May 15, 2021

Wooden satellite expected to launch end 2021

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL reports the WISA Woodsat project, being sponsored by plywood supplier WISA in an unconventional PR initiative, is poised to place a wooden satellite into orbit by the end of the year

RCI English section: goodbye

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Canada's international broadcast service from the English language team of Radio Canada International has come to an end. RCI, (originally the International Service, CBC-IS) was initially created towards the end of the Second World War

RAC Canada Day Contest: Celebrate Canada's Birthday on the air!

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The global pandemic continues and we want to make sure that all participants in the RAC Canada Day Contest on Thursday, July 1 help us to celebrate Canada's birthday safely

Military Radio and the SAS

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - BAREC, Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club are holding their May meeting - 'Military Radio and the SAS' with John Trist VK2MOP. John served as an SAS patrol signaller and instructor and will provide a very informative presentation on military radio

Foundations of Amateur Radio

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Soldering Irons and Software - The activity of amateur radio revolves around experimentation. For over a century the amateur community has designed, sourced, scrounged and built experiments. Big or small, working or not, each of these is an expression of creativity, problem solving and experimentation

China's Mars rover touches down on the red planet

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - China's space program took a major leap today when it successfully landed the Zhurong rover on Mars, marking the country’s first landing on another planet. Teams will now prepare to roll the rover off its landing platform and onto the dusty Martian surface to begin a mission to search for evidence of water and hints of past life

Another satellite constellation prepares for launch, this one aimed at next-gen connectivity for IoT devices

May 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Not keen on a 5G mast in your street? At least it'd be harder for crackpots to burn down 'a flying cell tower in orbit'

K1USN Slow Speed Test

May 15, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, May 21

NCCC Sprint

May 15, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, May 21

NCCC RTTY Sprint

May 15, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, May 21

May 14, 2021

Radio Frequency Interference Seminar Set for May 19 via Zoom

May 14, 2021 01:18 PM - ARRL -

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, hold a Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) seminar via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 2000 UTC. His 30-minute slide presentation offers an overview of politics, personalities, and technical issues involved in electromagnetic interference (EMI) control as well as causes and cures. A question-and-answer session will follow the slide presentation. The IEEE EMC...

Wooden Satellite to Launch by Year’s End

May 14, 2021 01:14 PM - ARRL -

The WISA Woodsat project, being sponsored by plywood supplier WISA in an unconventional PR initiative, is poised to place a wooden satellite into orbit by the end of the year. The idea is to test the suitability of treated wood as a low-cost and widely available material for space applications. The IARU posting for Woodsat indicates that several amateur radio experiments will be on board as wel...

The K7RA Solar Update

May 14, 2021 12:55 PM - ARRL -

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity returned last Friday, May 7, and has held steady since. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 11.9 to 21.1, and average daily solar flux was up 2.1 points to 74.3 for the reporting week ending May 12.

Geomagnetic activity was quiet until Wednesday, May 12, when the planetary A index went to 41 as the result of a coronal mass ejection (CME) tha...

Volunteer Monitor Program April report

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL has released the April 2021 Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program Report. The VM Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service

US schools/groups move into phase 2 of ARISS selections

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station is pleased to announce the schools/host organizations selected for the January-June 2022 contact window

UK broadband speeds on the rise

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Average download speeds increased by a quarter last year, according to new Ofcom research into the UK's broadband speeds

Spanish Special Event

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the Cartagena Team group will activate the special event callsigns AM5IP between May 28th and June 6th

Portuguese special event

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Look for special event station CR65PQ from Tancos, Portugal, to be active in celebration of the 65th anniversary of Tropas Paraquedistas (Portuguese Paratroopers) between May 17-23rd

VK6WIA NewsWest

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - This is the History of Amateur Radio edition, and two of our history items are about the early days of the West Australian Repeater Group, there's a story about the first woman in Western Australia to pass the Amateur Radio exams, and another story of the installation of the Wireless Institute’s transmitter in Perth in 1930

Iceland: June date for postponed Amateur radio exam

May 14, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Iceland's national amateur radio society, the IRA, has announced an amateur radio exam session will take place on June 5

EACW Meeting

May 14, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, May 20

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

May 14, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, May 20

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 14, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, May 20

NAQCC CW Sprint

May 14, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0030Z-0230Z, May 20

May 13, 2021

April 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report Released

May 13, 2021 04:45 PM - ARRL -

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

A General class renewal applicant withdrew his application after FCC notice that the renewal application would be held up pending review of Volunteer Monitor complaints. As a consequence, the Quakertown, Pennsylvania, applicant has no operating privileges.

 Twenty-one ...

UN DX Contest

May 13, 2021 04:12 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0600Z-2100Z, May 15

WSPR in the Daily Express

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Amateur Radio mode WSPR gets a mention in the Daily Express newspaper

Spanish special event

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In celebration of the 156th anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a group of Spanish radio amateurs together with Ure-Cullera Radio Club of Valencia (EA5RKX), and Les Bacores DX, will activate the special callsign AN5ITU until May 23rd

Results of voting for the 2021 SARL AGM motions

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Voting on the 2021 AGM Motions closed at 23:59 CAT on Monday 3 May. Only 288 members out of 1 691 members cast their votes, giving a 17,03% vote

Radio Frequency Interference and the Radio Amateur (RFI Seminar)

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will be giving a talk on Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 2000 GMT (4pm EDT)

Moroccan special event

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - This year, the Moroccan people celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the 'Royal Moroccan Armed Force' on May 14th, and 'National Security (DGSN)' on May 16th

More than one in five UK homes can get full-fibre broadband

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - More than one in five UK homes can now access faster, full-fibre broadband, according to new figures published by Ofcom

Ham radio in Malaysia

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - News provider The Malaysian Reserve says now more and more women are beginning to use amateur radio

CME sparks strong geomagnetic storm

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on May 12th, sparking the strongest geomagnetic storm of young Solar Cycle 25

Tony's 10m Band Report

May 13, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Another bumper week for activity with Friday to Sunday being very, very good

RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data

May 13, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, May 19

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 13, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, May 19

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 13, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, May 19

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

May 13, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, May 19

May 12, 2021

“Geomagnetic Storm Season” is Over

May 12, 2021 04:54 PM - ARRL -

June and July bring frequent 6-meter DX openings via long-distance sporadic-E propagation and persistent quiet geomagnetic conditions. These 2 months are well known to North American 6-meter DXers as the most productive time of year for DX up to 8,700 miles.

“The quiet geomagnetic season during June and July typically has only about half as many geomagnetic storms compared to March and April,” s...

The VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition is JIDXM 2020 DXpedition of the Year

May 12, 2021 04:53 PM - ARRL -

The Japan International DX Meeting (JIDXM) has designated the 2020 VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition as the recipient of the 2020 DXpedition of the Year Award. The DXpedition was organized to bring story of amateur radio DXpedition pioneer Danny Weil, VP2VB, to today’s amateur radio community.

The VP2VB Yasme Memorial Expedition Team consisted of Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA; Martti Laine, OH2BH; ...

Bigfoot Radio Net Spring Expedition 2021 Underway

May 12, 2021 01:13 PM -

60 Meters Again Available to New Zealand Radio Amateurs

May 12, 2021 11:22 AM -

Workshop for attorneys under consideration for 2022 ARRL National Convention in Orlando

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Amateur Radio Legal Defense and Assistance Committee (ARLDAC) is considering hosting a half-day workshop for attorneys at the ARRL 2022 National Convention in Orlando. This would be for attorneys only, and attendees would be eligible to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit in their respective states

The Senator was a ham - Barry Goldwater and amateur radio

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Marilyn Murphy, Communication Manager for the Arizona Historical Society, announces that the Arizona Historical Society is hosting a virtual program looking at Arizona's most famous amateur radio operator, Marilyn Murphy, Communication Manager for the Arizona Historical Society, announces that the Arizona Historical Society is hosting a virtual program looking at Arizona's most famous amateur radio operator, Barry Goldwater

The ever-shrinking radio spectrum

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Our phones, the key-fobs that control our alarms, cars and other devices. TV broadcasts, wifi -- in fact almost every aspect of electronics, right down to the humble light bulb, now has an element of radio-frequency communications built into it

Northern Ireland special event

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the North West Amateur Radio Club (MN0NWG) will be active as GB0AEL from Londonderry between May 15-23rd

Mobile strategy review terms of reference

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has today published the terms of reference for its upcoming mobile strategy review

Essex CW Club Morse Boot Camp date announced

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The annual CW Boot Camp will be held in Witham, Essex, on Saturday, October 16, 2021

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo - Call for Speakers

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return on August 14th and 15th, 2021

Bouvet Island DXpedition

May 12, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - 3Y0J will be a DXpedition with a focus on good, fast and accurate operating. QSO rates will be very high

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

May 12, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, May 18

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

May 12, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, May 18

May 11, 2021

SEDCO W4DXCC Co-Founder, Noted DXer Lynn Lamb, W4NL, SK

May 11, 2021 07:19 PM - ARRL -

ARRL Life Member Lynn Lamb, W4NL, of Maryville, Tennessee, died on May 10 following a lengthy illness. He was 83. Lamb co-founded SEDCO W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in 2005.

Licensed in 1954, Lamb retired from a career with the US Department of Defense (US Navy and Air Force). He was a founding member of the National Capitol DX Association (NCDXA) and belonged to Potomac Valley Radio Club, t...

Tuesday, May 11, is Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day

May 11, 2021 07:12 PM - ARRL -

Tuesday, May 11, is Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day, which falls within National Radio Month on the island. The operator of Puerto Rico’s first radio broadcasting station in 1922, WKAQ, was Joaquín Agusty, who held the ham radio call sign 4JE. A proclamation signed by Governor Pedro Pierluisi highlights the value of amateur radio in times of emergency and gives special mention to ARRL. T...

Workshop for Attorneys Under Consideration for 2022 ARRL National Convention in Orlando

May 11, 2021 02:13 PM - ARRL -

The Amateur Radio Legal Defense and Assistance Committee (ARLDAC) is considering hosting a half-day workshop for attorneys at the ARRL 2022 National Convention in Orlando. This would be for attorneys only, and attendees would be eligible to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit in their respective states. It would be held on the afternoon of February 10, as part of the Thursday training ...

The Sodium Tail of Mercury

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Mercury has sprouted a tail. Intense sunlight is blowing material away from the planet, turning Mercury into a kind of oversized comet

AN5, Spanish Special Event

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the Torrent Digital Radio are now active with the special callsign AN5OKW until May 13th. Activity is to mark the 76th anniversary of the surrender of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht 'OKW', and the end of the Second World War in Europe

QSO Today- Larry Tyree N6TR

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Larry Tyree, or 'Tree', as he is known in amateur radio circles, loves to operate contests, work DX on 160 meters, from his 28 hilltop acres in the Oregon forest, near Portland

Ofcom may remove product listings from eBay

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - BBC reports the online sales platform eBay is handing Ofcom the power to remove listings, theoretically this could enable Ofcom to remove products that do not conform to EMC requirements

Japanese special event

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The following special event station are now on the air to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until September 5th

IRTS AGM rejects new licence level proposal

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - IRTS News reports that at the AGM, held April 24, a proposal to introduce a new licence level in Eire was defeated

Finland: SRAL Annual Report

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Finland's national amateur radio society, the SRAL, has made available their annual report for 2020

DXCC Country/Entity Report

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th April, through Sunday, 2nd May there were 211 countries active

ARISS contact is scheduled with students at Collège Descartes, Antony, France

May 11, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts

OK1WC Memorial (MWC)

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1630Z-1729Z, May 17

K1USN Slow Speed Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, May 17

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2300Z, May 16 to 0100Z, May 17

FISTS Sunday Sprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2100Z-2300Z, May 16

Feld Hell Sprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1600Z-1759Z, May 15 and 2000Z-2159Z, May 15

His Maj. King of Spain Contest, CW

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, May 15 to 1200Z, May 16

NZART Sangster Shield Contest

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0800Z-1100Z, May 15 and 0800Z-1100Z, May 16

K1USN Slow Speed Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, May 14

NCCC Sprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, May 14

NCCC RTTY Sprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, May 14

EACW Meeting

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, May 13

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, May 13

QRP Minimal Art Session

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1400Z-2200Z, May 13

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, May 13

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, May 12

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-2000Z, May 12

CWops Mini-CWT Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, May 12

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, May 12

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, May 11

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, May 11

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, May 10

OK1WC Memorial (MWC)

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1630Z-1729Z, May 10

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0200Z, May 10

K1USN Slow Speed Test

May 11, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, May 10

May 10, 2021

Unboxing the Raspberry Pi RTL-SDR Kit

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Computers and digital techniques have become very popular among amateur radio operators as even a cheap Raspberry Pi computer can run almost all amateur radio software. Together with an RTL-SDR USB stick a low-cost software-defined radio (SDR) system is obtained sporting a rich feature set

Type Approval discussion on Thursday evening 13 May

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The SARL will hold another discussion on how it will respond to ICASA on the draft Type Approval regulations

SARL Next Generation Beacon fund stands at R9 800

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The crowdfunding initiative to collect funds for the SARL Next Generation Beacon Programme started by AMSAT SA, has to date collected R9 800. This is far from the R60 000 target to finance a beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape

New amateur bands for VK highly unlikely

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The WIA recently published their response to the Australian regulator's five Year Spectrum Outlook (FYSO)

Neutron-1 CubeSat team needs your help

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Neutron-1 CubeSat team is looking for Amateurs around the world to help troubleshoot its satellite

InnovAntennas Ltd (IA). and WiMo Antennas and Elektronik GmbH, Herxheim Germany, enter into closer cooperation

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In 2018, UK production of all short wave and a selection of FM antennas (Innov) from the UK to WiMo Antennas and Elektronik GmbH (WiMo) in Germany was moved from Great Britain. The move has proven to be successful, so both companies have agreed to extend and expand the current agreement

ICQPodcast - Does ham radio need to rebrand?

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Ed Durrant (DD5LP), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Barnes (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode we feature Do we need to rebrand?

Howth Martello Tower on air for International Marconi Day

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Tony, EI5EM operated EI0MAR during the recent International Marconi Day event, from the Martello tower in Howth, as a solo effort due to Coviod-19 restrictions

Ham Radio Prep teams up with FliteTest crew for high-powered radio control video

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ham Radio Prep, the nation’s fastest growing amateur radio education program, recently partnered with FliteTest in the production of a video to promote the use of ham radio for high-powered hobby flights as well as the use of activities such as drones in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education

Early Morning Coffee Sprint

May 10, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Early Morning Coffee Sprint is on the air from 03:00 UTC to 05:00 UTC (05:00 to 07:00 CAT) on Wednesday 12 May with phone activity on 80 metres

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