EVARC Events/Announcements

December 14, 2014
Vol 14, No 32




EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
From the ARRL Letter - December 11, 2014
     ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records!
     Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, Appointed ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director
     ARRL CW Rookie Roundup Returns on December 21!
     Financial Woes Reported at Dayton Hamvention® Venue, Hara Arena
     Philippine Hams Support Emergency Communication for Typhoon Hagupit
     Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
In Brief
Education and Training
Closing Items



EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements


Next September meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time:  08:30 AM
LocationBailey's Bistro & Lounge
                 1201 S 13th St
Minutes from the October 2014 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page

Visitors are always welcome to the meeting.
Bring a Guest to the Meeting

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page


EVARC Club Officers - 2015

At the December 13 club meeting, the following individuals were elected as club officers for the 2015

President - Fred Wiebelhaus, N0VLX
Vice President - Nick Breckenfeldt, KB0GMQ
Secretary/Treasurer - Sue Askew, KD0JE


Midwest Division News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for December 2014 is available on the EVARC Web site.


Nebraska Section News

The Nebraska Section news for November 2014 is available on the EVARC Web site.



Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page


Lincoln ARC
     Date: Jan 08 2015
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: John P. Hauner
                     (402) 486-1400
     Email: jphusker@earthlink.com
     Location: Northside Cafe
                      2701 N 48th St.
                      Lincoln NE 68504-1425



l Hamfests/Conventions
Nebraska State Convention
Start Date
: 03/21/2015
End Date: 03/21/2015
Location: Lancaster County Event Center
                4100 North 84th Street
                Lincoln, NE 68501
Website: http://lincolnhamfest.org/
Sponsor: Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
Talk-In: 146.76(-)
Public Contact: Reynolds Davis , K0GND
                         3901 South 42nd Street
                         Lincoln, NE 68506
                         Phone: 402-488-3706
                         Email: K0GND@arrl.net
Hamboree 2015
Start Date: 04/11/2015
End Date: 04/11/2015
Location: Boone County Fairgrounds Community Building
                1601 Industrial Park Road
                Boone, IA 50036
Website: http://www.3900club.com
Sponsor: 3900 Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 - (no PL tone)
Public Contact: Clay Conard , W0FS
                         PO Box 286
                         Stratford, IA 50249
                         Phone: 515-838-2285
                         Email: cgconard@globalccs.net

For a complete listing of Hamfests go to the ARRL Hamfest Search page http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar



From the December 11, 2014 ARRL Letter


ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records!

The ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) online “card-less” contact-confirmation service this week recorded a new milestone — 100 million QSL records out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. That’s an increase of more than 18 million QSL records since the end of last year. First described conceptually in the October 2001 QST “It Seems to Us…” editorial, Logbook of The World launched in September 2003. Since then, it has become an accepted Amateur Radio institution — perhaps not at the same level of traditional QSL cards, but close and gaining. The 100 million contact confirmations, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, pointed out, is the equivalent of 200 million QSL cards.

“If placed end to end, that many QSLs would reach more than 17,000 miles — not quite all the way around the world, but enough to qualify as a ‘long-path’ QSO,” he quipped. ARRL CEO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, pointed out that using LoTW can mean a considerable saving in postage for DXers and others over the expense of exchanging QSL cards.

LoTW was an instant success. Within 2 weeks of its debut, the service already had some 2200 registered users and had confirmed some 51,000 contacts out of more than 8 million uploaded. The number of users today number more than 72,000 — up by nearly 10,000 this year alone.

Over LoTW’s 11-year lifetime, many logging programs have incorporated features to enable them to interface smoothly with LoTW. Several awards programs, starting with the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award, now rely largely on LoTW to determine whether an applicant has met the award’s requirements. It’s also made it easier for award seekers to track their progress. LoTW is the primary means to confirm ARRL Centennial QSO Party contacts. The service also supports VUCC, WAS, and WPX.

