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2019 Amsat Symposium in Arlington

Benn Kobb
 

AMSAT is the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, now headquartered in Kensington MD.

The 50th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium will convene at the Hilton at Ballston in Arlington VA, Oct. 18-20.

The event includes an optional tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum.

https://www.amsat.org/50th-anniversary-amsat-space-symposium-banquet-speakers-announced-tickets-now-available/

AARC August meeting notice

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Please join us for the August meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Date and time: August 20, 2019, 7 p.m.

Place: St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St, Arlington, Va.

Talk-in: W4WVP/R, 145.470 MHz, -600 kHz offset, PL 107.2

Program: 220 MHz, "The Forgotten Band," by Gary Sessums, KC5QCN.

FCC Fines North Carolina Man for Public Safety Radio Misuse

Benn Kobb
 

The FCC fined a North Carolina man more than $39,000 for impersonating a first responder by radio. While the FCC will often reduce a fine upon documented inability to pay, it refused to lower the fine in this case.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-fines-hinson-dangerous-misuse-public-safety-radio-system

Nationwide Emergency Test today at 2:20 p.m. ET

Benn Kobb
 

The next Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for today, Aug 7 2019, at 2:20 p.m. ET.

All radio and TV stations must participate. The test will not be transmitted via Wireless Emergency Alerts (mobile phones). Moreover, the test will not be distributed via the Internet so stations will have to get the originating signals directly by radio from assigned sources.

These tests tend to expose audio impairments and transmission glitches, which is why the government keeps scheduling them. Some stations 'forward' (rebroadcast) the tests immediately, some delay it and some don't do anything at all, though required by law. Stations must report their readiness and test results via three FCC forms.

The equipment required to create, obtain and forward EAS alerts is complex and requires periodic, expensive upgrades. Few manufacturers produce these devices. Among non-profit community stations, there is a desire to open-source these products, which would require approval of FCC and FEMA and, apparently, issuance of cryptographic keys to device makers.

This is only a test and no action is required of the radio and TV audience. However, the FCC has stated:

"Members of the public and interested stakeholder organizations that are in a position to observe test results in their communities can provide useful feedback on the nationwide test, including any problems observed or any complications in the delivery of the EAS message during the nationwide test by reporting their observations to the Public Safety Support Center at https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center."

Benn AK4AV

Re: ARISS SSTV transmissions ongoing through 18:15 UTC August 4

Zane Phipps
 

Thanks for the great heads-up, Mike.
If I can make one of the next few passes, I plan on using the "air gap" method that Gary KC5QCN demonstrated a few meetings back.
Zane - KN4MIB

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:49:35 PM EDT, Michael Callaham via Groups.Io <vze32sw5=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

As a memorial event to honor Astronaut Owen Garriott W5LFL (now Silent Key), ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is transmitting memorial slow-scan television (SSTV) images on 145.8 MHz FM through 18:15 UTC August 4. This will include several passes over Arlington. Kim KD9XB and I have decoded several images. Two of mine are at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/55945.png

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/58360.png

There will be several more passes of the ISS over Arlington. If you want to receive the signal, all you need is a 2-m FM receiver or transceiver (an HT will do) and an antenna, preferably with a clear view of most of the sky. To decode and display the images, you may use free software such as MMSSTV (for Windows), qsstv (for Linux), or...there's an app for Android (ask Paul KI4PW).
More information about the event is at

https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

You may view a gallery of high-quality images received by hams and shortwave listeners (SWLs) around the world at

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

There will be a pass over Arlington (NW3V) today starting 18:53:49 UTC (about 2:53 pm EDT), rising at azimuth 221 degrees, reaching a maximum elevation of 56 degrees at azimuth 136 degrees, and setting at azimuth 56 degrees at 19:04:04 UTC (about 3:04 pm EDT).

There will be six additional passes before the scheduled shutdown time for this event, but the 2:53 pm EDT pass will be the longest and highest.
73,--Mike NW3V

ARISS SSTV transmissions ongoing through 18:15 UTC August 4

Michael Callaham
 

As a memorial event to honor Astronaut Owen Garriott W5LFL (now Silent Key), ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is transmitting memorial slow-scan television (SSTV) images on 145.8 MHz FM through 18:15 UTC August 4. This will include several passes over Arlington. Kim KD9XB and I have decoded several images. Two of mine are at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/55945.png

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/58360.png

There will be several more passes of the ISS over Arlington. If you want to receive the signal, all you need is a 2-m FM receiver or transceiver (an HT will do) and an antenna, preferably with a clear view of most of the sky. To decode and display the images, you may use free software such as MMSSTV (for Windows), qsstv (for Linux), or...there's an app for Android (ask Paul KI4PW).
More information about the event is at

https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

You may view a gallery of high-quality images received by hams and shortwave listeners (SWLs) around the world at

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

There will be a pass over Arlington (NW3V) today starting 18:53:49 UTC (about 2:53 pm EDT), rising at azimuth 221 degrees, reaching a maximum elevation of 56 degrees at azimuth 136 degrees, and setting at azimuth 56 degrees at 19:04:04 UTC (about 3:04 pm EDT).

There will be six additional passes before the scheduled shutdown time for this event, but the 2:53 pm EDT pass will be the longest and highest.
73,--Mike NW3V

Ham IP addresses sold for millions

Benn Kobb
 

Maker Space at Library: schedule to change

Michael Callaham
 

The Arlington _Sun Gazette_, July 18, page 7, has an article, "Q&A: Library 'Maker Space' Debuts." I thought it debuted months ago. Nevertheless, the interview-based article has lots of info on the history of the project.
The article cites the URI
https://library.arlingtonva.us/TheShop
When I checked that link this morning, the page said the schedule will change after July 19. Now the page shows the new schedule.
The July 18 issue of the Arlington _Sun Gazette_ may viewed or downloaded in PDF from
https://sungazette.news
73,--Mike NW3V

Re: private group?

