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DBARA Repeaters

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Other Volusia County Repeaters

W4WE145.230-103.5
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K4WDF147.045+ 
W4FPC147.075+123.0
KV4EOC147.240+123.0
KE8MR147.270+ 
WV4ARS147.315+ 
N4ZKF147.375+103.5
Simplex147.555+ 
K4VJ442.875+ 
KE4NZG443.825+ 
KE8MR444.050+ 
KI4RF444.175+103.5
KE8MR444.450+88.5
W4TAM444.850+127.3

Hope KM4IPF on “Last Man Standing” Ham Station

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Here is a Video of Hope KM4IPF on set of Tim Allen KK6OTD show “Last Man Standing”. Every week they invite a ham to operate the station on set.

https://www.facebook.com/KA0XTT/videos/1291633244227729/

She got 139 contacts in just 2 hours, Congratulations.

You can find out more about Hope and her family of hams at hamradio.world


Ammo Cans at Planet Surplus

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Fresh batch (700 or so) of genuine US Military ammo cans coming in tommorow. Man stuff everywhere....!!!! Stop and see us!!


AN AMATEUR RADIO REPEATER USING AN RTL-SDR AND A RASPBERRY PI

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An amateur radio repeater used to be a complex assemblage of equipment that would easily fill a 19″ rack. There would be a receiver and a separate transmitter, usually repurposed from commercial units, a home-made logic unit with a microprocessor to keep an eye on everything, and a hefty set of filters to stop the transmitter output swamping the receiver. Then there would have been an array of power supply units to provide continued working during power outages, probably with an associated bank of lead-acid cells.

More recent repeaters have been commercial repeater units. The big radio manufacturers have spotted a market in amateur radio, and particularly as they have each pursued their own digital standards there has been something of an effort to provide repeater equipment to drive sales of digital transceivers.

But what if you fancy setting up a simple repeater and you have neither a shed full of old radios or a hotline to the sales department of a large Japanese manufacturer? If you are [Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC], you make your own low-powered repeater using an RTL-SDR, a low-pass filter, and a Raspberry Pi.

 

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NAQCC East TX Net frequency change

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Starting next week the NAQCC East TX QRS net will move it’s operation from 3.561 MHz to 3.564 MHz. If you have any questions please contact NCS Allen KA5TJS.

Our complete net schedule can be seen at http://www.naqcc.info/cw_nets.html <http://www.naqcc.info/cw_nets.html>.

73,

Paul - N8XMS
NAQCC President
NAQCC #0675


FCC Affirms Penalty for Unlicensed Amateur Operation, Making False Distress Call

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The FCC has affirmed a $23,000 penalty against Daniel Delise of Astoria, New York, for operating without an Amateur Radio license on 147.96 MHz and for transmitting a false officer-in-distress call on a New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio channel. The FCC’s December 5 Forfeiture Order follows its August 31 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture(NAL), which detailed a history of complaints and alleged illegal radio operation by Delise dating to 2012.

“The penalty represents the full amount proposed in the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, and is based on the full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting Mr. Delise’s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned that his actions violated the Communications Act (Act) and the Commission’s rules,” the FCC Forfeiture Ordersaid. The FCC said Delise’s response to the NAL offered “no reason to cancel, withdraw, or reduce the proposed penalty.”

Last summer, ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, credited the intervention of New York Rep Peter King with getting the case “off the back burner and up to the front of the line.” Lisenco and ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, met with the Republican congressman in January to discuss ongoing interference issues in the Greater New York City/Long Island area. King subsequently wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to urge “timely and visible enforcement.”

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Researchers use vacuum tubes to create a chip with no semiconductors

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A team from UC San Diego used old tube technology to create a chip without semiconductors. This is what the semiconductor free chip would look like. (Image via UC San Diego)

The fashion world is proof that old is new again. How else can we explain ‘overalls’ becoming popular again? But it seems that concept is not an exclusive one – it’s coming to the world of technology. Thanks to new research from the University of San Diego, vacuum-tubed powered computers will be making a comeback.

