MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND 2018

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND EVENT 2018
sponsored by
The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station NJ2BB

0000Z June 2, to 2359Z June 3, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:   This is NOT a contest!
It is a FUN Event!

Information for Certificate

Work at least 15 different ships of those listed on http://www.nra.pt/ to receive a certificate. Send a copy of your log entries showing your contacts. 

Working the same ship on different frequencies or different modes DOES NOT count as 2 ships.  Working a ship not listed will not count.

While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed,
most ships will operate in the General portion of the bands.

Please QSL each ship directly.

PSK 31

14.070 MHz            10.142 MHz           18.100 MHz
21.070 MHz           28.120 MHz

Amplitude Modulation 

Some ships will also be on 3880 kHz – 3885 kHz and 7290 kHz with either their ships original equipment or modern equipment.


Request a Certificate

Send a copy of your log for the 15 ships and $4.00 to the following address by Sept 30, 2018.

(The $4 covers the cost of the envelope, postage and printing supplies.
We will provide the large envelope to mail the certificates in.)
We do not give certificates for SWL.

Margaret Burgess KB2BRR
150 Schooner Ave
Barnegat, NJ 08005 

If you do send a check with your logs, please understand that we don’t cash the checks until we print the certificate. It could be several months before your check is cashed. Normally we begin printing certificates after all the ship logs are received so we can verify your contacts. If you still want to send a check please make it out to Margaret Burgess KB2BRR.

Please read the following 2 articles which should help explain some problems that arise when checking your logs.

MSW FAQ                                                                                UTC Time

FAA Surface Weather Observation Stations

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).

New England QSO Party – May 5 & 6, 2018

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 listFAQ.

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.

GARS Technician License Course – April & May 2018

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:

  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5

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.

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

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.

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.

900 MHz Radio Assistance

I sold out the MCS2000 900 MHz radios I had purchased.  I went through each one, programming and resetting the master oscillators, checking power out and receive sensitivity.

I’ve attach my note which was posted on the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) website, which has more information on 900 MHz.  Also, find an up-to-date listing of local 900 MHz repeaters and a figure that shows the MCS2000 head.

Contact me if anyone at SEMARA needs help with re-programming and such, of 900 MHz rigs.

73, Jim WA1GPO
valdes.james.r [at] gmail [dot] com
508-498-0715

The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is…

CONSIDERATE
never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL
offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE
with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY
with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED
Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC
with station and skill always ready for service to country and community

Credit: QCWA site page