The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.
The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.
Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.
January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity.
In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage, the KP1-5 Project for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition.
The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs. We are hopeful the DX community will fund the remainder.
- for The KP1-5 Project,
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, Vice-president Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary
It is almost time for the CQ WW SSB DX Contest which kicks off on Saturday, October 25 at 0000 UTC and runs until Sunday, October 26 at 2359 UTC.
I fully plan to be in the contest this year looking for new countries to add to my DXCC totals. Might even work a state or two I need to finish off the ARRL Triple Play award I have been working on.
I also plan to have a presence during the CQ WW CW DX contest that starts on
Saturday, November 29 at 0000 UTC and concludes on Sunday, November 30 at 2359 UTC. I hope to finish out the countries I need for an ARRL CW DXCC award.
These are two of my favorite contest and are a lot of fun to participate in at any level. Several years ago I won 1st place in my category, but since I am on a country hunt, I won't be submitting a contest log for these two amateur radio contest.
Late Breaking News from the ARRL Contest Newsletter:-
Communications has reconsidered its initial policy on stations operating in
Crimea for the CQ World Wide
contest. Logs will be accepted and counted for the country indicated by the call
sign of the station. This aligns CQ policy with DXCC policy. See the CQ website
for complete details.
On a related topic, found this that was posted to the ARRL website on 17 Oct 2014:--
CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call
CQ has announced that
it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations
in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that
“after considerable deliberation,” it has decided to follow the
lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled
Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “until such time as the political
situation there is resolved.” In addition, contacts made by others
with Crimean stations using Russian-Issued call signs will be removed from
contestants’ logs without penalty. “No contact or multiplier credits will be
given,” the CQ announcement said.
“We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several
Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes,”
CQ said. “As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with
international law, as well as with our own rules.”
several major international operating events, including the CQ World Wide SSB
and CW contests. The first contest to be affected by the new policy would be the
CQ World Wide SSB Contest, which takes place this year over the October 25-26
I was stunned this weekend to learn the news that a longtime friend Bill Moore, head of the DXCC Desk at the ARRL in Newington CT, was seriously injured in a car accident two weeks ago.
following news is from K5FUV, Bill Kennamer.
Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about
two weeks ago. His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body
down, with limited movement of his arms. Recovery will be difficult and slow,
and is not expected to be total. Bill would like to hear from his friends. He
is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well
wishes should be sent to 92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT
From Bernie, W3UR/1Hartford, CT
K5FUV, Bill Kennamer, and Bernie McClenny,
W3UR/1 visited Bill at the rehab hospital. We spent a few
minutes with NC1L, Bill, who was extremely glad to see us. I gave him one of
the ARRL Centennial Convention coins and told him how successful the event was
going. He was very happy to hear the news and the greetings from his friends.
Bill’s sister-in-law Gina was there in the hospital and asked us to tell Bill’s
friends that he would love to hear from them. So if possible let’s all show
Bill our love and concern for our dear friend by sending him our QSL with good
wishes. I know Bill and the family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and
prayers during this difficult time."
“War Revives Shortwave Radio's Appeal: Communications: Many consumers, eager for news from the Persian Gulf are snapping up machines that fell out of fashion long ago.” – Los Angeles Times 1991
That LA Times headline above says it all about the appeal even today of a radio hobby that is over 80 years old – Shortwave Radio Listening.
So why should you listen to shortwave radio? The best source of global information continues to be shortwave radio. Throughout the world, shortwave remains the most readily available and affordable means of communication and information. It lets you listen to voices from around the world. You'll also learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life, from soldiers, to farmers, to retired scholars. It provides coverage nearly instantaneous of news and events from around the world.
If you live in the U.S., you can easily listen to shortwave broadcast stations from countries like North/South Korea, Iran, Australia, Cuba, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Japan, England, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United States and many other counties if you have a good shortwave receiver, and you know when and where to listen!
The Summer 2014 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum. It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to all the stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio. This unique shortwave resource is the only publication that offers a by-hour schedule that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.
This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over the last 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book is now being published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.
If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.
Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased the first edition (Winter 2013-2014) of this book.
Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer: Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found nowhere else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.
Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka: I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.
NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.: This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson: When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).
Good value by DrP: This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.
I like this one by Charles: I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.
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The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Summer 2014 edition is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K6YKNFM. The price for this latest edition is still US$4.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.
The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen.
If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.
Press release below courtesy of Alan Henney and the Scan-DC group.
The ability to
communicate via radio is one of the most critical tools a law enforcement
officer can have at their disposal. We are pleased to announce that on February
26, 2014, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) fully migrated to a new radio system—an
encrypted, 14-channel, digital trunked P25 radio system. This critical life
safety tool provides our officers with significant improvements that enhance our
ability to perform our law enforcement mission.
The new system offers
greater interior and exterior coverage, more capacity, improved voice quality,
greater interoperability, and greater network redundancy within the system.
This modernized and upgraded radio system is future-ready. The new radios that
the USCP are using on this system are the latest technology and are designed for
continued state-of-the-art upgrades.
Chief Kim C. Dine
says, “the safety of our sworn and civilian personnel is of the highest priority
and we would like to thank the Members of Congress for providing this
state-of-the-art critical life and safety tool for our agency. This day marked
a significant milestone for the USCP.”
implementation of this new radio system involved partnerships with numerous
entities and the USCP would like to thank our partners whose collaboration made
this milestone possible. The men and women of the Department are especially
grateful for the support provided by the Congress, Congressional leadership, the
leadership of the Appropriations and Oversight Committees, as well as their
professional staffs, and the Capitol Police Board. We are particularly thankful
for their support in receiving funding, assistance, and supportive oversight of
this critical life safety tool and the radio modernization program as a
Department is grateful for our partnership with the Architect of the Capitol and
Naval Air Systems Command in designing, implementing and executing this complex
state-of-the-art digital and encrypted radio system. Furthermore, we are
grateful for the oversight and partnership of the Government Accountability
Office during this transformational effort. Their participation assisted the
Department in both the technical and program management
It is estimated that
the shutdown of the old analog system will occur in approximately thirty days.
Over the next thirty days, we will employ several strategies to continue the
smooth transition to a digital environment and ensure employee comfort and
familiarity with their equipment while adapting to a digital radio system.
During the next thirty days, the USCP will continue to employ post-migration
optimization measures meant to fine-tune the system while it is in
The U.S. Capitol
Police (USCP) is comprised of over 2,000 sworn and civilian employees.
The USCP is the sole
federal law enforcement agency in the Legislative Branch of government whose
mission it is to protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members,
employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. They
protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional
responsibilities in a safe and open environment.
Here is a list of ships I intercepted using the marine DSC messaging system on 8414.5 kHz overnight using the YADD decoder program. All times are UTC. This was a lot of fun and Dirk Classens YADD program is pretty cool including the price "FREE!"
19 Flags monitored, 34 ships and 8 shore stations.
03:05:12 CAT: SAF TO: COAST 003660003 USA Mobile Radio WLO FROM: SHIP 366576000 WRJP Container Ship R.J.PFEIFFER (United States) Area: California
Here is a list of ships I intercepted using the marine DSC messaging system on 8414.5 kHz today using the YADD decoder program. All times are UTC. Heard 32 ships from 19 countries today. This was a lot of fun and Dirk Classens YADD program is pretty cool including the price "FREE!"
Time UTC Msg Type To From Callsign Ship Type Ship Name (Flag)
16:19:33 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans SHIP,271041862 TCYN9 Bulk Carrier Cerba (Turkey)
16:45:47 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston SHIP,258852000 LAKP6 Oil/Chemical Tanker Ravnanger (Norway)
16:55:18 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)
16:56:56 SAF COAST,003669997,USA,COMMSTA Miami SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)
16:58:47 SAF COAST,005120010,NZL,Taupo Radio SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)
16:59:18 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)
17:00:11 SAF COAST,003669995,USA,COMMSTA Portsmouth SHIP,258852000 LAKP6 Oil/Chemical Tanker Ravnanger (Norway)
17:00:47 SAF COAST,005120010,NZL,Taupo Radio SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)
17:01:43 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)
17:04:21 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston SHIP,239939000 SVVK Asphalt/bitumen Tanker Asphalt Star (Greece)
17:08:58 SAF COAST,003669998,USA,COMMSTA New Orleans SHIP,366495000 WNFQ Oil/chemical Tanker Overseas Chinook (United States)
17:29:38 SAF COAST,003669991,USA,COMMSTA Boston SHIP,353360000 3EXS6 Bulk Carrier K. Coral (Panama)
17:37:31 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO SHIP,338447000 WDF6180 Pusher Tug OSG Horizon (United States)
17:46:03 SAF COAST,003660003,USA,Mobile Radio WLO SHIP,353479000 H3GR Passenger Ship Carnival Ecstasy (Panama)