April Meeting Notice

Due to holiday scheduling at Hoover School, the April meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15 — Tax Day — at 7:30 PM, a week later than normal. There should still be ample time to take your tax returns to the post office after the meeting.

HPARC President Bernie Hildebrand W8NBC (SK)

Bernard A. Hildebrand W8NBC, of Warren, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 29 of an apparent heart attack at age 72. Bernie, a retired chef, began his term of office as president of HPARC this past June, and was serving as chairman of the club’s swap. Bernie was also an active member of the USECA ARC. He is survived by his wife Barbra KD8SAA, a son and two sisters in Iowa.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 4, from 4 to 8 PM, at the Mercy Funeral Home, 627 East 9 Mile Rd, Hazel Park. (map)


Gerry Schumann KA8D (SK)

Gerald R. Schumann, KA8D, passed away on October 27, 2014, at age 71. He was a retired satellite engineer at Ford Motor Company. He was a resident of Dearborn Heights who formerly lived in Troy. Gerry was a member of the Hazel Park, USECA and Garden City amateur radio clubs. He is survived by his wife Maryann, five children, eight grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 30, from 1 PM to 9 PM at Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home, 2640 Monroe Blvd, Dearborn (map). Gerry will lie in state at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 5900 McClellan, Detroit (map), until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights.

Gerry Schumann KA8D (SK)
Photo: Marsha Fleming N8FE


New Resource for DXers

If you’re interested in chasing DX, then check out our new tool: an expanded DXpedition and contest schedule.

Mark your calendars…

The date for the 2015 HPARC Swap has been confirmed. Be sure to reserve Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 8 to noon for the club’s 49th annual swap at Hazel Park High School. Contact Swap Chairman Bernie W8NBC for information on advance tickets and table reservations.

October Presentation

At the meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2104, Mike Van Buren WD8S will tell us his secrets for getting a clean sweep in the ARRL Sweepstakes contest. Mike is a contest mentor for the club, and the guy who walks away with a coffee mug for a clean sweep year after year. The sunspots seem to be cooperating.

Fall License Class Begins September 8

The Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club will host a Technician Class Amateur License Course


Mondays, from September 8, 2014 to November 10, 2014 (excluding 10/27)


7 PM to 9 PM


Macomb Intermediate School District Building (MISD)

44001 Garfield Rd.

Clinton Twp, MI 48038 (North of 19 Mile Rd, West side of Garfield) (map)

First Session:

Room 104. Park in South Lot


Rich Urbano, KC8WPW, and Walt Carter, KD8LWC


FREE Instruction

License Manual:

$25 Cash Only—includes large laminated Band Plan–available from instructors at first session.

FCC License Exam held at Last Session ($15 fee)


Pre-registration is necessary, by August 15, 2014 [new deadline]

This class is for adults only, 18 and over

Morse Code is no longer required for amateur radio licensing!

Contact: Rich Urbano, KC8WPW@arrl.net

Bill Reilly K8DRV (SK) 1970-2014

Bill Reilly K8DRV (SK)

Bill Reilly K8DRV became a Silent Key on May 8, 2014 losing his most recent battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife Tina.

Bill had been licensed since 1996, first as KC8DRV and eventually upgrading to Amateur Extra in 2010. Bill was active on the DART repeater and in the HPARC and had served as its Second Vice President. He was also a member of USECA. Bill enjoyed portable and mobile HF operation, as well as operating digital modes at Field Day.

K8DRV operating portable


K8SDK’s Antarctic Operation

Steve Kaatz K8SDK will present a program on his maritime mobile expedition to Antarctica, featured in the March 2014 issue of QST. In December 2012, Steve took a ten day cruise from the southern tip of Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula. He’ll talk about operating from the bridge of the National Geographic Explorer, with a friendly ship’s crew but unusual limits on when he could go on the air. He’ll also describe the spectacular sights he saw.

ARISS Video Now on YouTube

A video about the HPARC ARISS project is now on YouTube thanks to Tony Gallucci N8VR. Enjoy!


Despite having to be at the school early in the morning after working late the night before on last minute preparation, the team pulled off a nearly perfect contact with the International Space Station. With strong signals until just before our anticipated loss of signal time at the horizon, all 22 students who had prepared questions for Commander Koichi Wakata were able to ask their questions and hear the answers. Even Dr. Catherine Neuhoff, the principal of MMSTC, got to ask an impromptu question before the assembled crowd gave a big cheer and we signed off with NA1SS.

You can see a video of the contact as well as the report by TV Warren News on the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center website.

November Meeting Program

Larry Koziel K8MU will give a presentation prepared by Graham Shirville G3VZV and David Johnson G4DPZ on the FUNcube-1 satellite. The program is particularly timely because the satellite is presently at the launch site in Russia awaiting a scheduled launch on November 21, 2013.

2014 Sweeps Reminder You need 83 sections this year for a "clean sweep." November is ARRL Sweepstakes month. The oldest domestic radio contest dating back to 1930 makes its 2014 appearance for CW at 2100Z (5 PM EDT) Saturday November 1 for a period of 30 hours until 0300Z (10 PM EST) Sunday. Be careful of the finish time since daylight savings time ends during the middle of the contest!

The phone portion begins two weeks later on November 15.

The ARRL offers a pin to any station that makes 100 or more contacts in either of the Sweepstakes weekends, and a mug to those that work a “clean sweep” of all 83 ARRL sections. The club covers the cost of the pins and mugs for its members, so get on the air and have some fun this month. Rules and lots more information is available from the ARRL website.

From the ARRL website on the history of Sweepstakes:

…the oldest domestic contest, beginning in January 1930, it was called “The All-Section Sweepstakes Contest.” It was truly a relay contest with 1 point for sending a complete message with at least 10 words of text in correct message format and 1 point for receiving a similar message. Most stations worked were not in the contest and had to be schooled (on the air) on the desired info exchange. Sixty-eight sections were possible and 48 sections participated. The contest ran for 14 days on 80, 40, and 20 meters–mostly CW but some phone entries. The first winner was W1ADW with a whopping 153 QSOs in 43 sections–when did he have time to sleep? (Thanks, SS Manager, Larry K5OT)

WAS Award for W8HP The club recently received the ARRL’s Worked All States Award for contacts made with the club call, W8HP. Thanks to Murray KE8UM, who maintains our Logbook of the World account.

DXpedition and Contest Schedule from hamradioweb

Similar to the DX-World.net calendar in the sidebar, this chart from hamradioweb.net lists the current month’s scheduled DXpeditions and provides clickable links to the expeditions’ websites or other sources of additional information. In addition, there are links to contests of interest to DXers, propagation charts for the current month, and a preview of the DXpedition schedule for the upcoming several months. Since each chart seems to list at least some expeditions the other doesn’t, they should complement each other very well.