October 01, 2014

YLRL Stalwart, DXer Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, Low-Band DXer Pete Wessel, W0CM, SK

October 01, 2014 10:36 PM - ARRL -- A well-known Kansas ham radio couple has died.Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, of Liberal, Kansas, died September 23. She was 89. Her husband Walter "Pete" Wessel, W0CM, died 6 days later on September 29 at age 101. Both were ARRL members."Liberal has lost a YL legend and a lowband DX veteran," said ARRL Honorary Vice President Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, referring to the couple.Marte Wessel was on the DXC...

Past Sacramento Valley SCM, Santa Clara Valley SM, Pacific Vice Director Jettie B. Hill, W6RFF, SK

October 01, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Long-time ARRL Field Organization volunteer Jettie B. Hill, of Roseville, California, died September 21. He was 93. An ARRL Life Member, Hill served as ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section Communications Manager (later "Section Manager") from 1978 until 1982. He was the ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director in 1982 and 1983. Following his retirement in 1984, he relocated to Roseville and subsequently ...

ARRL Website Will Be Unavailable on October 3 Starting at 2000 UTC

October 01, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, October 3, starting at 2000 UTC. The length of the outage could run for several hours and possibly into Saturday, October 4. The ARRL IT Department will be performing maintenance in the process of testing and, if feasible, switching the site to a new server.A "Down for Maintenance" message will appear for the duration of the outage whenever...

ARRL Takes Issue with NTIA's WRC-15 Proposal for 5 MHz

October 01, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL is taking issue with the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) stance of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with respect to an upgraded 60 meter Amateur Radio allocation. In response to WRC-15 agenda item 1.4, the NTIA has called for no change at 5250-5450 kHz. The League said in comments filed September 24 in IB Docket 04-286 that while i...

RSGB Outlines "New" Islands on the Air (IOTA) Vision, Seeks Partnership

October 01, 2014 01:36 PM - ARRL -- Changes are in store for the Radio Society of Great Britain's popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) program, as the RSGB repositions itself to assume a less-direct role in the award program's management and administration going forward. The "New IOTA" will embrace the program's international scope and likely include some online means of confirming contacts and claiming contact credits. For the time...

ARRL Again Asks FCC to Elevate Amateur Service 2300-2305 MHz Allocation to Primary

October 01, 2014 01:36 PM - ARRL -- In comments filed in response to an AT&T Mobility Petition for Rule Making seeking a new air-to-ground communications system on 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service (WCS) spectrum, the ARRL has once again asked the FCC to elevate the Amateur Service allocation at 2300 to 2305 MHz from secondary to primary. The Petition (RM-11731) asked the Commission to authorize an LTE-based in-flight conne...

The portable activity just keeps on growing

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Keith Roget National Parks Award activation period in November will see portable operations in at least 23 Victorian National Parks

South Australian club to activate multiple lighthouses

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- For quite a few years the South East Radio Group VK5SR has taken part in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which attracted a record 544 this August

Postal strike hits Radio ZS

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League regrets the delay in the printing of Radio ZS

London Ham Radio Foundation Course

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hackers and Makers at London Hackspace are running an amateur radio Foundation course on October 25-26

Jamboree On The Air

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again this year the St George Amateur Radio Society will be operating an amateur radio station VK2LE at the largest Jamboree On The Air event in Australia, over 1000 guides and scouts!

ISS Expedition 42 poster released

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF has put the final touches to the official crew poster for the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 42. It is now available to download.

Help needed to track 144.390 MHz APRS balloons

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Benjamin Longmier KF5KMP and his team are looking for stations in the Azores and Portugal to help track their balloons

WIA: Battle to Save the 9 cm Band:

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The WIA has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band - a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz. In August, the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, issued the ACMA a draft Direction to enable licensing of these two spectrum blocks to the National Broadband Network for fixed wireless services in metro fringe and hard to service areas of the major mainland cities. The Department of Communications called for comment, with a closing date of 22 September 2014. The block at 3400-3425 MHz overlays the narrowband, weak-signal and satellite segment in the bandplan at 3400-3410 MHz, which also includes beacons. Many countries throughout the three ITU regions have amateur allocations covering this segment. The WIA has argued for retention of 3400-3410 MHz to maintain harmonisation with amateur allocations across the world.

Creel's Radio Collection Given to Alabama Historical Radio Society:

October 01, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The late Rev. George Creel, a United Methodist minister who pastored churches in Gadsden and across North Alabama for more than 60 years, had a hobby of restoring antique radios and phonographs. He was a renowned expert in the field, specializing in radios from the early 1900s. The Creel family has donated their father's vast stock of vintage radio tubes -- some as small as 1 inch in -- and a collection of photographs of antique radio equipment, including several early "ham" units, to the Alabama Historical Radio Society in Birmingham. A key part of this memorabilia is a 1914 business letter written by David Sarnoff when he was an executive of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. David Creel, George's son, explained that Sarnoff later founded the National Broadcasting Co. and the Radio Corporation of America. "We are honored and delighted to add this 100-year-old historical document and other memorabilia to the AHRS archives," said Tom Killian, the society's president. "Many of these tubes are valuable, are difficult to find and we can certainly use them. The framed photographs give us an accurate portrayal of the earliest days of radio broadcasting; they are a special treasure to display."

NCCC RTTY Sprint

October 01, 2014 06:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0145Z-0215Z, Oct 3

List of Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- An intense effort during the few days in September that Congress was in session has resulted in 47 co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969). Another half-dozen or so US House Members have indicated that they will sign aboard when Congress returns, something they can do only while Congress is in session. Congress went into recess on September 19.

Battle to save the 9cm band

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band - a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz.

Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket For Real

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Actor and comedian Tim Allen now not only plays an Amateur Radio operator on television, he is one! Allen got his Technician license on September 4, but did not release the news until this week. In his weekly ABC comedy TV show Last Man Standing, Allen's character Mike Baxter, is supposed to be KA0XTT, and the show has featured ham radio in some episodes.

Ham Radio Saves the Day Again - Yukon Canada

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Last Sunday September 21, 2014, at approx. 21:00hrs PST, VY1MAP (Terry Hauff) called on the local 2 meter repeater -146.880- looking for VY1RF (Ray Fugard).

Terry VY1MAP wanted Ray VY1RF to make a phone call for him as he was not in cell phone range. The situation was that Terry is a member of the local S.A.R. team and they were on an active search for a missing teenager.

Proud to be a community reporter (British Columbia)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Hello Barrhead. My name is Barry Kerton and I am a community reporter.

It is a title I wear as a badge of honour. In my life, I have been fortunate to have a number of different jobs. I have worked as a delivery driver, a deli worker and a pressman, but the one I am most proud of is community reporter.

Norton is connected around the world (Texas)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Throughout his lifetime, Richard Norton has had some unusual acquaintances. One was TV news anchor Walter Cronkite. Another was actor Marlon Brando. To the list you could add country singer Ronnie Millsap, King Hussein of Jordan, military legend Gen. Curtis Lemay, and Yuri Gagarin, Russia's first cosmonaut.

Ham radio is still the old standby in emergency situations (British Columbia)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio is still the dependable back up when disaster strikes.

911 calls from cellphones now make up about 70 per cent of emergency calls, sometimes because cells are the only phones available, as at vehicle accidents, but also because a growing number of people have abandoned landlines and rely solely on their cellphones.

Past Times: Amateur radio broadened Raleigh's horizons (North Carolina)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In some ways the Internet of its day, amateur radio allowed communications across miles and across oceans, with high school 'kids' and ordinary clerks being on the same footing with adults and professional men. In 1938, N&O readers learned of ham radio communications being established locally.

Amateur Radio Payload on Lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS To Transmit Messages from the Moon

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late this October! The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2,500 thirteen-character digital messages to lunar orbit for retransmission using the JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz.

The ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2015-16 Academic Year

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually.

September 30, 2014

YLRL Stalwart, DXer Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, SK

September 30, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL -- Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, of Liberal, Kansas, died September 23. She was 89. An ARRL member, Wessel was on the DXCC Honor Roll. She oversaw the annual scholarship drive for the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL), to which she belonged for 55 years and served on the President's Advisory Committee. The scholarship campaign she headed raised nearly $4600 this year."Martha was one of the cornerst...

The ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2015-16 Academic Year

September 30, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. In addition, one applicant may be selected to receive the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, a "gap" schola...

ITU Secretary General Extends Greetings to IARU Region 1 Delegates

September 30, 2014 04:37 PM - ARRL -- In a video, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary General Hamadoun Touré, HB9EHT, extended his wishes for "every success" to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 delegates during their Regional Conference September 21-26 in Albena, Bulgaria. In the nearly 4-minute greeting, Touré said he appreciated the work of the IARU and for its support of ITU Headquarters statio...

Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket For Real

September 30, 2014 04:37 PM - ARRL -- Actor and comedian Tim Allen now not only plays an Amateur Radio operator on television, he is one! Allen, whose real name is Timothy Alan Dick, got his new call sign, KK6OTD, on September 4, but did not release the news until this week. In his weekly ABC comedy TV show "Last Man Standing," Allen's character Mike Baxter, is supposed to be KA0XTT, and the show has featured ham radio in some epis...

W1AW Centennial Operations Going North to Alaska, West to California, and East to Washington, DC

September 30, 2014 01:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 1 (the evening of September 30 in US time zones), to Alaska (W1AW/KL7), California (W1AW/6), and the District of Columbia (W1AW/3). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so far during 2014, and by year's end W1AW will have be...

Tim Allen gets his ham licence

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tim Allen, the famous American actor and comedian who has appeared in many popular films, has just passed his ham licence

Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November

Register your JOTA station

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Jamboree on the Air is now less than 3 weeks away, and stations are beginning to prepare for the biggest annual event in the Scouts calendar

Martha 'Marte' Wessel K0EPE is SK

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The last Charter Member of the Colorado - YL's Martha 'Marte' Wessel KøEPE of Liberal, Kansas passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. Marte, was a long time DX enthusiast and she held 372 on the DXCC Honor Roll

ISWL callsigns for October

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of October 2014

IARU Administrative Council Plans for WRC-15

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on September 27-28, 2014 in Albena, Bulgaria

Ham Radio at Monkton Stargazing Weekend

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On October 11-2 the Monkton Nature Reserve and Thanet Observatory will be listening to the amateur radio satellite FUNcube-1 and will have an ARDF activity

Chesterfield Islands 2015 DXpedition

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their intention to conduct a DX-pedition to the Chesterfield Islands, currently number 25 most wanted on Clublog. Initial planning has begun for an expedition later in 2015

Battle to save the 9cm band

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band – a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz

Laketown Park in Kenner to Host Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day:

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Laketown Park in Kenner, Shelter No. 2, will host the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day. The day commemorates the 75th anniversary for the USCG Aux Flotilla 45 -- High Caliber Communications, Division 4 -- D8CR, a day dedicated to communication through HF bands to USCG Auxiliary and non-USCG amateur radio operators around the nation.

Nationwide Amateur Radio Operators Simulated Emergency Testing Oct. 11:

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio operators in Ulster County will participate in nationwide simulated emergency testing on Oct. 11, according to the county Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Certified Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers will be deployed to positions across Ulster County as part of the test. The American Radio Relay League test is an exercise in emergency communications, administered by emergency coordinators.

EU Autumn Sprint, SSB

September 30, 2014 02:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1959Z, Oct 4

September 29, 2014

Yes, we speak English...

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- And, of course, Spanish too. The EA Digital Federation can help you in your amateur radio paperwork for the Spanish PTT

The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The prize is a brand new Tecsun PL-660 receiver including rechargeable batteries, ear buds, manual and soft case

New challenge coin premium for AMSAT Fox donations

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program

MREN Annual Rally

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mayo Radio Rally 2014 is on Sunday 12th October (2 week's time)

Lusitania Radio Club

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The L.R.C. will be running a Special Event Station EI100MFA to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on 7th May 1915

History This Week

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio is still the standby in emergency situations

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Campbell River Mirror article highlights the importance of amateur radio for emergency communications

Ham Radio at graVITas 2014 - An International Knowledge Carnival

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE gave a presentation on amateur radio to VIT University students as part the technical festival graVITas 2014

First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award issued

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports the first FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 73 on 73 Award has been issued to Wyatt Dirks AC0RA

Best practice in promoting Amateur Radio

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Michael Sansom G0POT brings news of the RSGB Inspire focus group seeking best practice when promoting Amateur Radio at special events open to the public

Ham Radio is Still the Old Standby In Emergency Situations:

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio is still the dependable back up when disaster strikes. 911 calls from cellphones now make up about 70 per cent of emergency calls, sometimes because cells are the only phones available, as at vehicle accidents, but also because a growing number of people have abandoned landlines and rely solely on their cellphones. Even in well-served areas this can have drawbacks in emergencies. Landlines identify the address the person is calling from, important if the person in distress is incapacitated or distraught, but cellphones can only give the location within a few hundred metres. Both landlines and cellphone systems can be overloaded in major emergencies even though 911 calls have priority. In a power outage, landlines can keep operating for a few day on backup power, much longer than cell systems. Cell phones may be charged by your car but the cell towers have limited battery backup. It is advisable to text emergency messages if voice cannot get through, since texting does not depend on a recipient to answer in real time. Emergency Services are looking more and more at social media, Twitter etc. to alert the public quickly in major incidents.

RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest

September 29, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1900Z, Oct 5

UBA ON Contest, SSB

September 29, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Oct 5

FCC Denies Petition for Amateur Radio Assignment Inside TV Channel 4

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has released an Order denying a petition for rulemaking filed by Glen E. Zook proposing the commission add a 4-meter radio band (70.0-70.5 MHz) to the list of bands available to amateur radio operations in the U.S. and areas under the FCC's control.

FCC Denies Tell City Waiver

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Media Bureau has denied the so-called Tell City waiver request to move an FM translator further than FCC rules currently allow.

The action concerns a request filed in November 2012 by Way Media for a minor change to FM translator W218CR, Central City, Ky. Way Media sought to change the station's frequency (output channel) from Channel 218 to Channel 279 and move its transmitter to a new site in Tell City, Ind., at which the station's 60 dB" contour would not overlap with the 60 dB" contour of the existing facilities.

Amateur radio - in times of trouble or just for fun (Pennsylvania)

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Sean Kutzko is media and public relations manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio operations. He spoke to the Trib about the resurgence of ham radio operators in America.

NASA research balloon creates glowing orb over South Plains (#Merica Man Blog)

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A NASA research balloon created a glowing orb Friday evening in the sky northwest of Lubbock.

The balloon was launched from Fort Sumner, New Mexico and moved east, reaching just northwest of Littlefield by 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

Amateur Radio Operators to Host Oct. 4 Expo in Georgetown:

September 29, 2014 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sussex Amateur Radio Association is again sponsoring the Delmarva Radio and Electronics Expo and American Radio Relay League Delaware State Convention Saturday, Oct. 4, at Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown. The expo, also known as a hamfest, is an annual, regional gathering of more than 1,600 amateur radio operators (hams) and electronics enthusiasts from Delmarva and surrounding areas. It is an opportunity to receive updates on radio and electronic technology, socialize, and visit with many new and used equipment vendors. Amateur radio operators are known for their technical ability and creativity, whether setting up a green, environmentally friendly radio room, or getting a message to its destination when power lines are down. This year's hamfest will focus on alternative energy sources and communications modes. In addition to vendors offering a full spectrum of radio and power products, SARA has invited expert speakers to the event. Presentation topics include alternate energy sources, automated position reporting system, the electrical grid, solar power, the state of amateur radio, and grounding and lightning protection.

September 28, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels

Noise figure measurements at Microwave Update 2014

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Through the generosity of both Keysight Technologies and Al Ward, W5LUA, we will have the equipment (noise figure analyzers and noise sources) to accomplish this

Ham Radio balloon to commemorate Sputnik

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's Secunda Amateur Radio Club will launch two balloons carrying amateur radio equipment from the Vryburg airstrip FAVB on October 4, 2014 at 0600 to 0800 CAT (0400-0600 UT)

Essex Ham's Gone Yellow

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- As has been reported on Southgate Amateur Radio News, this week is International Air Ambulance Week, with 24 stations taking part around the country, and around the world

Earlier release of CQ DL magazine PDF

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The German national amateur radio society has announced that PDF versions of its publication CQ DL will be made available sooner

Amateurs designed secret radios

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times Sept 27 reports the special wireless sets used in the secret WWII Super Zero station bunkers were designed by amateurs in the Royal Signals

AmateurLogic.TV Bonus Episode: George Visits the Land of Radios

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- George visits with the crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments. Find out how they do what they do

A73A in CQWW SSB 2014

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again, a joint team with members from Danish Contest Academy and Qatar Amateur Radio Society will be active from Al Khor in northern Qatar in the M/2 Category in CQWW SSB as A73A

New Jersey QSO Party

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Oct 4 to 0359Z, Oct 5 and 1400Z-2000Z, Oct 5

Russian WW Digital Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1159Z, Oct 5

15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Oct 4 to 2359Z, Oct 5

4 State 4x4 QRP Sprint

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 4

GTC CW Cup

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

TRC DX Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

WAB HF Phone

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

International HELL-Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1800Z, Oct 4 (80m) and 0900Z-1100Z, Oct 5 (40m)

Oceania DX Contest, Phone

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0800Z, Oct 4 to 0800Z, Oct 5

TARA PSK Rumble Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Oct 4

California QSO Party

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Oct 4 to 2200Z, Oct 5

September 27, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend

Tom H Danaher

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- For many Radio London was the greatest of the 1960s offshore stations, and it went on to be the model for Radio 1

RFinder 18 month RSGB Special !

