February 25, 2017

'Truth Matters. Facts Matter'

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Cincinnati's Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a panel discussion titled, "Truth Matters. Facts Matter," Thursday, March 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester

VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this edition of NewsWest we bring you our traditional segments of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline. We have advice of the WAVHF group's meeting and the upcoming HARGfest. A round up of Amateur Radio snippets, activity at Ham College, some QRP DX action and an update on DMR repeaters

ISWL Callsigns for March

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of March 2017

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 90

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- A recurring theme is that in the 'yea good ol' days of yore' Amateurs got real licenses and today anyone can get one in the back of a cornflake box

Disaster preparedness: APRO to use ham radio

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- To add teeth to the disaster preparedness, Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO) has decided to fall back on the use of amateur radio

CQ-DATV 45

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The next issue of the free ATV magazine is now available for download

Amateur Radio and frequency sharing studies

February 25, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News reports on an information resource on the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services used by those engaged in frequency sharing studies

Augusta Amateur Radio Association to Host WinterFest:

February 25, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Augusta Amateur Radio Association's 21st annual WinterFest will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road, in Augusta. The event will feature a radio -- and computer -- related flea market (tables are free on a first-come, first-served basis), meetings for the various local ham nets (Seagull, Pine Tree, Slow Speed) and ARRL coordinated exams for all classes of amateur licenses.

New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia:

February 25, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia's Section Manager
starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip
Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after
serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in
Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office,
which ends on September 30.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #8 de K7RA:

February 25, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued
a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24: "The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent
coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active
levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm
periods on 23 and 24 February. "Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high
speed wind stream from 23-24 February 2017.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 26 February 2017:

February 25, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In this edition of NewsWest we bring you our
traditional segments of Foundations of
Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline. We have
advice of the WAVHF group's meeting and the
upcoming HARGfest. A round up of Amateur
Radio snippets, activity at Ham College, some
QRP DX action and an update on DMR repeaters.

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 2052 for Friday, February 24, 2017:

February 25, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2052 for Friday, February 24, 2017 is ON THE AIR!!!

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #90:

February 25, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A recurring theme is that in the "yea good
ol' days of yore" Amateurs got real licenses
and today anyone can get one in the back of a
cornflake box. What with the demise of Morse,
those pesky multiple-choice questions instead
of a written exam, these new Amateurs really
are not contributing to the hobby and really
should be told in no uncertain terms that
their pursuit of the hobby is meaningless
until such time as they upgrade and tug their
forelock in the process.

Two Amateur Radio CubeSats Carrying Transponders Set for Future NASA Launches

February 25, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches.AMSAT reports that the TJREVERB CubeSat, developed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder. The University of Washington-Seattle's HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by st...

New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia

February 25, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia's Section Manager starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office, which ends on September 30.An ARRL Life Member, Ringer serves as an Assistant Sectio...

February 24, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

February 24, 2017 08:32 PM - ARRL -- At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24."The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm periods on 23 and 24 February.Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coron...

Radio ham remembered in West Donegal

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Donegal Democrat newspaper reports on plans to remember radio amateur Manus McClafferty EI7EQ who provided a link to Mir Space Station during the collapse of the Soviet Union

Ofcom ending ham radio monthly statistics?

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has not provided any monthly amateur licence statistics since the first week in November

Disney Research demonstrates open-air wireless charging

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Disney Research has invented a new method of wirelessly charging mobile devices that could someday allow amusement park patrons to walk about freely while also getting their mobile devices charged

Assembling the BITX-40

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dave Casler KE0OG has released a new video about building the popular BITX-40 7 MHz SSB QRP transceiver kit

ARISS opens window for proposals to host contacts with space station crew

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations - individually or working in concert - to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members

ARISS contact re-scheduled for two schools in France

February 24, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- As announced in the preceding bulletin, an International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet FX0ISS with Ecole primaire Elie Desplan, Boissières, France and Marie Castang, Saint Dionisy, France

Disaster Preparedness: APRO to Use Amateur Radio:

February 24, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- GUWAHATI, Feb 23 - To add teeth to the disaster preparedness, Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO) has decided to fall back on the use of amateur radio, also known as ham radio. The APRO is already working on a plan to regroup trained ham radio operators once again after the Government of India lifted the ban on its use recently. At a seminar organised by APRO on 'Restoration of Communication in a Disaster Scenario - Role of First Responder' here today, Director General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay opined that the use of conventional and simple gadgets should never be done away with completely as they are easy to handle in times of crisis. "Disaster has increased both in number and gravity. Therefore, preparing for the 'unknown unknowns' is very crucial from the perspective of disaster preparedness, especially when all the communication channels might run out of order. Trained ham radio operators could come in handy at such times," Sahay said. Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia dwelt at length on the significance of developing infrastructure independent communication system, which may prove to be the most effective and the only medium of communication at times of crisis. "When all the conventional setups run out of order at the time of disaster, it is the infrastructure-free communication that may prove to be crucial," Saikia said. On ham radio, he urged the APRO to regroup the system.

Vice President's Message Comes Through as UAE Satellite Begins Operations:

February 24, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- A message by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, is being beamed across the world from space as the first to be transmitted by the UAE's Nayif-1 satellite. Nayif-1 was launched last week from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India and is being tracked by a team of scientists at a control centre at American University of Sharjah. The country's first nanosatellite is transmitting the message in Arabic which reads: 'The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the future of nations starts at their schools.' Nayif-1's main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies. The nanosatellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic. Amateur radio operators as far as Japan and Chile have received data from Nayif-1, originating from its ground station at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and relayed via the satellite. Ham radio operators in Spain, Sweden, Haiti, the US, and even those out to sea, took to twitter to say they were receiving the satellite's message loud and clear. Fatma Lootah, deputy project manager of Nayif-1 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said the transmission was a landmark moment for the team. "There is a large community of amateur radio operators and if Arab operators get this message in their own language I think a lot of them will be inspired," said Ms Lootah. At AUS, seven engineering students collaborated with the space centre in the designing, building, testing and operating of Nayif-1. Abdulla Al Shehhi, one of the students who worked on the project for over a year, said Wednesday was a proud moment. "It's an incredible feeling and I hope the message communicates to others, whether they are radio operators or students, that nothing is impossible," said the 24-year-old mechanical engineering graduate.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #8:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KK9A, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Orlando HamCation a Hit, Posts New Attendance Record:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- When Orlando HamCation hosted the ARRL
Southeastern Division Convention on February 10-12, it posted a new
attendance record. As a result of its growing popularity, the Orlando
show may now be the third largest ham radio gathering in the world --
behind the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair, with an estimated 37,000 attendees in
2016, and Hamvention, which attracts some 25,000 visitors each May.
This year, HamCation logged a record 19,000 attendees, up by 2,000 from
last year and moving it ahead of Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The just-concluded run of ionospheric investigations conducted from
Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) observatory -- quite likely the most
powerful HF transmission facility in the world -- revived the latent
shortwave listener (SWL) lurking within most radio amateurs. Operating
under Part 5 Experimental license WI2XFX, HAARP this month even aired
some classical music as it conducted its first scientific research
campaign since being taken over 18 months ago from the military by the
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- "HF Loop Antennas" is the topic of the just-released episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Today's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed
markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS
Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt
in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US
Department of Defense (DOD).

Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent,
outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1, while a
second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and one
candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run again.
Ballots in contested races in the winter election cycle were counted
and verified on February 21 at ARRL Headquarters.

W4CWV, and W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- A new scholarship has been endowed, honoring the memory of Homer V.
Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, the ARRL Foundation
has announced. The scholarship will be funded through an initial
$50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew:

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and
formal or informal educational institutions and organizations --
individually or working in concert -- to host Amateur Radio contacts
next year with ISS crew members. The window to submit a proposal is
open through April 15. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place
between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits
will determine the exact contact dates. Proposal information and
documents are on the
ARRL website.

In Brief...

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Summits on the Air Activation the Hard Way: A radio amateur in the UK,
Colin Evans, M1BUU, attained Summits on the Air (SOTA) Mountain Goat status on January 28 on the
summit of Whernside, the highest peak in Yorkshire, but he took an
unusual approach by waiting until after he reached the summit to
construct his station equipment. He had taken along a 20-meter QRPme
RockMite kit, a homebrewed key kit, a vertical antenna kit, and a
gas-powered soldering iron.

Getting It Right!

February 24, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The article, "Oldest, Longest-Licensed US Ham, Educator Charles
Hellman, W2RP, SK," in the February 9 edition of The ARRL Letter
contained an incorrect call sign for Mr. Hellman's late brother. Robert
Hellman was W2IIU.

The March/April Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!

February 24, 2017 03:33 AM - ARRL -- The March/April 2017 issue of QEX will be arriving at mailboxes soon. In this issue . . .• David M. Drumheller, K3WQ, explains how to model antennas made from angle stock, wires cages, tape measures and other unconventional conductors.• Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, shows how FDMA technology can be used for new sound card modes.• Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, use polar m...

HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign

February 24, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Balloon to be Part of K2BSA Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

February 24, 2017 12:33 AM - ARRL -- A high-altitude Amateur Radio balloon, K2BSA-11, will be launched from the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude of 48,000 feet and will transmit on 144.390 MHz APRS. An onboard GPS/computer will shift APRS frequencies based on the balloon's location around the globe.Carrying out the July 20 launch from the Summit Bechtel Res...

February 23, 2017

Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We'll be Back!

February 23, 2017 11:33 PM - ARRL -- As its Amateur Radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 was poised to re-enter Earth's atmosphere, its developers, China's Amateur Youth Space Program, said it will be mounting future missions. The 2U BY70-1 CubeSat was built by Beijing Bayi High School students."We hope more amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!" the students said in a February 17 statement on the...

Winter SWL Fest Set for March 2-4

February 23, 2017 11:33 PM - ARRL -- The 30th annual North American Shortwave Association Winter SWL Fest will take place March 2-4 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes. Enthusiasts of everything from HF broadcasting, AM band broadcasting, VLF, scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are welcome.Visit the Winter SWL Fest website...

Texas Club Distributes Copies of Ham Radio for Dummies to Schools, Libraries

February 23, 2017 11:33 PM - ARRL -- The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club in Athens, Texas, has purchased and distributed copies of Ham Radio for Dummies by ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, to area schools and libraries. The book now is in its second edition.Financed in part by a grant from LDG Electronics, the club determined to place a copy of the book in nearly every school and public library in the tri-county area aro...

Winter Cycle Section Manager election results announced

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent, outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1, while a second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and one candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run again

Winter 2017 edition of Radio Waves available

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The latest edition of the ARRL publication Radio Waves is now available for free download

Solar wind advisory

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Earth is about to enter a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere

RSGB visit IHSG distribution Centre

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- A delegation from RSGB HQ came along to our new Portsmouth distribution Centre yesterday to see the transformation taking place at the International Ham Stores UK Hub

New Section Manager appointed in Illinois

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons

December RSGB Board Proceedings

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for the December 17 meeting have been released, they note the financial position was tight and that at some point it would be necessary to increase subscriptions

Caroline North broadcast

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Caroline North returns online and on Manx Radio 1368AM this weekend with another live broadcast from the Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater

ARISS contact cancelled

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARISS contact with Ecole primaire Elie Desplan, Boissieres and Marie Castang, Saint Dionisy, France, which was scheduled for Thursday February 23 at 08:31 UTC, has been cancelled

Amateur Radio Media Sales

February 23, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia is seeking a passionate, motivated and energetic volunteer to assist with the sales and management of advertising space in the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine

Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced:

February 23, 2017 06:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent,
outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1,
while a second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and
one candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run
again. Ballots in contested races in the winter election cycle were
counted and verified on February 21 at ARRL Headquarters.

Orlando HamCation a Hit, Posts New Attendance Record

February 23, 2017 01:33 AM - ARRL --

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

February 23, 2017 12:32 AM - ARRL -- Today's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD)."Probably the most significant changes were the Navy's decision to 'sunset' the Navy Marine Corps M...

February 22, 2017

Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced

February 22, 2017 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent, outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1, while a second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and one candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run again. Ballots in contested races in the winter election cycle were counted and verified on February 21 at ARRL Headquarters.In Ari...

Winter 2017 Edition of Radio Waves is Now Available!

February 22, 2017 07:34 PM - ARRL --

Icom Inc. preview details of ID-4100E D-STAR VHF/UHF mobile radio

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Icom Inc has issued preliminary details of a new D-STAR mobile radio called the ID-4100E. The radio will come with the new terminal and access point modes that will be incorporated into its other new D-STAR handportable, the ID-51E PLUS2

New SOTABEAMS product

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- SOTABEAMS has introduced a low pass filter kit to complement their popular WSPRlite antenna analysis system

IC-R8600 Wideband Receiver Preview Brochure

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- As well as recently releasing details of the forthcoming ID-4100E D-STAR VHF/UHF Mobile Radio, Icom Inc. have recently added a downloadable preview brochure of the IC-R8600 to their website which you can also download on the bottom of this page

Former FEMA Fugate on Ham Radio Now

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Craig Fugate KK4INZ was FEMA Administrator for the entire Obama presidency. Now a private citizen... and ham... he's looking forward to attending his local radio club meeting

FCC invites comments on ARRL petition to allocate new 5 MHz band

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service

Cascadia Day One: Stay calm

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A massive earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone could knock out communications leaving vital rescue coordination efforts to radio amateurs

ARISS contact planned for two schools in France

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The contact will be operated by F4HHV. The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 437.525 MHz narrowband FM

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

February 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- I suppose it wasn't too bad at the weekend for the ARRL CW contest but it was thin Monday to Thursday

Excellent Video from the ISS:

February 22, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Recent use of HAM-TV on the International Space Station in Europe has taken this popular educational activity to a new level. The Collège André Malraux in France asked ARISS Europe for HAM-TV support for its scheduled contact with European Space Agency Astronaut, Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG. The experimental HAM-TV was possible due to the equipped ground stations in Europe to provide video coverage from the ISS downlink signal. This particular contact had voice transmissions from the ISS on the UHF band on 437 MHz, with a ground station at the school. As a back-up feed to the school was the ON4ISS ARISS telebridge station in Belgium. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) lets students talk directly with those on board, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through Amateur Radio. The contact lasted about 10 minutes on Monday 13 February and also involved a series of five radio amateur radio ground stations in Europe equipped with the HAMTV receive capability. These were linked together forming a chain for the video from the ISS. It had a downlink signal of 2395 MHz and was streamed live on the British Amateur TV Club server seamlessly, using Multi viewer technology which selects the strongest signal.

'Base to Hams: Field Day this Weekend . . . Over':

February 22, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio enthusiasts in Gisborne will take part in a nationwide test of emergency field and emergency radio operations in simulated "adverse" conditions this weekend. The national emergency radio operations event was named in honour of Gisborne radio operator Jock White. It is held every year in the last weekend in February. "The Jock White field day was named after Jock (call sign ZL2GX) to recognise more than 40 years of his involvement with the NZART (NZ Association of Radio Transmitters) contest and awards," said Gisborne spokesman Phill Dodds. "The field day tests organisation, radio operation, co-operation and helps to form an effective team of radio operators around the district and country. The teams can be as competitive or as social as they like. "In our case the Gisborne Branch of NZART operates at the social end of the spectrum but there is always work for all -- spouses/partners, visitors and prospective members." NZART AREC (Amateur Radio Emergency Communications) is the public service arm of NZART.

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band:

February 22, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for
Rule Making to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to
the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep
four of the current five 60-meter channels - one would be within the
new band - as well as the current operating rules, including the 100
W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government
is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated
the League's Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice.
Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in
support of its petition.

New Section Manager Appointed in Illinois:

February 22, 2017 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL
Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom
Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons.
ARRL expressed its thanks to Ciciora, who has served at the helm of
the Illinois Field Organization for more than 10 years, since July
2006.

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew:

February 22, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational
institutions and organizations - individually or working in concert
- to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members.
The window to submit a proposal is April 15. ARISS anticipates that
contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew
scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

February 22, 2017 05:33 AM - ARRL -- "HF Loop Antennas" is the topic of the just-released episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself,...

Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed

February 22, 2017 03:32 AM - ARRL -- A new scholarship has been endowed, honoring the memory of Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, the ARRL Foundation has announced. The scholarship will be funded through an initial $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.The Thompsons, who married in 1939, were both from eastern Polk County, Florida. Homer Thompson's family was among the pioneers of the citrus industry in the ...

February 21, 2017

Radio hams on the air in times of disaster

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Curt Hadley KF7VZV plugged into the world of amateur radio five years ago as part of his strategy to be better prepared in emergencies

Radio hams celebrate 2MT

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Local newspapers in Essex have reported on the successful celebration of the 95th anniversary of pioneer broadcast station 2MT Writtle

New receive antenna socket for IC 7300

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- IHSG and Vibroplex/INRAD announce the release of a new accessory product for the Icom IC-7300 which provides a receive antenna socket on the rear of the radio

GMDX Convention

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The GMDX Convention 2017 will be held at the King Robert Hotel, Whins of Milton, Stirling, on Saturday April 1st 2017

EURAO Party - Winter 2017: 10m FM

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: '10m FM'

ARISS contact planned for two schools in France

February 21, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station. contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet FX0ISS with Ecole primaire Elie Desplan, Boissières, France and Marie Castang, Saint Dionisy, France

Ham Radio Hobbyists to Have Festival at N. Hunterdon High on March 11:

February 21, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- More than 30 vendors of radio, electronics, and accessories at bargain prices are expected at the North Hunterdon Regional High School cafeteria on Route 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, for the annual Cherryville Repeater Association "Hamfest." The Hamfest has been presented for more than a decade at North Hunterdon Regional High School. According to the organizers, it's a "flea market" of bargains for amateur radio hobbyists, complete with attendance by KJI Electronics for major equipment sales. There will also be an operating Flex Radio station at the Hamfest to provide hands on operation of Software Define Radio (SDR) technology. Software-defined radio (SDR) is a relatively new development wherein many of the traditional radio circuits are simulated by software programs, giving the radio features and capabilities that are either difficult, more expensive, or impossible to achieve in traditional radios. Door prizes will be awarded, and food will be for sale.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts On the Air in Times of Disaster:

February 21, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Curt Hadley plugged into the world of amateur radio five years ago as part of his strategy to be better prepared in emergencies. The capability of transmitting and receiving broadcasts with modest equipment had him hooked. Ham radios, he says, are often the only means of communication during a catastrophic event. Employing wireless transmitters and a wide frequency spectrum, ham radio operators are able to establish vital communication between emergency teams and the public using their own equipment, knowledge, skills and training. Earthquakes, floods, storms and wildfires can render other modes of communication inoperable. Emergency communications between police, fire, ambulance and search-and-rescue teams via radio, telephone or computer may grind to a halt because of system overload, power outages, damage to lines and cell towers or the remoteness of victims. In rural parts of the Rogue Valley, where many residents live off the grid or have spotty cellphone coverage, a ham radio may be the only reliable means of communication. Like Hadley, many of the 700 to 800 licensed amateur radio operators in the Rogue Valley area belong to Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services to provide communications when disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Nation:

February 21, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Nation:

HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue

February 21, 2017 05:32 AM - ARRL -- Many listeners were able to copy signals from Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) early on February 20 (UTC). The facility has begun its first scientific research campaign since being taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, said the Twitter an...

Ham Talk Live #53 -- Heard Island Research:

February 21, 2017 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- On Ham Talk Live! this week, tune in at
hamtalklive.com but on WEDNESDAY at 8 pm
Eastern instead of our usual Thursday at 9 pm
Eastern time slot. Our guest will be Dr. Bill
Mitchell, AE0EE, who was a member of the
Heard Island DXpedition team who also
completed scientific work while on the trip
as well.

February 20, 2017

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew

February 20, 2017 07:35 PM - ARRL --

VI4SEA gets high praise from the Navy

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Building on the success of three commemorative callsigns used by a team of enthusiastic radio amateurs to raise awareness of the Royal Australian Navy role in WWI, comes formal recognition of the Amateur Radio involvement

SpaceX launch ham radio transceiver to ISS

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The CRS-10 mission carrying vital amateur radio equipment to the International Space Station launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 at 1439 UT on Sunday, February 19

NASA to launch two more CubeSats with transponders

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches

MacLoggerDX Version 6.08 released

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.08 of MacLoggerDX has been released

ICQPODCAST - Ed's 2017 Predictions released

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episode's feature is Ed Durrant DD5LP's predictions for 2017

Essex Skills Night this evening

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Skills Night takes place 7pm Monday, February 20 at the Danbury Village Hall in Essex. This free event is open to all

A gash in the Sun's atmosphere

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- An unusually wide and sinuous hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere, and it is stretching like a gash across the sun's southern hemisphere

14th Antarctic Activity Week

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 14th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place between February 20-26th

Radio Anniversary is Celebrated in the City:

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - eHam.net News -- RADIO enthusiasts have been celebrating the 95th anniversary of the start of Britain's first ever regular, advertised broadcast radio station, 2MT, which came live from Writtle. The anniversary was recognised on Tuesday February 14 February. To commemorate this anniversary and to celebrate the pioneering young team of engineers, the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitted from the same building where the original broadcasts commenced. Members of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) regularly transmit to fellow amateur radio hams from this historic hut and, for this celebration, a team from CARS made contact with fellow amateurs on February 12 and February 14. A special event call sign, GB95 2MT, was used to mark this occasion.

Ride the Roller Coaster to Solar Minimum:

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Most of us live on a 24-hour cycle beginning with waking up, going about our jobs or other activities and then sleeping before waking up again. We call it the circadian rhythm from the Latin circa dia or "about a day." The sun has a rhythm too, called the 11-year solar cycle. During that time, we see a rise in magnetic activity on the sun including sunspots (giant knots of concentrated solar magnetism); titanic solar storms called flares; and blasts of plasma -- clouds of electrons and protons -- billowing from our star. The hubbub peaks and then gradually declines. Sunspot numbers plummet as do the intensity and frequency of solar flares and phenomena like the aurora borealis which is tied to solar activity.

Collegiate Amateur Radio Survey:

February 20, 2017 02:33 PM - eHam.net News -- I'm doing an independent survey on college
ham radio clubs to help generate a list of
active clubs, clubs in need, and colleges
with no club but students with interest.
If you're a student, alumni, faculty, or
staff, please take a minute to add your
college club to the survey. Don't worry if
you think someone's done it already - that
shows me your club is even more active!

February 19, 2017

SDR-4++ dual diversity SDR receiver

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Recently Cross Country Wireless have been asked to design a dual diversity SDR receiver for a radio propagation research project. The receiver design was based on two SDR-4+ PCBs using a single oscillator so that the two SDR receivers were phase coherent

Radio Amateur News Magazine

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The first issue of Radio Amateur News, published July 1919, along with subsequent editions, are available for free download

RadFXSat-2 frequencies announced

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-NA has announced the RadFXSat-2 CubeSat, with a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder, has received IARU frequency coordination

Ham radio satellite activation of Berry Islands

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve M1ACB, Rob M0VFC and John M0IDA will be active on the FM and SSB amateur radio satellites from Berry Islands in the Bahamas

EURAO Newsletter February 2017

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Amateur Radio Society Upgrading Smokey Repeater:

February 19, 2017 02:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Smokey amateur radio repeater site located 15 kilometers north of Williams Lake is receiving some much-needed upgrades, said Cariboo Chilcotin Amateur Radio Society president Dr. Mike Smialowski. "As soon as you drive west out of Williams Lake and go over the hill and underneath the telephone lines you have no cell service," Smialowski said. "Last summer a person got lost south of Charlotte Lake and the only repeater that would get into the area was our amateur radio repeater."

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