July 25, 2014

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

July 25, 2014 02:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space. AMSAT reports that it has teamed with Spaceflight Inc for integration and launch services utilizing Spaceflight's SHERPA system to put Fox-1C into a sun-synchronous orbit. Spaceflight describes SHERPA as an "in...

The K7RA Solar Update

July 25, 2014 01:36 PM - ARRL -- Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, Washington, reports: Last Thursday, July 17, there were no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011, to find the last "spotless" day; the Sun exhibited no spots on January 27, 2011, as well.On July 18 two new sunspot regions emerged, but the sunspot number was only 26. Two days later, on Sunday, J...

TX Factor Episode 4 is On The Air!

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor Episode 4 launched this morning at 00.01 BST

Temporary closure of National Radio Centre

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The National Radio Centre will be closed until Wednesday 30th July due to a burst water pipe

Sunspot 652: VHF Aurora in Belgium

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the weekend of 25 July 2004, CMEs attributed to giant Sunspot 652 caused geomagnetic storms and remarkable auroral conditions

ISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO from AMSAT-DL Bochum will be giving a presentation on ISEE-3 (ICE) to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all

How to build and fly your own 2.4 GHz drone

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- BBC TV reports on the enthusiasts who are using 2400 MHz to control their home-made smartphone equipped drones

Homemade radios in North Korea

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- NK News report on homemade radios being used in North Korea

Early activity on 60m from Andorra

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Salvador, C31CT will be QRV from Andorra on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and if it is also possible then Saturday 26th July

ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp, Fleetwood, UK

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with ESA Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, UK

$5 LED DC Volt Meter video

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- While at the SEAPAC Ham Radio Hamfest Randy Hall K7AGE bought a couple of $5 LED digital volt meters

4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

July 25, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.

Just Ahead in Radiosport:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead in Radiosport:

ARRL National Centennial Convention Kicks Off Ham Radio's Second Century:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- With the ARRL National Centennial Convention, July 17-19, now a
part of Amateur Radio history, the League's second century has
arrived! The ARRL welcomed some 3300 visitors to the Connecticut
Convention Center in Hartford for the 3-day event, which went smoothly
for the most part, said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. She noted
that many conventioneers even stayed around for the official closing
ceremony on Saturday afternoon -- and beyond.

Convention Provides Springboard for 'Amateur Radio Parity Act, 'HR.4969:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford,
Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up
co-sponsors for "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" -- HR.4969.

FEMA, ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio 'Resilient':

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area
of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during
the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this
week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference
with other Amateur Radio communications -- in one case by transmitting
music and animal noises -- and failure to properly identify. In similar
Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22,
the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of
Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the
evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at
interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each "has had a
long-standing and well-documented dispute" that had spilled out onto
the air.

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session With Applicants In Antarctica:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several
Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole
Station in Antarctica -- the home of KC4AAA. The examination was the
first administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July
21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states now
are in Indiana and Rhode Island. They will relocate at 0000 UTC on
Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South
Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the
air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it
will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable
operations.

Ham Radio Aids In Rescue Of Injured Colorado Hiker:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- While Bill Eberle, AB0MY, of Boulder, Colorado, and his wife Mary were
hiking in the back country on July 21, they encountered a team of
paramedics rendering aid to a 67-year-old man -- Michael Schuett, of
Bloomfield, Colorado -- who had lost his footing while crossing a
stream. Schuett had struck his head on a boulder and was found
unconscious and face down in the water by another hiker, who had pulled
him to safety. The paramedics, en route to a youth camp, also had
stumbled onto the scene.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls The Plug On Its System:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service
provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern
technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL
system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website.

ARRL Dedicates Centennial Terrace to Honor Major Donors:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Visitors to ARRL Headquarters will be greeted with something new in the
area in front of the main entrance. Complementing the terrace of
memorial bricks and benches on the left side of the entrance, a new
Centennial Terrace on the right side of the main entrance was dedicated on July 17 at a
ribbon-cutting and reception held in conjunction with the ARRL National
Centennial Convention.

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor K1JT to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Among the things the Amateur Radio community can count on in its second
century, according to Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, is that ham
radio will continue to thrive and serve the public interest. While his
primary topic at his standing-room-only presentation on July 19 during
the ARRL National Centennial Convention was "DXing with Weak Signals
and Beyond," Taylor -- who detailed the development of his WSJT suite
of "weak-signal" DSP software -- also broke out his crystal ball.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

July 25, 2014 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- During the decade of the 1960s and subsequently, Gus Browning, W4BPD,
traveled the world and operated from over 100 countries, many of them
extremely rare ones and sometimes the first ham operation for that
country. Gus was an ordinary guy, always a gentleman, and an
unflappable pileup operator. He was the first DXer elected to the DX
Hall of Fame.

July 24, 2014

Radio Amateurs Named to Order of Canada

July 24, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL -- Two radio amateurs were among those recently named to the Order of Canada. The list of recipients included telecommunications researcher Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.Rawat was honored as a "Companion of the Order of Canada" for contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for rad...

Ham Radio Aids in Rescue of Injured Colorado Hiker

July 24, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL --

Radio planning for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless Magazine interviews radio amateur John Dundas GM0OPS, the radio communication services manager for Glasgow 2014, about spectrum planning for the Commonwealth Games

Ofcom: 2.4 and 5 GHz Amateur Radio Bands

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a Call for Inputs to help inform its understanding of the actions required to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). This could mean using Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service spectrum

New Thailand Ham Radio Regs

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new amateur radio regulations for Thailand's 247,000 radio hams become effective on July 24, 2014

Mid Ulster club on Coney Island

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be activating 'Coney Island' in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, this weekend

Centenarian Ham Ken Pollard W1RPK now a Silent Key

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Monday, 100 year old amateur radio operator Ken Pollard W1RPK of Windsor, Vermont became a Silent Key

Hiker thankful for rescuers and ham radio operators

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Daily Camera reports that radio amateurs provided assistance to an injured hiker in Boulder County

Ham Radio Skills Night success

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, July 21, saw the 7th Amateur Radio Skills Night run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), at the Village Hall in Danbury

Energise your radio club

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Richard G3CWI has visited nearly 40 radio clubs in the last 18 months. He has noticed that clubs seem to be at their best when they have a project to do

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 24, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The worst week for two, maybe three years. What more can I say, repeat of last week W1AW still going strong and V5/DJ7JC (Namibia) in on Monday and Tuesday

Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference:

July 24, 2014 04:34 AM - eHam.net News -- WASHINGTON -- A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for "intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification." Ham frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them. "Deliberate interference undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing communications among licensed users that comply with the commission's rules," the FCC censure stated. "In addition, the failure to transmit call sign information disrupts the orderly administration of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission's source. Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by the Enforcement Bureau about causing interference to other amateur radio operators, warranting an increased penalty." Crow was the second ham operator this week to be fined by the FCC. Michael Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., was fined $22,000 for monopolizing the ham frequency with prerecorded music and "animal sounds," according to the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture describing his violation. Guernsey was said to be involved in a "long-standing and well-documented dispute" with fellow ham operators on the frequency.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls the Plug on its System

July 24, 2014 12:32 AM - ARRL -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website."The failure of the Cincinnati system will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with BPL technology," sa...

July 23, 2014

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica

July 23, 2014 11:33 PM - ARRL --

Ham Radio Operators Help Rescue Injured Hiker:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Three ham radio operators relaying messages helped rescue a man injured on a backcountry hiking trail. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a ham radio operator was hiking on the Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday when he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt. The ham radio operator in Boulder County contacted a second ham radio operator in Colorado Springs, who then called 911 dispatchers in Boulder County to replay the message. A third ham radio operator with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was able to confirm the location of the hiker and his injuries. "This was a huge benefit to the rescuers," deputies said.

Ham Stations to Provide Public Service During Storms:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio, or ham radio as it's called on the inside, means a lot to those who are members of this relatively unknown club. "We hide in plain view," said ham radio aficionado Martin Wade. "There's only one [set of ham call letters for you] in the world. Sometimes we're so proud of them we even put them on our tombstone." But in the near future, ham radio could mean a lot to residents of Terrebonne and southern Lafourche parishes during times of emergency. That's because Wade serves as the broadcast committee chairman of the Bayou Regional Amateur Radio Society. The group is slated to bring public service radio - a resource that could prove invaluable during state of emergency times - to the Houma metro area as well as a portion of southern Lafourche parish. Wade says the FCC granted the bayou region two amateur radio licenses in February to operate low-power FM signals. One station will be located in Galliano and the other will be located in Houma. According to the FCC, the antenna cannot exceed 100 feet in height and cannot transmit at a power greater than 100 watts, Wade says. The signals will broadcast roughly 10 square miles, according to Wade. "We'll be able to cover everything out to Bayou Cane with a clear signal and everything as a far south probably about to Chauvin without any problems. It'll pretty much cover the Houma metropolitan area, and south Lafourche we'll be able to cover Galliano, Golden Meadow, Cut Off and possibly southern Larose with a workable signal." The mission of the stations will be to provide community service programming in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Scientists Baffled as Sun Spots Disappear During Peak of Solar Activity:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event.' Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active.

