SCARS News October 8, 2019


SCARS Meeting Day — Menu

This is the busiest Saturday on the SCARS Calendar for 2019. We start the day with a normal monthly meeting. Our own Michelle Carey W5MQC will recap last week’s YL DXpedition to the USS Batfish, in Muskogee. This is their first trip to the site after the ‘big flood’, and she’ll have pictures and stories from that site, and from the ‘inside’ of a DXpedition. We’ll work to get you back home for the ‘big OU-TEXAS’ game! Then, after the game, make sure you make it back for the SCARS Fall Picnic, details below.

SCARS meetings happen on the second Saturday of the month (third in June) at 9:00 am at the Norman Firehouse #7, 2207 Goddard Ave, just west of the intersection of W. Rock Creek Rd. and N. Flood Ave. All of the location and time details are available on the Meetings/Nets page of this website.


SCARS Picnic This Saturday — Menu

October 12th is the day for our SCARS picnic. The club meeting will be in the morning, The OU / Texas game follows that meeting, and then head out to Casa Denny for the evening picnic. Denny and Otie said the gates open at 4:00 pm, dinner will start serving at 6:00 pm. As always, bring some dishes to share like salads, side dishes, or desserts. SCARS will provide burgers, dogs, hot links, buns, water, lemonade, and tea. Feel free to bring any additional items or drinks.

You can find Casa Denny at 9400 Banner Rd, Lexington, OK. Just south of Norman, between 84th and 96th on the south side of Banner. The driveway is just 3′ east of the bridge. Slow down when you see the bridge.


OK DX Dinner — Menu

$15 per person, a buffet at the Cattle Country Inn in Stroud, Saturday, October 19th at 6 PM. The buffet opens at 6:15 with fried chicken, fried catfish and roast ham, salad, lots of veggies, desserts, and we’ve secured our speaker/presenter: Bill Priakos, W5SJ, presenting about the TX5T Austral Island dxpedition he was on. 


Newsletter News — Menu

This newsletter is announced in a number of places. Feel free to subscribe to the way that suits you best. If you’re an email person, you can subscribe by visiting https://w5nor.org/email. If you’re a twitter person, visit us at https://w5nor.org/twitter. And, each newsletter announcement is posted on the Facebook group at https://w5nor.org/Facebook. And, if you like to search this yourself, you can go straight to the newsletter at https://w5nor.org/newsletter. Any way you found the newsletter, we’re glad you made it.

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 w5nor@w5nor.org. 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.

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
09/05/2020 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
09/20/2020 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/04/2020 | Wichita Area Hamfest | Location: Wichita, KS

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 Elmer Nights – Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Norman Red Cross – 1205 Halley Ave, Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS October VE Test – 11/7/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS October Meeting – 10/12/2019 – Norman Firehouse #7 – 2207 Goddard – Norman, OK 73069
  • SCARS October Picnic – 10/12/2019 – Casa Denny – 9400 Banner Road, 4 pm start, 6 pm dinner, bring a dish to share, and be prepared to talk radio!!


SCARS Is On The Web — Menu

News, links, repeater info, hamfests, licensing, and more are linked from the menu sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG!


Podcast: The Doctor Is In — Menu

Audio Link

Keeping Water Out of Coaxial Cables

September 26, 2019

Water is one of the great enemies of coaxial cable, causing severe loss and other issues. The Doctor explains how to keep H2O at bay.

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


Podcast: So Now What? — Menu

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13. You’re Not “Just” a Tech

October 03, 2019

Featuring Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR.

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


ARRL Letter — Menu

Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Begins on October 17

More than 230 items will go on the block as bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC) for the 14th Annual ARRL Online Auction. The auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST. An auction preview opens on Monday, October 14.

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items, plus the ARRL Lab team has contributed four of its very popular “Mystery Junque Boxes.”

Some premier “Product Review” items up for bid include the Elecraft KPA 1500 legal-limit HF and 6-meter linear amplifier, the Icom IC-7610 HF and 6-meter transceiver, the Palstar LA-1K 160 – 6 meter amplifier, the FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6400M HF and 6-meter SDR transceiver, the Kenwood TS-890S HF and 6-meter transceiver, and many more.

