July 24, 2017

CQ Announces Rule Changes for 2017 CQ World Wide SSB and CW Events

July 24, 2017 09:36 PM - ARRL -- CQ has announced updates to its rules for the CQ World Wide SSB and CW contests, effective this fall, and said complete rules will be published soon. The changes clarify the definition of multioperator, single transmitter (MS); spell out club definitions and residency requirements; restrict ITU Region 1 stations transmitting frequencies on 40 and 160 meters; address audio recording requirements...

N2HTT Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 24, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- The winning article for the July 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "An Arduino-Controlled Digital VFO for Vintage Tube Transmitters by Mike Aiello, N2HTT."The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the August issue ...

One Radio Amateur is Part of New Crew Increment Heading to ISS

July 24, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL -- European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy will head to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 28. They will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than 4 months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December.After launching ...

T40HQ certificates available

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Some 48 stations from Europe, North America, South America and Africa, worked Cuban Headquarter T40HQ station on all four bands during the IARU HF World Championship (80, 40, 20 and 15 meter)

Students experience the thrill of Ham Radio operation

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- It was a thrilling experience for 70-odd students from the Electronics and Communications departments in Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology

NASA Television coverage of next ISS crew launch

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on Friday, July 28

Massive explosion on the farside of the sun

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 23rd, NASA and European spacecraft observed a massive explosion on the far side of the sun

Green Party and WWFF activities

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The WorldWide Flora and Fauna Ham Radio group has a number of upcoming activations

First family-friendly amateur radio event at The Royal Mint Experience

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A unique event is taking place at The Royal Mint Experience, The Royal Mint's new visitor centre in Llantrisant, Wales from July 30 to August 5, 2017

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 17th July, through Monday, 24th July there were 198 countries active

Arecibo ionosphere HF radio modification campaign!

July 24, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chris Fallen KL3WX reports on the upcoming Arecibo, Puerto Rico ionosphere HF heating campaign during July 24-31, 2017

Tuning In: Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather to Talk Gear, Swap Electronics:

July 24, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Hundreds of amateur radio enthusiasts came together in Cullman on Saturday for the Cullman Amateur Radio Club's annual Hamfest. The festival, hosted at the Cullman Civic Center, routinely sees people coming in from all around the state, and from surrounding states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, and they all come to meet with each other and buy and sell radio accessories, said Club President Steve Murphree. "This is basically a swap meet for radio gear," he said. For people like Bud Rogers of Moulton, events like Hamfest are now the only place to buy radio parts or other small electronics. People used to be able to go to Radio Shack or similar stores for parts, but they have mostly closed down, leaving radio enthusiasts to organize their own events like Hamfest to buy and sell electronics and radio accessories, Rogers said. "I'm a radio geek," he said. "Where else do you go to get stuff like this?" Murphree said he estimated around 500 people passing through the festival, and said Hamfest keeps getting bigger every year.

This Week in History: Communication Technology Spreads Around the World:

July 24, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Can you hear me now? Good, because this week in history is all about the telegraph and the very beginning of our obsession with instant communication. July 25, 1866 --- The Shrinking World: The sheer interconnectedness of the world is both staggering and mundane. Like most of the technologies that underpin our world, we see rapid communication as we see the wallpaper in our living rooms: always present, sometimes remarked on but rarely the subject of much concerted thought. And yet, at the flip of a switch, the press of a button and we are instantaneously connected to all corners of the world. To the densest jungles and the most isolated mountain ranges our calls ricochet from satellite to satellite to tower, reducing the thousands of miles separating us to the three steps to your kitchen phone. Humans are, if anything, exceptionally adaptable, and we have absorbed this useful technology so completely into our world that it is now inextricable from it. Can you imagine business, politics, even personal relationships, surviving long in the absence of instant communication? Yet, for all of its importance to our modern way of life, long-distance communication as we recognize it is relatively new in the history of the world. Sure the cell phone is remarkable and phones in general amazing, but the true grandfather of rapid communication is the telegraph.

Ultimate Heathkit Restorer on Ham Nation:

July 24, 2017 10:38 AM - eHam.net News -- W7UUU is the ultimate Heathkit collector as well as the ultimate restorer. He will walk you through the rich history of Ed Heath and Howard Anthony's lives. Dave is celebrating Heathkit's 70th anniversary with a Special Event station, K1T this week. Great information about the Heath legacy and how to join this week's Special event on Ham Nation Wednesday night at 8 PM CDT.

July 23, 2017

Royal Mint to Welcome Amateur Radio

July 23, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- The Royal Mint Experience in Wales will host "The Royal Mint Radio Experience," July 30 until August 5 at the Royal Mint's new visitor center in Llantrisant, Wales. School children and members of the public have been invited to enjoy a fun, informal, and interactive Amateur Radio workshop. According to an announcement from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), visitors will get the chance ...

AMSAT 2017 Space Symposium Issues First Call for Papers

July 23, 2017 07:35 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA is seeking papers and poster presentation for its 2017 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium, set for October 27-29 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Radio satellite community.AMSAT requests tentative presentation titles as soon as possible. Papers m...

Radio amateur G5RV honoured by villagers

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Louis Varney G5RV, founder member in 1936 of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), received a little-known honour in 1945

Ofcom: Spectrum for Powerline Carrier Systems

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In June 2017 Ofcom published the document Spectrum available for Powerline Carrier Systems

NewsWest for Sunday, 23rd July 2017

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, it's our CONTESTING edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline

Minimum qualifications of radio amateurs

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- ITU Recommendation M.1544 defines minimum levels of operational and technical knowledge for a person wishing to operate a station in the amateur services

Historic flight over the Pacific Ocean

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The commemorative around the world flight marking the 80 years since the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart has finally left New Zealand (July 23) and is headed for Pago Pago American Samoa

Have you seen the Mayak satellite?

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 14, an amateur group in Russia launched a small satellite called Mayak. They said it would become the 'brightest shooting star' in the sky. Why'd they do it? Here's how to look for it.

Austin A30 puts radio ham on road to freedom

July 23, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Ipswich Star reports the Austin A30 car of radio amateur Allan Papworth G3WUW put him on the road to freedom and airwaves

ICQ Podcast Episode 242 - BHI Audio Box (ParaPro EQ20) & RSGB New Training Plan

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Bill Barnes N3JIX and Chris Howard M0TCH/N4CTH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is BHI Audio Box & RSGB New Training Plan We would like to thank Phil Stephenson, KØPWS, Rona Morrison, MM3YMU and our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Pixie Challenge ARRL Seeks Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive Steps to Lower Noise Floor to Support AM radio Strange Signals and Mysterious Oscillations RSGB Examination Standards Committee Report New Portable Antenna Covers 60m Band New Scandinavia Ham Radio Operators Royal Mint Special Event - GB4RME New Navy Tech Turns Text to Morse Code Automatically

Students Experience the Thrill of Ham Operation:

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- It was a thrilling experience for 70-odd students from the Electronics and Communications departments in Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology. They carefully observed as a group of Ham operators made swift arrangements to capture the signals from their college premises to help them see pictures transmitted by members of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), to mark its 20th anniversary. Ham operators A. Ramesh Babu (VU2RDM), Prabhu Das Ankala (VU2DOS) from Hyderabad, Subba Reddy (VU3OUA), B.Y. Prasad (VU3XOH) and B. Umakanth (VU3UBU) took the lead in conducting the event. The college Principal K. Nageswara Rao, faculty Ranga Rao and others were present. The Hams made a special three-element Yagi VHF uni-directional antenna and fixed it on a tripod so it could work from all directions with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) at latitude 48.330, longitude 114.210, altitude 406.66 KM and speed of 27624 KMPH. This space station takes about three hours to complete one cycle around the globe. The Hams demonstrated how fast the ISS moves in the orbit and astronauts communicating to the ground station at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through Ham Radio. The Ham operators also monitored live activity of the ISS.

Joining the 'CERT' Team:

July 23, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- POINT PLEASANT -- Mason County 911 Director Dennis Zimmerman has achieved a a goal set forth when he was first hired -- establish a competent and ready CERT team for Mason County. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group formed of volunteer civilians with training to assist the public in times of emergency. Functioning as a part of the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), CERT is a group that continues training while being ready to assist existing agencies in times of disaster. They also coordinate with amateur radio operators, also called HAM radio, for efficient communications. In a disaster situation radio space is often tied up with law enforcement and emergency medical services. Therefore non-emergency communications like CERT use amateur radio operators to communicate without tying up valuable radio time.

