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The Next Meeting  ***August 4, 2016  at 7 PM 

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

Presentation By   ***   Bunky Botts, K4EQJ


August Meeting
The meeting for the month of August will be presented by Bunky Botts, K4EQJ. The program is called” Just when you thought it was safe to...                                                         ---------“. I am not real sure what it will be about but you need to attend to see what old Bunky has for us.

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. Everyone try to check in and see what old Dale is up to.

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:   utben1997@gmail.com. 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! Don’t forget the extra class test pool of questions have changed as of July 1 2016. Be prepared for the test!

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 August already so you might be able to cut a real deal.
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Tennessee QSO Party
Sunday September 4, 2016
https://tnqp.org/
Bristol ARC has been the winning Tennessee club for several years and we hope to defend our championship again this year. Your help is needed.
We could also win the "out of state" club if we have enough interest from our Virginia members.
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Amateur Electronic Supply Closing after 59 Years in Business Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) will close its doors at the end of July after 59 years in business. No reason has been given for the decision to close the business. AES has been a premier player among Amateur Radio equipment retailers for decades, as well as a major presence at Dayton Hamvention® and other events. Various media outlets were informed of the closing in a brief e-mail message on July 6, but word of the closing has not yet appeared on the retailer’s website or Facebook page. “It’s with great sadness that I have to tell you that Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) will cease operations at the end of this month,” AES National Sales Manager Tom Pachner, W9TJP, said in an e-mail. An employee at the Milwaukee headquarters store, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed that the message was legitimate. It’s believed that the AES staff was notified before the July 4th holiday weekend. In addition to the Milwaukee store, AES operates outlets in Cleveland (Wickliffe), Las Vegas, and Orlando. Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin, native Terry Sterman, W9DIA (SK), founded AES in 1957 when he was just 18, after getting into the radio-TV business by working in his father’s TV and electronics parts store. On January 1, 1998, ownership of AES shifted to Amateur Electronic Supply LLC, headed by Phil Majerus, a prominent Wisconsin businessman. Sterman died the following year at the age of 60, after a period of ill health. For many years, the public face of AES was its Executive Vice President Ray Grenier, K9KHW, who oversaw marketing and advertising for the retailer from 1964 until his retirement in 2013. Grenier nearly singlehandedly produced the famous AES catalog, as well as magazine ads. For about 20 years, he also organized the well-received AES Superfest, a promotional effort begun in 1995 that grew into a hamfest. In April, the AES Superfest hosted the 2016 ARRL Wisconsin Section Convention.

Ham Radio Outlet – Press Release for Immediate Release HRO-Milwaukee Amateur Electronic Supply's Closing on 7/28/2016 On July 1, 2016 Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) made the decision to close down their entire organization and terminate all retail operations at their Las Vegas, Cleveland, Orlando and Milwaukee locations. Upon hearing the news, and with the concurrence of AES senior management, Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) sent senior management to each location to interview the staff with hopes of acquiring some of the Amateur Radio retail employee talent in each of the current AES locations. Together with this interview process, HRO examined what it would take to perhaps acquire one or more of the AES store locations. At the time of these interviews, many opportunities were explored with current AES senior management.  We are very excited to announce that HRO was successful in providing offers of employment to a number of soon to be former AES employees and that to some, we have offered positions that involve HRO sponsored and funded relocation. We are also extremely pleased to announce that, after the closing of the Milwaukee AES location on July 28, 2016,

Ham Radio Outlet will begin an extensive remodeling project to create the largest Amateur Radio retail showroom in North America. We will open our newest and largest Ham Radio Outlet in Milwaukee at the end of August 2016. Effective at the closing of AES on July 28, 2016, all former AES locations’ direct telephone numbers and toll free telephone numbers will be redirected to the closest HRO location so as to not disrupt providing service to the AES customer base. Additionally effective on July 28, 2016, the www.aesham.com website will be directed to www.hamradio.com also so as not to disrupt service for the AES online customer base. Steve Gilmore, National Sales Manager for HRO states, “We are extremely excited to have a store in the Central Northern part of the United States. It will minimize shipping times for our products to be able to be delivered in 2 days or less in most of the lower 48 United States.

