April 27, 2017

WIA Quiet on AGM Motions on Notice:

April 27, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Wireless Institute of Australia will hold the Annual General Meeting in May at Hahndorf in South Australia. The meeting will be the single venue where the WIA membership can obtain detailed and direct information from the outgoing board, which in an emphatic vote by the membership sees six new faces take office at the conclusion of the meeting.

Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13

April 27, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests on Saturday, May 13 to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD). Armed Forces Day is May 20, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event will take place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention. Complete information, including...

April 26, 2017

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Baker Island DXpedition Compatibility

April 26, 2017 11:34 PM - ARRL -- The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) appears open to a DXpedition to Baker Island in the Pacific, which has not been activated for 15 years. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List. On April 24, the FWS released a Draft Compatibility Determination for Amateur Radio Operation for public review and comment. The comme...

ARRL to Offer QSL Wall at Hamvention

April 26, 2017 11:34 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year 2017

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year nominations must be received by May 31, 2017. The award presentation will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August 19

SARL National Convention

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League National Convention which includes the Annual General Meeting and the Awards Dinner takes place at Bergvallei in Muldersdrift just north of Johannesburg on Saturday 6 May 2017

Market Reef

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Pasi, OH3WS, will once again be active as OJ0W from Market Reef (EU-053) between May 6-7th

Heads up: An invasion is coming

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Fairborn Daily Herald has published a warning that thousands of radio amateurs will descend on the area to attend the Xenia Hamvention

Financial reporting for standalone landline telephone services

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Earlier this year, Ofcom announced plans to cut the bills of more than two million customers who buy only a landline telephone service from BT, by at least £5 per month

ARISS contact planned for school in Katerini, Greece

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station contact has been planned for cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with a school in Katerini, Greece. The event is scheduled Saturday April 29, 2017 at approximately 12.02 UTC

AMSAT-UK test ESEO payload command uplink

April 26, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-UK are providing an amateur radio 1260/145 MHz FM transponder and a 145 MHz BPSK telemetry beacon for the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) satellite

International Girls in ICT Day:

April 26, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- International Girls in ICT Day takes place on 27 April 2017. It is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience technology in a whole new light. The initiative, backed by all ITU member states, aims to create a global environment that encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies.

Heads Up: An Invasion is Coming:

April 26, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It seems to me that folks hereabouts should be forewarned that in a few weeks we will be subjected to what might be called an "invasion." Oh, it won't be by zombies, aliens from outer space, or locusts -- nope, it's going to be by very friendly "Hams", known more formally as "amateur radio operators." Yep, thousands of Hams are expected to converge on our county fairgrounds for a three day event known as the "Hamvention." Okay, what's going on? Well, for a number of years the Dayton amateur radio organization (known as DARA) has sponsored the largest assemblage of amateur radio operators in the world. This gathering, which became known as "Hamvention," was held at the Hara Arena, but that venue has now closed so Hamvention needed a new home. After investigating a number of possibilities and with the cooperation and concurrence of local officials, DARA selected our fairgrounds as the new site for Hamvention. (Note: our county has amateur radio organizations in Bellbrook, Fairborn, and Xenia with a total membership of several hundred Hams, many of whom are also members of DARA. All three local groups work with DARA in making Hamvention a success.)

Ham Talk Live 62 -- Spurious Emissions Band:

April 26, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ROCK ON! This week on Ham Talk Live!, the
Spurious Emissions Band is our guest. They
will be talking about their band members,
their music, and their upcoming annual
concert at the Contest SuperSuite during
Hamvention weekend. We'll listen in on
their rehearsal, and you'll have a chance
to talk to some of the band members.

April 25, 2017

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Sets New US Record for Time in Space

April 25, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL --

SERF 2018 - The SUNDAY Eastbourne Radio Rally!

April 25, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The New SUNDAY Eastbourne Radio Rally is now confirmed!
It is our great pleasure to announce that, following recent feedback from visitors and traders for our 2018 event onwards, we have successfully secured a SUNDAY, at the Eastbourne Sports Park, for future rally events in the South

Satellite operation planned for Armed Forces Day - W2GSB

April 25, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will operate a special event station W2GSB/APM at the American Airpower Museum located at the historic Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY, May 20-21, 2017

D-STAR Gateway Version 3 ('G3') software now available to repeater keepers in the UK

April 25, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RS-RP3C gateway software which is being rolled out across the globe is now available from Icom UK

Charlie Tango DX Branches Out

April 25, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Charlie Tango DX Group has branched out into the world of websites, domains and hosting. This is not for financial gain as some would think

2017 CSVHFS Conference - Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters

April 25, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Central States VHF Society is soliciting papers, presentations, and posters/tabletop displays for the 51st annual Central States VHF Society Conference, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 27-30 July, 2017 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

Annual 'Hamfest' Features all things about Ham Radio:

April 25, 2017 11:35 AM - eHam.net News -- The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club, or VOMARC, is holding its annual Amateur Radio Relay League Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., in Sonoma. Admission is free for the Hamfest. The event will include a walk-in Volunteer Examiner license exam session for anyone interested in attaining their amateur radio license with registration starting at 9 a.m. and testing for all license elements immediately following. There will be a radio and electronics swap meet with both indoor and outdoor spaces available and mounds of electronics goodies for sale. Sellers can start setting up at 7 a.m. with spaces renting for $10. Space will be made available at no charge for amateur radio organizations, local nonprofits or other public service agencies for informational tables and displays. The club will serve a breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., including eggs, sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes, juice and coffee or tea for $8. Ongoing radio demonstrations will include an operating low power QRP radio station, emergency communications vehicles from local public safety agencies, a display of homebuilt equipment, the club swap table and a beginner's D.F., or direction finding, transmitter hunt. VOMARC member Mike Miller, WB6TMH, is organizing the hidden transmitter hunt. Participants use a radio receiver and directional antenna to track the signal to a transmitter hidden around the Veterans building.

Cassini, Voyager Missions Give New Picture of Sun's Interaction with Galaxy

April 25, 2017 11:35 AM - eHam.net News -- New data from NASA's Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from the sun -- calling into question the alternate view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind the sun in the shape of a long comet tail. The sun releases a constant outflow of magnetic solar material -- called the solar wind -- that fills the inner solar system, reaching far past the orbit of Neptune. This solar wind creates a bubble, some 23 billion miles across, called the heliosphere. Our entire solar system, including the heliosphere, moves through interstellar space. The prevalent picture of the heliosphere was one of comet-shaped structure, with a rounded head and an extended tail. But new data covering an entire 11-year solar activity cycle show that may not be the case: the heliosphere may be rounded on both ends, making its shape almost spherical. A paper on these results was published in Nature Astronomy on April 24, 2017. "Instead of a prolonged, comet-like tail, this rough bubble-shape of the heliosphere is due to the strong interstellar magnetic field -- much stronger than what was anticipated in the past -- combined with the fact that the ratio between particle pressure and magnetic pressure inside the heliosheath is high," said Kostas Dialynas, a space scientist at the Academy of Athens in Greece and lead author on the study. An instrument on Cassini, which has been exploring the Saturn system over a decade, has given scientists crucial new clues about the shape of the heliosphere's trailing end, often called the heliotail. When charged particles from the inner solar system reach the boundary of the heliosphere, they sometimes undergo a series of charge exchanges with neutral gas atoms from the interstellar medium, dropping and regaining electrons as they travel through this vast boundary region. Some of these particles are pinged back in toward the inner solar system as fast-moving neutral atoms, which can be measured by Cassini.

Nominations Sought for Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year 2017!

April 25, 2017 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Time Is Running Out, We Are Searching For The Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham Of The Year 2017!

New BCM-144 Mobile Radio Now Shipping:

April 25, 2017 03:35 AM - eHam.net News -- BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce the availability of BCM-144 Mobile Radio for the
amateur radio market.

New BCM-440 Mobile Radio Now Shipping:

April 25, 2017 03:35 AM - eHam.net News -- BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce the availability of BCM-440 Mobile Radio for the
amateur radio market.

April 24, 2017

WRTC 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters

April 24, 2017 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July, will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the time of the event. Prospective participants need only to apply. The international event July 12-16, 2018, will feature 42 competing teams. This will mark Germany's first time hosting a WRTC, which takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Cham...

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect

April 24, 2017 08:33 PM - ARRL -- NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes. This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejectio...

