Amateur Radio Applications in Limbo

On 11 Jan 2019 at 0:22, Peter Senesi KD2BMX wrote:

> The attached article is FYI

> Amateur Radio Applications in Limbo as Partial
> Shutdown Continues The FCC is not processing
> any Amateur Radio applications as the partial
> government shutdown approaches its fourth
> week. The FCC suspended “most operations” at
> mid-day on Thursday, January 3, although an
> appearance of activity continues. For radio
> amateurs, the shutdown means that, while the
> Universal Licensing System (ULS) continues to
> accept applications for all valid purposes,
> the FCC will not review or act upon them until
> the funding stalemate is resolved. This includes
> Volunteer Examiner Coordinator test session
> batch files as well as modification, renewal,
> and vanity call sign applications filed by
> individual licensees. Amateur Radio newcomers
> who have passed the required examinations will
> have to wait until the shutdown concludes to
> receive a call sign and authorization to
> operate. License upgrades are also on hold.
>
> “Due to a lapse in funding, the operations of
> the Federal Communications Commission will be
> limited with no system support. We regret any
> inconvenience,” the FCC says on the ULS home
> page. This means very limited human
> intervention while the shutdown continues, and
> if a system breaks down, it will not be
> repaired until after employees are back on the
> payroll. At this point, 262 of 1,437 FCC
> employees (excepting contractors) remain on
> the job, as are FCC Commissioners.

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ICOM 756proII for sale by Tony, N2SIQ

I am selling my Icom 756proII mint condition with box/manuals, etc.   Everything as it would come new from factory. I am asking $1100 but for FLARC club members ONLY $800.

I can demo it at my house if you’d like.

CLICK HERE for a pic of the radio.
Works perfectly.

Here’s a real short movie clip of it operating – CLICK HERE

My cell is 201 232 2152.

73’s Tony N2SIQ   n2siq@optonline.net / tonyg125@gmail.com

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Ham License Class In Franklin Lakes January 25 and 26

Amateur License Class At Franklin Lakes

 

Thanks to Lee KD2DRS for this…

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Dxers Unlimited for Tuesday 15 January 2019

By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK

Hi my radio hobby fans all around the world.. Hola amigos radioaficionados de  todo el mundo… I am your host, Arnie Coro , radio amateur CO2KK and yes we are now on the air  expecting a very low solar activity… to continue and that will bring some nice DX on the Long Wave and Medium Wave broadcast bands

A quick scan done early Tuesday UTC day brought several nice signals on the 25 meters international broadcast band, spanning from eleven dot six to twelve dot one megaHertz . Si amigos this is  your favorite radio hobby show reaching you when solar activity continues at very low levels… Be aware that 2019 is the year of the quiet Sun……

I am Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK the host of this twice weekly program where you will learn about the more than 90 ways that are open to radio hobby enthusiasts all around the world and those in space too…

Radio is a very challenging hobby…. almost every day we find out about one new way of playing with our radios… take for example the increase in use of the two  low frequency amateur bands… Yes, I am talking about the two thousand two hundred meters band, and the 630 meters band…

A press release coming from Australia provides information about a new automatic beacon that has been granted a license by Australia’s telecommunications authority. Here are the details

A new Beacon on 2200 m

The Caboolture Radio Club in Australia reports the start of operation of a new beacon on the 2200 meter band.

The ACMA has granted permission for continuous operation of a beacon on 137.444 kHz using the call sign VK4RBC in grid QG62LW, using WSPR2 plus a CW identifier.

The power is 1 W EIRP into a 500 meter long wire at 40 m maximum height. The new beacon uses a very special digital mode WSPR Two, known as Whisper, that is very effective for long distance communications….

The other low frequency band that is making headlines during the winter season of the northern hemisphere is located just below the AM broadcast band that starts on 530 kiloHertz and spans up to 1700 kiloHertz…. Cuban radio amateurs have received access to the two new low frequencies bands, following the specifications for its use by the International Telecommunications Union, the specialized United Nations agency that originated way back in 1865, making it the most ancient telecomms agency.

