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LHARG Meeting Place

The ARG will not be holding our weekly Monday Evening meetings at the Sports Pavilion effective July 20, 2020 due to closures per our HOA. The weekly Monday evening Net will still be held at 7:00 PM on 443.225 Mhz, with a PL 167.9.

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We look forward to having a great 2020 – come and join us if you’re interested in learning about the latest technologies and activities of Ham Radio.

California QSO Party 2020

The California QSO Party for 2020 starts on Saturday October 3rd at 1600 UTC and runs thru Sunday October 4th 2200 UTC. Stations outside of California, worldwide, work stations in California only. The 58 counties of CA are the multipliers. Stations work all stations in or out of CA. The 50 states and 8 Canadian areas are the multipliers. Stations outside of Canada and the US add to one’s total but do not count as multipliers.

It’s a lot of fun just to make contacts even if you don’t compete seriously. For more information click the link below. have fun!


ARRL Virtual Expo 2020

For the first time in its history, the ARRL held a “Virtual Expo” on Saturday August 8th thru Sunday August 9th. After registering online, attendees “entered” the virtual Expo with a click of the mouse. After entering the “Lobby” attendees had opportunities to to attend either many presentations of interest, visit vendor booths ( where the latest products via links on the net were available) chat with other attendees or participate in Q & A sessions. Each presentation had its own downloadable slide packets. Attached please find just a few of the many presentations offered. The presentations are available on demand thru September 9th.

LHARG Goes Virtual!

We have conducted our first Zoom meeting and it was quite a success. Although a couple of members will have to work out the bugs, the discussion was fun and informative. We hope to continue to “meet” this way until we get the “all clear” from the HOA to pick off where we left off. In the meantime, we hope everyone remains safe and healthy.

Field Day 2020 Results

This year’s Field Day was quite different than all past Field Days. Like most Clubs and Groups across the Country, we chose to participate from our homes due to Covid-19 health concerns. Despite the lack of camaraderie and pizza, it was fun and productive. Five of our members made contacts from their home base. A variety of modes, bands and power sources were employed. CW and phone were the main modes and Commercial and Battery power were utilized.

We recorded 143 contacts in 15 different States and 25 different Sections. Two rookie members, Paul KN6DRM and Dan KN6DRN, participating in their first Field Day, recorded a combined contact list of 69 stations. Well done! This was a Field Day to remember with unique circumstances. We look forward to a more traditional event next year when we can all be together.

Field Day 2020 Update

After recently learning the the Association has not approved the Sports Pavilion area open for Club activities, we have decided to participate in Field Day from our individual homes. The ARRL has approved this manner of logging contacts and submitting them under the Club’s name for aggregate credit. We hope everyone stays safe and has fun making as many contacts as possible. Further information can be found by clicking on the below link.

Field Day 2020

The Group has been approved to use the Sports Pavillon for the ARRL Field Day June 27-28, 2020!  Get your gear “tuned up” over the winter and we’ll have another great event in 2020, writes President Stuart Gallant.

Calling Radio Amateurs: Help Find OPS-SAT!

Note: The download links in the text are not working. Use the link below and open the PDF on Github for the download links.  The software and documentation are on github: https://github.com/esa/gr-opssat/blob/master/docs/os-uhf-specs.pdf

ESA OPS-SAT Community Platform with Link to Software Download

by Staff Writers Space Dailey
Paris (ESA) Dec 16, 2019

Ops-Sat will be a catalyst for change in space operations.

Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA’s brand new space software laboratory.

On 17 December, OPS-SAT will be launched into low-Earth orbit on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, together with ESA’s Cheops exoplanet-tracker.

Once launched, the satellite will deploy its solar panels and ultra-high frequency antenna, and then start to send signals back home.

Could you be the first on Earth to catch them? ESA’s mission control team in Darmstadt are asking for your help to find the fledgling CubeSat.

In-space laboratory
OPS-SAT is a first-of-its-kind CubeSat dedicated purely to experimentation. It carries a wide variety of advanced payloads allowing ‘Experimenters’ to deploy and test their software and apps in space.

Anyone can apply to be an Experimenter! Find out more about the mission, and how to apply, here.

The nitty gritty
Lift-off is scheduled for 08:54:20 UTC on 17 December. Deployment will begin 15044.6 seconds later (T+15044.6 seconds), expected to be at 13:05:04 UTC.

OPS-SAT will begin transmitting 15 minutes after satellite deployment and after ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna and solar array deployment have been confirmed. The first two passes over Europe are expected on the same evening.

To track OPS-SAT, a preliminary launch TLE is available here, and will be updated as soon as new orbital information is available.

Set up your own mission control
The OPS-SAT flight control team has developed open source software which allows anyone to receive the UHF beacon of OPS-SAT and decode it. A set of ‘GnuRadio’ applications have been developed and are available here.

You can use a wide range of ‘software-defined radios’ (SDR’s) supported by GNURadio to receive the UHF signal. The application toolkit consists of a receiver and demodulator flowgraph as well as a GUI telemetry desktop, decoding data packets coming from space in real-time.

The first three radio amateurs to receive at least five correctly decoded frames and submit them to ESA get an exclusive invite to the OPS-SAT Experimenter day in March 2020, as well as a tour of the control facilities and ground stations at ESA in Darmstadt, and of course a certificate.

OPS-SAT link: https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Operations/OPS-SAT

Link to YouTube Video;  https://youtu.be/_uEvGfipmAw