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EVARC Events/Announcements

January 21, 2018
Vol. 18, No. 03
 

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- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Weather Spotter Training
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - January 18, 2018
     ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire
     ARRL Board of Directors to Meet
     Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day
     Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92
     Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success
     Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop
    
In Brief
     Education and Training
Closing Items

 

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements


   

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time:  08:30 AM
Location
First Choice Catering & Party
                
1110 S. 9th St.
                
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

Minutes from the January 13 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

NOTE: Mark your calendar.  The March meeting will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 to allow members to attend the Nebraska State Convention in Lincoln on March 10 (see Hamfests/Conventions section below for more information)
 

Net Control Operators Wanted

In an emergency we may be called on to respond and to be effective we need experience in emergency communications. Knowing how to control a net is an important part of that experience. The EVARC is looking for additional Net Control Operators. This is the perfect opportunity to learn. A script is available, complete with preamble, procedures, and closing script. If you are interested, please contact Sue Askew, KD0JE.

 

EVARC Membership Dues

Club dues are due.  We are encouraging members to pay their dues as soon as possible.  Please either pay your dues as soon as possible by mail.  You can send them to:
     Club Secretary, Fred Wiebelhaus
     C/O EVARC
     PO Box 1033
     Norfolk, NE  68702-1033

Thanks to everyone that has already paid!

 

Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge training

The club has been asked to provide training to the local boy scouts for the Radio Merit Badge.  The training will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Life Long Learning Center.  The training includes hands on training with antennas and on-the-air contacts.  If you can help out, contact Fred Wiebelhaus, K0FJW.

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for January 2018 is available on the EVARC Web site.

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

 

 

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Weather Spotter Training - 2018


Date Time County Location
March 6 7:00 PM Madison/Pierce County Lifelong Learning Center
701 E. Benjamine Ave
Norfolk, NE
March 7 7:00 PM Antelope County Fire Station
1101-1199 R St
Neligh, NE
 

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Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE


 
01/30/2018 - Omaha
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Jan 30 2018
     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
 
02/01/2018 - Lincoln
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Feb 01 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Nates Place
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln NE 68504-1425

 

 
02/10/2018 - Papillion, NE
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: Feb 10 2018
     Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Robert F. McCoy
                    (402) 871-5077
     Email: nb0b@arrl.net
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
                    11111 S 84 Street
                    McArdle Suite
                    Papillion NE 68046-3920
 
02/13/2018 - Yankton, SD
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: Feb 13 2018
     Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Fred L. De Roos
                    (605) 665-2590
     Email: flderoos47@gmail.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
                    305 W 25th St
                    Yankton SD 57078-1317
 
02/27/2018 - Council Bluffs, IA
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Feb 27 2018
     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
 
03/01/2018 - Lincoln
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Mar 01 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Nates Place
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
03/09/2018 - Sioux City, IA
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Mar 09 2018
     Time: 7:00 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

 

 
03/13/2018 - Yankton, SD
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: Mar 13 2018
     Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Fred L. De Roos
                    (605) 665-2590
     Email: flderoos47@gmail.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
                    305 W 25th St
                    Yankton SD 57078-1317

 

  For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page and the W5YI-VEC page
 

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Hamfests/Conventions


 
02/24/2018 - Perry, IA
     Start Date: 02/24/2018
     End Date: 02/24/2018
     Location: Perry National Guard Armory
                    2930 Willis Avenue
                    Perry, IA 50220
     Website: http://www.qsl.net/kd0neb
     Sponsor: Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.190 (PL 114.8)
     Public Contact: Robert Ray , KDØBR
                              3900 76th Street 
                              Urbandale, IA 50322
     Phone: 515-334-7231
     Email: waØkzb@gmail.com
 
