EVARC Events/Announcements

April 23, 2016
Vol 16, No 15

 

- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - April 21, 2016
     New ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Pledges World-Class Service, Openness, Inclusiveness
     EchoLink VoIP Service Proving Valuable in Handling Ecuador Earthquake Traffic
     You Have an Appointment with the Doctor!
     Amateur Radio Praised Following Participation in Washington Interoperability Exercise
     US ARDF Champions Now Looking Toward September World Championships in Bulgaria
     The "Other" Heard Island DXpedition -- VK0LD
    
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, May 14, 2016
Time:  08:30 AM
LocationBailey's Bistro & Lounge
                 1201 S 13th St
                 Norfolk, NE

Minutes from the April 2016 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 / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for April 2016 is available on the EVARC Web site.

The Nebraska Sections news from January 18, 2016 has been posted.

 

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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

 
 
04/26/2016
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Apr 26 2016 
     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
 
05/05/2016
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: May 05 2016 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln	NE	68504-1425
 
05/14/2016
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: May 14 2016 
     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
 
05/18/2016
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: May 18 2016 
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                         (402) 462-4619
     Email: kb0asq@kb0asq.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: The Grey Center
                         1100 N Elm Ave
                         Room 108
                         Hastings	NE	68901-9999
 
05/19/2016
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: May 19 2016 
     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
 
05/31/2016
    Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
    Date: May 31 2016 
    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
 

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l Hamfests/Conventions

 

 
04/30/2016
Heartland Hams ARC Hamfest
     Start Date: 04/30/2016
     End Date: 04/30/2016
     Location: American Legion
               104 North Vine Street
               Glenwood, IA 51534
     Website: http://www.heartlandhams.org
     Sponsor: Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.290-
     Public Contact: Don Brown	, W0AF	
                     53243 260th Street Glenwood, IA 51534
     Phone: 712-526-2080
     Email: don_jean_2000@yahoo.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
 
06/18/2016 
The Greater Midwest Radio Show
     Start Date: 06/18/2016
     End Date: 06/18/2016
     Location: Hastings College - Kiewitt Gymnasium
                    710 Turner Avenue
                    Hastings, NE 68901
     Website: http://greatermidwestradio.org
     Sponsor: Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.130 - (PL 123.0)
     Public Contact: Allen Harpham , KB0ASQ 
               1126 North Briggs Avenue Hastings, NE 68901
               Phone: 402-462-4619
     Email: info@w0wwv.org
 
 

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

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From the April 21, 2016 ARRL Letter

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New ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Pledges World-Class Service, Openness, Inclusiveness

The ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, got down to work on his first day in office by promising to make the League’s foundational business processes “rock solid” and bring them up to state of the art, which members have a right to expect. Gallagher, who arrived at Headquarters on February 29 as CEO-Elect, has now assumed the top leadership post long held by David Sumner, K1ZZ, who officially retired on April 18. In late January, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and Secretary, positions that Sumner now has relinquished, and Gallagher said he plans to build upon Sumner’s legacy. During weeks of walking the halls and speaking with what he described as “the 95 outstanding employees we have here at Headquarters,” Gallagher said he’s seen a lot that’s positive but acknowledged that some issues need attention.

“My colleagues require the tools to do their jobs efficiently and effectively,” he said. “When they don’t have them it makes it harder for them to serve our members. We want to keep traffic moving. That will require investment and hard work, but we’re going to do it.”

Gallagher said some resources would be redeployed into areas that need more support, to improve or enhance the League’s service.

The new CEO pointed to the recent example of more than 1000 issues of QST that were lost in transit to members’ mailboxes due to a train derailment. “Within 24 hours, we knew exactly which copies had been destroyed, and the Circulation Department sent out replacement copies via First-Class Mail,” he said. That’s the kind of world-class service we want to perpetuate.”

