and DMR modes?
There are many different interests within the umbrella name of Ham Radio. People communicate with other like-minded people around the world using the Internal Short Wave bands. Ham Radio Operators equipment include H.F., (High Frequency), transceivers covering several of the Ham Band allocations, and many use Yagi aerials with three, four and sometimes six elements, to not only transmit their power out to the receiving station, but also to receive weak signals form lesser equipped ham radio Operators using simple aerial systems such as dipoles or vertical radiators. These aerial elements can be thirty three feet long when covering the twenty metre Ham Band, if the elements are widely spaced between each other at say point two of a wavelength, the distance between the elements is four point two metres, a very large aerial indeed.
Many Radio Hams who I have spoken to around the World have sixty feet high towers with multi element aerial as described above. You need a lot of space for such an aerial, and planning permission to go along with it.
D-Star and DMR are Ham Radio modes which are gaining in popularity, because the problems associated with having a large aerial do not exist, signals on D-star and DMR do not rely of the ionosphere to propagate signal around the World, they use laser light and data packets used to facilitate the International World wide web.


Many elderly radio Hams who have moved from their long term family homes, into small apartments, where outside aerials are not allowed, are finding that their interest in communication can still continue, using D-star or DMR modes of communication. The digital mode also has a great advantage over traditional propagation. You need propagation to be working in your favour when using High Frequency bands. If there is no propagation on a particular Ham Band, you simply do not hear any signals. D-star and DMR modes rely on the efficiency of the Internet, offering Radio Hams Worldwide communication without the need for natural reflection and refraction of the transmitted signal via the Earth's Ionosphere.
Handheld transceivers capable of Digital transmission are now freely available from many of the Ham Radio retailers. Their transmissions are converted from standard analogue voice signals via voice encoders built into the hand set, these transmissions are picked up via local repeaters that are connected with each other to form a Worldwide network, if you do not live beside a D-star or DMR repeater you easily can turn your home based computer into a repeater with inexpensive add-on technology, they do the same job as a nearby repeater does.


Welcome Mat Out for New Amateur Radio Licensees in Lebanon
The Ministry of Communications in Beirut, Lebanon, conducted the first Amateur Radio licensing exams in 13 years on October 16 at the offices of OGERO, a telecoms provider. Some 50 applicants sat for the exams; it’s not yet known how many passed. Ghassan Afif Chammas, AC2RA, who posted the news to QRZ.com, credited OGERO Director General Abdul M. Youssef; engineer Toni Aoun; Hani Raad, OD5TE/AA3EI; Michel Homsi, OD5TX, and Elie el Kadi, OD5KU, for facilitating the test session. “The ham community should expect a boost in ham activities from OD5 very soon,” AC2RA said. OD5TE once was very active in the Washington, DC area as N3IWM, and he served as the District’s Emergency Coordinator.


Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies
The battle continues between Radio Eritrea (Voice of the Broad Masses) and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise. The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40-meter phone band — 7.145 and 7.175 MHz — with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel.
The on-air conflict has been going on for years; Ethiopia constructed new transmitting sites in 2008 and is said to use two or three of them for jamming purposes. The interfering signals can be heard in North America after dark. According to IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, Radio Eritrea is airing separate programs on each frequency. He said in the IARUMS September newsletter that telecommunications regulators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have been informed, so they could file official complaints.
Other AM broadcast intruders on 40 meters include Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland on 7.120 MHz, which, Hadel said, is even audible in Australia and Japan. He further reports that the Voice of Iran’s signal on 7.205 MHz is splattering up to 5 kHz on either side of its channel, while Radio France International, which operates on the same frequency, is splattering down to 7.185 MHz.


Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes
The FCC is inviting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-1775) from a Nevada radio amateur that seeks changes to the rules governing the Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Program. Christopher LaRue, W4ADL, of North Las Vegas, is proposing that any licensee obtaining a vanity call sign be required to keep it for the full license term. LaRue contends in his petition that excessive and frequent vanity call sign filings are hampering the ability of other qualified licensees to obtain vanity call signs in one of the more desirable 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 formats. LaRue said that since the FCC dropped the fee to file for a vanity call sign, some applicants are taking advantage by regularly obtaining new call signs, thereby keeping them out of circulation.
”Some are changing call signs almost monthly, just to keep the newer code-free Extra class operators from obtaining a shorter call sign,” he said in his petition. “I even saw an older operator that said he does it all the time and has not even owned a radio in over 6 years. When I looked him up, he has had 16 different [call signs] in 18 months.”
LaRue said his proposed minor rule change would require any licensee applying for and obtaining an Amateur Radio vanity call sign “be required to keep it for the duration of the license, which is currently 10 years.”
He said this would “alleviate a lot of the stress on the ULS system and manpower requirements” at the FCC. “It will also keep inactive amateurs from changing call signs regularly, thereby tying up call signs for 2 years after dismissal of said call.”
Interested parties may comment using the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Comments are due within 30 days of the October 26 posting date.


ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to ISS Russian Service Module Ham Gear
The International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the Ericsson MP-A VHF handheld transceiver that astronauts had been using to speak via Amateur Radio with students and educational groups around the world for more than 16 years recently began displaying an error message, rendering it unusable, at least for now. While the ARISS technical team is looking into how to restore operation from the ISS Columbus module, it will support ARISS contacts from NA1SS using the 25 W Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the Russian Service Module. Cosmonauts have been using that radio to carry out their ARISS school contacts from RS0ISS. For the time being, the packet digipeater, which relied on the Ericsson transceiver, will be unavailable. Switching to the 70-centimeter capability in the Columbus module for some operations is being coordinated. New ISS ham gear is on the way, though.
“ARISS is actively working on a new Interoperable Hardware System for the ISS. The primary components are a modified JVC Kenwood D710GA radio and a custom ARISS-designed power supply,” ARISS Operations Committee Chair Dave Taylor, W8AAS, said in an AMSAT Bulletin Board post. “The radio is complete except for final programming and NASA testing and certification. The power supply design is in final stages, and a hardware prototype has been built. It will power existing and anticipated ARISS equipment.”


On October 21, the ARISS hardware team held a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) for the Interoperable Hardware System. In addition to domestic and international ARISS Technical Evaluation and Support (TES) Committee members, subject-matter experts from NASA attended to provide advice. A retired NASA Space Communication and Navigation engineer was also on hand.
“With this milestone completed, we will move forward with the design process and finalize the design with a TIM in the next few months,” ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said in a news release over the weekend.
Bauer said ARISS has estimated that the cost of the 3-year development cycle for the new hardware is in the $200,000 range. He encouraged donations to the ARISS Challenge Coin Donation Campaign, announced this year at Dayton Hamvention.
“The goal is to have this new system aboard ISS about 1 year from now,” Taylor added in his post. “This assumes that ARISS can raise the remaining funds needed and that no delays occur in NASA testing and certification of the entire system.”
A reminder: The deadline is November 1 for formal and informal education institutions and organizations to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between July 1 and December 31, 2017. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the ham radio contact into a well-developed education plan.


The Doctor Will See You Now!
“Anderson Powerpole Connectors, and Antenna Polarization” are the topics of the latest (November 3) 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.


Battleship Missouri Serves as Amateur Radio Licensing Class, Testing Venue

The ARRL-affiliated Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) in Honolulu held the first-ever Amateur Radio licensing classes and test session on board the battleship USS Missouri, now a World War II memorial berthed in Pearl Harbor. The October 8 test session was the culmination of 5 weeks of classes and a tour of KH6BB, the ship’s club station. Eight applicants passed the Technician exam, and two of them went on to pass the General class test as well.
Candidates included a couple living aboard a sailing vessel who wanted tobe able to stay in touch while under way. Four military personnel wanted to get ham tickets, “so they would be better at their jobs,” the club said. One military dependent always wanted to get licensed and “thought it would be fun,” according to the EARC. A teen who had worked on a project in Alaska involving satellites also was among the successful applicants. A team of four EARC volunteer examiners administered the tests.


After seeing service as recently as the early 1990s, the battleship was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association in 1998 and now is a museum ship. The vessel’s radio room is home to KH6BB, operated by the Battleship Missouri Amateur Radio Club.
ARES/RACES Supports Office of Emergency Management during Presidential Debate
ARES/RACES volunteers stepped up to support communication for the Clark County, Nevada, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) during the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 19. Clark County OEM Chief John Steinbeck asked ARES/RACES to activate and support the county’s Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC).
Seven Clark County ARES/RACES members operated UHF and VHF voice as well as VHF packet and mesh VoIP from the MACC as well as from the Clark County IT Department communications van during the entire event. In addition, ARES/RACES members provided back-up monitoring of all event communications.
Among the Amateur Radio volunteers supporting the effort were ARRL Nevada Section Traffic Manager Jim Bassett, W1RO; Nevada Southern District Emergency Coordinator Jay Peskin, KE7EGO; Jim Davis, KF7GCT; Steve Deveny, KF7WGL; Frank Kostelac, N7ZEV, and Jack Cook, N8RRL. Also providing support from the communications van was ARES/RACES member Keith Aurich, KD7TOF, of the Clark County IT Department.

More than a dozen Clark County ARES/RACES members remained on standby, monitoring communications from home and mobile stations, in case a wider activation was required. National Parks on the Air Update
With just 2 months left in the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program, the push for 1 million contacts from eligible NPS units remains strong. November 1 saw the 800,000th contact uploaded to Logbook of the World, breaking 25,000 contacts for the second straight week.
ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, and QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, were interviewed by NPS Ranger Bill Urbin during their September NPOTA activation of Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (NS14). Video of that interview is available on the ARRL Facebook page.


Thirty-two activations are on tap for November 3-9, including Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Everglades National Park in Florida.
Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.
Keep up with the latest NPOTA news on FacebookMike Danhardt, KA4CDN is now activating some of the NPOTA sites around the Northern Va, and DC area. Mike is originally from this area. Listen for and try to work Mike.
Two Radio Amateurs among Three Returning ISS Crew Members
Three crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) — two of them radio amateurs and ARISS contact participants — said farewell to the orbital outpost on October 29. Expedition 49 Commander Anatoly Ivanishin and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, and Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, returned to Earth on October 30, landing safely in Kazakhstan, after wrapping up 115 days in space since their July launch.
Together, the Expedition 49 crew members pursued hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science aboard the orbiting laboratory. Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and she contributed to several new studies taking place aboard the ISS. The ability to sequence the DNA of living organisms in space could enable astronauts to diagnose an illness, or identify microbes growing in the space station and determine whether they represent a health threat, NASA said.
Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko will operate the station for 3 weeks until the arrival of Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD; Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, and Oleg Novitsky. They are scheduled to launch on November 17 from Kazakhstan.


Suspicious Bangladesh Border Ham Band Signals Now of Interest to Indian Intelligence
What have been called “highly suspicious” VHF transmissions along the Bengal-Bangladesh border now are being considered signals of interest to India’s Intelligence Bureau. After several days of monitoring, Ambarish Nag “Raju” Biswas, VU2JFA, told The Indian Express that he and his team have determined that the transmissions, taking place on Amateur Radio frequencies, are coming from the area of Basirhat in West Bengal. The voice communications have been heard at night. Federal Ministry of Communication officials in India had asked Biswas, the secretary of the West Bengal Amateur Radio Club, and his fellow hams to keep an ear on the strange VHF signals.
Biswas told The Indian Express that he’d found the recent signals suspicious because he’d heard similar communications in 2002 and 2003. Subsequently, police arrested six “extremists,” from Gangasagar, an island in the Ganges River delta, he told the paper.
An earlier article in the Hindustan Times reported that the signals were being heard in the dead of night, with participants said to be in motion and speaking in some sort of code in Bengali and Urdu with a Bangladeshi accent. They also used numerical codes, according to the report.
Indian Intelligence Bureau officials did not rule out the possibility that terror organizations were behind the signals. “The border of India-Bangladesh near West Bengal is porous,” a senior Intelligence Bureau official told The Indian Express. “Smugglers and extremists try to exploit it fully.”


