February 28, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #9 de K7RA:

February 28, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same
(59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined,
from 121.4 to 116.3.

February 27, 2015

There's a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

February 27, 2015 07:32 PM - ARRL -- Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It's time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and ...

International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8

February 27, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- Advance registration for those planning to attend the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, April 16-19, ends on April 8. An updated list of those already registered to attend is on the convention website!The Visalia program includes DX University and Contest Academy sessions, an ARRL, DX, and Contest forums, and a long list of DX and technical presentations, as well as an entire ...

The K7RA Solar Update

February 27, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.The latest NOAA/USAF so...

RSGB respond to Ofcom UHF review

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB has responded to the Ofcom call for inputs to the strategic review of the 420-470 MHz spectrum

New 10m Beacon GB3TEN

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kevin Wall G0LRK reports at 1500 UT on Thursday, February 26, the QRP beacon GB3TEN was activated on 28.244 MHz from Fleetwood, Lancashire, IO83LV

Let's Build A Field Strength Meter

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows how to build a field strength meter in a Digital Volt Meter (DVM) case

HE200GE activity from Switzerland

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special event station HE200GE will be on the air during 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Republic of Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation

Chelmsford Talk: The GB3VHF Story

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, March 3, Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ will be giving a presentation on the GB3VHF and GB3UHF beacons to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, all are welcome to attend

ARRL Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee has concluded that it would be unrealistic to try to bring the ARRL 40m band plan into alignment with the rest of the world

Applications for Youth DXpeditions close on Sunday!

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- Applications from UK amateurs for the DX15 DXpedition to Wales and the YOTA event to Italy close on 1 March 2015 - you've got under a week to get your applications in!

Alabama ARES raises alert level

February 27, 2015 10:40 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL say a state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, as the state confronts what the National Weather Service is calling 'a historic winter storm' that is affecting areas along and north of Interstate 20

Area Man Uses Ham Radio to Call for Help:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio - and a "guardian angel" - were the stars of a road-crash rescue Saturday morning on Arkansas Highway 201 just south of the Missouri line. James "Jim" Long, who lives in Baxter County, Arkansas, said he set out for Mountain Home Saturday morning to get to the truck he drives on weekends for Magness Oil, but the roads were treacherously slick with ice and slush, and he stopped on a hilltop, where he had a cell phone signal, and called his dispatcher to say he wasn't going to make it in. The dispatcher agreed, and Long had turned around and was heading back home when he came upon a car on its side at the bottom of a hill. "Its back end was up on the guardrail, and I was looking at the bottom of it," he said. The driver, Ashley Miller, 25, was also on her way to work - at Hobby Lobby in Mountain Home. She told the Times Tuesday that she "hit a patch of black ice and felt the car spin. I saw the guardrail coming up and then I hit, and next thing I know I'm upside down in my car." She said rescue personnel told her later the car, a Ford Escape, may have flipped three or four times before landing on the guardrail. "I had blood coming out of my head. Then I heard someone coming, and I honked my horn so they would know someone was in there," she said. Long heard the honking horn and a woman crying inside the vehicle. "I went to see about her," he said. One of the first things he saw was two infant car seats in the back - both empty. "I thought, 'Oh, thank God there weren't any kids with her,'" he said. "I was wanting out of there," Miller said. "I smelled gas and the seat belt was cutting into me. My head was cut, and I had a laceration on my arm. Mr. Jim tried to open the door, but it wouldn't open. Then he tried the moon roof. I switched the key, and the roof opened a little so he could pry it open. He came through the roof and reached in and cut my seat belt off. Then he helped pull me out." The vehicle's airbags did not deploy, she said. "Mr. Jim helped me over to his truck and wrapped me up with his coat," Miller said. The crash had happened "down in a creek bottom where there wasn't a cell phone signal," Long said. But he has a HAM radio in his pickup, and he used it to call for help, connecting with the HAM repeater in Mountain Home. "One of my fellow HAMs came right back and said he would call 911," said Long, who only knows the man monitoring the signal that morning as Junior, whose call sign is N9JSM. "It wasn't long at all before a first responder from Clarkridge Fire Department got there, and then the Baxter County Sheriff's deputy and the ambulance," he said. Miller was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, where she was treated and released.

Verizon Issues Furious Response to FCC, in Morse Code, Dated 1934:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Verizon wants 1st Amendment right to edit the Web, but rules from 1934 are too old. Verizon is just so mad at the Federal Communications Commission today that a normal press release wouldn't do. After all, Verizon issues so many press releases denouncing the FCC for trying to regulate telecommunications that today's vote on net neutrality required a special one to make sure it would be remembered.

ARNewsline Report 1954 Feb 27 2015:

February 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Ham radio responds as a pair of tropical cyclones hit Australia; the FCC and the Food and Drug Administration look the future of medical remote electronics; printed FCC issued ham licenses come to an end; stunning images received from the latest ISS slow scan television experiment and the nominating period opens for the 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1954 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #8:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA0HW, 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:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL is asking members to comment by
April 19 on possible changes to the League's HF Band Plans suggested by the HF Band Planning
Committee. The survey is part of the committee's efforts to tweak the
band plans for the RTTY/data/CW portions of 80 through 10 meters --
excepting 60 meters.

ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL and Liberty Mutual Insurance have reached an
agreement to provide League
members with home and automobile insurance discounts. In the past, this
membership benefit was provided by MetLife. Under the affinity
arrangement, a portion of each premium comes back to ARRL.

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, Appointed as Virginia Section Manager:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, has been appointed Virginia Section Manager. An
ARRL Life Member from Richmond, Palsa succeeds Carl Clements, W4CAC, of
Portsmouth, who has stepped down due to increased work commitments.
Palsa's appointment is effective immediately. ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton,
NN1N, made the appointment of Palsa in consultation with ARRL Roanoke
Division Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ. Clements had been the Virginia
Section Manager since 2008. He also had served in the post from 2001
until 2006. Palsa will complete the current term of office, which
continues until March 31, 2016.

Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April
1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for
new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager
election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters.
Several candidates in this cycle ran unopposed.

No One In the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts In ARRL DX CW Contest:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The six-person group operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International
DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the
first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The
scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack
Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV's
operating positions were vacant over the February 21-22 weekend,
because the operators were elsewhere. One participant even managed to
operate during the contest from two states -- Maryland and Florida.

There's a Place for You In the ARRL International DX Phone Contest!

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears.
It's time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice
keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9 (UTC),
and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be
looking for stations in the US and Canada.

Spacewalks Interrupt ISS Amateur Radio SSTV, School Contact Schedules:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Spacewalks recently disrupted previously scheduled Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) activities.
ISS crew members Barry Wilmore, Terry Virts, and Samantha
Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, worked outside the ISS on February 21 and 25,
and another "extra-vehicular activity" or EVA -- NASA's term for a
spacewalk -- is set for March 1. During such excursions, Amateur Radio
gear on the ISS is shut down for safety reasons.

Australian Hams Respond Following Severe Weather:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers with Australia's Central Queensland Amateur
Radio Association (CQARA) initiated nets on
HF and VHF in the wake of a tropical cyclone (hurricane). After making
landfall on February 20, Cyclone Marcia caused major damage, ripping
roofs from structures, downing trees and power lines, and damaging
other infrastructure. Flooding was widespread. The cyclone was a
category 5 storm with winds of 155 MPH when it hit Yeppoon. It lost
intensity as it slowly moved south, and was downgraded to a Category 1
storm.

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life Into 'Orphaned' Shortwave Channel:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A few radio amateurs are frustrated broadcasters, and when German
national broadcaster the Deutsche Welle closed down a 500 kW shortwave
broadcast transmitter near Munich, an entity headed and operated by
hams applied for and was granted the vacant channel of 6070 kHz in the
49 meter shortwave band.

'Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll' Posted On GDXF Site:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Anyone who likes Top 10 lists or even statistics will find something to
appreciate in the "Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll," compiled and posted by Jari
Jussila, OH2BU, and Bernd Koch, DF3CB. At the very least, this resource
will help to settle any arguments as to the accomplishments of any
DXpedition that logged at least 30,000 contacts. The German DX
Foundation (GDXF) is hosting the Honor Roll, which includes 221 Mega
DXpeditions. Each listing provides a link to details of the DXpedition
and QSL card image. Individual links sort the database on various
categories, including such statistics as QSOs per day and Top 20 modes.

Nominations Sought Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking
nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) Award. To be
considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has
benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development
directly or indirectly related to communications.

Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame:

February 27, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- NASA astronaut and Amateur Radio operator John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, is
among those to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring.

