Emegency Frequencies

Emergency Frequencies:

Emergency Frequencies – With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, the Hurricane Watch Net is activated. In addition, SATERN has OUTBOUND Health and Welfare Nets activated.

Hurricane Watch Net       14.325.00 MHz,    7.268.00 MHz
      14.265 MHz,    7.262 MHz
60 Meters may be in use by FEMA for Interoperable communications.

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Request for Volunteers to assist NP2X

W5OV, KC8YST and K3LR from DX Engineering worked last night (7 Sept) to get
six IC-7300s overnight shipped to the ARRL – these radios will be used to
help Irma communications efforts. The ARRL Section Manager from the US
Virgin Islands called K3LR last night to ask for help. If you know anyone
that might be able to volunteer (see below) – please let K3LR know (
K3LR@K3LR.com )
Subject: Info from ARRL US Virgin Island Section Manager
Importance: High

IMPORTANT – From my long phone call last night with NP2X, Fred has asked me to assemble a list of possible volunteers to assist NP2X (ARRL Section Manager) with communications in the US Virgin Islands. Volunteers MUST be in good physical health, able to pay for your travel, be away from home and work for an undetermined period of time and be able to work in hot humid temperatures for long periods.

Volunteers MUST have completed Core ICS classes 100, 200, 700 and 800 – there is no exception.

I am assembling a list ONLY at this time – no other details are known yet. The volunteer list is no guarantee that you will ultimately be deployed. Please contact K3LR (K3LR@K3LR.com) – if you can volunteer and I will notify NP2X directly.

US Coast Guard Video out lining some of the damage to USVI:


All good on St. Croix. Minimal damage on island. Towers and house at NP2X OK. One ham on St. John peered from his bunker at the height of the storm and described it as a ‘salad shooter’.

St. Croix ARC currently passing safety of life traffic from St. Thomas and St. John and supporting Territorial and Federal partners. We have a MASSIVE Federal response here. Say a prayer for people in STT and STX.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not send NP2X any incoming health and welfare traffic. Direct all H&W traffic to http://www.redcross.org/safeandsound


Very 73,
Fred, K9VV / NP2X
ARRL Section Manager
Section Emergency Coordinator
US Virgin Islands

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September 9, through Sunday September 17, (GMT)
CBarC Route 66 On The Air website


Background on “The Mother Road”

U.S. Highway 66 was established in 1926, was the first major improvement to link the west coast with the nations heartland.

Through stories, songs and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

However, the demise of Route 66 began in the 1950’s as the U.S. began it’s interstate highway system, and the highway was officially decommissioned in 1986.

Today, small portions of the U.S. Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.

Background on Route 66 On The Air Special Event

This year marks the 18th year of this great radio event. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it was a way to allow amateur radio operators a fun way to“Relive the Ride.”

They also can relive their own memories of Route 66, and get to celebrate the highway’s rich history in making the U.S. what it is today.

Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) in San Bernardino, CA took over the event a couple years later and has grown into one of the best special amateur radio events each year.

Amateur radio clubs using special 1X1 call signs operate from cities on or near the route from coast to coast.

Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many radio operators as possible who would like to take part in this annual event.

 73's and see you on the air,

– Charlie

Charles J Laudan PIO    W6CJL
Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
(909) 754-1607 mobile
(888) 503-5788 fax

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Updated email distribution list for QST emails

As many of you probably know, we have had some issues with the QST email distribution list dropping email addresses off the list. We’ve now completed a setup which will tie the QST email distribution directly into the PCARS online roster database and should resolve that issue.

At this time you should have received an email stating a message similar to the one above. If you have not, check your spam filters. If the message is not in your spam filters, send me an email from the address you expected to receive the message along with your callsign.

73, Steve K8SRR

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WSJT-X New Release

The following is forwarded from the WSJT-X development group.  I strongly recommend you use this release.  It addresses many issues users have found.

Jim, AC8NT

The WSJT Development Group is pleased to announce a second candidate 
release of WSJT-X Version 1.8.0. Once again this is a beta release.
Most changes since the “RC1” release candidate are related to the FT8 
mode, and most new features have already been tested in the field by 
several hundred users.

Implementation of FT8 and its auto-sequencing feature is now more 
capable and more polished. The decoder is faster and better: it now 
includes signal subtraction, multi-pass decoding, and the use of 
accumulated “a priori” information as a QSO progresses. Sensitivity 
extends downward as far as -24 dB in some circumstances. Overlapping 
signals 2 and 3 deep are frequently decoded at essentially the same 
frequency. On a crowded band we sometimes see more than 30 decodes in a 
single 15-second interval, over a 2 kHz window. The North American VHF 
Contesting Mode has been extended to include both FT8 and MSK144 modes.

The “RC2” release also includes many minor bug fixes and an extensively 
updated WSJT-X User Guide.

We strongly recommend that all WSJT-X users should upgrade to this new 

Go to the WSJT web site here:
and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a link to the 
installation package for your Windows, Linux, or OS X system. You can 
also download the packages from our SourceForge site:

Depending on what code revision you upgrade from, it may be necessary to 
do a one-time reset of the default list of suggested operating 
frequencies. Go to *File->Settings->Frequencies*, right click on the 
table and select *Reset*.

Please report any problems you find with this all-but-final beta release 
to one of these email lists: wsjt-devel@lists.sourceforge.net 
wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com . For both lists you will need to be a 
subscriber in order to post there.

— 73, Joe, K1JT, for the WSJT Development Group

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PCARS Board Meeting, Digital Special Interest Group Meeting

Because the Labor Day holiday is on Monday September 4th, we are moving the monthly Board Meeting to Tuesday September 5th. We are also changing the start time of the meeting to 6:30 PM to give the Digital SIG time to meet. All PCARS members are invited to attend.

The Digital Special Interest Group meeting is being changed to start at 7:30 PM on Tuesday September 5th because of the PCARS Board Meeting being held on the same evening. We will be doing sone on-the-air contacts using the WSJT-X modes in JT-65 and FT-8.

73, Rick K8CAV

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Fwd: SpotTheStation

This  should be a good pass, and it won't keep you up too late!  Well, rain and cloud cover could ruin the experience!
de Tom wb8lcd
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov>
Date: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 6:58 PM
Subject: SpotTheStation
To: tomsly29@gmail.com

Time: Fri Sep 01 6:23 AM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 52°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 44° above E

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From the Great Lake Division

Greetings everyone, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for
September 2017

With the nominations now closed for the Great Lakes Division
Awards, the Committee is now reviewing the  applications.  Thanks to so many for

offering nominations for these   awards. 
Without doubt, the committee will have its job cut out for it as the
selections are made from so many well-qualified individuals in Kentucky,
Ohio and Michigan.  The following Division awards are under
consideration:  George S. the Year Award; Technical Achievement
Award; DX Achievement Award; Young Radio Amateur of the Year Award; and
the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award.   The award
presentations will be made at the Great Lakes Division Convention
Banquet in conjunction with Great Lakes HamCon at aMichigan
International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI on October 7 & 8.

Speaking of that, the Great Lakes HamCon and the ARRL Great
Lakes Division Convention will be upon us in a month.   We are
pleased that
our selection of Forums will bring some top-notch events to
the Convention.

On Saturday:

– Opening Ribbon Cutting and Kickoff Session and ARRL Forum

– Dan Romanchik KB6NU will present his
Tech-in-a-Day License Class

– The Ford Amateur Radio League will conduct FCC
exams following the

– Marsha Fleming N8FE will host the gathering of
the Young Ladies Radio
League, the YLRL

– South East Michigan DX Assn will host the DX
Forum – Al K8SIX and Stan
AC8W will moderate

– The
Ohio Section will host our Clubs Forum – Tom WB8LCD will be the

– The Mad River RC will host the Contesting
Forum – Dave K8CC will

– Carl Leutzelschwab K9LA will conduct the forum
on Radio Propagation

– Joe Eisenburg K0NEB will host the forum Kit
Building Techniques for

– Tom Bosscher K8TB will conduct a forum on Fox
Hunting, followed by an
actual hunt on the MIS track infield

– The Michigan QRP Club will host a forum on
Operating QRP – Pete W8KS
will moderate

– Carole Perry WB2MGP will lead our 2017 Youth

– Yaesu will present a forum on their Fusion
digital products – hosted by
John Kruk N9UPC

In addition to all of these activities, Saturday's events will be
followed by the ARRL Banquet featuring ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR

as the featured speaker.  Here will present the Divisions Awards and the
banquet will be followed by an initiation for new members of the Royal Order
of the Wouff Hong.

Sunday's activities includes these forums and events:

– The Toledo Mobile RA will host a forum on operating from Museum
Ships – Glenn W8MUK will moderate

– Dan KB6NU will host the Forum on Operating CW.

– ARES Forum hosted by the Division SECs

– NTS Forum hosted by the STMs

– Grand Prize Awards

The HamCon team really feels that a great cross-section of
amateur radio activities is represented with this selection of forums
and events.  The
emphasis has been focused on learning activities,
each session offering an insight to a particular facet of ham radio,
ranging from sessions for new YLs, the latest in youth activities, plus
information for both the new comer and the seasoned veteran.  You
can stay up to date with the planned activities at:  glhamcon.org

TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom
Delaney W8WTD

We're all very aware of disasters this month as we watch the
still-unfolding events in Texas.  It was interesting to check into a net

last week and be asked "how well prepared are you to shelter   in place
for several days?"  The responses varied.  Some sounded quite
ready, others not so much.  Those who didn't have enough preparation
reluctantly agreed that perhaps they needed to do some more.  If you're
one of those people, resources are available to help, such as "www.ready.gov."

As a long-time Red Cross volunteer who has worked on disaster
relief in a number of situations, and been in on even more planning
exercises, I
see the question for hams as having two parts.  First,
of course, is keeping yourself and your family safe.  Some of that
is just having the necessary items to either shelter in place or to
evacuate to a place of safety when necessary.  And many of us have
stand-by power for our radios, so we can communicate from home either
for our own needs or for those around us.

The second part is what a lot of dedicated ARES volunteers do
–be prepared to help others, whether in your local community or
farther away.  And for that, you need the various go-kits
that we all put together.  I was thinking about how my own
"go-kit" has evolved over the years.  I finally took out
the phone wires and telephone that have been in there a long time. 
And the roll of quarters for that pay phone that may have still been
operational on a corner somewhere.  Don't laugh.  At one
point, those were important.  So now we have new tools, but we need
to keep up with the times.  An annual review of what is in there is
probably very useful for each of us to stay ready.  Maybe at your
next club meeting everyone could do a "show and tell" of go kits.
We always inspire each other to think about that one item we've overlooked.

Ham radio has always had a component of public service. 
We each need to do our part to be ready when the time comes.

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:  Here is the current Great Lakes Division
ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest Schedule covering the remainder of the
year.  These swaps have
received their sanctioning approval from
ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.  We have approximately 65
ARRL hamfests each year in the Division.  I do encourage each
Hamfest Chair to register early for ARRL Sanctioning.  Be sure to
invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

      Grand Rapids GRAHamfest Wyoming, MI

      Greater Louisville Hamfest     
Sheperdsville, KY

           Findlay, OH

     Richmond Fall Hamfest         
 Richmond, KY

            Adrian, MI

     GM ARC Trunk Swap           
   Shelby Twp, MI

     OHKYIN ARS Hamfest           
  Cincinnati, OH

     Cleveland Hamfest           
   Berea, OH

     Mich-a-Con & Iron Range Crystal Falls, MI

     Paintsville Hamfest         
   Paintsville, KY

     Cave Run Hamfest           
    Moorehead, KY

     Vette City             
        Bowling Green, KY

10/7 & 8        Great Lakes Div.
Convention     Brooklyn, MI

     Scioto Valley           
       Chillicothe OH

10/15/17        Conneaut Hamfest   
            Conneaut, OH

10/21/17        Muskegon Color Tour   
         Muskegon, MI

10/22/17        Kalamazoo     
                 Kalamazoo, MI

10/28/17        Hazard       
                  Hazard, KY

10/29/17        Massilon     
                  Massilon, OH

10/29/17        USECA       
Hts, MI

     Grant ARC Hamfest           
   Georgetown, OH

     Lanse Creuse           
        Madison Heights, MI

Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest
local happenings, club and net information.

73, Let's be radio-active.

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director – ARRL Great Lakes Division

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Great Lakes Division Newsletter Contest Info

Hi All,


In the interest for everyone in the Great Lakes Division to be able to view each of the 3 different newsletters, I have placed the submitted samples of the newsletters on the Division website. My judges will be looking these over early next week, and a decision will be make then. Of course the final announcement won’t be made until October 7th at the Division Banquet!


Here’s the link:   http://arrl-greatlakes.org/newsletter/index.html



73, and have a great Labor Day!!






Scott Yonally, N8SY

Section Manager – Ohio

ARRL – The National Association For Amateur Radio™



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No Digital Net tonight

The digital net tonight is cancelled. Join us on September 13 for our VHF digital net or the 27th for our HF net.
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