January 24, 2017

SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours individuals who have made lasting contributions to Amateur Radio in southern Africa, and aims to preserve its history

Ofcom's approach to enforcement

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom is proposing to update and revise its existing Enforcement Guidelines but not apparently those relating to interference with radio spectrum or radio equipment

New fee structure for South African Amateur Radio licences

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The new fee structure for Amateur Radio licences has been announced, by ICASA. The fees for 2017 will come into effect from the 1st April and are as follows

NASA TV to broadcast cargo ship departure from space station

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Six weeks after delivering more than 4.5 tons of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, an unpiloted Japanese cargo spacecraft is scheduled to depart the station Friday, Jan. 27

How to Learn Morse Code - Semiconsciously

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Scientific American magazine reports learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort-and attention-than one might think

Ham Radio and the RTL SDR Receiver

January 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Did you know that you can listen to Ham Radio via a simple dongle plugged into your computers USB drive?

Radio Station (W9E) Created for Solar Eclipse 2017:

January 24, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- WSIL -- You may not be able to see in the darkness of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, but local amateur radio operators are making sure you can hear everything you need. The FCC licensed Thom Beebe with a special events license for a radio station that will talk all things eclipse, with the call name W9E. "The license is good from August 17 after one minute after midnight until 11:59 pm on the 21st. So what we hope to be able to do is to be operating continuously throughout that entire time," Beebe said. Bruce Talley said he will use his ham radio expertise to help during the eclipse as well. "What I'm trying to do is to match up with the public service agencies in their time of need," he said. Saturday, Beebe and Talley held an informational meeting to recruit volunteer ham radio operators. Talley said with the tens of thousands of people expected to be in the area during the eclipse, they will need volunteers positioned all over.

'Doomsday' Solar Sorms Could Knock Out Power for Two Thirds of America:

January 24, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar storms could cause massive blackouts across America and cost the country up to $41.5 billion a day, a shocking new study has found. Researchers carried out an unprecedented study examining the economic impact of huge solar flares it is feared could knock out power to entire regions. It is the firm to estimate the cost to not just the blackout zones, but indirect costs. Unlike the energy and x-rays produced in a solar flare - which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes - coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth. Once at Earth, these ejections or CMEs can impact satellites in space or interfere with radio communications.

Ajit Pai is President's Choice for FCC Chairman

January 24, 2017 04:32 AM - ARRL -- Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the FCC, has been designated by President Donald Trump to succeed chairman Tom Wheeler, who stepped down on Inauguration Day, January 20."I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States for designating me the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission," Pai said in a statement. "I look forward to working with the new Administration, my col...

Second Annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night Set for February 4-5

January 24, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- US and Canadian radio amateurs and Part 5 Experimental stations will take part in the second annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night, which will get under way on February 4 at 0000 UTC and continue through February 5 at 2359 UTC. Radio amateurs in the US will be able to make cross-band contacts with Canadian participants."This event is being undertaken because of the continuing, worldwide int...

Time to Order ARRL November Sweepstakes Clean Sweep Mugs, Participation Pins!

January 24, 2017 12:33 AM - ARRL -- Anyone who managed to make a "Clean Sweep" by working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections during the 2016 ARRL November Sweepstakes may commemorate their accomplishment by purchasing a 2016 November Sweepstakes "Clean Sweep" mug. Awards are based on claimed scores. Keepsake mugs are $15 each, (including postage and handling). In addition, participation pins are available to operators who completed at leas...

