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TAIL GATE / SWAP MEET -- SATURDAY 06/29/2013

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1 TAIL GATE / SWAP MEET--SAT 6-29-2013 Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:19 am (PDT) . Posted by: "Jerry Sams" jeryknu TAIL GATE SWAP MEET--- 6-29-2013

AT===S.E. 89 th just east of SOONER Rd.( about three (3) blocks east)

and on the north side of the street.

( look for the antenna farm ) plenty of free parking;

you may pull your veh. onto the grass area, drop your tailgate,sale /

swap, trade, etc. and...no cover charge...

Tail gate starting at 9: A.M. til noon-esh..

set up time about fifteen ( 15 ) minutes earlier.....

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DIRECTIONS:: GO South of I-240 on So. Sunnylane Rd.,to S.E. 89 th.,

go east about three blocks,located on the north side of street.

NO COVER CHARGE...... ....

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donations welcomed...

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TALKIN FREQ. simplex ---- 146.520 & -146.790 pl tone 123

ARLP018 Propagation de K7RA

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ARLP018 Propagation de K7RA

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin 18 ARLP018

From Tad Cook, K7RA

Seattle, WA May 3, 2013

To all radio amateurs

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ARLP018 Propagation de K7RA

Solar activity made a healthy jump over the past week, with average

daily sunspot numbers up over 30 points to 120.9, and average daily

solar flux increasing over 27 points to 136.5.

The most active day for geomagnetic indices was May 1, when the

planetary A index reached 21 and the high-latitude college A index

(measured near Fairbanks, Alaska) was a whopping 57. That number has

been higher, but only twice in the past six months, when it was 64

on March 1 and 79 on March 17.

The latest forecast has solar flux at 155 on May 3-4, 150 on May

5-6, 145 on May 7-9, then 140, 125 and 120 on May 10-12, 125 on May

13-15, 120 on May 16-17, then 125, 120, and 130 on May 18-20, 135 on

May 21-22 and 130 on May 23-24.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on May 3-4, 12 on May 5, 8 on May

6, 5 on May 7-20, then 15, 10 and 15 on May 21-23, and then 5

forever after that. This is from a 45 day forecast, so we won't

really see quiet conditions forever, but the forecast ends on June

16 with planetary A index of 5 until then.

F.K. Janda, OK1HH has another short forecast for geomagnetic

conditions, like last week. He sees the geomagnetic field quiet to

unsettled May 3-10, quiet to active May 11-12, and quiet to

unsettled May 13-19. That's it!

NASA released a new solar cycle prediction on May 1, but it wasn't

really new. These arrive at the start of every month, and remain the

same since March 1. On March 1, 2013 the prediction for the smoothed

International Sunspot Number at the cycle peak shifted from 69 to 66

for Fall 2013. The 2013 Autumnal Equinox begins in about four months

and three weeks. This week the May 2013 issue of CQ Magazine

arrived, and across the top of the cover was this headline: "Another

Double-Peak Sunspot Cycle?" We certainly hope so.

Time to review our 3-month moving average of sunspot numbers, which

has increased. The average daily sunspot number for February, March

and April was 85.2. The average daily sunspot number for the three

month periods centered on September 2012 through March 2013 were

81.2, 82.3, 74.4, 82.8, 73.6, 80.7 and 85.2. This is a moving

average, so 81.2 was the average for August through October 2012,

82.3 was September through November 2012 and so on. But this

involves a bit of cherry picking of the data, as the three previous

period's averages were 96.5, 91.9 and 89.9.

The average sunspot number for the month of April was 112.8, for

March it was 81.1 and February was 60.1.

Eric Ferguson, VE3CR of Burlington, Ontario sent his father-in-law

Bruce Jones an article about solar flares, and they both wondered

why there are no solar flares at the Sun's poles.

I passed this question on to Robert Steenburgh, KA8JBY who is a

Senior Space Weather Forecaster at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction

Center.

Robert wrote, "Flares are thought to originate from the deformation

of magnetic field lines which break and reconnect. There is a

latitudinal band in which this magnetic flux emergence (and hence

sunspot formation) and deformation occurs.

"Sunspots typically form at mid-latitudes (equatorward of around 40

degrees) at the beginning of the solar cycle, and the breeding

grounds drift towards the equator over the course of the cycle. This

behavior is attributed to the solar dynamo. See

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/dynamo.shtml.

"A cartoon depiction of the dynamo process is here:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/144061main_CycleDiagramLG.jpg

"You can find a paper on flare distribution for Solar Cycle 23 here:

http://www.ias.ac.in/jaa/junsep2006/JAA10.pdf

"There were 4 flares identified poleward of 50 degrees latitude in

that paper, out of a total of 20,186.

"The poles are usually dominated by coronal holes and 'open'

magnetic field lines that extend out into the heliosphere. So the

mechanisms for flare formation are generally absent."

