By Malt Massie, KC8DWD
This article first appeared in the June 1997 issue of "Hello
Radio", the quarterly newsletter of the Lawrence County,
OH ARES and RACES groups. Ken Massie-WN8F Editor. It then appeared
in the July 1997 "ARNS Bulletin", Steve Auyer-N2TKX
Working satellites is one of Ham Radio's hidden treasures. Do you want to try out Space Communications? Do you have to spend a fortune? Well, not entirely. Believe it or not, you can try out the Russian Easy-Sats with as little as 10 Watts on 2 meters. RS-10 is the name of one bird that can be worked easily. RS-10 receives signals on 2 meters and retransmits them on 10 meters. You can work RS-10 on a Technician Class License. RS-10 is a CW/SSB only transponder. The satellite is much like a repeater, except it has much more bandwidth, allowing many channels of QSO to take place on a single pass. Unlike most TV satellites, ham satellites are synchronous, meaning they rotate the earth, and are not at a fixed location. This means we have to track the satellites with computer software.
If you have Internet access, you can find information on how to predict satellite pass times. RS-10 has a CW beacon on 29.357 MHz. However, the frequency may actually be a few kilohertz higher or lower than 29.357. Why? Well, we run into a thing called Doppler effect. Just like the train whistle goes up in pitch until it passes, then proceeds to drop. As the satellite gets closer and farther from the earth, the frequency changes. Two other terms, up-link and down-link, are often used. Up-link is your 2 meter transmission; the down-link is your signal coming back out on 10 meters. One obstacle is the need for a 2 meter transmitter and 10 meter receiver. It's best to use headphones with the 10 meter receiver. When you transmit, you will hear your signal coming back down.
Antenna wise, a dipole will work fine for 10 meters. A 5/8-wave vertical is great; a 1/4 will also work. If you don't have a 2 meter all-mode, you can use a mobile by hooking up a straight key to the PTT (push to talk), and the ground so that pressing the key shorts PTT to ground. Your signal will have a chirpy sound, but it's enough to make a contact. This will work for CW only.
Another thing to consider-the satellite moves fast. It's only above the horizon for a period of minutes. RS-10 goes around the world in 90 minutes. Start out listening for the beacon. Once you hear a good signal, then start trying to make your contacts. Use the beacon to judge the Doppler effect. If it's I kilohertz higher, your signal will probably come down 1 kilohertz higher.
First, try a series of dits to try to hear your signal on down-link. Adjust transmit frequency until you hear it. Be careful not to cause interference to ongoing QSO'S. Try calling CQ, CQ RS DE call sign, call sign K. Then listen. It's not uncommon to hear people start tuning up to you as soon as you start calling CQ. That way they're on frequency when you're done calling CQ. Remember time is limited. Most contacts exchange calls, state, name, signal report. Typical response to CQ is: KC8DWD DE W3TFA OP STAN 559 MY KN. Sometimes you might only get a call sign.
Let's just say with 10 watts you can make some contacts a whole
lot farther than on the local repeater. I worked Canada, Florida,
Maryland, Nebraska with my first few tries. RS-10 also has a CW
robot. The Robot calls CQ and tells the up-link frequency.
You can call the robot back by calling RS-10 DE call sign AR. High speed CW works best. If you successfully make it, it will call back call sign DE RS10 QSO NR 450 OP ROBOT TU USW QSO NR 450 73 SK. QSL cards are available from Radio Sport Federation, Box 88, Moscow, Russia. Make sure to copy the QSO number. Another new term transponder, the RS10 receives all signals from 145.860 - 145.900 MHz and transmits them on 29.360 - 29.400 MHz meaning if your up-link is on 145.861, the down-link will be 29.361. Don't forget about Doppler shift. Never try to operate FM. CW is permitted only between 145.860 - 145.870 MHz. SSB is reserved for 145.870 - 145.900 MHz. Below is the pass bands chart. Hope to hear you on the bird. Have fun.
Up-link Mode A 145.860 -145.900 MHz.
Down-link 29.360 - 29.400 MHz.
