This Weekend Special Event Stations

Looking for something to do this weekend check out theses special event stations.

  • 09/14/2018 | POW MIA Recognition Day

    Sep 14-Sep 23, 0000Z-2359Z, K4MIA, Loxahatchee, FL. PBSE Radio Society. 28.466 18.150 14.265 7.185 . QSL. Michael Bald, 6758 Hall Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. Observances of National POW MIA Recognition Day are held across this country on the third Friday in September each year. This year it will be on September 21. This will be the 10th year this special event station has been activated..The day was established to honor our prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. There will be sister stations K4MIA/5 K4MIA/7 K4MIA/8 in operation some days. Also contacts will be made on the LEO satellites. See QRZ for a copy of this years QSL and for additional information. Because of volume of requests you MUST SEND SASE to get a returned QSL. Please take time to remember our POW’s and MIA’s as well as their families.

  • 09/15/2018 | 132nd Anniversary of Geronimo’s Surrender at Skeleton Canyon

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2300Z, K7T, Tucson, AZ. Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club. CW: 7.040, 14.040 PSK: 7.070, 14.070 FT-8: 7.074, 14.074 SSB: 7.200, 14.250. Certificate. Email, to, , Email requests only. No paper QSLs, please.

  • 09/15/2018 | Crash of USS Shenandoah

    Sep 15, 1700Z-2100Z, K8S/N8S/W8S, Ava, OH. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association/Belle Valley Amateur Radio Club of American Legion Post 641. 7.235 7.230 7.225. Certificate. Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 1804, Cambridge, OH 43725. Commemorating the crash of the airship USS Shenandoah. There were three crash/debris sites. Operations will be from the three crash sites using call signs: K8S, N8S, and W8S.

  • 09/15/2018 | Motor City Radio Club 86th Year Special Event Station

    Sep 15, 1400Z-2100Z, W8MRM, Southgate, MI. Motor City Radio Club. 14.260 7.225. Certificate. Motor City Radio Club, P.O. Box 1337, Southgate, MI 48195. webmaster@mcrcw8mrm

  • 09/16/2018 | MOARC Celebrates 30 Years!

    Sep 16, 1200Z-1600Z, W2MO, Verona, NY. Madison-Oneida Amateur Radio Club. 14.285 14.310 7.180 7.200. QSL. MOARC W2MO, PO Box 241, Verona, NY 13478.

  • 09/16/2018 | Saving of The Liberty Bell

    Sep 16-Sep 25, 0000Z-2359Z, W3L, Harleysville, PA. WV2M. 14.240 14.030 7.240 7.030. QSL. Frank Gallo, 106 Tweed Way, Harleysville, PA 19438.

From the ARRL website:

Technician License Review Class

Technician License Review Class
Two Day Sept 29th & Oct 6th

Steel City Amatuer Radio Club will be hosting a two day Technician License review class on Saturdays Sept 29th and Oct 6th from 9 AM – 3 PM.  With a VE testing session immediately after the Oct 6th class at 3pm.  Since this is a review we will be going over the question pool covering the different sections of of the testing materials to help you understand it better and to help you pass the amature radio Technician license.  You are excepted to have already purchase the training material and have reviewed it before the first class.  Then bring any question you might have about the question pool to the class so it can be gone over.

  • NOTE – The question pool was updated recently please make sure your training material is dated after July 1, 2018.  This will make sure you will have the most recent question pool.

To sign up for these two training sessions the dead line is Sept 24, 2018.  Please contact Art Mueller at (724) 356-7381 to sign up for this class or if you have any question about this review class.

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Monitoring Active Storms – Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN


With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane

Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

As of 1500 UTC, Florence was some 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,240 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The storm is moving west at 13 MPH.

The HWN has not announced any activation plans. The net traditionally uses 14.325 MHz during daylight hours and 7.268 MHz after dark. “With propagation being extremely poor to nonexistent on 20 meters, we may be forced to operate on both bands simultaneously,” Graves said. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently in a planning stage and anticipating activating Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14. When WX4NHC activates, it will operate cooperatively with HWN as net stations funnel ground-level reports to the Center.

The International SATERN SSB Net has announced plan to activate in response to Hurricane Florence on Thursday, September 13, remaining in operation at least through Saturday, September 15. SATERN operates on 14.265 MHz with 14.312 MHz as an alternative frequency.

“The Salvation Army is already beginning to plan for major deployments of personnel and equipment,” SATERN announced over the weekend.