July 22, 2017

Sunshine Coast special event callsign

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Until the end of September, VK4's Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club is operating Special Event Call sign, VI 4 SC 50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the official naming of the Sunshine Coast on 1st August 1967

Solar storm sweeps aside cosmic rays

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- On July 16th, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking two days of geomagnetic storms and beautiful auroras

History of CB radio

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The website of radio amateur RF-Man has an interesting article on the history of CB radio that covers UK usage from the mid-1960s and the early development of CB in the USA

HamSphere 4.0 Three years have passed !

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In summer 2014, on August 15 to be exact, a UFO arrives in the world of radio amateurs and radio enthusiasts, this new program happens to simulate the propagation on the amateur bands radio 10 to 160 meters

HamRadioNow: Fix It! with AC4ZO

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Co-co-hosts David Goldenberg W0DHG and Jeff Wittich AC4ZO join Gary Pearce KN4AQ to talk about troubleshooting techniques centered on a problem Gary had with his ICOM 7000 mobile HF/VHF/UHF transceiver

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 111

July 22, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- For the most part of my Amateur Radio life I've been an active contester. I have spoken about why I love contesting and why I think it's an important aspect of this amazing hobby. Today I want to talk about how contests are run, specifically how complaints are handled and how we could improve

Old Weather Radio Technology Still Most Trusted for Tracking Monsoons:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Weather Radio is the steady stream of rough messages broadcast 24/7 and picked up by your favorite radio stations when the weather turns. They're a nearly daily occurrence in Arizona right now, warning of flash flooding in Douglas, winds in Tucson, and severe storms just outside Phoenix. This recent broadcast in Nogales warned people to move to the first floor of whatever building they were in. And if it sounds a little garbled, there's a reason for that. Dan Leins is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tucson. Scientist and meteorologist Dan Leins demonstrates the NOAA Weather Radio at the National Weather Service in Tucson. "They got their start with a person who would go live on the radio when they had active weather going on. They would either speak live or do recordings on tape. And that would play back over and over and over again. That would run 24/7 if there was active weather in the middle of the night," Leins saidIt's a technology from the last century. In fact, before Twitter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Radio All Hazards -- or, Weather Radio -- was intended as a way for the president to reach the country. "If there's a natural disaster, if there was a nuclear disaster, the system was designed to pick up broadcasts like that and redistribute them nationally instantly. That was one of the main purposes that NOAA weather radio all hazards was deployed."

Amateur Radio Clubs Monitor Weather, Events:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- (TNS) -- Specialized technology and code names may sound like elements of a spy movie; but they are also tools used by members of amateur radio clubs. "We're the most anonymous organization you're going to find," said McPherson Amateur Radio Club member Richard Johnson. "Most people have no idea what we do or how we do it." The Newton Amateur Radio Club and the McPherson Amateur Radio Club support numerous events by providing communications services and serving as weather spotters. "We are basically two clubs operating jointly," said Russell Groves, president of the McPherson Amateur Radio Club. "They're separate entities with separate charters, but we do just about everything together." The majority of the events their members, who are also known as hams, work are marathons or bike rides that can cover more than 50 miles of roads or trails. As participants pass by stations, the radio operators note if anyone is experiencing health problems, is being chased by a dog, has an emergency call coming in or needs to drop out and arrange transportation from the middle of the course. "We try to be very efficient in the information we're passing. It isn't a lot of chit-chat, it's just information as needed to be conveyed to the right people," Groves said. "We keep track of the riders and the runners so we know where everybody is on the course. If someone doesn't make it from one stop to another, we're keeping track of that, too." The system also ensures riders or runners who get lost are found and that the event does not end until everyone is accounted for.

Amateur Radio Association Keeping 'The Other Wireless' Alive:

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- WASILLA -- The Matanuska Amateur Radio Association is a general interest amateur radio club with approximately 100 members. You may not see them, but if you have a scanner, chances are you've heard them. According to MARA secretary Tabitha Sherman, the group is comprised of folks from every walk of life with at least one thing in common, the love of amateur, or ham radio. Group officers said MARA members are involved in every aspect of amateur radio. The organization makes a special effort to participate in providing communications support for public service events, field days, marathons, sled dog and snow machine races -- local and statewide, avalanche rescues, and wildland fires.

Is Our Sun Slowing Down in Its Middle Age?

