EVARC Events/Announcements

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August 22, 2015
Vol 15, No 29

 

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - August 20, 2015
     ARISS International Delegates Meeting This Week in Tokyo
     Home of Well-Known Contester K0RF Badly Damaged by Fire
     Talk of Pending P5 Operations So Far Remains Just Talks
     ARES Supports 60,000 Runners for Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta
     Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network in Research Project
    
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, September 12, 2015
Time:  08:30 AM
LocationBailey's Bistro & Lounge
                 1201 S 13th St
                 Norfolk, NE

Minutes from the August 2015 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

 

EVARC Meeting Location needs to Move

The Club will need to move the monthly meeting to a new location starting in October.  Bailey's Bistro has dropped their breakfast service and will not be able to support the club.  If you have a suggestion for a new location, please contact one of the club officers, Fred, NVLX, Nick KBGMQ, or Sue, KDJE.

Midwest Division News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for August 2015 is available on the EVARC Web site.

 

Nebraska Section News

The Nebraska Section news for August 2015 is available on the EVARC Web site.  Section Manager Matt Anderson, KA0BOJ, discusses the need for Ham Operators at the Nebraska State Fair.  State Fair will be August 28 through September 7.

 

ARRL Legislative News

The ARRL Legislative News is now available on the EVARC Web site.  Check out what legislation is being proposed and status of on-going legislation.

 

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Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

For more testing locations see the f="http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search">ARRL Testing Web page

 
08/25/2015 
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Aug 25 2015 
     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
 
09/03/2015 
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Sep 03 2015 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: John P. Hauner
                    (402) 486-1400
     Email: jphusker@earthlink.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
09/29/2015 
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Sep 29 2015 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (402) 778-0033
     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
 
10/01/2015 
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Oct 01 2015 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: John P. Hauner
                    (402) 486-1400
     Email: jphusker@earthlink.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
10/09/2015 
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Oct 09 2015 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gary L. Johnson
                    (712) 898-7631
     Email: garywy0v@msn.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                    4200 War Eagle Dr
                    Phone call is preferred
                    Sioux City IA 51109-1700
 
10/27/2015 
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Oct 27 2015 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Loction: American Red Cross
                    705 N 16th St
                    Council Bluffs IA 51501-0105
 

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l Hamfests/Conventions

 

  08/29/2015
     Bellevue Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
     Start Date: 08/29/2015
     End Date: 08/29/2015
     Location: Harry Bossard American Legion Hall Post 32
                     230 West Lincoln Street
                     Papillion, NE 68046
     Sponsor: Bellevue Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.235
     Public Contact: Ladonna Clark, KB0OUO
                              808 Gayle Street
                              Papillion, NE 68046
     Phone: 402-291-6774
     Email: ladmclark@yahoo.com

 

  09/12/2015
    
Ak-Sar-Ben ARC Flea-Esta
     Start Date:
09/12/2015
     End Date: 09/12/2015
     Location: Sarpy County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
                     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: Dave Rice , N0JSB
                              8002 Crown Point Avenue
                              Omaha, NE 68134
     Phone: 402-571-8915
     Email: davegr@netzero.net

 

 
09/26/2015 
Iowa State Convention
     Start Date: 09/26/2015
     End Date: 09/26/2015
     Location: Sergeant Bluff Community Center 
                    907 Topaz Drive
                    Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
     Sponsor: Siouxland Amateur Radio Association
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.970 (PL 110.9)
     Public Contact: Jim Rhodes , K0XU 
                              429 East 26th Street South Sioux City, NE 68776
     Phone: 712-898-2140
     Email: k0xu@longlines.com

 

 
05/14/2016 
Iowa State Convention (3900 Club Hamboree 2016)
     Start Date: 05/14/2016
     End Date: 05/14/2016
     Location: Boone County Fairgrounds
                    1601 Industrial Park Road
                    Boone, IA 50036
     Website: http://3900club.com
     Sponsor: 3900 Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.850- (no PL tone)
     Public Contact: Clay Conard , W0FS 
                              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 http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

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From the August 20, 2015 ARRL Letter

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ARISS International Delegates Meeting This Week in Tokyo

ARISS International delegates, officers, and team members will convene this week in Tokyo for what is being called a critical meeting to discuss strategy, teamwork, hardware, and operations. The meeting will take place August 20-23. Delegates represent the five ISS member regions the US, Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe. Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB, of ARISS-Japan and the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) is scheduled to deliver opening remarks. ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, who is in Tokyo for the JARL Ham Fair, also will speak briefly to the gathering. ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, will lead the meeting. Also on hand is ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO, an ARRL liaison to the organization.