The Voice over Internet Protocol Weather/Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) is expected to activate late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Storms in the Pacific include Tropical Storm Paul, which is not expected to affect land, and Hurricane Olivia, a Category 1 storm that could threaten Hawaii. The NHC has advised Hawaii residents to monitor the storm’s progress.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hello all,
As you have figure out by now your webmaster got hooked by the SOTA bug and I have been enjoying my mountain top experiences.  Including this past Saturday when I worked my first transatlantic contact {Germany} on 20 meters using only 5 watts of power from my FT-817 radio.  So when I was surfing the SOTA web site and notice this posting for a Summit to Summit QSO party,  and I want to try to do this event in November.  Does anyone want to join me on this transatlantic adventure?

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party – 3 November 2018

Hi all,
I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S {Summit to Summit}  QSO Party. We have settled on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC. This will be the core activity period for the event, with those that wish starting an hour or so earlier and / or finishing later.

This date has been arranged to take advantage of the dates when we change from summer time to winter time in both the USA and Europe. It is a few weeks earlier than in previous years which we hope will help with the extended stay on the summits.

In the light of the widening of SOTA in the Americas, from this point it is proposed that the event will be renamed the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Please make a note in your diary.

73 Gerald G4OIG / G8CXK

New Rotor – Green Heron

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Several weeks ago it was notice that the rotor on our south tower TriBander had frozen up again. After being refurbish several times already it was decided to just replace the rotor with a new one.  It was a good decision due to the fact of when Matt climb the tower to remove it the rotor felled apart in his hands.  Due to the research of done for the Mosley antenna it was decided to get a Green Heron rotor package.  This controller has several smart features including starting the rotation slowly and ramping up the speed as it turns. Plus a nice safety feature of the controller not seeing any movement it will cut the power and show an error message.  It has one more fancy feature in it ive better feedback to the computer.  The little N1MM program will now show you what direction it is pointing and you can watch it move with a small pointer inside the program. Green Heron program is even fancier in it show a map with an overlay of the signal pattern on the map and you can click and drag the overlay to what ever country you want to work.  So come on up for the social meeting and try it out. Special Thanks goes out to Matt, KB3PJW and Karl, WA3VXJ for doing all the tower work in the summer heat. 

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What Is A ‘Go kit’?

Special Thank To: 
Huntsville Amateur Radio Club

Go here for the the original
interesting document:

A Go-Kit is made up of a portable “Amateur radio” station and assorted personal gear that can quickly be assembled to respond to a “Call To Service”. What the kit will consist of depends on the type of incidents being responded to and potential extent of the events.

  1. The best kit for you may not fit a “canned” list, but should be based upon your operating mode, experience and local conditions.
  2.  A typical “go” kit should sustain a day of continuous operation and be easily supplemented for overnight or weekend trips. The bare essentials are a 2-meter or dual-band radio, some sort of “gain” antenna, auxiliary power source, writing materials, comfort and safety items. You can do a lot with a minimum kit, if you plan its contents carefully. There is risk of not having something you may
    need if you go “too” light, but obvious “bells and whistles” should stay home
  3.  A Go-Kit radio is usually capable of more transmitter power than a HT. It is good practice to use no more transmitter power than required, but it is also necessary to have enough power available to complete the communications. The additional transmit power does not have to be utilized, but if needed, it is there.
  4. The ARRL ARES Field Resources Manual provides excellent guidance on “Go” kits.

Message from Chief Army MARS

As suggested by Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY 

 Below is a message put out to MARS Stations (Military Affiliate Radio System)  from Chief Army MARS regarding a Comex exercise we just did.  This is only one example of many such exercises we do in MARS on a regular basis.  I’m passing this along in an attempt to spark an interest in anyone who might want to join MARS.  With the World affairs  the way they are right now, I think having a MARS Licenses is a valuable thing to have.  On are NETS we regularly have the Pentagon (AAR3PNT) CK in, the PA National Guard, TSA Agencies, etc., just to name a few CK in.  Right now I’m the only Licensed MARS Station at the Club.  In the past we’ve had several other members who were in MARS (Doug W3HH, Bobby N3LL, Mac W3MAC, & Sue KA3JKS).  It would be nice to have someone else in the Club with an interest in MARS.  If your Radio isn’t modified to go out of the Amateur Bands, on problem.  We have a system similar to Echolink that allows Stations to CK in using the Internet & the TeamSpeak Program.  Anyone with an interest just get in touch with me.
I’ll be more than glad to Elmer you along.  73 & Happy Labor Day Weekend.
Billy Joe,  N3VEF/AAR3OY

Please distro to all Army MARS members:

Last week, 600 members of both Army and Air Force MARS put their
communication skills to the test during the quarterly DOD comex 18-3.
Responding to a simulated set of circumstances, MARS members were charged
with providing various information reports from the local and county areas
through the MARS HF network to the supported DOD headquarters using a
military standard communications protocol.

