EVARC Events/Announcements

November 19, 2017
Vol. 17, No. 43

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
From the ARRL Letter - November 16, 2017
     US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v. ARRL Case
     International Grid Chase Will Allow Use of 630 and 2200 Meters
     RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes on the Way
     SKYWARN® Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2
     Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz
In Brief
     Education and Training
Closing Items



EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements


Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time:  08:30 AM
First Choice Catering & Party
1110 S. 9th St.
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

NOTE: This is the annual election of Club Officers meeting.  Plan on attending and be involved in choosing your next leadership team!

Minutes from the October 2017 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

ARES Membership Form

If it has been a while since you completed an ARES registration form, you are being asked to complete a new form and send it to EVARC Emergency Coordinator, Sue Askew.  You can download the form from the club webpage at http://www.qsl.net/evarc/aresform.pdf,  Complete the form and mail it to Sue Askew, KDØJE, C/O EVARC, PO Box, 1033, Norfolk, NE  68702-1033, via e-mail Sue Askew KDØJE, or bring it to a club meeting.  If you are interested in becoming a a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, complete the form.


EVARC Membership Drive

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


Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for November 2017 is available on the EVARC Web site.

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





Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

11/27/2017 - Sheldon, IA
     Sponsor: NIARC
     Date: Nov 27 2017
     Time: 6:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Delmar E. Spronk
                    (712) 324-3030
     Email: desspronk@hotmail.com
     Location: Northwest Iowa Comm college (NCC)
                    603 West Park St
                    Bldg A room 117
                    Sheldon IA 51201-9999
11/28/2017 - Omaha, NE
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Nov 28 2017
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     Location: American Red Cross
                    2912 S 80th Avenue
                    Near 84th and Center
                    Lower Level West Side
                    Omaha NE 68124-3250

12/02/2017 - South Sioux City

     Sponsor: Dakota County Amateur Radio Club
     Date: December 2, 2017
     Time: 2:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed, pre-registration recommended)
               Registraton: 1:30 PM
     Contact: Lou DeVries, KEØIHK
                  (712) 251-1294
     Email: rpmlou@aol.com
     VEC: W5YI
     Location:  First Lutheran Church
                    3601 Dakota Ave
                    South Soiux City, NE 68776 

12/08/2017 - Sioux City, IA
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Dec 08 2017
     Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                    (712) 223-3164
     Email: nfØn@longlines.com
     Location: American Red Cross
                    4200 War Eagle Dr
                    Phone call is preferred
                    Sioux City IA 51109-1700
12/20/2017 - Hastings, NE
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Dec 20 2017
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: aharpham@wdØdxd.com
     Location: Central Community College
                    Easy Hwy 6
                    Room 131
                    Dawson Bldg
                    Hastings NE 68901-9999
12/26/2017 - Council Bluffs, IA
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Dec 26 2017
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     Location: American Red Cross
                    705 N 16th St
                    Council Bluffs IA 51501-0105
  For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page and the W5YI-VEC page


Δ Hamfests/Conventions
  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
Talk-In: 147.06 +, Tone 131.8
Public Contact: Dennis Mitchell, KCØYKN
                           8519 S. 47th Ave.
                           Bellevue, NE  68157-2639
Email: KCØYKN@cox.net
  5/12/2018 - Boone, IA

Start Date: 5/12/2018
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
Talk-In: 146.850 -
Public Contact: Clay Conard, WØFS
                       Phone: 515-838-2285
Email: hamboree@3900club.com


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



From the November 16, 2017 ARRL Letter


US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v. ARRL Case

A defamation lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

Ames filed an appeal of that decision, and on November 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the lower court's dismissal of the suit.

In its opinion, the appellate court wrote, "because the record shows that Ames acted contrary to [an] August 2015 directive on at least two occasions, the [ARRL's] statement that Ames 'repeatedly acted contrary' to the directive is true and cannot support a claim for defamation...it is apparent on the face of the complaint and related documents that the statements in the [ARRL website news] article are true, and the District Court therefore correctly held that the defendants established a complete defense to Ames's defamation claim and appropriately dismissed the complaint."

In June 2016, the Executive Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors relieved Ames of his appointments in the ARRL Field Organization, including his position as Chairman of the ARRL National Traffic System[TM] (NTS[TM]) Eastern Area.



International Grid Chase Will Allow Use of 630 and 2200 Meters

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase. The year-long operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year's Eve in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be eligible for award credit, however.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there.

Once approved to use either 630 meters, 2200 meters, or both, US radio amateurs must adhere to the FCC rules regarding the use of those bands. Highlights:

Amateurs operating on 472-479 kHz (630 meters) may run up to 5 W equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP), except in parts of Alaska within 800 kilometers of Russia, where the maximum would be 1 W EIRP.

  •  Amateurs operating in the 135.7-137.8 kHz band (2200 meters) may run up to 1 W EIRP.
  • The FCC has placed a 60-meter (approximately 197 feet) above-ground-level (AGL) height limit on transmitting antennas used on 630 meters and 2200 meters.
  • The bands are available to General class and higher licensees, using CW, RTTY, data, phone, and image.

Any contact you make in 2018 -- with the exception of contacts on 60 meters -- can count toward your International Grid Chase score, and contacts do not have to include an exchange of grid squares. Participants upload their logs to Logbook of The World (LoTW ), and, as long as the other operators worked use LoTW, they get credit automatically once they upload their logs. This means that contest contacts will also count, as will contacts with special event stations, or other on-air activities that use LoTW to confirm contacts.

Contact the ARRL Contest Branch for more information.



RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes on the Way

The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, “due to a range safety hold and high upper-level winds,” ULA said in a tweet. The launch had to be put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery on the booster. AMSAT will blog on the launch in real time on launch day, and NASA-TV will cover the event.

RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off-the-shelf components. It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software.

AMSAT will have more information on the launch and its early operations, and it will post the first telemetry reception. More launch updates are available from ULA via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, hashtags #DeltaII and #JPSS1.

More Foxes to Come!

Meanwhile, progress continues on getting future Fox payloads into space. On November 6, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, NØJY, delivered Fox-1D to Spaceflight, Inc in Seattle, where it was integrated into its Innovative Solutions in Space QuadPack for delivery to India. Fox-1D will launch on the next ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight, scheduled to take place by the end of December.

In addition to the 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 NASA ELaNa XX mission that will carry RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) into orbit will take place no earlier than the end of next March, AMSAT reported recently. The ELaNa XX mission will carry 12 CubeSats constructed by NASA and by several universities around the US. That mission will be launched by Virgin Galactic on its LauncherOne air launch to orbit system from Mojave, California. Like RadFxSat (Fox-1B), RadFxSat-2 is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt University’s ISED and AMSAT and will carry a similar radiation effects experiment, studying new FinFET technology.

RadFxSat-2 will be the fifth Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. Fox-1A, now AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85), was launched on October 8, 2015 and is fully operational, providing science data from its onboard experiments and FM transponder service for the Amateur Radio community. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D are scheduled to launch soon.

The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus will be built on the Fox-1 series but will feature a linear transponder upgrade to replace the standard FM transponder used in Fox-1A through Fox-1D. In addition, the uplink and down- link bands will be reversed from the previous Fox satellites in a Mode V/U (J). The downlink will feature a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry channel to carry the Vanderbilt science data in addition to a 30-kHz wide transponder for Amateur Radio use. — Thanks to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM; ULA; AMSAT News Service



SKYWARN® Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

A heads up: SKYWARN® Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).

During the SKYWARN special event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world. Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

SRD was developed jointly in 1999 by the NWS and ARRL to celebrate the contributions SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission -- the protection of life and property. Amateur Radio operators, which comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers, also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency managers, if normal communications become inoperative.



Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78 GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9. "We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz," Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors.

"We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the northeast and mountaintop access is limited." On the Canadian side were Rene Barbeau, VE2UG, and Ray Perrin, VE3FN. On the US side were Henry Ingwersen, KT1J, and Seguin. The first contacts were between FN35ja and FN34jx -- a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), "primarily to test systems," Seguin said.

"Contacts were easily made in SSB with huge signals on both ends," he reported. Next, N1JEZ and KT1J moved to FN34lt -- extending the distance to 27 kilometers (16.7 miles), and again easily made contact with the Canadian crew.

The Amateur Radio allocation in that part of the spectrum is 76-81 GHz. Amateur operation at 76-77 GHz has been suspended, however, until the FCC can determine that Amateur Radio operation will not interfere with vehicular radar systems deployed in that frequency range. -- Thanks to Mike Seguin, N1JEZ


  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports:  Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday and Wednesday with sunspot numbers of 14 on both days. The average daily sunspot number rose from 0 to 4 this reporting week, while the average daily solar flux dipped slightly, from 70.8 to 70.3. The average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6. Predicted solar flux is 75 on November 16-27; then 73, 72, and 71 on November 28-30; 70 on December 1-2; 69 on December 3-4; 68 on December 5-7; 69 on December 8-9; 70 on December 10; 73 on December 11-16; 75 on December 17-24; 73, 72, and 71 on December 25-27; 70 on December 28-29, and 69 on December 30. Predicted planetary A index is 12, 14, 10, and 8 on November 16-19; 20 on November 20-21; 18 and 10 on November 22-23; 5 on November 24-28; 8 and 10 on November 29-30; 5 on December 1-3; 35, 40, 28, 20, and 10 on December 4-8; 5 on December 9-10; 15, 18, 12, 15, 12, and 8 on December 11-16; 20 on December 17-19; 8 on December 20; 5 on December 21-25; 8 and 10 on December 26-27, and 5 on December 28-30. Sunspot numbers for November 9-15 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 14, and 14, with a mean of 4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 65.8, 68.6, 67.3, 69.4, 72.1, 74.4, and 74.2, with a mean of 70.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 20, 21, 8, 6, 6, 11, and 14, with a mean of 12.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 11, 13, 7, 4, 6, 8, and 11, with a mean of 8.6.  Send me your reports and observations.

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!!!: "NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave" is the topic of the current (November 9) 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.  Just ahead: "NVIS Propagation."

  • Attila Matas, HB9IAJ/OM1AM, received the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award on November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was given "in grateful appreciation for many years of outstanding support for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services." IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, presented the award to Matas, who served for many years as the president of the International Amateur Radio Club (4U1ITU), at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, while he was on the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (ITU-R) staff. -- Thanks to Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, and IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ

  • Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose died on November 11 after suffering a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was 52. Bose was the son of Bose Corp founder Amar G. Bose, who died 4 years ago at 83. In 1998, Vanu Bose founded Vanu Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of an SDR in 2004.The firm's technology grew out of Bose's graduate research at MIT. Father and son were both MIT alumni. Recently, Bose's company deployed more than 40 Community Connect base stations in Puerto Rico to provide cellular service in the wake of two devastating hurricanes.

  • International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, has announced that, starting immediately, the net will meet at the normal times on or near 14.312 MHz. The net's usual frequency is 14.265, but an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Guinea-Bisseau on November 13-25 is transmitting on 14.260 MHz and listening up 5 to 10 kHz, making 14.265 MHz unusable for now. In addition, the Buckeye Net on 14.262 MHz and the Ohana Net on 14.268 MHz start at the same time as SATERN, eliminating those two frequencies that SATERN has used in the past as alternatives. The change to 14.312 MHz will continue at least through November 25. Contact Bill Feist, WB8BZH, for more information. -- Thanks to National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH


Δ 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



    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.


    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.