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In Brief...

from The ARRL Letter on February 19, 2015
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In Brief...

A Reminder -- ARRL International DX Contest 2015 CW Event is February 21-22: CW, DXing, and contesting come together and go global February 21-22 for the 2015 ARRL International DX CW contest Stations in the US and Canada work only DX stations (Alaska and Hawaii are considered DX for this contest), while DX stations work only the US and Canada. The contest exchange is simple: US and Canadian stations send a signal report and their state or province, while DX stations send a signal report and their power output. The contest gets under way at 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 21 (the evening of Friday, February 20, in US time zones) and continues through 2359 UTC on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Complete rules and forms are on the ARRL website.

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Set for February 21-23 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS has issued a reminder that continuous slow-scan television transmissions are scheduled from Saturday, February 21, at about 1030 UTC until Monday February 23, at about 2130 UTC. The AMSAT-NA website has a pass prediction calculator "It is expected that 12 different photos will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM, using SSTV mode PD180, with 3-minute off periods between transmissions," said ARISS-EU Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF. Transmitted images will commemorate Russian space history, and most have been transmitted previously. The equipment used will be the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Russian Service Module. Received images may be uploaded to the image gallery Plans are being discussed for transmitting new images from space enthusiasts around the world. -- Thanks to ARISS-EU Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARRL 2014 September VHF Contest Results Available: Complete results for the 2014 ARRL September VHF contest now are online, with a summary article by Jeff Klein, K1TEO. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, said that line scores are in a new format, courtesy of K9JK, and Log Checking Reports (LCRs) and results in the online searchable database are also available. Contact Matt Wilhelm with any questions.

Past QSL Bureau Manager, Carolina DX Association President Ken Boyd, K4DXA, SK: Kenneth W. Boyd, K4DXA (ex-WA4UNZ), of Mint Hill, North Carolina, died February 16 following a brief illness. He was 69. Boyd served for 6 years as the W4 single-letter QSL Bureau manager, and as the current and previous (1988-1992) president of the Carolina DX Association. Boyd was licensed in 1973 and was an ARRL Life Member. Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, a former North Carolina Section Manager, called Boyd a "ham's ham" and an inspirational leader as head of CDXA. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and attended Clemson University. After serving in the military Boyd worked for IBM from 1969 until 2002. He held DXCC Honor Roll. Survivors include his wife Bev, KE4EHB, and three sons.

DXpeditioner, Expert Amps Owner Charles "Frosty" Frost, K5LBU, SK: DXpeditoner and Expert Amps founder Charles "Frosty" Frost, K5LBU, of Missouri City, Texas, died on his birthday, February 14, after an illness. He was 74 and an ARRL Life Member. A member of the Texas DX Society and former teacher, Frost went to Southern Africa every summer. Over the years he traveled to, lived in, and operated from Africa, where he was on the air as 9L1CF, 9J2CF, 9G1LL, 3DA0CF, C91CF, and 7P8CF. He also operated from Sudan as K5LBU/ST0, and from Nicaragua as YN2EJ (with W5GCX and K5UO) and was on the 2013 3DA0ET DXpedition. He operated Mission Communications in the 1980s. Survivors include his daughters, Elizabeth White and Rachael Larkins, who operate Expert Amps as a family business.


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