October 01, 2014

NCCC RTTY Sprint

October 01, 2014 06:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0145Z-0215Z, Oct 3

List of Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- An intense effort during the few days in September that Congress was in session has resulted in 47 co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969). Another half-dozen or so US House Members have indicated that they will sign aboard when Congress returns, something they can do only while Congress is in session. Congress went into recess on September 19.

Battle to save the 9cm band

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band - a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz.

Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket For Real

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Actor and comedian Tim Allen now not only plays an Amateur Radio operator on television, he is one! Allen got his Technician license on September 4, but did not release the news until this week. In his weekly ABC comedy TV show Last Man Standing, Allen's character Mike Baxter, is supposed to be KA0XTT, and the show has featured ham radio in some episodes.

Ham Radio Saves the Day Again - Yukon Canada

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Last Sunday September 21, 2014, at approx. 21:00hrs PST, VY1MAP (Terry Hauff) called on the local 2 meter repeater -146.880- looking for VY1RF (Ray Fugard).

Terry VY1MAP wanted Ray VY1RF to make a phone call for him as he was not in cell phone range. The situation was that Terry is a member of the local S.A.R. team and they were on an active search for a missing teenager.

Proud to be a community reporter (British Columbia)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Hello Barrhead. My name is Barry Kerton and I am a community reporter.

It is a title I wear as a badge of honour. In my life, I have been fortunate to have a number of different jobs. I have worked as a delivery driver, a deli worker and a pressman, but the one I am most proud of is community reporter.

Norton is connected around the world (Texas)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Throughout his lifetime, Richard Norton has had some unusual acquaintances. One was TV news anchor Walter Cronkite. Another was actor Marlon Brando. To the list you could add country singer Ronnie Millsap, King Hussein of Jordan, military legend Gen. Curtis Lemay, and Yuri Gagarin, Russia's first cosmonaut.

Ham radio is still the old standby in emergency situations (British Columbia)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ham radio is still the dependable back up when disaster strikes.

911 calls from cellphones now make up about 70 per cent of emergency calls, sometimes because cells are the only phones available, as at vehicle accidents, but also because a growing number of people have abandoned landlines and rely solely on their cellphones.

Past Times: Amateur radio broadened Raleigh's horizons (North Carolina)

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In some ways the Internet of its day, amateur radio allowed communications across miles and across oceans, with high school 'kids' and ordinary clerks being on the same footing with adults and professional men. In 1938, N&O readers learned of ham radio communications being established locally.

Amateur Radio Payload on Lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS To Transmit Messages from the Moon

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late this October! The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2,500 thirteen-character digital messages to lunar orbit for retransmission using the JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz.

The ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2015-16 Academic Year

October 01, 2014 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually.

September 30, 2014

YLRL Stalwart, DXer Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, SK

September 30, 2014 06:36 PM - ARRL -- Martha "Marte" Wessel, K0EPE, of Liberal, Kansas, died September 23. She was 89. An ARRL member, Wessel was on the DXCC Honor Roll. She oversaw the annual scholarship drive for the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL), to which she belonged for 55 years and served on the President's Advisory Committee. The scholarship campaign she headed raised nearly $4600 this year."Martha was one of the cornerst...

The ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2015-16 Academic Year

September 30, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- Starting October 1, The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications from eligible young radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. Individuals and clubs support many of the 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. In addition, one applicant may be selected to receive the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, a "gap" schola...

ITU Secretary General Extends Greetings to IARU Region 1 Delegates

September 30, 2014 04:37 PM - ARRL -- In a video, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary General Hamadoun Touré, HB9EHT, extended his wishes for "every success" to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 delegates during their Regional Conference September 21-26 in Albena, Bulgaria. In the nearly 4-minute greeting, Touré said he appreciated the work of the IARU and for its support of ITU Headquarters statio...

Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket For Real

September 30, 2014 04:37 PM - ARRL -- Actor and comedian Tim Allen now not only plays an Amateur Radio operator on television, he is one! Allen, whose real name is Timothy Alan Dick, got his new call sign, KK6OTD, on September 4, but did not release the news until this week. In his weekly ABC comedy TV show "Last Man Standing," Allen's character Mike Baxter, is supposed to be KA0XTT, and the show has featured ham radio in some epis...

W1AW Centennial Operations Going North to Alaska, West to California, and East to Washington, DC

September 30, 2014 01:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 1 (the evening of September 30 in US time zones), to Alaska (W1AW/KL7), California (W1AW/6), and the District of Columbia (W1AW/3). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so far during 2014, and by year's end W1AW will have be...

Tim Allen gets his ham licence

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tim Allen, the famous American actor and comedian who has appeared in many popular films, has just passed his ham licence

Rosetta to deploy lander on 12 November

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November

Register your JOTA station

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Jamboree on the Air is now less than 3 weeks away, and stations are beginning to prepare for the biggest annual event in the Scouts calendar

Martha 'Marte' Wessel K0EPE is SK

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The last Charter Member of the Colorado - YL's Martha 'Marte' Wessel KøEPE of Liberal, Kansas passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. Marte, was a long time DX enthusiast and she held 372 on the DXCC Honor Roll

ISWL callsigns for October

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of October 2014

IARU Administrative Council Plans for WRC-15

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on September 27-28, 2014 in Albena, Bulgaria

Ham Radio at Monkton Stargazing Weekend

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On October 11-2 the Monkton Nature Reserve and Thanet Observatory will be listening to the amateur radio satellite FUNcube-1 and will have an ARDF activity

Chesterfield Islands 2015 DXpedition

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their intention to conduct a DX-pedition to the Chesterfield Islands, currently number 25 most wanted on Clublog. Initial planning has begun for an expedition later in 2015

Battle to save the 9cm band

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band – a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz

Laketown Park in Kenner to Host Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day:

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Laketown Park in Kenner, Shelter No. 2, will host the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day. The day commemorates the 75th anniversary for the USCG Aux Flotilla 45 -- High Caliber Communications, Division 4 -- D8CR, a day dedicated to communication through HF bands to USCG Auxiliary and non-USCG amateur radio operators around the nation.

Nationwide Amateur Radio Operators Simulated Emergency Testing Oct. 11:

September 30, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio operators in Ulster County will participate in nationwide simulated emergency testing on Oct. 11, according to the county Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Certified Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers will be deployed to positions across Ulster County as part of the test. The American Radio Relay League test is an exercise in emergency communications, administered by emergency coordinators.

EU Autumn Sprint, SSB

September 30, 2014 02:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1959Z, Oct 4

September 29, 2014

Yes, we speak English...

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- And, of course, Spanish too. The EA Digital Federation can help you in your amateur radio paperwork for the Spanish PTT

The Mighty KBC Listener Appreciation Contest

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The prize is a brand new Tecsun PL-660 receiver including rechargeable batteries, ear buds, manual and soft case

New challenge coin premium for AMSAT Fox donations

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program

MREN Annual Rally

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mayo Radio Rally 2014 is on Sunday 12th October (2 week's time)

Lusitania Radio Club

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The L.R.C. will be running a Special Event Station EI100MFA to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on 7th May 1915

History This Week

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio is still the standby in emergency situations

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Campbell River Mirror article highlights the importance of amateur radio for emergency communications

Ham Radio at graVITas 2014 - An International Knowledge Carnival

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE gave a presentation on amateur radio to VIT University students as part the technical festival graVITas 2014

First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award issued

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports the first FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 73 on 73 Award has been issued to Wyatt Dirks AC0RA

Best practice in promoting Amateur Radio

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Michael Sansom G0POT brings news of the RSGB Inspire focus group seeking best practice when promoting Amateur Radio at special events open to the public

Ham Radio is Still the Old Standby In Emergency Situations:

September 29, 2014 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio is still the dependable back up when disaster strikes. 911 calls from cellphones now make up about 70 per cent of emergency calls, sometimes because cells are the only phones available, as at vehicle accidents, but also because a growing number of people have abandoned landlines and rely solely on their cellphones. Even in well-served areas this can have drawbacks in emergencies. Landlines identify the address the person is calling from, important if the person in distress is incapacitated or distraught, but cellphones can only give the location within a few hundred metres. Both landlines and cellphone systems can be overloaded in major emergencies even though 911 calls have priority. In a power outage, landlines can keep operating for a few day on backup power, much longer than cell systems. Cell phones may be charged by your car but the cell towers have limited battery backup. It is advisable to text emergency messages if voice cannot get through, since texting does not depend on a recipient to answer in real time. Emergency Services are looking more and more at social media, Twitter etc. to alert the public quickly in major incidents.

RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest

September 29, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1900Z, Oct 5

UBA ON Contest, SSB

September 29, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Oct 5

FCC Denies Petition for Amateur Radio Assignment Inside TV Channel 4

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has released an Order denying a petition for rulemaking filed by Glen E. Zook proposing the commission add a 4-meter radio band (70.0-70.5 MHz) to the list of bands available to amateur radio operations in the U.S. and areas under the FCC's control.

FCC Denies Tell City Waiver

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Media Bureau has denied the so-called Tell City waiver request to move an FM translator further than FCC rules currently allow.

The action concerns a request filed in November 2012 by Way Media for a minor change to FM translator W218CR, Central City, Ky. Way Media sought to change the station's frequency (output channel) from Channel 218 to Channel 279 and move its transmitter to a new site in Tell City, Ind., at which the station's 60 dB" contour would not overlap with the 60 dB" contour of the existing facilities.

Amateur radio - in times of trouble or just for fun (Pennsylvania)

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Sean Kutzko is media and public relations manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio operations. He spoke to the Trib about the resurgence of ham radio operators in America.

NASA research balloon creates glowing orb over South Plains (#Merica Man Blog)

September 29, 2014 06:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A NASA research balloon created a glowing orb Friday evening in the sky northwest of Lubbock.

The balloon was launched from Fort Sumner, New Mexico and moved east, reaching just northwest of Littlefield by 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

Amateur Radio Operators to Host Oct. 4 Expo in Georgetown:

September 29, 2014 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sussex Amateur Radio Association is again sponsoring the Delmarva Radio and Electronics Expo and American Radio Relay League Delaware State Convention Saturday, Oct. 4, at Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown. The expo, also known as a hamfest, is an annual, regional gathering of more than 1,600 amateur radio operators (hams) and electronics enthusiasts from Delmarva and surrounding areas. It is an opportunity to receive updates on radio and electronic technology, socialize, and visit with many new and used equipment vendors. Amateur radio operators are known for their technical ability and creativity, whether setting up a green, environmentally friendly radio room, or getting a message to its destination when power lines are down. This year's hamfest will focus on alternative energy sources and communications modes. In addition to vendors offering a full spectrum of radio and power products, SARA has invited expert speakers to the event. Presentation topics include alternate energy sources, automated position reporting system, the electrical grid, solar power, the state of amateur radio, and grounding and lightning protection.

September 28, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels

Noise figure measurements at Microwave Update 2014

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Through the generosity of both Keysight Technologies and Al Ward, W5LUA, we will have the equipment (noise figure analyzers and noise sources) to accomplish this

Ham Radio balloon to commemorate Sputnik

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's Secunda Amateur Radio Club will launch two balloons carrying amateur radio equipment from the Vryburg airstrip FAVB on October 4, 2014 at 0600 to 0800 CAT (0400-0600 UT)

Essex Ham's Gone Yellow

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- As has been reported on Southgate Amateur Radio News, this week is International Air Ambulance Week, with 24 stations taking part around the country, and around the world

Earlier release of CQ DL magazine PDF

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The German national amateur radio society has announced that PDF versions of its publication CQ DL will be made available sooner

Amateurs designed secret radios

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times Sept 27 reports the special wireless sets used in the secret WWII Super Zero station bunkers were designed by amateurs in the Royal Signals

AmateurLogic.TV Bonus Episode: George Visits the Land of Radios

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- George visits with the crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments. Find out how they do what they do

A73A in CQWW SSB 2014

September 28, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again, a joint team with members from Danish Contest Academy and Qatar Amateur Radio Society will be active from Al Khor in northern Qatar in the M/2 Category in CQWW SSB as A73A

New Jersey QSO Party

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Oct 4 to 0359Z, Oct 5 and 1400Z-2000Z, Oct 5

Russian WW Digital Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1159Z, Oct 5

15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Oct 4 to 2359Z, Oct 5

4 State 4x4 QRP Sprint

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 4

GTC CW Cup

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

TRC DX Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

WAB HF Phone

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 4 to 1200Z, Oct 5

International HELL-Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1800Z, Oct 4 (80m) and 0900Z-1100Z, Oct 5 (40m)

Oceania DX Contest, Phone

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0800Z, Oct 4 to 0800Z, Oct 5

TARA PSK Rumble Contest

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Oct 4

California QSO Party

September 28, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Oct 4 to 2200Z, Oct 5

September 27, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend

Tom H Danaher

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- For many Radio London was the greatest of the 1960s offshore stations, and it went on to be the model for Radio 1

RFinder 18 month RSGB Special !

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- RFinder is now the 'Official Repeater Directory of RSGB'. In honour of our new partnership with our friends across the pond, we are offering a six month bonus for new purchases and renewals on RFinder until the end of October!

Ofcom publishes Digital Radio Report 2014

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has just published its Digital Radio Report for 2014. This annual report covers availability, take-up, listening patterns and attitudes towards digital radio

October 432 and Above EME Newsletter

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The October edition of the free amateur radio 432 MHz and Above EME Newsletter is now available

Mystery Marconi object

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Ham website features a mysterious object made by the Marconi company

DXpedition to the Island of Samos

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Between 29th September and 14th October 2014, three radio Amateurs who are members of Sands Contest Group from Morecambe England, and also members of the Aegean Radio Association on the island, will be visiting Samos Island, for a holiday and DXpedition

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 19th September, through Friday, 26th September there were 222 countries active

CQ-DATV 16 out now

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 16 the free electronic ATV magazine is now available for free download

BVWS Swapmeet and Auction

September 27, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS) is a society of approximately 1300 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment

YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Oct 3 to 0200Z, Oct 5

German Telegraphy Contest

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1000Z, Oct 3

Wilkinsburg Ceremony to Commemorate World's First Wireless Broadcast:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- An unassuming, two-story, red brick garage on the border of Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg was the site of an important contribution to broadcast history : the world's first wireless voice broadcast on Oct. 17, 1919. Using bare wires, crackling spark coils and homemade vacuum tubes, Frank Conrad sent a two-hour-long concert of jazz, opera, popular and orchestral music over the airwaves to amateur radio buffs who listened in on crystal radio sets. His broadcast proved so popular that he began sending it over the airwaves every Wednesday and Saturday evening, often reaching listeners a couple hundred miles away. Mr. Conrad was assistant chief engineer at Westinghouse's East Pittsburgh plant. Harry P. Davis, a Westinghouse vice president, was aware of the popularity of the broadcasts but took little interest -- until he saw a newspaper ad for Horne's department store in September 1920 offering radios for sale to pick up Mr. Conrad's broadcasts. After that, he persuaded others in the company that Westinghouse should set up its own station. Mr. Conrad was asked to work on the new station, which made its first broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920, from a small wooden shack atop the "K" Building, the tallest at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh plant, informing listeners of the results of the Harding-Cox presidential election. "Westinghouse had applied for a commercial license but hadn't yet received it by the time of the broadcast," said Rick Harris, a graphic designer from Forest Hills and secretary-treasurer of the National Museum of Broadcasting. "The company used a temporary amateur call sign 8ZZ for the broadcast."

