October 25, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest began today at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC

The Rosebud RadioFest is on again!

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rosebud RadioFest celebrates the amazing hobby of Amateur Radio and its impact on the development of modern technologies

NoV suggestion for Airborne Ham Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB response to the Ofcom licence consultation raises the suggestion of the use of NoV's for aeronautical amateur radio operation

IARU EMC Coordinator receives IEC 1906 Award

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the plenary session of CISPR, the IEC 1906 Award was presented to Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, who represents IARU at this international standardization organisation in charge of the protection of radio reception

Shortwave's Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a new shortwave radio broadcaster on the block - Global 24 Radio - an around-the-clock, fixed-frequency, commercial shortwave radio broadcaster, transmitting via WRMI

DXCC Country/Entity Report

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th October, through Friday, 24th October there were 225 countries active

December YOTA month! Bulletin 1

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- December is coming closer, this means it is almost time for the next Youngsters On The Air activity

Cross Country Wireless drops Sentry project

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Cross Country Wireless of Bolton, makers of various radio items, have been working for three years on a new Sentry SDR-based transceivers and receivers. They have now announced, reluctantly, that they have decided not to go into production

Thruway Pumpkin Patrol Gears Up for Halloween Pranks:

October 25, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- State Police are gearing up with the 38th annual Pumpkin Patrol to prevent Halloween pranks that could harm drivers along the State Thruway. Troop T officers along with community volunteers will monitor overpasses Oct. 30 and 31, police said. More than 300 volunteers from 15 organizations will participate, including local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Staying On the Air:

October 25, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A group of dedicated ham radio enthusiasts are keeping the old-fashioned hobby alive on the Gold Coast. Towering antennas sprout from the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society's (GCARS) purpose-built shack in the industrial area of Molendinar. The building houses the group's eclectic collection of modern and revamped transmitters and receivers. GCCARS president George George says the appeal of amateur radio is in the skill. "You can pick up a telephone and dial anybody in the States, England, anywhere," he said. "But to turn a radio on, tune in your antenna and for them to be tuned in at the same time and you're fighting all the elements... this is what the hobby's all about."

Solar Flare Knocks Out Some Radio Temporarily:

October 25, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch said it affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some radar and plane systems, but not all, and amateur radio.

October 24, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:

October 24, 2014 09:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the
SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins
tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. The contest is always held
on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the
last full weekend in November.

Preparations Underway for W1AW/KH8 Operation from American Samoa

October 24, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- An advance party of sorts was in American Samoa this week, scouting possible location for the upcoming W1AW/KH8 operation. The team expects the ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operation from American Samoa to get underway November 2 and continue for about 12 days.John Kennon, N7CQQ, Paul Playford, W8AEF, and Clifford Hauser, KD6XH, arrived in American Samoa (KH8) ahead of the rest of the W1AW/KH8...

Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

October 24, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on October 28, and the Amateur Rad...

The K7RA Solar Update

October 24, 2014 01:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. See http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm for rules. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.A series of large solar flares erupt...

UK students' CubeSat project

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Coventry Telegraph newspaper reports on students at Warwick University who are building their own satellite

UK-NZ contact on TV news

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- TV's One News featured the 90th anniversary of the first contact between radio amateurs in the UK and New Zealand

UK ham radio tutors' newsletter

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The October edition of the free RCF amateur radio training instructors' newsletter reports a worrying trend

LituanicaSAT-2 announced

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The LituanicaSAT team has announced on Facebook that the LituanicaSAT-2 CubeSat will be coming soon

Exam Checklists

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report checklists to help ensure consistency of exam provision between Exam Centres, and that essential requirements don't get forgotten or overlooked, are now available for download

9M2SE Pangkor Island IOTA DXpedition

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Piju, 9M2PJU announces the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team Island On The Air (IOTA) AS-072 activation and DXpedition on 7, 8 and 9 November 2014

Lunar Ham Radio payload launched

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 4M amateur radio payload with a WSJT JT65B 145.980 MHz beacon was launched on Thursday October 23 at 1759 UT