We are building a showplace that all must come see! It will be expansive with massive inventory levels and a large all encompassing demonstration area featuring nearly all of the Amateur Radio transceivers on the market today.”Robert Ferrero, President of HRO tells us, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to continue Terry Sterman and Phil Majerus’ legacy of providing a fantastic Amateur Radio store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is our immediate goal to have the largest, most well stocked Amateur Radio retail store in North America and perhaps even the world.” HRO is a family owned business with 14 sales locations throughout the United States which includes a formidable presence on the Internet, making it the largest Ham Radio dealership in the world. HRO has been continually expanding with our most recent location in Plano, Texas which opened on February 2, 2015. HRO is also continuing to evolve with the relocation and expansion of our Portland store which will open on July 25, 2016 at 14405 SW Pacific Highway, Portland, Oregon 97224.Ham Radio Outlet – Milwaukee which is located at 5710 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be open for business at the end of August 2016.
The Doctor Will See You Now! Are Linear Amplifiers Really Worthwhile? Find out by checking out the current (June 30) 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. Just ahead: “HF Propagation” on July 14.

National Parks on the Air Update August 25 is the actual day of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Many national parks around the country will be celebrating with events and public outreach. For ham radio operators, setting up a National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) activation would add a nice flair to these celebrations. Reach out to a park and ask if they would like to include a National Parks on the Air component to any Centennial celebrations they are holding on August 25. If they say yes, then get ready for an adventure! There are 54 NPOTA activations on the schedule for the week of July 7-13, including the Wupatki National Monument in Arizona, and Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site in New York. Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar. Keep up with the latest NPOTA news on Facebook. Follow NPOTA on Twitter (@ARRL_NPOTA).

ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Reports 202,400+ Hours of Operation, Zero Interference Complaints The ARRL 600 Meter Experiment being carried out under the WD2XSH Part 5 Experimental license reports that no interference complaints have been received from other services operating in the 465-515 kHz band over the course of more than 202,400 hours of operation, nor was interference from other operations an issue for any of the experiment’s participants. That statistic was contained in the experiment’s March 1 to May 31, 2016, report, prepared by Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, with participants Rudy Severns, N6LF, and John Langridge KB5NJD, and released on July 3. Utilities’ expressed fears of interference to their unlicensed PLC systems prompted the FCC to consider regulatory provisions that include a possible notification requirement by some radio amateurs to utilities with systems in the pending 630 meter (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meter (135.7-137.8 kHz) bands, prior to operating. Utilities use unlicensed PLC systems to control parts of the electrical power grid. The latest WD2XSH update reported another 16 contacts on the pending 630 meter band, for a total of 578. The Amateur Radio community continues to wait for the FCC to release a Report and Order spelling out service rules and operational requirements for the two bands — both of which have become available in more than a dozen other countries, including Canada. The ARRL petitioned the FCC in 2012 to carve out the same band for US hams. “When the FCC grants amateur access to the band from 472 to 479 kHz, I will restrict operation under the experimental license to 461 to 472 kHz,” Raab said in the report. “This will clear the amateur frequencies while allowing the experimenters to run unattended propagation beacons without using the limited bandwidth that will be available to amateurs.” Earlier this year he asked that ARRL renew the WD2XSH experimental license while awaiting FCC action on 630 meters and 2200 meters. In an ex parte statement filed on March 10 with the FCC, the ARRL asked the Commission not to adopt “an overbroad” requirement for notification of utilities in advance of intended Amateur Radio operation on the pending 2200 and 630 meter bands. According to the experiment’s report, activity on 630 meters continued through the spring, despite increasing noise levels and deteriorating propagation. Band conditions overall were described as “variable.” The path to Australia from North America was reported to have been good and “relatively predictable,” while the paths to Europe and Japan have been less active.
Fox-1C and Fox-1D Launch Window Shifted: AMSAT reports that the launch period for Fox-1C (Cliff) and Fox-1D has been moved. The new launch window will be between September 1 and November 30. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be integrated onto the Spaceflight SHERPA platform for its maiden flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching into a sun-synchronous orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D carry university experiments from Pennsylvania State-Erie, Vanderbilt, University of Iowa, cameras provided by Virginia Tech, as well as Amateur Radio voice repeaters capable of U/V or L/V operation. The Nayif-1 CubeSat, developed by Emirati students from the American University of Sharjah, is expected to be put into orbit on the same launch. Nayif-1 carries an inverting 435/145 MHz transponder (FUNcube-5) for SSB/CW.

