Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amateur Radio Event Schedule

2015 Ham Radio Classes & Events

SSTV Space Images To Commemorate 40th Apollo-Soyuz Mission!
In order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team will transmit a series of 12 Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images. The SSTV transmissions on 145.80 MHz will begin on the morning of Saturday, July 18, and continue through Sunday July 19, subject to change. Apollo-Soyuz represented the first joint US-USSR mission, and it set the stage for later US-Russia collaboration on the space shuttle, Mir Space Station, and the International Space Station. The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were docked from July 17-19, 1975. During that time, the three astronauts and two cosmonauts carried out experiments and other activities. Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the Apollo program and the last US human spaceflight mission prior to the inaugural space shuttle mission in 1981.  
Submit SSTV images to the ARISS SSTV image gallery by clicking HERE, which will post the best SSTV images received from this event. The ISS cosmonauts will take time out from the SSTV transmissions on July 18 to conduct an ARISS contact (starting at approximately 1655 UTC) with students attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas, Texas. Streaming audio will be available HERE.
ARISS International has expressed thanks to ARISS-Russia's Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this historic commemoration. Also, special thanks to the AMSAT News Service via Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair, and NASA for their support!

ARALB  ASSOCIATED RADIO AMATEURS OF LONG BEACH provides amateur radio testing for $5.00 on the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM.  Next testing date after Saturday, July 18, 2015 is Saturday, August 15, 2015. The test location is at the The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 3824 Woodruff Avenue, Long Beach CA 90808 (behind the Dental Building). Click HERE for a map & directions. Pre-registration is recommended through Louise Chapman, N6ELK, at 562-429-1355 or send an email to  When you pre-register your GLAARG Form 605X will be ready for you to sign, when you come in to test. 
AUGUST 21, 22, & 23
2015 ARRL NEW ENGLAND CONVENTION BOXBORO MA! The Annual ARRL New England Ham Radio Convention will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 21, 22, & 23 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Click HERE for a map & directions. Call the Holiday Inn at 978-263-8701 or 1-800-HOLIDAY to make a reservation or click HERE for other hotels in the Boxborough MA area. There will be commercial vendors, a swap meet area, raffle prizes, guest speakers, forum workshops, free one-day ham radio license classes. tons of commercial "swag," and loads of ham radio FUN!!!. Join us at the Saturday Evening Banquet with Keynote Speaker Gordon West, WB6NOA. Yes, that's our Gordo!! Most hams know Gordo as the man behind those ham radio instruction books. With awards like Hamvention's "Man of the Year" and ARRL's "Instructor of the Year", his classes, offered through W5YI, have brought him notoriety. In his spare time, Gordo also volunteers with the American Red Cross communications team in Orange County, California and provides free classes to CERT members. To put a fun spin on the weekend, Gordo will present "Pass The Ham," a fun banquet speech with LIVE recorded ham audio and several live electronic demo gags! Join us for the FUN!! Click HERE for complete ARRL New England Convention information.
OCTOBER 16, 17, & 18
PACIFICON • THE WEST'S LARGEST HAM RADIO CONVENTION! The Annual Pacificon Ham Radio Convention will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16, 17,& 18 at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel, San Ramon, California. Call the Marriott Hotel at 925-867-9200 to make a reservation. Click HERE for a map & directions. There will be commercial vendors, a swap meet area, raffle prizes, guest speakers, forum workshops, free one-day ham radio license classes. tons of commercial "swag," and loads of ham radio FUN!!! Gordo's W5YI Ham Instructor Academy will be held on the first day of Pacificon, Friday October 16. Also, look for Gordo and his Ham Nation TV crew as they "roam" the convention floor taping segments for their upcoming shows. And who knows? You may be on TV! Click HERE for complete Pacificon information.
GORDO'S MARINE RADIO OPERATOR LICENSE CLASS will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Orange Coast College of Sailing in Newport Beach, California. Classes are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Personalized instruction from Gordo. Materials and Gordo's Study Notes $99 plus $35 test fee. When you pass your exam, you will have the full privileges of the MROP -- the FCC's Commercial Marine Radio Operator Permit! To register for this commercial radio class, please click HERE or visit for more information. Pre-registration is required well before class time! Call Gordon West at 714-549-5000 Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to reserve your space today!