Information Net for June 17


Read by: ED KE4JWS

Safety Tips and Facts
About every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train!!!
  1. Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change.
  2. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection.
  3. All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks; it’s illegal to trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it’s too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  4. The average locomotive weighs about 400,000 pounds or 200 tons; it can weigh up to 6,000 tons. This makes the weight ratio of a car to a train proportional to that of a soda can to a car. We all know what happens to a soda can hit by a car.
  5. Trains have the right of way 100% of the time over emergency vehicles, cars, the police and pedestrians.

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Field Day 2013 Announcement

Field Day is this Saturday on June 22 – 23!

Field Day 2008
Field Day 2008 (credit: davef3138)

We need some volunteers to help with the set up Saturday morning starting about 8:00 AM. We also need some volunteer hams to run the various stations. Pick a time and contact Jerry or Martha, their information is below. If you would also like to set up a station of your own, let us know. And, of course, we are looking for volunteers to help with the tear down on Sunday.

We will have food during the day for everyone. If you would like to bring a covered dish or snack, it will be greatly appreciated by all the volunteers. Contact Jerry if you need more information. You can also contact Martha and she can try to find the answers.

Jerry Hedgcoth KE4ETY

Martha Frederick KJ4RIQ

We hope you will bring your family and friends. There will be displays from the OEM, the National Guard’s MARS station, and hopefully something from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.

We need your help and participation to make the NARC Field Day successful. Any time you can give will be appreciated.

Information Net for June 10

Forecasters Calling for “Active or Extremely Active” Atlantic Hurricane Season


Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are calling for an “active or extremely active” 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. In its initial outlook for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season — which begins Saturday, June 1 and runs through November 30 — NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a 70 percent likelihood of 13-20 named storms (winds of 39 miles per hour or higher), of which 7-11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 miles per hour or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

“With the devastation of [Hurricane] Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time,” explained NOAA Acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan. “As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”


According to the CPC, the three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together, producing an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. These three factors are:

  • A continuation of the atmospheric climate pattern, including a strong West African monsoon, that is responsible for the ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes, which began in 1995.
  • Warmer than average water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
  • El Niño is not expected to develop and suppress hurricane formation.

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Information Net for June 3

LoTW: Logbook of The World Reaches 500 Million QSOs


On May 21 at approximately 9:40 PM EDT (0140 UTC on May 22), Logbook of The World (LoTW) — the ARRL’s online QSO confirmation system – reached a new record: 500 million QSOs. This milestone was reached as Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, of Crofton, British Columbia, uploaded a log from 2011 for VC7M, the Canadian Multi/Multi Team in the 2011 CQ WPX CW Contest.

Since LoTW was first introduced in September 2003, almost 58,000 hams around the world have registered to use the system to confirm two-way contacts they have made. The confirmations are credited toward various ARRL operating awards, such as Worked All States and DXCC. By using digitally signed certificates with QSO date ranges and station locations for geographic information, LoTW is able to accommodate clubs, previously held call signs, QSL managers, DXpeditions, mobile and rover operators just as easily as it handles the individual user with one call sign and one location,
LoTW: Release of TQSL 1.14 for LoTW Delayed

Last week, the ARRL announced that the introduction of the new (Trusted)QSL 1.14 software for Logbook of The World (LoTW) would be available on May 20. Upon further testing, three defects — now corrected — were reported after that announcement. Before publicly releasing a corrected version of TQSL 1.14, the software must be thoroughly retested by the Trusted QSL Software Development Team. LoTW users should expect a public release of TQSL 1.14 by the end of the month.

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