Russian SSTV Transmissions planned for this weekend (Jan 31, Feb1)

From ARISS (1/29/15)
http://www.ariss.org/news.html

Russian SSTV transmissions are planned from the International Space Station on January 31 and February 1. The transmit frequency will be 145.800. The expected mode is PD180 producing a high quality image with a frame scan of 187 seconds.

Image transmissions for Saturday, Jan. 31 should begin at 10:00 UTC and on Sunday,  Feb. 1, look for signals to start at 09:00 UTC. For both days, operation is expected to terminate around 21:30 UTC.


Locally (Hampden County) the predictions don’t look promising according to AMSAT pass predictions.

ARISSpassJan15http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/index.php
(Also check out http://www.n2yo.com/passes/)

If you happen to catch it, you may receive an image similar to
Hist5Or others that are shown on the ARISS Website
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

The equipment needed can be simple as a Laptop, Radio/Scanner and a VHF directional antenna.

NT1K has received the above image using his laptop running MMSSTV, A radio shack scanner and a log periodic antenna. You can substitute the antenna for a tape measure yagi

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Boston Marathon Needs Ham Volunteers

 

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From AB1RL (VIA Reddit.Com/r/amateurradio)

For years, the Boston Marathon has relied on a big group of ham volunteers to provide communications support for the race. For 2015, they’ve even put together a Communications Committee to review event plans and make sure we’re as useful as possible to the race. I’m one of seven hams on that committee.

We need almost 300 volunteers to keep all the communications running smoothly. If you can make it, I hope you’ll sign up to join us. I’ve worked at the Marathon for a few years now. You really get put to work, and the energy of the race and the community around it makes it really rewarding.

Race day is April 20, and there are assignments available all along the course. The Boston Athletic Association has more information about volunteering on their site . That’s also where you sign up to volunteer . The registration deadline is February 10, so don’t put it off. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.

Thanks, and I hope I’ll hear you there!

HCRA Is Now On Club Log

HCRA is now listed as a club on ClubLog.org. This allows HCRA members who use clublog to see how they rank against other HCRA members in DXCC standings. HCRA could also compete with other clubs. This could create friendly competition  within the club as well as with other clubs. It can also benefit knowing that if your fellow club member made contact with a certain DX entity, that it could be possible for you as well.

If you are a HCRA who uses electronic QSL services such as LoTW, QRZ.com and eQSL.cc then it would be stongly suggest that you create an account at clublog.org, upload your logs and join the HCRA club on ClubLog to see where you stand.

If you are a ClubLog member and would like to Join the HCRA League, please do the following

1: Go to Clublog.Org and Sign In.

ClubLog1If you do not have an account, you can sign up for free and upload a log. Please follow the instructions on ClubLog.org

2: Once you’re signed in, Click Settings

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Located on top of the page, Click on the Setting Link

3: Click on the “Clubs” Link/Button located near the top of the page

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4: Look for “HCRA – Hampden County Amateur Radio Association”: in the list, Highlight it and click the “Join Club(s)” button under the list

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Please note that members have to be manually added to the club to prevent random people from joining in. Once approved you should be able to view your standings.

ClubLog6On the left side of the page, please click “DXCC Leagues” then choose HCRA from the dropdown list and then click “Generate DXCC League” button. You should now be able to see standings from all HCRA members that are participating on ClubLog. Please note that if you don’t see your callsign right away, don’t worry. Sometimes it takes a day for the lists to repopulate on the server which we have no control over.

Thanks for Participating!

 

 

HCRA’s 2014 10M Contest Results

ARRL 10M Claimed Results For HCRA.

This year propagation was really good. According to some people, you may never see 10 meter band conditions this good for a long time. The band was alive with decent windows to EU and SA. I hope you all had a great time on the air!

