December 06, 2021

Ham Radio University Going Virtual Again

December 06, 2021 06:46 PM -

ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, SK

December 06, 2021 06:24 PM - ARRL -

ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, of Beaverton, Oregon, died on November 24. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84.

An FCC engineer, Kane rose to the post of FCC San Francisco District Director and administered many ham radio and commercial license exams during his nearly 30 years there. He was a registered professional engineer in several jurisdictions.

Active as an Amateu...

Intrepid-DX Group Announces Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest Winners

December 06, 2021 05:28 PM - ARRL -

On December 1, Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, announced the prize recipients of the second annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest. Ewing said all essays received “were all unique in thought and very well articulated.” Extra points were given for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, he said.

“Most of the essays gave unique perspectives on how to reach out and connect with t...

The Master Clock

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - VLF SWLs will be familiar with the steadily pulsed signal on 77.5 kHz. DCF77 is a German longwave time signal and standard-frequency radio station

Hungarian initiative

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The presidency of the Hungarian Amateur Radio Association announces a tender for the lease of radio equipment

Hoovers and Handhelds

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The German Bundesnetz Agentur has banned the sale of TESVOR model6 robotic vacuum cleaners, because it not only used lasers to chase your cat or dog, it also sported a wireless link, complete with a networked remote control

Godfrey’s MH370 tracking gains expert support

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Top German engineer Dr. Robert Westphal, who first put forward the idea of using WSPRnet to track MH370 has added his support to Richard Godfrey’s location research

DXCC Country/Entity Report

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Networkfor the week of Sunday, 28th Novenber, through Sunday, 5th December there were 226 countries active

Bouvet Island news

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The following was posted on the 'Rebel DX Group's' FaceBook page on December 1st

Bill Somerville, G4WJS - SK

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - I am very sorry to convey the sad news that Bill Somerville, G4WJS, died suddenly and unexpectedly a few days ago. He was only about 65 years old

AMSAT-HB has been established

December 06, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - A new amateur radio satellite organisation AMSAT-HB was formed in Switzerland on November 26, 2021

CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run

December 06, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2100Z-2259Z, Dec 12

QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint

December 06, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2300Z, Dec 12

December 05, 2021

ICQ Podcast Episode 365 - The Right Tool for the Job

December 05, 2021 09:18 AM - ICQ Podcast -

In this episode, Colin Butler (M6BOY) is joined by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Martin Butler M1MRB and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode's feature The right tool for the Job.

We would like to thank Walt Washburn (KT0D) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

  • Using an Arduino to Upgrade a 1970s Ham Radio
  • New Law Hits AIS Beacons
  • 10-year-old Radio Ham Launches his 3rd High-Altitude APRS Balloon
  • US Virgin Island Amateur Radio Group Bolsters Repeater Infrastructure
  • Indonesian Radio hams sign MoU with Defense University
  • Norway Introduce Programs to get Kids into Ham Radio
  • Spain Seeks to Attract Youngsters to Amateur Radio
  • New Web-Based RSGB EMF Calculator
  • Ofcom Consultation on Protecting 23.6-24 GHz
  • The Next ICQ Digital Talk Group Met-up

Videos of G-QRP Convention talks now available

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The G-QRP club has made available the videos of the talks given at this year's G-QRP Convention

SARL Council strategic meeting

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The South African Radio League (SARL) Council met at the NARC on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November for the end of the year strategic meeting

QSO Today - Pablo Lewin, WA6RSV

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Pablo Lewin, WA6RSV, has an interest in radio astronomy and scans the heavens with his hydrogen line radio telescope using an SDR or software defined radio

New video: Radio receiver Signal to Noise ratio, SNR

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Signal to noise ratio is one of the most straightforward ways of measuring the sensitivity performance of a radio. As noise generated internally within the radio limits its performance, then specifying the signal to noise ratio is the obvious method to use

Four WebSDRs available from IRA website

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Iceland's amateur radio society IRA now provide links on their website to the island's four web-based Software Defined Radios

DARC thanks its many volunteers on International Volunteer Day

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The board of the DARC take International Volunteer Day on December 5 as an opportunity to thank their committed members for their work

