Net Controls for 2020

Here is a list of upcoming (2020) net controls for the WCARC Tuesday night ARES net:

Feb – Steve NN9J
Mar – Jay WS4JM
Apr – Will KW1LL
May – Larry K1MBF
Jun – Robert K1RCE
Jul – John KD4WX

Meeting/Officer Elections 1/14/20

Just a reminder the White County ARC is having their election of officers tomorrow evening, 1/14/20, at 7:00pm at the 1st Methodist Church (23 N Church St) in Sparta.

Hope to see you all there.

73,
White County ARC

Tornado Watch 1/11/20

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch 15 until 8 PM CST this evening which replaces a portion of tornado watch 12. The new watch is valid for the following areas in tennessee. The new watch includes 6 counties in middle tennessee

coffee, cumberland, grundy, van buren, warren, white

this includes the cities of altamont, coalmont, crossville, manchester, mcminnville, palmer, sparta, spencer, and tullahoma.

Submitted by KD4WX

From ARRL – “Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand”

From ARRL (source: http://www.arrl.org/news/access-to-60-meters-continues-to-expand)

11/11/2019

[CORRECTED: 2019-11-14 @ 1234 UTC] According to the latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory agencies in an expanding list of countries have granted amateur radio access to a 60-meter band.

A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 – 5.366.5 MHz was released to radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they will adhere to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) allocation, permitting a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. Indonesian and Greek hams recently gained access to the same allocation.

Meanwhile, Israel has extended authorization of 5 MHz amateur permits to the end of Decembern 2023 and added a Channel 0 to the existing eight channels, where hams may run 100 W PEP on several modes, depending upon the channel.

Still under discussion is ham radio access to a 5 MHz secondary band in Australia, where the band is used by some emergency services and law enforcement. Nearly 80 countries offer some level of amateur access to the 5 MHz band.

In the US, ARRL petitioned the FCC shortly after WRC-15 to allocate a secondary 60-meter band and to permit 100 W PEP, as already authorized on the existing channels there.

Submitted by KD4WX

“Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!”

From ESA:

Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA’s brand new space software laboratory.

On 17 December, OPS-SAT will be launched into low-Earth orbit on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, together with ESA’s Cheops exoplanet-tracker.

Once launched, the satellite will deploy its solar panels and ultra-high frequency antenna, and then start to send signals back home.

Could you be the first on Earth to catch them? ESA’s mission control team in Darmstadt are asking for your help to find the fledgling CubeSat.

Source/More Info: https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Operations/Calling_radio_amateurs_help_find_OPS-SAT

Submitted by KD4WX