September 26, 2017

SSB Sprint Postponed

September 26, 2017 03:37 AM - ARRL -- The North American SSB Sprint Contest, originally scheduled for October 1 (Saturday, September 30, in US time zones), has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date this fall. "Our thoughts and wishes for an effective and orderly recovery from the recent weather events in the Caribbean and southern US, and the earthquake activity in Mexico have prompted us to postpone this weekend...

Clubs Active in ARRL Contest Club Competitions Advised to Review Member Eligibility Lists

September 26, 2017 03:37 AM - ARRL -- ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, suggests that now would be an opportune occasion to review club membership eligibility lists for the 2017-2018 contest season. See "ARRL Contest Changes for 2017-2018" in September QST (p 91) or on the ARRL website, for background information. Contest clubs planning to participate in club competitions, with ARRL November Sweepstakes being next up, ...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Aiding Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

September 26, 2017 01:37 AM - ARRL --

September 25, 2017

Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta, N1CC, SK

September 25, 2017 06:43 PM - ARRL -- James "Jim" LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September 20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General Manager from March until December 2012.First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after high school and then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968 in Texas. While in Texas, he serve...

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts are Handy in Emergencies:

September 25, 2017 01:07 PM - eHam.net News -- Winters resident Joe DeAngelo became curious about radio communications as a child, after hearing people speak in various foreign languages on his grandparents' console radio system. "I would listen to the shortwave radio and listen to stations coming in that were speaking in different languages and I would be curious about where were these speakers coming from and why I was able to hear them so far away," he said. He made his first forays into amateur radio -- also known as ham radio -- when he was 14 years old after reading about it in various electronics magazines. Today, DeAngelo is part of a large network of amateur radio enthusiasts in Yolo County who use ham radio for emergency services. Jay Ballinger, the club coordinator for UC Davis Amateur Radio Communications, said that when amateur radio was first defined by the government, part of the charter was to make different waves of radio available to amateurs so they could communicate using techniques such as Morse code, particularly during emergency situations when phone lines were down. Emergency services during natural disasters remains one of the major uses of ham radio. During Hurricane Katrina, DeAngelo said many amateur radio operators -- or "hams" -- were stationed in shelters where they served as the main means of communication because commercial services, such as phones, were not working.

Ham Operators Deliver Messages from Maria-Battered Puerto Rico:

September 25, 2017 01:07 PM - eHam.net News -- Thanks to ham radio operators, some of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria survivors have been able to let worried families and friends in the United States know they made it through. Bob Myers, 74, of Copiague, is one of the Long Islanders communicating with Puerto Rico, which was flattened Wednesday by the worst storm in a century, with this century-old technology. 'It's a wonderful feeling when you make that call, you can almost see the smile on the face," said Myers, the vice president of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club.

New 630 Meter Band Available October 15:

September 25, 2017 01:07 PM - eHam.net News -- Join us Tuesday at 8 PM central time on
W5KUB.COM. This week the new 630 meter ham
band plus Katie visiting a ham club in
Scotland.

American Red Cross Asks ARRL's Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort

September 25, 2017 04:51 AM - ARRL -- The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking f...

September 24, 2017

Swindon and Cricklade Railway Join Worldwide Radio Communication:

September 24, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Swindon and Cricklade Railway are this weekend teaming up with other heritage railways as part of Railways on the Air. Across September 23 and 24, the event will celebrate the anniversary of the first steam-powered passenger railway journey, which took place on 27th September 1825, between Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees in the north-east of England. 46 heritage railways are due to participate in the event, coordinated by the Bishop Auckland Amateur Radio Club.

Hurricane Damages Giant Radio Telescope -- Why It Matters:

September 24, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Staff at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico are safe, but the storm destroyed a key instrument, and conditions in surrounding towns are still unknown. After a tense 36 hours, scientists and ham radio operators have confirmed that the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico -- arguably the world's most iconic radio telescope, which has a dish stretching a thousand feet across -- has come through Hurricane Maria mostly intact, but with some significant damage. More importantly, the observatory's staff sheltering on-site are safe.

Russian WW MultiMode Contest

September 24, 2017 11:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Sep 30 to 1159Z, Oct 1

Breakall Receives High Honor from Radio Club of America:

September 24, 2017 07:46 AM - eHam.net News -- UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James Breakall, professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the Radio Club of America's (RCA) Sarnoff Citation, for 2017. RCA established the award in 1973 to recognize an individual or club member for "significant contributions to the advancement of electronic communications." According to the club, the award is intended for those "who have contributed to advancement of electronic communications in any significant manner, including nontechnical support of the wireless industry." "I am very honored and humbled to receive this most prestigious award along with many past luminaries who received this honor," Breakall said. "As a professor, I really feel that this award is really for not just me but all of my very deserving graduate students and colleagues who I have worked with over the years. I would not have been so honored without all of their help and support. I am so very much appreciative to have been given such recognition." Breakall, who also is an antenna designer and an American Relay Radio League member, said that amateur radio inspired his career. His interest in ham radio began when he was 9 years old and by the age of 12, he had his ham radio license. "I did a lot of experimenting with antennas during my youth and up to the present. When I came to Penn State, I worked for Dr. Ferraro (emeritus professor of electrical engineering) on his experimental ionosphere facility at Scotia and was hooked into radio and antenna research," Breakall said. "I then went to the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and got even more fascinated with antennas since it has the largest in the world, a 1000-foot dish. After my Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University working with the Arecibo antenna, I went to work at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California on the only antenna simulation software at the time and then eventually came to Penn State as a professor in 1989, and have been working in the radio and antenna field ever since." Known in ham radio circles as "Doctor Jim," Breakall is credited with developing the optimized wideband antenna (OWA) -- an antenna for ham radios that performed much better than any other at that time -- as well as antennas for such research facilities as Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and High Frequency Auroral Research Program (HAARP), an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Ham College 33 is Now Available:

September 24, 2017 07:46 AM - eHam.net News -- Foreign contacts and third party traffic.
Series and parallel Inductors. Inductor
demonstration.

Caribbean Situation Critical, Clear Frequencies Essential

September 24, 2017 02:50 AM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

September 24, 2017 02:50 AM - ARRL -- Articles on the National Geographic and Space.com websites report that scientists and Amateur Radio operators have confirmed that Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory came through Hurricane Maria largely intact but "with some significant damage." Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which helps to operate the Observatory, said it learned via "short wave radio contact" that staff and fam...

September 23, 2017

Long Island Ham Helps Relay Messages From Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico:

September 23, 2017 12:46 PM - eHam.net News -- COPIAGUE, N.Y. (CBS NewYork) -- With Puerto Rico's telecommunications down, frantic friends and relatives are unable to reach loved ones on the island following Hurricane Maria. Bob Meyers, of Copiague, Long Island, is trying to help. An engineering supervisor retired from CBS network news after 40 years and now a local amateur radio volunteer, Meyers is using his hobby to make a real difference. With the power grid wiped out, victims of Maria cannot receive -- but they can send out -- messages via volunteer ham radio, relaying the conversation right into Meyers' Copiague home. "The FCC allocates frequency bands to us for use," Meyers told CBS2's Jennifer McLogan. "Our payback for it is that we provide community service, and that's what we love to do." The short-wave radio messages he transcribes and delivers are emotional. Of one communication, Meyers said: "He said the place looked like an atom bomb had hit it. He said everything is down. They have no running water, so they've been drinking and using cisterns." Meeting grateful families makes all the difference.

Florida Pastor Uses Ham Radio to Get Information from Puerto Rico:

September 23, 2017 12:46 PM - eHam.net News -- A Florida pastor with a heart for helping is going old school to get information from Puerto Rico. An antenna coming out of his window, strung through the trees up over his house, is connecting Ian Thomas to the unreachable. Early Thursday morning, his ham radio was silent. "And by 9:30, things started jumping. And then we were talking to Puerto Rico," he said. Many people in Central Florida, like Alexandra Ale, have family on the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. "I was feeling like I was suffocating because my hands are tied and kind of just waiting around to hear from someone," Ale said. Thomas is taking requests from people across the United States, then doing what he can to find out through radio waves if they're all right.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #120:

September 23, 2017 11:52 AM - eHam.net News -- You've always been taught that VHF
communications are line of sight and that the
height of your antenna determines how far
your 2m communication might go. So if I tell
you that last week I spoke with a station
that was 300 kilometres away on the 2m band
you might be forgiven in thinking that I had
managed to climb up most of the side of Mount
Everest to around 7 kilometres so I could
make my line-of-sight communications 300
kilometres away.

DogparkSDR Version 1.08 Released:

September 23, 2017 11:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.08 of
dogparkSDR has been released.

W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

September 23, 2017 01:21 AM - ARRL -- The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to assist with outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequencies clear at this time, to facilitate communications necessary for Hurricane Maria response.

Caribbean Emergency Weather Network Handling High Volume of Post-Storm Traffic

September 23, 2017 12:33 AM - ARRL --

September 22, 2017

SATERN Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Net Control or Relay Stations

September 22, 2017 09:01 PM - ARRL -- The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz."SATERN had initially planned on terminating the net operations for Hurricane Maria by today," SATERN National ...

Colombian Radio Amateurs Asked to Assist in Reconnecting Family Members in Caribbean

September 22, 2017 06:49 PM - ARRL -- The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes. To start, the frequencies 7.117 MHz for SSB and 7.085 MHz for digital modes as well as EchoLink COL_LCRA conference and the national VHF repeater system hav...

ARRL Represented at World Maker Fair in New York City; School Club to Exhibit

September 22, 2017 06:49 PM - ARRL --

Using Ham Radio During Natural Disasters:

September 22, 2017 12:46 PM - eHam.net News -- ELKHART -- It's unlikely we'll see many strong earthquakes here. But when things like tornadoes touch down some areas have few options for contacting others. There's a group of people who can communicate despite the lack of connection. This way of communicating has been around since 1914. It doesn't need help from cell phone towers or electricity to send a message from here to other places throughout the world. Even when Mother Nature creates heavy damage this machine can send for help. One-way emergency responders communicate when the lines are down by using ham radio. "It doesn't require any external wires or antennas. We can do it all with what we pack in or what we bring in our own vehicles. Sometimes literally in backpacks," said Goshen Amateur Radio Operator Dave Menges. Menges says they can hear damage reports from Puerto Rico through a network called Saturn. "That's a Salvation Army Network where they will put operators down there and then Health and Welfare messages can be relayed back to other countries. Particularly the United States or main land or other countries or islands. Without having to depend on a military network or something from the government to be setup," he said.

In Devastated Dominica, 'Hams' Become Vital Communications Link:

September 22, 2017 12:46 PM - eHam.net News -- When Hurricane Maria smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went down, virtually cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio operators got on the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside world ever since. Speaking to ABS Television/Radio in his first interview since Maria made landfall, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, on a visit to Antigua, said at least 15 people were dead and at least 20 others missing amid "unprecedented" destruction. Shortly before the storm struck, ham-radio enthusiasts Michelle Guenard and her husband, Brian Machesney, set up a Facebook page from their home in Craftsbury, Vt., to act as a clearinghouse for whatever information they could glean through the ham airwaves via ham operators on Dominica, many of whom they know personally. There's also a livestream of the HF radio frequency being used for the emergency network. The couple have been traveling to Dominica on and off for the past decade, where they've trained ham operators, helping get them licensed, bringing in radio equipment and getting them set up. "We know through these emergency situations that ham radio is the only way to get information when everything else goes down," Guenard tells NPR.

RSGB 80m Autumn Series, Data

September 22, 2017 11:47 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2030Z, Sep 28

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #38:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
WB0TEV, 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:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Fires Up for Maria:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community hardly had a
chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma, as recovery operations
continue, before Hurricane Maria was knocking on the door. The
Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated September 18
on 14.325 MHz and on 7.268 MHz (after dark). The VoIP Hurricane Net activated the same day to track Hurricane Maria
and its potential impact in the Caribbean. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National
Hurricane Center, activated to receive weather information from both
nets, while the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) was called up on September 18 on 3.815 MHz (and/or
7.188 and 7.182 MHz as propagation dictates) to provide round-the-clock
coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's
immediate wake. It has been handling health-and-welfare traffic in and
out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name and location, as well as that of the
party sought).

Reports of Hurricane Devastation On Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria's passage
over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia
checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he'd
gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York
Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to gather initial damage reports from the storm-ravaged Caribbean Island nation of some 70,000
residents. US-based Julian Antoine, J73JA, solicited reports via a VoIP
connection with the J73MAN repeater on Dominica.

Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active In Wake of Earthquake In Central Mexico:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- The FMRE National Emergency Net (Red Nacional de Emergencia or RNE)
activated Tuesday on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in
the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC. The epicenter was some
75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which also felt the temblor and
suffered damage.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- "How High is High Enough" -- a discussion on the effects of antenna
height -- is the topic of the current episode of the "ARRL The Doctor
is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Amateur Radio Supported Hurricane Irma Response In US Virgin Islands:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club supported the Hurricane
Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management
Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band
channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The
club's NP2VI served as the net control station at the St. Croix
Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Participants included the Virgin
Islands National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, National Guard Task
Forces, and VITEMA EOCs on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Puerto Rico Army
MARS members also participated. FEMA posted personnel on two Navy
vessels, and they worked directly with USVI amateurs via 60-meter
interoperability channels.

FCC Opens 630/2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has
approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the
Commission's March 29 Report and Order that
spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands -- 630
meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). Notice of the
action appeared in the September 15 edition of the Federal Register.
Before using either band, stations must notify the
Utilities Technology Council (UTC) that they plan to
do so. If UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence
operation.

HamSCI Presents Eclipse Results at ARRL-TAPR Communications Conference:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- At the 36th annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), held September 15-17 in St. Louis,
members of the HamSCI group presented preliminary evidence that the
August 21 solar eclipse had a significant effect on HF propagation. The
DCC is geared toward technically minded Amateur Radio operators who
specialize in building and designing hardware and software to support
digital communication and radio.

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power
transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential to
interfere with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met
on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the
IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with
regard to the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19).
Conference Agenda Item 9.1.6 would call for studies in advance of
WRC-23 to assess the impact of WPT for electric vehicles on
radiocommunication services and to study suitable harmonized frequency
ranges to minimize its impact. The AC determined that addressing the
threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially
affected radiocommunication services, including Amateur Radio.

JOTA 2017 Organizers Urge Scout Stations to Register Now:

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Scouting's Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA/JOTI)
event takes place over the October 20-22 weekend, and organizers are
urging Scout stations planning to participate to register now. The world
JOTA-JOTI team has activated its online sign-up system.

Former MIT President, Electrical Engineering Professor Ex-W2UWN, (SK):

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Paul E.
Gray, ex-W2UWN and K1ZVT, of Concord, Massachusetts, died on September
18. He was 85. Gray had a nearly lifelong association with MIT,
including turns as student, professor, dean of engineering, associate
provost, chancellor, president, and MIT Corporation chair. He served as
MIT's 14th president for the decade 1980 to1990, and chaired the MIT
Corporation for another 7 years before returning to teaching and
advising. He was an emeritus professor of electrical engineering.

In Brief...

September 22, 2017 04:16 AM - eHam.net News -- Hurricane Damage Forces Changes to Planned DX Operations: Members of
Argentina's Yaguarete DX Group, expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint
Maarten from October 24 through November 4, have cancelled their plans
due to Hurricane Irma damage. "Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of
infrastructure on the island, and it will be impossible to arrive and
live there for a long time," the group said in its announcement. It has
changed the destination for its fall DXpedition to San Andres Island
and is in the process of working out the formalities.

ETH087 -- Traveling With Your Ham Radio Gear:

September 22, 2017 02:13 AM - eHam.net News -- In this episode of the everything ham radio podcast we
talk with Vance Martin, N3VEM, about how he travels
with his ham radio gear and how he operates with it
while he travels.

September 21, 2017

QCWA Honors William Orr, W8NPU, with its 80th Anniversary Award

September 21, 2017 10:18 PM - ARRL -- The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored centenarian and ARRL member William (Bill) Orr, W8NPU, of Columbus, Ohio, with its 80th Anniversary Award. QCWA member Don Fuhr, K8KSM, presented Orr with the framed award certificate. Orr has been licensed for 82 years. While he is no relation to the Bill Orr, W6SAI, his story nonetheless is an interesting one. According to the QCWA, ...

MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

September 21, 2017 10:18 PM - ARRL -- MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been a Dayton Hamvention(r) vendor.The layoffs will begin at mon...

EURAO Announces "DMR Meeting on the Air" Event

September 21, 2017 10:18 PM - ARRL -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) has announces a new on-the-air QSO party September 23-24 with the theme, "DMR meeting on the air." This is not a contest, but a radio meeting with a few simple recommendations. DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is an open standard widely used by radio amateurs in the last few years, and a lot of repeaters around the world are networked. The most popula...

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

September 21, 2017 05:55 PM - ARRL -- The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday."The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,"...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 21, 2017 05:03 PM - ARRL -- "How High is High Enough" (a discussion of antenna height) is the topic of the current (September 7) 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-C...

Ham Radio Satellite and Moon Azimuth and Altitude Web Service:

September 21, 2017 12:17 PM - eHam.net News -- I'm working on a project to implement a self contained ham radio rotator. It basically will take a command from a mobile device and position itself to point to the satellite selected and follow it while its visible. This also applies for the moon. The objective is to have a self operated wireless rotator control based on object position.

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

September 21, 2017 03:02 AM - ARRL -- The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's immediate wake on 7.188 and 3.815 MHz and is requesting a clear frequency. The CEWN is continuing to handle health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name location as well as that of the part...

WX2S Wins the September QST Cover Plaque Award

September 21, 2017 01:03 AM - ARRL -- The winning article for the September 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "An Improved 160/80-Meter Matching Network for your 43-Foot Vertical" by Steve Masticola, WX2S. 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 ...

W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

September 21, 2017 01:03 AM - ARRL -- Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will not transmit bulletins or code practice this evening. The station will not be staffed overnight but plans to resume its normal schedule of transmissions on Thursday morning, September 21. W1AW has not yet been reopened to visitors. W1AW will continue monitoring active nets and 60 meter interoperability channels as needed. The station has bee...

September 20, 2017

JOTA 2017 Organizers Urge Scout Stations to Register Now

September 20, 2017 11:22 PM - ARRL --

Former MIT President, Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN, SK

September 20, 2017 11:22 PM - ARRL -- Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology President (MIT) President Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN and K1ZVT, of Concord, Massachusetts, died on September 18. He was 85. Gray had a nearly life-long association with MIT, including turns as student, professor, dean of engineering, associate provost, chancellor, president, and MIT Corporation chair. He served as MIT's 14th president for the decade 1980...

Rockwell Collins to be Sold to United Technologies

September 20, 2017 08:48 PM - ARRL -- United Technologies has announced plans to acquire avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal set to be consummated in 2018. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems.Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio...

Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio, Picked up by Media

September 20, 2017 08:48 PM - ARRL -- [This updates a report posted earlier.] In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria's passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he'd gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to ga...

IARU Addresses New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) held its annual in-person meeting on 15 and 16 September in Landshut, Germany, just before the IARU Region 1 Conference. It has addressed High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles, seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. The AC, consisting of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organisations, is responsible for policy and management. A media release issued on September 17 reported that the meeting reviewed its priorities and positions for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The agenda for WRC-19 along with WPT includes several other items of potential concern to radio amateurs, a possible Region 1 allocation of 50-54 MHz to the Amateur Service to harmonise with allocations in the other two regions. The IARU budget, based on anticipated financial contributions from Member Societies, was also reviewed to minimise expenditure, and adopted. The theme for World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2018, was confirmed as "Celebrating Amateur Radio's Contribution to Society."

S-24 Pgns Admin Urges Ham Radio to Reunite Nepali Man:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Kolkata: The South 24 Parganas district administration has urged the West Bengal Radio Club -- an organisation of Ham Radio operators in the state -- to reunite a Nepali man who has been lodged at a district hospital for more than three months with nobody turning up to take his responsibility.

Ham Talk Live #82 -- Public Relations:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Scott
Westerman, W9WSW is on the big show to talk
about Ham Radio Public Relations and also the
upcoming Great Lakes Ham Convention! Tune in
to get some ideas of how to make your club
more visible and relatable!

Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

September 20, 2017 03:37 AM - ARRL -- The FMRE National Emergency Net has activated on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC on Tuesday. The net also uses 3.690 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which felt the temblor. Preliminary reports indicate a lot of collapsed buildings and missing p...

W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended

September 20, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions beginning September 19, 2017 in order to help support its partners for both HF and long-haul communications response for Hurricane Maria. W1AW will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch, SATERN, and Caribbean Emergency Weather nets; checking Winlink2000 e-mail; checking into the VoIP Weather Net, and prov...

September 19, 2017

HamSCI Presents Initial Eclipse Results at ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference

September 19, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL --

ARISS Invites Proposals to Host Amateur Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew

September 19, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host Amateur Radio contacts in 2018 with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The deadline to submit proposals is November 15. Contacts would be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2018.Each year, A...

Rockwell Collins Sold to United Technologies

September 19, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- United Technologies has acquired avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems.Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio equipment. Art Collins, W0CXX, founded Collins ...

AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium Issues Second Call for Papers

September 19, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- The AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium has issued a second call for papers. The event takes place the weekend of October 27-29 in Reno, Nevada. AMSAT invites proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Tentative presentation titles are requested as soon as possible, with final copy du...

Radio Amateur on St. Lucia Relays Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica

September 19, 2017 06:38 PM - ARRL -- As "potentially catastrophic Hurricane Maria" is headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he gathered via repeater conversations with hams on Dominica, which was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Maria.He recounted a damage report from Kerry Fevrier, J69YH, in Roseau, Dominica. "Trees down, rive...

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria:

September 19, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark. "As propagation dictates, we may operate using both frequencies at the same time," HWN Secretary Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said in making the announcement. The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate today at 1500 UTC until further notice, to track Hurricane Maria and its potential impact to the Leeward Islands. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 2100 UTC.

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Activates; FEMA Announces Interoperability Nets

September 19, 2017 02:37 AM - ARRL -- Jeff Austin, 9Y4J, Emergency Coordinator Advisory Group, IARU Region 2, Area E, reports that the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN), activated at 1030 UTC on 3.815 MHz. The net will use 3.815 and/or 7.188 MHz as propagation dictates. The CEWN will provide 24-hour coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's immediate wake, in case there is a need to pass health-and-welf...

September 18, 2017

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

September 18, 2017 08:37 PM - ARRL -- The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with r...

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria

September 18, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark."As propagation dictates, we may oper...

ZD7VDE DXpedition is on again!

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bill, G0VDE,reporta that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on. He has waited over a year for the Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again

SEARG at Waterford and Suir Valley Railway

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group in Ireland will be QRV as EI2WSVR from The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway station Kilmeaden Co. Waterford on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of September. This is to coincide with the Railways On the Air Weekend

PW 70MHz Contest 2017

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 24th September from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC

PDXG QSL Management Platform update

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was designed to automate the QSL manager's back end processes

ÖVSV Österreichische Versuchssenderverband partners with RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory!

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- ÖVSV Österreichische Versuchssenderverband and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 3 September, 2017. ÖVSV has now joined as the latest Member Society of RFinder

New digital voice repeater for Southern Ireland

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Earlier this year the Southern Ireland Repeater Group began building their first digital voice repeater which consisted of interfacing an MMDVM board with a Motorola MTR2000 UHF repeater

ICQPODCAST - Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) Edmund Spicer (M0MNG), Bill Barnes (N3JIX) and Martin Rothwell (M0SGL) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna by Martin Butler M1MRB/W9ICQ

Hurricane Irma forces DXpedition change

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma

EURAO Newsletter September 2017

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format or as a website

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th September, through Sunday, 17th September there were 212 countries active

An Introduction To Amateur Radio

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be holding 'An introduction To Amateur Radio' course on Monday the 2nd of October at 7.30pm sharp in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford

2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium preliminary schedule announced

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2017 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 27-29 in Reno

15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop announcement

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- We are happy to announce that the 15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop will take place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2018 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center

IOTA news from OPDX

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

New Plymouth Amateur Radio Celebrates 90 Years On Air:

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Ninety years is a long time to ride a wave. An airwave that is. This month a group of amateur radio operators in New Plymouth is getting set to celebrate 90 years of keeping in touch with each other and the community. The New Plymouth Amateur Radio Club started in 1926 and has evolved to become a vital link in the community, especially in emergencies when it helps police, search and rescue and civil defence when required. Club secretary Daniel Vandenberg said it was just one of the many roles the club provided. "We have a group of fully trained operators who are able to help support emergency communications," Vandenberg said. "We're one of the longest running service clubs in New Zealand." There were many different aspects to the amateur radio hobby, he said. Some used it to for keeping in touch with others while some clubs have competitions as well.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join Katie Allen, WY7YL, Dave Casler, KE0OG, and Tom Medlin, W5KUB Tuesday nights for Amateur Radio Roundtable. This week Mike Caper WA9PIE will be showing us HRD. Cory Sickles, WA3UVV, will be talking about Yaesu's new products and discussing system fusion. Plus shack pictures and much more.

September 17, 2017

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be once more at low levels

The future of the Amateur Radio service

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- During the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Landshut Germany that started this morning, the future of Amateur Radio will be discussed. There are alarming signs that interest in Amateur Radio from the younger generation is dwindling and a decline in worldwide membership could threaten its existence in time

QSO Today - Steve Herman, W7VOA, White House Press Correspondent

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve Herman, W7VOA's, love of amateur radio and media led him into a career as a news correspondent for the Associated Press, freelance overseas journalist, and ultimately with the Voice of America (VOA) as its White House correspondent, traveling and reporting on the President of the United States

June RSGB Board Proceedings

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for June 17, 2017 have been released, they note a mailshot was made to G3/G4 non-members

JOTA/JOTI 2017 update

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year, JOTA celebrates the 60th year of running. To commemorate this milestone, ZS6SSG will be running a special event call sign over the weekend 20 to 22 October

History of UK Special Contest Call Signs

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chris GM3WOJ has posted a short history of UK Special Contest Call signs (SCCs) which have now been in use for 21 years

Essex Skills Night Monday Sept 18

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Skills Night takes place this Monday, September 18 at Danbury Village Hall in Essex, the free event is open to all. Hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team, Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL's from across Essex and beyond

ICQ Podcast Episode 248 - Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) Edmund Spicer (M0MNG), Bill Barnes (N3JIX) and Martin Rothwell (M0SGL) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna by Martin Butler M1MRB/W9ICQ. We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Report VDSL interference NOW Eighteen BBC Local Radio Stations Fall Silent .radio Now Available Realtime Band Conditions Kenya Gets 60m Allocation DMR Meeting on the Air

Tunisia Legalizes Individual Licenses:

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Ministry of Telecommunications of Tunisia has approved and issued a decree organizing amateur radio activity in Tunisia. It is now possible for Tunisian amateurs to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses.

A Texas Homage to Amelia Earhart's Around-the-World Flight:

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Exactly 80 years after Amelia Earhart attempted her round-the-world flight, the solo journey has finally been completed in a single-engine aircraft for the first time, ending in Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio. "This was an amazing journey," says Brian Lloyd, who flew 28,000 miles in Spirit, his plane, during his circumnavigation of the globe. "It required more of me than I ever imagined it could, but I also found in myself the reserves of patience and energy to keep going no matter what." Like Earhart's plane, Spirit has a high frequency radio, which Lloyd used to communicate with hundreds of people across the world. "Every place I went I was warmly greeted with open arms, even in places where we are told that the US is not liked," Lloyd says. "The key thing to remember is that the aviation and amateur radio communities are united around aviation and radio, and not really around politics or religion."

Please Keep Clear of Hurricane Nets:

September 17, 2017 07:36 AM - eHam.net News -- In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120MHz so please avoid causing interference on or around those frequencies.

Hamlogs.net Debutes with YCCC/40:

September 17, 2017 07:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Hamlogs.net - the web site which brings near real time scoring into QSO Party world, will offer support of the first USA QSO Party next week.

September 16, 2017

Propagation de K7RA

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning

WIA Finances

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News reports the Wireless Institute of Australia has been running at an annual loss of about A$50,000 for several years

TX Factor Show at YOTA 2017 and Goonhilly

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor experiences what it's like to be young again with a visit to this year's YOTA activity week at Gilwell Park

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