QST readers soon will see Gallagher’s personal stamp on the monthly editorial, which he’s renamed “Second Century.” While it will be essentially the same format as Sumner’s “It Seems to Us” editorial, “the latter belongs to Dave,” Gallagher said. “I don’t think I could ever replace his erudition and his scholarship, or match his plain speaking; and I’m not going to try.”

Gallagher also has promised a spirit of openness and inclusiveness to bring the enrichment of Amateur Radio to a wider community. “Greater transparency is my guiding principle, as well as of ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and the goals included in the Strategic Plan approved by the ARRL Board of Directors ,” he added. Gallagher invited members to bring their suggestions and concerns directly to him.

Gallagher’s assumption of the CEO post coincides with World Amateur Radio Day. He said he hopes to get on the air from W1AW to speak with other organizations and individuals who are celebrating the occasion, which marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925.

On April 19, Gallagher will head out of town on his first road trip on behalf of the League. He'll be attendingthe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, heading up the ARRL’s contingent with ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and other volunteers to promote Amateur Radio. “I will be meeting with a number of broadcast professionals who are also ham radio operators, and I will be discussing topics like interference to signals in the AM broadcast band where ARRL’s lab has clear subject matter expertise,” he said, citing one common issue shared by hams and broadcasters. “We’ll also be looking to build a stronger alliance between Amateur Radio and the broadcasting industry.” He noted that ARRL also hopes to build on its excellent relationship with the IEEE community, which includes numerous radio amateurs.

Gallagher said that while he celebrates the past, he’s also keeping his eyes on the road ahead. “I respect tradition. I’m a traditionalist, and I’m a historian by training, and I recognize that celebrating the past is the duty of a grateful steward,” he said. “But embracing the future is vitally important to bring the art and science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio to an even wider community.”

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EchoLink VoIP Service Proving Valuable in Handling Ecuador Earthquake Traffic

What you see on the news is only the tip of the iceberg of what really happened as a result of the devastating April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, Michigan physician Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD, told ARRL. Since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit while most people were at home finishing dinner, "thousands of people" remain buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings, he said, although some have been found alive. Dorsch and his wife Maria, HC1MM, also a physician, have been helping to handle health-and-welfare traffic via EchoLink, which is connected to the Ecuadorean interlaced national 2 meter repeater network.

"EchoLink is actually a fantastic Amateur Radio service," Dorsch told ARRL. "It has become extremely useful for the hams there to reach out to the outside world via 2 meters." (Other reports have indicated that some EchoLink nodes have been shut down to save power.)

HF also is playing a role, and radio amateurs have been asked to give 7.060 MHz (LSB) a wide berth while the Cadena HC Net handles emergency traffic. Dorsch said some problems have cropped up from DX pileups that have overlapped the net's frequency.

Dorsch pointed out that while most of the damage was in the HC4 areas of Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces and the HC2 area of Guayas Province, what's not seen from the outside is the heavy damage to surrounding small fishing villages and colonial towns that were leveled. Fortunately the Portoviejo Radio Club was undamaged, and members have been operating from there. Dorsch said that electrical power is starting to return, and the cellular network is still "iffy," but the Quito Radio Club is providing battery-powered cellphone charging stations.

A lot of health-and-welfare traffic is headed not only between Ecuador and the US but to Spain, Chile, and elsewhere, he reported. Dorsch said more bilingual Spanish-English speakers are needed on the HC1BG-R EchoLink channel.

While power has been knocked out over much of the affected region, Dorsch said, he's witnessing hams all over Ecuador operating from mobile stations, portable stations, and, in some cases, from home. "All of the Ecuadorean radio clubs have been on high alert and are helping in search-and-rescue efforts," he said. "Ham radio at its best!"

On a more positive note, Dorsch said that noted DXer Lilian "Mami" de Ayala, HC4L, barely escaped death or serious injury when her home collapsed. The 85-year-old, who lives in Portoviejo, was in her radio room seconds before the earthquake hit. "Her granddaughter had come over to visit, so Lilian went into another part of the house," Dorsch said. Her radio room and home were destroyed, and her next-door neighbor was among the casualties.