David Moore sent a link to a NASA video showing ten coronal mass

ejections over five days in April:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=162261751

Mike Snyder, KN8J who lives a few miles south of Harrisville, West

Virginia in EM99lf wrote this morning, May 3: "My wife and I are

early risers. I mean real early. We're up about 3AM. Generally

speaking, 3 to 5AM produces some fair DX for me.

"Lately it's been getting a bit better on the 20 and 30 meter bands.

The South Pacific is usually open at these hours. I've managed a

couple QRP contacts with Hawaii. I've noticed parts of Europe open

as well. I had a solid QSO with OK1HB from the Czech Republic on

14.062MHz. I was running 100 watts barefoot for this one.

"This morning I finally worked a new one: A35JP in Tonga on 14.003

MHz running up two at 0736 UTC.

"Well, gotta go...someone just spotted FO/KH0PR!"

Mike runs a Cushcraft A4 antenna on a 40 foot tower with the two

rear elements askew due to high winds last month. On 160 and 30

meters he uses a fan inverted vee dipole at 35 feet.

He sent this final note: "Just worked A35UD on 10.108 MHz at 1010

UTC. Too bad I gotta go to work now!"

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,

email the author at, [email protected]

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL

Technical Information Service web page at

http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of the

numbers used in this bulletin, see

http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past

propagation bulletins is at

http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good

information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve

overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL

bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for April 25 through May 1 were 93, 104, 100, 97,

136, 165, and 151, with a mean of 120.9. 10.7 cm flux was 119.2,

121.9, 127, 131.7, 142.4, 154.4, and 159.2, with a mean of 136.5.

Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 17, 6, 5, 5, 7, and 21, with a

mean of 9.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 14, 18, 6, 4, 5,

6, and 16, with a mean of 9.9.

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KD5JSD memorial Six Meter Net. (Update)

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The KD5JSD Memorial Net on 6-meter will be held as scheduled at 8:00 PM Central time Monday only change is on this night of Feb. 25-2013 it will be on the FM mode (Not USB) so tune in on 50.200 FM for the Net.

Thank You for being part of this net.

73 & God Bless

Allan=kb5doh

ARLD003 DX news

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ARLD003 DX news

ZCZC AE03

QST de W1AW

DX Bulletin 3 ARLD003

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT January 17, 2013

To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD003

ARLD003 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by

NC1L, PS7DX, The Weekly DX, 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.

TANZANIA, 5H. Sam, F6AML will be QRV as 5H1Z from Zanzibar Island,

IOTA AF-032, from January 20 to February 28. Activity will be in

his free time on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. This may include

visits to IOTAs AF-054, AF-063 and AF-075. QSL via bureau to home

call.

SAMOA, 5W. Ralph is QRV as 5W0W from Apia until March. QSL via

NR6M.

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators W4BUW, W8GEX, W8CAA and AA4NN plan to be QRV

as C6AGH and C6DX from Great Exuma Island, IOTA NA-001, from January

20 to 27. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and

RTTY with three stations. QSL C6AGH via W4BUW and C6DX via W8GEX.

CHILE, CE. Jose, CE8DMT is QRV from Puerto Williams on Navarino

Island, IOTA SA-050. Activity is on 40 and 15 meters using SSB.

His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

ARMENIA, EK. Aram, EK6LP has been active on 12 meters around 1415z.

QSL direct via RN4LP.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Operators F8APV and F8EOI will be QRV as

FR/home calls from January 21 to February 8. Activity will be on 40

to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a focus on 30 meter CW and 20

meter SSB. QSL to home calls.

ENGLAND, G. A group of operators will be QRV as GB6WLB from January

19 to 27 as part of the RNLI SOS Radio week. Activity will be on

most of the HF bands. QSL via G6XOU.

COLOMBIA, HK. Lothar, DK8LRF is QRV as HK3JCL from Restrepo until

March 31. Activity is on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using SSB.

QSL to home call.

DOMINICA, J7. Operators Bernie, W3UR and Tony, N3ME will be QRV as

J77A and J76A, respectively, from January 22 to February 1 and

January 22 to February 11, respectively. Activity will be during

their spare time on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to

home calls.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 from

Marcus Island, IOTA OC-073, until mid April while on work assignment

with the island's weather station. Activity will be mainly on 17 to

10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Robert is QRV as LU1ZG from the Ejercito General

Belgrano II Base. Of late he has been active on 20 meters using SSB

between 0425 and 0510z. QSL via LU4DXU.

BRAZIL, PY. Members of the Natal Digital Group are QRV as special

event station PW7F until January 20 to celebrate the 413th

anniversary of Fortaleza dos Reis Magos located in the city of

Natal. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and digital

modes. QSL via PS7HD.