Now more about the low frequencies amateur bands…

The 2200 meter or 136 kHz band is the lowest frequency band in which amateur radio operators are allowed to transmit. It was formally allocated to amateurs at the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The band is available on a secondary basis in all ITU regions with the limitation that amateur stations have maximum radiated power of 1 Watt effective isotropic radiated power.

The 2200 meter band is in the low frequency (LF) region, just below the 153–279 kHz longwave broadcasting band. The International Telecommunication Union’s 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) in Geneva agreed a secondary allocation of 135.7–137.8 kHz to the Amateur Service on Friday, 9 November 2007. Prior to the ITU formal allocation some countries did have access or predecessors.

A number of European countries have already allocated the 135.7–137.8 kHz band to amateur radio use based on CEPT/ERC Recommendation 62-01 E (“Use of the band 135.7-137.8 kHz by the Amateur Service”, Mainz 1997). The allocation is on a secondary basis with a maximum ERP power of 1 W. Otherwise the band 130–148.5 is allocated on a primary base to the Maritime Mobile Service and the Fixed Service. The main users are naval one-way transmissions and radiolocation systems. Now some relevant technical uses

Such low frequency transmissions require specialized equipment – usually custom made by radio amateur experimenters, but now slowly becoming available from professional radio equipment suppliers. In countries where it is allowed, maximum radiated power is usually limited to 1 Watt (0 dBW or 30 dBm), but even this can be extremely difficult to achieve from practical equipment and antennas. Reception also poses problems due to considerable natural and man-made noise and interference (QRN and QRM).

Many users and experimenters have settled on extremely slow, computer-generated and displayed Morse code as the most common transmission mode. This mode is known as QRSS, where the doubling of the ‘S’ emphasises the extreme slowness. (The international Q code QRS means “Please send more slowly”, or “slow Morse” in radio jargon.)

Band plan

The 2005 IARU Region 1 Conference defined the band as follows

135.7–136.0 kHz     Station Tests and transatlantic reception window 136.0–137.4 kHz   Radio Telegraphy using International Morse Code 137.4–137.6 kHz     Non-Telegraphy digital modes
137.6–137.8 kHz     Very slow telegraphy centred on 137.7 kHz

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This is Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the show is Dxers Unlimited, and this is  our middle of the week program that is now on the air and as streaming audio via Internet from http://www.radiohc.cu

The other low frequency amateur band presently authorized is known as the 630 meters assignment… Here is now more information about it:

The 630 meter (or 600 meter) amateur radio band is a frequency band allocated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to amateur radio operators, and it ranges from 472 to 479 kHz, or equivalently 625.9 to 635.1 meters wavelength. It was formally allocated to amateurs at the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12). The band is available on a secondary basis in all ITU regions with the limitation that amateur stations have maximum radiated power of 1 Watt effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP); however, stations more than 800 km from certain countries[1] may be permitted to use 5 Watts EIRP.

The new WRC-12 allocation did not take formal effect until 1 January 2013. However, several countries had previously allocated the WRC-12 band to amateurs domestically. Previously, several other countries have authorized temporary allocations or experimental operations on nearby frequencies. The band is in the Medium Frequency (MF) region, within the greater 415–526.5 kHz maritime band.

And now at the end of the show…. our HF propagation update and forecast… solar flux hovering around 70 units. More good news for low bands DXERS—Typical winter time HF propagation conditions are bringing more activity to the 160 , 80 and 60 meters amateur bands, while the Tropical 60 meters band broadcasts from Cuba are being heard around the world. Send your signal reports and comments to inforhc at enet dot cu and Via Air Mail to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba.

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Auxcomm Symposium in Southern New Jersey

Amateur Radio in Public Health & Medical Services (ESF #8)

On Saturday, February 16, 2019 the Medical Coordination Center (MCC) at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ will be hosting an ARES/RACES/AUXCOMM Symposium for hams in the Southern New Jersey and the Eastern Pennsylvania areas. The MCC is beginning to use AREDN and would like to see the technology adopted more fully in their area. The event runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Presentations in the morning will be given by:

  • Bob Bruninga WB4APR – APRS
  • Joe Everhart N2CX – NVIS HF Field Antennas
  • Cory Sickles WA3UVV – Yaesu System Fusion
  • Randy Smith WU2S – AREDN high-speed multimedia mesh networking

The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions and demonstrations.

