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Upcoming Club Meetings

The First Presbyterian Church
620 South Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Next Testing Session
Mon, Oct 19th, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Next Regular Meeting
Mon, Oct 19th, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Club Picnic

Reed Canal Park from Nova Road
Nov 7th from 11a - 2pm
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Officer Nominations

We are currently taking nominations for positions in the Board of Directors.

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Dennis Burgoyne WD3B will conduct a line by line presentation of all changes proposed in both documents during the Oct meeting. The vote will be after all concerns have been resolved.

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Classifieds / For Sale

For Sale: Kenwood TS-50S -- Cash Only.
Sold: Realistic HTX-100 All Mode 10 meter transceiver.
For Sale: Yaesu FT817 by WX4DAB
For Sale: Yaesu FT-950 Radio (original package).

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DBARA Repeaters


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2 Meter Halo Antenna by Mike Fedler N6TWW

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Project Background & Goals
There are two previous versions of my loop antenna that were built before the antenna you see now. The original goal was to have an antenna that I could use for 2 meter SSB. Since I like to tinker and build things I thought building an antenna would be a good idea. I wanted an antenna that was simple, horizontally polarized and omni directional. I knew that some people have had good luck using horizontally polarized loop antennas so I thought I would try to make one myself. I knew that the antenna would not have the gain in one direction that would be obtained using a beam antenna, but that was not the goal. The goal was to be able to hear local stations in their various dispersed locations without rotating a beam. If you have similar goals this type of antenna might suit your needs. If you are looking for the ultimate long range contact then a beam with a rotor is still the better option.

I looked around on the web and found a couple of different designs that helped me get started. After building two different versions of the loop I came up with something that worked. It was a copper loop antenna with a capacitive fed gamma match. I had to rebuild the gamma match several times to get something that worked. I liked the way the antenna worked so I built a second one and stacked them for some additional gain using a phasing harness with impedance matching. They seemed to work pretty well but the harness and antennas were pretty flimsy. I had to disassemble the system several times due to a house move and a home construction project. I found that each time I had to touch the set up, something would go wrong. That is why I decided to try to build something …..Read Full Article

A new Heathkit ! So, why am I not excited?

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by dan KB6NBU

“Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Heathkit. It’s kind of funny because I was thinking about them just the other day. A couple of years ago, there was all this hype about a “new” Heathkit and how they were going to start designing new kits as well as revive popular old designs.

Then, nothing. They went completely quiet—until yesterday. In an e-mail sent to their “insiders,” they say:

Dear Heathkit Insider,

“What I really hope Heathkit will produce,” a Silicon Valley colleague recently told me, “is a new radio kit with a beautiful finish, maybe in rosewood.” Something great to enjoy building and learn from, and also visually stunning, so he could put it in his living room and keep it forever.

Today, my friend gets his wish.


Antenna Circular Polarization

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“Space communication has forced the use of Circular polarization. The fundamental advantage of circular polarization is that all reflections change the direction of polarization, precluding the usual addition or subtraction of main and reflected signals. Therefore there is far less fading and flutter when circular polarization is used at each end of the link.

The use of circular polarization at one end only gives a loss of about -3dB. In order to achieve the full advantages of circular polarization it is necessary for all stations to use it. The table below shows the relationship between Horizontal, Vertical, RHCP (Right Hand Circular Polarization) & LHCP (Left Hand Circular Polarization) and Loss in dB. RHCP is also known as CW (ClockWise) Polarization and LHCP as CCW (Counter ClockWise) Polarization.

See descriptive animations
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T2AM – Tuvalu

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For general info, Atu Maui, T2AM, is the Director of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for the government of Tuvalu and is a licensed amateur radio operator. Amateur radio operators visiting Tuvalu can contact him for their T2 operating license.

Atu’s equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S at 100 watts to a four-band dipole.

QSL via KK7L who has access to T2AM’s logs and hopes to get his logs to LoTW soon.

Hamfest Calendar Updated.

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For those who didn't know, if you use Google Calendars, you can add the Florida Hamfest Calendar to your events list. although I still update them manually every few months, you'll see the events appear on your calendar automatically.

We even have calendars for other event categories, so you can select which ones to keep up with.

How To Use An Antenna Analyzer – Basics by K7AGE

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I show you how to use an MFJ 259/269 Antenna Analyzer to check your antenna for SWR and resonance.”

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How to work FM satellites

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Simon 2E0HTS has released a video that shows him making contacts via the amateur radio satellite SO-50.

This satellite carries an FM transponder that receives signals on 145.850 MHz and retransmits them on 436.800 MHz (+/- 9 kHz Doppler shift). Operation is a little more complex that some other satellites since the transponder needs to initially be activated by a CTCSS (PL) tone of 74.4 Hz which starts a 10 minute timer and then a 67 Hz tone is used for the contact.

Note: If your radio has selectable FM filters use the wider filter designed for 5 kHz deviation FM which is sometimes referred to as a 25 kHz channel spacing filter.

The order of operation is: (allow for Doppler as necessary):
1) Transmit on 145.850 MHz with a tone of 74.4 Hz to arm the 10 minute timer on board the spacecraft.
2) Now transmit on 145.850 MHz (FM Voice) using 67.0 Hz within the 10 minute window.
3) Sending the 74.4 Hz tone again within the 10 minute window will reset the 10 minute timer.….Read Full Article AMSAT UK

See Video

Ham Radio Go Box

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Locating the source of local HF interference

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“In recent months I’ve suffered very annoying interference to my HF reception, particularly on 40m. After walking around with a portable receiver and failing to find the source, all house power was turned off and the interference was gone.”

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New OSCAR Satellite Status Page

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 Thanks to the efforts of Joe KM1P and Peter 2E0SQL, and with the permission of David KD5QGR, we have set up a copy of the OSCAR satellite status page.

This page will be maintained by multiple volunteers, including myself, and we will be able to add and delete satellites as required, as well as keep information links current. It will take a few days to populate the database, but please begin using this page as soon as possible. In the near future the old page will point to this one for a while, until people get used to the new address.



Alternative sites for Hamvention proposed

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The event pumps millions of dollars into the local economy every year.

Fears about Hamvention leaving town because of Hara Arena’s economic struggles has local officials scrambling to propose alternative sites for the economy-boosting event.

Hamvention, the world’s largest gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts, injects millions of dollars into the local economy each year. It has been held at Hara Arena since 1964.

But the arena has struggled financially, and an Iowa-based consultant firm recently asked the city of Trotwood to buy the venue, which Trotwood officials declined. The venue’s owner says the arena is on better financial footing today.

A series of emails obtained by this newspaper through public records requests show that local officials fear Hamvention could pack up and move out of the region and highlight their efforts to keep the event in the Dayton region….

EI8GQB & EI1A – Green Energy Station

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“Hello dear OM, life is too short !

I succeeded again to be able to activate solo EI8GQB between 6th to 30th October 2015 from my caravan with green energy on a top of a windy Irish hill.
I will make part with EI1A to :
-The Worked All Germany Contest (October 17-18)
-The CQ WW DX SSB contest (October 24-25)
I will operate with a new SO2R optimized antenna park,
Look at to follow me live with the antenna park improvement.
I hope to meet you on the air.”
73 Olivier

Today in Invention History – October 3 – 1950

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The transistor was patented by Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain.

Sky Sat Communications Confirms Initial Production Run of TCP/IP-Enabled 4O3A GeniusTM Amateur Radio Products

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Igalo, Montenegro & Grand Junction, Colorado – October 1, 2015Sky Sat Communications founder and CEO Ranko Boca (amateur radio callsign 4O3A) today confirmed the initial production runs ofAntenna Genius 8×2TM, Interface Genius IG-MTM and Rotator GeniusTM joining Station Genius SSC-XLTM in the 4O3A GeniusTMproduct line manufactured by Sky Sat Communications d.o.o. of Igalo, Montenegro. All will be available in North America via the Force 12 SuperstoreTM and select dealers starting in October 2015 with pre-orders accepted starting today at


MARS Invites ARES/RACES Participation in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise

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A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) groups. The MARS exercise will get under way on November 8 and continue into November 10. It will be a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the US Department of Defense.

“The exercise scenario will simulate a CME event and focus on actions that radio operators should take prior to and following a CME event,” explained Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. “One thing we want to continue to work on is the interface with the greater Amateur Radio community.”