SUDAN, ST. Lourens, ZS6AKB is QRV as ST2/ZS6AKB in Kutum in the

Darfur region of Sudan until June while on work assignment.

Activity is in his spare time on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to home

call.

EGYPT, SU. Gerd, DJ5IW is QRV as SU/DJ5IW from El Fardous until

February 8. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW only in his

spare time. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Gwalior, VU2JAU is QRV as ATS150 until January 20 to

commemorate the 150th birthday of orator and philosopher Swami

Vivekanada. Activity of late has been on 20 meters using SSB. QSL

via operator's instructions.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is

approved for DXCC Credit: Republic of South Sudan, Z81Z, current

operation commencing January 8, 2013.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL January VHF Contest, North

American SSB QSO Party, AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, QRP CW

Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint, LZ Open CW

Contest, YL-ISSB SSB QSO Party and Hungarian DX Contest are all on

tap for this upcoming weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest

is scheduled for January 21. The SKCC CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT

Test and QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 23. Please see

January 2013 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest websites

for details.

NNNN

/EX

ARLP003 Propagation de K7RA

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ARLP003 Propagation de K7RA

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin 3 ARLP003

From Tad Cook, K7RA

Seattle, WA January 18, 2013

To all radio amateurs

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ARLP003 Propagation de K7RA

Solar activity pulled back over the past week, following a stellar

performance in the week prior. Average daily sunspot numbers were

down 34.3 points to 129, but average daily solar flux actually rose

9.7 points to 157.4. This was because solar flux values seemed to

lag behind last week's activity, raising this week's average in the

first few days of the current week.

The current prediction is for solar flux at 125 on January 18-20,

120 on January 21-22, 115 on January 23-24, 130 on January 25, 135

on January 26-28, 130 and 135 on January 29-30, 140 on January 31

through February 1, 150 on February 2, 155 on February 3-4, 150 on

February 5-11, then 145, 140, 135, 140 and 145 on February 12-16.

The predicted planetary A index is 10, 15 and 18 on January 18-20, 8

on January 21-22, 5 on January 23 through February 4, 8 on February

5, 5 on February 6-8, 8 on February 9-10, and 5 on February 11

through the beginning of March.

The most active geomagnetic day was January 13, but only in relation

to very, very quiet recent conditions. The mid-latitude A index was

10, and the K index only reached 4 in one three-hour period. The

college A index (from Fairbanks, Alaska) was 11 and 12 on January

13-14, with the K index reaching 4 in two 3-hour periods on February

13 and 5 in one 3-hour period on February 14. The reading before

that K index of 5 had a K index of 0.

There is a possibility of aurora on Sunday, January 20. NOAA reports

the geomagnetic field is expected to be at minor storm levels today

(January 18), active levels on January 19, and minor storm levels

again on January 20.

A strong solar wind on January 17 was from the waning effects of a

CME (coronal mass ejection) on January 13. On January 19 solar wind

may rise again as the result of a coronal hole rotating into

geo-effective position. A January 16 CME could cause a rise in

geomagnetic activity on January 20. Effects should decrease into

background levels by mid-day (UTC) on January 20.

The Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning at 2335Z on

January 17 about increased geomagnetic activity January 19-20 due to

a CME. For January 19 they predict quiet to unsettled conditions,

but with active to minor storm periods after 1200Z. For January 20

they predict unsettled to active conditions, with minor storm levels

possible.

OK1HH predicts geomagnetic activity will be quiet on January 18-19,

mostly quiet on January 20-21, quiet to unsettled January 22-23,

mostly quiet January 24-26, quiet January 27 through February 1,

mostly quiet February 2-3, quiet to active February 4-5, quiet

February 6-7, quiet to unsettled February 8-9, active to disturbed

February 10-11.

Jon Utley, K7CO reports that on January 11 he was in the state of

New York, and using a 5 element monoband Yagi at 100 feet he worked

XV1X at 1334Z and XW4XR at 1600Z on 10 meter CW long path.

Also on January 11, Jeff Hartley, N8II in West Virginia reported, "I

have operated every evening this week with poorer than expected

results. Before Thursday January 10, 12 and 10 meters were closed

here very shortly after sunset to all areas. A45XR was S9 on 10

meter long path Sunday morning January 6, but the band was never

open well to Europe unless I rechecked it a bit late. VR2XMT was

about S5-7 on 12 meter SSB long path as well Sunday. All of the

higher bands still seem to close pretty early including 20 meters

both west and north by 0200Z, but I expect by today things are

better. On 10 meters Thursday, KH6 was heard until past 2250Z and

there were west coast and South American stations on 10 until around

2230Z. I have been looking for Asia long path QSOs on 20 and 30

meters without much luck, but did manage to catch UK8OM on 30 meters

short path around 0100Z."

Rick Radke, W9WS of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin wrote: "Just wanted to

share an experience I had on Wednesday January 9. I was checking the

bands for DX. As usual, I start on 10 and work on down to 20 to see

what's open. Nothing was 'happening,' in fact there were very few

signals at all. So I went to 40 just looking for a ragchew and out

of nowhere there was ER4DX calling CQ with a big signal. We

exchanged 59 reports and went our ways. This was 1400 local (2000Z)

on a sunny afternoon in northern Wisconsin, a good three hours

before grayline on this end. In almost 50 years of hamming I've

never seen 5K+ miles of 40 meter propagation mid-day. Nothing

special here, running 1 kW to a vertical with a bunch of radials."

That is an interesting time to work Moldova. ER4DX is Vasily

Romanyuk, and just doing an internet search with his callsign yields

some clues that he operates a pretty serious big gun station. For

instance, using a popular search engine to search that callsign,

then hitting the Images option leads to many photos of big antennas.

W6ELprop indicates that between ER4DX and W9WS on 40 meters on that

date signals may have taken a 10 dB jump from 2000-2030Z, and

another 10 dB by 2230Z. I used 45.456 deg N, 92.42 deg W for Rick's

location, and using the grid locator from an image of a ER4DX QSL

card (KN38vk), the AMSAT tool at

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/toys/gridconv.html shows 48.438 deg N,

27.792 deg E. at the other end. W6ELprop shows this is a 5,016 mile

or 8,073 km path, and about 6 hours after sunset at 2030Z in

Moldova. So conditions were probably favorable, and ER4DX was

probably putting out a big signal, perhaps with a large 40 meter

Yagi.

Using today's date (January 18) shows that first 10 dB bump moving

out by 30 minutes, to happen around 2030-2100Z instead of

2000-2030Z.

Reg Beck, VE7IG of Williams Lake, British Columbia on January 12

wrote: "I had the long path openings on 10 and 12 meters for 3 days

here before they petered out. I still saw W6 stations working long

path after it closed for me after the 3 days. A4, A6, A9 and 7Z1

were worked on 10 meters; A4, A6, A7 were worked on 12 meters. What

was very surprising to me was the immediate resurgence of 160 meter

propagation right after the 10 meter long path propagation stopped.

Europeans all over the band and easily worked just like during the

sunspot minimum with relatively low noise levels. Pretty amazing

propagation up here in the northern end of the Pacific Northwest."

Reg is way up north in British Columbia, not down near the border.

Seattle is 47.7 degrees north latitude, Vancouver BC is 49.2

degrees, and VE7IG is just north of 52 degrees in Williams Lake.

Oleh Kernytskyy, KD7WPJ in Salt Lake City, Utah wrote: "Solar flux

was 170 on January 12. I called CQ with 5 watts and an indoor dipole

on 28.060 MHz from Salt Lake City, and immediately received a

response from Fred, N3FLL in West Chester, PA. He also operated QRP

- 5 watts and used a dipole. I was impressed with this contact,

because the eastern direction is blocked by the Wasatch Mountains."

In another email, Oleh wrote: "We had solar flux 158 and K=2 on

January 13. It produced a short opening on 28 MHz. I had a QSO with

CE2AWW, using 5 watts and indoor dipole. The distance between our

stations was 5707 miles."

Jon Jones, N0JK wrote with 6 meter E-skip news from Kansas: "Heard

the WR7NV/b DM25 and K0YW DM69 on Es around 0130 UTC on January 14

while I was mobile near El Dorado, Kansas EM17. The Nevada beacon

was in for over 30 minutes."

And finally, in last week's Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP002 we

mistakenly put Carl, K9LA in Indianapolis. Carl is in Fort Wayne,

Indiana.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,

email the author at, [email protected]

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL

Technical Information Service web page at

http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of the

numbers used in this bulletin, see

http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past

propagation bulletins is at

http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. Find more good

information and tutorials on propagation at

http://myplace.frontier.com/~k9la/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve

overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL

bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for January 10 through 16 were 145, 166, 156, 126,

128, 120, and 62, with a mean of 129. 10.7 cm flux was 173.9, 172.3,

168.5, 156.4, 154.1, 139.7, and 137.1, with a mean of 157.4.

Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 3, 9, 8, 4, and 5, with a

mean of 4.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 3, 2, 10, 6,

4, and 3, with a mean of 4.3.

NNNN

/EX

VHF and ARES

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ARRL January VHF Contest - Perfect for ARES Practice, Too

The ARRL has added a new "FM Only" category to ARRL VHF contests, starting with the January VHF Contest, which begins this Saturday, January 19. The contest starts at 1900 UTC and runs until Sunday night at 0359 UTC. You'll find lots of "weak signal" VHF operators using high power and sensitive antennas working hard to work your station on FM. No special gear, no big expense -- you can operate in this contest and possibly win a certificate using just the radios you already own.

It's also a perfect opportunity for ARES, SKYWARN, RACES and CERT teams to test their ability to communicate without using a repeater, just as you might have to in an actual emergency. Want to have even more fun? Drive or hike to a local hilltop and you can exercise your deployment capabilities -- it's like "Field Day In the Cold!"

You'll find lots of VHF operators hoping to work YOU! Try transmitting a "CQ Contest" on the following frequencies: 146.550 MHz simplex; 146.580 MHz simplex; also 52.525 MHz (6 meters); 223.5 MHz (1.25 meters); and 446.0 MHz (70 cm band). Remember under the new rules, you're limited to 100 watts or less, but that means you'll be on equal footing with a lot of small stations. A gain antenna (like a beam or Yagi) can really help, and a high location is a big plus, too. You'll need to know your "grid square" as that is part of the exchange of reports with other stations. - Les Rayburn, N1LF, Birmingham, former Alabama SEC [See more discussion in this issue, from ARRL Contest Update Editor Ward Silver, N0AX and from Rayburn. - ed.]

ARLD001 DX news and ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA

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ZCZC AE01

QST de W1AW

DX Bulletin 1 ARLD001

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT January 3, 2013

To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD001

ARLD001 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by

NC1L, The Weekly DX, 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.

KENYA, 5Z. Bertrand, DF3ZS and Tom, DL1QW will be QRV as 5Z4/DF3ZS

and 5Z4/DL1QW, respectively, from Diani Beach from January 7 to 20.

Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to

home calls.

SENEGAL, 6W. Francis, F6BLP is QRV as 6W7SK until January 18 from

Saly Portudal. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using

mostly CW. This may include some activity on 160 meters. QSL to

home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DL50FRANCE

is QRV during all of 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the

French-German Treaty of Friendship, also known as the Elysee Treaty.

QSL via DK8VR.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Bob, WT3A is QRV as DU7TET and is usually active

on 160 meters between 0945 and 1300z. QSL to home call.

ST. VINCENT, J8. Al, W6HGF will be QRV as J8/W6HGF from Saint

Vincent and the Grenadines from January 9 to 24. Activity will be

on all bands, with an emphasis on the higher bands when possible

using mostly RTTY and other digital modes. QSL direct to home call.

MONGOLIA, JT. Chak, JT1CO has been active on 30 meters around

2100z. QSL direct.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Nao, JA2VQP is working as a volunteer and

teaching mathematics at the Divine Word University in Wewak for the

next two years. He has recently been issued the call P29NO and

plans to be active in the coming months.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PD110MVV is QRV until

January 14 to commemorate the 110th jubilee of the football club MVV

Maastricht. QSL via PD3R.

SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S5300TP is QRV during all of

2013 to mark the 300 years since the Tolmin Peasant Uprising of

1713. QSL via S59DAP.

MOUNT ATHOS, SV/A. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A has been active on 40

meters using SSB around 0600z to 0700z. He has also been active on

17 meters using SSB around 1400z. QSL direct to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5. Ewald, DJ2BQ is QRV as V5/DJ2BQ until January 18.

Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using RTTY. QSL to home call.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Bjorn, SM0MDG is QRV as VP2MSW until January 8.

Activity is mainly on 17 and 15 meters, and possibly 10 meters if

conditions permit. QSL via M0URX.

LAOS, XW. Larry is now QRV as XW1A. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters

using CW and SSB. This will eventually include RTTY. QSL via

E21EIC.

ROMANIA, YO. Members of the Radioclub QSO Banat Timisoara are QRV

as YP10KQT during all of 2013 to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

QSL via YO2KQT.

MACEDONIA, Z3. To commemorate the assignment of the Z3 prefix 20

years ago, special event station Z320RSM is QRV. Also, Special

event stations Z320A to Z320Z are also QRV. QSL via operators'

instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, Kid's Day SSB

Contest, EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW

Ladder, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest and the QRP ARCI Pet Rock CW

Celebration are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The ARS

Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for January 8. The CWops Mini-CWT CW

Test and QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 9. Please see

January 2013 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest websites

for details.

NNNN

/EX

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ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA

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QST de W1AW

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 1 ARLP001

From Tad Cook, K7RA

Seattle, WA January 4, 2013

To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP001

ARLP001 Propagation de K7RA

The New Year brings dreams of solar cycles of old, so distant now,

sweetly remembered for their profusion of sunspots. We hear many

times from operators who began in the amateur radio service as

teenagers at the peak of Cycle 19. With youthful optimism, they

naturally assumed that radio propagation would always be like that,

when a few watts and a modest radiator on 10 meters spanned the

globe during all the days and nights.

If you were age 13 to 17 in 1957 to 1959, the peak of Cycle 19,

perhaps you were born between 1941 and 1945, and probably looked

forward to the next peak in activity. That may have been a

disappointment when Cycle 20 peaked around 1969, as that had a

somewhat broader peak but at a far lower level. You can see it

graphically at http://wm7d.net/hamradio/solar/historical.shtml.

These young adults, now 24 to 28 years old in 1969, might be busy

starting families and careers, and no doubt fondly recalling simpler

times and the tremendous propagation of their younger years.

Cycle 21 peaked around 1980, and the former teenaged ham of Cycle 19

was now 35 to 39 years old. This was quite an improvement over the

last cycle, as was Cycle 22, which looked like an echo of Cycle 21.

Cycle 22 peaked around 1991-1992, with a more pronounced

double-peak. The former teenager was now 47 to 51 years old, solidly

into middle-age, and still wondering if sunspot activity would ever

roar back to the levels of the late-1950s.

The following cycle, number 23, was another double-peak, but

significantly lower in 2000 to 2002 than the previous cycle. Perhaps

another disappointment for the now 56 to 60 year old ham, who then

sees solar activity slide into a long and low minimum over the next

decade, impossible to imagine 60 years earlier. The 160 meter

operators, quite happy in this situation with a much quieter Sun,

have no such longing for the active Sun of yesteryear.

Now the young ham of the late 1950s contemplates the peak of Cycle

24, apparently much lower than any seen in most of the past century,

and expected to grow to maximum this year. Now we have many more

tools to observe and measure both solar activity and propagation,

and we know that activity could still increase significantly. Some

foresee decades of lower activity, but of course predicting future

solar activity is a very tricky proposition, and anything could

happen.

At

http://www.solen.info/solar/images/comparison_recent_cycles.png

you can see a comparison of recent cycles, from 21 to the current

24.

While we've seen a number of papers and predictions for a series of

quieter sunspot cycles, some disagree. For instance, Michael

Proctor, professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Cambridge

University is not convinced. He was quoted this year as saying,

"This present cycle is similar to the weak one that ended in 1913,

and that was followed by a strong cycle."

Those were Cycles 14 and 15, and Cycle 15 was only strong relative

to 14. Cycles 17, 18 and 19 were stronger than 15, and so were 21,

22 and 23.

It is also important to remember there is wild variability in solar

activity. To make those graphs of sunspot numbers appear smooth,

each point on the graph actually represents an average of a year of

data. When averaged, the flurry of solar activity at the end of 2011

and some future activity in 2013 could appear as a broad peak on a

graph.

NASA looks frequently at their predictions for the current cycle,

and often adjusts them every month. The latest shows a smoothed

sunspot number a bit lower than the forecast from several weeks ago.

In the December 10 forecast they predicted a smoothed sunspot number

of 72 in the late in 2013, but that number is now 69 in the January

2 release. Note these are the lower international sunspot numbers,

which are always less than Boulder numbers presented in this

bulletin. Read the report at

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtml.

With the change from 2012 to 2013, now is a good time to review

sunspot numbers and trends. Average daily sunspot numbers in 2013

were up substantially from 2012. From 2004 through 2012 the yearly

progression was 68.6, 48.9, 26.1, 12.8, 4.7, 5.1, 25.5, 29.9 and

82.3. I took all the daily sunspot numbers for 2012, added them

together, and the sum was 30,133. Divide that by 366 (the number of

days in 2012, a leap year) and the result is approximately 82.3. In

2011 it was 10,913 divided by 365, yielding 29.9.

The 2012 average was higher than any year after 2003. But at the

peak of Cycle 23, the averages from 1998 to 2003 were all higher:

88.7, 136.3, 173, 170.3, 176.7, and 109.2. It seems unlikely that

average daily sunspot numbers this year will reach anywhere near the

level of 2000-2002.

We observe a moving 3-month average of sunspot numbers, in an

attempt to smooth out some of the variations. Unfortunately, the

past three months were much lower then the three month period ending

one month earlier. The current average of 74.4, centered on November

2012, is lower than any three month period since averages centered

on February and March of 2012.

The 3 month period previous to the current one is centered on

October 2012, and covers September through November. The average

then was 82.3. To recap averages from previous bulletins, the

three-month moving averages of daily sunspot numbers centered on

July 2011 through November 2012 were 63, 79.6, 98.6, 118.8, 118.6,

110, 83.3, 73.7, 71.2, 87.3, 91.5, 96.5, 91.9, 89.9, 81.2, 82.3, and

74.4.

Looking at the past week, yesterday we saw a sizable gain in solar

flux, when the value went from 106.7, 113.6, 117.8, and 119 to

128.8, on December 30 through January 3. NOAA and USAF predict solar

flux at 130 on January 4-6, 125 and 120 on January 7-8, 115 on

January 9-10, 110 on January 11, 105 on January 12-13, 110 on

January 14-17, 115 on January 18-20, and 120 on January 21-23.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 4-12, 10 on January 13,

5 on January 14-25 and 8 on January 26.

F.K. Janda, OK1HH issues a weekly geomagnetic forecast. This week he

says geomagnetic conditions will be quiet January 4, quiet to active

January 5, mostly quite January 6, quiet January 7-9, quiet to

unsettled January 10-12, active to disturbed January 13, quiet to

unsettled January 14-16, quiet January 17-19, mostly quiet January

20-21, and quiet on January 22-26.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,

email the author at, [email protected]

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL

Technical Information Service web page at

http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of the

numbers used in this bulletin, see

http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past

propagation bulletins is at

http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. Find more good

information and tutorials on propagation at

http://myplace.frontier.com/~k9la/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve

overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL

bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for December 27 through January 2 were 78, 54, 49,

37, 87, 99, and 90, with a mean of 70.6. 10.7 cm flux was 106.8,

105.8, 104.3, 106.7, 113.6, 117.8, and 119, with a mean of 110.6.

Estimated planetary A indices were 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 1, and 3, with a

mean of 2.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 0, 2, 3, 4, 1, 1,

and 2, with a mean of 1.9.

NNNN

/EX

SCARS Special Update: Norman digipeater temporarily off-air

Posted by Allan kb5doh on January 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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All,

The Cleveland County Sheriff's office is borrowing "our" digipeater antenna until they can get a new duplexer for their 154.65 VHF system. They are running a split tx/rx antenna system which is working well enough for the time being.

"Quotes" since this antenna and feed line is the abandoned NRH paging system which we put back into service since it was abandoned.

The digi will be back on the air pretty soon.

73 de Gary, WB5ULK

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This message is approved by the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society

www.w5nor.org

ARLB001 W1AW 2013 Winter Operating Schedule

Posted by Allan kb5doh on January 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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ARLB001 W1AW 2013 Winter Operating Schedule

ZCZC AG01

QST de W1AW

ARRL Bulletin 1 ARLB001

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT January 2, 2013

To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB001

ARLB001 W1AW 2013 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days

------------------- ---- ---------

1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri

1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)

1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri

2100 " " CWs Tue, Thu

2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily

2300 " (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily

0000 " (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri

0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu

0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily

0200 " (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily

0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily

0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri

0300 " " CWs Tue, Thu

0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily

&! nbsp; Frequencies (MHz)

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CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 147.555

DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 147.555

VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 147.555

 

Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM

CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM

CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is

given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of

alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian

Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular

digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between

0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices and CW/digital bulletins is

available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named

"W1AWBDCT." The 9:45 PM ET phone bulletin is currently unavailable

via W1AWBDCT. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently

with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please

note that any questions or comments about this server should not be

sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions

or comments to [email protected]

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as

follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and

CW on the half hour.

 

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700

UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM

to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your

current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 90 in the

January 2013 issue of QST or on the web at,

http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

NNNN

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ARLP050 Propagation de K7RA

Posted by Allan kb5doh on December 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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ARLP050 Propagation de K7RA

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QST de W1AW

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 50 ARLP050

From Tad Cook, K7RA

Seattle, WA December 14, 2012

To all radio amateurs

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ARLP050 Propagation de K7RA

Average daily sunspot numbers fell 13.5 points this week from 61.1

to 47.6. Average daily solar flux was about the same this week as

last, rising 1.1 points to 102.7. Geomagnetic indices were even

quieter this week than last.

Predicted solar flux is 115 on December 14, 120 on December 15-16,

115 on December 17-19, 110 on December 20-21, 115 on December 22-23,

110 on December 24-27, 100 on December 28-29, 95 on December 30

through January 3, 100 on January 4-5, and 105 on January 6-8. Solar

flux then jumps abruptly to 125 and 130 on January 13-14.

The predicted planetary A index is 5 on December 14-15, 8 on

December 16, 10 on December 17, 5 on December 18-28, 8 on December

29, 5 on December 30 through January 5, 7 on January 6-7, 5 on

January 8-9, 8 on January 10-11 and 5 on January 12-27.

OK1HH predicts the geomagnetic field will be quiet to unsettled on

January 14, mostly quiet December 15, quiet to unsettled December

16, active to disturbed December 17, mostly quiet December 18, quiet

December 19. A positive storm phase is expected December 20, with

active to disturbed conditions December 20-21, quiet to unsettled

December 22, mostly quiet December 23, quiet December 24, quiet to

unsettled December 25, mostly quiet December 26, quiet December 27,

quiet to active December 28, quiet December 29, quiet to unsettled

December 30-31, quiet January 1-4, active to disturbed January 5-6.

Both NASA and NOAA have tweaked their predictions for the peak of

the current solar cycle next year. To see the NOAA changes, go to

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly/ and select PRF 1940 and go to page

12. Then open another browser window and select PRF 1944 and go to

page 16.

Notice that in the November prediction, the cycle peaks at 90 in May

through July 2013, and the smoothed sunspot number for January

through April is 81, 83, 85 and 88. In the December prediction, we

see two instead of three peak months, June and July 2013. The

numbers for January through May are 79, 81, 83, 86 and 88. This is a

marginally weaker predicted peak for cycle 24.

The latest NASA prediction is at

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtml

The change here is from 73 to 72 for a smoothed sunspot number

maximum in the December 10 prediction compared to the November 2

prediction. The other change is last month when they wrote "The

smoothed sunspot number (for 2012/02) is already nearly 67 due to

the strong peak in late 2011 so the official maximum will be at

least this high." This month the end of the line was changed to "at

least this high and this late."

Seen on Bob Kile's (W7RH) Facebook page on Tuesday: "For those low

band operators out there. The solar activity remains low and the

solar wind is under 300km/sec. That means West Coast to EU, boys! I

have six in the log last Saturday night and there have been West

Coast openings since last Friday."

I believe Bob is referring to 160 meters.

Lloyd Berg, N9LB of Oregon, Wisconsin (Oregon is a town just south

of Madison, Wisconsin) wrote about the 10 Meter contest:

"This year required a continuous effort on Friday evening, all day

Saturday and all day Sunday, including numerous 'dead band' times of

waiting and wondering if the band was going to come back or not. I

can see a large chunk of the band on my FLEX - Software Defined

Radio panoramic display - and when I say the band went dead, I see

it happening just like somebody turned down the RF gain - only took

a minute or two to extinguish all signals. I'd actually transmit

just to make sure the antenna was connected. I also looked out the

window many times to see if the antenna was still there (it was).

Really odd.

"At the beginning of the contest, the solar numbers looked awfully

low for decent 10m propagation: SFI=97, SSN=23, A=1, K=0. Conditions

were very weird from my Wisconsin QTH. The band kept going dead,

then we'd have a bit of garden variety E-skip 'here-and-there,' then

dead again. Then it would open up real wide, going way beyond simple

E-skip... North, South, East and West all at the same time.

"Worked everything East of the Mississippi in North America

(E-skip). Worked Hawaii, more Alaskans than in any other single

contest ever, many BC, and a NWT, but never heard most of the Rocky

Mountain states. Easy to work every active station in South and

Central America, and the Caribbean - day or night. Nice and strong

but short-lived openings to Azores, Cape Verde and Canary Islands.

"Worked several ZSs, VKs, ZLs and an E51 during a few short precious

minutes of openings on Saturday evening and again on Sunday

afternoon. No Japan or Asia heard at all. Only European contacts

were a couple of Spain and Portugal, again during a very brief

opening (well after their sunset)."

Thanks, Lloyd!

Jeff Hartley, N8II of West Virginia wrote, also about the 10 Meter

contest: "Sunday was noticeably better than Saturday in the 10M

contest this past weekend. I only worked about 15 EU stations all

weekend, but conditions to the west coast were extremely good and we

had plenty of Es Friday night and Saturday night into MN, WI, SD,

IA, MO, KS, and OK as well ME and VE1, VE9, VY2. The last hour

featured Es into KP4 and NC, SC, AL, KY, TN, FL, MS, AR, LA and TX.

"Highlights were working A45 around 1630Z Saturday and a great long

path Asian opening on Sunday which lasted for hours, starting around

1250Z on CW with about four JAs, BD7 at 1302Z, BV1 at 1308, XV1 at

1405, HS0 at 1414,and 9V1 at 1538, and also called on phone by HS0

at 1506. Sunday was extremely good to the west coast from 1710Z thru

2235Z, one WA station running a half watt was a solid S4 and mobiles

had solid signals. All states were worked on CW and only missed AK

on phone. There was propagation of some sort to all states at one

time or another with only the very close states on backscatter

only."

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,

email the author at, [email protected]

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL

Technical Information Service web page at

http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of the

numbers used in this bulletin, see

http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past

propagation bulletins is at

http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. Find more good

information and tutorials on propagation at

http://myplace.frontier.com/~k9la/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve

overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL

bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for December 6 through 12 were 49, 23, 35, 40, 49,

55, and 82, with a mean of 47.6. 10.7 cm flux was 97.4, 97.1, 101.1,

103.7, 104, 103.7, and 111.9, with a mean of 102.7. Estimated

planetary A indices were 1, 1, 1, 4, 3, 2, and 2, with a mean of 2.

Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 1, 1, 3, 3, 2 and 3, with a

mean of 2.1.

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/EX


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