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ARKAN Newsletter -- Page Eight


Take a look ahead at upcoming meeting dates and program topics

APRIL Getting into HF Don Banta, K5DB

April 25

MAY Field Day preparations Steve Barrington, N9NSO

May 23

JUNE Grounding systems Local power company

June 27


QSO PARTY Arkansas QSO Party: CW/SSB/PSK31 sponsored by K1ARK; from 1400z Sept. 10 to 0600z Sept. 11; 1800z Sept. 11 to 0200z Sept. 12. Frequen- cies: CW—3.550, 7.050, 14.050,

    • 21.050

      , 28.050; PHONE—3.980,

    • 7.260

      , 14.260, 21.360, 28.360, 145-

147; PSK—3580, 7070; 14.070; 21.080; 28.120. Categories: SO, MS, Mobile, HP, LP, QRP, S/P/C, PSK. Exchange: RST, state or province, DX stations send “DX.” (Arkansas stations exchange county.) QSO Points: PSK— 3 pts, CW—2 pts, SSB—1 pt. Score: QSO points × AR counties (AR station count states, provinces and AR counties). Mobile stations may be counted more than once per band if station has relocated into another county. Bonus stations: K5NE (25 pts per band/mode), AR ARRL affiliated club station (10 pts). For more information—http://www.arkan.us. Logs due 30 days after the contest to k1ark@arrl.net or to Bill Smith, K1ARK, 3032 Strawberry Drive, Fayetteville, AR, 72703.

2005 Arkansas QSO Party set for second weekend in Sept.

Shift away from Texas QSO weekend; K5NE takes bonus slot

by Bill Smith, K1ARK

The 2005 edition of the Arkansas QSO Party will take place on the second weekend of September, the weekend of Sept. 10-11. The same rules, time frames and reporting requirements as last year are in effect this year.

The major changes are a shift away from the Texas QSO Party weekend, a new bonus station and clarification of DX contacts. For the past two years, the Arkansas QSO has been on the same weekend to increase the activity of beams pointed in the general direction of Arkansas seeking the Texas event.

After requests from several regular contestants, the party will move off to a different weekend in September, although with a crowded contest calender, will still be running at the same time as a neighboring state event, this time the Tennessee QSO.

The top scoring club of the state, Benton Amateur Radio Society, takes the role of 25-point bonus station thanks to their record 23,459 points.

Complete contest rules will be in next month's newsletter.

The Other Scouts

W5YM has great turnout for GOTA --

Girl Guides on the Air Bill Smith, K1ARK

Every October, amateur radio operators and clubs from around the country take time out to help the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree of the Air. Less well known is the girls’ equivalent, Thinking Day on the Air that is sponsored by the

Girl Guides - the British counterpart of the American Girl Scouts. Taking place on or near Feb. 22, the birthday of the founder of the Scout and Guide movement, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Guides on the Air event brings young girls to the radio in the same way as JOTA. The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas hosted Girl Scouts from Troop 45 in Rogers in the Benton County area on the third weekend of February to take part in the

Don Faulkner (KB5WPM) control ops for Megan from Girl Scout Troop 45 of Rogers, Ark.

GOTA event. The club advisor, Dan Puckett (K5FXB), coordinated the use of a classroom for explanations of amateur radio to compliment on-air activities with the ARCUA club station, W5YM.

Along with covering the basics of amateur radio, the ARCUA members also showed the scouts QSO cards. The Girl Scouts were interested in the unusual photos used by some, but were most intrigued by cards from places in the news in the Middle East or countries in the tsunami affected countries of the Indian Ocean.

Three current student members, president Matthew Barlow (KD5RTQ), treasurer Walt Carter (N5YGR), and Don Faulkner (KB5WPM); one alumni, Jim Haynes (W6JVE) and one staff member, Bill Smith (K1ARK) hosted about 14 Girl Scouts, helping them make contacts with amateur radio operators in Pennsylvania, Washington DC and a special event station for George Washington’s birthday (K4US) at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Several of the Girl Scouts had personal connections to the various places contacted, ranging from previous visits or family in the areas.

Then the ARCUA operators hit the jackpot with two Girl Guide special event stations in Canada, the first in Winnipeg, VE4GGC, then a second in Ontario, VE3RSK. VE4GGC provided the direct Girl Scout to Girl Guide QSO that thrilled both sides of the border. Chatting about hobbies and the amount of snow - lots in Winnipeg and little in Bentonville - led to a great ex- change. Almost all of the Girl Scouts took a turn on the microphone, and were excited about amateur radio.

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