WCARC On-Air Meetings

In lieu of recent events regarding COVID-19, WCARC meetings will be held via radio on the 146.685 repeater until further notice.

The date and time remain the same, second Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. The on-air meeting will take the place of the ARES net on this night. The 443.775 repeater will also be monitored during meeting time.

More information about the repeater frequencies and PL tones can be found on the “Nets/Repeaters/Frequencies” page on this website.

We hope everyone is safe and healthy, and hope to hear you on the air!

Article: “International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear”

From ARRL
Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/international-space-station-resupply-mission-to-carry-new-ariss-ham-radio-gear

02/28/2020

The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in the ISS Columbus module.

A second flight unit expected to be launched on a later 2020 cargo flight will be installed in the Russian Service Module. NASA contracts with SpaceX to handle ISS resupply missions.

The IORS represents the first major upgrade of on-station ARISS equipment. The package will include a higher-power radio, an enhanced voice repeater, and updated digital packet radio (APRS) and slow-scan television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian space station segments.

The IORS consists of a custom-modified JVCKenwood TM-D710GA transceiver, an AMSAT-developed multi-voltage power supply, and interconnecting cables. Once at the space station, the IORS will be stowed for later installation.

Submitted by KD4WX

Article: “ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group”

From ARRL

(source: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-creates-new-hf-band-planning-discussion-group)

ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

02/11/2020

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report to the ARRL Board. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users. Those responding to the initial call for comments and suggestions are encouraged to cross-post their remarks to the new HF Band Planning Discussion Group.

Submitted by KD4WX

UHF Repeater

The UHF repeater is currently down for maintenance, but the backup UHF repeater is on air in it’s place.

Backup Repeater Details:
Freq: 443.775(+)
PL: 123.0

More information can be found on the “Nets/Repeaters/Frequencies” page on this website.

Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico”

From ARRL

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-volunteers-establish-plan-b-communication-network-in-puerto-rico

01/21/2020

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in Puerto Rico continued over the weekend to report for daily duty at an American Red Cross (ARC) distribution center in Mayagüez and at ARC Headquarters in San Juan. The two sites are at the ready to provide a “Plan B” communication backbone in the event the seismic situation worsens. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southwestern Puerto Rico on January 7, fast on the heels of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day before, damaging homes in Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and Guánica. ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, told ARRL this week that the situation is relatively “calm and quiet” for now and starting on January 22, volunteers would begin monitoring from their homes or vehicles, permitting most, including Resto himself, to get back to their jobs and homes. Continue reading “Article: “ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico””

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