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Hambone - Tech Class

David Kerl is planning an 8-week Tech Class to start Saturday August 27th, may be held at the ARC of Volusia.
Reserve your spot by email today.
2 of 10 seats reserved.


Classifieds / For Sale

For Sale - Multiple Items - by W4CHF
For Sale - LDG AT-1000 Pro Antenna Tuner - by AA4FS
For Sale - Alinco 2M HT New w/batt that won't hold charge - N2GBT
For Sale - Coax Jumpers and more... - by KK4EJH
For Sale - TenTec Jupiter Green Screen - by AA4FS

DBARA Picnic

Saturday October 22nd, 2016
Reed Canal Park
South Daytona Beach, FL

Successful Testing Session

August: 3 testing, 1 new tech, 1 expired General got his license back and 1 new Extra.

Future Testing Information

DBARA Repeaters


Other Volusia County Repeaters


The Florida East Coast DX Club is holding it’s quarterly meeting this Saturday

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 The Florida East Coast DX Club is holding it's quarterly meeting this Saturday at the Red Ginger Restaurant in Melbourne,FL from noon-2PM. The program is the 3B6RF DXPedition video.
 The location is 1700 West New Haven Ave (a.k.a. US192). In the Melbourne Mall.
 All are welcome.

 Warren - AE4WG

Hurricane Watch Net on “Standby Alert” for Unnamed Potential Tropical Storm

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The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will go on “Standby Alert” in the event that a strong tropical system bearing the designation “Invest 99L” becomes a named storm over the next couple of days. The system, which already has been generating gale force winds near the Virgin Islands, is moving west-northwest at 15 to 20 MPH. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said weather models concur that South Florida could be affected.

“Some models have this system moving a little further south, bringing it over or close to the southern tip of Florida and then into the Gulf of Mexico,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “After that, where the storm will go, and how strong it will be, is yet to be determined.”

NOAA described Invest 99L as “an area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave,” which is producing gale force winds over water to the north of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).


Tropical Disturbance 1

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NHC has updated there prediction for Disturbance 1 and we could be effected with in the next five days. Volusia County Emergency Management and ARES is keeping an eye on the system. We will send out a update if there are any major changes in direction or intensity. You can find the current information on this system here.

Karl Martin
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia A.R.E.S

Ham radio around the world balloon

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The amateur radio CNSP-29 144 MHz APRS balloon, callsign K6RPT-12, has successfully completed three circumnavigations of the globe and is still flying

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 it passed within a mile of the San Jose site where it was launched on June 13.

California Near Space Project CNSP-29

Follow CNSP on Twitter

Found you! NASA re-establishes contact with missing spacecraft

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NASA announced Sunday that it had re-established contact with STEREO-B after communications were lost in October 2014.
Contact with the spacecraft -- which works in tandem with a second spacecraft STEREO-A to study the sun -- was lost during a test of one of its timers.
Scientists had been testing the timer when STEREO-B's line of sight and communication to Earth was blocked by the sun.
Meanwhile STEREO-A was unaffected by testing, and continued working normally over the past 22 months.

...and found

STEREO-B was recovered using NASA's Deep Space Network -- an array of giant radio antennas that tracks interplanetary missions.

YX0V – Aves Island YX0V DXpedition Put on Hold

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The planned YX0V DXpedition to Aves Island has been postponed. No new dates have been announced. A DXpedition team was set to depart on August 31 for the 17th most-wanted DXCC entity.

On August 24, the Amateur Radio Association of Venezuela, Santiago de Leon de Caracas Group, announced that it has been notified by the Venezuelan Navy that the DXpedition to Aves Island — to be held in commemoration of Navy Day 2016 — “ has been put on hold until further notice.”

Aves Island was last activated on February 13, 2007, by YW0DX. The group had hoped to be on the air for up to 10 days as YX0V and already had begun preparations.

Tiny Aves Island is situated west of the Leeward Islands. It’s only about 1200 feet long and some 150 feet wide. — Thanks to YX0V Pilot Station Steve Romagni, W4DTA

Italian Ham Radio operators using 7060 kHz for earthquake traffic. Please keep this frequency clear.

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Amateur Radio Helping to Celebrate National Park Service Founders Week

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Amateur Radio operators across the US are taking portable communications gear to more than 80 different National Park Service units during NPS Founders Week, August 22-28. They are participating in ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event, which has been running all year long in parallel with the NPS Centennial. ARRL is the National Association of Amateur Radio in the United States.

