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IARU Region 1 UHF/Microwaves Contest

WA7BNM - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:00
1400Z, Oct 5 to 1400Z, Oct 6

California QSO Party

WA7BNM - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:00
1600Z, Oct 5 to 2200Z, Oct 6

International HELL-Contest

WA7BNM - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:00
1600Z-1800Z, Oct 5 (80m) and 0900Z-1100Z, Oct 6 (40m)

SKCC QSO Party

WA7BNM - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:00
1800Z, Oct 5 to 1800Z, Oct 6

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet

ARRL - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:01

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on October 12 in Denver, Colorado. The meeting agenda includes legal, legislative, and organizational matters as well as reports from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR; ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ.

The EC will consider an ex parte filing on ARRL’s petition for rule making (RM-11785) to...

MFJ-223 Vector Impedance Antenna Analyzer

QRZ Now - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:08

 

 

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MFJ-223 1-60 MHz Color Graphic VNA Analyzer

Pocket-Size, Incredible Performance! Truly accurate SWR, R, X and Z!

This pocket-sized wonder breaks the mold for analyzer design with user-friendly convenience, top notch accuracy, and a vivid TFT multi-color display. Don`t let the size fool you, MFJ-223 is packed with all the VNAfeatures and performance you need!

For example, get data for SWR, resistance (R), reactance (X), and impedance magnitude (Z) delivered on a color-coded high-resolution bar-graph display or sharply defined swept-frequency plots.

Get continuous DDS frequency coverage with 100-Hz resolution and a full selection of tuning steps and sweeps.

There`s a movable marker that calls up alpha-numeric data for any point on any plot — and a memory to capture current data when you turn the analyzer off.

Get other useful features too, like a built in help menu and a field-strength indicator warns when powerful interference is present.

Best of all, juggling batteries is a thing of the past — a long-running lithium-polymer power source is built right in. Recharge via any USB port.

Checkout these specifications:
• Single-frequency and swept frequency operating modes
• Truly accurate SWR, R, X, and Z measurements
• Seamless DDS coverage with 100-Hz resolution from 1-60 MHz
• Smooth “skip-free” encoder tunes fast or slow without missing a step
• Powerful +5-dBm stimulus generator overrides local interference
• Field-strength meter measures local signals, detects potential interference
• DDS generator precision signal source
• Vivid 1600-pixel/inch color graphics on a 2×2 inch non-glare TFTscreen
• High-lumen output, easy to read in direct sunlight
• Easy setup, only four control switches with convenient on-screen soft menus
• Personalized ID function programs your call or name onto the display
• Built-in 3.7-V 1800- mAH lithium-polymer battery charges with Battery Status Indicator and Auto Shut-off.
Optional MFJ-5431, Micro USB to USB Charge Cable.

• Charge % always displayed, multi-color LED monitors charge status
• Built-in clock shows elapsed time when unit is turned on
• Breakthrough miniaturization

2 3/4W x 3 1/2H x 1 3/8D” high-impact case, 5.1 oz.

• Has BNC connector.

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N0AX Wins the October QST Cover Plaque Award – Impedance Matching Circuits

QRZ Now - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 09:53

The winning article for the October 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “About Impedance Matching Circuits” by Ward Silver, NØAX.

The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue today.

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SJ2W Contest Station from Above

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N0AX Wins the October QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:19

The winning article for the October 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “About Impedance Matching Circuits” by Ward Silver, NØAX.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue today.

 

N0AX Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:19

The winning article for the October 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “About Impedance Matching Circuits” by Ward Silver, NØAX.

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ISS SSTV Oct 9 and 10 – On Air

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Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station on October 9 and 10

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.
– Oct 9 09:50-14:00 GMT
– Oct 10 08:55-15:15 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Please note that SSTV events are dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change at any time. You can check for updates regarding planned operation at:
ISS Ham https://twitter.com/RF2Space
ARISS Status https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

Read the MagPi article Pictures from space via ham radio
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/pictures-from-space-via-ham-radio/

ISS SSTV info and links
https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

SOURCE:http://www.southgatearc.org

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IARU Region 2 agrees to 15m satellite allocation

QRZ Now - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:01

PHOTO: ES5TV

The 20th General Assembly of IARU Region 2 in Lima Peru ended on Wednesday, October 3, 2019.

Participating in the Assembly were a total of twenty member societies, fifteen of them present and the other five participating via proxy, as follows:

Present:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia,
Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Argentina,
Honduras, Uruguay, Peru

By proxy:
Dominican Republic, proxy to El Salvador
Costa Rica, proxy to Honduras
Venezuela, proxy to Peru
Panama, proxy to Guatemala
Ecuador, proxy to Canada

During the third plenary, the presidents and secretaries of the different working committees presented their proposals, which were analyzed and discussed and voted by the delegates.

In administrative matters, the main issues addressed were the proposed modifications to the IARU Region 2 Constitution and Bylaws, which were all approved by the participating member societies to comply with current banking requirements.

Regarding band planning, the recommendation that 21,125 to 21,450 kHz in the 15-meter HF band be used for satellite communications on a non-exclusive basis was accepted, which will be aligned with the allocations in the other regions and will be used for uplinks. The satellite coordination group proposed:
a) the creation of a Satellite Communications Workshop;
b) that a representative of the Satellite Coordination Panel be present in this Workshop;
c) that the Panel maintains communication with all IARU R2 member societies.

The Financial Committee analyzed the financial documentation and issued a favorable verdict regarding the approval of the financial statements and the approval of the budget for the next three years of operation.

Proposed by Radio Club Argentino, and voted by the General Assembly, Buenos Aires will be the venue of the 21st General Assembly in 2022.

At the end of the meeting, the General Assembly carried out the election of Executive Committee members, and the following persons were elected for the next three years:

 

 

Officers:
President Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK
Vice-president José Arturo Molina, YS1MS
Secretary George Gorsline, VE3YV
Treasurer John “Jay” Bellows, KØQB

Directors:
Area A Director George Gorsline, VE3YV
Area B Director John “Jay” Bellows, KØQB
Area C Director Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK
Area E Director Tommy Chen, 9Y4T
Area F Director Gustavo de Faria Franco, PT2ADM
Area G Director Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE

This Executive Committee will start its functions on November 15 of this year.

In the photo above are the new Executive Committee: Left to right: Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE; Jose Arturo Molina, YS1MS; Ramon Santoyo, XE1KK; Jay Bellows, KØQB; Tommy Chen, 9Y4T;
George Gorsline, VE3YV; and Gustavo de Faria Franco, PT2ADM.

The General Assembly thanked Radio Club Peruano for hosting the Assembly and for their excellent organization and the help provided.

In a subsequent Executive Committee meeting, outgoing President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, thanked Noel Donawa for his more than 20 years of volunteer service and Ernesto Syriani for his contribution as Area G Director, both will not continue as Executive Committee members. Then, he welcomed new members, explained them about the current working methodologies and encouraged member societies to participate more actively in the organization. He also thanked the coordinators and volunteers that cooperated so that the 20th General Assembly of IARU-R2 was successful.

More information is available in:
http://www.lima-2019.net/
http://www.iaru-r2.org/

Joaquin Solana, XE1R
Editor de Noticias – News Editor – IARU R2

SOURCE: AMSAT UK

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QRPGuys 40/30/20m DSB Digital Transceiver – $40

QRZ Now - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:17

Have you ever wanted to try the new digital modes on a budget?

The QRPGuys DSB Digital Transceiver is a low cost, multiband, DSB transceiver kit, currently with three easy plug-in FT8 modules for 40/30/20m. This transceiver is an evolution compiled from various DSB and digital designs on the internet from ZL2BMI, VK3YE, AA7EE, BD6CR, and others. With help from Jim Giammanco, (N5IB) and finally Steve Weber, (KD1JV), we are offering a transceiver with an approximate output of 2.5 watts on 40m, over 1.5 watts on 30m, and over 1 watt on 20m. All the components are included for the main board (3.0″ x 3.12″) and three (40/30/20m) band modules.

The transceiver will run the popular free WSJT-X software (Windows, Linux, or macOS) that requires an accurate time synchronization program, such as Dimension 4, or many of the other free ones available. Users will need two 3.5mm stereo jumpers to your computer or tablet microphone/speaker jacks on the sound card.

 

The transceiver’s internal VOX relay circuit will switch to transmit automatically when it senses an audio output signal from the software on the pc or tablet speaker jack. The connections to the transceiver are BNC for the antenna, 3.5mm stereo jumpers to the computer audio jacks, and 12-14 VDC for the pcb mounted 2.1mm pin coaxial power jack. Approximate power consumption is about RX-15mA/TX-350mA.

 

 

 

The total weight w/band three modules is 3oz. (85gm). The normal tools required are a soldering iron with a small tip, rosin core solder, and small side cutters. The transceiver can be built in an evening. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the most difficult, this is rated at 3 depending on your experience. Note also below, plans for building a 3.5″ sq. x 1.0″ high compact chassis from PCB material.

 

Click here for the assembly manual

 

Lightweight fabricated PCB chassis suggestion

 

Reference URLS:

https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html – Latest WSJT-X program

http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/download.htm  – Coordinates computer time

https://time.is/ – Checks time accuracy of the computer time

Excellent FT8 Users Guide by ZL2IFB

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FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 for Deliberate Interference

QRZ Now - Sat, 10/05/2019 - 04:41

A New York Radio Amateur — Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a $17,000 fine imposed by the FCC. Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it.

“Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL.

The NAL recounted numerous complaints alleging that Guretzky was deliberately interfering with a repeater in Glen Oaks, New York. In June of 2017, the FCC issued a Warning Letter to Guretzky, advising him of the nature of the allegations against him and directing him to stop using the repeater going forward. Nonetheless, additional complaints were filed. In April 2018, agents from the FCC New York Enforcement Bureau office drove to Richmond Hill to investigate. Following an inspection of Guretzky’s station, the agents advised him in writing that he was prohibited from using the local repeater.

After the FCC received further complaints regarding Guretzky’s continued operation on the local repeater, an Enforcement Bureau agent again drove to Richmond Hill to investigate. The agent monitored the VHF repeater’s input and output frequencies and, after observing deliberate interference to other stations, used direction-finding techniques to identify the source of the transmission as Guretzky’s station.

“The agent monitored and recorded the transmissions emanating from Guretzky’s station for several hours that afternoon and heard him interfering with the local repeater,” the NAL said. “Later, the agent heard Guretzky making threatening comments toward other amateur operators. These transmissions were a deliberate act to control the frequency and prevent other Amateur Radio operators from conducting legitimate communications.”

The following month, FCC Regional Director David Dombrowski spoke with Guretzky via telephone, noting that the Commission was still receiving complaints about his continued use of the repeater and cautioning him against using the repeater.

The FCC said Guretzky “apparently willfully violated” Section 333 of the Communications Act and Section 97.101(d) of the FCC’s Amateur Service Rules, demonstrating “a deliberate disregard for the Commission’s authority and the very spirit of the Amateur Radio Service by continuing to interfere with the local repeater” despite having been warned.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:32

A new sunspot from old Cycle 24 appeared on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, then by Thursday was gone.

The sunspot number was 11 on both days, the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

Average daily solar flux rose only slightly from 67.3 to 67.6. Geomagnetic indices were higher. Average planetary A index rose from 5.4 to 14.4, and average mid-latitude A index increased from 4.6 to 11.

Predicted so...

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