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DBARA Repeaters

K4BO145.330-127.3
K4BV147.150+127.3

Other Volusia County Repeaters

W4WE145.230-103.5
KJ4RYH145.380- 
KI4RF146.655-103.5
W4FPC146.715-123.0
KE8MR146.865- 
K4WDF147.045+ 
W4FPC147.075+123.0
KV4EOC147.240+123.0
KE8MR147.270+ 
WV4ARS147.315+ 
N4ZKF147.375+103.5
Simplex147.555+ 
K4VJ442.875+ 
KE4NZG443.825+ 
KE8MR444.050+ 
KI4RF444.175+103.5
KE8MR444.450+88.5
W4TAM444.850+127.3

Morse Code – Principles and Basic Techniques (US Army Signal)

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A very nostalgic look at Morse Code as taught by the Signal Corps, US Army. This is a film released by the Department of Defense, Department of the Army’s Office of the Chief Signal Officer (09/18/1947 – 02/28/1964). It is titled, “Principles and Basic Technique for Good, Rhythmic Sending of Morse Code by Operating the Hand Key”.

This demonstrates the use of a “STRAIGHT KEY” as taught by the military. This could still be useful information for those of us who use straight key in our Amateur Radio hobby. I use an old World War II Navy Signal Lamp Key

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Getting Started with the FM Satellites

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Getting Started with the FM Satellites If you can program split-frequency memories in your dual-band radio, or your dual-band radio has two VFOs, you can work an FM satellite.

The primary FM voice mode for SO-50 is workable with dualband HTs! For the normal V/U FM voice mode with these two satellites, the UPLINK frequency – where you transmit – is 145.850 MHz.

The DOWNLINK frequency – where you receive – is around 436.795 MHz.

First, you need to know when and where the satellite will be passing over your location. There are several computer programs that will tell you that. Some are free, and others are available for purchase, through the AMSAT web site http://www.amsat.org/.

Most programs are easily updated with current satellite tracking data that is available on the Internet. Using your longitude and latitude coordinates (or your grid locator – generally available from QRZ.com and many GPS receivers), you can access amateur satellite pass information – and a lot more information!

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Top 25 DX spots for the last 24 hours

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 See entire list live at http://dxfor.me/


KB6NU’s Column

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Should we weep for amateur radio?
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On an amateur radio mailing list that I subscribe to, one fellow wrote, "I weep for the state of amateur radio in the US, since this dispatch is apparently necessary…" He then pointed to an article on the ARRL website that reminded hams that while their local time may be switching to daylight time, Universal Coordinated Time did not change (http://www.arrl.org/news/view/change-local-clocks-this-weekend-but-not-utc).

The implication, of course, was that we have dumbed down ham radio so much that a reminder like this was necessary.

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Successful Tailgate

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People were definitely set up before I got there at 7:20am, but we definitely saw people coming from quite a distance.


S79OWZ Seychelles AF-024

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S790WZ

Mahé, Seychelles, IOTA AF-024, July 07-18, 2015

I will be staying on Mahé island in July. QTH is at the Northern side of the island with direct access to the sea and clear views to EU, RU and Asia. Equipment will include K3 and a vertical antenna with elevated radials installed on the beach.
A special QSL card will be designed and a photo gallery launched at www.ei6dx.com and www.lana.ie
This is a casual holiday style operation.
All QSLs via RX3RC (bureau or direct).
VY 73!
Stan, EI6DX”

Radio Shack at the Ice Rink now closed.

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2015-03-27 16.54.54

Yup, it's official. Radio Shack at the Ice Rink is now empty. End of an era.

 


W4FPC ANNUAL MINI– FIELD DAY & TAILGATE PARTY

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w4fpcFLORIDA PALM COAST
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
W4FPC

ANNUAL MINI– FIELD DAY & TAILGATE PARTY

SATURDAY APRIL 25TH, 2015
8::00 AM TO 3:00 PM
WOODY’S BARBEQUE RESTAURANT
EAST SIDE OF BUILDING IN PARKING LOT
IN THE WINN-DIXIE SHOPPING PLAZA
STATE ROAD 100 & OLD KINGS ROAD
ALL ARE WELCOME!

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE www.W4FPC.ORG. OR CONTACT W2MEL, MEL LEVINSON 707-365-0568
TALK IN FREQUENCY CLUB REPEATER 147.075 +600 TONE 123


ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open

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The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open! The ARRL Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation way beyond anyone’s expectations.

“This was the biggest on-the-air operation in the history of Amateur Radio,” ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said. More than 5.5 million Centennial event contacts were recorded in Logbook of The World (LoTW) during 2014. That number includes contacts with W1AW portable operations as well as those with individual ARRL members and Field Organization volunteers. W100AW completed about 70,000 contacts.

For most applicants, the process will be simple and largely automated, explained Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, Assistant Manager, Field Services and Radiosport Department.

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60 years of Amateur Radio

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By GERCINE CARTER

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATION may be a “grand and glorious hobby” as one operator described it, but the passion ham radio operators in the Amateur Radio Society of Barbados(ARSB) have for the pastime makes it look like serious business .

When the group assembles at its clubhouse in Oxnard’s tonight to celebrate the Society’s60th anniversary with light-hearted chat over dinner, there will undoubtedly be many a reflection on how this group has connected Barbados with the rest of the world in good
times and bad.

As a former president Ronald Armstrong explained, “We have a wide reach, so we extend our hobby to help with disasters. We also help sometimes with special events but we are there really to help specially with disasters and we have done that over the years.”

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New Technology May Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity

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“A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology—full-duplex radiointegrated circuits (ICs)—that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. Up to now, this has been thought to be impossible: transmitters and receivers either work at different times or at the same time but at different frequencies. The Columbia team, led by Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Harish Krishnaswamy, is the first to demonstrate an IC that can accomplish this. The researchers presented their work at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco on February 25

“This is a game-changer,” says Krishnaswamy, director of the Columbia high-Speed and Mm-wave IC (CoSMIC) Lab. “By leveraging our new technology, networks can effectively double the frequency spectrum resources available for devices like smartphones and tablets.”

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Can I still use oxidized coax cable ? by DH1TW

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Can I still use oxidized coax cable?

This question bugged me after trying to exchange the connectors of a 25m long Aircell7 coax cable. During preparation I discovered a black inner conductor. I seems water entered the cable. Do I have to throw it away? Read more to discover a probably unexpected answer!

Water in the Cable

It’s the nightmare of all hams – water inside the coax cable. Over years, I heard over and over that once water has entered the cable, it becomes useless and has to be thrown away. From my times at university I remembered that due to the Skin Effect, RF energy tends to flow on the skin, rather than the inner core of the conductor. Since copper oxide conducts much worse than copper, theory seems to confirm the country saying.

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8Q7NT Maldives AS-013

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Ben DL1RNT DXpedition
Embudu Island
South Male Atoll
Maldives

5.03.15 to 02.04.2015.
Rig is holiday style – IC7100 with 100w / some vertical ant for 40m to 10m

Mostly QRV  in CW, some RTTY and PSK


National Hurricane Conference Will Include Amateur Radio Sessions

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Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference, March 30-April 2 in Austin, Texas. The conference theme is improving hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free and will take place Tuesday, March 31.

The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricanepreparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the US and in the tropical islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific. The conference also serves as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend newpolicies to improve emergency management.

There will be two Amateur Radio-oriented sessions. In the first, from 1:30 until 3:10 PM, National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb will discuss the importance of Amateur Radio weather spotter surface reports during severe weather events, Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will explain WX4NHC operations at the National Hurricane Center on behalf of the WX4NHC team, and Bob Robichaud, VE1MBR, will talk about Canadian Hurricane Centre operations. Macedo is Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net and ARRL ARES Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.

