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WORLDRADIO ONLINE NEWSFRONT
George Tranos, N2GA, Named CQ
Magazine Contesting Editor
DX: 9G5LK, P4/W1HEO and 5X1NH Being
Activated This Month
George Tranos, N2GA, of
Long Island, New York, has
been named Contesting Editor
of CQ Amateur Radio magazine,
according to Editor Rich
Moseson, W2VU. Tranos succeeds John Dorr, K1AR, who
stepped down after writing the
magazine’s contesting column
for nearly 22 years.
Tranos has two decades of contesting experience in a variety of
station settings, and has several
top scores to his credit, both as a
single operator and as part of contesting teams. He has operated extensively from the Caribbean
as well as from his home station in New York, and has been a
referee at three World Radio Teamsport Championship competitions, in 2000, 2006 and 2010.
George is a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and
the New York-based Order of Boiled Owls contest club. He is
also a former ARRL Section Manager and past Chairman of
Ham Radio University, a day of amateur radio seminars and
fellowship on Long Island.
Professionally, Tranos is president of a software and management consulting firm, vice president of a school for professional motorcycle riders, and a freelance journalist. He is married to Diane Ortiz, K2DO, an accomplished contester herself
and a former columnist for CQ Contest magazine, which was
published in the 1990s.
CQ Editor Rich Moseson said, “I am confident that George
will uphold the high standards for this column established by
K1AR and will bring to it his own perspective. I look forward
to working with him over the coming years.”
“I am honored to have been asked to contribute to CQ magazine,” said Tranos. “The contesting column is always the first
thing I read. I hope to be able to keep up the great standards and
traditions that compel me and many others to look forward to
George’s first column appeared in the March 2011 issue of
CQ. (CQ Communications, Inc.)
GHANA: Kees Leenders, PE1KL, and Lisa Leenders,
PA2LS, will be operational as 9G5LK near the village of
Ampenyi, Ghana from April 28 to May 6. Their activity will be
on 80 through 10 meters using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL
ARUBA: D.E. “Dee” Logan, W1HEO, will be active from
Aruba (Islands On The Air SA-036) as P4/W1HEO from April
3-16 from the P49V contest station.
Logan, who is Promotion and Recruitment columnist for
WRO, says operation will be on 160 through 10 meters, CW
and SSB, “with emphasis on the higher HF (high frequency)
and WARC bands.”
“Although this is a semi-holiday outing,” he said, “major
effort will be devoted to maximizing on-air operating time.”
Operation on IOTA frequencies will include 14.260, 14.040,
18.128, 18.098, 21.260, 21.040, 28.460 and 28.040 MHz.
“A special color postcard-QSL will be available,” Logan said.
“QSL direct only to the W1HEO address on QRZ.com or via
UGANDA: Nick Henwood, G3RWF, will be active as
5X1NH from Fort Portal in western Uganda through April 14.
He prefers to operate CW but plans to be on the digital modes
as well, with some SSB on all bands except 160 meters.
QSL via his home callsign or electronically using Logbook of
Vintage Radio Shack Catalogs Dating to
1939 Now On the Web
You’re in luck if you’ve been craving a stroll down Radio
Shack Memory Lane. Check out: < http://bit.ly/gr0WTB >.
“The site contains catalogs for the company that date all the
way back to 1939,” according to an item from Amateur Radio
Newsline. “Each one is animated in a way that a click of your
mouse lets you turn the pages or zoom in to see that special part
or item that evokes a memory of days gone by.”
There is a history of the company, as well, along with the story
of how Charles Tandy purchased Radio Shack Corp. in 1963 for
$300,000, “when it was on the verge of bankruptcy . . . and built
it into the mega corporation it is today.”
WorldRadio Online, April 2011
Radio Amateurs Asked to Track
When a NASA nanosatellite – NanoSail-D – ejected unexpectedly on January 17 from the Fast Affordable Scientific and
Technology Satellite (FASTSAT), the agency called upon amateur radio operators to help track it. NASA asked radio amateurs to listen on 437.270 MHz for the signal and verify that
NanoSail-D was operating. NASA received almost 470 telemetry packets from 11 countries.
The NanoSail-D beacon sent an AX.25 packet every 10
seconds; the packet contained data about the spacecraft’s systems operation. (To hear a recording of the nanosatellite’s beacon made by Hank Hamoen, PA3GUO, visit: < http://bit.
ly/fz45K7 >. – Ed.)
Report: 2.4 GHz Distance Record Set
Across Tasman Sea
According to published reports, a distance record has been set
between Steve Hayman, ZL1TPH, and Adrian Pollock, VK4OX,
in the first trans-Tasman Sea contact on 2.4 GHz – 1,439 miles on
a band considered line of sight.
ZL1TPH, in Orewa, New Zealand, was running 80 to 100 watts
to a 1 meter dish. VK4OX, in Bald Knob, Queensland, Australia,
was running about 20 watts to a 24 dBi Gridpack antenna about 29
feet off the ground.
(ARN, ZL4PLM via ZL2BHF)
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