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- RFinder is now the 'Official Repeater Directory of RSGB'. In honour of our new partnership with our friends across the pond, we are offering a six month bonus for new purchases and renewals on RFinder until the end of October!

Ofcom publishes Digital Radio Report 2014

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has just published its Digital Radio Report for 2014. This annual report covers availability, take-up, listening patterns and attitudes towards digital radio

October 432 and Above EME Newsletter

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The October edition of the free amateur radio 432 MHz and Above EME Newsletter is now available

Mystery Marconi object

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Ham website features a mysterious object made by the Marconi company

DXpedition to the Island of Samos

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Between 29th September and 14th October 2014, three radio Amateurs who are members of Sands Contest Group from Morecambe England, and also members of the Aegean Radio Association on the island, will be visiting Samos Island, for a holiday and DXpedition

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 19th September, through Friday, 26th September there were 222 countries active

CQ-DATV 16 out now

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 16 the free electronic ATV magazine is now available for free download

BVWS Swapmeet and Auction

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS) is a society of approximately 1300 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment

YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Oct 3 to 0200Z, Oct 5

German Telegraphy Contest

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1000Z, Oct 3

Wilkinsburg Ceremony to Commemorate World's First Wireless Broadcast:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- An unassuming, two-story, red brick garage on the border of Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg was the site of an important contribution to broadcast history : the world's first wireless voice broadcast on Oct. 17, 1919. Using bare wires, crackling spark coils and homemade vacuum tubes, Frank Conrad sent a two-hour-long concert of jazz, opera, popular and orchestral music over the airwaves to amateur radio buffs who listened in on crystal radio sets. His broadcast proved so popular that he began sending it over the airwaves every Wednesday and Saturday evening, often reaching listeners a couple hundred miles away. Mr. Conrad was assistant chief engineer at Westinghouse's East Pittsburgh plant. Harry P. Davis, a Westinghouse vice president, was aware of the popularity of the broadcasts but took little interest -- until he saw a newspaper ad for Horne's department store in September 1920 offering radios for sale to pick up Mr. Conrad's broadcasts. After that, he persuaded others in the company that Westinghouse should set up its own station. Mr. Conrad was asked to work on the new station, which made its first broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920, from a small wooden shack atop the "K" Building, the tallest at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh plant, informing listeners of the results of the Harding-Cox presidential election. "Westinghouse had applied for a commercial license but hadn't yet received it by the time of the broadcast," said Rick Harris, a graphic designer from Forest Hills and secretary-treasurer of the National Museum of Broadcasting. "The company used a temporary amateur call sign 8ZZ for the broadcast."

Radio Payload on Lunar-Orbiting 4M-LXS To Transmit Messages from the Moon:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late next month: With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late this October! The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2,500 thirteen-character digital messages to lunar orbit for retransmission using the JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. The mission is scheduled to run slightly longer than eight days, with the lunar flyby occurring about halfway through the mission. The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing's new lunar probe Chang'e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to Earth.

Amateurlogic Bonus Episode Released:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Bonus Episode: George's Visit to the Land of Radios
George visits with the Crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments. Find out how they do what they do.

September 26, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #39 de K7RA:

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared
with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.

ARRL Education & Technology Program Grant Application Deadline is November 1

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- November 1 is the application deadline for schools seeking ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) grants for 2015. The ETP offers grants to US schools for Amateur Radio station equipment and related software as well as classroom resources. The program is also accepting progress grant applications. A primary ETP objective is to boost wireless technology literacy among US students and educator...

HR-4969 to Eliminate CCRs:

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- It is important that everyone contact their Representive and
request that they co-sign on to HR -4969.
Clubs should write and send a list of their members who want
the bill passed.

The K7RA Solar Update

September 26, 2014 11:31 AM - ARRL -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 124.9 (for September 11-17) to 80.9, and average daily solar flux slipped from 139.8 to 128.3.The latest predicted solar flux and planetary A index has flux values at 165 on September 26-28, 170 on September 29-30, 165 and 160 on O...

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