“The National Park Service Centennial year has been a major celebration of some of our country’s national and historic treasures, and Amateur Radio is proud to play a small part in recognizing Founders Day on August 25, and throughout the entire week,” said ARRL spokesman Sean Kutzko.

NPOTA’s goal is to raise awareness of NPS units by establishing a temporary Amateur Radio station and communicate with other Amateur Radio operators around the world. So far this year, more than 455 of the 484 eligible NPS units — including National Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Rivers, Historic and Scenic Trails, and Seashores — have hosted an Amateur Radio presence at least once this year. More than 581,000 two-way radio contacts have been made from NPS units this year with other radio amateurs in all 50 US states and more than 100 different countries.


The 35th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

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September 16-18, 2016, St Petersburg, FL

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 35th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be heldSeptember 16-18, 2016. in St Petersburg, FL. The conference location is the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront

The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications.

Topics include, but are not limited to: Software Defined Radio (SDR), digital voice (D-Star, P25, Mototrbo, CODEC2, FreeDV) , digital satellite communications, Global Position System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Packet Reporting System(tm)(APRS), short messaging (a mode of APRS), Digital Signal Processing (DSP), HF digital modes, Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks, spread spectrum, IEEE 802.11 and other Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio, using TCP/IP networking over Amateur Radio, mesh and peer to peer wireless networking, emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital communications, using Linux in Amateur Radio, updates on AX.25 and other wireless networking protocols.

Louisiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Standing Down

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[UPDATED 2016-08-21@1342 UTC] In an August 20 (2116 UTC) status update on Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operations in Louisiana, Assistant Section Manager Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ, said that Louisiana ARES is in the process of deactivating from the recent flood response, and the need for volunteers has ended.

“All ARES personnel should released by this evening,” said Anderson, who has been currently serving as the Incident Point of Contact in Baton Rouge. “Several amateurs will remain on site, reporting directly to the Red Cross as they begin to transfer to recovery operations. We greatly appreciate all the assistance from ARRL HQ and the many Sections who provided support to the operation.”

ARES volunteers in Louisiana were in the 6th day of operations in response to the recent flooding catastrophe in Louisiana, which also affected parts of Mississippi. ARES has been providing communication support to the Red Cross in five Louisiana parishes following record flooding in the state. Several shelters and Red Cross chapter offices are operating at full capacity.


Mike Ferris posted today re: his surgery

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Here's the copy f the message that Mike Ferris posted today re his surgery
I don't know if what I did above is correct or not in tagging folks.

The Cardiologist Surgeon left a few minutes ago. I will have four bypasses done and repairs to my heart to fix the A Fib, which is still occurring. Saying I'm scared and nervous is an understatement.  But I don't believe there's much choice. With the
Technology we have today and great  doctors I feel safe.
I appreciate all the prayers and kind words. I will know tomorrow what day the surgery will be. We will keep everyone posted.
I love each and everyone of you.

Portable lighthouse stations call CQ this weekend

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The 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will see plenty of on air activity from more than 40 countries this Saturday and Sunday.

At last count 450 registrations have been received but organisers still expect 500 this year.

Local and DX stations are putting former marine navigation infrastructure on air, and many also explain their activity to the public and news media.

The annual premier fun-event highlights the need for public support to preserve lighthouses for future generations, but also gives Amateur Radio publicity.

Germany has the most at 67, Australia and USA 64, England 34, Scotland 22, Holland 21,with Canada and South Africa 14 each.

Most talk about the history of their site and issue a special QSL card.
It is not too late to make a registration and join others on the

Jim Linton VK3PC

This is a copy of a post from James WX4TV

The kids will be operating as K4PIL tomorrow and Sunday from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse for the lightship and lighthouse weekend. Look for them on HF, 6m, SO-50, and FO-29.

QSL will be direct to the address listed on QRZ. Do NOT QSL to the call sign listed in the comments on QRZ. We are working to get the management of the QRZ page released, so the info can be updated.

Youth operators will be WX4TVJ, AE4FH, KM4IPF, and KM4TXT.

Adult hams in attendance may get on the air as well. Also, the kids will encourage visitors to get on the air.

Good luck to you and the family.

