September 2009 Official Newsletter of the Portage County

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In This Issue of the RADIOGRAM, Amateur Extra Class Coming Up 14 Ohio QSO Party 2009 10. Amtrak Echolink Mobile 12 Ohio State Parks On The Air Flier 28. Are Sunspots Disappearing 19 Paper Chase 3, ARRL Great Lakes Div Symposium Update 22 Parks On The Air Contest Rules 2009 24. Charlie the Tuner s HF High Lites 4 Patches Stickers Mugs 16. Club Site Update 18 PCARS Works Public Service 8, Contest Calendar 17 Pictures from the PCARS August Meeting 27. EmComm 8 President From the 1,Fall Technician Class 14 Skywarn Update 13. First 2 Meter Sprint 9 Some Words From Weaver 25,Fun with Public Service Events 19 Swap N Shop 20.
Ham License Plates Wanted 18 Thanks 73 26,Hamfest Schedule 7 The Bears of Manchester 16. Happy Birthday PCARS Members 13 VE Test Sessions 17. Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration 6 Vice President From the 2. Mark Your Calendars 18 Website Counter Going for DXCC 15. Mobile Cruise In 11 Word Search 23, Net Thursday Information NCS Schedule 15 Word to the Wise 22. From the President continued from Page 1, I always tell the students in our Technician class that there was a time that all radio operators Marconi. included were amateurs Where would be but for them And what of all of the amateur radio operators who. have paved the way for other communication services and modes in the meantime Think television cell. phones satellites and digital communications, So the next time someone says Amateur heh Say You bet and wear that label with pride. From the Vice President, Hope all of you are enjoying the summer getting your outside chores out of.
the way before the first SNOW flakes hit the ground Nothing like a good snow. storm to motivate outdoor amateur station work, That being said now is great time to check all of the antenna and feedline. pieces parts hanging from your tower trees masts etc Are you planning on. installing the PCARS Club G5RV a new 2 meter vertical a replacement rotator. etc well procrastinate no more Your preventative maintenance now will mean. smooth operating later Storms in our area are unpredictable ice wind falling. debris so be ready to go when the elements are at their worst. Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM September 2009 Page 2 of 30. Jim KC8PD recently sent the PCARS Member survey to all club members Thanks for taking time to reply. Antennas digital modes ham radio basics AMSAT are popular requests I will be contacting members soon. asking you to share your knowledge and experience with the membership I am setting the 2010 topic schedule. now so please consider being a topic presenter at a club meeting. The Ohio QSO Party at the PCARS Club Site was a success As the club site continues to develop look for. more event participation activities there I would expect at some point when stations are setup and on the air at. the club site it will be simply a matter of unlocking the door warming up the gear firing up the coffee pot and. playing radio What a great benefit to the club and community stations ready to go with experienced operators. and those willing to learn Look for the OQP article elsewhere in this newsletter. That s all for now Look for the HF Pack presentation at the September club meeting and Slow Scan TV in. October presented by Rick K8CAV,Dave WB2DFC,Paper Chase. It is Saturday morning and I have no idea what my topic will be for this article I could do the same thing I. have done for I don t know how many years and what is that The Route 66 Special Event stations. information You can get all that information in QST under. Special Events or on the ARRL web site, When the mail came I received a certificate that gave me the. idea which follows Special events are very important to the. people providing them and the people making the contacts The. certificate that arrived was from the Grumman Amateur Radio. Club It commemorated the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Grumman. was the manufacturer of the Lunar Lander s motors no motor. failed to fire and return the astronauts to the space shuttle. I started thinking back to when space was the Next Frontier. On a Saturday evening in October 1957 I was at the Ramsey vs. Hawthorne High Schools Alumni Football game As the second half. started with Ramsey my High School losing time was called and the. lights turned off All fans were instructed to look skyward and we. watched the passage of Sputnik The space age was upon us FYI. Ramsey lost the game, We all remember names such as Shepard and Glenn but the greatest. of events occurred on July 20 1969 Apollo 11 s Lunar Lander set. down at Tranquility Base on the moon That night I watched as did. millions of others man walking on the moon Thirty one years later. we entered another phase of space exploration with the manning of the Space Station With the recent addition. of the Japanese module the Space Station is complete What is next Just remember Today s future is. tomorrow s past, There have been many special event stations celebrating each step along the way The certificates shown here.
are just two of the many that amateur radio has been honored to participate in. Hear you in the pile up, Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM September 2009 Page 3 of 30. Charlie the Tuner s HF High Lites, Whoa September Where has the year gone Yes we still have a lot of mild weather left but it is still. a shock to think that fall will be upon us before this month is done There are a lot of things happening in the. DX world and we have got a High Lites column that is full of interesting places that will be activated for us to. We even have a PSK Contest to talk about for those of you who enjoy. digital modes So let s start with that contest and I ll give you as much info as. I have on it, First I want to thank the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society Northern. Ohio DX Association Ohio Penn PacketCluster Network especially Tedd. Mirgliotta KB8NW for the following DX and IOTA information I always. repeat that since there is always the chance that this report can contain some. erroneous information due to the simple nature of bad info or busted call signs. do yourself a favor and please adhere to the old adage of Work First Worry. Later WFWL, PSK Contest The European PSK Club EPC has the honor to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the 2009. CIS DX QPSK63 Contest September 19 20th This year s contest is being handled completely by the EPC They would like to. invite you to take part in the contest the rules and other information can be found on the Web site at http www cisdx srars org It is. strictly a QPSK63 contest now no other modes are allowed The maximum output power is 100 watts Georgia has been removed. from the CIS Regions List Moldova now has only 4 regions MD01 MD02 MD03 and MD04 Kyrgyzstan has new additional. territorial unit Osh City KG09 Please do not confuse this list with their EU Areas list this is a completely different story All the. very best and see you all in the Contest 73 European PSK Club CIS DX QPSK63 Contest Committee www cisdx srars org. epc scotham net, 3D2 FIJI SP5EAQ and SP5DRH will be active as 3D2MJ and 3D2KJ respectively from Viti Levu OC 016 starting October 1st.
for four weeks Activity will be on all bands but with an emphasis on the lower bands They plan to use two stations with small amps. and vertical antennas QSL via their home callsigns. 4W TIMOR LESTE Currently two operators are active from here CT1GPQ now active as 4W6AL will be there until October. 3rd This is NOT A DXpedition CT1GPQ is in Timor Leste with a medical team and radio operations will take place only during. his spare time He was heard this past weekend on 20 meters CW at various times between 0800 1300z QSL via Toze CT1GFK. Online log is now available at http algarvedx com Second operator is VK4FR now active as 4W6FR will be there until mid. October He is also on a work assignment Chris was heard this past weekend mainly on 30 and 20 meters using PSK31 QSL 4W6FR. 5B CYPRUS HA3JB will be active as 5B HG3IPA between September 25th and October 2nd This is a new IPA activation and is. valid for HA IPARC Award Hungarian International Police Association Find IPARC Award info at. http www ha3jb com award html Gab plans to be in the CQWW RTTY Contest September 26 27th Online log will be available on. his Web page at http www ha3jb com, 9H MALTA Members of the Dutch Society of Radio Amateurs VRZA will once again be active using their special callsign. 9H9PA from Qawra between September 5 28th Activity will be on 80 6 meters using CW SSB and the Digital modes QSL via. PB9ZR by the Bureau or direct to Ruben van der Zwet Van Speykstraat 238 2161 VT Lisse The Netherlands NO IRC coupons. they are not valid anymore in the Netherlands 2 USDs only. 9J ZAMBIA YO4HEK will be here for one year and will be active as 9J2YO Activity will be on all bands using CW SSB and. PSK31 Over the past week Gabriel has been very active on 40 30 meters between 1700 2030z QSL via YO4ATW. 9M2 WEST MALAYSIA Continued Reminder EA4ATI is working now in Malaysia He has been issued the call sign 9M2TI. and will be operating from Kuala Lumpur city Using a vertical antenna with 400 watts look for Dani to be active on 40 20 15 10. meters using CW and SSB He also mentions that he will participate in the main international contests like the CQ WPX from a. different location with a better station Dani will stay in Malaysia for at least one year QSL via his home callsign. Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc PCARS the RADIOGRAM September 2009 Page 4 of 30. 9M6 EAST MALAYSIA JJ2CJB AC2AI will be active as 9M6 JJ2CJB from Langkah Syabas Beach Resort located near the city. of Kota Kinabalu on the Island of Borneo OC 088 for the CQWW DX SSB Contest October 24 25th He plans to run 400 watts. into a Force12 C4 beam QSL via LoTW e QSL or the JA Bureau. AH0 MARIANA ISLANDS W1FPU 7L1FPU and his nine year son KH0UA JF1UCV N2QP JQ1OCR his wife KE7TWK. AH0BR and W1NDE will be active from the Mariana Islands between September 4 7th Activity will include a Multi Multi entry in. the All Asian DX SSB Contest September 5 6th as AH0BT QSL via 7L1FPU by the Bureau and direct. EA6 BALEARIC ISLANDS EU 004 AA5UK will be active as EA6 AA5UK from Ibiza JM09tb October 14 29th Activity. will be holiday style on 160 10 meters using mostly SSB and various Digital modes Also look for satellite activity on various birds. He will also be active during CQWW DX SSB Contest October 24 25th QSL via his home call sign by the bureau LoTW or eQSL. FT G GLORIOSO ISLAND Update F5OGL Glorioso 2009 team leader announced on August 19th that the Glorioso 2009. team has in hand the flight tickets from Paris CdG to the St Denis Reunion Island airport The departure is scheduled on September. 11th and the return on October 8th The information about the French Forces Transall flight from Saint Denis to Grande Glorieuse will. be published as soon as the FASZOI Hq will have confirmed them FASZOI French Armed Forces for the South Indian Ocean. Zone The stay on Grand Glorieuse is considered having about three weeks length All the gear has been picked up and is now ready. packed on pallets to be sent to the Reunion island in the next few days Thanks especially for that to the Provins ARC F6KOP. members Serge F6AML and Frank F4AJQ For more details and updates visit the FT5GA Web page at. http glorieuses2008 free fr, HL9 SOUTH KOREA Update Attention PFX Hunters KE7WRJ will be here for over 2 months starting September 9th He plans. to be active as HL9QST September 10th but no later than 11th This is a rare prefix only assigned to U S Service members assigned. to Korea His tentative schedule is to operate from 4 different locations in South Korea as follows Sept 10 12th Seoul Sept 14 24th. Camp Casey Sept 25th October 18th Camp Humphreys Oct 19 29th Camp Carroll Oct 30th Nov 13th Seoul Activity will be on. 40 10 meters depending on the propagation using CW and SSB Operations will be at least 8 hours a day during the week and. longer over the weekends Look for him to be in both the Extra and General portions of the bands His equipment will consist of a. 5000A by Flex Radio a 3 element Yagi in a Bag from Super Antennas QSL via KE7WRJ direct or LoTW. LX LUXEMBOURG PA1TK PA5WT and PA3GVI will be active as LX homecall between September 4 7th Look for Kees and. Rob to focus on the HF bands between 80 10 meters using CW and SSB While Theo operates in the IARU VHF Contest on 144 MHz. 2m QSL via their home call signs, P29 PAPUA NEW GUINEA VK2GR will be active as P29CW from the Western Province between September and December. Activity will be only during his spare time because he is there working with Australian Doctors International ADI. http www adi org au Due to the limited availability of power Allan may not be active on the many field trips during his stay. QSL direct to Tommy VK2IR with 3 USDs or new IRCs PLEASE NOTE DO NOT send QSLs to the Papua New Guinea address. T31 CENTRAL KIRIBATI N3BQR will be on a research trip to Phoenix Island OC 043 and expects to be active as T31AA. between September 10 25th Part of his research will involve Craig trying to land on at least six of the eight islands in the chain. although this is subject to local sea state conditions Activity is expected on 20 meters SSB using vertical and or dipole QSL route to. be announced later, TI5 COSTA RICA WW4LL and EW1AR NP3D will be active as TI5 homecall between September 23 28th Activity will be on. all bands using RTTY SSB and perhaps some CW QSL via LoTW also direct per QRZ com address. Monday of every month 7 pm at Sideliners Brimfield Plaza Brimfield Ohio Nets Thursday nights 8 PM on 146 895 PL Tones 110 9 Rootstown 114 8 Kent PCARS Established Nov 14 2005 ARRL affiliated April 20 2006 From the President How often do you get a question or comment about being an amateur radio operator and

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