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The First Presbyterian Church
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Daytona Beach, FL 32118

on the Third Monday of the Month
at 7:30pm except in December.

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Items for Free: AJ4MQ at next meeting.
For Sale: N0IA
All Sold: Russell H. Taylor, Jr. / W4FRH
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For Sale: ICOM 746 Pro (MARS Modified)
For Sale: Equipment from Frank N. Haas, KB4T

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Skywarn Training Session

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If anyone is interested there will be a SKYWARN Training Class that is coming up this month the Details are as follows

What: SKYWARN Basic/Advance
Where: Volusia County EOC 2835 Tiger Bay Road
When: Wednesday July 15th 2015 10am/1pm
RSVP: Scott Spratt

Items for Free: AJ4MQ at next meeting.

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I am clearing out my storage and room at home and have some things that could light up someone else's life. Club Members will get first pick.

Will add pictures as soon as I can find them.

  • Printer Cables
  • Serial Cables
  • LapLink LPT cable
  • Sony DVD 5-disc Changer with remote
  • Analog TV Tuner box (without remote)
  • 5-pin din (larger one) and VGA A-B Switch (great condition)
  • Video, L+R, SVideo A-B-C-D Switch by Sony with headphone output on front (SB-V40S) (great condition)
  • Ambico Audio Transmitter / Receiver pair (uses 9V each, not included) w/original camera mount
  • Desk lamp with balance loop

Still digging, so more to come.

Jeff Mathews

The RST (Readability-Strength-Tone) System – 59!

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The RST code is used by amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio hobbyists to exchange information about the quality of a radio signal being received. The code is a three digit number, with one digit each for conveying an assessment of the signal’s readability, strength, and tone. The code was developed in the early 20th century and was in widespread use by 1912.


The R stands for “Readability”. Readability is a qualitative assessment of how easy or difficult it is to correctly copy the information being sent during the transmission. In a Morse code telegraphy transmission, readability refers to how easy or difficult it is to distinguish each of the characters in the text of the message being sent; in a voice transmission, readability refers to how easy or difficult it is for each spoken word to be understood correctly. Readability is measured on a scale of 1 to 5.


The S stands for “Strength”. Strength is an assessment of how powerful the received signal is at the receiving location. Although an accurate signal strength meter can determine a quantitative value for signal strength, in practice this portion of the RST code is a qualitative assessment, often made based on the S meter of the radio receiver at the location of signal reception. “Strength” is measured on a scale of 1 to 9.[1]


$50SAT 19 months in Space and still working

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Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA provides an update on the $50SAT amateur radio spacecraft which measures just 5x5x7.5 cm.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 marked the 19 month anniversary of the launch of $50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2.  The good news is it still operating.  The bad news is the power situation has been degrading, with an apparent step change on or near May 12, 2015, followed by another on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  The last full telemetry capture made here in EN82 land was on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and the last time it was heard was on Friday, June 6, 2015.  I continued to attempt to listen for it for another week or so, and heard nothing.  Has anybody heard it since then?

At this point, I have been monitoring it using Anton’s (ZR6AIC) WebSDR as it makes daytime passes over South Africa.  These occur between 7:30 and 9:00 UTC, which translates to 3:30 and 5:00 AM here in EN82 land.  This is tough, as I am not a morning person.  Sometimes, however, you have to do these things; helping build a satellite might be a once-in-a-lifetime event.  During these passes, where it has already spent a significant amount of time in sunlight, the battery voltage is below 3400 mV…..


ON1418WOD – Special WW1 Event Station

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The members of the “West Limburgse Radioamateurs” (Club: WLBR) are going to commemorate all the victims of the Wire of Death between 1915 and 1918 in Hamont-Achel.
The BIPT granted the members of WLBR a license with the special callsign “ON1418WOD”. WOD stands for Wire of Death. The special event station will be on the air on sunday the19th of july 2015 from 8:00 o’clock local time in the morning till…. First on 80m and later on 40m. And in the afternoon you can find the station on 20m.
There is also going to be a Livestream avaiable from time to time on the 19th of July 2015:

Or Direct via Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld, The Netherlands.

