Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 29, 2011

Weather information class (The Leaf-Chronicle)
With spring baseball and soccer seasons beginning, our house seems pretty busy. But aside from all the distractions and our hectic schedules, I know that this is what life is about.
Statewide: Video Maker Speaks April 4 (Hartford Courant)
Regional Submitted by Alexander Cohen, NARL, on 2011-03-25. &nbsp Electronics people are invited to a talk by Torrington resident Albert Petrunti of the New Day Video, Television & Multimedia Production Company on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar St., Route 175, Newington during the monthly meeting of NARL, the Amateur ...
Ham Radio's Cutting Edge Technology (Associated Content)
Can you imagine being on an ocean beach during a storm and listening to the roar of the waves hitting the beach.
Amateur radio licensing exam on Thursday (Saipan Tribune)
The next VE session offered by W5YI-VE sponsored by MDX Amateur Radio Club will be on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm.
Phone-a-Thon, Ham Radios and Gaga for Country (Patch)
Patch All of this can be found in and around Ellington and Somers today, March 28, 2011 1. According to Weather.com , the forecast for Ellington and Somers calls for a high of 44AoF under sunny skies.
Bill upsets amateur radio operators (Great Falls Tribune)
WASHINGTON - When a tornado or wildfire hits Montana, the firsthand reports often come from ham radio enthusiasts, who provide crucial and timely information for the National Weather Service or local emergency responders.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 28, 2011

Disaster Amateur Radio Network needs operators (Bradenton Herald)
The Disaster Amateur Radio Network of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Disaster Response Team, is looking for volunteer FCC license radio operators
Ham radios find place in high-tech world (Stars and Stripes)
Ham radios once played a key role in the operations of the U.S. military before fading into the background with the arrival of better and more accessible forms of communication like cell phones, the Internet and Skype.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 27, 2011

Un: Serbs Massacred 500 Bosniaks in Latest Attacks on Muslim Villages Around Srebrenica (Srebrenica Genocide Blog)
According to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, the horror of Bosnian genocide has escalated another notch in eastern Bosnia.
Ham for breakfast (The Brampton Guardian)
A building at the Brampton Fairgrounds in Caledon was packed this morning with ham radio enthusiasts.
Weather Blog: Severe Weather Expo - KSPR @ the Battlefield Mall Today (KSPR)
Come see the KSPR Weather Team at the Battlefield Mall today. The National Weather Service along with other organizations like Greene County Emergency Management and Amateur radio operators will be on hand to answer questions about severe weather.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 26, 2011

Practical Tips for Surviving Natural Disasters (Associated Content)
The most valuable lesson I've learned from emergency communications exercises and mentoring students in emergency preparedness courses is this: no matter how well you predict what might happen during an emergency, something unexpected will always happen.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 25, 2011

Weather Needs A Human Touch (The Intelligencer)
Weather radar can only detect so much and so far, making "human spotters" integral to giving people extra warning to take cover during a tornado or severe thunderstorm.
Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week: Become a local storm spotter (WKYC-TV)
Each year a dedicated group of volunteer weather spotters called Skywarn provide weather service offices across Ohio with important eyewitness information about tornadoes, flash floods and damaging thunderstorms.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 24, 2011

Rep. Long discusses ham radio proposal (Springfield News Leader)
U.S. Rep. Billy Long assured local ham radio operators that he would keep them informed about a bill that contains a provision to sell a frequency band they use heavily.
Local schools practice emergency preparedness (Ukiah Daily Journal)
Wednesday was supposed to be the day Mendocino County tested its regional Tsunami Warning System, but in light of the earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami, the test was canceled.

