April 20, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels

Urgent SHF Contest changes

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- As a result of the Ofcom review of amateur access to the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands the RSGB Contest committee has issued a rule change for the SHF UKAC on April 22

Radio ham's PongSat fund raiser

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur John Powell W6JPA is trying to raise $11,000 on Kickstarter to send 2000 student projects to the edge of space

Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Dave Tadlock KG0ZZ describes a home-made, small, hand-held, portable amateur radio dual band 145 / 435 MHz satellite antenna

Incoming storm clouds

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Three or four CMEs that left the sun earlier this week will arrive in quick succession this weekend

Hamnet provides crucial communications for Two Oceans

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- This weekend, for the sixteenth consecutive year, Hamnet Western Cape managed the communications in the sweep vehicles during the 2 Oceans Marathon run yesterday

Ham radio on SNN TV News

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A TV news report from SNN says amateur radio may be our only means of communication in an emergency, but for some it's a hobby

Ham Radio in British Pathé video release

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Among the 81,651 historic newsreels released on YouTube by British Pathé there are a number featuring amateur radio

Guglielmo Marconi was a hacker victim

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- As we mark the birth of an Italian inventor on International Marconi Day, April the 26th, comes the story that one of his early exploits was hacked and caused him much embarrassment

630m DX down under

April 20, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- It seems perseverance has paid off for long-time 630m operator Murray ZL1BPU, who uses the special-purpose call sign ZL1EE

10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Apr 26 to 2359Z, Apr 27

Helvetia Contest

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z, Apr 26 to 1259Z, Apr 27

Florida QSO Party

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Apr 26 to 0159Z, Apr 27 and 1200Z-2159Z, Apr 27

SP DX RTTY Contest

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Apr 26 to 1200Z, Apr 27

Amateur Radio Operators Play Important Role:

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) -- When most people think of amateur radio, they tend to think of a hobby. But, with severe weather season around the corner, those radio operators may keep residents safe when a disaster hits. Friday was International Amateur Radio Day and local ham operators showcased their skills at a demonstration at ITT Technical Institute on Meridian Road, "It started when I was 13 and I'm 75," said amateur radio operator Allan Avnet. But he is anything but an amateur. "I've got equipment that works out of my vehicle," Avnet said. Most people have seen the cars with the excessive antenna. Those antennas are not being used to pick up a favorite song in another city. In fact, those antennas may be used to communicate with other people from halfway around the world. Whether it's called amateur radio or ham radio, it's essentially the same thing. When severe weather season hits, they are some of the first people emergency personnel look to for help. When the Girard tornado hit a couple of years ago, the radio operators were dispatched to help keep emergency officials in contact during and after the storm. "When disasters happen, we're usually the only ones that work," Avnet said.

Morse Code to Ring Out in Caister as Part of Radio Celebrations:

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) will be running an all day event to commemorate International Marconi Day on April 26, and setting up a special station at Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre. The village is the annual setting for the club's celebrations as it was home to a Marconi wireless station, which was established in the High Street in 1900. Throughout the day radio amateurs will be trying to contact other enthusiasts across the world, using the call sign GB0CMS. Last year the hams managed to contact more than 480 radio amateurs in 40 different countries. Using a mixture of Morse code and speech, notable contacts included enthusiasts in Australia, Barbados, Newfoundland, Canada and the USA. Other contacts included special Marconi stations in the UK, Italy, Austria and Iceland. International Marconi Day celebrates the birthday of the Italian born inventor, who pioneered long distance radio transmission. Around the world stations are set up at sites with historical links to the his work, including Poldhu in England, Cape Cod Massachusetts, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and Bologna, Italy.

Marathon 'Hams' Took on Vital Role After Marathon Bombings:

April 20, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Manchester native Harrison Williams, now a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was at his ham radio command post in Brookline on April 15 of last year, coordinating the "Bus Net" system for the Boston Marathon, when two explosions rocked the finish line on Boylston Street. "Everything was operating smoothly. We were doing the job we needed to do, and then they stopped everyone in the room," he said. "Our job stayed the same, but the goal changed." Williams and his partner had been dispatching buses to gather up runners along the route -- runners who were unable to finish the race and needed transportation into Boston. After the explosions, they switched gears. "We were able to communicate with the buses on their way into Boston, turn them around, and started to do the sweep in a reverse fashion, up the course and away from Boston," he said. "We were using the units we had available to pick up as many people as we could, get them off the course and bring them to safe locations."

Series Seven Episode Eight - Yaesu FT-252E Review (20 April 2014)

April 20, 2014 06:31 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Seven Episode Eight of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. The latest news, Martin (M1MRB) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss the recent Kempton Park Amateur / Ham Radio Rally and Martin (M1MRB) reviews the Yaesu FT-252E 2m Handhelad Amateur / Ham Radio.
MacLoggerDX Version 5.53 released
Important update - 5 MHz Band
Ofcom 2300 and 3400 MHz ham radio bands statement
Marconi Day - 26 April 2014
U.S. Coast Guard, Liberian tanker, and Panamanian ham operator rescue from sinking sailboat
915-921 MHz Licence Exempt allocation
ISS HamTV moves to 2369 MHz

Lighthouse Spring Lites:

April 20, 2014 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The annual ARLHS Springs Lites QSO Party is now in full swing. Prizes and awards for all.

Ham Radio Programming by K6LCS:

April 20, 2014 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- When Yaesu released the FT-60R in 2004, I saw it as a great value in a handheld for new amateur-radio licensees. I started pre-programming radios in my job at Ham Radio Outlet to immediately get new hams on the air with their local frequencies.

BeagleBone Black on ALE:

April 20, 2014 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- BeagleBone Black-ALE (BBB-ALE) by N2CKK is a developing 2G Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) Modem/Controller project based on the BeagleBone Black.

April 19, 2014

KickSat Has Been Deployed in Low-Earth Orbit

April 19, 2014 04:32 PM - ARRL -- Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project, reports the satellite launched successfully April 18 at 1925 UTC and successfully has attained low-Earth orbit."We at Cornell and several Amateur Radio operators around the world have made contact with the spacecraft, and it is alive and well," Manchester reported.The Cornell grad student has announced that he will offer prizes to the first severa...

Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteers Take Part in Tsunami Preparedness Exercise

April 19, 2014 02:31 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers in Puerto Rico participated in the CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 14 exercise in March. The purpose of the exercise was to assist tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the east coasts of the US and Canada. Since 2010, Amateur Radio has played a role in the exercise, executed in Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Seismic Net of Puerto Rico (R...

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Markus DK9MBS will be active on the 19th of April 2014 from Liebenburg Castle

Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Five CubeSats including KicksSat which carries 104 Sprite satellites on 437 MHz, were successfully launched on the SpaceX CRS-3 mission on Friday, April 18 at 19:25:22 UT

Secret Nuclear Bunker on the air

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Secret Nuclear Bunker amateur radio station GB0SNB should be on the air this weekend from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon

RAYNET and Direction Finding at Skills Workshop

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This month's free amateur radio Skills Workshop takes place in Danbury, Essex on Monday, April 21 at 7pm

Ofcom active in Somerset

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Somerset County Gazette reports that Ofcom have taken action against a suspected pirate station in Taunton

Long duration balloon launched from Silverstone

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A long duration foil balloon transmitting on 434.500 MHz USB was launched on Friday, April 18 from Silverstone by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER

Ham Radio club provides critical communication for marathon

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- CBS reports on amateur radio involvement in the Boston Marathon which takes place Monday, April 21

GB0CMS in Caister, Norfolk to take part in IMD again

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Norfolk's radio hams will once again be trying to contact other amateurs around the world from Caister on Saturday 26 April 2014 as part of the International Marconi Day celebrations. The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) will be running an all-day special event station with the callsign GB0CMS

