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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

Amateur Radio Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication

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[UPDATED 2015-08-27 1620 UTC] The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts “air you can’t see” on its website. That’s not the case today. Wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents. That could rise to Level 3. Amateur Radio volunteers in Ferry County have been on the front lines of the wildfire emergency there. In Republic, a combination of Ferry County Search and Rescue (SAR), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and ARES/RACES volunteers have been supporting communication for a shelter housing some 4 dozen evacuees — with more to come, according to Ferry County ARES Emergency Coordinator and RACES Radio Officer Sam Jenkins, WA7EC.

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Postponed VI0ANZAC Operation from Antarctica Set for August 29-30 Weekend

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VI0ANZAC

The Antarctic activation of VI0ANZAC that was postponed earlier this month will take place over the August 29-30 weekend fom Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory, weather permitting. The VI0ANZAC activation will be part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous World War I Battle at Gallipoli.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART), and the Telsiz ve Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) in Turkey have joined forces to commemorate the centenary of the battle. Various special event stations, some with ANZAC suffixes, have been on the air during 2015.


The of King of DX ! PY5EG – Atilano Oms

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Py5EG

Atilano PY5EG / PP5EG was crowned champion again CQ DX Marathon.

With the result that in 2014 won four records in Marathon, 3 of which remain.

2011 – PP5EG – W.RECORD PHONE
2012 – PP5EG – W. RECORD UNLIMITED (Current World Record)
2013 – PP5EG – W. RECORD 15 METERS (Current World Record)
2014 – PY5EG – W. RECORD 10 METERS (Current World Record)

Congratulations my friend Oms to our champions for extraordinary performance!

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KH2/KU0Q – Guam

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ku0q

guamTak, JR1EFG will be active from Guam as KH2/KU0Q between September 24-28, 2015.

QRV on 40 – 10m CW, SSB.

QSL direct only to H/c (JR1EFG)


E51AAR Rarotonga Island

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cookisland

Alan (Al) Rovner, K7AR will be active again from Rarotonga Island (IOTA OC-013) 24 – 29 September 2015 as E51AAR.
He will operate on 80 – 10m including activity in CQ WW DX RTTY Contest.
QSL via home call, LOTW, OQRS ClubLog.
Ads for direct QSL:
Alan N Rovner, K7AR, 18809 NE 21ST ST Vancouver, WA 98684, USA
He will operate from E51AND station.
DXCC Country – South Cook Islands.


KB6NU’s Column

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KB6NU

Antenna Analyzers You Can Hack

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

I'm a nut for antenna analyzers. I think that they are one of the most useful things a ham can own.

I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more DIY antenna analyzer projects, though. Perhaps it’s because designing measurement circuits isn’t easy. An antenna analyzer has to have a signal source as well. Even so, an antenna analyzer doesn't need a whole lot of accuracy to be useful, so you would think that more builders/hackers would tackle a project like this.

I do know of one antenna analyzer kit on the market. The VK5JST Antenna Analyser Kit (http://www.ahars.com.au/about/kits/) costs about $110 USD. I actually purchased this kit a year or so ago, and it looks like a great unit. The unit seems well-designed, and it comes with a plastic case, unlike many projects theses days, but I haven’t yet gotten around to building it.

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XV2VTC & 3W2HCM – Vietnam

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XV2VTC

Mal, VK6LC is returning to Vietnam and will be active as follows:

  • XV2VTC – Vung Tau City, Spetember 24-30, 2015.
  • 3W2HCM – Ho Chi Minh City, October 16-23, 2015.

QRV on 20-17-15m, CW/SSB.


VK9WA Middle Island Willis Islands

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VK9WA

An international team of amateur radio operators, Rob N7QT, Jared N7SMI, Sandro VE7NY, Adam K7EDX, Hawk SM5AQD, Gus SM3SGP, Allan VE7SZ, will be active from Middle (Mid) Island, Willis Islands (Willis Islets) 14 – 23 November 2015 as VK9WA.
They will operate on 80 – 10m (possibly 160) CW, SSB, RTTY.
The team will depart Cairns, Australia on the MV Phoenix.
Middle (Mid) Island is only 4 acres in size and uninhabited.
Middle Island and Willis Islets are part of Coral Sea Islands Territory, Australia.
Willis Islets is currently Nr 34 on the Club Log most wanted list and not activated since 2008.
DXCC Country – Willis Islets
WAZ zone – CQ 30.
ITU Zone – 55.
RSGB IOTA – OC-007.
QTH Locator – QH43xs.

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FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

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fccgavel

The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who, at one point, had volunteered to track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August 20, the FCC Enforcement Bureau asserted that Hicks intentionally interfered with other Amateur Radio operators’ communications and failed to identify properly. According to the NAL, an agent from the Bureau’s Detroit office first responded to multiple complaints of interference on various repeaters in April 2014.

“The agent, working with a local amateur group which included Mr Hicks, was unable to locate the source of the transmission,” recounted the NAL, signed by FCC District Director James Bridgewater. Nearly a year later, in response to continued interference complaints, an agent from the Bureau’s Detroit office returned to the Cincinnati area to take another crack at finding the source of the transmissions….

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The QuartzFest ARRL Specialty Convention

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quartzfest
QuartzFest is a week-long ham radio, camping, learning and living event

QuartzFest 2016, celebrating its 19th anniversary, is an ARRL Specialty Convention being held January 17 to 23, 2016 near Quartzsite, Arizona in the United States. No other hamfest in the world brings together in one gathering so much innovation in mobile antenna systems, mobile ham shacks, recreational vehicles, portable and mobile EMCOMM systems, off-the-grid living, alternative energy and radio education

A Very Unique Ham Radio Gathering

QuartzFest is special in part because it comes to life each year, rising from nothing in a remote area of the Sonoran desert in the southwestern USA. Hundreds of Hams and their families and friends choose to unplug from their daily lives, travel to and setup this desert community, and immerse themselves in this week-long one-of-a-kind ham radio, camping, learning and living event.

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An Intro and Antennas – Nuts and Volts Magazine

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antenna

Welcome to the world of wireless know-how in the form of amateur or "ham" radio. Where else can you be an electronics and programming whiz, study solar and atmospheric phenomena, design your own communication system, and provide valuable public service — all at the same time? Amateur radio and the Nuts & Volts readership have a lot in common. Let's get to know each other!

I’m thrilled to help return ham radio to the pages of Nuts & Volts! In every other issue, I’ll be discussing some aspect of ham radio technology that you can use on your workbench and in your projects — whether you have (or get!) a license or not. Over the years, NV has featured ham radio in articles and columns so ham radio was never truly absent. The magazine’s editor is a ham (NU1N) and Paul Verhage — maven of the high altitudes and Near Space columnist — is also known as KD4STH. Many of the authors hold an amateur “ticket,” so maybe they will share their call signs with us in future articles. You may be surprised at how widespread amateur radio really is!

A little about my background: I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and spent 20 years in various types of industrial and medical product development — both hardware and software. I’ve had an amateur radio license since my high school days and am now known on the ham bands as NØAX (the slash is silent). For the last dozen years or so, I’ve been writing and editing books and columns for the American Radio Relay League (www.arrl.org), such as the three licensing study guides; a classic reference for radio technology, The ARRL Handbook; and a nearclassic antenna reference, The ARRL Antenna Book.

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P5 – North Korea – Good news for Ham Radio

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P5

D.P.R.K. Project

Press Release I
During June 2013, Manuel German, EA7AJR, and me had our first meeting with a D.P.R.K. Government official. After our meeting, we gave him a Ham Radio project for D.P.R.K.
One year later, April 2014, we had our second meeting and we gave him a new project. On April 2015, we had our third meeting and a new project was sent to Pyongyang. Just few days later after our project was received at the Ministry, the D.P.R.K. Government sent us an official invitation to visit the country looking to discuss our project details in person.

Today, August 17th, 2015, we had a meeting with high level officials from Telecom Ministry. They were very kind, receptive and cooperative. They knew everything about Ham Radio so it was really easy to talk with them about our Ham Radio operation project.

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Dayton Hamvention 2015 [ Video ]

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dayton

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August Meeting was pretty good.

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2015-08-17 19.57.57

Had some discussion about the issues with the ballots, and got to see an HF Radio demonstration. wasn't expecting as many due to the rain we've seen lately. perhaps we will have better luck for the next meeting.

 


Website Changes

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Due to the issues found in the website, I am working on a redesign. This will allow some customizations and fix some bigger issues I've just been made aware of. If you have any suggestions, please send them to post@dbara.org.

 


Changes to the Portable Ops.. for the Summer

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Due to the high heat, the group has decided to switch to an indoor venue to chat until the antennas stop melting in the heat of the day. On days scheduled for along Big Tree and Reed Canal, they will be meeting at the Wendy's on Ridgewood near Big Tree around 11:30am. on days scheduled in Holly Hill, they will be at Woody's BBQ. The calendar has been updated, and we will set a notice when we switch back to our regular schedule, some time in the Fall.


New USA Frequency Allocation Table

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spectrum

The US regulator, the FCC, has released the document Table of Frequency Allocations 47 C.F.R. § 2.106 Revised on August 13, 2015

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SPECIAL NOTICE * 14 Aug 2015 DBARA Meeting

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To all members,

There will be an important vote on DBARA's Constitution and By-Laws this Monday, that if passed, will substantially increase the powers of the Executive Board. The board is divided on the proposed changes and would greatly appreciate member input.

 Some of the changes that could lead to a less open and transparent association are:

 Our Constitution

 The proposed revision would change our long standing policy of "our Board Meetings are open to anyone who would like to join us." 

 to: Article  IV:  Meetings. Attendance at the executive board meeting shall be limited to board members and specifically invited guests.

 Our By-Laws

 Would change from "Any person interested in Amateur Radio shall be eligible for membership."

 to a new section: Section II: Elections, where the executive board at its sole discretion may -

   Reject member application,

   Not present application to general membership for a vote, and

   Conduct criminal background checks on applicants.

 

This is your association.   Please read the proposed changes and join in the vote Monday. Your input will set the direction of the type of association DBARA will be in the months to come.

Original documents and proposed revisions can be found at -

 http://dbara.org/info/docs

Butch Diehl  KK4TKU

DBARA Director


August Meeting: Equipment Demonstration Day!

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For those who haven't yet heard, DBARA is organizing an equipment demonstration to show what hams use to get on the air.


Old Time MGM Ham Radio Film

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