March 04, 2015

ANZAC Centenary Callsigns Deadline:

March 04, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- All applications for the commemorative ANZAC suffixed callsigns issued by the WIA must be made fairly soon and certainly finalised before the end of March. The WIA Board has a deadline of March 31 for its ANZAC callsigns, with applications accepted online and filled in using the correct UTC day or days. The callsign applications are only for up to a week at a time. If seeking an ANZAC callsign read the requirements and obligations which include eQSLing, logging and award eligibility. This information will not only be of interest to ANZAC stations, but they can mention them frequently on air and refer to the WIA website for full further detail. ANZAC callsign bookings have been good and where overlaps in proposed dates have occurred, the majority of groups are showing consideration and have been flexible enough to adapt. Also a number of other clubs and individuals are to use the alternative AX callsign prefix, available this year for up to 48 hours. Following WIA representations the ACMA in recognition that this is the Centenary of ANZAC, will allow for the use of AX on Saturday and Sunday April 25 and 26.

WIA: QSL Collection Report:

March 04, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- During 2015 some major work has been carried out to tidy up the WIA Bayswater factory space behind the WIA Office. This work included the QSL collection area. The WIA, thanks to the work of Ken Matchett VK3TL - Silent Key, has the 2nd largest historic QSL collection in the world. This is a collection of QSL cards that have been donated by Radio Amateurs and Short-Wave Listeners from both Australia and overseas, the aim of which is to preserve the history of Amateur Radio. QSL cards also have an archival value in that old QSLs, through their description of radio equipment and comments made by our Radio Amateurs, can depict the fascinating world of amateur radio in its early days. Members of the WIA have reason to be proud of their WIA QSL Collection, as it contains some of the rarest archival material in the world. The QSL of Reinhartz 1XAM of the USA, and De Loy of France is in the collection. It was this amateur radio transmission between these two experimenters in November 1923 that bridged the Atlantic for the first time. The QSLs of Frank Bell Z4AA and Cecil Goyder G2SZ are also in the collection. These experimenters made the first two-way amateur radio contact between New Zealand and England in 1924. The Collection has also an excellent range of post WW1 QSLs such as rare DX, IOTA, DOK, Prefix and USA County QSLs, in addition to a thematic collection and a pictorial collection containing some of the World's most attractively designed QSLs.

Morsy -- Morse Code Encoder and Player:

March 04, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Morse code generator.Morsy allows you, even if you are not an amateur radio, to translate automatically and in real time a textual note to Morse visual code. Dont worry if you dont know the Morse code, this app translate and play your message instantly. You can also share morse code with your friends.

Austin Amateur Radio Supply Closes:

March 04, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Texas amateur radio equipment distributor Austin Amateur Radio Supply has closed its doors. Started by Johnny Paul, WA5BGO, SK, over 35 years ago, Austin Amateur Radio Supply had been a regular advertiser in the major ham publications. After Paul's death in late 2013, Austin Amateur Radio continued operation for well over a year.

March 03, 2015

New Deadline is April 15 to Apply for Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Scholarships

March 03, 2015 07:32 PM - ARRL -- The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) has shifted to April 15 the deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 academic year scholarships it administers. Individuals and Amateur Radio clubs across the US sponsor these academic awards, and the FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. Applicants must hold a valid Amateur Radio license and be enrolled or...

ARISS Offering Online Information Sessions for Prospective Contact Hosts

March 03, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program coordinator will offer three online information sessions during March for schools and organizations that are interested in hosting an ARISS Amateur Radio contact with a member of the International Space Station crew. These hour-long sessions are aimed at providing more information regarding US ARISS contacts and the proposal p...

ARRL 2015 Field Day Gear, Supplies Now Available!

March 03, 2015 04:34 PM - ARRL --

Radio hams will be at BBC Solar Eclipse event

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Two radio amateurs, Dave Akerman M0RPI and Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, will be at the BBC Stargazing Live solar eclipse event at Leicester on March 20

NZ National System Award 2015

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- This year, the theme of the award is the ANZAC Centenary

A photo tour of the National Capital Radio and Television Museum

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb 24, I made a pilgrimage the to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Maryland, USA

Essex Intermediate Ham Radio Course

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- An Intermediate course run by volunteers from the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will start in April

Changes to frequencies available for radio microphones in NZ

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- From 11 March 2015, radio microphones (and other wireless audio devices such as in-earpieces), will no longer be permitted to operate in the 698-806 MHz frequency range in New Zealand

Africa All Mode International DX Contest

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Over the weekend of 14 and 15 March, you can participate in the Africa All Mode International DX Contest which will be on the air from 12:00 UTC on the Saturday to 12:00 UTC on the Sunday with CW, phone and RTTY activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres

20-year-old military weather satellite apparently explodes in orbit

March 03, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- SpaceNews reports that a 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit February 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike

Brownie Kathryn Takes to the Airways to Say Hello:

March 03, 2015 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- A BROWNIE took to the airwaves to speak to girls in the Scouting movement on World Thinking Day. Kathryn Sipple, seven, of the 17th Leigh Brownies, is the great grand-daughter of amateur radio antenna designer Gordon "Dicky" Bird and sent greetings to 15 Guides and Brownies in South Ockendon on Sunday. As the youngest member of the Essex Ham radio club, she broadcast the messages under the guidance of her parents, both of whom are licensed radio amateurs. She also completed her first electronics project at the weekend, at Southend's Raspberry Jam technology event, where the team from Essex Ham was demonstrating how to send and receive radio messages to and from the International Space Station.

March 02, 2015

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

March 02, 2015 07:34 PM - ARRL -- This month's QuickStats poll has been posted! Check the QuickStats page and answer these questions . . .• Do you wait to see a QST "Product Review" of a new transceiver before you make the decision to purchase?•Do you use the QST "Product Review" online archive at www.arrl.org/product-review to help make a purchase decision regarding older gear?• When reading a transceiver "Product Review," wha...

Past IARU Region 1 Chairman Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU, SK

March 02, 2015 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Past International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Chairman Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU, of Zundert, Netherlands, died February 28 after a brief illness. Van de Nadort served as the IARU Region 1 Chair from 1975 until 2002. He was a founding member of the IARU Administrative Council. "He will be sorely missed by his many colleagues and friends in IARU and around the world," said IARU Reg...

ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations DVD Now Available

March 02, 2015 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL is making available a DVD of ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations. The ARRL National Centennial Convention last July in Hartford, Connecticut, was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Amateur Radio's past and promising future. More than 3300 members and friends attended. Many convention visitors were entertained and informed by primary guest speakers at the event, and ...

Pat Hawker G3VA archive auction

March 02, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The papers of a telecommunications legend, Pat Hawker G3VA are being auctioned

History This Week

March 02, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

DXpedition to Wales

March 02, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A reminder from James Monahan 2E0JPM that the RSGB is looking for 10 young people to go on a DXpedition to the Brecon Beacons in July

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 02, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd February, through Sunday, 1st March there were 228 countries active

Central States VHF Society Call for Papers

March 02, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Central States VHF Society is calling for the submission of papers, presentations and posters for the upcoming 49th Annual Central States VHF Society Conference slated for July 23rd through the 26th in Denver, Colorado

UBA Spring Contest, CW

March 02, 2015 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1100Z, Mar 8

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

March 02, 2015 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1700Z, Mar 8

Amateur Radio Club Gathers for Hamfest:

March 02, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- La PORTE -- The La Porte Civic Auditorium was filled with hams and non-hams alike during the La Porte County Amateur Radio Club's annual Cabin Fever Hamfest on Saturday. About 60 vendors were set up, selling radio equipment, electronic items, tools, radio paraphernalia and more. One booth offered custom-embroidered hats and T-shirts. "It's basically an electronics flea market," Brian Salzer, president of LPCARC, said. "We have radio equipment and odds and ends of other things. Old parts, new parts, basically stuff like that."

Ham Radio Vital to Emergency Communications:

March 02, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- COOKEVILLE -- It's a hobby that is considered "old school" by many, but it is a vital component when it comes to communication during disasters. "Ham radios were very useful during Katrina and 9/11," Marty Smith, emergency coordinator with the Putnam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said. The ARES came about during the civil defense days and consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

March 01, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at very low levels

NZ VHF Convention Easter 2015

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hosted by The Wellington VHF Group and Kapiti Amateur Radio Society. Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April at Waikanae

The Wanganui Award

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wanganui (NZ) has just celebrated the 100th birthday of the Dublin Street Bridge so, it seems fitting to have a promotion of the Wanganui Award which depicts the Old Town Bridge which was replaced in 1970

SOTABEAMS appointed as Peak dealer

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS have been appointed as a dealer for the range of test equipment manufactured in the UK by Peak Electronics

Recreational Vehicles and Radio Hams

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Herb and Lois Maas, W0HM and KA0VBG, live in a very small house. And it has a steering wheel. Their 'permanent address' is a mailbox in South Dakota that they visit once a year

QSO Today EP 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final amplifier, to a childhood of radio and audio repair, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make radio his life's work

Olivier, ON4EI back in Ireland

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A between March 1st and April 2nd. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy

Linortek Netbell

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing about its own technological revolution

HAMNET 40 metre Simulated Emergency Contest

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- This afternoon between 12:00 and 14:00 UTC, you and your club can participate in the HAMNET 40 metre Simulated Emergency Contest

Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society magzine

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society (DKARS) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch

Digital voice unit in production

March 01, 2015 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Codec2 digital voice developer, David Rowe VK5DGR, has announced that the first batch of 100 SM1000s are being built in China right now and shipping may start in late March

Open Ukraine RTTY Championship

March 01, 2015 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z-2059Z, Mar 7 (Low Band) and 2100Z-2359Z, Mar 7 (Low Band) and 0800Z-1059Z, Mar 8 (High Band) and 1100Z-1359Z, Mar 8 (High Band)

Wake-Up! QRP Sprint

March 01, 2015 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-0629Z, Mar 7 and 0630Z-0659Z, Mar 7 and 0700Z-0729Z, Mar 7 and 0730Z-0800Z, Mar 7

ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB

March 01, 2015 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Mar 7 to 2400Z, Mar 8

Radio Donation Boosts County Emergency Capabilities:

March 01, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Late Park Falls resident Bill Berg held a number of distinctions in life, including but nowhere limited to World War II veteran, father, musician, and amateur radio operator. Berg's legacy will continue to impact local communities via the donation of his radio equipment, which stands ready to support emergency response efforts in Price County. Robert Loomis, a member of the Price County Repeater Association and local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) rep, presented Berg's family with a certificate of appreciation for making the donation to ARES at the February meeting of the Price County Board of Supervisors. Loomis touched on the value of the high-frequency radio equipment, now installed in the office of emergency government. "It really expands our capabilities here to support communications in the event that public safety communications fail," Loomis said. County Board Chairman Robert Kopisch also weighed in on the donation's significance, noting "in Price County, we have so many gaps in communications that this is really a necessary piece of our response in emergency management." As one example of how the technology form can represent a vital safety net in times of potential public danger, amateur radio helped those in the county maintain communications after severe storms temporarily put other ways of staying in touch out of commission last September.

QSO Today Episode 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC:

March 01, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Beginning at the age of five, when his
father could get him inside a Gates
broadcast transmitter to change out the
bypass capacitors in the final amplifier,
to a childhood of radio and audio repair,
Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make
radio his life's work. Kevin's Repeater
Builder website has become the go to
Internet resource for information on
surplus land mobile radios, equipment, and
test gear for building and maintaining
amateur radio repeaters. Kevin joins
Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

February 28, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3

TDOTA in Essex newspaper

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Southend Echo reports on the amateur radio Thinking Day On The Air Event (TDOTA) held on Sunday, February 22

Ofcom White Space Consultation

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a consultation setting out proposals for authorising certain types of white space devices on a licensed basis

Essex hams promoting the hobby

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex radio amateurs will be at London's Covent Garden today to promote the hobby at the free Rapsberry Pi event Raspberry Jam

CQ-DATV 21 available for download

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV magazine issue 21 is now available for download

Book helps Hams have fun with Morse Code

February 28, 2015 09:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Passing a Morse Code test is no longer required to get an amateur radio license, but there's still a mystique about Morse Code, and many hams are interested in acquiring this skill and getting on the air. That being the case, Dan Romanchik, KB6NU is excited to announce the publication of The CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code

VI8ANZAC is On the Air:

February 28, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has caused many dog-piles on the bands. DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that concentration has been on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. The lower bands are a bit of a challenge during the Australian northern wet season with very high noise levels.

FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Celebrations, Legal Threats and Morse Code:

February 28, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Republicans, telecoms and their industry groups lashed out at the FCC over new rules that more strictly regulate the Internet. Democrats and Internet content companies celebrated. The Federal Communication Commission voted Thursday to enact new net neutrality rules that give the commission oversight of the Internet in an effort to ensure a level playing field on the web. But if anyone needed proof that the debate over net neutrality and government regulation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is far from over, they needed only to look at the wide range of responses to the FCC's Thursday vote. Companies, industry groups, politicians and even the White House weighed in with their (differing) views on the new FCC rules and where things should go from here.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #9 de K7RA:

February 28, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same
(59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined,
from 121.4 to 116.3.

February 27, 2015

There's a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

February 27, 2015 07:32 PM - ARRL -- Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It's time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and ...

International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8

February 27, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- Advance registration for those planning to attend the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, April 16-19, ends on April 8. An updated list of those already registered to attend is on the convention website!The Visalia program includes DX University and Contest Academy sessions, an ARRL, DX, and Contest forums, and a long list of DX and technical presentations, as well as an entire ...

The K7RA Solar Update

February 27, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.The latest NOAA/USAF so...

RSGB respond to Ofcom UHF review

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB has responded to the Ofcom call for inputs to the strategic review of the 420-470 MHz spectrum

New 10m Beacon GB3TEN

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kevin Wall G0LRK reports at 1500 UT on Thursday, February 26, the QRP beacon GB3TEN was activated on 28.244 MHz from Fleetwood, Lancashire, IO83LV

Let's Build A Field Strength Meter

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows how to build a field strength meter in a Digital Volt Meter (DVM) case

HE200GE activity from Switzerland

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special event station HE200GE will be on the air during 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Republic of Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation

Chelmsford Talk: The GB3VHF Story

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, March 3, Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ will be giving a presentation on the GB3VHF and GB3UHF beacons to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, all are welcome to attend

ARRL Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee has concluded that it would be unrealistic to try to bring the ARRL 40m band plan into alignment with the rest of the world

Applications for Youth DXpeditions close on Sunday!

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Applications from UK amateurs for the DX15 DXpedition to Wales and the YOTA event to Italy close on 1 March 2015 - you've got under a week to get your applications in!

Alabama ARES raises alert level

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL say a state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, as the state confronts what the National Weather Service is calling 'a historic winter storm' that is affecting areas along and north of Interstate 20

Area Man Uses Ham Radio to Call for Help:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio - and a "guardian angel" - were the stars of a road-crash rescue Saturday morning on Arkansas Highway 201 just south of the Missouri line. James "Jim" Long, who lives in Baxter County, Arkansas, said he set out for Mountain Home Saturday morning to get to the truck he drives on weekends for Magness Oil, but the roads were treacherously slick with ice and slush, and he stopped on a hilltop, where he had a cell phone signal, and called his dispatcher to say he wasn't going to make it in. The dispatcher agreed, and Long had turned around and was heading back home when he came upon a car on its side at the bottom of a hill. "Its back end was up on the guardrail, and I was looking at the bottom of it," he said. The driver, Ashley Miller, 25, was also on her way to work - at Hobby Lobby in Mountain Home. She told the Times Tuesday that she "hit a patch of black ice and felt the car spin. I saw the guardrail coming up and then I hit, and next thing I know I'm upside down in my car." She said rescue personnel told her later the car, a Ford Escape, may have flipped three or four times before landing on the guardrail. "I had blood coming out of my head. Then I heard someone coming, and I honked my horn so they would know someone was in there," she said. Long heard the honking horn and a woman crying inside the vehicle. "I went to see about her," he said. One of the first things he saw was two infant car seats in the back - both empty. "I thought, 'Oh, thank God there weren't any kids with her,'" he said. "I was wanting out of there," Miller said. "I smelled gas and the seat belt was cutting into me. My head was cut, and I had a laceration on my arm. Mr. Jim tried to open the door, but it wouldn't open. Then he tried the moon roof. I switched the key, and the roof opened a little so he could pry it open. He came through the roof and reached in and cut my seat belt off. Then he helped pull me out." The vehicle's airbags did not deploy, she said. "Mr. Jim helped me over to his truck and wrapped me up with his coat," Miller said. The crash had happened "down in a creek bottom where there wasn't a cell phone signal," Long said. But he has a HAM radio in his pickup, and he used it to call for help, connecting with the HAM repeater in Mountain Home. "One of my fellow HAMs came right back and said he would call 911," said Long, who only knows the man monitoring the signal that morning as Junior, whose call sign is N9JSM. "It wasn't long at all before a first responder from Clarkridge Fire Department got there, and then the Baxter County Sheriff's deputy and the ambulance," he said. Miller was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, where she was treated and released.

Verizon Issues Furious Response to FCC, in Morse Code, Dated 1934:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Verizon wants 1st Amendment right to edit the Web, but rules from 1934 are too old. Verizon is just so mad at the Federal Communications Commission today that a normal press release wouldn't do. After all, Verizon issues so many press releases denouncing the FCC for trying to regulate telecommunications that today's vote on net neutrality required a special one to make sure it would be remembered.

ARNewsline Report 1954 Feb 27 2015:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Ham radio responds as a pair of tropical cyclones hit Australia; the FCC and the Food and Drug Administration look the future of medical remote electronics; printed FCC issued ham licenses come to an end; stunning images received from the latest ISS slow scan television experiment and the nominating period opens for the 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1954 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #8:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA0HW, 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:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL is asking members to comment by
April 19 on possible changes to the League's HF Band Plans suggested by the HF Band Planning
Committee. The survey is part of the committee's efforts to tweak the
band plans for the RTTY/data/CW portions of 80 through 10 meters --
excepting 60 meters.

ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL and Liberty Mutual Insurance have reached an
agreement to provide League
members with home and automobile insurance discounts. In the past, this
membership benefit was provided by MetLife. Under the affinity
arrangement, a portion of each premium comes back to ARRL.

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, Appointed as Virginia Section Manager:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, has been appointed Virginia Section Manager. An
ARRL Life Member from Richmond, Palsa succeeds Carl Clements, W4CAC, of
Portsmouth, who has stepped down due to increased work commitments.
Palsa's appointment is effective immediately. ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton,
NN1N, made the appointment of Palsa in consultation with ARRL Roanoke
Division Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ. Clements had been the Virginia
Section Manager since 2008. He also had served in the post from 2001
until 2006. Palsa will complete the current term of office, which
continues until March 31, 2016.

Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April
1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for
new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager
election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters.
Several candidates in this cycle ran unopposed.

No One In the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts In ARRL DX CW Contest:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The six-person group operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International
DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the
first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The
scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack
Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV's
operating positions were vacant over the February 21-22 weekend,
because the operators were elsewhere. One participant even managed to
operate during the contest from two states -- Maryland and Florida.

There's a Place for You In the ARRL International DX Phone Contest!

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears.
It's time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice
keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9 (UTC),
and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be
looking for stations in the US and Canada.

Spacewalks Interrupt ISS Amateur Radio SSTV, School Contact Schedules:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Spacewalks recently disrupted previously scheduled Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) activities.
ISS crew members Barry Wilmore, Terry Virts, and Samantha
Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, worked outside the ISS on February 21 and 25,
and another "extra-vehicular activity" or EVA -- NASA's term for a
spacewalk -- is set for March 1. During such excursions, Amateur Radio
gear on the ISS is shut down for safety reasons.

Australian Hams Respond Following Severe Weather:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers with Australia's Central Queensland Amateur
Radio Association (CQARA) initiated nets on
HF and VHF in the wake of a tropical cyclone (hurricane). After making
landfall on February 20, Cyclone Marcia caused major damage, ripping
roofs from structures, downing trees and power lines, and damaging
other infrastructure. Flooding was widespread. The cyclone was a
category 5 storm with winds of 155 MPH when it hit Yeppoon. It lost
intensity as it slowly moved south, and was downgraded to a Category 1
storm.

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life Into 'Orphaned' Shortwave Channel:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A few radio amateurs are frustrated broadcasters, and when German
national broadcaster the Deutsche Welle closed down a 500 kW shortwave
broadcast transmitter near Munich, an entity headed and operated by
hams applied for and was granted the vacant channel of 6070 kHz in the
49 meter shortwave band.

'Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll' Posted On GDXF Site:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Anyone who likes Top 10 lists or even statistics will find something to
appreciate in the "Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll," compiled and posted by Jari
Jussila, OH2BU, and Bernd Koch, DF3CB. At the very least, this resource
will help to settle any arguments as to the accomplishments of any
DXpedition that logged at least 30,000 contacts. The German DX
Foundation (GDXF) is hosting the Honor Roll, which includes 221 Mega
DXpeditions. Each listing provides a link to details of the DXpedition
and QSL card image. Individual links sort the database on various
categories, including such statistics as QSOs per day and Top 20 modes.

Nominations Sought Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking
nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) Award. To be
considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has
benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development
directly or indirectly related to communications.

Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- NASA astronaut and Amateur Radio operator John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, is
among those to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring.

February 26, 2015

US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

February 26, 2015 08:34 PM - ARRL --

WRTC 2014 documentary released

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- James Brooks 9V1YC has made available a video about the amateur radio World Radiosport Team Championship 2014

Wideband HF transmissions at HFIA

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The slides from the HF Industry Association Meeting held February 12, 2015 in San Diego, CA are now available online

Two new ARRL Section Managers will take office on April 1

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms

New Digital TV Repeater for Kent

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Justin G8YTZ is delighted to announce that authorisation and NOV has been received from OFCOM approving a new Digital Amateur TV Repeater at Selling Minnis, between Ashford and Dover, Kent

National Mills Weekend

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Several radio amateurs of VERON section A54 will take part in the National Mills Weekend on the 9th and 10th of May 2015

German special event stations

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Three separate German special event stations will be on the air during March

144.390 FM APRS balloon heads for UK

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The solar powered around-the-world high altitude balloon was released by the California Near Space Project team on Monday, February 23 and is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The APRS beacon should have a radio range of up to 400 km

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- TI9/3Z9DX (Cocos Is) was up there most of the week but didn't have it all his own way. PW0F, (Fernando de Noronha, Brazil) and ZV8V (Mosqueiro Island, Brazil) popped up to lead a couple of days

AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest

February 26, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2300Z, Mar 4 to 2300Z, Mar 5 and 2300Z, Mar 7 to 2300Z, Mar 8

ARNewsline Seeks 2015 YHOTY Nominations:

February 26, 2015 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year Award. For consideration, a nominee must have used amateur radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.

Ham College Episode 2:

February 26, 2015 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham College, the new show for those new to
the hobby and those wishing to get into
Amateur Radio.

Alabama ARES Raises Alert Level in Face of Unaccustomed Winter Weather

February 26, 2015 01:32 AM - ARRL -- A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, as the state confronts what the National Weather Service is calling "a historic winter storm" that is affecting areas along and north of Interstate 20. Snow accumulations of 6 inches or more already have been reported, and up to 1 foot or more of snow is expected in some counties. Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers have b...

February 25, 2015

ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

February 25, 2015 11:32 PM - ARRL --

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life into "Orphaned" Shortwave Channel

February 25, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL --

Nominations Sought for 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award

February 25, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YOTY) Award. To be considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.Nominees must be no older than 19 and reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. The individua...

Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1

February 25, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters; some candidates ran unopposed.In Wyoming, challenger Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, of Cheyenne, will be the new Section Manage...

Local DAB radio trials

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has announced trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio

EURAO Party - Winter 2015: silence please, QRP on air

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'silence please, QRP on air'

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