Just Ahead in Radiosport. Post #4531

Source: “The ARRL Letter”, dated 25 September 2014.


October will be a busy and exciting time for contesters, DX chasers, and certificate hunters.

Here is a summary of upcoming Radiosport events for October, 2014:

01 October:  CWOps Weekly Mini-CWT Tests.

03 October:  NS Weekly Sprint.

03-05 October:  DX/NA YLRL Anniversary Party.

04 October:  TARA PSK Rumble.

04-o5 October:  Oceanania DX Phone Contest.

04-05 October:  Russian World Wide Digital Contest.

04-05 October:  Worked All Britain HF Contest.

04 October:  New Jersey QSO Party.

04-05 October:  California QSO Party.

05 October:  RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest.

06 October: EU Autumn Phone Sprint.

06 October:  OK1WC Memorial Contest.

07 October:  ARS Spartan Sprint.

08 October:  432 MHz Fall VHF Sprint.

These are just some of the contests being conducted in October, 2014.  For a full explanation of these events and pertinent rules, check out the ARRL Contest Calendar–http://www.arrl.org/contest-calendar.


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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in Possible Lava Flow Response. Post #4525.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org.


ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii as ARES volunteers stand ready to activate in the wake of the massive Puna volcanic lava flow that has been threatening some communities on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The lava originated from new “vents” in the Earth as a result of the Kilauea Volcano, which  began erupting  31 years ago. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider (AH6J), said Tuesday that while he doesn’t believe an ARES activation is imminent, lava flows can be unpredictable, and things can change rapidly.

Article excerpts:

Schneider says “Lava is a slow-moving disaster…it’s not like a volcano, where the thing just blows up.  It’s like a pot of soup.”

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey (KI1U) added that the Ham Aid kits destined for Hawaii include HF gear as well as VHF and UHF equipment.  Corey said “We’re deploying an HF kit–an IC-718 transceiver, a tuner, and a dipole–and a VHF/UHF kit.”  The latter includes a mobile transceiver and power supply as well as several handheld transceivers that have been programmed with local frequencies that may be needed before they’re shipped.  Corey stated that the Ham Aid kits are a resource available to ARRL section leadership to add capacity during a disaster or emergency response.

Schneider said that while there is no immediate need for the kits, “if they have it out there, and this thing changes, we’ll be prepared.  It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”

Hawaii County Civil Defense said Kilauea continued to erupt at its summit as of Monday, although the more than 10-mile lava flow–or “tube”–under the greatest scrutiny halted its progress toward the sea on Tuesday–at least for the time being.  Authorities are also monitoring so-called “breakout” flows.  No homes have been affected so far, although the molten rock is causing vegetation to burn in its path.  the front of the Puna lava flow is estimated to be some 150 yards across at its widest point.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has issued a disaster declaration for the areas that are or may be affected by the lava flow.  Schneider and ARES members and officials have been keeping an eye on the situation.

Schneider said the best estimate for the lava to hit Highway 130 would be within 10 days.  Schneider added that Highway 130 is the primary commuter route for residents in several residential subdivisions that might be affected, including one that is home to some 20,000 people–what he called, “a pretty good chunk of population” overall.  The governor’s proclamation has permitted authorities  to open two alternative routes, in case Highway 130 has to be closed.

Schneider mentioned that “The town of Pahoa is in kind of a slow panic…if the lava comes down and goes right to the ocean, probably the only thing that won’t be affected will be cell phones.  Electric power and conventional telephone service will be out.”  In that scenario, should ARES be activated, Schneider said the volunteers’ likely role would be to relay healthe-and-welfare traffic from affected communities.


I have a deep interest in this development, since my new home is located in a subdivision approximately 5 miles from the slowly expanded flow front.  I have a scanner tuned to the NOAA frequency, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the Hawaii Police Department, so I can keep abreast of any changes in the lava flow.  These are indeed exciting times.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).



Keynote Convention Speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (KK4INZ) now available on YouTube. Post #4484.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org


The 18 July 2014 keynote speech of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (KK4INZ), at the ARRL National Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, has been posted on You Tube (http://www.youtu.be/plOJXvkBbkg).

