March 28, 2017

The IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide in Romanian

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Francisc Grünberg YO4PX completed the 'Herculanean' task of translating into Romanian the 93 pages IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide

SARL National Convention

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League National Convention which includes the Annual General Meeting and the Awards Dinner takes place at Bergvallei in Muldersdrift just north of Johannesburg on Saturday 6 May 2017. The event is being hosted by the West Rand Amateur Radio Club

Ham College 27

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Safety Part 1 and more Technicians pool questions

GPS Satnav jamming in Scotland

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- GPS Jamming is taking place in Scotland at Loch Ewe, Faraid Head and Sennybridge, from March 27 until April 6

Geomagnetic storms underway (G2-class)

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- As predicted, a stream of solar wind enveloped Earth's magnetic field on March 27th

Franz Josef Land

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) are planning their next Arctic operation. This island group has never been activated before

Did you hear Sputnik in 1957?

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports a museum in Cambridge UK wants to hear from those who remember hearing the 20 MHz beacon from the Sputnik satellite which launched in 1957

CEPT Ham Radio Frequently Asked Questions

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new edition of the Frequently Asked Questions Related to Radio Amateur Regulations in CEPT was produced on February 8, 2017

Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

March 28, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia will be represented at the 11th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships

IQRP Quarterly Marathon

March 28, 2017 11:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0800Z, Apr 3 to 2000Z, Apr 9

Planet-Sized 'Waves' Spotted in the Sun's Atmosphere:

March 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Long-sought features may help researchers to improve models of solar activity and predict space weather. Huge ripples in Earth's atmosphere called Rossby waves help to steer the planet's jet streams and weather patterns. Now, a study in Nature Astronomy offers the best evidence yet that similar large-scale features also exist on the Sun1. Rossby waves were discovered in Earth's atmosphere in the late 1930s. Driven by a planet's rotation, they've been seen in the atmospheres of other planets, as well as in Earth's oceans. In theory, these waves can form in any rotating fluid, says Scott McIntosh, a solar physicist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and lead study author. Researchers have long sought evidence of Rossby waves on the Sun, he says. And an enhanced understanding of these features and their movements could help scientists to better predict the formation of sunspots and the eruption of solar flares.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed for Severe Weather Season:

March 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Joplin -- Even though severe weather season is already here, it's not too late for you to play an important role in helping to keep the community safe. Volunteers with the Joplin Amateur Radio Club say amateur radio can offer you a way to help warn those around you about impending severe weather. They say all you need to get started is your license, which costs about $15, and requires a test. During severe weather, amateur radio operators assist the National Weather Service by reporting on storms from home or the field. After a storm has passed through, they can help by reporting damage, coordinating communications and assisting in search and rescue efforts. Volunteers say it is a rewarding way to help keep your loved ones safe.

Students Collaborate in NASA-Sponsored Program:

March 28, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- CubeSat allows students to track satellite with ground station: Engineering students at the University have been working on a project, CubeSat, which will track a small satellite using a ground station. The satellite will communicate with the ground station to gather data, which will be shared with information from other universities, such as Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. CubeSat is sponsored by NASA and collaborates with other universities through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. CubeSat will be collecting data on atmospheric drag in low earth orbit. Currently, the students are finishing the design phase of the ground stations, which involves selecting proper equipment and securing funding for necessary purchases from the University. After the design phase of the project, students will start prototyping the stations. This project is conducted with Amateur Radio Club W4UVA. W4UVA is responsible for designing, constructing and operating two ground stations. The radio club has helped with a large portion of the ground station design and will operate the ground station and help students gather data. "In addition, a number of students -- including myself -- have obtained amateur radio licenses in order to legally operate and test our radio setups," Mitchell said.

Tom Gallagher, ARRL CEO Joins Ham Nation:

March 28, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Clark, N1BCG will be joined by Tom Gallagher ARRL CEO in
talking about the Ham nation Pine Board Project and the AM
Rally that will be held this weekend. Tom will be talking about
some of the exciting things happening in Newington.

Florida State Parks on the Air

March 28, 2017 06:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z-2200Z, Apr 1

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm In Progress, G2 Warning Extended

March 28, 2017 03:32 AM - ARRL -- NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports a moderate (G2) level geomagnetic storm is in progress. The G2 threshold was reached on March 27 at 1948 UTC.SWPC forecasters have extended the G2 Geomagnetic Storm Warning until March 28 at 0300 UTC, as coronal hole high-speed stream effects continue to influence Earth. A large, Earth-facing canyon-shaped hole in the Sun's atmosphere is spe...

A Special Guest On Ham Nation:

March 28, 2017 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Tom Gallagher, ARRL C.E.O will be on this Wednesday's Ham nation discussing the weekend AM RALLY special Event, and some of the exciting new things going on in Newington.

Ham College 27 Has Been Posted:

March 28, 2017 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Safety part 1 and more Technician exam
questions.

March 27, 2017

UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik Launch

March 27, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL -- As part of an effort to tell the story of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 60 years ago, a Cambridge, England, museum wants to hear from anyone who remembers the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Many radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) of the era were among those thrilled to receive the satellite's 20 MHz beacon.The Scott Polar Research Institute Polar Mu...

OZ7IGY 40 MHz Beacon Shifts to Next Generation Beacons Platform

March 27, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL -- The 40 MHz OZ7IGY beacon was migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform on March 25. The beacon was activated during a 60th anniversary event for OZ7IGY, making it the oldest ham radio beacon still on the air. The beacon was inaugurated at the start of the International Geophysical Year (IGY). The nominal frequency is 40.071 MHz. The beacon's output power is 20 W into an omnidirectional h...

College Students in Belize Introduced to Amateur Radio

March 27, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL --

Centenarian World War II Veteran Viktor M. Sokolov, U5FS, SK

March 27, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL --

The RaDAR Challenge

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RaDAR 'Challenge' is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations

New QRP SDR Radio

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The new SunSDR2 QRP 5 watt SDR transceiver will impress you!
This small HF and 6 meter transceiver uses DUC/DDC technology to produce top range performance

BT to be fined £42 million for breaching contracts with telecoms providers

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- BT will be fined £42m for a serious breach of Ofcom's rules, after the company reduced compensation payments to other telecoms providers for late installations

Belize students receive introduction to ham radio

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Engineering Students at the University of Belize have been given an Introduction to Amateur Radio by members of the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC)

90th anniversary of G6YL

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The late Barbara Dunn G6YL recalled that she first heard Morse code at the age of 10

144 MHz activity afternoon video

March 27, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Edmund Spicer M0MNG took part in last Saturday's 2m Activity afternoon from Detling Hill, North Kent

Radio Called WWII Tool of Control and Freedom at Library Lecture:

March 27, 2017 12:31 PM - eHam.net News -- WARREN -- Radio as a powerful expression of freedom was the theme Saturday at the Warren Trumbull County Public Library, where about 30 people heard a lecture and several members of the Warren Amateur Radio Association were on hand to showcase the history of radio. The event was part of the One Book / One Community program focused on "All the Light We Cannot See," a World War II-era novel by Cleveland native Anthony Doerr. The radio and its effects on the war are a main theme of the book. Guest speaker was Max V. Grubb, Ph.D., a communications professional and assistant professor of communications at Youngstown State University. Members of the Warren Amateur Radio Association said their goal in exhibiting old radios was to try to get youth and others interested in radio.

Ham Nation Pine Board Project:

March 27, 2017 12:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Join the fun and excitement building an AM tube transmitter
on pine board - the way it used to be done.

March 26, 2017

OZ7IGY - 60th anniversary and 40 MHz beacon now on Next Generation Beacons platform

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- On 25 March 2017, the 40 MHz OZ7IGY beacon was migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform

Just a few days remain to vote

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Just a few days remain before voting for the South African Radio League Amateur Radio Hall of Fame ends on Friday 31 March 2017

International Air Ambulance Week 2017

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

'Hotbed' amateur radio waves getting bigger

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Richmond News reports Vancouver and surrounding area (Lower Mainland) is a 'hotbed' of activity and 'growth' in amateur radio

Geomagnetic storm watch

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A large canyon-shaped hole in the sun's atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet. Estimated time of arrival: 2 to 3 days from now

Another ham radio store closes

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Silicon Valley's Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet has signed off after 26 years as a hub for Silicon Valley's amateur radio community

AMSAT Fox series launch schedule update

March 26, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The launches of AMSAT satellites Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D have been rebooked from the original Spaceflight Formosat-5/Sherpa mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on to two separate new launches

UK YOTA 2017 Team Announced:

March 26, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The RSGB is delighted to announce that the members of the UK YOTA 2017 team are Peter Barnes, 2E0UAR and Jonathan Sawyer, M0JSX. Peter is 19, and a member of Thornbury and South Gloucestershire ARC. Jonathan is 23, and belongs to the Reading and District ARC.

March 25, 2017

VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday, 26 March 2017

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this news, we wrap up an exciting week in Amateur Radio with the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. We also have an update on HARGfest, some news about Don VK6DN and Roy VK6XV, the WA VHF Group, the Directors Corner, the Helpline and a new segment, the Soapbox in which you can share your views and opinions on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia

ISWL Callsigns for April

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of April 2017

Ham radio club will celebrate 40th anniversary

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- On April 17, 1977 twenty two radio amateurs met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA)

Hackaday: Amateur Radio Digital Modes

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about some of the digital modes used by radio amateurs

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 94

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- With propagation at an all time low, amplifiers are out in force and QRP is relegated to second class citizen status, but is that really warranted and what does this mean for holders of introductory Amateur Radio licenses

February RSGB Board Proceedings

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for February 18 have been released, they note Membership was marginally up on February 1, a mailshot of non-members and a ring round of lapsed members was planned

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th March, through Friday, 24th March there were 233 countries active

ARISS contact planned for Los Angeles, USA

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station. contact has been planned for astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD with Council of State Science Supervisors, Los Angeles, CA USA

Ham Radio Club will Celebrate 40th Anniversary:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Wireless receiving sets have long local history: It all goes back for him, longtime wireless receiving set (or ham) radio operator John Levo says, to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. "One day went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro," Levo said. "That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio -- big." It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license. Fast forward about 14 years to 1977. On April 17 that year 22 local "hams," or ham radio operators, including Levo, met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) with Gary Harris as its first president. Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, according to Levo. On April 22, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications. It is the use of ham radios and related events that Levo says is what kept him interested all these years -- talking to people around the world, attending trade shows and conventions, and the places those events have taken him.

Alliston Historical Society Learns About Early Days of Radio:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Alliston Historical Society members were treated to a nostalgic and humorous talk from Harvey Hart. This gentleman not only was an informative speaker about the early years in radio history, but entertained us with many audio clips from well-known shows that were so popular that listeners went to great lengths not to miss a single episode.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #94:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- "Life's too short for QRP." With propagation at an all time low,
amplifiers are out in force and QRP is
delegated to second class citizen status, but
is that really warranted and what does this
mean for holders of introductory Amateur
Radio licenses.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest for 26 March, 2017:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- In this news we wrap up an exciting week in Amateur Radio with the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. We also have an update on HARGfest, some news about Don VK6DN and Roy VK6XV, the WA VHF Group, the Directors Corner, the Helpline and a new segment, the Soapbox in which you can share your views and opinions on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia.

Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet Closes After 26 Years:

March 25, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Due in part to rising rent in the city, the outlet at 510 Lawrence Expressway chose to close its doors and merge operations with its Oakland location, according to shop employees. Steve Gilmore, national sales manager for Ham Radio Outlet, stated on the store website that changes needed to be made to its Northern California locations. "Some of the costs associated with operating in the Sunnyvale location have absolutely skyrocketed, and the traffic and parking availability in our current Sunnyvale location has become seriously problematic," Gilmore's statement read. Store manager Jon Kelly told this newspaper that the rising minimum wage in the region also factored into the decision to consolidate stores. Kelly said the shop was a destination for radio enthusiasts locally and from around the globe. Business came from locals, but plenty of visitors in the area for job training or business trips at nearby tech companies would often drop in. "We have a lot of regulars that come in. It's nearly as much of a clubhouse as it is a store, which is okay sometimes and less okay other times," Kelly said. On the store's last day a printed sign by the door read, "Hey guys, your wife called and said you can buy anything you want!" with "and you better hurry" scrawled under it in pen. Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is a popular hobby that often involves the building of radios and broadcasting over "amateur band" frequencies to talk with other ham radio users. The radios are useful in times of disaster when other types of communication channels may not be available. Operators need to obtain a license to operate on amateur bands above 30mhz, according to the National Association for Amateur Radio.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #12 de K7RA:

March 25, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on
March 6 to 20. Finally one sunspot group appeared on March 21 to 23, with a sunspot
number of 12 on all three days. A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every
group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within
those groups counts for one point. Therefore, the minimum non-zero
sunspot number is 11. So for the past three days there were two
sunspots in one group.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 for Friday, March 24, 2017:

March 25, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. South African hams take on the rising noise floor. AM mode gets its day in the sun -- and you'll go nuts for the world's smallest homebrew transmitter. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 comes your way right now.

March 24, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

March 24, 2017 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The Sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on March 6-20. Finally, one sunspot group appeared on March 21-23, with a sunspot number of 12 on all three days. A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within those groups counts f...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- "Remote Antenna Tuners" 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, J...

Mayors, Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, Salute Amateur Radio

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- Nevada mayors Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, John Lee of North Las Vegas, and Andy Hafen of Henderson have joined the Clark County Board of Commissioners in proclaiming March 26 to April 2 as "NVCON Week," recognizing the ARRL Nevada State Convention (NVCON), March 31-April 2.The community leaders encouraged the citizens of their respective localities to pay tribute to the area's Amateur Radio o...

ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century" editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial. ARRL began producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available through ARRL social media platforms (Face...

AM Rally on April 1-3 Weekend an Opportunity to Try a Vintage Mode

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- If you're not familiar with full-carrier amplitude modulation (AM) or have never used it on the air, you'll have a chance during the AM Rally during the April 1-2 weekend, on the bands between 160 and 10 meters (except 30, 17, and 12 meters) plus 6 meters.Once the primary voice mode on the ham bands, AM eventually gave way to SSB, a form of AM. Yet AM has remained popular among dedicated radio ...

WIA financial audit continues

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) had closed its office in Bayswater for a time last week to enable work to start on the 2016 financial audit

SteppIR founder Mike K7IR visits Essex

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In April 2016 SteppIR founder Mike Mertel K7IR visited Waters and Stanton in Essex

Spain: Regulation on the use of the public radio domain

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- URE reports that on March 8, 2017 a Regulation on the use of the public radio domain was published in the BOE Royal Decree 123/2017

Radio hams provide hospital emergency comms

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chicago Tribune reports amateur radio operators keep emergency communication lines open at area hospitals

Kids Event at Glasgow Scottish Hamcon May 7th

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The CQScotland.com amateur group will be coordinating an electronics/computing event for young persons at the first Scottish Hamcom in Glasgow on May 7th

EME on BBC Radio 4

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Artist Katie Paterson and amateur radio 'Moonbouncer' Peter Blair G3LTF send Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to the Moon and back on BBC 'Wireless Nights'

Compensation for landline and broadband customers when things go wrong

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Landline and broadband customers who suffer slow repairs, or missed deadlines or appointments, would receive money back from their provider, without having to ask, under plans published by Ofcom today

AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2017

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The traditional AM and CW event organised by Mike 'Banjo' Patterson VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air for the 7th year

Ham Radio Operators Keep Emergency Communication Lines Open at Hospitals:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Andy Finick walks up the stairs and opens the door onto a roof at Franciscan Health in Hammond. He points up to a higher roof at several antennae that would -- in an unthinkable emergency -- provide communications for the hospital. In Northwest Indiana, Finick, a licensed amateur radio operator, helps hospitals maintain communications when all other systems fail in an emergency situation. He has radio equipment bolstered with a repeater system and antennae squirreled away in hospitals throughout Lake County.

'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' Honored:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The High Desert Amateur Radio Group (HIDARG) has announced its annual "Ham Radio Operator of the Year" award for 2016. Bill Johnson, of Bend, call sign N7RGB, was presented with the award at the group's recent meeting. Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for this special award. They look for a ham who has been crucial to the success of our local ham community. The recipient is a person who has shown a dedication to ham radio that exceeds all expectations over a long period of time. Bill Johnson was chosen for the award primarily for years of service provided as part of the team that designed and engineered the ham radio repeater system covering a major portion of Oregon. This extensive repeater system stretches across much of Central and Eastern Oregon. The primary function is to provide backup emergency communications. Agencies served include all hospitals in Central Oregon and all public safety agencies.

'Hotbed' Amateur Radio Waves Getting Bigger:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A "hotbed" of activity and "growth" membership are not the two words that roll off the tongue when you think of amateur radio. That is, however, exactly how the president of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC), Urey Chan, describes the surprising movement taking place within the confines of organizations across the Lower Mainland and Canada. According to Chan, 40 per cent of the national growth in amateur radio licenses is here in the Lower Mainland, where the interest in the activity is matching pace with the increase in population. And, although not known for being a sexy hobby by any stretch, the Richmond president puts the majority of the recent rise in popularity in the formerly dusty pastime down to people's preoccupation with being prepared for a natural disaster. "The president of our national organization was in Vancouver recently and he spoke of a demographic analysis, which showed that amateur radio is actually on the rise in Canada," said Chan. "It just doesn't receive the media profile it deserves; it's actually rising at the same growth rate of the population in the Lower Mainland. "It is (sexy) when you tie it to emergency operations and preparedness; people's eyes widen and all of a sudden they're interested when you mention the connection. "That's by far the main reason for the growth; 40 per cent of which, in terms of the national figures, comes from the Lower Mainland. This is the hotbed here for amateur radio."

Radio Operators Help Update Regulations:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.'s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation. Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using hand-held microphones while driving in 2014. One was subsequently convicted for distracted driving and fined $100. Members researched the fines and found that a regulation in the Motor Vehicle Act did, in fact, permit the use of handheld microphones for drivers, but because the regulation was outdated and the pictures in the RoadSafetyBC Guide did not reflect new technology, the judge might have erred in the decision, said the group's secretary, Chris Scholefield. "We believe he [our member] was legitimately using that as permitted, but the judge declared his microphone was an electronic device, even though the regulation says you're permitted to use a hand microphone," said Scholefield. "We took up his cause and I worked with Vicki Huntington and the people of Victoria to make some changes. What we really wanted to do is change the regulation to clarify that." Last April, Delta Amateur Radio Society members accompanied the Delta South MLA to Victoria where they gave a presentation to government officials. "They didn't want to change the regulation because they're waiting for other provinces, specifically Ontario, to decide what they're going to do, but they did offer to change the RoadSafetyBC Guide, and introduce a new section on operational twoway radios to clarify what is permitted and what is not permitted," he said. "It is a major improvement because the guide now has a new section on the operation of a radio."

Westminster Attack: Attacker Left Hints Using Morse Code A Day In Advance:

March 24, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Although the attack outside UK's Houses of Parliament is still shrouded in mystery right now, reports have emerged that a thread posted on web forum 4chan yesterday hinted at the attack. In the post, the user posted a string of morse code which was uploaded together with a picture of a two handguns, with a photoshopped paper with 21/3/2017 written on it. The pastebin file contains a simple binary code, which when translated, points to a GPS location around the Big Ben, near the place where the attacker reportedly crashed his car after mowing pedestrians on the Westminster bridge. Users of the site 4chan then noted that the code referred to the iconic clocktower in London, but the significance of it was lost on them until the attack happened today. When asked regarding the significance of the post, 4chan owner, Hiroyuki Nishimura said that he understands the gravity of the situation, and his side will be fully cooperative with the authorities.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F5IXR, WB0TEV, 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:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Reiterates Its Case for New Band at 5 MHz:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition
for Rule Making (RM-11785),
ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide,
60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four
existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested
band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of
current operating rules. More than 5 dozen comments, all supporting the
proposed allocation, were filed on the League's petition. While some
suggested more spectrum or higher power, or a combination, ARRL said in
its comments that it does not at this time favor any changes in its
initial request for a new band. The League proposal would implement a
portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
(WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international amateur allocation
of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W EIRP.

ARRL Seeking Synergy With Maker Movement:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker movement to explore
avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some
new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts
tradition, the Maker movement gained its own magazine, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker
movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own
equipment rather than buying it off the shelf. Those considering
themselves Makers have tended to focus on such areas as electronics and
computers, robotics, 3D printing, metal and woodworking, and even
Amateur Radio, among other avocations.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- "Remote Antenna Tuners" is the topic of the just-released episode of
the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

Motorola Solutions Sues Hytera Communications -- Trade Secrets Theft:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Motorola Solutions
has filed complaints
in federal court (US District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois), alleging that Hytera Communications' digital mobile radio (DMR) products employ
techniques and systems that infringe on Motorola Solutions' patents and
trade secrets. Already known for its Land Mobile Radio Service
products, Hytera entered the Amateur Radio DMR market last year.
Motorola alleges that proprietary and patented information was taken
illegally by three former company engineers who now work for Hytera, as
"part of a deliberate scheme to steal and copy" its technology.

Amateur Radio Gains a Champion in FAA Tower Safety Rules Controversy:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The owners of certain Amateur Radio towers have a friend in FCC
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who feels that tower-marking provisions
required under the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, now
Public Law 114-190,
"could use tweaks." In a March 10 blog post,
O'Rielly expressed his belief that thousands of tower owners in the US
could face expensive, unnecessary retrofits resulting from the law's
unintended consequences.

Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The University of Virginia (UVA) reports
that some of its engineering students are among those at other
Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching
ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its
student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard
an International Space Station (ISS) resupply vehicle for later
deployment from the ISS. The UVA project will be part of a joint
mission with other Virginia universities to conduct atmospheric density
studies, to gain a better understanding regarding the rates at which
low-orbiting spacecraft slow down and ultimately leave orbit when
encountering the drag of the atmosphere's outer edges.

Odd Call Signs On the Loose -- Be On the Lookout!

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Special event stations sporting unusual call signs are -- or will be --
on the air this spring and later in the year.

ARISS Deadline to Accept Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The deadline is April 15 for schools and formal or informal educational
institutions and organizations -- individually or working in concert --
to submit proposals to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS
crew members. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) anticipates that contacts will take place
between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits
will determine the exact contact dates. Proposal information and
documents are on the
ARRL website.

In Brief...

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials: ARRL CEO Tom
Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century"
editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a
glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial. ARRL began
producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each
video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available
through ARRL social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Videos will become available on the 10th of each month, when the
digital edition of QST is released to members, and they will be
archived.

NVIS Research Paper Available

March 24, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- A thorough and fully annotated discussion of Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is available in the research paper, "Radio Communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation: An Overview," by Ben A. Witvliet, PE5B/5R8DS, and Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès.First investigated in the 1920s, NVIS propagation was rediscovered during World War II as "an essential means to establish communication...

Amateur Radio Links Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane with ISS Crew, Classroom

March 24, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- One of the enduring mysteries of the 20th Century was the disappearance in 1937 of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her flight companion and navigator Fred Noonan, while she was attempting to circle the globe. It appeared that Earhart's plane went down in the South Pacific, in the vicinity of Howland Island; her last-known radio transmission came from there. On February 18, a team from Nauticos...

March 23, 2017

Unique Prefix

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Once again, Tom and family will be operational as ZT1T commemorating their 6th Easter on dry land after being rescued mid-South Atlantic Ocean

Raymond Hardman G3LGV SK

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Guardian has published the obituary of Oldham radio amateur Raymond Hardman G3LGV, who passed away aged 96

RAC website and email service back online

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada are happy to report that the RAC website and the @rac email service are now back online

Map of Italian ham radio repeaters

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Andrea IZ8WNH has made available an interactive map of amateur radio repeaters in Italy

Harvard scientists say aliens may be using giant radio beams to travel the cosmos

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the cosmos

'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' honored

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- KTVZ News Channel reports Bill Johnson N7RGB was named as 'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' by the High Desert Amateur Radio Group

California's Cellphone Driving Ban 'Too Broad'

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- CBS TV News reports on the campaign to have two-way radio operation excluded from Californian 'Distract Driving' statute AB 1785

Amelia Earhart search vessel contacts ISS

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tom Vinson NY0V on the research vessel R/V Mermaid Vigilance made contact with astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD /NA1SS on the International Space Station

March 22, 2017

2017 FAR Scholarship Information:

March 22, 2017 11:34 PM - eHam.net News -- 2017 FAR Scholarship Information:

Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects

March 22, 2017 11:34 PM - ARRL -- The University of Virginia (UVA) reports that some of its engineering students are among those at other Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard an International Space Station resupply vehicle for later deployment from the ISS. The UVA p...

Where are those new hams coming from?

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association just completed another successful Technician license class resulting in 21 new Technicians plus one person that passed both the Technician and General exams

University of Virginia satellite project

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Engineering students at University of Virginia are working on an amateur radio satellite ground station and their own satellite!

Solar wind arrives early

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Arriving a day earlier than expected, a stream of fast-moving solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field today

NASA TV to air seventh Orbital ATK resupply mission to ISS

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK is targeting its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 9 p.m., EDT Friday, March 24, the start of a 30-minute launch window

ARRL seeking synergy with maker movement

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs

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