January 23, 2017

K for Kernow

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- During 2016 Cornish radio amateurs had an optional Temporary RSL 'K', this "formed the seedbed of a new enthusiasm for the hobby in Cornwall"

ICQPodcast - Small Computers for Ham Radio released

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episode's feature is Small computers for Ham Radio

Helsinki WRC-19 Preparatory Meeting Documents

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The CEPT PTD#2 preparatory meeting for the 2019 World Radio Conference was held in Helsinki on January 10-12, meeting documents are available for download

DXCC Country/Entity Report

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 16th-January, through Monday, 23rd-January there were 224 countries active

CIA documents about Ham radio declassified online

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- CIA reports about amateur (ham) radio in the former Soviet Union (including the Baltic States) and Warsaw Pact member countries have been declassified to a new online search engine

A message from the DXpedition Team - Our commitment to you

January 23, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A DXpedition to Bouvet is not to be taken lightly. Bouvet is a serious and dangerous place; demanding attention to safety, serious planning, physical and mental endurance, time to allow for storms and rough seas, and a team with the right balance of size, experience, talent, emotional stability, and sense of purpose

Amateur radio -- Fun with a Serious Side:

January 23, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio isn't just a hobby, as James Curtis points out. During a normal week, sure, it can be fun making contacts with other radio operators from around the world. But in times of emergency or natural disaster, when other types of communication may be put out of commission, "ham" radio operators can play a vital role in emergency communications. Ham operators played a key role in the response to Hurricane Katrina, and to flooding in Colorado in 2013, according to the American Radio Relay League website. "If all else fails, if local communications went down today, ham radio would get through," said Curtis

Amateur Radio Roundtable Tuesday 8 PM CST:

January 23, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- This week on Amateur Radio Roundup our guests
will include Randy K7AGE talking about his
unboxing of the bitx40. Plus other viewers who
show their development of various touch
displays. Peter Meijers AI4KM the Chairman of
Hamcation will be with us discussing the big
upcoming hamfest in Orlando. Plus much more.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

January 23, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

January 22, 2017

WIA develops Charter for its volunteers

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has developed a draft Charter for Volunteers so that volunteers can know what to expect from the WIA, and the WIA can know what to expect of its many volunteers

VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday 22 January 2017

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, we welcome new listeners in VK3 into our audience, get an update from the WA VHF Group, give you some information about the Peel Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet that is less than a fortnight away and of course our regular segments with Roy's Helpline, Andrew's Corner and Foundations of Amateur Radio

Radio hams needed in Campbell River BC

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Campbell River Mirror reports the lack of radio operators a 'significant gap' in region's ability to respond to serious earthquake

Public Service, APRS and IoT

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- John Ronan EI7IG traveled to the ARRL-TAPR Digital Communication Conference to give a talk on using APRS to track vehicles and bikes on a big bike race

Nominations for SARL Council

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In terms of Rule 16.9 of the Constitution and Rules of the League, a call is made to members for nominations to serve on the Council of the League

High Altitude Ballooning Guide

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Dave Akerman M0RPI has published his guide to High Altitude Ballooning, From The Ground Up (and back again)

Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 85

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes something particularly hideous might actually be a thing of beauty

Amateur Radio Club Survey 2017 launched

January 22, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The theme of the 2017 Amateur Radio Survey is 'Amateur Radio Clubs', can you spare two minutes to share your thoughts?

ICQ Podcast Episode 229 - Small Computers for Ham Radio

January 22, 2017 01:33 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's features is Small computers for Ham Radio. We would like to thank our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate End of Norwegian FM RAYNET Supporting Jaywick Evacuation Illegal Drone Transmitters Complaint CW Saves Man with Broken Leg Czech Keep 60m Band for 2017 Small Changes to Australian Plan School Wins ARRL Grant

Ham Club Puts Repeater On Air in Lewisville:

January 22, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association recently installed a 220 MHz (1.25 meter) repeater to serve the Lewisville area. A repeater receives radio transmissions on one frequency and rebroadcasts them from a fixed position on a slightly different frequency. Repeaters are used by hobbyists as well as for emergency communications. The repeater is reachable by licensed ham radio operators on an input frequency of 222.480 MHz with a PL Tone of 110.9 Hz. Anyone can listen on 224.080, which is the output frequency.

