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>

 

New England QSO Party

New England QSO Party on May 6th and 7th, 2017

Saturday 4pm EDT to Sunday 1am  EDT
sleep for 8 hours;
Sunday 9am EDT to Sunday 8pm EDT

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.

The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections: 4pm Saturday thru 1am Sunday, and 9am Sunday thru 8pm Sunday. read more

MRD 2017 – MARITIME RADIO DAY

MARITIME RADIO DAY – http://www.trafficlist.net/mrd/

Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT to 15th April 22.00 GMT
Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
Mode: CW only

Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship, aircraft,or maintenance company QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal, QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a TR, msg and/or a QTC if you like.

Whitey  K1VV/NJPJ 

W1AA/MSC: International Marconi Day – Jan. 18, 2017

Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z

W1AA / MSC – The Marconi Radio Club will represent the 1901 Marconi Shore Station “MSC” in Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.

We will NOT operating from Nantucket Island as the 1901 “MSC” location is now on private property and inaccessible.

KM1CC – The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will have two stations active for International Marconi Day.

During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic’. Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy.

DX QSL via the W1 Bureau; Stateside QSL via K1VV with a #10 Business size envelope SASE.

For Information – https://www.qrz.com/lookup/km1cc

Marconi Station Cape Cod History:
https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/marconi-beach.htm

“MSC” Marconi 1901 Station History:
https://www.nha.org/history/hn/HN-fall90-wireless.htm

(Submitted by Whitey K1VV)

Starts Jan. 11: Technician Class at Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC offers a Technician Class:

Classes starts on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.
Classes are held in Conference Room A,B,C at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital. It will run for 9 weeks and will end with a test session.

There is no cost for the class; but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00.

To sign up, email Gary – KB1KA at kb1ka@cox.net.

(Adopted from EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION NEWS – January 2017)