June 23, 2017

Five Things to Know About Saturday's Amateur Radio Event in Riverton:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio equipment and an array of other technologies will be on display during the annual Field Day/Family Day Saturday at Riverton Middle School. Here are five things to know:

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #25:

June 23, 2017 03:33 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.

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator WB6RVR (SK):

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC)
Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent
heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC
since 2003.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hamvention Reports Second-Largest Attendance Ever for 2017 Show:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The tally is in, and Hamvention 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio,
attracted 29,296 attendees, official spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI,
told ARRL. That is the second-largest attendance in the history of the
event. Hamvention attendance peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996
change in date from April to May, when the show was still being held at
Hara Arena. Attendance in 2016 for the show's final year at Hara was
25,364. Hamvention relocated to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo
Center this year, after Hara Arena closed last summer. Hamvention
General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, called 2017 "a most successful year."

State and Local Governments Honor Amateur Radio in Advance of Field Day:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Additional state and local governments have taken the opportunity to
honor Amateur Radio in the form of various proclamations, as ARRL Field
Day approaches. These proclamations arrived too late for inclusion in
last week's edition of The ARRL Letter.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- "Generators" is the topic of the new (June 22) episode of the "ARRL The
Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

President to Name Jessica Rosenworcel for New FCC Term:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- In a low-key announcement on June 13, President Donald Trump indicated
that he plans to nominate former FCC Commission member Jessica
Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot on the FCC. Rosenworcel
served on the Commission from 2012 to 2016, leaving at the end of last
year after the US Senate was unable to extend her term before time ran
out on that session of Congress. Rosenworcel has been a vocal supporter
of net neutrality and supported rules drafted by then-FCC Chairman Tom
Wheeler that would treat internet providers more like utilities. The
FCC's new Republican Chairman, Ajit Pai, has reversed course on that
initiative.

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the
optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched
on June 15 from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary
launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite. The
Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

Thirteen US Schools/Groups Move Closer to Hosting ARISS Contacts:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Thirteen schools and organizations have moved into the second phase of
the selection process to host the earthbound end of an Amateur Radio
contact with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is in the process of selecting schools and
groups to host ARISS school/group contacts during the first half of
2018.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Okays Baker Island DXpeditions:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has
agreed that a DXpedition to Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) -- the
fourth most-wanted DXCC entity -- would be an acceptable use, but has
detailed strict conditions under which it would issue a special use
permit (SUP). The FWS recently completed a compatibility determination
for Amateur Radio operation on Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge,
and two dozen comments showed "strong support" for Amateur Radio operation on the ecologically
sensitive island refuge, the FWS said. Baker Island is 1,830 nautical
miles southwest of Honolulu -- an 8-day voyage.

INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Ham Radio to Rescue Stalled Satellite:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat,
built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian
National University, and the University of New South Wales. According
to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed
to "explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit
demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors" and is part of
the QB-50 constellation of research CubeSats. Its operational frequency
was coordinated by IARU to be in the satellite
segment of the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band.

Hundreds of Stations Report Hearing WSPR Signal from Canada C3 Expedition:

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Hundreds of Amateur Radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being
transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40 meters from the Canada C3 expedition to track the vessel Polar
Prince as it transits
Canada from east to west via the Northwest Passage in 150 days to
celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.

In Brief...

June 23, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief: FCC Chairman Ajit
Pai has announced that
he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the
Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting
bureau chief, will become the Bureau's deputy chief.

Call in for Field Day Live on WTWW:

June 23, 2017 01:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Call in for Field Day LIVE on International Shortwave!

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

June 23, 2017 12:32 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

June 22, 2017

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

June 22, 2017 07:35 PM - ARRL -- Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003. Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California's distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

June 22, 2017 05:34 PM - ARRL -- "Generators" is the topic of the new (June 22) 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 ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

June 22, 2017 05:34 PM - ARRL -- To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend. "We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation," AR...

Rosemary C. Harold to lead FCC Enforcement Bureau

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- FCC Chair Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau

Ham Club PR with Scott Westerman W9WSW

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL Public Relations Committee Chair Scott Westerman, W9WSW, talks with ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, at Hamvention 2017

Field Day demonstrates Science, Skill and Service

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The El Paso Herald-Post reports members of the Sun City Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24-25

ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity mid-July

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions are expected to be made from the International Space Station on 145.800 MHz FM around the weekend of July 15

Amateur Radio needs young people

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) is making a concerted effort to engage local youth

2017 General Conference - Additional Papers

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Additional Papers for IARU Region 1 Committee 3, Committee 4 and Committee 5 have been uploaded to the Landshut Conference page

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

June 22, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Yet another good week but there are strong signs that the bubble has burst, only 30 spots in the last 12 hours

W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:

June 22, 2017 05:33 AM - eHam.net News -- W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:

June 21, 2017

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

June 21, 2017 10:33 PM - ARRL -- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau's deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she's also a former journalist. "This agency has a critical role to play in enforci...

Skills Night June 2017

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Despite being the hottest day of the year so far, more people that expected braved the hot and humid weather to come along to this June's Essex Skills Night

Ofcom reports to Government on proposed Fox/Sky merger

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today submitted a public interest report to the Government on the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21st Century Fox

Mayor proclaims Amateur Radio Week

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The City of Goose Creek (South Carolina) has again tipped its hat to amateur radio operators in the Lowcountry

GB1JSS June Summer Solstice

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so a group of Essex Hams will be using this opportunity to operate outdoors for as long as possible on the "June Summer Solstice"

FM broadcasting stations as VHF beacons

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the USA, they have often observed strong signals from distant FM broadcasting stations during Sporadic-E openings

Danish Anniversary Award

June 21, 2017 12:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Experimenterende Danske Radioamatoerer' (EDR for short) was founded on the August 15th, 1927, and will therefore be celebrated in 2017 with different activities

Amateur Radio Field Day this Weekend on Harris Hill:

June 21, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Association of the Southern Tier is inviting to public to see a demonstration of skill, science and public service at the Amateur Radio Field Day exercise Saturday and Sunday at Harris Hill Park in Big Flats. Amateur radio enthusiasts will operate temporary ham radio station W2ZJ at Cabin 5 next to the National Soaring Museum. There will be 24 hours of continuous operation from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. Even with smartphones and the internet, amateur radio operators say ham radio is the best way to communicate during emergencies when cell towers and other communications infrastructure go down.

Goose Creek Mayor Proclaims Amateur Radio Week:

June 21, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- The City of Goose Creek has again tipped its hat to amateur radio operators in the Lowcountry. Mayor Michael Heitzler signed a proclamation at City Hall proclaiming June 19 to 25 as Amateur Radio Week in the city. The signing took place on Wednesday, June 14. The proclamation calls amateur radio a valuable tool for the city, especially for the Goose Creek Police and Fire Departments during emergencies such as a hurricane. "Amateur radio has once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world," the proclamation states. According to the proclamation, in addition to its emergency operations, "Amateur radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas."

Amateur Radio Needs Young People to Pursue Interest:

June 21, 2017 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- WEST CHESTER TWP. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting is making a concerted effort to engage local youth. WCARA recently held a Kids Day on June 18 where children learned about amateur radio and got behind the microphone to talk with other children and amateur radio operators on the air. "The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Kid's Day program is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people, introduce them to amateur radio and generate an interest in the hobby," said WCARA club president Dennis O'Neill. "It's important to attract young people to the hobby, as amateur radio operators provide extensive public service." With an increasing dependency on internet-based communication systems, shortwave radio operators can help fill a communications void if those systems fail.

Ham Talk Live #70 -- Field Day Questions and Answers:

June 21, 2017 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- LIVE on Thursday at 9 PM Eastern, Sean
Kutzko, KX9X from ARRL will take your Field
Day questions on Ham Talk Live! We'll talk a
little about Field Day, but once again this
year we hope to keep most of the time for
YOUR questions and answers!

June 20, 2017

Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day

June 20, 2017 11:34 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Field Day is upon us! If you're still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going. If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out...

US Fish and Wildlife Service Okays Baker Island DXpeditions, with Strict Conditions

June 20, 2017 09:34 PM - ARRL --

13 Colonies Special Event Returns July 1-7

June 20, 2017 08:34 PM - ARRL --

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

June 20, 2017 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.Friday, June 23 Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sat) Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM ...

2017 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced:

June 20, 2017 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Peter Portanova, W2JV, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, have been nominated to serve on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Ballots will go out in mid-July to AMSAT-NA members, and candidate statements will accompany them. The top four vote-getters will be elected to the Board, with an alternate chosen based on the next highest number of...

'Last Man Standing' talks at CMT break down

June 20, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hollywood Reporter says talks to save the Last Man Standing show, in which Tim Allen plays radio amateur Mike Baxter KA0XTT, have broken down

InnovAntennas 'Big Gun' arrays

June 20, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ray Higgins, W2RE purchased 4 x 6el LFA Yagis (9.5m booms) for 50MHz last year stacking them vertically on a 100' fully rotating tower

ID-4100E Dualband D-Star Digital Mobile debuts in the UK

June 20, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Icom ID-4100E is a new D-STAR mobile radio which will allow you to make digital voice (DV) and data calls through the worldwide D-STAR network

RSGB Convention 2017

June 20, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- You can now book online for the 2017 RSGB Convention which takes place in Milton Keynes Oct 13-15. This year the convention incorporates the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium

Asteroid named after Radio Ham

June 20, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The International Astronomical Union, April 13, rewarded the space physicist and radio amateur Asta Pellinen-Wannberg SM3UHV by designating a celestial body in her name, Asteroid 11807 Wannberg

Amateur Radio Operators to Participate in National Field Day:

June 20, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Local amateur radio operators will join the Loveland Emergency Operations Center at the downtown fire station, 401 E. Fifth St., next weekend for a demonstration on volunteer emergency communication teams. Known as "ham" radio operators, volunteer emergency communicators provide backup for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies across the nation, a press release from the Loveland fire department said. On Saturday, June 24, an annual event called "Field Day" will take place in which ham radio operators nationwide set up temporary radio stations in public to show their abilities to work reliably by creating independent communications networks, the release said. The Amateur Radio Relay League's slogan is "When all else fails, Amateur Radio works," and it rings true as ham radio operators can send messages in forms without the use of phone systems, internet or other infrastructure that can be compromised during a crisis.

Radio Hobbyists Get Together at Hamfest:

June 20, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Decades ago, Fred Raubinger had two brief conversations with Barry Goldwater. Mr. Goldwater was on his yacht in the Gulf of Mexico when they spoke. Mr. Raubinger was in Michigan with an amateur ham radio. Now an older man, Mr. Raubinger was one of the 1,000 individuals who attended Monroe County's Hamfest on Sunday to share stories -- like his tale of talking to the five-term senator and former presidential candidate -- and knowledge with fellow amateur radio enthusiasts. Presented by the Monroe County Radio Communications Association, the festival is one of the largest annual amateur radio swap meets in the Midwest. It began in 1961 and continues to provide a space for people to buy and sell used radios, antennas, and other electronic parts. This year, attendees, who affectionately refer to themselves as "hams," traveled from as far as New York and Wisconsin to take part in the Father's Day radio festivities at the Monroe County Fairgrounds.

Whidbey Public Invited to Field Day:

June 20, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Whidbey Island ham radio operators will be among
thousands nationwide to switch on their shortwave
radios at remote locations to practice emergency
communications capabilities during an annual field radio
exercise on June 24-25.

INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio Rescue Stalled Satellite

June 20, 2017 12:33 AM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to "explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors" and ...

June 19, 2017

Thirteen US Schools/Groups Move Closer to Hosting ARISS Contacts

June 19, 2017 11:33 PM - ARRL -- Thirteen schools and organizations will move into the second phase of the selection process to host the earthbound end of an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station (ISS) crew. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is in the process of selecting schools and groups to host ARISS contacts during the first half of 2018. The 13 prospective hosts now will submit ...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins Prestigious W.G. Cady Award

June 19, 2017 09:33 PM - ARRL -- Well-known scientist and radio amateur Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the 2017 W.G. Cady Award, "for pioneering research, development, and commercialization of signal-generating and processing devices for commercial and scientific applications." Sponsored by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society, the Cady Award recognizes outstanding contributions r...

K6AH Wins the June 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

June 19, 2017 06:34 PM - ARRL --

WIA Contest Champion Results 2016

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Avid contester Alan Shannon VK4SN had the best combined effort in three out of seven Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) sponsored contests for 2016, and was declared the WIA Contest Champion

VHF/UHF Contest

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- An early reminder that the IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day takes place over the weekend of 1st/2nd July. The contest is on 5 bands 50, 70, 144, 432 and 1296 MHz

SARCfest - with a difference

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the age of the Internet and on-line shopping, a HamFest is a lot of work for not much fund-raising. The really important part of a HamFest is that it's a great social occasion

Renewal of your Amateur Station Licence

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- All Irish Amateur Station Licences, with the exception of temporary assignments, are issued for the lifetime of the Licensee

DXCC Country/Entity Report

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Networkfor for the week of Monday, 12th June, through Monday, 19th June there were 190 countries active

Cuban Special Event

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC), in Las Tunas Province, will be active using their callsign CO9KAA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Jornada Cucalambeana' starting June 28th until July 3rd

Advanced Distance Learning Course filling up

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve G0FUW reports that the Advanced Distance Learning Course due to start in July is already 75% full - book now before it's too late

Fallbrook 'Hams' Get Ready for Field Day:

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club (FARC) members and their fellow amateur radio operators ("hams") from across the nation are getting ready for American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day, the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. A 24-hour affair in which amateur radio operators set up temporary transmitting stations in public places, Field Day 2017 begins at 11 a.m. June 24 and concludes at 11 a.m. June 25. FARC members and other local hams will use the athletic field at Frazier Elementary School (1835 Gum Tree Lane) for the event. "It's mostly a preparedness exercise for if you had to go out and set up radios for an emergency," said Ron Patten, vice president of FARC. "There are other social things involved, but that's what the main premise is." The "social things" include bonding with other hams and sharing ham radio's science with the public as the event is open to everyone. "You don't have to be a ham operator," said Patten. "If you want to find out what it's all about, you can stop by, and if you'd like, we can put you on the air." Patten said more than a dozen clubs or groups in San Diego County will be participating in Field Day, which was established in 1933. According to the ARRL, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America will set up temporary transmitting stations. "It's the busiest day of the year on the radio frequencies," said Patten. "There will be wall-to-wall conversations, people calling out to make contacts on almost every ham frequency." Field Day shows the importance of amateur radio and how it's invaluable in terms of communications support in times of emergencies, when telephones, cell phones and the internet can become overloaded and fail, or when natural disasters take out communication equipment.

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Tuesday:

June 19, 2017 12:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This Tuesday on Amateur Radio Roundtable, we will
be showing some unseen video of Hamvention
2017, Mag loop antennas, new SDRs, Dave will
review the new MFJ cobweb antenna, Tom will
give a 15 year history of our webcast, discuss
field day plans to webcast, and much more.

June 18, 2017

Strong ties bind Amateurs and Broadcasters

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio World reports that for many in the broadcasting business, ham radio remains close to their hearts

South African Radio League Top Band QSO Party

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This is a fun activity to promote contacts on 160 metres between radio amateurs in Southern African countries and to encourage radio amateurs to apply for the South African Radio League Top Band Award

SARL fund for disaster victims

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- SARL President Nico, ZS6QL, said in a news flash dated 14 June 2017: I am pleased to announce that Council has decided, on short notice, to establish an independent General Disaster Trust Fund to assist fellow radio amateurs who have suffered because of natural disasters

ROTA - Recipes On The Air

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This World Wide Recipe Swapping Net is on 20m, 14.183MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays (or slightly later depending on how long the ANZA Net runs for)

IARU R1 Youth activities

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, writes about Youth Activities at Friedrichshafen

GippsTech 2017 coming in early July

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This premier technical conference focusses primarily on techniques in the VHF, UHF and microwave bands, especially for weak-signal working

FUNcube Satellite Status Update

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-UK has released the FUNcube satellite status update report for June 2017

Don't miss Skills Night Monday

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- This Monday, June 19 is the next Essex Skills Night. This will be the last Skills Night before the Summer break

2017 AMSAT Field Day Rules

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event

Yakima County Volunteer Radio Operators Critical to Emergency Response:

