July 29, 2014

VK9 DX-Vacation

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A JA team is planning to be active from Christmas Island (VK9X) and Cocos-Keeling Island (VK9C) sometime between late July and early August

The medium wave beacon in Mildura is QRT

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The VK3FI 473 kHz CW beacon at Mildura in far north-western Victoria is now off the air for the start of some antenna improvements

Time running out to book for SARL RTA's in Gauteng

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tony Voorveld ZS6CCD will be delivering the keynote address entitled 'The Magic Lamps'

RSGB appoint new Spectrum Chair

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following the advertisement of the position of Chair of the Spectrum Forum, the RSGB Board have appointed Murray Niman G6JYB to the position

Nauryz DX Contest 2014 prizes dispatched

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On July 28, 2014 contest committee have completed dispatching plaques and medals to the 2014 contest winners

Liechtenstein op

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kasimir, DL2SBY, will once again be active from Liechtenstein between September 13-20th

HamRadioNow: Amateur Radio Parity Act

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- HR 4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, is a bill before the House of Representatives that would extend PRB-1 protection to private contracts like your Homeowner's Association rules, deed restrictions, 'CCandR's,' and stuff like that. Every ham supports that, right?

Enhanced FUNcube-1 Dashboard now available

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last weekend saw the AMSAT-UK Colloquium take place and Jim Heck G3WGM and Ciaran Morgan M0XTD together gave a presentation on the FUNcube-1 mission

Aberkenfig Radio club celebrates its first birthday

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Aberkenfig Radio Club in South Wales, will be celebrating their first birthday on the 23rd and 24th of August 2014 and they will be holding a radio weekend at Nash Point lighthouse in south Wales, and anyone is welcomed to come along

No Editions of The ARRL Letter, ARRL Audio News this Week

July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - ARRL -- There will be no editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News this Thursday and Friday, July 31 and August 1. The ARRL Letter will return on August 7, and ARRL Audio News will return on August 8.

July 28, 2014

Army MARS at the ARRL Convention:

July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- Hartford, Conn.--The "test range" was a plain-vanilla office
table inside the big exhibition hall. At the left end sat the PRC-150,
one of some 10,000 or so backpack HF radios carried by U.S. troops,
its whip antenna extended and ready for action. The other end was
occupied by an innovative new commercial radio with the look and feel
of a late-model amateur transceiver priced in the upper-middle range.

Skywarn Warriors: Radio Buffs Work Front Lines for National Weather Service

July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler. But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people. So when the power is out, many of its 6,500 Skywarn weather watchers in southern New England go the traditional route, using ham radio to file reports. "A lot of our reports do come from amateur radio," said weather service meteorologist Glenn Fields. "We do monitor Twitter and Facebook, so some spotters use that, as well as phone and Internet." Fields estimated that only about 650 of the trained severe weather spotters provide regular reports, but as many as a third of them use ham radios to file their reports. Ham radios are good because they are battery powered and it doesn't matter if the electricity goes out in a storm.

Amateur Radio Operators Descend on Civic Center for Annual Hamfest:

July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- CULLMAN -- The nearly-full parking lot at the Cullman Civic Center was filled with cars Saturday, many of which were sporting multiple two- and three-foot-long antennas. The vehicles belonged to attendees of the 2014 Cullman Hamfest, an annual event for amateur radio enthusiasts, several of whom had custom license plates on their cars with their radio IDs, or "call signs." Inside the center, some attendees wore caps and badges with their personal call signs. Close to 200 people milled about the tables displaying radio gadgets and accessories.

Army MARS Demonstrates ALE, Courts Young Volunteers at ARRL National Centennial Convention

July 28, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The "test range" was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At one end sat a PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so back-pack HF radios carried by US soldiers, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. At the other end was an innovative commercial radio that had the look and feel of a late-model Amateur Radio. This odd pairing was Army MARS's high-tech contribution to the...

Maritime Mobile Service Network Aids in Separate Land-Based Emergencies

July 28, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- While best known for its efforts to aid voyagers on the high seas, the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) occasionally helps out in land-based emergencies too. That was the case recently when MMSN net control stations received distress calls regarding motor vehicle incidents in Nevada and Texas. On July 24, MMSN Net Control Station Ken Porter, AC0ML, was notified by HF mobile operator Georg...