Central Kiribati T31W DXpedition Called Off
 The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) and T31W team have canceled plans to activate Central Kiribati (Kanton Island) in 2017. The DXpedition organizers pointed out that a three-person European team has already activated the rare DXCC entity this year, making some 30,000 contacts. The same group announced its intention to return to T31 in 2017 to finish the job. “Based on these events, it makes no sense for us to commit personal or donated funds to continue the project,” the PDXG said in a news release. The PDXC/T31W team had announced plans last March to activate T31 next year. “When the news of this recent T31 activation became public, we considered switching to one of two back-up DXCC entities,” the PDXC release said. “These alternatives are still under consideration.” The PDXC said the nearly $3,500 already donated to the planned T31W effort would be returned over the next 30 days.


Hawaiian Islands “Grid Madness” Grows
“Grid Madness“ in Hawaii — where radio amateurs operate VHF and UHF simplex to work as many others as they can reach — is growing. The number of logs for the 2016 event on September 18 was double last year’s figure. Twenty-three more stations took part, and they made 150 more contacts than in 2015.
“This has proven to be a popular event in the islands,” said a news release from ARRL PIO Darren Holbrook, KH6OWL. “Grid Madness is about islands, mountains, ocean, and radio signals.”
Sponsored by the Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club, the 4-hour event is open to all, from mobiles and fixed stations to those operating with a handheld. The first place mobile this year was operated by Steve Kawamae, KH6WG, from his truck on Mauna Kapu on Oahu at an elevation of 1,800 feet. He also set the record for the longest simplex contact at 211 miles on 2 meters and 70 centimeters, from Oahu to the Big Island — the longest contact in the 3-year history of Grid Madness. Peggy Gentle, KE6TIS, placed first in the fixed-station category.
Event manager Stan Froseth, AH6KO, said he never heard so many stations on 146.52 MHz from his mobile perch at the Mauna Loa Weather Observatory, some 11,000 feet above sea level.
Todd Wilson, WH6DWF, operated from Tantalus Lookout on Oahu, powering his station with golf cart batteries charged by solar panels and a wind turbine. “Other hams were checking out my setup, and so did visitors to the park where [two other operators] and I had set up,” Wilson said. “We are also getting the public thinking more positively toward Amateur Radio when we do events in public places.


Contest Giant,” Honor Roll DXer Paul Obert, K8PO, SK
 An operator who provided the Maine multiplier for many participants in the ARRL November Sweepstakes and other operating events has gone silent. Paul T. Obert, K8PO, of Union, Maine, died on October 21. He was 72. An ARRL member, Obert held No. 1 DXCC Honor Roll. “I’d gotten to know Paul well in the last few years as a guest operator at his Maine station,” said noted DXer and contester Scott Redd, K0DQ, who had operated from K8PO on several occasions. “He was a true gentleman, thoughtful and of high integrity.” Redd said Obert was a perfectionist who had engineered “a superb station” as well as a gracious, generous, and unassuming person, who “was quick to praise others and recognize their skills.” DXer and contester Fred Laun, K3ZO, called Obert “a contest giant.” K8PO was among the Maine stations taking part in the 2014 W1AW Centennial portable operations. Obert also was an enthusiastic and accomplished golfer.


