Your telling me it is Trump vs Hillary? You gotta be shitting
me...that's the best
candidates we have in this country?
WEEKDAY EDITION: Lot's of foolish talk down here in liberal
Massachusetts about more gun control....how about the liberal judges enforcing
the f...ing rules on the books we have? ....
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Hamvention “Fully Committed” to Hold 2016 Show at
Hara Arena, General Chairman Says
Dayton Hamvention® General Chairman Jim Tiderman,
N8IDS, is downplaying talk arising from an October 2
and a more
extensive and detailed October 3 Dayton Daily
, that Hamvention might
move from Hara Arena as early as next year. Tiderman
characterized the reports “all speculation and
WEEKEND EDITION: Doesn't look like great weather for the
weekend here in New England, no Patriots game, guess I will have to enjoy BC
football's loss to Duke...HOLY
SHIT surgery.....Everything you wanted to know about
Pope Francis Visit Amateur Radio Special Events Log
More Than 26,000 Contacts
Jim Nitzberg, WX3B, has reported that the recent
multi-station special event operation logged more
than 26,000 contacts, with a few reports still
outstanding. Nitzberg announced the tally when
thanking operators for participating “in this
historic and fun
event.” The majority of
contacts were made on HF — especially on 20 and 40
meters — but several contacts also took place on
satellites, Earth-Moon-Earth, repeaters, and even
through IRLP and Echolink.
“We had participation
from New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Maryland,
Pennsylvania — including Philadelphia, where the
World Meeting of Families took place — Virginia and
Delaware,” Nitzberg said. “Many thanks to all that
were involved in the various aspects of leading,
organizing and producing this event. It truly was a
team effort and an example of Amateur Radio
cooperation at its finest.” ARRL
WES SCHUM DEATH/TRIBUTE
The man who could be called the father of single sideband on amateur radio is a
silent key. Wes Schum, W9DYV passed away last week at the age of 94.
Wes Schum founded Central Electronics in 1949, the first product that Central
Electronics manufactured was a hearing aid device.
But radio was what Wes envisioned for CE. He had a budding interest in
single sideband during World War II. He and colleague Joe Batchelor began
development of amateur SSB transmitters for use on 75 meters. The Central
Electronics 10-A exciter, the company's first amateur product, is credited for
being amateur radio's first practical SSB transmitter.
Wes's story is best told by those who knew him well. One of those is Nick
Tusa, K5EF. Nick shared with Ham Nation viewers how he and Wes Schum met
and struck up a decades long friendship.
PERRY WILLIAMS, SILENT KEY
Perry Williams, W1UED, a veteran ARRL staffer and the League’s former Washington
Coordinator, became a Silent Key on Sept. 25. Williams’ tenure with the League
included a stint in Washington, D.C., speaking on Capitol Hill on behalf of
amateur radio, assisting the ARRL’s general counsel, and communicating with the
FCC on behalf of the League.
The Unionville, Connecticut, ham had worked for the ARRL for four decades before
retiring in 1994, the same year he was named Dayton Hamvention’s Amateur of the
Year. In 2002, he returned as part-time archivist, a position he held until
Remarking on Williams’ decades of contributions, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ
said, QUOTE“If Perry didn’t know something about ARRL history, it wasn’t worth
knowing.”ENDQUOTE Williams died just weeks before what would have been his
If you use an arrl.net email alias and the ARR L email forwarding service, be on
the lookout for a phishing scam. A number of ARRL members have reported to the
League that they received an email from “Arrl Webmail Admin” with “account
upgrade” in the subject line. The email requests such personal information as
user names and passwords, and includes a bogus message telling the recipient
that the accounts are being removed and upgraded to an enhanced service. The
ARRL emphatically states this is not an official message and is cautioning
recipients of these emails.
Andy Shefrin, KB1YHB, the ARRL’s IT Infrastructure and Operations Manager, says:
QUOTE“The ARRL is aware of this phishing scheme and is working to block the
sender’s email address at our upstream provider. As with any emails of
unknown origin, do not open or reply.”ENDQUOTE
In short, ignore it. If you do develop problem with e-mail forwarding, contact
the ARRL IT Department. And be careful out there.
