SCARS News August 23, 2019

In This Issue,

Route 66 On-The-Air

Route 66 On The Air (R66OTA) will begin in a few days!!! Once again, Oklahoma City hams will celebrate the legend and lore of Route 66, “The Mother Road”. For 8 days in September, 9/7/2019 through 9/15/2019, hams will operate 18 stations along the historic road and the three dedicated rover stations that will be driving on Route 66. More information on the event is available on the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club, by clicking here. You can participate in two ways. You can use your normal HF station and join the thousands of hams from across the globe as you try to make contact with W6A through W6U. Or, you can join the Oklahoma City hams that will operate W6K.

Oklahoma City will again use the special event call sign W6K and Steve Duskin, NE5SD is the trustee for the call sign. The use of W6K will be authorized by Steve through the R66OTA registration page. To sign up as an Oklahoma City operator, contact Steve Duskin, NE5SD ( or Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 ( You will receive the web page information, and a username (your call sign) and password to access the R66OTA registration page. In your email message, provide your name, call sign, phone number, and address. Note: your password does not carry over from previous years. A new registration will be required.

Operating slot reservation instructions and R66OTA frequency guidelines will be sent to you after you have been registered as a R66OTA radio operator. All W6K operations should be conducted in the Oklahoma City metro area, which includes Norman. In the spirit of the event, please operate as close to Historical Route 66 as practical.

Operations from Oklahoma City area landmarks associated with Historical Route 66 are encouraged, i.e. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the ‘round barn’ in Arcadia, the Route 66 Bridges west of Bethany, etc. Mobile operations along Historical Route 66 are also encouraged. Formal coordination with the Oklahoma History Center and the Museum of Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall of Fame has been completed. Mobile units may operate from the parking lots at both locations during their operating hours. For the Oklahoma History Center, you may operate Monday – Saturday, 10 AM. to 5 PM. For the Cowboy Hall of Fame, you may operate Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Please note: permission has been granted only for exterior operations only, NO permission has been granted for operations inside these locations.

If you know of other likely operating locations, please contact Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5 ( to arrange an information package for presentation to the proposed operating location owner/staff. Please do not ‘just show up’ at a new location during R66OTA until coordination and permission has been accomplished and granted.

R66OTA begins at 0000Z/7 September and continues to 2359Z/15 September.

Radio operators may use phone, CW or digital modes. Radio operators may also consider operating mobile on “The Mother Road”. QSL information is provided in the registration instructions.

For R66OTA participants in the Oklahoma City area, 2m operations will occur on the EARS 147.135 MHz (+600kHz) and OCAPA 146.82 MHz (-600) repeaters which are located along Historical Route 66.

You can ‘reserve’ two-hour operating slots by day, time, band, and mode. Sign up for as many slots as you can operate. If you sign up to operate, please honor your commitment and operate for the time slots for which you register.

See you ‘on-the-air’, whether you’re operating as the special event station, or if you are contacting one of the stations. Have fun!

Newsletter News

It’s time for a little change to the SCARS newsletter. To get the news out a bit earlier in the week, this newsletter will now be released on Tuesdays at 10 am. This will give you a chance to review the news before the Tuesday night nets, Elmer Night, Thursday night testing, and provide info a few days before the weekend. So, please don’t panic when you don’t see this newsletter next Friday, August 30th. No worries, the next issue will appear September 3rd.

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Local Hamfests

Briefly, here’s the list of the upcoming local hamfests. Hamfests are always great places to buy new equipment, sell your underused equipment, and find that great flea market bargain. They are always a great place to meet local hams and learn some new tricks.

08/23-24/2019 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
09/06/2019 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
09/21/2019 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/05/2019 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS
10/25-26/2019 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/2/2019 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK
3/7/2020 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, OK
4/10-11/2020| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
6/7-8/2020 | Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX
7/24-25/2020 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – OKC, OK

The ARRL maintains a list of all US hamfests if you would like to travel. Click here for the ARRL list of those within 250 miles.

Dates to Remember

  • SCARS September Amateur Radio License Test – 9/5/2019 6:30 pm – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS Elmer Nights – Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS September Meeting – 9/14/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069

Podcast: The Doctor Is In

Audio Link

The Legendary G5RV Antenna

August 15, 2019

The Doctor separates myth from fact about this very popular antenna for the HF bands.

“The Doctor Is In” podcast homepage is available by clicking here.

Podcast: So Now What?

Audio Link

10. SATERN’S involvement in Hurricane Season using Amateur Radio

August 08, 2019

Featuring SATERN volunteer Bill Feist, WB8BZH.

The “So Now What?” homepage is available by clicking here.

ARRL Letter

Candidates for ARRL Directors and Vice Directors Announced

Two races for the office of ARRL Director and one contest for Vice Director are set for this fall. In the Southeastern Division, incumbent Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, faces a challenge from Mickey Baker, N4MB. A three-way race is set for the office of Southeastern Division Vice Director, with incumbent Joseph Tiritilli, N4ZUW, facing James Schilling, KG4JSZ, and Jeff Stahl, K4BH.

In the West Gulf Division, incumbent John Stratton, N5AUS, faces a challenge from Madison Jones, W5MJ. Seats for Director and Vice Director in three other ARRL Divisions are unchallenged, with incumbents running for election in all but one case: In the Southwestern Division, Mark Weiss, K6FG, is running unopposed for the seat being vacated by Ned Stearns, AA7A. All candidates having no opposition have been declared elected.

The candidates are:

Pacific Division


Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT

Vice Director

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX

Rocky Mountain Division


Jeff Ryan, K0RM

Vice Director

Robert Wareham, N0ESQ

Southeastern Division


Greg Sarratt, W4OZK

Mickey Baker, N4MB

Vice Director

James Schilling, KG4JSZ

Jeff Stahl, K4BH

Joseph Tiritilli, N4ZUW

Southwestern Division


Richard Norton, N6AA

Vice Director

Mark Weiss, K6FG

West Gulf Division


John R. Stratton, N5AUS

Madison Jones, W5MJ

Vice Director

Lee Cooper, W5LHC

In Divisions where more than one candidate is seeking the same position, full members in that Division in good standing as of September 10, 2019, will have the opportunity to cast ballots. Official paper ballots and candidates’ statements will be mailed no later than October 1, 2019, to members who are eligible to vote.

Completed ballots must be received at the address on the envelope provided by noon Eastern Time on Friday, November 15, 2019, when ballots will be counted at ARRL Headquarters and successful candidates announced.FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding

An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satellite Service frequencies.

“These comments address topics outside the scope of this proceeding, and we decline to adopt any of the requested rule modifications or updates at this time,” the FCC said in the R&O. The FCC did mention amateur satellites in its 2018 NPRM, explaining what they are and describing the documentation and authorization process, but it did not solicit comments.

“The Commission did not seek comment in the NPRM on any modifications or updates to the rules governing Experimental or amateur satellite licensing. The streamlined Part 25 small satellite process adopted in the Order is an alternative to existing license processes and does not replace or modify the authorization procedures for satellites currently contained in Parts 5, 25, or 97 of the Commission’s rules,” the FCC explained. “Nevertheless, we received a number of comments in response to the NPRM, particularly regarding the rules applicable to amateur satellite operations, suggesting that aspects of those rules be improved or clarified.”

In its 2018 NPRM, the FCC had said, “Because the type of operations that qualify as amateur [is] narrowly defined, an amateur satellite authorization will not be appropriate for many small satellite operations.”

In its 2018 comments, ARRL said it wanted the FCC to preclude exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules and suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur Satellite rules.

ARRL’s position was to support and encourage college and university Amateur Radio experiments where the sponsor of the experiment is a licensed radio amateur and all operation in amateur spectrum is compliant with Part 97. Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors should be discouraged, absent a compelling show of need, ARRL told the FCC. AMSAT’s comments reflected many of the same concerns that ARRL had expressed. Read more. — Thanks to Ray Soifer, W2RS, for his assistance.


Ending the Great Radio Silence after “The Great War”

Practical wireless was still in its infancy at the turn of the 20th century and unregulated experimentation rampant. Chaos reigned on the airwaves. Given the technology of the day — spark gap transmitters that emitted very, very broad signals — interference was a problem. As Al Brogdon, W1AB, explains in “The World War I Shutdown,” in the September 2019 issue of QST (p. 70), hams, passenger ships, and the US Navy were the main users of wireless, and the Navy went to Congress in an unsuccessful effort to wrest control over radio and, effectively, abolish ham radio in the US. Radio amateurs opposing the bill had an ally in the Marconi Company.

When the US in 1917 joined the European conflict that became World War I, the federal government ordered hams to disassemble their stations, lower their antennas, and not use transmitters or receivers. Many hams who joined the military took their own radio gear along, because, as Brogdon explains, “the military didn’t have enough radio equipment.”

The end of the war did not mean the resumption of Amateur Radio. Hams were allowed to use their receivers again but not transmit. The Navy was still in charge of all US radio communications, and another bill introduced in Congress proposed handing over ongoing control of all radio to the Navy.

ARRL First President Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW.

Publication of QST also ceased during the war, and many hams had let their ARRL memberships lapse for the duration. ARRL officers and key members dug into their own wallets to thwart the bill, mailing a “Little Blue Card” to members urging them to ask their congressional representatives to oppose the Navy proposal. ARRL President Hiram Percy Maxim went to Washington to speak against the bill, which died in committee.

It was not until 1919 — amid another Navy effort to gain control over radio that was stalled by opposition from hams and others — that the transmitting ban was lifted by an act of Congress. As Brogdon explains, “Maxim went to Washington again and found a sympathetic ear in Massachusetts Congressman William Greene, who ultimately introduced the successful House Joint Resolution 217, which asked the Navy ‘to remove the restrictions on the use and operation of Amateur Radio stations throughout the United States.'”

Hams were back on the air by the fall of 1919 — 100 years ago!So Now What? Podcast

“Contesting,” with ARRL Contest Program Manager, Paul Bourque, N1SFE, will be the focus of the new (August 22) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

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 just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

So Now What? is sponsored by LDG Electronics, a family owned and operated business with laboratories in southern Maryland that offers a wide array of antenna tuners and other Amateur Radio products.

ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, co-host the podcast. Presented as a lively conversation, with Patnode representing newer hams and Carcia the veteran operators, the podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep participants from staying active in the hobby. Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on specific topic areas.

Listeners can find So Now What? on Apple iTunesBlubrryStitcher(free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.


WWV Centennial Committee to Conduct Trial Run of WW0WWV Special Event

The WWV Centennial Committee will conduct a trial run of special event station WW0WWV over the August 24 – 25 weekend in advance of the event a little more than a month away. WW0WWV will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter site in Fort Collins, Colorado. WWV turns 100 years old on October 1.

“We’ll be testing band and notch filtering, in an attempt to reign in the extreme RF environment created by WWV and WWVB,” said Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC). The special event is being organized in conjunction with the WWV Amateur Radio Club and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which operates WWV/WWVH/WWVB. The special event site is within 1/3 of a mile of all six WWV transmitters and the 50 kW WWVB transmitter.

“On-air tests will start Saturday afternoon, August 24, and run through Sunday, August 25,” Swartz said.

Greg Ella, N0EMP, uses a 10 MHz loop to monitor the broadcast signal of WWV at the site of the special event station. He was able to measure the drift of a GPS disciplined oscillator (GPSDO) to about 1 Hz in 90 seconds against the 10 MHz WWV carrier.

The WWV Centennial special event is set to run from September 28 through October 2, and round-the-clock operation will take place on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Operations will shift among HF bands following typical propagation and will include 160 meters as well as satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter. Up to four stations will be on the air for routine operations. A fifth station will schedule contacts with schools, universities, and museums, as well as conducting unscheduled contacts. The additional station will periodically broadcast an AM carrier from a radio locked with WWV’s 10 MHz signal.

Members of the Amateur Radio industry have contributed equipment, including radios, amplifiers, and antennas. Visit the WWV Centennial Committee website to see how you can contribute or get involved. Read more.The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Spotless days continue this week, with the count of consecutive days without sunspots standing at 15 days as of August 21, according to Note that 1954 had more spotless days than 2018, and it was just prior to Cycle 19, the biggest in recorded history.

Average daily solar flux was virtually unchanged — from 67.4 last week to 67.5 this week. Average daily planetary A index edged lower, from 6.3 to 4.4. Predicted solar flux looks to remain steady: 67 on August 22 – September 11; 68 on September 12 – 21, and 67 on September 22 – October 5.

The planetary A index forecast: 5 on August 22 – 26; 8 on August 27 – 28 and 5 on August 29 – 31. Then, with a recurring coronal hole, 38 and 14 on September 1 – 2; 5 on September 3 – 5; 8 on September 6 – 7; 5 on September 8 – 15; 7 on September 16 – 17; 6 on September 18; 5 on September 19 – 21; 8 on September 22 – 24 and 5 on September 25 – 27. With the return of that coronal hole, 38 and 14 on September 28 – 29; 5 on September 30 – October 2; 8 on October 3 – 4, and 5 on October 5.

Sunspot numbers for August 15 – 21 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 67.6, 67.5, 68, 67.5, 67.7, 67.3, and 66.8, with a mean of 67.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 5, 4, 6, 4, 4, and 4, with a mean of 4.4. Middle latitude A index was 4, 6, 6, 7, 4, 7, and 5, with a mean of 5.6.

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. Monthly charts offer propagation projections between the US and a dozen DX locations.

Share your reports and observations.


Just Ahead in Radiosport

  • August 24 – 25 — ALARA Contest (CW, phone)
  • August 24 – 25 — W/VE Islands QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • August 24 – 25 — SCC RTTY Championship
  • August 24 – 25 — YO DX HF Contest (CW, phone)
  • August 24 – 25 — Kansas QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • August 24 – 25 — YARC QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • August 24 – 25 — Ohio QSO Party (CW, phone)
  • August 24 – 25 — CVA DX Contest, SSB
  • August 24 – 25 — 50 MHz Fall Sprint (CW, phone, digital)
  • August 24 – 26 — Hawaii QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • August 25 — SARL HF CW Contest
  • August 28 — SKCC Sprint CW

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile email preferences.ARRL Contest and DXCC Rules Now Prohibit Automated Contacts

ARRL has incorporated changes to the rules for all ARRL-sponsored contests and DXCC, prohibiting automated contacts and requiring that an actual operator is initiating and carrying out a contact. These changes also apply to Worked All States (including Triple Play and 5-Band WAS), Fred Fish W5FF Memorial, and VUCC awards. The changes are effective immediately and affect the rules for both HF contests, and VHF/UHF contests as well as DXCC.

A resolution at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting pointed to “growing concern over fully automated contacts being made and claimed” for contest and for DXCC credit. The rules now require that each claimed contact include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Initiation of a contact may either be local or remote.


Radio Amateurs in India Support Rescue and Relief Operations in the Face of Flooding

Radio amateurs in at least three western Indian states along the coast of the Arabian Sea are pitching in to support communication for rescue and relief operations following heavy rainfall and flooding. In Kerala, Shyam Kumar, VU2JLE, told The Hindu newspaper that he and 15 other radio amateurs belonging to the Wayanad Hams (WHAMS) group have been closely monitoring to help the government rescue and relief teams get to marooned localities. News accounts say more heavy rain is expected in many parts of India, bringing with it the threat of flooding. Monsoon rains have been falling for weeks, and more than 270 people have died, about half of them in Kerala.

In Maharashtra, Amateur Radio and drones have been supplementing relief and rescue teams dealing with heavy flooding there. Rescue teams were reported to be using ham radio to pass information into a network. Some hams have come in from outside the region to assist. Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the military have been transporting supplies to some 5,000 people stranded in various locations.

In the northern part of Karnataka state, radio amateurs from the Indian Institute of Hams (IIH) in Bengaluru (Bangalore) and a ham radio club consisting of postal department workers were reported to have helped rescue and relief operations on August 12.

IIH Director Shankar Sathyapal, VU2FI, said three radio-equipped vehicles fanned out across the region. “This is the second line of communication,” Sathyapal explained for a report in The Hindu. “Relief officers will be provided with walkie-talkies, while each vehicle can cover about a radius of around 10 – 15 kilometers, depending on the topography.” — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News and media reports2-Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda

The final European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting prior to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) gets under way on August 26. Action at that gathering will determine whether a French proposal to have WRC-23 study the sharing of 144 – 146 MHz with the Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) will be adopted as a CEPT WRC-19 position. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) experts will be present at the CPG to explain the IARU position on this and other topics. The French proposal, raised on short notice at a CEPT meeting in June, has riled the Amateur Radio community worldwide and prompted petitions to prevent its passage. The proposed 144 – 146 MHz segment would be part of a broader consideration of spectrum allocated to the Aeronautical Mobile Service.

