EVARC Events/Announcements

Remember your Valentine, Feb 14

February 05, 2016
Vol 16, No 05

 

- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - February 04, 2016
     ARRL Announces Partnership with RFinder -- The Worldwide Repeater Directory
     US House Cosponsor List for Amateur Radio Parity Act Grows
     ARRL Board Adopts New Strategic Plan
     ARRL 2016 Field Day Packet Now Available, New Bonus Point Categories Announced
     Satellite Package Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Released into Orbit from ISS
     Students in Nepal Enjoy that Country's First Ham Contact with the ISS
    
In Brief
Education and Training
Closing Items

   

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements

   

Club Dues - 2016

NOTICE:  Club dues are due to be paid by January 2016.  If you have not paid for your membership, please send them in as soon as possible.  Send your dues to:

     Sue Askew, KDØJE
     c/o EVARC
     P.O. Box 1033
     Norfolk, NE  68701-1033

If you would like to join the club, please print and fill out the Membership Form and send it in with your membership fee.

 

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time:  08:30 AM
LocationBailey's Bistro & Lounge
                 1201 S 13th St
                 Norfolk, NE

Minutes from the January 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

 

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Weather Spotter Training Classes
     Norfolk/Madison County
     Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:00 PM
     Lifeling Learning Center
    
     More information on the National Weather Service - Omaha web site

Other Spotter Sessions:
     February 25 @ Cuming County
     March 2 @ 7:00 PM, Fire Station, Neligh, Antelope County
     March 17@ 7:00 PM, St. Edward Fire Hall, St Edward, NE - Boone County
     March 23 @ Platte County
     March 24 @ 7:00 PM, Location TBA, Wayne County
     March 28 @ 7:00 PM, Location TBA, Cedar County
     March 30 @ 7:00 PM, Courthouse Conference Room, Center, Knox County
     April 4 @ 7:00 PM, Stanton City Fire Station, Stanton, NE
     April 5 @ 7:00 PM, Location TBA, Dodge County

 

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for February 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

 
02/09/2016 
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: Feb 09 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
 
02/13/2016
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: Feb 13 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
 
02/23/2016 
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Feb 23 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
 
03/03/2016
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Mar 03 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
 
03/11/2016
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Mar 11 2016 
     Time: 7:30 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
 
03/16/2016
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Mar 16 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
 
03/29/2016
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Mar 29 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
 
04/07/2016
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Apr 07 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
 
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
 
04/29/2016
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Apr 29 2016 
     Time: 7:30 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
 

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02/27/2016
Winter RF Fest
     Start Date: 02/27/2016
     End Date: 02/27/2016
     Location: Perry National Guard Armory
                    2930 Willis Avenue
                    Perry, IA 50220
     Website: http://www.harciowa.org
     Sponsor: Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.190(-) PL 114.8
     Public Contact: Bob Ray	, KD0BR	
                              3900 76th Street
                              Urbandale, IA 50322
     Phone: 515-334-7231
     Email: kd0br@arrl.net

 

 
03/05/2016 
SouthWest Iowa ARC (SWIARC) Hamfest
     Start Date: 03/05/2016
     End Date: 03/05/2016
     Location: McClelland Iowa City Hall
                    117 Main Street
                    McClelland, IA 
     Website: http://swiradio.org
     Sponsor: SouthWest Iowa Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.82-
     Public Contact: Greg Ross , N0GR 
                              22106 320th Street
                              Minden, IA 51553
     Phone: 712-566-2698
     Email: N0GR@arrl.net
 
04/23/2016 
Nebraska State Convention
     Start Date: 04/23/2016
     End Date: 04/23/2016
     Location: Lancaster Event Center
                    4100 North 84th Street
                    Lincoln, NE 68501
     Website: http://www.lincolnhamfest.org
     Sponsor: Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.760
     Public Contact: Reynolds Davis , K0GND 
                              3901 South 42nd Street
                              Lincoln, NE 68506
     Phone: 402-488-3706
     Email: K0GND@arrl.net
 
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 February 04, 2016 ARRL Letter

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ARRL Announces Partnership with RFinder -- The Worldwide Repeater Directory

ARRL has established an agreement with RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, for RFinder to be the League's preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.

RFinder is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory with over 50,000 repeater listings in over 170 countries. An annual $9.99 subscription to RFinder provides access to repeater data through its collection of apps for Android and Apple devices, and from nearly any web browser. With one subscription, users have access to repeater data worldwide from computing devices on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Apple iOS, and popular GPS systems. A growing list of third-party memory programming applications support radio programming. RFinder provides integrated support for EchoLink on Android and iPhone, allowing users a one-click connection to repeaters worldwide from the directory.

"The RFinder team is honored to be ARRL's partner, providing the very latest online repeater information and directory technology for radio amateurs in the United States," said Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, creator of RFinder -- The Worldwide Repeater Directory. "We look forward to working with ARRL to make RFinder even better for US hams."

ARRL will receive a portion of each annual subscription to RFinder. US radio amateurs who subscribe to RFinder will have online access to its entire worldwide directory while supporting ARRL.

ARRL will discontinue its own products that had supported digital listings of repeater data, including the TravelPlus for Repeaters™ software and its own apps. ARRL is working with RFinder on a plan to migrate existing ARRL app users to RFinder, in order to support remaining subscription terms.

"Rest assured that the printed ARRL Repeater Directory, updated and published each year, will continue to be produced," said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. Inderbitzen explained that the Repeater Directory, available in pocket-sized and spiral-bound desktop editions, is especially popular with new radio amateurs, mobile and portable operators, and public service volunteers who rely on the printed copies when they are offline and on the go.

ARRL's source of repeater data for The ARRL Repeater Directory is voluntarily contributed information from repeater owners and frequency coordinators in the US and Canada. RFinder, on the other hand, assembles its data from worldwide sources, including repeater owners, national and regional coordinating bodies, and carefully reviewed crowd-sourced contributions. RFinder uses dynamic data, allowing users to access listings that regularly reflect new, updated, revised, and deleted information.

RFinder will have an exhibit at the upcoming Orlando HamCation®, this year's ARRL National Convention, February 12-14, at the Central Florida Fair and Expo Park in Orlando, Florida. "We are excited and proud to announce our partnership during the ARRL National Convention!" Greenberg said.

ARRL is the most recent national Amateur Radio society to establish a partnership with RFinder. RFinder is the official repeater directory of Radio Amateurs Canada, the Radio Society of Great Britain, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (Germany), and others.

Subscribe to RFinder by visiting http://subscribe.rfinder.net from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or from your Android smartphone or tablet. Those without an Apple or Android device can subscribe using the link at the bottom of http://subscribe.rfinder.net/.

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US House Cosponsor List for Amateur Radio Parity Act Grows

The list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) continues to grow. The addition of Rep Stevan Pearce, KG5KIQ (R-NM), and Rep Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) as cosponsors on February 1 raises the total to 120 from both sides of the aisle. Pearce and O'Rourke are among four cosponsors to sign on to the bill since the start of the year. The other two are Reps Robert Brady (D-PA) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who became cosponsors on January 12 and 13, respectively.

One of a small handful of hams in the US House, Pearce got his ham ticket in November, after reaching out to then-Rocky Mountain Division Director (now Second Vice President) Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, and New Mexico Section Manager Ed James, KA8JMW, to find out more about ham radio. He joins his House colleagues Reps Daniel Benishek, KB8TOW (R-MI), and Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. During a January 12 hearing on H.R. 1301, Walden called the Amateur Radio Parity Act "a commonsense bill" and urged his colleagues to support it. Brady, Kaptur, Pearce, and O'Rourke may have heeded his advice.

A League-led effort to encourage members to urge their lawmakers to become cosponsors of the House and Senate measures continues. League representatives will be at the 2016 ARRL National Convention February 12-14 in Orlando, Florida, hosted by the Orlando HamCation, to assist members in writing their members of Congress.

H.R. 1301 would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions, such as deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions. An identical US Senate measure, S. 1685, has attracted three cosponsors. It cleared the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation last November.

More information about the legislation is on the ARRL Amateur Radio Parity Act web page.

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ARRL Board Adopts New Strategic Plan

The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League's vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group, said the revised plan represents more than 8 months of work on the part of the group's seven members. Now-Honorary ARRL Vice President Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, chaired the panel, which met some 2 dozen times, mostly via webinar. Kramer said input to the Strategic Plan was considerable and comprehensive.

"It will let the members know what to expect from their association," he said. Kramer stressed that the updated plan "was not developed in a vacuum" but includes survey input from ARRL members, the Board of Directors, the Field Organization, advertisers, Headquarters staff, and similar strategic plans. "We really tried to take into account what all of these different constituencies thought were the main issues, concerns, and direction of the League for the future," he added.