Karl Martin
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia A.R.E.S

KD5KNZ – No additional resourced needed at this time…

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‪#‎ARRL‬ Louisiana Ass't SEC Matt KD5KNZ reports they "no longer need additional resources." ‪#‎ARES‬ ‪#‎LAFlood‬ ‪#‎HamRadio‬

HOW MANY HAMS? Demographics

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Still Needed in Louisiana

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The Red Cross continues to request Amateur Radio volunteers to support communication at shelters housing evacuees from flooding of historic proportions in Louisiana. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Louisiana has activated, and Section Emergency Coordinator Adam Tamplain, KD5LEH, has put out a call for additional volunteers, reaching out to neighboring states. The federal government declared Louisiana a major disaster area, states of emergency remain in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the Louisiana Emergency Operations Center is at full activation. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, visited the stricken region on August 16. While some residents are being allowed to return home, about 7000 remain in shelters.

“While we have had an increase in response from the Southeastern area, it’s still not quite enough,” Tamplain said on August 16. “Alabama ARES is attempting to put together a team for us. We have seen support from Southwest Mississippi as well. We had operators at Red Cross New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge today.” Tamplain said a dozen or so operators were staffing eight shelters; nearly 40 shelters remain open. He asked additional volunteers to check in at Red Cross Headquarters in Baton Rouge (4655 Sherwood Common Boulevard).


llegal GPS sea buoys on 10 meters Band ( 28 MHz )

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A group of Portuguese amateur radio enthusiasts are spending their own vacation time trying to identify the location of a series of GPS buoy clusters that are transmitting, illegally and for years, on the 10 meter band.

“So far, we have had some success in determining the location of the few that we can receive when propagation allows. The data suggests that these clusters are located in the Atlantic, alongside the coasts of Africa and Europe but it´s possible that they are present elsewhere”, indicates Paulo Teixeira, CT2IWW.

According to Paulo´s description, these transmissions consist of three second long F1B bursts(RTTY) at 51bd, 300 kHz shift. Individual transmissions are 10 seconds apart with the whole process repeating every five minutes. Frequencies are between 28000kHz and 28120kHz, at 5 kHz intervals.



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The 70th HamCation® will be remembered as a fantastic event, with a huge crowd and beautiful weather. We welcomed over 17,000 people over the 3 days of the show.

The ARRL National Convention and Expo attracted a lot of Hams from all over the world. The new ARRL president Rick Roderick and almost the whole ARRL staff were present and their booths were visited by a large number of people.

Records were broken in all areas of the event. Forums were spread over 2 days in 2 locations. With a total of 29 Forums we were able to accommodate 7 forums simultaneously.

The HamCation® committee did a fantastic job. They worked hard all year long to make this 70th anniversary a very special one. Of course without the help of over 150 very dedicated volunteers we could not have been so successful.


Regarding Louisiana Flooding…

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This is a forward from Steve Szabo WB4OMM Section Manager ARES NFL.

Good Afternoon Folks,

There has not been a request from the state or any other served partner.  And tell anyone/everyone you know – THEY ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO GO UNDER THE ARES PROGRAM.

We don’t “free-lance” – it creates more problems than it could ever possibly solve when it happens.  But, it’s ALWAYS a good practice to check your “go kits” and other preparations just in case.

Wed – Portable Ops – Veteran’s Park

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With the WX hopefully moderating, we return to Veterans Park in South Daytona (South Palmetto and Big Tree) for the Wednesday exercise in frustration.

Following this we repair to Wendy's to restore our depleted energy.

Hope to see you all there


For Sale – Multiple Items – by W4CHF

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Chuck, 428-6011

Hi Fellow Hams,

Here are the items I have for sale.

Rig Blaster Plus with data switch $75
West Mtn Radio Rigtalk CAT CIV Interface (no cable) $25
Icom IC 7000 $900 includes 1 antenna tuner LDJ AT-7000 and 1 7 inch monitor
Speakers 1 4 inch Midland $15 each
Alinco DJ-F1T HT with mic and dry sell battery pack $25
Maxon 40 CH CB HT HCB-40WX $10
Radio Shack 40 CH CB HT $15
Radio Shack Pro 2004 scanner upgraded to 400 channels $75
Radio Shack Pro 2028 scanner $25
Radio Shack DX 160 receiver no speaker $50
Diawa 2 position antenna switch $5
GE Super Radio AM/FM $40
Linksys NH1005-WM 10/100 Ethernet 5 port hub $5
4 8" thru wall connectors with washers $4 each
Coax RG 213 100 foot with connectors $50
VIZ W3-27A Isolated output $10
MFJ 1278 TNC $30
MFJ 1270C TNC $25
MFJ 259B antenna analyzer $150
MFJ MFJ-1272B TNC/Mic Switch 2 @ $5 each
Heath Kit IP-I8 Variable power supply 1-15 Volts 500 ma $15
Midland HH978XL marine HT/w weather $50 with 2 heads
Icom Battery Case BP-204 $3
Numerous Bags all sizes.
3 P C desktop monitors
Push up pole 30 foot 1 new $75 1 used $45
Hustler BTV HF antenna $100
Cush Craft AR270B 2/440 base antenna $65
Dow-Key Coax Relay (new old item) $40