February 26, 2015

US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

February 26, 2015 08:34 PM - ARRL --

WRTC 2014 documentary released

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- James Brooks 9V1YC has made available a video about the amateur radio World Radiosport Team Championship 2014

Wideband HF transmissions at HFIA

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The slides from the HF Industry Association Meeting held February 12, 2015 in San Diego, CA are now available online

Two new ARRL Section Managers will take office on April 1

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms

New Digital TV Repeater for Kent

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Justin G8YTZ is delighted to announce that authorisation and NOV has been received from OFCOM approving a new Digital Amateur TV Repeater at Selling Minnis, between Ashford and Dover, Kent

National Mills Weekend

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Several radio amateurs of VERON section A54 will take part in the National Mills Weekend on the 9th and 10th of May 2015

German special event stations

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Three separate German special event stations will be on the air during March

144.390 FM APRS balloon heads for UK

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The solar powered around-the-world high altitude balloon was released by the California Near Space Project team on Monday, February 23 and is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The APRS beacon should have a radio range of up to 400 km

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

February 26, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- TI9/3Z9DX (Cocos Is) was up there most of the week but didn't have it all his own way. PW0F, (Fernando de Noronha, Brazil) and ZV8V (Mosqueiro Island, Brazil) popped up to lead a couple of days

AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest

February 26, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2300Z, Mar 4 to 2300Z, Mar 5 and 2300Z, Mar 7 to 2300Z, Mar 8

ARNewsline Seeks 2015 YHOTY Nominations:

February 26, 2015 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year Award. For consideration, a nominee must have used amateur radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.

Ham College Episode 2:

February 26, 2015 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham College, the new show for those new to
the hobby and those wishing to get into
Amateur Radio.

Alabama ARES Raises Alert Level in Face of Unaccustomed Winter Weather

February 26, 2015 01:32 AM - ARRL -- A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, as the state confronts what the National Weather Service is calling "a historic winter storm" that is affecting areas along and north of Interstate 20. Snow accumulations of 6 inches or more already have been reported, and up to 1 foot or more of snow is expected in some counties. Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers have b...

February 25, 2015

ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

February 25, 2015 11:32 PM - ARRL --

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life into "Orphaned" Shortwave Channel

February 25, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL --

Nominations Sought for 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award

February 25, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YOTY) Award. To be considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.Nominees must be no older than 19 and reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. The individua...

Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1

February 25, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters; some candidates ran unopposed.In Wyoming, challenger Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, of Cheyenne, will be the new Section Manage...

Local DAB radio trials

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has announced trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio

EURAO Party - Winter 2015: silence please, QRP on air

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'silence please, QRP on air'

Chinese rocket body disintegrates over North America

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Monday night, Feb. 23-24, observers across the western half of North America witnessed a spectacular cluster of bright lights in the sky. It was the re-entry and disintegration of a Chinese rocket body

Taylorsville hosting ham radio earthquake exercise

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Deseret News reports Taylorsville Emergency Management is hosting an earthquake exercise designed specifically for amateur radio operators

SSTV diploma

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateurs from Poland created a diploma commemorating the SSTV activity from the International Space Station on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's birthday

ISS SSTV in a Brazilian School

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Paulo PV8DX of AMSAT-BR turned the recent Slow Scan TV transmissions from the International Space Station into an education outreach opportunity for amateur radio

ISS SSTV and Packet Radio via SUWS WebSDR

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Martin Ehrenfried G8JNJ reports excellent SSTV and Packet Radio signals from the International Space Station (ISS) using the online SUWS WebSDR

Hamnet 40 meter Simulated Emergency Contest

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League Hamnet 40 meter Simulated Emergency Contest is open to all Radio Amateurs in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Marion Island and South African Antarctica

Dorset Foundation Course

February 25, 2015 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Foundation course is being held on the weekend of March 21-22 at the Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society near Wimborne

AGCW YL-CW Party

February 25, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2100Z, Mar 3

Valleys Pupils Have Code Fun:

February 25, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- PUPILS at Abercarn Primary School have been cracking secret codes after the discovery of a 'time machine' in the grounds. The exercise was part of ICT week in the school, and the 238 pupils from the school completed a task every day of the week. The week kicked off with the pupils discovering an envelope in each of their classrooms last Monday with instruction that guided them to the 'time machine'. Once they reached the time machine, there was an envelope containing a task, which was updated each day. The activities got pupils using a variety of ICT skills to complete projects, including using Morse code.

Taylorsville Hosting Amateur Radio Earthquake Exercise:

February 25, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- TAYLORSVILLE -- Taylorsville Emergency Management is hosting an earthquake exercise designed specifically for amateur radio operators. The event is called a tabletop exercise, which aims to test the theoretical ability of a group to respond to a given situation. Amateur radio operators and emergency management personnel will analyze effective methods for local earthquake response by the amateur radio community.