ARRL Reiterates Call for FCC to Allocate 630 Meters, Okay Rules for 2200 Meters

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The ARRL has again urged the FCC to go forward with a proposed new Amateur Radio allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to establish service rules for Amateur Radio operation at 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters). The League reiterated its August 31 arguments in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations it its September 30 reply comments to the FCC’s April Report and Order, Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O/NPRM) in ET Docket 15-99. ThatR&O/NPRM raised several questions regarding how Amateur Radio might coexist with PLC systems used to control the power grid. Targeting comments filed by theUtilities Telecom Council (UTC), the ARRL called on the Commission to ignore UTC’s call not to allocate 630 meters to Amateur Radio. It asked the FCC to implement a notification procedure for amateur stations within 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) of a transmission line carrying PLC and where the PLC system is operating on frequencies within or which overlap the 2200 or 630 meter bands.



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HamJam 2015 will take place on Saturday, November 14th at the Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA.

NFARL and our sponsors are pleased to be able to present the event as a public service to the amateur radio community.  We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy a morning of visiting with fellow hams, listening to and interacting with our speakers, and the potential to win one of our raffle prizes.


The event is open to all hams and admission is FREE thanks to the generosity of our sponsors … and your generosity in purchasing raffle tickets.


This year’s speakers include Jamie Dupree, NS3T of Cox Radio, Mike Corey, KI1U of ARRL, and Glen Popiel, KW5GP!


FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF, MF Amateur Allocations

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FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF and MF Amateur Allocations:
The FCC is inviting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operation on two new bands — an LF allocation at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (2200 meters), and an MF allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters). Amateur Radio would be secondary on both bands. Comments are due August 31. Reply comments — ie, comments on comments filed — are due by September 30. The FCC allocated 135.7 to 137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The proposed new allocation at 472 to 479 kHz would implement decisions made at WRC-12.

“The Commission is proposing service rules for the Amateur Service in the 135.7-137.8 kHz and 472-479 kHz bands with the principal goal of enabling sharing of this spectrum among licensed amateur stations and unlicensed PLC systems,” the FCC said on April 27 in a 257-page Report and Order, Order, and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking The combined proceeding addresses three dockets — ET-12-338, ET-15-99, and IB-06-123 — affecting various radio services in addition to the Amateur Service. The detailed proposals appeared in The Federal Register on July 2.


How to Determine Correct Number of Earthing Electrodes (Strips, Plates and Pipes)

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Number of Earthing Electrode and Earthing Resistance depends on the resistivity of soil and time for fault current to pass through (1 sec or 3 sec). If we divide the area for earthing required by the area of one earth plate gives the number of earth pits required.

There is no general rule to calculate the exact number of earth pitsand size of earthing strip, but discharging of leakage currentis certainly dependent on the cross section area of the material so for any equipment the earth strip size is calculated on the current to be carried by that strip.

First the leakage current to be carried is calculated and then size of the strip is determined.

For most of the electrical equipment like transformer, diesel generator set etc., the general concept is to have 4 number of earth pits. 2 no’s for body earthing with 2 separate strips with the pits shorted and 2 nos for Neutral with 2 separate strips with ….Read Full Article

Telegraphers of the Civil War — Book

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War in any age has depended on the flow of information to and from the decision makers, information passed from the scouts, spies and horse bound messengers to the generals and statesmen in charge. Speed is always key, and in the day of the Civil War, the fastest transmission was by telegraph. As the frontlines advanced and retreated, the wire would have to be strung to the front lines. In this fascinating volume, Alvin Harlow, recounts many of the adventures of the Civil War telegraphers, who despite their civilian status shared the dangers of the soldiers as they sent massages back to the various headquarters and generals. As the title suggests the telegraphers were often no more than teenagers, and their stories form an interesting sidelight on the Civil War

It is a collection of stories I assume to be mostly true of the young men and their adventures in their service as telegraphers during the Civil War.  There’s really not much in there about telegraphy in particular, more just about the gumption of those young men (boys really).   Also this was long before radio-telegraphy so it has nothing to do with amateur-radio or CW but some may find it an interesting read.
It certainly was a different time and different sensibilities regarding the independence of boys and what they can accomplish.  It’s certainly no great literary work but it is an interesting read.
It does show the growing recognition of the importance of the telegraph in war-time communications.
Some of the telegrapher’s became well known such as Jesse Bunnell who later designed an improved sideswiper key to deal with telegrapher “glass arm”

the Carrington Event of 1859

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In 1859 a huge solar coronal mass ejection known as the Carrington Event caused telegraph systems throughout North America and Europe to fail. Such an event would be much more devastating today. It isn't a question of "if," but only "when." With that in mind, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is inviting amateurs to participate in a solar storm disaster exercise in November. Read the full story here:

FT4TA / FT4JA Tromelin Island – News and Video

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Tromelin Island

During the last months we have been very glad to present our DX expedition on Tromelin Island, FT4TA in a large number of countries. We have shared with many of you this amazing adventure during DX conventions, meetings and hamfest. Each time, our team has been warmly welcomed, thanks.

In addition to our book (available online since a few months), we are very proud to announce the publication of the video “FT4TA Tromelin 2014″ on You Tube. You will (re)discover the beautiful landscapes of this extraordinary island.

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California QSO Party (CQP)

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The California QSO Party (CQP) is held every year on the first weekend of October.  The first CQP took place in 1966. Since 1974, the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) has sponsored CQP.  CQP has traditionally opened the annual contest season by providing an opportunity for contesters to prepare for the ARRL November Sweepstakes since the format is similar.

Stations outside of California, worldwide, work stations in California only. The 58 counties of CA are the multipliers. California stations work all stations in or out of CA. The 50 US states and 8 Canadian areas are the multipliers.  Stations outside of Canada and the US add to one’s QSO total but do not count as multipliers. See the full set of CQP Rules for more details.

On this site you will find lots of information, so peruse the index above and learn all about the California QSO Party!  Also, be sure to visit the NCCC website for the latest scoop on a super contest club.


KB6NU’s Column

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Start an amateur radio virtuous circle

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

On the ham_instructor Yahoo Group ( recently, we talked about the classes that we are going to be offering this fall. About his Tech class, Bob, K0NR, noted, “Currently have about 30 students signed up. We keep thinking we’ll run out of interested people but they keep coming.”

I’ve noticed the same thing here, too. I keep thinking that I am going to run out of people to teach, but I have no problem at all filling my classes. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more people that have taken my class, the more people there are that want to take it.


FT4XU – Kerguelen Island

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Nicolas, F4EGX / FT4XU  updates readers:

My work will bring me to the Southern hemisphere for a scientific mission at Ratmanoff, 30km northeast of Port-aux-Français, Kerguelen archipelago.

My job is to maintain measuring instruments whose electronics work in very rough conditions and to prepare required equipment for future missions. At same time, I will also study King penguins with colleagues and help them in their work.

I leave France mid-November to Réunion Island, and from there on board “Marion Dufresne”, the supply ship of the French Austral territories. It will take approximately 10-15 days to reach the Kerguelen archipelago with a stopover at Crozet archipelago. After few days at Port-Aux-Français station, I’ll have to probably walk 30km to the shelter at Cap Ratmanoff, carrying my stuff on back with heavy rain and strong wind. That is why I will try to travel as light as possible.


LAPANSAT-A2 to launch 0430UTC 28SEP15 on Indian PSLV-XL C30

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The 76kg LAPANSAT-A2 satellite is scheduled to launch as a secondary payload of the ISRO Astrosat space telescope mission on an Indian PSLV-XL rocket at 0430UTC on 28SEP15. The satellite is expected to be deployed in a low inclination orbit of 6 to 10 degrees, at ~650km altitude. This means stations North or South of approximately 32 degrees of latitude will not be able to access the satellite, but stations near the equator (such as Indonesia) will have up to 14 passes a day.

Along with Maritime AIS monitoring equipment, and optical capabilities, LAPANSAT-A2 carries a V/U voice repeater (145.88 with PL tone up, 435.88 down) and an APRS digipeater (145.825). The operational plan is not known at this time.

Live launch coverage is expected on DD News beginning at 0400Z:

Doordarshan National News on YouTube


For Sale: Kenwood TS-50S — Cash Only.