Or via buro

We hope to put you in our log on the 19th of july
Untill then….
Leon ON4VLM, Eric ON3EE, Joris ON3JL, Rene ON3VS and guest operator Swa ON5SWA


S79SP – Seychelles

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Polish operators SP6EQZ, SP2EBG, SP2GKS, SP3CYY, SP6FXY, SP6JIU and SP9FOW will be active from Mahe, Seychelles as S79SP between October 3-18, 2015.

Accommodation already booked, they will be situated on the northern tip of Mahe with open space to most important directions and plenty of area for beverage and directional antennas.

QRV on 160-6m, CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via SP6FXY, OQRS, LoTW.

ARRL – the National Association for Amateur Radio‎2015 ARRL Field Day

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With Field Day over, don't forget to post your group's activities to the ARRL Soapbox page. You can post a long writeup and high-resolution photos to that page. The ARRL Field Day Soapbox page is one of the most-read pages on our site; everybody loves reading about Field Day. That's also one of the first places we go looking for high-resolution photos for publication in the QST Field Day article.

Kosovo is not a member of the International Union of Amateur Radio

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(Translated by Google Translate)

“Association of Amateur Radio Kosova” (Shark) is not admitted to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), although Pristina in the campaign, which cost a lot, helped the Dutch, Croat and Finn.

On a recent poll in the IARU, “Republic of Kosovo” has not received the recognition in the world ether, because her admission to the equal membership of the union, which would involve the prerogatives of the state, to prevent Serbian radio amateurs. This confirms Goran Marjanovic, a famous radio amateur from Gornji Milanovac, excellent officer from generation to do.

“The main battle in the ether we made against a group of” amateur radio “rather pirate from several European countries, which are radio-amateur frequencies without permission are working with Kosovo and Metohija. This they wanted to worldwide radio-amateur public bets before fait accompli and extortion reception phantom “Association of Amateur Radio Kosovo” in the International Union of Amateur Radio “says Marjanovic.


WL2K Gateway KV4I-10 test in progress

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I've got a test WL2K Gateway KV4I-10 running today in New Smyrna Beach on 145.050 1200b. It beacons every 10 minutes when it's up and I plan to have it up most of today.

If you're in range and you have a 1200b TNC (or a Signalink or a soundcard packet setup) and RMS Express software, please give it a try and let me know how you make out.
If you have a Signalink and are not currently using Winlink 2000 (WL2K) email, you can learn how to do the easy setup at
Thanks and 73
Mark KV4I

DX Code Of Conduct

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DX Code Of Conduct

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station’s call sign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.

Field Day Complete!

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Early Field Day Photos Online

Field Day feels like a success.. waiting on the official report.

As of the first 5 hours, we contacted All of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, West Pennsylvania, Tennessee.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

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A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Mississippi Republican Sen Roger Wicker introduced S. 1685 on June 25, with Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, as the initial cosponsor. The Senate bill joins an identical measure in the US House, H.R. 1301, which was introduced in March. Both measures would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions.

“Introduction of the Senate bill is a huge step toward achieving fairness for amateurs affected by private land-use regulation,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “For them and for the future of Amateur Radio, I thank everyone who contributed to making this progress. Now let’s finish the job!”

After two readings, S. 1685 was referred to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by Sen John Thune (R-SD).

The House version of The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 has attracted support from 83 cosponsors, as of June 26.

KH5 Palmyra 2016 DXpedition [Update]

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Lou (N2TU) and Craig (K9CT) previously announced a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California.  Palmyra (KH5) ranks #9 on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe.

The Pacific Islands DXpedition Group has been awarded permission to activate Cooper Islandin the Palmyra Atoll, 11-26, January 2016.

