EVARC Events/Announcements

May 21, 2017
Vol. 17, No. 20




EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
From the ARRL Letter - May 18, 2017
     Maritime Mobile Service Net Relays Distress Call; Crew, Passengers, and Vessel Safe
     Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ, to Join Astronaut Hall of Fame
     Updated ARRL "US Amateur Radio Bands" Charts Now Available
     Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 Summer Gathering to Take Place in the UK
     Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download
     Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales
In Brief
Education and Training
Closing Items



EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements


Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time:  08:30 AM
First Choice Catering & Party
1110 S. 9th St.
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page
Minutes from the April 2017 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page


Field Day - 2017

Field Day this year the club will be setting up at the Norfolk Airport to hold the event in conjunction with 25th Nebraska State Fly-In, Saturday June 24, 2017.  The annual Field Day event is scheduled for the last full weekend in June, which is June 24 - 25.  Mark you calendar.  Plan on a fun day of operating and viewing the airshow and aircraft.  Final plans will be made at the June 10 meeting.


Northeast Nebraska Hamfest

The club is planning on holding a flea market/one day convention on November 4.  Called the "Northeast Nebraska Hamfest", it will be held at the CHC Hall (KC Hall).  You can see an earlier flier here.  Further details will be provided as plans are made.  For more information, contact Fred, KFJW.

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

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

The latest Nebraska Sections news can be found on the Nebraska Section Facebook page.





Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

05/23/2017 - Sheldon, IA
     Sponsor: NIARC
     Date: May 23 2017 
     Time: 6:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
     Contact: Delmar E. Spronk
                     (712) 324-3030
     Email: desspronk@hotmail.com
     Location: Northwest Iowa Comm college (NCC)
                     603 West Park St
                     Bldg A room 117
                     Sheldon IA 51201-9999
05/30/2017 - Omaha, NE
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: May 30 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                     (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     Location: American Red Cross
                     2912 S 80th Avenue
                     Near 84th and Center
                     Lower Level West Side
                     Omaha NE 68124-3250
06/01/2017 - Lincoln, NE	
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Jun 01 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                     (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     Location: Northside Cafe
                     2701 N 48th St.
                     Lincoln NE 68504-1425
  06/10/2017 - Sioux City, IA
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Jun 10 2017
     Time: 11:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                    (712) 223-3164
     Email: nf0n@longlines.com
     Location: American Red Cross
                    4200 War Eagle Dr
                    Phone call is preferred
                    Sioux City IA 51109-1700
06/13/2017 - Yankton, SD
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: Jun 13 2017 
     Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
     Contact: Fred L. De Roos
                     (605) 665-2590
     Email: flderoos47@gmail.com
     Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
                     305 W 25th St
                     Yankton SD 57078-1317
06/21/2017 - Hastings, NE
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Jun 21 2017 
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                     (402) 462-4619
     Email: aharpham@wd0dxd.com
     Location: Central Community College
                     Easy Hwy 6
                     Room 131
                     Dawson Bldg
                     Hastings NE 68901-9999
06/27/2017 - Council Bluffs, IA
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Jun 27 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                     (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     Location: American Red Cross
                     705 N 16th St
                     Council Bluffs IA 51501-0105
06/27/2017 - Sheldon, IA
     Sponsor: NIARC
     Date: Jun 27 2017 
     Time: 6:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
     Contact: Delmar E. Spronk
                     (712) 324-3030
     Email: desspronk@hotmail.com
     Location: Northwest Iowa Comm college (NCC)
                     603 West Park St
                     Bldg A room 117
                     Sheldon IA 51201-9999
  For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page


