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

Meteor Showers for Remainder of 2017

A few opportunities to try out meteor scatter communications.  JT6M is optimized for the 6-meter band; FSK441 is generally used on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter amateur bands.

The dates are only for the peak activity; meteors will be also be produced on either side of the peak dates and appear in other parts of the sky as well.

November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower
Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus.

November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower
Produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo.

December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower
Produces up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini.

December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower
Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.  Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

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.

Art Marshall, W1FJI, SK

Arthur (Art) Souza Marshall, Jr., 79 of New Bedford, Massachusetts passed away October 25th in Tallahassee, Florida due to complications following cancer surgery.

Art, W1FJI, a ham radio operator since his youth, was a member of SEMARA since 1954.  He enjoyed ham radio, making many friends and touching many lives.

Art leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Janet (Raczka) Marshall of Dartmouth, his only child Jenna (Marshall) Eddy, his son-in-law David Eddy, and his grandson Tyler Eddy, all hailing from Tallahassee, Florida.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Amateur Satellite Updates

1.  AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is now set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC.  It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.

Information on ElaNa can be found on the NASA website.

Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software.  The FoxTelem software can be downloaded from the AMSAT website.

2.  Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders, launched on June 15, were activated on October 18.  The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders:

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 144.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz.  The uplink is 435.220 MHz, the downlink is 145.870 MHz (20-kHz passband).
CAS-4B (call sign BJ1SL) has a CW telemetry beacon on 145.910 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz.  The uplink is 435.280 MHz, the downlink is 145.925 MHz (20-kHz passband).

3.  FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use.  It is a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.  The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use.

The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9600 baud with a 145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink.  Output power is 1 W, and the downlink is continuously on.  Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this time.

Additional information is available on the AMSAT website.

900 MHz Radio Assistance

I sold out the MCS2000 900 MHz radios I had purchased.  I went through each one, programming and resetting the master oscillators, checking power out and receive sensitivity.

I’ve attach my note which was posted on the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) website, which has more information on 900 MHz.  Also, find an up-to-date listing of local 900 MHz repeaters and a figure that shows the MCS2000 head.

Contact me if anyone at SEMARA needs help with re-programming and such, of 900 MHz rigs.

73, Jim WA1GPO
valdes.james.r [at] gmail [dot] com
508-498-0715

Next VE Session – October 7, 2017

VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF. He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.