Chuck, 428-6011

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Ham Friends,

After spending 15 years here in East Central Florida, Sandra and I have decided to move back to Indiana where we left in 1982, first spending 17 years in Georgia and then moving here.
We haven't sold our house yet in fact it's not on the market and won't be until the 1st of September.
It is a tough decision to move from somewhere you have friends, even close friends, the weather for the most part is great and we surely like the lifestyle in a community such as Hacienda Del Rio it is truly living year round in a vacation spot.
The ham's in ARES, Skywarn and the various Volusia county clubs are second to none and will be missed.
Hopefully I will see you at the ARES meeting, it should be a good one.
Like Bud N0IA, I will have excess items for sale and will put out a list for you to entertain.

73's de Chuck W4CFH

RSGB “Deeply Disappointed” in Regulator’s Attitude toward Amateur Radio in 5 GHz Proceeding

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In comments filed in July, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has told telecommunications regulator Ofcom that it was “deeply disappointed” that it failed to recognize Amateur Radio’s innovational activity at 5 GHz and that it did not engage the Amateur Radio community in its proceeding, Improving Spectrum Access for Consumers in the 5 GHz Band. The proceeding (or “consultation”) proposes an expansion of the 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands that could affect so-called “weak-signal” narrowband and moonbounce users as well as for satellite downlinks, while also inhibiting innovation of Amateur Radio mesh and other data systems.

“Despite some unjustified UK-specific amateur licensing restrictions, the 5GHz band is home to a significant and growing amount of innovation which should be allowed to prosper and not suffer from harmful interference,” the RSGB said. “[W]e are deeply disappointed that Ofcom has so far failed to recognize this and that it would have been prudent to engage with us more fully, so that both technical and impact assessments could have been far more accurate.”


Aves Island (YV0) – Annual IOTA DXpedition Plans Morph into Visit to a Rare One

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An unexpected invitation from the Venezuelan Navy gave rise to a DXpedition to Aves Island — Isla de Aves — (YV0), the current number 17 on the ClubLog DXCC Most Wanted List.

While trying to organize its annual IOTA DXpedition to Los Monjes Island (SA-015), members of the Asociación de Radioaficionados de Venezuela (ARV) and Grupo DX Caracas received the surprise Navy invite. Aves Island was last activated on February 13, 2007, by YW0DX.

Plans call for an August 31 departure with “a restricted number of operators,” to including both experienced and new operators from the Navy. The exact dates of operation are dependent on the Navy. The group will be on the air for up to 10 days as YX0V, with the full support of the Navy.

Despite the last-minute change of plans, a team has been chosen, as well as radios and antennas, and other logistics.

The tiny Aves Island is situated west of the Leeward Islands. It’s only about 1200 feet long and some 150 feet wide.


Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Set for August 15-16

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Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions will be made from the International Space Station (ISS) on August 15 and 16. The MAI-75 Experiment will transmit SSTV images on 145.80 MHzover the course of a few orbits as the space station passes over Moscow. Operators in Europe and South America will have the best chances to receive images. Operators along the US East Coast may have one chance on August 16. — Thanks to Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, ISS Ham Project Coordinator

Army and Air Force MARS, Help needed August 15th

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” YOUR HELP IS NEEDED, August 15th, in a national exercise of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). Army and Air Force MARS operators will come to selected amateur radio VHF frequencies to check whether the utilities are working your county.

This request for your participation comes from MARS Region 7, which includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. However, this is a national exercise and all regions will be active.  Emergencies do not recognize borders, so if you hear a call within your VHF network or HF, please assist.

During daytime of August 15th, MARS operators using their Amateur Radio call signs will make hourly calls on VHF & HF frequencies including 60 meters.

All hams are welcome to participate.   If you would like to assist, let us know what county, frequency and time would work best for you. We will send out your information to members in your area for VHF contacts.  Email your information to email address below.

