Public Service: ARES-RACES Volunteers Conclude Rim Blaze Activation
Amateur Radio volunteers acknowledging the Red Cross and bounded government in the deathwatch of the gigantic Rim Fire, in and a California’s Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, accept stood bottomward afterwards 16 canicule on duty. The antecedent callout on August 19 responded to a appeal to abetment the Red Cross in ambience up an aborticide centermost in Groveland, California. Apartment operations relocated the after day to the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds in
Sonora, Tuolumne County ARES Emergency Coordinator Carl Croci, NI6Z, reported. Additionally on August 20, the Tuolumne County Appointment of Emergency Services requested Abecedarian Radio abetment to agents the Sonora Red Cross apartment and the association advice blast arrangement at the Tuolumne County emergency operations center. Croci and Tuolumne County RACES Radio Officer Phil Fish, WB6GGY, handled the callout and anon had volunteers for both locations as able-bodied as some on standby. On September 4, Croci appear the end of the ARES-RACES activation.
“This morning, I abstruse the Rim Blaze was advised 80 percent contained,” he said. “The association advice phones accept been secured. All evacuations accept been lifted, the Red Cross is dismantling the shelter, and we ham radio operators are aggravating to get our stations aback in alive order.” At one point the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds was apartment some 100 evacuees.
Croci said that in the Groveland area, breadth he lives, association are still ambidextrous with morning smoke, which he anticipates will abide for a while. “Estimates are the blaze will not be advised out until the aboriginal rain or snow,” he added.
More than two dozen radio amateurs were complex in the Rim Blaze callout. Croci said the US Backwoods Account Blazon One Team told him that the accumulated operation conducted by Tuolumne County OES, ARES-RACES, the Tuolumne affiliate of the Red Cross and the cooperation of the bodies of Tuolumne County will serve as an archetype for approaching operations.”
Croci bidding his acknowledgment to all volunteers, and cited Fish “for his amazing operation and scheduling of cadre during the Rim Blaze and Barbara Fish, KE6RGP, for arch the PIO operation.” Volunteers from Calaveras County ARES additionally alternate in the activation.
To the south, Fresno County ARES assisted the Central Valley Red Cross with communications, relaying advice from a apartment to the Red Cross abode in Fresno. For a time Mariposa County ARES staffed a apartment at Greeley Hills Association Center, accessible to canyon cartage to Red Cross Headquarters. ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, said volunteers set up August 26 at the Red Cross appointment in Fresno, breadth they installed a base able of operating on emergency power. “We fabricated acquaintance with Mariposa County ARES at the Greeley Hill shelter,” Pruitt said. “We anesthetized cartage until we were asked to shut bottomward for the night.” Volunteers alternate aboriginal the aing day. They dismantled the base on August 27. Pruitt said eight volunteers angry out for that activation.
During the activation, Fresno County ARES acclimated Fldigi and Flmsg — a forms administration editor — on PSK125 to canyon cartage from the apartment and the Red Cross Headquarters. “We begin that the faster acceleration and added arresting [resulted in] beneath errors.” Pruitt said, abacus that the Red Cross “was actual impressed” with their adeptness to accelerate and accept cartage in the Incident Command Arrangement accepted account anatomy (ICS-213), abounding out and printed.
As of September 4, the Rim Blaze had claimed about 236,000 acreage and added than 100 structures, including a few homes. The amount to date of aggressive the blaze was estimated at added than $77 million.
North Carolina to Host 2013 US Administration Accolade Competition
The Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina will accommodate the breadth for the 13th USA Abecedarian Radio Administration Accolade (ARDF) Championships of on-foot hidden transmitter hunting. Fans of this all-embracing sport, additionally accepted as “foxtailing” or “radio-orienteering,”
are authoritative campaign affairs now. Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK) will host the event, which will be captivated October 8-13. This year’s USA Championships are actuality accumulated with the Seventh ARDF Championships of All-embracing Abecedarian Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas).
On October 9 are alternative convenance sessions on 2 meters and 80 meters. October 10 brings archetypal challenge of two activities alien aftermost year — sprints and foxoring — followed that afternoon by the championship foxoring event. The dart championship accident takes abode on October 11.