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Jo Whitney's interest in amateur radio was first piqued in the 1980s, when her then-boyfriend was a ham-radio operator. The boyfriend is ancient history, but she's stuck with what's become more than just a hobby. For the better part of 26 years, she's been the coordinator for Yakima County's Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a team of 20 ham operators who help provide communication during emergencies or at public events in Yakima County's more remote areas. Whitney and a team were recently at Clear Lake east of White Pass providing communications for the Round Mountain Half Marathon. "It is a way to have a hobby without being self-centered," Whitney said. ARES volunteers, and ham radios in general, are credited with playing a vital role in the county's emergency management plans, as well as search-and-rescue operations in remote locations. Amateur radio began in the early 20th century, shortly after wireless radio technology was developed. Congress passed the first telecommunications act, the Radio Act of 1912, to bring order out of the chaos of radio operators taking up almost the entire radio spectrum. Amateur operators were given designated frequencies on which to operate and were licensed. Subsequent FCC regulations allowed for the creation of a voluntary communication network to be used in times of emergencies, which led to the formation of ARES. ARES teams consist of volunteers who use their own radio equipment and training to provide communications in emergencies. In doing so, they remain a valuable piece of the communication system.

Pinson Valley Selected for Radio Contact with International Space Station:

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - eHam.net News -- PINSON -- According to a press release by Pinson Valley High, the school has been selected by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to make contact with astronauts the International Space Station (ISS) 2018. The school submitted a proposal that is part of a process will move into a second phase before making contact. The proposal was spearheaded by Jennifer Moore, who is an English teacher at Pinson Valley. The school was one of 13 educational organizations to move into this phase, the press release stated. Now an equipment plan will be submitted to ARISS for it to review. When it's accepted, the school's "availability must match radio contact opportunities that NASA can offer between January and June of 2018." During this time ISS will be orbiting approximately 250 miles above Earth.

9th Annual 13 Colonies Special Event:

June 18, 2017 12:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Again we will be celebrating July 1st to July 6th the Original 13 Colonies, our nation's independence and honoring our vets/men and women in our military. Come join in on the fun. Every year it gets bigger and better. Also joining us will be our two regular bonus stations, WM3PEN/Philadelphia and GB13COL/Durham-England.

June 17, 2017

Waters and Stanton announce the immediate availability of the Icom ID-4100

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Waters and Stanton are pleased to announce the arrival to UK shores of the Icom ID-4100, available for a limited time with free shipping

Upper atmospheric 'heat wave' wipes out noctilucent clouds

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Every year in June, far-northern sky watchers see electric-blue tendrils creeping over the western horizon at sunset

Three fined £1.9m for emergency call service failure

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has fined mobile phone provider Three £1,890,000, after uncovering a weakness in the mobile operator's emergency call network

Syllabus consultation for UK ham radio exams

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- A syllabus consultation is being held for the new Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced RSGB amateur radio exams

Semiconductor embedded substrate (SESUB) technology to reduce the footprint for a digital speaker

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Trigence Semiconductor Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has launched an audio module that makes use of TDK's semiconductor embedded substrate (SESUB) technology to reduce the footprint for a digital speaker

NewsWest for Sunday, 18 June 2017

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Welcome to the latest bulletin of NewsWest compiled by the dedicated news team from VK6 Amateur Radio News, VK6ARN

Join Virtual Buildathon and build satellite antenna

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Chertsey Radio Club is running a virtual build-a-thon to construct a dual-band satellite antenna for 2m/70cm using low-cost parts and it's open to all

Amateur radio to the rescue of satellite

June 17, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- I-Inspire-2 is a 20 x 10 x 10cm CubeSat built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales (Sydney)

Amateur Radio 'Field Day' Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service:

June 17, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- On June 24-25 amateur radio operators around the world will be dusting off their equipment and heading to the outdoors to get some fresh air. Members of the Saguaro Nights Amateur Radio Club from Arizona State University will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise in the mountains of Pine, Arizona. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The annual field day event provides amateur "ham" radio operators the chance to test their equipment and operating skills in the great outdoors. Ham radio isn't just about building equipment, talking to and meeting people from all around the world, it's also about providing communications in the event of a disaster. It is said that "when all else fails\& amateur radio." When all other forms of communication fail ham radio operators can, and do, provide emergency communications for free. Field day is an excellent way to hams to practice this skill and for the public to see them in action.

