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The First Presbyterian Church
620 South Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

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

Scheduling Conflict

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are looking for an alternate teacher for the Extra class. We will update as soon as we know more.

Classifieds / For Sale

Items for Free: AJ4MQ at next meeting.
For Sale: N0IA
All Sold: Russell H. Taylor, Jr. / W4FRH
Equipment For Sale by DBARA
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

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual

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The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)Manual now is online.

This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter onARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.

ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.

PDF File...


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Over the weekend we will contest next IARU HF CHAMPIONSHIP and it was agreed between the Federal Labre and Labre SP activation from 15 ITU zone, along the lines of last year. This year, the president of Labre SP, Marcelo Motoyama – PY2FN invited me to organize the operation and accepted the challenge. The goal is to enable all bands 160m 10m will in both CW / SSB modes simultaneously, and only a signal in SSB and CW signal per band is allowed for HQ stations.

Aiming to achieve the highest possible score (remember that this is not a social event, but a fierce international competition), seek contact with the managers of the main stations in Brazil contests the itu zone 15 in the last four months. Some important stations like PX5E, PR1T supported the operation but they could not join the group because they are committed to qualifying activations for the WRTC, which we respect and wish much success.

Below is a spreadsheet with the distribution of the participating stations this important activation:


Planning of the VP8STI / VP8SGI DXpedition

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VP8STI Planning

Radio Station Equipment; Radios, Tuners, Amps and Support Items

• Elecraft HF Transceiver, K3, Qty 6
• Elecraft, 500 W AMP, KPA500, Qty 6
• Elecraft, Ant. Tuner KAT500, Qty 6
• Expert, 1.3 KW Amp, Expert 1.3K-FA, 40, 80 & 160 M, Qty 3
• DX Engineering, Foot Switch, HLS-FS-3, Qty 6
Dell Laptop PC, Inspiron 3000, Qty 6
• W3YY CW Interface, Qty 5
• Radiosport headset, Qty 7
• Iambic Keyers, VP8 Team Member provided, Qty 6

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Teacher needed for our Extra Class

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Due to a scheduling conflict, we are in need of someone to lead the teaching of the Extra classes. We currently have 10 students interested and ready for class. We have some assistants to help with demonstrations and provide experience information.

If you are interested, please contact me at

How to work the ISS using APRS Packet Radio

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JoAnne Maenpaa K9JKM wrote this article on how to use the 145.825 MHz FM Packet Radio Digipeater on theInternational Space Station (ISS)

Mineo Wakita JE9PEL has produced an Easy Guide to UI-View32 and UISS

See Video...

Ham Radio : The Crucial Link to the Outside World

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“It’s all about transferring information when information just doesn’t want to flow because something critical happened. ” said William Ahrens of the Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League (PEARL).  In early May PEARL participated in the 10th Annual Children’s Safety Fair at the Office of Emergency Management on Route 6 in Carmel. …. More

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Why AM Listening is Better at Night

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If you listen to AM radio stations at night that are just impossible to pick up during the day, chances are you’re benefiting from sky-wave propagation. Propagation is just the technical word for how radio signals travel through the air. Sky-wave propagation is the specific name given to radio waves that travel through the sky. Sky-wave propagation takes place betweensunset and sunrise. It’s the flip side to the ground wave propagation used to transmit during the day.

During the day, ground wave propagation is preferable because the radiation from the sun causes so much ionization that radio signals sent into the air are absorbed into the atmosphere. When atoms in the D region of the ionosphere are ionized, you end up with free electrons and ions floating around in the air. It’s kind of like trying to walk through a room filled with dancing couples…..


Field Day Unofficial Results

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Hello everyone.

I first wanted to say how great it was to see everyone at this years field day.

I have submitted the results to the ARRL and it came out around 760. I dont have the exact numbers with me but It should be up soon. We had 192 contacts and we operated as 4A.

There was 2 containers found in the refrigerator after field day. one contained potato salad, the container is blue and the other is green.

If you know who owns these containers can you please contact so we can arrange a pickup or dispose of them.

Thank and hope everyone has a great 4th.


FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF, MF Amateur Allocations

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FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF and MF Amateur Allocations:
The FCC is inviting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operationon two new bands — an LF allocation at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (2200 meters), and an MF allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters). Amateur Radio would be secondary on both bands. Comments are due August 31. Reply comments — ie, comments on comments filed — are due by September 30. The FCC allocated 135.7 to 137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The proposed new allocation at 472 to 479 kHz would implement decisions made at WRC-12.

“The Commission is proposing service rules for the Amateur Service in the 135.7-137.8 kHz and 472-479 kHz bands with the principal goal of enabling sharing of this spectrum among licensed amateur stations and unlicensed PLC systems,” the FCC said on April 27 in a 257-page Report and Order, Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking The combined proceeding addresses three dockets — ET-12-338, ET-15-99, and IB-06-123 — affecting various radio services in addition to the Amateur Service. The detailed proposals appeared in The Federal Register on July 2.

Amateur Radio would not be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on the basis of comments, the specific technical and operational Part 97 rules it must develop. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other users.


New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

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Two California radio amateurs — one of them in Hawaii — have set new world distance records on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz microwave amateur bands. Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, operating from a radio-equipped rental car on the big island of Hawaii, worked Gregory Campbell, W6IT, operating Overbeck’s own fixed station near Orange, California, on both bands — a distance of more than 4024 km (2495 miles). The contacts blew away records that had stood for more than 20 years and more than doubled the previous distance record for a two-way voice (SSB) contact at those frequencies, Overbeck said, adding that most previous microwave distance records have been set using CW.

“These are the first-ever SSB contacts between Hawaii and the mainland on 2304 and 3456,” Overbeck said.

The record-setting contacts occurred on June 19 (June 18 in Hawaii) on 2.3 GHz at 0257 UTC and at on 3.4 GHz at 0300 UTC. W6IT was in grid square DM13cs, while N6NB/KH6 was in BK29hq. According to the database of distance records maintained by Al Ward, W5LUA, the old record was 3982 km, set on by KH6HME (SK) and N6CA on July 14, 1994, on 2.3 GHz and on July 28, 1991, on 3.4 GHz. Both contacts were on CW.

Overbeck flew to Hawaii carrying gear for all bands from 144 MHz through 10 GHz “in two large suitcases, plus a roll-aboard and a backpack” — weighing about 150 pounds in all. In Hawaii, he rented a small SUV and built a rover-style station that included a rotating roof platform constructed using parts obtained from a home improvement store….

A video of the record-setting 2304 GHz contact between N6NB/KH6 and W6IT (recorded from the Hawaii end of the circuit) is online.

Wicker, Blumenthal Propose Fair Regulation of Amateur Radio Operators

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U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced bipartisan legislation titled the “Amateur Radio Parity Act” that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators.

“This legislation would ensure that our nation’s amateur radio operators can continue to provide critical communications support at no cost to taxpayers. This would be particularly beneficial in Mississippi and other rural states,” Wicker said. “During Hurricane Katrina, Mississippians learned firsthand the value of amateur radio and its ability to provide information that could save lives in times of natural disasters.”…


Vital connections: Amateur Radio Field Day tests emergency communications nationwide

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SANDY RUN - The Columbia Amateur Radio Club, in coordination with the Calhoun County Auxiliary Emergency Operations Center in Sandy Run, held a field day Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, as part of a nationwide exercise to establish and refine communications between emergency facilities.

The 24-hour exercise involved efforts to connect all emergency communications services across the country utilizing voice, Morse code and data transmissions. The exercise's successes and failures were then evaluated.

For more than a century, amateur radio has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cellphone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.

“If there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cellphone infrastructure and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage.”

Radio operators have provided backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and even the International Space Station.


FCC Speedily Dismisses Petitions to Alter Amateur Service Rules

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Acting with near lightning speed, the FCC has dismissed two petitions for rule making calling for separate amendments to the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. Willison H. Gormly, WD0BCS, of Des Moines, New Mexico, filed both petitions on June 16, and the FCC turned them away on July 1. Gormly had requested that the FCC amend §97.301(e) of the rules by dividing it into separate sub-paragraphs for technician and Novice class privileges. He had also asked the FCC to amend §97.305(c) to authorize spread spectrum emissions in the 2 meter band.

“The rule changes you propose were previously rejected by the Commission,” Scot Stone, deputy chief of the Mobility Division in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, told Gormly in the FCC’s dismissal letter. “Your petitions do not demonstrate or even suggest that any relevant circumstances have changed such as to merit reconsideration of these decisions.”


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.