SCARS News September 29, 2020


New Contest for Portables — Menu

October 3rd to 4th will be the first Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge. This event tries to level the efforts of a fixed station and a portable station in a contest situation. All of the details are available on the FMH site. Frank Howell K4FMH has created this event and it’s sponsored by the National Contest Journal. Scores for the event are based on a kilometers-per-watt score and the handicap is in favor of a portable station. Operators can only work a single 8-hour session out of the October 3 and 4 dates. Pick your time based on the best conditions at your location.

New hams or hams new to contesting are urged to try their hand during this contest. Maybe this will be the event to get your feet wet as a contester.

Contest rules state that the distance between stations in kilometers is divided by your power output in watts. Fixed (Q) stations compete against portable (P) stations on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Phone, CW, and digital modes can be used and for the 2020 event, two transmitters can be used at the same time.

Portable stations may not use permanently installed amateur radio equipment or facilities but may use AC power. The exchange is call sign, station class (P or Q), consecutive serial number, and four-character grid square.

See you on the air!


Simulated Emergency Test 2020 — Menu

This Sunday Cleveland County ARES member will be participating in the ARRL ARES-Oklahoma 2020 Simulated Emergency Test. We will operate a SET net on Sunday Morning, at 11:00 Central Time, on the 147.060 MHz +600 offset and 141.3 Hz CTCSS repeater. This will be a directed net, and virtual assignments will be handed out over the radio. In addition, you can also join the statewide HF net at 4:30 pm Central Time on Sunday, October 4th, 2020. See you on the air! Details are shown below…

ARRL2020 Simulated Emergency Test Guidelines

ARES-Oklahoma –  Exercise Scenario for the 2020 SET

This is Oklahoma and line of powerful thunderstorms has moved through your area. Strong winds, flooding rains, damaging hail and lighting have paralyzed several of counties in your area. Wind speeds exceeded 65 MPH and have caused many trees, branches and some power lines to fail. Estimates are between 35 to 60 percent of homes in your area are without power.  Voice communications infrastructure has been slightly effected, however written-message (digital) communications suffered greatly with the loss of internet and wireless communications in many areas.

ARES-Oklahoma – Operations Guidelines and Goals

1. The use of local VHF/UHF voice communication is encouraged for your local nets during you SET.

2. Simplex should be used wherever possible.

3. Traffic can be passed between fixed and mobile stations if needed.

4. All messages MUST be preceded by and end with “THIS IS A EXERCISE”

5. The Scenario notes that roads may be impassable. Therefore, movement of mobile stations may be limited by the DEC. It may be necessary to assign other than usual operators to locations such as county EOCs, hospitals, shelters or other served agency locations.

6. All stations are encouraged to use their emergency power source and set up emergency antennas if possible. If it’s something you’d expect to do during a real EMCOMM response, no better time than now to test it out.

7. Each team or participating individual are encouraged to send an email to the ARRL Oklahoma SEC via Winlink.  Send a short email to n7xyo@arrl.net

Message to include your Name, Call, location, name and call sign of your local EC or DEC as well as the number of participants with your team during this set.

8. Send local tactical message traffic on behalf of local served agency.

9. Creative “thinking outside the box” is encouraged (flexibility is one of the capabilities radio amateurs bring to any EMCOMM/Public Service mission).

10. On SUNDAY: each team or participating individual are encouraged to check-in via the ARES Statewide HF net at its normal time of 2130Hrs UTC.

11. Each operating Team’s actions and ALL Communications shall be noted/logged on the applicable ICS form(s). See: http://garlandr.s412.sureserver.com/graces/icsforms.html

12. Participants active in public view or working with served agencies shall wear their ARES approved Deployment Vests. Don’t have a vest yet? Please see http://www.ARESOK.org on the left side of the page – click on Other Resources and scroll down to ARES-OK Gear..

13. Don’t forget, let’s have some fun with this!

ARES-Oklahoma – Key goals:

SATURDAY: The use of local VHF/UHF voice communication is encouraged for your local nets during your SET. 

WINLINK: All encouraged to send an email to the ARRL Oklahoma SEC via Winlink.

Send a short email to n7xyo@arrl.net

This Name, Call, location, name & call of your local EC or DEC.

