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CQ announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

Posted: 15 May 2015 04:05 AM PDT

CQ announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

CQ magazine today announced its 2015 Hall of Fame

inductees, adding two members each to the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame,

as well as nine new members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those

individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant

contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made

significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional

careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet.

The 2015 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:

Tim Allen, KK6OTD - Actor and star of the ABC

comedy, "Last Man Standing," on which his character is also a ham, Mike

Baxter, KA0XTT.

Charles Apgar, ex-2MN (SK) - uncovered German spy

transmissions from Telefunken shore station WSL in New York during WWI.

Dan Benishek, KB8TOW - Member of Congress from Michigan.

Medical doctor and advocate for veterans.

Olof Lundberg, G0CKV - Leader of the communications

satellite industry for a quarter-century. Founding Director General of

Inmarsat; founder, CEO and Chairman of ICO Global Communications and CEO

of Globalstar, Inc.

Bre Pettis, W2BRE - 3D printing pioneer and founder of


Alvino Rey, W6UK (SK) - A leading musician of the swing

era, Rey is considered the father of the electric guitar and inventor of

the talk box, pickups and other electronic musical devices. He combined

his love for music with his love of radio to transform the music world.

Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD - Co-inventor of the cubesat design


Greg Walden, W7EQI - Member of Congress from Oregon.

Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW - President of Indonesia.

CQ DX and Contest and DX Halls of Fame

The CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honor those

amateurs who not only excel in personal performance in these major areas

of amateur radio but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways.

The 2015 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT - is a DXer,

DXpeditioner, educator and philanthropist. Zorro is the founder and CEO of

the Seisa Group, which runs schools in several countries; and founder/CEO

of the Foundation for Global Children, which provides medical and

educational support for children in Japan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia and

Bangladesh. Zorro has also helped promote or re-introduce amateur radio to

many of these places, and has donated money and/or equipment to help

amateurs in rare locations get or stay on the air.

Michael Wells, G7VJR - is founder of Club Log, an

online DXpedition log-hosting tool that has changed the face of DXpedition

operating by, among other things, allowing operators to upload their logs

while still on the air and permit hams around the world to know if they

are "in the log" on a given band or mode. Michael is a DXpeditioner

himself, having been part of a half-dozen major operations and having

operated from 25 different DX entities over the past 10 years.

The 2015 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

Doug Grant, K1DG - is not only a world-class contester,

but has not hesitated to share his knowledge and skills with others. He

has built or helped to build several championship contest stations, is a

founding member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, a founding director of

the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, is a regular instructor at

Contest University and has run the Contest Forum at the Dayton Hamvention®

for the past 20 years. In addition, Doug has competed in five World

Radiosport Team Championships (WRTCs), and has medaled three times.

Ward Silver, N0AX - has been a contester for over four

decades and has operated from some of the world's top contest stations,

spanning four continents. A founder of the World Radiosport Team

Championship (WRTC) competitions in 1990, Ward is currently Secretary of

the WRTC Sanctioning Committee. He is also president of the YASME

Foundation, which supports DXpeditions and contest operations around the

world, QST contesting editor and author of Ham Radio for Dummies and

Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself for Dummies.

Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of

Fame are scheduled for the Dayton Hamvention.® More detailed descriptions

of inductees will appear in the official announcement in the July 2015

issue of CQ magazine.

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The ARRL Letter, May 14, 2015

Posted: 14 May 2015 12:38 PM PDT

The ARRL Letter

May 14, 2015

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.]

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors -- and ClimbingARRL Will

Mark 100 Years of QST at Hamvention®Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Rally

as Severe Weather StrikesAmateur Radio Nets Are Crucial Link in Maritime

RescuesNew ARRL General Class License Manual Available as Softcover, Spiral

Bound, or E-BookUS Navy-Marine Corps MARS Program to EndNew Nepal

Earthquake Keeps Amateur Radio Relief Effort GoingColorado ARES Volunteers

Support Grueling RaceBrian Moran, N9ADG, Named as New Editor of The ARRL

Contest Update US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS

SatelliteIn Brief...The K7RA Solar UpdateJust Ahead in RadiosportUpcoming

ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors -- and Climbing

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- also known as H.R.1301 -- has

attracted 55 cosponsors as of May 14. The bill, introduced earlier this

year in the US House by Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would direct the FCC to

extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service

communications to private land-use restrictions. This weekendÂ’s Dayton

Hamvention will offer an opportunity for ARRL to meet with individual radio

amateurs and encourage them to seek their House memberÂ’s support. ARRL

Regulatory Information and Legislative Action Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND,

said those stopping by his booth at ARRL EXPO, can -- in about a minute --

have a letter, addressed to their representative and personalized with

their contact information, printed and ready to sign.

“The ARRL will collect these signed letters and have them hand-delivered to

the various Congressional offices by our DC legislative action team,”

Henderson explained. “This easy-to-use process has succeeded at several

major hamfests already this year and helped generate several hundred


Henderson said that the typically high number of attendees at Dayton

Hamvention presents an excellent opportunity for Amateur Radio operators to

get involved in the H.R. 1301 grassroots legislative effort.

The latest lawmakers to sign aboard H.R. 1301 include Representatives Pete

Olson of Texas, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, John Shimkus of Illinois, Dr

Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, and Roger Williams of Texas.

Henderson said the League is also working on securing an original sponsor

and co-sponsor for a companion Amateur Radio Parity Act bill in the US

Senate. He encouraged all who may not be attending Hamvention to visit the

ARRLÂ’s H.R. 1301 page, where they can download a letter that can be

personalized for your member of Congress.

“Once you have printed and signed the letter, send it to ARRL Grassroots

Letter program, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111,” Henderson said. “Once

received, these will be sorted and sent to the ARRL DC team for hand

delivery on Capitol Hill.”

“We have gotten off to a good start on H.R. 1301, but we have a long way to

go,” Henderson said. “We need every ARRL member to get involved with this

important fight.”

ARRL Will Mark 100 Years of QST at Hamvention®

The ARRL will join 20,000 or more of its closest friends this week, as the

Amateur Radio world turns its attention to Dayton Hamvention® 2015, Friday

through Sunday, May 15-17. Hamvention is the worldÂ’s largest Amateur Radio

gathering. As it has for the past several years, ARRL will showcase its

products and activities at the ARRL EXPO in the Hara Arena Ballarena. This

year, the League will celebrate the centenary of its membership journal,


“To help celebrate 100 years of QST, ARRL will introduce a commemorative

reissue of the first QST -- the December 1915 issue -- during Dayton

Hamvention®,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “The

special reprint is free when you join, renew, or extend your ARRL

membership at ARRL EXPO.” Inderbitzen said ARRL Life Members may obtain a

free copy just by stopping in at the ARRL EXPO store. Those unable to

attend Hamvention may obtain copies directly from ARRL for $9.95 each.

The League will conduct several forums during Hamvention weekend. On

Friday, 2:30 until 3:45 PM in Room 2, the League will present “Ham Radio

and the Law: Getting Antennas Up and Keeping Them Up,” moderated by ARRL

Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. Discussion will focus

on legal issues of interest to hams, including how to avoid or work around

restrictive covenants, presenting your case for a tower permit, and the

latest court rulings on PRB-1 and towers. Henderson will also provide an

update on The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301.

The LeagueÂ’s membership forum will take place on Saturday, 9:15-11 AM, in

Room 5. ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will


The “doctor” will make a house call this year for the “The Doctor is In”

forum on Saturday, noon until 1 PM, in Room 3. Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will

field questions from visitors. Hallas edits the popular “The Doctor is In”

question-and-answer column in QST.

NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, will be the guest of honor at a

meet-and-greet opportunity on Saturday, 1:45 until 3 PM, in Room 5. Fincke

was part of the International Space Station expedition 9 and 18 crews and,

through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

program, he was among the more active radio amateurs to serve on the

station. In June 2004, he delighted many radio amateurs by taking part in

ARRL Field Day from the ISS.

Icom America will live stream the Youth Forum at Hamvention, May 16, 9:15

until 12:15 PM EDT, which Fincke will attend. Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will

moderate. Read more.

Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Rally as Severe Weather Strikes

As storms swept into Central Oklahoma on May 6, radio amateurs -- in their

role as SKYWARN storm spotters -- became active, confirming observations

and reporting the effects of the damaging weather. Oklahoma Section

Emergency Coordinator Mark Conklin, N7XYO, reports that the Grady County

bedroom community of Bridge Creek -- some 30 miles south-southwest of

Oklahoma City -- took a direct hit, and ham radio volunteers have been on

the job ever since, providing needed communication. Tornado victims have

only been able to assess property damage in the past few days, and

residents are now working to clean up. The storm destroyed many homes, and

a volunteer center has been set up at the local elementary school.

In addition to causing structural damage, the dangerous storms also took

out portions of the power grid. The Bridge Creek Volunteer Fire Department

was among those losing power, and a back-up generator failed. Matt Garcia,

N5PTV, arrived with a generator and got the departmentÂ’s repeater and base

station gear up and running again, so that firefighters were able to

respond to calls, Conklin said.

Mike Rockey, KE5EQC, vice president of the Aeronautical Center Amateur

Radio Club, alerted Conklin that the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster

Relief had requested Amateur Radio assistance to help support the Bridge

Creek communications effort. Conklin sent word out to all

ARES-OK-registered radio operators to help fill this communications need.

“Amateur Radio operators are volunteering in Bridge Creek to assist with

communications efforts,” an Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management May

13 update noted. “Operators have worked to support communication between

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster ReliefÂ’s chain saw and debris teams. The

communication support is especially useful since cell service in the area

has often been unreliable due to the storms. The Amateur Radio volunteers

are expected to continue to assist through the weekend.” Read more. --

Thanks to Mark Conklin, N7XYO, Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Nets Are Crucial Link in Maritime Rescues

Amateur Radio played a crucial role in two recent at-sea rescues. On April

8, sailors Randy (VA3ORT) and Dawn (VA3PBT) Ortiz of Ontario, Canada, ran

into heavy seas that led them to abandon their 42-foot sailing yacht

Nirvana Now in a remote portion of the South Pacific while en route to the

Marquesas. The Ortizes were able to summon help via the Pacific SeafarerÂ’s

Net on 14.300 MHz, and the North Carolina-based Continuum, skippered by Bob

Jankowski, KJ4ZFP, and his wife Mona, were able to come to their rescue,

some 1200 miles from the nearest landfall. The Ortizes were last reported

to be safe in Tahiti. Pacific SeafarerÂ’s Net member Fred Moore, W3ZU, in

Florida, was able to coordinate the request for help.

“I would like to impress upon all that it was the communications allowed us

through the SSB radio giving us access to the land-based ham networks and

other boats that saved our lives,” Randy Ortiz told Latitude 38. “I think

it is still prudent for all persons voyaging offshore to be skilled in the

use of the SSB radio.”

On April 16, members of the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) assisted

with a mayday call on 14.300 MHz, which NCS William Sturridge, KI4MMZ,

handled. Skipper Andrew Fleming, KC4VOA, on board the sailing yacht

Seaquel, reported his vessel taking on water due to a mechanical failure

some 95 miles northwest of Puerto Rico, and headed to Florida. Fleming

reported that he had been unable to raise the US Coast Guard or other

agencies on the radio. Sturridge notified the Coast Guard and also

contacted Moore to assist in handling the crisis.

“They had a short window of opportunity in which to communicate,” Assistant

MMSN Net Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, reported. “It was only approximately

5 minutes before contact was lost with the vessel, and any other

information that they obtained was via an in-house database program which

the MMSN utilizes for its contacts. KC4VOA has checked in to the MMSN many

times prior, so there was a vast amount of information on the vessel.”

The US Coast Guard was dispatched, the vessel was located, and a Coast

Guard Paramedic was lowered via helicopter to treat a head injury that

Fleming had sustained. Fleming and his wife Sally, KA3RUJ, later expressed

their gratitude to Sturridge.

“I had worried lately that ham radio might be overtaken by technology, but

you proved that it still has a significant place,” Andrew Fleming said.

Read more. -- Thanks to John Procter, W1HFG, and Bobby Graves, KB5HAV

New ARRL General Class License Manual Available as Softcover, Spiral Bound,

or E-Book

The new ARRL General Class License Manual (8th edition) is now available in

softcover, spiral-bound, and e-book versions. The optional academic-style

spiral-bound edition (ARRL Item No 1904, retail $32.95) lies flat, making

it more convenient for both students and instructors. It includes

everything you need to prepare for the 35-question General class Amateur

Radio license exam, so you wonÂ’t have any surprises on test day.

The exam questions and answer key are built from the latest General class

question pool, which goes into effect on July 1, 2015. You can use the

General Class License Manual in conjunction with ARRLÂ’s online Exam Review

for Ham Radio. It includes detailed explanations for all test questions as

well as FCC Amateur Service (Part 97) rules.

The ARRL General Class License Manual is also available in traditional

softcover format (ARRL Item No 8119, retail $29.95). Both spiral-bound and

softcover editions are available from the ARRL Store or from your ARRL

Publications Dealer, or call 860-594-0355 or toll-free in the US

888-277-5289 to order.

In addition to the hard-copy manuals, ARRL has just released a digital

edition of The ARRL General Class License Manual in Kindle format from


As the leading publisher of Amateur Radio licensing and training materials,

ARRL is expanding beyond traditional printed books to meet the increasing

demand from readers who prefer digital publications. The ARRL also offers

Kindle editions of The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual and its

question-and-answer study guides, ARRLÂ’s Tech Q&A, ARRLÂ’s General Q&A, and

ARRLÂ’s Extra Q&A.

US Navy-Marine Corps MARS Program to End

The US Department of Defense is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. Its operational mission

will transition to the other MARS service branches by the end of September.

MARS volunteers are Amateur Radio operators who provide auxiliary or

emergency communications to local, national, and international emergency

and safety organizations, as an adjunct to normal communications.

“The intent of the transition is to best align the program to support

national mission requirements,” the announcement said. Chris Jensen of

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS

LANT) told ARRL that the Navy no longer has any service-specific

requirements for Navy-Marine Corps MARS and is working within DoD to

transition the program into Army and Air Force MARS by September 30.

The announcement encouraged current Navy-Marine Corps MARS members and

clubs to submit applications to the US Army MARS or US Air Force MARS

programs as soon as possible.

“The US Navy greatly appreciates the thousands of MARS volunteers, past and

present, who have been integral to the success of MARS,” the announcement


An individual very familiar with the MARS program said the change was not

unexpected and came to a head as the US Strategic Command embraced Army

MARS as the lead branch for contingency communication and Air Force MARS

began partnering with the US Army program on the operations side.

“The Army and Air Force MARS branches have an obvious role in providing

contingency communications for the 50 states,” said the individual, who

preferred not to be identified by name. “Members are everywhere ‘on the

ground,Â’ and experience in Afghanistan and Iraq has proven the tactical

usefulness of HF on land. There was no similar role for the landlocked

membership of Navy-Marine Corps MARS.”

He said the MARS program can use all the volunteers it can attract. Read


New Nepal Earthquake Keeps Amateur Radio Relief Effort Going

Amateur Radio relief activity in Nepal had begun to wind down before a

magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook parts of the Himalayan nation on May 12,

collapsing buildings and killing dozens in a region thatÂ’s still trying to

recover from the much stronger earthquake on April 25. The latest quake

revived the ham radio effort. Centered some 50 miles east-northeast of the

Nepalese capital of Kathmandu and near the border with Tibet, the temblor

was felt in India and Bangladesh. The US Geological Survey considers the

May 12 tremor as an aftershock of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25.

“Immediately after the first tremor, I turned on my station and gave a call

on 14.210 MHz,” said Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) National

Disaster Communication Coordinator Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU. He subsequently made

contact with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, who reported that power as well as

Internet and cell phone service were out, although text messaging was still

possible. 9N1AA was operating from battery power at the time, but later got

his power back. Other parts of Kathmandu are still without electricity,


Bhide said he learned that some multi-story structures that had suffered

cracks in the initial earthquake collapsed, killing several people.He said

on May 14 that people were returning home from temporary shelters. He

continues to receive missing person inquiries from abroad. About 300 people

are still missing in Langtang Valley.

Bhide said he would continue monitoring 14.210 MHz.

The Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) project “Radio Mala”

reported that equipment it deployed in 2013 continues to function in the

aftermath of the latest tremor. Radio Mala team member Rick Santina, W6IFA,

said that Sanjeeb Panday, 9N1SP, had e-mailed the CAN-USA team that the HF

station was still working. Panday has installed the antenna for the second

CAN-USA UHF/VHF repeater, but the installation was not able to be completed

before this weekÂ’s aftershock.

“We are still deploying ham radio equipment to Nepal in response to this

humanitarian crisis,” said CAN-USA Disaster Preparedness Committee Chairman

Suresh Ojha, W6KTM.

Colorado ARES Volunteers Support Grueling Race

Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service (PP ARES) volunteers provided

communication support on May 2 for the 2015 Falcon 50 Ultra-Marathon.

Competitors in the “military-heavy” 50-mile event carry 35-pound rucksacks

while wearing boots and uniforms, said Pikes Peak ARES PIO John Bloodgood,

KD0SFY. He said 170 runners tested their mettle on the rugged terrain and

high altitude of the marathon course at the United States Air Force Academy

in Colorado Springs.

“They were not alone,” he said. “Supporting them was a volunteer team of

Amateur Radio operators from the Pikes Peak District Amateur Radio

Emergency Service. Twenty-two operators, one of whom was also a participant

in the marathon, set up six stations around the course to track and report

runner progress, coordinate supplies and transportation, and report any

emergencies on the course.”

Bloodgood said this meant having everything up and running before the race

start time of 6 AM and operating through the 8 PM finish line cut-off time.

“Using radios in areas where cell phones often have spotty reception and

the same techniques that make ham radio a huge asset in disasters, the ARES

operators passed runner progress messages, tracking each bib number as it

passed through an aid station,” he explained. The ARES volunteers used

Fldigi in MT63 2000L mode, with Flmsg sending Incident Command System Form

213 messages over UHF FM radios. “This digital system is exactly the same

as hams might use to support incident commands during disasters and

emergencies,” Bloodgood said.

Messages were automatically compiled into the Bib Track software developed

by Al Glock, KC0PRM, that was originally designed to track patients during

a mass casualty event. “This software can even predict when a runner should

arrive at the next aid station,” Bloodgood added. More than 1070 runner

position reports were passed. The hams also used voice modes and APRS.

Bloodgood said the Falcon 50 gives Pikes Peak ARES members a valuable

opportunity to hone their skills in preparation for emergencies and

disasters. Pikes Peak ARES has supported the event every year from its

start 4 years ago. Read more. -- Thanks to Pikes Peak ARES PIO John

Bloodgood, KD0SFY

Brian Moran, N9ADG, Named as New Editor of The ARRL Contest Update

Brian Moran, N9ADG, will take over as editor of The ARRL Contest Update,

starting with the May 20 issue. Current editor Ward Silver, N0AX, is

stepping away after 13 years as the radiosport newsletterÂ’s editor in order

to concentrate on other ARRL projects. Moran, who lives in Kirkland,

Washington, has been in Amateur Radio for more than 35 years.

“My vision for the Contest Update is to continue to provide the timely

event-specific information and other technical or operating information

relevant to the interests of traditional contesters,” he said, “and explore

ways to continue informing and broadening the readership, considering the

evolving nature of the hobby.”

Moran got his ham ticket in the late 1970s, while in high school. His

interest in electronics and radio led him to pursue a degree in computer

science, and then a career in software development -- “while ham radio was

on pause,” he said. Moran became consistently active again in 1999, after

he joined the Western Washington DX Club. In addition to DXing and

contesting, he enjoys restoring and building equipment.

Other radio amateurs in his household include his wife Caroline, KA7MOM,

and children Emma, KE7MAM, and Sam, KE7MAN.

An e-newsletter, The ARRL Contest Update publishes every other Wednesday,

26 times a year. Read more.

US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite

Sometime on or about May 20, the next US Naval Academy satellites and Brno

University PSK31 transponders head into space from Cape Canaveral on an

Atlas 5 launcher and into an approximately 50° orbit. The launch will

include the Psat APRS satellite -- a pair of identical 1.5 U cubesats (A

and B) -- as well as the BRICsat and USS Langley (Unix Space Server

Langley) nanosatellites.

“Psat is a Naval Academy student satellite project named in honor of one of

our graduates, Bradford Parkinson, of GPS fame, which contains an APRS

transponder for relaying remote telemetry, sensor, and user data from

remote users and Amateur Radio environmental experiments or other data

sources back to Amateur Radio experimenters via a global network of

Internet-linked ground stations,” explained APRS developer Bob Bruninga,

WB4APR. In addition to the data transponder, a secondary Brno University

transponder will support multi-user PSK31 text messaging. The APRS downlink

will be 145.825 MHz (1200 baud AX.25 APRS).

“We welcome radio amateurs worldwide to tune into the downlinks and either

IGate packets into the global APRS-IS system or to e-mail me,” Bruninga

said. “After launch, the next several orbits will be over USA and Europe.”

Bruninga said Psat, including the PSK31 transponder, would not be available

for use until all on-orbit checks are complete, a process he said could

take “many, many days.” He also requested reports on any PSK31 (FM) heard

on 435.350 MHz (the PSK31 uplink is 28.120 MHz).

The PSK31 multi-user FDMA transponder experiment on Psat, BRICsat, and USS

Langley is similar to the one on RAFT and PCSAT2.

BRICsat will carry a PSK31 transponder with a 28.120 MHz uplink (2.5 kHz

bandwidth) and a UHF FM downlink on 435.350 MHz. GunterÂ’s Space Page

describes USS Langley as “a proof-of-concept mission for providing global

Internet access via a nanosatellite constellation.”

Bruninga said satellite experiments such as Psat “serve our educational and

outreach goals for student projects encouraging young people to be

interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.” He said he hopes

other schools will build either additional 145.825 MHz relay satellites or

experimental sensors. “We hope that Psat will be the ‘egg’ in this

chicken-egg conundrum,” he added. Read more.

In Brief...

Ham Radio to the Rescue: Jeff Allbright, N5JEF, on May 3 reported a vehicle

fire in an RV towing an SUV. He was able to alert emergency services. “The

location was eastbound I-80 in Auburn, California,” Allbright said. “The

people from the RV had tried and failed to reach 911 on their cell phone. I

also tried, and, although cell phone service was working, I too got an

‘unable to connect’ message.” Allbright was able to contact Jim Griffith,

KI6AZH, on the W6EK 2 meter repeater and confirm that he was calling

emergency services. Firefighters responded, but Albright said he believes

both vehicles were destroyed. -- Thanks to ARRL Sacramento Valley SM Ron

Murdock, W6KJ

4U1ITU to Mark ITUÂ’s 150th Anniversary: Members of the International

Amateur Radio Club 4U1ITU in Geneva will celebrate the 150th anniversary of

the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on May 17 by using the

special call sign 4U150ITU. Operation will be from 0800 to 1600 UTC. ITU

Secretary General Houlin Zhao will sign all QSL cards. QSL via 4U1ITU. On

May 17, 1865, the first International Telegraph Convention was signed, and

the ITU was created. -- Thanks to The Daily DX

Past New Mexico SM Bill Weatherford, KM5FT, SK: Former ARRL New Mexico

Section Manager William O. “Bill” Weatherford, KM5FT, of Albuquerque, died

April 5. He was 78. Weatherford, a retired US Foreign Service

communications officer, was New Mexico SM from 2003 until 2007 and was an

Assistant SM from 2001 until 2003. Weatherford spent 35 years with the US

Department of State, serving in 10 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle

East, Africa, and South America. First licensed as a Novice in the early

1950s, Weatherford returned to ham radio in 1965 and operated from several

of his overseas postings. He retired in 1995. Weatherford was a US Air

Force Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Judith. The family has invited

memorial donations to Roadrunner Food Bank or Heifer International.

ARRL 2014 Phone Sweepstakes Results Posted: The complete results of the

ARRL November Sweepstakes phone event for 2014 have been published,

including the expanded line scores and all log checking reports (LCRs).

Steve London, N2IC, prepared the contest summary. Results of the ARRL 160

Meter and ARRL 10 Meter contests are expected soon.

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: This week our quiet sun came to life, and

now the visible solar disc is crowded with sunspots. On May 11, the daily

sunspot number rose to 188, the highest number since January 30, when it

was 193. We have to go back to November 17, 2013, to find a higher sunspot

number. It was 282 on that day, which was way over on the other side of the

Cycle 24 peak, which happened in early 2014.

The average daily sunspot number increased 86 points from the previous week

to 146.9 for the May 7-13 period, and the average daily solar flux rose

from 115.4 to 156.3.

On May 12, the Australian Space Forecast Centre warned of “increased

geomagnetic activity” on May 13, due to a high-speed coronal hole wind

stream. The prediction was correct, and the planetary A index for May 13

was 45, while the college A index reached 63.

The predicted planetary A index is 25, 12, and 8 for May 14-16, then 5, 15,

and 12 on May 17-19, then 5 on May 20-28, 8 on May 29-30, 5 on May 31, then

8, 15, and 10 on June 1-3, 5 on June 4-6, 12 on June 7, 25 on June 8-9, and

12 and 8 on June 10-11.

Predicted solar flux is 155 on May 14, 150 on May 15-16, then 145, 135, and

125 on May 17-19, 120 on May 20-21, 115 on May 22-23, 110 on May 24-27, 115

on May 28, and 120 on May 29-31.

In FridayÂ’s bulletin look for reports from readers and an updated forecast.

Send me your reports and observations.

Just Ahead in Radiosport

May 16 -- Portuguese Navy Day (Digital)

May 16 -- Feld-Hell Hamvention Sprint

May 16-17 -- Worldwide EME Contest

May 16-17 -- His Majesty King of Spain Contest (CW)

May 17 -- Worked All Britain -- 7 MHz Phone

May 18 -- Run For the Bacon (CW)

May 21 -- NAQCC Monthly QRP Sprint (CW)

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

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Broadcasting Live from Hamvention on International Shortwave Station WTWW

9.930 KHz

Posted: 13 May 2015 10:38 PM PDT

Broadcasting Live from Hamvention on International Shortwave Station WTWW

9.930 KHz

We will be broadcasting live from the Dayton Hamvention on WTWW 9.930 KHz

Friday 10AM - 3PM EDT

Saturday 10AM - 2PM EDT

Sunday 10AM - 12PM EDT

Any changes to this schedule will be posted on http://qsoradioshow.com


Hams in Space to Appear at the Dayton National Hamvention!

Posted: 13 May 2015 10:44 AM PDT

Eddy.jpg Hams in Space to Appear at the Dayton National Hamvention!

If youÂ’re from the Kansas City Metro Region, youÂ’ve likely seen the Hams in

Space Presentation by KDØHKD Randy Schulze, KYØF Eddy Paul, and ACØDX

Jeremy Widner at your local radio club meeting or at one of the many fine

hamfests in the region. TheyÂ’ve appeared in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,

Iowa, and Arkansas showing hams how easy and fun it is to get on the air

with Amateur Radio Satellites, many times with equipment they may already

own. The message Hams in Space has been giving is, “Keep it simple, and

have fun!”

The team is very excited and proud to announce that Hams in Space will be

providing their entertaining and informative presentation at the National

Hamvention at Dayton, Ohio! They will be in Forum Room Three, at 12:15 PM,

Friday, May 15th.

For more information on the many forums at the Dayton Hamvention, go to the

web at:


For more information about the Hams in Space presentation, go to the web at:


So while youÂ’re in Dayton for the Big Show, why not stop in and see the

side show by Hams in Space!

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HRD Software goes to the 2015 Dayton Hamvention

Posted: 13 May 2015 10:27 AM PDT

Press Release

Ham Radio Deluxe News: HRD Software goes to the 2015 Dayton Hamvention®

HRD Software, LLC

Tampa, FL; Dallas, TX; St. Paul, MN — May 13, 2015

HRD Software, LLC is on the road and heading to Dayton Hamvention®! Making

the annual pilgrimage to Hara Arena are HRD owners Rick Ruhl (W4PC) and

Randy Gawtry (K0CBH), along with HRD Support Staff Lead Tim (KB3NPH) and

the HRD Sales Team. HRD Software is once again located in Audio Alley, in

booths 108, 109, and 100, right next to Timewave and directly across from

Heil Sound.

Those who wish to purchase HRD at Hamvention® can do so at substantial

savings, receiving $10.00 off the new purchase price. As a reward to our

loyal HRD users, we are extending this $10.00 savings to renewals as well!

Our exciting savings offer also extends to our online customers as well.

Use coupon code dayton when checking out to save $10.00 on either a full or

renewal purchase of Ham Radio Deluxe.

As always, HRD is available to “try before you buy,” with a complementary

30-day trial that includes live technical support. Now is the best time

ever to try out HRD or renew your support package!

Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.2 at

HRD Paid support: http://tickets.hrdsoftwarellc.com

HRD Peer Support Forum: http://forums.hrdsoftwarellc.com

HRD YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hrdsoftware

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