NCCC Sprint

February 25, 2015 06:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Feb 27

February 24, 2015

ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts

February 24, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL and Liberty Mutual Insurance have reached an agreement to provide League members with home and automobile insurance discounts. In the past this membership benefit was provided by MetLife. Under the affinity arrangement, a portion of each premium comes back to ARRL."Liberty Mutual is an undisputed group-insurance affinity leader with excellent rates," said ARRL Membership Manager Diane ...

NASA Announces University CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

February 24, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

No One in the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts in ARRL DX CW Contest

February 24, 2015 04:34 PM - ARRL -- The group of six operators operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV's operating positions were vacant over the ...

Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame

February 24, 2015 04:34 PM - ARRL -- NASA astronaut and Amateur Radio operator John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, is among those to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring. The others are Margaret Rhea Seddon, Steven Lindsey, and Kent Rominger. They will join previous honorees, including Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and John Young in a ceremony on May 30 at Kennedy Space Center. The 2015 inductees are the 14th class. All tol...

Vincent Van Gogh - PA125VVG

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Several radio amateurs of the VERON Section 54 - Etten-Leur will bring from Monday, 11th of May 2015 until Sunday, 7th of June 2015 the special call PA125VVG on the air associated with Vincent van Gogh in 2015 year

The W5KUB Tuesday night webcast

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The W5KUB live weekly webcast is now in its second month. It is every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM central time or 0200 UTC Weds. It has lots of ham radio content, stories, and special guests

PR70FEB - Special Event Station

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- PR70FEB is the 3rd of 12 Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years end of World War II that we will use in 2015

News delivery in Africa

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC World Service says 'People who were listening to short-waves in Africa are increasingly going and getting their news on TV or online'

Notice of interruption to MSF 60 kHz Time and Frequency Signal

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please note that the MSF 60 kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be off during the day for maintenance work

Marconi and Cornwall

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article published in The Register about Marconi and Poldhu contains an interview with radio amateur David Barlow G3PLE

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, appointed as Virginia Section Manager

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, has been appointed Virginia Section Manager. An ARRL Life Member from Richmond, Palsa succeeds Carl Clements, W4CAC, of Portsmouth, who has stepped down due to increased work commitments

IARU-R1 VHF Newsletter released

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Region 1 has released issue 65 of the VHF-UHF-uW Newsletter, it covers WRC-15 which could affect a number of amateur radio bands

Ham Radio satellite tutorial videos

February 24, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- David Casler KE0OG has released a series of tutorial videos for the US Extra class license two of which cover amateur radio satellites

Antenna Too Tall for Some SCW Neighbors:

February 24, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. - Gary Obit says he and his wife came home one day to find what he calls an "eyesore." Across from his house in a Sun City West cul-de-sac, a new neighbor erected a 55-foot amateur radio antenna in his backyard. "To us and the surrounding community here, it takes away from the aesthetics we had when we first moved in," said Mr. Obit, who is worried his property value will drop. "My wife wants to move. She is embarassed to bring people over."
Mr. Obit and three other neighbors submitted written complaints to PORA. "The antenna operator obtained all required Maricopa County permits and all required inspections were completed," PORA Executive Director Connie Scott said. "The homeowner is in compliance and within his rights to have an antenna." Ms. Scott added that other than the complaints received from Mr. Obit and his neighbors, "complaints are almost non-existent" about ham radio antennas in the community.

New Live Weekly Ham Radio Program:

February 24, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The W5KUB live weekly webcast is now in its
second month. It is every Tuesday night at 8:00
PM central time or 0200 UTC Weds. It has lots
of ham radio content, stories, and special
guests.

February 23, 2015

VI8ANZAC is on the air

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has caused many dog-piles on the bands

Stunning results from ISS SSTV

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ISS Slow Scan Television transmissions have already produced some great pictures, more will be sent Monday on 145.800 MHz FM until 2130 UT

SDR Net - On the Move

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Dublin Radio Club Net (SDR Net), which has been operating, for over 2 years on 40 meters on a Sunday morning following the IRTS 40 Meter News, is on the move

QSO Today - Greg, N4KGL

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Greg Lane, N4KGL, tells us how amateur radio adds to his enjoyment of his other outdoor hobbies that include Rocketry and model airplanes

NE8Z active from Ecuador

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will once again be active from Ecuador between February 23rd and March 13th

IRTS AGM Dinner and Rally

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tickets for the IRTS AGM dinner, this year, held on Saturday 25th April at 7pm are now available. The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group hosts this year's event

