August 28, 2015

The K7RA Solar Update

August 28, 2015 01:35 PM - ARRL -- Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We saw just one new sunspot group (AR2403) over the August 20-26 reporting week, but it was a big one, directly facing Earth on August 23. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 32.3 points to 69.7, while average daily solar flux increased 28.7 points to 119.7. Another new sunspot appeared on August 27, numbered 2405.The average daily planetary A index dropped from...

YLs wake a quiet Essex repeater

August 28, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Of an evening when no net is scheduled, GB3DA is normally pretty quiet. However, on the 27th of August, the repeater quickly livened-up after Essex Ham's Kelly Atkins, M6KFA started an impromptu net

TX Factor GB2RS National News podcast

August 28, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just a reminder! TX Factor has now been podcasting the weekly GB2RS National News from the RSGB for nearly 18 months now

Otley Amateurs on local radio

August 28, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Otley Amateur Radio Society have been interviewed about the 50th anniversary of the Society on both Bradford's BCB 106.6 FM and BBC Radio Leeds

Inside the world of pirate radio

August 28, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC TV show Newsnight reports that pirate radio is still going strong despite the rise of internet radio

Improving Amateur Radio Club websites

August 28, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham have released a Guide containing some suggestions on improvements which might be made to club websites. It certainly provides food-for-thought

Ham Radio Operators On Standby as Erika Approaches:

August 28, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- JUPITER (CBS12) -- Communication is vital before, during and after a hurricane. But what if all our modern-day methods go dark? Tucked away inside of a Jupiter home is a lifeline and a connection to anywhere in the world. "Whatever is needed, we'll be there with our equipment and we'll communicate," Robert Purrinson said. Ham radio operator Robert Purrinson, also known as kf2gq over the air, is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Erika. And some people are already talking about it. "If authorities lose their communication then it'll be up to the ham radio operator to fill the void," Purrinson said.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1974 August 28 2015:

August 28, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Amateur radio comes through in two far-reaching emergencies wildfires in Washington State and in a Great Britain air tragedy. The FCC cracks down on an Ohio ham charged with malicious interference. Tennessee amateurs get ready for their annual QSO Party. And a science museum in India honors ham radio's heyday in the city of Bangalore. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1974 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #34:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.

Launch Date Set for AMSAT Fox-1A:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has
announced that the Fox-1A CubeSat will launch on October 8 from
California. It initially had been set to launch in August.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

In Brief...

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- JARL Sets 90th Anniversary QSO Party: The Japan Amateur Radio League
(JARL) will commemorate its 90th anniversary with the JARL 90th
Anniversary QSO Party during the entire month of September (UTC).

ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, expects to see the list of cosponsors
for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 -- top 100
soon after Congress reconvenes following its August recess. As of
August 27, the measure had attracted 94 cosponsors. A US Senate version
of the bill -- S. 1685 -- also has been introduced. President Craigie
again encouraged ARRL members to urge their congressional delegations
to cosponsor the bills. Summertime ARRL conventions have also been
affording more members a chance to make their voices heard.

Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts "air you can't see"
on its website. That's not the case this week. Wildfires in the US
Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but
led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about
1000 residents. That could rise to Level 3. Amateur Radio volunteers in
Ferry County have been on the front lines of the wildfire emergency
there. In Republic, a combination of Ferry County Search and Rescue
(SAR), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and ARES/RACES
volunteers have been supporting communication for a shelter housing
some 4 dozen evacuees -- with more to come, according to Ferry County
ARES Emergency Coordinator and RACES Radio Officer Sam Jenkins, WA7EC.

FCC Universal Licensing System to be Down for Maintenance:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal
Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS),
the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), and other public
applications unavailable for more than 5 days. The Commission said the
outage will begin at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, and continue
through the Labor Day weekend. The maintenance work should be completed
by 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. During the ULS outage, it will not
be possible to file any Amateur Radio applications.

FCC Proposes to Fine OH Ham for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio
amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who at one point had volunteered to
track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF
repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August 20, the FCC Enforcement Bureau asserted that Hicks
intentionally interfered with other Amateur Radio operators'
communications and failed to identify properly. According to the NAL,
an agent from the Bureau's Detroit office first responded to multiple
complaints of interference on various repeaters in April 2014.

2 Incumbents Face Opposition In ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Cycle

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Two incumbents face challenges in the 2015 election cycle for ARRL
Director and Vice Director. Both races are in the ARRL Northwestern
Division. Incumbent Director James Pace, K7CEX, of Centralia,
Washington, will face a challenge from William Balzarini, KL7BB, of
Auburn, Washington. Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, of Vancouver, Washington, is
seeking to unseat Northwestern Division Vice Director Bonnie Altus,
AB7ZQ, of Sheridan, Oregon.

Outcome for 5 MHz At WRC-15 Remains In Limbo:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- With the deadline to submit proposals to World Radiocommunication
Conference 2015 (WRC-15) now less than 2 months away, it's still
unclear how at least one agenda item of importance to the Amateur Radio
community will fare. That is agenda item 1.4, which calls on the
delegates to consider a secondary Amateur Radio allocation at 5 MHz (60
meters). In the US and in most other countries where amateurs have
privileges there, ham radio has a set of fixed channels at 5 MHz -- not
necessarily the same from one country to the next, although most are
common.

IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Band Plan:

August 28, 2015 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- In apparent reference to efforts by China's Amateur Satellite Group
(CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set to
launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate
frequencies that do not conform with accepted band plans for all three
IARU regions. The IARU has informed CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, that
it was only able to coordinate uplink and downlink frequencies for two
of the nine spacecraft (CAS-3/XW-2D and E), but it has not made that
letter public. CAMSAT has said it plans to launch the nine satellites,
all carrying Amateur Radio payloads, on September 7 or 8.

August 27, 2015

Amateur Radio Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication

August 27, 2015 04:35 PM - ARRL -- [UPDATED 2015-08-27 1620 UTC] The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts "air you can't see" on its website. That's not the case today. Wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents. That could rise to Level 3. Amateur Radio volunteers in Ferry County have ...

Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles URE partners with RFinder

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles URE and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 20 August, 2015. URE has now joined as the latest Member Society of RFinder

RSGB Convention early booking discount

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The early booking discount for the RSGB Convention has been extended until August 31

Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 remains in limbo

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report with the deadline to submit proposals to World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) now less than 2 months away, it's still unclear how at least one agenda item of importance to the Amateur Radio community will fare

Launch date set for AMSAT Fox-1A

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced that the Fox-1A CubeSat will launch on October 8 from California. It initially had been set to launch in August

Australian government announces moves on spectrum reform

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the WIA site Roger Harrison VK2ZRH reports the Government will implement all the recommendations of the Spectrum Review conducted over 2014-15 by the Department of Communications together with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

ARES/RACES volunteers face fire threat

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents

ANZAC 100 program due to have VI0ANZAC

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Due on air this weekend August 29-30 is the postponed commemoration by VI0ANZAC. Operator Doug VK0DMV is proud to be able to use VI0ANZAC from a very cold Casey Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory. This event will go ahead provided the Antarctic weather permits

Anatel receives radio equipment seized by Brazilian 'IRS'

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- In July, the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) received from the Federal Revenue of Brazil (IRS equivalent) radio equipment seized in joint monitoring operations in Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo

10-year-old demonstrates how to use Morse Code keys

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Emilia giving small demonstration about how to use Morse Code Keys. At the end of the video she explains how our Magnetic Loop Antenna is built

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

August 27, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- G4CJC's weekly look at activity on the 10-metre band - Another poor week especially in the early part. DX? Well, some but not a great deal. D3AM (Angola), ZY156CAT (Brazil), E51DWC (South Cook Is.), PU3TOT (Brazil), but there were others.

UKEICC 80m Contest

August 27, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2100Z, Sep 2

August 26, 2015

ARES/RACES Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication

August 26, 2015 06:35 PM - ARRL -- The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts "air you can't see" on its website. That's not the case today. Wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents. ARES/RACES volunteers throughout Washington have been on the front lines of the wildfire emergency. In R...

Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 Remains in Limbo

August 26, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- With the deadline to submit proposals to World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) now less than 2 months away, it's still unclear how at least one agenda item of importance to the Amateur Radio community will fare. That is agenda item 1.4, which calls on the delegates to consider a secondary Amateur Radio allocation at 5 MHz (60 meters). In the US and in most other countries that have ...

Send Your Name (and Call Sign) to Mars!

August 26, 2015 01:36 PM - ARRL --

Joplin ARC Will Be Hosting the Kansas QSO Party for Cherokee County:

August 26, 2015 10:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The Joplin Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the Kansas QSO Party for Cherokee County. This event is open to the public and will span the weekend of August 29th and 30th at Schermerhorn Park in Galena Kan.

Musician Takes Up Residency at Marconi Wireless Station:

August 26, 2015 10:35 AM - eHam.net News -- A musician and producer is to take up residency at the home of radio communications pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. Joe Acheson will be based at The Lizard wireless station in Cornwall where Marconi carried out some of his radio transmission experiments. While based on the peninsula, Marconi received an S signal in Morse code from the Isle of Wight, which was the first ever over-the-horizon wireless communication. It was here he also made the first ever trans-Atlantic radio transmission. Acheson is taking up the National Trust's first ever sound residency where he will take inspiration from the coastline and tap into Marconi's time in Cornwall to create a new piece of music.

Ham Operator Hit with $8k Penalty:

August 26, 2015 10:35 AM - eHam.net News -- As every amateur radio operator knows when he logs on, there are a few key rules to follow. Don't cause interference to other operators. And every 10 minutes, transmit your assigned call sign. That's a lesson that a Cincinnati amateur radio operator has been reminded of -- the hard way -- when the FCC slapped an $8,000 fine on Daniel R. Hicks for allegedly intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and allegedly failing to provide his proper station identification. The interference violation was by far the higher of the two, with the FCC proposing a $7,000 fine for interference and a $1,000 fine for failing to provide station identification. The two alleged infractions go hand in hand: Amateur radio frequencies are shared and licensees may not monopolize any frequency, and failing to transmit call sign information means others can't identify transmission's source. After receiving several complaints in 2014 and 2015, the FCC Enforcement Bureau used mobile direction-finding techniques to determine that the source of the transmissions was the address of record for Hicks' amateur station KB8UYZ. Monitoring the transmissions in stealth in March 2015, the FCC said its agent heard Hicks' station transmit several prerecorded messages, which were preventing other amateur licensees from communicating over the frequency. Section 97.101(d) of the FCC rules states that "[n]o amateur operator shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio communication or signal."

South African 40 MHz (8m) ham radio contact

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) report that in a telephone conversation, Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed them about the first-ever ZS to ZS amateur radio contact on 40.675 MHz (8m)

IARU reiterates commitment to coordinate satellites only within international band plans

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- In apparent reference to efforts by China's Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set to launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate frequencies that do not conform with accepted band plans for all three IARU regions

FCC Universal Licensing System and other applications to be down for maintenance

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) and other public applications unavailable for more than 5 days

dogparkSDR Version 1.0 Public Beta released

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.0 Beta of dogparkSDR has been released

CPUT planning successor to Africa's first nanosatellite

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following on the successes of ZACube-1, a.k.a. TshepisoSat, ZACube-2 is the second instalment in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) F'SATI mission series

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2015

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the IARU Region 1 site Greg Mossop G0DUB reports on frequencies to listen to now the Atlantic Hurricane Season is underway

Upcoming ARISS contact with Maconaquah School Corporation, Bunker Hill, IN

August 26, 2015 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Maconaquah School Corporation, Bunker Hill, IN on 27 August. The contact should be audible over Indiana and adjacent areas

FCC Universal Licensing System to be Down for Maintenance:

August 26, 2015 03:35 AM - eHam.net News -- FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be
Down for Maintenance:

August 25, 2015

ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon

August 25, 2015 08:35 PM - ARRL --

Postponed VI0ANZAC Operation from Antarctica Set for August 29-30 Weekend

August 25, 2015 07:36 PM - ARRL -- The Antarctic activation of VI0ANZAC that was postponed earlier this month will take place over the August 29-30 weekend fom Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory, weather permitting. The VI0ANZAC activation will be part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous World War I Battle at Gallipoli.The Wireless Institute of Austra...

Launch Date Set for AMSAT Fox-1A

August 25, 2015 07:36 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced that the Fox-1A CubeSat will launch on October 8 from California. It initially had been set to launch in August.Fox-1A will include an FM transponder with an uplink frequency of 435.180 MHz, and a downlink frequency of 145.980 MHz.The first phase of the Fox series 1-Unit CubeSats will allow simple ground stations using hand-h...

Veterans at Eagle's Nest introduced to ham radio

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Eagle's Nest at Sauk Centre serves as a halfway house for veterans who have a hard time making their way back into civilian life

VERON: Drones do not belong in 13cm band

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- While saying they are delighted with the planned release of 5350-5450 kHz the Dutch national society VERON express their concerns about drones using the 13cm band

SunSDR2 pro QRP+ transceiver review

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a new product review of the SunSDR2 pro QRP+ transceiver on SDRZone

Shoreham plane crash and RAYNET

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Sussex RAYNET group, assisted by members of South Kent RAYNET, provided communications support for the organisers and the User Services at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday, August 22

QSO Today - Wayne Mills N7NG

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- For some hams, amateur radio provides an opportunity to not only work DX, but to travel the world on DXpeditions of all kinds

Innovative IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver launched at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom Inc. had a huge amount of interest on its stand at last weekend's Tokyo Ham Fair 2015 with the unveiling of the IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver - a new base station transceiver incorporating the latest RF direct sampling system, a first for an Amateur radio transceiver

Indian Homebrewers Meet-Field Day

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first Indian Homebrewers Meet-Field Day, was successfully held on 22nd and 23rd August at YMCA Camp, Yelagiri. The event was facilitated by Siars Chennai, and was truly a unique event

Foundation Online Course update - August 2015

August 25, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Course leader Pete M0PSX gives an update on the free online amateur radio Foundation courses offered by Essex Ham

Pilots of the Airwaves -- Ham Radio in Perth:

August 25, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- When you think of the many social media networks available in the modern age, ham radio probably isn't the first method of communication that comes to mind. But for a small but very keen group of amateur radio operators here in Western Australia, there's nothing like it. And while the numbers don't rival Facebook, it's a bigger community than you might imagine. There are 14 hundred licenced amateurs in WA and 14 thousand Australia-wide. Onno Benschop is one of them, and he'll tell you that he loves the variety of people you can speak to via the radio network, from astronauts on the International Space Station, to people who set up amateur radio stations on mountain tops, or deep within the world's many and vast national parks. "Amateur radio is such a wide ranging experience," he said. "There's nothing quite as thrilling as talking to an amateur on the other side of the planet and trying to imagine what they're doing at that time, or what their environment is like," he explained. "They might be sitting in a garden shed, but they might be in Cuba, (or) they might be on an island in the middle of nowhere. "These people are everywhere, they're all around the planet."

Bart Lee, Mediator, Litigator, Godfather of Ham Radio, Talks with HsuUntied

August 25, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Today, my guest is Bart Lee, a mediator and litigator, who some might call the "godfather of ham radio." Bart was in 5th grade when his father brought home a book on how to build a ham radio using a pencil, a razor blade and some wire. Even with the Internet however, there is still a need for ham radio operators during emergencies such as 9/11. Over his lifetime, Bart has contacted hundreds, if not thousands, of radio stations but he is still trying to find this one mechanical radio station in Sweden!

August 24, 2015

Radio Connects Local 4-H Club with Space Station:

August 24, 2015 07:41 PM - eHam.net News -- The radio transmission crackled for a second, paused, and crackled again before a voice broke through: "This is NA1SS reading you loud and clear." Jerico Dzicek's jaw dropped as she turned to her fellow members of the Vail Vaqueros 4-H Club's Ham Radio Project and smiled in amazement. The voice on the other end of the radio connection belonged to NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who chatted with the students as he worked aboard the International Space Station 240 miles above the Earth's surface. With only a 10-minute window to speak with Lindgren before the space station passed out of range, Jerico, 14, quickly took the ham radio microphone and asked her first question: "What would you do if you damaged your space suit when you were out in the field? Over." Amid crackles of static as volunteer ham radio technician Larry Brown fine-tuned the connection, Lindgren, a native of Taiwan who grew up in England and studied in the United States, explained the procedure, with the gist being: "We would begin going to the airlock and get back inside the vehicle." As Mason Fosdick, 8, held a second microphone so the 75 people gathered at the Vail Theatre of the Arts at Empire High School could hear, Zane Walker, 12, asked Lindgren whether it was hard to work without gravity.

Solar Activity Is Declining - Scientists:

August 24, 2015 07:41 PM - eHam.net News -- While solar activity is declining, our Earth may be slowly heading for a new ice age, according to scientists. Studying the decreasing number of sunspots, researchers found that we are possible entering a nearly spotless solar cycle. This could result in lower temperatures for decades. According to Yaireska M. Collado-Vega, a space weather forecaster at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in his interview with Phys.org he explains that "the solar cycle is starting to decline" and the scientists observed less active regions on the sun's disk. In the 1645 it started a similar era with almost no spots, the so-called Maunder Minimum period. This coincided with the "Little Ice Age" and it lasted for around 70 years. At that time North America and Europe experienced lower than average temperatures. However, up to date the theory that lower solar activity can cause climate change is still controversial since scientists do not have enough convincing evident to prove this correlation. A Lomonosov Moscow State University researcher, Helen Popova, predicts that this minimum will lead to a significant cooling similar to what was experienced during the Maunder Minimum Period if the existing theories about the impact of solar activity on the climate are true. The Russian scientist developed recently a unique physical-mathematical model of the evolution of the sun's magnetic activity. She used the model to analyze and give a physical interpretation to the patterns of occurrence of global minima of solar activity. According to Popova, it is expected that the future minimum to last for at least three solar cycles, meaning for around 30 years. The time frame is not enough to have a lowering of temperatures as deep as during the Maunder Minimum. However, scientists still have to examine it in detail. Popova added that her research team keeps in touch with climatologists from different countries in order to work in this direction.

IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Band Plan:

August 24, 2015 07:41 PM - eHam.net News -- In apparent reference to efforts by China's Amateur Satellite Group
(CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set
to launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union
(IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate frequencies
that do not conform with accepted band plans for all three IARU
regions. The IARU has informed CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, that it
was only able to coordinate uplink and downlink frequencies for two
of the nine spacecraft (CAS-3/XW-2D and E), but it has not made that
letter public. CAMSAT has said it plans to launch the nine
satellites, all carrying Amateur Radio payloads, on September 7 or
8.

FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be Down for Maintenance

August 24, 2015 05:36 PM - ARRL -- FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) and other public applications unavailable for more than 5 days. The Commission said the outage will begin at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, and continue through the Labor Day weekend. The maintenance work s...

Two Incumbents Face Opposition in 2015 ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Cycle

August 24, 2015 03:34 PM - ARRL -- Two incumbents face challenges in the 2015 election cycle for ARRL Director and Vice Director. Both races are in the ARRL Northwestern Division: Northwestern Division. Incumbent Director James Pace, K7CEX, of Centralia, Washington, will face a challenge from William Balzarini, KL7BB, of Auburn, Washington. Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, of Vancouver, Washington, is seeking to unseat Northwestern Divisio...

