East Coast Reflector Newsletter - December 6, 2021
YACHT Youth Net - By Michael K2SHF
Wednesday, December 15th, at 8PM Eastern Time, the East Coast Reflector
will be linking up to YACHT for their youth net. YACHT stands for
Young Amateurs Communications Ham Team. The point of this is for
youth from the reflector to have the opportunity to check into the
YACHT net, and for adults who have children or know youth that would
enjoy using a ham radio to 3rd party on their stations to check into
the net. This will hopefully pique their interest in ham radio
and offer them a good time while talking to other youth around the
world. The net will run in the following order:
Check-Ins from the YACHT Echolink Conference
Check-Ins from the ECR (Youth and Adults with Youth 3rd Party)
note that adults without youth checking in on their stations are kindly
asked to stand by for the duration of the net. This is due to
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS
Saturday, December 18th - N2DYT, Gregory, of Amhurst, NY
you would like your birthday to be recognized on the air and in the
newsletter, please send your name, callsign, and birthdate to
MORNING BREW Q&A - By Michael K2SHF
Here are answers to some of the questions we asked this past week on
the Morning Brew. Only answers with a count of 2 or higher were
Do you like to read?
Yes 44 -- No 18
Who is your favorite Seinfeld character?
Didn't Watch Seinfeld  - Kramer  - Seinfeld  - Soup Nazi  - Elaine 
Are you active on social media?
Yes  -- Occasionally  -- No 
What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Cheddar  - Pepperjack  - Swiss  - Gouda  - Bleu Cheese  - Goat Cheese 
Muenster  - American  - Mozzarella  - Provolone 
Many thanks to Derby Dan, KD2VNU, for tallying all of the answers from last week.
MY QUIRKS - By Bob KB3SNM
I’m really not sure when I’m going to step out of talking on amateur
radio. I am assuming that it probably won’t be until I speak my last
word. I have high hopes that that is several years away so please
remember when you say “I am Clear on your final” it could be
sometime before you’re clear. Please just say that your clear. If
the amateur your talking to has closing comments, so be it. Do not pass
responsibilities on to others.
UPCOMING ZOOM ROOM PRESENTATION
Thu Dec 16th 8PM - Intro to APCO25, AKA P25 digital voice mode, Presented by Rob KD2UQK
Join us on Thursday in the ECR Zoom Room. Please visit http://bit.ly/ecrdaily to access it.
CHRISTMAS FOR ALL - By Luke M3NMW
Christmas is supposed to be a great time of year with family, loved
ones and sitting in front of the TV watching whatever takes your fancy.
Oh and the dinner that goes with it?
From experience I can say I’d rather pass the day off as “just another
day” because I’ve been through unimaginable things at Christmas, but
I’m not going into detail as this is not all about me.
Where are you going to be for Christmas? Who are you spending it with?
Is it your first Christmas alone? Are you choosing to have Christmas
For some of us this year we will be spending it alone, but is this
through choice? Certainly not. Loved ones pass away and are no longer
here on Earth with us and the first Christmas that happens is always
the hardest. But you are not alone. There are many others that are in
the same boat as you and I.
Let me tell you something about amateur radio that I like at Christmas.
There is always someone that has their radio turned on and I personally
will have it on this year (connected to the ECR of course) for anyone,
especially if you are having Christmas alone or want to reach out for a
friendly chat on Christmas day.
73's Luke M3NMW
WORLD'S SMALLEST MOON LANDER FROM JAPAN WILL PUT HAM RADIO TRANSMITTER ON THE MOON - From The ARRL Letter, December 9, 2021
Japan's OMOTENASHI, the world's smallest moon lander, will have an
X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an
amateur band transponder. OMOTENASHI is a 6U CubeSat set for launch via
a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission
period of from 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon
Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-Hard Impactor.
Wataru Torii of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Ham Radio
Club, JQ1ZVI, said radio amateurs can play a role in gathering data
from the spacecraft.
The spacecraft is made up of two separable components, both having
independent communication systems -- an orbiting module and a surface
probe. The orbiting module will take the surface probe to the moon. It
will transmit beacon or digital telemetry data on UHF (437.31 MHz). The
surface probe -- the moon lander -- will transmit digital telemetry or
three-axis acceleration analog-wave with FM modulation on UHF (437.41
MHz). Transmitter power will be 1 W in both cases.
"If we succeed in receiving the UHF signal from the surface probe, we
could know the acceleration data on the impact on the moon and the
success of the landing sequence," Torii explained.
"We already have a station for uplink and downlink at Wakayama in Japan
-- used as an EME [moonbounce] station. However, if the satellite is
invisible from Japan, we cannot receive the downlink signal. So, we
need a lot of help from ham radio stations worldwide."
The orbiting module beacon will transmit on 437.31 MHz using PSK31. The
surface probe beacon will transmit on 437.41 MHz using FM, PSK31, and
JUST AHEAD IN RADIOSPORT - From The ARRL Letter, December 9th, 2021
December 11 - 13 -- PODXS 070 Club Low Band Sprint
December 12 - 14 -- CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run (CW)
December 13 -- 4 States QRP Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)
December 16 - 17 -- Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
HELP US OUT WITH THE NEWSLETTER - By Michael K2SHF
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Would you like your own column? Let us know about it, and we'll see if it would be a good fit for the newsletter.
All submissions should be directed to Michael, K2SHF, at
mikeshf(at)yahoo(dot)com. Submissions should be sent by Friday in
order to appear in the following Monday edition.
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