September 19, 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

September 19, 2014 11:33 AM - ARRL -- On September 11 and 12 two powerful CMEs hit Earth, producing a G3 class geomagnetic storm. The result was a planetary A index of 44 on Friday, and during the final three hours of the UTC day (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT) the planetary K index reached 7, which is very high.Overall solar activity is down, with the average daily sunspot number declining from 152 to 124.9 in the latest reporting period...

Wisconsin Ham falls from tower and dies

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- James G. Linstedt W9ZUC of Eau Clair, Wisconsin died Tuesday evening from injuries he sustained when he fell 95 feet from a ham tower in Eagle Point, just outside of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

WIA plans a submission on new VK operating conditions

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The expiring Australian Licence Condition Determination or LCD for the Amateur Service is an excellent opportunity to re-think how to regulate its existence now, and in the future. The Amateur LCD is due to 'sunset' in October 2015 and needs replacement, so the Amateur Service can continue

Surprising dip in stratospheric radiation during solar storm

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On September 12th, student scientists in California launched a weather balloon to the stratosphere during the most intense solar storm of the year

SpaceX to launch SpinSat Saturday

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday, September 20 at 0616 UT SpaceX plan to launch a Falcon 9 from Florida carrying the satellite SpinSat with its amateur radio payload to the ISS

Plan for beta release of WSJT-X v1.4

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A public beta release of the weak signal datamodes software WSJT-X, version 1.4, is now planned for October 1

Live webcast from K6H - 'Last Man Standing' special event station

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- W5KUB.COM will be webcasting the Special Events Station K6H live from Hollywood on Sept 27 and 28th from the stage of TV's hit Last Man Standing

EURAO Party - Summer 2014: give youth a chance

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ' give youth a chance'

RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 25

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds obsessing over tech obsolescence. In the case of this comic from the June 1919 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine, the tech in question was amateur radio. The strip's protagonist struts around town, proud that his home has the latest and greatest radio tech, a beautiful mast and aerial, towering over his house!

Man Was Fixing Ham Radio Tower Before Fatal Fall:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- CHIPPEWA FALLS -- James Linstedt was familiar with repairing ham radio towers, having worked on the structures that make receiving and sending signals possible for at least the past decade, authorities and people who knew him said. But that experience didn't prevent Linstedt, of Eau Claire, from falling about 95 feet to his death from a tower Tuesday in the town of Eagle Point, north of Chippewa Falls, authorities said. He was 59. Linstedt was working on a 100-foot-tall tower at 8121 163rd St. when he fell. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Linstedt's death is a sad reminder that people must use their safety equipment at all times. "When we use it for years, we get a little lax about using the equipment," Kowalczyk said. "It's safety equipment for a reason. If he had used it, we wouldn't be investigating an accidental death."

ARNewsline Report 1936 -- Sept 19 2014:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Qatar will include
ham radio in an upcoming geostationary
satellite launch; more information surfaces
on the restructuring of the United Kingdom's
ham radio rules; Philippine hams once again
respond as a typhoon makes landfall; W5KUB
announces live coverage of the K6H operating
event and a soon to be space traveler starts
training next January. Find out the details
are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1936 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #38:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
I3VJW, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The national ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is slated
for the October 4-5 weekend, although the window for local and regional
exercises is September 1 through November 30 each year.

High-Value ARRL 'Red Badgers' Will Be Out In Force On Sept 21:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity is just days away. On
Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September
20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will
be on the air en masse, offering a chance to boost your ARRL Centennial
QSO Party total.

W1AW Centennial Operations Now In NC, CT, NM, ID In the Bullpen:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in North Carolina (W1AW/4) and Connecticut (W1AW/1).
W1AW operations will transition starting at 0000 UTC on Wednesday,
September 24 (the evening of September 23 in US time zones), to New
Mexico (W1AW/5) and Idaho (W1AW/7). W1AW has visited each of the 50
states for at least 1 week so far during 2014. By year's end W1AW will
have been on the air from every state at least twice, as well as from
most US territories.

ARS of India Wants Less-Burdensome Amateur Radio Licensing Rules:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) India's International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society -- is continuing an effort to make it easier to obtain
an Amateur Radio license in that country, where excessive red tape is
an accepted reality when dealing with government agencies. The latest
attempt came in an August 19 letter from ARSI President Gopal Madhavan,
VU2GMN, to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who heads the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology.

Rare Eritrea (E3) On the Air for Short Time:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, is on the air until September 22 from Eritrea
as E30FB, at present running 100 W to a vertical antenna on 20 and 15
meters, SSB. Eritrea now stands at number 17 (mixed) on ClubLog's DXCC
Most Wanted List (number 10 on
CW, number 22 on SSB). Eritrea has not been activated since 2001.

Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Earthly Messages from Space:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft is
set to carry up to 2500 brief digital messages into space for
retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. China recently announced plans to launch the orbiter carrying the 14 kg battery-powered payload,
developed by LUXspace in Luxembourg.

Qatari Es'hail 2 Satellite Will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Tran

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Gunter's Space Page has reported that the Es'hail 2
communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio
transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es'hailSat,
the Qatar Satellite Company, will be in a geostationary orbit,
positioned at the 26° East "hotspot" position for TV broadcasting to
the Middle East and North Africa. Launch is planned for late 2016.

AMSAT-NA Announces Board of Directors Election Results:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors
election. Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin,
W5DID, were elected to serve 2-year terms.

Colorado ARES Team Wins an Honorable Mention In Citizen Corps Awards:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the
Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its
list of nationwide award recipients on September 3.

'Last Man Standing' Special Event Set for September 28:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this
month from the so-called "Seinfeld Stage" on the CBS Studio Center lot
in Studio City, California. The K6H "Hollywood Hamnado" special event
station will be on HF and D-STAR on September 28, from 1400 until 2200
UTC. Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC
television series "Last Man Standing." On the show, actor Tim Allen
plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT. The show's producer is John Amodeo, NN6JA

No Easy Answers for RadioShack's Slow, Downward Slide:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Back in the day, RadioShack employees would
answer the phone by saying, "You've got questions, we've got answers."
But RadioShack now seems stumped, and the "B" word is looming ever
larger as the retailer -- once the go-to place for electronic
components and, at one point, even some Amateur Radio gear and
shortwave receivers -- casts about for a white knight.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In March 1980, Mount St Helens spectacularly exploded. Before the
explosion, radio amateurs had been assisting with communication among a
number of sites where ongoing measurements were being taken, because
scientists had concluded that the mountain was nearing the point of
eruption. The hams continued to work after the volcano's several
eruptions, with both emergency communications and a continuation of
their previous support work. Sadly, two of those hams lost their lives
during the disaster -- W6TQF and KA7AMF.

September 18, 2014

ARRL Website Will Be Unavailable on September 19 Starting at 2000 UTC

September 18, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, September 19, starting at 2000 UTC. The length of the outage could run for several hours and possibly into Saturday, September 20. The ARRL IT Department will be performing maintenance in the process of testing and, if feasible, switching the site to a new server.A "Down for Maintenance" message will appear for the duration of the outage wh...

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - ARRL -- It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio's inventory of VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not rec...

Live Webcast of K6H from Hollywood

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- W5KUB.COM will be webcasting the Special
Events Station K6H live from Hollywood on
Sept 27 and 28th from the stage of TV's hit
Last Man Standing. See interviews, visit the
set, see the different operating positions.
Communicate directly with us on our chat room
during the show. As usual, we will be giving
out prizes to lucky viewers throughout the
day.

