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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 withSystem 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).
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.
transmissions from the International Space Station
Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on Thursday
December 18 and Saturday December 20, 2014.
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
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.
X 5 will be launching this week and delays in the launch could adjust SSTV
Bertels – ON4WF ARISS-Europe
Additional information Per wIKI:
television (SSTV) is a picture transmission method used mainly by amateur radio
operators, to transmit and receive static pictures via radio in monochrome or
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.
SSTV systems operate on voice frequencies, amateurs use it on shortwave (also
known as HF by amateur radio operators), VHF and UHF radio.
The ARRL report the Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) organization is continuing to explore
the possibility of establishing a network of ground stations to enable the use
of the Ham TV video system during ARISS school contacts
Mark Steiner, K3MS, updated the ARISS International team on the topic during
its November meeting, conducted by teleconference.
Kerry Banke, N6IZW, who works on ARISS hardware issues, reported that a
document under development will describe just what is required to build a
ground station. He and ARISS International Project Selection & Use
Committee representative Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully received Ham TV
The officers elected for new 2-year terms starting on January 1, 2015 were
ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; ARISS Vice-Chair Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, and
ARISS Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White, K1STO.
On The Air
month starts today, [Dec 1st] 35 Callsigns with a YOTA suffix will
become active during the whole month of December.
This year stations widely spread through Region 1 will be taking part, not only
Europe, but also from Africa and Middle-East, even two stations outside the
Region from Asia and the Caribbean's are part of this event.
Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some
attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be
making QSO's, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give
them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.
There is a special award available for working more YOTA stations.
The US Department of Homeland
Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has
incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and
sustain communications in a disaster or emergency
The ARRL reports the 2014 NECP is the first update
since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is “the nation’s
over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications
capabilities and interoperability nationwide,” DHS said in announcing
the updated plan on November 12.
“[A]mateur radio operators…can be important conduits for relaying
information to response agencies and personnel when other forms of
communications have failed or have been disrupted,” the NECP states.
The NECP also describes changes that lie ahead for emergency
communication systems, such as 9-1-1 systems. “In the future, Next
Generation 9-1-1 will enhance the capabilities of current 9-1-1
networks, allowing the public to transmit pictures, videos, and text
messages that will provide additional situational awareness to
dispatchers and emergency responders,” the NECP says.
Information Regarding FCC Expired License Rule Changes
The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.
From our friends across the pond – At Southgate
December is YOTA month!
During the month of December many
countries will be on the air with the YOTA (Youngsters On The Air)
suffix. It is being used to encourage young people to get on the air with the
help of licensed operators or indeed to use their own callsign to gain experience.
Mentor operators from EI are
encouraged to use the EI0YOTA callsign, with a young person to operate.
All modes & bands will be used with lots of awards available to stations
working the YOTA stations. QSL manager for the event is Brani OM2FY.
If you would like to book a slot to
operate EI0YOTA, or need more details, please contact Ger McNamara EI4GXB via
email on email@example.com
or 087 2532512.
are many things we have to be thankful for in our country. The men and women
who have served in the United States military to preserve and protect our
country deserve our thanks. This announcement is one example how amateur radio
can honor those who have served and I encourage every ham to participate next
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) website at http://www.legion.org/hamradio will operate Special Event
Station W9L on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 0900
to 1600 EST from The American Legion’s National HQS in Indianapolis. An
attractive full color commemorative certificate will be available with an SASE.
“Veterans Day is more than just a holiday,” said Marty Justis, W9WMJ –
president of TALARC. “It is a time for all Americans to recognize the honorable
nature of military service and the men and women who have sacrificed so much in
defending our nation through the years.
“This special event operation serves to underscore the importance of Veterans
Day via the amateur radio community, to salute the men and women who have
served our country honorably in uniform, and to recognize the contributions of
so many military personnel who served as radio technicians, engineers and
members of MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System), passing messages from war
zones, at sea and other overseas locations to loved ones back home.”
Frequencies will be 14.275 MHz USB +/- 5 KHz, IRLP Node 4816, and in Central
Indiana 146.46 MHz simplex or the 145.17 MHz repeater in Hamilton County.
After working W9L, send a 9X12 inch self-addressed-stamped-envelop to The
American Legion Amateur Radio Club, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis,
With a short report, SWL certificates will be issued also.
ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Joseph D Lawrence, K9RFZ