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January Club Special Event

ARRL Winter Field Day 2017

Florida Hospital
401 Palmetto St.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Parking lot to the East
at the foot of the South Causeway

Possible Radio Fox Hunt…
More details soon…


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Wednesday – Portable Ops – Sunrise Park (Ormond)

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We are scheduled to return to beautiful Sunrise Park (LPGA and Riverside Drive, Holly Hill) next Wednesday, January 18. Last week we set a new record of two (2) QSOs and hope to better that this week.

Also, last week we discovered the Michelin 2 starred Sunrise Cafe which greatly exceeded our usual low expectations.

Mark your calendars.


ARRL Winter Field Day – New Smyrna Beach Hospital Parking – January 28th-29th (Sa-Su)

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For those who haven't heard, we are getting together with Volusia ARES for a Winter Field Day at our local New Smyrna Beach Hospital Parking Lot (formerly Bert Fish) for a possible over-night operation. We will be operating about 4 stations from 2 PM on Saturday until late (up to 24 hours).

We will be bringing our new tower, built by Ed Cote, for it's first major operation during this event.

Bathrooms will be available throughout the event, but limited access late night.

For more information or questions, please contact us at

More details soon.. hopefully.

  • Special request from the Owners of the property, please do not bring pork products (bacon, hot dogs, etc) to this event.

Florida Hospital New Smyrna
401 Palmetto St,
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
In the south side parking lot on the corner of Smith St. & Palmetto St.

Another successful testing session!

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Congratulations to Linda Straubel, N9LHS, wife of Dave Kerl, N9HF for passing her General test.

Once again, I would like to thank my VE team.  Without them, we would not have the success that we have had.

Wolfie, NW0LF


This Is How A Weather Radar Works

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Ever wondered how the incredibly useful weather radars work? This technology has revolutionized the meteorological sciences and has arguably saved millions of lives over the past six decades. Using its tracking technology, it can go from predicting incoming deadly tornadoes to alerting people on preparing for an onslaught by a blizzard. The radar is an incredible piece of technology, and today, we will tell you how it works!

An accident discovered the technology! During World War II, the troops found that their radars used for spotting enemy aircraft could also detect the incoming precipitation. While the discovery helped the armies keep a watch over storms to assess flying conditions; soon after the war, meteorologists got their hands on the device and developed it into the incredible tool we use every day.

Today’s high-tech Weather radars support a rotating dish that is covered by a large white dome. The dish sends pulses of energy, also known as the radar beams, into the atmosphere. These pulses then help to detect objects like rain or hail. The beam reflects if it encounters an object and then returns to the radar site.


Hamvention Ready to Deal with Anticipated Traffic Flow at New Venue

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Hamvention® is ready to deal with the anticipated heavy traffic flow when the event opens on May 19 at its new location, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Mike Kalter, W8CI, said the all-volunteer Hamvention organizers have turned to professionals to address this aspect of the event. Kalter, who is treasurer of the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association(DARA), was interviewed last week by DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR.

“We recognized that we needed to reach out to a professional engineering firm that does this all over the country to help us to work with the local government officials, so that we can have a good solid plan to keep the people flowing in,” Kalter told Duffy.

Kalter said arrangements have been made to have staging areas for those needing to either offload or load equipment from the indoor exhibit areas or the flea market.

He also pointed out that on-site parking would be free, and that no one will have to park in the mud. Kalter said areas set aside for parking are well drained, and he doesn’t anticipate any problems, even if it rains during Hamvention. That goes for the flea market area as well, he said, noting that the arena infield area gets used events in good and bad weather alike.

Kalter said Hamvention expects to be able to post the plan for flea market spaces on its website soon. The layout for indoor vendor and exhibitor booths is already available on the Hamvention website. Kalter said that if everyone who attended Hamvention 2016 at Hara Arena shows up again this year, they will find plenty of room at the new venue. Maps are available on the website.


Happy New Year…. Again

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(Reposted since it failed to post originally on the 6th. Made it through the Yahoo Groups and Facebook. go figure.)

For 2017, we are preparing a changed Board of Directors and looking to the future of the club. In the past year, I have been informed of rumors of issues members and non members have had with the club, but am not getting the important details that could allow us to fix the issues at hand. Other than a few issues I see myself, and hope to begin to correct at the next board meeting, I am not aware of any other issues. I am requesting anyone, and for any reason, to use the contact form to inform me of issues and concerns they have about the club and/or the direction it is heading.

I have been a club member since about 2001, and am one of the few longest members who still attend our events. I have seen the numbers in the club dwindle and come back strong. I have seen the club funds depleted and return to its highest values. We have replaced both repeaters with new equipment and may have a third repeater on the air soon. We have conducted regular testing sessions to make it easier for those who wish to get their Amateur Radio licenses and upgrades. We have held classes to help individuals expand their knowledge and experience. We have provided Hamfests and Tailgate parties to provide an avenue for Amateur Radio Operators to trade equipment, knowledge and friendship. We have worked with other organizations locally to inform interested individuals the choices they have, services that is being provided, and how they can get envolved in the general community.

In the year 2017, we are hoping to find at least a few individuals that would like to help others learn skills, display presentations of operations and organizations, and participate in the common good and wellness of others and their organizations. DBARA, The Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association has long been a club designed to bring people together in common interests, and promote knowledge, skills and the future of Electronics and Communications in all its known and wondrous forms.

For those who would like to participate, we invite you to do so, Anonymously or not. For those who like to criticize, we invite you to do so directly so that we have an opportunity to evaluate and fix the problems and/or perceptions that exist. For those who look to damage and/or destroy the club, we invite you to look elsewhere for opportunities to improve your outlook and disposition.

If you wish to contact us anonymously, I have added a contact form that does not require personal information to provide comments. Simply fill in the comment box only then click Submit. So far, spam servers have done this since I created the form, so it must be easy to do. If you wish to use email, click here or at the top of the page to let me know. I will keep your request, information or otherwise anonymous if you request.

I hope everyone an exciting time in the new year, as we have planned some interesting operations, including Winter Field Day (Jan 28-29), Our Annual Tailgate Party (Apr 8-Sa), Our Annual Field Day Operation (June 24-25), Our Club Picnic (Likely October), and our Christmas Banquet (Likely Dec 3-Su), along with some other events including Foxhunting, Soldering, Programming, General Class and more. If you'd like to participate, let us know you're interested. If you'd like to inform and present, let us know. If you'd like to see something we haven't done, forgot or need to do, let us know.

Happy New Year, and let's make it a great one.

Jeff Mathews

To answer a few questions from the First Regular Meeting in 2017,

Your Membership in our club allows us to:

  • Maintain and Operate 2 Repeaters in the Volusia County Area for Friendly Public Use
  • Donuts, Coffee, and donations to the Church for our Monthly Regular Meetings
  • Provide special events through the year including
    • Monthly Presentations on related subjects including Communications, Equipment, Safety, and community
    • Jan - Winter Field Day and Radio Fox Hunt Event
    • April – DBARA Tailgate Party
    • May – DBARA Summer Picnic and Radio Fox Hunt Event
    • June – ARRL Field Day Operations
    • October – DBARA Winter Picnic and Radio Fox Hunt Event
    • December – DBARA Christmas Banquet and Awards Ceremony

We plan to rekindle other areas of Amateur Radio in the area, including the possibilities of

  • Amateur TV
  • Slow Scan TV
  • Packet
  • HF Operations
  • Moon Bounce
  • Radio Fox Hunting
  • Antenna Parties
  • Good Soldering Practices
  • Microcontroller Programming and Techniques
  • and more to come!

Through our website, we maintain a listing of upcoming events both club related and other events held within the state of Florida. We also include a selection of Amateur Radio related news from a group of feeds including Amateur Radio Newsline, The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL),, Volusia ARES, Facebook and related local Yahoo Groups.

Our presentations this year will include

  • 2 SkyWarn Training and Renewal Sessions (Likely May and October) for Basic and Advanced members.
  • On-the-air etiquette, techniques, and net traffic handling
  • Multi-band Operations
  • Multiple Antenna Design, building, installation, proper usage, and safety concerns
  • As well as other areas of interest in the areas of Communications, Equipment, Electronics, and other Hobby Related areas.

We invite you to come and bring your friends interested in Amateur Radio to join us at our Monthly meetings held on the Third Monday of every month except for December.

We hold our Christmas party the Sunday falling between the 3rd and 10th day of December.

Hambone College – Microcontrollers 101 (reboot) – by AJ4MQ

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Coming soon, Jeff Mathews (AJ4MQ) will be holding a Microcontroller 101 reboot class.

We will be learning about:

  • Memory Storage, Stacks and limitations
  • Processor types, capabilities and limitations
  • Data Compression
  • a Self-changing code technique and reasons for use
  • Decoding binary to Assembler and understanding execution.

For the first class, we will only need our laptops for a visual demonstration of the technology and techniques we will be using. Pen and paper (pad) is recommended. At the end will be a question and answer session.

With any luck, the class will go fast, but I am hoping to make sure everyone is fairly clear before we leave.

Our first meeting location will be at K4TUG and  KI4VWP's home, near the Publix at Beville Road. If you are planning to attend, please contact me at to reserve your spot. If we have a large enough group, I will look into an alternate location.

Possible starting times, 9am or 1pm.
First date: February 4th, 2017 (Saturday)

New “Amateur Radio Parity Act” Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

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H.R. 555 — a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill — has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure, which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors.

“Rep. Kinzinger has again stepped forward to introduce this important legislation,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “His commitment stems from exposure to what the Amateur Radio community brings to the service of all communities. The ARRL and radio amateurs nationwide owe Rep. Kinzinger a resounding ‘Thank You!’ for his efforts on their behalf.”

The new bill would entitle a radio amateur living in a deed-restricted community to install and maintain an “effective outdoor antenna.” The bill’s language preserves the existing language of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1, as well as all important case law with respect to municipal land use regulation.

H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners association seeking to enforce the restriction.

The ARRL Board of Directors is expected to discuss the pending legislation when it meets January 20-21.


Dutch regulator removes broadcaster’s antenna

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It is reported the Dutch Radiocommunications Agency dismantled the antenna of a legally operating broadcast station

It appears they thought Vechtdal NL in Ommen on 105.6 MHz was a pirate but the station, an associate of Vechtdal FM, was correctly licenced. The Agency says that something went wrong with the checking of licences.

The antenna was on the watchtower of the State Forestry Besthmenerberg Ommen near Nieuwleusen. It is unclear if the Radiocommunications Agency will pay compensation for the damage.

Radio.NL article…/legaal-radiostation-vechtdal-nl-door-at-u…


Historic AT&T high seas radio station to be demolished

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The remains of shortwave radio station WOO — for decades the Atlantic coast hub of American Telephone & Telegraph’s high seas radio service — will likely disappear in the coming weeks.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with contractor Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure Inc., plans to remove more than 500 antennas and poles that stud 222 acres of salt marsh on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay.

The site at Good Luck Point was the transmitter station for WOO, which from the early 1930s onward was a shore-to-ship critical link to U.S. bluewater and coastwise shipping. Right up to the dawn of cellular telephones in the late 20th century, mariners could place telephone calls by contacting the AT&T marine operator on VHF channels.

Full article here:
Historic AT&T high seas radio station to be demolished | WorkBoat…/historic-att-high-seas-radio-st…/


Hamvention® — Same Friends, New Home

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Reflecting its new venue, “Hamvention® — Same Friends, New Home” will be the theme when the event opens on May 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio. Last summer’s closure of Hara Arena forced the move to the new location more than 20 miles to the southeast. #ARRL #HamRadio

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers and emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Nevada are now standing down

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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers and emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Nevada are now standing down as the threat of additional widespread flooding damage diminishes. Over the weekend, ARES members in Nevada stood ready to support the disaster response effort. Recent heavy rainfall, sparked by a weather system called the Pineapple Express, caused flooding along rivers and forced evacuations in some areas of Nevada and neighboring California. The flooding prompted Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to declare a state of emergency. In Reno the Truckee River crested above 12 feet on January 9, and at 19.5 feet in Sparks. The river is now below flood stage and, despite a forecast of more rain and snow, was expected to remain so. #ARRL#HamRadio

ARRL Asks FCC to Allocate New 5 MHz Band, Retain Channels and Current Power Limit

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ARRL has asked the FCC to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service, while also retaining four of the current five 60-meter channels and current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The proposed action would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service; that band includes 5,358.5 KHz, one of the existing 5 MHz channels in the US.

“Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more flexibly and more capably conduct those communications [and preparedness exercises], before the next hurricane season in the summer of 2017,” ARRL said in a January 12 Petition for Rule Making. The FCC has not yet acted to implement other portions of the WRC-15 Final Acts.

The League said that 14 years of Amateur Radio experience using the five discrete 5-MHz channels have shown that hams can get along well with primary users at 5 MHz, while complying with the regulations established for their use. “Neither ARRL, nor, apparently, NTIA is aware of a single reported instance of interference to a federal user by a radio amateur operating at 5 MHz to date,” ARRL said in its petition. NTIA — the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which regulates federal spectrum — initially proposed the five channels for Amateur Radio use. In recent years, Amateur Radio has cooperated with federal users such as FEMA in conducting communication interoperability exercises.


Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere with Air Traffic Control, ARRL Complaint Asserts

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In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the FCC, ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.

“This is, in ARRL’s view, a potentially very serious interference problem, and it is respectfully requested that the products referenced…be investigated and removed from the marketplace immediately and that the importers be subjected to normal sanctions,” ARRL’s letter said. Some of the transmitters operate on frequencies between 1,010 and 1,280 MHz. “These video transmitters are being marketed ostensibly as Amateur Radio equipment,” the League said, “but of the listed frequencies on which the devices operate, only one, 1280 MHz, would be within the Amateur Radio allocation at 1240-1300 MHz.” Even then, ARRL said, operation there would conflict with a channel used for radio location.

ARRL said the use of 1,040 and 1,080 MHz, which would directly conflict with air traffic control transponder frequencies, represented the greatest threat to the safety of flight. The use of 1,010 MHz, employed for aeronautical guidance, could also be problematic.


Wednesday – Portable Ops – NEW: Central Park at Division in Ormond

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This Wednesday we will expand our search for appropriate places with different RF characteristics to embolden our assaults on our airwaves.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 we will assemble in Ormond Beach at their Central Park. This is off/near Division Street and accessible both from Ridgewood and Nova Roads.

My suggestion is to have your in-car or handheld for directions in the unlikely event you are lost.

Following the event votes will be tabulated for a suitable dining environment.


Per the kindness of Paul Milward NU4C:

The park is on Hammock Lane which is north of Division and parallel to it. Hammock runs east/west between Orchard and Old Kings.
Paul nu4c


GPS: 601 Hammock Ln, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 @ 29.272920, -81.072182


Morse demonstrates telegraph – January 6 1938

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On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University, where he was interested in art, as well as electricity, still in its infancy at the time. After college, Morse became a painter. In 1832, while sailing home from Europe, he heard about the newly discovered electromagnet and came up with an idea for an electric telegraph. He had no idea that other inventors were already at work on the concept.

Morse spent the next several years developing a prototype and took on two partners, Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail, to help him. In 1838, he demonstrated his invention using Morse code, in which dots and dashes represented letters and numbers. In 1843, Morse finally convinced a skeptical Congress to fund the construction of the first telegraph line in the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. In May 1844, Morse sent the first official telegram over the line, with the message: “What hath God wrought!”


FCC Dismisses Two Petitions from Radio Amateurs

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The FCC has turned down two petitions filed in 2016, each seeking similar changes in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, had asked the Commission to amend the rules to reduce the number of Amateur Radio operatorclasses to Technician, General, and Amateur Extra by merging remaining Novice class licensees into the Technician class and all Advanced class licensees into the Amateur Extra class. In a somewhat related petition, Jeffrey H. Siegell, WB2YRL, of Burke, Virginia, had requested that the FCC grant Advanced class license holders Morse code operating privileges equivalent to those enjoyed by Amateur Extra class licensees.

“Thus, Mr. Siegell’s proposed rule change is subsumed within the changes Mr. Whedbee requests, so our analysis is the same for both proposals,” the FCC said in dismissing the two petitions on January 5.

The FCC streamlined the Amateur Radio licensing system into three classes — Technician, General, and Amateur Extra — in 1999. While it no longer issues new Novice or Advanced class licenses, existing licenses can be renewed, and Novice and Advanced licensees retained their operating privileges.


Lost property at 2016 Hamfest

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Someone left a carrier bag on the RAOTA stand at Newark Hamfest containing a number of purchased items.

Despite our best efforts we have had no response from whoever lost the items. We have identified the vendor, but they were unable to identify a specific customer.

I still have the items. If the owner emails me and states exactly what the items were, I'll post them to him/her.

David G3ZPF


Portable Ops – Wednesday – Back to Veteran’s Park

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I am reliably informed that our fearless leader will be at Veterans (a/k/a Wendy's) Park on South Palmetto tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Consider this the clarion call to attend. The weather forecast looks good. See you all there.


AJ4MQ: Calendars updated

Hambone College in 2017

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We have a few classes planned so far, but working on others.

General Class with David Kerl
- Looking for interested students now
- Dates to be determined

Electronics/Soldering 101 with Tom Bilello
- Looking for interested students now
- Dates to be determined

Microcontrollers with Jeff Mathews
- Looking for interested students now
- Multiple events planned over the year. First class will include Binary, Assembler and Disassembly, compression and possibly encryption.
- Students MUST have a laptop and microcontroller (preferably Arduino to start)
- Shooting for Late January or February to start.

Amateur Radio Kids Day January 07, 2017

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ARRL organizes “Amateur Radio Kids Day” twice a year for youth to encourage Amateur Radio Hobby among children. Kids get ON-the-AIR and talk to other people around the world. Old HAM radio operators also have the chance to share their experiences with children.

How will it benefits Kids?

Involving in Ham radio hobby is beneficial for kids in various ways:

  1. They will learn about electronics & radio propagation theory.
  2. Enhance interest in Science, which will help them to lead in engineering or science fields.
  3. Making friends around the country & world. And this help them to know about the cultures to whom we talk.
  4. Kids will learn social skills, so communication skills will be better.
  5. The best benefit of Amateur radio is to provide emergency communications, kids will also learn the value of public service.

Youngest Ham radio operator in Central Florida

This is one amazing young lady that is only 8 years old, she is set out to make herself available should there be a disaster requiring individuals with specially trained skills in the area of Emergency Radio Communications & Weather spotting for the National Weather Service.

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Ham radio satellite to deploy during EVA

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The amateur radio CubeSat Tomsk-TPU-120 may be deployed during a Russian spacewalk (EVA) in July 2017

The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and is the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure. It was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel.

It will be deployed by hand during a Russian spacewalk, which is why unlike other CubeSats this one has a handle. The call sign of the satellite is RS4S.

According to Alexey Yakovlev, head of the Tomsk Polytechnic University's Institute of High Technologies, the 3D printed satellite is something of a landmark for additive manufacturing, being the first example of a fully 3D printed satellite: “The Tomsk-TPU-120 is the first such project in the world, in which the entire casing of a satellite is fully 3D printed using dynamic modeling,” Yakovlev recently told Sputnik. “The combination of these technologies can significantly reduce the development time and the number of full-scale tests, find new engineering solutions, and reduce the project's cost.”

In May 2016 the Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrated its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on May 10/11 the Tomsk-TPU-120 was activated in the ISS and transmitted a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 10 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Chinese, Arabic, Tatar, Indian, Kazakh and Portuguese.

The greeting message was transmitted once a minute on 437.025 MHz FM. A Kenwood transceiver on the ISS provided a cross-band relay, re-transmitting the signal on 145.800 MHz FM.

Read the 3ders article at…/20161229-russian-scientist-says-3d-p…

Sputnik News Unique 3D-Printed Siberian Satellite to Orbit Earth…/201612261049011599-russia-satell…/

ISS Calendar

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat Video


HamCation(SM) Ticket Prices did not change this year.

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Per the HamCation Chairman, please disregard the previous post about ticket prices going up on 1/1/2017. That was posted in error!

This is what the post should have said:

Order your tickets by 12/31/16 to have your tickets mailed to you. Begining 1/1/2017 all request for tickets, tailgate spaces, RV spaces, and Swap tables will be held in that area's respective Will Call.

Noise floor report does not inspire confidence

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Last June, the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee asked licensed and unlicensed users of the electromagnetic spectrum to answer some questions about the noise they were experiencing and whether or not it was affecting their services. Specifically, they asked:

* Is there a noise floor problem?
* Where does the problem exist? Spectrally? Spatially? Temporally?
* Is there quantitative evidence of the overall increase in the total integrated noise floor across various segments of the radio frequency spectrum?
* How should a noise study be performed?

Well, the results are in, and Radio World recently published a summary of the responses that the FCC received ( The FCC received 93 replies from 73 (great number, eh?) different people or organizations, including:

* 23 companies/industry organizations
* 39 RF professionals (broadcast and wireless)
* 31 licensed radio amateurs
* 9 responders did not reply to the questions asked


The Ham Radio Reverse Beacon Network, AD#32

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The amateur radio Reverse Beacon Network ( offers the opportunity to see where in the world your signal is being heard. The RBN listens for CQs on CW, RTTY, and PSK-31, and will tell you which reverse beacon listener heard your signal. A fascinating way to see how your station works.


Response from Senator Nelson, remember it was he and he alone that blocked the bill.

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Sent: Dec 28, 2016 12:40 PM
Subject: Your response from Senator Bill Nelson
Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you need to send another message to Senator Nelson, please use the form on his Web site:
Dear Mr. Hennis:Thank you for contacting me regarding regulation of amateur radio communications.I recognize the important role amateur radio operators play in enhancing public safety communications, particularly during emergencies, and believe it’s important to find the right balance between operators’ interests and those of the thousands of community homeowner associations across the country.I remain open to working with my colleagues on this issue, and will carefully consider proposals that take into account the needs of amateur radio operators and the rights of homeowners and community associations.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions with me. Please don't hesitate to contact me in the future.

Bill Nelson

P.S. From time to time, I compile electronic news briefs highlighting key issues and hot topics of particular importance to Floridians. If you'd like to receive these e-briefs, visit my Web site and sign up for them at

Actions have consequences. We would all be well advised to remember this when he is up for re-election, which I believe will be either 2018 or 2019.

Reed / WW3A

Member project: John’s Tetris Table

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Tetris is one of the world’s greatest games. Perhaps one of the reasons Tetris is such a ubiquitous computer game is because you don’t need a particularly high resolution display. You might even say it works better at low resolutions. Perhaps this is what John was thinking when he filled a table with neopixel-like LED strips to create a large low-res display for playing Tetris. If this looks familiar, perhaps you spotted it at the Derby Maker Faire.

John built the table himself from scratch and even gave it York Hackspace branding. He has ten LED strips running the length of the table. They are neopixel-like LEDs which chain together to form a single individually-addressable strip. The ten strips are wired together as one continuous line, snaking its way from one side of the table to the other.

The inside of the table is mostly hollow. The LED strips are stuck to the base and point up towards the perspex lid. To separate the LEDs and make sure that they each illuminate only a small square just above them, John has added a grid of foam walls.

The game is written in python and is running on a Raspberry Pi 2. John’s built a small board with an IO expander for driving the LEDs and reading the buttons.


Introduction into Theory of Direction Finding

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Applications of direction finding
While direction finding for navigation purposes (referred to as cooperative direction finding) is becoming less important due to the availability of satellite navigation systems, there is a growing requirement for determining the location of emitters as the mobility of communications equipment increases:
. In radiomonitoring in line with ITU guidelines
Searching for sources of interference ;
; Localization of non-authorized transmitters
. In security services
Reconnaissance of radiocommunications of criminal ;


FCC Denies Expert Linears’ Request for Waiver of 15 dB Rule, Petition Pending

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The FCC has denied a request by Expert Linears America LLC to waive §97.317(a)(2) of the Amateur Service rules limiting amplifier gain. Expert, of Magnolia, Texas, distributes linears manufactured by SPE in Italy. Its waiver request, filed in June, would have allowed Expert to import an amplifier capable of exceeding the current 15 dB gain limitation as it awaits FCC action on its April petition (RM-11767) to revise the same Amateur Service rules. That petition remains pending. Expert has asserted that there should be no gain limitation on amplifiers sold or used in the Amateur Service. Most commenters supported Expert’s waiver request, but a couple of commenters — including FlexRadio — demurred.