ICQPodcast - Q and A and Repair Tips has been released

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Four of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Q and A and Repair Tips has been released

History This Week

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Essex TDOTA Station GB2OD

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club (TAARC) operated GB2OD for Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA) on Sunday, February 22

Astronaut Ham renews license, plus four new astronaut hams

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Michael Fincke, KE5AIT recently renewed his Amateur Radio license through February 18, 2025. Fincke served on Expedition 9 (April 18 to October 23, 2004), Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009), and STS-134 (May 16 to June 1, 2011).
He currently holds the American record for the most time in space, 381.6 days

Amateur radio based group rescues released broadcast frequency

February 23, 2015 10:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- When the 'Deutsche Welle' decided to close down one of their 500 KW short wave broadcast transmitters near Munich at the end of 2012, a group containing some German radio amateurs applied for and were allocated the then available short wave frequency of 6070 KHz in 2013

SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest

February 23, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-1400Z, Mar 1

NSARA Contest

February 23, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-1600Z, Mar 1 and 1800Z-2200Z, Mar 1

North Carolina QSO Party

February 23, 2015 08:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, Mar 1 to 0059Z, Mar 2

WIA AGM in Canberra:

February 23, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- As many are already aware, the WIA 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) weekend in May will be in national capital city of Canberra. WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD announced on this weeks WIA news broadcast details for the weekend. Phil said that a suitable modern and ideal venue in a central location had been found that is affordable for the members. The big hotels checked out had exhoritant prices at $75 for a plate of sandwiches, but the WIA has found an ideal venue. Details for the weekend are as follows; On Friday May 8 in the evening an informal dinner and get-together will be at King O'Malleys Hotel, in the Canberra CBD. The Hotel has offered the use of their Guinness Room - also known as the Arcade - for our WIA get together. The Guinness room is somewhat away from the main, busy part of the hotel, so all the eyeball QSOs can proceed without disturbing other hotel patrons, and vice versa. King O'Malleys has a good menu and good range of beverages, both on tap and in bottles, so it should be a great night for those who can come along.

Kurt Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Hampton Communications, Paxton:

February 23, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Hampden Communications launched in 1988, when Kurt Jackson started maintaining radio systems for oil companies and construction contractors. Today, with four employees, the company maintains the broadcast system for southern New England, as well as a microwave radio network from the Canadian border to Long Island to Buffalo. Annual sales last year topped $550,000.At 49, Kurt Jackson, its chief executive officer, has been climbing radio towers for 35 years. Trained as an engineer, Mr. Jackson's passion for amateur radio is what drove him to establish his business.

February 22, 2015

QSO Today - EP 30 - Greg Lane, N4KGL:

February 22, 2015 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Greg Lane, N4KGL, tells us how amateur
radio adds to his enjoyment of his other
outdoor hobbies that include Rocketry and
model airplanes. As one of the key US
proponents of RaDAR, or rapid deployment
amateur radio, Greg is the master of foot
portable HF operation in the Southern
forests and swamps, to the Gulf's
beautiful Florida beaches. Greg Lane,
N4KGL joins Eric, 4Z1UG in QSO Today.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at very low levels

SSTV transmission from International Space Station

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Continuous SSTV transmission were planned from Saturday 21 February at about 10.00 UTC till Monday 23 February 21.30 UTC. Due to onboard activities, the transmission has altered

Libraries exposure for Amateur Radio

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Three metropolitan Melbourne primary school libraries now have practical lessons on Amateur Radio, thanks to library technician Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL. The exercise has been a real success

K1N's final press release

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The K1N DXpedition team has only been home a few days, but we are slowly recovering from what was a difficult project. It was over too soon considering that it took 15 years to gain permission, plan and execute the DXpedition

HamRadioNow: CQ 'Comes Clean'

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Another tough year for CQ Magazine, and editor Rich Moseson W2VU talks to Gary Pearce KN4AQ about it, and the current state of the publication

Ham radio emergency comms in the press

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Statesman newspaper reports on the work of the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) to improve communication during natural disasters

Essex Ham at the Raspberry Jam

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday the 21st of February was the fifth Raspberry Jam in Southend-on-Sea – a gathering for those keen to experiment and learn more about the Raspberry Pi, Linux, Arduinos and technology in general

ANZAC AX prefix for 48 hours

February 22, 2015 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- To commemorate ANZAC Day 2015, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will allow all VK radio amateurs to substitute the AX callsign prefix for up to 48 hours, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli

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