Register at EventBrite to attend the Amateur Radio in Public Health & Medical Services (ESF #8) by MCC South Region 

Seating is limited to 250, so sign-up early. There will be food and vouchers for the parking garage.

This seminar will focus on amateur radio support for ESF 8 functions during a disaster where normal methods of communication are impaired.

About this Event

Public health and medical services are stressed by surge in the event of a disaster. Loss of external services, especially communications can further increase the load on healthcare services. Natural disasters have crippled infrastructure in many major cities this past year. Puerto Rico went weeks without basics like food and water. It took weeks to restore electrical service and communications. The middle of a disaster is not the time to be developing new communications solutions. Facilities, counties, township must prepare in advance to handle a catastrophic infrastructure collapse.

This symposium is an opportunity for the Amateur Radio community and Health Care professionals to come together to learn, discuss and shape the future of ESF #8 disaster communications.

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Do you have a cold weather emergency kit?

 

 

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Youth contesting program

On 9 Jan 2019 at 5:35, ARRL Web site wrote:

> Marty, NN1C (recently ex-KC1CWF), writes: “I
> am currently involved in leading a team of youth
> in operating WPX SSB 2019 at superstation K3LR.
> We have formed a M/2, and are working together
> to put on a competitive effort. The team
> currently consists of NN1C, KM4ATT, DK4EE,
> HA8RT, KG5HVO, W6BQ/KK6NON, and VE7DZO. The
> effort will be completely operated and planned
> by people under 21. We are calling ourselves
> Team Exuberance.

> The idea is that our team
> makes up for experience and practice though
> energy, planning, and excitement. To help make
> this possible, we are raising money. Our
> current goal is to raise $5,000 dollars via our
> GoFundMe website
> http://www.teamexuberance.org.

> These funds will
> be used for 2 nights worth of hotel rooms for
> the team, flights for those who need to fly in
> (W6BQ, KC1CWF, VE7DZO), and helping with the
> flights from Europe for DK4EE, and HA8RT, as
> well as other incidentals such as food and other
> consumables. Any funds left over will be put
> towards future youth-only contesting events.
> We hope we can train the contesters of the
> future in doing this. People with questions are
> more than welcome to email us at
> team@teamexuberance.org.”

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Dxers Unlimited’s weekend edition for Sunday 6 January 2019

Dxers Unlimited’s weekend edition for Sunday 6 January 2019
By Arnie Coro radio amateur CO2KK

Happy new year 2019 amigos ! You are welcome to stay here for about 9 minutes enjoying the weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited with your’s truly Arnie Coro at the microphone….

Here is now item one: HF propagation conditions for January will be poor due to the prevailing very low solar activity, typical of the tail end of the present cycle…. If you want to calculate your own HF point to point circuits, when asked about the number of sunspots … fill that blank with the number 2… yes 02 amigos… and then proceed to run the forecasts…

Of the many HF propagation forecasting software, my favorite for fast results is to use the freeware W6EL program… Simple to understand, and quite accurate it can be downloaded from several Internet sites…. And if you do not find it, send me an e’mail message and I will be more than happy to send you the compacted dot zip computer file….. Again I am talking about the W6EL whisky six echo lima HF propagation forecasting software program… Send your request to coro at enet dot cu, repeating it, coro at enet dot cu

This is Dxers Unlimited’s first program of this year 2019, and here is our next radio related item…. A recent newspaper article published in China describing a new antenna system for Extra Low Frequency communications and scientific experiments… The ELF signals are used for detecting earthquakes, studying the Earth’s magnetic field and the military use those kilometric wavelengths to provide communications with submarines…. China’s new antenna is five times the size of New York City. China has built a giant experimental radio antenna on a piece of land almost five times the size of New York City, according to researchers involved in the highly controversial project.

The Wireless Electromagnetic Method (WEM) project took 13 years to build but researchers said that it was finally ready to emit extremely low frequency radio waves, also known as ELF waves. Those waves have been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization-affiliated International Agency for Research on Cancer. Although the project has civilian applications – officially it will be used for earthquake and mineral detection and forms part of China’s 11th five-year plan – it could also play a crucial role in military communications.