UKQRM launches new campaign

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- UKQRM have launched a campaign to encourage the main political parties to acknowledge the radio-spectrum pollution problems and embrace a set of election pledges to dissolve Ofcom and create a new radio-regulator

IRTS Technical Panel

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS Technical Panel is a group of volunteers who have expertise in, or experience of, different aspects of amateur radio. Our aim is to help radio amateurs with technical or operational problems

Guatemala satellite operation planned 24-27 April

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- David Maciel, XE3DX, announced that from 24-27 April he will make a trip to Guatemala which will include grids EK43, EK45, EK54, EK55 and EK56

Geomagnetic storms continue

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Following on the heels of Saturday's unexpected CME impact, our planet is now moving into a stream of high speed (700 km/s) solar wind. This is re-energizing geomagnetic activity around Earth's poles

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 98

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder. Have you ever looked at an ugly radio and blurted it out loud to the proud owner? This week I look at an ugly duckling that taught me something about myself and might yet end up as a proud new edition to my shack

Does your ham radio club advertise on local radio?

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- If you are running an advert on your local radio for a ham radio club or activity can you send nationalnews@wia.org.au an audio copy and drop just a quick note about it and station etc...

Camb-Hams satellite operation from Islay Island

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active on the amateur radio satellites as GS3PYE/P, but this time from Islay Island between May 6-12

Caister Marconi radio station contacts nearly 200 amateurs in 35 countries

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio hams at the Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre in Norfolk managed to contact 193 other radio amateurs in 35 different countries on Saturday 22 nd April 2017 when they took part in the annual International Marconi Day to mark the inventor's birthday

BATC chairman wins award

April 24, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Well done to BATC Chairman Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, for winning the RSGB 1962 Committee Cup, presented at its AGM in Cardiff on Saturday

Radio User Rewarded for Public Service:

April 24, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- For most people, receiving simultaneous text alerts, email messages and calls to both home and cellphones in the middle of the night would be cause for alarm. But for Lynn Valley resident Bernie Leaker, a series of mass notifications to his personal electronic devices would signal a call to action. As an amateur radio operator and emergency services volunteer, Leaker is one of many individuals ready at a moment's notice to offer his communication skills in the event of a disaster. "We've been on standby for some evacuations as far as building fires and apartment fires on the North Shore," he says. "We're always heads up when there is an actual disaster, even somewhere else in the world, just in case we're able to chip in or help out." For his efforts in helping out, the provincial government gave Leaker a public safety lifeline volunteer award for his radio communications work last month, an honour that carries no small weight considering the vast number of radio communication hobbyists living throughout B.C. But although Leaker would be categorized as an amateur radio user and volunteer, he's no novice. Since 1998, he has made emergency preparedness and communications a personal focus. "There's lots to the hobby, but the part of the hobby that interested me was emergency communications and being able to communicate with other people throughout the world and throughout the province or municipality in the event of an emergency," he says. If and when an emergency or disaster were to strike, Leaker would be out there scanning the airwaves and searching various frequencies for signs of life or distress. By calling out to other radio users, he says, emergency communication volunteers can establish contact with survivors in an emergency and offer a guiding light to safety. "We could get the word out that we're OK or that we need help," Leaker says. "Often people rely quite heavily on their telephone, and in particular their cellphone, and potentially that technology would not be there for them in the event of an emergency."

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Show Tuesday:

April 24, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join Katie Allen, Dave Casler, and me
for Amateur Radio Roundtable Tuesday night at
8:00 PM Central time at W5KUB.COM This week we
will be talking about the international beacon
project, review several recent hamfests, and
show you a new 80 meter CW transceiver kit and
a look into next months CQ magazine. We will
also have your ham shack pictures. Plus more.

April 23, 2017

ZS4 Sprint this afternoon

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ZS4 Sprint, which is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Free State and radio amateurs in Southern African countries, will be on the air this afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC with phone activity between 14:00 and 15:00 and CW activity between 15:00 and 16:00 UTC

Weekend meteor shower

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The auroras tonight may be spiced by an occasional flash of light

South Africa cancels 2,100 ham radio licences

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's ICASA has cancelled 2,100 Amateur Radio licenses, believed to be more than 1/3rd of the total, for non-payment of licence fees

Satellites built by Universities launched into space by NASA

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The first Australian-built satellites in 15 years have been launched into space by NASA after being developed by Australian universities

Surprise! Earth Day aurora storm

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Last night, Northern Lights descended into the United States as far south as Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington, kicking off an unexpected display of bright auroras for Earth Day

The ACMA's Approach to Spectrum Reform:

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Radiocommunications Act that has served Australia for 25 years is to be replaced by a modern approach to spectrum control and licensing. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Acting Chairman Richard Bean has given a little insight on what is ahead, during a CommsDay Summit 2017 speech in Sydney. Mr Bean said the radiofrequency spectrum can only increase in importance for economic and social activity, and a source of competitive commercial advantage. His speech on April 11 told of the ACMA's approach to the important reforms to better respond to pressures already building and developing approaches robust enough to support future innovation and growth. Mr Bean confirmed that a new legislative and policy framework is being developed by the government to open up significant reform opportunities, and the ACMA has been preparing for the journey ahead. Already known is that the Radiocommunications Act will be replaced to make Australia's spectrum framework simpler, more efficient and flexible to use.

Grimes County Volunteer Firefighters Train at Disaster Simulation:

April 23, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- While it was a gray and rainy morning, nearly 30 firefighters from around Grimes County attended a disaster simulation on Highway 39 and at Iola High School. "We learned how to deal with a car derailment and what BNSF would want us to do how they would want us to handle that," said Chief Morriss Barney of the Iola Volunteer Fire Department. He says the hands on work helped. Employees with Burlington Northern Santa Fe showed them how to handle valves on the tanker and also provided the train car for the drill. Another piece of the exercise puzzle is working with ham radio operators. They are a critical line of communication if phone and internet goes down. "That's very important during disasters but just walking in as a person who can communicate is not enough. You need training from FEMA and disaster preparedness so you can come into a disaster scene and respond appropriately to the incident commander and what's going on. But we provide amateur radio backup communications," said Tom Talley, with Grimes County Amateur Radio Club.

April 22, 2017

NewsWest for Sunday, 23 April, 2017

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Welcome to a special ANZAC themed broadcast, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News

St. Georges Day

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- As usual we have a St. Georges period station operational especially on St. Georges Day, Sunday 23rd April 2017

Skills Night report now available

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Despite the Bank Holiday, Essex Skills Night attracted 55 people to the Danbury Village Hall on April 17

Morse in the brickwork

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Back in the March 26, the WIA National News Service met artist Jackie Ferrara whose works feature Morse Code numbers and letters that actually are bricks featuring in landscaping AND buildings

Israeli high school students build CubeSat

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Over 80 Israeli high school students have built a CubeSat called Duchifat-2 as part of the QB50 Thermosphere research program

IARU Regional ARDF Championships

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- At least seven International Amateur Radio Union member societies will compete in the 11th IARU Region 3 Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships August hosted by the Mongolian Radio Sport Federation

How to see President's call to International Space Station on April 24

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ will make a special 20-minute, Earth-to-space call at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, April 24, to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station

First Antenna Workshop

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Eastern India's first Antenna Workshop was held at Shyamnagar, organised by West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) and National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2017 during 16-18 Apr 2017

ARRL Hamvention Forum encompasses Makers, Youth, HamSCI

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL has reached out to the Maker movement, and 'Ham Radio Makers and Hackers' will kick off the League's forum schedule at Hamvention(r) in Xenia, Ohio on Friday, May 19

Delaware Amateur Radio Operators to Hold EXPO and Convention in Georgetown:

April 22, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Sussex Amateur Radio Association is sponsoring the Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO and ARRL Delaware State Convention Saturday, April 22, at the CHEER Community Center, Georgetown. American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Sussex Amateur Radio Association, with over 100 members, is the largest amateur radio association in Delaware. SARA President Dell Palmer, K3AXR, and ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will present awards to Delaware Technical Community College electronics students Kevin Solares-Vasquez and Jason Carl for their first and second place projects in the Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is a two-semester process in which Solares-Vasquez and Carl pursued independent electronics research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Also known as a hamfest, the EXPO is an annual, regional gathering of the more than 1,600 amateur radio operators (hams) and electronics enthusiasts from Delaware and surrounding areas. It is an opportunity to receive updates on radio and electronic technology, socialize, and visit with the many new and used equipment vendors at the event.

NewsWest for Sunday, 23 April, 2017:

April 22, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Welcome to a special ANZAC Themed broadcast, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #98:

April 22, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Have you ever looked at an ugly radio and blurted it out loud to the proud owner? This week I look at an ugly duckling that taught me something about myself and might yet end up as a proud new edition to my shack.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:

April 22, 2017 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This just in from the Australian Space Forecast Centre at 2349 UTC
on April 20, 2017: Recurrent coronal hole is expected to be geoeffective. INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED DUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH
SPEED WIND STREAM FOR 23 APRIL 2017 GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST 23 Apr: Active to Minor Storm Spaceweather.com reported old sunspot AR2644 returned after a 2-week
trip around the Sun, and exploded on April 18. The resulting CME
should miss Earth, but as this active region moves into a
geo-effective position we could see some geomagnetic disturbance in
the next few days.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2060 for Friday, April 21, 2017:

April 22, 2017 01:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. VHF's back on board the International Space Station. Australia prepares for a new shortwave service -- and YLs in Japan are marking a milestone event. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2060 comes your way right now.

April 21, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

April 21, 2017 05:34 PM - ARRL -- This just in from the Australian Space Forecast Centre at 2349 UTC on April 20, 2017:Recurrent coronal hole is expected to be geoeffective.INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTEDDUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH SPEED WIND STREAMFOR 23 APRIL 2017GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST23 Apr: Active to Minor StormSpaceweather.com reported old sunspot AR2644 returned after a 2-week trip around the Sun, and explode...

Update on support for PMSE equipment owners vacating the 700 MHz band

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today published a consultation on proposals for how a grant scheme should operate to support Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) equipment owners affected by the 700 MHz clearance

Two new crew members arrive at International Space Station

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 9:18 a.m. EDT Thursday where they will continue important scientific research

Telford radio society running Marcroni event station from Marconi's Welsh receiving station location

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Once again the Telford and District Amateur Radio Society are setting up an amateur radio station on the West Coast of Wales to join with others to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi, who was born on 25th April 1874 and this year he would have been 143 years old

Sweden and Norway in ham radio magazine exchange

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Swedish national society SSA says members can now download the PDF of the Norwegian NRRL magazine 'Amateur Radio' from the SSA site

PocketQube Workshop presentation slides released

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In March Stuart McAndrew gave a presentation on OzQube-1 a tiny PocketQube satellite which aims to transmit images of the Earth from space

Hamvention webcast

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- W5KUB.Com will again be webcasting the Dayton Hamvention live for 6 full days (48 plus hours of live webcast) beginning May17 through May 22

GB1STG St George's Day

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- A group of Essex Hams will once again be operating a special-event station for St. George's Day this Sunday 23rd April. Operations will be from Galleywood Common near Chelmsford using the callsign GB1STG

International Air Ambulance Week 2017

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This year's International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 9th - 17th September 2017, with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world.
The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

2017 Portuguese DXpedition to Morocco

April 21, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Swedish national society SSA says members can now download the PDF of the Norwegian NRRL magazine 'Amateur Radio' from the SSA site

Event at Binghamton Tower Celebrates Marconi's Birthday:

April 21, 2017 11:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Binghamton Amateur Radio Association will talk to amateur ("ham") radio operators throughout the world from the historic Marconi Tower (45 Lewis St. in Binghamton) on Saturday. The event commemorates the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (one of the inventors of radio) in celebration of birthday in April 25.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #16:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KI1U, QRZ 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:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Hamvention Forum Topics will Encompass Makers, Youth, HamSCI:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- When Hamvention opens on May 19 for the first time in Xenia, Ohio, the
focus of ARRL activities will be the ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the
Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. ARRL will sponsor a slate of
forums on all 3 days of Hamvention.

FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has proposed imposing a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens,
New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New
York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously
interfering with NYPD officers' communications. Jay Peralta, 20, is
alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of
criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from
purported NYPD officers, and threats against individual NYPD officers.
The unauthorized transmissions began a year ago, according to the FCC.

ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the
2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los
Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ,
represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team
shared a booth with a few other educational programs under the Center
for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Space Station Explorers umbrella. CASIS is an
important sponsor of the ARISS program and the sole manager of the ISS
US National Laboratory.

ISS Packet System Returns to VHF:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on
VHF -- 145.825 MHz. The failure of an Ericsson handheld VHF transceiver
on board the ISS last fall had caused ARISS to shift packet operation
to 70 centimeters. In February, a cargo resupply mission delivered a
new Ericsson 2-meter handheld to replace the one that had failed, which
had been used in the Columbus module for school group contacts and for
Amateur Radio packet.

Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims, Travelers with Families:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- For the past 24 years, members of India's West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or
injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar
Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held
on Sagar Island's southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of
Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields
a special event station for the occasion. But each year, a number of
visitors simply lose their way. This year, the Chief Medical Officer of
Health for the region once again reached out to the club for its help.

Canada May Be the Best Place for Hams to Experience the Solar Eclipse:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, who developed the online Scanning RF Seismograph to determine which bands are
open, is among the many looking forward to the solar eclipse on August
21, 2017. Although the path of totality will move over Oregon then
southeastward toward South Carolina, he believes radio amateurs north
of the border can take advantage of this "very exciting celestial
event," as those in the US will be doing, and may have an edge of
sorts. Members of the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) in the US will sponsor a Solar Eclipse QSO Party
(SEQP) to
conduct their own research.

Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough,
KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs headed into space
this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough
and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind
on the ISS. The returning trio touched down safely in Kazakhstan on
April 10 after spending 173 days aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Article Links Amateur Radio Growth to Emergency Communications:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- An April 11 article,
"Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators"
in Emergency Management magazine links the growth in Amateur Radio
numbers to interest in emergency communications.

RARSfest Hosts 2017 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention:

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The 45th annual RARSfest on April 15 --
sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society -- hosted the 2017 ARRL
Roanoke Division Convention. The convention was held indoors at the
North Carolina State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. ARRL Marketing Manager
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who represented the League at the event, said a
youth-operated special event station was among the activities aimed to
appeal to younger attendees. In a presentation highlighting some ARRL
Second Century activities, Inderbitzen noted the ARRL Collegiate
Amateur Radio Initiative, intended to bolster activity at college and
university ham radio clubs.

In Brief...

April 21, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Central States VHF Society Solicits Conference Papers, Presentations,
Poster Displays: The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) is soliciting papers, presentations, and
posters/tabletop displays for its 51st annual conference, set for July 27-30 at the Sheraton
Albuquerque Airport Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sebastien Poulenard, F5UFX, is Recipient of Intrepid Spirit Award

April 21, 2017 02:32 AM - ARRL -- From the International DX Convention in Visalia California comes word that DXer and Tromelin 2014 team leader Sebastien "Seb" Poulenard, F5UFX, is the recipient of the Intrepid Spirit Award, sponsored by the Intrepid-DX Group."This award is to recognize Sebastien's outstanding efforts to activate Juan de Nova Island as FT4JA and Tromelin Island as FT4TA," said Intrepid-DX Group Founder and Vice...

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

April 21, 2017 02:32 AM - ARRL -- As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS). Its major objective is for countri...

ARRL Hamvention Forum Topics Will Encompass Makers, Youth, HamSCI

April 21, 2017 02:32 AM - ARRL -- When Hamvention(r) opens on May 19 for the first time in Xenia, Ohio, the focus of ARRL activities will be the ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. ARRL will sponsor a slate of forums on all 3 days of Hamvention.To highlight the new location, some fresh ARRL forum topics will accompany the old standards. Space is limited at some forum venues.ARRL has reached o...

April 20, 2017

Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families

April 20, 2017 11:33 PM - ARRL -- For the past 24 years, members of India's West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island's southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields a special event st...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

April 20, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- "Grounding" is the topic of the current episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas,...

RARSfest Hosts 2017 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention

April 20, 2017 06:33 PM - ARRL --

WWFF Activities

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Upcoming WWFF activations

Vietnam operation

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Jesus, JP7MBO, will be active as XV9G from Ho Chi Minh City between April 19th and May 9th

The Chisholm Trail special event

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following special event stations are marking the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail for driving cattle from Texas to Abilene/Kansas

President Trump makes special long-distance call to record breaking American astronaut

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD, for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station

Massive explosion on the sun

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- During the late hours of April 18th, the sunspot's magnetic canopy exploded, producing a C5-class solar flare and hurling a spectacularly bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space

Jagadis Chandra Bose, the unsung Hero of Radio Communication

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Jagadis Chandra Bose was born in India in 1858. He received his education first in India, until in 1880 he went to England to study medicine at the University of London

ISS ham radio at teachers conference

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has gained visibility at National Science Teachers Association conference

Essex CW Club - CW bootcamp survey 2017

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Essex CW Club is considering hosting a CW 'Boot Camp' later this year

ARISS contact planned for school in Thionville, France

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France.
The event is scheduled Thursday April 27, 2017 at approximately 08:52 UTC

Apollo 16 special event

April 20, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Marshall Amateur Radio Club will be commemorating the Apollo 16 mission (45 years ago) with the call NN4SA between April 20 and 23

WB2REM and K5PA Win the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

April 20, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- The winning article for the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "DIY Remote Radio Now" by Jim Millner, WB2REM, and Gene Hinkle, K5PA. 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 May issue today.

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