July 31, 2015

RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory now supports Twitter!

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- RFinder has been the 'Social Repeater Directory' for a while now with its support of repeater check-in postings to APRS and your Facebook timeline. Now we have added Twitter

Ottawa announces funding for Prince Edward Island lighthouses

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some of the P.E.I. lighthouses will be getting repairs thanks to funding from the Federal Government of Canada announced July 30, 2015

MacDoppler Version 2.18 released

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler Version 2.18, the satellite tracking software for Mac, has been released and can now be downloaded

Lightship registers a fun-event milestone

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A former important marine navigation aid, the Lightship Finngrundet in Sweden, is the prestigious 400th registration in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, August 15-16

HF Active Loop Antenna

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Cross Country Wireless have released a HF Active Loop Antenna with a frequency range of 200 kHz to 70 MHz with extended coverage up to 148 MHz

CQ-DATV 26 Magazine

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 26 free magazine is now available for download

Amateur Radio vanity call sign fee to disappear in September

July 31, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3

CO Springs Couple Transforms Area Summits into Temporary Radio Stations:

July 31, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region. They manage to snag them by means of a gizmo that would make MacGyver envious: a tiny radio tucked in an Altoids tin and powered by a 9-volt battery and a 35-foot wire that's either tossed into the trees or held aloft by a fishing pole. "It looks pretty funny when you're on a summit with a fishing pole, but it works," said Frank Skinner, who recently deployed one of his makeshift radios on the summit of Mt. Rosa, where he and his wife hunkered down against the wind in search of signs of life somewhere, anywhere. What sounds like a last-ditch effort in a postapocalyptic world is really just business as usual for participants in Summits on the Air, an emerging hobby in which amateur radio operators vie against one another to see how many summits they can transform into temporary radio stations. Founded in the U.K. in 2002, Summits on the Air is a blend of technology and outdoors adventure sharply at odds with ham radio's reputation as a discipline for basement dwellers.

Local Filmmakers Collaborate on 'Infinite,' a Michigan-Made Love Story:

July 31, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ryan Stratton and Aaron Keteyian met when they were 14 years old, and quickly discovered they shared a drive to create movies. Flash-forward six years and the duo has already written, directed and produced two films -- "Blood Angel" (2012) and "Smile" (2013). Stratton, a West Bloomfield resident, and Keteyian of Royal Oak have teamed up once again to make the 23-minute short "Infinite," premiering at the Birmingham 8 theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. It's a relatable love story told in an eccentric way. Keteyian produced "Infinite," and Stratton was the writer, director and music composer. The partners developed the story together. "This is absolutely an unconventional take on a familiar story," Keteyian says. In the film, ambitious graduate student Elizabeth Law (played by Caitlin Collins) is studying astronomy at MIT when she encounters William Cross (Franco Pulice), a well-known, thought-to-be dead astronaut trapped in space. They connect by chance one evening via Law's ham radio. Law contacts the authorities and agrees to talk to Cross on the radio while they wait. The two unknowingly form a bond that allows them to open up and share their fears, doubts and secrets from their pasts. "Our characters undergo this really sort of interesting turbulent journey together," Collins says. Law was contem

UK Warns Solar Storms Could Wreak Havoc:

July 31, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The UK government has warned of potentially damaging effects of coronal mass ejections, solar flares and other severe space weather, in a new report published by the Cabinet Office.
"Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems," says the report, called Space Weather Preparedness Strategy.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Keep those letters coming! According to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs
Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members
since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in
March. All urge their members in both branches of Congress to become
cosponsors of the bill.

ARRL Files More 'Grow Light' Ballast Complaints with FCC:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has filed three more complaints with the FCC, urging its
Enforcement Bureau to investigate and initiate enforcement proceedings
to halt the marketing and retail sale of certain RF lighting devices,
typically known as "grow light" ballasts, which, it said, violate FCC
Part 18 rules.

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

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- 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
construction, testing, and preparation for eventual launch into HEO, if
the US Government formally agrees to fund such a mission.

FCC Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- In the case of Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment,
Michigan, the FCC imposed the full $22,000 fine it had proposed in 2014
for intentionally interfering with other Amateur Radio communications
and for failing to identify.

FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- 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.

Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear In September:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear
in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from
FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a
vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September
3.

HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to The University Of Alaska-Fairbanks:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- HAARP -- the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program -- will
transfer from military into academic hands next month. After a swell of
support last year from the scientific community and intervention by
Alaska US Sen Lisa Murkowski -- plus a lot of uncertainty before that
-- the US Air Force delayed its plans to shutter the ultra-high power
HAARP and demolish it.

World Scout Jamboree Participants Set to Speak with ISS via Amateur Radio:

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Scouts attending the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan are scheduled to
speak via Amateur Radio on July 31 with astronaut Kjell Lindgren,
KO5MOS ("cosmos"), on the ISS. Jamboree attendees are between 14 and 17
years old. This will mark the first ARISS contact from space by
Lindgren, who arrived on the ISS earlier this month on the ISS with
astronaut Kamiya Yui, KG5BPH, and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX.

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

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Former International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Director J.
F.C. "Fred" Johnson, ZL2AMJ, died on July 23. He was 83. Johnson was a
New Zealand delegate to World Administrative Radio Conference 1979
(WARC-79), where Amateur Radio gained access to the so-called "WARC
bands" -- 30, 17, and 12 meters.

In Brief...

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2: The focus will be on the bands
222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this
time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced
tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+
frequencies from line of sight to several hundred miles.

Getting It Right!

July 31, 2015 02:35 AM - eHam.net News -- In an In Brief... item "Radio Amateurs Join ISS Crew" in the July 23
edition of The ARRL Letter, we misreported the number of Amateur Radio
licensees who joined the International Space Station (ISS) crew on July
23. There were three: Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS; Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX,
and Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH.

July 30, 2015

The New DXer's Handbook - 2nd Edition

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you are a new amateur radio operator or shortwave listener, then you'll find Bryce Anderson's (K7UA) introduction to DXing of particular interest

Researchers hack air-gapped computer with simple cell phone

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- THE MOST SENSITIVE work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security. Usually this is achieved by air-gapping computers from the Internet and preventing workers from inserting USB sticks into computers

Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society Rally

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- This superb modern venue provides many new features that were just not possible at our previous locations. With Bletchley Park still being close by, you could also combine a visit to our rally with BP and visit the NRC (National Radio Centre) as well

HD videos of AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- High-definition videos of presentations given at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2015 are now available on YouTube

FUNcube Certificate of Achievement and QSL Card

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- As announced at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2015, a 'Certificate of Achievement' and/or an amateur radio style 'QSL' card are now available online

ANZAC 100 being heard worldwide

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In the first three months, the ANZAC suffixed callsigns in Australia, commemorating the Centenary of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landing at Gallipoli in WWI, had logged more than 11,000 contacts

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 30, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A terrible week, even for the IOTA contest, except for Sunday which really made up for it. There was, never-the-less, a variety of DX on the air:
HZ1SK (Saudi Arabia), XE2O (Mexico), VP8LP, EA6/OO4O (Belgium DXpedition in Spain), KP4NS (Puerto Rico) and LZ0I (Bulgaria HQ)

Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

July 30, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.

Amateur radio hobbyists to gather for Hamfest (West Virginia)

July 30, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur radio hobbyists from across the United States will gather in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 53th annual Tri-State Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest.

LPFM Denied Due to Pirate History

July 30, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Past deeds can come back to haunt you, particularly when a deed allegedly involves operating a radio station without a license.

WKMJ Radio Live The People Station Inc. asked the FCC to reconsider a ruling in which the commission had denied the group's application for an LPFM station in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Drone traffic control? NASA, Amazon, Google partner to manage self-driving swarms

July 30, 2015 03:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The drones that one day will deliver groceries, toiletries or a box of pizza could swarm haphazardly over U.S. cities, occasionally colliding with other drones and careening to the streets below. Or they could form a buzzing symphony as complex and coordinated as a bee colony.