Classic transmitter hunting championship antagonism is captivated Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. Transmitters will be on 2 meters and 80 meters the afternoon of October 11 for last-minute convenance and accessories testing, with a procedures and assurance conference afterward.
All ages and levels of acquaintance are represented at the USA ARDF Championships. These participants are cat-and-mouse for the arresting to arch assimilate the 80 beat beforehand at the 2010 championships in Ohio. [Joe Moell, KØOV, photo]
Saturday morning will be the full-course 2 beat capital event, followed in the black by the feast and awards presentation. The full-course 80 beat capital accident takes abode Sunday morning, with awards presented afterwards.
In the archetypal ARDF championships, competitors alpha in baby groups fabricated up of altered age/gender categories. As they seek the hidden transmitters, they cross through the backwoods from the starting aisle to the accomplishment band — a ambit of 4 to 10 kilometers. They artifice their direction-finding bearings on orienteering maps that appearance breadth features, acclivity contours, and frondescence type.
The USA ARDF Championships are accessible to anyone who can cautiously cross the woods. A ham radio authorization is not required. Anniversary actor competes as an individual, and any teamwork or GPS use are forbidden. Competitors accompany their own direction-finding accessory to the events, although added accessory is sometimes accessible for accommodation from added attendees. Competitors may not abode on the course, except in emergencies.
Registration is now open, and an online admission form, abundant schedules, frequencies, abode advice and allotment forms are on the BOK website. Competitors can abstain backward fees by signing up no after than September 15. An e-mail reflector is accessible for Q&A with the organizers as able-bodied as for analogous busline and alignment accessories loans.
Basic advice on international-style transmitter hunting is on the Homing In website, including rules and arresting parameters. The armpit includes accessories account for 2 meters and 80 meters, additional photos from antecedent championships. Advice about the Abecedarian Radio Administration Accolade Fund are on the ARRL website. Read more. — Joe Moell, KØOV, ARRL Abecedarian Radio Administration Accolade Coordinator
Events: EuroBasket 2013 Accolade Slovenia Offered
To mark the break of the EuroBasket 2013 basketball antagonism 2013 in Slovenia September 4-22, ZRS, the Association of Radio Amateurs of Slovenia, is alms an accolade to all radio amateurs and
SWLs for contacting/monitoring S5 appropriate accident stations with three-digit prefix and EB suffixes (eg S513EB, S541EB) and stations from the 24 countries fielding EuroBasket teams, amid August 1 and September 22, 2013. All bands and modes may be used, but cross-mode, cross-band, captive or VoIP contacts are invalid.
Count anniversary appropriate S5 base once, behindhand of the band/mode used. European stations authorize by alive stations from at atomic 18 condoning countries additional bristles appropriate S5 stations. Non-European stations authorize by alive stations from at atomic 15 condoning countries additional two appropriate S5 stations.
Countries accommodating in EuroBasket 2013 are 4L, 4O, 4X, 9A, DL, E7, EA, F, G, I, LY, OH, OK, ON, S5, SM, SP, SV, TA, UA, UR, YL, YU, and Z3.
The accolade is chargeless via cyberbanking PDF download. Accelerate your appliance with your alarm sign, abounding name, e-mail address, and acquaintance capacity via e-mail to ZRS Accolade Manager Milos Oblak, S53EO. The appliance borderline is December 31, 2013. — The Circadian DX via Milos Oblak, S53EO
Events: TAPR/ARRL Agenda Communications Conference to Offer Wide-Ranging Appointment Schedule
A basic agenda has been acquaint for the 32nd anniversary TAPR/ARRL Agenda Communications Conference in Seattle after this month. Among the appointment topics: “Raspberry Pi Applications in Agenda Communications: A Mobile Xastir-Based APRS Station,” “High Performance BPSK31: Account for a New Generation,” “Narrowband IP over Abecedarian Radio Networks (NIPARnets): Next-Generation Networking for Abecedarian Radio,” and “Noise Adeptness Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers.”
