|TEARA Announces Field Day Plans!
2007 TEARA Field Day will be held at the QTH of Holt Thornton, AC4UD
and will be operated as a Delta station. This means we will be
operating fixed stations and not utilizing emergency power. It also
means we will not be bound by the usual setup rules generally required
of other station classes.
Many of you will recall that we have
generally operated as 1, 2 or 3 Alfa in past years, setting up at
remote sites all over eastern North Carolina, including last year when
we operated from the American Legion cabin and picnic area between
Wendell and Zebulon as a 2 Alfa unit. (See photo) This was an excellent
area for field day operations, being away from power lines and in a
secluded open area surounded by woods,and a great time was had by all
With that in
mind, operating as an Alfa class is an obvious departure from previous
field day operations, but after considering the number of available
operators, as well as a number of other factors, the club leadership
determined that this would be the way to go - at least for this
year. Operating Delta class will permit us to concentrate on
making contacts and getting some of our newer hams on the air. It will
also allow us to begin operations with a minimum amount of setup, which
is a major consideration for those usually involved in that activity.
So here is the plan...
will operate two, or possibly three HF stations, depending on the
number of available operators. The hours we operate will be determined
by the number of willing operators we have, as well as the
good graces of our hosts. The idea will be to get as much
operating time as possible, as well as to just have a great time!
Be sure to attend the May meeting for more details!
Uptick In ISS Construction To Affect Ham Radio Operations From Space
From the ARRL Letter, May 4, 2007
In a recent Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) progress report, ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer,
KA3HDO, addressed some questions regarding ARISS operations and
equipment upgrade and repair. Bauer says that with the successful space
shuttle return to flight, ISS construction again has shifted into high
gear. Delivery and assembly of two new ISS modules now are on the
near horizon. But that activity's not without a downside for
Amateur Radio activity from the ISS.
"If all goes well, the new
European Columbus module and Japanese Kibo module will be installed on
the ISS in the next 12 months," Bauer told the ARISS team. "This
substantial workload on the crew is impacting ARISS operations
Bauer explained that the launch of any new or
replacement ham radio gear or computers to support ARISS operations
"has been significantly curtailed due to the extremely limited 'upmass'
capability." That's NASA's way of saying the cargo weight limits on
construction flights are very tight.
"There are just too many
higher priority activities from an international space agency
perspective, and frankly we are a lower priority," he continued. "The
extra workload on the crew has taken its toll on ARISS -- they have had
very little extra time for Amateur Radio activities beyond school
Bauer concedes that while these developments are
"somewhat frustrating" both to the ham radio community at large and to
the ARISS International Team, ARISS nonetheless is pleased that space
station crew members have "been able to speak so often with youth
groups worldwide, piquing their interest in Amateur Radio, science,
technology, engineering and math."
One hoped-for fix during the
recent flight of civilian space traveler Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP, was
that Simonyi would be able to restore the Kenwood D700 ARISS Phase 2
transceiver to full functionality after it was inadvertently
reprogrammed during Expedition 13. That has kept the packet system off
"The ARISS team worked diligently with the Simonyi team
to get Charles licensed, trained, and prepared to perform the Kenwood
reprogramming," Bauer explained. "Unfortunately, the ARISS team hit a
major hurdle a few weeks before Charles's launch."
ARISS learned at the eleventh hour that additional software
certification would be required to allow Simonyi to reprogram software
to be used on the ISS computers.
"Through heroic efforts by
the team, final software certification was successfully completed,"
Bauer reported this week. "Unfortunately, this was completed only a few
days before Charles' return from space." As a result, there was not
enough time for Simonyi to reprogram the D700.
"This last minute
hiccup in software certification was not predictable," Bauer allowed,
"so there was no way the ARISS team could have better prepared for
Bauer says that at this point, it appears that
reprogramming the D700 to get it back to its normal ARISS configuration
"will require a substantial, concerted effort with full cooperation
from our international colleagues and the Russian and US space
agencies." This means identifying, purchasing (if necessary),
certifying, testing and flying the components necessary to ensure the
reprogramming is successful, he pointed out.
Given the challenge
of weight restrictions on shuttle payloads devoted to transporting
construction materials, Bauer said, the process "will likely take
several months to accomplish, as the team will have to begin from
ARISS meanwhile is looking into some partial,
temporary workarounds. In the near term, ARISS will request the crew do
some investigative analysis of the Phase 2 station. "This will enable
the ARISS team to determine if the radio can be partially restored to
provide some of the unattended operations that it once provided," Bauer
said. "With Charles's successful landing, we have started down this new
Despite the setbacks, Bauer vowed that ARISS will
continue working aggressively on the issue. "While our plans to have
Charles reprogram the radio were thwarted, we were happy that he could
speak to so many hams around the world during his short stay, and
capture the imagination of students around the globe," he said.
you saddened by the demise of code testing? Do you long for the
golden age of radio when real hams pounded brass for hours on
end? Well, if so, we have just the ticket to take you back to
that very time!
Only we are not going to the ham shack.
Instead, we're going to venture into the living room of the late 30's
and early 40's where the rest of the family sat huddled around the old
broadcast radio while dad was out back in the shack clacking away on
his finely tuned bug.
Many of you reading this will actually
recall the days before television when radio broadcasts were the
primary form of entertainment in the household, Others who were
born a bit later will recall these days only through the memories of
parents or older siblings. Regardless, radio in those days was a
far cry from today's music and talk formats. Instead, it
provided a real "theater of the mind" on a daily basis to all ages and
But thanks to the Internet, it is now possible to
relive the golden age of radio, or live it for the very first time,
through thousands of recordings of old dramas, comedies, kids' shows
and much much more, and all at no charge! The Internet Archive
has amassed a huge collection of the old shows just wating to be
listened to online or downloaded in MP3 format for offline listening on
your computer or loading onto your favorite MP3 player. To see what's
available, surf on over to the Old Radio Archives page.
There you'll find all the old classics just waiting to be rediscovered,
or perhaps discovered for the very first time.
example, two of my personal favorites (so far) are Red Skelton and
Superman. Old Red was one of my favorites on TV when I was
growing up, and it is amazing just how little his routines changed from
radio to TV. But in 1946 his radio show was sponsored by Raleigh
cigarettes, and the commercials were a real eye-opener. Just
listen for yourself... that's all I'm gonna say.
a kid, the Man of Steel was my number one through comic books and the
George Reeves TV series, so you can imagine the fun I had listening to
the original broadcasts of Superman with the voice of Bud Collyer and
starting with the very episode.
Now you get to find your own favorites, and while you're there, be sure to check out the Internet Archive main page
for other goodies such as some of the old cartoons, films you saw in
school, old commercials, and much more. It'll be a pleasant
diversion from the din of 75 meters!
April 24, 2007
meeting was called to order at 1906 by Sherry KB4EXL. The
treasurer’s report was given by Lynwood AF4XJ. The minutes for
February were read by Shelby NC4SH and approved. Ryan Avery was
voted in as a new member, he is sponsored by Norman KA4PUV. There
were five candidates at the VE session; there was one upgrade to
General and one to extra. We are awaiting word that Sam NC4SJ has
registered Norman KA4PUV as our Registered Agent. Norman
checked with the group to see if everyone was able to view the monthly
newsletter. Senate Bill 404 was heard today in the Senate.
It was sponsored by a senator from New Hanover County and would allow
hams to put up antennas where local covenants now ban them, There
is no update on what happened. Frank also announced that Tim Slay
N4IB reported a PRB1 bill in the State House. Holt AC4UD is
giving away eight to ten years of QST and CQ away; you can come and
pick them up if interested. Norman KA4PUV discussed the upcoming
Field Day on June 23rd & 24th. We can get the cabin again,
but if we only have a few operators, it might be better if seek out
another location. Sherry appointed Norman and Shelby to research
the purchase of a projector for the club. There was no formal program
this month but a round table discussion was held by Frank W4FAL, and
many ideas were given for future programs. The meeting was
adjourned at 2010.
TEARA Meeting Schedule
Next Meeting - May 24, 2007
Triangle East Amateur Radio Association meets the fourth Tuesday of
each month, at 7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall of the Wendell United
Methodist church. Although the official meeting begins at 7:00
pm, members and guests usually arrive around 6:00 to 6:30 with their
favorite fast food or brown bag meal. TEARA meetings feature an
excellent variety of programs of interest to hams. Please
give the club a visit and consider becoming a member. (TEARA does
not hold a regular meeting in December, but instead usually holds a
Christmas party some time during the month at a member's home.).
The TEARA 2 meter net meets every Tuesday evening at 8:30 PM (local) on
uses the WB4IUY repeater (147.390+, PL 88.5), located near
Clayton, NC. TEARA also holds a 6 meter net on Thursday nights on the
K4ITL repeater (53.030 -) which is located near Lake Wheeler.
All amateurs within range of either of these fine repeaters are
encouraged to drop by to check in and stand by for some serious rag
Next VE Session - May 19, 2007
Examiner Team holds a VE session on the third Saturday of each month
except July and December at the Red Cross building in downtown
Smithfield. For details, please visit the team's website located here
, and be sure to visit us in person when you are ready for that first license or upgrade!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Cartoon courtesy of K4ADL (www.qsl.net/k4adl
ISS photo courtesy NASA.
ARRL Newsletter articles reprinted by permission of the American Radio Relay League.
And a special thanks to KB4EXL for proofreading this issue!