Colorado 14'er Event with SOTA:

July 30, 2015 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around world. Join in on the fun on the first full weekend in August and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. The prime operating hours are on Sunday August 2nd from 9 AM to noon local time (1500 to 1800 UTC), but activity can occur throughout the weekend.

July 29, 2015

ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2

July 29, 2015 03:34 PM - ARRL -- The focus will be on the bands 222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+ frequencies from line-of-sight to several hundred miles. William Hepburn's Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecast website is an excellent re...

Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

July 29, 2015 02:36 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General ...

The Yasme Foundation Announces Grants

July 29, 2015 01:37 PM - ARRL -- The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation has announced the recipients of grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of Amateur Radio. Grants will go to the organizing committee of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2018), which will take place in Germany; the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), for the purchase of equipment necessary to establish a node at th...

SEARG at Inistioge Vintage Rally

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from the Inistioge Vintage Rally, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday 2nd August

Radio Seagull on air: Andy Sennitt

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday 1st August Radio Seagull switches to a new schedule, in readiness for our appearance on DAB+ in the north of the Netherlands

Pirate broadcaster fined

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- An illegal FM transmitter broadcasting in southwest Victoria resulted in a court appearance with a 26-year old Portland man, charged under the Radiocommunications Act

Men's Shed talks about Amateur Radio

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- In the Men's Shed Australia publication 'The Shed Online', in an answer to a question, has discussed Amateur Radio as an activity that could socialise, network, make friends and share skills

Many AM stations to close in France

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio France is joining many other public broadcasters in Europe and will end all broadcasts on longwave and mediumwave. Last week the details were announced

FRS-Holland celebrates 35 years

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- FRS-Holland will hit the airwaves on Sunday August 30th. That's almost exactly 35 years following the official start of the station back in 1980

Dr Helen Walker UKube-1 presentation video

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-UK was privileged to have a presentation about the UKube-1 CubeSat by Dr Helen Walker of RAL Space at the International Space Colloquium held in Guildford, July 24-26

Amateur radio active in Dunn County

July 29, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Dunn County News reports on amateur radio emergency service activity

Amateur Radio Club Seeks Crestview Home:

July 29, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- CRESTVIEW -- After eight years of operating in Dorcas Fire Station 42 west of Crestview, the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club seeks a home closer to town. "Our hosts at Dorcas were wonderful," club President Ron Mahn said. "They've taken awesome care of us..." Mahn said the matter arose in June when the fire district asked the club to enter into a lease for Station 42. "...If we're going to go into a lease, something closer to town would make more sense," Mahn said. "Most of the members are from Crestview so we're trying to come back to town and have a greater presence here," NOARC vice president Alex Barthé said. Barthé said the club must clear its equipment out of the Deer Springs Road firehouse by the end of the month.

Amateur Radio Operators Descend on Williams for Annual Hamfest:

July 29, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- WILLIAMS, Arizona - The parking lot at the rodeo grounds was filled with cars last weekend, many sporting multiple two and three-foot-long antennas. The vehicles belonged to attendees of the 2015 ARCA/Williams Hamfest, an annual event for amateur radio enthusiasts. Inside the grounds, many attendees wore caps and badges with their personal radio IDs, or "call signs." About 100 people milled about the tables displaying radio gadgets and accessories. Many of the attendees were seen catching up with other operators and visiting with friends. One attendee was 62 year-old Jim Chaney from Prescott. He has been a ham operator since he was 14-years-old. "Back then (when I was a kid) there was no internet, no Gameboys, this was it," Chaney said. Chaney owns a solar system business in Prescott. He travels around the world installing solar panels and solar systems. "It made me who I am today," Chaney said, "With my business and interest in electronics, and everything else. It's an amazing hobby. My mother was a ham operator, my father was a ham operator." Amateur radio has been around since the early 1900s. It is a method of wireless technology they uses radio towers over a wide frequency spectrum. An operator, known as a "ham," must be licensed to operate communications equipment over the public airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserves radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands" for use by hams. These bands are short-waves that bounce off the ionosphere from the transmitter to the receiver's antenna sometimes utilizing repeaters. Ham operators can use voice, Morse code, or digital modes to communicate.

Celebrating 78 Years with a Long Walk Home:

July 29, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Now, it's fair to say, a seven-mile walk down the scorched pavement of Illinois Route 50 might not be what most would have in mind for a 78th birthday excursion, but for Jim Boothe, of Monee, he wouldn't have it any other way. As an avid walker who averages four-and-a-half miles per day, Jim said he wanted to celebrate his birthday this past Saturday by answering one burning question. Has he still got it? The answer, seven miles and about two hours later: Yes, he still does. "I feel good," Jim said with several of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren by his side. "I made it in ahead of schedule. I started off at a fast pace and was able to keep it up for the whole walk." Sure, it may have just been Jim walking along Route 50 Saturday, but in a way, he wasn't alone. In addition to walking, Jim's other big hobby is amateur radio and he was plugged into his trusty walkie talkie for the whole trip. "I've been an amateur radio enthusiast since 1976," he said. "I was a long-haul truck driver for 43 years, and I got sick of CB radio. Amateur radio is nice because I can talk to real people, rather than truckers." With his handy talkie tuned in to frequency 146.805, Jim talked to fellow radio listeners and was able to sort of broadcast his walk from his personal amateur call signal of KB9VR. "Yeah I picked up a few listeners today," he said. "A few of them chuckled about what I was doing. You know, I can talk to people from all over the world on this thing."

Earth Could Get Just 12 Hours' Warning of Damaging Solar Storm:

July 29, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a "coronal mass ejection" that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, according to a newly released document from the UK Cabinet Office. In a report worthy of a Bruce Willis film, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has set out the nature of the risk to the UK from "severe space weather", which it says results from various types of solar activity. The report, the Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, states: "Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems." According to the Cabinet Office, the most concerning element of severe space weather is the coronal mass ejection - explosive eruptions on the sun which cause large parts of the corona to blast away. As a result, it has developed a "reasonable worst case scenario" based on the Carrington event of 1859, which included the strongest recorded incidents of coronal mass ejection, as well as solar flare-related x-rays and a radiation storm. "Coronal mass ejections are not emitted in the direction of Earth," the report says. "Those that are typically take one to three days to reach us, and we can predict the arrival time to within about six hours. Predictions are currently less accurate due to degradation in the satellite capability available to forecasters. "Generally speaking, the faster the ejection, the greater the potential impacts. The Carrington event, for example, travelled to Earth in as little as 18 hours. It is therefore likely that our reasonable worst case scenario would only allow us 12 hours from observation to impact."

Melbourne party balloon almost circumnavigates the globe three times (Australia)

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Andy Nguyen is a network engineer by day. But in his spare time he delves into "the balloon scene" where he gets to indulge his love of amateur radio.
He makes the tiny electronics that accompany the helium-filled party balloons he launches more than 9000 metres into the air. And he's just recorded a record run.

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Keep those letters coming! To date, according to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March, all urging their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill.

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

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC has dropped the other shoe hard in the case of Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, imposing the full $22,000 fine it had proposed in 2014 for causing intentional interference with other Amateur Radio communications and for failing to identify.

ARRL Files More Grow Light Ballast Complaints with FCC

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL has filed three more complaints with the FCC, urging its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and initiate enforcement proceedings to halt the marketing and retail sale of certain RF lighting devices typically known as grow light ballasts, which, it said, violate FCC Part 18 rules.

Celebrating 78 years with a long walk home (Illinois)

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Now, it's fair to say, a seven-mile walk down the scorched pavement of Illinois Route 50 might not be what most would have in mind for a 78th birthday excursion, but for Jim Boothe, of Monee, he wouldn't have it any other way.

SEA-PAC Pioneer Al Berg, W7SIC, SK

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- 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.

Researchers Decode CASSIOPE Satellite Field Day Fly-Over Experiment Results

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- he 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.

Montclair craftsman refurbishes antique radio (New Jersey)

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- 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.

As fears of West Side 'megaquake' danger grow, state's emergency planners unshaken (Washington)

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When The Big One hits in Western Washington, we're likely to feel it in the Inland Northwest, but it might seem like nothing more than the shaking from a large truck rumbling past.

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

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- 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 construction, testing, and preparation for eventual launch into HEO, should the US Government formally agree to fund such a mission.

HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- HAARP - the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - will transfer from military into academic hands next month. After a swell of support last year from the scientific community and intervention by Alaska US Sen Lisa Murkowski - plus a lot of uncertainty before that - the US Air Force delayed its plans to shutter the ultra-high power HAARP and demolish it. Now the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) has won a bid to assume ownership of the facility near Gakona. That will happen on August 11.

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

July 29, 2015 04:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Former International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Director J. F. C. 'Fred' Johnson, ZL2AMJ, died on July 23. He was 83. Johnson was a New Zealand delegate to World Administrative Radio Conference 1979 (WARC-79), where Amateur Radio gained access to the so-called bands 30, 17 and 12 meters.

LoTW, ARRL E-Mail, Online Store Will Be Down Overnight, July 31-August 1!

July 29, 2015 04:33 AM - ARRL -- Logbook of The World (LoTW), E-mail to and from ARRL Headquarters, and the ARRL Online Store will be down from Friday, July 31, at 8 PM EDT (0000 UTC on August 1) until 8 AM EDT (1200 UTC on August 1) in order to complete necessary maintenance.All incoming e-mail will be queued for later delivery. The ARRL website will be operating normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

July 29, 2015 01:33 AM - ARRL --

July 28, 2015

ARRL Files More "Grow Light" Ballast Complaints with FCC

July 28, 2015 07:35 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL has filed three more complaints with the FCC, urging its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and initiate enforcement proceedings to halt the marketing and retail sale of certain RF lighting devices typically known as "grow light" ballasts, which, it said, violate FCC Part 18 rules. The largely identical complaints zeroed in on three specific products: The Galaxy Legacy Selective Wattage...

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

July 28, 2015 04:35 PM - ARRL -- Keep those letters coming! To date, according to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March, all urging their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill. More letters are in the queue, and the correspondence seems to be having the desire...

WWFF activities

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Details of three upcoming WWFF activities

Sweden bans sale of light

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the site of the Swedish Amateur Radio National Society, Ingemar SM5AJV reports that a disco light has been banned from sale

SEARG at Hook Head Lighthouse

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will activate Hook Head Lighthouse (the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world) as part of the 18th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

Radio Amateur operates RSL broadcast station

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Programmes include items and interviews on amateur radio

New UK CubeSat regulations proposed

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency has conducted a review to evaluate how its regulatory approach might be tailored for CubeSat systems, they require responses to the proposals by September 1

How good is FT-817's MH-31 standard microphone?

July 28, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Peter Parker VK3YE tries the electret insert microphone modification for his Yaesu FT-817

Amateur Radio Active in Dunn County:

July 28, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Dunn County Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) has had an active summer. The organization, led by John Wagner and supported by our Dunn County ARES/RACES team, provided radio communication at the Menomonie Airfest/Autorama, the Eau Claire Blue Angels air show, and the Boyceville Fly-In and Radar Run. For more information about Amateur Radio service, contact John C. Wagner at 715-235-6271. Wagner is the ARES/RACES Dunn County Emergency Coordinator. Ron Purvis, Jim Guenther, Mike Johnson or Gerry Leff can also provide more information about local Amateur Radio activities and how to join in providing emergency communication in Dunn County.

Amateur Radio Hobbyists to Gather for Hamfest:

July 28, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- HUNTINGTON - Amateur radio hobbyists from across the United States will gather in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 53th annual Tri-State Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest. This year, the show moves to the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Road, Huntington, to accommodate an outdoor tailgate flea market in addition to an indoor market. There is unlimited free parking during the event, which is from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars. Hamfest allows those who attend to take part in discussions, check out the latest equipment and ideas, buy or swap new and used electronic gear, eat food and compete for prizes, including a Yaesu FT-8900R four-band transceiver. This year's Hamfest will also feature a Skype forum with sound engineer Bob Heil, whose company Heil Sound created touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who. His high quality microphones and headphones are now used by thousands of ham radio operators throughout the world. He will speak about what is new in sound.

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

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