UPSET OVER THE UPGRADE
Hoping for streamlined service under the FCC’s Universal Licensing System’s
electronic batch filing, hams are growing impatient and disappointed. The FCC’s
IT staff has been looking into why, despite the website’s server switchover in
early September, recent VEC license and examination files aren’t being
processed. The ARRL’s VEC Manager, Maria Somma, AB1FM, said her office has been
pressing the FCC to correct the situation which she said came as QUOTE“a bit of
She said even the license search function was only working sporadically. Stay
tuned. And continue to stand by.
RETIRING AT 88
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, chairman of the Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station-Europe (ARISS-EU) has announced that Emanuele D’Andria, I0EL, will be
his successor. Bertels is retiring following a service that began when the ARISS
Working Group was formed 15 years ago. His contributions included the
installation of ham radio equipment and antennas on the ISS Columbus module and
the installation and commissioning of Ham TV DATV on the ISS.
ARISS members include AMSAT organizations in Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, and
the UK, and the IARU member societies in Italy, Germany, Poland, France,
Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK. IARU member
societies in Malta and Lebanon are associate members.
Bertels told the ARRL it was time to step down. He said “I’m now 88 and slowing
down a bit.
DON’T KEEP YOUR OPINION TO YOURSELF
Yes, opinions count. That’s why the Radio Society of Great Britain has invited
all licensed amateurs in the UK to go online and complete a questionnaire to
help it update the society’s strategic goals. The survey will be accessible
through Dec. 31, and the data will be published on the RSGB website with a
summary in RadCom during the first quarter of 2016. Find the questionnaire at
The CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee is also conducting a survey, mainly to
get feedback from participants in the last three years’ contests. The committee
is making the 10-minute survey available in five languages and has sent links to
it via email to any ham who submitted a log in last year’s SSB and CW events.
Deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 10
And finally, here’s one questionnaire that really paid off: K3DN, the Warminster
Amateur Radio Club in Pennsylvania, surveyed its members to get to know them
better, and recently released results of that 2015 first-quarter survey. With 81
responses out of 120 requests sent out, here’s what they learned: Most of the
club members have been licensed for more than 20 years, and nearly 60 percent of
them hold an Extra Class license. The majority of club members are older than
50, and 41 percent are retired. The survey also reported that these longtime
Warminster hams are decidedly progressive and forward-thinking. The results
showed that in addition to participating in the newer digital modes, members’
highest levels of interest were both in homebrew and new radio equipment.
DIFFERENT KIND OF CONTEST
Listen up: The European Space Agency needs your ears and they’ll make it worth
your while. The ESA is inviting hams to listen for the AAUSAT-5 CubeSat that was
built by Danish students at the University of Aalborg. The International Space
Station is expected to release the CubeSat sometime during the week of Oct. 5.
The CubeSat has been poised for its launch since it was sent up to the space
station on Aug. 19. Once it’s deployed, it will begin its transmissions, and the
race is on for hams to record them and send them on.
The first ham to record the CubeSat’s signal and send it, via email, to the
ESA’s Education Office can count on receiving a prize. They include a poster of
the AAUSAT-5 with the team members’ signatures; a scale 1:1 3-D printed model of
the satellite and what the ESA Education Office is describing as a “goodie bag.”
The satellite will transmit on 437.425 MHz using CW and GMSK. There will be a 30
WPM beacon every 3 minutes and a 9600 bps GMSK every 30 seconds.
The ESA will receive entries at email@example.com.
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
Speaking of contests, here’s an opportunity that’s Golden, in more ways than
one. The California QSO Party is marking its 50th running with a new take on the
Gold Rush on October 3 and 4. The California county-by-county challenge is
offering a commemorative coin to qualifying hams who work any combination of
special event station suffixes to spell the words “GOLD RUSH.” Those stations
would include such call signs as N6G, N6O, K6L and N6D, for example. To quality,
operators must also log at least 150 QSOs; for California hams, at least 75 of
those QSOs should be outside California.