Boy Scouts Get Their Hands on 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Cadewryn Fletcher, 11, a Boy Scout from Upper Marlboro said he was nervous to step up to the mic Saturday night and talk to a stranger over amateur radio. But with encouragement from his mother and brother, Cadewryn sat at a picnic table with amateur radio operator Kenneth Greenhouse, 68, of Upper Marlboro and chatted about his favorite color with a Boy Scout in Saskatchewan, Canada. "I think it's awesome," said Cadewryn's mother, Renea Fletcher, 47, "I guess for so many years you tell them, 'Don't talk to strangers,' and now it's time to talk to strangers." Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Prince George's County gathered at the American Legion Southern Maryland District Youth Camp in Cheltenham on Oct. 18 for the 57th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air, an amateur radio event that connected scouts all over the world. Amateur radio, also known as "ham" radio, started out as an experimental communication technology that is now used primarily for emergency situations, said Kenny Courtney, 74, of Clinton, a member of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team in Glenarden.

Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A monster solar flare erupted early Sunday (Oct. 19) from a huge sunspot that may just be getting warmed up. The sun fired off an X-class solar flare -- the most powerful type -- that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT (5:01 GMT) Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare. The flare erupted from a sunspot called AR (Active Region) 2192, which has since grown to become 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) wide, according to Spaceweather.com -- almost as big as the planet Jupiter.

Ham Radio Groups Tapped as Extra Eyes, Ears for PNP:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- MANILA, Philippines -- Hobbled by the lack of manpower, the Philippine National Police is turning to "radiomen" to boost its anticrime campaign in Metro Manila. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday tapped private radio communication groups as force multipliers for the PNP, even as he cited a slight drop in the number of reported crimes in the capital. In a meeting with members of various radio groups and senior PNP officials at Camp Crame, Roxas ordered Director Carmelo Valmoria, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), to set up a protocol that would guide members of the radio groups in reporting crimes to the police. "For a start, we can deploy your members to the 12 places in Metro Manila which are considered to be crime-prone areas," Roxas told the officials of the radio groups. "You can be the additional eyes and ears of the police versus the criminals (in Metro Manila)."

ARNewsline Report 1941 -- Oct 24 2014:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Hams in the
Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch;
the Sun unleashes an X class flare on
October 22; China launches a ham radio
payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a
revised policy statement in regard to Crimea
in contest scoring; the Veterans
Administrations announces plans for its own
High Frequency radio network; Russia plans
to launch newly designed smart mini
satellites and how to collect cosmic rays on
a smart phone. Find out the details on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941
coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #43:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KD6XH, 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:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Radio Amateurs Play a Role In Separate Storm Responses:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last
week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and
Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths,
serious injuries, or major property damage reported.

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input On 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing
additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the
ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable
discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion
by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, called for a
Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking digital privileges for
Techs on narrow segments of 80, 40, and 15 meters. Rehman's motion had
noted that Technicians already enjoy digital privileges on 10 meters, a
band with highly variable propagation that will diminish as the sunspot
cycle declines.

IARU Administrative Council Seeks to Rein In Electromagnetic Interference:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication
Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to
ensure that the operation of "electrical apparatus or installations of
any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,"
does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations.

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Is Now Underway!

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction is now underway. More than 230 items are
on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST
"Product Review" articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team.
In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there
are more than 100 vintage books.

W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to WY, MA, and US Virgin Islands:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Nevada and West Virginia. They will transition at
0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 29 (the evening of October 28 in US time
zones), to Wyoming (W1AW/7) and Massachusetts (W1AW/1). W1AW/KP2 also
will be active until November 5 from the US Virgin Islands. So far
during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1
week, and by year's end W1AW will have been on the air from every state
at least twice.

ARRL Regional Centennial Conventions Wrap Up with Pacificon:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Pacificon Pacific Division
Convention held over the October 11-12 weekend in Santa Clara,
California -- was arguably the last major Amateur Radio gathering of
2014. It also was the last of six ARRL Regional Centennial Conventions.
As such, said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, it was even more
memorable.

ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a 'Clean Sweep' is Coming Up!

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of
Canada (RAC) sections will
take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November
Sweepstakes events.

