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QST for “Contest Corral”. Each month I note in my planner QSO contests that I want to participate in.
ARRL archives is a great way to look for past articles, technical advice and product reviews.
The QST index of Advertisers is an excellent resource to see what is popular on the market and compare costs of similar items and products.
ARRL has excellent articles that keep me informed of current trends and topics.
Many used ARRL to search for clubs who offer FCC testing program (this is how most new hams have found SMRA)
Here are a few of the services that originate from ARRL:
- LOTW – simplifies the QSL process
- Many ARRL sponsored contests
- The Official Observer Notice – helps Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with the (FCC) regulations.
- The hamfest calendar
- Use of the incoming QSL bureau
- Their unique interned email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthrise at Christmas
Forty-eight years ago this Christmas, a turbulent world looked to the heavens for a unique view of our home planet. This photo of “Earthrise” over the lunar horizon was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in December 1968, showing Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders had become the first humans to leave Earth orbit, entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. In a historic live broadcast that night, the crew took turns reading from the Book of Genesis, closing with a holiday wish from Commander Borman: “We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.”
Here is a link to the actual message https://youtu.be/XEmn0uaQCYc
If you are interested in the Apollo radio systems for voice, telemetry, and tracking, here is an interesting link about their radio systems. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_S-band
As 2016 comes to a close, all of us at SMRA want to wish all who read this a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2017.
ARRL Calls on Members to Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act
ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!”
“We begin the e-mail campaign once again, as the US Senate returns to work this week after a month-long hiatus,” Lisenco said. “We were just beginning to build momentum in the Senate following the unanimous passage of the Parity Act in the House when Congress shut down for the 4 weeks prior to Election Day.”
The task is simple: Go to our Rally Congress page, enter your ZIP code, fill in your name and address, press enter, and e-mails will go directly to your Senators. Members may do this, even if they have already contacted their US Senators for support.
“We have to remind our legislators that we are still here and that we need the Amateur Radio Parity Act to become law,” Lisenco stressed. “We must to do this now as we have, at most, only 4 weeks left in the session to get the bill passed this year. Otherwise, we will have to begin the entire process in 2017 with a new 115th Congress.”
There are no guarantees, Lisenco said, and we are subject to the political bickering that goes on daily between the parties, despite the fact that the bill is truly a bipartisan effort. “In order to have a chance at overcoming political obstacles that have little or nothing to do with the legislation, we need our voices to be heard,” he said. “And we need that input today!”
September’s victory in the US House was the culmination of many years of effort on ARRL’s part to gain legislation that would enable radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities to erect efficient outdoor antennas that support Amateur Radio communication. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” While similar bills in past years gained some traction on Capitol Hill, it was not until the overwhelming grassroots support from the Amateur Radio community for H.R. 1301, and ARRL’s relentless and strident efforts on Capitol Hill that this bill made it this far.
As the amended bill provides, “Community associations should fairly administer private land-use regulations in the interest of their communities, while nevertheless permitting the installation and maintenance of effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas. There exist antenna designs and installations that can be consistent with the aesthetics and physical characteristics of land and structures in community associations while accommodating communications in the Amateur Radio services.”
From time to time our members exemplify true dedication to Amateur Radio here at SMRA and its mission statment. On behalf of SMRA’s excutive board, we want to express our sincere thanks to Bob Raker W0BR.
Be it known to all, that Bob Raker W0BR exemplifies the true spirit of Amateur Radio by the many ways he blesses us at SMRA. Your knowledge of electronics and Amateur Radio you freely share with anyone who asks; your willingness to offer your shack and home for QSO contesting; your skills and abilities to take a worthless box of electronic components and transform them into something that works; your leadership for the club, and the Executive Board and your friendship has proven you worthy of this gift of appreciation. October 18th 2016.
Don Evans KB3VAX President SMRA
- To be a resource for advancing operational and technical skills, competency, and amateur radio licensing
- To mentor new members and enhance fellowship among radio amateurs
- To provide amateur radio communications resources and emergency communication services for the community
- To honor The Amateur’s Code
SMRA Executive Board received this letter of thanks for Gary Hammaker (KB3EJZ) for his time and patience, and making the Cub Scout Pack 190 JOTA event a success.
On behalf of SMRA-EB a very hearty “Thank you Gary!!”
To Whom it May Concern,
This past Sunday (October 16,2016) I set up a portable HF operation from my SUV located in Sheppardstown, PA for the 2016 Jamboree-On-The- Air (JOTA) event. My purpose was to help get my grandson’s Cub Scout Pack 190 get on the air and make contacts with other HF radio stations during the JOTA event. Well, things didn’t work out the way I intended. My HF radio speaker stopped working and I was unable to hear other stations. In a panic mode I set up my 10 meter radio with a 102 inch whip but was unable to make any contacts. As a last resort I set up my VHF radio and whip antenna and called for any station on 146.520. I didn’t want to use a repeater if I didn’t have to. Fortunately, I received a call from KB3EJZ, Gary Hammaker, who was kind enough to talk to each cub scout, giving signal reports, name and location. The cub scouts were very excited about talking on ham radio and I am sure the experience may get some of them interested in the hobby.
Please extend my sincere thanks to Gary Hammaker (KB3EJZ) for his time and patience, and making the Cub Scout Pack 190 JOTA event a success. While some of the scouts were talking on the radio the other scouts were learning about the Morse code using my grandson’s MFJ Morse code keyer. They each sent one Morse code letter spelling out “Thank You” to me in Morse code. That “Thank You” also goes out to Gary Hammaker, KB3EJZ. This experience reminds me why I enjoy amateur radio as much as I do.
WIlliam S. Lyter N3YQA
MSGT Pennsylvania Air National Guard (Ret)