2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

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.

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Kids Day – Saturday, June 16, 2018

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)

Suggested Frequencies

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.

Museum Ships Weekend Event – June 2 & 3, 2018

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.

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.