IARU has asked its member-societies to explain the Amateur Service’s concerns over the French proposal to their telecommunications regulators, and it has submitted a basic technical analysis showing the impracticality of such a proposal. IARU has said much more appropriate parts of the spectrum are available to study for non-safety AMS applications.

Another issue addressed during the June CEPT meeting concerned the sharing of the Amateur Radio 1240 – 1300 MHz band with Europe’s Galileo GPS system. IARU has asked its member-societies to discuss with regulators the best way to resolve concerns regarding a few cases of Amateur Radio interference to the Galileo navigation system specific to its E6 subband at 1260 – 1300 MHz.

Documents for the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting are available via the CEPT website. Read more.Questions Raised About Current Process for Awarding the E.T. Krenkel Medal

Questions about how the E.T. Krenkel Medal is being awarded, including whether recipients have to pay a fee to get the medal, have been brought to ARRL’s attention.

In the past, several prominent radio amateurs and organizations — including QST — have been awarded and received the medal without any advance notice and without having to provide any information or payment.

ARRL has been advised that in recent months “nominees” have been invited essentially to complete their own nomination forms and asked to forward a fee for the cost of obtaining the medal, which some nominees said they have not received. Regulations for the E.T. Krenkel Medal, issued by “LLC Russian Traveler and National Academy of Researches and Discoveries,” states that the cost of a medal is to be paid by the sponsor (individual or organization) nominating a medal recipient. Some evidence suggests that sponsor and recipient may now be one and the same.

A small tourism enterprise, LLC Russian Traveler, was reportedly liquidated in January but is believed to be operated by a Russian radio amateur. A form attached to the Regulations that’s designed for an organization or individual to nominate an honoree is the one now being sent to individuals who have been told they were nominated.

ARRL takes no official position regarding the current status of E.T Krenkel Medal nominations, LLC Russian Traveler, or anyone connected with either. ARRL does, however, want to ensure that members are aware of the issues that have been called to its attention.In Brief…

Reminder: The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration gets under way on Saturday, August 31, and wraps up on Monday, September 8. The 9-day operating event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW (HPM) — born on September 2, 1869 — and is open to all radio amateurs. The objective is to work as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as <call sign>/150, if permitted by their country of license.) Stations will exchange a signal report and ARRL/RAC Section. A total of 84 multipliers are available. DX stations will send a signal report and “DX.” All Amateur Radio bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters are available. Contacts may be made on CW, phone, and digital modes. Incentives are available for using different modes, operating portable, and using social media, among others. Logs will be scored, and downloadable certificates will be available. An announcement and complete rules appear in the September issue of QST, p. 86.

A message on WWV is prompting listeners to take a survey about the service. Through Saturday, August 24, WWV and WWVH will transmit a US Department of Defense (DOD) message in conjunction with the COMEX 19-3 interoperability exercise in Tennessee. The broadcast also urges listeners to complete a survey on WWV/WWVH listenership and listening habits. The messages are broadcast on WWV at 10 minutes past the hour and on WWVH at 50 minutes past the hour. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 MHz. Following a proof of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH broadcast time slot full time, all year. Read more.

Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA.

A close friend of a radio amateur who died in a recent tower-related accident has contacted ARRL with additional observations. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA (photo), died in the July 27 incident, and the tower’s owner was seriously injured. The individual reported that Areyzaga and Mike Rancourt, K1EEE — the tower’s owner — were in the process of lowering one of the antennas when the tower tipped over. The friend said the tower was genuine Rohn 25, with a genuine Rohn BPH25 hinge plate, and that the apparent — but not proven — failure point was not obvious while the tower was still standing. All three pier posts on the hinge plate broke off, with the tower section bolts still intact and in place, he reported. No official determination has been made as to the specific cause of the failure. Rancourt, who was seriously injured in the incident, remains hospitalized but is said to be recovering well.

Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, has been named as an Honorary Fellow of India’s Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). The IETE’s Governing Council bestowed the honor on the noted researcher. The IETE is a prominent professional society in the field of electronics, telecommunication computer science/engineering, broadcasting, information technology, and related areas. The Honorary Fellowship is accorded to an eminent individual in the fields of science, technology, education, and industry. A presentation ceremony will be held during the 62nd annual IETE Convention in late September in India.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

Find conventions and hamfests in your area.

The current ARRL letter is available by clicking here.

ARRL DX Bulletin

ARLD033 DX news

QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 33  ARLD033
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 22, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

ARLD033 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KE1R, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

LESOTHO, 7P.  Arnold, WB6OJB is QRV as 7P8JK from Roma.  Activity is
on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

ESTONIA, ES.  Special event station ES30WAY is QRV until August 25
to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.  QSL via
NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Jan, F6EYB will be QRV as FK8CJ from Noumea from
August 29 until the end of 2019.  Activity will be primarily on 30,
20 and 17 meters.  QSL to home call.

SCOTLAND, GM.  A group of operators are QRV as MS0INT from Shiant
Isles, IOTA EU-112, until August 25.  Activity is on the various HF
bands using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL via M0SDV.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4.  Michael, DL2GMI and Bernhard, DL2FAC are QRV
as H44MI and H44MS, respectively, until September 3.  Activity is on
80 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL to home calls.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.  Han, DS2GOO will be QRV as DS2GOO/3 from
Sapshi Island, IOTA AS-080, from August 24 to 26.  Activity will be
on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home call.

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from Labrelotte Bay,
Castries, IOTA NA-108, until October 4.  Activity is on 160 to 2
meters using CW, AM, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8.  Atsu, 5W1SA is QRV as KH8C from Tutuila, IOTA
OC-045, until August 25.  Activity is on the HF bands using mainly
FT8 and FT4 during his nights and weekends.  QSL via JF1OCQ.

ALASKA, KL.  A group of operators plan to be QRV as KL7RRC/p from
Sledge Island, IOTA NA-210, from August 27 to September 2.  Activity
will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL via N7RO.

LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event station LY30WAY is QRV until August 25
to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.  QSL via

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Alesandro, IZ1AZA is QRV as OY/IZ1AZA until
August 26.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to
home call.

DODECANESE, SV5.  Bernie, DJ5MN is QRV as SV5/DJ5MN until August 28.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW and
SSB.  QSL to home call.

ICELAND, TF.  Tom, KE1R is QRV from Icelandic ARC station TF3IRA in
Reykjavik until the end of August.  Activity is holiday style on 20
meters using SSB and possibly some CW.  QSL via TF3MH.

LATVIA, YL.  Special event station YL30WAY is QRV until August 25 to
commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.  QSL via LoTW.

INDONESIA, YB.  In celebration of the 74th anniversary of the
Republic of Indonesia, look for special event stations signing
8A74RI/call area number until September 17.  Activity is on the HF,
and V/UHF bands using all modes.  QSL via bureau.

VANUATU, YJ.  Ron, YJ8RN is QRV from Torres on Lo Island, IOTA
OC-110, until August 26, and then Sola Island, IOTA OC-104, from
August 26 to September 1.  Activity is on 40 meters using FT8.  QSL
via NZ4DX.

ROMANIA, YO.  A group of operators will be QRV as YP0F from
Fericirii Island, IOTA EU-191, from August 27 to September 1.
Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL via

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8.  Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba and is here
until mid October.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and
FT8.  QSL via OM3JW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The W/VE Islands QSO Party, QRP 20-Meter
CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Hawaii QSO Party,
ALARA Contest, YO DX HF Contest, SCC RTTY Championship, Kansas QSO
Party, Ohio QSO Party, YARC QSO Party, CVA SSB DX Contest, 50 MHz
Fall Sprint and the SARL HF CW Contest will certainly keep
contesters busy this weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for August 26.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled
for August 28.

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 August QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top hereARRL DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Newsline

Report 2182 for Friday August 23rd, 2019

August 22, 2019




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Aug 21st 2019


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73 de Mark N5HZR

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