New Russian Over-the-Horizon Radars Set for 2017 Startup
According to media accounts, more long-range, new over-the-horizon (OTH) radars that can identify aerial and sea targets hundreds of miles away are scheduled to begin operation next year in the Russian Arctic. It’s doubtful, however, that the news heralds the return of interference on the level of that generated by the so-called “Russian Woodpecker” OTH radar, which plagued Amateur Radio HF bands in the 1970s and 1980s.
Over the past couple of years, OTH radars, sans woodpecker, have become increasingly commonplace intruders on Amateur Radio bands, according to the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS), which has noted OTH radars in Russia, China, Cyprus, Iran, and Turkey. The Russian systems-intelligence “Konteyner RLS” OTH radar, transmitting from the Nizhny Novgorod region, is frequently spotted on 20 meters. While no woodpecker, it transmits a broad, frequency-modulated CW signal at 50 sweeps per second with a bandwidth of 80 kHz or greater, accompanied by signal splatter, IARUMS Coordinator Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, reported recently.
Sputnik, a Russian government-controlled radio service, cited a Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper report that six OTH radar installations will operate in the region. Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Buklgakov, who visited the construction site, said a runway capable of handling all types of combat aircraft was simultaneously being reconstructed nearby, the report continued. Other reports have indicated that similar systems will be deployed in the far east in 2018.”


RSGB Criticizes TV Broadcast Portraying Radio Amateur as “Nightmare Neighbour”
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has weighed in following the airing of a Channel 5 TV Nightmare Neighbour Next Door episode [The program may have been removed from the website — Ed.] that featured an Amateur Radio operator. In the program, neighbors of 75-year-old Armando Martins, M0PAM, of Kent, made unsubstantiated claims that RF radiating from his 30-foot vertical antenna was detrimental to their health.
“Unfortunately, the RSGB was not invited to be part of Channel 5’s Nightmare Neighbour Next Door programme or to verify any facts,” the RSGB said. “We have, of course, contacted Channel 5 about our concerns and have highlighted the positive aspects of Amateur Radio. We have also offered our expertise and input for future programmes where Amateur Radio is mentioned.”
Channel 5 broadcast the offending episode on October 27, and it drew criticism from radio amateurs across the UK, some of whom may have used a program complaint service form provided by telecommunications regulator Ofcom. Critics complained that the program was replete with false claims and noted that Ofcom has never found any problems with Martins’ station.
A radio amateur for more than 60 years, Martins was first licensed as CR6IL in Portuguese West Africa (Angola).
Two Arrested in Georgia for Planning to Attack HAARP Facility in Alaska


Authorities in Georgia recently arrested two men who said they were planning to attack the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility near Gakona, Alaska. Michael Vickers, a detective with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, told Alaska Dispatch News that the pair explained to authorities “that God told them to go and blow this machine up that kept souls, so souls could be released.”
“Yes, that news caused a bit of a stir,” said Chris Fallen, KL3WX, a faculty member at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF), which now operates the HAARP facility. “I can also confirm that no souls are stored at HAARP.”
Long of interest to the Amateur Radio community as well as a target of various mind- and weather-control conspiracies, HAARP is now operated as an ionospheric research facility by UAF, which took it over last year from the US Air Force.
Police seized a “massive” arsenal of weapons the individuals had apparently planned to use in attacking the remote facility. According to a WALB TV news account, investigators discovered the plot after they began looking into possible drug sales by one of the men. A local gun shop also alerted authorities that the same individual was attempting to buy a large number of weapons. The two men, who face domestic terrorism charges, also were charged with selling drugs, and they could face other charges.
UAF spokesperson Marmian Grimes told Alaska Dispatch News that HAARP has been the target of previous threats, and she thanked the Georgia authorities for heading off this one


Maybe a Solar Minimum Can Be Too Deep for 160 Meters
Propagation observer Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, recently offered some “deep thoughts“ on the Top Band Reflector. As he explained, while less geomagnetic field activity heading into winter bodes favorable 160-meter propagation, more galactic cosmic rays entering our atmosphere could become a factor.


