In Brief -- News Shorts From All Over!
- K8CX Dayton 2014 Gallery Has Been Posted: Tom Roscoe, K8CX, has announced that The K8CX Dayton 2014 Gallery has been posted on his Hamgallery website. Roscoe said he’s scrapbooked 361 photos from Dayton Hamvention® 2014 and nearly 4100 Dayton photos altogether; this is his 18th year of recording Dayton activities. “The site has Dayton photos in The Gallery back to 1971,” he said. “If you have any old photos from Dayton, please send them to K8CX.”
- The 13 Colonies Special Event Set for July 1-6: The 13 Colonies Special Event for 2014 will take place July 1-6, with special 1×1 call signs K2A, K2B, K2C, K2D, K2E, K2F, K2G, K2H, K2I, K2J, K2K, K2L, and K2M to be active. Participants can earn a certificate. In 2013 more than 81,000 contacts were logged in the 13 Colonies Special Event.
- AMSAT Confers OSCAR Number on LituanicaSAT-1: LituanicaSAT-1 now is OSCAR-78 (or LO-78), AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, has announced. LituanicaSAT-1 has met all requirements for an OSCAR number. LituanicaSAT-1 Team Member Simon Kareiva, LY2EN, said it was his honor and pleasure to accept the designation on the team’s behalf. “Our team is focused to keep LO-78 operational for the benefit of Amateur Radio as long, as it is possible for a small CubeSat.” The LituanicaSAT-1 team has announced activation of its FM transponder. To find out if the transponder is working, monitor the beacon frequency of 437.275 MHz. If you do not hear the CW FM beacon, the transponder is operating; otherwise, it is off. The transponder down link is approximately 435.1755 MHz (±10 kHz Doppler shift) down, and 145.950 MHz up, with a 67 Hz CTCSS access tone. — AMSAT News Service
- SP5FM Receives Michael Owen, VK3KI, Award: Wojciech Nietyksza, SP5FM, has been presented with the Michael Owen, VK3KI, Award for his decades of exceptional service to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, conferred the honor at the PZK’s plenary meeting of the Polish IARU member-society PZK on May 17 in Warsaw. Nietyksza began his long and intensive IARU involvement as a member of the IARU team attending the 1974 Maritime Mobile World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) in Geneva. Through WRC-2003 he was the most consistent face of the IARU at ITU and CEPT meetings and conferences. He served as IARU Region 1 Vice Chairman from 1975 until 1999 and stayed on as member of the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee and chair of the External Relations Committee until 2002. — Thanks to IARU Region 1
- SPROUT Digitalker and SSTV Active: Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images in Scottie 1 format have been successfully received from the SPROUT (Space Research On Unique Technology) Amateur Radio satellite on 437.600 MHz FM (±9 kHz Doppler shift). The Digitalker has also been active. SPROUT, a 20 × 20 × 22 cm Amateur Radio nanosatellite, which launched successfully on May 24. SPROUT (call sign JQ1ZJQ) is now in a 654 km, 97.9° inclination Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). SPROUT was built by students at Nihon University in Japan. The Voice Message Box will record and play back transmissions from radio amateurs. Pre-loaded images from the Message Gallery can be transmitted on Slow Scan TV (SSTV). Pictures of Earth can be transmitted by SSTV, and radio amateurs can receive them using free software such as MMSSTV. As part of the Earth-mapping project the team asks radio amateurs to contribute pictures they have received from the satellite for display on the SPROUT website. The satellite also has a packet radio digipeater and text message box function. CW and FM packet downlink is 437.525 MHz; digipeater uplink is 437.600 MHz; digitalker and SSTV downlink is 437.600 MHz. — AMSAT-UK
- RAC Recognizes Volunteer Jacques Dubé, VE2QK: The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has recognized VE2 QSL Bureau Volunteer Jacques Dubé, VE2QK, for his 20 years of continuous service. “The dedication from our volunteers is what brings success to many aspects of our organization,” RAC said in an announcement. Dubé took over the VE2 QSL Incoming Bureau in 1994, and he has handled more than 600,000 cards to date