FT4TA DXpedition Team Aims to Take Tromelin Island Off the Top 10 Most-Wanted Lists

Posted Sep 25, 2014 by ARRL

The FT4TA DXpedition to Tromelin Island in the Indian Ocean is in its final stages of preparation, and in less than 1 month the six-man team will depart. Operation is scheduled to commence on October 30 and continue until November 10. The DXpedition is the recipient of an ARRL Colvin Award grant.

“I and about 10,000 of your ‘best friends’ will be tuned up and listening for you,” Warren Croke, NW4C, quipped on the Tromelin2014 Facebook page. “Be safe and have fun.”

The FT4TA DXpedition said its operation is a chance to get Tromelin Island off the Top 10 most-wanted lists. Right now, it’s number 8 (mixed) on the ClubLog DXCC Most Wanted List. A small French possession in the Indian Ocean some 280 miles east of Madagascar, Tromelin has not been activated on Amateur Radio since 2000, when a four-person team logged some 50,000 contacts using the somewhat unwieldy call sign of FR/F6KDF/T. No one has been authorized to operate from the island since. Tromelin Island is administered as part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (abbreviated in French as “TAAF”). Read More...

ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in Possible Lava Flow Response

Posted Sep 23, 2014 by ARRL

ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii as ARES volunteers stand ready to activate in the wake of the massive Puna volcanic lava flow that has been threatening some communities on the Big Island of Hawaii. The lava originated from new “vents” in the Earth as a result of the Mt Kilauea volcano, which began erupting more than 30 years ago. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, said Tuesday that while he doesn’t believe an ARES activation is imminent, lava flows can be unpredictable, and things can change rapidly.

“Lava is a slow-motion disaster,” he said. “It’s not like a volcano, where the thing just blows up. It’s like a pot of soup.”

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said the Ham Aid kits going out to Hawaii include HF gear as well as VHF and UHF equipment. “We’re deploying an HF kit — an IC-718 transceiver, a tuner, and a dipole — and a VHF/UHF kit.” The latter includes a mobile transceiver and power supply as well as several handheld transceivers that have been programmed with local frequencies that may be needed before they’re shipped. Corey said the Ham Aid kits are a resource available to ARRL section leadership to add capacity during a disaster or emergency response. Read More...

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US

Posted Sep 18, 2014 by ARRL

It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio’s inventory of VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not receive it until last May. Zook asked the Commission to allocate 70.0 to 70.5 MHz to Amateur Radio because, Zook’s Petition asserted, “the recent migration of broadcast television stations to primarily UHF frequencies basically eliminates any probable interference to television channels 4 or 5.” VHF TV channel 4 occupies 66 to 72 MHz.

“Because the Zook Petition is based on a faulty premise — that broadcasting use within the 70.0-70.5 MHz band will diminish or cease — its argument that amateur band users could operate without causing harmful interference to any existing service lacks sufficient support to warrant our further consideration, The FCC said in a September 17 Order denying the Petition.


Field Day 2014 Photos have arrived!

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ
We have finally got the Field Day photos online. Our combined efforts got 980 points this year!

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Amateur Radio Testing & Practice

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ

Tonight, we had 4 candidates. Of the 4, we had 2 new hams (Tech, Gen), and 2 upgrades to General. Congradulations.

For those who are planning to take their test, or have had troubles, I recommend using one of the online practice sites to make sure you are ready.

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DBARA Picnic

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ

The Picnic is confirmed. We will be gathering in Reed Canal Park at the Nova Road Entrance Pavilion. We have rented both sections for our gathering. There is additional parking from the Reed Canal side if needed. A Map and additional directions are here.

The K7RA Solar Update

Posted Sep 12, 2014 by ARRL

We saw a nice increase in the level of solar activity this week, and the outlook for the near term looks good, or at least, interesting.

Average daily sunspot numbers for the period September 4-10 increased from 85.1 to 152.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 126.7 to 155.8. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index declining from 14.7 to 7.9, and average mid-latitude A index dropped from 13.4 to 8.3. These latest numbers are compared to the previous seven days, August 28 through September 3.


Local Area Nets

Posted Aug 06, 2014 by NW0LF

DBARA Elmers and newbies net.
Sunday at 2000 hr local time on the 147.15 repeater

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