EVARC Events/Announcements

February 18, 2017
Vol 17, No 07
 

Meeting Date Change: March Meeting rescheduled to March 4, 2017

 

- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Weather Spotter Training
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - February 16, 2017
     ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville, California, Dam Crisis
     FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band
     Alaska's HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business
     Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report
     Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India
     "Mysterious Foghorn" is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar
    
In Brief
Education and Training
Closing Items

   

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements

   

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time:  08:30 AM
Location
First Choice Catering & Party
                
1110 S. 9th St.
                
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

NOTE:  The Meeting date is one week early to accommodate the Nebraska State Convention scheduled for March 11.

Members are asked to bring a piece of equipment or other item of interest to the meeting for show and tell.  It can be something old, something unusual, or something new.  The idea is to share your knowledge!

Minutes from the February 2017 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page

 

Nebraska Hams to celebrate Nebraska's Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary

As youve heard, Nebraska Hams are invited to take part in a commemoration of Nebraskas Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary. Hams are encouraged to add /NE150 to their calls and make as many contacts as they can all year long. A special Nebraska Sesquicentennial QSO party will take place for the nine days surrounding the March 1 State Anniversary. More information is available at the NE150Hams website: www.ne150hams.org.

Commemorative QSL cards are available free except for the cost of postage. Hams will be able to request cards as long as they supply stamps or, preferably, a stamped self-addressed-envelope. Instructions on how to get cards will be posted on the website.

In addition, to save costs, we encourage clubs to request QSL cards in bulk and distribute them to club members. We will hand deliver the cards, if possible. If not, we will request stamps in the amount of the postage required to mail them.

Current plans are to make certificates available for operation during the QSO party. A participation certificate will be available upon request at the website. For those hams who would like a certificate indicating the number of contacts they made during the QSO party, we will accept logs submitted as adif or Cabrillo files (paper will be accepted if that is the only means available to the requester). Instructions will be posted on the website.

Finally, for those stations submitting logs, special certificates will be sent to the in-state and out-of-state stations making the top three numbers of contacts. Again, for more information, please check the website (www.ne150hams.org) please be patient as we continue to update the site. You may also email info@ne150hams.org with questions.

     ARRL Nebraska Section Section Manager:
     Mr Matthew N Anderson, KA0BOJ
     ka0boj@arrl.org

 

Club Dues - 2017

2017 Club Dues are due January 2017.  Please send in your dues as soon as possible.  You can send your dues to Club Secretary/Treasurer Fred Weibelhaus, KFJW, c/o EVARC, PO Box 1033, Norfolk, NE  68702-1033 or bring them to the next club meeting on March 4.

Training Programs

Club members are reminded of the need for training to be able to become a Rostered Volunteer in Nebraska.  This training includes four courses available on the FEMA web site.  These are Independent Study courses, and are often required courses for additional training.  These courses take about an hour each and include a short test.  If you are interested in being part of disaster response in Nebraska, please take some time and take these courses.  See the Education and Training section, below.

 

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for February 2017 is available on the EVARC Web site.

The Nebraska Sections news from December 26, 2016 has been posted.

 

 

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l Weather Spotter Training
 
Date Time Location
March 7 7:00 PM Cuming County - Bancroft
     401 Main Street
March 8 7:00 PM Antelope County - Neligh
     1101-1199 R St
March 15 7:00 PM Platte County - Columbus
     Platte County Court House
     2610 14th St
March 16 7:00 PM Colfax County - Schuyler
     Schuyler Fire Station
     302 E 16th St
March 21 7:00 PM Madison/Pierce County - Norfolk
     Lifelong Learning Center
     701 E Benjamin Ave
March 27 7:00 PM Boone County - TBA
     Location to be determined
March 28 7:00 PM Burt County - Tekamah
     Fire Station
     S 13th St
April 17 7:00 PM Cedar County - Wynot
     Fire Station
April 26 7:00 PM Knox County - TBA
     Location to be determined
  For more information and locations visit the Omaha Weather Service web page at http://www.weather.gov/oax/spotter
 

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Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page

 
 
 
02/28/2017
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Feb 28 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                    705 N 16th St
                    Council Bluffs	IA	51501-0105
 
03/02/2017	
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Mar 02 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                     (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                     2701 N 48th St.
                     Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
03/15/2017	
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Mar 15 2017 
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                   (402) 462-4619
     Email: aharpham@wd0dxd.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Central Community College
                     Easy Hwy 6
                     Room 131
                     Dawson Bldg
                     Hastings NE 68901-9999
 
03/18/2017	
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Mar 18 2017 
     Time: 11:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                     (712) 223-3164
     Email: nfn@longlines.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     4200 War Eagle Dr
                     Phone call is preferred
                     Sioux City IA 51109-1700
 
03/28/2017	
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Mar 28 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                     (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     2912 S 80th Avenue
                     Near 84th and Center
                     Lower Level West Side
                     Omaha NE 68124-3250
  04/06/2017
     Sponsor: Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Date: Apr 06 2017
     Time: 5:15 PM
     Contact: Sue Askew
                   (402) 992-8109
     Email: Sue Askew
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Norfolk Public Library
                     308 W. Prospect
                     Norfolk NE 68701
 
04/06/2017	
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Apr 06 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                   (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                     2701 N 48th St.
                     Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
04/19/2017	
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Apr 19 2017 
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                   (402) 462-4619
     Email: aharpham@wd0dxd.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Central Community College
                     Easy Hwy 6
                     Room 131
                     Dawson Bldg
                     Hastings NE 68901-9999
 
04/25/2017	
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Apr 25 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                   (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     705 N 16th St
                     Council Bluffs IA 51501-0105
 
04/28/2017	
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Apr 28 2017 
     Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                   (712) 223-3164
     Email: nf0n@longlines.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     4200 War Eagle Dr
                     Phone call is preferred
                     Sioux City IA 51109-1700
 

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Southwest Iowa ARC Flea Market
03/04/2017	
     Start Date: 03/04/2017
     End Date: 03/04/2017
     Location: McClelland Iowa City Hall
                     117 Main Street
                     McClelland, IA 
     Website: http://www.swiradio.org
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.82-
     Public Contact: Greg Ross , NGR 
                               22106 320th Street Minden, IA 51553
                               Phone: 712-566-2698
     Email: NGR@arrl.net
 
Nebraska State Convention 
03/11/2017	
     Start Date: 03/11/2017
     End Date: 03/11/2017
     Location: Lancaster County Event Center
                     4100 N 84th Street
                     Lincoln, NE 68501
     Website: http://www.kkkv.org
     Sponsor: Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.76
     Public Contact: Marlene McLaughlin , KDHYM 
                               P.O. Box 84352 Lincoln, NE 68501
     Phone: 402-217-9252
     Email: kdhym@gmail.com
 
Heartland Hams Hamfest
04/29/2017	
     Start Date: 04/29/2017
     End Date: 04/29/2017
     Location: Glenwood American Legion Hall
                     104 N. Pine Street
                     Glenwood, IA 51534
     Website: www.heartlandhams.org
     Sponsor: Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.29
     Public Contact: Donald Brown , WAF 
                               53243 260th Street Glenwood, IA 51534
     Phone: 712-526-2080
     Email: waf@arrl.net
 

2nd Annual Greater Midwest Radio Show

05/13/2017
     Start Date
: 05/13/2017
     End Date
: 05/13/2017
     Location
: Adams County Fairgrounds
                     947 S. Baltimore Avenue
                     Hastings, NE 68901
     Website
: http://greatermidwestradio.org/
     Sponsor
: Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska - WWWV.org
     Type
: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In
: 145.13 (PL 123)
     Public Contact
: Bart Jones , KBHAW
                              P.O. Box 235
                              Bladen, NE 68928
     Phone: 402-756-1270
     Email
: : kbhaw@juno.com

