In This Issue…,
- September Meeting Changed to September 21
- ICOM 705 Announced
- Newsletter News
- Local Hamfests
- Dates To Remember
- Podcast: The Doctor Is In
- Podcast: So Now What?
- This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- Podcast: Amateur Radio Newsline
- Podcast: Ham Nation
- Odds and Ends
- SCARS Is On The Web
September Meeting Changed to 9/21 — Menu
The September SCARS meeting will be changed to the third week of the month, September 21st. From time to time, there are events at Firehouse #7 that require a slight change. However, everything else remains the same.
What may be a larger inconvenience is that Ozzie’s restaurant, the diner at the airport, is closed for remodeling. A sign on their door says that they will be shut down until October 1, 2019. So, for the crews that meet there before the meeting, or after the meeting, you’ll have to plan appropriately. Any thoughts on where to relocate?
See you there!
Icom 705 Announced
Over the weekend, Icom announced their newest radio, the Icom 705. This radio is slated to be a battery-powered portable HF / VHF / UHF 10-watt radio.
- TX Bands: HF 50MHz 144MHz 430MHz (70 MHz for European Version)
- Reception: Continuous from HF to 2 meters, including Airband and FM Broadcast
- Modes: SSB CW RTTY AM FM D-Star DV
- RF Direct Sampling System
- Real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display
- 4.3 inch Touch Screen Display
- Compact Size 20cm(7.9 Inch)x8cm(3.1 Inch)x8,5cm(3.3 Inch), Wight 1 Kg
- Li-ion BP-272 Battery Pack
- Output Power: 5W (Battery) – 10W (13.8 V DC)
- Bluetooth and Wireless LAN for mobile device Remote Control
- GPS: Antenna and Logger, to be used in D-Star DV Mode
- MicroSD Card Slot for firmware upgrades, voice recording, GPS Log
- D-Star: full functions, save and display pictures
- Antenna: VHF UHF Whip antenna included
- SP Mic: with programmable buttons, included
- Backpack: multi-function, optional
Since this was only recently announced, there’s no idea when this radio will be available, nor was any pricing available. However, it looks like a great all-in-one box for the ham on the go.
Newsletter News — Menu
As you’ve probably realized, this is the first Tuesday distribution of the SCARS newsletter. We’ll try this for a while and report if it makes any difference.
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And, this newsletter should be for, and about, you. If you have a neat build project to share, or an interesting QSO, a new radio review, a new idea, an upcoming event, or if you’d like to help produce the newsletter, please send an email to email@example.com. These don’t have to be polished articles, we’ll edit as required. Don’t forget a picture or two, that picture is worth a thousand words.
Local Hamfests — Menu
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.
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
08/22-23/2020 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
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 — Menu
- 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 – 9/21/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
Podcast: The Doctor Is In — Menu
Different Types of Grounds
August 29, 2019
What sort of ground do you need — RF or electrical safety? It makes a big difference, as the Doctor explains.
Podcast: So Now What? — Menu
11. Contesting with ARRL’s Contest Program Manager, Paul Bourque, N1SFE
August 22, 2019
ARRL contest program.
ARRL Letter — Menu
Amateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Predicted to Become a “Major Hurricane”
Amateur Radio resources organized this week as Hurricane Dorian threatened Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and worked its way through the Caribbean. A change in direction spared Puerto Rico — still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 — from taking a direct hit; the Virgin Islands suffered downed trees and widespread power outages. As of August 29, Dorian was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds near 85 MPH with higher gusts. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dorian was expected to become a major hurricane on Friday and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend, reaching Category 3 or 4 by September 1. Heavy rainfall generated by Dorian could cause flash flooding, the NHC said.
“The risk of devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida east coast and peninsula late this weekend and early next week continues to increase,” the NHC said on August 29.
“We are standing by in a ready-to-respond state, once a more definitive track is known,” Southern Florida Section Manager Barry Porter, KB1PA, told ARRL Headquarters on August 29. “We will be holding a tri-Section conference call tonight to firm up any plans.” Porter said Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Red Cross were in preparation mode.
On Wednesday, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), activated for about 9 hours on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, working in conjunction with WX4NHC at the NHC in Miami to provide “ground truth” weather data to forecasters. The VoIP Hurricane Net also activated.
The HWN has continued to closely monitor Dorian’s progress. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the HWN tentatively plans reactivate on August 30 at 2100 UTC.