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 Also includes following items

 LDG_KT100  External
LDG KT-100 auto tuner Kenwood external speaker

$475.00 or best offer.
Rather pick up and not have to ship.
CASH only
Dave Sutherland / N4GMU

New 134GHz distance record

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G8KQW and G8ACE are very pleased to report two 134GHz contacts on Sunday, September 20, 2015

The first from Butser Triangle near the summit of Butser Hill above Portsmouth to Lane End to the SE of Winchester. A distance close to the UK distance record of 17.2Km.  Signals were exchanged both ways and a recordings and photos made by G8ACE can be found in the folder here:

G8ACE then moved to a site near Cheesefoot Head increasing the distance to 19.2Km, this slightly exceeds the current UK distance record for the band. Antennas at both ends were aligned using optical telescope and solar reflection from mirrors to pinpoint the exact far ends of the link, as soon as the FT817 IF Rx was turned on by G8ACE a signal from G8KQW/P  was heard.  However propagation had become somewhat unstable during the course of the site move and the signals were exchanged both ways but only in shorter bursts not as continuous reception.  Other difficulties such as high level traffic noise from the nearby A272 made copying more difficult than for the earlier contact. Headphones to be taken next time!


Be the first to catch the signals from a new Satellite in orbit

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It is time to start listening to space. To celebrate the launch of the student-built AAUSAT5 CubeSat from the International Space Station into low Earth orbit, ESA’s Education office challenges the amateur radio community to listen out for the tiny satellite.

Be the first to send in your recorded signal from AAUSAT5 and you will receive a prize from ESA’s Education Office.

Launched on 19 August to the ISS, the Danish student CubeSat is now waiting for its deployment from the Japanese Kibo module’s airlock. Sometime in the week of 5 October, an astronaut will manipulate a robotic arm to lift AAUSAT5 from the airlock and place it in orbit.


Once launched from the International Space Station the CubeSat will begin transmitting signals to Earth that can be picked up by anyone with common amateur radio equipment. ESA challenges anyone to record the signal and send it to us ( and Aalborg University (

The first correct email received will win the following prizes:

  • ESA/AAUSAT5 poster with signatures of the team members
  • ESA Education goodie bag
  • Scale 1:1 3D printed model of the AAUSAT 5 satellite


Battery Run Time: How Long Will That Backup Work?

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The 12-volt battery provided DC to my inverter causing its cooling fan to hum nicely as it converted DC to AC for the DVD player running a recent movie. Watching the player operate, I began to wonder how long my charged battery would continue providing power like this. Soon I was deep in research on battery run times and visited a number of fascinating and interesting websites. Along the way I found Peukert’s Law, Ragone and the reality of battery backup.

With my creative and inquisitive juices active and eager, I shut down the system and replaced the 12 volt 35Ah battery with two 6-volt 3.5Ah batteries connected in series to supply 12Vdc. Then I energized the 400W inverter and smiled as its internal fan immediately started up. Plugging in the portable DVD player into one of the inverter’s AC output sockets I was pleased to see the DVD player energize and begin playing a test sample DVD movie.

Then I sat back and monitored the operation of the player as DC power was draining from the battery and being converted to AC to run the player.



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The call M0RSE was first issued in 1991 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Samuel F.B. Morse’s birth. Since then the call has not been used.

In order to promote interest in CW the First Class CW Operators Club has arranged with Ofcom and RSGB that the call M0RSE can be used for Morse related events from time to time.  Events such as CW demonstrations, Straight Key events, QSO parties, etc. but NOT contests.

In 1991 the call was used by a number of clubs and individuals and this arrangement seems to have worked very well. So the same arrangement will also apply now and the call is available to all UK  competent CW operators.

Interested ? Want to book it for your next event ?

Have a look at the calendar, the usage conditions and the FAQs.

Please QSL via G3SWH

CQ WW RTTY DX Contest 2015 – Rules and Tip´s

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The 2015 CQ World-Wide DX RTTY Contest
September 26-27
Starts 0000 GMT Saturday — Ends 2400 GMT Sunday

I. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, and W/VE QTHs as possible.

II. BANDS: Five bands only: 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

III. CONTEST EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ zone number of the station location (e.g., 599 14). Stations in the continental USA and Canada also send QTH (e.g., 599 05 MA). See IV.C.3. below.


