Late Breaking Update on CO6CBF/p!!!
Hector reported on the 0155UTC pass of FO29 just now that EL81 would be
IMPOSSIBLE for him to operate from.
He was operating from the EL72/EL82 grid line with an excellent signal
I am sure Hector will have some details for us once he is back home from
this trip, still I personally have worked him in 3 additional new grids
for myself and I have heard him work many others as well.
I have no additional information on his plans at this time so "Stay
/*73 ALL FRM;*//*
*//*STARCOM DIV GGG*//*
An update! on Hector;
I apparently misunderstood Hector this morning about *which FO29 pass,
*he would be on today for his /*EL81ax*/ operation later today.
We had a bad pass between us on VO52 when he told me he would be in
EL81ax for *1 pass only! *on FO29. I understood him to say that it would
be in the morning but on a subsequent SO50 pass he told John, K8YSE that
he would in EL81ax later tonight on FO29.
*CHECK YOUR PASSES!! I AM NOT 100% SURE WHICH PASS HE WILL BE ON*!!
I am sorry for the earlier confusion but EL81ax is the only portion of
that grid that is on dry land, to the best of my knowledge there has not
been a satellite operation from that grid, RARE ONE FOLKS!
Remember Hector is operating half duplex, please allow him the time to
respond before calling him, when he is transmitting he
CAN NOT HEAR the satellite.
73 ALL FRM
STARCOM DIV GGG
This weekend I will be activating K0KBX special event via satellite for the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway. The event will take place from EN31XX. The event will take place from 1400utc to 2100utc both Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th. I maybe be on passes slightly before or after these times if I see a good pass to work. I will try and work a pass of so50 to allow the fm users to work us as well but will focus on the three ssb satellites.
Also look for the Event on general portions of the hf bands as well. There will be both voice and cw stations on several bands. for more info look in the June issue of QST and/or the qrz page of K0KBX.
Hope to catch you on the birds and other bands!
Amsat Argentina is pleased to announce that on Saturday June 29, 2013 from 14hs GMT, climate permits, launch of free balloon repeater 'Betty II' is planned from Victorica, La Pampa, 665 Km. west of Buenos Aires.
Details and photos of the announcement and prior experiences in http://www.amsat.org.ar/globo29.htm
Approval of ANAC (Argentina FAA)) had been granted by NOTAM (NOtice To AirMen) http://amsat.org.ar/images/faxanac.jpg .
For these experiments members of AMSAT-LU, LUSEX, project development group http://lusex.org.ar , are working together with Pampeano and QRM Belgrano Radio Clubs, APRS Group, etc.
Electronics is comprised of a voice UHF to VHF FM repeater with CW TLM, APRS, DTMF and SSTV. According to estimates balloon could reach 30,000 meters high, traveling for 3 hours, 150 km east of the launch site.
This would allow contacts between stations located in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Cordoba, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, La Pampa, San Luis, Mendoza, San Juan, Rio Negro, Neuquen, Uruguay and Chile. (It is launched from the center of the country to facilitate greater participation). Coverage at http://www.amsat.org.ar/picocubr.jpg
To receive the payload, if less than 750 km from launch site, only need is a handy or base FM receiver on 145,950 KHz for voice/sstv and 144,930 for APRS.
The repeater which is enabled via 123 Hz CTCSS subtone, receives 435,950 KHz FM voice (-112dBm, 0.56 uV) emitting 2W output simultaneously on 145.950 KHz.
Payload will also carry an emergency long duration APRS transmitter sourced by solar cells and supercapacitors as batteries.
To enable better utilization, it is suggested short QSOs (license, own locality, grid locator, received signal and short comments).
Simultaneous emits APRS 1200 baud at 144,930, and also in 145,950. The DTI symbol on APRS will change from a balloon ( /O ) during ascent to a slider ( /g ) during the parachute descent.
Will operate for 90 seconds voice, then a beep alerting the end of that time will make way for the issuance of APRS at different frequencies. Every five minutes CW TLM via telegraphy audio tones sends callsign LU7AA and height in meters, then repeat the cycle.
On 145,950 KHz SSTV images ROBOT-36 mode (36 seconds) will be emitted on demand showing what the balloon sees (Can be received, with either MIXW or RX-SSTV (recommended)).
Balloon will carry two GoPro TV cameras (one to ground and another to the horizon) that will record images and sound during flight and can be retrieved with the payload.
It will be live in APRS on http://aprs.fi/?call=lu7aa-11 every minute, including speed, height, internal and external temperatures and battery voltage.
Local georeferenced maps are available for UI-View in http://www.amsat.org.ar/pico2.jpg , http://www.amsat.org.ar/pico2.txt to be renamed to pico2.inf .
The experiment on 435.950 KHz voice also receives and accepts DTMF user issued commands i.e. B * (DTMF keypad UHF handy) will return S5 ... ..... on VHF CW 145.950, your signal strength received at balloon, if P10 that states S9 +10.
There are more commands that enable issuance of TLM in CW or APRS beacon and remote commands to drop payload, mode changes, control of timers, energy, power, enable SSTV, etc..
Additionally a VAISALA RS92SGP radiosonde emitting FM wide on 402.740/403 Mhz has been added, providing GPS location, pressure, winds, height, course, dwt point, temperatures, etc. Same data as daily collected by the National Meteorological Service.
Data can be received using an SDR dongle and sondemonitor program available as test for 21 days from internet.
On launch day/time Amsat-LU will have one of his members on the Ezeiza Airport Traffic Control, acting as a contact between ANAC and Amsat, using VOR locations application, adapted from EOSS and available on http://amsat.org.ar/vor.asp .
Local frequencies coordination and announcements before and during flights will be 7095 kHz LSB + / -10 kHz and VHF frequencies of local repeaters in the area.
During flight 430.930 AMSAT-LU APRS will operate wide coverage Igate LU7AA, installed at the Investigation Center, besides a portable Igate close to launch site. Any area stations that can receive and provide bridge to the APRS network are welcome.
Being an experiment aimed at a next satellite, contacts made between stations thru this UV repeater will be considered valid and awarded upon request by Amsat-LU Permanent Satellite Certificate, free and also applicable for license upgrades, see http://www.amsat.org.ar/certsat.html, http://www.lu4ao.org.ar, http://www.amsat.org.ar/lu4aao.
Top 10 participants with the highest two-way contacts/distances sum thru repeater will be awarded with a special certificate. Send email with data filled on form http://www.amsat.org.ar/lu4aao/Globo_29jun2013.xls QSOs with stations via the balloon including QRA Locators, QTR to RC QRM Belgrano before July 23.
All reports welcome. If you want or can organize or be part of launch teams, control, monitoring and recovery, operating as an independent station and capturing data, and / or want to join us in this adventure from the launch site can do it through an email to parapente arroba amsat.org.ar.
We appreciate having read this information and forward if possible.
73, LU7AA, AMSAT-LU. aiming to the future by making present fun.
info at amsat.org.ar
I, of course, have a few comments.
While I'm not much in favor of an expansion, the ARRL is having enough problems administering the awards they all ready offer.
I would suggest you pattern any expansion along the lines of the DXCC Challange, total of band grids. The second thought would be a multiplier for the shorter wave lengths. Lastly what about the bands such as 70 mhz which are not international allocations.
After some persuasive arguments and constructive criticism from Paul
K7CW, Sebastian W4AS, and Pete WA7JTM I've decided to modify my proposal
for the creation of a new 5 Band VUCC Award.
* Eliminate the requirement to "reset to zero" all previous grids
worked and confirmed.
* Eliminate a requirement to include at least one of the low bands
like 2 Meters or 6 Meters.
* Insure that the 5 Band VUCC Award complies with all existing rules
and requirements for VUCC Awards, with no changes needed. This will
reduce the cost to administer the award, and minimize programming
changes needed for Logbook of the World.
But Pete WA7JTM made some some great points about how activity has
declined in the past few years as many experienced VHF operators have
worked nearly all possible grids in their area. His suggestion caused me
to do more research on other awards that the ARRL has recently
implemented. Inspiration came in the form of the Worked All States (WAS)
So in addition to the 5 Band VUCC Award, I'm proposing the establishment
of a VUCC Triple-Play Award that would allow operators to earn VUCC on
any amateur band above 50 MHz provided that they could
work the required number of contacts for a basic VUCC Award, but on each
of the three modes Phone, CW, and Digital.
For example, you could earn VUCC Triple-Play on 432 by confirmed
contacts with 50 Grids in Phone, CW, and Digital Modes. All previous
grids confirmed in the past would count towards the new award, but
it would be a rare station that has already earned this award passed
purely on past contacts.
* Insure that VUCC Triple-Play complies with the existing rules for
VUCC, with no changes needed. Keep costs to administer low, and make
programming in LoTW easier.
* Allow all previous confirmed grids to count towards the new award.
* Any digital mode would be acceptable. While I expect WSJT modes
would dominate, PSK, RTTY, and others would qualify too.
* Satellite operators could join the fun by digipeating through the
International Space Station and digital satellites. Tough but possible!
This would serve my original purpose of immediately increasing on-air
activity especially during contests when more grid-chasers would turn
out hoping to pick up new grids. And everyone would be happy because they
wouldn't see a lifetime of accomplishments wiped clean by resetting to
I hope that others will continue to offer constructive criticism, and
join me in writing their Division Directors and Vice Directors, along
with their VUAC reps to support these ideas. VHF-UHF operation could use
a shot in the arm, and this a great way to do it.
Thanks to all who took the time to offer their thoughts on this proposal.
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
6M VUCC #1712
Grid Bandits #222
Southeastern VHF Society
Central States VHF Society Life Member
Six Club #2484
Active on 6 Meters thru 1296, 10GHz & Light
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