In This Issue…,
Yes, The Newsletter IS Late,
Scouts Launch Amateur Radio Balloons ,
Dates To Remember,
So Now What?,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles,
Where We Are On The Web _…_._
In This Issue
Scouts Launch Radios,
When’s the next Hamfest?
“Finding a Club for YOU” (Now What?),
“Spotless Sun” (ARRL Letter),
“400 Episodes of Ham Nation” (Ham Nation)
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
Yes, The Newsletter Is Late
ARRL Website was down until 6:10 AM this morning.
Read all the “normal” stuff below, with some other goodies I found along the way.
Scouts Launch Amateur Radio Balloons
ARRL reports World Scout Jamboree takes place in West Virginia July 22 – August 2 organizers hope to launch amateur radio balloons to travel across the Atlantic
The ARRL say:
Amateur Radio will play a role in this summer’s 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the first World Jamboree held in North America. The Jamboree has chosen the theme “Unlock a New World.” Thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders from some 200 countries are expected to attend. The Jamboree’s Amateur Radio Exhibit will use the call sign NA1WJ — North America’s 1st World Jamboree.
It will be on the air during the event, July 22 until August 2, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the US. Amateur Radio testing is expected to begin as early as July 14. Operating frequencies will be posted in real time via Facebook and Twitter or via an NA1WJ email group.
“The goals of the Amateur Radio station at the World Scout Jamboree are to introduce Amateur Radio to Scouts and Scout leaders through hands-on participation in two-way communication with other stations across the globe. This activity will also serve as the Amateur Radio voice of the Jamboree,” the World Scout Jamboree Amateur Radio Exhibit Operational Vision document states. Other facets of Amateur Radio at the Jamboree will include Amateur Radio direction finding (ARDF), Amateur Radio satellite contacts, and a scheduled Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an ISS crew member.
“We also expect to launch one or two balloons with Amateur Radio payloads and track them as they cross the Atlantic,” the vision document continues.
Read the full ARRL story at
When’s The Next Hamfest?
Glad you asked. Briefly, here’s the list through Ham Holiday. ALL the details can be found at the link “Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles of Norman” at the bottom of the Newsletter.
Emory Tailgate Hamfest
Start Date: 05/11/2019
End Date: 05/11/2019
Location: Rains County Courthouse
167 Quitman Street
Emory, TX 75440
2019 ARRL National Convention at Dayton Hamvention®
Start Date: 05/17/2019
End Date: 05/19/2019
Location: Greene County Expo Center
120 Fairgrounds Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
West Gulf Division Convention (Ham-Com 2019)
Start Date: 06/07/2019
End Date: 06/08/2019
Location: Plano Event Center
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75023
Ham Holiday 2019
Start Date: 07/26/2019
End Date: 07/27/2019
Location: Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Dates to Remember
SCARS May Meeting – May 11
Tuesday Night Elmer / Elmira Night, Every Tuesday Night UFN
So Now What?
This column alternates with “The ARRL Doctor”…
If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator,
chances are you have lots of questions.
This biweekly podcast has answers!
“So Now What?” offers insights
from those who’ve been exactly where you are now….
Listen to it here-> So Now What?
This episode is titled
“Finding the Right Club for You”
Episode helps you figure out if
“these are the people that you’re looking for”!
“So Now What?” Homepage here:
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL Reply Comments Stress Need to Update Technician Privileges in a Digital World
- World Scout Jamboree Gearing Up for Significant Amateur Radio Presence
- Science and Technology: An Ultra-Small Transmitter for VLF?
- So Now What? Podcast
- ARRL’s Free Exam Review for Ham Radio Updated
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- HamSCI, Ham Radio 2.0 to Combine Efforts at Dayton Hamvention 2019
- Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Set for May 11
- In Brief…
- 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 18 ARLD018
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 2, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD018
ARLD018 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
FIJI, 3D2. Nobby, G0VJG is QRV as 3D2AS until May 5, and then again
from May 20 to 22. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8
in DXpedition mode. QSL via M0OXO.
MALDIVES, 8Q. Nobu, JA0JHQ and Ted, JA7XBG plan to be QRV as 8Q7NH
and 8Q7XB, respectively, from Embudu Island, IOTA AS-013, from May 7
to 10. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and FT8. QSL
direct to home calls.
CROATIA, 9A. Jan, PA4JJ is QRV as 9A/PA4JJ until June 5. Activity
is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly FT8. QSL to home
GHANA, 9G. Emil, ZS6EGB is QRV as 9G5ZS until February 2020.
Activity is on the HF bands using FT8. QSL via LoTW.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DL. Members of radio club Bad Doberan
are QRV with special call sign DM460DA until the end of October to
celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary. QSL via DL9GFB.
PHILIPPINES, DU. Audie, DU1ZDR and Gazelle, DU1ZDQ will be QRV as
DZ1A from Siargao Island, IOTA OC-235, on May 4 and 5. Activity
will be on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operators’ instructions.
SPAIN, EA. Members of the Radio Club de las Fuerzas Armadas
Espanolas will be QRV with special call sign EG1FAS from May 4 to
June 2 to commemorate Spain’s armed forces. QSL via EA1ADP.
WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW. Nobby, G0VJG will be QRV as FW/G0VJG
from Wallis Island, IOTA OC-054, from May 6 to 20. Activity will be
on 60 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.
HAITI, HH. Dale, N3BNA and Mark, K3MSB will be QRV as HH6/home
calls from May 4 to 11. Activity will be in their spare time on 160
and 60 meters. QSL HH6/N3BNA via KA2AEV, and HH6/K3MSB to home
THAILAND, HS. Special event station HS10KING is QRV until July 31
to commemorate the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn
Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X. Activity is on all bands and
possibly satellites. QSL via operators’ instructions.
DOMINICA, J7. Operators Thomas, SM0CXU and Tore, SM0DZB will be QRV
as J79U and J79TA, respectively, from May 7 to 15. QSL via M0OXO.
ST. VINCENT, J8. Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island from May 7 to 14. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using
SSB, SSTV and FT8. QSL direct to home call.
ARGENTINA, LU. Horacio, LU5BE and Enrique, LU8EFF are QRV as home
calls/T until May 5 from Susques and Purmamarca. Activity is on 80
to 6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31, HELL, JT65 and FT8. QSL via
BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are
QRV with special call LZ497OM during May to honor Orthodox saints.
QSL via bureau.
PERU, OA. Michael, AC0PR plans to be QRV as OA3/AC0PR from Chimbote
from May 5 to 14. Activity will be in his spare time 40 to 15
meters using only CW and QRP power. QSL direct to home call.
MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS plans to be QRV as OJ0W from May 4 to
11. Activity will be in his spare time on 60 and 30 meters. QSL to
SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Special event stations OM83IHWC and OM2019IIHF
are QRV during May to mark the 83rd Men’s World Ice Hockey
Championships. Activity is on the HF and VHF bands. QSL via OM2FY.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. A number of stations are using the RP74 prefix
until May 9 to commemorate the 74th year since the end of World War
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. New England QSO Party, 10-10
International Spring CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and
Club Challenge, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI International DX
Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party, Indiana QSO Party, Delaware QSO
Party, FISTS Spring Slow Speed CW Sprint and MIE 33 Contest are all
on tap for this upcoming weekend.
The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for May 7.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 8.
The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada’s parks and historic sites.
Please see May 2019 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
Latest version always at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– QUICK POST-QUAKE ACTION FOR PHILIPPINE HAM NET
– RADIO PROVIDES A LIFELINE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN INTERNO
– INDIAN HAMS HELP WOMAN DISPLACED FOR DECADE
– SILENT KEY: FORMER CQ MAGAZINE DX EDITOR JOHN ATTAWAY K4IIF
– FREE DV QSO PARTY: POOR PROPAGATION, BRIGHT OUTLOOK
– ARRL’s NEW CEO TO CALL QRZ ON MAY 13
– BEING WATCHFUL FOR UK’S WATCHKEEPERS
– QUADNET ARRAY WELCOMES THREE NEW NETS
– A ROYAL WELCOME FOR NEW THAI KING
– PORTUGUESE FREEDOM DAY NOT FREE FROM CHALLENGES ON BANDS
– WORLD OF DX
– SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
– CAMPING IT UP ON THE AIR IN FINLAND
Latest version of ARNewsline always at the top here:
Episode 400 – “CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?”
“A look back on 400 episodes of Ham Nation.”
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
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.
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