Decades of Satellite Contacts Net Satellite WAS for Ohio Radio Amateur: It took Bob Liddy, K8BL, of Mentor, Ohio, nearly 4 decades to achieve Worked All States via satellite and earn WAS Satellite Award #341, although he wasn’t really gunning for the award for all that time. The contacts spanned 38 years, and he submitted QSL cards to claim the award. His oldest satellite QSL card was from W7LSV in Oregon, for an Oscar 8 Mode A CW contact in 1978. Liddy did not realize until he started going through his QSL cards to submit for awards at Dayton Hamvention® that he might have completed WAS on satellite. An AMSAT member since 1979, Liddy said he was “not in the hunt very seriously,” but he determined that had, indeed, worked all 50 states and was only lacking a card from Vermont. “Happily, it was Nick, KB1RVT, who I knew was always good for a confirmation, which he quickly returned, confirming our contact via SO-50 FM on January 4, 2016,” he said.
Juno Spacecraft that Heard Hams Say “HI” Now Orbiting Jupiter NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which in 2013 listened for earthbound radio amateurs sending “HI” in coordinated, very slow-speed CW, now is circling Jupiter. In a first-of-a kind for an interplanetary spacecraft, Juno was able to detect 10 meter Amateur Radio signals on October 9, 2013, as it looped past Earth for a gravity-assisted boost on its way to Jupiter. Juno arrived at the solar system’s largest planet on July 4. At the time of the Amateur Radio experiment in 2013, the spacecraft was about 37,500 kilometers (23,250 miles) away, and the signals it received were reported to have been just at or above the noise level. The object of the experiment was to see if Juno’s onboard “Waves” experiment would be able to detect the collaborative RF. According to the University of Iowa, after the flyby the Juno team evaluated the Waves instrument data containing the messages. “We believe this was the first intelligent information to be transmitted to a passing interplanetary space instrument, as simple as the message may seem,” said Bill Kurth, a University of Iowa Researcher and Lead Investigator for the Waves instrument. “This was a way to involve a large number of people — those not usually associated with Juno — in a small portion of the mission.” Kurth said in 2013 that the activity had raised awareness of the mission
Handiham Program’s Sister Alverna O’Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, SK Handiham stalwart Sister Alverna O’Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, of Rochester, Minnesota, died on May 30. She was 84. Sister Alverna joined the then-fledgling organization in its earliest days, when founder Ned Carman, W0ZSW, came up with the idea of sharing Amateur Radio with people who have disabilities. “Ned enlisted the help of a group of local nuns, the Sisters of St Francis, on April 30, 1967,” retired Handiham Program Coordinator Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, recounted on the Handiham website. “[T]he sisters were committed to helping Ned with his new project, and several received their licenses. Among them was Sister Alverna O’Laughlin, WA0SGJ, who would eventually become the Educational Coordinator for the Handiham System at Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota.” Tice praised Sister Alverna’s “kindness and patience” and said her guidance, encouragement, and hard work led to many new radio amateurs over the years. “Making friends on the radio, learning the math and science of electronics, and striving toward goals were all things that would make the lives of Handiham members better,” he said. During her active years, Sister Alverna was an ARRL member.

CQ Contest Hall of Famer, WRTC Competitor, DXer Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, SK Well-known contester and World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitor, official, and supporter Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, of Hirzenhain, Germany, died on July 5. He was 77 and had been a radio amateur since 1958. Skudlarek was a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame as well as a founding member of the Rhein-Ruhr DX Association and active member for more than 50 years, serving at various times as president. He was a member of the RRDXA Hall of Fame. Skudlarek was a competitor at the very first WRTC in 1990 in Seattle, as well as in 1996 in San Francisco, and 2002 in Helsinki. He served as a referee at the WRTCs in 2000 (Slovenia) and in 2006 (Brazil) and was looking forward to WRTC 2018 in Germany. His history of DXpedition operations dates from 1979, and he operated frequently from Madeira. He was one of the first single-op DXpeditioners to include RTTY as an operating mode. A frequent Dayton Hamvention® visitor, Skudlarek also was an honorary member of the Frankfort Radio Club, the North Jersey DX Association, and the Araucaria DX Group.

New ISS Crew Increment with Two Radio Amateurs Arrives on Station NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos officially joined their Expedition 48 International Space Station (ISS) crew members on July 9, when the hatches opened between their Soyuz MS-01 and the space station. Four radio amateurs now are on board the ISS. Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, of NASA, and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos greeted the newcomers. Rubins, Onishi, and cosmonaut Ivanishin replaced Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, who returned to Earth in mid-June after a little more than 6 months in space. Later this summer, Williams and Rubins are scheduled to install the first of two international docking adapters, soon to launch to the ISS. The adapters will allow commercial spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future when transporting astronauts as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Rubins, Ivanishin, and Onishi are scheduled to remain on station until late October. The trio launched early on July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, traveling to the ISS onboard an upgraded Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft on its maiden voyage. Williams, Skripochka, and Ovchinin will return to Earth in September.

Youth DX Adventure Team Headed to Saba in August
 The 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) team is heading to Saba this summer, to the Caribbean station of Jeff Jolie, PJ6/NM1Y, who will host three teenaged Amateur Radio operators and their chaperones. This year’s youth team includes Morgan Croucher, KD8ZLK; Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, and Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH. Escorting them will be Joe Binkley, KD8YPY; Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, and James Lea, WX4TV. The budding DXers/DXpeditioners will be on the air from Saba August 2-9. Dave Kalter was KB8OCP, a member of the TI5N contest team and a founder of the YDXA. He served as a vice president of the Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) and was an active member of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, which sponsors Hamvention®. He died in 2013.

