July 23, 2014

Ham Radio Operators Help Rescue Injured Hiker:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - 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. The ham radio operator in Boulder County contacted a second ham radio operator in Colorado Springs, who then called 911 dispatchers in Boulder County to replay the message. A third ham radio operator with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was able to confirm the location of the hiker and his injuries. "This was a huge benefit to the rescuers," deputies said.

Ham Stations to Provide Public Service During Storms:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- 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. "We hide in plain view," said ham radio aficionado Martin Wade. "There's only one [set of ham call letters for you] in the world. Sometimes we're so proud of them we even put them on our tombstone." But in the near future, ham radio could mean a lot to residents of Terrebonne and southern Lafourche parishes during times of emergency. That's because Wade serves as the broadcast committee chairman of the Bayou Regional Amateur Radio Society. The group is slated to bring public service radio - a resource that could prove invaluable during state of emergency times - to the Houma metro area as well as a portion of southern Lafourche parish. Wade says the FCC granted the bayou region two amateur radio licenses in February to operate low-power FM signals. One station will be located in Galliano and the other will be located in Houma. According to the FCC, the antenna cannot exceed 100 feet in height and cannot transmit at a power greater than 100 watts, Wade says. The signals will broadcast roughly 10 square miles, according to Wade. "We'll be able to cover everything out to Bayou Cane with a clear signal and everything as a far south probably about to Chauvin without any problems. It'll pretty much cover the Houma metropolitan area, and south Lafourche we'll be able to cover Galliano, Golden Meadow, Cut Off and possibly southern Larose with a workable signal." The mission of the stations will be to provide community service programming in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Scientists Baffled as Sun Spots Disappear During Peak of Solar Activity:

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event.' Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active.

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

July 23, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July

SARL HF Phone Contest

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League HF Phone Contest starts the CQ Southern Africa series of contests in August

GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15

G4BUO's Pacific Tour

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- By the time you read this, Dave, G4BUO, will be in the Pacific and making his way to Vanuatu (YJ, IOTA OC-035)

French Callsign Database

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- ICQ Podcast highlights the French callsign database which can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF

European Communications Office 2013 Report

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio gets a brief mention in the ECO 2013 report which was released July 22

Eire Ham Radio Licence Exam

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS report that just 17 candidates sat the radio amateurs exam in May

Drone records ham radio contest station

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- An enthusiast used his four rotor drone to take a video of an amateur radio 70 MHz contest station on the Isle of Wight

Chewing the rag with India's Ham Radio operators

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- NDTV reports on amateur radio, the first social network

BATC to webstream Space Colloquium

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Volunteers from the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will be webstreaming the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place July 26-27 in Guildford

434 MHz Codec2 Walkie Talkie

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike McCauley VK4AMM reports he has developed a 434 MHz Walkie Talkie using the amateur radio Codec2 digital voice mode

144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games

July 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels in the 144 MHz band between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used at the Commonwealth Games July 22 to Aug 4

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

July 23, 2014 01:32 AM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island

July 23, 2014 12:33 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 23 (the evening of July 22 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Rhode Island (W1AW/1). 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 portable...

July 22, 2014

FCC Issues K3VR $11,500 NAL:

July 22, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News --

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark:

July 22, 2014 08:36 PM - eHam.net News -- 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. B.A. "Mani" Subramani,
VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said
that VO-52's lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was
officially decommissioned on July 21.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer:

July 22, 2014 08:36 PM - eHam.net News -- 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. Amateur radio proponents have long emphasized their service's role in emergencies and their relationships with emergency and government authorities. Now FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security, has signed a memo of understanding with the American Radio Relay League to increase their cooperation."This agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource," they said in a statement. Echoing a theme that Radio World readers know well, the announcement quoted FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate calling radio "one of the most resilient communications technologies we have." He continued: "When the power is out and telecommunications are down, the amateur radio community can serve as a vital resource in support of emergency responders and survivors during a disaster." They said their memo outlines ways in which the two organizations will cooperate to carry out their responsibilities, "with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster."

FCC Issues KZ8O $22,000 NAL

July 22, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News --

VK balloon reaches Brazil

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A small Australian high-altitude balloon VK3YT-8 has reached the South American country of Brazil, and is now believed headed further east

UK 434 MHz balloon reaches Alaska

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A party balloon carrying a solar-powered 434 MHz transmitter launched by Leo Bodnar M0XER from Silverstone UK travelled east across Asia and has now reached Alaska

Radio Amateur operates RSL Station

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Mike Coles 2E1GZZ is the Station Director for New Life Radio, which goes on-the-air on Saturday, 26th July

Man wins a Kenwood TS-480SAT for £1 !

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- That's right! One lucky customer won a brand new Kenwood TS-480SAT courtsey of Kenwood Electronics UK and MLandS at the McMichael rally on the 13th July 2014

ILLW has another virgin lighthouse

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Added to the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held in three week's time is another virgin registration, this time from Portugal

Goodbye HAMSAT-VO52 - Rest In Peace

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-India's ham radio satellite VO-52, launched on May 5, 2005 ceased operation on July 11, 2014. During over 9 years, it proved to be a valuable communications resource for the amateur radio community

First Transatlantic decode of the Opera Beacon on 6 meters

July 22, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- At 14:27 21 July, Dave, WD4KPD located in Washington, decoded the first Opera beacon transmission from Graham, G0NBD, at -18 dB s/n, at a range of 3664 miles

July 21, 2014

The Inaugural Victorian D-Star Users Group Meeting:

July 21, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- The inaugural Victorian D-Star users group meeting will be held at the EMDRC Clubrooms in Burwood, Saturday 2nd August from 10am. Everyone is Welcome. The first meeting will include a Skype hook up with Michael Carey VK5ZEA. Michael will be giving a presentation on "Whats new in D-Star"

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

July 21, 2014 07:34 PM - ARRL -- 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 geosynchronous orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani...

K4ERO Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 21, 2014 05:36 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the July QST Cover Plaque award is John Stanley, K4ERO, for his article "Using Triangular Waves to Test and Tune Linear Amplifiers."The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the August issue today.

The 'walkie talkie' dongle that means you'll never be out of touch with your friends

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new gadget can turn your phone into a 'walkie talkie' - even if you have no phone coverage

Romanian Web Site Special Event

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station YR10RRO to be active between July 24th and August 3rd. Activity is to celebrate the 10th anniversary and launch of the Romanian web site Radioamator.ro

Japan DX Meeting 2014

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Japan DX Meeting 2014' will be held at 14:30 local time on August 23rd in Tokyo at the 'Time24' building near the 'Telecom Center'

History This Week

July 21, 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

Hamfest India 2014 - Hyderabad

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hamfest India 2014 will be held on 8th and 9th November 2014 in Hyderabad

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-July, through Sunday, 20th-July there were 209 countries active

ComReg 5 Year Amateur Radio Licence notification process

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- In June 2009, Ireland's regulator ComReg, introduced a new Amateur Station Licensing scheme under the Wireless Telegraphy (Amateur Station Licence) Regulations 2009

Bill Moore, NC1L seriously injured in road accident

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago. His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms

AMSAT-UK Colloquium 26-27 July 2014

July 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held this weekend of July 26-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK. The event is open to all

ARS Flight of the Bumblebees

July 21, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 27

July 20, 2014

HI2DX Saona Island DXpedition NA-122:

July 20, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Saona Island was baptized "Saona" by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it
in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas. The name was meant
"... to honor Michele da Cuneo, [Columbus'] friend from Savona.

An Engineer's Field Day:

July 20, 2014 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- First, what is Field Day? It is an amateur radio event that is part contest, part emergency preparedness exercise, and part public demonstration of amateur radio. In my opinion, it's also a lot of fun. After all, what could be better than combining camping and radio with plenty of food and drink in the company of friends? Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is primarily a North American event. It takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. Unlike most ham radio events, this one encourages clubs and other groups to set up operation out in public locations, instead of at our home stations. The first Field Day was held in 1933, when an announcement in ARRL's QST magazine prompted several hams to operate using portable stations. This was not a trivial matter, given that these were vacuum tube radios. The event was a success, so it was repeated the following year and has been running ever since (except during World War II, when all ham activity was banned in the USA). What does it take to operate a portable ham station? The essential items for a ham station are a radio transceiver, a microphone, an antenna, a feed-line to connect the radio to the antenna, and some way to power the radio and any accessories. This doesn't seem like much, but -- like most things -- it's often easier said than done. Of course, once you have the basics, there are some other things that are really useful and nice to have, like a table and chair. Since the event lasts for 24 hours, you also need shelter, food, and lights. Now consider that, as a club, you are going to set up several stations with a number of club members, who all have their own ideas on how things should be done. The complexity increases rapidly with the number of stations and the number of members, so the challenge is to use equipment brought by a dozen people or so to put several stations on the air simultaneously.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity has sharply declined

IOTA DXpedition to Saona Island

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saona is the destination of Hotel India DX Club, Inc and a high skill team formed in a joint effort with Loma Del Toro Contest Group, Radio Club Dominicano, Inc and Union Dominicana de Radioaficionados (UDRA) being called 'Saona Dxpediton 2014 Dream Team'

How King of Jordan paid secret visits to Coventry radio hams

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Coventry Telegraph reports on the time when King Hussein JY1 dropped into Wyken to visit fellow radio amateurs who 'got him out of extreme trouble'

HamRadioNow: Amateur Radio Parity Act

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary KN4AQ explains where he's been (a 3-week pod-fade), talks about the DCC video KICKSTARTER that's doing well despite being 'untended' since it's launch, and the Amateur Radio Parity Act

AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium coming soon

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place July 25-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom

7 overnight decodes of F5ZAL 2-metre beacon by EA5DOM

July 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following the addition of the Opera OP05 coding to the F5ZAL beacon, this is one of the more unexpected reception reports, where due to the relative location of Tx / Rx, in this case, separated by a 3000 ft mountain range, direct reception is not possible

RSGB IOTA Contest

July 20, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Jul 26 to 1200Z, Jul 27

County Hunters CW Contest

July 20, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z-2400Z, Jul 26 and 1400Z-2400Z, Jul 27

July 19, 2014

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

July 19, 2014 11:32 PM - ARRL --

Irving Club Teaches Ham Radio Use, Serves With Emergency Communications:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- 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. "The interesting part for me," said Riise, an Irving resident, "was that then the only way you could talk to people in other states was on a telephone -- long distance." Riise has been working with ham radios for more than 50 years now. He operates under the call sign K5AVT and helped found the Irving Amateur Radio Club in 1955. Today, the nonprofit organization helps operators get their FCC licenses and provides communications support to the city during events and emergencies while also encouraging ham radio use. "It has a different appeal to everyone who tries it," said club secretary Bob Alexander, call sign W5AH.

Hospital Has SPARC of Security:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Beaumont is ready for any kind of natural disaster: the city and the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) have partnered to provide ham radio operations at City Hall in the event of a disaster that could interrupt communications between cities and residents. The service is now in place in the Emergency Services Department office at the civic center. Rick Cook, emergency services coordinator, said he is very pleased to be working with the amateur radio club. "They're the backbone of communications, in my opinion," said Cook. A Homeland Security grant was secured to buy the two radios - UHF/VF, and AF. The UHF is ultra-high; VHF is very high; and AF is high frequency. The radios are the same ones that are being used by San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and some of the senior communities including Sun Lakes and Solera.

Woburn Ham Radio Operator Participates in D-Day Reenactment:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur or "ham" radio operators have a long and colorful history not only in the U.S., but throughout the world, and they have played critical roles at important times. Last month, hams from throughout North America and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day by replicating the beachhead communications of the invasion. Among the participants was Woburn resident Dennis Kenney, who is a member of the U.S. Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). The D-Day drill called for operators from MARS stations to reach out with short wave radio, using minimal power and simple wire antennas for transmission. As some operators did 70 years ago, Kenney experienced a problem with wire communications. When he started up his radio, he realized he could hear nothing on any of the frequencies. He tried his backup radio and still no contacts "I went out back to check on the antenna," said Kenney, "and I saw my antenna cable burned and dangling from the tree with nothing connected to it."

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- HARTFORD -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensible 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. "Because you have so much technology on an every-day daily basis, you don't understand that it's not that survivable in a disaster," said Fugate, who holds a ham license. "When all else fails, we need to partner with amateur radio. We look at amateur radio as the last line of defense."

How The King of Jordan Paid Secret Visits to Coventry Radio Enthusiast:

July 19, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- 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. So a search is now on for the holy grail of evidence: the late Harry's visitors' book. The chairman of Coventry Amateur Radio Society, Brian Leathley-Andrew has no doubts that the meetings took place, but the reason for the friendship is cloaked in mystery. As an enthusiastic Caludon Castle schoolboy Brian used to visit Harry to learn more about transmitting radio conversations around the world. Though the king was a life-long ham - known as the "friendly voice" of call sign JY1 - Brian believes the root of the friendship was more dramatic than a shared interest. "The rumour was that Harry got him out of extreme trouble. I can only surmise from what well- placed people have said was that Harry saved his life." Brian who is a retired photographer and sound engineer was unaware of the royal link when he visited "helpful family man" Harry who encouraged his passion for the hobby. "From what I know now, the King visited incognito, about four times, maybe in the late fifties or sixties," he said.

Propagation de K7RA

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and on Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011

Using lightweight masts

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Lightweight portable masts make all forms of portable operating easy. But using them requires a few skills to get the best results

Sunspot number drops to zero

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On July 17th, for the first time in nearly 3 years, the sunspot number dropped to zero

RSGB's Three Youth Proposals

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham report on the three proposals presented by the RSGB Chairman in the August issue of RadCom

Microwave and VHF/UHF equipment at Colloquium

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, July 27, Sam Jewel G4DDK and Dave Powis G4HUP will be attending the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford to display and sell their range of Microwave/UHF/VHF kits and other equipment

Fierce start to Philippine storm season

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- After gaining strength over the warm ocean Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda), a category three storm, came ashore in the Philippines with its winds and rain causing the deaths of at least 40 people

Brass Monkey Contest

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- One very popular contest coming up in New Zealand shortly is the Brass Monkey Contest

Auckland Unitary Plan Submissions

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- All Radio Amateurs, no matter where they are in New Zealand, are being urged to send in Further Submissions to the Auckland Council Unitary Plan

AMSAT Fox-1C launch opportunity announced

July 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT is excited to announce a launch opportunity for the Fox-1C Cubesat. AMSAT has teamed with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch utilizing Spaceflight's SHERPA system to a sun-synchronous orbit in the third quarter of 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #29 de K7RA:

July 19, 2014 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July
17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot
days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in
2011, on January 27 and August 14.

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

July 19, 2014 02:32 AM - ARRL -- 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 i...

July 18, 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

July 18, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011, on January 27 and August 14.We had 48 days with a sunspot number of zero in 2010 (although Spaceweather.com reports 51 days, and they may be correct), and 260 days with a daily sunspot numbe...

ARRL Dedicates Centennial Terrace to Honor Major Donors

July 18, 2014 03:35 PM - ARRL -- Visitors to ARRL Headquarters will be greeted with something new in the area in front of the main entrance. Complementing the terrace of memorial bricks and benches on the left, a new Centennial Terrace on the right side of the main entrance was dedicated on June 17 at a ribbon-cutting and reception, held in conjunction with the ARRL National Centennial Convention now underway in Hartford, Conn...

WRTC in Boston Globe

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Boston Globe newspaper reports on the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 held in New England

Special editions of the ID-51E to mark Icom's 50th anniversary

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- To commemorate their 50th Anniversary, Icom Inc is releasing five special editions of its popular ID-51E dualband D-STAR handportable. Not only will these models be available in red, blue, lime, white and black, but they will include some special features

SARL Radio Technology Symposiums

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tony Voorveld ZS6CCD will be delivering the keynote presentation at the Johannesburg and Pretoria Radio Technology Symposiums

Netherlands Special Event

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, September 7th, the 73th annual National UNESCO Heritage Flower Parade of Zundert will be held

More 5 MHz allocations

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andorra now joins the number of countries permitted an experimental band allocation at 5 MHz (60m)

Hundreds of portable stations head for lighthouses

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is tracking ahead of last year's record with four weeks left to go, and now stands at 385 registrations from 43 countries

Ham radio 132 km contact at 122 GHz

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Rudi OE5VRL has released a YouTube video showing a 122 GHz amateur radio contact made over a 132 km path on October 19, 2013

Eerie quiet descends on the sun

July 18, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Less than two weeks ago, the sun was peppered with large active regions. Now, the face of the sun is almost completely blank

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 24

Ham Finds Camaraderie, Public Service on Radio:

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- William Coverdell hands over a stack of cards, most with colorful landscapes or iconic images, each from a distant locale. Among those in the world of amateur radio, the "hams," these are called QSL cards, the curious shorthand standing for the confirmation of two-way communications. From France, from Russia, from Japan, Mr. Coverdell collects these through the mail, and he sends out as many as he gets. From his St. Joseph home, he works the DX stations and makes contact at any moment with Qatar or Senegal or Slovenia. Once, on a small setup he hauled to a deer camp, he picked up a rare station in the Atlantic. The kinship arises from expensive equipment and home-rigged gear, from old hands and novices. Even in the era of the Cold War, people in nations with geopolitical differences reached out across the frequencies. "If the whole world could go like ham radio, there would be no wars," Mr. Coverdell says. "One of these days people are going to realize we're all the same and we're all in the same boat." Though ham radio's global connection remains a part of the retiree's routine, the St. Joseph man has long been an apostle for the role this form of communication plays in domestic emergencies.

HOF Parades, Ham Radios Work Hand-In-Hand:

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- When it comes to the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival's grand and community parades, most eyes stay fixed on the units and participants. But thousands of people work behind the scenes to make these parades possible. This year, as in previous years, local amateur radio operators volunteer to hit the airwaves and make sure the event proceeds smoothly and safely. Terry Russ, of Perry Township, is the emergency coordinator for Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, and is the communications coordinator for the Community Parade, which steps off at 2:30 p.m. July 27. Wade Huthmacher is coordinator for the Timken Grand Parade the morning of Aug. 2. The Grand Parade is the largest public service event handled by Stark County amateurs, Russ said. For more than 36 years, amateurs have provided communications services for the parade totaling more than 200 volunteer-hours of service.

Ham Radio Operators of the World Face Off In Westborough:

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- HINGHAM -- "Kilo, one, oscar!" Katsuhiro "Don" Kondou, a 47-year-old IT specialist from Japan, barked his team's call sign, K1O, into the microphone on his headset, trying to reach someone far, far away. Photos: Ham radio competition "Kilo, one, Oscar!" Sitting beside him was Hajime Hazuki, a 29-year-old mechanical designer from Tokyo. Together, they sat in a hot tent at Wompatuck State Park Saturday morning, with headphones on and their eyes glued to monitors, trying urgently to contact other amateur radio operators from all over the world as quickly as possible. They were among the many two-person teams to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship. It is held every four years, and participants take it very seriously. The most recent championship took place last weekend at more than a dozen locations in Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The object of the contest was simple: Contact as many other ham radio operators (aka hams) as possible over a period of 24 hours.

The United States Takes Gold In Ham Radio 'Olympics':

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This year, the United States took Gold in the "Olympics" of amateur (ham) radio. At the end of the 24-hour competition known as the World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC), three teams, representing three countries - the US, Slovakia and Germany - were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively. "This is a high-tech hobby. It used to be more popular before the advent of the cell phone," explained local Ham-radio enthusiast and LATV volunteer Don Montrym, Thursday afternoon. Montrym spent time last week with The Champion, at Sholan Farms, explaining the competition, while watching a 40-foot antenna being erected by local volunteers. The WRTC is a competition consisting of two-person teams of amateur radio operators using their various skills to make contact with other amateur radio operators all around the world in a 24-hour period. They are held every four years, in locations all over the world. The last event was held in Russia. This year, the United States was selected to host the competition. Last weekend, teams were spread across 60 sites all over Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sholan Farms played host to two sites. Down the road, Devens played host to 12 sites. Other local sites included Wrentham and Pepperell.

ARNewsline Report 1927 -- July 18 2014:

July 18, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Ham radio first
responders activate as Typhoon Rasmussen hits
the Philippines; the United States takes home
the gold at WRTC2014; German hams get limited
time access to the 4 meter band; Spain
extends its 60 meter ham band evaluation; the
government of Brazil chases paraglider pilots
off 2 meters; a cubesat with a solar sail to
launch before years end and a very happy
100th birthday to the ARRL. All this and
more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1927 coming your way right now.

July 17, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:

July 17, 2014 11:33 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
the Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Centennial Convention Will Be an Event to Remember, ARRL President Says:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, is eagerly anticipating the ARRL
National Centennial Convention this week, but
with a sense of history, awe, and honor. The Convention gets underway
Thursday, July 17, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Craigie said this week that to be President when the ARRL celebrates
its centennial "is an extraordinary good fortune that I am sincerely
grateful for."

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- In a video, ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to action to all
radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote
co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014."

ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet July 21-22 In Hartford:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors will meet Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, in
Hartford, Connecticut, The slightly altered scheduling of the July
meeting takes advantage of the fact that most Board members will
already be in town for the ARRL National Centennial Convention July
17-19.

N6MJ and KL9A Take WRTC-2014 Gold, Slovak, German Teams Win Silver, Bronze:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- After considerable deliberation over which team placed third in the
2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014), it's now official.
At the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the international Amateur
Radio contesting competition, the US team of Dan Craig,
N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, operating as K1A, took home the gold
for their winning team effort. There was little suspense about the top
spot; Craig and Hurlbut had led the international pack of 59 competing
teams literally from the start.

HAARP Closing Delayed, But Facility Being Dismantled Piecemeal:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- The US Air Force has given the High Frequency Active Auroral Research
Program (HAARP) facility in Gakona, Alaska, a death row reprieve of
sorts. The Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski
July 2 that it is "willing to slow the closure process and defer
irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site" until May 2015. Those
pushing for HAARP to remain open as a scientific research facility
include several radio amateurs. HAARP proponents claim, however, that
despite the delay, the Air Force has been picking the plant apart piece
by piece, and that critical research instruments already have been
taken off site.

Attendance at Friedrichshafen 'Ham Radio' 2014 Tops Last Year's:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Attendance at Germany's annual international "Ham Radio" exhibition on June 27-29 --
the Continent's biggest Amateur Radio event -- was 17,100 this year, up
from 15,300 visitors last year.

W1AW Centennial Operations Head to South Carolina:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and
now on hiatus will resume at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 16 (the
evening of July 15 in US time zones), from South Carolina (W1AW/4).
There will be only one state this week.

New Ham Radio Regulations In Thailand Germany Gets 4 Meters Briefly:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Thailand's 247,000 radio amateurs have new Amateur Radio regulations that provide
significant new privileges The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) has reported that the National Broadcasting
and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has been working on the new
regulations for nearly 3 years.

ICE Spacecraft Recovery Effort Appears at an Impasse:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- According to a July 10 National Public Radio (NPR) "Morning Edition" report, the effort to recover
the venerable International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft (ISEE-3) --
later repurposed, redirected, and renamed the International Cometary
Explorer (ICE) -- has run into problems and may have reached a dead
end.

Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR, and Dave Leestma, N5QWC, Retire from NASA:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Astronauts Andy Thomas,
VK5MIR/ex-KD5CHF, and Dave Leestma, N5WQC, have
announced their retirements from NASA. Both operated on ham radio from
space, and Thomas, as the last US astronaut to complete a duty tour
onboard the Russian Mir space station, conducted several contacts with
students on Earth as part of the SAREX program, the predecessor of
ARISS.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

July 17, 2014 10:34 PM - eHam.net News -- This week, we'll look at the 1950s. Danny Weil, VP2VB, began his
well-known series of Yasme DXpeditions around the world in 1955,
putting some rare countries on the air. That series lasted until 1963,
and it gave thousands of DXers the opportunity to work some new ones.

Typhoon Rammasun death toll climbs

July 17, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Jim Linton VK3PC provides an update on the amateur radio operations in the Philippines which has been stuck by Typhoon Rammasun

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