2015 Edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications Now Available!

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The 2015 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is now shipping, and, while supplies last, you
can get the hardcover edition for the softcover price. The ARRL
Handbook provides the theory, practical information, and construction
details to expand your knowledge and skill as an Amateur Radio operator
and experimenter. This 92nd edition of The ARRL Handbook is at the
forefront of the growing field of wireless telecommunications. The book
covers not only the fundamentals of radio electronics -- analog and
digital -- but also offers practical circuit and antenna designs as
well as information on computer-aided design, digital operating modes,
equipment troubleshooting, and reducing RF interference.

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy On Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- CQ has reversed its just-announced
policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest
from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is
adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL's DXCC policy. In
announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns
raised by "a large number of contesters around the world" that CQ was
unfairly denying Crimean radio amateurs the opportunity to fully
participate in CQ-sponsored contests.

IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, Presented with IEC 1906 Award:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE/AD7IY, has been presented with the IEC 1906 Award.

4M Moon Orbiter Carrying Ham Radio Payload Launching October 23:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, was scheduled to launch from China on October 23 with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October
28. During the lunar flyby, the spacecraft will be about nearly 248,000
miles from Earth and between 7440 and 14,480 miles from the Moon.

Edge of Space Sciences Balloon Flight Carrying Ham Radio to Launch Oct 25:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Students from Colorado and New Mexico plan to launch a balloon carrying
three ham radio payloads into near-space on
October 25 from Deer Trail, Colorado. The Douglas
County, Colorado, STEM School and STEM Academy and Spartan Amateur
Radio Club, AB0BX, are sponsoring and coordinating the next Edge of
Space Sciences (EOSS).

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A first took place on Space Shuttle mission STS-37. SAREX (Shuttle
Amateur Radio EXperiment) provided live communication from the shuttle
into many school classrooms to teach the students about space
exploration and Amateur Radio.

Getting It Right!

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A story, "Radio Amateurs Named to Order of Canada" in the August 14,
2014, edition of The ARRL Letter contained incorrect information about
the award presented to Veena Rawat, VA3ITU. It should have said, "Rawat
was honored as an Officer of the Order of Canada for contributions to
telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a
global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management."

October 23, 2014

Are We Being Phased Out?

October 23, 2014 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This article was sent to me by a fellow
ham. To verify its validity enter SHARES
RADIO in Google.

RSGB Silent Keys

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB website contains obituaries submitted by friends and relatives of Silent Keys

Lots of solar flares

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Space Weather report solar activity is high. In just 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity

Indian hams communicate disaster traffic

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The worst affected areas in coastal India hit by the recent severe Cyclone HudHud were reliant on Amateur Radio communications for more than a week

Ham radio groups eyed in anti-crime drive

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Inquirer reports that radio amateurs may be involved in the Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-criminality campaign

GB1SS for Space Station

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report that on October 9 Ofcom confirmed that the callsign GB1SS will be made available for issue to UK astronauts who wish to operate from the ISS

ARISS contact planned with Explorers Club, New York City

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with The Explorers Club, New York City, New York

Amateur Radio Moon Mission

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Air and Space magazine reports a Luxembourg company sends a payload where no amateur radio satellite has ever gone

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A very good week with loads of DX about

October 22, 2014

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

October 22, 2014 09:35 PM - ARRL -- The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows."Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge," said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bo...

ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a "Clean Sweep" is Coming Up!

October 22, 2014 08:36 PM - ARRL -- In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November Sweepstakes events. Always a fall favorite "Sweeps" is the longest-running "domestic" contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and r...

ARRL Regional Centennial Conventions Wrap Up with Pacificon

October 22, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL --

CQ reconsiders policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

October 22, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests

VK Pico balloon flights test weak signals

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A party-type Pico balloon carrying a payload was launched from Melbourne on Saturday October the 18th and tracked to Tamworth News South Wales, between Sydney and Brisbane

VK3 Dstar User Group Meeting

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Next Saturday 25th October, the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club, Burwood will host the 2nd VK3 Dstar users group meeting from 11am at the clubs rooms in Burwood

RTÉ longwave closure postponed

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The imminent closure of the Irish public broadcaster's longwave service we reported last week has been postponed until January 19, 2015. Its original shut down date was next week, October 27

MacLoggerDX Version 5.55 Yosemite release

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.55 of MacLoggerDX has been released

