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The first QSO Today Expo was a great success with over 16,000 attendees and the March 13-14, 2021 event is anticipated to be even larger. The QSO Expo team has been working hard to make this upcoming Expo even better with new speakers, panel discussions, kit building workshops, and much more.
CLICK Here for details about the event.

New Mexico TechFest

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico is pleased to announce the 2021 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday February 27, 2021.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around New Mexico’s public health orders, this year’s event will be conducted virtually.

Join fellow amateur radio operators from around the Land of Enchantment (and beyond) for a day of quality presentations, demonstrations, and instruction provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s most experienced technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant technical topics within amateur radio today. The New Mexico TechFest is designed to provide a unique opportunity for all hams interested in the technical aspects of our hobby to advance and expand their technical knowledge and to facilitate technical discussion, collaboration, and discuss ideas with one another.
Ham-specific and presentation-related prizes will be drawn throughout the TechFest event.

Click Here to access their web page.
Winter Field Day, Jan. 30th, 2021 The HDARC will be operating during the Winter Day Day event on Saturday, Jan. 30th, for daylight operations only. If you have an ideal operating location in mind, email Ed Poccia, KC2LM; kc2lm@arrl.net
Information Coordinator
Jim Faulkner, KO5V is the HDARC's Information Coordinator.
Event Schedule – December Jim Faulkner, KO5V has the following update for the December events and contests.
ARRL 160-Meter Contest, cw only. 2200Z, Dec 4 to 1600Z, Dec 6, 2020. http://www.arrl.org/160-meter

PRO CW Contest (Romania). 80,40,20,15,10M. 1200Z, Dec 5 to 1159Z, Dec 6, 2020. http://www.procontestclub.ro/PCC%20Rules.html

ARRL 10-Meter Contest, CW, Phone. 0000Z, Dec 12 to 2400Z, Dec 13, 2020. http://www.arrl.org/10-meter

TRC Digi Contest (Bulgaria) RTTY. 80,40,20,15,10M. 0600Z, Dec 12 to 1800Z, Dec 13, 2020. https://trcdx.org/rules-trc-digi/

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, cw. 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m. 1200Z, Dec 12 to 2400Z, Dec 13, 2020. http://www.skccgroup.com/operating_activities/weekend_sprintathon/

Padang DX Contest (Indonesia) cw, SSB. 80,40,20,15,10M. 1200Z, Dec19 to 1159Z, Dec20, 2020. http://padangdxc.com/rules/

Croatian CW Contest. 160, 80,40,20,15,10M. 1400Z, Dec 19 to 1400Z, Dec 20, 2020. https://9acw.org/index.php/rules/english/129-rules-2019

ARRL Rookie Roundup, cw. 80,40,20,15,10M. 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 20, 2020. http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup

Flying Pigs QRP Club - Run for the Bacon QRP Contest, CW. 160, 80,40,20,15,10M. 2300Z, Dec 20 to 0100Z, Dec 21, 2020. http://qrpcontest.com/pigrun/

There are many other sprints and small events as well, but I've only included the larger ones that will occur on the weekends. (Thanks to WA7BNM's web site, ARRL, CQ Magazine and W6JBT)

Click Here to access the online contest schedule, Contest Calendar

New DSTAR Net Bob Longoria, N5JH and Mark Goodrum W5MHG are announcing a new weekly net starting on Wednesday, June 10th.  This net will be called the DSTAR Simplex Net.  Its purpose is to build up a DSTAR community on the air and to help people get established on DSTAR. The frequency for the net will be 441.0 digital voice simplex and will take place on every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.  So, if you are a DSTAR user, check in for some great and interesting DSTAR discussions.  Hope to hear you then.  For questions or help, please contact Bob Longoria at n5jh@arrl.net or Mark Goodrum at w5mhg@outlook.com.


VE Testing Continues
Jim Kajder AF5FH is testing from his residence.
The Next Ham Radio License Testing Session will be on January 16, 2021 in small groups with 45 minutes test sessions between 11 AM and 2 PM.

Anyone wishing to take an exam may contact him at af5fh@arrl.net

Let's Be Radio Active

SSTV Images from ISS

Weekend Contest Calendar

Wed. 7 PM. 441.0
Digital Voice Simplex

VE Testing Continues

Winter field Day

NM TechFest Feb. 27

QSO Today Virtual EXPO