A team of 12 highly experienced operators and veterans of many DXpeditions has been assembled. Team members include Craig K9CT, Lou N2TU, Jerry WB9Z, Tom ND2T, Mike K9NW, Ralph KØIR, John K6MM, Bob K4UEE, Hal W8HC, Dick W3OA, Jim N9TK, and Glenn WØGJ.

The Team plans to operate five stations, 160 to 6 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes, using a call sign to be announced at a later date. Antennas dedicated to working Europe will be deployed due to the high need and propagation path difficulty.


Weekly ARRL Letter has topped 100,000

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We're proud to announce that circulation of the weekly ARRL Letter has topped 100,000 -- second only to the circulation of QST magazine itself. See The e-letter is free to all ARRL members. Just select it in your membership profile on the ARRL website.

Opportunities to contact someone this weekend!

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In North America, hundreds of clubs are setting up for the biggest on-air event of the year: Field Day. In Europe, the Ham Radio Friedrichshafen Exhibition is taking place. If you live in North America or Europe and you're not enjoying Amateur Radio this weekend, you're missing plenty of opportunities.

States, Counties, Communities Recognize The Value of Amateur Radio

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States, Counties, Communities Recognize The Value of Amateur Radio:
Several US states, counties, and communities have taken the opportunity to formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL Field Day

Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week. His proclamation noted that the ARRL is headquartered in Connecticut and has been “promoting and advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio” for more than 100 years. Gov Malloy cited Amateur Radio’s public service contributions as well as its role in providing “a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries.”

Florida Gov Rick Scott has proclaimed June 21-27 as Amateur Radio Week in his state. Scott cited Amateur Radio as a “critical communication link in the event of a disaster,” noting the services that Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers provide in Florida’s three ARRL sections. Gov Scott also expressed appreciation for SKYWARN volunteers, many of them radio amateurs, who serve as weather spotters to assist the National Weather Service.

Indiana Gov Mike Pence has declared June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week in his state. Indiana Section Public Information Coordinator Joe March, KJ9M, said Field Day-oriented public service announcements are airing on radio stations throughout the Hoosier State. Efforts have been under way in Indiana to disseminate media releases on Field Day.


V29SH Antigua Island IOTA NA-100

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Tim, VE6SH will be active again from Antigua Island ( IOTA NA-100) 28 July – 8 August 2015 as V29SH.
He will operate on HF Bands.
QSL via home call direct, LOTW
VE6SH is President of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

DX News — ARRL DX Bulletin #25:

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DX Bulletin 25 ARLD025
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 25, 2015
To all radio amateurs

ARLD025 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, VA3JK, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MONTENEGRO, 4O. Arkadiy, UA4CC is QRV as 4O7CC until June 27. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

MALTA, 9H. Members of the Gozo Amateur Radio Society plan to be QRV as 9H9GRS from Comino Island on June 27 and 28. Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters, including some UHF bands, with five stations active simultaneously. QSL via bureau.


Ham Radio Field Day from Space

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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA discussed life in space during an in-flight question and answer session Oct. 10. Wisemananswered questions fans submitted on YouTube using #askAstro. Questions ranged from aliens in space to the investigations happening onboard to benefit Earth. 

See Video

HQ4W Tigre Island NA-060 & H76W Farallones de Coseguina NA-212

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Dan HR2DMR informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Am writing this e mail to you to let you know about my next IOTA DXpedition.

This week and next month will be in IOTA NA-060 using my callsign HQ4W. Then i will move to Farallones de Coseguina islands IOTA NA-212 (one of the most wanted on NA). I will be on those two island as part of the HR Navy doing some field job there, but also will have a chance to do some RADIO and put this iotas on the air.

The callsigns are on already Am sending a copy of my license from Nicaragua that allows me operate from there.

Will keep you informed.”

73s and thank you Dan HR2DMR