International Grid Chase 2018

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,says the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase.  The year-long operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be eligible for award credit, however.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there.

Once approved to use either 630 meters, 2200 meters, or both, US radio amateurs must adhere to the FCC rules regarding the use of those bands.

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Veterans Day – November 11, 2017

Nov 8-Nov 13, 0000Z-2359Z, N5VET, 14.267 14.045 7.185 7.040, Cleburne, TX. Club KC5NX.
QSL: Jay Stanfield, WB5UDA, 9200 Summit Ct W, Cleburne, TX 76033.

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1423Z-1423Z, K8V, 14.280 14.090 14.040 7.230, Iron Mountain, MI. Mich-A-Con ARC.
Certificate & QSL: Thomas Martin, 812 West B St., Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Requests with SASE.  www.qsl.net/ka1ddb

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1600Z-1800Z, W5H, 14.240 14.040 7.195 7.035, Broken Arrow, OK. Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Club.
Certificate: Wayne Hartsfield, 11106 S. 250th E. Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74014.
QSL Card on request: w5drz.org

Nov 11, 1500Z-2200Z, W0FSB, 21.240 14.240 7.240, Waterloo, IA. Five Sullivan Brothers Amateur Radio Club.
Certificate & QSL: Five Sullivan Brothers ARC, 3186 Brandon Diagonal Blvd, Brandon, IA 52210.
For QSL card: Send card and #10 SASE, address label and 3 Forever stamps.
For eQSL & Certificate: Send eQSL, email w0fsb@outlook.com to request a .jpg file of the certificate that you can print yourself. www.qrz.com/db/w0fsb

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 78th Anniversary

Nov 7-Nov 13, 0000Z-0000Z, W2ANQ, 18.120 14.220 7.190 3.890, Freeport, NY. USCG Auxiliary Station Jones Beach.
QSL: William Dahl, 3813 Verleye St, Seaford, NY 11783. Direct only SASE. wdahl@optonline.net or www.qrz.com/db/w2anq

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1723Z-1723Z, N6C, 14.327 7.227, Alameda, CA. Coast Guard Island Amateur Radio Club (CGIARC).
QSL: Eric Simmons, 237 Redwood Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954. Most operations will be on Nov. 11, 2017. www.w6nmc.org

Nov 10-Nov 12, 0400Z-0359Z, W1HKB1QXJ. 28.425 21.310 14.290 7.175, Elkins, NH.
QSL: Bill, Hopwood, P.O.Box 272, Elkins, NH 03233.

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1400Z-2300Z, W1G. 28.330 21.330 14.270 14.060, Gloucester, MA. US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 1-NR, Division 04, Flotilla 06 CAPE ANN.
QSL: Gardner H. Winchester II, 62 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA 01930. https://www.facebook.com/uscga.capeann

Nov 10-Nov 12, 0000Z-2359Z, K1H28.480 14.250 7.195 3.820. East Freetown, MA. US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
QSL: Paul G. Sadeck, 90 Doctor Braley Rd., East Freetown, MA 02717. read more

MARS-Hams Interoperability Exercise November 4-6

Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part in a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6.

The scenerio: a massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and internet connectivity.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5,330.5 kHz) on Saturday, 0300 to 0315 UTC.

Amateur Radio operators should monitor an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB, 1600 to 1615 UTC.

“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a “very bad day” scenario.

For more information or questions about this exercise, contact Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, englishp@hotmail.com

Join the Solar Eclipse QSO Party!

21 Aug 2017 1400 – 2200 UTC
CW, PSK, RTTY, Phone, & WSPR
Full Rules: http://hamsci.org/seqp
Ham Radio-Eclipse Info: http://hamsci.org/eclipse

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to contests or QSO parties.

Data will be collected from

Provide the QSO and spot data to the researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech for their study of eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

Let us know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. To do this, visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page at hamsci.org/seqp-prereg. We look forward to hearing you on the air!

73, Nathaniel W2NAF

Sky and Telescope is sponsoring another opportunity using AM radios. See the link below for all details, including preferred AM stations to monitor during the passage of the moon’s shadow during the (partial) solar eclipse.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/2017-total-solar-eclipse/how-to-hear-the-solar-eclipse/

 

2017 RTTY Rookie Roundup!

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1800 UTC – 2359 UTC.

    This 6-hour event is designed for newcomers. Rookies attempt to make as many contacts as possible during the contest period.  Rookies can work everyone – and non-Rookies can work only Rookies.

Non-Rookies call “CQ R” on RTTY and your “check” is the year you were first licensed, e.g. 10.

Hope to work you on the air!

Are you a Rookie?

  • Were you first licensed in 2017, 2016 or 2015? YES — you are a Rookie and your “check” is 17, 16, or 15.
  • Were you licensed before 2015; but you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2017, 2016 or 2015 ? YES — you are a Rookie and your “check” is 17.
  • If you haven’t made any contacts using the RTTY mode in a contest before this RTTY Rookie Roundup contest then, YES — you are Rookie and your “check” is 17.

You are a Rookie for just one year.

RTTY Activity: Look in and around these frequency ranges: 3.580-3.585, 7.080-7.085, 14.080-14.085, 21.080-21.085, and 28.080-28.085 MHz.