Beacons 29.357 MHz., 29.403 MHz.
By Donna L. Halper
Another pioneer OW was Edith Retch, a District One colleague of
both Eunice and Irving. Though Edith was a few years older than
Eunice, both women were very much ahead of their time. Like Eunice,
Edith had never planned to get involved with radio. After graduating
from college with highest honors, she distinguished herself in
an area that was unusual for women in the early 1900s-- athletics.
She won several trophies in ice skating, and she and Hazel Wightman
earned the National Women's Doubles tennis championship in 1909.
But it was World War I that helped her to discover radio-- the
military was training women to be radio operators, thus freeing
men for combat.
A number of women who wanted to serve their country took this
training, and Edith was among them. She too fell in love with
radio, and while she never did get into the commercial side, she
became a fan of the amateur game. Her proficiency earned her the
position of radio inspector for the Signal Corps, and when the
war ended, by 1919 she had her ham call letters-- 1RO. (Later,
she would be 1ZR.) She was so expert at code that when the first
Boston Radio Show took place in 1922, it was she, along with District
One Radio Inspector Charles Kolster (1RI), who judged the code
sending events. Edith was also an examiner for the old Postal
Telegraph Company, known for her high-speed sending, and in her
spare time, she was a member of the Greater Boston Spark Coil
Club. Like Eunice, Edith Retch was also active in ham radio throughout
her entire life.
In District 3, there was another noteworthy OW, Elizabeth M. Zandonini
(3CDQ, later W3CDQ). "Emzie" was a woman of many talents,
including being fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and German
(part of her job at the Bureau of Standards was doing scientific
translations), like Edith Retch, Liz became involved with radio
around the time of World War l: with the Public Health Service,
she taught radio communication to disabled soldiers in Army hospitals,
helping them acquire new skills. The willingness to teach about
radio was something she displayed for her entire life. But Liz
was more than a teacher. She was an accomplished builder and designer
of equipment at a time when women were not expected to know about
engineering (l have numerous articles from magazines of the early
1920s where editors explained that a women just did not have the
brain power to figure out such complicated things. One editor
suggested that if receivers were more attractive to look at, more
women would be interested...). Like Eunice Randall Liz wanted
to learn as much as she could and she was fascinated by how things
worked. She especially enjoyed working CW, and years after most
hams had moved exclusively to phone, she stated in her application
for membership in the Old Old Timer's Club, "I operate only
on CW, and in the 40 meter band." Ironically, when Liz applied
for membership in 1965, it was Eunice who was Secretary-Treasurer
of the OOTC, proving what a small world it is!
Liz Zandonini was a life-long resident of Washington, D.C., where
she was an active member of the Washington Radio Club, and of
course she was proud to be an ARRL member too. An interesting
photo of her at her rig appeared in several newspapers in early
February of 1925. The caption, which called her a "remarkable
young woman" and "one of the most skilled operators
in Washington", described the equipment and noted that she
had built it all herself. "Her set consists of two 50-watt
bottles in parallel, energized by 1500 volts rectified alternate
current. The set is entirely of her own construction, as is also
the three tube receiver. She has been heard in England as well
as in every part of [the United States]."
As with Eunice P. Randall's illustrious amateur career, it would
take many more pages for me to detail all of the achievements
"Emzie" accumulated in her long involvement with ham
radio-- she not only belonged to the OOTC but also was in the
YLRL, the QCWA, and what was then called the IRE (Institute of
Radio Engineers). Also, during her years with the Radio Section
of the Bureau of Standards, she maintained their museum and showed
famous visiting scientists what her department was working on.
A few of the OWs in New York got together in May of 1922 and started
what may be the first organization for women in ham radio. It
was called the Women's Radio League, and its founders included
several OWs whose names you might know. Marianne Clayton Brown
(2AOA) held a first class commercial license, and like Mabelle
Kelso a decade earlier, Marianne trained to be a marine operator
and wanted to serve her country. But Navy too had a policy that
prohibited women from serving aboard ships, the same policy that
the Marconi company had. Not wanting her training to go to waste,
she ended up working al the Marconi factory in Aldene, New Jersey;
ironically, her job was testing transmitting equipment for the
Navy. Blessed with a sense of humor and the ability to write well,
she got several articles published in radio magazines during the
early 20s. As for her station, which she of course built herself,
it was so impressive that it was named "Station of the Month"
by what was then called "Radio Amateur News" in April
of 1920-- first prize was $5, which we may assume was a lot of
money back then... She was the first OW to win this award.
Among the other founders of the Women's Radio League was Abby
Morrison, a young woman with a talent for writing about radio
in an understandable style: she clearly had the technical knowledge,
but like Marianne Brown, she knew how to get it across to even
the novice. Abby contributed articles to such publications as
Wireless Age, which retorted to her as a "radio expert",
and she was also mentioned in "QST" and "Radio
News" on several occasions throughout 1922-23. She was the
first president of the Women's Radio League, and she was also
an emissary for helping more young women to become knowledgeable
about amateur radio-- because of requests for radio courses that
would appeal to women, the YWCA in New York began a series of
talks, which included instruction on how to make various types
of radio equipment. Abby Morrison was one of the women asked to
teach these courses. (It's a mystery that I have not been able
to find her calls, although I know she was a licensed ham in the
early 20s. If you know them, please send them in my direction!)
I mentioned how Marianne Brown was the first OW to win an award
for her ham station. The next OW to win first prize had been a
telegraph operator as far back as the 1880s, and came to the wireless
in the late 19-teens. May L. Smith of Manchester New Hampshire
(1BAE) won the award for Station of the Month in September of
1920. And as Edith P. Rotch could attest, ham radio keeps a person
young-- SIXTY years later, in the 1980s, May Smith could still
be found, now as W1BDN, sometimes working phone and sometimes
Earlier in this article, I mentioned a 15 year old who worked
from her high school station. Rena Jane Frew did not abandon amateur
radio after high school. Like many women in the 1920s, she became
a teacher, whose specialties were science and radio courses. I
have also read about Elizabeth Bergner in the Chicago public schools
and Rachel Thompson in the Boston Public Schools, both of whom
did the same; they often spoke at radio shows about the educational
benefits of radio, and each ran the station at the high school
where they taught. [ have read testimonial letters from several
of Rena's students, who were inspired by her to become hams. Rena
Jane Frew was named "Miss Radio" at the first annual
Radio World's Fair in New York in 1925, a prize given to "the
most enthusiastic female radio fan"-- she won for the large
number of stations with which she had made contact, both in ham
radio and as a dx'er, but perhaps she also should have won for
the number of young people who developed a love of amateur radio
thanks to her.
I could go on-- there are so many other deserving OWs from the
pioneering days of amateur radio. In "CQ-YL", it mentions
that Emma Candler was a ham as early as 1915, working from station
8NH in St. Mary's, Ohio. In the 1919 QST Call Book, she and her
husband were still in St. Mary's, operating 8ER. Perhaps some
of you made contact with an OW from the early 1920s whose name
I haven't mentioned; if so, I want to know about her. It is my
commitment that these pioneers of radio should not be forgotten!
(By the way, while this article is mainly about the women of the
teens and early 1920s, a word of tribute should be given to somebody
who got her start in the 30s, whose efforts on behalf of women
amateurs made a major impact-- the late Ethel Smith, K4LMB, who
founded the YLRL in 1939. Before she became ill last year, she
and I spoke at great length, and she told me how she was working
on up-dating and expanding the information in CQ-YL. She sent
some of her files to me, and I promised I would continue that
research. I dedicate this article to her memory.)
Donna L. Halper is a radio consultant, a writer, and a broadcast
historian. She is on the faculty of Emerson College in Boston,
and is one of the editors of the Boston Radio Archives on the
internet. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]
This appeared in the February-March 1999 issue of the "Log",
the newsletter of the West Park Radiops, Glen Williams, AF8C Editor.
It was taken from the April 1999 issue of the ARNS Bulletin, Steve
Auyer, N2TKX Editor.
