August 21, 2014

Some ARRL Website Services to Be Down for Maintenance

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - ARRL -- Because of ARRL website maintenance and upgrading, some website services will be unavailable from 0000 until 1000 UTC on Saturday, August 23 (ie, starting the evening of Friday, August 22, in US time zones) and again from 0400 until 1000 UTC on Monday, August 25.Outside e-mail to @arrl.org addresses and @reflector.arrl.org addresses will be queued for later delivery. Logbook of The World (LoTW)...

New Product - End Fed Tuner Kit

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS has introduced a kit version of their popular QRP Mountain Tuner

Shortwave broadcasting 'of marginal and continuously declining impact'

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting foresees a dim outlook for the medium

Radio Seagull

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- For those of you who liked listening to offshore radio in the 60s, 70s, and 80s a reminder that Radio Seagull has begun its live broadcasts from its radio ship, the LV Jenni Baynton, daily at 1700-0500 UTC on 1602 kHz and online worldwide at radioseagull.com and iTunes. These will continue through 31st August

Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Introducing the Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to build a mobile Software Defined Radio for education and easy direct usage to enhance the understanding of radio frequency applications

Dutch amateurs mark closure of Radio Veronica

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dutch amateurs will operate PA40VRON at the end of this month to mark the closedown of the Dutch offshore radio station Radio Veronica 40 years ago in 1974

ARISS contact with Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ on 22 August

Acorns August 2014 Meeting

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tuesday the 19th of August saw the monthly meeting of the recently formed Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Very little activity on Ten Metres with the odd DX stations still about, S01WS (Western Sahara), 3E100PC (Panama), XR7FTC (Chile) ZP6DYA (Paraguay) and of course W1AW

FCC looks into 'StingRay'-Style cellphone snooping devices

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC has established a task force to look into the illegal use of devices that imitate cell towers and enable covert interception of signals and data.

One well-known such device is called the "StingRay," made by Florida-based Harris Corporation, and its existence and specifications are classified despite widespread use by law enforcement.

FCC Revises Part 17 Tower Rules

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In 2010, the FCC initiated a proceeding to update and modernize its Part 17 rules regarding antenna structures. That effort resulted in a Report and Order 14-117, released August 8, 2014. Tower structures over 200 feet (less in some circumstances) require FAA notification and a determination of no hazard before FCC antenna structure registration (ASR). The Report and Order harmonizes FCC rules with FAA recommendations on antenna structure lighting and marking, construction notification requirements, and the accuracy of the data provided by antenna structure owners.

HAM operators hear of Tesla's antenna (Texas)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio (HAM) Club heard of renewed interest in Nikola Tesla's one world communication system from one of its members, Cory Hine.

Beltinge neighbours of radio enthusiast Armando Martins fear 30ft could cause cancer (UK)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A radio enthusiast who erected a 30ft mast in his back garden without planning permission has dismissed claims it could give neighbours cancer.

Armando Martins, 73, has also had to fight off accusations the signal from the 10-metre aerial is interfering with people's pacemakers and hearing aids.

Ham radio specialist picked up the signal early in life (Ontario)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Strange voices filled the waxy ears of young Kevin Clements.

They crackled with exotic dialects and alluring unfamiliarity. They emanated from the mysterious little wood-framed box before him - an old ham radio he'd found in the musty basement of his Cambridge home.

Radio Active (MIssouri)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- BRANDON BYRD, 10, slowly turns the dial on the amateur radio in his grandparents' home in Gulfport, Miss., as he searches for an open frequency. This is KF5NYQ, says Brandon, speaking into the microphone and identifying himself with his call sign.

Fry's Electronics Adds ABR Industries' Coaxial Cables to Retail Stores, Online Catalog

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- ABR Industries, a value-added manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) coaxial cable assemblies, today announced a distribution deal with retail electronics giant Fry's Electronics.

Become a ham radio operator: It is easier than ever and the 'saintly' thing to do on Staten Island

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Have you always wanted to be a ham radio operator? Or do you have a vague idea about ham radio operating and how it might be useful, especially in an emergency when cell phones go down?

