IOTA Activation

YW5D Isla la Tortuga SA-044 – UPDATE

27 August 2014

For the Team, Carlos Tommasi YY5CTN, informs in exclusively DxCoffee readers:

“Last night, the authorities have officially assigned the callsign YW5D. Today the team is leaving. From tomorrow the team of YW5D will be on air.”


The Grupo DX Caracas will be active from the Isla la Tortuga (Tortuga Island), IOTA SA 044, as YW5D. Date 26 – 31 August 2014.  Other referces:  ARLHS (VEN 047) WLOTA (3027). QSL via DM4MI. 

73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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Net Night at the Club Site

Thursday, August 28.  Doors open around 6:30 till ?????    Please, come on out, check into both the ARES and the PCARS nets.  We'll have plenty of beverages and snacks. 
And don't forget to bring that crystal set!  This is for the 50/50 tickets at the next club meeting.  Must be a home made radio and it must work!  Let's see what you've got.

See you there,
Tom wb8lcd

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PCARS Balloon Launch Special Meeting – Tuesday

As planned, there will be a special meeting at the club site for Members participating in the Balloon Launch Project (Tuesday 8/26/14).  The meeting will be at 7 PM; we will meet in the classroom bay so we do not interfere with the scheduled DX/Contest SIG.  ALL interested members are welcome to attend.


Tony  WA8AR





Finalize possible launch dates?  Depends on FAA approval


Final Flight System Construction Checklist:  or, who is responsible for finishing each component and what is our target date for final assembly and testing.


Launch Team:  This team is set and will be doing a practice launch coordinated by team leader Jim AC8NT.


Chase Team:  The lead chase car will be Keith AC8PR, he will need one spotter riding with him TBN.  We are looking for one additional car equipped to receive direct APRS data transmitted from the balloon (driver and spotter) TBN.  A third chase car is also needed, APRS capability optional (driver and spotter), TBN.  We have not yet determined what, if any, foxhunt receiving equipment will be deployed with the chase teams FINAL decision at the meeting


Balloon NET Control:  There will be primary and a secondary Net Control Stations for repeater operations.  Stations need to have 70cm (uplink/xmit) and 2m (downlink/recv) capabilities.  Logging and possible voice recording protocols need to be finalized at the meeting.  Net Control Operators and Loggers will be needed TBN.


Web system to publicize real-time launch status:  Needs to be finalized.


TBN = To be named or need volunteers. 


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2 Items for you:
#1  –  I've got the net control roster filled out through the end of January 2015, with one exception:  January 1, 2015.   I'm going to be out of town that week, and I don't want to just arbitrarily assign it to someone.  If you would like to take that night, please let me know.  That will be the first night of the beginning of the PCARS 10th year!  I'll be waiting to hear from you.

#2  –  Thursday August 28 – Net night at the clubsite.  KB8UUZ is our NCS for the evening.  Your task is to show up with a working crystal set that you built!  Everyone with a working radio gets 5 tix to the Sept 50/50.  The Crystal Set deemed the best gets an additional 10 tix for a total of 15!  Put it together and come on out!  See you there for some beverages and snacks.

Tom  wb8lcd

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Is anyone from this end of the county planning to go to the club site to work the OQSO party
tomorrow? If you are and if you can drop by on the way up I would appreciate it. TNX folks.

Ray T. Mahorney

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HamRadioNow – latest episode

Episode 161: System ConFusion

All that whining said, Episode 161 is up (and has been for a few days… see what I mean – it’s closing in on 2000 views, one of the fastest “growing” programs I’ve done). It’s a complement to my September QST review of Yaesu’s new System Fusion digital voice VHF/UHF mobile and handheld. I demonstrate the HT through a Yaesu DR-1 digital repeater, and with the help of some digital enthusiast friends, compare it to some D-STAR, P-25 and DMR (MotoTRBO) handhelds. And of course, I pontificate at length. 

73, Gary KN4AQ
Gary Pearce KN4AQ
508 Spencer Crest Ct.
Cary, NC 27513


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PCARS Net Tonight

Please join us tonight on the PCARS Thursday night 2 meter net at 8:00PM local, 146.895,  pl 110.9.  Rich – KD8FDK will be our NCS this evening.  Get on and let us know how you're hearing the upgraded repeater from your location.

NEXT Week, August 28th, is Net Night at the Club Site.  C'mon out and have a good time with us.  Snacks and beverages are always available (but not in the radio room).  Everyone who brings a working, crystal radio set with them, that they built between now and next week, will get 5 tickets for the September 50/50.  The person whose crystal set is judged the best of all will get 10 tickets!

Need to know more about a crystal radio set?  check out and you'll find more than you thought there could be for such a simple radio.  Hope to C U there.

de Tom wb8lcd

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September PCARS meeting

The September meeting will be Monday, 9/8, at the Overlook Restaurant in Twin Lakes.  This month we will have Don DuBon, N6JRL, (President of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association – DARA) as our guest speaker, along with a few others.  Every year for the past few, we have participated in the Youth DX Adventure program.  Don will be bringing a few of the participants of this years Expedition along to talk about their experience as DX and what the program has meant to them.  The program was run at PJ2T this year, and by coincidence, Geoff Howard, W0CG, the proprietor of PJ2T will also be with us!

This will be a fun night with lots of discussion about being / working DX and what it takes to get out there.  Be sure to put it on your calendar and join us!  You won't want to miss it.

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I'm looking for volunteers to be Net Control Operator for the PCARS nets in the upcoming months, AND on this Thursday, August 21st.
If you would like to do August 21st, let me know right away so I know I've got this week covered. 

Beyond this week, I want to fill in the NCS roster for October, November, December 2014.  Please send me an email if you are willing to participate (even if you are one of the current NCS ops).  If you have a date of preference, let me know that, too.

There are a lot of you who have never taken a shot at it – it's really not difficult and everyone should do it at least once!  So send those emails in and lets hear a few new voices on the net!

Tom wb8lcd

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IOTA Activations

Just receive these this AM:

TM32O Oleron Island EU-032

Lionel, F5HNQ,
informs DxCoffee readers:

group of YL and OM will be active as TM32O from Oleron Island (EU-032) from 21 to 26 September on HF/VHF SSB/digital.
More info on QRZ.comand
.  QSL via F6KFI bureau.”

Diaporos Island EU-174

DK7TX, informs DxCoffee readers:

will stay from 4th to 16th September in Chalkidiki Greece.. From there I plan
to make sporadic activation from Amouliani Island, Drenia Island and if time permits
from Diaporos Island in EU-174 “.
QSL via home call

 73 – Chuck Patellis  W8PT

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