WEEKDAY EDITION: Anyone want a deal on a nice
AL80b for 650 bucks in original box, email me, no I
won't ship it!.....It's Monday at 10am and I am
watching the storm approach on radar...looks like a
beauty. Storm amounts of 6-8 inches but let's see
how wrong the forecasters can be today....I am glad
Denver won after seeing the
poor sport act of Newton after the game...frick
him, what a baby!....Marlboro Hamfest kicks of the
year here in MA this coming weekend.....Happy
Chinese New Year to you all. The year of the monkey
has replaced the year of the goat ....Lady
Gaga did a great job singing the national anthem
but I still think she is a freak......From
New ARRL President Happy to be
Part of “Exciting Times for Amateur
probably even happier with the 6
Making his inaugural
ARRL National Convention
appearance as ARRL President,
Rick Roderick, K5UR, said he’s
looking forward to meeting many
League members in person in
Orlando this week. The 2016 ARRL
National Convention, February
12-14, is hosted by the Orlando
which celebrates its 70th
anniversary this year.
Here is a pile of
shit for sale....
Johnson, Amateur Radio Activator (Ham
Radio Operator) using the call sign
K7LRK, will be at Casa Grande Ruins
National Monument on Wednesday, February
17, as part of the American Radio Relay
League's National Parks on the Air
Visitors will be able to hear
Clark's transmissions and any replies,
as well as learn about Amateur Radio.
His transmitter, which is a small
tabletop radio that only weighs 18
ounces and has an output power of 10
watts, is very versatile and portable.
Clark will set up his radio in the park
picnic area under the center covered
C.A.R.L. (Center for Amateur Radio
Learning) and the Arizona Science Center
will assist with providing brochures and
activity handouts. Additional activators
may be available to speak with visitors,
answer questions, and permit a trial
broadcast over the air. The activators
plan to be set up from 10 am to 3pm.
Clark started enjoying Ham Radio
pretty early, in the 1960's, and
eventually qualified for an Advanced
Call Identification. While living in
Germany for 13 years he continued his
involvement in Amateur Radio with a
special call sign. Now retired from the
University of Washington and living in
Washington State's San Juan Islands
Clark has more time for his hobby and is
even 'taking it on the road' for the
National Parks on the Air program.
Amateur Radio is a hobby and public
service where people set up and use
two-way communications equipment. Over
730,000 Amateur Radio operators are
licensed by the Federal Communications
Commission, and are trained in
communications techniques and basic
Amateur Radio has offered worldwide
public service during times of need for
the past century, and is recognized by
FEMA and the American Red Cross as a
critical communications network during
natural disasters and other emergencies.
Temporary, portable operations are one
of the ways in which ham radio operators
train and prepare for such emergencies,
and combine their recreational enjoyment
of Amateur Radio with the great
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
protects the multi-story Great House and
the ruins of other ancient structures
built by the people of the Sonoran
Desert over 800 years ago.Established as
the nation's first archeological reserve
in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning
of the archeological preservation
movement in America.The Monument is open
daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except
for Thanksgiving and
Christmas.Directions and additional
information are available on the
Monument's website, you may call (520)
723-3172, or follow us on Facebook by
searching for Casa Grande Ruins National
WEEKEND EDITION: 7 inches of heavy snow here on
the Noreast coastline on Friday....39 foot- 40 meter beam
handles 5k.......how to use a
Easy on the eyes.....the gear of
ARRL Signs New Memorandum of
Understanding with the American Red
The ARRL and the American Red
Cross have signed a new
Memorandum of Understanding
The document, signed in January,
succeeds one agreed to in 2010;
it will remain in place for the
next 5 years. The MoU spells out
how League Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES)
volunteers will interface with
the Red Cross in the event that
ARES teams are asked by the Red
Cross to assist in a disaster or
WORLD WAR II CODE READER DIES
DON: Mary Harding, a wireless operator who worked for the
Bletchley Park codebreakers in Britain during the Second
World War, has died in Britain. Here's Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:
JEREMY: Mary Harding, who was born Dorothy Mary Thompson,
was from Keynsham in Somerset. She had worked as a Morse
Code slip reader after learning wireless techniques and code
as a young volunteer for the war effort. Her daughter,
Sarah, told the Western Daily Press newspaper that her
mother was posted to Bletchley Park in 1942 and by age 22,
she had been promoted to sergeant in charge of a watch.
In her memoir, Mary described her assignment at Bletchley
Park like this: "It turned out that we were a nucleus for
setting up signal communication using high-speed Morse
virtually worldwide - this did eventually include a few very
important hand key mobile units. These messages were
prefaced with the highest code for priority and
communication was always very poor quality."
Many of the messages, in German, were given to the
codebreakers, making accuracy paramount. The work at
Bletchley Park was credited with shortening the war by two
Mary Harding died Jan. 19, just days after she turned 93.
Added her daughter, Sarah, Mary Harding passed her legacy on
to her daughters years later when she and her husband,
David, raised their family. Sarah told the newspaper QUOTE
"One of the first things she taught us two daughters was
Morse Code." ENDQUOTE.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in
Nottingham, the UK.
ARRL'S EVELYN GAUZENS, W4WYR, BECOMES SILENT KEY
DON: And lastly, the ARRL has lost a beloved member of its
extended family: Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR, longtime vice
director and honorary vice president, became a Silent Key in
Florida on Jan. 31.
A longtime part of the ARRL's close circle, Gauzens was
elected to an honorary vice presidency by the Board of
Directors in 2002. The following year, she was honored by
the ARRL for 50 years of membership - and also received a
W4EHW/National Hurricane Center Award of Appreciation during
the annual Amateur Radio Hurricane Conference. Her career in
ham radio was extensive, and she left an enduring mark: She
had been the ARRL's Southeastern Division Vice Director for
more than 20 years, and was a cofounder of the Miami
Tropical Hamboree, which she chaired for 45 years.
Past ARRL President Kay Kraigie, N3KN, recalled Gauzens as a
strong leader. She said QUOTE "She had a sense of humor, and
she was kind. She contributed to amateur radio and her
She received numerous honors and in 2012 was inducted into
the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. She was recognized for
promoting the presence of amateur radio in public relations,
and for her role helping to organize the IARU Region 2
conference held in Miami Beach in 1976.
Her QRZ.com profile reflected her devotion to ham radio with
these words: QUOTE "Love Amateur Radio and all those I have
met in the fraternity." ENDQUOTE
Gauzens became a Silent Key shortly before her 87th
RADIO? WHO NEEDS A RADIO ANYWAY?
[DON/ANCHOR:] Flint, Michigan, isn't the only community
struggling lately with the crisis of lead-contaminated
water. In one Ohio community, radio amateurs stepped up to
assist in a similar situation in a very effective manner.
All without even getting on the air. We hear the details
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GC0:
A group of amateur radio volunteers responded recently to a
water emergency in one Ohio community by showing up without
their radios. But that's exactly what they were supposed to
do: They needed their hands free instead to help distribute
bottled water - safe, drinkable water for more than 8,000
residents of Sebring, Ohio, who'd learned on Jan. 18 that
their drinking water had become tainted with a high lead
By Jan. 22, Mahoning County ARES Emergency Coordinator Wes
Boyd, W8IZC, had activated ARES to assist the Ohio and
Mahoning County emergency management agencies in
distributing the water in Sebring. The timing, however, made
it a bit of challenge initially.
Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL,
told the ARRL, QUOTE "Response on the workday was low, but a
handful of ARES volunteers were able to respond." ENDQUOTE
The radio-less radio operators were welcomed by the Red
Cross and the Emergency Management Agency personnel, who put
them to work immediately, distributing pallets of the
When the weekend came, another call went out for help and
this time, even more ARES volunteers showed up from
neighoring counties. Officials report that the volunteers
were able to move more than 166 pallets of water over a
Sometimes, that's the best kind of signal report a ham can
hope to hear. Especially without even having a radio.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in
KEYING IN ON HISTORIC PLANE'S RESTORATION
DON: When it comes to giving to their communities, radio
amateurs are no strangers to such gestures. But in Arkansas,
some hams are making a very special gesture for an even more
special recipient. We hear more from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.
What better way to celebrate your 100th birthday than to
give a gift to someone else - perhaps a somewhat younger but
distinguished military veteran? In this case, the
centenarian is the Amateur Radio Club of the University of
Arkansas, W5YM. And the gift recipient is "Fifi," the noted
B-29 Flying Fortress that served the nation honorably during
World War II. The historic aircraft is in the process of
being restored, and members of the Rockwell-Collins Amateur
Radio Club are setting up a radio operator's position on
The gift from the hams at the University of Arkansas should
fit right in: They're presenting Fifi with a J-37 telegraph
key, also known as the "Mae West" key - named in tribute to
the shapely entertainer so popular during the war years. The
key itself was notable in its own right for the remarkably
curvy indentations on its base.
Fifi, by the way, is still flightworthy. And now, with the
Smith-Erwin Memorial Radio Operator position nicely equipped
with the J-37 telegraph key, the aircraft will be taking to
the skies carrying just a little more history on board.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF MORSE
The tie between the Navy and Morse Code also remains strong
these days. At the Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station
in Florida, Morse Code training has been a continuous effort
since 2005, when the coursework was moved to the learning
center there for easy delivery with training in cryptology,
intelligence and other disciplines. Corry Station is where
students train as CTRs - cryptologic technicians. The last
class of CTRs has just finished their program as of late
January, and these students were the first to make use of a
new revised Basic Manual Morse Trainer and updated software
used by the Department of Defense.
Military trainers say Morse is one of many tools to stand
the test of time, which is why the Department of Defense has
once again renewed its commitment to Morse training,
investing in it now, more than ever.
That, of course, is no secret to hams. But it's no military
The course supervisor, Gabriel Albarran, a Cryptologic
Technician (Collection) First Class, said, QUOTE "Morse code
is not only used in military operations but also in
commercial navigation. Search and rescue, science
navigations and weather status are frequently passed in
automated Morse code." ENDQUOTE
Cryptologic Technician Mary Kaitlin McKeeby adds: QUOTE
"It's a language. If you have a knack for languages, Morse
Code is going to be easier to pick up." ENDQUOTE She should
know about that: She beat the course record during the pilot
program by two days, completing the self-paced instruction
in 39 days.
(U.S. NAVY, DEFENSE VIDEO AND IMAGERY)
SOUTH AFRICA'S NEXT GENERATION OF 'HAMMIES'
DON: Is it ever too early to start cultivating the love of
radio in kids? The South African Radio League doesn't think
so, and so its popular Hammie Program, which kicked off in
May of 2015, is back. We hear more from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM: Now here's a concept that would make almost any OM
wish to be young again: The Hammies Amateur Radio Club has
begun another season of teaching young children radio
science, helping them get licensed and on the air. Working
with the South African Radio League, they've opened the
classroom doors again to youngsters aged 10 to 15.
Classes began on the 30th of January with an eye toward
getting the young hopefuls prepped for their Amateur Radio
B-class exam at the conclusion of the 10-week program. But
first things first, there's a bit of ground to cover here:
Classes meet Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, combining a lecture,
some practical experience and then getting on the air. The
youngsters learn basic electronics, how to troubleshoot and
fix things and then, of course, how to do those
Created by Graham Busse, ZS6GL, and Noel Hammond, ZR6DX, the
Hammies instruction was designed to accommodate the
schedules and priorities of young children. And if those
priorities include going one day from being a Hammie to a
Ham, they too can aspire to eventually become an OM. Yes,
even the girls.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
AIR CADETS BECOME LICENSED AMATEURS
The UK brings us word of more young amateurs in the news. In
Essex, the Orsett Hundred 106 Air Cadet Squadron has reason
to celebrate: Four cadets within the youth group recently
passed their exam for the Foundation amateur radio license.
They follow in the footsteps of their commanding officer,
Darren Attersley, 2-E-ZERO-O-C-A (2E0OCA), who passed his
Foundation license exam last October and went on to
Intermediate level on December 6.
The cadets attended two weeks of weekly coursework at
headquarters in Essex, supplementing that with the Essex
Ham's Foundation course online. They were also supported in
their training by members of the Thurrock Acorns Amateur
Radio Club, which helped them review the syllabus.
HAMS KEEP ORDER AT NAVY FLEET REVIEW IN INDIA
In India, the prestigious International Fleet Review is
getting a boost from hams in and around Visakhapatnam (VEE-ZOK-HOPT'-NUM),
a coastal city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Arza Ramesh Babu, VU2RDM, Director of City Ham Radio
Academy, was appointed coordinator of this year's review by
the Wireless Monitoring Organization. The spectacle, which
engages the president, prime minister and delegations from
51 countries, opened Thursday, Feb. 4 and features a dozen
ongoing events, concluding on Monday, Feb. 8. The review is
an exercise in assuring the nation of the Indian Navy's
discipline, high morale and preparedness.
Ramesh Babu said in a report in The Hans India that he and a
team of 22 other ham radio operators from around that part
of India will be present throughout the event using HF and
VHF equipment, software-defined radio and VHF base sets, all
owned by the individual amateurs. Stations were also
established at the airport, collector office, police control
room, the beach and the function hall.
Considered the Indian Navy's showcase event, this is the
second time since 2001 that it has been held in India.
(THE INDIA TIMES, THE HANS INDIA, SOUTHGATE NEWS)
RST ACTIVITY TAKES TO THE AIR
Point your antennas north - if you can. RST stations in the
Yukon Territory, Alaska, Nunavut and the Northwest
Territories will join with the North Country DX Association
in getting on the air, starting Feb. 15, to work as many
stations as possible. The QSL manager is K7ICE.
But the goal isn't just to log as many RST stations once per
band and mode but also to promote amateur radio in that very
remote part of the world. The stations will continue to work
160 through 6 meters right up through March 27, exchanging
signal reports as well as states or provinces. If you
contact an RST station from the DX Association they will
also send their town or city. Stations will be on the air
from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and other
locations, including a diamond mine in the Northwest
Territories - and maybe even an Alaskan glacier.
A few good DX contacts should certainly help these hams in
the far north to break the ice.
THE WORLD OF DX
Operators Jim/W4RS (DU3JH) and Larry/N0QM (DU3LA) will be
active as DX3R from Subic Bay in the Philippines during the
CQ WPX RTTY Contest on Feb. 13 and 14. Send QSLs via LoTW.
Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will once again be
active from Guadeloupe between February 26th and March 14th.
Look for them to sign TO66R during the ARRL International DX
SSB Contest, which is being held March 5 and 6. They will be
working as a Multi-Single entry. Send QSLs to TO66R via
F6HMQ. Outside of the contest they will be active on all
bands. QSL via their home callsign.
Peter, DC0KK, is once again active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla,
Sri Lanka, between now and April 3rd. Peter will be working
mainly in CW and digital modes with operation on 20-10
meters. QSL via DC0KK, by the Bureau, which is preferred, or
direct. All QSLs will be sent via the QSL Bureau.
And finally, Sam, LY5W, will be on the air in Lithuania
using the special callsign LY16W for the month of February.
This is a rare prefix for LY WPX Trophies award credits. His
time on the air celerates Lithuania's independence on Feb.
16, 1918. Visit his QRZ page for more details.
(OHIO PENN DX BULLETIN)
KICKER: OLD MILITARY RADIO REPORTS FOR DUTY
We close with this story of new life for an old radio - a
VERY old radio: Doug Christensen of College Station, Texas,
had no inkling that the antique naval radio he bought from
the collection of a late professor still had life in it. For
all his many talents at tinkering, the electrical engineer
just couldn't get the device to work.
Doing research on the Indiana War Memorial Museum website,
he discovered that the 120-pound radio had a strong
resemblance to those used on early 20th century battleships
-- in fact, one ship's radio in particular: the ill-fated
USS Indianapolis, sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1945. The
museum, it seems, was recreating the battleship's radio room
but was missing one critical piece.