 

 

Iowa Section Convention (3900 Club Hamboree)

05/13/2017
     Start Date: 05/13/2017
     End Date: 05/13/2017
     Location: Community Building
                   1601 Industrial Park Road
                   Boone, IA 50036
     Website: http://www.3900club.com
     Sponsor: 3900 Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.85
     Public Contact: Clay Conard , W0FS
                            612 Teneyck Ave PO Box 286 Stratford, IA 50249
                            Phone: 515-838-2285
     Email: w0fs@arrl.net

 
 

For a complete listing of Hamfests go to the ARRL Hamfest Search page

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From the February 16, 2017 ARRL Letter

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ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville, California, Dam Crisis

Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reported this week that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers actively supported http://www3.arrl.org/nl/al/image/ares(1).jpgcommunication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US. Following a period of heavy rain, a section of the earthfill-embankment dam's spillway eroded, and authorities ordered residents living below the dam to evacuate, in case the dam should fail. Crews have been attempting to fill the eroded area with rock transported by helicopter. On February 14, authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order, but said it could be re-imposed, if necessary. Residents returning home were advised to remain vigilant, should the situation again become critical, and some ARES activity continues.

"Things have really calmed down for now after the mandatory evacuation notice was reduced to an evacuation warning," Kruckewitt told ARRL on February 15. "At this time, only the Butte County ARES group is deployed to the Chico Fairgrounds to support the Red Cross -- possibly through the weekend." The Chico shelter will remain open until the next storms pass.

FEMA reported that the Kelly Ridge Powerhouse located below Oroville Dam is flooded and unsafe. "Any further flooding could result in the potential release of 500 gallons of turbine oil stored in tanks," the agency said on February 15.

Butte County ARES EC Dale Anderson, KK6EVX, was called out by the emergency operations center (EOC) on the evening of February 12. Six members of the Butte County ARES team have been deployed to the Red Cross evacuation shelter at the Chico fairgrounds. "ARC still wants us at the Chico Fairgrounds," Anderson told Kruckewitt on February 15. "We are down to one VHF unit and one operator on watch for now."

On February 12, Yuba/Sutter ARES EC Steve Sweetman, K6TAZ, opened and managed a net to provide information and gather reports of road closures or problems during the evacuation. The net received reports from radio amateurs who were evacuating. Traffic was reported to be very heavy, with a trip that would normally take 20 minutes extending into a "3-hour stop-and-go ordeal," Sweetman said. The net also gathered and disseminated information on where evacuees could get fuel. "This became a critical need, as the thousands of people evacuated their houses with 1-hour notice," Kruckewitt said. Sweetman provided shelter for 17 evacuees.

The Sacramento County EC Vince Cracchiolo, KI6NHP, was called into the Sacramento County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on February 13 as the Red Cross opened a shelter at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Kruckewitt said the Sacramento Valley Section received offers of help from hams outside of California. As of February 15, FEMA was reporting 16 shelters open with 2,606 occupants.

"All ARES groups in the section are on standby, if help is needed. So far, the dam is holding, and repair work is under way at last report," Kruckewitt said.

According to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), evacuation orders were issued to residents surrounding Lake Oroville late Sunday afternoon. "DWR has been monitoring conditions at Lake Oroville's main and auxiliary spillways around the clock for signs of erosion that could threaten the integrity of the emergency spillway and allow large, uncontrolled flows to the Feather River," the agency says on its website.

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band

The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the current five 60-meter channels -- one would be within the new band -- as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League's Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its petition.

The proposed ARRL action would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service; that band includes 5,358.5 KHz, one of the existing 5 MHz channels in the US. The FCC has not yet acted to implement other portions of the WRC-15 Final Acts.

"Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more flexibly and more capably conduct those communications [and preparedness exercises], before the next hurricane season in the summer of 2017," ARRL said in its petition.

The League said that 14 years of Amateur Radio experience using the five discrete 5-MHz channels have shown that hams can get along well with primary users at 5 MHz, while complying with the regulations established for their use. "Neither ARRL, nor, apparently, NTIA is aware of a single reported instance of interference to a federal user by a radio amateur operating at 5 MHz to date," ARRL said in its petition. NTIA -- the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which regulates federal spectrum -- initially proposed the five channels for Amateur Radio use. In recent years, Amateur Radio has cooperated with federal users such as FEMA in conducting communication interoperability exercises.

The League said in its petition that while the Amateur Radio community is grateful to the FCC and NTIA for providing some access to the 5-MHz band, "the five channels are, simply stated, completely inadequate to accommodate the emergency preparedness needs of the Amateur Service in this HF frequency range," ARRL said. Access even to the tiny 15-kHz wide band adopted at WRC-15 would "radically improve the current, very limited capacity of the Amateur Service in the United States to address emergencies and disaster relief," ARRL said.

The WRC-15 Final Acts stipulated a power limit of 15 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), which the League said "completely defeats the entire premise for the allocation in the first place." ARRL said the FCC should permit a power level of 100 W PEP ERP, assuming use of a 0 dBd gain antenna, in the contiguous 60-meter band. "To impose the power limit adopted at WRC-15 for the contiguous band would render the band unsuitable for emergency and public service communications," the League said.

The ITU Radio Regulations permit assignments at variance with the International Table of Allocations, provided a non-interference condition is attached.

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Alaska's HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, "RAPID: Spatiotemporal Evolution of Radio-Induced Aurora." Fallen says the HAARP transmissions will take place within the facility's transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz and should be audible outside of Alaska, and may even produce visible effects within the state.

"This time my experiments will largely focus on artificial radio-induced airglow that potentially can be photographed from nearly anywhere in Alaska -- weather permitting," Fallen told ARRL. "I plan to start and stop each experiment block with an audio Luxembourg-style broadcast -- transmitting two amplitude-modulated carrier waves at different frequencies separated by about 1 MHz, with the resulting skywave signal being a mix of both frequencies."

Fallen's experiments will take place February 19-22.

Fallen said that he has prior success reproducing the "Luxembourg effect" using two DTMF tones. "But this time, I have a short, simple musical composition recorded by a local musician," he said. "It was composed specifically to take advantage of the Luxembourg effect."

According to UAF, Fallen, an assistant research professor in space physics, will create an "artificial aurora" that can be photographed with a sensitive camera within Alaska. The phenomenon has been created in the past above HAARP during certain types of transmissions.

Just which HF frequencies Fallen will use won't be determined until shortly before he begins his research. "The specific frequency chosen during a particular experiment depends on the experiment's objectives, FCC regulations, and ionospheric conditions at the time," Fallen explained. He will use ionosonde data to guide frequency selection.

In his explanatory Gakona HAARPoon 2017 blog, Fallen explains that HAARP scientists use the ionosonde to estimate two important parameters: (1) the amount of low-level ionosphere D-region HF radio absorption that frequently occurs due to natural, but not well understood, processes that prevent HAARP radio wave energy from reaching the higher ionosphere E and F regions; and, (2) the ionosphere vertical "critical frequency" [sometimes referred to as foF2], above which any radio transmissions pass through the ionosphere into space rather than being reflected or absorbed."

Fallen said experiment times and frequencies for his airglow and Luxembourg experiments will be updated on his blog and on his Twitter account linked in the blog. He encourages radio amateurs and SWLs to record the events they hear and post reports to social media or e-mail him.

Built and operated by the US Air Force until August 2015, HAARP includes a 40-acre grid of antennas and a very high-power array of HF transmitters to conduct ionospheric research. Later this month, scientists will use HAARP to conduct other experiments that will include a study of atmospheric effects on satellite-to-ground communications and over-the-horizon radar experiments.

Research funding agencies also include the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Lab and the Naval Research Laboratory. HAARP also has a Facebook page.

