September 21, 2017

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

September 21, 2017 05:55 PM - ARRL -- The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday."The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,"...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 21, 2017 05:03 PM - ARRL -- "How High is High Enough" (a discussion of antenna height) is the topic of the current (September 7) 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-C...

Ham Radio Satellite and Moon Azimuth and Altitude Web Service:

September 21, 2017 12:17 PM - eHam.net News -- I'm working on a project to implement a self contained ham radio rotator. It basically will take a command from a mobile device and position itself to point to the satellite selected and follow it while its visible. This also applies for the moon. The objective is to have a self operated wireless rotator control based on object position.

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

September 21, 2017 03:02 AM - ARRL -- The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's immediate wake on 7.188 and 3.815 MHz and is requesting a clear frequency. The CEWN is continuing to handle health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name location as well as that of the part...

WX2S Wins the September QST Cover Plaque Award

September 21, 2017 01:03 AM - ARRL -- The winning article for the September 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "An Improved 160/80-Meter Matching Network for your 43-Foot Vertical" by Steve Masticola, WX2S. 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 ...

W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

September 21, 2017 01:03 AM - ARRL -- Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will not transmit bulletins or code practice this evening. The station will not be staffed overnight but plans to resume its normal schedule of transmissions on Thursday morning, September 21. W1AW has not yet been reopened to visitors. W1AW will continue monitoring active nets and 60 meter interoperability channels as needed. The station has bee...

September 20, 2017

JOTA 2017 Organizers Urge Scout Stations to Register Now

September 20, 2017 11:22 PM - ARRL --

Former MIT President, Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN, SK

September 20, 2017 11:22 PM - ARRL -- Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology President (MIT) President Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN and K1ZVT, of Concord, Massachusetts, died on September 18. He was 85. Gray had a nearly life-long association with MIT, including turns as student, professor, dean of engineering, associate provost, chancellor, president, and MIT Corporation chair. He served as MIT's 14th president for the decade 1980...

Rockwell Collins to be Sold to United Technologies

September 20, 2017 08:48 PM - ARRL -- United Technologies has announced plans to acquire avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal set to be consummated in 2018. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems.Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio...

Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio, Picked up by Media

September 20, 2017 08:48 PM - ARRL -- [This updates a report posted earlier.] In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria's passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he'd gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to ga...

IARU Addresses New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) held its annual in-person meeting on 15 and 16 September in Landshut, Germany, just before the IARU Region 1 Conference. It has addressed High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles, seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. The AC, consisting of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organisations, is responsible for policy and management. A media release issued on September 17 reported that the meeting reviewed its priorities and positions for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The agenda for WRC-19 along with WPT includes several other items of potential concern to radio amateurs, a possible Region 1 allocation of 50-54 MHz to the Amateur Service to harmonise with allocations in the other two regions. The IARU budget, based on anticipated financial contributions from Member Societies, was also reviewed to minimise expenditure, and adopted. The theme for World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2018, was confirmed as "Celebrating Amateur Radio's Contribution to Society."

S-24 Pgns Admin Urges Ham Radio to Reunite Nepali Man:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Kolkata: The South 24 Parganas district administration has urged the West Bengal Radio Club -- an organisation of Ham Radio operators in the state -- to reunite a Nepali man who has been lodged at a district hospital for more than three months with nobody turning up to take his responsibility.

Ham Talk Live #82 -- Public Relations:

September 20, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Scott
Westerman, W9WSW is on the big show to talk
about Ham Radio Public Relations and also the
upcoming Great Lakes Ham Convention! Tune in
to get some ideas of how to make your club
more visible and relatable!

Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

September 20, 2017 03:37 AM - ARRL -- The FMRE National Emergency Net has activated on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC on Tuesday. The net also uses 3.690 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which felt the temblor. Preliminary reports indicate a lot of collapsed buildings and missing p...

W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended

September 20, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions beginning September 19, 2017 in order to help support its partners for both HF and long-haul communications response for Hurricane Maria. W1AW will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch, SATERN, and Caribbean Emergency Weather nets; checking Winlink2000 e-mail; checking into the VoIP Weather Net, and prov...

September 19, 2017

HamSCI Presents Initial Eclipse Results at ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference

September 19, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL --

ARISS Invites Proposals to Host Amateur Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew

September 19, 2017 11:37 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host Amateur Radio contacts in 2018 with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The deadline to submit proposals is November 15. Contacts would be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2018.Each year, A...

Rockwell Collins Sold to United Technologies

September 19, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- United Technologies has acquired avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems.Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio equipment. Art Collins, W0CXX, founded Collins ...

AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium Issues Second Call for Papers

September 19, 2017 09:37 PM - ARRL -- The AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium has issued a second call for papers. The event takes place the weekend of October 27-29 in Reno, Nevada. AMSAT invites proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Tentative presentation titles are requested as soon as possible, with final copy du...

Radio Amateur on St. Lucia Relays Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica

September 19, 2017 06:38 PM - ARRL -- As "potentially catastrophic Hurricane Maria" is headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he gathered via repeater conversations with hams on Dominica, which was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Maria.He recounted a damage report from Kerry Fevrier, J69YH, in Roseau, Dominica. "Trees down, rive...

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria:

September 19, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark. "As propagation dictates, we may operate using both frequencies at the same time," HWN Secretary Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said in making the announcement. The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate today at 1500 UTC until further notice, to track Hurricane Maria and its potential impact to the Leeward Islands. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 2100 UTC.

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Activates; FEMA Announces Interoperability Nets

September 19, 2017 02:37 AM - ARRL -- Jeff Austin, 9Y4J, Emergency Coordinator Advisory Group, IARU Region 2, Area E, reports that the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN), activated at 1030 UTC on 3.815 MHz. The net will use 3.815 and/or 7.188 MHz as propagation dictates. The CEWN will provide 24-hour coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's immediate wake, in case there is a need to pass health-and-welf...

September 18, 2017

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

September 18, 2017 08:37 PM - ARRL -- The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with r...

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria

September 18, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark."As propagation dictates, we may oper...

ZD7VDE DXpedition is on again!

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bill, G0VDE,reporta that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on. He has waited over a year for the Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again

SEARG at Waterford and Suir Valley Railway

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group in Ireland will be QRV as EI2WSVR from The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway station Kilmeaden Co. Waterford on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of September. This is to coincide with the Railways On the Air Weekend

PW 70MHz Contest 2017

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 24th September from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC

PDXG QSL Management Platform update

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was designed to automate the QSL manager's back end processes

ÖVSV Österreichische Versuchssenderverband partners with RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory!

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- ÖVSV Österreichische Versuchssenderverband and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 3 September, 2017. ÖVSV has now joined as the latest Member Society of RFinder

New digital voice repeater for Southern Ireland

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Earlier this year the Southern Ireland Repeater Group began building their first digital voice repeater which consisted of interfacing an MMDVM board with a Motorola MTR2000 UHF repeater

ICQPODCAST - Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) Edmund Spicer (M0MNG), Bill Barnes (N3JIX) and Martin Rothwell (M0SGL) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna by Martin Butler M1MRB/W9ICQ

Hurricane Irma forces DXpedition change

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma

EURAO Newsletter September 2017

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format or as a website

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th September, through Sunday, 17th September there were 212 countries active

An Introduction To Amateur Radio

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be holding 'An introduction To Amateur Radio' course on Monday the 2nd of October at 7.30pm sharp in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford

2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium preliminary schedule announced

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2017 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 27-29 in Reno

15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop announcement

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- We are happy to announce that the 15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop will take place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2018 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center

IOTA news from OPDX

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

New Plymouth Amateur Radio Celebrates 90 Years On Air:

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Ninety years is a long time to ride a wave. An airwave that is. This month a group of amateur radio operators in New Plymouth is getting set to celebrate 90 years of keeping in touch with each other and the community. The New Plymouth Amateur Radio Club started in 1926 and has evolved to become a vital link in the community, especially in emergencies when it helps police, search and rescue and civil defence when required. Club secretary Daniel Vandenberg said it was just one of the many roles the club provided. "We have a group of fully trained operators who are able to help support emergency communications," Vandenberg said. "We're one of the longest running service clubs in New Zealand." There were many different aspects to the amateur radio hobby, he said. Some used it to for keeping in touch with others while some clubs have competitions as well.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:

September 18, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join Katie Allen, WY7YL, Dave Casler, KE0OG, and Tom Medlin, W5KUB Tuesday nights for Amateur Radio Roundtable. This week Mike Caper WA9PIE will be showing us HRD. Cory Sickles, WA3UVV, will be talking about Yaesu's new products and discussing system fusion. Plus shack pictures and much more.

September 17, 2017

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be once more at low levels

The future of the Amateur Radio service

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- During the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Landshut Germany that started this morning, the future of Amateur Radio will be discussed. There are alarming signs that interest in Amateur Radio from the younger generation is dwindling and a decline in worldwide membership could threaten its existence in time

QSO Today - Steve Herman, W7VOA, White House Press Correspondent

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve Herman, W7VOA's, love of amateur radio and media led him into a career as a news correspondent for the Associated Press, freelance overseas journalist, and ultimately with the Voice of America (VOA) as its White House correspondent, traveling and reporting on the President of the United States

June RSGB Board Proceedings

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for June 17, 2017 have been released, they note a mailshot was made to G3/G4 non-members

JOTA/JOTI 2017 update

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year, JOTA celebrates the 60th year of running. To commemorate this milestone, ZS6SSG will be running a special event call sign over the weekend 20 to 22 October

History of UK Special Contest Call Signs

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chris GM3WOJ has posted a short history of UK Special Contest Call signs (SCCs) which have now been in use for 21 years

Essex Skills Night Monday Sept 18

September 17, 2017 12:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Skills Night takes place this Monday, September 18 at Danbury Village Hall in Essex, the free event is open to all. Hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team, Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL's from across Essex and beyond

ICQ Podcast Episode 248 - Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Colin M6BOY is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) Edmund Spicer (M0MNG), Bill Barnes (N3JIX) and Martin Rothwell (M0SGL) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Trying 60m with SOTABeam BandHopper Antenna by Martin Butler M1MRB/W9ICQ. We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Report VDSL interference NOW Eighteen BBC Local Radio Stations Fall Silent .radio Now Available Realtime Band Conditions Kenya Gets 60m Allocation DMR Meeting on the Air

Tunisia Legalizes Individual Licenses:

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Ministry of Telecommunications of Tunisia has approved and issued a decree organizing amateur radio activity in Tunisia. It is now possible for Tunisian amateurs to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses.

A Texas Homage to Amelia Earhart's Around-the-World Flight:

September 17, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Exactly 80 years after Amelia Earhart attempted her round-the-world flight, the solo journey has finally been completed in a single-engine aircraft for the first time, ending in Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio. "This was an amazing journey," says Brian Lloyd, who flew 28,000 miles in Spirit, his plane, during his circumnavigation of the globe. "It required more of me than I ever imagined it could, but I also found in myself the reserves of patience and energy to keep going no matter what." Like Earhart's plane, Spirit has a high frequency radio, which Lloyd used to communicate with hundreds of people across the world. "Every place I went I was warmly greeted with open arms, even in places where we are told that the US is not liked," Lloyd says. "The key thing to remember is that the aviation and amateur radio communities are united around aviation and radio, and not really around politics or religion."

Please Keep Clear of Hurricane Nets:

September 17, 2017 07:36 AM - eHam.net News -- In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120MHz so please avoid causing interference on or around those frequencies.

Hamlogs.net Debutes with YCCC/40:

September 17, 2017 07:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Hamlogs.net - the web site which brings near real time scoring into QSO Party world, will offer support of the first USA QSO Party next week.

September 16, 2017

Propagation de K7RA

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning

WIA Finances

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News reports the Wireless Institute of Australia has been running at an annual loss of about A$50,000 for several years

TX Factor Show at YOTA 2017 and Goonhilly

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor experiences what it's like to be young again with a visit to this year's YOTA activity week at Gilwell Park

Radio DARC International Shortwave Broadcasts

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- During the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut, Germany, there will be a series of six consecutive special shortwave transmissions to keep the IARU Region 1 amateur radio audience up to date with news and background reports

NewsWest - Sunday, 17th September

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week we take a close look at contesting with updates from the Ociania DX Contest, The CQ World Wide, Ross Hull Memorial Contest as well as a look at Jamboree On The Air, an introduction to the VK Contest club, the upcoming Hamfest weekend, Roy's Helpline, Foundations of Amateur Radio and more

IARU presents Amateur Radio position on key WRC items to CEPT

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- At the meeting of Project Team D of the CEPT World Radio Conference Preparatory Group, held in Vilnius, Lithuania week beginning September 11th, IARU presented further positions on two core WRC Agenda items

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 119

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- There is so much stuff associated with Amateur Radio that your family might be forgiven in thinking that your hobby is all about being in the middle of a junk-yard surrounded by the carcasses of disassembled gear...

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ends its historic exploration of Saturn

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close yesterday, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet

BMA Contest

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- This Sunday the 17th of September, the annual Belgian Mill Award contest takes place from 8 o'clock in the morning till 12 o'clock local time at noon on 80m SSB and on 2m

630/220 meters to open October 16 - Pre-registration required

September 16, 2017 01:36 PM - Southgate ARC -- CQ MF/LF Editor John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, reports that the FCC has authorized amateur radio use of the 630 and 2200-meter bands, effective October 16, 2017, providing registration procedures have been followed and no objections are received within 30 days

WIA Team Compete in Overseas ARDF Events:

September 16, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) competitions in the USA, and at the IARU Region 3 championship in Mongolia - saw the WIA Team win a swag of medals. Ewen VK3OW, Jenelle VK3FJTE and Jack VK3WWW were at the Harrison Ohio event in July, which was coupled with the IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships. Fierce competition saw them win medals. Then they broke up, most back to Australia for a rest, and another caught up with a stateside relative. Next was the 11th IARU Region 3 Championships hosted by the Mongolian Radio Sports Federation. The original three were joined by Peter VK3ADY and Kristian VK3FDAC. The WIA Team of five scored well in the medal tally. Congratulations to all.

'Sergio and Sergei' Ron Perlman On True Story of Cosmonaut Trapped In Space

September 16, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- From writing partners Ernesto and Marta Daranas and directed by the former, Sergio and Sergei is one of the most unusual, intriguing comedies to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this year.
A Cuban film starring Tomás Cao, Hector Noas and Ron Perlman -- the only American actor on the production -- Sergio and Sergei tells the story of the unusual friendship formed between a Cuban philosophy professor and a Russian cosmonaut who finds himself trapped in space following the collapse of the Soviet Union. "It's based on an actual story that took place in 1991, where there's a Russian cosmonaut that's been sent up to the Mir Space Station for a three month period, and he's now in his fifth or sixth month and he doesn't know what the hell's going on. He finds this ham radio aficionado who happens to be a professor of philosophy in Cuba -- in Havana -- and he goes, 'Don't you know what happened man? The wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed.' And they sort of deduced that there's nobody to get him down," Perlman explains. "The country that sent him up there is disintegrated, and the new federation -- the Russian Federation -- is busted, they've got no money, so they couldn't get him down if they wanted to. The Cuban guy gets in touch with this American journalist, who's the reason why he has this ham radio outfit to begin with, and he says, 'Man, what can we do?' An executive producer on the project, Perlman's character lived in New York, communicating with the other characters in the film through ham radio alone. But for the actor, taking on the project came with a desire to get the full Cuban experience. While all of Perlman's scenes are New York interiors, New York was recreated on a Cuban interior set.

When Natural -- or Any -- Disaster Strikes, Being Prepared Matters:

September 16, 2017 12:37 PM - eHam.net News -- (TNS) -- Earthquakes, floods, fires, wind storms, oh my. These are just a few examples of the potential natural disasters that could hit Ridgecrest and the Indian Wells Valley. In light of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston and other Texas cities, and Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida and the Caribbean islands, it's best to prepare for such disasters, according to Kern County Emergency Services Manager Georgianna Armstrong. "There are ongoing disasters that are ever present and they can affect us in ways to varying degrees," Armstrong said. "The control that they can affect us directly correlates to how well we have been preparing our families and ourselves to withstand those events." "When we talk about preparing for disaster, we are really talking about building family strength and resiliency," Armstrong said. Another group that plays a pivotal role in emergencies and natural disasters are ham radio operators. Ham radio operators, through groups like ARES and RACES, are citizens trained and licensed to operate radio communications. Armstrong cited a quote from a skilled emergency services manager she knew. "If she had to choose between water and the ham radio operators, she would take the ham radio operators," Armstrong said. "They can be your last line of defense when communications fail so they are incredibly important to overall communications."

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #119:

September 16, 2017 09:37 AM - eHam.net News -- There is so much stuff associated with
Amateur Radio that your family might be
forgiven in thinking that your hobby is all
about being in the middle of a junk-yard
surrounded by the carcasses of disassembled
gear, components, failed projects, obsolete
equipment and scraps of wire, solder and
countless screws, resistors and other bits
and pieces that are just too valuable to
dispose of.

VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 Sept 2017:

September 16, 2017 09:37 AM - eHam.net News -- VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 Sept 2017:

St. Croix Amateur Radio Club Supports Irma Response in US Virgin Islands

September 16, 2017 05:36 AM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers from the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club are supporting the Hurricane Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The net is continuously monitored and has scheduled situation reports (SITREPS) at 1200 and 2200 UTC.The club's NP2VI is the ne...

FCC Opens 630/2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating:

September 16, 2017 03:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has
approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the
Commission's March 29 Report and Order that spelled out
Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands - 630 meters and
2200 meters.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #37 de K7RA:

September 16, 2017 03:37 AM - eHam.net News -- At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast
Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning. "The previous geomagnetic warning is extended for two more days. The
high speed streams associated with the coronal hole is expected to
persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned
strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience
minor storm conditions. Otherwise, expect mostly unsettled to active
condition for the next two days (15 and 16 September).

September 15, 2017

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

September 15, 2017 11:38 PM - ARRL --

Enigma Reloaded Event Returns on September 22

September 15, 2017 07:37 PM - ARRL -- The 4th running of the Enigma Reloaded operating event will get under way on September 22 and continue until September 30. Sponsored by the A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event celebrates the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in World War II, as well as the individuals who developed the device and contributed to its success. Enigma Event 2017 takes place in two stages: F...

The K7RA Solar Update

September 15, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning."The previous geomagnetic warning is extended for two more days. The high-speed streams associated with the coronal hole is expected to persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience minor storm conditio...

New 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth World Record Set

September 15, 2017 06:37 PM - ARRL -- A new 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth (EME or moon bounce) world record has been set. On September 9, Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Jim Malone, WA3LBI, completed a 18,949.4-kilometer contact using QRA64D. This extends by approximately 600 kilometers the previous world record of 18,337 kilometers held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, who used CW.The participants said the key was to find locations with nearly 0° take-off, ...

World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee Looking Ahead to WRTC 2022

September 15, 2017 05:37 PM - ARRL --

Solar wind stream sparks geomagnetic storm

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Earth is entering a stream of high-speed solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere

New RSGB Convention video released

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new video has been released to promote the RSGB Convention which takes place at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes on October 13-15, 2017

May RSGB Board Proceedings

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for May 13, 2017 have been released, they note membership and number of exam candidates were both down

IARU-R1 General Conference

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference will take place from September 16-22 at the Sparkassen Akademie Bayern in Landshut, Germany

ACMA pushing forward on 5G spectrum planning

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority, at a recent ACMA spectrum tune-up session, proposed to accelerate the auction of the millimetre wave spectrum for 5G broadband

9/11 Anniversary special event

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Association of New York City's special event station WA2NYC commemorates the 9/11 Anniversary

DX News from the ARRL

September 15, 2017 12:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Role Still for Radio:

September 15, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio enthusiasts from across the state came together on Sunday for Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club's swap meet. Club secretary Andy Ashley said the meet had been held annually for the past 30 years. ''Pretty well every town in Australia has a ham radio technician,'' he said. ''In the Shepparton CBD alone there are five.'' Mr Ashley said there would be about 3000 to 4000 ham radio operators across the country and it had been a hobby for more than 100 years. Described as the original social media, he said the club was working hard to encourage young people to become involved.

Here's Where Cold War 'Numbers Stations' Broadcast Spies' Secret Codes:

September 15, 2017 11:37 AM - eHam.net News -- IF YOU TUNED into just the right shortwave radio frequency in the 1970s, you might hear a creepy computerized voice reading out a string of numbers. It was the Cold War, and the coded messages were rumored to be secret intelligence broadcasts from "number stations" located around the globe.
Photographer Lewis Bush is obsessed with these stations to "an almost irrational degree" and hunts them down in Shadows of the State, featuring 30 composite satellite images of alleged number stations from Germany to Australia. The series took two years and endless research. "It's a difficult project to quantify in terms of man hours wasted on it," he says. Numbers stations go back as far as World War I. During the Cold War, there were hundreds of secret broadcasts. Intelligence agencies sometimes started a transmission with a bit of music (one UK station was dubbed the "Lincolnshire Poacher" because it began with a few notes from an English folk song), then recited the code five numbers at a time. Operatives with the key listened and transcribed top secret messages. By the '70s, regular folks were picking up the frequencies on ham radios and geeking out on their possible meanings. Numbers stations even found their way into pop culture, with references in TV shows like The Americans, movies like Vanilla Sky and songs by Moby. Evidence suggests number stations are still used in countries like Cuba and North Korea.

Emergency Preparedness Fair in Milpitas on Saturday:

September 15, 2017 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- In an effort to help prepare residents for the unthinkable, the Milpitas Fire Department's Office of Emergency Services will host a variety of agencies at its Emergency Preparedness Fair at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday. "September is National Preparedness Month. This is a timely opportunity, given the hurricane devastation, to remind folks why being prepared is so important," Toni Charlop, the city's emergency services coordinator, said via email last week. "Earthquakes, our biggest natural disaster on the West Coast, come with zero warning, it is imperative that families plan for these circumstances. This event is to bring awareness to preparedness." The event will feature a Milpitas Fire Department's engine company visit, a Milpitas police K-9 demonstration, ham radio operators, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives giving advice on securing a water heater and having a potable water source for emergencies, and American Red Cross representatives talking of the need to be prepared and accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief.

YCCC Anniversary Contest

September 15, 2017 06:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Sep 16 to 2359Z, Sep 17

Offaly Telescope Detects Huge Explosions On the Sun:

September 15, 2017 06:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The new LOFAR telescope in Birr, Co. Offaly, has detected an explosion on the sun, an event that could result in a visible aurora in our skies tonight, Wednesday, September 14. A similar event last week resulted in solar storms and the Northern Lights being visible over parts of Ireland. The past two weeks have been very stormy for the sun, and the recently installed LOFAR radio telescope in Birr has been key to helping scientists keep an eye on weather conditions on the sun and to forecasting its effects here on Earth. "This sunspot group has unleashed one of the the largest flares in over a decade and one of the biggest in the last 40 years", according to Professor Peter Gallagher, a solar physicist in the School of Physics at Trinity,

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #37:

September 15, 2017 04:39 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.

Amateurlogic No 108 is Released:

September 15, 2017 04:39 AM - eHam.net News -- A little bit of everything. George visits friends at Huntsville Hamfest, Tommy explores Icom's IP100H IP Handi Talkies, Emile studies ITU Designations, and Peter discusses recent FT8 Updates.

Ham Talk Live #81 -- VoA Museum Celebration:

September 15, 2017 04:39 AM - eHam.net News -- TONIGHT at 9 PM Eastern on Ham Talk Live!,
the guys from the National Voice of America
Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio
stop by to talk about the new Powel Crosley
exhibit and their big gala celebrating the
75th anniversary of the Voice of America on
September 23! And, there's upgrades to the
WC8VOA club station there as well!

Seven Massive Solar Flares Have Erupted from Furious Sunspot In Seven Days:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun blasted out seven massive solar flares in as many days in an extraordinary period of space weather that has sparked stunning geomagnetic storms above the earth. Between September 4 and September 11, NASA observed seven flares, all classed in its strongest "X" category, with the most impressive registering at X9.3, a very significant event. The latest, at X8.2 also a significant flare, peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10. It prompted warnings of possible radio blackouts from the Space Weather Prediction Center, which also issued a geomagnetic storm warning for Wednesday and Thursday.

During Hurricanes, Emergency Officials Turn to Ham Radio:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Operators of amateur radios, also known as ham radios, play a vital role in the gathering of information during hurricanes like Irma. "We take for granted our communications," said Etta LoPresti, emergency management coordinator for Indian River County. "But when you have something catastrophic like they do in the Keys and in the west coast of Florida, where you're not going to have communication, these amateur radio operators take care of things for us." In Indian River County, Paul Bartoszewicz and Willie Thompson work 14-hour shifts during Hurricane Irma. They're part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) -- a group of licensed radio operators who help with communication during storms.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Volunteers Respond to Historic Hurricane Irma:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Hurricane Irma is history, but the recovery continues. ARRL West
Central Florida (WCF) Section Manager Darrell
Davis, KT4WX -- who is also Hardee County Emergency Coordinator --
reported that the storm's eye passed over the Hardee County emergency
operations center just before midnight EDT on September 10. The storm,
which left death and destruction in its wake, eventually moved inland,
carrying with it heavy rainfall and consequent additional flooding. By
mid-week, FEMA had flagged most of the Florida peninsula for
"significant river flooding," imminent or occurring. Irma also has left
many in Florida without electrical power.

Help the Ham Aid Response Effort In Florida and the US Virgin Islands:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Due to this busy hurricane season, ARRL's inventory of Ham Aid kits has
been severely depleted. ARRL's Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio
equipment kits to established ARES and partner agencies during disaster
response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support.

Emergency Net Activated In Wake of Earthquake In Mexico:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The National Emergency Net of the FMRE -- Mexico's national Amateur Radio
association -- activated on 7.060 MHz (the net also operates on 3.690
and 14.120 MHz) to handle any emergency traffic after a late-evening
earthquake occurred off Mexico's coast on September 7. Radio amateurs
not involved in the earthquake disaster should avoid those frequencies,
if active.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- "How High is High Enough" -- a discussion on the effects of antenna
height -- is the topic of the latest episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is
In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

QST Announces 2017 Antenna Design Competition Winners:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- QST has announced the winners of its 2017 Antenna Design Competition.

Collegiate Amateur Radio Symposium Holds Second Annual Meeting:

September 15, 2017 02:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Club at Yale University (W1YU) was the host for the
2nd annual Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) forum at the ARRL New England
Division Convention, September 8-10, in Boxboro, Massachusetts. ARRL
CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, who -- in light of the increasing number of
reactivated and newly formed radio clubs at colleges and universities
-- has been a prime mover behind the League initiative, opened the
session. Four presentations by participating institutions followed.

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