And that's how Christensen discovered a different way to get
the radio to work - by donating it to the museum.
He told the Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper that he
learned QUOTE "This radio was a very high tech receiver for
the time. No one could ever reach a frequency as high as
these radios went, so you didn't have to use special codes
for secrecy." ENDQUOTE
Arrangements were being made late last month to transport
the radio to its new home. And perhaps best of all, museum
staffers said they were confident that they might just get
it back on the air after all.
(THE BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION EAGLE, TEXAS)
WEEKDAY EDITION: Bill- BNH in NH passes along the
info that Mike-AAZ is a silent key. I have no other
information as of yet. .....Bob- GWU had a pacemaker
plopped in his chest and is just fine.......but as
you know, Bob is a tinkerer. He insisted he be given
the pacemaker the day before to make a few
modifications. Bob added a little circuit so his
pacemaker is now also a wifi hotspot. It was a great
idea, now we can connect to him while camping on the
Kancamagus Highway where internet access is all but
zilch. Congrats on the successful surgery.
Morse code: A staple in the Navy IW toolkit
US naval students have been learning Morse code
while attending the first revised Basic Manual Morse
Trainer (BMMT) course at the Center for Information
Dominance (CID) Unit Corry Station
Morse code is just one tool that cryptologic
technician (collection) Sailors use as members of
the Navy’s Information Warfare (IW) community to
perform collection, analysis and reporting on
The latest Manual Morse software used by the
Department of Defense was tested out in a nine-week
pilot course that concluded in September. The
self-paced course provides basic instruction and
practical application in the interception of
"Morse code continues to be an inexpensive and
efficient means of communication for many states
throughout the globe,” said Senior Chief Cryptologic
Technician (Collection) (IDW/NAC/SW/AW) Tony
Gonzales, CTR rate training manager for CID
headquarters. “Manual Morse operators here at Corry
Station are learning a skill set that has stood the
test of time. Many of our most senior CTRs began
their careers as Manual Morse operators.”
Read the full story at
WEEKEND EDITION: I spent about four hours playing
Winter Field Day Saturday afternoon at the CAARA
clubhouse, about a dozen members showed up. Tomorrow
morning the club is providing a home cooked
breakfast to those that arrive.....
HAM RADIO AT THE READY IN EAST COAST STORM
DON/ANCHOR: Our lead story this week is the historic
East Coast snowstorm. Because if there's anything
that can match the power of fierce winter weather,
it's amateur radio. Of course, hams did what hams do
best, even when they were simply on standby. Our
roundup comes from two Amateur Radio Newsline
correspondents, Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in the
northeast, and Jim Damron, N8TMW, in the southeast.
First, here's Heather's report:
Power outages and snowdrifts of 3 and a half feet or
more left the New York area and points west
immobilized and, in many spots, without power.
Nevertheless, the area's hams were ready. The ARRL's
Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N-2-Y-B-B,
reported on the ARRL website that even as he stood
by, awaiting reports from Emergency Coordinators and
Section Managers, he himself had to shovel out
several times on Saturday, January 23. Record snow
fell in New York City's Central Park and much of the
ARRL's NYC/Long Island Section Manager Jim Mezey,
W-2-K-F-V, reported approximately 2 feet of snow
with some local flooding throughout the region. ARES
members were active in net operations as well as
VHF and UHF repeaters were used for communication
while 40 meters was used to transmit weather
information using digital modes. John Melfi,
W-2-H-C-B, the Babylon Emergency Coordinator on Long
Island, told the ARRL that the Great South Bay
Amateur Radio Club, which comprises the town’s ARES
team, was involved as well in various storm-related
operations on Long Island, where the governor
declared a travel ban on many of the roads,
including one major route, the Long Island
The National Weather Service's Upton location said
ham radio spotters checked in with accumulation
reports from Passaic and Bergen counties in New
Jersey, as well as from Westchester, Suffolk, and
Orange counties in New York, and in Connecticut's
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee,
KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
[DON/ANCHOR:] Further south, the picture was just as
challenging, as we hear from Jim Damron, N8TMW.
