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Upcoming Hamfests

Shelby Hamfest
September 5-6
Shelby, NC

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Augusta A.R.C. Hamfest
September 12
Grovetown, GA
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Paulding Hamfest
September 19
Dallas, GA

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Covington Hamfest
September 26
Covington, GA

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LaGrange Hamfest
October 10
Lagrange, GA

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Rome Hamfest
October 17
Rome, GA

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Stone Mountain Hamfest
November 7
Lawrenceville, GA

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HamJam 2015
November 14
Alpharetta, GA

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Ellijay Fall Picnic

Mark your calendars for October 3rd, that's the date for the new and improved Ellijay Picnic. Always the first weekend of October and again located at the ETC Telephone Pavillion on Legion Road, this year we'll also do another charity auction for more fun and foolishness, as well as raising money to help the disadvantaged.

Bring a covered dish or two (remember there's a big kitchen) and the spouse, kids, and dogs. Maybe we'll even turn it into a little tailgate if enough people bring things.

Light attendance the last 2 years has just about wrapped up the Indian Springs Picnic held in May, hence moving the auction to Ellijay, so come enjoy the cool fall weather, fellowship and good food for what will be our only picnic of the year hereon.

 

Katrina 10th Anniversary Mississippi Memorial Event Set

A special event operation from August 26 through September 2 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the more than 230 people who lost their lives as a result of Katrina along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and points north.

"Many lost everything they owned and many lost their lives," said Larry Morgan, AG5Z, who is spearheading the event. "We also want to honor the hundreds of volunteers from all over the country that poured in to assist us in our time of dire need."

Several stations along the Mississippi coast will use special event K (for Katrina) prefix 1 × 1 call signs. Operation will begin on August 26 at 0000 UTC from home stations. On August 29 at 1300 -- the time of Katrina's impact -- all stations will reduce power to 100 W, except for bonus stations K5M and K5T. Reduced-power operation will continue until September 2 at 2359 UTC.

K5Z at "ground zero" will consist of a portable QRP station set up on the beach using temporary antennas and emergency power.

Certificates will be available. See the Katrina 10th Anniversary Special Memorial Event website for details. Send logs and QSLs to AG5Z. Morgan expressed his appreciation to the 599 DX Association and the Hattiesburg Amateur Radio Club.

-ARRL Letter

 

Georgia Group to Conduct 9/11 Memorial Special Event

Cherokee County (Georgia) CERT/ARES will be operating Special Event station N4A on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12 in remembrance of those families and loved ones who lost their lives, and the Public Safety members who gave countless hours during and following the 9/11 attacks.

Jim Millsap, WB4NWS, District EC for the Metro Atlanta District ARES, reports "We will be operating from the Cherokee County EOC Ham Station and the Cherokee County CERT/ARES trailer on HF frequencies in the General Class band of 20, 40, and 80-meters on Friday, but the biggest event activity is expected on Saturday. Stations are invited to check in on Friday or Saturday. A special certificate will be provided to those who make contact and send a self addressed #10 envelope." (More details will be provided on QRZ as the event dates draw closer).

-ARES E-Letter

 

Rockwell Collins to End Mechanical Filter Production

As more and more communications equipment designs have adopted digital signal processing techniques, Rockwell Collins has announced that it will stop manufacturing its renowned mechanical filters. It did not provide a specific date.

"Over the past several years, we have seen a dramatic reduction in demand for narrowband analog filters," the company said on its website. "Due to this and other economic reasons, [Rockwell Collins] Filter Products will be discontinuing its mechanical filter products in the near future."

Rockwell Collins makes two different types of mechanical filters, many of which have found their way into Amateur Radio products and applications. In a mechanical filter, input and output transducers convert the electrical signal to and from resonant mechanical vibrations, respectively.

Collins has made mechanical filters for more than 6 decades, and their initial application was in telephone circuits. The filters gained favor for Amateur Radio use because of their excellent selectivity, especially in IF applications. It is said to take about 12 weeks to manufacture a single unit.

-- Thanks to Mike Morris, WA6ILQ; Rockwell Collins, ARRL Letter

 

WWV's 25 MHz Signal is Back on Original Vertical Dipole

Time and frequency standard station WWV's resurrected 25 MHz signal -- now back on the air for more than a year after going silent in 1977 -- is once again transmitting on a vertical dipole from its original antenna and location. The 25 MHz signal returned to the air on an "experimental basis" in April 2014, and it's been transmitting ever since. The WWV vertical dipole is not something you'd likely find in the average ham radio antenna farm.

"The antenna the 25 MHz [transmitter] is on right now is the original antenna it was on in 1977," Matt Deutch, N0RGT, WWV's lead electrical engineer, told ARRL. "When the 25 [MHz transmitter] was shut down [that year], the radiating section was removed and tossed in the bone yard, and a new longer section put on the tower to make it a 15 MHz stand-by antenna."

Deutch said that when WWV first reintroduced the 25 MHz broadcast in 2014, it used a broadband monopole. It was later decided to use that antenna for WWV's 2.5 MHz stand-by transmitter, though. "So, we decided to rebuild the 25 MHz antenna," he recounted. "A few weeks ago the boys dug the 25 MHz radiating section out of the mud in the bone yard and rebuilt the 25 MHz antenna, so that it looks identical to what it looked like in 1977."

Deutch said the 25 MHz WWV vertical dipole now is coupled to its own, dedicated transmitter, radiating 2.5 kW "with near zero watts reflected," he added, and modeling has showed that the dipole exhibits a lower angle of radiation than the broadband monopole did. "There is no automatic backup transmitter for 25 MHz at this time," Deutch added. The 25 MHz WWV signal had been operating at about 1 kW for the past 16 months.

Deutch has said that WWV has received reports on the 25 MHz signal from across the Atlantic. The 25 MHz transmission not only provides another option to check your frequency calibration or the exact time, it also can serve to indicate the state of propagation on 12 and 10 meters. The 25 MHz broadcast includes the same information transmitted on all other WWV frequencies and at the same level of accuracy.

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, WWV is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). WWV has invited listeners' comments and signal reports.

-ARRL Letter



FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, of Ringgold, Ga had been warned last August about not following the Commission’s Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his “deliberate disregard” of that warning warranted the proposed penalty.

“Mr Tolassi...has a history of failing to comply with the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service,” the FCC said in a July 22 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL). As the NAL recounted, agents from the FCC’s Atlanta Office used direction-finding techniques to track the source of a signal on 14.313 MHz to Tolassi’s residence in Ringgold, Georgia.

“The agents monitored and recorded transmissions during which Mr Tolassi failed to transmit his assigned call sign,” the FCC said. “The agents interviewed Mr Tolassi later that evening, and, while he admitted operating that evening, he denied making the unidentified transmissions.”

Nonetheless, the FCC determined that Tolassi “apparently repeatedly violated Section 97.119(a)” of the rules. The Commission pointed out that it could have assessed a forfeiture of $16,000 a day for a continuing violation, but it settled on a $1000 fine.

-ARRL Letter

 

 

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Look at this "history" of ham radio through the eyes of the ARRL, an interesting read!

 

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