03/03/2018 - McClelland, IA
     Start Date: 03/03/2018
     End Date: 03/03/2018
     Location: McClelland Town Hall
                    202 Main Street
                    McClelland, IA
     Website: http://swiradio.org/
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.82- or 442.225+ (PL 136.5)
     Public Contact: Greg Ross , NØGR
                              22106 320th Street Minden, IA 51553
     Phone: 712-566-2698
     Email: nØgr@arrl.net
 

03/10/2018 - Nebraska State Convention

     Start Date: 03/10/2018
     End Date: 03/10/2018
     Location: Lancaster Event Center
                    4100 North 84th Street
                    Lincoln, NE 68501
     Website: http://www.k0kkv.org
     Sponsor: Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention
     Talk-In: 146.760
     Public Contact: Michael Long , KØSHC
                         5439 Enterprise Drive Lincoln, NE 68521
     Phone: 402-770-2427
     Email: kØshc13@yahoo.com

 

  4/7/2018 - Belleview, NE

     Start Date: 4/7/2018
     End Date: 4/7/2018
     Location: Masonic Lodge Dinning Hall
                      1908 Franklin St.
                      Bellevue, NE
     Website: www.bellevuearc.org
     Sponsor: Bellevue Amateur Radio Club
     Type:
     Talk-In: 147.06 +, Tone 131.8
     Public Contact: Dennis Mitchell, KCØYKN
                                8519 S. 47th Ave.
                                Bellevue, NE  68157-2639
     Email: KCØYKN@cox.net

 

  5/11/2018 - Boone, IA

     Start Date: 5/11/2018
     End Date: 5/12/2007
     Location: Boone County Fair Grounds
                    Community Building
                    1601 Industrial Park Road
                     Boone, IA
     Website: www.3900.com
     Sponsor: 3900 Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.850 - (no PL tone)
     Public Contact: Clay Conard, WØFS
     Phone: 515-838-2285
     Email: hamboree@3900club.com

 

 
07/28/2018 - Victoria Springs
     Start Date: 07/28/2018
     End Date: 07/29/2018
     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 , KCØDA
                              528 West Avenue Minden, NE 68959
     Phone: 308-832-7016
     Email: larrylehmann2@gmail.com
 

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

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From the January 18, 2018 ARRL Letter


 

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire

ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

Tom Gallagher PhotoIt has been my great privilege to serve in this capacity for 2 years, and I am deeply grateful to the Board and President Rick Roderick, K5UR, for their support and encouragement,” Gallagher said.

President Roderick expressed appreciation for Gallagher’s contributions to ARRL. “The ARRL is in a transition to a new generation for Amateur Radio. Change doesn’t come easy,” Roderick said. “Tom helped us in taking that step forward, and for that we are very grateful for his service to the League and to Amateur Radio,” he said.

Gallagher, 69, cited recent changes included in the new federal tax law that made it unattractive for him to continue working in Connecticut, where ARRL is headquartered. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

Among Gallagher’s chief accomplishments during his tenure as CEO were creating an enhanced level of professionalism and efficiency in the organization that represents more than 150,000 US Amateur Radio operators. Gallagher also oversaw a significant turnaround in the organization’s financial performance.

Licensed in Pennsylvania in 1966 as WA3GRF (later N4GRF in North Carolina), Gallagher is a member of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group. He has described himself as “an incurable HF DXer and inveterate tinkerer” and credits his first visit to the Franklin Institute’s Amateur Radio station W3TKQ in 1963 for inspiring his interest in ham radio.

Amateur Radio led to an early career in broadcasting. He was a cameraman and technician with WGBH-TV in Boston, the CBS Television Network, and Metromedia’s WIP Radio in Philadelphia.

Gallagher joined ARRL following 3 decades as an international investment banker and financial services executive. His career has included senior leadership positions with JP Morgan Chase & Co and CIBC Oppenheimer & Co in New York, and with Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and as CEO of the Secondary School Admission Test Board in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served on boards, both public and non-profit, including two NYSE companies; the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Executive Board of The PENN Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, and The International Center of Photography.

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ARRL Board of Directors to Meet

ARRL flag pictureThe ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice President, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as to the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, has announced that he will retire on March 2. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

The Board also will receive and/or hear -- and perhaps later consider recommendations from -- a wide range of reports from officers, the General Counsel, and committees and coordinators, including the Entry Level License Committee, the Official Observers Program Study Committee, and the Legislative Advocacy Committee. The Board also will hear and consider proposals to amend the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaws. It will consider the application of SKNAARS to become the IARU member society for St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. Picture of winter mountains

“Assuming the weather holds out, a group of hams will be here the last weekend of January to operate W1AW in the Winter Field Day,” W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said this week. Headed by Frank Gitto, KA5VVI, the group will consist of members of the Warren County Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) in New York. Gitto said the club is hoping to have an even dozen members at W1AW, operating in shifts of six. Carcia said the Warren County ARC operators will avoid the harsh elements and operate from indoors at W1AW, in the “home” station category.

According to the WFDA website, the Winter Field Day Association “is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer, but with some additional unique operational concerns.” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operational skills “should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.”

For the hardier within the Amateur Radio ranks, Winter Field Day is an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors, and — let’s face it — it’s not cold and snowy everywhere during the winter. Gitto said that some Warren County ARC members will be operating WFD from Indian Lake, New York, using special event call sign W2C.

The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home. The rules are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The WFDA encourages both group and solo operation. As the WFDA says on its Facebook page, “The object is winter fun!”

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Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 series imaging satellite for the Indian government, separated from the launcher’s fourth stage, followed by other satellites on the mission. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit!

AMSAT-NA logoJust before 0500 UTC, Fox-1D passed over western North America, but the onboard timer that ensures the satellite does not deploy antennas and begin transmitting until it’s clear of the launch vehicle and other satellites had not yet expired."

“At about 0517 UTC, the satellite came to life and its antennas deployed over the North Pole,” AMSAT reported. “The AMSAT Engineering team and Amateur Radio operators worldwide were watching various WebSDRs for signs of life. Around 0525 UTC, the characteristic “Fox tail” of the Fox-1 FM transmitter was seen on multiple WebSDRs. Fox-1D was alive!” At 0528 UTC, the first frame appeared on the AMSAT telemetry server, uploaded by Anatoly Alexsandrov, UA9UIZ, and initial telemetry values confirmed that the satellite was healthy.

AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, has designated Fox-1D as AMSAT OSCAR 92 or AO-92. Fox-1D, a 1U CubeSat, is the third of AMSAT’s five Fox-1 CubeSats to reach orbit. It was preceded by AO-85 (Fox-1A) and AO-91 (RadFxSat / Fox-1B).

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete. AMSAT invites continued telemetry reports to assist the engineering team to complete commissioning.

“During commissioning, the transponder may be active at times, but please do not transmit as you may interfere with important tests that must be completed before the satellite is commissioned,” AMSAT said. “The commissioning process is expected to take up to 2 weeks.”

See the AMSAT-NA website for an update on AO-92 commissioning and payload testing. Additional updates may be posted this week.

In addition to a Fox-1 U/V FM transponder, Fox-1D will carry several university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania State University-Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the University of Iowa’s High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument (HERCI) radiation mapping experiment. Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT “L-Band Downshifter,” which gives the option of utilizing a 1.2 GHz uplink for the FM transponder. The Fox-1D downlink will be on 145.880 MHz, and uplinks will be on 435.350 and 1,267.350 MHz (67 Hz CTCSS), switchable.

The PSLV launcher also carried the French PicSat, which includes a V/U FM transponder. PicSat will perform space observations. The transponder uplink is 145.910 MHz, the downlink is 435.525 MHz. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

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Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Amateur Radio community, simulated a coronal mass ejection (CME) event. Army and Air Force MARS organizations worked in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

“Amateur Radio support for these DOD interoperability exercises continues to grow,” English said.