PS Engineering introduces two audio panels (AOPA Pilot)
PS Engineering has introduced two new audio panels that add functionality in specialized applications requested by a select group of customers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 23, 2011



Resident hams it up (The Brampton Guardian)
Right frequency. Brampton's Don McPhee, member of the Peel Amateur Radio Club, communicates with other Ham operators from around the world.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 22, 2011

Red Cross Shelter Drill Prepares for Possible Disasters (WIVT/WBGH Newschannel34)
From American Red Cross: In light of the recent devastating events in Japan, Red Cross volunteers throughout New York State spent Saturday morning setting up disaster shelters in mock simulation training drills for a real disaster emergency.
Video: Coast Guard rescues man, dog from boat (SignOnSanDiego)
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 9:20 p.m. To see the video, click here. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from San Diego rescued a 77-year-old man and his dog who were stranded Monday on a disabled 30-foot sailboat about 120 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico.
History Lesson: Fallout Shelter (Courierpress)
History Lesson is a pictoral history of Evansville compiled by Patricia Sides, an archivist with Willard Library.
Class on weather spotting Thursday (Cleveland Daily Banner)
The National Weather Service will offer a class on basic weather spotting for residents of Bradley County and the surrounding area wishing to become trained weather observers.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 19, 2011

YUCAIPA: Ham-radio club to discuss new program (The Press-Enterprise)
The Yucaipa Valley Amateur Radio Club will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday about a new ham-radio program at the Veterans Administration hospital in Loma Linda.

East Texans become trained "storm spotters" (KTRE-TV Lufkin)
LUFKIN, TX Teachers, parents, even your next door neighbor could be the best defense when a storm hits East Texas.
My HorizonsFAMILY Tales from Nyc (American Reporter)
One great aspect of a job that requires traveling is the opportunity to visit with family and friends who live in the area.

Bill Preis (K9KE) -Silent Key

Friday March 18, 2011



Bill Preis (K9KE) well known ham in the greater St. Louis and Illinois area passed away today.  Bill was the operator of the huge repeater system in Godfrey, IL. The K9KE system in Godfrey operated on 10 Meters, 6 Meters, 2 Meters, 220 and 440. In addition, K9KE was trustee of the Gillespie repeater on 145.290 MHz.  Bill’s website:  http://www.k9ke.net/  

Arrangements are incomplete but will be forwarded when available.

KC0SDV for SLSRC
www.slsrc.org

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 18, 2011

In Brief, March 18 (Home - Redlands Daily Facts)
Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Stell Coffee & Tea.
Blunt in favor of spectrum change (Springfield News Leader)
Washington -- In a conversation with reporters Thursday, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he supports the House bill that would reallocate certain radio frequencies to public safety, but he warned that lawmakers must think carefully about how much spectrum they set aside.
USB Stick Software-Defined Radio (Radio World)
How would you like to own a software-defined radio , capable of demodulating any signal-with the proper software-that fits within an 80 kHz bandwidth between 64 MHz and 1,700 MHz? This week AMSAT-UK announced availability of its FUNcube Dongle, a USB device about the size of a TV USB tuner stick that offers just that capability.

Unorthodox links to the internet: Signalling dissent
Unorthodox links to the internet: Signalling dissent (The Economist)
WITH a tin can, some copper wire and a few dollars' worth of nuts, bolts and other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional antenna.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 16, 2011

Protect disaster radio system (Springfield News Leader)
We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Within the first weeks -- if not days -- of the attacks it was apparent that the lack of a common communications system was causing confusion among first responders.
Charlie-Mackie.jpg (Penninsula News Review)
Charlie Mackie, relaxing and enjoying the view of the Salish Sea from his North Saanich sunroom, much different from his days spent as a CGTAS Wireless Operator during the war.
This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week (Rushville Republican)
The American Red Cross along with the National Weather Service, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Public Safety Commission, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, and the amateur radio community is participating in Severe Weather Preparedness week March 13 to 19, 2011.
Ice and wind attack topples communications tower (Canada)
A major communications tower on Mount Washington has collapsed. It was toppled by a combination of heavy ice forming on the steel lattice and strong winds.
Weather spotter team training Wednesday night in Henderson (Courierpress)
The local Emergency Management Agency will be offering a weather spotter team training seminar Wednesday night.
Young Ham of the Year is 12 (Beacon News)
James Martin, a 12-year-old from North Aurora, was named Young Ham of the Year by the Fox River Radio League, an organization that was established in 1924 as a resource to amateur radio operators in the Fox Valley area.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 15, 2011

Fair Lawn students talk to orbiting ... (Montclair Times Community Online)
Students and amateur radio operators in the gymnasium at Fair Lawn High School talking via radio with the International Space Station.
MO Headlines: Monday, March 14 (Fired Up! Missouri)
Springfield Rep. Billy Long is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. Congress that ham radio enthusiasts and others say jeopardizes a system they say is a vital part of emergency communications plans across the country.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 14, 2011

Radio club often eyes, ears of weather service (El Paso Times)
Ham radio operator Sean Gardner makes contact with someone near Seattle during a visit Wednesday to the Sun City Amateur Radio Club headquarters in Northeast El Paso.

Nevada Ham Radio Operators Contact Japan
Nevada Ham Radio Operators Contact Japan (KOLO-TV Reno)
If you're having trouble getting in touch with friends or family in Japan, a local group of Ham radio operators may be able to help.
Disaster Preparedness Thoughts from Near Tornado Alley (Market Power)
The Japanese earthquake has got many thinking about disaster preparedness. Glenn Reynolds links to one of his Popular Mechanics columns about preparing for disasters.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 13, 2011

Ham radio operators are upset over bill (Springfield News Leader)
Washington -- Springfield Rep. Billy Long is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. Congress that ham radio enthusiasts and others say jeopardizes a system they say is a vital part of emergency communications plans across the country.

From Pollachi, students reach out to astronauts
From Pollachi, students reach out to astronauts (The Hindu)
Makes history:Students of Sri Krishna Vithyaalayam Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pollachi, talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station through Ham radio on Saturday.
The Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Sussex Technical High School ... (Cape Gazette)
The Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Sussex Technical High School will present the Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics Expo at Sussex Technical High School at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 16.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 12, 2011

Communication from another generation (Marshall Independent)
A chance encounter while showing goats at a 1960s county fair in Iowa led Duane Wyatt to the discovery of amateur radio, a discovery he now hopes to pass on to a new generation.
Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 17 (Forever Geek)
I'm up in arms over ham radio legislation and BioWare's back-ends, while Australia's up in arms over cyberwarfare and nobody in particular seems upset about the massive onslaught of Star Trek in Discovery's final voyage.
Distance Made the Ear Grow Fonder (Radio World)
Many readers responded passionately to Jim Withers' story " AM Radio: My First Real Love " a few issues back.
My HorizonsFAMILY Tales from Nyc (American Reporter)
One great aspect of a job that requires traveling is the opportunity to visit with family and friends who live in the area.

ARLD010 DX news

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD010
ARLD010 DX news

ZCZC AE10
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 10  ARLD010
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  March 10, 2011
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD010
ARLD010 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
NC1L, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, DXNL, INDX, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

LESOTHO, 7P.  Wayne, W5KDJ and Frosty, K5LBU will be QRV as 7P8KDJ
and 7P8CF, respectively, from the Trading Post Guesthouse from March
11 to 21.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and PSK with two stations active simultaneously.  QSL direct to home
calls.

BAHRAIN, A9.  David, A92GE has been active on 12 meters around
1500z.  QSL to home call.

MOROCCO, CN.  Mathieu, MJ0ASP will be QRV as CN2MR from Marrakech
from March 14 to 21.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW,
with most activity on the newer bands.  QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Operators from the CW-Philippines group are QRV as
DZ1P from the Polillo Islands, IOTA OC-091, until March 13.  QSL via
4F1OZ.

FRANCE, F.  The Council of Europe radio club is active as TP50CE
until March 13 and then again on March 18.  QSL via F5LGF.

ST. PIERRE ET MIQUELON, FP.  Allan, W6HGF will be QRV as FP/W6HGF
from Miquelon, IOTA NA-032, from March 14 to 22.  Activity will be
on 160 to 10 meters using mainly RTTY and other digital modes.  QSL
to home call.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI.  John, KL7JR and Claire, WL7MY are QRV as
HI3/KL7JR and HI3/WL7MY, respectively, from Hispaniola Island, IOTA
NA-096, until June.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL
both calls via KL7JR.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Don, W5FKX, Jim, N5HZ, Dave, W5XU, and Mike, W5ZPA
are QRV as PJ2/home calls from Signal Point Station until March 17.
Activity is on all bands and modes.  QSL to home calls.

MOUNT ATHOS, SV/A.  Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A has been active using RTTY
on 12 meters around 1500z.  QSL direct to home call.

CAMEROON, TJ.  Special event station TJ3FC is QRV until March 30 in
celebration of the 51st anniversary of Francophone.  QSL via F5LGE.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Halford, K5MV is QRV as V4/K5MV from St.
Kitts, IOTA NA-104, until March 17.  Activity is holiday style on
160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Special event callsign V521NAM is QRV in celebration
of the 21st anniversary of the independence of the country and the
beginning of the Namibian Amateur Radio League.  QSL via V51NAM.

BRUNEI, V8.  Kanzi, JA4ENL is QRV as V85NL until March 14.  QSL to
home call.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V.  Peter, G3PHO is QRV as VP2V/G3PHO
from Tortola Island, IOTA NA-023, until March 18.  Activity is on
160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  This includes being an entry in
the RSGB Commonwealth CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, VU4.  Some members of the Amateur Radio
Society of India plan to be QRV as VU4PB from the capital of Port
Blair from March 15 to 31.  Activity will be with up to four
stations on all bands using CW, SSB and RTTY and EME on 6 meters.
QSL direct via W3HNK.

VIET NAM, XV.  Yannick, XV4Y is QRV from the Mekong Delta in the
south of Vietnam.  Activity is mainly on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters
from 0700 to 0900z and then 1300 to 1500z.  QSL direct via OK1DOT.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The North American RTTY Sprint, RSGB
Commonwealth CW Contest, AWA John Rollins Memorial CW DX Contest,
QRP CW Fox Hunt, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, AGCW QRP CW
Contest, ARCI HF Grid Square CW Sprint, EA PSK31 Contest, Idaho QSO
Party, SKCC Weekend CW Sprint, UBA Spring CW Contest, Nova Scotia
ARA Contest and Wisconsin QSO Party will certainly keep contesters
busy this weekend.  NAQCC-EU Monthly CW Sprint is scheduled for
March 14.  The CLARA HF Contest is scheduled for March 15.  The QRP
CW Fox Hunt and RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship are scheduled for
March 16.  The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug CW Sprint is scheduled for
March 17.  Please see March QST, page 86 and the ARRL and WA7BNM
contest web sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oregon ARES/RACES Emergency Net

Oregon ARES/RACES emergency net is operating on 3964 KHz

Japan Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies

The IARU Region III (Japan) Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies are 3600, 7110, 7130, 14230, 14300, 18160, 21230, and 21360 kHz.

Japan, NHK World/Radio Japan

Japan, NHK World/Radio Japan
All times UTC
broadcast daily unless otherwise indicated

English
0500-0530 5975eu 6110na 9770af 15205as 17810as
1000-1030 9605as 9625pa 9840pa 11780as
1200-1230 6120na 9625pa 9790eu
1200-1300 9695as
1300-1330 9875as
1400-1430 5955as 9875as 21560af
(Alexey Zinevich, Bulgaria/BCDX 986/Top News)

Source:
Monitoring Times Shortwave Central Blog - 03/11/2011

Japanese Earthquake Communications

Japanese Defense aircraft being heard on 6751 KHz
Other quake related comms noted on 2182 KHz, 2670 KHz, 5673 KHz, 5680
KHz, 6727 KHz and 6742 KHz

Ham Radio - News March 11, 2011

Ham Operators Fight Spectrum Grab - Insist New Emergency Bill Gobbles Up Helpful Ham Spectrum (Broadbandreports)
The folks over at the The American Radio Relay League direct our attention to the fact that Rep.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 10, 2011

Edmond Lipinski (The Intelligencer)
LIPINSKI, Edmond, 84, of Glen Dale, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Wheeling Hospital.
Amateur Radio licensing to be held March 12 (Reno Gazette-Journal)
STAGECOACH--A testing session for Amateur Radio Licenses will be held on March 12, Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and testing will be held at about noon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Authorities ID Man That Died On Top of Tower

OAK PARK, Mich. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- A bizarre scene Tuesday at a broadcast transmitting tower in Oak Park, Michigan.

http://www.tv20detroit.com/home/Man-Dies-On-Top-of-Tower-117596053.html

Ham Radio - News March 9, 2011

Evan Feinstein Is Ready for Danger (Calabasas Patch)
Sunny and breezy. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Areas of north winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph becoming 10 to 20 mph by afternoon.

Ham Radio - News March 9, 2011

Evan Feinstein Is Ready for Danger (Calabasas Patch)
Sunny and breezy. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Areas of north winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph becoming 10 to 20 mph by afternoon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 8, 2011

Carleton H. Gray (The Free Lance-Star)
Carleton H. Gray, 100, entered into eternal rest at Greenfield of Fredericksburg on Friday, March 4, 2011.
My HorizonsFAMILY Tales from Nyc (American Reporter)
One great aspect of a job that requires traveling is the opportunity to visit with family and friends who live in the area.
Ides of March Hamfest (The Leaf Chronicle)
Come see how rewarding amateur radio can be! For further information contact Bob K9IL@arrl.net ; Glenn n4mj@yahoo.com ; or see the complete announcement at www.reelfootarc.com .
News to Yous (Santa Barbara Independent)
Arts Celebration is set to take place on Sunday, June 5, in Libbey Park, and the Ojai Arts Commission wants you to help design the promo material.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 7, 2011

Sheffield Amateur Radio Club provide hands-on experience (Sheffield Telegraph)
SHEFFIELD'S Amateur Radio club will provide hands on experience throughout National Science Week.
Tajik ruling party to begin party-controlled radio station (MT Shortwave Central)
Welcome to the Shortwave Central blog. Here you will find broadcast, amateur radio, clandestine and pirate information including loggings, QSLs tips, and last-minute news.
pirate radio logs (MT Shortwave Central)
Welcome to the Shortwave Central blog. Here you will find broadcast, amateur radio, clandestine and pirate information including loggings, QSLs tips, and last-minute news.
MV Baltic Radio announces test (MT Shortwave Central)
Welcome to the Shortwave Central blog. Here you will find broadcast, amateur radio, clandestine and pirate information including loggings, QSLs tips, and last-minute news.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 6, 2011

Agencies responding to explosion pleased (Salem News)
The local agencies that responded to the natural gas pipeline explosion near Dungannon were pleased for the most part with their performance, according to a preliminary assessment.
A few things worth mentioning (Coshocton Tribune)
Here are some of the highlights of this week. Thumbs up: • To Dresden Elementary School sixth-grader Ryan Harris for receiving a perfect score to earn his Federal Communications Commission Element 2 Amateur Radio License.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 4, 2011

Photos Available** Coast Guard responds to disabled sailboat west of the Florida Keys (United States Coast Guard)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke responded Saturday to the 37-foot Canadian-flagged sailboat named Emanuel with seven people aboard that became disabled after one of their masts was damaged Friday.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 3, 2011

SkyWarn training teaches how to spot severe weather (WECT-TV Wilmington)
Several SkyWarn training sessions will be offered in the next 2 weeks to help officials, ham radio operators and weather enthusiasts identify severe weather.
Harvie E. Schwartz Jr. (Darien News-Review)
Harvie E. Schwartz Jr., formerly of Dairen, died Thursday, Feb. 24, in Stamford.
lowSWR 2011 (Inte Archive)
Another podcast for the radio amateur. low SWR is a randomly produced 1/2 hour or so podcast about amateur radio.

ARLP009 Propagation de K7RA

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP009
ARLP009 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP09
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 9  ARLP009
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  March 4, 2011
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP009
ARLP009 Propagation de K7RA

Solar activity is rising again, but average sunspot numbers and
solar flux are down compared with last week. This week the average
daily sunspot number declined over 14 points to 50.9, and average
daily solar flux was off 7 points to 96.8. Average daily planetary A
index rose from 6.1 to 9, and the average mid-latitude A index was
about the same, declining from 5.4 to 5.1.

You can see daily sunspot and solar flux numbers, updated after
0230z at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/DSD.txt.
Geomagnetic indices are updated 8 times per day at
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/DGD.txt. Our weekly data
reports at the bottom of this bulletin run Thursday through
Wednesday, so at the above links you can see that yesterday
(Thursday, March 3) the planetary A index dropped from 17 to 12 and
the daily sunspot number went from 83 to 71.