This year’s feast apostle will be Tom Van Baak, on the affair “Passion and Precision: Adventures of a Time Nut.” Van Baak is a retired operating systems software architect with a austere abecedarian absorption in attention timekeeping. Rob Frohne, KL7NA, will present the Sunday Seminar, “A Tutorial on Android Programming.” The DCC takes abode at the Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, Friday through Sunday, September 20-22.
The aboriginal bird abatement for beforehand allotment has been continued to midnight Friday, September 13. The Cedarbrook Lodge is awash out for DCC Friday, but added hotels with apartment accessible are aural walking distance.
Attendees are arrive to accompany and appearance their demos in the DCC audience room, which will be accessible Friday and Saturday of the DCC. The TAPR Board of Directors will accommodated Thursday, September 19, 9 AM to 5 PM at The Cedarbrook Lodge (room TBA). Abounding advice is on the TAPR website.
Events: AMSAT Amplitude Symposium 2013 Set for November
The 2013 AMSAT Amplitude Symposium will booty abode in Houston, Texas, November 1-3 at the Marriott Hobby Airport Hotel. Hosted by the Johnson Amplitude Centermost Abecedarian Radio Club, this year’s Symposium will affection presentations on accessory architecture and operation as able-bodied as on added space-related subjects.
The AMSAT Anniversary Meeting, captivated in affiliation with the Amplitude Symposium, provides AMSAT associates an befalling to apprentice about AMSAT’s approaching affairs and articulation opinions to the AMSAT Board of Directors and AMSAT officials.
A downloadable allotment anatomy now is accessible via the AMSAT website. Online allotment is accepted to be accessible in backward August. For auberge anxiety appointment the Marriott Hobby Airport Auberge website or alarm 713-943-7979. Use the cipher AMSAMSA or ask for the AMSAT block.
Technology: US “Space Fence” Shut Down
The Air Force Amplitude Surveillance Arrangement (AFSSS) — the “Space Fence” — acclimated to ascertain altar in orbit, was angry off September 1. Three transmitter sites accomplish on 216.983, 216.97, and 216.99 MHz, and there are six accepting stations. Some Abecedarian Radio meteor besprinkle enthusiasts enjoyed ecology the VHF transmissions for break of activity.
Attributed to the automated account cuts accepted as “sequestration,” the abeyance came a ages beforehand than anticipated. Aboriginal in August Amplitude Account appear that Gen William Shelton, administrator of Air Force Amplitude Command, had directed the AFSSS, amid in Texas, “be bankrupt and all sites vacated” able October 1, the alpha of the new US government budgetary year.
Air Force Amplitude Command Accessible Affairs appear August 13, “AFSPC admiral accept devised adapted operating modes for the Perimeter Acquisition Alarm Characterization Arrangement at Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota, and for the amplitude surveillance alarm at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, acceptance cessation of AFSSS operations while still advancement amplitude situational awareness.”
A new Amplitude Fence alarm is planned for Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. — SatWatch; USAF Accessible Affairs
People: New Air Force MARS Arch Takes Reins of Command
David J. Stapchuk is the new arch of Air Force MARS. He affected command August 23 from approachable arch Richard S. Jenson, who has taken on a new assignment. Stapchuk is the administrator of operations at the 92nd Advice Operations Squadron Detachment 1 at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. In that role he oversees cyber operations in abutment of the detachment’s communications aegis mission.
“I am aflame about my new role as chief, Air Force MARS, and attending advanced to advancing the Air Force MARS affairs in accomplishment of the MARS mission to accommodate accident radio communications abutment to US government operations,” Stapchuk said.
Stapchuk spent 28 years on alive appointment as an electronics artisan and is currently an advice technology specialist. He has accurate a array of Air Force missions over the aftermost 34 years. — Air Force MARS account release
People: Well-known DXer and DX Steve Hodgson, ZC4LI, SK
A accustomed DX and battling alarm assurance has gone quiet. Steve Hodgson, ZC4LI, of Cyprus died August 31 of cancer. He was 69. Hodgson additionally was on the air over the years as 5B4AHA, C4C, GØLII, G6G, and ZD8LII, and was alive until a few weeks ago. Adrian, 5B4AIY, alleged him “an agog challenge abettor [who] had won abounding awards. I’m abiding his alarm will be hardly missed.” Mark, N2QT, said ZC4LI was a accustomed alarm assurance to any RTTY contester. Hodgson will be active in the Military Cemetery in Cyprus.
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Getting It Right!
In the commodity “Australia Ends Higher Adeptness Trial for Radio Amateurs,” which appeared in The ARRL Letter, August 29, 2013, we afield articular the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART).
Sun aloof Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, Washington, reports: Conditions were quieter afresh this week. Boilerplate circadian sunspot numbers beneath from 77 to 69, and boilerplate circadian solar alteration was off by 9.5 credibility to 106.9, back compared to the antecedent 7 days, August 22-28.
Predicted solar alteration for the a term:
Predicted all-embracing A index:
The autumnal equinox (September 22 at 2044 UTC) is a little over two weeks away. Fall is consistently a abundant time for HF DX, back the sun casts an alike face over the arctic and southern hemispheres. If this is the aiguille for aeon 24, although solar action is weak, this may be the best time for adequate HF advancement for some years to come.
In tomorrow’s bulletin, we’ll accept some averages for the accomplished ages and three months, and conceivably some belletrist from readers.
This Anniversary in Radiosport
Sep 5 — NRAU 10 Beat Action Contest
Sep 6 — NS Weekly Dart (CW)
Sep 6-7 — 070 Club KA3X Memorial Dart (Digital)
Sep 7 — Russian Radio RTTY WW
Sep 7 — Straight Key Party
Sep 7 — DARC 10 Beat Agenda “Corona”
Sep 7-8 — All-Asian DX Challenge (SSB)
Sep 7-8 — IARU Region I Field Day (SSB)
Sep 7-8 — QCWA Fall QSO Party
Sep 8 — North American Dart (CW)
Sep 8 — QRP ARCI Two Sidebands Sprint
Sep 9 — OK1WC Memorial Contest
Sep 11 — CWops Account Mini-CWT Test
Sep 14 — Ohio State Parks On the Air
Sep 14-15 — Worked All Europe DX Challenge (SSB)
Sep 14-15 — FOC QSO Party
Sep 14-15 — Straight Key Weekend Sprintathon
Sep 14-15 — CIS DX PSK Contest
Sep 14-15 — Arkansas QSO Party
Sep 14-16 — ARRL September VHF Contest
Sep 15 — North American Dart (SSB)
Sep 15-16 — Archetypal Exchange (Phone)
Sep 16 — Run For the Bacon (CW)
Sep 19 — NAQCC Account QRP Dart (CW)
Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and Events
September 6-8 — Southwestern Division Convention (SWHAMCOM), Buellton, California
September 14 — Roanoke Division Convention, Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 20-21 — W9DXCC Convention, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
September 20-22 — ARRL/TAPR Agenda Communications Conference, Seattle, Washington
September 27-28 — SEDCO/W4DXCC Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
September 27-29 — Mid-Atlantic States VHF Conference, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
September 28 — North Dakota State Convention, West Fargo, North Dakota
September 28 — Washington State Convention, Spokane Valley, Washington
September 29 — EmComm East Convention, Roer, New York
October 6 — Maryland State Convention, West Friendship, Maryland
October 12 — Pacific Northwest VHF Conference, Moses Lake, Washington
October 11-13 — Pacific Division Convention Pacificon 2013, Santa Clara, California
October 12-13 — Florida State Convention, Melbourne, Florida
October 13 — Connecticut State Convention, Meriden, Connecticut
October 13 — Iowa State Convention, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
October 18-19 — Microwave Update Conference, Morehead, Kentucky
October 26 — Delaware State Convention, Georgetown, Delaware
November 2 — Fall TechFest, Lakewood, Colorado
November 2-3 — Georgia Section Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
November 8-9 — Midwest Division Convention, Lebanon, Missouri
Find conventions and hamfests in your area.
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