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ARRL January VHF Contest

VHF Log Periodic to Get a Workout

The ARRL's annual January VHF Contest begins 1900 UTC (2:00pm) Saturday January 18th and runs through 0350 UTC on Monday, January 20th (10:50pm Sunday EST).  This will be the first prolonged test of the AARC's Log Periodic located on the west tower and antenna that covers 6 meters, 2 meters, 1 1/4 meters and 70 centimeters using the 3 rigs from operating position number one.     

Maryland Mobileers Post Holiday Hamfest

The Maryland Mobileers are holding their annual Post Holiday Hamfest on January 26th, 2020 at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company facility at 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113. 

According to the ARRL's information on the event, including times, is to be found at http://pgares.org/santafest/SantaFestFlyer2019V2.pdf though the information does not appear to be listed as of this writing. 

Do radio for a living

This is a GS-12/13 entry level at $83,398 to $128,920 per year.

The incumbent performs "watch duty" and serves as a technical authority providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems; and collects radio signal analysis information.  Uses radio signal analysis equipment deployed throughout the United States to collect, correlate, analyze, characteristics of radio signals involved in interference problems, distress or safety-related signals or other radio signals involved in other high priority activities such as law enforcement or national defense, to include HF, VHF, and UHF.   Collects radio signal analysis information; analyzes complaints, inquires, and comments from multiple sources; investigates compliances with the Commission's rules and regulations; and determines the appropriate actions utilizing FCC's remote high frequency network of radio direction finders and radio signal analysis equipment.  Develops definitive technical solutions concerning telecommunications system architectures, interoperability, expansion potential, and overall end-to-end compatibility and net centricity.  Interacts with public, licensees of various radio services, private industries, other government agencies, and representatives of foreign governments.  Represents the Bureau in meetings within and outside the agency.  Conducts formal and on-the-job training of co-workers, new recruits, clients, and USTTI participants.

 

Full-Scale Active Assailant Exercise

On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Annapolis Fire Department (AFD), and the Annapolis Police Department (APD) will be conducting a Full-Scale Active Assailant Exercise and we need YOU to help us! 

Volunteers will play the roles of victims, survivors, and family members. Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Annapolis OEM will provide free food for all volunteers. 

Meinberg and FT-8

This week while working FT-8, I got an email from a fellow I had contacted, Mike Black W9MDB.  He noticed my clock was off a bit and wanted to let me know, and suggested I switch from Dimension 4 to Meinberg.  I told him that i had tried to install Meinberg but couldn't get it to work.  He sent me the following info.

First, download Meinberg NTP from the following web site:

https://www.meinbergglobal.com/english/sw/ntp.htm#ntp_stable

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