The recent historic winter storm left its mark on
the South, where the Appalachian Region was
considered among the hardest hit. West Virginia
reported more than 40 inches of snow. The governor
declared a state of emergency on January 22 and nets
were activated on 75, 40 and 2 meters by the Kanawha
County ARES. ARRL West Virginia Section Manager
Phillip Groves, N8SFO, told the ARRL that the area
got lucky - lots of snow, he said, but with only a
few outages in some areas, there were also QUOTE "a
lot of hams with nothing to do but talk on the
Kentucky's governor also declared a state of
emergency as thousands of motorists along parts of
Interstate 75 were left stranded. Kentucky Public
Information Officer Greg Lamb, W0QI, told the ARRL
that the Kentucky Emergency HF Net activated on 75
meters and a SKYWARN net was activated on January 22
in anticipation of the storm and remained active for
In Virginia, Steve Crow, KG4PEQ, the National
Weather Service Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio
Coordinator, said his team was active from early
Friday, Jan. 21, through late Saturday, Jan. 22. The
Wakefield office serves parts of central and
southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina,
and eastern Maryland.
Also in Maryland, Harford County RACES reported to
the county's Emergency Operations Center and worked
Friday, Jan. 22 continuously through Sunday, Jan.
24, mostly on a standby basis, checking into the
Maryland Emergency Phone Net and Baltimore Traffic
A little north of there, in Delaware, the ARRL's
Section Manager, Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, reported
that most communications services were operational
throughout the storm, and he said, QUOTE "This made
for a very routine and uneventful ARES
activation…just the kind we always hope
(ARRL, HARFORD COUNTY MARYLAND RACES)
STORM SHUTDOWN FOR VP8STI
Stormy weather also wreacked havoc with one
important DXpedition. Operators on the VP8STI
DXpedition team were forced to break down operations
and return to their transport vessel, the R/V
Braveheart, after declaring an emergency on Monday,
Jan. 25 as a result of the fierce South Atlantic
storm near their camp site on Southern Thule Island.
They were forced to leave their gear and personal
belongings on the island but hope to return to
collect their equipment, and then decide whether to
continue with the South Georgia operation as VP8SGI.
ARRL CHOOSES NEW CEO
There's big news inside ARRL's Connecticut
headquarters as Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, prepares to
succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the ARRL's chief
executive officer on April 18. The West Palm Beach,
Florida, amateur will come on board as CEO-Elect on
Feb. 29 to begin the transition.
Gallagher, who takes over at the Newington,
Connecticut headquarters as the ARRL begins its
second century, is a former broadcast cameraman and
technician who later worked as an international
investment banker and financial services executive.
He has been a licensed amateur since 1966 when he
got his ticket in Pennsylvania as WA3GRF. Gallagher
describes himself as an QUOTE "incurable HF DXer and
inveterate tinkerer." ENDQUOTE
Amateurs from all over will get to meet him - and
perhaps congratulate him themselves - at the ARRL
National Convention, hosted by the Orlando HamCation,
running February 12 through 14. And we here at
Amateur Radio Newsline also welcome him and wish him
TWO SPRING HAMFESTS FOR NY'S HUDSON VALLEY
Looking forward to spring? The hams in New York
State's Hudson Valley region have good reason to be
planning ahead. The Orange County Amateur Radio Club
has set the date for their Spring Hamfest on Sunday,
April 24. The hamfest will be held at the Wallkilll
Community Center, just north of the Route 17
Quickway. As plans develop further, be sure to check
into the club website at www.ocarc-ny.org. And just
two months later, the Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club
will be hosting its "Beaconfest." Doors open at 8
a.m. on Sunday, June 5, in the Quality of Life
building on Red Schoolhouse Road, just east of
Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill.
(ORANGE COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, STUART BALLINGER,
TAKING A 630 METERS FOR A TEST DRIVE
It's the debut of an experimental event and hams in
the U.S. and Canada are on board: The first
Midwinter 630 Meter Activity Weekend will kick off
at 0000 UTC on February 6 and continue through 2359
UTC February 7. The activities on the MF spectrum
will allow amateurs to engage in crossband
operation, with Canadian amateurs on 630 meters,
their newest band. The event follows a similar one
last November that engaged Canadian and U.S. hams as
well as the Maritime Radio Historical Society.
The ARRL's 600 Meter Experimental Group Coordinator
Fritz Raab, W1FR, said QUOTE "Much of the interest
is in response to the strong likelihood of U.S.
amateurs receiving access to the band in the near
future, while Canadian hams are eager to learn more
about the present level of amateur radio activity on
their newest ham band." ENDQUOTE
A number of Canadian stations will work two-way
crossband on CW. Operation will be from 472kHz
to 479 Khz in various modes.
WHERE BENNY, JOLSON AND CROSBY ONCE BROADCAST
DON/ANCHOR: California amateurs Tom McLean, KJ6DZT,
and Glenn Morrison, WB6RLC, have something in common
with entertainment legends Al Jolson, Jack Benny and
Bing Crosby, among others. They've all gone on radio
from a small broadcast booth inside the American
Legion Hall in Palm Springs. Almost 70 years later,
that booth has been restored to its glory and is the
new home of the post's amateur radio club. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, tells us
what the club's got planned next.
[DON/ANCHOR:] And now with K6TAL firmly established,
you don't need to be a legend to get on the air -
just an FCC licensee.
IN SOUTH AFRICA, LEAP TO THE CHALLENGE
Start training now for the big Leap Year Challenge
that's barely a month away: The South African Radio
League is inviting amateurs to work as many stations
as possible on Monday, Feb. 29 - Leap Day - on all
bands and in all modes. The only restriction is that
you can work a station only once, regardless of
band, mode or call sign.
Logs should be submitted via email by Wednesday,
March 2, and the ham who totals the most QSOs wins a
membership in the league for the year 2016 to 2017.
Don't waste any time getting ready - if you miss
this, you will have to wait until the next leap year
in 2020 -- and remember, you'll be four years older
(SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE)
UK HAMS GET BRAGGING RIGHTS
DON/ANCHOR: Not every ham radio club gets to be
known as Club of the Year. And that's why the Radio
Society of Great Britain is looking for the best of
the best to honor for their performance in 2015.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has
If you're a ham in the UK, it's time to express a
little pride in your club - for once, it's OK to
The Radio Society of Great Britain has extended the
deadline for entries into its competition for Club
of the Year 2015 until midnight of 29 February. This
year's theme is "Promoting Amateur Radio."
Judges will consider contenders in two categories:
RSBG-affiliated clubs or groups with fewer than 25
members, and affiliates with 25 or more members. And
the judges will want to hear the details about the
various clubs' initiatives, from community outreach
to special events and anything else that the members
may have done to raise the profile of ham radio in
the public eye. Entries must point to activities
that took place between 1 January 2015 and 31
Regional winners will be announced at the RSGB
annual general meeting in April and national winners
will be honored at the Hamfest in Lincoln on 1
October. The competition is sponsored by Waters and
So if your club has been promoting amateur radio,
now is the time to promote your club!
For rules about submitting entries, visit the RSGB
website at rsgb.org. Only one entry is allowed per
THE WORLD OF DX
The Amateur Radio Team of Aegina Island is active as
SX8KAP until Feb. 5. The operation is being
undertaken to honor the late Ioannis Kapodistrias,
the island's first governor under the modern Greek
state. QSL via bureau, SV8UM (d), LoTW, eQSL.
Jean- Pierre, F6ITD, is active as FG/F6ITD, from
Deshaies (Basse-Terre) until Feb. 2, and then from
Desirade Island between Feb. 3 and March 8. He will
work SSB and digital modes on HF bands. During the
weekend and during contests he will sign TO6D.
