May 23, 2015

LightSail Space Mission Will Shine Global Spotlight on Solar Sails

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Planetary Society's first LightSail mission, due for launch on Wednesday, may be just one small step for a technology that could one day send spaceships to the stars, propelled by solar sails. But it's a giant leap in the eyes of Bill Nye the Science Guy, the society's chief executive officer.

Farewell To An Old Friend

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With all of the publicity given to RadioShack, its bankruptcy, and possible reorganization in the past few months, I decided that it was only fitting to take a look at the electronic retailer's long and interesting history.

Communication and logistics: using radios at Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (Wisconsin)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Cellcom Green Bay Marathon coordinators work closely with hundreds of volunteers to host Green Bay's biggest annual marathon, but Sunday's logistics will come down to about 50 people carrying radios.

A new station set-up this year assists ham radio and communication volunteers to make the race safer - with the drink and medical stations separate from one another to create more frequent stops in case of an emergency.

The unsung heroes behind successful Wellington and Wairarapa search and rescue missions (New Zealand)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Combing two separate mountain ranges for very different search subjects proved a daunting challenge – even for some of the country's hardest-working volunteers.

Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) teams rose to the challenge to provide two high-profile successes in as many days, as police dog Thames and cross-country runner Susan O'Brien were found alive and well in the Tararua and Rimutaka ranges.

First Wireless transmission marked with recreation (UK)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- LAVERNOCK beach hosted an historical recreation of the first wireless transmission by Guglielmo Marconi which was sent from Flatholm Island to Lavernock point, 118 years ago.

Although the first wireless signal was sent on May 11, it was on May 13 when Wales and England were linked by wireless, from Lavernock to Brean Down in Somerset.

The new head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made her debut amidst Austin's creative disruptors.

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Lee grew up surrounded by technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her dad was an electrical engineer, and she fondly recalls building an amateur radio from a kit with him in their living room as a young girl. She studied electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she worked at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories as a computer programmer before enrolling in Stanford Law School.

Littleton snowshoer rescued after falling off icy ledge (Colorado)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A man snowshoeing on Berthoud Pass ended up walking straight into trouble Sunday.

Two volunteer groups had to come to Brad Bylund's rescue after he fell off the icy ledge of a mountain.

New NASA Deputy Administrator is a Radio Ham

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator on May 15 from her MIT office

Her appointment had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27.

Radio hams invited to test APRS on Duchifat-1

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Duchifat-1, the Israeli high school students 1U CubeSat launched June 19, 2014, is ready for its first public tests. People with the ability to send Compressed APRS location packets are invited to join the tests.

The satellite will collect these packets worldwide along its flight at 620 km high orbit, and will downlink them from time to time over our ground station in Herzliya/Israel.

Iowa CubeSat students get ham radio licenses

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The University of Iowa reports its students will conduct Van Allen radiation belt experiment with the AMSAT Fox CubeSat

Thanks to a proposal by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, a group of senior electrical and computer engineering students will reenact James Van Allen's original experiment - this time with updated technology. Group members Kevin Klosterman KD9CPF, Bryan Senchuk KD9CPD, Tyler Dunkel KE0CHR, and Patrick Maloney KD9CPD took on the task as a part of their senior design project for the College of Engineering.

Amateur Radio Field Day June 27,28 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service (Iowa)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur radio operators from the Cedar Valley Amateur club, Eastern Iowa DX association and the Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club will be joining forces to participate in an international practice emergency communications event termed Field Day 2015 June 27 & 28 at Faye Clark Park in Hiawatha.

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors - and Climbing

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - also known as H.R.1301 - has attracted 55 cosponsors as of May 12. The bill, introduced earlier this year in the US House of Representatives by Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.

Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL - for an antenna

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Boffins have made a liquid metal device which can alter its shape through voltage alone, removing the need for clunky external pumps previously used to arrange such material.

In a breakthrough which brings humanity much too close to the development of functioning T-1000s, boffins from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have demonstrated a reconfigurable liquid-metal prototype in the Journal of Applied Physics.

May busy month for Oklahoma amateur radio operators

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The month of May has been a busy month for amateur radio operators across Oklahoma and Memorial Day weekend may be the busiest.
.

VOA Museum Recognizes Volunteer of the Year

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Voice of America Museum Director Jack Dominic has announced Barbara Jennings as the organization's volunteer of the year.

Balloons galore attract trackers (Australia)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The launching of the solar powered party-type balloons from Melbourne Australia is continuing. At least one, by Andy Nguyen VK3YT, is flying with a payload of a 25mW transmitter to give position, speed, altitude, temperature, and battery condition.

Hamvention 2015 - A trip 16 years in the making

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It's been 16 years since my wife and I made our fourth trip, along with our 2 kids. Quite simply, life got in the way. There were times I was ready to make another pilgrimage to Hara Arena for Hamvention, but something would always get in the way. Most recently in 2010, I was ready to go, but my gall bladder had other plans.

Saskatoon man launching balloons high into the sky

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- 'Up, up and away' could easily be Bruce Coates' motto.

The Saskatoon man is one of a growing community of "balloonatics" in the province who release high-altitude weather balloons high into the air for fun and for science.

New report explores the broadcasting equipment market - industry size, segments, share analysis and global outlook to 2020

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Broadcasting is the sharing of audio and video content to the widespread audience by means of any electronic mass communication medium. Broadcasting is generally related with radio and television though in practice radio and television transmission occurs with the help of wire as well as radio waves.

The equipment such as public radio, commercial radio, television, closed-circuit TV, amateur radio and amateur television which is involved in the electronic mass communication medium is known as broadcasting equipment.

HAM Radio Catches Students' Fancy (India)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- You may be under the impression that HAM radio's days are over! On the contrary, students who are pursuing electronics and communication streams are taking up HAM (Home Amateur Machine) operating as a hobby, in pursuit of engineering projects, and they say that it is indeed quite an interesting hobby.

A radio with no analog parts ?

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Monty Barlow describes a working radio transmitter with only digital parts, code-named Pizzicato

No analogue filters and mixers. No exotic Gallium Arsenide chips. Just good old regular digital logic. This is a big deal, and no one has done it before.

Nepal Now Has a Second Repeater in Operation

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.

Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Manual now is online.

This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.

Young whiz can now get his own radio station (India)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Nachiketh R, a Class 10 student from Mysuru, is one of the youngest ham radio enthusiasts in the country to get the licence to operate an amateur wireless radio station here.

A week ago, Nachiketh, who is studying in Sadvidya School, received the licence with a Call Sign of VU3LIC from the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India. The licence is valid till June 13, 2080.

ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Effective May 26, 2015, the ARRL will be changing the program administrator for its sponsored Equipment and Club Liability insurance plans. Beginning on that date, all program administration including policy application, issuance and claims administration will be handled by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage firm. The ARRL programs will be administered from their offices in Chicago, Illinois.

Rice: Balloons also have a scientific purpose

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ballooning dates as far back as the 3rd Century B.C.

Lightweight bamboo frames covered by rice paper were lifted by candles in China, which generated both heat and light and were used as military signals.

US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- PSK31 transponders on two US Naval Academy CubeSats are operational, according to Bob Bruninga, WB4APR. The CubeSats launched on May 20 from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas 5 launcher.

Seniors to reenact Van Allen radiation belt experiments (Iowa)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A group of University of Iowa seniors is preparing to reenact the famed discovery of James Van Allen, a UI professor and space scientist whose research shed new light on Earth and the solar system.

Stay Calm And Be Prepared (Colorado)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- First, the good news: the threat of wildfire is low right now!
Yep, like a lot of folks, I'm a bit nervous these rainy days, but I'm trying to maintain a stay calm and carry on attitude. I just went out to my workshop, which experienced groundwater flooding in 2013, and got everything up off the floor, just in case. It felt good to take that small

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days.

Johnny Donovan Retiring From WABC

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A well-known DJ, announcer, VO artist and production wiz, WABC(AM)'s Johnny Donovan is retiring.

He's been with the station for 43 years in various guises, working as a DJ when the station had a pop music format and transitioning as a staff announcer when it moved to talk radio. He was also the station's long-time production director.