The auction will also offer items donated from the popular television series Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, an actual radio amateur who portrays the fictional Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, in the show, which has featured ham radio in some episodes.

Among book offerings in the auction are the sold out 2019 Handbook Boxed Set, a special defense edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook from 1942, and a 1949 ARRL Antenna Book.

Proceeds from the annual Online Auction benefit ARRL education programs. These include activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) training, offer continuing technical and operating education, and create instructional materials.

All bidders must register (your arrl.org user ID and password will not work on the auction site). If you have registered for a previous ARRL Online Auction, you may use the same login information. If you have forgotten your user ID or password, click the “Help” tab for instructions on how to retrieve these credentials. Make sure your correct address and other information are up to date. The auction site only accepts Visa and MasterCard.IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio Spectrum Pollution

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) met on September 28 and 29 in Lima, Peru, to conduct a final review of IARU preparations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). The Council’s annual meeting took place just ahead of the triennial IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) General Assembly. Responsible for IARU policy and management, the Council consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

WRC-19’s lengthy agenda includes items of direct interest to the Amateur Service, including consideration of improvements to the 50 MHz amateur allocation in Region 1, protection of existing amateur allocations, and development of the agenda for the next WRC in 2023. IARU volunteers and member-societies have been working for the past 4 years — since WRC-15 — to influence proposals from national telecommunications administrations and regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) that will be considered at WRC-19, which gets under way late this month in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

“IARU efforts have reduced the number of potentially damaging proposals that otherwise might have been offered for consideration, but several challenges remain,” IARU said in a news release. “A small team of IARU observers will attend WRC-19 and will work with amateurs and friends on national delegations to reach the best possible outcomes.”

Front: Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM; IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Don Beattie, G3BJ; Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP; Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ. Rear: Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T; IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; David Sumner, K1ZZ; Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, and George Gorsline, VE3YV.

Looking beyond WRC-19, the AC plans to increase its commitment to influencing the work of standards organizations, particularly the International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) and its participating national committees. IARU cited “the rising level of radio spectrum pollution caused by unnecessary and unwanted emissions from electronic devices, such as wireless power transfer for the recharging of electric vehicles (WPT-EV), is a serious threat to radiocommunication services including the Amateur Service.”

Council participants engaged in an extensive discussion to identify the principal challenges facing Amateur Radio and how the IARU and its member-societies might better address them. Upgrading of the current websites of the IARU and its three regional organizations is under way and should be completed in the coming months. The AC also adopted a Brand Guide to ensure a common identity across the IARU organization.

The Council’s next in-person meeting will take place in October 2020, just prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. Virtual AC meetings are also planned beginning in December 2019 and January 2020. Read more— Thanks to IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ

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Ten Teams to Compete in Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Championship Event

Ten teams of academic, industry, and entrepreneurial technologists are set to compete in the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) championship on October 23 at the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — a US Department of Defense agency — announced the qualifiers in September. SC2 is a 3-year contest to unlock the potential of the RF spectrum using artificial intelligence (AI). The teams’ radio designs will go head to head during a live competition, and the first-, second-, and third-place winners will walk away with $2 million, $1 million, and $750,000 in prizes, respectively.

“These teams have fought long and hard for their chance to compete in SC2’s Championship Event,” SC2 Program Manager Paul Tilghman said in a news release. “After 3 years of competition, this final roster reflects some of the best minds working at the intersection of AI and wireless communications.”

Teams representing Drexel University; the University of Florida; Northeastern University; Vanderbilt University; a group from Ghent University, the University of Antwerp, and Rutgers University will compete in this month’s event, along with teams of independent researchers.

“Since its beginning in 2016, SC2 has challenged teams to merge recent advances in AI and machine learning with the expanding capacities of software defined radios (SDR) to create radio networks capable of autonomously collaborating on ways to best utilize the spectrum moment-to-moment,” the news release said. “Some teams employ rule-based, or ‘first wave’ AI approaches that attempt to capture all possible moves or scenarios a radio could face and then define a corresponding response. Others are using more advanced AI and machine learning, or ‘second wave’ approaches that exploit pattern recognition to help their radios avoid interfering with their wireless neighbors while skillfully navigating to open spectrum. A few teams use a combination of the two approaches.”

The aim of SC2 is to determine if AI-enabled radios can autonomously navigate the wireless spectrum, eliminating the need for rigid, human-managed spectrum bands or traditional spectrum allocation.

“The novel approaches developed by our competitors could enable us to make more efficient use of the spectrum we currently have available, and possibly forestall spectrum scarcity that threatens future performance as more and more devices come online,” Tilghman said.

DARPA says that SC2 began with more than 30 teams that either submitted a proposal or successfully completing technical hurdles developed by SC2 organizers. A championship play-in round was held in early September to determine the final 10 teams that would compete in the Championship Event.

Grant Imahara, known for his work on the Discovery series MythBusters and Netflix series White Rabbit Project, will serve as the master of ceremonies. He will provide commentary with DARPA’s Tilghman and GNU Radio Foundation President Ben Hilburn, KJ4DDR. The finale is free to attend and open to all MWC 2019 Los Angeles attendees as well as the general public. Those without a 3-day pass may email to request a free 1-day pass to the SC2 Championship Event.So Now What? Podcast

“You’re not ‘Just’ a Tech” — featuring Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR — will be the focus of the new (October 3) 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.

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The Weather Channel Cites “Old School Tech” Amateur Radio as Storm Resource

Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator of WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHCexplained Amateur Radio’s role during severe weather situations to interviewers from The Weather Channel (TWC). In a September 16 segment headlined, “Using Old School Tech During a Storm,” Ripoll — seated at WX4NHC — told Weather Channel interviewers Rick Knabb and Mike Bettes, that information NHC forecasters receive via Amateur Radio volunteers and spotters “sometimes fills in gaps they can’t get from satellites or reconnaissance.”

Knabb recounted an occasion when he was trying to pin down information about a storm system in Central America. “The only way I was able to accurately document what happened with that system in Central America was because of data through the ham radio operators that relayed it,” he told Ripoll.

Ripoll cited the WX4NHC volunteer staff of approximately 30 radio amateurs who gather and essentially screen information gathered via Amateur Radio for weather data that may be of use to forecasters.

Over the weekend, Ripoll expressed appreciation to WX4NHC, Hurricane Watch Net, and VoIP Hurricane Net volunteers for the time they donate during hurricanes and the reports they send to WX4NHC.

“Sometimes, we sit for hours listening to static. Sometimes, we receive many reports that are unremarkable. Sometimes, we receive very few reports. But then there are those times that one or two reports make a difference,” Ripoll said. He noted that NHC Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart cited Amateur Radio in a Hurricane Humberto advisory.

The advisory noted, “An Amateur Radio operator at Ports Island near the southern end of Bermuda reported a sustained wind of 75 MPH and a gust to 104 MPH during the past hour. An Amateur Radio operator in Somerset Village recently reported a sustained wind of 70 MPH and a gust to 89 MPH.” — Thanks to Julio Ripoll, WD4RARISS Invites Proposals to Host Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations — individually or working together — to host an Amateur Radio contact with a member of the International Space Station crew. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30. Proposal information and documents are on the ARISS website.

ARISS anticipates that contacts would take place between July 1 and December 31, 2020. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine specific contact dates. To make the most of these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

Crew members aboard the International Space Station routinely conduct scheduled Amateur Radio contacts throughout the year. These contacts are approximately 10 minutes long and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world — with the support of NASA and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan, and Europe — make these contact opportunities available to educational organizations. An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms to educate students about what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science.

Amateur Radio organization volunteers provide the equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world using Amateur Radio.

Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.

Proposal information and more details, including expectations, proposal guidelines, proposal forms, and dates and times of informational webinars, are on the ARISS website.

Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com.

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The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: A new sunspot from old Cycle 24 appeared on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with the sunspot number at 11 on both days. Average daily solar flux rose only slightly from 67.3 to 67.6. Geomagnetic indices were higher. Average planetary A index rose from 5.4 to 14.4, and average mid-latitude A index increased from 4.6 to 11.

