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!.

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.

Details and Forms

New England QSO Party – May 6-7, 2017

The New England QSO Party will be held on May 6th and 7th, 2017.

Saturday 4:00 PM EDT to Sunday 1:00 AM  EDT
Sleep for 8 hours;
Sunday 9:00 AM EDT to Sunday 8:00 PM 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.

Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.

For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.

Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.

We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.   Will you be QRV?   Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to – info [at] neqp [dot] org.

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.  Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.   It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.

It’s less than a month until the 2017 NEQP!   Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.

Thanks,
73,
Tom, K1KI

Maritime Radio Day 2017

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 – January 18, 2017

Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z

W1AA – 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.

Links of Interest:

Submitted by: Whitey, K1VV

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