The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team is also monitoring the situation closely. ARRL officials are in regular communication with partner agencies, particularly FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, ARRL HQ remains in close contact with Field Organization officials in the affected region, where some ARRL Ham Aid equipment was previously positioned.
W1AW, which had already planned to be in operation for the Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday special event this weekend, will remain ready to assist with emergency communications.
In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS) — many employing Winlink email. The committee will also discuss operating frequencies for FT4, FT8, and other digital modes. Widin says the committee will meet next week to chart its course. Reactivation of the HF Band Planning Committee came out of discussions during the July 2019 ARRL Board meeting.
|ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Chair and First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW|
“ARRL is not trying to shut down digital communication or shut down Winlink in particular,” Widin said, adding that ARRL recognizes Winlink’s proven track record in emergency communication. His committee also will consider Winlink supporters’ calls for the expansion of the ACDS segments spelled out in §97.221(b) of the amateur rules.
“This is not an easy task by any means,” Widin allowed. “They’re not making more bandwidth.”
“We’re well aware that Winlink is the de facto standard supporting emergency communications in many parts of the country, but we have to figure out how it can operate with other modes, so that everybody can communicate, without having one mode overrun any other mode,” Widin said. The committee will not address data encryption questions at this point, however.
In response to ARRL’s 2013 petition to delete the so-called “symbol rate” limit and replace it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz below 29.7 MHz, the FCC proposed to eliminate symbol rate (baud rate) limitations for data transmissions but declined to propose a bandwidth limitation.
At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors called for ARRL’s Washington Counsel to obtain FCC approval for several Part 97 rule changes. The Board asked for a rulemaking petition to remove the current 300 baud rate limitation; authorize all ACDS below 30 MHz, regardless of bandwidth, to operate only within the ACDS bands designated in §97.221(b); require digital stations operating with a bandwidth greater than 500 Hz to operate within the ACDS bands, whether or not automatically controlled, and limit the maximum bandwidth of digital signals below 29 MHz to 2.8 kHz.
“We still want to change the symbol rate limitation into a bandwidth limitation, which makes a lot more sense in terms of current and future modes,” Widin said. The panel also hopes to work with the WSJT-X Development Group to establish FT4 frequencies compatible with existing band plans. Read more.
160 Years Since The Carrington Event
September 1 marks the 160th anniversary of the Carrington Event, the strongest geomagnetic storm known to have hit Earth since at least the 14th century. The event was named for British astronomer Richard Carrington, who first viewed and sketched the huge sunspot complex on the sun from which a gigantic solar flare — a coronal mass ejection — erupted, as he watched. Within hours, Earth was virtually enveloped by an aurora borealis that was visible even at lower latitudes and into the tropics. It was a truly spectacular light show that in some places, turned night into day. When the flare interacted with Earth’s magnetosphere, however, it was another story.
This was the Victorian age, when practical wireless was still a few decades off, but the “auroral phenomena,” as it was called then, had “a remarkable manifestation of magnetic influence” on telegraph wires — the internet of the day, as it were. So considerable was the effect that The New York Timesreported telegraph operators were able to disconnect the batteries that normally operated the system and were “working by the atmospheric current entirely!” Although the operators subsequently were able to reconnect their batteries, the storm continued to affect the lines. A telegraph manager in Pittsburgh reported “streams of fire” emitted from the circuits. In Washington, DC, telegraph operator Frederick W. Royce was severely shocked as his forehead grazed a ground wire. A witness said an arc of fire jumped from Royce’s head to the telegraphic equipment.
The Times account quoted an operator in Worcester, Massachusetts, who said, “During ten years’ experience in telegraphing, I have frequently observed the effect of the Aurora Borealis on the wires, but never before have I seen it so grand and appalling.”
Operators said that at times the polarity of the battery power supply would become reversed. “One moment the batteries would begin to boil over, and we would have so strong a circuit that the armature would not come away from the magnet; the next moment, there would be no current at all,” a report from Quebec recounted.
Based on examinations of ice samples, scientists believe that geomagnetic storms two and three times stronger occurred prior to the 14th century.
After the Carrington Event, scientists began paying a lot more attention to solar phenomena and sunspots. — Thanks to Frank Donovan, W3LPLThe Doctor Will See You Now!
“Different Types of Grounds” is the topic of the new (August 29) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. Listen…and learn!
Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.
Efforts Continue to Enhance ARES Program, Add Resources
The ARRL Board of Directors, committees, and Headquarters administrative staff are continuing efforts to enhance the venerable Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) program. A major ARES Plan has been adopted, providing new direction going forward. In addition, a standardized training plan has been adopted, and a new ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book has been approved and published.
