DX-World published a plot from NOAA last month showing the progresson of Solar Cyle 25. Thus far, it has outperformed
for 35 consecutive months. DX-World says that if this trend continues, Solar Maximum will either happen sooner or be stronger than originally expected. Let's hope for
. Also, the general release of v2.6.0 was announced on January 6. And v2.6.1 has since been released. This replaces the release candidates (RC versions). Release notes can be found
. The list of enhancements and bug fixes is quite long, so you'll want to read through them. As you probably know, different versions of WSJT-X can be installed in different folders if you like, preserving the older versions in case of trouble. Or, you can let it install over the top of your existing installation. I recommend the former but it's up to you.
The ARRL International DX CW contest is later this month. With conditions continuing to be on the rise, it should be a good one and we can expect some big scores!
Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio on December 22 introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate private land restrictions that "prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator from operating and installing amateur station antennas on property subject to the control of the Amateur Radio Operator." The bill was assigned as H.R.9670. We can only hope that this bill gains some traction. See more here
on the ARRL website. Fingers crossed.
In case you missed it, Jim, K6ZH did a fun presentation late last month on his 60 years in ham radio. Jim did it live and in person at the San Diego DX Club meeting with many others attending via Zoom (SCCCers were invited to join). He shared how he became interested in radio early on by hearing far away stations on his little AM radio and wondering how that was happening. Later he became fascinated with TV broadcast DXing. These things ignited the spark that led him to getting his amateur radio license and becoming an engineer. He also shared many of his experiences in ham radio from throughout his life, pointing out many of the Elmers that helped him. One of his stories caught my ear in particular: his chase for DXCC #1, as in "working them all" (including the elusive P5 North Korea!). Now, you might think that P5 was his last one to attain top of the Honor Roll. But you'd be wrong. It was actually VK0EK Heard Island. He said that propogation during that DXpedition had been very poor to the West Coast, but one day VK0EK popped up out of the noise just long enough for Jim to get him in the log. This reminded me of my own experience working VK0 for the first time. For me, it was back in August of 1983. VK0DA was on the air from Heard but not many of us on the west coast were hearing him. One night after dark our time, he was scheduled to be on 20 meter SSB at a predetermined hour specifically looking for for the west coast. A few of us locals hung out on 2 meter simplex talking DX and whatnot (I think it was 146.43 or .46 [definitely not the standard .52 or even the .94 simplex channel that was often used at the time]). That night we were talking about our chances of hearing VK0DA. All of a sudden, I started to hear something. I popped the headphones on and lo and behold, it was HIM! I started calling. The others on the 2m simplex channel couldn't hear him yet and were saying I was bluffing. Only I wasn't. After a few tries, VK0DA and I exchanged reports and I was in the log! A couple of minutes later, he came up in strength enough for the others to hear and work him. It wasn't that I had a superior station. I just got lucky. About five minutes later, he faded out and that was that. Quite the experience. (By the way, I did work VK0EK in 2016 too, getting him on 30 and 40 CW that time. Heard is a tough one for the west coast.) Anyway, it was a fun night listening to Jim's stories and history. We have the video posted here on the website. Thanks for sharing those, Jim!
The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce:
The 29th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner at the Hope Hotel - Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio https://www.hopehotel.com/
2023 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via our web site.
HUGE thanks to Scott, KA9FOX and QTH.com for designing, building, donating and running the Contest Dinner web site.
Master of Ceremonies for the 2023 Dayton Contest Dinner is Contest Hall of Fame member and CQ WorlWide Contest Director, John Dorr, K1AR.
Thanks to Teri, K8MNJ for coordinating and organizing the 2023 Contest Dinner.
The 2023 Contest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the 2023 Dayton Contest Dinner.
Thanks to Icom America and DX Engineering - the MAIN prize is a Icom IC-7610
I am very excited that our KEYNOTE speaker is CW (over 60 wpm) lover and noted super youth contester, Bryant, KG5HVO
The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 20, 2023 at
6:30 PM Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM at the Hope Hotel.
Located at the Hope Hotel (Official Contester Hotel) https://www.hopehotel.com/
Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 10.
You can purchase an entire table for your group/club (purchased group tables are set for round 10). Lots of clubs reserve. Full Table purchases are reserved seating.
Tickets are only available on http://contestdinner.com
There are no tickets for sale at the door.
The 35th annual Contest Super Suite (all FOUR nights during Hamvention) details are here: http://contestsupersuite.com
And the 18th Annual Dayton Contest University seats are filling up fast http://contestuniversity.com
The 33rd annual Dayton Top Band Dinner tickets are available at http://topbanddinner.com
We expect another sold out event for the 2023 Dayton Contest dinner. Over 550 have attended the Contest Dinner in the past.
Get your tickets early! http://contestdinner.com
Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman - 29 years
WRTC Sanctioning Committee Now Accepting Proposals for 2026 Hosting
(Ljubljana, Slovenia - 15 January 2023) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee (WRTC-SC) today announced that it is accepting proposals for hosting the 2026 WRTC event.
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is an on-site amateur radio competition, usually held every four years. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle, USA (1990); San Francisco, USA (1996); Bled, Slovenia (2000); Helsinki, Finland (2002); Florianopolis, Brazil (2006); Moscow, Russia (2010); Boston, USA (2014); and Wittenberg, Germany (2018).
WRTC2022, delayed due to the worldwide public health challenges and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held in Bologna, Italy in July 2023.
Teams of two operators representing a geographical region of the world come to the host site to compete using similar antennas and locations, overseen by on-site referees. The WRTC competition has typically been held as a contest-within-a-contest coincident with the IARU World HF Championship to capitalize on the high activity of a popular world-wide operating event.
Groups interested in hosting WRTC2026 should submit a Letter of Intent, with a summary proposal. This should include the following items:
* Committee Organization, identifying each of the principals involved and any relevant organizational and amateur radio experience especially in contesting/radiosport
* Competition Description, including planned number of teams, geographic location of operating sites, and competitor selection process
* Social Aspects, including approximate schedule, travel, and housing arrangements for participants
* Financing, including an outline of the budget and fundraising approach. A detailed budget is not required at this time.
* Expected assistance and involvement from local and regional amateur radio organizations and regulatory authorities
* Public Exposure, including plans to publicize and promote the event locally and worldwide
Letters of Intent must be submitted no later than March 31, 2023 at 2359 UTC. The WRTC-SC will review all proposals received and will respond by April 30, 2023.
Additional information may be requested.
It is the goal of the WRTC-SC to announce the venue for WRTC2026 at the close of WRTC2022 in Bologna in July 2023. Letters of Intent should be submitted directly to the Chairman of the WRTC Sanctioning Committee, Tine Brajnik, S50A, via email to email@example.com
Members of SCCC have been invited to participate in a W1AW/6 Special Event February 15-21, 2023.
As a part of the Year of the Volunteer celebration, the mystical callsign W1AW will be operating from all corners of land. ARRL members in each state/territory will be approved to operate their stations during two different weeks using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4.
California's first week starts February 15, 2023, at 0000z and will run through February 21, 2023, at 2359z, using the callsign W1AW/6. Each state coordinator will approve time, band, and mode slots throughout the week and hams will be able to operate their stations using W1AW/x.
If you wish to be one of the official W1AW/6 authorized operators for California, you must first email the CA VOTA Coordinator: John Litz, NZ6Q at firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also call John at 209-687-0774. Once approved, you may, subject to the following conditions, select any available one-hour operating time slot for the band and mode (SSB, CW, Digital) of your choice. Once selected, it's selected - NO CLAIM JUMPING !! Use an approved electronic logging program capable of creating an ADIF file. You will email your files to the coordinator.
All approved W1AW/6 operators are expected to observe all FCC regulations, including only operating on frequencies allocated to their license class and at permitted power levels. Violators, may, unless The Old Man is merciful, be Wouff-Honged!
By a toss of the 2023 Toys for Tots US Marine Corp coin, it was decided that Northern CA would primarily sign-up to cover WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SUNDAY and Southern CA would primarily cover THURSDAY, SATURDAY, MONDAY. Tuesday is open for both North and South.
Minimum station requirements:
- 100W + yagi or hexbeam or better on 20-15-10M
- 100W (or more up to Legal Limit) + good vertical or dipole antenna on 80-40M
Be comfortable with the modes you select. If you work a lot of FT-8 or your station may be limited then sign-up on FT-8. If you like RTTY or digital do that. If you have a solid station on all bands then sign-up for bands/modes/times following the guidelines below.
Portable W1AW Rules
• Each operator must follow the rules for their own license class. Stay in the sub-bands that you are legally allowed to operate.
• Operators can operate anywhere in the state. Please observe the above guidelines when choosing your time/mode slots.
• ARRL members that contact the Portable W1AW stations will receive 5 points in the VOTA event.
• Each band/mode combination can be activated simultaneously. For example, N6ACL could be working on 20M SSB, N5SML could be working on 20M FT8, NZ6Q could be working on 20 M CW, and K6WX could be on 40 M SSB, all at the same time.
• The state weekly assignments are shown in the W1AW/ Schedule area at http://vota.arrl.org State operations start at 0000z each Wednesday and stop at 2359z the following Tuesday.
• Operations are not allowed on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, 60 M, 630 M, or 2190 M bands.
• All logs for the week must be consolidated into one ADIF file and sent to the state coordinator to be uploaded to LoTW.
• When you sign up for a one-hour slot, you are also selecting a band and a mode. Signing up for CW on 20M is one slot, phone and digital modes are two other slots.
• One operator per band/mode at the same time. (i.e. two stations cannot be on 40CW or 20 SSB from CA at the same time)
• You may only use the band and mode you have selected, for the time period you requested. You may request multiple slots throughout the week. To allow for as many stations as possible to operate, please limit yourself to no more than 4 hours in a row on any band and mode. You are encouraged to select multiple modes (i.e... 2 hours on CW, 2 hours on SSB, 2 hours on RTTY on any band is a full day - and it gives others the chance to participate.
• Check back on the sign-up sheet often & during the event. If you're operating 20M FT8 for two hours, but the next hour is open and you want to continue, then add your call into that 3rd hour and continue...
If you have any questions, please contact the California State Coordinator John Litz at email@example.com or by phone 209-687-0774.
Strange but true...
The small indents in the bottom of frozen pizzas are there to prevent air bubbles forming inside the dough.
73 for now,