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July

SARL HF Phone Contest

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League HF Phone Contest starts the CQ Southern Africa series of contests in August

GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15

G4BUO's Pacific Tour

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- By the time you read this, Dave, G4BUO, will be in the Pacific and making his way to Vanuatu (YJ, IOTA OC-035)

French Callsign Database

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- ICQ Podcast highlights the French callsign database which can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF

European Communications Office 2013 Report

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio gets a brief mention in the ECO 2013 report which was released July 22

Eire Ham Radio Licence Exam

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS report that just 17 candidates sat the radio amateurs exam in May

Drone records ham radio contest station

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- An enthusiast used his four rotor drone to take a video of an amateur radio 70 MHz contest station on the Isle of Wight

Chewing the rag with India's Ham Radio operators

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- NDTV reports on amateur radio, the first social network

BATC to webstream Space Colloquium

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Volunteers from the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will be webstreaming the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place July 26-27 in Guildford

434 MHz Codec2 Walkie Talkie

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike McCauley VK4AMM reports he has developed a 434 MHz Walkie Talkie using the amateur radio Codec2 digital voice mode

144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels in the 144 MHz band between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used at the Commonwealth Games July 22 to Aug 4

FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs

July 23, 2014 01:32 AM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island

July 23, 2014 12:33 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 23 (the evening of July 22 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Rhode Island (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable...

July 22, 2014

FCC Issues K3VR $11,500 NAL:

July 22, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News --

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark:

July 22, 2014 08:36 PM - eHam.net News -- Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur
Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers
have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing
technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched
into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two
Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani,
VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said
that VO-52's lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was
officially decommissioned on July 21.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer:

July 22, 2014 08:36 PM - eHam.net News -- It's nice to see federal authorities taking explicit note of the role of ham radio in times of disaster, and even nicer to see the government building upon that. Amateur radio proponents have long emphasized their service's role in emergencies and their relationships with emergency and government authorities. Now FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security, has signed a memo of understanding with the American Radio Relay League to increase their cooperation."This agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource," they said in a statement. Echoing a theme that Radio World readers know well, the announcement quoted FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate calling radio "one of the most resilient communications technologies we have." He continued: "When the power is out and telecommunications are down, the amateur radio community can serve as a vital resource in support of emergency responders and survivors during a disaster." They said their memo outlines ways in which the two organizations will cooperate to carry out their responsibilities, "with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster."

FCC Issues KZ8O $22,000 NAL

July 22, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News --

VK balloon reaches Brazil

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A small Australian high-altitude balloon VK3YT-8 has reached the South American country of Brazil, and is now believed headed further east

UK 434 MHz balloon reaches Alaska

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A party balloon carrying a solar-powered 434 MHz transmitter launched by Leo Bodnar M0XER from Silverstone UK travelled east across Asia and has now reached Alaska

Radio Amateur operates RSL Station

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike Coles 2E1GZZ is the Station Director for New Life Radio, which goes on-the-air on Saturday, 26th July

Man wins a Kenwood TS-480SAT for £1 !

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- That's right! One lucky customer won a brand new Kenwood TS-480SAT courtsey of Kenwood Electronics UK and MLandS at the McMichael rally on the 13th July 2014

ILLW has another virgin lighthouse

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Added to the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held in three week's time is another virgin registration, this time from Portugal

Goodbye HAMSAT-VO52 - Rest In Peace

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-India's ham radio satellite VO-52, launched on May 5, 2005 ceased operation on July 11, 2014. During over 9 years, it proved to be a valuable communications resource for the amateur radio community

First Transatlantic decode of the Opera Beacon on 6 meters

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- At 14:27 21 July, Dave, WD4KPD located in Washington, decoded the first Opera beacon transmission from Graham, G0NBD, at -18 dB s/n, at a range of 3664 miles

July 21, 2014

The Inaugural Victorian D-Star Users Group Meeting:

July 21, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- The inaugural Victorian D-Star users group meeting will be held at the EMDRC Clubrooms in Burwood, Saturday 2nd August from 10am. Everyone is Welcome. The first meeting will include a Skype hook up with Michael Carey VK5ZEA. Michael will be giving a presentation on "Whats new in D-Star"

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

July 21, 2014 07:34 PM - ARRL -- Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into geosynchronous orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani...

K4ERO Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 21, 2014 05:36 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the July QST Cover Plaque award is John Stanley, K4ERO, for his article "Using Triangular Waves to Test and Tune Linear Amplifiers."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 August issue today.

The 'walkie talkie' dongle that means you'll never be out of touch with your friends

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new gadget can turn your phone into a 'walkie talkie' - even if you have no phone coverage

Romanian Web Site Special Event

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station YR10RRO to be active between July 24th and August 3rd. Activity is to celebrate the 10th anniversary and launch of the Romanian web site Radioamator.ro

Japan DX Meeting 2014

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Japan DX Meeting 2014' will be held at 14:30 local time on August 23rd in Tokyo at the 'Time24' building near the 'Telecom Center'

History This Week

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Hamfest India 2014 - Hyderabad

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hamfest India 2014 will be held on 8th and 9th November 2014 in Hyderabad

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-July, through Sunday, 20th-July there were 209 countries active

ComReg 5 Year Amateur Radio Licence notification process

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- In June 2009, Ireland's regulator ComReg, introduced a new Amateur Station Licensing scheme under the Wireless Telegraphy (Amateur Station Licence) Regulations 2009

Bill Moore, NC1L seriously injured in road accident

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago. His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms

AMSAT-UK Colloquium 26-27 July 2014

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held this weekend of July 26-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK. The event is open to all

ARS Flight of the Bumblebees

July 21, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 27

July 20, 2014

HI2DX Saona Island DXpedition NA-122:

July 20, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Saona Island was baptized "Saona" by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it
in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas. The name was meant
"... to honor Michele da Cuneo, [Columbus'] friend from Savona.

An Engineer's Field Day:

July 20, 2014 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- First, what is Field Day? It is an amateur radio event that is part contest, part emergency preparedness exercise, and part public demonstration of amateur radio. In my opinion, it's also a lot of fun. After all, what could be better than combining camping and radio with plenty of food and drink in the company of friends? Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is primarily a North American event. It takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. Unlike most ham radio events, this one encourages clubs and other groups to set up operation out in public locations, instead of at our home stations. The first Field Day was held in 1933, when an announcement in ARRL's QST magazine prompted several hams to operate using portable stations. This was not a trivial matter, given that these were vacuum tube radios. The event was a success, so it was repeated the following year and has been running ever since (except during World War II, when all ham activity was banned in the USA). What does it take to operate a portable ham station? The essential items for a ham station are a radio transceiver, a microphone, an antenna, a feed-line to connect the radio to the antenna, and some way to power the radio and any accessories. This doesn't seem like much, but -- like most things -- it's often easier said than done. Of course, once you have the basics, there are some other things that are really useful and nice to have, like a table and chair. Since the event lasts for 24 hours, you also need shelter, food, and lights. Now consider that, as a club, you are going to set up several stations with a number of club members, who all have their own ideas on how things should be done. The complexity increases rapidly with the number of stations and the number of members, so the challenge is to use equipment brought by a dozen people or so to put several stations on the air simultaneously.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity has sharply declined

IOTA DXpedition to Saona Island

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saona is the destination of Hotel India DX Club, Inc and a high skill team formed in a joint effort with Loma Del Toro Contest Group, Radio Club Dominicano, Inc and Union Dominicana de Radioaficionados (UDRA) being called 'Saona Dxpediton 2014 Dream Team'

How King of Jordan paid secret visits to Coventry radio hams

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Coventry Telegraph reports on the time when King Hussein JY1 dropped into Wyken to visit fellow radio amateurs who 'got him out of extreme trouble'

HamRadioNow: Amateur Radio Parity Act

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary KN4AQ explains where he's been (a 3-week pod-fade), talks about the DCC video KICKSTARTER that's doing well despite being 'untended' since it's launch, and the Amateur Radio Parity Act

AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium coming soon

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place July 25-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom

7 overnight decodes of F5ZAL 2-metre beacon by EA5DOM

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following the addition of the Opera OP05 coding to the F5ZAL beacon, this is one of the more unexpected reception reports, where due to the relative location of Tx / Rx, in this case, separated by a 3000 ft mountain range, direct reception is not possible

RSGB IOTA Contest

July 20, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Jul 26 to 1200Z, Jul 27

County Hunters CW Contest

July 20, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z-2400Z, Jul 26 and 1400Z-2400Z, Jul 27

July 19, 2014

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for "Amateur Radio Parity Act," HR.4969

July 19, 2014 11:32 PM - ARRL --

Irving Club Teaches Ham Radio Use, Serves With Emergency Communications:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Dennis Riise said he first took an interest in ham radios in the early 1950s when he was in high school, because it opened up the world. "The interesting part for me," said Riise, an Irving resident, "was that then the only way you could talk to people in other states was on a telephone -- long distance." Riise has been working with ham radios for more than 50 years now. He operates under the call sign K5AVT and helped found the Irving Amateur Radio Club in 1955. Today, the nonprofit organization helps operators get their FCC licenses and provides communications support to the city during events and emergencies while also encouraging ham radio use. "It has a different appeal to everyone who tries it," said club secretary Bob Alexander, call sign W5AH.

Hospital Has SPARC of Security:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Beaumont is ready for any kind of natural disaster: the city and the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) have partnered to provide ham radio operations at City Hall in the event of a disaster that could interrupt communications between cities and residents. The service is now in place in the Emergency Services Department office at the civic center. Rick Cook, emergency services coordinator, said he is very pleased to be working with the amateur radio club. "They're the backbone of communications, in my opinion," said Cook. A Homeland Security grant was secured to buy the two radios - UHF/VF, and AF. The UHF is ultra-high; VHF is very high; and AF is high frequency. The radios are the same ones that are being used by San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and some of the senior communities including Sun Lakes and Solera.

Woburn Ham Radio Operator Participates in D-Day Reenactment:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur or "ham" radio operators have a long and colorful history not only in the U.S., but throughout the world, and they have played critical roles at important times. Last month, hams from throughout North America and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day by replicating the beachhead communications of the invasion. Among the participants was Woburn resident Dennis Kenney, who is a member of the U.S. Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). The D-Day drill called for operators from MARS stations to reach out with short wave radio, using minimal power and simple wire antennas for transmission. As some operators did 70 years ago, Kenney experienced a problem with wire communications. When he started up his radio, he realized he could hear nothing on any of the frequencies. He tried his backup radio and still no contacts "I went out back to check on the antenna," said Kenney, "and I saw my antenna cable burned and dangling from the tree with nothing connected to it."

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- HARTFORD -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensible in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group. "Because you have so much technology on an every-day daily basis, you don't understand that it's not that survivable in a disaster," said Fugate, who holds a ham license. "When all else fails, we need to partner with amateur radio. We look at amateur radio as the last line of defense."

How The King of Jordan Paid Secret Visits to Coventry Radio Enthusiast:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- In the league of unlikely-but-true Red Button stories, the disclosure that the Vatican owns parts of Cheylesmore has reigned supreme. Until now, with the revelation that King Hussein of Jordan secretly visited a radio ham who lived a few doors down from the Painted Lady pub in Longfellow Road, Wyken. The story is based largely on handed down accounts of an unlikely friendship between the monarch and Harry Burton. So a search is now on for the holy grail of evidence: the late Harry's visitors' book. The chairman of Coventry Amateur Radio Society, Brian Leathley-Andrew has no doubts that the meetings took place, but the reason for the friendship is cloaked in mystery. As an enthusiastic Caludon Castle schoolboy Brian used to visit Harry to learn more about transmitting radio conversations around the world. Though the king was a life-long ham - known as the "friendly voice" of call sign JY1 - Brian believes the root of the friendship was more dramatic than a shared interest. "The rumour was that Harry got him out of extreme trouble. I can only surmise from what well- placed people have said was that Harry saved his life." Brian who is a retired photographer and sound engineer was unaware of the royal link when he visited "helpful family man" Harry who encouraged his passion for the hobby. "From what I know now, the King visited incognito, about four times, maybe in the late fifties or sixties," he said.

Propagation de K7RA

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and on Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011

Using lightweight masts

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Lightweight portable masts make all forms of portable operating easy. But using them requires a few skills to get the best results

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