LoTW is open to all; ARRL membership is not required in order to use LoTW. Applying for a digital certificate is the first step toward taking advantage of the system. The digital certificate authenticates the user's identity. The digital certificate is free, and LoTW only charges when users apply credits toward an award.

Once they have registered and have a valid certificate, users can digitally sign log uploads via the Internet. If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the other station, LoTW credits both operators and will display the submitted QSO as confirmed.

A call sign certificate authenticates a specific, registered user as the source of each submitted contact, and other users may not see information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the contact verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards programs.



Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, Appointed ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as Midwest Division Vice Director. He will fill the vacancy created when incumbent Vice Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, was elected Midwest Division Director. Zygielbaum said that when it was first suggested that he consider the appointment, he hesitated because of his already-full schedule of teaching, research, and volunteer activities.

“But, Amateur Radio has given me a focus that informed and provided technical resources for my entire career,” he said. “The skills I learned, the people I met, and the spirit I inherited from my Elmers have served me well. Accepting the Vice Director position is another way that I can give back to the hobby.”

An ARRL Life Member, Zygielbaum served as Nebraska Section Manager from 2009 to 2013. He has been a Midwest Division Assistant Director since 2013. He also is a member of the Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) and serves as Nebraska Deputy State AF MARS Director. He has been licensed since 1961.

Zygielbaum is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, engaged in research into remote sensing of vegetation stress and teaching courses in remote sensing and geospatial information technologies. He previously spent nearly 30 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, progressing from engineer to senior manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from UCLA, a master’s in electrical engineering-computers from USC, and a PhD in geography-remote sensing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His 3-year term as Midwest Division Vice Director will begin at noon Eastern Time on January 1, 2015.



ARRL CW Rookie Roundup Returns on December 21!

Recently licensed radio amateurs who have been working hard to improve their Morse code proficiency will have a great opportunity to put their improved skills to use on December 21, when the CW edition of the ARRL Rookie Roundup returns to the airwaves.

A Rookie is any radio amateur who has been licensed for 3 years or less, regardless of license class. If you received your license in 2012, 2013, or 2014, you're eligible to compete as a Rookie. Operators licensed before 2012 may compete and will be recognized in the final results, but they may only submit check logs. Old Timers are encouraged to get on the air and work Rookies.

There are many ways for Rookies to participate. They can enter in the Single Operator category on their own, or they can compete in the Multioperator category and join a group of other Rookies at one station, taking turns at the key. Up to five Single Operator Rookies can operate from separate stations and combine their scores as a team. Stations are allowed a maximum of 100 W, Elmering is encouraged, and the use of spotting networks is permitted (but, please, no self-spotting).

Rookies call "CQ RR" (CQ Rookie Roundup), while veteran ops call "CQ R" (CQ Rookies). Rookies can work anyone, but non-Rookies can only work Rookies. Exchange the call sign of the station you're working, your call sign, your first name, the two-digit number of the year first licensed, and your state, Canadian province, Mexican call area, or DX. You need not send any faster than you can copy. Other operators should slow down (QRS) for you, and you will work stations. If you're a veteran operator or a member of a club that promotes CW activity, break out your straight key or paddle, send slowly, and work some Rookies. You can show them how much fun CW can be!

Three Rookie Roundups -- SSB, RTTY, and CW -- are held each calendar year. The CW Rookie Roundup will take place on Sunday, December 21, from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC



Financial Woes Reported at Dayton Hamvention® Venue, Hara Arena

Hara Arena -- for many years the home of Dayton Hamvention® -- is facing some financial issues and has cut back on its full-time staff to save money, according to a WDTN-TV "2 News" account. The Dayton TV station reported on December 2 that the Trotwood, Ohio complex now has a full-time staff of only 12 employees. Karen Wampler, Hara's Director of Marketing, told the TV station that it's difficult for Hara Arena to compete with other Miami Valley venues, such as the Nutter Center at Wright State University, but she hinted at a positive announcement next year.