QSO Today Podcast -- Service to Country:

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- One of the original founders of the
Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar
Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a
conversation about his early beginnings as
a radio operator for the pre-Israel
Haganah, his training of Yugoslav
partisans in the use of radio behind the
Nazi lines, his pursuit of the Nazi doctor
of Auschwitz across South America, and his
co-founding of the Amateur Radio service
in Israel. At 91 years of age, Amnon has a
rich history of radio, service to his
country and people, and entrepreneurship.

QSO Today Podcast - Service to Country on a radio foundation

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- One of the original founders of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about his early beginnings as a radio operator for the pre-Israel Haganah....

Postage stamp features ham radio satellites

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Lithuanian postage stamp features the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1

PA175RR - celebrating 175 years of railroad in the Netherlands

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- We will be active with at least 2 HF stations and 1 V/UHF station from the RailRoad Station itself. And V/UHF on the train.... we try to be also active on HF from the train

Ofcom invite comment on Annual Plan

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Invitation to Comment' encourages anyone with an interest in Ofcom's activities to offer their views on which areas of the telecoms, media, postal and spectrum industries should be addressed in Ofcom's Annual Plan for 2015/16

Ham Radio is best for communication

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindu newspaper explains why amateur radios are the best gadgets for communication

Essex school contact with International Space Station

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dave G4UVJ reports that on September 23 there will be an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact between students at Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey, Essex and astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO on the ISS

Board of Directors Election - 2014

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- As a result of the 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election the following members were elected to serve for two years:
Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID. Jerry Buxton, N0JY will serve the remaining year of SK Tony Monteiro, AA2TX's term

434 MHz balloons at Bletchley

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Chelmsford radio amateur Chris Stubbs M6EDF reports on High Altitude Ballooning at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event at Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hoorah, it looks like 10m is on an upturn. The week wasn't too bad but the weekend was excellent. Dominating the later part of the week was TY1AA (Benin, Africa) with W1AW and 3B9FR holding the early part.
T6T (Afghanistan) was also active

September 17, 2014

IARU Region 1 General Conference, IARU Administrative Council to Meet in Bulgaria

September 17, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Representatives of the countries comprising IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia) will gather this month for the Region 1 General Conference. The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs, (BFRA) will host the meeting September 21-26 in Albena on the Black Sea Coast. Regional general conferences are held every 3 years."At General Conferences IARU Region 1 makes major d...

High-Value ARRL "Red Badgers" Will Hand Out Centennial QSO Party Points on September 21

September 17, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity is just days away. On Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September 20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will be on the air en masse, offering a chance to boost your ARRL Centennial QSO Party total. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staff...

AMSAT-NA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

September 17, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors election. These candidates have been elected to serve 2-year terms: Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID.Jerry Buxton, N0JY, will serve the year remaining on the term of the late Tony Monteiro, AA2TX.The First Alternate is Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and the Second Alternate is Frank Griffin, K4FEG.The re...

'Welcome to Amateur Radio' Symposium

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday 23rd November 2014, the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, will be holding a 'Welcome to Amateur Radio' symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the basics of the hobby of amateur radio

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Details of a World Castle Expedition in Poland and the Westphalian Castle Day

The Five Bridges Cluster

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A workshop for Invigilators of Radio Amateur Examinations held Monday 15 September 2014

Successful Ham Radio Skills Night

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, September 15 saw the ninth CARS Amateur Radio Skills Night take place at the Village Hall in Danbury, and as with previous events, it was a busy one!

Radio Exterior de España to abandon shortwave October 1st, 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Exterior de España will cut all shortwave radio broadcasts October 1st, 2014

EURAO Newsletter September 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Auction of AM and FM radio licences to take place in November 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced further details for the sale of AM and FM licences

AmateurLogic 70: Arduino Antenna Switcher

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- George builds a remote control antenna disconnect switch with an Arduino and a Servo. Tommy experiments with the MFJ Ultrasonic Noise Locator. Peter participates in the 2014 DATV QSO Party

Radio Enthusiasts from 25 Countries Compete in Borovoye:

September 17, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- BOROVOYE - More than 300 amateur radio enthusiasts from 25 countries gathered in Borovoye Sept. 6-13 for the 17th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championship. ARDF, also known as "fox hunting," is a radio-based discipline that originated in Denmark and England after World War II. Competitors use maps, compasses and radios with directional antennas to find five transmitters ("foxes") in the woods or in rough terrain in the shortest amount of time. Participation requires physical and mental skill.

September 16, 2014

Qatari Es'hail 2 Satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Transponders

September 16, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Gunter's Space Page has reported that the Es'hail 2 communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, will be in a geostationary orbit, positioned at the 26° East "hotspot" position for TV broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa. Launch is planned for late 2016.Es'hail...

"Last Man Standing" Special Event Set for September 28

September 16, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this month from the so-called "Seinfeld Stage" on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, California. The K6H "Hollywood Hamnado" special event station will be on HF and D-STAR, September 28, from 1400 until 2200 UTC. Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC television series "Last Man Standing." On the sh...

Colorado ARES Team Wins an Honorable Mention in Citizen Corps Awards

September 16, 2014 02:35 PM - ARRL -- The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the nationwide award recipients on September 3.BCARES was cited under the Technical Innovation category for its use of Amateur TV and APRS and for its Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN...

Update on local TV in the UK

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has issued a progress update on local TV, two years since the first licences were awarded

Typhoon hits Central Philippines

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- At least 70 people are missing after the Maharlika II experienced steering trouble and sank off the central Philippines during the approach of fast moving Typhoon Kalmaegi

Summits on the Air from the Free State

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday 20 September from 06:00 to 15:00 UTC, Eddie, ZS6BNE, Rudi, ZS6DX, Andries, ZS6VL, Cliriska, ZU6BV, and Angelo, ZU6M, will be activating two summits in the Moolmanshoek area of South Africa's Eastern Free State

SARL 5 MHz Activity Weekend

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The next SARL 5 MHz activity weekend will be held on 20 and 21 September 2014

InnovAntennas to launch a new 'reflector-less' Yagi at the RSGB Hamfest

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- InnovAntennas will launch a new reflector-less Yagi at this year's Newark hamfest

IARU Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dennis Green ZS4BS reports on the IARU Region 1 outstanding amateur radio youth award which was presented on September 13

Ham Radio in The Register

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Richard Chirgwin reports in The Register that UK regulator Ofcom is looking for radio amateurs' opinions about proposed changes to spectrum and amateur licensing

ESTCube-1 Solar Sail Experiment

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tõnis Eenmäe ES5TF brings news that on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the team are starting to deploy the electric solar sail tether on-board the amateur radio CubeSat ESTCube-1

E3 Eritrea update - 16 September 2014

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Zorro, JH1AJT is very busy, as expected or more than expected, after arrival in Asmara, Eritrea. He had been scheduled to have more than 30 meetings with Eritrean authorities, and among those he already had a successful and fruitful meeting with President of Eritrea yesterday

Radio Hams Can Encrypt, In Emergencies, Says Ofcom:

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions: UK regulator Ofcom is looking for radio hams' opinions about proposed changes to spectrum and amateur licensing. In exchange for giving up some spectrum, hams are getting access to new spectrum in the 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands that the Ministry of Defence is happy for them to use. Users of that spectrum will have to quit if the Ministry says they're causing interference. Access to these bands has been made available by way of compensation after an April Ofcom decision to withdraw access spectrum in the 2350-2390 MHz and 3410-3475 MHz bands (access remains in the 2310-2350 MHz, 2390-2400 MHz and 3400-3410 MHz bands). The 2350-2390 and 3410-3475 MHz bands will be auctioned. Recognising the role of amateur radio users in emergencies, the consultation proposes changing the license condition that states that hams can only communicate with other hams. Where a license-holder is participating in a rescue operation (for example as part of the Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network, RAYNET) are allowed to talk to others, such as rescue teams, involved in an emergency operation.

