April 01, 2015

Reminder to change your radio microphone frequencies

April 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- New Zealand's regulator RSM reminds radio microphone users that from 11 March 2015, radio microphone usage in New Zealand is not permitted in the frequency ranges 606MHz to 622MHz and 698MHz to 806MHz

Recognised Spectrum Access for Receive Only Earth Stations

April 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a decision to extend Recognised Spectrum Access (RSA) to new frequency bands, intended to promote more efficient use of spectrum

Radio Ham on BBC World Service

April 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Dennis Wingo KD4ETA along with freelance science writer and broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray were on the BBC World Service Click radio show

KP4FD on-the-air for World Amateur Radio Day 2015

April 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Puerto Rico Field Day Group once again will be on the air, this time as KP4FD/IARU, to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on Saturday, April 18th, 2015

ISS Slow Scan TV active on weekend of April 11

April 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced another round of amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station (ISS) will take place

Ham Radio Day in Huntsville Celebrates, Supports Amateur Radio Operators:

April 01, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- If you want to talk to someone, it's likely you reach for a cell phone, tablet, or computer. A group of people who gathered in Huntsville Saturday use radios. Amateur, or Ham, radio experts and enthusiasts came to Gigaparts in Huntsville to network, talk technology, and shop. They tell us Madison County has the largest per-capita population of ham radio operators in the country. That's a good thing, because experts say amateur radio has played an important role during severe weather disasters in the area. Ed Clifford, Gigaparts Sales Manager, explained, "Hams literally saved lives in the area. They were the only means of communication because the internet was down, phones were down, power was out."

New System Watches for Things that Go Bump in the Night:

April 01, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Imagine taking the world's most powerful radio telescope, used by scientists around the globe, and piping a nearly continuous data stream into your research laboratory. That is exactly what scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. have done in collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (NRAO VLA). The newly-completed VLA Low Band Ionospheric and Transient Experiment (VLITE for short) has been built to piggyback on the $300 million dollar infrastructure of the VLA. "This new system allows for continuous specification of ionospheric disturbances with remarkable precision. VLITE can detect and characterize density fluctuations as small as 30 parts per million within the total electron content along the line of sight to a cosmic source. This is akin to being at the bottom of Lake Superior and watching waves as small as 1-cm in height pass overhead. This will have a substantial impact on our understanding of ionospheric dynamics, especially the coupling between fine-scale irregularities within the lower ionosphere and larger disturbances higher up," says NRL ionospheric lead scientist Dr. Joseph Helmboldt. Ionospheric disturbances represent one of the most significant limitations to the performance of many radio-frequency applications like satellite-based communication and navigation (including the GPS in your phone) as well as ground-based, over-the-horizon systems (think ham radio or AM radio). While the fine-scale irregularities that VLITE is especially sensitive to aren't large enough to make your smart phone think you are at your neighbor's house when you're really at home, they are quite problematic for vital remote sensing surveillance systems like over-the-horizon radar. The additional insights provided by VLITE into the nature of these ionospheric ripples will help us to better understand how to cope with their effects on such systems.

March 31, 2015

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 3

March 31, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, and there will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on that day.ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 6, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time.We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

The Cass Award

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nigel Cawthorne G3TXF has won the 2014 Single-Operator Cass Award. The Cass Award encourages DXpedition operating excellence

RSGB President's review of contests

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following disquiet about the adjudication of a recent RSGB Contest, the Board has asked John Gould G3WKL, RSGB President, to conduct a review

Raspberry Pi Ham Radio SSTV

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Make Magazine has published an article about using the Raspberry Pi for amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV)

Guerrilla Radio

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Southgate reader Stephen G7VFY has spotted this rather interesting article about prisoners who make their own two-way radios to communicate

ARISS contact with CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium, and Mimar Sinan Özel Okullari, Istanbul, Turkey

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium and Mimar Sinan Özel Okullari, Istanbul, Turkey on 01 April

Video of AESP-14 CubeSat deployment from ISS

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, have released a video showing the deployment of the Brazilian amateur radio satellite AESP-14 from the International Space Station

1999 Introduction to Ham Radio

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This vintage video gives a flavor of what amateur radio was like in the closing years of the last century

Huntington's Museum of Radio and Technology Has a Lot to Offer:

March 31, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Much of what used to exist in Huntington's Harveytown neighborhood has vanished. Mayo Grocery Store is gone. The Shelby Earl Glass Company closed its doors several generations ago. The Old Beach swimming hole has dried up, and Irby Junior High School was reduced to a pile of ashes years ago. Through it all, education is still alive and well at the site of the former Harveytown Elementary School on Florence Avenue. For more than 20 years, this historic building has housed the Museum of Radio and Technology. Classrooms which were once alive with yesterday's students now provide a well-documented history of the evolution of electronic communication. Charter member Geoffrey Bourne says the building is completely accessible and provides visitors of all ages an opportunity to experience mass communication from the days of Marconi into the 21st Century. "Tours begin by showing radio in its infancy," Bourne said. "We start with a replica of a radio repair shop from the 1920s. There are battery-powered radios and wooden glass cases full of vacuum tubes, crystal radio kits, battery displays, radio parts and headsets. Along the walls there are old cardboard radio advertisements. There are models of windup phonographs along with an array of 60 to 70 early radios. There's even an operating crystal radio that visitors can listen to."

Ham Radio Webcast:

March 31, 2015 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- There is a new ham radio program called Amateur
Radio Roundtable every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM
central (0100 UTC Weds) on W5KUB.COM guests
from around the world and all aspects of ham
radio discussed.

March 30, 2015

World Amateur Radio Day is April 18!

March 30, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL -- On Saturday, April 18, radio amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2015. It was on April 18, 1925, that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded in Paris, with ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, as its first president. The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to highlight Amateur Radio and its benefits to countries and co...

ARISS School Contact Proposal Window Open Until April 15

March 30, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program coordinator is seeking proposals from schools and organizations that are interested in hosting an Amateur Radio contact with a member of the International Space Station crew. The US ARISS contact proposal window will remain open until April 15.ARISS is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, ind...

SolderSmoke Podcast 174

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 174 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

SDR (RTL-2832U) runs in CHROME browser

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is also now a javascript SDR app for the Chrome browser 'Radio Receiver' by Jacobo Tarrio

Poldhu radio club is best in the west

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- When it was announced the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club were Regional winners of the RSGB Club of the Year competition, the local press were contacted

Kigali short wave relay to close

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Deutsche Welle is shutting down its relay station at Kigali in Rwanda. Established in 1965 it is the broadcaster's last short wave relay

History This Week

March 30, 2015 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

Ham College episode 3

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ham College, the new show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio

Hackspace among Ham Club finalists

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hackers at the London Hackspace are among the finalists in the RSGB Amateur Radio Club of the Year

Getting started with the FM Satellites

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Based on a hamfest handout designed and written by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, "Getting Started with the FM Satellites", is now available for download

Essex 2m FM Activity Day 2015 report

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2 metre FM activity afternoon was championed by the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club (TAARC) to encourage Essex to make more use of 2 metres, and to get Essex talking

ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at: CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium and Mimar SinanÖzel Okulları, İstanbul, Turkey on Wednesday 1 April

2 metres Counties Contest - Ireland

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This contest takes place on Easter Monday, 6th April, from 2pm to 4pm local time

Ham College Episode 3 is Out:

March 30, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham College, the new show for those new to
the hobby and those wishing to get into
Amateur Radio.

PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest

March 30, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200-1800 local, Apr 5

RSGB RoPoCo SSB

March 30, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 5

UBA Spring Contest, 6m

March 30, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Apr 5

Antennas Raised at Hamfest:

March 30, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The 23rd annual Down East Hamfest took place at Lenoir Community College on Saturday, where Pink Hill resident Don Smith and another amateur radio enthusiast discussed radio equipment -- Smith displayed a Flex digital radio, a 29-year-old Kenwood and an ICOM radio more than 20 years old. One day you're tooling around on your ham radio, as you do, only to hear the king of Jordan leaving the conversation. "I got checked into a net about two minutes after he checked out," Byron Highland said at the annual Down East Hamfest on Saturday. "I heard him -- his call sign was JY1 -- and I heard him say, 'JY1, off and clear.'" To those outside the amateur radio community, it may come as a surprise that the late major world leader was an aficionado of the activity. David Sumner, CEO of the American Radio Relay League, said of King Hussein when he died in February 1999, he was "an enthusiastic radio amateur whose support was invaluable to us in obtaining new amateurs bands at the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference."

March 29, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low to moderate levels

Young Radio Ham Net April 5

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- YoungHamQSO announce the next net for young radio amateurs will be held on Sunday, April 5

The RaDAR Challenge

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations. This challenge is for all licensed radio amateurs and not limited to South Africa

Steve Webster M1ERS on W5KUB webcast

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Steve Webster M1ERS from Sheffield appeared in this week's W5KUB webcast

Tutorial - Using the new routing function in RT Systems featuring RFinder

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again RFinder and RT Systems have partnered to kick radio programming up a notch. This tutorial will show you how to get the most out of RT and RFinder!

DKARS Magazine April 2015 ready for download

March 29, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month

15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Apr 4 to 2359Z, Apr 5

Texas State Parks on the Air

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Apr 4 to 0159Z, Apr 5

LZ Open 40m Sprint Contest

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0400Z-0800Z, Apr 4

Montana QSO Party

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Apr 4 to 0559Z, Apr 5

Missouri QSO Party

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Apr 4 to 0400Z, Apr 5 and 1400Z-2000Z, Apr 5

QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Apr 4 to 2359Z, Apr 5

EA RTTY Contest

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Apr 4 to 1600Z, Apr 5

SP DX Contest

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, Apr 4 to 1500Z, Apr 5

Mississippi QSO Party

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Apr 4 to 0200Z, Apr 5

Are You Going to Gallipoli?

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- The Turkiye Radyo Amatorleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) wants to know the names and callsigns of any Australian and New Zealand radio amateurs who will be on the Gallipoli Peninsula for ANZAC Day this year. TRAC would like to meet with the VK and ZL radio amateurs and show them a little hospitality and international friendship. If you are going to be there for the occasion, then immediately contact the WIA Director and ANZAC 100 Coordinator, Fred Swainston VK3DAC by email will pass on your details. Meantime, the WIA reports that its ANZAC 100 program is generating a lot of interest both locally and overseas with 30 events already listed. All electronic QSL cards for ANZAC callsigns are now ready. The first log to be entered is from the successful Darwin Amateur Radio Club VI8ANZAC commemoration of the Albert Chalmers Borella VC journey re-enactment. Each QSO with an ANZAC-suffixed callsign in 2015 will be acknowledged by eQSL, with logs from all events also to appear on Logbook of The World. There are eight eQSL cards, each with a different callsign.

QSO Today Episode 35 -- Tracy Lenocker - WA6ERA:

March 29, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- In California, San Bernardino County Fire
has a unique program that includes over
200 amateur radio volunteers to provide
auxiliary communications to the county
during disasters and special events. Tracy
Lenocker, WA6ERA, heads this group of ham
radio volunteers that is one of the most
comprehensive public services by hams to
the largest county in the United States.
Tracy joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

March 28, 2015

ITU Deploys Emergency Communication Equipment in Vanuatu

March 28, 2015 05:32 PM - ARRL -- In an effort to coordinate relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to the Pacific Ocean island nation. The category 5 storm devastated parts of Vanuatu on March 13. The ITU has dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network terminals, and 35 solar pane...

