ANZAC Day to be commemorated

AnzacFrom the WIA, original post here.

Date : 22 / 04 / 2016 
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

All VK radio amateurs may use the alternative AX callsign prefix for ANZAC Day.  The WIA reminds those who sign AX to have a QSL card available as these can be sought after as proof of working an AX station.

The WIA thanks all who used the AX prefix last year and registered on its website.  The registration for the centenary of ANZAC was only for 2015, and no online registration is sought this year.

Among the activities will be AX4XQA from the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.  The Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club hold the XQA suffix in recognition that it was the callsign of the first Amateur Radio station in Queensland, issued in 1914.  The XQA station was closed down by the Australian Government upon the outbreak of World War 1 along with all other amateur radio stations in the country.  There are many war related sites of significance in the Atherton Tablelands region.  AX4XQA will be operated by Dale VK4DMC, a Vietnam veteran, starting around 0400z.  Primary Frequency 7.088 MHz. AM and SSB.

QSL cards will be available upon the receipt of a card and a reply paid envelope. 

EchoLink VoIP Service Proving Valuable in Handling Ecuador Earthquake Traffic

From the ARRL, original post here04/20/2016

The destroyed home of well-known Ecuadorean DXer Lilian de Ayala, HC4L. She barely escaped serious injury or death when her house collapsed. [Courtesy of Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD]

The destroyed home of well-known Ecuadorean DXer Lilian de Ayala, HC4L. She barely escaped serious injury or death when her house collapsed. [Courtesy of Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD]

What you see on the news is only the tip of the iceberg of what really happened as a result of the devastating April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, Michigan physician Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD, told ARRL.  Since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit while most people were at home finishing dinner, “thousands of people” remain buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings, although some have been found alive.  Dorsch and his wife Maria, HC1MM, also a physician, have been helping to handle health-and-welfare traffic via EchoLink, which is connected to the Ecuadorean interlaced national 2 meter repeater network.

EchoLink is actually a fantastic Amateur Radio service,” Dorsch told ARRL.  “It has become extremely useful for the hams there to reach out to the outside world via 2 meters.”  HF also is playing a role, and radio amateurs have been asked to give 7.060 MHz a wide berth while the Cadena HC Net handles emergency traffic.  Dorsch said some problems have cropped up from DX pileups that have overlapped the net’s frequency.

Dorsch pointed out that while most of the damage was in the HC4 areas of Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces and the HC2 area of Guayas Province, what’snot seen from the outside is the heavy damage to surrounding small fishing villages and colonial towns that were leveled.  Fortunately the Portoviejo Radio Club was undamaged, and members have been operating from there.  Dorsch said that electrical power is starting to return, and the cellular network is still “iffy,” but the Quito Radio Club is providing battery-powered cellphone charging stations.

A lot of health-and-welfare traffic is headed not only between Ecuador and the US but to Spain, Chile, and elsewhere, he reported.  Dorsch said more bilingual Spanish-English speakers are needed on the HC1BG-R EchoLink channel.

While power has been knocked out over much of the affected region, Dorsch said, he’s witnessing hams all over Ecuador operating from mobile stations, portable stations, and, in some cases, from home.  “All of the Ecuadorean radio clubs have been on high alert and are helping in search-and-rescue efforts,” he said. “Ham radio at its best!”

On a more positive note, Dorsch said that noted DXer Lilian “Mami” de Ayala, HC4L, barely escaped death or injury when her home collapsed.  The 85-year-old, who lives in Portoviejo, was in her radio room seconds before the earthquake hit, Dorsch said.  “Her granddaughter had come over to visit, so Lilian went into another part of the house.”  Her radio room and home were destroyed, and her next-door neighbor was among the casualties.

“She’s still in shock and can’t believe she’s alive,” Dorsch told ARRL.  Local hams have removed her personal effects and ham radio gear to a safe location.

For more than 40 years, de Ayala had been a regular check-in on the Cadena HC Net on 40 meters. “It’s ironic that the one person who lost all of her radio equipment was the one who organized radio emergency services for so many years,” Dorsch said.  Her tower and antennas survived, because they were mounted on the roof of her son’s home next door.

Lilian de Ayala, HC4L (left), and Dr Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD (right), and an unidentified utility lineman, whose gear intrigued Dorsch. [Courtesy of Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD]

Lilian de Ayala, HC4L (left), and Dr Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD (right), and an unidentified utility lineman, whose gear intrigued Dorsch. [Courtesy of Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD]

ORARC Car Sticker Update

Following on the original post regarding the Red and White stickers, Stuart VK2FSTU adds:

This is the other decal for your car window, very dark blue with gold writing, that gives us two to choose from, and at $5.00 each it will give the club some funds as well, which goes back to helping us members in the long run.  If you want one, please try to have the right monetary amount when purchasing as I don’t carry change.  I’ll have both the white and red, and the blue and gold at the next Saturday Club General Meeting.

Black DecalI can confirm that both the white & red and the (very) dark blue (almost black) & gold stickers look fabulous in the flesh and are well made and well printed.  Definitely a quality product.  Nice work Stuart! – Paul, VK2ICQ

4 replies on “ORARC Car Sticker Update”

  1. Bruce says:

    “car widow”… A new use for your ‘XYL’ maybe???

  2. Stuart VK2FSTU says:

    Thanks Paul.

Local Man Does, In Fact, Own The Frequency

Via HamHijinks.com, original post here.

Own The FrequencyBy WBØRUR, on the scene.

PORT O’ GLOOM, GEORGIA — A Chickasaw County man has become the first amateur radio operator to officially purchase an HF radio frequency, the Federal Communications Commission announced today in a noon hour media luncheon.

Between bites of cucumber sandwiches and small squares of bread slathered with pimento cheese, FCC spokesman Pontus “Smokey” Blumenthal told reporters gathered at the Tri-County Technical College dining hall that the sale is “…part of the government’s plan to generate revenue from ‘under-performing’ slices of the radio spectrum.”

Using a lottery system, local ham radio operator Buzz Sanders (175 Fisherman’s Landing), accepted purchase of 14.281 MHz in the 20 meter amateur radio band.

A retired auto industry worker, Sanders says he’ll pay $2500 for the frequency over 35 monthly payments with a large balloon payment in month 36.

“It seemed like a fair deal to me,” he said. “When I get ready to work a contest, have a rag chew, want to tune up on the air, or just create some random QRM, I can use 14.281.  And if someone gets belligerent, I’ll remind them that as a matter of fact I DO own the frequency!”

Sanders says he’s already thinking about subletting the frequency after several large contesting organizations contacted him in recent days.

Blumenthal shared that the FCC is also considering a “lease-to-own” frequency program, with the option to return the frequency to the government at the end of the lease term if propagation isn’t suitable to the operator.