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Comet NEOWISE viewings @6am over Tellico Lake

George N2APB
 

Was hoping to catch a glimpse of the NEOWISE comet at dawn this morning but clouds in the background blocked it.  One more attempt tomorrow morning before it moves to the northwestern skies at dusk.  See attached shots from Tellico Lake, the ISS and the French Alps.

 

Comet NEOWISE was closest to the sun on July 3, 2020, passing at about 26.7 million miles from the sun, or a bit closer than the average distance from the sun to Mercury. Observers are still reporting seeing it, and so it appears to have survived the close encounter with our star.

 

There's still time for some great viewings!  The comet has been up at dawn, but in the coming week it will become visible at dusk low in the northwest horizon.

 

HOW AND WHEN TO SEE IT

  • July 5:  The comet was first seen at dawn in the northeastern sky, appearing very low on the horizon, only one or two degrees above the horizon line.
  • July 11:  The comet will reach its highest point on the horizon, about 10 degrees above the horizon line, at dawn.
  • After July 11:  The comet can be seen at dusk in the northwestern sky, initially appearing low on the horizon, but climbing higher in the sky as the month continues.
  • On July 22:  The comet will reach its closest approach to Earth, which is expected to be prime time for viewing.
  • On July 25:  The comet will reach an altitude of 30 degrees above the horizon line at dusk.

 

The comet is expected to be visible through the end of the month. However, as is the nature of giant icebergs shooting through space, NEOWISE could break apart or burn away at any time, so get out there early for a sure spotting!

 

How to See Comet NEOWISE ... https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-comet-c2020-f3-neowise

 

73, George N2APB

TLARC Chief Astro Observer

 

 


Forecasting Sunspot Cycle 25

George N2APB
 

Here is some incredibly positive news on the upcoming Solar Cycle 25 is deduced in a fascinating paper at https://arxiv.org/pdf/2006.15263.pdf 

 

Abstract and an amazing graphic is copied below showing some analysis using Hilbert Transform DSP processing of the 11-yer minima and maxima of the solar cycles. 

// Look at the purple dot at the right side of the graph below … This is what they are forecasting sunspot activity (and HF propagation) to be in several years!

 

73, George N2APB

TLARC CPO  (Chief Propagation Officer)

 

 

ABSTRACT … The Sun exhibits a well-observed modulation in the number of sunspots over a period of about 11 years. From the dawn of modern observational astronomy sunspots have presented a challenge to understanding – their quasi-periodic variation in number, first noted 160 years ago, stimulates communitywide interest to this day. A large number of techniques are able to explain the temporal landmarks, (geometric) shape, and amplitude of sunspot “cycles,” however forecasting these features accurately in advance remains elusive. Recent observationally-motivated studies have illustrated a relationship between the Sun’s 22-year (Hale) magnetic cycle and the production of the sunspot cycle landmarks and patterns, but not the amplitude of the cycle. Using (discrete) Hilbert transforms on 270 years of (monthly) sunspot numbers to robustly identify the so-called “termination” events, landmarks marking the start and end of sunspot and magnetic activity cycles, we extract a relationship between the temporal spacing of terminators and the magnitude of sunspot cycles. Given this relationship and our prediction of a terminator event in 2020, we deduce that sunspot cycle 25 will have a magnitude that rivals the top few since records began. This outcome would be in stark contrast to the community consensus estimate of sunspot cycle 25 magnitude

 

FURTHER DETAILS … in the PDF at https://arxiv.org/pdf/2006.15263.pdf

 

GRAPHIC FROM THE PAPER …

 

 

 


TLARC NET SCHEDULE

Mike KK6OKU
 

Hello all, please find the attached preamble and net schedule for NCS and Logger.

I encourage any other volunteers to contact me by replay e mail to be placed on the schedule. All volunteers shall not proceed alone, we are all here to assist and shall happily do so. All help is greatly apricated.

 

It is a necessary skill as a Ham Radio Operator to be familiar with structured communications for that one time you may be out of cell range and have to call on first responders, call for a phone patch/phone assist, weather alert or a special need or event.

 

The TLARC net is conducted every Wednesday at 1900 hours local on the 442.100 repeater. Following the net is the Zoom meeting. Hope to c ya there.

 

 

 

Thank you

Mike

KK6OKU

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: Weekly net and Zoom session

Greg Wilde AE4GW .- . ....- --. .--
 

David,

Sorry I haven't been on lately.  I am working on adding some certifications to my licenses and also getting all my continuing education done so my Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights  are booked solid for training, etc for the near future.  With the COVID restrictions, everything is being done virtually and in the evenings.   I hope to try to jump on soon, even if it is briefly.


Greg Wilde
AE4GW
.- . ....- --. .--

423-333-6358


On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 8:47 PM David Andrews <n1esk1@...> wrote:

Hi everyone. Just reminding you that tomorrow is Wednesday. Yes, it’s Prince spaghetti day. Yes, it’s hump day. But it’s also TLARC radio net day followed by another chance to see everyone’s beautiful smiles on Zoom. Show and Tell, so bring something along to hold up and explain. The fun starts at 7:00; see you then.

 

David, N1ESK


Details for the weekly Zoom session

David Andrews
 

David Andrews is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83006146324?pwd=elY5VVNETUZKYUxpcW54dFhQV0hvZz09

 

Meeting ID: 830 0614 6324

Password: 099892

One tap mobile

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+13017158592,,83006146324#,,1#,099892# US (Germantown)

 

Dial by your location

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Meeting ID: 830 0614 6324

Password: 099892

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbJYC2Q4s7

 


Weekly net and Zoom session

David Andrews
 

Hi everyone. Just reminding you that tomorrow is Wednesday. Yes, it’s Prince spaghetti day. Yes, it’s hump day. But it’s also TLARC radio net day followed by another chance to see everyone’s beautiful smiles on Zoom. Show and Tell, so bring something along to hold up and explain. The fun starts at 7:00; see you then.

 

David, N1ESK


McMinn County Hamfest July 18

George N2APB
 

Hey, who's all going down to Athens, TN on the 18th? I know that I am!
It's the 16th Annual MCARC Hamfest at the McMinn County Expo Center.
See all the details at ... <
https://www.tlarc.org/Events/McMinn%20County%20Hamfest%20Flyer%202020.pdf>

73, Hamfest George N2APB
https://www.tlarc.org/


SpaceX rocket launch on Wednesday

George N2APB
 

Roving reporter KF4DKW and family note big event for this Wednesday…

 

TLARC Space Cadets:  SpaceX rocket launch on Wednesday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the ninth batch of approximately 60 operational satellites for the company's Starlink broadband network, along with two Earth-observing satellites for BlackSky Global, in a mission designated Starlink 9. It will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT). 

73, George N2APB

‘Always Looking Up’

https://www.tlarc.org/


Re: Field Day

Juan Lopez
 

Excellent!


From: TLARC@groups.io <TLARC@groups.io> on behalf of Lou Devillon <ldevillon@...>
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 6:32 PM
To: TLARC@groups.io <TLARC@groups.io>
Subject: [TLARC] Field Day
 
90 watts out. Inverted V in a tree. Nye Viking straight key.

Call: K4ZRP
Operator(s): K4ZRP
Station: K4ZRP

Class: 1D LP
QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 5

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band CW Qs Ph Qs Dig Qs
160:
80:
40: 29 4
20: 29 2
15: 32
10: 4
6:
2:
222:
432:
903:
1.2:
2.3:
3.4:
5.7:
10G:
24G:
Total: 94 6 0 Total Score 438

 

Club: TELLICO LAKE ARC

Comments:     [email]     2020-07-03 16:18:25
[none]


Partial eclipse

Mike KK6OKU
 

Moon rises 847 pm. 
July 4th not only will display fireworks but will also display a penumbral, or partial,eclipse.
In North America, it will begin at 11:04 p.m. EST and end at 1:56 a.m. EST on July 5, The Old Farmer's Almanac says. It won't be visible in the northernmost regions of Canada or Alaska.

Mike
KK6OKU 🦄 


Field Day

Lou Devillon
 

90 watts out. Inverted V in a tree. Nye Viking straight key.

Call: K4ZRP
Operator(s): K4ZRP
Station: K4ZRP

Class: 1D LP
QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 5

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh QsDig Qs
160:
80:
40:294
20:292
15:32
10:4
6:
2:
222:
432:
903:
1.2:
2.3:
3.4:
5.7:
10G:
24G:
Total:9460Total Score438

 

Club: TELLICO LAKE ARC

Comments:     [email]     2020-07-03 16:18:25
[none]


Re: Field Day Scores

 

           ARRL Field Day - 2020

Call: K4MJF
Operator(s): K4MJF
Station: K4MJF

Class: 1D LP
QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 14

Summary:
 Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Dig Qs
----------------------------
  160:                   
   80:   0       1      0
   40:   0      24      0
   20:   0       4      0
   15:                   
   10:                   
    6:                   
    2:                   
  222:                   
  432:                   
  903:                   
  1.2:                   
  2.3:                   
  3.4:                   
  5.7:                   
  10G:                   
  24G:                   
----------------------------
Total:   0      29      0  Total Score = 29

Club: Tellico Lake ARC

Comments:

Bonus Points = Social Media 100
Entry submitted to ARRL via web = 50, total

Bonus points = 150

Total QSOs =29
Claimed Score (QSO x power multi) = 58

Power multiplier = 2X

All contacts made using 100 watts


Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/
 
--
73,
Michael J. Foley, K4MJF
Tellico Lake Amateur Radio Club
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club
470 ARG


Field Day Scores

Juan Lopez
 

Dear TLARC members:

 

Filed Day 2020 is now in the history books. It was a great event for those that operated. Many operated from their QTH and many opted for portable operations somewhere in their own back yard, mobile or nearby location. Social distancing has definitely changed things but one thing that didn’t change is the great participation during field day.  In an effort to collect statistics for this year, please enter your field day activity in www.3830scores.com no later than July 10 midnight. I will pull our stats from this web site to complete a year over year analysis. If you earned bonus points from some of the available ARRL Field Day Options, please include them in the 3830scores.com free text area so I can take that into account. Submitting your score through 3830scores.com does not count as submitting your score to ARRL. It is just a method I will use to collect your information for analysis. Any questions or if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask. We can do a zoom session if needed.

 

For those that are interested, below are my contributions for Field Day. I operated for 21 hours. I participated in a Distributed M/M with the Tennessee Contest Group http://k4tcg.org/ and the Deep Dixie Contest Club http://www.john-mcvey.com/ddcc1/ in preparation for the HF IARU Radio Championship https://www.iaru.org/on-the-air/iaru-contests/rules/ July 11-12, 2020. We are representing the U.S. IARU HQ Society and will be using the callsign W1AW/4.

 

 

Call: K4O
Operator(s): AC6ZM
Station: AC6ZM

Class: 2D HP
QTH: East TN
Operating Time (hrs): 5:00

Summary:   Compare Scores

Band

CW Qs

Ph Qs

Dig Qs

160:

80:

40:

173

20:

199

15:

37

10:

6:

2:

222:

432:

903:

1.2:

2.3:

3.4:

5.7:

10G:

24G:

Total:

409

0

0

Total Score

1,636

 

Club: Tellico Lake ARC

 

Call: N4PX
Operator(s): AC6ZM
Station: AC6ZM

Class: 6D HP
QTH: TN
Operating Time (hrs): 16

Summary:   Compare Scores

Band

CW Qs

Ph Qs

Dig Qs

160:

80:

121

40:

250

20:

28

15:

105

10:

48

6:

2:

222:

432:

903:

1.2:

2.3:

3.4:

5.7:

10G:

24G:

Total:

552

0

0

Total Score

2,104

 

Club: Hardin and McNairy Amateur Radio Club

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: Swap-n-Sell session on Zoom tonight at 7:30

Barry Johnson K8NWB
 

George
Just a FYI --
Not sure if it was my connection, or if the electrons were lazy/running slow, but this message about the Zoom auction wasn't on my computer last night when I shut it off (about 10:30 PM) -- but appeared this morning.

If others had this problem, your message didn't get to the TLARC audience before the event

Like I said -- just a FYI

Barry
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 06:04:21 PM EDT, George N2APB <n2apb@...> wrote:


Reminder for our regular online "Boneyard Sale" hamfest of goodies online at tonight's Zoom session at 7:30pm.

Some *real* sweet deals added for 'those in the know' ... Check all out at ... <https://www.tlarc.org/swap-sell/index.html>  

Hope to see you on Zoom tonight at 7:30 pm ... 
     b) 7:00 pm on the 442.100 MHz repeater (PL 100.0): "TLARC Radio Net"
     a) 7:30 pm on Zoom video conferencing: "Weekly Themes(See below)
          
Meeting ID: 830 0614 6324
          Password: 
099892 <===
<== Double-click the spaces after "Password:" for the password ;)

73, George N2APB
TLARC Chief Auctioneer and Jerky Salesman
https://www.tlarc.org/


Swap-n-Sell session on Zoom tonight at 7:30

George N2APB
 

Reminder for our regular online "Boneyard Sale" hamfest of goodies online at tonight's Zoom session at 7:30pm.

Some *real* sweet deals added for 'those in the know' ... Check all out at ... <https://www.tlarc.org/swap-sell/index.html>  

Hope to see you on Zoom tonight at 7:30 pm ... 
     b) 7:00 pm on the 442.100 MHz repeater (PL 100.0): "TLARC Radio Net"
     a) 7:30 pm on Zoom video conferencing: "Weekly Themes(See below)
          
Meeting ID: 830 0614 6324
          Password: 
099892 <===
<== Double-click the spaces after "Password:" for the password ;)

73, George N2APB
TLARC Chief Auctioneer and Jerky Salesman
https://www.tlarc.org/


Farmers Market I Farragut

 

Folks,
I know several have asked about getting fresh corn and other vegetables, and the Farmers Market in Renaissance Center just beyond Dixie Lee Junction on hiway 11/70 has several vendors who have it for sale. Gotta get there early though, as it goes fast!
I also have a fellow colleague who sells corn, but his isn't ready yet.......
--
73,
Michael J. Foley, K4MJF
Tellico Lake Amateur Radio Club
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club
470 ARG


Farmer's Market I Farragut

 

Folks,
I know several have asked about getting fresh corn and other vegetables, and the Farmers Market in Renaissance Center just beyond Dixie Lee Junction on hiway 11/70 has several vendors who have it for sale. Gotta get there early though, as it goes fast!
I also have a fellow colleague who sells corn, but his isn't ready yet.......
--
73,
Michael J. Foley, K4MJF
Tellico Lake Amateur Radio Club
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club
470 ARG


Re: Field Day Plans for TLARC

Jim - K0RGI
 

I'll be on but haven’t decided yet what class. I was hoping to operate a backyard 1B Battery setup but the weather forecast looks uncooperative at the moment, especially Sunday - prime time for QRP operations. So, I'll likely be 1D TN.

73, Jim - K0RGI 

On Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 8:26 AM W4SSF <1stanswanson@...> wrote:
I'll be on the airwaves for field days with 1D TN working FT4, FT8, SSB. My call is W4SSF.

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 10:15 PM George N2APB <n2apb@...> wrote:

Easy to work Field Day with TLARC this year … right from the comfort of your home!  In a nutshell, just use your own callsign and we’ll tally things up under the club name.  Easy-to-understand guidelines are on our website.

 

è If you are planning to operate, please let us know and we’ll get you listed on the “TLARC Spotting List” on the page!  (Not necessary, but fun to know who all will be on the air this weekend :)

 

Go TEAM TLARC!

 

73, George N2APB

https://www.tlarc.org/

 

From: TLARC@groups.io <TLARC@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Andrews
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:34 PM
To: TLARC@groups.io
Subject: [TLARC] Revised draft minutes & Field Day news

 

Revised minutes of the June meeting are attached. They include a better link for the 13 Colonies event, that runs from July 1 to July 7.

 

George N2APB has created an excellent web page with this years Field Day rules. Check it out at http://www.tlarc.org/Events/FD%202020/index.html. Thanks George.

 

David N1ESK

 


Re: Field Day Plans for TLARC

 

I'll be operating from home, 1D or 1E ( depends if I can find a generator ), K4MJF, I'll be operating SSB
--
73,
Michael J. Foley, K4MJF
Tellico Lake Amateur Radio Club
Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club
470 ARG


Re: Field Day Plans for TLARC

W4SSF <1stanswanson@...>
 

I'll be on the airwaves for field days with 1D TN working FT4, FT8, SSB. My call is W4SSF.


On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 10:15 PM George N2APB <n2apb@...> wrote:

Easy to work Field Day with TLARC this year … right from the comfort of your home!  In a nutshell, just use your own callsign and we’ll tally things up under the club name.  Easy-to-understand guidelines are on our website.

 

è If you are planning to operate, please let us know and we’ll get you listed on the “TLARC Spotting List” on the page!  (Not necessary, but fun to know who all will be on the air this weekend :)

 

Go TEAM TLARC!

 

73, George N2APB

https://www.tlarc.org/

 

From: TLARC@groups.io <TLARC@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Andrews
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:34 PM
To: TLARC@groups.io
Subject: [TLARC] Revised draft minutes & Field Day news

 

Revised minutes of the June meeting are attached. They include a better link for the 13 Colonies event, that runs from July 1 to July 7.

 

George N2APB has created an excellent web page with this years Field Day rules. Check it out at http://www.tlarc.org/Events/FD%202020/index.html. Thanks George.

 

David N1ESK

 

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