The Amateur Radio portion of the exercise kicked off with a high-power information broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5,330.5 kHz) from aDepartment of Defense Patch military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca HF gateway station in Arizona. The high-power broadcast provided basic exercise information and requested that amateur stations make contact with MARS stations on 60 meters and provide county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Radio amateurs also were given the opportunity to submit a reception report and receive a QSL card.

New for this exercise, planners divided the continental US geographically and assigned each region to one 60-meter channel, in order to make more efficient use of all five channels. Planners roughly divided the US into northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest, and central regions. Also new for this exercise, military planners incorporated a day-time informational broadcast on a DOD frequency, 13,483.5 kHz USB. The purpose of that broadcast was to extend the exercise outreach during the day to the amateur community and to provide exercise updates.

English said that of the 738 broadcast reception reports received, 494, or 67%, of them were from the 60-meter broadcast while the remaining 244 reports were for the 13-MHz broadcast. The 60-meter broadcasts were received by stations in Canada, Spain, and Switzerland, and reception reports came from several members of the Short-Wave Listening (SWL) community.

Nearly 2,000 Amateur Radio stations took part in the exercise, submitting 3,025 county status reports, nearly 1,300 of them unique. QSL cards for amateurs and SWLs who participated in this exercise are being processed and will be mailed in January.

“Leaders from the supported DOD headquarters as well as the chiefs of both the Army and Air Force MARS programs appreciated the nearly 2,000 Amateur Radio stations that trained during this exercise,” English said. — Thanks to US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, and The ARRL ARES E-Letter

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Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop

Registration now is open for a 2-day HamSCI — the Amateur Radio citizen science initiative — workshop February 23-24 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. The 2018 HamSCI Workshop will be held in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Complimentary parking is available at the NJIT Parking Deck, 154 Summit Street, Newark.

HamSCI Logo“The 2018 HamSCI workshop will focus on results of the 2017 Great American Eclipse and the development of a Personal Space Weather station,” said Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, Assistant Research Professor at NJIT’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research. “We are especially looking for speakers with presentations showing analysis of 2017 Great American Eclipse ionospheric observations, ideas and proposals for the design and implementation of a personal space weather station. We will also accept other presentations related to Amateur Radio and science.”

Frissell expects that presentations will run between 20 and 30 minutes. Contact Frissell if you would like to present and provide an abstract by February 15. Presentations should be on any topic about how the ionosphere and/or radio propagation was affected by the eclipse.

Frissell said all hams and scientists interested in ham radio science are welcome. “This aim of this workshop is to foster collaborations between the ham radio and the space science and space weather research communities through presentations, discussions, and demonstrations. This year’s meeting will focus on solar eclipse analysis, ham radio data sources and databases, and the development of a ‘personal space weather station.’”

The schedule calls for oral presentations on “Ham Radio Data Sources, Databases Analysis” and “Solar Eclipse Effects on the Ionosphere, including results from the Solar Eclipse QSO Party.” Phil Erickson, W1PJE, of MIT’s Haystack Observatory is scheduled to be the Friday evening banquet speaker. Tutorials on Saturday will include “Ham Radio for Space Scientists,” “Space Science for Ham Radio Operators,” with Frank Donovan, W3LPL, and “Space Science for Ham Radio Operators.”

Friday registration is $100, which includes breakfast, lunch, and banquet ticket. Saturday registration is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Friday banquet tickets are $50.

“The ham radio data sources and databases session addresses an ongoing HamSCI topic,” Frissell told ARRL. “We will have presentations and discussions about the current methods that we use to collect data in ham radio, how it is stored, and how we can make it more scientifically useful, and current analysis making use of these datasets.” Frissell said a huge amount of data already is available from such sources at the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. “However, this data is really designed for Amateur Radio use, and new techniques need to be developed to make it useful scientifically,” he added.

