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Happy birthday Samuel Morse !

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The creator of Morse code and the single wire telegraph was born on this day back in 1791.

Today marks the birthday of the brains behind Morse code – a universal communications system that revolutionised the world as we knew it and came to be a truly enabling assistive technology for people with disabilities.

On 27 April 1791, Samuel Morse was born. He died on 2 April 1872 but packed in a great deal of innovation during his lifetime.


Standing Waves Part I: Demonstration

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Amateur Radio Operators Prepare For The Megaquake

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In the last 100 years, there have only been five magnitude 9.0 or higher “megaquakes” worldwide. The pressure currently building in the Cascadia Subduction Zone that runs along the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts could unleash a sixth.

To prepare for the disaster, this Saturday the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is supporting the largest statewide emergency communications exercise Oregon has ever had. About 200 amateur radio operators will participate, and according to Cory Grogan, a public information officer at OEM, these operators could serve a vital role in affected areas when – not if – the earthquake strikes.

“Basically any form of communication likely will be down,” Grogan said. “Amateur radio is going to be the only form of communication that we’ll have available at that point.”


KB6NU’s Column

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What Would You Do?

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

For the past three or four years, I’ve been threatening to buy a new radio to replace my ICOM IC-746PRO. The IC-746PRO is a great rig, though, and I’ve had trouble pulling the trigger on a $3k – $5k or more purchase. The radio that I’ve had my eye on is the Elecraft K3. Without a doubt the K3 is a better rig than the 746PRO, and it's certainly worth the price that Elecraft is asking. The question I keep asking myself, though, is, “Am I going to have $5,000 more fun with a K3?”

To put it another way, the question is, assuming that I have a $5,000 budget to spend on amateur radio gear over the next year or two or three, what’s the best way to spend it? How can I maximize my purchases so that I have the most fun?


75th Chinese Ham Day

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Special event stations B3CRAC and B7CRAC are celebreting the 75th Chinese Ham Day on 3rd May. Hams in China were gathering on air on every May Fifth since 1940. This day is then called Chinese Ham Day.

Bouvet Island 2016 Project Presentation

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The most remote island on Earth

2,500 km south-southwest of South Africa
1,700km north of Antarctica


A 3 month DXpedition carried out by 1 person
Target: 100,000 QSOs


ZF2CI , ZF8/ZF2CI & ZF9/ZF2CI – Cayman Islands

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Col, MM0NDX – from – will be active holiday-style from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) between April 25 to May 2, 2015.

QRV on 160-10m, SSB only. Also as ZF8/ZF2CI from Little Cayman (April 28) and ZF9/ZF2CI (April 29 & May 1).

QSL via M0URX.

Note for prefix hunters:  1997 was the last time a Cayman Brac ZF9 prefix was used.

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Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

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The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards has been open for a month now, and the initial rush of applications has been processed. Participants’ Centennial Points Challenge logs must already have been submitted via Logbook of The World (LoTW) — the cut-off date was January 22 — but the League will continue to accept award applications indefinitely. With little to no backlog in the queue, it’s anticipated that processing will be prompt.

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party and W1AW/portable activities in 2014 represented the biggest on-the-air operation in the history of Amateur Radio, with more than 3.5 million Centennial event contacts recorded in LoTW. W100AW operation accounted for some 70,000contacts.

Most applicants will find the process simple and largely automated. The form will auto-populate, if ARRL has the applicant’s information on file. The form may be edited to update name and address information only. The system will select the awards for which the applicant qualifies. Certificates will be printed daily. Plaques will be shipped directly from the supplier.


How Repeaters Work

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How Repeaters WorkWhat’s the most popular band and operation mode in amateur radio? If you guessed 2 meter VHF FM, you would be correct. As new hams, our first radio is usually a small handheld model. This is a great way to get started in ham radio and connect with other local hams. But your handheld radio would only be a fraction as useful if it wasn’t for repeaters.Why the need for a repeater

A repeater is combination of a sensitive receiver and high power transmitter located in an advantageous spot to simultaneously receive and transmit a radio signal. Repeaters are often sited on mountains or very high towers to increase their range. Now, instead of having to use high power transmitters and large antennas, small handheld radios have unprecedented range. Repeaters increase our range and make it possible to use small handheld radios to communicate.


CQ WW SSB 2014 Disqualifications and Warnings

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The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very seriously.  Each year a group of dedicated members spends many hours pouring over logs, listening to SDR recordings, and following up on input from the contest community.  We do not always have perfect information and it is difficult when each entrant is operating from their own station without any outside observer. Even so, the logs and recordings often tell us a clear story. It is our job as referees to call them as we see them.

Each disqualified entrant is notified of the decision and given 5 days to respond. We do this to allow everyone the opportunity to present an explanation of what appears in the log.

We regret to announce the following actions for CQ WW SSB 2014.


