Hello everyone! Here is a current
list of amateur radio stations in
North Carolina that will be participating in Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
this weekend. This list was compiled from the list of registered
stations at www.k2bsa.net or from emails or club newsletters that were
sent to me. This list is being provided to facilitate Scout-to-Scout
contacts between stations in North Carolina.
For most stations, the hours of operation and modes and frequencies
used were not available. For Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators,
Thanks to Brian
Alexander, W4BTA for providing this link!
I’m going to be working the Boy Scout’s Jamboree on the air this coming Saturday from about 9:00 am until about 4 pm. We’ll be at Belk Scout camp, 9408 Belt Road, Midland, North Carolina 28107. Information about Jamboree on the air can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota
We will be moving around a bit trying to find out what band works the best, but the world JOTA frequencies are:
3.690 & 3.940
7.090 & 7.190 MHz 40 M
14.290 MHz 20 M
18.140 MHz 17 m
21.360 MHz 15 M
24.960 MHz 12 M
28.390 MHz 10 M
50.160 MHz 6 M
My guess is we’ll spend most of our time on 10 / 20 meters but conditions will dictate. I’d love for us to get at least one contact on every frequency, just to say we did. Also, I will have a radio set up for 2meter listening to 146.52.
So if you hear a lot of young voices singing out “CQ Jamboree” , you’ll know what is going on. Feel free to come back to us, altho it is for Scouts to talk to other scouts, any contact would probably be exciting for them.
Also, if any of you folks are former Boy Scouts, or Scouting leaders, identify yourself as said. Heck if any former scouts want to come setup with me, the more the merrier, just let me know, and I’ll make sure the camp knows to expect you, or you can meet me here at “back of beyond” or I can pick you up elsewhere and we can drive over in the RV together. The RV Seats 3 comfortably (and by comfortably I mean “with seatbelts” and 6, somewhat less so.
MARS Invites ARES/RACES Participation in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise
A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) groups. The MARS exercise will get under way on November 8 and continue into November 10. It will be a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the US Department of Defense.
<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->"The exercise scenario will simulate a CME event and focus on actions that radio operators should take prior to and following a CME event," explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. "One thing we want to continue to work on is the interface with the greater Amateur Radio community."
CMEs are huge explosions of gas, plasma, and electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, which are responsible for geomagnetic storms. Solar flares can accompany CMEs, but they are not the same thing. A CME can take anywhere from 1 day to 3 days to reach Earth. CMEs occur all the time, but most bypass Earth with minor effects. A major CME that hits Earth directly could damage or destroy satellites as well as terrestrial communication and electrical power infrastructure.
English said the November exercise would simulate a radio blackout as well as infrastructure damage. "During the exercise, we will simulate the blackout with a 3 hour pause, and then we will bring stations back on air and begin handling requests for information," he told ARRL.
Training objectives for this exercise will include understanding what a CME is and how much forecast lead time can be expected; the effects associated with a CME, and what precautions radio operators take to protect their equipment prior to a severe CME.
After the simulated CME, operators will assess its effects and begin reporting that information. This will involve "interoperation with Amateur Radio operators and groups to assist in assessment."
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Posted August 30, 2015
ARRL NC Section Newsletter
WHERE: Haywood County Fairgrounds
758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC
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.
The Piedmont 60 Meters Net is
Monday Night !
Time: 8:00 PM EDT
Frequency: 5.330.50 Mhz. USB
Digital: Winlink RMS Express
For those who can hear the net but can not check in due to propagation or your radio can not transmit on 60 Meters, can still check in by Winlink RMS Express. Send a check in message to " N4MIU " and we will get you on the log.
National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24 - 30
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. -- National Hurricane Center
National Preparedness Week is also a good time for ARES and other operators to test radios and other gear for viability, test and charge batteries, fire up emergency power generators, and complete their go-kits for possible deployments. It is also a good time to review your family hurricane plan, and coordinate it with distant relatives, and neighbors. Present your neighbors with disaster communications services potentially to be offered by you and your station. Conduct a meeting of your CERT to plan and drill. Hurricane season is only one month away. -- K1CE******************************************
We will be providing communications for the 9th Annual Cycle to Serve Challenge, a bike race of various distances with 100K being the longest. More details to follow.Find out more »
New E.C. Stanly County
First of all a special thanks to Bill Greene (K4VET) for his dedication and his efforts as the EC of Stanly County. Bill, has always been there when needed for Stanly County. Bill, thanks for all your efforts over the years.
The NEW EC will be Keith (KK4LGM) Keith has a desire to get involved in ARES in Stanly County thus here is your chance Keith. Keith has been working with Bill (K4VET) in preparation of become the E.C.. Bill has agreed to stay around vs. just letting go of the ropes. I have not meet Keith but hope to meet with him in the future.
Keith, welcome aboard. I hope to meet with you in the future and set down and talking with you. I’m sure Bill will be there to help you if (when) needed. I have a Website (KD4OZI.ORG) that I try to keep it up to dated. As you know your DEC is Jared (N4JMG) he just over the hill from you living in Kannapolis. Please keep Bill (K4VET) in your loop. If you need any help let Jared or Myself know.
Paul - KD4OZI
A.S.E.C - Western Branch
To those who attended the traffic class this week: Lane and I would like to thank you for your participation, interest and enthusiasm. Your feedback seems to indicate it was a worthwhile endeavor. I never thought we’d be in session for almost 3 hours.
Accordingly what would you like to do for a follow-up? We could:
1. Have another classroom session to cover a couple of points that time forced us to skip or cover too quickly, then continue with the actual practice of composing and delivering messages. You could generate real traffic to friends or family in the comfort of a classroom before you stick your neck out on the air.
2. Have several on-air sessions on 146.985 to practice delivering messages to each other.
3. Review any points that are unclear after the class material has had time to settle in.
4. Discuss other points in which you are interested.
5. Suggestions are welcomed.
My impression of the class practice is that you’re off to a great start. Find a net that interests you and pay attention to the protocols followed by the net control and how traffic is passed. Listen to several different nets because there are those where you’ll hear good procedures and others where the procedures are pretty sloppy. Even in a given net, different net controllers can handle things differently. You now know enough to tell the difference. Tight procedures are not in place to inhibit fun. They’re in place to help enhance the accuracy and integrity of the traffic passed and for net efficiency.
Go enjoy yourselves. If you have any questions, please let Lane or me know. I look forward to your suggestions on our next step.
Have a great weekend.
Hal – WB4ZIQ
Another successful technician class has now come to a close, so please welcome our newly licensed amateur operators!
From Stanly CountyIf you’re interested in handling traffic over ham radio, don’t forget the traffic handling and NTS class this Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm
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Sorry folks had plans to attend but wife is in the Hospital and we
will not be able
to attend this year. Cabarrus ARS (Concord) at their table will have shirts
(ham logo's) for sale profits go to their Club as a fund raiser. NTS group will have
a booth, stop bye and say hello to Lane (WK4WC), Hal (WB4ZIQ) and our SM Karl
(W4CHX). The booth will be manned by one of the NTS folks. Enjoy your visit
with your friends but reach out and buy something.
Paul - KD4OZI
------------------------------NC QSO Party In Monroe
The 2015 North Carolina QSO Party
March 1, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.Joanne Mars
O.K. tell me how members of Auxcomm can sign in to change their information?Well this is easy to forget had a few people that needed this information.
Right side select NC https://www.auxcomm.us/db/nc/
At the very bottom Callsign and password
Amateur Radio Callsign: Password:
Block for Forgot Password?
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I stumbled across this band conditions report and thought it would be of interest to the group.
Hal - WB4ZIQ
Thanks Hal for this information. I have already used it several time.
Paul - KD4OZI
---------Please check this out.
Yaesu Repeater special offer for Clubs.
Yes the repeater is a dual band with Yaesu's digital mode called Fusion. The repeater operates both analog and digital at the same time. Fusion is not the bee's knees like Icom's D-Star is but if your Club needs a new repeater this maybe the one to looks at.
Not sure when the ending date is? $500 is less than 1/3 the regular price.
Speaking Of Coming Soon...
Western Branch Fall Meeting - Morganton, NC
WPCC Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Room HEC 163
Meeting Date: October 25, 2014
Start time 9:00 AM - Hard Stop 12:30 PM
The Higher Education Center campus.
Can hold up to 100 people, bring some one or a car load.
|From: Asheville To: 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC Exit 105|
|Driving Distance: 57.2 miles Time: 53 minutes|
|8:00 AM||0.0||1 Depart Asheville on US-25 [Broadway St] (North-West) for 32 yds|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) for 76 yds towards US-74-Alt / I-240 / US-70|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Merge onto Local road(s) for 87 yds|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Take Ramp onto I-240 [US-70] for 3.8 mi towards US-74-Alt / I-240 / US-70|
|8:04 AM||3.9||At exit 9, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-40 for 52.7 mi towards I-40 / Statesville|
|8:52 AM||56.6||At exit 105, turn RIGHT onto Ramp for 0.1 mi towards NC-18 / Morganton / Downtown Morganton / Shelby|
|8:52 AM||56.7||Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto SR-18 [S Sterling St] for 0.5 mi|
|8:53 AM||57.2||2 Arrive 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655|
|From: I-40, Statesville, NC 28625 To: 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655|
|Driving Distance: 48.2 miles Time: 42 minutes|
|8:00 AM||0.0||1 Depart I-40, Statesville, NC 28625 on I-40 (East) for 0.1 mi|
|8:00 AM||0.1||At exit 152B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-77 for 0.4 mi towards I-77 / Elkin|
|8:00 AM||0.5||At exit 51B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-40 for 47.1 mi towards I-40 / Hickory|
|8:41 AM||47.6||At exit 105, turn RIGHT onto Ramp for 0.2 mi towards NC-18 / Morganton / Downtown Morganton / Shelby|
|8:41 AM||47.9||Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto SR-18 [S Sterling St] for 0.3 mi|
|8:42 AM||48.2||2 Arrive 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655 [2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655]|
O.K. folks coming soon October 25th, three weeks
from today. Our annual A.R.E.S. meeting at Morganton, NC.
Under: New News
Time and maps.
We are meeting at the same location as past years. Room big enough to hold lots of folks.
Bring a friend, bring a car or van load. No tickets required just you. Plan on being there.
Paul - KD4OZI