Straight Key Night

Held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.

telegraph key

This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

    All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.

   Entries for Straight Key Night must be received by January 31. Votes for ‘Best Fist’ and “Most Interesting QSO” will be tabulated and included in the results.

Send your information to straightkey@arrl.org
or by mail to

ARRL Straight Key Night
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111

January 1, 2022: Kids Day

Kids Day this time around is on New Year’s Day. It always runs from 2:00pm ET through 7:59pm ET [1800 UTC through 2359 UTC].

Twice a year, in January and June, Kids Day is an ARRL event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share your excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

Operate as much or as little as you like. If you have no kids at your mike, wait until several “CQ Kids Day” calls go unanswered allowing a generous pause to allow other kids to respond. Then you may answer the CQ.

Remember this is a kids event, not a contest. Don’t be too brief, make the kids at the other end feel at ease. Stick to the initial script, that’s what they are working from, so you should too.

Scripts

Initial script:
1. Call “CQ Kids Day.”
2.Exchange nameagelocale (in the park), town (New Bedford), county (Bristol), state (MA), and favorite color (black, green, red, etc.).
3. It’s okay to work the same station again, if an operator has changed on either side of the QSO.

  • Other items
  • Exchange Grade in school
  • Best subject/favorite teacher
  • Favorite indoor/outdoor activities
  • Let them “rag-chew” as much or as little as they want.
  • Tell them about the equipment that is being used, not too much unless they ask for more
  • Close by saying “Goodbye, nice talking with you” or the like.

Suggested Frequencies

  • 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
  • 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
  • 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
  • 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
  • 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
  • 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
  • 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
  • 2 meter simplex or repeaters (with the permission of the repeater’s sponsor)

Control operators remember to observe third-party rules when making contacts with stations outside the US.

More Information

This is a fabulous way to celebrate the special bond between generations. Kids Day is a great opportunity to open the doors of your station and let the youngsters take the “Big Chair.” Let them find stations they hear or work on a map, color in a map of states worked, or help them to build something.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the ARRL Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator.

Alternatively, you can send a 9” x 12” SASE (with your or the kids’) address to:
Kids Day Certificate Request
ARRL
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111

For more information click here.

Volunteers Needed: JOTA @ SEMARA — October 15th ‐ 17th

SEMARA member Doug, KC1NFL has put out a call for volunteers this weekend, Friday, October 15th through Sunday, October 17th, 2021 for the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Doug: dwbelcher [at] comcast [dot] net.

Good Morning,

This coming weekend 10/15-17 is the Scouting World Wide Jamboree on The Air and Internet.  There will be Scouts from all over the World tying to connect with each other.  Are there any members who would be able to help me get the Scouts on the Air this Friday from 5-8 at the club?  I will also be having a Zoom session with Rob Macedo [KD1CY] to go over SKYWARN, ARES and RACES.  I’m hoping to get some new Hams out of this by offering Baofang HTs to any Scout that gets their Tech license.

73!
Doug Belcher
KC1NFL

Email sent to the SEMARA Members Discussion Mailing List from member Doug, KC1NFL.

RAC Canada Day Contest — July 1st

Radio Amateurs of Canada Invites Participation in the RAC Canada Day Contest.

Help Canada celebrate its birthday on the air during the RAC Canada Day Contest on Thursday, July 1 — just a few days ahead of Independence Day in the US. Canada Day is the anniversary of Canada’s confederation, when the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united into the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. The RAC Contest Committee is asking all participants in the 2021 Canada Day Contest to follow guidelines provided by the government and by health officials in their respective areas for any multioperator categories.

The Canada Day Contest begins on July 1, 0000 UTC (the evening of Wednesday, June 30, in North American time zones) and continues through 2359 UTC. Bands include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, CW and phone (SSB, FM, AM, etc.).

Stations in Canada send signal report plus province or territory. VE0s and stations outside Canada send a signal report and a serial number.

Stations may be worked once on each mode on each of the available bands. Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories serve as multipliers for the event.

ARRL CONTEST SUMMARY 29 Apr-12 May 2021

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Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test

 

The US Department of Defense will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band Test, Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, in recognition of Armed Forces Day on May 15. The event is open to all radio amateurs. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this exercise, designed to include amateur radio and government radio operators alike.

The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military and amateur radio stations, as authorized under FCC Part 97 rules. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly controlled exercise in which military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific amateur radio frequencies being monitored.

The schedule of military/government stations taking part in the Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test and information on the AFD message is available on the MARS website at, http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021.

Complete the request form to obtain a QSL card at, http://www.usarmymars.org/events.

World Amateur Radio Day: April 18

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 0000 UTC thru Monday, April 19, 2021, 0000 UTC

ARRL wishes all of our members and friends a very happy World Amateur Radio DaySunday, April 18! Join us in celebrating the global community of radio amateurs who explore, develop, and enjoy radio communication. Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air on April 18 from ARRL Headquarters in Connecticut. World Amateur Radio Day celebrates the 1925 founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as its theme for this year’s anniversary.

World Amateur Radio Day, held on April 18 each year, is celebrated worldwide by radio amateurs and their national associations which are organized as member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim was its first president.

Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short-wave spectrum could support long-distance radio signal propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to promote the interests of amateur radio worldwide and to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges. Today, the IARU is a federation consisting of more than 160 national amateur radio organizations in as many countries and separate territories. The International Secretariat of the IARU is ARRL, the national association for amateur radio® in the United States.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to show our skills and capabilities to the public.