Jean-Pierre also plans to work 6m. QSL via F6ITD
Peter, DC0KK, is working as 4S7KKG from Moragalla,
Sri Lanka, until April 3, mainly on CW and the
Digital modes. He is focusing on 20 meters through
10 meters. QSL via DC0KK, by the Bureau, which he
prefers, or direct. LoTW will be used on request.
All QSLs will be sent via the Bureau.
Alan, G4DJX, plans to be active as C5DX in Gambia
between February 12 and 19th. His activity will be
limited, since this is a school trip, but look for
him on 40 meters through 10 meters, operating in CW
and SSB. QSLs should be sent via LoTW.
(OHIO PENN DX, DEUTSCHER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)
KICKER: A 'FIRST' FOR 'LAST MAN STANDING'
And finally, if you're a fan of TV's "Last Man
Standing," you can forget about Nielsen ratings.
When you're talking about the Friday night sitcom on
ABC, what you really hope to measure is the RST.
After all, who wouldn't want good ratings on a QSO
with Tim Allen, KK6OTD, who stars as TV ham Mike
So devoted is this show to the authenticity of its
amateur radio connection that Tim Allen got his
ticket last year - and now, he's getting his own
amateur radio club. Well, OK......the cast and crew
together are the ones getting the club. The QTH is
right there on the set in Studio City, California.
So be advised: The Last Man Standing Amateur Radio
Club, KA6LMS, is now QRV, complete with a new club
station QSL card, ready to mail to any contacts when
the crew, or selected guest operators, are on the
air. KA6LMS can be heard calling on 20 meters or 40
meters between 0000 and 0100 UTC, Mondays and
Tuesdays during dinner breaks on days episodes are
The show's producer, John Amodeo, NN6JA, told
Amateur Radio Newsline that the club is the
outgrowth of repeated inquiries from hams wanting to
know how they can contact the stage.
Well, now they know. And now they can. Let the
(JOHN AMODEO, NN6JA
New Antenna Tuner Kit for end-fed half-wave
SOTABEAMS has introduced a new end-fed half-wave
tuner kit to their product range.
The Pico Tuner is a miniature single-band 10 Watt
tuner that can be built for any band from 40 through
to 10 metres.
A unique tuning method makes it very easy to align
The Pico Tuner incorporates strain relief for the
antenna and feeder system giving a very practical
unit for use in the field.
First Iranian ham radio contest
To celebrate 37th anniversary of Iranian Islamic
revolution, the first Iranian ham contest is going
to be held on February 1st, 2016 and will last for
Objective: To encourage and increase contacts
(especially DX ones) with Iranian radio amateurs.
Contest Period: 10 days (Feb 01, 00:00 UTC – Feb 11,
All modes (CW, SSB, RTTY) can be used on this
40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
Note: On 20m, the upper limit is 14.250 MHZ
For contest information and any sort of inquiries
Certificates will be awarded to:
1- Top single operator (at least 30 contacts on all
2- Top CW operator
3- Top SSB operator
4- Top RTTY operator
5- Any operator who contacts at least 3 Iranian hams
Getting QSL card:
If you need the printed certificate, you should send
5USD (or equivalent in your currency) to this
address: “P.O. Box 14185-736 , Tehran, Iran”
Please use registered mail to make sure it delivers
WebMoney and Bitcoin are also accepted. (Contact us
for more information)
New England Hams you might
run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of
As The World Turns....
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod,
flying planes and playing radio
Regular....teaches the future of mankind,
of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75
meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
of Davis-RF....my best friend from high
going ham found at all the hamfests
going, computer parts selling, New England
going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio
op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower
climbing pilot who cooks on the side at
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key
gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
going guy, loves to split cordwood and
talented ham, loves his politics, has
designed gear for MFJ...
Air Force Controller...told
quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936
master plumber and ragchewer...
Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented
kidney stone passing ham...
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....
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test
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 .
meter regular, easy going guy...
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike,
Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys
on there toes....
Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of
WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master,
worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for
N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864
group and owner of Peanut (silent key)-
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio
W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going
cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR-
appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early
ham, professional musician, one of the nice