The Japanese Space Agency JAXA will welcome the group and offer an overview of its Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Program.

Agenda items include:

ARISS working group business discussions and reports, including regional reports, ARISS terms of reference update, space agency coordination status, sustainability and fund raising, and future ARISS projects.

Technical discussions on current and future hardware developments, including next-generation ARISS radio systems, and an update on the Ham TV system.

Operations discussions, including presentations on educational activities, international expansion and planning of SSTV, school selection and regional scheduling procedures, and plans for the ISS mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, and the Astro Pi Project during his mission.

The UKs first European Space Agency astronaut, Peake plans to share his Principia mission space adventure with students on Earth via Amateur Radio, and hes invited youngsters in his country to contact him while hes on station. Peake is scheduled to head to the ISS in November for a 6-month duty tour. Nearly a year in development, the program represents a collaboration of ARISS and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), the European Space Education Research Office in the UK (ESERO-UK), and the European Space Agency (ESA) to raise awareness in Space, Amateur Radio and STEM subjects in general.

Two Raspberry Pi computers will head to the ISS as part of Peakes 6 month mission, and both will be paired with a new Astro Pi board that incorporates a host of sensors and gadgets. Students have been invited to submit programs as part of a competition.

In addition to their ambitious agenda, ARISS delegates will begin each day with an opportunity for informal discussion and will have the opportunity to visit the Tsukuba Space Center. Thanks to AMSAT News Service and ARISS International

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Home of Well-Known Contester K0RF Badly Damaged by Fire

A late afternoon fire on August 18 badly damaged the Boulder County, Colorado, home of well-known contester Chuck Cullian, K0RF. George Schultz, W0UA, who has operated frequently from K0RF, explained that the building is roughly divided into a residential side and a garage/ham radio shack side. He said Cullian told him that the fire pretty thoroughly gutted the residence, leaving Cullian and his family temporarily homeless.

"I'm still kind of in shock over it myself," Schultz told ARRL. "I've spent more time up there over the past 30 years than anyone, I think, besides his immediate family."

Schultz said on August 19 that he had not yet been to the house and could not speak directly as to the extent of the damage, although according to media accounts, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office has deemed the house a total loss. No one was injured. Schultz said those in the house at the time -- Cullian's wife, his daughter, and her boyfriend -- called 911 and tried in vain to put out the fire as soon as they realized what was happening.

Schultz said the fire appears to have started in a laundry room, then moved into the residential wing -- away from the end of the long, angular ranch-style home where a finished radio room occupies two bays of a six-bay garage.

"Apparently, the fire smoldered for some time," Schultz told ARRL. "They were in the living room, quite a ways away, and blocked from the laundry room by the kitchen. Suddenly, it just exploded. I'm just thankful they got out of there." Schultz said the theory at this point is that the fire began in a clothes dryer or in related venting.

"As of now, we think there was no direct effect from the fire on the 'radio-wing,'" Schultz said. "Under the circumstances, this is of small consolation, of course." He also did not discount the possibility of water or smoke damage to those parts of the structure not directly affected by the flames.

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Talk of Pending P5 Operations So Far Remains Just Talks

Persistent optimism continues to prop up the hopes of several individual radio amateurs and groups to mount a DXpedition to the most-wanted and elusive DXCC entity on the globe -- the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (P5). To date, no recent efforts have succeeded. The latest to announce that plans for a P5 operation are on the verge of success are Antonio Gonzalez, EA5RM, and Manuel German, EA7AJR, both DXpedition veterans. On their fourth trip to North Korea since 2013, Gonzalez and German met on August 17 with what they described as "high-level officials" in North Korea's telecommunications ministry. In an August 17 news release, Gonzalez and German said that the officials in Pyongyang -- North Korea's capital -- "were very kind, receptive, and cooperative. They knew everything about ham radio, so it was really easy to talk with them about our ham radio operation project." The pair began efforts to secure permission for a North Korea operation more than 2 years ago.

"If everything goes as it is going up [until] today, I can tell that we are very close to get[ting] permission," the news release concluded.

Gonzalez and German are not alone in attempting to be the next to activate North Korea since Ed Giorgadze of the Republic of Georgia operated as P5/4L4FN in 2001 and 2002, making more than 16,000 contacts before being asked abruptly to cease transmitting and pack up his gear. The ARRL subsequently accredited his SSB and RTTY operation for DXCC. Giorgadze, who was working for the UN World Food Program in Pyongyang at the time, had tried for more than 2 years before obtaining oral permission from North Korean authorities to operate.

Earlier this year, Polish radio amateur Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, announced that he had secured written permission to operate from North Korea in January or February 2016. He is supposed to go to Pyongyang for a final meeting to discuss guidelines for the operation, which would be for 5 days, SSB only, on 20, 15, and 10 meters from a secured location with 24/7 government supervision.

Paul Ewing, N6PSE, and David Flack, AH6HY, of the Intrepid DX Group have visited North Korea several times since announcing intentions in 2013 to operate from P5 for 2 weeks with two groups of 12 operators. In an August 10 blog post that he has since removed from the web "in solidarity with other efforts to activate P5," Ewing seemed pessimistic that anyone would be allowed to operate from the secretive communist enclave anytime soon. For now, though, he's extending "best of luck to all efforts to activate the DPRK."

In addition to the 2001-2002 P5/4L4FN operation, the only other approved operations occurred in 1995, when Martti Laine, OH2BH, and two other Finnish radio amateurs demonstrated ham radio by making 20 contacts as P5/OH2AM. In 1999, Laine operated briefly as P51BH, making just 263 contacts.

In 2005, David Borenstein, KA2HTV, a physician, received advance permission from a cultural affairs official to operate while in Pyongyang, but he apparently did not have clearance from the Ministry of Telecommunications and Posts, and he was never allowed to get on the air once he arrived. -- Thanks to The Daily DX, DxCoffee, North Korea Tech, and the Intrepid DX Group

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ARES Supports 60,000 Runners for Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta

For the past 45 years, residents of Atlanta, Georgia, have celebrated Independence Day by closing one of the city's busiest thoroughfares and allowing 60,000 runners to take part in the Peachtree Road Race, sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Track Club. Supporting the runners are some 5000 volunteers, including more than 50 Amateur Radio operators. Nearly 200,000 spectators enjoyed this year's event. Coordinating the Amateur Radio response were race Communications Director David Ziskind, KE4QLH, and Chris Balch, KS4MM, an ARRL Volunteer Counsel and Atlanta ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator. Volunteer operators came from ARES groups and Amateur Radio clubs throughout the Atlanta metro area.

"This year provided a particularly challenging environment as July 4 saw Atlanta hit by a long line of severe and dangerous thunderstorms just as the race got under way," Balch recounted. "As the storms intensified, Track Club officials made the decision to hold the [remaining] runners and move those waiting to start indoors for safety. After a 30 minute delay, the other 25,000 race participants emerged into the rainy late morning and completed their annual jog down Peachtree Street."

Working closely with the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA), the Atlanta Police and Fire departments, and federal and state law enforcement and public safety agencies, the Amateur Radio contingent provided crucial on-course intelligence and safety reports for injured runners, race conditions, and even the occasional suspicious package. Learning from the 2013 Boston Marathon experience, net control operations for the race are located at AFCEMA's underground Emergency Operations Center. AFCEMA Director Matthew Kallmayer worked with Atlanta ARES EC Ken Reid, KG4USN, to stock the EOC with three dualband radios. This let the ham volunteers run and respond to three separate nets (as well access a D-STAR link to the Atlanta Police Headquarters), providing coordination among public safety, Atlanta Track Club organizers and media outlets.

Race communications benefited from the use of repeaters owned by the Atlanta Radio Club, the Metropolitan Atlanta Telephone Pioneers Amateur Radio Club, and the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club. -- Thanks to Chris Balch, KS4MM, AEC Atlanta ARES, via The ARES E-Letter

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Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network in Research Project

A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside -- the time Earth is in sunlight -- with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution. Carson Squibb, KM4MBQ, recently summarized his findings in a poster presentation, "Dayside Ionospheric Response to X-Class Solar Flare Events Observed with Reverse Beacon Network High Frequency Communication Links." As most HF operators understand, higher-intensity flare events can cause complete signal loss on HF, while weaker flares may only partly inhibit radio propagation.

According to Squibb's poster, a solar flare is an event in which the Sun emits high levels of ultraviolet and X-ray radiation, resulting in increased photoionization in the ionosphere, primarily in the D-layer, which is largely responsible for absorption of HF radio waves. So, as ionization increases during flare events, communication can be diminished or lost completely. Such fadeouts can occur in minutes, while subsequent recovery can take hours, "which is why understanding these flare effects is of critical importance," Squibb said.

According to Squibb, the rate of communication loss is related to the increase in X-ray intensity, and the period of recovery is influenced by both flare intensity and the rate of decline in X-ray flux after peaking. Squibb determined that lower frequencies experience fades in propagation prior to the flare peak, with recovery taking longer, while the degree of loss is more severe as frequency decreases.

Squibb's poster explains that SuperDARN detects a ground-scatter band that results from waves reflecting from the ionosphere and ground, and that this band is degraded during solar flare events. To determine the spatial distribution of flare effects, Squibb used data from four radars across North America. He used the RBN -- an array of passive receivers which detects Amateur Radio signals and posts identifiable call signs on the Internet -- to measure HF communication. Squibb chose 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz for study. X?ray flux data within the 0.05-0.4 nm and 0.1-0.8 nm ranges were taken from the GOES-15 geostationary weather satellite.

Squibb said future research should focus on quantifying the relationship between flare characteristics and HF signal fadeout.

Squibb conducted his research under the guidance of graduate student Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, and SuperDARN group supervisors Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi, as part of his participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT). His co-authors included Magda Moses, KM4EGE, of Virginia Tech, and Robyn Fiori of the Canadian Space Weather Forecast Center.

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  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity declined over the August 13-19 reporting week. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 82.3 during the previous 7 days, to 37.4 in the most recent period. Average daily solar flux also declined over the same 2 weeks, from a mean of 112.4 to 91. Average planetary A index went from 11.7 in the previous week to 21.4 in the recent 7 days. Activity over the August 15-17 period drove these numbers higher, with planetary A index at 44, 36 and 27 during the 3-day period -- the result of a coronal mass ejection (CME). The latest predicted solar flux from NOAA/USAF over the near term is 100 on August 20; 105 for August 21-23; 110 on August 24-25; 115 on August 26; 110 on August 27; 95 for August 28-September 2; 100 on September 3-4; 105 on September 5, and 100 on September 6-7. Solar flux then declines to 85 for September 10-18 and rises to 100 after September 29. Predicted planetary A index is 18 on August 20; 10 on August 21-22; 12, 10, and 8 on August 23-25; 12 on August 26-27; 10 on August 28-29; 5 on August 30-September 1; 12, 22, 15, and 12 on September 2-5; 10 on September 6-7; 8 on September 8-9; 5 on September 10-11, and 10, 20, and 15 for September 12-14. At 0636 UTC on August 19 Australia's Space Weather Services released this geomagnetic disturbance warning: "A large Coronal Hole (CH 683) is located in the solar Northern Hemisphere and is taking geoeffective position. A high-speed solar wind stream emanating from CH 683 is driving a Co-rotating Interaction Region (CIR) and this will affect Earth's geomagnetic environment over the next 1-2 days. Minor geomagnetic storms could occur in the high-latitude regions and possibly extend into the mid latitudes. The aurora may be visible from the southern parts of Australia at the local night hours on 19 and 20 August." In Friday´s bulletin we will update the 3-month moving average of daily sunspot numbers. Send me your reports and observations. -- Tad Cook, K7RA

  • South Texas Balloon Launch to Fly Amateur Radio Payload: The South Texas Balloon Launch Team announced that its BLT-42 balloon and payload will launch on August 22 at 1500 UTC from the Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport in Texas (EL19wg). The flight payload is scheduled to include a DTV-B color ATV camera, 0.3 W; cross-band FM repeater (147.435 up/446.000 down); digital camera; balloon-burst camcorder; APRS (AB5SS-11, W5ACM-9), two GoPro HD cameras; down-pointing micro-camcorder, and an SSTV system transmitting on 144.5 MHz. For more information, contact John Maca, AB5SS, or Andy MacAllister, W5ACM. w5acm@amsat.org. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service

  • FCC Releases Online Table of Frequency Allocations: The FCC released an updated online, downloadable Table of Frequency Allocations on August 15. The FCC notes that the Table "as published by the Federal Register and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, remains the legal source material." The online Table may display amendments that have been adopted by the FCC but are not yet in effect, the FCC said.

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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 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 sitee.  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

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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.