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The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet / Ham Fest
The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday January 28, 2023, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).
There will be a $10.00 donation per table per seller.
There will be a $5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.
One raffle ticket included with registration. Additional tickets $1.00.
8:00 am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe
9:00 am – vendor setup
9:30 am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket item”
12:30 pm – AMSAT Presentation
2:00 pm – Event ends
Guest Speaker this year:
Our guest speaker is Craig Bledsoe, KL7H. He will be giving a situation report and demonstration of AMSAT. In addition, he will talk about his work in restoring tube radios which are donated to scouts.
There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.
Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.
Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone) Kona
This is an event sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).
This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.
ARRL is already doing so much to grow and encourage our community of young radio amateurs. Just imagine how much more we can do with your help!
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#GivingTuesday donations will help fund ARRL programs and services not covered by membership fees alone. Gifts will help subsidize ARRL Student Membership and ARRL Youth Licensing Grants, as well as resources and programs that attract and keep young hams active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio.
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Greetings Pacific Division members!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are prepared for getting
back to preparing for the Holidays. I hope your bargain hunting has
It is time for our Division-wide meeting. It will be held on Zoom, as
it has the last few years. I think our previous meetings have been very
productive, They give you a chance to interact and ask questions, and
they give me some great feedback for the upcoming ARRL Board Meeting in
January. Of course, all of you are encouraged to contact me personally
with any issues you may have, even if you can’t make the meeting.
With that said, I would like to schedule the meeting one week later than
our usual date. I have been under the weather and I also have a number
of other activities that fall on that day. Sadly that next weekend
conflicts with the ARRL 10m Contest. Despite that, we will meet on
Saturday December 10th at 10:30 AM PST (1830Z) via Zoom. I will provide
the zoom link shortly. Until then, have a great time getting ready for
the Holidays and don’t forget that the ARRL 160-Meter Contest is this
ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Kristen A McIntyre, K6WX email@example.com
Giving Tuesday is November 29 – a growing annual movement where individuals and organizations, like ARRL, come together to unleash the power of radical generosity. ARRL is already doing so much to grow and encourage our community of young radio amateurs. Just imagine how much more we can do with your help!
Watch and Share the Video: Support Young Hams on Giving Tuesday
From now to Giving Tuesday, ARRL wants to raise $25,000 to help support and expand our programs and initiatives for young hams:
ARRL Student Membership Discount. Did you know that ARRL membership is only $25 for individuals under 26 years old? Your gift will help subsidize ARRL Student Membership.
ARRL Youth Licensing Grants. ARRL covers the one-time $35 FCC application fee for new license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests administered under the ARRL VEC program. Also, their exam session fee is reduced to only $5 (normally $15).
Outreach to Teachers and Schools. ARRL has resources to help educators and volunteers bring ham radio into classrooms, engaging students in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts (STEM/STEAM). ARRL is inspiring students to pursue higher education and careers paths in radio technology and radio communications.
ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Program. Since 2017, the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Program has networked students and their campus radio clubs. We engage students in monthly meetings and drawings, best practices for vibrant college clubs, and notices of career opportunities. This next generation of young hams are already active, engaged, and on the air!
Kids Day and School Club Roundup. ARRL sponsors on the air fun for young hams!
Promoting partnerships. ARRL’s partnerships support many youth programs including Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and outreach to scouts.
Many members say they want more young people to pursue amateur radio. But few actually know how to support these efforts. Can we count on you to choose ARRL now, and help us reach our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal of $25,000? Visit www.arrl.org/give and give today.
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for your support!
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The CQ WW CW Contest is the focus of the November 26 – 27 weekend. Hundreds of operators will be traveling in the days before and after this contest to get to far-away places to hand out rare multipliers. A contact can count for both a CQ zone and a country multiplier. Wonder if Antarctica will be on? The CQ Amateur Radio website says, “Stations KC4AAA and KC4USN are at the South Pole and will count for any one of the listed zones.”
If you have 160-meter capability, December 3 – 4 is a good time to use it, during the ARRL 160-Meter Contest. This is a CW-only contest. “W/VE stations may contact any other station. DX stations may only contact W/VE stations. Stations located in overseas and non-contiguous US territories count only as ARRL Sections and may be contacted by DX stations.” Multipliers for US/VE stations are DX entities, plus US/RAC Sections. The ARRL 160-Meter Contest rules spell out all of the details.
See the “Contests” section below for complete contest information.
Ellen White, W1YL, ex W1YYM, passed away on November 5. Her life’s accomplishments were numerous. She spent 25 years on the ARRL Headquarters staff, she played an instrumental role in the creation of a number of contesting clubs, and was a foundational member of the Florida Contest Group. The 2015 May/June issue of NCJ featured “A Conversation with Ellen White, W1YL,” which illustrates the influence that she has had on contesting. Chris Plumblee, W4WF, posted a detailed message describing some of the events in Ellen’s contesting life, including the formation of the precursor to the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.
Ellen White, W1YL (ex W1YYM) buried under the received logs in the era of paper logs for ARRL Sweepstakes.
Here’s an excerpt from The ARRL Letter, February 17, 2022: “New rules go into effect in June  for all ARRL HF contests. Starting with the ARRL International Digital Contest, the use of online and other non-amateur radio platforms including — but not limited to — social media, live video streaming, and internet chat rooms will be permitted in all categories that allow assistance (Unlimited). In all Unlimited and Multioperator categories, the prohibitions against self-spotting and asking another station to spot you will also be removed.” (Dick Swanson, K7BTW)
The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) announced the creation of two new scholarships of $2,500 each, for students who “demonstrate active on-the-air operation, including entering contests or achieving awards such as DXCC or WAS.” These will be administered through the ARRL Foundation, and eligibility is not subject to student nationality, place of residence, location of the institution, or intended field of study. The application deadline is January 4, 2023, 1700 UTC. For more information see the ARRL Foundation scholarships website.
There are a few reports of at least one version of N1MM Logger+ not being able to generate an ARRL Sweepstakes log file appropriate for uploading to the website. The issue appears as a missing space between the sent exchange and the worked call sign. According to Tom Wagner, N1MM, the issue can be remedied by editing the sent exchange in the contest setup (see the link above for details). The deadline for ARRL November SSB Sweepstakes log submissions is November 28.
Raspberry Pi computers are used in an ever-increasing number of ham-oriented applications, especially related to station automation. Their availability during the pandemic has been problematic. Websites have sprung up to match buyers and sellers, two examples of which are rpilocator and NowInStock. Another option could be to use the same (or similar) hardware, but packaged for alternate purposes. OnLogic has a rugged CM4-based model that “uses industrial, fully standardized components with longer lifecycles and better thermal management.” This might be a choice for some applications where price isn’t the primary driver.
Oh, those kids! You know, the adolescents and young adults that practice unsafe listening practices? They may be facing hearing loss in their aging future, according to a recently published study. Study participants aged 12 to 34 had unsafe habits that included use of personal listening devices and attending loud entertainment venues. Listening to 160 meters during summertime conditions was not included.
Word to the Wise
This one was suggested by Ward Silver, N0AX: Dumbfungled — An old Scottish word that means physically or mentally worn out. “May be appropriate after a contest.”
Sights and Sounds
Tim Duffy, K3LR, and DX Engineering, a supplier and supporter of DXpeditions around the world, provided a directional noise finder to locate power line noise sources to the utility in Palau. Gary Shirk, T88SS, facilitated the interaction. [Photo: Rob Fanfant, N7QT]
Steve Babcock, VE6WZ, constructed some very small signal sources that he can lift under his Mavic Mini drone. He uses these to field test the performance of some of his 160-meter receive antennas. His YouTube video shows how he built them and how they’re used.
Results and Records
Kirk Pickering, K4RO, notes that the 2022 July/August NAQP results are available on the NCJ website:
The results for the 2022 ARRL Field Day are on the Field Day results page. They’re also in the 2022 December issue of QST.
Bill Clark, K6WSC, Chairman of the Arizona QSO Party, announced the results of the 2022 event. Participants can print their own certificates, and those who made contacts with the K7A bonus station can print a special certificate. The 2023 event will be held October 14 (1500Z) to October 15 (0500Z).
Sometimes Spots Are…Not
We’ve all grown used to technology mostly working, so when it doesn’t, it can sometimes be surprising. Drew Vonada-Smith, K3PA, noticed that there were a number of nonsensical call signs being spotted by the Reverse Beacon Network in the RTTY sub-bands. His conclusion: “When you see unlikely calls spotted in RTTY sub-bands, and the calls have lots of dots in them, it’s a busted spot due to RTTY.” (K3PA via RBN-ops mailing list).
Technical Topics and Discussion
Don Kirk, WD8DSB, found a new RFI source on 160 meters and tracked it to a location 1.1 miles from his house. The culprit? A variable speed drive running a large blower to inflate a balloon at a museum. You can read the story in this post to the RFI mailing list, and view a short YouTube video about the signal. Don uses a PC-based SDR and handheld directional antennas to locate sources in the field.
While trying to bring a high voltage power supply back from multiple years of disuse, I was looking for a variable transformer. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that brand new ones are available, and some even come with LCD Displays.
For those trying to use N1MM Logger+ and other Microsoft Windows software under the Parallels environment on a M1 MacBook, things may have recently gotten a little easier. Ron Bolton, WU4G, reported to the N1MM Logger+ group that www.eterlogic.com has a virtual serial port emulator (VSPE) available in beta that works with this configuration.
Elektor magazinefeatured an article on switching inductive loads during zero-current periods of the ac cycle. By electronically switching at the time of zero current, instead of using mechanical contacts, arcing can be avoided. This concept is useful when switching power transformers, for example. If you want to experiment with circuits like this, make sure you do so safely, by carefully using an isolation transformer.