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Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation, states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels. The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency Coordinators' reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA region, and a challenge for 2017. According to the report, ARES membership in 2016 was 27,754 -- up from 17,756 in 2015 -- and the Service was active in 42 states and US territories. ARES volunteers responded to 33,136 events last year.

http://www3.arrl.org/nl/al/image/ARES%20cap.jpg"Sharing information about what ARES provides at all levels is critical to our work overall, as hard numbers provide better detail about our work," ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said. "We all need to pitch in to ensure that our contributions are counted, and here at HQ, we will be sure to do our part."

ARES volunteers will see changes in some reporting forms in 2017; all forms, starting in January 2017, have been updated and renumbered. According to the report, 76% of ARRL sections filed reports for 2016, a significant improvement over past years. The report challenges ARRL Section Emergency Coordinators to raise that number to 85% in 2017.

In addition to the annual ARES report, ARRL Field Services staffers will produce their own monthly report, a link will appear in the ARES E-Letter, showing monthly data for ARES, as well as information about ARRL Headquarters emergency preparedness and Field Service activities.

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Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India

AMSAT-UK reports the Indian Space Agency (ISRO) on February 15 successfully launched the Nayif-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat, along with 103 other satellites -- a record for a single launch. The Nayif-1 1U CubeSat includes a full FUNcube communication package. Nayif-1 carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and CW and a telemetry transmitter. Nayif-1 started transmitting about 1 hour after launch, and radio amateurs on the west coast reported the first signals.

Nayif-1 is a joint project of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The United Arab Emirate's first nanosatellite, Nayif-1 was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC. The partnership between the two entities was aimed at providing hands-on satellite-manufacturing experience to engineering students.

Telemetry is transmitted on 145.940 MHz, 1.2 kb BPSK (FUNcube standard). The SSB/CW transponder uplink passband is 435.045-435.015 MHz, and the downlink passband is 145.960-145.990 MHz.

A mission-specific telemetry dashboard is available. In a manner similar to that of the FUNcube-1 dashboard, this one will be capable of uploading the telemetry received to a central data warehouse. More information on the telemetry dashboard is available, as is a test file.

Initial spacecraft operation will be in a low-power "safe" mode, with just the telemetry transmitter activated..

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"Mysterious Foghorn" is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System newsletter reports a mysterious "foghorn" -- a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar -- is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

"We observed the mysterious foghorn on 7, 10, and 14 MHz," the newsletter recounted. "This is a Chinese OTH radar, which is often jumping, and sounding like a foghorn." The signal is frequency modulation on pulse (FMOP) with 66.66 sweeps-per-second bursts.

Other intruders include a Russian frequency shift keying (FSK) signal from Kaliningrad on 7,193 kHz and a Russian FSK signal on 7,193 kHz (50 baud, 200 Hz shift). German telecommunications authorities have filed another complaint.

The latest IARUMS newsletter also reports strong splatter from Radio France International (RFI) on 7,205 kHz down to 7,186 kHz. The French REF has informed RFI and French telecommunications authorities.

Intruders still reported, and the subjects of complaints from German authorities include Radio Hargeysa in Somaliland on 7,120.0 kHz; Radio Eritrea with Ethiopian interference on 7,175.0 kHz; Radio Taiwan and a Chinese jammer on 7,200.0 kHz, and a Radio Tajik harmonic (from 4765 kHz) on 14,295.0 kHz.

