Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure KB8OCP

> The Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure is just 17 days away as of July 17. The team travels to Costa Rica on August 3 returning home August 8. Plans have been made to be qrv the evening of Aug 3 and operating until the evening of Aug 7. There may be times of being off the air due to conditions as we will be on a mountain top which is not lightening friendly. Also there is some plans for a local trip to enjoy the area.
> Currently we plan to operate as TI5/homecall so try to work everyone. 160 is a challenge so no promises. We will antennas on most bands so check the spots. Our website, qsl.net/n6jrl will attempt to kept up to date. Since we are using homecalls then clublog may not be possible for realtime checking. We are investigating solutions.
> On this trip we plan to do some digital which is a first for the group. Psk and rtty will be the Moses. JT8 is just too new for us to try. Maybe next time. Plan ssb and cw. Will have two rigs so going to try to have them both running as long as no interaction exists. Antennas are close together due to landscape.
> Look for us and work the kids so they get the full DX pileup workout. Have some really good team members so should be quite exciting.
> Jim Storms
> AB8YK team leader
> Sent from my Verizon iPhone. Please disregard all auto correct errors.

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SU/DM4DX Egypt

Christian DM4DX is currenly living in Egypt (Cairo) and will be active until November 2017 as SU/DM4DX.
Working from Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society Club station SU0ERA on 20 – 10m SSB.
QSL only via LOTW.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Antenna Special Interest Group

The regular monthly meeting of the Antenna Special Interest Group will be held, tonight, Tuesday, 7/18/2017, 7PM at the club site. All PCARS members and guests are welcome to attend and participate.

Tonight the special topic will be OSPOTA:  Antennas and equipment that you have actually used to successfully make contacts for this contest.  I have used a couple setups and have my favorite.  Tell us about your OSPOTA station.

As always, come on out to this Antenna SIG and talk about those antenna projects you are wanting to build.  See you all there!!
Tony Romito  WA8AR
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Digital Net Wednesday

I'd like to invite you all to join our digital net tomorrow,
Wednesday 7/19 at 7:30. We'll be on 80 meters, around 3.584 Mhz at 7:30
PM. We'll start on Olivia 8/500. We had fun working Feld-Hell on the VHF edition of the net, so let's plan to try it on HF!

Please join us, and if you run into any issues, I'll be monitoring the K8IV repeater.

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DX News (Radio Society of Great Britain) RSGB IOTA Contest

Some of you who work IOTA are well aware that the RSGB IOTA Contest takes place a the end of this month (July 29-30). The following is a list of some of the activities that will be taking place.
AS-136.  Operators Dale/BA4TB, Yu/BG4TMC, Tao/BG4TRN and Zhou/BG4TVT
           will be active as BG4TMC from Chongming Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power
           entry. QSL via BG4TMC.

  EU-004.  Gabriel, EA6VQ, will be active as AM625VQ from Mallorca Island,
           Balearic Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th)
           as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via EA6VQ or LoTW.
           The special callsign is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
           the EA Digital Federation.

  EU-008.  Operators Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Steve/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG,
           Jason/GM7VSB and Gordon/GM7WCO will be active as GM7A [callsign
           of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC. (GM0ADX)] from Lismore Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-
           Mode entry. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via GM7WCO,
           direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-016.  Operators Franjo/9A6M, Dragan/9A6W, Branko/9A7YY, Silvo/S50X,
           Tomaž/S51AC, Krajcar/S52P, Zarko/S53Z, Milan/S58MU and Dragon/
           S59A will be active as 9A0AA from Vis Island during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via S50A.
           The team will be active between July 25th and August 1st.
           Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters.

  EU-016.  Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as 9A/OM6NM from Korcula Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op
           entry. QSL via OM2FY.

  EU-024.  Alan, G4DJX, will be active as IS0/G4DJX from Sardinia during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Island-
           DXpedition/CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct.

