S/E Station K7Z for Zane Grey’s Birthday

Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872.  Members of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be active from January 28th to the 31st to celebrate his birthday.  They will use the special event call sign K7Z.  Members will be operating from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.

Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments.  Like Us?  Spot Us!  A special QSL card will be available for the event.

Complete details at can be found here.

Submitted by: Bruce Sperka, AD7MM – bsperka [at] gmail [dot] com

Special Canadian Call Sign Prefixes

Special call sign prefixes celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has secured permission for all Canadian radio amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation during 2017.

Starting on January 1, 2017, radio amateurs and clubs with:

  • VA-prefix call signs may use CF
  • VE-prefix call signs may use CG
  • VO-prefix call signs may use CH
  • VY-prefix call signs may use CI

Use of the special prefixes is optional, and Canadian radio amateurs may choose if and when to use the special prefix at any time during 2017.

VY1AAA, the Yukon Canam Contest Club, will use the special call sign XK150YUKON from January 1 until March 1.  For the rest of 2017, VY1AAA will operate using either CI1AAA or VY1AAA.

FARA 2-Meter QSO Party – January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017
Two operating periods – 1500 to 1700  &  1900 to 2100 EST.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another
2-meter QSO Party this January.  The first of these was held in 2010 and
was well received.  The event is open to all those in Eastern MA.  The
time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest.

Details can be found here on the FARA web site.

Submitted by: Jim, WA1GPO

SSTV Transmissions From The ISS – December 8th & 9th

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9.  The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC.  These times correspond to passes over Moscow, Russia.  ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180 formats.

The ISS Fan Club website can show when the space station is within range of your station.  On Windows PCs, the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal.  On Apple iOS devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.

SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 3rd

2016-11-07SKYWARN Recognition Day will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 00:00 to 00:00 UTC.

This is the day when Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world.  The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations.  It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.  The event is co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service.

Full details are available on the NOAA website.

Special Event Station WØJH – November 4th-6th

 

2016-11-02Hello, Handiham members!

This coming weekend a special station will be on the air.
“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Station WØJH
Nov 4-6, 2016

Handiham affiliated club, the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA), will be operating to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Using the club’s call sign, WØJH, around 20 SARA members will operate from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (ARLHS USA 783) in Lake County, MN.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of ship’s mysterious sinking and our twelfth year of operating this Special Event. Join us in Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew by making contact with WØJH! A certificate is available.

WØJH Operating Schedule
Friday, Nov. 4 (Setup starting around 12:00 noon CT) with operation from ~3:00 pm – 5:30 pm CT
Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Time)

Frequencies of Operation
3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360, 28.360 MHz (+/- QRM)

Midwest/local stations should look for us on the 75m and 40m bands in the early morning and late afternoon.

We will have a station working PSK31.
Look for WØJH (070 #1905) around 3.580, 7.070, 14.070 and 21.070.

Full story and details about certificate are available on the Radio Ham website.

73 de Pat WAØTDA
Patrick Tice – wa0tda [at] arrl [dot] net

Seeking Ops for 13 Colonies S/E Station K2H

2016-05-13July 1, 2016 (9 am EDT) to July 6, 2016 (12 Midnight EDT)
(July 1, 1300 UTC to July 7, 0400 UTC)

I’m seeking operators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for Massachusetts.

Please let all members of our club know about this opportunity. I can add both W1AEC and [W1AEC station not available] home station operators to the official W1AEC / SEMARA operators list.

Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an operator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact the other 13 Colonies S/E stations to earn your own endorsements.

You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a wire antenna. You can work as many or few hours as you wish during the week. Each operator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each operator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator and QSO totals to KU2US, event organizer.

More details and the 2016 Operating Guidelines will be available shortly. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for more info. There you can then click on Massachusetts / K2H for other details.

Note: this event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.

Contact me if you would like to participate and/or if you need more information, etc.

— 73 de Bob K1KVV

radioevents [at] semara [dot] org

Annual “Santa Net” on 3916 kHz

2015-12-11The annual “Santa Net” is conducted every night at 8:30 PM ET (01:30 UTC) on 3916 kHz LSB until Christmas. Get your kids, grand-kids or neighbor’s kids on the air third-party and talk with Santa at the North Pole via amateur radio! The Santa Net is held every year before Christmas on the 75-meter ham band.