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Talk About Taking the Long Path !

NASA had some antenna issues, but their space craft kept on going. They finally got the antenna fixed and now the spacecraft is 11.6 Billion miles

out !

NASA reestablishes contact with 43-year-old Voyager 2 which is 11.6 BILLION miles from Earth after repairs to antenna in Australia left spacecraft flying solo for seven months

W1AW Winter 2020/2021 Operating Schedule

ARRL Bulletin 32  ARLB032
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 2, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLB032 W1AW 2020/2021 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
——————-   —-     ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  ”  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  ”  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  ”  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  ”      ”         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  ”  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  ”  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  ”  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  ”  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  ”  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

                         Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM  
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

However, please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions,
W1AW is not open for visitor operations at this time.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 87 in the
November 2020 issue of QST or on the web at, .

Brent Taylor, VY2HF, Appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame Board of Trustees

The RAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Brent Taylor, VY2HF, has been appointed as a Trustee for the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (CARHOF).

Brent lives in Stratford, Prince Edward Island with his wife Janice. He will be representing the province of Prince Edward Island for a three-year term from September 2020 until September 2023. Brent replaces Ella McCormick, VE1PEI, who served on the Board from 2015 to July 2020.

The RAC Board and the CARHOF Board of Trustees extends sincere appreciation to Ella for her dedication and contributions to the CARFOF Board evaluation process over the years. We wish her all the best of success in her future endeavours.

Brent Taylor, VY2HF, was first licensed in 1984 as VE1APG and received his partial HF privileges six months later after demonstrating successful CW operation. One year later he passed his Advanced examination. He obtained the call VE1JH, and was known by that call for over 20 years. He then moved from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island in 2007 and acquired the call VY2HF.

Brent believes strongly in supporting Amateur Radio organizations. He is a Past-President of the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club and the New Brunswick Amateur Radio Association. He was also involved with the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF) and the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL) before the merger into Radio Amateurs of Canada.

He is a member of RAC, the Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club, the International Repeater Group (NB), the American Radio Relay League, the Radio Society of Great Britain, AMSAT, the National Radio Club, and the Canadian International DX Club.

Brent works for the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs as the Acting Manager of the Department’s Business Systems unit with responsibility over the database that holds the Department’s Veteran/client information. Prior to that he was a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board for 10 years, and previously worked as an educator, radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist, and served one term (1991-1995) as a member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly.

“I am very pleased to be invited to join the CARHOF Board of Trustees as the representative from PEI. I believe I have a good sense of the kinds of achievements that would be worthy of CARHOF recognition. I have had some very capable and generous Elmer’s over the years, and have interacted with a wide range of Amateurs from all walks of life.”

For more information about the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame please visit:

Frank Davis, VO1HP
Chair, Board of Trustees
Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame