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Gateway Chapter 1-1 International

Gateway Chapter Officers

The Gateway Chapter

Who We Are

Ten-Ten International Net, or 10-10 for short, is an organization of amateur radio operators dedicated to maintaining high levels of amateur radio communications on the 10 meter amateur band (28.0-29.7 MHz). Established in 1962, 10-10 has grown continuously since that day, with some ups and downs according to the numbers of sunspots and the openness of the band. As you read this, the number of 10-10 numbers issued to members now exceeds 77,000. 10-10 would welcome your membership in the organization if you have an amateur radio license with 10 meter privileges.

The Gateway Chapter Membership is primarily from the greater St. Louis, MO metroplex. Our Chapter was formed in 1972 by Don Wirth, WB0ECM #3218, and we are very proud of the number of nearly consecutive Net Sessions (Currently 2319 - every Wednesday for over 44 years!). We missed only once due to very severe weather and a widespread power outage. The Chapter meets every Wednesday evening (local Time) on 28.650 MHz (+/- QRM) at 2000 Local Time (Thursday (UTC), 0100Z Summers and 0200Z Winters). We conduct informal, "open" nets and all amateur radio operators are cordially invited to attend for the purpose of exchanging ten-ten numbers and for general rag chewing.

How To Join The Gateway Chapter

Membership in the Gateway Chapter is available to any ham who has a 10-10 number and who resides within ground wave range of the St. Louis area. We also offer a certificate (but not Gateway membership) to other 10-10 members who contact and exchange 10-10 data (10-10#, Call Sign, Operator's Name, Contact Date, City and State/Country) with five (5) Gateway members.
The cost is only $1.00 for a lifetime membership! Send your contact information along with one dollar (non-recurring) to our Certificate Manager, Henry Schaper, KA0AWS, 241 Tapestry Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129 and Henry will send you a handsome non-propagating Gateway Chapter Certificate suitable for framing. A rare bargain indeed!

How To Join 10-10 International

Any licensed amateur authorized to operate on the 10 meter band can join 10-10. It is required that you contact ten 10-10 members (on 10 meters), listing their information as noted on the Membership Application form (10-10#, Call Sign, Operator's Name, Contact Date, City and State/Country). US amateurs send their completed Membership Application and required dues payment to the Data Manager, 10-10 International Net, Inc., P.O. Box 2467, Abingdon, VA 24212-2467. DX amateurs should send the application to the DX Call Area Manager, Carol Hugentober, K8DHK, #29588, 4441 Andreas Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211-2622, U.S.A. DX amateurs: Please remember that dues must be paid in US dollars and by International Postal Money Order only. The Data Manager will assign you a 10-10 number and send it to you along wi712th your new member package.

10 METER Suggested Operating Frequencies.
28.025 CW Rare DX & DXpeditions Frequently Operate Here Split
28.060 QRP CW Calling frequency
28.080 RTTY Rare DX & DXpeditions Frequently Operate Here -- Split
28.080 to 28.100 Primary Range for RTTY
28.1010 10-10 Intl CW Calling Frequency
28.110 QRP Novice/Tech Calling FREQ
28.120 PSK-31
28.190-28.225 Beacons
>>28.200<< NCDXF/IARU beacons (<> STAY OFF OF THIS FREQUENCY) Many Hams rely on these beacons for propagation determination. For Details - see NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Network
28.380 10-10 SSB Intl Calling Frequency
28.385 QRP SSB Calling frequency
28.400 10-10 SSB Int'l. Calling Frequency Another is 28.425
28.425 10-10 SSB Intl Calling Frequency Another is 28.400
28.495 SSB Rare DX & DXpeditions Frequently Operate Here -- Split
28.600 Old General Calling Frequency - Still used by Old Timers
28.675-28.685 SSTV Operating Frequency -- IARU Region 1
28.680 SSTV Operations USA/Canada
28.825 10-10 Backscatter Net - Paper Chasers Net
28.885 6M DX Liaison Frequency -- Listen here for 6 Meter DX opening announcements and discussions.
28.945 FAX Operating Frequency
29.000-29.200 AM Operations
29.300-29.510 Satellite Downlinks
29.520-29.580 Repeater Inputs
29.600 FM Simplex - Calling Frequency
29.620-29.680 Repeater Outputs

10-10 Contests

Each year, 10-10 sponsors (2) CW contests, (2) Digital Contests and (2) phone contests to encourage maximum cordial activity on the 10 meter band. In addition, there is a 10-10 Day 24-hour Sprint. Plus there are two year long contests. A 10-10 QSO Party brochure is available from the Information Manager or the Contest Manager. A summary of pertinent information for the 2016 contests is posted below:

2017 10-10 Contest & Event Dates

Winter QSO Party February 4 2017
10-10 Anniversary 10 October 2017
10-10 Meet The Volunteers 01 January 2018

Please note that during 10-10 contest periods, 10-10 members are requested to have the courtesy to observe a "quiet zone" between the frequencies of 28.490 and 28.510 MHz for non-contesters to use. All regular 10-10 contests begin at 0001 UTC on the first listed date and close at 2400 UTC on the second listed date. The 10-10 Day Sprint is, of course, a 1-day contest. NOTE THIS UPDATE: Please send your 10-10 Contest Logs to Dan Morris, KZ3T #41015, 3162 Covington Way, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Upcoming Contests of Local Interest

February 2017

Novice Rig Roundup 0000Z, Feb 18 to 2400Z, Feb 26
SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Feb 22
NAQCC CW Sprint 0130Z-0330Z, Feb 22
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 22
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 22
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Feb 22 and 1900Z-2000Z, Feb 22 and 0300Z-0400Z, Feb 23
UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Feb 22
RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 23
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Feb 24
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Feb 24
NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 24
CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB 2200Z, Feb 24 to 2200Z, Feb 26
REF Contest, SSB 0600Z, Feb 25 to 1800Z, Feb 26
UBA DX Contest, CW 1300Z, Feb 25 to 1300Z, Feb 26
South Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 25 to 0159Z, Feb 26
North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Feb 25 to 0559Z, Feb 26
High Speed Club CW Contest 0900Z-1100Z, Feb 26 and 1500Z-1700Z, Feb 26
SARL Digital Contest 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 26
North Carolina QSO Party 1500Z, Feb 26 to 0059Z, Feb 27

March 2017

QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 1
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 1
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 1 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 1 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 2
UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 1
NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1800Z-1900Z, Mar 2 (CW) and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 2 (SSB) and 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 2 (FM) and 2100Z-2200Z, Mar 2 (Dig)
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 3
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 3
NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 3
ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 4 to 2400Z, Mar 5
Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Mar 4 and 0630Z-0659Z, Mar 4 and 0700Z-0729Z, Mar 4 and 0730Z-0800Z, Mar 4
Open Ukraine RTTY Championship 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 4 (Low Band) and 2100Z-2359Z, Mar 4 (Low Band) and 0800Z-1059Z, Mar 5 (High Band) and 1100Z-1359Z, Mar 5 (High Band)
UBA Spring Contest, CW 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 5
DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Mar 5
SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest 1200Z-1400Z, Mar 5
NSARA Contest 1200Z-1600Z, Mar 5 and 1800Z-2200Z, Mar 5
RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 6
ARS Spartan Sprint 0200Z-0400Z, Mar 7
AGCW YL-CW Party 1900Z-2100Z, Mar 7
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 8
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 8
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 8 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 8 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 9
AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest 2300Z, Mar 8 to 2300Z, Mar 9 and 2300Z, Mar 11 to 2300Z, Mar 12
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 10
QRP Fox Hunt 0200Z-0330Z, Mar 10
NCCC Spr1912int 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 10
RSGB Commonwealth Contest 1000Z, Mar 11 to 1000Z, Mar 12
SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest 1000Z, Mar 11 to 1000Z, Mar 12
South America 10 Meter Contest 1200Z, Mar 11 to 1200Z, Mar 12
F9AA Cup, SSB 1200Z, Mar 11 to 1200Z, Mar 12
SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Mar 11 to 2400Z, Mar 12
Oklahoma QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 11 to 0200Z, Mar 12 and 1400Z-2000Z, Mar 12
AGCW QRP Contest 1400Z-2000Z, Mar 11
Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Mar 11 to 1500Z, Mar 12
EA PSK63 Contest 1600Z, Mar 11 to 1600Z, Mar 12
QCWA QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 11 to 1800Z, Mar 12
TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest 1800Z, Mar 11 to 0559Z, Mar 12
Idaho QSO Party 1900Z, Mar 11 to 1900Z, Mar 12
QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Sprint 2000Z-2359Z, Mar 11
North American Sprint, RTTY 0000Z-0400Z, Mar 12
UBA Spring Contest, 2m 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 12
WAB 3.5 MHz Phone 1800Z-2200Z, Mar 12
Wisconsin QSO Party 1800Z, Mar 12 to 0100Z, Mar 13
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 15
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 15
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 15 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 15 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 16
RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 15
NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Mar 16
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 17
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 17
NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 17
BARTG HF RTTY Contest 0200Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 20
Russian DX Contest 1200Z, Mar 18 to 1200Z, Mar 19
Virginia QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19 and 1200Z-2400Z, Mar 19
Louisian1912a QSO Party 1400Z, Mar 18 to 0200Z, Mar 19
AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Mar 18 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Mar 18 (432)
Feld Hell Sprint 2000Z-2159Z, Mar 18
UBA Spring Contest, SSB 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 19
Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0200Z-0400Z, Mar 20
Bucharest Contest 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 20
CLARA Chatter Party 1700Z, Mar 21 to 1700Z, Mar 22 and 1700Z, Mar 25 to 1700Z, Mar 26
SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Mar 22
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 22
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 22
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 22 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 22 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 23
RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 2000Z-2130Z, Mar 23
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 24
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 24
NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 24
FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 25
CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Mar 25 to 2359Z, Mar 26
Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over upper middle latitudes is poor to fair. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor to fair. Forecast The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on February 11-14 becoming quiet to unsettled on February 15-16 due to effects from CH790. UBA Spring Contest, 6m 0600Z-1000Z, Mar 26
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 29
Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 29
CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Mar 29 and 1900Z-2000Z, Mar 29 and 0300Z-0400Z, Mar 30
UKEICC 80m Contest 2000Z-2100Z, Mar 29
QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Mar 31
NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Mar 31
NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Mar 31

[Exchanges, Scoring and other details are available at the ARRL or WA7BNM Contest sites. (See Favorite Links below.)]

Upcoming Midwest Area Eyeballs, Swapfests and Hamfests

25 March 2017 - Ozarks Amateur Radio Society's Springtime Hamfest, Mount Vernon Arts and Recreation Center MARC, 822 W. Mount Vernon Road, Mount Vernion, MO. Talk-in 146.97- (PL 162.2).
07-08 April 2017 - Ozark.con QRP Conference, Stone Castle Hotel, 3050 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, MO (Rooms for $69.00?), 2 days of exciting QRP activities.
22 April 2017 - Lewis & Clark Radio Club Hamfest, River Bend Arena, Lewis & Clark College, Godfrey, IL. 7AM-Noon. Talk-in 145.230-(PL 79.7)
07 June 2017 - Egyptianfest, Egyptian Radio Club, Holy Family Comm. Center, 2600 Washington, Granite City, IL. 7AM-2PM. Talk-in 146.76-((PL 141.3) 15 July 2017- WAARCI Hamfest, Warrensburg, MO. For more information access
17 July 2017 - Annual Zerobeaters Hamfest, Zerobeaters Amateur Radio Club, Elks Lodge, 1459 W. 5th Street, Washington, MO, 8AM - 1PM. Talk-in 147.24+ 28 October 2017 - Halloween Hamfest, Kirkwood Recreational Center, Kirkwood, MO. For more information access

Websites referenced above provide additional details about these popular Hamfests and Swapmeets. Information about additional upcoming events in the region will be listed in this category as it becomes available. If you know of some upcoming events of interest to Midwest amateurs that should be posted here or if you find a bad link on this site, please let us know. Contact Scotty, W9VHL by E-mail ( or by LL at 314.822.1573.

Jan Alvestad's Remarks & Forecast (

Propagation Forecast
Recent developments: "The geomagnetic field was quiet on February 21. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 368 and 455 km/s. A disturbance related to CH791 has begun early on February 22. Solar flux at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 82.5 (decreasing 2.6 over the last solar rotation). The average 90 day 10.7 flux at 1 AU was 74.2. The Potsdam WDC planetary A index was 4 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 3.5). Three hour interval K indices: 22100002 (planetary), 13101212 (Boulder). The background x-ray flux is at the class B1 level. At the time of counting spots (see image time), spots were observed in 2 active regions using 2K resolution (SN: 41) and in 2 active region using 1K resolution (SN: 30) SDO images on the visible solar disk. Region 12638 [N18E50] was mostly quiet and unchanged. Spotted regions not numbered (or interpreted differently) by SWPC: New region S5608 [S06W30] emerged with tiny spots. "
Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), "February 20-21: No obviously Earth directed CMEs were observed in available LASCO imagery. February 19: A filament eruption was observed beginning at 05:30 in SDO/AIA imagery and involved a fairly small area across the central meridian in the northern hemisphere. A faint CME was observed later and could reach Earth on February 22. Due to an expected coronal hole stream from CH791 any disturbance related to the CME could be difficult to observe."
Coronal Holes: "A recurrent trans equatorial coronal hole (CH791) rotated across the central meridian on February 19-21. "
Propagation and Forecast: "Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along paths north of due west over upper middle latitudes is poor. Propagation on long distance northeast-southwest paths is poor. Forecast The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to minor storm on February 22-24 due to effects from CH791. A CME could increase the disturbance level on February 22. "
24 Hour Summary: (Courtesy of and NASA) "Solar activity continued to be very low. Region 2638 (N18E49, Dso/beta) underwent little change and produced several B-class flares. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery. .Forecast... Solar activity is expected to remain very low, with a chance for C-class flares all three days (22-24 Feb).

This Site Last Revised 22 February 2017 at 1959 UTC.
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Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

Solar activity was very low and only low-level background flares were observed this period. Region 2488 (N03E12, Dai/beta) exhibited minor growth but Regions 2486 (S19W09, Hrx/alpha) and 2487 (S12W05, Cao/beta) were in decay. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed in available coronagraph imagery. .Forecast... Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for C-class flares over the next three days (24-26 Jan). From

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Favorite Links

[The NEW 10-10 International Home Page]
[ARRL Home Page]
[ARRL Midwest Division]
[Super Amateur License study site sponsored by ICOM America],
[Tony's Weekly 10M Band Report]
[Buckmaster's World-wide Ham Call Server]
[NOAA Radio User's Page - Current HF Conditions]
[Simple, down-to-earth band condition information]
[Jan Alvestad's Comprehensive Solar Terrestial Propagation Information]
[Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club]
[AC6V Extensive (now over 6,000) Ham Radio Links]
[NW7US Amateur and Shortwave Radio Command Center ]
[Lone Star DX Association - extensive)]
[Announced DX Operations courtesy of NG3K]
[Real Time APRS Map courtesy of OH2KKU and associates and Google Maps' API]
[4U1ITU Selected Amateur Radio Web Sites]
[10M DX Spots from OH2AQ]
[DX-World: A serious source of information for the serious DXer]
[WA7BNM Complete Contest Calendar]
[Extensive Contesting Site]
[Extensive Weekly DX News from the famous Italian 425 DX Group]
[The widely acclaimed DX Notebook]
[K8CX Ham Gallery Links Page]
[The Fabulous Illinois JavaRadio All Band Receiver is here!]
[Ionospheric Pertubations]
[Information Data Center - The Royal Observatory of Belgium]
[NW7US Space and Propagation Resource Center]
[WM7D's 27 Day NASA Forecast]
[News about Solar Cycle 24 updated every day]

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