February 12, 2016

Zululand Club celebrates 21st birthday

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Zululand Amateur Radio Club, ZS5ZLB, will be celebrating its 21st birthday on Sunday 21 February 2016 and the club will be hosting a luncheon at the Adams Outpost in Eshowe to celebrate this wonderful milestone

ZS1MM Beacon now operational

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ZS1MM Beacon on 144,414 MHz is now on the air from Bredasdorp

Los Islands DXpedition

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be active as 3XY1T from the Los Islands (AF-051, WW Loc. IJ39cl) between February 18th and March 4th

Jamaica operation

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- Masato, JA0RQV, will be active as 6Y5/JA0RQV mainly from the Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica (NA-097), for 2 months starting February 21st through April 17th

ISS HamTV used for school contact

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency noted that the HamTV Digital Amateur Television (DATV) transmission by Tim Peake GB1SS from the ISS was a 'World First'

Ham Radio communications in International Fleet Review 2016

February 12, 2016 09:42 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ham Radio operators were entrusted the ambitious task of providing communication network in all key points of Vishkapatanam, Inidia, on the eve of International Fleet Review, 2016 by the District Administration

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 18

Ellis County Amateur Radio Operators Lend Hand in Tornado Efforts:

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- WAXAHACHIE -- Throughout most of the day and into the night on December 26, 2015, Ellis County Amateur Radio club members that are part of the Ellis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, http://www.elliscountyares.org/, used their communications skills to keep track of tornado activity that came through the county. Hams were strategically placed while storm spotting. They moved where the storm(s) moved keeping a safe distance. The information that was gathered was then passed on to NOAA weather personnel who rely on ham radio operators to report accurate and timely information. Had Internet and cell phones failed, ham radios would still be functional. Guest speakers for the January 21, 2016 meeting were Dave Grieg N3BUO and Gary Pannell WA5FWC. They gave a presentation on antennas, DX logging and programming. Dxing is where ham radio enthusiasts work stations outside their own country. Gary stated, "It's one thing to talk to South Africa and get a QSL card. (These cards are fun to collect from all over the world and act as written confirmation that there was a contact made.) If I want to send one back that costs $2 to send overseas, which can get quite expensive. If you use a logging system, you can reach a lot more countries with three different modes of communication." Gary uses a program called N1MM for contesting as well as DXKeeper. DXKeeper is a free, comprehensive amateur logging software that records and manages contacts commonly known as QSOs. He went on to say, "If you really want to be a Dxer, I suggest you work CW (Morse Code). It's so easy to work and opens the world up."

Vijayawada Ham Operators Make a Mark at IFR:

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham Radio operators from the city played a key role in the synergy that contributed to the grand success of the International Fleet Review (IFR) organised in Visakhapatnam. Members of the IFR Ham Radio Communication team shared their exciting experience. "We were entrusted with the task of providing communication network in all key points during the IFR," says Arza Ramesh Babu, a Ham radio operator who coordinated with other team members. Mr. Ramesh Babu first identified and mobilised active Ham Radio operators in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State and constituted a 23-member IRF Ham Radio expert team that headed to Visakhapatnam with personal Ham equipment on February 4. They carted equipment like HF, VHF, Repeater, Software Defined Radios, and antennas and batteries, and established Ham Radio communication links in 11 key points identified by the district administration.

The Curiosity Mars Rover is Leaving a Secret Code In the Dirt:

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- There's a fun little "Easter Egg" secret that's literally been leaving its mark on the surface of Mars since 2012. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers behind the Mars Curiosity rover figured out how to mark their Martian territory with the letters J-P-L, just in case little green men want to know who they're dealing with. On a recent tour of the lab in Pasadena, California, JPL spokesperson Mark Razze said that Curiosity needed to have holes in its six wheels, so that dirt could escape and not clump up inside its wheel wells -- a problem that doomed a previous rover named Spirit. They weren't satisfied with simple, meaningless holes. They wanted the holes to read JPL, Razze explained, and NASA didn't. So they did it anyway, in Morse code. The dots and dashes that the JPL holes leave on the Martian surface should stick around for quite a while, since the thin Martian atmosphere slows erosion by the wind.