"As taxpayers, we're competing against facilities that are subsidized by tax dollars, and because of that, we are struggling to compete," Wampler said. "The primary challenges are that we need renovation dollars, and the ownership model needs to be changed." The Wampler family has owned and operated Hara Arena since its humble origins in the 1950s, when Wampler Ballarena -- then a dance hall, now an exhibit hall familiar to Hamvention visitors -- was built in what had been a family-owned orchard. Hara Arena has since expanded to a 165,000-square-foot, six-building complex.

Last year Hara Arena hosted 239 events, including Hamvention, generating an estimated $34 million in community revenue. Wampler told 2 NEWS that the arena is working with a company called VenuWorks, which specializes in restoring event venues, and she anticipated some "very, very, good news in 2015."

Hara Arena has hosted everyone from The Rolling Stones and Kid Rock to President George W. Bush over the years. It is home to the Dayton Demonz hockey team.

"There's a lot of history," Wampler said.

Last year, Dayton Hamvention, sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, attracted nearly 25,000 visitors.



Philippine Hams Support Emergency Communication for Typhoon Hagupit

Amateur Radio volunteers in the Philippines activated emergency nets on HF and VHF as Typhoon Hagupit -- called Typhoon Ruby locally -- raked slowly across the islands over several days, weakening as it went. Before the typhoon (hurricane) was downgraded to a tropical storm, though, upward of 3 dozen people died, many as a result of drowning. Authorities took advantage of advance weather warnings to evacuate up to 1 million residents from areas prone to storm surges and flooding, likely minimizing the death toll. More than half the population of Albay province was evacuated. The eastern island of Samar was hardest hit, although the typhoon caused far less damage than had initially been predicted.

"As Typhoon Hagupit entered its third day, ham operators continue to provide essential traffic as the storm progresses through Philippine territory," Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Chief Operating Officer Thelma Pascua, DU1IVT, reported over the weekend, while the storm was still raging. She had expressed confidence that all emergency traffic would be "adequately serviced." The typhoon made several landfalls before eventually exiting the Philippines.

Members of the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) -- the PARA equivalent of the US Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) -- monitored 7.095 MHz on HF and 144.740 MHz on VHF. Operators were able to support essential traffic as the storm progressed. The typhoon's unhurried pace enabled HERO volunteers to consolidate their communication assets.

HERO volunteer (and RADNET-5 president) Ronald Madera, DW5NLH, on December 6 reported that an elementary school building being used as an evacuation center in Oras, Eastern Samar, had collapsed, injuring some evacuees. Since it was the height of the typhoon, there was no volunteer in the provincial capital of Borongan. Amateur Radio was used to send a rescue team request, which ended up being relayed from station to station until it reached its intended recipients.

Some 150 stations checked into the emergency nets. At the request of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), a station, DX1NTC, was set up at the NTC headquarters. A PARA-affiliated club was tasked with providing operators. Regional NTC offices also set up Amateur Radio stations, which were operated by other PARA members. In addition to emergency traffic, the radio amateurs also reported weather conditions and related developments when the checked into the net. Other hams were embedded in various disaster and risk-reduction operations centers and, as the storm passed through, radio amateurs were helping civil defense authorities with damage assessment. -- Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC (Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee), and various news media



Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

In early 1999, PSK31 was becoming very popular, with many users considering it to be a replacement for good old RTTY as a keyboard-to-keyboard mode. Also by 1999, amateurs had developed automated meteor-scatter stations for VHF use -- thanks to APRS, good computers, high-speed Morse, innovative software, and ham ingenuity.

On December 30, 1999, FCC issued its Report and Order on Amateur Radio license restructuring. Beginning on April 15, 2000, the FCC would issue just three license classes -- Technician, General, and Amateur Extra -- and impose a single 5 WPM Morse code requirement for General and Amateur Extra applicants. No then-current license holders lost any privileges, and "old" Technician licensees were able to apply for a General license with no further testing.

