Technician Training Class – Coming Soon

Stay tune for the big announcement of the upcoming Fall Technician Training Class to be held at the Steel City Club house.  This will be a two day review class with the license exam to follow after the second class.  So make sure you pick up a copy of the new Technician Study guide {This was just updated} so you will be ready for the class.

QSL Card from KH6JF / MM

Congratulation goes to N3LL for making contact with the KH6JF floating drone ship. He made an FT8 contact with the drone this past March.


More Information: http://www.jrfarc.org/hf-voyager/

Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club (JRFARC) has integrated an HF transceiver with an autonomous ocean-going drone. Our mission is to deploy a ham radio station that roams the world’s oceans while providing an opportunity for amateur radio operators everywhere to make contacts with rare locations.

Our sponsor, Jupiter Research Foundation (JRF), has loaned JRFARC a Wave Glider and donated some radio equipment for this effort. Our club members have assembled a specialized waterproof ham radio payload and antenna system for the Wave Glider. We’ve used a combination of off-the-shelf and custom software and hardware to allow the system to operate autonomously for months at a time.

We originally launched the system from the Island of Hawaii in January of 2016 onboard a Wave Glider SV-2. After a nearshore ‘shakedown cruise’ of about one month, we brought the system in for some tweaks. We’ve had it in the nearshore waters for a few more test cruises throughout the summer of 2016 and 2017. In the late summer of 2017 we built a second version of the HF Voyager to be deployed on an SV-3 model Wave Glider. It sailed in the near-shore waters for a few months of testing in late 2017.

We sent this new Voyager out to the open ocean on its way towards Baja California on January 15th, 2018 as a passenger on the JRF HUMPACS mission. As the mission searched for ‘missing’ humpback whales, JRF’s pilots guided HF Voyager to sections of the Equatorial North Pacific that were not normally available to ham operators. The station used FT8 on the 20 meter band as its primary operating mode. You may have heard it on PSK-31 or WSPR. The Voyager returned to Hawaii on April 25th, 2018.

The club plans to give a QSL card to operators worldwide that have a confirmed contact with the HF Voyager during the HUMPBACS mission.

In the future we hope to collaborate with Amateur Radio organizations and publishers to sponsor operating events and contests for HF Voyager contact milestones. Grid square collectors, maritime operating fans, Islands on the Air participants, and all other hams interested in this unique opportunity to make a contact with an autonomous roving maritime station should find this to be an exciting new aspect of their favorite hobby.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist California Fire

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California. Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and forced countless residents to evacuate, including radio amateurs. ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, said this week that things have calmed somewhat compared to the past couple of weeks, with American Red Cross shelter communicators stepping down after 10 days of support. Initially, there were four shelters in Redding. On August 5, the Shasta-Tehama ARES team was able to take its communications trailer to Trinity County to support a shelter in Weaverville opened for Carr Fire evacuees, he said.

“This relieved the Sacramento County ARES volunteers who had been up there for several days,” Kruckewitt said. “For mutual assistance to Weaverville, it is a 4.5- to 5.5-hour drive for the Sacramento Valley Section people who helped out. Communications at the shelter have been important, as power and cell phone coverage is often spotty, with power going off for hours at a time.” All ARES activations for the Carr Fire ended the evening of August 7.

Read the full story here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-emergency-service-volunteers-assist-in-california-fire-response

2018 Hurricane Season: Some Nets to Know

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net – Meets daily at 1030Z and 2230Z on 3815 kHz. The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was established in 1958 by Colonel Henry Frew, KV4BZ, for the purpose of having a general calling frequency for the Caribbean Islands and their North and South American friends. The net’s original name was the Antilles Emergency Net.
Hurricane Watch Net — 14.325 MHz (day)/7.268 MHz (night). Activated whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of expected land-fall. Disseminates storm information and relays meteorological data to National Hurricane Center via embedded NHC station WX4NHC. Also relays post-storm damage reports and other relevant information.
Intercontinental Net — 7 AM to noon US Eastern Time – 14.300 MHz. Provides a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.
Maritime Mobile Service Net — 12 PM to 9 PM US EST or 12 PM to 10 PM EDT – 14.300 MHz – The network acts as a weather beacon for ships during periods of severe weather and regularly repeats high seas and tropical weather warnings and bulletins from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.
14.300 MHz Net Information – More information about nets on 14.300 MHz.
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) – 14.265 MHz – The purpose of the SATERN net is to support the Salvation Army operations in local, regional and international disaster situations, as well as other functions.
VOiP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net — A weekly Prep Net is held on Sundays at 0000 UTC, which is Saturday evenings for most of North America. Join by connecting to the EchoLink WX-TALK conference server, IRLP Reflector 9219 or if necessary to one of the backup systems. Monitor the net during hurricanes and other major severe weather events.
From: Lloyd KA3MSE