IARU has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, Sunday, April 18, 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our physical distancing to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, amateur radio stands out as welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities – even helping overcome online fatigue and social isolation. The amateur radio community has organized “wellness nets” to keep amateurs in touch and check on those who may be higher risk or elderly, “stay safe” special event stations across the globe, and has encouraged generally higher levels of on air activity.

For its part, ARRL has accelerated new opportunities for its members to connect and learn through the ARRL Learning Network webinar series, and temporary rule changes to popular on-air events to encourage greater individual and at-home participation. Over the last year, many ARRL-affiliated radio clubs and in-person ham radio events moved their activities online. These efforts have all ensured that radio amateurs remain active and involved throughout our common pursuit of skill, service, and discovery in radio communications and radio technology.

How: World Amateur Radio Day is not a contest but rather an opportunity to “talk” about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow amateur colleagues. It is also a great opportunity to talk about your radio club and amateur radio in local media as a lead-up to ARRL Field Day (held each year during the fourth full weekend in June) and another ham radio related activity in your community – such as volunteers who serve in local emergency communication readiness including the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.

Here are just a few ways to participate in, and promote, World Amateur Radio Day:

  • Get a station on the air! Create your own personal “event” to talk about amateur radio to others, including family and friends.
  • Find out more about World Amateur Radio Day by checking the IARU website and other Resources listed below.
  • Create and hold a special net or on-air event on World Amateur Radio Day to raise the level of attention for the celebration, and to encourage other hams to talk about our hobby. Consider creating and offering a commemorative certificate for contacting your special activation. It can be an electronic one as these are cost effective.
  • ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB is also Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 1800 to 2359 UTC. The contest is aimed at hams licensed for three years or less. Use the opportunity to wish participants “Happy World Amateur Radio Day 2021” on the air.
  • Get the word out! If you are an ARRL Public Information Coordinator, Public Information Officer, or responsible for radio club publicity, send a press release and conduct some public relations outreach to highlight the day and/or events. Use the IARU theme for 2021 to create a relevant, powerful, and contemporary message. Talk about all of the activities radio amateurs have continued to support during the pandemic, and how amateur radio serves our communities. Find recent examples of amateur radio in-the-news at www.arrl.org/media-hits.
  • Promote your personal World Amateur Radio Day activity(ies) on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay. Make sure you send it to various clubs, reflectors, and media.

Join us in celebrating World Amateur Radio Day and all the ways amateur radio brings us together!

W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days
1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWs Wed, Fri
1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWf Tue, Thu

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWs Tue, Thu
2100 UTC (5 PM ET) CWb Daily
2200 UTC (6 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
2300 UTC (7 PM ET) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
2300 UTC (7 PM ET) CWf Tue, Thu
0000 UTC (8 PM ET) CWb Daily
0100 UTC (9 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
0145 UTC (9:45 PM ET) VOICE Daily
0200 UTC (10 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0200 UTC (10 PM ET) CWs Tue, Thu
0300 UTC (11 PM ET) CWb Daily

Frequencies (MHz)

CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2230 UTC (6:30 PM ET), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Thursdays and 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, and CW/digital/phone bulletins is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named “W1AWBDCT.” The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well. The CW/digital/phone audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1400 UTC to 1600 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM ET)
1700 UTC to 1945 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET)
(Station closed 1600 to 1700 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM ET))

FCC licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1400 UTC to 1600 UTC (10 AM to 12 PM ET), and then from 1700 UTC to 1945 UTC (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring a reference copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

Please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions, W1AW is not open for visitor operations at this time.

The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions. West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590 kHz.

The complete W1AW Operating Schedule may be found on page 77 in the March 2021 issue of QST or on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

MARS Communications Exercise Oct. 3 thru 26*

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers will take part in the Department of Defense (DOD) Communications Exercise 20-4, starting on October 3 and concluding on October 26.

Throughout October, MARS stations will operate on 60 meters, and WWV/WWVH will broadcast messages to the amateur radio community.

The MARS focus is interoperability with ARRL and the amateur radio community. “Throughout the month of October, MARS members will interoperate with various amateur radio organizations that will be conducting their annual simulated emergency tests with state, county, and local emergency management personnel,” said MARS Chief Paul English, WD8DBY.

MARS members will send a DOD-approved message to amateur radio organizations.”

MARS members will also train with the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) and Radio Relay International (RRI) to send ICS 213 general messages to numerous amateur radio leaders across the US.

This exercise will culminate with MARS Auxiliarists sending a number of summary messages in support of a larger DOD communications exercise taking place October 20 – 26.

*Abstracted from 09/21/2020 ARRL Announcement
“MARS Communications Exercise will Involve Amateur Radio Community

13 Colonies Special Event Week

2020 Event Stations

13 Colonies Event Week

July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight, EDT
(1300Z 1 July 2020 to 0400Z 8 July 2020)

Certificate

Only ONE 13 Colonies QSO gets you a certificate.

For a CLEAN SWEEP, you don’t need to work the Bonus Stations, WM3PEN & GB13COL.
[D-STAR is OK for Bonus Stations]

Working a Colony Station

Use DX Summit www.DXSummit.fi to find a 13 Colonies S/E station.

Spotting: After working a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it on DX Summit: i.e., “K2H 13 Col MA.”

Questions?
        See KU2US & www.13colonies.us.