WSM “THE LEGEND” 650 AM

I am going to try to recognize a famous radio station every month this year in celebration of KDKA 100th anniversary. WSM signed on October 5th 1925 The Opry began as the WSM Barn Dance on November 28, 1925. In 1932, WSM boosted its power to 50,000 watts becoming Tennessee’s first clear-channel station. WSM’s unusual diamond-shaped antenna (manufactured by Blaw-Knox) is visible from Interstate 65 just south of Nashville (in Brentwood) and is one of the area’s landmarks. When the 878-foot tower was built in 1932, it was the tallest antenna in North America. Its height was reduced to 808 feet (246 m) in 1939 when it was discovered that the taller tower was causing self-cancellation in the “fringe” areas of reception of the station (it is now known that 195 electrical degrees, about 810 feet, is the optimum height for a Class A station on that frequency). For a period during World War II it was designated to provide transmissions to submarines in the event that ship-to-shore communications were lost. It is now one of the oldest operating broadcast towers in the United States.

The call letters “WSM” reflected National Life’s motto: “We Shield Millions.”

 

W5KUB BALLON LAUNCH

W5KUB-11 · center · zoom · info

2020-01-27 15:51:19
99 MPH 99° alt 39367 ft
141TxC 13.80C 198.97hPa 4.64V 06S http://www.w5kub.com
LightAPRS-W sbs13
[APLIGA via WIDE2-1,qAR,NA4ME-4]
being tracked · stop tracking · track in Street View

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The balloon can be tracked using Google Maps APRS type in W5KUB-11. The balloon is now near Sparta, Georgia.

The new “Youth Nets” page on the ARRL website is designed to serve as a clearing house for information about Amateur Radio nets aimed at youth participation. During those dry spells between bigger operating events such as School Club Roundup, Kids Day, and Field Day, regular participation in a net helps to develop operating skills and confidence, and it builds connections within the community of young hams.

A few nets are already listed, but ARRL invites any nets aimed at young radio amateurs to post and share their information on the ARRL “Youth Nets” web page.

Check Out The Youth Nets Webpage:
http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

World Championship High Speed Morse

The 17th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) High Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place August 20 – 24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Europe’s HST Cup and Balkan HST Championships will take place May 8 – 12 in Elbasan, Albania. Although not an IARU-recognized event, this international competition is widely accepted by the HST community as an opportunity for top competitors to check their form before the world championship, for teams to test new candidates for a national team, and for those unable to participate at the World Championship to still enjoy top-level competition. 

— Thanks to IARU Region 1

More Information: http://www.highspeedtelegraphy.com/HST-news

Winter 2020 Classic Exchange

Winter 2020 Classic Exchange (CX) Rules
CW Sunday Jan 12 1400Z to Jan 13 0800Z Tuesday Jan 14 1400Z to Jan 15 0800Z
Phone Sunday Feb 9 1400Z to Feb 10 0800Z Tuesday Feb 11 1400Z to Feb 12 0800Z
Bands 160-80-40-20-15-10-6-2
Modes CW, AM, SSB
Power Keep it legal…..
The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and Home Brew equipment that was the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago. The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.
You need not operate a Classic rig to participate in the CX. You may use any rig in the contest although new gear is a distinct scoring disadvantage as your multipliers are directly related to the age of the equipment you use! However, you can still work the “great ones” with modern equipment.
There are two (2) entry categories per mode: ►Three or fewer receiver-transmitter pairs ►Four or more receiver-transmitter pairs.
Each CX event has bonus points. Details in the Bonus section!
There will be CX recognition for high scores in AM, SSB, and CW as well as overall.

Straight Key Night

About:

Objective:

This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

Contest Details
Dates:
Straight Key Night is held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.Bands:All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.
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New Years Eve Digital Net

During  the Sunday night net on the Keystone West Digital Net we had a guest speaker on from Texas ( N8IQT – Doug ) who had a lot of good info about the Fusion/WiresX system. One comment was on room ( 21493 ) the MnWis Room there will be a New Years net on around the world starting on the 31st. The MnWis room he said has a lot of knowledgeable hams who are glad to help out with any of your questions about the Yaesu Fusion system and more.
Tnx The Tech Team Happy New Year