September 04, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #36 de K7RA:

September 04, 2015 08:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at
0009 UTC on September 4: "The IMF Bz has been strongly southward over the last 3 hours (2100
UTC on September 3 to present). However, the current solar wind
speeds are at moderate levels, which are unfavourable to cause any
major geomagnetic disturbance. If the solar wind speeds elevate in
the coming 24 hours, active to minor storm conditions are possible.
If this happens, there is chance that aurora would be visible during
the local night hours of the 4 Sep from Tasmania and other southern
most regions of Australia.

The K7RA Solar Update

September 04, 2015 01:36 PM - ARRL -- The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at 0009 UTC on September 4:"The IMF Bz [Interplanetary Magnetic Field] has been strongly southward over the last 3 hours (2100 UTC on September 3 to present). However, the current solar wind speeds are at moderate levels, which are unfavourable to cause any major geomagnetic disturbance. If the solar wind ...

A reminder - FCC Universal Licensing System down for maintenance September 2-8

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8

Refugees: VERON statement on convention venue

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Dutch national society VERON has responded to concerns over press reports regarding the venue for their Ham Radio Convention which will take place on Saturday, Nov 7, at the Americahal in Apeldoorn

Reflectorless Yagi designs, models and plots

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new web page has been added to the Cross Country Wireless web site with details of some reflectorless yagi designs I've been playing with for my own ham radio fun

MSF Outage - 10 September 2015

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 10 September 2015 from 10:00 to 14:00 BST

ITU deploys emergency telecommunication equipment

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Dominica, which was hit by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27. Heavy rains, severe flooding and landslides wreaked widespread damage across the island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea

Ham radio shown to school students

September 04, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- 33 students of Grade 5 and 2 teachers from Focus High School, Hyderabad visited the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) on Thursday, Sept 3, 2015 in connection to their Inquiry on Signs and Symbols

Patna University Students to be Trained in Ham Radio Use:

September 04, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- PATNA: Representatives from the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Indian Red Cross Society, Scouts and Guides, National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna and students from Patna University colleges are likely to attend a five-day HAM radio training programme commencing here from Saturday under the auspices of the G P Sinha Centre for Disaster Management and Rural Development. Programme adviser Sharwan Kumar Singh said HAM radio or amateur radio is a unique device which remains functional even as all other communication network fails in the time of disasters. Besides, of late, it is also used as a hobby and a tool for personality development for the reason that it is a two-way communication device. During floods, the administration establishes contact with the block level officials through this device to channelize initial course of assistance in a particular area.

Radio Broadcast Tells Sub's WWII Story:

September 04, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Hobbyist cranks up Razorback's old gear on anniversary of Japan's surrender: Using a metal storage container as a makeshift seat, a U.S. Navy veteran positioned himself in the cramped radio room of the USS Razorback submarine Wednesday afternoon, twiddling the knob that controls the radio's frequency. Once John Moore, 53, of Olathe, Kan., reached the frequency he wanted, he adjusted his old Telex headphones and lifted a microphone to his face. "C-Q, C-Q, November-five-Romeo," Moore said. "Special events station aboard the USS Razorback. C-Q, C-Q." Moore was using his Yaesu brand radio and the submarine's original whip antenna to contact other radio operators -- "C-Q" in radio-speak means "I seek you" -- to tell them about the Razorback's World War II history. He and a fellow amateur radio operator, Don Whitney, also of the Kansas City, Kan., area, traveled to North Little Rock to broadcast from the submarine on the 70th anniversary of Japan's formal surrender at Tokyo Bay, which marked the end of World War II.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1975 September 4 2015:

September 04, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. A 105-year-old radio amateur honored for 90 years of QSOs. YLs in the UK repurpose unused repeater time by establishing a net. The FCC takes back an Arizona ham's vanity call sign. Digital mode users prep for a big QSO party Down Under AND a conference in The Windy City. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1975 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #35:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA0HW, K5SL, 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:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity Statement Separates Fact from Fiction:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has taken steps to address objections and concerns recently
raised by representatives of community associations about the Amateur
Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 and S. 1685. A statement released on August 28, "Clarity
on Amateur Radio Parity,"
makes it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with
respect to outdoor amateur antennas.

ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use 2200, 630 Meter Bands:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new
135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should
be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint. The League
spelled out its case August 31 in detailed comments that argue in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations in light of the
exceptionally low interference potential to unlicensed power line
carrier (PLC) systems that utilities use to manage the power grid.

FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance Until September 8:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website
public applications went down for maintenance on September 2 at 2200 UTC and will remain unavailable until 1200 UTC
on Tuesday, September 8.

FCC Proposes Bumping Arizona Ham's License Back to Former Call Sign:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has told an Arizona radio amateur who was granted a vanity call
sign within the 2-year waiting period on the basis of being a close
relative of the previous holder that the relationship cited was not
close enough.

ARISS Issues Invitation to Schools, Educational Organizations, Groups:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is inviting proposals from schools,
educational organizations, and groups that are willing and able to host
an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station crew
member. The window for formal and informal proposals will be open from
September 1 until November 1, 2015. ARISS anticipates that the contacts
will be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2016. Crew schedules
and ISS orbits determine exact contact dates.

The ARRL September VHF Contest Beckons!

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL September VHF Contest gets
under way on September 12 at 1800 UTC and wraps up on September 14 at
0259 UTC. This operating event provides a chance for radio amateurs at
all levels to experience contesting on the most popular VHF and UHF
bands, as well as on those less-frequented frequencies above 450 MHz.

Amateur Repeaters Fall Victim to Washington Wildfire:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Two Central Washington repeaters, owned and operated by the Lake Chelan
Amateur Radio Club, have been
destroyed by one of the wildfires raging in that state. The co-located
machines, one on 2 meters and one on 6 meters, were sited on Slide
Ridge near Manson, Washington, in Chelan County. On August 27, the
First Creek Fire completely leveled the building housing the repeaters.
Scorched antennas and support structures are still standing but are
likely beyond repair. The club's Roger Odorizzi, W7CH, said the
repeaters had been offline for several days.

Ham-Cyclist Completes US Leg of His Trip Around the Globe:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Cyclist Thomas Andersen, OZ1AA/K9DXX, completed his 6-week ride up the
US East Coast on August 29 and is now in the Canadian Maritimes, the
38th country he has visited beginning his "Cycling the Globe" adventure in Copenhagen 5 years ago.
Andersen has already put more than 26,000 miles on his bicycle -- more
than the distance around the equator. Along the way, he has been
availing himself of ham radio hospitality. On the US leg, which he
began in Key West, Florida, he often stayed with fellow radio amateurs
and made many new US friends on his trip.

WRTC 2018 Organizers Map Event Strategy:

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers have picked the Jessen/Wittenberg
area near Berlin, Germany, to stage the next international Amateur
Radio competition. On August 15, the WRTC 2018 Organizing Committee met
in Jessen for a workshop, and the town's mayor, Michael Jahn, expressed
his pleasure that his community was picked to host the "Olympic games
of Amateur Radio."

In Brief...

September 04, 2015 05:35 AM - eHam.net News -- In Brief...

Beijing may do three ham radio sat launches

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- eijing is thought to be planning three separate launches of satellites carrying amateur radio payloads in the next few weeks

The launches were highlighted on the Social Media site Weibo and have been discussed on a space flight forum.

Katrina, Ten Years Later: a Broadcaster Remembers

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ten years ago, I contributed an article to Radio about the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the lessons learned by the broadcasters that were there. I caught up with Marty Hadfield, now with iHeartMedia in Seattle, and he was gracious in taking time from his busy schedule to answer some questions (again).

N4BAA vs Warrington PA for Tower Permit

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Due to all the fantastic support I have received, I am reposting this article in hopes of generating support in fighting my township...

Even though the state has passed a law fully supporting amateur radio towers in parallel with PRB-1, my township of Warrington refuses to acknowledge it.

When I bought the property two years ago, the zoning fully excused FCC Licensed Amateurs from having to comply with the 'other' zoning regarding Wireless Facilities. GREAT! Shortly after I put in my tower permit request, the Township removed all references to Amateur Radio etc and want me to seek relief via a variance.

FCC Fires Wi-Fi Router Salvo in Battle of DRM vs. Open Source

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Digital Rights Management (DRM), the backbone of copyright protection for every form of digital property from games and software to ebooks and music is finally coming to blows with its natural enemy: the open-source software movement.

Looking for CERT Team members, Amateur Radio enthusiasts (Michigan)

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- According to Gladwin County Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Marianne Hill, she is looking for some volunteers to join the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT Team.

156 Years Ago, A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth's magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 7

September 04, 2015 04:35 AM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, and there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice on those days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 8.We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Titanic: Three ways the disaster changed laws and safety on the seas

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When the Titanic sank killing more than 1,500 people in 1912, the impact of the tragedy echoed down the ages.

The discovery of the wreck 30 years ago today only underscored the dramatic changes the sinking of the world's largest ship at the time had on sea travel around the world.

After Katrina, officials better prepared for storms (Mississippi)

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When it comes to Mother Nature versus human nature, the former usually prevails, and it only makes matters worse when what should have been a hard lesson learned has to be taught yet again.

Amateur Radio Operators Plan To Celebrate Papal Visit With Special Stations On Air (Pennsylvania)

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When Pope Francis arrives in the United States at the end of next month, a group of amateur radio operators from across the region will be activating special stations to mark the historic occasion.

$50SAT Goes Silent

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It appears that the $50SAT Amateur Radio PocketQube microsatellite also known as Eagle 2 (MO-76) has finally gone silent, a couple of days short of 20 months in orbit. The satellite, which did not carry an Amateur Radio transponder, transmitted on 437.505 MHz at a power of 100 mW. In a Yahoo Groups posting, one of its developers Michael Kirkhart, KD8QBA, said the last time he was able to hear the satellite was on July 19.

LOL in the age of the telegraph

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- From lol to brb, the internet and text messaging gave rise to a unique form of short form language - textspeak - in which almost all of us are well-versed.

But long before the internet revolutionized communication, humans experienced a different sort of technological innovation: the telegraph.

Volunteers go on air at museum open day (UK)

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The next open day at the Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is on Saturday, September 5.

Volunteers welcome visitors as they go on air with the Amateur Radio Station, GB4SMH, from 10am until 4pm.

Participants at Oklahoma Conference Get Healthy Exposure to Amateur Radio

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, said participants in two programs during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference in Norman came away with a healthy exposure to Amateur Radio. The conference took place August 17-20.

Llanelli Amateur Radio Society holds 12-hour talkathon for Help For Heroes (UK)

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A LLANELLI radio station has held a 12-hour talkathon to raise vital funds for brave servicemen and women.

The Llanelli Amateur Radio Society held the impressive event to help raise funds for Help For Heroes.

The event, which also marked Armed Forces Day, saw various members of the group transmitting the GB1BAF call sign around the world.

Katrina, Ten Years Later: a Broadcaster Remembers

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ten years ago, I contributed an article to Radio about the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the lessons learned by the broadcasters that were there. I caught up with Marty Hadfield, now with iHeartMedia in Seattle, and he was gracious in taking time from his busy schedule to answer some questions (again).

ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use of New 2200 and 630 Meter Bands

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint.

Powerful ham experience on VHF, UHF and SHF based on a huge dish antenna, located in Portugal

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- According to the information diffused by our colleague Adelino Francisco, CT1AL using as source and support the latest issue of the QSP Portuguese Magazine of Radio and Communications (No 398), it's presently in preparation an important (I might even say 'powerful') radio amateur experience, based on a two decaying huge dishes antennas, located in the 'Serra da Nogueira' (Nogueira Mountain), Bragan├ža, Portugal - locator IN61nr.

World's Oldest Ham Recognized

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Today, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA) an international organization of amateur (ham) radio operators---presented a 90 Year Licensed Certificate Award (Serial #1) to Charles 'Charlie' Hellman W2RP. Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and is the oldest living amateur radio operator in the United States and possibly the world.

A Reminder - FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8.

CEOs Of Minority-Owned Stations Ask FCC For AM-Only Filing Window For FM Translators

September 04, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- he CEOs of 50 minority-owned radio stations have sent a joint letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER calling for him to reverse course and restore the provision establishing a filing window for AM operators to apply for FM translators in the AM Revitalization proposal being circulated to the Commissioners.

September 03, 2015

USS Shenandoah Special Event:

September 03, 2015 07:37 PM - eHam.net News -- In commemoration of the crash of the US Navy Dirigible ZR-71, the USS Shenandoah, the Noble County Amateur Radio Club, NC8OH will be hosting a spent station on Sunday Sept 6th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT on 20 Meters at or around 14.255 MHz or 40 Meters at or around 7.225 MHz depending on propagation of the bands.

Nominations Open for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award

September 03, 2015 04:37 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL is accepting nominations for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award. The deadline to receive nominations and supporting materials is November 1. The award honors long-time ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM (SK), the chief developer of the National Traffic System (NTS). Hart died in 2013 at the age of 99.Established by the ARRL Board of Directors in 2009, the George Ha...

FO-29 Satellite Contact Claims Distance Record

September 03, 2015 04:37 PM - ARRL -- Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christophe Lucas, F4CQA, in Trouy, France, appear to have set a new contact distance record on the FO-29 satellite. The contact occurred on August 27 at 1732 UTC."This was not a scheduled contact," Swanson explained. "I simply answered Christophe's CQ. I knew it was a good contact at the time, but as I was portable up on Arkansas' Shinall Moun...

Participants at Oklahoma Conference Get "Healthy Exposure" to Amateur Radio

September 03, 2015 03:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, said participants in two programs during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference in Norman came away with "a health exposure to Amateur Radio." The conference took place August 17-20.James Spann, WO4W, kicked off the conference with a live-audience presentation of the popular "WeatherBrains" webcast. An award-winning television met...

TX Factor Show - Ham Radio Essex-style!

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- In episode 9, the TX Factor Show team visit Essex to report on the work of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), Essex Repeater Group, Essex Raynet and Essex Ham

Techniques of the Best Operators

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- This HamRadioNow video is of Mitch Stern W1SJ's presentation given at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention

QSO Today - Glenn Elmore N6GN

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The book, SOS at Midnight, by Walker Tompkins, inspired Glenn Elmore, N6GN, to become an amateur radio operator

Malta Digital Repeater update

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first DMR repeater in Malta has been operating for some time and now has a new callsign

EURAO, new stakeholder of CEPT

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Since this summer, hams have another way to submit their needs and comments to the CEPT, the body in charge of coordination between Telecom Administrations

CQ-DATV 27 free magazine

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 27, is now ready for download for free download

Bletchley Park documentary

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gordon Welchman was one of the original elite codebreakers crucial to the allies defeating the Nazis in World War Two. He is the forgotten genius of Bletchley Park

Beijing may do three ham radio sat launches

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Beijing is thought to be planning three separate launches of satellites carrying amateur radio payloads in the next few weeks

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

September 03, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Another rotten week on 10m. Some DX about but very few stations to work them. Pick of the bunch: 7Q7BP (Malawi), VP8LP (Falklands), C81AK (Mozambique) and YW5Z (Los Testigos, Venezuela)

September 02, 2015

QCWA Recognizes 105-Year-Old Radio Amateur's 90 Years of Hamming

September 02, 2015 06:37 PM - ARRL -- The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored 105-year-old Charlie Hellman, W2RP, of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, for his 90 years in Amateur Radio. The QCWA's announcement also served to flush out another active ham who, while 1 year older than Hellman, has not been licensed quite as long. On August 31 the QCWA presented a "90 Year Continuous Licensed Certificate Award" (No 1) t...

The ARRL September VHF Contest Beckons!

September 02, 2015 03:37 PM - ARRL --

$50SAT Goes Silent

September 02, 2015 02:37 PM - ARRL --

Trio Launched to ISS Includes Two Radio Amateurs

September 02, 2015 01:37 PM - ARRL --

Jamboree On The Air 2015 Station Registration is Open

September 02, 2015 01:37 PM - ARRL -- Worldwide station registration is open for the 2015 Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air/Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA/JOTI), which will take place over the October 16-18 weekend. Registration requires a scout.org user name, which gives full access to the registration system as well as to many of the JOTA/JOTI activities that will be under way during the weekend. JOTA is aimed at fostering Scout-to-...

Powerful ham experience on VHF, UHF and SHF based on a huge dish antenna, located in Portugal

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Presently in preparation is an important (I might even say 'powerful') radio amateur experience, based on a two decaying huge dishes antennas, located in the 'Serra da Nogueira' (Nogueira Mountain), Bragan├ža, Portugal

ARRL supports maximum flexibility for Amateur use of new 2200 and 630 meter bands

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint

Llanelli radio hams and Help For Heroes

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Llanelli Amateur Radio Society held a 12-hour talkathon to raise vital funds for brave servicemen and women

Lessons from the draft UK regulations for CubeSats

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency has been conducting a review to evaluate how its regulatory approach might be tailored for CubeSat systems

HI HI: LOL of the 19th century ?

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article by Lauren Collister, looks at short forms and abbreviations used in the early days of Morse to make messages as concise as possible - a predecessor to today's textspeak

156 years ago, a solar superstorm

September 02, 2015 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Today is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event

Brentwood: Class Offers Introduction to Ham Radio Emergency Communications:

September 02, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- BRENTWOOD -- When a major disaster occurs, be it fire, earthquake or something else, neighborhoods could be cut off from rescue services and need to take care of themselves. Those trained in emergency and disaster communications have better odds of coming through the crisis. And while today's cell technology seems ever powerful, during disaster situations telephones and cellphones may be down or overloaded. Ham radios, using a technology that has been around for more than 100 years, could well be the best source for clear, prompt communication. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Salvation Army SATERN Training Chairman Chuck Graham will conduct a presentation at Brentwood Neighborhood Church encouraging residents to train to become ham radio operators and organize into groups that could be effective in times of emergency or disaster. SATERN stands for Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network. "I'm trying to interest people in getting involved in CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) and emergency communication," said Graham, who is with SATERN's Concord Corps and known by his call sign KI6DCD. "The theory is that in a major earthquake or other disaster, police and fire may be days away, and you need some sort of organization to find out if everyone's OK. At some point you would use ham radio to relay the information to a more central spot." Graham will describe ham radio and what it is, how to get a license and how a ham radio operator interfaces with other groups. He'll compare the short-range use of a ham radio to communicate with others in the neighborhood, with long-range, which requires a license.

LOL in the Age of the Telegraph:

September 02, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- From "lol" to "brb," the internet and text messaging gave rise to a unique form of short form language -- "textspeak" -- in which almost all of us are well-versed. But long before the internet revolutionized communication, humans experienced a different sort of technological innovation: the telegraph. In 1837, the first commercial telegraphs were released by Samuel Morse, William Fothergill Cooke and Charles Wheatstone, and this machine -- as journalist Tom Standage argues in his book The Victorian Internet -- mirrored the impact that the internet has had in modern times. The result was an entirely new way to wield language -- one that, in a number of ways, resembles today's textspeak.

Titanic: Three Ways the Disaster Changed Laws and Safety On the Seas:

September 02, 2015 07:35 AM - eHam.net News -- When the Titanic sank killing more than 1,500 people in 1912, the impact of the tragedy echoed down the ages. The discovery of the wreck 30 years ago today only underscored the dramatic changes the sinking of the world's largest ship at the time had on sea travel around the world. Here's a few examples of those changes:

ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use 2200, 630 Meter Bands:

September 02, 2015 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new
135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands
should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint.
The League spelled out its case August 31 in detailed comments that
argue in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations in light of the
exceptionally low interference potential to unlicensed power line
carrier (PLC) systems that utilities use to manage the power grid.

FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8:

September 02, 2015 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website
public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable
from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday,
September 8. The outage also will affect the Electronic Comment
Filing System (ECFS) and the Electronic Document Management System
(EDOCS).

N4BAA vs Warrington PA for Tower Permit:

September 02, 2015 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Due to all the fantastic support I have received, I am reposting this article in hopes of generating support in fighting my township... Even though the state has passed a law fully supporting amateur radio towers in parallel with PRB-1, my township of Warrington refuses to acknowledge it.

September 01, 2015

A Reminder - FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8

September 01, 2015 05:36 PM - ARRL -- The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. The outage also will affect the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS).During the ULS outage, it will not be possible to file any...

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

September 01, 2015 04:35 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use of New 2200 and 630 Meter Bands

September 01, 2015 03:37 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint. The League spelled out its case August 31 in detailed comments (attached below) that argue in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations in light of the exceptionally low interference potential to unli...

Radio: The New Frontier?

September 01, 2015 01:36 PM - eHam.net News -- One of the best episodes of the TV series Frasier is "Ham Radio." Frasier attempts to direct an old radio drama, "Nightmare Inn," to celebrate KACL's (the radio station at which he works) 50th anniversary. The episode ends, of course, in complete disaster, as accidents and colliding personalities leave the drama unfinished. This episode never fails to amuse me, partly because of the ridiculous nature of the radio drama. I wonder, however, if this episode will be as funny in twenty years or so. Is this episode a product of its time, a time where these radio dramas weren't distant past and the radio was still very much a mode of entertainment? A time where radio personalities still held some clout, people still tuned in to hear their favorite programs and TV's were not yet the trophy of our sitting rooms. Things go in and out of fashion. Record players, which were once big in the 1970s, but gradually lost favor as people went for smaller, more compact devices, have suddenly been resurrected, as some music connoisseurs claim that some music actually sounds better on a record player's speaker. At one point iPhones were getting smaller, but now the iPhone 6 Plus barely fits inside a normal-sized jeans pocket.

Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation in Geneva

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 3rd ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation is taking place in Geneva on September 1-3, 2015

VI0ANZAC faced weather and propagation

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Despite adverse winter Antarctic weather conditions the VI0ANZAC event in the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program made it to air last weekend, with poor propagation enabling a total of 56 contacts to be logged

Update of ICNIRPcalc - now Version 1.3

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Region 1 EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz DL9KCE reports a new version of ICNIRPcalc RF-Exposure software is now available

Radio hams launch to ISS Wednesday

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Denmark's first astronaut Andreas Mogensen KG5GCZ is expected to blast-off to the ISS from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, September 2

'Hamming it up' for 90 years!

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Today, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA) - an international organization of amateur ('ham') radio operators - presented a 90 Year Licensed Certificate Award (Serial #1) to Charles 'Charlie' Hellman W2RP

Ham Radio exam held

September 01, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) report on an amateur radio exam held at a College for Women in Hyderabad

MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint

September 01, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2300Z, Sep 7 to 0300Z, Sep 8

World's Oldest Ham Recognized:

September 01, 2015 06:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (August 31, 2015) Today, the
Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA):an
international organization of amateur ("ham") radio
operators---presented a 90 Year Licensed Certificate
Award (Serial #1) to Charles "Charlie" Hellman W2RP.
Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and is the oldest living
amateur radio operator in the United States and possibly
the world. Charlie was licensed in 1925 as a 15 year-old,
and joined QCWA in 1975 and is also a member of local
QCWA Chapter 181 (Hudson Valley).

August 31, 2015

ARISS Issues Invitation to Schools, Educational Organizations, Groups

August 31, 2015 05:35 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is inviting proposals from schools, educational organizations, and groups that are willing and able to host an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station crew member. The window for formal and informal proposals will be open from September 1 until November 1, 2015. ARISS anticipates that the contacts will be scheduled betwe...

Ham-Cyclist Completes US Leg of His Trip Around the Globe

August 31, 2015 04:36 PM - ARRL --

WRTC 2018 Organizers Meet Near Berlin to Map Event Strategy

August 31, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers have picked the Jessen/Wittenberg area near Berlin, Germany, to stage the international Amateur Radio competition. On August 15, the WRTC 2018 Organizing Committee met in Jessen for a workshop, and the town's mayor, Michael Jahn, expressed his pleasure that his community was picked to host the "Olympic games of Amateur Radio."Organi...

World DATV QSO Party Gets Plenty of Visibility

August 31, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- The 5th World Digital Amateur Television QSO Party is being called "a huge success," with stations participating from, Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Sponsored by Amateur Radio Victoria and the Melbourne ATV Group, the August 21-22 event was also streamed on high-definition YouTube from the Melbourne-Geelong VK3RTV repeater.Participants included viewers in Antigua, Argentina, Austri...

Danish Ham-Astronaut to be Involved in ISS Deployment of CubeSats

August 31, 2015 02:35 PM - ARRL -- A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II transport vehicle delivered two European Space Agency CubeSats -- GOMX-3 and AAUSAT-5 to the International Space Station on August 19. The CubeSats, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, originated in Denmark. They will be deployed simultaneously into orbit from the ISS during the first half of September, with the involvement of Danish ESA astron...

Chelmsford Table Top Sale

August 31, 2015 11:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) are holding a Table Top Sale for radio and electronics equipment at Oaklands Museum CM2 9AQ on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30pm

Vietnam DXpedition

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Great news from the Mediterraneo International Dx Club Team. During their already announced Da Nang City, Vietnam, DXpedition with the callsign: 3W3MD between October 31st and November 10th, the international team will also be able to be active for some days from Cham Island IOTA AS-162 (claimed only by 17% of IOTA chasers)

TX Factor 'Essex Special' due this week

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The next episode of TX Factor, the online TV show that highlights the best of amateur radio, is due for release on the 2nd of September. This is the ninth in the series, and focuses on amateur radio in Essex

Special ham radio stations for Papal visit

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- CBS Phily TV News reports on plans to celebrate the Papal visit to the USA with special event amateur radio stations

Palmyra DXpedition

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Lou N2TU and Craig K9CT previously announced a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California. Palmyra (KH5) ranks #9 on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe.

LAPAN-A2 launch

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- An Indonesian satellite LAPAN-A2/ORARI carrying an FM transponder and an APRS digipeater is planned to launch September 28 on India's PSLV-C30 rocket

ISWL callsigns for September

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of September

DXCC Country/Entity Report

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd August, through Sunday, 30th August there were 196 countries active

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