New Web Site at www.k0nr.com

Miracles do occur…I finally got around to redesigning my web site, at k0nr.com . Previously, I had some personal stuff, some VHF/UHF ham stuff and my role as Technical Coordinator for the ARRL Colorado Section hacked together. OK, so it is still hacked together but in a much more organized fashion.

Now the question is how does this blog thing fit into having a web site? My intent right now is to keep the web site fairly static and have all the new/newsy stuff here on the blog.

If I can figure out how to do an RSS feed, I’ll link them more tightly.

73, Bob K0NR

KØNR Works NA1SS

I am doing my part to help Bill KC5ACR get his Worked All States award….I worked him on Dec 5th. Someone just sent me a link to an audio recording that a ham made on the 145.80 MHz downlink. So we know that he has worked Colorado.

Listen to the audio here, with my call heard about 1 minute 30 seconds into the recording.

73, Bob K0NR

ISS commander shooting for WAC, WAS

This is way cool. Bill McArthur KC5ACR is very active on 2 Meters from the International Space Station. The ARRL is reporting that he is working on Worked All Continents and Worked All States! Hey, shouldn’t be that difficult given that he is orbiting the planet.

- 73 Bob K0NR

QST de W1AW
Space Bulletin 009 ARLS009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT December 16, 2005
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS009
ARLS009 ISS commander shooting for WAC, WAS and maybe DXCC from
space

ISS Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, has proven to be
one of the more active Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) operators among ham radio operators who have
occupied the space station. In fact, McArthur’s having so much fun
operating from space that he’s hoping to complete Worked All
Continents (WAC), Worked All States (WAS) and maybe even DXCC from
space.

“Bill McArthur continues to be active on voice and now has a couple
of personal goals he is trying to achieve,” says ARISS Ham Radio
Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO. “He is trying to talk to
someone in every state in the United States. According to his log,
he has managed to work 37 states so far.” In addition, Ransom says,
McArthur wants to work as many countries as he can.

“He’s off to a good start with 28 DXCC entities in his log as of
December 12,” he said. “These contacts have been with amateur
stations on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.” That
contact could happen this weekend, however. Although the IARU does
not require WAC applicants to have worked Antarctica, Ransom says
that ARISS tradition calls for an Antarctica QSO to achieve WAC from
space “since the astronauts seem to have an unfair advantage.”

Expedition 9 astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, became the first ISS
crew member to contact all seven of the world’s continents via
Amateur Radio from NA1SS.

States on McArthur’s most-needed list are Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho,
Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

“The list of DXCC entities is just starting to grow, so he needs a
lot right now,” Ransom conceded this week, adding that he hasn’t
included ARISS school group contacts in his counts and hopes
McArthur will achieve his goals without them. “We won’t know the
official results for months after the mission,” he added.

McArthur is about halfway through his approximately six-month duty
tour aboard the ISS. He and crewmate Valery Tokarev will return to
Earth in April.

During Thanksgiving week, McArthur reportedly made some three dozen
casual contacts, most of them over North America and a few over
Europe and New Zealand. He made contacts with stations in the US on
December 6. He also had QSOs with Australia, New Zealand and the US
on December 11.

The NA1SS worldwide voice and packet downlink frequency is 145.800
MHz. In Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas, and the Pacific), the voice
uplink is 144.49 MHz. In Region 1 (Europe, Central Asia and Africa),
the voice uplink is 145.20 MHz. The worldwide packet uplink is
145.99 MHz. All frequencies are subject to Doppler shift. The
Science@NASA Web site provides location information for the ISS
at, http://science.nasa.gov/temp/StationLoc.html.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
is an international educational outreach with US participation by
ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. Information can be found at,
http://www.rac.ca/ariss.

NA1SS Active from Space

There has been a marked increase in the level of ham radio activity from the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Bill McArthur KC5ACR has been active on the 145.80 MHz downlink, making quite a few random contacts with hams on earth. Many of the other astronauts with amateur radio licenses have focused on making the scheduled radio contacts with schools and didn’t take time to make random contacts. It is great to have Bill up there making contacts.

I have not made a contact with Bill yet, but have heard him several times now. Of course, quite a few hams can hear the ISS signal and lots of people are calling him. It is critical that hams on the ground use discipline in when they call on the uplink so that Bill doesn’t get totally overloaded by a pile up. More information on working the ISS is available at the ARISS web site.

General information on the ISS space station radio gear is available here. The ISS Fan Club web site is another great resource, as well as the AMSAT web page.

The location of the ISS is tracked in real time on the Nasa web site.

73, de Bob K0NR

The Complete List of Ham Radio Podcasts

This might not be the complete list of ham radio podcasts, but it includes the ones that I have found that are worth mentioning.

What’s a podcast? It is an audio file distributed via the internet, which many people listen to on their Apple iPods (or other mp3 players). You can also listen to these files on your PC.

This Week in Amateur Radio This is the premier ham radio podcast with content that appeals to the general ham community. http://www.twiar.org

ARRL Audio News This is the audio version of the ARRL Letter. http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/

Long Delayed Echoes Jeff KE9V does a great job of covering stories about ham radio with historical interest. http://ke9v.net/podcast-information/

Dits and Bits Randy NV0U provides an interesting, free-form discussion of ham radio topics. http://nv0u.libsyn.com/

Ham Radio Podclass This podcast will prepare you to take the Technician Class ham radio exam at an FCC Volunteer exam session. It is also interesting to listen to as a refresher course on ham stuff. http://www.hamradioclass.org/

Let me know if you find any others.

73 Bob K0NR