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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 television news report and a more extensive and detailed October 3 Dayton Daily News article, that Hamvention might move from Hara Arena as early as next year. Tiderman characterized the reports “all speculation and rumor.”

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 spiders....

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


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, 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 2011.
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 87th birthday.


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.


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 a surprise.”

She said even the license search function was only working sporadically. Stay tuned. And continue to stand by.


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.


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 http://www.rsgb.org/ar-survey

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.


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 cubesats@esa.int.

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 cqp.org/


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 parachutes.

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.



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.


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.



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.


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 protection film.

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 surprise!"

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 Exercise

A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (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 Defense.

“The exercise 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 Radio community.”

CMEs are huge explosions of gas, plasma, and electromagnetic 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 terrestrial communication and electrical power infrastructure.

English said the November would simulate a radio blackout as well as infrastructure 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 told ARRL.

Training objectives for this exercise will include understanding what a CME is and how much forecast lead time can be expected; the effects associated with a CME, and what precautions radio 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 involve “interoperation with Amateur Radio operators and groups to assist in assessment.

Amateur Radio operators, ARES, and RACES are encouraged to participate in this exercise. Contact MARS and provide your contact information, if your organization group is interested.  ARRL


New England Hams you might run across on 3864 or 3910.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
NIEDU- Dave.... ex-Asst. manager at HRO's Salem store and for some unknown reason rides his cycle year round..
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..

K1JEK-Joe.........Easy going, can be found at every ham flea market in New England ...Cobra Antenna builder..
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike- claims to have been abducted by aliens......Temper!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
WB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...

Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......claims to an appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session

Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on 20 meters..........