The LM78XX series of linear voltage regulators has been around for decades. Chances are some equipment you have uses these. Electronics in general have gotten smaller since those were developed, and entire dc-dc converters can now fit in the same footprint as the older analog parts. Because they’re miniature switched-mode power supplies, they’re much more efficient, but measures must be taken to control for EMI with filtering capacitors and inductors. CUI Inc. makes an example of these with their VX78-500 series.
Antuino is a “compact radio lab for antennas and radio circuits” brought to you by the same people behind the BITX transceivers. It can perform many of the functions of an antenna analyzer, but with two ports, and can measure the response of devices or circuits under test at various frequencies to 150 MHz. It’s based on an Arduino CPU, and the software is open-source.
Caution! Human Contesting!
If you’ve been in any phone contest, you’ve likely heard a station provide their exchange starting with “please copy,” “copy,” “my exchange for you,” or other words that aren’t strictly part of the exchange. Because it’s not a necessary part of the exchange, some operators on the receiving end of a PC (please copy) exchange vehemently want to stamp it out, eliminate it, remove it, unhear it. Some even claim they’ll not work anyone using PC exchanges.
I have a confession to make – I don’t particularly enjoy the verbal empty calories of PC exchanges either.
But after having lent my ears to a full weekend of ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes, I am not here to bury the exchange, but to praise it. I would estimate that more than 80% of the exchanges I received had some variation of the PC message. I would rather have those contacts in the log than not at all.
While running, I was glad to help some new operators through the exchange when they called. They were brave enough to try a contest with a difficult exchange — something that’s daunting even for some QCWA-qualifying amateurs. Could there be a stronger signal of contester tendencies? If these newbies had a pleasant experience, maybe they’ll be in the contest again next year. While searching and pouncing, I found a number of M category stations, where the aurally young operator was being coached by someone in the background. Occasionally, I heard the PC phrase being used. It’s on the control operator coach to provide the right guidance, but also consider that they had somehow convinced that person to be in the seat giving out bits of information to strangers. I think I can overlook a few PC words, and hearing young operators was heartwarming.
It’s amateur radio, not professional radiosport. We’re supposed to be having fun contesting, and different operators have different goals. Some want high rates, some just want to get a clean sweep, and some want to hand out a few contacts from a rare Section. If more operators also means more PC language, I’ll take it.
In my view, a win is to make a lot of contacts, to improve your contesting skills, to distill the exchanges down to just the necessary syllables over time, and to have fun doing it year after year.
That’s all for this time. Remember to send stuffing recipies, alternative uses for leftover turkey, contesting-related stories, book reviews, tips, techniques, press releases, errata, schematics, club information, pictures, stories, blog links, and predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
73, Brian, N9ADG
November 24 – December 7, 2022
An expanded, downloadable version of QST’s Contest Corral is available as a PDF. Check the sponsors’ website for information on operating time restrictions and other instructions.
CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 24, 0300z to Nov 24, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.
CWops Test (CWT) , Nov 24, 0700z to Nov 24, 0800z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: Nov 26.
RTTYOPS Weeksprint , Nov 24, 1700z to Nov 24, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: Dec 1.
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ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB, of Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida, overcame challengers for his position in the
2023-2025 election cycle. Ballots counted November 18 showed Baker
(2,785 votes) defeating challengers Vice Director James Schilling,
KG4JSZ (1,000 votes), and John Willis, KB4DU (673 votes).
For the position of Vice Director, Jeff Beals, WA4AW (1,516 votes),
of Loxahatchee, Florida, defeated challengers Andrew Milluzzi,
KK4LWR (1,287 votes), Neal Sulmeyer, K4EA (859 votes), and Joseph
Tiritilli, N4ZUW (763 votes).
Baker and Beals have been declared elected for terms beginning
January 1, 2023. Baker is finishing his first term as an ARRL
Director. He currently serves on the Administrative and Finance
Committee, and Logbook of The World Committee.
Southeastern Division members had the option to vote using paper or
electronic ballots. The election was conducted by third party
Election Services Co., of Melville, New York, which had been
selected by the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E). The
tabulation was observed by E&E Chair, Midwest Division Director Art
Those were the only contested races in this year’s election cycle
for Director and Vice Director. In August, the incumbents in the
other four Divisions, running unopposed in this election cycle, were
declared winners. They are Pacific Division Director Kristen
McIntyre, K6WX, and Vice Director Anthony Marcin, W7XM; Rocky
Mountain Division Director Jeff Ryan, K0RM, and Vice Director Dan
Grady, N2SRK; Southwestern Division Director Richard Norton, N6AA
and Vice Director Edward Stearns, AA7A, and West Gulf Division
Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, and Vice Director Lee Cooper,
ARRL is governed by its Board of Directors. Elections are held for
five of the 15 ARRL Divisions each year, for terms of 3 years.
Reminder: The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.