April 17, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #16:

April 17, 2014 10:32 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
NC1L, QRZ DX, the Weekly 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.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers
in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the
following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and
245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the
past 12 months. On February 28, 2014 the daily sunspot number
reached 279, it was 245 on January 6, and back on November 15-17,
2013 it was 272, 213 and 282.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

World Amateur Radio Day Is Friday, April 18:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is the theme
for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs
celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize
the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder
Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president.

ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss 'Fatally Flawed' Petition for Rule Making:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has told the FCC that a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) from Mimosa
Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in
the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is "fatally flawed" and should be dismissed.

Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security
for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the
Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22.

Astronaut Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test from the ISS:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a
successful final commissioning test pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station (ARISS) "Ham
Video" transmitter and camera.
Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted
digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked
the station.

FUNCUBE/AO-73 Transponder will be Active Each Weekend:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time
(with low-power beacon) on weekends.

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to
the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and the "Sprite"
satellites it will deploy.

Deadline Is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting
applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this
summer. The application
deadline is May 1.
Admission decisions will be made by May 9.

W1AW Centennial Operations are In MS and ND Until April 23 (UTC):

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states now
are in Mississippi (W1AW/5) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). They will
relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 23 (the evening of April 22 in
US time zones), to New Jersey (W1AW/2) and New Hampshire (W1AW/1).
During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice)
and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely
by contacting W1AW portable operations.

HAARP Facility In Danger of Being Dismantled:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- According to an April 9 Alaska Dispatch report,
the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility
near Gakona, Alaska, could be decommissioned and dismantled altogether
this year, unless the US Air Force can find a new prime contractor to
take over the sprawling, 35-acre facility.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- By 1945, when it became certain that the Allies would win the war,
attention turned toward post-war hamming. Articles in QST described
modern VFO and transmitter construction, small portable stations,
antenna advances, and VHF/UHF equipment and techniques. Everyone was
ready to return to "normal," and the League was pushing for that
return!

In Brief...

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- VK9MT Okayed for DXCC Credit: The April 2014 VK9MT Mellish Reef
DXpedition has been approved for DXCC credit.

Getting It Right!

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The article "Mellish Reef DXpedition Yields to Weather," which
appeared in the April 10, 2014, edition of The ARRL Letter, contained
incorrect information. The article should have read, "Team Mellish said
that before shutting down, it was able to give an elderly South Africa
radio amateur his last one for top of the DXCC Honor Roll."

The K7RA Solar Update

April 17, 2014 12:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters is closed for Good Friday on April 18, so the bulletin comes to you a day early.After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28,...

TX Factor: Youngsters On The Air 2014

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ talks with RSGB Board member and Chair of the RSGB Training and Education Committee Steve Hartley G0FUW about the RSGB's involvement with Youngsters On The Air 2014

RAGazine now available for download

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The latest issue of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download

International Marconi Day down-under

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- NZART report on amateur radio IMD activities taking place in Oceania on Saturday April 26

World Amateur Radio Day - HZ14WARD

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is the desire of amateur radio in Saudi Arabia to participate in the celebration of the World Amateur Radio Day 'WARD'

Florida QSO Party (FQP)

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Our FQP team will be Multi-Multi/Mobilecw only, signing K4OJ/m in honor of Jim's memory. Yes, we will be operating truly Multi-Multi mobile, active-in-motion on 40m-10m simultaneously through 46 counties during the 20 hour contest period - 26-27 April

Captain Peter P Eckersley and RSGB in the Guardian

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless pioneer Captain Peter P Eckersley and the RSGB are mentioned in a Guardian newspaper article about the BBC

AmateurLogic.TV 65: True Grits!

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special guest Randy Hall, K7AGE joins us for a chat and good times. Tommy sets up his solar powered portable rig, George talks about DX Clusters, and Peter builds a metal detector. Plus the boys from Mississippi exact some revenge for the Vegemite incident with Grits. Did it work?

50 MHz Marathon - 2104

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Florence Section of ARI, organizes the 2014 edition of the International '50 MHz Marathon', which starts on the 1st of May

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An unusual week with the early weekdays being much, much better than the weekend. Are we seeing the start of a dip in 10m conditions which over the past few months have been really good

432 MHz Spring Sprint

April 17, 2014 07:36 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 23

April 16, 2014

Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay

April 16, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, sometimes called "The world's longest police foot pursuit." The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Ba...

Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- World Amateur Radio Day is celebrated each year on April 18 in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925

UK school pupils to use ham radio to track balloon

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Students at Bolton School will track the flight of their high altitude balloon with amateur radio equipment

The STELAR Project 2014

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The education and science charity STELAR has been active in promoting radiocommunications in schools and colleges for over 20 years, as part of curriculum enrichment and personal and professional development for teachers

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio

The ILLW reaches a milestone

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 200th registration for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, held on the third weekend of August, is the 152-year old Cabo Silleiro light station in Spain

Ofcom updates on VHF spectrum release

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK telecom regulator Ofcom has issued a summary of responses to an earlier Call for Input (CFI) regarding the release of VHF spectrum. Taking these responses into account, it has set out proposals on how it would plan and release around 6 MHz of spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, returned to civil use by the Emergency Services

Media hits attributed to VK CQ Expo

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some of the aims of last weekend's PR4Amateur Radio Expo held throughout Australia, were community interaction and media coverage for Amateur Radio, with many successful examples occurring

Tuning In to the Amateur Airwaves:

April 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- David Nebe, is an amateur radio operator and member of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club. From his self-described man-cave he can often be found chatting with friends from across the Tasman or working on his latest electronic project. His call sign VK-4HAX is something he takes great pride in having, even though technology and the internet means there are other ways to stay in touch with people. "Once upon a time if you were interested in electronics it was all about radio," he said. "That's when valves and short-wave radio (were used) all around the world during the war years, there was a lot of Morse code over the war years. "Amateur radio operators played a role in those years as well. "There are 2 million amateurs worldwide, we've got 20,000 amateurs in Australia, and people still keep the tradition alive, like Morse code and that sort of thing."

One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, Connecticut Resident Remembers:

April 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering. Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on WNPR's Where We Live. As a volunteer amateur radio operator, Kramer was helping with communications from the medical tent at the finish line when he said he heard what sounded like a thud. "Then smoke started rolling into the tent," he said. "It smelled like that smell of sulfur and gunpowder. Then we heard a second explosion. In my headset, there were lots of communications coming through. The question at that point was, what is going on? What just happened? We don't know." Kramer was one of about 200 amateur radio operators volunteering at the marathon. "We were not the professional communicators," he said. "[During] the first 20 minutes, having spoken to some of the professional first responders was pretty crazy. The cell network overloaded. The text network was working. I could send a text. The radio networks just were not coordinated well the first 15 or 20 minutes. After about ten minutes, I was able to contact Amateur Radio Network Control, who said, 'Amateur radio operators, please leave the medical tent. Stand down.'"

Amateurlogic 65 is Out Now!

April 16, 2014 04:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Special guest Randy Hall, K7AGE joins us for a chat and good times. Tommy sets up his solar powered portable rig, George talks about DX Clusters, and Peter builds a metal detector. Plus the boys from Mississippi exact some revenge for the Vegemite incident with Grits. Did it work?

April 15, 2014

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 18

April 15, 2014 09:32 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on April 18. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 21, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

April 15, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL -- You may request that QSL cards be delivered via the ARRL QSL Bureau system for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored.Please do...

World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

April 15, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president. The primary purpose of World ...

Deadline is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute

April 15, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. The application deadline is May 1. Admission decisions will be made by May 9.Learn how to integrate science and mathematics with engineering and technology by exploring wireless technology! Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, exp...

Today's National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshops Being Streamed Live

April 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio workshop sessions at the National Hurricane Conference taking place today in Miami will be streamed live to the Web via the VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net Support and North Shore Radio Association sites. The session schedule is listed on these links and below. Times are in Eastern Daylight Time:10:30 Opening Remarks (John McHugh, K4AG)10:35 Importance of Amateur Radio/Spotter Surface ...

Gear Up Now for ARRL Field Day 2014!

April 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of several more castle activations taking place in the next few days

Video of ISS HamTV

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The final configuration of the International Space Station HamVideo Digital TV system took place on Sunday, April 13. ISS commander Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA operated using the call sign OR4ISS

Tuning in to the amateur airwaves

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Australia's ABC interviews David Nebe VK4HAX of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club in Queensland

Tromelin DXpedition update

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FT4TA DXpedition team to Tromelin Island, which takes place between October 30th and November 10th, have announced their pilot stations

Tony Hancock 90th Birthday GB9TH

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Like him or loath him for 'sending up' amateur radio, he was a comic genius

Telford Radio Society operating GB8MD for Marconi Day

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday April 26th, Telford and District Radio Society will be running a memorial radio station on the Welsh coast at Tywyn, Gwynedd, for International Marconi Day

NCDXF election results

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following officers were elected at the annual board meeting of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) in Visalia, California, on April 5, 2014

KickSat launch postponed until Friday

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon launch of five CubeSats and 104 Sprite satellites has been postponed until Friday

Ham radio a 'fascinating hobby,' enthusiasts say

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club members attended their local Community Club Fair and were interviewed about the hobby by the Owen Sound Sun Times

DXpedition to Isle of Canna

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club members will again be operating from the Isle of Canna EU008

Amateur Radio Skills Workshop Danbury

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will be holding a Skills Workshop on Monday, April 21 at Danbury in Essex. Newcomers are most welcome

Low Power Spring Sprint

April 15, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z-2000Z, Apr 21

RSGB: Better Access to Interference Help:

April 15, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- All amateurs seeking advice on interference matters can now access the EMC Matters Forum via the main RSGB website. The forum permits the airing of EMC issues, discussion and suggestions for possible solutions. The EMC committee's local volunteer advisers can also access the forum and help RSGB Members solve interference cases. In addition the forum will also provide a means for the EMC Committee to gauge the main interference problems affecting amateurs, from which policy can be formulated to address them with the appropriate regulatory or standards bodies.

Heart of Radio Keeps on Beating:

April 15, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Dearly beloved, We are mistakenly gathered here today to mourn the loss of a dear friend. Our friend has certainly had a charmed life of ups and downs. So let's take this opportunity to review the life of our dear friend, radio. In its infancy, radio was the hobby of a "ham radio" operator speaking to others far across the globe. In its adolescence, radio was a medium for the masses, started mainly by the Westinghouse Co., which placed a transmitter on a Pittsburgh skyscraper to "broadcast" (a farming term describing the spreading of seeds) the 1920 presidential election returns.

Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs 'Ham' It Up Since 1948:

April 15, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- WHEATON -- In a world filled with phones that talk to us, headsets that let us surf the web while maintaining eye contact and GPS systems that speak in the voice of your favorite character, one local group is holding on to a form of communication from the past.

April 14, 2014

No ARRL Audio News for April 18

April 14, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- There will be no ARRL Audio News this Friday, April 18, due to the fact that Headquarters will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Audio News will resume April 25.

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition

April 14, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and from the "Sprite" satellites."I'll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive telemetry packets from KickSat as well as the first few who receive signals from the Sprites," Manchester has announced. "The prizes will include souvenir Sprites, and CRS-3 and EL...

FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder Will Be Active Each Weekend

April 14, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends. FUNcube's controllers will switch to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK on Friday, typically between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. (If this is not possible, the switch will be made on the first suitable pass on Saturday, typically between 0930 and 1200 UTC. Controll...

K4ZLE Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

April 14, 2014 04:32 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the April QST Cover Plaque award is Jay Slough, K4ZLE, for his article "A 10 Meter Moxon Antenna."The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on April 16

April 14, 2014 12:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial "W1AW WAS" operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 2 (the evening of April 1 in US time zones), from Massachusetts and Virginia to Mississippi (W1AW/5) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work al...

Tropical Cyclone Ita in Queensland Australia

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- After causing damage and resulting in at least 23 deaths in the Solomon Islands on April 5, the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Ita came ashore in Queensland in Australia's northeast

Panama Canal Special Event

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This year, Panama is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. A special event station will be operating as HO100CANAL between April 19th and August 15th

Colorful lunar eclipse set for Tuesday morning

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday morning, April 15th, the full Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a colorful lunar eclipse

KickSat Sprites - Radio Competition

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The KickSat CubeSat will carry 104 tiny Sprite satellites into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit

J43VHF callign for Greek balloon

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The special callsign J43VHF will be used by the Greek balloon AEOLOS on May 11, 2014, carrying to the stratosphere a payload of APRS, 2m CW QRP and 10m CW QRP transmitters

History This Week

April 14, 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

Ham radio workshop for WARD 2014 on Friday

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An instructional workshop for aspiring radio operators is one of the many activities taking place on April 18, World Amateur Radio Day

EI5IMD on Brow Head for Marconi Day on 26 April

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Marconi's wireless station on Brow Head near Crookhaven in West Cork operated from 1901 to 1914, handling message traffic between ship owners and ships arriving from North America

DXCC Country/Entity Report

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-April, through Sunday, 13th-April there were 230 countries active

DXCC News

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Upon request of the CEO, the ARRL Awards committee evaluated the situation at present in Crimea against the DXCC rules

ARRL Internet services to be down

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL website, E-Mail, LoTW, Online Store will be down Monday evening, April 14th!

2014 DxCoffee Party

April 14, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The location chosen this year is the beautiful town of Milazzo, near Messina, Sicily. Milazzo is located on a peninsula of great natural beauty overlooking the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands

ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB

April 14, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z-2359Z, Apr 20

Ham Radio a 'Fascinating Hobby,' Enthusiasts Say:

April 14, 2014 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Dave Newcombe has used his ham radio to connect with fellow operators from Paisley to Russia and Central America to France. Sometimes, he chats with them about the weather, current events or the type of equipment they're using. Other times, they simply exchange and record each other's call signs and move on. "It's a fascinating hobby," the Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club member said Saturday in an interview. The non-profit organization, established 41 years ago, was one of 21 local groups at the third annual Community Club Fair at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. Like the fair's other participants, which included representatives from local hobby, community service and special interest groups, members of the amateur radio club were providing information on their organization in hopes of recruiting new members. Newcombe said he first received an amateur radio licence in 1968, while attending university. He was active in the hobby for about a decade, but then put it on the back burner. He said he decided to get back into it, and purchase some equipment, about two years ago after semi-retiring. He said he enjoys experimenting with amateur radio equipment, chatting with other enthusiasts near and far and connecting with people in remote corners of the world. "It's just a thrill," he said. The club now has about 35 members, said president Adam Karasinski, who has been a ham operator since 1977. It holds monthly meetings, provides communication support for several events, including the annual Owen Sound Terry Fox Run, offers classes to help people prepare for their licencing exam and operates a local repeater on a tower in Rockford. The club also participates in Field Day, scheduled this year for June 28 and 29, which is an amateur radio exercise involving operators from around the world. Local ham operators also take part in scheduled exercises, as part of local emergency response plans. Mark Lindstrom, secretary of the Georgian Bay club, said one of the great things about the hobby is that it is relatively inexpensive.

Patricia Jean Koella, W8TIL (SK):

April 14, 2014 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Patricia was born to Olive and Kenneth Hanifan on April 13,1934, on what I envision to be a warm sunny early spring day on Friday the 13th. Some may say that this is an unlucky day, I think not. I envision this day needing some good karma thus Pat came into this world. She had 2 daughters, Christine Gunther and many years later Jennifer Edgar, she also had one stepdaughter Janet Koella and one brother Ronald (Catheryn) Hanifan. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Karl Koella (W8VSB). Mom met dad on a secret amateur radio hidden transmitter game and that is how she found him. Patricia was known as W8TIL and loved speaking to people all over the world, as did dad. This of course was the Facebook, TWITTER and Social media of the early days! Before GPS signals existed! But of course no "selfie" pictures involved! Mom enjoyed her birds so much she had many feeders galore outside her window when she presided in Bedford. I will best recall her shooting a BB Gun at the pesky squirrels who dared to invade her bird feeders! Besides birds and HAM Radio Mom enjoyed her dogs, Siberian Huskies. She showed in many AKC Events and sled dog races. Many of her beloved dogs have passed over the years but I envision she is now in heaven getting many, many wet kisses and Husky Howls of joy upon her arrival! Friday, April 11th her signal went silent but her memory will remain in us all.

April 13, 2014

Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test Transmits Astronaut's Image from the ISS

April 13, 2014 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final commissioning pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) "Ham Video" transmitter and camera. Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked the station. The Earth stations received cl...

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes reports that the expected solar activity will be at low to moderate levels

New frequencies for Vietnamese radio hams

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Vietnamese Amateur Radio Club report on the new frequencies available in the country

New Amateur Radio website

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Miles, VK6MAB, has written to tell us about a new Amateur Radio website that he has just launched

KP4FD on the air for WARD 2014

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just a friendly reminder that the Puerto Rico Field Day Group will activate KP4FD for World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2014 this next Friday April 18th at 0000 UTC

Juno spacecraft QSL's

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Juno QSL cards have been sent out to those radio amateurs who participated in the Juno Earth flyby experiment

Ham radio on the 12m band

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Simon Davison 2E0HTS demonstrates good DX conditions on the 24 MHz (12m) amateur radio band

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference open for Registrations

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The America Radio Relay League (ARRL) Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest, have announced further details of the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference in August

Australia relays Emergency Broadcast Service on shortwave as Cyclone Ita makes landfall

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- ABC Radio relayed their Emergency Broadcast Service during the period that Severe Tropical Cyclone was making landfall in Australia's Far North Queensland region

40 volunteers help VOA Museum with spring cleaning

April 13, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Forty high school and university students across greater Cincinnati spruced up the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting March 8 during its second annual 'Work Day'

Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z, Apr 19 to 0559Z, Apr 20

North Dakota QSO Party

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Apr 19 to 1800Z, Apr 20

EA-QRP CW Contest

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 19 (20-10m) and 2000Z-2300Z, Apr 19 (80m) and 0700Z-1100Z, Apr 20 (40m) and 1100Z-1300Z, Apr 20 (20-10m)

Ontario QSO Party

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Apr 19 to 0500Z, Apr 20 and 1200Z-1800Z, Apr 20

Nebraska QSO Party

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Apr 19 to 1759Z, Apr 20

Michigan QSO Party

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Apr 19 to 0400Z, Apr 20

YU DX Contest

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Apr 19 to 0500Z, Apr 20 and 0900Z-1700Z, Apr 20

ES Open HF Championship

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0500Z-0559Z, Apr 19 and 0600Z-0659Z, Apr 19 and 0700Z-0759Z, Apr 19 and 0800Z-0859Z, Apr 19

TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Apr 19

EU Spring Sprint, SSB

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1959Z, Apr 19

CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest

April 13, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Apr 19 to 2359Z, Apr 20
 
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