Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

Posted Oct 24, 2014 by ARRL

[UPDATED 2014-10-24 1942 UTC] A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on October 28, and the Amateur Radio package will transmit continuously throughout the voyage. During the lunar flyby, the spacecraft will be about nearly 248,000 miles from Earth and between 7440 and 14,480 miles from the Moon. The 4M Amateur Radio payload is transmitting a WSJT JT65B beacon and telemetry on 145.980 MHz. Roland Zurmely, PY4ZBZ, in Brazil, was reported to be the first to receive telemetry from the JT65B beacon at 1918 UTC.

“A number of Australian radio amateurs have reported receiving the signals from 4M,” AMSAT-UK reported. “Among them was Rob Whitmore, VK3MQ, at Mount Dandenong, Victoria (QF22qe), who reports that, at best, the strength was –13 on the JT65B scale and could also be totally down into the noise with no decodes.”


Added a new page. Height Restrictions

Posted Oct 24, 2014 by AJ4MQ

Areas of Interest > Height Restrictions

I am looking for anyone's help in verifying the information for Antenna Height Restrictions in Florida, Volusia County and local cities.. This is in response from a contact I got through the website today, and was a little surprised at what I found.

If you have anything to add, please contact me and let me know. I would be happy to post it on our site.

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

Posted Oct 24, 2014 by ARRL

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Vice President Glenn Johnson, W0GJ. “The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.”

The announcement explained that January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. Weather is unpredictable in January, however, and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat.

“For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned,” the team’s news release said. “Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point, and as many as 10 round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this No 1 ranked DXCC entity.”

The KP1-5 Project said it will be working with USFWS over the next few weeks, and, as details firm up, it will release additional details. The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50 percent of the DXpedition’s tab. “We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder,” The announcement concluded.

Orlando HamCation® warns of scam...

Posted Oct 24, 2014 by HamCation®


The HamCation® organization has been made aware of a scam under the name of HamCation®, which we would like to make you aware of.

There seems to be a group of individuals who use the name of Orlando Commercial Vendor Supply Services and inform you that they are officials from Orlando HamCation®. They offer to book hotel rooms for HamCation®. If you show any interest, you are than connected to another individual who in return try to obtain your credit card information.

Please be advised, Orlando HamCation® has never and will never work with a third party company for hotel reservations. We strongly advised that if you are contacted by this company, or any company saying that they are working for HamCation to hang up immediately. Please do not get caught up in this scam.

For a list of preferred hotels and to make your reservations yourself, please click the Hotels tab at the top of the page and use the links provided on our website.

Thank you
2015 HamCation Committee Chairman

Another great meeting!

Posted Oct 20, 2014 by AJ4MQ

2014-10-20 19.36.532014-10-20 20.20.37

ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

Posted Oct 20, 2014 by ARRL

On Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience.


From the ARRL Logbook of the World page:

"The Logbook of the World servers have been accepting logs for the past day but processing of those logs has been delayed. Processing should begin by noon today (1600 UTC on October 21, 2014).

We thank you for your patience."

DBARA Picnic photos online...

Posted Oct 18, 2014 by AJ4MQ

I've uploaded the pictures I took from the first half of the event. Hopefully I will get the rest to post soon.




AMSAT Offering Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink

Posted Oct 10, 2014 by AJ4MQ

AMSAT will be streaming audio from its Annual Meeting Saturday, October 11, 1945 UTC until 2115 UTC via EchoLink on the *AMSAT* Conference channel. The 2014 AMSAT Symposium is taking place October 10-12 in Baltimore. The Annual Meeting will include a report to the membership by the president and senior officers and include a question-and-answer session. EchoLink participants may send questions using EchoLink’s text-messaging feature.

AMSAT said that some Friday and Saturday Symposium presentations may also be available via EchoLink, as the system is tested prior to the Annual Meeting.

Before accessing EchoLink, new users must download software and validate their licenses. EchoLink use is restricted to Amateur Radio licensees. EchoLink software is free for Windows, Linux, OSX, iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms. An Internet connection is required. After starting EchoLink, search for and select the *AMSAT* Conference (node #101377) and click "Connect." (The channel name includes asterisks before and after the name AMSAT.) — Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Steve Belter, N9IP, and the AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee

Morse Code vs Text Messaging - Jay Leno Show

Posted Oct 09, 2014 by AJ4MQ
I love this example.. which do you think will win?

Granted, I don't usually post videos, but I hope to figure a better way to send them. -AJ4MQ

Radio Amateur is Among Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners

Posted Oct 08, 2014 by ARRL
A California radio amateur and ARRL member was among the three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. William Moerner, WN6I, of Los Altos, a chemistry professor at Stanford University, will share the prestigious award equally with two other researchers — Eric Betzig and Stefan Hell — for their work in high-resolution microscopy or nanoscopy. For many years scientists had believed that an optical microscope could never yield better than 0.2 micrometer resolution. The three scientists overcame that limitation through what the Nobel panel called “the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.” “I was just incredibly excited and thrilled, and, of course, your heart races, and you say ‘Oh, can this be? Can this be?’” was how Moerner reacted when formally notified that he was a prize winner. Read More...

Realtime VHF Propagation Map

Posted Oct 08, 2014 by AJ4MQ
Check this out for VHF band openings -

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KB6NU's Column

Posted Sep 26, 2014 by KB6NU

KB6NUTwitter: another tool in the ham radio toolbox

It all starts innocently enough. You get a computer to do your logging, and before you know it, you're working digital modes. Then, you snake an Ethernet cable down to the shack or connect to your wireless router. Pretty soon, you can't do without having a browser window open to one of the DX clusters or ReverseBeacon.Net or QRZ.Com or all three simultaneously.

Well, now's there another Internet service that I can't do without down in the shack: Twitter! I get on Twitter all the time now when I'm in the shack, and I love it. It's truly enhanced my amateur radio experience.


Local Area Nets

Posted Aug 06, 2014 by NW0LF

DBARA Elmers and newbies net.
Sunday at 2000 hr local time on the 147.15 repeater

Board of Director Elections

November's meeting will have an election for the Board of Directors. Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 2 Director positions. Click here for more details.

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