December 20, 2014

Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

December 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL ("Santa Claus Land") and OF9X ("Old Father Nine Xmas") are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa's journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspa...

Propagation de K7RA

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7

X-flare on Dec. 20th

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is high. A pair of large sunspots is crossing the center of the solar disk, and both are crackling with flares

VYLs On The Air

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Anyone listening to the Danbury repeater GB3DA from 7pm on Friday, Dec. 19 would have heard two young female voices, aged 7 and 10, chatting comfortably on-air

Video of radio ham's images from space

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC report a video of the images taken by ISS astronaut Don Pettit KD5MDT has been released

Post Tromelin FT4TA

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- FT4TA, Tromelin 2014, is over. Seven Hams made more 71,000 contacts in 9 days and a half offering for the most part of those who contacted them, a new one in their countries hunting

Surrey ham radio exam success

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Abdullah Al-Shackarchi M6SHK, Radio Officer, Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society reports on the successful Foundation and Intermediate exam sessions

SEARS Christmas Social

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Essex Amateur Radio Society wrapped up 2014 with their Christmas social event on the 16th of December.
The evening was well-attended and included a short talk by Steve 2E0UEH on the subject of Foundation training, which the club is set to start running from early 2015

RTÉ's longwave service extended until 2017

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- RTÉ Radio 1 LW will operate a full service in 2015, with reduced hours in 2016 before working towards a full shutdown in 2017

Past Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. Mackey, N4ADI - SK

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Past ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. 'Roy' Mackey, N4ADI, of Winter Park, Florida, died December 5. He was 96 and had not been active as a radio amateur for several years

Radio ham helps ESA with tracking widget

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Thanks to radio amateur Chip Sufitchi N2YO the European Space Agency's new satellite tracking widgets are live

Ofcom consults on draft Annual Plan 2015/16

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published its draft Annual Plan for the coming financial year, and will hold a series of public meetings to hear people's feedback

ISS SSTV reception on a portable setup using RTL-SDR

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Standing in a car park, I was able to successfully receive the images using a handheld 3 element 2m Yagi antenna connected to a rtl-sdr USB dongle

Anniversary of BBC World Service

December 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Money Week reports the BBC Empire Service, forerunner of the BBC World Service, began broadcasting 82 years ago

DARC Christmas Contest

December 20, 2014 08:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0830Z-1059Z, Dec 26

Twisp Police Chief Ready to Train Citizens for Emergency Response Team:

December 20, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- To prepare for future large-scale emergencies, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow says his community needs to be able to survive for three days before outside agencies come in with assistance. Last summer's fires "brought the issue into the forefront," Budrow said. Not only should every family have an emergency plan, stored water and a 72-hour "comfort kit," but Budrow also wants to create a Community Emergency Response Team -- or CERT -- that can respond quickly to neighborhood needs before police, fire or medical first responders can get there. "We need people in the community who have the training to help out," when communications failures or road closures may prevent access to the immediate emergency services that people have come to expect by calling 911, Budrow said. And, as the Methow Valley learned during last summer's wildfires, certain disasters may stretch on for days or even weeks. CERT is a program designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that trains citizen teams to provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers, and gather information to help first responders prioritize and allocate resources following a disaster. The police chief and his fellow officers are currently studying for their ham radio licenses, which will enable them to communicate with "outside entities" during an emergency, using radio frequencies outside of law enforcement. This will allow them to send messages up and down the valley via the "huge base" of amateur radio operators already operating from home stations, Budrow said.

Local ham radio operators provide line to Santa (Wisconsin)

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Local children will have the chance to talk to Santa Claus through amateur radios at the Rudolph Country Christmas event on Saturday, thanks to a collaboration between the Mid-State Repeater Association and the Central Wisconsin Radio Amateurs Ltd.

How Do Drones and Commercial Aircraft Avoid Midair Collisions?

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- If anybody thinks about this issue at all, it's pretty clear that it's a problem worth careful consideration. The trouble is the people who are in a full-court press to expand the use of unmanned aircraft systems really don't think they should have to worry about the safety of existing users of airspace.

