January 27, 2015

ARRL Board Names Award Recipients

January 27, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Board of Directors has bestowed the 2014 George Hart Distinguished Service Award on David B. Colter, WA1ZCN, of New London, New Hampshire. Colter, a member of the Twin State Amateur Radio Club, was recognized for nearly 4 decades of service to the Amateur Radio community, including such leadership positions as Section Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.Co...

ARRL Technical Advisor, Author, AMRAD President Emeritus André Kesteloot,N4ICK, SK

January 27, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Technical Advisor, author, and Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation (AMRAD) President Emeritus André V. Kesteloot, N4ICK, of McLean, Virginia, died on January 4. He was 77. Kesteloot was the author of the Spread Spectrum Sourcebook, published in 1991, and he contributed to QST and QEX. A native of Belgium, Kesteloot was an electrical engineer and spent a decade in the Middle ...

Northern New England ARES Volunteers Continue to Monitor Winter Storm

January 27, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The winter storm affecting the US Northeast may not have lived up to its advance hype in some areas, leaving forecasters apologetic, but it remains a significant weather event for Northern New England residents. While the worst of the storm missed New York City, extreme Long Island saw a couple of feet of snow. Eastern New York SEC David Galletly, KM2O, said ARES groups in his Section stood dow...

Wonderful TV report about ARISS

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARISS contact performed Friday January 9, 2015 with three Italian schools was reported extensively by the 'Spaziolibero' television program, sponsored by the Italian parliament

Use of Digital Modes in UKAC

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/january/use_of_digital_modes_in_ukac.htm

Unlicensed religious broadcaster ordered off the air

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station

The 'Accidental' Company - The Making of FlexRadio

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- From the 2014 ARRL and TAPR DCC - Gerald Youngblood K5SDR, Founder, President and CEO of FlexRadio Systems, gives the banquet talk at the DCC

SGARN Hamcasts

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP)

MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 released

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released

LightSail-1 launch announced

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015

Aussie pico balloons keep flying

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Different paths are being taken by the two solar-powered Australian pico balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads, each sending 25mW WSPR and JT9 transmissions

Aurora surprise prompts rocket launch

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of January 26th, sparking a surprise display of bright auroras around the Arctic Circle

Amateur Radio Emergency Service prepares for storm

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL report the Eastern Seaboard ARES and SKYWARN volunteers have been preparing for a potentially historic storm

Telegraph Club Keeps Once-Revolutionary Technology Alive:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- HENRIETTA, N.Y. --The New York Museum of Transportation presented a demonstration Sunday on telegraph technology that was used more than a century ago. Telegraphy requires some sort of method or device to reveal a message, and the Morse telegraph was the first means of communication to make use of electricity. It served the industry long into the 20th century, with 1982 being the last documented use of Morse Code. The Morse Telegraph Club was formed to honor Samuel Morse and his associates for their valuable contribution to society. "We have a functioning internet-based telegraph system today," said Chris Hausler, International VP, Morse Telegraph Club. "You can take real telegraph instruments and connect them to your computer and chat with people all over the world."

FCC Comments Urge Allocation of Spectrum Above 24 GHz for 5G And More:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- As evidenced by comments to the FCC's inquiry on the use of spectrum above 24 GHz, there's a lot of interest in this spectrum from just about every segment of the communications industry -- except from broadcast and public safety/land mobile representatives. Originally it was thought this spectrum would not be suitable to reach indoor devices. If you are wondering how such spectrum could be useful for mobile communications, comments on the FCC's "Spectrum Frontiers Notice of Inquiry" (NOI) -- which have been posted on the commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) -- from the New York Polytechnic University and attachments outline their research showing how it worked in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comments from Samsung highlight that company's research and studies on sharing and compatibility between mobile broadband and fixed systems using the bands above 24 GHz. ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, filed comments show the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Service around the world. They also highlight Amateur Radio use of this spectrum, noting two point-to-point distance records at 75 GHz were established as recently as June 2014 and the amount of propagation research worldwide by Amateur Radio operators in the mmW bands is on the increase. ARRL urged international harmonization of mobile allocations in the mmW bands and "utilization of the ample current mobile allocations above 24 GHz." This "will contribute to avoiding incompatibility between incumbent services and new 5G mobile services." ARRL suggested that "the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Services are inappropriate for shared 5G mobile service as Amateur experimental operation in the mmW bands is largely itinerant, temporary fixed operation using exceptionally sensitive receivers and high gain, narrow beamwidth antennas in bands typically shared with other incumbent services."

Beartooth Adds VHF, UHF Voice, Data Communication Capability to Smartphones

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Last August I wrote about the goTenna personal communications device using the 150 MHz MURS band. It connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth and allowed communication with other goTenna devices within range. Now another communications device has been announced - Beartooth - that goes well beyond goTenna's VHF peer-to-peer(s) data transmission. According to its experimental license grant WH2XLW, the device can operate anywhere the 137 - 174 MHz and 400 - 470 MHz bands with an ERP of 2 watts (ERP). Using Comsearch's handy FCC emission designator decoder I see the license covers amplitude modulation and phase modulation transmitting voice, data and telegraphy for automatic reception. Beartooth is software-defined radio (receiver and transmitter) that interfaces with supported devices (iPhone 5/5S/6/6+ and Galaxy S4/S5) and includes a battery to double smartphone battery life. In a TechCrunch interview available on their web site, CEO Michael Monaghan said Beartooth will be a part 95 device. Uses include personal communications, industrial communications services, and public safety. Since the device is an SDR with a wide frequency range, it not only supports the same type of personal communications provided by the goTenna, but also the ability to communicate with any analog or FM radios operating on Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) or Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) spectrum. Amateur Radio use was mentioned in the TechCrunch session - the device will operate on the 2 meter and 3/4 meter ham bands. Broadcasters will note that all VHF and 450/455 MHz broadcast auxiliary RPU bands are covered by the device.

SGARN 30m Multicast Schedule:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP).

ARRL Headquarters Closed Due to Storm

January 27, 2015 02:32 AM - ARRL -- ARRL offices in Newington, Connecticut have closed due to the severe snowstorm that has struck the area. We will evaluate conditions on Wednesday morning and will be open if possible, although most likely with reduced staff. Monitor this page and the ARRL Facebook page for updates.

January 26, 2015

Unlicensed Religious Broadcaster Who Used Amateur Frequencies Ordered Off the Air

January 26, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station. The FCC's Los Angeles District Office on December 31 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Martin K. Elliott of Inyokern, California. The FCC said it issued the Notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation on multiple ...

NBTC 'Must Have Power to Allocate Frequencies':

January 26, 2015 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- THE state subcommittee reforming the broadcasting and telecom industries wants the regulator to retain its independence and authority to allocate frequencies. However, this needs the support of the National Legislative Assembly, Pana Thongmee-akom, chairman of the subcommittee, said last week. The Pana panel is part of the mass communications committee of the junta-appointed National Reform Council. The Cabinet recently approved swathes of draft digital economy bills, including the NBTC bill, which revises the powers of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Under the bill, the planned national digital economy committee to be chaired by the prime minister will determine which frequencies are for security, public or commercial use. Only those for commercial use will be managed by the NBTC. An NBTC source said the downgrading of the NBTC's role stems from the watchdog's conflict with the Army regarding its allocation of an additional band (50-54MHz) to ham radio operators, who have been using the 144-146MHz band. The regulations for this were published in the Royal Gazette last July.

MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 Released:

January 26, 2015 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version
5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

Eastern Seaboard ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Prepare for Potentially Historic Storm

January 26, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL --

Tour de France ham radio volunteers rewarded

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC say a voluntary RAYNET team that helped the 2014 Tour de France race through the Yorkshire Dales has received radio equipment worth about £5,500

Radio ham in Maker article

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article about radio amateur Phil Crump M0DNY describes how he used 3D printing to build an alternative power supply solution for his camera for operation at high-altitudes

Now two Aussie balloons afloat

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just when trackers are watching Australia's solar-powered pico balloon PS-31 enter day three afloat, it has been joined in the stratosphere by its sister PS-32

Jan 26 2015 BBHN 5-year anniversary

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On January 26 2010, Jim Kinter K5KTF, who had been collaborating with Glenn Currie KD5MFW, Rick Kirchhof NG5V, David Rivenburg AD5OO and Bob Morgan WB5AOH, 'turned on' the BBHN website !

Intermediate course at London Hackspace

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- There are some places still available on the London Hackspace amateur radio Intermediate course which starts at the end of January

ICQPODCAST - Amateur Radio Grid Locators has been released

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Two of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Amateur Radio Grid Locators has been released

History This Week

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio group shines in times of disaster

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper reports on the Walker County chapter of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

DXCC Country/Entity Report

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 19th January, through Monday, 26th January there were 216 countries active

Digital Radio DAB and DAB+

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the Radio Today show, BBC Radio's Head of Technology, Rupert Brun discusses the sound quality of DAB, DAB+ and internet streams and whether and when DAB+ should be introduced in the UK

North American SSB Sprint Contest

January 26, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0400Z, Feb 1

5-year-old passes ham radio exam (Colorado)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio can be a hobby for some and a mission for others.

"We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said.

Ofcom letters use Q RSL for Club Calls

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ofcom are sending notification of proposed licence changes to all licensees. Holders of some English club calls have been surprised to see a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) of 'Q' being used instead of 'X'

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station up and running (Michigan)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is operational and the first class of technicians has received ham radio licenses with help from members of the Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord.

Ham Radio Key to Community Survival (Missouri)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio has captured the attention of a sustainable-community guru who says a community's ability to sustain itself depends first on its ability to survive, and ham radio often provides the last line of defense in infrastructure breakdown.

Radio Reading for Your Winter Blues

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Got those mid-winter blues? Here's some engaging reading to precede your long winter naps.

Be prepared for winter weather emergencies

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As we head through the often stormy months of January, February and March, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) reminds county residents and visitors to remain weather-aware and always prepared for winter weather emergencies.

January 25, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will remain at low levels

VK pico balloon floating in jet-stream

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The solar-powered pico balloon flight PS-31 launched from Melbourne Australia on Saturday January 24, is on its predicted track and now near New Zealand

QSO Today - EP 26 - Scott Andersen - NE1RD

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scott Andersen, NE1RD, has evolved a system, over the years, that combines a family vacation and a serious DXpedition, especially during contests that he calls the 100 pound DXpedition

OZ7IGY - 9 cm and 13 cm beacons now on Next Generation Beacons platform

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Today both the 9 cm and the 13 cm OZ7IGY beacons have been migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform

GX0MWT RNLI SOS Radio Week report

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) had a successful first day operating for RNLI SOS Radio Week

Cruise ship IRLP expedition

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A group from the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA) and friends will operate 'marine mobile' from the MS Celebrity Solstice, relying on lower power and the Internet Repeater Linking Project (IRLP) for communication

Antique Wireless Association's CW Activity Day

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Antique Wireless Association's CW Activity Day will be held from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 7 February to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 8 February with activity on 80 40 and 20 metres. There are four categories of participation in the activity

5-year-old passes ham radio exam

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- 9 News TV reports on Colton Ragdale KE0CRD who passed the amateur radio exam at the age of 5

1,000 likes for RSGB on Facebook

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new RSGB Facebook page has managed to get over a thousand likes in the first few days after launch

UBA DX Contest, SSB

January 25, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z, Jan 31 to 1300Z, Feb 1

Series Eight Episode Two - Amateur Radio Grid Locators (25 January 2015)

January 25, 2015 08:32 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Eight Episode Two of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. In this episode, Ed Durrant DD5LP, Martin Rothwell M0SGL and Matthew Nassau 2E0MTT to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature Amateur Radio Grid Locators.
New Wireless Charging Organisation
Ofcom Error on English Callsigns
New D-STAR Support Section
The ARRL Library goes live!
More 5 MHz Channels for Czech amateurs
FCC Enforcement Against Marriott International
CQ DX Hall of Famer Bob Schenck, N2OO, named CQ DX Editor
New World Record Claimed on 10 GHz
Antarctic Activity Week
Michigan Passes, Governor Signs Antenna Accommodation Legislation

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station Up and Running:

January 25, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- EAST JORDAN -- Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is operational and the first class of technicians has received ham radio licenses with help from members of the Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord. Great Lakes Energy, a local electric company, also aided the radio station recently when sliding snow ripped the new ham radio antenna off the center's roof. A Great Lakes crew came out and set up a utility pole for Raven Hill to use as a freestanding antenna. Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road in East Jordan, is known for its exceptional indoor and outdoor hands-on science, history and art activities and explorations. It is located on 157 acres of natural beauty in Charlevoix County.

Radio Amateurs Get Practical Thank You for Tour de France Backup:

January 25, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A voluntary radio communications team which played a key role in ensuring the Tour de France ran safely and smoothly through the Yorkshire Dales has been 'rewarded' with thousands of pounds worth of equipment. Members of RAYNET (The Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network) provided a back-up communications system across the Day 1 and Day 2 routes in North Yorkshire where the use of alternative technologies such as mobile phone networks were difficult, impossible or likely to overload with the arrival of more than one million spectators. During the Grand Depart of the Tour de France last July, RAYNET volunteers operated radios in many key locations, including Kidstones Pass, Grinton Moor and Blubberhouses Moor and engineered four hilltop repeater sites to link control rooms in Skipton, Richmond, Harrogate and York with a main control in Wakefield. Earlier they had trained North Yorkshire County Council staff, who had roles in control rooms but no previous experience of radio use, in the basics of operating procedure, message handling and logging. At short notice on the afternoon before race start RAYNET loaned handheld radios to fill a shortage in two areas.

5-Year-Old Passes Ham Radio Exam:

January 25, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- KUSA -- Ham radio can be a hobby for some and a mission for others. "We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said. It's something Ragdale has been doing for the last three years, and it's a hobby his 5-year-old son, Colton, has been watching. That was until Colton was old enough to read. "I think Colton saw his parents using radios and talking to one another and wanted to become involved. So he took the FCC test and passed," Ragdale said. At just 5 years old, Colton passed the test the FCC requires for anyone to operate the radios. That makes Colton among the youngest operators around. "He was talking to people in Japan. He's too young to do everything we do, but we'll keep practicing with him," Ragdale said. Colton got 93 percent of the test questions correct, which is impressive for most operators, but that score takes things to a new level when you're just a kindergartener.

First Light / EME to Follow:

January 25, 2015 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The TIROS Restoration Team would like to announce first light at 21cm for the TLM-18 antenna system. First light occurred on 19 January, 2015 at approximately 17:00 GMT.

January 24, 2015

Hudson Division Delivers Inaugural Donation to New Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund

January 24, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL --

Propagation de K7RA

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Eitan 4Z5MK will be active on the 24th of January 2015 from Castellum Regis, WCA: 4X-00014

Pacific Ham Radio Debate

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Pacific Missourian newspaper reports ARRL assistant director John Bigley, N7UR has posted a comment about the D-STAR repeater debate in Pacific

New PS-31 pico balloon from VK

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Another small solar-powered balloon was launched from Melbourne, Australia early on Saturday January 24, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, and is flying as predicted

Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The marijuana industry and Uncle Sam haven't been on the same page for 80 years, but these days, in a unique bit of weirdness, it's not the U.S. Department of Justice that could create a problem for pot growers: It's the Federal Communications Commission

IARU 90 From Romania

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In 2015 we celebrate 77 years since Romania became a member of IARU and the IARU celebrates its 90th anniversary

GX0MWT active for RNLI SOS Radio Week

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the weekend of January 24-25 the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will be operating GX0MWT in support of the RNLI SOS Radio Week

Brazilian Special Event Station PQ70FEB

January 24, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- PQ70FEB is the second Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years end of World War II in 2015

Emergency Management Seeks Communications Grant:

January 24, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Daviess County officials are in the process of securing a grant to provide an additional layer of communication in the event of a disaster. The Daviess County Commissioners have approved the action of the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency to get a $20,720 grant from the Indiana Office of Homeland Security to add amateur radio antennas to the roof of the county security center. "This grant will enhance our emergency operation center," said Daviess County E.M.A. Director Paul Goss. "It will allow us to put antennas on the roof of the security center for amateur radio, so if all other means of communication fail we will be able to use amateur radio and speak to anywhere in the state or in the world for that matter." The amateur radio addition is a back up to a back up to a back up in Daviess County. "During the last tornado we lost power at the security center," said Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. "That time we moved our mobile command center in and were able to continue communicating without any problems. I believe this amateur radio addition is in case of a major-major disaster where all of the other systems would somehow break down."

Ham Radio Key to Community Survival:

January 24, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio has captured the attention of a sustainable-community guru who says a community's ability to sustain itself depends first on its ability to survive, and ham radio often provides the last line of defense in infrastructure breakdown. Jim McHugh, founder of the Magi Foundation and the Pacific Ring Initiative, met with members of the local amateur radio club Jan. 15 to suggest that the club help define a model response to communication grid collapse. Communication is a basic need and would be a logical service for the foundation to craft a model program, McHugh said. The Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC) was formed in February 2014 to promote digital amateur radio and assist in local emergencies when traditional communication such as landlines, cell towers and electricity are knocked out.

ARNewsline Report 1949 -- Jan 24 2015:

January 24, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Michigan gets its own PRB One antenna law; a launch date for the Fox 1 hamsat is announced; ARES called out in Ohio to assist after phone outage; the flight of the VK around-the-world floater balloon falls short of its round-the-world trip; the K1N Nevassa Island DXpedition will be on the S-Oh 50 ham radio satellite, and old Sol is at it again. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1949 coming your way right now.

January 23, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #4 de K7RA:

January 23, 2015 06:35 PM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points
relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9. Average daily solar
flux declined from 151.3 to 126.2. For the past ten days sunspot
numbers have remained below 100. This benchmark has no special
significance, but the last time there were this many consecutive
days with double-digit sunspot numbers was October 5-20, 2014.

The K7RA Solar Update

January 23, 2015 12:34 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9. Average daily solar flux declined from 151.3 to 126.2. For the past ten days sunspot numbers have remained below 100. This benchmark has no special significance, but the last time there were this many consecutive days with double-digit sunspot numbers was October 5-20, 2014.Geomagne...

Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, retires

January 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, has stepped down, and Vice Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, has succeeded him

Radio hams plan spaceplane

January 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateurs Robert Brand VK2URB and his 12-year-old son Jason VK2FJAB feature in an article about their spaceplane in The Register

Ham radio satellite talk near Farnham

January 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- This Monday, January 26 there will be a presentation on the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) and SO-50 satellites at the Hog's Back Amateur Radio Club near Farnham

ED-SAT CubeSat training kit

January 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nader Omer ST2NH brings news of the ED-SAT training kit, a Cube Satellite simulator

ARRL comments to FCC on WRC-15 draft recommendations

January 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL has commented on two draft recommendations of the FCC's 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) Advisory Committee (WAC) as well as on a draft proposal provided to the FCC by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Ham Radio Debate Here Attracts National Attention:

January 23, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A story in the Pacific Missourian about attempts to get a ham radio repeater installed in Pacific as part of the city's emergency communication system attracted the attention of a national ham radio public information coordinator. After reading the story online at emissourian, John Bigley, N7UR American Radio Relay League (ARRL) assistant director, posted a comment about the article. "When a 30-second disaster such as a tornado, turns a town like Pacific into a town like Joplin, thousands of good, decent folks will be suffering," stated Bigley, a Las Vegas resident, who is the Nevada assistant section manager and public information coordinator. He sent an email to Bob Masson, president of the local ham radio club, saying he had been following the club's struggles to get the repeater out of the box and on the air on emissourian and posted a response. Bigley said he's surprised at the city's proposed cost to install the repeater.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #3:

January 23, 2015 01:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.

March Issue of American Legion Magazine to Feature Amateur Radio:

January 23, 2015 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The March 2015 edition of American Legion Magazine will include a feature
article about the hobby of amateur radio. Written by best-selling author
Don Keith, N4KC, the article will tell readers of the publication how ham
radio remains exciting, important, and relevant, even after one-hundred
years of existence and so much technological change. It will also remind
American Legion members about their organization's own club-The American
Legion Amateur Radio Club or TALARC-as well as how its members can get their
licenses, establish club stations at more of the 14,000 posts around the
country, and more. The Legion has an agreement with the Department of
Homeland Security for assistance during emergencies and the article talks
about how amateur radio meshes well with that effort.

January 22, 2015

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors has tweaked the DX Century Club (DXCC) rules to clarify and expand their
recognition of remotely controlled station technology. It has also
added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility on operators with
respect to remotely controlled operation. In addition, the Board
adopted changes to the ARRL VHF/UHF contest rules that are aimed at
encouraging greater participation. The Board took the actions during
its annual meeting January 16-17 in Windsor, Connecticut.

ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, Retires:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, has stepped down,
and Vice Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, has succeeded him. Bodson
announced his retirement on January 16 -- before the official end of
his term next January 1 -- at the Board of Directors' Annual Meeting in
Windsor, Connecticut.

ARRL Executive Committee Approves Education and Technology Program Grants:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Executive Committee has approved Education and Technology
Program (ETP) station and progress grants to five schools. Two schools received ETP
station grants at an estimated total of $3600, while three others
already enrolled in the program received progress grants totaling $800.

ARRL Submits Comments to FCC on WRC-15 Draft Recommendations:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has commented on two draft
recommendations of the FCC's 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC-15) Advisory Committee (WAC) as well as on a draft proposal provided to the
FCC by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA).

ARES Volunteers In Ohio Activate Following Loss of 911, Telephone Services:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- ARES volunteers in northeast Ohio activated on January 13 after 911 and
other telephone services went down in six counties due to a power
failure at a major AT and T center in Akron. The outage was blamed on a
burst steam pipe. Cell telephones and the 800-900 MHz digital
Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) remained functioning.