ILLW 2015 heads slowly to the ton

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Registrations for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held next August number 75, with nearly half being Australian representing all states

Ham Radio in West Bengal

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- ZeeNews reports that members of the West Bengal Amateur Radio Club recently met Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi to make headway into the process of popularising the concept among the youth

Feature on African radio

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday's Radio 4 Today programme had the first of a three part series about African media technology, presented by Alan Kasujja of the BBC World Service

CARS Skills Night takes off

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Over 50 amateurs gathered in Danbury on Monday, for the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Skills Night

BVWS Swapmeet

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society is a society of approximately 1300 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment

Basildon JOTA hits the headlines

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The successful Jamboree On The Air weekend, held for the Basildon District Scouts, was reported in the Southend-on-Sea and Basildon editions of the Echo newspaper on Tuesday

ATV activity in Ireland

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ronnie EI9ED reports that EI2SDR is sending pictures of Dublin Bay on frequency 2390 MHz from 3Rock

The Explorers Club Allows Guests to Speak with Astronauts:

October 22, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Explorers Club will allow guests at its Saturday "Space Stories" talk to make contact with astronauts overhead on the International Space Station via the club's amateur ham radio. One catch: NASA insisted on vetting questions in advance.

'Ham Radio Can Counter Dark Side of Social Networking':

October 22, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Kolkata: Amateur or ham radio can counter the negative effects of social networking by providing a safer and alternative route for making friends worldwide, according to a licensed ham operator based in West Bengal. "Today, social networking's dark side (like fake profiles) are affecting the youth. If popularized, the ham radio can be used by them to forge friendships with good people," Amabarish Nag Biswas, a licenced amateur radio operator and founder of the West Bengal Radio Club, told a news agency. He was part of the three-member team that helped in establishing communication base during the relief operations in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud. Cyclonic storm Hudhud caused severe damage to Visakhapatnam city and coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh while some districts of adjoining Odisha have also been affected. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) were deployed by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and Andhra Police department to "establish temporary fail-proof communication system" in the cyclone-hit districts of the states.

CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs:

October 22, 2014 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- (Hicksville, NY - October 21, 2014) -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

October 22, 2014 02:32 AM - ARRL -- CQ has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL's DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by "a large number of contesters around the world" that CQ was unfairly de...

October 21, 2014

IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, Presented with IEC 1906 Award

October 21, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE/AD7IY, has been presented with the IEC 1906 Award. Kootz received the award during the plenary session of CISPR (the Special International Committee on Radio Interference) held in Frankfurt on October 20. Kootz represents the IARU at the international standardization organization, overseeing the protection of radio reception. CISPR was founded in 1934 to...

ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening

October 21, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- Beginning at 6 pm tomorrow evening (2200 UTC on Wednesday, October 22nd), ARRL Headquarters systems will be taken down to perform maintenance functions. This will impact operations of Logbook of The World, Online DXCC, the Centennial websites, and e-mail coming in and out of the building. E-mail sent to ARRL HQ will be queued for delivery once the systems are restored to operational status.The ...

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23!

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - ARRL -- Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction will get underway at 1400 UTC on Thursday, October 23. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books."We also have a number o...

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input on 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - ARRL -- A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, had called for a Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking d...

York-Area Scouts Use Ham Radios to Talk to Scouts Around the World:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The legend surrounding the source of ham radio's name sounds like a bad punchline, but Brad Kline says he's heard it's the truth. Here's how it goes: In the radio's early days, the amateur radio users kept talking too much, hogging the airwaves, Kline said. "They kept hamming it up," said Kline, a member and one-time president of the York-area Keystone VHF Club, a 140-member organization of ham enthusiasts. So government officials began to refer to them derisively as "hams," but the amateur radio operators readily appropriated the moniker, said Kline, whose call sign is KO3T -- now, they call themselves "hams."