ARISS wins Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the year award

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Following two great recipients in previous years — namely, The West Bengal Radio Club in India and the Radio Society of Great Britain/National Health Service's Get-on-the-air-to-care project, both of whom continue to do great work, we are proud to announce the winner of the 2021 ARNewsline International Newsmaker of the Year Award

Adult Education Association features ham radio club

December 05, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Sweden's SSA reports the use of online support during the pandemic by the Lindesberg Radio Club SK4EA is highlighted in a post on the Adult Education Association's website

International Naval Contest

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1600Z, Dec 11 to 1559Z, Dec 12

ARI 40/80 Contest

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z, Dec 11 to 1300Z, Dec 12

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Dec 11 to 2400Z, Dec 12

TRC Digi Contest

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0600Z, Dec 11 to 1800Z, Dec 12

ARRL 10-Meter Contest

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z, Dec 11 to 2400Z, Dec 12

PODXS 070 Club Triple Play Low Band Sprint

December 05, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z, Dec 11 to 2359Z, Dec 13

December 04, 2021

Senator Blumenthal Supports Amateur Radio at Senate Confirmation Hearing

December 04, 2021 09:49 PM - ARRL -

Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) received an affirmative reply from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when he asked her to commit to providing his office “an update on the steps that the FCC is taking to support amateur radio operators.” The Senator posed the written question as part of Rosenworcel’s renomination hearing conducted by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Bl...

EACW Meeting

December 04, 2021 08:12 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 9

WIA Director stresses importance of clubs promoting ham radio

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - WIA Director Peter Clee VK8ZZ looks at the difference between the number of newcomers joining the hobby in Australia compared to the UK

W1AW code practice text sources taken from February 1922 QST

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1st Transatlantic Test, the code practice text material for the week of December 6 through 10 originates from the February 1922 issue of QST. It was in this issue the results of the Transatlantic Test were published

This ham radio is unsafe at any frequency

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The Retro QRP Widowmaker, if that’s any kind of a hint

Radio hams participate in Brazilian Space Agency workshop

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Radio amateurs in Brazil participated in a Workshop held by the Brazilian Space Agency on Small Educational Satellites

Moon bouncing and radar imaging with LoRa

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The LoRa radio protocol is well known to hardware hackers because of its Long Range (hence the name) but also its extremely low power use

Intermediate Bath-based distance learning

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Book now to secure a place on the popular free BBDL online course for the amateur radio Intermediate exam

Foundations of Amateur Radio

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Amateur Radio and the art of getting started - One of the regular topics of conversation in amateur radio, especially for those new to the community, is where to start? The sheer volume of available options is often overwhelming

Centenary of Ham Radio Transatlantic Tests

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL reports on the bi-lateral events taking place in the UK and USA to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the successful amateur radio transatlantic tests

Brazil's radio hams meet with regulator ANATEL

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - LABRE met with ANATEL on November 18 to discuss changes in the legislation governing the Amateur Radio Service in Brazil, specifically the revision of Resolution 449/2006

Austrian special event

December 04, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the Austrian DX Board (ADXB) will be active as OE50ADXB from their club station OE1XBC during the month of December

K1USN Slow Speed Test

December 04, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, Dec 10

NCCC Sprint

December 04, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Dec 10

QRP Fox Hunt

December 04, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0200Z-0330Z, Dec 10

NCCC RTTY Sprint

December 04, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, Dec 10

December 03, 2021

ARRL Seeks News Editor

December 03, 2021 09:30 PM - ARRL -

ARRL is seeking a ham with a professional journalism background to handle ARRL’s news function on a contract, remote basis. Candidates for ARRL News Editor should be plugged into the ham radio community, with a broad awareness of the major players (past and present) and the main issues (past, present, and potentially future) in the world of ham radio. Ideally, candidates will have professional ...

The K7RA Solar Update

December 03, 2021 02:35 PM - ARRL -

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity was up this week. Average daily sunspot number increased from 26.9 to 46.1, and average daily solar flux was up 10.8 points to 90.9. Geomagnetic indicators were a little higher. Average daily planetary A index increased from 7.9 to 8.7, and average daily middle latitude A index from 5.4 to 6.3.

I like looking for openings on 10 meters and continue...

Unlocking the potential of Terahertz spectrum

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom is seeking views on how to maximise the long-term value of Terahertz spectrum

ST-4003W Time Adjustment Software for selected Icom Amateur Radios

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - xxxx

Ofcom consultation on protecting 23.6-24 GHz

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom is looking at protecting passive services at 23.6-24 GHz from future 26 GHz uses but nothing is said about the Amateur Services allocation at 24 GHz which is also threatened

VK6WIA NewsWest

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - NewsWest for Sunday 5th December 2021 is the Club Focus episode, where we’ve invited Amateur Radio Clubs and Groups to promote themselves and their activities

Introducing the Icom ST-4002A GPS tool for Android OS Devices

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - In addition to our news announcing time adjustment software for selected Icom Amateur radios, Icom has also announced a new GPS tool for Android OS devices called the ST-4002A

December GEO Newsletter available for free download

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - The December PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

A sudden drop in atmospheric radiation

December 03, 2021 09:13 AM - Southgate ARC - Last month, a 'Cannibal CME' hit Earth, sparking the strongest geomagnetic storm in years

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

December 03, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Dec 9

CWops Mini-CWT Test

December 03, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0700Z-0800Z, Dec 9

CWops Mini-CWT Test

December 03, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Dec 9

December 02, 2021

Two 160-Meter Events in December Give Nod to 1921 Transatlantic Tests

December 02, 2021 09:05 PM - ARRL -

160-meter operators can revel in two opportunities in December that promise to fill the airwaves with activity to test skills and stations on that band. The events take place a century after the Transatlantic Tests of the 1920s, which ushered in the dawn of international amateur radio communication.

The annual ARRL 160-Meter Contest begins at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 3, and ends at 1559 UTC ...

Ward Silver, N0AX, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL, Win the November 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award

December 02, 2021 04:49 PM -

WPT interference: German radio hams respond to CEPT ECC consultation

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Germany's national amateur radio society DARC has responded to the CEPT ECC consultation on non-beam Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) applications other than WPT-EV operating below 30 MHz

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo - Call for Speakers and Presentations

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return on the weekend of March 12th, 2022

Ofcom fines O2 £150,000 for providing inaccurate and incomplete information

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has fined O2 £150,000 for failing to provide complete and accurate information to us during our investigation into the company's billing issues

New web-based RSGB EMF calculator

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The RSGB has launched a new version of the Society’s EMF calculator v11d which is now available in a new browser-based version as well as the spreadsheet version

Join the SARL at half-year rate

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Join the SARL and pay the half-year rate and get one month free. The Council has decided to institute the half-year rate from Monday 22 November 2021

How ham radio signals are helping locate MH370

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - There has been world-wide reporting of the work done using amateur radio WSPR signals in an attempt to pinpoint the location of missing flight MH370

ARISS contact is scheduled for students at Hino Elementary School and Canna Project-Canna School Contact Team Suzaka, Japan

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - This will be a direct contact via amateur radio between students in Suzaka, Japan and Astronaut Raja Chari, amateur radio call sign KI5LIU

Tony's 10m Band Report

December 02, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Well the CQ WW CW contest livened things up at the weekend. 10 reported contacts needed to get into the list on Saturday and Sunday. The most activity for a good while

CWops Mini-CWT Test

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 8

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-2000Z, Dec 8

CWops Mini-CWT Test

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Dec 8

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Dec 8

QRP Fox Hunt

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0200Z-0330Z, Dec 8

NAQCC CW Sprint

December 02, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0130Z-0330Z, Dec 8

December 01, 2021

IARU Reports Another Over-the-Horizon Radar System is Under Construction in India

December 01, 2021 01:42 PM -

New Section Manager Appointed in Maine

December 01, 2021 01:18 PM - ARRL -

Maine Section Manager Robert Gould, N1WJO, has resigned for personal reasons after serving since July 2020. Effective on December 3, ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, has appointed Phil Duggan, N1EP, of Milbridge as interim Section Manager to complete the current term, which ends on June 30, 2022.

Duggan is a retired US Navy electronics technician chief and active in emergency comm...

Santa takes to the airwaves to talk to children over ham radio

December 01, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The Longmont Amateur Radio Club is connecting children with Santa for the rest of the week

Rockall Island £1,000,000 charity op

December 01, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - In June 2022 a team will land on Rockall Island, more than 200 nautical miles from the West Coast of Scotland, and the nearest civilisation

Elettra: The Miracle Ship

December 01, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARI Fidenza Club (IQ4FE) issues an award 'Elettra: The Miracle Ship' in 2021, drawing attention to Marconi's yacht Elettra and its significance in his radio experiments

ARISS contacts cancelled due to EVA changes

December 01, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - ARISS has announced that school contacts planned for Thursday, December 2 have been cancelled due to postponement of planned spacewalk by radio amateurs KI5LAL and KE5HOC

YOTA month continues to expand into the Americas

December 01, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Youth operated stations around the world will be part of a special event celebrating youth in amateur radio during the month of December

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

December 01, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Dec 7

ARS Spartan Sprint

December 01, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0200Z-0400Z, Dec 7

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

December 01, 2021 12:13 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Dec 7

November 30, 2021

December 2021 Issue of QST to Mail Mid-Month, Arrive Thanksgiving Week

November 30, 2021 06:17 PM - ARRL -

Due to the widespread paper shortage and related supply chain issues, the December 2021 issue of QST will mail approximately one week later than usual, arriving in homes the week of November 22.

ARRL members can read the digital edition of the December issue now, at http://www.arrl.org/qst.

YOTA Month Continues to Expand into the Americas

November 30, 2021 04:34 PM - ARRL -

December is YOTA Month, celebrating and encouraging Youth On the Air. Amateur radio operators who are 25 years old and younger will be on the air as special event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times.

In the US, the call signs will once again be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Three ne...

ARISS-USA Announces New Senior Leadership

November 30, 2021 04:30 PM - ARRL -

The US segment of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS-USA) has augmented its senior leadership team with five new members. In May 2020, ARISS-USA created a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization to enhance and expand ARISS initiatives in the US. ARISS says the new membership will support the variety of new functions and roles within ARISS-USA.

Martin “Marty” Schulman...

Telecoms customers saving millions as Ofcom rules bed in

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - More broadband and mobile customers are shopping around and signing up to better deals - and saving themselves millions of pounds

Slow-scan TV transmissions from ISS set for December 1-2

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120

ARRL author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, SK

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL report: Retired QST Technical Editor Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, of Westport, Connecticut, died on November 25

Indonesian radio hams sign MoU with Defense University

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The Defense University of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian Defense University - Military Training) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Amateur Radio Organization of the Republic of Indonesia (Orari)

ARISS contact scheduled for students at Wolfgang-Kubelka-Realschule (WKR), Schondorf am Ammersee, Germany

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - his will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Matthias Maurer, amateur radio call sign KI5KFH ARISS team member Shane Lynd VK4KHZ will be the relay amateur radio station

ARISS contact scheduled for students in Nuremberg, Germany

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - This will be a direct contact via amateur radio between astronaut Matthias Maurer KI5KFH onboard the International Space Station and students at Berufliche Schule Direktorat 1 Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Andromedid meteor outburst

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Radars in Canada have just detected an outburst of Andromedid meteors. The unexpected outburst means that Earth has encountered a stream of debris from Biela's Comet, a source of meteor storms in the 19th century

AIS in China: Media misreporting can be threat to radio hams

November 30, 2021 09:12 AM - Southgate ARC - CRAC reports on the security risk in China of collecting and distributing either shipping AIS data or aircraft ADS-B data and the threat to radio amateurs from media misreporting

OK1WC Memorial (MWC)

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1630Z-1729Z, Dec 6

K1USN Slow Speed Test

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Dec 6

FT Roundup

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z, Dec 4 to 2359Z, Dec 5

INORC Contest

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1400Z, Dec 4 to 1359Z, Dec 5

Two-Meter Classic Sprint

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1330Z, Dec 4

PRO CW Contest

November 30, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Dec 4 to 1159Z, Dec 5

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