“In light of the conflicting comments regarding the desirability of eliminating the 15 dB limitation, we conclude that waiving the limitation at this stage of the rulemaking proceeding would prejudice the rulemaking proceeding and prematurely dispose of commenters’ concerns,” the FCC said in denying the waiver. “Moreover, we agree with FlexRadio that granting Expert’s waiver request while the rulemaking petition remains pending would provide an unfair market advantage for one equipment model over other manufacturers’ RF power amplifiers that would still be limited by [the existing rules].”

The FCC said it would rather give full consideration to “the pending issues” and apply the result of the rulemaking proceeding to allAmateur Radio Service equipment. The Commission said rule waivers “generally” are not warranted “merely to accommodate technical parameters that are based solely on harmonization with the manufacturer’s products available abroad.”


Portable Ops – Off for the Holidays – Back next year!

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With the chaos of the holidays and family obligations, management has decided to forgo our gathering
this week. Stay tuned for further updates

However, don't forget Straight Key Night.


SAQ Transmission on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2016

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We are now planning for the traditional transmission with the Alexanderson 200 kW alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz on the morning of Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24. The message transmission will take place at 08:00 UTC and the transmitter will be tuned up from around 07:30 UTC.

Since the plant is old, there is always the risk that the transmission will be cancelled with short notice. An updated information will be published on our website

NOTE: There will be live video streaming from the transmission on

There will be activity on Amateur Radio Frequencies with the call SK6SAQ. Frequencies: – 7,035 CW or 14,035 CW

QSL-reports on the SAQ transmission or SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
– E-mail to:
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by mail to:
Alexander – Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen Grimeton 72

The radio station will be open to visitors.



Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio Station

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Man Behind Morse Code

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Beginning in 1836, Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail developed an electric telegraph, which sent pulses of electrical current to control an electromagnet that was located at the receiving end of the telegraph wire. The technology available at the time made it impossible to print characters in a readable form, so the inventors had to devise an alternate means of communication. Beginning in 1837, William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone operated electric telegraphs in England, which also controlled electromagnets in the receivers; however, their systems used needle pointers that rotated to indicate the alphabetic characters being sent.

 In contrast, Morse and Vail’s initial telegraph, which first went into operation in 1844, made indentations on a paper tape when an electrical current was transmitted. Morse’s original telegraph receiver used a mechanical clockwork to move a paper tape. When an electrical current was received, an electromagnet engaged an armature that pushed a stylus onto the moving paper tape, making an indentation on the tape. When the current was interrupted, the electromagnet retracted the stylus, and that portion of the moving tape remained unmarked.
The Morse code was developed so that operators could translate the indentations marked on the paper tape into text messages. In his earliest code, Morse had planned to only transmit numerals, and use a dictionary to look up each word according to the number which had been sent. However, the code was soon expanded to include letters and special characters, so it could be used more generally. The shorter marks were called “dots”, and the longer ones “dashes”, and the letters most commonly used in the English language were assigned the shortest sequences.

National Parks on the Air Contact Tally Tops 1 Million!

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Participants in the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program have completed more than 1 million contacts! Activators operating from National Park Service units across the US and Chasers around the world pushed the contact tally over its goal this week. ARRLsponsored NPOTA to help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial.
“National Parks on the Air has become one of the most popular events in the history of the League,” NPOTA Administrator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, said. “It’s been fun seeing so many hams take part.”

Kutzko said the NPOTA Facebook group really helped drive participation, especially in the last 3 months, when it became clear that the 1 million-QSO goal was within reach. “Some 25,000 NPOTA contacts were uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) every week since October,” he noted. “The entire group came together and simply willed the 1 million-contact mark to be broken. It was incredible to watch!” He said some real friendships developed among those who frequented the NPOTA Facebook page.

Those taking part in NPOTA made nearly 20,000 visits to 460 of the 489 NPS units eligible for NPOTA credit, including portions of the National Trails System and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Nearly 150 Chasers completed contacts with more than 400 of the 489 NPOTA units this year, while one Activator transmitted from more than 250 different NPS units in 2016. Kutzko said the activations effectively transported those National Park Service units via radio to all 50 states and more than 100 countries during 2016.