EVARC Events/Announcements

The July 11 Club Meeting Has Been Cancelled.  See below!

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!!

June 28, 2015
Vol 15, No 21

 

- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - June 25, 2015
     League Continues Efforts to Secure Senate Sponsorship for Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
     New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands
     OJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor Scatter Contacts
     ARRL 2015 Hurricane Season Webinar Set for July 20
     Ohio ARES "NVIS Antenna Day" Concludes: The Truth is Up There
     EO-80 (QB50p2) FM Transponder Testing is Successful
    
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, August 8, 2015
Time:  08:30 AM
LocationBailey's Bistro & Lounge
                 1201 S 13th St
                 Norfolk, NE

NOTE:  The July 11th meeting has been cancelled due to the conflict with the Pioneer ARC Flea Market in Northbend, NE.

Minutes from the May 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

 

Midwest Division News

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

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Nebraska Section News

The Nebraska Section news for June2015 is available on the EVARC Web site.

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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 ARRL Testing Web page

 
06/30/2015 
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Jun 30 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
 
07/09/2015 
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Jul 09 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
  07/14/2015
     Sponsor: Unsponsored
     Date: Jul 14 2015
     Time: 7:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Constance M. Schaub
     Email: constance@midco.net
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Minnehaha County Emergency Management Building
                   608 Sigler Ave
                   W0ZWY.org@gmail.com
                   Sioux Falls SD 57101-9999
 
07/25/2015 
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Jul 25 2015 
     Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: John P. Hauner
                   (402) 486-1400
     Email: jphusker@earthlink.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Victoria Springs State Park
                     6 Mi E of Anselmo, NE
                     20 Mi W of Broken Bow, NE
                     Anselmo NE 68813
 
07/28/2015 
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Jul 28 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
 
08/06/2015 
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Aug 06 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
 
08/08/2015 
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: Aug 08 2015 
     Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Robert F. McCoy
                  (402) 292-8501
     Email: nb0b@arrl.net
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
                   11111 S 84 Street
                   McArdle Suite
                   Papillion NE 68046-3920
 
08/11/2015 
     Sponsor: Unsponsored
     Date: Aug 11 2015 
     Time: 7:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
     Contact: Constance M. Schaub
     Email: constance@midco.net
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Minnehaha County Emergency Management Building
                   608 Sigler Ave
                   W0ZWY.org@gmail.com
                   Sioux Falls SD 57101-9999
 
08/14/2015 
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Aug 14 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
 
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
 

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l Hamfests/Conventions

 

 

07/11/2015
    
Pioneer ARC's 18th Annual Flea Market
    
Start Date: 07/11/2015
     End Date: 07/11/2015
     Location: St Charles Parish Center
                     811 Locust Street
                     North Bend, NE 68649
     Website: http://k0jfn.com
     Sponsor: Pioneer Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.67 (KD0EFC repeater)
     Public Contact: Richard Mehaffey, KB0ARZ
                              230 West 11th St
                              North Bend, NE 68649
     Phone: 402-652-3410
     Email: 4randjme@futuretk.com

 

 
08/16/2015 
     Kansas State Convention 
     Start Date: 08/16/2015
     End Date: 08/16/2015
     Location: Webster Conference Center
                     2601 North Ohio Street
                     Salina, KS 67401
     Website: http://www.centralksarc.com
     Sponsor: Central Kansas Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention
     Talk-In: 147.030 & 443.900
     Public Contact: Tom Blackshere , N0MOK 
                              820 Moundview Avenue 
                              Salina, KS 67401
     Phone: 785-452-1873
     Email: salinahamfest@cox.net
  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

 

 
 

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 June 25, 2015 ARRL Letter

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League Continues Efforts to Secure Senate Sponsorship for Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

ARRL representatives are continuing efforts on Capitol Hill to secure sponsorship for a Senate companion bill to the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, is optimistic that Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation will be active in both the US House and Senate this summer. The proposed legislation, which has bipartisan support, would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions.

