October 31, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #44:

October 31, 2014 03:34 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hawaii ARES Volunteers Finalize Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, said this week that
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers on the Big Island of
Hawaii are ready to activate, if needed, in response to the Puna lava
flow.

Satellites Carrying AR Payloads Among Those Lost In Launch Explosion:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The RACE and
GOMX-2 CubeSats,
both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, were among more than 2 dozen
satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded
spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28,
from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on
Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Indian Radio Amateurs Continue Communication Support Following Cyclone:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- More than 2 weeks after Cyclone (hurricane) Hud Hud hit
Vishakhapattanam and surrounding communities on India's Bay of Bengal,
radio amateurs are continuing to provide communication support to
authorities and residents. In the storm's immediate aftermath, all
communication with Vishakhapattanam -- known as "Vizag" -- and the
wider region was via Amateur Radio. With electric power knocked out, no
mobile or landline telephone service was available, but Amateur Radio
Society of India (ARSI) National Coordinator for Disaster Communication
Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, said the Amateur Radio emergency communication
network ran smoothly. Bhide told ARRL that it will take some time
before things are back to normal in the stricken region.

Colorado EOSS-202 Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads 'Awesome':

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- An Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) balloon flight,
launched on October 25 by students from Colorado and New Mexico, and
carrying three ham radio payloads into
near-space surpassed its planned altitude.

Bidding In Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends On Thursday, Oct 30:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Bidding in the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction concludes on Thursday, October 30
(October 31 UTC). Bid closing times are staggered beginning at 0230 UTC
and finishing at 0307 UTC on October 31.

ARISS Encourages Schools To Apply for Space Station Contact Opportunities:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the application window is open for proposals from formal and informal educational
institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an
ISS crew member.

W1AW Centennial Operations Set Sights On WA and KS, Plus American Samoa:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Wyoming, Massachusetts, and the US Virgin Islands.
They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, November 5 (the evening
of November 4 in US time zones), to Kansas (W1AW/0) and Washington
(W1AW/7).

4M Moon Orbiter Completes Lunar Flyby:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The recently launched 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission) Amateur Radio
payload completed its loop around the moon on October 28 between 0030
and 0215 UTC. Among the 13-character onboard messages posted prior to
launch was a encomium for Manfred Fuchs, to whom LUXspace dedicated the
mission. Fuchs was the founder of LUXspace parent OHB. Roland Zurmely,
PY4ZBZ, the first station to receive the 4M signal, was also the first
to piece together the 158 JT65B 13-character messages comprising
dedication, which described Fuchs as playing "an outstanding role in
the European space industry over the last decades." Fuchs died earlier
this year at the age of 75.

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) In January:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The
DXpedition, using the call sign K1N, will be a maximum of 14 days, and
exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and
weather windows.

Indonesia's New Leaders are Radio Amateurs:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Indonesia's new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class
license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class
licensee.

NCDXC Donates Radio, Accessories to 3B9FR:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The Northern California DX Club (NCDXC) has
donated a radio and accessories to Robert Felicite, 3B9FR, to keep his
Rodriguez Island station on the air. According to Rusty Epps, W6OAT,
Felicite had been seeking help to get his current transceiver repaired,
and Epps raised the topic at the club's September meeting. Members were
eager to help.

Special Event Call Sign VI6ANZAC Will Mark 100th Anniversary of ANZAC:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Special event station VI6ANZAC will be on the air for 24 hours,
starting at 1600 UTC on October 31, from Albany, Western Australia. The
operation will commemorate the centennial of the departure from Albany
of the first ship convoy transporting Australian and New Zealand
troops, later known as ANZAC -- Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
-- to the World War I battlefront in Europe.

Former ARRL Staff Member Mary Lau, N1VH, (SK):

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Mary E. Lau, N1VH (ex-N7IAL), of
Newington, Connecticut, died October 15. She was 61 and had been
suffering from ALS.

