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Massive Satellite “Cluster” Launch Set for November 21

A Dnepr launcher set to lift off from Dombarovsky, near Yasny, Russia, on November 21 will carry more than two dozen satellites from 13 countries. Individual satellite teams are now in Yasny preparing their payloads for launch. Several of the satellites will carry Amateur Radio payloads, marking this as the largest single deployment of ham radio satellites. Paving the way for this month’s event was the August 22 Dnepr launch of the KOMPSAT-5 satellite from Korea — the first Dnepr launch in 2 years. This month’s launch had been postponed for more than a year to work the wrinkles out of the Dnepr program. The DubaiSat-2 earth-imaging satellite will be the principal payload of this cluster mission.

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The Media and Public is Formally Invited to ARRL Field Day 2012

ARRL Field Day 2012

Hosted by…
Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team
Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club

Saturday June 23rd, 2012
11am – 6pm

Sunday June 24th, 2012
11am – 2pm

Castaic Lake Water Agency
27234 Bouquet Canyon Rd
Saugus, CA 91350

On June 23rd and 24th, Amateur Radio operators (“sometimes called HAMS”) across the country will leave the comfort of their home-based radio “shacks” for a weekend of emergency preparedness activity called “Field Day.” The event is designed to test operators’ skills in setting up and operating radio communication equipment in situations where electrical power is limited or unavailable. The idea is to simulate the conditions that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or other emergency, including man-made disasters. The event is sponsored by ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio.

The very first Field Day actually took place in 1933. During Field Day, Ham Radio operators set up radio transmitting and receiving equipment in local parks, at shopping malls or even in backyards, and get on the-air using generators, batteries, wind or solar power to run their equipment. This type of exercise, along with the operators’ dedication to public service, allows them to step in and help emergency officials and relief organizations when disaster strikes. Cell phones, the Internet and other communications technologies have yet to replace what Amateur Radio operators can do. They have a long track record of getting the message through when all other systems fail and the infrastructure has collapsed.

The director of homeland Security said it best, “ . . . they are the first of the first responders when it comes to disasters!” Welcome to each of our visitors. We hope you will find our Field Day informative and fun for your family. Please feel free to ask questions about the equipment you see.

Coast Guard To Join Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

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ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications Test

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Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 7, 2012
To all radio amateurs

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ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications
Test

The US Coast Guard will be joining the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines in the 2012 Armed Forces Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12. In addition to the Coast Guard station, five Army stations, three Air Force stations and six Navy/Marine Corps stations will be on the air to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD).

Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB). Some stations, depending on propagation and staffing, may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. The military station operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2 minutes. The Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via digital modes, including RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK31, MFSK and MT63 from certain stations.

The following information was not included in the original list of the stations that will be on the air for the test:

Station: NMN (1300 UTC May 12-0030 UTC May 13) USCG CAMSLANT (Communications Area Master Station Atlantic), Chesapeake, Virginia

Frequency Emission Amateur Band

7.5286 MHz USB 40M (USB)

14.427 MHz USB 20M (USB)

18.1961 MHz USB 17M (USB)

QSL card requests should be addressed to Commanding Officer, ATTN: OS3 Cattell, 4720 Douglas A. Munro Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322-4399.

Schedules and frequencies of participating military stations, including the stations that will be transmitting the message from the Secretary of Defense can be found on the web in PDF format at, http://www.netcom.army.mil/MARS/docs/AMC_Test_2012.pdf.

Instructions on how to copy and submit the message are also included.
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Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

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ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12

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From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 2, 2012
To all radio amateurs

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ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12

The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May — May 19 in 2012 — the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on May 12 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for May 18-20.

The annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications SSB voice and Morse code tests. These tests give Amateur Radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.

Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB). Some stations, depending on propagation and staffing, may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. The military station operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2 minutes.

The schedules and frequencies of participating military stations can be found in PDF format on the web at, http://www.netcom.army.mil/MARS/docs/AMC_Test_2012.pdf.
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Space Station Active On 70-cm Packet

The Amateur Radio station located in the Columbus module aboard the International Space Station is now active on AX.25 packet radio at 437.550 MHz.

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ARISSAT-1 May De-Orbit In April

According to predictions from Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL, the ARISSat-1 satellite is due to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in early April 2012. For complete details, see Mineo’s website.

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2011 ARRL Phone Sweepstakes

The ARRL Sweepstakes celebrates its 78th anniversary in 2011 and the SSB weekend is coming up on November 19-21. As last weekend’s CW weekend demonstrated, the recent re-awakening of the sunspot cycle promises a generous dose of competition and fun for operators all across the US and Canada.

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W1AW Announces Winter Operating Schedule

With the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, has updated the W1AW operating schedule to reflect the change. Your local standard times have not changed, but the UTC times they reference have.

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