Researchers from UC San Diego used vacuum tubes to create the first semiconductor-free, laser-controlled microelectronics device, which uses free electrons. This groundbreaking discovery could lead to better solar panels and faster microelectronic devices. Though it is old technology, the vacuum tubes proved to be more effective because they don’t have the same limitations as semiconductors based on silicon and other materials.

Traditional semiconductors cause the electron velocity to be limited due to its resistance of the materials. The electrons also need a zap of energy is needed to get them pulsing through the band gap, which is caused by insulating properties, like silicon. Vacuum tubes dodge these problems since the electrons can be dislodged to carry a current through space. But this doesn’t mean vacuum tubes don’t have their own problems. They require over 100 volts or a powerful laser to knock the electrons loose. The researchers at UC San Diego tackled this problem head on and found a solution in building gold mushroom like nanostructures with parallel gold strips. Combining this with a lower amount of voltage, the electrons were easy to dislodge.

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Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI, to Chair Powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

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US Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee when the 115th Congress convenes in January. Energy and Commerce is considered one of the most powerful congressional panels on Capitol Hill.

Walden defeated the more senior Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to succeed Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Upton is stepping down from the chairmanship because of term limits. Members of the House GOP Steering Committee elected Walden on December 1 in a closed-door meeting.

Walden gained favor within the Republican Party after serving two terms as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The nine-term Oregon lawmaker, had campaigned around the country with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) during the run-up to the November election, and Walden’s selection to head Energy and Commerce over a more senior colleague is being considered recognition of his role in the GOP’s election successes. Ryan spoke in favor of Walden’s candidacy to head Energy and Commerce.

After the vote, Walden praised Shimkus and Barton as “good friends” and “excellent legislators.”

During a Capitol Hill hearing last January, Walden, a cosponsor of H.R. 1301, called the measure “a commonsense bill” and urged his colleagues to support moving the measure forward to the full committee. In July, Walden had recommended the amended version of the bill to his colleagues as “a good balance.” The bill now awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

Walden represents Oregon’s second Congressional district.
(ARRL)


The signal known as the MSF signal (and formerly the Rugby clock), will be offline Thursday 8th

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Notice of Interruption
MSF 60 kHz Time and Frequency Signal

The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 8 December 2016 from 10:00 to 14:00 UTC.

The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety.

If you require any additional information, please contact us at:
communications@npl.co.uk

Or alternatively please see our website:
www.npl.co.uk/time

Shut down period
Thursday 8 December 2016
10:00 UTC to 14:00 UTC

Our thanks to both Mike Terry and Tony, G4CJC for the above information

(SOUTHGATE)


SKYWARN™ Recognition Day Operating Instructions

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http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/

http://www.weather.gov/mlb/srd2016

Separate stations will also individual QSL cards. See Participating Offices for details.

SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators during threatening weather.2. Date NWS stations will operate December 3, 2016, from 0000 - 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site ("sunny", "partly cloudy", "windy", etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.


WX4NHC to Be on the Air for SKYWARN Recognition Day

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WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on Saturday, December 3. The station will be active from 1400 until 2300 UTC. SKYWARN Recognition Day is a day-long event.

“This will be our 18th year of participation in the SRD and our 35th year of public service at NHC,” said the Center’s Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. The purpose of SRD is to test Amateur Radio station operations and equipment among National Weather Service (NWS) offices across the US.

“This event is excellent practice for ham radio operators as well as NWS staff to become familiar with the unique communications skills available during times of severe weather,” Ripoll said. “It is also a fun event.”

WX4NHC will also perform operator training and will be making SRD contacts on various bands and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data between NWS offices and participating stations.

Ripoll said WX4NHC will operate on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and WinLink (subject must contain “//WL2K”).

