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A visualization of satellites and other debris in orbit around Earth on Stuff in Space....and we keep launching more crap...

TUESDAY EDITION: Thursday is the next scheduled HRO Meet and Greet at the Salem, NH store. Sounds like the Cape Cod crew is going over the bridge and going to make the trip ....Why do we keep launching shit into space? Tens of thousands of useless space debris with no plan to remove them from orbit after they stop working.

Launch Your Own Personal Satellite for $8,000 US

Want to launch something into space? You can now do just that for only $8,000 USD. The rocket company Interorbital Services (IOS) is offering their “TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit” that can carry 0.75-kg into orbit. The price includes a launch into low Earth orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 30 launch vehicle to 310 kilometers (192 miles) above the Earth. TubeSats are designed to be orbit-friendly, and not contribute to orbital debris by being in a self-decaying orbit. Launches are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Interorbital says a TubeSat is designed to function as a basic satellite bus or as a simple stand-alone satellite. Each TubeSat kit includes the satellite’s structural components, safety hardware, solar panels, batteries, power management hardware and software, transceiver, antennas, microcomputer, and the required programming tools. With these components alone, the builder can construct a satellite that puts out enough power to be picked up on the ground by a hand-held HAM radio receiver. Simple applications include broadcasting a repeating message from orbit or programming the satellite to function as a private orbital HAM radio relay station. These are just two examples. The TubeSat also allows the builder to add his or her own experiment or function to the basic TubeSat kit.

Possible experiments include Earth imagery, measuring the orbital environment, tracking something like migratory animals, testing hardware or software in the space environment, or doing on-orbit advertising.

Amateur radio satellites launch on SpaceX STP-2 mission...more junk!

Amateur radio satellites were expected to be launched between 0330-0730 GMT on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2 from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Among the satellites are:
• Prox 1 (Nanosat 7)
• LightSail B - (Deploying from Prox 1)
• ARMADILLO
• PSat-2
• BRICSat-2
• CP-9
• Oculus-ASR
• E-TBEx-a
• E-TBEx-b

Links for IARU coordinated frequencies at
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/06/24/amateur-radio-satellites-spacex-stp-2/

Lightsail-2 scheduled for launch June 24 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz....and more..

LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 was scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 24, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail flight in Earth orbit.

LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demonstrate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.

After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2's four dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.
The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.
For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should raise LightSail 2's orbit by a measurable amount.

LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular orbit. At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.

Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps data.

Beacon information is available at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-Lightsail-Morse-Beacon
Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-Lightsail-Telemetry

Help celebrate AMSAT’s 50th anniversary – Take W3ZM on the road!

Leading up to the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium and General Meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA, October 18 – 20, 2019, AMSAT’s call sign, W3ZM, will operate from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Not only is this your chance to get Worked All States-Satellites under the W3ZM call sign, but, also, your chance to be a part of this historic effort.

Note: When operating outside of the “3” call area, operators will append the W3ZM call sign with “/(call area).” As an example, someone operating from Texas will use W3ZM/5; from Hawaii, W3ZM/KH6; from Alaska, W3ZM/KL7; and from Puerto Rico, W3ZM/WP4.

To make this happen – We need your help! Please volunteer to get on the air and activate your State, using AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, as well as to cover those States without an active AMSAT Member.

Activations of other United States Territories (i.e. Guam, American Samoa, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands) are also welcome.

To volunteer and operate using AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, you must:
Be a current member of AMSAT
Obtain permission by emailing AMSAT VP of User Services, specifying the requested date(s) and location(s)
Submit an ADIF log of contacts made for upload to LoTW by AMSAT, as instructed in your notice of approval to use the W3ZM call sign

Robert Bankston, KE4AL
AMSAT VP of User Services

MONDAY EDITION: The new beam worked great during the Field Day event at the CAARA Club. Weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.....

   

Joe-K1JEK starting a new fashion trend up at NH FD on left and Rich- W1FSR operating
SSB at the Gloucester Club in MA on the right

The Gloucester club, CAARA, ran field day at the club running W1GLO 3A EMA...shooting the breeze and eating were the main event.
We did have operation for 24 hours straight but fun was the man event, not contesting....club security cam picture

Our club in Gloucester, MA

Your chance to visit the Radio Caroline ship, MV Ross Revenge in August during GB55RC

2019 is the 55th anniversary of Radio Caroline and the Martello Tower Group are going to be celebrating this by running a ‘special’ special event from MV Ross Revenge from the 1st to the 5th August using the callsign GB55RC.

