New Linux Software Available

New Linux software available from KB1OIQ.  Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, version 21, is a remastered version of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.  This software collection consists of the Linux operating system and a wide selection of ham radio programs.  32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  The previous version was downloaded just over 12,000 times.  More information can be found at Andy’s Ham Radio Linux site.

Credit: ARRL Eastern MA Section News – November 2017

Angelo “Charlie” Puzo, W1VPB, SK

Angelo “Charlie” Puzo died suddenly on November 26, 2017 after a short illness.  He was born January 23, 1933 and grew up in Worcester.  He is survived by his wife Michele (Joseph) Puzo, son John Puzo and significant other Nancy Moscato, daughter Maria Buhl and husband John, son Jared Wall and wife Kendra, four grandchildren Daniel & Jacob Buhl, Jackson & Everleigh Wall.  He leaves behind his sister Barbara Puzo Apholt of Hubbardston, MA.  He was predeceased by his son Joseph, 1982, and brother Richard Puzo, 2013.

He passed the Novice Class License exam as a teen.  Since then he has held the call letters W1VPB and has been active in the Barnstable, Provincetown and Orleans Amateur Radio Clubs.  At the age of 82, he passed the Extra Class exam and was a volunteer examiner.  Charlie joined SEMARA in October 2016.

Donations can be made to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Condolences to his family.

International Grid Chase 2018

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ says 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) 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 may 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.

Email the ARRL Contest Branch for more information – contests [at] arrl [dot] org.

Credit: The ARRL Letter – November 16, 2017

Hints and Sounds

From The ARES E-Letter for November 15, 2017

  • Hint: With appropriate guying, an extension ladder can be used to hold up a Yagi under Field Day or DXpedition conditions.  In this picture a SteppIR 2-Element Yagi for the current VK9MA DXpedition has been mounted and is being tested. It can be turned manually.
     
  • Sounds: Here are some sounds you don’t want to hear: RFI.  The ARRL “sound library” contains known RFI sources and some that have not yet been identified.  If you have a potential RFI problem, compare your noise to these to help eliminate it.

SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 2, 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000Z until 2400Z (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).  During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams 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 (rainy, windy, partially cloudy, etc.) 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.

Credit: The ARES E-Letter – November 15, 2017

Meteor Showers for Remainder of 2017

A few opportunities to try out meteor scatter communications.  JT6M is optimized for the 6-meter band; FSK441 is generally used on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter amateur bands.

The dates are only for the peak activity; meteors will be also be produced on either side of the peak dates and appear in other parts of the sky as well.

November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower
Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus.

November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower
Produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo.

December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower
Produces up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini.

December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower
Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

Veterans Day Radio Events – November 11, 2017

11/8 – 11/13, 0000Z-2359Z
N5VET, 14.267 14.045 7.185 7.040
Cleburne, TX
Club KC5NX
QSL: Jay Stanfield, WB5UDA, 9200 Summit Ct W, Cleburne, TX 76033.

11/10 – 11/12, 1423Z-1423Z
K8V, 14.280 14.090 14.040 7.230
Iron Mountain, MI
Mich-A-Con ARC
Certificate & QSL: Thomas Martin, 812 West B St., Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Requests with SASE.
www.qsl.net/ka1ddb

11/10 – 11/12, 1600Z-1800Z
W5H, 14.240 14.040 7.195 7.035
Broken Arrow, OK
Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Club
Certificate: Wayne Hartsfield, 11106 S. 250th E. Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74014
QSL Card on request: w5drz.org

11/11, 1500Z-2200Z
W0FSB, 21.240 14.240 7.240
Waterloo, IA
Five Sullivan Brothers Amateur Radio Club
Certificate & QSL: Five Sullivan Brothers ARC, 3186 Brandon Diagonal Blvd, Brandon, IA 52210
For QSL card: Send card and #10 SASE, address label and 3 Forever stamps.
For eQSL & Certificate: Send eQSL, email w0fsb [at] outlook [dot] com to request a .jpg file of the certificate that you can print yourself.
www.qrz.com/db/w0fsb

11/11, 1500Z-2100Z
K0KBX, 7.280 14.250
Vinton, IA
Benton County Amateur Radio Group
Certificate: Email your contact info to Jerry k0kbx [at] gmail [dot] com; certificate via return email.

11/11, 1800Z-2359Z
N9V, 14.275 7.225; 147.315
Indianapolis, IN
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club
K9DC Rptr; IRLP 9735 EchoLink *CrossRds* Conf Node.
Certificate & QSL: Send a 9×12 SASE to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, c/o The American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.legion.org/hamradio

11/11 – 11/12, 1400Z-2100Z
NB9QV, 14.240 7.250
Manitowoc, WI
USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club
QSL: Fred Neuenfeldt, W6BSF, 4932 So. 10th St., Manitowoc, WI 54220
www.qrz.com/db/nb9qv

11/11, 1700Z-2359Z
NI6IW, 14.320 7.250
PSK31 on 14.070 D-STAR on REF001C, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship
QSL: USS Midway cv-41 COMEDTRA, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 78th Anniversary

11/7 – 11/13, 0000Z-0000Z
W2ANQ, 18.120 14.220 7.190 3.890
Freeport, NY
USCG Auxiliary Station Jones Beach.
QSL: William Dahl, 3813 Verleye St, Seaford, NY 11783
Direct only SASE.
www.qrz.com/db/w2anq

11/10 – 11/12, 1723Z-1723Z
N6C, 14.327 7.227
Alameda, CA
Coast Guard Island Amateur Radio Club (CGIARC)
QSL: Eric Simmons, 237 Redwood Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954
Most operations will be on Nov. 11, 2017
www.w6nmc.org

11/10 – 11/12, 0400Z-0359Z
W1H, KB1QXJ. 28.425 21.310 14.290 7.175
Elkins, NH
QSL: Bill, Hopwood, P.O. Box 272, Elkins, NH 03233

11/10 – 11/12, 1400Z-2300Z
W1G, 28.330 21.330 14.270 14.060
Gloucester, MA
US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 1-NR, Division 04, Flotilla 06 CAPE ANN.
QSL: Gardner H. Winchester II, 62 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA 01930
https://www.facebook.com/uscga.capeann

11/10 – 11/12, 0000Z-2359Z
K1H, 28.480 14.250 7.195 3.820
East Freetown, MA
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
QSL: Paul G. Sadeck, 90 Doctor Braley Rd., East Freetown, MA 02717

11/10 – 11/12, 1400Z-2200Z
N4Z, 14.250 7.200
Anderson, SC
US CG Auxiliary Flotilla 25 Hartwell Lake
QSL: Joseph Mracna, 113 Abaco Ln, Seneca, SC 29672
http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-02-05

11/10 – 11/13, 1200Z-0000Z
K2D,14.260 7.235
Blackwood, NJ
QSL: Rick Tighe, 210 Hillcrest Ave, Blackwood, NJ 08012

11/10 – 11/12, 0000Z-2000Z
K9C, 14.200 7.200 28.400
Champaign, IL
USCG AUX FLOTILLA 4
QSL: Marlin Luhrsen, 2508 Bernice, Champaign, IL 61822

11/11 – 11/12, 1402Z-1402Z
W8E, 7.234
Loveland, OH
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Certificate: Dave Stroup, 6138 Misty Creek Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

11/11 – 11/12, 1400Z-2200Z
K3G, 28.330 21.330 14.270 7.270
Media, PA
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
QSL: Daniel F. Amoroso, 196 Dam View Drive, Media, PA 19063

11/11, 0000Z-2359Z
N4U,14.070
Benton, KY
QSL: Via Bureau or Mary Husfield, KC4TIE, 4156 Barge Island Rd, Benton, KY 42025