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Saturday 11 April 2020: Hams and Egg Club Breakfest

Club Events Beta - 1 hour 39 min ago
8:30AM - 10:00AM
Venue: Frich's Big Boy at 15700 Delaware Ave Marysville, OH 43040 Address
Category: Club Event - Breakfast
Club Breakfast at Frich's Big Boy in Marysville. Anyone is welcome!
Check into the N8IG repeater, 145.350 (-) MHz with a Tone of 127.3 Hz, in the morning between 8:00 and 8:30 to be added to the head count for seating!

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ARES Events - 4 hours 39 min ago
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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

ARRL News - 6 hours 59 min ago

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

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IC-9700 Firmware Update

QRZ Now - 7 hours 14 min ago
Download Type Firmware Model name IC-9700 Version Version 1.23 Update 2020/04/03 Major changes Changes from Version 1.21

  • Changed the screen drawing sequence to keep the previous frequency screen layout when exiting from a function displayed in fullscreen.
  • Fixed an issue where the standby beep may sound approximately two seconds after receiving a reply when simply pushing PTT to key up the repeater.

Changes from Version 1.22

  • Fixed an issue where the DV Gateway function may not work properly when it is turned off and then turned on again.
  • Fixed an issue where the RTTY DECODE screen was displayed while leaving the Mark Frequency and Shift Width settings at other than 2125Hz and 170Hz.

To update the firmware

  • Thoroughly read 13. UPDATING THE FIRMWARE of the ADVANCED MANUAL and follow the instructions displayed on the IC-9700 LCD screen.
  • This update initializes the transceiver’s settings when updating from a firmware earlier than version 1.20. Save your current settings before updating the firmware, and then write it back to keep the previous setting on the updated firmware.
  • The firmware will be updated to the following versions.
    Main CPU: 1.23
    Sub CPU: 1.00
    Front CPU: 1.00
    FPGA Program: 1.06
    FPGA Data: 1.00
    DV DSP: 1.06
Note File Size 12.95MB File Type ZIP Manual manual download page Firmware Download

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ARRL Audio News - April 3, 2020

ARRL Audio News - 7 hours 21 min ago
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Thursday 30 April 2020: UCARC Weekly Net

Club Events Beta - 7 hours 39 min ago
8:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: -145.350 Mhz CTCSS Tone 127.3
Category: Club Event - Activity
Weekly Union County Club Net on the Marysville 2 Meter Repeater

Reservation IC-705

QRZ Now - 8 hours 28 min ago
IC-705 Icom IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Transceiver Reservation

Your New Partner for Field Operations

Expected availability Spring 2020

Grab your spot in the queue early! Click and order or call now to place your Icom IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Portable Transceiver RESERVATION+++  

DX Engineering is pleased to announce our reservation program for the exciting new Icom IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF Portable Transceiver.

Expected availability Spring 2020

The Icom IC-705 Transceiver brings the advanced features of the IC-7300, IC-7610 and IC-9700 to a portable QRP package. It features SDR Direct Sampling technology for low noise and low distortion receiver performance and incredible voice and digital transmission capabilities. Along with the same color touch screen and high speed, high resolution of the real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display, the rich set of features in the IC-705 will easily place this radio as the “Best Ever” All-Band All-Mode Portable!

Here are many of the advanced features for the highly anticipated Icom IC-705 Portable Transceiver:

* “Base Station” performance in compact package that you can hold with one hand!

* Dimensions (WHD): 7.9 x 3.1 x 3.3 in. (20.0 x 8.0 x 8.5 cm)

* All-band All-mode Transceiver Capability: 160-6m+2m+70cm; SSB/CW/RTTY/AM/FM/DV (D-STAR)

*Full D-STAR capabilities including DR mode and Terminal Mode/Access Point Mode

* Send, receive and view images on the IC-705 with no application software required  

* “General Receive” coverage from MW through 148 MHz, 430-450 MHz (product frequency coverage is subject to change)

* Receives AM and FM Broadcast Bands and Air Band

* Output power is 10W on external 13.8V supply or 5W with included clip-in rear panel battery pack (BP-272 Li-ion); supports QRP and QRPp operation down to 0.5 W

* 4.3 in. color touchscreen display – same as used in the Icom IC-7300 and IC-9700

*High-speed high-resolution real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display

*SDR Direct Sampling below 25 MHz and Down-conversion IF above 25 MHz

* Built-In GPS tracking logger, repeater locator and finds nearby D-STAR repeaters

* USB port (micro-B) for direct interface  

* Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) for remote operation

* Bluetooth – supports smartphone linking, remote control and Bluetooth wireless headsets and headphones

* microSD Card Slot (microSD card not included)

* Includes HM-243 Speaker/Mic with multi-function buttons

*Includes VHF/UHF Flexible Antenna; antenna connector is BNC

*Optional LC-192 Multibag Backpack for easy portable operations

Expected availability Spring 2020

When this new transceiver becomes available you will be entitled to a first right of refusal on a first come, first served basis. Once this transceiver has received FCC Type Certification and is offered for sale by Icom, with officially announced pricing, you will be contacted by DX Engineering to complete your order. Should you choose not to complete your IC-705 order, your non-refundable deposit will be converted to a Gift Card that you can use toward any product offered by DX Engineering.

+++ Your reservation fee will be applied to the total Icom IC-705 purchase price at sale completion. When this radio becomes available, orders for the IC-705 will be shipped in the order that reservations were received and orders completed.

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The K7RA Solar Update

QRZ Now - 9 hours 38 min ago

A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.

Prior to this no sunspots were seen since earlier in March, when daily sunspot numbers were 13 and 12 on March 8-9.

Average daily solar flux this week (March 26 through April 1) declined from 71.1 to 69.4. Average daily geomagnetic indicators were identical to the previous week, with planetary A index at 7.7 and middle latitude A index at 5.9.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 70 on April 3-22, then 68 on April 23 to May 7, and 70 on May 8-17.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on April 3, 5 on April 4-14, 10 on April 15, 8 on April 16-19, 5 on April 20-25, 12 on April 26-27, 8 on April 28-29, 5 on April 30 through May 11, 10 on May 12, 8 on May 13-16 and 5 on May 17.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period April 3-29, 2020 from OK1HH.

Geomagnetic field will be
quiet on: April 6-7, 10, 20-21
quiet to unsettled on: April 3-5, 11-13, 24, 28-29
quiet to active on: April (8-9, 25)
unsettled to active on: (April 14-19, 22-23,) 26-27
active to disturbed: none predicted

Solar wind will intensify on April 9, 12-13, (15-16,) 17-19, (20,) 26-28

– Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
– The predictability of changes remains lower as there are no indications.

Chip, K7JA, reports, “The late afternoon of March 31, 2020 brought a 6-meter opening to the southern half of California, as well as states to the east. Here in DM03, south of Los Angeles, I worked Dale, CE2SV, on FT8 at 2325 UTC, followed by CE3BN, XQ3MCC, and XQ3SK/4. I worked CE2SV on CW at 0002 UTC (1 April), and several other CE and LU stations were heard but not worked, along with HC2GR. Flags from PSKReporter indicate that I was heard by a total of seven CE stations, plus LU9FVS.

“Because we are so far north (geomagnetically), I suspect this may well have been an E-to-TEP path. Stations as far north as the San Francisco Bay area got in on the opening, as well.

“There was no activity on the afternoon of April 1, but you can bet the entire West Coast is watching.

“I run about 180 W from a Kenwood TS-990 transceiver to a 7-element LFA (Loop Fed Array) about 72 feet high.”

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Jon Jones, N0JK, commented. “Remarkable results with a solar flux of only 69.”

Here is some information about the LFA Yagi: https://www.innovantennas.com/en/lfa-benefits

N0JK also reported, “Sporadic-E propagation appeared on 50 MHz on  the afternoon of March 28 from Kansas to Florida. I worked NØRW in grid EL87 on 6-meter FT8 at 2242z. I decoded WB4JPG (EM71) but no contact.

“KFØM in Wichita, Kansas (EM17) also made several 6-meter Es contacts with Florida stations including K3VN. He copied W5LDA (EM15) working CO3JR (EL83) at 2355z on FT8.

“Sporadic-E is rare in March. The month of March has the lowest occurrence of sporadic-E of any month for the northern hemisphere.”

WB5AGZ reported from Stillwater, Oklahoma: “I have been hearing what I believe to be Sporadic E almost every afternoon since about last Sunday, March 29. It is weak but certainly present with long slow fades.

“The first evidence was a few seconds during the afternoon of March 29 with a repeater system in North Carolina. The opening was never long enough to pick out a complete call sign, but one could hear parts of the repeater’s voice ID.

“The exact time is not known because this is a recording made over many hours from a scanner connected to a computer running software that makes a VOX-style sound recording without individual time stamps.

“It is now Thursday, April 2, and a playback from Wednesday picked up a long conversation between two amateurs using the KQ2H system in the New York City area.

“Signals were just strong enough to mostly copy with very long periods in which it sounded like a system in a town almost out of range coming via ground wave propagation. The signal would then fade and return.

“A recorded female voice announced the time as 7:15, which is as close to a time stamp as I have. In the Central Daylight time zone, this would have been 18:15 or 23:15 UTC. My antenna is a discone about 50 feet above ground, feeding a Uniden BCD996XT scanner monitoring 6 and 10 meters.”

Space.com offers a solar cycle observation: https://www.space.com/new-solar-cycle-starting-any-day-now.html

Ken, N4SO, reports from Alabama, “This late night propagation is now setting a pattern.

Mode: FT8, Frequency 21.074 MHZ

March 31    12:27 AM local start time, ending 12:30 AM local
(the four digits on the left are UTC)

The stations are in Australia and New Zealand

052730 -14  0.2 1196 ~  VR2XYL ZM3SSB RE66
052800 -16  0.2 1196 ~  VR2XYL ZM3SSB RE66
052830 -16  0.2 1195 ~  VR2XYL ZM3SSB RE66
053000 -16  0.2 1196 ~  VR2XYL ZM3SSB RE66
The radio is often left on to monitor the frequency 21.074 MHz”

You can use PSKReporter to see what Ken is currently hearing. Go to https://www.pskreporter.info/pskmap.html and select 15 meters and signals received by N4SO using FT8.

KA3JAW monitors 11 meters and made this report of a sporadic-E opening: “On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, eleven days after the passing of the spring equinox (March 20), unexpected visitors waved their hands on the 11 meter band for attention for six straight hours.

“At 4:37 pm local (ET) Mid-Atlantic states noticed sporadic-e signals originating from the southeastern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

“One hour later, I heard signals from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. By the 9 o’clock hour, the propagation was slowly degenerating and by 10:30, it had disappeared.

The last time an event like this took place, was on February 24 from 9:58 am to 12:49 pm local time (ET).”

Thanks to Don Wright, AA2F, for catching an error in the earlier version of this bulletin in the ARRL Letter, in which I neglected to update the solar flux and sunspot number averages from last week’s numbers. One thing that contributed to the confusion was the fact that the averages for the geomagnetic indices were exactly the same as the previous week’s data.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers, email the author at k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information, see http://www.arrl.org/propagation and the ARRL Technical Information Service at http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

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 March 26 through April 1, 2020 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 12, and 13, with a mean of 3.6. 10.7 cm flux was 70.2, 69.4, 69.2, 68.8, 69.3, 69.9, and 69.2, with a mean of 69.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 5, 5, 7, 11, 15, and 6, with a mean of 7.7. Middle latitude A index was 5, 4, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 4, with a mean of 5.9.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - 9 hours 58 min ago

A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.

Prior to this no sunspots were seen since earlier in March, when daily sunspot numbers were 13 and 12 on M...

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To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners

QRZ Now - 10 hours 4 min ago

We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners (VEs) is first and foremost in any decision-making process. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) does not offer video-supervised online amateur radio licensing exams at the present time. We are aware, however, that some VE teams are exploring alternative formats on a local basis. Please use ARRL’s License Exam Search to find scheduled exam sessions in your area and verify with the local exam team that the session is still being held.

The ARRL VEC is continuing to process license examination materials from VEs who have completed exam sessions, although some delays may occur under the circumstances. The ARRL VEC electronically forwards all required data to the FCC for qualified examinees.

We understand that some examination candidates are continuing their studies toward new amateur radio licenses and license upgrades. We also know some will be frustrated that, at this time, the ARRL VEC does not offer online licensing exams. Amateur radio is not alone in this challenge, though.

While each of us continues to respond to the immediate evolving crisis, we also know that we must keep an eye on the future. Throughout its decades of service, the VEC system has served the FCC as a shining example of the successes of a privatized system. The ARRL VEC and our VEs are recognized throughout the Amateur Radio Service for our integrity and efficiency. Adapting our all-volunteer license examination administration will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge we are committed to undertake in order to advance the program and improve service.

While we face unprecedented challenges, opportunities also await. We are grateful to support radio amateurs in our common pursuit of skill, service, and discovery. ARRL and the ARRL VEC remain steadfast in serving the amateur radio community. We will provide updates as they become available

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Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown

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Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Infrastructure said. “This activity offers young people the opportunity to gain practical experience in telecommunications technology, promotes education in technological subjects, and is a socially enriching family activity.”

The temporary authorization would be in place while the state of alert and mandatory confinement measures are in effect in Spain. Non-licensed individuals could operate an amateur station only under the direct supervision of the licensee, under current amateur radio rules and regulations.

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Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special “STAYHOME” call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.

In Canada, Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM “to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Canada limits call sign suffixes to seven characters.

Australia has permitted the Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) to use the special call sign AX2020STAYHOME. At 14 characters, that may set a record for world’s longest call sign. Also look for 9K9STAYHOME from the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society; TC1STAYHOME, the COVID-19 special event call sign from Turkey, and HZ1STAYHOME from the Saudi Amateur Radio Society.

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Thursday 23 April 2020: UCARC Weekly Net

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Venue: -145.350 Mhz CTCSS Tone 127.3
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Tuesday 7 April 2020: Club Meeting

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Thursday 16 April 2020: UCARC Weekly Net

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Saturday 25 April 2020: Union County Bicentennial Parade

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The Union County Amateur Radio Club has been asked to help out with communications for the Union County Bicentennial Parade. There are 13 positions that need to be filled by amateur radio operators at various locations along the parade route as well as the staging area. If you can help out, please sign up for the event in ARES Connect. arrl.volunteerhub.com/admin/event/index/9187a2ea-789b-4a7b-b535-...
If you have any questions, please contact Ed, KE8ANU at arrl.net

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