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OSCAR News - June, 25

OSCAR Meeting
The next regular OSCAR meeting is 11-Jun: 09:00 AM at Hardees in Owatonna.

Technician Class
OSCAR completed a Technician licensing class in May. There were 14 participants and special honors goes to to Bill Fordham and Nicholas Minor for perfect attendance (at least according to my records). We appreciate the Owatonna Fire Department setting aside the training room for us to hold the classes. We have already had new inquiries about when the next class might be. Indications are the Viking ARC will soon be having a class.

VE Exam
The Austin ARC provided support and organization to OSCAR for a license exam on 26-May. Special thanks to Mike KCAKT, Vince KCNPG, and John KBSPM for helping Willis KAKEL and Tom NUW. They indicated this was the largest VE session they participated in.

Ten new hams were added to the ranks of amateur radio: Fred Bury, Andrew Carlson, Daniel Carlson, Lisa Carlson, Gary Ditmore, Bill Fordham, Jeff Koplen, Lawrence Lee, Jeff Malenke, and Mark Thorstenson. Fred Bury earned his General ticket by passing elements 1, 2, and 3. Dale WBPKG stood proud as harmonics Andrew and Daniel, and XYL Lisa passed.

Field Day
OSCAR will have a 24-hour operation at the Crane Creek School County Park a couple of miles west of I-35 on US-14. Plans will be finalized at the 11-Jun OSCAR meeting.

Public Service Opportunities From MN Section News
Amateur radio operators are needed to help support bicycle tours to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Minnesota Chapter. We are seeking riders and volunteers in all capacities to support the following three events. Amateur radio operators are needed to help in the coordination between rest stops, first aid stations and support vehicles. Upcoming event dates are: MS 150 - June 11-12, 2005; and MS TRAM - July 24 to 29, 2005. Event details are available at MS Society. If interested in participating as a rider or volunteer, please contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 612-335-7900 or 800-FIGHT-MS and ask for Lisa or Teri. Please let them know you are an amateur radio operator.

The Albert Lea Festival of Bands Competition will be 19-Jun. Tom Lehto is making a request for help from area hams, with spots open at barricades. Our job is to provide safety and radio support to ensure safety for every one. If you can help please call 507-256-4433 or 866-556-9251 (cell).

North America Youth Net From Newsline
The North American Youth Net has recently added a new session and is considering a third. A P-S-K net has now been established that is driven towards youth involvement in digital modes. It meets every Sunday evening at 2300UTC on 14.075 MHz. The time and frequency for a new C-W net has not been announced. The SSB net is still going strong at 2300UTC on or about 14.329Mhz. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nayn for more information.

800 MHz Rebanding Impact From Uniden
Beginning in the late 1990s, the FCC and industry began studying interference problems on public safety communications systems in the 800 MHz band. The root cause of most of the reported issues was interference from high-powered business radio systems on channels adjacent to relatively low-powered public safety radio systems. In early February 2005, the FCC issued a R&O to reallocate the 800MHz band. The change to the 800 MHz channel plan will have the greatest effect on scanner operation. as rebanding occurs on a system, scanners will need to be replaced, reflashed, or reprogrammed in order to continue to track the trunked systems in the 800 MHz band. More information on Rebanding can be found at www.800ta.org and from the links on that site.

Propogation From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
The details of short wave propagation are available in a detailed tutorial "Introduction to HF Radio Propagation" available at no charge from the Australian Space Weather Agency. (Click on "Educational" and then "Radio Communications.")

Armstrong Tower From Newsline
The original Armstrong tower at Alpine New Jersey will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Edwin Armstrong's first experimental FM broadcast with a commemorative broadcast on 42.8 Mhz. The FCC Gave Special Temporary Authority to conduct the broadcast on Armstrong's original FM frequency of 42.8 MHz under experimental call sign WA2XMN. Audio will be streamed on the Internet. More about the tower is on-line at on-line

Slash Zero From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
If you're searching for a font whose normal zero is slashed, Andale Mono (a TrueType font) is what you need. Download Andale Mono at www.fonts.com/findfonts/detail.asp?pid=206105 or www.softlookup.com/display.asp?id=23163

Wi-Fi Cantenna From PC World Is using an empty baked-bean can to grab a Wi-Fi signal from a mile away high technology? An 18-year-old Wi-Fi buff from Palm City, Florida, built three different types of antennas to see which provided the greatest range for his wireless network. The best performer, made from a "biquad" antenna and a used DirectTV satellite dish bought on EBay, picked up the wireless signal 1.3 miles away. But the cheapest and easiest, the one he calls a "cantenna," made from an empty baked-bean can, let him connect to his 802.11b wireless network from almost as far--a mile away.

Morse Vs. Text Messaging From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
On May 13th, the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" pitted two world-championsof sending Short Messaging Service (SMS) text via mobile phones against two ham radio CW champs. Morse won against the thumbs of the SMS champs! A video versions of the show's sending segment can be viewed at http://home.qth.com.

Scanner Laws From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
One site to check out scanner laws across the US is www.afn.org. The MN Scanner Law and FCC PR Docket 91-36 are available from the OSCAR home page by clicking on Ham Radio Information button.

New HAMSAT From Newsline
India's HAMSAT is the latest Amateur Radio satellite in orbit. The new bird went into space on May 5th from India's SHAR Space Center. The satellites uplink passband runs from 435.225 to 435.275 MHz on lower sideband. The downlink is on 2 meters from 145.875-145.925 MHz with signals inverted to upper sideband. The CW telemetry beacon is found on 145.860 MHz and only low duty cycle modes such as SSB and C-W are approved for this bird.

Ham Band Invasions From Newsline
The Law Enforcement Technologies Division of the Remington Arms Company requested a waiver from the FCC. The waiver would permit the authorization, importation and operation of its video and audio surveillance system known as the "Remington Eyeball R1." According to the CGC Communicator, the R1 system uses analog modulation in the 2.4 GHz band, and the remote control for the R1 operates from 902-928 Mhz. Amateur radio shares the 902 to 928 MHz band with several other services including Location and Monitoring and numerous unlicensed devices such as wireless local area networking devices.

Great Britain's Office of Communications issued a notice of proposed rule making notifying the public of its intention to put automotive radar into a primary ham radio allocation. The proposal would mean that short-range radar would operate in the Primary Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services' band at 24.0-24.05GHz as an interim measure, prior to its long-term allocation at 79GHz. The remainder of the Amateur 24GHz band, at 24.05 to 24.25GHz, is already allocated only on a Secondary basis.

VOIP Contact Awards From Newsline
CQ Amateur Radio magazine has announced the introduction of the first ever award program for contacts made using Voice Over IP technology. Called the CQ IDX Award, the program recognizes confirmed contacts with 25 to 100 different countries made using remote bases or repeaters linked with Voice over Internet Protocol networks, such as IRLP or Echolink. More information will soon be on-line at CW

On The BPL Front From Various Sources
According to a representative of San Diego Gas and Electric Company, SDG&E's plans for testing Broadband over Power Line ("BPL") technology on a portion ofSDG&E's power grid are progressing smoothly.

Donald Trump selected BPL technology for broadband access at 15 buildings in Trump Place. Over the next four years, powerline communications will be installed in 7,500 units. Quality Inns and Holiday Inns are also embracing BPL.

The ARRL is praising Motorola's Powerline LV system. Motorola's Powerline LV system avoids using the medium-voltage (MV) power lines and introduces broadband signals only on the low-voltage (LV) side of the power transformer. This would reduce the potential for interference to and from radio users.