Frissell said HamSCI would like to encourage development of the personal space weather station concept. “This is analogous to a personal weather station that people install at their homes to measure temperature, wind speed, rain fall, humidity, etc, reporting this data to groups like the NWS, NOAA, and Weather Underground,” Frissell said. “We want to create a similar package for space weather and have that data go to a single repository.”

Frissell said he hopes hams attending will come away more knowledgeable about ionospheric and space science, and scientists will gain a better understanding of Amateur Radio.

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IN BRIEF


  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports:  January 11-17 was a quiet week in space weather, with zero sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. That seems counterintuitive, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between zero and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are counted; the minimum possible sunspot number, if there is any sunspot activity, is 11.  Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary A index moving from 5.4 to 6.1, and mid-latitude A index from 4.6 to 4.9.  Predicted solar flux is 71 on January 18-24; 72 on January 25-27; 70 on January 28-February 17; 72 on February 18-23; and 70 on February 24-March 3.  Predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 18; 8, 15, 18, and 12 on January 19-22; 8 on January 23-24; 5 on January 25-27; 10 on January 28; 5 on January 29-February 3; 8 on February 4-5; 5 on February 6-8; 8, 12, and 10 on February 9-11; 5 on February 12-14; 20 on February 15-16; 18 and 12 on February 17-18; 5 on February 19-23; 10 on February 24, 5 on February 25-March 2, and 8 on March 3.  Sunspot numbers for January 11-17, 2018 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 12, 13, and 12, with a mean of 7. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 70.8, 70.9, 70.8, 70.5, 70.2, 71.1, and 70.9, with a mean of 70.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 4, 7, 14, 9, 4, and 3, with a mean of 6.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 3, 7, 11, 7, 3, and 1, with a mean of 4.9.   Send me your reports and observations.

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!!!!: "Antenna Wire" is the topic of the current (January 18) episode 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

  • The theme for Hamvention® 2018 is "Amateur Radio...Serving the Community." Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies. "During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the west, Amateur Radio operators were once again called upon to provide emergency communication assistance when regular services failed or were overtaxed," Cramer said. Hamvention is planning to have forums on emergency communication and displays of Amateur Radio emergency communication vehicles. Cramer thanked the many hams who actively volunteer with community groups and thanked the public and organizations for their support of Amateur Radio. Hamvention 2018 will take place May 18-20 for the second year at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

  • The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from Antarctica's Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC). "The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occasionally for more configuration and optimization of antennas and software, before it can be mounted at the final installation site in a few weeks," said Rainer Englert, DF2NU. The technology consists of a multiband WSPR receiver that can simultaneously monitor up to eight bands from 160 to 6 meters and feed several hundred reports per hour to WSPRnet. The 5-W multiband transmitter also had been commissioned and is working into a vertical antenna. Englert said that DP0GVN already has received "several thousand beacons spots." DP0GVN also will be the call sign for Matthias Maasch, DH5CW, starting in February, at Neumayer III Research Station for 1 year, and he plans to be active on HF. QSL DP0GVN via DL5EBE. -- Thanks to Tom Kamp, DF5JL, IARU Region 1 HF Committee Chairman via Rainer Englert, DF2NU, and The Daily DX

  • The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has announced some errors in the 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 (Technician class) Question Pool released on January 8. These changes have been made in the download files as of January 12: T1F11 -- Distractor A; change "They" to "The"; T4A01 -- Change to correct answer; correct answer is D; T5B13 -- Distractor A; change "GHZ" to "GHz"; T6A07 -- Modified question. "What electrical component is usually constructed as a coil of wire?" T8C08 -- Distractor A; change "VOIP" to "VoIP". ARRL VEC teams are advised to check the NCVEC website regularly for updates to the Question Pool, which may include errata and withdrawn questions. The new Element 2 Question Pool goes into effect on July 1, 2018.

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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-filess

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  •  CLOSING 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, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions.