October 23, 2014

RSGB Silent Keys

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB website contains obituaries submitted by friends and relatives of Silent Keys

Lots of solar flares

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Space Weather report solar activity is high. In just 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity

Indian hams communicate disaster traffic

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The worst affected areas in coastal India hit by the recent severe Cyclone HudHud were reliant on Amateur Radio communications for more than a week

Ham radio groups eyed in anti-crime drive

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Inquirer reports that radio amateurs may be involved in the Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-criminality campaign

GB1SS for Space Station

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report that on October 9 Ofcom confirmed that the callsign GB1SS will be made available for issue to UK astronauts who wish to operate from the ISS

ARISS contact planned with Explorers Club, New York City

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with The Explorers Club, New York City, New York

Amateur Radio Moon Mission

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Air and Space magazine reports a Luxembourg company sends a payload where no amateur radio satellite has ever gone

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

October 23, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A very good week with loads of DX about

October 22, 2014

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

October 22, 2014 09:35 PM - ARRL -- The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows."Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge," said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bo...

ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a "Clean Sweep" is Coming Up!

October 22, 2014 08:36 PM - ARRL -- In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November Sweepstakes events. Always a fall favorite "Sweeps" is the longest-running "domestic" contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and r...

ARRL Regional Centennial Conventions Wrap Up with Pacificon

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CQ reconsiders policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

October 22, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests

VK Pico balloon flights test weak signals

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- A party-type Pico balloon carrying a payload was launched from Melbourne on Saturday October the 18th and tracked to Tamworth News South Wales, between Sydney and Brisbane

VK3 Dstar User Group Meeting

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Next Saturday 25th October, the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club, Burwood will host the 2nd VK3 Dstar users group meeting from 11am at the clubs rooms in Burwood

RTÉ longwave closure postponed

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The imminent closure of the Irish public broadcaster's longwave service we reported last week has been postponed until January 19, 2015. Its original shut down date was next week, October 27

MacLoggerDX Version 5.55 Yosemite release

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.55 of MacLoggerDX has been released

ILLW 2015 heads slowly to the ton

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Registrations for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held next August number 75, with nearly half being Australian representing all states

Ham Radio in West Bengal

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- ZeeNews reports that members of the West Bengal Amateur Radio Club recently met Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi to make headway into the process of popularising the concept among the youth

Feature on African radio

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday's Radio 4 Today programme had the first of a three part series about African media technology, presented by Alan Kasujja of the BBC World Service

CARS Skills Night takes off

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Over 50 amateurs gathered in Danbury on Monday, for the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Skills Night

BVWS Swapmeet

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society is a society of approximately 1300 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment

Basildon JOTA hits the headlines

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The successful Jamboree On The Air weekend, held for the Basildon District Scouts, was reported in the Southend-on-Sea and Basildon editions of the Echo newspaper on Tuesday

ATV activity in Ireland

October 22, 2014 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ronnie EI9ED reports that EI2SDR is sending pictures of Dublin Bay on frequency 2390 MHz from 3Rock

The Explorers Club Allows Guests to Speak with Astronauts:

October 22, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Explorers Club will allow guests at its Saturday "Space Stories" talk to make contact with astronauts overhead on the International Space Station via the club's amateur ham radio. One catch: NASA insisted on vetting questions in advance.

'Ham Radio Can Counter Dark Side of Social Networking':

October 22, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Kolkata: Amateur or ham radio can counter the negative effects of social networking by providing a safer and alternative route for making friends worldwide, according to a licensed ham operator based in West Bengal. "Today, social networking's dark side (like fake profiles) are affecting the youth. If popularized, the ham radio can be used by them to forge friendships with good people," Amabarish Nag Biswas, a licenced amateur radio operator and founder of the West Bengal Radio Club, told a news agency. He was part of the three-member team that helped in establishing communication base during the relief operations in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud. Cyclonic storm Hudhud caused severe damage to Visakhapatnam city and coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh while some districts of adjoining Odisha have also been affected. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) were deployed by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and Andhra Police department to "establish temporary fail-proof communication system" in the cyclone-hit districts of the states.

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

October 22, 2014 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- (Hicksville, NY - October 21, 2014) -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

October 22, 2014 02:32 AM - ARRL -- CQ has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL's DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by "a large number of contesters around the world" that CQ was unfairly de...

October 21, 2014

IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, Presented with IEC 1906 Award

October 21, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE/AD7IY, has been presented with the IEC 1906 Award. Kootz received the award during the plenary session of CISPR (the Special International Committee on Radio Interference) held in Frankfurt on October 20. Kootz represents the IARU at the international standardization organization, overseeing the protection of radio reception. CISPR was founded in 1934 to...

ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening

October 21, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- Beginning at 6 pm tomorrow evening (2200 UTC on Wednesday, October 22nd), ARRL Headquarters systems will be taken down to perform maintenance functions. This will impact operations of Logbook of The World, Online DXCC, the Centennial websites, and e-mail coming in and out of the building. E-mail sent to ARRL HQ will be queued for delivery once the systems are restored to operational status.The ...

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23!

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - ARRL -- Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction will get underway at 1400 UTC on Thursday, October 23. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books."We also have a number o...

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input on 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - ARRL -- A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, had called for a Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking d...

York-Area Scouts Use Ham Radios to Talk to Scouts Around the World:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The legend surrounding the source of ham radio's name sounds like a bad punchline, but Brad Kline says he's heard it's the truth. Here's how it goes: In the radio's early days, the amateur radio users kept talking too much, hogging the airwaves, Kline said. "They kept hamming it up," said Kline, a member and one-time president of the York-area Keystone VHF Club, a 140-member organization of ham enthusiasts. So government officials began to refer to them derisively as "hams," but the amateur radio operators readily appropriated the moniker, said Kline, whose call sign is KO3T -- now, they call themselves "hams."

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather for Annual Greeneville Hamfest:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The second annual HAMfest for ameuter radio enthusiasts brought an estimated crowd of 400 to the event held Saturday. Vendors came from as far way as Wisconsin and Alabama for the indoor and outdoor flea-market-style festival at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Enthusiasts browsed booths offering radio equipment, accessories and other electronic equipment associated with amateur radio. "We keep growing every year. From beginners to professionals, it's a great event for anyone interested in amateur radio," said Larry White, president of the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Kalamazoo:

October 21, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Amateur radio operators got together in Kalamazoo Sunday for the 32nd Annual Ham Fest at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. Vendors showed off radios, new and old. The event was hosted by the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team. "There are so many things that amateur radio does and is able to do, shortwave communications are all around the world, direct, not through repeaters or through the internet, although we can do things on the internet," said HamFest Workgroup Treasurer Chip Locke. Ham radios are also used during natural disasters when modern technology fails.

Indonesia's New President, Vice President are Radio Amateurs

October 21, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- Indonesia's new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees.President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee.Elected in July, Jokowi, 53, a former furniture exporter, and Kalla, 72, were inaugurated on October 20 in Jakarta. Indonesia is the world's third-largest democracy, with a population of approxi...

The 2015 Edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is Now Available!

October 21, 2014 03:37 PM - ARRL -- The 2015 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is now shipping, and, while supplies last, you can get the hard-cover edition for the soft-cover price. The ARRL Handbook provides the theory, practical information, and construction details to expand your knowledge and skill as an Amateur Radio operator and experimenter.This 92nd edition of The ARRL Handbook is at the forefront of the growing fie...

Edge of Space Sciences Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio to Launch October 25

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Scouts participate in ON8RT ON4EM EmComm exercise and Red-Cross community preparedness demonstration

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scouts from 1st.Brussels (British) Scouts voluntarily participated at a youth-oriented EmComm Exercise and Red-Cross Community Preparedness Demonstration on Sunday the 19th. of October 2014 during 2014 JOTA-JOTI

Nosy Be Island DXpedition

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in Madagascar from October 21st to November 4th, will be on air

New HF network planned

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- NextGov.com highlights a plan by the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an HF radio network to link up medical facilities in case of an emergency that knocks out other communications

NASA TV coverage of U.S. cargo ship's departure from the ISS

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25

IARU seeks to rein in electromagnetic interference

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) has called upon ITU signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of 'electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,' does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations

Ham radio operators link on global airwaves

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some amateur radio JOTA groups invited the local press to attend last weekend's event and the stories are now appearing in print

CQ Hou Koers

October 21, 2014 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Hou Koers is the amateur radio communications day of the Voortrekkers in South Africa and Namibia

October 20, 2014

ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

October 20, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- On Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience.

IARU Administrative Council Resolution Seeks to Rein in Electromagnetic Interference

October 20, 2014 08:35 PM - ARRL -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of "electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks," does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. The Council adopted a reso...

4M Moon Orbiter Carrying Ham Radio Payload to Launch on October 23

October 20, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, is set to launch from China, attached to the final stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch will take place within a narrow window on October 23, with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October 28. Integration of the LX0OHB-4M Amateur Radio payload was completed on October 12. D...

Radio Amateurs Play a Role in Separate Storm Responses

October 20, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported.Hurricane GonzaloHurricane Gonzalo, the stronger of the two storms, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made a near-direct hit on Bermuda on...

W1AW Centennial Operations are West Virginia and Nevada Bound

October 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Alabama and Michigan. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 22 (the evening of October 21 in US time zones), to West Virginia (W1AW/8) and Nevada (W1AW/7). W1AW/KH0 also will be active until October 21 from Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. So far during 2014, W...

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

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