WEEKEND EDITION: I am trying to remote a Icom
7000 using the Icom software, got everything to work
except 2/440 meters, can't get it to change tones or
+/-....driving me fricken nuts Remoting is not
for the weak at heart or those without
patience.....New England Nearfest this weekend,
checking the weather, I have to deliver an amplifier
that I sold....
WHEN RADIO SCIENCE IS AN ART
STEPHEN: Already the new Radio Communication Museum
of Great Britain is finding itself involved in some
heavy duty contesting. But this competition has more
to do with art than radiosport, as Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH tells us.
JEREMY: This summer, when the new Radio
Communication Museum of Great Britain opens in Derby
in the UK, it hopes to be a winner in more ways than
one. Even before opening its doors for the first
time, the museum has already become a finalist in a
national competition that would provide the
institution with the talents of a leading
contemporary artist to create a major event on site
later this year -- an event that celebrates radio.
With so many other British museums vying for the
prize, including some in London, the decision is
being left up to the public. That puts a lot of
power in the hands of museum fans - and of course,
that means radio fans as well - especially with the
voting taking place online in just another week.
Radio amateur Stephen Haseldine, G8EBM, a Derby
businessman and museum trustee, has designed the
museum to be a showcase of amateur, military and
professional radios. Activities there will teach
visitors about the science of wireless communication
while showing them the equipment that has made it
possible through the years. General manager William
Presland said he is hoping the competition will
enable the museum to challenge the guest artist to
QUOTE "find art where there is none - in a museum of
science and technology - and present this to the
public." ENDQUOTE The contest culminates in a major
event to be held in October called the Museums at
Voting begins at 1100 UTC on Friday the 29 of April
and remains open through Saturday the 14th of May.
The website for balloting is museumsatnight.org.uk
The museum, which devotes itself to the varied uses
of radio waves through the years, is based on
Stephen Haseldine's private radio collection.
NEW JERSEY'S NIGHT FOR RADIO
STEPHEN: Any night is a good night for radio but if
you're in southern New Jersey, Thursday is an
especially good night for radio. The Ocean Monmouth
Amateur Radio Club, hosts a regularly scheduled
Radio Night Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30
p.m. local time, and welcomes newcomers. The club
itself has 70 members and is an ARRL affiliate - but
you don't have to be a club member, or even a local
ham, to get on the air with them. The club is also
preparing for its spring Tailgate Hamfest which will
take place on Saturday, May 7, at the Diana Site,
2300 Marconi Road in Wall Township, New Jersey.
(OCEAN MONMOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)
AN OLYMPIAN EFFORT IN BRAZIL
STEPHEN: The Summer Games in Rio don't include
radiosport, but things just got a little bit easier
for radio amateurs who want to travel to, and work
the bands, from Brazil. We hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
PAUL: Attending the Olympics and getting on the HF
bands from Brazil shouldn't require an Olympian
effort itself. The good news is that now it won't
come to that. It's expected to be less of a struggle
for radio amateurs to operate in Brazil during the
2016 Summer Olympics as a result of eased
restrictions on the part of the Brazilian
authorities. Regardless of whether an amateur's
country has a reciprocal agreement with Brazil,
authorizations for those hams will be simplified
thanks to an agreement between authorities and the
Brazilian Amateur Radio League, also known as LABRE.
The radio league recently received permission from
Brazil's telecommunications regulator, ANATEL, to
handle the authorizations -- and without any fees.
Interested amateurs should email the radio league a
copy of a valid passport, a copy of their amateur
radio license, a list of cities in which you plan to
operate, and on what dates, and include an email
address. The documents should be scanned and sent to
the radio league via email at email@example.com.
When the paperwork arrives, you should be able to
dive right in. Just don't use any of the
SCOUTING FOR QSOs IN SPECIAL EVENT
STEPHEN: A group of Scouts in Texas plans to be on
the air during the next two weekends and they're
hoping to work your station. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD, tells us where to
look for these youngsters.
BILL: This week in Radio Scouting there will be an
activation of K2BSA in Abilene Texas at the Buffalo
Mountain District Cub-O-Ree on April 22nd & 23rd.
Russ Parramore, K5MQR, will be the control operator
for the portable 5 station and will be active on 20
and 40 Phone.
There will also be an activation in Mt. Enterprise,
TX at the East Texas Area Council's Quadrennial All
Council Jamboree on April 29th through May 1st.
Jeff Sorrells, KG5BTF, will be the control operator
for the portable 5 station and will be active on 20
and 40 phone. Jeff will also demonstrating QRP
gear for portable operations.
Please help support this activity, and others
involving youth in amateur radio, by working and
spotting them on the air and online. If you
would like to activate K2BSA for your Scouting
event, please visit http://www.k2bsa.net/. If
you would like to get involved in radio scouting,
find your local council by visiting
AN INSTITUTE TO TEACH THE TEACHERS
STEPHEN: Every ham needs a teacher or two to guide
them on their radio journey. But who teaches the
teachers? Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp,
WB9VPG, tells us about the ARRL's Teachers Institute
on Wireless Technology, where the application
deadline is fast closing in.