When it adopted the Strategic Plan at its Annual Meeting in mid-January, the Board said in its resolution, "Further, the ARRL Board recognizes the Strategic Plan presented is the beginning of a more formal process for the ARRL and requires establishing priorities, resources, monitoring, review and modification and/or addition of goals, initiatives, and tactics supporting the Strategic Plan as future conditions and the environment change."

Kramer said the Strategic Plan's mission statement -- To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio -- describes "what we are supposed to do as an association," while its vision statement spells out "what we want to be."

The meat of the plan is its six strategic goals, each of which includes a list of initiatives to further differentiate those goals. The goals are:

  • Grow Amateur Radio worldwide.
  • Increase the vitality of Amateur Radio.
  • Keep Amateur Radio accessible to all.
  • Advance Amateur Radio science and technology.
  • Organize and train volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.
  • Practice good governance and organizational management.

"Tactics will be developed to define what must be done to support the goals and initiatives, as well as to prioritize activities and programs for development," Fenstermaker explained. "ARRL management is responsible for implementing and managing the process with the Board of Directors' oversight."

As the Strategic Plan states in its Preamble, "This plan is a starting point to assure that ARRL continues its leading role in the Amateur Radio community."

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ARRL 2016 Field Day Packet Now Available, New Bonus Point Categories Announced

It's not too early to be thinking about Field Day 2016 and planning your club's strategy for a bigger score and greater participation than last year. Field Day is June 25-26 -- always the 4th full weekend in June -- and the 2016 ARRL Field Day Packet now is available to download as a PDF file. This year's Field Day introduces two new ways to score bonus points -- Social Media and Safety Officer.

Rule 7.3.16 Social Media offers 100 bonus points for promoting your Field Day activation to the general public via an active, recognized, and utilized social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This bonus is available to bona fide Amateur Radio clubs and Field Day groups that welcome visitors to their operations. These bonus points are not available to individual participants, and club websites do not qualify as social media for this bonus. The bonus points are available to all Field Day entry classes meeting the criteria.

Rule 7.3.17 Safety Officer offers 100 bonus points by designating someone to serve as a Safety Officer for groups setting up Class A stations. This person must verify that all safety concerns on the Safety Check List -- found in the ARRL Field Day Packet -- have been adequately met. This is an active bonus. Simply designating someone as Safety Officer does not automatically earn the bonus points. In order to claim this bonus, participants must include a statement verifying the completion of the Safety Check List in the supporting documentation sent to ARRL Headquarters.

Last year, 2720 stations submitted ARRL Field Day entries. Nearly 1.3 million contacts were logged during FD 2015 -- an increase of just over 1 percent. Nearly 35,400 individuals took part in Field Day last year.

The 2016 ARRL Field Day logo makes a connection to the League's year-long National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) operating event. NPOTA celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

The design's featured hiking boot footprint anticipates that many 2016 Field Day groups and individual operators may want to combine FD and NPOTA, setting up at national parks, historic sites, or at any of the hundreds of official National Park Service units throughout the US. Pick your park, get the okay from park officials, get out and get on the air, and leave nothing but footprints!

Follow Field Day on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #ARRLFD). Share your plans, tips, and tricks for a successful Field Day!

For more information about Field Day 2016, contact ARRL Headquarters.

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Satellite Package Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Released into Orbit from ISS

A package of two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads has been deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a collaborative Texas A&M and University of Texas at Austin research effort. Built by Texas A&M students, AggieSat4 (AGS4) will release UT's Bevo-2 CubeSat in about a month, once it is far enough away from the ISS. Both schools received support from NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center (JSC) for the design, construction, testing, and launch phases. The goal of the overarching LONESTAR (Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking) program is for the two satellites to individually rendezvous with each other and perform docking and undocking maneuvers.

“The overall objective is to find ways for small spacecraft to join together autonomously in space,” Helen Reed, KD7GPX, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the AggieSat Lab at Texas A&M told NASA. “We need simple systems that will allow rendezvous and docking with little to no help from a human, which will become especially important as we venture farther out into space. Applications could include in-space assembly or reconfiguration of larger structures or systems as well as servicing and repair.”

The AggieSat team received its first beacon signal from the satellite at its Texas A&M Riverside Campus ground station. The AggieSat4 team is asking any Amateur Radio operators receiving the beacon signal to send any data to the AGS4 team. AggieSat4 will transmit 9.6 kbps FSK telemetry and 153.6 kbps FSK on 436.250 MHz. Once it’s placed into its own orbit, Bevo-2 will transmit on 437.325 on CW and 38.4 kbps FSK.