Work Continues Towards WRC 2019:

January 22, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- A major change in approach for the IARU is a Matrix system introduced with specific responsibilities being taken by individuals on the team at the World Radiocommunications Conference. This followed a review of the IARU efforts at the WRC in November 2015 that it could have been better coordinated and more effective. IARU Region 3 Chairman, Gopal Madovan VU2GMN says in the coming weeks the IARU will participating in CEPT's Conference Preparatory Group and in its Project Team meetings, and other meetings in the lead up to WRC 2019. A few weeks ago, accompanied by fellow IARU Region 3 Director, Shizuo Endo JE1MUI, they were at the Administrative Council meeting then attended the Triennial conference of IARU Region 2 in Vina del Mar in Chile, South America.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #85:

January 22, 2017 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but
sometimes something particularly hideous might
actually be a thing of beauty. The best dipole
I ever used looks horrible and I'm glad I
ignored what it looked like.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 22 January 2017:

January 22, 2017 02:31 AM - eHam.net News -- In the news this week we welcome new
listeners in VK3 into our audience, get an
update from the WA VHF Group, give you some
information about the Peel Amateur Radio
Group Swap Meet that is less than a fortnight
away and of course our regular segments with
Roy's Helpline, Andrew's Corner and
Foundations of Amateur Radio.

January 21, 2017

Radiation 'clouds' detected at aviation altitudes

January 21, 2017 03:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Space Weather reports the discovery of radiation "clouds" at aviation altitudes

New .radio Domain

January 21, 2017 03:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- The EBU is launching a new Top Level Domain (TLD) name - .radio - aimed at the radio community including Radio Amateurs

ARISS contact planned for Swiss Space Center

January 21, 2017 03:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG/FX0ISS with Swiss Space Center - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Antenna Analyser video

January 21, 2017 03:31 PM - Southgate ARC -- Michael G0POT has produced an excellent video showing the features and capabilities of his WSPRlite Antenna Analysis System

Danbury Students to Communicate with International Space Station:

January 21, 2017 01:34 PM - eHam.net News -- In a once-in-lifetime opportunity, ten students from Westside Middle School Academy and ten students from South Street Elementary School will contact the International Space Station next week to talk live with an astronaut in command. On Jan. 27, students will have 10 minutes to speak with astronaut Shane Kimbrough in this rare opportunity accepted and scheduled by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). NASA selects 50 groups worldwide per year to contact the space station. "This is a wonderful hands-on opportunity for our students, and I am thrilled that they are getting a chance to participate in the space program," said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella. "It allows them to dream of what roles they can play in the future in space exploration." Coordinated by NASA and Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS), the contact will be essentially through ham radio. Students will learn not only about life in space, but also about how radio communication works. Next Friday, students will opt for a telecom link to a ground station. After connecting via telephone to a ground station in Australia, the station will contact to the ISS via radio link.

5 Cold WX tips for Winter Field Day 2017:

January 21, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Most ham radio operators know Winter Field
Day 2017 is just around the corner. So I
thought to take a moment to make a video on 5
tips for more effective winter field
operations with your amateur comms gear.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #3 de K7RA:

January 21, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Last week's Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP002 featured zero
sunspots for the entire seven days. This week (January 12-18) the average daily sunspot number rose to
22.6.

January 20, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

January 20, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- Last week's bulletin featured zero sunspots for the entire seven days. This week (January 12-18) the average daily sunspot number rose to 22.6.Average daily solar flux rose from 72.5 to 77.1. Average planetary A index declined from 14.3 to 6.Predicted solar flux is 80 on January 20-23, then 78, 77 and 75 on January 24-26, 77 on January 27 through February 1, 76 on February 2, 75 on February 3-8...

FEMA Region X Reports Another Successful HF Interoperability Exercise

January 20, 2017 09:32 PM - ARRL -- Participation appears to be growing in the monthly Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X HF interoperability exercises, which take place on 60 meters (center channels 5,332 and 5,348 kHz) on the third Wednesday of each month. Check-ins include state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations, to test HF interoperability in an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made...