In previous years, they’ve operated from the Ross Revenge and made many thousands of contacts.  This year should be even busier with the unique callsign GB55RC

The fully insured tender will depart from Mersea Island at 10:00 and 13:00 on the 3rd and 4th August for the approximately twenty minute journey to Ross Revenge.  You will be greeted by members of the Martello Tower Group, offered a drink and then given a tour of the ship, including transmitter and generator rooms, studios and the record library.  You will also see GB55RC being operated from the main Mess Room of the ship.If you’re interested, please see the qrz page for GB55RC here: https://www.qrz.com/db/GB55RC which has more details and if you’d like to book, please email gb55rc@martellotowergroup.com making sure you say which trip you’d like to be on, Saturday or Sunday at 10:00 or 13:00.

A pickup truck in rural New Hampshire struck and killed seven on motorcycles Friday night. The crash ignited a small fire in a nearby wooded area and left a wreckage of damaged vehicles and the bodies of victims strewn across the highway.

State police said a Dodge pickup truck hit the group of motorcycles around 6:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. 2 in Randolph.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the deadly collision. Police have not released the names of the victims or the pickup driver, who witnesses said survived the incident.

"It's tragic," New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters Friday night. "Our concern right now is with the victims, the victims' families and anybody else who was adversely affected by this accident," he said.

Police said two other motorcyclists were injured and one person was airlifted to an area hospital after the crash on the two-lane highway.

Some of the riders were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which comprises active and veteran Marines. They were on their way to a bike gathering in northern New Hampshire, said Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, a large motorcycle gathering that ended last weekend.

More P.E.I. women taking up amateur radio

CBC News reports more women on Prince Edward Island, Canada, are taking up amateur radio

Stephanie vanKampen writes:

Therese Mair dons headphones while her fingers fiddle with a scanner, searching for a voice through the static.

She goes on air from her home-made station in Georgetown, P.E.I., with her call letters VY2TAM everyday and chats with strangers.

"What I love is being able to talk to people around the world that I don't know," she said. "I just randomly talked to somebody in Croatia this morning."

Mair is new to amateur radio, commonly known as ham radio. But she's already showing other women the ins and outs of the hobby at an annual event being held in Charlottetown.

Julieanne Scales, 20, came to the event hoping to learn more about the hobby. She said seeing other women operators makes it more attractive.
"To know that there are more women in this as well is encouraging and I'd definitely like to take part."

Read the full story at
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/10-per-cent-more-p-e-i-women-learning-ham-radio-1.5186772

FIELD DAY WEEKEND: I should get some photos of our version of Field Day later today. I can predict that less total points will be scored in the contest than pounds of food eaten at our cookout, we are not a contest club....Fancy dining experience....Robert Kraft will walk free and clear of all charges, good to have money.....Alien base found on planet Mercury....

FROM A PREPPER'S PAGE:

Here is a reminder on an upcoming rule change by the FCC:  On September 30, 2019, it will become illegal to sell or “offer for sale” (advertise) radios like the popular Baofeng UV-5R that can operate in the FRS radio band (462.5625 – 462.7250 MHz) and any other licensed band in a single device. Manufacturers will have to either quit selling them or block out the FRS bands–like they already do for the current cellular bands. This is the relevant verbiage:

§ 95.591 Sales of FRS combination radios prohibited.

Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall sell or offer for sale hand-held portable radio equipment capable of operating under this subpart (FRS) and under any other licensed or licensed-by-rule radio services in this chapter (devices may be authorized under this subpart with part 15 unlicensed equipment authorizations).

I strongly recommend stocking up on dual band Baofeng UV-5R handie-talkies before this regulatory change takes place. Presently, if bought in a set of five, the cost per transceiver is only around $23 each, postage paid.  By law, these may still be bought by any adult. But a license is needed to operate them outside of the no-license FRS, GMRS, and MURS bands. (That is, in the amateur operators’ bands.)

Note that this upcoming ban WILL NOT be a ban on the possession or use of FRS dual band ham radios. Nor will be it be illegal to gift them to other adults. Hence, any that are legally owned on or before September 30th will effectively become “grandfathered”. Read between the lines folks: The FCC doesn’t want non-licensed individuals to own radios that can transmit in both licensed bands and unlicensed bands. My supposition is that this is because in the long term they don’t want unlicensed folks to have plausible deniability for toting around ham band-capable gear. Ironically, it was a few boot-licking sycophants within the ham community that pushed for this rule change. Often, people jealously guard their own privileges and want to deny privileges to others who are not in their elite clique. This is essentially a Country Club Members mentality.

So, reiterating my advice: Buy a box of five of these, or perhaps two boxes, while they are still readily available and affordable. The FCC rule change won’t go into effect until September 30, 2019. But if you wait until July or August, then it will probably be too late. It is very likely that by then they will be sold out, or their price will escalate. But for now, they can be had for just $23 per transceiver. Within another month or so, they will be historyThe countdown clock is ticking. Don’t hesitate on this one.

Also note that there will also be some room for profit from the upcoming ban. It is safe to assume that just in the months of August and September, you may be able to double your money, if you decide to sell off any of your spare “new in package” UV-5R transceivers. But starting September 30th, you will only be able to give them away–not advertise or sell them.

Update: Several readers wrote to mention that there are a few other more capable but still quite affordable Baofeng models that will also become import-banned on September 30th. These include:

Regardless of the model that you choose, I recommend getting one spare battery (preferably the long 3800mAh capacity one), and at least one spare antenna per transceiver. The latter, because the Baofeng  antennas are notoriously fragile.

For Baofeng frequency programming instructions (both from the keypad, and “off-board” with a CHIRP cable and PC), see this web page.

Celebrating the 100 years of WWV

An event in Northern Colorado and a special event amateur radio station

We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually operating radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 on October 1, 2019 -  less than 5 months!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins. 

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2, 2019.  The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters.  The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

WW0WWV will also operate a Get On The Air station for facilitating school and museum contacts over the 5 days of operation.

The 100th anniversary is an occasion to celebrate radio and we hope you can join us here in Northern Colorado.

Using AIS metadata to monitor propagation in the 2m band

Prognosis, monitoring and analysis of propagation conditions are a basis for kilometres and points in DX competition. As a new tool to monitor propagation in the 2m band, D4C has started receiving vessel AIS data.

AIS is a maritime NMEA standard, through which ships continuously transmit signals at approximately 12.5 Watts using a ground plane antenna. The evaluation of the AIS position data - which can, for example, be visualized by DXMaps under "AIS" - show when and how periods of enhanced propagation occur, in real time. Therefore, log data of successful radio connections are not used, but rather received signals on the 2 AIS channels at 162 MHz (+- 25KHz).

To receive AIS signals at D4C’s location (also D4Z and D41CV) on the Cape Verde Islands (Ilha de São Vicente), the team concluded an antenna partnership with the company Vesseltracker.com GmbH, through which they received their AIS receiver equipment free of charge.

The observation of the AIS signals led the team to set the IARU R1 Troposcatter record several times during the summer of 2018. On 05 August 2018, D4Z (Operated by EA8FF Mark De Munck) worked EI3KD Mark Turner in IO51VW, with a total distance of 4163 km in CW operation.

Some weeks later, on 25 September 2018, the record was repeated by the connection D4Z - G3SMT IO82KV in CW, with a distance of 4436km.

Links:

D4C: http://d4c.cc/official-new-iaru-r1-144-mhz-tropo-records/

IARU Reg.1 DX: http://vushf.dk/vushf/wp-content/plugins/IARU-DxList/ShowQso.php?Call=M0VRL&
Band=144%20MHz&
Propagation=TR&Distance=4430

Vesseltracker.com GmbH: www.vesseltracker.com/en/community

Chicago RAIN to cease

This week's WIA News reports that Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down

The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network) archives will remain online for those who want to download and/or broadcast them,” Hap told ARRL.

A ham since 1969, Holly, a prolific reporter of Dayton Hamvention® news and forum accounts over the years, said he’ll produce a“Farewell to The RAIN Report” newscast. The grand finale could run over more than one episode and will include clips from individuals heard on The RAIN Report in past years.

Holly, who just turned 68, was named Hamvention’s 2002 Amateur of the Year, which he called “a very special honour.”

He produced The RAIN Report, which typically runs 10 to 15 minutes, from his home studio/ham shack in suburban Chicago.

In addition to being available via the internet, The RAIN Report is
transmitted over a wide network of Amateur Radio repeaters.

UK amateur radio exam statistics for 2018 released

On June 20 the RSGB released the Examinations Standards Committee (ESC) report which covers 2018 and has some limited data for the first 3 months of 2019

During 2018 they were a total of 2592 candidates for all three levels of exam but only 234 of them were women, just 9%

The ESC make this comment on Foundation numbers:

"it is seen that over the past five years there has been a slow decline in the number of Foundation candidates, averaging about 2% per year"

Regarding the Intermediate exam the ESC say:

"the Intermediate pass rate, which increased to 96% in 2018, suggests that the exam does not discriminate sufficiently well between candidates"

On the proposed new single exam to go straight to Full licence the ESC say:

"The Examinations Group have prepared a draft syllabus, based on Syllabus 2019, for an exam that will provide direct entry to a Full licence, like the old RAE."


"The ESC has agreed that the syllabus will be put out for consultation in the UK amateur radio community. This consultation will take place later in 2019."

A table is provided giving candidates average ages. It appears the exams mainly appeal to people in late-middle age. The Foundation exam attracts the "youngest" people with an average age of 44 years-old.

The age breakdown given for Region 8 (Northern Ireland) appears unusual. These average ages are given:
Foundation 48, Intermediate 38, Advanced 38
These figures are used to provide an overall average age which appears as 53 ?

Internet Access to some ARRL Systems May Be Disrupted on June 23

Maintenance work on Sunday, June 23, may disrupt internet access to ARRL Headquarters systems — including VPN connections and Logbook of the World. The main website should remain online during this outage, which could last for up to 6 hours on June 23, starting at approximately midnight EDT (0400 UTC on June 24). All services will automatically resume as soon as connectivity is restored.

Email should not be affected. Any orders placed via the ARRL Store during the outage will be queued for handling after connectivity returns. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

FRIDAY EDITION: Bringing you the latest news with no excessive ID'ing, self promotion, or advertising daily- foggy, rainy, and 60 here at the island compound...A good day to go over to the club and try making some contacts with the new beam and see how she plays. The weather makes no difference for us, we are operating out of the club building- heat, ac, kitchen, cookout grill, bathrooms, beams, all modes, everything all setup,....yep, another fluff Field Day...FCC Proposal for digital AM.....Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), an independent German research institute, find that the tidal forces of Venus, Earth and Jupiter influence the solar magnetic field, and may be a governing force of the 11-year solar cycle. https://www.space.com/planets-affect-solar-cycle.html     https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/hd-tsf052719.php.....Interview with Jet.....A treetop level view of downtown Ottawa and Washington Square will be the backdrop Saturday afternoon for a look at the basics of ham radio.....Having had three bulldogs, I an see this happening....

Video highlights RF pollution from electrical devices

When Argentina was plunged into darkness by a nationwide power cut Luciano Petruccelli LU3DX made a video showing just how much RF pollution is produced by electronic devices

Watch his video showing how little interference there was during the power cut on June 16, 2019, followed by massive RF pollution when power was restored:
https://twitter.com/ure_es/status/1141397089047519234

How to use a Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum analysers are one of the most important test instruments for the RF designer. Rather than displaying amplitude against time as with the case of the oscilloscope, these test instruments display amplitude against frequency giving a plot of the signals.

Looking at the control panel of a spectrum analyzer, there are very many different controls to use and this may appear daunting to some.
Analogue spectrum analyzers often had controls that needed to be used in conjunction with each other. Fortunately, today, the digitally based spectrum analyzers are processor controlled and these controls are linked to provide the optimum selection, making the use of spectrum analyzers much easier. They also have a variety of pre-installed routines that can make some tests very much easier.

Find out all about how to use a spectrum analyzer - including a video showing the use of the  various controls and their use on this test instrument:
https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/test-methods/spectrum-analyzer/how-to-use-spectrum-analyzer-operation.php

Behind the scenes of an ARISS contact

On June 20, 2019, anyone in the UK with access to a 2m receiver had the opportunity to listen to a contact between a UK school and astronaut Nick Hague KG5TMV aboard the International Space Station

This is part of the ARISS program (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), and a huge amount of effort goes into making this happen – in the UK, mostly as a result of the efforts of Ciaran M0XTD and the ARISS Operations UK Team.

Although we may know about the UK end of the contact – what of the coordination at the NASA end?

Listen to the 2017 Essex Ham interview with ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom N5VHO at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/news/behind-the-scenes-of-an-ariss-contact.html

LightSail 2 Set to Launch on June 22

The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail 2 solar-propelled spacecraft is set to launch on June 22 on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It will attempt the first controlled solar sail flight in Earth orbit. LightSail 1 successfully completed its test flight mission in 2015. LightSail® is aimed at testing “solar sailing” technology for CubeSats, which comprise many Amateur Radio satellites. According to the Planetary Society, solar sailing uses reflective sails to harness the momentum of sunlight for propulsion. “One disadvantage to CubeSats is that they typically lack propulsion, which limits their range of applications,” The Planetary Society says. “LightSail will demonstrate the viability of using solar sailing for CubeSats.”

Scientific collaboration between The Planetary Society and Russia led to the creation of Cosmos 1, a solar sail spacecraft launched aboard a repurposed ICBM. But test flights in 2001 and 2005 failed due to problems with the launch vehicle. The first successful solar sail was launched by Japan in 2010, when the IKAROS spacecraft was deployed from a Venus-bound space probe.

