Monday, July 7, 2014

DX Bulletin 27 ARLD027 From ARRL Headquarters

ARLD027 DX news

DX Bulletin 27  ARLD027
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  July 3, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLD027 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
NC1L, QRZ DX, the Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The
Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest
Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

PALAU, T8.  Ken, BM2JCC/JP1RIW be active as T88KH from Koror Island
(OC-009) July 9 to 13.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters,
including 17 and 12 meters, using SSB.  QSL via BM2JCC.

CANADA, VY2.  HQ Station VY2RAC will be activated by Ron, N0AT,
Matt, K0BBC and Tony, VE3RZ during the IARU HF World Championship.
Activity will be on all bands, SSB and CW.

LAOS, XW.  Larry, AG6OU, son of XW0ZJZ, is QRV as XW6OU.  Activity
is on 20 meters and mainly SSB.  His length of his stay is not
known.  QSL via E21EIC and eQSL.

ROMANIA, YR0.  YR0HQ will be the HQ station representing the
Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR) in the IARU HF World
Championship.  The contest log will be uploaded into LoTW, ClubLog
and eQSLcc.  Paper QSLs are via the Bureau or direct from YO3KAA.

CORSICA, TK.  TK14CC will be QRV from July 5 to 19, holiday style,
on 80 to 6 meters, primarily on CW but with a little SSB and
digital.  He may go portable as well from some other sites on the
island, as TK14CC/P from the rare JN43 grid, on 6 meters.

GEORGIA, 4L.  The National Association of Radioamateurs of Georgia,
NARG, will be active in the IARU HF World Championship as 4L0G.
Operators include 4L2M, 4L5C, 4L5DJ and 4L2IKA.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Tony, RT9T will be QRV as 5B4ALB from July 6 to 16.
During the IARU HF World Championship he will join the P3N team.
QSL 5B4ALB only direct via RT9T.

BOLIVIA, CP.  Antonio, EA5RM will be on the air during his spare
time as CP1XRM using a solar-powered 100W rig and a vertical
antenna.  QSL via home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLAND, E5.  Joel, K2QBV will be on holiday from July 10
to 19 and will be QRV as E51QBV.  QSL via K2QBV, direct only.

LEBANON, OD.  Roman, YL2AB is active from the airport at Beirut
until July 7 as OD5/YL2AB.  He is QRV on 20 through 10 meters
between 0900 and 1000z and 2000 to 2200z.  QSL via home call.

JAMAICA, 6Y.  Lali, VE3NE will be QRV in the IARU HF World
Championship as 6Y3M.  He and wife, Agnes (ex-HG9MAT) will run
Multi-Single.  QSL via VE3NE.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Special event station OE5XXM is QRV during the XXXth
International Hamradio Meeting in Gosau until July 6.  QSL via

ITALY, I.  Representing the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani, The
Italian Headquarters Team will participate in the IARU HF World
Championship from 1200z on July 12 until 1159z on July 13.  They
will sign II0HQ.  QSL via Bureau or LoTW.

SPAIN, EF.  EF6 is the Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles
headquarters station celebrating the proclamation of Felipe VI as
the new King of Spain and will be QRV until July 17.  QSL via

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, W.  WR1TC will be the World Radiosport
Team Championship headquarters station.  It will be in the host
hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts from July 9 to 14.  QSL via K1KI
and LoTW.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  PA14SAIL is active until July 6 for the Tall Ships
Race that starts in Harlingen.  Every QSO will get a bureau card, or
QSL direct to PE1CDA.

July 5.  He is using mostly CW with some SSB on 80 through 6 meters.
His son will also be QRV for the first time overseas as VP5/KJ4YJA
using SSB on 10 and 6 meters.  QSL via home calls.

CRETE, SV9.  Luc, ON6DSL will be active as SV9/ON6DSL/P from the
beach at Pigianos Kampos from August 1 to 10.  Activity will be
holiday style using SSB only.  QSL via home call to the UBA Bureau.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS.  W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/9 in
Wisconsin and W1AW/7 in Utah are QRV until 2359z on July 8.  In
addition, W1AW Centennial Station W1AW/4 in South Carolina will be
QRV starting at 0000z on July 16.  It will be active until 2359z on
July 22.  W100AW will be active from ARRL HQ across the IARU HF
Championship July 12 and 13.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 070 Club 40 Meter Firecracker PSK31
Sprint, DL DX RTTY Contest, DARC 10 Meter Digital Corona, OK1WC
Memorial Contest and the QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew are all on tap for
this weekend.  The CWops Weekly Mini-CWT Test is on July 3 and the
MI QRP July 4th Sprint is on Independence Day.  Please see July QST,
page 79, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

Friday, June 13, 2014

FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test Administration, Emission Type Rules

ARLB012 FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test
Administration, Emission Type Rules

ARRL Bulletin 12  ARLB012
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  June 11, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLB012 FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test
Administration, Emission Type Rules

In a wide-ranging Report and Order (R&O) released June 9 that takes
various proceedings into consideration, the FCC has revised the
Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant credit for written
examination elements 3 (General) and 4 (Amateur Extra) to holders of
"expired licenses that required passage of those elements." The FCC
will require former licensees - those falling outside the 2-year
grace period - to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be
relicensed, however. The Commission declined to give examination
credit to the holder of an expired Certificate of Successful
Completion of Examination (CSCE) or to extend its validity to the
holder's lifetime.

The Report and Order may be found on the web in PDF format at,

"Our decision to grant credit for written examination Elements 3 and
4 for expired licenses that required passage [of those elements]
will provide some relief for former General, Advanced, and Amateur
Extra class licensees," the FCC said, "and is consistent with how we
treat expired pre-1987 Technician class licensees who want to
reenter the Amateur Service." Pre-1987 Techs can get Element 3
credit, since the Technician and General class written examinations
in that era were identical. The Commission said current rules and
procedures that apply to expired pre-1987 Technician licenses "are
sufficient to verify that an individual is a former licensee under
our new rules."

The Commission said that requiring applicants holding expired
licenses to pass Element 2 in order to relicense "will address
commenters' concerns about lost proficiency and knowledge, because a
former licensee will have to demonstrate that he or she has retained
knowledge of technical and regulatory matters." The FCC said the
Element 2 requirement also would deter any attempts by someone with
the same name as a former licensee to obtain a ham ticket without

In 1997 the FCC, in the face of opposition, dropped a proposal that
would have generally allowed examination element credit for expired
amateur operator licenses. In the past, the FCC has maintained that
its procedures "provide ample notification and opportunity for
license renewal" and that retesting did not impose an unreasonable
burden. The issue arose again in 2011, with a request from the
Anchorage Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.

The FCC pulled back from its own proposal to reduce from three to
two the minimum number of volunteer examiners required to proctor an
Amateur Radio examination session. The ARRL, the W5YI-VEC and "a
clear majority of commenters" opposed the change, the FCC said. The
FCC said it found commenters' arguments persuasive that that the use
of three VEs "results in higher accuracy and lower fraud that would
be the case with two VEs." In a related matter, though, the
Commission embraced the use of remote testing methods.

"Allowing VEs and VECs the option of administering examinations at
locations remote from the VEs is warranted," the FCC said. The
National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) in
2002 endorsed experimental use of videoconferencing technology to
conduct Amateur Radio testing in remote areas of Alaska. The
Anchorage VEC has long pushed for the change, citing the expense to
provide Amateur Radio test sessions to Alaska residents living in
remote areas.

The FCC declined to address "the mechanics" of remote testing,
which, it said, "will vary from location to location and session to
session." The Commission said specific rules spelling out how to
administer exam sessions remotely "could limit the flexibility of
VEs and VECs." The FCC stressed the obligation on the part of VECs
and VEs "to administer examinations responsibly" applies "in full"
to remote testing.

The FCC amended the rules to provide that VEs administering
examinations remotely be required to grade such examinations "at the
earliest practical opportunity," rather than "immediately," as the
rule for conventional exam sessions requires.

Finally, the FCC has adopted an ARRL proposal to authorize certain
Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) emissions in the Amateur
Service. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in 2013 granted an
ARRL request for a temporary blanket waiver to permit radio amateurs
to transmit emissions with designators FXD, FXE, and F7E, pending
resolution of the rulemaking petition.

"Commenters strongly support amendment of the rules to permit these
additional emission types," the FCC noted. "The commenters assert
that the proposed rule change 'is consistent with the basis and
purpose of the Amateur Service,'" and will allow repurposing surplus
mobile relay equipment from other radio services in the Amateur
Service, the Commission added.

The FCC said it also will make "certain minor, non-substantive
amendments to the Amateur Service rules." It is amending Part 97 "to
reflect that the Commission amended its rules to eliminate the
requirement that certain Amateur Radio Service licensees pass a
Morse code examination," the FCC said in the R&O. It also said it
was correcting "certain typographical or other errors" in Part 97.

The new rules become effective 30 days after their publication in
The Federal Register, which is expected to happen this week.

Monday, June 2, 2014


June 28, 2014
At Mt. Olivet Ruritan Building, 400 Ward Road, Martinsville at 7:00 PM
For more information, contact:
Fred Bowling KC4SUE
Phone: 276-632-5165
Cell: 276-340-6709
Talk-in: 147.120  +600
tone: 107.2
This test site in Martinsville is sponsored by PHARA

FEE: $12.00 (Check or Cash)

Please bring:
- Social security number (or FRN)
- Photo ID (preferably drivers license)
- Original and photocopy of your current license (if you are a Ham)
- Original and photocopy of any CSCEs
- A simple calculator may be helpful. It should have nothing   more sophisticated than trig functions -- no PDAs, no      phones. A pen and pencil.
Youngsters without a photo ID need two documents for identification.
Suitable documents include a school report card, birth certificate, and a Social Security card.




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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Southern Florida Getting New Section Manager on June 1

ARLB011 Southern Florida Getting New Section Manager on June 1

ARRL Bulletin 11  ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 30, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLB011 Southern Florida Getting New Section Manageron June 1

The Southern Florida Section will get a new Section Manager on June
1. Current SM David Fowler, K4DLF, of West Palm Beach, has announced
plans to step down at the end of the month. Fowler, who has been at
the helm in Southern Florida since October 1, 2010, cited recently
increased work responsibilities as the reason for his resignation.

Jeff Beals, WA4AW, of Loxahatchee, will take over as the Southern
Florida Section Manager, effective on June 1. He will complete the
current term of office, which runs through September 30. SM
vacancies between elections are filled by appointment, and Fowler
recommended that Beals succeed him. ARRL Membership and Volunteer
Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, also consulted with Southeastern
Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, before making the appointment.

An ARRL Life Member, Beals has been licensed since the early 1960s.
He has been serving an Assistant Section Manager, a District
Emergency Coordinator, and a Public Information Officer in the
Southern Florida Section. He was the ARRL Southeastern Division Vice
Director from 2009 until 2011.

A solicitation is underway for nominations for the next 2-year term
of office for the Southern Florida Section Manager's position.
Nominations are due at ARRL Headquarters by Friday, June 6, at 4 PM
Eastern Time. Further details are on the ARRL website at, .

Thursday, May 22, 2014

FROM ARRL: Four New ARRL Section Managers Elected

ARRL Bulletin 10
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 21, 2014
To all radio amateurs

Four New ARRL Section Managers Elected

Four new ARRL Section Managers will take office on July 1. Ballots
were counted May 20 at ARRL HQ for contested races in the spring SM
election cycle.

In Indiana, Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ, of Fort Wayne, received 652
votes to top incumbent Section Manager Lou Everett Sr, WA5LOU, of
Cumberland, who polled 482 votes. Everett has been SM for the past 2

Lawrence previously served as Indiana's Section Emergency
Coordinator, as Allen County ARES Emergency Coordinator, and
District 3 DEC. He is currently the Allen County RACES Radio Officer
and IDHS Digital Amateur Radio Advisory Council facilitator. An
aerospace and physics professional, he's also taught numerous
Technician license classes.

In Maine, Bill Crowley, K1NIT, received 258 votes, to defeat veteran
incumbent Section Manager Bill Woodhead, N1KAT, who got 156 votes.
Woodhead has served as Maine's SM since 1998.

Crowley, of Farmingdale, is currently Assistant Section Manager and
Public Information Coordinator, and he was a former State Government
Liaison. He's the president of the Augusta Amateur Radio
Association, a past president of the Yankee Amateur Radio Club, and
chair of the WinterFest and Windsor Hamfest.

In Northern Florida, Stephen Szabo, WB4OMM, polled 833 votes to 296
votes cast for Gary Alberstadt, KA3FZO, of Monticello. A retired
Daytona Beach Police captain, Szabo, of Port Orange, is currently
the Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator and District
Emergency Coordinator as well as an instructor/mentor and a
DXCC/WAS/VUCC card checker.

Current Northern Florida SM Paul Eakin, KJ4G, decided not to run for
a new term of office after serving since 2008.

In Delaware, Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, of Milton, received 142 votes to
defeat Jerome Palmer, N3KRX, of Houston, who got 122 votes. Duveneck
has been Delaware's ARRL Emergency Coordinator since 2009, and a
Volunteer Examiner of the ARRL and Laurel VECs. He is a past
president of the Sussex Amateur Radio Association and chaired the
2012-2013 Delmarva Hamfest. He has developed and manages SARA's
weekend ham radio licensing classes.

Outgoing SM Frank Filipkowski, AD3M, of Wilmington, who has served
as SM in Delaware since 2006, did not run for a new term. Because
candidates in Delaware had to be resolicited for this
nomination/election cycle, Duveneck's term of office will be 18
months instead of 24 months.

Five incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition and
were declared elected for new 2-year terms beginning on July 1: Tom
Ciciora, KA9QPN (Illinois); Everett Curry, W6ABM (Oregon); Brandon
Bianchi, NI6C (Santa Clara Valley); Paul Gayet, AA1SU (Vermont), and
Gary Sorensen, W9ULK (Wisconsin).

Monday, May 5, 2014

#Monday #hamradio #net #Lubbock #Crosbyton #Levelland #Littlefield #Post #texas

We are going to discontinue the formal Simplex net after the normal net due to many activities going on in March and April. However, THIS IS HAM RADIO! You do not need an invitation to talk. Talk to people around you and organize your own nets. Let us know whats going on and what you are doing or building or new equipment you have etc.   I am leaving the info on this email for future reference.
There will be a Simplex round table meeting on 446.350, going on to 146.480 after the normal
Monday Nite Net.  Please keep in mind that in the70cm band all frequencies for phone use, other
than 432.10 and 446.000, are shared auxillary/repeater/control links.  Thus, some radios may automatically
set a tone and offset.  Radios will need to be programmed in advance.

The Lubbock Amateur Radio Club has a weekly net on the Hublink System on Monday nights at 20:00.
All Amateur Radio Operators are invited to participate.  You do NOT have to be a member of LARC to check-in.

The following list is the linked Repeaters.  Please let other hams not on this mailing list know about
the net.

 RX Frequency   Offset   TX Frequency   PL Tone      City
147.000             -           146.400            179.9           Lubbock
147.160             +          147.760            179.9           Crosbyton
146.780             -           146.180            179.9           Levelland
146.640             -           146.040            179.9           Littlefield
147.060             +          147.660            179.9           Post (offline)

In case the 147.000 repeater is not operational, our temporary backup repeater will be
147.200, + offset, PL tone 162.2.  However, this repeater is not linked to the Hublink Repeater System.

Please volunteer to be Net Control if you can.  We would like to rotate the Net Control position so
everyone has the chance to run the net, so they may become practiced in Net Operations. Remember also about the LARC repeater that is often used on Tuesday nights as members make their way to the clubhouse for our monthly meetings and weekly open houses. If you need help finding your way out to the clubhouse or have any other questions about the LARC please jump on our repeater and give us a call!  The club call sign is K5LIB, and the frequency is 443.075 MHz, + offset, PL tone 88.5.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ham Radio lunch gathering at the Wild Magnolia, 730 East Church Street, Martinsville, Va. this coming Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 1 PM.

Ham Radio lunch gathering at the Wild Magnolia, 730 East Church Street, Martinsville, Va. this coming Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 1 PM.

Wild Magnolia is located in back of Patrick Henry Mall. 
 So bring a friend or the family. No reservations needed. Just show up around 1 PM.   
 For more information or directions call Fred @ 276.340.6709.
Hope to see you there.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ham equipment for sale from SK operator W5VXI

David Binns, W5VXI became a SK a few weeks ago...  David was a long time friend and a ham for nearly 70 years...  David was a retired Broadcast Engineer and his business fabricated control panels for radio communications users like Motorola.

David's equipment is listed below and is in excellent condition...  His Grand Son, David Brown is handling the liquidation and he is not a ham but has Jeff, N5TMC that lives near by and  K5BMR to help him with any questions...

It is OK if you want to forward this information to anyone else...

David Brown's contact information is:

David Brown

73 de George K5BMR

Yaesu FT-950 HF/50 MHz Transceiver: $1,000+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Ameritron ALS-600+ALS-600PS (Amp & Power Supply): $1,000+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

LDG Electronics AT-1000Pro Autotuner: $350+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Yaesu SP-2000 External Speaker: $150+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Yaesu MD-100A8X Desktop Mic: $110+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Yaesu VX-7R Handheld Quad Band Transceiver (includes mic & software CD): $215+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Kenwood TM-271A VHF FM Transceiver (includes mic & bracket): $125+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Kenwood TM-D710A Dual Band Mobile: $375+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Ameritron RCS-8V (remote coax switch): $100+shipping or can pickup locally in Dallas,TX area

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NWS Lubbock Skywarn Training Webinars - April 24 and May 6

 NWS Lubbock Skywarn Training Webinars - April 24 and May 6

NWS Partners,

We continue to expand our presence with our Skywarn Spotter Training Program. In addition to our Online Training Modules and our Live Training sessions, we will host two live Skywarn webinars this spring

The first one of these will be our standard Skywarn Basic Spotter Training course in late April. Our second webinar will be an Advanced Skywarn course in early May. This course will go into much greater depth with a few subjects such as hodographs, the Rear Flank Downdraft, severe weather parameters, and spotter safety considerations. Details including time, date, and GoToMeeting links for these courses are listed below.

For those of you that may have missed our Live Training this spring, this will be an excellent opportunity to access live training from the comfort of your home or office. We encourage emergency management personnel and spotter program leaders to host this training at your site if at all possible, especially if your local spotters have missed training recently.
If you do that, please let us know the number of trainees in attendance so we can keep track of the number of spotters trained. 

Last May, our Basic Skywarn webinar attracted 160 people from 28 states and 4 countries. We are hoping for even more involvement this year. Please pass along to anyone in your area that might be interested. Please let me know if you have further questions.

Jody James
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
2579 South Loop 289, Suite 100
Lubbock, TX  79424
Office 806.745.3916 x223  Mobile 806.773.2705

NWS Lubbock Skywarn Basic Spotter Training
Join us for a Webinar on April 24
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Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
This will be our first spotter training webinar this spring, and will cover the basics of Skywarn spotter training including climatology, understanding thunderstorms, supercells and accessory clouds, and tornadoes and other circulations. We will conclude with reporting methods and spotter safety considerations. This course is intended for storm spotters in the South Plains and Rolling Plains of West Texas, but the concepts covered can be applied anywhere.

NWS Lubbock Skywarn Basic Spotter Training
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
NWS Lubbock Skywarn Advanced Spotter Training
Join us for a Webinar on May 6
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Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
This will be our first advanced spotter training webinar. Topics covered include severe weather parameters, advanced spotter safety, Rear Flank Downdraft, CAPE, Supercell accessory clouds, and other advanced topics.

This course is intended for storm spotters in the South Plains and Rolling Plains of West Texas, but the concepts covered can be applied anywhere.

NWS Lubbock Skywarn Advanced Spotter Training
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements for both webinars
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer