DBARA Christmas Banquet around the corner!

Posted Nov 26, 2014 by AJ4MQ

We will be gathering at Duff's Buffet in Daytona Beach on December 7th, 2014. Doors will open at 4pm. Ticket should be for sale at the door. 

Duff’s Original Buffet
2400 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona Beach, FL 32119


 Tickets this year are $18 each.

 View map on Google Maps





Time to Tune Up on Top Band: The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is December 5-7

Posted Nov 26, 2014 by AJ4MQ

The beginning of December marks the return of the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. The action gets underway at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 5, and wraps up at 1559 UTC on Sunday, December 7. This is a 42-hour event with no operating time limit. If you have ever yearned to try your hand at Top Band contesting, this is the perfect opportunity!

The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is an all-CW event, with ARRL/RAC Sections and DXCC entities serving as multipliers. If you live in a rare Section (think, North Dakota, Nebraska, Newfoundland-Labrador, or Delaware), everyone will be seeking you, even if can’t generate a killer signal. Some successful operators even venture forth each year with just 5 W!

In this contest, both DX and US/Canada stations can work Alaska (KL7) and Hawaii (KH6), as well as the US Caribbean (KP1-KP5) and Pacific territories (KH0-KH9). Contacts with US/Canada stations are worth 2 points, while DX contacts are worth 5 points. The segment 1.830 to 1.835 MHz should be kept available for intercontinental contacts only.


PJ4S Bonaire Island SA-006 by DL1NX

Posted Nov 25, 2014 by QRZnow.com


Bonaire Island – PJ4S

” This will be a vacation operation style.

I will try to be on the air from 6 to 80m using a Buddipole and a Elecraft KX3. I also will try to be on the air for CQWW CW on 10m QRP category. 


City puts curbs on towering backyard antenna

Posted Nov 24, 2014 by QRZnow.com

backyardFor several residents of Coombs Street in Napa, Jeff Hullquist is their least favorite neighbor – or rather, the 55-foot-tall antenna outside his house is.

Since the longtime amateur radio enthusiast raised the spidery metal mast in April, some homeowners have attacked it for spoiling their views, and others claim the antenna has even disrupted their electronics – or, in one case, disabled a woman’s electric wheelchair.

But their efforts to fight the mast in their midst has bumped against federal law Hullquist argues protects his right to build and use the antenna, even without a city permit.

On Thursday, the city Planning Commission granted him a use permit for the ham radio antenna – but with limitations including a requirement to lower the mast to 21 feet between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to avoid intruding on his neighbors’ views. (The city allowed an exemption to transmit during a local emergency.) Hullquist also was barred from operating his transmitter while the antenna is retracted.

Afterward, Hullquist promised to appeal his case to the City Council – which also is scheduledto hear a counter-appeal from an opponent of the antenna.

The decision continues a seven-month stalemate pitting Coombs Street homeowners – who say the antenna also disfigures the Napa Abajo-Fuller Park Historic District that includes the street – against Hullquist, who has argued a Federal Communications Commission memorandum from 1985 blocks cities from passing laws that make ham radio use impossible.



Bicycle Mobile Station – WD8RIF

Posted Nov 24, 2014 by QRZnow.com

bikeI am an avid bicyclist and enjoy combining amateur radio with my cycling. I have built a VHF/UHF FM bicycle-mobile station and I carry my QRP HF station to field events on my bicycle.

I built my bicycle-mobile station in the winter of 2004 in order to be able to ride bicycle-mobile helping the Athens County Amateur Radio Association (ACARA) provide communications support to the 2004 running of the Athens (Ohio) Marathon (link). The Athens Marathon is the big public service event the ACARA supports annually. For this event, the 2m HT and antenna system were completely successful; I could successfully hit the repeater over the entire 26+ mile course except for one small space near the far-end of the course.

Beginning with the 2005 running of the Athens Marathon, I also carried an APRS station on the bicycle.

In addition to the Athens Marathon, I’ve used my bicycle-mobile station in support of the Athens MS-Walk, Run Like Hell 5K Run for Cystic Fibrosis, and Pelotonia.

Note: This page reflects the current bicycle-mobile station built around a Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF handheld. The page describing the older station, which was built first around an ICOM IC-02AT 2m handheld and later around an ICOM IC-2AT 2m handheld, is archived and is available here.


Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert in Mammoth New York Snowfall’s Aftermath

Posted Nov 24, 2014 by QRZnow.com

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers are themselves still digging out from several days of unprecedented snowfall in Upstate New York. The severe weather already has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths. Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Tedesco, KC2DKP, said ARES volunteers have activated a net and are on alert in case they’re needed. SKYWARN nets have been very active over the course of this week’s two snowfall events, and Amateur Radio has been credited with reporting weather conditions to the National Weather Service. Tedesco, who is also Assistant Erie County RACES Officer and a Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) member, said he lives in a direct line from Lake Eric, where most lake-effect snow bands get started.

“Although we always do see heavy snows, I have never seen anything close to the amount we saw yesterday,” Tedesco said at mid-week. His area has received some 4 feet of snow. According to Weather.com, Wales Center, New York, recorded the highest combined snowfall total from this week’s weather events, and has 85 inches of snow on the ground.


KB6NU's Column

Posted Nov 23, 2014 by KB6NU


Free Stuff!
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

I'm a sucker for free stuff. Below, you'll find links to a free transistor amplifier design program, a free printed circuit board design program, and a free tutorial on antennas. All of these look to be worth a look.


VU4KV – Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Posted Nov 22, 2014 by QRZnow.com

islandWe are pleased to announce a dxpedition from Andaman (AS-001) and Nicobar (AS-033) in the month of November, 2014. The team is largely the same which brought you VU7AG (Lakshadweep Islands 2013), with the addition of new members. The exact dates will be published once the logistics are in place.

Initially, a short duration activity will be carried out from Campbell Bay in Great Nicobar by few of the team members. This will be followed by a larger activation from Neil Island in the Andamans for at least 10 days.





Ham Radio Deluxe – November Update

Posted Nov 21, 2014 by QRZnow.com

Ham Radio Deluxeham_radio_deluxe

The HRD team is pleased to announce a new website at http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com. In order to provide easy access to information regarding the many features available with Ham Radio Deluxe, our website reflects a format that better serves our customers. The main features of the software package are broken in to sections for easy viewing, as well as quick links to support, tutorials, and more.

Further improving communications with customers, the HRD team also created a new Twitter page. You can visit the social media pages from the easy links on the website, or find us on Twitter under the name @HamRadioDeluxe. We also have an official Ham Radio Deluxe page – look for us onhttp://www.facebook.com/HamRadioDeluxe.

The HRD team has also released a new open beta for the next release of HRD. Build 309 incorporates some minor fixes. Registered users have access to this open beta version found on the Download page of the website.

As always, HRD is available to “try before you buy” with a FREE 30-day trial that includes support. Now is the time to try out HRD or renew your support package.

Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.2 at http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com.

HRD Forum: http://forums.hrdsoftwarellc.com
HRD YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hrdsoftware
HRD on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HamRadioDeluxe
HRD on Twitter: @HamRadioDeluxe

Two Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Payloads into Deep Space this Month

Posted Nov 21, 2014 by QRZnow.com

japsatTwo Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin’en 2, developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology and Kagoshima University, will be the first satellite to carry an Amateur Radio Mode J linear transponder into deep space. The inverting SSB/CW transponder uplink will be 145.940 to 145.960MHz (LSB), and the downlink will be 435.280 to 435.260 MHz (USB). It also will include a CW beacon on 437.505 MHz and WSJT telemetry on 437.385 MHz. Inclusion of the transponder will offer an opportunity for earthbound radio amateurs to test the limits of their communication capabilities. The project also is hoping to gather listener reports.

“For confirming the operational status of the spacecraft in deep space, the know-how of the Moon-reflecting communication technology can be applied. By using an Amateur Radio service transponder, amateur stations can communicate with each other when the spacecraft is in near-Moon orbit,” a project outline on the Shin’en 2 website explains. “Beyond this distance, signal detection by Morse code and telemetry data transmitted from the spacecraft will be performed.” The Hayabasa 2 project is expected to help pave the way for future lunar rover missions.





