November 19, 2017

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1

November 19, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry ...

November 18, 2017

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91

November 18, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL --

Propagation de K7RA

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday

WIA Monitoring Service

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A report on the work of the WIA Monitoring Service and how reports of intruders in the amateur bands can be reported online

TX Factor at HamFest and New Broadcasting House

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 19 of the popular amateur radio show TX Factor is now available on YouTube

Roland Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD), appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are pleased to appoint Roland C. Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD) of Lethbridge, Alberta to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for the year 2017

Foundations of Amateur Radio

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- How does a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator work?
You know when you walk down the street and you lift your foot and all of a sudden you realise that you stepped in something and now it's stuck to your shoe? I had that feeling during the week

Exploding Arctic meteor turns night into day

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- On the evening of Nov. 16th, a meteoroid ripped through the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle and exploded

Ajit Pai to remove barriers to wireless innovation

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In a key speech to the Cato Institute FCC Chair Ajit Pai pledged "If someone seeks approval of a new technology or service that falls within our jurisdiction, we'll make a decision within one year"

WIA: Amateur Licensee Numbers Remain Stagnant, Sustained by Churn:

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Recent amateur licence statistics reveal a small growth over the past year, restoring licensee numbers close to where we were over a decade ago. It seems that those leaving the hobby and those becoming silent keys are being replaced by both new licensees and lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers. This "churn" has driven up amateur licence numbers slightly this past year and seems to have maintained them, with some small variation, over the years since 2006. Peeling back the layers of the onion of amateur licensing statistics reveals an intriguing picture. If we start with the latest annual report of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), released in October, it reveals total amateur licence numbers grew a mere 15 to 15,144 to June 2017. That number includes beacons, repeaters, clubs and those amateurs with multiple call signs. Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Statistician, Marc Hillman VK3OHM, has trawled through the ACMA licence register and found that the total number of individual amateurs was 14,009, an increase of 175 from 2016. Although not statistically significant, it's a move in the right direction. That was achieved despite the ACMA reporting a fall in assessments. Over July 2016 to June 2017, the ACMA report records a total of 486 Foundation, Standard and Advanced assessments conducted by the WIA, which is well down on the 1271 held in the previous year. So, although assessments declined sharply, amateur licences increased.

Scouts Participate in World's Largest Scouting Event:

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts recently participated in the 60th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and ham radio operators around the world, nation and in their own community. It takes place annually the third weekend in October. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had about 13 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries. Four Cub Scouts (Webelos) from Pack 339 of United Methodist Church of Waterman, and Pack 173 of St. Mary's Catholic Church in DeKalb, enjoyed communicating with Scouts from other units in the region on a ham radio station specifically set up for their use.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #46 de K7RA:

November 18, 2017 03:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers
of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday. In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from
0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8
to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and
average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections

November 18, 2017 03:38 AM - ARRL -- The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.In a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director's chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, the Division's members have elected Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Holden, the current Vice Director, received 698 votes, while Dean Summers, N0ND, of Dicki...

November 17, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

November 17, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.Predicted solar flux ...

IARU Participation in ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations Called "Mutually Beneficial"

November 17, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL --

Release of DXtreme Monitor Log 11

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- DXtreme Monitor Log 11 is a Windows logging program for monitoring enthusiasts.
In addition to the usual logging functions, the software features a Schedule Checker for finding broadcast stations to monitor, and integration with Afreet Band Master for finding ham stations

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch reset for November 18

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC

MacDoppler Version 2.26 released

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler Version 2.26 has been released and can be downloaded

Kerry Amateur Radio Group exhibit at the 2nd Annual Kerry Science Festival

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- 2017 marks the 2nd year of the Kerry Science Festival, a week-long festival taking place across Kerry this November

The ARRL International Grid Chase!

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way

Amateur Services feature in free ITU magazine

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The new edition of the ITU News Magazine (04/2017) features an article by IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH about the International Amateur Radio Union and CCIR/ITU-R

9k6 Packet Radio for Raspberry Pi

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Video of Digital Communications Conference presentation on the TNC-Pi9k a Packet Radio plug-in for the Raspberry Pi computer board

DX News from the ARRL

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

MSU Club Fosters World-Wide Communication with Century Old Hobby:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- For the next few days, WKAR reporters are sharing how technology built or tested here in Michigan may change our lives. But some of the most useful technology for modern day communication is over a century old. WKAR's Karel Vega visited a dedicated group on Michigan State University's campus devoted to ham radio.

Amateur Radio Association Seeking Broadcasters:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Mike Swiader is President of the Amateur Radio Association of Newton County. The organization has been in existence for six months and now has a 501c3 status as a non-profit. And it is currently looking for grants for repeaters it needs to install off of a local water tower near Rensselaer. If everything goes according to plan for Swiader and his team of broadcasters, he will soon be teaching locals how to become certified in the unique service of amateur radio, often referred to as "ham radio."

Hurricane-Battered Arecibo Telescope Will Keep Studying the Skies:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- After years of financial uncertainty and weeks of hardship caused by Hurricane Maria, staff at the legendary Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico were relieved to find out Thursday that their telescope will remain operational. For about a decade, the National Science Foundation, which owns the observatory and supplies about two-thirds of its $12 million budget, had been mulling downsizing or even shuttering the telescope to free up funds for other projects. Instead, the NSF will continue scientific operations at the facility in collaboration with an unnamed partner organization, according to a Record of Decision signed this week. Given the high demand for fuel on the island, though, the dish is operating in lower-power mode, without the function that lets astronomers aim the telescope at different areas of the sky. But the first priority is the well-being of people in Puerto Rico, not astronomy. According to the journal Science, observatory staff volunteered their services, communicating via ham radio and handing out water in Maria's aftermath. The observatory's generators, storage space and fresh water from its well have also been shared with surrounding communities.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18:

November 17, 2017 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta
II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat
carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now
is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar
Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force
Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, ''due to a
range safety hold and high upper-level winds,'' ULA said in a tweet.
The launch had to be put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery
on the booster.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #46:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

US Court Of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames V. ARRL Case:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A defamation lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section
Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and
several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice
by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

International Grid Chase Will Allow Use of 630 and 2200 Meters:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the
new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL
International Grid Chase. The year-long
operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year's Eve
in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead
grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are
encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be
eligible for award credit, however.

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager (SM) when the New
Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In
Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will
become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate
nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline
arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who has decided
not to run for another term after leading the Western Massachusetts
Field Organization since 2006.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- "NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave" is the topic of the current
(November 9) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a
half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the
podcast's popularity.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Give Back on #Givingtuesday, Nov 28:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL is encouraging its members to give something back on
GivingTuesday, November 28, either by
donating to a favorite charity, by volunteering your time -- or both.
ARRL is among the IRS 501(c)(3) organizations registered as a nonprofit
beneficiary.

Round 2 of Sweepstakes Plus The ARRL 160 Meter Contest Just Ahead:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The phone portion of the ARRL November Sweepstakes is this weekend, November 18-20
(UTC), on all bands 160, 75, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The exchange is
serial number plus Precedence (Q/A/B/U/M/S) plus Your Call Sign plus Check
(usually year first licensed) plus ARRL/RAC Section. It's that simple, and
it's lots of fun! (See "Aiming for a Clean Sweep is Big Part of ARRL
November Sweepstakes"
for more details and information. SS phone logs are due by November 25.

RadFxSat (Fox 1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes on the Way:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II
rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an
AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set
for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite
System-1 (JPSS-1) mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
California, had to be postponed on November 14, "due to a range safety
hold and high upper-level winds," ULA said in a tweet. The launch was
put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery on the booster.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A heads up: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD)
will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400
UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).

Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several
successful 78 GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9. "We
believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz," Seguin said in
a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors.

'Yellow Cards' in the Netherlands; Dropping the 'N' in Iceland:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Netherlands telecommunications regulator Agentschap Telecom reports
that radio amateurs who fail to use their call signs correctly have
been fined or issued formal warnings -- called "yellow cards" in the
Netherlands. The regulator announced on November 9 that it had imposed
an administrative fine on a radio amateur who did not use his call sign
or did not identify at required intervals. Despite warnings, the
behavior did not change, the regulator said, resulting in a fine.

Radio Caroline Heard On 648 kHz as It Prepares Its Legal Return to Airwaves

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Medium-wave broadcast listeners (BCLers) recently reported a signal
with continuous music and announcements on 648 kHz -- the frequency of
the former pirate broadcaster and soon-to-be reconstituted Radio
Caroline. BCLers from the
UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Austria reported hearing the
signal. Some reports, according to Mike Terry of The SWLing Post, referred to a co-channel Romanian or
Slovenian station. Terry said he believed the testing was done at a
lower power level than the permitted 1 kW.

In Brief...

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- In Brief...

Getting It Right!

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The volunteer count was incorrect in the article "Amateur Radio
Volunteers Continue New York City Marathon Tradition," in the November
9 edition of The ARRL Letter. There were more than 250 volunteers. The
news brief "Mother, Daughter Radio Amateurs Active from Nepal," in the
same edition misspelled the nickname of Tejaswita (Teju) Kharel, 9N1DX.

MacDoppler Version 2.26 Released:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler
Version 2.26 has been released and can be downloaded from:

November 16, 2017

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes are on the Way!

November 16, 2017 11:38 PM - ARRL -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, "due to a ra...

Radio Amateurs in Colombia, Germany Get New or Expanded Bands

November 16, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL --

2017 RCA Technical Symposium on Friday, November 17, will be Streamed Live

November 16, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL -- The 2017 Radio Club of America (RCA) Technical Symposium will be streamed live on Friday, November, 17, starting at 1300 UTC and concluding at 2130 UTC, compliments of Icom America. Flash Player is required. Videos will be made available on the RCA website. RCA has posted the complete schedule.

DXpedition to Macao Set for March 2018

November 16, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL -- A DXpedition to Macao (XX9) is planned for March 9-17, 2018. Team members will include Bom, XX9LT; Leo, PP1CZ; Junior, PR7AB; Claudio, PY2MC; Alex, PY2SEX; Alex, PY2WAS; Miguel, PY3MM; Fernando, PY4BZ; Herminio, PY5HSD; Beto, PY6RT, and Jim, PY7XC.The call sign to be used has not yet been issued.The team anticipates operation on 80 through 10 meters, with 160 a possibility as "a non-priority ba...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

November 16, 2017 05:38 PM - ARRL -- "NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave" is the topic of the current (November 9) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast's popularity.Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smart...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

November 16, 2017 05:40 AM - eHam.net News -- The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta
II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying
an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was
scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.

Software Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose is Dead at 52

November 16, 2017 12:40 AM - ARRL -- Software Defined Radio (SDR) pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose died on November 11 after suffering a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was 52. Bose was the son of Bose Corp founder Amar G. Bose, who died 4 years ago at 83.Vanu Bose in 1998 founded Vanu Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of an SDR in 2004.The firm's tech...

November 15, 2017

Radio Club of America Announces New Board Members and Officers

November 15, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL -- The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced newly elected board members and officers for 2-year terms starting on January 1.New officers are Barney Scholl, K3LA, VP/Counsel; Margaret Lyons, Secretary, and Ron Jakubowski, K2RJ, Treasurer.New Directors are Ernie Blair, WA4BPS; Karen Clark; Michael Clarson, WV2ZOW; Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW; Ray Novak, N9JA; Carole Perry, WB2MGP, and Elaine Walsh.Foun...

Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

November 15, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL -- Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78-GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9. "We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz," Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors. "We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the Northeast and mountaintop access is limited." On the Canadian side were...

International SATERN SSB Net QSY

November 15, 2017 09:39 PM - ARRL -- International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, has announced that starting immediately, the net will meet at the normal times on or near 14.312 MHz.The net's usual frequency is 14.265, but an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Guinea-Bisseau November 13-25 is transmitting on 14.260 MHz and listening up 5 to 10 kHz, making 14.265 MHz unusable.In addition, the Buckeye Net on 14.2...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

November 15, 2017 06:38 PM - ARRL -- The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff."The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a r...

Yasme Foundation Excellence Awards and Supporting Grant

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio, and included a grant to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ for HamRadioNow

The first 'nation in space' has officially left Earth

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- An Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying a cubesat named Asgardia-1 launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia early Sunday. The milk carton-sized satellite makes up the entirety of territory of the self-proclaimed "Space Kingdom" of Asgardia...

Section Managers to begin new terms of office on January 1

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others

Satellites made simple!

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- On Wednesday 22nd of November, Keith EI5KJ will give a talk and a small demonstration about working Amateur Radio Satellites titled 'Satellites made simple!' at the Wexford Wireless Club EI2WWC

Radio hams pitch in when storms hit

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- When severe weather moves through the region, the National Weather Service in Duluth turns to a network of amateur radio operators to gather on-the-ground weather reports

Ham radio CubeSat launches today

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- After Tuesday's launch was scrubbed, the amateur radio satellite RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is now scheduled for launch at 0947 UT on Wednesday, November 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Guinea Bissau DXpedition

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Italian DXpedition Team are active as J5T from Bubaque Island (AF-020) this week between until November 26th

DKARS Magazine November 2017

November 15, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch

Amateur Radio Operators Pitch In When Storms Hit in the Northland:

November 15, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- When severe weather moves through the region, the National Weather Service in Duluth turns to a network of amateur radio operators to gather on-the-ground weather reports. The 15 volunteers on the Arrowhead Skywarn Response Team work in shifts at the NWS Duluth office during storms to receive on-the-ground weather observations from amateur radio operators -- trained weather spotters from across a 15-county area extending from Koochiching County in Minnesota to Iron County in Wisconsin. "We get on the radio and we talk to people in the area where the storm is just starting to hit. The meteorologists say they have all kinds of information and they can learn all kinds of things by looking at radar, but they can't tell you exactly what's happening right on the ground," said Grant Forsyth, an operator on the Skywarn team.

Sheriff: Wildfires Point to Usefulness of Old Technology:

November 15, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled land lines, cell phones and internet service, the local sheriff said Thursday, saying the disaster shows old-fashioned sirens and ham radios have a place in emergencies. Failures of modern technology can cost "all connectivity to the world," Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said at a news conference. When lives are at stake, "we need to notify people immediately that this is a real disaster, we need to get out of here."

Raspberry Pi Learns Slow Morse Code:

November 15, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- It wasn't long ago that you needed to know Morse code to be a ham radio operator. That requirement has gone in most places, but code is still useful and many hams use it, especially hams that like to hack. Now, hams are using the Raspberry Pi to receive highly readable Morse code using very low power. The software is QrssPiG and it can process audio or use a cheap SDR dongle. There are a few reasons code performs better than voice and many other modes. First, building transmitters for Morse is very simple. In addition, Morse code is highly readable, even under poor conditions. This is partly because it is extremely narrow bandwidth and partly because your brain is an amazing signal processor.

Ham Talk Live #90 -- Remote Hams:

November 15, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern on HTL!, Scott
Avery, WA6LIE will be here to take your
questions about Remote Hams, a framework for
using stations remotely. It's a great way for
people who can't put up antennas or isn't in
the propagation line to work HF!

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1:

November 15, 2017 02:38 AM - eHam.net News -- One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New
Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others.
In Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will
become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate
nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline
arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who has
decided not to run for another term after leading the Western
Massachusetts Field Organization since 2006.

US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v ARRL Case

November 15, 2017 02:38 AM - ARRL -- A lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.Ames filed an appeal of that decision, and on November 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the ...

November 14, 2017

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1

November 14, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL -- One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who ha...

This Amateur Radio Direction Finding is a lil different..

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Australia's famous TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour is on again, happening Friday evening December 15th

SDR pioneer Dr. Vanu Gopal Bose dies at 52

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Software Defined Radio pioneer Dr. Vanu Gopal Bose passed away on November 11, 2017 aged 52

German radio hams get 5 MHz band and 50 MHz extension

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The DARC report that effective November 11, 2017 radio amateurs in Germany were permitted to use the new 60m band and an extended 6m band

Australian presented with Yasme Foundation Excellence Award

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- These prestigious awards, which began in 2008, recognise individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio

ARISS contact rescheduled

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational school contact is scheduled for for Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA with Carmelita Manara, Milano, Italy and I.C. "Pascoli Forgione", San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

All WX Solar Powered Amateur Radio Field Station

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In today's video I'd like to discuss the concept of a solar-powered field station for amateur radio emergency communications

Extra Frequencies for Argentina Amateurs:

November 14, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio operators in Argentina are to gain access to the 60m and 630m bands, and some of their other bands are being extended. The new allocations will be effective in 90 days.

November 13, 2017

AMSAT Poses RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

November 13, 2017 08:38 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT is urging satellite enthusiasts to get their FoxTelem telemetry software up and running, in anticipation of the launch on November 14 of RadFxSat (Fox-1B). It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decode...

Rotuma Island DXpedition

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Tony/3D2AG, Heye/DJ9RR, Erno/ DK2AMM, Hans/DL6JGN and Ronald/PA3EWP will be active as 3D2EU from Rotuma Island (OC-060) between February 23rd and March 16th, 2018

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Get FoxTelem set up and ready to go on Tuesday! The first amateur radio operator that successfully receives RadFxSat (Fox-1B) telemetry and uploads it to the AMSAT server will receive a commemorative 3D printed QSL card

New allocations for Colombian radio hams

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateurs in Columbia have been granted the 2200, 630 and 60m bands

ICQPODCAST Episode 253 - Using PSK31

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Using PSK31

DXCC Country/Entity Report

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th November, through Sunday, 12th November there were 224 countries active

December YOTA event

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Once again, it's time for the IARU Region 1 December YOTA event when several youngsters from Member Socities will become active with YOTA as suffix in the call sign

AmateurLogic 111: Some Fella with Blue Teeth

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tommy builds a dummy load with a scope sample port. Peter controls an Arduino from his phone with Bluetooth. George experiments with LED current draw. Emile's got a new tuner

IOTA news from OPDX

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Ham Radio Network Keeps Capital Region Commuters Rolling Along:

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - eHam.net News -- TROY, N.Y. -- It's not cellphones or the Internet, but 127-year-old technology that helps to ease the burden of commuting around the Capital Region. Jock Elliott of Troy coordinates the Capital District Commuter Assistance Network, a group of volunteer amateur, or HAM, radio operators who provide information about travel hazards in an effort to ease traffic congestion. Commuter Net, as it's called, is a 20-year-old system that has sustained itself without dues, bylaws or regular meetings. "When I started, I felt that if it were my wife or son out there, I would want there to be somebody to help," said Elliott. "I got involved as a participant in 1997, and one day, I found myself thrust into being net controller." "Dawn patrol," as he calls it, means waking up each day at 5:30 a.m. to feed the household pets before initiating the network at 6 a.m. The commuter network operates for 2 1/4 hours during the morning, and no day is ever the same. Time can range from blissfully boring to frantic, he said. The control center receives traffic information via radio and relays it to the proper authorities and the Traffic Management Center in Latham. Unlike cellphones, the radios do not cause a driving hazard and Commuter Net volunteers are trained to provide detailed information, such as landmarks like mile markers that help authorities determine the exact location of the hazard. Elliott stressed volunteers must adhere to two rules: "Don't cause anything" and "When in doubt, report." MIke Alecksynas of Columbia County is a longtime HAM radio operator who feels Commuter Net is just another extension of his passion for public service. He joined the network after retiring from his local volunteer fire department and rescue squad. Compared to Elliott, he is relatively new to Commuter Net, becoming involved four years ago, after he heard someone checking in on Interstate 90. "Someone called in an incident to Jock and the radio, and Jock got ahead of the traffic -- Alecksynas recalled. "I drive my wife back and forth to St. Peter's (Hospital in Albany) every day and decided to be part of it\& There are some areas where a radio signal will get through when nothing else will."

Erie Man Walked His Way to 105:

November 13, 2017 02:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Leo Weiner has walked more than 24,000 miles during his long life. Spoken words have never been Leo Weiner's favorite way to express himself. Weiner, who will turn 105 on Monday, operated a ham radio for nearly 80 years, communicating with other ham operators from all over the world. But the Erie man never talked with them -- he instead tapped the Morse code he learned as a teenager while building his first crystal radio set. When he wasn't sitting at the radio or working as a machine designer at GE Transportation, Weiner played classical music on a piano that was always present in the Weiner home. "He was classically trained," said Mary Anne Weiner, 75, the oldest of Weiner's four daughters. "His aunt graduated from the Erie Conservatory of Music and recognized his talent. Dad later played professionally with (swing) bands and accompanied a local chorus."

November 12, 2017

ICQ Podcast Episode 253 - Using PSK31

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Using PSK31. We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate 430-440 MHz Medical Capsule Endoscopy Application Canadian's Tiny LF Hop VHF Manager Handbook Version 8.00 Sweden Releases Amateur Radio Training Guide Tin whisker New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Ham Radio? Hams in Argentina get 5 MHz and 472 kHz bands Bletchley Park 'listener' Passes Free Back Issues of Ham Radio Horizons

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at very low levels

Students' amateur radio balloon launch

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chicago Tribune reports students with ham radios and GoPro cameras tracked balloons into Ohio

VK6ARN NewsWest

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This weekend we paused to remember those who suffered or perished through wars. The 11th November marks the end of World War One, the Great War, ninety nine years ago

Iceland plans to end ham radio call sign discrimination

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- On November 9, 2017 Iceland's Ministry of Transport and Local Government has published draft changes to the Radio Regulations for comment

Dutch regulator takes Enforcement Action

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Netherlands regulator Agentschap Telecom reports radio amateurs failing use their call sign correctly have been fined or issued with formal warnings

Caroline 648 testing

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A test signal with continuous music and announcements reported today

Australian Amateur Radio Callbook 2018

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This WIA publication is expected to be in sale in early November, with final pre-press work having been under its Editor Peter Freeman VK3PF and in the final printing and binding stages. The Callbook is produced each year with the agreement of the Australian Communications and Media Authority

AU2JCB special event call-sign from India

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date (30 NOV) and to pay homage and to to tell about the great Indian scientist Acharya JAGADISH CHANDRA BOSE

AMSAT RadFxSat/Fox-1B launch delay

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on November 6 that the launch of the Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat has been delayed due to a faulty battery on the booster. The launch is now scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th at 09:47 UTC

2017 Makrothen RTTY Contest - Results posted!

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Pizza Lovers 259 is pleased to announce the completion of scoring and posting of final results of the 2017 running of the Markrothen RTTY Contest

Saint Andrew's Student Among 11 Selected to Speak to Astronaut Aboard ISS:

November 12, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- From aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to the South Florida Science Museum and Aquarium, connection between an astronaut in space and 11 lucky Palm Beach County students was established on Monday, Nov. 6 in West Palm Beach. The 11 students from different PBC elementary schools were winners of an essay contest where students had to write about a question they would ask an astronaut. The communication was made possible by ARISS, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, which provided students with an exciting interaction with crew members aboard the ISS in a live talkback. Students, students' families, museum attendees and the press all patiently glued their eyes to a nearby monitor showing a live global map of ISS' location. The students only had an eight minute window to ask their questions to Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli as the ISS sped at a rate of 17,600 mph within the radius of communication. Questions from students were planned and approved and sent to Nespoli weeks prior to ensure each student would be able to ask their question.

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