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DX Coffee - Fri, 03/05/2013 - 06:00
This year the ARI International DX Contest will be taking place on May 4th and 5th. Log submission deadline has been shortened to five days. SWL submission deadline is still two days.Categories
· Single Operator – CW
· Single Operator – SSB
· Single Operator – RTTY
· Single Operator – MIXED
· Multi Operator – Single TX – MIXED
· SWL – Single Operator – MIXED
Bands. Bands from 10m through 160m (RTTY: 10m through 80m)
Exchange. Italian stations will send RST and two letters to identify their province. Other stations will send RST and a serial number from 001. The serial number will NOT restart from 001 on each band/mode.
· each Italian province (110) counts as 1 (one) multiplier,
· each DXCC country (except I & IS0) counts as 1 (one) multiplier.
The same multiplier (country/province) can be counted once and only once for each band.
The 110 Italian provinces (by call-area) are the following:
· I1: AL, AT, BI, CN, GE, IM, NO, SP, SV, TO, VB, VC.
· IX1: AO.
· I2: BG, BS, CO, CR, LC, LO, MB, MI, MN, PV, SO, VA.
· I3: BL, PD, RO, TV, VE, VI, VR.
· IN3: BZ, TN.
· IV3: GO, PN, TS, UD.
· I4: BO, FC, FE, MO, PC, PR, RA, RE, RN.
· I5: AR, FI, GR, LI, LU, MS, PI, PO, PT, SI.
· I6: AN, AP, AQ, CH, FM, MC, PE, PS (or PU), TE.
· I7: BA, BR, BT, FG, LE, MT, TA.
· I8: AV, BN, CB, CE, CS, CZ, IS, KR, NA, PZ, RC, SA, VV.
· I0: FR, LT, PG, RI, RM (or ROMA), TR, VT.
· IT9: AG, CL, CT, EN, ME, PA, RG, SR, TP.
· IS0: CA, CI, NU, OG, OR, OT, SS, VS.
· QSO/HRD with own country counts 0 (zero) point but is good for the multipliers credit.
· QSO/HRD with own continent counts 1 (one) point,
· QSO/HRD with different continent counts 3 (three) points,
· QSO/HRD with any Italian (I & IS0) station counts 10 (ten) points.
The same station can be contacted on the same band once on SSB/CW/RTTY but only the first QSO is good for multiplier credit.
PLEASE REMEMBER that I (Italy) IT9 (Sicily Island) and IS0 (Sardinia Island) are NOT country-multipliers.
Final score. The Final Score is the sum of QSO/points from all bands multiplied by the sum of multipliers from all bands.
LOGs must be sent via e-mail to: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Besides the ARI Contest ARI, there will be some DXpeditions to get the Dxers’ attention. Let’s start with TS8TI from the Tunisian island of Djerba (AF-083), operating with an Italian-Tunisian team made up of I8LWL, IK2DUW, IK6JRI, IK8GQY, IK8TEM, IS0AGY, IW2NLC, KF5EYY, 3V8ESG, 3V8SA, 3V8SF and 3V8ST. This DXpedition is active from April 29th through May 6th.and their webiste is www.mdxc.org/ts8ti.
VK9NT is active from Norfolk Island between May 3rd and 13th. We remember that the latest large operation from Norfolk Island was that of VK9DNX in 2007. And then the propagation was very poor on 12 and 10 meters. We hope to make up for it this time, given that the solar activity is on our side. They will have two QTHs located on the northwestern tip of the island. These QTHs do not seem to have any significant obstructions towards virtually any path. VK9NT’s website is vk9nt.odxg.org.
Finally, we want to mention VU7KV operated by Krish, W4VKU / VU2VKU. This OM is active from Karavatti between May 2nd and 5th, having just operated in the last fews days as 8Q7KP along with Pai, VU2PAI.
New urls at DXzone - Fri, 03/05/2013 - 02:00
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The Pickens County Communications Group are volunteers for the Pickens County Emergency Management Agency in Pickens, S.C. and members of R.A.C.E.S.-Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, with the South Carolina State Guard. We are not a club. We are a group of amateurs radio enthusiasts with similar interests, dedicated in providing emergency communications for public service, public safety, and commercial communications for local agencies. We also provide Skywarn communications for Pickens County and the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.
Arrl.org - Thu, 02/05/2013 - 19:58
On Wednesday, May 1, President Barack Obama announced that he has nominated Tom Wheeler to be the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. If the Senate confirms the nomination, Wheeler will replace Julius Genachowski who announced his resignation from the FCC in March. Pending Wheeler’s confirmation, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn -- the agency’s soon-to-be senior Democrat -- wi...
Arrl.org - Thu, 02/05/2013 - 19:47
With the 2013 hurricane season approaching, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami and the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) are gearing up for what could be a very active storm season. In preparation for the upcoming season, the HWN is currently seeking new members who can serve as net control stations.
The HWN provides on-the-ground, real-time weather data from Amateur Radio operators who volunt...
Arrl.org - Thu, 02/05/2013 - 19:46
Joseph J. Schroeder Jr, W9JUV, of Glenview, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, April 30. He was 83. An ARRL Life Member, Schroeder was on the editorial staff for Ham Radio magazine from August 1974-July 1990, penning almost 400 articles that ran the gamut from FCC actions to Field Day to licensing issues. Schroeder was also the founding editor of HR Report, a newsletter published by Ham Radio.
DX Coffee - Thu, 02/05/2013 - 13:38
“The callsign MJ/OT1S will be used during the holiday style activation on Jersey Island EU-013 from 16 till 19 May, 2013.
Raf, ON5RZ; Eddy, ON6EF and Mick, ON4RAW will be active from Friday morning the 17th through Sunday the 19th in the early hours.
They should be using a combination of a TS-450S, FT-450 and FT-857 transceivers along with several dipole and vertical antennas on 80 to 6 meters, mainly on SSB, with signals on HF and the WARC bands.
Activating lighthouses and FF on the Island during the trip is also on the wishlist.”
QSL via ON6EF, bureau or direct.
Arrl.org - Thu, 02/05/2013 - 00:00
Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor
This feature -- including convenient web links to useful information -- is a concise monthly update of some of the things the ARRL is doing on behalf of its members. This installment covers the month of April.
The FCC once again denied an ARRL Petition for Reconsideration regarding the Commission’s BPL rules.
ARRL leadership met w...
Arrl.org - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 21:07
In celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD), the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test. Although Armed Forces Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Saturday in May -- May 18 in 2013 -- the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on May 11 to pr...
Arrl.org - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 19:00
The winner of the April QST Cover Plaque Award is George Wallner, AA7JV, for his article “The Garden Beam.” Congratulations George! The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.
New urls at DXzone - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 00:00
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An home made transmitter for 40m CW