Predicted solar flux is 68 for the next 45 days, October 3 – 16. Predicted planetary A index is 12 and 8 on October 3 – 4; 5 on October 5 – 9; 8, 5, 8, and 12 on October 10 – 13; 8 on October 14 – 15; 5 on October 16 – 20; 12, 5, and 5 on October 21 – 23; 18, 25, 12, and 10 on October 24 – 27; 8, 8, and 12 on October 28 – 30; 8, 8, and 12 on October 31 – November 2; 5 on November 3 – 5; 8, 5, 8, 10, 8, and 8 on November 6 – 11, and 5 on November 12 – 16.

Sunspot numbers for September 26 – October 2 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 11, and 11, with a mean of 3.1. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 67.1, 66.4, 67.3, 67.4, 67.9, 68.7, and 68.3, with a mean of 67.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 21, 27, 13, 15, 13, and 8, with a mean of 14.4. Middle latitude A index was 2, 15, 21, 10, 11, 11, and 7, with a mean of 11.

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

  • October 5 — FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint (CW)
  • October 5 – 6 — California QSO Party (CW, phone)
  • October 5 – 6 — TRC DX Contest (CW, phone)
  • October 5 – 6 — Oceania DX Contest, Phone
  • October 5 – 6 — Russian World Wide Digital Contest
  • October 5 – 6 — International Hell Contest (Digital)
  • October 5 – 6 — SKCC QSO Party (CW)
  • October 5 – 7 — YLRL DX/NA YL Contest (CW, phone, digital)
  • October 6 — RSGB DX Contest (CW, phone)
  • October 6 — UBA ON Contest, SSB
  • October 6 — Peanut Power QRP Sprint (CW, phone)
  • October 9 — 432 MHz Fall Sprint (CW, phone)
  • October 10 — 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint (CW, phone, digital)

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.

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Belarus Team Dominates 16th IARU High-Speed Telegraphy World Championship

The team from Belarus dominated the 16th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship in mid-September, sponsored by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Belarus came away with

Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS.

more than two-thirds of the medals, with several other countries’ teams sharing the rest. Representatives of 19 countries participated in the championship, which took place in Albena, Bulgaria, sponsored by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs.

Belarus team member Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS, ran up a score of 291,597 points, to top the old world record of 288,671 in the male RufzXP category. The top speed achieved during the attempt was 943 characters/minute or 195 WPM. Teodora Karastoyanova, LZ2CWW, set a new female record in the same event, with 293,877 points and a maximum speed of 943 characters/minute or 195 WPM. Last May, she set an official female record in the Romanian Championships with 286,944 points.

Teodora Karastoyanova, LZ2CWW.

In all, 60 male and 30 female competitors took part in the events, which included reception of five letter/figure/mixed groups for a period of 1 minute according to the software provided, transmission of five letter/figure/mixed groups for a period of 1 minute, and “radio amateur practicing tests,” using RufzXP software for call sign receiving, and Morse Runner software for pileup receiving.

The HST competition also includes entry categories for “young” males and females (age 16 and younger) and “junior” males and females (up to age 21). Official results as well as the world record list are available online.

The 17th IARU HST World Championship will take place in 2020 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. — Thanks to IARU Region 1Radio Club of America (RCA) Announces its 2019 Award Recipients and Fellows

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced its 2019 award recipients and fellows. Many of those being recognized are radio amateurs. Honorees will be feted at RCA’s 110th Banquet & Awards Presentation on Saturday, November 23, in New York City.

Awards

Armstrong Medal: Thomas Marzetta, for outstanding achievements and lasting contributions to the radio arts and sciences and wireless communications.

Fred M. Link Award: George R. Stoll, WA0KBT, for notable achievements in land mobile radio communications.

RCA Special Recognition Award: PMC Associates, in recognition of dedicated service to the Radio Club of America.

Radio Club of America Service Award: David Bart, KB9YPD, in recognition of dedicated service to the Radio Club of America.

US Navy Captain George P. McGinnis Memorial Award: CTM2 Michael Lee Heenan, USN (posthumously), in recognition of service and dedication to the advancement and preservation of US Navy Cryptology.

The Vivian A. Carr Award: Margaret Lyons, in recognition of an outstanding woman’s achievements in the wireless industry.

Jay Kitchen Leadership Award: Jay Kitchen (posthumously), in recognition of achievement of a high level of success leading a wireless association.

Lee de Forest Award: Frederick M. Baumgartner, K0FMB, for significant contributions to the advancement of radio communications.

Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award: Martin F. Jue, K5FLU, for unique contributions to the field of Amateur Radio.

Lifetime Achievement: Henry Richter, W6VZA, for significant achievements and a major body of work that has advanced the art and science of wireless technology.

Frank A. Gunther Award: Robert Strickland, for dedication to the field of military communications.

Alfred H. Grebe Award: Bob Heil, K9EID, for significant achievements and demonstrated excellence in the engineering and manufacturing of radio equipment.

RCA President’s Award: Chester “Barney” Scholl, Jr., K3LA, for service and dedication to the Radio Club of America.

DeMello Award: Chief Barry Luke, for demonstrating the highest level of personal and professional conduct and performance in Public Safety Communications.

2019 RCA Fellows

Elevation to Fellow is made by nomination of members in good standing for at least the previous 5 years, in recognition of contributions to the art and science of radio communications, broadcast, or the Radio Club of America.

  • Louis T. Fiore, W2LTF
  • Dana B. Hanford, Jr., KC7SDD
  • Don Root, K6CDO
  • Alan Spindel, AG4WK
  • Lee A. Ward, K0LW
  • Holly Wayt

complete listing of RCA Awards and previous recipients is on the RCA website.In Brief…

The International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) will hold its 23rd annual operating event in 2020 a week later than usual. The event is usually held on the third full weekend in August, but this year, that date coincides with the 75th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific during World War II. “The organizers of the event have decided it would be inappropriate to hold the ILLW event on the third full weekend of August next year, as many stations will be involved in commemorating the important anniversary of VP day, especially those bordering and within the Pacific Rim,” said ILLW Organizer and Webmaster Kevin Mulcahy, VK2CE. “We trust this temporary move to August 22 – 23 will not inconvenience anyone.” Mulcahy said this year’s 22nd annual event “was again very successful,” with 426 stations in 50 countries, plus others who did not register participating. “Several new countries and lighthouses were listed this year,” he reported.

Australian Regulator Reinstates US Amateur Radio License Reciprocity The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) reports Australia’s communications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is reinstating the reciprocal arrangement for US Amateur Radio license holders. “The reinstatement follows a period of suspension of reciprocity precipitated by a complainant objecting to the granting of [Australian] licenses,” a WIA statement read. “The WIA believes that irrespective of the motivations of the complainant to raise their objections, the impact of the suspension was only to increase barriers to entry to Amateur Radio in Australia, and was most unhelpful.” The WIA expressed its pleasure that the restriction was lifted. A reciprocal license is valid only for 12 months from the date of issue and cannot be renewed or extended unless the holder passes the local regulations examination.

Former ARRL North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, died on September 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was 79. Clements served as ARRL North Texas Section Communications Manager/Section Manager from 1979 until 1989. (ARRL changed the position title to Section Manager in 1984.) Clements was a pilot for Braniff Airways and Airborne Express.

IARU Region 3 Provides for Satellite Uplinks on 15 Meters International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (Asia, Pacific) has approved a modified interim band plan that provides Amateur Satellite uplink frequencies between 21.125 – 21.450 MHz. The IARU Region 1 and 2 band plans do not provide for Amateur Satellite usage. “In all cases of conflict between a band plan and the national regulations of a country, the latter shall prevail,” the band plan states. “However, it is not recommended to use frequencies outside of the band plan for the Amateur Satellite Service, and it should be noted that the IARU cannot coordinate Amateur Satellite usage of frequencies outside of the band plan.” The Region 3 directors met in Tokyo on September 2 – 3. — Thanks to AMSAT

The current ARRL letter is available by clicking here.


