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/
Tickets and table reservations are available now for HPARC’s 51st Annual Swap & Shop on Sunday, January 29, 2017. For the convenience of vendors, setup is available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday.
HPARC’s Education Chairman, Jerry Begel W9NPI, is pleased to announce that the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club will once again be offering a course of study for the Amateur Extra Class license exam. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 PM beginning on September 6 through December 13, 2016 at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield (map). Campus and building maps will be supplied upon registration. The prerequisite for the course is a General Class Amateur Radio License or a Certifiate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) showing Element 3 exam credit. Pre-registration is required.
Ron Miotke WD8MNX will once again be the instructor and will use the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual as the textbook. There is no charge for the class, and the manual will be available from the instructor for $25 (sorry — cash only) at the first session. There will also be a $15 fee for the license exam at the last session.
To register or to receive further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.