April 7 Work Day

On April 7 after the monthly club breakfast, we will be heading over to the club house for a work day. We would like to work on the antenna in preparation for field day and finish cleaning out the storage garage. We would like anyone who can help to meet at the club house around 9:00 AM. Thanks to all that can participate.

The World of Amateur Radio

In this vintage 16mm film from ARRL, Dick Van Dyke and Roy Neal K6DUE (SK) present the virtues of amateur radio. It was shot in 1979 and gives an idea how amateur radio was viewed and used at that time. Roy Neal, a TV personality/producer and an NBC News correspondent was joined by other celebrity hams including Barry Goldwater K7UGA (SK), King Hussein JY1 (SK) and Arthur Godfrey K4LIB (SK).

This was produced by Dave Bell, W6AQ. At the end of the movie, he made a very personal commentary on some behind the scenes info on the making of the film. A biography of him can be found at oldqslcards.com.

Information Net for March 26

News, Press Releases and General Interest

Read by: RICK N9GRW

The threes are cleaning up in operating events lately and I don’t mean Maryland-DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The ARRL Triple Play award and other multi-mode contests have now been followed by the World Wide Iron Ham Contest from Brazil and the Greek Triathlon DX Contest. Limber up the fingers to type, squeeze, and send in all three modes! (Thanks, Kostas SV1DPI and Oms PY5EG)

The 16th Annual SVHFS Conference will be held on April 20-21 in Charlotte, NC. There will be an antenna gain “shootout” and a noise figure test on Friday. ARRL President, Kay Craigie N3KN will be the featured speaker on Friday. There are plenty of technical and operating presentations, commercial vendors, plus a flea market on Friday evening. The Saturday banquet keynote speaker will be Nobel laureate Joe Taylor K1JT. (Thanks, Jim W4KXY)

Many clubs are looking for ways to help their newly-licensed members become active and learn HF operating skills. The upcoming ARRL Rookie Roundup (April 15th) has added the Multioperator category along with Team competition to help clubs do just that. Set up an all-day operating event, activate the club station, arrange for an open house – whatever is best for your club. Challenge another local club for bragging rights – competition is fun! As an extra bonus, you’ll be training and recruiting a crop of brand-new Field Day operators, too!

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National Hurricane Conference

The National Hurricane Conference (NHC) is scheduled for March 26 to 29 in Orlando, Florida. The conference leadership recognized the valuable contributions of amateur radio and invited several radio amateurs to participate. Two NHC sessions are scheduled:

  1. Amateur Radio Training Sessions: Disaster Communications Before, During and After Hurricanes on March 26 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
  2. Amateur Radio Rap Session — The Emergency Manager’s Hidden Resource on March 27 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Additionally, an interactive NHC workshop will be hosted by the Orange County Communications Auxiliary, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center and the ARRL Southeastern Division on March 26 from 7:00 PM to to 9:00 PM EDT. This workshop is geared for all ARES members and interested radio amateurs.

For those who cannot make it on-site, all three presentations, the two NHC sessions and the NHC workshop, will be simulcast on the Internet on the North Shore Radio Association, Inc. and VoIP Hurricane Net web sites. All sessions are provided at no cost.

More information can be found on the ARRL announcement.

Information Net for March 19

On the Air: ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60 Meters

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

Seal of the United States Federal Communicatio...
Seal of the United States Federal Communications Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to the FCC’s Report and Order issued November 18, 2011, radio amateurs will enjoy a number of new privileges on the 60 meter band, beginning at midnight (EST) March 5. These new privileges include a boost in effective radiated power from 50 to 100 W, as well as the ability to use CW and certain digital modes.

Late last year, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee surveyed 60 meter operators to gather opinions about how to best use the new privileges. On the subject of creating a specific band plan, the survey results indicated consensus beyond the fact that 5403.5 kHz should retain its status as a de facto “DX channel.” On the other hand, survey respondents made a number of suggestions for general operating practices.

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Information Net for March 12

What Does a Volunteer Examiner (VE) Do?

Read by: ED KE4JWS

ARRL VE badge (Photo credit: Abraxas3d)

Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are licensed radio amateurs holding a General Class license or higher who offer their time to administer the FCC licensing tests. Learn how you can become a VE associated with the ARRL Volunteer Coordinator office (VEC) by reviewing the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Manual.

Relying on the training and experience of ARRL VEs who conduct FCC license exams, ARRL also authorizes VEs to conduct exam sessions for ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course. An additional registration with ARRL’s Continuing Education Program is required. Find more information at EmComm Field Exam Resources.

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CQ World-Wide WPX SSB Contest

Russ Ward has invited everyone to come to his place for the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest which is on Saturday, March 24th. If anyone is interested they can email Russ at RW4NI@yahoo.com.

Please make sure you email him if you would like to come because he will have limited parking area and you will need to get times and directions from him.

The objective of the contest is for amateurs world wide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period. Contest rules (pdf) are on the CQ WPX web site.

High Altitude Ballooning

Earth and clouds seen at 100,000 feet above Or...
Earth and clouds seen at 100,000 feet above Oregon (Image via Wikipedia)

High altitude ballooning is a hobby that explores the region of the Earth’s atmosphere called “near space.” This region is between 65,000 and 325,000–350,000 feet and at these altitudes, it near space more like earth orbit than the surface of the earth. Air pressure in near space reaches 99% of a vacuum or better and air temperatures drop to a low of -60 degrees F or colder. Near space cosmic radiation is also over 100 times greater than at sea level.

Amateur radio operators have taken part in these experiments. Called Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning (ARHAB), it has been referred to as the “poor man’s space program.” ARHAB allows amateurs to design functioning models of spacecraft and launch them into a space-like environment.

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Information Net for March 5

Army Leaders Defend Plan to Shutdown M1 Tank Production

Military.com February 17, 2012 | by Matthew Cox

Read by: RICK N9GRW

The Army’s top two leaders defended the service’s strategy to cut spending before lawmakers on Capitol Hill today, including a plan to shutdown M1 tank production.

Members of the House Armed Services Committee applauded the Army’s proposed 2013 defense budget but expressed concern over how the plan’s deep cuts will affect the defense industrial base.

Texas Democratic Congressman Silvestre Reyes said he was worried about the future of the Army’s armored combat vehicle fleets since “the current plan, according to the budget submitted, calls for a total shutdown of the Abrams, Bradley and Stryker production lines for three to four years, which starts in 2014.”

Such a move could result in layoffs of experienced workers and damage industry’s ability to meet the Army’s needs in the event of an unforeseen conflict, Reyes said.

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