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DX0P Pagasa Island AS-051

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DXpedition Team

14 – 20 April 2015 as DX0P.

DU1BP, DU2BOQ, DU7RJA, DV1JM,  K6BF, K6BG, WA6LOS, WE6DX, WJ1P, WW6CP

Team Leader:  WA6LOS
RIGS: Elecraft (3) K3-100, (1) KX3 ORP radio
POWER AMPLIFIERS: Elecraft KPA-500
ANTENNAS: N6BT 160m-80m, N6BT Bravo co-phased 2 element Bravo, N6BT EVA-220 two element asymetric 2 element yagi. StepIR CrankIR for QRP. A3S Yagi 10m-20m
BANDS: 160m-10m, may include WARC bands
MODES: SSB, CW, RTTY, JT-65
QSL VIA: Leo Alamazan WA6LOS
Facebook Page : Link


BARTG HF RTTY Contest 2015

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BARTG HF RTTY

This contest will take place 0200z Saturday 21st March 2015 until 0200z Monday 23rd March 2015.

A list of logs received for this contest is here:
http://bartg.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfposted.pl?Contest=BARTG%20HF%20Contest&year=2015

All logs MUST be received no later than 7 days after the contest. Please see the latest rules here for full details.

We require logs to be submitted in Cabrillo format, and a sample structure can be viewed here

Results

The results of the 2013 HF contest can be viewed here: 2013

Remember to check if you are in the 2015 Experts category here!

http://qrznow.com/bartg-hf-rtty-contest-2015/


New release Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.2.9.353 now available !

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http://qrznow.com/new-release-ham-radio-deluxe-version-6-2-9-353-now-available/


Solar Storm Affects Amateur Radio Communication : Ham Nation 188

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Dr. Skov explains the effects of a recent solar storm – the largest since 2003 that disrupted amateur radio communications.

https://youtu.be/nOvg87eGC-s


Great Skywarn Training!

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2015-03-16 19.31.08

We were joined by Scott Spratt of the Melbourne National Weather Service and Skywarn group and a good show of members and visitors.

If you missed out, Scott will be in Edgewater in June, weather permitting.


Radio Amateurs Invited to Listen for Lambda-Sat

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Lambda-Sat — the first Greek CubeSat — was released from the International Space Station on March 4, following its launch last summer, and its developers have invited radio amateurs around the world to listen for the Lamda-Sat signal and file reports.

“You can help us to track and get the data from the Lambda-Sat while [it is] flying above areas not covered by our ground stations,” the Lambda-Sat team said. The 1U CubeSat transmits AX.25-protocol UI packets at 1200 bps AFSK on 437.462 MHz. The 1 W transmitter identifies as KK6DFZ.

Lambda-Sat was constructed entirely by young volunteers from Greece, who traveled to Silicon Valley to participate in this project. Members of the Lambda-Sat team contributed to the construction of the satellite system through their knowledge in robotics, electronics, software development, and telecommunications.

“I want to motivate the youth in Greece to continue to dream,” said the project’s initiator, Periklis Papadopoulos, an aerospace engineering professor at San Jose State University. “My goal is to demonstrate the capabilities of young people in Greece.”

Lambda-Sat carries an experiment that measures the radiation effects on graphene in a low-Earth orbit environment. It also carries an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver for tracking all vessels within its footprint around the globe, employing an Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) modem and making use of the Iridium constellation.

An article on the Lambda-Sat project by Cyprus Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Secretary Nestor Jacovides, 5B4AHZ, has been posted on the CARS website.


West Volusia Amateur Radio Society Semi-Annual Hamfest.

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April 25, 2014 Saturday (9-12 AM)

Location: South East corner of Lowes parking lot, DeLand, Fl. US 92 (International Speedway)

All are invited to participate.

Tailgates welcomed. $10.

Note: this is a new location from prior years.

 

Contact: Dave N4GMU n4gmu@bellsouth.net or Guy N4DEL johnsonguysharon@bellsouth.net    for additional info.