August 20, 2014

Southern Florida Section Manager Wins Full Term, New SMs on Deck in Two Other Sections

August 20, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, has won a full term in his own right, after being appointed to the post earlier this year. In the just-completed summer election cycle, Beals, of Loxahatchee, received 570 votes to 270 for his challenger, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach. Ballots were counted on August 19, at ARRL Headquarters.Beals will begin his 2-year term of o...

Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for H.R. 4969

August 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL --

Balloting Set for this Fall in Two ARRL Divisions

August 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- When the ARRL Board of Directors gathers for its Annual Meeting in January 2015, there will be some new faces around the table. ARRL members in the Atlantic Division will elect a new Director and Vice Director, while members in the Great Lakes Division will choose a Vice Director. Two sitting directors have opted not to run for election: Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, who was appointed in 2010 to succeed ...

Now Shipping: Arduino for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP

August 20, 2014 02:35 PM - ARRL -- The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of micro...

The QSL that was half a century in arriving!

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Better late than never, they say, and a recent Amateur Radio experience echoed that sentiment for me in a big, big way

QSO Today Weekly Podcast - Ron Weaver W6OM

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Ron, W6OM

Operators wanted for Botswana trip

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Frosty, K5LBU, has announced that the planned trip to Mozambique (C9) by Arnold, WB6OJB, and him has been canceled due to medical problems with Arnold

GB50LM Leighton Moss 50th Anniversary

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On August 23rd, 24th and 25th, members of the Sands Contest Group from Morecambe, will be holding a special event station at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve at Silverdale, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leighton Moss

GB4JDF Special Event Station, Sunday 24 August

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- GB4JDF Special Event Station will be on air on Sunday 24 August 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs in memory of Joey Dunlop MBE and in support of the Joey Dunlop Foundation

GAREC 2014 a huge success

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communication (GAREC) conference, held in Huntsville Alabama USA, shared many informative presentations, videos and discussions on recent experiences plus some media interest

China Special Event

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station B4YOG to be active until August 28th. Activity is to celebrate the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing

CARS August Skills Night

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The August Skills Night held by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society saw over 40 amateurs gather to swap ideas and try something new

Andaman and Nicobar Islands DXpedition

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Krish, W4VKU, will be leading a team of 10 amateur radio operators to the Andaman Islands (AS-001) and Nicobar Islands (AS-033) in the month of November. The callsign for both activations will be VU4KV

Ham Radio Specialist Picked Up the Signal Early In Life:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Strange voices filled the waxy ears of young Kevin Clements. They crackled with exotic dialects and alluring unfamiliarity. They emanated from the mysterious little wood-framed box before him -- an old ham radio he'd found in the musty basement of his Cambridge home. His father Jim gave him permission to bring it up to his bedroom and run a wire across to the window so he could connect with the glittering disco-ball heavens of the mid-1970s. The electronic display opened up into bright cat's eye lights when a signal came in. Clements' vacuum-tube heart purred with each feline flash and flicker. "I listened to faraway voices and accents -- and the beating of the Morse code would fill the room," recalled Clements, now a 52-year-old navy reservist in Hamilton who still taps into the ham radio atmosphere daily from his home in Welland. "It's still magic how it all works."

Kalamazoo Father and Daughter Launching Camera Into Space:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- A dad and daughter from Kalamazoo are preparing to launch a camera into space! Mark and Katherine Gilbert have been working on the out-of-this-world project for nearly two years, hoping to take photos of earth from a capsule they created. The pair designed their own instrument pack, built it from the ground up and earned HAM radio technician licenses to make this long-anticipated launch possible.

Radiosport and Engineering at the Olympics of Ham Radio:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- I had the privilege of organizing the Seventh World Radiosport Team Championship event last month (see this page for more info, or listen to the coverage on WBUR's "Only a Game" NPR program). Many call this competition the "Olympics of Ham Radio." This event involved inviting the world's best operators to the same geographic area (in this case, the Boston area), and setting them up with identical stations to create a level playing field. In other radiosport competitions, the contestants usually try to operate from locations with advantageous HF propagation in rare countries, with favorable local terrain (hilltops instead of valleys) and use the biggest antenna systems they can install and maximum power. However, for this event we wanted to test operating skill and had to remove all the other variables.

