Happy Holidays! Best
wishes to everyone during this festive time of the year. As I write this, a
major snowstorm is providing plenty of 'white stuff' in the Midwest and New
England, so I presume this means that we will have a white Christmas here in
Massachusetts. While this is certainly a time of economic uncertainty, I also
know that our members continue to make a difference for AMSAT.
A number of interesting opportunities and events have developed over the past
two months for AMSAT that I would like to briefly share with you:
Anniversary. The first amateur radio two-way communication between the
Space Shuttle and amateurs on the ground took place on December 3, 1983 when
Owen Garriott, W5LFL made his historic flight on STS-9. There are a number
of opportunities for amateurs to help celebrate this event and the ARISS
International Committee, chaired by AMSAT VP-Human Space Flight, Frank
Bauer, KA3HDO have arranged for some special events. Please check ANS and
the AMSAT webpage (http://www.amsat.org)
for the latest information and join the fun!
As expected, performance of this spacecraft is declining as the spacecraft's
temperature is dropping due to longer eclipses resulting in less sunlight
and a cooler spacecraft. This drop in temperature is causing the satellite's
hardware timer to reset until the spacecraft warms up (when there is at
least 85% illumination). If you're interested in making two-way contacts
using AO-16's unique cross mode, cross band voice repeater, with an uplink
on 145.920 FM and downlink on 437.026 MHz reduced carrier AM, now is the
time to try it! The satellite is expected to 'go silent' shortly when
temperatures stay low enough as to not allow software configuration of the
satellite before the hardware timer resets itself again.
A fundraising appeal letter was mailed this week to all AMSAT members.
Please consider donating to the AMSAT President's Club so that we can
continue our efforts to maintain amateur radio in space.
Engineering Task Force. I announced at the AMSAT Annual Meeting in
Atlanta that a group led by Bill Ress, N6GHZ had been formed to review the
'Rideshare' Proposal developed by Tom Clark, K3IO as well as evaluate
AMSAT's ability to develop a modularization strategy to adapt RF packages to
various structures. The committee has been diligently meeting every two
weeks via teleconference to discuss future options for AMSAT and to help
structure AMSAT's thinking on future spacecraft opportunities. While it is
too soon for formal announcements of their findings, it is good to know that
we have a formal group actively focused on engineering issues.
Development work continues to place SuitSat-2 in service sometime in 2009.
Several engineering issues have recently surfaced regarding modulation and
transmission schemes and the team is evaluating several options regarding
how best to resolve the issues. Several individuals have recently joined the
engineering team to help overcome these challenges by developing potential
announced at the AMSAT Annual Meeting in Atlanta that AMSAT would actively
develop a strategy concerning ITAR (International Traffic in Arms
Regulations) and related export regulations. Our goal is to ensure that
AMSAT is in full compliance with ITAR, develop materials to train our
satellite builders on ITAR compliance, and to seek ways where we may
continue to work with other AMSAT organizations on satellite projects. Since
the Annual Meeting, Bill Ress, N6GHZ and I have been working with an
attorney who specializes in ITAR. We hope to make a formal submission to the
State Department regarding ITAR in early 2009.
AMSAT is actively seeking a new home for our AMSAT Lab. Unfortunately, due
to changes that took place at HISS (Hawk Institute for Space Sciences) in
Pocomoke City, MD over the summer, we are forced to remove our equipment and
clean room from the current facility. We are in active discussions with
several institutions concerning potential relocation, but no decision has
been made. If you are in position to provide contacts with a not-for-profit
institution that might be interested the hosting the AMSAT Lab, please
Anniversary. AMSAT was incorporated in 1969, so this coming year (2009)
is our 40th Anniversary! The 2009 AMSAT Symposium will take place the
weekend of October 9 in the Washington-Baltimore area. Look for details in
the upcoming AMSAT Journal. Please join us that weekend as we celebrate a
significant milestone for AMSAT and build the foundation for the next 40
years of AMSAT.
As you can see, there are
a number of activities that are ongoing within AMSAT. While we are challenged by
the impact of current events, we continue to move forward in a number of areas.
As always, I appreciate hearing from the AMSAT membership. Should you have any
questions or concerns about AMSAT, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will
make every effort to respond to e-mails that I receive, but please keep in mind
that I travel extensively which may limit my ability to respond quickly. Please
know that I read every e-mail that I receive from AMSAT members and that I
appreciate every person's willingness and time spent to share their thoughts and
Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/9/2009 3:17:43 PM
Nominations Sought For 2009 Dayton Hamvention® Awards
Dayton Hamvention® is
for its 2009 awards. Do you know an outstanding amateur in your club, community
or from on-the-air contacts? Does this person excel in some phase of Amateur
Radio? Do you feel this person deserves worldwide recognition? All radio
amateurs are eligible. The deadline for nominations is February 18, 2009. The
winners will be recognized at the 2009 Hamvention, May 15-17.
The three awards are:
The Amateur of the
Year Award -- This award will be given to the special person who has made a
long term commitment to the advancement of Amateur Radio. The Hamvention
Awards Committee is looking for a well-rounded individual who has
contributed to Amateur Radio in some outstanding way.
Excellence Award -- This award will be given to the person who has made an
outstanding technical advancement in the field of Amateur Radio.
Achievement Award -- This award honors someone who has made an outstanding
contribution to the advancement of Amateur Radio, usually someone who has
spearheaded a significant project.
Awards are decided by the
Awards Committee, based partially upon the information received, not the number
of nominations submitted.
beneficial. Magazine articles, newsletters, newspaper clippings, videos and such
will better inform the Awards Committee of your candidate's accomplishments.
These materials become the property of Hamvention and cannot be returned.
Nominations may be sent via e-mail
(please scan all supporting documents and send them as attachments, via fax at
937-276-6934, or US Mail to Hamvention Awards, PO Box 964, Dayton, OH
45401-0964. Nomination forms are available in either
format. If you send your nomination via e-mail, the Awards Committee
requests that you place your name in the subject line of the e-mail. --
Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/9/2009 3:10:35 PM
W3A Inauguration Special Event Station, January 17-24, 2009
By W3DQ, Eric Rosenberg
The District of Columbia Amateur Radio Society is proud to announce
the operation of W3A in honor of the inauguration of the 44th
President of the United States, Barack Obama.
W3A will be on the air during the week of January 17-24, 2009. The
greatest amount of activity will from January 17 through January 19
and January 24
We will attempt to be active on all bands, although the majority of
activity is expected to be on 20 and 40 meters. Our plan is to stay
in the US General Class bands to maximize our availability. Check the
various spotting networks for our status.
Direct to W3DQ with SASE
Via the bureau
A certificate may be available at that time. If so, an announcement
will be made on the NW3DC webpage on QRZ.COM - www.qrz.com/nw3dc.
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/9/2009 2:48:52 PM
Namibia V5 Expedition in January 2009
A VHF DXPedition to Namibia is planned for
January 7-17, 2009. Dan HB9CRQ, Hal ZS6WB, and others have been
planning an EME expedition to Namibia for some time. The V51
expedition will be active on 2m EME, and possibly 6m and 70cm
EME if enough operators join the expedition. Other propagation
modes be used as well. These include sporadic-E, meteor
scatter, satellite if time permits, and tropospheric ducting.
Hal invited me along to focus on transoceanic ducting, a topic
we have communicated a lot on during 2008. Naturally I was
thrilled to accept his invitation as the expedition will be at
an excellent location at just the right time to focus on long
range VHF and UHF across the South Atlantic ocean Hal asked me
to the lead tropo coordinator. This section of my web page
focuses on the tropo aspects of the expedition and my role in
This information will be updated as more details are available!
Please check the
Make More Miles on VHF web pages for updates!
Dates of EME operation will be from moonrise on 7th to moonset
on 16th January 2009. QTH will be in Luderitz Namibia, grid
locator JG73NI. See the GoogleEarth Pin (V5 DXpedition
We have applied for a special call for our DXpedition. As soon
as we get it confirmed we will announce it.
Our main target is to activate Namibia on 50, 144, 432 and 1296
MHz EME. At the same time we will be QRV for transatlantic Tropo
on 144 and 432 and on satellite (AO-7, FO-29 and AO-51).
The original and largest aspect of the V51 expedition is EME.
The EME station will concentrate on 144 and 432 MHz. Dan HB9CRQ
will also bring 1296 MHz equipment. Limited operation on
50 MHz EME is planned but with our antenna limitations activity
on this band will be determined by our results once we begin.
To cater to the small group of South African 50 & 144 MHz
meteor scatter operators there will also be a few days on these
LEO SATELLITE We presently have a high level of
interest in satellite operation on the low -earth-orbiting
satellite in South Africa and other nearby countries. While
there are few active satellites, and passes are relatively
short, we plan to devote as much time as we have available for
this enthusiastic group.
TROPOSPHERIC DUCTING My primary role in the V51
expedition is to research and attempt trans-oceanic ducting
across the South Atlantic Ocean. Target locations are St. Helena
and Ascension Islands and mainland South America. Read this
section for a full overview of operations. Sections are:
Critical Success Factors
Additional Data Sources
BLOG and ANNOUNCEMENTS An ongoing blog
of the tropospheric ducting station at V5. This page will be
updated regularly during the DXpedition.
FREQUENCIES & SCHEDULE These will be determined and
announced upon arrival in Luderitz Bay. The primary operation on
144 MHz EME will be active most of the time when the moon is up.
There will be 2-3 days of 432 MHz EME operation as well. When
the 70cm station is not being used on EME, it will be pressed
into service for trans-Atlantic tropospheric ducting.
The EME stations using JT65B will always transmit the first
period, and listen on the second period. The tropo station in CQ
and beacon modes will operate on the same minute sequence as the
EME station to avoid mutual interference when the EME station is
LOCATION The location will be at Luderitz Bay,
Namibia. The operation site is within a few hundred feet of the
ocean at Diaz Point.
aerial photo view of the Diaz Point Accommodation
guesthouses we'll be staying at just below the lighthouse.
Long: 15.0918ºE (15º05'31"E)
Lat: 26.6356ºS (26º38'07"S)
Grid Locator JG73NI
OPERATORS Several operators are already committed
to joining the team. This list shows those committed and their
area of specialty.
CONTACT US The expedition can be contacted several
ways once the expedition is underway to atrange and coordinate
CONTRIBUTIONS TO TROPO OPERATION
You can contribute the Tropo Ducting portion of the expedition
PayPal. Donations will be used to cover travel,
accommodations, and operating costs. Donations are NOT tax
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/7/2009 2:24:22 PM
DXpedition to Desecheo Gets Ready to RollSix members of the February 2009 KP5 Desecheo DXpedition team met in Puerto Rico the week of December 17-21. According to team co-leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, the team visited US Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Boqueron and met with the Chief Refuge Manager and law enforcement personnel in preparation for the DXpedition, set to start February 12.
Desecheo currently sits at number 7 on DX Magazine's Most Wanted list; the island is the second most-wanted DXCC entity in Asia and third most-wanted in Europe. Desecheo is a small uninhabited island in the Mona Passage, 14 miles off the western coast of Puerto Rico. It is part of the USFWS's national wildlife refuge system administered by the Caribbean National Wildlife Refuge Complex (CNWR).
"After an evening with local DXers and members of the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League for dinner and a night of fellowship, DXpedition team members underwent UXO (unexploded ordnance) training," Allphin said. "On December 19, we accompanied US Fish and Wildlife law enforcement and UXO personnel to Desecheo Island. In the three hours we were there, the campsite and antenna fields were thoroughly swept for UXO and several areas were found suspicious. These areas were clearly marked, mapped by GPS and declared off limits for the DXpedition."
Allphin said that the USFWS will allow antennas on the ridge above the helicopter pad, providing a clear shot to Europe, North America and Japan. Other antennas will be located on the beach below the helicopter pad. While on Desecheo, the team conducted a test for the 2 meter link to Puerto Rico.
"Logistics and staging of equipment is ongoing and will be complete before the team arrives in Puerto Rico on February 7." Allphin said. "The team will transit to Desecheo on February 12 to begin the two week operation. Eight HF stations, plus 6 meters, will be operational. We have planned an incredible array of antennas. Transportation and logistics have been arranged for a fast deployment and quick appearance on the air. As soon as we land on Desecheo, two stations will be immediately activated. Stations will continue to operate until the final moments of departure on February 26."
Allphin told the ARRL that stepping onto Desecheo for the first time "was a dream come true. After working on this project for so many years -- to actually be there and with the blessing of the USFWS -- was truly emotional for me. The recon trip to the island was absolutely invaluable: We were able to see exactly what terrain issues we were faced with and be able to design the antenna types and locations to maximize our signals into the target areas. The amateurs in Erope and Asia will be pleased with our signals. The cooperation of the USFWS has been extremely cooperative and helpful."
Per USFWS rules, only 15 operators will be allowed on the island at one time. "We have arranged with USFWS to allow a shift change about half way through the DXpedition," Allphin told the ARRL. "This has allowed a number of hams on our waiting list an opportunity to participate in this DXpedition."
DXpedition co-leader Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, said the team will be running CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-6 meters. "We've had tremendous support from DX organizations all over the world and from numerous equipment and antenna manufacturers," he told the ARRL. "We are diligently working on the propagation studies to reach our hard-to-work areas of Asia and Europe. This plus our planned antennas, we should knock Desecheo off of the Most Wanted List for a long time to come."
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/6/2009 2:24:22 PM
ARRL DXCC Desk Approves T61AA Operation :-ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that the license for the T61AA operation in Afghanistan has been updated. "If you had cards that were recently rejected for this operation, please send an e-mail to the ARRL DXCC Desk and you will be placed on the list for update," Moore said.
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/5/2009 2:24:22 PM
DXpedition to the island of Niue (IOTA ref. OC-040)
16th May 2009 until 20th June 2009 (5 weeks)
When the DXpedition is QRV, this webpage will have an online log-search feature, updated every few days if possible.
Thanks for your interest in ZK2V 2009 - more information to follow ....
73 Chris ZL1CT / GM3WOJ ( ZL1V / GM7V) zl1ct1....at... gm7v.com
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/4/2009 2:24:22 PM
Hamfest India 2009, the
largest annual festival of hams in India and The Golden Jubilee Year
Celebrations of BARC - Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (1959-2009) is officially
launched in Bangalore on 14 December 2008 at the Bharath Scouts & Guides Hq.,
Bangalore. Over 100 hams & SWLs were present on the occasion from all over South
The Hamfest India 2009 jointly with the Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations of BARC
will be held on 7 & 8 November 2009 at Sri Nijagunara Kshetra, Opposite Bull
Temple, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.
Several events like Field Day, Fox Hunt, HF & VHF Contests, etc will be
conducted during the year 2009, concluding with the 2 day celebrations of
Hamfest India 2009 & Golden Jubilee Year of BARC, on 7 & 8 November 2009.
The Delegation Fee for the Hamfest India 2009 is Rs.450/- for Hams & SWLs, and
Rs.350/- for accompanying spouse and children above 10 years age.
Delegation Forms will be made available online shortly on the official website
Await more information on this mailing list shortly.
Member, Organising Committee
Hamfest India 2009
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/3/2009 2:24:22 PM
The information to you,
your family and friends, that your Tiruchengoud Repeater Club has organized an
Eyeball meet on 25th and 26th January 2009 at YERCAUD.You are cordially invited
to attend with your family and friends to make it GREAT EYEBALL meet of the
year. No doubt, that the First ham meet at Yercaud in January 2007 was a great
success due to your valuable support, best wishes and wholehearted
participation. YES, this time with the same enthusiasm and support we intend to
out beat that.
YERCAUD - hill station 30 Km away from Salem with a winding ghat road, of 20
hair pin bends and 4920 ft,above mean sea level is situated in the Shevaroy
hills. Its climate is cool and temperature never rises more than 30Deg Cand dip
below 13 Deg c. You are amble around leisurely, do a tour of the lake in a pedal
boat, or hire a car for the sight-seeing, The rocky escapements over looking the
plains, Lady'Seat,Pyramid point(3Km away) once a Stone Age fortress shrine (7km
away) and the Shevarayan Temple leading to an old cave temple are
some of the places worth visiting.
Some of the original forests still exist here and contains sevaral endemics
species of plants and fauna.Wild life like
bison,deer,ant-eater,mongoose,patridges,the bird of paradise and many more ,
jack fruit,orange,guava and spices like black pepper and cardamom are the crops
raised here,beside coffee. A wonderful place for rest and unwinding.
Our friends have planned lot of activities,a dx expedition,a foxhunt and many
more,Efforts are being made to get a special call sign to mark the occasion.
What else we need for a perfect holiday away from the maddening crowds to have
an wonderful eyeball meet!.
Come Let all of us have a great pleasure of meeting each other.
VENUE;- STAR HOLIDAYS
INC., YERCAUD (Near lake)
1. Ham/Guest Rs 350 each.
2. ham and xyl Rs 600 per couple
3. Hormonics above 10 Yrs Rs 250 each
4.Hormonics Below 10 Yrs Complimentary
Those who are interested to avail the services to book their
accomodation at yercaud(at first first served basis) may please
email@example.com, Cell 9345635973
Last Date to receive the forms containing.
1.Name.2.Callsign,Name for Badge. Address, Telephone (o),( R),(M),Email,
No.of persons attending Single/couple,Guest,Children(Above 10 years)
and Below 10 years, Food Veg/Non veg
Last Date to receive the completed information along with the payment
is 10th January 2009.
Mail to P.Paneerselvam,
Hotel mathi,127,Annasalai,Tiruchengodu- 637 211 ( Mobile 9345635973)
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/2/2009 2:24:22 PM
QRZ.CO.IN Website Launched on 1st January 2009 with Indian Amateur Radio Database, News & Discussion Forum etc.,
Admin - QRZ.CO.IN
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | Andhra Pradesh | 1/1/2009 2:24:22 PM