If you have a JAVA-enabled browser you can actually operate radios
in foreign countries from your ham shack and even hear the audio.
Oh, you will have to have the requisite audio plug-in and working
speaker audio, of course.
First, you can connect to a radio through this URL:
The radio is situated in Huddinge, Sweden, 15 kms south of Stockholm
City. The radio and computer attachments were set up by Kjeil
Lindman, a Swedish Radio Amateur, SM0NHC. The radio is a remotely
controlled radio with the amazing frequency span of 100 kHz to
1300 MHz. You are in control of an Icom PCR-1000 receiver. You
have live audio and many features such as Chat, Frequency lists,
filter and radio modes etc. You will need a Java capable browser
and Real Audio 5.0 0r later.
Other radios are reputedly found at:
http://www.ralabs.com/ sw1440/index, html (New York, USA)
(Umea, Sweden - several radios tuning from VLF to 1,300 MHz)
And you might also want to try:
(live feeds from various radio stations)
(a list of radio station web pages from around the world)
(over 150 channels or radio, news, and whatever)
(up-to-the date National Public Radio broadcasts, plus a lot of information on NPR)
Because a number of individuals are willing to help and have the
expertise to do it finding articles for a club newsletter has
become much easier. Over the past few years individuals such as
Gerry Crenshaw, WD4BIS and organizations such as the Amateur Radio
News Service have made a newsletter editor's quest for new articles
a lot easier.
In the old days we editors would have to rely on reprinting articles
from major publications and those written by club members. Today
there are many articles, some that have never been published,
available to newsletter editors and they are free for the taking.
A good example of an individual who supplies articles for Amateur Radio Newsletters is Gerry Crenshaw, WD4BIS who provides a web site that is filled with articles he has written on all kinds of amateur radio subjects.
He offers the articles free of charge to all newsletter editors. The only thing he asks is that he Editor print his copyright notice and send him a copy of the newsletter in which his article appears. He says his reason for this is to assure his articles are being used. Otherwise there is no need for his web site.
An organization that offers articles that have been printed in other amateur news letters is the Amateur Radio News Service. The ARNS publishes a monthly bulletin that contains a number of articles and other things of interest to amateurs.
Newsletter editors may copy the articles and use them in their own newsletters. Editors are also invited to send articles from their newsletters to ARNS for publication.
ARNS also has a web site where they have all of their past articles stored. After visiting the web site I feel there are enough articles stored there for at least five years of publication.
Other amateur publications such as Worldradio and QST allow newsletter editors to copy articles published in them.
So all in all the newsletter editor's job of assembling a monthly newsletter has been made a lot easier because he does not have to search for articles as hard as he used to. This makes for a better newsletter all around.
BY PETE, N2PYV
The meeting was called to order by Gordon at 5:05 PM. Gordon explained that Pat was away on Company business.
There were sixteen people attending. All present introduced themselves.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed in
Ted read the financial report that indicated that we are doing
There appear to be no complaints concerning the operation of the
repeaters. There has been a couple using obscene language on the
repeater. If anyone hears this repeated, please record the date
There was one applicant who failed the 20-WPM test. There were
five VE's present.
Bob reported that Mike, KJ6XE has turned in some contact reports.
Zak reported that the 20-Meter lunchtime net went good. The Thursday night 2-Meter Net had the usual three or four check-ins.
Gordon reported that there is a water tower being built across the former runway from Plant 5. Pat has been investigating the possibility of getting our antennas on top of it. Northrop-Grumman has won a contract to produce 32 more E2C's. This may mean more work in Plant 5. The company is planning to refurbish Plant 5 in anticipation of turning it back to the Navy. Refurbishment will probably include the Club shack on the roof.
Gordon also reported that he was invited by the Coast Guard to
give a talk on proper radio procedures to new Coast Guard personnel.
He reviewed the FCC rules and gave some other fundamental info.
The Coast Guard is so short on budget that they cannot afford
training for their people.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:18 PM.A discussion of the plans
for Field Day was led by Mike, KJ6XE.