July 27, 2015

Ham College 7 is Released:

July 27, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Ham College episode 7 is now available for
download and viewing.

Participants at International Gatherings to Speak with ISS via Amateur Radio

July 27, 2015 11:34 AM - ARRL -- Participants at two international youth gatherings will have opportunities this week to speak via Amateur Radio with a member of the International Space Station crew.On Tuesday, July 28, attendees at the United Space School in Seabrook, Texas, are scheduled to speak with astronaut Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between NA1SS and W6SRJ in...

Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) 2015

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- YOTA Team Ireland, consisting of Ger McNamara EI4GXB IRTS Youth Co-ordinator, James Canning SWL, Son of Brian EI8IU and Aaron O'Reilly SWL, Son of Stan EI7DGB are currently attending YOTA 2015 in Tuscany, Italy

Video of P3E Satellite announcement

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- This video shows the P3E satellite announcement made on July 25 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford

Thank you Great Britain

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- We wish to thank all the radio amateurs from Great Britain that worked our World War One Special Event Station ON1418WOD on Sunday the 19th of July 2015

South Solitary Island

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The HARAOA team is live on the air on South Solitary Island OC-194 as of 08:00 UTC on Sunday 26th July 2015

Satellite demonstration at AMSAT-UK Colloquium

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On July 25 Drew Glasbrenner M/KO4MA gave a demonstration of working the amateur radio satellite FO-29 at the AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium in Guildford

Radiomart.co.uk - New classifieds site and competition

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- This week Jon, 2E0RFU launched a new independent Radio Classifieds site

QSO Today - Carole Perry WB2MGP

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- When it comes to introducing amateur radio to kids, there is no better elmer than Carole Perry, WB2MGP

New Internet Gateway in Ireland

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Avondhu Radio Club are pleased to announce that a new Internet Gateway is operational from Watergrasshill, Co. Cork

History This Week

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Upcoming ARISS contact with 23rd World Scout Jamboree Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club, Bunkyo-ku, Japan

July 27, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact
has been planned with participants at 23rd World Scout Jamboree Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club, Bunkyo-ku, Japan on 31 July

Bromsgrove Pupils Attend Code Breaking Event:

July 27, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- PUPILS from OEBZF TEBIR ABEG U -- the codename for 'North Bromsgrove' - hosted a special code breaking event where they deciphered hidden messages. The event was influenced by a North school trip to Bletchley Park where Enigma was broken by mathematicians during the Second World War. The battle of the brains challenged year seven students from schools across Bromsgrove, including Parkside, Catshill, St John's, Alvechurch and Aston Fields. Head of maths at North Bromsgrove High School, Nick Wynne, said: "Pupils from across Bromsgrove joined in and competed in pairs alongside more experienced mathematicians just in case they got stuck."

Montclair Craftsman Refurbishes Antique Radio:

July 27, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The automobile has Detroit. The airplane has Kitty Hawk. And radio has Montclair - or at it least it used to. Once upon a time, in the early 1920s, the Adams-Morgan Radio Company manufactured some of the first commercial radios in its factory on Alvin Place, the same building that now houses the Studio Players. The heyday of Adams-Morgan may be long past, but its radios are still making noise, thanks to the keen eye of Montclair radio enthusiast Al Schapira. This is how the Adams-Morgan RA-10 looked when Schapira began his work. It was a popular item that cost $85 in 1920. Schapira is a longtime fan and restorer of vintage radios. So when he spotted an Adams-Morgan RA-10 radio tuner from 1920 on eBay, he arranged with the Montclair Historical Society to bid on the item. With some private funding from the Historical Society, Schapira bought the tuner from its Overland Park, Kan., owner for $285 plus shipping. "My first reaction was 'I don't get it,'" said Jane Eliasof, executive director of the Montclair Historical Society, "because it's not just a radio in the way that we think of a radio, like a clock radio you just switch on. This has a receiver, two parts, and I couldn't understand in 1920 who was broadcasting anyway. So I had to wrap my head around what was happening in the world of broadcasting, and the technology behind it.

