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December 4, 2022

Vol. 22, No. 49

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements image EVARC Logo

 Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Time: 08:30 AM
Location: First Choice Catering & Party
                 1110 S. 9th St.
                 Norfolk, Ne.

This is the annual Election of Officers meeting.  Plan on attending to vote for your favorite candidate for office

Minutes from the November 12, 2022 meeting minutes are available and can be read here

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.


Northeast Nebraska Hamfest

Photos from the hamfest have been posted

The Northeast Nebraska Hamfest was a big success.  Thanks to club members for their efforts on hosting the event and to the people from Nebraska and South Dakota that attended this year.  Also a special to Les of D&L Antennas for coming, CHC Hall for the facility and food, along with the businesses that provided our door prizes this year.  This list includes:

Easyway Hambooks
Mastrant Antenna Guying
Mark your calendar for November 18, 2023 for the next Northeast Nebraska Hamfest

Parks on The Air (POTA)

Interesting in learning more about Parks on the Air?  Mark Wagner, N4ET forwarded a YouTube video that explains  what POTA is, how it works, how to participate, and even some ideas on equipment to get on the air in a park.  It is mady by KD4MM and NT8B of the Vienna (Virginia) Wireless Society.  The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/PT6Fs9T3tno

Note: the Video is almost a hour long


SIMPLEX NET - How far can you reach on 2 meters?

Join us for  simplex net  on Monday evenings after the EVARC 7:30 net. The frequency is 146.52 simplex, no tone.  If you are asked to call for additional check-ins please use the phraseology "This is {your call sign} looking for additional check-ins for the Elkhorn Valley Simplex Net.  Any station that has not been acknowledged that would like to check in please call { your call sign}"  Make a list of any new stations and then call net control and report this new list.

 Questions/suggestions should be sent to Terry, KF0ATX!

Amazon Smile

The club is an Amazon Smile donation recipient. If you purchase items from Amazon and have an account, go to your Amount & Lists, Click "Your Amazon Smile", and search for and select "Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club". Then when your order an item from Amazon, start each shopping session at the "amazon smile" web site. A small portion (0.5%) of your order price will then be donated to the club. The club is a registered 502c3 non-profit organization. The club recently received a check from Amazon for over $20.64. If you haven't set your "charity" to "Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club", please do so! Then order through the Amazon Smile home page!


Club Shirts

The club has arranged with Renegade, located in the mall, to make available club logo shirts.  They have the club patch and will order and make shirts  for the club.  The "official" shirt color will be gold.  However they can make apparel with the club patch in any color.  If you would like a gold shirt please print and compete the order form.  Download and complete the order form and take it to Renegade to order your shirt.


Local VHF/UHF Nets

EVARC Net - Mondays at 7:30 PM, 146.73-, CTCSS - 131.8, Linked to Nebraska Hub
EVARC Simplex Net - Mondays after the EVARC net, 146.52 simplex, no tone
Area Rag Chew Net - Tuesday at 7:30 PM, 146.73, CTCSS - 131.8, Linked to Nebraska Hub
Dakota County ARES net - Wednesday at 8:00 PM, 146.73, CTCSS - 131.8, Linked to Nebraska Hub
Norfolk Rag Chew Net - Thursday at 7:30 PM, 444.250, CTCSS - 88.5

Midwest and Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division Monthly Newsletter can be read on their web site. October 2022 Newsletter.

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


Special Operating Events

12/02/2022 | W2W Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Dec 2-Dec 12, 1300Z-2200Z, W2W, Baltimore, MD. Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum. 7.041 7.241 14.041 14.241. Certificate & QSL. K3NY, 108 Brent, Arnold, MD 21012. The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (ARCNEM) will operate W2W in commemoration of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day and the role of electronics in WWII. If the Museum station is not available, operators may operate from their home stations. Primary operation will be Dec 2-Dec 7 with additional operation possible during the Dec 8-Dec 12 period as operator availability permits. Operation on 80M (3.541, 3.841) and digital modes possible during event. Frequencies +/- according to QRM. QSL and Certificate available via SASE. Details at ww-2.us

