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