And then came Y2K...with none of the breakdowns of society, communications systems, ATMs, aircraft, ad nauseum. Everything kept running smoothly. But ARRL used the occasion to revamp QST. The editorial staff had spent months developing a profile of the typical ham in order to guide them in making QST the magazine that members wanted. In January 2000, QST began publishing new columns about QRP, mobile and portable operation on HF and VHF, vintage radio gear, and the "QST Workbench." This was in addition to formatting changes to make the magazine more attractive. Starting with the December 2000 issue, all editorial content was printed in full color.

By 2000, several states had proposed bans on cell phone use while driving. ARRL began carefully monitoring the various pieces of proposed legislation, to be sure that operating Amateur Radio equipment while driving would not be included among the prohibitions.

On November 16, 2000, AMSAT-OSCAR 40 -- Phase 3D -- was successfully launched into orbit. Initial testing began, but the spacecraft suddenly fell silent. Following many unsuccessful recovery attempts, AO-40 came to life on Christmas Day, with many of its capabilities restored.

During the early 1990s, the ARRL sought to convince the FCC to address the problem of Amateur Radio antenna restrictions and prohibitions by CC&Rs. The FCC declined, so the League then began efforts to convince Congress to direct FCC to do so. -- Al Brogdon, W1AB


  • Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Compared to the previous 7 days, solar activity dropped over the December 4-10 period, with average daily sunspot numbers down 63.6 points to 88.4, and average daily solar flux off 32.5 points to 139.6. The latest forecast has solar flux at 155 and 165 on December 11-12, 170 on December 13-17, 175 on December 18-19, then 170, 165, and 150 on December 20-22, 155 on December 23-27, 150 on December 28-29, 145 and 140 on December 30-31, 135 on January 1-4, then 140, 145, 150, 155, and 160 on January 5-9, and 165 on January 10-12. It then is predicted to reach a peak of 175 on January 14-15. Predicted planetary A index is 6 and 5 on December 11-12, 12 on December 13-15, then 6, 10, and 12 on December 16-18, 10 on December 19-20, 5 on December 21-27, 8 on December 28-30, 10 on December 31 through January 1, then 12, 25, 15, and 10 on January 2-5, 8 on January 6-7, 10 on January 8-9, 8 on January 10-12, 10 and 12 on January 13-14, and 10 on January 15-16. This weekend is the annual ARRL 10 Meter Contest, a really fun event that, due to the nature of 10 meters, always holds many surprises. The Geminids meteor shower also peaks this weekend, so ionized meteor trails could enhance propagation at the high end of the HF spectrum. My prediction is that conditions during the ARRL 10 Meter Contest should be slightly better than they were for last year's event, with solar activity somewhat higher and geomagnetic instability about the same. In other words, not bad. In 2013 the solar flux for the contest weekend averaged 154. This weekend, the predicted solar flux averages out at 168.3, about 9 percent higher. Last year the planetary A index averaged 8.7. This year's forecast calls for an average of 9.7. To compare propagation predictions for last year's contest weekend, see 2013 bulletins ARLP051 and ARLP052.  This weekly "Solar Update" in The ARRL Letter is a preview of the "Propagation Bulletin" issued each Friday. The latest bulletin and an archive of past propagation bulletins is on the ARRL website.  In tomorrow's bulletin look for an updated forecast and reports from readers. Send me your reports and observations.

  • SSTV Transmissions from the International Space Station Set - The Russian Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team members plan to activate slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS on December 18 and December 20. Several passes will be over North America. The expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on a frequency of 145.800 MHz with 3-minute off periods between transmissions. Twelve different photos will be sent during the operational period. Transmissions will begin at around 1420 UTC on December 18 and 1240 UTC on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 2130 UTC each day. Read more. -- Thanks to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS-Europe Chairman


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 Courses & Training web pagee.

  • FEMA Online Trainingg - 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 the 100, 200, and 700 series courses.

  • 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-filesssss



    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, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions.