Don, WA1BXY reports:
On Sunday, September 9th, I will be holding a contest college starting around noon or so at SEMARA. We will discuss different styles of contesting, how to achieve a respectful score with 100-watts and operating with a mixture of modes and styles. Antennas that can be home-brewed for contests will also be lightly touched upon. If you are interested in attending, kindly email me so I can grab a rough head count. Lunch time pizza will be served and there will also be some on-air listening and/or contact-making during the “Worked All Europe DX Contest.”
Don’s email address: wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com
(Added 9/12/2018) Don’s handout: 2018-09-09-contest-college,
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, 21st year
2018 August 18 0001Z to August 19 2359Z
Some 300 groups or individuals are planning to operate that weekend.
For a list of 2018 entrants, click here.
This event is always held on the third weekend in August, and, while it is not a contest, it does bring lots of fun for all who participate.
You can read more here
Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself.
A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient.
The intent is to make the station visible to visitors.
Perhaps SEMARA could activate one of the lighthouses near us — just an idea. What say?
To enter, register here.
The 2018 competition challenge: design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications.
- Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules.
- Designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in a future issue of QST
- Only one entry per person (or team).
- Submission deadline is September 1, 2018.
ARRL is offering three cash prizes for this competition.
- First place is $600.
- Second place is $250
- Third place is $150.
Design and Submission Requirements
- Antennas must be designed for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters.
- Must fit within a 30 × 50 foot area.
- Stand no taller than 30 feet at any point.
Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth. Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children. Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public. Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color. You can work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.” All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.
Event Date & Time
Saturday, June, 16, 2018
2:00 PM EDT (1800Z) through
6:59 PM EDT (2359Z)
10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
- For more information and forms, please visit the ARRL Kids Day page.
The Museum Ships Weekend Event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 0000Z through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2359Z. It is sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (NJ2BB). This is not a contest, but a fun event. All stations that work at least 15 different ships of those 108 participating will receive a certificate if they send a copy of their log entries showing these contacts.
Ships will be using PSK 31 and AM and you must work a different ship for it to count as two. In other words, working the same ship on two different frequencies or modes does not count as two ships. While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed, most ships will operate in the General portion of the bands. Some ships will also be on 3880 through 3885 and 7290 kHz with either their ships original equipment or modern equipment. PSK 31 frequencies are as follows; 14.070, 10.142 18.100, 21.070 and 28.120 MHz.
A copy of your 15+ ship contacts plus $4.00 must then be submitted by September 30, 2018 to KB2BRR via US Mail to receive your certificate.
At the April 2018 business meeting, Bob, K1KVV mentioned that the local NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts (162 MHz) were are having technical difficulties since the move of the National Weather Service Forecast Office from Taunton to Norton. Bob mentioned he had a list of frequencies for local AM aircraft band weather observation station frequencies, including the one at the New Bedford Airport.
The frequency list is available online at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic section. There, you can search down to the state level with an interactive map and listing of frequencies. You can also search by airport ID and the results will also inform you of the weather station type (ASOS/AWOS).
The New England QSO Party will be held on May 5th and 6th, 2017.
It is 20 hours long overall, in two sections:
4PM (EDT) Saturday thru 1AM Sunday,
sleep for 8 hours,
and 9AM Sunday thru 8PM Sunday.
Operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
Other webpages of interest are: Rules, Counties list, FAQ.
For each QSO, give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.
NEQP Reports shows SEMARA members are ‘radio active’
Don WA1BXY from Newport County, RI reports:
Total QSOs — 546: CW 487 — SSB 58 — Digital (PSK31) 1.
Henry K1WCC from Barnstable County, MA reports:
About 200 SSB QSOs on 20, 40, and 75 meter bands.
The Genesis Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be conducting a Technician License Course in April and May. The Saturday classes will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on the following three dates:
A VE exam will follows the last class on May 5th.
Classes and exam are on the ground floor classroom and is handicap accessible at:
Plymouth Municipal Airport
246 South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
This course will use the MFJ-3211 Technician Quick Study Guide, which gives only correct answers and will be needed for homework assignments. The cost of guide is $12.95 and can be obtained by calling MFJ at 800-647-1800 x4. The cost of the VE exam will be $15.00.
Contact Ed “Sonny” Mello, KB1HJG at 941-539-8554 for more information.
The GARS Plymouth Repeater is 146.685 MHz, minus offset, CTCSS (PL) 131.8.
The Saint Patrick’s Day Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16th and continues until 1200 UTC on March 18th.
Awards will be in four categories:
- Saint Patrick’s Day Station Award (registered stations)
- Fixed Station Award
- Mobile Station Award
- Shortwave Listener Award
Register to be an official participating station.
Visit the event’s Facebook page.
Credit: Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL
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