April 25, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity perked up this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 65.6 in the previous seven days to 120.9 in the April 16-22 period

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of 7 WCA activations occuring over the next few days

Surprise drop in Australian ham licence renewal fees

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A 12-month renewal for an Amateur licence in Australia is AUD$51 from 5 April 2015 - a drop of AUD$24 from the AUD$75 that applied to renewals earlier this year. The last time that Australian licence fee renewals were at AUD$51 was 20 years ago!

St Georges Day in Galleywood, Essex

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society operated a special event station, GB1STG, from Galleywood Common for St. George's Day

Special Event Station - CS2MFA

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRLx, Associação de Radioamadores da Região de Lisboa (Amateur Radio Association of the Lisbon Region) will be active on Saturday, 25 of April with the special callsign CS2MFA

RSGB Youth Committee Minutes released

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The minutes of the RSGB Youth Committee meeting held on April 13 have been released

Radio hams aid Carrollton in severe weather

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Carrollton Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (AREC/RACES) features in the Dallas News

New transatlantic 144MHz beacon

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The EI2DKH transatlantic 144MHz beacon is now fully operational as of 12 April 2015

KLARC on the Isle of Muck

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of Kilmarnoch and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will be on DXPedition on the Isle of Muck EU008 from the 26th of April for one week

Ham Radio operator flies model tricopter

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The eMissouran reports amateur radio operator Ken Trudeau KD0PJF of Gray Summit flies his home-built tricopter at Liberty Field by remote control

FCC Closures- House Committee asks for documents

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- There are plans to close two-thirds of all FCC field offices, the ARRL reports on the latest developments

Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free download in pdf format

3rd Balkan High Speed Telegraphy Championship

April 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 3rd Balkan High Speed Telegraphy Championship will take place on 15-17 May, 2015. at Svilajnac, Serbia

AGCW QRP/QRP Party

April 25, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1900Z, May 1

Ham Radio Operator Flies Model Tricopter:

April 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio operator Ken Trudeau of Gray Summit flies his home-built tricopter at Liberty Field by remote control. The tricopter is equipped with a video camera which provides a bird's-eye view of Liberty Field and the Meramec River. On a recent Saturday, the tricopter took off from the edge of the parking lot and circled the park. Once airborne, it flew east over the Meramec, which was receding from its recent high water mark of 14 feet above flood level. The tricopter then slowly made its return to the Liberty Field parking lot, easing over the nearby industrial park. Each flight lasts between eight and 12 minutes.

Disaster Planning: Ham Radios, Alcohol Rx, and a Call to Action:

April 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham Radio and Disaster Response: When all else fails, count on a worldwide system of amateur radio operators to get the message out. Susan Speraw and colleagues from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing presented a qualitative survey of a small group of American amateur ("ham") radio operators -- an often overlooked and potentially critical asset in post-disaster communications. Thousands of ham radio operators worldwide operate voluntarily, responding to disasters with communications capabilities that often remain robust after Internet connections, cell service, land lines, and satellite links have been disrupted. The researchers found that the ham radio operators are sometimes able to make lifesaving connections simply because they have the ability to pass a message along. All of the radio operators interviewed were part of a global network, and had the skills to connect with colleagues rapidly during disasters -- often working without external power supplies. Bottom line: Ham radio operators worldwide are an underutilized and critical component of disaster response systems. Emergency managers should understand what they do and integrate them into disaster plans.

Amateur Radio Operators Prepare for the Megaquake:

April 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In the last 100 years, there have only been five magnitude 9.0 or higher "megaquakes" worldwide. The pressure currently building in the Cascadia Subduction Zone that runs along the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts could unleash a sixth. To prepare for the disaster, this Saturday the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is supporting the largest statewide emergency communications exercise Oregon has ever had. About 200 amateur radio operators will participate, and according to Cory Grogan, a public information officer at OEM, these operators could serve a vital role in affected areas when - not if - the earthquake strikes. "Basically any form of communication likely will be down," Grogan said. "Amateur radio is going to be the only form of communication that we'll have available at that point."

April 24, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #17 de K7RA:

April 24, 2015 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity perked up this week, with average daily sunspot
numbers rising from 65.6 in the previous seven days to 120.9 in the
April 16-22 period.

Logbook of The World STATUS as of Friday, April 24

April 24, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL's Logbook of The World has been experiencing intermittent outages. The team is aware of the problem and asks that if you find you are unable to get into LoTW, try back at a later time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work through this.

House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures

April 24, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has given the Federal Communications Commission a May 7 deadline to produce documents related to FCC Enforcement Bureau proposals to close two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly one-half of its staff of field agents. In an April 23 letter, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that his panel wants the Commi...

Logbook of The World back on line as of Friday, April 24

April 24, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- ARRL's Logbook of The World went offline unexpectedly on Thursday evening, April 23. The problem has been identified and has now been corrected. Thank you for your patience while we worked to restore this.

The K7RA Solar Update

April 24, 2015 12:32 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity perked up this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 65.6 in the previous seven days to 120.9 in the April 16-22 period.Average daily solar flux increased from 132.5 to 150.4 over the same period.The day with the most geomagnetic activity was April 16, when the mid-latitude A index was 28, planetary A index was 43, and the high latitude college A index in Alaska wa...

Wartime bunker opened by radio hams

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society will be setting a station on Sunday, April 26 at the site of the Royal Observer Corps bunker at Buckminster

The ANZAC 100 program begins

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The radio amateurs from Australia and New Zealand visiting the previous ANZAC battlefields in Turkey, France, Belgium and elsewhere, are being very warmly welcomed and greeted

RSGB Twitter account update

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain have changed their Twitter user name to @theRSGB

Radio hams discuss disaster preparations

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Whidbey Record reports radio amateurs are to discuss the island's preparedness for disasters

Radio ham flown out of Pag-asa for medical treatment

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A member of ham radio Mabuhay DX Group was flown out of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday after suffering an infection from drinking highly saline local water

Mid Ulster club on-the-air for IMD

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be active this weekend from Navan Fort, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland

GB2VE VE Day Radio Exhibition

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group are holding a VE Day 'Radios that won the War' Rally on Saturday 9th May in East Runton Village Hall, near Cromer Norfolk

Opportunity to connect with the first high altitude cross band amateur radio FM Repeater

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) members in Manitoba are supporting High School ballon projects. The following announcement describes a balloon launch scheduled for today, Friday April 24

New video, D-STAR and the Icom RS-MS1A Android App

April 24, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom UK together with TX Films have produced a video providing an introduction to D-STAR and the Icom RS-MS1A Android D-STAR application software

Radio Club Offers Demonstrations:

April 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club holds an educational outreach from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Clatsop Community College, Towler Hall, Room 207. The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. The goal of the event is to provide the community with a better understanding of the amateur radio hobby, and the wide range of activities it can offer, how the ham radio technology can apply to other professional fields, and its importance in providing an emergency communication system during natural disasters when standard communications systems are disrupted.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts to Beam Anzac Day Messages from Canberra:

April 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio enthusiasts will climb Mount Ainslie in Saturday's pre-dawn darkness to beam Anzac Day messages around the globe. However, demonstrating the huge changes since Morse code, they will bounce signals off satellites and use the internet to welcome hundreds of people to their radio net. The commemorative broadcast, using the unique call sign VK100ANZAC, comes as Canberra radio amateurs prepare to host this year's national convention of their organisation. Amanda Hawes, president of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, said the Anzac Day station would make contact with similar stations in New Zealand and Turkey.

Ham Radio Organization Aids Carrollton In Severe Weather Situations:

April 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Had it not been for advancements in technology, Carrollton resident Steve Darrah may never have received his ham radio license. "There is no Morse code requirement for amateur radio anymore," said Darrah, who officially acquired his license 12 years ago. "I spent 40 years not being a ham because I couldn't pass Morse code." The 63-year-old said the radio system previously required operators to use Morse code, which takes less power and goes further than voice. Amateur radio's strength, Darrah said, is that it does not need the Internet to operate. Instead, it utilizes radio frequencies. "We generate the message with a computer -- a written message with a computer and then by use of computer, some interface hardware and the radio, the radio sends a digital message," he said. "Instead of it being Morse code or voice, it is a digital signal." Ham radio typically refers to amateur radio operators who use radio frequencies to communicate across the world to monitor emergency situations or for other reasons. Darrah now serves as the emergency coordinator for Carrollton Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or Carrollton ARES/RACES. The group conducts annual SKYWARN classes, monitors the tornado siren test once a month and spots storms when inclement weather rolls into the area. The group also and provides a backup emergency capability for the city upon request, said Elliott Reep, Carrollton Emergency Management coordinator.

Statewide (OR) Radio Operator Emergency Exercise Saturday:

April 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is scheduled to support a statewide radio operator exercise at county and city Emergency Operations Centers, as well as other locations throughout the state, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 200 people in 27 counties statewide, including 14 medical facilities, are expected to participate in this Amateur Radio Emergency Service "QuakeEX I" exercise. Radio operators will be testing maximum amateur radio emergency communications capabilities in Oregon. The event is in preparation for "Cascadia Rising", a large regional exercise designed to simulate a scenario like the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami that will drastically impact normal communication capabilities in the state. "We know that when a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake strikes our state many of our standard modes of communication will be down making the work of the amateur radio operators extremely important," said Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Experts say a Cascadia earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 or larger will likely cut-off all forms of communication other than amateur radio. Emergency planners have identified amateur radio as the most effective back-up method for communication.

Radio Enthusiast Flown Out of Pag-asa Island for Medical Treatment:

April 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A member of ham radio Mabuhay DX Group was flown out of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday after suffering an infection from drinking highly saline local water. In an interview with GMA News Online, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala confirmed that the radio enthusiasts' group requested assistance from the AFP Western Command to pick up Chito Pastor. Kakilala said a Nomad airplane from the Philippine Air Force had been scheduled to pick up Pastor. However, the Western Command was not able to airlift the passenger out because of "technical problems." "Instead, WESCOM allowed the relatives of the patient to send a Piper 30 civilian plane to evacuate the patient," he added. Kakilala said Pastor arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan at around 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Fox-1C, 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E Linear Transponder:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced
plans to incorporate an L-band receiver in the Fox-1C and Fox-1D
satellites. This will allow ground controllers to select the normal
U/V configuration or the new L/V 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands
will operate as FM single channel.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #16:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Heads Into WRC-15 'With Every Possibility of Success:'

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The recently ended second World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
(WRC-15) Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM15-2) left Amateur Radio "with every possibility of success" heading into
WRC-15 this fall, said ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price,
N4QX. Price was on the US delegation at CPM15-2, which wrapped up on
April 2.

FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC is seeking comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket
15-81 that would restrict routine public inspection of an Amateur Radio
licensee's address history. The proposal, released March 31, calls for
removing from public view in the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Amateur Radio licensee address
information not associated with a current license or pending
application.

Radio Volunteers Activate Emergency Nets Following Chile Volcano Eruption:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted this week for the first time
in more than 40 years, forcing the evacuation of an area of some 12
miles around the volcano. Approximately 5000 residents have been
relocated, and ash has been reported from as far away as Argentina.

ARRL 'Ham Aid' HF Gear Arrives In Micronesia In Wake of Tropical Cyclone:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- An ARRL "Ham Aid" kit of HF gear has
arrived in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as part of a relief
effort in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Maysak. The Ham Aid equipment
accompanied a shipment of radio gear, tools, and supplies that John
Bush, KH6DLK/V63JB, took from Hawaii to FSM last week.

Spratlys DX0P DXpedition Participant Evacuated for Medical Emergency:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- One of the participants in the just-ended DX0P DXpedition to the
disputed Spratly Islands was airlifted from Pag Asa Island after
suffering a medical emergency. Chito Pastor, WW6CP, became ill just as
the DXpedition was starting to wrap up on April 20.

Participants May Apply for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The window to apply for ARRL
Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards has been open for a
month now, and the initial rush of applications has been processed.

ARRL 600M Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing Experimental License:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz
Raab, W1FR, said the mission of the multi-station experimental
operation "has actually been accomplished," but since the US still has
no medium-frequency (MF) Amateur Service allocation, he believes the
Experimental license ought to be renewed. Raab commented in his most
recent quarterly status report on the experiment, prepared with John
Langridge, KB5NJD, and Warren Ziegler, K2ORS. The interim report said
the WD2XSH operations have demonstrated that the Amateur Radio
community is interested in MF operation.

Australian Ham's 'PicoSpace' Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A foil, party-type balloon carrying a ham radio payload has
circumnavigated the globe. Launched on April 6 by Australian radio
amateur Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, of Kensington, Victoria, Australia, the
balloon, designated PS-41, completed its
round-the-world journey on April 16. It remained aloft until April 22,
when Nguyen reported that it had gone down near South America. Along
the way, it has been tracked by a network of Amateur Radio operators.
Nguyen has been trying since early last year to have one of his
launches go full circle.

IEEE International Microwave Symposium to Include Amateur Radio Presence:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- If Dayton Hamvention doesn't satisfy your need for wireless
exuberance, the so-called "World Series of RF" will convene in Phoenix,
Arizona, the following week -- May 17-22. The annual IEEE International
Microwave Symposium (IMS) attracts thousands
of professional and academic RF specialists every year -- many of them
radio amateurs. And ARRL will have a seat at the table, so to speak.

CQ DQS Two Dozen World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants CQ:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has disqualified 2 dozen entrants
in the 2014 CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) last October. Another six
received warnings. The committee said that it has warned contesters to
play fairly and to obey the rules. The vast majority of the
disqualifications were for "unclaimed assistance."

ARRL Teachers Institute Sessions Still Accepting Applications:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Education and Technology Program is still accepting applications
for all four sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer.

Amateur Radio Special Events to Mark International Marconi Day:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- April 25 is International Marconi Day (IMD), organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur
Club in Cornwall, UK. IMD recognizes the anniversary of the birth of
wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, born on April 25, 1874.
Participating stations are expected to be on the air during the period
0000 to 2400 UTC (ie, starting the evening of Friday, April 24, in US
time zones). The occasion offers an opportunity to contact historic
Marconi-related radio sites around the world on HF.

NCDXF Announces Major DXpedition Grants:

April 24, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a $50,000 grant to the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition,
planned for November 2015. In the wake of the recent Navassa operation,
Heard Island has moved up to number 5 on the ClubLog DXCC Most Wanted
List.

Armed Forces Day Crossband Test 9-10 May:

April 24, 2015 02:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of Armed Forces Day (AFD) and the 90th Anniversary of MARS. Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday, May 16, 2015, the AFD Military/Amateur Cross band Communications Test will be conducted 09-10 May 2015 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention on 15-17 May 2015.

April 23, 2015

CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants

April 23, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has disqualified 2 dozen entrants in the 2014 CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) last October. Another six received warnings. The committee said that it has warned contesters to play fairly and to obey the rules. The vast majority of the disqualifications were for "unclaimed assistance.""The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very se...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Emergency Nets Following Chile Volcano Eruption

April 23, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted this week for the first time in more than 40 years, forcing the evacuation of an area of some 12 miles around the volcano. Approximately 5000 residents have been relocated, and ash has been reported from as far away as Argentina."Nature strikes our Chilean brothers one more time," said International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 news editor. IARU Region 2...

Spratlys DX0P DXpedition Participant Evacuated for Medical Emergency

April 23, 2015 02:33 PM - ARRL -- One of the participants in the just-ended DX0P DXpedition to the disputed Spratly Islands was airlifted from Pag Asa Island after suffering a medical emergency. Chito Pastor, WW6CP, became ill just as the DXpedition was starting to wrap up on April 20. "The Medevac just arrived half an hour ago!" DXpedition leader Leo Almazan, WA6LOS, told ARRL early on April 23. "Chito is on his way to the hos...

ZL100ANZAC

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- ZL100ANZAC is a special event station organised by NZART, the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters to commemorate the centenary of the WWI landings of the New Zealand and Australian troops (the ANZACs) at Anzac Cove in Turkey on 25th April 1915

VK100ANZAC to be at Canberra

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Taking to the air from dawn in Australia on ANZAC Day April 25, will be VK100ANZAC at Mt Ainslie in the national capital Canberra with a commemorative broadcast as Amateur Radio pays tribute to all service men and women

Special events to mark International Marconi Day

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report that Saturday, April 25, is the 28th International Marconi Day (IMD), organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club

Radio ham caught up in Spratlys dispute

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Spratlys incident has delayed emergency evacuation of a sick amateur radio enthusiast from Pag-asa

Propagation prediction for IMD

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Steve G0KYA has produced a set of HF propagation predictions for UK amateurs taking part in International Marconi Day on Saturday 25th April

Ham radio group celebrates St George

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rotherham Advertiser reports the Mexborough and District Amateur Radio Society will be celebrating St. Georges Day by operating GB4SGD on Thursday, April 23

GB8MD from Tywyn for International Marconi Day

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday 25th April, members of Telford and District Amateur Radio Society will once again be taking part in International Marconi Day from the historic receiving station (MUV) at Tywyn in mid-Wales

Emcomm acts as volcano erupts

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Calbuco volcano in Southern Chile has erupted after being silent for more than five decades, with thousands evacuated as a thick plume of ash and smoke reaches for the sky

Amateur Radio and WRC-15

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX says the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM15-2) left Amateur Radio 'with every possibility of success'

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

April 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Not a bad week, a bit of a dip mid-week but the weekend more than made up for that

432 MHz Spring Sprint

April 23, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 29

April 22, 2015

Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

April 22, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Special Events to Mark International Marconi Day, April 25

April 22, 2015 02:33 PM - ARRL -- Saturday, April 25, is the 28th International Marconi Day (IMD), organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club in Cornwall, UK. IMD recognizes the anniversary of the birth of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, born on April 25, 1874. Participating stations are expected to be on the air during the period 0000 to 2400 UTC (ie, starting the evening of Friday, April 24, in US time zones). The occasi...

Special Event Station VI4AE2

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On April 25th 2015, the Special Event Station VI4AE2 will go to air for the period of just five days to commemorate the gallant Officers and Sailors of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine HMAS AE2. This was the only Australian Naval Vessel stationed at the Dardanelles to be involved in the Gallipoli campaign

New award scheme for portable operators

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio Portable Operators Club (ARPOC) unveils a new award scheme that encourages operators to get out and about

Morse and Home Construction at CARS Skills Night

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Both Morse code and home construction featured strongly in the Skills Night hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

HABEX-10 is set to launch on 25 April 2015

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The High Altitude Balloon Experiment - HABEX will be taking to the skies for the 10th time at 06:00 on Saturday 25 April 2015. This launch is part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, which sees more than 250 balloon launches during April 2015 - worldwide

Google shakeup and amateur radio clubs

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- April 21, 2015, saw a significant change taking place under the hood of the Google search engine. The results that you see will change to favour sites that are optimised for use on mobile devices

Digital Activity Days RDRC '01-10'

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the Digital Activity Days RDRC '01-10'. The objective of the Digital Activity Days is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in Russia

ANZAC 100 program gets world attention

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program detailed on its website has numerous commemorative callsigns, awards and events, now being joined by many local and overseas activities

L-Band Receiver To Be Incorporated Into Fox-1C and Fox-1D CubeSats:

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- [SatNews] AMSAT (Amateur Radio In Space) Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced plans to incorporate an L-band receiver in the Fox-1C and Fox-1D satellites. This will allow ground controllers to select the normal U/V configuration or the new L/V 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands will operate as FM single channel. "Rather than adding a complete new receiver, the L band 'Project Downshifter' will convert the received L-band signal down to the Fox-1 uplink frequency and feed it to the UHF receiver on the Fox-1 satellite," Buxton said. "The design will not require an additional antenna on the satellite, because the existing UHF antenna will work for L-band receive as well." A new group of volunteers is working on a companion uplink station to convert UHF to the L-band uplink frequencies. Team members include Bruce Herrick, WW1M; Dan Hubert, VE9DAN; Elizabeth Schenk, KC1AXX; Dave Smith, W6TE, and Alfred Watts, AF5VH. The team plans to have an affordable L-band uplink ground station available to amateurs by the time Fox-1C is on orbit.

CBers and Amateur Radio Operators Warned:

April 22, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Telecommunications Unit in the Division of Energy and Telecommunications has reminded amateur radio operators and citizen band radio operators (CBers) that they must not operate their equipment at power levels which exceed the legal limit. Telecommunications Officer, Ishmael Cadogan, explained there were some hobby CBers and amateur radio operators who were using excessive power, and this was causing interference with televisions, radios, telephones and even pacemakers in their neighbourhoods. He said that the practice was not only a nuisance but could also pose possible health issues because of excessive radiation. He noted that while CBers were allowed four watts on the AM band and 12 watts on the single side band, amateur radio operators were allowed up to a maximum of 500 watts, depending on the frequency. Investigations of interference by the Unit have revealed that some people were using between 1 000 and 5 000 watts in their efforts to be in touch with people all over the world. "This needs to stop, and if it doesn't, we will be enforcing the law. Our legal options include confiscating equipment and taking offenders to court," Mr. Cadogan warned. Both Cadogan and fellow Telecommunications Officer Jason Haynes stressed the vital role that CBers and amateur radio operators played, especially during the hurricane season and other disasters. "We would therefore want to encourage them to continue to operate but also to do so safely," he urged.

April 21, 2015

UBA 'Brothers in Arms Memorial Project'

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- To honour the ANZAC spirit, service and sacrifice, a group of Belgium radio amateurs will be on air this Saturday, ANZAC Day, April 25

TRAC welcomes VK/ ZL ANZAC ceremony guests

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The radio amateurs visiting Gallipoli on ANZAC Day ceremonies from Australia and New Zealand are to be met by members of the Türkiye Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti (TRAC)

The ANZAC commemoration takes shape

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART), and the Telsiz ve Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti of Turkey (TRAC) have joined together to mark the Centenary of the WWI battle at Gallipoli

Ofcom considers 10.475 and 47 GHz bands for 5G

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Satellite Service allocations at 10.475 GHz and 47.0 GHz are being considered by Ofcom for 5G use

Launching CubeSats For and From Australia

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2015 CubeSat Workshop took place on Wednesday, April 1 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and videos are now available on YouTube

Incoming: Meteors and a CME

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras this week when a solar wind stream and a faint CME are expected to hit Earth's magnetic field in quick succession

History This Week

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Essex Hams support World Amateur Radio Day

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday, April 18, 2015 was World Amateur Radio Day, and a group of Essex Hams supported this annual event at Galleywoood Common, Chelmsford

Essex Hams activate Maldon

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, April 19, Essex radio amateurs activated Maldon Promenade Park and got a birds eye view of the stations from the Essex Ham quadcopter

CQ WW SSB 2014 Disqualifications and Warnings

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has published a list of those amateurs who were disqualified or received warnings for CQ WW SSB 2014

Another shortwave broadcaster shuts down

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bulgarian DX Blog reports that International Radio Serbia is going to be closed altogether on June 30, 2015, after 79 years of broadcasting

Amateur Radio Parity Act

April 21, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- HamRadioNow discusses the House Bill 1301 that would extend PRB-1 style requirements to Homeowners Associations' rules

Waseca County: Weather Spotters are Eyes, Ears in Emergencies:

April 21, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Miranda Fiebiger said fear drove her interest in weather. "I was so afraid of storms that I was curious, too," she said. "I wanted to be outside instead of sitting in the basement, being afraid." She and her husband, Joel Fiebiger, are trained weather spotters in Waseca County, Minn. If county emergency-control centers are the brains during weather emergencies, weather spotters are the eyes and ears. Each year, counties in the region have scores of volunteer certified weather spotters. When severe weather approaches a county, emergency management personnel call on volunteers to go out and watch the storm. Reports from the volunteers are added to weather warnings on television and radio broadcasts. Gerald Schroeder of Waseca said he thinks he is Waseca County's longest-serving weather spotter. Schroeder, 78, has been a volunteer spotter since 1981 or so.

April 20, 2015

Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E to Have Linear Transponder

April 20, 2015 08:32 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced plans to incorporate an L-band receiver in the Fox-1C and Fox-1D satellites. This will allow ground controllers to select the normal U/V configuration or the new L/V 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands will operate as FM single channel."Rather than adding a complete new receiver, the L band 'Project Downshifter' will convert the re...

Amateur Radio Heads into WRC-15 "With Every Possibility of Success"

April 20, 2015 08:32 PM - ARRL -- The just-ended second World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Prepearatory Meeting (CPM15-2) left Amateur Radio "with every possibility of success" heading into WRC-15 this fall, said ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX. Price represented the US at CPM15-2, which wrapped up on April 2. The 2-week-long meeting addressed a variety of spectrum-related matters, in...

SolderSmoke Podcast 175

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 175 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

RSGB Inspire - Growing our Hobby

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Eight of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released

Reason to cheer on World Ham Radio Day

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, The Hindu newspaper interviewed radio amateurs about a new repeater that's been installed atop the Gunadala Hill

Palmyra Atoll DXpedition

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Craig K9CT and Lou N2TU are proud to announce a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra (KH5) ranks in the top ten on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe

Martello Tower EI0MAR

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Howth Martello Radio Group EI0MAR will be participating as an Award Station in the annual International Marconi Day event next Saturday 25th of April

Lyrids Meteor Shower

April 20, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Lyrids meteor shower will be reaching its peak this year on the night of Wednesday April 22, 2015 (early morning hours of April 23). In other words the peak is almost here

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