SARL HF Phone Contest

July 27, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 2

RSGB RoPoCo CW

July 27, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-0830Z, Aug 2

July 26, 2015

QSO Today Episode 51 -- Carole Perry, WB2MGP:

July 26, 2015 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- When it comes to introducing amateur radio
to kids, there is no better elmer than
Carole Perry, WB2MGP. Carole captured the
imagination of almost nine-hundred Staten
Island, New York, public school kids a
year, for almost thirty years. With this
experience and and knowledge, Carole is
still a leader in ham radio education
through a number of national
organizations. She joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in
this QSO Today.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

July 26, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech announce potential Phase-3E opportunity

July 26, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E space frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an amateur radio satellite

Intermediate NoVs to be withdrawn

July 26, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- UK Intermediate licence holders will no longer be able to apply for Notices of Variation to their licence for Repeaters or Internet Gateways, existing NoV's will not be renewed

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 26, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th July, through Friday, 24th July there were 209 countries active

Upcoming ARISS contact with United Space School, Seabrook, TX

July 26, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at United Space School, Seabrook, TX on 28 July

International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend Contest

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2

ARRL August UHF Contest

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 1 to 1800Z, Aug 2

European HF Championship

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 1

10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Aug 1 to 2359Z, Aug 2

TARA Grid Dip Shindig

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Aug 1

North American QSO Party, CW

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 1 to 0559Z, Aug 2

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E Opportunity:

July 26, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E space frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an amateur radio satellite. During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on 4 JUL 15, the AMSAT-DL membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3-E space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be shipped to Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government formally agree to fund such a mission. Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing from the FCC as the satellite's initial operator.

Series Eight Episode Sixteen - Friedrichshafen Wrap-Up (26 July 2015)

July 26, 2015 05:34 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH / N4CTH and welcome to a debut news appearance for Edmund Spicer M0MMG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is Final interviews from Friedrichshafen.
BBC Nano Computer's Final Design Confirmed
European Common Allocation Table
HamShield for Arduino (VHF/UHF transceiver)
Friedrichshafen informal C5 meeting
Radio Amateur's Antenna Mast Planning Victory
1900-2000 kHz to become Primary Ham Band
WIA Drafting 2-metre and 70-centimetre Band Plans

July 25, 2015

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase 3E Opportunity

July 25, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3E space frame into high-Earth orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an Amateur Radio satellite. During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on July 4, the membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3E space frame currently stored in Germany to be shipped to Virginia Tech for further const...

Propagation de K7RA

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- All daily sunspot numbers dipped into the double digits last week, with the average declining from 73.7 to 43.4. This compares the latest July 16 to 22 period against the previous seven days. Over the same periods, average daily solar flux went from 114.8 to 95.1

Record VK balloon flight gets in news media

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The high altitude flight by a standard foil party balloon launched from a Williamstown park in Melbourne Australia, which lasted eight weeks, travelling more than 110,800 kilometres, has been covered by the news media

Radio hams honored as 'unsung heroes'

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The La Verne City Council gave a heartfelt 'thank you' to the seven amateur radio operators described as 'unsung heroes' when disaster strikes

New edition of HamRadioNow released

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary Pearce KN4AQ looks at the ARRL Board Meeting; the Senate sponsor of the Amateur Radio Parity Act; Reddit's Ham Radio subReddit; a start-up car company CEO takes a swipe at Ham Radio

Ham Radio on BBC Surrey

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A BBC Surrey interview with the Chairman of the Farnborough and District Radio Society is expected to be broadcast today, July 25

Ham Radio at Museum of Power

July 25, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be operating GX0MWT from the Museum of Power at Langford in Essex on Sunday, July 26