Call Used Operators CW SSB Mults Total
KK1W Jim 542 382 275 806300
W1AST Larry (AST) Jim (KC2FEV) Bob (NO4MM) 53 760 136 235552
NV1Q Juergen 182 156 156 162240
W1MSW Matt 232 109 120 137520
NT1K Jeff 132 224 113 110288
WD1S James 140 63 106 72716
N1FTP Harold 0 293 83 48638
NQ1C Bob (1C) Andrew (KB1WPJ) 24 179 66 29964
N1AW/QRP Al 114 0 48 21888
AB1WT Jeff (fmr KB1VKY) 0 100 45 9000
W1NY Ed (KB1NWH) 0 53 26 2756
NZ1MT/QRP Mike 0 50 27 2700
N1FJ Frandy 3 4 6 120
K1MAZ Nick 0 2 2 8

Total Claimed Score For HCRA in 2014: 1,639,690

Past Final Scores
2013 Final Score: 1,144,606 (14 entries)
2012 Final Score: 466,188 (11 entries)
2011 Final Score: 1,546,158 (18 entries)
2010 Final Score: 197,830 (9 entries)
2009 Final Score: 72,258 (8 entries)
2008 Final Score: 38,378 (11 entries)
2007 Final Score: 19,544 (8 entries)
2006 Final Score: 64,878 (6 entries)
2005 Final Score: 72,910 (4 entries)
2004 Final Score: 35,956 (5 entries)
2003 Final Score: 212,070 (6 entries)
2002 Final Score: 925,124 (12 entries)
Source: ARRL Contest Results Page

Soapbox Comments

Mike (NZ1MT): I operated QRP SSB with only an end fed dipole attic antenna and only
operated when I had time during the day between household jobs. The
propagation on the 10M band was excellent and seemed better than
previous years. A lot of fun using my new ICOM IC-703.

James(WD1S):  Made good use of N1MM to spot multipliers this year.   I was using a 160m inverted L and a G5RV and surprisingly worked almost everyone I could hear.

Al (N1AW): Approximately 6 hours operating time. 24 states, 3 provinces, 21 DX, 114 Qs 48 multipliers. At my age I may never see another 10 meter contest like this one.

Jeff (AB1WT, Formally KB1VKY): i can’t wait until next years so i can do it again.

Larry (W1AST): It was great fun and I had Jim, KC2FEV and Bob, NO4MM helping me. We’re already planning on doing it again next year

Jeff (NT1K): This is my first 10M contest. I did SOLP mixed without using spotting assistance which made a bigger challenge for me on CW. My new 3el beam is working fantastic.

Bob (NQ1C): Andrew and I operated the 10M contest as a multi-op from Montgomery, MA. Andrew built a 10M dipole antenna for a science project for school and since our G5RV came down, we decided to use the 10M dipole to run the contest. Conditions were great and the dipole, only up about 15 feet, worked quite well. We interspersed working the contest with visiting family so it wasn’t a full-out effort, but we had fun.

Andrew (KB1WPJ) operating during the 2014 10m Contest (NQ1C Photo)

Andrew (KB1WPJ) operating during the 2014 10m Contest (NQ1C Photo)

Ed (KB1NWH as W1NY): Lots of great opening, not enough time for the chair

Please Check Back For Updates! Don’t Forget To Submit your scores to the ARRL!

Conditions Look Good for ARRL 10 Meter Contest December 13-14

Always a favorite among serious and casual contesters alike, the 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest may enjoy excellent worldwide openings, plus a record number of participants! Activity in the CQ World Wide CW contest in late November was through the roof, with some operators reporting better 10 meter conditions than they could ever remember.

“Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work the world, before the Sun works its way back into a slumber,” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, urged.

There are a few new twists this year. Single Operator stations using assistance will no longer be categorized as Multioperator entries. Also, nine new Unlimited categories have been added: Single Operator QRP, Low Power, and High Power CW Only, Phone Only, or Mixed Mode.

Single or Multioperator stations may operate for up to 36 hours. Technicians have phone privileges from 28.300 to 28.500 MHz, so operators new to contesting, or even to HF operating, can take part.

All stations will send a signal report as part of the contest exchange. Stations in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico will send their state or province abbreviations as part of the exchange; stations in the District of Columbia stations will send “DC.” DX stations (including KH2, KP4, etc) will also send a sequential serial number starting with 001.

The 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday, December 13 (Friday, December 12, in US time zones). It concludes at 2359 UTC on Sunday, December 14. Logs should be e-mailed or postmarked by 0000 UTC Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Mail paper logs to ARRL 10 Meter Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

(Copied from ARRL newsletter)

New catagories for teh ARRL 10 meter and 160 meter contest.