Two More Radio Amateurs Join International Space Station Crew

March 28, 2015 04:31 PM - ARRL --

Propagation de K7RA

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers from March 19 to 25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4

REP Ham Fair in Lisbon - May 9, 2015

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The R.E.P. is organizing an Exposition Ham Fair in Costa da Caparica, Lisbon

Jamie Nelson 2I0MFB SK

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- 21-year-old Jamie Nelson 2I0MFB was killed in a road traffic accident on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IARU R1 Contest Calendar 2015

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF Contest Calendar for 2015 is now available for download

How to 'Make That Call': #TalkToTim on the ISS

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has published an article explaining what amateur radio is and how students can use it to talk to the International Space Station (ISS)

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 20th March, through Friday, 27th March there were 227 countries active

CQ-DATV 22 out now

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 22 is now available for free download

Chelmsford Solar Eclipse Experiments

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) collected an impressive amount of data during the recent Solar Eclipse

Living with a Capricious Star: What Drives the Solar Cycle?

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- You can be thankful that we bask in the glow of a relatively placid star. Currently about halfway along its 10 billion year career on the Main Sequence, our Sun fuses hydrogen into helium in a battle against gravitational collapse. This balancing act produces energy via the proton-proton chain process, which in turn, fuels the drama of life on Earth. Looking out into the universe, we see stars that are much more brash and impulsive, such as red dwarf upstarts unleashing huge planet-sterilizing flares, and massive stars destined to live fast and die young. Our Sun gives us the unprecedented chance to study a star up close, and our modern day technological society depends on keeping a close watch on what the Sun might do next. But did you know that some of the key mechanisms powering the solar cycle are still not completely understood? One such mystery confronting solar dynamics is exactly what drives the periodicity related to the solar cycle. Follow our star with a backyard telescope over a period of years, and you'll see sunspots ebb and flow in an 11 year period of activity. The dazzling 'surface' of the Sun where these spots are embedded is actually the photosphere, and using a small telescope tuned to hydrogen-alpha wavelengths you can pick up prominences in the warmer chromosphere above.

Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The 'Royalty of Radios':

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Last month, we took a look at the beginnings of what would be the age of connectivity on the go, the battery portable radio. This month I'll feature a line of battery powered tube radios that brought the technology to its pinnacle. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic series of shortwave portables would stretch from 1941 through 1982, with tube models produced until 1963. The radios performed so well, and became so popular, that they earned the nickname "The Royalty of Radios."

Spectrum Policy Forum Urges UK Industries to Cooperate More:

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Report looks at cross-industry spectrum requirements in the medium-long term: The first of a series of reports on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand has today been launched by the industry-led sounding board to the Government and Ofcom, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum. The study included views on the importance of spectrum as a national resource fo the space, utilities, business radio, meteorology and mobile industries. The research, by Real Wireless, also featured views of a panel of contributors from each sector. The UK Spectrum Usage and Demand report aims to foster open discussion and mutual understanding, reflecting on contradictory priorities from different industries. The report revealed the different needs of different sectors in relation to their contributions to social and economic value. Real Wireless found four key sector trends. Public mobile infrastructure and consequent increasing data consumption will put pressure on spectrum allocations, and change how spectrum is used by the sector. For the utilities sector, a combination of networks that can provide more security and resilience seems to be taking over with consumers moving away from reliance on wireless and adopting 'smart' utilities. The business radio industry also showed signs that there is a high demand for always-on connectivity and increasing data usage as driving the move to digital radio. The nature of these communications will require a high level of resilience, and for some users this will be a synonym of desire for dedicated spectrum bands in mission-critical scenarios. A growing sector for the UK is space. The research found that there is the need to preserve and secure existing spectrum holdings and seek expansion opportunities to maintain innovation and investment. The report today realised comes one year after the publication of the UK Spectrum Strategy, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at CeBIT 2014. Later this year, a second chapter will be made available containing information on Defence, Short-range devices and Wi-Fi, Broadcasting, Amateur Radio, Fixed Wireless Access and Transportation.

ARNewsline Report 1958 -- March 27 2015:

March 28, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Thailand's new
master frequency list takes 6 meters back
from ham radio; U-K regulator Ofcom uses
ham radio input in Ultra Wideband device
rule making decision; International
Telecommunications Union symposium endorses
small satellite regulation; a successful
transmissions of two new ham radio shows
from Germany and our annual April 1st roving
reporter is back with the latest on the FCC
enforcement cutbacks as only he can imagine
them. All this and more on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1958 coming your way
right now.

