The Silver State Receives A New Section Manager
Nevada Section Manager Joe Giraudo - N7JEH of Spring Creek has announced that he will be stepping down from that position effective February 28.
Giraudo is a professional engineer and property manager for Barrick Gold Mining. New employment duties have increasingly made it necessary for Joe to be out of Nevada, and even the states, for extended periods. “This absence from the Section makes it increasingly difficult to effectively serve the membership within Nevada,” said Giraudo.
Giraudo recommended that his Assistant Section Manager Gary Grant - K7VY of Reno be appointed to fill the remainder of his term which expires at the end of June, 2015.
Changing Of The Guard
Editors note: Many thanks to Joe Giraudo for the leadership and guidance he has provided to the Nevada Section and also congratulations to Gary Grant on his appointment.
Oregon Hams Locate Missing Dementia Patient
Members of the Lane County Sheriffs Amateur Radio Operators, an ARRL Affiliated Club, are being credited with the rescue of an elderly Eugene, Oregon man.
On Sunday, the 78 year old dementia patient's wife reported that he had wandered away from his home east of the University of Oregon Campus. The Lane County Sheriff's Department has a team of ham operators who are specially trained in Radio Direction Finding (RDF) search procedures.
Dubbed Project LifeSaver, at risk individuals wear special RF bracelets. Should a person go missing, the LCSARO team members use their special tracking skills to safely locate the missing person. The missing man was one of six people in the Lane County program.
The missing man was located on the corner of Eight Avenue and Willamette Street, in downtown Eugene. He was not injured.
The mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
The team of ham radio operators reduces the need for large scale search parties, which typically involve many agencies, hundreds of police officers, and thousands of dollars in costs.
The LCSARO also provides communications in disasters and other emergency situations for the Sheriff's Department.
PAJAMA PARTY POSTPONED
S.O.A.R. reports that this years Pajama Party Of The Airwaves, Special Event Station which was to operate on March 15th has been postponed to a later date.
"Unfortunately, a loved one of our hostess is convalescing from emergency heart surgery, and she must delay the use of her QTH", said club President Liz Bigley-KD7RIN.
A new date for the event will be set at SOAR's monthly meeting next Saturday.
Salvation ARmy puts New EDS Satern Station "On The Air"
Jackson, MS (March 5, 2014) – The Salvation Army has announced that the FCC recently approved a new call sign for a newly crated SATERN station located in the Salvation Army's Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division's Emergency Disaster Services center.
SATERN, which is an acronym for Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, is the volunteer amateur radio communications arm of the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS).
The new station call-sign WB5ALM signifies, William Booth 5 Alabama Louisiana Mississippi (William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army). WB5ALM was activated for the first time on March 5th during a check-in to the International SATERN Net on 20 meter phone.
The new call sign will be used for operations at the EDS center and for mobile operations from the Southern Territorial Communications Trailer and the SATERN Coordinators vehicle.
Nearly a years work went into the development of the SATERN station, which is said to be a "State of the Art" facility. The station is capable of being operated 100 percent via the internet. Ken Standard, AD5XJ, SATERN Net Manager for the Southern Territory said, “The goal is to allow for a select group of qualified, trained Net Control Operators to operate a state-of-the art SATERN station that is centrally located within the ALM Division and the Southern Territory from their home location anywhere in the Territory.”
Southern Territorial SATERN Coordinator Bill Feist – WB8BZH, commented, “This new station will make it easier to recruit SATERN operators to operate the station during a disaster or emergency by reducing the need for them to be physically present at the EDS Center.”
Idaho Ham Seriously Injured In tower Repair Accident
Robert Galindo-KE7ADT was critically injured around noon last Thursday when the winching cable snapped while he was working on his forty foot crank-up tower.
Galindo, who goes by his middle name of BearPaw, age 52 of Athol, Idaho was trapped and dangling 20 feet up in the air when rescue crews arrived at his home, located near the entrance of Farragut State Park.
The accident which was witnessed by his wife Gail Perry-KE7ADN resulted in the loss of Galindo's right hand and several fingers on his left hand. Ms. Perry stated: "I saw his fingers fly off of his right hand," "I never want to see something like that again."
Multiple agencies responded to Ms. Perry's 911 call, with help arriving 25 minutes later. Timberlake Fire Protection District officials say that it took rescuers 20 minutes to raise the upper tower sections and to extricate Galindo.
Galindo was transported by a Life Flight helicopter crew from Sandpoint, Idaho to Kootenai Health in Coeur d' Alene. At 3:00 PM trauma surgeons began more than 4 hours of surgery to Galindo.
Galindo was listed in critical condition following the surgery and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days.
The town of Athos is unique, in that one out of every 10 residents is an amateur radio operator. The small community of 692 residents located in extreme northern Idaho boasts 69 licensed ham operators.
Yuma Hamfest Balloon Launch
Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flight of ANSR-80. This high altitude balloon flight will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. The launch site will be the Yuma County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the 10th Annual 2014 Yuma Hamfest and ARRL Arizona Section Convention, see http://www.yumahamfest.org/.
The balloon will be a 1600-gram weather balloon, filled with hydrogen. The expected burst altitude will be 90,000 feet or more. The flight is anticipated to last about 2.5 hours from launch to touchdown.
This flight will be a hamfest demonstration flight for Amateur Television payloads (FSTV and SSTV) and tracking beacons. Also scheduled is a WIFI communications experiment built by the Qualcomm Amateur Radio Club of San Diego, CA. This system is being developed for use on a student built CubeSat to be launched in the near future. A ground station will display live television from the payloads during the flight. ANSR will conduct a presentation about the flight and automatic APRS derived balloon tracking for ground antennas at 3:40 P.M. on Friday February 14th in the fairgrounds Fine Arts building.
APRS Beacons will transmit position information as follows:
KA7NSR-12 and KA7NSR-14 both on 445.925 MHz, KA7NSR-13 on 144.34 MHZ
The ANSR Cross-Band Repeater will operate with an input frequency of 145.56 MHz with a 162.2 Hz tone, and an output of 445.525 MHz. While contacts (especially DX) are welcome, please give priority to chase team members.
Our mobile cross band Digipeater will repeat locally the beacons' APRS data to the 144.390 MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. You can track the flight using the following links:
http://aprs.fi/?call=ka7nsr-12 or -13, or -14
Be sure to check http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ballooning for updates to this announcement prior to the flight.
Monthly Seminars Introduce New Operators to the fun of Ham RAdio
It's not unusual to find licensed amateur radio operators who passed the test, often a decade or more ago, received their callsign, and have never been on the air!
Since 9-11-01 many groups have advocated the need for their members to be licensed hams. The internet makes it easy for just about anyone to learn the question pool and get a Technician license. Even formal classes tend to only teach a person to pass the 35 question quiz. Little, if any, of this, prepares the new licensee to actually acquire and operate a radio.
The K7QQQ Repeater Club has begun a series of monthly seminars designed to introduce the new licensee to the equipment, modes, and methods to get on the air and have fun with ham radio.
The first session found sixteen newly minted hams in attendance. They eagerly soaked up information about getting that first radio, ham radio clubs, CW operations, and a variety of topics.
The upcoming session in March will feature an introduction to Packet and other digital modes.
Participants will receive "hands-on" experience in operating in these modes.
Yaesu AND C.A.R.G. TEAM up In Support of New Amateur Radio Station at Arecibo Telescope
Yaesu and the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group have joined together in supporting the Arecibo Observatory Amateur Radio Club (KP4AO)located at the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, USA.
During a behind the scenes tour of the facility given to ARRL Officials and guests, KP4AO's President Angel Vazquez-WP3R announced that they were establishing a new amateur radio station in the exhibition hall of the Angel Ramos Visitor Center located at the observatory. Vazquez said that their group was thrilled to be able to showcase amateur radio activities to the thousands of visitors and scientist who pass thru the visitors center each year.
ARRL President Dr. Kay Cragio-N3NK, Southeast Division Assistant Director Dr. Jose Vicens-NP4G, CARG Officer Juan Montijo-WP4OV, Director of Telescope Operations Angel Vazques-WP3R, and Yaesu Executive Vice-President Dennis Motschenbacher-K7BV (Assistant Puerto Rico Section Manager Abimael Padro-KP4RY is shown in the background)
Following the announcement of the new station, CARG officials presented a new banner to the KP4AO group for use in their new station. Newly appointed Southeast Division Assistant Director Dr. Jose Vicens-NP4G called on Dennis Motschenbacher-K7BV, Executive Vice-President of Yaesu.
On behalf of Yaesu, Motschenbacher donated a new FT-DX1200 transceiver for the KP4AO club to use in their new Visitor Center station. Construction of the station is expected to be finished in about 3 months.
ARRL representatives, including President Kay Craigie-N3NK, CEO Dave Sumner-K1ZZ, Southeast Division Director Doug Rehman-K4AC, Southeast Division Assistant Director Jose Vicens-NP4G, Pacific Division Assistant Director John Bigley-N7UR, Puerto Rico Section Manager Rene Fonseca-NP3O, and guests were touring behind the scenes at the telescope as part of the activities of the ARRL Puerto Rico Section Convention. The ARRL visitors also presented the observatory station with a Centennial Edition of the ARRL Handbook.
The Arecibo Observatory which was completed in 1963 recently celebrated it's 50th Anniversary. KP4AO hosted a Special Event Station as a part of that celebration.
The massive radio telescope explores the deepest corners of space. It also feeds data to SETI an organization searching for life in outer space.
Deadly Tower Collapse in West Virginia-Ham RPTRS Lost
A 300 ft tall communications tower in Clarksburg, West Virginia collapsed Saturday during repairs, killing two workers, and causing the collapse of a second tower which killed a Nutter Fork Volunteer Firefighter.
The two workers that were killed were identified as 32 year old Kyle Kirkpatrick of Hulbert, Oklahoma and Terry Lee Richard Jr., age 27, from Bokoshe, Oklahoma. The pair were employed by SBA Communications, an Oklahoma firm which operates and maintains 23,000 communication towers.
Twenty eight year old Firefighter Michael Dale Garrett of Clarksburg, WV was walking from his vehicle to the scene of the first tower collapse, when guy lines attached between the two towers failed. He was struck and killed when the second tower failed.
Three amateur radio repeaters operated by the Stonewall Jackson Amateur Radio Association (SARA) were destroyed in the mishap. A VHF repeater on 147.210 Mhz, a UHF repeater on 444.175 Mhz, and a third Link repeater used to connect to the HAMLINK system were all lost. SARA had recently made expensive repairs and upgrades to all of the machines.
Reno Work Party Installs New Repeaters-Sites Are Upgraded
On Saturday a ten member work crew tackled the Mt. Davidson and Ophir repeater sites outside of Reno.
Their efforts resulted in two new machines going on the air. A 220 Mhz repeater for the CONDOR System and a 900 Mhz repeater.
Antennas and heliax were installed, along with new ground rods, and feedline cushions. A ANt-220 antenna was installed for the CONDOR machine and a DB-806 antenna was set for the 900 MHz repeater. The workers also removed a DB-408 antenna from the Ophir site and erected it on the Mt. Davidson tower in preparation for activating a D-STAR repeater/node.
The crew reports that the site is 100 per cent D-STAR ready from an RF standpoint and only requires Internet activation to have the node operational.
Pajama Party of the Air waves
Remember back to the days when all of us girls would get together at a friends house for a slumber party? Pizza, Coca-Cola, talkin' about boys, trying on make-up.....pillow fights... trying not to fall asleep.
The Las Vegas Chapter of the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (S.O.A.R.) will re-live those memories when we host our SECOND "Pajama Party" Special Event Station, Saturday night March 15th, 2014.
That's right ladies. Throw your favorite jammies in your overnight bag and come join us for our combination girls sleep-over/radio operating party. All girls, whether you are a teen, pre-teen, tween, or way beyond are invited to join in. If you are a YL outside of the area or an OM, we will see you on the air. Listen for the call "CQ YL Pajama Party"
The fun begins at 5:30 PM. PDT (Sunday 00:30 UTC) For details and location email Judy Carpenter-KC7ZVE email@example.com
Home Owners Association on board with New Repeater
Las Vegas, NV – K7QQQ Amateur Radio Repeaters, Inc. has launched a new UHF amateur radio repeater located in the Enterprise Township (Southwest) portion of the Las Vegas Valley. While repeater bring-ups seem routine, this repeater has quite a unique feature in that it’s located in the heart of a deed-restricted community.
The Savannah Place Homeowner’s Association board of directors (SP-HOA), in an update to their CC&Rs, officially recognized the importance and essential contribution of locally licensed amateur radio operators within the Clark County ARES/RACES group, the Nye County ARES/RACES group, and the Las Vegas Regional SKYWARN group. The SP-HOA directors deemed it would be in the best interest of the community, as well as in the best interest of the public, to allow and support the installation and use of amateur radio equipment, antennas, and other radio equipment within their community as outlined under 47 CFR 97.15(b) - the FCC’s rules for station antenna structures.
“We are extremely pleased to have worked with the board and put this repeater into operation, and, should need arise, to dedicate its use for emergency communications,” said J. Dan Connell, a Nevada Section ARRL Technical Specialist and President of K7QQQ Amateur Radio Repeaters, Inc.
Connell, who championed the CC&R changes, went on to say, “With this installation, we hope to show the surrounding communities that Amateur Radio Operators and deed-restricted HOAs can partner in practical and cooperative ways. In our case, the radio operator gets to practice the art and science of radio communications while Savannah Place residents and the surrounding community benefit from having a local emergency communication station in time of need.”
The repeater system’s operational frequencies have been formally registered / coordinated through the Southern Nevada Repeater Council (SNRC) and K7QQQ notes that while the repeater is open to all licensed Amateur Radio Operators, it may be reserved for emergency traffic, scheduled nets, training, educational, and/or club functions. In order to access the repeater, radio operators should set their rigs to the following parameters: RX: 441.875 MHz TX: 446.875 MHz DCS Code: 023
S.O.A.R. Kicks Off ARRL Centennial Celebration With Parade Appearance
The Las Vegas Chapter of SOAR, the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio, could not wait for 2014 to begin promoting the 100th Anniversary of the ARRL.
They hit the pavement rolling on December 7th, when their group was one of the units in the 42nd Annual Santa's Electric Night Parade in Boulder City.
The theme of their entry was "Lady Radio Operators and the ARRL-100 Years of Volunteer Service".
An Artic air blast, unusual for Southern Nevada, had engulfed the area for several days. Thermometers had plunged to freezing. The SOAR ladies had originally planned to re-enact different decades of amateur radio thru the wearing of period attire and using vintage equipment. The freezing cold forced them to forgo the costumes and to bundle up in parkas and fur hats.
Affixed to their vehicle were vintage photographs showing YL's of yesteryear in action. These photos were joined by those of modern day YL Ham astronauts, scientists, and celebrities.
A section of radio tower with a UHF Yagi attached, was covered in evergreen garland and Five hundred Christmas lights. SOAR Vice-President Judy Carpenter KC7ZVE rode on the tailgate and "pounded brass" on a 1930's era Hallicrafters rig.
Club members walking in front of and behind their entry, carried brightly decorated Christmas "gifts to the community". The packages had scenes of the local YL's volunteering their communications skills. One package was emblazoned with the ARRL Centennial logo.
The ladies report that they encountered at least six reviewing stands along the route, where they heard PA systems describing amateur radio's role in the community and thanking amateur radio operators for their commitment.
Additionally, the entire parade was broadcasted live on Las Vegas television and rebroadcasted on December 17, 21, and on Christmas Eve.
"It is with great pride that we celebrate 100 years of the ARRL and the legacy of those women before us who were truly pioneers of the electronic age......." said SOAR President Elizabeth "Liz" Bigley-KD7RIN, ".....our Centennial year is now upon us and the commitment of YL's to serve the Amateur Radio Service has never been greater."
Bigley reported that SOAR has several activities scheduled during the next year to help celebrate the beginning of the ARRL's second century.
SOAR has local chapters as well as National and International Sisters located worldwide. www.soar-yls.com
Yet Another Police Department has been targeted with intentional RF via Ham Radio
Police in McMinnville, Tenn have reported that for more than a month they were the subject of intentional interference to their public safety frequency by a "Pirate" broadcaster using ham radio.
A suspect has been captured, but has not been identified. No word on whether the person is a licensed amateur radio operator. The radio has been seized.
Nashville Channel 5 reports:
Reno Hams Help to Raise $240,000 in Donations and
Tim Hunt Retires: Las Vegas VE Has New Changes
Tim Hunt WA6TNW has retired from the position of VE Coordinator. Click and Read
NWS Stations Recognize SKYWARN
The three National Weather Services Field Offices in Nevada will be on the air for the 15th annual SKYWARN
Recognition Day. Click and Read
Invite An Airman To Thanksgiving
You can make Thanksgiving a little more enjoyable for one of Nellis AFB's 2,500 single Airmen and Airwomen.
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Nevada Field Day Results
The Results are in. See how Nevada did in the 2012 ARRL Field Day.
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Reno HamCram Class
Reno group plans one day class and license exam.
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ARRL Mentor Award Given
The ARRL Mentoring Award was recently given to John Bigley-N7UR Click and Read
Search Team Locates Airman
The body of a missing Airman has been located by search team.
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SNARS hosts the Reno Fall Swap-meet at Tamarack Junction.
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Baking a Batch of TS-990's
Video of Kenwood
TS-990 being made.
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New Hams Workshop in Reno
SNARS is offering a free workshop especially tailored for the newcomer to ham radio. Click and Read
Black Friday- Let's go Play RADio
Two things that really seem to enhance the amateur radio operating experience. Click and read
Yahoo "Who Knew"
Video Check out this video about the other Phonetic Alphabets
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YL Operators On Parade
Nevada's largest YL group will showcase Ham Radio in annual parade. Click and Read
State Convention Being Planned
Several Northern Nevada groups are organizing a State Convention. Click and Read
Pahrump VE Pays It Forward
Pahrump Volunteer Examiner helps young people get into ham radio. Click and Read
Help For New Reno Hams
New hams in the Reno area can get on the air help in getting started in amateur radio.
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WWII POW Is Silent Key
Former POW Dorothy Susie Davis Thompson-KF5IX is Silent Key. Click and Read
Richard Mertz-N3QJF Silent Key
Noted broadcasting engineer Richard Mertz- has succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Click and Read
W1RO Report: Black Friday Radio Day at Red Rock
Fun morning. Great sunrise. 1/2 dozen hams showed up Click and Read
Mike Lee-AA6ML Is New SE Vice Dir
Mike Lee has been named the new Vice Director of the SE Division Click and Read
Is SAROC Version 3.o Coming?
It was the largest ham gathering east of the Mississippi River. Now flyers are being handed out touting its return. Click and Read
New State Government Liaison
Nevada has a new State Government Liaison.
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Cq Reno...Cq Reno..
Scout tries to contact Reno area via radio and isn't successful.
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Ham Clubs Outnumber Places
There are more ham clubs in Nevada than their are towns and places.
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Repeater Group Has Picnic
The Las Vegas Repeater Association held their annual picnic.
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Event Volunteers Needed
Volunteer radio operators are needed for the Nurses Half-Marathon and the MS150.
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QRP Group To Meet
Information about the Reno QRP Groups monthly meeting. Click and Read