May 29, 2017

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Tuesday:

May 29, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Join Katie Breen Allen, Dave Casler, and me
Tuesday night for Amateur Radio Roundtable at 8:00 PM Central (May 30) on W5KUB.COM

May 28, 2017

Strong (G3) Geomagnetic Storm Conditions Reported

May 28, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said strong (G3) geomagnetic storm conditions occurred overnight. The SWPC issued a G3 alert at 0419 UTC on May 28, due to activity associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME) on May 23."Although the solar wind speed is relatively slow, the embedded magnetic field had a prolonged period of southward Bz (a magnetic field component) that is causing ...

ICQ Podcast Episode 238 - WSPR and Small Portable Antennas

May 28, 2017 01:32 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Martin Rothwell M0SGL and Chris Howard M0TCH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is WSPR by Ed Durrant D5LP and Small Portable Antennas by Bill Barnes N3JIX. We would like to thank our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Harmonisation of CEPT Novice Licences 70 MHz in Germany 60m Allocation for Mexico Poland to Join 60m - adds more 70 MHz space Correction to Use Uruguay 60m Allocation 5 Year Experiment of 4m band in Kazakhstan Geoparks Communications Weekend WIA Trials Online Exams UK Frequency Allocations Proposed FM repeater K2Sat AM Licence for Radio Caroline Realtime Band Conditions Foundation Course in Lowestoft

Spring 2017 CubeSat Workshop presentations and video posted

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year was the biggest CubeSat Workshop yet, with almost 550 attendees from 19 different countries

South African RAE results released

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The results of the Class A and Class B radio amateur exams held in South Africa on May 20, 2017 have been released

SARL Digital Contest this afternoon

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The aim of the South African Radio League Digital Contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using PSK31 and RTTY

Her Majesty's Royal Mint special event

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active from 'Her Majesty's Royal Mint' at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, signing GB4RME (Royal Mint Experience) between July 31st and August 5th

Green Party 2017 Event

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The YOFF team of SRR (The Romanian Society of Radio-amateurs) and ARER (The Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radio-amateurs) are inviting all the radio amateurs to join them in the Green-Party 2017 event, between 0600-1759z on June 3rd

Geomagnetic storm underway

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A moderately strong G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway on May 27-28 as Earth moves through the wake of a CME that swept past our planet just hours ago

Burundi DXpedition

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The international MDXC team is working hard to prepare the set-up for the new DXpedition from Burundi with the callsign 9U4M

Australian draft Radicommunications Bill 2017

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the Spectrum Strategy Committee - we'd like your help, please

10-year-old radio ham from Swadlincote

May 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Burton Mail reports ten year old Ben Cridland from Swadlincote takes first steps into the world of amateur radio

WIA Honors Achievers with Awards:

May 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Noel Ferguson VK3FI of Mildura and Graeme Scott "Scotty" VK2KE from Albury were made Honorary Life Members at the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) annual general meeting in Hahndorf South Australia. Noel (picured right) became a radio amateur in May, 1958, was an avid homebrewer, very active in education, special events, promotion, and operating. Graeme, a radio amateur since 1957, was formerly with the WIA Education Committee, and for many decades a teacher and mentor of Amateur Radio throughout Australia. In other recognition, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Coordinator and telebridge station, Shane Lynd VK4KHZ, received the prestigious Chris Jones Award. He was overwhelmed. Former ARISS Coordinator and still a telebridge, Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI, talked briefly about Shane before making a surprise presentation of an ARISS Certificate for his 10 years of involvement. It was later learnt that Tony VK5ZAI, the Chris Jones Award 2009 recipient, also received a 20 year ARISS Certificate for his contributions.

Hams Preparing for Field Day:

May 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio has played an important part of emergency communications since the dawn of radio. Amateurs always practice their skills. One of those practices is the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Annual Field Day, when "hams" as they are called, move out into the community and operate for 24 hours remotely, away from power connections and antennas. They do what they can, with what they can create to get by and get the job done. Boundary County Emergency Management supports this annual field day as a training opportunity, and invite you to visit your local Amateurs at their Field Day location to discover what they are doing and how they do it.