 


August 2016

+ ARS Flight of the Bumblebees

1700Z-2100Z, Aug 1

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 3

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Aug 3 and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 3 and   0300Z-0400Z, Aug 4

+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest

1700Z-1800Z, Aug 4 (CW) and   1800Z-1900Z, Aug 4 (SSB) and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 4 (FM) and   2000Z-2100Z, Aug 4 (Dig)

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0100Z-0230Z, Aug 5

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Aug 5

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 5

+ TARA Grid Dip Shindig

0000Z-2400Z, Aug 6

+ 10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB

0001Z, Aug 6 to 2359Z, Aug 7

+ European HF Championship

1200Z-2359Z, Aug 6

+ WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone

1400Z-1800Z, Aug 6

+ North American QSO Party, CW

1800Z, Aug 6 to 0559Z, Aug 7

+ August UHF Contest

1800Z, Aug 6 to 1800Z, Aug 7

+ SARL HF Phone Contest

1300Z-1630Z, Aug 7

+ NAQCC CW Sprint

0030Z-0230Z, Aug 10

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 10

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Aug 10 and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 10 and   0300Z-0400Z, Aug 11

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

1900Z-2000Z, Aug 10

+ MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint Contest

2200Z, Aug 11 to 2200Z, Aug 13

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0100Z-0230Z, Aug 12

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Aug 12

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 12

+ WAE DX Contest, CW

0000Z, Aug 13 to 2359Z, Aug 14

+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

1200Z, Aug 13 to 2400Z, Aug 14

+ Maryland-DC QSO Party

1600Z, Aug 13 to 0400Z, Aug 14 and   1600Z-2400Z, Aug 14

+ 50 MHz Fall Sprint

2300Z, Aug 13 to 0300Z, Aug 14

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 17

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Aug 17 and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 17 and   0300Z-0400Z, Aug 18

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0100Z-0230Z, Aug 19

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Aug 19

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 19

+ SARTG WW RTTY Contest

0000Z-0800Z, Aug 20 and   1600Z-2400Z, Aug 20 and   0800Z-1600Z, Aug 21

+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest

0600 local, Aug 20 to 2400 local, Aug 21

+ Russian District Award Contest

0800Z, Aug 20 to 0800Z, Aug 21

+ Himalayan Contest

1200Z, Aug 20 to 1200Z, Aug 21

+ North American QSO Party, SSB

1800Z, Aug 20 to 0559Z, Aug 21

+ Feld Hell Sprint

2000Z-2159Z, Aug 20

+ CVA DX Contest, CW

2100Z, Aug 20 to 2100Z, Aug 21

+ SARL HF Digital Contest

1300Z-1630Z, Aug 21

+ ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY

1800Z-2359Z, Aug 21

+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

0100Z-0300Z, Aug 22

+ SKCC Sprint

0000Z-0200Z, Aug 24

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 24

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Aug 24 and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 24 and   0300Z-0400Z, Aug 25

+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB

1900Z-2000Z, Aug 25

+ QRP Fox Hunt

0100Z-0230Z, Aug 26

+ NCCC RTTY Sprint

0145Z-0215Z, Aug 26

+ NCCC Sprint

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 26

+ ALARA Contest

0400Z-1359Z, Aug 27 and   0400Z-1359Z, Aug 28

+ Hawaii QSO Party

0400Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 29

+ YO DX HF Contest

1200Z, Aug 27 to 1200Z, Aug 28

+ W/VE Islands QSO Party

1200Z, Aug 27 to 0300Z, Aug 28

+ SCC RTTY Championship

1200Z, Aug 27 to 1159Z, Aug 28

+ Keyman's Club of Japan Contest

1200Z, Aug 27 to 1200Z, Aug 28

+ Kansas QSO Party

1400Z, Aug 27 to 0200Z, Aug 28 and   1400Z-2000Z, Aug 28

+ Ohio QSO Party

1600Z, Aug 27 to 0400Z, Aug 28

+ CVA DX Contest, SSB

2100Z, Aug 27 to 2100Z, Aug 28

+ SARL HF CW Contest

1300Z-1630Z, Aug 28

+ Phone Fray

0230Z-0300Z, Aug 31

+ CWops Mini-CWT Test

1300Z-1400Z, Aug 31 and   1900Z-2000Z, Aug 31 and   0300Z-0400Z, Sep 1

 

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