ARRL's New Book, Ham Radio from Indoors, Tells How to Optimize your Indoor Station

January 20, 2017 07:34 PM - ARRL -- Don't let outdoor antenna restrictions keep you from enjoying Amateur Radio. It is possible to operate on the HF bands with an antenna system that is entirely inside your house, apartment, or condominium. All it takes is some creative thinking, and that's where Ham Radio from Indoors by Steve Ford, WB8IMY, can come to the rescue."Without question, indoor operating on the HF bands presents serio...

Walkie Talkie Duino

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Walkie Talkie Duino is an Open source Wireless shield for Arduino that can send Data and/or Audio like a real Walkie Talkie

Retro Receiver Review: The Yaesu FR101S

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Over the past 12 months, Craig Seager VK2HBT has been reflecting on some of the great shortwave receivers of the past. A few of these rigs are well known but some are not and are rarely found these days

AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2008-2012 videos

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG has retrieved videos of talks given at AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2008-2012 and made them available on YouTube

VY0ERC active from Eureka

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- VY0ERC will be active from Eureka, Ellesmere Island (NA-008), Nunavut when time permits starting from January 22, 2017 probably till beginning of March

RF pollution from Powerline Networking devices

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- RTL-SDR has released a video showing the HF interference problem from Ethernet over Powerline Devices

Outback workers fight ABC shortwave radio decision

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Guardian newspaper reports on the campaign against ABC's decision to end shortwave broadcasts. For some people living and working in the outback, shortwave is the only way they can listen to the ABC

Ofcom Space Spectrum statement

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a statement setting out our approach for spectrum used by the satellite and space science sectors

Diwata-2 with Ham Radio payload to launch 2018

January 20, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Sun Star reports the new Philippine satellite Diwata-2 will carry an amateur radio payload

Diwata 2's Payload Includes Amateur Radio:

January 20, 2017 01:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The whole world is again set to witness come 2018 a third-world country launching into space another microsatellite -- this time with an amateur or ham radio included in the payload. An amateur radio is a communication technology that allows its operators to talk or send messages to other people, especially first responders, planners and government agencies whose own communications have been knocked out, in time of disasters and emergencies. Diwata 2 -- the Philippines' second microsatellite that is currently being developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Hokkaido University, and Tohoku University in Japan -- has this technology, along with a telescope and cameras.

Amateur Radio Club Holds 1,250th Breakfast:

January 20, 2017 01:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Correction: This was not the 1250th WARS meeting, as stated in this article. It was the 1250th breakfast, where some members of WARS often get together at Lumberjack's Restaurant in Willits to have breakfast and enjoy each other's company. The headline has been changed to reflect the correct information. The Willits Amateur Radio Society was founded on Mar. 23, 1992. It adopted a constitution and elected officers, and welcomed all amateur radio operators and anyone interested in participating. "We are just a social group. We meet, have coffee and talk," said WARS secretary and webmaster Joyce Cader at the 1,250th meeting on Saturday. "We just want to encourage and teach new hams (amateur radio operators)."
According to the National Association for Amateur Radio, amateur radio (also known as ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the internet or cell phones. Although amateur radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the FCC for use by ham radio operators.

Outback Workers Fight ABC Decision to Ditch Shortwave Radio:

January 20, 2017 01:33 PM - eHam.net News -- People that live out in contracting camps or mustering stock camps or outstations, and even a lot of the people who live in the bush on cattle stations, spend probably 100% of their waking hours out on the land and have very minimal contact with other human beings," says Tracey Hayes, the chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association. "You can imagine how isolating that would be without having access to the outside world via radio during the day while you're out in the workplace. But I don't think they took that into consideration." Hayes is referring to a recent announcement by the ABC that, at the end of January, it would terminate its shortwave radio service, which broadcasts to the NT, Papua New Guinea and some parts of the Pacific region. It said the move was "in line with the national broadcaster's commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings". For some people living and working in the outback, shortwave is the only way they can listen to the ABC.

Hamvention Ready to Deal with Anticipated Traffic Flow at New Venue:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Hamvention is ready to deal with the
anticipated heavy traffic flow when the event opens on May 19 at its
new location, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia,
Ohio. Mike Kalter, W8CI, said the all-volunteer Hamvention organizers
have turned to professionals to address this aspect of the event.
Kalter, who is treasurer of the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio
Association (DARA), was interviewed last
week by DX Engineering's Tim Duffy, K3LR.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- "Meteor Scatter" is the topic of the latest (January 12) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW Receives Equipment Donations:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has received equipment donations from
Heil Sound and Radiohaus/America.

Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration QSO Party Set for February, March:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Radio amateurs in Nebraska will celebrate the state's 150th anniversary
during the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration Week QSO Party, starting on Saturday, February 25, and
continuing until Sunday, March 6. That time period includes the actual
anniversary date, March 1.

German Regulator Acts on More than 6,000 Instances of Interference in 2016:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- German telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur
-- BNetzA) reports that it investigated and resolved more than 6,000
cases of radio interference in 2016. The agency reported that the
caseload was about the same as 2015's.

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Recognized for Pioneering Work on SDR:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, of Synergy Microwave Corp was invited to deliver
the sixth Sir J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the IEEE Hyderabad Section
on December 2 during a joint session of the IEEE MTT, AP, and EMC
Societies in Hyderabad, India. Rohde's talk was "Next Generation
Networks: Software Defined Radio -- Emerging Trends."

Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, SK at 107; May Have Been World's Oldest Active Ham:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, has died just a couple
of weeks short of his 108th birthday. Wolf may have been the oldest
active radio amateur in the US, if not in the world, although no
official records are maintained. Licensed since 1936, Wolf was an ARRL
member and a Life Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association
(QCWA). Wolf was on the air daily, mostly on
40-meter CW.

In Brief...

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- VHF Propagation Guru, DXer Patrick J. Dyer, WA5IYX, SK: VHF DXer and
propagation expert Pat Dyer, WA5IYX, of San Antonio, Texas, died in
mid-December. Licensed in 1963 and an ARRL member, he was 69. "Pat
contributed greatly to our understanding of sporadic E propagation,
through both his professional research at the Office of
Telecommunications in Boulder, Colorado, and later through his personal
observations," Les Rayburn, N1LF, said in a post to the VHF Contesting
reflector.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #3:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

New Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- H.R. 555 -- a
new "Amateur Radio Parity Act" bill -- has been introduced in the U.S.
House of Representatives. The bill's language is identical to that of
the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer
but failed to gain the necessary support in the waning days of the US
Senate.

ARRL Asks FCC for New 5 MHz Band, Retain Channels and Current Power Limit:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL has asked the FCC to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band at
5 MHz to the Amateur Service, while also retaining four of the current
five 60-meter channels and current operating rules, including the 100 W
PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the
primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The proposed action would implement
a portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
(WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international allocation of
5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service; that band includes
5,358.5 kHz, one of the existing 5 MHz channels in the US.

ARRL Board if Directors to Meet in Connecticut:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors will convene January 20-21 in Windsor,
Connecticut. The full Board gathering will be preceded by new Director
and Vice Director orientation and meetings of the Programs and Services
and Administration and Finance committees.

Hams Upset as New Hotel Owner Wants Repeaters Removed from Roof:

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A controversy has erupted on New York's Long Island, where the owner of
the Islandia Marriott -- soon to become a casino -- wants two Amateur
Radio repeaters and antennas removed from the roof of the hotel that's
been their home for nearly 30 years. Town of Babylon ARES Emergency
Coordinator and RACES Radio Officer John Melfi, W2HCB, said removing
the repeaters would severely hamper the ability of Long Island radio
amateurs to support communication in the event of a disaster or
emergency.

CEPT Meeting Makes Progress on WRC-19 Agenda Items Affecting Amateur Radio

January 20, 2017 06:34 AM - ARRL -- Progress was made regarding World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) agenda items of interest to Amateur Radio when European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group Project Team D (PTD) held its second meeting January 10-12 in Helsinki, Finland. According to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 President Don Beattie, ...

January 19, 2017

N0KC Wins the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

January 19, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- The winning article for the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "A Small, Lightweight Switch-Mode Power Supply" by Ralph J. Crumrine, N0KC. 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 February issue today.

Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, SK at 107; May Have Been World's Oldest Active Radio Amateur

January 19, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, has died. Just a couple of weeks short of his 108th birthday, Wolf may have been the oldest active radio amateur in the US, if not in the world, although no official records are maintained. Licensed since 1936, Wolf was an ARRL member and a Life Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Wolf was on the air daily, mostly on 40-mete...

ARRL Board of Directors Scheduled to Meet in Connecticut

January 19, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Board of Directors will convene January 20-21 in Windsor, Connecticut. The full Board gathering will be preceded by new Director and Vice Director orientation and meetings of the Programs and Services and Administration and Finance committees.The prime topic on the agenda will be the new Amateur Radio Parity Act bill, H.R. 555, just introduced in the US House.In addition to discussing ...

Radio ham recognized for pioneering SDR work

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, of Synergy Microwave Corp was invited to deliver the sixth Sir J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the IEEE Hyderabad Section on December 2

New 'Amateur Radio Parity Act' bill introduced in US House of Representatives

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- H.R. 555 - a new 'Amateur Radio Parity Act' bill - has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill's language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US Senate to gain the necessary support

International Ham Stores Group gears up European hub

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- IHSG (International Ham Stores Group) one of Europe's largest importers, distributors and retailers of ham and hobby radio products, announces the imminent completion of its main European hub which will bring dozens of global Ham Radio brands to all Ham Radio shops and stores through Europe at competitive prices

Essex Skills Night now in it's 4th year

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, January 16 was the first Skills Night of 2017, and attracted just under 60 visitors, including amateurs from London, Kent and Cambridgeshire

Ofcom Call Sign change policy

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom have said that a radio amateur can apply for a different call sign if they change gender

Canvey Radio and Electronics Rally

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The 32nd Canvey Radio and Electronics Rally will be held on the 5th February 2017 at the Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, Canvey Island , Essex SS8 0JA

2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty Activity Days

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Association of Amateur Radio Services of Kazakhstan (AARSK) will conduct the activity days dedicated to the 2017 World Winter Universiade in Almaty

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

January 19, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- A truly dreadful week with no stations getting 3 or more reports on Thursday. I may have to change the criteria to get into the list. It's so bad that it's not really possible to say which station was most popular

Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS:

January 19, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Several CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were placed into
orbit on January 16 from the International Space Station (ISS). Six
CubeSats delivered to the ISS in December were deployed from the
Kibo airlock using the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
(J-SSOD).

Ham Talk Live #48 -- Sunspots:

January 19, 2017 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- On the next episode of Ham Talk Live!, Carl
Luetzelschwab, K9LA, will be here to take your
questions about sunspot cycles and how they
affect radio propagation. Tune in Thursday
night at 9 PM Eastern time by going to
HamTalkLive.com. Once the show goes live, just
hit play!

Radio Enthusiasts 'Hams' Put Their Skills to the Test:

January 19, 2017 01:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) gathered over the holidays to test their operating skills in an international contest. Also known as 'Hams,' amateur radio enthusiasts communicate around the world using a wide variety of frequencies and techniques. Sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national amateur radio organization of Canada, the RAC Winter Contest took place Dec. 16-17. It's a fun event that encourages Canadian amateurs to contact other amateurs across the country and around the world, and to wish them a merry Christmas and happy new year. This time, KCARC received permission to use the special call sign, VE1RAC, for the contest. Several members of the KCARC gathered at the station of Fred (VE1FA) and Helen (VA1YL) in Canard to assist with voice and Morse code contacts. While nasty weather and poor road conditions kept many club members at home on the opening night of the contest, better conditions the following night permitted them to get out to operate, socialize and enjoy the camaraderie of the club.

