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HPARC Meetings Are Moving!

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After years of meeting at Hoover Elementary School in Hazel Park, HPARC meetings will be moving to a new location. Beginning with the October 14, 2015 meeting, the UFCW Hall at 876 Horace Brown Dr in Madison Heights will host not only the monthly meetings, but also our annual hamfest in January. The meeting room is equipped with a projection screen and audio system, and should provide a nicer environment for viewing presentations and for conducting business, and ample parking is available. The hall is located east of I-75 and south of 13 Mile Rd. Consult the map for detailed location.

MARCH 14 ARISS CONTACT A SUCCESS!

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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.

WAS Award for W8HP

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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.

This is not your grandfather’s ham radio

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Ham radio: It’s not just for old guys anymore

This video from YouTube shows 9 year old Yoshiki, KH0UA, operating in the 2009 All Asian DX Phone Contest from Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Yoshiki is licensed in Japan as JF1UCV and contests from Saipan with his dad Kuniyoshi, 7J1FPU/W1FPU. The exchange for the contest is RS + age. Note that his second contact is with a 10 year old Japanese girl Eri, JF1VGZ/1 and they exchange 59 09 and 59 10.

Please bear with me…

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I’m trying to understand the innards of the club’s website in order to provide all the members with an improved place to get club information on the web. Please bear with me as I turn features on and off to see what the effect is on the “front side” of the site.

As you may have noticed, I’m also trying to make the site more visually attractive. And since it’s now the twenty-first century and browsers now display pictures and graphics, I thought I’d start to put some on the site to give your browsers a workout. But I need your help. If you have any pictures of club activities, please send them along and I’ll see if I can integrate them into the site.

You may also have noticed a couple of additions in the left sidebar. The first is an RSS feed from the WA7BNM 8-Day Contest Calendar. This lists contests from the previous day through the next six days. Clicking a link brings up a page with quite a detailed summary of the contest–the times, entry classes, exchange, and links to the sponsor’s rule page and log submission address.

At the bottom the the left sidebar (at least today), is an RSS feed of amateur radio news from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club in the UK. Since ham radio is a worldwide hobby, it’s nice to have a non-local slant on things.

In about the middle of the right sidebar is a form for callsign searches on QRZ.com for your convenience. And finally, in the list of links is a link to the results of my efforts in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest earlier this month as analyzed by some software called SH5. It’s not there to show off (I only made just over 200 contacts–what better equipped contest stations do in just over an hour) but as example of what we could do with the club’s logs for events like Field Day and Sweepstakes, and with members’ logs as well.

I also put it there to entice you to get on the air. We’re beginning to approach the maximum in a solar cycle that so far had been a big disappointment, but which is now producing conditions that we haven’t seen in years. Especially on 10-meters, a band that everybody with a license has privileges on.

Plug K8MU into that QRZ thingie and see that antenna I used in the contest and then check out the results. SH5 produced over 40 pages of analysis of a 200-contact log with charts and graphs and maps and propagation forecasts. Poke around the pages–there are links everywhere. It just might entice you to get on the air. Especially if you have a better antenna than mine!

Larry K8MU