YOTA 2018 SOUTH AFRICA August 8-15

HacDC Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring two youngsters from Malawi and two youngsters from Uganda, who will be participating in “Youngsters on the Air” Summer Camp in South Africa.  This is a week long event providing youngsters between the ages of 16-25 the opportunity to learn more about amateur radio and to meet other young amateur around the world. The Youngsters On The Air “Summer” Event is an annual event that takes place in a Region 1 country. South Africa will be the first country to host this event outside of Europe.  Activities include: Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio launch, amateur radio development lectures, kit building, and various other amateur radio related activities.

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Malawi Amateur Radio operator visits HacDC Amateur Radio Club

We had the opportunity to host Junior Nyirongo, 7Q7JN from Malawi Republic.  This picture was taken at the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club dinner in Rockville, MD.  Junior works at Embangweni Mission Hospital in Northern Malawi.

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Visiting the “Goat Farm” Contest station NR4M Presentation Wednesday, March 14th @ 7:30pm

I will be giving a presentation on my trip to “The Goat Farm” Contest Station, which is located on a 60+ acre ranch in Locust, VA.  Visit NR4M.com 

 

 

 

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Holiday Fun – Potluck Dinner Meeting Tonight

Hello, all. As a reminder, we will be having our pot-luck holiday dinner meeting tonight, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the club. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

73 de Jeff / KB3ZUK

 

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Special Event Presentation Planned for October 21, 2017

The HacDC Amateur Radio Club is planning for a very special presentation to be held on October 21, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.  This event was originally scheduled for May, but was cancelled on the day of the event due to rain.  We are finalizing our official permit with the NPS at this time for the event, but anticipate no problems, since it is essentially a re-issuance of the initial request, which was approved.

Stuart Thomas / KB1HQS will be our very special guest.  During the 2016 ARRL National Parks on the Air initiative, Stuart earned top honors by racking up over 500 activations. He will be giving us a hands-on demonstration in the field of the types of equipment and antennas he utilized to help him achieve his first place status in the initiative. In addition to being an accomplished author and experienced outdoorsman, Stuart is a recognized expert in the area of mobile and portable amateur radio operations. He wrote the section on Portable and Mobile Operation in the “ARRL Operating Manual – 11th Edition”; articles for “QST” Magazine; and has a book in progress with the League on portable and mobile operations.

To find out more about Stuart, please go to his website: www.kb1hqs.com

After the demonstration station is set-up and the presentation is finished (approximately one hour), we will use the opportunity to activate the park under the World Wide Flora and Fauna Parks on the Air Program – Park Number KFF-0656, ending no later than 5:00 PM. In the event of RAIN, we will be forced to cancel, as the equipment he will be utilizing is not water resistant.

We will be meeting at Rock Creek Park, near the benches in picnic area 23 (black circle with the number “23” in the picture below), which is located just to the South side of the Tennis Center.

Keep in mind that there are several ways in which to gain access to the area, but the physical address to the tennis center itself is: 4850 Colorado Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20011

This should be a GREAT TIME! Lots to see, learn and do. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND PARTICIPATE.

Even if you don’t have an amateur radio license, there will be licensed amateur operators available to help you make your first contacts on the air!!!

Like all of our amateur radio meetings, this event is FREE TO ATTEND!

Please note:  If you plan to bring your own food or beverages, glass containers and balloons are not permitted in the park.  Also, nothing may be staked into the ground nor attached to any natural or man-made structure (for example, you may not attach hammocks to trees, erect tent covers that use poles that stake into the ground, use lawn umbrellas that stake into the ground, etc.).  If you have any questions about the event, please call me.  My contact information is listed below.

Thanks. We hope to see you there!

“73” (Best Wishes) – Jeff Dahn / KB3ZUK

President / HacDC Amateur Radio Club

Mobile (240) 304-9148

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Presentation for August 9, 2017 Meeting at 7:30 PM / HF Digital Modes by Andrew Beard / AB3U

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Andrew Beard, AB3U, will be bringing in his KX2 and giving us a live presentation of various HF digital modes. He will demonstrate how transmissions appear “on the waterfall”, how they sound and display the timing of the exchanges between various popular HF modes.

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HacDC ARC Again in Partnership with the National Park Service Through Use of Amateur Radio – International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend / August 19-20, 2017

HacDC ARC Again in Partnership with the National Park Service Through Use of Amateur Radio – International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend / August 19-20, 2017

The HacDC ARC is very pleased and honored to announce that we will again be in partnership with the National Park Service through use of amateur radio technology at a public service event. The George Washington Memorial Parkway Section of the NPS will be coordinating with our club to celebrate, “International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend” (ILLW) at the Jones Point Lighthouse (ILLW# US0167), Jones Point Park, located at 100 Jones Pt., Alexandria, VA 22314 throughout the weekend of August 19-20, 2017 (see more below about times). This event will help the NPS and the community come together to celebrate the rich history of this resource.

From the NPS, “The Jones Point Lighthouse is one of the last riverine lighthouses in the country and the only one still standing in the Chesapeake Bay area. Today it is the focal point of Jones Point Park and a clue to area’s history as a busy commercial center and naval base.”

https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/historyculture/jonespointlighthouse.htm

Having started in 1993, the ILLW initiative is part of a world-wide campaign to educate the public about the history and importance of lighthouses and lightships. This is done through the use of amateur radio activity as a highly visible, publicly accessible way to promote this message at these locations. Additional information can be found online at:

https://illw.net/index.php

While the initiative will run for a continuous 48 hour period starting on August 18, 2017 at 8:00pm local time (August 19 / 0000 HRS UTC), due to park hour limitations and staffing restrictions, it is not yet clear the entirety of the exact times of operation that the club will be “on the air”. We will try to maximize our effort, however, and we hope, at a minimum, to have a full public event available on both Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm local time (1400-2000 HTS UTC).

We are going to set up a working HF station and “activate” the park under the World Wide Flora and Fauna Parks on the Air Program (WWFF), unit number KFF-0670 (George Washington Memorial Parkway) on the web:

http://parksontheair.com
and
http://wwff.co

and make contacts on various bands / modes / as conditions, operator availability and interest dictate. We will be trying to get as many “guest operators” on the air as possible to generate interest in the hobby.

To commemorate this special occasion, the club has applied for the use of call sign “N3P”. We will be utilizing either that or the club’s call sign “W3HAC” in making our contacts.

We will also have a special QSL card available. Instructions to obtain the card will be posted on the club’s QRZ page under call sign “W3HAC” at:

http://QRZ.com

We will post updates on spotting clusters and on Facebook groups for the WWFF Program if mobile coverage is available.

The National Park Service is currently in the process of developing promotional materials for the event and is anticipated to update their website for the park accordingly.

https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/jonespoint.htm

We look forward to either meeting you at the event or hearing you on the bands!

Very 73 de Jeff Dahn / KB3ZUK – President /
HacDC Amateur Radio Club and
North American Continental Representative –
World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio – Parks on the Air Initiative –
KFF Program – 3rd Call Area DM

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Scheduled Presentation for June 14, 2017 / 7:30 PM: Software Defined Radio and the DARPA Hackfest

—THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND— 

The HacDC Amateur Radio Club is honored to have one of the former lead developers of the GNU Radio project in to speak with us about the exciting field of Software Defined Radio and the upcoming DARPA Bay Area Hackfest!

Our guest speaker, Dr. Tom Rondeau, writes: 

The DARPA Bay Area Hackfest, in partnership with NASA Ames, is all about exploring the electromagnetic spectrum in new and interesting ways that are likely to become consequential in both civilian and national security contexts. Toward that end, my team is putting a software radio onto a remotely piloted aircraft, a UAV, and we will make this model system available at the Hackfest to innovators in the community who we hope will develop exciting new opportunities to build better and more complex cyber-physical systems. 
The Hackfest, which is open to anyone, comprises three parts: a speaker series, a hacker space, and the Hackfest Missions. The speaker series and hacker space run throughout the week as open sessions for anyone to come to and interact with experts and enthusiasts in software radio and UAVs. In the Missions portion of he Hackfest, we are asking participating teams to solve specific technology goals based around the software radio-enabled UAV. Those wishing to participate in the Missions portion, however, must apply to do so. In this talk, I will describe the Hackfest in detail and specify how to participate in the Missions. 
By opening new ways for programming wireless systems, whether they are UAVs or internet-connected household appliances, software radio can provide the foundation for many future capabilities. This Hackfest provides an opportunity to make a big step in that exciting direction.

You can read about Dr. Rondeau’s experience in giving this presentation to the “Fat Cat Fab Lab” Makerspace in New York City, NY by going to:

https://darpahackfest.com/april-25-2017-fat-cat-fab-lab-new-york-city

A copy of Dr. Rondeau’s Biography may be found at:

http://www.darpa.mil/staff/dr-tom-rondeau

We look forward to seeing you there!

“73” (Best Wishes) / Jeff Dahn – KB3ZUK / President

HacDC Amateur Radio Club

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HacDC ARC Again in Partnership with National Park Service Through Use of Amateur Radio at Public Event – May 19, 2017

Fort Hunt Day Flyer

The HacDC ARC is very pleased and honored to announce that we will again be in partnership with the National Park Service through use of amateur radio technology at a public service event. The George Washington Memorial Parkway Section will be hosting the, “History and Heritage Day at Fort Hunt Park” on May 19, 2017, from 2:00 PM-10:00 PM.

This park has a rich history of having served in secret operations during World War II, where amateur radio and Morse code technology were used at the facility. Because of our club’s relationship with the NPS in the National Capital Region, we were asked to help educate the public about amateur radio during this event. We are going to set up a working HF station and “activate” the park under the World Wide Flora and Fauna Parks on the Air Program (WWFF), unit number KFF-0670, and make contacts on various bands / modes / as conditions, operator availability and interest dictate. We will be trying to get as many “guest operators” on the air as possible to generate interest in the hobby.

We will be utilizing either call sign “W3HAC” or “KB3ZUK” in making our contacts, and anticipate running the station from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM local time (2000-2300 HRS UTC).  We will post updates on spotting clusters and on Facebook groups for the WWFF Program if mobile coverage is available.

Additional information about the event may be found on the above listed link for the attached flyer, or by going to the link to the NPS website for the event, listed below.  We look forward to either meeting you at the event or hearing you on the bands!

https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=46625796-1DD8-B71B-0B73417194C51195

73 de Jeff Dahn / KB3ZUK – President
HacDC Amateur Radio Club

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***POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER / SPECIAL EVENT FOR MAY 6, 2017 / 1400 HRS (1800 HRS UTC)***

The Special Event and Presentation scheduled for today, Saturday, May 6, 2017 starting at 1400 HRS (1800 HRS UTC) at Rock Creek Park, featuring Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS, has been postponed due to rain local to the event that appears will not clear on time for needed advance set-up. A rain-date will be established and published as it becomes available. Thank you all for your interest.

73/44 de Jeff Dahn / President – HacDC ARC

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