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Mauna Kea Repeater Test on Saturday


Just a reminder that the monthly test of the Mauna Kea repeater will be held this Saturday.

Message accessed on 05 September 2019, 1450 UTC, Post 1105.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDqxRlPTNGKlNrlBRSzkVdDvSD

Here’s the complete text from Kevin Bogan (AH6QO):

“Topics in this digest:

1. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.

Messages
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1a. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:34:09 PDT

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

*The duration of the net maybe limited this month due to operator
scheduling difficulties. However, we will test the repeater enough to
ensure it is operational and ready. Thank you for your patience.*

Hurricane Season is here and more cyclonic activity is headed our way.
We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the test on Saturday
9/7/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis
(1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal
conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to
insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz)
Maunakea on this coming Saturday, September 7, 2019,  1200 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by
checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the
NCS when operating on the repeater.

A continuing request:

*As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our
Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your
local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and
others on what communications would be like from their location.  *

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g.,(BI) Hawaii VOAD, American
Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team
Rubicon, ARES and more <https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/membership>) and
their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)

Please give this notice the widest dissemination.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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ARLD022-DX News


Here is the latest DX News from HQ ARRL, 225 Main street, Newington, CT, 06111.  Views expressed on Big Island ARRL News are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content supplied by W1AW and HQ ARRL.  Accessed on 31 May 2019, 0145 UTC, Post 989.

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SB DX @ ARL $ARLD022
ARLD022 DX news

ZCZC AE22
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 22  ARLD022
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 30, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD022
ARLD022 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CS5CRE, 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.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Special event call 5B19CWC is QRV until July 14 during
the Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019.  QSL via operators’
instructions.

SAMOA, 5W.  Members of the Uruguay DX group will be QRV as 5W0H from
Upolu Island, IOTA OC-097, from June 1 to 10.  Activity will be
holiday style on 80 to 6 meters, using mainly CW and SSB, with two
stations active.  QSL via EB7DX.

NEPAL, 9N.  Yuki, JH1NBN is QRV as 9N7BN until June 4.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and possibly FT8.  QSL direct to home
call.

PAKISTAN, AP.  Special event call AP19CWC is QRV until July 14
during the Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

PORTUGAL, CT.  Members of the Clube Radioamadores do Entroncamento
are QRV as CR6TD from the Dornes Templat Tower until June 1.
Activity is on the HF bands using SSB.  QSL via bureau.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Audie, DU1ZDR and Gazelle, DU1ZDQ will be QRV as
DZ1A from Kalanggaman Island, IOTA OC-129, on June 3.  Activity will
be on 7055 kHz and 14260 kHz using QRP power.  QSL via operators’
instructions.

ERITREA, E3.  A large group of operators are QRV as E31A until June
3 while here in support of the Eritrea National Olympic Committee.
Activity is in their spare time on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
FT8.  QSL via JH1AJT.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Milan, OK1DWC is QRV as E51DWS from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  His length of stay is
unknown.  QSL to home call.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station F/ON6JUN/p is QRV from Ranville,
Normandy until June 7 to commemorate 75 years since D-Day.  QSL via
ON5SD.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8J7AIZU is QRV until November 30
to highlight the 120th anniversary of Aizu Wakamatsu City in
Fukushima.  QSL via JN7GLC.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Members of the Radioamateurs du Luxembourg group
are QRV with special event call LX19CWC until July 14 during the
Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019.  QSL via operators’
instructions.

SWEDEN, SM.  Rick, SM6U, Bengt, SM6UQL and Tomas, SM6XMY are QRV as
7S6WX from the Weather Islands, Vaderoarna, IOTA EU-043, until June
2.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL via
bureau.

GREECE, SV.  Oliver, DK7TX will be QRV as SV8/DK7TX from Antipaxos,
Paxos and Kerkyra, all IOTA EU-052, from June 2 to 9.  Activity will
be on 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0.  Operators Vasily, R7AL, Igor, UA3EDQ,
Vladimir, RK8A and Albert, UB9WLJ will be QRV as R26RRC from
Paramushir Island, IOTA AS-204, from June 1 to 7.  Activity will be
on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters.  QSL via Club Log.

CANADA, VE.  Members of the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club will be QRV
as VX4WARC during June to celebrates the club’s centennial
anniversary.  QSL via bureau.

HONG KONG, VR.  Special event call VR2019CWC is QRV until July 14
during the Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

VIET NAM, XV.  Sven, HB9DXB is QRV as XV9DXB from Nha Trang
beginning June 1.  Activity is on 80, 40, 20, and 15 meters using CW
and SSB.  QSL via EB7DX.

ALBANIA, ZA.  Ralf, DK8FA is QRV as ZA/DK8FA in Golem, near Durres,
until June 3.  Activity is on 20 and 17 meters using RTTY and PSK.
QSL via bureau.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS.  Special event call ZS19CWC is QRV until July 14
during the Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon 2019.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Open Season PSK
Contest, Museum Ships Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
PVRC Reunion, DigiFest, Wake-Up QRP CW Sprint, SEANET Contest, UKSMG
Summer 6-Meter Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, Dutch Kingdom Contest,
IARU Region 1 CW Field Day and the RSGB National CW Field Day are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 4.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 5.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada’s parks and historic sites.

Please see May 2019 QST, page 84, June QST, page 86, and the ARRL
and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
NNNN
/EX


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The next scheduled test of the Mauna Kea Repeater (146.72 MHz,

PL100.0) will be held Saturday, 01 June 2019, from 1200-1300 HST.


The next meeting of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) is

set for Saturday, 08 June 2019, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community

Center.


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please

check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated

daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

ARLP018 Propagation de K7RA


Here’s the latest propagation report from Tad Cook (K7RA) on Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this propagation forecast are those of Mr. Cook and his volunteer staff of observers and monitors.  Content supplied by W1AW, Tad Cook, and HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.  Following this report, I’ll list a few events of interest to Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams.

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SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP018
ARLP018 Propagation de K7RAZCZC AP18
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 18  ARLP018
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  May 3, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP018
ARLP018 Propagation de K7RA

No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week (April 25
through May 1), and so the average daily sunspot number dropped to 0
after 8.1 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux
declined from 70.6 to 67.5. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with
average planetary A index at 5.9, up from 4.7 in the previous week.

The predicted solar flux is 72 on May 3-5, 75 on May 6-9, 78 on May
10-16, then 76, 72 and 70 on May 17-19, 69 on May 20-21, 68 on May
22, 67 on May 23 through June 2, 70 and 75 on June 3-4, 78 on June
5-12, then 76, 72, 70 and 69 on June 13-16.

The predicted planetary A index is 5 on May 4-9, 8 on May 10, 5 on
May 11-19, 8 on May 20, 5 on May 21-26, then 10, 14, 12, 8 and 5 on
May 27-31, then 10, 12 and 14 on June 1-3, 8 on June 4-6, and 5 on
June 7-15, then 8 on June 16.

Interesting article in the New Yorker about Aurora Borealis tourism:

https://bit.ly/2UvvVbN

A video posted last week from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW:

https://youtu.be/W9Fp-O3Ddlo

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period May 3-30, 2019 from
F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on May 15, 19, 22-23
quiet to unsettled on May 6, 8-16, 18, 24-27
quiet to active on May 3-5, 17, 21, 28
unsettled to active on May 7, 20, 29-30

“No Active to Disturbed conditions are forecast.

“Solar wind will intensify on May 3-4, 9-13, 15, (20,) 22-23, 30

“Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”

Thanks to M0VNG and others for the tip to this article on moving
geomagnetism:

https://bit.ly/2IWoqJA

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for April 25 through May 1, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 67.5, 67.2, 66.9, 67.9,
66.9, 68.5, and 67.6, with a mean of 67.5. Estimated planetary A
indices were 5, 4, 6, 5, 5, 5, and 11, with a mean of 5.9. Middle
latitude A index was 4, 2, 5, 4, 6, 4, and 8, with a mean of 4.7.
NNNN
/EX

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ARLD018 DX News


Welcome to an ARRL DX News update from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this report are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content supplied by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.  Accessed on 03 May 2019, 1455 UTC, Post 958.  Following this post, I’ll list some events of interest to Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

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SB DX @ ARL $ARLD018
ARLD018 DX news

ZCZC AE18
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 18  ARLD018
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 2, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD018
ARLD018 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

FIJI, 3D2.  Nobby, G0VJG is QRV as 3D2AS until May 5, and then again
from May 20 to 22.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8
in DXpedition mode.  QSL via M0OXO.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Nobu, JA0JHQ and Ted, JA7XBG plan to be QRV as 8Q7NH
and 8Q7XB, respectively, from Embudu Island, IOTA AS-013, from May 7
to 10.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and FT8.  QSL
direct to home calls.

CROATIA, 9A.  Jan, PA4JJ is QRV as 9A/PA4JJ until June 5.  Activity
is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly FT8.  QSL to home
call.

GHANA, 9G.  Emil, ZS6EGB is QRV as 9G5ZS until February 2020.
Activity is on the HF bands using FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DL.  Members of radio club Bad Doberan
are QRV with special call sign DM460DA until the end of October to
celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary.  QSL via DL9GFB.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Audie, DU1ZDR and Gazelle, DU1ZDQ will be QRV as
DZ1A from Siargao Island, IOTA OC-235, on May 4 and 5.  Activity
will be on 40 and 20 meters.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

SPAIN, EA.  Members of the Radio Club de las Fuerzas Armadas
Espanolas will be QRV with special call sign EG1FAS from May 4 to
June 2 to commemorate Spain’s armed forces.  QSL via EA1ADP.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW.  Nobby, G0VJG will be QRV as FW/G0VJG
from Wallis Island, IOTA OC-054, from May 6 to 20.  Activity will be
on 60 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

HAITI, HH.  Dale, N3BNA and Mark, K3MSB will be QRV as HH6/home
calls from May 4 to 11.  Activity will be in their spare time on 160
and 60 meters.  QSL HH6/N3BNA via KA2AEV, and HH6/K3MSB to home
call.

THAILAND, HS.  Special event station HS10KING is QRV until July 31
to commemorate the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn
Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X.  Activity is on all bands and
possibly satellites.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

DOMINICA, J7.  Operators Thomas, SM0CXU and Tore, SM0DZB will be QRV
as J79U and J79TA, respectively, from May 7 to 15.  QSL via M0OXO.

ST. VINCENT, J8.  Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island from May 7 to 14.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using
SSB, SSTV and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

ARGENTINA, LU.  Horacio, LU5BE and Enrique, LU8EFF are QRV as home
calls/T until May 5 from Susques and Purmamarca.  Activity is on 80
to 6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31, HELL, JT65 and FT8.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are
QRV with special call LZ497OM during May to honor Orthodox saints.
QSL via bureau.

PERU, OA.  Michael, AC0PR plans to be QRV as OA3/AC0PR from Chimbote
from May 5 to 14.  Activity will be in his spare time 40 to 15
meters using only CW and QRP power.  QSL direct to home call.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Pasi, OH3WS plans to be QRV as OJ0W from May 4 to
11.  Activity will be in his spare time on 60 and 30 meters.  QSL to
home call.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM.  Special event stations OM83IHWC and OM2019IIHF
are QRV during May to mark the 83rd Men’s World Ice Hockey
Championships.  Activity is on the HF and VHF bands.  QSL via OM2FY.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  A number of stations are using the RP74 prefix
until May 9 to commemorate the 74th year since the end of World War
II.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  New England QSO Party, 10-10
International Spring CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest and
Club Challenge, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI International DX
Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party, Indiana QSO Party, Delaware QSO
Party, FISTS Spring Slow Speed CW Sprint and MIE 33 Contest are all
on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for May 7.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 8.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada’s parks and historic sites.

Please see May 2019 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
NNNN
/EX


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The regular monthly test of the Mauna Kea repeater (146.72 MHz-PL100.0)

will happen this Saturday, 04 May 2019, 1200-1300 HST.


The Big Island Amateur Radio Club lunch will be held today, Friday, 03

May 2019, 1130 HST, at the Ponds Restaurant in Hilo.  If you plan to

attend, please call Barbara (NH7FY) at 936-3377 so you can be added to

the reservation list.


According to Dean (KH6B) the BIARC ham radio breakfast will be held

this Saturday, 0800 HST, at the IHOP Restaurant in the Prince Kuhio

Plaza in Hilo.


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the

blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

HiCoAres@groups.io Digest #63


Welcome to a “HiCoAres” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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Accessed on 03 April 2019, 1545 UTC, Post 920.

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“a. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for this Saturday, 4/6/19 1200-1300 HST.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:12:32 PDT

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test on
Saturday 4/6/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly
basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what
minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater
and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz)
Maunakea on this coming Saturday, April 6, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by
checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the
NCS when operating on the repeater.

A request:

*As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our
Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your
local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and
others on what communications would be like from their location.  *

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American
Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team
Rubicon, ARES and more <https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/membership>) and
their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)

Please give this notice the widest dissemination.

*DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.*

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn Amateur Radio Coordinator

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Aloha e 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA


Welcome to the Saturday edition of “Big Island ARRL News”–a Hawaii Island-based blog bringing ARRL and Amateur/Ham Radio News to Hawaii Island radio amateurs.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Before we post Tad Cook’s (K7RA) propagation and solar activity forecast, here are a few events for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

The regular monthly test of the Mauna Kea VOAD Repeater (146.72 MHz-PL 100.0), WH6FIU, will happen today, Saturday, 05 January 2019, from 1200 to 1300 HST.

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center near the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  Doors will be open to the public from 0930 HST to 1400 HST.  The event includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE Testing for new and upgraded amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

Radio amateurs are needed to provide communications for the Sunday, 17 March 2019 Big Island International Marathon in Hilo.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the race is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field radio skills, learn new operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon.”  For details, contact Sean–sean@sfendt.net.


Here is the current propagation forecast from Tad Cook (K7RA) and his staff of volunteer observers and reporters.

Souce:

Email from W1AW and HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Here is the complete text of the W1AQ Bulletin:

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP001
ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP01
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 1  ARLP001
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  January 4, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP001
ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA

Sunspots returned with the New Year, with sunspot numbers of 13, 16
and 16 on January 1-3. The new region was AR2732, and the area of
the spot tripled each day, beginning at 10 millionths of the visible
solar disc, then tripling to 30 on Tuesday, and 90 on Wednesday.
This made the average daily sunspot number for the reporting week
(December 27 to January 2) 4.1, compared to 0 for the previous seven
days.

Average daily solar flux rose slightly from 70 to 70.4.

Average daily planetary A index rose from 4.9 to 9.3, and average
mid-latitude A index from 4 to 7.6.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 72 on January 4-5, 70
on January 6-11, 71 on January 12-19, 69 on January 20 through
February 2, 71 on February 3-15, and 69 on February 16-17.

Predicted planetary A index is 15, 24, 15 and 8 on January 4-7, 5 on
January 8-9, 10 on January 10, 5 on January 11-15, 12 on January 16,
5 on January 17-23, then 20, 12, 12 and 10 on January 24-27, 5 on
January 28-30, 12 on January 31, then 15, 15 and 8 on February 1-3,
5 on February 4-11, 12 on February 12, and 5 on February 13-17.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period January 4-30, 2019 from
F.K. Janda, OK1HH of the Czech Propagation Interested Group
compiling this geomagnetic activity weekly forecast since 1978.

“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on January 10-12, 22-23, 29-30
Quiet to unsettled on January 13, 20, 27-28
Quiet to active on January 9, 14, 18-19
Unsettled to active on January 4-8, 15, 17, 21, 25-26
Active to disturbed on January 16-17, 24

“Solar wind will intensify on January 3-7, (8, 13-14,) 15-19,
(20-24,) 25-29

“Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.

“This forecast was compiled on January 3. The next one will be
compiled on January 31.”

Jon, N0JK of Lawrence, Kansas wrote on January 3:

“After a relatively lackluster December for sporadic-E, conditions
improved at the end of December on to the first few days of the New
Year.

“I had 6 meter Es December 28 to Canada, and the 29th to the
southeast states. Logged several stations running just 10 watts on
SSB.

“But the real DX took place on January 2, 2019. 6 meters opened for
sporadic-E around 1700z across North America and stayed open late
into the evening. Around 2330z, Es links to afternoon
trans-equatorial propagation across the geomagnetic equator set up
an opening between North America and Australia.

“VK3OT, VK3DUT, VK4MA and others appeared suddenly on the JT65 and
FT8 modes on 50 MHz VK4MA worked east to Illinois on FT8. Larry,
N0LL (EM09) decoded VK3OT and VK3DUT on JT65. He worked NH6Y on FT8.
I copied one decode on NH6Y on FT8. The Hawaiian stations made
contacts in Texas, Mississippi and the Rocky Mountain states.

“The ‘Winter Surprise’ North America to VK/ZL openings have taken
place in past years, one of the best was late December 2015. But to
occur with a solar flux of only 70 is remarkable.  Carl
Luetzelschwab, K9LA discussed the mechanism of these openings in a
column he wrote for the World Radio magazine.”

Mike Schaffer, KA3JAW of Easton, Pennsylvania regularly monitors the
FM broadcast band for interesting openings:

“On Friday, December 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm EST (2249 UTC) I was
monitoring the FM broadcast band on 88.3 MHz and started to hear
Spanish music, then when the music ended, a male announcer. The
signal which was fairly weak for roughly thirty seconds vaporized,
being taken over with a mix from WRAU, Ocean City, MD (50 kW), WPPB,
Southampton, NY (25 kW). The unidentified station’s announcer
sounded Cuban, which would be near 1274 miles to the south.

“While watching the DXMAPS website, spots were starting to come in
on 6 meter SSB via Es from MA to AL, 1154 mile path at 2349 UTC.

“On December 29, 0005 UTC 6 meter CW Beacon from Maine to Manitoba,
Canada, 1315 mile path.

“By 0018 UTC, the MUF climbed up to 72 MHz above FN04 (Barrie,
Ontario, Canada).

“Then the unexpected happened. A report of 6M FT8 from Massachusetts
to New Mexico, 2133 mile path, double-hop Es event at 0032 UTC.

“At 0037 UTC MUF shot up to 95 MHz above EN92 (London, Ontario,
Canada).

“A report of brief Es in the FM broadcast band from near
Williamsport, PA (FN11) to various south Miami, Florida stations
(EL95) up to 1118 miles away at 0055 UTC.

“Forty-five minutes later, analog television channel 6 with a plus
offset was observed, likely from Cuba.

“Now the western panhandle of Florida to the lower Hudson Bay-James
Bay, Canada with the MUF stabilizing at 95 MHz on a 1572 mile path
at 0100 UTC with FT8 mode.

“By this time at 0115 UTC I expected the MUF to begin crashing down
into the HF bands. Nope, the MUF rose 4 MHz higher to 99.

“Yikes, it is 8:15 pm EST (0115 UTC) and the Es storm continues! At
0133 UTC MUF remains at 99 MHz.

“By 0158 UTC, finally a report of a weak analog television channel
2, CHBX in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (EN76) was detected in Akron,
OH (EN91) via short-hop sporadic-E at 406 miles. The video rendered
an advertisement for ‘Boxing Week’ with a boxer dog.”

Jeff, N8II of West Virginia wrote on December 29:

“The only ‘ray of sunshine’ Xmas week was some long path into
Australia on 30 and 40M CW and Japan on 40M SSB and CW this week. It
had been nearly 2 years since my last JA QSOs on 40M outside of
contests and I failed to work any in this year’s CQWW as well.

“That was until Friday night the 29th GMT date when there was
widespread sporadic-E right in time for the Radio Amateurs of Canada
Winter Contest. I ran all 6 bands within 4 minutes with VE9HF in New
Brunswick and worked several VE3s on 20M and then many on 40M in the
0100Z hour along with many USA stations some at very short distances
in the 1/2/3/4/5/8/9th call areas on 40 SSB.

“10 meters was open to W4/5, lots of activity. Saturday morning 20
was open to EU as usual as well as Eastern Canada, and by 1500Z to
western Canada as well with lots of Manitoba and Saskatchewan
activity. On 15 CW, I worked Slovenia, France, and England. Also
worked on 15 were W5/6/7/0 and QC and ON on backscatter as well as
SK, AB, and BC.”

Jeff Howington, AD0AK of Fairfax, Iowa sent this on December 29:

“Regarding Al, W1VTP’s inquiry in your 28 December bulletin, the
Australian Space Weather Services has a web page at
https://bit.ly/2sbceum that might better address his needs. It
provides Hourly Area Prediction (HAP) charts containing easy to
understand graphical MUF (foF5) data for various locations. Al can
select the Boston map from the pull down list.

“That map typically shows roughly concentric rings centered on
Boston that are color coded to indicate the maximum usable frequency
a Boston base station should use to reach a mobile at various
distances away. It’s not a stretch to mentally re-center the rings
to Al’s station in Manchester to give an idea of where his signal
will go from that location. Note that these maps are good only for
one hour and are refreshed on the hour.

“I’ve used the HAP map centered on Kansas City with good success
while running a NVIS net in the Midwest Region. Since nearly all
nets are fixed in the frequencies they use, these maps can help
select the best times to run the net, and they can also provide
information as to which stations can best serve as relays to net
control assuming you know their locations.”

Check the AD0AK page on QRZ.com for more on Jeff’s interests and
work at Collins.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net .

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for December 27, through January 2, 2019 were 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 13, and 16, with a mean of 4.1. 10.7 cm flux was 68.5,
69.3, 69, 69.4, 69.3, 71.9, and 75.2, with a mean of 70.4. Estimated
planetary A indices were 5, 24, 11, 10, 7, 6, and 2, with a mean of
9.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 19, 9, 7, 7, 5, and 1,
with a mean of 7.6.
NNNN
/EX


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Mauna Kea Repeater test this Saturday, 1200-1300 HST, 28 August 2018


Accessed on 28 August 2018, 0111 UTC, Post #671.

Source:

Ceridw

Ceridwen Sanders via BIARC (BIARC Listserve).

Comment:

The monthly test of the VOAD/ARES Repeater on Mauna Kea is set for this coming Saturday.  Here’s the update from Ceridwen Sanders:

 

Ceridwen Sanders via BIARC <biarc@mailman.qth.net>

9:43 AM (5 hours ago)

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On Aug 28, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com <mailto:kevin.bogan@gmail.com>> wrote:

PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, others,

The Maunakea repeater continues to be in operation.  No or very little traffic is noted on the repeater as there appears to be no communications emergency.  Nevertheless, the repeater needs to be tested on a monthly basis to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater; especially since we have entered hurricane season in the Central Pacific.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, September 1, 2018,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more <https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/membership>) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)

Please give this notice the widest dissemination.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
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12:19 PM (2 hours ago)

to Leigh
Aloha all:
Ceri Sanders forwards this request from Kevin Bogan, asking those who can, to check in to the Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater test set for this Saturday, 1200-1300 HST.

73,
Leigh

From: Ceridwen Sanders via BIARC <biarc@mailman.qth.net>
Date: August 28, 2018 9:43:29 AM
To: BIARC Listserve <BIARC@mailman.qth.net>
Subject: [BIARC] Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater test set for this Saturday, 1200-1300 HST.

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Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section