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OSCAR News - December, 2003

Last month I reported Charlie KØHNY is looking to put up a tower, which I later found was in error. Charlie has been trying to help Gary KCØKEW through the process. No new information to report.

Local Tidbits
Congratulations to Kris Christenson on his new license KCØREO. Chris passed his exam in late November and was able to picked up his call sign from the FCC server within a week of passing the exam. Listen for Kris on the .49 machine.

Rohn Industries
We reported in October that Rohn Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This month Rohn reported an asset purchase agreement with SPX Corp. Through its Broadcast and Communication Systems and Services division, SPX provides analog and digital TV and FM systems, high-frequency and medium-frequency antennas, transmission lines, towers and radio frequency filter systems for the broadcast market. SPX also is a major site developer for the PCS/cellular industry.

The bankruptcy court must approve the ROHN-SPX agreement. A hearing to consider proposed bid procedures was scheduled for November 25, and the bidding auction is set for December 8. The bankruptcy court is to consider approval of the asset sale December 9. From ARRL

OSCAR 14 Declared SK
Last month we reported that OSCAR 14 went silent, but it wasn't clear if it could be recovered. This month the Surrey Space Center declared that U-Oh-Sat Oscar 14 has finally reached the end of its mission after an amazing 14 years in day to day service.

A failure of one of the cells of its on-board battery supply is keeping the entire pack from recharging from the satellites solar array. This causes the transmitter to shut down shortly after it is commanded on. This situation lead to the decision by controllers to terminate the micro satellites mission after more than 72,000 orbits of the planet.

Launched in January of 1990, U-Oh-14 was the first 9.6 kilobit per second amateur digital communications satellite. It literally pioneered the packet satellite or PacSat concept. After about 14 months on-orbit, U-Oh-14 was switched to commercial frequencies for humanitarian service by an organization called Satelife. It was used by them until 1997 when it was returned to Amateur Radio service and configured as an F-M repeater in space. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Skywarn Recognition Day
Skywarn Recognition Day is Dec 6, 0000Z-2400Z. Operators acrossthe country will be operating from various NWS offices. For moreinfo, see http://hamradio.noaa.gov/. From ARRL

GPS Dats in the GMRS Band Garmin International has asked the FCC to allow GPS data to be transmitted in the G-M-R-S band. Accordng to the C-G-C Communicator, Garmin argues that allowing G-M-R-S users to transmit their locations will afford the public increased safety and peace of mind. Comments are being sought on this proposal. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

MacIntosh Support for Logbook Of The World
ARRL's Logbook of the World continues to grow and expand, and it's nowoperational on the Macintosh OS X operating system. Mac enthusiast StevePalm, N9YTY, compiled a version of TrustedQSL to work with newer Macintoshcomputers. The program was built using MacOS version 10.2--"Jaguar"--andwas tested on versions 10.2 and 10.3, the new "Panther" upgrade. From ARRL

Morsum Magnificat QRT
Never knew it existed until the announcement of its demise -- The Morse code publication Morsum Magnificat has announced plans to cease publication early in 2004 unless a new publisher/distributor can be found. "I am sorry to announce that, unless someone else can be found to take it over, Morsum Magnificat will close with issue 89," said an announcement from the magazine's editor Zyg Nilski, G3OKD. "Professional Morse at sea is about to end and Amateur Morse, visualized as the last bastion of Morse operating, is under longer-term threat. MM speaks out for Morse, and nothing else," a note on the Morsum Magnificat Web site declares. An international publication, Morsum Magnificat contains articles about the history of Morse Code and its instruments, including telegraph keys, sounders and radio equipment. First published in 1983 in Dutch as a quarterly by the late Rinus Hellemons, PA0BFN, Nilski took over the magazine in 1999 from Tony Smith, G4FAI. There's more information on the Morsum Magnificat Web site. http://www.morsemag.com/ From ARRL

With the seemingly endless debate on Morse Code, I thought a little light-hearted entertainment was in order.

CQ Serenade is a song composed sometime between 1965 and 1970 by Maurice Durieux, VE2QS. CQ Serenade was first recorded with French lyrics. An English language version was later written by VE2QS and by Georges Brewer, then VE2BR, of Montreal. Both versions were available on 45 RPM long playing records under the rather apropos QSO Records label. I found the .mp3 file available at www.kippax.demon.co.uk/cq_serenade_en.mp3

Wildlife Tracking Projects
Since 1998, ham radio and VHF monitoring volunteers have helped scientists track the movements of endangered and threatened species. ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, says that hams and monitoring enthusiasts could make a valuable contribution by participating. "The biggest volunteer monitoring project to date is now under way," Moell said this week. He reports that Nick Myatt of the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research unit has radio-tagged 360 American woodcock in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. "The woodcock migration has begun, and he is seeking reports of tags heard so he can attempt to do pinpoint tracking from a fixed-wing aircraft," Moell said. Possible stopover and destination states for these birds range from southern Minnesota and Wisconsin to Louisiana and eastern Texas. Moell says that Dave Sherman, a biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, also has requested monitoring assistance in tracking two radio-tagged sandhill cranes that are now part of a larger flock migrating from Ohio. Additional information, including frequencies, is available on the Homing In Web site http://www.homingin.com. From ARRL

New FCC Interference Standard
The FCC is looking at another way of determining what it calls acceptable interference levels. Termed "interference temperature," the Commission says that this is a new model for addressing interference that takes into account the actual cumulative R-F energy from transmissions of spectrum-based devices. It would also set a maximum cap on the aggregate of these transmissions.

To test the potential usefulness and applicability of this approach the agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. FCC docket item 03-289 seeks comment on various technical rules that would establish procedures and use the interference temperature model on a limited basis in the 6525 to 6700 MHz and portions of the 12.75 to 13.25 GHz bands.

According to the FCC, the "interference temperature" approach may facilitate more intensive use of the radio spectrum, creating the opportunities for new services and improving the predictability of any interference to existing services. The current approach for managing interference focuses on specifying and limiting the transmit powers of individual spectrum based devices. What impact the adoption of an "interference temperature" standard might have on Amateur Radio operations has yet to be determined. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Safety Broadcasts to Your Car?
Police or fire engines may soon be able to override the radio in your car. This, as Jacksonville Florida based SafetyCast announces that it will soon test a new mobile alert system. One that will allow a police officer or ambulance driver to take over a car radio within a distance of about 1000 feet and broadcast a brief alert tone and warning message.

Emergency services officials are praising the development. They claim that there is a warning crisis because motorists in today's sound-proofed vehicles can't hear sirens, or just aren't paying attention. But the CGC Communicator reports hearing from one engineer who's worried about the Special Temporary Authority the FCC gave for the trial. He says his studios and E-A-S receivers are located 100 feet from a highway and one block from a hospital. He feels that SafetyCast might jam an Emergency Alert System messages that are coming in. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Are You Ready?
Simple general questions to determine if you are ready for the next emergency communications (EmComm) event:

  1. What is the primary and secondary MN ARES HF phone frequency?
  2. Do you know who your designated /appointed EmComm or ARES EC is?
  3. What is your local area EmComm primary meeting frequency?
  4. Do you know where to find potable water in your community if normal water supply has been contaminated?
  5. Right now, can you find a flashlight and portable broadcast radio in your home?
  6. Without power, gas stations cannot pump gas. Where could you get gas for your portable generator if you had one?
  7. Do you have a communications "jump kit" prepared?
  8. Does your family/home have a survival kit prepared?
  9. Can you write a formal radiogram message by memory?
  10. What is the callsign or alias of your nearest packet radio node, and what freq?
  11. Is your local EOC amateur radio station on a backup power circuit?
  12. Who is your local/county employed emergency manager?
  13. In the past year, have you participated in any EmComm training activity?
  14. What qualifications do you have as an effective member of your local EmComm group?
  15. What qualifications should our served agencies expect us to have as communicators?
  16. If it became necessary to evacuate your home for a few days due to a disaster, where would you and your family go?

QSL Maker
WB8RCR posted a Windows program for custome making QSL cards. You can download it at http://hfradio.org/wb8rcr/

W1AW 2003/2004 Winter Operating Schedule

Time UTC Mode Days
Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8175; 3.5815; 7.0475; 14.0475; 18.0975; 21.0675; 28.0675; 147.555
RTTY: - ; 3.625; 7.095; 14.095; 18.1025; 21.095; 28.095; 147.555
VOICE: 1.855; 3.990; 7.290; 14.290; 18.160; 21.390; 28.590; 147.555
  • CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
  • CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
  • CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM
  • CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.
  • RTTY = Teleprinter Bulletins = BAUDOT (45.45 baud) and AMTOR-FEC (100 Baud). ASCII (110 Baud) is sent only as time allows.
  • Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.
1400 CWs Wed, Fri
1400 CWf Tue, Thu
2100 CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 CWs Tue, Thu
2200 CWb Daily
2300 RTTY Daily
0000 CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
0000 CWf Tue, Thu
0100 CWb Daily
0200 RTTY Daily
0245 VOICE Daily
0300 CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0300 CWs Tue, Thu
0400 CWb Daily

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 109 in theNovember 2003 issue of QST or on the web at http://www.arrl.org/w1aw.html


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