October 18, 2017

Ham Talk Live #86 -- Satellites:

October 18, 2017 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern on Ham Talk
Live!, Sean Kutzko, KX9X, joins us once
again... but this time to talk about getting
started with satellite operations! So if you
want to know how to get started, be sure to
tune in and call in with your questions for
Sean!

David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

October 18, 2017 02:36 AM - ARRL -- The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (P...

IARU Watching Wireless Charging Technology:

October 18, 2017 12:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) continues to consider the issue of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) as it prepares for the ITU World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). Agenda item 9.1.6 is about Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles. It will consider the effect this will have on radiocommunication services, and through harmonised frequency ranges seeks to minimise any impact on existing services. WPT is promoted as being able to recharge the batteries of electric vehicles that are stationary, or in motion, without a direct electrical connection. Energy is transferred using a wireless link. WPT systems are likely to use high power levels, so they have the possibility of causing harmful interference to radiocommunication.

What Do Solar Indices Mean?

October 18, 2017 12:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Anyone using the HF bands will need to have a working
knowledge about ionospheric propagation. Knowing about
propagation helps the best use to be made of the bands.
Some days propagation may be poor, whereas on other days it
will be excellent.

New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

October 18, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio's two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) bands now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days."Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15,...

October 17, 2017

NCDXF Announces Major Support for Baker Island DXpedition

October 17, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL -- The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a major contribution to the Baker Island DXpedition planned for June 2018 by the Dateline DX Association. Baker-Howland is #4 on the Club Log's DXCC Most Wanted list, and likely will move up by one place after the Bouvet DXpedition next year. In 2016, NCDXF invested $156,000 to support DXpeditions activating five of the ten most-needed...

Videos of AMSAT-UK Colloquium talks

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Videos of the talks given at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, held as part of the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes, October 14-15, are being made available on YouTube

Spotless sun sparks bright auroras

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The sun is sliding into a deep Solar Minimum that continues to defy some expectations. For much of the past week, the sun was absolutely blank--no sunspots--and solar activity was deemed 'very low.'

SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame nominations for 2018

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours individuals who have made significant contributions to amateur radio in South Africa. Their memory is preserved on a page on the SARL Web site

Practical Wireless magazine now in Digital format

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The recent change in owner of Practical Wireless is already bringing benefits to readers with both PW and RadioUser magazines now available in Digital format

Jefferson City RadioShack re-opens

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The newly re-opened Jefferson City RadioShack store which is partnering with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club to offer Ham Radio classes

HamRadioNow video - EmComm Extra SATERN

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Gary Pearce KN4AQ reports the Salvation Army Team Radio Network (SATERN) has been busy following the recent hurricanes

Final BBC Operating Licence revealed by Ofcom

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Today report the BBC's new Operating Licence from Ofcom will see extra peak-time news on Radio 2 and more social action campaigns on Radio 1 when it comes into effect on 1 January 2018

ComReg moving forward with online applications

October 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's regulator ComReg is in the process of finalising its new online paperless application facility for all Amateur Station licence applications. It expects to make this new facility available before the end of October

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Head Calls for "New Generation" of Hams

October 17, 2017 01:37 AM - ARRL -- In remarks made on International Disaster Reduction Day, Friday, October 13, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretary-General Bernadette Lewis described Amateur Radio as a "bedrock of sustained communications" during emergencies, and strongly suggested cultivating a new and younger generation of radio amateurs to carry this role forward. She spoke as part of a panel on emergency telec...

October 16, 2017

Volunteer Shelter Duty Slots in Northern California Filled on the Fly "via RF"

October 16, 2017 10:37 PM - ARRL -- The North Bay Amateur Radio Association's (NBARA) Gary Gross, KE6QR, recruited Amateur Radio volunteers on October 13 to support the shelters housing those evacuating because of the Napa Valley Fires. Gross, an ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) in the East Bay Section, said the specific need was for back-up communication between the Crossroad Shelter in Napa, the Napa Community College Shelter,...

SolderSmoke Podcast

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 200 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Reinvention of Amateur Radio

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Lack of growth in radio amateur numbers, and how to make Amateur Radio attractive and relevant to young people, is very much on the minds of many International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member societies, including the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)

Lakshadweep Islands

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A team of 6 DXers are now active as VU7T from Lakshadweep Islands until October 20th

ICQ Podcast Episode 250 - Building Mobile Station (Flossie), RSGB Online Exams and Yaesu DR-2X

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie (G0CIB), Edmund (M0MNG), Bill (N3JIX) and Matthew (M0NJX) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news and this episode's feature is a triple from UK Hamfest - RSGB Online Examination, Building a Mobile Station (Flossie) and Yaesu tell us more about the DR-2X

DXCC Country/Entity Report

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th October, through Sunday, 15th October there were 224 countries active

3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Bouvet DXpedition team report: Our sea container is packed!
After weeks of inventorying, packing, padding and weighing supplies and equipment, we have sealed our container and loaded it aboard a truck bound for the port of Savannah

AmateurLogic 109: ALTV's 12th Anniversary

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Celebrate ALTV's 12th Anniversary with us. Emile prepares for a spooky Halloween with Sonic Pi. Unveiling the new RigPi. Mike, VE3MIC updates us on recent projects. Icom/MFJ/Heil Sound/AmateurLogic IC-7300 base station giveaway

Accidental satellite hacks can re-broadcast cell towers

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- It's tempting to imagine that up there in orbit is a communications hub and distribution node of breathtaking complexity and ingenuity, but it might come as a surprise to some people that most communications satellites are simple transponders. They listen on one frequency band, and shift what they hear to another upon which they rebroadcast it

IOTA news from OPDX

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

When All Else Fails, Amateur (Ham) Radio Works:

October 16, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Over the last week, wildfires have been raging across most of the state of California. On Wednesday, one of my life-long best friends named Donna, who lives about an hour south of San Francisco, Calif., and some of the fires out there, had internet but no phone service in her town of Belmont, California. Donna posted two photos commenting: "This is the smoke in the Bay Area! Smells like a bonfire. The firestorm is about an hour away. We are fine here, but in the northern Bay Area there are 115,000 acres destroyed and fire is still raging. Praying for their safety " Seeing that, I posted a reply expressing my happiness at finding out she and her family were alive and well. But I also wanted to offer any help I could provide, be it from my tiny town of Waldoboro, Maine, over 3,000 miles away, even without my having a currently set-up FM radio rig and antenna that could reach her. Using the resources I had access to, namely the internet, to assist, I posted an online link for her to see California's online fire maps and their containments and a link for her to hear online scanner Police/Fire/EMS calls in her county. I typed, "http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps", ... and "This is your county's scanner radio (Police/Fire/EMS) for online listening: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/223/?rl=rr Scroll down to the grid to listen to your choice of Police/Fire/EMS radio calls online." Donna thanked me for my post and replied to another friend's post saying: "Thank you. I know so many friends here that have family in the fire areas. Our neighbor can't communicate with his elderly parents as phone lines are down." I replied, "Tell your neighbors to use this website to contact loved ones when the phones are down. When all else fails, ham radio works. http://www.arrl.org/advanced-call-sign-search. Use the search to type in your town and state and select individual and a license class (Extra is the highest and best). From the list of Ham operators, I suggest they select one of them (an Extra License Level operator) and asking them to send a free radiogram to their loved ones. Spread this message to all your neighbors and friends in California." I also entered Donna's town of "Belmont, CA" into ARRL's website's Amateur (Ham) Radio operator search and cut and copied the search results into a post with my Facebook reply. The search had come up with a list of about a dozen Extra Class Amateur (Ham) Radio operators in her town (one living right on her street) who could possibly help send out word of her neighbor's welfare. I told her to try to contact the Extra and ask him to send out a free radiogram to her neighbor's relatives. I wouldn't doubt, if maybe one or both of Donna's two sons, in the future, decides to get into Amateur (Ham) radio for fun and safety because of my reply posts on Donna's Facebook post this past week.

Martin F. Jue Joins Amateur Radio Roundtable:

October 16, 2017 07:36 AM - eHam.net News -- This week new addition to the show. Martin
Jue joins the lineup. He will be a regular
contributor each week. Tom and Martin will be
talking about our first stations, first
contacts, and the old days. Dave teaches us
things we did not know about the famous J-38
CW key. Katie updates us on her ham club
visit in Scotland. We will also be talking to
the crew at the Christmas Island DXpedition.

Manager Reopens Jefferson City RadioShack:

October 16, 2017 06:38 AM - eHam.net News -- It is not often that you see a company go out of business and quickly reopen in the same location, but that is exactly what Jeff Pederson and Trevor "Reed" Freers have done with the Jefferson City RadioShack. Freers was the manager of the original store for six years before RadioShack went bankrupt and closed all of its stores nationwide. "I saw a lot of people lose their jobs," Freers said. "As the marketing manager, I was the one who had to let a lot of those people go. It was really sad." Freers's store was one of the last to close as they continued to do well under his high level of customer service, which often including going to customers' homes to make sure they were satisfied with their purchases and helping customers set up or troubleshoot new devices. "Running this store, I really grew to love the community," Freers, who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, said. When Pederson contacted him about managing a privately owned RadioShack in the same location, Freers was excited at the chance to get back to doing what he loves. RadioShack's corporate office stayed open as a distribution center only and began offering opportunities for private ownership, which allows owners and managers to purchase stock from the RadioShack distribution center as well as other distribution centers and offer competitive pricing. Freers has already partnered with a local gym which has requested a monthly class teaching older participants how to set up their Facebook profiles, as well at the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club to offer Ham Radio classes.

October 15, 2017

UTC Approvals to Use 630- and/or 2,200-Meter Bands Arriving via E-Mail

October 15, 2017 07:37 PM - ARRL -- E-mails have gone out to an undetermined number of US radio amateurs from the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), approving the stations' intention to use 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and/or 2,200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz)."UTC has determined that your proposed Amateur Radio station would not operate within a horizontal distance of one kilometer from a transmission line that conducts a power line ca...

Amateur Radio Facilitates Another Patient Evacuation on Puerto Rico

October 15, 2017 07:37 PM - ARRL --

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at very low levels

Propagation de K7RA

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- At 0326 UTC on October 12 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning

VK6ARN NewsWest

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, it's our NEW HAMS edition, and if that's not enough, it's packed full of reminders and news from around the traps - along with our normal segments

Final touches on Kletskous this weekend

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSATSA Kletskous team will be busy this weekend with the final touches on the CubeSat to get it ready to fly next Saturday on BACAR

FCC affirms huge fine in New York interference case

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has affirmed a huge fine of more than $400,000 on Jay Peralta, a Queens, New York, man who has admitted to making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with officers' communications

CQ Hou Koers

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Hou Koers is the South African Voortrekkers' national amateur radio day and takes place on Saturday 21 October, with most Voortrekker stations active from 08:00 until 12:00 on 40 and 20 m and local repeaters

ARISS contact planned for two schools in Italy

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA with Istituto Scolastico Comprensivo "Nardi", Porto San Giorgio, Italy and I.C. Michelangelo Buonarroti, Marina di Carrara, Italy

Application process for Short Term Restricted Service Licences (SRSLs) during May and June 2018

October 15, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has just outlined the application process for SRSLs to provide a radio service between 12 May and 16 June 2018 (inclusive)

International Beacon Project Upgrade:

October 15, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- All five Northern California DX Foundation/IARU HF propagation beacons in IARU Region 3 covering the Asia-Pacific are being upgraded. The main part of the upgrade is the NCDXF 2.0 beacon controller, based on the Arduino platform making it easier to support and open for future enhancements. Already completing the upgrade are VK6RMB West Australia, and 4S7B Sri Lanka. Both now welcome reception reports. Walt Wilson N6XG of the NCDXF said VR2ZRE Hong Kong was also on air with a new antenna and meeting beacon performance expectations. HARTS was to install the hardware. In other progress, the JARL International Section Manager, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP said permission has been gained for the upgrade JA2IGY, and planning was under way.

ICQ Podcast Episode 250 - Building Mobile Station (Flossie), RSGB Online Exams and Yaesu DR-2X

October 15, 2017 11:36 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie (G0CIB), Edmund (M0MNG), Bill (N3JIX) and Matthew (M0NJX) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news and this episode's feature is a triple from UK Hamfest - RSGB Online Examination, Building a Mobile Station (Flossie) and Yaesu tell us more about the DR-2X We would like to thank Robert Mens (PD0RMX), Grant Porter (KG4SDR), Nick Major (G0HFL), two anonymous donors and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Traditional Ham Radio No Longer So Attractive RF pollution from LED bulbs in Germany FCC Tells Apple Turn on iPhone's FM Radio Chip School Students Ham Radio Link to Puerto Rico Newburgh Teen Supports with Amateur Radio Symbol Rate Restrictions - FCC Grants Temporary Waiver

Amateurlogic Episode 109 is Released:

October 15, 2017 09:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Celebrate ALTV's 12th Anniversary with us.
Emile prepares for a spooky Halloween with
Sonic Pi. Unveiling the new RigPi. Mike,
VE3MIC updates us on recent projects.

October 14, 2017

UTC issues 475/137kHz approvals to transmit to specific USA ham stations

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Yesterday (Friday 13th), some lucky email recipients received approvals deemed by the UTC not to be within 1Km of PLCs operating on 137 or 475kHz, and can operate using their amateur calls

Olivier ON4EI is back in Ireland again

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Olivier ON4EI, is back again to Ireland from October 21st to November 1st 2017 in order to operate EI8GQB and EI1A during the CQ WW DX SSB (October 28-29th) from a caravan using mainly green energy

Imminent shutdown of seven repeaters

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- South Yorkshire Repeater Group (SYRG) have taken the unprecedented decision to close down our whole repeater network

Foundations of Amateur Radio #123

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The way we connect our antenna to our radio depends on a number of different factors. If you've come through the ranks recently, like I have, it's probable that you've only ever considered using COAXIAL cable

Tiangong 1: Out of control Chinese space station about to fall to Earth, expert says

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Engineers lost contact with the space laboratory last year, and has been gradually falling back to Earth ever since and will crash land soon

ARISS contact planned for Ireland and Sweden

October 14, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA with Tallaght Community School, Dublin, Ireland and Gymnasium Räddningsgymnasiet Sando, Sandöverken, Sweden

Amateur Radio Operators in California Ready During Disasters:

October 14, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Amateur radio operators have often been called the last line of defense during a major natural disaster like the wildfires in Northern California, and operators on the Central Coast are prepared for similar emergencies. High atop a hill overlooking Lompoc and the Santa Maria Valley, Bob Harrison, or "W6RFH" as he is known over the radio, understands his role. "We make sure our families are safe, then we go do what we need to do," said Harrison. "We volunteer to make sure that there is always a line of communication during a disaster, no matter what." Harrison is president of the Satellite Amateur Radio Club out of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The club has graced the radio waves for nearly 70 years, with club members volunteering their time and equipment during all sorts of disasters, including wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. "We can set up anywhere," said Harrison. This is what makes them so special: radio operators do not need cell service or wi-fi. Many amateur radio operators who broadcast out of their homes or through clubs run their equipment off of solar power or generators to stay completely self sufficient. If a major disaster were to strike the central coast, operators would set up at evacuation center and hospitals, helping separated families and emergency personnel communicate.

We Now Know What SOS Really Stands For:

October 14, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- "Save Our Ship!" "Save Our Souls!" "Save On Socks (at Sal's Irregular Sock Emporium)!" These are all things that "SOS," the international abbreviation for distress, does not stand for. Best known for its appearances in desert island cartoons, maritime movies, and earworms by ABBA and Rihanna, the letters SOS have been used as a code for emergency since 1905. But what does SOS stand for, actually? The answer, dear readers, is nothing -- and that's exactly why it's important. Unlike WD-40, CVS, and TASER, SOS is not even an acronym: It's a Morse code sequence, deliberately introduced by the German government in a 1905 set of radio regulations to stand out from less important telegraph transmissions. Translated to Morse code, SOS looks like this: ". . . - - - . . ." Three dots, three dashes, three dots. At a time when international ships increasingly filled the seas, and Morse code was the only instantaneous way to communicate between them, vessels needed a quick and unmistakable way to signal that trouble was afoot. At first, different nations used different codes. Britain, for example, favored CQD; as the Titanic sunk into the ocean in April 1912, it broadcast a mix of CQD and SOS calls (the resulting confusion helped take CQD out of use for good).

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #41 de K7RA:

October 14, 2017 04:38 AM - eHam.net News -- At 0326 UTC on October 12 the Australian Space Forecast Centre
issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning: "The high speed streams associated with a recurrent positive
polarity Northern hemisphere coronal hole are expected to persist
for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly
southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience Minor Storm
conditions on 13 October." "Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to a coronal hole high
speed wind stream for 13 October 2017."

October 13, 2017

ARRL Section Manager Evacuates When Fire Comes Within Two Blocks

October 13, 2017 11:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL San Francisco Section Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, says the message he stresses during the weekly Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) ARES net is this: "When an incident occurs, take to the air and form a net. Anyone can act as net control." Radio amateurs took that lesson to heart, he said, in the wake of the devastating, destructive, and deadly wildfires in Northern California this p...

CW from Catalonia, Stanag-4285 from Turkey Make IARU Monitoring System Intruder List.

October 13, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- An unknown station transmitted "Freedom for Catalonia" in a CW loop on September 26 (1710 UTC) at 14.001 MHz, the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System said, in its September newsletter.Topping the intruder list, however, was a Stanag-4285 digital mode signal that appeared on 7.001.8 MHz for several days. The transmitting station was believed to be in Turkey. IARUMS Regio...

ARRL 2018 Puerto Rico State Convention Cancelled

October 13, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- The Organizing Committee for the 2018 ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention has announced the cancellation of the 2018 convention, set for January 26-28, 2018, in Hatillo."It is with great sadness in my heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our 2018 Convention," said 2018 Convention Chairman Juan "Coki" Montijo, WP4OV. "Our island has been hit profoundly, and we must concentrate our effo...

Global Effort Under Way to Restore Dominica's Amateur Radio Capabilities

October 13, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- The Yasme Foundation, Yaesu USA, the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS), and individual GoFundMe donors have joined forces to restore country-wide Amateur Radio communication on Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Private pilots Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Dave Bridgham, N1AHF, are set to take off on October 14 from Vermont with a planeload of Amateur Radio gear...

Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio

October 13, 2017 07:36 PM - ARRL -- "We had a stressful night on the island!" That's how Puerto Rico volunteer Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, described a medical emergency on the island of Culebra in which Amateur Radio played a major role. Dougherty, a Force of 50 American Red Cross volunteer who is supporting communication at Culebra Hospital, said fumes from a gasoline fuel container ignited last evening (October 12), seriously injur...

K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS Win the October QST Cover Plaque Award

October 13, 2017 06:38 PM - ARRL -- The winning article for the October 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "Work the World with WSJT-X, Part 1" by Joe Taylor, K1JT; Steve Franke, K9AN, and Bill Somerville, G4WJS. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article...

The K7RA Solar Update

October 13, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL -- At 0326 UTC on October 12 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning."The high-speed streams associated with a recurrent positive polarity Northern hemisphere coronal hole are expected to persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience Minor Storm conditions on 13 October."Increased...

VK1 WICEN activities

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Canberra Region have now arrived at the WICEN busy season. they have two events that clash on the same weekend

Student to contact ISS with ham radio

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- WGLT reports 13 year-old Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX hopes to use amateur radio to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station

FCC grants experimental license for project to help provide cell service in Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- 'Project Loon,' led by Google's parent company Alphabet, is set to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico

Ofcom publishes 700 MHz clearance programme update

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a progress update on work to clear spectrum in the 700 MHz band, to make it available for mobile broadband use

Next Advanced distance learning course starts January

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve Hartley G0FUW reports the Bath-based Distance Learning course for the amateur radio Advanced exam has achieved an 85% pass rate with over 500 passes to date

More than 2,500 registered for JOTA-JOTI

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Scouting's Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) has more than 2,500 signed up to take part in the 2017 event over the October 20-22 weekend. This is the 60th JOTA

DX News from the ARRL

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Ham Radio Operators Have Butte County Emergency Role:

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- When the Red Cross signaled it would open a evacuation center in Oroville for the Cherokee and La Porte fires, there was a small band of volunteers that may have not been noticed. They were hauling boxes of equipment to a back room at the Church of the Nazarene. They were part of the Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society, providing communication capabilities to the Red Cross. Whenever the Red Cross establishes a evacuation center, the ham radio society sets up. It helps with communication between the Red Cross operations, centers and headquarters. GEARS is part of the American Relay League. The process was repeated in February during the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, in July with the Wall Fire, in August with the Ponderosa Fire, and now with the Cherokee and La Porte fire. Volunteers donated more than 500 hours of service during those local emergencies. "We provide emergency communications for the Red Cross. When the Red Cross opens a shelter, we set up," said Kris Koenig, who is involved in the program.

Radio Club Offers Aid for Hurricane Recovery:

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September, it left in its wake a trail of destruction as nearly 100 percent of the island's telecommunications systems were lost. In the aftermath, citizens of the United States called upon a sometimes overlooked means of communication to aid in Puerto Rico's recovery process. This method of communication is known as amateur radio. It allows transmissions via the radio frequency spectrum specifically for individuals without commercial interest. This type of broadcasting has many purposes that can range from simple, private correspondence to assistance with emergency-related services. Amateur radio even has a place at Michigan State University in the form of the MSU Amateur Radio Club, or MSUARC. According to Reece Cole, the president of MSUARC, it's one of the oldest clubs on campus. "We've been around since 1919," said Cole.

California Firestorms Reveal Wireless Network Fragility in Emergencies:

October 13, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- The fires that ripped through California's wine country moved with deadly speed, trapping people in their houses and in their neighborhoods. In many cases, the only warning victims received was if they happened to see the flames in the distance. Other residents were able to escape the wind-driven flames if they were able to receive phone calls from neighbors, family or friends. Emergency service authorities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties sent out warnings and evacuation orders as quickly as possible. They also sent police and fire units into threatened neighborhoods with sirens blaring and emergency lights flashing to alert residents to the danger. Unfortunately, many people out of hearing of those sirens never received evacuation orders or phone calls because the cellular networks in the devastated areas were already out of commission. Worse, the same communications infrastructure that supports cellular service also supports public safety communications in many communities. This means that local authorities and community groups are relying on ham radio operators to provide critical communications. Currently, the Sacramento Bee is reporting that ham operators are providing the only communications with hospitals in some areas.

Chiddix Student to Contact International Space Station with Ham Radio:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- At the end of the month, eighth-graders at Chiddix Junior High School in Normal will get a chance of a lifetime. Chiddix has been selected as one of 11 schools or educational centers across the country -- and the only one in Illinois -- where students will be able to speak with an astronaut currently on board the International Space Station. They'll do this through a ham radio transmission. The project was the brainchild of Dhruv Rebba, a 13-year-old eighth-grader who is one of the youngest licensed ham radio operators in the country.

Reinvention of Amateur Radio:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Lack of growth in radio amateur numbers, and how to make Amateur Radio attractive and relevant to young people, is very much on the minds of many International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member societies, including the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). A common practice is for any organisation, commercial or otherwise, to reinvent itself about every 10 to 20 years. Think about this process that happens in the business world, and with community and social activities. In Australia, we introduced the Limited licence -- fondly dubbed the Z-call, after the first callsign suffix block issued -- then the Novice, and later, the Foundation licence. These responded to the need for reinvention in their eras. That time has come again, only more quickly, driven by the exponential growth in technology. A few years ago, the WIA began work with the regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), to plan a future for Amateur Radio. Recently, the WIA consulted widely with members and non-members on the future Licence Condition Determination (LCD). A review and reform of the LCD is now expected to begin soon, to be finalised in 2018. Keeping in mind that a new LCD could remove the barriers that hamper the use of existing and future technologies, we must also broaden the scope of Amateur Radio to make it an obvious choice for today's tech-savvy young people and for future generations. It's time for current radio amateurs to more than ever think about the future, and take action to recruit technically-minded or inquisitive people interested in exploring what the dynamic and diverse activities Amateur Radio offers now, and will continue to develop in the years ahead. The recent IARU Region 1 General Conference held a workshop on 'The Future of Amateur Radio', and discussed many things that the WIA has been exploring to make the hobby more attractive and relevant to today's technology-rich society. The Region 1 workshop has provided many ideas from member societies in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia. Reprising the Region 1 initiative, "Attracting youth to Amateur Radio" will be the theme for the late 2018 Conference of IARU Region 3, comprising member societies across Asia and the Pacific.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #41:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
NT5V, 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:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Vice President Visits 'Force Of 50,' RC Invites Volunteers to Extend Stay:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Vice President Mike Pence visited "Force of 50" volunteers and
emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center
(PREOC) in San Juan's Convention Center on October 6. "He gave a very
motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his
hand," volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported.

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL thanks the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support
of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making
it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto
Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid
program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR,
and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several
Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to
donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the
overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join
the "Force of 50" now deployed in Puerto Rico.

Ham Radio Bridging the Gap In Wildfire-Stricken California:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or
destroyed cellular telephone and internet infrastructure in some areas,
and Amateur Radio has helped to fill the communication gap. Mendocino
County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media
on Tuesday, October 10, that damage to cell towers and fiber optic
telephone and computer lines had left officials relying on Amateur
Radio operators to communicate with area hospitals.

Hurricane Nets Activate for Nate:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and the VoIP
Hurricane Net activated for Hurricane Nate
last weekend. Both stood down on October 8. "Nate spared the New Orleans area any significant wind damage and
storm-surge flooding, but pockets of tree and wire damage and wind
gusts to hurricane force were recorded in parts of Mississippi and
offshore oil platforms in the Louisiana coastal waters," said VoIP
Hurricane Net Director of Operations Rob Macedo, KD1CY. "Storm surge
values of 3-7 feet were recorded in portions of southern Alabama,
southern Mississippi, and extreme southeast Louisiana."

The Doctor Will See You Now!

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- "Dirty Transmitters" is the topic of the new (October 12) episode of
the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

ARRL Headquarters Welcomes New Communication Manager Dave Isgur:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- This week, ARRL Headquarters welcomed Dave Isgur, who will be the
League's Communication Manager. A Boston-area native and 1979 graduate
of Boston University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor
in economics, he brings to ARRL a rich background in journalism and
public relations. Expect him to have a call sign after his name in the
near future.

ARRL Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications
from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is
January 31, 2018. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs,
and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as
intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section, or state, and license
class.

FCC Affirms Huge Fine In New York Interference Case:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has affirmed a huge fine of more than $400,000 on Jay Peralta,
a Queens, New York, man who has admitted to making unauthorized
transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio
frequencies, maliciously interfering with officers' communications. The
FCC had sent Peralta a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) last
April 14. Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb
threats, false claims of criminal activity involving firearms, false
distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against
individual NYPD officers. The unauthorized transmissions began in 2016,
according to the FCC.

JOTA/JOTI Report More Than 2,500 Registered for October 20-22 Event:

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Scouting's Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) / Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI)
report that more than 2,500 have signed up to take part in the 2017
event over the October 20-22 weekend.

In Brief...

October 13, 2017 04:36 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Executive Committee to Meet October 14 in Connecticut: The ARRL
Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet on Saturday,
October 14. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session,
which will hear reports from officers and the general counsel. Topping
the agenda are FCC regulatory matters, including a review of
enforcement issues and concerns, as well as open items with no FCC
action since the July 2017 Board meeting. The Amateur Radio Parity Act
of 2017 (HR 555) will be the focus when the discussion turns to
legislative matters. The Executive Committee will hear a status report.
The Committee will review pending action items including work in
progress by committees, among them the Amateur Auxiliary Study Ad Hoc
Committee, and will develop a plan to implement the recommendations of
the Entry Level License Committee. The Committee also will recognize
new ARRL Life Members. The Executive Committee is tasked by the ARRL
Bylaws to address League matters between regular Board meetings.

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

October 13, 2017 12:36 AM - ARRL -- ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Ama...

October 12, 2017

Ham Radio Bridging the Gap in Wildfire-Stricken California

October 12, 2017 07:38 PM - ARRL -- More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or destroyed cellular telephone and Internet infrastructure in some areas, and Amateur Radio has been filling helping to fill the communication gap. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media on October 10 that damage to cell towers and fiber optic telephone phone and computer lines had left officials relying on Amateur...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

October 12, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- "Dirty Transmitters" is the topic of the new (October 12) 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 him...

The Australian Amateur Radio Callbook 2018

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Work is continuing on the annual Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) publication under Editor Peter Freeman VK3PF

SDR workshop in Cape Town

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT SA will be holding a SDR workshop in Cape Town at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville campus on Saturday 4 November 2017

Renewing Australian Amateur Radio Licences - a reminder

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Occasionally a radio amateur has failed to renew their licence. On asking the ACMA, they are told that a WIA (Wireless Institute of Australia) callsign recommendation is needed, and then make a new licence application

Live streaming from Space Colloquium this weekend

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Thanks to volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the talks given at this weekend's AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at Milton Keynes will be streamed live to a global audience

KC0W activities

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Look for Tom, KC0W, to be active from the following locations in November..

Geostationary Amateur Radio Transponder Talk and Demonstration

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday, October 14 at 1:45pm BST (1245 GMT) AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS will give a presentation on the Es'hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Amateur Radio Transponders to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes

Geomagnetic storm in progress

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A hole in the sun's atmosphere is spewing solar wind toward Earth, and this is sparking bright auroras around the poles on Oct. 11th. At the time of this alert, a G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway

IOTA news from the DARC

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Tony's 10m Band Report

October 12, 2017 01:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- RI1ANO (South Shetland Is), 3G18PAX (Pope's Chile visit), VK9XI (Christmas Is), PP2FRS (Brazil) and 5T2AI (Mauritania) were all well sought after

Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition Offers Opportunity to Work Bhutan on Top Band

October 12, 2017 02:37 AM - ARRL -- If you have not already worked Bhutan on 160 meters, the Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition starting this weekend (and again briefly later this month) may be your big chance, especially if you live on the US West Coast.Bhutan (A5) is #89 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List overall, but it's #22 on 160 meters (and the third most-wanted on the West Coast).Named for Gus Browning, W4BPD, a famous D...

October 11, 2017

FCC Affirms Huge Fine in New York Interference Case

October 11, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has affirmed a huge fine of more than $400,000 on Jay Peralta, a Queens, New York, man who has admitted to making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with officers' communications. The FCC had sent Peralta a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) last April 14. Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb ...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet October 14 in Connecticut

October 11, 2017 06:38 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, October 14. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session, which will hear reports from officers and the general counsel. Topping the agenda are FCC regulatory matters, including a review of enforcement issues and concerns, as well as open items with no FCC action since the July 2017 Board meeting.The Ama...

Volunteers needed for RAC Canada 150 Award

October 11, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Volunteers are needed to activate the 14 RAC stations for the RAC Canada 150 Award. The following schedule is as of October 9, 2017 and new volunteers will be added as the names are submitted

UAE radio hams use dedicated World Space Week call sign

October 11, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In what was an exhilarating weekend in the emirate of Sharjah as Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) was recognized by the United Nations Association UAE as UAE's top World Space Week communicator and commended them on spreading their spirit for UAE and space, into Earth's airwaves

RSGB Convention 2017 - Full ticket for 2 people available

October 11, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Due to accident/injury, G3VFC offers the RSGB Convention full weekend package

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