MARS operators are hams who maintain a high-tech back-up radio communications network for the United States. For more information, or to join MARS, contact the included email address.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jodie Rouse, KDØLDE

Region Seven Public Affairs Officer

Army MARS “

World’s Largest Crystal Radio K9QD

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Crystal Radio constructed with unusually large passive components with the goal of obtaining an extremely high Q. Variable capacitor from a B-17 Bomber’s antenna tuner and the final tank coil from a 50KW AM Broadcast transmitter once used by Chicago area WMAQ Radio’s Continental equipment are employed for outstanding performance.

The Southeastern VHF Society is sponsoring the 2016 VHF/UHF/Microwave Fall Sprints again this year.

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Hi All,

The Southeastern VHF Society is sponsoring the 2016 VHF/UHF/Microwave Fall Sprints again this year.  Get on and make some noise even for a few minutes.

6m Sprint is this coming weekend.

Below is the schedule and link to the rules for the events.

2016 Sprints Schedule
Sprint Dates
50 MHz 2300Z Saturday Aug 13 to 0300Z Sunday August 14
144 MHz 7 pm to 11 pm local time on Monday September 19
220 MHz 7 pm to 11 pm local time on Tuesday September 27
432 MHz 7 pm to 11 pm local time on Wednesday October 5
Microwave – 902 MHz + 8 am to 2 pm local time on Saturday October 8

Link to rules:

PJ6Y just hit 3000 QSO’s! — at Saba – Dutch Caribbean.

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70 MHz ham radio band for Australia?

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Australia's national amateur radio society the WIA has expressed an interest in getting an allocation at 70.0-70.5 MHz

WIA News reports:

On June 22 this year, the Australian Communications and Media Authority opened consultation on proposed updates to frequency plans for the 70 to 87.5 MHz and 148 to 174 MHz VHF bands, with a closing date of 1 August 2016.

You get little time to respond these days.


RADIO SCOUTING – We invite you to go boldly where no troop has gone before, seek out new and high tech Merit Badges

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Yes it's Space... the Final Frontier

Space Exploration, Aviation, Radio and Electronics to name a few will be in store with Space Jam, THE scouting technology event of the year.

This year at Space Jam 10 Registered Scouts have a chance to talk wit astronauts on the International Space Station!

The Ham Radio contact has been planned for astronaut Kate Rubins KG 5 FYJ with Space Jam 10, Rantoul, Illinois, USA Saturday 6 August, 2016 at approximately 15:59 UTC.

The downlink signal will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

There will be no video from the ISS, but telebridge station IK 1 SLD will stream live video of the ground station to the BATC Multiviewer server. Interested parties can view the ground station operating at:

The BATC Multiviewer shows six screen views, one of which will be from the IK 1 SLD station. You can enlarge it to full screen.

Radio amateurs facing unnecessary restrictions

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The International Amateur Radio Union Region 3, which covers the Asia Pacific, is concerned by the unnecessary restrictions facing radio amateurs.

The IARU Region 3 conference in Bali last year, through reports and discussion, noted the ongoing difficulties still existing in certain countries.

Those barriers include restrictions on the possession and operation of transmitters and receivers. The IARU lists a number of issues that should be a “baseline” for working with the administrations, such as achieving improvements to licensing, examination and other operating conditions.

Gone should be the old era of ‘Post and Telegraph’ with most now taking on a much broader the role of a national radio regulator. The modern radio amateur in many of the more developed countries now enjoy full operating privileges resulting from subsequent decisions made at the World Radiocommunication Conferences.

In a posting on the Amateur Radio Victoria (VK3) site they say "In support of the Korean Amateur Radio League, Philippine Amateur Radio Association, Amateur Radio Society India and others, the IARU urges the removal of those and similar restrictions."
(WIA, southgate)

Portable Ops – Sunrise Park’s Asphalt Roadway Repairs Complete!

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Asphalt roadway repairs have been completed and Sunrise Park is again open for business. Thus we will assemble on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:30 AM or thereabouts to again assault the ether with our mighty QRP signals. The park is in Holly Hill on Riverside Drive at the intersection of LPGA Boulevard,

After many contacts we will repair to the cool confines of Woody's to savor the finest chicken salad ever made.