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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On the IARU Region 1 site Rizkallah Azrak OD5RI reports that six Societies will celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3

UK - The Derby and District Amateur Radio Society (Inc. Derby Wireless Club 1911) G2DJ will be operating the station http://www.dadars.org.uk/

Egypt - The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society ERASD, SU0ERA will be operating the station http://www.faceboook.com/erasdnet

Bosnia & Herzegovina - The Radio Club Tuzla will be operating the station E71AVW on 14 MHz, SSB mode from 10.00 to 18.00 hours. The activity will be organised with group of blind members and other persons with Disability. A QSL card will be send to all who made a contact. The event will be covered by media and many officials.

Hungary - The Radioclub Bajcsy will be operating the station HG0IDPD.

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ARRL Issues Urgent Last Call to Press for Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

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It’s now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, and the Senate must follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the Senate, the entire process will have to be repeated in the new Congress. The legislation is now in the Senate in two forms — as H.R. 1301 and alternately in the packaged bill S. 253

“We are on our final push for the Amateur Radio Parity Act before Congress adjourns,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “The grassroots effort by the Amateur Radio community has been outstanding. Since September, over 110,000 emails have been sent to legislators in Congress. Thanks to everyone who has helped, but we can’t stop now. Please, keep the e-mails coming and also work the phones down the stretch. Call your Senators! We are almost there. Let’s get it done!”

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ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs

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A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs have begun to share ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking renewed participation, activity, and idea-sharing among this special sector of the Amateur Radio community. The now-expanded initiative stemmed from two well-attended ARRL New England Division Convention forums for radio amateurs attending college, one hosted by the Amateur Radio clubs at Harvard (W1AF) and Yale (W1YU). As the forum explained, the activity level at campus Amateur Radio club stations can vary wildly from one year to the next, as students graduate and newcomers arrive.

“The most common difficulty stems from uneven interest over time,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, in his “Second Century” editorial, “Cheers for College Amateur Radio: Sis-boom-bah!” in December 2016 QST. “Even the strongest leaders in college Amateur Radio graduate every 4 years, sometimes leaving their clubs without adequate continuity or leadership succession.”

Gallagher pointed out that “recognized” student activities require students in order to maintain that status. However, even officially recognized college club stations may find themselves at the mercy of administrations in terms of space for a station and antennas, and some clubs have had to move more than once to accommodate their schools’ space requirements. Issues involving safety and security can also affect college radio clubs.

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Providing Shelter Communication Support in Tennessee

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Amateur Radio volunteers are providing communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee. Wind-driven flames and embers from the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now closed, spread on Monday to threaten the communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee.Authorities have closed Highway 441 into Gatlinburg, although it remains open only to emergency traffic and outbound evacuation traffic. Media reports indicate that fire caused considerable destruction in Gatlinburg, a resort community that attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. At peak, an estimated 1,300 evacuees occupied six Red Cross or independently operated shelters, state authorities said, although that number now is reported to have declined somewhat.

“At this point, no additional Amateur Radio support has been requested,” ARRL Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK, said on Tuesday evening. “Members of nearby ARES® groups should remain aware of the potential for this situation to change rapidly.”

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Tennessee ARES on Standby in Wildfire Emergency, Local Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting

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Tennessee Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) remains on standby if needed to assist in the response to more than a dozen wildfires blazing in East Tennessee. Radio amateurs in individual communities have been volunteering to support the fire response, however. The fires are threatening the resort communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Force, and thousands already have evacuated. Spurred on by high winds and tinder-dry conditions, a wildfire that started on the Chimney Top Mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park swept into communities outside the park on Monday. Heavy wind gusts, some exceeding 70 MPH, also carried blazing embers aloft, and these started new fires at some distance to the initial fire. Power lines also were downed, sometimes causing additional fires to erupt.

Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK, and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Farnham, KI4FZT, told ARRL that Tennessee ARES is on standby, and all Amateur Radio response is being handled locally in Sevier, Jefferson, and Knox counties, with no need for outside assistance at this point.

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Tennessee ARES on Standby in Wildfire Emergency, Local Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting

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Tennessee Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) remains on standby if needed to assist in the response to more than a dozen wildfires blazing in East Tennessee. Radio amateurs in individual communities have been volunteering to support the fire response, however. The fires are threatening the resort communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Force, and thousands already have evacuated. Spurred on by high winds and tinder-dry conditions, a wildfire that started on the Chimney Top Mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park swept into communities outside the park on Monday. Heavy wind gusts, some exceeding 70 MPH, also carried blazing embers aloft, and these started new fires at some distance to the initial fire. Power lines also were downed, sometimes causing additional fires to erupt.

Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK, and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Farnham, KI4FZT, told ARRL that Tennessee ARES is on standby, and all Amateur Radio response is being handled locally in Sevier, Jefferson, and Knox counties, with no need for outside assistance at this point.

Miller and Farnham said there has been a request for Amateur Radio support from the American Red Cross to provide communication between the Red Cross Incident Command and two area shelters. This request has been filled by local radio amateurs.

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3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition

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A message From the DXpedition Team - Our Commitment to You -
A DXpedition to Bouvet is not to be taken lightly.

Bouvet is a serious and dangerous place; demanding attention to safety, serious planning, physical and mental endurance, time to allow for storms and rough seas, and a team with the right balance of size, experience, talent, emotional stability, and sense of purpose. We feel we have met these criteria, but when we arrive at Bouvet we also need to attend to our obligations to you, our financial supporters and DX audi- ence. How we meet those obligations and expectations will define us as a team.

It is our belief that, given the rarity of this entity, we must pull out all the stops. We must utilize maximum legal power, the best antennas, world class transceivers, propagation studies, the best location on the island, a safe vessel and crew, highly qualified helicopter pilots, and the complimentary resources of our team. We will need near real time infor- mation flowing to us through our extensive pilot system so that we can maximize our primary purpose — providing QSO’s.

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Ten-Metre RTTY Contest

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The Ten-Metre RTTY Contest runs from 00:00 - 24:00 UTC on Sunday 4 December 2016 and the aim is for amateurs worldwide to contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY on the 10 metre band.

Any station may work any other station. The recommended baud rate is 45,45 baud with 170 Hz shift.

The exchange is a RST report and a consecutive serial number starting with 001, while stations in the USA and Canada will give a RST report and their state or province.

Visit www.rttycontesting.com/ for the rules

SARL
(SOUTHGATE)


Starting Tonight! Santa Net on 3.916mhz!!!

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The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 25th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central. Check in early with the Rag Chew Crew to make sure you get on the list!

The countdown to Christmas has begun, so lets get all those good boys and girls on the radio to talk to Santa!

You can listen live online by going to your favorite WebSDR or you can go to the Tailgaters website, at the bottom right of the page you will see a blue button "Listen to 3916 online" www.tailgatersnet.com/

"Amateur Radio Newsline has always been a proud supporter of the Santa Net operators and Pete Thomson KE5GGY for all the efforts that are made year after year."
(KB7TBT)


December Youngsters on the Air Event Set

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The annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event takes place during the entire month of December, with YOTA stations attempting to contact many other young radio amateurs around the world. The event offers an excellent opportunity for get radio amateurs in their teens and early 20s to get together on the air.

“The idea of this is to show the Amateur Radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active within the hobby,” said International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS. “Consider giving a demonstration at a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza, and make some QSOs, or enjoy a great pile-up. Let’s show this great hobby to the world!”

This is not a formal contest but a way to get young people on the air with their peers. Numerous participating stations, primarily in Region 1, will be sporting YOTA call sign suffixes.
http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/
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OF9X promotes the Christmas spirit on the radio spectrum

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Greetings from the Land of Santa Claus, in the Far North at the Arctic Circle. The busy yuletide season is soon upon us, and Santa is preparing his sleigh for another world tour. The old man is very busy, but fortunately the elves are there to help him deliver the Christmas spirit to the world’s children.

The Ou-Hou (OH) people are also bringing Santa to the ham community as in many past years, utilizing some high tech to assist him. With the help of multimedia and the Internet, a dozen or so elves will operate Santa Radio, OF9X, with their own identity.

As a reward for contacting several of them, your brave children, grand- children, or neighbors' children may even speak with Santa himself.

Amateur Radio's future resides in our youth, and Santa can be their first contact with the art. This year's activity will also pay respect to the ARRL's late President Emeritus, Jim Hayne, W5JBP, who became a SK at the time the Santa script was in making. We wish to carry on the spirit of his mission – the Big Project – in this format.

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Skywarn Recognition Day – December 3rd

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Get ready for SKYWARN Recognition Day December 3! #ARRL webinar tomorrow night with all the info! http://ow.ly/tVUp306BtaA #HamRadio NWS Taunton Skywarn


Hamcation Flyers are out!

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Is there a market for a $400 “prepper” radio?

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A couple of days ago, a reader wrote:

"I would like to know if it would be feasible to build a radio with the following features:

* SSB operation (only SSB is required, CW would be an additional benefit)
* 20 – 50W of power
* Portable-friendly (lightweight, capable of operating at lower voltages from small portable batteries)
* Low receiver current drain
* Coverage of 40m and 80m bands. Very limited coverage is acceptable. Even channelized coverage of a few select frequencies would be acceptable.
* S-meter

"It strikes me that there is a large market for ham radio products for “preppers,” and there has been a lot of interest in the Baofeng line of radios from that market. I think there would be a LOT of interest in a radio that could go far beyond line-of-sight and contact friends or family hundreds of miles away. Preppers would have little interest in contacts more than a state or two away, and no interest at all in novel operating modes. I wonder if a radio that trims away excess features (all-mode operation, wide frequency coverage, high power output, sophisticated audio filtering) could be produced for a lot less cost than currently available HF rigs. If so, and it was paired with a decent NVIS dipole and some General-class study materials and sold as a package deal, it could be a huge hit – Something you could tuck in a bug-out-bag, set up in the field, and use to make contacts in a reasonably local area, or set up in your backyard at home and use minimal power to operate.

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New Smyrna Beach Lions Club member to form HAM radio network

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New Smyrna Beach Lions Club member and Zone 8 chairperson Donald Kruck hopes to form a new communications network in Florida.

Kruck, who also is a HAM radio operation, wants to join Lions members and HAMs in an interaction group. He explained that the Lions motto is “We Serve” and amateur radio operators serve by providing emergency communications when needed and when all other forms of communication are lost.

“Interaction and cooperation between Lions and HAMs can produce a combined effect greater than the sum of efforts of the two organizations working separately,” Kruck said.

Currently a “team” of Lions who also are HAM operators does not exist in Florida. And if your license has expired, Kruck can share how easy it is to renew it and be a part of this team.

Lions Club International President Robert Corlew, recently in town, commended Kruck for starting to organize this new HAM radio affiliation. Corlew was a former HAM radio operator and recognizes the importance of this new team.

If interested and qualify, you can be one of the first members of this new network of Lions members who also are HAM radio operators. For information, contact Kruck at email donekfl@earthlink.net or via HAM radio at Don K2EPE 147.330-127.3.


Ten-Metre RTTY Contest

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The Ten-Metre RTTY Contest runs from 00:00 - 24:00 UTC on Sunday 4 December 2016 and the aim is for amateurs worldwide to contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY on the 10 metre band.

Any station may work any other station. The recommended baud rate is 45,45 baud with 170 Hz shift.

The exchange is a RST report and a consecutive serial number starting with 001, while stations in the USA and Canada will give a RST report and their state or province.

Visit www.rttycontesting.com/ for the rules

SARL
(SOUTHGATE)


United States Special Event – ‘Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association’ (BIARA)

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United States Special Event

Members of the 'Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association' (BIARA) will be active as NI6BB between 1600-2359z on Wednesday, December 7th, in memory of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The ship's circa 1980's legacy gear will be manned by the "Gray Radio Gang" on 40 meters SSB from approximately 1800-2300z.

Operations are planned to be on 7241 kHz and as the transmitters are on deck 3 and the receivers are on the main deck, QSYing to tweek you in is nearly impossible.

Please ensure you are on frequency before you call as they cannot easily track you. Understand that there will be a delay between transmit and receive due to the receiver recovery time. The main BIARA team will man both their SSB and CW stations using amateur radio transceivers on 20-10 meters commensurate with conditions.

Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 14041, 18078, 21041, 24896, and /or 28041 kHz
SSB - 14341, 18141, 21441, 24941 and /or 28441 kHz

Watch the packet clusters for frequenices.
QSL via the info on QRZ.com.
Also follow BIARA's activities at: http://biara.org

OPDX
(SOUTHGATE)


3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition

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A message From the DXpedition Team - Our Commitment to You -
A DXpedition to Bouvet is not to be taken lightly.

Bouvet is a serious and dangerous place; demanding attention to safety, serious planning, physical and mental endurance, time to allow for storms and rough seas, and a team with the right balance of size, experience, talent, emotional stability, and sense of purpose. We feel we have met these criteria, but when we arrive at Bouvet we also need to attend to our obligations to you, our financial supporters and DX audi- ence. How we meet those obligations and expectations will define us as a team.

It is our belief that, given the rarity of this entity, we must pull out all the stops. We must utilize maximum legal power, the best antennas, world class transceivers, propagation studies, the best location on the island, a safe vessel and crew, highly qualified helicopter pilots, and the complimentary resources of our team. We will need near real time infor- mation flowing to us through our extensive pilot system so that we can maximize our primary purpose — providing QSO’s.

We have a conscience. We will not do this just for the sake of doing it and end up using a compromised location, less than 24/7 coverage of all open bands, limited power, inefficient antennas, and insufficient time at the island. We want to do this right and give everyone the best possible chance of making the QSO’s they desire, be they on 160, the WARC bands, SSB, CW, RTTY, or 6 and 2 meter EME.

Rest assured that we will do our very best for you! No shortcuts or compromises! .........

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team

http://www.bouvetdx.org/news-and-updates/

OPDX
(SOUTHGATE)


93-year-old WWII veteran still taps out Morse code

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We might live in a world where knowing how to write code is gold, but for 93-year-old Merle Taylor there is only one code: Morse code.

Taylor learned Morse code at 20 when she signed up to help Canada and the war effort. Her war-time job was to teach it to the pilots through the British Commonwealth Air Training plan.

"There were 59 airbases built across Canada to accommodate the boys from England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It was that group of boys that I taught Morse code to," Taylor said while sitting in her basement outside Antigonish — where she still taps out Morse code.

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Tropical Depression (TD) 16 Becomes Tropical Storm Otto in the Southwest Caribbean Sea

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Tropical Depression (TD) 16 has intensified and become Tropical Storm Otto in the Southwest Caribbean Sea and its movement continues to be stationary. Gradual strengthening is expected to continue and Otto has the potential of becoming a Category-1 Hurricane and begin a westward motion making landfall in Nicaragua later this week. VoIP Hurricane Net activation status if that were to occur would be determined by the level of ability in gathering reports from the affected area. Advisories on TD 16 can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of this system. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net


RETURN OF A BIG CORONAL HOLE

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RETURN OF A BIG CORONAL HOLE: At the end of October, a hole in the sun's atmosphere lashed Earth's magnetic field with solar wind, sparking moderately-strong geomagnetic storms and almost a full week of Arctic auroras. News flash: It's back. The same "coronal hole" is turning toward Earth again. Forecasters expect the solar wind to reach Earth during the late hours of Nov. 22nd with minor G1-class geomagnetic storms possible on Nov. 23rd. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and updates.