The most active day for geomagnetic indexes was March 1, with a
planetary A index of 31. The planetary K index rose as high as 6 on
that day. Polar propagation paths were disturbed, with the College A
index (measured near Fairbanks, Alaska) for March 1-3 at 53, 43 and
23.

NOAA and USAF predict solar flux of 120 on March 4-11, 110 on March
12-15, 105 on March 16-17, and 100 on March 18-21. Planetary A index
is forecast at 12 on March 4-5, and 5 on March 6-13, 7 on March
14-15, and 5 on March 16-21.

You can get the daily NOAA/USAF prediction for solar flux and
planetary A index at
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpmenu/forecasts/45DF.html. The forecast
is usually updated by 2130z daily.

Geophysical Institute Prague predicts unsettled geomagnetic activity
March 4-5, quiet to unsettled March 6, quiet March 7, quiet to
unsettled March 8-9, and quiet again on March 10.

It looks like good conditions for the ARRL International SSB DX
Contest this weekend, or at least much more interesting than the
past few years, due to increased solar activity. Along with this
comes the greater risk of geomagnetic disruption from solar flares,
coronal mass ejections and gusts of solar wind. I received some
comments from 80 and 160 meter DXers during the recent minimum
noting that they loved the absence of solar activity, because
everything was so quiet and stable.

For this year's DX contest we are seeing sunspot numbers in the
range of 20-100, but for the first ten days of March 2010 the
average sunspot number was 20.1, for 2009 it was 2.4, 2008 it was
3.7, 2007 it was 14.9 and 2006 it was 14.1.

The monthly average of sunspot numbers for December 2010 through
February 2011 was 22, 32.2 and 53.5, reflecting the rise in solar
activity. The three-month moving average of sunspot numbers centered
on January (an average of all daily sunspot numbers for December
2010 through February 2011) was 35.3. The three-month moving average
of daily sunspot numbers centered on each month of 2010 was 22.4,
25.7, 22.3, 18.5, 16.4, 20.4, 23.2, 28.9, 33, 35.6, 31, and 30.1.
The average centered on January 2011 is back up to the level it was
in November 2010, 35.6.

Big news this week was about the solar model explaining the deep
solar minimum we've just experienced. Thanks to all the readers who
sent emails about this. See the story at
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110302131859.htm,
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7336/extref/nature09786-s1.pdf,
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/solar-cycle23.html
and http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/522578main_conveyorbelt.jpg.

Johnathon Ballard, KI4UKF lives in Stokes County, North Carolina,
less than 10 miles south of the Virginia state line. On Wednesday,
March 2 at 1655z (just before noon local time) he heard Claudio
Costa, LW2ECC (Argentina) calling CQ on 2 meter FM, on 144.48 MHz.
KI4UKF was using a Moxon wire antenna tacked to a wall, and said the
signal was steady for several minutes at about S6, then faded away.
He emailed Claudio, who confirmed the transmission. Claudio was
using three 5/8 wave verticals and 160 watts.

John Shew, N4QQ of Silver Spring, Maryland was in Curacao for the
ARRL DX CW Contest and operated at PJ2T. He had some interesting
observations about trans-equatorial propagation on 6 meters into
South America.

He wrote, "Thursday evening around 8 PM (0000z February 19) W9VA and
I decided to check 6 meters looking south for TE propagation. The
equipment at PJ2T is a Yaesu FT2000 and a M2 5-element at 70 feet
with a clear shot over water to South America. Much to our joy the
band was full of LU beacons at S9 strength. At 0015z we tuned up to
50.110 MHz and I called CQ using the call PJ2/N4QQ. Over the next 15
minutes I worked 16 stations in 14 grid squares. Signal strengths
were S7-S9 plus. Stations included:

PY4LH GG68   PY4OY GG78   LU4FW FF97   PP5XX GG53   LU2NI FG72
LU1DVT GF11  CE3SX FF46   LU5CAB GF05  PY2COY GG44  CE3RR FF46
PU2TVI GG66  ZP5RPO GG14  LU5FCV FF98  LU1DMA GF05  PY3NZ GG40
LU5FF FF99

"We kinda worked the band empty after 15 minutes but it was still
open, but there were no more stations calling us so we moved back
over to the HF bands.

"It was a great thrill for me to experience TE propagation for the
first time after reading about it many times in the ARRL VHF column
over the last 50 years. Signals sounded slightly hollow, but were
quite strong with no obvious QSB. The band appeared to open to all
areas at once, with no obvious flashlight effect, experienced during
E-skip. I plotted the grid squares I worked and they fall in a band
about 600 miles deep between 2700 and 3300 miles to the south,
crossing the entire South American continent. The plotted skip zone
appears to slightly skew from southwest to northeast, with stations
to the west farther south than those to the east.

"As I have no experience with TE I don't know if this propagation is
common for this time of year or if it occurs throughout the year or
if it is enhanced by recent solar events. (Solar flux peaked
somewhere between 115-125 during our time in PJ2.) With our
attention focused on the DX contest we didn't have a lot of time to
check 6 meters, but the few days we did check it appeared open to
the south from 0000 to at least 0200z.

"It was my impression that TE is a very reliable mode of
communication to the south from the southern Caribbean this time of
year in the early evening. I have been checking 6 meter spots for
the last week and the PYs and LUs have been having a field day
beaming north in the late afternoon and early evening, with numerous
contacts with KP4, TI, FM, YV, P40, etc. PY5XX and others have also
worked EA and CT in Southern Europe and EA8 in Africa. In fact, I
think now I understand one reason why 6 meters is so popular with
the southern PYs and LUs. From PJ2 it appears there are only 5
countries we can work on TE -- PY, LU, CX, ZP, and CE. I worked all
but one in less than 15 minutes. Maybe 4 or 5 more countries can be
worked from PJ2 via TE if one counts islands with DXpeditions like
Juan Fernandez, Trindade, etc. On the other hand PYs and LUs see in
their regular TE skip zone maybe 25 countries with active 6 meter
populations; the countries include the northern coastal South
American countries, much of Central America, the Yucatan, and most
of the Caribbean from Puerto Rico south."

Thanks, John for a fascinating report!

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Sunspot numbers for February 24 through March 2 were 23, 31, 49, 44,
54, 72, and 83, with a mean of 50.9. 10.7 cm flux was 88.9, 88.2,
90.2, 90.4, 95.8, 110.5 and 113.4 with a mean of 96.8. Estimated
planetary A indices were 3, 3, 4, 2, 3, 31 and 17 with a mean of 9.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 0, 1, 2, 1, 2, 18 and 12 with
a mean of 5.1.
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/EX

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DX Bulletin 9  ARLD009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  March 3, 2011
To all radio amateurs

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ARLD009 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CO8TW, KC2LSD, NC1L, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, DXNL, INDX,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6.  David, VO1AU is QRV as 9M6/VO1AU until March
15.  He will participate in the ARRL SSB DX contest and the upcoming
BERU contest.  QSL via VO1MX.

CUBA, CO.  Juan, CO8TW will be QRV as a Single Op/Low Power/Single
Band entry on 20 meters in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL via HB9SVT.

SABLE ISLAND, CY0.  Operators N0TG, K8LEE and N1SNB plan to be QRV
as home calls/CY0 from March 7 to 15.  Activity will be on 160 to 6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active
simultaneously.  QSL all calls via N0TG.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Dim, UT5UGR is QRV as FM/KL7WA until March 8.  He
will be active as TO7A in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL to home
call.

COLOMBIA, HK.  Cody, KC2LSD is QRV as HK3/KC2LSD from Bogota until
March 17.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using all modes.  This
includes an entry in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL to home call.

HONDURAS, HR.  Operators HQ2DMR, HQ2JCM and HR2DMR will be QRV as
HQ2W in the ARRL SSB DX contest as a Multi/Single entry.  QSL via
OK1DOT.

ITALY, I.  Special event station IO4UI is QRV until September 30 in
celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
QSL via I4JEE.

ANTARCTICA.  Lars, SM4TUV is QRV as 3Y8XSA from the Troll station on
Dronning Maud Land, IOTA AN-016, until the end of 2011.  QSL to home
call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Look for LX2A to be QRV as LX7I as a Single Op/All
Band entry in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL to home call.

ARUBA, P4.  Andy, AE6Y will be QRV as P49Y in the ARRL SSB DX
contest.  QSL to home call.

SINT MAARTEN, PJ7.  Operators Massimo, I8NHJ and Pier, W1NA are QRV
as PJ7DX until March 7.  Activity is on the HF bands using mostly
CW.  They will also be active in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL
direct via I8NHJ.

SURINAME, PZ.  Serge, RX3APM will be QRV as PZ5P in the ARRL SSB DX
contest.  QSL via UA4LU.

TURKEY, TA.  Hartwig, DL7BC will be QRV as TA7/DL7BC as a Single
Op/All/Band/Low Power entry in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL to home
call.

ICELAND, TF.  Siggi, TF3CW will be QRV as TF3W in the ARRL SSB DX
contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 20 meter entry.  QSL via
TF3IRA.

COSTA RICA, TI.  A group of operators are QRV as TI8M.  Activity is
on all bands.  In addition, they will be active in the ARRL SSB DX
contest.  QSL via TI2KAC.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2.  Bob, W4OWY and Mark, W9OP will be QRV as
V25WY and V25OP, respectively, from March 8 to 18.  Activity is on
160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home calls.

BELIZE, V3.  Ken, N2ZN is QRV as V31AM until March 8.  Activity is
mostly on the newer bands using CW and various digital modes.  He
will also be active in the ARRL SSB DX contest.  QSL to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Gert, ZS6AYU will be QRV as V5/ZS6AYU from March 6 to
16.  Activity will be holiday style during his late afternoons and
early mornings on 30 to 15 meters using CW.  QSL direct to home
call.

ALBANIA, ZA.  A group of operators will be QRV as ZA/I2GPT from
March 9 to 13.  Activity will be on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters using
CW and SSB.  QSL via I2GPT.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  John, 9M6XRO will be QRV as ZL/GD3OOK from Waiheke
Island, IOTA OC-201, from March 7 to 11.  Activity will be on the HF
bands.  QSL direct via M0URX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International SSB DX Contest,
Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, Open Ukraine RTTY Championship and DARC
10-Meter Digital Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this
weekend.  The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for
March 7.  The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for March 8.  The
QRP CW Fox Hunt, AWA John Rollins Memorial DX CW Contest and the
CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for March 9.  Please see March
QST, page 86 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.
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/EX

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 2, 2011

Lake County prepares for severe weather (News Sun)
CLC students and staff members enter a staircase and head to the shelter of the first floor during a tornado drill.

Only A Drill...
Only A Drill... (Times Observer)
The drill on Tuesday morning included a string of tornadoes that wiped out dozens of homes, six fatalities, flooding, power outages, mudslides, a hazardous material spill, and animals trapped in a collapsed barn.
Clandestine, Gunaz Radio schedule update (MT Shortwave Central)
Welcome to the Shortwave Central blog. Here you will find broadcast, amateur radio, clandestine and pirate information including loggings, QSLs tips, and last-minute news.
Local students recognized for efforts in earthquake preparedness (Daily Dunklin Democrat)
Amateur Radio operator Larry Ford, right, was assisted by Kennett radio club members Beth TIbbs, center, and Jill Niemeier, left, as Caruthersville participated in a state wide communications drill to test for preparedness should a 7.7 magnitude earthquake strike along the New Madrid fault.
County participates in training exercise in communication (Emery County Progress)
Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club, Boarderline Radio Club and Skyline Radio Club volunteers were invited to participate in the Seven Eastern Utah Counties mock disaster exercise.
AITI Steps Up Checks On Unlicensed Radio (BruDirect)
The Authority for Information Technology Industry , together with the Royal Brunei Police Force, has upped the ante in their control on the usage of amateur radios in the Sultanate.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ham Radio - News March 1, 2011

Sixth-grader becomes licensed ham radio operator with perfect score (Coshocton Tribune)
DRESDEN -- It's difficult for even those with experience on a ham radio to become licensed, but Dresden Elementary School sixth-grader Ryan Harris did it on the first try.