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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Mon Nov 24, 2014

Open digital Voice for VHF/UHF....

Turns out that the open-source DV program FreeDV isn't ideal as the digital voice program for the VHF/UHF 'HT of the Future.'

Who says? Bruce Perens K6BP, the leading advocate for... FreeDV!

Hey, he's just being honest. And he's doing something about it. In this talk from the 2014 ARRL and TAPR DCC, Bruce explains what the problem is with FreeDV, details what he's doing, and what else needs to be done. On to the (HT of) the Future....

Watch Episode 175: Bruce Perens' Algoram - Open DV for VHF/UHF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6IpPUzahkQ

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History This Week....

Monday, 24 November, 2014

1621 Galileo perfects the telescope.

1666 Robert Hooke invented the spirit level.

1783 Charles & M N Roberts ascend 2,000 ft in a hydrogen balloon. Paris.

1834 The electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.

1874 The first U.S. patent for barbed wire was issued to JF. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois

1877 First sound recording made by Thomas Edison.

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the gramophone, the next day.

1886 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo.

1895 America's first auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH

Our thanks to John Alcorn, VK2JWA of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club for this weekly feature.

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 24-11-14 | [0] comments (6 views) | 

Sun Nov 23, 2014

OPDX Bulletin #1190....

3A, MONACO. Jose, EA5IDQ, will be active as 3A/EA5IDQ between December
28-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via
EA5IDQ. For more details and updates, see: http://www.dxpedition.eu

3B8 & 3B9, MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUEZ ISLANDS. Jose, EA5IDQ, will be active
as 3B8/EA5IDQ from Mauritius between May 10-19th (2015), and as 3B9/EA5IDQ
from Rodriguez Island (AF-017, WLOTA 4265, WWFF 3BFF-004) between May
19-24th (2015). Activity from both places will be on 40-10 meters using
SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5IDQ. For more details and updates, see:
http://www.dxpedition.eu

4X, ISRAEL. Zvi, 4X6FR, will be active as 4X7R from Herzliya during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)
entry. QSL via 4X6OM.

4Z, ISRAEL. Dov, 4Z4DX, will be active with the special callsign 4Z0DX
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via 4Z4DX.

5W, SAMOA. Hans, DF2UU, is currently active as 5W0UU from Upolu Island
(OC-097) until November 30th. Activity will be o 80-6 meters using mainly
CW and some SSB. He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
29-30th). QSL via his home callsign.

5X, UGANDA. Alan, G3XAQ, is once again active as 5X1XA from the capital
city of Kampala until December 4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW
only, but his primary focus is the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15 or 10m) entry. Alan tells OPDX, "We are
experiencing daily thunderstorms which rather limits operating time."
QSL via G3SWH or LoTW.

6W, SENEGAL. Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK from
Saly Portudal, 80 kms south of Dakar on the coast, between January 10th
and February 5th (2015). Activity will be holiday style using the
same station as last time (IC-7000 into G5RV antenna) operating mainly
CW on 80-10 meters. If possible, he also hopes to be active on 160m with
an Inverted L with a 300 watts solid state amplifier. Look for his low
band activity during his local sunrise and sunset. QSL via F6BLP, direct
or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details,
logs and pictures of his last operation, visit: http://www.f6blp.org

AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C)
and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or to JH7QXJ, direct or by the Bureau.
PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Joe/W8GEX and his wife Janet/W8CAA will be active
as C6ADX and C6AYL respectively, from the Island of Exuma between November
23rd and December 3rd. Activity will be on 60-10 meters using SSB and
RTTY. They will be looking towards the Pacific at their evening gray
line hours. QSL via their home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Joe is the editor
of the 60m News.

CARIBBEAN TOUR (Reminder/Update). Alex, PY2SEX/PY1KS/DL1NX, informs OPDX
that he has chosen warm spots in the Caribbean for his next ham vacation
(not like JW/PY2SEX in Jan Mayen). His schedule is as follows:

November 25th-December 2nd - Bonaire Island (SA-006); callsign PJ4S;
operations will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry.
December 2-9th - Curacao Island (SA-099); callsign PJ2/DL1NX; operating
QRP with a Buddi-Pole.

Activity from both islands will be holiday style on 80-6 meters using
mainly CW, some SSB and maybe RTTY. He will only be using an Elecraft
KX3 and a Buddipole. QSL both operations via DL1NX, by the Bureau, direct
or LoTW. Logs will be uploaded as fast as possible to ClubLog and LoTW.
For more details and updates, watch the following URLs:
http://pj4s.py2sex.com
http://pj2.py2sex.com
http://twitter.com/py2sex

CARIBBEAN TOUR. Operators Bengt "Ben"/SM7EQL and Ronnie/SM7DKF will be
active as VP5/SM7EQL and VP5/SM7DKF respectively, from Providenciales
Island (NA-002), Caicos Islands, between November 29th and December 6th.
They will also be active as J6/SM7EQL and J6/SM7DKF from St. Lucia
between December 7-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters
CW only using a Elecraft KX3 with 10 watts output and vertical antennas.
QSL VP5/SM7EQL and J6/SM7EQL via SM6JSM. QSL VP5/SM7DKF and J6/SM7DKF
via his home callsign.

CARIBBEAN TOUR 2015. Once again operators Mek/SP7VC, Ted/SP3IPB and YL
Kate/SQ7OYL will be on a Caribbean tour but will also have operators
Bogdan/K2RPF, Zbyszek/SP3CFM and Jerzy/SP7TF join them. They plan to
activate several islands between January 24th and February 14th in the
new year 2015. The tentative schedule, islands and callsigns have been
announced:
January 24-26th - Martinique (NA-107); FM/SP7VC and FM/SP7TF
Jan. 27th-Feb. 3rd - St.Lucia (NA-108); as J6/homecalls
February 4-5th - St.Vincent (NA-109); as J8/homecalls
February 6-7th - Grenada (NA-024); as J3/homecalls
February 7-8th - Carriccou (NA-147, Grenada IOTA); as J3/homecalls
February 8-9th - Union (NA-025, Grenadies IOTA); as J8/homecalls
February 13-14th - Martinique (NA-107); as FM/homecalls

Activity will be holiday style on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. Their equipment consists of TS-590, FT-847, FT-857 and
with three Amp (500W). Antennas: Inv-L for 80-160m, 2 phased verticals
160/80/40m, HexBeam SP7IDX Technology, VDA antennas and verticals R-7000.
QSL via their home callsigns. Watch for updates on Mek's Blog pages at:
http://expedition.sp7vc.pl
http://www.sp7vc.dxing.pl

CO, CUBA. Carlos, CO2CW, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry.
QSL via EA7FTR.

CO, CUBA. Carlos, CO2CCA, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry.
QSL Manager info is OK on QRZ.com.

CO, CUBA. Juan Carlos CO8TW, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry.
QSL only via direct, info is OK on QRZ.com.

CQ NEWS (John Bergman, KC5LK, Named CQ WAZ Award Manager Succeeds Floyd
Gerald, N5FG) [(Hicksville, NY) dated November 18, 2014] -- "John Bergman,
KC5LK, of Brandon, Mississippi, has been named the new CQ Worked all Zones
Award Manager, effective January 1, 2015, it was announced today by CQ
magazine Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. Bergman will succeed fellow Missis-
sippian Floyd Gerald, N5FG, who has served the DXing community in the
position for the past 11 years.
John has been licensed since 1978 (originally as KA5AFT), and holds an
Advanced Class license. He has been heavily involved in DX and DXing for
over 20 years, is a charter member of the 599 DX Association, former
member of the Magnolia DX Association, and a member and past president
of the Jackson Amateur Radio Club. He is also a volunteer examiner and
a card checker for both ARRL and CQ awards. John also dedicated 10 years
to working with the W5 incoming QSL Bureau.
He holds DXCC (338 current entities; 344 total); 5-Band DXCC with
endorsements for 30, 17 and 12 meters; has 1680 band/entities in the
DXCC Challenge, is a member of the DXCC Mixed and Phone Honor Rolls,
and has 5-Band WAZ with 179 total zones to date.
'We wish Floyd well in his retirement from WAZ and thank him for his
decade-plus of dedication to the DXing community,' noted CQ Editor Rich
Moseson, W2VU. 'I am looking forward to working with John as he assumes
the leadership of the most prestigious award program in all of amateur
radio. WAZ is the second-oldest active award program in ham radio, and
one of the most difficult to achieve. I am confident that John will do
an excellent job of preserving its heritage while also promoting its
future growth.'
'I am very appreciative of Rich and CQ magazine giving me this oppor-
tunity to serve CQ and the DX community,' said Bergman, 'and will strive
to continue the high standards of WAZ Awards program.'
As of January 1, any correspondence relating to the CQ WAZ Award program
should be directed to: John Bergman, KC5LK, P.O. Box 792, Brandon, MS
39043, USA; or via e-mail to ."

CV3, URUGUAY. Members of the "Radiogrupo Sur" (Southern Radio Group),
celebrating their 30th anniversary of the club, will be active as CV3D
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Mutli-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are Lupo/CX2ABC, Federico/CX7BZ, Alex/CX8BR, Daniel/
CX9AU, Daniel/LU3CT, Osvaldo/LU3MAM, Roque/LU8QT and possibly others.
QSL direct via CX2ABC.

DU, PHILIPPINES (IOTA/Contest Op). Operators Serge/R7KW and Oleg/YL3JM
will be active from the Philippines between November 24th and December
2nd. Activity will be holiday style mainly from Luzon Island (OC-042),
with a side trip to Corregidor Island (OC-244), if possible. Operations
will be mainly CW. Serge, R7KW, will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
29-30th) signing DU3/YL3JM as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Oleg,
YL3JM, will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) signing
DU3/YL3JM as a Single-Op entry. QSL both callsigns via K2PF (OQRS on
ClubLog is the better way).

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). Steve, KL7SB, will be active as E51RAT
from Rarotonga (OC-013) between November 25th and December 6th. Activity
will be limited as time permits, but look for him on 80-10 meters, primarily
on CW with some SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. He will also be in the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via NI5DX.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operator Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??m)/Low-Power
entry. QSL via FY5FY.

GJ/MJ0, JERSEY. Mat, MJ0ASP (aka-F5SHQ), will be active as GJ2A during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via the LoTW. QSL also via ClubLog's OQRS.

H27, CYPRUS. Tony, RT9T/5B4ALB, will once again be active as H27A, but
this time during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th)as a Single-Op
entry. QSL via RW3RN. Look for him before the contest signing 5B4ALB.

HC5, ECUADOR. Thomas, OZ1AA, will be active as HD2A from the Huancavilca
Radio Club station in Guayaquil during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
29-30th), as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via HD2A. Visit
OZ1AA Web page at: http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/oz1aa

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Update). Operators Alexey/HC2AO (HC2AO/8), Anton/
OG2K (HC2OGT/8), Sergey/R4WAA (HC2WAT/8), Alexander/RA1AGL (HC2RAT/8),
YL Elena/RC5A (HC2RCT/8), Yuri/RM0F (HC2RMT/8) and Sergey/UA1ANA (HC2ANT/8)
will be active from the Galapagos Islands between November 22nd and
December 6th. Activity will be on all HF bands, including 30/17/12m
bands and 6 meters. The team will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry signing as HC2AO/8. QSL via RC5A
or LoTW. QSL all others via their home callsigns.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Julio/AD4Z, Ez/HI3EPR, Lorenzo/HI3LFE,
Edwin/HI3K and Jamie/WP3A will be active as HI3A from Loma del Toro in
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power
entry. QSL via ON4IQ or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

HR, HONDURAS. Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry.
QSL via KD4POJ.

IOTA NEWS..............
AS-072. Watch a short video and stills of the recent 9M2SE Pangkor
Island operation which took place November 8-9th:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-LdQHiAaY

KC4, ANTARCTICA. Gianni, I1HYW, reports that Reinhard "Ron", K6REF, is
currently active K6REF/KC4 from the U.S. Yesterday Camp at Ross Ice
Shelf (AN-016, WAP New One!), Antarctica. A Team is there for survival
training and seismometer installation. They are supposed to be there
for another week, maybe more. K6REF/KC4 has been worked by Ws and VKs.
Activity has been on 20 meters SSB (14243 kHz around 1900z) . More info
as usual at the WAP Web site: http://www.waponline.it

KH5, PALMYRA ISLAND (Openings Available To Operate!). "QRZ DX" reports
this past week that Laurie Moore, Director of Palmyra Program, states,
[excerpts from an E-mail in a response about inquires about Amateur
Radio operations/HAM Radio operations on Palmyra Atoll] "Working with
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service we have developed a plan to accom-
modate these requests and are able to offer a maximum of two such trips
in Winter 2016. Our goal is to facilitate access to The Nature Conservancy's
(TNC) preserve on Cooper Island at Palmyra Atoll in a manner that is fair,
and with minimal impact to the preserve and station operations." Available
time slots are January 11-26th, 2016 (includes set-up, transmit, and tear
down), and February 1-16th, 2016 (includes set-up, transmit, and tear
down). The TNC will allow up to 12 amateur radio operators. TNC will make
arrangements for travel to/from Palmyra via chartered jet service. TNC
will provide access to double occupancy cabins with three prepared meals
and snacks daily, shower house and toilet block room/board/electrical
power, fuel and occasional recreational activity, such as hikes to observe
historical sites or wildlife. Total estimated costs 176,000 USD.

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators John/K3CT and John/K3TEJ will be
active as KP2Q from St. Croix (NA-106) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Multi/? entry. QSL via K3TEJ.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. A team of operators will be active as LX7I during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A.
Operators mentioned are Mike/DF3VM, Helmut/DK6WL, Suad/DK6XZ, Ron/DL3BPC,
Daniel/DL5SE, Andy/HB9CVQ, Philippe/LX2A, Aurelio/PC5A, Alex/RZ4AG and
Andy/YO3JR. Also, visit the following Web page at: http://www.lx2a.com

NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (KP1 Navassa Grant). FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION --
NCDXF Announces Major Grant to K1N Navassa Island DXpedition -- [edited]
November 22, 2014: The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to
announce an enabling major contribution of $35,000 to the K1N Navassa
Island DXpedition planned for January 2015. Navassa is #1 on the ClubLog
Most Wanted List for 2014.
Without major financial support from NCDXF, DXpeditions like this to
rare, challenging, and expensive DXCC entities would not be possible.
Navassa is an environmentally fragile area with access strictly controlled
by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 1996. No approved DXpedition has
operated there since that time. The KP1-5 Project has been working for
over 12 years to obtain permission. There are strict limitations to the
number of visitors and the time allowable on the island. Access has been
granted for two weeks in January, as that month has the least bird nesting.
However, January weather makes access by sea all but impossible. For safety,
the USFWS requires a helicopter landing for all personnel and equipment;
hence the cost/budget of this “backyard” DXpedition rivals that of a
Southern Ocean DXpedition. Details of the DXpedition are at:
http://www.navassadx.com
For the past 42 years the NCDXF has funded major DXpeditions to many
Most Wanted Entities.
The credit for large grants like this goes to NCDXF contributors through-
out the world. These are individuals and clubs who understand the economics
of DXpeditions to rare entities and who play their part toward making them
possible. Have you contributed yet?
73, Tom Berson, ND2T [NCDXF President ]

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Dave, WJ2O, and his XYL Chris will be visiting with
friends on Sint Maarten and will be active as PJ7/WJ2O between February
18-25th (2015). Activity will be on 40-10 meters, and he plans to be in
the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-band/Low-
Power entry. Outside the contest, Dave can usually be found on 30/17/12m
bands operating CW. QSL via N2ZN and LoTW. For more info and updates,
see: http://www.wj2o.com/index.asp?News=PJ7

S7, SEYCHELLES. Eric, OE4AAC, will be active as S79AC from Mahe (WLOTA
3286) and Praslin Islands (WLOTA 2862) in the Seychelles Island group
(AF-024) between January 17th and February 10th (2015). Activity will
be holiday style on 40-10 meters on CW. QSL via OE4AAC, direct, by the
Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

T8, PALAU (Update). Kaoru, JH7WER, will be active as T88ER from the VIP
Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between December
3-6th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using mainly SSB.
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

T8, PALAU. Tevfik, TA1HZ (T5TC/ZA1TC/ex-TB1CAK), member of the TCSWAT,
will once again be active as T88HZ from Koror Island (OC-009) between
March 5-12th. The requested "TC" suffix has not been issued, but it will
still be a TCSWAT activity. Operations will be from the West Plaza by
the Sea Hotel, working with Kenwood TS-570S, ALS-600 PA, into a 3 element
beam and wire antennas. Activity will include the ARRL International DX
SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The log will be
uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible, direct requests via TA1HZ, but as
TCSWAT QSL is 100% via the Bureaus. The QSL cards will be sent out in
June 2016 to the Bureaus.

TF, ICELAND. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active as TF2CW in the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX1NO
direct only. No QSL via Bureau.

TI9, COCOS ISLAND. Operators Dom/3Z9DX, Jon/K7CO and Jorge/TI2HMJ will
be active as TI9A from Cocos Island (NA-012) between February 16-23rd
(2015). It has been 6 years since the last TI9 operation, and it is ranked
26th on the most wanted list. Boat trip to the island will take place
February 14th (2015), and it takes 30 hours from Costa Rica. Their Radio
Permit is issued for 7 days only. That means they can operate for only
about 6 days (24h/day operation). They are in possession of the second
permit, which allows them to stay on the island overnight. The team will
have 2 radios on the air operating on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via 3Z9DX, direct, by the Bureau, the OQRS on ClubLog or direct PayPal
request (no need to send a paper card). QSL requests with insufficient
postage will be returned to the sender via Bureau. They are looking for
funds. A survey/vote for bands/modes needs is available at the following
Web page, as well as more details and updates, see:
http://www.nielsen.net/ti9a

TX8, NEW CALEDONIA. Operators Sam/FK8DD, Dom/FK8CE and Mic/FK8IK will be
active as TX8C from Noumea during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th)
as a Multi-Op/All-Band/Single-Transmitter entry. Listen for QSL route.

V6, MICRONESIA. Just a reminder that operators Sho/JA7HMZ (V63DX) and
Akio/JA7ZP (V63ZP) will once again be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010)
between November 28th and December 4th. Activity will be on all bands and
modes. Sho will be looking for EU on 160m. QSL via their home callsigns.
Also, look for both operators to be in CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th)
-- Sho signing V6A as a Single-Op/All-Band entry, and Akio signing V63ZP
as a Single-Op/All-Band entries. Again, QSL via their home callsigns.

VK6, AUSTRALIA. Kevin, VK6LW, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via VK6IR
direct.

VK6, AUSTRALIA. Operators Bernd/VK2IA, Brian/VK3MI, Phil/VK4BAA, John/
VK4EMM, Dave/VK4NDX, Eric/VK4NEF, Alan/VK4SN, Trent/VK4TS and Gary/ZL2IFB
will be active as VK4KW during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th)
as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW, direct or Bureau QSLs go to N3SL
or eQSL. Bureau is not available.

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. After his New Caledonia activity, look for Nobuaki,
JA0JHQ (ex-JH1QJU), to be active as JA0JHQ/VK9N from Anson Bay Lodge,
Norfolk Island (OC-005), between December 20-22nd. Activity will be mainly
on 17/15 meters and 12/10 meters depending on band conditions. Possibly
20m (depending on the antenna). Mode will be SSB. QSL via JA0JHQ, direct
or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit his Blog page at:
http://pandasan.jimdo.com

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. By the time you read this, John, G3VPW, will be
active as VP8KF from Stanley, Falkland Islands (SA-002), with his XYL
for the holiday until December 12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.
He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th), mainly on
40 meters. Also, look for him to use the special callsign VP8KF/100
to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Coronel and the
Falklands Islands. QSL via G3VPW or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog.

VP9, BERMUDA. Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as VP9/N3AD from
Bermuda (NA-005) starting November 23rd. Activity will include the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL
via W3HNK.

VU4, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS (VU4KV Press Release)[edited]. Sent out
at 01:45 GMT, 22 Nov 2014, from Neil Island -- Krish, W4VKU, reports that
he now has 6 stations up and running. He has problems with low voltage
on the 240V supply under load, and he has the resort electrician working
on this issue. Stations 1 to 4 are working OK on high power. Station 5
has been on low power because the Elekraft KPA500 amp has been tripping
out on the low voltage. Station 6 is coming on line now that another op
has joined the team. This station is also suffering low voltage trips but
the resort electrician is working on this as well.
The Acom 1500 has been performing OK with the low voltage. The Elekraft
KPA500 has tripping issues and the Ameritron AL80B has relay closure
problems with the low voltage. The team is addressing these issues.
Today the team will be installing the 2 element 80m array and plans to
get at least one element of the 160m array in operation. These arrays
will be installed in the salt water and because of this installation,
activities on these arrays has to be performed at low tides which will
occur after local noon today.
Internet data connection has been an ongoing issue, but Krish is taking
steps to ensure that the logs are uploaded as quickly as possible through
the use of memory sticks and e-mail but some delay is to be expected.
Krish is interested in how the 40m 4 Square is working and is asking
for some real reports from NA stations on this band.... (de Mark, N1UK)

YN, NICARAGUA. Mike, AJ9C, will once again be active as YN2CC from Granada,
Nicaragua, between November 25th and December 3rd. Activity will be on 160-6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, Mike will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or
direct and by the Bureau to his home callsign. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW
upon his return home and QSLs can be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog.

ZA, ALBANIA. Kéki, YT7DQ, will be active as ZA/YT7DQ during the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via YT7DQ.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators John/K6AM and Kevin/N5DX will be active as
ZF1A from Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA LH-1042) during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSLvia K6AM,
direct, by the W6 Bureau or LoTW.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update/Reminder). Henning, OZ1BII, will be active as
ZF2EE from George Town, Cayman Islands (NA-016), between November 27th and
December 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m
bands and mainly CW using an Elecraft K3 w/100w into Cushcraft R6 vertical
and a 110 ft Long Wire. He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via OZ1BII. For more details and updates,
visit: http://www.oz1bii.dk/dx-zf2ee.htm

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Kai, KE4PT, will be active as ZL/KE4PT from hilltop
locations in New Zealand between November 30th and December 16th. Activity
will be holiday style operating portable QRP, mainly JT65 and CW. QSL
via LoTW or to his home callsign.

ZS, SOUTH AFRICA. Bernie, ZS4TX, will be active during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW or K3FN.

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IZ0UDF Lifts Off to ISS Today....

Former fighter pilot Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF is all set for her mission on the International Space Station, the launch will be broadcast live

She will be Italy's first female astronaut and expects to leave Earth on Sunday, November 23 at 2101 UT from Baikonur in Kazakhstan also on-board will be Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov.

She is expected to arrive at the ISS on Monday, November 24 where she will join the current crew members Elena Serova, Alexander Samoukutyaev and Barry Wilmore.

Since Alexander Gerst KF5ONO and Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT returned to Earth on November 10 the ISS has been left without any radio amateurs onboard.

Watch the launch live at: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Futura/Watch_Futura_launch_live

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