New Contesting Book from ARRL

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners

Contesting is one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio — and for some, it’s their primary ham radio activity. Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers practical information and ideas that will help you get started in contesting — “radiosport” — or to build your skills, if you’re already active.

Contesting tests station capability and operator skill, and it really is a sport, with a typical objective of contacting as many stations and multipliers — ARRL Sections, states, grids, or DXCC entities, for example — within the contest period.

“Doug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in contesting,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Grant’s book explains what equipment you need, typical contest formats, details of some more popular events, operating techniques, how to submit an entry, and how to improve your scores. No matter how modest your station or experience, you can compete too!

Just ahead is Winter Field Day, January 25 – 26. See the ARRL Contest Calendar for information on other events.

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1243, ISBN: 978-1-62595-124-3, $27.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $24.95). Call 860-594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289. It’s also available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle.

News from EMA.ARRL.ORG

Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Visit https://ema.arrl.org for the latest.

Here’s a small sampling of the stories that have appeared this past month:

  • Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated
    Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019
  • Western MA ARES Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • K5TEC: “Ideas for Attracting Youth and Families to Amateur Radio” at Framingham ARA, November 7, 2019
  • YuKanRun Ocean View 5K and Half Marathon, Ipswich, November 3, 2019
  • Norton Halloween Parade, October 27, 2019
  • Antenna Raising in Style at New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio
    Society
  • Framingham ARA Flea Market Suspended
  • 15-meter QRP FT8 Activity Night, Westford Vicinity
  • Massachusetts Traffic Report for September 2019
  • New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, November 16-17, 2019
  • Falmouth ARA FARA Fest, Bourne, November 2, 2019

*Taken from October 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News

ARRL to Launch New “On the Air” Magazine

ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.

On the Air responds to the brand-new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.

“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”

The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the print edition of QST (monthly) or the print edition of On the Air (bimonthly).

All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.

BSA 2019 Jamboree on the Air

Registration now is open for stations to register for Scouting’s 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). JOTA will take place October 18 – 20. JOTA is Scouting’s largest event in the world and always takes place over the third weekend of October. Click on “Sign Up Now” and register using your free Scout.org user id. Use the same site to register for the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet.

Bill Stearns, NE4RD, has been named the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree on the Air Task Force Chair. He has activated a number of JOTA and Scout Camp stations from the Montana Scout Council and served on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree K2BSA and 2019 World Scout Jamboree NA1WJ staffs. The NA1WJ Amateur Radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia reported that more than 3,000 Scouts took part in the ham radio demonstrations, logging more than 4,000 contacts in 86 DXCC entities.

Abstracted from The ARRL Letter for August 29, 2019

WWV Celebrates 100 Years

1919 – 2019 WWV Centennial

The world’s oldest radio station, WWV, turns 100 years on October 1, 2019.

September 28 through October 2, 2019, operators from across the country, are planning 24-hour operations of special event station WW0WWV on CW, SSB and digital modes.

Operations will shift between HF bands following normal propagation changes and will include 160m and 6m meteor scatter.

We will be operating right at the WWV site and face a challenging RF environment.

Abstracted from ARRL Special Bulletin 7: ARLX007

HamXposition at Boxboro

HamXposition at Boxboro
The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 6-8, 2019

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center,
Boxborough, Massachusetts

www.hamxposition.org

  • Top-notch Forums and Talks all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market:
    Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
    featuring special guest Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
    featuring Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, Senior Education Manager for the International Space Station National Lab
  • Ham Radio Bootcamp, designed to help newly licensed Technician and General’s to get on the air and use their Amateur Radio license
    Post banquet fun – movie night – open mic storytelling – jam session
  • Jazz Band for Sunday Brunch
  • ARRL VE Exams
  • Tech-in-a-day™ license study course, $5 fee for materials and snacks
  • W1N special event station. Reserve your time at ,www.hamxposition.org/special-event-station

…and more!

Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People presented by the Nashua Area Radio Society, September 7th and 8th.
This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including:

  • Software Defined Radios
  • High-Altitude Balloons
  • Portable and Mobile stations
  • Emergency Communications
  • Fox-hunting

Purchase your tickets today online at www.hamxposition.org

Kids Day – Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kids talking to Kids

Time: 2:00 PM ET to 7:59 PM ET [1800Z to 2359Z]

Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 , 2-m repeaters (with permission of owner)

ARRL Kids Day Phone 1st Exchange: Name, age, QTH, favorite color
Following exchanges can include favorite hobbies, sports, movies pets, and so on.

For complete information, including online certificate, see www.arrl.org/kids-day

SEMARA Contest College – Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

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.

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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