Archive for October, 2013

NWS newsletter

 The latest edition of the NWS Aware Newsletter has been posted at the following link:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/Aware/pdfs/13oct-aware.pdf

Please feel to pass on this link or to reprint Aware. If you have suggestions for future topics, comments or compliments, please send them
to Melody.Magnus@noaa.gov
Melody Magnus, Managing Editor

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Propagation Conditions

Last weekend for the CQWW DX contest  radio conditions were OUTSTANDING!  From the ARRL:
 
10/29/2013

Words like “wall-to-wall stations” and “phenomenal conditions” punctuated
post-contest reports from last weekend’s CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB).
Participants have Ol’ Sol to thank, as sunspot numbers leaped into the vicinity
of 150.

The very active solar conditions did little to help those who favor or
concentrate on the lower bands, but 10 meter operators experienced sustained
openings during the weekend, punctuated by occasional radio blackouts. And, it
appears, this period of exalted solar
activity
is not yet past.

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports that the sun’s
“somnolent region 1882 reawakened suddenly” October 28 at 1515 UTC with an R1
(minor) radio blackout. An Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME) launched
from the Sun during the eruption was expected to generate G1 (minor) geomagnetic
storm levels on October 31, opening the possibility of Halloween auroral
displays.

Actually, a series of CMEs will sweep past Earth this week. Spaceweather.com
says the first three are expected to deliver glancing blows, “possibly having
little effect,” with a greater likelihood of a more direct hit October 31, when
the CME from Earth-facing sunspot 1882 is awaited, propelled in Earth’s
direction by an M4-class flare on October 28. “High-latitude sky watchers should
be alert for auroras on Halloween,” SpaceWeather.com says.

Noting the high number of sunspots, forecasters say three of them — including
1882 — “post a threat for strong eruptions.” NOAA forecasters estimate a 70
percent chance of M-class
flares and a 35 percent chance of X-class
flares on October 29.

 

 

 

The point here is, if you haven't been on HF lately, NOW is the time!  Especially if you are a Tech class licensee and have access to HF equipment to get on 10 meters.  If you want to work all the great DX that's happening out there, you have to sit in the chair and get on the air!

 

73,

Tom wb8lcd

 

 

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SK equipment for sale

I received the attached list of equipment that Al, AB8AA, has in his possession from a silent key.  If you are interested in anything, contact Al directly at ab8aa@portcars.org

 
73,
Tom wb8lcd

doc iconW3NV equipment2.doc

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DX Special Report

Late breaking news on Wake Island DXPedition.
KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update/Scheduled – Press Release #6): "The Wake Atoll

Commemorative DXpedition team has been approved for entry onto Wake Atoll.

Our equipment is already on Wake and in safe storage awaiting our arrival.

The 12-Operator team includes: Joe -AA4NN, John-K6MM, Craig-K9CT, Mike-

K9NW, Ralph-K9ZO, Lou-N2TU, Jim-N9TK, Mark-NA6M, Dick-W3OA, Joe-W8GEX,

Hal-W8HC, and Jerry-WB9Z.
  The plan is for the team to assemble in Hawaii on 30-October, depart

01-November, arrive on 02-November and immediately erect antennas and

set-up the stations. There will be two CW and two SSB stations on the

air. The CW site will be located across from the Arrivals terminal and

the SSB site will be housed in a "beach house" near downtown Wake.

  We are planning on being QRV 03-November through 15-November (Wake time).

If there are any changes, they will be posted on our website.
               http://wake2013.org/pages/bandplan.html

  Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog as time and internet access allows.

  This is a commemorative DXpedition.  Our prime objective is to honor

the lives and contributions of the Forgotten 98 civilian contractors who

lost their lives on Wake during WWII.  Some of these men have yet to be

identified.  If you know any of the Forgotten 98 or their relatives,

modern DNA testing may identify their remains and provide for a proper

burial.  Please take a moment to look through their names.
               http://wake2013.org/pages/forgotten98.html

  Wake Atoll is an active military base and access is extremely limited.

The Team is most grateful to the United States Air Force for allowing

this Commemoration to take place.
  Also, Team wants to thank the DX community, including generous worldwide

Foundations, Clubs, Individuals, Equipment manufacturers and outlets for

their outstanding support of the Wake commemorative efforts.  These DX-

peditions are extremely expensive and could not be accomplished without the

support of the entire DX community Visit the website to view our sponsors

and make your personal donation.  http://wake2013.org/pages/sponsors.html

  Please note! A few other DXpeditions will be on the air during the Wake

operation. To avoid the dreaded "not in the log", please be sure which

DXpedition you are working! Our operators will announce the K9W callsign

often to help identify your contact.
  Please check our website frequently for updates. http:/wake2013.org/

  And don't forget to sign our guestbook!
  73, K9W Wake Atoll Management Team"


XR0Y, EASTER ISLAND (Reminder). Operators Jose/CE0HYO, Gustavo/CX2AM,

Humberto/CX3AN, Gustavo/CX3CE, Mario/CX4CR, Gen/EA5HPX, Francisco/EA7FTR

and Carlos/LU2NI will be active as XR0YY from Hanga Roa, Easter Island,

between November 1-7th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB

and the Digital modes. They will have 3 stations operating simultaneously.

QSL via EB7DX. They have a Web site available at:
                        http://easterisland2013.com


 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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PCARS November Newsletter

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Other Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,
If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the November 2013 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! 

Yes,the newsletter usually sent out on the last Friday of the month – BUT – the CQ-WW-DX Contest was in full swing – Boy were the bands jumping ! If you were not on the air you MISSED a great time !

If you're reading this on the web page: Hey download your copy – click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click, 'save-as' and then put it on your computer to view off-line.

Hope you enjoy this issue – 
READ ALL ABOUT IT – Special PCARS Antenna Auction, Center of Hope Donations, FCC Shutdown Ends, JUNO Update – plus a whole lot more !

LOTS of good information. PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!

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PLEASE-PLEASE- Don't forget – The November Meeting is really important: Election of officers for 2014 – PLUS the HOLIDAY DONATIONS FOR THE CENTER OF HOPE. Lots of prizes in the special Center of Hope raffle – buy LOTS of tickets – let's help the Center of Hope in Ravenna.

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Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
Take care & 73,
Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read.

Articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: Tom "Parky", KB8UUZ at:  kb8uuz@portcars.org

pdf iconPCARS-Nov2013.pdf

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ARRL Sweepstakes turns 80!

I just saw this link on Twitter regarding the 80th anniversary of the Sweepstakes, which are coming up this weekend.

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Mike DeChristopher, N1TA, presents a brief
history, rules review, look at special awards for the 80th anniversary,
and some tips & tricks from the real pros.
 

John, KD8MQ

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Cheap Arduino Kits

From Zeb Smith – KD8WZS:
 
There's a fundraiser going on for some cheap Arduino kits. The same outfit just ran a campaign to fund $12 Arduino boards a few months ago. It looks like these new kits include some extras and a book.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/be-maker-kit-plus-free-lessons-on-electronics-from-zero-to-internet-of-things/x/67783

 
Respond directly to kd8zps@portcars.org

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Net Night at the Club Site

Tonight!   Doors will open at 6:30PM.
 
Check into the nets.  Bob, N8QE will be our PCARS NC operator this evening – lets give Bob some big numbers!  If you can't come out, at least check in from home.

 
The contest will be to bring in your QSL cards and/or Certificates that have either a Halloween theme, something to do with the sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald, or something honoring US Veterans.  He with the most qsl's / certificates is the winner!   LATE UPDATE:  Bring your most interesting  QSL's or certificates – if there are now winners based on the Halloween theme, then the most interesting QSL's will win the prize.

 
Don't forget, after the PCARS net we'll have donuts and cider!
 
This is a good opportunity to come out to just socialize with your Amateur Radio Operator friends, or, if you want, get on the air from one of the two club HF stations.  Either way, it's a good time and you really don't want to miss it……see you there!

 
Tom  wb8lcd

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Ham Radio in TV commercial

Just when you thought you had seen everything…here’s a hilarious ad that playfully uses ham radio:
Thanks to Rick, K8CAV, for sending along this link.
 
 

    73, Jim, KC8PD
    

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Net night at the Club Site

This Thursday is Net Night at the Club Site.  NCS for the evening PCARS net will be Bob – N8QE.  Even if you can't make it out to the clubsite (you'll be missing out on Cider and Donuts!) how about getting on the air and checking into the net?  If you can make it out, the contest will be to bring in your QSL cards and/or Certificates that have either a Halloween theme, something to do with the sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald, or something honoring US Veterans.  He with the most qsl's / certificates is the winner!

 
This is a good opportunity to come out to just socialize with your Amateur Radio Operator friends, or, if you want, get on the air from one of the two club HF stations.  Either way, it's a good time and you really don't want to miss it……see you there!

 
73,
Tom wb8lcd

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