Members were further challenged during a portion of the exercise by only
operating during evening/night time hours when propagation is more
challenging. Throughout the exercise, MARS members used both traditional
single channel voice communications as well as establishing communications
links using 2G automatic link establishment.

Thanks to all the MARS stations who trained during this comex. Regardless if
you served as major/minor relay station, a net control station, a duty
officer, or provided your information messages for relay to the supported
headquarters, you are an important link in the communications chain. Well
done! Don’t forget to submit your after action reports so we can continue to
improve how we execute our mission.

Chief, Army MARS

New Jersey – QSO Party

As suggested by Lloyd, KA3MSE
For full rules and aditional information see:



  • Contact as many NJ amateurs in as many NJ counties as possible.
  • NJ stations contact as many amateurs in the US, Canada and the world as possible.


  • September 15 & 16, 2018
  • Sat. 1200 (noon) EDST (1600 UTC) to 2359 EDST (0359 UTC) and
    Sun. 1000 EDST (1400 UTC) to Sun. 1600 EDST (2000 UTC)


  • 80 , 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters ONLY.
  • Suggested frequencies:
 Band CW Phone
80M 3.550 3.825
40M 7.050 7.190
20M 14.050 14.250
15M 21.050 21.400
10M 28.050 28.400

Entry Categories

  • Single Operator
    • High power (150 W or more)
    • Low power (<150 W)
    • QRP (5 W or less)
  • Multi-operator
    • High power (150W or more)
    • Low power (<150 W)
    • QRP (5 W or less))
  • Mobile/Rover/Portable
    • Low power (<150 W)
    • QRP (5 W or less)
    • NJ stations, operating in more than one NJ county, must append a slash and the county abbreviation to their call.
    • Non-NJ stations, operating in more than one state or province should append a slash and their state or province abbreviation to their call.
    • Mobile or portable stations that change geographic area (county for NJ stations or S/P/DX for others) are considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for QSO points and multiplier credit. No station may claim simultaneous operation in more than one county, state, or province.
  • Rookie
    • Licensed within 1 year of date of the NJQP.
    • Rookie operators should select “Rookie” in the overlay category.


  • CW and Phone.
  • No repeater or internet modes.




WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal

Concern Rising within Amateur Radio Community over WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal

08/21/2018 – From the ARRL news website

ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.

ARRL is among those worried over the possible loss of WWV, WWVH, and WWVB and is suggesting that members of the Amateur Radio community who value the stations for their precise time and frequency signals and other information sign Kelly’s petition and/or contact their members of Congress promptly, explaining how the stations are important to them, beyond government and military use.

Kelly’s petition, which may be signed by US residents, notes that WWV is among the oldest radio stations in the US, having been established in 1920. “The station has transmitted the official US time for nearly 100 years, and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education,” his petition says. “Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry.”

NIST’s full Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress calls for the agency to “discontinue the dissemination of the US time and frequency via the NIST radio stations in Hawaii and Fort Collins, Colorado.” The agency noted, “These radio stations transmit signals that are used to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall clocks, clock radios, and wristwatches, and may be used in other applications like appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers.” The specific cut, which would come from the NIST Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science, and Measurement Dissemination budget, would amount to $6.3 million.

In its budget request, NIST said that it plans to consolidate and focus work on its efforts in quantum science while maintaining essential core capabilities in measurement science research and measurement dissemination, as well as eliminate “efforts that have been replaced by newer technologies, measurement science research that lies outside NIST’s core mission space, and programs that can no longer be supported due to facility deterioration.”

WWV and WWVH broadcast time and frequency information 24/7, including time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, and marine storm warnings. Transmissions are broadcast from separate transmitters on 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz. An experimental 25 MHz signal is also currently on the air. WWVB transmits standard Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) signals on 60 kHz to appropriately equipped timekeeping devices.

NIST Public Relations Director Gail Porter told Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL — editor of The SWLing Post, which has been tracking developments — that NIST “is proud of the time and frequency services we provide through our radio stations, and understands that these services are important to many people.”

NIST Director Walter Copan has supported the overall budget request. “This budget request ensures that NIST can continue to work at the frontiers of measurement science by preserving investment in core metrology research,” Copan said. “Through its constitutionally mandated role, NIST performs work that only the government can do, and produces enormous return on US taxpayers’ investment. Translating measurements into technically sound standards across all industries enables effective international trade and US competitiveness.”