Upcoming Hawaii-Mainland Allstarlink Net Activities

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Big Island ARRL News.  In this post, you’ll find the latest activities calendar for the Hawaii-Mainland Allstarlink Net for the week beginning Sunday, 21 April 2019.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  At the end of the activity report, I’ll list some of the upcoming events pertaining to Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams.  Content supplied by the Hawaii-Mainland Allstarlink Net.

Accessed on 21 April 2019, 2330 UTC, Post 945.

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Dave P

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Aloha All,

 

Please join us Sunday afternoon for our weekly emergency communications net at 4:00PM (HST) Hawaii Standard time on the Hawaiian Mainland Allstarlink Network. All radio amateurs are invited. This network has a big footprint, and good ears with multiple remote Allstar simplex and repeater nodes, so hams on every island and on the Mainland should be able to check in.

 

Weekly Newsline Broadcast Sunday 21 April 2019 at 1530 Hawaii Standard Time (Monday 0130 UTC 22 April)

 

Weekly Net starts Sunday at 1600 Hawaii Standard Time (Monday 0200 UTC)

 

Net Control: Theresa (WH6FSJ) in Laupahoehoe on the Island of Hawaii.

 

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Weekly Hilo LDS Stake Net Monday Night 22 April 2019 at 8:30pm Hawaii Standard Time (Tuesday 0630 UTC 23 April)

 

Net Control: Alex (AH6KZ) (Kurtistown, Big Island)

 

Alex (AH6KZ) will take check-ins from Hilo Stake first followed by others on the Allstarlink network to include other Stakes in the Hawaiian Islands and mainland stations. This net is open to anyone who wants to participate.  He’ll be on the Stake VHF repeater on 147.280 (+) PL 88.5.  Allstarlink Node 45886.  Please observe a two second delay on key up time between each transmission.

 

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All net activities can also be heard on the following links:

 

Allstar – Hawaii/Mainland Allstarlink Network via RF simplex and repeaters throughout the Hawaiian Islands and nodes in the Mainland.  Here is a link to view the RF frequencies depending upon

where you reside:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yzLw8DZxYvQRL4lJKmA-KGpMn3aH4Ch_&usp=sharing

 

DMR/Brandmeister Network on  31158 Hawaii Mainland Allstar time slot 1 

 

Echolink – NH6HI-L

                  KH6IN-L

                  WH6AV-R

For those not licensed yet, you can listen to the net on the following website.

https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/27598  

 

If anyone needs help, please let me know.  Glad to be of assistance.

 

73 and aloha


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is continuing his free Technician License Classes on Hawaii Island.  The current class is underway at Discovery Harbor in Ka’u.  Here are the remaining classes for this year:  23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA) and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.


Hawaii Island radio amateurs/ham are encouraged to sign up for the new ARRL EMCOMM course (EC-001).  The first class set for Hawaii will begin in June 2019.  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), Clem Jung (KH7HO) will handle registration for the course and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  For details, contact Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Welcome to the Sunday edition of Big Island ARRL News.  In today’s post, we’ll explore the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period of 18 April 2019 through 21 April 2019.  Content provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 21 April 2019, 1558 UTC, Post 944.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org

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News for Sunday 21 April

Chair of ARISS-Europe interviewed by BRUZZ
To mark World Amateur Radio Day, BRUZZ paid a visit to the Chair of ARISS-Europe, 91-year-old, Gaston Bertels ON4WF

Caister to echo to sound of Morse code once again
Norfolk’s radio hams will once again be trying to contact other amateurs around the world from Caister on Saturday 27 April 2019 as part of the International Marconi Day celebrations

QSO Today – Jack Worth, WA0QZK
Jack Worth, WA0QZK, is a retired pastor with over 50 years of amateur radio operating experience who likes to QSO on CW from the Warsaw Telegraph Office

Foundations of Amateur Radio #202
Antennas out of sight and out of mind …
Previously I’ve spoken about the dynamic nature of your station. Even if from day to day use, nothing changes, things around you are always in flux. Propagation changes, power fluctuates and the environment in which your antenna operates is dynamic. Mobile stations even more so

5:5 Amateur Radio Activity Session
Every May 5 is the festival of amateur radio enthusiasts in China – the 5:5 amateur radio festival – on Sunday, May 5

ZS4 Sprint this afternoon
The ZS4 Sprint will run from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC this afternoon, Sunday 21 April with phone activity during the first hour and CW activity during the second hour

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

 

News for Saturday 20 April

ARISS contact planned for students in Czech Republic
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Nick Hague KG5TMV with House of Children and Youth, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ham radio satellite ground station article in HackSpace magazine
The May edition of HackSpace magazine, issue 18, featuring articles by radio amateur Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK is available as a free PDF

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 21st April 2019 is now available.NewsWest is heard across Western Australia and the rest of Australia and in other interesting places around the world

NepaliSat-1 launched to ISS
The Kathmandu Post reports Nepal’s first satellite NepaliSat-1was launhed to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, April 17

Free entry to Hamvention on final day
The ARRL reports Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio

The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

 

News for Friday 19 April

FUNcube Data Warehouse URL change
Dave G4DPZ reports on a change to the URL used for Data Warehouse for the FUNcube amateur radio satellites

Making a simple AM Radio
Trainee electronics engineer Chelsea Back writes in Design Spark about her first experiences with radio frequency circuits

FreeDV Global QSO Party April 27/28
WIA News reports the digital voice mode FreeDV Global QSO Party takes place Saturday April 27/28

Ofcom consults on 3.4 GHz band changes
BT-EE, Hutchison-3, Telefónica-O2 and Vodafone asked Ofcom to vary their 3.4 GHz band licences, this includes higher total radiated power (TRP) in-block and out-of-block power limits

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

 

News for Thursday 18 April

IARU argues for protection from WPT spurious emissions
IARU was again represented at the meeting last week in Ankara, Turkey, where committee SE24 (Short Range Devices) met to undertake further work on the Work Item concerning Wireless Power Transmission

ARRL ‘Radio Communications’ billboard promotes Ham Radio
on I-40

The ARRL reports amateur radio is being promoted on a billboard that’s passed by 6 million vehicles a year

Foundation training manual released in Kindle format
The RSGB Foundation Licence Manual is now available in the convenient electronic Kindle format

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Plenty of AM70s about from Spain but actually quite a good week with 3 reported contacts needed to get into the lists at the weekend.

C5DL (Gambia) was pretty hot all week as were quite a few others.

Unusual call of the week 4Z1MOON (Israel). This special event station will be on the air in honour of “Beresheet” – The Israeli probe to the moon. If you didn’t get it, tough! It’s now finished

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is continuing his free Technician License Classes on Hawaii Island.  The current class is underway at Discovery Harbor in Ka’u.  Here are the remaining classes for the year:  23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA) and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.


Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams are encouraged to sign up for the new ARRL EMCOMM Course (EC-001).  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Clem Jung will handle registration for the EC-001 course and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  To  register, contact Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.


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

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Community Emergency Response Training

Welcome to the weekend edition of Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Accessed on 20 April 2019, 1420 UTC, Post 943.

Source:  18 April 2019 message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

A press release issued by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency on Thursday, 18 April 2019, may be of interest to Hawaii radio amateurs/hams active in RACES and ARES.  Here’s the complete text:

COUNTY OF HAWAII via yahoo.com 

Thu, Apr 18, 3:22 PM (2 days ago)
to kh6jrm

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

Community Emergency Response Team

CERT Basic Training

April 27, May 4, 11, and 18, 2019

Waimea

Public Service Announcement

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency is providing a basic emergency response training course in Waimea to be held at the Waimea Elementary School cafeteria starting Saturday, April 27th at 8 AM.  This Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course provides participants with classroom and hands-on instruction on what to do in an emergency or disaster.

If you are interested in basic emergency awareness, developing personal response knowledge and basic skills, and you can commit to 4 Saturdays of learning how to respond in an emergency or disaster, sign-up online by emailing hawaiicert@gmail.com.  Class times are 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday April 27, May 4, 11, and 18.

There is no charge for this training, but seating is limited, so reserve your seat today.

Again, sign up online by emailing hawaiicert@gmail.com.

The CERT Program is administered by your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

This e-mail has been sent to you by the COUNTY OF HAWAII. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message. If you no longer wish to receive email notifications from COUNTY OF HAWAII, please click here to unsubscribe.

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is continuing his free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island.  The Discovery Harbor class has just begun.  Two other Technician License classes are set for the remainder of the year:  23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA) and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island,  For more information, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams are encouraged to sign up for the new ARRL EMCOMM Course (EC-001).  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Clem Jung (KH7HO) will handle registration for  the EC-001 course and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  To register, send an email to Clem at kh6ho@arrl.net.

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 e 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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The ARRL Letter for April 18, 2019

Welcome to “The ARRL Letter” update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT. 06111.

Accessed on 19 April 2019, 1745 UTC, Post 941.

Editor:  Rick Lindquist (WW1ME).

Source:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-04-18

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ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Friday, April 19

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, April 19. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on Friday, and no edition of the ARRL Audio News podcast this week. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, April 22, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.


“Mentoring the Next Generation” is Hamvention and ARRL 2019 National Convention Theme

With an eye toward helping new and inexperienced hams enjoy the full range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer, Hamvention® and the ARRL 2019 National Convention will embrace the theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation.” Hamvention hosts the National Convention May 17 – 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. This will mark the third year for Hamvention at its new venue. A contingent of ARRL staff and member-volunteers will join forces to make available many ARRL exhibits and resources to Hamvention visitors. The centerpiece of ARRL’s participation will be ARRL EXPO in Building 2. An extensive roster of exhibits and activitiesis available.

Instructors from the ARRL Teachers Institute for Wireless Technology will be on hand to bring wireless and electronics theory to life in hands-on demonstrations and lessons. They’ll also touch on satellite communications, microcontrollers, and the fundamentals of robotics. At a Sunday forum called “Discovering Radio Communications” (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Room 2), presenters for the Teachers Institute will highlight a variety of instructional experiences and ideas.

As part of its mentoring focus, ARRL has invited members of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Area Radio Society to Hamvention and ARRL EXPO to share the club’s effective and well-developed outreach program. The ARRL Special Service Club, which boasts more than 200 members and is being recognized as the 2019 Hamvention Club of the Year, caters to radio amateurs of all interests and experience levels. NARS will host an interactive exhibit that may serve as a model for other radio clubs to emulate as well as a Friday forum, “ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs and Mentoring” (11:50 AM – 1:05 PM) in Room 3. ARRL-sponsored forums will include:

  • ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will present “The ARRL Lab: Trials, Tribulations and (Tall?) Tales,” on Friday (9:15 AM – 10:30 AM) in Room 3.

  • ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will moderate the popular ARRL Forum on Saturday (12 PM – 1:15 PM) in Room 3.

  • ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will speak on “Engaging Today’s Radio Amateur” on Saturday (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM) in Room 3.

  • Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, a familiar face to many Hamvention visitors from his days with the FCC, will be on hand Sunday (9:15 AM – 10:15 PM) in Room 2 to discuss “ARRL’s New Volunteer Monitor Program and the FCC.”

  • An ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony will take place Saturday at 9 PM at the Marriott at the University of Dayton (Tradewinds Pavilion), sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section. The traditional Wouff Hong ceremony is steeped in mystery and represents a tradition that goes back to the early days of ARRL history. Register online.

For more information, see the 2019 ARRL National Convention: Exhibit & Activities Guide. Read more.

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ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer Monitor Program

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program.

Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH.

“We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “This Memorandum of Understanding will serve as the foundation for a new level of partnership on this very important issue.”

ARRL has contracted with retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to oversee the ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the Volunteer Monitor program.

Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the new Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the FCC and ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations will be referred to the FCC by the ARRL for action in accordance with FCC guidelines.

The intent of this program is to re-energize enforcement efforts in the Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.

“Under this program, the FCC will give enforcement priority to cases developed by the Volunteer Monitor program, without the delay of ARRL having to refer cases through the FCC online complaint process,” Hollingsworth said.

Hollingsworth has committed to FCC and ARRL officials to ensure the adequacy of training for the new positions, to review the quality and utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for enforcement actions, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases appropriately submitted to the FCC.

ARRL officials estimate that the first Volunteer Monitors will be in place and ready to begin their duties within 6 to 9 months. Read more.


New Tech: FCC Invites Comments on Waiver Request for 24 GHz Wireless Power Transfer Device

The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) is seeking comments in ET Docket 19-83 on a request by Auspion USA, Inc. to waive the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) rules’ “local use” requirement (FCC Part 2 and Part 18 rules) for a 24 GHz wireless power transfer device over distance. On January 3, Auspion requested a waiver of FCC rules to allow it to obtain a grant of equipment authorization for the marketing and operation of a non‑consumer system using transmission of wireless power over distance. Auspion’s “WiPod” system would provide power to, and/or charge, receivers located at various distances from the transmitter.

§18.107(c) of the rules defines ISM devices as “[e]quipment or appliances designed to generate and use [local] RF energy for industrial, scientific, medical, domestic or similar purposes, excluding applications in the field of telecommunication.” Auspion requests that the Commission waive the “local use” condition, as specified in ISM Part 18 rules to allow its system to operate at distances greater than 1 meter between the transmitter and receivers, as long as the transmitted power is directed to very precise locations (called “power spots”) where the receivers are sited. Auspion plans to market its system exclusively for industrial, retail, and enterprise applications, such as charging industrial robots, warehouse-based drones, and smartphones in conference rooms.

Parties should file all comments and reply comments in ET Docket 19-83 using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Comments are due by April 25, and reply comments are due by May 10.


New Episode of “So Now What?” Podcast

“All About Safety” is the focus of the new (April 18) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast.

So Now What? is sponsored by LDG Electronics, a family owned and operated business with laboratories in southern Maryland that offers a wide array of antenna tuners and other Amateur Radio products.

ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, co-host the podcast. Presented as a lively conversation, with Patnode representing newer hams and Carcia the veteran operators, the podcast explores questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep participants from staying active in the hobby. Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on specific topic areas.

Listeners can find So Now What? on Apple iTunesBlubrryStitcher(free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.

Hamvention Opening Gates to All on Final Day of 2019 Show

Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on Sunday, May 19, the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors to Hamvention each spring.

Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT.

“This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is about,” Gerbs said.

In addition to the features and equipment that attract radio amateurs, non-ham visitors will get to see vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment, including computers and accessories, security devices, networking supplies, tools, and other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area may be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.

Gerbs pointed out that Sunday is Hamvention’s lightest traffic day, making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what’s there. Hamvention will be open on Sunday from 9 AM until 1 PM.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, has arranged to make text alerts possible again this year for those wanting up-to-the-minute mobile phone alerts regarding weather, traffic, parking, and other useful information affecting the event. Text “Hamvention19” to 888777 to sign up. Those who signed up for the text alerts in 2018 already are registered for this year’s event.

The text alerts supplement the Hamvention talk-in station that has operated for many years on the Dayton Amateur Radio Association 146.94 repeater (123.0 Hz tone) to give directions and other assistance. Read more.

Registration Opens for USA ARDF Championships

Registration is now open for the 2019 USA and IARU Region 2 Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), set for August 1 – 4. Competition venues will be near Raleigh, North Carolina.

“The USA ARDF Championships are an ideal opportunity to watch and learn from the best radio-orienteers in the US and from around the world, because visiting competitors from numerous other countries are expected to attend,” said ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV. “Winners who qualify by citizenship or residence may be selected for positions on ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Serbia for the 2020 ARDF World Championships.”

Thursday, August 1, will be devoted to the foxoring championship. Foxoring is a combination of radio direction finding and classic orienteering. Friday morning will be the sprint, a short course with 12-second fox transmissions instead of the usual 60 seconds each, followed by a model event for equipment testing and a competitor briefing.

Classic 2-meter and 80-meter competitions will take place Saturday and Sunday, respectively. An awards banquet on Saturday evening will include presentation of medals for foxoring, sprint, and 2-meter classic events; awards for 80-meter classic will be given out on Sunday afternoon immediately after the competition.

Members of the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK) will organize the 2019 USA and IARU Region 2 Championships. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sets ARDF Championship rules. For scoring and awards, participants are divided into 11 age/gender categories.

The USA ARDF Championships are open to anyone who can safely navigate the woods by themselves. A ham radio license is not required. Each participant competes as an individual — any teamwork or GPS use is forbidden.

Information bulletin #2 contains the complete schedule, technical details, lodging, T-shirts, fees, rule variations, and more. Bulletins and links for online registration are on the event web page on the BOK site. An email reflector is available for Q&A with the organizers as well as for coordinating transportation and arranging equipment loans.

Basic information on international-style transmitter hunting is on the “Homing In” radio direction finding website. Read more— Thanks to Joe Moell, K0OV

Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • April 19 – 20 — Holyland DX Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • April 20 — ES Open HF Championship (CW, phone)

  • April 20 — QRP to the Field (CW, phone)

  • April 20 — Feld Hell Sprint

  • April 20 – 21 — Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest (CW, phone)

  • April 20 – 21 — YU DX Contest (CW, phone)

  • April 20 – 21 — CQMM DX Contest (CW)

  • April 20 – 21 — Nebraska QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • April 20 – 21 — Michigan QSO Party (CW, phone)

  • April 20 – 21 — EA-QRP CW Contest (CW)

  • April 20 – 21 — Ontario QSO Party (CW, phone)

  • April 22 — Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)

  • April 24 — SKCC Sprint (CW)

  • April 24 — 432 MHz Spring Sprint (CW, phone)

  • April 24 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (CW)

  • April 25 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Digital)

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile email preferences.

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: New sunspot group 2739 appeared on April 17, and the daily sunspot number rose to 24. The new sunspot’s polarity indicates that it’s still part of Cycle 24, the current sunspot cycle. This reporting week (April 11 – 17) the average daily sunspot number rose from 6.9 to 14, while average daily solar flux increased from 75.4 to 76.4.

Geomagnetic indicators were quieter, with the average planetary A index declining from 10.6 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 76, 74, and 72 on April 18 – 20; 70 on April 21 – 23; 68 on April 24; 69 on April 25 – 26; 70 and 69 on April 27 – 28; 71 on April 29 – 30; 70 on May 1; 72 on May 2 – 3; 77 on May 4; 79 on May 5 – 6; 78, 79, and 77 on May 7 – 9; 78 on May 10 – 17; 71 on May 18 – 19; 69 and 68 on May 20 – 21; 69 on May 22 – 23; 70 and 69 on May 24 – 25; 71 on May 26 – 27; 70 on May 28; 72 on May 29 – 30, and 77 and 79 on May 31 – June 1.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on April 18 – 26; 10, 8, and 5 on April 27 – 29; 10 on April 30 – May 2; 7, 5, and 13 on May 3 – 5; 10, 14, and 7 on May 6 – 8; 8 on May 9 – 10; 5 on May 11 – 20; 10, 8, and 5 on May 21 – 23; 10, 8, and 5 on May 24 – 26; 10 on May 27 – 29, and 7, 5, and 13 on May 30 – June 1.

Jon, N0JK, reports that summer sporadic-E season began on April 14, when he copied K2PL and KE3QZ in Kansas on 6 meters.

Sunspot numbers for April 11 – 17 were 13, 14, 14, 11, 11, 11, and 24, with a mean of 14. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 78.5, 77.3, 77.9, 75.4, 75.4, 74.2, and 76.1, with a mean of 76.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 9, 8, 4, 8, 6, and 3, with a mean of 6.4. Middle latitude A index was 6, 7, 7, 3, 8, 6, and 3, with a mean of 5.7.