The Sun's Magnetic Dynamo Is Weakening:

May 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Astronomers now confirm that the Sun's magnetic dynamo is likely to eventually disappear causing our star to lose its 11 year magnetic cycle. In fact, a billion years from now, they say, interplanetary spaceflight could become even more treacherous, since the Sun's protective magnetic heliosphere would weaken or even disappear --- leaving our solar system unshielded from incoming cosmic rays. In a paper submitted to the journal Solar Physics, co-author Travis Metcalfe confirms that the Sun, a yellow dwarf (G-spectral type) star is indeed making a long term transition in its magnetic activity cycle. Over the next one to two billion years, we have confirmed that the Sun's magnetic cycle period will get longer before disappearing entirely, Metcalfe, a research scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., told me. Such changes in the Sun's evolutionary state, he says, could even altogether eliminate Earth's signature auroras --- the source of our polar Northern and Southern lights. Last year, in a paper appearing in The Astrophysical Journal, Metcalfe and colleagues first reported that for the last 400 million years, the Sun has been magnetically transitioning into a new evolutionary phase. That is, a phase thought to affect all middle-aged stars.

Saanich Residents Oppose Radio Tower In Neighborhood:

May 28, 2017 09:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Residents of one Saanich neighbourhood are sending out a strong signal of opposition to a neighbour's proposal to erect a radio tower in his back yard. "We're just trying to get the word out and trying to fight it anyway we can," said Susanne 'Sanni' Rosebrock, who lives next door to the home at 3451 Salsbury Way where the tower would be installed. Rosebrock and her neighbour Adele Caird voiced their opposition to an application by Brian Summers to build a 15-metre amateur radio antenna and tower in his backyard. Caird wrote to members of Saanich council, citing concerns with privacy, esthetics and declining property values. "Nobody wants to move into an area that has a 50-foot radio tower. They'll see that and they're not interested," said Caird, who has collected 25 names on a petition from neighbours opposed to the radio antenna. For Brian Summers, it's just the continuation of a hobby that has spanned 60 years and stretched across the country and beyond. "I'm following a federal government-mandated consultation procedure with neighbours," said Summers, adding he has erected radio towers at his former homes in Ottawa, Calgary and Richmond without a problem from neighbours.

Ham College 29 is Now Available:

May 28, 2017 09:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Safety part 3 and our final episode covering the Technician Exam Questions. Plus tips on taking your exam.

May 27, 2017

Youth Contest Program - Young operators visit 9A1A in Croatia

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- For a while now the YCP (Youth Contest Program) event has been organized by the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) group, funded by IARU Region 1

Radio hams help Tamil Nadu woman

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio has come to the rescue of a 35-year-old woman from Tamil Nadu who had puzzled doctors at a West Bengal hospital for four years for her inability to recall a shred of information about her life

OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Competing Linux-for-routers (Mesh networks too) distributions OpenWRT and LEDE will soon vote on a proposal to heal the schism between the two

NASA to air launch of next ISS resupply mission

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its eleventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 5:55 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 1

Localised mobile communication services on aircraft

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has set out new regulations enabling airline passengers to use mobile devices, with 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, on-board aircraft, without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, if certain standards and requirements are met

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 103

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- What if the radio spectrum was a data source? The evolution of Amateur Radio is a constantly changing landscape

DXCC Country/Entity Report

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 20th May, through Saturday, 27th May there were 216 countries active

Countdown to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019

May 27, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Avisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending Preparatory Meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC)

10-Year-Old from Swadlincote Takes First Steps Into the World of Ham Radio:

May 27, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio is usually seen as a hobby for older people, and at the Burton Amateur Radio Club, this was no different, with all 15 paying members of the group either reaching or being in their senior years, apart from one special little boy. Ben Cridland, from Swadlincote first started going to the weekly meetings, held at the Stapenhill Institute, with his father, Rob Cridland three years ago - and now he is completely hooked. The 10-year-old explained that his love for amateur radio comes from the number of different opportunities that come from being involved. He said: "There are just so many things that you can do in it (amateur radio), there are so many opportunities to do things and so many people in the actual community. Everyone in radio is just nice. I actually quite like being the youngest, because I like to prove that young people can do anything anyone older can do. There's no one close to my age that I know who does this."

