July 12, 2014

Youth in Contesting

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- Where Are The Rookies and Young Contesters? This past weekend during the annual running of the January NAQP CW it was great fun to get on the bands and enjoy connecting with contesting friends on all bands from 160-10m and enjoy the generally great conditions. Of course, NAQP has in the exchange the operator's name. [...]

The ARRL SSB Contest - Why It Might Not Be Your Favorite

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- Originally published on the YCCC email reflector on March 6, 2013. Thanks to Pete, W1RM for allowing us to republish it here. Peter, W1RM recalls... "Think back to when you first started in contesting. ARRL DX was fun. There were plenty of stations you could work because you had a modest station. You learned a [...]

Skimmer, the Rules and You

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- Peter Smith, N4ZR – A Special to Radio-Sport.net When Jeff, N1SNB asked me to write something for the reincarnated radio-sport.net about CW Skimmer and the evolution of contest rules, at first I thought "everyone knows that." Then it dawned on me that after 5 years of Skimmer and the RBN, I'm still running into people [...]

New Horizons of Ham Radio: Remote Ham Radio in Contests

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- Guest Post by KL1A In this article I would like to share my personal experiences on the use of the remotely controlled amateur radio stations. This subject is not new, and was referred to repeatedly in some amateur radio information sources, as well as discussed in many forums on the Internet. So I will [...]

NAQP SSB - Next WRTC Event

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- NAQP SSB is slated for January 20, 2012. This a WRTC 2014 Qualifying event. For past coverage of the event, links and analysis visit the NAQP page. Review last years NAQP January 2012 SSB results here Last year's winner, George K5TR made an amazing 1503 QSOs!

NA Sprint Set For Tonight

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- The North American CW Sprint is set to run tonight at 0000z. Often billed as one of the most challenging and intense contests of the year – this event is truly a love it or hate it as rapid fire machine CW coupled with rapid frequency changes make the 4 hour event feel like a [...]

CQ WPX Webinar Answers Critical Questions

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- The following is a transcript of the embedded webinar recently done on the CQ WPX Contest Randy: Thank you Ken. Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for attending the webinar this afternoon. I say good afternoon because that's what it is in Boston but good evening or good morning, depending on where you are. Thanks to [...]

CQ WPX Contest unlike any other

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- My friend Tim, KT8K, loves the CQ WPX contests. Why? Because with his prefix, he becomes a sought-after station. There just aren't that many stations with the prefix KT8, and because every new prefix you work is a multiplier, they are anxious to work him when they hear his call. Tim is not the only [...]

Contesters Seek the Double Sunspot Peak

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- Is the sun holding back on radio contesters around the globe? Could 2013-2014 be the true peak? These questions, near and dear to every radio sport fan, have NASA experts puzzled. NASA scientists have been watching the sun with puzzled looks because it's not behaving like they predicted. Solar activity, such as solar [...]

After Five Years of Ham Radio Contest News, radio-sport.net Going QRT

July 12, 2014 05:33 PM - NS3T -- *** UPDATE*** Radio-Sport.net will continue operations in 2013 under a new management and ownership team! After over five years of bringing amateur radio contest news to the ham radio community, radio-sport.net, the web site produced by Jamie Dupree NS3T, will cease operations. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed stories, pictures, tips [...]

ARRL Public Relations Manager Talks Up Ham Radio on WTIC

July 12, 2014 12:32 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, was interviewed on the morning of July 12 by WTIC radio's Steve Parker concerning Amateur Radio in general and the upcoming ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford.WTIC is a 50 kW broadcast station covering much of New England, not to mention its national and global Internet streaming audience.Click here to download and listen to an MP3 off-air au...

Propagation de K7RA

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity strengthened recently, with average daily sunspot numbers for the seven days ending June 25 at 72.3, rising 43.3 points to 115.6 for the seven days ending July 2, then rising 89.5 to an average of 205.1 for the period ending July 9

UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) that hopes to launch into a 680 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from India in December 2014

New SGARN HF Multicast transmission schedule

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Transmission schedules for the Second Generation Amateur Radio Network

NASA TV coverage reset for Sunday Orbital-2 mission to space station

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Severe weather in the Wallops area throughout the week has repeatedly interrupted Orbital's operations schedule

Liberia in IARU HF Championship Contest

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Mahmoud EL2CE, Dickson EL2DT and Richmond EL2BG will be active as EL2BEN during the IARU HF Championship Contest (July 12-13th)

Japanese hams join forces for IARU championship

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Japanese amateurs are joining forces as 8N1HQ for the IARU championship

Ham radio WRTC 2014 in Wall Street Journal

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wall Street Journal reports on the amateur radio World Radiosport Team Championship 2014

EURAO General Assembly at HAM RADIO 2014

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO took advantage of its attendance at the Friedrichshafen exhibition to hold the annual Assembly, making the long trip of its members worth their while

Cuba field 10 teams for HF World Championship

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will be active as T49C a Headquarter entry during the next IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th); this is the third time FRC is active in this category since 2009 when used the call T40C

Chelmsford landing planned for Epping SSDV balloons

July 12, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Philip Crump M0DNY plans a number of High Altitude Balloon (HAB) flights this weekend transmitting Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV)

For These Vets, Amateur Radio Remains Alive:

July 12, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Satellites killed the military radio star operator long ago, but military veterans keep the art alive in competitions testing their ability to bounce signals off the ionosphere and contact amateur radio stations a half world away. In their minds, the contestants know technology has gone too far and the days of radio are past. Still, the intimate knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum learned during a career in military and intelligence agencies offers some advantages. And the military's love for antiquated communications is well established -- from their use of signal flags to messages sent, teletype-style, in all capital letters. Ham radio competitions elicit a similar passion -- and knowledge of some dying skills. Current and former military service members will anchor two of the top teams gathering in the Boston area this weekend for what amounts to the World Cup of ham radio, officially the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Scott Redd, the former head of the National Counterterrorism Center, is on one of the teams expected to compete for top honors. Current Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Dave Mueller is on another top team with NetApp CEO Tom Georgens. Serving as the grand marshal of the event is Retired Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, himself a ham radio buff. The event, once every four years, requires teams of two people using identical equipment to contact as many radio operators in as many places as possible in 24 hours. In all, 59 teams from 38 countries are competing. The basic technology of the radio and the technique of propagating signals has not changed radically. But ham radios, with station automation, computer connections and improved amplification take advantage of technological advances. "Layered on top is relatively cutting edge technology," said Mr. Georgens. "There is a massive application of technology to drive operator efficiency." Winning strategies involve knowing when to try to make huge numbers of rapid contracts in countries that have hundreds of Ham radio stations, like Germany and Russia, and when to pursue contacts on obscure islands that have only one operator, like St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French territory off the coast of Newfoundland. "The winner of this event will be the one who makes the least amount of mistakes, is able to best engineer a station and troubleshoot problems," said Chief Warrant Officer Mueller. The winners also will have to stay awake, Adm. Giambastiani notes. The contest requires operators to making the most of every minute in a 24-hour competition. So contestants must chug enough caffeine to keep focused constantly. "Fatigue will set in," said Adm. Giambastiani. "The harder part for the older guys is their bodies aren't as tough as the youngsters. By 4 in the morning on Sunday you are asking why am I doing this." At 69 years old, Adm. Redd, a member of the amateur radio hall of fame, is one of the oldest contestants. He acknowledges the young guys have some advantages, but notes he set a world record last year at age 68. "You can stay competitive in old age and there are not many sports where you do that," he said. The sea services' love for antiquated communications is well established:from their use of signal flags to messages sent, teletype-style, in all capital letters. Ham radio competitions illicit a similar passion -- and knowledge of some dying skills. The amateur radio contests require mastery of Morse Code, something no longer routinely taught in the military, as well as the ability to bounce radio signals off the ionosphere to reach lonely outposts half a world away. There are some real world military applications, participants note. Special operation forces still use long range radio signals as do Coast Guard cutters on occasion.

Ham Radio Fest is Saturday in Austintown:

July 12, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The 20/9 Radio Club Hamfest, Tailgate, Electronics and Computer Show 2014 will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive. There is free admission. The event will feature activities for ham-radio enthusiasts as well as the general public. There will be license testing starting at 8:30 a.m.; bring an ID, current license or CSCE if applicable. Testing for technicians only requires an ID. Cost for the testing is $15, payable during the event. Prizes intended for the radio enthusiasts, or "ham only" prizes, include, for first- and second-place, dual band hand-held radios; for third- and fourth-place, $50 American Radio Relay League gift certificates; fifth- and sixth-place, $25 ARRL gift certificates; and seventh-place, a digital multi-meter. Prize tickets will be sold the day of the event, and the winner does not need to be present.

