In This Issue…
ARL SIXTY TWO…,
Straight from “The Oracle”,
The Running List,
Dates To Remember,
The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
Traffic handling test,
what do you think you are buying,
your rig tested by The Oracle (or not),
where is THE LIST these days,
and the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
ARL SIXTY TWO CHRISTMAS
Straight from “The Oracle”
Rob Sherwood has been the go-to guy for many years when it comes to Amateur Radio testing. I know – all the manufacturers have THEIR say about their latest whiz-bang radio and how it can hear the static of a mouse fart at a thousand miles, but the truth comes home to roost when Rob Sherwood does his testing. But don’t take MY word for it, just Google “Sherwood Engineering” and see the “Who’s Who” of those who link to Rob’s reviews and test data. If Rob has not tested the radio which YOU are salivating over, think twice before buying it.
The link below is my December gift to you by way of DJ0IP’s (Rick Westerman, originally from OKC, Founder of Spiderbeam-US, but now living in Germany) page of Rob Sherwood’s musings over the years about Receive Performance put into an easily accessible format. Rick himself has some pretty cool stuff hanging out on the rest of his website as well.
The Sherwood Engineering testing data radios can be found here: http://www.sherweng.com/table.html
Late Thursday N5UWY posted this link to WX6SWW’s briefing about the current unsettled weather. Good info!
The Running List
For many weeks I collected and published links that were of interest to me, as well as those of others forwarded to me, as they related to Amateur Radio. I’ve archived that post but will continue to add to it as I come upon links of interest or get them sent to me in emails. Those of you who receive automatic notifications have already seen that page as it was published on Thursday of this week, but for reference it can be found at or near the top of the “Nets, Links, Other Stuff“ tab in the black bar just below the masthead of the website.
Again, if you find a good online resource, please do not hesitate to share it with me and others. Thanks!
Dates to Remember
January 1 – ARRL Straight-Key Night
January 3 – SCARS VE Testing
January 12 – SCARS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday Night Elmer Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
The Doctor Is In
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
If you haven’t clicked through and listened to last week’s episode on RF Safety, you should. And this week’s podcast about Ground plane antennas and “how they work”, is not just a great place to start, but a good resource about ground plane antennas period.
The Doctor sez
“These antennas are everywhere, but how do they really work?”
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur Radio Rules
- ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 1 Billion QSO Records
- FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown
- New Amateur Radio Packet Gear Awaits Unpacking, Installation on Space Station
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- US Radio Amateurs Help to Make YOTA Month Happen in Ethiopia
- Polish the Brass: Straight Key Night is Just Ahead
- Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set for Christmas Eve
- IEEE Microwave Society Recognizes Radio Amateurs
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
the “Current ARRL Letter” is always available in full at the link below.
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 52 ARLD052
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT December 20, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD052
ARLD052 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
ISRAEL, 4X. Members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club will be QRV
with special event call 4X19HNY from December 24 to 28. Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL via
GHANA, 9G. Matt, IZ4YGS is QRV as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West
Takoradi. Activity is on various HF bands. His length of stay is
unknown. QSL direct to home call.
QATAR, A7. Matteau, IW1GBV is QRV as A75GP. He is active from
various locations using QRP power. QSL via operator’s instructions.
MADEIRA ISLAND, CT3. Georg, NZ1C is QRV as CT9/NZ1C from Santana,
IOTA AF-014, until December 25. Activity is holiday style on 40 to
10 meters with a focus on CW and FT8, along with some SSB, RTTY and
PSK. QSL via DD5ZZ.
NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Phil, F6OBD is QRV as FK/F6OBD until February
10, 2019. Activity is on the HF bands using only digital modes.
QSL to home call.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Operators Song, DS3EXX and Son, DS3HWS will
be QRV as DS3EXX/4 and DS3HWS/4, respectively, from Shin Ji Island,
IOTA AS-060, from December 22 to 24. Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via DS3EXX.
THAILAND, HS. Brad, VK2BY is QRV as HS0ZNR until January 18. QSL
via operator’s instructions.
AUSTRIA, OE. Members of the maritime radio club Marine Funker Club
Austria are QRV with special call OE120MF until December 23 to
commemorate the first ship to ship radio contact between SMS
Budapest and SMS Lussin. QSL via OE6XMF.
ANTARCTICA. Alex, RD1AV will be QRV as RI1ANV from Vostok Station,
IOTA AN-016, from December 25 to mid February, 2019. QSL via RN1ON.
BELIZE, V3. Paul, VE3AXT is QRV as V31AX from Corozal through mid
May 2019. QSL via M0URX.
AUSTRALIA, VK. Members of the Moorabbin and District Radio Club are
QRV with special call VI70MDRC until February 28, 2019 to
commemorate its 70th anniversary year. Activity is on 160 meters to
23 centimeters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via operators’
MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0. Norbert, VK5MQ is QRV as VK0AI until March
2019. Activity is on the HF bands. Of late, he has been active on
40 and 20 meters using FT8 at various times. QSL direct to home
VANUATU, YJ. Daniel, VK4AFU will be QRV as YJ0AFU from Esnaar, IOTA
OC-035, from December 25 to January 1, 2019, and then from Iririki
Island, IOTA OC-035, from January 1 to 19. Activity will be on the
HF bands using mostly FT8 with some CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba and is here
for the next six months. Activity is in is spare time on 80 to 10
meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via OM3JW.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW
Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, AGB-Party Contest, Gedebage CW Contest and
RAEM CW Contest are all on tap for this weekend.
The DARC Christmas Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and SKCC
CW Sprint are scheduled for December 26.
Youth On The Air runs during all of December.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see December QST, page 70, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– BREAKING NEWS: ARREST MADE IN CALIFORNIA HAM’S KILLING
– IN NEW ZEALAND, MORE TIME TO OPERATE ON 60 METERS
– CANADA PREPARES TO CELEBRATE ITS PARKS
– HAMFEST INDIA TO FEATURE A YL FORUM
– RSGB SEEKS NOMINEES FOR POSTS
– SOUTH CAROLINA AMATEUR HONORED FOR PROMOTING HAM RADIO
– REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR 3Y0I CONTRIBUTORS
– GERMAN SPECIAL EVENT STATION TAKES FLIGHT
– IN WASHINGTON STATE, IT’S A “HAM JAM”
– SANTA’s HO-HO-HOPING FOR GOOD DX
– WORLD OF DX
– ‘THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,’ HAM RADIO STYLE
Latest version of ARNewsline at the top here:
Episode 381 – “Merry Christmas From Ham Nation”
“Bob’s “new” mobile transmitter,
the Superstition Amateur Radio Club in Mesa, Arizona with Gordo,
the first installment of Show Us Your Project with Randy,
Winter Field Day and other videos with Dale,
Amanda on the Last Man Standing set,
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Where We Are On The Web
Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources, Facebook, Twitter, Email
Odds and Ends
- All those links
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles
Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250-mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.
As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!
73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._