VHF Hill-topping Contest 2016

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Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI)  announces the 2016 edition of the popular VHF Hill-topping Contest. The contest is scheduled to be held on 6 & 7 February 2016. The contest will take place on the 6m and 2m bands on FM only and is open to all VU hams.

​How to register

  • The Contest Calendar for 2016 can be viewed here: http://www.arsi.info/contests
  • The VHF Hill Topping Contest link will take you to the contest summary page where there are links at the bottom
  • The stations desirous of operating from Hill-top locations need to register via a web-form accessible through that page. Only the Team-leader needs to register and share copies of his licence.
  • Upon registering and remitting the fee via NEFT, please fill up the authorisation letter (attached) and scan it along with your licence copy tocontests@arsi.info
  • You will get an acknowledgement confirming your registration only when your payment details have been verified and scanned copies received.
  • The permission will be requested for one callsign only for a particular hill-top location.

Post-registration

  • Once the permission from WPC has been obtained, these will be emailed/faxed to the Team Leader or Individual registered.
  • The Contest Manager will communicate your spot frequency to you individually via email.
  • The list of spot frequencies shall be published on the VHF Hill-top Contest page without any other details.  (refer the rules and FAQ for a better understanding of this)

During the Contest

  • Operate within the rules and have fun.

Post-contest

  • Send your Cabrillo log file via email to logs@arsi.info by 15th February. No paper logs or any other format shall be accepted.
  • The results will be published in the month of April.

The Rules, Authorisation Letter format, and FAQ documents are also available under www.arsi.info/resources

For any queries, write to contests@arsi.info
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PSLV-C29 TeLEOS-1 Launch

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Good Wishes and Greetings for the successful launch of PSLV-C29 and TeLEOS-1 Mission.

This is PSLV’s 32nd flight. PSLV C-29 is a core alone version and will launch Six Satellites of Singapore into a 550 km circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator.

TeLEOS-1 is the primary satellite and the other five satellites Kent Ridge-1, VELOX-C1, VELOX-II, Gallassia and Athanoxat-1 are co-passenger satellites.

Launch on 16.12.2015. 12:30 UTC from Satish Dhawan Space Centre [SDSC], Shriharikota

So far, 51 satellites from 20 countries have been successfully launched by PSLV.

NOTE:

Athenoxat-1, a 3U Cubesat has a CW beacon transmitting on 437.485 Mhz

Athenoxat-1 seperation from PSLV at 12:51:02 UTC

Athenoxat-1 would starting sending CW message 30 minutes after separation.
CW message will be “ATX1” on 437.485 MHz every 1 minute and also with an indication of battery voltage.

Preliminary TLE for Athenoxat-1
 1 12346U 12346U   15350.53544190  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  0003

2 12346  14.9868 209.7101 0004511 307.5625 258.2924 15.05575123 00007

Reception reports are welcome and could be sent to:

giulio.manzoni@micro-space.org

..Thanks to Mani [VU2WMY/KJ6LRS] for the updates through mail group

A Report on ham radio activities during the Chennai floods

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When the torrential rain came for several days, numerous areas were flooded. This was compounded by the release of water from a natural reservoir that was overflowing and in danger of the banks failing. Some area experienced over 3 to 4 meters of water, which meant that all ground floor houses were totally inundated and owners lost everything. Loss of life reported initially is over 300 but several more would have also succumbed.

Most hams were also isolated in their homes as normal passenger cars could not negotiate the high waters. Power supply was also cut off in most areas as the distribution systems were under water.Gradually all cellphones stopped working and land lines became erratic. Hand held transceiver batteries also died down.Most filling stations ran dry, internet failed and even banks were unable to process transactions as they could not access their data bases and so no one could draw any funds. Credit card and ATM transactions were not possible

On 4th December water levels started to come down and power was restored in some areas, with most of the city still having no power.Once it became possible to move, hams started going out assisting with delivery of food and water to stranded individuals and assisting with rescue from tall buildings where people were trapped.The army, navy, home guards and the national disaster action forces have all been deployed

The number of hams increased substantially, a control room was established to coordinate efforts and more volunteer organizations have swung into action to provide food and water. Many mobile stations became active to become active in locations not possible earlier. Fortunately two local VHF repeaters are working and so VHF communications was effective.

A watch was also being maintained on 7.070 in case of messages from distant locations, but that was not being utilized very much and so it was discontinued. VU2JAU OM Jayu has been approached by several hams worldwide as to where relief material could be sent and an NGO in Chennai has been identified to take care of this and provide efficient distribution. We established a station at their location also to assist

On 7th December 2015 the EmComm net slowly reduced the number of hams on the ground and maintained a close watch on what was urgently needed.Some volunteers continued with their work of distributing food, water and medical supplies. Volunteer medical teams accompanied some teams to distribute medicines and treat whoever required on the spot treatment.

Most of the hospitals in and around the city are on high alert now as after the rescue efforts the fear is of disease as many were exposed to flood waters which were highly polluted. The control stations are active on 7th December also but with reduced volunteers, many of who have had to go back to work after almost a week of doing relief work.

The net was kept going for another two days then wound down as traffic requirements reduced.

The task of rebuilding the devastated city will be herculean and numerous support groups have become active. Especially receiving and dealing with material that is coming in from all over the world.

Many of the hams are continue to be active with support groups providing medical and other form of assistance to affected citizens. The following is a partial list of hams that assisted in some way or other to keep Chennai going. Some who had power acted as net controllers for extended periods. Apart from communications, many risked themselves going to very flooded areas distributing food, medicines and accompanying medical teams. (Apologies if any call-signs are recorded incorrectly or some are missed out)

  1. VU3KNQ  OM VIPIN
  2. VU2SVF OM SUBBU
  3. VU3SMZ OM MUKUND
  4. VU2XSK OM SURESH
  5. VU2XPK OM SINOSH
  6. VU3GSL OM SARAVANAN
  7. VU3VWR OM RAGAV
  8. VU2DH OM DAS
  9. VU2TSF OM PETER
  10. VU2INA OM INARAPPAN
  11. VU2ABS OM ARAVIND
  12. VU2GRR YL RAJI
  13. VU3USI OM CHRISTY
  14. VU2CSM OM SHANMUGHAM
  15. VU2AIR OM VIJI
  16. VU3LTB OM ASHISH
  17. VU2JA OM RAJA
  18. VU2KVB OM SARAVANAN
  19. VU3ISJ OM GUNA
  20. VU2DTD OM MANDAAR
  21. VU3CPE OM VIMAL
  22. VU2DA OM MANO
  23. VU2MTS OM ANANTHA
  24. VU2DJR OM RAVI
  25. VU2DPN OM DEEPAN
  26. VU2GHX OM MADHAVAN
  27. VU2SJD OM SANJAY
  28. VU2SDU OM SHAIK
  29. VU2LSW OM NARAYAN RAO
  30. VU2MPK OM KANAPPAN
  31. VU3ASB OM ASHOK
  32. VU2GPS OM PARTHA
  33. VU2GMN OM GOPAL
  34. VU2VAU OM SRINI

Since the 145.550 (-ve shift) repeater was Echolink enabled, several hams connected from remote stations to pass traffic or enquire on situation. One station from Bengaluru was particularly active enquiring about the weather, situation on running of trains and situation at the airport. They made enquiries almost every 10 minutes!

A very big “THANK YOU” to all who came forward in Chennai’s time of need- a complete cross section of hams participated without any concern as to which organization they were members off. The ham spirit of working without looking for recognition and seeking compensation, was amply demonstrated in Chennai.

…Report by VU2GMN on VUHAMS yahoo groups

JOTA-JOTI 2015

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Bharat Scout and Guides Maharashtra organised JOTA-JOTI 2015 at various locations which supported by DARES and TARA. This year around 15 JOTA-JOTI stations were operational all over Maharshtra. Mumbai and its sub-urban area had nearly 10 stations and Dombivli JOTA stations was one of them.

BSG’s Dombivli chapter organizing JOTA since last 5 years and this year Omkar International school hosted the whole event on 17-10-2015. Even though the  examination season is on, nearly 250 scout guides were participated from around 12 schools.

The program stated with scout guide prayer and inaugurated by Mrs. Darshana Sawant, Principal of the school and the guest of honor  was Dr. Ulhas Kasar, Sr. Scientist, BARC Mumbai.   BSG Thane District commissioner Mr. Satish Kolhe and Dist. organising commissioner Miss. Vidya Bhadane were also present for whole day. The formal inaguration of the station done by  Dr. Ulhas Kasar, Sr. Scientist, BARC Mumbai.

The scout and guides were introduced to Ham Radio through a power point presentation and later taken to the radio and they have contacted other scout and guides through HF/VHF and Echolink.

Apart from the communication part, Mr. Shankarnarayan, a corporate trainer given the training on First aid and emergency preparedness.

All scout and guides were presented participation certificate arranged by  DARES

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JOTA-JOTI 2015

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JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world. In 2014 over 1.3 million Scouts participated across 157 countries. The event is held the third weekend of October; for 2015 the Jamboree takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th October. Bharat Scout & Guides (BSG India) already made the necessary arrangements for JOTA-JOTI stations all over India .

DARES, in association with BSG India, Maharashtra Chapter organising 13 JOTA-JOTI stations at following locations  Mahrashtra

01. Scout Pavilion – Shivaji Park, Dadar
02. Godrej Hut – Dhobi Talao, Marinelines
03. Kedarnath High School, Kurla.
04. Swami Vivekanand School, Chembur
05. Padua High School , Mankhurd
06. V K High School, Panvel
07. Omkar International School, Dombivli
08. MGM High School, Nerul
09. BSG District Scout HQ, Thane
10. BSG District Scout HQ, Pune
11. BSG District Scout HQ, Nashik
12. Ahmednagar
13. Kolhapur

For any more information, feel free to write to : dares.services@gmail.com

China Successfully Launches Nine Amateur Radio Satellites

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After being postponed several times, nine Chinese satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads were launched on September 19 at 2300 UTC, separating from the Long March launch vehicle about 15 minutes later. China Amateur Satellite Group CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, has said that four of the microsatellites and two of the CubeSats included in the launch have been designated as XW-2A through XW-2F. The other three satellites — a CubeSat, a nanosatellite, and a picosatellite — carry the designations CAS-3G, CAS-3H (LilacSat-2), and CAS-3I (NUDT-Phone-Sat), respectively. All of the new satellites have downlinks on 2 meters and uplinks on 70 centimeters. Satellite enthusiasts have been enjoying the sudden surfeit of spacecraft to work.

Source : ARRL

Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet

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JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world. In 2014 over 1.3 million Scouts participated across 157 countries. The event is held the third weekend of October; for 2015 the Jamboree takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th October.

Thane Amateur Radio Association (TARA)  is also participating this worlds largest event in association with Bharat Scout and Guides, Thane Chapter along with the respective local associations. This year we are planing to put up JOTA-JOTI Station around Thane District.

Apart from Thane District stations, more stations are expected from Mumbai and Raigad Districts. We will update all the station list once it finalised.

for more info : JOTA-JOTI 2015

Introduction to Amateur Radio in Hindi

Introduction to Amateur Radio in Hindi by Gujarat Amateur Radio Institute.

Even though, there are some changes in rule after this video had been recorded, this will provide the information about Amateur (HAM) Radio

HAM Radio support for Thane Mayor monsoon marathon

A group of HAMs from Thane Amateur Radio Association (TARA-VU2THT) set-up their radio stations for communication support for  Thane Mayer Varsha Marathon held on Sunday 23, August 2015 after a special request form the Thane Municipal corporation.

Pune athletes stole the show  in the men’s and women’s category of the 26th edition of Thane Mayor monsoon marathon on Sunday, in which over 10,000 people took part. Though the response was tepid this time, spirits ran high.

Thane mayor Sanjay More, joint commissioner of police V V Laxminarayan, civic officials and many celebrities from the world of entertainment were present.

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Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission

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From NASA …

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA’s journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year.

“Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you’re showing that you’re part of that journey and the future of space exploration.”

Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 8. To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, go to:

http://go.usa.gov/3Aj3G

The fly-your-name opportunity comes with “frequent flier” points to reflect an individual’s personal participation in NASA’s journey to Mars, which will span multiple missions and multiple decades. The InSight mission offers the second such opportunity for space exploration fans to collect points by flying their names aboard a NASA mission, with more opportunities to follow.

Last December, the names of 1.38 million people flew on a chip aboard the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts to deep space destinations including Mars and an asteroid. After InSight, the next opportunity to earn frequent flier points will be NASA’s Exploration Mission-1, the first planned test flight bringing together the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule in preparation for human missions to Mars and beyond.

InSight will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in March 2016 and land on Mars Sept. 28, 2016. The mission is the first dedicated to the investigation of the deep interior of the planet. It will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars to measure Martian quakes and use seismic waves to learn about the planet’s interior. It also will deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any previous device on the Red Planet. These and other InSight investigations will improve our understanding about the formation and evolution of all rocky planets, including Earth.

For additional information about the InSight mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/insight/main/index.html

You can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at:

https://www.facebook.com/NASAInSight

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ARISS SSTV July 18-19 to Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo- Soyuz Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted. Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the
first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-
USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and
the International Space Station. The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were
docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and
activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet
Cosmonauts on-board. Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the
Apollo program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the
first space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international
event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by
schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators,
worldwide. The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday
morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19. These dates are
tentative and are subject to change. The SSTV images can be received
on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer
programs that are available on the internet.

Source :issfanclub