Weekend fireballs kick off annual Perseid meteor shower

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Fireballs detected this weekend by NASA meteor cameras signal the start of the annual Perseid meteor shower

The Wireless Bridge

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless links are often used to bridge two halves of a computer network together in situations where physical cables cannot be used.
Over the last weekend, members of North Humber Raynet and Yorkshire 4x4 Response have taken this idea one stage further, and have succeeded in joining together the two ends of one of the world's longest suspension bridges in aid of their local charity the Dove House Hospice

The Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Amateur radio club is born

The Shannon Basin Club to host SSB Field Day

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Shannon Basin Radio Club will once again be hosting the SSB Field Day on 6th and 7th September

SEARG at Inistioge Vintage Rally

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from the Inistioge Vintage Rally which takes place in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday 3rd of August

NASA TV coverage of European cargo ship launch to space station

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station

ICQPodcast

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- S7 E15 of the ICQPodcast - Programming with Chirp has been released

History This Week

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

EURAO Party - Summer 2014: give youth a chance

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'give youth a chance'

Czech DXpedition to Togo

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Czech DXpedition team will be in Togo for 14 days, but will be active between September 25th and October 3rd

Austrian Special Event

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for the special event station OE2WURZL14 (Boy Scout Club station of Club TeleScout) to be active between August 3-13th, from the international 'Camp of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Salzburg (PPĂ–)' operating from the Gasteiner Valley (JN67NE)

SolderSmoke Podcast

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 163 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on July 30 (UTC)

July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW po...

SARL HF Phone Contest

July 28, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 3

RSGB RoPoCo CW

July 28, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-0830Z, Aug 3

SKYWARN WARRIORS: Local ham radio buffs work front lines for National Weather Service (Massachusetts)

July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler.

But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people.

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

July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014.

Ham radio users could be vital resource in emergency: Group reforming in McKean County (Pennsylvania)

July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder.

Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable.

MARS-men are from Texas?

July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Although they're not from outer space, the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment is definitely reaching out across the atmosphere to bring people closer together.

July 27, 2014

The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag with India's Ham Radio Operators:

July 27, 2014 07:31 PM - eHam.net News -- In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver. Ham radio - once a derogatory, then later affectionate nickname for amateur radio - got its start at the beginning of the 20th century, when amateur radio lovers began tinkering with equipment to talk to each other. In many ways, it's the first social network - anyone with the right equipment can join, get a call sign, and start chatting. Kind of like an Internet chatroom, but without everyone asking "A/S/L?" all the time. While the technology is now mostly obsolete in the world of Internet connections and smartphones, there are still times when modern ham-operators can serve as essential communication channels, since ham-radios can be used without any major infrastructure.

Ham Radio Users Could Be Vital Resource In Emergency:

July 27, 2014 07:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder. Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable. If McKean County Emergency Management director Bruce Manning has his way, he'll be able to turn to a group of amateur radio operators for help. They would be able to fill in the communication gap between emergency responders. On July 31, Manning is calling a meeting to revive an amateur radio group that has been dormant for about two years. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency office at 17175 U.S. Route 6 in Smethport. "It's another tool in the toolbox that you hope you never have to use," Manning said. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a well-known hobby, but it can also be also a major public service. They have the equipment needed, in case all other communication fails. In fact, operators can exchange information with others operators, rain or shine, from across the county or the world.

Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) 2014 Conference in Huntsville

July 27, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...

ISS Astronaut Activates ARISS During ARRL National Centennial Convention

July 27, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low levels. There is no major solar flaring threat

SARL disappointment at INTECNET numbers

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) held an INTECNET on Tuesday 22 July to brief the SARL delegates on how to vote on the various agenda items

Ofcom website publishes 144 MHz notice

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The formal Ofcom notice regarding the use of the 144 MHz band during the Commonwealth Games is now available on the Ofcom site

ILLW reaches another a milestone

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The prestigious 400th registration in this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend goes to the USA and the Lydia Inlet Lighthouse in Texas

How to contribute to the Fox-1C satellite

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- With the recent announcement of the launch opportunity for the Fox-1C Cubesat, AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C

GA14CG - Glasgow Commonwealth Games Special Event Station

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Since the 21st of July, the Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) have been busy hosting the Special Event Station GA14CG; Golf Alpha One Four Commonwealth Games, to celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP

July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the ESA 2014 Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, United Kingdom on Tuesday 29 July 2014

ARRL August UHF Contest

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 2 to 1800Z, Aug 3

European HF Championship

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 2

10-10 Int. Summer Contest, SSB

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Aug 2 to 2359Z, Aug 3

TARA Grid Dip Shindig

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Aug 2

North American QSO Party, CW

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 2 to 0559Z, Aug 3

Series Seven Episode Fifteen - Programming with Chirp (27 July 2014)