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. Monthly charts offer propagation projections between the US and a dozen DX locations.

Share your reports and observations.

ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship

The ARRL Foundation has announced the Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship. Created through the generosity of the Hanna Family in memory of J. Richard “Dick” Hanna, K3VYY, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, this scholarship is intended exclusively for educational use, to provide assistance with the cost of tuition, room, board, books, and/or other fees essential to the higher education of the recipient. Preference is given to applicants residing in western Pennsylvania or in eastern Kentucky.

The applicant must:

  • be a US citizen, but without regard to gender, race, national origin, handicap status, or any other factor.

  • be performing at a high academic level (grade point average of 3.0 or higher).

  • hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license, with preference given to applicants holding a General-class license or higher.

  • be enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university and pursuing a degree in a science-, math-, engineering-, or technology-related field, or in an accredited program in aviation or fire science.

Dick Hanna, K3VYY.

The grant will be $1,000 annually, with the first scholarship expected to be awarded in 2020. The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors will disperse the scholarship funds to the recipient’s school of choice. Scholarships are for the exclusive use of the recipient.

Hanna was first licensed in 1962 as KN3SVL. He died in 2017. Survivors include his wife Pamela, WB3BHJ, and sons Doug, N4YKQ, and Brian, KF7ORO.

Including the new Hanna scholarship, the Foundation will be awarding 98 scholarships from 77 funds in 2020, totaling $142,650.

Astronaut and Pioneer for Amateur Radio in Space Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL, the US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space, died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX (the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment), and later as ARISS(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station).

“Owen inspired legions of Amateur Radio operators worldwide to support human spaceflight Amateur Radio endeavors and for countless individuals to become ham radio operators,” observed ARISS-International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO.

Garriott, an Oklahoma native, thrilled radio amateurs around the world by making the first contacts from space during 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. Thousands of hams listened on 2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact. Garriott ended up contacting stations around the globe, among them such notables as the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA.

“I managed to do it in my off-duty hours, and it was a pleasure to get involved in it and to talk with people who are as interested in space as the 100,000 hams on the ground seemed to be,” Garriott recounted during an interview published in the February 1984 edition of QST.

Garriott simply used a handheld transceiver with its antenna in the window of Spacelab-1. His first pass was down the US West Coast.

“[A]s I approached the US, I began to hear stations that were trying to reach me,” he told QST. “On my very first CQ, there were plenty of stations responding.” His first contact was with Lance Collister, WA1JXN, in Montana.

Garriott shared a Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 2002 with fellow Amateur Radio astronaut Tony England, W0ORE. His son, Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, was a private space traveler to the ISS, flown there by the Russian Federal Space Agency, and he also carried ham radio into space.

In Brief…

ARRL has rolled back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be: $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope; $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18. There are no transaction service fees. Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15. More information is on the ARRL website.

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A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a new 10 × 20 billboard, owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT. Segar says the average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile marker 336, is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.

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American Honda has announced a voluntary recall of some 200,000 portable generators sold in the US, due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The recall includes the EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EB2200i generators. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the affected portable generators can leak gasoline from the fuel valve. Users should stop operating the recalled generator and contact an authorized Honda dealer for a free repair. Honda is also contacting users directly. For more information, visit the CPSC website. A similar recall has been issued in Canada.


Getting It Right

The item “FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket 16-239” in the April 11 edition of The ARRL Letter contained an error. It should have said, “The Commission’s proposed changes differed from the ARRL’s initial filing and caused ARRL to be concerned about possible interference to current users resulting from the deletion of ARRL’s requested 2.8 kHz bandwidth limitation.”


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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The new Laupahoehoe, Hawaii UHF Repeater is operational.  You can find it at 442.550 (+) PL 110.9.

Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams are encouraged to register for the new ARRL EMMCOMM Course (EC-001).  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Clem Jung (KH7HO) will handle registration for the EC-001 course and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  To register, send an email to Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is continuing his free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island.  Here are the next class sessions:  19 April 2019, 1830 HST, at Discovery Harbor in Ka’u; 23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA); and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

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