January 31, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Average daily sunspot numbers for the January 22-28 period rose from 61.9 on the previous seven days to 89.1. Average daily solar flux rose from 126.2 to 136.8 over the same period

New Scientist: Race to put internet into orbit

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- New Scientist magazine interviews radio amateur James Cutler KF6RFX as part of their story on plans to launch hundreds of Internet satellites into a 1200 km orbit

Muns the word

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The San Jose Mercury News interviews Muns Vineyard owner Ed Muns W0YK about his hobby of amateur radio

David Chamberlain, W7DSC, named CQ Magazine Advertising Manager

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment of David Chamberlain, W7DSC, as CQ magazine's new Director of Advertising and Marketing

CQ-DATV 20 Magazine out now

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 20 the free ATV magazine is available for download

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH 3D Printed QSL Card

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARTSAT2:DESPATCH team have sent a a 3D printed QSL card to Michał Zawada SQ5KTM and the Polish team to confirm their reception of the amateur radio signal from the FO-81 spacecraft at a distance of 2,715,228 km from Earth

Chelmsford Talk: Probing the Northern Lights

January 31, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ever worked aurora, but don't know what it really is/does? On Tuesday, Feb 3 a talk by Dr Brendan Goodbody will cover how observations and science of the aurora have developed over time

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Will Examine Kit Built Ham Radio Live via 'Skype':

January 31, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Fond du lac Amateur Radio Club will be holding their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. This meeting will be held in room A112, which is the World Link room on the Fond du Lac Moraine Park campus. The room is equipped with a very large projection screen which will be used for a "Skype" contact to the headquarters for Elecraft in Aptos, California, a company that produces high quality Ham Radios in kit form delivered around the world. The guest speaker for the event will be Eric Swartz, cofounder of the Elecraft company. Why would someone want to build their own Ham radio? Some enjoy building so much that they'll build a kit for others! Most would tell you that hand-assembling a modern transceiver offers a much richer experience than simply operating it. And when you're finished, you'll have a radio that you can understand, repair, and even modify. But these radio kits from Elecraft have performance and features you simply won't find anywhere else. New hams might be surprised to learn that just a few decades ago, most operators built at least some of their own equipment. Hands-on was the rule, not the exception. This aspect of the hobby has seen a renaissance recently, thanks to the efforts of kit-oriented clubs and small manufacturers. Elecraft was founded in the midst of this kit revival. Many electronic enthusiasts can remember buying everything from Ham Radios, to Thomas Organs, to test equipment, to computers, all out of the Heathkit catalog!

January 30, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #5 de K7RA:

January 30, 2015 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers for the January 22-28 period rose from
61.9 on the previous seven days to 89.1. Average daily solar flux
rose from 126.2 to 136.8 over the same period.

SSTV Transmissions Scheduled from the International Space Station:

January 30, 2015 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Russian Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
team plans to activate slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS on
Saturday January 31, and on Sunday, February 1. The anticipated SSTV
mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3-minute off periods between
transmissions.

CQ-DATV 20 the Free ATV Magazine is Now Available:

January 30, 2015 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- CQ-DATV 20 the free ATV magazine is now available for download from:

Participation in ARRL Centennial On-the-Air Events Exceeds All Expectations

January 30, 2015 08:31 PM - ARRL -- Attendance at the ARRL's on-the-air Centennial celebration in 2014 was through the roof! Approximately 3.5 million contacts were recorded for W1AW portable operations and the Centennial Points Challenge during the Centennial QSO Party last year."The Centennial QSO Party was a huge success, and participation was way greater than anyone anticipated it would be when we were in the planning stages,...

March Issue of The American Legion Magazine to Feature Amateur Radio

January 30, 2015 08:31 PM - ARRL --

The K7RA Solar Update

January 30, 2015 01:36 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers for the January 22-28 period rose from 61.9 on the previous seven days to 89.1. Average daily solar flux rose from 126.2 to 136.8 over the same period.There were two new sunspot regions on January 22, another one on January 23 and again on January 25, four more on January 26, another two on January 28 and one more on January 29.The average daily solar flux for the ...