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS:

August 20, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1
Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the
International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers
Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg
spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the
Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de
Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State
University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's
batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014
on board a Progress cargo craft.

August 19, 2014

We are Happy to Tell You, that the QRZCQ Premium is Now Available!

August 19, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- There is no advertising, no blink blink, no junk. Only ham radio put in a nutshell.

QSO Today Weekly Podcast, August 19 2014:

August 19, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Ron,
W6OM. Listen to Ron's ham radio journey from
his beginnings as a ten year old boy with a
receiver rescued from the garbage, his
apprenticeship under George Hutchens, the
original W6OM, to his present "Elmering" of
neighborhood boys to their Extra Class
licenses. Ron uses a re-assigned Bauer 707 AM
broadcast transmitter to join the 80 meter
Western AM Net on 3870 kHz.

EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village

August 19, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- An Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF will be among the highlights for hams at the Electromagnetic Field "EMF 2014" event Friday through Sunday, August 29-31, just south of Bletchley in the UK."EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think ...

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

August 19, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenie...

VK6RIO chirp beacon project

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DXpedition, V1CT, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth

The First Pirate

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The First Pirate is the title of a Radio 4 Extra to be broadcast on Thursday this week, at 06:30, 13:30, 20:30 and Friday 02:30 (UK times - UTC is minus one hour)

LUSAT-1 alive at night!

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Pedro, LU7ABF, reported to the AMSAT-BB: We knew that our LUSAT start transmitting again a couple of years ago, but only when
illuminated by sun, and was not heard during the night

Ham radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat deployed from ISS

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The amateur radio satellite Chasqui-1 was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) during a space-walk

GoList business decision

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- For years, the DXer's number one tool for QSL information has been John Shelton, K1XN's 'GoList'

DXCC News

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The July 2014 DX Advisory Committee Report (Doc #27), which was submitted by Arne Gjerning, N7KA, Chairman of the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC), to the ARRL Board of Directors (BOD) and Program and Services Committee (PSC), is now made public and contains some interesting subjects

August RAC Report available for viewing

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The August 2014 Radio Amateurs of Canada Report is available for viewing on both the old and the new website

Amateur radio club needs your help

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bob, G0YYY has contacted Southgate News with this plea for help

73 on 73 Award announcement

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Paul Stoetzer N8HM has announced a new award for contacts made via the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite

Zuni Hills Students to Chat with Astronaut Aboard Space Station:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Students at Zuni Hills Elementary School are scheduled to participate in a unique event just before 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. Sixth-grade science teacher, Jennifer Cheesman, will lead the effort to coordinate an Amateur Radio International Space Station radio contact between her students and astronauts aboard the ISS. In the spring of 2014, Cheesman's students submitted questions to the NASA mailbox outside Cheesman's classroom and a panel of teachers selected the top 20 to be asked during the ARISS contact. One student from each grade was selected to ask the astronaut a question. ARISS contacts are real-time radio communications between students and an astronaut living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Contact will be made via telebridge which acts as a connection between the school and the space station. As the space station passes over the telebridge radio station, it allows for contact to be made. Students will set-up in the multi-purpose room waiting for the call to go through at 10:47 a.m. and will be able to listen to astronaut Gregory "Reid" Wiseman from the United States answering their questions. The radio contact will allow students, staff and guests to learn why science is important on board the ISS. Kevin Wesolowski, a local HAM operator, will assist with the technical side of the event as well as educate the student body in how amateur radio plays a part in their daily lives.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Set Shining Example:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMATEUR radio enthusiasts camped out at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre over the weekend as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Amateur radio operator Malcolm McIntosh said the aim of the event was to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time promote amateur radio. "It began in Scotland about 21 years ago in 1993," he said. Mr McIntosh is a member of the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club and said the set-up was based on the same principles as AM radio. "It's about information exchange, if it's a lighthouse or a lightship we ask for the details such as the name of the operator and the technical details," he said. Since the inception of the international event, participants from more than 50 countries participate, with approximately 500 lighthouses and lightships.

Come In, Lighthouses of the World:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- BASED in a chart room next to the lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, the maritime village's amateur radio group connected with other lighthouses around the world over the weekend. International Lighthouse Weekend is held annually across the globe to celebrate the significant role of lighthouses throughout history. The weekend was initiated in 1998 by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland to promote public awareness of lighthouses and other aids to navigation and their need for preservation and restoration, as well as encouraging amateur radio operators to practice their skills.

Sunspots 2014: Two Big Surprises:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AUSTIN, August 16, 2014 -- A rare spotless day on the sun on July 17-18, 2014 triggered public speculation that an already stunted Cycle 24 was nearly over. Such is not the case. Defying the odds for so late in a sunspot cycle, another solar sunspot maximum was set last month. Another one is coming this month. In other major news, a long needed revision to the 400-year sunspot record was proposed. It'll be the first change made to the sunspot record since it was first established by Rudolf Wolf back in 1849. The changes will affect long-term climate and other dependent scientific studies. One effect of the proposal will be to reduce modern sunspot totals. That will wipe out the so-called "Modern Maximum" and make the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, the weakest in 200 years.

August 18, 2014

Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side

August 18, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL --

Pirate Radio Ship Redux: Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set

August 18, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL -- The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock 'n' roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England's Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famo...

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)

August 18, 2014 04:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and now in Oklahoma will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 20 (the evening of August 19 in US time zones), to Ohio (W1AW/8) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states sol...

Updated Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz Allocation Chart

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- It has been several months since the last version of the Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz Allocations Chart has appeared

SolderSmoke Podcast

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 164 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke features Tube and Tube-like Radios

SEARS GB2HB Special Event Station

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- SEARS, the South Essex Amateur Radio Society, activated the special event callsign GB2HB on the 16th of August 2014, to commemorate the downing of two American B17 bombers in June 1944

SEARG at the Kilkenny Motor Club Vintage Rally

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from the Kilkenny Motor Club Vintage Rally which takes place in St James's Park, Kilkenny on Sunday 31st August

ILLW sets many new records

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Lighthouse and Lighhtship Weekend (ILLW) had 541 regstrations from 56 countries this year making new records in the annual fun-event

History This Week

August 18, 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

EI1100WD celebrates Ireland's oldest city

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's oldest city, Waterford in 2014, celebrates its 1100th birthday. To commemorate and celebrate, SEARG (South Eastern Amateur Radio Group) will activate the special event call-sign EI1100WD until the end of the year from various locations

DXCC Country/Entity Report

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-August, through Sunday, 17th-August there were 205 countries active

Hamfest Brings Together Amateur Radio Operators:

August 18, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) There weren't any pork products, but they "hammed it up" at the Cary Boy Scout Camp Sunday morning. The 44th annual Hamfest featured amateur radio operators. Many were from the Greater Lafayette, but others came from outside the state. The event gives radio operators the chance to exchange equipment that would otherwise be tough to acquire. From devices that communicate with radios using morse code, to digital connections, the group enjoyed talking about their passion for the equipment.

Pulicat Lighthouse Celebrated by Hams:

August 18, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Pulicat, a sleepy fishermen hamlet some 50 km north of Chennai, has secured a place on the world amateur radio with a group of HAM operators setting up a special radio station (VU69) on this picturesque place on Saturday to commemorate the two-day annual international lighthouse/lightship weekend. The trio K. Rajesh (VU3RGK), S. Narayanan (VU3GJP) and K. Premchand (VU2RPC) had set up the radio station and contacted over 500 similar groups across the world also commemorating the event in their places. "Our objective is to promote public awareness about lighthouses and lightships and the urgent need for their preservation and restoration. At the same time, we want to promote amateur radio and foster global goodwill through HAM. We like to conduct this event every year in different light houses in Tamil Nadu. We contacted over 200 light house stations across the world as part of the event," Mr Rajesh said.