"Progress has been made on a US Senate version of the bill," Henderson said this week. "We've had some very positive feedback on the Senate side, and we believe a companion bill will be submitted there soon."

Henderson stressed that when a companion US Senate bill is "dropped" -- submitted, in congressional parlance -- it will have a completely different number than the current House bill, H.R. 1301. Once that happens, ARRL members will be urged to contact their two US senators to encourage them to cosponsor the Senate bill. Until then, he stressed, League members should refrain from contacting any US Senators, because the only active bill is the one in the US House -- H.R. 1301.

"You can't ask US Senators to cosponsor a bill in the US House," Henderson said, "and you can't ask US House members to cosponsor a bill in the US Senate."

Henderson has been sorting through letters from ARRL members for hand-delivery to Capitol Hill. He advised that letter writers must include their name and address on their correspondence, because members of Congress are interested in voters. He said letters that are not signed, that don't include the constituent's address, or that are directed to the wrong Member of Congress cannot be used.

Henderson has spent a lot of his time recently meeting with congressional staffers and occasional US House members, in an effort to gain additional cosponsors for the bill. As of June 25, there were 79 cosponsors of H.R. 1301, and Henderson said he anticipates a few more House members will sign onto the bill soon.

The latest cosponsors of H.R. 1301 are Rep David Rouzer (NC) and Rep Janice Hahn (CA).

"The bill is being well received," Henderson said, "and we anticipate a mark-up session in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet after the August recess, and following that, hearings will be scheduled." US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, chairs the subcommittee that will consider the bill.

Henderson said the Congress's upcoming August recess would be a good time to meet with lawmakers while they are in their home states and districts. He suggested contacting a House member's local constituent office to arrange a visit. "It is not too early," he added. "Perhaps you could convince the member of Congress to visit your club meeting." He also recommended that those interested in following the trajectory of H.R. 1301 should sign up to receive the ARRL's free Legislative Update Newsletter.

ARRL members are encouraged to contact their member of Congress by writing personalized, signed letters on paper, based on the sample letter available on the ARRL HR 1301 web page. Letters should include the constituent's address. Send letters to ARRL Headquarters for hand delivery to the appropriate House members to: ARRL, ATTN HR 1301 Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111.

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New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

Two California radio amateurs -- one of them in Hawaii -- have set new world distance records on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz microwave amateur bands. Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, operating from a radio-equipped rental car on the Big Island of Hawaii, worked Gregory Campbell, W6IT, operating from Overbeck's own fixed station near Orange, California, on both bands -- a distance of more than 4024 km (2495 miles). The contacts blew away records that had stood for more than 20 years, and more than doubled the previous distance records for a two-way voice (SSB) contact at those frequencies, Overbeck said, adding that most previous microwave distance records have been set using CW.

"Ours was the first-ever SSB contact between Hawaii and the mainland on 2304," Overbeck noted. He said Chip Angle, N6CA, and KH6HME (SK) made the first transpacific SSB contact on 3.4 GHz in the 1990s.

The record-setting contacts occurred on June 19 (June 18 in Hawaii) on 2.3 GHz at 0257 UTC and at on 3.4 GHz at 0300 UTC. W6IT was in grid square DM13cs, while N6NB/KH6 was in BK29hq. According to the database of distance records maintained by Al Ward, W5LUA, the old records were 3982 km, set on by N6CA and KH6ME on July 14, 1994, on 2.3 GHz (CW) and on July 28, 1991, on 3.4 GHz (SSB).

N6NB's rover-type station at 8000 feet elevation on Mauna Loa, with Mauna Kea, the Big Island's other 13,000 foot mountain, in the background. [Photo courtesy of Wayne Overbeck, N6NB]

Overbeck flew to Hawaii carrying gear for all bands from 144 MHz through 10 GHz "in two large suitcases, plus a roll-aboard and a backpack" -- weighing about 150 pounds in all. In Hawaii, he rented a small SUV and built a rover-style station that included a rotating roof platform, constructed using parts obtained from a home improvement store.

Overbeck said that when a tropospheric duct formed that could convey signals thousands of miles across the Pacific, he drove around the slopes of Mauna Loa -- 13,000 feet up --and selected several promising sites for long-haul DX, "not necessarily the highest possible sites," he added. "By Thursday, June 18, the duct seemed to be peaking," he said.

W6IT activated N6NB's fixed station and quickly worked N6NB/KH6 on six bands, including 2304 and 3456 MHz for world records. Overbeck said he also heard W6IT on 902 MHz and 5.7 GHz, but local, non-amateur interference in California -- likely from Part 15 Wi-Fi devices -- prevented W6IT from hearing N6NB/KH6 on those bands.

A video of the record-setting 2304 GHz contact between N6NB/KH6 and W6IT (recorded from the Hawaii end of the circuit) is online.

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OJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor Scatter Contacts

The recent Market Reef OJ0B expedition resulted in 462 contacts via 2 meter Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) and meteor scatter activity with stations on all continents. The activity this month was a somewhat belated 50th anniversary celebration of the historic first 2 meter EME contact in 1964. More than 50 hams from the US and Canada were among those that worked OJ0B on 2 meter EME. The OJ0B activity shut down on June 15 after making more than 8200 contacts on all bands and modes.

Project leaders dedicated the activity to VHF pioneer Lenna Suominen, OH1NL (SK), who had experimented with EME in the 1960s and made the first-ever 2 meter EME contact, as well as the first transatlantic (Europe-US) on any band above 50 MHz, with Bill Conkel, W6DNG, in 1964. OJ0B used JT65B mode, developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT. Former ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, was one of the lucky US stations to work OJ0B, and Harrison served as one of the pilots for the activity.

All contacts have been uploaded to ClubLog and OQRS.

Suominen, an early VHF pioneer, was deeply involved in the science of VHF communication and strongly believed that 2 meter EME contacts -- dismissed by experts as being out of reach for radio amateurs -- were indeed possible. His 2 meter EME contact with W6DNG in California proved the skeptics wrong, scoring more than one VHF "first."

Market Reef (JP90nh) is located between Finland and Sweden. The Finnish Lighthouse Society has been restoring the Market Reef Lighthouse there, which is now fully automated. Dedicated quarters on the reef are available for Amateur Radio operation, with power from generators and solar arrays. -- Thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH, and Jarmo Jaakola, OH2BN

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ARRL 2015 Hurricane Season Webinar Set for July 20

The ARRL will host a 2015 Hurricane Season webinar Monday, July 20, getting under way at 8 PM EDT (July 21, 0000 UTC). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2015 Hurricane Season.

Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to attend this online presentation. Topics will include a meteorological overview of the upcoming season; Amateur Radio station WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center: Who We Are and What We Do; ARRL Media and Public Relations; the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN); the VoIP Hurricane Net, and ARRL coordination and interface.

The program will include presentations by representatives of the National Hurricane Center and WX4NHC, the VoIP Hurricane Net, the HWN, the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and the ARRL. Webinar registration is open to all, but should be of particular interest to radio amateurs in hurricane-prone areas. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Register online. -- Thanks to Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager

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Ohio ARES "NVIS Antenna Day" Concludes: The Truth is Up There

Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day on April 25 attracted participation from some 100 Buckeye State stations in an effort to determine which configurations of near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) antenna offer the best results. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said that while the results of the unscientific test were inconclusive, some configurations did seem superior to others.

"The goal was simple: Try different antennas, see which worked," Broadway explained. "Each station was responsible for providing accurate signal reports, so performance could be evaluated. Results would be tallied and digested in hopes of creating a short list of winners that ARES teams could keep in their toolboxes."

Most operation was Field Day-style on 40 meters. "This was not a contest," Broadway pointed out, "so, groups gathered not only to test antennas, but to cook out and enjoy each other's company." He said one group had so much fun making contacts with their first dipole that they abandoned any further antenna work and just had fun.