At its July meeting, the ARRL Board considered the report of its Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). A “change log” was proposed for the Task Book that will highlight changes made as the document is periodically revised and updated. ARES position guidelines were posted to the online ARES Workbook and a major revision and update of ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communications course — now designated as EC-001 — has been completed.
The course is now available at no cost to any ARES registrant, and a “mentor-less” format has been added as a parallel path for completing the course. Additional mentors were recruited to assist in handling the initial surge of interest. A self-guided version that leads up to the final exam is also being implemented. An update and introduction of EC-016 — Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs — has been completed.
Veteran Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, has been brought on board to assist in implementing ARES Connect and to field questions about the new software package from users. ARES Connectis a volunteer management system covering event signup, reporting, and roster management, to simplify managing volunteers and events.
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The current stretch of spotless days has continued for more than 3 weeks, according to Spaceweather.com. The continuing quiet seems eerie. For the past reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, the average daily solar flux — 10.7 GHz radiation that roughly tracks with sunspot activity — was only 66. I had to go back to the fall of 2007 to find average solar flux in that range.
Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 66 on August 29 – September 4; 67 on September 5 – 11; 68 on September 12 – 15; 67 on September 16 – October 8, and 68 on October 9 – 12.
Predicted planetary A index is 5, 8, 20, 34, 16, and 8 on August 29 – September 3; 5 on September 4 – 5; 8 on September 6 – 7; 5 on September 8 – 21; 10, 15, and 8 on September 22 – 24; 5 on September 25 – 27; 35, 18, and 10 on September 28 – 30; 5 on October 1 – 2; 10 and 8 on October 3 – 4, and 5 on October 5 – 12.
Spaceweather.com reported that a large recurring coronal hole is facing Earth, and the effects are expected to be felt on September 1, when the predicted planetary A index is 34.
Sunspot numbers for August 22 – 28 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 65.7, 66.5, 66.3, 66, 65.8, 66.1, and 65.9, with a mean of 66. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 4, 5, 4, 6, 10, and 5, with a mean of 5.7. Middle latitude A index was 7, 4, 5, 5, 6, 10, and 5, with a mean of 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.
Share your reports and observations.
Just Ahead in Radiosport
- August 31 – September 1 — UK/EI DX Contest, SSB
- August 31 – September 2 World Wide Digi DX Contest
- August 31 – September 8 — Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration
- September 1 – 2 — Tennessee QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
- September 2 – 3 — Michigan QRP Labor Day CW Sprint
- September 3 — ARS Spartan Sprint (CW)
- September 4 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (Phone)
- September 5 — NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
- September 5 — SKCC Sprint Europe (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.Inter-American Proposal Removes 47 – 47.2 GHz from Bands under Study for 5G Services
The 34th meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Permanent Consultative Committee II (PCC.II) concluded a week of meetings on August 16 in Ottawa, Canada, in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). The meetings were aimed at reaching regional consensus on WRC-19 agenda items. Attendees at PCC.II included ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, who is on the US delegation to WRC-19.
|Radio amateurs present at the CITEL meeting tasked with looking out for issues of concern to the Amateur Service were (from left to right) Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, a member of Canada’s WRC-19 delegation and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Special Advisor to World Radiocommunication Conferences; George Gorsline, VE3YV, an IARU Region 2 Executive Committee member; Flavio Archangelo, PY2ZX, a member of Brazil’s WRC-19 delegation and the IARU Region 2 CITEL coordinator; Sergio Bertuzzo, VA3SB, RAC International Affairs Officer, and Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, a member of the US delegation to WRC-19 and ARRL Technical Relations Officer.|
“The big news is that the Inter-American Proposal (IAP) going forward to ITU from CITEL countries has removed the 47 – 47.2 GHz Amateur Radio allocation from WRC-19 agenda item 1.13,” Siverling said. “We are putting forward a ‘no change’ proposal.” Supported by 13 member-states, the IAP would take frequencies in that range off the table for possible sharing with 5G International Mobile Telephony (IMT). Siverling conceded that other administrations could raise the issue at WRC-19.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) was to conduct and complete appropriate studies to determine spectrum needs for the IMT terrestrial component in the 24.25 – 86 GHz range, and studies on sharing and compatibility, while taking into account the protection of services with primary allocations on the band. ITU-R has not conducted any sharing studies between the IMT-2020 systems and incumbent Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite services. “Therefore, it has not been demonstrated that the incumbent services can be protected, as required by Resolution 238 (WRC-15), and no change is proposed for the 47 – 47.2 GHz frequency band,” the IAP said.
