October 20, 2014

UKSA announces CubeSat payload opportunity

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced an opportunity to fly payloads on the 3U CubeSat AlSat-1N

UKEICC 80m SSB Contest

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first SSB contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club takes place on Wednesday 22nd October

1st. Brussels (British) Scouts at ON8RT EmComm Field Station during 2014 JOTA-JOTI

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The true spirit of scouting was on display at 1st.Brussels (British) Scouts

RTA roadshow on its way to Cape Town

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Cape Town Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday, 1st of November

ICQPODCAST - Schematic and PCB Programs reviewed

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Seven Episode Twenty-One of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast- Schematic and PCB Programs has been released

History This Week

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

High altitude balloon keeps going

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The record breaking 434 MHz balloon B-64 launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER on July 12, features in Hack-A-Day

Essex Scout's 434 MHz balloons

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scouts at Kingston Ridge Campsite in Essex had something special at their Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) - High altitude balloon launches

DXCC Country/Entity Report

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th October, through Sunday, 19th October there were 224 countries active

ARISS-US accepting proposals to host scheduled ISS contacts in 2015

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- You are encouraged to share the following 'Message to US Educators' with teachers, administrators and leaders at your local schools, museums, science centers and scouting organizations

Boy Scouts Have Weekend Submarine Adventure:

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Michael Lux has visited the USS Batfish several times, but this was the first time he's spent the night aboard the submarine. "This is once in a lifetime experience," said Lux, 16, of Broken Arrow. With tents of various sizes and colors scattered around Muskogee's War Memorial Park, Boy Scout Troop 995 from Broken Arrow, arrived Friday evening to spend the weekend exploring, working and learning about World War II, ham radios, the USS Batfish and the valor of the sailors who served aboard the submarine. The event is part of the national Boy Scouts annual Jamboree on the Air that lets scouts of any age communicate with scouts and other ham operators from around the world, according to the scouts' web site. In 2012 the jamboree drew 700,000 participants globally.

Ham Radio Operators Link on Global Airwaves:

October 20, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Do not be alarmed if you heard high-pitched feedback and static coming from the Onslow County Fairgrounds this weekend. Members of the Onslow County Amateur Radio Club (OARC) and local scouts have gathered for the Jamboree-On-The-Air, a nationwide event in its 57th year that lets members of the Boy Scouts of America connect with one another and other ham radio operators across the world. Boy Scouts had the opportunity to earn their radio merit badge by learning about the equipment and making contact with someone else. According to Michelle Criner, an adult volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, there were 19 Cub Scout packs and two Boy Scouts in attendance at the jamboree. "They enjoy it. They enjoy the Morse Code, but they more enjoy to see how many connections they can get and where they're at," Criner said. "If you hit Africa, Australia, no matter where you hit because you can hear different people speak different languages."

October 19, 2014

China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- China is preparing to launch a mission next week that will help pave the way for an ambitious lunar sample-return effort.

The upcoming launch of the Chang'e 4 mission is expected to take place Oct. 23 from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, and will apparently send an experimental, recoverable probe to lunar orbit and back. The goal is to validate re-entry technology for Chang'e 5, a future robotic mission that will land on the moon, collect samples and return those specimens to Earth.

Ham geeks in operation (India)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A man from Naglonda is desperate to find out the safety of his brother staying at Vijayanagar Palace layout in the Hudhud-battered Visakhapatnam.

A colonel is living at PM Palem and his son in Kerala is frenetic to know how he is.

Longtime Radio Broadcaster to Retire (Idaho)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Kelly Klaas is retiring after more than 45 years as a local radio broadcaster.

The Magic Valley native said he wanted to read news from an early age. "Walter Cronkite was my idol when I was like 12 years old."

As for going with radio instead, he said, "It was just kind of one of those inner feelings when you hear people on the radio and think, 'Gee, I think I could do that.'"

Museum of Radio and Technology channels memories of a bygone era (West Virginia)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Touring the Museum of Radio and Technology is like stepping back in time to the beginning of radio, television, and computers.

It opened in 1991 in the old Harveytown Elementary School, 1640 Florence Ave., on Huntington's West End and is touted as the largest radio museum in the nation and attracts visitors from throughout the world.

However, many locals are unaware of the rooms filled with history and treasures.

Lewis and Clark Radio Club turns 30

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Words from one of the 30-year-old Lewis and Clark Radio Club's founders spoke volumes of the club's community involvement over the years.

"To begin with, let me say it's very difficult to write a three-plus decade description of an organization that's been involved in so many areas of community service", founding member Richard Morgan said.

Why ham operators should consider 3D printing

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As a member of the ham radio community, I have always been fascinated by the maker mindset which has existed since the early days of radio. From making radio equipment from scratch, to kits and even modifying commercially available equipment, the maker movement and radio go hand in hand.

The 3D printing community shares many traits with the ham radio movement. At the heart of it all is making, creating and inventing. And just like ham radio operators, those involved with 3D printing are constantly learning new technical skills that can be used in other areas of our lives.

Cyclone Hudhud: Amateur radio to provide vital info (India)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Odisha government has roped in amateur radio operators in a desperate bid to set up communication bases along the Odisha-Andhra coastline where cyclone Hudhud is expected to hit on Sunday.

The cyclone with wind speeds is expected to snap all terrestrial communication systems.

Why This West Virginia Town Has No Cellphones

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- "Some people, they'll come here, they'll say 'What do you do?' I just say, 'I'm doing it right now.'"

That's Artie Barkley, a local resident featured in this National Geographic video about the National Radio Quiet Zone, extolling the virtues of one of the most peculiar and peaceful places in America.

Pocahontas County in West Virginia is home to the Green Bank Telescope, a marvelous piece of machinery that surveys the skies for radio signals from across the universe. But the telescope, built in 1956, is so sensitive that any local radio signals could interfere with its mission. "A cellphone on Mars would be the brightest radio object to us in the sky," one of the scientists in the video notes.

Madison in 100 objects: 9XM radio equipment (Wisconsin)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- -97-

It might be hard to imagine a time before computers and the Internet, before television, even before radio.

Way before programs like the nationally produced All Things Considered or the locally originated Michael Feldman's Whad' Ya Know? were even imagined, some of the earliest radio signals were broadcast in Madison.

In 1914 - 100 years ago - UW electrical engineering professor Edward Bennett set up a wireless telegraphic set on campus, obtained a license, and called it 9XM. UW-Madison says it's the oldest station in the nation.

When will Ofcom revoke Ham Radio licences ?

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The wording on an Ofcom slide raises the question - When will Ofcom revoke amateur radio licences that have not been revalidated ?

Ofcom gave their presentation at the RSGB Convention on October 12. Regarding licences that have not been revalidated their slide said:

"This still leaves 19,000 licences technically open to revocation"

FCC, Labor Team to Save Tower Workers' Lives

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC and the Department of Labor said Tuesday they have created a working group to prevent tower-related fatalities. That was one of the takeaways from a joint event on tower safety.

The group will "collaborate in the development and implementation of recommended safety practices for the growing telecommunications industry" according to the Department of Labor, after eight tower workers died in 2011 and 2012 combined, 13 workers died in 2013 and already 11 so far in 2014.

The focus is on cell phone towers, but with the incentive auction repacking and potential channel sharing, TV tall tower safety is a concern as well.

Tactical operations center dedicated to abducted child (Oregon)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A child's disappearance is a parent's worst nightmare, one with which Desiree Young of Medford has been living since June 4, 2010.

On that day, her 7-year-old son, Kyron, was dropped off by his stepmother at school in Portland and never came home.

His disappearance sparked a massive local, state and federal search effort that to date has turned up no sign of his whereabouts.

