The ARRL September VHF Contest starts January September 19th at 11:00 am and ends January 20th at 8:00 pm PST.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.
The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FCC said.
The ARRL contest branch is now providing certificates online. While not all certificates earnedare yet available, various ARRL contests from 2016-2018 are ready for download in either ajpeg or PDF format.
If you are interested in contesting, the ARRL sponsored contests are a good way to start. Review the contest calendar to see what upcoming event you may want to have some fun participating in. Details and rules for each contest can be found by selecting a particular contest link from the calendar. A handheld, mobile, or home station can get in on the fun.
Did you know that at least three participants must submit a log with their respective club name inorder for the club to be eligible for awards? All C.A.R.P. members callsigns are submitted to the contestbranch in advance. To qualify, a member must enter “Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” in the club name of the logfile they submit, should they wish to share their individual points along with fellow club members. Individualefforts are still recognized. Submitting the log is easy too. Nothing to mail by post; a formatted text file log is uploaded via a web page. N1MM, a popular logging program, easily creates the log as you contest and allows you to export it when done.
Why contest? To test your gear. The VHF/UHF contest held three times a year is a good way to find out howfar and how well your equipment receives and transmits. Whether from home or your a favorite camping spot,it is easy to get in on the fun. The two things you will need to know are your callsign and the first four characters of your current grid square, such as DM06 for the Fresno/Clovis area.
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Newington CT July 19, 2018
To all radio amateurs
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This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, W3UR, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Gordon, K7TRB is QRV as 4W6VA from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until the middle of September 2018. Activity is on 20, 17 and 6 meters. QSL to home call.
Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcement files directly to interested television and radio outlets. The announcements are available for downloading from the ARRL website for members to use in promoting Amateur Radio at club meetings and public presentations, such as ARRL Field Day June 23 – 24 (PSAs specifically for ARRL Field Day also are available).
ARRL has asked the FCC to avoid authorizing developmental technologies in two Amateur Radio bands above 95 GHz that some radio amateurs may not be unaware of. The ARRL commented on May 2 in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM&O) in ET Docket 18-21, released in February. The so-called “Spectrum Horizons” proceeding seeks to make the bands above 95 GHz “more readily accessible for new innovative services and technologies.” ARRL said that, while it agrees that “regulatory flexibility is justified” in the millimeter-wave bands above 95 GHz, due to the extensive frequency re-use possibilities, the FCC ought to make two primary Amateur/Amateur Radio Satellite bands in that part of the spectrum unavailable for deployment of unlicensed Part 15 or Part 5 Experimental Spectrum Horizons devices. Amateur Radio has primary allocation status in the bands 134 – 136 GHz and 248 – 250 GHz, both shared with the Radio Astronomy Service, which is secondary.
The ARRL Contest Branch has posted the preliminary results of the ARRL January VHF Contest to the Contest Results page of the ARRL website, www.arrl.org/contest-results-articles (select 2018 events, scroll down to January VHF).
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has identified 3450 to 3550 MHz for potential wireless broadband use. Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation of 3300 to 3500 MHz, sharing the spectrum with government radars; the popular “weak-signal” frequency is 3456.1 MHz. The NTIA oversees the use of spectrum by federal government agencies.
“America is the world’s leader in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, and we have claimed an early lead in bringing 5G to reality,” NTIA Administrator David J. Redl said in making the announcement. “It’s essential to American competitiveness that we maintain our leadership in all of these areas.”
The results are in! ARRL September 2017 VHF/UHF contest results show CARP club members earning significant scores in three different categories. With almost 500 submitted logs for this particular contest, the CARP club members scored quite well against the competition from around the country, Canada too.
Ron Hunt (N6MTS) scored 76,320 points in the Classic Rover category. He used the callsign N6MTS/R during the exchange to identify his category. Ron worked multiple grid squares and a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of third overall.
Rob Mavis (AE6GE) scored 48,246 points in the Unlimited Multioperator category from DM06. Rob worked in unison with Pat Fennacy (W6YEP) both using the callsign W6TV. Together they also worked a variety of frequencies from six meters to 24 GHz earning a position of fourth overall.
Rick Tyburski (W6KKO) scored 5,310 points in the Single Operator Portable category, which is limited to 10 watts or less. Rick worked the contest from the DM06 grid square using five bands from six meters to 33 cm earning third overall. With only 10 watts, the secret is having an 8000 foot antenna height. Try getting a city permit for that!
W6TV and W6KKO were also the Pacific Division winners in their respective categories.
Some additional local valley residents also worked this contest and submitted results for scoring. John Morrice (K6MI/R) scored 93,786 points in the Unlimited Rover Category, with Dave Smith (W6TE/R) right behind him at 74,664 points in the same category. Both were significant scores nationally for this contest.
Contesting takes some effort, but the experience provides an education. Are you interested in VHF/UHF contesting? Any of these contesters would be happy to share their experiences. Get a head start or figure it out yourself from the ground up. All competition is welcome.
Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.
At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.
For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System online at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there.
For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at email@example.com. A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to press inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.
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