NCCC Sprint Ladder

July 25, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 31

Lottery Grant for Tenby Radio Repeater Group Will Aid Emergency Communicati

July 25, 2015 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Tenby Radio Repeater Group (Tenby RRG) has received a lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Tenby RRG was set-up in 1993 by the late David Howells GW0WBQ and a group of like-minded radio amateurs to continue the work first started by the Tenby Amateur Radio Club, to construct a working 6m repeater. It is hard to believe that less than 25 years ago, very few people had even heard of the internet, let alone have access to it, and the idea of building and running a 6m repeater, in Pembrokeshire, was almost tantamount to climbing Mount Everest. This may sound a bit of a extreme statement, but even trying to find the most basic of information and parts was nearly impossible; all you could hope to get hold of was maybe some second-hand, unmodified PMR radios and without the information on how to convert them, they were next to useless. Of course, someone out there knew what to do and how to do it, but how to find them and then persuade them to show you what to do, was almost impossible in the extreme. These days, all that is required is internet access and about two to three hours spent behind the keyboard. After the death of David Howells, the Tenby RRG went into semi-hibernation, with most of the maintenance and running of the 6m repeater being carried out by the Cleddau Amateur Radio Society (CARS). Before David died, he had planned to extend the group work into new areas such as a 2m repeater, which having proven technology, was a safer bet than that of their 6m repeater.

July 24, 2015

Past IARU Region 3 Director, WARC-79 Delegate Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, SK

July 24, 2015 11:33 PM - ARRL --

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:

July 24, 2015 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- All daily sunspot numbers dipped into the double digits last week,
with the average declining from 73.7 to 43.4. This compares the
latest July 16 to 22 period against the previous seven days.

SEA-PAC Pioneer Al Berg, W7SIC, SK

July 24, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- One of the founding chairmen of SEA-PAC, Allan J. "Al" Berg, W7SIC, of Hillsboro, Oregon, died on July 22. He was 81 and had been suffering from cancer."Al was instrumental in assuring that SEA-PAC would be the premier Northwest ham convention and the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention," said ARRL Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry, W6ABM. "He is credited with securing the ARRL National Co...

Researchers Decode CASSIOPE Satellite Field Day Fly-Over Experiment Results

July 24, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The University of Calgary's "Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI)" on the CASSIOPE satellite was able to detect several ARRL Field Day stations on June 28. The RRI listened on 80 and 40 meter segments. Virginia Tech graduate researcher Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said that during the first 25 seconds of 7 MHz reception, he and his team aurally decoded and identifie...

FCC Shows No Mercy, Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior by Michigan Licensee

July 24, 2015 04:34 PM - ARRL --

The K7RA Solar Update

July 24, 2015 12:34 PM - ARRL -- All daily sunspot numbers dipped into the double digits last week, with the average declining from 73.7 to 43.4. This compares the latest July 16-22 period against the previous seven days.Over the same periods, average daily solar flux went from 114.8 to 95.1.Geomagnetic indices were mostly quiet, with average daily planetary A index going from 13.7 to 6.1 and average mid-latitude A index decli...

VP8SGI and VP8STI DXpedition

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are testing and re-testing our gear one last time before it goes into a container this week and makes its voyage to meet the RV Braveheart in New Zealand

Trade stands at the Space Colloquium Guildford

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- In addition to the AMSAT-UK shop there will be several traders at the International Space Colloquium in Guildford July 25-26. The RF Design stand of Kevin Avery G3AAF is a regular feature and there will also be stands from both Dave Powis G4HUP and Sam Jewell G4DDK

Take the USA Ham Radio License in the UK!

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- A group of ARRL certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs) will be hosting a USA ham radio exam night on the 27th of August. It will be held at the Lyne Village Hall, Chertsey, Lyne, KT16 0AN, UK. The session will start at 18.00h UK time

Project DX15 - Young Members DXpedition to Wales

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain's Youth Committee are running a Kenwood-sponsored Youth DXpedition and will be active as MC0RYC from the Brecon Beacons in Wales from July 23-30. They'll be on all bands HF through VHF, including satellite operations

Mid Ulster Club on an island

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be active this weekend using the Club call sign MN0 VFW / P

International Space Colloquium Guildford this weekend

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event takes place this weekend July 25-26 and is open to all

FCC proposes fining Radio Ham $1000 for failing to identify

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify

Colloquium presentations to be streamed live

July 24, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Thanks to the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the presentations at this weekend's AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium will be streamed live

Special Weekend Planned for Otley Radio Group's 50th:

July 24, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- AN OTLEY group dedicated to the delights of radio will celebrate its 50th anniversary next month. Otley Amateur Radio Society has organised a number of events for the weekend of August 29 and 30 to mark the occasion. On both days the society's base -- 'The Shack' at Clifton Village Hall in Newall Carr Road -- will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm. A special event station, using the callsign GB50ORS, will be operating during the entire weekend and trying to make contact with other radio operators across the world. There will be also be displays documenting the the history of the group, along with a wealth of detail about what the society does and amateur radio in general. And visitors will, at certain times, be given the chance to go on air and use a radio for themselves, guided by members who will be on hand throughout to answer questions.

Radio Tower, Antenna Going Up at Signal Hill:

July 24, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The local digital amateur radio club is installing a tower and antenna on Signal Hill -- the highest spot in the immediate area of Pacific. The Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC), which focuses on digital amateur radio, is a ham club of 26 members. It is dedicated to providing emergency communication services for Pacific and the surrounding communities. The club is installing a 56-foot tower and 23-foot antenna atop the 873-foot Signal Hill. Nike Missile signals were housed on the site during the Cold War, from 1958 to 1968, when the missiles were stored at the nearby Nike Hercules Missile Base SL-60. Nike School and the Meramec Valley School District's transportation department now occupy the old Nike Base, which was located a short distance from the signal site. The PMVARC antenna will support frequencies of a D-Star digital repeater, which the city of Pacific awarded to the club with the agreement that it would assist with emergency communications and offer training to area youngsters. Mid-America Testing Laboratory, located at 10525 Signal Hill Drive, and which now operates a seismic testing laboratory, made the space available for the tower to support the community's emergency response program. Rick Heitmann, Mid-America Testing owner, said his firm is happy to share the high spot with the radio club as a community service.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
WW1ME, 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:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Board Approves HF Band Plan, National Parks Event, Award Winners:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Meeting July 17-18 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors
adopted amendments to the ARRL HF Band Plan -- with some tweaks;
approved a National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) operating event in 2016 to
celebrate the National Park Service centennial; authorized the filing
of a rule making petition with the FCC seeking changes on 80 and 75
meters; initiated the search for a successor to ARRL CEO David Sumner,
K1ZZ, who will retire next May, and named several ARRL award
recipients.

ARRL Complains to FCC About Home Depot's Marketing of RF Lighting Devices:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has filed a formal complaint with the FCC, alleging that The Home Depot retail chain has been
marketing certain RF-ballast lighting devices in violation of FCC Part
18 rules.

FCC Announces Enforcement Bureau Field Office Reorganization Plans:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Forced under political pressure to take a few steps back from its
initial proposal to eliminate two-thirds of its Enforcement Bureau
field offices, the FCC has announced its final, scaled-down plan to
reorganize its field resources.

Amateur Radio Satellite Pioneer's Estate Will Boost ARRL Endowment Fund:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL will benefit from the largesse of the late Amateur Radio
satellite pioneer Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (ex-W6HDO), and his late wife
Mable Vierthaler. The League this month received the first major
installment of its portion of the couple's estate. Buttschardt also
designated AMSAT to receive a similar share. Buttschardt died in 2006,
and his wife in 2013. The funds will go into the ARRL Endowment Fund.
ARRL Development Manager Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, has estimated that the
ultimate gift will be in the vicinity of $280,000.

ARISS Offering Certificate for Receiving Apollo-Soyuz Mission SSTV Images:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who
received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th
anniversary event, July 18-19.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan's Premier Bicycle Tour:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- A team of Michigan Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication on
July 11 for the 39th running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle
tour. The annual event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring
Society (AABTS), kicks off from and ends at the Chelsea, Michigan,
fairgrounds and offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles. The longer
routes pass through the town of Hell.

Balloon Carrying Radio Payload Circles Southern Hemisphere a Second Time:

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- After traveling for more than 110,800 km (68,696 mi) aloft, the
record-setting pico balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload,
completed its second circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere,
before descending into the Indian Ocean on July 18 due to bad weather.
The helium balloon and its solar-powered 25 mW payload were launched on
May 23 by Andy Nguyen, VK3YT.

In Brief...

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- QRZ.com Major Website Upgrade Continues: The popular QRZ.com website has been undergoing a major upgrade since
July 17, and things are going a bit more slowly than initially
anticipated. QRZ.com Founder and President Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, said the
site's engineers encountered some unforeseen problems. "What started
out as a simple update that went bad is now almost over," Lloyd
announced on the site's Facebook page
early on July 22.

Getting It Right!

July 24, 2015 04:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Some errors crept into the article "New Horizons Phones Home," which
appeared in the July 16 edition of The ARRL Letter. The correct
downlink frequency is 8.44 GHz; 7.2 GHz is the uplink frequency. Dave
Hershberger, W9GR, senior scientist with Continental Electronics, told
ARRL that his firm is constructing 80 kW uplink transmitters for JPL to
reach the probe, which has a 12 W transmitter to cover the same
distance back (JPL has had 20 kW uplink transmitters but wanted more
power, Hershberger said).

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1969 July 24 2015:

July 24, 2015 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Your ARRL membership dues are going up. Amateur Radio Newsline?s Young Ham of the Year scores another big win. AMSAT gets a chance at a rideshare into orbit. Hunters compete to be champ in hidden transmitter hunting. And Mexican amateurs get a new global repeater directory. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1969 coming your way right now.

FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

July 24, 2015 01:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, had been warned last August about not following the Commission's Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his deliberate disregard of that warning warranted the proposed penalty.

Party Balloon Carrying Ham Radio Payload Circles Southern Hemisphere a Second Time

July 24, 2015 01:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- After travelling for more than 110,800 km (68,696 mi) aloft, the record-setting pico balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, completed its second circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere, before descending into the Indian Ocean on July 18 due to bad weather. The helium balloon and its solar-powered 25 mW payload were launched on May 23 by Andy Nguyen, VK3YT.

Rural Rockford homicide victim was a 'well-liked' retiree, avid gun collector (Illinois)

July 24, 2015 01:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Friends say Henry Murphy was a highly intelligent man and an avid firearm collector who had amassed a large collection of ammunition and guns he kept locked in cabinets at his rural Rockford home in Owen Center Township.

July 23, 2015

FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

July 23, 2015 06:36 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, had been warned last August about not following the Commission's Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his "deliberate disregard" of that warning warranted the proposed penalty."Mr Tolassi...has a history of failing to comply with the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service," the FCC said...

Phone Fray

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 29

VOACAP Propagation Planner revisited!

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- VOACAP Propagation Planner is a comprehensive planning tool for HF contesters and DXers

UR4NWW DXpedition to Bakota Monastery

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UR4NWW team (including Vladimir UR5NBC, Maria US5NMM and others) plan to activate on the 25th and 26th of July Bakota Monastery

St. Paul Island DXpedition update

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The St. Paul Island DXpedition scheduled for August 19-29th, 2016, has added another new member/operator to the team - Phil, VA3QR. This completes their roster (9 operators)

Space Colloquium - Speakers for Sunday

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all

Skills Night Report

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, July 20 saw the 18th Skills Night to be hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

Satellite Beginners Session in Guildford

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford starts at 3:30pm on Friday, July 24 with a special session for newcomers to the amateur satellite world

Phil Karn KA9Q to give ISEE-3 presentation at Guildford

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-UK is pleased to announce that Phil Karn KA9Q will be traveling from California to attend this year's International Space Colloquium which takes place at the Holiday Inn, Guildford on July 24-26

N4KC publishes three new books, two for Ham Radio

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Prolific author and active Amateur Radio operator Don Keith N4KC has just published three new works. One is another in his series of non-fiction books dealing with World War II history and the other two are aimed at those interested in the hobby of Ham Radio

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 23, 2015 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The early part of the week was very poor but conditions did improve as the week went on culminating in a pretty good weekend

July 22, 2015

N4KC Publishes Three New Books, Two for Ham Radio:

July 22, 2015 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Prolific author and active Amateur Radio operator Don Keith, N4KC has just
published three new works. One is another in his series of non-fiction books dealing
with World War II history and the other two are aimed at those interested in the hobby
of Ham Radio.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan's Premier Bicycle Tour

July 22, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL -- A team of Michigan Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication on July 11 for the 39th running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle tour. The annual event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS), kicks off from and ends at the Chelsea, Michigan, fairgrounds and offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles. The longer routes pass through the town of Hell. This marked the 2...

WB6RSE Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 22, 2015 03:36 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the July 2015 QST Cover Plaque award is Steve Lawrence, WB6RSE, for his article "Rebuilding a Receiving Flag Antenna for 160 Meters."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 August issue today.

Party Balloon Carrying Ham Radio Payload Circles Southern Hemisphere a Second Time

July 22, 2015 03:36 PM - ARRL -- After travelling for more than 110,800 km (68,696 mi) aloft, the record-setting pico balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, completed its second circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere, before descending into the Indian Ocean on July 18 due to bad weather. The helium balloon and its solar-powered 25 mW payload were launched on May 23 by Andy Nguyen, VK3YT. "It was an exciting but...

Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial:

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- John Kanzius, a leukemia patient and retired radio engineer, stands in his garage next to several versions of a machine he invented to kill cancer by creating an intense electromagnetic field to heat nanoparticles attached to tumors, in Sanibel Island, Fla. on Feb. 20, 2008. His body ravaged by chemotherapy treatments, retired radio engineer John Kanzius spent months in his basement in 2003 cobbling together a makeshift tumor-killing machine. Kanzius had no medical background. He had been a ham radio operator and the owner of a television and radio station company. But he had leukemia, and he did not want to die. He was also sharp, dogged and a quick learner. He immersed himself in scientific studies, poring over the latest cancer research. Radio waves heated metal, and he wondered if they could be safely transmitted into humans to destroy tumors. He did not know it then, but the John Kanzius's Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Device that evolved from this thought experiment would eventually make the pages of respected medical journals and attract the support of leading cancer researchers, as well as a Nobel Prize winner. When I interviewed him in his Erie, Pennsylvania, home in 2007, he vowed to live to see the day that his device would treat humans. He also desperately wanted to cure himself. Dr. Steven A. Curley, an oncologist then at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who launched Kanzius's research into the national spotlight and devoted his career to the project, visited him in the hospital in 2008. Curley had treated many cancer patients, but over the previous five years he had grown particularly close with Kanzius. "I don't think I've got long to go," Kanzius told Curley. "I just want you to promise me that you won't give up. You will get this to human trials." Curley promised he would. "I believe in this," he said. "It has unbelievable potential." In 2009, Kanzius died at 64 from pneumonia while undergoing chemotherapy. Many thought the Kanzius machine would die with him. But this May, Curley filed protocols with the Italian Ministry of Health to test the radio wave machine on humans diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer. Pending approval in the fall, human clinical trials will begin in the spring of next year in Naples, Italy.

Ham Radio Operators Ready to Help as Needed:

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In a large shed off a gravel drive, several men gather around a radio. For 22 hours, they've been scanning the airwaves trying to make contact with other operators. Because of storms, though, they haven't had much luck. This time, that's OK, because the amateur radio operators that comprise Katy's Amateur Radio Society aren't in any kind of emergency situation. Instead, they're participating in the annual international Field Day for other radio operators who take to the airwaves for 24 hours and tally how many contacts they can make. Last year, the group fared much better, but it isn't a supercompetitive bunch; so the lower count doesn't seem to bother them. In the world of ham radio, people don't have names, they have call signs. So, the Katy society president isn't Bob Bentley, he's WB3EWP. As far as hobbies go, amateur radio operating isn't your typical weekend activity. More than a century old, radio operating requires a fair amount of technical know-how, knowledge that is crucial for governments and emergency responders. Ever since the club was founded in 1980 after operating informally for a few years, members of the group have assisted officials during major weather events, helped hospitals communicate when communication was down and worked big happenings like the Houston Marathon or the MS 150 bike ride. In fact, amateur radio operators are so critical that when it looked like their national numbers were decreasing, the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates licensing, dropped Morse code from the test and increased the number of people allowed to administer the test.

La Verne City Council Honors 'Unsung Heroes':

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The La Verne City Council gave a heartfelt "thank you" to the seven ham radio operators described as "unsung heroes" when disaster strikes. If no one else can communicate, the LASERS can, council members said Monday night after giving certificates of appreciation to La Verne Amateur Services Emergency Radio Support president David Macchia, vice president Jack Swank, secretary/treasurer Suzanne Swank and members Kathy Macchia, Bill Elftman Jr. and Chuck Andreu. Jay Jones, the University of La Verne professor originally from Indiana and nicknamed "Indiana Jones" by his cohorts, was vacationing and couldn't attend the council meeting. "If anything goes down, call on us," advised Jack Swank, also a Federal Communications Commission examiner for Americans taking tests to become licensed ham-radio operators. "If all else fails, amateur radio operators can get through during any natural disaster or major emergency. "We're under the radar, Many people don't know we exist," he added, but if disaster strikes, these seven volunteers swing into action to open and keep lines of communication going among emergency and public-safety personnel and people fretting about the survival and condition of loved ones in an affected area. The LASERS were established in 1996 to provide communication services via shortwave radio during emergencies and natural disasters. Since its inception, the group limited to a maxiumum of 10 members has trained, planned and coordinated shortwave radio services supporting public-safety operations in La Verne.

SatNOGS DB, the open satellite transponder database opens for contributions

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SatNOGS team has launched and opened up for contributions it's open-source crowd-sourced satellite transponder database

New software update for RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom Inc has released a software update for their RS-BA1 Amateur radio IP remote control software offering a change in design and new features

New Radio Initiative website

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A bi-lingual website is now available for the New Radio Initiative

Codecrackers say Gimme Morse

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bangalore Mirror reports Morse Code is witnessing a revival in the city thanks to radio amateur Krishna Kumar VU3UNO

Celebration and promotion of marine beacons

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has attracted 370 registrations from 33 nations, with at least 100 more expected before the fun event is held on August 15-16

Amateur Radio satellite pioneer's bequest

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report they will benefit from the largesse of the late Amateur Radio satellite pioneer Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (ex-W6HDO), and his late wife Mable Vierthaler

Special price for Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

July 22, 2015 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A special full colour edition of the book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2015 will be available for just £15 at this weekend's AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford

La Verne City Council honors 'unsung heroes' (California)

July 22, 2015 04:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The La Verne City Council gave a heartfelt thank you to the seven ham radio operators described as unsung heroes when disaster strikes. If no one else can communicate, the LASERS can, council members said Monday night after giving certificates of appreciation to La Verne Amateur Services Emergency Radio Support president David Macchia, vice president Jack Swank, secretary/treasurer Suzanne Swank and members Kathy Macchia, Bill Elftman Jr. and Chuck Andreu. Jay Jones, the University of La Verne professor originally from Indiana and nicknamed Indiana Jones by his cohorts, was vacationing and couldn't attend the council meeting.

Sahuarita possible connection for emergency network (Arizona)

July 22, 2015 04:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Pima County is seeking help establishing a backup communications network if disaster strikes, and is looking to Sahuarita as a possible connector.
The Office of Emergency Management is looking for licensed amateur radio operators to help develop and oversee a mesh network independent of cell phones, land lines and Internet.

Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial

July 22, 2015 04:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- His body ravaged by chemotherapy treatments, retired radio engineer John Kanzius spent months in his basement in 2003 cobbling together a makeshift tumor-killing machine. Kanzius had no medical background. He had been a ham radio operator and the owner of a television and radio station company. But he had leukemia, and he did not want to die.

July 21, 2015

ARISS Offering Certificate for Receiving Apollo-Soyuz Mission SSTV Images

July 21, 2015 06:35 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th anniversary event, July 18-19. The ARISS team transmitted a series of 12 SSTV images related to the historical event. Apollo-Soyuz represented the first joint US-USSR mission, and it set the stage for later US-Russia collaboration on ...

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