December 13, 2017

Unique contact with ZS9YOTA via AllStar 46765 + AREDN Mesh Node

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Great was my surprise to hear ZS9YOTA (Mobile) calling on the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) AllStar Node running on a Raspberry Pi this morning

The future of Amateur Radio is software

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- FaradayRF suggest the future of amateur radio will be built on its software and supported by hardware

Space Teddy found up a tree on Waiheke Island

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The New Zealand Herald reports amateur radio enthusiasts have helped track down Space Teddy launched on a STEM high altitude balloon flight

Radio anniversaries abound in December

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- December is the month in which three notable events in radio history occurred

Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos is going to check the first known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology

CS2017RCL

December 13, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A competion to promote Hamradio activity amd celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Algarve amateur radio club, RCL

Emergency Communications Activation in Slovenia:

December 13, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Tilen S56CT has reported the activation of Radio Amateurs in Slovenia on Saturday 9th December after heavy snow caused damage in a small region in Slovenia, Zasavje, affecting about 20000 citizens. Electrical power lines were down and consequently internet and phone networks. A lot of roads were also blocked due to fallen trees. A large part of the major town, Trbovlje lost electrical power, including the 112 Emergency Call receiving station. Calls from the public were transfered from Zasavje region to the Call receiving station in Ljubljana. Slovenian call centers are also dispatch centres, so this increased their workload dispatching teams outside their normal area.

5B4XMAS -- Celebratory Callsign for Christmas:

December 13, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- 5B4XMAS will be active from December 1 to December 31 on the HF bands in SSB-CW-DIGI with the issuance of a special QSL for Christmas Wishes.

Ham Talk Live #93 -- Gift Ideas with W0QH:

December 13, 2017 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- This week on Ham Talk Live!, you'll have a
chance to call in to talk to the chief
engineer at RadioWavz antennas, Emmett
Hohensee III, W0QH. We'll be talking about
some holiday gift ideas, and also one of his
antenna installation trips... the Pearl Harbor
Special Event on the USS Batfish.

December 12, 2017

South African Radio League to Host 2018 YOTA Camp

December 12, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL --

Radio Anniversaries Abound in December

December 12, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL --

Goldfarb Scholarship Winner Accepts "Amazing Opportunity" to Intern for NASA

December 12, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- The 2015 recipient of the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, Jacob Nunez-Kearney, KF7DSY, of Mesa, Arizona, will interrupt his matriculation at Purdue University to accept an internship this spring at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston."This is an amazing opportunity that has been many years in the making that I have decided to accept," Nunez-Kearney told ARRL. He will re...

NanoRacks ends external cargo ship satellite deployment mission

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Aerospace Technology report NanoRacks has concluded its fourth external cargo ship satellite deployment mission from Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft on its way back from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth

Ham Radio volunteers active for California wildfires

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports the massive and barely contained Thomas Fire in Southern California has consumed more than 230,500 acres, and the emergency has caused residents in fire-threatened areas to evacuate

GEO Quarterly magazine available for download

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The December PDF of the weather satellite magazine GEO Quarterly produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

EURAO Party - Autumn 2017: FT8, a brand new mode

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'FT8, a brand new mode'

5B4, Cyprus special event

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Alex, 5B4ALX / IZ4AMS, is active with the special callsign, 5B4XMAS, until Dec 31st

Benin DXpedition

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the F6KOP team, the Provins ARC, announces its next DXpedition. They will be active from Benin between March 7-18th, 2018

A 'Rock Comet' is approaching Earth

December 12, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- You've heard of comets. But have you ever heard of a rock comet? They exist, and a big one is approaching Earth this week

Amateur Radio Enthusiast Called in to Join Hunt for Space Teddy:

December 12, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Space Teddy has been found safe and well - but he's stuck up a tree and faces a night alone in the bush before he can be rescued. The fluffy would-be astronaut became lost in dense bush on Waiheke Island this afternoon after plummeting back to Earth when his attempt to set a new world record failed. The weather conditions were perfect for students at Forrest Hill Primary to launch the stuffed toy, dubbed Space Teddy, into space today. Space Teddy landed in dense bush, 50m off the road on Waiheke Island an hour and a half after the balloon popped. Police had been unable to find him so van Rijnsoever headed to the island to look for Space Teddy himself tonight. He was eventually located 10m up a tree in tight, dense bush in a remote part of the island after van Rijnsoever called for backup from an amateur radio enthusiast.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:

December 12, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- New segment starts this month. Riley
Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired from the FCC as Special Counsel of Enforcement,
will be answering all of your FCC questions. Riley is also the new Vice
Director, ARRL Atlantic Division.

December 11, 2017

Amateur Radio Volunteers Active in Latest Round of California Wildfires

December 11, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- The massive and barely contained Thomas Fire in Southern California has consumed more than 230,500 acres, and the emergency has caused residents in fire-threatened areas to evacuate. Amateur Radio volunteers remain active supporting communication for American Red Cross shelters in Ventura County. More evacuations are likely, although the need for Amateur Radio assistance remains dynamic. Cal Fi...

ICQ Podcast - The Art of De-Soldering

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Martin M1MRB, 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 The Art of De-soldering

Emergency communications activation in Slovenia

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tilen S56CT has reported the activation of Radio Amateurs in Slovenia on Saturday, December 9, after heavy snow caused damage in a small region in Slovenia, Zasavje, affecting about 20000 citizens

DXCC Country/Entity Report

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 2nd December, through Saturday, 9th December there were 229 countries active

3Y0X Bouvet DXpedition News

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Propagation Page on our website has been updated and now includes a button visitors can click, enter their call and grid square and get a propagation forecast specific for their QTH -- all bands over a 24 hour period

New video: AO-91 integration and testing before launch

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, NØJY has released a video report on YouTube, 'The Good and the Bad with AO-91'

ALTV's Christmas Spectacular

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tommy's battery power solution for Arduino. Peter wants to make new Hams. George builds the ultimate color 'Heads Up' Display. And Mike joins us for some special holiday fun

96th anniversary of 1st transatlantic shortwave transmission

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Today, Monday, December 11th, will mark the 96th anniversary of the first message to ever be sent across the Atlantic Ocean using shortwave frequencies

IOTA news from OPDX

December 11, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Tri-State Native's Hobby Provides Potential Lifeline in Times of Need:

December 11, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Ken Massey was born during the summer of 1929 in Kelly Bridge, Ohio, 4 miles outside of Ironton. Five years later, with the nation in the grip of a depression, his father was forced to sell their larger home and move to a smaller, more affordable location. "I grew up in a one-story frame house with a fireplace in the living room and a woodstove in the kitchen," Massey said. "We drank well water and lit up the night with kerosene lamps. We bathed in wash tubs, slept under feather tick blankets and used an outside toilet that never stopped up. In the evenings Dad would listen to Lum and Abner on our battery-powered Zenith floor model radio. He also loved listening to boxing matches." Ken and Avanelle have long been avid campers, a hobby that went through two motor homes before medical complications forced them to sell their camper. He has even enjoyed woodworking and photography, but his passion has always been amateur radio. "Amateur ham radio is a popular hobby and service that brings people together," Massey said. "We use ham radios to talk across town or around the world. It's social, educational and has often been a lifeline during disasters. When normal means of communication fail, like television and radio, licensed ham radio operators get the word out to areas in need. Ham radio may be a popular hobby, but it also has the capability to become that one connection ... to save lives."

Tapping Into a Ham Radio's Potential with SDRPlay:

December 11, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Software-defined radios are great tools for the amateur radio operator, allowing visualization of large swaths of spectrum and letting hams quickly home in on faint signals with the click of a mouse. High-end ham radios often have this function built in, but by tapping into the RF stage of a transceiver with an SDR, even budget-conscious hams can enjoy high-end features.

December 10, 2017

ICQ Podcast Episode 255 - The Art of De-Soldering

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Martin M1MRB, 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 The Art of De-soldering. We would like to thank Kevin Murphy (W8VOS) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Hams Promote Hobby to western Virginia School Distracted Driving in Canada Are Millennials are Killing Ham Radio?? Older Callsigns Available from Ofcom 10 Watt EME contact from Essex Amateur Radio Operator to Change on International Space Station Croatia gets 60m, expands 160m Access German Klasse K Licence Postponed

W5RRR - NASA Houston

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year W5RRR, the NASA Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The club's activities include one that's starting today - 10 December

UK ham radio guidance resource

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Guidance Resource page provides links to useful amateur radio licence guidance

SolderSmoke Podcast

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 201 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Radio Amateuring like it's 1975

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Jenny G7CKF has written a thought provoking article on Hackaday that notes many of today's construction projects could just as well have been published in the 1970's

VK6ARN NewsWest

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, we look deep into the history of amateur radio with reports on the modes we know and love and some that might come as a surprise

Millennials are Reinventing Ham Radio

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A FaradayRF post notes it's an exciting time to be a radio amateur and looks at how Millennials can reinvent the hobby

Journal sheds light on Sunspot history

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Space.com report on a 200-year-old journal containing Sunspot records from the early 1800's

Foundations of Amateur Radio eBook

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Six years in the making, after much prodding from fellow amateurs, the transcripts of the weekly podcast 'Foundations of Amateur Radio' are now available as a series of eBook volumes on Amazon to bring together the over 300 different episodes covering topics about our amazing hobby

A Ham's Night Before Christmas - A Christmas Classic

December 10, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Here are the three video versions of A Ham's Night Before Christmas, one of KN4AQ's most popular productions

Croatia 5MHz-Plus Top Band Extensions:

December 10, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- On 24 November 2017, the Croatian Regulatory Authority published changes to the rules on amateur radio communications in the Republic of Croatia. According to these changes, Croatian radio amateurs now have access to the WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz with 15W EIRP.

Codebreakers' Wall at Bletchley Park:

December 10, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- The Codebreakers' Wall is a specially reserved area in the grounds of Bletchley Park for veterans, their families and supporters of Bletchley Park to have their names engraved into a brick to share with loved ones for many years to come.

Amateurlogic Episode 112 is Released:

December 10, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Tommy's battery power solution for Arduino. Peter wants to make new Hams. George builds the ultimate color 'Heads Up' Display. And Mike joins us for some special holiday fun.

Foundations of Amateur Radio eBook:

December 10, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Six years in the making, after much prodding
from fellow amateurs, the transcripts of the
weekly podcast "Foundations of Amateur Radio"
are now available as a series of eBook
volumes on Amazon to bring together the over
300 different episodes covering topics about
our amazing hobby. Short discussions about
hundreds of different topics outlining the
thousand different hobbies that amateur radio
represents.

December 09, 2017

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to stay at very low levels

Propagation de K7RA

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity declined slightly over the past week, another period which saw multiple days (five) with no sunspots. We will see more of these periods over the next 2 to 3 years as the sun progresses toward solar minimum

World Radio TV Handbook 2018

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- We are delighted to announce the publication today of the 72nd edition of WRTH

SERF 2018 - Eastbourne Rally

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- SERF 2018, an Amateur Radio and Electronics Fair, Eastbourne Radio Rally, is all set for Sunday, 6th May 2018

SARL to host the 2018 Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Summer Camp

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The League received a positive response from Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, the IARU Region 1 Youth WG Chairman, following the acceptance and approval of the SARL proposal to host the 2018 YOTA Summer Camp by the Region 1 Executive Committee

HAMKit - Amateur Radio, Television and Electronics Projects and Kits

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The HAMKit website has had an update as we launch our Shop, new Products, Wiki and News pages

Club seeks YOUR ideas and opinions

December 09, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Like many clubs, we're seeing a decline in participation and an increase in the average age of our membership

ET, Phone Home! Antietam Students are Calling the ISS on Monday, Dec. 11:

December 09, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- PWCS students are calling the International Space Station (ISS)! Join 650 students at Antietam Elementary School on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p. m. (Arrive earlier.) Address is Antietam Elementary School, 12000 Antietam Road, Woodbridge. How big is amateur radio? Plenty big at Antietam Elementary School, where the student ham radio club (Ham-tietam) is gearing up for the greatest moment in the school's history and a lifetime event for students. On Monday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p. m., students will talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station via ham radio.

4 Reasons Why You Should Become a Ham Radio Operator:

December 09, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Imagine pursuing a hobby that's directly connected to electronics, communication, space and so much more. We are talking about Ham Radio or the Amateur radio. When every other means of communication succumb to the wrath of nature and human conflicts, ham radio provides hope. More and more individuals are beginning to look at this hobby as the need of the hour for many reasons. Being useful in times of disaster is one thing, but the ability to teach us various life skills in a variety of domains is unique to this hobby. Mobiles, WiFi, wireless industrial applications, televisions, radars and so on all operate on specific frequency bands allotted to them. For instance, whoever wishes to use any part of the frequency spectrum needs to vomit a considerable chunk of money to the regulatory authority. This is simply unfair for those who wish to use it non-profit use! If the technological advancements don't fall into the hands of people for free use, then what good are they? Fortunately, the amateur radio spectrum in various frequency bands is available for licensed use, and it does not cost money, unlike your cell phone. People have been making QSOs (radio contacts) across the world over these frequency bands. All you need to do is pass a simple exam and you will be awarded a license with a station call sign. Your call sign becomes your identity in the world of amateur radio.

200-Year-Old Journal Reveals Rare American Sunspot Records:

December 09, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- A 200-year-old journal found in a small house in Maine gives a rare look at the sun's face ages ago. The aged pages are among a mere handful of early American solar observations, and they could shed significant light on the solar activity cycle, astronomers said. In 1816, the Northern Hemisphere experienced what many refer to as the "year without a summer." Jonathan Fisher, a Congregational minister who studied extensively at Harvard University before becoming a reverend, thought that perhaps the sun was to blame. So, in June 1816, he began to make detailed drawings of sunspots in his journal.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #48 de K7RA:

December 09, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity declined slightly over the past week, another period
which saw multiple days (five) with no sunspots. We will see more
of these periods over the next 2 to 3 years as the sun progresses
toward solar minimum. There was a geomagnetic storm peaking on December 5. In Alaska the
College A index reached 55, and peaked around the middle of the UTC
day with K index reaching 7 over two 3-hour readings.

January 2018 QST Debuts Fresh, New Design

December 09, 2017 05:38 AM - ARRL -- QST -- ARRL's monthly member journal -- is more than a century old, and with the major exception of color printing throughout the magazine starting in December 2000, it's remained mostly unchanged for the past couple of decades. Starting with the January 2018 issue of QST, now available to members in digital form, several noticeable changes are being made to the journal's format, design, and si...

December 08, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

December 08, 2017 10:37 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity declined slightly over the past week, another period which saw multiple days (five) with no sunspots. We will see more of these periods over the next 2-3 years as the sun progresses toward solar minimum.There was a geomagnetic storm peaking on December 5. In Alaska, the College A index reached 55, and peaked around the middle of the UTC day with K index reaching 7 over two 3-hour...

The January Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

December 08, 2017 08:39 PM - ARRL --

Review of spectrum used by the fixed wireless sector

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a consultation as part of a phased strategic review of spectrum used by fixed wireless services

New Log Periodic with Parasitic Element Enhancement

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- InnovAntennas have a new Log Periodic that covers 100MHz to 750MHz to replace their very popular 100MHz to 600MHz Log with rear mounting is 1290mm long and unlike the original, this one can be mounted in either horizontal or vertical plane

MSF interruption

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 14 December from 10:00 to 14:00 UTC

Merging the band plans worldwide

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has three regions, which are steadily aiming at a unification of band planning

Hong Kong celebrates with VR20 prefix

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hong Kong licensed radio amateurs are being allowed to use the special prefix VR20 on a voluntary basis to 30th June 2018

German Klasse K licence postponed

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- It looks as though the introduction of an entry level amateur radio license in Germany has been postponed indefinitely

EURAO Newsletter December 2017

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

DX News from the ARRL

December 08, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Bay View Students Talk to Italian Astronaut Paulo Nespoli:

December 08, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- From St. Mary Academy Bay View: Students at St. Mary Academy - Bay View and Bishop Hendricken made history when they spoke with Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station via Amateur Radio at precisely 12:02 pm on Thursday, November 30th. in the Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater at Bishop Hendricken. This marked the first contact of its kind with a Rhode Island high school. This activity is part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) initiative. Once Hendricken's proposal to ARISS was accepted to become a Space Chat host school, Hendricken and Bay View held an "Ask the Astronaut" contest with their students and chose the top 16 most unique questions from nearly 200 entries. Eight students from each school became the first high schoolers in Rhode Island to be given the rare opportunity to speak to the ISS as it transited overhead at 17,500 miles an hour. Alexis Rodrigues, a 12th grade Bay View student and resident of Cranston, asked "If space tourism begins to take space travel out of the hands of government, are there major concerns to opening it up to the private sector?" The response from astronaut Paulo Nespoli can be heard on the link to the complete livestream video that is included with this press release. The Bishop Hendricken contact used an amateur radio ground station located in Casale Monferrato, Italy operated by Mr. Claudio Arriotti. Bishop Hendricken has four students who recently earned their FCC amateur radio licenses. The "space chat" activity inspired the group to launch a Bishop Hendricken radio club and have been granted call sign W1BHX by the FCC.

Hams Who Took On the Ockhi Onslaught:

December 08, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- As sea waves battered life around the Kerala coast when Cyclone Ockhi hit the State on November 30, a group of amateur radio operators from the Ham Radio Club and Emergency Communication got busy. Their network, to tune to frequencies from the sea of SOS calls and such signs of life, was in place within minutes of them getting the news of the damage that Ockhi had brought in its wake. Their swift action was probably taking a cue from Ham radio networks across the globe that had helped in rescue work during major hurricane disasters. Yet, this was not the team's first such effort in the district. The Ham radio has helped even before when major accidents occurred here. It has also provided communication link during the first local body elections in Edamalakkudy, the remotest tribal grama panchayat in the State.

Scientists are Concerned About the Abnormal Phenomena On the Sun:

December 08, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- The average monthly number of sunspots (one of the main indicators of the level of solar activity) peaked in November 2017 minimum values for the last 8 years of observation. The corresponding number was 5.7. The last time a lower value was recorded in the last decade -- in August 2009. Sunspots occur in regions of very strong magnetic field, which is the main source of solar activity. Within such perceptions, the number of sunspots is roughly characterizes the reserves of magnetic energy or, to put it more figuratively, stocks of fuel that can be recycled into the energy of solar flares and explosions. It is from observations of the spots were first discovered by the solar cycle is the eleven-year "pulse" of the Sun, which changes its magnetic field, the number of sunspots, the solar wind velocity and many other global characteristics of our star.

Radio Amateuring Like It's 1975:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- It was a tweet from an online friend in the world of amateur radio, featuring a transmitter design published in Sprat, the journal of the G-QRP club for British enthusiasts of low-power radio. The transmitter was very simple, but seriously flawed: keying the power supply line would cause it to exhibit key clicks and frequency instability. It would probably have been far better leaving the oscillator connected full-time and keying the supply to the amplifier, with of course a suitable key click filter.
We've all probably made projects that get the job done at the expense of a bit of performance and economy, and from one angle this circuit is a fantastic example of that art. But it's not the shortcomings of direct PSU keying a small transmitter that has brought it here, but observation instead of
what it represents. Perhaps my social group of radio amateurs differs from the masses, but among them the universal lament is that there is nothing new in a simple transistor transmitter that could just as well have been published in 1977 as 2017. To explain why this represents a problem, it's worth giving some background. Any radio amateur will tell you that amateur radio is a wonderful and diverse pastime, in fact a multitude of pastimes rolled into one. Working DX? Got you covered. Contesting? UR 599 OM QRZ? Digital modes pushing the envelope of atmospheric propagation? Satellites? SDRs? GHz radio engineering? All these and many more can be yours for a modest fee and an examination pass. There was a time when radio was electronics, to all intents and purposes, and radio amateurs were at the vanguard of technology. And though electronics has moved on from those days of purely analogue communications and now stretches far beyond anything you'd need a licence and a callsign to investigate for yourself, there are still plenty of places in which an amateur can place themselves at the cutting edge. Software defined radio, for instance, or digital data transmission modes. With an inexpensive single board computer and a few components it is now possible to create a software-defined digital radio station with an extremely low power output, that can be copied on the other side of the world. That's progress, it's not so long ago that you would have required a lot of dollars and a lot of watts to do that.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #49:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

FCC Seeks Comments On Technological Advisory Council Recommendations:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- In a Public Notice
released on December 1, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology
(OET) has invited comments by January 31, 2018, on a wide-ranging
series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) recommendations that, if
implemented, could alter the spectrum policy regulatory landscape --
especially with respect to interference resolution and enforcement. An
advisory body, the TAC's membership includes several Amateur Radio
licensees. ARRL will file comments in the proceeding, ET Docket 17-340.

W1AW to Start Scheduled Transmissions on 6 Meters Beginning on January 2:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL has announced that W1AW will start
scheduled transmissions on 6 meters beginning on January 2. W1AW will
add 6 meters -- specifically 50.350 MHz -- to its regular CW code
practice, and CW, digital, and phone bulletin transmission schedule,
starting with the 1400 UTC fast code practice on January 2.

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- 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 Camp,
WB8R. Camp, who has served as SM since 2012, intends to step down from
the volunteer position on December 31, when his term of office
concludes.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- "Listener Mailbag" is the topic of the new (December 7) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces KP4 Generator Project:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have largely cycled out of the news
media, but residents are still struggling in the wake of this fall's
devastating hurricane damage. In order to help radio amateurs and
radiosport enthusiasts in Puerto Rico get back on the air, the World
Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has
announced the KP4 Generator Project, which will raise funds to purchase
Honda eu2000i generators for the radio amateurs of Puerto Rico.

Arizona Repeater Association Joins Maxim Society:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- At the December 2 Superstition Hamfest in Mesa, Arizona, the Arizona
Repeater Association (ARA) presented its annual donation of $2,500 to
the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. This marks the fourth consecutive year
that the club has contributed.

IARU Region 1 and EURAO Presidents Meet:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, and European
Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) President
Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, met on December 2. The meeting was held
against a background that both IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, and northern Asia) and EURAO have letters of understanding
with European regulator CEPT, enabling their participation in the work
of CEPT. Also present were IARU Region 1 Spectrum and Regulatory
Liaison Committee chair Dave Court, EI3IO, and the Secretary-General of
the EURAO Regulatory Liaison Committee, Joan-Carles Samaranch, EA3CIW.

Countries Authorize New, Expanded Amateur Radio Allocations:

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Several countries around the globe have allowed access to new and
expanded frequency allocations. Croatian radio amateurs now have a secondary 60-meter allocation of
5351.5-5366.5 kHz, as agreed to at World Radiocommunication Conference
2015 (WRC 15), with a maximum 15 W EIRP. For the last several years,
the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) had
issued 1-year licenses to operate on 60 meters. Hams in Croatia now
also have access to more of 160 meters: 1810-1850 kHz with a maximum
power of 1.5 kW PEP, and 1850-2000 kHz with a maximum power of 1 kW
PEP. The changes became effective on December 2.

Participation In ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations 'Mutually Beneficial'

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has praised the value of the IARU's
participation over the years in International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) International Radio Consultative Committee
(CCIR) and ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) study groups. CCIR was
the forerunner to ITU-R. In an article, "The International Amateur
Radio Union and CCIR/ITU-R" in the latest issue of ITU News Magazine
(see page 55), Ellam said the IARU has been a "regular contributor" to
the CCIR and ITU-R study groups and working parties on behalf of the
world's Amateur Radio community. This year marks the 90th anniversary
of CCIR/ITU-R study groups; the IARU was first admitted to the work of
CCIR in 1932.

Reputed World's Oldest Ham Jean Touzot, F8IL, (SK):

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Jean Touzot, F8IL, of Albi, France -- said to have been the world's
oldest radio amateur -- has died. The "dean of French radio amateurs,"
Touzot was 109 and enjoyed operating CW with an old-fashioned hand key
and a modern Yaesu transceiver. He "retired from the airwaves for
health reasons" at age 105 in 2014, according to media accounts. Until
then, he had been active on the air, making daily contacts on 80-meter
CW with other stations in France. In stepping back from his ham
activity, Touzot said he was no longer able to send CW and made "too
many mistakes."

In Brief...

December 08, 2017 06:37 AM - eHam.net News -- In Brief...

Arizona Repeater Association Joins Maxim Society with Latest Donation

December 08, 2017 01:38 AM - ARRL -- At the December 2 Superstition Hamfest in Mesa, Arizona, the Arizona Repeater Association (ARA) presented its annual donation of $2,500 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the club has contributed."ARRL is deeply appreciative to all the members of the Arizona Repeater Association for their ongoing support to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund," said ARRL D...

December 07, 2017

Pearl Harbor Commemorative Special Events on the Air

December 07, 2017 11:38 PM - ARRL -- Special event stations are on the air to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio club (NI4BK) is sponsoring a special event to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day from the Battleship North Carolina (BB-45) Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two stations will be on the air on voice, digital, and CW modes (SSB on or about 14.227 MHz; CW ...

Report from India: Ham Radio Aids Rescue of Two Fishermen

December 07, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL -- According to a December 6 report in the Deccan Chronicle newspaper in India, members of the Ham Radio and Emergency Communication Society in Idukki assisted in the rescue of two fishermen, identified only as Maniyan and Anil from Veli. They had been stranded in the Indian Ocean for 2 days as a result of Cyclone Ockhi, when a small boat with a VHF radio, in touch with the group's wide-range Calv...

Changing of the International Space Station Guard Set for December 13

December 07, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- Three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, December 14, just days before a new increment of space travelers begins its mission to take their places on station. Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik, and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, and Sergey Ryazanskiy will undock the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the space statio...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

December 07, 2017 07:38 PM - ARRL -- "Listener Mailbag" is the topic of the new (December 7) 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 smartphone -- whenever and whe...

Review of the 070 number range

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a consultation on proposals for the regulation of telephone numbers beginning with 070, following a review of this market

October RSGB Board Proceedings

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for October 13, 2017 have been released, they report attendees at the RSGB Convention were significantly higher than in previous years

NASA TV coverage of Space Station crew landing

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Three crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, Dec. 14, just days before another three space travelers begin their mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency's website

Ham radio helps save two at sea

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Fishermen Maniyan and Anil from Veli owe their lives to amateur radio operators from Quilon and Idukki who pitched in some valuable efforts to reach out to those affected by cyclone Ockhi

Atmospheric radiation is increasing

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- New space weather balloon measurements over California show that cosmic rays in Earth's atmosphere are increasing. The main reason is the solar cycle

ARISS contact planned for school in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Joe Acaba KE5DAR with Summa-Aldapeta, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

IOTA news from the DARC

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Tony's 10m Band Report

December 07, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A really dreadful week even a CW contest could not persuade conditions to lift. There was a little bit of DX about. HC8LUT (Galapagos Is), FY5HB (French Guiana), TO2SP (St. Barthelemy Is), VK8HW (Australia) and a few others

IARU Region 1 and EURAO Presidents Meet

December 07, 2017 12:38 AM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, and European Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) President Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, met on December 2. The meeting was held against a background that both IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia) and EURAO have letters of understanding with European regulator CEPT, enabling their partici...

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