l Hamfests/Conventions
Pioneer ARC's 20th Annual Flea Market - North Bend, NE
     Start Date: 07/08/2017
     End Date: 07/08/2017
     Location: St. Charles Parish Center
                     8th & Locust Streets
                     North Bend, NE 68649
     Website: http://www.kjfn.com
     Sponsor: Pioneer Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.67/07
     Public Contact: Richard Mehaffey , KBARZ 
                          230 West 11th Street
                          North Bend, NE 68649
                          Phone: 402-652-3410
     Email: 4randjme@futuretk.com
56th Annual Victoria Springs Hamfest & Steak Fry - Anselmo, NE
     Start Date: 07/29/2017
     End Date: 07/30/2017
     Location: Victoria Springs State Recreation Area
                     43400 State Highway 21A South
                     Anselmo, NE 68813
     Website: http://cnarc.club/
     Sponsor: Central Nebraska Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 147.09+ Open
     Public Contact: Larry Lehmann , KCDA 
                               528 West Avenue Minden, NE 68959
                               Phone: 308-832-7016
     Email: kcda@arrl.net
AK-SAR-BEN Amateur Radio Club Flea-Esta - Springfield, NE
     Start Date: 09/16/2017
     End Date: 09/16/2017
     Location: Sarpy County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
                     100 Main Street
                     Springfield, NE 68059
     Website: http://www.aksarbenarc.org
     Sponsor: Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.940
     Public Contact: David Rice , NJSB 
                          8002 Crown Point Avenue
                          Omaha, NE 68134
                          Phone: 402-571-8915
     Email: davegr@netzero.net
Iowa State Convention - Sergeant Bluff, IA
     Start Date: 09/23/2017
     End Date: 09/23/2017
     Location: Sergeant Bluff Community Center
                     903 Topaz Drive
                     Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
     Sponsor: Sooland Amateur Radio Association & Dakota County Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 110.9)
     Public Contact: Jim Rhodes , KXU 
                               429 East 26th Street South Sioux City, NE 68776
                               Phone: 712-898-2140
     Email: KXU@longlines.com
Northeast Nebraska Hamfest - Norfolk, NE
     Start Date: 11/04/2017
     End Date: 11/04/2017
     Location: CHC Hall
                     105 Elm Avenue
                     Norfolk, NE 68701
     Website: http://www.qsl.net/evarc
     Sponsor: Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.730/130 (PL 131.8)
     Public Contact: Fred Wiebelhaus , KFJW 
                               920 South 4th Street Norfolk, NE 68701
                               Phone: 402-992-7653
     Email: fwiebelhaus@cableone.net

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



From the May 18, 2017 ARRL Letter


Maritime Mobile Service Net Relays Distress Call; Crew, Passengers, and Vessel Safe

The Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) recently served as a critical communication link after the sport fishing vessel Free Spirit put out a "mayday" distress call on VHF marine channel 16 after running into trouble in Mexican waters. Brian Stipak, KF7QCX -- skipper of the sailing vessel Ubiquity -- heard the May 13 mayday, which advised that the Free Spirit was sinking quickly with four people on board and that all were abandoning ship. Unable to raise coastal stations on his vessel's VHF radio, Stipak went to the MMSN's 14.300 MHz frequency. Despite marginal band conditions, he was able to relay a position report to net control station Ken Porter, AC0ML, who had assistance from fellow NCS Scott Roberts, KK4ECR.

"They were taking on water and could not find the source, and were deploying their life raft," Stipak recounted on his website. "He clearly gave the coordinates for his position, which I plotted and saw [he] was about in the middle of the Sea of Cortez, about 46 nautical miles from me. My VHF communication with him was marginal." Stipak said that while he could barely hear the MMSN net control, the operator was able to copy the information. The S/V Fathom also heard the mayday and set a course for the distressed boat.

Porter notified the US Coast Guard in San Diego to relay the information to the Mexican Navy, which dispatched a vessel to the Free Spirit's last-known position. The Coast Guard also tried to raise Ubiquity on 14.300 MHz, but band conditions were changing rapidly, and there was no further contact.

Stipak was also able to get through on his cell phone to the port captain at Puerto Escondido and leave information on the distress call.

"We did not hear from the boat in distress for an hour, the last communication saying they were deploying the life raft. I thought the boat had likely sunk," Stipak said in his website narrative. "Then, the captain of Free Spirit came on the VHF again saying they had found and stopped the leak, were trying to pump out the boat, could not start the engine, had deployed the life raft, but not abandoned the boat and did not yet want to cancel the mayday.

Roberts later learned via the Coast Guard that the Free Spirit had been towed to the port of San Carlos and that all on board were safe.

"It looks like a great resolution to a very intense situation," Stipak allowed afterward.

The MMSN is in its 50th year of operation. -- Thanks to Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, MMSN assistant net manager



Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ, to Join Astronaut Hall of Fame

Two NASA astronauts, both with one-of-a-kind career credits, will be honored on May 19 when they are inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website at 17:00 UTC. Honorees will include Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ -- the first Hispanic woman to go into space and the current director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston -- and former astronaut Michael Foale, KB5UAC. Mir. Bob Cabana, a 2008 hall of famer and current director of Kennedy Space Center, will speak at the induction ceremony about the distinguished careers of the two honorees.

The ceremony will take place at the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Ochoa was selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1990. A veteran of four flights, Ochoa logged more than 978 hours in space, serving as mission specialist on space shuttle mission STS-56, payload commander on STS-66, and both flight engineer and mission specialist on STS-96 and STS-110. She has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA's highest award.

Foale was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1987. A veteran of six missions, he logged more than 374 days in space and four spacewalks totaling almost 23 hours, including a spacewalk to perform repairs and upgrades to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. He is also the only American citizen to have served on both the Russian Mir space station and the International Space Station. Foale retired from NASA in 2013.

During his ISS tour, the British-born Foale set up the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Phase 2 equipment, a Kenwood TM-D700E dualband transceiver, in the Zvezda Service Module.



Updated ARRL "US Amateur Radio Bands" Charts Now Available

ARRL has revised and updated its "US Amateur Radio Bands" charts, and these are now available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations. The revised allocations charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use.

The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocations has not yet been determined. Until the FCC sets a start date, it is not legal under an Amateur Radio license to transmit on either band. The FCC will publish a notice in The Federal Register "announcing such approval and the relevant effective date." ARRL will announce the UTC notification procedures and the effective date to use these new bands as soon as these are known.

ARRL will update the Amateur Radio frequency charts at that time. These reference guides are available for purchase in 11 x 17 and 8.5 x 11 formats in packs of 50 from the ARRL Store. Both include an ARRL Worked All States (WAS) map on the reverse side.



Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 Summer Gathering to Take Place in the UK

The seventh Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place August 5-12 at Gilwell Park in England, the UK Scouting Headquarters. Upward of 100 young radio amateurs younger than 26 from around the world will gather for YOTA UK 2017 to participate in Amateur Radio programs and workshops as well as cross-cultural exchanges and social interaction. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will serve as the host of the summer conference.

"Teams from across the world are getting ready to fly to the UK to take part in YOTA 2017," said International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders, PA2LS. "The team travelling the furthest is from Japan -- we're looking forward to welcoming Seiya Kato, JE1XUZ, and Riku Suda, JR2KHB." Leenders told ARRL that none of the participants this summer would be from IARU Region 2, because more applications were received than spaces were available. Two US radio amateurs attended YOTA 2016 in Austria.Yasme Foundation grants will allow two young radio amateurs each from Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Kosovo to attend YOTA UK 2017.

"Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work together across national borders and ethnicities in the best 'ham spirit' of friendship," Yasme said in announcing the grant.

YOTA UK 2017 promises a week of wireless technology activities, including a special event station, a build-a-thon, antenna construction, an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) competition, and a Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation. There will also be an opportunity to visit Bletchley Park -- including the National Radio Centre -- and the Science Museum.

Several Amateur Radio clubs in the UK, as well as Scouting leaders, will be assisting to make YOTA UK 2017 a success. YOTA reports that Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, has confirmed that the plans are in place for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact during YOTA 2017 week in August. He will be visiting Gilwell Park soon as part of the preparations, and the ARISS team from the Principia mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, will be available to run the contact in August.

The IARU and RSGB are providing the largest chunk of the funds needed to mount YOTA 2017. Financial support at any level is welcome, the RSGB said, pointing out that all contributions will go directly to YOTA 2017.

Last summer, 114 young people from 29 countries in IARU Region 1 and the US gathered in Austria for the YOTA convention.



Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download

All copies of the English-language version of Morsum Magnificat, the Morse Magazine, are now available for free download from the website of Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO. This includes the 89 issues published from 1986 to 2004. Mike Feher, N4FS, was able to provide the missing editions, which Randy Cole, KN6W, scanned for viewing. The 89 issues of Morsum Magnificat contain more than 4,000 printed pages, covering all aspects of Morse telegraphy.

The newly available downloads also include "The Story of the Key: The Best of MM-1," by Louise Ramsey Moreau, W3WRE, which includes a list of American telegraph instrument makers from 1837 to 1900, compiled by Roger Reinke. In addition, there's "Key WT 8 Amp Worldwide Survey: The Best of MM-2," by Tony Smith G4FAI, an updated and revised version of the 54-page booklet that provides information about the famous military Morse key, of which more than 100 versions were manufactured in six countries.

Also available: The MM Q & Z Codebook, (English), compiled by Rinus Hellemons, PA0BFN, and Dick Kraayveld, PA3ALM, publishers of the original Dutch version of Morsum Magnificat. The codebook lists all Q & Z codes in their original applications, including a copy of the original single-page Q-code guide of 1912.

All copies of Morsum Magnificat or associated publications downloaded from the N7CFO website are for personal use only and may not be downloaded or distributed for any commercial purpose. -- Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News via Tony Smith, G4FAI, co-founder of the English edition of Morsum Magnificat



Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales

The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of wireless equipment could pose a national security threat. Their warning followed reports of "highly suspicious" 2-meter transmissions along the Bengal-Bangladesh border.

The letter drew the attention of the Intelligence Bureau, the prime minister's office, and the military. The Telecommunications Ministry has now ordered e-commerce websites to stop selling transmitting gear online, effective immediately. The law in India requires that those selling such equipment have a dealer's possession license and users have a license to transmit.

Ankur Puranik, VU2AXN, spokesperson of the Mumbai Amateur Radio Society, told the newspaper, "...our concern is that the powerful equipment can fall into wrong hands and be misused. More importantly, these two-way radios can tune into any frequency including confidential frequencies used by law enforcement agencies. They can be misused to listen to confidential wireless conversations."


  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Average daily sunspot numbers over the May 4-10 reporting week were 17.1, down from 25.1 the previous week. Average daily solar flux declined from 76.9 to 71.5. There were two days with zero sunspots -- May 9 and 10. Spaceweather.com noted that Wednesday was the 32nd day with no sunspots in 2017; that's as many as during all of 2016. Because it's early May, this indicates an acceleration of the decline of the current solar cycle. Predicted solar flux is 70 on May 11; 71 on May 12-13; 70 on May 14-17; 80 on May 18-23; 77 on May 24-27; 75 on May 28-June 1; 73 on June 2; 72 on June 3-4; 70 on June 5-8; 72 on June 9-10; 75 on June 11, and 80 on June 12-19. Predicted planetary A index is 10 on May 11-12; 5 on May 13-16; 15 on May 17-18; 8, 15, 30, 20, 10, and 8 on May 19-24; 5 on May 25-June 3; 8 on June 4; 5 on June 5-7; 8, 5, 5, and 8 on June 8-11; 15, 30, 15, and 8 on June 12-15. Sunspot numbers for May 4 through 10, were 29, 31, 26, 23, 11, 0, and 0, with a mean of 17.1. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 74.2, 73.5, 72.8, 71.7, 70.5, 68.9, and 68.6, with a mean of 71.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 6, 5, 8, 6, 6, and 6, with a mean of 6.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 5, 5, 7, 7, 5, and 6, with a mean of 5.9.  Send me your reports and observations!

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!!: "Optimizing Receiver Performance" 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. Just ahead: "Flea Market Tips."

  • Spring Issue of Radio Waves is Now Available: The spring edition of ARRL's license instruction and radio science education news e-magazine Radio Waves is on the virtual newsstand. Featured stories: "KID Museum Station Powers Up at Maker Faire," "Amateur Radio Sparks Interest at Elementary School," "Making a Good Hobby Better through Post-Licensing Enrichment," and "Teaching with the Solar Eclipse." There's also news on the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, and word of a new "passive method" to learn the code. The spring edition reviews the latest Boy Scouts' radio merit badge requirements, and it includes a calendar of upcoming events, opportunities, and deadlines. Radio Waves is free!

  • 2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Second Call for Papers: Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 36th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), set for September 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Earth City. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is July 31, 2017. Submit papers via e-mail or via post to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Papers will be published exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all rights.

  • Iceland Extends Experimental License Privileges at 5 MHz: PTA, the telecommunication authority in Iceland, has extended experimental license privileges for radio amateurs in the 5 MHz band until December 31, 2017. The privileges are for 5,260-5,410 kHz, with 100 W EIRP. Permissible modes include CW, USB, PSK31, and other digital modes. The permit is the same for N and G licensees. Currently 25 licensees in Iceland have experimental licenses to operate on 60 meters. -- Thanks to Jnas Bjarnason, TF3JB


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 Introductionn

  • 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



    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.


    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.