Special call sign prefixes celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has secured permission for all Canadian radio amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation during 2017.
Starting on January 1, 2017 radio amateurs and clubs with:
- VA-prefix call signs may use CF
- VE-prefix call signs may use CG
- VO-prefix call signs may use CH
- VY-prefix call signs may use CI
Use of the special prefixes is optional, and Canadian radio amateurs may choose if and when to use the special prefix at any time during 2017.
VY1AAA, the Yukon Canam Contest Club, will use the special call sign XK150YUKON from January 1 until March 1. For the rest of 2017, VY1AAA will operate using either CI1AAA or VY1AAA.
January 21, 2017
Two operating periods – 1500 to 1700 & 1900 to 2100 EST.
The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another
2-meter QSO Party this January. The first of these was held in 2010 and
was well received. The event is open to all those in Eastern MA. The
time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest.
(Updated per Jim, WA1GPO).
Don’t forget ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN), if you love cw!
Make SKN a New Year’s tradition.
Details at <http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night>
Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.
MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180 formats. The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ can show when the space station is within range of your station. On Windows PCs the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal. On Apple iOS devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.
Congratulations to these hams* who passed their exams at the December 3, 2016 VE Session:
Donald Clapp, KC1GTE – Technician
Richard Dutra, KC1GTF – Technician
Scott A. Furtado, KC1GTD – Technician
John Regan, KC1GTN – Technician
*Update 12/15/2016 by K1KVV: Callsigns added.
Enjoy your upgraded privileges!
NASHUA AREA RADIO CLUB
December 2-4 — Amateur Extra Class
Location: Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
300 Southwood Drive
More information at
(Thanks to Anita, AB1QB).
2016 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day
December 3, 2016, from 0000z to 2400z
This is the day when Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service. The event is co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service.
Full details are at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio.
Hello, Handiham members!
This coming weekend a special station will be on the air.
“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Station W0JH”
Nov 4-6, 2016
Handiham affiliated club, the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA), will be operating to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Using the club’s call sign, WØJH, around 20 SARA members will operate from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (ARLHS USA 783) in Lake County, MN.
This year marks the 41st anniversary of ship’s mysterious sinking and our twelfth year of operating this Special Event. Join us in Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew by making contact with WØJH! A certificate is available.
WØJH Operating Schedule
Friday, Nov. 4 (Setup starting around 12:00 noon CT) with operation from ~3:00 pm – 5:30 pm CT
Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Time)
Frequencies of Operation
3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360, 28.360 MHz (+/- QRM)
Midwest/local stations should look for us on the 75m and 40m bands in the early morning and late afternoon.
We will have a station working PSK31.
Look for WØJH (070 #1905) around 3.580, 7.070, 14.070 and 21.070.
Full story and details about certificate: http://www.radioham.org
73 de Pat WA0TDA
Patrick Tice firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 1, 2016 VE Session:
Allen J. Perry II, KC1GKS – Technician
Glen M. Dowden, KC1GKT – Technician
Jonathan W. Winokur, KC1GKU – Technician & General
Enjoy your upgraded privileges!
Joe Tavares, KC1BGF writes:
I’ll be presenting a Tech Talk on Solar Energy following the 7 o’clock SEMARA Business Meeting on October 6.
Topics of Discussion
- How Solar Panels work
- Different types of panels: advantages and disadvantages
- Power calculations
- How to wire panels to batteries and load using charge controllers
- The use of DC-DC converters to keep battery voltage constant
I will bring a solar panel and battery pack.