Number of participants of your team during this set.

SUNDAY all are encouraged to check-in via the ARES Statewide HF net at its normal time of 2130Hrs UTC, Every Sunday ARES Oklahoma HF net on

2130Hrs UTC, Every Sunday ARES Oklahoma HF net is on:

3900KHz Lower Sideband Phone (+/- QRM) PRIMARY

If conditions require the alternate frequency will be at:

7260KHz Lower Sideband Phone (+/- QRM) ALTERNATE

MORE: See the ARRL SET Guidelines listed below.

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ARRL 2020 Simulated Emergency Test Guidelines

Test Your Readiness on October 3 – 4

ARRL’s Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is October 3 – 4, 2020, and this nationwide exercise is the chance to test your personal emergency-operating skills and the readiness of your communications equipment and accessories in a simulated emergency-like deployment. In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, please adhere to Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health department guidelines by staying home if you can, maintaining safe distances when around people, and follow recommended cleaning and disinfecting practices at all times.

ARRL Field Organization Leaders at the local levels, and many other volunteers that are active in public service and emergency communications, are developing simulated emergency-like scenarios in consultation with a variety of agencies and organizations for whom radio amateurs are known to provide service during emergencies. Please note that everyone who participates in the SET must follow CDC and local health guidelines.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

It may not be possible to conduct an in-person emergency exercise this year. However, it is possible to adapt to the circumstances and situation at hand. Remember, station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service. Any time we spend on the air will contribute to developing and practicing our personal radio communication capability.

The ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES®), the National Traffic System (NTS), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), SKYWARN ™, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and other allied groups and public-service oriented radio amateurs are among those who are eligible to participate in the simulated exercise and to practice emergency operation plans, nets and procedures.

Establishing Relationships

The ARRL has longstanding relationships with several national organizations including the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Salvation Army (among several others). More information on these and other national served agencies may be found at www.arrl.org/served-agencies-and-partners/.

Let this year’s ARRL Simulated Emergency Test be a chance to reach out to these partners (at a safe distance and/or via on-line meetings and teleconferences) to establish or review plans and develop working relationships.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is in September.  This is a nationwide effort to encourage everyone to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security works with a wide variety of organizations to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation. We encourage you to consider this year’s Simulated Emergency Test (and all preparations for it) as a demonstration of amateur radio’s readiness. More information on National Preparedness Month is found at www.ready.gov/ .

SET to Go!

In consideration of local and section wide schedules and relationships with partners, agencies and many others, ARRL Field Organization Leaders have the option of conducting their local or section wide SET at another time besides the focal-point weekend of October 3 and 4, 2020.  2020 SETs should be conducted no later than the end of the fall season or the calendar year. Check with your local ARRL Field Organization leadership for the exact date or dates of the SET in your area.

To find out how to be involved in this year’s SET, please contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager. Check on upcoming planned activities through local, state or section wide nets. Contact your local club or other area clubs to find out who the Emergency Coordinator is and/or when and where the nearest ARES net or NTS net meets and their frequencies. In addition, refer to the ARRL Section Web pages at www.arrl.org/groups/sections. Your ARRL Section Manager can assist, too. See page 16 of QST for contact information.

Additional background on the annual SET is presented in the article, Simulated Emergency Test, 2019 Results. See July, 2020, QST, pp. 62 – 65. Also, guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for the ARRL Section and Field Organization Leaders are posted on the ARRL Web page atwww.arrl.org/public-service-field-services-forms .

If you are the Emergency Coordinator, Net Manager, or a Section Leader that’s in charge of reporting this year’s SET activity on behalf of your group or net, please download the forms from the ARRL Web page. Fill them out as appropriate and return them to sewald@arrl.org at ARRL Headquarters. Thank you.

Purpose of SET

  1. To find out the strengths and weaknesses of ARES, NTS, RACES and other groups in providing emergency communications.
  2. To provide a demonstration–to served and partner agencies such as the American Red Cross, the emergency management agency and through the news media–of the value to the public that Amateur Radio provides, particularly in time of need.
  3. To help radio amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions.

