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The K7RA Solar Update

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:34am

After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Average daily planetary A index rose from 3.3 to 7, while average mid-latitude A index went from 2.1 to 4.9.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 70 on December 7-8, 69 on December 9, and 68 on December 10 through January 20.

Predicted planetary A index is 10 on December 7, 8 on December 8-9, 5 on December 10-16, 8 on December 17-18, 5 on December 19-27, 8 on December 28, 12 on December 29-30, 10 on December 31, 12 on January 1, 8 on January 2-5, 5 on January 6-12, 8 on January 13-14, and 5 on January 15-20.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period December 7, 2018 to January 2, 2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

Geomagnetic field will be:

Quiet on December 10, 12-15, 19-21, 23

Quiet to unsettled on December 18, 22, 25-27, January 1

Quiet to active on December 9, 11, 16, 24, January 2

Unsettled to active on December 7-8, 17, 30-31

Active to disturbed on December (28-29)

Solar wind will intensify on November 30 and on December 7-9, (10-12, 15-18, 24-27) 28-31, January 1, (2). Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”

The current Space Weather Highlights (ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/warehouse/2018/WeeklyPDF/prf2257.pdf) from NOAA shows updated predictions for smoothed sunspot numbers and solar flux through the end of 2022. As of last month, the predictions ended in 2019.

I’ve been curious to see their prediction for the upcoming solar minimum. If you look on pages 10 and 11 (somewhat obscured by a formatting error) you can see the predicted numbers. The prediction for this month shows a smoothed sunspot number of 10 for December 2018, then declining to 2 in July 2020 through January 2021, then 1 during February 2021 through January 2022, and 0 after that through the end of 2022.

I thought this cycle was supposed to bottom out in 2019 or 2020, but this seems to suggest a disappearance of sunspots in 2022. I wouldn’t bet on it, even though there has been some scary conjecture about a future grand minimum. I am checking some sources and hope to see NOAA clarify this.

Here is an article about observing plasma activity around sunspots to predict space weather: https://bit.ly/2zLmcH4

David Moore sent this article about a view of the solar North Pole: https://bit.ly/2EhQx3K

Mike Schaffer, KA3JAW, observes propagation on the FM broadcast band, and says the winter FM DX season is underway. “On December 2, an FM-DXer near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada reported on the TV/FM Skip Log under the Dxworld website of the reception of five FM stations via Es propagation towards his southwest sector for twenty-one minutes.” The list includes stations in Texas, Louisiana and Kansas, from 1551 to 1612 UTC.

For now, at least, you can see the entries here: http://dxworld.com/tvfmlookback.php

Tamitha Skov posted this long video on indices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVgZQqUYemc

Here is her latest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb6k3dLzPPM

This weekend is the ARRL 10-meter Contest. While solar activity is low enough that it doesn’t support 10-meter propagation very well, there is always the winter sporadic-E activity. See http://www.arrl.org/10-meter for more info.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see 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.

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 November 29 through December 5, 2018 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 16, with a mean of 2.3. 10.7 cm flux was 67.8, 67.9, 69.4, 69, 68.4, 68.7, and 70.9, with a mean of 68.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 3, 8, 12, 10, 8, and 5, with a mean of 7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 2, 4, 9, 9, 5, and 3, with a mean of 4.9.

Source:ARRL

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:39am

After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Average daily planetary A index rose from ...

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RF Safety – The Doctor Will See You Now! [ ARRL PODCAST ]

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:37am



https://www.blubrry.com/arrl_the_doctor_is_in/

RF exposure is a concern for every amateur, but did you know that FCC Rules require you to make an RF safety assessment of your station? The Doctor explains . . .

“RF Safety” is the topic of the new (December 6) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

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The Buddipole Deluxe Package includes everything you need for setting up an efficient portable antenna solution anywhere in the world in just a few minutes. The package includes the following custom components which all fit into the padded cordura nylon custom-carrying bag:

The Buddipole Antenna (9 bands, 2 – 40 meters) with Versatee Choke balun and 25′ coaxial cable
Tripod – extendable legs and locking base
Portable Mast – extends to 9’ 6″ in height
Rotating Arm Kit – change configurations
Antenna System Bag – padded cordura nylon w/shoulder strap
Extra Telescopic Whip
3 extra Coil Clips
Antenna operating manual
10-page modeling report

 

$399.00
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Introducing the RS-BA1 Version 2 Dualwatch Remote Control Software

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 5:22am

The RS-BA1 remote control software gained popularity by allowing Amateur radio operators to operate selected Icom radios from a PC via IP.

The RS-BA1 offers real-time operation with low latency, high-quality audio allowing you to use an Icom radio installed in another room using your home network, or even from a remote location over the Internet.

A new version of this software is now available called RS-BA1 Version 2 which will allow users to take advantage of some of the features of HF radios such as the IC-7610, IC-7851 and IC-7850 including dualwatch operation and dual spectrum scope.

RC-28v.2 IP Remote Control System

The RC-28 IP Remote Control System, allows Radio Amateurs to remotely operate selected Icom amateur transceivers. Incorporating the RS-BA1 Version 2 software, the RC-28v.2 comes complete with remote control USB encoder and will work with the IC-7100, IC-7200, IC-7300, IC-7410, IC-7600 & IC-9100 via USB, and with the IC-7610, IC-7700, IC-7800, IC-7850 & IC-7851 via an ethernet cable.

Dualwatch, Dual Spectrum Scope Control
The dualwatch operation and dual spectrum scopes with the waterfall functions* can be used on your remote PC. MAIN and SUB spectrum scopes can be observed on the RS-BA1 Version 2 at the same time.
* The dualwatch and dual spectrum scope functions are only for the IC-7851, IC-7850 and IC-7610. The spectrum scope functions (single receive) are usable with the IC-7300.

Added Functions
Most functions and modes of your transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled using the CI-V commands. The following functions are added to the RS-BA1 Version 2.
• Panel size can be enlarged (Normal or large size selectable)
• Indicator click operation to change the settings
• RIT and ⊿TX functions
• [MUTE] button
• SUB dial

Low Latency, High Quality Audio Over an IP Network
The RS-BA1 Version 2 offers real-time operation with low latency, high quality audio. You can use the transceiver installed in another room using your home network, or even from a remote location over the Internet*.
* A static public IP address or Dynamic DNS is required for the base station (Server) PC, when you configure the remote control system through the Internet.

Functions Compatibility Chart

IC-7851
IC-7850 IC-7800
IC-7700 IC-7610 IC-7600 IC-7410
IC-9100 IC-7300 IC-7200 IC-7100 Dualwatch Function / x / x x x x x Server Function / / / x x x x x Remote Power ON/OFF / / / / x / x / Spectrum Waterfall Scope / x / x x / x x APF AF Level Adjustment / / / / x x x x CW Keyer / / / / / / x / Voice Recording/Playback / / / / / / / / USB Dial with RC-28 / / / / / / / /

/ : Function Available
x : Function Not Available.
Note: Depending on your transceiver, some functions or modes cannot be used, or you need to update the transceiver’s firmware.
Please use the latest firmware version of the transceiver.

Supplied items
• CD (including the RS-BA1 instruction manual, the RS-BA1 installer, the USB driver and the USB driver installation guide)
• USB cable (A-B type)
• Installation guides

Note for RS-BA1 Version 1 users: To obtain the new features in the RS-BA1 Version 2, the purchase of the new software package is required.

RC-28 V.2 Specification
  • Minimum system requirements – One transceiver & one PC are connected.
    Operating System: Windows 10/8.1/7 (32/64 bit)
    CPU: 1.8GHz processor or better
    Memory: Windows 10/8.1/7 – 2GB (32 Bit), 4GB (64 Bit)
    Hard Disk Space: 150MB or more
    Display resolution: 1024×768 pixels (enlargeable)
    Further info can be found on the RS-BA1 Version 2 Leaflet
    Because the system requirements may differ, depending on your PC environment (permanently running software such as antivirus software, peripheral devices, network condition, settings of OS and other software), the operation is not guaranteed.
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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 8:00am
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JTDX 18.1.105 -Update

QRZ Now - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 7:21am
JTDX 18.1.x Changelog
      • Changelog 05th December (18.1.105)– improved synchronization with the received signal
        – some code changes aimed to reduce number of CPU cycles

 

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Elecraft and QRZ – Ham Nation 379

QRZ Now - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 6:43am

Celebrating two milestone anniversaries.

We’re celebrating two milestone anniversaries: 25 years of QRZ and 20 years of Elecraft. We talk with QRZ Founder Fred Lloyd (AA7BQ) about the early days of the site, and Elecraft Co-Founders Eric Schwartz (WA6HHQ) and Waybe Burdick (N6KR) about the genesis of their company.

Hosts: Bob Heil, Gordon West, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden Guests: Wayne Burdick, Eric Schwartz, Fred Lloyd

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Icom IC-7100 Review And Demonstration, HF/VHF/UHF/DSTAR

QRZ Now - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 5:41am

Icom IC-7100 Review

“Here is the video of the Icom IC-7100, my latest Icom rig added to the shack. This is a great radio for anyone wanting to get into HF, VHF/UHF and DSTAR all in one rig. A shack in the box, with a lot of connectivity for even more operating fun. More videos are on the way of this radio, you have to SUBSCRIBE and turn on notifications to stay up to date”

Icom changed the way hams think about mobile HC communication in 1995 with the introduction of the IC-706. Since then, the Icom Mobile HF radios have been the Performance HF mobile radio of choice. At the 2012 Tokyo Hamfair, Icom once again changed mobile HF communications by introducing the IC-7100. The ease of operation with fingertip control utilizing the intuitive touch screen interface with the power of 32-bit IF DSP.

Output Power 100W HF/50MHz
50W 144MHz
35W 430/440MHz RX Frequencies: 0.030-199.99, 400-470 Receiver Type: Triple conversion superhetrodyne Touch Screen Interface

The angled radio control head features a large, multi-function, “touch screen”‘ dot-matrix LCD display that is positioned for easy view and operation. It also allows you to operate it while wearing gloves. The control head’s rear panel includes an internal speaker plus jacks for external speaker/headphones, CW key and microphone.

The innovative touch screen interface provides quick operation for setting and editing various functions and memories. Just tap the frequency, mode, filter, function etc, and quickly navigate through the changes you want. Additionally, the touch screen also allows you to input alphanumeric characters for call signs or memory channels.

D-STAR Ready

The IC-7100 provides D-STAR DV mode digital voice and low speed data communications. Add a third party GPS* and search the internal database based on your location. Additionally, the IC-7100 incorporates DR mode, which allows the user to control their D-STAR routing based on where they are talking “FROM” and where they want to talk “TO”, including Reflector controls. 
*External GPS receiver or manual data input required.

Digital Features Controlled by the IF DSP

A high-performance 32-bit floating point IF DSP delivers rich digital signal processing features, including digital IF filter, digital twin PBT, noise reduction, CW auto tune, etc. Those digital features work on all bands from HF to V/UHF bands.

Additional Features:
  • Built-in SD card slot for voice storage and data cloning
  • Built-in RTTY demodulator and decoder
  • CW full break-in, CW receive reverse, CW auto tuning
  • Band scope and SWR graphic display
  • RF speech compressor controlled by the DSP
  • Voice memory function
  • Multi-function Meter
  • 495 regular, 4 call, 6 scan edge and 900 DR mode repeater channels
  • 4 channels TX voice memories
  • ±0.5ppm frequency stability
  • Auto reply function in D-STAR DV mode
  • Digital callsign squelch and digital code squelch in D-STAR DV mode
  • 12.5kHz IF output for DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) receive
  • DSP controlled AGC function loop
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2018 ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates Page Now Live

QRZ Now - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:44pm
ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates

The ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates page is now live. As IGC competitions are monthly, people can start generating monthly certificates to display. At year’s end, IGC will have the option to generate a certificate based on year-end tallies. For now, participants can select a month, then select up to 16 band/mode certificates they’d like to create. Participants with more than 16 band/mode activities can choose to generate two certificates to encompass the excess (i.e., more than 16 lines), or can just generate certain band certificates, or just certain mode certificates — even just one band/mode if desired. This is a work in progress, but give it a try! Feedback is welcome. 

Source:ARRL

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2018 ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates Page Now Live

ARRL News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:01pm

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Fox-1Cliff Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95)

QRZ Now - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:56am
Fox-1Cliff

On December 3rd, 2018, Fox-1Cliff was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, Fox-1Cliff
was named after long time AMSAT supporter Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK). In the 48 hours after launch, more than 110 amateur radio operators around the world have successfully
received and submitted telemetry from the satellite.

Following in our long tradition of naming amateur satellites, AMSAT hereby designates Fox-1Cliff as AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95).

Thank you to those who have supported this mission with their time, talent, and financial support for the benefit of amateur radio operators worldwide.

73,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

Source:AMSAT

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Canadian National Parks on the Air Event Set to Start on January 1

QRZ Now - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 4:35pm

The Canadian National Parks on the Air event (CNPOTA) will get under way on January 1, 2019, and continue until year’s end. A volunteer group of a half-dozen hams in Nova Scotia, working with a zero budget, came up with the notion of attempting to replicate the success of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, first created to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced its support for CNPOTA, in cooperation with Parks Canada. All radio amateurs are invited to activate any of Park Canada’s 48 national parks and 171 national historic sites, while “chasers” attempt to land a contact.

 

Activity for activators and chasers will be tracked on a dedicated website and a real-time leader board, and operators may compete for online awards and certificates. For updates on the program’s progress, visit the CNPOTA website.

Source:ARRL

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Canadian National Parks on the Air Event Set to Start on January 1

ARRL News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 2:33pm

The Canadian National Parks on the Air event (CNPOTA) will get under way on January 1, 2019, and continue until year’s end. A volunteer group of a half-dozen hams in Nova Scotia, working with a zero budget, came up with the notion of attempting to replicate the success of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, first created to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.

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FCC Will Be Closed on Wednesday, December 5

ARRL News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 1:34pm

In observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, the FCC will close on Wednesday, December 5.  All paper and electronic filings due on December 5 are now due on Thursday, December 6, the Commission’s next official business day. Additionally, December 5 will not count in computing filing periods shorter than 7 days because it will be a Commission holiday. Due to the ...

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2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Presented in Festive Style

QRZ Now - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:43pm

The winner of the 2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, received the award plaque and allotted $1,500 on November 3 in a festive award ceremony during the Stone Mountain Hamfest in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Hosted by Alford Memorial Radio Club, the Stone Mountain Hamfest was also the 2018 ARRL Georgia Section Convention. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, congratulated Willet and presented the award before an enthusiastic crowd.

“The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is one of the top awards that ARRL awards annually,” Sarratt said. “When I saw Ruth’s nomination package come in, it was a no-brainer for me to support Ruth to win the award this year. I am very proud of this award and honored to be here to present it to Ruth.”

Georgia Section leadership team members were in attendance, including Section Manager David Benoist, AG4ZR.

Willet, an Amateur Extra-class licensee, is a junior at Kettering University, where she is dual-majoring in engineering physics and mechanical engineering. She is an active member of ARRL, the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society, the North Fulton Amateur Radio League, and the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County in Georgia, the Genesee Country Amateur Radio Club in Michigan, the Young Ladies Radio League, the Straight Key Century Club, CWOps, and AMSAT. She is also president of the Kettering University Amateur Radio Club (K8HPS).

 

“This award means so much because of the people that have made my Amateur Radio adventures so meaningful, many of whom nominated me for this honor,” Willet said. “I hope that this award will give me a platform to continue encouraging more people to get licensed and involved in this amazing hobby.”

Her mother, Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, baked and decorated cakes for the award reception.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given annually by the ARRL Board of Directors to a radio amateur under the age of 21 whose accomplishments and contributions to both Amateur Radio and the local community are of an exemplary nature.

Source:ARRL

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AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat Launched Successfully

QRZ Now - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 6:11am

SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission carrying AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat has been deployed into orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle carried Fox-1Cliff and several other satellites into space this afternoon Eastern Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a 1-day launch delay.

“Successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express confirmed. Follow @SpaceflightInc for further mission updates,” SpaceX tweeted this afternoon following the launch. 

In addition to Fox-1Cliff, the SSO-A mission carried several other Amateur Radio satellites, including FUNcube on ESEO, JY1-SAT, K2SAT, and ExseedSat.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1 Penn State University-Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech provided a video graphics array camera that’s similar to the one on AO-92 but which will provide images at a higher 640 × 480 resolution.

The Fox-1Cliff downlink for FM voice and data-under-voice (DUV) is 145.920 MHz. Uplinks are 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz.

Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor, and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who died in 2006. His contributions to AMSAT and other Amateur Satellite programs — including his service as an adviser during the initial development of the CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University — earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.

 

In November as the launch was pending, AMSAT asked Amateur Radio satellite enthusiasts to listen for Fox-1Cliff’s telemetry for the initial 72 – 96 hours as on-orbit checkout gets under way. The first station to successfully receive and submit telemetry to the AMSAT server will receive a special 3D printed QSL card acknowledging their contribution.

“If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem, please be sure that “Upload to Server” is checked in your settings and your Ground Station Params are filled in as well,” AMSAT has said. In the initial Safe Mode or Beacon Mode after startup, the transmitter is limited to 10 seconds on time followed by a 2-minute off cycle. “You will hear Veronica announcing ‘Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode,’ while in Beacon Mode,” AMSAT said.

AMSAT has said that the on-orbit check-out procedure will be similar to Fox-1D and could be completed in as few as 7 days.

“It is very important, not to mention just plain good Amateur operating practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink, so we can do the on orbit tests, including when we turn on transponder mode for testing,” AMSAT said. “AMSAT will make it broadly known when the tests are complete and the transponder is available for all to use.” — Thanks to SpaceX and AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY

Source:ARRL

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Union County ARES Digital Simplex Net

Union County ARES Connect - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 9:25pm

Monday night Union County ARES Digital Simplex net on 145.60

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