When Ham Radio Reunited Brother-Sister Across Two States:

May 27, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio, quintessentially a geeky hobby, has come to the rescue of a 35-year-old woman from Tamil Nadu who had puzzled doctors at a West Bengal hospital for four years for her inability to recall a shred of information about her life. In a few days, Visalakshi is all set to be united with her family here, over 1,500 km away from her native Krishnapuram village in Tamil Nadu, thanks to a network of Ham radio operators -- or Hams -- spanning the two states. It was four years ago that she was brought in by locals to the Barasat District Hospital in North 24-Parganas district (about 30 km from state capital Kolkata) after they spotted her wandering about in the area. "She was unable to recall anything initially. She has been with us for four years and is under treatment as a psychiatry patient. We even arranged a translator as she was unable to communicate with us in Hindi or English. We tried to contact the local police in Tamil Nadu but couldn't make much progress," the hospital's Superintendent Subrata Mondal told IANS. But, as her memory improved, Visalakshi began to plead with Mondal to contact her family. "Once her condition improved and she seemed to recollect pieces of information, we decided to try out Ham," Mondal said, especially as the police seemed of little help. "We approached West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) and provided a video recording of Visalakshi talking about herself," Mondal said. Led by Ambarish Nag Biswas of the club, a team of around nine Hams hooked up with some of their counterparts in Tamil Nadu.

Staying Connected at Sea:

May 27, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- We set sail for blue horizons to get away from it all, shed the pressures of life ashore and stay off the grid. Yet, today, we still can have easy access to instant communications whenever we wish. In many ways, it's the best of both worlds. One of the easiest methods to connect to the Internet to send and receive email is by using new technology with a relatively old tool -- the high-frequency single-sideband radio. Most bluewater yachts carry an HF/SSB radio. To use one, skippers must obtain a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit issued for the lifetime of the holder by the Federal Communications Commission. They also need a call sign, which is good for 10 years and is also obtained from the FCC. Application forms are available online. To reach the Internet via the popular SailMail server, the next step is downloading the free Airmail software onto your computer; the Airmail website includes instructions about the nuances of the system. A modem is required to link the SSB and the computer: Pactor 3 or Pactor 4 modems are built in Germany and distributed in the U.S. by Farallon Electronics in Sausalito, California. Its website not only handles sales, but it also has a wealth of information on installations to get the most efficient radio/modem/computer combination.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

May 27, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- At 2344 UTC on May 23, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a
geomagnetic disturbance warning for May 26 and 27. On May 26 they
predict a minor to major storm warning and on May 27 a minor storm.
These are due to a "partial halo coronal mass ejection."

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #103:

May 27, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The evolution of Amateur Radio is a
constantly changing landscape. I've
previously described the transition from
spark-gap to surface-mount and the ongoing
progression of inventiveness that brings this
amazing hobby together with the leading edge
of science and technology.

Ham Radio Deluxe 6.4.0.647 and 15 Percent Off:

May 27, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.4.0.647 is now
available to the public. This release,
combined with the 638 build released
earlier this year, includes a total of 32
features, enhancements and improvements.
Enhancements the include long-awaited
addition of the QRZCQ and the free HamQTH
call-sign lookup services, improvements to
DX cluster, a fix for remote server,
improved database performance, and other
rig control enhancements.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2065 for Friday, May 26, 2017:

May 27, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Ham radio operators help answer a boat's Mayday call. The Special Olympics needs some hams to make a special effort -- and we share some of the sounds of Hamvention 2017. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2065 comes your way right now.

May 26, 2017

Support ARRL and Earn 10,000 Bonus Points

May 26, 2017 10:32 PM - ARRL --

QB-50 Constellation Satellites Deployed from ISS

May 26, 2017 05:34 PM - ARRL -- More than 2 dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), including three carrying Amateur Radio transponders. Built by student groups from 23 countries, the string-of-pearls QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 kilometers above Earth. The satellites were launched to the ISS onboard an Atlas V rocket in March.In all 2...

WX4NHC Announces Communications Test in Advance of 2017 Hurricane Season

May 26, 2017 04:33 PM - ARRL -- Now in its 37th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will take to the airwaves on Saturday, May 27, for the annual NHC Station Test. The event will begin at 1300 UTC and wrap up at 2100 UTC. The exercise, which involves several bands and modes, serves to test Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas, and computer systems prior to this year's Hurricane Season, which sta...

