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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Technician Review and Testing Session - Saturday, March 14

For more information, click the link below;












Technician Review and Testing Session info.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015



The ARRL January VHF Contest Offers a Break from Winter’s Doldrums

Getting cabin fever?  Well here’s a chance to get ‘shack’ fever to brighten your mood.  Its time for the January VHF contest!   Don’t be fooled into thinking this means 2 meters only, its ALL frequencies above 50 MHz.  Think of it as a frozen field day staring at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 24, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, January 26.  Just like field day your challenge is to work as many stations possible in as many grids possible.  

For 2015 three new categories have been introduced. The league does ask that you keep the calling frequencies open in their respective bands such as the 146.52 MHz on 2 meters.  

More details and log submission info at the ARRL link below:
http://www.arrl.org/news/the-arrl-january-vhf-contest-offers-a-break-from-winter-s-doldrums

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The ARRL Library is now live!


After several months of planning, The ARRL Library is now live! The online Library is a free repository of educational presentations and oral histories. It is aimed at helping to preserve Amateur Radio’s history and to educate clubs and individuals.

Message from the ARRL

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

JOCKAMO PIZZA - WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14
6pm

JOCKAMO PIZZA
Old Town Greenwood
401 Market Plaza.

SEE YOU THERE!

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REMINDER - Centennial QSO Party


Jan 15th is deadline for LoTW submissi0ons for anyone that participated in the Centennial QSO Party.  More information is at the ARRL website at link below.

http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

CQ combining January/February issues, closing CQ Plus Digital supplement

CQ magazine today announced that it will be publishing a combined January/February 2015 issue and will be ceasing publication of its 'CQ Plus' digital edition supplement as of the March 2015 issue.

Both moves are intended to help restore the magazine's normal schedule for its print edition and to strengthen its foundations moving forward as it enters its eighth decade of publication, said Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA.

"These decisions were not made lightly," he added, "but in recognition of the realities of the publishing industry. It's a tough time to be in the magazine business, and we appreciate the patience and loyalty of both our readers and our advertisers."

CQ will continue to publish both print and digital editions, but the digital edition will no longer contain the 50-60 additional pages each month that constituted " CQ Plus." Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, noted that he hopes to include some former CQ Plus content within the pages of CQ, but says ham radio will remain the magazine's primary focus, as it has been for the past seven decades. CQ is marking its 70th anniversary of publication as of its January/February issue.

As a consequence of the changes, CQ Plus Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, will be leaving the CQ staff after serving for many years as a columnist for, and then as editor of, Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online and CQ Plus. He was also CQ magazine's Emergency Communications Editor. "We will miss Richard's many contributions to CQ's products," noted Moseson, "and thank him for his many years of service to our readers."

Subscribers to both the print and digital editions of CQ will have their subscriptions extended by one month due to the combined January/February issue.

Courtesy of Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Thursday, January 01, 2015



We made it thru 2014 – Welcome 2015!!

Last year was a busy year no matter if you count the events in our personal or ham radio lives.  In the world of ham radio we saw a LOT of happenings.  Not only was it the year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League, Log Book of The World took off in popularity, SSTV was coming from space and interest  in amateur radio continues to grow as we venture into a new millennium.  
Check out the following link for a story about the year in review by Jeff KE9V. 

http://www.amateurradio.com/a-year-to-remember/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amateurradiocom+%28AmateurRadio.com%29

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bob Heil Receives Honorary Doctorate From University of Missouri

The University of Missouri-St. Louis granted an honorary Doctor of Music and Technology to Bob Heil during its December 20th commencement ceremony. Heil is recognized by the university for his contributions to the world of broadcast, live and studio sound, and innovations to the Amateur Radio industry. In addition to receiving the honor, Bob spoke at the commencement.

"Bob Heil's lifelong accomplishment and ongoing innovation speaks for itself," said Marcel Bechtold, the manager of information technology at UMSL who nominated Heil for the honorary doctoral degree. "He continues to add to his many years of research in sound reinforcement and shares his wealth of knowledge in workshops, conference presentations, authored books, podcasts and at educational institutions worldwide. His passion for playing the theater organ and his interests in electronic technology gained in amateur radio at an early age were great foundations, allowing his creative juices to flow through the decades."

"I am humbled and thrilled to receive this honor," said Heil. "Throughout my life I have held the belief that human stories, whether told through conversation or song, help tell who we are as people. I’ve been blessed to be part of how those stories get conveyed to the world."
The University of Missouri System is a state university system providing centralized administration for four universities, a health care system, an extension program, five research and technology parks, and a publishing press. More than 75,000 students are currently enrolled at its four campuses. The health care system operates several hospitals and clinics in central Missouri, while the extension program provides distance learning and other educational initiatives statewide. 
PCARS

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Saturday, December 27, 2014



Ralph Baer: the man you never heard of who changed technology forever.

The one man who has had a so much of an impact on the lives of the modern era passed away December 6th, 2014 at 92 years old.  He was a genius of electronic design and innovation, the technologies he developed still drive a multi-billion dollar a year industry.    

Although we don’t know his name easily as we do Thomas Edison, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs his work was just as revolutionary in its lasting impact on our lives of today and tomorrow.  Read this fascinating story about his life and the technology he created courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald. 

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/ralph-baer-the-man-you-never-heard-of-who-changed-technology-forever-20141212-125kd9.html

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Friday, December 26, 2014



Red Badges on the Air Day 

Are you still looking for points in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party?  All is not lost; you can still work those high point and valuable “Red Badges” on December 31st up to 23:59Z for credit.  

As 2014 closes, so does the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.  The Centennial QSO party has been a yearlong activity of hams making contacts and earning points in the Centennial Points Challenge.  The other benefit is for anyone needing to make QSO’s for your ‘WAS’ certificate, here’s your chance to knock’em out.   Now – What’s a “Red Tag”?  Those are the big points!  (Cha – Ching!)  They are the ARRL elected officials and representatives across the nation, their going to be out in force on New Year’s Eve.  Don’t forget to calculate the time zone your in and the difference from the GMT time zone.  

More details on the “Red Badges on the Air” at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-s-last-red-badges-on-the-air-day-on-december-31

Centennial QSO Party - Full details at    
http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

YAESU DR-1X 144/430 Dual Band (C4FM/FM) System Fusion Digital Repeater - APPROVED.

Today, at the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club December meeting, discussion was held, a unanimous vote was passed to proceed with the purchase of Yaesu's latest in digital repeater technology.
 
 
 
 
 











YAESU DR-1X 144/430 Dual Band C4FM/FM Digital Repeater

The YAESU DR-1X is a digital/conventional FM dual mode repeater that covers the VHF and UHF amateur radio bands.
It was developed for use with System Fusion.
Replacing your conventional FM repeater with the DR-1X
will provide continued use of conventional FM
communication while integrating the use of digital communication
functions through its unique AMS  (auto mode switching) capability.


YAESU DR-1X  (Click the link to go to the YAESU web site for additional information).




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Friday, December 19, 2014

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool released

The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.

The question pool files are available in PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc), and ASCII text formats. Section G7A requires the use of one illustration, a schematic identified as G7-1. This drawing file is published separately.

Further information can be found on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/news/new-element-3-general-class-question-pool-released

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Friday, December 12, 2014



SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on Thursday December 18 and Saturday December 20, 2014.

Expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be sent during the operational period.
Start time would be around 14:20 UTC on December 18 and 12:40 UTC on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UTC each day. 

Space X 5 will be launching this week and delays in the launch could adjust SSTV operational times.
 
Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS-Europe chairman


Additional information Per wIKI:

Slow-scan television (SSTV) is a picture transmission method used mainly by amateur radio operators, to transmit and receive static pictures via radio in monochrome or color.

A technical term for SSTV is narrowband television. Broadcast television requires 6 MHz wide channels, because it transmits 25 or 30 picture frames per second (in the NTSC, PAL or SECAM color systems), but SSTV usually only takes up to a maximum of 3 kHz of bandwidth. It is a much slower method of still picture transmission, usually taking from about eight seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on the mode used, to transmit one image frame.

Since SSTV systems operate on voice frequencies, amateurs use it on shortwave (also known as HF by amateur radio operators), VHF and UHF radio.

Thanks to Mike Terry for the additional information
Source:  SouthGate News

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