Coming up soon is the Michigan QSO Party contest. It runs from noon to midnight EDT on Saturday, April 15, 80 to 10 meters phone and CW. This is a fun contest where, unlike other contests, everyone wants to call you. The rules are pretty simple. For every contact, you give a serial number and your Michigan county. The other station gives you the same, or his state or province if not in Michigan. You can contact a station once on each band and mode. Best bands are 20 and 40 meters in daylight, then 40 and 80 meters after dark. More information, including full rules and a list of Michigan counties, can be found at http://www.miqp.org/
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.
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.
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.