NEIL: There are only a few more days left for
teachers to submit their applications to the ARRL
Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, which is
preparing to present its summer coursework for the
13th year. The professional development seminar
offers teachers guidance on presenting radio science
to their students at levels starting as young as
elementary school. The classes include robotics,
radio science, satellite communications, weather
science, microcontroller programming and basic
electronics. All expenses are paid. Coursework is
available at increasing complexity right through the
university level. The institute holds its classes at
different locations throughout the country.
But the deadline to apply is May 1. If you're
interested, but still haven't put in your
application, you can download the form from the web
page for the ARRL Teachers Institute at arrl.org
If you have additional questions, contact ARRL
Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, at
REPEATERS ON THE MOVE
There's going to be a change of address for the
Minuteman Repeater Association's 2 meter and 440
repeaters, which are headed to a new site in North
Reading from their Burlington location. The
Minuteman amateurs are looking for volunteers on
Saturday, April 30 to help take antennas down and
move the equipment to the new site, and then assist
with setup. The nonprofit association makes these
repeaters available for community and emergency
events and maintains a system of repeaters at
various sites in central and eastern Massachusetts.
If you're interested in volunteering with the move,
any hours you can work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
that day - or even for a half-day - will be helpful,
club members said.
The association is also planning to host a work
party in June at its Marlborough East site, where
volunteers are needed to help with weed-removal and
other maintenance to improve access to the shelter.
Interior cleanup of the shelter is also being
scheduled, as well as some outside maintenance of
the shelter building.
Please email Bob K1IW at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are
interested and available for either of these
volunteer opportunities. The date in June for the
Marlborough East site has not been determined yet.
(MINUTEMAN REPEATER ASSOCIATION)
HAM RADIO HELPING in WEST BENGAL ELECTION
How do you connect an otherwise disconnected
archipelago in the Indian state of West Bengal? Ham
radio. During the Assembly elections there this
month, radio amateurs are playing a decidedly
nonpartisan roll in helping with the poll results. A
number of very remote districts, made up of an
archipelago, lack mobile connectivity and are
relying for the first time this year on local hams,
according to Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, Secretary
of the West Bengal Radio Club, who spoke with
The Hindu newspaper.
At last report, the voter turnout throughout the
state was encouraging. As of Wednesday, April 20,
the Hindustan Times reported that nearly 80 percent
of the electorate throughout the state had shown up
at polling places to cast their ballots.
(THE HINDU, THE HINDUSTAN TIMES)
WORLD OF DX
Listen for Mike, DF8AN, working as 9M0S from the
Spratly Islands through April 29. He is working from
Layang-Layang Island on 160m to 6m mainly using CW.
QSL to the home call.
Elvira, IV3FSG, is operating from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo as 9Q0HQ/1 until April 30. She
will then use the callsign 9Q0HQ from May 1 through
May 30. Her QSL manager is IK3GES.
Be listening for a group of Italian amateurs using
the callsign, TK9C, from Corsica Island until April
25. They will be on CW, SSB and Digital. Their QSL
manager is IK2AHB.
Doug, VK4ADX, is operating holiday style from
Norfolk Island from April 23 through May 2,
using the callsign VK9NU. Listen for him on SSB
only. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.
(IRISH RADIO TRANSMITTERS SOCIETY)
KICKER: A SINGULAR SOLAR ACHIEVEMENT
STEPHEN: And finally, a tale of hope for hassled,
harried hams. You can't outsmart the sun, and you
certainly can't outshine it, but some radio amateurs
in India recently had their moment in the sun during
the National Field Day held by the Amateur Radio
Society of India on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday,
Camped out on a hilltop in the Turahalli forests,
the group from Bengaluru was looking to go the
distance, wherever that distance might take them. It
didn't look like that was going to be very far,
however. Conditions were not the greatest. They were
marred by strong solar flares, making HF contacts
extra challenging - or nonexistent. To add to that,
the operators found the midday sun to be brutally
hot and blistering.
And then - contact! Operator Madhu Prasad, operating
station VU3NPI, connected on 21 MHz with Hong Kong
station VR2XMT. It was enough. More than enough.
Signal reports and call signs were exchanged. And
the moment became one of the brightest spots during
the 24-hour period. Prasad told the Bangalore Mirror
QUOTE "Within a minute of the rig going live, we
could establish contact." ENDQUOTE.
Among his colleagues in the Bangalore Amateur Radio
Club, Antarctica is the farthest anyone has
contacted on their rigs. But Hong Kong, under tough
conditions, still proved to be a shining moment. And
VU3NPI enjoyed his Field Day moment in the sun after
(THE BANGALORE MIRROR, AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF
New England Hams you might
run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and
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
going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found
at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot
who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood
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
Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing
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
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test
N1YSU- Bob, easy going, kind
of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch
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...
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping
the boys on there toes....
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter
regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner
of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from
easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Very colorful character!......self appointed "hambassador"
by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice
fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session
K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional
musician, one of the nice guys on14313....