March 27, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #13 de K7RA:

March 27, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily
sunspot numbers from March 19 to 25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9,
compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux
rose from 117.5 to 122.4.

Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Net to Track Severe Weather

March 27, 2015 04:36 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio SKYWARN volunteers in Oklahoma went on alert March 25 as severe thunderstorms sparked tornadoes. The Southwest Independent Repeater Association (SWIRA) and Tulsa Region SKYWARN nets were active in support of tornado warnings in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metropolitan areas. No Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activation was required, however."March 25 was a busy after...

The K7RA Solar Update

March 27, 2015 12:32 PM - ARRL -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers on March 19-25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4.Average planetary A index dropped from 29.4 to 19.4, although conditions continued to be active. March 22-23 had planetary A index numbers at 24 and 21, but there was nothing lik...

YP10EURAO 10 years of EURAO from Romania

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- From February 2 to September 31, 2015, you will find on air, mainly on weekends, this special callsign celebrating the 10th anniversary of EURAO

'Radio DARC' debuts on ham-operated shortwave outlet

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The inaugural transmission of the 'Radio DARC' Amateur Radio program aired over the March 21-22 weekend on 6070 kHz

How to use an antenna analyzer

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows how to use an MFJ 259/269 Antenna Analyzer to check your antenna for SWR and resonance

ISS Ham TV update

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARISS are now custodians of the Ham TV system on board the ISS

Did the eclipse affect propagation ?

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- For the full 24 hours of 20th March, Derek G4SWY took world map screen shots of propagation as reported on WSPRnet.org every 4 minutes on 600, 160, 80 and 40 metres

Amateur Radio in Ofcom Annual Plan

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published its Annual Plan for 2015/16, setting out its priorities and work programme for the year to 31 March 2016

SARL 80m QSO Party

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 2

A Radio Ham:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, I'll. (KWQC) -- He talks to people all over the world. It's a way of life for Dave Mayfield. Fascinated by electronics, Mayfield is a ham radio operator. The Rock Island County man has a ham shack in his basement. He collects, restores, and uses ham radio equipment. Ham radio is a backup communication system for the United States. Mayfield has some vintage equipment in his basement. Much is retired military equipment. Some of it is similar to what was on the airplane which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Dave also uses digital equipment, typing and replying to people by using a more high tech method. Whether by voice, code, or digital, he has made many friends through the world of ham radio communication. He has conversed with people in England, Guantanamo Bay, Russia, and even outer space. Ham operators also swing into action, assisting with emergency communications and working with public service agencies. That was especially true during Hurricane Katrina.

Fort Smith Hosts Amateur Radio Event:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club will host its 17th annual Hanging Judge Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4 at Columbus Acres, 10203 Columbus Acres Road. The event includes Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing, many forums to attend and learn about ham radio and new technology. The event also includes vendors, tailgaters, buying and trading amateur radio equipment, prizes and more.

Come Join Ham Radio Operators:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In times of local emergencies, the ham radio operators of our community band together, aiding local law enforcement and emergency personnel. We might relay a message by radio or data across the country or across the world. We are always looking for more good people. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the 2015 "Ides of March " hamfest will take place at the Tennessee National Guard Armory, 2017 E. Reelfoot Ave., Union City, sponsored by the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club. The public is invited to attend. Vendors will be there selling equipment, and you can take a test to become an operator.

'Hamfest' Set for Saturday in Gallia, Mason:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- OHIO VALLEY -- Amateur, or "ham," radio use is growing in popularity across the country, and the local tri-county area is no exception. Both the Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Radio Club, based in Gallia County, and the Mason County Amateur Radio Group have upcoming events planned for veteran radio users, as well as those wanting to get started. The Mid-Ohio Valley club will host its 2015 Hamfest on Saturday. The Mason County group is planning a class, beginning April 2, to help get interested people prepared to take their technician's exam.

