January 23, 2018

ARRL Board of Directors Agrees to Review of Conduct Code for Directors

January 23, 2018 08:39 PM - ARRL -

The ARRL Board of Directors took action on a number of items at its Annual Meeting, January 19-20, in Windsor, Connecticut, including adopting a motion to a review the entire code of conduct for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors. ARRL Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors will review the c...

Southern California Linux Expo, Special Event N6S Set for March 8-11

January 23, 2018 08:12 PM - ARRL -

The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) will take place March 8-11 at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE began hosting Amateur Radio presentations in 2015, and this year’s SCaLE will include Special Event statin N6S, staffed by members of the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society (VCARS), who will answer questions about Amateur Radio and how it relates to Linux and the open-sou...

New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named

January 23, 2018 08:05 PM - ARRL -

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position.

IARU R2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, praised Hayes for his service. “During this period Bill, has advise...

Co-Launched CubeSats Settling Into Orbits, Missions

January 23, 2018 07:41 PM - ARRL -

Commissioning and testing continue of the L-Band Downshifter and the University of Iowa’s High-Energy CubeSat Radiation Instrument (HERCI) on the new Fox-1D (AO-92) CubeSat. AO-92 could be available for general use by week’s end, AMSAT said. The co-launched French PicSat CubeSat is seeking telemetry reports. Both were carried into space from India on January 12.

AMSAT-NA reports the University o...

Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List

January 23, 2018 06:04 PM - ARRL -

The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.

“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not address any specific entity...

New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named:

January 23, 2018 04:15 PM - eHam.net News - The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position.

Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List:

January 23, 2018 04:09 PM - eHam.net News - The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.

What happens to discarded rocket boosters and old satellites?

January 23, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Rockets routinely drop stages on their way to orbit, and you might wonder what happens to these spent piece of space hardware when they fall back?

Iceland updates ham radio regs

January 23, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Iceland Radio Amateurs (IRA) site says the regulator PFS has updated the Amateur Radio regulations

'It's like Frankenstein's lab': Massive 78-year-old transmitter for sale

January 23, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A piece of radio history could be yours for $5,000. A 1940 RCA 50 kW shortwave transmitter, located at the decommissioned Radio Canada International site in Sackville, is up for sale

Callum Stockley joins Icom UK’s Marketing Department

January 23, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Icom UK are pleased to announce that Callum Stockley joins the marketing department as their new Marketing Assistant

AREDN donates Mesh Networking equipment to ARRL

January 23, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) project team has donated several pieces of High-Speed Multimedia Mesh (HSMM) hardware to the ARRL Laboratory

Schofield Radio Club Hits New High:

January 23, 2018 12:02 AM - eHam.net News - Schofield Middle School's Amateur Radio Club upped it frequency again. The club, which has placed first in national ham radio competitions against much larger schools, reached a new milestone Thursday. Four members of the club, called the Ram Ham Radio Club after the school's mascot, passed their FCC test and earned their FCC Tech Licenses. For their hard work, Andrew Guerry, Anna Matson, Lance Rolka and Piper Woodward received a new radio and a certificate from the club's sponsor, the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. "It's quite an accomplishment because this is the largest number of students that we've had to pass and have gotten their technology licenses," said Richard Nelson, the club's faculty sponsor who teaches keyboarding and computer applications. "Without the help, too, of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and their volunteers, who are called our Elmers, we would not be able to do this. So I'm very proud of our students and their hard work."

UI Sophomore Reaching for the Stars -- and Getting There:

January 23, 2018 12:01 AM - eHam.net News - Hannah Gulick grew up wanting to be a writer. Then, while taking a project-based class during her sophomore year of high school in Spirit Lake, Iowa, she discovered astronomy. "I was put in the gym with a star dome and told to learn the constellations and about nebulas and asteroids," the University of Iowa sophomore says. "Then I took a college astronomy course through Iowa Lakes Community College and thought I could definitely see myself doing this and being able to benefit the field." The University of Iowa sophomore has wasted no time in making her mark not only on the UI campus, but on our galaxy and beyond. Before the end of her second year at the UI, two satellites on which she has worked will have been launched into space. In addition to those and other research projects, she also traveled to Norway in January 2018 to attend a five-day intensive "rocket school," in which she and another undergraduate student learned how to design and build an instrument and successfully operate the instrument on a rocket after it has been launched. "Phil (Kaaret) mentioned that we should get certified in ham radio, and we were all like, 'Sure,' but no one did, except Hannah," LaRocca says. "She said, 'I'll get this app and study and take the test.' Now she's certified." Having an amateur radio operator license is coming in handy on another satellite project: the HERCI instrument on the Fox-1D CubeSat, which was launched Jan. 11, 2018, on an Indian rocket. Kaaret says Gulick will use ham radio at the UI's ground control station on the roof of Van Allen Hall to receive and analyze data from the satellite. She also may command the satellite.

Frequency Check: Is Your UAS FCC Compliant?

January 23, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS") (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called "drones"). The integration of UASs into the national airspace continues to be an area of major attention for the FAA and industry proponents. While the FAA naturally plays a crucial role in this process, UASs by definition, are unmanned. As such, it is equally critical that UAS manufacturers ensure compliance with all applicable requirements of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC), as evidenced by the FCC's recent civil penalty imposed against Lumenier Holdco LLC (f/k/a FPV Manual LLC) ("Lumenier"). Lumenier sold a series of UASs that were marketed purportedly as constituting Amateur Radio equipment. Generally speaking, equipment that is for amateur use is typically exempt from FCC certification requirements. The problem, however, was that many of Lumenier's UASs did not operate on approved frequencies and operated on frequency bands reserved for federal aviation navigation and communication (amongst other unapproved bands). Further, even some of UASs that operated in approved frequencies still used unauthorized transmitters which exceeded the authorized power limit (1 watt) for model aircraft.

January 22, 2018

New Hands-On Radio Experiments Book Now Shipping

January 22, 2018 11:49 PM - ARRL -

Lifelong learners will welcome Volume 3 of ARRL’s Hands-On Radio Experiments, assembled from the past four years (2013-2017) of QST’s monthly “Hands-On Radio” column, written by Ward Silver, N0AX. Silver expertly leads you through 57 basic electronics experiments, designed to increase your understanding of radio fundamentals, components, circuits and design. Like the previous volumes, the exper...

Secretive “Numbers Stations” Persist on HF

January 22, 2018 06:08 PM - ARRL -

For many years, unidentified radio broadcasts have been transmitting coded messages, using numbers, such as “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Even today, tuning across the HF spectrum typically will yield a “numbers station,” a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing groups of single-digit numbers for minutes on end. According to Radio World, you may have tuned into a spy agenc...

Father of DOVE Satellite Junior Torres de Castro, PY2BJO, SK

January 22, 2018 06:04 PM -

AREDN Donates Mesh Networking Equipment to ARRL

January 22, 2018 04:06 PM -

Mode Usage Evaluation: 2017 was “the Year When Digital Modes Changed Forever”

January 22, 2018 02:08 PM - ARRL -

Club Log author and UK radio amateur Michael Wells, G7VJR, has reported that data compiled from 8,000 Club Log users indicates the proportion of FT-8 usage relative to other modes has risen dramatically since FT8’s introduction last year. Every few years, Wells has posted charts depicting mode usage on the amateur bands, based on log data uploaded to Club Log. Graphs he posted last week show th...

VK6 IOTA

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Craig VK5CE is pleased to announce his next DXpedition will be to three IOTAs in Western Australia

Southern Ireland Repeater Group

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - It recently became necessary to relocate the 70cm repeater EI7BWR on 430.875 to an alternative site due to a change of site owners who were not as accommodating to amateur radio

PicSat requests Ham Radio assistance to capture/upload telemetry

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Cubesat PicSat was launched on the same PSLV-C40 flight from India that delivered AO-92 to orbit

ICQ Podcast Episode 258 - Getting Ready for the Six Metre Season

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Getting ready for the six-metre season

Foundation Online Course Statistics

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Essex Ham have published the figures for the 14 free online amateur radio Foundation courses which were run in 2017

DXCC Country/Entity Report

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th January, through Sunday, 21st January there were 217 countries active

3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition news

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - We had an uneventful traverse of the Straits of Magellan, and are currently just southeast of the Falkland Islands, making approximately 11 knots

AO-92 Commissioning: HERCI Experiment and L-Band Downshifter

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT North America reports on the testing of the L-Band Downshifter on the recently launched AO-92 CubeSat providing a 1267 to 435 MHz FM transponder

IOTA News from OPDX

January 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Amateur Radio Operators Gather for Hamfest:

January 22, 2018 12:03 AM - eHam.net News - FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Amateur radio vendors and operators gathered this weekend to discuss evolving technical aspects of the field that help with emergency backup communications. The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club hosted the event. While it's a hobby for many, amateur radio communications can be essential in times of need when other communications systems go down. The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club was deployed during Hurricane Irma to support emergency communications with Lee County departments.

Friendship Comes Calling for Blind Ham Radio Operator on Christmas:

January 22, 2018 12:03 AM - eHam.net News - Born blind, Robert Ranney has countless friends he can reach over his ham radio, but he spent the past 20 Christmases alone. That changed this year. In the video above, his new friend describes how he helped her fill a void, as well.

January 21, 2018

Board Re-Elects Rick Roderick, K5UR, as ARRL President; Barry Shelley, N1VXY, is CEO-Elect

January 21, 2018 02:00 PM - ARRL -

Incumbent ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has been re-elected by the League’s Board of Directors for a second term. The Board convened for its Annual Meeting on January 19-and 20. President Roderick, the League’s 16th President, received 9 votes, while the only other nominee, New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 6 votes.

Current ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, ...

Grid Chasers: Make Sure TQSL Includes Your Grid Square

January 21, 2018 01:52 PM - ARRL -

ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) participants are encouraged to make sure that that each Logbook of The World (LoTW) station location in TQSL includes your grid square. To check, open TQSL, click on Station Locations, then on Display Station Location Properties. If no grid square is indicated, click on Edit a Station Location and insert the grid square for that location.

If TQSL does not cont...

ZS30SRC - Celebration of 30 years in Amateur Radio

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Secunda Amateur Radio Club, ZS6SRC, is celebrating its 30th anniversary from Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 January with a week of DXing on six HF bands using the special call sign ZS30SRC. QSL via the operator's instructions

Pico-Balloon from Argentina

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT Argentina has informed SARL News that they launched a Pico-Balloon on Friday 19 January that is heading towards South Africa

VK6ARN NewsWest

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In the news this week, we take a long hard look at new amateurs, what they can do, where to start, what myths exists around the Foundation License and what is going on in the social scene about Foundation Calls

Hammies Class B RAE course

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Hammies Amateur Radio Club ZS6ZU, will be running a Class-B RAE course for 10-15 year olds

ARISS contact with Naka Junior High School, Kakamigahara City, Japan

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Naka Junior High School, Kakamigahara City, Japan on 22 Jan

AMSAT Membership Deal and Getting Started

January 21, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT membership supports the organization and construction of new satellites. Right now, we are offering a free PDF copy of our Getting Started with Amateur Satellites with every new on-line membership

ICQ Podcast Episode 258 - Getting Ready for the Six Metre Season

January 21, 2018 08:31 AM - ICQ Podcast -

In this episode,  Martin M1MRB is joined by, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX and Bill Barnes N3JIX  to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Getting ready for the six-metre season.

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  • Battery Powered 'Smart Bags' Raise Safety Concern
  • New Technician License Question Pool Released
  • Indonesian Pirates on 7 MHz
  • WSPR Beacon En Route to Antarctic
  • 3D Printed Radio
  • FT8 Operating Guide
  • D-Star One v1.1 Phoenix
  • AX Prefix on Australia's National Day
  • Test Equipment at SOTABEAMS

Winter Field Day

January 21, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z, Jan 27 to 1900Z, Jan 28

Montana QSO Party

January 21, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-2400Z, Jan 27

UBA DX Contest, SSB

January 21, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z, Jan 27 to 1300Z, Jan 28

REF Contest, CW

January 21, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0600Z, Jan 27 to 1800Z, Jan 28

BARTG RTTY Sprint

January 21, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Jan 27 to 1200Z, Jan 28

Vancouver Island Ham Radio Ops Now Better Equipped to Help in an Emergency:

January 21, 2018 12:01 AM - eHam.net News - Amateur radio operators helping with emergency communication all over the Island are now better equipped to do so -- and will soon also have additional infrastructure in place to also make the best use of it. Shaun Koopman, protective services coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, says the installation of a "digital node" up on Mount Washington will add a huge amount of capacity and integration within the communications system should there be an emergency in our region. Paul Peters, chair of the Mid-Island Emergency Radio Coordination Team, which has been overseeing the implementation of this and other communications initiatives, agrees with Koopman, saying the key to amateur radio operators being able to best be of help in an emergency response situation is two-fold: interoperability and standardization.

24-Hour Field Event is Next Weekend:

January 21, 2018 12:01 AM - eHam.net News - Radio waves will be crackling for 24 hours Jan. 27-28 as amateur radio enthusiasts couple with area agencies for the Emergency Management Winter Field Day. Gary Young, Copperas Cove deputy fire chief and emergency management coordinator, outlined the event as a simulated disaster, where there is a communication failure. "The ham radio operators will be tasked with establishing a communication medium and maintaining it for 24 hours."

January 20, 2018

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels

Turn the bands green for St Patrick's Day

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - In Ireland we traditionally celebrate St Patrick's Day on the 17th March. But with radio we go world wide by getting on air following the time zones as people celebrate across the globe from 12 noon on 16th March till 12 noon on the 18th March

Noctilucent rocket fumes over Japan

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - On Thursday, Jan. 18th, Japan's space agency JAXA launched a small rocket over the Pacific Ocean. It created a rare and amazing display of artificial noctilucent clouds

GPS lobby seeks block on use of nearby spectrum

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - A GPS World article highlights the attempt by GPS interests to exclude other users from spectrum near 1575 MHz

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 137

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - Virtual Radio - There is a feeling of anticipation in the air, the year has started, there are so many different ideas bubbling through my mind that I feel like an excited puppy dog wagging its tail. I've been playing with a wonderful piece of software called GNU Radio

Bored of Directors, on Ham Radio Now

January 20, 2018 10:09 AM - Southgate ARC - David W0DHG and Gary KN4AQ catch up on the final details of all the proposals and revisions that are going into the ARRL Board of Directors meeting this weekend

CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW

January 20, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2200Z, Jan 26 to 2200Z, Jan 28

Schofield Radio Club Hits New High:

January 20, 2018 12:02 AM - eHam.net News - Schofield Middle School's Amateur Radio Club upped it frequency again. The club, which has placed first in national ham radio competitions against much larger schools, reached a new milestone Thursday. Four members of the club, called the Ram Ham Radio Club after the school's mascot, passed their FCC test and earned their FCC Tech Licenses. For their hard work, Andrew Guerry, Anna Matson, Lance Rolka and Piper Woodward received a new radio and a certificate from the club's sponsor, the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. "It's quite an accomplishment because this is the largest number of students that we've had to pass and have gotten their technology licenses," said Richard Nelson, the club's faculty sponsor who teaches keyboarding and computer applications. "Without the help, too, of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and their volunteers, who are called our Elmers, we would not be able to do this. So I'm very proud of our students and their hard work."

January 19, 2018

FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown

January 19, 2018 07:40 PM - ARRL -

The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.

“In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,” the FCC said.

This means the FCC will continue t...

The K7RA Solar Update

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #03 de K7RA:

January 19, 2018 02:17 PM - eHam.net News - It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0 sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between 0 and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are counted. The number gets 10 points for each sunspot group, and one point for each sunspot in those groups. Therefore the minimum possible sunspot number if there is any sunspot activity is 11.

SDR Workshop

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The SARL and AMSAT SA will be holding another SDR Workshop at the National Amateur Radio Centre from 09:00 - 13:00 CAT on Saturday 20 January 2018

Modes used on air during 2017

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Michael Wells G7VJR has published a breakdown by mode of the amateur radio contacts uploaded to Club Log in 2017

DPØGVN WSPR Beacon in Antarctia is operational

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On January 15 in the afternoon hours, the multiband receiver of the new permanent WSPR beacon DPØGVN in Antarctica was put into operation. It is active from the German research station "Neumayer III" of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

The English School, Nicosia students to have live discussion with astronaut in space

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 10:35:45 UTC, students of The English School in Nicosia, Cyprus will have the opportunity talk live to an astronaut in space. The astronaut will be on-board the International Space Station

4U0R, Austria

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna International Center, Austria, for the 'World Radio Day' (February 13th) between February 13-20th

Candidates Complete Their Amateur Radio Training in Leigh:

January 19, 2018 12:19 AM - eHam.net News - THREE candidates traveled from Brighton and East London to complete their amateur radio training in Leigh. Sarah, Chris and Alkesh joined local amateur radio group Essex Ham at the Leigh Community Center in Elm Road, to complete the tests required to allow them to get an amateur radio license and be able to send messages around the world.

Preserving a 45-Year Record of Sunspots:

January 19, 2018 12:19 AM - eHam.net News - In 1964, the late solar researcher Patrick McIntosh launched an ambitious effort to track sunspots -- relatively cool, dark blotches on the Sun caused by disturbances in the star's magnetic field. He traced sunspots and other solar surface features from daily photographs, creating a map of the full Sun approximately every 27 days. This led to important advances in the prediction of solar flares and helped to reveal the large-scale organization of the Sun's magnetic field. Now scientists are working to preserve and digitize McIntosh's project, a uniquely consistent record of solar activity over 45 years. The Sun's magnetic field is driven by the interior flow of hot plasma, or electrified gas, which creates a magnetic generator called a dynamo. McIntosh's records showed that the location and number of sunspots and filaments -- huge arcs of dense plasma that appear as dark lines on the Sun's surface -- are indicators of just how this dynamo works. By carefully documenting the position and number of sunspots over time, for example, McIntosh's record illustrated how the Sun's entire magnetic field flips polarity every 11 years. The number of visible sunspots helps researchers predict this flip: When the Sun emits more X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, a period called the solar maximum, the number of sunspots peaks. When solar activity dwindles during the solar minimum, sunspots dwindle. McIntosh's maps were unique for also tracking the position of filaments and other features that also change as the magnetic field evolves, drifting poleward or toward the Sun's equator at different stages of the solar cycle.

January 18, 2018

AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

January 18, 2018 09:23 PM - ARRL -

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds.

Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur ...

Dugger Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Date Changed to February 17

January 18, 2018 09:05 PM - ARRL -

The Dugger Amateur Radio Club in Dugger, Indiana, has announced that the date of its hamfest has been moved to February 17 at the City Park Community Building, 840 Hicum Street, in Dugger. Talk-in will be on 147.775 MHz (136.5 Hz). Contact Jonathan Olvey, KD9AMN, for more information.

New Chinese Zhou Enlai Student Satellite Set to Launch

January 18, 2018 06:45 PM - ARRL -

The 2U Zhou Enlai CubeSat, developed with primary and middle school students in China, is expected to launch on January 19. The satellite is named after the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, who held office from 1949 until 1976. A report on the official Xinhua Net website said the CubeSat, constructed at Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province, has been t...

Two More US Educational Organizations Move into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections

January 18, 2018 06:26 PM - ARRL -

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the addition of two more educational organizations to the Phase 2 list to host an ARISS ham radio contact with an ISS crew member. The selected schools submitted proposals before the deadline last November and join the 13 schools and groups announced in mid-December. The two extra scheduling opportunities are special events,...

Permanent WSPR Beacon in Antarctica Now on the Air

January 18, 2018 06:21 PM - ARRL -

The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Antarctica. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

“The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occa...

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Still at the Dock

January 18, 2018 06:04 PM - ARRL -

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team's vessel remains at the dock in Punta Arenas, Chile. Their vessel, MV Betanzos did leave the harbor yesterday and then returned. “This was for some kind of inspection, which they passed,” The Daily DX reported.

The Bouvet MapShare website appears to show that the vessel remains docked. On January 16, the team reported that preparations to depart were contin...

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #03:

January 18, 2018 04:48 PM - eHam.net News - This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire

January 18, 2018 03:14 PM - ARRL -

ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help gui...

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

January 18, 2018 02:51 PM - eHam.net News - Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire:

January 18, 2018 02:51 PM - eHam.net News - ARRL's chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to President Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet:

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice President, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as to the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, has announced that he will retire on March 2. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - "Antenna Wire" is the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day:

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

January 18, 2018 02:49 PM - eHam.net News - Right on schedule on January 12, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched, taking AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat and 30 other satellites on board toward a sun-synchronous orbit. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit!

A Message to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR:

January 18, 2018 02:49 PM - eHam.net News - In the last few weeks, the ARRL's Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mis-characterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board's censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL's Articles of Association and Bylaws that are likely to be considered at the upcoming ARRL Board meeting and which were circulated by a member of the Board. None of the proposed Article and Bylaw changes has yet been addressed by the Board of Directors. More recently, other equally erroneous and false statements have been made with respect to completely unrelated issues, in an effort to draw into question ARRL's decision-making processes. The principal suggestion is that ARRL operates under some "cloak of secrecy." The criticism is unfair and undeserved.

Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - Registration now is open for a 2-day HamSCI -- the Amateur Radio citizen science initiative -- workshop February 23-24 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. The 2018 HamSCI Workshop will be held in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Complimentary parking is available.

Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - Uncharacteristically cold weather in central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area's homeless population. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon central Florida, bringing below-freezing temperatures, especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements. NBARC members Ricky Deluco, K4JTT; Robert Ortiz, KJ4VEH; William Klosowski, K4SVT, and Michael Ellixson, KE4MWZ, set out in their own vehicles, searching the city of Titusville for homeless residents. For the next two evenings, and using Amateur Radio as communications, the group worked in the cold, wet weather for more than 12 hours, logging some 120 miles on the roads around Titusville.

DoD Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Amateur Radio community, simulated a coronal mass ejection (CME) event. Army and Air Force MARS organizations worked in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, (SK):

January 18, 2018 02:47 PM - eHam.net News - Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

In Brief...

January 18, 2018 02:47 PM - eHam.net News - In Brief...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

January 18, 2018 02:00 PM - ARRL -

“Antenna Wireis the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 wher...

Zhou Enlai student satellite to launch

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The 2U CubeSat Zhou Enlai, developed with primary and middle school students, is expected to launch on Friday, January 19, 2018

The home of the good guys

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A radio amateur from Far North Queensland has achieved a lot for a remote village while on holidays in the Solomon Islands

SSTV on a Baofeng?

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Sending and receiving images over amateur radio using SSTV can be lots of fun. Andy M6XFC has written on the Essex Ham site about how to get started with SSTV on a Baofeng handheld

New SOTA Associations 2017

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Fifteen new SOTA associations were added during the year 2017, bringing the total to 136

New 'Celtic Knot' VHF-UHF Competition

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The GMDX Group is sponsoring a new annual competition to promote VHF-UHF DX and contesting activity in the North and West of the geographical British Isles - and to give stations everywhere an opportunity to work those areas

New BT broadband service to transmit across VHF

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - BT's Openreach plans to use the polluting technology G.fast, that transmits across the VHF spectrum as well as HF, to deliver new broadband services

Auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has published an update on the timetable for setting the regulations that will apply to the forthcoming auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

Tony's 10m Band Report

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Trying to concentrate on the positive side of Ten Metre activity is a tad difficult at the moment. For example Monday shows H91IT, H91TT and H91T. Only the first of these is a good call.

January 17, 2018

Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

January 17, 2018 10:52 PM - ARRL -

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama...

Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth

January 17, 2018 10:19 PM - ARRL -

The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit.

Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to “Auto” to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame...

Western Nevada College Offering Class to Certify Ham Radio Technicians:

January 17, 2018 05:13 PM - eHam.net News - If you work or play in the backcountry or are involved in emergency communications, you may want to take a new class offered through Western Nevada College Community Education. Starting Jan. 31, an 11-session class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Instructor Jeff Cauhape, of K7BCV, will lead students through the ARRL licensing manual with hands-on activities. The text is ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, third edition, and is available through amazon.com. There is no Morse code requirement, no electrical engineering experience, or higher math involved in the class. Additionally, students have the chance to walk away from the class with their Technician's Class license. For the final session, students can take their licensing exam in lieu of a final.

Winter Field Day 2018

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - It's that time of year again where we'll get outside and practise amateur radio in the field. The difference now is, we will be doing it via the Winter Field Day 2018 event

SOTA Sherpa Award for 2017 - Guru EA2IF

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Each year, the SOTA Sherpa Award is made to a person who in the opinion of the SOTA Management Team, has made a particularly substantial effort and contribution in the growth and development of the programme that year

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