July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Seven Episode Fifteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss the joy of working and operating a special event station as GA214CG comes live and Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) reviews Programming with Chirp.
Thai hams get special permission for 6 metres
UK CubeSail Amateur / Ham Radio Satellite
Wirral Grammar School for Girls launch 434 MHz balloon
Top Ten finish for UK Team in WRTC
Spanish 5 MHz experimental period extended
Andorra joins 5MHz allocations
New Zealand Amateur / Ham radio Brass Monkey Contest
Communicate with 'walkie talkie' dongle
New Amateur / Ham radio Licences in Ireland
144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games
20th Commonwealth Games, Galsgow 2014 Special Event

New Book for Hams About Software Defined Radio:

July 27, 2014 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Hi folks, I have finally finished my book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR.
It is called "An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio".

July 26, 2014

MARS-Men Are From Texas?

July 26, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- AUSTIN, Texas -- Although they're not from outer space, the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment is definitely reaching out across the atmosphere to bring people closer together. Older military members may remember MARS, the Military Auxiliary Radio System, as a way to keep in touch with family while stationed in Vietnam, or other far-flung posts around the world. The concept was, and is, fairly simple - a volunteer "ham" radio operator, using a phone patch switching station, receives a request via high-frequency radio to connect someone to a standard phone line. Although "MARSgrams" saw peak use during the 1960s and 70s, the technology has weathered the ensuing decades well, and with the technology's relative simplicity, the MARS program is making a comeback. Since the basic infrastructure used, radio towers and phone lines, are already up and running, using MARS doesn't cost the military anything past purchasing switching stations and other high-frequency equipment. Recognizing how valuable this type of communication is during disasters, the Texas State Guard stood up a special MARS detachment in 2008. Prior to that, TXSG members supported other parts of the Texas Military Forces for short periods in low-risk areas using personal equipment.

That Was a Close One! Study: Massive Solar Storm Barely Missed Us In 2012:

July 26, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Two years ago, modern infrastructure came very close to a serious disruption. The culprit? One of the largest solar storms in recorded history. Plasma exploding from the surface of the sun in a coronal mass ejection barreled through space and crossed through Earth's orbital path on July 23, 2012. If the flare had erupted about one week earlier, Earth would have been squarely in the line of fire, Daniel N. Baker wrote in a study published in the journal Space Weather. (Baker is with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado).

Propagation de K7RA

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27

QSO Today - New Ham Radio Interview Podcast

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- QSO Today, a new interview style podcast for prospective, new, and returning hams, was launched today

Nasa seeks help with Earth-Mars data links

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nasa is asking for help to get data back from its science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface

FISTS CW Club North America reduces dues for ages 65-80

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- FISTS CW Club in North America has reduced its dues for members aged 65-80 from $15 to $10

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 18th-July, through Friday, 25th-July there were 206 countries active

Canadian Amateurs receive Order of Canada

July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/ KC5RNJ have received this prestigious designation from Canada's Governor General

NCCC Sprint Ladder

July 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Aug 1

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says (Connecticut)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensable in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.

That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group.

Solar "superstorm" just missed Earth in 2012

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Scientists are shedding new light on a massive solar storm that narrowly missed impacting Earth two years ago.

"If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a statement released by NASA this week.

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

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up co-sponsors for The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 HR.4969. The measure, introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June, would call on the FCC to apply the reasonable accommodation three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.

Radio enthusiasts to put Blaskets on air (Ireland)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- THE Blaskets will be going on air later this month as a group of amateur radio operators spend a week operating from the islands.

Their aim is to participate in the Islands On the Air (IOTA) contest of July 26 and 27, which will see radio operators on islands large and small around the world bouncing signals to one another.

FEMA, ARRL sign cooperative agreement

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced on Friday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the area of disaster communication.

Ham radio operators help rescue injured hiker at Fourth of July Trailhead area (Colorado)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Three ham radio operators relaying messages helped rescue a man injured on a backcountry hiking trail.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a ham radio operator was hiking on the Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday when he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt.

All Nations University College Makes Strides In Building The Amateur Ground Station

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The resolve of All Nations University College (ANU) to put Ghana among Space Science nations in the world is about to be implemented.

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act!

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls the Plug on its System

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper's Cincinnati.com website.

Boulder County hiker thankful for rescuers and ham radio operators: 'I was lucky' (Colorado)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Boulder resident Bill Eberle has been a licensed ham radio operator since his teen years and says he never goes on a hike into the Colorado wilderness without his portable radio.

FCC to Take Up Antenna Structure Rules Aug. 8

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- WASHINGTON The Federal Communications Commission will vote on an update its antenna structure rules at its next open meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

U.S. team wins amateur radio championship held on South Shore (Massachusetts)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A team from the United States recently won the World Radiosport Team Championship, which was held at many South Shore sites.

Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification. Ham frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them.

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

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Among the things the Amateur Radio community can count on in its second century, according to Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, is that ham radio will continue to thrive and serve the public interest.

FCC Snares Ham Operators

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC proposed a total of $33,500 in fines against two amateur radio operators for intentionally interfering with other hams and failing to identify their stations on-air while transmitting.

Ham Radio Aids in Rescue of Injured Colorado Hiker

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- While Bill Eberle, AB0MY, of Boulder, Colorado, and his wife Mary were hiking in the back country on July 21, they encountered a team of paramedics rendering aid to a 67-year-old man Michael Schuett, of Broomfield, Colorado who had lost his footing while crossing a stream near the Fourth of July Campground west of Nederland, Colorado. Schuett had struck his head on a boulder and was found unconscious and face down in the water by a Good Samaritan, who pulled him to safety. The paramedics, who had been heading to a youth camp, also had stumbled onto the scene.

FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio Resilient

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ham Operator Gets $22,000 Fine for Hogging Frequency

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A Michigan ham radio operator is being fined $22,000 for frequency hogging. Specifically, Michael Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., is being cited for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification, according to a notice from the Federal Communications Commission. - See more at: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/ham-operator-gets--fine-for-hogging-frequency/271421#sthash.zk5ZUy7O.dpuf

Irving club teaches ham radio use, serves community with emergency communications (Texas)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Dennis Riise said he first took an interest in ham radios in the early 1950s when he was in high school, because it opened up the world.

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

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference to other Amateur Radio communications - in one case by transmitting music and animal noises - and failure to properly identify.

HAM radio operators contact first station on 100th anniversary (Washington)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- On the 100th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio Relay station, W1AW, the Sky Valley Amateur Radio Club (W7SKY) made contact with the Newington, Conn. station, using portable equipment set up in the Skykomish River Park.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It's nice to see federal authorities taking explicit note of the role of ham radio in times of disaster, and even nicer to see the government building upon that.

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW.

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole Station in Antarctica - the home of KC4AAA. The examination was administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July 21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag With India's Ham Radio Operators

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver.

Ham stations to provide public service during storms (Louisiana)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur radio, or ham radio as it's called on the inside, means a lot to those who are members of this relatively unknown club.

Amateur radio operators gather in Connecticut for ARRL centennial convention

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Connecticut is playing host to the world this week and Harold Kramer of Cheshire is a big reason the state will be getting some international attention.

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space.

Grays Harbor Ham Radio Enthusiasts Serve the Community (Washington)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radios are an old-school method of communication. We catch glimpses of the radios in World War II themed movies. With tall antennas, a boxy exterior, and math skills needed to operate the device, a license is required for one to access the airways.

Red Button: How the King of Jordan paid secret visits to Coventry radio enthusiast (UK)

July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the league of unlikely-but-true Red Button stories, the disclosure that the Vatican owns parts of Cheylesmore has reigned supreme.

Until now, with the revelation that King Hussein of Jordan secretly visited a radio ham who lived a few doors down from the Painted Lady pub in Longfellow Road, Wyken.

The story is based largely on handed down accounts of an unlikely friendship between the monarch and Harry Burton.

July 25, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:

July 25, 2014 09:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder
of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August
14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other
day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Hosting Event In OKC:

July 25, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Amateur radio operators from across central Oklahoma are gathering this weekend for the 41st annual Ham Holiday event. The non-profit Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs host the event, which will run Friday and Saturday. Joel Harrison, the past president of the National Association of Amateur Radio, will be the special guest speaker.

ARNewsline Report 1928 -- July 25 2014:

July 25, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. FEMA and the ARRL
announce a new Memorandum of Agreement; The
International Amateur Radio Union Region 2
Executive Committee meets in Connecticut;
several 2 meter channels in the UK being used
for the Commonwealth Games; Australian
launched ham radio balloon reaches South
America; WA1ZMS named to receive the first
Triennial Brendan Medal and the last big
Collins shortwave transmitter saved from the
scrap heap. All this and more on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1928 coming
your way right now.

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

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

The K7RA Solar Update

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

TX Factor Episode 4 is On The Air!

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

ISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday

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

Early activity on 60m from Andorra

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

Bookmark and Share

Last updated (UTC):
July 29, 2014 06:13 PM

If you have any questions about this site, please contact me -