Under WRC-19 agenda item 10 (future agenda items), language to protect the Amateur Radio primary 50 – 54 MHz allocation was included in a US proposal to study implementing space-based Earth Exploration Satellite Service (EESS) radars to operate in the 40 – 50 MHz range, in time for WRC-23, recognizing that 50 – 54 MHz is primary in Regions 2 and 3, with an alternative primary Amateur Service allocation in a number of Region 1 countries.
Also under agenda item 10, the frequency segment 47 – 47.2 GHz was removed from a proposal to study several additional frequency ranges for the Fixed Satellite Service (FSS).
Language in a Canadian contribution, with additions from the US delegation, was added regarding WRC-19 agenda item 9.1.6, which seeks to identify frequencies for medium- and high-power wireless charging of electric vehicles (WPT-EV). Delegates to PCC.II forwarded an IAP of no change to the Radio Regulations.
The recent CITEL meeting was the last prior to WRC-19. Read more. — Thanks to Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, and Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN
France Stands its Ground on 144 – 146 MHz Aeronautical Mobile Sharing Proposal
Heading into this week’s European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting in Turkey, France was holding firm on its proposal to have the Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) share 144 – 146 with Amateur Radio. An “annex” submitted for the CPG doubles down on that country’s determination to secure AMS access to that spectrum, although no longer on a primary basis. The CPG meeting will consider CEPT ECC positions for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 this fall. In the annex, France counters contrary assertions from International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and continues to insist that spectrum sharing is possible.
“France recognizes the wide range of amateur applications hosted by the 144 – 146 MHz band,” the French annex document said. “The band will remain available for all these applications after WRC-23. However, a clear vision of the band segmentation per application and associated occupancy rates will be necessary for the sharing and compatibility studies carried on during the WRC-23 preparation cycle. Such studies are essential for assessing the possibilities of frequency sharing and establishing, where appropriate, the conditions that will ensure the continuity of operation and the protection of existing services.”
If the French proposal gets a thumbs up from at least 10 CEPT countries at the CPG meeting — with not more than 6 opposing — the proposal could appear on the agendas of WRC-19 and WRC-23, where a final decision will be made.
In its own CPG meeting submission, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) called the French proposal “unsound” and contended that sharing of the current amateur allocation with AMS radio systems “is not possible without a significant likelihood of mutual interference.” Read more.In Brief…
N1MM Logger+ users planning to operate the Hiram Percy Maxim 150th birthday celebration event must first download the file HPM150.zip.Then, extract the files into C:Users<your user name>(My) DocumentsN1MM Logger+UserDefinedContests. “HPM 150” will show up as a contest choice when you open a new log file. The event is August 31 – September 8. Operating FT4 or FT8 during HPM 150 is not quite as simple. According to WSJT-Xdeveloper Joe Taylor, K1JT, the two digital modes are “not a good fit” for the HPM 150 event. “There’s no built-in support for two stations using non-standard call signs to work each other with standard auto-sequencing,” Taylor said. “Messages intended for Field Day support the exchange of ARRL/RAC sections, but do not include signal reports.” He said it’s possible to piece together the necessary contact information using free-text messages and manual sequencing, “but most FT4/FT8 users would not find this convenient,” he added. — Thanks to Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, and Joe Taylor, K1JT
Registration now is open for stations to register for Scouting’s 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). JOTA will take place October 18 – 20. JOTA is Scouting’s largest event in the world and always takes place over the third weekend of October. Click on “Sign Up Now” and register using your free Scout.org user id. Use the same site to register for the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet. Bill Stearns, NE4RD, has been named the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree on the Air Task Force Chair. He has activated a number of JOTA and Scout Camp stations from the Montana Scout Council and served on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree K2BSA and 2019 World Scout Jamboree NA1WJ staffs. The NA1WJ Amateur Radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia reported that more than 3,000 Scouts took part in the ham radio demonstrations, logging more than 4,000 contacts in 86 DXCC entities.