A weekend with Marconi

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- In his Youth Spark! blog Jordan Cummins EI4HLB reports on the upcoming activation of Mizen Head for IMD next weekend

WPI Ham Radio Club Provides Critical Communication for Marathon:

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- WORCESTER (CBS) -- Among the thousands of volunteers working to make this year's Boston Marathon go as smoothly as possible will be the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ham radio club, the WPI Wireless Association. Seniors Harrison Williams and Matthew Foreman and their team of about a dozen students and alumni coordinate the buses that take the runners and personnel to Hopkinton and then keep looping back to Boston to transport runners unable to finish.
All of the communication for the buses is done by radio, no cell phones, Internet or texting. "This is certainly something that is very helpful in times when there's no power and there's no cell, no Internet, just people and a couple of radios and car batteries," Williams explained to WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones. They were on the job last year and used some old fashioned skills and equipment to clear the course when the race was stopped after the bombings at the finish line.
With cell service largely crashed after last year, Williams and the team had to quickly shift gears.

When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific:

April 19, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The newsmen ignored the Japanese bombs shaking seventy-five feet of rock above their heads. It was June 1940, and a team of Chinese and Western broadcasters continued their reports from a tunnel beneath Chongqing, China's wartime capital, the "world's most bombed city." Seven thousand miles away, in Ventura, a dentist woke early to listen to their broadcast. As he did every morning, beginning precisely at 5:53 a.m., Dr. Charles Stuart spent two hours carefully monitoring recording levels as acetate discs recorded the broadcast from XGOY, the Chinese government's radio station. Next to him, wearing dental assistant whites and huge headphones pressed to her ears, Stuart's secretary -- and wife -- Alacia Held, transcribed every word. Finally, a familiar farewell closed another day's broadcasts. "XGOY is signing off now," declared Melville Jacoby, a twenty-three-year-old freelance journalist hired to compile and read the station's broadcasts. "This is the Voice of China, the Chinese international broadcasting station, Szechuan, China. Good morning America and goodnight China." Seven decades later, I've spent years chasing every clue I can about Mel's life as a correspondent in wartime China. A cousin of my grandmother's, Mel grew up in one of Los Angeles's first Jewish families, and I wanted to know more than the family legend about the cousin who became Time's Far East bureau chief and fell in love amid the Chongqing air raids. On a summer afternoon in a park in Portland, Oregon, 211 pages into Peter Rand's China Hands, I saw Mel's name. I'd known about his broadcasting work for the Chinese. What I didn't know was a detail Rand pointed out. Mel's broadcasts from XGOY were "picked up in Ventura, California, by a ham radio operator, a dentist named Dr. Charles Stuart." I was floored. Not only was Mel in this book, but his work, I learned, depended on a dentist in my own hometown. Ventura. The sleepy seaside town I'd been so quick to escape was one of China's only links to the outside world during the war.

April 18, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245

Tropical Cyclone Ita

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- It has been a week since Tropical Cyclone Ita with winds of 230km/h came ashore near Cooktown in Far North Queensland, and then swept south before heading out to sea

Special prefix for ANZAC Day

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- All Australian radio amateurs may substitute their VK prefix with AX on ANZAC Day, April the 25th

Ofcom 27 MHz CB and 915 MHz Consultations

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published a public consultation on draft regulations, the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption and Amendment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and a Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communications Services on Aircraft) (Exemption) Regulations 2014

New Special Interest Groups page

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB have introduced a page on their website for Special Interest Groups

Ham Nation show changes

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The popular amateur radio TV show Ham Nation is introducing a few changes to the line-up

GB1STG St George's Day

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Hams are out and about again - This time it's for St George's Day on Wednesday 23rd April

Excalibur Ham Radio Satellite Antenna

April 18, 2014 09:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Dave Tadlock KG0ZZ describes his home made 21 element 2 meter and 70 cm yagi antenna for working SO-50, the ISS and other amateur radio satellites

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

April 18, 2014 07:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2030Z, Apr 24

Amateur Radio Making Waves:

April 18, 2014 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- The arrival of Facebook and Twitter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ipswich's amateur radio devotees. Ipswich and District Amateur Radio Club marked World Amateur Radio Day with an expo in Booval at the weekend, calling on residents to get involved in the fun. Club president Glen Woodrow said the hobby had undergone something of a revival in recent years. "It has never been easier to enter the hobby through the basic Foundation Licence, and the club can show you how to join in the fun," Mr Woodrow said. At the weekend's Ipswich exhibition, members demonstrated how amateur radio works, as well as showing curious visitors how to get involved. Mr Woodrow said amateur radio users served their community by providing emergency communications during natural disasters such as floods and bushfires. Amateur operators also work behind the scenes on disaster preparedness. "Time and again they prove that even the digital world is reliant on infrastructure that can be overloaded or fail, but amateur radio can still get the message through," he said.

Hollister Recognized by State for Years of Volunteer Work:

April 18, 2014 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Communications specialist aids local public safety for decades: SIERRA VISTA -- A local volunteer who has spent more than two decades assisting local public service entities with their communication needs has been selected to receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Since arriving in Sierra Vista in 1986, Robert Hollister has applied his extensive knowledge of radio communications to support local search and rescue efforts, upgrade rural fire district radio systems, help with emergency planning efforts for the county and more. "In a rural area, volunteers are absolutely vital to public safety, and we've got a great group in Cochise County," said Norman Strum, emergency services coordinator for Cochise County. "We've got a great volunteer group, but he just kind of stands out on most of this stuff." A lifelong interest: On Monday, speaking from the Cochise Amateur Radio Association facility on Moson Road, Hollister said his natural fascination with radios as a teen turned into a career, which presented plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout his life.

ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014:

April 18, 2014 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. The new Digital Ham
Video system on the International Space
Station is fully commissioned; another
shortwave intruder is found in the 40 meter
band; United Kingdom hams petition their
telecommunications regulator to get back to
enforcing the rules; Vietnam confirms
expanded ham radio spectrum; the Crimea will
not count as a new DXCC entity and radio is
used to wake up a comet exploration probe.
Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1914 coming your way
right now.

April 17, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #16:

April 17, 2014 10:32 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
NC1L, QRZ DX, 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.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers
in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the
following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and
245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the
past 12 months. On February 28, 2014 the daily sunspot number
reached 279, it was 245 on January 6, and back on November 15-17,
2013 it was 272, 213 and 282.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

World Amateur Radio Day Is Friday, April 18:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is the theme
for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs
celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize
the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder
Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president.

ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss 'Fatally Flawed' Petition for Rule Making:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL has told the FCC that a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) from Mimosa
Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in
the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is "fatally flawed" and should be dismissed.

Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security
for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the
Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22.

Astronaut Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test from the ISS:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a
successful final commissioning test pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station (ARISS) "Ham
Video" transmitter and camera.
Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted
digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked
the station.

FUNCUBE/AO-73 Transponder will be Active Each Weekend:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time
(with low-power beacon) on weekends.

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to
the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and the "Sprite"
satellites it will deploy.

Deadline Is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting
applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this
summer. The application
deadline is May 1.
Admission decisions will be made by May 9.

W1AW Centennial Operations are In MS and ND Until April 23 (UTC):

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states now
are in Mississippi (W1AW/5) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). They will
relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 23 (the evening of April 22 in
US time zones), to New Jersey (W1AW/2) and New Hampshire (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 operations.

HAARP Facility In Danger of Being Dismantled:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- According to an April 9 Alaska Dispatch report,
the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility
near Gakona, Alaska, could be decommissioned and dismantled altogether
this year, unless the US Air Force can find a new prime contractor to
take over the sprawling, 35-acre facility.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- By 1945, when it became certain that the Allies would win the war,
attention turned toward post-war hamming. Articles in QST described
modern VFO and transmitter construction, small portable stations,
antenna advances, and VHF/UHF equipment and techniques. Everyone was
ready to return to "normal," and the League was pushing for that
return!

In Brief...

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- VK9MT Okayed for DXCC Credit: The April 2014 VK9MT Mellish Reef
DXpedition has been approved for DXCC credit.

Getting It Right!

April 17, 2014 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The article "Mellish Reef DXpedition Yields to Weather," which
appeared in the April 10, 2014, edition of The ARRL Letter, contained
incorrect information. The article should have read, "Team Mellish said
that before shutting down, it was able to give an elderly South Africa
radio amateur his last one for top of the DXCC Honor Roll."

The K7RA Solar Update

April 17, 2014 12:36 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters is closed for Good Friday on April 18, so the bulletin comes to you a day early.After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28,...

TX Factor: Youngsters On The Air 2014

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ talks with RSGB Board member and Chair of the RSGB Training and Education Committee Steve Hartley G0FUW about the RSGB's involvement with Youngsters On The Air 2014

RAGazine now available for download

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The latest issue of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download

International Marconi Day down-under

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- NZART report on amateur radio IMD activities taking place in Oceania on Saturday April 26

World Amateur Radio Day - HZ14WARD

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is the desire of amateur radio in Saudi Arabia to participate in the celebration of the World Amateur Radio Day 'WARD'

Florida QSO Party (FQP)

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Our FQP team will be Multi-Multi/Mobilecw only, signing K4OJ/m in honor of Jim's memory. Yes, we will be operating truly Multi-Multi mobile, active-in-motion on 40m-10m simultaneously through 46 counties during the 20 hour contest period - 26-27 April

Captain Peter P Eckersley and RSGB in the Guardian

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless pioneer Captain Peter P Eckersley and the RSGB are mentioned in a Guardian newspaper article about the BBC

AmateurLogic.TV 65: True Grits!

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special guest Randy Hall, K7AGE joins us for a chat and good times. Tommy sets up his solar powered portable rig, George talks about DX Clusters, and Peter builds a metal detector. Plus the boys from Mississippi exact some revenge for the Vegemite incident with Grits. Did it work?

50 MHz Marathon - 2104

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Florence Section of ARI, organizes the 2014 edition of the International '50 MHz Marathon', which starts on the 1st of May

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

April 17, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An unusual week with the early weekdays being much, much better than the weekend. Are we seeing the start of a dip in 10m conditions which over the past few months have been really good

432 MHz Spring Sprint

April 17, 2014 07:36 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 23

April 16, 2014

Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay

April 16, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, sometimes called "The world's longest police foot pursuit." The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Ba...

Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- World Amateur Radio Day is celebrated each year on April 18 in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925

UK school pupils to use ham radio to track balloon

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Students at Bolton School will track the flight of their high altitude balloon with amateur radio equipment

The STELAR Project 2014

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The education and science charity STELAR has been active in promoting radiocommunications in schools and colleges for over 20 years, as part of curriculum enrichment and personal and professional development for teachers

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio

The ILLW reaches a milestone

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 200th registration for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, held on the third weekend of August, is the 152-year old Cabo Silleiro light station in Spain

Ofcom updates on VHF spectrum release

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK telecom regulator Ofcom has issued a summary of responses to an earlier Call for Input (CFI) regarding the release of VHF spectrum. Taking these responses into account, it has set out proposals on how it would plan and release around 6 MHz of spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, returned to civil use by the Emergency Services

Media hits attributed to VK CQ Expo

April 16, 2014 08:30 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some of the aims of last weekend's PR4Amateur Radio Expo held throughout Australia, were community interaction and media coverage for Amateur Radio, with many successful examples occurring

Tuning In to the Amateur Airwaves:

April 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- David Nebe, is an amateur radio operator and member of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club. From his self-described man-cave he can often be found chatting with friends from across the Tasman or working on his latest electronic project. His call sign VK-4HAX is something he takes great pride in having, even though technology and the internet means there are other ways to stay in touch with people. "Once upon a time if you were interested in electronics it was all about radio," he said. "That's when valves and short-wave radio (were used) all around the world during the war years, there was a lot of Morse code over the war years. "Amateur radio operators played a role in those years as well. "There are 2 million amateurs worldwide, we've got 20,000 amateurs in Australia, and people still keep the tradition alive, like Morse code and that sort of thing."

One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, Connecticut Resident Remembers:

April 16, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering. Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on WNPR's Where We Live. As a volunteer amateur radio operator, Kramer was helping with communications from the medical tent at the finish line when he said he heard what sounded like a thud. "Then smoke started rolling into the tent," he said. "It smelled like that smell of sulfur and gunpowder. Then we heard a second explosion. In my headset, there were lots of communications coming through. The question at that point was, what is going on? What just happened? We don't know." Kramer was one of about 200 amateur radio operators volunteering at the marathon. "We were not the professional communicators," he said. "[During] the first 20 minutes, having spoken to some of the professional first responders was pretty crazy. The cell network overloaded. The text network was working. I could send a text. The radio networks just were not coordinated well the first 15 or 20 minutes. After about ten minutes, I was able to contact Amateur Radio Network Control, who said, 'Amateur radio operators, please leave the medical tent. Stand down.'"

Amateurlogic 65 is Out Now!

April 16, 2014 04:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Special guest Randy Hall, K7AGE joins us for a chat and good times. Tommy sets up his solar powered portable rig, George talks about DX Clusters, and Peter builds a metal detector. Plus the boys from Mississippi exact some revenge for the Vegemite incident with Grits. Did it work?

April 15, 2014

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 18

April 15, 2014 09:32 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on April 18. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 21, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

April 15, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL -- You may request that QSL cards be delivered via the ARRL QSL Bureau system for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored.Please do...

World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

April 15, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president. The primary purpose of World ...

Deadline is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute

April 15, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. The application deadline is May 1. Admission decisions will be made by May 9.Learn how to integrate science and mathematics with engineering and technology by exploring wireless technology! Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, exp...

Today's National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshops Being Streamed Live

April 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio workshop sessions at the National Hurricane Conference taking place today in Miami will be streamed live to the Web via the VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net Support and North Shore Radio Association sites. The session schedule is listed on these links and below. Times are in Eastern Daylight Time:10:30 Opening Remarks (John McHugh, K4AG)10:35 Importance of Amateur Radio/Spotter Surface ...

Gear Up Now for ARRL Field Day 2014!

April 15, 2014 02:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of several more castle activations taking place in the next few days

Video of ISS HamTV

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The final configuration of the International Space Station HamVideo Digital TV system took place on Sunday, April 13. ISS commander Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA operated using the call sign OR4ISS

Tuning in to the amateur airwaves

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Australia's ABC interviews David Nebe VK4HAX of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club in Queensland

Tromelin DXpedition update

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FT4TA DXpedition team to Tromelin Island, which takes place between October 30th and November 10th, have announced their pilot stations

Tony Hancock 90th Birthday GB9TH

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Like him or loath him for 'sending up' amateur radio, he was a comic genius

Telford Radio Society operating GB8MD for Marconi Day

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday April 26th, Telford and District Radio Society will be running a memorial radio station on the Welsh coast at Tywyn, Gwynedd, for International Marconi Day

NCDXF election results

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following officers were elected at the annual board meeting of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) in Visalia, California, on April 5, 2014

KickSat launch postponed until Friday

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon launch of five CubeSats and 104 Sprite satellites has been postponed until Friday

Ham radio a 'fascinating hobby,' enthusiasts say

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club members attended their local Community Club Fair and were interviewed about the hobby by the Owen Sound Sun Times

DXpedition to Isle of Canna

April 15, 2014 08:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club members will again be operating from the Isle of Canna EU008
 
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