July 26, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27

QSO Today - New Ham Radio Interview Podcast

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- QSO Today, a new interview style podcast for prospective, new, and returning hams, was launched today

Nasa seeks help with Earth-Mars data links

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nasa is asking for help to get data back from its science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface

FISTS CW Club North America reduces dues for ages 65-80

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- FISTS CW Club in North America has reduced its dues for members aged 65-80 from $15 to $10

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 18th-July, through Friday, 25th-July there were 206 countries active

Canadian Amateurs receive Order of Canada

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/ KC5RNJ have received this prestigious designation from Canada's Governor General

NCCC Sprint Ladder

July 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Aug 1

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says (Connecticut)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensable in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.

That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group.

Solar "superstorm" just missed Earth in 2012

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Scientists are shedding new light on a massive solar storm that narrowly missed impacting Earth two years ago.

"If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a statement released by NASA this week.

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR.4969

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up co-sponsors for The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 HR.4969. The measure, introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June, would call on the FCC to apply the reasonable accommodation three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.

Radio enthusiasts to put Blaskets on air (Ireland)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- THE Blaskets will be going on air later this month as a group of amateur radio operators spend a week operating from the islands.

Their aim is to participate in the Islands On the Air (IOTA) contest of July 26 and 27, which will see radio operators on islands large and small around the world bouncing signals to one another.

FEMA, ARRL sign cooperative agreement

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced on Friday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the area of disaster communication.

Ham radio operators help rescue injured hiker at Fourth of July Trailhead area (Colorado)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Three ham radio operators relaying messages helped rescue a man injured on a backcountry hiking trail.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a ham radio operator was hiking on the Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday when he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt.

All Nations University College Makes Strides In Building The Amateur Ground Station

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The resolve of All Nations University College (ANU) to put Ghana among Space Science nations in the world is about to be implemented.

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act!

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls the Plug on its System

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website.

Boulder County hiker thankful for rescuers and ham radio operators: 'I was lucky' (Colorado)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Boulder resident Bill Eberle has been a licensed ham radio operator since his teen years and says he never goes on a hike into the Colorado wilderness without his portable radio.

FCC to Take Up Antenna Structure Rules Aug. 8

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- WASHINGTON The Federal Communications Commission will vote on an update its antenna structure rules at its next open meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

U.S. team wins amateur radio championship held on South Shore (Massachusetts)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A team from the United States recently won the World Radiosport Team Championship, which was held at many South Shore sites.

Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification. Ham frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them.

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Among the things the Amateur Radio community can count on in its second century, according to Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, is that ham radio will continue to thrive and serve the public interest.

FCC Snares Ham Operators

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC proposed a total of $33,500 in fines against two amateur radio operators for intentionally interfering with other hams and failing to identify their stations on-air while transmitting.

Ham Radio Aids in Rescue of Injured Colorado Hiker

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- While Bill Eberle, AB0MY, of Boulder, Colorado, and his wife Mary were hiking in the back country on July 21, they encountered a team of paramedics rendering aid to a 67-year-old man Michael Schuett, of Broomfield, Colorado who had lost his footing while crossing a stream near the Fourth of July Campground west of Nederland, Colorado. Schuett had struck his head on a boulder and was found unconscious and face down in the water by a Good Samaritan, who pulled him to safety. The paramedics, who had been heading to a youth camp, also had stumbled onto the scene.

FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio Resilient

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ham Operator Gets $22,000 Fine for Hogging Frequency

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A Michigan ham radio operator is being fined $22,000 for frequency hogging. Specifically, Michael Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., is being cited for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification, according to a notice from the Federal Communications Commission. - See more at: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/ham-operator-gets--fine-for-hogging-frequency/271421#sthash.zk5ZUy7O.dpuf

Irving club teaches ham radio use, serves community with emergency communications (Texas)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Dennis Riise said he first took an interest in ham radios in the early 1950s when he was in high school, because it opened up the world.

FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference to other Amateur Radio communications - in one case by transmitting music and animal noises - and failure to properly identify.

HAM radio operators contact first station on 100th anniversary (Washington)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On the 100th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio Relay station, W1AW, the Sky Valley Amateur Radio Club (W7SKY) made contact with the Newington, Conn. station, using portable equipment set up in the Skykomish River Park.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It's nice to see federal authorities taking explicit note of the role of ham radio in times of disaster, and even nicer to see the government building upon that.

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW.

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole Station in Antarctica - the home of KC4AAA. The examination was administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July 21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag With India's Ham Radio Operators

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver.

Ham stations to provide public service during storms (Louisiana)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur radio, or ham radio as it's called on the inside, means a lot to those who are members of this relatively unknown club.

Amateur radio operators gather in Connecticut for ARRL centennial convention

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Connecticut is playing host to the world this week and Harold Kramer of Cheshire is a big reason the state will be getting some international attention.

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space.

Grays Harbor Ham Radio Enthusiasts Serve the Community (Washington)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radios are an old-school method of communication. We catch glimpses of the radios in World War II themed movies. With tall antennas, a boxy exterior, and math skills needed to operate the device, a license is required for one to access the airways.

Red Button: How the King of Jordan paid secret visits to Coventry radio enthusiast (UK)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the league of unlikely-but-true Red Button stories, the disclosure that the Vatican owns parts of Cheylesmore has reigned supreme.

Until now, with the revelation that King Hussein of Jordan secretly visited a radio ham who lived a few doors down from the Painted Lady pub in Longfellow Road, Wyken.

The story is based largely on handed down accounts of an unlikely friendship between the monarch and Harry Burton.

July 25, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:

July 25, 2014 09:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder
of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August
14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other
day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Hosting Event In OKC:

July 25, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Amateur radio operators from across central Oklahoma are gathering this weekend for the 41st annual Ham Holiday event. The non-profit Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs host the event, which will run Friday and Saturday. Joel Harrison, the past president of the National Association of Amateur Radio, will be the special guest speaker.

ARNewsline Report 1928 -- July 25 2014:

July 25, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. FEMA and the ARRL
announce a new Memorandum of Agreement; The
International Amateur Radio Union Region 2
Executive Committee meets in Connecticut;
several 2 meter channels in the UK being used
for the Commonwealth Games; Australian
launched ham radio balloon reaches South
America; WA1ZMS named to receive the first
Triennial Brendan Medal and the last big
Collins shortwave transmitter saved from the
scrap heap. All this and more on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1928 coming
your way right now.

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

July 25, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space. AMSAT reports that it has teamed with Spaceflight Inc for integration and launch services utilizing Spaceflight's SHERPA system to put Fox-1C into a sun-synchronous orbit. Spaceflight describes SHERPA as an "in...

The K7RA Solar Update

July 25, 2014 01:36 PM - ARRL -- Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, Washington, reports: Last Thursday, July 17, there were no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011, to find the last "spotless" day; the Sun exhibited no spots on January 27, 2011, as well.On July 18 two new sunspot regions emerged, but the sunspot number was only 26. Two days later, on Sunday, J...

TX Factor Episode 4 is On The Air!

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor Episode 4 launched this morning at 00.01 BST

Temporary closure of National Radio Centre

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The National Radio Centre will be closed until Wednesday 30th July due to a burst water pipe

Sunspot 652: VHF Aurora in Belgium

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the weekend of 25 July 2004, CMEs attributed to giant Sunspot 652 caused geomagnetic storms and remarkable auroral conditions

ISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO from AMSAT-DL Bochum will be giving a presentation on ISEE-3 (ICE) to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all

How to build and fly your own 2.4 GHz drone

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- BBC TV reports on the enthusiasts who are using 2400 MHz to control their home-made smartphone equipped drones

Homemade radios in North Korea

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- NK News report on homemade radios being used in North Korea

Early activity on 60m from Andorra

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Salvador, C31CT will be QRV from Andorra on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and if it is also possible then Saturday 26th July

ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp, Fleetwood, UK

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with ESA Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, UK

$5 LED DC Volt Meter video

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- While at the SEAPAC Ham Radio Hamfest Randy Hall K7AGE bought a couple of $5 LED digital volt meters

4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
the Weekly 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:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead in Radiosport:

ARRL National Centennial Convention Kicks Off Ham Radio's Second Century:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- With the ARRL National Centennial Convention, July 17-19, now a
part of Amateur Radio history, the League's second century has
arrived! The ARRL welcomed some 3300 visitors to the Connecticut
Convention Center in Hartford for the 3-day event, which went smoothly
for the most part, said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. She noted
that many conventioneers even stayed around for the official closing
ceremony on Saturday afternoon -- and beyond.

Convention Provides Springboard for 'Amateur Radio Parity Act, 'HR.4969:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford,
Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up
co-sponsors for "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" -- HR.4969.

FEMA, ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio 'Resilient':

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area
of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during
the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this
week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference
with other Amateur Radio communications -- in one case by transmitting
music and animal noises -- and failure to properly identify. In similar
Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22,
the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of
Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the
evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at
interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each "has had a
long-standing and well-documented dispute" that had spilled out onto
the air.

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session With Applicants In Antarctica:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several
Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole
Station in Antarctica -- the home of KC4AAA. The examination was the
first administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July
21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states now
are in Indiana and Rhode Island. They will relocate at 0000 UTC on
Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South
Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the
air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it
will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable
operations.

Ham Radio Aids In Rescue Of Injured Colorado Hiker:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- While Bill Eberle, AB0MY, of Boulder, Colorado, and his wife Mary were
hiking in the back country on July 21, they encountered a team of
paramedics rendering aid to a 67-year-old man -- Michael Schuett, of
Bloomfield, Colorado -- who had lost his footing while crossing a
stream. Schuett had struck his head on a boulder and was found
unconscious and face down in the water by another hiker, who had pulled
him to safety. The paramedics, en route to a youth camp, also had
stumbled onto the scene.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls The Plug On Its System:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service
provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern
technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL
system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website.

ARRL Dedicates Centennial Terrace to Honor Major Donors:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Visitors to ARRL Headquarters will be greeted with something new in the
area in front of the main entrance. Complementing the terrace of
memorial bricks and benches on the left side of the entrance, a new
Centennial Terrace on the right side of the main entrance was dedicated on July 17 at a
ribbon-cutting and reception held in conjunction with the ARRL National
Centennial Convention.

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor K1JT to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Among the things the Amateur Radio community can count on in its second
century, according to Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, is that ham
radio will continue to thrive and serve the public interest. While his
primary topic at his standing-room-only presentation on July 19 during
the ARRL National Centennial Convention was "DXing with Weak Signals
and Beyond," Taylor -- who detailed the development of his WSJT suite
of "weak-signal" DSP software -- also broke out his crystal ball.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- During the decade of the 1960s and subsequently, Gus Browning, W4BPD,
traveled the world and operated from over 100 countries, many of them
extremely rare ones and sometimes the first ham operation for that
country. Gus was an ordinary guy, always a gentleman, and an
unflappable pileup operator. He was the first DXer elected to the DX
Hall of Fame.

July 24, 2014

Radio Amateurs Named to Order of Canada

July 24, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL -- Two radio amateurs were among those recently named to the Order of Canada. The list of recipients included telecommunications researcher Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.Rawat was honored as a "Companion of the Order of Canada" for contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for rad...

Ham Radio Aids in Rescue of Injured Colorado Hiker

July 24, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL --

Radio planning for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless Magazine interviews radio amateur John Dundas GM0OPS, the radio communication services manager for Glasgow 2014, about spectrum planning for the Commonwealth Games

Ofcom: 2.4 and 5 GHz Amateur Radio Bands

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a Call for Inputs to help inform its understanding of the actions required to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). This could mean using Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service spectrum

New Thailand Ham Radio Regs

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new amateur radio regulations for Thailand's 247,000 radio hams become effective on July 24, 2014

Mid Ulster club on Coney Island

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be activating 'Coney Island' in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, this weekend

Centenarian Ham Ken Pollard W1RPK now a Silent Key

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Monday, 100 year old amateur radio operator Ken Pollard W1RPK of Windsor, Vermont became a Silent Key

Hiker thankful for rescuers and ham radio operators

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Daily Camera reports that radio amateurs provided assistance to an injured hiker in Boulder County

Ham Radio Skills Night success

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, July 21, saw the 7th Amateur Radio Skills Night run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), at the Village Hall in Danbury

Energise your radio club

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Richard G3CWI has visited nearly 40 radio clubs in the last 18 months. He has noticed that clubs seem to be at their best when they have a project to do

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The worst week for two, maybe three years. What more can I say, repeat of last week W1AW still going strong and V5/DJ7JC (Namibia) in on Monday and Tuesday

Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference:

July 24, 2014 04:34 AM - eHam.net News -- WASHINGTON -- A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for "intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification." Ham frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them. "Deliberate interference undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing communications among licensed users that comply with the commission's rules," the FCC censure stated. "In addition, the failure to transmit call sign information disrupts the orderly administration of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission's source. Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by the Enforcement Bureau about causing interference to other amateur radio operators, warranting an increased penalty." Crow was the second ham operator this week to be fined by the FCC. Michael Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., was fined $22,000 for monopolizing the ham frequency with prerecorded music and "animal sounds," according to the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture describing his violation. Guernsey was said to be involved in a "long-standing and well-documented dispute" with fellow ham operators on the frequency.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls the Plug on its System

July 24, 2014 12:32 AM - ARRL -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website."The failure of the Cincinnati system will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with BPL technology," sa...

July 23, 2014

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica

July 23, 2014 11:33 PM - ARRL --

Ham Radio Operators Help Rescue Injured Hiker:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Three ham radio operators relaying messages helped rescue a man injured on a backcountry hiking trail. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a ham radio operator was hiking on the Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday when he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt. The ham radio operator in Boulder County contacted a second ham radio operator in Colorado Springs, who then called 911 dispatchers in Boulder County to replay the message. A third ham radio operator with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was able to confirm the location of the hiker and his injuries. "This was a huge benefit to the rescuers," deputies said.

Ham Stations to Provide Public Service During Storms:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio, or ham radio as it's called on the inside, means a lot to those who are members of this relatively unknown club. "We hide in plain view," said ham radio aficionado Martin Wade. "There's only one [set of ham call letters for you] in the world. Sometimes we're so proud of them we even put them on our tombstone." But in the near future, ham radio could mean a lot to residents of Terrebonne and southern Lafourche parishes during times of emergency. That's because Wade serves as the broadcast committee chairman of the Bayou Regional Amateur Radio Society. The group is slated to bring public service radio - a resource that could prove invaluable during state of emergency times - to the Houma metro area as well as a portion of southern Lafourche parish. Wade says the FCC granted the bayou region two amateur radio licenses in February to operate low-power FM signals. One station will be located in Galliano and the other will be located in Houma. According to the FCC, the antenna cannot exceed 100 feet in height and cannot transmit at a power greater than 100 watts, Wade says. The signals will broadcast roughly 10 square miles, according to Wade. "We'll be able to cover everything out to Bayou Cane with a clear signal and everything as a far south probably about to Chauvin without any problems. It'll pretty much cover the Houma metropolitan area, and south Lafourche we'll be able to cover Galliano, Golden Meadow, Cut Off and possibly southern Larose with a workable signal." The mission of the stations will be to provide community service programming in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Scientists Baffled as Sun Spots Disappear During Peak of Solar Activity:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event.' Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active.

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July

SARL HF Phone Contest

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League HF Phone Contest starts the CQ Southern Africa series of contests in August

GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15

G4BUO's Pacific Tour

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- By the time you read this, Dave, G4BUO, will be in the Pacific and making his way to Vanuatu (YJ, IOTA OC-035)

French Callsign Database

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- ICQ Podcast highlights the French callsign database which can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF

European Communications Office 2013 Report

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio gets a brief mention in the ECO 2013 report which was released July 22

Eire Ham Radio Licence Exam

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS report that just 17 candidates sat the radio amateurs exam in May

Drone records ham radio contest station

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- An enthusiast used his four rotor drone to take a video of an amateur radio 70 MHz contest station on the Isle of Wight

Chewing the rag with India's Ham Radio operators

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- NDTV reports on amateur radio, the first social network

BATC to webstream Space Colloquium

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Volunteers from the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will be webstreaming the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place July 26-27 in Guildford

434 MHz Codec2 Walkie Talkie

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike McCauley VK4AMM reports he has developed a 434 MHz Walkie Talkie using the amateur radio Codec2 digital voice mode

144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels in the 144 MHz band between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used at the Commonwealth Games July 22 to Aug 4

FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs

July 23, 2014 01:32 AM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island

July 23, 2014 12:33 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 23 (the evening of July 22 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Rhode Island (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable...

July 22, 2014

FCC Issues K3VR $11,500 NAL:

July 22, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News --

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark:

July 22, 2014 08:36 PM - eHam.net News -- Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur
Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers
have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing
technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched
into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two
Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani,
VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said
that VO-52's lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was
officially decommissioned on July 21.

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