ARRL November Sweepstakes

Objective: For stations in the United States and Canada (including territories and possessions) to exchange QSO  information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 mete rbands.

Operating Guideline: You must include your call sign in the exchange information you transmit to the other station.  This is generally done between your precedence (A/B/Q/M/S/U) and your check (year of first license) as follows:

CQing Station: CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ
Answering Station: W1AW
CQer: W1AW 123 A W9JJ 79 CT
Ans: 43 M W1AW 31 CT
CQer: Thanks, CQ Sweepstakes from W9JJ

As the answering station, it is not necessary to send the CQing station’s call unless you feel there might be some confusion about what station you are responding to.

Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party

Hi all,

I have been in contact with Barry N1EU and Ed DD5LP with respect to options for the next NA – EU S2S 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

Mosley Update

Here is the latest update for the Mosley antenna. The technical committee has been busy putting things together.  And finally all the elements have been mounted to the boom.  We steel need to level things up and do the finally element spacing measurements but its together enough to get a good size of the final product.

Click on image for full size.Hmm, it seem we ended up with four extra pieces.  Does anyone know where these go?

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. www.qrz.com/db/k4mia

  • 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, , qsl@tucsonhamradio.org. Email requests only. No paper QSLs, please. www.tucsonhamradio.org

  • 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. www.w8vp.org

  • 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 orwww.w8mrm.net

  • 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. www.moarc.com

  • 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. www.w3l.info

From the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations

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?
N3LRG


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 Jersey – QSO Party

As suggested by Lloyd, KA3MSE
For full rules and aditional information see: 
http://www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp/njqp_rules.html

New
Jersey
QSOParty

Objective

  • 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.

Date/Time

  • 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)

Bands

  • 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.

Modes

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

Exchange

 

 

SOTA – Summits On The Air

Summits on the Air

SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners – this is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).

SOTA is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognized SOTA summits within that Association. Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit. Certificates are available for various scores, leading to the prestigious “Mountain Goat” and “Shack Sloth” trophies. An Honor Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database

How do I start?

Summits on the Air is an amateur radio awards scheme. To participate in this scheme you do not become a “member”, there are no dues to be paid or membership cards to be issued. You can join in straight away! You will find it helpful to register accounts our online services, namely SOTAwatch, the SOTA Database and the SOTA Reflector. There is no charge for these accounts, but once registered you can use SOTAwatch to see what is happening right now in SOTA and, join in discussions on the Reflector and log your activity in the Database.

You can then Chase or Activate when you feel like it – SOTA is global, activations can take place throughout the 24 hours of the day. Once you transfer your log to the database there is a permanent record and you can check your entries against those of the stations that you contacted, and keep track of your progress towards awards. Later you might wish to purchase awards, trophies or goods from our on-line shop. These purchases and the occasional donation are the means of financing the SOTA facilities.

For more information: https://www.sota.org.uk/Joining-In

SOTA Watch: http://sotawatch.org/

SOTA Handout: https://sotastore.blob.core.windows.net/docs/SOTA-leaflet-2016.pdf

FT8CALL – Rag Chew on FT-8?

FT8 has taken over the airwaves as the digital communication mode for making QSOs over HF/VHF/UHF. The mode has been widely popular as the latest offering in K1JT’s WSJT-X application. FT8 stands on the shoulders of JT65, JT9, and WSPR modes for weak signal communication, but transmits much faster with only slightly reduced sensitivity.

While FT8 is an incredibly robust weak signal mode, it is designed heavily to take advantage of short band openings on HF/VHF/UHF and only offers a minimal QSO framework. However, many operators are using these weak signal qualities to make successful QSOs on the HF bands where other modes fail.

The idea with FT8Call is to take the robustness of FT8 mode and layer on a messaging and network protocol for weak signal communication on HF, similar to FSQ and Fldigi with a keyboard-to-keyboard interface.

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE – Pre-Released Documentation