For a more thorough explanation of the rules, visit the contest website at
The Pig has landed. That’s the report from Andrew Garratt M-ZERO-N-R-D (M0NRD)
who, as Amateur Radio Newline reported last week, launched Pinky Pig, a payload
tracker, on a high-altitude balloon at the National Hamfest in the UK. He
reports that the porker’s flight, and the flight of its backup tracker, Piglet,
were both successful, even after being scrapped for 24 hours due to a wind
delay. He writes on the website, amateurradio.com:
QUOTE “Both payload trackers worked flawlessly, PINKY the high speed RTTY
successfully sent SSDV as well as telemetry and the backup tracker PIGLET sent
the slow speed RTTY telemetry.” Not only did trackers from all over the UK as
well as France, Holland and Poland successfully connect, but Pinky and Piglet
caused quite a sensation at the Hamfest. Garratt and his family were triumphant
later as they recovered both payloads, safely back on earth, still attached to
Garratt reports QUOTE“The payloads had no damage, other than the antenna being
bent by the landing.” And there was no damage to anyone’s reputation, either.
Strong signals and a good return to earth made it clear these pigs would not be
subjected to gentle teasing and would even be spared some ribs.
(SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS)
HE DIDN’T NEED ANY JUMPER WIRES
Mark Meltzer, AF6IM, may have felt a kinship with Pinky and Piglet on September
20: Meltzer was in freefall 13,500 feet above Byron, California after launching
himself from a King Air 90 jumpship. He then activated two important pieces of
equipment: he deployed a 210-square-foot rectangular ram air canopy, and turned
on his chest-mounted Yaesu FT-817 – and probably in that order of priority. With
the help of a trailing wire end fed dipole antenna, Meltzer began calling on
28.425, on upper side band. He made a total of 12 contacts while enroute back to
earth, but not before switching to 2 meters on FM and grabbing a few more QSOs
enroute to the dropzone.
His jump was, however, just preparation. On Oct, 17, he’ll participate in
Parachute Mobile Mission 22 that will take place in conjunction with the ARRL
Pacifcon event in San Ramon CA.
RUSSIAN DIGITAL CHALLENGE
Operators using RTTY and BPSK63 can expect to be kept busy on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4,
as the Russian Digital Radio Club World Wide Digital Contest gets under way.
QSOs on QRP should not exceed 5 watts. According to the club’s website, one of
the contest’s main goals is to increase the popularity of digital modes for
amateur operators in Russia and to help Russian amateurs compete in these modes
at the global level. Contest participants will be working on 160 meters, 80
meters, 40 meters, 20 meters, 15 meters and 10 meters.
(RUSSIAN DIGITAL RADIO CLUB)
THE WORLD OF DX
Be listening for Andrey, RK7A, who wil be active from Morocco beginning Oct. 20
through the 27th, operating as CN2BGB. He will be on single sideband between 160
meters and 10 meters. Send QSL cards via UA6GG.
PY70FEB will operate in Brazil throughout October with a twofold purpose:
celebrating 70 years since the end of World War II, and in tribute to the
Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Italy. Modes will be CW, digital and single
side band. Please send direct QSLs to PS7AB with $2, or by bureau, eQSL and
Logbook of the World.
There are also a couple of good DX opportunities during the upcoming the CQ
WorldWide DX Contest on single sideband on Oct. 24 and 25:
The callsign 9K2HN will be active in Kuwait during the contest, with a number of
operators working the bands. You can send QSL cards via 9K2HN, by the Bureau,
direct or Logbook of the World.
During that same contest, listen for the members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio
Union (URA)," who will be active once again as C37NL. They are working as a
Multi-Multi entry. QSLs can be sent via C37URA or by the Bureau.
KICKER: YOU THINK YOU HAD A BAD DAY?
As radio amateurs, many of us all understand all too well the challenges of
putting up and maintaining a tower. But some listeners to a professional radio
station in Oklahoma got a rude reception on Sept. 23 when the tower of radio
station KGUY, 91.3 FM, took a tumble.
Not on its own, thankfully – but at the hands of a tower crew from American
Tower Corporation, which took the broadcaster’s tower down without first
notifying the station it had arrived to do the work.
