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ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA

Posted by Allan kb5doh on November 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA


ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA




Propagation Forecast Bulletin 47 ARLP047

From Tad Cook, K7RA

Seattle, WA November 26, 2012

To all radio amateurs



ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA


This bulletin was delayed several days due to the Thanksgiving

holiday, but is up-to-date as of Monday morning.


In Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP046 on November 16, the average

daily sunspot number on November 8-14 was 104.9. In the next seven

day reporting period, November 15-21, the average was 126.9, a nice

increase. With solar flux, the average over the previous period was

129.5. In the most recent period it increased to 138.9.


In the four days (November 22-25) since the last reporting period

ended, sunspot numbers were weakening at 93, 85, 87 and 64. Solar

flux was 127,7, 126.7, 118 and 121.6.


The latest prediction from NOAA/USAF on Sunday, November 25, has

solar flux at 120 on November 26, 115 on November 27, 110 on

November 28, 105 on November 29-30, 100 on December 1-3, 120 on

December 4, 125 on December 5-6, 130 on December 7-11, 135 on

December 12-15, and peaking at 140 on December 16-17. It then drops

to a minimum of 110 on December 26-28 before rising again.


The planetary A index is predicted at 11 and 15 on November 26-27, 8

on November 28-29, 10 on November 30, 8 on December 1, 5 on December

2-4, 10 on December 5-8, 5 and 8 on December 9-10, 5 on December

11-15, 8 on December 16, and 5 on December 17-31.


OK1HH predicts quiet conditions November 26, quiet to unsettled

November 27, active to disturbed November 28, mostly quiet November

29 through December 2, quiet to unsettled December 3, quiet to

active December 4, quiet December 5-8, quiet to unsettled December

9, and quiet to active December 10-11.


On November 19, Jon Jones, N0JK of Lawrence, Kansas reported 6 and

10 meter sporadic-E propagation. He wrote, "I heard the W4CHA/b

EL88 50.079 MHz on Es around 1740 UTC. No live ops around. About 10

minutes earlier I worked PT0S while fixed mobile on 10M SSB. I was

running 100W and a mag mount whip antenna on the car. PT0S peaked up

to 10 over S-9. I was on a high ridge with a clear shot to PT0S

across the Wakarusa river valley, which helped."


PT0S was the expedition to St. Peter and Paul Rocks, which sits in

the mid-Atlantic Ocean at 0.9169 degrees north, 29.335 degrees west.

We received another interesting report forwarded by Frank Donovan,

W3LPL of Glenwood, Maryland. The report comes from last Thursday,

November 22, and was written by George Wallner, AA7JV, who was on

the expedition.


Excerpts follow: "During the short openings to JA, the demand is

very strong and pile-ups have very high densities that make copy

difficult. Still, we are happy as we have over 2500 JA contacts in

the log.


"There was a very good opening late afternoon on 6 meters.

Interestingly, just a few minutes before the opening 20, 17 and 15

meters went almost completely dead. I was operating 20 meter CW and

had a huge pile-up. Within one minute the pile-up completely

disappeared. There was not even one weak signal to be heard. Almost

instantly, the 6 meter radio came alive and we had over 200 QSOs in

90 minutes, mostly with Southern Europe. A very nice surprise! 20,

17 and 15 meters recovered within a few minutes and we had big

pile-ups going 15 minutes after the beginning of the disturbance.


"We got on 160 just after sunset at 2000Z. We could hear EU stations

working each other, but nobody could hear us. We QSYed to 80 meters,

where conditions were worse; 80 sounded like a bad 160. We then

moved to 40 and worked both CW and SSB for a few hours, returning to

160 at 2145Z, by which time 160 was in decent shape and we were able

to work a steady stream of EU stations until about 1230Z, when

conditions deteriorated. We QSYed the main station between 40 and

160 meters a few times, trying to make QSOs while keeping our

fingers in the 160 meter pie. We finished with 160 at sunrise but

could not hear any JAs, just the odd NA caller, with mostly weak to

very weak signals. We quickly QSYed to 40 at 0730Z where we were

able to work a steady stream of JAs until about 0830Z, when the band

suddenly closed to JA. Meanwhile, the second station was working NA,

EU and JA on 80 meters, under good conditions until 0800Z."


The disruptions George spoke of were no doubt triggered by one or

more of the several coronal mass ejections that our Sun spewed forth

last week.


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 For an explanation of the

numbers used in this bulletin, see An archive of past

propagation bulletins is at Find more good

information and tutorials on propagation at


Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve

overseas locations are at


Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL

bulletins are at


Sunspot numbers for November 15 through 21 were 132, 141, 163, 136,

122, 119, and 75, with a mean of 126.9. 10.7 cm flux was 141.7,

138.3, 135.5, 141, 133.9, 141.2, and 140.4, with a mean of 138.9.

Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 5, 7, 5, 4, 11, and 7, with a

mean of 6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 5, 7, 4, 3, 10

and 7, with a mean of 5.6.



Posted by Allan kb5doh on October 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

[Attachment(s) from Mark Conklin included below]


SATURDAY October 6, 2012 is this year's ARES-Oklahoma Simulated Emergency Test (SET).


Attached you will find a .pdf file which is the plan for the 2012 ARES-Oklahoma Simulated Emergency Test (SET).


Or download the SET plan from this link:


If you have NOT heard from your local ARES-OK leaders about the SET - I encourage you to call or e-mail them today. If you still have questions contact the Zone Emergency Coordinator (ZEC) for your region.


Good Luck and have fun during this years SET.


Thanks & 73,

Mark Conklin, N7XYO

Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service


[email protected]

Follow me on Twitter @N7XYO






Attachment(s) from Mark Conklin

1 of 1 File(s)

2012 ARES-Oklahoma Simulated Emergency Test _SET_.pdf




To register with ARES-Oklahoma go to

SCARS Meeting Update

Posted by Allan kb5doh on September 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

SCARS Monthly Meeting location change - October and December

There is a Rookie Training Class at Firestation #7 this Fall, so our October and December meetings will be held at City Hall in those two months.


There WILL be future reminders about this.

Texoma Hamarama

Posted by Allan kb5doh on September 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


I will be speaking at the Ardmore Texoma Hamarama on Saturday October 27, 2012

at 9:00 AM during the ARES-OK Forum.

Also on Saturday morning

at 10:00 AM is the ARRL Forum w/OK Section Manager Kevin O’Dell N0IRW

Ardmore Texoma Hamarama

Oct 26 and Oct 27, 2012

Exit 33 - I-35: Ardmore, OK

Friday - Setup 12:00 Noon - Open 5:00 PM untill 8:00 PM

Saturday - Setup 7:00 AM - Open 8:00 AM untill 1:00 PM

Texoma Hamarama hamfest, forum, swap meet, expo and numerous ham radio vendors.

See you there..


Mark Conklin, N7XYO

Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service


[email protected]

Follow me on Twitter @N7XYO






To register with ARES-Oklahoma go to

Reaching Out

Posted by Allan kb5doh on May 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Hi Group, Today I am reaching out to help a fellow amateur radio operator he is blind and needs a talking watt meter that will handle at least 1000 watts more would be nice, so if any of you have information that will help us find this equipment please contact me. He had one but lost it to lightning.

73 & God Bless Everyone.

Allan=kb5doh :)

Reaching Out

Posted by Allan kb5doh on May 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Hi Group, Today I am reaching out to help a fellow amateur radio operator he is blind and needs a talking watt meter that will handle at least 1000 watts more would be nice, so if any of you have information that will help us find this equipment please contact me. He had one but lost it to lightning.

73 & God Bless Everyone.

Allan=kb5doh :)

W5YI Fred Maia - SK

Posted by Allan kb5doh on March 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)



ARLX002 Fred Maia, W5YI, (SK)



Special Bulletin 2 ARLX002

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT March 30, 2012

To all radio amateurs


ARLX002 Fred Maia, W5YI, (SK)

The holder of one of the best-known US Amateur Radio call signs,

Frederick (Fred) Maia, W5YI, died of cancer Wednesday, March 28. He

was 76 and was a resident of Arlington, Texas.

Fred was a leading Amateur Radio journalist for nearly 35 years and

a pioneer of the volunteer examining program adopted by the FCC in


Maia published "The W5YI Report," dubbed "America's Oldest Ham Radio

Newsletter," from 1978 to 2003, and has been a CQ contributing

editor since 1985. His regulatory affairs column, first titled

"Ticket Talk," then "Washington Readout," offered news and

perspective on FCC Regulations and ITU actions. His final column

will appear in the May 2012 issue of CQ.

After the FCC adopted volunteer examining for all levels of Amateur

Radio licensing in 1984, Fred became the first Volunteer Examiner

Coordinator (VEC) appointed by the FCC. Fred subsequently founded

The W5YI Group in 1986 to develop, publish and sell amateur and

commercial radio license study materials. In the realm of FCC

commercial radio licensing, Fred formed National Radio Examiners to

provide examination services.

Maia served as President of the W5YI-VEC until his retirement in

October of 2000 when he sold The W5YI Group study material products

to Master Publishing, Inc. The retail operations were purchased by

General Manager Larry Pollock, NB5X, newly appointed President of

the W5YI-VEC and National Radio Examiners organizations. Maia

continued writing "The W5YI Report" newsletter until July 2003.

A graduate of the US Air Force Radio Operators School, Fred was an

avid CW operator. He was first licensed as a teenager as W1NTK in

Brockton, Massachusetts, where he grew up. Maia was later licensed

as W5UTT, and held DXCC CW awards and EU-PX-A CW. He was a member of

QCWA and Life Member of the ARRL.

For several decades, Maia also served on the National Conference of

Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) as a member of the Question

Pool Committee that oversees the development and maintenance of the

Amateur Radio license examination question pools.

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, commented: "Amateur

Radio is healthier today because of the tireless efforts of Fred

Maia. While Fred did not always see things quite the same way as the

ARRL, in my experience he always had the best interests of Amateur

Radio at heart. He was a major figure who will be sorely missed."

He is survived by his wife, Doris, and two daughters. A memorial

service will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, March 31, at Moore Funeral

Home, 1219 North Davis Dr, Arlington, TX 76012.



ARRL Proposed 9 cm Band Plan

Posted by Allan kb5doh on March 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

ARRL Seeks Comments on Proposed 9 cm Band Plan 



A few months ago, the ARRL UHF/Microwave Band Plan Committee asked the Amateur Radio community about current, planned and projected uses of the amateur bands between 902 MHz and 3.5 GHz. The response was beyond our expectations, with hundreds of comments and suggestions received. Thanks to all of you who took the time to share information with us.

After reading the feedback, the committee began working on the band plans; the first draft plan ready for review is for the 9 cm band (3300-3500 MHz). Please take a moment to look over the accompanying draft (see below) and let the committee know if you have any major concerns. Draft plans for the remaining bands under study will be released for comment as they become available over the next few months.

As a reminder, the purpose of these band plans is to share information about how the amateur bands are being used and to suggest compatible frequency ranges for various types of application. We recognize that local conditions or needs may necessitate deviations from a band plan, and regional frequency coordinating bodies may recommend alternatives for use in their respective regions.

Please submit your comments via e-mail by April 9, 2012.

Thank you once again for helping us complete this important project.


Rick Roderick K5UR, Chair

ARRL Microwave Band Plan Committee


W1AW 2012 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

Posted by Allan kb5doh on March 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)



ARLB005 W1AW 2012 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule



ARRL Bulletin 5 ARLB005

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT March 12, 2012

To all radio amateurs


ARLB005 W1AW 2012 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days

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

1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWs Wed, Fri

1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWf Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1400 UTC to 1600 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM ET)

1700 UTC to 1945 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET)

(Station closed 1600 to 1700 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM ET))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri

2000 " " CWs Tue, Thu

2100 " (5 PM ET) CWb Daily

2200 " (6 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily

2300 " (7 PM ET) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri

2300 " " CWf Tue, Thu

0000 " (8 PM ET) CWb Daily

0100 " (9 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily

0145 " (9:45 PM ET) VOICE Daily

0200 " (10 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri

0200 " " CWs Tue, Thu

0300 " (11 PM ET) CWb Daily

Frequencies (MHz)


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



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


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


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 2230 UTC (6:30 PM ET), Keplerian Elements

for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital


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

0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Thursdays and 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) 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 CW/digital 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.


FCC licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1400 UTC to 1600

UTC (10 AM to 12 PM ET), and then from 1700 UTC to 1945 UTC (1 PM to

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

FCC amateur license or a photocopy.

The complete W1AW Operating Schedule may be found on page 76 in the

April 2012 issue of QST or on the web at, .



Logbook of The World

Posted by Allan kb5doh on March 10, 2012 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

ARRL - - /

Logbook of The World Account Holders

Do you already have a Logbook of The World Account?

Log in here.

If you want to learn more about using your Logbook of The World account such as adding an old call sign to your account or moving LoTW to a new or second computer then go to Advanced LoTW for instruction on how to do these things and more.


Logbook of The World Introduction

What is Logbook of The World?

Logbook of The World - LoTW - is an exciting way for Radio Amateurs to confirm two-way contacts they have made and use the confirmations as credit toward various awards.

Because Logbook of The World uses double blind comparison, users cannot see what other users have uploaded unless there is a matched QSO. All files uploaded to LoTW are electronically signed by verified users. Logbook of The World maintains the integrity of the QSO verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards.

How does it work?

Logbook of The World is a very powerful system capable of collecting and matching QSO data from users all over the world. When properly configured, LoTW can accommodate a variety of operating situations, such as DXpeditions, previously held call signs and QSL managers.

By using digitally signed certificates with QSO date ranges and station locations for geographic information, Logbook of The World is able to accommodate clubs, QSL managers, Dxpeditions, mobile and rover operators just as easily as it handles the individual user with one call sign and one location.