TI9A Cocos Island Costa Rica Project

Posted Nov 21, 2014 by QRZnow.com

TI9ACocos Island Costa Rica

TI9A is not only Dxpediton, it is not only DXCC most wanted #26 , is not only IOTA# NA 012

We are in close cooperation with National Parks of Costa Rica, which are managed under the umbrella of SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion), a department of Costa Rica‘s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE).

During the 7 days stay on the island we will make important repairs of HF and VHF marine safety system located in Cocos Isl.



Ham radio launches to deep space

Posted Nov 20, 2014 by QRZnow.com

deepspaceARTSAT2:DESPATCH is going to launch on a mission into deep space on November 30, 2014 carring a 7 watt CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz.

It will fly with the asteroid mission Hayabusa 2 and another amateur radio satellite Shin’en 2.

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. Its inclination will be almost zero, which means Shin’en 2 will stay in the Earth’s equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU. An Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km.



Milestone shortwave contacts with Australia

Posted Nov 19, 2014 by QRZnow.com

milestoneThe first direct two-way radio contact between A3BQ in Melbourne and U6AHP in the USA in 1924 helped open up the age of shortwave long distance communication.

The breakthrough on 87 metres came during the transpacific tests run by the WIA Victorian Division in cooperation with the American Radio Relay League.

The aim was to prove that signals could be detected and amplified sufficiently to communicate long distances.

Ross Hull A3JU in Melbourne heard faint US signals through the static and is credited with being the first Australian to do so. But (Walter Francis Maxwell) Max Howden A3BQ at Box Hill made the first contact with the USA using his now primitive home-built equipment.




NW0LF - Testing Report

Posted Nov 19, 2014 by NW0LF

We are concluding another successful year of monthly testing with yet more success.

Daniel Belcher and Bruce Bolton became new hams, and Richard Simpson upgraded to Extra!

Congratulations guys!

Caribbean Tour 2015

Posted Nov 19, 2014 by QRZnow.com


From 24 January to 14 of February 2015 we will be sailing in the area of the Caribbean.

Our team, in which are SP7VC, SQ7OYL, SP3IPB, SP7TF, SP3CFM and K2RPFex.SP8NFE will be active from several islands on Carribean Sea.
This is our schedule:
Martynika NA-107 as FM/SP7VC,FM/SP7TF 24.01-26.01.2015
St.Lucia NA-108 as J6/Homecalls between 27.01-03.02.2015
St.Vincent NA-109 as J8/Homecalls between 04-05.02.2015
Grenada NA-024 as J3/Homecalls between 06-07.02.2015
Carriccou NA-147 as J3/Homecalls between 07-08.02.2015
Union NA-025 as J8/Homecalls between 08-09.02.2015
Martynika NA-107 as FM/Homecalls between 13-14.02.2015
We are planning to sail around FM, J6, J8, J3, so you may call our work “holiday style”.
Our equipment consists of TS-590, FT-847, FT-857 +3 PA Amplifaier-500W, Antenas: inv-L for 80-160m, 2phased vertical 160-80-40m, HexBeam SP7IDX Technology, VDA antenas, verticals R-7000, Digital modems.
We are planning to work on SSB, CW and digital modes.

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K3SEN: Whether to CW or Not to CW

Posted Nov 18, 2014 by K3SEN

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.

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Another successful year!

Posted Nov 18, 2014 by AJ4MQ

2014-11-17 Regular MeetingAnother successful meeting. We handed out ballots and verified membership to find

2015 Elected Board Members:

President: K4TUG - Captain John Locicero
Vice  President: AJ4MR - Leah Bowen
Treasurer: KA1G - Ed Coty
Secretary: KI4VWP - Carolyn Truesdale

Directors Elected for 2015-2016:
NW0LF - Tom Bilello
KK4TKU - Butch Diehl

Solar Power for Amateur Radio

Posted Nov 18, 2014 by AJ4MQ

Powering radio communications equipment using solar energy.

