• CQ Newsroom: Multiple Events Planned for Centennial of "Transatlantic T

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    CQ Newsroom

    Multiple Events Planned for Centennial of "Transatlantic Tests"

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 04:17 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/multiple-events-planned-for-centennial.html

    Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 "Transatlantic
    Tests" that marked the beginnings of international shortwave communications
    via amateur radio, and many events and activities are planned to mark the occasion, including an article here in CQ next month. The ARRL and RSGB
    (Radio Society of Great Britain) are jointly sponsoring several events, according to the ARRL Letter. The first will be the Transatlantic Centenary
    QSO Party on 16 meters between 0200 and 0600 UTC on December 12, the date
    on which ARRL's Paul Godley, 2ZE, at a station set up in Androssan,
    Scotland, successfully received the signals of several amateur stations in North America. The first was 1BCG in Connecticut, operated by members of
    the Radio Club of America. For the centennial, the ARRL will have W1AW on
    Top Band and the RSGB, along with the GMDX Group (see last month's DX
    column) will operate GB2ZE from Scotland. All participants will be able to download a certificate and a special prize will be awarded to the first stations in both North America and the UK to contact both special event stations. In addition, the Crocodile Rock Amateur Group (CRAG) will operate GB1002ZE from its base near Androssan between December 1 and 26, and all amateurs in the UK and Crown Dependencies have been authorized during that
    time period to add "/2ZE" after their call signs. For information on
    additional activities, visit <www.arrl.org/transatlantic> or <www.rsgb.org/transatlantic-tests>. Finally, the Antique Wireless
    Association has been busy refurbishing a replica of the transmitter used on
    the Connecticut end of the Transatlantic Tests at 1BCG, and plans to have
    it on the air December 11 from a location near the original 1BCG station.

    Bouvet DXpedition Garners Grants

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 04:05 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/bouvet-dxpedition-garners-grants.html

    The Norwegian group organizing the 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island
    scheduled for next year has received grants from multiple amateur radio organizations in support of its efforts. The ARRL has donated $5000 to
    Amateur Radio DXpeditions, the trip's sponsor, according to the ARRL
    Letter. This follows grants of $15,000 from INDEXA, 10,000 Euros from the German DX Foundation, and $100,000 from the Northern California DX
    Foundation. The DX column in the November issue of CQ contains a
    comprehensive report on planning for the adventure by expedition co-leader
    Ken Opskar, LA7GIA. Meanwhile, the Intrepid DX Group, which originally
    planned this expedition but had to cancel it when "Braveheart" captain
    Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, put the vessel up for sale, reports that the boat now
    has a new owner who has promised to continue to make it available for
    amateur radio DXpeditions from its future base in Ushuaia, Argentina.

    Covid Continues to Cause Cancellations

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:59 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/covid-continues-to-cause-cancellations.html

    The 2021 Tokyo Ham Fair
    has been cancelled due to
    the ongoing Covid pandemic
    The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has prompted additional cancellations. The
    ARRL Letter reports that the Japan Amateur Radio League, JARL, has
    reluctantly decided to cancel the 2021 Tokyo Ham Fair, which is the world's largest hamfest (yes, even bigger than Dayton). In addition, AMSAT changed
    its October 30, 2021 annual symposium and general meeting from in-person
    to virtual. It was scheduled to be held on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube
    at <https://youtu.be/RTvcceM7Tz0>. The AMSAT News Service also reported
    that the event had been renamed the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO,
    Memorial Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting in memory of its former president and satellite pioneer, who died in late September (see next item
    for more on K3IO).

    Milestones: K3IO, K7SZ, SKs

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:57 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/milestones-k3io-k7sz-sks.html

    Inaugural CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame member Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO
    (formerly W3IWI), became a Silent Key on September 28 at age 82. Clark was
    a leading authority on Very Long Baseline Interferometry, a key player in
    the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and a pioneer in
    amateur radio digital and satellite communications. As a founding member of TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio), the AMSAT News Service reported, Clark
    was a leader in developing the AX.25 digital protocol on which all amateur packet radio is based. He was also AMSAT's second president and was instrumental in developing much of the hardware that flew on multiple
    amateur satellites. He spent his professional career at NASA. Longtime CQ
    and Popular Communications columnist Rich Arland, K7SZ, passed away October
    7. Rich was also an authority on QRP (low-power) communication and authored several editions of the ARRL's Low Power Communications book. He was
    CQ's "Learning Curve" editor from 2010-2012 and a longtime columnist for Popular Communications..

    Antarctic Eclipse Festival: Hams Wanted!

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:55 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/antarctic-eclipse-festival-hams-wanted.html

    There will be total eclipse of the sun over Antarctica on December 4, but
    the HamSCI citizen science group is asking amateurs around the world to
    help collect data on changes it causes in radio propagation. According to
    the ARRL Letter, it is expected that the shadow of the moon crossing over Antarctica will generate traveling ionospheric disturbances, or TIDs, that
    will in turn affect propagation.

    Hams and shortwave listeners with HF radios connected to computers are
    asked to collect Doppler-shift data from WWV or other time-and-frequency standard stations between December 1 and December 10 and report the data to
    an internet site. Complete details and additional information on the
    Antarctic Eclipse Festival are available at <www.hamsci.org/festivals>.

    Parks, Parks and More Parks

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:51 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/parks-parks-and-more-parks.html

    The Parks on the Air organization, POTA, has announced the addition of more than 1000 parks to its list of accredited locations. According to a report
    on Newsline, a small group of volunteers has spent the last several months examining user requests for new park accreditations and adding those that
    meet the criteria to the system list.

    The organization also announced the formation of a formal help desk,
    staffed by a rotating group of volunteers, to provide technical support to
    POTA participants. The desk may be reached at <help@parksontheair.com>. For general information about the program, visit <parksontheair.com>; maps, spotting, leaderboards, etc. are at <pota.app>.

    Radio Silence on the Far Side of the Moon

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:49 PM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/10/radio-silence-on-far-side-of-moon.html

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