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.
Save the Date…
November is ARRL Sweepstakes month. The oldest domestic radio contest dating back to 1930 makes its 2013 appearance for CW at 5 PM local time Saturday November 2 for a period of 30 hours. 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 16.
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.