2016 SKYWARN Recognition Day December 3, 2016, from 0000z to 2400z

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SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/


DBARA Club Officers Election Results for 2017

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Votes Cast: 25 (all verified members)

2017 President: K4TUG, Captain John LoCicero
2017 Vice President: KS4GD, Jon Rutledge
2017 Treasurer: N3DFI, Bob Binnie
2017 Secretary: KI4VWP, Carolyn Truesdale

Director Positions: (3 open)

NW0LF Tom Bilello*
KA1G - Ed Cote
WD3B - Dennis Burgoyne

* The balance between Art and Tom was by 1 vote, Tom winning.

We also had votes for a write-in president, Robert (Bob) Gattanella. Unfortunately, on this round, not enough, but we invite you to join us at the board meetings to prepare for next year's election.

Votes were processed by Jeff Mathews (AJ4MQ) and Kerry Dunham KA4NHH. Counting was conducted until both reached a verified number. a number of recounts occurred since someone used a descenting mark, and because Art was a write-in.

Votes were read to the membership present, accepted and seconded. Vote reviews were provided, but none inquired.

Hope to see everyone at the Christmas Banquet Dec 4th. Tickets will be on sale at the door if needed. $18 per person this year.


Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), is still not supporting H.R. 1301 / S.253 the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

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To All Our ARRL Members in Florida –

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), is still not supporting H.R. 1301 / S.253 the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

In fact, Senator Nelson has placed a “hold” on the legislation, effectively barring consideration of the Bill despite its widespread bipartisan support. If this hold isn’t removed, the bill will die in the Senate and require the process to completely start over when the new Congress begins on January 1, 2017.

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Wednesday – Portable Ops – Sunrise Park in Holly Hill

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We are scheduled to appear at beautiful Sunrise Park in Holly Hill next Wednesday. Our endeavors would be highlighted by attendance at Woody's for Chicken Salad to sharpen the taste buds for the next day Turkey.

Two caveats: 1. It is possible our leader Art will be grounded that day. Stay tuned for flash bulletins.

2. I will be away for the next few weeks. Don McBride K3RLL has kindly offered to fill in for me. He is intelligent, literate and cheerful about volunteering.

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Bob W2EJG


[Video] Make A Foxhole Radio That Uses Radio Wave As Power Source!

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http://brilliantdiy.com/make-a-foxhole-radio-that-uses-radio-wave-as-power-source/

Almost everyone can make a simple foxhole radio. These radios were popular because they didn’t require batteries or outside electrical sources and were instead self-powered, amazing, right?

A foxhole radio is a makeshift radio that was used by soldiers in World War II. The foxhole radio differed from the crystal radio. A razor blade and pencil were used as a diode in a foxhole radio, it does not require an external power source. The radio is powered by the radio signal it receives. it doesn’t use semiconductors or a power supply.-—wikipedia

Would like to make yourself a foxhole radio? It’s not that hard as you thought.


Get on the air this weekend for the ARRL November Sweepstakes! Free Operator’s Guide at www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

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Official WRTC 2018 Rules Published

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The official rules for World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany are now available. Continuing the two-operator, two-transmitter format of the earlier WRTCs, “both stations will be permitted to transmit at any time to maximize their scoring and the fun of the worldwide WRTC community,” said WRTC 2018 Rules Committee Director Uwe Koenneker, DL8OBF.

Noteworthy among the WRTC 2018 rules is the allowance of the use of spectrum or waterfall displays, and a prohibition on the use of second or sub-receivers. Also, only one computer is permitted to be attached to each radio, and PCs used in the effort must connect via wired Ethernet. Requirements for signal quality are pending. — Thanks to The ARRL Contest Update
http://wrtc2018.de/…/PDF/wrtc2018_CompetitionRules_20161105…
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