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May 2018 NABRC Monthly Newsletter #email

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May Meeting

WHEN: Monday, May 14, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Greg, K5CVD, will be doing a presentation on NTS and message handling. We will practice sending messages in NTS format as well, so please bring some pencils and/or pens.

Dave, WB5NHL, will discuss the recent Windows 10 update and its effect of SDR's. He will also share ways to stop the update or to repair the issues caused by the update.
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School Clubs


Our school clubs are always looking for Elmers to help out. Schofield Middle School in Aiken meets on Thursdays after school. North Augusta High School meets on Wednesdays after school.

The North Augusta High School ARC now has permanent antennas installed on top of the Auditorium! We will be testing them out and using them this afternoon.

Please come out and support these great clubs!
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Collegiate Radio Amateur Wins Radio Club of America's "Young Achiever Award"

ARRL member Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, a 19-year-old student at Michigan's Kettering University, has received the Radio Club of America's "Young Achiever Award." The RCA Young Achiever Award is presented to students of high school age or younger who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications, and who have delivered a presentation at the annual RCA Technical Symposium. Receiving the award allowed her to attend the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held in Orlando in early March.

"I was shocked to have received this award. I never dreamed I would be able to attend such a prestigious wireless event," Willet said in an article for Kettering University News. "It was an honor be recognized by the Radio Club of America and to be presented with this award. It was an eye-opening experience for me to be exposed to the field of wireless communications and to be introduced to the discussions taking place among first responders and the government regarding emergency situation preparedness."

Willet, who is from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship. At Kettering, she is pursuing a double major in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. She is president of her school's recently revived Amateur Radio club, GMTE Amateur Radio & Electronics Club, K8HPS.

"As an Amateur Radio operator, I've mostly only experienced the hobby side of radio," Willet said. "This conference allowed me to see a broad range of applications for radio and technology.... It was very energizing to attend all sorts of workshops and seminars, and learn how much our daily lives are touched by the field of wireless communications." Read more.

From the ARRL Letter for May 3, 2018.
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Re: Competitive Contesting class April 14th #email

Michael Wills
 

Very impressive, sounds like a great learning experience.  Kevan is a very knowledgeable operator with the credentials to support it.  Wish I had the background/experiences to attend.

73
Mike
KA4CSM
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On Apr 11, 2018, at 9:58 PM, godseygreg@... wrote:

From Tammy Livigston,

The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) and Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG) are sponsoring a Competitive Contesting class Saturday April 14th in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Its goal is simple. To help those already familiar with contesting improve their scores. To achieve that goal operating techniques, station design choices, and contest radio characteristics will be presented.

 

This is not a beginner’s class. People choosing to attend should have participated in contests or serious Field Day efforts. They will already be familiar with how a contest style contact is conducted and now want to figure out what they can do differently to help achieve competitive state, regional, and national scores. Skills discussed can be used for Field Day, but will be focused on participating in contests happening throughout the year. Heavy emphasis is placed on HF SSB operations, however much of the information to be presented is common to all types and modes of contesting.

 

Topics include making contacts flow more efficiently, methods to help break pile ups, HFTA and take off angles, improving your Search and Pounce technique, tips on Running stations, using N1MM+ contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, and internet sources to help with your self-improvement efforts. Most importantly, for those of you not yet in the know the “Big Secret” known to all the highest scoring contesters will be revealed! It is virtually impossible to be a top contester without incorporating this critical knowledge into your personal operating style.

 

The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group is opening their great clubhouse for the class. They are located just a few minutes from I-26 at 234 Depot Street, Little Mountain, South Carolina 29075. The class will start at 8:30 AM and is expected to last about 5 hours and an additional 90-minute break for lunch. We should be done by 3:00. I am told they have a good BBQ restaurant and some fast food places a few miles down the road. The instructor will be available for questions during lunch.

 

Bottled water will be available. Seating is limited to an expected maximum of 25 people. The class will be led by Kevan Nason, N4XL. Tom Francis, W1TEF, will assist. Both are capable presenters and have years of contest  experience having operated at sites ranging from portable Parks On The Air style to a multi-multi contest super station.

 

This is the first of two planned presentations. The second will be in the Gray Court area south of Greenville sometime this fall. Contact Kevan Nason, N4XL, for registration or additional information.

 

Kevan Nason, knason00@...

