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RFinder now finds repeaters over routes world wide!

Posted: 15 Aug 2014 01:52 AM PDT

RFinder now finds repeaters over routes world wide!

In the next step of pushing the limits of The World Wide

Repeater Directory, the RFinder team has released Repeater Routes!

Already released on the web at
http://routes.rfinder.net, we have created an API that we expect to be

incorporated into RT Systems software very soon.

As always we encourage new users to obtain access to

RFinder via purchasing the app in Google Play on Android and The Apple App

Store on iPhone/iPad/iPod. Once you register your email and password in

the app, use that on http://routes.rfinder.net or http://web.rfinder.net,

RT Systems, CHIRP, etc.

The web version allows downloads in a variety of

formats including csv, tpe and several GPS POI formats including the AVMAP

Amateur Radio GPS.

The annual subscription for the World Wide Repeater

Directory is only $9.99 and for that one price, includes access from any

platform RFinder is available on: Android, iPhone, web, RT Systems,

RadioBuddy (iPhone), and two new third party applications coming soon for

Windows (by KB2SCS) and Macintosh (by KD2DMH).

More information: http://www.rfinder.net

Information for our open-source realtime radio

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UKHAS 2014 Conference Live Video Stream

Posted: 15 Aug 2014 01:47 AM PDT

UKHAS 2014 Conference Live Video Stream

The UKHAS Conference this

Saturday, Aug 16, will be streamed live and the radio amateurs giving the

presentations will, if time permits, take questions via the web

The annual UK High Altitude Society (UKHAS)

conference at the University of Greenwich in London attracts those

interested in learning about building and flying High Altitude Balloons or

in tracking their 434 MHz signals.

There is an impressive line-up of speakers in

addition to which there will be workshops, demonstrations along with

amateur radio exams.

Morning Sessions

09:30 Assembly – Coffee / Tea + Biscuits

10.10 Introduction – James Coxon M6JCX and Anthony

Stirk M0UPU

10.20 Predictor – Daniel Richman M0ZDR and Adam Greig


10.50 Advanced superpressure balloon technology – Dan

Bowen K2VOL Balloon Scientist Google Loon Project

11.30 WebSDR – Philip Crump M0DNY

11.40 UK Ham Radio Airborne Operation Update - Steve

Randall G8KHW

11.45 Break

12.00 $50SAT Low cost satellite- Stuart Robinson


12.45 Batc.tv Introduction – Noel Matthews G8GTZ

13.00 Lunch / Show and Tell

Afternoon Sessions

Combination of workshop/lectures.

Main Lecture

14.30 STM32+DSP – Adam Greig M0RND, Jon Sowman M0JSN,

Matt Brezja M6VXO

15.30 UKHASNET – James Coxon M6JCX

Side Room

14:30 Pi In The Sky – Anthony Stirk M0UPU and Dave

Akerman M0RPI

15.30 Amateur Radio Exams

The video streaming will be available on Saturday,

August 16 at


UKHAS Conference



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Posted: 14 Aug 2014 08:20 PM PDT

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The ARRL Letter, August 14, 2014

Posted: 14 Aug 2014 01:19 PM PDT

The ARRL Letter

August 14, 2014

Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

[Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article

as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.]

ARRL Teachers Institutes Chalk Up Another Successful SummerAmateur Radio

Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna Decision"Pacific

Endeavor-14" Exercise Stresses International CooperationCanadian Radio

Amateurs Will Join Special Event This Fall on 630 MetersW1AW Centennial

Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)W1AW Centennial Operations Head to

the Pacific in October and NovemberRadio Amateur Named to FEMA National

Advisory CouncilHam Radio Payload to Circle the MoonAMSAT Issues Call for

2014 Space Symposium PapersShortwave Broadcasting "of Marginal and

Continuously Declining Impact," Committee ConcludesNPR Program Features

WRTC2014Radio Amateurs Named to Order of CanadaSupport ARRL by Shopping at

AmazonSmileA Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRLThe K7RA Solar UpdateJust

Ahead in RadiosportUpcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions

and Events

ARRL Teachers Institutes Chalk Up Another Successful Summer

Thanks to the ARRL's 2014 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology,

nearly 3 dozen teachers will be heading back to school this fall better

equipped to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

(STEM) principles into their curricula. A dozen educators also returned

home with an Amateur Radio license or a license upgrade.

As part of its outreach to schools, the ARRL Education & Technology Program

(ETP) sponsored two introductory Teachers Institute (TI) sessions and one

advanced class during June and July. "Introduction to Wireless Technology"

(TI-1) sessions took place in late June at Dayton, Ohio -- hosted by the

Dayton Amateur Radio Association -- and at ARRL Headquarters in Newington,

Connecticut. The advanced "Remote Sensing and Data Gathering" (TI-2) course

was held at ARRL Headquarters in July. The 4-day, expenses-paid

professional development seminars offer teachers from the elementary to the

university level tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, radio

science, space technology, and satellite communication, as well as weather

science, microcontrollers, and basic robotics in their classrooms.

Two dozen teachers from 16 states attended the two introductory courses

under the guidance of Instructors Tommy Gober, N5DUX, and Larry Kendall,

K6NDL -- a new instructor who is a middle school technology teacher in


"The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school

staffers who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that

knowledge to their students," ARRL Education Services Manager Debra

Johnson, K1DMJ, said. "Many expressed interest in coming back for more

training with satellite communications, the MAREA [Mars Lander/Marine

Amateur Radio Robotics Exploration Activity] program, and remote sensors

and data collection." MAREA is a hands-on activity designed to engage

students in learning programming skills for command and control of land or

marine robots via Amateur Radio packet.

During this summer's advanced (TI-2) session on remote sensing and data

gathering, Instructor Mark Spencer, WA8SME, demonstrated how to control the

movements of a robot through data packets sent via the International Space

Station (ISS) digipeater on 145.825 MHz. The satellite station at W1AW

tracked the ISS during a July 10 pass. W1AW received and decoded movement

instructions sent by Matt Severin, N8MS, in Eau Claire, Michigan. Those

data then were transferred to the robot through a wireless UHF link. Ten

teachers from nine states took part in the advanced course. All were

Amateur Radio licensees and ARRL members. The introductory wireless

technology course is a prerequisite to the advanced class.

New this year at the TI-2 course was a marine research buoy. The buoy is

outfitted with sensors to measure surrounding air and water temperature and

pressure, and it includes a GPS tracking device. A PIC controls data

sampling and storage. A Yaesu FT-270 handheld transceiver was used to

transmit data via the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS).

"Each teacher received a buoy, assembled it, and learned how the data

measurements from the electronic sensors are converted to useable

information about the environment, how to program the PIC to sample the

data, how to configure APRS and receive the data and upload it into Excel

for evaluation and analysis," Johnson explained. "The buoy is a resource

designed for classroom use as well as for easy deployment in local bodies

of water. The teachers deployed their buoys in buckets, as they learned how

to program and set up their buoy systems."

Participants were enthusiastic in their anonymous post-session

comments. "This seminar was my first experience with remote data and

sensing using Amateur Radio," one advanced course participant said. Another

educator called the buoy project "exciting."

To date, the ARRL's Education & Technology Program has provided resources,

including radio equipment, to more than 500 teachers and schools. Your

contribution to support ARRL's successful efforts to promote Amateur Radio

in schools and to provide professional development for teachers in wireless

technology is welcome. Read more.

Amateur Radio Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna


The nearly 300 radio amateurs who live in Poway, California, may erect

antenna support structures of up to 65 feet with only a building permit and

a courtesy notice to their neighbors. The Poway City Council unanimously

approved the new ordinance on August 5. According to an August 6 Pomerado

News report by Steve Dreyer, the Council "declined to adopt an alternative

ordinance that would have required obtaining a special minor use permit"

for structures between 35 and 65 feet.

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the League has been working

with Poway's Amateur Radio community for "a very long time" on the matter.

Representing radio amateurs' interests in Poway was Felix Tinkov, whom

Imlay described as "a very competent and experienced land use lawyer."

Imlay noted that Tinkov is not a ham radio licensee but that he "gets

Amateur Radio and did a stellar job of advocating for the hams." ARRL's

Amateur Radio Legal Defense and Assistance Committee contributed funding

for the effort.

"It represented a big change in well-entrenched attitudes in Poway spanning

decades, so this is a big win for us," Imlay said.

Members of the Poway Amateur Radio Society (PARS) submitted a technical

report to the City Council. The report concluded that antenna support

structures of up to 65 feet would represent "reasonable accommodation" for

Amateur Radio communication under PRB-1, due to the area's varied


The subject of Poway's Amateur Radio antenna ordinance came up at the ARRL

Board of Directors January 2014 meeting. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay,

W3KD, reported that he'd been in contact with attorney Fred Hopengarten,

K1VR, on behalf of Howard Groveman, W6HDG, of Poway, who sought to install

a 59-foot crank-up antenna support structure. At the time Poway's ordinance

set a maximum height of 35 feet and required a variance for anything

taller, precluding Groveman's proposed antenna system.

According to the Pomerado account, the option that the city council

ultimately approved had been tweaked a bit from the version council members

had received earlier from city staffers. That option would have required

notification only to abutting property owners. This was expanded to a

250-foot radius, Dreyer's report said, adding that applicants would be

responsible for mailing the notices. The notices would alert neighbors that

an antenna would be erected, but neighbors would have no legal standing to

impede or block construction as long as the proposed structure met the

requirements of the city's ordinances.

Installing an antenna support structure taller than 65 feet would require a

new antenna permit and the approval of City Council. The Council asked for

a report in 1 year regarding how the new procedures are working. Read more.

"Pacific Endeavor-14" Exercise Stresses International Cooperation

Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) stations from Okinawa and the US

West Coast joined members of the Canadian Forces Auxiliary Radio Service

(CFARS) to participate in the first phase of the US Pacific Command's

multinational "Pacific Endeavor-14" communication exercise that concluded

on August 11 (UTC). The disaster scenario was a massive earthquake in Nepal

that caused a large number of casualties and crippled the country's


MARS and CFARS members scanned "emergency center of activity" frequencies

on the Amateur Radio HF bands, listening for information on the simulated

disaster from Nepalese amateur operators. Unfortunately, poor propagation

prevented Nepalese Amateur Radio operators from being heard by any other

participants. The Army MARS gateway station at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and

the 311th MARS gateway in Okinawa then simulated on-scene traffic, allowing

the other participants to complete the exercise. Details of the exercise

will be reported during the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

(GAREC) conference August 12-15. GAREC-2014 is being held in conjunction

with the Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest.

Because MARS and CFARS may operate on both Amateur Radio and military

frequencies, they can provide a bridge for radio amateurs outside the US

and Canada to communicate with military units responding under the

24-nation Multinational Communications Interoperability Program in the

disaster-prone Asia-Pacific region.

Part 2 of the Pacific Endeavor exercise is set for August 19. During the

second phase, traffic from Nepalese amateurs reporting on earthquake

aftershocks will be relayed to the US Pacific Command. -- Thanks to Bill

Sexton, N1IN, Army MARS Public Affairs Officer

Canadian Radio Amateurs Will Join Special Event This Fall on 630 Meters

Canadian radio amateurs will take part in the previously announced CW-only

special event operation on 600/630 meters this fall. The Maritime Radio

Historical Society (MRHS), which maintains the KPH/KSM commercial coast

stations, also will participate in the event. ARRL 600 Meter Experimental

Group Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, said the MRHS participants will conduct

a mini "Night of Nights" operation, with special attention to MF operation.

"This will give listeners the best chance of copying their MF signals by

operating during the fall and extending our operating hours well into the

evening hours Pacific time," he said. Coast station KPH will keep 500 kHz

and 426 kHz active, as well as HF, with special messages, press and weather

and will verify listener reports. Raab pointed out that the event will

coincide with the 106th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty that created the

international distress frequency at 500 kHz.

Amateur Radio operators in Canada gained access to the 472-479 kHz band on

May 1. Three Canadian radio amateurs will conduct cross-band communication

tests with amateurs operating on 80 and 40 meters. Joe Craig, VO1NA, in

Torbay, Newfoundland, will transmit on 477.7 kHz starting at 2130 UTC on

October 31 and continuing until 0130 UTC on November 1, and listen on 3562

and 7062 kHz. On the West Coast, Steve McDonald, VE7SL, on Mayne Island,

British Columbia, will be active November 1, 0200-0600 UTC, transmitting on

473.0 kHz and listening on 3566 and 7066 kHz. John Gibbs, VE7BDQ, in Delta,

British Columbia, will be on the air from 0100 until 1000 UTC on November

1, transmitting on 474.0 kHz and listening on 3536 kHz.

All stations either will call CQ or run "VVV" marker beacons while

listening on their respective receive (QSX) frequencies, which will be

included in the CQ or marker beacon.

"The official time period is 0000 UTC on November 1 through 2359 UTC on

November 2," Raab said. "These include Friday and Saturday evenings in

North America. Stations on the East Coast may start a little earlier if

they like."

All activity will occur between 465 and 480 kHz and between 495 and 510

kHz. Read more.

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014

from each of the 50 states and now in Oklahoma will relocate at 0000 UTC on

Wednesday, August 20 (the evening of August 19 in US time zones), to Ohio

(W1AW/8) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air

from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be

easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable operations.

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long

operating event in which participants can accumulate points and win awards.

The event is open to all, although only ARRL members and appointees,

elected officials, HQ staff and W1AW are worth ARRL Centennial QSO Party


Working W1AW/x from each state is worth 5 points per mode/contact, even

when working the same state during its second week of activity.

To earn the "Worked all States with W1AW Award," work W1AW operating

portable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does

not count for Connecticut, however. For award credit, participants must

work W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW WAS certificate and plaque will be


The ARRL has posted an ARRL Centennial QSO Party leader board that

participants can use to determine how many points they have accumulated in

the Centennial QSO Party and in the W1AW WAS operations. Log in using your

Logbook of The World (LoTW) user name and password, and your position will

appear at the top of the leader boards. Results are updated daily, based on

contacts entered into LoTW.

The schedule has been updated recently. Check it often to make sure you

don't miss out on working a state.

W1AW Centennial Operations Head to the Pacific in October and November

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations will be heading to the Pacific

this fall. From October 8 until October 21, W1AW/KH0 will be on the air

from The Radio Space of Tinian, on Tinian Island in the Northern Mariana

Islands. Ten operators from the US and Japan will support the activity.

Starting in early November, W1AW/KH8 will fire up from American Samoa.

Heading up the operation is Mike Goode, N9NS, who has at least 10 "seasoned

DXpeditioners" to operate. The group has received permission from the ARRL

to operate for longer than 1 week, and Goode anticipates that W1AW/KH8

could take to the air as early as November 1, continuing operation through

November 12, although the current W1AW Centennial QSO Party schedule

indicates that operation will run November 5 until November 18.

The team will put up at the Maliu Mai Beach Resort, which has hosted other

Amateur Radio operations, and their primary operating location will be that

of the late Larry Gandy, AH8LG, compliments of his widow Uti, KS6FO. Plans

call for three or four stations active on all bands from 1.8 through 28

MHz. The group may also set up a station at the hotel, and outside of their

W1AW operation, team members may operate as KH8Q or using their home call

signs /KH8.

As with other Centennial QSO Party contacts, confirmation will be via

Logbook of The World (LoTW). Stations contacting W1AW/KH0 or W1AW/KH8 may

be able to request cards directly or via the bureau through use of an

Online QSL Request System (OQRS). QSLs cards are not necessary, however,

and in due course, all QSLs will be sent via the bureau. -- Thanks to The

Daily DX

Radio Amateur Named to FEMA National Advisory Council

A Nevada radio amateur is among 12 new members appointed to the Federal

Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). FEMA

announced the appointments by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, this

week. New NAC member Chris Smith, W4HMV, of Sparks, Nevada, was one of the

speakers at this year's ARRL Nevada Section Convention.

"FEMA is just one part of our nation's emergency management team," Fugate

said in a statement. "The National Advisory Council serves a vital role in

guiding our plans and strategies by ensuring we remain informed by diverse

viewpoints and experiences from every sector of society. I value the

expertise and input of each of these members, and appreciate their

dedication and commitment to ensuring effective emergency management."

Chris Smith comes from an Amateur Radio family. His father is Bill Smith,

W7HMV, an ARRL Life Member and Emergency Coordinator for Clark County


The NAC, which can include up to 35 members, provides recommendations to

the FEMA Administrator on a variety of emergency management issues. "For

example," a FEMA news release said, "the NAC recently made recommendations

regarding regional response and recovery capabilities as well as regarding

mutual aid agreements among different units of government."

Most NAC appointments are for 3-year terms.

Ham Radio Payload to Circle the Moon

A lunar flyby with a ham radio payload transmitting JT65B mode on 145.990

MHz is expected to take place toward the end of this year, giving

earthbound radio amateurs the opportunity to receive some otherworldly DX

signals as the payload flies around the Moon.

China has announced plans to launch a lunar orbiter carrying a 14 kg

battery-powered payload known as 4M-LXS, which was developed at LuxSpace.

Signals from the Amateur Radio payload can be decoded using the free WJST

software by Joe Taylor, K1JT.

The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing's new lunar probe

Chang'e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to

Earth. The launch, planned for 4th quarter 2014, is aimed at testing

technologies that are vital for the success of the spacecraft. The orbiter

will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit and then perform a lunar flyby

before re-entering Earth's atmosphere after 9 days.

The orbiter, which arrived by air in Xichang, Sichuan, on Sunday, August

10, has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. -- Thanks


AMSAT Issues Call for 2014 Space Symposium Papers

AMSAT has issued a call for papers for its 32nd AMSAT Annual Meeting and

Space Symposium. This year's event takes place the weekend of October 10-12

at the DoubleTree Hotel, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI),

Linthicum, Maryland.

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presentations are

invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Final

copy must be submitted by September 15 for inclusion in the printed

proceedings. Send abstracts and papers to Dan Schultz, N8FGV.

The AMSAT Board of Directors will meet October 9-10. Technical

presentations on satellite design and operating begin on October 10. The

annual general meeting takes place on the afternoon of October 10. An ARISS

Operations Team meeting will be held on Sunday, October 12. -- Thanks to

AMSAT News Service via the 2014 Baltimore Symposium Committee

Shortwave Broadcasting "of Marginal and Continuously Declining Impact,"

Committee Concludes

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Special Committee on the Future

of Shortwave Broadcasting foresees a dim outlook for the medium. The

Committee this month released its assessment of the current and projected

use of shortwave radio as a platform for programming by US international


"United States international media must optimize delivery by

audience/market," one main finding concluded. "While there is still a

critical need for shortwave in key countries, it is a medium of marginal

and continuously declining impact in most markets." The report said that

even in countries where shortwave radio will enjoys significant usage

levels, "audiences will migrate to other platforms as they become more


Among other things, the Committee reviewed audience-based research,

including analysis of user experiences and user choices, as well as

opportunities and limits of the medium. It also examined "the

characteristics and listening experience of shortwave users in the BBG's

target markets, the use of shortwave radio by the BBG's networks, the

networks' relative success in reaching their target audiences through

shortwave, and the costs of operating the BBG's shortwave transmitting


The panel recommended that the Broadcasting Board of Governors take "an

aggressive approach to reduce or eliminate shortwave broadcasts where there

is either minimal audience reach or the audience is not a target audience

based on the BBG's support of US foreign policy."

The report said that its evidence suggested that declining use of shortwave

radio is primarily due to the availability of high-quality content

on "preferred platforms" such as AM and FM radio, podcasts, and mobile

streaming, which are more widely used for audio consumption.

The committee found that shortwave use does not increase during times of

crisis. "Audiences continue to use their existing platforms (TV, FM, and

the Internet) or seek out anti-censorship tools, including online firewall

circumvention, private chat software, flash drives, and DVDs to access

content," the report said.

The report also said that shortwave radio was "a relatively expensive

platform to operate and maintain" and that digital shortwave radio (ie,

Digital Radio Mondiale or DRM) "is unlikely to become an established mass

media distribution methodology in enough of the BBG's current or future

markets to justify the costs."

The committee said it largely supports the reductions in shortwave radio

broadcasts previously approved by the Board. Those include recent cutbacks

in a number of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Radio

Free Asia broadcasts. But, the committee added that given the current

situation in Ukraine and nearby states with significant Russian-speaking

populations, it recommended that the BBG revise its fiscal year 2014

operating plan to ensure that "shortwave broadcasts in Russian to Russia

and the Caucasus be continued at current levels, subject to re-evaluation

during FY16 budget formulation processes."

A fact sheet also is available. -- Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio Club

News via G0SFJ

NPR Program Features WRTC2014

The National Public Radio weekend program "Only a Game" with host Bill

Littlefield featured World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 (WRTC2014)

during its August 9 broadcast. WRTC2014 Co-Chair Randy Thompson, K5ZD, said

the program segment reporter-producer Karen Given "did a great job" in

capturing the essence of the July event.

"If anything, I felt the piece was flying by in her attempt to capture so

much of what was going on," he told ARRL.

Thompson said one of the goals of WRTC2014 was to use the international

competition as a platform to promote Amateur Radio and radiosport. "Only a

Game" is produced by WBUR in Boston. The WRTC2014 website includes a

compilation of media coverage of the event.

Radio Amateurs Named to Order of Canada

Two radio amateurs were among those recently named to the Order of Canada.

The list of recipients included telecommunications researcher Veena Rawat,

VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.

Rawat was honored as a "Companion of the Order of Canada" for contributions

to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a

global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management. She has served

as president of the Communications Research Centre at Industry Canada and

as a vice president at Research in Motion. Rawat chaired the World

Radiocommunication Conference in 2003 and was instrumental in resolving the

40 meter "harmonization" issue that led to shifting international

broadcasters from part of the 7 MHz band.

Hadfield was honored as an "Officer of the Order of Canada" for "his

commitment to promoting scientific discovery and for sharing the wonders of

space exploration with the world." Hadfield was the International Space

Station Expedition 35 commander during his 2013 duty tour.

The Order of Canada is the third-highest award in Canada, to recognize

outstanding merit or distinguished service.

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A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

A comprehensive and fascinating article on long-delayed echoes (LDEs)

appeared in the February 1970 QST. LDEs are signals that have been

transmitted, go away somewhere, and then are heard -- at low signal levels

but often with good readability -- 10 or more seconds later. They were

first heard on the ham bands in 1927. An article in the May 1969 QST

described them and asked for reports from readers who had heard them. The

1970 follow-up article summarized more than 40 reports. A May 1971 QST

article later reported on more than 90 observed LDE events.

The effort to get more amateurs on the VHF and UHF bands continued, with

QST publishing articles on 432 MHz transmitters, 220 MHz kilowatt

amplifiers, state-of-the-art low-noise receiver preamplifiers, new

propagation modes and how to use them, portable beams for 2 meter

mountain-topping, and more.

The number of hams using very low power -- QRP -- also continued to grow,

with equipment and portable HF antennas featured in QST articles, as well

as reports of QRP use by hikers and mountain-climbing hams.

Repeaters for 2 meter FM operation were becoming very popular, and their

numbers were growing rapidly. QST described how to build repeater

duplexers, control equipment, antennas, and control links, and it kept

repeater control operators informed of relevant FCC rules as they were


Amateur Radio satellites continued to attract more and more attention. QST

articles provided information to encourage and help hams get up and running

on the satellites. Topics covered in those many articles included how to

plot satellite orbits, build beams that could be rotated in both azimuth

and elevation, construct circularly polarized beams, determine when you can

use the satellites for contacts over a given path, along with other tips

and information. As each new OSCAR was built and launched, QST carried

announcements and information on how to use it.

A nice article on "The $22,000,000.00 Ham Shack" appeared in the April 1970

QST. No, it wasn't an April Fool's article. It told of the first flight of

the new Boeing 747, with WA7IBL using one of the aircraft's radios to make

HF SSB contacts.

As the 1970s rolled along, many homeowners purchased hi-fi and stereo audio

equipment. Most consumer electronic equipment was not built to reject

interference from ham transmitters, however. Articles in QST during the

1970s told hams how to deal with those interference issues.

In 1970, the much-anticipated Heath SB-220 HF kilowatt linear amplifier

came on the market, with a selling price of $350.

As transistors' performance continued to improve, homebrew solid-state

equipment became progressively more popular. QST reported on many

interesting projects that used transistors, including VFOs, QRP rigs,

receivers and receiver preamplifiers, transmitting linear amplifiers, and

accessories. -- Al Brogdon, W1AB

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Solar activity showed further

signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping

41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to


In the 45-day forecast for solar flux, it was surprising to see on August 3

a new solar flux prediction of 150 for August 31 through September 3. I had

anticipated that this prediction would drop, to be more in line with

predicted values before and after that period, and in the August 11

forecast, this is just what happened. The predicted solar flux for those

dates was revised to 125 for August 31 through September 2, then to 120 on

September 3, where it remains today.

That 45-day forecast predicts solar flux at 100 on August 14, 105 on August

15, 110 for August 16-17, 105 for August 18-19, then 110, 100 and 110 on

August 20-22, 115 for August 23-24, 120 for August 25-26, then 125 and 130

on August 27-28, and 125 for August 29 through September 2. Flux values are

expected to gradually drift upward to 135 by September 24, the day

following the fall equinox.

Predicted planetary A index is 10 on August 14, 8 for August 15-16, 5 for

August 17-21, then 8, 5 and 8 on August 22, 23, and 24, 5 for August 25-27,

8 for August 28-29, then 5, 12, 10 and 8 on August 30 through September 2,

5 for September 3-5, 8 on September 6, 5 for September 7-8, 8 on September

9, and 5 until September 18.

This weekly "Solar Update" in The ARRL Letter is a preview of

the "Propagation Bulletin" issued each Friday. The latest bulletin and an

archive of past propagation bulletins are on the ARRL website.

In this Friday's bulletin look for an updated forecast and reports from

readers. Send me your reports and observations.

Just Ahead in Radiosport

August 13-14 -- NAQCC Monthly QRP Sprint (CW)

August 16-17 -- ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest

August 16-17 -- SARTG WW RTTY Contest

August 16-17 -- 70 centimeter Digital EME Championship

August 16-17 -- Russian District Award Contest (SSB, CW)

August 16-17 -- Keymen's Club of Japan Contest (CW)

August 16-17 -- North American QSO Party (SSB)

August 16-17 -- Feld-Hell Gridloc Sprint

August 16 -- Dominican Republic Contest (SSB)

August 17 -- SARL Digital Contest

August 17 -- ARRL Rookie Roundup (RTTY)

August 18 -- Run For the Bacon (CW)

August 23 -- ALARA Contest (SSB, CW)

August 23 -- Kansas QSO Party

August 23-24 -- Ohio QSO Party

August 23-25 -- Hawaii QSO Party

August 24 -- South Africa DX CW Contest

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information.

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August 16-17 -- Southeastern Division Convention, Regional ARRL Centennial

Event, Huntsville, Alabama

August 17 -- Kansas State Convention, Salina, Kansas

August 23 -- West Virginia State Convention, Weston, West Virginia

August 23-24 -- JARL Ham Fair, Tokyo, Japan

August 24 -- Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, New Kensington,


August 30-31 -- North Carolina State Convention, (Shelby Hamfest), Shelby,

North Carolina

September 5-7 -- ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference, Austin, Texas

September 6 -- Kentucky State Convention, Shepherdsville, Kentucky

September 6 -- Virginia Section Convention, Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 12-14 -- Southwestern Division Convention, San Diego, California

September 19-20 -- W9DXCC Convention, Schaumburg, Illinois

September 26-27 -- W4DXCC/SEDCO, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

September 26-28 -- Mid-Atlantic States VHF Conference, Bensalem,


September 27 -- North Dakota State Convention, West Fargo, North Dakota

September 27 -- Washington State Convention, Spokane Valley, Washington

October 4 -- Delaware State Convention, Georgetown, Delaware

October 5 -- Iowa Section Convention, West Liberty, Iowa

October 10-11 -- Florida State Convention, Melbourne, Florida

October 10-12 -- Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon), Santa Clara,


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October 12 -- Connecticut State Convention, Meriden, Connecticut

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MDSR (modulation demodulation software radio) is testing JT-65 mode

Posted: 13 Aug 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Hi Everybody;

The MDSR Team is back from the summer break and we are currently testing

the JT-65 mode on 30m (10.138Mhz), 20m (14.076MHz),17 (18.102MHz) and 15m

(21.076MHz). The frequency band chosen depends on the time of day and when

band openings occur.

Frequencies will be announced in the Yahoo user group.


If you have JT-65 capability, please help us to make as many contacts as

possible. The call sign that is being used is VE7DXW. If you do not have

JT-65 available but would like to have it, please send us a message and we

can help to get you set up with software and audio connections to your


The MDSR station will operate with the VE7DXW call sign and is operated out

of Vancouver, Canada. The output power is 20W and all contacts will be

logged on QRZ.com. On JT-65 worldwide contacts are possible any time a band

open up. In the last few days we made QSOs into USA, Canada, Ukraine,

Netherlands, Poland, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Brazil and many more.

The log-book will be also displayed on the MDSR home page of the MDSR

Demodulator-Modulator Software Radio:


Thanks for your help and see you on the bands! 73 and good DX...

The MDSR Team

Alex SchwarzVE7DXW

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