A crossband activation of NEPM, the Battleship USS Iowa's original active call sign, is scheduled in memory of Pearl Harbor. As the representative of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro, California, the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will honor the sailors and ships previously homeported in San Pedro who were attacked on December 7, 1941, with special crossband activations of NEPM on December 6 and 7, 2022. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, seven of the battleships formerly homeported in San Pedro Bay were not present. Eight Pacific fleet battleships -- the USS Arizona, USS California, USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virginia, and USS Pennsylvania -- were at Pearl Harbor and absorbed the brunt of the Japanese attack. Of these eight ships, three sank, one capsized, and four suffered varying degrees of damage. Under the authority of the Navy and Marine Corps Spectrum Office Southwest, they will transmit using the Iowa's NEPM call sign on assigned military frequencies and listen for calls from the amateur radio community in their adjacent bands. NEPM will transmit on 14.375 MHz, 18.170 MHz, and/or 21.460 MHz on J3E upper sideband and/or A1A CW. The operator will advise listeners as to where they are listening. Amateur participants are reminded not to transmit on the NEPM military frequencies. Operations on both days are expected to be from 1500 to 2400 UTC. QSL procedures can be found at https://biara.org. For specific questions in advance of the operation, contact [email protected].


For more special events visit the ARRL Special Events webpage

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Test Sessions within 200 miles of Norfolk, NEimage of test session in progress

Recommend you check ahead to make sure the test session is still scheduled. As of: 12/03/2022

What you need to bring to a test session.  Please read and follow these instructions on what you will need at a test session

12/10/2022 - Boone IA  50036
     Sponsor: Boone Amateur Radio Klub
     Date: Dec 10 2022
     Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Steven C. Huffman
                    (515) 230-0459
     Email: mailto:[email protected]
     Location: Boone Pioneer Senior Center
                    1112 Story St
                    Boone IA 50036-2222
12/13/2022 - Sioux Falls  57104
     Sponsor: Sioux empire ARC
     Date: Dec 13 2022
     Time: 7:00 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)
     Contact: Willis L. Gravning
                    (605) 961-8466
     Email: mailto:[email protected]
     Location: Minnehaha Cty Emergency Mngt Bldg
                    608 N Sigler Ave
                    Sioux Falls SD 57104
12/20/2022 - Hastings  NE  68901
     Sponsor: Amateur Radio Assoc. of Nebraska
     Date: Dec 20 2022
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: mailto:[email protected]
     Location: Hastings Municipal Airport Terminal
                    3300 W 12th St
                    Hastings NE 68901-3445
01/21/2023 - Sioux City, IA  51101
     Sponsor: Sooland Amt Radio Assoc
     Date: Jan 21 2023
     Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Tim T. Jarman
                    (712) 223-4033
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Downtown Public Library
                    529 Pierce St
                    Conference Room
                    Sioux City IA 51101
     Website: https://k0tft.com/ 
02/21/2023 - Hastings, NE  68001
     Sponsor: Amateur Radio Assoc. of Nebraska
     Date: Feb 21 2023
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Hastings Municipal Airport Terminal
                    3300 W 12th St
                    Hastings NE 68901-3445

The Ak-Sar-Ben ARC has testing on the last Wednesday of each month.  See their website for more information
For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page and the W5YI-VEC page

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Hamfests/Conventionsimage of a hamfest

NOTE: Recommend you check the event before scheduled date.                                                                                       Current as of: 12/03/2022

02/25/2023 - HARC Winter RF Fest,  Perry, IA  50220
     Start Date: 02/25/2023
     End Date: 02/25/2023
     Location: National Guard Armory
                    2930 Willis Ave.
                    Perry, IA 50220
     Website: https://www.qsl.net/kd0neb/	
     Sponsor: Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.190 PL 114.8
     Public Contact: Robert Colling , KE0STT
                    806 Prairie St. Guthrie Center, IA 50115
     Phone: 641-740-7526
     Email: [email protected]
7/8/2023 - North Bend Flea Market
     Location: North Bend, NE
     Details to follow
08/26/2023 - Northern Plains Regional Radio Council Hamfest
     Start Date: 08/26/2023
     End Date: 08/26/2023
     Location: Brewster American Legion Post
                    825 3rd Avenue
                    Brewster, MN 56119
     Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPRRC/	
     Sponsor: Northern Plains Regional Radio Council
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.67 - 141.3
     Public Contact: Randy Donahue , WB0ZSO
                    PO Box 336
                    Fulda, MN 56131
     Phone: 605-610-9419
     Email: [email protected]


11/18/2023 - Northeast Nebraska Hamfest
     Start Date: 11/18/2023
     End Date: 11/18/2023
     Location: CHC Hall (Knights of Columbus)
                    105 Elm Avenue
                    Norfolk, NE 68701
     Sponsor: Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     More information to follow


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

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News From the ARRL Letters

Quarter Century Wireless Association to Celebrate 75 Years

The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary on December 5, 2022.

QCWA KigiFounded in 1947, QCWA's mission includes promoting "friendship and cooperation among Amateur Radio (Wireless) operators who were licensed as such at least a quarter of a century ago."

Today, QCWA has 230 chapters in the US. During the organization's 75 years, it has had nearly 40,000 members. The Cleveland, Ohio, chapter was the first chapter chartered in 1951, and now has over 100 members.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the QCWA Special Event Station, W2MM, will operate from 0001 UTC December 3 to 2359 UTC December 10, 2022. Only QCWA members in the US and its territories will have an opportunity to activate W2MM for this event. More information is available at https://qcwa.org/w2mm-special-event.htm.

QCWA is also hosting the members-only Worked 75/75 Members Contest from December 5, 2022, through February 18, 2023. The contest encourages QCWA members to contact a minimum of 75 QCWA members during the contest period. All contest entrants will receive a special certificate. Additional information is available at https://qcwa.org/1-worked-75-75-members-contest.htm.

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Youth/Youngsters on the Air Month-Long Event Begins December 1

On December 1, 2022, YOTA begins a month-long, special event to celebrate young amateur radio operators -- YOTA Month 2022. YOTA is Youth or Youngsters on the Air. Amateur radio operators aged 25 and younger will be on all bands using all modes throughout the month to make contacts around the world. In 2021, YOTA participants worldwide made 119,516 contacts, surpassing their goal of 100,000 contacts. Youth on the Air Logo

In the United States, the call signs for the event will be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Argentina will be active as LR1YOTA, Canada as VC3YOTA and VB7YOTA, El Salvador as YS1YOTA, and Honduras as HQ2YOTA. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to listen for and contact these stations, as well as all call signs ending in the letters "YOTA" across the globe.

In addition to the month-long celebration, on December 30 from 1200 to 2359 UTC, round three of the YOTA Contest will be active.

Various YOTA activities and events are organized throughout the world. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Youth in Amateur Radio web page includes additional information and links at https://www.iaru.org/on-the-air/youth-in-amateur-radio.

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Nova Scotia Students Contact Astronaut Via Ham Radio

Students at Five Bridges Junior High School in Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada, finally had an opportunity to talk with an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio.

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, the students were able to talk with Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, for about 11 minutes as the ISS passed over northern Europe.

The students were anxious to ask questions ranging from curiosities about the astronauts' work schedules to concerns about radiation in outer space. Astronaut Cassada was asked about his favorite part of training for his ISS mission, and he replied, "All of it!"

The contact was made possible with amateur radio volunteers at the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) ground station in Casale Monferrato, Italy, using the call sign IK1SLD, and was the 1,495 contact made since the ARISS program began.

In the US, ARISS includes support from ARRL, AMSAT, NASA, NASA's Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) organization and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

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In Brief.............

  • Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week's ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

    Sun Dec 1, 2022No new sunspots appeared over the past reporting week, November 24 - 30. But sunspots were visible every day.

    Sunspot numbers and solar flux declined, with the average daily sunspot number dropping from 66 to 46, and average daily solar flux from 116.5 to 108.3.

    Solar disk image taken December 1, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

    Solar wind streams from coronal holes kept geomagnetic indicators active, with average daily planetary A index jumping from 5.1 to 18.6, and middle latitude A index from 3.4 to 14.

    On Wednesday, November 30, the magnetometer at Fairbanks, Alaska, showed the college A index at 54, which is the highest value over the past month. No doubt this produced aurora.

    The current prediction from Wednesday night has solar flux reaching a peak of 130 on December 12, rather than the 135 recently predicted.

    Look for flux values of 115, 115, and 120 on December 1 - 3; 125 on December 4 - 10; 130, 115, and 110 on December 11 - 13; 105 on December 14 - 17; 100 on December 18 - 23; 95, 105, and 110 on December 24 - 26; 115 on December 27 - 30, and 120 on December 31.

    The planetary A index prediction is 25, 20, 10, 12, and 8 on December 1 - 5; 5 on December 6 - 7; 8 on December 8 - 9; 5 on December 10 - 16; 10 on December 17 - 18; 5 on December 19 - 21; 20, 15, 12, and 10 on December 22 - 25; and 15, 18, 10, 18, and 10 on December 26 - 30.

    Solar wind news:


    Sunspot numbers for November 24 through 30 were 61, 55, 60, 56, 52, 25, and 12, with a mean of 46. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 109.7, 108.5, 107.1, 107.2, 107, 107.9, and 111, with a mean of 108.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 20, 16, 15, 24, 25, and 24, with a mean of 18.6. Middle latitude A index was 6, 15, 12, 10, 18, 20, and 17, with a mean of 14..

    Send your tips, questions, or comments to [email protected].

    A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read "What the Numbers Mean..." and check out the propagation page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.

    A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

    Share your reports and observations.

    A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.

  • ARRL Podcasts Schedule

    ARRL On the Air logo The latest episode of the On the Air podcast features details from avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, about how to get started on the amateur satellites - an activity that's available to hams of all license classes.

    Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week's top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

    The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry -- On the Air | ARRL Audio News.

  • Other Items

    Dr. Kristina Collins, KD8OXT, earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University on November 18, 2022. Dr. Collins' thesis, Development of a Low-Cost Meta-Instrument for Distributed Observations of Ionospheric Variability, focuses on the development of the HamSCI Grape Personal Space Weather Station Network. Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) serves as a means for fostering collaborations between professional researchers and amateur radio operators. Dr. Collins currently serves on the HamSCI advisory board, leads the HamSCI Eclipse and Frequency Measurement Festivals project and WWV/H Scientific Modulation team, and served as chair of the local organizing committee for the 2019 HamSCI Workshop. She has been interviewed on ARRL's Eclectic Tech podcast and has peer-reviewed papers published in the American Geophysical Union's Eos magazine and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. She's excited to be joining the Space Science Institute in the spring of 2023 as a postdoctoral research fellow through the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. Dr. Collins was first licensed in 2010 and now holds an Amateur Extra-class license. --Thanks to HamSCI for information contained in this story.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Ham Radio Club is reporting that project OMOTENASHI, an amateur radio mission to the moon, is lost and not operating. Controllers were not able to receive radio communication from OMOTENASHI as of November 21, 2022. OMOTENASHI, technically known as Outstanding MOon Exploration TEchnologies demonstrated by NAno Semi-Hard Impactor, was a small two-part spacecraft onboard NASA's Artemis I mission. Launched on November 16, 2022, the payload contained an orbiting module and a surface probe. After landing on the surface of the moon, it was going to transmit a beacon in the amateur 70-centimeter band, UHF 437.41 MHz, while the orbiting module transmitted digital telemetry on UHF 437.41 MHz. Engineers will investigate the cause of the incident and proceed with future operation plans while consulting with mission managers. JAXA Ham Radio Club reports, "We were very encouraged by the warm support we received as a team. It's such a shame that it can't live up to expectations. Although we were not able to land on the moon, the opportunity to travel beyond the moon is valuable, so we would like to continue working on recovery and realize some of our mission." Amateur radio operators can continue to listen for the orbiting module downlink using the following information:

    • Frequency: 437.31 MHz
    • Antenna: SRR antenna
    • Polarization: Linear
    • Modulation: Beacon, PSK31 Sync Word C1 (ASCII code)
    • Power: 30 dBm

    Project updates are periodically posted at https://www.isas.jaxa.jp/home/omotenashi/JHRCweb/jhrc.html.

    Thanks to AMSAT, the JAXA Ham Radio Club, and paralink.com for information contained in this story.

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Education and Training image student in front of a laptop computer

  • 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 page. and the Online Course Catalog
  • 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-100c - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    • IS-200c - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • IS-700b - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    • IS-800d - 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.
  • Are you interested in getting a license or upgrading and would like to attend a class? Take a look at YouTube. There are YouTube videos available that were recorded during actual class sessions. Videos are available for training for all license classes. These have been recorded in 2018 and 2019 and are based on the latest editions of the ARRL Study Guides.
  • Learn CW - The CW ops' CW Academy (CWA) offers free, remote Morse code classes at four separate levels -- beginner through advanced, running from not knowing the code at all to reaching 25 WPM. CWOps also provides a CWOps Test (CWT), an hour-long event every Wednesday at 1300 and 1900 UTC, and Thursdays at 0300 UTC. -- Thanks to The ARRL Contest Update.
    For more information and CW assistance (ELMER) contact Bruce, K8UDH
  • 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-files
  • The ARRL offers Webinars, live and pre-recorded, of their Learning Network pagee. There are many subjects of interest to hams at all levels. Check-out this learning resource.  New talks/lectures are added frequently

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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 EVARC Simplex net meets on Monday evening shortly after the Monday net.  The frequency is 146.52, no offset, no tone.

The EVARC weekly rag chew net meets every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM on the club 440 repeater (444.250 + and Wires-X room 28001). Check-in for general discussion and a weekly trivia question. Want to try your hand as Net Control? Contact Andy, KF0CSI or Shane, KE0APG.

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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.  Created by Monty Wilson, NRØA.
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