Groups most frequently deployed simple dipoles. End-fed and longwires were popular too, as well as a handful of loops. A half-dozen antennas were based on the military AS-2259 design -- crossed inverted Vs with about 10 feet of elevation in the middle. Other designs included antennas erected above ponds, inverted Ls, and even a Moxon aimed straight up.

"For our operation, there just wasn't that much difference between the more specialized NVIS designs and any good antenna," Broadway concluded. The longwire was among those at the bottom of the list, with signal reports uniformly 2 or 3 S-units below other choices, according to Broadway. "But contacts were made, and communication took place," he added. "It's a very portable antenna, too."

Determining the "best" antenna turned out to be harder. Dipoles -- flattops or inverted Vs -- installed at lower heights in keeping with NVIS concepts, provided reasonable reports, but erecting them at a low height didn't seem to make much difference. If any antenna topped the list, it was those fashioned after the AS-2259 configuration.

"These all performed very satisfactorily for their owners, and were uniformly given good signal reports," Broadway said. "They weren't 40 dB above the competition, but they were solid."

While the NVIS antenna experiment had inconclusive results, "we did prove that our hobby can be a lot of fun, even for the old heads, when we get back to some basics -- experimenting, equipment and team building, and trying our stuff out," Broadway said. Concluded Jefferson County participant Gregory Day, N8GD, "After 34 years, ham radio is still fun!"

Ohio ARES is planning an even bigger NVIS event next April, and will extend an invitation to neighboring ARRL sections to join in.

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EO-80 (QB50p2) FM Transponder Testing is Successful

AMSAT-Francophone has reported successful testing of the FM transponder on EO-80 (QB50p2). Two 2U CubeSats, QB50p1 and QB50p2, launched in June of 2014 into a polar orbit at an altitude of approximately 420 miles. QB50p2 is equipped with a secondary FM transponder payload developed by AMSAT-F.

On June 16, the primary ground control station in the Netherlands activated the transponder on QB50p2 for one orbit. AMSAT-F reports that CW telemetry was received at the École Polytechnique near Paris, and the FM transponder, with an output of 1.5 W, was activated, with strong signals heard on Earth.

Although the transponder was turned off at the end of that single orbit, it is anticipated that it will be activated permanently within a few weeks, possibly at the 500 mW or 1 W level.

EO-80 frequencies: 145.880 MHz, 1200 bps BPSK or CW telemetry; FM transponder, 435.080 MHz (210.7 Hz tone) uplink; 145.840 MHz downlink (also 9600 bps FSK data).

QB50p1 (EO-79), also known as FUNcube-3, is equipped with a linear transponder for SSB and CW. Initial testing was successfully completed in April, and its transponder should also be enabled full-time in a few weeks. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Gerard Auvray, F6FAO, and AMSAT-UK

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l IN BRIEF
  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: This was a very active week for solar flares and aurora. On Monday and Tuesday, the planetary A index was 55 and 76, indicating a geomagnetic storm. It turns out that the magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia, was knocked out on 5 of the 7 days, so the mid-latitude A index we are reporting for June 18-21 and June 24 are approximations -- or actually wild guesses -- based on magnetometers that were working. Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 99.9 during the week of June 11-17 to 71.6 a week later. Average daily solar flux decline from 135.9 to 130.8. Average daily planetary A index rose from 12.1 to 24.4. As Field Day looms, the current outlook from NOAA/USAF has solar flux at 100 on June 25-27; 105 on June 28-July 1; 115 on July 2, 125 on July 3-4; 120 on July 5-6; 125 on July 7-10, and 130 on July 11-20. Predicted planetary A index is 25 and 8 on June 25-26, 5 on June 27 through July 4, then 25, 15 and 12 on July 5-7, then 10, 5 and 8 on July 8-10, 18, 12 and 8 on July 11-13, 5 on July 14-17, 8 on July 18-19, and 5 on July 20-31.  In Friday´s bulletin, look for an updated forecast and reports from readers. Send me your reports and observations. -- Tad Cook, K7RA

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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, NRĜA. Contact  NRĜA with comments or questions.