WX4NHC Conducts Annual Station Test on May 30

2015-05-25WX4NHC, at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, conducts its annual station test on May 30, 2015, 1400 until 2200 UTC (10:00am – 6:00pm EDT).  This tests the station equipment, antennas, and computers in preparation for the 2015 hurricane season, June 1 through November 30.

The event provides practice for ham radio operators and National Weather Service (NWS) staff to become familiar with the kinds of Amateur Radio communications available during times of severe weather.

WX4NHC will make brief contacts on various bands and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather information, such as “sunny” or “rain,” with any and all stations.  WX4NHC will try to stay on the Hurricane Watch Net frequency of 14.325 MHz and announce when they QSY.  Locate WX4NHC by using a spotting network, such as DX Summit.

WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net (VoIP-WX) from 2100 until 2200 UTC and on IRLP node 9219 and EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203.

QSL cards are available via WD4R with an SASE.  Do not send cards directly to the National Hurricane Center.

~Bob K1KVV
Radio Events

Maritime Radio Day – April 14th & 15th

To all interested parties including former maritime, military and shore station radio operators:

Maritime Radio Day (MRD) runs Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1200Z (8:00 AM local time) through Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2200Z (6:00 PM local time).  MRD is held annually to commemorate the nearly 90 year era of manual maritime radio.  All operations are done in wireless telegraphy (wt).

Celebrate by taking part in this event.  More information:

MRD Web Site
MRD Registration Form

Special thank you to Whitey, K1VV for supplying SEMARA with the information.

ARRL School Club Roundup February 9-13

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station.

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station. Photo Credit: ARRL.org

School clubs are busily prepping their stations for The “Winter/Spring Term” School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 9 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 13, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate no more than 6 hours in any 24 hour period (up to a maximum of 24 hours).

The twice-yearly event is an opportunity for school club stations — from elementary school to college — to get on the air for a friendly radio activity. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate too. Sponsored by the ARRL, the ARRL Hudson Division Education Task Force, and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), the contest aims to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Stations exchange signal reports, class (“Individual,” “Club,” or “School”), and US state, Canadian province/territory, or DXCC entity. Stations may operate on all amateur bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters (no repeater contacts and VHF/UHF contacts must be on recognized simplex frequencies, except calling frequencies). Stations may operate phone, CW, and digital modes, or a combination. The most popular time for younger students is during after-school hours, but older students may be on the air anytime. All groups are limited to one transmitter on the air.

If you’d just like to get on the air and hand out contacts, enter in the Individual category. Tune around in any mode and listen for SCR stations calling CQ, or call CQ yourself and see who answers (call “CQ School Clubs,” if you are not a club station). Logs are due no more than 15 days after the operating period has ended and can be submitted online via the WA7BNM website.
The top three entries in each category — Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School College/University — will receive an Award Certificate. Non-school clubs or multiop groups and individuals are also eligible for certificates.

– The ARRL Letter for January 29, 2015

Original 13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-5

Ken Villone, KU2US of the Original 13 Colonies Special Event Group has invited SEMARA to participate in this year’s event.  So far, Ben, N1WBV has volunteered.  Please contact SEMARA’s Radio Events Chairman, Bob, K1KVV if you are also interested – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.  Here is Ken’s open invitation to SEMARA:

This is the third year that the “The Original 13 Colonies Special Event” has been on the air. We are in need of a station representing the Colony State of MA. I am extending an invitation to HR clubs in your state to possibly participate. We have one club station participating now (PART/WB1GOF) but need another. The event runs from July 1st to July 5th annually. Go to QRZ.com and look up my call bio (KU2US) for detailed information. This is an opportunity to be involved in the fastest growing and popular SE to date. In 2009 we did over 12,000 QSOs and in 2010, over 34,000! An open Colony station slot is very rare, but our other MA. station had to bow out due to personal family reasons. One criteria, operators must be General class or higher and LOVE pile-ups. Email me back if interested and I will give you all the detailed information needed.

Thanks and 73
Ken Villone-KU2US
The original 13 Colonies S/E Group
Awards Manager.

2m QSO Party – Sunday, May 30th

FARA QSO Party

For full details, check out the document above. Adobe Reader is required.

Jim, WA1GPO writes:

I’m Jim, WA1GPO, one of the directors for (FARA) the Falmouth Amateur radio association. FARA is working to encourage operators to become more active. Generally speaking the amateur bands have been ‘quiet’; this may be due to the low sunspot activity or just the pace of the world we live in, we don’t know. We’re hoping to try to generate a little interest in the local area with various ‘on the air’ activities. Everyone appears to have a 2m radio so that seems like a logical place to start.

Our first activity is a 2m QSO party, it’s on Sunday, May 30 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Sunday evenings are generally quiet so hopefully most operators will find it a convenient time. The major objective is to simply encourage folks to turn on a radio and to have a little fun!! It is a simplex (direct) style of operation, repeater contacts do not count however repeaters may be utilized to solicit simplex contacts and to generate a little more activity!!

To make it a little more interesting we’re encouraging others in the SE MA area to participate as well. I’d like to ask your assistance in spreading the word; if your group has a local net perhaps the net control could mention the activity, a few fliers at club meeting would be helpful, a mention in the club newsletter, a mailing list … the more activity we can stimulate the better.

If this activity is successful we would like to do more; different bands, modes, VHF/HF, whatever sparks an interest. Comments or suggestions would be most welcome. Please feel free to invite other groups or individuals to participate.

If there are any questions, Jim may be reached directly – jvaldes [at] whoi [dot] edu