Radio Payload on Lunar-Orbiting 4M-LXS To Transmit Messages from the Moon:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late next month: With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late this October! The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2,500 thirteen-character digital messages to lunar orbit for retransmission using the JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. The mission is scheduled to run slightly longer than eight days, with the lunar flyby occurring about halfway through the mission. The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing's new lunar probe Chang'e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to Earth.

Amateurlogic Bonus Episode Released:

September 27, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Bonus Episode: George's Visit to the Land of Radios
George visits with the Crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments. Find out how they do what they do.

September 26, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #39 de K7RA:

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared
with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.

ARRL Education & Technology Program Grant Application Deadline is November 1

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- November 1 is the application deadline for schools seeking ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) grants for 2015. The ETP offers grants to US schools for Amateur Radio station equipment and related software as well as classroom resources. The program is also accepting progress grant applications. A primary ETP objective is to boost wireless technology literacy among US students and educator...

HR-4969 to Eliminate CCRs:

September 26, 2014 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- It is important that everyone contact their Representive and
request that they co-sign on to HR -4969.
Clubs should write and send a list of their members who want
the bill passed.

The K7RA Solar Update

September 26, 2014 11:31 AM - ARRL -- Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 124.9 (for September 11-17) to 80.9, and average daily solar flux slipped from 139.8 to 128.3.The latest predicted solar flux and planetary A index has flux values at 165 on September 26-28, 170 on September 29-30, 165 and 160 on O...

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Details of two activations this weekend for the World Castle Award

Sunday Sept 28 Science Discovery Day Sandford Mill

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sandford Mill's major annual science event is a chance for all the family to try out hands on science activities and find out about Chelmsford's industrial heritage

Melbourne man guilty of Radiocommunications Act offences

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Melbourne man who deliberately disrupted a taxi company's radiocommunications system using a non-standard radio transmitter, has been fined $3,500 and ordered to pay costs after pleading guilty to three offences under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act)

G3BJ elected IARU Region 1 President

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Don Beattie G3BJ, former President of the RSGB, has been elected as IARU Region 1 President at the General Conference in Varna-Albena, Bulgaria

FUNcube at IARU Region 1 General Conference

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mats SM6EAN has posted a report on the Swedish Amateur Radio Society (SSA) website about the FUNcube-1 CubeSat presentation at the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Varna-Albena, Bulgaria

AMSAT-UK Colloquium in TX Factor Show

September 26, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode of the TX Factor Show Bob McCreadie G0FGX reports from the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford

SARL 80m QSO Party

September 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2000Z, Oct 2

Past Times: Amateur Radio Broadened Raleigh's Horizons:

September 26, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In some ways the Internet of its day, amateur radio allowed communications across miles and across oceans, with "high school 'kids' and ordinary clerks being on the same footing with adults and professional men." In 1938, N and O readers learned of ham radio communications being established locally. Fifteen members of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Club concluded a 26-hour test at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon after setting up a portable radio station in a tobacco barn several miles from the nearest power lines and communicating with 35 other amateur stations from Texas to Vermont. The amateurs, ranging in occupation from a college professor to a meat cutter, established their station six miles out of Raleigh on the Poole Road. Twenty watts, enough to operate an ordinary light bulb of the same wattage, were generated by a quarter horsepower gasoline engine inside another barn. Another small engine operated electric fans to keep the primary generator from overheating and shoo the flies away from the "hams," as the amateurs call themselves.

Meet the Man Who Invented the Emoticon ... In 1879:

September 26, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Walter C. Phillips created a code to help speed telegraph transmissions. 88 = Love.
In 1982, computer scientist Scott Fahlman became the first person to suggest that typing the characters ":-)" or ":-(" could be used to express a happy or sad face, and therefore display a sense of emotion. On that fateful day the now-ubiquitous emoticon was born, but that shorthand we now know and love (or loathe, depending on your point of view) actually started more than a century earlier, when communicating long distances meant using a lot of dots and dashes. In the late 19th century, just about the only way to quickly send a message over long distances was by using the telegraph. These then-innovative devices used Morse code to translate text into long and short beeps (dashes and dots), which were received and retranslated back into text on the other side. Telegraphs sped up world communications in the late 1800s -- they were much faster than mailed letters, after all -- but they had a few key drawbacks. They were expensive (each letter mattered) and they still took time to transmit. A telegraph operator had to translate the message into Morse code and then sit down and transmit it one letter at a time. On the other end, another operator had to receive, write down and translate the messages. As you can imagine, this could take a while. Take the simple word "yesterday." In Morse code, that became "-.-- . ... - . .-. -.. .- -.--" Try typing that with any speed or accuracy. To journalist and telegraph operator Walter P. Phillips, that system was just way too slow. When news broke, he wanted to be able to transmit it as quickly as possible. (This, it should be noted, was a man who once transcribed 2,700 words from Morse code to English in an hour to win a contest.) Since many words and phrases were used all the time, Phillips decided that he could create a system of shorthand for them. And so what soon became known as the Phillips Code was born in 1879. Phillips created a list of hundreds -- later thousands -- of common words and phrases and then established abbreviations or codes for them. "Yesterday" became "YA" -- or just "-.-- .-" in Morse code. Much simpler and faster, right? Among the Phillips Code's other innovations (which served not just journalists but all message-senders and telegraph operators): the numbers "88" represented the phrase "love and kisses"; the letters "Tw" signified the word "tomorrow"; "Ik" stood in for "instantly killed" (an important phrase for reporters); and "Cb" represented "celebrate." There was even a special set of codes just for baseball: "Bas" meant "by a score of" and "Lob" meant "left on bases."

ARNewsline Report 1397 -- Sept 26 2014:

September 26, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Brazil will propose
a permanent 60 meter ham radio allocation;
rules restructuring underway in Australia
and Austria; the FCC turns down a petition
to create a 4 meter band in the USA; the
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test to be held
October 4th and 5th; a ham radio flood
relief effort in India is stalled by
government red tape and the Dayton
Hamvention begins solicitation nominations
for its 2015 awards program. All this and
more on Amateur Radio Newsline report
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DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #39:

September 26, 2014 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA3JB, ZL4PW, 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:

September 26, 2014 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess:

September 26, 2014 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- An intense effort during the few days in September that Congress was in
session has resulted in 47 co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act
of 2014 (H.R. 4969). Another half-dozen or so US House Members have indicated that they will
sign on when Congress returns, something they can do only while
Congress is in session. Congress went into recess on September 19. ARRL
President Kay Craigie,
N3KN, ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, Central
Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, and ARRL General Counsel Chris
Imlay, W3KD, visited dozens of congressional offices this month.
Elsewhere, other ARRL elected and appointed officials and members from
across the US met with members of Congress and with their staffers,
wrote letters, and made phone calls to urge co-sponsorship.

ARRL Presents Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden:

September 26, 2014 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors created the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA,
Achievement Award last spring to recognize outstanding support of
Amateur Radio by an elected federal official. The recipient must be an
official who has, in a significant way, supported the well-being and
continuity of the Amateur Service in the US. Earlier this month, the
Board voted to confer the first such award upon US Rep Greg Walden,
W7EQI, (OR-2), "in recognition of many years of exceptional
contributions to the strength and vitality of the Amateur Radio Service
in the United States."

ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to HI to Assist In Possible Lava Flow Respose:

September 26, 2014 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii as ARES volunteers stand ready to activate in the wake
of the massive Puna volcanic lava flow that has been threatening some
communities on the Big Island of Hawaii. The lava originated from new
"vents" in the Earth as a result of the Mt Kilauea volcano, which began
erupting more than 30 years ago. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob
Schneider, AH6J, said Tuesday that while he didn't believe an ARES
activation was imminent, lava flows can be unpredictable, and things
can change rapidly.

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