I will try to keep up with the latest news about amateur radio and things going along for me. To start with a little background about me. I was born here in Chattanooga TN, and moved north 7 years later to West Chester OH. 25 miles north of Cincinnati, OH near Voice of America site.
I became interested in radio around my 16, and got my first license (KIT-3528) CAN'T BELIEVE I REMEMBER THAT. during the blizzard of 1978 I worked with a ham at a Red Cross shelter, I had a portable CB setup and he had a 2 meter radio we setup with both radios available for both to use he had gave me his callsign and I gave him mine. My first time operating in a real emergency situation, I wanted to get my amateur license but couldn't between work and school.
QST de W1AW
Special Bulletin 16 ARLX016
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT December 3, 2021
To all radio amateurs
SB SPCL ARL ARLX016
ARLX016 W1AW Code Practice Text Sources Taken from February 1922 QST
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1st Transatlantic Test, the code practice text material for the week of December 6
through 10 originates from the February 1922 issue of QST. It was in this issue the results of the Transatlantic Test were published.
The February 1922 QST text material may also be used for subsequent code practice transmissions.
The text is taken from pages 14 to 18, 21 to 27, and pages 37 to 40 of this issue.
The text files for each speed will soon be available for viewing online at, https://www.arrl.org/code-practice-qst-source .
Please see http://arrl.org/transatlantic for more details on the event.
China’s Harbin Institute of Technology has applied for IARU Coordination of the ASRTU-1 CubeSat. Among other capabilities, the satellite will provide a V/u FM amateur radio transponder. ASRTU-1 is a 12U CubeSat mission designed by Russian and Chinese university students for education and amateur radio.
Harbin Institute of Technology has successfully developed several amateur radio satellites, including LilacSat-2 (CAS-3H), LilacSat-1 (LO-90), DSLWP-A (LO-93), and DSLWP-B (LO-94). A new SDR-based transceiver was developed for ASRTU-1 to provide communication and experiment resources to radio amateurs, including a V/u FM transponder, a UHF telemetry downlink, and a 10.5 GHz image downlink. The satellite will also allow radio amateurs to send commands to control the satellite to take and download images.
ASRTU is planned for a launch from Russia in the fourth quarter of 2022. — Thanks to the IARU
RTTY Service Station K6KPH, operating from the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), is officially back on the air. K6KPH also transmits W1AW Qualifying Run texts and the W1AW Field Day Bulletin. The station was off the air due to COVID-19 restrictions and antenna damage.
Repairs to the transmitter site in Bolinas, California, were performed under a US National Park Service grant and support from the MRHS. Years of damage from decaying poles, failing crossarms, and falling trees necessitated the repairs, MRHS said. The next West Coast Qualifying Run to be transmitted from K6KPH is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 2100 UTC on 3581.5, 7047.5, 14047.5, 18097.5, and 21067.5 kHz.
The recent announcement of a pending 3-month DXpedition to activate Crozet Island (FT5W) in 2022 – 2023 has generated enthusiasm within the DX community. Right on the heels of the announcement, the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) pledged $20,000 to support the DXpedition. The point person for the planned event, Thierry Mazel, F6CUK, wants to temper any overblown expectations, as demand will be extremely high for the third most-wanted DXCC entity — right behind North Korea and Bouvet Island. Thierry says nature-related factors, including climate, will dictate the manner in which the DXpedition takes place.
“The wind blows almost constantly at 70 kilometers per hour (43 MPH), with gusts that can reach 150 kilometers per hour (93 MPH) within a few minutes,” Thierry and co-planner Paul Granger, F6EXV, said in a recent news release. “There are no real seasons on Crozet, so these conditions apply all year long, even if, during the austral summer, nicer days can be expected.”
The Intrepid-DX Group's plans for a 2023 DXpedition to Bouvet Island are on the front burner again. In a brief announcement to the "global DX community," DXpedition co-leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said this week that a new charter vessel contract is in the offing. The 3Y0J DXpedition has refunded all donations to its earlier announced plan, advanced before losing its contract with the charter vessel Braveheart, and
Ewing conceded, "there was a high degree of uncertainty that we could move forward." Braveheart captain Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, told the DXpedition in June that the Braveheart was being put up for sale, and he was canceling its contract for the 3Y0J voyage.
Ewing said this week that the team has found a suitable and affordable vessel whose skipper is willing to take a group of a dozen DXers to Bouvet, and they are negotiating the terms of that charter contract at present.
"We have submitted a new application to the Norwegian Polar Institute," Ewing said. The team leadership has been revised. David Jorgensen, WD5COV, will be a co-leader, responsible for operations and antennas, while Kevin Rowett, K6TD, will be a co-leader, responsible for systems/networks, procurement, and logistics, and Ewing as a third co-leader, will oversee planning, public relations, tents, and logistics.
"Together, this leadership team will assemble 12 operators to make this vision a reality," Ewing said. "We are revising our website, and soon, we will begin fundraising for this renewed effort." He expressed gratitude for all past sponsors of the Bouvet Island DXpedition initiative and said he hopes they can support the renewed effort as well. A new website is under construction.
A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is a subantarctic volcanic island in the South Atlantic.