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May 15-17th, 2015

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For Sale: ICOM 746 Pro (MARS Modified)
Sold: HY-Gain DX-88 Vertical by Bob Gattanella - WA2PIF
For Sale: Equipment from Frank N. Haas, KB4T

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Amateur Radio Comes of Age in Connecticut

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Founded in Connecticut in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The league, a nonprofit organization, represents amateur radio interests to regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, and supports a number of educational programs.

Radio Communications Spark the Public Imagination
The age of wireless communication began in 1901, when Italian inventor Gugliemo Marconi transmitted the first radio-telegraph signal across the Atlantic Ocean from Poldhu, England, to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Marconi’s successful transmission created a new category of hobbyists at the turn of the 20th century: amateur radio operators.


OQRS – Online QSL Requests

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The OQRS (Online QSL Requests) system enables people you have contacted to request QSL cards from you through your log search page in Club Log, without necessarily sending you their QSL card and waiting for it to reach you. They have the option to pay you to send them cards ‘direct’ (through the postal system), otherwise they can request cards via the bureau.

OQRS is available to all Club Log users. However, make sure you understand how the system works and be prepared to write and send out QSL cards before enabling OQRS and, in effect, entering into contracts with other amateurs.

Since many amateurs are unwilling or unable to pay for direct cards, it is a condition of using Club Log OQRS that, if requested, you must send bureau cards free of charge. From February 2015 onwards, expeditions to entities in the top 30 (as measured by Club Log’s most wanted list) may charge a flat fee of $1 for bureau requests by special arrangement.

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April 18, 2015
Press Release #1

Craig (K9CT) and Lou (N2TU) are proud to announce a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra (KH5-P) ranks in the top ten on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe.

After many months of negotiations with US Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy, the Palmyra Island DXpedition Group has been awarded permission to activate Cooper Island in the Palmyra Atoll during January 2016.

Craig is a veteran of many of the “Most Wanted” DXpeditions. He co-led Sint Maarten and Swains and operated from Conway Reef, Midway, Cocos Island, Wake Atoll and Amsterdam Island. Lou was a member of the Swains Team and led the Wake Atoll Commemoration. Craig and Lou have just returned from the Navassa Island K1N DXpedition.


Ham radios help distress families reunite

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NEW DELHI: Ham radios or amateur radios, as they are popularly known as, are trying to help distress families reunite with their members in quake-hit Nepal.

Messages like “Save our lives and Can you find my children” — have flooded ham radio operators in disaster-hit Himalayan nation.

The amateur radios rushed to the ravaged Nepal to soon bridge the communication gap and assist people reunite with their family members.

Soon this mode became an important lifeline of communication in the disaster-affected areas where telecommunication networks were extensively damaged during the quake.

Sometimes, mobile towers cannot take the required load and satphones are not enough or reachable to the victims.

5Z0L Kenya by Italian DXpedition Team

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“The Italian DXpedition Team is pleased to announce its next DXpedition. Unlike some of its previous activities this trip is dedicated to a specific event: the recent authorization for the usage of 6 meter band in Republic of Kenya.

Using this frequency the team will dedicate its effort to a less time on HF compared to others recent activations.

The trip is planned for the 21st of May until the 31st of May 2015 and the crew will use the call 5ZØL.

The IDT will leave in Kenya the 5JXX6 5 elements antenna to Daniel 5Z4/EA4ATI, to continue the activities on 6m after the end of the dxpedition.”

Best 73

Art IK7JWY (HF pilot station)

MU/ON6EF MU/ON6VJ MU/ON1CH Jersey island EU-013 & MU/ON6EF/p Sark island EU-114

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““From 14 till 18 may me and 2 members of OSA will activate Jersey island (EU-013).We will use a TS-2000 with FD4 and some other dipoles working from 6 till 160 meter SSB including warc bands .Members are ON6VJ, ON1CH and myself ON6EF and we use MJ/ before our calls .I will also make a short iota trip to Sark island(EU-114) using the call MU/ON6EF/P with a TS-50S and FD3 dipole ,external car battery and 100w “

Kenwood, donated the wireless communication unit to the Nepal Army

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Read More: Link  (in Korean...)

