NEWS & EVENTS

THURSDAY NIGHT RAG CHEW WITH REGGIE KN4ADM

Many enjoy KN4ADM's Thursday Night Rag Chew Net on the Guyton ARES Repeater. Reggie has done a wonderful job running the net. It is always a joy to here him call the net from as he says "The big metropolis of Portal, GA". Members of the ALPHA RADIO CLUB enjoy this rag chew very much and hope you will join in with this long time running event.  To the right of this page you will see the Time, Offset, Frequency and Tone of the repeater. Also the Echolnk and Allstar info.

Please check in on Thursday nights to the net and lets have a great time communicating through amateur radio.

 

INTERIM SM APPOINTMENT MADE IN VA; GA SM BECOMES VACANT
  • Interim SM Appointment Made in Virginia; Georgia SM Post Becomes Vacant

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  • The vacancy created by the recent death of ARRL Virginia Section Manager (SM) Joseph Palsa, K3WRY (SK), will be filled in the Virginia SM election scheduled to occur in January and February 2022. The winner of the SM election will assume office on April 1, 2022. Former Virginia SM Carl Clements, W4CAC, has been appointed by ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY to temporarily fill the position. Clements previously served as Virginia's SM from 2005 to 2006 and 2008 to 2015. Clements' appointment is effective December 15, 2021.

  • Georgia ARRL SM Jim Millsap, K9APD, has resigned for personal reasons, effective December 14. He has served since October 1. The position stands vacant as the search for a replacement continues.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ARRL
  • On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, break out your straight key or bug to join in the fun of ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN). Straight Key Night is held every January 1, 0000 - 2359 UTC. Technician licensees have CW privileges on parts of 80, 40, and 15 meters.

  • According to a tweet from Icom Japan, the company is developing amateur radio equipment for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, under the theme of "Icom SHF Project-Challenge."

  • The United Nations Amateur Radio Club 4U1A has announced that the planned Santa Claus HF activity using 4U1XMAS has been

  • canceled due to the pandemic. Follow 4U1A on Twitter.

  • Two YOTA special event call signs have been obtained in Canada for YOTA Month, by Harrie Jones, VE3HYS, on behalf of participating young amateurs. Listen for VE3YOTA and VA7YOTY and other YOTA-suffix stations. -- Thanks to RAC

IT'S GREAT TO BE AN
ALPHA
THURSDAY NIGHT RAG CHEW WITH REGGIE KN4ADM
UPCOMING STATE, DIVISION
AND SECTION CONVENTONS
NOVEMBER CLUB MEETING

ALPHA RADIO CLUB meetings are on the second Saturday of the Month. On Jan. 8th, 2022, we will meet at The W.W. Mann Retreat & Conference Center. 2171 Prather Rd, Statesboro, GA 30461, at 12pm. If you want, Stop by your favorite drive-through and bring your food to the meeting and we will have lunch before kicking off the meeting.  This meeting will be planning for Winter Field Day!

THURSDAYS
2000 HRS (8pm)

  • January 22, 2022 ARRL Midwest Division Convention (Winterfest), Collinsville, Illinois

  • January 28 - 29, 2022 -- ARRL Delta Division Convention (Capital City Hamfest 2022), Jackson, Mississippi.

  • February 10 - 13, 2022 -- 2022 ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation®, Orlando, Florida

  • February 18 - 19, 2022 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest), Yuma, Arizona

  • February 26, 2022 ARRL Vermont State Convention (HAM-CON), Colchester, Vermont

  • Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your ar

Replica Transmitter will be On the Air to Mark Transatlantic Test Success
-146.745  97.4 TONE 
GUYTON ARES REPEATER
ECHOLINK 738635
ALLSTAR 45029

A replica 1BCG transmitter will operate as W2AN/1BCG on ±1.820 MHz on CW, from The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut.

The 1BCG replica transmitter with room for additional 204-A tubes for more power.

"We're using type 204-A tubes," said Mark Erdle, AE2EA, of the Antique Wireless Association. "The original transmitter used type 204 tubes. The primary difference is that the 204-A tubes had a thoriated filament that reduced the filament current. Transmissions from W2AN/1BCG will be one way, just like the original transatlantic tests in 1921. An SWL certificate is available by emailing a copy of the transmitted message.

Transmissions start on December 11 at 2300 UTC continuing every 15 minutes until December 12 at 0400 UTC.

In a separate event on December 12 at 0252 UTC, The Radio Club of America's W2RCA will make a one-way transmission on 1825 kHz at 12 WPM CW, from Connecticut. RCA members constructed the original transmitter and "shack" used in Connecticut for the successful transatlantic transmissions. In addition to the original 1921 message, a new message will be transmitted that looks ahead to the next 100 years. Those who copy the message qualify for a certificate. -- Thanks to Mark Erdle, AE2EA, Antique Wireless Association, and to the Radio Club of America

ARRL and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have assembled a list of stations and groups that are organizing events and activities to celebrate 100 years of amateur radio transatlantic communication. Visit http://www.arrl.org/transatlantic and https://rsgb.org/transatlantic-tests. The sites also include links to many previously published articles and presentations covering the historic tests.

WHAT IS ARRL?

Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the US. Today, with more than 161,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States and the primary source of information about what is going on in the ham radio world. ARRL offers books, news, support, information, special operating events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members. Being a member of ARRL is a huge benefit for hams.

 

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WHAT IS THE APPEAL OF HAM RADIO?

You can communicate from the top of a mountain, your home or behind the wheel of your car, all without relying on the Internet or a cell phone network You can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, hams can swing into action assisting emergency communications efforts and working with public service agencies. For instance, the Amateur Radio Service kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed during the 9/11 tragedy. Ham radio also came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina, where all other communications failed, and the devastating flooding in Colorado in 2013.
 

You can communicate with other hams using your voice and a microphone, interface a radio with your computer or tablet to send data, text or images, or Morse code, which remains incredibly popular. You can even talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, talk to other hams through one of several satellites in space, or bounce signals off the moon and back to Earth!

 

Some hams like to build and experiment with electronics. Computer hobbyists enjoy using Amateur Radio's digital communications opportunities. Others compete in "DX contests," where the object is to see how many hams in distant locations they can contact. Mostly we use ham radio to form friendships over the air or through participation in one of more than 2000 Amateur Radio clubs throughout the country. There are over 600,000 radio amateurs in the United States and over 2,000,000 worldwide.

 

JUST AHEAD IN RADIOSPORT
  • December 16 - 17 -- Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW, maximum 13 WPM)

  • December 17 -- AGB-Party Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • December 17 -- Russian 160-Meter Contest (CW, phone)

  • December 18 -- Feld Hell Sprint

  • December 18 -- OK DX RTTY Contest

  • December 18 -- RAC Winter Contest (CW, phone)

  • December 18 - 19 -- ARRL EME Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • December 18 - 19 -- Padang DX Contest (Phone)

  • December 18 - 19 -- Croatian CW Contest

  • December 18 - 19 -- Stew Perry Topband Challenge (CW)

  • December 19 -- ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW

  • December 19 - 20 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)

  • December 22 -- SKCC Sprint (CW)

  • December 22 -- NAQCC CW Sprint

  • December 25 - 26 -- Gedebage CW Contest

  • December 26 -- RAEM Contest (CW)

  • December 26 -- DARC Christmas Contest (CW, phone)

  • December 30 -- YOTA Contest (CW, phone)

  • January 1 (UTC) -- Straight Key Night

Ham Radio Links

K0BG -- A Website for Mobile Amateur Radio Operators

Web site: http://www.k0bg.com/

CQ (Amateur Radio Magazine)

Web site: http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/

CQ is a popular amateur radio magazine.

QST (ARRL's Amateur Radio Magazine)

Web site: http://www.arrl.org/qst

QST is ARRL's amateur radio magazine.

eHam.net (Ham Radio Resource Website)

Web site: http://www.eham.net

They provide resources for Hams on the net.

ARRL CONTEST PORTAL

Web site: https://contests.arrl.org/

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