Silent Key: AB8GU – Darryl L. Peterson

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Darryl L. Peterson, 71, of Port Orange, left to be with our Lord on September 9, 2015 after a long illness. Darryl was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Robert Elmer Peterson and Thelma Williams Peterson. He was an Electrical Engineer for 43 years, employed by Reliance Electric / Rockwell Automation of Cleveland, Ohio. Retiring to Florida after a successful career, he was a member of 4-H, his main hobby involved hand radio, and working as a volunteer with the Daytona Beach Police emergency center. Darryl also loved to pilot and fly airplanes, and to travel. He was an active member of the Port Orange Presbyterian Church and thoroughly enjoyed being with his family and friends. Surviving are his wife of 12 years Mary Redman Peterson, two daughters Kimberlee (Edwin) Maynard of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Heather (Chris) Seifert near Cleveland, Ohio, his bonus daughter Jami L. (Rogier) Baars, and one brother Ken (Fay) Peterson, five grandchildren and two bonus grandchildren and his dog J.P. A celebration of Darryl's life will be held Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Port Orange Presbyterian Church, 4662 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL. A reception will follow. Condolences may be shared at In lieu of flowers please consider the Port Orange Presbyterian Church or Halifax Hospice of Port Orange.

WestVars: Swap Meet, Tailgate and Yard Sale at Lowes DeLand 9a-12p on September 26th

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Follow US-92 West until just after the DeLand Airport, to Lowes (on the right).

Lowe's Home Improvement
303 E International Speedway Blvd
DeLand, FL 32724

Saturday, September 26th, 2015
from 9am to Noon

Proceeds to benefit the West Volusia Amateur Radio Society, Inc.

Standing Waves Part I: Demonstration

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Demonstration of standing waves on a string. How the standing waves are generated, harmonics and more is explained here.
By James Dann for CC-BY-NC-SA

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HR2J – Honduras

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John, G4IRN informs that for CQWW CW this year he will be operating from the station of HR2J in Honduras, entry category yet to be decided.

He arrives on 21st November and departs on 30th, so some activity before the contest weekend. QSL is via HR2J (see

John also says The Voodoo Contest Group is taking a rest this year but plans are already being made for a team effort in 2016.

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South Sandwich /South Georgia DXpedition Dates Announced

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The Intrepid DX Group has announced its itinerary and operating schedule for its January 2016 South Sandwich/South Georgia VP8SGI/VP8STI DXpedition. South Sandwich Islands is No 3 on ClubLog’s Most Wanted DXCC List; South Georgia is No 8.

The Intrepid DX Group’s Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said the team will depart the Falkland Islands on January 9, arriving on South Georgia about 5 days later, where they will meet with South Sandwich and South Georgia government officials for a safety and biodiversity briefing. They then will sail another 3 days south to Southern Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands.

“We expect to arrive at South Sandwich on January 17,” Ewing said, “however, that is dependent on the weather and sea conditions.” The team will spend 10 days on South Sandwich, operating as VP8STI before sailing to South Georgia Island to start operations as VP8SGI about February 1.

“Our main priority is to make a great impact to the need for South Sandwich contacts, and we will sacrifice our time at South Georgia to ensure that we make that impact from South Sandwich,” Ewing said. — Thanks to the Intrepid DX Group

Another successful testing session.

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3 visitors came in for testing, and 3 successful new Amateur Radio Operators.



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To all members,

There will be an upcoming important vote on DBARA's Constitution and By-Laws.  Please take the time to read the revisions and bring up any thoughts or concerns you have at the September and October meetings. Only by hearing from you can these documents reflect the wishes of all members.

Dennis Burgoyne WD3B will conduct a line by line presentation of all changes proposed in both documents during the Oct meeting. The vote will be after all concerns have been resolved.

DBARA'S Constitution and By-Laws are the written rules by which our organization is governed and will guide the board in conducting business. Adherence to them will help ensure the fairness of board decisions and provide protection against legal challenges.

The words highlighted in yellow are the changes suggested in the board's August 2015 revision and presented to the membership at the August meeting, and the red words and strikethroughs are the September 2015 revisions.  All the above changes are subject to the members approval or disapproval.

Help us in this effort to create the rules that most reflect the wishes of the members and then hold the board accountable to them. 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

in the Documents section.

Butch Diehl  KK4TKU

DBARA Director

Online Amateur Radio Satellite Predictor

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Amateur Radio Satellite

Pedro Converso LU7ABF reports that AMSAT-LU have developed an online satellite prediction page which quickly provides on a single screen most data required for the amateur radio satellites and includes active maps and graphics.

The predictor allows selection of your location and satellite and shows current and future satellite passes.

The online satellite predictor is at