Feb 09

NBC News Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

A team from NBC News’ digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13.

Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st-century technology…and what we would do if these suddenly were no longer available. Amateur Radio operators “are standing at the ready and may save us all,” NBC Left Field said in its report. The report, with Left Field’s Jacob Soboroff, runs 7:22.

“Ham radio is one of the ways you’d be able to hear what’s happening,” when conventional telecommunications systems fail, Soboroff told his viewers.

NBC News says its Left Field unit “is a new internationally minded video troupe that makes short, creative documentaries and features specially designed for social media and set-top boxes.”


Sources: ARRL, NBC News Left Field Youtube Disaster Preparedness Playlist

Jan 31

AMSAT AO-92 Opened for Amateur Use

On the 03:25 UTC pass on January 26, 2018, AMSAT Vice President – Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced that AO-92 had been commissioned and formally turned the satellite over to AMSAT Operations. AMSAT Vice President – Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, then declared that AO-92 was now open for amateur use.

Read the full story: https://www.amsat.org/ao-92-commissioned-open-for-amateur-use/

Jan 18

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday February 13, 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

February 13, 2018 Tuesday

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Guest Speaker:  Joanne Michael, KM6BWB

“High-Altitude Weather Balloon Launch”

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It began with ham radio…. In 2016, Mrs. Michael decided she wanted to launch a high altitude weather balloon with her students. A science mentor of hers told her she had to obtain a ham radio operator license. She joined a group of mostly g randpa ham radio operators in Torrance and got her own license; the group, who dubbed themselves the ‘balloonatics’, then helped with the class project, to launch their own balloon.

Source: https://www.easyreadernews.com/meadows-elementarys-joanne-michael-brings-wonders-science-students/

In April, she received clearance from the F.A.A. to have her (32 kindergarten-5th grade) students launch a helium filled High-Altitude weather Balloon (HAB) from the Goodyear Blimp Airfield in Carson, reaching 98,405 feet (18.6 miles), using APRS to track the payload of GoPro cameras a one 360 Degree Pix Pro camera. This past March, she led another HAB, this one going 110,288 feet (20.9 miles) at its peak height.

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Meet KM6BWB

She is a K-5 science teacher at Meadows Elementary in Manhattan Beach. Joanne is a Space Camp for Educators and Advanced Space Camp for Educators graduate, and is currently an International Ambassador for Space Camp.

On September 8, 2017, she coordinated and led an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA.

The 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for Meadows Elementary, Joanne’s future aspirations are to get her district more attuned in Ham radio (with at least one operator at each site), and to introduce Fox Hunts to her students.

One More Note: The high altitude launches were funded by MBEF’s “Teachers Driving Innovation” grants, which supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach. W6TRW club member, Elizabeth Kunkee, KS4IS, is a MEBF volunteer.

Jan 13

Ham Radio CubeSat Launch Success

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CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads were among the 31 satellites successfully launched on January 12 at 0359 UT on the ISRO PSLV-C40 mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

Two of the CubeSats, Fox-1D and PicSat, carry amateur radio FM transponders, but neither is yet available for general amateur use. The PicSat FM transponder is unusual in that instead of a CTCSS tone it requires a 1750 Hz tone burst to activate. The 1750 Hz tone burst used to be popular on IARU Region 1 FM repeaters in the 1980s and 90s before the widespread use of CTCSS.

CNUSail-1, built by students at the Chungnam National University in Korea, carries a deployable sail. The students have requested the help of radio amateurs in receiving the 437.100 MHz 9600 bps BPSK beacon, further information is available at https://sites.google.com/view/cnuusg

JE9PEL lists these frequencies for the satellites carrying amateur radio payloads:
Fox-1D (AO-92) 145.880 down 435.350/1267.350 up FM CTCSS 67.0Hz/200bps DUV
PicSat   435.525 1200bps BPSK
CNUSail-1     437.100 9600bps BPSK
Canyval-X 1/2  437.200 9600bps MSK
KAUSAT-5 437.465/2413.000 9600bps FSK,115k2 MSK
STEP-1 437.485 9600bps FSK

Shankar A65CR/VU2SWG reported coping the Fox-1D satellite voice beacon on the morning pass at 30 deg elevation in Dubai using a TH-F7 with standard rubber duck. YL voice with satellite identifier. Very short burst with fluctuating carrier.

Madhu A65DE also copied Fox-1D from Fujairah, North of Dubai.

 

AMSAT North America has issued a statement formally designating Fox-1D as AO-92:

Fox-1D, a 1U CubeSat, is the third of AMSAT’s five Fox-1 CubeSats to reach orbit, being preceded by AO-85 (Fox-1A) and AO-91 (RadFxSat / Fox-1B). Fox-1D carries the Fox-1 U/v FM transponder, with an uplink of 435.350 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink of 145.880 MHz. In addition, Fox-1D carries several university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania State University – Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the University of Iowa’s HERCI (High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument) radiation mapping experiment. Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT L-Band Downshifter experiment which enables the FM transponder to be switched to utilize an uplink of 1267.350 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS).

Fox-1D was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s PSLV-XL rocket as part of the PSLV-C40 mission. Fox-1D was one of thirty-one satellites successfully deployed on this launch.

Since Fox-1D has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 92 or AO-92. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S. and around the world in wishing AO-92 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator

 

Further information on the Fox-1D launch, deployment and designation at
https://www.amsat.org/fox-1d-launched-designated-amsat-oscar-92/

Information on PicSat is available via
https://amsat-uk.org/2018/01/10/picsat/

Report on the five Korean satellites that were launched
http://koreabizwire.com/cube-satellites-built-by-university-students-launched-into-outer-space/107445

N2YO online real-time satellite tracking http://www.n2yo.com/

AMSAT-NA online orbital predictions http://www.amsat.org/track/

Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’ for new satellites launched in past 30 days
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt


Source: ARRL

Dec 22

W6TRW Club Meeting – Tuesday, January 9 2018

W6TRW General Meeting

Jan 9, 2018 Tuesday

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Guest Speaker:  Allen Wolff, KC7O

“3D Printing”

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Fresh from Hamcon’s Tech Talk 2017, Allen Wolff, KC7O is here to explain the Future.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Available and affordable for the consumer, Alan offers some guidance for 3D printers, and what features to consider before diving in: Product, Programs, 3D Models, and Materials.

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KC7O holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, RF Communications, from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. With over 45 years’ experience in aerospace manufacturing operations and quality management, he has worked on the Lunar Module including Apollo 11, military communications systems, commercial/military aircraft, spacecraft, computers, and RFID.

First licensed in 1964, Allen holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License. He has been a 1B Field Day station from 2007-2014. In 2015, he was a 1E emergency power station from his home QTH.

Since 1984, Allen has been a member of the Pasadena Radio Club and has served as a past president. In 1999, he was awarded the ARRL’s Herb Brier Instructor of the Year award for 17 years of teaching Novice and Technician classes. Currently, KC7O supports local police by leading the Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team.

 

Nov 12

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday December 12, 2017

W6TRW General Meeting

Dec. 12, 2017, Tuesday

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance 

Guest Speaker:  Bill Shanney, W6QR

“QRP – Low Power Operation”

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QRP — “Shall I decrease power?” “Decrease power.”

QRP has come to mean 5 W or less output for CW, or 10 W PEP output or less for SSB.

Most amateur organizations and contests embrace these as the official QRP limits. QRP exemplifies the spirit of the Rules — specifically 97.67(b), which states that “… amateur stations shall use the minimum amount of transmitter power necessary to carry out the desired communications.”

Many of the same amateur activities are alive and well within the QRP community. These activities include constructing home-brew equipment, operating QRP stations, experimenting, DX chasing, and contesting.

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Click Here to Download Bill’s QRP PowerPoint Presentation

 

 “My first call was WV2RDG in NJ. I became WA2RDG when I got my general in 1961. I operate 99.5% CW on 160-6M.

After a long period of inactivity (career and family) I upgraded to extra class in 1988 and became very active. That is also the year that I joined the TRW ARC.

I have a BSEE from NJ Institute of Technology and worked for 45 years in RF and microwave design. I retired from NG/TRW in 2007 after 31 years with the company.”

 The Monthly W6TRW General Meeting is a great place to meet other club members and to ask and answer questions about your radios, local repeaters, and all other radio-related topics.

Sep 18

W6TRW 51st Annual Awards Banquet – Nov 11, 2017

NOTE: The Banquet takes the place of the monthly Club Meeting. There will be no regular Club Meeting at Round Table Pizza in November!

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 5:30 – 10:00 pm

Bluewater Grill, 665 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

Join your friends for this year’s W6TRW Amateur Radio Club Annual Awards Banquet featuring guest speaker Diana Feinberg, AI6DF.

Great friends. Great food. Great Prizes. Great Speaker. It will be a Great Time!

Cost is $25 for Current Member and $30 for a Member’s Guest.

Your RSVP needs to be received by October 27th with your check and Dinner selection.

Please print out the RESERVATION FORM fill it out and mail it in with your payment ASAP!

 

“A Lighter Look At Amateur Radio For Today and Tomorrow”

Presented by AI6DF Diana Feinberg

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Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, is the president of the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club (K6PV), the ARRL Los Angeles Section Manager, & past-chairperson for the L.A. Council of Amateur Radio Clubs. She has served as chair for HAMCON and the ARRL Southwestern Division Conventions. Photographer, writer & editor, Diana is also active in DXing and amateur radio public service.

 2017 BANQUET RESERVATION FORM

Sep 18

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, October 10, 2017

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance

Tuesday, October 10th, 5:30 PM

“Custom USB Device Project”

Presented by Dylon Mutz, KK6OTK

Learn how I built a custom USB device and device driver to control my PTT switch from my PC. With some modification, this setup can be used to control many kinds of projects!

Dylan Mutz

Dylon Mutz KK6OTK received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from CSU, Fullerton in 2015. He started working in Digital Products in 2015 and is currently working on superconducting electronics in the Cold Logic program. Dylon’s goals are to learn more about microwave theory and work on RF design in the future.

 

If you are interested in presenting one of your Do-It-Yourself projects, let us know!

Jul 09

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, July 11, 2017

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance
Tuesday, July 11th 2017 at 5:30 pm

“Arduino/Raspberry Pi” Combo Project

N6ENT Lloyd Matthews will share with us his favorite DIY project

PDF of July 11, 2017 Meeting Announcement

May 04

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance
Tuesday, May 9th 2017 at 5:30 pm

Raspberry Pi & I.O.T. – Internet of Things

Club members N6ENT Lloyd Matthews & AI6BJ Mike Bao will share with us their favorite DIY projects.

Lloyd Matthews’ presentation and sample code is here.

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