Dale Bolton, the public radio station’s director of programming and operations,
said a crew had been hired because the 418-foot tower had been standing at an
odd angle and was in need of repairs for safety reasons. But, Bolton adds, the
timing came as a total surprise. He said QUOTE“it would have been nice if we
were able to give our listeners notice.”ENDQUOTE
Instead, the tower came down, crashing into the satellite dish and brushing the
station building before landing in an open field -- right in the middle of a
classical music program. It knocked the station off the air, sending anxious
listeners to the phones.
Perhaps, though, the listeners should not have been so shocked. According to an
online account from Wireless Estimator, music fans might have been tipped off by
the playlist, saying the tower’s dismantling was QUOTE“perhaps timed perfectly
by the tower techs for it to pancake upon the earth a t the end of Siegfried’s
funeral march blasting from their crew cab.”ENDQUOTE
For a limited time only, colour versions of the ID-51E PLUS
Such was the success of the 50th anniversary editions of Icom’s D-STAR
handportable that Icom has decided to produce a new range of this model,
comparable with the features of the ID-51E PLUS.
The new limited edition colour versions of the ID-51E PLUS, which were shown for
the first time at the Tokyo Hamfair 2015 are now available for sale. Features
for this radio include:
• RS-MS1A, Free Download Android Application
(Optional OPC-2350LU cable required)
• DV Fast Data Mode
• DV and FM Repeater Search Function
• IPX7 Waterproof construction
• Integrated GPS receiver
• D-STAR DV Mode
• Independent AM/FM Receiver
• microSD Card Slot
• Voice Memory
• Menu Driven User Interface
There are five colour variations (orange, pink, violet, yellow and black)
available for sale, each with a free matching colour carrying case with LCD
WEEKDAY EDITION: Raining today, Wednesday, and a great day to
catch up on paperwork and stuff.....
FCC IT Woes Redux — License and Exam Session Files
Not Being Processed
The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS
electronic batch filing (EBF
system hasn’t been processing any VEC license and
examination session files since early on Monday,
September 28. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM,
said her office has alerted the FCC IT staff, which
is said to be looking into the issue.
"I thought there would have been an issue after
the big website server switchover in early
September," Somma said. "This is a bit of a
Somma said the ARRL VEC contacted the W5YI-VEC,
and it has been experiencing the same issue and also
has been in contact with FCC IT staff.
Somma also said the ULS license search function “has
only been working sporadically.” ARRL
MARS Invites ARES/RACES
Participation in Coronal
Mass Ejection Disaster
A disastrous coronal
mass ejection (CME) will
be the focus of a
Auxiliary Radio System
exercise in early
November, and MARS is
hoping to collaborate
with Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES)
and Radio Amateur Civil
(RACES) groups. The MARS
exercise will get under
way on November 8 and
continue into November
10. It will be a
quarterly contingency HF
exercise in support of
the US Department of
scenario will simulate a
CME event and focus on
actions that radio
operators should take
prior to and following a
CME event,” explained
Army MARS Program
Manager Paul English,
WD8DBY. “One thing we
want to continue to work
on is the interface with
the greater Amateur
CMEs are huge
explosions of gas,
radiation from the Sun,
which are responsible
for geomagnetic storms.
Solar flares can
accompany CMEs, but they
are not the same thing.
A CME can take anywhere
from 1 day to 3 days to
reach Earth. CMEs occur
all the time, but most
bypass Earth with minor
effects. A major CME
that hits Earth directly
could damage or destroy
satellites as well as
English said the
November would simulate
a radio blackout as well
damage. “During the
exercise, we will
simulate the blackout
with a 3 hour pause, and
then we will bring
stations back on air and
begin handling requests
for information,” he
for this exercise will
what a CME is and how
much forecast lead time
can be expected; the
effects associated with
a CME, and what
operators take to
protect their equipment,
prior to a severe CME.
After the simulated
CME, operators will
assess its effects and
begin reporting that
information. This will
with Amateur Radio
operators and groups to
assist in assessment.
operators, ARES, and
RACES are encouraged to
participate in this
MARS and provide your
contact information, if
your organization group