Sweden’s Alexanderson Alternator station SAQ says it received 438 listener reports — “an incredible amount” — for its June 30 Alexanderson Day transmissions. The list included five reports from the US and three from Canada. The historic electro-mechanical transmitter, which dates back to the 1920s, is fired up periodically throughout the year on 17.2 kHz. “We are very thankful for all your enthusiastic and positive feedback, with images, recordings, videos, and even Morse ink writer strips,” SAQ said. The station is a World Heritage Site in Grimeton, Sweden. SAQ’s June 30 message commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first east-to-west transatlantic voice transmission from the Marconi station in Ireland to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. SAQ has posted an interactive map showing the locations of all received listener reports from recent transmissions, including the June 30 transmission, and video of the Alexanderson Day transmission event has been posted to its YouTube channel.
ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu
SB DX @ ARL $ARLD034 ARLD034 DX news ZCZC AE34 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 34 ARLD034 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT August 29, 2019 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD034 ARLD034 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 to all. FIJI, 3D2. Bigi, DE3BWR and Helmut, DD0VR will be QRV as 3D2VR from September 2 to 9. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL via DD0VR. WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A large group of operators will be QRV with special event call 9M16KING from Kuala Lumpur from September 1 to 30 in celebration of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via operators' instructions. BURUNDI, 9U. Francesco, IV3TMM will be QRV as 9U3TMM from Bujumbura from August 31 to September 17. Activity will be on 60 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call. KYRGYZSTAN, EX. A group of operators will be QRV as EX6QP from Lake Issyk-Kul from September 2 to 15. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via SP6OJK. FRANCE, F. Christophe, F4GTB will be QRV as TM44WFF from September 2 to 18. Activity will be from several WWFF references. QSL to home call. NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Jan, F6EYB is QRV as FK8CJ from Noumea, IOTA OC-032, until the end of 2019. Activity is mainly on 30, 20 and 17 meters. QSL to home call. BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik will be QRV as LZ304EW during September to honor Orthodox saints. QSL via bureau. AUSTRIA, OE. Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club will be QRV as 4U500M during September to commemorate Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe 500 years ago. QSL via UA3DX. PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Puiu, P29VIM is QRV from Papua and other nearby islands until September 22. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, JT9 and FT8. QSL via YO5BIM. NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PD538RNI is QRV until September 26 to commemorate Radio North Sea International and Radio Veronica, two 1970 offshore radio stations. QSL via PD0ARI. AFGHANISTAN, T6. Robert, S53R will be QRV as T6AA from Kabul from September to the Summer of 2021 while on work assignment. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. He will be active as T6A during major contests. QSL to home call. TURKEY, TA. Special event station TC113PTR will be QRV from August 31 to September 1 to commemorate the Ottoman Empire's first wireless telegraphy station in Patara. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via TA4E. In addition, look for a group of operators to be QRV as TC0Z from the Kefken Lighthouse on Kefken Island, IOTA AS-159, from August 31 to September 4. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW. CHAD, TT. Jean Louis, ZS6AAG is QRV as TT8JLH from N'Djamena while working with Doctors Without Borders. Activity is in his spare time on 20 meters using SSB. QSL to home call. CANADA, VE. Alessandro, VE7ADA will be QRV as VE7ADA/1 from Nova Scotia and Cape Breton from September 1 to 7. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. His activity will be from various locations and some small islands in NA-081 and NA-010, and from the Marconi National Historic Site at Table Head in Glace Bay, the location of Marconi's first transatlantic station. QSL to home call. ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Steve, WB4GHY is QRV as ZD8SC until September 1 while on work assignment. Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 meters, using SSB. QSL to home call. THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The World Wide Digi DX Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, UK/EI SSB DX Contest, Colorado QSO Party and Tennessee QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend. The Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Celebration runs from August 31 to September 8. The MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are scheduled for September 2. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for September 3. G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key CW Contest is scheduled for September 4. 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, September QST, page 80, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details. NNNN /EX
The latest ARRL DX Bulletin is always at the top here — ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu
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– WORLD OF DX
– IT’S A DOG-GREET-DOG WORLD ON THE SUMMITS
The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.
Ham Nation — Menu
Aug 28th 2019
More Huntsville Hamfest from Bob, fixing broken connectors with Gordo, 20 Watt QRP Dummy Load Kit build with George, a Super Pine Board Project, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, and an interview with the Pearson family, winners of the IC-7610 at Huntsville!
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Odds and Ends — Menu
- 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
SCARS Is On The Web — Menu
- Homepage: W5NOR.ORG
- News and Updates: SCARS Newsletter
- Repeater Resources: SCARS Repeater
- Oklahoma DMR Resources: OKDMR
- Facebook: SCARS Facebook
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