Scientists said that its transmissions could be picked up by a submarine lurking hundreds of metres under the sea, thus reducing the vessel’s risk of having to resurface to receive transmissions. The project follows the construction of China’s first military-grade Super Low Frequency transmission station in 2009. The next year  during 2010, a Chinese nuclear submarine successfully communicated with the station from deep water – making China the third country in the world to have established such a submarine communication system, after the United States and Russia.

By the way , present worldwide regulations about the use of the radio frequency spectrum make possible for radio amateurs to transmit on extremely low frequencies from one kiloHertz to nine kiloHertz… and already a few experimenters have built and tested receivers and transmitters to operate on  those extremely low frequencies.

Your special attention please… what follows is the solar activity data as compiled for 2018 , plus a forecast of sunspots number for 2019…. A preliminary fast scan analysis tells us that this year 2019 is the year of the solar cycle 24 minimum… And the good news is that if the forecasts are correct by the month of September the average number of sunspots should see a discrete upward trend… signalling the start of solar cycle 25….

Another interesting information : Predictions of the monthly smoothed Sunspot Number using the last provisional value, calculated for June 2018 : 7.3 (plus or minus +-5%)

This is the weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited, coming to you from Radio Havana Cuba. Now our next radio hobby related item…. At the end of 2018…. there had been 221 days with an official daily sunspot number (DSSN) of 0.

More radio hobby related information… amateur radio operators that want to activate a DX location in order to participate on one of the leading worldwide contests need to do advanced planning…. even a fairly common Caribbean location contest station implies moving equipment, finding accommodations and the installation of antennas…. Here is now an example of a DX spot to be activated for the upcoming Worldwide RTTY WPX contest organized by CQ Radio Amateur magazine. It will be on the air from  Bonaire, using a PJ4 callsign.

Operators Fred WW4LL and Mike NN9DD will be active as PJ4/WW4LL and PJ4/NN9DD, respectively, between February 4-10th.

Activity will be on FT8, RTTY and SSB, on all bands, and including the CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 9-10th) as PJ4Z.

For solid copy paper QSLs, please QSL via K4BAI, but LoTW is the preferred method for all QSLs (PJ4Z, PJ4/WW4LL and PJ4/NN9DD). Log will be uploaded post contest. It is interesting to follow the development of the FT8 digital communications mode that continues to generate a lot of activity on the bands despite the poor propagation conditions.

Although the 2019 Tropical Hurricane Season will not start officially until the first day of June … long range weather forecasts are calling the attention on the fact that the 2018 season brought a relevant sub tropical event. Several weather gurus are saying that the ongoing increase in sea water temperatures may be a contributing factor for the formation of powerful hurricanes this year…

The analysis of the 2017 season that produced hurricanes Harvey, India and Maria showed that they were clearly linked to abnormally high sea surface temperatures…. Cuban radio amateur operators are already planning a national emergency communications training drill, to be held during late May, a few days ahead of the start of the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico tropical hurricanes season.

A very practical , easy to use CW Morse Code training program that also decodes audio signals to on screen text is available for Android Operating System Smart Phones.. Whether to improve your CW speed or to maintain it, if you are the owner of an Android Phone, I recommend the application QSOSender3 to install on your Smartphone.

By the way…. Under clear reception conditions, just placing the smart phone near your receiver’s loudspeaker will produce a nice clear copy of the CW Morse Code signal… If the transmission follows the adequate timing procedures, clear copy will be achieved… If sloppy sending is sent, the screen of your smart phone will be full of garbage…. By the way the application also serves as a primitive Morse Code training program, at least good to master the around 40 different characters required to make the best use of the CW signals on the air….

A more advanced training program is also available as freeware… It is known as the G4FON , yes GEE FOUR FOX OSCAR NOVEMBER…trainer that can be downloaded from several Internet sites… just go to the following URL from where you can pick it up free… http://www.g4fon.net/ again slowly and using the international phonetic alphabet…. whisky whisky whisky , symbol for dot, gulf four fox oscar november, symbol for dot  november echo tango….

See you all at the middle of the week edition of Dxers Unlimited next Tuesday and Wednesday UTC days …. send your signal reports and comments via e’mail to inforhc at enet dot cu and Via Air Mail to  Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana Cuba

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