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather for Annual Greeneville Hamfest:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The second annual HAMfest for ameuter radio enthusiasts brought an estimated crowd of 400 to the event held Saturday. Vendors came from as far way as Wisconsin and Alabama for the indoor and outdoor flea-market-style festival at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Enthusiasts browsed booths offering radio equipment, accessories and other electronic equipment associated with amateur radio. "We keep growing every year. From beginners to professionals, it's a great event for anyone interested in amateur radio," said Larry White, president of the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Kalamazoo:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Amateur radio operators got together in Kalamazoo Sunday for the 32nd Annual Ham Fest at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. Vendors showed off radios, new and old. The event was hosted by the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team. "There are so many things that amateur radio does and is able to do, shortwave communications are all around the world, direct, not through repeaters or through the internet, although we can do things on the internet," said HamFest Workgroup Treasurer Chip Locke. Ham radios are also used during natural disasters when modern technology fails.

Indonesia's New President, Vice President are Radio Amateurs

October 21, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- Indonesia's new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees.President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee.Elected in July, Jokowi, 53, a former furniture exporter, and Kalla, 72, were inaugurated on October 20 in Jakarta. Indonesia is the world's third-largest democracy, with a population of approxi...

The 2015 Edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is Now Available!

October 21, 2014 03:37 PM - ARRL -- The 2015 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is now shipping, and, while supplies last, you can get the hard-cover edition for the soft-cover price. The ARRL Handbook provides the theory, practical information, and construction details to expand your knowledge and skill as an Amateur Radio operator and experimenter.This 92nd edition of The ARRL Handbook is at the forefront of the growing fie...

Edge of Space Sciences Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio to Launch October 25

October 21, 2014 03:37 PM - ARRL --

Scouts participate in ON8RT ON4EM EmComm exercise and Red-Cross community preparedness demonstration

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scouts from 1st.Brussels (British) Scouts voluntarily participated at a youth-oriented EmComm Exercise and Red-Cross Community Preparedness Demonstration on Sunday the 19th. of October 2014 during 2014 JOTA-JOTI

Nosy Be Island DXpedition

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in Madagascar from October 21st to November 4th, will be on air

New HF network planned

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- NextGov.com highlights a plan by the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an HF radio network to link up medical facilities in case of an emergency that knocks out other communications

NASA TV coverage of U.S. cargo ship's departure from the ISS

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25

IARU seeks to rein in electromagnetic interference

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) has called upon ITU signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of 'electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,' does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations

Ham radio operators link on global airwaves

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some amateur radio JOTA groups invited the local press to attend last weekend's event and the stories are now appearing in print

CQ Hou Koers

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Hou Koers is the amateur radio communications day of the Voortrekkers in South Africa and Namibia

October 20, 2014

ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

October 20, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- On Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience.

IARU Administrative Council Resolution Seeks to Rein in Electromagnetic Interference

October 20, 2014 08:35 PM - ARRL -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of "electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks," does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. The Council adopted a reso...

4M Moon Orbiter Carrying Ham Radio Payload to Launch on October 23

October 20, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, is set to launch from China, attached to the final stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch will take place within a narrow window on October 23, with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October 28. Integration of the LX0OHB-4M Amateur Radio payload was completed on October 12. D...

Radio Amateurs Play a Role in Separate Storm Responses

October 20, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported.Hurricane GonzaloHurricane Gonzalo, the stronger of the two storms, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made a near-direct hit on Bermuda on...

W1AW Centennial Operations are West Virginia and Nevada Bound

October 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Alabama and Michigan. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 22 (the evening of October 21 in US time zones), to West Virginia (W1AW/8) and Nevada (W1AW/7). W1AW/KH0 also will be active until October 21 from Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. So far during 2014, W...

UKSA announces CubeSat payload opportunity

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced an opportunity to fly payloads on the 3U CubeSat AlSat-1N

UKEICC 80m SSB Contest

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first SSB contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club takes place on Wednesday 22nd October

1st. Brussels (British) Scouts at ON8RT EmComm Field Station during 2014 JOTA-JOTI

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The true spirit of scouting was on display at 1st.Brussels (British) Scouts

RTA roadshow on its way to Cape Town

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Cape Town Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday, 1st of November

ICQPODCAST - Schematic and PCB Programs reviewed

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Seven Episode Twenty-One of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast- Schematic and PCB Programs has been released

History This Week

October 20, 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

High altitude balloon keeps going

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The record breaking 434 MHz balloon B-64 launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER on July 12, features in Hack-A-Day

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