SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 2, 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000Z until 2400Z (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).  During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather (rainy, windy, partially cloudy, etc.) with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters.  Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

Credit: The ARES E-Letter – November 15, 2017

Veterans Day Radio Events – November 11, 2017

11/8 – 11/13, 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.

11/10 – 11/12, 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

11/10 – 11/12, 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

11/11, 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 [at] outlook [dot] com to request a .jpg file of the certificate that you can print yourself.
www.qrz.com/db/w0fsb

11/11, 1500Z-2100Z
K0KBX, 7.280 14.250
Vinton, IA
Benton County Amateur Radio Group
Certificate: Email your contact info to Jerry k0kbx [at] gmail [dot] com; certificate via return email.

11/11, 1800Z-2359Z
N9V, 14.275 7.225; 147.315
Indianapolis, IN
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club
K9DC Rptr; IRLP 9735 EchoLink *CrossRds* Conf Node.
Certificate & QSL: Send a 9×12 SASE to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, c/o The American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.legion.org/hamradio

11/11 – 11/12, 1400Z-2100Z
NB9QV, 14.240 7.250
Manitowoc, WI
USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club
QSL: Fred Neuenfeldt, W6BSF, 4932 So. 10th St., Manitowoc, WI 54220
www.qrz.com/db/nb9qv

11/11, 1700Z-2359Z
NI6IW, 14.320 7.250
PSK31 on 14.070 D-STAR on REF001C, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship
QSL: USS Midway cv-41 COMEDTRA, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 78th Anniversary

11/7 – 11/13, 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.
www.qrz.com/db/w2anq

11/10 – 11/12, 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

11/10 – 11/12, 0400Z-0359Z
W1H, KB1QXJ. 28.425 21.310 14.290 7.175
Elkins, NH
QSL: Bill, Hopwood, P.O. Box 272, Elkins, NH 03233

11/10 – 11/12, 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

11/10 – 11/12, 0000Z-2359Z
K1H, 28.480 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

11/10 – 11/12, 1400Z-2200Z
N4Z, 14.250 7.200
Anderson, SC
US CG Auxiliary Flotilla 25 Hartwell Lake
QSL: Joseph Mracna, 113 Abaco Ln, Seneca, SC 29672
http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-02-05

11/10 – 11/13, 1200Z-0000Z
K2D,14.260 7.235
Blackwood, NJ
QSL: Rick Tighe, 210 Hillcrest Ave, Blackwood, NJ 08012

11/10 – 11/12, 0000Z-2000Z
K9C, 14.200 7.200 28.400
Champaign, IL
USCG AUX FLOTILLA 4
QSL: Marlin Luhrsen, 2508 Bernice, Champaign, IL 61822

11/11 – 11/12, 1402Z-1402Z
W8E, 7.234
Loveland, OH
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Certificate: Dave Stroup, 6138 Misty Creek Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

11/11 – 11/12, 1400Z-2200Z
K3G, 28.330 21.330 14.270 7.270
Media, PA
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
QSL: Daniel F. Amoroso, 196 Dam View Drive, Media, PA 19063

11/11, 0000Z-2359Z
N4U,14.070
Benton, KY
QSL: Via Bureau or Mary Husfield, KC4TIE, 4156 Barge Island Rd, Benton, KY 42025

 

MARS Interoperability Exercise – November 4-6, 2017

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

The scenario: 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 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

2017 Jamboree on the Air/Internet (JOTA/JOTI)

Help support this worldwide
on-the-air and on-the internet Jamboree.  Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held 10/20/2017 noon through 10/22/2017 11:55 PM EDT.

JOTA, The world’s largest Scouting event is held annually over the third full weekend in October.  Amateur Radio links Scouts with other Scouts and hams, locally and worldwide.  According to the World Scout Bureau, the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.

Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is designed for participating via VoIP.  Two conference nodes now have been designated for Scout contacts on EchoLink.  They are *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996).  Visit the K2BSA Radio Scouting page for more information on frequencies, including D-STAR, DMR and IRLP.

This is a good time to step up to this challenge.

Join the Solar Eclipse QSO Party!

Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1400 to 2200 UTC
CW, PSK, RTTY, Phone & WSPR

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.  We look forward to hearing you on the air!

Submitted by: Nathaniel, W2NAF

Additional Note:

Sky and Telescope is sponsoring another opportunity using AM radios, including preferred AM stations to monitor during the passage of the moon’s shadow during the (partial) 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.
  • Haven’t made any contacts using the RTTY mode in a contest before this RTTY Rookie Roundup contest?  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 & Information: ARRL Rookie Roundup page.

Deadline to Submit Scores: 23:59:59 UTC Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Submit your score on the Rookie Roundup page, hosted by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM.

Credit: “ARRL Rookie Roundup” page, retrieved  8/10/2017

Call Up for 13 Colonies Event – July 1-6, 2017

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.

Volunteers:  If you wish to participate as a 13 Colonies S/E K2H operator from Massachusetts, contact either <radioevents [at] semara [dot] org> or the coordinator for Massachusetts <ka1jbe [at] hotmail [dot] com>.

All others should contact email Ken Villone (KU2US) at <dentron1 [at] yahoo [dot] 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!.