Format

    The scoring format reflects broad objectives and encourages use of digital modes for handling high-volume traffic and point-to-point Welfare reports out of the affected simulated- disaster area.  Participants will find SET an opportunity to strengthen the VHF-HF link at the local level, thereby ensuring that ARES and NTS are working in concert.  The SET will give all levels of NTS the chance to handle exercise-related traffic.  The guidelines also recognize tactical traffic on behalf of served agencies.
    Test messages should carry the word “TEST” before the precedence; that is, “Test Priority” on phone and “TEST P” on cw.  The text of such messages should also begin with the words “TEST MESSAGE.”
    ARES units and other groups are free to conduct their emergency exercises anytime until the end of the calendar year if an alternative date is preferred.  The activity period should not exceed 48 hours.

Links to SET reporting forms and the EC Annual Report may be found at http://www.arrl.org/public-service-field-services-forms

You may e-mail your SET summaries to ARRL Headquarters via sewald@arrl.org.  

If you mail them to ARRL via the postal service, the address is: 

ARRL Headquarters, 225 Main Street, 

Newington, CT 06111-1494.

February 1, 2021, is the receipt deadline.

Preparation is Important

Steps for the Emergency Coordinator and Net Manager

Please note that everyone who participates in the SET must follow CDC and local health guidelines. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Because of the pandemic, it may not be possible to conduct an in-person emergency exercise this year and/or in-person meetings related to the test.  However, it is possible to adapt to the circumstances and situation at hand..  Conducting a “tabletop” exercise via a combination of teleconferences, video conferences, and/or on-the-air meetings and on-the-air nets can work very well for this year’s Simulated Emergency Test.

  1.  Sign up all available amateurs in the area under your jurisdiction and work them into your SET plans.


  2.  Call an on-the-air meeting or video/teleconference of all ARES members and prospective members to briefly outline the SET activities, and give general instructions.  Do this in a socially-distant manner that is safe for everyone.

 Do not divulge the exact time or nature of the test to participants at this time.  Take this opportunity to register new ARES members and get up-to-date information on other participants.

 3.  Contact served and partner agencies and explain the intent and overall purpose of the SET.  Offer to send test messages to other branches of their agencies.  Contact should be conducted by telephone, or other virtual means with proper social distancing measures in place.

  4.  Contact officials of any adjacent communities having no active amateurs by telephone or virtual format.  Offer to provide representation in amateur networks for them as well.

  5.  Arrange publicity in consultation with an ARRL Public Information Officer in local newspapers and radio/TV stations by preparing an announcement and/or inviting the press to observe your group’s SET operation if there happens to be an in-person deployment as part of the exercise.  Or, if it’s convenient or suitable, ask the media representative to conduct an interview via on-line video, or telephone.  

  6.  Set up liaison with one or more NTS local/section nets (if you don’t already have liaison) so you will have an outlet for all messages out of the local area.

  7.  Formulate your plans around a simulated disaster.  Possible “plots” include: a flood, a serious fire, an ice storm, a missing person, a serious accident (automobile, bus, aircraft, for examples), a broken gas line, and so forth.  Elaborate on the situation by developing a scenario, but please be realistic.

During the SET

  1.  Announce the simulated   emergency situation.  Activate the emergency net.  Dispatch mobiles if necessary to the simulated emergency scene or to the area where the served agencies or partner organizations are situated.  Because of the pandemic, these deployments may be or should be simulated for the safety of everyone involved.  


  2.  Have designated stations originate messages on behalf of served agencies.  Test messages may be sent simulating requests for supplies.  Simulated emergency messages (just like real emergency messages) should be signed by an authorized official even if the authorized officials are not physically in the area because of social-distancing requirements.

  3.  Emphasize tactical communications for served agencies and partner organizations.

  4.  As warranted by traffic loads, have liaison stations on hand to receive traffic on the local net and relay to your section net.  You should also be sure that there is a representative on each session of the section net to receive traffic going to the local area.

  5..  Operate at least one session (or substantial segment of a session) of the local net on emergency-only basis.  Or, if a repeater is on emergency power, allow only emergency-powered stations to operate through the repeater for a certain time period.

