September 02, 2015

The ARRL September VHF Contest Beckons!

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

$50SAT Goes Silent

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

Trio Launched to ISS Includes Two Radio Amateurs

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

Jamboree On The Air 2015 Station Registration is Open

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

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

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

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

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

Llanelli radio hams and Help For Heroes

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

Lessons from the draft UK regulations for CubeSats

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

HI HI: LOL of the 19th century ?

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

156 years ago, a solar superstorm

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

Brentwood: Class Offers Introduction to Ham Radio Emergency Communications:

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

LOL in the Age of the Telegraph:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

N4BAA vs Warrington PA for Tower Permit:

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

September 01, 2015

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

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

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

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

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

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

Radio: The New Frontier?

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

Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation in Geneva

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

VI0ANZAC faced weather and propagation

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

Update of ICNIRPcalc - now Version 1.3

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

Radio hams launch to ISS Wednesday

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

'Hamming it up' for 90 years!

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

Ham Radio exam held

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

MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint

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

World's Oldest Ham Recognized:

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

August 31, 2015

ARISS Issues Invitation to Schools, Educational Organizations, Groups

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

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

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

WRTC 2018 Organizers Meet Near Berlin to Map Event Strategy

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

World DATV QSO Party Gets Plenty of Visibility

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

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

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

Chelmsford Table Top Sale

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

Vietnam DXpedition

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

TX Factor 'Essex Special' due this week

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

Special ham radio stations for Papal visit

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

Palmyra DXpedition

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

LAPAN-A2 launch

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

ISWL callsigns for September

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

DXCC Country/Entity Report

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

Cavan Repeater Group's technical service to newcomers

August 31, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's Cavan Repeater Group propose to provide a technical service to newcomers and listeners in its coverage area

Amateur Radio Groups Active In Area:

August 31, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- PARKERSBURG -- As many people communicate by computer, cell phone and even smart watch, some residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley continue to use of amateur, or "ham," radio for recreation and public service. Wood County Emergency Communications has approximately 40 people it can call on in emergencies, such as severe weather, while the Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub has about 30 active members. Both groups also have a number of less active associates as they continue to practice and innovate a form of communication that can keep going even when other methods fail. "Even though people have cell phones now, you'll notice one of the first things that goes down in an emergency is the cell phones," said Jerry Wharton, president of the Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub, or P.A.R.K.

Volunteers Go On Air at Museum Open Day:

August 31, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The next open day at the Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is on Saturday, September 5. Volunteers welcome visitors as they go on air with the Amateur Radio Station, GB4SMH, from 10am until 4pm. Visitors should go to the guardroom at RAF Henlow with photo ID, passport, driving licence or over 60s bus pass to get a free entry ticket. The museum dates back to 1999 when a new home was needed for the small collection of radio and electronic memorabilia from the defunct museum attached to No. 1 Radio School at RAF Locking. The Commandant at RAF Henlow at that time, Air Commodore Mike Davison, had in previous years also been the Commandant at Locking and was keen for the collection to find a home, preferably at Henlow which has had good links with radio, radar and electronics for many years.

Radio Operators Plan To Celebrate Papal Visit With Special Stations On Air:

August 31, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- When Pope Francis arrives in the United States at the end of next month, a group of amateur radio operators from across the region will be activating special stations to mark the historic occasion. Ron Sigismonti, a Chester County ham operator whose radio call sign is N3RS, is recruiting ham operators from the Frankford Radio Club in southeastern Pennsylvania, south Jersey and Delaware to take part. He says groups of operators in Washington D.C. and New York, two other cities the pope will visit before arriving here, also are preparing to put special stations on the air.

WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone

August 31, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1000Z-1400Z, Sep 6

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

August 31, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1700Z, Sep 6

Tennessee QSO Party

August 31, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Sep 6 to 0300Z, Sep 7

August 30, 2015

Hurricane Watch Net Keeping an Eye on Tropical Storm Erika

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- At 1330 UTC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami suspended advisories on Tropical Storm Erika as it has degenerated into a trough of low pressure.

Cousins Benjamin Coultis, Andrew Marek receive Eagle Scout awards together (Kansas)

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Cousins Benjamin Coultis, 16, and Andrew Marek, 15, received their Eagle Scout awards together Aug. 17 during a Court of Honor ceremony at First Christian Church.

ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, expects to see the list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - H.R. 1301 - top 100 soon after Congress reconvenes following its August recess. As of August 24, the measure had attracted 94 cosponsors. A US Senate version of the bill - S. 1685 - also has been introduced. President Craigie again encouraged ARRL members to urge their congressional delegations to cosponsor the bills. Summertime ARRL conventions also have been affording more members a chance to make their voices heard.

FCC Proposes Bumping Arizona Radio Amateur's License Back to Former Call Sign

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC has told an Arizona radio amateur who was granted a vanity call sign within the 2 year waiting period on the basis of being a close relative of the previous holder that the relationship cited was not close enough. The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) on August 26 proposed to modify the license of Joshua A. Babb, W3JB, of Maricopa, Arizona, to reflect his previous call sign, KD7HLX.

Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 Remains in Limbo

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With the deadline to submit proposals to World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) now less than 2 months away, it's still unclear how at least one agenda item of importance to the Amateur Radio community will fare. That is agenda item 1.4, which calls on the delegates to consider a secondary Amateur Radio allocation at 5 MHz (60 meters). In the US and in most other countries that grant privileges there, ham radio has a set of fixed channels at 5 MHz - not necessarily the same from one country to the next, although most are common.

Amateur Repeaters Fall Victim to Washington Wildfire

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Two Central Washington repeaters, owned and operated by the Lake Chelan Amateur Radio Club, have been destroyed by one of the wildfires raging in that state. The co-located machines, one on 2 meters and one on 6 meters, were sited on Slide Ridge near Manson, Washington, in Chelan County. On August 27, the First Creek Fire completely leveled the building housing the repeaters. Scorched antennas and support structures are still standing but are likely beyond repair. The club's Roger Odorizzi, W7CH, said the repeaters had been offline for several days.

ARRL Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity Statement Separates Fact from Fiction

August 30, 2015 07:35 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL has taken steps to address objections and concerns recently raised by representatives of community associations about the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - H.R. 1301 and S. 1685. A statement released today, Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity, makes it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with respect to outdoor amateur antennas.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunspot AR2403 has a complex magnetic configuration and may produce M- or X- class solar flares

Tropical storm Erika in Caribbean

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Greg Mossop G0DUB reports Radio Amateurs have been active in responding to the consequences of tropical storm Erika as it progressed through the Caribbean

New subcommittee to liase with Sentech

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL formed a subcommittee to engage with Sentech on the location of Amateur Radio repeaters on Sentech towers around South Africa

FCC considering proposal to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones, SDRs) to prevent modification

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a "modular wireless radio" or a device with an "electronic label"

Eavesdropping on Apollo 11

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Here is the nearly forgotten story of how a radio amateur successfully detected transmissions from the first men to land on the Moon

ARISS contact for school in Ulvila, Finland

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station contact is planned for Ulvila Upper Secondary School, Finland. This will be a direct radio contact between OR4ISS and OH1F. The signals from space will be audible in adjacent areas on 145.800MHz FM

6,800 km journey of UK student's 434 MHz balloon

August 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UBSEDS9 balloon, launched on July 25, was developed by students at the University of Bristol and carried a 434 MHz RTTY and an APRS transmitter

PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z, Sep 5 to 2000Z, Sep 6

Colorado QSO Party

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z, Sep 5 to 0400Z, Sep 6

ARRL EME Contest

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Sep 5 to 2359Z, Sep 6

Wake-Up! QRP Sprint

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-0629Z, Sep 5 and 0630Z-0659Z, Sep 5 and 0700Z-0729Z, Sep 5 and 0730Z-0800Z, Sep 5

AGCW Straight Key Party

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1900Z, Sep 5

RSGB SSB Field Day

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z, Sep 5 to 1300Z, Sep 6

IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z, Sep 5 to 1259Z, Sep 6

Russian RTTY WW Contest

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 5

All Asian DX Contest, Phone

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Sep 5 to 2400Z, Sep 6

CWOps CW Open

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0359Z, Sep 5 and 1200Z-1559Z, Sep 5 and 2000Z-2359Z, Sep 5

Ham Radio Operators Try to Contact Those Impacted by TS Erika:

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- JUPITER, Fla -- While there are still many unknowns with Tropical Storm Erika, we do know the storm has already proven to be devastating in some areas of the Caribbean. Local ham radio operators have been trying to make contact with the folks already impacted by the storm. After the deadly destruction, for some, radio maybe the only way to call for help. Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, can be a lifeline for someone impacted by a major event like a tropical storm or hurricane. Natural disasters in most cases can wipe out nearly all forms of modern communication. "They're going to let us know how bad the damage is, if the power is out, if they need food or water," said Albert Moreschi, a ham radio operator in Jupiter.

Ham Radio Operators Provided Aid, Learned During Katrina:

August 30, 2015 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, four ham radio operators in Columbia played a crucial role in keeping lines of communication open. Dewey Bennett, Bob Jett, Dale Huffington and Don Moore jumped in when the hurricane cut telephone service, as loved ones in New Orleans and central Missouri needed to stay in touch. "It even took down commercial radio towers, whether it was broadcast or public service type infrastructure," said Moore, a member of the Central Missouri Radio Association, as were the other three. In that situation, families have no means of knowing whether their loved ones are alive and well, or not. Amateur radio operators can help give them peace of mind. "It's what, in amateur radio or specifically in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), is classified as health and welfare traffic," Moore said. "A lot of that is specifically families either notifying members of their family outside the area or family members outside the area looking for folks in the affected area."

Who Knows Where Almost Every Flight Is Right Now?

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It's 11 o'clock. Does your airline know where your flight is? Maybe not, but a couple of aviation geeks who crowdsourced a global tracking network do.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014 left the traveling public dismayed that airlines don't constantly track airplanes. In that vacuum, Flightradar24, based here, has become the go-to source of information on tracking planes. The operation relies on volunteers world-wide with 7,500 receivers installed on roofs, towers, islands and ships.

Amateur radio operator accused of blocking broadcasts (Ohio)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It took a probe that spanned two years and a stealth visit to the Cincinnati area, but a Federal Communications Commission enforcement official says his bureau caught a Union Township amateur radio operator intentionally interfering with the transmissions of his broadcasting buddies.

Join the club, get a radio (Wisconsin)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club wants to hear more new ham radio operators on the air.

To promote ham radio, HVARC is giving away ham radios to any member who has recently gotten his or her amateur radio license. All ages are welcome.

Ham radio numbers fall in Korea

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) has submitted a report to the 16th IARU Region 3 conference which will take place October 12-16

Ham Operator Hit with $8k Penalty

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As every amateur radio operator knows when he logs on, there are a few key rules to follow. Don't cause interference to other operators. And every 10 minutes, transmit your assigned call sign.

That's a lesson that a Cincinnati amateur radio operator has been reminded of - the hard way - when the FCC slapped an $8,000 fine on Daniel R. Hicks for allegedly intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and allegedly failing to provide his proper station identification.

Local ham radio operators try to contact those impacted by TS Erika (Florida)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- While there are still many unknowns with Tropical Storm Erika, we do know the storm has already proven to be devastating in some areas of the Caribbean.

Local ham radio operators have been trying to make contact with the folks already impacted by the storm. After the deadly destruction, for some, radio maybe the only way to call for help.

British composer makes music from sounds of Cornish coastline (UK)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Armed with microphones, recording devices and a waterproof coat, Joe Acheson says he is "fishing for sounds".

The composer and producer has scrambled across slippery rocks to capture the calls of seabirds, combed the beaches in search of washed-up detritus that might yield an interesting tone and grabbed the mournful sound of the lighthouse foghorn that echoes around the cliffs, crags and coves of Lizard Point, the most southerly tip of mainland Britain.

Send your name to Mars

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year.

Qualcomm sells L-Band mobile spectrum to Three and Vodafone (UK)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Smartphone chipset specialist Qualcomm is to dispose entirety of its UK-based L-Band spectrum - between 1452 and 1492 MHz - to mobile network operators (MNOs) Vodafone and Hutchison 3G (H3G), which runs Three.

Amateur radio operators ready to assist (Florida)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- South Florida amateur radio operators are also keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Erika.

They're ready to jump in and offer their assistance if the storm becomes a serious threat.

Ham radio operators provided aid, learned during Katrina (Missouri)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, four ham radio operators in Columbia played a crucial role in keeping lines of communication open.

Dewey Bennett, Bob Jett, Dale Huffington and Don Moore jumped in when the hurricane cut telephone service, as loved ones in New Orleans and central Missouri needed to stay in touch.

Ham radio operators on standby as Erika approaches (Florida)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Communication is vital before, during and after a hurricane. But what if all our modern-day methods go dark?

Tucked away inside of a Jupiter home is a lifeline and a connection to anywhere in the world.

Sen. Wicker thanks ham radio operators for their lifesaving role during Katrina (Louisiana)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When Hurricane Katrina knocked out communication services on the Coast, amateur radio operators provided many people with their only contact to the outside world. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker came to South Mississippi to personally thank the operators who played a critical role during the disaster. There was another reason behind his visit.

Guy in Queens somehow disrupts Sprint network (New York)

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Federal Communications Commission on Aug. 19 issued a citation to Jian Chang for operating a device from a home in Queens, N.Y., that was interfering with Sprint's local cellular network.

According to documents from the FCC's New York Enforcement Bureau, Sprint complained to the FCC about the interference affecting operations in the 1900 MHz band on March 10.

Undergraduates Learn Hands On Satellite Tracking Skills

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On April 28, 2008, a satellite designed and constructed by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) students and faculty was launched into orbit. Its mission was to provide students with hands-on training on a real spacecraft project.

Two Australian pico balloons head east

August 30, 2015 02:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Pico balloon PS-48 launched from VK3 on Saturday August 8 has been heard over South America, albeit with a suspected fault, and another, PS-49 put up last Saturday is tracking behind it.

Both carry Amateur Radio payloads transmitting HF data that includes altitude, position and temperature, with solar powered 25 mW transmitters.

August 29, 2015

Maconaquah Elementary Contacts International Space Station:

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - eHam.net News -- For eight-and-a-half minutes Thursday, Maconaquah Elementary School students had contact with an astronaut orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. Maconaquah students and staff waited anxiously for the brief 11-minute window they had to contact the astronauts while the space station was over the Midwest. They watched the trajectory of the space station gradually inched across a world map projected on a screen at the front of the Maconaquah High School auditorium. Finally the space station moved over Indiana, and an auditorium full of 750 second- through fifth-graders fell perfectly silent. Bill McAplin, president of the Miami County Amateur Radio Club, made the connection. Static came over the auditorium speakers. "November Alpha 1 Sierra Sierra, this is Kilo Delta 9 Brava Alpha Quebec, over," said fifth grade teacher Cassandra Knolinski, who earned her HAM radio license so the school could apply for the opportunity to contact the International Space Station. The only response was static, so Knolinski tried again, and again. A muffled voice responded after the third attempt and then finally Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui greeted the students at 11:53 a.m.

Amateur Radio Operators Ready to Assist:

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - eHam.net News -- WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- South Florida amateur radio operators are also keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Erika. They're ready to jump in and offer their assistance if the storm becomes a serious threat. The Director of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club, Tom Gallagher, grew up taking things apart and then putting them back together again, which is why he has a passion for amateur radio. He's proud to be able to assist first responders when there's a disaster. "Imagine a hurricane coming to Palm Beach county the kids in New York are calling mom and dad where are you? We're the people gathering information Mom and Dad are at the red cross shelter, they're warm and dry and the Salvation Army is feeding them right now," said Gallagher. Members of the club can be found here at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Sen. Wicker Thanks Ham Operators for Their Lifesaving Role During Katrina:

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - eHam.net News -- When Hurricane Katrina knocked out communication services on the Coast, amateur radio operators provided many people with their only contact to the outside world. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker came to South Mississippi to personally thank the operators who played a critical role during the disaster. There was another reason behind his visit. Wicker made his first amateur radio contact Friday. It was a special one to commemorate Hurricane Katrina. "This is Kilo 5 Alpha, K5A, special events station for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina," Wicker announced over the radio. Wicker picked up some new communication skills during a visit with some ham operators at the Central Jackson County EOC building in Vancleave. "It's a good opportunity for us to thank the amateur radio operators for their role in helping the public and helping to save lives and helping to get information out that was vitally needed," said Wicker. Nick Conner provided that lifeline during the storm. When Katrina's winds tied up the wire antennas at his home in Vancleave, Conner climbed a 60-foot tower to straighten them out. "I also said to the good Lord, please don't make a lightning strike right now," Conner recalled. Despite working with a weak signal and relying on battery power, Conner was able to make contact with other ham operators and relayed dozens of messages to people all over the country that their loved ones on the Coast were safe. "I want more of the ham radio operators and more people to get a license and learn where they can fill in during emergencies and help their fellow man," said Conner. To do that, Wicker is co-sponsoring the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The legislation would urge the FCC to help ease restrictions so more people can set up amateur radio stations in communities that ban them. "From place to place, details would need to be ironed out, but what we don't want is just a blanket prohibition of amateur radios," said Wicker. "We're asking the FCC to look at this issue and take care of the needs of property owners and municipalities on the one hand, but also the need for these very important lines of communication to stay open and the needs of the public to be able to depend on this in times of crisis." "We need to get the stations out of the club houses and back in the homes so that you have more probability of more hams being able to survive a storm and being able to get communications out," said Charlie Hardt, Jackson County Amateur Radio Association President.

Propagation de K7RA

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- We saw just one new sunspot group (AR2403) over the reporting week (August 20 to 26), but it was a big one, directly facing Earth on August 23

Telford Hamfest features Technojam.uk

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Telford Radio Society organises the annual Telford Hamfest at Enginuity buildings, Coalbrookdale on Sunday September 6th. This year's special feature is a visit from Technojam

Senator thanks radio amateurs

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- WLOX TV News reports Sen. Roger Wicker has thanked ham radio operators for their lifesaving role during Hurricane Katrina

Ham radio repeaters destroyed by wildfire

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Two Central Washington repeaters, owned and operated by the Lake Chelan Amateur Radio Club, have been destroyed by one of the wildfires raging in that state

FreeDV digital HF voice mode QSO Party

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group is organizing a world first FreeDV digital HF voice mode QSO Party weekend for September 12/13th 2015 using the special event callsign VK100ANZAC courtesy of the WIA

DKARS Magazine September 2015 is now ready for download

August 29, 2015 09:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch

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