Nashville Actor Set for Frequency Reboot:

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- "Nashville" alum Riley Smith is set for the lead in The CW's reboot of 2000 movie "Frequency". According to Deadline, the actor plays the role of Frank Sullivan, played by Dennis Quaid in the New Line flick. Written by Jeremy Carver (the "Supernatural" showrunner), the series will center on "Raimy, a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father, Frank Sullivan (Smith), also a detective, who died in 1996. "Seen in 1996, Frank Sullivan has been undercover for two years. The strain of the assignment effectively destroyed his marriage and separated him from his little girl, Raimy, but he gets a new chance at building a relationship with her when she begins communicating with him from 20 years in the future. The two forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the 'butterfly effect' wreak havoc in the present day." The original film, which took place in 1999 New York, co-starred Jim Caviezel as the sibling who discovers he can communicate with his [younger] father via ham radio.

This Is The Most Dangerous Way To Listen to the Radio:

February 12, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- Step one: get some jump wires. Step two: put on insulating gloves. Step three: put the jump wires on a radio antenna. AM radio towers are giant beasts thanks to the way AM radio works: amplitude modulation. The more power, the higher the band of the radio. This means that they are essentially radiating out broadcasts with lots and lots of energy, as opposed to FM radio. But just how dangerous are those towers? This Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club demo should give you a rough idea. By attaching a jump cable to the tower, the amateur radio club at the university essentially shorts out the tower briefly. When that happens, the arc of electricity firing off the tower then carries enough strength to actually unleash the audio. There's about 50,000 watts in that tower and briefly in that arc. Hence, all the safety gear on the operator of this temporary unlicensed broadcast.

Scientists Find Evidence of Gravitational Waves Predicted by Einstein:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- After decades of searching, scientists announced Thursday that they have detected gravitational waves -- essentially ripples in the fabric of space-time -- that had been predicted by Einstein. An international team of astrophysicists said that they detected the waves from the distant crash of two black holes, using a $1.1 billion instrument. The Ligo Collaboration was behind the discovery and it has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters. "We have detected gravitational waves," Caltech's David H. Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory, told journalists at a news conference in Washington, DC. Their existence was first demonstrated in the 1970s and 1980s by Joseph Taylor, Jr., and colleagues. In 1974, Taylor and Russell Hulse discovered a binary system composed of a pulsar in orbit around a neutron star. Taylor and Joel M. Weisberg in 1982 found that the orbit of the pulsar was slowly shrinking over time because of the release of energy in the form of gravitational waves. For discovering the pulsar and showing that it would make possible this particular gravitational wave measurement, Hulse and Taylor were awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #6:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, OPDX, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the
ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

US House Subcommittee to Consider Amateur Radio Parity Act:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, was among three
bills that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
considered in a Thursday, February 11 "markup" session. Subcommittee
members voted to send the measure to the House Energy and Commerce
Committee for further consideration.

New ARRL President Happy to Be Part of 'Exciting Times for Amateur Radio:'

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Making his inaugural ARRL National Convention appearance this week as ARRL President, Rick
Roderick, K5UR, said he's looking forward to meeting many League
members in person at Orlando. The 2016 ARRL National Convention on
February 12-14, is hosted by the Orlando HamCation, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary
this year.

Matt Holden, K0BBC, Tapped as ARRL Dakota Division Vice Director:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Matt Holden, K0BBC,
to serve as Dakota Division Vice Director, effective February 4.
Holden, an ARRL Life Member who lives in Bloomington, Minnesota,
succeeds former Vice Director Kent Olson, KA0LDG. Olson became the
Dakota Division Director when former Director Greg Widin, K0GW, was
elected as ARRL First Vice President at the ARRL Board of Directors'
Annual Meeting in mid-January. Holden, 46, will serve out the remainder
of the current term of office, which ends on January 1, 2017.

National Parks On the Air Update:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Congratulations to Gary Stone, N5PHT, who just wrapped up 10 days of
operating at Chickasaw National Recreation Area (RC05) in Oklahoma.
From January 29 to February 8, Gary made 1718 contacts with 1361 unique
call signs. He worked all 50 states and just missed WAS on CW (no
Wyoming).

ARRL Signs New Memorandum of Understanding with the American Red Cross:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed a new Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU). The document, signed in January, succeeds the one agreed to in 2010; it
will remain in place for the next 5 years. The MoU spells out how
League Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface
with the Red Cross in the event that ARES teams are asked by the Red
Cross to assist in a disaster or emergency response.

Army And Air Force MARS Communications Exercise Set for February 12:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The first quarterly Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) US
Department of Defense communications exercise of 2016 (COMEX 16-1) is
set for February 12. The scenario will be a loss of electrical power,
landline telephone and cell service, and Internet. The exercise will
get under way at 1200 UTC and run for 12 hours. Individual radio
amateurs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups will be
encouraged to participate.

Severe Weather Cuts Short South Georgia VP8SGI DXpedition:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Stormy weather that plagued the final days of the South Georgia VP8SGI
DXpedition visit eventually led to
the operation being cut short to ensure the safety of the team. Chief
Pilot Toni Gonzalez, EA5RM, reported on February 7 that the
DXpeditioners had returned to the R/V Braveheart "for security
reasons." VP8SGI had planned to shut down South Georgia operations the
following day, after a little longer than 9 days there. "VP8SGI is now
QRT," he concluded.

VHF Groups Join Forces to Sponsor 'Super Conference:'

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS),North East
Weak Signal Group (NEWS), and Mount Airy VHF
Radio Club (Pack Rats)are cosponsoring a
VHF Super Conference, hosted by the
Grid Pirates Contest Group (K8GP) and Directive Systems and
Engineering. The conference will take place April 15-17 in Sterling,
Virginia.

QCWA Honors ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD, for his 70
years as a radio amateur. QCWA Chapter 155 in Charlottesville, Virginia
-- where Dannals lives -- hosted a celebratory luncheon for Dannals on
February 3.

ARRL 2016 International DX Contest (CW) is February 20-21:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- No contest season is complete without the running of our annual ARRL
International DX Contest. The CW event is
February 20-21; the phone event is 2 weeks later on the weekend of
March 5-6.

Icom America Donates IC-9100 Transceiver to ARRL Headquarters Station W1HQ:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Icom America has donated an IC-9100 transceiver for
installation at W1HQ, the ARRL Headquarters station that's used by
staff and volunteers. The transceiver was provided courtesy of Icom
America Senior Sales Manager, Ray Novak, N9JA, and it includes the
optional 1.2 GHz module.

Hamvention Extends Awards Nominations Deadline to March 1:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Dayton Hamvention has extended the deadline to March 1 to accept
nominations for its 2016 awards program.

North American 'RST' Stations On the Air Activity Set for February / March:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The "RST" stations will take to the airwaves in February and March from
several locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories,
and Nunavut, with members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA)
at the helm. All call signs will have "RST" suffixes: KL7RST, VY1RST,
VE8RST, and VY0RST. The idea is to further promote Amateur Radio in
that part of the world.

University Radio Club Donates J-37 Key to B-29 Radio Restoration Project:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas W5YM), which celebrates its centennial
this year, has donated a J-37 telegraph key to be used in a radio
position under restoration on board "Fifi," a World War II vintage B-29
Flying Fortress. Members of the
Rockwell-Collins Amateur Radio Club have been recreating a radio
operator's position on the aircraft.

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL:

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been honored with the 2016 Microwave
Application Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory
and Techniques Society. He was credited with "Significant contributions
to the development of low-noise oscillators." The Microwave Application
Award recognizes an individual, or a team, for an outstanding
application of microwave theory and techniques that have been put into
practice within the past decade.

In Brief...

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Visalia 2016 Top Band Dinner Set for April 15: The Top Band Dinner at
the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, will take place
on April 15 in the ballroom of the Marriott hotel adjacent to the
Visalia Convention Center. Craig Thompson, K9CT, will present, "Top
Band from Palmyra, K5P." Check-in for the buffet dinner starts at 6:30
PM.

Amateur Radio Parity Act Gets Favorable Subcommittee Report

February 12, 2016 01:44 AM - ARRL -- On a voice vote, the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has sent the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee with a favorable report for further consideration. The measure was among three bills the Subcommittee considered during a February 11 "markup" session. The Subcommittee is chaired by Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR)."I'm optim...

February 11, 2016

ARRL Headquarters Closed for Presidents' Day

February 11, 2016 09:49 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, February 15. In addition, there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice.