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

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From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 3, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

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ARLD039 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.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP.  Look for Manfred, DK1BT, Wolf, DL4WK,
Annette, DL6SAK, Sigi, DL7DF, Frank, DL7UFR, Jan, SP3CYY and Leszek,
SP3DOI as TO80SP until October 14.  They are QRV on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and digital modes.  QSL via DL7DF.

TONGA, A3.  Grant, VK5GR, Oly, VK5XDX and Andrew, VK5AKH are QRV as
A35JT from Tongatapu, IOTA OC 049, until October 7.  Activity is on
80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  This
includes being active in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX and upcoming
Oceania DX contests.  QSL via M0OXO.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago,
IOTA AF-005, until October 13.  Activity will be on the HF bands and
possibly various satellites.  QSL via M0OXO.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Gerard, PA0PIW, Gert, PA2LO, Maarten, PA3EYC,
Tymen, PA3GRM, and Bert, PD0GP will be signing LX/home calls from
October 4 to 7 on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL
via PA3EYC, LoTW.

WESTERN KIRIBATI, T30.  Stan, LZ1GC, Karel, OK2WM and Mitko, LZ3NY
will be QRV as T30GC from October 7 to 23.  They plan to be active
on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via ClubLog OQRS,
LoTW or LZ1GC.

LIBERIA, EL.  Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be QRV as
A82X and A82Z until October 11.  Activity will be on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with five stations.  QSL direct
to I2YSB.

PERU, OA.  Members of Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special call
sign OC19IARU until October 6 during the 20th General Assembly of
IARU Region 2.  QSL via bureau.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  Members of the Noronha Contest Group
plan to participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as PY0F.  They will
be QRV on 160 to 10 meters.  QSL via PY7RP or ClubLog OQRS.

UGANDA, 5X.  Anton, ON6NL is QRV as 5X8C from Entebbe until October
7.  Activity is in his spare time while working and teaching telecom
training classes.  QSL to home call.

VIETNAM, 3W.  Sven, HB9DXB is operating as XV9DXB until October 9.
He is QRV on 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via EB7DX.
Also, Geri, DK8KW will be active as 3W9KW in Hanoi from October 18
to 26.  Activity will be on various HF bands running QRP, mostly CW
and possibly some SSB.  QSL via home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ravi, VU2IIX will be QRV as S79VU from Mahe Island,
IOTA AF-024, until June 30, 2021.  Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via operator's
instructions.
 
DODECANESE, SV5.  Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Rhodes,
IOTA EU-001, until October 10.  Activity is on the HF bands using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via LoTW.
         
GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN will be QRV as TR8CR until December 15.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.
         
VANUATU, YJ.  Oleh, KD7WPJ will be QRV as YJ0BCP from Efate, IOTA
OC-035, until October 10.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The TRC DX Contest, The Oceana DX
Contest Phone, Russian WW Digital Contest, YLRL DX/NA YL Contest,
International HELL-Contest, California QSO Party, FISTS Fall Slow
Speed Sprint, SKCC QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON Contest SSB
and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this weekend.

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 October QST page 90 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

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October 3, 2019

– SATELLITE BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR AZORES HURRICANE COMMUNICATIONS
– REMOTE PACIFIC ISLAND LIGHTS UP AIRWAVES
– CALIF. LIBRARY GETS TO BOOK A RADIO DATE WITH SPACE STATION
– RSGB NAMES TOP WINNERS IN ‘CLUB OF THE YEAR’ COMPETITION
– OHIO AMATEUR INDUCTED INTO DAYTON BROADCAST HALL OF FAME
– IN PURSUIT OF A NEW GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE
– AUSTRALIAN CONTESTERS GET 2-BY-1 CALL SIGNS APPROVED
– SPECIAL CALL SIGN IN BELGIUM HONORS PRINCESS
– WORLD OF DX
– COPYING THE CODE OF FRIENDSHIP

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AUDIO

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An update from Valerie, supporting the WIN System with Gordo, HRO Superfest 2019 with Dan Vanevenhoven, talking Arduino DTMF with George, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, your questions with Amanda and more!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation


73 de Mark N5HZR

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