The Eastside Amateur Radio Service club is having a Tailgate Sail and Swap meet on April 24th. The event is free for all hams to enjoy. Bring some gear you have been planning to sell and look for some treasures you cant live without. The location of the sale is 3811 North Main in Baytown, Texas. You can arrive and start setting up at 6 am and the event will go until 2pm. We will be doing VE testing at the event. This will be an ARRL sanctioned event and we are expecting some vendors to be there.
For more information please contact:
Lamar KC5AOI - Event coordinator @ 832-472-7474
Doc AG5TY - VE Coordinator @ 346-449-1515
Ron KI5GNL - Event Chairman @ 806-236-5992
Many are asking about how our Sr Elmers are making during the frigid weather snap we are experiencing in Texas. We wanted to provide an update for our site visitors. WA5JDI Bill and WA5FMY Ernie are well and staying with family. KG5TEF Frank is at home in Moss Hill with his wife. He has power, water, and is working on the air keeping communications going. If you hear about anyone in need of help please let the group know.
If you have made a welfare check on someone and would like up to update the group please email W5WES. I will post an update.
February 16th 4:25pm - Power has been restored to the site. According to our site contacts all power was allocate to the safe operation of the plant. This has been an epic time. Please stay safe and warm.
February 16th 2:16pm - Due to the rolling blackouts and ongoing power outages in the area the 145.310 and 444.975 repeaters are currently off line. We have been in contact with the site owners and they are looking into the situation. As there is no ETA on the power being restored we will not have a net tonight. Please stay safe and warm.
The East Side Amateur Radio Service have started this site as a resource for the amateur radio community. This site is brand new and will evolve and grow. We encourage everyone to check in regularly as we will be adding new content and information. Our goal is to provide info and resources that will benefit amateur radio operators in Southeast Texas and everywhere.
Q: Where did the Facebook page go?
A: The Facebook page is now called Texas Radio Operators. Its a great page and a great resource if you use Facebook. We have chosen to have a website that is not tied to Facebook to allow everyone access regardless of whether or not they use Facebook.
Q: Can I post to this new website.
A: The site is currently under development. At the moment only system admins can post content. We will be adding this feature soon. Check back often!
Q: Can I suggest a topic for the Tuesday Night Net?
A: Yes! We are always looking for ideas for net night questions. Submit your comments to David NE5TX. You can email him or tell him on the air. JAMESMCCARTNEY@MSN.COM
Q: I have an article that should be posted here. How do I get it added to the website?
The Wings over Houston Airshow is looking for Amateur Radio operators to volunteer for the event. This year the show will be held October 9th and 10th to the general public with private events being held on the 8th. Please contact George Levandoski KD5AYF@reagan.com if you would be interested in volunteering for this event.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, reports that the ARISS team has been working closely with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to identify what may have caused what ARISS is calling a “radio anomaly” on January 27. The net result has been an inability to use the NA1SS ham station gear in the ISS Columbus module. For the time being, ARISS school and group contacts with crew members have been conducted using the ham station in the ISS Service Module. The radio issues came in the wake of a January 27 spacewalk during which astronauts installed new cables (essentially feed lines) to support the commissioning of the Bartolomeo attached payload capability mounted on the Columbus module. The job involved re-routing the cabling of the ARISS antenna to the ARISS radio system onboard Columbus.
“Through a great deal of coordination with NASA and ESA, ARISS will be conducting a set of APRS [automatic packet radio system] tests to determine the operational use of the ARISS radio system in Columbus through employment of three different cabling configurations,” Bauer explained this week. “Over the next couple of days, ARISS will be performing a series of tests using our APRS capability through the standard 145.825 MHz APRS frequency. The crew will be periodically shutting down the radio and swapping cables, so ARISS can troubleshoot the radio system and the cabling.” Bauer said precise swap times will depend on crew availability and expected the tests to run through sometime on March 3.
“We cannot guarantee that these troubleshooting tests will resolve the radio issue,” Bauer said. “But we encourage ARISS APRS operations in this time span.”
Bauer said that if the tests are unsuccessful, “a contingency task” has been green-lighted for a March 5 spacewalk (EVA). “This EVA task would return the ARISS cabling to the original configuration prior to the January 27 EVA,” he explained, noting that a contingency task will only be performed if time allows.
Bauer asked that APRS users not send “no contact” emails or social media responses, “as this will overwhelm the ARISS team.”
“But, if you definitely hear the packet system working or are able to connect through it, let us know the date, time, and grid square of the occurrence,” he added.
Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor
[Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.]
ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, to Keynote QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, will keynote the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo March 13 – 14 weekend. Minster’s talk — part of an 80+ speaker lineup — will begin at 2000 UTC (3 PM EST) on March 13. His appearance will highlight ARRL’s featured role at the expo, which will also include “Ask The ARRL Lab.” ARRL is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.
Minster, who assumed the ARRL Headquarters leadership position last September, has launched major projects and assembled teams to foster innovation and individual skill development in radio technology and communications. In his keynote, Minster will share his enthusiasm for advancing amateur radio and highlight current ARRL initiatives to engage and inspire the current generation of hams. His presentation topics will include:
· ARRL’s digital transformation, which promises to bring new value to ARRL members. An all-in digital approach will improve the way members access and engage with content, programs, and systems.
· The ARRL Learning Center, a hub for members to discover the many facets of amateur radio and develop practical knowledge and skills.
· Increasing video content, opening opportunities for amateur radio content creators and member-volunteers to learn, stay informed, and keep connected.
· Improving training and tools to engage radio clubs, emergency communication volunteers, and students.
The ARRL expo booth will feature “Ask The ARRL Lab,” where Lab staffers will answer questions live. Attendees can come into the booth lounge and ask the Lab’s technical wizards for tips about projects or suggestions to address various station installations and problems. Attendees can also learn about Product Review equipment testing, see a presentation on how the Lab can help hams with RFI problems, and tour W1AW virtually.
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Chairman Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, also announced four live group kit-building workshops. Workshop instructors will guide participants through building a variety of kits, which will be available for purchase and delivered prior to the expo so attendees can build them at home. Early-bird discount tickets and links to purchase kits can be found at the QSO Today Expo website. Read an expanded version.
ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas
ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and American Red Cross volunteers joined forces in Texas under the ARRL/Red Cross memorandum of understanding in responding to the situation resulting from unseasonably frigid weather. Kevin McCoy, KF5FUZ, said the Red Cross formally requested an ARES activation in Texas to address the effects of the natural disaster, which included a lack of drinking water, power outages, fuel shortages, and frozen plumbing. Red Cross in Central Texas supported more than 60 warming shelters at the request of governmental agencies.
“We made a special effort to use Winlink email over radio to get reports of infrastructure problems and unmet needs [and to] communicate information about warming centers,” McCoy said, adding that Winlink operators provided the most valuable contribution in the disaster response. Several teams deployed to support emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Bexar, Brazos, Kerr, Travis, and Williamson counties, he added.
“Our effort in the start of the activity was to focus on folks with medical needs who required power, and to get those folks to safety,” McCoy said. “Reports from operators were passed to Disaster Program Managers and Disaster Action Teams and to Red Cross Disaster Mental Health personnel for evaluation. Government partners and citizens provided transportation and Red Cross provided hotel rooms in areas with reliable power to keep these citizens safe while following COVID-19 protocols.”
On February 20, the Red Cross made a formal stand-down request to Texas ARES sections from the Central and South Texas Red Cross Region. “Transportation, communication, and internet had restored sufficiently to allow for that change of status,” McCoy said. “We did let all Winlink operators know that we would still monitor the tactical addresses until the disaster recovery was over.”
Key issues remaining include the prolonged power outage and the freezing weather that left Texas with damaged water infrastructure. “Things are improving rapidly,” McCoy said on February 22. Read an expanded version.
ARRL Podcasts Schedule
The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 14) takes a deeper dive into the subject of HF antenna tuners, including some shopping tips.
The latest edition of Eclectic Tech (Episode 28) features a discussion on grabbing NOAA weather satellite images at 137 MHz and a chat with Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, about how he has combined rockets and high-altitude ballooning with amateur radio.
“Whirlwind Boom” Emergency Communications Exercise Set
The amateur radio communications team of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has created a multi-site radio communications exercise dubbed “Whirlwind Boom,” designed to bring together volunteers and local agencies across northern Florida and throughout the southeastern US. The 2-hour drill is set for Friday, March 19. Invitations have gone out to Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups, county-level emergency managers, state communications experts, and federal SHARES HF Radio Program volunteers, and volunteers taking part in the 2021 Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on-site training the following day.
The exercise scenario involves a swarm of tornadoes coupled with the terrorist bombing of the telephone system, and large numbers of displaced residents seeking shelter. Only radio remains. During the exercise, volunteers will practice transmitting formal reports about the utility, water, and safety situations in their counties (Incident Action Plan). Many participants will communicate using portable radio gear powered by battery or generator. Simulated outbound survivor messages to friends and family will also be sent. Participating groups will receive secret messages advising them of unexpected handicaps that mimic what might happen during an actual disaster — complicating their tasks.
Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”
An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “Did You Feel It” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email appeared on February 22 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) magazine Eos. As the article points out, “Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when other communication pathways are knocked out of commission.” Authors of the article were David J. Wald of the US Geological Survey (USGS), Vincent Quitoriano, and Oliver Dully, K6OLI.
As the article explains, DYFI uses a questionnaire to gather individuals’ experiences and observations, and USGS uses the information to evaluate the shaking intensity at that person’s location. DYFI has been in operation since 1999 in the US and 15 years around the world, during which the USGS has gathered more than 5 million individual DYFI intensity reports.
The article notes that a potential problem is that “public access to it may be compromised as a result of strong earthquake shaking,” with affected individuals experiencing power and communication outages or may be distracted by more immediate priorities.
“USGS and other global seismic network operators have witnessed felt report ‘donut holes’ in areas of strong shaking due to loss of internet communication,” the article said, “most recently during the magnitude-5.7 earthquake that hit near Salt Lake City in March 2020.” The article suggested that “alternative pathways” of communication are needed to “gather important ground-truth shaking data with minimal delay.” And this is where amateur radio groups come into play.
“We now expect to sample the donut hole with the help of amateur radio groups worldwide,” the article’s authors said. “These groups can mobilize a significant number of licensed radio operators after a strong earthquake, especially near large population centers, ensuring a baseline level of macroseismic intensity reporting even in heavily affected areas.”
As the article explains, USGS has partnered with Winlink, a radio email platform with more than 28,000 users worldwide, and with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) members. Winlink adapted the USGS DYFI questionnaire to its platform, and this version is now available to all radio amateurs, the article said. Read an expanded version.
ARRL Learning Network Webinars
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Talking to Astronauts: An Elementary School’s Exciting ARISS Experience — Diane Warner, KE8HLD
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 @ 1 PM EST (1800 UTC)
This is a story about Tallmadge Elementary School’s participation in a once-in-a-lifetime Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact. The excitement of the entire experience was shared not just by the students, but included faculty, parents, the community, and local amateur radio operators. You will also learn how to begin the process of submitting your own ARISS contact proposal.
Technicians: Life Beyond Repeaters — Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 @ 1 PM EST (1800 UTC)
This presentation takes a new look at the possibilities available to Technician-class operators beyond repeaters. Explore Tech HF and 6-meter privileges for SSB, CW, and digital modes such as FT8, RTTY, and PSK31 to expand your operating modes and your station’s outreach. Explore other VHF/UHF uses, including SSB, satellites, FM simplex, digital modes, contesting, and more.
The Art and Science of Operating Ultra-Portable — Mike Molina, KN6EZE
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 8 PM EDT (0000 UTC on Friday, April 7)
Whether for SOTA, POTA, backcountry survival, or just spending time in nature, learning how to operate ultra-portable is a fun and rewarding experience. In this presentation, Mike, KN6EZE, will cover the basics of ultra-portable operating for both the new and experienced ham radio operator.
The ARRL Learning Network schedule is subject to change.
Announcements: February 25
· The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention is on for September 24 – 25 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
· Jerry Burke, the primary author of the antenna-modeling software NEC, died on February 14. He had been suffering from cancer. NEC (numerical electromagnetics code) evolved out of a program called BRACT, which Burke and others developed in 1967. The most common public version is NEC-2. — Thanks to Jim Breakall, WA3FET
· The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has announced grants of $5,000 each to the ARRL Foundation and Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) 2021 scholarship programs.
· Registration for official stations is open for the 2021 International Marconi Day (IMD), April 24 – 26, sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club. The annual event commemorates the birthday of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi in 1874.
· 2Tone, the popular RTTY software by David Wicks, G3YYD, has been updated and is available on the RTTY Contesting website.
· The 2021 Southeastern VHF Society Conference scheduled to be held in April has been canceled due to the pandemic. The Southeastern VHF Society Board of Directors will consider alternative solutions for future conferences. SVHFS has published the 2020 Southeastern VHF Society Technical Journal containing all the papers that had been scheduled for presentation.
Amateur Radio in the News
· Over Neighbors’ Objections, Shelburne Operator Gets the Green Light for Ham Radio Towers — Burlington Free Press (Vermont), February 19, 2021
· Amateur Radio Users Want to Be of Service When Modern Technology Fails — Nashville Scene (Tennessee), February 18, 2021
· FEMA on Twitter: A big #worldradioday shout out to Ham radio operators! — Twitter, February 13, 2021
· World Radio Day: How Heroic Ham Operators Use Radio Waves to Carry Out Post-Disaster Rescue Ops — The Weather Channel, February 12, 2021
Hams Participate in Winter Yellowstone VHF Radio Rally
Wyoming and southern Montana hams belonging to the North Yellowstone Amateur Radio Club and Park County (Montana) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) took to the wilderness in late January during heavy snow to take part in an emergency preparedness exercise. The groups have about 15 members in all; many more bison and elk roam the roads than do hams.
The critical winter duty for North Yellowstone radio amateurs is deployment to remote locations of winter emergencies. To train for these responses, the members devised the VHF Radio Relay, a radio scavenger hunt designed to get members out to remote road locations where winter emergencies may require radio communications support. The group uses the Eagle’s Nest repeater located at 8,000 feet on Electric Peak southwest of Gardiner, Montana — the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The repeater covers the northern one-third of the vast park and southern half of Park County, Montana.
Participants received two pages of instructions. The first contained directions for completing their call-out assignment and listed 15 locations that required hams to deploy to the far reaches of the radio coverage area. The second page consisted of a map. Only three roads are in the area, and conditions on one dirt road are typically difficult. Each route had five locations along the way to the terminal checkpoint. The 15 widely spaced locations guaranteed that no operator could visit all of them. Locations were chosen such that hams needed to plan their route strategy — ideally before leaving the starting point, where odometer readings were recorded.
Each location was assigned a tactical call sign, and communicators had to use GPS to verify that they were in their precise positions. At all locations, hams radioed net control to have their location verified before moving to the next location.
At the last check-in point, participating hams had to call in and were given instructions on how to find a code word hidden in an interpretive sign to verify their location — for example, the seventh word in the third paragraph — and relay it to net control. Each participant had a different code word.
Directions included a safety warning about bison and elk on the road, and bad driving conditions due to snow. All departed at 9 AM and were to be back at the starting point at 11:30 AM. A prize was awarded to the ham who visited the most locations with the lowest mileage. First place went to Doug MacCartney, K7GRZ, and second place to Reve Carberry, KX4LZ. Jim Halfpenny, K9YNP, served as net control. — Thanks to Park County Emergency Coordinator and ARRL PIO Jim Halfpenny, K9YNP
ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short
Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to develop the movie short. In the approximately 6-minute film, SuitSat returns in the future to haunt International Space Station commander “Diaz,” played by Joey Vieira, who spots SuitSat, the surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit that Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) turned into an amateur radio satellite several years ago .
An exclusive ARRL video interview premiering on Saturday, February 27, brings together Tanner, who directed the sci-fi horror film about an eerie ham-radio-in-space reencounter, and ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. In the interview, conducted by ARRL volunteer Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of the popular YouTube channel Ham Radio Crash Course, Tanner described the uniquely creative and technical aspects of the filmmaking involved in Decommissioned and its connection with the real-life SuitSat-1.
“My wife, Jade, who is also a co-writer of this short film, and I are both really obsessed with space, and we discovered SuitSat on Wikipedia,” Tanner said in the interview. “It was an initial sort of two-pronged reaction. One, this is genius. It’s amazing that they did this; I’d never heard this before. And the second one was, this is kinda creepy...that they had what looks like a stranded, dead astronaut floating around the Earth...and there were voices of children being transmitted from it.”
SuitSat-1 transmitted a voice message, “This is SuitSat-1 RS0RS!”, in several languages, plus telemetry and a slow-scan TV image on an 8-minute cycle as it orbited Earth.
Tanner said a lot of the films he produces involve “pieces of history that are rather quite odd or interesting that maybe a lot of people don’t know about.”
Bauer described the background of the 2006 SuitSat project, which involved ARISS’s relationship with Sergey Samburov, RV3DR. Samburov was “the initial brainchild” behind the SuitSat-1 concept, and ARISS ran with it, Bauer recounted.
“We had 3 weeks to pull it all together and get it ready for launch,” Bauer said, and that included getting safety approvals. SuitSat-1 operated for about 2 weeks, and a contest of sorts evolved to guess when it would burn up in the atmosphere, which wasn’t until about 6 months later. A SuitSat-2 was launched from the ISS several years later.
Tanner said the Decommissioned script was written about 3 years ago, but creating the realistic atmosphere and sets involved a number of complexities, which was “very expensive,” he revealed. A big push toward using video game engine technology in feature-film development made it possible. Decommissioned was produced using a game engine called Unreal Engine, which was also used to produce the TV show The Mandalorian.
Grab your popcorn and avoid a spoiler. ARRL recommends viewing the short film before watching the 45-minute interview. The interview premieres on ARRL’s YouTube channel, Saturday, February 27, at 1600 UTC.
ARRL reminds interested schools and educational organizations in the US that the latest window to submit proposals to host scheduled ham radio contacts with an ISS crew member opened on February 15. Contacts would be scheduled January 1 – June 30, 2022. Proposals are due to ARISS by 0759 UTC on April 1.
In the US, ARRL is a partner in the ARISS program, along with AMSAT, NASA, and the ISS National Lab, which has kept amateur radio on the air from the International Space Station for 20 years.
Plans remain up in the air for the Youth on the Air (YOTA) in the Americas summer camp. The camp, tentatively set for July 11 – 16, would take place in West Chester, Ohio. “We know that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status between now and July will have an impact on our decision to host the camp,” 2021 YOTA Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said. “At this time, we are still hopeful that hosting the camp safely July 11 – 16, 2021 will be possible. Should we not be able to host the camp, we will let everyone know with as much notice as possible and postpone it to 2022. Our plan is to make the final decision in the month of April.” Registration will continue until February 28 for campers accepted to the camp for the 2020 session to attend in 2021. At that point, Rapp said, he will evaluate how many positions remain for additional campers from across the Americas in order to fill out the roster of 30 campers and take applications in March for the remaining slots.
Former ARRL Teachers Institute instructor Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, of Tucson, Arizona, died on February 7 as a result of COVID-19. His death came just 3 weeks after that of his wife, Wendy, also a COVID-19 victim. Miguel was 72 years old. His wife was 68. Between 2001 and 2008, Miguel Enriquez taught sessions of the introductory TI-1 course in Arizona. A February 14 Arizona Daily Star feature, “How Tucson Schools are Helping Kids, Staff Cope with COVID-19 Deaths,” includes a photo of Miguel Enriquez when he was conducting an amateur radio demonstration in 2006 at Pueblo High School, where he taught mathematics. “He is a fitting example of our teachers who have braved the pandemic to continue to teach our youth,” said Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT Vice President-Development.
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspots have returned, and solar activity increased on every day over this reporting week.
The average daily sunspot number shot up from zero to 19.6, while the average daily solar flux rose from 72 to 75.7. Geomagnetic activity was also higher, with average daily planetary A index increasing from 7.7 to 16, and average daily mid-latitude A index rose from 5.6 to 12.4.
Predicted solar flux for the next 30 days is 82 on February 25 – 28; 78 on March 1; 74 on March 2 – 4; 73 on March 5 – 6; 74, 70, 74, and 76 on March 7 – 10; 72, 71, 72, and 70 on March 11 – 14; 71, 72, 71, 73, 76, and 75 on March 15 – 20; 72 on March 21 – 22; 76 on March 23 – 24, and 74 and 73 on March 25 – 26.
Predicted planetary A index is 12 on February 25; 5 on February 26 – March 1; 15 and 12 on March 2 – 3; 5 on March 4 – 5; 15 on March 6; 5 on March 7 – 11; 15, 10, and 5 on March 12 – 14; 15, 5, 8, and 18 on March 15 – 18; 20 on March 19 – 20; 10 and 8 on March 21 – 22, and 5 on March 23 – 26. Geomagnetic activity is expected to increase by March 28.
Sunspot numbers for February 18 through 24 were 12, 12, 12, 11, 26, 31, and 33, with a mean of 19.6. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 71.1, 72.9, 76.4, 75.3, 75.9, 78.1, and 80.5, with a mean of 75.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 17, 20, 20, 17, 12, and 21, with a mean of 16. Middle latitude A index was 2, 13, 15, 18, 13, 10, and 16, with a mean of 12.4.
A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean...,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.
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Just Ahead in Radiosport
· February 26 – 28 — CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB
· February 27 – 28 — REF Contest, SSB
· February 27 – 28 — FTn DX Contest
· February 27 – 28 — UBA DX Contest, CW
· February 27 – 28 — South Carolina QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
· February 27 – 28 — North American QSO Party, RTTY
· February 27 – 28 — NA Collegiate Championship, RTTY
· February 28 – March 3 — Classic Exchange, CW
· February 28 — High Speed Club CW Contest
· February 28 – March 1 — North Carolina QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
· March 1 — K1USN Slow Speed Test (CW, 20 WPM max)
· March 1 — OK1WC Memorial (MWC) (CW)
· March 1 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Digital)
· March 2 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest
· March 2 — ARS Spartan Sprint (CW)
· March 2 — RTTYOPS Weeksprint
· March 2 — AGCW YL-CW Party
· March 3 — CWops Mini-CWT Test (1300 – 1400 and 1900 – 2000 UTC)
· March 3 — VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest
· March 3 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (Phone)
· March 4 — CWops Mini-CWT Test
· March 4 — NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
· March 4 — SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)
· March 6 – 7 — ARRL International DX Contest, SSB
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Hours: Saturday 9 AM — 4:30 PM, Sunday 9 AM — 3 PM
The Club wants to ensure the safety and health of all participants; to that end, we request abstaining if anyone in your party has interacted with anyone diagnosed with COVID, and/or has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Masks will be required by all participants if COVID-19 Regulations still mandate (please abstain if this is inconvenient). There will be a limit on total number of participants in the Main Hall to assist with social distancing if COVID-19 Regulations still Mandate. As participants exit we will allow more to enter. We will update this information as we progress near the actual Hamfest Dates, it is our hope and prayers to have a great and safe HamFest in these difficult times we are living with these days. We look forward to seeing you and meeting you this summer,73’sJoe G WA5OMB, TARS President
Tidelands Annual Hamfest Speakers: HVRA
With the current rise in COVID-19 infections over the last few weeks,
the Board of Directors of Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, the
sponsor of GHHF, have decided to cancel the 2021 event.
The demographics of the amateur radio community is extremely
vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and even if the event was held
in an outside venue can still expose members of the amateur radio
community. With this in mind, the Board of Directors cannot in good
conscious hold an event that might expose anyone to the virus.
The event will be rescheduled for March 4 & 5, 2022 so mark your
Board of Directors
Brazos Valley ARC
Dayton Hamvention® will not take place for the second year.
“Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021,” a January 11 announcement from the Hamvention Executive Committee said. Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), Hamvention was set to take place May 21 – 23 in Xenia, Ohio.
“Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention. Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.”
The committee said the show would return in 2022 and hinted at a QSO party for Hamvention weekend. In November, Hamvention had announced that “The Gathering” would be the theme for the 2021 show.
Hamvention is the largest annual amateur radio gathering in the US and was host of the ARRL National Convention in 2019. The ARRL Hamfest and Convention Calendar includes a searchable database that includes other canceled in-person events.e they are.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — The number of Americans obtaining their ham radio licenses is soaring as the country comes to grips with the coronavirus pandemic. Just as shoppers are hoarding necessities and food in panic buying, more people have quickly studied to become amateur radio operators to ensure they can maintain communications with others in case internet or cell phone communication is disrupted.
More than 765,000 in the United States already have their amateur radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, however, data from the FCC indicates a recent uptick in the number of new hams, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide. In addition, we at HamRadioPrep.com have experienced a huge surge in new students in the past two weeks as news continues to evolve about the pandemic and we have taken any and all measures to increase the speed and accessibility of our online courses due to the influx, including scholarships for those in financial trouble due to the recent econmic turmoil.
In a comparison of the time period from March 5-13, 2020, to the same days in 2019, the number of persons signing up for the amateur radio license courses has soared more than 706% since news of the coronavirus outbreak dominated headlines. At the same time, the FCC shows a 7.1% percent uptick in new amateur licensees in the first week of March in 2020 vs the same week in 2019. In the coming weeks, we expect to see the actual license numbers continue to increase rapidly from the FCC.
Americans are able to take tests to obtain amateur radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, allowing them to talk on a variety of frequencies and radio bands to other licensed hams for personal, not-for-profit communications and technical training. Communications can be around your city, around your state, around the country, around the world — and even into space. Many get their ham radio licenses just so they are prepared for emergencies and disasters and can provide communications for themselves and their families and friends when other communications networks are impacted.
Amateur radio clubs around the United States conduct FCC testing for most seeking ham licenses, while Ham Radio Prep prepares persons with a unique online study system that includes videos, lessons, practice exams, and interactive content. Unfortunately, many in-person ham radio events have been impacted by COVID-19. The Dayton Hamvention was just cancelled for the first time in it’s 68-year history due to coronavirus concerns. For this reason, access to online study materials is more important than ever.
In addition, Ham Radio Prep commends the Anchorage (Alaska) Amateur Radio Club Volunteer Examiner Coordinator program, which conducts test sessions for those wishing to become newly licensed ham radio operators. That organization’s board of directors recently voted to expand its unique and innovative remote testing program to areas outside of Alaska, including anywhere in the United States or Canada. This will bring easier access to those seeking to obtain ham radio licensing and who live in remote areas or have various abilities that preclude them from attending scheduled test sessions conducted by accredited local ham radio clubs that offer test services.
The owners of Ham Radio Prep hope many who want to be prepared with emergency communications backup and even those now out of work or working from home because of the COVID-19 outbreak are able to become licensed hams.
To learn more on how you can get your ham radio license, check out our guide on How To Get Your Ham Radio License.