The K7RA Solar Update

May 26, 2017 04:33 PM - ARRL -- At 2344 UTC on May 23, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for May 26-27. On May 26, they predict a minor to major storm warning and on May 27 a minor storm. These are due to a "partial halo coronal mass ejection."Dr. Skov has a new space weather video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlTZTcplsQUAverage daily sunspot number for the reporting week (May 1...

Strategic review of UHF spectrum at 410-470 MHz

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a statement following a strategic review of the 410 - 470 MHz spectrum band (UHF Band 1 and Band 2)

Special Event Station ON1418GMA

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Eric ON3EE, Leon ON4VLM, Joris ON3JL, Walter ON5WAL, Niels ON3NE and guest operator Swa ON5SWA are going to commemorate the building and construction of the German military airfield and training school for pilots 100 years ago at As. The first airplane took off from here for its first war mission on the 26th of may 1917

LilacSat-1 with Codec2 Digital Voice transponder

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The student built LilacSat-1 satellite with amateur radio 145/436 MHz FM to Codec2-BPSK digital voice transponder, APRS Digipeater and camera was deployed from the ISS on May 25 at 0845 GMT

InnovAntennas sponsors OE3XTR beacon with new antenna

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- InnovAntennas have supplied a 2 element 144MHz LFA-Q for the OE3XTR 2m beacon

CubeSat Workshop presentations available

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The 2017 CubeSat Developers Workshop, held in San Luis Obispo CA April 26-28, was the biggest event yet, with almost 550 attendees from 19 different countries

Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code

May 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Internet histories record Jack Dorsey's first tweet as a pivotal moment in the rise of social media. They are wrong. The history of social media began almost two centuries earlier

New WIA President Announced:

May 26, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Wireless Institute of Australia Board of Directors held its first meeting in Hahndorf South Australia today electing its leadership for the year ahead. The new President is Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW, and Vice President David Ford VK4MZ. Both were elected unopposed.

CLASP Aids in Exploration of Sun's Outer Atmosphere's Magnetic Field:

May 26, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A cohort of NASA scientists and an international group of researchers provided the first ever polarization measurements of ultraviolet light discharged from the outer atmosphere of the Sun.These measurements were provided with the help of the data accumulated from the from the high-precision science instrument CLASP -- the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter. The polarization measurements taken previously were limited to the visible light emitted from the Sun's surface. The heliophysicists -- who analyse the Sun and the alterations taking place in the very physics of space around Earth and other planets -- used this technique to study the Sun. They can now answer various fundamental questions about the Sun's chromospheres -- an important layer present at the outer atmosphere of the Sun. "Understanding the role of the magnetic field is vital to predicting powerful solar activity and protecting space and Earth technology from potential damage," said David McKenzie, a fellow NASA heliophysicist and Winebarger's colleague.

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum:

May 26, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- More than a century of radio history is told in these displays. The displays at the museum are arranged by decade, starting from the mid-1800s up through the 1970s. The museum also has an extensive research library in which visitors can learn more about the history and science behind radio communication.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #21:

May 26, 2017 05:33 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:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hamvention Gets Off to a Promising Start At Its New Venue:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Official attendance numbers are not yet in, but Hamvention 2017 drew a
happy and enthusiastic crowd to its new venue at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center May 19-21 in Xenia, Ohio. The sponsoring
Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) was
forced to relocate the event after the dilapidated Hara Arena in
Trotwood closed for good last summer.

CQ Announces Hall of Fame Honorees for 2017:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- CQ magazine has announced the induction of new members to the CQ DX
Hall of Fame, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and the CQ Amateur Radio
Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame nominees are traditionally announced each
spring in conjunction with Hamvention.

Federal Court Complaint Filed to Recover Unpaid FCC Fine In Amateur Case:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The US Government has filed a civil complaint in Federal District Court
for the Western District of Pennsylvania to recover an unpaid $11,500
fine that the FCC imposed in a Forfeiture Order 2 years ago on Brian
Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The complaint was filed
in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on
the basis of Crow's residence. The office of the clerk for the US
District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania confirmed to
ARRL that the complaint was filed on May 8.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- "Flea Market Tips" is the topic of the latest episode of the "ARRL The
Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Ned Stearns, AA7A, Elected as Southwestern Division Vice Director:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Edward J. "Ned" Stearns, AA7A, is once again Vice Director of the ARRL
Southwestern Division. Stearns, of Scottsdale, Arizona, served as
Southwestern Division Vice Director in 2005-2006. After ballots were
counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters, Stearns topped a field of three
candidates. He succeeds Marty Woll, N6VI, who decided not to run for
another term after serving since 2008. Stearns garnered 1,836 votes,
while Grant Hays, WB6OTS, received 575 votes, and Frank Westphal, K6FW,
picked up 762 votes.

Spring Section Manager Election Results Announced:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section
Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager
for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring
election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters.

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Regional Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Suquamish Tribe hosted the 14th annual
Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference May 1-3 at the
Port Madison Indian Reservation at Agate Pass on Puget Sound,
Washington. Radio amateurs from Washington, Oregon, California, and
Arizona contributed to the success of this conference. The event was
sponsored by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC).

Hawaii Hams Demonstrate Amateur Radio at Youth Fest:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club in Hawaii demonstrated Amateur
Radio during the annual Keiki (Youth) Fest in Kamuela on the Big
Island. The event April 22 event was sponsored by the North Hawaii
Community Hospital (NHCH). South Kohala Emergency Coordinator Norm
Cohler, NH7UA, and South Kohala AEC Steve Doyle, WH7TW, staffed the
booth. An Icom IC-706 and a Buddipole were set up on 40 meters to
demonstrate regional communication.

Case Western Honors AD8Y, for Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching:

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- At its May 21 commencement ceremonies, Ohio's Case Western Reserve
University (CWRU) honored ARRL member David Kazdan, AD8Y, with the Carl
F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A retired
anesthesiologist and virtual renaissance man, Kazdan has leveraged his
passion for Amateur Radio in his Seminar Approach to General Education
and Scholarship (SAGES) course. SAGES classes stress critical thinking,
written and oral communication, the use of information, quantitative
reasoning, engagement with ethical issues and diversity, and exposure
to experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding human
culture and behavior, scientific knowledge, and methods of research.

Low-Power Broadcasting Proponent Nick Leggett, N3NL, (SK):

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL, an early low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting
proponent, civil libertarian, and inveterate commenter in a variety of
FCC proceedings over the years, died on April 26 after a long illness.
An ARRL member, he was 72. Hardly any FCC petition or proceeding
escaped his attention, and Leggett was often listed among those who had
expressed their opinions.

In Brief...

May 26, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack
Fischer, K2FSH, Conclude Spacewalk: International Space Station (ISS)
Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson,
ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH
(ex-KG5FYH), undertook a nearly 3-hour spacewalk to replace a faulty
computer relay box and install a set of antennas to enhance radio
communication on future spacewalks.

May 25, 2017

Red Cross Recognizes ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC

May 25, 2017 10:32 PM - ARRL -- The American Red Cross has honored ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, with an Award for Excellence in Service to the ARC's Gold Country Region. The award recognizes Kruckewitt's "outstanding contributions for your many hours of effort developing Red Cross disaster forms templates suitable for transmission over digital radio circuits." Kruckewitt has b...

Consent Decree, Forfeiture Terminate FCC Interference Investigation

May 25, 2017 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has again used a consent decree to resolve an enforcement matter. The FCC Enforcement Bureau recently concluded a radio interference investigation with "a negotiated settlement" and $90,000 civil penalty. The case against AFX Inc. involved the marketing of unauthorized RF devices that interfered with AM/FM radio reception.After the company's NLL Series LED lighting fixtures were reporte...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 29

May 25, 2017 08:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 AM EDT. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Amateur Radio Panel Set during IEEE International Microwave Symposium

May 25, 2017 07:33 PM - ARRL -- Aloha! Amateur Radio-related activities will be part of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) June 4-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. IMS is sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and is part of Microwave Week, when the IEEE RFIC Symposium and ARFTG Conference meet at the same location.Rick Campbell, KK7B, will moderate an Amateur Radio panel, "Using Amateur Radio to Enh...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

May 25, 2017 04:33 PM - ARRL -- "Flea Market Tips" is the topic of the latest episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel H...

Upgrade on AOR DV-1

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Waters and Stanton, The UK's only official Importer of AOR products, today confirmed the most recent update to the capabilities of the AOR DV-1 analogue/ digital receiver to include NXDN Descrambling and discriminator Direct Recording on SD

Spring Section Manager election results announced

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters

Ofcom Ham Radio Licensing Portal closed again

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Another prolonged shutdown of the Ofcom Amateur Radio Licencing Portal will occur over 4 days from 6pm Friday, May 26

ISWL Callsigns for June

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Another prolonged shutdown of the Ofcom Amateur Radio Licencing Portal will occur over 4 days from 6pm Friday, May 26

IARU Region 1 Executive Committee minutes

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee of IARU Region 1, held at Landshut, Germany on May 5-7 have been released

Ham radio Field Day at Fort Necessity

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Franklin Sun reports two Winnsboro radio amateurs will be participating in the Field Day exercise next month

Greek GeoPark operation

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean (SZ8LSV) will be active from the geo park on Lesvos (EU-049) between May 25 and June 23 with the call J48GEO

German Radio Ham Map

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ulrich Thiel DK1UT/VK2UTL has produced a Google map of amateur radio stations in Germany based on the based on information published by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)

February launch for Jordanian CubeSat

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Fourth year electrical engineering student Aya Jaafari is a member of the JY1-SAT team. She says working on the CubeSat has allowed her to practically implement a lot of what she learns theoretically at university

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

May 25, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A most entertaining week with lots of stations, DX and otherwise about. Look at the list to see how it varied from day to day. I even managed to work 4Z5ML on JT65

Remembering Social Media's True Inventor:

May 25, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In late March of 2006, a college dropout named Jack Dorsey finished coding a site for Internet users to post 140-character messages. It was called twttr. Dorsey and his co-founders eventually added vowels to the service, forming Twitter. The name made total sense. "The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information' and 'chirps from birds,' " Dorsey said. "And that's exactly what the product was." Internet histories record Dorsey's first tweet as a pivotal moment in the rise of social media. They are wrong. The history of social media began almost two centuries earlier, on May 24, 1844, when Samuel F.B. Morse, a painter-turned-inventor, sent a message from Washington to Baltimore. Back then, Morse wasn't typing with his thumbs but was instead tapping dots and dashes "on a device of cogs and coiled wires," as one historian later put it. While the telegraph had been around in idea and rudimentary form, Morse devised a way to use electricity for sending a series of codes signaling letters of the alphabet.

Spring Section Manager Election Results Announced:

May 25, 2017 02:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section
Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager
for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring
election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters.

Federal Court Complaint Filed to Recover Unpaid $11,500 FCC Fine in Amateur Case

May 25, 2017 12:34 AM - ARRL -- The US Government has filed a civil complaint in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to recover an unpaid $11,500 fine that the FCC imposed in a Forfeiture Order 2 years ago on Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The complaint was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on the basis of Crow's residence. FCC records li...

May 24, 2017

World Castles Weekend 2017

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- On June the 17th and 18th, 2017 will take place the 8th international days of ham's activity from castles and fortresses of the World - World Castles Weekend 2017 (WCW-2017)

Sangster Shield

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year's contest is the 90th anniversary of the first 'Radio Shield' contest first held in 1927. The contest became known as the Sangster Shield from 1933

His Life in Radio

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- For the Thames Amateur Radio Club's June meeting, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Tony Gilby G4YTG who will be telling us about His Life in Radio

Hamvention brings crowds from around the world

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- On May 20 Fox reported people from all around the world were gathering at Hamvention at its new home in Xenia

First report on SARL Information Technology Working Group

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL Information Technology Working Group was set up earlier this year to examine the League's IT systems and web sites and develop a strategy for the future

CW Boot Camp 2017

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex CW Club (ECWARC) is pleased to announce that the results of our Boot Camp survey make it clear such an event will be very welcome. It has been decided therefore to go ahead. The date will be Saturday 21st October 2017

Busy time ahead for Mid Ulster Club

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster ARC will be active 17th+18th June and 24th+25th June for Museums on the Air using call GB4UAS from the Ulster Aviation Society. The UAS has a static aircraft display along with radio museum through out the ages, we will be taking every and any calls

AMSAT-SA Space Symposium

May 24, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-SA Space Symposium on 27 May will give you the first glimpse in what will drive the communication on South Africa's first observation satellite, EO-SAT1

Everyday People: In Emergencies, a Radio Cure:

May 24, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Hillgaertner 'can talk to the world' When a hurricane-like storm lands in Clatsop County, as was the case in 2007, 911 telephone lines often stop working. In these moments, a retiree and his team of 36 fellow volunteers rush to fill the void. Don Hillgaertner has operated amateur radio, commonly referred to as ham radio, for more than 50 years. He's led the team in coordination with the county Emergency Management Division since the 1990s. Hillgaertner spends 10 to 12 hours of his time each week in the volunteer position. He and his wife, Terrie, both keep ham radios in their cars and have participated in multiple local ham radio clubs. Hillgaertner, 69, spent 31 years as a communications maintenance specialist with the Oregon Air National Guard, retiring as a master sergeant. He also served in the Oregon wing of the U.S. Army's Civil Air Patrol and in Washington County as a volunteer firefighter. His career has taken him to 44 states and 17 countries on five continents. He has regular conversations over radio with other enthusiasts around the world and as far away as Antarctica.

Before the Internet We Communicated; We Will Again:

May 24, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It was inevitable, really. When the power went out three weeks ago, I spent the evening enjoying the delights of a battery-powered shortwave radio. I wrote about it the following Monday. But I was hooked. Well, re-hooked. In the pre-internet days, shortwave listening was a passion of mine. It was a useful one, too: I'd roll tape on Radio Moscow or some other international broadcaster and would now and again get a bite of sound to use in radio newscasts with which I was at the time involved. It was even my privilege to be a reporter for a few years for "Media Network," a prestigious program broadcast by Radio Netherlands, out of Hilversum, North Holland. So it took only one evening of electrical privation and resort to the radio to re-spark my interest. For a long time, shortwave radio was how we remained informed of events in the world, either by listening ourselves or by reading or listening to digests put together by others. A recent published photo essay showing The New York Times being put together long ago included the radio desk, where foreign broadcasts were monitored. Because of the internet, many international broadcasters have abandoned their shortwave services or greatly cut them back. So in the last few weeks I've devoted more and more time to listening to the amateur operators who have ham radio licenses and equipment. Many of them also have generators and other gear that would let them stay on the air in time of disaster - in fact, that's much of the purpose of amateur radio. I've discussed with local amateurs how they could be of use in relaying information during local crises, such as the derecho storm of 2012 or the sudden snowstorm and sub-zero mess of March 2015. I remember in 1988 sitting at my radio and listening to OU1UN, the shortwave station at the United Nations, as it tried to get in touch with Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Gilbert. The first reports from many of the smaller islands, and the only reports we got for many days, came from radio amateurs. (In fact, I wrote up some of those reports and sold a little story to one of the New York papers.)

What I Saw at My First Maker Faire:

May 24, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Technology Editor Lou Frenzel was a maker long before the term ever existed, but what does he think about the namesake movement? Last week, I finally went to a Maker Faire to see what all the excitement's about. The Faire is a two-day event put on by Maker Media, the publisher of Make magazine. Its audience is a mix of do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, experimenters, and students -- or makers, as they're called. Simply put, makers are a mix of adults and kids of all ages who like building things and experimenting. Such DIYers have always existed, but for the past decade there's been a resurgence in the participation of individuals making stuff. Called the maker movement, it includes anyone interested in making things involving electronics, woodworking, metal working, 3D printing, computers, and any other technical thing (like robots or drones). Makers build things from scratch, or else hack and/or repurpose existing items. Basically, anything goes. I've been a maker for years. I started when I got my first ham license while in junior high. And I'm still actively making. Recently I built a power supply kit for my work bench. I am also building a low-power (QRP) ham transmitter good for about 2 watts on 40 meters (7 MHz band). And I am experimenting with some different antennas -- a major maker effort. I did get an Arduino computer recently, but as I'm a lousy C programmer, it doesn't get much attention (despite the potential).

Ham Talk Live #66 -- Search for Earhart:

May 24, 2017 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time on Ham
Talk Live! Tom Vinson, NY0V makes his second
appearance on the show... this time talking
about a recent search for Amelia Earhart's
plane and how ham radio ties into the search.

Spring Section Manager Election Results Announced

May 24, 2017 05:32 AM - ARRL -- Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters.In Northern New Jersey, Rob Roschewsk, KA2PBT, of Washington, outpolled incumbent SM Steve Ostrove, K2SO, 399 to 307 votes.Roschewsk h...

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation May 24, 2017:

May 24, 2017 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation May 24, 2017:

May 23, 2017

Ham Radio: Last Line of Defense in Disaster Communication:

May 23, 2017 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) -- Hurricane Matthew's winds toppled trees, knocking out some of our main sources of power and communication. IF a stronger storm were strike our area, what is our last line of defense to communicate DURING a disaster? Despite our growing dependence on digital communication, radio is an old, yet reliable technology that still has a place, and a large community of volunteers utilizing it, including Gordon Mooneyhan. "It's meeting people around the world, I can travel the world without leaving home." The love of radio started for Mooneyhan when he was a young kid AND his parents got him a short wave receiver, which he still has. He now uses his radio hobby to help others as a member of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, and especially in disaster situations. "A storm could come in and knock everything down, cell phones would be out, cell towers would be down, I could take a wire, hook it to the back of this radio and hook it to my car battery and talk around the world." During Hurricane Matthew, he was on the front lines relaying conditions on the ground with what meteorologists were seeing on the radar. "Information when the eyewall passed us, wind speeds, all stuff they need. The ground truth that radar doesn't tell them." Gordon isn't alone on this mission. He estimates hundreds of Amateur radio operators live in Horry County and over a thousand more across the Pee Dee. Matthew McGuire, coordinator of Horry County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), states that the assistance of amateur radio operators is critical. "Cell phones systems still aren't designed to take that degree of traffic at that point in time. So down they go, so then you have Amateur radio to provide back up communication for the shelters."

A New Approach to Forecasting Solar Flares:

May 23, 2017 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The emerging discipline of space meteorology aims to reliably predict solar flares so that we may better guard against their effects. Using 3-D numerical models, an international team headed by Etienne Pariat, a researcher at LESIA (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS / Université Paris Diderot / UPMC), has discovered a proxy that could be used to forecast an eruptive event. The proxy is associated with magnetic helicity, which reflects the extent of twist and entanglement of the magnetic field. The study is published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics dated 17 May 2017. Solar flares or eruptions are one of the most violent phenomena in the Solar System. They coincide with a sudden, violent reconfiguration of the magnetic field, releasing huge amounts of energy that can eject billions of tons of solar material into space at speeds of over a thousand kilometers per second. One of the aims of space meteorology is to forecast solar flares, in the same way as meteorological services forecast storms on Earth. Looking for a predictive parameter, the astrophysicists based their work on 3-D numerical simulations, which use computers to reproduce the behavior of the magnetic field in the Sun's atmosphere as well as the formation of sunspots, where eruptions take place. The researchers tested various parametric simulations and analyzed changes in magnetic energy and magnetic helicity, a quantity that measures the extent of entanglement and twist of the magnetic field.

Case Western Honors David Kazdan, AD8Y, for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

May 23, 2017 11:32 PM - ARRL -- At its May 21 commencement ceremonies, Ohio's Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored ARRL member David Kazdan, AD8Y, with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A retired anesthesiologist and virtual renaissance man, Kazdan has leveraged his passion for Amateur Radio in his Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) course. SAGES classes st...

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH, Conclude Spacewalk

May 23, 2017 09:33 PM - ARRL -- International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH (ex-KG5FYH), undertook a nearly 3-hour spacewalk to replace a faulty computer relay box and install a set of antennas to enhance radio communication on future spacewalks. This 10th spacewalk for Whitson moves her into 3rd place all-time for cumulative spacewalking time. Th...

WIA tries out on line trial exams

May 23, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia has been working toward some on line assessments for some time and has introduced a trial exam system as a 'proof of concept' exercise

QSP Magazine PDF's

May 23, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Austrian national amateur radio society ÖVSV is one of many who make their magazine available as a convenient PDF

New Hy-Gain Antennas

May 23, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- I am pleased to tell you about the new range of Hy-Gain (USA) antennas for the 4 and 6 metre bands, designed by our own UK antenna guru Justin Johnson G0KSC

NASA TV coverage of space station contingency spacewalk

May 23, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD and Jack Fischer, K2FSH are preparing for an unscheduled spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday, May 23. Live coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency's website

Mid Ulster ARC special event

May 23, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be at the Lurgan Park Country and Game (Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland) show and activating their call sign MN0VFW on 3rd of June 2017

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