NASA has looked into using solar sails to de-orbit CubeSats with atmospheric drag, and its Nanosail-D2 mission in 2010 was successful. The Planetary Society’s LightSail program was initiated a year earlier. It aimed to construct a CubeSat similar to Nanosail-D that would demonstrate true solar sailing. LightSail 1 snagged a slot aboard an Atlas V launch in 2015, but the target orbit was not high enough for solar sailing thrust to overcome atmospheric drag. The Planetary Society accepted the free ride anyway and successfully tested the spacecraft’s sail deployment mechanism.

LightSail 2 will be enclosed within Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the size of a small washing machine. Prox-1 will detach from the Falcon Heavy into a circular 720-kilometer orbit. A week later, it will deploy LightSail 2.   ARRL

THURSDAY EDITION: Big news in MA, we have a gaming casino, Encore, opening up this weekend in Boston Harbor. People will be lined up to lose money......Liberals in NY are going to grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens, how is this even possible? MA will ne next......

Pennsylvania Radio Amateur Dies in Tower Installation Mishap

A 62-year-old Union Dale, Pennsylvania, radio amateur — Leland L. “Lee” Parsons III, N3LPJ — was killed on June 14 during a tower installation project when a tower section he was working on collapsed off State Route 2069 in Gibson Township. Authorities said Parsons was apparently attempting to attach a guy wire to the bottom tower section when it went over. Parsons was an ARRL member and the president of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club.

The online Wireless Estimator called the incident “a stark reminder of the dangers present this weekend during Field Day.” The article cited a 2009 Field Day tower collapse that claimed the life of 57-year-old Larry Prelog, KE4PM — an experienced climber — while he was installing an antenna. In that incident, two legs at the base of the tower buckled.

The Wireless Estimator article also recalled the death of the Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, 84, a well-known radio amateur, contester, and Field Day participant, who lost his life last October when he fell from one of the towers at his extensive antenna farm in Wisconsin.

Parsons was among the founding members of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club. He also belonged to the Wayne County Amateur Radio Club.
 

IN THE MATTER OF DAVID S. LARSEN, SR. WS2L , HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY.
Resolves EB investigation regarding Mr. Larsen's unauthorized radio transmissions on public safety radio system.
Mr. Larsen,
(a) admits that he made unauthorized transmissions on spectrum licensed to the Borough of Highland Park;
(b) agrees not to engage in unauthorized use of a radio station in the future;
(c) surrenders his amateur radio license for cancellation, with an agreement not to apply for a new amateur radio license for three (3) years;
(d) surrenders radios in his possession that are capable of transmitting on the spectrum licensed to the Borough of Highland Park;
(e) agrees to pay a $7,500 civil penalty; and
(f) agrees to pay an additional $32,500 civil penalty if in the next ten (10) years the Commission finds that he has made radio transmissions without the requisite authority or otherwise violates the terms of the Consent Decree.

ARRL ARDF Coordinator to Retire, New Coordinator Named

ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, is stepping down after more than 20 years on the job. Since he became ARRL ARDF Coordinator in February 1998, Moell said the sport of on-foot transmitter hunting under international rules has grown steadily in participation and popularity. Since 2001, beginners and experts alike have gathered each year for the USA Championships of ARDF.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Jerry Boyd, WB8WFK, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the new ARRL ARDF Coordinator, effective on July 1. Boyd has been involved in ARDF for many years and has been a frequent medal winner at USA’s championships. He headed the team of organizers for the 2002, 2005, and 2011 USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships, held in his hometown. He was on Team USA for the 2004, 2006, and 2010 ARDF World Championships. Boyd also holds an appointment as ARRL Official Observer Coordinator for the New Mexico Section.

The ARRL ARDF Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the selection of Team USA members for the World ARDF Championships in even-numbered years, selecting the location and organizers of the annual USA ARDF Championships, and working with coordinators and working groups of other nations and IARU regions to schedule activities and develop rule updates, among other activities.

As Boyd prepares to take the reins, President Roderick has expressed gratitude for all Moell has done for the advancement of ARDF. Since the US began participating in the biennial ARDF World Championships in 1998, the team has been better prepared every time. The US won its first World Championships medal in 2006 and has medaled every competition since. Last year, the US team garnered 10 medals, with more than half of the team members standing on the medal podium at least once.

While Moell is retiring from the ARDF Coordinator position, he will continue posting radio-orienteering event news and photos on his Homing In website and participating with other southern California ARDF enthusiasts. He expressed his appreciation for the efforts of all who have worked to make ARDF practices and competitions available to aspiring champions. “ARDF has moved from a novelty into the mainstream of Amateur Radio,” he said. “It is recognized as an ideal way to interest young people in our hobby and to get them started. Please keep up the good work.”   ARRL

States, Counties, Municipalities Recognize Amateur Radio’s Contributions in Advance of Field Day

Each year as ARRL Field Day approaches, state and local governments traditionally take advantage of the opportunity to honor Amateur Radio in the form of various proclamations. The following list of participating communities is not necessarily comprehensive.

In Arizona, Governor Douglas Ducey has recognized June as “Amateur Radio Month.” In his commendation, Ducey noted that the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona will announce recipients of its Ham of the Year and Young Ham of the Year awards, as well as scholarship awards. The governor also cited Field Day’s role as an emergency communication exercise and the contribution of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in providing emergency communication support and its training.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis declared “Amateur Radio Week in Florida” in a proclamation that lauded Amateur Radio’s role as “a critical communication link in the event of a disaster.” The proclamation also paid homage to SKYWARN weather spotters.

In Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker declared June as “Amateur Radio Month” in recognition of radio amateurs’ donation of their services to support communication for state emergency and disaster agencies, as well as for such organizations as The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. “Illinois’ radio amateurs will continue to hone their communication skills by operating during the simulated emergency preparedness exercise known as ‘Field Day’ on June 22 – 23,” the governor said.

In Massachusetts, the Governor, Senate, and House of the Commonwealth all have issued proclamations honoring Amateur Radio in advance of Field Day. Governor Charles Baker proclaimed June 22 as “Amateur Radio Day,” citing Amateur Radio’s role in providing public service communication and support during emergencies and disasters. The proclamation goes on to say, “Massachusetts Amateur Radio operators have generously donated their time, equipment, and knowledge to provide communities support and technical training to local service clubs, organizations, and interested citizens.” The House and Senate resolutions expressed similar sentiments and extended appreciation and best wishes to those taking part in Field Day. (Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, credited State Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, for his instrumental role in securing the proclamations.)

In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared June 18 – 24 as “Amateur Radio Week,” in recognition of Field Day and its role as an emergency preparedness exercise.

In Missouri, Governor Michel Parson has declared “Amateur Radio Week” in recognition of Amateur Radio’s role in emergency communication and weather spotting. Parson also pointed to ham radio’s function “to provide a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries by creating friendships and [through] the sharing of ideas.”

In Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts declared June 16 – 23 as “Amateur Radio Week,” commending radio amateurs’ volunteer service in emergencies as well as during public service events and citing Field Day as an emergency communication demonstration.

In Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has proclaimed the week of June 16 as “Oklahoma Amateur Radio Week.” He cited the role Amateur Radio has played in the development of worldwide radio communication and their assistance during weather emergencies and natural disasters. Oklahoma’s more than 10,000 hams routinely demonstrate their value through public service and donate time, skills, equipment, and services to assist those in need, the governor said.

In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster has declared June 17 – 23 as “Amateur Radio Week” in that state and recognized June 22 – 23 as “ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day.” He encouraged South Carolinians to recognize Amateur Radio operators “for their many contributions, including emergency communications and other public service.”

In Wisconsin, Governor Terry Evers has proclaimed June 22 – 23 as “Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days.” His citation took note of Amateur Radio’s participation in ARES, SKYWARN, and RACES — which work with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to provide emergency communication support to medical facilities during emergencies — as well as Amateur Radio’s support of Wisconsin Emergency Management.

In Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon has proclaimed June 16 – 23 as “Amateur Radio Week,” in recognition of Amateur Radio’s contributions in providing emergency communication during emergencies.

Elsewhere, Daniel Neil, mayor of the City of Edmond, Oklahoma — home to some 500 radio amateurs — has declared June 17 – 23 as “Amateur Radio Week,” in order to “pay tribute to and show appreciation to the Amateur Radio operators of our city.”  The mayor’s proclamation acknowledged the Edmond Amateur Radio Society for providing training and instruction on matters related to communications technology and promoting STEM disciplines to youngsters.

The San Luis Obispo County, California, Board of Supervisors has declared June as “Amateur Radio Month,” issuing a colorful proclamation for the occasion that cites ham radio’s contributions in emergency communication and public service.

The Ventura County, California, Board of Supervisors has proclaimed June as “Amateur Radio Month,” citing ham radio’s support of emergency and public service communication and ARRL Field Day.

The community of Northfield Center Township, Ohio, expressed its support for Field Day and Amateur Radio’s “long and proud history of public service.”

Other jurisdictions honoring Amateur Radio and Field Day include Arkansas and, separately, Benton County, Arkansas, Judge Barry Moehring.

On June 22, the mayor of Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County will read an “Amateur Radio Week” proclamation from the Bella Vista Ra

AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary

2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.

Full details are available at
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

dio Club’s Field Day site live on multiple repeaters. ARRL

When disaster strikes, engineers provide comms and power

EE Times reports engineers outfitted a truck to provide support for search-and-rescue operations through needed communications and power

Whether it’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, or fires, natural disasters disrupt communications and power, without which first responders — police, firefighters, and resue workers — have a much harder job. That’s why engineers, through IEEE, have stepped in to help.

The Mobile Outreach VEhicle (MOVE) truck, on display at the 2019 International Microwave Symposium here, provides power (10 kW), satellite internet access, citizens band, Ham Radio, and satellite TV. With a home in Durham, North Carolina, the MOVE truck is staffed by IEEE volunteers and has, so far, been deployed 12 times since 2016 to disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida.

Read the EE Times story and watch the video at
https://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=
36&doc_id=1334809#

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Thankfully the antenna is up, tested, and ready for Field Day. It took just two hours to take down the A3 and install the TA-33, install connectors, and test.

It's good to have friends in the trades, my days of climbing are long gone...

On another front, Bob- KC1BBU out of Buzzards Bay catches the first legal fish of the year, 32 inches long.

Next sunspot cycle may be 50% lower

NASA report research now underway may have found a reliable new method to predict this solar activity

The Sun's activity rises and falls in an 11-year cycle. The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years.
The maximum of this next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of solar activity level – could be 30 to 50% lower than the most recent one. The results show that the next cycle will start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025.

The new research was led by Irina Kitiashvili, a researcher with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in California’s Silicon Valley. It combined observations from two NASA space missions – the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and the Solar Dynamics Observatory – with data collected since 1976 from the ground-based National Solar Observatory.

Kitiashvili’s method differs from other prediction tools in terms of the raw material for its forecast. Previously, researchers used the number of sunspots to represent indirectly the activity of the solar magnetic field. The new approach takes advantage of direct observations of magnetic fields emerging on the surface of the Sun – data which has only existed for the last four solar cycles.

Read the full story at
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/solar-activity-forecast-for-next-decade-favorable-for-exploration

Bouvet Island DXpedition news

In a recent press release Bob, K4UEE says:
The deadline for requesting a partial 48% refund of your financial contribution to 3YØZ has now passed (March 15, 2019).

A large number of you reponded favorably to the refund option and either requested a refund, donated their refund to either the 3Y0Z team, NCDXF, INDEXA or GDXF (German DX Fndn.) The process was orderly and I thank you for your cooperation. These were very unusual circumstances.

Any plans for the 3Y0Z team to attempt a return to Bouvet are currently "on hold" as we want the Rebel DX Group to be free to complete their efforts to activate Bouvet. We wish them good luck and a safe, successful mission.

Vy 73,
Bob-K4UEE, 3Y0Z
Co-leader and Chief Financial Officer

TUESDAY EDITION: The big event is almost here. Field Day! ARRL has some good promotional handouts and video to show folks at your Field Day location, see below.....Want to see what 2019 Field Day is all about?  Watch the ARRL 2019  Field Day Public Service Announcement or view what several groups uploaded to Youtube from their 2018 Field Day activities.  You can also listen to/download our 30 sec. radio announcement for 2019 Field Day (mp3)......This isn't funny.....

ARRL Offers “What is Amateur Radio?” Video and PowerPoint Presentation

ARRL has produced and is making available the downloadable video, “What is Amateur Radio?” to use at club meetings and at public events, including ARRL Field Day, June 22 – 23. A PowerPoint version is also available for members to download.

Recognizing the tremendous need and desire for such a product among ARRL members, ARRL’s Lifelong Learning Department initiated the project. ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, produced the video, which runs just under 3 minutes long.

The QST Editorial Department, with input from the Lifelong Learning and Communications departments, developed the script, and QST Assistant Editor Jen Glifort, KC1KNL, collected and collated images. QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, narrated the video.

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" (Printable PDF Flier)

Historic trans-Atlantic contact made on 144 MHz

A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode.
The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

Tropo prediction maps show a path right across the Atlantic and suggest that even more incredble contacts may be possible.

More info here...
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2019/06/historic-trans-atlantic-contact-made-on.html

TM5TFV - Special Sailing Event

TM5TFV - Tour de France à la Voile 2019 on the air!

The special callsign TM5TFV is activated by the Amateur Radio Section of the A2RS.

This nautical race, departuring from Dunkirk, that happens each year during the month of July on the North Sea and the Côte d'Azur.

This activation is valid from :
5 to July 11.
13 to July 14.
16 to July 21.

All bands and all modes

We look forward to contacting you during this activation.

A SPECIAL QSL CARD IS GOING TO BE SENT VIA BUREAU

 

First introduced in 1946....

MONDAY EDITION: Rare sighting of the sun this morning at 6:00 am, let's  see how long this lasts...Field Day is almost here, I would like to post some of your pictures....so send some. I am visiting at least three sites in my area. I have a few Cub scouts coming to operate at the radio club and while some are operating the radio, I have some hands on activities for the others. We will have a soldering lesson, wiring series and parallel circuits, reading meters, etc. I am hoping we can help the older scouts earn a radio merit badge ....

BSA Radio Merit Badge requirements below and start learning about radio!

Requirement 1   Explain what radio is.
Requirement 2   Sketch a diagram of radio waves traveling & explain DX, FCC, and ITU.
Requirement 3   Draw EM spectrum chart, label it, and locate radio services on it.
Requirement 4   Explain how radio waves carry information.
Requirement 5   Explain & draw block diagram, schematic symbols, & circuits.
Requirement 6   Explain safety precautions with radio gear.
Requirement 7   Visit a radio station and discuss it.
Requirement 8   Find out about radio careers.
Requirement 9a   Amateur Radio Service.
Requirement 9b   Broadcast Radio Service.
Requirement 9c   Shortwave listening.

Famous YouTube biker 'dies in crash after riding bike with feet while texting'....You have to love Detroit.....Only in Florida can you get a land deal like this....

2019 Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

The Winter solstice is next Friday, the 21st of June. Hence, the 2019 Winter VHF-UHF Field Day is next weekend !

For this event there is the first single set of rules.
No more Division 1 and Division 2. Scoring is now to be distance-based.

So. Over Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd, Winter Field Day fun and frolics is on for all you stalwart enthusiasts keen to brave whatever the weather can throw at us.

That often means very different things in different places.

All the Sections and Sub-sections featured in past events remain, as do the two-hour re-work period and the exchange of 6-character locators for all contacts.

Rovers keen to travel cross-country from ridge to rise still have to travel from Square to Square, but the scoring is based on 6-character locators from which distance between stations is calculated.

You can concentrate your efforts on one band, if that’s what you fancy, and go hammer and tongs to pile up contacts.

Alternatively, enter the Four-bands Sub-section.

You can operate on any two of the bands from six metres to
23 centimetres – or three bands, or the whole four !

You don’t have to be a “gun” operator with a “super station” to get out there and have fun on the Field Day.

And remember, why not invite an F-call or Standard to join you in the field or your home QTH?

Yes. Home stations are welcome !

You’ll find the rules on the VHF-UHF Field Days page of the WIA website.
www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/

While I’m here, I’d like to take the opportunity to pay a tribute to one of Australia’s VHF-UHF pioneers – Joe Gelston VK7JG.
Unfortunately, he became a silent key last year but was honoured recently to receive an Order of Australia in last weekend’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Joe sat for his Amateur Operators Limited Certificate of Proficiency in October 1965 and was issued with VK7ZJG in December that year.

Later, in August 1976, he sat for his A-O-C-P and was issued VK7JG in September.

Throughout his decades on the air, Joe became known for establishing and maintaining VHF-UHF beacons and repeaters across northern Tasmania, many in remote locations. For this work, he received a WIA President’s Commendation in 2014.

Joe was also an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

He set a number of VHF-UHF DX records, too.

On 6m, he set the Australian digital EME distance record in 2014 working EA8 delta baker mike, for a distance of more than 17,900 km.

On 2m, Joe set the VK7 DX record in 2006, working VK6AO over a distance of 2967.7 km.

Up in the light spectrum, at 474 THz, in February 2005, Joe set the Australian DX record of 167.7 km.

Many don’t know, or don’t recall, that he was active in WIA affairs.
During the era before the National WIA was formed, Joe served on the WIA Federal Council as the Tasmanian Division Federal Councillor, from the late 1980s through to the mid-1990s.

He was a quiet achiever and is certainly missed.

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
Interim Manager for the VHF-UHF Field Days

New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk.....
what a relief

The Democrat-led Senate approved the legislation 39-0 on Thursday.

The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration”s regulations.

The New Jersey bill would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly persons offense, which carries a sentence of up to six months in prison, a $1,000 fine or both. It also would make using a drone to hunt wildlife and endanger people or property a similar offense.

The legislation has already cleared a committee in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.

NOTE:

AWT is an American satirical blog that publishes daily articles on international, national, and local news related to ham radio. AWT began publishing online in 1990's during the infamous 14313 debacle which resulted in many hams losing their licenses.

AWT articles cover current events, both real and fictional, satirizing ham news organizations with stories, editorials, received emails, tidbits picked up from listening on the ham bands, etc. This publication’s humor often depends on presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy, surreal, or alarming It is done in fun, so loosen up, life is too short to be bitching moaning and crying....
 



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....