Mirage, KLM Co-Founder Kenneth E. Holladay, K6HCP, (SK):

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The co-founder of Mirage Communications and KLM, Ken Holladay, K6HCP,
of Gilroy, California, died October 14 after an extended illness. He
was 75. Holladay and Everett Gracey, WA6CBA (SK) co-founded
Mirage Communications, now a part of MFJ. He was also the "K" in KLM
Electronics, Inc, which he co-founded with Leeland "Mel" Farrer, K6KBE,
and Mike Staal, K6MYC.

Bill Orr Award Recipient Harry R. 'Bob' Schroeder, N2HX, (SK):

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Bob Schroeder, N2HX, of Ewing Township, New Jersey, died October 22
after a brief illness. He was 62 and had recently retired from the New
Jersey State Police.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A photo story in "Up Front in QST" in January 1993 noted that President
George H.W. Bush had made an official visit to Springfield, New Jersey,
to meet with local and state officials. One of those officials was
Jeff, WB2DCJ, who coaxed the President into greeting some locals on 2
meters. "Hey, how are you guys doing?" Bush said on the radio. "Nice to
talk with you."

Getting It Right!

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A story, "Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket for Real," in the October
2, 2014, edition of The ARRL Letter contained incorrect information
about one of the show's characters. It should have read, "Allen plays
Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, and the show, which starts its new season October
3, has featured ham radio in some episodes (Allen's TV daughter, Mandy Baxter, is
KF0XIE)."

Live Webcast 30th October:

October 31, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join us for a special webcast featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC). Arduino devices arepowerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for ham radio operators, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. Glen will discuss Arduino and its many applications. Glen will show and demonstrate projects from his book.

Free Download CQ-DATV Magazine:

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October 30, 2014

Small scale DAB trial consultation

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today published a public consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run by Ofcom next year

Switching landline and broadband providers on the KCOM copper network

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom is today consulting on its proposal to introduce a single switching process led by the gaining provider to improve the experience for consumers switching landline and broadband services on the copper network provided by KCOM

IY, Italian special prefix

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station IY1EY to be active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht 'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936

Ham radio operators ready for 'Nilofar'

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio operators from West Bengal and Hyderabad are on alert and ready to roll their services to establish radio communication in case their help is sought in the wake of cyclone 'Nilofar' scheduled to hit Gujarat Friday

Essex DF Hunt November 9

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Roy G4JAC will be arranging additional transmitters for the Essex Top Band Multi-Tx amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) event on Sunday, November 9

DXCC News

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC

Arduino for Ham Radio

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us for a special webcast featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC)

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Well a brilliant week culminating in the CQWW SSB contest. There were about 10,550 reported contacts on Saturday and over 13,500 on Sunday. VK9XSP (Christmas Is) and VK9DLX (Lord Howe Is.) were the most popular in the week except 5R8M (Madagascar) snuck in on Friday

October 29, 2014

Bidding in Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends on Thursday, October 30

October 29, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- Bidding in the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction concludes October 30 (at 0300 UTC on October 31). More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles. One-of-a-kind items include a hard-cover 2014 Centennial edition of The ARRL Handbook, imprinted with "Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW" and a hardcover edition of the 2014 Centennial H...

Kentucky Historical Society Honors Former ARRL Director

October 29, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Former ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA, has been named as the recipient of the Kentucky Historical Society's 2014 Award of Distinction. Johnston chaired the ARRL Board of Directors Historical Committee during his tenure, which included stints as both a Vice Director and Director. Johnston is president of the Board of Trustees of the Behringer-Crawford Museum (BCM) in Cov...