"She's still in shock and can't believe she's alive," Dorsch told ARRL. Local hams have removed her personal effects and ham radio gear to a safe location.

For more than 40 years, de Ayala had been a regular check-in on the Cadena HC Net on 40 meters. "It's ironic that the one person who lost all of her radio equipment was the one who organized radio emergency services for so many years," Dorsch said. Her tower and antennas survived, because they were mounted on the roof of her son's home next door. -- Thanks also to Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, IARU Region 2 Vice President

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You Have an Appointment with the Doctor!

A new episode of "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast is available now: Does CW Really Get Through When Nothing Else Can?

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 they 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.

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Amateur Radio Praised Following Participation in Washington Interoperability Exercise

Amateur Radio came in for high praise following its role in a March 30 to April 3 Washington National Guard interoperability communication exercise, sponsored by the US Northern Command. The so-called "Vital Connection-Cascadia 2016" exercise was aimed at improving interoperability among Department of Defense entities, federal, state, and local first responders, and Amateur Radio operators. Interoperability was tested on 5 MHz frequencies. The spring drill was a run-up to June's "Cascadia Rising/Vigilant Guard/Ardent Sentry" exercise. It included voice and data radio and satellite communication plus video integration from airborne assets.

"The largest success of this exercise by far was the use of the 60 meter HF interoperability bands to successfully pass voice and data traffic between military and civilian entities," the After Action Report said. "There was great integration among military units from Washington and other states, Army and Air Force MARS, Washington State Guard, state and county EOCs, and the ARES and RACES Amateur Radio communities."

Lt Col Lawrence Hager of the Washington Air National Guard also had kind words for Amateur Radio. "I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Vital Connection-Cascadia [communications exercise]," he said. "We had many successes, such as HF radio interoperability between military, government, and civilian sectors on the 60 meter (5 MHz) band." Hager is an Air Force officer responsible to The Adjutant General (TAG) for communications in both the Army Guard and Air Force Guard.

"It was truly a pleasure exercising with you folks," allowed State RACES Officer Ed Leavitt, K7EFL, in a message to the Washington National Guard. "Thanks for inviting us." Regarding the use of the 60 meter channels as a conduit for outreach to civilian entities, Leavitt said, "While I am hesitant to use phrases like 'This has never been done before,' I suspect that may actually be the case."

ARRL Western Washington ARRL Section Manager Monte Simpson, K2MLS, who is also Washington State RACES Officer, said the feedback he's received regarding Amateur Radio participation has been positive. "The 60 meter band proved to be excellent," he said. "While at the State EOC I had the occasion to hear a 60 meter conversation that was crystal clear with nearly no noise. The Mason County Emergency Coordinator/RACES Officer reported that he had used Fldigi to communicate with the National Guard. The Washington State Guard provided soldiers who are Amateur Radio operators as the ham radio connection to the National Guard."

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US ARDF Champions Now Looking Toward September World Championships in Bulgaria

The results of the United States 16th national championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), held earlier this month in Central Texas, are now in the record books. Stateside winners of these championships, as well as medalists from the 2015 championships in Colorado, are being considered for ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Albena, Bulgaria, for the 18th ARDF World Championships in September.

"The categories for men between over age 40 and women over age 60 already have a full slate of team candidates," ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, said, adding that "uncontested openings" on Team USA exist for younger men and women. A maximum of three competitors in each age/gender category may be on a nation's team.

Moell said ARDF fans came to Texas from all over the US to see who was best at finding radio transmitters hidden in the woods. An optional training day kicked things off on April 6. The next day was devoted to foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic orienteering on 80 meters. Friday, April 8, was the formal 80 meter sprint event. Classic 2 meter and 80 meter competitions took place Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Category winners of gold medals were (in alphabetical order): Vadim Afonkin, KB1RLI (M40 2 meters, 80 meters); Dick Arnett, WB4SUV (M70 2 meters); Natalia Bondarenco (W35 sprint); Ruth Bromer, WB4QZG (W60 2 meters, sprint, foxor); Bob Cooley, KF6VSE (M70 80 meters, sprint, foxor); Joseph Huberman, K5JGH (M60 2 meters, sprint, foxor); Lori Huberman (W21 2 meters, 80 meters, sprint, foxor); Dale Hunt, WB6BYU (M60 80 meters); Illia Ivanko (M21 2 meters, 80 meters); Iurii Kolesnykov (M50 foxor); Karla Leach, KC7BLA (W60 80 meters); Norbert Linke (M21 sprint, foxor); Nicolai

Ken Harker, WM5R, and Jen Harker, W5JEN, organized and hosted the 2016 USA ARDF Championships near Killeen, Texas. Here they are getting ready to deploy the transmitters that Jen built for the 80 meter competitions. [Joe Moell, K0OV, photo]

Mejevoi (M50 2 meters, 80 meters, sprint); Alla Mezhevaya (W35 2 meters, 80 meters, foxor); Patrick Sears, AK4JE (M40 foxor); Evghenii Vorsin (M40 sprint), and Zhonghao Xu (M19 sprint).

Lead organizers, hosts, and course planners for the event were Jennifer and Kenneth Harker, W5JEN and WM5R, both veteran ARDF competitors and medalists. Members of the Austin Orienteering Club assisted. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sets ARDF championship rules. Participants are divided into 11 age/gender categories.

Contact Moell for more information on ARDF and on attending or participating in the World Championships this September in Bulgaria. Moell stressed that ARDF participants do not need an Amateur Radio license. Visit Moell's Homing In website for additional information on ARDF.

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The "Other" Heard Island DXpedition -- VK0LD

The recently ended Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition logged more than 75,000 contacts, but the brief, under-the-radar, contemporaneous VK0LD operation also put a new one into a few more logs. VK0EK logistics team member Mike Coffey, KJ4Z, operated as VK0LD from California, remotely controlling one of the VK0EK Elecraft K3S operating positions. He used a K3/0-Mini and the free RemoteHams.com RCForb client and remote server software to work 41 stations on 20 meters.

"More than a year before the Braveheart set sail, I knew I wanted to try to operate a remote ham radio station from Heard Island during the VK0EK DXpedition," Coffey said. "Co-organizers Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, and Rich Holoch, KY6R, were enthusiastic and gave me the green light." From Tennessee, Coffey, who was off the air from 2003 until 2014, is once again active from California, and, he said on his QRZ.com profile, "eager to make up for lost time."

Lacking the expertise to set up and configure the equipment and connection for the remote operation, Coffey approached Elecraft, which supplied the K3S transceivers for VK0EK. Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ, and Brandon Hansen, KG6YPI, introduced him to the Elecraft K3/0-Mini remote control panel -- basically a K3 front panel sans radio -- combined with Hansen's RemoteHams.com software. Leading up to the DXpedition he conducted tests from Elecraft to verify that operation with a satellite connection and the Remote Hams RCForb client software was possible.

On April 4, VK0LD transmitted its first CQ from Heard Island on 20 meter CW, with Coffey at the helm from his home in Palo Alto. "Over the course of the next 50 minutes, VK0LD logged 41 QSOs across Asia and then Europe as the band began to open up," he recounted. Alan Cheshire, VK6CQ, is the licensee of VK0LD.

On DX Summit, one Australian station declared VK0LD to be a pirate. "NOT a pirate!" KY6R posted in response.

"Finally, control was handed back over to regular VK0EK operations," Coffey said. "But for 50 minutes, I was having the amazing, incredible experience of working a pileup from a Top 10 DXCC entity on the other side of the world." Coffey said the K3/0 setup made it "almost like being there."

