July 23, 2021

Stations to Celebrate Fourth Anniversary of FT8

July 23, 2021 04:31 PM -

ARRL Board of Directors Creates Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee

July 23, 2021 04:18 PM - ARRL -

At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee.

The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency c...

The K7RA Solar Update

July 23, 2021 10:47 AM - ARRL -

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: It’s exciting to observe increasing sunspot activity. Recently Solar Cycle 25 produced new sunspots frequently, and I watch them pop up every day on Spaceweather.com. New sunspots emerged on July 14, 16, 17, 19 and 20, and two new ones appeared on July 21. When I look at this image from July 22, our sun is peppered with spots, reminding me of past solar cycles....

Telecoms firms need to do more to help customers struggling to pay bills

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Our research shows that, in general, broadband and mobile customers are getting better services while prices have been falling in recent years. However, many people on low incomes are struggling to pay, and not all are getting the support they need

Sweden: 80m AM contest August 7

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An 80m AM contest will be held in Sweden on Saturday, August 7, from 0700-0900 GMT using 3600-3750 kHz

SOTA in the Canadian Rockies

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - SOTA in the Canadian Rockies will be presented by Paul Mower VA6MPM at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th

VK6WIA NewsWest

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - This is VK6 Amateur Radio News with NewsWest for Sunday 25th July 2021. Today we are talking to New Amateurs, welcoming those who have gained their first license, and also congratulating those who have gained another level

France: HAMEXPO 2021 cancelled

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The REF Board has cancelled the HAMEXPO 2021 event that had been planned to take place for September 25 at the Le Mans Exhibition Center in France

Cuba jamming Ham Radio? Listen for yourself

July 23, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - IEEE Spectrum report that as anti-government protests spilled onto the streets in Cuba on July 11, something strange was happening on the airwaves

EACW Meeting

July 23, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 29

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

July 23, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jul 29

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 23, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0700Z-0800Z, Jul 29

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 23, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Jul 29

July 22, 2021

ARRL Announces Leadership Changes in the Central Division

July 22, 2021 04:36 PM - ARRL -

ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, has stepped down as Central Division Director. Carlson made the announcement at the July 2021 Board of Directors meeting this past weekend. Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, has acceded to the Director’s chair, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Brent Walls, N9BA, to succeed Luetzelschwab as the Central Division Vice ...

Massachusetts Court Okays Amateur Radio Tower, Citing Board of Appeals’ Error

July 22, 2021 04:09 PM - ARRL -

A judge in the Massachusetts Land Court has ruled that the Zoning Board of Appeals in the City of Framingham “erred” in revoking a building permit for an 80-foot ham radio tower as an accessory use. The Building Commissioner in Framingham had granted ARRL member Mikhail “Misha” Filippov, KD1MF, a building permit for the tower, and Filippov had begun pouring concrete for the tower footings. Neig...

FCC Investigating Alleged “Jamming” on 40 Meters

July 22, 2021 01:32 PM - ARRL -

Reports suggest that jamming stations have been deployed on the lower portion of 40 meters. The jamming appears to be coming from Cuba. The signals, spaced at regular intervals, exhibit a squishy, popping noise. The apparent jamming showed up after anti-government protesters took to the streets in Cuba, followed by a government crackdown. So far, there’s no proven connection between the jamming...

UK Advanced distance Learning

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts Group can announce that it's distance learning packages for the full licence have been extremely successful

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is a month away, Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days. It’s a great experience for those that want to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical techniques

Mapping directional MW transmitters in USA-Canada

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - If you listen for MW/AM radio stations in the the USA or Canada then you will surely know that many of them broadcast with directional antennas

Nevada appointed Factory Direct dealer for LDG tuners

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - We are delighted to be appointed FACTORY DIRECT Dealers for the LDG range of Auto Tuners from the USA, including the new LDG Z-100A 125W Auto Tuner for Icom radios

DXpedition to Willis Island cancelled

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - After months of negotiations with the new Coral Island Management Authority, DXPedition leader Tommy Horozakis VK2IR has had to cancel the Willis Island DXPedition that was planned for November of this year

DARC publish results of amateur radio survey

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Germany's DARC has published the results of the amateur radio survey they conducted for the IARU, they had 550 respondents. In the UK the RSGB's survey had over 1,000 replies

ARRL release 2020 annual report

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In the report ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR says radio amateurs must embrace the changing landscape and accept the ever-changing technologies in our hobby today

23cm band: Amateur radio coexistence with Sat-Nav

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the meeting of the ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C) July 5-13 which discussed the amateur radio 1240 MHz band

Tony's 10m Band Report

July 22, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Not a bad week on Ten Metres. I worked quite a few Europeans on FT8. There is surprisingly little FT4 on Ten. The standout station of the week is R7AB/P. He was top on 4 days of the week. I’m not sure why he was /P. However just look at his 2m antenna, wow!

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 22, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 28

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 22, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 28

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

July 22, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 28

SKCC Sprint

July 22, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0200Z, Jul 28

July 21, 2021

Volunteer Amateur Radio operators to the rescue in Belgian floods

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Emily Hough writes in the Crisis Response Journal about the 30 radio amateurs who were deployed in the provinces of Brabant Wallon and Hainaut following the flooding in Belgium

The Woodpecker becomes a national heritage site

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Many of us can still recall the shortwave QRM resembling a hammering woodpecker. Until the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986, the 'woodpecker' was a daily nuisance on HF

Register now for Free Online Amateur Radio Training course

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on August 1 - Register Now

Ofcom report shines light on new technologies shaping the future of the internet

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has today published the latest report from its Emerging Technology programme – shining a light on the technological advances that could shape the Internet of the future

Morse code used by police

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Indian Express newspaper reports Police in Pune are keeping Morse code as a robust stand-by communications mode

Iceland adventure

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Laurent, HB9HKE, will be active as TF/HB9HKE from Iceland between July 22nd and August 7th

FT8DMC anniversary activity weeks 2021

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club, eight special event stations will be on air during the 'FT8DMC Activity Days' between August 2-15th. All stations will bear the FTDMC or FTDM suffix

FCC investigating whether Cuban Government is jamming ham radio

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - HAM radio operators in Florida have said that Cuba is jamming radio frequencies that prevent them from communicating with operators in the country since anti-government protests began last week. Now, the Federal Communications Commission says it has started an investigation into the issue

Building Out a Ham Radio Trailer

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Building Out a Ham Radio Trailer will be presented by George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th

AO-109 transponder available for use by efficient modes like FT4

July 21, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT has announced the transponder on the amateur satellite AO-109 (Fox-1E) is avialble for use by efficient modes such as FT4 or CW

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

July 21, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jul 27

QCX Challenge

July 21, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Jul 27

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

July 21, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Jul 27

July 20, 2021

AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) Open for Amateur Use

July 20, 2021 04:25 PM - ARRL -

AMSAT’s Engineering and Operations Teams have announced that AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) is now open for amateur use. AMSAT advises operators to use efficient modes for making contacts, such as CW or FT4, because issues with the satellite make SSB voice contacts “challenging at best.” An article in the May/June 2021 issue (Vol. 44, No. 3) of The AMSAT Journal details the various attempts t...

2 new videos: 'The Best Ham Cartoons'

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Quin (K8QS) and Tom (WA9TDD) look at some of the best amateur cartoons of all time, focusing in Part One on antennas, gender, technology, and dreams, and in Part Two on money, obsession, and neighbors/family

RF safety issues with Pedestrian-Mobile Antenna

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - What a mouthful of a title! But it is the best to explain this question from a Troy Ball, KK0TLB

Radio hams play key role after storms

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Houma Courier reports on the Bayou Amateur Radio Society who have played a vital communication role in the wake of hurricanes that have hit south Louisiana

Putting innovation at the heart of the UK’s wireless future

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Supporting innovation is at heart of Ofcom’s new strategy for how it will manage the UK’s airwaves over the next decade

Online Distance Learning Course for Full Exam

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The popular Bath Based Distance Learning for the amateur radio Full exam is starting again in August. Bookings are being taken now

North Korean capital cracks down on illegal TVs to prevent access to South Korean broadcasts

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Each Pyongyang household must report the number of TVs they own, and they face stiff punishments for hiding them

Media outlet picks up 40m Cuban signal story

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Vice Media site has picked up the story of signals believed to be from Cuba causing interference in the amateur 7 MHz band and which featured in YouTube videos

Iceland to look at online exams

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The UK pioneered amateur radio exams that could be taken online from home, Iceland's IRA intends to examine that idea. The IRA aims to start their next course in October

Even more digital radio stations to take to the airwaves

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - More local listeners will be able to tune into new digital radio stations, as Ofcom completes the first round of small-scale DAB licence awards

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th July, through Sunday, 18th July there were 203 countries active

ARISS contact with youngsters in Florida, USA

July 20, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An ARISS educational contact is planned for Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD with youngsters at SpaceKids Global, Winter Park, Florida, USA

RSGB FT4 Contest Series

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 26

QCX Challenge

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 26

QCX Challenge

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 26

K1USN Slow Speed Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Jul 26

ARS Flight of the Bumblebees

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 25

RSGB IOTA Contest

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Jul 24 to 1200Z, Jul 25

K1USN Slow Speed Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, Jul 23

NCCC Sprint

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 23

NCCC RTTY Sprint

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 23

QRP Fox Hunt

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0230Z, Jul 23

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 22

EACW Meeting

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 22

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jul 22

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0700Z-0800Z, Jul 22

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Jul 22

NAQCC CW Sprint

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0030Z-0230Z, Jul 22

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jul 21

CWops Mini-CWT Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 21

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 21

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jul 20

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Jul 20

K1USN Slow Speed Test

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Jul 19

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

July 20, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2300Z, Jul 18 to 0100Z, Jul 19

July 19, 2021

AMSAT-NA Issues First Call for Papers

July 19, 2021 06:38 PM -

ARRL 2020 Annual Report Now Available to Download

July 19, 2021 06:19 PM - ARRL -

The ARRL 2020 Annual Report has been posted and is available to download. The report summarizes ARRL program and fiscal activity for the year.

In his introductory remarks, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said that 2020 was a difficult and challenging year for ARRL. “The coronavirus pandemic changed everything, from the way we socialized, to the way we worked, to the way students learned,” Ro...

Amateur Radio Responds to Flooding in Western Europe

July 19, 2021 06:02 PM - ARRL -

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Greg Mossop, G0DUB, reported over the weekend that amateur radio volunteers have responded in the wake of widespread and catastrophic flooding in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The flooding, resulting from unprecedented heavy rainfall, has claimed more than 120 lives. Hundreds more remain unaccounted ...

WIA Board issues apology for magazine's unacceptable language

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) say the June/July issue of their magazine Amateur Radio contained unacceptable racial and sexist slurs

Turkish Republic of North Cyprus

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Tevfik, TA1HZ (ex-ZD8HZ), has announced that he has moved to Iskele city in the district known as the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC)

RadioMentor.net - New Exam Study Tool

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - RadioMentor was originally setup to help USA students prepare for their amateur radio licensing examinations, however through our partnerships we have now expanded our training team to cover multiple countries across the globe

New US experimental station WL2XUP now operational on the 40 MHz band

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In June of 2021, the FCC in the USA issued the experimental call sign WL2XUP to conduct tests on the 40 MHz band. The owner of the call, Lin Holcomb (NI4Y) reports that the station is now on air

Learn to Solder Buildathon II

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Learn to Solder Buildathon II will be presented by Rex Harper W1REX at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th

ICQPodcast - Portable Operations Challenge 2021

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode, we feature Portable Operations Challenge 2021

Ham Radio training for civil defence volunteers to combat calamities

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Millennium Post report that in a bid to ensure seamless connectivity even to the remotest locations in Sunderbans in South 24-Parganas, the civil defence volunteers on Sunday started receiving training in Ham Radio communication

Cuban 40m jamming

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - 40 Meter Band Jamming From Cuba? An example of the Jamming that is currently happening on the 40 meter band

Brendan Quest 2 metre trans-Atlantic attempt

July 19, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In an update issued on July 14th, Frank Davis announced that the VO1FN Transatlantic VHF project has received important support from SHF Elektronik Siggi DJ2MM who have sponsored an MVV 144-VOX Mast Mounted preamp. The unit has been received and will be installed in the coming days

July 18, 2021

WIA Board announces new President

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) board of directors convened their first meeting after the 2021 AGM, which is when the President and Vice President are appointed and all new directors are welcomed to the board

The week of no WIA broadcasts

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Almost 50 years ago, in 1971, there was a week when there were no WIA broadcasts from any state of Australia

Scouts doing the Class B RAE course

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE the Troop Scouter of the Sandringham Scouts told SARL News that the Sandringham Scout Group, ZS6SSG will be running a Class B RAE course for Scouts, starting on Saturday 31 July

Radio amateurs respond to flooding in Western Europe

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg G0DUB reports on the Amateur Radio response to the flooding in Western Europe

Electronics Notes Virtual Vintage Radio Museum and Directory

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In recent weeks at Electronics Notes, we have started adding a virtual museum and directory of various vintage radios of all sorts from old crystal antiques radios to vintage valve / tube radios, ex-government communications radios, ham radio equipment through to early transistor radios and the like

Changes to calculating broadband USO quotes

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has today published a consultation on modifying our universal broadband service rules, to clarify how BT should provide quotes to customers who have applied to be connected under the scheme

QSO Today - Chip Angle, N6CA

July 18, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Chip Angle, N6CA, harnessed an early interest in the bands, VHF to microwave, as a passion that continues to this day

ICQ Podcast Episode 355 - Portable Operations Challenge 2021

July 18, 2021 06:29 AM - ICQ Podcast -

In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode we feature Portable Operations Challenge 2021

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July 17, 2021

The Summer 2021 AM QSO Party is on Now!

July 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Hello Everyone. The Summer 2021 AM QSO Party is on now! Friday 16th 18:00 UTC until Sunday 18th July 17:59 UTC

RSGB releases results of Amateur Radio survey

July 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In May 2021 the RSGB asked UK radio amateurs to give their views of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for amateur radio both currently and in the future

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