Article excerpt:

Fugate spoke before some 800 guests at the Friday evening convention banquet.  Earlier that day, he and ARRL President Kay Craigie (N3KN), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) aimed at enhancing cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication.  In his remarks at the banquet, Fugate said that before he even became FEMA administrator, it became clear to him that Amateur Radio could support ad hoc and innovative communication without relying on conventional telecommunications systems.

Fugate asserted that “The more sophisticated our systems become, the more fragile they become.”  He emphasized the need for resiliency in communication systems, adding, “The relevancy of ham radio only grows…Amateur Radio is taking that hobby and turning it into saving lives.” Fugate recently upgraded to General Class.  After Fugate’s address, President Craigie presented him with the ARRL Medal of Honor.



Fugate’s remarks are more than a pep talk or an “attaboy” letter from a military commander. They are a challenge to all amateur radio operators to “step up to the plate” and assume a more active role in providing emergency communications for local, state, and national agencies, including FEMA.  We must get trained, practice communications procedures, and learn to handle traffic by all permitted modes.  There are several courses  offered by FEMA and the ARRL that will bring you up to date on the latest procedures.  It might also be a good idea to get certifications from the American Red Cross.

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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog. 07 September 2014. Post #4474.

As the new week begins, here are some of the leading news stories we’re following:



Source:  QRZ.COM via W4PC

HRD Software, LLC announces the release of version 6.2.72 of Ham Radio Deluxe.  This is a maintenance release for Ham Radio Deluxe that provides fixes and enhancements to the software.  The developers have been working to address a few issues of particular concern to ur operators.  This maintenance release resolves issues regarding DM memory leak that was occurring on some machines, as well as a repair to the QSK function when selecting cluster spots.  Additionally, twelve new island groups were added to IOTA.  Additional enhancements or fixes can be viewed on our website.  We provide the 6.27 release at no charge to all registered uses of our 6.x software.  You can download the 6.27 release at:  http://ham-radio-deluxe.com.


Source:  ARRL

ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, hosted by Sean Kutzko, KX9X.  Compiled from the “ARRL Letter”, ARRL Audio News condenses the major Amateur Radio news highlights of the week into a fifteen-minute audio report. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere, on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go.  Each edition of ARRL Audio News runs about 15 minutes. For those airing the program on repeaters, listen for the letter “K” sent in Morse Code every three minutes or so.  That signals a five second pause in the audio.  We provide these breaks to give you a moment to prevent your repeater from timing out or inset a repeater ID.  The 05 September 2014 edition contains these stories:  New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee set at $21.40; Next “Red Badge Day” will be held on 21 September 2014–this is a good chance to “rack up” some serious Centennial QSO Party Points;  Amateur Radio Transponder will accompany Japanese Asteroid Mission into deep space. To download your free copy of the ARRL Audio News, visit http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news.

SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (see blog sidebar for complete listing)

Source:  WIA News

3.4 GHz under threat in Australia.

WIA News has issued an update on the “worrying situation” regarding 3.4 GHz in Australia.  Back in June,  the WIA advised amateur radio operators that the 9 cm Amateur Radio Band may be in jeopardy.  You can read all that Roger Harrison (VK2ZRH) prepared in the “Hot Issues” section of the WIA web page, or go direct to:  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/hotissues/current/index.php.

Now the Department of Communications has placed a Consultation on draft Direction to the 3.4 GHz band spectrum for the National Broadcasting Broadband Network spectrum gap on the web.  An exposure draft of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (3.5 GHz frequency band) Direction 2014 has been issued for public consultation.

The draft Direction relates to the use of spectrum in 3400 MHz up to and including 3425 MHz and from 3492.5 MHz up to and including 3542.5 MHz.  Submissions to the draft proposal are due by 22 September 2014.

Essex Hams capture ISS Gagarin Images.

As part of the Essex Ham Field Day on 06 September 2014, images celebrating Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin were captured in two passes from the International Space Station.  Pete (M0PSX) from Essex Ham said, “Receiving a fairly clear signal live SSTV from the International Space Station was quite a crowd pleaser, and the icing on the cake of another fun gathering of Essex Hams.”  Four stations were active on the field day with seven different verticals deployed, either for live QSOs or for testing.  Modes worked included voice, PSK31, JT65, and SSTV.  For images from the Galleywood Common Field Day, visit http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/essex-hams-galleywood-06-sept-2014.html.

Tentative schedule set for Eritrea DXpedition.

Despite some difficulties, Zorro (JH1AJT) is still planning on operating from Eritrea, leaving Japan in the morning of Sunday, 14 September, and arriving in Asmara on Monday, 15 September arond 03:15 local time (UTC + 3).  He will be fully occupied with meetings on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 through Friday, 19 September 2014.  There will be very little time for operating during these busy days.

On Saturday, 20 September 2014, and Sunday, 21 September 2014, there will be a good chance for him to get on the air for about 20 hours.  He plans to shut down his station and leave the hotel at night.  Then he will leave Asmara at 04:15 local time, with a Japan return date of noon on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.  Catch him if you can.

Be sure to check the blog sidebars for more amateur radio news and events.  These news feeds are updated daily.

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Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

Site Administrator.

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB016 (2014)

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Source: www.arrl.org

Here’s the official ARRL Bulletin concerning the new FCC fee for a 10-year vanity call sign.  According to the ARRL, the $5.30 increase “represents the largest raise vanity fee hike in many years.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention Marks Its 10th Year: – eHam.net

W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention Marks Its 10th Year:
Two new manufacturers will be at this year’s show — Heil Sound and SteppIR Antennas.

Source: www.eham.net

The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention will be held 26-27 September 2014 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessess. According to the ARRL, the 10th anniversary gathering will feature some outstanding presentations, including Bob Allphin (K4UEE) discussing the FT5ZM DXpedition and Krish Kanakasapapathi (W4VKU) describing the recent VU7AG DXpedition. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Next “Red Badge Day” on September 21 is a Chance to Rack Up Serious Centennial QSO Pa

Read the full ARRL story… (Amateur Radio – Next “Red Badge Day” on September 21 is a Chance to Rack Up Serious Centennial…

Source: www.hamradiotoday.com

ARRL “Red Badgers”–those ARRL officers and elected officials–will take to the air on Sunday, 21 September 2014 UTC (Saturday evening, 20 September 2014, in U.S. time zones), offering another opportunity to “snag some high-value contacts” for your ARRL Centennial QSO Party.  Contacts with ARRL officials and volunteers who wear the red identification badges will be worth a lot of points.  The event is termed an “activity day” and not a contest.  All activity is welcome, regardless of point value.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for HR 4969 – ARRL

Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for HR 4969
An August 13 webinar on “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” — H.R.

Source: www.arrl.org

According to the ARRL, the 13 August 2014 Webinar on “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969) attracted 450 online participants who wanted to learn more about the bipartisan measure and how they could help get the bill passed.  During the webinar, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay (W3KD) and ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco (N2YBB) discussed the measure and what it would mean to ARRL members and local communities.  According to Lisenco, getting the bill passed is a matter of building consensus, and he feels that the time to act is now.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village – ARRL

EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village
Special event station GB2EMF will operate from the Amateur Radio Village. Campers’ identification tags consist of a “fun piece of technology” that attendees can take home and use following the event.

Source: www.arrl.org

If you’ll be in the UK during the last week of August, you may want to check out “EMF 2014”.  The ARRL calls “EMF 2014” a “festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D Printing, DIYBio, Internet Culture, or pretty much anything else you can think of.”  The event will feature an Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF.  The “EMF 2014” event will be held just south of Bletchley, UK, Friday through Sunday, 29-31 August 2014.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Operators Delighted with California City Council’s Antenna Decision: – eHam.net

Operators Delighted with California City Council’s Antenna Decision: eHam.net The nearly 300 radio amateurs who live in Poway, California, may erect antenna support structures of up to 65 feet with only a building permit and a courtesy notice to…

Source: www.eham.net

According to the “ARRL Letter”, amateur radio operators in the Poway, California area are pleased with a new city ordinance that will allow antenna structures between 35 and 65 feet in height to be erected without “obtaining a special minor use permit.”  Amateur radio operators would be required to notify neighbors within 250 feet of the proposed antenna support system.  ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay (W3KD) called the  decision “a big change in the well-entrenched attitudes in Poway spanning decades.  So, this was a big win for us.”  A report submitted to the Poway, California City Council concluded that “antenna support structures of up to 65 feet would represent ‘reasonable accommodation‘ under PRB-1, due to the area’s topography.”  Thanks to California hams, Chris Imlay, and city council members, “reasonable accommodation” has been secured for amateur radio operators in this California city.  Progress is being made in small, but significant steps.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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