Another great meeting tonight!

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For those who missed out, Jeff Mathews (AJ4MQ) did a presentation on Go-Kits for Emergencies. At a request, I will do what I can to get this prepared online under areas of interest as I get time.. ran into some emergencies with this weeks weather, but I hope to have it on soon.

Remember the most important part.. no, not a flashlight in every kit, K.I.S.S. Keep it simple _.

My Boxes:

Box 1: VHF Radio, Antenna extension cable with coupler at the end, microphone, SWR Meter, power adapter with fuses, flashlight
Box 2: Packet Radio (KPC3+ Packet Modem), adapter wire for Vertex HTs, adapter for ICOM HTs, power adapter, flashlight
Ammo 1: HT VHF/UHF HT Radio (portable), Magmount dual-band antenna (VHF/UHF), power adapter for radio, flashlight|
Ammo 2: Beacon / FoxBox. Battery, power adapters, Motorola 68HC11 microcontroller, Magmount dual-band antenna (VHF/UHF), flashlight
Ammo 3: Spare battery, battery charger, Auto Power Switchover, flashlight
Wire Bag: 2 50' PL-259 to RG8 extension wires, 1 25' Extension, 1 6' Extension, 1 3' Extension, Flashlight

I had one for my multiband radio, but it's not set at the moment.. Similar to Box 1 except instead of an ICOM 2100H radio, it has the ICOM 706MKIIG

All boxes are usually ready to go and tested yearly before or during Field Day. Field Day is a great opportunity to set up a station for a full 24-hour operation and see what you might have missed.

Other topics discussed is to be properly ready to deploy, including food concerns, others allergies, weapons concerns, and safety. Hopefully we will get to have an emergency class put together soon.

Some of the projects I have in mind will hopefully be built this year, and will become class material for Microcontrollers next year. Projects include FoxBoxes, Packet Radio Transciever, Morse Code Transiever, Voice Radio (HT), Emergency Shelter Community Website (provide evacuees with public information by use of cell phones, tablets and other computers. the possibility of a public TV broadcaster is also of interest.) Very cool projects, and because of new technology, cheaper to build and produce.


Whether to CW or not to CW

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Whether to CW or Not to CW?
That is the question.

The nice part about the Amateur Radio hobby is that it offers something for everybody. I have always liked CW (Morse Code). Before the last club meeting Captain John (K4TUG) ask me to fill-in and talk about the CW class I had just completed. At the end of that discussion I was ask if I could put a summary on the web site. That is what follows.

The first thing I need to do is to apologize to the “real” CW operators. These are the guys and gals that eat, sleep and live CW. I am NOT an expert! This is just a summary of what I learned in my CW class.

The class was conducted by The CW Operators’ Club. Their web site can be found at:

This club offers CW classes at NO charge or obligation to beginners and those that need to improve or regain proficiency in CW. To sign up for a class, go to their website (see above) and click on the button on the left side of the page labeled “CW Academy”. Fill out and submit the form. That is all there is to it. Now the bad news, they are in such demand that they are taking sign-ups for a year from now. Classes are 6 weeks long, two nights a week.


Sold: HY-Gain DX-88 Vertical by Bob Gattanella – WA2PIF

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I have a HY-Gain DX-88 Vertical .

It works well on 10,12,17,20,30, &40 meters.   On 80 it does not make a good electrical connection .

It must be picked up at my QTH . $20 OBO.

Bob WA2PIF  I will be at meeting on Monday night ……

For Sale: Equipment from Frank N. Haas, KB4T

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I have the following items for sale (no trades):

Palstar AT4K Antenna Tuner: Purchased new several years ago. Used only a few times. In new condition. This tuner will tune practically anything, fed with anything. The tuner easily handles high power up to 3500 watts. It's a MANUAL tuner with built in dual needle watt/swr meter. This tuner sells new for over $800. I'm asking $550.

2 Icom V8000 Two Meter 60 watt mobile radios with mounting bracket and microphone. These are robust 2 M mobiles in excellent condition. They have been used in a variety of settings and environments so there are a few scratches but both work perfectly. I bought both of these radios used several years ago for training and emergency communications. They are now surplus to my needs. I'm asking $100 for each.

W2IHY 8 Band Equalizer & W2IHY EQ PLUS: If you want to have a loud, broadcast quality SSB signal with ANY HF rig, this combination of devices can make it happen. I bought these two units used several years ago and they work perfectly. Adjusted correctly, you will be the loudest and finest sounding voice signal on the band. I paid over $300 for the pair. You can have both for $175. That's like buying one and getting the other FREE! Power supplies and accessory cables for Icom included but I will help make cables for any rig for which you provide the connectors. Look these unit up. They are highly praised and work great!

If you prefer to use professional quality rack mount audio modules, I have quite a collection! Behringer, Aphex, BBE and Focusrite modules are available. Most are mike preamps and some are dynamic equalizers/compressors and sound enhancers. I spent two years experimenting with Enhanced SSB. All of these devices work perfectly and most are available to you for $100 each or less. If you are interested, contact me. (See contact info at the bottom of this note.)

I have an AKG C4000B high end broadcast quality microphone bought used for over $200 in perfect working condition. Includes carrying case and custom mike holder/mount. Asking $100. I have a Shure SM-7B broadcast quality microphone purchased new for $200 several years ago. Asking $100. Both of these will work with the W2IHY units or the pro modules I have. You will sound great on the air with either of these.

TR2000 Communications Headset with boom mike: Got this with a TenTec Jupiter I bought several years ago. Never used. Still in the box. $80 when new. Asking $20.

Portable HF Loop antenna system for receiving or QRP transmitting. Bought this new at the Dayton Hamvention in 2006. The kit was made by a British ham and sold for $125. I used it a few time over the last 9 years for interference investigations and portable ops for receiving. The Loop stands about 5 feet in diameter and is made up of thin metal strips connected together with 6-32 screws and wing nuts. At the bottom a simple tuning box is connected to both sides of the loop and tunes the antenna over the 3.5 to 30 MHz range. This kit will breakdown into a 15 inch by 3 inch bundle easily carried in a knapsack or small container. It works very well. If I can find it, I'll even throw in the PVC pipe I used to mount the loop for use. Asking $30.

I have more...much more...and I will advertise additional items for sale in the coming weeks. I'm thinning the herd.

Terms: CASH or PayPal only. No checks. No credit cards. Everything I sell comes with my "10 Day No Questions Asked" Money Back GUARANTEE. You have 10 days to test and try whatever you get. If you are not happy for ANY reason return it to me within 10 days in the same condition in which you received it and I will refund your money immediately. It's that simple. I live in Holly Hill. I can deliver if needed or you can pick up from me by appointment.

I am easy to reach:

Smoke: puff puff whisp puff billow
Email is preferred. First come, first served. Your mileage may vary. Use as directed. Some assembly required.


Frank N. Haas KB4T
DBARA Life Member

Lineman Appreciation Day

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FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private

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The FCC is seeking comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 15-81 that would restrict routine public inspection of an Amateur Radio licensee’s addresshistory. The Commission said it was taking the action in an effort to enhance the privacy of individual licensees. The change would not affect public access to a licensee’s current addressinformation.

“To implement this change, we propose to remove from public view in the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Amateur Radio licensee address information that is not associated with a current license or pending application…,” the FCC said in the NPRM, released on March 31. “We believe that these steps will enhance Amateur Radio operators’ privacy without undermining the public interest in knowing who is authorized to operate on amateur spectrum.”

The Wireless Bureau also solicited public input on whether it should extend the same approach to individual licensees in any other radio services, such as the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), commercial radio operator licensees, and individuals who hold ship station and/or aircraft station licenses.

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Dayton Hamvention will be held 15-17 May, 2015 at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, Ohio

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Radio Amateur first to pick up Titanic’s distress call

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TODAY marks 113 years since the Titanic sunk, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew. But did you know a man based near Blackwood was the first to pick up distress signals from the stricken ship?

Amateur radio enthusiast Artie Moore, was at his home at Gelligroes Mill in Pontllanfraith, when picked up the SOS signal sent from the Titantic as she started sinking.

It was at the 17th century water mill in 1912 that the wireless experimenter received calls for help after the Titanic hit an iceberg, but, after racing to inform local police, no-one in the area believed him.

The mill was home to the Moore family and Arthur (Artie) Moore, who lived between 1887 and 1949, was a keen wireless experimenter, using his homemade, crude radio equipment on that fateful night.


The 2015 Worked All Provinces of China ( WAPC ) DX Contest Rules

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1. Objective
Amateurs around the world can work any other amateurs during the 24 hour contest period, while contacts with amateurs in Chinese provinces, municipal cities, autonomous regions, and special administration regions as many as possible are encouraged.

2. Contest Date
The third Saturday of April, from 06:00z Saturday to 05:59z Sunday, a total of 24 hours.
The Fourth WAPC will begin at 06:00z, 18 April and end at 05:59z, 19 April, 2015.

3. Bands and Modes
Bands: 5 amateur bands, 80-40-20-15-10 meter bands; WARC bands excluded.
Modes: 3 modes, CW, SSB, and the MIXED of CW and SSB modes.


Sandford Mill celebrate the inventor of radio at Marconi Day

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Sandford Mill Science Education Centre in Chelmsford celebrates International Marconi Day (IMD) with a fun-filled event on Saturday 25 April.  Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventorand electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission.  The first regular entertainment radio broadcasts in the UK were transmitted in 1922 from a hut in a field in Writtle, the Marconi Company’s development site. The hut now sits in the Engine house at Sandford Mill.