Free Extra Class Course on Zoom starting January 18, 2024

Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2023 10:06:30 

Subject: [PVRC] Please publicize Free Extra Class Course on Zoom starting January 18, 2024

Please publicize our upcoming Extra course with any person or organization you think might be interested.  

A FREE, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, January 18, 2024, and will run through Thursday, March 28.  There will be 11 sessions.  The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  Sessions will be recorded.  Those attending should hold (or be studying for) the General Class Amateur Radio License.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email roland.anders@comcast.net

Thanks.

73,

Rol Anders, K3RA

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Above email from PVRC Reflector. 

2023 Fessenden Event on 486kHz

For ARRL & SWL news:  

As in years past, Brian, WA1ZMS of Forest, VA will have FCC Part 5 station WI2XLQ QRV starting appox. 21:00 UTC on Dec 24th for the now annual Fessenden Event.  Transmissions will last for at least 24hrs.  A repeat will take place again on Dec 31st also starting appox. 21:00 UTC and run for 24hrs.  All transmissions will consist only of the two Christmas songs claimed to have been played by Fessenden himself on his violin, as well as a brief Bible verse.  WI2XLQ’s voice ID and transmission description is via computer generated voice.

While the story of Fessenden’s alleged first voice transmissions using an Alexanderson alternator on Dec 24th and Dec 31st has never been proven to have taken place the way the now-legendary story claims; early in Dec of that year Fessenden did demonstrate AM voice transmissions over just a few miles for the US Navy.  So some credit is due to his early pioneering work of human speech via RF rather than the typical spark generated CW of the time.

WI2XQL uses a slightly more modern home-brew 1920’s era Amateur-grade MOPA transmitter (based on a UV201 oscillator and UV202 final) and a high power linear FET amplifier.  The MOPA also uses true AM Heising modulation as was first done in WW1 for the US military. 

So set-up your long-wire antennas and with a simple modern SDR or a vintage MF RX, give a listen for WI2QXL.  SWL reports can be sent to WA1ZMS@ARRL.NETand e-mail confirmation of reports will follow.  Audio samples of what you heard are also welcomed.

73,
-Brian, WA1ZMS

Amateur Radio License Testing – Sunday, November 12, 2023

Reminder:  License Test

When:
Sunday, November 12, 2023
2:00pm to 2:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department, 578 Lawyers Rd Lynchburg, VA 24501

Organizer: Judy Friel (AC4RG) beewood@juno.com

Description:
Testing starts at 2:00 PM.

Please view the testing requirements as stated at:

http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session

You must have an FRN (FCC Registration Number).

LARC Meeting November 10, 2023

When: Friday, November 10th, 2023  7:30pm to 9:30pm  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time

Location: Fire Training Center at 613 Training Center Road, Lynchburg, VA.

This month will be the election of officers for 2024 and the annual Equipment Auction.

Come at 7 and socialize.

Club Log DXCC Most Wanted September 2023

1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
2. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
3. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
4. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
5. KH7K KURE ISLAND
6. KH3 JOHNSTON ISLAND
7. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
8. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
9. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
10. YV0 AVES ISLAND
11. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
12. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
13. KH4 MIDWAY ISLAND
14. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
15. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
16. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
17. KP5 DESECHEO ISLAND
18. VP8S SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
19. KH5 PALMYRA & JARVIS ISLANDS
20. ZL9 NEW ZEALAND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
21. FK/C CHESTERFIELD ISLANDS
22. VK0H HEARD ISLAND
23. EZ TURKMENISTAN
24. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
25. YK SYRIA  
26. ZL8 KERMADEC ISLAND
27. KH8/S SWAINS ISLAND
28. VP8G SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND  
29. XF4 REVILLAGIGEDO
30. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND

Full Article Here: https://clublog.org/mostwanted.php

LARC Meeting – September 8, 2023

Reminder:  LARC Meeting. When: Friday, September 8, 2023 7:30pm to 9:30pm EDT. Where: Fire Training Center at 613 Training Center Road, Lynchburg, VA. Program: Wire antennas and modeling – Mike Leger (W8PQ). 37°19’33.6″N 79°12’40.1″W 37.325985 N, -79.211132 W. Come at 7 and socialize.

Free, Zoom Technician Licensing Course starting September 7, 2023

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Sept  7, and will run through Thursday, October  19  (7 sessions).    The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone you know that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email me at roland.anders@comcast.net.

Thanks,

73,

Rol Anders, K3RA

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Battle High-Frequency Traders for the Airwaves

Ham radio operators are sounding the alarm over the latest threat to their beloved hobby—and this time, it is coming from Wall Street.

A group of high-frequency trading firms are asking the Federal Communications Commission to open shortwave frequencies to greater commercial use, so they can use radio to zip financial data around the world in milliseconds.

Prominent members of the amateur-radio community say interference from traders’ broadcasts could ruin their hobby, which often involves tuning in to weak radio signals so they can chat with fellow hams in faraway places. Hundreds of hams have filed letters with the FCC opposing the traders’ proposal, and some have railed against the plan in YouTube videos.

‘Click the link below for the entire article in the Wall Street Journal:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/ham-radio-enthusiasts-battle-high-frequency-traders-for-the-airwaves/ar-AA1ePt95