Translated by Google:

JVC Kenwood is May 1, Nepal the victim of the big earthquake relief, for the purpose of disaster area reconstruction assistance, has announced that it will donate the radio equipment. Lack of land radio communication unit is generated in the army engaged in relief activities and reconstruction work in the subject areas of the devastating damage in Nepal now. Although the company has conducted a status check with local agent immediately after the earthquake, as reconstruction assistance, it was decided to donate and their accessories land radio communication equipment for the Army communication unit. For delivery, it is expected to be around May early in coordination. Future, donated the wireless communication unit, plans to be effectively utilized for restoration work in each of the affected areas through the Army communication unit.

"Koketsu ToshiyaDAYS"

30 Ham Radio Contesting Tips by K9JY

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30 Ham Radio Contesting Tips:

  1. Schedule your Contests. The really great thing about contesting is they are regularly scheduled — regardless of great propagation, DXpeditions or the mood of the sun.
  2. Create a contest goal. Goals are good and help motivate you while participating.
  3. Contest on your terms. Contest for and be motivated by your reasons. Not everyone is out to win the contest; it could be you want to learn a new mode.
  4. Have an operating plan. Having a plan provides you guidance for the contest and a baseline to compare against reality in the midst of battle.
  5. Test equipment before the contest. You do want your stuff to work, right?
  6. Update Multiplier Files. Downloading the latest ensures you won’t miss a juicy multiplier during the contest.
  7. Read the contest rules. You’d be surprised how often this bites you — even experienced contesters.
  8. Work a contest one month before the real contest. The sun rotates once a month (27 days)…so work a contest the month before to experience the propagation you will have before the one you really want to concentrate on later.


Green light to transmit from Nepa

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Foreign Amateur Radio operators get the green light to transmit from Nepal, as part of the ongoing earthquake recovery efforts. Plus, the latest on the FCC Enforcement Bureau's proposed closures of more than half of their field offices. It's all in this week's edition of ARRL Audio News, available online or through iTunes podcasts.

AMSAT to Roll Out Updated Edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

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The 2015 edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, will be available from AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention. This latest edition will discuss how to get ready for the Fox-1 satellites, set to launch later this year. Additional chapters will talk about tracking software, orbital mechanics, antennas, radios, Doppler tuning, and operating techniques.

Other new chapters will review the new satellites soon becoming available for Amateur Radio. It also will provide a complete reference for new satellite users to assemble a basic station and to make their first satellite contacts as well as how hams can incrementally upgrade an initial FM satellite station to include automated tracking and for operation via the CW/SSB linear-passband satellites. A companion Fox-1A reference sheet is also being planned for release at Dayton.

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Tornado damage to legendary KOMA tower array

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Damaged KOMA-AM towers (now KOKC) after the March 25, 2015 tornado. A close-up view of the standing tower’s damage. Engineers deemed the tower too dangerous to climb so it was cut loose and allowed to fall on April 4th. These towers carried KOMA’s 50,000 watt signal to 23 states and 5 continents since 1947.


8Q7CQ – AS-013 Maldives

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Nobby, G0VJG will be active from Meedhupparu Island, Maldive Islands 5 – 18 June 2015 as 8Q7CQ.
He will operate on HF and 6m.
QSL via G4DFI.
His QTH will be Meedhupparu Island Resort (IOTA AS-013)


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Due to the forthcoming Italian all mode contest this weekend
the Nepal disaster frequency will move at 1400z today Thursday 30th of April until further notice.
All emergency traffic will be passed on 14300 Khz which will be a controlled net as was 14205 Khz and 215. Previous issues in Nepal with 14300 Khz have now been resolved. Relay stations will still be required to keep QRM to a minimum.
Our secondary frequency will remain open between the hours of 0800z and 2300z for non emergency traffic relating to the disaster and will be a controlled net when ever possible.
Thank you all for your assistance and continued cooperation
Amir Bazak 4X6TT
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A.R.I. International DX Contest 2015

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Rules for non-Italians participants

NEW: Log WEB Upload – ONLY – at

1. The Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (A.R.I.) has the honour of inviting radio amateursfrom all over the world to participate in the ARI International DX Contest.

2. Aim. It is a world-wide competition: everybody can work everybody.

3. Date and time. The contest will be held on each first full week-end of May starting at 1200Z. Saturday and ending at1159Z Sunday. In year 2015 the dates will be May 2-3.

4. Categories
· Single Operator – CW – HIGH/LOW POWER
· Single Operator – SSB – HIGH/LOW POWER
· Single Operator – RTTY – HIGH/LOW POWER
· Single Operator – MIXED – HIGH/LOW POWER
· Multi Operator – Single TX – MIXED & HIGH POWER only
· SWL – Single Operator – MIXED


Left sections condensed.

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The left side was getting quite cluttered, so I decided to condense the information quite a bit.. If there are any issues with this, please let me know. Suggestions and complaints welcome.

Amateur radio assisting the relief effort in Nepal

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The national office for Amateur Radio in Newington is helping radio operators in India assist the relief effort in Nepal.

Association officials told Eyewitness News it received its first request for communication gear on Tuesday morning.

Smaller transmitters are often used in disaster zones. No power source is needed, they run on battery or solar power.

Officials said currently two radio frequencies are reserved solely for communication in to and out of Nepal.

"We function completely independently of the Internet and the cell phone networks," Sean Kutzko, who is the public relations manager at The National Association for Amateur Radio, said. "And we can go out in a moment's notice and establish a communications network almost anywhere."

There are 20 amateur radio operators on the ground in Nepal.

About 725,000 amateur radio operators in the country while there are 3 million worldwide. The national association, American Radio Relay League, was founded in 1914. Several countries have their own associations.

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ZW0FWA – Fernando de Noronha SA-003

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PU2WDX, will be active from Fernando de Noronha Island (IOTA SA-003) 3 to 5 May 2015 as ZW0FWA.

QSL via home call direct and LOTW

After Nepal earthquake, people turn to ham radio

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An old tech shows its resilience, while new tech reveals its problems.

On Saturday, Nepal was shaken by a massive earthquake that registered a 7.8 on the Richter scale, causing widespread destruction in areas of dense population, and preventing aid workers from reaching more isolated villages in the mountainous regions. As of Tuesday, at least 5,000 people were dead and at least 10,000 were injured. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless.

With any natural disaster, communication can often become a matter of life and death, and if phone lines are broken and cell towers crumble, relaying messages to the outside world and coordinating rescue efforts becomes that much more difficult. Add to that the fact that Nepal's government is woefully unprepared to handle such a humanitarian crisis, and chaos reigns.

Still, some volunteers are trying to impose order on the chaos. After the quake, which shook cities in India as well as Nepal, volunteer ham radio operators from India traveled to the region to relay messages from areas whose communications infrastructure is broken or overloaded. Ham radio, also called amateur radio, is a means of sending and receiving messages over a specific radio frequency, and it is often used in disaster situations because it operates well off the grid; transceivers can be powered by generators and set up just about anywhere.


FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

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Amateur Radio is poised to gain access to two new bands! The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on the basis of comments, the specific Part 97 rules it must frame to permit operation in the new bands. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of radio buoys on the “open sea.”

The allocation changes, associated proposed rules, and suggested topics for comment are contained in a 257-page FCC Report and Order, Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing three dockets — ET-12-338, ET-15-99, and IB-06-123 — which affect various radio services in addition to the Amateur Service. The FCC released the document on April 27.


Equipment For Sale by DBARA

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Equipment for sale. All equipment is AS-IS.  Please contact NW0LF for details at 386-690-9412 or  (pictures coming)

HEATHKIT  HWA 202-1 power supply $20
MFJ 931 Artificial ground  (qty 2) $40
Johnson Adventurer $50
MFJ 9606 6 meter packet txcvr $10
MFJ 9030 30 meter QRP txcvr $80
MFJ 9015 15M QRP txcvr $80
MFJ 9020 20M QRP txcvr $80
MFJ 260C 300W dummy load (qty-4) $20
HME linear amp (CB?) $10
Heathkit DX 20  (qty 2) $50
Heathkit HW12A 75M SSB txcvr $50
Heathkit HW22A  40M SSB txcvr (qty2) $50
Heathkit HW 16 15, 40, 80 CW txcvr (qty2) $60
Heathkit HD 11 Q multiplier $20
MFJ 4035MV adj PSU - 10A $70
Pride 100A power supply $5
Heathkit TC3 tube tester $40
MFJ 8100 shortwave radio $80
Heathkit DX 40 $50
Hallicrafters  S 40 B $40
MFJ 492 memory keyer $40
Radio Shack 21-543 DSP processor (qty 2) $20