Zane Phipps
 

Hi Benn,
Thanks for thinking of me - I am on the list!
Zane

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:30:25 PM EDT, Benn Kobb <bkobb@...> wrote:

Can someone help Zane? I don't know if he's a member; if he is, he should be admitted to the Yahoo group or at least sent a copy of the notes. From the last meeting, we are discussing dropping the Yahoo group and focusing on Groups.io or alternatives, pending consideration by club officers.

Re: private group?

Benn Kobb
 

Can someone help Zane? I don't know if he's a member; if he is, he should be admitted to the Yahoo group or at least sent a copy of the notes. From the last meeting, we are discussing dropping the Yahoo group and focusing on Groups.io or alternatives, pending consideration by club officers.

Guest speakers

Benn Kobb
 

I am going to pitch some potential guest speakers for the club. Gary, Mike et al. please list for me the available meeting dates.

"Amateur radio is coming back to the Smithsonian!"

kd9xb
 

From: SI Email Announcements
Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:25 PM
To: SI-GEO-FtPierce, FL; SI-GEO-National Capital Region; SI-GEO-NYC All Sites; si-GEO-NZP-SCBI Front Royal, VA; SI-GEO-Remote Locations; SI-GEO-SAO All Sites; si-GEO-SERC Edgewater, MD; si-GEO-STRI Panama
Subject: Smithsonian Amateur Radio Group - NN3SI

Amateur radio is coming back to the Smithsonian!

Amateur radio, otherwise known as ham radio, is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communications together. People use amateur radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. Radio communications have many research, educational and emergency applications.

The Smithsonian operated a full amateur radio station “NN3SI” in the National Museum of American History from 1976-2008. In 2008, the amateur radio station was taken offline and put into storage indefinitely. A full decade since operations ceased, amateur radio has returned as a new pan-Smithsonian activity, the Smithsonian amateur radio group.

We have several radio communications projects planned for the upcoming year, and we would love your participation. Whether you are an experienced radio operator, or just interested to learn more, please join us!

For additional information, please send an email to nn3si@....

Please feel free to read our article in the Torch:

https://torch.si.edu/2019/04/calling-all-broadcasters-station-nn3si-is-back-on-the-air/

For further information on this message, contact nn3si@....

AARC July meeting notice

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Please join us for the July meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Date and time: July 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

Place: Bluemont Room, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, Va.

Talk-in: W4WVP/R, 145.470 MHz, -600 kHz offset, PL 107.2

Program: Constitution Committee presentation of proposed constitution and by-laws amendments.

private group?

Zane Phipps
 

Hello All,

I was looking for the net notes, and have come to understand that there is another space where those are distributed. There's a link on the club's website, but the yahoo link doesn't do anything for me (I have a yahoo account.)

Anyway, any help anyone can give me in sorting this out would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Zane KN4MIB

Re: W4WVP 70-cm repeater is inoperative, perhaps for three weeks

Paul Wilson
 

I've heard announcements over the air that WETA-FM is operating on reduced
power, during dayllght hours, through mid-July, due to tower work.

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 1:55 PM Michael Callaham via Groups.Io <vze32sw5=
verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Yesterday Al K4ZB noticed that the W4WVP 70-cm repeater was inoperative.
Later, about 5 pm ET, I was able to raise the repeater, but only
temporarily. Al, at the site now with the landlord's Chief Engineer, says
the repeater is shut down to to permit workers to safely install the
landlord's TV transmitter antenna, a process that could take up to three
weeks.

Thanks to Al.
73,--Mike NW3V, W4WVP Trustee



W4WVP 70-cm repeater is inoperative, perhaps for three weeks

Michael Callaham
 

Yesterday Al K4ZB noticed that the W4WVP 70-cm repeater was inoperative. Later, about 5 pm ET, I was able to raise the repeater, but only temporarily. Al, at the site now with the landlord's Chief Engineer, says the repeater is shut down to to permit workers to safely install the landlord's TV transmitter antenna, a process that could take up to three weeks.

Thanks to Al.
73,--Mike NW3V, W4WVP Trustee

8-Meter Amateur Band Petition

Benn Kobb
 

The FCC has accepted for filing a Petition for Rulemaking to create an amateur allocation in the 40 MHz spectrum.

This means that the petition passed basic tests of acceptability, and is open for public comment to the FCC for the next 30 days.

The FCC assigned the petition number RM-11843. That number must appear on any comments. The petitioner KU3N of Riverton MD has placed it on her website at this link:

https://recnet.net/fcc/8_meter_PRM.pdf

Field Day 2019 and link to photo gallery

Michael Callaham
 

The Arlington Amateur Radio Club home page has been updated with a note on the Field Day 2019 operation of the Alexandria Radio Club, which Arlington Amateur Radio Club members attended. The note includes a link to a web site with photos of the event.

New W4HFH FD operator sign-up link (unwrapped)

Michael Callaham
 

Last night Don KI4D wrote that one should use the link
 

https://tinyurl.com/y4eeh7uj


to sign up for Field Day operating time. It works for me.73,--Mike nw3v

New W4HFH FD operator sign-up link

Michael Callaham
 

Last night Don KI4D wrote that one should use the link
https://tinyurl.com/y4eeh7ujto sign up for Field Day operating time. It works for me.
73,--Mike nw3v