This December’s ARRL 160 Meter and 10 Meter Contests complete the addition of new Single-Op Unlimited categories. All three power sub-categories: High Power, Low Power, and QRP are available. This means stations using spotting information will no longer be assigned to the Multioperator category. It also means there are quite a number of new records that will be set in December! Will your score be one of them?

(Snipped from the ARRL news letter)

Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan Incorporates Amateur Radio

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (DHS-OEC) has released the first updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) since the original publication in 2008. According to the Department, the DHS-OEC developed the NECP in cooperation with more than 150 public and private sector emergency communications officials.

Of interest to Amateur Radio Operators, is that in this 2014 updated NECP, the DHS has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The publication is titled the “2014 National Emergency Communications Plan“, and a PDF of this plan may be obtained by clicking here.

HCRA Badges Still Available

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Missed out on the last time we had badges available for order? Well have no worries because they’re back! Break the ice and let others know who you are with a stylish new badge. Sorry, the old style badges are no longer available.

They are just $12

You can contact Larry (W1AST) or fill out the form below (Just click Submit Once)


Please click submit only once, It may appear there is an error but the message will get through.

HCRA Board Meeting September 18, 2014

HCRA Board Meeting September 18, 2014

Opened at 7:06

Attending:
Ed: KB1NWH
Dave AA1YW
Larry W1AST
Jeff NT1K
Gary W1MOW
Dave WM1B

Dave AA1YW:    Cost of Analyzer was not budgeted nor was the cost of the Badges. Income: $1266.22. Expenses: $1266.13   Balance 9/18/2014 $9508.72

Gary W1MOW submitted a bill for the last Zero Beat printing and mailing

Frandy submitted a bill through the President for $60 for recognition gifts.

Dave Fant volunteered to print and mail the Zero Beat Newsletter to the 5 members who receive the ZB by snail mail. He will also verify that the recipients do not have an EM address.

Membership: Only 36 have paid dues (does not include Pay Pal – which will be added about 15)  Will included information in Zero Beat regarding dues.

Program, W1AST: No program yet for October meeting.  Any suggestions should  be sent  to Larry.  Board will put program together.  All asked are willing to speak in a couple of months. We may do a general meeting with a varied program.

Secretary: Minutes were put onto the web, but did not  get published  Were published on 9/18/2014

Webmaster Jeff NT1K gave a tutorial on the use of the Web and posting documents to the Web.

New Business: Holiday Party Ed to finalize plans, Webmaster to provide advertisement on Web Page

Next meeting: Bank Conference Room Nov 13@ 7:00 PM  Board members urged to get payments in for Badges and shirts

David Fant/WM1B, Secretary

 

Ham Radio Classes Coming Soon

 HCRA Amateur Radio License Classes

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Are you or do you know someone who’s interested in amateur radio? Do you want to upgrade your license? The Hampden Country Radio Association (HCRA) is holding classes and study groups for those interested. With a combination of these classes and at-home studying, it’s possible to make it happen. Learn from experienced instructors who are active within the amateur radio community who are willing to help you along the way.

Dates:

  • Wednesday Nov 19th, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Thursday Nov 20th, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • VE Session: Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – 3:15pm (Walk-Ins Welcomed)

Where:
Holyoke Medical Center Auxiliary Conference Center
575 Beech Street, Holyoke MA, 01040 (Click Here For Directions)

Cost: FREE/$15 Exam Fee

Classes open to anyone and everyone interested in obtaining or upgrading their amateur radio license.

Our classes consist of two weekday night classes and one full Saturday class with an examination following the course. Due to the short amount of time, it’s up to the candidate to do most of the studying at home before attending the classes. The classes will cover the exam questions, provide some details about the questions and help you to better understand the material needed to pass the exam.

Even though it’s not required, it’s suggested that you purchase and use the latest edition of ARRL’s Ham Radio License Manual (Level 1/Technician) to study. Other alternatives can be found online like KB6NU’s No-Nonsense study guides. It’s best that you study and learn as much as possible before attending the classes.

We’re also having study groups for those who are interested in upgrading their current license.

If you’re interested in these classes or study groups, please contact the following or fill out the form below.

Jeffrey Bail (NT1K)
NT1K@arrl.net
P.O. Box 0484
West Springfield MA, 01090


 


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