  EU-029.  Palle, OZ2PBS, will be active from Zealand Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via OZ2PBS, direct, by
           the Bureau or LoTW.

  EU-029.  Steen, OZ8SW, will be active from Sjaelland Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-
           Power entry. QSL via OZ8SW.

  EU-034.  Toivo, ES2DJ, will be active as ES0DJ from Muhu Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Fixed-IOTA/
           CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES2DJ.

  EU-056.  Josef, OK1XC, will be active as LA/OL7X from Flemsoya Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via OK1XC.

  EU-057.  Eddi, DO7ES, will be active from Ruegen Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/
           Low-Power entry. QSL via DO7ES or eQSL.

  EU-136.  Janez, S53V, will once again be active as 9A8CV from Krk Island
           from between July 27th and August 3rd. Activity will be CW only
           on various HF bands. He will also participate in the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via eQSL only.

  EU-140.  Members of the OH5AD group and possibly others will be active
           as OG5A from Nuokot Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Multi-Op/One-TX/Island-DXpedition/High-Power
           entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 80-10 meters
           using CW and SSB. QSL via OH5AD, direct or by the Bureau.
           Operators mentioned are Simo/OH5GIO, Jukka/OH5GJZ, Meiju/OH2ENF,
           OH2FXK, Panu/OH7CW and Vili/OH5GE.

  EU-146.  Teun, PA5TT, will be active from Schouwen Duiveland during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode entry.
           QSL via PA5TT.

  EU-170.  Operators Branislav/OM1BD, Brani/OM2FY and Radovan/OM2ZZ will
           be active as 9A/OM2ZZ from Pag Island, Croatia, during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/
           Fixed/Low-Power entry. QSL via OM2FY.

  EU-172.  Immo, DL8MF, will be active as OZ/DL8MF from Samso Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a QRP/Mixed-
           Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau
           or LoTW.

  EU-185.  Valery, RU6DX, will be active as RU6DX/p from Sudzhuk Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via RU6DX.

  NA-055.  Mike, W2IY, will once again be active from Mount Desert Island
           (USI ME-021S, WLOTA 1129, Hancock County, Maine) during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Low-Power entry. Outside
           of the contest, activity will be holiday style. QSL via his
           home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

  NA-083.  Jeff, N3JS, will once again be active as K4P from Chincoteague
           Island (USI VA002S) between July 23-31st. Activity will include
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Island/Fixed
           entry. If like last time, activity during the contest will
           primarily be on 40, 20, and 15 meters SSB. Before and after
           the RSGB IOTA Contest, K4P will also be active on SSB, PSK31,
           JT65/JT9, and possibly CW, on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters.
           QSL via N3JS.

  NA-126.  (Change) Fred, VE1FA, will once again, along with operators
           Helen/VA1YL, Wayne/VE1BAB, Al/VO1NO, Lowell/VY2OX, Rich/VA1CHP
           and Sheldon/VE1GPY, be active as VC1G from Bon Portage (Outer)
           Island, off of Nova Scotia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Multi-Op/One-TX/High-Power entry. QSL via VA1YL.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Here's one more:
3D2, FIJI. Bill, VK4FW, will once again be active as 3D2T from Nadi,
Viti Levu Island (OC-016), between July 16-27th. He is there on a family
holiday set up by his sister. Using a K3, Bill will be active on 40/30/
20/17/15 meters using mainly CW. He plans to activate some WWFF areas
in Fiji. QSL via his home callsign.

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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For those of you who are interested in the WWFF (World Wide Flora and Fauna), here are some activities that will be going on this month.
  ONFF-XXXX — By ON5SWA/P; July 18th, between 0630-1430z;
               0630-1030z from ONFF-0049 Bassegembos in JO10RT (8573 Anzegem)
               1200-1430z from ON/ON-027 Pottelberg and ONFF-0318 Pottelbergbos
                          in JO10US (7880 Vloesberg)
  EAFF-0183 — By EA2/DL2DXA/p; July 18th, between 0900-1200z, from Murugil
               SOTA EA2/SS-036; later in the afternoon any lighthouse on
               the coast
  VKFF-0129 — By VK4JAZ/P; July 18-19th; D Aguilar National Park; on 7032
               kHz CW; Also 14062 kHz CW and 146.5 FM; Late morning
  VKFF-1594 — By VK4SMA/P; July 19th, between 0300-0700z; Moggill Con-
               servation Park; on 7144 kHz SSB
  EAFF-0179 — By EA2/DL2DXA/p; Julyu 20th, between 0900-1100z (time aprox);
               from Areetza SOTA EA2/SS-010; later in the afternoon; also
               EAFF-0178 possible; Please listen carefully for Reference No.
  VKFF-1382 — By VK2JNG/P; July 20-21st; from Trinkey Coordinated Con-
               servation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB; Noon or earlier, weather
  ONFF Summer Activation 2017 — On July 21st; several ON stations from
               the KOTA group will activate different ONFF references on
               the National Day of Belgium. Special Award will be available
               via WWFF; LogSearch ON5SWA/P ONFF-0544 OT4V/P ONFF-0647 +
  VKFF-0610 — By VK2JNG/P; July 21st; between 0300-0700z; from Tinkra-
               meanah Coordinated Conservation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB at
               1:00pm LT. This is a N/P, not a conservation area
  VKFF-0588 — By VK2JNG/P; July 21-22nd; from Garrawilla Coordinated
               Conservation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB at 10:30am LT, this is
               a N/P, not a conservation area
  VKFF-1197 — By VK2JNG/P; July 22nd; from the Rocky Glen Coordinated
               Conservation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB at 1:30pm LT; This is
               a N/P not a conservation area
  VKFF-1307 — By VK2JNG/P; July 22-23rd; from Cooleburba State Conser-
               vation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB, starting around 11:00am LT.
  GxFF National Parks Week — July 24-30th; There will be awards, more
               info later
  ONFF-0648 — By ON5SWA/P; July 24th; between 0630-1230z; NEW ONE; Rosdel
               Mene Jordaan
  EAFF-0081 — By EA1/DL2DXA/p; July 24th; between 0900-1200z
  VKFF-0607 — By VK2JNG/P; between July 24-25th; Somerton Coordinated
               Conservation Area; on 7144 kHz SSB 11:00am; This is a N/P,
               not a conservation area

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
  Also suggest URLs:
         World-Wide — https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
           USA      — https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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Coronal Mass Ejection

Hey DXers:
Here is some news that will certainly be of interest.
STRONG SOLAR FLARE AND CME: After days of suspenseful quiet, huge sunspot AR2665 finally erupted on July 14th (0209 UT), producing a powerful M2-class solar flare. The explosion was underway for more than two hours and hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth. Geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras are likely when the CME arrives this weekend. Visit Spaceweather.com
(or https://goo.gl/ej6CE1 if the above gets truncated)
for images and updates.

I suspect that disruptions in what we consider "normal" propagation may be evident this weekend.  And, many hams will be making prognostications as to what will be happening,

And, folks in the NAQP RTTY may find things "interesting."

 73 – Chuck  W8PT

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8:00 PM on the K8IV repeater – 146.895 Mhz, PL of 110.9 or 118.8.  Echo-Link on the K8SRR Echo-Link node.  Lots of good PCARS stuff going on!  Get on the air and check it out.
Tom wb8lcd
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ARES invitation

Hello everyone,

Please join us tonight at 7:00pm for the ARES of Portage County
bi-weekly training net. All are welcome and we hope to hear you check
in. These nets give you an opportunity to check equipment and get training on ARES operations and procedures. The repeater frequency is 146.895 with a pl tone of 118.8.


Mike DiCarro, KD8FLZ 

EC Portage County, District 5

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