Both satellites were launched to the space station during a December 6, 2015, resupply mission. Earlier last week, Astronauts Tim Peake, KG5BVI, and Scott Kelly made preparations to deploy the sizeable LONESTAR phase 2 mission satellite package from the ISS, using the SSIKLOPS deployer. The satellite mission also will demonstrate communication cross links, data exchange, GPS-based navigation, and other tasks. AggieSat4 will capture images of the Bevo-2 release.

The satellites were independently developed by student teams at the two universities. Both teams were responsible for development plans for their satellite and had to meet established mission objectives.

The Bevo-2 Satellite was designed, built, and tested in the Texas Spacecraft Lab (TSL) at the University of Texas at Austin. “This whole experience is very exciting,” TSL Director Glenn Lightsey, KE5DDG, said last fall as undergraduate and graduate students were in the final stages of their project. “It’s great to have a research program where our students can build satellites that fly in space.” Reed and Lightsey are co-investigators for the LONESTAR 2 project.

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Students in Nepal Enjoy that Country´s First Ham Contact with the ISS

Students at an elite school in the Himalayan nation of Nepal enjoyed that country’s first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact, when they spoke via ham radio with ISS crew member and UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, on January 20. Youngsters attending Brihaspati Vidhyasadan School (BVS) in Kathmandu interviewed Peake about life onboard the space station. Through his Principia Mission, Peake is dedicating part of his scheduled time in space to educational activities for youngsters on Earth. The approximately 8 minute contact was carried out via a “telebridge” with Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, in Australia, where the ISS pass was favorable for a contact. Two-way audio was relayed via landline to Nepal.

“Follow your dreams,” Peake told the youngsters. “You need to find out what you are passionate about and what you are enjoying.”

Leading up to the event, the school had organized a week-long program and exhibition related to space travel and technology, including Amateur Radio.The Nepal Amateur Radio Operators’ Society supported the exhibition. The school is home to the Free and Open Source Research Lab and Ham facility. During the Nepal earthquake hams from Nepal and India used a building at the school as they attempted to coordinate efforts to search for missing people and reunite them with their families.

“This was truly and international event,” said Hutchison, pointing out that individuals involved in making the ARISS contact happen were spread around the globe, including Australia, Japan, Sweden, and the US. Pravin Joshi, 9N1KK, at the school was among the contact mentors.

“Today we had an audience of about 300, including the British Ambassador to Nepal, the Cultural Affairs Officer from the US Embassy, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, and a former Minister for Science and Technology,” Joshi said. “We also had students from 10 other schools besides our own [and] large local media coverage.”

Peake was able to answer 17 of the students’ questions. — Thanks to ARISS and to AMSAT News Service

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l IN BRIEF
  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Over the January 28 through February 3 reporting week, both sunspot and solar flux averages were down a negligible amount, and geomagnetic numbers were down substantially, compared to the previous 7 days. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 57.3 to 50.6, while average daily solar flux values dipped from 106 to 105.4. Average daily planetary A index softened from 11.6 to 7.3, while the mid-latitude A index (measured in Fredericksburg, Virginia) went from 7.6 to 5.6. The latest predicted solar flux is 120 on February 4-5; 115 on February 6; 110 on February 7-10; 105 on February 8-20; 100 on February 21-March 2; 95 on March 3; 90 on March 4-5, and 95 on March 6-8. Predicted mid-latitude A index is 8 on February 4; 5 on February 5-6; then 8, 18, 12, and 8 on February 7-10; 5 on February 11-16; 10, 15, 12, and 10 on February 17-20; 5 on February 21-27; 8 on February 28-29; 15 and 8 on March 1-2, and 5 on March 3-5. Sunspot numbers for January 28 through February 3 were 64, 49, 30, 39, 42, 52, and 78, with a mean of 50.6. The 10.7 centimeter flux was 109.9, 106.9, 105.1, 101.2, 100.2, 102.1, and 112.1, with a mean of 105.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 3, 3, 10, 9, 6, and 14, with a mean of 7.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 3, 3, 8, 6, 4, and 10, with a mean of 5.6. In Friday's bulletin look for an update of our 3-month moving average of sunspot numbers, which shows a steady and gradual decrease in the current sunspot cycle. Please send your reports and observations to k7ra@arrl.net.  For additional information see K7RA article on the ARRL Web Site

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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, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions.