December 06, 2016

Tiny 'Black Magic' satellite packs origami-like radar dish

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA challenged engineers to pack an entire satellite dish into a cereal box with Radar in a CubeSat (RainCube), a technology-demonstration mission scheduled for launch in 2017

Sandringham school aims for space

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Students at Sandringham School plan to launch a High Altitude Balloon with a Raspberry Pi payload into near-space and transmit back pictures

Radio Amateurs of Canada welcomes new directors

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Following the call for nominations for Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada's Atlantic, Ontario North/East, Midwest and British Columbia/ Yukon Regions, RAC would like to welcome the following Radio Amateurs to our Board of Directors

Ofcom refuse to act on Channel 5 TV show

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom claim the Channel 5 TV show Nightmare Neighbour Next Door "did not raise issues warranting investigation"

Loulé Amateur Radio Club - 32nd anniversary

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- RCL- Loulé Amateur Radio Club is organising a competition in order to promote amateur radio

35th Chelmsford Amateur Radio Foundation Course

December 06, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be holding their 35th Foundation training course starting Thursday, January 19 - Book Now

Shake-Up for RSGB Contests:

December 06, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Starting in the New Year, some significant changes are being made to RSGB contests. This is as a result of the Presidential Review of Contesting and detailed consultation with the contest community. A summary of the changes is in the January edition of RadCom, which should start arriving with RSGB Members from Wednesday onwards.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:

December 06, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable we will
have Emmett Hohensee III W0QH returning to
give us a report on the special event station
at the submarine U.S.S. Batfish commemorating
WWII. Emmett will also be talking about the
many ham radio resources and publications to
help you with antennas.

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to Host December 7 Special Event

December 06, 2016 05:31 AM - ARRL -- The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina, will host a special event on Wednesday, December 7, to mark the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Operator Jack Jacobs, WD4OIN, reports that NI4BK will be on 20 meters on December 7, 1400-2100 UTC.The USS North Carolina (BB-55) was commissioned on April 9, 1941, a few months before the Pearl Harbor attack. During Worl...

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions Scheduled from ISS

December 06, 2016 05:31 AM - ARRL -- Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1...

FCC Affirms Penalty for Unlicensed Amateur Operation, Making False Distress Call

December 06, 2016 02:33 AM - ARRL -- The FCC has affirmed a $23,000 penalty against Daniel Delise of Astoria, New York, for operating without an Amateur Radio license on 147.96 MHz and for transmitting a false officer-in-distress call on a New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio channel. The FCC's December 5 Forfeiture Order follows its August 31 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), which detailed a history of c...

December 05, 2016

Past AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, SK

December 05, 2016 10:32 PM - ARRL -- Past AMSAT-NA President Frank Robert "Robin" Haighton, VE3FRH, of Burlington, Ontario, died on December 2, after suffering a stroke in late November. A Life Member of Radio Amateurs of Canada and a member of ARRL, he was 79. Haighton served as AMSAT-NA president from 2000 until 2004, succeeding Keith Baker, KB1SF. Prior to that, he was an AMSAT executive vice president and a long-time member of...

Working SO-50 sat with Arrow Antenna

December 05, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Christian 2E0ICL unboxes a new Arrow II dual-band Yagi satellite antenna and uses it to contact two stations, EB1AO and 2E0SQL, via the SO-50 satellite

New book on SDR for Amateur Radio Operators, Short Wave Listeners, and anyone interested in radio as a hobby

December 05, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- This is not a textbook. It is written in an easy to read conversational style. The book is intended for Amateur Radio Operators, Short Wave Listeners, and anyone interested in radio as a hobby

DXCC Country/Entity Report

December 05, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th November, through Sunday, 4th December there were 239 countries active

DKARS Magazine November 2016

December 05, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month

CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run

December 05, 2016 01:32 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z-2259Z, Dec 11

Skywarn Amateur Radio Recognition Day:

December 05, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- La Crosse County, WI (WXOW) -- The National Weather Service Station held their annual Skywarn Amateur Radio Recognition Day on Saturday. The day was developed in 1999 when weather service communication programs developed tremendously in order to celebrate the contributions that the volunteer radio operators make for the National Weather Service. National Weather Service meteorologists say that they rely on amature radio operators all around the nation when bad weather is occurring in order to get a feel about what is physically happening outside.

Remembering When Shortwave Radio Was a Window on the World:

December 05, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Don't stop me because I know you've heard this one before. But it's a story worth repeating.
The recent death of Fidel Castro brought back memories of learning about the world through a shortwave radio when I was a kid. For Christmas in 1962, my older brother Tim convinced me that we both should ask for the radio so he would have a better chance of actually getting one.
I don't know how my parents did it because a shortwave didn't seem like something anyone could pick up at Hess Brothers or Boscov's, but on Christmas morning under the tree was a Hallicrafters shortwave radio. My brother and I would sit in the dark lit only by the dial light of the radio and tune into the overcrowded broadcast bands, fiddling the dials through the percolator-like noise and squeaks and squawks of the mysterious sounds of the universe. We could listen to broadcasts from around the world through Radio Moscow, Radio Berlin, Radio Prague, the BBC, the CBC, while turning a desk globe to track the source of those signals.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

December 05, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

December 04, 2016

What is the 'Da Vinci Glow'?

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci proposed an outlandish theory explaining why the Moon's surface glows during the lunar night. Turns out, his idea was correct

Vintage Radio Weekend on the air on 17-18 December

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Vintage Radio Group will be 'sponsoring' a Vintage Radio Weekend on the air on 17-18 December. This event is open to everyone with vintage gear to participate on-air, on any band, any mode, any time over the weekend

SARL and ICASA sign Memorandum of Understanding

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tuesday 29 November 2016 was a historic day for the South African Radio League

Raspberry Pi 2m FM Repeater

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC describes how to create a 145 MHz FM Repeater with a Raspberry Pi (B) and RTL dongle

Beacon PY4MAB celebrates 6 years on the air

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- It all started with a simple idea in 2006 when I got to know the 10 meter range more deeply and noticed that there were several modal allocations

Large coronal hole turning toward Earth

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- A large hole in the sun's atmosphere has formed and it is turning toward Earth

Equipment Type Approval exemption

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- SARL News reports on the recent submission to the ICASA to request exemption from type approval for both commercial and home constructed amateur radio equipment

ARISS contact planned for school in Saint Malo, France

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Collège Jean Charcot, Saint Malo, France
The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 437.525 MHz

HamRadioNow: A Ham's Night Before Christmas

December 04, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- "T'was the night before Christmas, and all through two-meters, not a signal was keying up any repeaters."

International Naval Contest

December 04, 2016 01:32 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Dec 10 to 1559Z, Dec 11

ARRL 10-Meter Contest

December 04, 2016 01:32 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Dec 10 to 2400Z, Dec 11

The Sun is Eerily Quiet Right Now:

December 04, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- NASA has released images showing a strangely spotless Sun this month, with hardly a mark on its surface. It's the lowest level of solar activity we've seen since 2011, even though the Sun is only halfway through its 11-year cycle, and five years off its solar minimum. But for some reason, it seems to have gone quiet a lot earlier than usual.

Amateur Radio Operator's Call Sign Silenced:

December 04, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Arthur J."Barney" Barnhart had a lifelong love of amateur radio, starting as a 16-year-old growing up in Mt. Pleasant Township and continuing throughout his life, his family said. "He passed his knowledge and love of ham radio onto others, who became ham operators with the help of my dad," said his daughter, Annette Barnhart of Lexington Park, Md., who became an amateur radio operator herself as a teenager. "He loved it to the end," said his wife of 55 years, Dolores A. Novotny Barnhart. Mr. Barnhart, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at his home. Now, in the world of ham radio operators, the man who held the call sign W3SII, "becomes a silent key," Annette Barnhart said.

December 03, 2016

EPC Ukraine DX Contest

December 03, 2016 10:31 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z, Dec 3 to 1959Z, Dec 4

WSPRLite first impressions

December 03, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Edmund M0MNG gives a 'first impressions' unscripted review of a new product. The WSPRlite is available from SOTAbeams and is proving very popular

VK6WIA, NewsWest for Sunday 4 December 2016

December 03, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, we take a close look at the dysfunction that is paralysing the Wireless Institute of Australia. We report on what appears to be financial mis-management, lack of procedure, substantial financial losses and give you an overview how this all came to be

Middle school students' Tancredo-1 TubeSat scheduled for launch

December 03, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Tancredo-1 satellite, a small TubeSat built by middle school students in Brazil, is scheduled to be sent to the International Space Station on December 9, 2016

Receive pictures from space - ISS SSTV Dec 8-9

December 03, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions are planned from the International Space Station (ISS) on December 8-9, 2016

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 78

December 03, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The folly of throwing away cruft from my desk last week caused concern for my mental health. Fortunately the bearing lives

When Power's Out and Phones are Down, Who You Gonna Call?

December 03, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- When the power's out and the phones are down, who you gonna call? Bundy's WICEN. The Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network have been busy preparing to combat any wild weather that rolls in this storm season. WICEN is a division of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club and has collaborated with the SES to ensure communications remain operational in the event of major storms, floods or other natural disasters. "While we aren't the first responders or the people suspended from helicopters, WICEN members are the behind-the-scenes people who work to keep communications going," Gail Lidden, deputy controller for WICEN Bundaberg, said. "Emergency evacuation centres need communications and it's vital that an agency caring for evacuees is in touch with the outside world." David Nebe, a WICEN volunteer, said at this time of year more practice was undertaken with the SES and Bundaberg Regional Council to sow they could aid in an emergency situation.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 4 December 2016:

December 03, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- In the news this week we take a close look at
the dysfunction that is paralysing the
Wireless Institute of Australia. We report on
what appears to be financial mis-management,
lack of procedure, substantial financial
losses and give you an overview how this all
came to be.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #78:

December 03, 2016 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The folly of throwing away cruft from my desk
last week caused concern for my mental
health. Fortunately the bearing lives. This
week I look at ball-bearings, no, antennas
and how an Amateur License helps you
understand the drivel that manufacturers use
to describe their product and expose some of
the fun and games associated with helping a
fellow spectrum user.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #49 de K7RA:

December 03, 2016 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01
December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre. A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4
Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from
late 3 Dec or early 4 Dec. Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high
speed wind stream from 03 to 04 December 2016.

Contribute to ARRL through Your IRA

December 03, 2016 12:32 AM - ARRL -- Time is running short to contribute to ARRL from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The federal government has now made permanent the ability for those age 70-1/2 or older to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an IRA directly to qualifying charities without having first to declare the donation as income. This means, for example, that you can donate your annual required minimum distr...

December 02, 2016

The K7RA Solar Update

December 02, 2016 08:34 PM - ARRL -- SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre.A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4-Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3-Dec or early 4-Dec.Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03-04 December 2016GEOMAGNETI...

Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI, to Chair Powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

December 02, 2016 04:32 PM - ARRL -- US Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee when the 115th Congress convenes in January. Energy and Commerce is considered one of the most powerful congressional panels on Capitol Hill.Walden defeated the more senior Rep. John Sh...

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2016

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tampa Bay NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah WX4DAN joins Dan and Gary to talk about SKYWARN Recognition Day

Russian resupply ship experiences anomaly; International Space Station crew is fine

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost

MSF Outage

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 8 December 2016 from 10:00 to 14:00 UTC

Licences to supply radio transmitters

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- If you are a supplier of radio transmitting equipment in New Zealand, you must hold a Licence to Supply Radio Transmitters

EURAO Newsletter December 2016

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

ARRL issues urgent last call to press for Senate passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- It's now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the "lame duck" session of Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks

A comprehensive review of the Elecraft KX2 QRP transceiver

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In August, I took the plunge and ordered an Elecraft KX2. Perhaps it was a leap of faith...or a momentary lapse of judgement that led me down temptation lane at Elecraft's Hamvention booth

Virtual Buildathon from Chertsey:

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Chertsey Radio Club will be hosting a Virtual
Buildathon starting in December. Bob, M6FLT
will be building a kit over a couple of
weeks, live on camera, and will be able to
answer questions as participants follow him.
The kit will be a Kanga Products Fox-3, 40m
CW transceiver and k16 keyer kit.
Participants buy the kit but there is no cost
to join in with the session.

Ham Radio Club's Christmas Dinner Meeting set for 6 PM Dec. 12:

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 -- The Kentucky
Amateur Radio Society (KARS) December
meeting/Christmas Dinner will take place at 6
p.m. Monday, Dec. karslogolowres12, 2016, at
Colton's Steakhouse, 1001 Granite Dr. in
Bardstown. The Christmas Dinner will begin
with a short KARS business meeting. During
the business meeting the nominated officers
for 2017 will be presented, nominations from
the floor will be accepted, and the vote for
the 2017 officers will be held. The election
will close the meeting and Christmas Dinner
will follow. Members attending are asked to
arrive promptly at 6 p.m. so the business
meeting may be conducted expeditiously.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2040, Friday, December 2, 2016:

December 02, 2016 03:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. An amateur radio
operator is killed by a suspect being pursued
by police. Hams assist with shelter
communications during Tennessee wildfires. An
uninhabited Hawaiian island comes alive with
radio -- and we share memories of Pearl
Harbor in December 1941. All this and more as
we bring you Amateur Radio Newsline Report
#2040 in an expanded edition this week.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #49:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with
information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The
Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar
and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Urgent Last Call to Press for Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It's now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a
last call for members to
urge their US Senators to support the Amateur
Radio Parity Act (H.R.
1301) when it comes up
during the "lame duck" session of Congress
that adjourns in a couple of
weeks. The House of Representatives approved
the bill in September, and
the Senate must follow suit if the bill is to
succeed. If it fails in
the Senate, the entire process will have to
be repeated in the new
Congress. The legislation is now in the
Senate in two forms -- as H.R.
1301 and alternately in the packaged bill S.
253.

Transatlantic Reception Anniversary Special Event Set for December 11:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- An Amateur Radio special event on December 11
will commemorate the 95th
anniversary of the first transatlantic
shortwave reception between
Greenwich, Connecticut,
and Scotland. A school near the original site
is hosting the event.
ARRL, the Radio Society of Great Britain
(RSGB), and
the Radio Club of America (RCA), are
partnering in sponsoring the activity. The
Greenwich Historical Society
will also participate.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Shelter Communication Support in Tennessee

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers this week provided
communication support to
American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County,
Tennessee, where area
residents fleeing wildfires took refuge. At
the peak, an estimated
1,300 evacuees occupied six Red Cross or
independently operated
shelters, state authorities said. Wind-driven
flames and embers from
the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, now
closed, spread on November 28 to threaten the
communities of Gatlinburg
and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee. Highway
441 into Gatlinburg remains
open only to emergency traffic and outbound
evacuation traffic. The
fire caused considerable destruction in
Gatlinburg.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- "Yagi Antennas" is the topic of the latest
(December 1) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

National Parks On the Air Update:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA)
program is down to its final month. Over 460
of the 489 NPOTA units
have been activated, with over 15,500 visits
to eligible sites. With 30
days to go, there is a big push to cross the
1 million contact
threshold. This past week saw nearly 30,000
contacts uploaded to
Logbook of The World, bringing the year-to-
date total to more than
915,000 contacts. There will be plenty of
NPOTA activity in December;
how many stations can you work in the final
month?

ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A growing number of campus radio clubs and
student radio amateurs have
begun to share ideas and suggestions on the
ARRL Collegiate Amateur
Radio Initiative (CARI)
Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking
renewed participation,
activity, and idea-sharing among this special
sector of the Amateur
Radio community. The now-expanded initiative
stemmed from two
well-attended ARRL New England Division
Convention forums for radio
amateurs attending college, one hosted by the
Amateur Radio clubs at
Harvard (W1AF) and Yale (W1YU). As the forum
explained, the activity
level at campus Amateur Radio club stations
can vary wildly from one
year to the next, as students graduate and
newcomers arrive.

FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Says Amateur Enforcement Will Be Aggressive

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told a
standing-room-only audience at
the ARRL Pacific Division Convention
(Pacificon) in October that,
despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio
enforcement will not be
compromised. Smith spoke for nearly an hour
and a half on a variety of
FCC issues related to Amateur Radio, and the
entire presentation is available on YouTube,
thanks to Bob Miller, WB6KWT, and his son
Robert, KA7JKP, who recorded
the forum. Smith said that with the FCC set
to shut down 11 field
offices across the country in January, the
Enforcement Bureau has
reorganized into three US regions, and she
does not anticipate any
significant issues for the Amateur Service as
a result.

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Otto:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on
Thanksgiving Day for Hurricane Otto. The
Category 2 storm with maximum
sustained winds of 110 MPH made landfall on
the southern Nicaraguan
coast on November 24 and passed over Central
America with no reported
fatalities, but it generated flooding. The
net stood down at 2200 UTC.
Amateur Radio emergency nets also convened in
Central America on 40 and
75 meters in anticipation of Tropical Storm
Otto, which was the
strongest Atlantic hurricane on record this
late in the year.

Rocky Mountain Division Director, WY7FD, Overcomes Challenge Wins Election:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director
Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, has won
election to a 3-year term. As Vice Director,
Allen assumed the
Director's seat last January, after the Board
of Directors elected
former Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, as
Second Vice President.
Allen outpolled challenger Garth Crowe, WY7GC
(ex-N7XKT), 1,112 to 528
votes, to win the seat in his own right.
Ballots were counted November
18 at ARRL Headquarters.

SKYWARN Recognition Day On-the-Air Event is Saturday, December 3:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The annual SKYWARN Recognition Day
(SRD) on-the-air activity will
take place Saturday, December 3, from 0000
until 2400 UTC (starts on
the evening of Friday, December 2, in US time
zones).

ARRL Seeks Nominations for Six Awards:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL is inviting nominations for awards
that recognize educational
and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio.
Nominations are also open
for the League's premier award to honor a
young licensee.

Hamvention Solicits Nominations for 2017 Awards:

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The 2017 Hamvention Awards
Committee,
chaired by Frank J. Beafore, WS8B, has
announced that nominations are
open for 2017 awards, sometimes considered
the Academy Awards of
Amateur Radio. The program will bestow awards
for Amateur of the Year,
Technical Achievement, Special Achievement,
and Club of the Year.

In Brief...

December 02, 2016 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- JOTA 2016 Report Shows Participation was Up:
The Boy Scouts of America
has released the final report on the 2016
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), and
the news is good.
Participation was up from 2015, despite what
the report called
"terrible propagation."

Battleship Iowa Special Event to Commemorate Pearl Harbor Attack

December 02, 2016 02:32 AM - ARRL -- Members of the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, December 7, 1600-2359 UTC, operating shipboard from the Iowa as NI6BB.The primary BIARA team will staff SSB and CW stations on 20 through 10 meters, commensurate with conditions. Suggested frequencies are 14.041, 18.078, 21.041, 24.896, and/or...

A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

December 02, 2016 12:33 AM - ARRL --

December 01, 2016

WX4NHC to Be on the Air for SKYWARN Recognition Day

December 01, 2016 08:33 PM - ARRL -- WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on Saturday, December 3. The station will be active from 1400 until 2300 UTC. SKYWARN Recognition Day is a day-long event."This will be our 18th year of participation in the SRD and our 35th year of public service at NHC," said the Center's Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. T...

ARRL Issues Urgent Last Call to Press for Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

December 01, 2016 06:33 PM - ARRL -- It's now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the "lame duck" session of Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, and the Senate must follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the Senate, the entir...

The Joy of Data

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this BBC TV show Dr Hannah Fry hails the contribution of Claude Shannon, the mathematician and electrical engineer

Radio Hams providing shelter communication support

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports Amateur Radio volunteers are providing communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- On the IARU Region 1 site Rizkallah Azrak OD5RI reports that six Societies will celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3

Ham radio and Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene story

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Video of the Barnaby 434 MHz High Altitude Balloon launch has been shared by Jean-Michel Jarre as part of the Oxygene story

GB16YOTA

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- GB16YOTA will be on the air 2nd December from The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon

Demystifying amateur radio callsigns

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Jenny List G7CKF writes on Hackaday about amateur radio callsigns, how they are formated and some of the suffixes which may be added at the end

Cyclone heads for India

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tropical Cyclone Nada developed to the east of Sri Lanka and will impact India into this weekend

Laura Smith: Amateur enforcement will be aggressive

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon) in October that, despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio enforcement will not be compromised

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

December 01, 2016 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Up to just before the weekend CW contest, conditions were very poor. Even during the contest there was not the usual high number of contacts

New Cootie/Paddle from W1SFR:

December 01, 2016 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- I am announcing today a new addition to my
line of
Torsion Bar Keys -- the TBCP or Torsion Bar
Cootie/Paddle.

Introducing the NEW BCS-200 Speaker Mic by BridgeCom Systems:

December 01, 2016 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce
the availability of the BCS-200 Speaker Mic
for the
amateur and commercial radio markets.

ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs

December 01, 2016 03:32 AM - ARRL -- A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs have begun to share ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking renewed participation, activity, and idea-sharing among this special sector of the Amateur Radio community. The now-expanded initiative stemmed from two well-attended ARRL New England Division...

November 30, 2016

Sign Up for ARRL's 12 Days of Deals!

November 30, 2016 09:32 PM - ARRL -- We're making a list and checking it twice. Beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016, ARRL will be offering 12 days of deals.Subscribe by entering your name, call sign, and e-mail address in the fields provided. You'll receive an e-mail a day for 12 days with a special online deal. Each deal is valid for 1 day only at www.arrl.org/shop, and concludes Friday, December 16, 2016.Sign up now and unwrap ...

FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Says Amateur Enforcement Will Be Aggressive

November 30, 2016 09:32 PM - ARRL -- FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told a standing-room-only audience at the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon) in October that, despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio enforcement will not be compromised. Smith spoke for nearly an hour and a half on a variety of FCC issues related to Amateur Radio, and the entire presentation is available on YouTube, thanks to Bob Miller, WB6KWT, and his so...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Providing Shelter Communication Support in Tennessee

November 30, 2016 07:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers are providing communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee. Wind-driven flames and embers from the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now closed, spread on Monday to threaten the communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee. Authorities have closed Highway 441 into Gatlinburg, although it remains ...

Tragic death of radio ham

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- On November 28 the Daily Mail newspaper reported on tragic death of Radio Amateur Douglas Hurr G6MFH, who passed away January 2, 2016

Swedish 5 MHz changes

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Goran, SM7DLK and Torleif, SM6YOR, report that from the end of October 2016 the Swedish Post and Telecom (PTS) regulator has been issuing temporary (6 month) experimental licenses for 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz with 15W EIRP

Phil Anderson, VE3FAS, appointed to Hall of Fame

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are pleased to appoint Phil Anderson, VE3FAS, of Amaranth, Ontario to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for the year 2016

Old heatsink lets ham push duty cycle

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about how you can up the transmitter duty cycle by using a heat sink

Ofcom publish Digital Radio Report

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published its seventh annual Digital Radio Report, which tracks the progress of digital radio in the UK

Ofcom consultation on Annual Plan

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published its proposed 2017/18 Annual Plan for consultation, outlining its areas of work for the next financial year

ISWL Callsigns for December 2016

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of December 2016

CQ-DATV Update

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 42 is now available for free download

Austria will test DRM (and currently testing DAB+)

November 30, 2016 02:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Testing of DAB+ transmission is in its second year there. Nevertheless, proponents of the DRM system, an alternative means of digital transmission, are not deterred, and are assisting in a DRM trial in Austria

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