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The Next Meeting  *** October 1, 2015  at 7 PM 

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

Program presdented by: *** Mr. Bob Lilly, W4BCU The topic: Amplifiers

Meeting For October
The October meeting will be presented by Bob Lilly, W4BCU and his presentation will be on Amplifiers. Bob is the Go To Man on any amplifier, vhf/uhf or hf as far as I am concerned. Bob has built many amplifiers from scratch from a couple of 100 watt to some real serious power! Please try to attend. I am sure Bob will have a great program for us.

Club Competition for our club "Bristol (TN/VA) ARC" for October
The CQ World Wide DX
SSB: October 24-25, 2015
CW: November 28-29, 2015

Two Meter Net
Dale Barker, KT4SQ has been the net control station on Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM for several years now. He used to be assisted by Charlie Stuchell who is now a silent key. Dale tells me he is
getting tired and really needs some help and a bit of a break. If anyone wants to assist Dale in calling the net please give him a call or you might let Adam Dye, AD4FF club president know and Thanks. In the mean time there will be a net each Tuesday night, at 9:00PM on the frequency of 146.670 minus offset, no tones. Please try to check in.

Club Officers Nominations
Don’t forget November is the month we nominate club officers for next year. If you know someone who has a desire to be an officer of the radio club please nominate them. All officers President thru Secretary are open. Think about it next month is the nomination and December is the month we select the new faces. Let’s think about it.

Now taking BARC Dues For 2016
Toni Ward, KF4BMW is now accepting the club dues for 2016. The dues are fifteen dollars and run from January 1 thru December 31 of the same year. You may give them to Toni at the club meetings or you can mail a check for fifteen (15.00) dollars to:
BARC C/O Toni Ward,  KF4BMW, 305 Honeysuckle lane, Bristol Tennessee,37620.

VE Testing Sessions
Ben Morris, K4EDI and the gang run a VE test session after each meeting. Ben and the team run one of the best testing sessions in the area. I can not name ever one of the volunteer examiners because there are so many and I do not know them all. If you want to upgrade or you know someone who wants to take their test just give them the Bens name. They give Tech thru Extra exams. To get in touch with Ben contact him by email at: or you can call him at 276/791/0102.

Now here’s a real example of two hams being safely grounded: The two radio amateurs and a third crew member from the International Space Station have arrived home on Earth again. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, KG5GCZ, Denmark’s first astronaut, and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, the Soyuz commander, are back on terra firma along with Aidyn Aimbetov, Kazakhstan’s first cosmonaut, as of Saturday, Sept. 12.
Padalka’s stay in space this time around was 168 days, bringing his total tenure during five flights to 879 days – a new record, beating the
previous record holder, cosmonaut and fellow radio amateur, Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, by more than two months. Now that their feet are back on the ground, Padalka and Mogensen can look forward to getting on the air again – this time without being IN the air.

QSOs with K4MIA this month have been QSOs with a purpose. Each exchange honors and remembers men and women in the military who were prisoners of war or are still missing in action. That call sign,
representing the National POW MIA Recognition Day Special Event Station, wraps up its September operation on Sunday the 20th. The official recognition day is Friday, Sept. 18. Sister stations have
also been operating: K4MIA/5, at the Museum of the American GI in Texas and K4MIA/7 in Utah. For QSL information, search K4MIA on - and remember to send a stamped, self-addressed
envelope for a returned QSL card.

Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, is a proud father in Gujarat, India. He and his 15-year-old daughter, Sakshi Vagadia, VU3EXP, were recently honored by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station for
having received Slow Scan TV images sent from cosmonauts via amateur radio this past July. The transmissions were sent to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the first
space partnership between the United States and what was then the Soviet Union. The father and daughter team received a special, limited edition diploma in recognition of their effort. Vagadia
writes, in a note of acknowledgement to the program, QUOTE “My ISS SSTV image was received on July 19 at 5:24:27 UTC. It was my fifth successful attempt.” ENDQUOTE And it made for a good reason to
feel pride in being a ham, as well as the father of a ham.

The Cape Verde Islands remain activated by two stations through Sept. 25. Listen for D44TUK and D44TUQ, being operated by DL2MDU and DL3HD, respectively. Send QSLs to their home call signs. Maurizio, IK2GZedU, is reactivating the call sign, 5H3MB, in Tanzania, where he will be operating until Oct. 18. His logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.
Three stations are operating through October. 29 on the Island of Niue around the clock, thanks to a 7-member team from the UK, operating as E6GG. The hams are located on the island’s north coast. QSL through Clublog OQRS.
START ON 01 OCT 2015 END ON 31 OCT 2015
Special Event station organized by Amateur Radio Club of Chios Island (SZ8XIO)​

Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two long epic poems in dactylic hexameter, which signify the beginning of European literature. The traditional dates for the composition of the
epics are 750 BC. (Iliad) and 725 BC. (Odyssey). Much of the content of the Homeric epics appears to be consistent with the Aegean Late Bronze Age (12th c. BC.) the time of the Trojan War. Homer
is also considered to be the legendary founder of the Homeridae, a guild of rhapsodes who might have composed oral poetry concerning the Mycenaean Age. Various traditions have survived purporting
to give details of Homer's birthplace and background. The Iliad suggests a home on the east side of the Aegean Sea and the poet seems familiar with the area. The Ionic flavour of his mixed dialect
suits the cities of Ionia on the other side of the Aegean Sea. Chios has the strongest claim to have been his birthplace. Until nowadays Daskalopetra (“The Teacher’s Rock”) is allegedly where
Homer is said to have taught his students in Chios.
@ Dr Antony Makrinos,
Lecturer in Classics, Dept. of Greek and Latin , University College London