Exchange: Call sign of station worked, your call sign, your first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed (“check”) and state.
Examples: Remember RTTY is ALL CAPS.

NØAX DE KB1QAW CAROL 08, CT
KX9X DE VE7XYZ DAVE 07 BC
KD2ABC DE XE1KK RAMON 96 XE1
KG6PQR DE JH4NMT TOSHI 75 DX

Complete Rules, 5. Scoring: See <http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup>.

Deadline to submit scores: 23:59:59 UTC Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Submit your score on the Rookie Roundup page <http://www.b4h.net/arrlrr/index.php>
hosted by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM.

Abstracted from “ARRL Rookie Roundup” webpage by Bob, K1KVV

 

 

Call up for K2H — 13 Colonies S/E

13 Colonies 2017 CertificateLooking for a few good operators — Sign up today!

This Year’s Event Dates and Times
July 1st– 9AM EST to July 6th– Midnight EST
(July 1, 2017-1300 UTC to July 7, 2017-0400 UTC)

13 Colonies is an annual event [not a contest] held during the 4th of July Week. Those who participate try to make contact(s) with all 13 Colony Special Event Stations [K2A, … , K2M] and the 2 Bonus Stations [WM3PEN & GB13COL].

You do not need to make contact with all 13 to get the certificate. Getting all 13 + the 2 Bonus is known as a Clean Sweep. Use the link here for information on each Original 13 Colony State, and the two Bonus Stations. Good Luck and see you in the pile up’s!

The 13 Colonies Event has TWO Bonus Stations:

  • WM3PEN will participate from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. Visit the WM3PEN page for details on this station
  • GB13COL  will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have an endorsement of the “British Standard” for a Contact with GB13COL. Visit the GB13COL page for details on this station.

Volunters: If you wish to participate as a 13 Colonies S/E K2H operator from Massachusetts, contact either SEMARA or the coordinator for Massachusetts.

All others should contact email Ken Villone (KU2US) at dentron1@yahoo.com. He will forward your request to the appropriate state manager for consideration. The only requirement is that you must be a General class or higher and be willing to put in some serious operating time.

Spotting: If you work a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it for others. We suggest DX Summit.

The 13 Colonies Special Event is a not for profit event. All donations are used to fund the next year’s event, and to defray any expenses occurred. All donations are used for operating costs, supplies, equipment, and 13 Colony Group initiatives. Donation is voluntary. If you have difficulty with a donation, tell us on your log sheet, and we will send you the certificate earned-No Questions Asked!.

Kids Day — Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC [2 PM] through 2359 UTC [11:59 PM].
Operate as much or as little as you like.

Suggested initial exchange: 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.

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

Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs.

You may also use your favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor).

Kids Day Certificate of Participation:
All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download this certificate and  complete it with the participant’s name and date of the contact.
Kids Day Survey:
Fill out the survey to share your Kids Day experience.

All the details and forms are at:
http://www.arrl.org/kids-day

Tech Talk – A One Transistor Marvel Transceiver

[UPDATE] At the June 1st Business Meeting, Joe Tavares, KC1BGF, will give a Tech Talk on the “One Transistor Marvel” transceiver. It is a Dave Ingram K4TWJ design that Joe found in a QRP builders book.

The circuit is a one transistor crystal-controlled CW transceiver. The oscillator puts out about 200 mW in the 40-meter band. On receive, a hi-Z crystal earphone across the emitter resistor picks up signals that beats with the oscillator.

This is basically a crystal set with a BFO.

When the code key is pressed, it becomes a transmitter and transmits on 40-meters.

It can be connected to a full size 40 meter antenna. A one or two foot length of wire will work just fine for experimenting.

Shown in the upper right is a pi network you can add to the transceiver.  Its function is to filter out unwanted frequencies.  IJoewill eventually add one to his unit but it will work without it.  Joe needs to find the right toroid to wind the coil for 40 meters.  Joe’s unit is built into an Altoids case.

Joe found that when he connected the earphone, the transmitter won’t work.  He then decoupled the earphone with a 10 uH coil in series with the earphone; and the transmitter started working again.  He figured it would have a high reactance to RF; but it does allow audio to the earphone.  That is the only change he made to the circuit.  Joe hopes his addition doesn’t cause the oscillator to chirp.

These are the values for the pi network:

40 m   470pf    16t  #28 wire on T-50-2 toroid
30 m   330pf    13t  #28
20 m  .220pf    12t  #28

 

Joe Tavares, KC1BGF

Technician, General & Extra Licensing Classes

Three Different Licensing Classes

  1.  Nashua Radio Club — Amateur Extra Class
    April 28-30, 2017
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
    2300 Southwood Drive
    Nashua, NH.
    You can find more information at <http://n1fd.org/license-classes/>.
  2.  Genesis ARS — General License Class
    May 13 and 20, 2017
    Plymouth Airport
    Genesis ARS meeting room
    Contact: Chris N1IR, <chrisjohnson2003@gmail.com>
  3. Cape Ann ARA — Tech-in-a Day Class
    May 13, 2017
    Contact: Rick Mayberry <rmaybury@ppg-i.com>