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  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Over the February 9-15 reporting week, the average daily sunspot number declined from 21.3 to 17.6, while the average daily solar flux rose from 73.5 to 75.1. The average planetary A index dropped from 12.9 to 4.7, and the mid-latitude A index dipped from 9.9 to 2.9. http://www3.arrl.org/nl/al/image/Solar%20Disk-2017-02-16.jpgThe predicted solar flux is 75 on February 16-17; 74 on February 18-19; 77, 80, and 83 on February 20-22; 80 on February 23-24; 78 on February 25-26; 76 on February 27-28; 75 on March 1-2; 73 on March 3-4; 72 on March 5-7; 73 and 74 on March 8-9; 75 on March 10-11; 78 on March 12-15; 80 on March 16-18; 82, 85, and 82 on March 19-21; 80 on March 22-23; 78 on March 24-25; 76 on March 26-27, and 75 on March 28-29. Predicted planetary A index is 10, 12, 10, and 8 on February 16-19; 5 on February 20-21; 8 and 15 on February 22-23; 10 on February 24-25; 5, 25, 30, 25, and 20 on February 26-March 2; 15 on March 3-5; 8 on March 6; 5 on March 7-12; 8, 12, and 10 on March 13-15; 8 on March 16-17; 5 on March 18-20; 10 and 15 on March 21-22, and 10 on March 23-24. Sunspot numbers for February 9 through 15 were 15, 18, 18, 18, 16, 15, and 23, with a mean of 17.6. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 75.4, 74, 75.7, 76.2, 74.8, 74.5, and 74.8, with a mean of 75.1. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 8, 5, 3, 5, 2, and 3, with a mean of 4.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 5, 3, 2, 2, 1, and 2, with a mean of 2.9. Send me your reports and observations!

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!: "AM and SSB" is the topic of the latest (December 29) 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.

  • Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available: The Field Day 2017 packet now is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 -- always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant rule changes from 2016. The Field Day packet contains everything you or your club will need to succeed in June, including explanations, FAQs, articles from experts, and even a log page template, if you log on paper for FD. For more information on Field Day, contact the ARRL Contest Branch.

  • Washington Club Gets North Cook Islands Ham Back on the Air after Lengthy Absence: Thanks to the generosity of members of the ARRL-affiliated Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) Pia "Papa Pia" Taraeka, E51PT, of Manihiki, North Cook Islands, is back on the air after a more than 3-decade absence. "My interest in Amateur Radio started around 1962 as a radio operator working for the Cook Island and New Zealand governments," Papa Pia recounted on his QRZ.com profile. "My primary job was relaying radio Morse code traffic destined for the Cook Islands and other places, including New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, and Niue." Bob Nielsen, N7XY, donated the bulk of the radio gear, while Bengt-Erik Norum, K7ADD/E51AMF, helped to set up Papa Pia's station (and help another North Cook Islands ham, too). Papa Pia is on CW and SSB, 80 through 10 meters, running 100 W to an all-band dipole. -- Thanks to The Daily DX

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l Education and Training
 
  • ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration - The ARRL has many ways to continue your education in things Amateur Radio.  For more information go to the ARRL Training web pagee.

  • FEMA Online Training - FEMA has numerous Independent Study Program courses available for Ham Radio Operators and others interested in emergency support and are recommended by ARES.  For a list of courses check the FEMA ISP training web site.  Look for courses:
         IS-100b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
         IS-200b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
         IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
         IS-800.b - National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • Weather Spotter Training - To be a certified Weather Spotter in the State of Nebraska, you must attend a weather spotter training session, take two on-line courses, and pass a written exam provided by your local Emergency Coordinator.  The on-line courses can be found on the ucar.edu web site.
     

  • Did you know you can practice code on-line? The ARRL posts their code practice files on the web. These audio files can be played on line or downloaded for later play back on your own computer. Practice files are available for 5, 7.5, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 Words per Minute. To find the files click the following link: http://www.arrl.org/code-practice-files

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  • lCLOSING ITEMS

    The EVARC weekly net meets every Monday evening at 7:30 PM on the club 2 meter repeater (146.73 -). Check-in to the net to hear an update on activities of other club members,  announcements of local interest, and any late breaking information. Everyone is welcome to check in.

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    The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information to local hams with items of interest.  It is compiled from local, regional, and national sources an includes national, regional, and local news items and events.  Created by Monty Wilson, NRA. Contact  NRA with comments or questions.