"I was sorry to stop," he said. "I would have happily worked the pileup for hours." -- Thanks to Elecraft via Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ

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l IN BRIEF
  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Over the reporting week April 14-20, average daily sunspot numbers rose from 32 to 40, while average daily solar flux declined from 106.1 to 100.8. Average daily planetary A index declined from 12.4 to 10.9, but average daily mid-latitude A index rose slightly from 8.3 to 8.9. We continue to see weak sunspot groups. There were new ones on April 13, April 16, and April 20. The Wednesday, April 20, prediction has solar flux values at 85 on April 21-27; 95 on April 28-May 2, except 98 on April 30; 100 on May 3-5; 95 on May 6; 98 on May 7-12; 92 on May 13-14; 102 on May 15-16; 95 on May 17-18; 97 on May 19-20, and 95 on May 21-26. Predicted planetary A index is 5 on April 21-22; 12 on April 23-24; 10 on April 25-26; then 8, 5, 20, 15, and 8 on April 27-May 1; 5 on May 2-3; 12 on May 4; 5 on May 5-8; then 18, 25, 20, 8, and 5 on May 9-13; 12 on May 14-16; 8 on May 17; 5 on May 18-19; 10 and 12 on May 20-21, and 10 on May 22-23. The planetary A index then rises to 20 on May 26 and slips back to 5 for 6 of the 7 days ending the 45-day forecast period. Sunspot numbers for April 14 through 20 were 45, 69, 51, 35, 28, 28, and 24, with a mean of 40. The 10.7 centimeter flux was 111.1, 112.4, 113.2, 102.1, 94.6, 89.1, and 83.2, with a mean of 100.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 23, 9, 12, 19, 5, 3, and 5, with a mean of 10.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 14, 9, 8, 17, 7, 3, and 4, with a mean of 8.9.  Send me your reports and observations!

  • Islands on the Air (IOTA) Management Shifts to Not-For-Profit Company: Following agreement with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), management of the Islands on the Air (IOTA) program has transitioned to "Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd," a new not-for-profit company. This entity will assume full responsibility for all aspects of the program. The company has been registered in the names of its current directors -- Roger Balister, G3KMA, and Stan Lee, G4XXI; a full board of directors will established. "It will take a little time to carry through all aspects of the changed governance, but IOTA enthusiasts should be assured that the new company is fully committed to completing the paperless QSLing project that will allow electronic confirmation of contacts," Balister said. He added that no significant policy changes are anticipated.

  • Brazil Eases Authorization for Radio Amateurs Attending the 2016 Summer Olympics: IARU Region 2 News Editor Joaquín Solana, XE1R, reports that radio amateurs hoping to operate in Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer are in luck and will be able to be on air without bureaucracy. During August and September any foreign radio amateur will be able to operate in Brazil, whether or not a reciprocal agreement between the respective countries exists. No IARP or CEPT license is necessary, and there are no fees. The Brazilian Amateur Radio League LABRE has obtained permission from Brazilian telecommunications regulator ANATEL to handle authorizations. Amateurs who want to operate in Brazil should send LABRE these documents: Copy of a valid passport (identification pages); copy of Amateur Radio license; list of cities in which the radio amateur plans to operate and the respective dates, and an e-mail address. Send scanned documents to LABRE via e-mail.

  • New AO-85 Distance Record Claimed: A new distance record of 5751 kilometers (3565.6 miles) has been claimed for an AO-85 (Fox-1A) satellite contact. Betrand Demarcq, FG8OJ, in Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe (FK96ig) worked Jose Elias Diaz Rodriguez, EB1FVQ, in Vigo, Spain (IN52pe) at 19:15 UTC on April 14, 2016. A recording of the contact is available. AMSAT posts records on its AMSAT Satellite Distance Records page. Send new claims to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM. The AO-85 CubeSat was launched last October. It carries a U/V FM transponder. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

 

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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 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

  • 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-filesssssss

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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, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions.