July 27, 2017

The Doctor Will See You Now!

July 27, 2017 06:40 PM - ARRL -- "Power Supplies" is the topic of the current (July 20) 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 himsel...

Islands on the Air (IOTA) Officially Launching New Website in September

July 27, 2017 05:44 PM - ARRL -- The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) program website is targeted to launch officially in early September, when the current Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)-sponsored website will be taken offline. The new website is undergoing fine-tuning, according to IOTA IT Manager Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX. "When we are ready the old URL will be forwarded to the new URL, and IOTA users can login on the new ...

Space lightning over Hawaii

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This week, automated cameras atop a dormant volcano in Hawaii captured rare footage of Gigantic Jets leaping up from a powerful thunderstorm

RSGB presentation to Ofcom Group

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- On June 30 RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX gave a presentation to the Ofcom Business Radio Interest Group on the experimental work being done by radio amateurs with 146 MHz Digital Television


July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The upcoming weekend sees this year's edition of the IOTA contest, organised by the RSGB

Packet Module status on board ISS

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- ARISS has received several reports stating that the packet system on ISS is down. Here is what we know and our current forward plan

Jersey radio ham gets publicity for hobby

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Nigel Utting GJ7LJJ was interviewed by Sophia Bird of Channel TV whilst working portable with a kite antenna

ISWL Callsigns for August

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of August 2017

Additional Services Licence

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Additional Services Licence uses the spare spectrum capacity that sits within the frequencies used for the Classic FM broadcast network, and can be used to transmit data UK-wide

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 27, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Another odd week with generally fair conditions but varied

July 26, 2017

Ham's Project Amelia Earhart Flight Nears End

July 26, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- The Amelia Earhart commemorative round-the-world flight by pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, has begun heading over the Pacific Ocean, landing first on July 23 at Pago Pago in American Samoa, and then in Hawaii via a symbolic flyover of Howland Island. Lloyd has contacted hundreds of other radio amateurs from Spirit, his Mooney M20K 231, with expanded fuel capacity and modern avionics gear. Lloyd's "P...

ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect "Best Practices" in Radiosport

July 26, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- Just ahead of the 2017-2018 contest season, ARRL has announced rule changes and clarifications to League-sponsored contests. These include an improved process for submitting logs and reporting scores. Unless otherwise noted, these changes become effective starting with the September VHF Contest. "These changes reflect current 'best practices' in the contest community and help us improve the qua...

New 222 MHz and Up Contest Debuts August 5-6 Weekend

July 26, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL's new 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest will debut on August 5 at 1800 UTC and continue until the next day. This 24-hour contest offers a wide range of entry categories, from FM, CW, and SSB to digital modes.The object is to work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz bands, using any allowable mode. A station in a specific grid locator may be contacted from the same loc...

Arecibo Observatory Ionospheric Heating Campaign Under Way

July 26, 2017 07:37 PM - ARRL -- Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is conducting an ionospheric heating campaign July 24-31, using HF."The new Arecibo ionosphere HF heater nominally transmits 600 kW net power and has a unique Cassegrain dual-array antenna design that increases gain of three crossed dipoles for each band, using the signature 1000-foot spherical dish reflector," explained Chris Fallen, KL3WX, a researcher at th...

Oklahoma Radio Amateur is First to Score Satellite VUCC from Greenland

July 26, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL --

ARISS Reports ISS Packet System is Down

July 26, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- The aging Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system on 145.825 MHz appears to have stopped functioning altogether, after experiencing some recent problems, and restoring it to operation could take months. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said the packet system, located in the Columbus module, started to act up late last week, sending only a beacon."The...

ARRL Publishes its 2016 Annual Report

July 26, 2017 05:38 PM - ARRL -- Following the meeting last weekend of the ARRL Board of Directors, ARRL announces the release of its 2016 Annual Report. This year's report departs from past reports in that it focuses on the people who make up ARRL and the larger Amateur Radio community. More than 140 call signs appear in the report, and more than 80 of these call signs belong not to ARRL Headquarters staff or Board members, b...

Update on Canada C3 Expedition Award

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Polar Prince has been making its way northward along the Labrador Coast visiting communities and places of interest. It is interesting to access the live camera feed to observe the coastline

United States Special Event

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station K1T to be active now and until August 5th

St. Kitts on SO-50

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- John, V47JA/W5JON, has been operating on SO-50 from St. Kitts with some success. The problem for him is that there is terrain in the way from about 320 degrees, north to east. So he is limited to what he can work from his house there

Spectrum pollution and intruders put urban radio in doubt

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia report on the speech by Don Beattie G3BJ at the Ham Radio 2017 event in Friedrichshafen

QIKCOM-1 team expect Eclipse day ISS deployment

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The US Naval Academy team say their amateur radio QIKCOM-1 APRS Digipeater payload may be deployed from the ISS on August 21

Project Amelia Earhart flight nears its end

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The commemorative around the world flight by pilot Brian Lloyd WB6RQN crossed the Pacific Ocean, landing first at Pago Pago in American Samoa, then Hawaii via a symbolic flyover of Howland Island

Ofcom fines Kanshi Radio Limited

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has imposed a £17,500 fine on Kanshi Radio Limited for failing to provide adequate protection for viewers, after it aired potentially offensive and harmful content on its Kanshi Radio station

Marquesas Islands

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Didier F6BCW, Dominique F6DTZ, Le /F1TCV and David K3EL will be active as TX5EG from Hiva Oa Island (OC-027) between July 29th and August 6th


July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The annual RSGB Islands on the Air Contest runs from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 29 July to 12:00 UTC on Sunday 30 July with phone and CW operation on 80 to 10m

Introducing SmartSDR with SmartLink courtesy of Waters and Stanton and Nevada Radio

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Finally, remote operation that just works. No boxes to buy, no complicated VPN to set up, no remote desktop, no computer required, and no complexity. Just download, upgrade, purchase, register, and operate from anywhere at any time. Remote so simple it's practically magic!

Ham radio at the top of the world

July 26, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- An article about the wireless facilities at the Alert base in Nunavut describes amateur radio operation at the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world

YOTA Flag Handed to the RSGB:

July 26, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Last weekend, the IARU Region 1 International Youth meeting took place at the Ham Radio exhibition in Friedrichshafen. An enthusiastic group of young people and youth workers attended.

Reflections: The World at My Fingertips:

July 26, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- In June, I wrote about my family's first television set. In the article, I mentioned how it replaced an aging floor model radio that once held a prominent spot in a corner of our living room. For years before its relocation to the attic, it had been our source of entertainment and nightly news. A unique feature of the set was that in addition to the regular radio band, it had the capability of receiving shortwave radio broadcasts. Our attic was easily accessible from my second-floor bedroom. Unheated and lacking insulation, the attic was cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer. Old trunks and suitcases were stored there, packed with clothing saved for another day. Difficult for my mother to part with, the clothing never left the attic. Our Christmas decorations resided there until early each December only to be returned a month later. Dad's hunting clothes hung from a clothesline stretched between the rafters waiting for pheasant season. A single light bulb dangled from a wire cord, switched on and off by a pull chain. There, under the light bulb, sat the radio. One day, I went to the attic in search of my ball glove and bat. When I turned on the light I noticed that the light socket had an electric receptacle. I missed the radio not being in our living room. Why not plug it in and see what I could tune in? The dial began to glow and I could hear the familiar hum from the speaker as the tubes warmed up. Static crackled and hissed as the set came to life, a sure sign of an approaching summer thunderstorm. Listening to that old radio became my favorite hobby. The fascination and romance of faraway places in foreign lands was exciting for an impressionable young lad of 10. Through my exploration of the short wave band, I happened upon another collection of radio enthusiasts, ham radio operators. When I mentioned my new interest at the dinner table, my dad said that he had a friend who was a ham and the next week he arranged for me to visit his station. I stared with wonder at the bank of meters, colored indicator lights, dials and switches as Roy, "W9MUD" talked into the microphone to another operator in far-off California. I was hooked!

Uebele Legacy for Sale at Ham General Meeting:

July 26, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- When Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association founder George Uebele (WW7E) died on Dec. 5, 2016, he left behind a room crammed with HAM radio equipment and books. His widow, fellow founding member Dorothy Uebele (N7MXA) was overwhelmed by the prospect of sorting through it all, so she called association members to help her. Both Uebeles served on the board and produced the monthly newsletter. They also maintained the club's repeater. Until he died, Uebele, who was also an R-C weather watcher, continued to answer the VHF Net roll call every Tuesday evening. Jeff Cauhape (K7BCV), Jim Marshall (K6LR), and Mel Hogan (WE6ERD) soon stepped in to help Dorothy with the daunting task at hand. Cauhape and Dorothy spent hours just sifting through George's bookshelf, finally paring it down to a few boxes of books that are now available for borrowing from the SIERA library.

Ham Talk Live #74 -- Eclipse QSO Party:

July 26, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Thursday at 9 PM Eastern time, Sam Rose,
KC2LRC will be on the show to talk about the
upcoming solar eclipse QSO Party! We will
talk about how it works, and how the event
will help provide important data about radio

July 25, 2017

K2BSA Nearing WAS from Boy Scout National Jamboree

July 25, 2017 11:36 PM - ARRL -- Nearly 1,500 Boy Scouts so far have visited K2BSA during the 2017 Boy Scout National Jamboree, taking place at the 11,400-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event winds up this week. With 47 states confirmed and 125 Radio merit badges awarded thus far, the 42 volunteers at the flagship Jamboree Amateur Radio station are confident they'll work all US states by the time ...

ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534

July 25, 2017 11:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task."[W]e are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act," Roderick said. He said the campaign to secure passage of the bill scored a major victory earlier t...

Motorola Files Additional Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

July 25, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- Motorola Solutions this week ratcheted up its legal battle with competitor Hytera, filing new patent infringement complaints in Germany against both Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Münder, Germany. The latest legal actions, announced on June 24, are in addition to Motorola's previously filed patent infringement complaints in Germany."With th...

Friedrichshafen's Ham Radio Attendance Holds Steady

July 25, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL --

Volunteers needed to activate RAC call signs for RAC Canada 150 Award

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RAC Canada 150 Award is a celebration of Canada's 150th birthday since Confederation in 1867

Motorola Solutions files additional Patent Infringement complaints in Germany against Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Motorola Solutions, Inc.today announced that it has filed new patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany (the "Mannheim Court") against Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) of Shenzhen, China and Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (collectively, "Hytera")

ICQPodcast - BHI Audio Box (ParaPro EQ20) and RSGB New Training Plan released

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Bill Barnes N3JIX and Chris Howard M0TCH/N4CTH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news.This episode's feature is BHI Audio Box and RSGB New Training Plan

HamRadioNow: Phasing Line returns...?

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Marty KC1CWF (Chicken With Fries) is back from camp, and having been deprived of all technology for weeks (a Luddite camp requirement), he's itching to record an episode of 'The Phasing Line Podcast'

D-SAT satellite update

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Alessio Fanfani IU5CRE reports the CubeSat D-SAT is now fully operative

Annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF Service

July 25, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF service to allow safe maintenance of the masts and antennas, including greasing of the stays, will take place between 14 and 31 August 2017

New 23cm IARU Region 1 Record Claimed:

July 25, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Terry M0VRL reports that on 14 July 2017 he completed a QSO of 2,662km, from IO70PO to IL28FC, with Pedro EA8AVI in the Canary Islands that breaks the UK and Region 1 23cm tropo records.

Spectrum Pollution and Intruders Put Urban Radio In Doubt:

July 25, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 told the Ham Radio 2017 Friedrichshafen conference opening ceremony of the need to be more vigilant to pollution and intrusions on our bands. IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ, said the pressures are so intense from other radio services that Amateur Radio needs to work very hard to ensure that we continue to enjoy privileged access to parts of the spectrum.

Historic Flight Over the Pacific Ocean:

July 25, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The commemorative around the world flight marking the 80 years since the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart has finally left New Zealand (July 23) and is headed for Pago Pago American Samoa. Brian Lloyd WB6RQN the 62-year old pilot has reported all is well after sorting out the reason for an aborted flight out of Hamilton in New Zealand's north island a week earlier. On that flight headed for Pago Pago the plane's engine spluttered and stopped, but with a lower altitude saw him regain control, but decided to return to Hamilton and sort out the problem. He advised that the test flight had confirmed the earlier fault was a combination of a partial blockage in the fuelling system and vapour lock, where the fuel had vaporised before reaching the engine. The single engine 'Spirit' plane on that test was taken to an altitude of 23,000 feet but could not replicate the earlier fault. Before taking off from Hamilton, Brian WB6RQN gave his estimated itinerary of Pago Pago International Airport, then an overfly of Howland Island, to Hawaii and the USA mainland to complete the circle. He intends to drop a floral wreath on Howland Island to pay respect to the Earhart flight that disappeared near there in 1937.

Intercepts and Ham Radio at the Top of the World:

July 25, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- First opened in 1958 as Alert Wireless Station, call sign VDH, the station's name changed to CFS (Canadian Forces Station) Alert as a result of Unification and it became a part of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio System.
The station's mission is to maintain signals intelligence collection and geolocation facilities in support of the Canadian cryptologic program; to maintain radio frequency direction finding facilities in support of search and rescue (SAR) and other programs; and to provide support services to other organizations as directed. During the Cold War, Alert was a key asset in the UKUSA network of SIGINT collection stations. CFS Alert, Nunavut is the most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world. It is situated on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic.

New BCH-270 Handheld Radio Now Available:

July 25, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce the availability of BCH-270 Handheld Radio for the
amateur radio market.

July 24, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, is the Last Day to Submit Field Day Results

July 24, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- Tuesday, July 25, is the deadline for submitting your ARRL Field Day results. The Logs Received page shows all submissions sent via the Field Day web app. Submissions made only via the fieldday@arrl.org e-mail account or sent by mail, will appear on the list after the submission deadline, once manual entry and processing have been completed for hard copy entries. The e-mail address is not autom...

CQ Announces Rule Changes for 2017 CQ World Wide SSB and CW Events

July 24, 2017 09:36 PM - ARRL -- CQ has announced updates to its rules for the CQ World Wide SSB and CW contests, effective this fall, and said complete rules will be published soon. The changes clarify the definition of multioperator, single transmitter (MS); spell out club definitions and residency requirements; restrict ITU Region 1 stations transmitting frequencies on 40 and 160 meters; address audio recording requirements...

N2HTT Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 24, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- The winning article for the July 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "An Arduino-Controlled Digital VFO for Vintage Tube Transmitters by Mike Aiello, N2HTT."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 in the August issue ...

One Radio Amateur is Part of New Crew Increment Heading to ISS

July 24, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL -- European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy will head to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 28. They will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than 4 months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December.After launching ...

T40HQ certificates available

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Some 48 stations from Europe, North America, South America and Africa, worked Cuban Headquarter T40HQ station on all four bands during the IARU HF World Championship (80, 40, 20 and 15 meter)

Students experience the thrill of Ham Radio operation

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- It was a thrilling experience for 70-odd students from the Electronics and Communications departments in Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology

NASA Television coverage of next ISS crew launch

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on Friday, July 28

Massive explosion on the farside of the sun

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 23rd, NASA and European spacecraft observed a massive explosion on the far side of the sun

Green Party and WWFF activities

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The WorldWide Flora and Fauna Ham Radio group has a number of upcoming activations

First family-friendly amateur radio event at The Royal Mint Experience

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A unique event is taking place at The Royal Mint Experience, The Royal Mint's new visitor centre in Llantrisant, Wales from July 30 to August 5, 2017

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 17th July, through Monday, 24th July there were 198 countries active

Arecibo ionosphere HF radio modification campaign!

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chris Fallen KL3WX reports on the upcoming Arecibo, Puerto Rico ionosphere HF heating campaign during July 24-31, 2017

Tuning In: Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather to Talk Gear, Swap Electronics:

July 24, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Hundreds of amateur radio enthusiasts came together in Cullman on Saturday for the Cullman Amateur Radio Club's annual Hamfest. The festival, hosted at the Cullman Civic Center, routinely sees people coming in from all around the state, and from surrounding states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, and they all come to meet with each other and buy and sell radio accessories, said Club President Steve Murphree. "This is basically a swap meet for radio gear," he said. For people like Bud Rogers of Moulton, events like Hamfest are now the only place to buy radio parts or other small electronics. People used to be able to go to Radio Shack or similar stores for parts, but they have mostly closed down, leaving radio enthusiasts to organize their own events like Hamfest to buy and sell electronics and radio accessories, Rogers said. "I'm a radio geek," he said. "Where else do you go to get stuff like this?" Murphree said he estimated around 500 people passing through the festival, and said Hamfest keeps getting bigger every year.

This Week in History: Communication Technology Spreads Around the World:

July 24, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Can you hear me now? Good, because this week in history is all about the telegraph and the very beginning of our obsession with instant communication. July 25, 1866 --- The Shrinking World: The sheer interconnectedness of the world is both staggering and mundane. Like most of the technologies that underpin our world, we see rapid communication as we see the wallpaper in our living rooms: always present, sometimes remarked on but rarely the subject of much concerted thought. And yet, at the flip of a switch, the press of a button and we are instantaneously connected to all corners of the world. To the densest jungles and the most isolated mountain ranges our calls ricochet from satellite to satellite to tower, reducing the thousands of miles separating us to the three steps to your kitchen phone. Humans are, if anything, exceptionally adaptable, and we have absorbed this useful technology so completely into our world that it is now inextricable from it. Can you imagine business, politics, even personal relationships, surviving long in the absence of instant communication? Yet, for all of its importance to our modern way of life, long-distance communication as we recognize it is relatively new in the history of the world. Sure the cell phone is remarkable and phones in general amazing, but the true grandfather of rapid communication is the telegraph.

Ultimate Heathkit Restorer on Ham Nation:

July 24, 2017 10:38 AM - eHam.net News -- W7UUU is the ultimate Heathkit collector as well as the ultimate restorer. He will walk you through the rich history of Ed Heath and Howard Anthony's lives. Dave is celebrating Heathkit's 70th anniversary with a Special Event station, K1T this week. Great information about the Heath legacy and how to join this week's Special event on Ham Nation Wednesday night at 8 PM CDT.

July 23, 2017

Royal Mint to Welcome Amateur Radio

July 23, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- The Royal Mint Experience in Wales will host "The Royal Mint Radio Experience," July 30 until August 5 at the Royal Mint's new visitor center in Llantrisant, Wales. School children and members of the public have been invited to enjoy a fun, informal, and interactive Amateur Radio workshop. According to an announcement from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), visitors will get the chance ...

AMSAT 2017 Space Symposium Issues First Call for Papers

July 23, 2017 07:35 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA is seeking papers and poster presentation for its 2017 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium, set for October 27-29 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Radio satellite community.AMSAT requests tentative presentation titles as soon as possible. Papers m...

Radio amateur G5RV honoured by villagers

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Louis Varney G5RV, founder member in 1936 of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), received a little-known honour in 1945

Ofcom: Spectrum for Powerline Carrier Systems

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In June 2017 Ofcom published the document Spectrum available for Powerline Carrier Systems

NewsWest for Sunday, 23rd July 2017

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, it's our CONTESTING edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline

Minimum qualifications of radio amateurs

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- ITU Recommendation M.1544 defines minimum levels of operational and technical knowledge for a person wishing to operate a station in the amateur services

Historic flight over the Pacific Ocean

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The commemorative around the world flight marking the 80 years since the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart has finally left New Zealand (July 23) and is headed for Pago Pago American Samoa

Have you seen the Mayak satellite?

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 14, an amateur group in Russia launched a small satellite called Mayak. They said it would become the 'brightest shooting star' in the sky. Why'd they do it? Here's how to look for it.

Austin A30 puts radio ham on road to freedom

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Ipswich Star reports the Austin A30 car of radio amateur Allan Papworth G3WUW put him on the road to freedom and airwaves

ICQ Podcast Episode 242 - BHI Audio Box (ParaPro EQ20) & RSGB New Training Plan

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Bill Barnes N3JIX and Chris Howard M0TCH/N4CTH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is BHI Audio Box & RSGB New Training Plan We would like to thank Phil Stephenson, KØPWS, Rona Morrison, MM3YMU and our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Pixie Challenge ARRL Seeks Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive Steps to Lower Noise Floor to Support AM radio Strange Signals and Mysterious Oscillations RSGB Examination Standards Committee Report New Portable Antenna Covers 60m Band New Scandinavia Ham Radio Operators Royal Mint Special Event - GB4RME New Navy Tech Turns Text to Morse Code Automatically

Students Experience the Thrill of Ham Operation:

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- It was a thrilling experience for 70-odd students from the Electronics and Communications departments in Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology. They carefully observed as a group of Ham operators made swift arrangements to capture the signals from their college premises to help them see pictures transmitted by members of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), to mark its 20th anniversary. Ham operators A. Ramesh Babu (VU2RDM), Prabhu Das Ankala (VU2DOS) from Hyderabad, Subba Reddy (VU3OUA), B.Y. Prasad (VU3XOH) and B. Umakanth (VU3UBU) took the lead in conducting the event. The college Principal K. Nageswara Rao, faculty Ranga Rao and others were present. The Hams made a special three-element Yagi VHF uni-directional antenna and fixed it on a tripod so it could work from all directions with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) at latitude 48.330, longitude 114.210, altitude 406.66 KM and speed of 27624 KMPH. This space station takes about three hours to complete one cycle around the globe. The Hams demonstrated how fast the ISS moves in the orbit and astronauts communicating to the ground station at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through Ham Radio. The Ham operators also monitored live activity of the ISS.

Joining the 'CERT' Team:

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- POINT PLEASANT -- Mason County 911 Director Dennis Zimmerman has achieved a a goal set forth when he was first hired -- establish a competent and ready CERT team for Mason County. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group formed of volunteer civilians with training to assist the public in times of emergency. Functioning as a part of the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), CERT is a group that continues training while being ready to assist existing agencies in times of disaster. They also coordinate with amateur radio operators, also called HAM radio, for efficient communications. In a disaster situation radio space is often tied up with law enforcement and emergency medical services. Therefore non-emergency communications like CERT use amateur radio operators to communicate without tying up valuable radio time.

July 22, 2017

Sunshine Coast special event callsign

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Until the end of September, VK4's Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club is operating Special Event Call sign, VI 4 SC 50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the official naming of the Sunshine Coast on 1st August 1967

Solar storm sweeps aside cosmic rays

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 16th, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking two days of geomagnetic storms and beautiful auroras

History of CB radio

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The website of radio amateur RF-Man has an interesting article on the history of CB radio that covers UK usage from the mid-1960s and the early development of CB in the USA

HamSphere 4.0 Three years have passed !

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In summer 2014, on August 15 to be exact, a UFO arrives in the world of radio amateurs and radio enthusiasts, this new program happens to simulate the propagation on the amateur bands radio 10 to 160 meters

HamRadioNow: Fix It! with AC4ZO

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Co-co-hosts David Goldenberg W0DHG and Jeff Wittich AC4ZO join Gary Pearce KN4AQ to talk about troubleshooting techniques centered on a problem Gary had with his ICOM 7000 mobile HF/VHF/UHF transceiver

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 111

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- For the most part of my Amateur Radio life I've been an active contester. I have spoken about why I love contesting and why I think it's an important aspect of this amazing hobby. Today I want to talk about how contests are run, specifically how complaints are handled and how we could improve

Old Weather Radio Technology Still Most Trusted for Tracking Monsoons:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Weather Radio is the steady stream of rough messages broadcast 24/7 and picked up by your favorite radio stations when the weather turns. They're a nearly daily occurrence in Arizona right now, warning of flash flooding in Douglas, winds in Tucson, and severe storms just outside Phoenix. This recent broadcast in Nogales warned people to move to the first floor of whatever building they were in. And if it sounds a little garbled, there's a reason for that. Dan Leins is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tucson. Scientist and meteorologist Dan Leins demonstrates the NOAA Weather Radio at the National Weather Service in Tucson. "They got their start with a person who would go live on the radio when they had active weather going on. They would either speak live or do recordings on tape. And that would play back over and over and over again. That would run 24/7 if there was active weather in the middle of the night," Leins saidIt's a technology from the last century. In fact, before Twitter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Radio All Hazards -- or, Weather Radio -- was intended as a way for the president to reach the country. "If there's a natural disaster, if there was a nuclear disaster, the system was designed to pick up broadcasts like that and redistribute them nationally instantly. That was one of the main purposes that NOAA weather radio all hazards was deployed."

Amateur Radio Clubs Monitor Weather, Events:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- (TNS) -- Specialized technology and code names may sound like elements of a spy movie; but they are also tools used by members of amateur radio clubs. "We're the most anonymous organization you're going to find," said McPherson Amateur Radio Club member Richard Johnson. "Most people have no idea what we do or how we do it." The Newton Amateur Radio Club and the McPherson Amateur Radio Club support numerous events by providing communications services and serving as weather spotters. "We are basically two clubs operating jointly," said Russell Groves, president of the McPherson Amateur Radio Club. "They're separate entities with separate charters, but we do just about everything together." The majority of the events their members, who are also known as hams, work are marathons or bike rides that can cover more than 50 miles of roads or trails. As participants pass by stations, the radio operators note if anyone is experiencing health problems, is being chased by a dog, has an emergency call coming in or needs to drop out and arrange transportation from the middle of the course. "We try to be very efficient in the information we're passing. It isn't a lot of chit-chat, it's just information as needed to be conveyed to the right people," Groves said. "We keep track of the riders and the runners so we know where everybody is on the course. If someone doesn't make it from one stop to another, we're keeping track of that, too." The system also ensures riders or runners who get lost are found and that the event does not end until everyone is accounted for.

Amateur Radio Association Keeping 'The Other Wireless' Alive:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- WASILLA -- The Matanuska Amateur Radio Association is a general interest amateur radio club with approximately 100 members. You may not see them, but if you have a scanner, chances are you've heard them. According to MARA secretary Tabitha Sherman, the group is comprised of folks from every walk of life with at least one thing in common, the love of amateur, or ham radio. Group officers said MARA members are involved in every aspect of amateur radio. The organization makes a special effort to participate in providing communications support for public service events, field days, marathons, sled dog and snow machine races -- local and statewide, avalanche rescues, and wildland fires.

Is Our Sun Slowing Down in Its Middle Age?

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Sun has changed its figure, researchers say, and might keep it that way. The structure of the Sun's surface, where sunspots live, appears to have changed markedly 23 years ago. That's when solar magnetic activity might have started slowing down, Rachel Howe (University of Birmingham, UK, and Aarhaus University, Denmark) and collaborators speculate in paper to appear in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (full text here). Such a structural change might help explain the Sun's mysteriously weak cycles in recent years.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #111:

July 22, 2017 10:39 AM - eHam.net News -- For the most part of my Amateur Radio life
I've been an active contester. I have spoken
about why I love contesting and why I think
it's an important aspect of this amazing
hobby. Today I want to talk about how
contests are run, specifically how complaints
are handled and how we could improve.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #29 de K7RA:

July 22, 2017 02:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to 26.6,
even though there were two days in the reporting week with no
sunspots, July 18 and 19. The blank sun condition continued at
least one more day on Thursday, July 20 which lands it on the first
day of the next reporting week, July 20 to 26.

ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS

July 22, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, has assembled an array and quick description of images being sent from the ISS on SSTV. The ARISS SSTV Gallery contains received images. Keep up with ARISS SSTV progress by visiting the SSTV mission blog and the Frequently Asked Questions page.The ARISS SSTV page also lets you submit SSTV reception reports. ARISS says it may not be able to displa...

July 21, 2017

Many Special Events Will Be on the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse in August

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E, leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21. W9E will operate from Marion, Illinois."This will be the first total eclipse on American soil since 1991, the first on the mainland United States since 1979 and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1...

Ham's Round-the-World Flight to Resume Following Emergency Return to New Zealand

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- After resolving an engine problem following his departure from Hamilton, New Zealand, Texas radio amateur and pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, hopes to resume his commemorative Amelia Earhart round-the-world flight on July 22. Lloyd was on his way to Pago Pago, American Samoa, on July 15, when the engine in his airplane Spirit began to surge, run roughly, and then cut out altogether."I turned for Gre...

The K7RA Solar Update

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to26.6, even though there were two days in the reporting week with no sunspots,July 18-19. The blank Sun condition continued at least one more day onThursday, July 20 which lands it on the first day of the next reporting week,July 20-26.Average daily solar flux was 85.9, down 1.1 from the previous week.Average planetary A index rose 3.9 p...

Tipperary group active for ILLW

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will activate Ballinacourty Lighthouse ILLW Ref: IE0018 on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th August 2017 as part of the 20th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

Receive pictures from space

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The International Space Station is transmitting SSTV pictures to radio amateurs around the world on 145.800 MHz FM

Project Earhart flight still in New Zealand

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- A test over New Zealand's north island by the light aircraft on the Project Amelia Earhart flight put an earlier problem down to an airlock in the plane's fuelling system

Open Golf and GB3OA Southport repeater

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The IRLP and Echolink nodes, number 5302, are now back on-air at GB3OA repeater, Southport, less than two miles away from Royal Birkdale golf course, where the last four days are being played out in the 2017 Open golf tournament

New portable antenna covers 60m band

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- With the decline in solar activity, 40m is getting to be hard work for more local HF contacts. A good choice when conditions are poor is often to use a lower frequency

Her Majesty's Royal Mint special event on satellites

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from 'Her Majesty's Royal Mint' at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, call sign - GB4RME (Royal Mint Experience) between July 30th and August 5, 2017

Caboolture Radio Club to Open Up the Airwaves with its Annual Ham Fest:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- CABOOLTURE Radio Club is tuning up for its annual Ham Fest. The event, on Saturday, July 22, allows visitors to buy second-hand electronic equipment. Last year more than 100 people showed up. It is one of the activities the 45-strong club membership does from its base in Smiths Rd, Caboolture. Club secretary John Arnfield said the club helped train those working on an Amateur Radio Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced licence.

Ham's Heroes:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- When the zombie apocalypse hits, what will you do? Will you scramble to arm yourself, or collect supplies and hunker down in a remote location? What about finding other survivors? How will you reach them? A common characteristic of zombie invasions is the destruction and total failure of communication systems: cell phones, land lines, Wi-Fi, everything. That's where the Montrose Amateur Radio Club comes in. In case of any emergency (undead or otherwise), the club is capable of operating outside the power grid, making it the only plausible communication system this side of messenger pigeons. "That certainly is true. Here in Montrose County we cooperate with the Montrose County Emergency Management," club member Lew French said. "We are prepared to communicate on behalf of the the county with the state's emergency operations center if the normal lines of communication go down." Amateur radio operators, or hams as they're referred to, can connect with people from all over the world using the shortwave system. "It's a way to communicate through the air without using any infrastructure," French said. "You can operate your radios off of 12 volt batteries."

How to Make Sure You Can Communicate with Family During a Disaster:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- Keeping everyone connected when disaster strikes in a key component at the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. Without communication, everything else breaks down. "Everything from knowing which roads are open, which ones are jammed or damaged in some way, all of that stuff," said Scott Honaker, communications coordinator for Snohomish County Emergency Management. Emergency responders have all sorts of tools at their disposal to make sure first responders know what's going on, but what about your family? How would you make sure everyone is safe? Amateur radio operators (usually called ham radios) are often the glue that hold communications together in an emergency. There are about 16,000 in Washington state. Ham radios can reach anywhere in the world without the issues linked to phone and cell service.

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