Now  this week,  Arcangelo Ricciardi is not a ham radio operator, but he was slapped with a fierce sanction nonetheless, and accused of cheating, after it was discovered he was using Morse Code to
cheat at chess. Ricciardi wasn’t copying code from inside a shack but during an Italian chess tournament. Using a carefully hidden miniature camera, he was transmitting game moves to someone using
a chess computer program, who would then transmit Morse Code responses back about what his next moves should be. So when officials discovered the camera and the strategy – tipped off by his
unusual eye-blinking -- Ricciardi was disgraced and ousted.
Meanwhile, one Belarus radio amateur has shown the world the right and proper use of CW. Competing in the 12th International Amateur
Radio Union World Championship in Macedonia in early September, Siarhei Shviadko set a new world record for code by receiving mixed text at a speed of 250 CPM. In this case, the cameras here were
very visible and very focused on the proud ham’s triumphant smile after his monumental achievement. As for violating anything, well, perhaps the only sanction he might have faced, in this case,
was a speeding ticket.

“Hamming” it up for 90 Years!
Charles “Charlie” Hellman W2RP Licensed since 1925
Presented with Historic 90th Anniversary Award
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (August 31, 2015) Today, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc.
(QCWA)—an international organization of amateur (“ham”) radio operators---presented a 90 Year Licensed Certificate Award (Serial #1) to Charles “Charlie” Hellman W2RP. Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and is the oldest living amateur radio operator in the United States and possibly the world. Charlie was licensed in 1925 as a 15 year-old, and joined QCWA in 1975 and is also a member of local QCWA Chapter 181 (Hudson Valley).

On hand to present the certificate, and represent QCWA President Ken Oelke VE6AFO and the membership were: Treasurer Charles Tropp N2SO, Directors Carole
Perry WB2MGP and Pete Varounis NL7XM; along with QCWA Chapter 181 Secretary Mike Sturm, K2AE. Also on hand for the ceremony was Don Finkel, WA2OQM. The certificate reads: “The Quarter Century Wireless Association presents this 90th Anniversary Award to its Distinguished Member Charles “Charlie” Hellman, W2RP to commemorate Ninety Years of Service as a licensed Radio Amateur.”
In addition to the certificate, Charlie was also presented with a letter from QCWA president Ken Oelke VE6AFO which reads in part, “I would also like to say how proud I am that you have kept active for these many years, and to proudly celebrate what many will not be able to achieve in their entire lifetime. Congratulations to you on 90 years as a licensed radio amateur, and may you enjoy many more in amateur radio!”

The information pertaining to Charlie was discovered when the QCWA webmaster, Bob Roske NØUF, was updating member files and discovered that Charlie was still living in New York and was certainly the oldest living member of QCWA. In recognition of his achievement the QCWA Board of Directors quickly voted to award Charlie the 90 year certificate, a first for the organization.

China launches nine (9) new Amateur Satellites!   
After being postponed several times, nine Chinese satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads were launched on September 19 at 2300 UTC.
All of the new satellites have downlinks on 2 meters and
uplinks on 70 centimeters.

October 2015
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest
+ SARL 80m QSO Party
+ NCCC Sprint
+ YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest
+ TARA PSK Rumble Contest
+ 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest
+ German Telegraphy Contest
+ Oceania DX Contest, Phone
+ GTC CW Cup
+ Russian WW Digital Contest
+ TRC DX Contest
+ International HELL-Contest
+ California QSO Party
+ 4 State 4x4 QRP Sprint
+ FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint
+ WAB HF Phone
+ UBA ON Contest, SSB
+ RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest
+ ARS Spartan Sprint
+ Phone Fray
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test
+ 432 MHz Fall Sprint
+ UKEICC 80m Contest
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder
+ NCCC Sprint
+ Makrothen RTTY Contest
+ 10-10 Int. 10-10 Day Sprint
+ Microwave Fall Sprint
+ Oceania DX Contest, CW
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon
+ QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB
+ Arizona QSO Party
+ Pennsylvania QSO Party
+ FISTS Fall Unlimited Sprint
+ PODXS 070 Club 160m Great Pumpkin Sprint
+ UBA ON Contest, CW
+ NAQCC CW Sprint
+ Phone Fray
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
+ NCCC Sprint
+ 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW
+ Iowa QSO Party
+ New York QSO Party
+ Worked All Germany Contest
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge
+ Telephone Pioneers QSO Party
+ South Dakota QSO Party
+ Feld Hell Sprint
+ Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint, CW
+ UBA ON Contest, 2m
+ Illinois QSO Party
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
+ ARRL School Club Roundup
+ Phone Fray
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
+ NCCC Sprint
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
+ SKCC Sprint
+ Phone Fray
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test
+ UKEICC 80m Contest
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint
+ NCCC Sprint
+ Feld Hell Sprint
+ ARRL EME Contest
+ Russian WW MultiMode Contest


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