US House Subcommittee to consider Amateur Radio Parity Act

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, will be among three bills that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will consider in a Thursday, February 11, "markup" session. The subcommittee will gather on February 10 for opening statements only

Texas APRS balloon crosses Atlantic

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The solar powered amateur radio APRS balloon BTL-42.1 W5BTR-11 has successfully crossed the Atlantic

Ham radio experts study Kudremukh area

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- A team of radio amateurs is assisting the Kudremukh Wildlife Division, Karkala in restoring the wireless network to combat poaching and fire incidents

Greater distance achieved on 600m band

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter or WSPR mode has achieved the first VK3 - KL7, 475 kHz contact - a distance of more than 12,000 kilometres

Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- One man is dead and three injured following a reported meteorite strike in India

AOxWRD: World Radio Day 2016

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- We are Radio, no doubt. Therefore on February 13 we will celebrate too, but our way. So we will be on the air with the special callsigns

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

February 11, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The week was steady and poor most of the time but once again the weekend came up with the goods

AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening

February 11, 2016 08:42 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2030Z, Feb 17

February 10, 2016

Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads to Launch on Feb. 12:

February 10, 2016 10:41 PM - eHam.net News -- Three Japanese satellites - ChubuSat-2, ChubuSat-3, and Horyu-4 -
carrying Amateur Radio payloads are expected to launch between
0845-0930 UTC on Friday, February 12 into a 575 kilometer, 31 degree
inclination orbit. ChubuSat-2 and ChubSat-3 are message
store-and-forward Amateur Radio payloads. Horyu-4 will transmit a
telemetry in the 70 centimeter band.

US House Subcommittee to Consider Amateur Radio Parity Act:

February 10, 2016 10:41 PM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, will be among three bills
that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will
consider in a Thursday, February 11, "markup" session. The
subcommittee will gather on February 10 for opening statements only.
When it reconvenes the next day, its members could vote to send the
measure to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further
consideration.

The March Edition of Digital QST is Now Available

February 10, 2016 05:43 PM - ARRL -- The March Edition of Digital QST is now available at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/arrl/qst_201603/. This is our annual antenna issue!• Build a four-band VHF-UHF "contest" antenna• Use a satellite TV dish to disguise a 2 meter antenna• Try a 60-meter dipole antenna that also works on 15 meters• Build a compact 3-band HF antenna...and much more!Enjoy Content You Won't Find in the Print Edition...W...

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Stepping down as CQ World Wide Contest Director

February 10, 2016 02:46 PM - ARRL -- Randy Thompson, K5ZD, said February 9 that he will step down as director of the CQ World Wide Contest as soon as his replacement can be found. His announcement includes a job description for prospective applicants. Thompson cited increasing professional responsibilities for his decision. Thompson became director of the CQ WPX Contest in 2008, serving through the 2012 contest. He was appointed a...

ARRL 2016 International DX Contest (CW) is February 20-21

February 10, 2016 02:46 PM - ARRL -- No contest season is complete without the running of our annual ARRL International DX Contest. The CW event is February 20-21; the phone event is 2 weeks later on the weekend of March 5-6.Whether you're new to DXing, new to HF, or even new to CW, this contest offers an easy way for you to join in and have a lot of fun! The contest exchange is short and simple, and many participants here and abr...

Army and Air Force MARS Communications Exercise Set for February 12

February 10, 2016 02:46 PM - ARRL -- The first quarterly Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) US Department of Defense communications exercise of 2016 (COMEX 16-1) is set for February 12. The scenario will be a loss of electrical power, landline telephone and cell service, and Internet. The exercise will get under way at 1200 UTC and run for 12 hours. Individual radio amateurs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups wi...

The New SSCA HF Radio Station:

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - eHam.net News -- With the help of amateur- radio enthusiast Glenn Tuttle, the Seven Seas Cruising Association has a new high-frequency radio voice service for sailors in the Caribbean who are without a cellular or Internet connection. Tuttle says, "The purpose of this service is to pass emergency and priority traffic, safety and security issues and to provide any vessels needing assistance with land-based resources." The radio service can help cruisers who need a radio check or who want to share float plans, telephone family and friends, relay a message to another boat, access medical or mechanical professionals, or contact a marina or other assistance. All vessels are welcome to participate in this service provided by the SSCA. In order to reach the entire Caribbean and Bahamas, the SSCA needed a high-power, land-based antenna system and had to acquire a public coast license from the FCC. The SSCA is now authorized to operate under the call sign KPK (Kilo Papa Kilo) from southwest Florida. Tuttle has erected a 70-foot tower with a rotatable beam antenna tuned to the 8 MHz marine band, which will effectively reach the entire Caribbean and beyond.

Ham Radio Experts Study Kudremukh Area:

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - eHam.net News -- A team of people who take part in amateur radio (also known as ham radio) has decided to assist the Kudremukh Wildlife Division, Karkala for restoring the wireless network to combat poaching and fire incidents effectively. Confirming this, Dr Pruthviraj U, Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal, said the institute has the required equipment and valid wireless licence to execute the project. "NITK Amateur Facility under Faculty in-charge Dr Gangadharan K V, along with ham radio volunteers from Udupi, Manipal and Mangaluru region have decided to take up socially relevant projects like improving communication facility to enable better forest and wildlife conservation, along with disaster risk reduction communication systems," Pruthviraj told Mirror.

UK AllStar Hub Amateur Communications and Technology Rally

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- Final preparations have been made for this year's UK AllStar Hub Amateur Communications and Technology Rally on the 14th February at the Civic Hall in Nantwich

Portable Log Pad - New Design

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- Portable radio specialist SOTABEAMS have re-designed their popular portable log pad

QRP Moon Bounce

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex DX Group report that members have been experimenting with tiny 70cm antennas trying to find what is the bottom line for successful e.m.e contacts using basic equipment

New SSCA HF Radio Station

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- With the help of amateur radio enthusiast Glenn Tuttle K9TUT, the Seven Seas Cruising Association has a new high-frequency radio voice service for sailors in the Caribbean who are without a cellular or Internet connection

Ham Radio licenses at all-time high

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Ironton Tribune reports amateur radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States

Ham radio APRS balloon heading for Europe

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- The amateur radio APRS balloon BLT-42.1, call sign W5BTR-11, is believed to be over the Atlantic heading towards France

Frequency movie to be TV series

February 10, 2016 09:43 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Den of Geeks report The CW Television Network plans to make a TV series based on the amateur radio themed movie Frequency

The March/April Issue of QEX Is on the Way!

February 10, 2016 02:42 AM - ARRL --

February 09, 2016

Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads to Launch on February 12

February 09, 2016 09:45 PM - ARRL --

US House Subcommittee to Consider Amateur Radio Parity Act

February 09, 2016 05:47 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, will be among three bills that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will consider in a Thursday, February 11, "markup" session. The subcommittee will gather on February 10 for opening statements only. When it reconvenes the next day, its members could vote to send the measure to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further co...

Virgin Islands Weather Net Founder, Repeater Network Pioneer George B. Cline, KP2G, SK

February 09, 2016 03:40 PM - ARRL -- George B. Cline, KP2G, of St John, Virgin Islands, died on January 11. He was 79. For many years Cline served as a radio dispatcher for St John Rescue, and he was a member of the St John Amateur Radio Club. In 1994, Cline initiated the Virgin Islands Weather Net to provide weather updates and critical weather information for the greater Virgin Islands community.He also spearheaded a project to ...

Special Event Operating

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Charlie M0PZT has updated his Special Event Operating page with some new details including: Planning, Publicity and On-Air tactics

Real-time windmap used by Sky News

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hams can use this map at any time for free and can zoom in or out on any part of the world!

Radio ham turns 107

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Tribune reports Morro Bay resident Harry K. Wolf W6NKT turned 107 on January 29, 2016. That kind of milestone calls for two birthday parties

Japanese Ham Radio satellite launch

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- ChubuSat-2, ChubuSat-3 and Horyu-4 are expected to launch between 0845-0930 UT on Friday, Feb 12 into a 575 km, 31 degree inclination orbit

IARU President promotes ham radio emergency communications

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is 'probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago.'

Heard Island DXpedition

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Heard Island DXpedition on Amateur Radio Roundtable on W5KUB.COM Tues night Feb 9 at 8 PMCT (0200 UTC Wed)

Hammies Youth Newsletter available

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) have a website and Newsletter dedicated to Youth

Exciting Times for Amateur Radio

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR, says 'I'm thrilled to be part of these exciting times for Amateur Radio'

DKARS Magazine February 2016 is now ready for download

February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch

WIA: Overseas Qualified Radio Amateurs:

February 09, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to renew its sun-setting legislative instrument that allows those radio amateurs qualified through an overseas administration, to obtain an equivalent licence in Australia. This however does not affect short-term visitors, who may automatically use their valid home callsign, prefixed with the VK call area in which they are located. That provision, under a free Class Licence follows WIA advocacy, is available for 90-days, which can be suitable for those on a business trip or a holiday. The ACMA has consulted on its Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination 2016, to replace its 2005 predecessor on April 1, 2016. The ACMA in a discussion paper considers that the system has operated effectively and efficiently, and is worth renewal. The ACMA says individuals may have existing qualifications obtained overseas, and these will continue to be addressed, but by eliminating any consistency that may have developed.

Morro Bay Radio Enthusiast Turns 107:

February 09, 2016 03:41 AM - eHam.net News -- As a boy, Harry K. Wolf once made a trip via horse and buggy to Morro Bay to dig for clams from his family's ranch in Paso Robles. He recalls one day, amid church bells ringing, coming home and learning from his parents that World War I had ended. Wolf, who lives in Morro Bay with his daughter Vicki Ryal and son-in-law David Ryal, turned 107 on Jan. 29. That kind of milestone calls for two birthday parties. So, first he gathered with his Estero Radio Club friends for their weekly get-together, and a few days later he celebrated again with his family at home on his actual birthday. Wolf doesn't hear well, so he communicates through writing notes. When asked how it feels to be 107, Wolf simply jots, "It's a lot of work trying to stay alive." He seems to be managing just fine. Wolf still strolls around, with the assistance of a walker. His daily routine includes reading the paper in the morning and watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" at night with the help of closed captioning. Wolf regularly plays gin rummy with family members -- and often wins. As a possible explanation for his longevity, his daughter Vicki, who is 71, says, "He has always kept himself busy and always kept a social life." A ham radio enthusiast, Wolf fashioned his own radio as a teenager in Paso Robles, long before others had them at home, and has maintained a fascination with radio ever since. At home these days, he cranks up the volume of his ham radio and uses Morse code. He's the oldest ham radio operator in the United States, according to his family.

Heard Island DXpedition:

February 09, 2016 03:41 AM - eHam.net News -- Heard Island DXpedition on Amateur Radio
Roundtable on W5KUB.COM Tues night Feb 9 at 8
PMCT (0200 UTC Wed) Hear Dr Bob Schmeider,
KK6EK fill us in on all the details. They
leave on March 1 for the 45 day DXpedition.

February 08, 2016

Icom Donates IC-9100 Transceiver to ARRL

February 08, 2016 05:45 PM - ARRL -- Icom America recently donated an IC-9100 transceiver for installation at W1HQ, the ARRL Headquarters station used by employees and volunteers. The transceiver was provided courtesy of Ray Novak, N9JA, Icom America Senior Sales Manager, and it includes the optional 1200 MHz module. The IC-9100 is an HF through 1200 MHz multimode transceiver that offers two independent receivers. It received an e...

New ARRL President Happy to be Part of "Exciting Times for Amateur Radio"

February 08, 2016 03:42 PM - ARRL -- Making his inaugural ARRL National Convention appearance as ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR, said he's looking forward to meeting many League members in person in Orlando this week. The 2016 ARRL National Convention, February 12-14, is hosted by the Orlando HamCation(r), which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year."We are embarking on a new era at ARRL as the second century begins," Presi...

IARU President Touts Amateur Radio's Relevance in Emergency Communication

February 08, 2016 03:42 PM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is "probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago." Ellam made the comment during an interview with Maximilian Jacobson-Gonzalez at the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016), held in late January in Kuwait and sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). T...

VP8SGI South Georgia Islands DXpedition news

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last night they had a big storm and VP8SGI members went back to Braveheart for security reasons

Volunteering for the RSGB

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain is looking for volunteers to assist in ensuring the future of our hobby and provide services for other Members

Parity in Missouri

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- In edition 241 of Ham Radio Now Gary Pearce KN4AQ talks to Larry Scantlan KEØKZ about legislation in Missouri to support amateur radio

New DX Marathon Plaques

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Magazine's annual DX Marathon contest is proud to announce the addition of two new Plaques

New 80 Metres Evening Contest

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- A reminder that the first IRTS 80 Metres Evening Counties Contest takes place this Tuesday, 9th February, from 20:00 to 21:00 UTC

Long queues for Canvey Rally

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham report the Canvey Rally was, as always, a very busy day, with early estimates indicating 500 people through the door, and long queues of eager amateurs waiting to get in when the doors opened at 10:30am

ICQPODCAST - Ham Radio author Don Keith N4KC released

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Andy Mace 2E0IBF and Chris Howard M0TCH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episodes feature is an interview with Ham Radio Author Don Keith N4KC

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st January, through Sunday, 7th February there were 222 countries active

ARISS contact planned for girls' school in UK

February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Thursday 11 February 2016, at approximately 18:11 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom

Balkan HF Contest

February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-1800Z, Feb 14

Classic Exchange, Phone

February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Feb 14 to 0800Z, Feb 15 and 1400Z, Feb 16 to 0800Z, Feb 17

PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint

February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Feb 14

An update on the WIA Inward QSL Operation:

February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- After receiving about 6,500 QSL cards at the WIA Inwards QSL Bureau just after the Christmas-New Year closedown, sorting and distribution continues. Several thousand cards have been sent to the State and Territory QSL managers. The remaining will be sorted over the next two weeks. There are a lot of callsigns receiving QSL cards that are new ones for the bureau.

It's Getting Hammy in Here:

February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- At the behest of a colleague, University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan started poking into the history of ham. The word, that is. "When you think about it, ham-handed is a really weird way to say something is clumsy or awkward," says Curzan. So how does a beloved lunch meat also become an idiom for the ineffectual? The food ham is the most common usage of the word ham, and that originates from the name for a body part. "Ham refers to the back of a knee or the thigh," says Curzan. "And certainly pigs have hams, but humans also have hams. I think we more commonly think of it as a hamstring, the tendon that runs up the back of your thigh." The word ham naturally extended to a pig thigh that was salted and dried, which is the food some of us love to put on sandwiches. But in the late 19th century, the word started seeing uses outside of the deli. "[In] 1919, we see ham show up to refer to an amateur telegraphist, or an amateur radio operator," says Curzan. "There, we have this use of ham to refer to someone who is amateur, and maybe ineffective in that amateur role." After the 19th century, Curzan found usages of ham-handed that were increasingly figurative as writers began to make clear analogies between fists and, well, slabs of meat. Before long, ham-handed began to refer to a general state of awkwardness.

February 07, 2016

Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League: Emergency Frequencies in Use List:

February 07, 2016 09:43 PM - eHam.net News -- HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear. HF frequencies used in Taiwan are voice: Main is 7.060 MHz with backup 7.050 MHz and 3.560 MHz. Short range frequencies are on VHF and UHF.

School Club Roundup is February 8-12; Some Rule Changes are in Place

February 07, 2016 12:42 PM - ARRL -- Young operators at school clubs across the country will take to the air for the "Winter/Spring Term" School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 8 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 12, at 2359 UTC.Because of changes in rules for the event, operators should ensure that their logging software is up to date: Contacts on digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31 now coun...

VP8SGI South Georgia Islands DXpedition news

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- ATNO (all time new one) plans are going to change due propagation is shifting day to day. Today, February 7th, they will be asking for ATNO contacts time to time on any band so please, follow operator instructions and respect to those for whom VP8SGI is still an All Time New One

SARL and ICASA workshop

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League and ICASA (South Africa's regulator) held a workshop hosted at the National Amateur Radio Centre last week

Essex team plan balloon launch

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Project Helium Tears hope to launch another 434 MHz High Altitude Balloon when there are better weather conditions

Essex radio ham still on-air at 100

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Brentwood Gazette reports on Essex radio amateur Fred Crockford G6YUY, who turned 100 on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Earthquake in Taiwan

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- An earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit Taiwan, and caused buildings to collapse.
HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear..

Antique Wireless Association's CW Activity Day

February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The aim of the Antique Wireless Association's CW Activity Day, which is on the air this afternoon from 13:00 to 15:00 UTC, is for participants to contact as many amateurs as possible on 14 000 to 14 060 kHz; 7 000 to 7 035 kHz and 3 500 to 3 560 kHz

Casa Grande Ruins on the Air with Amateur Radio:

February 07, 2016 09:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Coolidge, Arizona - Clark Johnson, Amateur Radio Activator (Ham Radio Operator) using the call sign K7LRK, will be at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on Wednesday, February 17, as part of the American Radio Relay League's National Parks on the Air program. Visitors will be able to hear Clark's transmissions and any replies, as well as learn about Amateur Radio. His transmitter, which is a small tabletop radio that only weighs 18 ounces and has an output power of 10 watts, is very versatile and portable. Clark will set up his radio in the park picnic area under the center covered ramada. C.A.R.L. (Center for Amateur Radio Learning) and the Arizona Science Center will assist with providing brochures and activity handouts. Additional activators may be available to speak with visitors, answer questions, and permit a trial broadcast over the air. The activators plan to be set up from 10 am to 3pm.

OMISS QSO Party

February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, Feb 13 to 1500Z, Feb 14

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