144 MHz Fall Sprint

September 16, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 22

September 15, 2014

Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Your Message from Space - But Hurry!

September 15, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2500, 13-character digital messages into space for retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. But wannabes will have to act fast. The message collection site will close Wednesday, September 17 at 12:00 Central European Time (1100 UTC) the 4M website announced today. China recently announced plans to launch the...

W1AW Centennial Operations Heading to North Carolina and Connecticut on September 17 (UTC)

September 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Texas. W1AW operations will transition starting at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 17 (the evening of September 16 in US time zones), to North Carolina (W1AW/4) and Connecticut (W1AW/1). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so far du...

New $21.40 Vanity Call Sign Fee Now in Effect

September 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL -- The new Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee of $21.40 became effective on September 11. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. In past years, new vanity fees did not become effecti...

Voodoo Contest Group in Kuwait

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Voodoo Contest Group is on the move again in 2014 for the CQWW DX CW Contest. The team has been invited to operate at the emerging Multi-Multi contest station being assembled by 9K2HN, Hamad Alnusif in the Abdali area in northern Kuwait

Transmitter Noise

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Many of us are familiar with the work done by Rob Sherwood NC0B over the years to identify rigs with poor strong-signal performance on receive - of particular relevance to contesters and DXers

India seeks relaxation of red-tape provisions

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- With a new government in place, the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), the IARU Member Society, has renewed its efforts to remove the old British colonial-style excessive red tape around Amateur Radio

History This Week

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

E3 Eritrea update - 15 September 2014

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Zorro, JH1AJT arrived Asmara in the early morning of 15 September as scheduled. However, all radio equipment and antennas were not arrived yet

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th September, through Sunday, 14th September there were 217 countries active

Date change for Benin DXpedition

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) announced this past week that they have changed the dates on their November DXpedition to Benin

California QSO Party

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Northern California Contest Club, in conjunction with the California QSO Party committee would like to invite Amateur operators worldwide to join in the fun and excitement of what has progressed from a state QSO party to a fun and challenging contest for all!

Arduino creator was a radio ham

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 165 of the podcast SolderSmoke reveals that Massimo Banzi, creator of the Arduino single-board microcontroller, was a radio amateur

A Rendezvous With The Radio Hams

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- News With Chai reports on amateur radio and among those interviewed about the hobby is Satheesh VU2WSM

17th World ARDF Championships

September 15, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Panayot Danev LZ1US reports on the 2014 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships held September 6-13

BARTG Sprint 75

September 15, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Sep 21

Emergency Service Organizations Open Doors to Visitors:

September 15, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- CHAMBERSBURG -- In times of crisis, county residents seek help from emergency personnel. On Saturday, the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services opened its doors to let people know what it looks like behind the scenes. Meghan O'Brien, assistant director of Franklin County Emergency Services, said that this is the fourth year of the event. The building includes the county's 911 call center and the emergency operations center, which is homebase during emergencies, as well as home to other county organizations. The building was originally part of the Letterkenny Army Depot, according to Mick Lewis, training and quality coordinator. Lewis was one of Saturday's tour guides. b"Every two years, we also participate in Three Mile Island training," he said, referring to the state's nuclear reactor accident in 1979. During training, individuals gather in the emergency operations center and prepare for a worse case scenario. The center was also set up during the preparations for 2012's Hurricane Sandy. The call area was busy Saturday with staff answering emergency. These amateur radio operators have come through in emergency situations before, he said, such as during the Boston Marathon bombing and stated ham radios are another way of communicating in the case of an emergency.

September 14, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at active levels

Shortwave Numbers Stations: A bad day to be a Cuban spy

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- While band scanning last Sunday (September 8, 2014) I stumbled upon the Cuban numbers station HM01 on 11,530 kHz at 17:30 UTC

Radio hams ready to assist in Kashmir flooding

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The New Indian Express reports amateur radio operators hope to help Jammu and Kashmir flood Victims

NASA coverage of fourth SpaceX mission to space station

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

KARTS and the AWA Flea Market / Open Day

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- By popular demand and on request we are happy to announce that the Kempton Park Amateur Radio Technical Society (KARTS) and the Antique Wireless Associations (AWA) will host a second combined flea market and open day event this year on Saturday 1 November 2014 from 08:00 onwards

Contract to build Es'hailSat includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4 transponders

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Es'hailSat has signed a contract with MELCO to build the Es'hail-2 geostationary comsat. Es'hail 2 is a planned communication satellite operated by Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company. It will also feature an amateur radio payload

Another broadcaster to end AM transmissions

September 14, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Medium Wave Info reports that Deutschland Radio will end broadcasting in the Medium and Long Wave bands

Pirate QSO Party

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0130Z-0330Z, Sep 20

Washington State Salmon Run

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Sep 20 to 0700Z, Sep 21 and 1600Z-2400Z, Sep 21

QRP Afield

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, Sep 20 to 0300Z, Sep 21

South Carolina QSO Party

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Sep 20 to 0300Z, Sep 21

Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Sep 20 to 1200Z, Sep 21

Floyd County Hams Talk About Their Work In the Community:

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Services (FAIRS), the Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS), and Triad on August 26 was an opportunity to spotlight the work of local ham radio operators. The meeting at the Computer Museum/Community Amateur Radio Station, located in The Village Green in the Town of Floyd, opened with a film clip by newscaster Walter Cronkite. The clip talked about the supportive efforts of radio amateurs during emergencies. Cronkite, who was a ham, commented that it was ironic that the word "amateur" is used to refer to hams and added that radio amateurs would in any other area be called professionals. He remarked they are "the best backup to communication in the world" before adding "and that's the way it is." At the meeting in Floyd, local operators David Larsen and Dee Wallace talked about the use of ham radios not only among individuals and clubs, but also in other non-profits and military service. Floyd Amateur Radio Society, a member of the American Amateur Radio League, meets the second Saturday of each month, and clubs in other communities can be found by going to aarl.org/find-a-club. Amateur radio enthusiasts represent all ages, Wallace explained, and whatever the age, "there's a place for you in the world of amateur radio." For Larsen, ham radio is an avocation. Larsen, who has been involved with amateur radio for six decades, said it is more than a hobby. "It was the first electronic social network way before Facebook." Wallace said there a lot of reasons why people want to be hams. AARL, the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world, is based on five pillars: public service, advocacy, education, technology and membership.

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club:

September 14, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- SBARC is a non-profit public benefit corporation organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications. Our success is shown by a progressive increase in involved membership, by public recognition and support, by members' advancement in the technology, and by acquisition and utilization of assets. SBARC assures success by having an organization with a focus on its goals, a system of leadership development, prudent financial management, and a vision toward and dedication to public service. It supports an organized and comprehensive educational program and publicizes its activities and services to the community. The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club was founded in 1920 and incorporated in 1976. It was organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications.

September 13, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

September 13, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- We saw a nice increase in the level of solar activity this week, and the outlook for the near term looks good, or at least, interesting

The Ham Radio Un-Club

September 13, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article on the ARRL site says sometimes the best way to reenergize a club is to deformalize it

Send your message 'from the Moon'

September 13, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The LuxSpace 4M amateur radio payload is expected to fly around the Moon at the end of October and you can upload a message to 4M that will be transmitted on 145.980 MHz using JT65B

LZ14IARU

September 13, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- From 18 to 26 September 2014, the special call sign LZ14IARU will be active from the Grand Flamingo Hotel in Albena, Bulgaria. The triennial General Conference of IARU Region 1 is being held in Albena from 21 to 27 September 2014

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