Not worthy to be an Extra? – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog


Not worthy to be an Extra?

september 29, 2014 by dan kb6nu 2 comments

I received an e-mail yesterday from someone who recently purchased my General Class and Extra Class study guides and has begun working toward getting his Extra Class ticket. He writes:

Current status: Just now starting to understand what Ham radio is all about…

I’ve made a lot of progress and have been passing the General and Extra sample tests on a regular basis, but all the while there’s been this growing feeling of uneasiness. It would be insincere and morally fraudulent to now pretend I’ve earned anything close to the Extra level of licensure.

I replied:

I wouldn’t worry about this in the least. Seriously.

The Extra Class license used to be an “honorary” license. By that I mean that it conferred no extra privileges on a ham, but rather was just a recognition of the knowledge that someone had gained. If that were still the case, then I might agree with you somewhat. Since the FCC decided to make the Extra Class license a requirement to get all amateur privileges, that’s no longer a consideration—in my book, anyway.

What’s most important is not the class of license that you hold, but your approach to ham radio. Just keep an inquisitive mind, keep learning new things, and you’ll continually earn the right to be called an Extra Class licensee every day.

I’d love to hear what you all think.

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Another exceptional amateur radio  licensing essay from Dan (KB6NU). His answer to this operator’s question  about the Extra Class Amateur Radio License is quite instructive.  I agree with Dan when he adds, “what’s most important is not the class of license that you hold, but your approach to ham radio.  Just keep an open mind, keep learning new things, and you’ll continually earn the right to be called an Extra Class licensee every day.”  Sound, sage advice.  After all, an amateur radio license is just the beginning of your journey to understand our electromagnetic universe–a process that continues until we assume ambient air temperature someday in the future.  An Amateur Radio license is but a portal to new world of science, technology, and a better understanding of our fellow humans.  What one lacks now will be made up with experience and advice from seasoned “elmers” (mentors).  Be patient with yourself and let your mind absorb an entirely different new world.  The Chinese said it best:  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  You’ve taken that first step, now increase your stride with lifelong education.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

New Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations


New Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations

AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT has commissioned a unique challenge coin for donors who have contributed at the $100 level or higher. This challenge coin is shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1 CubeSat, complete with details such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and camera lens viewport. Struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and finished in bright enamel, the coin is scaled to be approximately 1:4 scale, or 1 inch along each of the six sides. The reverse has the AMSAT Fox logo.

The coins are scheduled for delivery just prior to the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium, and will be first distributed to donors attending the Symposium. Coins will also be made available to qualifying donors that have contributed since the Fox-1C announcement on July 18, 2014 upon request. Donations may be made via the AMSAT website at http://www.amsat.org, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at fnd.us/c/6pz92, or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.

The Fox program is designed to provide a platform for university experiments in space, as well as provide FM repeater capability for radio amateurs worldwide. Fox-1A and 1C are set to launch in 2015, and Fox-1B (also known as RadFXSat) is awaiting NASA ELANA launch assignment. Further information on the Fox project can be found at http://www.amsat.org.

via New Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations.

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Thanks to Drew (K04MA) and QRZ.com for this article on the AMSAT Fox 1-A and Fox 1-C satellites which are scheduled to launch in 2015.  Drew says some of the links cited in his article may be broken, so here are some alternate links concerning the program:

http://www.amsat.org

http://www.amsta.org/?p=2957.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November | Southgate Amateur Radio News


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Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November.

Philae’s landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet’s two ‘lobes’, with a backup site on the larger lobe. The sites were selected just six weeks after Rosetta arrived at the comet on 6 August, following its 10-year journey through the Solar System.

In that time, the Rosetta mission has been conducting an unprecedented scientific analysis of the comet, a remnant of the Solar System’s 4.6 billion-year history. The latest results from Rosetta will be presented on the occasion of the landing, during dedicated press briefings.

The main focus to date has been to survey 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in order to prepare for the first ever attempt to soft-land on a comet.

Site J was chosen unanimously over four other candidate sites as the primary landing site because the majority of terrain within a square kilometre area has slopes of less than 30º relative to the local vertical and because there are relatively few large boulders. The area also receives sufficient daily illumination to recharge Philae and continue surface science operations beyond the initial 64-hour battery-powered phase.

Over the last two weeks, the flight dynamics and operations teams at ESA have been making a detailed analysis of flight trajectories and timings for Rosetta to deliver the lander at the earliest possible opportunity.

Two robust landing scenarios have been identified, one for the primary site and one for the backup. Both anticipate separation and landing on 12 November.

For the primary landing scenario, targeting Site J, Rosetta will release Philae at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET at a distance of 22.5 km from the centre of the comet, landing about seven hours later. The one-way signal travel time between Rosetta and Earth on 12 November is 28 minutes 20 seconds, meaning that confirmation of the landing will arrive at Earth ground stations at around 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET.

If a decision is made to use the backup Site C, separation will occur at 13:04 GMT/14:04 CET, 12.5 km from the centre of the comet. Landing will occur about four hours later, with confirmation on Earth at around 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET. The timings are subject to uncertainties of several minutes.

Final confirmation of the primary landing site and its landing scenario will be made on 14 October after a formal Lander Operations Readiness Review, which will include the results of additional high-resolution analysis of the landing sites conducted in the meantime. Should the backup site be chosen at this stage, landing can still occur on 12 November.

A competition for the public to name the primary landing site will also be announced during the week of 14 October.

The Rosetta orbiter will continue to study the comet and its environment using its 11 science instruments as they orbit the Sun together. The comet is on an elliptical 6.5-year orbit that takes it from beyond Jupiter at its furthest point, to between the orbits of Mars and Earth at its closest to the Sun. Rosetta will accompany the comet for more than a year as they swing around the Sun and back to the outer Solar System again.

The analyses made by the Rosetta orbiter will be complemented by the in situ measurements performed by Philae’s 10 instruments.

 

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Here’s the recent update on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to comet 67P/Curyumov-Gerasimenko.  After a 10-year journey, the Rosetta space probe will land on one two preselected landing sites on the space rock.  Scientists hope the probe will tell us something about the nature of the early universe.  The Rosetta probe is set to deploy the lander package on 12 November 2014.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Tim Allen gets his ham licence | Southgate Amateur Radio News


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Tim Allen gets his ham licence

Tim Allen, the famous American actor comedian who has appeared in many popular films, has just passed his ham licence

He has the callsign KK6OTD

Tim stars in the weekly Last Man Standing show which is watched by 8 million Americans.

The show features ham radio and on the show Tim uses the fake callsign ka0xtt

http://www.arrl.org/news/em-ham-radio-in-hollywood-em-last-man-standing-to-feature-ham-radio-in-upcoming-episode

Over the weekend k6h was on the air on many bands including a live video webcast on batc and w5kub from the Last Man Standing set on stage 9 at CBS tv centre in Hollywood

73 ian g3zhi

 

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Congratulations to actor and comedian Tim Allen for getting his amateur radio license ((KK6OTD).  Tim stars in the popular television comedy “Last Man Standing”, which features ham radio in a prominent role.  In the series, Tim uses the fake call sign of KA0XTT.  Many of the show’s staff and technical adviser are licensed amateur radio operators, so their expertise helps in creating credibility for the show.  The program is quite good and I manage to get quite a few laughs from the talented writers in the show.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

DXpedition to the Island of Samos | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Friday, September 26, 2014

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DXpedition to the Island of Samos

Between 29th September and 14th October 2014, three radio Amateurs who are members of Sands Contest Group from Morecambe England, and also members of the Aegean Radio Association on the island, will be visiting Samos Island, for a holiday and DXpedition.

We will be using the call sign SZ8S while on the island.

The actual days for operation are uncertain, hopefully we will start on Monday evening of 29th September, please watch the cluster’s for Information.

Operators will be Barrie G1JYB, Stephany G1LAT, Frank G8BME,

KM37JK

EU-049

ITU-28

GIOTA-SAS06

QSL direct – VIA G1LAT the QSL manager

UK – SASE Rest of the world SAE + $2

PLEASE NO IRC’S

EQSL also – VIA M0SCG

Bureau only – VIA M0SCG

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY TO SZ8S FOR THIS DXPEDITION, AS YOU WILL NOT GET A REPLY. TILL THE FOLLOWING YEAR AS THIS IS THE AEGEAN RADIO ASSOCIATION’S SPECIAL CALL SIGN.

QSL manager’s address

Stephany Kirkwood (G1LAT)

1 Nether View : Lodge Lane

Wennington : Lancaster

Lancashire : LA2 8NP

United Kingdom

 

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Beginning Monday, 29 September 2014 and running through 14 October 2014, a group of three amateur radio operators, who are members of the Sands Contest Group and the Aegean Radio Association will operate on Samos Island as a holiday DXpedition.  The group will be using the call sign SZ85.  QSL routing is given in the article.  Good luck in working this beautiful island.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

 

 

First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award issued | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Sunday, September 28, 2014

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First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award issued

Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports the first FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 73 on 73 Award has been issued to Wyatt Dirks AC0RA

The award aims to promote activity on AO-73 satellite. The requirements are straight-forward:

1. Work 73 unique stations on AO-73.

2. Contacts must be made on or after September 1, 2014.

3. There are no geographic restrictions on your operating location.

Congratulations to Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, for claiming 73 on 73 Award #1. He has submitted a list with a total of 74 unique calls worked on AO-73 since September 1.

It’s been great to hear all the activity on the satellite over the last few weeks. I look forward to hearing and working many more stations, especially after the end of Daylight Saving Time makes the evening passes a bit earlier!

73,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

Full details of the award at

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/18/73-on-73-award-announcement/

 

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Wyatt Dirks (AC0RA) has been a busy man.  According to Paul Stoetzer (N8HM), Wyatt is the first winner of the “73 on 73″ award, with 74 unique call signs worked on the AO-73 satellite since 01 September 2014. The purpose of the award is to promote activity on the first FUNcube-1, known as AO-73.  Great job…a lot of work…and a lot of fun.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ham Radio at graVITas 2014 – An International Knowledge Carnival | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Ham Radio at graVITas 2014 – An International Knowledge Carnival

Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE gave a presentation on amateur radio to VIT University students as part the technical festival graVITas 2014

He writes:

I would like to express my gratitude to the students of Electronics & Communication Department of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore on the occasion of their Technical Festival graVITas 2014 for all the affection bestowed upon me and inviting me as a guest speaker to share my radio experiences.

It was a great pleasure to demonstrate ham radio digital communication technologies to the students. APRS -A US Naval Academy ham radio technology was demonstrated to the students using a KENWOOD TH-D7A, TM-D700 Data Radio and my YAESU VX-8DR [Thanks to Kenwood and Yaesu also!].

It was demonstrated how a map on a laptop can be changed by pressing a radio button remotely which cannot be done by a smartphone.

Morse Code technology was also demonstrated as an alternative to digital modes of communication.

Thanks to Khushbu Agrawal, VU3KCE Pranjal Jain, VU3DJV and the entire team for the wonderful hospitality. I am feeling blessed.

Makers Fete – VIT

http://www.makersfete.com/uncommonindian.html

graVITas 2014

http://www.vitgravitas.com/

 

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Nice note from Sandeep Baruah (VU2MUE), who gave an amateur radio presentation to VIT University as part of the technical festival “graVITas 2014.”  Indian amateur radio operators are doing a lot for their country, providing emergency communications for natural disasters and expertise for the latest Indian Mars orbiter, which attained a successful Martian orbit earlier this week.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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