Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 2019:Classic Exchange, CW: 1300Z, Jan 13 to 0700Z, Jan 14 and 1300Z, Jan 15 to 0700Z, Jan 16

2019 is the YEAR of KIT-BUILDING
Every Thursday night 01:00 utc /8 pm est YL OP NET (Thursday evening at 8pm Eastern Time
All YLs are welcomed to participate (OMs encouraged to listen if you like).
Look for us on Echolink ALARA Conference Node.)

IQRP Quarterly Marathon: 0800Z, Jan 7 to 2000Z, Jan 13
Geographic Focus: Worldwide
Participation: Worldwide
Mode: CW, SSB, Digital
Bands: All
Classes: Single Op
Max power: 5W
Exchange: RS(T)
Work stations: Once per mode
QSO Points: 3 points per CW QSO
2 points per SSB QSO
1 point per digital QSO
Multipliers: km/100 of QSO with maximum distance
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x distance mult
Submit logs by: January 27, 2019
E-mail logs to: iqrpclub[at]arimontebelluna[dot]it
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at:

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon: 1200Z, Jan 12 to 2400Z, Jan 13
Geographic Focus: Worldwide
Participation: Worldwide
Awards: Worldwide
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m
Classes: (none)
Max operating hours: 24
Exchange: RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./"NONE")
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO
Bonus Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: Each state, province, or country once
Score Calculation: Total score = (total QSO points x total mults) + bonus points
Submit logs by: January 20, 2019
Post log summary at:
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at:

Classic Exchange, CW: 1300Z, Jan 13 to 0700Z, Jan 14 and 1300Z, Jan 15 to 0700Z, Jan 16
Geographic Focus: Worldwide
Participation: Worldwide
Mode: CW
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2m
Classes: (see rules)
Exchange: Name + RST + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model
Work stations: Once per band per mode per rcr/xmtr manuf/model
QSO Points: (see rules)
Multipliers: (see rules)
Score Calculation: Total score = sum(total mode QSO points x total mode mults) + Bonus Points
Submit logs by: April 30, 2019
E-mail logs to: k2rp[at]arrl[dot]net
Mail logs to: K2RP
659 Shanas Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Find rules at:

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint: 0100Z-0300Z, Jan 14
Geographic Focus: North America
Participation: Worldwide
Mode: CW, SSB
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Classes: Single Op
Exchange: Member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Member No.
Non-member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Power
Work stations: Once per band
QSO Points: 1 point per QSO with non-member
2 points per QSO with member
Multipliers: (none)
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points
Submit logs by: January 16, 2019
E-mail logs to: (none)
Post log summary at:
Mail logs to: (none)
Find rules at:

thanx to wa7bnm

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Technicians on HF and more (GO FOR IT) CHALLENGE

Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator you can do it all

here it is spelled out very clear Technician Bands
here is  what  you can  do  (Technician bands)

HF:   10(cw,data,rtty,SSB), 15(cw), 40(cw), 80(cw)

VHF:   6, 2, 1.2 (220)

UHF:  70(440), 33(900)   23:(1.2)

so Fire up your HF radio and lets make some contacts
I challenge all Technicians to make:
1 qso with 1 person from each of the 50 United States

on 10 meters (28 mhz - 28.000 to 28.500 - lots of bandwidth)
and with 10 meter WIDE OPEN every day

How fast can you do this?
then can I challenge you to another degree.... how about 1 YL (young lady in each state)
if you do this contact me right away i will personally get your certificate to you!


ps: I challenge all EXTRA class operators to Elmira/Elmer 1 person in 2018!

help me develop this.... please add your comments below

Friday, January 4, 2019

HF, UHF, VHF DIGITAL MODES everything is here

So you are getting bored with CW, SSB and listening to people on the radio.

here is a Challenge: get into HF or UHF or VHF digital modes

PSK31, RTTY, JT65, FT8, and many more (these are the more popular ones.)

here is a list of digital modes and what each mode sounds like.

all digital modes use USB (uppersideband even 160,80,40,30)

FLDIGI supports cw, FELD HELL, psk31, olivia, rtty, sstv and lots more

WSJTX supports JT65, JT9, WSPR, FT8 and others

dimension4 is what sync's your computer to everyone else on the frequency

it is the easy thing you have done since you got your license
all you need is the following:

1. radio hf/uhf/vhf
2 computer if no soundcard then dollar usb thumbdrive soundcard works
3. antenna
4. FREE software: FLDIGI, WSJTX
5. FREE software: time sync
5. TNC this converts audio to digital and back digital to audio
so download both pieces of software and check them out
and install them for your setup
even if you do not have all pieces stated above


WHERE TO FIND YLs - Amateur Radio Operators

This is where the YLs in the KNOW are!

1. Wednesday mornings  8:30 am  est  3.912     all yls
2. Facebook  yl  ham radio operators lots of yls on 24/7 Niece  KAONEULN
3. YL net wednesday  14.288  (YL  frequency)   Wednesday   at 09:00pm est  wb1aru  runs   the   net
4. YL op net   thursday  night  01:00 utc  8 pm  est come to ALARA conference  node
5. YLRL District 5 Oklahoma CONVENTION
7. DMR WWYL talkgroup tg 955 saturday morning 10:00 am est
8. YL KK4EAO Monday echolink 68581 at 8 PM EST 444.100 repeater + offset and no tone.
9. slow code net 7.045 sunday evening 9 pm est we use
10. listen and watch for YLOA announcement YL's On Air


iF I have forgot anything please forward it to me and
i will insert it with your credit and callsign

When attending any Amateur Radio Ham fest
please LOOK for the YL table.

always give YLs priority on all the bands.

tell em Niece (knee-see sent ya)

YLOA - Copyright © 2018 KA1ULN

updated 12/26/2018

Thursday, January 3, 2019



so remember there are hams who have been in this hobby for many many years
(that have been logging with paper and pen)
also remember there are brand new hams (we need a lot more of them
(kids/children/teenagers\yl's) who will not like
keep track of the qso's they have >>>>> so we must show them how to log online.
logging qso's are done so that some ham can achieve certificate,
meet new friends and lots more.

there are many ways of logging qso's (a contact between 2 or more ham radio operators.

one way (easy and free) QRZ.COM

here are the steps to start loggins qso's free and easy and
who knows achieve a certificate quickly.

Log into to
Look for the LOGBOOK Button in the right along side your CALL Button.
Click on the Logbook Button to enter your logbook.
If you agree with a QSO Record click on the green check to confirm it.

if you need more help KA1ULN@ARRL.NET

Monday, December 24, 2018

SLOW CW 5wpm or less Sunday 9PM EST 7.045

hello let's increase our CW skills before field day JUN 24, 2019

*Maine Slow Speed Net Training 3.585.00 1800 2300Z Daily W1QU

* ka1uln slow CW code 5wpm or less 7.045 9 pm est


here are some other CW links <<<<<<<< lots of slow speed cw nets <<<<<<<< more cw nets

please add and register with your callsign and then add ylrl as one of your groups

original posted 7/1/2017
updated 12/26/2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A battery box customized to my needs

by Alisha - AC1EW

I have a 100w Yaesu Ft-991a radio that I use at home and portable for Parks on the Air ( and for travel. To use this radio, I bought a Bioenno 30ah battery. This is a wonderful Lithium Ion battery, and I found that I can operate for hours at 100w without recharching. But it becomes somewhat of a mess to deal with the battery, cables, solar connectors, etc.

I've seen a variety of power boxes at hamfests, online and at the nearby Ham Radio Outlet store. But, except for an expensive custom box from Bioenno, none of them would hold the battery I have, and they lacked the features I wanted. Here was my wish list

  • Sized right to hold my battery
  • Anderson Powerpole connectors for the radio (I love these connectors).
  • USB ports for charging Iphone and other devices.
  • Cigarette lighter adapter for my laptop or other devices.
  • Anderson Powerpole connector for the AC adapter to charge the battery.
  • Internal Solar Charge controller to connect a solar panel to charge the battery.
Those were the must-haves. I wasn't concerned about having a power inverter to generate AC power. It seemed like an unnecessary drain on the battery and I couldn't think of anything that requires it. Besides, our pickup has an inverter, as will the trailer we plan to buy in the spring.
The solution gave me all that, plus a nice extra as a place to hold my 30w folding flexible solar panel .

Looks larger than it is, but it's the size of a small toolbox
When shopping at the local Harbor Freight store for hard cases to hold my radio and gear, I saw their ammo boxes. One was obviously too small for my battery. The other one initially seemed to be a bit large, but turned out to be perfect. Here's the box I purchased for $10. As you can see if you click on the link, It has a compartment in the lid for small items, as well as a tray that fits inside. The expensive part of this project (beside the battery and charge controller) were the panel mount connectors from (the maker of the anderson powerpole connectors). But the quality is excellent. I didn't want to be cheap on this project since it serves as the power center for my portable radio activities. The following pictures show the exterior of the box
The switch on the side selects whether the ac charge adapter or a solar panel would be used to charge the battery. I didn't want both accidentally connected at the same time.

The power connections and a switch to cut of all power to devices. I marked the bottom pair of powerpole connectors (somewhat crudely) to indicate that the ac adapter is plugged in there.

The connector for a solar panel.
The view when opening the lid. Note that the solar panel fits perfectly just inside the lid. This wasn't planned, but a nice feature

I trimmed the tray that came with the box to have openings allowing for the size of the battery, and removing the handle that was in the way, while maintaining some utility for solar power connecting cables. The power meter allows you to see the amount of battery power that has been used (Amp and Watt Hours). With a Lithium Ion battery, the level can't be judged by the voltage output, since it remains constant until the battery is dead. As a result, an amp/watt meter is the best judge of remaining capacity.

Removing the lid, you see the battery on the right, solar charge controller on the left, and the wiring for the connectors. I used Anderson Powerpole connectors throughout the project. This gives a lot of flexibility to alter the configuration if needed, in the future.

This box may not be what you need, but the beauty of building your own is that it lets you configure it to meet your needs. This turned out to be a better solution for me than I expected. All my power needs (both discharging and charging) are included in the box, reducing the clutter of wires I need to have when operating portable. If I decide to change the configuration in the future, I can just buy a new $10 box, and set it up to meet my needs.

Now I can't wait until next summer to take this on our cross-country roadtrip.

Any questions can be directed to me at .

33, AC1EW - Alisha

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Field Day JUNE 28-29 2019

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" (Printable PDF Flier)


Monday, November 19, 2018

ARRL Hudson Division Director voting -- RIA WON

This is directed towards the following people
AND others who can directly affect those in this location:

Northern NJ,
New York City-Long Island
Eastern New York.

If you want this incredible HOBBY (Amateur Radio) we have chosen to support YOU,

I ask to support RIA JAIRAM - N2RJ
Please direct all press inquiries to

If you have questions you are welcome to ask Niece


Friday, November 16, 2018

POTA - Parks On the Air (TIPS)

Parks On the Air

here are some tips and docs to help with a POTA activation

1. please remember to bring your Amateur Radio ID or something like that
2. how to get started
3. World Wide Flora Fauna
4. KFF World Wide Flora Fauna
6. earphones
7. handouts to public asking questions (YL's bring some YLRL information)

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