Monthly Archives: June 2020

Sunshine Corner

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Greetings! Happy birthday to our club members celebrating another year this month – Jan, KE4TMW; Jim, KM4SXM; Steve, N4OGR; Derrick, KV4SH; Wayne, AG4ZZ; Gene, N4HEW; and Bob, K4HJF. Doesn’t quite feel like June without our annual Hamfest or Field Day in Nokesville! Don’t forget the Virginia QSO Party Award Ceremony is this Saturday at 9 AM online., This is always held at our Hamfest normally. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the club. Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winner Benjamin. Thanks to Sandy, KM4JUS for organizing and getting the winner announced! Silent key – Russ Stevens WB4HHN passed away on May 24th. Russ was a long time member of club. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Russ. Next Tuesday, June 16th, is our monthly club meeting also online. Please join in if you can…. Read more »

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Contest University

Normally,  Contest University cost $85 and is presented at Hamvention in Dayton.   Since Hamvention was cancelled,  the organizers had a virtual Contest University on Zoom and have made the presentations available on the web.   The material is not limited to contesting and includes a great survey of recent rig transmit and receive capabilities entitled  “Contest & DX Performance A Complex Subject Today:  Great RX Performance – TX Limitations”.   There is a module on digital contesting that includes a “how to” on a number of Elecraft, Icom and Yaesu rigs called  “Everything You Need to Know About USB and Serial Interfaces”.   In all, there are 9 presentations that are available here: Contest University links

The above links are to the slide decks of the presentations.  They have also published a 10 hour YouTube presentation of all the proceedings Contest University on YouTube

With  a bit of patience, you can click to the individual presentations.

A local wireless telegraphist operator operating an AWA 3BZ teleradio at Segi Coastwatchers station, British Solomon Islands

VP’s Corner

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June brings sweltering heat to northern Virginia and a chance for hams to adapt to a new version of Field Day. This month’s ham radio history takes us to the steaming heat of the WWII Solomon Islands and the story of a young ham who used every bit of his Field Day skills to keep his gear up and running while reporting on enemy forces and dodging Japanese patrols.               Sydney, Australia native Paul Mason became  interested in amateur radio during his school days, becoming proficient at Morse and building his own transmitter in 1936 [1]. Thanks to his work as a plantation manager before the war, Paul had good knowledge of the Solomons and their inhabitants. His background made Mason a perfect candidate for a program set up by Australian Naval Intelligence in… Read more »