Hacking the Nazis: The Secret Story of the Women Who Broke Hitler's Codes:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II. "I was given one sentence, 'We are breaking German codes, end of story'." It was Ruth Bourne's first job out of college, when, like thousands of other young British women during World War II, she was recruited to aid the Allied cipher-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park. Today, the mansion in the heart of the southeast English countryside is famous for being where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing cracked the Nazi's Enigma code. Because Turing's individual achievements were so momentous, it's sometimes forgotten that more than 10,000 other people worked at the Government Code and Cypher School, of whom more than two-thirds were female. These servicewomen played a pivotal role in an operation that decrypted millions of German messages and which is credited with significantly shortening the war.

March 26, 2015

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:

March 26, 2015 10:32 PM - 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL President, Directors, Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, made a new Amateur Radio friend on
Capitol Hill this month as she headed a contingent of League Directors,
officers, and staff advocating for H.R. 1301 -- The Amateur
Radio Parity Act of 2015.

ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The window to apply for ARRL
Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open. The ARRL
Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation
that exceeded all expectations.

Preparatory Meeting Under Way for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH/G4HUA, is on hand as the second session of the World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Preparatory
Meeting (CPM) opens March 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates to the
CPM will consider regulatory, technical, operational, and procedural
studies of WRC-15 agenda issues and issue a report for presentation to
WRC-15 delegates in advance of the conference this November.

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global
Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event
will be "Cooperating with Authorities."

Hams on Vanuatu Help with Cyclone Recovery Effort:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Vanuatu radio amateur Rod Newell, YJ8RN, reported this week that his
home survived the recent devastation from Cyclone Pam with only minor
damage, although he still has no electrical power. A bank of solar
panels and a small gasoline generator are permitting him to live off
the grid at least for a little while.

Virginia Ham Test Session Yields Winners from Ages 9 to 90:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio
testing session in Virginia's Tidewater region went home empty handed.
Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who
had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12.
Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted.

Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs Honored:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by
their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene
"Buddy" Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice
administration among the Yup'ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST
advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to
work as air traffic controllers for the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in Nome.

In Brief...

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARISS Announces NA1SS Listening Opportunity: An ARISS telebridge contact is scheduled with schools in
Belgium and in Turkey on April 1. The contact will take place via
ground station K6DUE at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,
Maryland. The scheduled astronaut is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF,
who will use the call sign NA1SS. The contact is set for Wednesday,
April 1 at 0920 UTC.

"Radio DARC" Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

March 26, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Television Pioneer Don Miller, W9NTP, SK

March 26, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio television Pioneer Don C. Miller, W9NTP, of Waldron, Indiana, died March 22. He was 91. An ARRL Life Member, he was licensed in 1943. In the 1960s Miller was instrumental in developing slow-scan TV (SSTV) for ham radio, working with Cop MacDonald, VY2CM, and others. Miller wrote several articles on SSTV for QST. In 1972, Dayton Hamvention(r) honored Miller as Amateur of the Year.Dur...

Two-thirds of FCC field offices face axe

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The USA amateur radio regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), plans to close 16 out of 24 field offices

Shortwave Radio in World War II

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- This 59-minute version of the 1944 film Voice of Victory tells the story of how Hallicrafters developed the WWII SCR299 military shortwave radio from the pre-war HT-4 amateur radio set

PS70FEB

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- PS70FEB is the 4th of 12 Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years of the end of World War II, and a tribute to the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, in the Italian Campaign

KWQC TV - A Radio Ham

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Fran Riley Feature' on TV station KWQC reports on radio amateur Dave Mayfield W9WRL who has a ham shack in his basement

All Mode African DX Competition

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The All Mode African DX Competition took place last weekend. There was quite a bit of activity over the weekend and some stations did very well

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- 9Q0HQ (Congo) just about takes top DX for the week, certainly for the weekend. Other DX about was E30FB (Eritrea), 9N7CC (Nepal), 7QAA (Malawi), CV5A (Uruguay) to mention but a few.

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