After the SET

An important post-SET activity is a critique session to discuss the test results.  All SET participants may be invited to a virtual meeting using on-line meeting tools or a teleconference to review good points and weaknesses apparent in the drill.  Emphasize ways to improve procedures, techniques, and coordination with all groups involved.  Please report your group’s effort using the appropriate forms and include any photos, clippings and other items of interest.

The Role of NTS

The main function of the National Traffic System in an emergency situation is to tie together all of the various local activities and to provide a means by which all traffic destined outside of a local area, section or region can be systematically relayed to the addressee.

Normal NTS routing should be followed..  A valid exception is the handling of emergency traffic that should be routed as rapidly and efficiently as possible, bypassing various levels of nets when delivery can be expedited.  Another exception is when one station is loaded down with traffic for one region or section.  At the discretion of the Net Control Station (NCS), the station may be directed to bypass a normal channel and go directly to a lower (or higher) echelon net.

The interface between NTS and ARES lies in the liaison function between local nets and other NTS nets, particularly at the section level.  Responsibility for representation of the local network on the section net lies with the local net manager who may or may not be the ARRL Emergency Coordinator.   Although we usually think of ARES members being the representatives in section nets, it is equally valid to expect NTS personnel to act as liaison to local nets.

At least one net session or substantial segment of a session should be conducted on emergency power. Plan a surprise session or two.  Advise the NCS just before net time.  If the NCS is unable to operate on emergency power, then someone else must be net control. Only stations operating on emergency power may report in during this time.

Summary

One of the first steps on the way to a successful SET is to try to get as many people involved as possible.  In a real emergency, we find amateurs with all sorts of varied interests coming out of the “woodwork.”  Let’s get them involved and informed through the SET so they will know more about how emergency communications can be and should be handled. Promote the SET on nets and repeaters ahead of time to sign up prospective participants.

Thanks to your efforts, the public service tradition in Amateur Radio continues!  Stay well and stay safe!

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LearnMorse Practice 4 — Menu

On the SCARS web pages, we have developed a series called LearnMorse to help you learn the 40 characters of the International Morse Code in 20 lessons. We’ve gone through all of the 40 characters and now we start with 20 weeks of practice sessions. Here’s the first test session of week 24:

Relax, and listen to this audio without writing down the letters. Listen to the rhythm of each character, and learn to pick them out as they go by. Read each character with the text shown below to make sure you’re getting them correct.

Text From Today’s Lesson 1

cc Eagle, Houston. Youre go for landing.
LMP Forty feet, down two and onehalf. Picking up some dust.
LMP Contact light.
CDR Hey, Houston, that may have seemed like a very long final phase. The auto targeting was taking us right into a football field sized crater, with a large number of big boulders and rocks for about one or two crater diameters around it, and it required flying manually over the rock field to find a reasonably good area.


QRZ024: Zedd Bought the Farm — Menu

This ongoing series was written by SCARS charter member SK Jack Bickham WB5TZZ / KU5B. Jack was a prolific novelist, his two most known works were turned into the movies “The Apple Dumpling Gang”, and “Bakers Hawk.” These 104 Q. R. Zedd articles were originally published in the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs (CORA) Newsletter, the Collector & Emitter from September 1981 through April 1990, and are hosted on the SCARS web site. We are reprinting this series to provide you with a glimpse of the past.

Originally published in the September 1983 C&E.

Horror and consternation mounted around the world this week as silence continued to surround the whereabouts and fate of the magnificent Q. R. Zedd and his party of DXers in (or somewhere near) Vietnam. President Reagan personally wired the premier of Vietnam weeks ago, pleading for word in the interests of humanity and DXers exerywhere.” Vietnamese officials expressed what seemed to be sincere worry, but kept mum, and also arrid. Zedd flew to Vietnam to activate XV in late June, attended a number of official functions, prepared his equipment, and vanished with his companions into the jungle near the Cambodian border on or about August 3. With him were Bill Buckeye, Columbus, Ohio, DXer who recently claimed a world record by getting someone to talk to him while he had Woody Hayes in the shack; Boris Badenov, famed Russian DXer who claims to have worked Long Delayed Echoes from Marconi; Bill Blast of the great Blast Off DX Net, and Mrs. Constance Wilhelmina Zedd, Q. R.’s momma. It was reported by United Press International that pirates from Cambodia swarmed across the Vietnamese border near the spot slated for the Zedd expedition about six hours after Zedd & Co. should have pitched their camp. In a confusing series of events, Vietnamese regulars stormed the area and there was a firefight with Chinese troops across that nearby border. To make matters worse, there was a solar flare at 1705Z on the same date, rendering HF communications all but inoperable for several hours. A team from the international Red Cross visited the remote jungle valley, site of the DXpedition camp, four days later. They reported a pitiful sight. The ground was cratered and the trees burned to the ground. Shreds of plastic from tents were found, along with approximately 400 Coors beer cans (all empty) and several empty Twinkie crates. Officials took these clues as a sure sign that Badenov, known worldwide for his epicurean tastes, had been present. Officials from all involved countries exchanged apologies and mortar fire over the incident. The ARRL announced plans in Newington for a rescue expedition, but said it would take about two years to get it organized. A one-man team from 73 Magazine visited the scene a week later, and W2NSD/1 reported that the humidity made his Casio wristwatch stop. He wrote 3,200 words about this phenomenon. In Washington, the FCC announced not to worry, its new no-code license plan would soon make the bands so crowded that DXing would be impossible anyway. The Social Security Administration stopped sending payments to Momma Zedd’s house in Mena, Ark. Members of Zedd’s home radio club, the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society, set up around-the-clock vigils on all bands, all modes, all frequencies at the club station in Norman. It did not work out very well. Nobody showed up. A prominent Norman physician, Dr. Waldo Garp, speculated that the DX group could have ‘escaped the terrific bombardment in the area, but noted that no one in the party had had recent malaria or typhus shots, and the beer must have run out ages ago. He said that even well-conditioned radio athletes such as those in the expedition could not be expected to last forever without food, water, and regular exposure to RF. Newsweek reported that a helicopter _search was under way over a broad area. TIME

magazine plunged the local amateur radio into profound gloom by running Zedd’s obituary in its issue of August 20. They misspelled his name. At the ranch, Tondelayo Schwartz, Zedd’s nubile, blonde, 20-year-old QSL secretary and erstwhile bride, went into seclusion with two OU football players of her choice. The friend of Badenov, Natasha Bullwinkle, was seen on Norman’s main street wearing a black see-through mourning shroud and a grocery bag filled to overflowing with DingDongs. That Natasha should have changed from yellow (Twinkies) to black (DingDongs) was considered a bad omen by the community. A member of SCARS, identifying himself as the club reporter, asked Natasha about it. She stuck him with her knife. “I can’t believe he might be dead,” said K5KDR, president of SCARS. “He was a great former Martian,” commented EC AF5X. “If he’s really dead, I want a road map showing me how to get to the ranch,” W5SQJ commented. “I heard he has a great station and I want to be the one to junk it out.” Hope generally was not lost, however, and the bands were filled with hopeful amateurs calling his name: QRZ?. Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia, the rainy season was approaching. The world, as they say, watched and waited. Could the greatest, truest, finest, DXer ever lived really be gone, taking Badenov, Blast, Buckeye and Momma with him? Could fate deal us such a blow? The vigil continued at press time.

— KU5B


Newsletter News — Menu

Many thanks to Mark Clayton N5AZQ for noticing that the “Dates to Remember” segment was deleted! It’s back in place now.

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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, a member spotlight, 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.

3/6/2021 | Elk City Hamfest | Location: Elk City, OK
4/2/2021 | Ozark Con – 4 States QRP | Location: Branson, MO
4/9-10/2021| Green Country Hamfest | Location: Claremore, OK
5/21-23/2021 | Dayton Hamvention | Location: Xenia, OH
6/17-19/2021 | Ham-Com | Location: Plano, TX
7/23-24/2021 | Ham Holiday | Location: OCCC – Oklahoma City, OK
9/10-11/2021 | Arkansas State Convention | Location: Mena, AR
9/24/2021 | Reno County KS Hamfest | Location: Hutchinson, KS
10/22-23/2021 | Texoma Hamarama Hamfest | Location: Ardmore, OK
11/6/2021 | Enid Hamfest | Location: Enid, OK
8/27-28/2021 | Joplin Hamfest | Location: Joplin, MO
10/02/2021 | 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 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: On The Air — Menu

The On the Air podcast is a companion to the bi-monthly On the Air magazine (an ARRL membership benefit) and takes a deeper dive into select features and projects. Each month, host and On the Air Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld W1BXY will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help you get the most from the magazine’s content.