Propagation de K7RA

May 23, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14 to 20), and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3

PSK31 and APRS CubeSat status update

May 23, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On May 22 Bob Bruninga WB4APR posted an update on the PSK31 and APRS CubeSats which were launched on Wednesday, May 20

Nepal now has a second repeater in operation

May 23, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report a VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu

ID-5100E Firmware Update Release E3 and CS-5100 Cloning Software Update Ver. 1.20

May 23, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom have published a significant firmware upgrade for the ID-5100 Dual band D-STAR transceiver and cloning/programming software upgrade for the CS-5100

Electric-blue clouds spotted over the Arctic circle

May 23, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA's AIM spacecraft has spotted a luminous patch of electric-blue drifting across the Arctic Circle

Saskatoon Man Launching Balloons High Into the Sky:

May 23, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- 'Up, up and away' could easily be Bruce Coates' motto. The Saskatoon man is one of a growing community of "balloonatics" in the province who release high-altitude weather balloons high into the air for fun and for science. "We haul various payloads. Whether it be cameras or electronic equipment or, in our case, ham radio gear. We get as close as we can get to space without having a rocket," Coates explained to CBC Radio's Blue Sky host, Garth Materie.

May Busy Month for Oklahoma Amateur Radio Operators:

May 23, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The month of May has been a busy month for amateur radio operators across Oklahoma and Memorial Day weekend may be the busiest. With most of Oklahoma's rivers and lakes running at or close to flood state, Oklahoma's "ham's are now watching for floods in addition to serving as storm spotters watching and reporting on severe weather and tornadoes. This last weekend radio amateurs in Northeast Oklahoma tracked three confirmed tornadoes, and two possible tornadoes. They also took multiple storm reports for each storm and submitted their reports in real time via NWS Chat. There are just over 11,000 FCC licensed amateur radio operators ("hams") in Oklahoma. Most are members of the American Radio Relay League, the National for Amateur Radio. As storms swept into Central Oklahoma on May 6, radio amateurs -- in their role as SKYWARN storm spotters got busy, confirming observations and reporting the effects of the damaging weather.

ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans

May 23, 2015 12:33 AM - ARRL -- Effective May 26, 2015, the ARRL will be changing the program administrator for its sponsored Equipment and Club Liability insurance plans. Beginning on that date, all program administration including policy application, issuance and claims administration will be handled by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage firm. The ARRL programs will be administered from their of...

May 22, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

May 22, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14 to 20),
and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the
previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily
solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3.

New QSO Radio Show:

May 22, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- New QSO Radio Show with guest Bill Morine - N2COP. Bill is past ARRL North Carolina Section Manager and current Vice Director for ARRL's Roanoke Division.

US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active

May 22, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL --

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

May 22, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL -- The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it's a matter of simple economics."The...

Nepal Now Has a Second Repeater in Operation

May 22, 2015 03:32 PM - ARRL -- A VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. The new system will be put to use during the current earthquake recovery effort and available for any future emergencies, if needed. Initially disrupted by a magnitude 7.3 aftershock earlier this month, the installatio...

The K7RA Solar Update

May 22, 2015 11:34 AM - ARRL -- Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14-20), and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3.You can see the decline in solar flux in addition to the decline in predicted numbers by downloading the spreadsheet at http://bit.ly/1KQGbRm, which shows us t...

WFF and IOTA activity

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members from radio club 'Karlovac'( 9A1C) and radio club 'Duga Resa' (9A1D) will get on the air from the Nature Park Lastovo (9AFF-011) and IOTA EU-016 on May 26/30. QRV mainly on 7144, 14244, (but also on top bands), SSB

Mass 434 MHz balloon launch Sunday

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- There are many 434 MHz balloon launches planned for Sunday, May 24 from Elsworth, Cambridge, wind and weather permitting

Lidl sells DSP short wave radio for £6.99

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Inside my local Lidl I found a Silvercrest SWED 100A "digital multi band radio" and could not resist it at £6.99

Getting into DMR

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A radio amateur got in touch with Nick 2E0DVX asking for advice on the new digital voice mode DMR. He has now published a short article in reply

GB8CMC

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the world

GB125SL

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- During June 2015, Furness Amateur Radio Society will be operating GB125SL to celebrate what would have been Stan Laurel's (of Laurel and Hardy fame) 125th birthday

Balloons galore attract trackers

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The launching of the solar powered party-type balloons from Melbourne Australia is continuing. At least one, by Andy Nguyen VK3YT, is flying with a payload of a 25mW transmitter to give position, speed, altitude, temperature and battery condition

Antenna made from liquid metal

May 22, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Register reports a liquid metal antenna can tune over a range of at least two times greater than systems using electronic switches

Emergency Preparedness Fair Set for May 30:

May 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The East 1488 Community Emergency Response Team in partnership with the East 1488 Community Association will sponsor the 6th annual East 1488 Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Home Depot Parking lot located at 6119 FM 1488, off Egypt Lane, East of Hwy 2978. The fair is held to help residents become better prepared for disasters or emergencies, whether widespread or personal. Drawings will be held for prizes throughout the day and attendees will take away items and information that will help them as they prepare their 72-hour emergency kits and develop their family emergency plans. "When the word disaster is mentioned, most people immediately think of hurricanes," Cindy Burks, president of the East 1488 CERT said. "However, risk factors for residents of Montgomery County include, but are not limited to, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, chemical leaks/spills and acts of terrorism." Burks said it is very important that residents, especially those who live in rural communities, prepare themselves to meet the challenges they will face following an emergency. At the fair, residents can listen to preparedness presentations on a variety of related topics throughout the day.

Campbellford Lions Club Looking to Support Community:

May 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- CAMPBELLFORD - The Lions Club of Campbellford asked Mayor Hector Macmillan to join them at their regular meeting on May 13th. The Club was looking for ways they can help the municipality. Macmillan was prepared with a list of projects that the Club could take on. "The Fire Department's command centre has reached the end of it life" began Macmillan. The department is looking for something that is more sustainable and economical than the renovated recreational vehicle that they are currently using. A Command Trailer has been suggested as a viable alternative. Macmillan then talked about the redevelopment of the recreational centres and the need to fund the other two thirds of their costs. "Something else that is hot off the press this morning, and the fire chief is really behind this smaller project, is a proposal to train all or some of the firefighters as ham radio operators," said Macmillan. This is part of preparing for an emergency. If all other communication went down we would still be able to use the ham radios. The project would consist of purchasing the radios and the installation of infrastructure on the water tower. The training of the firefighters would be done by the local ham radio operators.

Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO:

May 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics. Decades of research and engineering skill have improved protecting such optics, but one crucial solution is to regularly recalibrate the instruments to accommodate such changes. In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight. The instrument to be calibrated is called EVE, short for the EUV Variability Experiment, where EUV stands for extreme ultraviolet. EVE's job is to observe the total energy output of the sun in EUV light waves. The calibration mission is scheduled to launch on May 21, 2015, on a Terrier-Black Brant suborbital sounding rocket around 3 pm EDT from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. EVE measures the total energy output of the sun, known as irradiance, for each wavelength of light in the extreme ultraviolet range. By tracking the irradiance, scientists can observe how it changes with different events on the sun. None of these wavelengths can penetrate Earth's atmosphere to reach humans on Earth, but each can have a profound effect on the air above our planet. Some of this light energy gets absorbed in the thermosphere, causing it to expand like a balloon when heated, which can create more drag on satellites in space. Other wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light can have an effect on the composition of the charged ions in Earth's ionosphere, which can hinder radio communications or GPS navigation systems. What's more, the total amount of each kind of light changes in different ways based on what's happening on the sun, including such things as the approximately 11-year solar cycle during which the sun ramps up to a time of more eruptions and magnetic activity - called solar maximum - and back down again to the quiet of solar minimum. While one wavelength of light might increase only by about 60 percent over this solar cycle, another wavelength might grow to be 100 times stronger. As scientists seek to understand how changes on the sun affect our home planet, they need to parse out the details of what causes an increase in the different kinds of light waves.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #20:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
G3VOF, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Another Dayton Hamvention is in the log,
and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has
begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016). While
Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio
manufacturers to introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in
somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015 event. On the other
hand, this may have shifted attention toward Hamvention's other
activities, such as the always-popular forums and, of course, the flea
market. There were scattered showers on all 3 days.

Nepal Amateur Radio Earthquake Relief Response Again Suspended:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio emergency operations on 20 meters, resumed in the
aftermath of the second Nepal earthquake, have again been suspended,
according to Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, the Amateur Radio Society of India
National Coordinator for Disaster Communication. Bhide said he
discussed the situation on May 17 with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, and that
the decision was based on the fact that all systems in the affected
region "are working normally." VU2JAU, 9N1AA, and others have been
among those active on 14.210 MHz since the initial earthquake on April
25.

Utah Section Manager Re-Elected, Two New SMS Coming Aboard In July:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a
new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will
assume office this summer. Ballots in the two-person race in the ARRL
Utah Section were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters.

WX4NHC at National Hurricane Center to Conduct Annual Station Test: May 30:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio station WX4NHC at the National
Hurricane Center in Miami will conduct its annual station test on May
30, 1400 until 2200 UTC. The purpose of this event is to test Amateur
Radio station equipment, antennas, and computers in advance of the 2015
hurricane season, June 1 through November 30.

Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman,
KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA.
President Barack Obama appointed Newman last October, and the US Senate
confirmed her appointment on April 27. The swearing-in took place on
May 15 in her MIT office in Cambridge. Newman is Apollo Professor of
Astronautics and Engineering Systems and the director of the Technology
and Policy Program at MIT. She started her official duties as NASA's
new deputy administrator on May 18 at the agency's headquarters in
Washington, DC.

Friedrichshafen's 'Ham Radio' Marks 40 Years In June with Space Theme:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- "Ham Radio," Europe's largest
Amateur Radio event, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The
annual gathering, known to most simply by its location --
Friedrichshafen -- takes place June 26-28 on the shore of Lake
Constance in southwest Germany.

Cape Verde 2 Meter Beacon Heard In Bonaire:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- As reported in "The K7RA Solar Update" and the W1AW
Propagation Bulletin (ARLP020/2015) for Friday,
May 15, Dave Pedersen, PJ4VHF/N7BHC, on Bonaire copied a 2 meter CW
signal from the D4C/B beacon on 144.436 MHz at Cape Verde via
tropospheric ducting on May 6 (0100-0230 UTC). Bonaire is in the
Caribbean just north of Venezuela, while Cape Verde is off the coast of
Africa, west of Senegal -- a distance of nearly 3000 miles.

CQ Names 2015 Hall Of Fame Inductees:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals, licensed or not,
who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio, to their
professions, or "to some other aspect of life on our planet," CQ said.

In Brief...

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL VHF/UHF Contests Now Allow Self-Spotting: Beginning with the ARRL
June VHF Contest, June 13-15,
participants will be allowed to spot themselves on spotting networks.
These changes were made to encourage greater participation and band
utilization.

Professors Charged in RF Filter IP Theft:

May 22, 2015 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants
Charged with Economic Espionage and Theft
of Trade Secrets for Benefit of People's
Republic of China.

May 21, 2015

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25

May 21, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions that day.ARRL Headquarters will reopen Tuesday, May 26 at 8 AM (EDT). We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online

May 21, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES) Manual now is online.This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.ARES consists of Amateur Radio...

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd

May 21, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Another Dayton Hamvention(r) is in the log, and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016). While Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio manufacturers to introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015 event. On the other hand, this may ha...

WWFF Activities

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A quick look at some upcoming WWFF activities

Mike's Morse Mania display

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Do you really appreciate really well preserved radio equipment ? Mike VK4MIK certainly does and currently has one of the most extensive collections of morse keys and heritage equipment in Australia

LightSail-1 and PSK31 CubeSats launched

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- At 1504 UT on Wednesday, May 20 the first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft blasted off into space aboard an Atlas V rocket with the X-37B space shuttle. Deployment of LightSail took place at 1705 UT

Funding for national radio archive

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex MP John Whittingdale has announced £9,568,900 for the British Library's Save Our Sounds project to digitise the nation's rare, unique and most vulnerable sound recordings and open them up online for people to hear

Essex Ham Operating Day at Shoebury

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex radio amateurs headed to Shoebury East Beach on Saturday, May 17 for an impromptu operating event

Essex Advanced Exam places

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- There are places available for those wishing to sit the amateur radio Advanced exam at Danbury in Essex on Tuesday, June 30

ANZAC 100 logs milestone

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The QSOs generated by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program and now uploaded as digital files has already exceeded 5,000 - but will soon nudge 10,000 contacts

AmateurLogic 78: Live from Dayton Hamvention 2015

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Join George, Tommy, Ray and a host of special guests at Dayton Hamvention 2015. Shot in front of a live audience at the Icom booth

ARRLx - Celebrations of the 67th Anniversary of the Fonte Luminosa

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRLx, Associação de Radioamadores da Região de Lisboa (Amateur Radio Association of the Lisbon Region) will be celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the Fonte Luminosa, located on the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

May 21, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Not a bad week except for Wednesday. There were quite a few AO150 (Spain) stations about, along with ZD7FT, 7Q7EME, PW0F and more!

May 20, 2015

Amateur 78 is Released!

May 20, 2015 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Join George, Tommy, Ray and a host of special guests at Dayton Hamvention 2015. Shot in front of a live audience at the Icom booth.

"North American CW Weekend" Set for June 5-7 in DC Area

May 20, 2015 07:32 PM - ARRL -- Don Lynch, W4ZYT, has issued an invitation to "all CW operators, Morse mavens, [and] code aficionados" to gather June 5-7 in the Washington, DC, area for the "annual North American CW Weekend." This is a month later than previous events. According to Lynch, the event "is primarily aimed at Amateur Radio operators with an interest in CW operation, but is open to any person with an interest in M...

AMSAT-NA Solicits Board of Directors Nominations

May 20, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA is soliciting nominations for its Board of Directors. Four directors' terms expire this year: Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Alan Biddle, WA4SCA; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Jerry Buxton, N0JY. In addition, up to two alternates may be elected for 1-year terms.A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for ...

Utah Section Manager re-elected, two new SMs coming aboard in July

May 20, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will assume office this summer. All new 2-year terms of office begin on July 1

Recognition for RSGB Exam Secretary

May 20, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, May 19, the RSGB Exam Secretary Carol was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC)

Radio hams invited to test APRS on Duchifat-1

May 20, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Duchifat-1, the Israeli high school students 1U CubeSat launched June 19, 2014, is ready for its first public tests. People with the ability to send Compressed APRS location packets are invited to join the tests

M6CME talks about space lasers on BBC

May 20, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On May 19, Dr. Lucy Rogers M6CME appeared on the BBC World Service show Outside Source to discuss the use of lasers to deflect pieces of space debris

Another Skills Night success

May 20, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) held their 15th Skills Night on Monday, May 18 with antenna construction a popular activity

Magnolia Prepares for Possible Disaster:

May 20, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- How can we in Magnolia, Interbay and Queen Anne (MIQA) prepare to respond to a natural/man-made disaster when all normal forms of communication are down and we need to rely on ourselves for many days, as in Nepal and New Orleans? On May 9, from 5 p.m. until dark, volunteers from neighborhoods in four parts of Seattle participated in a field exercise directed by Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The scenario was a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. According to the Seattle Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis, this is the most likely, major disaster that will cause severe damage to not just the city but the whole Pacific Northwest region (a full description of this exercise may be found at:

Farewell To An Old Friend:

May 20, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- With all of the publicity given to RadioShack, its bankruptcy, and possible reorganization in the past few months, I decided that it was only fitting to take a look at the electronic retailer's long and interesting history. Most people think of Radio Shack, the once-popular chain of electronic retail outlets, in terms of its days under the Tandy Corporation. Its roots, however, go back to the earliest days of radio itself. The company was founded in 1921 by the Deutchmann brothers, Milton and Theodore. Located in Boston Massachusetts, their initial market was supplying marine radio equipment, hence the name. After the Titanic disaster, radio equipment on board ships became mandatory. Refitting existing ships presented a couple of challenges. The original pilot houses often did not have room for the relatively large wireless equipment of the day. To be most useful, the radio room needed to be located near the captain and the pilot house. It also needed to be up top for easy access to the large antenna, usually a series of wires strung between the masts. On new builds, the radio room was added to the pilot house, but otherwise a "radio shack" was built topside, as close to the pilot house as possible. Being topside, it also allowed the station to remain on the air for as long as possible in the event of a sinking. The name stuck, not only for the Deutchmann brother's business, but for radio operators and hobbyists to this day. You would be hard pressed to find an amateur radio operator who does not refer to their setup as their "radio shack," even if it is a table in the corner of his or her living room. The brothers soon added amateur radio equipment to their product line. The stores grew to four locations, located primarily in harbor towns: Boston, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, and New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut. In addition to the stores, the company did mail order business- primarily through advertising in the various radio magazines of the day. In 1935, as the country began to emerge from the Great Depression, the Radio Shack Corporation went public, and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Radio Shack published its first catalog in 1939, when it started to branch into the new "high fidelity" consumer market. This effort was cut short by the war though, as all consumer production of electronic goods was halted for the war effort. The company's warehouse was well-stocked, and they survived selling radios, kits, and the parts to build them to listeners hungry to hear news of the war.

Grand County Search and Rescue Plucks Radio Operator Off Mt. Flora:

May 20, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- On Sunday, May 17, Grand County earch and Rescue helped 59-year-old Littleton resident, Brad Bylund, off of Mount Flora above Berthoud Pass. Mr Bylund is a "Ham" -- a common nickname for amateur radio enthusiast -- who enjoys his hobby by summiting a peak and seeing who he can reach with his radio via the Colorado Connection Repeaters ham radio network. His intended destination was Mount Flora, on snowshoes, according to CGSAR. The initial call came just before noon for a subject stranded in a whiteout, with GPS coordinates that put him barely into Clear Creek county at 12,600 feet southeast of the summit of Mt. Flora. While GCSAR was responding, the Clear Creek sheriff also responded and paged Alpine Rescue Team, headquartered in Evergreen. One GCSAR member was already skiing the pass. He met up with another member and they proceeded into the search area on skis as Team 1. In addition, six other members either responded or were on standby in case they were needed.

May 19, 2015

Utah Section Manager Re-Elected, Two New SMs Coming Aboard in July

May 19, 2015 05:34 PM - ARRL -- One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will assume office this summer. All new 2-year terms of office begin on July 1.Ballots in the two-person race in the ARRL Utah Section were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Incumbent Section Manager Mel Parkes, NM7P, received 342 votes, while Pat Malan, N7P...

Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator

May 19, 2015 03:36 PM - ARRL -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman, KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA. The swearing-in took place in her MIT office in Cambridge. President Barack Obama appointed Newman last October, and the US Senate confirmed her appointment on April 27. Newman is Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems and the director of the Techno...

Use of RSL in UK callsigns

May 19, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In an email Ofcom has given guidance on the use of Regional Secondary Locators in the UK and Crown Dependencies with regard to Club callsigns

Ofcom: Business Radio Interest Group

May 19, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB reports Ofcom has now posted the files from the Business Radio Interest Group meeting on April 30

New Firmware Update for the IC-7600 HF Amateur radio Transceiver

May 19, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom have announced a significant firmware update for the IC-7600 HF Transceiver at the Dayton Hamvention 2015. The update provides a new range of functions including waterfall screen for the band scope, amongst many!

Learning to use Ham Radios in Seattle

May 19, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Bothell Reporter story says a two-day course will teach anyone, with little to no experience, the basics of Ham Radio usage

Good Evening Net from India

May 19, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- We Indian Hams started the 'Good Evening Net' on 14250 khz (during first month it was on 14210 khz) from 19 March 2015

Bookmark and Share

Last updated (UTC):
May 24, 2015 02:13 AM

If you have any questions about this site, please contact me -