Listen With Your Eyes: One in Five of Us May 'Hear' Flashes of Light:

January 19, 2017 01:33 AM - eHam.net News -- One in five people is affected by a synaesthesia-like phenomenon in which visual movements or flashes of light are “heardâ€� as faint sounds, according to scientists. The findings suggest that far more people than initially thought experience some form of sensory cross-wiring -- which could explain the appeal of flashing musical baby toys and strobed lighting at raves. Elliot Freeman, a cognitive neuroscientist at City University and the studyâ€(tm)s lead author, said: “A lot of us go around having senses that we do not even recognise.â€� In the study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, 40 participants were presented with pairs of either visual or auditory Morse-code like patterns, and had to decide whether each pair contained the same or different sequences. Participants were then asked whether they were aware of hearing faint sounds accompanying the flashes.

Nobel Laurate Joe Taylor, K1JT, W1AW/KP4, to Attend ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention

January 19, 2017 01:33 AM - ARRL -- Nobel Laureate and Amateur Radio software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, will be an honored guest January 27-29 at the 5th annual ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention in Hatillo. Taylor was the 2016 Dayton Hamvention(r) Amateur of the Year.Special event station W1AW/KP4 will be on the air as part of the festivities.Admission is free. The event is organized by the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group and the P...

January 18, 2017

Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

January 18, 2017 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Several CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were placed into orbit on January 16 from the International Space Station (ISS). Six CubeSats delivered to the ISS in December were deployed from the Kibo airlock using the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD).Satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads included ITF-2, Waseda-Sat-3, AOBA-Velox-3, and TuPOD (including Tancredo-1). Univ...

Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles Emerson, N4OKL, SK

January 18, 2017 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles "Charlie" Emerson, N4OKL, of Huntsville, Alabama, died on January 14. An ARRL member, he was 71."Charlie had come to be the face and voice of Huntsville Hamfest," said a statement issued by the Huntsville Hamfest Board of Directors. "Huntsville Hamfest was Charlie's pride and joy, and he never missed an opportunity to promote the show or ham radi...

Hams Upset, as New Hotel Owner Wants Repeater Antennas Removed from Roof

January 18, 2017 09:34 PM - ARRL --

The WIA Merit Awards - in recognition of achievers

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia through its Merit Award program recognises those who have made a worthy contribution to Amateur Radio

WIA Elections, Nominations and Ballot

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The election of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors by postal ballot will happen in March; the nomination of candidates closes with the Returning Officer on January 31

Type approval in South Africa

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL submitted further documentation about Type Approval to ICASA in response to the discussions at the public hearing which took place last month

High-latitude Aurora alert

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A large crescent-shaped hole in the sun's atmosphere is facing Earth, and it is spewing a stream of high-speed solar wind

Further preparations for WRC-19

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A meeting has taken place in the past week in CEPT, which included agenda items considering matters of interest to the Amateur Radio Services at WRC19

Australian tests for a Mars mission

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steady progress is being made towards Central Australia being used in April by a radio amateur for testing a wide area radio network on the planet Mars

5th ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention in a few days!

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs are eagerly counting the few days left for the celebration of the 5th ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention on January 28-29, 2017 again from the Francisco Deida Coliseum in the city of Hatillo

5 MHz GB2RS News transmission time change

January 18, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Due to ongoing propagation changes, the team of 5 MHz GB2RS Newsreaders have decided to revise the time of the Sunday afternoon GB2RS News bulletin in order to try and optimize reception conditions

New Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

January 18, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- H.R. 555 - a new "Amateur Radio Parity Act" bill - has been
introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill's language
is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in
the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US
Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new
measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored
by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep.
Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now
chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new
bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came
up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure,
which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Moved to Late August:

January 18, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT reports that the launch date for RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has been
moved to August 29, 2017. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up
the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the
Joint Polar Satellite System JPSS-1 mission.

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