SFCG, http://www.swampfoxcontestgroupcom/

DFARG https://www.facebookcom/DFARGradio/

 

 

Competitive Contesting class April 14th #email

Bishop Gregory Godsey
 

From Tammy Livigston,

The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) and Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group (DFARG) are sponsoring a Competitive Contesting class Saturday April 14th in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Its goal is simple. To help those already familiar with contesting improve their scores. To achieve that goal operating techniques, station design choices, and contest radio characteristics will be presented.

 

This is not a beginner’s class. People choosing to attend should have participated in contests or serious Field Day efforts. They will already be familiar with how a contest style contact is conducted and now want to figure out what they can do differently to help achieve competitive state, regional, and national scores. Skills discussed can be used for Field Day, but will be focused on participating in contests happening throughout the year. Heavy emphasis is placed on HF SSB operations, however much of the information to be presented is common to all types and modes of contesting.

 

Topics include making contacts flow more efficiently, methods to help break pile ups, HFTA and take off angles, improving your Search and Pounce technique, tips on Running stations, using N1MM+ contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, and internet sources to help with your self-improvement efforts. Most importantly, for those of you not yet in the know the “Big Secret” known to all the highest scoring contesters will be revealed! It is virtually impossible to be a top contester without incorporating this critical knowledge into your personal operating style.

 

The Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group is opening their great clubhouse for the class. They are located just a few minutes from I-26 at 234 Depot Street, Little Mountain, South Carolina 29075. The class will start at 8:30 AM and is expected to last about 5 hours and an additional 90-minute break for lunch. We should be done by 3:00. I am told they have a good BBQ restaurant and some fast food places a few miles down the road. The instructor will be available for questions during lunch.

 

Bottled water will be available. Seating is limited to an expected maximum of 25 people. The class will be led by Kevan Nason, N4XL. Tom Francis, W1TEF, will assist. Both are capable presenters and have years of contest  experience having operated at sites ranging from portable Parks On The Air style to a multi-multi contest super station.

 

This is the first of two planned presentations. The second will be in the Gray Court area south of Greenville sometime this fall. Contact Kevan Nason, N4XL, for registration or additional information.

 

Kevan Nason, knason00@...

SFCG, http://www.swampfoxcontestgroupcom/

DFARG https://www.facebookcom/DFARGradio/

 

 

CARC events

Carl Juvrud
 

Got this email from Tammy at the CARC club. Contact Tammy direct at n4tal@... if you are interested in helping out.

Good evening everyone!

I feel like I’m really out of the loop after missing a few meetings and being really behind on email.  All that to say that I hope you’ll look at the list below and join us for a few of the upcoming events.  Some require support and others are just for pure fun.  Either way you’ll fine great fellowship and conversation.

Saturday, April 14th – Ridge Club Swapfest – Shealy’s BBQ

Saturday, April 21st – CARC Swapfest – old K-mart parking lot on Two Notch Rd near Columbia Mall

Saturday, April 28th – MS Walk at the Columbia Canal – volunteers still needed

Monday, May 7th – CARC Go-Kit competition – You MUST register to compete!

Saturday, May 19th – ADA Tour de Cure – Robert Mills House

Please note that all these items may be found on our club website and registering/volunteering may be completed there as well.

W4CAE.com

Hope to see many of your at one or more of these events!

Thanks and 73!

N4TAL



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Meeting Announcement

WHEN: Monday, April 9, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center
6th Floor, Classrooms A and B
University Parkway
Aiken, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Dave Kjellquist , WB5NHL, will present a program on receiving weather satellite broadcasts using inexpensive sdr hardware.
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Meeting Announcement

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is being held at the Fire Station in North Augusta again because the Hospital needed the Classrooms tonight.

WHEN: Monday, April 9, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Dave Kjellquist , WB5NHL, will present a program on receiving weather satellite broadcasts using inexpensive sdr hardware.
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K4L - Special Event - April 7, 2018 10:00 AM EST to 5:30 PM EST

National Library Week 60th Anniversary

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

To celebrate NLW, K4L, an amateur station will be on the air from the historic Aiken South Carolina Public Library on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am E to 5:30pm E. The station will be on 20m SSB between 14.230-14.245Mhz. And on DSTAR Reflector 30C. The station is sponsored by the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club.

Additional information can be obtained from dave@....

QSL Information

QSL’s can be obtained by sending an SASE to the following address:

Aiken County Library Week 2018
118 Frances Dr.
North Augusta, SC 29841
USA

No QSL’s will be returned unless an SASE is included.

International QSL’s will be sent via the ARRL Bureau.

3/12 Kit Build night

Carl Juvrud
 

Many thanks to all who participated in the kit build last night.   Of the ten kits, seven were completed last night, and they ALL WORKED FIRST TIME!!!  We truly have some talented kit builders. 
 I especially want to thank all the "Elmers" who brought in tools and/or helped the kit builders.  I think it was a fun night and I'm looking for another kit for us to build.

I mentioned last night that there is an Android app that you can use on any android device,  that decodes morse code pretty well.  You can use it to check your copy from the code trainer. Here is the link:


Next meeting, Dave (WB5NHL) will give a presentation on his inexpensive setup that receives and decodes weather sat pictures.

So.. see you there!!
73
Carl KP2L


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Monthly meeting of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. This meeting is held at the North Augusta Public Safety Station #2 on Five Notch Road in North Augusta, SC. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Monthly meeting of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. This meeting is held at the Aiken Regional Medical Center on University Parkway in Aiken, SC. We meet on the 6th floor in classrooms A and B. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

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March Meeting

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Kit building. Carl has scheduled a club build of the QRP GUYS KD1JV code trainer board at this meeting. Please bring your tools and soldering iron. The price of the kit with a battery is $20.00 (maybe a little less which he'll refund). Here is the link:

http://qrpguys.com/qrpguys-code-trainer
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School Clubs


Our school clubs are always looking for Elmers to help out. Schofield Middle School in Aiken meets on Thursdays after school. North Augusta High School meets on Wednesdays after school (resuming on the 14th).

Please come out and support these great clubs!
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Run United Half Marathon

We have another opportunity to provide support for our community. We have been asked to provide communications for the 2018 Run United Half Marathon. This is the sixth year for the event. The race will be held on Saturday April 28, 2018. It will start at 7:30 AM on Park Avenue at Newberry Street. The course winds around beautiful live oak trees, horse trails, training tracks, the Aiken Polo field and majestic properties.

The event is sponsored by Aiken Electric Cooperative. They have a reputation for taking good care of the volunteers supporting the event. In previous years they have served breakfast for the volunteers at 6:30 AM on Saturday. They also provided a T shirt that identifies the wearer as “Event Staff”. A bag with useful items has also been provided.

You can find more information about the event on-line at:

http://www.aikenco-op.org/RunUnited

Those wanting to volunteer should send an email to ae4ux@.... Include your name, callsign, email address, mobile phone number, and T shirt size.

AE4UX (Charlie) will pick up the T Shirts and bags of useful items Tuesday before the event. They will be available for volunteers to pick up at 6:30 AM on race day at the horse trailer on Newberry Street.
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Ham Radio "a Special Hobby," Young ARRL Member Tells College Publication

A rising star in the Amateur Radio world -- 19-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Lawrenceville, Georgia -- has caught the eye of her school, Kettering University in Michigan, where she is majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. Willet already has attracted attention through her ham radio activities. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual DX Dinner® held in conjunction with Hamvention®, where her topic was "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime." The previous summer, she was a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA), which operated from the island of Saba that year. Last year, she won a QST Cover Plaque Award for the article she wrote about her YDXA experience. At the 30th Hamvention Youth Forum in 2017, Willet spoke on "Plugging into Your Valuable Club Resources." She is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship.

Kettering University News took notice of Willet in a February 12 article, "Kettering University Student Brings Ham Radio Hobby, Expertise to Campus," by Sarah Schuch. The article explains how an early fascination with Morse code led Willet into ham radio and inspired her to obtain her license in 2015. She now holds an Amateur Extra-class license.

"I would encourage people to consider exploring Amateur Radio, because it's a hobby that allows you to explore anything from technical electronics to international friendships," Willet is quoted as saying in the article. "It's such a special hobby because there's so many people that want to get to know you and want to help you learn and grow. It really has enabled me to mature into who I am today."
Set to graduate in 2021, Willet said her ham radio experiences have taught her a lot, some of which she is able to apply to her studies, and vice versa. She hopes to start an Amateur Radio club on campus this spring to get more students interested. In the article, Willet also pointed to Amateur Radio's public service role, citing the devastating 2017 hurricanes, where ham radio sometimes was the only available communication resource.

Ruth Willet and her mom Sharon, KM4TVU, participated in ARRL's highly successful National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, which also was mentioned in the Kettering article.

"It's a stress relief for me," Willet said of ham radio. "I really enjoy sharing this hobby with other students."

From the ARRL Letter for February 22, 2018.
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THE KITS ARE IN !!!

Carl Juvrud
 

Dust off your soldering irons for the NABRC kit build night, March 12th meeting !!!



Re: NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

Kevan Nason
 

Carl,

Probably won't at the meeting, but put me down for one. Sounds like a neat little unit. I'll pick it up whenever. Will shoot you a check.

Thanks.

Kevan

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 9:59 AM, Carl Juvrud <cjuvrud@...> wrote:
Today is the LAST day to sign up for this club build.  Email me "off list" today at cjuvrud@....  Thanks/73 de  Carl KP2L

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:57 AM, Carl Juvrud <cjuvrud@...> wrote:
Hello Club Members,

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl


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Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
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Re: NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

Carl Juvrud
 

Today is the LAST day to sign up for this club build.  Email me "off list" today at cjuvrud@....  Thanks/73 de  Carl KP2L

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:57 AM, Carl Juvrud <cjuvrud@...> wrote:
Hello Club Members,

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl


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Carl Juvrud 

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--
Carl Juvrud 
Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

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Re: NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

nc8n@...
 

RR

 

From: nabrc@groups.io [mailto:nabrc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carl Juvrud
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:21 PM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nabrc] NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

 

Thanks Mike.  I have you on the list.  I may take you up on your offer of copies.  Will let you know.  Tnx/73  Carl

 

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 6:59 PM, <nc8n@...> wrote:

Sign me up for one.  I printed the manual off, if you need me to make multiple copies for the class let me know.

 

From: nabrc@groups.io [mailto:nabrc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carl Juvrud
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:57 AM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

 

Hello Club Members,

 

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl

 

 

--

Carl Juvrud 

 

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

 



 

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Carl Juvrud 

Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

 

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Re: NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

Carl Juvrud
 

Thanks Mike.  I have you on the list.  I may take you up on your offer of copies.  Will let you know.  Tnx/73  Carl

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 6:59 PM, <nc8n@...> wrote:

Sign me up for one.  I printed the manual off, if you need me to make multiple copies for the class let me know.

 

From: nabrc@groups.io [mailto:nabrc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carl Juvrud
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:57 AM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

 

Hello Club Members,

 

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl

 

 

--

Carl Juvrud 

 

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

 




--
Carl Juvrud 
Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

Re: NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

nc8n@...
 

Sign me up for one.  I printed the manual off, if you need me to make multiple copies for the class let me know.

 

From: nabrc@groups.io [mailto:nabrc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carl Juvrud
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:57 AM
To: nabrc@groups.io
Subject: [nabrc] NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

 

Hello Club Members,

 

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl

 

 

--

Carl Juvrud 

Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

 

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

 

NABRC CLUB KIT BUILD SIGNUP

Carl Juvrud
 

Hello Club Members,

 If you missed the club meeting last night and wish to sign up to participate in the kit building evening (March 12th in North Augusta), please email me at (cjuvrud@...) by Thursday Feb 16th.

 The cost of the code trainer kit is $20.00 including postage and the cost of the coin battery (maybe less which I will refund) .

 If you sign up, you are committed to buy the kit.  I can collect that $ from you on the night of the meeting. Sorry, I am unable to give refunds.

 Below is the link to the kit we have chosen. Should be fun, hope to c u there. 73  Carl


--
Carl Juvrud 
Amateur Radio Station KP2L
6680 Hiwassee Run
Aiken, S.C. 29803-0530
Home 803.643.9972
Cell 803.443.8304
cjuvrud@...

MY FAVORITE WIFI DEVICE:

February 2018 NABRC Monthly Newsletter #email

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February Meeting

WHEN: Monday, February 12, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center
6th Floor, Classrooms A and B
University Parkway
Aiken, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: HT WORKSHOP. For this meeting please bring your HT and the owners manual. Carl, KP2L, will be the "MC" and you will be conducting various exercises using your HT, so that you can become familiar with the basic operation of your HT. We will be helping each other where needed. If you have a way to program an HT from a laptop bring that equipment to help others get going. And if all goes well, we will show how to "cross band repeat"!!

Also, Carl has scheduled a club build of the QRP GUYS KD1JV code trainer board for the March meeting. The price of the kit with a battery is $20.00 (maybe a little less which he'll refund). He'll be collecting the money to order kits from those who wish to participate in the build. Here is the link:

http://qrpguys.com/qrpguys-code-trainer
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School Club Roundup


Starting Monday, February 12 and running through Friday, February 16 is the bi-annual ARRL School Club Roundup. School clubs from around the United States will compete to see who can make the most contacts during this week. Both local school clubs will be participating in this wonderful event.

Schofield Middle School

The Schofield Middle School, Aiken SC, Technology and Ham Radio Club, N4SMS will be on the air all 5 days starting around 2:15PM till about 6:30PM.

N4SMS will be mostly working on 20m SSB and some on 40m SSB. This club placed first overall twice in the nation in prior contests, and in the past couple of years, first in middle schools. We will be operating a ICOM 7300 with a Elecraft KPA500 amp.

They could use a couple of additional Elmers this week. If you can help out for any part of the schedule, please come. We will have cookies, snacks, non-adult beverages, and on Friday PIZZA. Let us know if you can help out. You can email Kent, KQ4KK at khufford@... for more information or to let him know you can help.

North Augusta High School

The North Augusta High School Amateur Radio Club, K4NAH, will be on the air each day from 3:00 till 6:00 PM. They could use some help setting up as well. If you can help, we will start setting up each day at 2:30 PM at the Auditorium. You will need to stop by the office first, so please allow time for signing in.

On Friday, we too will have pizza for the students who participated in the Roundup.

We will be operating on 20 and 40 meters off an inverted V wire dipole running 100 watts.

If you would like to help or for more information, please contact Greg, K5CVD, at godseygreg@....
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Contesting Class

The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) is sponsoring an intermediate level contest class. It will include concepts and practices going beyond the Field Day type operating most are familiar with and targeting those people already knowing the basics and wanting to improve their contest scores. The skills can be used for Field Day, but will be focused on participating in other contests happening throughout the year. It will likely be on a Saturday and last about 4 to 5 hours. They have done something similar the last couple years with a basic class. In this case, it will be assumed people have been in several contests and/or Field Days and want to explore how to be more competitive. It won't be starting out at the "Why contest?" or "This is how you make a contest contact." level. Attendee's should already know that part of the puzzle.

Expected topics will be things like antenna height and take off angles, methods to help break pile ups, making contacts flow more efficiently, improving your Search and Pounce technique, how to run stations by calling CQ, using N1MM contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, operator attitude, internet sources to help with self improvement efforts, and things to think about before the contest if you are planning on putting forth a serious competitive effort where you hope to place well in the contest.

The SFCG is looking for input about what people would be interesting in learning and if there is any interest in this kind of class. They are looking to hold this class around April or May of this year.

If you are interested or would like to offer suggestions, please contact Kevan at knason00@.... Any suggestions are welcome and if you would like to attend or not, please take a moment to email Kevan. Thanks!

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Canadian Radio Amateur Finds Resurrected NASA Satellite

When he's not on ham radio, Scott Tilley, VA7LF, an amateur astronomer, hunts spy satellites. Using an S-band radio from his home in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Tilley routinely scans the skies for radio signals from classified objects orbiting Earth, according to a recent article on Spaceweather.com. Earlier this month, he saw the signature of IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration), a NASA spacecraft believed to have died in December 2005. The discovery has delighted space scientists.

"The long gone and nearly forgotten IMAGE spacecraft has come back to life and been detected by an amateur astronomer," said Mission Manager Richard J. Burley at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), which confirmed that what Tilley spotted is, indeed, IMAGE. Amateur observer Paul Marsh, M0EYT, in the UK, provided the first independent confirmation of the IMAGE signal.

NASA said on January 29 that observations from five sites were consistent with the RF characteristics expected of IMAGE.

But just to make certain beyond a shadow of a doubt, scientists at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab collected telemetry from the satellite that identified the spacecraft as IMAGE. A NASA team has been able to read some basic housekeeping data from the spacecraft and will continue to analyze data from the spacecraft to learn more about its condition. This will require adapting old software and information databases to more modern systems.

After the spacecraft went silent, an unsuccessful 2007 effort was made to track IMAGE in the hope that a "long shadow encounter" would drain the battery enough to cause IMAGE to reset its control hardware. When that effort failed, the mission was declared to have ended. Space scientists now theorize that an even longer eclipse -- or other event -- did reset the system and bring the transmitter back to life.

Launched in 2000 on a mission to monitor space weather, IMAGE mapped plasma patterns around Earth, keeping tabs on the planet's magnetosphere as it responded to solar activity; on-board ultraviolet cameras shot images of Earth's auroras. "It had capabilities that no other spacecraft could match -- before or since," said Patricia Reiff, a member of the original IMAGE science team at Rice University.

Reiff said UC Berkeley still has a ground station that was used for real-time tracking and control and is scrambling to find the old software to see it they can get the spacecraft to respond.

"[IMAGE's] global-scale auroral imager would be fantastic for nowcasting space weather," Reiff said. "Fingers crossed!" -- Thanks to Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW; Spaceweather.com; NASA

From the February 1, 2018 ARRL Letter.
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