Results For “License In A Weekend” – July 30th-31st

2016-08-18SEMARA sponsored a class for the technician class amateur radio license.  The classes were held at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA on July 30 and 31 from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days.  The total cost was $15.00 per person and this included FCC testing by lead instructor Bob Phinney K5TEC, a volunteer examiner, at the end of the class on Sunday. The results of the program are listed here together with the student’s hometown.

KC1GCY Bill Marsh – Tech and General – New Bedford
KC1GCX Allen Harris – Tech – Taunton
KC1GCW Cynthia Olive – Tech – Yarmouth Port
KC1GCV Ian Clark – Tech – Watertown
KC1GCU Ryan Marsh – Tech – New Bedford
KC1GCT Daniel Freney – Tech – Plympton
KC1GCS Robert Krupa – Tech – Acushnet
KC1GCR Mike McDonough – Tech – Grafton
KC1GCQ Janis Ricketson – Tech – East Weymouth
KC1GCP Montayo Cardoza – Tech – New Bedford
KC1GCO Kien Lang – Tech – Arlington
KC1GCN Kenneth Mingola – Tech – Westport
KC1GCM Michael Pell – Tech – East Sandwich
KC1GCL Ryan Saucier – Tech – Fall River

Enjoy your new privileges!

SEMARA VE Session Results – June 4th

2016-07-11Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the June 4, 2016 VE Session:

David R. Drury, (ex-KC1FVC) K1DRD – Extra

Stephen M. Cote III, KC1FUV – General

Joseph A. Pasteris, KC1FWN – Technician

Enjoy your new privileges!

“License In A Weekend” Class & Exam – July 30th-31st

2016-06-13Update 06/20/2016 by W1RJC: W1MLD has provided more details and this story has been updated accordingly.

SEMARA will be sponsoring a class for candidates of a technician class amateur radio license.  The classes will be held at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA on July 30 and 31 from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days.  The total cost is $15.00 per person and this will include FCC testing by a volunteer examiner at the end of the class on Sunday.

The lead instructor will be Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG on behalf of New England Amateur Radio, Inc. (NEAR).  Donations to NEAR will be accepted, but are not required.  Anyone interested in amateur radio is urged to attend.  To register or if there are any questions, please provide your name and telephone number in an email to SEMARA President Marcel, W1MLD – president [at] semara [dot] org.

Seeking Ops for 13 Colonies S/E Station K2H

2016-05-13July 1, 2016 (9 am EDT) to July 6, 2016 (12 Midnight EDT)
(July 1, 1300 UTC to July 7, 0400 UTC)

I’m seeking operators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for Massachusetts.

Please let all members of our club know about this opportunity. I can add both W1AEC and [W1AEC station not available] home station operators to the official W1AEC / SEMARA operators list.

Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an operator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact the other 13 Colonies S/E stations to earn your own endorsements.

You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a wire antenna. You can work as many or few hours as you wish during the week. Each operator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each operator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator and QSO totals to KU2US, event organizer.

More details and the 2016 Operating Guidelines will be available shortly. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for more info. There you can then click on Massachusetts / K2H for other details.

Note: this event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.

Contact me if you would like to participate and/or if you need more information, etc.

— 73 de Bob K1KVV

radioevents [at] semara [dot] org

SEMARA Exam Session Results – December 2015

2015-12-16Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the last VE Session, December 5, 2015:

Andrew T. Perron, Extra — AB1YN
Brian M. Awalt, General — N1OPN
Benjamin D. DeSousa, Technician — KC1EUV
Steven J. Pack, Technician — KC1EUW
David A. Bernard, Technician — KC1EUX

Enjoy your new privileges!

AO-85 Commissioned and Turned Over to AMSAT

2015-11-20From the ARRL: AO-85 Commissioned and Turned Over to AMSAT-NA Operations

Fox-1A (AO-85) has been formally commissioned and turned over to
AMSAT Operations, which now is responsible for the scheduling and
modes. Fox-1A is AMSAT-NA’s first CubeSat.

“Many new techniques are incorporated, and lessons will be learned,
as with any new ‘product,”‘ said AMSAT Vice President-Engineering
Jerry Buxton, N0JY. “We will incorporate changes from what we learn
in each launch, to the extent possible, in subsequent Fox-1
CubeSats. To our members, we want to say that the Fox Team is very
proud and pleased that our first CubeSat is very successful and
hopefully will be for some time.”

The Fox-1 Project is a series of CubeSats. A total of five will be
built and flown. Launches already have been scheduled for three
more, and a new NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative proposal will be
submitted for the fifth launch.

Of the four NASA-sponsored CubeSats on the October 8 Educational
Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) on October 8 that put AO-85 and 12
other spacecraft into orbit, one (ARC1) never functioned, and a
second, BisonSat, was lost after a few weeks of operation.

The Fox Team notes that an apparent lack of receiver sensitivity and
difficulty in turning or holding on the repeater with the 67 Hz
CTCSS tone are probably the most notable observations about AO-85.

“We have determined a probable cause for the sensitivity issue, and
while that can’t be fixed on AO-85 we are taking steps to prevent
similar issues on the rest of the Fox-1 CubeSats,” Buxton assured.
“The tone-detection threshold, along with the receive sensitivity
issue, makes it hard to bring up the repeater. This is being
addressed by adjusting the values for a valid tone detection in the
other Fox-1 CubeSats, now that we have on-orbit information about
temperatures and power budget.” The November/December edition of
AMSAT Journal will include full details on these technical issues.

AMSAT has provided guidelines for using AO-85.

* Uplink power should be on the order of a minimum 200 W EIRP for full
quieting at lower antenna elevations. Your mileage may vary.
Successful contacts have been made using an Arrow-style antenna.

* Polarity is important. The satellite antennas are linear. If you
are using linearly polarized antennas, you will need to adjust
throughout the pass. Full-duplex operation facilitates these
adjustments while transmitting and is highly recommended.

* The downlink is very strong and should be heard well with almost
any antenna and is 5 kHz deviation. AMSAT said that users may
perceive that the audio is low. “This is an effect of the filtering
below 300 Hz, which provides for the data-under-voice (DUV)
telemetry, coupled with any noise on the uplink signal resulting
from lack of full quieting or being off frequency,” Buxton
explained. “That makes for less fidelity than a typical receiver in
terms of audio frequencies passed.”

* The satellite’s downlink frequency varies with temperature. Due to
the wide range of temperatures the satellite is exposed to during
eclipse, the transmitter can be anywhere from around 500 Hz low at
10 degrees C to near 2 kHz low at 40 degrees C. The uplink frequency
has been generally agreed to be about 435.170 MHz, although the
automatic frequency control (AFC) makes that hard to pin down while
also helping with off-frequency uplink signals.

“It is important to remember that science is the reason behind the
Fox-1 satellites,” AMSAT said. “Not only does science help with the
launch cost, it provides a great amount of educational value both
from the science payload and in amateur radio itself. The DUV
telemetry is an excellent way to provide the science without
sacrificing the use of the satellite for communication, which would
be the case if higher speed downlinks were needed. DUV provides
constant science as long as the repeater is in use, which in turn
provides more downlink data for the science – a mutually beneficial
combination.”

13 Colonies Special Event – June 30th to July 5th

2015-06-20The 13 Colonies Special Event Station K2H will operate from Tuesday, June 30, 9:00 AM Eastern (1300 UTC) until Sunday Night, July 5th, 24:00 (Midnight) Eastern (0400 UTC July 6th).

Plus two sister stations: WM3PEN and GB13COL.

WM3PEN will operate from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. The 13 Colonies certificate adds a Liberty Bell for a contact.  WM3PEN will be on D-STAR each evening from 7-11 PM Eastern Time.

GB13COL will operate from Durham, England and will offer SSB, CW & Digital modes for the event. A Uniion Jack will be added for a contact.

K2H/W1AEC would like to operate both the first and last hours of the event period. We will be operation using a spreadsheet so their will be only one Massachusetts K2H station on the air at the same time using the same band, mode, and hour slot. That’s the easy way to be maximally present.

Any SE Mass station interested in joining K2H/W1AEC, just contact radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

~Bob K1KVV
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