Audio Link

ARRL On the Air – Episode 9

Let’s talk about how to properly tune signals on the HF bands, and discover a few transceiver tools that will make listening easier.

The “On The Air” podcast homepage is available by clicking here.


ARRL DX Bulletin — Menu

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From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 24, 2020
To all radio amateurs   

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ARLD039 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W5AJ, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SS from Sousse in the CQ
World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.
QSL via LX1NO.

GEORGIA, 4L.  Vaho, 4L8A will be QRV from Tbilisi in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/Single Band entry.  QSL via
M0OXO.

BARBADOS, 8P.  Dean, 8P6SH plans to be QRV as 8P2K in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest.  QSL via LoTW.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Station EA8AQV will be QRV in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.  QSL
to home call.

ETHIOPIA, ET.  Members of the ET3AA club plan to be QRV in the CQ
World Wide DX RTTY contest.  QSL direct.

PERU, OA.  Special event station OA2TP20 is QRV until September 27
in celebration of Spring in Trujillo.  Activity is on 40, 30, and 20
meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via operators' instructions.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0.  Gaby, DF9TM and Frank, DL2SWW are QRV as
OH0/DF9TM and OH0/DL2SWW, respectively, until September 26.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL direct to home calls.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Henri, OH3JR is QRV as OJ0JR until September 26.
Activity is in his free time on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and
FT8.  QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ.  Volker, DJ8VW is QRV as 5P8VW from Romo Island, IOTA
EU-125, until September 28.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters,
including the newer bands, using CW, SSB, and FT8.  QSL direct to
home call.

ARUBA, P4.  Robert, W5AJ is QRV as P42WW until September 30 to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW and RTTY.  He will be active as
P40P in the CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest as a Single Op/All Band
entry.  QSL P42WW via P41G and P40P direct to W5AJ.

AFGHANISTAN, T6.  Robert, S53R will be QRV as T6A in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band entry.  QSL to home
call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Andrey, R1FW is QRV as R1FW/0 until September
30 from Sakhalin, IOTA AS-018, Iturup, IOTA AS-025, and Kunashir,
IOTA AS-025.  Activity is on 40, 30, and 20 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB.  Members of the ORARI Lokal Kulon Progo are QRV as
8I69K from Wates, Jogjakarta, Java Island, IOTA OC-021, to celebrate
the 69th anniversary of Kulon Progo.  Activity is on various HF and
VHF bands.  The length of their activity is unknown.  QSL direct to
8I69K.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Bill, W9KKN will be QRV as ZF1A in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band entry.  QSL via K6AM.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, Maine QSO Party and AGCW VHF/UHF Contest
are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB FT4 Contest Series, K1USN Slow Speed Test and QCX CW
Challenge are scheduled for September 28.

The 222 MHz Fall Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and
RTTYOPS Weeksprint are scheduled for September 29.
           
The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test
are scheduled for September 30.

Please see September 2020 QST, page 71, and the ARRL Contest
Calendar and WA7BNM Contest websites for details.
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Amateur Radio Newsline — Menu

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– CITIZEN SCIENCE CONTRIBUTES TO SPACE WEATHER STUDY
– CW CONTEST IS SLOW SPEED BUT FAST-GROWING
– NEW AUSTRALIAN AMATEURS GET NEW ONLINE RESOURCE
– AN AUTUMN ACTIVITY HAMS WILL ‘FALL’ FOR
– WORLD OF DX
– KICKER: WHEN 40 METERS KIND OF ‘GROWS’ ON YOU

SCRIPT

AUDIO

The Amateur Radio Newsline can be found at ARNewsline.org.


Ham Nation — Menu

Bob and Val talk with the Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS) about their Ham Boot Camp, spotlight on new Ham Cat Scogins W4DXY, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don, Solar UPdate with Dr. T, George solders connectors and more!

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


73 de Mark N5HZR

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