FROM THE PARADE STAND
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2021 LCARC President
Happy New Year Every Body
New Club Website! Delete any old Club browser website history. Navigate to the new site www.W9LJ.org and memorize the new one. IMHO, I think it not only looks fantastic, but has better drop downs. Constructive suggestions are welcome.
January 8th LCARC physical meeting has been cancelled due to the resurgence of Covid-19 concerns. There will be a virtual Club ZOOM meeting instead. Watch your email for a ZOOM invitation in your email. The ZOOM meeting begins at 7:00pm.
How-to ZOOM: at about 6:50pm, click on the ZOOM link sent to your email or copy that link and paste it into your web browser search line, then click “enter” on your keyboard. If you do not have ZOOM already, you will be asked “Download ZOOM Yes or NO”. Choose “YES” to proceed. On the next ZOOM screen choose “join with video, audio, or both” then click "join meeting" In the meeting, there are your very own ZOOM control icons, mouse over and click to turn your own video or audio on and off. Finally, on the right side of your computer screen is an area you can mouse over to and type/send text message questions.
Please, mute your microphone until you have a question. Background noise is distracting.
2021 Club Dues are well… due. Just $20. Send to: LCARC, PO Box 90, Crown Point IN 46308. Licensed amateurs, who have never been a member of LCARC, can join with 2021 membership dues waived. Go to W9LJ.org for an application or email the Club’s website.
LCARC January Board Meeting: Tuesday January 5th at 7:00pm. Watch your email for a ZOOM e-vite.
LCARC Information Net An informal net. Wednesdays at 8:00pm Club VHF (147.000) and UHF (442.075) repeaters pl 131.8. A great way to stay in touch with Club members. If you haven’t logged in, why not? Non-member logins welcomed.
LCARC Simplex Net on 146.520 immediately after the LCARC Information Net. (alternate is 146.540 if 146.520 is busy).
Solar Flux: In spite of lower sunspot numbers, the average daily solar flux increased slightly from 82.1 to 82.8. (Solar Flux minimum was… 68 one year ago)
Predicted solar flux: 82 - January 1 to 6th , 84 - January 7 to 12, 84 - January 13 to 20, and 86 - January 21 to 23rd. 15m & 10m are often open midday. While there are beacons transmitting on 10m (28.200 – 28.300 MHz) I listen for FT8 at 28.074
NOAA Solar Cycle 25: predicting a slow start, but anticipates a peak solar flux maximum of 95 – 130. Solar Flux will be higher than the past three 11 year cycles.
International Space Station; ARISS slow scan TV -- frequency to watch will be 145.800 MHz, using SSTV PD-120 mode. A helpful addition to the ARISS website is a "Current Status of ISS Stations," which reports the present or coming operating mode of ARISS radios in the Columbus and Service modules. Click on "General Contacts" and then "Current Status of ISS Stations" on the drop-down menu of the ARISS website to access the reports.
Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) is taking advantage of a grant from the Yasme Foundation, in cooperation with Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), to add 15 more nodes. RBN is a global system of software-defined radio receivers that monitor amateur radio bands and report CW, RTTY, and FT4/FT8 signals to a central, searchable database.
Hmmm?: Phil Karn/KA9Q President of Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has publically confirmed they received $108 million from Amazon for 4 million amateur radio TCP/IP addresses ($27 per IPc4 address). Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a non-profit California corporation.
ARRL Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program volunteers spent more than 6,100 hours poring over the amateur bands in the 3rd quarter 2020. The VM Program issued 15 Good Operator Letters. "Volunteers are in the chair monitoring, recognizing exemplary operators and admonishing those who need to pay closer attention to their operating practices”. The VM Program referred two cases to the FCC while accepting two cases from the FCC for investigation.
Contest University to Host ZOOM Propagation Summit Radio propagation experts will share their knowledge during a Propagation Summit, sponsored by Contest University (CTU) On January 23, 2021. The presentation schedule includes: "Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project and HamSCI Activities for 2021" with Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, at 11 AM EST (1600 UTC); "Solar Cycle 25 Predictions and Progress" with Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, at noon (1700 UTC); "Maximizing Performance of HF Antennas with Irregular Terrain" with Jim Breakall, WA3FET, at 1 PM EST (1800 UTC), and "HF Ionospheric Propagation" with Frank Donovan, W3LPL, at 2 PM EST (1900 UTC). Registration is free. An Icom IC-705 will be raffled off as a door prize. The winner must be present on Zoom to win.
Straight Key Night January 1st This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. Visit ARRL.orgKids Day January 2nd Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids! Visit ARRL.org for; the exchange, frequencies, reporting, and certificate.
The ARRL RTTY Roundup January 2nd – 3rd. If you're new to RTTY or digital modes, in the RTTY Roundup, operators worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY, PSK, FT8/FT4, ASCII, AMTOR, and Packet. Automated operation is not permitted; each claimed contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Visit ARRL.org
VHF Contest January 16-18th: All US, Canadian Stations, and possessions. All legal modes are permitted. CW, SSB, MSK144, FT8 and FM-Only are gaining popularity - other popular modes include PSK31, FSK441 and JT65. Visit ARRL.org
73 everybody! See you on ZOOM. Tim/N9CA
By Tim McGillen/N9CA 2020 LCARC President
November’s Meeting: A big THANK YOU to Charlie Sultana/AJ9N (former LCARC member now living in Florida) for a remarkable ZOOM virtual program presented by him - for us - on the 20 year anniversary of the first elementary school contact with Astronauts in space on the International Space Station from Burbank Illinois. He shared how they did it, with lots of pictures and videos of other school contacts he and members of our own Club both past and present accomplished together.
A YouTube recording of Charlie’s program can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/R7c1L_tHPCM
December 11th 2020 LCARC physical meeting has been cancelled due to the resurgence of Covid-19 concerns. We will be attempting a virtual ZOOM Club meeting instead. Stay tuned. Watch your email for a ZOOM invitation it will start at 7:00pm.
Live VE Session Scheduled: Saturday January 23rd 9:00am – 11:00am. EMA office 2900 W. 93rd Ave. Crown Point IN 46307. $15.00 exam fee, if upgrading - provide a photocopy of current license. Proper mask required, hand sanitizer supplied, hard surfaces will be disinfected.
*Pre-registration mandatory! Exam limited to the first 14 applicants to allow social distance spacing. Contact Tim/N9CA at: (219)-769-0673 or email: email@example.com
2021 Club Dues are well… due. Just $20. Send to: LCARC, PO Box 90, Crown Point IN 46308. Licensed amateurs, who have never been a member of LCARC, may join – 2021 dues waived - when they attend a physical Club meeting in 2021.
Election News: A LCARC Board Member slate was presented and approved at November’s meeting. They are: James Harney/KF9EX, Bill Leaming/N4GIX, Russ McComb/KB9HO, Tim McGillen/N9CA, Mark Skowronski/K9MQ, George Suprenant/N9GWS, Adam White/KD9JCX. Others who wish to be 2021 Board Members may nominate themselves at the Tuesday December 8th 7:00pm ZOOM Board meeting.
LCARC December Board Meeting: Tuesday December 8th at 7:00. Watch your email for a ZOOM e-vite.
LCARC informal Information Net Wednesdays at 8:00pm Club VHF and UHF repeaters. A great way to stay in touch with Club members. If you haven’t logged in, why not? Non-member logins welcomed.
-The ARRL has urged the FCC to waive its proposed $50 amateur radio application fee. The proposal has already drawn more than 3,200 individual comments.
-US Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona has introduced a resolution to designate April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day,
-As Category 4 Hurricane Iota neared landfall in Central America on November 16, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) was forced to suspend operations at 0300 UTC because of what HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, described as "deafening interference from a foreign AM broadcast station that came out of nowhere at 0200 UTC." At the time, the net had shifted to its 40-meter frequency of 7.268 kHz, collecting real-time weather and damage reports via amateur radio. The offending signal appeared to be from a 500 kW broadcaster in Turkey. Graves said the HWN has a long history on 7.268 MHz, but that the net is now considering a 40-meter frequency below 7.2 MHz.
-Academic Paper Predicts Sunspot Cycle 25 Could be Among the Strongest Ever! Scott W. McIntosh, Deputy Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, et al., has concluded that Solar Cycle 25 could be among the strongest sunspot cycles ever observed, and will almost certainly be stronger than the just-ended Solar Cycle 24 (sunspot number of 116). The scientists say it will also most likely be stronger than Solar Cycle 23 (sunspot number of 180).
The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 11) discusses how to choose the right antenna for your station, considering several aspects that go beyond cost and complexity.
The latest episode of Elec Tech (episode21) features a discussion about undersea homes for data servers, and a chat with Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, about HamWAN networks.
The On the Air and Eclectic Tech podcasts are sponsored by Icom. Both podcasts are available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android), as well as on Blubrry -- On the Air | Eclectic Tech.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying four radio amateurs autonomously docked on November 17 at 0401 UTC with the International Space Station (ISS). The four will remain on station until next spring. They joined Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, on the ISS.
Victor Glover, KI5BKC; Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP." This marks Glover's first time in space. The others all are ISS veterans.
Roselie White/K1STO US ARRL Delegate said all but Noguchi likely will take part in ARISS contacts with schools. White said the first school contact is tentatively scheduled for December 4th with Tecumseh High School in Oklahoma. School Club K5THS
SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) has celebrated the long relationship (since 1999) between the amateur community and the National Weather Service (NWS). SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 will take place from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on December 5. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers across the country.
During the event, operators are encouraged to exchange their name, home station, SRD number, and current weather conditions with other participating stations. The event website provides complete operating guidelines.
Radio amateurs may sign up for a SKYWARN Recognition Day number by completing a participant sign-up form. A SKYWARN Recognition Day Facebook page has been created and will host a variety of live and recorded segments throughout the day.
Facebook GroupsSKYWARN Recognition Day has 594 members. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather ...
Colorado ARES Group Thanked for Wildfire Support Boulder County, Colorado, Director of the Office of Emergency Management Mike Chard thanked Boulder County ARES (BCARES) for its contributions in support of the recent wildfire emergency response.
DECEMBER RADIO SPORT EVENTS
Friday Dec. 4 – 6th ARRL 160 Meter Contest info at ARRL.org
Sat. Dec 12-13th Peak of Geminid meteor shower info at PINGJOCKEY.net
Sat. Dec 12-13th ARRL 10 Meter Contest info at ARRL.org
Sun. Dec 20th ARRL CW Rookie Roundup info at ARRL.org
Wishing all of you the very best this holiday season,
The Official Newsletter of the LCARC