SNOW CLOSES HOOVER SCHOOL
CHECK BACK FOR POSSIBLE RELOCATION OF TONIGHT’S MEETING
Due to today’s snowfall, Hazel Park Public Schools are closed, and Hoover School will not be available for tonight’s meeting. Check back for confirmation of a possible relocation of tonight’s meeting to Jimi’s Restaurant in Royal Oak.
ARISS CONTACT IS A GO FOR MARCH 14
UPDATE 00:10 EDT Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
It’s official. There have been a couple of adjustments to the predicted AOS (acquisition of signal) time, and the schedule now reads:
Warren Consolidated Schools, Warren, MI, direct via W8HP
Contact is a go for: Fri 2014-03-14 11:24:49 UTC 55 deg (***)
In local time, the contact is scheduled for 07:24:49 EDT.
There is an orbit adjustment scheduled for Thursday, March 13, so the exact time is still subject to slight adjustments.
There are plenty of opportunities for members to participate in the project before, during, and after the actual day of the contact. Email Larry K8MU, email@example.com, to volunteer your services or check progress on the HPARC Forum where there is an ongoing discussion.
The contact involves Warren Consolidated Schools students of the Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center (MS2TC) and the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC) at:
Butcher Educational Center
Warren, Michigan 48092
The contact will last just over 10 minutes and we encourage you to listen in on the 2 meter downlink frequency of 145.800 MHz. You should compensate for the Doppler shift by tuning about 3 kHz high at the beginning of the pass, at 145.800 at mid-pass at the point of closest approach, and then about 3 kHz low by the end of the pass.
We expect to be streaming live video of the contact at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ariss-contact-warren-consolidated-schools. Live audio will be available on Echolink on the *AMSAT* Conference (Node 101377) and on IRLP on Channel 0 of the Discovery Reflector 9010.
Thank You, Vendors, Attendees and Volunteers for Another Successful Swap
With the cooperation of the weather, the 48th annual Hazel Park ARC Hamfest was held on Sunday, January 12, 2014.The club offers its heartfelt thanks to all the vendors, attendees, and volunteers who made the event a success.
New License Class to Start in January
The Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club will host a General Class Amateur License Course
WHEN: Mondays, from January 20, 2014 to April 28, 2014
TIME: 7 PM to 9 PM for 15 weeks
COSTS: FREE Instruction. License Manual ($25) and Oak Park Room Fee ($15), both payable at the first session
BONUS: FCC License Exam at Last Session ($15 fee)
Registration: Necessary, by January 10, 2014
Prerequisite Preferred: Technician Class Amateur Radio License, or CSCE showing Element 2 exam credit.
Contact the Instructor: Wallace Murray KE8HR at KE8HR@arrl.net
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.
Sweeps Reminder 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.