Plymouth Village Residents Get Ham Radio Certification for Emergencies:

August 18, 2014 02:32 AM - eHam.net News -- REDLANDS -- A group of Plymouth Village residents are embracing social media, but not in the way you might think. Instead of relying on the latest technology to communicate with one another in case of an emergency, the group is turning back the clock to become ham radio operators. More than a dozen have already become certified operators and are working to familiarize themselves with a disaster relief plan if emergency personnel are unable to reach the retirement community right away. Keith Kasin, Plymouth Village executive director, is leading the group, which meets weekly to practice radio calls. A certified ham radio operator himself, Kasin came up with the idea after hearing of several disasters that left thousands stranded and unable to communicate for help. And with talk of a large-scale earthquake expected to hit the region at any time, the one way to communicate with personnel will be through devices.

'The World's Friendliest Hamfest' Opens in Downtown Huntsville:

August 18, 2014 02:32 AM - eHam.net News -- HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- If you were at the Von Braun Center Saturday, you might have met K4HVA, or talked to KI4ZYX, or maybe shared lunch with N4WN, possibly told a joke to KS4V, and maybe even smiled at KF4YZG. Huntsville Hamfest, part the ARRL's 2014 centennial celebration on Aug. 16, 2014, filled the VBC South Hall with antennae, radios, and every electronic testing gadget you can imagine. Hams, or amateur radio enthusiasts, perused the tables filled with everything from the latest radio to hear the unrest in Ukraine to an old-transmitting-tube WWII-era radios. For hams, the Huntsville Hamfest is a chance to greet one another by their call signs, talk about the muscles you pulled raising that 75-foot antenna the wife just loves in the backyard, or use your ham radio to talk to someone halfway around the world.

Ham Ops Participate in International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend:

August 18, 2014 02:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK -- As part of International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, amateur radio operators were at Robert Moses State Park teaching visitors the history behind lighthouse communication. The radio operators, part of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, say ham radio is still an important means of communication. "In this day and age of cellphones, laptops and the Internet, people don't realize there was a whole world that existed before all of this 21st century technology," said John Melfi, club president.

August 17, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that solar activity has been at low levels for more than a month with very little chance of matters improving in the near future

When all fails, use ham radio

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Africa Radio League (SARL) reports amateur radio was used to send an important message when the satellite link to Gough Island failed

UK Islands Group active from the Farne Islands

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- UK Islands Group (M0UKI) members Nobby G0VJG, Dave EI9FBB, Richard G7GLW and Charles M0OXO will be active from the Farne Islands (EU-109) on the 6th and 7th September 2014 as M0UKI/p

SE100SAF special event callsign

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for this special event callsign SE100SAF in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the coastal radio station SAF

Radio hams help promote fort

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society gets a brief mention in a BBC story about one of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in the UK

New groundstation moves a step closer

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the past week the South African Radio League and SA AMSAT met with representatives of the South African National Space Agency to develop a memorandum of understanding covering the establishment of a cubesat ground station at SANSA Space Operations at Hartbeesthoek

High noise level on 1296 MHz

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex radio amateur John Lemay G4ZTR experienced high noise levels on 1296 MHz during VHF National Field Day in July so he decided to investigate

Ham radio specialist picked up the signal early in life

August 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Record reports on how Kevin Clements VA3OR got started in amateur radio

Hawaii QSO Party

August 17, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0400Z, Aug 23 to 0400Z, Aug 25

CVA DX Contest, SSB

August 17, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Aug 23 to 2100Z, Aug 24

QRP ARCI Welcome to QRP

August 17, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z-1800Z, Aug 23

Kansas QSO Party

August 17, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Aug 23 to 0200Z, Aug 24 and 1400Z-2000Z, Aug 24

Ohio QSO Party

August 17, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Aug 23 to 0400Z, Aug 24

New Youth Program from RemoteHamRadio.com:

August 17, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- We are very excited to announce a new program to give back to the amateur radio community. We understand the significance that youth have on this great hobby. We believe leveraging technology and providing access to quality stations will promote activity in young hams.

August 16, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1

SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR moves to new site

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Southampton University Wireless Society SUWS VHF/UHF/ Microwave WebSDR has now moved to its new site in Farnham

Pacific tour

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Four amateur radio operators, Stan AC8W, Brian KG8CO, Ted K8AQM and Lee N8LJ, will activate two DXCC entities in the Pacific starting late this month

Ofcom scupper Essex pensioner's pirate station

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Echo reports pensioner Brian Barfoot started running the pirate radio station Monster FM 88.3 from Wickford in Essex in 2010

N7QT DXpeditions

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Rob, N7QT, who was active as HK0/N7QT this past April, has updated his upcoming activities from various locations

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend - ILLW takes place today and tomorrow, August 16/17

Chasqui-1 deployment from ISS

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On August 18, 2014 at 14:00 UT the Russia Cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS), Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, will open the hatches of the Pirs docking module and start Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA), returning to the ISS at 20:15 UT

Battle of Arnhem special event

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Fred, PA0FAW (ISWL PA-11092), will activate special event station PA44AH between September 1-28th

Alliance Amateur Radio Club to Show Long-Range Capabilities on Saturday:

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday members of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club will hold a demonstration of the long-range capabilities of amateur radio. They will set up and operate two amateur radio stations in the Jaycee pavilion at Silver Park. The club sets up each year from Silver Park to operate a special event station. A special event station usually is organized to commemorate an anniversary of a particular event. In this case, the operators are commemorating the city of Alliance as the birthplace of the Ohio state flower, the scarlet carnation. Using portable antennas and radios, the "ham" operators, as they are often called, will contact other hams worldwide throughout the day. After the event, some of the hams they contact will send confirmations, or QSL cards, to confirm the contact. In return, the Alliance hams will send a QSL card and commemorative certificate.

Unravelling the Loop Head Code:

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A group of amateur ham radio operators will wind back the clock at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend, when they attempt to communicate via radio and Morse code with hundreds of radio clubs throughout the world. The Limerick Radio Club, which features members from Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary, will broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare lighthouse as part of the 17th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). During the broadcast, from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday, visitors to the popular tourism landmark will be able to listen into communications with some of the other participating ham radio operators, broadcasting from 400 other lighthouses and lightships in 65 countries.

Why Our Sun's Solar Maximum Is One of the Weakest In Modern Times:

August 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TORONTO -- We take the sun for granted. Sure, when it's cloudy for a few days, we may notice and say we miss it. But very few of us know just what the sun is doing. And it turns out what it's doing, is slacking off. The sun has a cycle that is roughly 11 years. During that time it has a minimum and a maximum. During the minimum, the sun is low in magnetic activity, which means fewer sunspots. Conversely, at maximum many sunspots can dot the surface of the sun. Right now, astronomers believe that we have reached the maximum of solar cycle 24. Except, our maximum has seen very little activity. The reason for that? Another solar cycle. This one, a 100-year one. In fact, the sun was spotless on July 27 - the first time since 1920. Although we've only known about sunspots - cooler places on the sun with complicated magnetic fields - for about 400 years, Pesnell said that the last 80 years have produced the best and most reliable data. However, scientists are still able to chart the history of solar cycles using tree rings, which can go back approximately 10,000 years.

August 15, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #33 de K7RA:

August 15, 2014 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the
average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while
average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.

The K7RA Solar Update

August 15, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.In the 45-day forecast for solar flux, it was surprising back on August 3 to see a new solar flux prediction of 150 for August 31 through September 3. I suspected this prediction would come down to a lower lev...

World DATV Party goes ahead

August 15, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Despite software issues the World DATV Party will go ahead as scheduled

BBC Radio Solent WW1 At Home: Weymouth Carnival

August 15, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- At Weymouth Pavilion on Carnival day, Wednesday August 20, members of the South Dorset Radio Society (SDRS) will be assisting the Royal Signals Museum with a demonstration of how Morse Code was used during WW1

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

August 15, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of 6 more castle activations in August

UKHAS 2014 Conference Live Video Stream

August 15, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UKHAS Conference this Saturday, Aug 16, will be streamed live and the radio amateurs giving the presentations will, if time permits, take questions via the web

RFinder now finds repeaters over routes world wide!

August 15, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In the next step of pushing the limits of The World Wide Repeater Directory, the RFinder team has released Repeater Routes!

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