Michigan Passes, Governor Signs Antenna Accommodation Legislation:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Ten years of work within the ARRL Michigan Section have culminated in
an Amateur Radio antenna bill that mirrors the "reasonable
accommodation" provisions of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy.

Navassa DXpedition Team Poised to Offer 'Once In 32 Years' Opportunity:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- The K1N Navassa DXpedition team hopes to be
on the air with up to eight stations in less than 2 weeks, offering a
"once in 32 years" opportunity to work the most-wanted DXCC entity.
It's been 22 years since the last Navassa operation, and the US Fish
and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which is
responsible for the island, will not permit another operation for at
least 10 more years.

EP6T Team Pleads For 'More Respect' from Operators:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- The EP6T DXpedition team now on Iran's Kish
Island (IOTA AS-166) has implored operators hoping to work the rare
DXCC entity to show more respect and exhibit better operating manners.
The EP6T team said it's aware that the majority of contacts have been
with Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia, and the operators are
doing their best to work other regions, but that 10 days may not be
long enough to satisfy the surging demand, and "ham spirit" has been
hard to find.

Fox-1A Satellite Launch Date Launch Set For August:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT has announced that its Fox-1A satellite
will launch on August 27 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on
a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 National Reconnaissance Office flight.
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-held transceivers and simple dual-band antennas to make
contacts.

Australian 'Pico Balloon' Piques Ham Radio Interest:

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- A foil "party balloon" released in late December from Melbourne,
Australia, carrying an HF Amateur Radio payload, ended its journey on
January 16 off the east coast of Africa near Madagascar. Andy Nguyen,
VK3YT, of Kensington, Victoria, Australia, released his PS-30 "pico balloon" on December 27, hoping that it
might circle the globe. Its 13-gram Amateur Radio payload included a
solar-powered 25 mW transmitter, sending telemetry on 30 and 20 meters
using WSPR and JT9 digital modes. Many radio amateurs tracked the
balloon's progress during its 20-day flight.

In Brief...

January 22, 2015 11:31 PM - eHam.net News -- VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference Seeks Speakers and Papers: The 41st
Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference has issued a call for speakers
and papers at the gathering or for inclusion in the conference
Proceedings. The conference, sponsored by the ARRL-affiliated North
East Weak Signal Group, will take place April
17-19 in Manchester, Connecticut.

K2OP Wins January QST Cover Plaque Award

January 22, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the January 2015 QST Cover Plaque award is Andrew Buckler, K2OP, for his article "A Solid State 1.25 kW Linear Amplifier."The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the February issue today.

2015 Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race:

January 22, 2015 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Listen to all the communications from a really hard working crew supporting the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race.

W2FLA/KQ2H 10-Meter Echolink Repeater:

January 22, 2015 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- KQ2H located in New York State is an fm 10m repeater on 29.620mhz and has been coming through loud and clear in the afternoons. KQ2H is also available on Echolink via w2fla node number 146625. The repeater runs 1.3kw and is part of a repeater network that has 8 multiple inputs and output frequencies.

WW1USA Observes Centennial of a Significance:

January 22, 2015 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- As many of you know, WW1USA, the Amateur Radio Club of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial at Kansas City is hosting a number of Special Radio Events commemorating moments in history during the four year centennial of the Great War. On the weekend of February 7th and 8th, such a special event will be "on the air" in observance of the Beginning of War from the Air.

QRZ Logbook Now Offering Reciprocal Confirmation Credit and LoTW Download

January 22, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL -- QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact confirmations from ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook. Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a previous call sign into a user's current call sign account. QRZ will automatically...

Turning a Walkie Talkie into a Radio Modem

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nat Eguchi, Technical Director at Univers Labs in Oxford, took his Baofeng handheld into work to show his colleagues

RSGB launch Facebook page

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain has launched a new Facebook page

Ofcom letters use Q RSL for Club Calls

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom are sending notification of proposed licence changes to all licensees. Holders of some English club calls have been surprised to see a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) of 'Q' being used instead of 'X'

KQ2H fm 10m repeater

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- KQ2H, located in New York State, is an 10m FM repeater on 29.620 MHz, and has been coming through load and clear in the afternoons

Chelmsford radio hams in Marconi campaign

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair and Vice-President of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) featured in an Essex Chronicle article on the successful campaign to keep 'Birthplace of Radio' on road signs

Bright Asteroid Flyby

January 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Early next week, a large asteroid named 2004 BL86 will fly past the Earth-Moon system

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