The Dark Side of Ham Radio

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- My name is Dutch Marich. I am an Independent filmmaker. I love the dark and mysterious things in life, and I believe film is one of the greatest art forms. I graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2005, and I have spent the past several years cutting my teeth producing and directing my own films. My most recent feature film Hunting will be available on AMAZON streaming and DVD in early 2015.

DX Engineering Announces MFJ Day

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On Saturday, January 10, from 9 am to 2 pm, DX Engineering is holding MFJ Day at its showroom near Akron, Ohio. The event will allow Ham Radio operators to shake off the winter doldrums and make some eyeball QSOs with colleagues from around the Midwest.

Russian ARISS Team Transmitting Slow-Scan TV from the ISS

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Several stations around the globe reported receiving slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station on December 18

QST Celebrates Its Centennial in 2015

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Although the ARRL celebrated its centennial this year, 2015 is the centennial year for QST magazine.

First published in December 1915, QST is the not only the official membership journal of the ARRL, it is also the most widely read Amateur Radio magazine in the world with a monthly circulation of more than 165,000.

Engineer to Study Ham Radio Project - Equipment Installation on Hold (Missouri)

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Mayor Jeff Palmore said it is premature to go forward with plans to install a digital ham radio repeater system in Pacific because he does not know enough about the project and it's not his No. 1 priority.

Meet Your Neighbor: Laser light maestro has narrowed focus (Tennessee)

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Many people know Roger Forbes as the electronics wizard behind the Forbes Family Christmas Light Display he and his wife, Mary, host each December up and down the street in front of their home at 708 Holston Ave.

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.

YL 33: The First Female Ham Radio Operators, and their Awesome Legacy

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Historically, literacy in its many forms has given the marginalized a way to speak and participate in a system that previously prevented them from doing so.

Breakall sends students on a 'fox hunt' to learn ham radio (Pennsylvania)

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- An initiative led by Jim Breakall, professor of electrical engineering, aims to get first-year students excited about ham radio.

On Dec. 7, students in his EE 009S First Year Seminar in Electrical Engineering class participated in a fox hunt on the University Park campus.

Can you hear me now? (North Carolina)

December 20, 2014 03:32 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Once upon a time, there was a world without internet and telephones with international calling. In that world, men and women who wanted to communicate across the globe did so by sending Morse code through amateur radios.

December 19, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #51 de K7RA:

December 19, 2014 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average
daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4
from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up
28.1 points to 167.7.

Russian ARISS Team Transmitting Slow-Scan TV from the ISS

December 19, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- Several stations around the globe reported receiving slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station on December 18. The Russian ARISS announced earlier that it would activate the Amateur Radio SSTV "experiment" from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM (PD180 mode). Additional transmissions are planned for December 20. All of the images commemorate the birth 80 years ago of Soviet...

Annual Christmas Eve Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set

December 19, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, will put his 600 meter Experimental Station WG2XFQ on the air for his annual Christmas Eve transmission. WG2XFQ will transmit on 486 kHz from Forest, Virginia, to mark the 108th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden's first audio transmission. Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin and read a brief Bible verse. It's been reported that other radio experimenters and s...

ARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season Favorite

December 19, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL -- Dust off those keyboards! The ARRL RTTY Roundup takes place January 3-4, 2015. It's very easy to get on RTTY and other digital modes, and some late-model transceivers even have RTTY and other digital capabilities built right into the radio. Participation in this annual operating event has grown along with the enthusiasm for digital modes. In addition to conventional Baudot, RTTY Roundup ops may...

The K7RA Solar Update

December 19, 2014 01:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7.But then toward the end of the week, activity made a large jump, with solar flux at 213.2 on Thursday.Predicted solar flux is 220, 225, 220 and 210 on December 19-22, then 200, ...

VK3 National Parks on air

December 19, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP set off on Boxing Day Friday December 26 on their 4th and final road trip for the year to leisurely activate heaps of National Parks in Victoria's east - others will be portable too

Send your code into space with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI

December 19, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with UK Astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool released

December 19, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019

ISS SSTV success - More transmissions Saturday

December 19, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- During Thursday, December 18 the Russian ARISS team members successfully activated the amateur radio Slow Scan TV (SSTV) experiment from the International Space Station (ISS) on 145.800 MHz FM

ANZAC Centenary celebrations proposal

December 19, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- 25th April 2015 is the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey by ANZAC forces. NZART has received permission to use 'ANZAC' from the government for the purpose of celebrating this centenary

Can You Hear Me Now?

December 19, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- LENOIR, N.C. - Once upon a time, there was a world without internet and telephones with international calling. In that world, men and women who wanted to communicate across the globe did so by sending Morse code through amateur radios. Although making a call from the Catawba Valley to South America or Europe might be easy today, if there were a natural disaster that cut the area off from traditional communications the skills these amateur radio operators have been honing for decades would be in great need and the members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club are ready and willing to serve. "We're able to take our radios out into the field and go to the Sheriff's Department or go with a deputy and offer our radios and services to them if they need it," Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Vice President Thomas Land said. "In the past we helped provide backup communications during Hurricane Hugo, and we set up at Red Cross shelters to help communicate between the shelters and emergency management and the Red Cross providing information about supplies and occupancy."

See a Stunning Solar Flare Captured By NASA:

December 19, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which continuously watches the sun, captured an image of a solar flare Tuesday. This one was considered "mid-level" and peaked around 11:50 p.m., according to NASA. Solar flares are powerful surges of radiation that occur when magnetic energy connected to sunspots is released. Solar flares and sunspots are not unusual and occur with varying frequency depending on the solar cycle. "Space weather is always changing," according to the Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA. Radiation from solar flares cannot hurt humans on the ground, but strong flares can interrupt the "atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel," according to NASA.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #50:

December 19, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.

ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT-NA has designated the ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (DEep SPace Amateur
Troubadour's CHallenge) satellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR
Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space
satellite "appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR
number, including IARU coordination." Tynan said he applied the
"Fuji" designation "in recognition of the long history of
contributions the Japanese have made to Amateur Radio satellites."

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer
Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3
(General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes
effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after
July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

'Amateur Radio Parity Act' Campaign Will Resume In New Congress:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, "The Amateur Radio
Parity Act of 2014" (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives
in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

ARRL's Last 'Red Badges On the Air Day' is December 31!

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The last day of 2014 (UTC) will be your final opportunity to rack up
those remaining ARRL Centennial QSO Party points -- before you
celebrate the arrival of the new year. To help with that goal, the
League is sponsoring its final "Red Badges on the Air Day" on
Wednesday, December 31. That's when those high-value red ARRL
identification badge bearers will be out in force on the bands.

Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Boy Scouts of America's National Awards and Recognition Committee
has officially recognized the ARRL "Amateur Radio Service to Scouting
Award" as part of its family of Community Organization awards.

Cross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication Capabilities:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Maine ARES Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Phil Duggan, N1EP,
wants to expand Amateur Radio's reach during emergencies in the
Northeast. To that end, he convened a 40 meter "cross-borders" net on
Saturday morning, December 13, on 7262 kHz to test the communication
paths for that band and time for operators in Maine, New Hampshire, and
the bordering Canadian provinces. The exercise was spurred by Maine
Emergency Management Agency Communications Manager Steve Mallory's
suggestion that Maine hams should put extra effort into training and
exercising with neighboring states and provinces, since disasters do
not recognize borders.

Pennsylvania and Iowa Will Host Final W1AW Centennial Operations:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Maryland, Hawaii, and Georgia. They will transition
at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 24 (the evening of December 23 in US
time zones), to Pennsylvania (W1AW/3) and Iowa (W1AW/0). These will be
the last W1AW portable activations of the ARRL Centennial Year. During
2014, W1AW has visited all 50 states at least twice, as well as some US
territories.

ARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season Favorite:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Dust off those keyboards! The ARRL RTTY Roundup takes place January 3-4, 2015. It's
very easy to get on RTTY and other digital modes, and some late-model
transceivers even have RTTY and other digital capabilities built right
into the radio. Participation in this annual operating event has grown
along with the enthusiasm for digital modes. In addition to
conventional Baudot, RTTY Roundup ops may use ASCII, AMTOR, PSK31, and
Packet (attended). Newcomers are always welcome to join the fray.

IARU President Addresses ITU Telecom World '14 In Qatar:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, highlighted the benefits of
Amateur Radio during disasters in remarks at the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World '14,
December 7-10 in Doha, Qatar.

Preparations Under Way for January DXpedition to Iran:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Preparations continue on the part of the Rockall DX Group to make Iran number 33 on ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List -- available through a
DXpedition to Kish Island (IOTA AS-166).

Centenarian ARRL Member Says Congressional Gold Medal for CAP WAS Overdue:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A 100-year-old ARRL member from North Carolina was among those honored
on December 10 when the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) received a Congressional
Gold Medal for its World War II service, and, for Weldon Fields, W4AJT,
of Greensboro, the recognition was long overdue.

Dayton Hamvention 2015 Award Nominations Due By January 16, 2015:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Time is running short to submit nominations for the 2015 Dayton
Hamvention Amateur of the Year, Special
Achievement, Technical Excellence, and Club of the Year. Completed
nomination forms and supporting documentation are due by January 16.
All Amateur Radio operators (and clubs) are eligible. Winners will be
recognized at the 2015 Hamvention, which takes place May 15-17.

Contesting Hall Of Famer Carl D. Cook, AI6V/P49V, (SK):

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Well-known Contester, DXer, and DXpeditioner Carl Cook, AI6V/P49V
(ex-WA6JUD), of Las Vegas, Nevada, died December 15. An ARRL Life
Member, he was 74. Despite getting a rather late start, Cook went on to
enjoy considerable success in Amateur Radio, and even casual DX
contesters had P49V in their logs.

Past Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. Mackey, N4ADI, (SK):

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Past ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. "Roy" Mackey,
N4ADI, of Winter Park, Florida, died December 5. He was 96 and had
not been active as a radio amateur for several years. Mackey served as
Northern Florida Section Manager from 1986 until 1990 and as a Northern
Florida Assistant Section Manager from 1990 until 1997.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In July 2001, the ARRL petitioned the FCC to allocate 5.250 to 5.400
MHz to Amateur Radio. At its July 2001 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors endorsed the
Logbook of The World (LoTW) concept, and Headquarters staffers began
the massive push to make LoTW a reality.

In Brief...

December 19, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Kids Day is January 4! The next Kids Day, sponsored by the ARRL and The Boring
(Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, will be Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 1800
to 2400 UTC. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio
and Amateur Radio satellites to youngsters and even to hand over the
keys so they can get some hands-on experience.

December 18, 2014

ARRL Website Search Function Temporarily Off Line

December 18, 2014 09:35 PM - ARRL -- The search function on the ARRL website is temporarily unavailable. However, until it is fixed, there is an alternative approach using Google.Simply go to the Google search engine at www.google.com and enter the following:site:arrl.org (keyword/search term)For example, entering . . .site:arrl.org transmitter...will search the site and return results for anything with the word "transmitter" in t...

ARRL's Last "Red Badges on the Air Day" on December 31!

December 18, 2014 10:37 AM - ARRL --

SSTV transmissions from the ISS today

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Slow Scan TV transmissions from the International Space Station are expected to take place on Thursday Dec 18 and Saturday Dec 20 on 145.800 MHz FM

South Georgia Island and South Sandwich Island

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Intrepid-DX Group, led by Paul Ewing-N6PSE and David Collingham-K3LP, is pleased to announce our next Dxpedition

Consultation on amending the Wireless Telegraphy licence exemption criteria for Ultra Wideband devices

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom is consulting on a proposal to make regulations that would amend the existing Wireless Telegraphy licence exemption criteria for Ultra Wideband (UWB) devices

Ofcom publishes data from co-existence tests with Digital Terrestrial Television services

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published data from tests examining co-existence between Digital Terrestrial Television services (DTT), such as Freeview, and White Space Devices (WSDs)

Nominations for the 2014 Intrepid Spirit Award

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their 'Intrepid Spirit' this past year

EURAO Party - Autumn 2014: be digital, explore 30m

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization, together with the 30 Meter Digital Group, announce a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'be digital, explore 30m'

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

December 18, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A fine week on Ten Metres with the contest producing 13,800 reported contacts on Saturday and 15,200 on Sunday. From memory this is largest number of contacts on any one day or total in a weekend.

December 17, 2014

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released

December 17, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019.The question pool files are available in PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc), and ASCII t...

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Conducts First ARISS School Contact

December 17, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL --

Preparations Under Way for January DXpedition to Iran

December 17, 2014 02:36 PM - ARRL --

Two ham radio towers stolen

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Pocono Record notes that two amateur radio towers were stolen from a property in Effort, PA

Abstract from ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's logbook

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Monday, December 15, I had my first HAM radio contact with school pupils

Ofcom Board appoints Sharon White as Chief Executive

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Ofcom Board has announced the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive. Sharon will join Ofcom in late March 2015 from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary

Italian DXpedition Team's Congo invitation

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Radioamateur Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo' (ARAC) has invited the 'Italian DXpedition Team' for a short stay in Kinshasa during March 2015

India's youngest radio ham ?

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindustan Times reports on Saborni Nag Biswas VU3JFE, she is possibly the youngest radio amateur in India

The Icom IC-2730, a practical dual bander with optional Bluetooth headset!

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom are pleased to announce details of the new IC-2730E dual band mobile transceiver which will be available in early 2015. This stunning new VHF/UHF dual band mobile transceiver provides VHF/VHF, UHF/UHF simultaneous receive capability as well as VHF/UHF receive

Draft amendments to SA radio regulations published

December 17, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's regulator, ICASA, has published draft amendments to the radio regulations that were originally published on 31 March 2011. The amendments will influence Amateur Radio

IARU Region 3 and APT Agreement:

December 17, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to achieve further collaboration. The agreement which had to pass through various stages of approval has been formalised by IARU Region 3 Chairman Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN, (pictured) and APT Secretary-General Toshiyuki Yamada. Gopal VU2GMN explained that while the IARU Region 3 regionally looks after the development and protection of the Amateur Service, the APT based in Bangkok Thailand, sets spectrum allocation, fosters telecommunication services and information infrastructure. He said IARU Region 3 representatives have been attending APT meetings and submitting documents for years. The MoU further strengthens the working relationship of the two regional bodies.

Breakall Sends Students on a 'Fox Hunt' to Learn Ham Radio:

December 17, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An initiative led by Jim Breakall, professor of electrical engineering, aims to get first-year students excited about ham radio. On Dec. 7, students in his EE 009S First Year Seminar in Electrical Engineering class participated in a "fox hunt" on the University Park campus. Breakall explained, "The idea is that one student, the fox, hides on campus and transmits a radio signal. The rest of the class starts out at the HUB. In teams of two or three, they try to use techniques with hand-held radios, such as using the body as a shield or using a small antenna such as a paper clip, to try to find the fox." One of the purposes of the activity, Breakall said, is to simulate an emergency, for example someone lost in the woods or an airplane that is down. "It's just a lot of fun for this class to see who can find the fox first." He noted that some students come up with their own unique ideas to find the fox. "Alex Yuan, a first-year electrical engineering student, asked if he could employ a more sophisticated system using the Doppler technique with four antennas and attached circuitry. It then lights up LEDs in a compass arrangement and can guide one right to the transmitting signal, in this case the fox. He installed the system on his bike. It is pretty amazing."

Ham Radio Towers Stolen In Effort:

December 17, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, someone stole two ham radio communication towers from an Upper Valley Road property in Effort.

December 16, 2014

Past Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. Mackey, N4ADI, SK

December 16, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- Past ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. "Roy" Mackey, N4ADI, of Winter Park, Florida, died December 5. He was 96 and had not been active as a radio amateur for several years. Mackey served as Northern Florida Section Manager from 1986 until 1990. After two terms as Section Manager, he served as a Northern Florida Assistant Section Manager from 1990 until 1997.Mackey was instrumental...

Cross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication Capabilities

December 16, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- Maine ARES(r) Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Phil Duggan, N1EP, wants to expand Amateur Radio's reach during emergencies in the Northeast. To that end, he convened a 40 meter "cross-borders" net on Saturday morning, December 13, on 7262 kHz to test the communication paths for that band and time for operators in Maine, New Hampshire, and the bordering Canadian provinces. The exercise was spur...

Advisory Board to Guide IARU's Approach to ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model

December 16, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- Through its president, Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a founding Advisory Board member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The initiative is aimed at developing an action plan to deploy necessary crucial telecommunication infrastructure to offer prompt assistance in the event of natural...

Two Metre Revival

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's Fingal Radio Club, EI2FRC, and Dermot, EI2HD, are trying to get some life back into 2 metre transmissions

IRTS 80 Metres Counties Contest

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS 80 metres Counties Contest takes place on New Year's Day, Thursday 1st January 2015, from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC

Hamradio Africa 2015

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Technology in Action will get a new name and new look in 2015 with more focus on practical application and presentations on operating activities. The proposed new name is Hamradio Africa 2015

Ham Radio - Ancestor of the Internet

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mark Svoboda's video presents an overview of Amateur Radio - its history, and its relevance in communication today - through interviews of Hams and voice-over narration

Guantanamo Cuba emergency net has ended

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Prof. Arnaldo Coro Antich CO2KK, Emergency Coordinator IARU Region II Area C, provides an update on the Guantanamo FRC emergency net

OK1DFC and PE1ITR report DESPATCH beacon at 4.7 million km

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Zdenek Samek OK1DFC and Rob Hardenberg PE1ITR reported receiving the amateur radio beacon from the ARTSAT2:DESPATCH spacecraft on December 14 at a distance of 4,700,000 km

Carol McGee honored as 2014 Legacy Award Winner

December 16, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Carol McGee of Reno, Nevada has been named the recipient of the 2014 Legacy Award, presented by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR), a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of amateur radio among women

Amateur Radio Operators to Converge In Claremore on March 13-14:

December 16, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- CLAREMORE -- Green Country Hamfest, an annual gathering of amateur radio operators, will be held in March in Claremore. The event will be held 4 p.m.-9 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway. The annual Green Country Hamfest will again be a ARRL sponsored Hamfest (ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio). This is the largest gathering of amateur radio operators and radio sport enthusiasts in Oklahoma. Visitors will be attending from all over Oklahoma and the surrounding states. The Claremore Expo Center in the heart of Will Rogers country is an ideal location for this convention with free parking, ample space for the many displays, vendors/dealers, and education forums. The Green Country Hamfest is open to all radio hobbyists, interested members of the public and their families. This is a great opportunity for amateur radio operators and interested parties to learn more about this exciting hobby and valuable asset to our communities' amateur radio is during disasters and emergencies.

December 15, 2014

Contesting Hall of Famer Carl D. Cook, AI6V/P49V, SK

December 15, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- Well-known Contester, DXer, and DXpeditioner Carl Cook, AI6V/P49V (ex-WA6JUD), of Las Vegas, Nevada, died December 15. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. Despite getting a rather late start, Cook went on to enjoy considerable success in Amateur Radio, and even casual DX contesters had P49V in their logs."Carl passed away at 3:30 this morning, in his sleep, per his wishes, just two days shy of his ...

"Amateur Radio Parity Act" Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

December 15, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL -- Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the just-adjourned 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in J...

ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81

December 15, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA has designated the ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (DEep SPace Amateur Troubadour's CHallenge) satellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space satellite "appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR number, including IARU coordination." Tynan said he applied the "Fuji" designation "in recognition of the long history of contr...

Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications

December 15, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) invites applications for the Amateur Radio-related scholarships it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list incl...

W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Maryland, Hawaii, and Georgia

December 15, 2014 03:35 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Indiana and Montana. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 17 (the evening of December 16 in US time zones), to Maryland (W1AW/3), Hawaii (W1AW/KH6), and Georgia (W1AW/4). By December 31 W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.The ARRL Centenni...

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

December 15, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity will at moderate levels

Waters and Stanton Xmas Event 2014

December 15, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday the 13th of December, Essex-based amateur radio retailer Waters and Stanton held its annual in-store Christmas Open Day. This well-attended event saw amateurs from around the county and beyond meet to catch up with old friends and pick up a bargain

The first female Ham Radio operators, and their awesome legacy

December 15, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ashley Hennefer writes about some of the early female radio amateurs

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