SPARC Introduces Amateur Radio to Boy Scout Troop 124:

June 17, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- On June 5th, Dave Hackett, from the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) gave an excellent demonstration that introduced the world of Amateur (Ham) Radio to Boy Scout Troop 124 at their weekly Troop Meeting. It included a brief history of wireless communications, a presentation about how radio signals can travel great distances and how this characteristic can be used to contact other Ham Radio operators hundreds, even, thousands, of miles apart. By connecting a transceiver to his laptop, Dave was able to show the Scouts places in the continental United States, South America and Europe he contacted earlier that day. The Scouts were also given a demonstration on Morse Code, by Marvin Bronstein, and were able to use an electronic keyer.

Amateur Radio Holds Field Day:

June 17, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24 and 25, at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds south parking area, Route 151 and Currier Road in East Falmouth. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio and its value during emergencies. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to visit the site. FARA demonstrated their radio operating skills in the 2016 Field Day, placing 9th out of 376 stations participating in their operating class. "It's easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other," said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cellphone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That's the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage."

NewsWest for Sunday, 18 June 2017:

June 17, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Welcome to the latest bulletin of NewsWest compiled by the dedicated news team from VK6 Amateur Radio News, VK6ARN. The theme for today's broadcast is items for New amateurs, we have news of a club AGM and of course Roy's helpline. Our regular compact of what's been going on and whats going to go on and a welcome snippet from Peter VK3YE and of course Onno's Foundations of Amateur Radio...

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #24 de K7RA:

June 17, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- At 2311 UTC on June 14 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre
issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning. "In the second half of
the first UT day (15 June) the solar wind is expected to be
influenced by a High Speed Solar Wind Stream. On the second UT day
(16 June) the speed can reach 700 km/s. The geomagnetic activity is
expected to reach active levels. Isolated minor storm periods are
possible on 16 June.

Hamvention 2017 Attendance: 29,296:

June 17, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- It took a while to collect all the information but the numbers are in and it has been a most successful year. This is quite an increase over last year's attendance.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2068 for Friday, June 16, 2017:

June 17, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. South Africa's hams mobilize as deadly wildfires knock out communications. An amateur radio club in Minnesota marks a milestone. Morse Code is history for hams in Jamaica -- and the FCC gives an ultimatum to manufacturers causing RF interference. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2068 comes your way right now.

June 16, 2017

State and Local Governments Honor Amateur Radio in Advance of Field Day 2017

June 16, 2017 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Each year as ARRL Field Day approaches, state and local governments have traditionally taken the opportunity to honor Amateur Radio in the form of various proclamations. This year is no exception.In Nevada, Governor Brian Sandoval has proclaimed June as Amateur Radio Month. Sandoval's proclamation cited the ability of Amateur Radio volunteers "to provide their tireless service, personal equipme...

The K7RA Solar Update

June 16, 2017 07:34 PM - ARRL -- At 2311 UTC on June 14 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning:"In the second half of the first UT day (15 June) the solar wind is expected to be influenced by a High Speed Solar Wind Stream. On the second UT day (16 June) the speed can reach 700 km/s. The geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active levels. Isolated minor storm periods are poss...

Pixie Challenge

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Banbury Amateur Radio Society is issuing a Pixie Challenge to its members to each build the famous Pixie very low cost CW transceiver and win a prize for the first two people to make a valid QSO

Jamboree on the Air

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- As you may be aware, the Scouts' Jamboree on the Air weekend is fast approaching and is being held over the weekend of the 20th to 22nd October 2017

ILLW reaches its 200th registration

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- It took 20 years for the callsign PA6LH in Holland to score the prestigious 200th registration in the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

Honour leaves Stalky, 83, speechless for once

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hawke's Bay Today reports New Zealand radio amateur Arthur (Stalky) Law ZL2HE has received an award for his volunteering work

GB1JSS June Summer Solstice

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The longest day of the year (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) will soon be upon us which means the Essex Hams will be taking the opportunity to operate portable in celebration

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 106

June 16, 2017 12:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- For me Amateur Radio is about the constant quest of learning, the ongoing pursuit of explanation and understanding, the relentless curiosity that burns a hole in my mind waiting to get filled with information and knowledge about anything and everything

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