“The Sun’s magnetic field is weakening, probably to the lowest levels in our lifetimes,” Luetzelschwab said. “With a weak solar magnetic field, more galactic cosmic rays will be able to get into Earth’s atmosphere. We are now seeing unprecedented high neutron counts (neutrons are one of the byproducts of cosmic rays). Since galactic cosmic rays are mostly very energetic protons, they can get down to low atmospheric altitudes, causing collisional ionization in the D region and lower E region.”
He said a cursory estimate using cosmic ray ionization rates confirms greater ionization in the lower atmosphere, and 160 meters is not too tolerant of more absorption.


“Many of us think that ‘solar min is solar min is solar min,’“ Luetzelschwab said in his post, “but maybe a solar minimum can be too deep for 160 meters.” He said a good question to ask in the early 2020s may be, “How was 160 meters?”
“Spark” Behind Queen Mary W6RO Amateur Station Nate Brightman, K6OSC, SK
Nate Brightman, K6OSC, called the “spark” behind W6RO, the Amateur Radio station aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, died on October 29. He was 99. An ARRL member, Brightman, who lived in Long Beach, had served as the W6RO Wireless Room Manager for 34 years, plus another 10 years arranging for the GB5QM “Last Voyage” Amateur Radio operation and establishing W6RO, which is licensed to the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach.


In 2013, Brightman reluctantly resigned as W6RO Wireless Room Manager, citing recent illness and his advanced age as reasons for his decision. In his farewell statement, Brightman said ham radio operations now aboard some 90 museum ships such as the Queen Mary have introduced Amateur Radio to millions of people. “This means of introducing Amateur Radio to the public is the biggest publicity stunt ever for Amateur Radio, and we should be proud that it all started with W6RO!” he said.


In the process of spearheading Amateur Radio aboard the Queen Mary, Brightman balanced the tasks of recruiting hundreds of operators, garnering equipment donations from leading manufacturers, and maintaining excellent relations with “The Queen’s” management. He earned an ARRL Special Service Award for his efforts in 2004.


December Contest Corner

 

NRAU 10m Activity Contest

1800Z-1900Z, Dec 1 (CW) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Dec 1 (SSB) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Dec 1 (FM) and
  2100Z-2200Z, Dec 1 (Dig)

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 2

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 2

+ ARRL 160-Meter Contest

2200Z, Dec 2 to 1600Z, Dec 4

+ TARA RTTY Melee

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 3

+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint

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

+ TOPS Activity Contest

1600Z, Dec 3 to 1559Z, Dec 4

+ Ten-Meter RTTY Contest

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 4

+ SARL Digital Contest

1300Z-1600Z, Dec 4

+ ARS Spartan Sprint

0200Z-0400Z, Dec 6

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 7

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

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

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 9

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 9

+ ARRL 10-Meter Contest

0000Z, Dec 10 to 2400Z, Dec 11

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Dec 10 to 2400Z, Dec 11

+ International Naval Contest

1600Z, Dec 10 to 1559Z, Dec 11

+ AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party

2300Z, Dec 10 to 2300Z, Dec 11 and
  2300Z, Dec 17 to 2300Z, Dec 18

+ CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run

2100Z-2259Z, Dec 11

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Dec 14

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 14

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

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

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 16

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 16

+ Russian 160-Meter Contest

2000Z, Dec 16 to 2400Z, Dec 17

+ AGB-Party Contest

2100Z-2400Z, Dec 16

+ RAC Winter Contest

0000Z-2359Z, Dec 17

+ OK DX RTTY Contest

0000Z-2400Z, Dec 17

+ Feld Hell Sprint

0000Z-2359Z, Dec 17

+ Croatian CW Contest

1400Z, Dec 17 to 1400Z, Dec 18

+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge

1500Z, Dec 17 to 1500Z, Dec 18

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW

1800Z-2359Z, Dec 18

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0200Z-0400Z, Dec 19

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 21

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

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

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0130Z-0330Z, Dec 22

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 23

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 23

+ RAEM Contest

0000Z-1159Z, Dec 25

+ DARC Christmas Contest

0830Z-1059Z, Dec 26

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Dec 28

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 28

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

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

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Dec 30

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Dec 30

 

 

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