PL-259 Installation Made Easy for RG213

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PL259 for RG213

For Sale – LDG AT-1000 Pro Antenna Tuner – by AA4FS

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Selling LDG AT 1000 Pro Tuner.. 1 Kw with Auto Memory 160 to 6 meters for $ 325.00 plus shipping(CONUS only) payable by Postal Money Order. It was used in a controlled, non-smoking environment and has very little use time on it. It is in good condition and in original box. Photos on request. Contact me at fsanita at
Frank Sanita AA4FS
Palm Coast, FL

For Sale – Alinco 2M HT New w/batt that won’t hold charge – N2GBT

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can anyone use an alinco 2m ht new in box but battery dont hold a charge- been sitting for years- $50.00 will buy it. Joe N2GBT pickup ormond beach

ARRL Webinar: Contesting as Training for Public Service Communications

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Ward Silver, N0AX, discusses Amateur Radio contesting as a way to train and develop skills for use in disaster/public service communications. Silver highlights the similarities between the two communications areas and highlights specific ways contesting will benefit the public service operator.

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate

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8:30 AM, Thurs August 4th: The ‪#‎Hurricane‬ Watch Net has resumed ‪#‎HamRadio‬ ops on 14.325 MHz as of 1200z UTC today. ‪#‎HurricaneEarl‬ IARU Region 2


The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate Wednesday, August 3, at 1500 UTC in response to Tropical Storm Earl, which is forecast to become a hurricane later today. As  of 1200 UTC, Earl was located 120 miles east of Roatan, Honduras, and about 265 east-southeast of Belize City, Belize, with sustained winds of 70 mph. Watches and warnings are in effect.

Due to poor propagation on 20 meters due to an ongoing geomagnetic storm, the Hurricane Watch Net will operate simultaneously on both its primary frequency of 14.325 MHz and its backup frequency of 7.268 MHz until Earl is no longer a threat.

Residents in the path of this storm should take every precaution to protect people and property. For more information and updates to the Net’s activation plans, visitthe HWN website. — Thanks to Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, HWN Net Manager

FCC Levies $25,000 Fine on California Radio Amateur for Deliberate Interference

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The FCC has imposed a $25,000 fine on William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Spring, California, for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The penalty represents the full amount proposed in a December 2015Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), and, the FCC said in a lengthy August 2 Forfeiture Order (FO), “is based on the full base forfeiture amount as well as an upward adjustment reflecting Mr Crowell’s decision to continue his misconduct after being warned that his actions violated the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules.”

“Mr Crowell does not deny that he made the transmissions that prompted the NALin this proceeding, but argues, in large part, that those transmissions were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution,” the Forfeiture Order said. In his responses to the NAL, Crowell not only argued that the enforcement action was directed at the content of his transmissions, which were protected by theConstitution, but were justified on the basis of other operators’ actions. “Alternatively, Mr Crowell maintains that someone else caused the interference or transmitted prohibited communications at issue in this proceeding,” the FCC said.


Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB, named Newsline Young Ham of the Year

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Skyler Fennell KD0WHB, of Denver, CO, has been selected as the 2016 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Young Ham of the Year by the Amateur Radio Newsline.

Skyler, 17, is the son of Karl and Carol Fennell, and recently graduated with honors from Denver School of the Arts.

Skyler was first licensed in July 2013 as a Technician and upgraded to General by September 2013. He took and passed his Extra class license exam in January 2014.


NPOTA Activation Set at President’s Park — The White House — August 5 and 6

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Members of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC), headed by Mike Sartoretti, KC2SYF, have obtained a permit from the National Park Service to operate from President’s Park — The White House (DZ10) — for the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event. The operating location will be the southeast side of the Ellipse, and the call sign for the operation will be KC2SYF.

“Great South Bay ARC has managed to secure a permit to operate from one of the most-visible, highly-desired units in the National Parks on the Air program,” said NPOTA Co-Cordinator Sean Kutzko, KX9X. “We wish them every success in their activation of President’s Park for NPOTA.”

Two 100 W HF stations will be operating on 40, 20, and possibly 10 meters, plus 2 meters simplex. Due to park restrictions, however, the antennas, cannot be higher than 8 feet, so chasers should plan and operate accordingly.

The visit will include satellite operation by Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, who plans to be active on all voice satellites (SSB/FM) from 1400 UTC to 2100 UTC on Friday, August 5, and on Saturday, August 6. He hopes to take advantage of passes by AO-7B (145.940 MHz); AO-73 (145.965 MHz); FO-29 (435.865 MHz), and UKube-1 (145.945 MHz).

QSL via Logbook of The World (LoTW).