July 22, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Sun has changed its figure, researchers say, and might keep it that way. The structure of the Sun's surface, where sunspots live, appears to have changed markedly 23 years ago. That's when solar magnetic activity might have started slowing down, Rachel Howe (University of Birmingham, UK, and Aarhaus University, Denmark) and collaborators speculate in paper to appear in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (full text here). Such a structural change might help explain the Sun's mysteriously weak cycles in recent years.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #111:

July 22, 2017 10:39 AM - eHam.net News -- For the most part of my Amateur Radio life
I've been an active contester. I have spoken
about why I love contesting and why I think
it's an important aspect of this amazing
hobby. Today I want to talk about how
contests are run, specifically how complaints
are handled and how we could improve.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #29 de K7RA:

July 22, 2017 02:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to 26.6,
even though there were two days in the reporting week with no
sunspots, July 18 and 19. The blank sun condition continued at
least one more day on Thursday, July 20 which lands it on the first
day of the next reporting week, July 20 to 26.

ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS

July 22, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, has assembled an array and quick description of images being sent from the ISS on SSTV. The ARISS SSTV Gallery contains received images. Keep up with ARISS SSTV progress by visiting the SSTV mission blog and the Frequently Asked Questions page.The ARISS SSTV page also lets you submit SSTV reception reports. ARISS says it may not be able to displa...

July 21, 2017

Many Special Events Will Be on the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse in August

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E, leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21. W9E will operate from Marion, Illinois."This will be the first total eclipse on American soil since 1991, the first on the mainland United States since 1979 and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1...

Ham's Round-the-World Flight to Resume Following Emergency Return to New Zealand

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- After resolving an engine problem following his departure from Hamilton, New Zealand, Texas radio amateur and pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, hopes to resume his commemorative Amelia Earhart round-the-world flight on July 22. Lloyd was on his way to Pago Pago, American Samoa, on July 15, when the engine in his airplane Spirit began to surge, run roughly, and then cut out altogether."I turned for Gre...

The K7RA Solar Update

July 21, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to26.6, even though there were two days in the reporting week with no sunspots,July 18-19. The blank Sun condition continued at least one more day onThursday, July 20 which lands it on the first day of the next reporting week,July 20-26.Average daily solar flux was 85.9, down 1.1 from the previous week.Average planetary A index rose 3.9 p...

Tipperary group active for ILLW

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will activate Ballinacourty Lighthouse ILLW Ref: IE0018 on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th August 2017 as part of the 20th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

Receive pictures from space

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The International Space Station is transmitting SSTV pictures to radio amateurs around the world on 145.800 MHz FM

Project Earhart flight still in New Zealand

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- A test over New Zealand's north island by the light aircraft on the Project Amelia Earhart flight put an earlier problem down to an airlock in the plane's fuelling system

Open Golf and GB3OA Southport repeater

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The IRLP and Echolink nodes, number 5302, are now back on-air at GB3OA repeater, Southport, less than two miles away from Royal Birkdale golf course, where the last four days are being played out in the 2017 Open golf tournament

New portable antenna covers 60m band

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- With the decline in solar activity, 40m is getting to be hard work for more local HF contacts. A good choice when conditions are poor is often to use a lower frequency

Her Majesty's Royal Mint special event on satellites

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from 'Her Majesty's Royal Mint' at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, call sign - GB4RME (Royal Mint Experience) between July 30th and August 5, 2017

Caboolture Radio Club to Open Up the Airwaves with its Annual Ham Fest:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- CABOOLTURE Radio Club is tuning up for its annual Ham Fest. The event, on Saturday, July 22, allows visitors to buy second-hand electronic equipment. Last year more than 100 people showed up. It is one of the activities the 45-strong club membership does from its base in Smiths Rd, Caboolture. Club secretary John Arnfield said the club helped train those working on an Amateur Radio Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced licence.

Ham's Heroes:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- When the zombie apocalypse hits, what will you do? Will you scramble to arm yourself, or collect supplies and hunker down in a remote location? What about finding other survivors? How will you reach them? A common characteristic of zombie invasions is the destruction and total failure of communication systems: cell phones, land lines, Wi-Fi, everything. That's where the Montrose Amateur Radio Club comes in. In case of any emergency (undead or otherwise), the club is capable of operating outside the power grid, making it the only plausible communication system this side of messenger pigeons. "That certainly is true. Here in Montrose County we cooperate with the Montrose County Emergency Management," club member Lew French said. "We are prepared to communicate on behalf of the the county with the state's emergency operations center if the normal lines of communication go down." Amateur radio operators, or hams as they're referred to, can connect with people from all over the world using the shortwave system. "It's a way to communicate through the air without using any infrastructure," French said. "You can operate your radios off of 12 volt batteries."

How to Make Sure You Can Communicate with Family During a Disaster:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- Keeping everyone connected when disaster strikes in a key component at the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. Without communication, everything else breaks down. "Everything from knowing which roads are open, which ones are jammed or damaged in some way, all of that stuff," said Scott Honaker, communications coordinator for Snohomish County Emergency Management. Emergency responders have all sorts of tools at their disposal to make sure first responders know what's going on, but what about your family? How would you make sure everyone is safe? Amateur radio operators (usually called ham radios) are often the glue that hold communications together in an emergency. There are about 16,000 in Washington state. Ham radios can reach anywhere in the world without the issues linked to phone and cell service.

Johnson County Considers Encrypting All Police Radio Traffic:

July 21, 2017 12:36 PM - eHam.net News -- Citing concerns about privacy and officer safety, Johnson County is considering encrypting all police radio traffic. If the county chooses to encrypt the communications, all law enforcement responses to 911 calls, from routine events like public intoxication or welfare checks to large-scale emergencies like the 2015 Coral Ridge Mall shooting, will be inaccessible to the public in real time. Currently, members of the news media and public with access to a police scanner, the internet or a phone app can listen to law enforcement communications through a live or delayed feed. The change is under consideration by the Joint Emergency Communication Center policy board, made up of Johnson County elected officials and city representatives, and likely wouldn't occur until after the board's next meeting Sept. 23. Before the board makes a decision, it has asked law enforcement to provide a formal rationale detailing the pros and cons of moving to encryption.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:

July 21, 2017 03:37 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KI1U, 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.

Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual "Geek Meet"

July 21, 2017 02:37 AM - ARRL -- Location, Location, Location! In the middle of Honolulu, with the yacht club, harbor, the ocean, and the beach, Amateur Radio was there on July 2 for the 10th annual "Geek Meet," at Magic Island. Hawaii's Geek Meet is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion they want to share, including Amateur Radio. Members of the Emergency Amateur Ra...

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced In US Senate:

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced
in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this
landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard
Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the
first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted
communities governed by a homeowners' association (HOA) or subject to
any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain
effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is
identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in
January.

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants 'The Felony Question':

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- A revised FCC Form 605 -- Quick-Form Application for Authorization in
the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and
General Mobile Radio Services -- going into effect in September will
ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled
guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to
ask "the felony question," as it did on the old Form 610 and still does
on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form
605, which has existed for years. Applicants' responses and
explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission
licensee. The FCC told ARRL that it's still deciding whether to issue a
public notice on the change.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- "Power Supplies" is the topic of the latest (July 20) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

New HAARP Research Campaign to Begin in September:

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Last February, many HF listeners across North America and elsewhere
were able to copy signals from Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral
Research Program (HAARP) during its
first scientific research campaign since it was taken over by the
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute in 2015. UAF
Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX,
told ARRL this week that the next HAARP research campaign, which will
get under way in mid-to-late September, will carry on the experiments
begun during the previous campaigns. This time, though, even more
listeners may be able to hear HAARP.

Many Special Events Will Be On the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse:

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on
August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse
on August 21. W9E, which will operate from Marion, Illinois, is one of
several announced solar eclipse special events.

UK Telecoms Regulator Ofcom to Auction Former Amateur Radio Spectrum:

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced plans
to auction access to 190 MHz of former Amateur Radio spectrum in two
bands -- 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz -- to make more room for mobile broadband
services.

Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual 'Geek Meet':

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- In the middle of Honolulu, with the yacht club, harbor, the ocean, and
the beach, Amateur Radio was there on July 2 for the 10th annual Geek
Meet at Magic Island. Hawaii's Geek Meet
is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who
are curious and have a passion they want to share, including Amateur
Radio. Members of the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Honolulu and
Pacific Section PIO Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL, staffed a booth the 2017
Geek Meet.

In Brief...

July 21, 2017 01:37 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Board of Directors to Meet: The ARRL Board of Directors will meet
for its second, regularly scheduled session of the year on Friday, July
21, and Saturday, July 22, in Farmington, Connecticut. ARRL President
Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the gathering.

July 20, 2017

The Doctor Will See You Now!

July 20, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL -- "Power Supplies" is the topic of the latest (July 20) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself...

Why navy sees Morse Code as the future of communication

July 20, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Engineering reports that for centuries, mariners around the globe have used lamps and shutters to beam messages via Morse code from ship to ship. But today, Morse code isn't being learned by every sailor, even though lamp light communication is still being used

Ham Radio clubs monitor weather, events

July 20, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Emergency Management magazine reports on two amateur radio clubs that work together providing weather spotting and event communications

Chertsey Radio Club Summer Raffle

July 20, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chertsey Radio Club is holding its summer raffle with a couple of great prizes to give away. Retevis have kindly sponsored us with a RT-82 DMR dual band radio and programming cable

Baldock Open Day - Friday 28 July, 2017

July 20, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- What's it really like to work as an engineer? Find out Friday 28 July, 2017, 10am-4pm
Young people and parents or guardians welcome. Kick-off the summer holidays with a trip to our Open Day at Baldock Radio Station

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 20, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- An extremely poor week, slightly improved at the weekend. Notable DX FP/KV1J (Miquelon Is), H2017PFO (Cyprus) and Z81D (South Sudan).
There were a few others but it was a slow week

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants "the Felony Question"

July 20, 2017 05:37 AM - ARRL --

July 19, 2017

Russian Flora-Fauna Expedition

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs from Russia will be active as R44WFF from the following specially protected natural areas in Bashkiria between July 20-25th

RepeaterBook

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RepeaterBook app powered by the popular community database of RepeaterBook.com enables every Ham to easily find repeaters across the World - Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico and over 70 other countries, for free and without a network connection

Kempton Park Flea Market

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's Kempton Park Amateur Radio Technical Society (KARTS) annual flea market will be taking place from 10:00 on Saturday 5 August 2017 at the Dutch Reformed Church grounds at the corner of Marabou and Grasuil Street, Birch Acres, Kempton Park

International Youth Meeting at Friedrichshafen

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, reports on the International Youth Meeting and YOTA flag hand over at the Ham Radio event in Friedrichshafen

Fancy running your own radio station?

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom is today inviting applications for new community radio licences for areas within, or those that overlap with, the coverage area of existing community radio services

Exam requirements for amateur radio CEPT Class 1 licence

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A glance at the exams for a CEPT Class 1 equivalent licence in various countries can give the impression the requirements are being interpreted differently

Australian Ham Radio Discussion Forum

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News reports that after the VKLogger forum group was disbanded, and who could blame them in this age of litigation, a group called OzLogger was started

Ofcom: Amateur Radio Licence Guidance

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A revised copy of the Ofcom document Amateur Radio Licence Guidance for Licensees is available via the Guidance Resources on the RSGB website

Olympia Amateur Radio Society Shares Their Skills:

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- What is ham radio, really? Have you ever wondered why the truck in front of you has a funny looking license plate and a bunch of weird antennas on the roof? How about seeing a neighbor with all kinds of antennas in the yard and on the roof? Who are these people? We are amateur "ham" radio operators who have chosen a hobby that involves many aspects of communications. We are members of an organization called "OARS" (Olympia Amateur Radio Society). Our club is associated with the Thurston County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service)/RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) organization which assists in emergency communication support at various locations around the county. One of the most important parts of our hobby is emergency communications. If we were to have the disaster that is predicted in the recent Cascadia Rising exercise, it would be utter chaos. Land lines would be out, cell phone networks would be overloaded, internet would be jammed up, police and fire communications could be overloaded. Hams to the rescue! We practice on a regular basis for emergencies such as this. One example of our practice was held on the weekend of June 24 and 25, called "Field Day". It is aptly called this because we set up our stations out in the field and simulate emergency conditions -conditions that would exist if we had just experienced a major earthquake.

No Power? Radio to the Rescue!

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- The all-important Indo-Pak test match is on. The game is in a crucial situation with either side having equal chances to win. This over by R. Ashwin will decide the fate. As he prepares his run-up, you hear a burst outside and before you know it, the power is gone. You are dejected, but your father thinks on his feet and turns on the radio for the updates. Now, you no longer miss out on the action, thanks to the radio. So, who invented this pocket-size entertainment and how did it turn into the radio we all know today? Let's find out. Radio has its roots in the experiments conducted by several scientists in the area of electromagnetic waves and its transmission. Guglielmo Marconi is the person credited with the first transmission of radio waves, however his success relies on the theoritical works of James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz and Nikola Tesla. Tesla infact invented a device called the Tesla Coil which converts relatively low-voltage current to high-voltage low current at high frequencies. A form of this coil is still used in television and radio sets today.

Excitement in Store for City Hams:

July 19, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), it will send pictures relating to its past and present activities which will be transmitted at 2.57 a.m. on July 21. The good news is that the Vijayawada Ham Radio Centre has made special arrangements to capture the signals from the premises of Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology in city. ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. A team of Ham Radio experts along with professors and students of the ECE branch will take part in this event on their college premises. Hams from most parts of the world will be able to receive these signals. The pictures will be transmitted in the form of signals which can be converted into pictures using computers, laptops or with simple smart phones through 'PD 120' software freely available on the internet. The 20-year-long history of ARISS will be displayed through a collection of 12 unique images depicting amazing accomplishment of the ARISS over last two decades. Slow Scanning Television (SSTV) signals will be sent to the earth at 145.80 MHz using FM and the event is expected to continue over a two-day period.

Longest Ever Study of the Sun Paves the Way for Space Weather Forecasts:

July 19, 2017 08:36 AM - eHam.net News -- The Sun has been gradually getting hotter for the past seven years, as part of its 11-year solar cycle, according to a new study. For the first time, changes in the temperature of the Sun's hot atmosphere, the corona, have been studied over a timescale of years. "To do this, we analysed Extreme Ultraviolet radiation emitted by the corona, and measured by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly telescopes aboard the Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft," Huw Morgan, from Aberystwyth University and lead author of the study, told WIRED. Studying the solar coronais important for understanding what drives the solar cycle, how this cycle affects light and heat output by the Sun, and how cycle-related changes may affect Earth. This new paper is a step towards being able to predict space weather, likesolar storms, which Morgan expects will be possible within the next couple of decades. "Many important aspects of the Sun, and its connection with the corona and space weather, are poorly understood," Morgan told WIRED. "Yet with each new observing mission, and advances in computer modelling, we are moving closer to understanding this complex system. This study is another small piece of the jigsaw."

Why the Navy Sees Morse Code as the Future of Communication:

July 19, 2017 08:36 AM - eHam.net News -- For centuries, mariners around the globe have used lamps and shutters to beam messages via Morse code from ship to ship. But today, Morse code isn't being learned by every sailor, even though lamp light communication is still being used. So, how we reconcile these two facts? Well, if you're the U.S. Navy you update your lamp light communication systems to encode the modern form of Morse code: texting. In a test recent carried out aboard the USS Stout, the U.S. Navy used a new mechanism it calls the Flashing Light to Text Converter (FLTC) system. During the test, sailors aboard the Stout fired off text messages and the FLTC converted them to their Morse code lamp light signals which were interpreted by the USS Monterey, moored at a dock in Norfolk, Virginia. "The best part of this flashing light converter is how easy it is for sailors to use," said Scott Lowery, a Naval Surface Warfare Center engineer. "It's very intuitive because it mirrors the messaging systems used on iPhones. You just type your message and send it with the push of a button." Though the FLTC is still in its prototype phase, the Office of Naval Research seems to be developing a foolproof system for delivering messages even if radio communications are down. Essentially, the FLTC uses nothing more than a lamps that are either LED-based (they can flicker on and off digitally) or have shutters that are controlled by fast acting stepper motors which open and close mechanically, and a GoPro camera for receiving incoming messages. The neat bit of technology that ties these elements together is an algorithm that can interpret text message sent from a computer, of handheld device, convert them to Morse code, clap out the message via light, and vice versa.

July 18, 2017

Dave Kalter, KB8OCP, Memorial Youth DX Adventure Set to Start on August 3

July 18, 2017 09:36 PM - ARRL -- Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) Team Leader Jim Storms, AB8YK, said this year's YDXA contingent of three youths, three parents, and two leaders will travel to Costa Rica on August 3 and plan to be on the air that evening. TI5/ operations will continue until the evening of August 7. "There may be times of being off the air due to conditions, as we will be on a moun...

IARU Region 1 President Expresses Concern Regarding Spectrum Challenges in Europe

July 18, 2017 08:36 PM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, told an audience at Ham Radio 2017 (Friedrichshafen) that he is "deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe." Beattie said that Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are "made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of inter...

We are not part of Russia!

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National Association Radio Amateurs of Georgia (NARG), reports: Abkhazia is a Georgian territory occupied by Russia. From this territory Russian radio amateurs are using Russian prefixes. STOP Russian callsigns from the Georgia territory

Solar eclipse (for hams and non-hams)

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ward, N0AX, reports: OK, ham radio folks - I'm sure all of you have family, friends, clubs who are interested in the eclipse. Knowing you're a ham radio operator, maybe they asked how the eclipse will affect radio waves (a.k.a. 'RF' for 'radio frequency')

Radio DARC IARU-R1 Conference Broadcasts

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Shortwave broadcaster Radio DARC has announced how it will cover the IARU Region 1 Conference in September

Localised mobile communications on ships

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a statement on making new regulations that would enable ship passengers to use mobile devices on-board ships, without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, if certain standards and requirements are met

Intermediate Licence Course

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- Oldham Amateur Radio Club will be starting the Intermediate Licence course on the 27th july at the Oldham Club in Royton

ILLW nears 300 registration milestone

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new country is the latest to register for the 20th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August and organisers expect many more on its list over the next four weeks

EURAO agrees to meet IARU

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In February 2017, IARU Region 1 proposed that EURAO and IARU should meet to have an exchange of views about each organistion's priorities for Amateur Radio and also internal decision making processes

Deep concern over Radio Spectrum

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- At Friedrichshafen, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ said:
"I am deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe"

Australian equivalents to overseas amateur qualifications

July 18, 2017 12:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Australian communications regulator, the ACMA, has released an updated list of equivalents to overseas amateur qualifications applicable to persons visiting Australia

VA Tech Expert to Study Solar Eclipse Effects on Radar, Ham Radio, GPS:

July 18, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- BLACKSBURG, Va. -- An expert from Virginia Tech will lead an experiment to study the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse on different communication, safety and transportation systems we use on a normal bases. The eclipse is scheduled for August 21 and is being hailed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It has been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic -- specifically from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Greg Earle, a professor of electrical engineering, will head up a team of faculty, staff and students to study the effects of the eclipse on things like over-the-horizon radar, amateur radio, and even GPS. "Radio wave propagation is affected by the electrical part of the atmosphere and during the eclipse, we really have the opportunity to collect data and learn more about the impact of these changes on systems we've come to rely on," said Earle.

Amateur Radio Club Makes Contacts from Across the Globe:

July 18, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- When Daniel Simpson and Father David Probst turn on a special device in each of their houses, they can converse with people across the world at the touch of a button. The communications aren't sent through Facebook or email; in fact they're not sent via computers at all. The messages are sent by amateur radio, and connect Simpson and Probst to a network of users all across the globe. "I don't have [the number] for the country, but I know that there are roughly 80 in Baldwin County, and if you do counties that touch Baldwin County, so Putnam, Hancock, Washington, Wilkinson and Jones, it's right at 300 in those counties," said Simpson, vice president of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club. "We represent a very large population for a hobby." Since the club's inception in 1961, the MARC has brought together amateur radio enthusiasts, also known as 'hams', from Milledgeville and across Middle Georgia. Begun as an offshoot of a student club at Georgia Military College after its original members graduated college, the club has served as a resource for amateur operators for nearly 65 years (a founding member of that group, Charles Pennington of Sandersville, remains a club member to this day). Although the hobby is often seen as dying or outdated, new technologies and modes of communication have created a new generation of amateur enthusiasts. "There are so many different things in this hobby for people to do, and that's the thing that's really neat about it," said Probst. "Daniel and I do some of the same stuff, but everybody in the club isn't interested in the same thing. We have some members that enter contests, some members that are interested in digital modes, meaning things you can do with your computer through a radio, and people can also talk via satellites. We don't have any in our club, but there are people who will bounce a signal off the moon just because they can." For a hobby that can trace its roots back as early as the late 19th century, amateur radio has grown to incorporate a vast number of voice, text, image and data transfer technologies by operators across the globe. Ham radios can be operated from nearly any point across the globe and, together with a portable power source, do not rely on any centralized cell towers or infrastructure. This ability allows operators to send and receive communications in times of crisis and natural disaster, giving hams a unique role as the go-to messengers for wherever internet and phone lines are knocked out.

Amateurlogic 106 is Released:

July 18, 2017 11:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Field Day At The W5JDX and Ozone Shacks. Peter mods his BitX transceiver. Emile at the Jupiter Light House. And an old school Megger.

ARRL Inviting Orders for Very Limited Supply of ARRL International DX Contest Pins

July 18, 2017 08:36 AM - ARRL --

July 17, 2017

VY0RAC on the Air for RAC 150 Award

July 17, 2017 07:36 PM - ARRL --

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