Ham Radio Operators Compete in Devens in Worldwide Contest:

July 12, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- DEVENS -- John Crovelli, of New Jersey, sits in a tent crowded with the finest radio equipment, turning a knob and pausing as Morse crowd pours over the airwaves. "This station you're hearing right now is in Brazil," he said, decoding the language in his head. He scours the waves again and more intermittent beeps resurface. "That's a station in Japan," he said. "How about that, huh?" Crovelli and his teammate, George Demontrond, are one of 59 teams in the seventh World Radiosport Team Championship--think Olympics, but with Morse code as a second universal language. Amateur radio operators, or "hams," came from all over the world to New England this weekend to participate in the 24-hour competition. The goal is to contact as many other "hams" around the world as possible. And these participants mean business. Sleeping is not an option. "If you're not operating, you're not winning," Crovelli said. "There's no question about it." His team's equipment, he said, is about half a million dollars. "This is pretty sophisticated compared to some regular amateur radio stations," he said. "You can see it's built for competition."

July 11, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #28 de K7RA:

July 11, 2014 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity strengthened recently, with average daily sunspot
numbers for the seven days ending June 25 at 72.3, rising 43.3
points to 115.6 for the seven days ending July 2, then rising 89.5
to an average of 205.1 for the period ending July 9.

Nikola Tesla Museum $1M Donation:

July 11, 2014 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Well-known entrepreneur Elon Musk had already given $2,500 to the campaign to buy Nikola Tesla's last living laboratory and turn it into a museum in honor of the oft overlooked inventor. Now, the museum -- well on its way to becoming a reality -- is getting another $1 million from Musk.

Extended SGARN HF Multicast Schedule:

July 11, 2014 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Call: N5PVL Locator: DM80di Frequency: 10.142.0 - 10.142.2 - 10.142.4 USB ( One of these, depending
on ongoing activity on frequency ) Time: 0200-0600 and 0800-1200 UTC ( A two hour break in the middle of
the night Mode: MT63-500L

HAARP Death Sentence Stayed, But Facility Being Dismantled Piece by Piece

July 11, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The US Air Force has given the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Gakona, Alaska, a death row reprieve of sorts. The Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski July 2 that it is "willing to slow the closure process and defer irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site" until May of 2015. Those pushing for HAARP to remain open as a scientific r...

International: New Ham Radio Regulations in Place in Thailand, Germany Gets 4 Meters Briefly

July 11, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- Thailand's 247,000 radio amateurs will be getting new Amateur Radio regulations that provide significant new privileges The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) has reported that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has been working on the new regulations for nearly 3 years. They will permit operation on 6 meters, will expand the 2 meter band by 500 kHz (to 146...

Reminder: Youth Attend ARRL National Centennial Convention Free of Charge!

July 11, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Youth (age 21 and younger) may attend the ARRL National Centennial Convention free of charge. Information in The ARRL Letter for July 10 may have suggested otherwise. The 100th anniversary celebration of the League's founding takes place July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center.Online registration is now limited to 2-day adult ($25) and youth (free) tickets, good for Friday and Saturday ...

Friedrichshafen "Ham Radio" 2014 Attendance Tops Last Year's Numbers, Show Emphasizes Youth.

July 11, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL --

The K7RA Solar Update

July 11, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity strengthened recently, with average daily sunspot numbers for the seven days ending June 25 at 72.3, rising 43.3 points to 115.6 for the seven days ending July 2, then rising 89.5 to an average of 205.1 for the period ending July 9.Similarly, average daily solar flux for the seven days ending on June 25 was 98.8, which rose 30.7 points to 129.5 on July 2, and then rose 64.4 point...

Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR, and Dave Leestma, N5QWC, Retire from NASA

July 11, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR/ex-KD5CHF, and Dave Leestma, N5WQC, have announced their retirements from NASA. Both operated on ham radio from space, and Thomas, as the last US astronaut to complete a duty tour onboard the Russian Mir space station, conducted several contacts with students on Earth as part of the SAREX program, the predecessor to ARISS.A native of Australia, Thomas, 62, became ...

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of more castle activations over the next few days

RTL-SDR transmitting at 1270 MHz

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ismo Väänänen OH2FTG has demonstrated how a cheap RTL-SDR Dongle can be used as a very low power transmitter on 1270 MHz

Master Class - Portable, learn how to take your hobby with you

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Time is running out to get a place in this free session run by Amateur Radio Victoria

Italian HQ team on the air

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members representing the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI), the Italian Headquarter team, will be active as II0HQ in the IARU HF World Championship

IARU Championship Contest - Special Call VC6IARU

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tim Ellam VE6SH, IARU President, will be operating at the Calgary Amateur Radio Association club station using the special call VC6IARU

German ham team in Namibia

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- By the time you read this, a German team will be active from Namibia using their own callsigns (V5/homecall) and preparing to activate the callsign V55HQ in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th)

CB radio in Shuttle Enterprise naming debate

July 11, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Declassified documents reveal that the reasons given in 1976 for naming a Shuttle Enterprise included the use of CB radio by White House First Lady Betty Ford

Prince Edward Island Man Set to Compete in World Radio Team Championships:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- MONTICELLO -- When the snow is howling around his north shore property, Jeff Briggs grabs a coffee, heads for his shack and talks to the world. Tucked away in his shorefront basement here, Briggs brings the world to his door with an amateur radio set up that can reach every corner of the globe. A wall covered in power amplifiers and radio frequency tuners are connected to a bank of computers and lights. "It's something I've been doing since I was 10," says the transplanted American who, with his wife, now calls the Island his home. "You can learn so much from talking to others." And with about two-million-plus amateur radio operators around the world, there's no shortage of chatter on the line.

Competition Keeps North Hills Amateur Radio Club Talking:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- With a handheld antenna and small radio transmitter, members of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club attempted to contact astronauts more than 200 miles above the Earth's surface. Club members' transmissions to astronauts stationed at the International Space Station were part of the American Radio Relay League's Field Day, a 24-hour event and competition in which amateur licensed radio operators test their equipment and skills to contact other radio operators. The club participated in this year's event, on June 28 and 29, on the grounds surrounding Parkwood United Presbyterian Church in Hampton Township, where the group meets. Members strung wires and antennas into trees to set up three high-frequency stations, which include an antenna and radio, and one digital-mode high-frequency station, in which messages are sent through computer systems that turn keystrokes into audio tones. They all ran on battery power and generators.

Waldo County Hams Well-Equipped, Skilled In Emergency Communications:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- MILBRIDGE, Maine -- Should a major disaster strike midcoast or other parts of Maine rendering normal communications inoperable or degraded, there is a cadre of "amateur" radio operators that can respond and fill in the gap until the communications crisis is over.

Norwell One of 16 Sites for World Radiosport Team Championship:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The World Radiosport Team Championship brings together top amateur - or Ham - radio operators from around the world to see who can contact the most stations in a 24-hour period. Sixteen New England communities, including the Norwell section of Wompatuck State Park, were selected as operating sites for the world's premier amateur radio competition, which takes place July 9-14. The World Radiosport Team Championship brings together top amateur - or Ham - radio operators from around the world to see who can contact the most stations in a 24-hour period.

Amateur Radio Club Attracts Tech Experts:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Pacific digital amateur radio club is turning the city into a high-tech mecca, attracting a stream of technology experts and computer gurus, who also are hams, to use the club's digital repeater, which is still in the process of being installed. Until recently, amateur radio operators, or hams, used analog radios and self-installed towers and repeaters to access radio waves. Now, digital amateur radio allows hams to reach the radio waves through their laptop and desktop computers using new, sophisticated digital technology that some hams are scrambling to learn. But Internet technology (IT) directors, network programmers, software developers and network broadcasters grasp the technology and are joining the Pacific club to help launch amateur radio into the digital age. The club now has 22 members, including a corporate pilot, a commercial tower developer, an IT director, a commercial webpage builder and network manager -- all hams who are making the transition to digital amateur radio.

ARNewsline Report 1926 -- July 11 2014:

July 11, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. The Hawaii to
mainland US opens on VHF just after the 4th
of July weekend; UKube-1 ham radio satellite
successfully launched; a whole new set of
amateur radio regulations to be introduced in
Thailand; Hurricane Watch nets activate for
Hurricane Arthur; a United States lightship
is the 300th registrant for International
Lighthouse and Lightship weekend and a look
at the recent HAM RADIO convention in
Germany. All this and more on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1926 coming your way
right now.

July 10, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #28:

July 10, 2014 11:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
IK1QBT, the Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

FCC Alleges OR Amateur Interfered with Others, Aired Music, Failed to ID:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- In a Notice of Violation (NoV) released June 5, the FCC has alleged that Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL, of
Sweet Home, Oregon, caused malicious interference to other radio
communications on 3908 kHz, transmitted music on the same frequency,
and failed to properly identify.

FCC Turns Away Petition to Allow Non-Certificated Transmitters on GMRS:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making (PRM) filed by a
Florida radio amateur that sought to permit hams who also hold General
Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licenses to operate on GMRS channels with
transmitters that have not been certificated for GMRS use, provided the
transmitter meets GMRS technical standards.

Passengers Must Be Able to Power Up Some Electronics During TSA Screenings:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Airline passengers boarding direct flights to the US from overseas may
be asked to power up certain electronic devices being carried aboard,
including cell phones.

Hurricane Watch Net Shuts Down After 21 Hours of Activation:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) wrapped up
operations around midday on July 5 for Hurricane Arthur -- by then a
tropical cyclone -- headed out over the Canadian Maritimes.

The IARU HF Championship and WRTC-2014!

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This weekend, July 12-13, will present the sort of operating
opportunity that comes along only about as often as leap year -- the
IARU HF Championship and
World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 (WRTC-2014).

W1AW Centennial Operations In Bye Week:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are
on hiatus from July 9 until July 16, during which the 2014 World
Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014) and
the IARU HF Championship take place.

First Signals Heard from UKube-1:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Following its July 8 launch from Kazakhstan, UKube-1 -- the UK Space Agency's first
CubeSat -- has been heard around the world.

AMSAT-NA Announces 2014 Board of Directors Candidates:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT-NA has announced the 2014 candidates for its Board of Directors.
In alphabetical order by last name, they are Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Tom
Clark, K3IO; Steve Coy, K8UD; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Frank Griffin,
K4FEG; Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO; Lou McFadin, W5DID, and JoAnne Maenpaa,
K9JKM.

'Brendan Quest' Team's 2 Meter Signal Copied In the UK:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A group of Amateur Radio operators from Atlantic Canada is operating from Pouch Cove,
Newfoundland, until July 12 in a bid to complete a 2 meter
transatlantic contact and claim the Brendan Quest trophy.

Night Of Nights Marks 15th Anniversary of Last Commercial Morse Operation:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of the last US commercial Morse
operation -- commemorated each year in a "Night of Nights" event in
which historic coast stations KPH and KSM in California and others
across the US reopen briefly and again take to the MF and HF airwaves.

ARDF Enthusiasts Win Medals at 14th Annual USA National Championships:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Newcomers and long-time enthusiasts turned out in early June to take
part in the 14th USA National Championships of Amateur Radio Direction
Finding (ARDF). The events took place June 5-8 in New England, near
Boston.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- In the early 1950s, television interference -- TVI -- became a major
problem for hams. The ARRL took two important steps toward educating
hams and the public about TVI, and how TVI was often the fault of the
TV set, not the ham. Talk about a hard sell!

WARC-79 US Delegate, ARRL Consultant Charles Dorian, W3JPT, (SK):

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Charles "Chuck" Dorian, W3JPT, of Issaquah, Washington, died June 20.
He was 92. Dorian had a long and distinguished history of support to
Amateur Radio and the Amateur-Satellite Service. A veteran member of
the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), Dorian served on the US Amateur
Radio FCC Advisory Committee for World Administrative Radio Conference
1979 (WARC-79), in which Amateur Radio gained the so-called "WARC
bands" -- 30, 17, and 12 meters. His primary focus, however, was the
Amateur-Satellite Service. Dorian and AMSAT's Perry Klein, W3PK,
developed the US Amateur-Satellite positions for WARC-79, and Dorian
was on the US delegation to the international conference. He also
served as a member of the ARRL Long-Range Planning Committee in the
1970s.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the
ARRL National Centennial Convention, taking place
July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of 'Amateur Radio Parity Act':

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote
co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio
Parity Act. The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan
support on June 25, calls on the FCC to apply the "reasonable
accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding
antennas.

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes:

July 10, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The leadership of the ARRL Great Lakes Division has changed. Director Jim Weaver,
K8JE, announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors,
effective on July 7.

ICE Spacecraft Recovery Effort Appears at an Impasse

July 10, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Teachers Institute: Controlling a Robot from Orbit

July 10, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL -- This week, as part of the Teachers Institute hosted at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, teachers were shown a number of ways to use Amateur Radio to captivate students and spark their interests in technology.Instructor Mark Spencer, WA8SME, demonstrated how it was possible to control the movement of a robot via data packets sent through the International Space Station (ISS) digipeat...

USA extends its ILLW lead

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The registered marine navigation in the United States of America for next month's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend now stands at 61 - ahead of Australia and Germany both with 56, followed by England on 26

Timor Leste DXpedition

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The same group who were active as VK9X/K7CO now plan to be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st

Thai hams get special permission for 6 metres

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- RAST has received special permission/license from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) for 6 meters again this year

Solar flare erupts from unexpected source

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The flare itself came as little surprise because there is a phalanx of large sunspots crossing the solar disk. However, the source of the flare was unexpected

A comprehensive review and comparison of benchmark shortwave portables

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you've been seeking a shortwave portable with good sensitivity and SSB, this comprehensive review will give you a chance to hear what are widely considered to be the benchmark portables currently on the market

ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft fires thrusters for a return to Earth

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-DL report a team of engineers, space enthusiasts and radio amateurs have succeeded in firing the thrusters of the NASA-abandoned ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft

Is there still room for the vacuum tube?

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- An interesting story from EE Times Europe. This warms the heart of those of us brought up on Valve technology!

The GAREC-2014 program has plenty of interest

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The emergency communications provided by radio amateurs in the Philippines Super Typhoon will be among many presentations and displays at the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC), on August 14-15 held in conjunction with Alabama's Huntsville Hamfest

Essex school hopes for ISS contact

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Essex Amateur Radio Society (SEARS) reports that pupils at the Winter Gardens School on Canvey Island are hoping to use amateur radio speak to an astronaut on the ISS

Beware of Beryllium

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Beryllium is fairly common in the mobile industry and for many years there has been a fair amount of controversy over its use in electronics

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 10, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A very poor week with the weekend just about rescuing it. Again W1AW is most sort after with ZY14PB (Football Brazil) and EF6 (New King of Spain) in there too

July 09, 2014

In Brief: Scout Sets up Ham Station in Florida Firehouse, plus News Shorts from All Over

July 09, 2014 07:34 PM - ARRL -- Scout Sets Up Firehouse Ham Station for Back-Up Communication: Florida TV station Bay News 9 has reported that an Eagle Scout project turned into an "Everyday Hero" nomination for a Pinellas County teenager. According to Bay News 9, Parker Mitchell, KI4YAV, of Clearwater, Florida, the 18-year-old ham decided to create a backup communications system for a Palm Harbor fire station. "I decided sin...

August Edition of Digital QST Now Available

July 09, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL --

The Old Man: Rotten Damped Spark Stuff

July 09, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL --

Reminder Concerning QST iOS App

July 09, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Repeating a story first published June 27, the ARRL has been notified by the QST iOS app vendor that a serious defect has been discovered that may cause the app to stop functioning.ARRL is in discussions with the vendor to alleviate the problem. Until a solution has been found, however, members are urged to avoid updating their QST iOS apps.This issue does not impact QST Android app users.

Grassroots Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of "Amateur Radio Parity Act"

July 09, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25, would call on the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill's primary spo...

ARRL, FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention

July 09, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the ARRL National Centennial Convention, which takes place July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will join FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, on Friday, July 18, at 4:15 PM, in signing the MOA, which is aimed at fostering increas...

"Night of Nights" 2014 Marks 15th Anniversary of Last US Commercial Morse Operation

July 09, 2014 01:35 PM - ARRL --

First Signals Heard from UKube-1

July 09, 2014 01:35 PM - ARRL --

The World ATV QSO Party

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This annual on-air gathering of those involved in the visual mode of Amateur Television will be held on August 29-30

UKube-1 signals received

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UKube-1 satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1558 UT from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The 145.840 MHz beacon signal was received by the UKube team in Chilbolton at 19:16 UT

UK radio ham copies Canadian 144 MHz signal

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX in Suffolk, UK has received a signal from the Canadian station VC1T on 144 MHz

RAC Annual General Meeting

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada will be having their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 27th in New Westminster, BC

Modifying the Signalink USB Interface

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Geoff White G8APM found that his SignaLink USB interface didn't cover the full 500 Hz to 2500 Hz bandwidth needed for advanced data modes

MARTG's first Hamfest

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Melbourne Amateur Radio Technology Group will be holding their first Hamfest on Sunday Sept 28th

Free On-line Electrical Engineering Course

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) covers Analogue/Digital Electronics, AC/DC Circuits, Electromechanics and an introduction to C programming

First the good news, then the very good news

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- First, Panasonic announced that they will scrap production of Plasma TVs, now Samsung have made a similar announcement - 'Samsung is to stop producing plasma televisions (PDP TVs) by 30 November'

Everyday Hero: Teen creates backup emergency communications system for local fire station

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Florida's Bay News 9 reports on how an Eagle Scout project turned into an Everyday Hero nomination for a Pinellas County teenager

Emilio Carranza Memorial special event

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Burlington County Radio Club (K2TD) are operating the Emilio Carranza Memorial special event station N2M until 2200z, July 13th

Australia's medium wave beacon reaches a century

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Regular readers will know that for most of this year, a home-built test beacon on 473 kHz has operated at Mildura in the north-west of Victoria

Asia Pacific DX Convention 2014

July 09, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Fellow DXers and Contesters are cordially invited to attend the Asia Pacific DX Convention 2014 in Osaka, Japan, which will take place November 14-16th, 2014

Ham Radio Operators More Than Just Enthusiasts:

July 09, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ORANGE PARK -- Despite all of the modern forms of communication, such as smart phones, text messaging, social media and Internet chat, one communication medium is standing the tests of time. Last weekend, ham radio operators from the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services and the Orange Park Amateur Radio Club celebrated the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" in partnership with the American Radio Relay League. The field day - held at Orange Park High School - allowed club members to check their radio equipment to ensure it will work at peak proficiency in the case of an emergency. Local ham radio operators are often called on to augment the communications abilities of emergency services providers around the country. During the height of 2012's Super Storm Sandy, some municipalities in the Northeast Atlantic area completely lost their communications abilities. Unable to direct emergency personnel to where they were needed, those municipalities reached out to the ham radio operators from around the country for help, including those from Clay County. "Sometimes in a storm like that, they can't connect to their responders directly. That's where we come in. We relayed directions for emergency responders letting them know where they were needed," said Scott Roberts, public information officer for Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. "We also relayed messages between family members letting them know their families were safe and sound." In times of catastrophic weather emergencies, the CCARES ham radio operators are ready to help when other forms of media, such as smart phones and other Internet communications fail. "Atmospheric conditions do affect the range of our signals. What's funny is how I can talk to someone in Atlanta and then 10 minutes later Atlanta won't be able to hear me, but someone in Colorado will," Roberts said.

Transatlantic Signal From Pouch Cove Sets Record:

July 09, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- A group of amateur radio enthusiasts set a new record on Monday when they sent a radio signal across the Atlantic ocean from Newfoundland to Europe. Roger Sturtevant, part of the group from Nova Scotia, said they wanted to use new technology to replicate, in reverse, Guglielmo Marconi's 1901 transatlantic signal. He said the group was successful, and managed to send a two-meter (144 MHz) radio signal from Pouch Cove to the U.K., setting a record and surprising many amateur radio enthusiasts. "In our hobby, this is really reaching for the limits -- most people think it could not be done," Sturtevant told the St. John's Morning Show. "Theoretically, perhaps it could. We'd have to have exactly the right conditions at the right time." Sturtevant said the group was thrilled when their message was heard across the Atlantic Ocean, and they weren't the only ones celebrating. "[There were] lots of high fives, and immediately in Europe there were chat pages where amateurs were all looking and they're watching what everyone's trying to do. Many, many operators tried to work our station and all of a sudden the information was just spreading like wildfire amongst radio operators, and by yesterday it basically had gotten around the globe," he said.

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