Hawaii ARES Volunteers Firming Up Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation

October 29, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL --

VK3 Homebrew Construction group

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The group meets on Saturday November the 1st. Guest speaker is David Smith VK3HZ presenting a discussion on microwaves

Victorian National Parks period has record activations

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Plenty of support from VK2 and VK5 has seen next month's Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award reach a record of 31 activated parks and more than 40 portable stations

The Shadow Mask Tube

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society have released the first of five lectures prepared by Rank Bush Murphy Limited for training television service engineers in the 1960's for then new colour television receivers

TC2M Broadband HF Antenna

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Martin Ehrenfried G8JNJ has developed an omni-directional antenna with a claimed bandwidth of 2-30 MHz at less than 2.5:1 SWR

Ofcom confirms plans to ensure continued access to spectrum for video PMSE users

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has just published its strategy to ensure users of wireless cameras and video links in the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector continue to have access to sufficient spectrum to support their activities

QSO Today - Ep 14 Steve Johnston, WD8DAS

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- You can still build a beautiful tuna can transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum tubes instead of solid state components

QRP by the Bay

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you're into QRP, homebrewing and HF antennas don't miss Melbourne's QRP by the Bay

NASA statement regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences launch mishap

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The mishap occurred at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28

Morse classes on-the-air

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Brendan EI0CZ has been running CW classes on the Limerick Radio Club 2M repeater over the last month or so on Monday and Thursday nights

Ham radio CubeSats lost

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Two amateur radio CubeSats RACE and GOMX-2 were destroyed when an Antares launcher exploded

146-147 MHz Usage and Band Planning FAQ

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new 146-147 MHz allocation is available to UK Full licence holders from October 31, 2014. The RSGB have issued a FAQ document which answers some of the common questions about the new allocation

Tamworth District Scouts Branch Out by Using Radio and the Web:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TAMWORTH District Scouts held a networking event last week reaching out to scout groups from across the globe. On Sunday, October 19, the group took part in a celebration to mark the bi-annual 'Komunica8' day - an event where scouts worldwide communicate through amateur radio over the internet. Flax Hill Primary Academy was the venue and more than 300 youngsters took part. Event organiser Steve Smith said: "Komunic8 was a massive success with hundreds of young people coming along to take part and to have lots of fun." Communication-themed activities included reading the news, making a 999 call, creating films using clay models and sending secret messages using an enigma machine and Morse code to name just a few. Tamworth's very own TCR-FM were also on hand to teach the scouts the basics of being a radio presenter. There were lots of games and tasks including climbing through lasers to get the secret code.

QSO Today -- Ep 14 -- Steve Johnston WD8DA:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- You can still build a beautiful tuna can
transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum
tubes instead of solid state components.
Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with
Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, where they discuss
Steve's ham radio journey that includes
experimentation in the 630 meter band,
restoration of Chinese military radio
gear, and the love of amateur radio.

Arduino for Ham Radio Webcast Oct 30:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join us for a special webcast
featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel,
KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL
publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This
event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal
ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00
PM CT (0100 UTC). Arduino devices are
powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers,
and they are an easy way for ham radio
operators, students, and professionals to
create devices that interact with their
environment using sensors and actuators. Glen
will discuss Arduino and its many
applications. Glen will show and demonstrate
projects from his book.

Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

October 29, 2014 12:32 AM - ARRL -- The GOMX-2 and RACE CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites that were lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried payloads that operated on Amateur Radio freque...

October 28, 2014

Webcast to Feature Arduino for Ham Radio Author Glen Popiel, KW5GP

October 28, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication Arduino for Ham Radio will be the featured guest on a webcast on Thursday, October 30, at 0100 UTC by Tom Medlin, W5KUB. Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for radio amateurs, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment through sensors and...

Mirage, KLM Co-Founder Kenneth E. Holladay, K6HCP, SK

October 28, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- The co-founder of Mirage Communications and KLM, Ken Holladay, K6HCP, of Gilroy, California, died October 14 after an extended illness. He was 75. Holladay and Everett Gracey, WA6CBA (SK) co-founded Mirage Communications, now a part of MFJ. He also was the "K" in KLM Electronics, Inc, which he co-founded with Leeland "Mel" Farrer, K6KBE, and Mike Staal, K6MYC.A radio amateur from his high schoo...

Tromelin Island DXpedition

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between October 30th and November 10th

Radio ham helps Science Museum

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- RSGB RadCom Editor Elaine Richards G4LFM has helped produce a video for the Science Museum which tells the story of how the British Broadcasting Company began, powered by the UK's biggest radio transmitter 2LO

Portuguese National AM Day on Short Wave and VHF

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARLA invites all hams, domestic and foreign, to participate in a special event in AM; the bands are 40, 20, 10, 6 and 2 meters, on Sunday, November 2, 2014

Off the shelf SDR

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scotty Cowling WA2DFI defies nature and installs a trio of SDR radios on a Windows computer 'live' in one 45-minute presentation

Ofcom: Packet radio systems and beacons

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- In past years, a number of variations were issued to individual Amateur Radio licensees via the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). The letters that the RSGB sent suggested that it was the RSGB who was authorising the use of radio apparatus

G4ILO goes SK

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sadly, according to his Blog, Julian Moss, G4ILO, passed away last Friday evening

Bury radio amateurs active for ROTA

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bury Times newspaper gave coverage to the Bury Radio Society who participated in a nationwide event to celebrate the country's preserved railways

Asian and African tour

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next month and into the new year

15 year-old radio ham helps save the day

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- How Tom K. Jose VU3TMO traveled to a cyclone-hit city and used his amateur radio skills to contribute to disaster management

Troopers Plan 'Pumpkin Patrol' Along Thruway:

October 28, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- New York State Police and citizen volunteers are planning their 38th annual "Pumpkin Patrol" to ward off Halloween pranks and protect motorists along the Thruway on October 30 and 31. Patrols will consist of Troop T Troopers as well as local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Earth is Being Blasted by Solar Flares, Largest Active Region Since 1990:

October 28, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun's currently active solar flare region -- 2192 -- is blasting away at us and causing strong radio blackouts in hotspots across the planet. This is the largest active solar flare region since November 1990, and even that large event didn't produce X-class flares causing R3-R5 (strongest) radio blackouts. This current active region has shot four of those big suckers at us in four days and the 6th since the region went hot on the 19th.

October 27, 2014

4M Moon Orbiter Signals "Quite Weak," Onboard Messages to Loop

October 27, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- It's getting to be more challenging to receive the JT65B transmissions from the recently launched 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission) lunar payload. The 13-character onboard messages posted from around the world prior to launch were expected to be transmitted this week and will be repeated. On October 25 Ghislain Ruy, LX2RG, of LUXspace said signals from the 4M payload were quite weak."This is n...

Indian Radio Amateurs Continue Communication Support Following Cyclone

October 27, 2014 03:35 PM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to Wyoming, Massachusetts, and US Virgin Islands

October 27, 2014 01:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Nevada and West Virginia. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 29 (the evening of October 28 in US time zones), to Wyoming (W1AW/7) and Massachusetts (W1AW/1). W1AW/KP2 also will be active until November 5 from the US Virgin Islands. So far during 2014, W1AW has visi...

UKEICC 80m SSB Contest

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first 80m SSB contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club took place last Wednesday evening (22 October), with the results announced only eighteen minutes after the 1-hour deadline for uploading logs

Towards a new RAYNET

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB website carries a statement regarding the structure of amateur radio emergency communications in the UK

There could be trouble ahead

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Potential problems for users of FTDI serial port chips

Rapid-fire X-flares from giant sunspot 2192

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity continues to be at high levels this weekend as giant sunspot AR2192 crackles with strong flares, including two X-class explosions in less than 24 hours

History This Week

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Good news on 70 MHz

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some time back Dave EI3IO launched an initiative to try to secure a line in the European Common frequency Allocation table (ECA) that would provide for the granting of spectrum in the segment 69.9 to 70.5 MHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis and to amend Footnote EU9 to the table to state that CEPT administrations may allocate all or parts of that band to the Amateur service

FUNcube-1 telemetry statistics

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- FUNcube-1 was launched on November 21, 2013 and since then radio amateurs and schools have been the collecting telemetry data which has been stored in the Data Warehouse

ARISS ham radio contact with Bisei Elementary School, Ibara, Japan

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been planned with participants at Bisei Elementary School, Ibara, Japan on 27 Oct

4M Lunar payload update

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ghislain Ruy LX2RG has provided this update on the 4M lunar amateur radio payload

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1700Z, Nov 2

High Speed Club CW Contest

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0900Z-1100Z, Nov 2 and 1500Z-1700Z, Nov 2

IPARC Contest, SSB

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Nov 2 and 1400Z-1800Z, Nov 2

15-Year-Old Helps Save the Day:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- For a week, Tom K. Jose kept his studies aside, travelled to a cyclone-hit city and used his Ham radio skills to contribute to disaster management. When Hudhud swept through Visakhapatnam disrupting its communication network and a team of amateur radio (Ham) operators from the city were sought, the 15-year-old student of Little Flower Junior College, Uppal, volunteered for the task. With his call sign, VU3TMO, Tom was stationed in the control room set up at Visakhapatnam Police Commissionerate and spent long hours collecting messages from other team members spread over the cyclone affected areas and passed them on to the administration for relief measures. The intermediate first year student, who got his Ham licence at the age of 13, along with colleagues, operated under adverse conditions, often skipping meals and spending long hours before the radio, waiting for it to crackle with messages. "For seven days, I was at the Visakhapatnam Police Commissionerate and one day at the District Collector's office at Srikakulam and made anywhere up to 500 contacts," says Tom. One contact talked about trees falling at a Jain temple in Bhimli and resulting in precarious conditions. The young Ham immediately passed on the information to senior officials, who in turn directed their field personnel, and the situation was attended to. Another was a contact from Bangalore who was desperately trying to locate his brother and sister in the Hudhud affected area. "We operated without checking the watch or caring whether it was day or night. We had to just sit in front of the radio and wait for a contact," he says.

My Homemade Radio Station:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- When I was in the seventh grade, my cousin, Lester Ezzell, who was an electrical engineer working in Washington, D.C., told me about a radio transmitter he had built when he was a young man living in Fayetteville on Raeford Lane, which is now known as Union Street. I was so interested in what Lester told me about his little radio transmitter that I wanted to build one for myself, so I could do as he had done and broadcast music and news to my neighbors in the downtown section where I lived on Rowan Street near Saint James Square. After I wrote many letters asking my cousin to tell me how he built his radio station, he finally mailed me a schematic diagram of his one-tube transmitter. When I opened the letter containing the diagram, I had mixed emotions. I was thrilled that he had finally sent me the plans for his transmitter, but I was also quite confused, because I had never seen a schematic diagram, and I did not have the slightest idea how to read his strange-looking instructions. When I took the parts and the diagram home, I spent many hours winding coils on an oyster box and then assembling the parts I had purchased onto a cigar box. To my surprise and joy, when I completed the transmitter and turned it on, it worked perfectly, and I could hear myself talking over the console radio across the hall in our living room. As a direct result of building my own transmitter, I later became a ham radio station operator and enjoyed talking to people all over the world on a much more powerful short-wave transmitter.

Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Cold War competition between superpowers dominated the first decades of space travel and exploration. Individual governments took the lead, bankrolling most of the process in the name of competition and nationalism. Ultimately international cooperation and collaboration took root, and the landscape is already very different. The present and future of space exploration is more collaborative, more international, and involves both space agencies and private companies. One such project is the combination Chang'e 5-T1 and Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M), which launched together last Thursday. Both projects are testbeds for ideas: Chang'e 5-T1 is a prototype for a robotic probe intended to return samples from the Moon to Earth, while 4M is a simple communications experiment encouraging amateur participation. But the intriguing bit is that 4M is a project of the private Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace, while Chang'e 5-T1 is a Chinese project, and the whole endeavor was launched on a Chinese rocket. Private companies have been involved with spaceflight from very early days, albeit largely as contractors. Today, many companies are jostling to take on many roles: servicing the International Space Station, building the next generation of rockets, and designing spacecraft to carry human passengers. These companies include SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, and more. These mostly focus on propulsion and transport, but 4M is a different concept. It is riding as an auxiliary payload in the Chang'e 5-T1 mission, so all the literal heavy lifting is done by the Chinese Long March rocket. Instead, the focus is on probe design and communications technology, as well as low cost. The mission itself is simply a small computer powered by solar cells, with an antenna transmitting at 145.980 MHz. That frequency is within the range used by amateur radio operators, so anyone can listen in. 4M's ham radio handle is JT65B, and you can join in using the freely available Weak Signal Communication Software package.

October 26, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels with huge sunspot AR2192 posing a threat for X-class solar flares

UK STEM 434 MHz balloon flight to release plane

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Elysium, a MARS Balloon flight is expected to launch at noon (+/- 1 hour) on Sunday, October 26. The 434 MHz USB signal should cover much of the UK and can also be received world-wide online using the SUWS WebSDR

UK radio ham arrives in Antarctica

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Cathy Colless M0RTW has arrived at the Rothera Research Station where she will be the Radio Communications Officer for the next six months

CW operating

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the IARU Region 1 conference many aspects of day to day amateur radio operations were discussed and decisions agreed on. One of the discussions concerned CW operating

AT1JCB : special event callsign - exclusively on digital modes!

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special callsign AT1JCB activation from Rajkot (Gujarat, India), starting 21st November 2014 to 9th December 2014

Another X-flare

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Space Weather reports a giant sunspot AR2192 erupted again on Oct. 24 at 21:40 UT, producing a powerful X3-class solar flare

W.Va. Museum Displays Radio, Technology History:

October 26, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Touring the Museum of Radio and Technology is like stepping back in time to the beginning of radio, television, and computers. It opened in 1991 in the old Harveytown Elementary School, 1640 Florence Ave., on Huntington's West End and is touted as the largest radio museum in the nation and attracts visitors from throughout the world. However, many locals are unaware of the rooms filled with history and treasures. "We are trying to create a time capsule," said curator Geoff Bourne, who is aware of the historical significance of the collection as well as how much of it works.

Himalayan Contest

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

NA Collegiate ARC Championship, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

Ukrainian DX Contest

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

IPARC Contest, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Nov 1 and 1400Z-1800Z, Nov 1

October 25, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest began today at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC

The Rosebud RadioFest is on again!

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rosebud RadioFest celebrates the amazing hobby of Amateur Radio and its impact on the development of modern technologies

NoV suggestion for Airborne Ham Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB response to the Ofcom licence consultation raises the suggestion of the use of NoV's for aeronautical amateur radio operation

IARU EMC Coordinator receives IEC 1906 Award

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the plenary session of CISPR, the IEC 1906 Award was presented to Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, who represents IARU at this international standardization organisation in charge of the protection of radio reception

Shortwave's Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a new shortwave radio broadcaster on the block - Global 24 Radio - an around-the-clock, fixed-frequency, commercial shortwave radio broadcaster, transmitting via WRMI

DXCC Country/Entity Report

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th October, through Friday, 24th October there were 225 countries active

December YOTA month! Bulletin 1

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- December is coming closer, this means it is almost time for the next Youngsters On The Air activity

Cross Country Wireless drops Sentry project

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Cross Country Wireless of Bolton, makers of various radio items, have been working for three years on a new Sentry SDR-based transceivers and receivers. They have now announced, reluctantly, that they have decided not to go into production

Thruway Pumpkin Patrol Gears Up for Halloween Pranks:

October 25, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- State Police are gearing up with the 38th annual Pumpkin Patrol to prevent Halloween pranks that could harm drivers along the State Thruway. Troop T officers along with community volunteers will monitor overpasses Oct. 30 and 31, police said. More than 300 volunteers from 15 organizations will participate, including local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

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