World DATV QSO Party gets plenty of views

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 5th World Digital Amateur Television QSO Party was a huge success, with participation in Australasia, Europe, Asia and North and South America

Tokyo Ham Fair's best videos

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- At ea1uro.com (Ourense, Spain) we have selected the best videos from the Tokyo Ham Fair 2015

STARS report decline in requests

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Support to the Amateur Radio Service (STARS) have reported to IARU Region 3 (Asia/Pacific) that only Nepal has requested assistance in the past 3 years

Send your name to Mars

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year

IRTS Counties Contest

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2 metres Counties Contest takes place on Sunday next, 30th August from 2pm to 4pm local time. There are separate sections in this contest for portable and fixed stations, low power and high power, as well as an FM Only section for single ops and an SWL section

ICQPODCAST - Rigol 1050e Scope review

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB), Chris Howard (M0TCH / N4CTH) and Edmund Spicer (M0MNG) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is a review of a Rigol 1050e Scope

History This Week

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

ARRL Region 3 Conference Report

August 24, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In a paper to the IARU Region 3 Conference, the ARRL says regarding 5 MHz (60m) at WRC-15 'the best we can hope for in the U.S. position is a 25 kHz secondary allocation'

North American SSB Sprint Contest

August 24, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0400Z, Aug 30

SARL HF CW Contest

August 24, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 30

August 23, 2015

Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project:

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - eHam.net News -- A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside -- the time Earth is in sunlight -- with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution. Carson Squibb, KM4MBQ, recently summarized his findings in a poster presentation, "Dayside Ionospheric Response to X-Class Solar Flare Events Observed with Reverse Beacon Network High Frequency Communication Links." As most HF operators understand, higher-intensity flare events can cause complete signal loss on HF, while weaker flares may only partly inhibit radio propagation. According to Squibb's poster, a solar flare is an event in which the Sun emits high levels of ultraviolet and X-ray radiation, resulting in increased photoionization in the ionosphere, primarily in the D-layer, which is largely responsible for absorption of HF radio waves. So, as ionization increases during flare events, communication can be diminished or lost completely. Such fadeouts can occur in minutes, while subsequent recovery can take hours, "which is why understanding these flare effects is of critical importance," Squibb said. According to Squibb, the rate of communication loss is related to the increase in X-ray intensity, and the period of recovery is influenced by both flare intensity and the rate of decline in X-ray flux after peaking. Squibb determined that lower frequencies experience fades in propagation prior to the flare peak, with recovery taking longer, while the degree of loss is more severe as frequency decreases.

Sunspot AR2304 Could Generate Big Solar Flares this Weekend:

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - eHam.net News -- A massive sunspot, AR2304, has been generating M-class solar flares for the past couple of days. This sunspot is over 80,000 miles across. The forecast from NOAA gives a 10 percent chance for an X-class solar flare on Sunday, August 23rd. Another thing that makes large solar flares a concern is the fact that sunspot AR2403 has a "beta-gamma-delta" magnetic field.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at moderate levels

Video from Tokyo Ham Radio Fair

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has a 4-person crew at the JARL Ham Radio Fair in Tokyo this weekend

Two Australian pico balloons head east

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Pico balloon PS-48 launched from VK3 on Saturday August 8 has been heard over South America, albeit with a suspected fault, and another, PS-49, put up last Saturday, is tracking behind it

Soldersmoke 179 Tenth Anniversary Show

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Friday, August 21 marked 10 years of the Soldersmoke podcast

Ham radio numbers fall in Korea

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) has submitted a report to the 16th IARU Region 3 conference which will take place October 12-16

5 MHz - Hungary issues temporary permits for 5350 to 5450 kHz

August 23, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hungarian telecoms regulator, following representations from the Hungarian national amateur radio society, MRASZ, has been issuing temporary permits for operation in the band 5350 - 5450 kHz on a Secondary basis for propagation research

SCC RTTY Championship

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Aug 29 to 1159Z, Aug 30

YO DX HF Contest

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Aug 29 to 1200Z, Aug 30

ALARA Contest

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0400Z-1359Z, Aug 29 and 0400Z-1359Z, Aug 30

Kansas QSO Party

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Aug 29 to 0200Z, Aug 30 and 1400Z-2000Z, Aug 30

W/VE Islands QSO Party

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Aug 29 to 0300Z, Aug 30

Series Eight Episode Eighteen - Rigol 1050e Scope Review (23 August 2015)

August 23, 2015 07:33 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB), Chris Howard (M0TCH / N4CTH) and Edmund Spicer (M0MNG) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is a review of a Rigol 1050e Scope .
New Youth Amateur / Ham Radio Contesting Program
Software Winner of Annual Construction Competition
Ofcom - HF Broadcast Licensing Position
Will There be an End to FM Radio Signal?
The Longest Reign Amateur Radio Special Event Station
Arduino CW Decoder Video
VHF/UHF/Microwave SDR Transceivers
£6bn Radio Replacement Emergency Staff May Put Lives at Risk
Amateur Ham Radio Communications for Hospitals
IRTS Amateur Radio Contests
Do not Digipeat via PCSAT

Old school communication helps marketing campaign (Iowa)

August 23, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Forget fancy TV commercials or website ads. A group of amateur radio operators are helping to advertise the Titanic Artifact Exhibit this weekend at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.

Radio connects local 4-H club with space station (Arizona)

August 23, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- he radio transmission crackled for a second, paused, and crackled again before a voice broke through: "This is NA1SS reading you loud and clear."

Beijing Restricts Use of Radio Signals in Preparation for End of WWII Parade

August 23, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Beijing authorities have added the regulation of the use of radio signals to the list of security measures being taken for the 70th anniversary of the end of the War Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45) on Sept. 3.

The government has banned the use of wireless Internet and radio signals in neighborhoods near Tiananmen Square, where the military parade will take place, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the day of the celebration. Amateur radio stations, campus broadcasting stations and other uses of radio signals, including remote-controlled planes, will be banned citywide for the duration of the event.

August 22, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity declined over the past reporting week, August 13 to 19. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 82.3 during the previous seven days, to 37.4 in the most recent period

TX Factor GB2RS National News podcast

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor has now been podcasting the weekly GB2RS National News from the RSGB for nearly 18 months now

Simplex Gateway NoVs available to Intermediate Licence holders again

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- After the clarification of policy released by OFCOM on the 21st July in which they seemingly removed access to all NOVs (except special celebrations) from all but Full License Holders, OFCOM have released a further clarification and update

Island at War

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society (IOMARS) will be running a station as part of the fun on Saturday and Sunday this weekend

IARU Region 3 act on band plan satellite allocations

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IARU Region 3 (Asia/Pacific) Directors have submitted a band plan paper concerning amateur satellite allocations for consideration at the IARU Region 3 Conference which takes place October 12-16 in Bali, Indonesia

FCC fines Smart City $750K for blocking Wi-Fi

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- FCC's Enforcement Bureau has announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States

Deutsche Amateur Radio Club DARC partners with RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory!

August 22, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Deutcher Amateur-Radio-Club e.V. and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 19 August, 2015. RFinder is now the official repeater directory of DARC Germany

Staying Connected at the State Fair:

August 22, 2015 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The Grand Island Amateur Radio Society operates HAM radios and acts as a secondary line of communication for emergency services. "We use a lot of our personal time, energy and money keeping up these systems so that we can have them in case there is an emergency of any kind. It could be a tornado, it could be a chemical spill, it could be anything," says Stan Coleman, a member of the radio crew. Coleman says that emergency situations typically disrupt phone lines but the frequencies on HAM radios would still work. The Grand Island Amateur Radio Society will be at the Nebraska State Fair as an extra set of hands for emergency service teams. "If there's an emergency and somebody is injured or whatever sometimes it's hard for the ambulance crews and stuff to find those locations and if we found the location before them we will kind of stretch out between us guide them in or help them get out," said Coleman.

Veterans Introduced to Amateur Radio in Sauk Center:

August 22, 2015 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The Eagle's Nest at Sauk Centre serves as a halfway house for veterans who have a hard time making their way back into civilian life. The typical stay is about six months with an average of 75 residents. Some veterans stay much longer. Seven ham radio enthusiasts based in Little Falls spent a Sunday afternoon in July conducting an introduction to ham radio for the veterans at the "Nest." Although many of the residents expressed a high interest in attending the session, scheduling conflicts allowed only a half dozen to attend. Those who did attend learned a lot in a short amount of time.

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