Saturday, December 09, 2006

More Shuttle comms

13927.1 kHz USB: AWACS "Sentry 07"

Space Shuttle comms

Taken from:

It is Thu, 8:26pm EST (Fri, 0126z).Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) retrieval boat Liberty Star is up on HF freq 7833 kHz USB now. Earlier they were up on 7765 kHz USB.AL STERN Satellite Beach FL

It is Thu, 12:31pm EST (1731z).Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) retrieval boat "Freedom Star" is up with Liberty Star on 10780.0 kHz USB. Freedom Star informs that he is transiting the river now. Freedom Star also IDs as "KRFB."

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Stonehenge Demystified December 6th, 2006

Stonehenge Demystified December 6th, 2006

Ever Wondered how Stonehenge was created? Watch the video

For centuries folks have marveled at Stonehenge. How did the ancients erect such a monument without modern technology? Did aliens perhaps! Nah… it turns out that moving and lifting big rocks isn’t as tough as we’ve been led to believe. This video seems to show that Stonehenge and probably the pyramids in Egypt could have been relatively simple projects — if the ancients were anywhere as sharp as this Michigan Grandpa

direct link to video

Credit: KE9V Blog

Contest Scores in real time!!! - Realtime Contest ScoresGerry Hull (W1VE) on October 19, 2006 View comments about this article!
Fellow Contesters, Through the encouragement of many, I deceided to take on the project of creating a usable web portal for realtime score reporting. The result has been in alpha testing for the past couple of weeks. It will be fully functional for the CQWW SSB and SS CW contests. You can view the portal at History The idea behind this site is based on prior work by Bruce, WA7BMN, with his contest XML dtd, with modifications by N1MMLogger creator, Tom, N1MM. Dave, K1TTT provided a lot of insight. Tested and Ready We have been testing the site with the N1MM logger. The latest version of N1MM fully supports score posting. Marios, 5B4WN/G0WWWW, is working on an upload module for Win-Test and has a beta of it on his site. Open, Programmable API supports a SOAP-based Web Service API. The success of the site will depend on participation and the support of software vendors. There are links on the site for FAQs. Fun for Contesters and Non-Contesters Alike! The viewing site supports many filters, so that you can look at only what you want to look at. Filter by Class, Power, CQ Zone, IARU Zone, State/Prov and lots more. Your filter preferences are saved as a cookie by your browser for up to 7 days. The page automatically refreshes every 1,5 or 10 minutes -- your choice. You can look at overall score or detailed breakdowns, and see where you (or your best friend/worst enemy) stand in real time. Support for all the contests listed on the site will be fully operational soon, as well as an RSS feed. Stay tuned. If you have any questions or suggestions about the site, please send them to me at the email addresses provided on the site, or via As we get closer to CQWW, I'll be looking at the site to ensure it is fully operational under load. It is hosted at a very large facility with high burst-bandwidth capabilities. N1MMLogger (freeware): Win-Test:, the Live Contest Scores Portal: 73, Gerry, W1VE


New Band Plan chart

If you want a copy of the new ham radio band plan allocation chart here is the

FCC Revised R&O Takes Effect Dec 15th 2006

REVISED Nov 22, 2006 11:49 ET
FCC "Omnibus" Amateur Radio R&O Published in Federal Register, Takes Effect December 15
NEWINGTON, CT (November 15, 2006) -- Just a little over a month after the Federal Communications Commission released the Report and Order (R&O) in the so-called "Omnibus" Amateur Radio proceeding, WT Docket 04-140 (FCC 06-149) to the public, a revised version appeared today in the Federal Register. The changes in the R&O will take effect Friday, December 15, at 12:01 AM EST, 30 days after its publication.
As expected, the Report & Order as published this morning clarified two items that had raised some concerns when it was first released last month: That the 80/75 meter band split applies to all three IARU Regions, and that FCC licensees in Region 2, which includes North America, can continue to use RTTY/data emissions in the 7.075-7.100 MHz band.
Some controversial aspects of the proceeding remain unchanged:
Expansion of the 75 meter phone band all the way down to 3600 kHz (thus reducing the privileges of General, Advanced and Amateur Extra class licensees, who had RTTY/data privileges in the 80 meter band, and CW privileges of General and Advanced class licensees)
The elimination of J2D emissions, data sent by modulating an SSB transmitter, of more than 500 Hz bandwidth. This will make PACTOR III at full capability illegal. Other digital modes effectively rendered illegal below 30 MHz include Olivia and MT63 (when operated at bandwidths greater than 500 Hz), 1200-baud packet, Q15X25 and Clover 2000. [Editor's Note: We are happy to report that the FCC is working on an erratum to correct the J2D error. While nothing is certain until the erratum is actually released, it is fair to say that the FCC recognizes the problem and intends to fix it prior to the December 15 effective date of the new rules. We will post further information on the erratum as it becomes available.]
The elimination of access to the automatic control RTTY/data subband at 3620-3635 kHz.
The ARRL Board is discussing the possibility of a petition to reconsider several items in the R&O.
ARRL Regulatory Information Specialist Dan Henderson, N1ND, commented: "The release of the R&O in the Federal Register has started the countdown clock. We are all looking forward to being able to use the refarmed frequencies starting on December 15. We are still anxiously awaiting the release of the Report and Order for 05-235, the Morse Code Proceeding. We are hopeful that the Commission will be able to move on that petition and address the outstanding issues in the Omnibus R&O soon."
For more information, see the band chart [917,715 bytes, PDF] and the Frequently Asked Questions on WT Docket No. 04-140. Both have been updated to reflect the R&O as it was published in the Federal Register.

Credit: ARRL

3 Hams part of the Discovery crew


Shuttle Discovery crew includes three radio amateurs (Dec 1, 2006) -- NASA has set Thursday, December 7, as the launch date for the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Shuttle Discovery will carry three radio amateurs, one of whom -- US astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB -- will join ISS Expedition 14 in progress. She'll replace European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, whose duty tour has spanned Expeditions 13 and 14 -- the first time that's happened in the history of the ISS. Williams is said to be eager to do ARISS school group contacts from NA1SS. Also aboard Discovery will be European Space Agency astronaut and mission specialist Christer Fuglesang, KE5CGR/SA0AFS, Sweden's first astronaut, who will be making his first journey into space. Plans are in place for Fuglesang to carry out an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with students at Thunmanskolan in Knivsta, Sweden. The contact would be the first ARISS school QSO with Scandinavia. On November 20, Fuglesang attended an Amateur Radio training session at Johnson Space Center to prepare him for using the ARISS Phase 2 station for his school contact. Primary payloads on the 12-day mission are the P5 integrated truss segment, SPACEHAB single logistics module and an integrated cargo carrier. Mission specialist Nicholas Patrick, KD5PKY, also is on the seven-member STS-116 mission crew. This will mark the 20th shuttle flight to the ISS. -- NASA; ARISS

Friday, September 29, 2006

KY Flooding

Taken from

Amateur Radio Fills Communication Gap During Weekend Flooding

NEWINGTON, CT, Sep 27, 2006 -- When telephone and Internet service in Kentucky fell victim to flooding over the September 22-24 weekend, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams took over to bridge the communication gap. Kentucky ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Ron Dodson, KA4MAP, says the deluge, the product of up to nearly 10 inches of rain in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, resulted in states of emergency in 19 Kentucky counties and 12 cities, including Frankfort, the capital. Dodson says the high water, which evoked memories of severe flooding in March 1997, left at least 10 dead and many others homeless.
"All phone communications to the state emergency operations center (EOC) went down as early as 2 AM Saturday, returned and then went out a second time around 5 AM," Dodson reports. Emergency managers contacted Dodson to activate the Kentucky Emergency Net on 3.993.5 MHz to provide support communication between the EOC and Kentucky's 120 counties.
Dodson says telephone service in the EOC came back around mid-morning on September 23, although the Kentucky Emergency Net remained in operation as heavy rainfall began in western Kentucky.
"Within minutes, Shelby Ennis, W8WN, in Hardin County reported via the K4ULW 146.625 repeater that all telephone service, including the Hardin County E-911 facility, had gone down," Dodson said. "Cell phones soon overloaded and also shut down, basically stranding the whole county without outside contact except via Amateur Radio." He explained that conventional telephone systems failed in Hardin County because the provider had installed all its systems in a basement area that flooded.
For the next several hours, Dodson said, communication between the state EOC and Hardin County took place via the Bullitt Amateur Radio Society's KY4KY 146.700 repeater in Brooks. "The American Red Cross headquarters in Louisville also used this machine to communicate with their shelter and Hardin County emergency management," Dodson said. While the KY4KY repeater supported command-and-control communication, other operations took place via the W4BEJ 146.98 repeater in Elizabethtown and the neighboring K4ULW 146.625 repeater in Meade County.
Dodson said repeaters in Lawrenceburg, Lexington, Louisville, Louisa, Mammoth Cave and Madisonville ultimately were pressed into emergency service during the flooding event.
Communications Supervisor Bob Stephens, WA4CMO, of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs said the Kentucky Emergency Management command vehicle was positioned adjacent to the state EOC to provide communication on both Amateur Radio and MARS frequencies. Pat Compton, KF4FMZ, and Bull Uschan, K4MIS, staffed the Amateur Radio side, while Richard Howe, KB5WCH, represented the Civil Air Patrol during the Saturday operation, which continued for several hours.
"We operated all systems during the afternoon and provided critical communication between the EOC and Hardin and Meade counties," Stephens reported.
The American Red Cross summoned members of ARES District 6 -- the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro area -- to assist with damage assessments and to maintain communication with the Hardin County shelter operation. According to Jefferson County Emergency Coordinator John Hesse, KF4IZS, those operations continued on Sunday as additional damage assessment details deployed in Louisville and in Fisherville in Spencer County.
The Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross also contacted Woodford County EC Jerry Mueller, KC4WZO, Sunday morning seeking Amateur Radio volunteers to support communication in the flooded Millville area. "The Red Cross had three disaster relief teams in the Millville area, and cell phone communication was not reliable," Dodson said.
Paul Harrington, KB4ENQ, Rob Hutchinson, KI4ODT, and Mueller responded, joined by Compton from the Capitol Amateur Radio Society. Hutchinson and Compton went to Millville for several hours to provide communication for the Red Cross and to help deliver meals, drinks, ice and supplies. Harrington and Mueller remained at the Red Cross Chapter to handle net duties in case communication assistance was needed in another area.
Dodson said Stephens told him afterward that Kentucky Adjutant General Lt Gen Donald Storm and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Maj Gen Maxwell Bailey "were pleased with the way Amateur Radio functioned in providing communication when all else failed. They extend their thanks to those amateurs who gave of themselves in this effort."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Contests this week

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY: 0000Z, Sep 23 to 2400Z, Sep 24


80, 40, 20, 15, 10m

Single Op All Band (High/Low)Single Op Single BandSingle Op Assisted All BandMulti-Single (High/Low)Multi-TwoMulti-Multi

Max power:
HP: 1500 wattsLP: 150 watts

48 States/Canada: RST + (state/VE area) + CQ ZoneAll Others: RST + CQ Zone

Work stations:
Once per band

QSO Points:
1 point per QSO with same country2 points per QSO with same continent3 points per QSO with different continent

Each US state/VE area once per bandEach DXCC/WAE country once per bandEach CQ zone once per band

Score Calculation:
Total score = total QSO points x total mults

Submit logs by:
October 29, 2006

E-mail logs to:

Mail logs to:

Find rules at:


Texas QSO Party: 1400Z, Sep 23 to 0200Z, Sep 24 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 24


All, except WARC

Fixed Single OpFixed Multi-OpFixed QRP Single OpFixed Single Op CWTX Mobile Single OpTX Mobile Multi-OpTX Mobile Single Op CW

Max power:
HP: >5 watts CW/digital, >10 watts phoneQRP: 5 watts CW/digital, 10 watts phone

TX: RS(T) + Countynon-TX: RS(T) + (state/province/country/MM region)

Work stations:
Once per band per mode per county

QSO Points:
2 points per phone QSO3 points per CW/digital QSOTX Stations: 500 bonus points for each TX mobile worked in 5 different countiesTX Mobiles: 1000 bonus points for each TX county covered with at least 5 QSOsnon-TX Stations: 500 bonus points for each TX mobile worked in 5 different counties + another 500 bonus points for working the same TX mobile in an additional 5 counties

TX Stations: Each TX county, state, province, DXCC country oncenon-TX Stations: Each TX county once

Score Calculation:
Total score = (total QSO points x total mults) + bonus points

Submit logs by:
October 31, 2006

E-mail logs to:

Mail logs to:
Texas QSO Party Committee 16880 East Maglitto Circle Tomball, TX 77377-8414 USA

Find rules at:


ARISS Plans Triple Header of Ham Radio School Contacts

Reposted from ARRL:

NEWINGTON, CT, Sep 21, 2006 -- Friday, September 22, will be a sort of "triple witching day" for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. For the first time since the inaugural ARISS school contact in December 2000, students at three schools will have the opportunity in the same day to speak with three of the six space travelers now aboard the ISS. All three QSOs will be direct on VHF.
The Expedition 13 crew, set to return to Earth later this month, consists of Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, and NASA ISS Science Officer Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. The just-arrived Expedition1 4 crew includes Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, who'll be on his second ISS duty tour. Bridging Expedition 13 and 14 is European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR. Aboard for the next week is civilian space traveler Anousheh Ansari, a 39-year-old American businesswoman who contracted with the Russian space agency to visit the space station. She arrived aboard the ISS this week and will return to Earth with Vinogradov and Williams.
Reiter is scheduled to kick off the triple-header when he speaks with students at the Gymnase Intercantonal de la Broye, in Payerne, Switzerland, starting at about 1044 UTC. He'll use the German DP0ISS call sign. Ansari is next in the queue. She'll visit via ham radio with students at her alma mater, George Washington University in Washington, DC, beginning at about 1649 UTC.
Since Ansari's accelerated training schedule did not allow time for her to obtain an Amateur Radio license before going into space, she'll use NA1SS with Williams as the US-licensed control operator. Ansari, who left for the ISS September 18 as part of the Russian Soyuz TMA-9 "taxi mission," also hopes to speak via ham radio with US-licensed students, and plans call for her to be on the air at various times from now until Tuesday, September 26, using RS0ISS.
A last-minute stand-in for Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto as the fourth private citizen and the first female civilian to fly to the ISS -- Ansari trained on the ARISS gear in Russia. She's indicated she'd like to get her Amateur Radio license when she returns to Earth.
On the next orbit at about 1825 UTC, Williams will answer questions put to him by students at Crete-Monee Middle School in Crete, Illinois. Williams has logged 14 school contacts so far during his ISS duty tour.
HB4FR will be the Earth station for the contact with Reiter at DP0ISS, while KE4GDU will handle ground-station duties for the second event. ARISS mentor Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, will serve as the Earth station for the Illinois QSO. Downlink signals on 145.800 MHz should be audible to anyone in portions of Europe for the first pass, and in Eastern Canada and the Eastern US for the last two events.
Located some 25 miles southwest of Bern in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, the Gymnase Intercantonal de la Broye opened only a year ago with 300 students. The class taking part in that ARISS QSO -- 17 girls and 6 boys -- are between 15 and 17 years old. The school will set up for the contact in the museum Clin d'Ailes, located on the Payerne Swiss Air Force Base. Museum Foundation President Claude Nicollier, the first Swiss astronaut, will be on hand for the event, after which the students will take part in "Swiss Space Days" activities organized by the Swiss Astronautics Association.
After undocking from the ISS earlier this week, the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis participated in the first-ever three-way call with the Expedition 13 crew aboard the ISS and the Expedition 14 crew and Ansari aboard the Soyuz on its way to the station. All 12 in space at that time were able to take part in the conversation, made possible by NASA communication facilities.
NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, notes that the ARISS equipment has not been functioning properly in automatic modes, and -- outside of any school contacts -- "may be silent more than usual." More information about these scheduled ARISS school contacts, including proposed questions, is available on the ARISS Web site.
ARISS is an international educational outreach with US participation from ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

Apologetic Radio Jammer Jack Gerritsen Gets Seven Years, Fines

Reposted from ARRL:

-- It was a day many radio amateurs in Southern California had been anticipating for a long time. On September 18, US District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner sentenced convicted radio jammer Jack Gerritsen, now 70, to seven years imprisonment and imposed $15,225 in fines on six counts -- one a felony -- that included willful and malicious interference with radio communications and transmitting without a license. Before sentencing, Gerritsen apologized to the federal government, the FCC and the local Amateur Radio community, which had endured the brunt of Gerritsen's on-air tirades and outright jamming. "I'm sorry, and I apologize to everyone here," Gerritsen told those in the courtroom, which included more than a dozen radio amateurs and Gerritsen's family members. Gerritsen's contrition did nothing to convince Klausner toward leniency.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

DXCC Announces Accreditation Criteria Rule Change

From: ARRL

DXCC Announces Accreditation Criteria Rule Change
NEWINGTON, CT, Aug 14, 2006 -- ARRL's DXCC program has added language to its Accreditation Criteria to minimize difficulties stemming from online DXpedition logs. The change, recently approved by the ARRL Board of Directors Programs and Services Committee, limits the level of QSO detail that DXpeditions may provide on Web-based log sites, search engines or other public forums and still qualify for DXCC accreditation. ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, notes that it's become accepted practice for DXpeditions to post QSO information on the Web.
"Although this information is generally limited to call sign, band and mode, it has been useful in reducing the number of duplicate contacts in the DXpedition log," Mills points out. "Publishing complete QSO information or information from which full QSO information can be derived, on the other hand, threatens the integrity of the QSLing process, and is unacceptable."
Mills says at least some key information a station provides when submitting a DXpedition contact for DXCC credit must be obtained solely by actually making the QSO. "If complete contact information can be derived from information based on the DXpedition log, the QSL manager's job can be much more difficult if busted calls are involved," he says.
Section III, Accreditation Criteria, Rule 5, of the DXCC rules states:
"The presentation in any public forum of logs or other representations of station operation showing details of station activity or other information from which all essential QSO elements (time, date, band, mode and call sign) for individual contacts can be derived creates a question as to the integrity of the claimed QSOs with that station during the period encompassed by the log. Presentation of such information in any public forum by the station operator, operators or associated parties is not allowed and may be considered sufficient reason to deny ARRL award credit for contacts with any station for which such presentations have been made. Persistent violation of this provision may result in disqualification from the DXCC program."
"In almost every case, the new accreditation rule will change nothing," said Mills, calling the new rule a "reasonable compromise" in terms of its impact on the program's integrity. "Publishing band and mode information for each call sign -- as is now done -- is perfectly acceptable. It is only the rare case where complete QSO information is published or can be derived from published data that we are concerned about."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

KH8SI recap

Well the KH8SI dx-pedition is over. There has been much wailing and gnashing
of the teeth, especially in the US over the inability to work the station and the low signal strength.

Taken from
are the following stats:

KH8SI spent time on various bands and modes:
160 m CW 4h 03 min
80 m SSB 4h 04 min
40 m CW 1h 02 min
40 m SSB 21h 12 min
30 m CW 26h 38 min
20 m CW 21h 30 min
20 m SSB 56h 34 min
20 m RTTY 1h 20 min
17 m SSB 31h 54 min
15 m SSB 4h 48 min
12 m SSB 2h 57 min

Total time on SSB: 121 h 29 min 69 %
Total time on CW: 53 h 13 min 30 %
Total time on RTTY: 1 h 20 min 1 %
Total operating time: 176 h 02 min 100 %
QSO total? My rough estimate: 14.500

For the lack of time and planning due to the short notice, even though
I did not work them, I think they did a good job under the circumstances.
I wish they had worked CW more...but meh can't have it all

Hopefully someone will be headed back to activate Swain Island shortly!

73 Jack

Geomagnetic Disturbance

Friday July 28th, a high speed solar wind stream made it's way to hit Earth
and caused a major geomagnetic disturbance that caused the planetary
and mid-latitude A index to soar to 29 and 26. The K index soared to 6.
This caused periods of high absortion and propagation to seemingly
go only north to south.

Sunspot numbers still are still above the numbers recorded at the previous
minimum in 1996. The current minimum is expected to occur in Jan 2007 with a sunspot number of 5.

The average daily sunspot numbers for the months July 2005 through July
2006 were 68.7, 65.6, 39.2, 13, 32.2, 62.6, 26.7, 5.3, 21.3, 55.2, 39.6,
24.4 and 22.6. Average daily solar flux for the same months was 96.5, 92.4 ,
91.9, 76.6, 86.3, 90.8, 83.4, 76.5, 75.5, 88.9, 80.9, 76.5 and 75.8.

Sunspot numbers for July 27 through August 2 were 23, 17, 19, 23, 25,
11 and 22 with a mean of 20. 10.7 cm flux was 74.4, 72.6, 73, 73.9, 72.4,
72.8, and 72.1, with a mean of 73. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 29,
5, 5, 12, 12 and 10 with a mean of 11.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were
5, 26, 3, 3, 11, 9 and 7, with a mean of 9.1.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Montengro (New County)

From ARRL:

Montenegro DX Festival 2006 Shifting into High Gear

Nineteen-year old Nikola Ilic, YZ6AMD, makes the first 4O3T
QSO on July 20.

NEWINGTON, CT, Jul 25, 2006--Montenegro DX Festival 2006 --
the on-air event celebrating the tiny Balkan nation's independence and
its status as a new DXCC entity -- is poised to shift into high gear this week.
As of 0800 UTC on July 24, the 4O3T team had already logged more than
30,000 contacts. "They are currently operating from two locations and
running three stations from each," said Martti Laine, OH2BH, in an update
to DX editors. "Late today they are expecting to activate a third station from
Bar. This will be the location of their best low-band efforts, and they hope to
have two stations QRV on 80 and 160 meters."

The three-week-long event, which got under way July 20, features visiting
operators from all over the continent and a few from the US. Nearly four
dozen operators from more than 10 countries are expected to serve as
4O3T operators during the DX Festival, which continues until August 13.

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, and his wife Linda, KA1ZD, joined the event
this week. During the first weekend, the emphasis on 160 and 80 meters was on CW.
"In spite of the summer season, they were able to get their signals deep into
the Midwest of the US on 160 meters using a Titanex vertical," Laine said.
Efforts got under way earlier this week to put 4O3T on 75 meters by this
coming weekend from Ocas, near Bar, but initial tests on 75 were set to begin
this evening.

"The location is part of a navy radio station utilizing large commercial wideband
conical antennas with a gain of 5dBi," Laine explained, calling the site
"a low-band dream location with a large sloping plateau next to the Adriatic Sea
with an open shot toward the United States, Japan and Europe." Buried beneath
the site, he added, is an extensive radial field.

"We heard stories about 200 W ship radios relaying messages with S9
telephone-like signals below 2 MHz from Cuba and other long-distance
maritime locations," Laine recounted.

At the other 4O3T sites, plans were made to boost the contact rate for the
second weekend run, now that the sites are up and running and have
established a routine. RTTY operation is expected to commence on July 27.

The first 6-meter QSOs were made July 24.

Look for 4O3T on or about these frequencies: CW: 1826.5, 3522, 7022, 10,106
, 14,022, 18,072, 21,022, 24,892 and 28,022 kHz; SSB: 3795, 7055, 14,190,
18,145, 21,290, 24,945 and 28,490 kHz; RTTY: 7035, 10,135, 14,085,
18,105, 21,085 and 28,085 kHz; 6 meters, CW/SSB: 50,106 kHz.

An online searchable log is available on the SRACG Web site.

Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts
for the event. DX Festival activities also will include several basic
courses on ham radio operating and CEPT license examinations
aimed at new and less-experienced radio amateurs.

QSL via Ranko Boca, YT6A.

YU6AO Operation on the Air
A second -- and unrelated -- large team, operating under the call sign
YU6AO, now is on the air from Montenegro and plans to continue
through August 18 on all bands and modes from the capital city of Podgorica
running four stations on 160 through 2 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK,
SSTV and FM.

Suggested frequencies are
CW: 1830, 3530, 7010, 10,115, 14,015, 18,080, 21,015, 24,900
and 28,010 kHz plus 50.102 and 144.050 MHz;

SSB: 1850, 3790, 7080, 14,250, 18,130, 21,250, 24,930 and 28,450 kHz
plus 50.130 and 144.310 MHz;

Digital: 3585, 7040, 10,130, 14,085, 18,110, 21,085, 24,910 and
28,085 kHz;

SSTV: 14,232 kHz.

QSL direct to YU6AO, Gojko Mitrovic, Crnojevica 4, 81000 Podgorica,
Montenegro or via the bureau.--some information from The Daily DX

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Taken from

The Republic of Montenegro (Serbian/Montenegrin: Црна Гора / Crna Gora, pronounced /'tsr̩naː 'ɡɔra/) is a country located in southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south, and borders Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast and Albania to the southeast. Its capital is Podgorica.
Independent from the late Middle Ages until 1918, the country was later a part of various incarnations of Yugoslavia and the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. Based on the results of a referendum held on May 21, 2006, Montenegro declared independence on June 3, 2006. Montenegro was recognised as an independent nation by Serbia on June 15 and on June 28, it became the 192nd member state[1] of the United Nations.

With the vote for independance, Montenegro, effective June 28, becomes a new DXCC entity for amateur radio operators to contact. The latest country to join the UN was Timor-Leste, which became the 191st UN Member State on 27th September 2002.

To celebrate the new DXCC entity a dxpedition was planned:

Operations will commence July 20 and will run until August 13, 2006. The callsign will be 4O3T. The following operator roster is released: 9A6AA, A61M, DJ7EO, DJ9ZB, DL3DXX, DL6LAU, DL7FER, DL8OBQ, DL7AJA, DF3TJ, G3TXF, I0SNY, I8NHJ, IK8HBA, I1JQJ, IK1ADH, IK1PMR, K1ZZ, KA1ZD, K2LEO, K2WR, N6OX, W6OSP, WW5L, LZ1JY, LZ1UQ, LZ2UU, OH2BH, OH2RF, OH2TA, OK3AA, ON4IA, ON4ATW, ON5TN, PA0R, PB2T, S50R, SP5XVY, T95A, UA3AB, UA4HBW, UA4HOX, YU1EW, YU3YQ, YT3T, YT6A, YT6T, YT6Y and Z35G plus several others.

The 4O3T operation will launch Yaesu's new FT2000 transceiver and will Also employ several SteppIR beams, courtesy of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) and SteppIR. 4O3T QSL via YT6A. CW - 1826.5, 3522, 7022, 10106, 14022, 18072, 21022, 24892 and 28022 kHz SSB - 3795, 7055, 14190, 18145, 21290, 24945 and 28490 kHz RTTY - 7035, 10135, 14085, 18105, 21085 and 28085 kHz 6 Meters - 50106 kHz CW/SSB

I have worked 4O3T on 40 cw and have heard them on 20 cw and 40 SSB.

Right now this is a fairly easy new one to add to your country count.

QSL via YT6A.


Swain's Island is newest DXCC entity (Jul 24, 2006) -- A recent addition to the DXCC rules has led to the designation of Swain's Island (KH8) as the 337th DXCC entity. A brief inaugural DXpedition operating under the call sign KH8SI was to get under way this week. In June, the ARRL DXCC Desk announced the addition of a Paragraph (c) under Section II, DX List Criteria, 1. Political Entities of the DXCC Rules: "The Entity contains a permanent population, is administered by a local government and is located at least 800 km from its parent. To satisfy the 'permanent population' and 'administered by a local government' criteria of this subsection, an Entity must be listed on either (a) the US Department of State's list of 'Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty' as having a local 'Administrative Center,' or (b) the United Nations' list of 'Non-Self-Governing Territories.'" The new language reclassified American Samoa as a political entity for DXCC purposes. Subsequently, the DX Advisory Committee and the Awards Committee concurred with a request, accompanied by substantiating evidence, and added Swain's Island to the DXCC List as the first "separation entity" from American Samoa. "The distance between American Samoa and Swain's Island has been determined to be in excess of 350 km as required by DXCC Rules Section II, Paragraph 2, Section b)," the DXCC Desk said. Contacts made with Swain's Island on or after 0001 UTC on July 22, 2006, will count for DXCC credit. For more information, including the DXCC Reference Number for Swain's Island, contact the DXCC Desk. Link to this story

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Commercia Morse lives again!

Reposted from ARRL web page:

"Night of Nights VII" to Commemorate Last Commercial Morse
Message in US

July 10, 2006
Coast stations will return to the air this week for an evening of listening for
calls from ships and sending messages just as they did for so many years
before Morse operations were shut down.

Ray Smith ("RC") was the senior Morse operator at KPH. He sent
the last message when the station shut down in 1997.

Last year, the FCC issued the first commercial shore station license
in decades to KSM. Here, Richard "RD" Dillman, W6AWO ,
Denice Stoops, and Steve Hawes, WB6UZX, hold open the display
case where the license resides. The MRHS applied for the license
"in order to assure that American commercial Morse operation on
the marine bands will continue into the future."

Several commercial coast stations will be back on the air Thursday,
July 13 (UTC), to mark the "Night of Nights VII."
The annual event commemorates the last commercial Morse message
sent in the US. Many commercial radio operators also were Amateur
Radio operators. Historic KPH -- which has been maintained in operational
order and hosts Amateur Radio station K6KPH -- will celebrate its 101st
anniversary this year. Other stations to be on the air include KSM
-- celebrating its first anniversary -- WLO, KLB and NMC.

Coast station NOJ in Alaska was also to be on the roster but was
unable to participate this year. Radio amateurs and shortwave
listeners (SWLs) are invited to tune in and send reports.

"These on-the-air events are intended to honor the men and women
who followed the radiotelegraph trade on ships and at coast stations
around the world and made it one of honor and skill," says Richard
"RD" Dillman, W6AWO, of the Marine Radio Historical Society (MRHS).

The Society maintains KPH in cooperation with the Point Reyes
National Seashore, part of the National Park Service. Transmissions are
expected to continue until at least midnight PDT (0700 UTC).

KPH, the former RCA coast station located north of San Francisco,
will begin its commemorative transmission at 0001 UTC on July 13
(1701 PDT), which is seven years and one minute after the last
commercial Morse transmission in the US.

Dillman has issued a special request for those monitoring KPH
on 12,808.5 kHz on the Night of Nights. "The Transmitter Department
plans to alternate transmitters and, more important, antennas on this
frequency at the top of each hour during this year's Night of Nights,"
he said. "Both antennas will be directional H over 2 types but one will
be oriented north/south, the other east/west."

Dillman says the Transmitter Department will carefully log which
antenna is in use at what time and compare this information against
incoming reports. "So for all reception reports, but especially those for
12808.5, please include the time you heard the signal and a detailed signal
report," he said.

The two KPH transmitters on 12808.5 kHz will be an early 1990s-vintage
Henry and a 1950s-vintage RCA "L" set. Dillman says listeners may detect
some slight difference in keying between the two transmitters.

Returning from the Dead

ARRL member Brian Smith, W9IND, in Indiana, says the maritime
Morse transmissions were a great source of code practice when he was
a prospective radio amateur in his teens. "I learned how to send
and receive Morse code by listening to the automatic CW loops of
these very stations -- WLO, KPH, WCC, NSS and so forth," Smith said.
"The rhythms of the characters stuck in my head, which helped me pass
my Novice test at the age of 15; I was soon licensed as WN9ICB."

Smith notes that while the coast stations won't be working amateur stations,
they'll be offering QSL cards for reception reports. He called the event
"a rare opportunity to snare a collectible QSL from CW stations that
are essentially returning from the dead."

Veteran Operators and Transmitters

Veteran Morse operators, including former KPH staff members,
will be on duty at the KPH receiving station at Point Reyes, California,
"listening for calls from ships and sending messages just as they did for
so many years before Morse operations were shut down," Dillman says.

The transmitting station, some 18 miles south of Point Reyes in Bolinas,
was established in 1913 by the American Marconi Co. "The original KPH
transmitters, receivers and antennas will be used to activate frequencies
in all the commercial maritime HF bands and on MF as well."

Many of the KPH transmitters will be 1950s-era RCA sets. KSM will use
a 1940s-vintage Press Wireless PW-15 transmitter on its 12 MHz frequency
, and output power will be in the 4 to 5 kW range. Transmitting antennas
include a Marconi T for MF, double extended Zepps for 4, 6 and 8 MHz
and H over 2s for 12, 16 and 22 MHz.

Dillman says KPH will send traffic lists, weather and press broadcasts
as well as special commemorative messages, some of which will be sent
by hand. At other times the KPH and KSM "wheel" will be sent to
mark the transmitting frequencies.

Streaming Audio Available

A streaming audio feed will be available for Night of Nights VII.
"Audio will be from a remote receiver probably tuned to the KPH 4 Mc
channel," Dillman said. He notes, however, that picking up the Internet
audio feed does not qualify for a QSL card.

"We realize that this way of copying KPH may not be completely in line
with the traditions of maritime communications," he said, "but we thought
we'd provide it as an option for those who are unable to copy the proceedings any other way."

More Information

Members of the public are invited to visit the KPH receiving station
for this week's event. It will open to visitors at 1500 PDT. The station
is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, on the route to the
Point Reyes lighthouse.

There's more information about the Night of Nights VII event on
the Maritime Radio Historical Society Web site or by contacting Dillman
(415) 990-7090, or Tom Horsfall, WA6OPE (510) 237-9535.

Frequencies and QSL Info

KPH will transmit on 4247.0, 6477.5, 8642.0, 12808.5, 17016.8 and
22477.5 kHz on HF and 500 and 426 kHz on MF. These frequencies have
been made available through the generous cooperation of Globe Wireless,
the current owner of the KPH and KFS licenses. Operators will listen for calls
from ships on ITU Channel 3 in all bands. The Channel 3 frequencies are
4184.0, 6276.0, 8368.0, 12552.0, 16736.0 and 22280.5 kHz on HF and
500 kHz on MF. Send reception reports to D.A. Stoops, PO Box 381, Bolinas, CA
94924-0381 USA. (Denice Stoops was the first female telegrapher hired at KPH.)

KSM will transmit on 426, 500, 6474, 12993 and 16914 kHz. Operators
will listen for calls from ships on 500 kHz and HF Channel 3
(see KPH listing for frequencies). Send reception to D.A. Stoops,
PO Box 381, Bolinas, CA 94924-0381 USA.

WLO will transmit on 4343, 8514 and 12,660 kHz, and operators
will listen for calls from ships on HF Channel 3
(see KPH listing for frequencies). Send reception reports to
WLO/KLB, 700 Rinla Ave, Mobile, AL 36619 USA, or via e-mail.

Due to antenna problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, WLO will not be on MF this year.
KLB will transmit on 488, 500, 2063.0, 6411.0 and 12917.0 kHz,
and operators will listen for calls from ships on 500 kHz and on HF
Channel 3 (see KPH listing for frequencies). Send reception reports to
WLO/KLB, 700 Rinla Ave, Mobile, AL 36619 USA, or via e-mail.

NMC will transmit on 448, 472, 500, 6383.0, 8574.0 and 17220.5 kHz,
and operators will listen for calls from ships on 500 kHz and on HF
Channel 3 (see KPH listing for frequencies). Send reception reports to

Commanding Officer, ATTN: ITC Eric Simmons, Communications Area
Master Station Pacific, 1700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Pt Reyes Station,
CA 94956-0560 USA.

Field day 2006

Well Field Day 2006 has come and gone. And you couldn't have asked for much better weather, at least in the Ohio Valley. KY4CW (composed of AA4RL, K4SAC, NW4T and K4MQR) KY Indiana Dx Association, ranked 5th in 1A nationwide in 2005 and this year after the tragic death of NW4T, who fell off of his tower while working on his antennas in preperation for the ARRL CW SS Contest, we wanted to memorialize Gerald by attempting to beat last year's score operating in "missing man" formation.

2005 scores
1 W6PT 8,324 1A 2,103 2 SDG 15 San Diego DX/Pt Loma ARC
2 K9TP 6,790 1A 1,834 2 IL 8
3 N4OL 6,408 1A 1,540 2 NC 7 Central NC DX Chasers
4 W9HUZ 6,200 1A 1,335 2 IL 4 Southern IL DX & Contest Club
5 KY4CW 6,166 1A 1,329 2 KY 4 KY IN DX Assn

So AA4RL, K4MQR and myself set out to honor Gerald and have a Memorium Field Day. AA4RL and K4MQR set up the antennas, while K4SAC set up the station. We got on the air andFD 2006 had begun!

Here is our band breakdown:

160 0 150 0 150 0 150
80 130 150 0 150 0 150
40 485 150 0 150 160 150
20 700 150 0 150 0 150
15 5 150 0 150 0 150
10 0 150 0 150 0 150
6 0 150 0 150 0 150
2 0 150 0 150 0 150
1.25 0 150 0 150 0 150
70 0 150 0 150 0 150
33 0 150 0 150 0 150
23 0 150 0 150 0 150
GOTA 0 150 0 150 0 150
Totals 1320 CW 0 Dig 160 Phone

Last year as you can see we had 1329 total qso's so we handily beat last year's scores. Going by last year's scores, we anticipate that we are somewhere around 3rd-4th place in 1A unless overall scores increase tremendously.

It was a honor to memorialize Gerald in this way, and we look forward to FD next year.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Hurricane Watch


Hurricane Watch Net Anticipates Activation for First Storm of 2006 Season

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 12, 2006--With Tropical Storm Alberto expected to be reach hurricane strength, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it anticipates activating later today. The net works in cooperation with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to gather real-time, ground-level weather data during storms. NHC forecasters use the reports to help fine-tune their predictions of a storm's behavior.
"Tropical Storm Alberto will be upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with forecast landfall in northwestern Florida sometime tomorrow," HWN Manager Mike Pilgrim, K5MP, said in a midday announcement. "While it may be premature at this hour to declare a definite plan, let it suffice to say that we tentatively plan to open HWN net operations on 14.325 MHz late this evening, pending advisory guidance between now and 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time."
To provide as much lead time as possible, Pilgrim has advised monitoring the Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) frequency of 14.300 MHz throughout the afternoon for an announcement pertaining to HWN operations as early as this evening. He called on HWN members to "maintain readiness and availability" for what could be a call to duty.
As of 1500 UTC, a hurricane warning had been issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River. The NHC forecast warns, "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion."
The NHC says reports from a US Air Force hurricane hunter plane indicate that Alberto's center has reformed northeast of its earlier location. At last report, the storm was reported 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, and about 220 miles southwest of Cedar Key, Florida. Alberto is moving toward the north-northeast at near 7 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of nearly 70 MPH with higher gusts.
"Alberto has the potential to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours," the NHC forecast says. With tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 230 miles to the northeast and southeast of the center, Alberto will be felt along the coast well in advance of the arrival of its center, the NHC said. High winds could be accompanied by coastal storm surge flooding of 8 to 10 feet above normal tide levels and rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches possible through Tuesday, June 13, across portions of Central and Northern Florida and Southeastern Georgia.
"If present forecast information holds true," Pilgrim said, "the HWN will surely be active beginning at first band opening tomorrow--estimated at 8 AM EDT--and will remain active until Hurricane Alberto has ceased being a threat to land."
The VoIP Hurricane Net has invited ARES, RACES, SKYWARN and other emergency communication groups such as SATERN, MARS and REACT to utilize the VoIP Hurricane Net as another means to pass weather data, damage and other pertinent reports to WX4NHC and other national agencies. More information, including net activation status, is on the VoIP Hurricane Net Web site.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

New prefix for ZK1 Cook Islands

From the Daily DX:

ZK1CG, Victor Rivera, reports as of June 1, 2006 ZK1 stations will finally change to the new E51 prefix in the Cook Islands. On August 15, 2004 ITU Operational Bulletin No. 818 stated "Following a request from New Zealand, the International Call Sign Series E5A-E5Z, in accordance with the provisions of No. 19.33 of the Radio Regulations, has been provisionally allocated to New Zealand for exclusive use by the Cook Islands (formerly ZK1)." Don't forget to add the prefix E5 to you logging programs. Victor plans to be QRV with his new call E51CG on June 1st and later with E51USA.

Friday, May 26, 2006

commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Field Day:

Field day is fast approaching and the KYINDXA group is trying to get things ready. We are working on new antennas for FD this year. Last year KY4CW (our club) placed 6th in 1A in the nation and we are setting our goal higher. We are shooting for 2nd this year. We are operating this year in memorium to one of our club members Gerald Crowe NW4T who was working on his antennas getting them ready for the ARRL SS contest and he fell off his tower last year to his death.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

DXCC Awards fees

From ARRL:

New DXCC awards fee schedule becomes effective July 1

(May 23, 2006) -- The ARRL DXCC Desk has announced DXCC program
fees will rise slightly when a new awards fee schedule goes into effect July 1.
The fee for a basic DXCC application (including certificate and pin for initial
applications only, 120 QSO maximum) and for first endorsement applications
within a year will increase to $12 for ARRL members and to $22 for foreign
nonmembers. Second and subsequent endorsements (120 QSO maximum)
within a year will be $22 for ARRL members and $32 for foreign nonmembers.

The $10 fee for a basic DXCC application (120-credit maximum) was
established in 1990, and the current overall fee schedule has been in
effect since 1998. "It costs us to provide this service," explains ARRL
Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "We don't make
any money from DXCC." The cost of other DXCC-related items such as
plaques and pins also will go up July 1. Mills advised that DXCC fees will
increase further in the years ahead--possibly at two-year intervals--at
least to catch up with the Consumer Price Index, which has risen 49
percent since 1990. He estimates the active population of DXCC
members at between 15,000 and 18,000.

DXCC Approvals

From ARRL:

DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit
(May 24, 2006)
The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for DXCC credit: 4W6AAB
-- Timor-Leste, current operation effective May 22, 2006;

ZV0F -- Fernando de Noronha, operation March 30-April 4, 2006;

6O0M -- Somalia, operation from April 7-24, 2006;

S01R -- Western Sahara, operation April 11-21, 2006;

YI9NS -- Iraq, operation January 5-March 28, 2006;

YI9HU -- Iraq, operation May 18-June 5, 2005;

HN0Z -- Iraq, operation March 27-28 and May 29-30, 2004;

A6/OD5TX -- United Arab Emirates, operation October 5-November 5, 2005

TT8WL -- Chad, November 19, 1996-March 8, 1997

J5DOT Guinea-Bissau, operation April 25-May 5, 2006.

For more information, visit the DXCC Web page

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