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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Fri Oct 31, 2014

This Week On The Air....

31 October, 2014

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SENEGAL, 6W. Sigi, DL7DF will be QRV as DL7DF/6W from Somone from November 1 to 13 while on vacation. Activity is holiday style on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, SSTV and PSK31. QSL to home call.

ALGERIA, 7X. Garti, 7X2RD, Noury, 7X2JV, and Abder, 7X4RJ will be QRV with special call 7U60AR during all of November. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using all modes. QSL via 7X2RD.

NEPAL, 9N. Toshi, JA8BMK is QRV as 9N7BM until November 20. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands, with a focus on 160 and 80 meters. QSL to home call.

NIUE, E6. Alan, VK4WR and Graeme, VK4FI will be QRV as E6RQ and E6SG, respectively, from Alofi, IOTA OC-040, from November 2 to 9.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters. QSL both calls direct via VK4FI.

BELARUS, EW. Eugene, EW3LK will be QRV from Prostyr from November 1 to 4 for the World Wide Flora and Fauna Award. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Special event station TO10RR will be QRV from November 2 to 16 during the 10th Route du Rhum, a 3000-mile regatta for single-handed sailors between St. Malo France and Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe. QSL direct via FG8NY.

TROMELIN ISLAND, FT/T. Seb, F5UFX, Michel, FM5CD, Flo, F5CWU, Franck, F4AJQ, Fred, F5ROP and Vincent, F4BKV are QRV as FT4TA until November 10. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with five stations active. QSL direct via F1NGP.

ITALY, I. Special event station IY1EY will be QRV from November 1 to December 31 to commemorate Marconi's experiments from his Elettra yacht between 1919 and 1936. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via IK1QBT.

SVALBARD, JW. Alexander, UA3IPL is QRV as JW/UA3IPL from Spitsbergen Island, IOTA EU-026, for four months. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. QSL direct via RW6HS.

BELGIUM, ON. Members of club station ON4HRT are QRV as ON1418HRT during the month of November to honor the memory of World War I victims. QSL via bureau.

BRAZIL, PY. Special event station PS43GPB will be QRV from November 1 to 10 during the Grand Prix Brasil F1 Race, Interlagos Circuit from Sao Paulo. Activity will be on 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL via PS7AB.

ANTARCTICA. Oleg, ZS1ANF, Slava, RD3MX and Alex, UA1PAW are QRV as RI1ANR from Novolazarevskaya Base, IOTA AN-016, until March 2015. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via RK1PWA.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Bigi, DE3BWR and Heli, DD0VR will be QRV as S79VR from Mahe, Praslin, and La Dique Islands, IOTA AF-024, from November 3 to 30. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via DD0VR.

NAMIBIA, V5. Sebastian, OE3SZA is QRV as V5/OE3SZA until November 11. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and QRP power. QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Naoki, JS3LSQ is QRV as V63WJ from Pohnpei, IOTA OC-010, until November 4. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, VU4. Krish, W4VKU, Chetz, VU3DMP and Pai, VU2PAI will be QRV as VU4KV from Campbell Bay, IOTA AS-033, from November 3 to 13. Activity will be on the HF bands with two stations. QSL via W4KVU.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Chris, PA2CHR, Lins, PA3CMC, John, ZS6JON, and Paul, ZS6NK will be QRV as Z21CHR, Z21CMC, Z21EME and Z21NK, respectively, from November 1 to 8. This is an EME DXpedition and will be QRV on 6 and 2 meters, and 70 and 23 cm. QSL via PA3CMC.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in Massachusetts, W1AW/7 in Wyoming and W1AW/KP2 in the US Virgin Islands are QRV until 2359z on November 4. In addition, W1AW/7 in Washington, W1AW/0 in Kansas and W1AW/KH8 in American Samoa will be QRV starting at 0000z on November 5. W1AW/7 and W1AW/0 will be active until 2359z on November 11. W1AW/KH8 will be active until 2359z on November 18.


The ARRL November CW Sweepstakes,
NCCC Sprint,
IPARC CW Contest,
Himalayan Contest,
Ukrainian DX Contest,
North American Collegiate ARC CW Championship,
IPARC SSB Contest,
High Speed Club CW Contest
DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for November 4.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test is scheduled for November 5.

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC.
See the ARRL Contest Branch page:
The ARRL Contest Update:
and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar:
for more information. Looking for a Special Event station be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations Web page:

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Thu Oct 30, 2014

Arduino for Ham Radio....

Please join us for a special webcast featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC).

Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for ham radio operators, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Glen will discuss Arduino and its many applications.
Glen will show and demonstrate projects from his book. He may even bring some surprise projects not in the book.

Glen's projects include

Random Code Practice Generator
Talking GPS/UTC Time/Grid Square Indicator
CW Beacon and Foxhunt Keyer Iambic Keyer
Fan Speed Controller Waveform Generator
Digital Compass PS/2 CW Keyboard
Weather Station
Field Day Satellite Tracker
RF Probe with LED Bar Graph
Azimuth/Elevation Rotator Controller
Solar Battery Charger Monitor CW Decoder
On-Air Indicator Lightning Detector
Talking SWR Meter
CDE/Hy-Gain Rotator Controllers

To join the webcast go to where the fun begins!
For the first time, there will be a telephone line for viewers to join the webcast. Viewers can ask questions or discuss their own Arduino projects. During the live webcast, viewers can chat with us or other ham radio operators from around the world.

Viewers can win prizes, including autographed Arduino for Ham Radio books and some Arduino items donated by Glen Popiel. To be eligible for prizes, you must have a registered chat room login account on W5KUB.COM . If you don't already have a login, go to "W5KUB" and click on "Live Events and Chat Room" where you can either log in or set up a new user account. This year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded to viewers of our webcast! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize because we don't sell anything!! W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies.

Following Arduino, our guest will be John Amodeo, NN6JA, Producer of ABC's hit TV show Last Man Standing featuring Tim Allen. John will provide an update of the recent K6H Special Event.

Please join our group on Facebook at for more details and to keep up with our webcasts.

Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!

73 -Tom Medlin, W5KUB

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club....

30 October, 2014

Island activities:

CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AF-016; FR, Reunion Island: Stephane/ F5UOW and Alain/F8FUA are due
to appear from Reunion (DIFO FR-001, WLOTA 1812, FFF-011) between
Oct. 29 and Nov. 20 signing FR/homecalls. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and
RTTY. QSL via LotW, homecalls (d/B).

AF-024; S7, Inner Islands: Bigi/DE3BWR and Heli/DD0VR get on the air as S79VR from Mahe (WLOTA 3286), Praslin (WLOTA 2862), and La Dique (WLOTA 3066) between Nov. 3 and 30 running 500W in SSB and QRP in CW on 20-10m. QSL via DD0VR (d/B).

AF-090; 5R, Madagascar's Coastal Islands East: Eric/F6ICX will be active once more holiday-style as 5R8IC from Saint-Marie Island between Nov. 3 and December 12 on HF. QSL via F6ICX (d/B), LoTW.

AS-013; 8Q, Maldive Islands: George/KQ8Z/GM0IIO will be active as
8Q7OO from Kuredu Island between the 29th of October and 11th of
November on HF. QSL only direct via GM0IIO.

AS-200; JA5, Shikoku's Coastal Islands: Taka/JS6ROO and Take/JI3DST
(JS6RRR) plan to get on the air as JS6ROO/5 (CW/SSB/FM/AM/Digi),
JS6RRR/5 (SSB/CW), and JI3DST/5 (RTTY/FM) between Nov. and 3 on
40-6m. Their exact schedule depends on wx conditions. QSLs via bureau, OQRS.

EU-013; GJ/MJ, Jersey: Rich/M5RIC and Jack/G8DX will be active as
GJ8DX from Jersey (WLOTA 0818) between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4. QRV on
all HF bands in CW, SSB, and RTTY with a focus on WARC. Bureau QSLs
only via OQRS, direct via G8DX, LoTW.

EU-023; F, Malta group: Klaus/DD1AY will be holidaying on Malta
(WLOTA 1113) between Oct. 31 and Nov. 16. QRV as 9H3GK on HF. QSL
via h/c (d/B), eQSL, LoTW.

NA-005; VP9, Bermuda Islands: Bill/K2HVN goes on his first DXpedition from Nov. 3 to 10 to Bermuda. QRV as VP9/K2HVN on 30, 20, and 17m in CW and SSB. QSL via K2HVN (d/B).

NA-135; XE3, Campeche State group: Bernardo/XE3AGM activates Isla
del Carmen (WLOTA 2191) during November. QRV on 40 and 15m, mainly
in SSB. QSL only via direct.

OC-040; E6, Niue Island: Alan/VK4WR and Graeme/VK4FI get on the air
as E6RQ and E6SG from Alofi/Niue Islands. QRV from Nov. 2 to 9 on
40-10m. QSLs only direct via VK4FI.

SA-061; CE6, La Araucania Region / Los Lagos Region North group:
Mark/LU7CAW and Martin/LU9EFO are going to activate Mocha Island
(WLOTA 0684, DICE ICE-601, CEFF-067) from the 4th to the 10th of
November as CE5/homecalls (dates depending on wx conditions). QRV on all HF bands, mainly in SSB. QSL via h/c (d/B).

The following activities have been approved for award credit:
AS-200 (several JA5 stations), AS-201 (TA0/ DF8DX), EU-191 (YP0F),
NA-247 (PJ7PK), and OC-294 (VK6ISL).

Compiled by Friedrich, DL4BBH
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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Wed Oct 29, 2014

Ham Radio CubeSats Lost....

Two amateur radio CubeSats RACE and GOMX-2 were destroyed when an Antares launcher exploded

The CubeSats were being launched to the ISS from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Read the ARRL story at:

NASA statement regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. launch mishap -

The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

"While NASA is disappointed that Orbital Sciences' third contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station was not successful today, we will continue to move forward toward the next attempt once we fully understand today's mishap. The crew of the International Space Station is in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies".

"Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success. Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station."

Updates will be posted as available on NASA's Orbital page, at:

Press Conference Video:

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