VK pico balloon in range of South America

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The small solar-powered balloon launched on Australia Day January 26, is now over the Pacific Ocean and still heading easterly toward South America

Ofcom and RSGB Meeting

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB met with Ofcom on January 13, 2015 and raised a number of concerns with the communications regulator

SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- This weekend, Jan 31/Feb 1, the Russian ARISS team members plan to activate the amateur radio Slow Scan TV (SSTV) experiment from the International Space Station (ISS) on 145.800 MHz FM

Inside the National Radio Quiet Zone

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- This National Geographic video reports on the U.S. town with no cell phones or Wi-Fi and no amateur radio

First UK recipient of the 73 on 73 Award

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-UK congratulates Abdel Mesbah M0NPT on becoming the first UK recipient of the 73 on 73 Award

End fed half wave antenna matching units from Cross Country Wireless

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Cross Country Wireless have just released a new range of antenna matching units and baluns for end fed half wave (EFHW) antennas

ARISS contact planned for two Italian schools

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday January 31, 2015 at 8.38.59 UTC, which is 9.39 CEWT, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF will answer questions from students of two Italian schools

ARRL Assistant Roanoke Division Director Anthony R. 'Tony' Curtis, K3RXK (SK)

January 30, 2015 10:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL Assistant Roanoke Division Director Anthony R. 'Tony' Curtis, K3RXK, of Laurinburg, North Carolina, died on January 23

Riversink Elementary Students Will Contact Astronauts:

January 30, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It's official! Riversink Elementary School in Wakulla County, Florida has been selected to host a live conversation with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits over our school. Our students will use amateur radio to connect to the space station for this unique opportunity! This event is coordinated through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, a cooperative venture of NASA, the American Radio Relay League, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation and other international space agencies that schedule radio contacts between astronauts and schools. The ARISS radio contact is one in a series of educational activities organized by Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office dedicated to improving STEM teaching and learning using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #4:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Go On Alert for Massive East Coast Winter Storm:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams and SKYWARN weather
observers along the US Eastern Seaboard went on alert Monday, January
26, as a winter storm began working its way into the Northeast. The
storm, which brought blizzard conditions to some areas, shut down
transportation and kept residents at home in several states.

FCC Paperless Amateur Radio License Policy Goes Into Effect on February 17:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Starting on February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper
license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The
Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur
Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its
Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has
routinely continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. That will
stop next month.

ARRL Board Names Award Recipients:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors has bestowed the 2014 George Hart
Distinguished Service Award on David B. Colter, WA1ZCN, of New London,
New Hampshire. The Board may grant the award to an ARRL member whose
service to the ARRL Field Organization has been of the most exemplary
nature. The award's namesake is George Hart, W1NJM, long-time
Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the
National Traffic System.

Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund Gets Initial Boost from Hudson Division:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB -- acting on behalf
of the members of his Division -- has presented ARRL President Kay
Craigie, N3KN, with an inaugural donation of $4500 to the new ARRL
Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund. President Craigie received the
contribution during the ARRL Board's Annual Meeting January 16-17 in
Windsor, Connecticut. The check, from the Long Island Mobile Amateur
Radio Club, represented contributions from members at the 2014 Hudson
Division Awards Luncheon on November 8. President Craigie generously
matched the donation.

ARRL Board Elects Executive Committee, Hears Reports, Welcomes Visitors:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors has elected members of the Executive
Committee. Chosen during the Board's 2015 Annual Meeting were New
England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI; Hudson Division Director
Lisenco; West Gulf Division Director Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV;
Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and Great Lakes Division
Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

School Club Roundup is February 9-13!

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- School clubs are busily prepping their stations for The "Winter/Spring
Term" School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 9 at 1300 UTC, and continues
through Friday, February 13, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate no more
than 6 hours in any 24 hour period (up to a maximum of 24 hours).

Unlicensed Religious Broadcaster Who Used Ham Frequencies Ordered Off Air:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who
sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut
down his station.

QRZ Logbook Now Offering Reciprocal Confirmation Credit and LOTW Download:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact
confirmations from ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can
download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook.
Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to
your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a
previous call sign into a user's current call sign account. QRZ will
automatically put contacts into the logbook associated with the call
sign used when the contact was logged.

NASA Opens Application Window for Paid CubeSat, PICetSat Internships:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeks applicants to fill
paid CubeSat and PICetSat-related internships for the Summer 2015 semester. These
positions may be of interest to Amateur Radio licensees pursuing
degrees in electrical or computer engineering and now in their junior
or senior years.

March Issue of the American Legion Magazine to Feature Amateur Radio:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio will be featured in the March 2015 issue of The American
Legion Magazine. The article, by
best-selling author Don Keith, N4KC, will
explain how ham radio remains exciting, important, and relevant, even
after more than a century in existence and changes in technology.

RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdown On RFI-Producing Power Line Data Devices:

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has said it welcomes a recent initiative by
telecommunications regulator Ofcom to combat interference from home
power line data transmission (PLT) devices.

ARRL Assistant Roanoke Division Director Anthony 'Tony' Curtis, K3RXK, (SK)

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Assistant Roanoke Division Director Anthony R. "Tony" Curtis,
K3RXK, of Laurinburg, North Carolina, died on January 23. He was 74.
Curtis served twice as an Assistant Director -- from 1986 until 1997
and again from 2002 until his death.

ARRL Technical Advisor, Author, AMRAD President N4ICK, (SK):

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Technical Advisor, author, and Amateur Radio Research and
Development Corporation (AMRAD) President
Emeritus André V. Kesteloot, N4ICK, of McLean, Virginia, died on
January 4. He was 77.

In Brief...

January 30, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- DXpedition Goings and Comings: As of January 26, the three-person "boat
team" heading to Navassa Island for the K1N DXpedition had made it to Great Inagua in the Bahamas. There was no
official word yet from the Navassa Island DXpedition team as to when
the other operators, now in Jamaica with the equipment containers,
would depart. The DXpedition to one of the most-wanted DXCC entities is
expected to get under way in the next few days.

January 29, 2015

SSTV Transmissions Scheduled from the International Space Station

January 29, 2015 09:32 PM - ARRL -- The Russian Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team plans to activate slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS on Saturday January 31, and on Sunday, February 1. The anticipated SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3-minute off periods between transmissions.Twelve different images will be transmitted during the operational period. This is the second series of pictur...

School Club Roundup is February 9-13!

January 29, 2015 04:33 PM - ARRL --

January 28, 2015

WW1USA observes Centennial event from World War I, February 7th and 8th

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- As many of you know, WW1USA, the Amateur Radio Club of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial at Kansas City is hosting a number of Special Radio Events, commemorating moments in history during the four year centennial of the Great War. On the weekend of February 7th and 8th, such a special event will be 'on the air' in observance of the Beginning of War from the Air

Scout Communicator Activity Badge

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Passing the Amateur Radio Foundation exam is one of the ways scouts can gain their Communicator activity badge

New Events Planner on RSGB site

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Affiliated clubs can now enter details of upcoming radio events into the RSGB's new UK Events Planner

Hamtech 2015 in VU4

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- It gives us great pleasure to invite you to HAMTECH 2015, International Conference on Amateur Radio Communications at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar, India during 6 to 7 March 2015 followed by a Dxpedition till 18 March, 2015 being organised by NIAR

Ham Radio Statistics and Maps

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- During the operation of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society station GX0MWT for the RNLI SOS Radio Week the subject of statistics came up

Aussie pico balloon lost

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The small solar-powered pico balloon from Australia went down north-east of New Zealand, probably being hit by rain and ice in the area

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

January 28, 2015 10:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Not a bad week except I had some data loss on Thursday and Friday. We are seeking a solution to the problem. EP6T (Kish Is) was easily top. Followed by C5X (Gambia), KP4AW (Puerto Rico), ZZ461SP (special from Brazil) and others

FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17

January 28, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the ...

ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Stand Down in Wake of Massive East Coast Winter Storm

January 28, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES) teams and SKYWARN weather observers along the US Eastern Seaboard went on alert Monday, January 26, as a winter storm began working its way into the Northeast. The storm, which brought blizzard conditions to some areas, shut down transportation and kept residents at home in several states. Eastern Massachusetts and the City of Boston may have been hardest...

ARRL Assistant Roanoke Division Director Anthony R. "Tony" Curtis, K3RXK, SK

January 28, 2015 05:34 PM - ARRL --

RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdown on Interference-Producing Power Line Data Devices

January 28, 2015 02:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Operators Reach Out to World:

January 28, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Mike Heiderscheidt was sitting in the basement of his Waterman home Monday night, but the world was at his fingertips.

More Memories of Wartime Life as a Morse Code Operator:

January 28, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- RATHER late, I enjoyed the letter from Rachel Maister of Ripon about being a Morse slip reader (The Yorkshire Post, January 9) and am so pleased to know that there are still some of we wartime "dot/dash operators" left alive! At 94 years of age, I am still going strong and Rachel's letter took me back to Compton Bassett in Wiltshire, where I did my initial training towards being a full-blown wireless operator. This included sending and receiving Morse code messages and the assembling, repairing and full understanding of wireless sets in use at the time. I progressed after this in-depth training to a post at North West Central Communications Depot just off the old East Lancashire Road at Blackbrook near Wigan. The outward appearance of this extremely important centre resembled a huddle of hen and chicken huts in a small hedge-lined field, but these masked the entrance to a huge underground complex containing masses of rooms holding banks of teleprinters, telephone switchboards, Morse code stations and wireless telegraphy sections. A wartime forerunner, I suppose of today's giant computer industry. All the messages sent and received in this hut of activity were in code, so we never really fully understood the importance of what we were purveying.

Mobile App Radio Transceiver Enabling Over 500 Users Communication:

January 28, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) -- LG UPlus, a South Korean wireless carrier, has launched a unique mobile application which can be used as a portable radio transceiver, enabling communication between up to 500 users at the same time across the globe. The carrier announced on January 25 that once the U+ LTE Radio Transceiver app is downloaded, users can exchange voice messages with one another by simply pushing a button on the app. The company said up to 500 people can use the 'app radio' in areas where LTE networking or WiFi is installed.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB

January 28, 2015 05:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 2

F9AA Cup, CW

January 28, 2015 04:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Jan 31 to 1200Z, Feb 1

January 27, 2015

ARRL Board Names Award Recipients

January 27, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Board of Directors has bestowed the 2014 George Hart Distinguished Service Award on David B. Colter, WA1ZCN, of New London, New Hampshire. Colter, a member of the Twin State Amateur Radio Club, was recognized for nearly 4 decades of service to the Amateur Radio community, including such leadership positions as Section Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.Co...

ARRL Technical Advisor, Author, AMRAD President Emeritus André Kesteloot,N4ICK, SK

January 27, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Technical Advisor, author, and Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation (AMRAD) President Emeritus André V. Kesteloot, N4ICK, of McLean, Virginia, died on January 4. He was 77. Kesteloot was the author of the Spread Spectrum Sourcebook, published in 1991, and he contributed to QST and QEX. A native of Belgium, Kesteloot was an electrical engineer and spent a decade in the Middle ...

Northern New England ARES Volunteers Continue to Monitor Winter Storm

January 27, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The winter storm affecting the US Northeast may not have lived up to its advance hype in some areas, leaving forecasters apologetic, but it remains a significant weather event for Northern New England residents. While the worst of the storm missed New York City, extreme Long Island saw a couple of feet of snow. Eastern New York SEC David Galletly, KM2O, said ARES groups in his Section stood dow...

Wonderful TV report about ARISS

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARISS contact performed Friday January 9, 2015 with three Italian schools was reported extensively by the 'Spaziolibero' television program, sponsored by the Italian parliament

Use of Digital Modes in UKAC

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/january/use_of_digital_modes_in_ukac.htm

Unlicensed religious broadcaster ordered off the air

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station

The 'Accidental' Company - The Making of FlexRadio

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- From the 2014 ARRL and TAPR DCC - Gerald Youngblood K5SDR, Founder, President and CEO of FlexRadio Systems, gives the banquet talk at the DCC

SGARN Hamcasts

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP)

MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 released

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released

LightSail-1 launch announced

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015

Aussie pico balloons keep flying

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Different paths are being taken by the two solar-powered Australian pico balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads, each sending 25mW WSPR and JT9 transmissions

Aurora surprise prompts rocket launch

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of January 26th, sparking a surprise display of bright auroras around the Arctic Circle

Amateur Radio Emergency Service prepares for storm

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL report the Eastern Seaboard ARES and SKYWARN volunteers have been preparing for a potentially historic storm

Telegraph Club Keeps Once-Revolutionary Technology Alive:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- HENRIETTA, N.Y. --The New York Museum of Transportation presented a demonstration Sunday on telegraph technology that was used more than a century ago. Telegraphy requires some sort of method or device to reveal a message, and the Morse telegraph was the first means of communication to make use of electricity. It served the industry long into the 20th century, with 1982 being the last documented use of Morse Code. The Morse Telegraph Club was formed to honor Samuel Morse and his associates for their valuable contribution to society. "We have a functioning internet-based telegraph system today," said Chris Hausler, International VP, Morse Telegraph Club. "You can take real telegraph instruments and connect them to your computer and chat with people all over the world."

FCC Comments Urge Allocation of Spectrum Above 24 GHz for 5G And More:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- As evidenced by comments to the FCC's inquiry on the use of spectrum above 24 GHz, there's a lot of interest in this spectrum from just about every segment of the communications industry -- except from broadcast and public safety/land mobile representatives. Originally it was thought this spectrum would not be suitable to reach indoor devices. If you are wondering how such spectrum could be useful for mobile communications, comments on the FCC's "Spectrum Frontiers Notice of Inquiry" (NOI) -- which have been posted on the commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) -- from the New York Polytechnic University and attachments outline their research showing how it worked in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comments from Samsung highlight that company's research and studies on sharing and compatibility between mobile broadband and fixed systems using the bands above 24 GHz. ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, filed comments show the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Service around the world. They also highlight Amateur Radio use of this spectrum, noting two point-to-point distance records at 75 GHz were established as recently as June 2014 and the amount of propagation research worldwide by Amateur Radio operators in the mmW bands is on the increase. ARRL urged international harmonization of mobile allocations in the mmW bands and "utilization of the ample current mobile allocations above 24 GHz." This "will contribute to avoiding incompatibility between incumbent services and new 5G mobile services." ARRL suggested that "the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Services are inappropriate for shared 5G mobile service as Amateur experimental operation in the mmW bands is largely itinerant, temporary fixed operation using exceptionally sensitive receivers and high gain, narrow beamwidth antennas in bands typically shared with other incumbent services."

Beartooth Adds VHF, UHF Voice, Data Communication Capability to Smartphones

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Last August I wrote about the goTenna personal communications device using the 150 MHz MURS band. It connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth and allowed communication with other goTenna devices within range. Now another communications device has been announced - Beartooth - that goes well beyond goTenna's VHF peer-to-peer(s) data transmission. According to its experimental license grant WH2XLW, the device can operate anywhere the 137 - 174 MHz and 400 - 470 MHz bands with an ERP of 2 watts (ERP). Using Comsearch's handy FCC emission designator decoder I see the license covers amplitude modulation and phase modulation transmitting voice, data and telegraphy for automatic reception. Beartooth is software-defined radio (receiver and transmitter) that interfaces with supported devices (iPhone 5/5S/6/6+ and Galaxy S4/S5) and includes a battery to double smartphone battery life. In a TechCrunch interview available on their web site, CEO Michael Monaghan said Beartooth will be a part 95 device. Uses include personal communications, industrial communications services, and public safety. Since the device is an SDR with a wide frequency range, it not only supports the same type of personal communications provided by the goTenna, but also the ability to communicate with any analog or FM radios operating on Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) or Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) spectrum. Amateur Radio use was mentioned in the TechCrunch session - the device will operate on the 2 meter and 3/4 meter ham bands. Broadcasters will note that all VHF and 450/455 MHz broadcast auxiliary RPU bands are covered by the device.

SGARN 30m Multicast Schedule:

January 27, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP).

ARRL Headquarters Closed Due to Storm

January 27, 2015 02:32 AM - ARRL -- ARRL offices in Newington, Connecticut have closed due to the severe snowstorm that has struck the area. We will evaluate conditions on Wednesday morning and will be open if possible, although most likely with reduced staff. Monitor this page and the ARRL Facebook page for updates.

January 26, 2015

Unlicensed Religious Broadcaster Who Used Amateur Frequencies Ordered Off the Air

January 26, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station. The FCC's Los Angeles District Office on December 31 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Martin K. Elliott of Inyokern, California. The FCC said it issued the Notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation on multiple ...

NBTC 'Must Have Power to Allocate Frequencies':

January 26, 2015 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- THE state subcommittee reforming the broadcasting and telecom industries wants the regulator to retain its independence and authority to allocate frequencies. However, this needs the support of the National Legislative Assembly, Pana Thongmee-akom, chairman of the subcommittee, said last week. The Pana panel is part of the mass communications committee of the junta-appointed National Reform Council. The Cabinet recently approved swathes of draft digital economy bills, including the NBTC bill, which revises the powers of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Under the bill, the planned national digital economy committee to be chaired by the prime minister will determine which frequencies are for security, public or commercial use. Only those for commercial use will be managed by the NBTC. An NBTC source said the downgrading of the NBTC's role stems from the watchdog's conflict with the Army regarding its allocation of an additional band (50-54MHz) to ham radio operators, who have been using the 144-146MHz band. The regulations for this were published in the Royal Gazette last July.

MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 Released:

January 26, 2015 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version
5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

Eastern Seaboard ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Prepare for Potentially Historic Storm

January 26, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL --

Tour de France ham radio volunteers rewarded

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC say a voluntary RAYNET team that helped the 2014 Tour de France race through the Yorkshire Dales has received radio equipment worth about £5,500

Radio ham in Maker article

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article about radio amateur Phil Crump M0DNY describes how he used 3D printing to build an alternative power supply solution for his camera for operation at high-altitudes

Now two Aussie balloons afloat

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just when trackers are watching Australia's solar-powered pico balloon PS-31 enter day three afloat, it has been joined in the stratosphere by its sister PS-32

Jan 26 2015 BBHN 5-year anniversary

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On January 26 2010, Jim Kinter K5KTF, who had been collaborating with Glenn Currie KD5MFW, Rick Kirchhof NG5V, David Rivenburg AD5OO and Bob Morgan WB5AOH, 'turned on' the BBHN website !

Intermediate course at London Hackspace

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- There are some places still available on the London Hackspace amateur radio Intermediate course which starts at the end of January

ICQPODCAST - Amateur Radio Grid Locators has been released

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Two of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Amateur Radio Grid Locators has been released

History This Week

January 26, 2015 09:33 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 group shines in times of disaster

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper reports on the Walker County chapter of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

DXCC Country/Entity Report

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 19th January, through Monday, 26th January there were 216 countries active

Digital Radio DAB and DAB+

January 26, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the Radio Today show, BBC Radio's Head of Technology, Rupert Brun discusses the sound quality of DAB, DAB+ and internet streams and whether and when DAB+ should be introduced in the UK

North American SSB Sprint Contest

January 26, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0400Z, Feb 1

5-year-old passes ham radio exam (Colorado)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio can be a hobby for some and a mission for others.

"We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said.

Ofcom letters use Q RSL for Club Calls

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ofcom are sending notification of proposed licence changes to all licensees. Holders of some English club calls have been surprised to see a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) of 'Q' being used instead of 'X'

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station up and running (Michigan)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is operational and the first class of technicians has received ham radio licenses with help from members of the Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord.

Ham Radio Key to Community Survival (Missouri)

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio has captured the attention of a sustainable-community guru who says a community's ability to sustain itself depends first on its ability to survive, and ham radio often provides the last line of defense in infrastructure breakdown.

Radio Reading for Your Winter Blues

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Got those mid-winter blues? Here's some engaging reading to precede your long winter naps.

Be prepared for winter weather emergencies

January 26, 2015 01:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As we head through the often stormy months of January, February and March, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) reminds county residents and visitors to remain weather-aware and always prepared for winter weather emergencies.

January 25, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will remain at low levels

VK pico balloon floating in jet-stream

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The solar-powered pico balloon flight PS-31 launched from Melbourne Australia on Saturday January 24, is on its predicted track and now near New Zealand

QSO Today - EP 26 - Scott Andersen - NE1RD

January 25, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scott Andersen, NE1RD, has evolved a system, over the years, that combines a family vacation and a serious DXpedition, especially during contests that he calls the 100 pound DXpedition

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