Local officials say radio can fill in for Internet in event of cyber attack (Tennessee)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Life in the digital age is filled with the World Wide Web, which is why some first responders wanted to re-wire their ham radio skills Friday.

In order to continue communicating if the Internet fell victim to a mass cyber attack, agencies from across Tennessee would turn to radio.

"We can actually send email and attachments, video and what-not via ham radio without ever using Internet," said Mike Winslow, risk manager for Madison County.

Walnut Creek: Volunteers know Loma Prieta 'just a precursor' (California)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Although he doesn't expect a locomotive to come crashing through his living room, Rossmoor resident Dick DuBey does expect the Hayward Fault to someday "let go."

Recalling the feeling he experienced 25 years ago while crouched beneath his office desk in San Leandro during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, DuBey said it was like standing 10 feet from the thunderous roar and trembling ground of a passing steam train.

"To this day, I will always remember the ground wave passing under the building. The cement floor and the tile covering on it actually heaved and undulated about 4 to 6 inches. Then amazingly, everything subsided. The silence was almost deafening," he said.

Pay It Forward: Jeff Martin, Ham Radio Hero (Tennessee)

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When natural disasters strike conventional means of communication can often fail.

For more than 100 years a special group of hobbyists, affectionately called "Hams," have used amateur radio to help others in need.

This week's Pay it Forward starts in North Chattanooga, a little over a month after Hurricane Odile made landfall on Mexico's Baja, California, peninsula.

Lanette Stratton recalls the fear she felt when the massive storm slammed into the coast on September 14th, 2014, carving a wide path of destruction through the town of Pescadero.

Need for British longwave radio service underestimated by RTÉ

October 19, 2014 06:33 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With fewer than three weeks to go until RTÉ Radio 1 brings its historic longwave service on 252 to an end, the Irish community in Britain has responded with fury and dismay.

The move, which was announced with just over a month's notice, is part of the Irish broadcaster's new focus on digital platforms.

A Great Ad Couldn't Save RadioShack

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- RadioShack launched its make-or-break marketing strategy last February, soon after the Super Bowl spot. Do It Together is centered on the premise that it can provide consumers with expert CE help that they could get nowhere else. There's lots of history and credibility behind that positioning: The heart and soul of RadioShack has been in the DIY and repair world, ever since its founding in 1921 to serve amateur ham radio operators. It had some furtive successes with expansion into branded consumer electronics products over the years, but I'd guess its store traffic has pretty much relied on being the place where you could find that part for whatever you wanted to fix, adapt, or extend.

For Ham Radio Geeks, Contact With Space Station Is Exciting

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- At the height of the Cold War when I was 13 years old, I got my amateur (ham) radio novice license. From the confines of a cramped closet in my bedroom, my ham shack, I talked via Morse code night and day with other operators - first stateside then, as I upgraded equipment and license class, in countries across the ponds.

Brevard cell-tower rules up for vote (Florida)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Brevard County Commission plans to take a final vote Thursday evening on rules that set height and design guidelines for cellular and radio towers in unincorporated Brevard, as well as setting up a process for streamlined approval of towers that are situated on county-owned land.

Radio operators objected to the proposed rules because they had no exemption for private radio antennas. They have had an exemption under the current rules since 2003.

Professionals, volunteers keep residents safe at home (Arizona)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Richard Haworth has reached people in Ukraine by radio, but he says the best part of using the radio is being able to give back to the community.

The West Valley Amateur Radio Club in Sun City West does just that by assisting emergency responders in situations that call for backup.

Revival Of RadioShack

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- RadioShack began in 1921 as a mail-order retailer in Boston that catered to amateur ham-radio operators and maritime communication officers. It expanded into a wider range of electronics, and by the 1980s was once seen as a most visited destination for personal computers, gadgets and components that were hard to find elsewhere. In recent years, competition from Wal-Mart (WMT) and the robust e-commerce bigwigs has diminished its customer footfall.

Radio Amateur is Among Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A California radio amateur and ARRL member was among the three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. William Moerner, WN6I, of Los Altos, a chemistry professor at Stanford University, will share the prestigious award equally with two other researchers - Eric Betzig and Stefan Hell - for their work in high-resolution microscopy or nanoscopy. For many years scientists had believed that an optical microscope could never yield better than 0.2 micrometer resolution. The three scientists overcame that limitation through what the Nobel panel called the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

Founder of JOTA is SK

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Les Mitchell G3BHK, known as the 'father of JOTA', passed away on Monday, October 6

He was one of the Radio Scouters at the Jamboree in 1957 that gave birth to the idea of a Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). The first event was held in 1958. To many he was known as the father of JOTA.

Storm spotters keep eyes on the sky (Oregon)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Jerry Kenyon said he became a storm spotter as an extension of his amateur radio hobby.

Like about 450 other volunteers with the National Weather Service around Central Oregon, he is ready to report what he sees when severe weather strikes. He's reported everything from large thunderstorms to freak hail storms.

TOWERING HISTORY: Sippican Historical Society, Sippican Lands Trust to celebrate 100th anniversary of Marion's Marconi Wireless Telegraph stations

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The cell phone on which your life seems to revolve would not have been possible if not for an invention that revolutionized communication around the world with ties to the area.

Few today realize that Marion was once home to the world's largest and most powerful wireless telegraph station. Built in 1914 by the pioneering Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, the Marion installation boasted 14 towers, each standing more than 400 feet tall. The station was designed to handle all trans-Atlantic radio traffic, communicating directly with another high-powered wireless plant in Norway. So impressive was the station at the time of its installation, it was referred to as "one of the wonders of the 20th century."

No.8 Re-wired: Pickering's Satellite (New Zealand)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the mid to late 1950s, the space race was well and truly on. The US and the USSR were staring at each other across the Bering Strait and daring each other to outdo as they each got closer to the ultimate goal of putting a man in space.

Imagine the Americans' surprise and envy when, on 4 October 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made object into orbit. It orbited the Earth every 98 minutes, passing over the continental United States seven times a day. Amateur radio fans could tune in to its signals and hear the strange beeping emanating from the unseen object many miles above their heads. It was up there, taunting them.

Simple Tricks Are the Best

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Broadcast veteran Andy Butler has been using a trick, illustrated in Fig. 1, for so long that he has no idea whether he borrowed the idea from someone or just came up with the solution out of sheer desperation.

Ham radio license holders (Tennessee)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Most children will say another test is the last thing they want to add to their schedules.

Estee and Rebecca Ratcliff did just that earlier this month, when they took and passed the ham radio general license test.

Weather spotters a lifeline for forecasters (Colorado)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The National Weather Service's geostationary satellites, Doppler radar and electronic flood sensors are all aided by a large network of ham radio weather spotters. Colorado weather forecasters have relied on their services since 1955.

Spreading the word about preserved railways (UK)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- BURY Radio Society proved it was on the right "wavelength" when it was part of a nationwide event to celebrate the country's preserved railways.

Members established a radio station at the East Lancashire Railway's station in Ramsbottom last Saturday and Sunday to coincide with the UK-wide Railways on the Air (ROTA).

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Will Be in Germany

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The next World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) will take place in Germany in 2018. The WRTC Sanctioning Committee announced October 5 that it had granted the application of a group representing the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC), and the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) to organize what are often called the Olympics of Amateur Radio. In July German participants of WRTC-2014 in New England initiated a petition, urging the WRTC Sanctioning Committee to name Germany as the site of the next international competition among elite teams of Amateur Radio contesters.

Ham Radio Saves the Day In the Yukon

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur Radio bridged the gap recently for members of a search-and-rescue team attempting to locate a missing teenager in Canada's Yukon Territory. SAR team member Terry Hauff, VY1MAP, was unable to contact the team's headquarters in Whitehorse during the September 21 activation.

CAI presses for defeat of Federal Legislation to pre-empt CC&Rs (Massachusetts)

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- H.R. 4969, introduced by U.S. rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), exempts HAM radio operators from CC&Rs and other community rules that require pre-approval or compliance with current architectural standards when installing HAM radio towers and antennas. H.R. 4969 directs the FCC to pre-empt "any private land use restrictions, including a restrictive covenant" applicable to HAM radio operations and installation of HAM radio broadcasting equipment.

Space Weather Forecasting Centre officially opened

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On October 8, 2014 Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, opened the UK's only dedicated space weather forecast centre

The Met Office Space Weather Centre, based at the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, is the culmination of more than three years work to combine the space weather resources and scientific expertise of the UK and USA and was made possible by £4.6 million funding from Government.

Interesting facts about the Sputnik I satellite

October 19, 2014 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Russia launched Sputnik, the first-ever artificial satellite at the height of Cold War in 1957, leaving behind its rival United States.

The satellite was launched aboard a Soviet R-7 rocket from what is now the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.

The satellite with regular 'beep-beep' radio signals for 22 days till its transmitter battery ran down orbited the Earth for 3 months, travelling around 60 million km before burning in atmosphere on re-entering on January 4, 1958.

The Sputnik launch coincided with the 102nd anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered, controlled flight.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels with a chance of M-class solar flares

NZ press report on historic anniversary

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Otago Daily Times reports that New Zealand radio amateurs have marked the 90th anniversary of the first radio contact with the UK

New schedule for Amateur Radio Today

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- From Sunday 26 October, a new schedule will come into effect for Amateur Radio Today

N7UR is named 2014 ARRL Pacific Division 'Ham Of The Year'

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- John Bigley, N7UR, has been named as the 2014 ARRL Pacific Division 'Ham of the Year' at last weekend's Pacificon - ARRL Pacific Division Convention in Santa Clara, California

Ham Radio Promotional Material

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio posters, booklets and other handouts have been made available on the RSGB Inspire forum

Ham Radio on BBC Radio 4

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- October 18 the BBC Radio 4 show Today featured the 90th anniversary of the first radio contact between radio amateurs in the UK and New Zealand

Essex Amateur Radio Skills Night

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This Monday, October 20 at 7pm is the next CARS Amateur Radio Skills Night - this is a free event and everyone interested in radio is welcome

Big sunspot produces X-flare

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity increased sharply on Oct. 19th when huge sunspot AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare

Behind the scenes at Ham Nation show

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A whole bunch of the Ham Nation gang met at the TWIT studios October 8 2014 for a live Ham Nation Show. This is a video of what was happening behind the scenes

Africa CubeSat workshop

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateurs are invited to attend the second annual International Africa CubeSat workshop in Cape Town

146 MHz NoV's now available

October 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- UK Full licence holders can now apply for their NoV to use 146 MHz

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB

October 19, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Oct 25 to 2400Z, Oct 26

Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:

October 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said.

Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':

October 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':

Ham Radio Day in Paris:

October 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- PARIS, TX -- Hundreds of radio enthusiasts will set up shop in Paris Saturday. People from all over the US are expected to fill the parking lot of Main Trading Company for a day the Paris Mayor has declared "HAM radio day". The free event is open to the public and will have food, live music and hundreds of people that share one thing in common, their love of radio. Organizers say they hope the event raises awareness about how useful HAM radios can be. "In the event of a disaster or emergency a HAM radio can be useful in tying families, communities, hospital and even military together," said Richard Lenoir.

Design The Next AMSAT Satellite!

October 19, 2014 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President - Engineering Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. "The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas. AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first step."

Series Seven Episode Twenty-One - Schematic and PCB Programs (19 October 2014)

October 19, 2014 02:32 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Seven Episode Twenty-One of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) an even cheaper Chinese Radio (£8) and Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) reviews Schematic and PCB Programs.
EMC issues in cockpit screens
Fishy Radio Interference
Yagi Radio Antenna Designer Website
Essex Air Ambulance On The Air
EI1A - EI8GQB 20th radio activity from Ireland
November sees second leg of SARL contests
Founder of JOTA is SK
When will Ofcom revoke Ham Radio licences?
Dominica on 5 MHz
146 MHz allocation for UK Full licence holders

October 18, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to 117.4

Two new RCE appointments

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Communications Foundation (RCF) site announces two new Radio Communications Examination (RCE) appointments

Sunspot Festival station

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Steve M0SPN says: I'll be operating from Sunspot Festival (a retro computer 'demoscene' party) in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, this weekend (17-19th October)

Former ARRL staff member Mary Lau, N1VH - SK

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Mary E. Lau, N1VH (ex-N7IAL), of Newington, Connecticut, died October 15. She was 61 and had been suffering from ALS

K for Kernow

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Thursday's edition of the Cornishman newspaper reported Ofcom had agreed to the K Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) proposal for Cornwall (Kernow)

JOTA from Northern Ireland

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid-Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be running a 'Jamboree On The Air' station for the South Down District Scouts

HamTV reception with a low gain antenna

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tonino Giagnacovo IZ8YRR conducted an experiment with a low gain antenna during the commissioning of the Ham Video system on the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year

Ham geeks in operation

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindu newspaper reports on amateur radio involvement in the cyclone-affected areas of Visakhapatnam

FUNcube Whole Orbit Data available

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- From the early planning stage of the project AMSAT-UK decided to make telemetry information from the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) CubeSat available to end users

CQ policy on stations in Crimea using Russian-issued call signs in CQ contests

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved

Comet Siding Spring is about to buzz Mars

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- This weekend, Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will make a historically close approach to Mars

A big sunspot emerges

October 18, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A large and active sunspot is emerging over the sun's southeastern limb

Ham Radio Operators Were Keys to Communication After Quake:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- In the wake of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Santa Cruz County residents had no real way of connecting to the outside world, as power lines were down and phone service outside the immediate community was not possible. In order to help establish contact with state and federal emergency agencies in order to coordinate relief efforts, members of the Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club -- a group of amateur radio enthusiasts, or ham radio operators, as they're colloquially known -- came forward to help county emergency service agencies re-establish communication with Sacramento. For nearly a week after the quake, ham radio operators were on duty around the clock at relief centers and hospitals countywide, as well as the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services -- then located in the basement of the Governmental Center in Santa Cruz.

Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said. "This year we wanted to make the city and the community even more aware of the hobby, what's going on, and the service the hams can provide in the event of a disaster," said Main Trading Company Owner, Richard Lenoir.

Blizzard Saturday in Colorado? No, Just a Radio Test:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio operators and listeners might hear about some extreme weather this Saturday as part of a test of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, of Colorado. It's just a test, though. Pikes Peak ARES will flash back to the blizzard of October 1997 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for its annual Simulated Emergency Test. The service provides a communication link for emergency responders, shelters and neighborhoods because amateaur radio is generally self-sufficient for power and doesn't use normal communication grids.

Service and Sacrifice: WWII Radio Man Still Connecting:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Bumper stickers call for us to "live our passion" and that is what Charles Kayhart continues to do at age 103. "Well, I like to talk to people from all over the world," said the WWII veteran sitting in front of his home-built bank of ham radios. "Japan, China, any place you can think of-- some of them are veterans. We talk about where they were during the war," said Mr. Kayhart. He was already an expert in radio when he joined the United States Army Signal Corps. in World War II. Mr. Kayhart had attended training in electronics at Harvard and M.I.T. before he learned military brass wanted to send him to the Island of Iwo Jima to build a communication network in preparation for an invasion of Japan. "That flag waving on Iwo Jima, I will never forget that," said Mr. Kayhart recalling the famous flag raised by U.S. Marines on Mount Suribachi. During his service on that small island he witnessed more history in the sky, catching a glimpse of the Enola Gay B-29 as it flew over hours before it dropped the first nuclear blast on Japanese soil.

VA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network for Emergencies:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News --

Why Ham Operators Should Consider 3D Printing:

October 18, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- As a member of the ham radio community, I have always been fascinated by the maker mindset which has existed since the early days of radio. From making radio equipment from scratch, to kits and even modifying commercially available equipment, the maker movement and radio go hand in hand. The 3D printing community shares many traits with the ham radio movement. At the heart of it all is making, creating and inventing. And just like ham radio operators, those involved with 3D printing are constantly learning new technical skills that can be used in other areas of our lives.

CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs:

October 18, 2014 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Hicksville, NY - October 17, 2014) -- After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved. Therefore, Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty. No contact or multiplier credits will be given.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #42 de K7RA:

October 18, 2014 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot
numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending
Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to
117.4.

October 17, 2014

ARNewsline Report 1940 -- Oct. 17 2014:

October 17, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio is
first responder as cyclone batters India
coastline; Russian over the horizon RADAR
battering the 15 meter band; United Kingdom
Full license class holders get temporary
access to more spectrum on 2 meters; Ham
radio moon orbiter to launch on October
23rd and guess what's keeping a radio relay
station in Hawaii from being repaired. Find
out the details are on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1940 coming your way
right now.

The K7RA Solar Update

October 17, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to 117.4.Average planetary A index rose from 6.4 to 10.4. The most unsettled geomagnetic day was Tuesday, October 14, when the planetary A index was 18, and the planetary K index reached 5 for 9 hours overnight. ...

CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

October 17, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- CQ has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that "after considerable deliberation," it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, "until such time as the political situation ...

AMSAT Invites Ideas and Suggestions for Next-Gen Satellites

October 17, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT has invited the Amateur Satellite community to submit ideas and suggestions for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced the plan at the recent 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore. AMSAT asked that ideas be based on the CubeSat platform, as "this is the standard through which we will look for launches in the foreseeable fu...

Educational Entities: Apply Now for Space Station Ham Radio Contact Opportunities

October 17, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has opened the application window for proposals from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member. The deadline for proposals is December 15. Educational entities may apply individually or in concert with other institutions or organizations. ARISS antic...

N6XMW Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award

October 17, 2014 01:33 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the October QST Cover Plaque award is William Alsup, N6XMW, for his article "Extended Double Zepp Yagi Antenna."The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue today.

Why radio hams should consider 3D printing

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike Grauer, Jr, KE7DBX, asks radio amateurs to think about how 3D printers can be used in home construction

QSO Today - EP 12 Wayne and Sharon Spring

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The team of Sharon and Wayne Spring, K6IRD and W6IRD, make a powerful combination, not only in amateur radio, but as a lesson in commitment, hard work, and attention to detail

ON8RT amateur radio EmComm exercise and radio scouting during 2014 JOTA

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- ON8RT amateur radio portable station will participate in 2014 JOTA-JOTI and establish radio contact with European scout amateur radio stations

Kay Craigie N3KN at Pacificon

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video of the Pacificon 2014 keynote address given by ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN

JOTA cluster still available

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- This coming weekend, scouts will be on air from all over the world. To help JOTA stations in finding each other, there is a special JOTA DX-cluster

Ham radio EME for JOTA

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Geert Jan de Groot PE1HZG reports radio amateurs will be using the PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish during Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) this weekend

Grimeton Radio/SAQ extra transmission

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- There will hopefully be a transmission with the Alexanderson alternator on 17,2 kHz on 'United Nations Day' October 24, 2014 at 10:00 UTC. Start up and tuning from about 11:30 UTC

BBC unveils 'BBC Genome'

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC today launched 'BBC Genome', its project to publish a comprehensive history of every radio and TV programme ever broadcast by the Corporation

434 MHz balloons to launch for JOTA

October 17, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateurs Chris M6EDF and Steve G0TDJ will each be launching 434 MHz balloons from Essex for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) this weekend

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