1. Are there any special considerations when using amateur radio gear on solar power?

Yes, there are some issues. Many solar charger controllers actually will generate RF noise when charging. This is most common with pulse width modulated (microprocessor controlled) charge controllers. Sometimes this can be controlled with wire shielding and/or good grounding/DC filtering. RF noise output may vary depending upon battery state of charge (usually less when batteries are near full, depending upon the charger PWM protocol).

2. What are the advantages of solar power for radio communications?

Solar power is ideal for radio communications as the DC power does not introduce line noise or 60 cycle hum. Isolation from the grid (in most installations) also will assure relative immunity from grid power surges. Using solar energy as a power source actually fulfills a prime mission of amateur radio: reliable emergency communications. Solar powered communications will function when everything else is off[line. Solar power can also keep a standby battery bank constantly topped-off and ready to use in the event of a power failure. UPS inverters are also available that switch power over to solar power upon a quarter-cycle failure of the 110VAC grid.


Ham Radio operators can help save lives in times of crisis

Posted Nov 18, 2014 by QRZnow.com


WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet

Posted Nov 18, 2014 by QRZnow.com

A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously. SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.

More background information is available here. Questions and comments can be sent to PA3FWM, the author of the WebSDR software and maintainer of this site; but please check the frequently asked questions first.

WebSDR servers can register themselves automatically on this site, leading to the below list of currently active WebSDR servers.

Since Java version 7u51, Java applets need to be enabled for each site separately; see http://websdr.org/java.html for instructions.
Currently there are 89 servers active, with 483 users and 173546 kHz of radio spectrum.

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MARS Volunteers Reach Out to Amateur Community to Test Interoperability

Posted Nov 17, 2014 by QRZnow.com

The Army and Air Force branches of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) merged their long-distance radio networks in late October for a 48-hour Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored contingency communications exercise. The MARS volunteers provided communication support in the wake of a simulated disruption to the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. In addition to passing message traffic for the Defense Department, the scenario for the October 27-28 exercise also required MARS stations to interface with the Department of Homeland Security Shared Resources — or SHARES — HF network. Part of the exercise called on MARS operators to attempt to contact Amateur Radio operators in as many counties across the US as possible. Preliminary results show that MARS-to-Amateur Radio contacts were made in approximately one-half of the more than 3000 US counties.

“During the exercise, MARS Headquarters tasked MARS members to reach out to ARES and Amateur Radio operators in as many counties across the US as possible using amateur HF as well as VHF and UHF frequencies,” explained Army MARS Program Manager, Paul English, WD8DBY. Direct radio contacts with Amateur Radio operators or contacts made via an Amateur Radio net during the 48-hour exercise were counted as county contacts, he said.

Planning for this particular portion of the MARS exercise began in late September between English and ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U. English said DoD-MARS intends to continue developing this relationship with the Amateur Radio community for future MARS exercises.


Madison County Officials say radio can fill in for Internet in event of cyber attack

Posted Nov 16, 2014 by QRZnow.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Life in the digital age is filled with the World Wide Web, which is why some first responders wanted to re-wire their ham radio skills Friday.

In order to continue communicating if the Internet fell victim to a mass cyber attack, agencies from across Tennessee would turn to radio.

“We can actually send email and attachments, video and what-not via ham radio without ever using Internet,” said Mike Winslow, risk manager for Madison County.

First responders would use ham radio frequencies to email, send pictures and messages if traditional email were gone.


Radio Propagation 101 - Sun Spots, Solar Flux, K and A factors [Video]

Posted Nov 16, 2014 by QRZnow.com

Radio Propagation 101 – Sun Spots, Solar flux, K and A factors [ Video ]


ARRL “Red Badges” Will Be Out and About on Saturday, November 22

Posted Nov 15, 2014 by ARRL

The next ARRL “Red Badges on the Air” activity will take place on Saturday, November 22 UTC (starting the evening of Friday, November 21, in US time zones). That’s when holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will once again be roaming the bands, offering yet another chance to boost your ARRLCentennial QSO Party total. There will be one more Red Badges on the Air activity on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family will take to the air en masse for both occasions. Contacts with red badge wearers are worth as much as 300 points per contact for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Many of the 200 or so holders of red badges will be on the air on November 22 and December 31, along with other ARRL appointees, VEs, and members.


ARRL Seeks Input on Initial VHF-UHF-Microwave Contest Rule Changes

Posted Nov 12, 2014 by ARRL

The recently formed “Ad Hoc Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization” — created by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Programs and Services Committee (PSC) — is seeking member input by December 15 on updating various aspects of the League’s contest program for the VHF and higher bands. Subcommittee Chairman Kermit Carlson, W9XA, said members can help the work of the committee “by providing additional insights and ideas for our consideration.” 


California Scientist-Ham On the Air from Antarctica's McMurdo Station, Ross Ice Shelf

Posted Nov 12, 2014 by ARRL

Ham radio is not the primary reason Ron Flick, K6REF, is in Antarctica, but it’s proving to be an enjoyable diversion to his scientific activities at McMurdo Station and the Ross Ice Shelf. He’s put a few hundred contacts in the log since arriving late last month from California. Flick, an oceanographer with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, and colleagues are conducting ice vibration studies on the Ross Ice Shelf for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. McMurdo is home to KC4USV, but Flick’s initial experience at the station — once he was able to locate the key to unlock the door — was less than optimal.

“The view is spectacular!” he enthused. “After I plugged the radio into power and the Yagi, I was able to hear a few stations on the lower end of 20, but was not able to contact anyone. The Yagi is fixed in an east-west orientation.”

Flick subsequently learned that the Antarctic winds had shifted the Yagi’s orientation. He’d been using 14.243 MHz — the “usual” KC4USV frequency — and 14.290 MHz, which he called “my personal favorite.” He was also using 21.260 MHz, generally getting on the air around 2200 UTC for a few hours, depending upon his work schedule.


Search for Special Event Stations

Posted Nov 11, 2014 by ARRL

"The Radio Amateur is....PATRIOTIC...His or Her station and skills are always ready for service to country and community." - adapted from the original Amateur's Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928. You can find Special Event Stations operating as tributes for Veterans Day by visiting http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations and searching by keyword "Veteran."

Search for Special Event Stations

ARRL Asks FCC to Continue Issuing Hard Copy Licenses to Those Who Want Them

Posted Nov 06, 2014 by ARRL

In comments filed November 5, the ARRL has recommended that the FCC continue to provide paper license documents to Amateur Radio licensees who want them. The League’s remarks were in response to an FCC Public Notice (in WT Docket 14-161) that proposed to cease the routine issuance of hard-copy license documents to all Wireless Service licensees, including radio amateurs. While having a paper license document from the FCC to post on the wall of the ham shack has been a tradition, the Commission for several years has considered the “official” Amateur Radio license to be the virtual document residing in its Universal Licensing System (ULS) database.

“The FCC is willing to continue to mail paper licenses to those who request them,” ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, has explained. “However, they are making available to licensees — starting right now — the actual license to print via the FCC ULS, and it is allowing hams now to opt out of receiving paper licenses from the FCC directly.” (See ULS menu image.)

Under the FCC-proposed process, once a license application is granted, the ULS will generate an official electronic license but will no longer mail a hard copy license unless notified that the licensee wishes to receive an official paper license document. Until new procedures are final, however, the Commission will continue to print and mail official paper licenses, unless notified to stop.


Morse Code practice file archive – cw

Posted Nov 06, 2014 by QRZnow.com

The W1AW web code practice file archive is now available from the web code practice file page:http://www.arrl.org/code-practice-files . All of 2013’s files are available. 2014 files will be added after each update

ARRL has introduced a Kindle edition of “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual,”

Posted Nov 05, 2014 by ARRL

ARRL has introduced a Kindle edition of “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual,” our most popular introduction to Amateur Radio. The book includes everything newcomers need to prepare for their first Amateur Radio license. http://amzn.com/1625950136

HamCation Flyers are out!

If you haven't received it yet, you should see a yellow flyer in the mail very soon...

New Design in progress

Still redesigning. First time failed.. - AJ4MQ

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