September 26, 2016

Retired Librarian Who Was Maine's First Woman Radio Amateur Turns 108

September 26, 2016 07:39 PM - ARRL -- Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of Deer Isle, Cousins was treated to a party complete with a cake decorated with images of local newspaper articles from 1908, the year she was born. The confection also bore an image of her 1...

ARRL to Host CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar

September 26, 2016 07:39 PM - ARRL -- ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming webinar on Wednesday, October 19, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Thursday, October 20, in US time zones). This presentation will offer a brief overview of the free, open-source CHIRP software, which can be used to program most radios.Attendees will learn: What CHIRP is, which radios are supported, how to get CHIRP, and how to troubleshoot CHIRP. Presenter James...

RSGB International DX Contest

September 26, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-1900Z, Oct 2

UBA ON Contest, SSB

September 26, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Oct 2

MIT's Flea Market Specializes in Rare, Obscure Electronics:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that's the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns. It's known as Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from across New England go to buy and sell the gadgets they can't find in stores. Some arrive searching for parts to build robots. Others are amateur radio enthusiasts adding to their collections. For some, it's simply an outdoor museum of the strange and surprising. "You can pretty much find all things nerdly," said Steve Finberg, an MIT alumnus and longtime organizer, who arrives every month wearing a cowboy hat and a bushy beard. "The flea is where you go to buy the stuff you didn't know you needed." The event started 30 years ago as a campus fundraiser for student radio clubs at MIT. It still supports those groups, but it's grown far bigger. Sellers now drive from hours away to hawk their goods, some arriving the night before to claim marquee spots for their tables. Hundreds of shoppers come to browse every month.

Radio Club's Youngest Member Becomes Certified:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Toby Vander Wilt, 7, of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club, recently passed the entry-level exam to become a ham radio technician.

WIA Review Seeks Foundation License Enhancement:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) in its submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority on license conditions sought as a priority a review of maximum permitted powers for each of the Advanced, Standard and Foundation licences. The WIA has proposed that such a review be carried out in a sensible, pragmatic approach to enable licensees to pursue their interests commensurate with their established knowledge - as measured by the assessment process - and within reasonable bounds of public and personal safety considerations. The submission acknowledged that the WIA is aware of differing views on the issue and notes the disparity in current permitted powers of all three Australian license grades compared to the similar license grades in other countries.

WICEN in Search for Missing Aircraft:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The search continued to solve the enduring mystery disappearance of an aircraft VH-MDX last heard from 35 years ago in the rugged Barrington Tops National Park, about 200 kms north of Sydney. It is a regular WICEN (NSW) event who with the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad and several others look for the plane wreckage. WICEN (NSW) President Steven Heimann VK2BOS said the exercise searches for the Cessna 210 missing with five people on board in stormy night in August 1981. WICEN was involved in the original search and in the 35 years since. The pilot of VH-MDX took off from Coolangatta in Queensland for Bankstown in New South Wales. Over Barrington Tops he radioed that his aircraft was unstable, losing altitude, may have had a lightning strike and ice on the wings. Steven VK2BOS said about 50 were involved last weekend, but unable to find a trace. In many places they had to cut through thick vines while avoiding Gympie Gympie stinging trees that can result in severe pain for humans that last days or months. An ambulance stood by in case any searcher was injured in the exercise on September 16-18, but their services were not needed. Some 12 from WICEN (NSW) met the communication challenges posed by the extremely rugged terrain. Each volunteer has rain-proof communications and in contact with WICEN (NSW) at several command posts.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

Amateur Radio Roundtable: Interference, BPL, and ATT's New AirGig:

September 26, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, our
guest will be Ed Hare, W1RFI who is the ARRL
laboratory manager. Ed will discuss
interference, BPL, and ATT's new AirGig
service across power lines.

September 25, 2016

WIA seeks 200 watts for Standard (Novice) holders

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In WIA News, Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH sets out the Wireless Institue of Australia's thinking on the future direction of the Standard, formerly known as Novice, and Advanced licenses

WIA members to decide on organisation review

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IARU member society, the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has flagged a general meeting of its members to decide whether a review of the organisation is needed

What makes a good portable CW paddle?

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Richard G3CWI of SOTABEAMS has released a 3 minute video looking at the differences between a paddle designed for portable use and a fixed-station paddle

The Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Seventy-five years ago, on 18-19 September 1941, the Earth experienced a great magnetic storm, one of the most intense ever recorded

Spring QRP Contest

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday 1 October, you can participate in the South African Radio League's Spring QRP Contest

SolderSmoke Podcast

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 190 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Falcon 9 static fire anomaly update

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Three weeks ago, SpaceX experienced an anomaly at our Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This resulted in the loss of one of our Falcon 9 rockets and its payload

Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan Review

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened consultation on its proposed update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. The ACMA announced it on its website on 22 September 2016

Amateur satellites launch from India

September 25, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- AlSat-1N and Pratham, both with amateur radio payloads, are launching on the Indian PSLV-C35 mission planned for 0342 GMT on Monday, September 26, 2016, reports are requested

FISTS Fall Slow Speed Sprint

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Oct 1

Russian WW Digital Contest

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 1 to 1159Z, Oct 2

GTC CW Cup

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

TRC DX Contest

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

WAB HF Phone

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Oct 1 to 1200Z, Oct 2

International HELL-Contest

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z-1800Z, Oct 1 (80m) and 0900Z-1100Z, Oct 2 (40m)

Oceania DX Contest, Phone

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0800Z, Oct 1 to 0800Z, Oct 2

TARA PSK Rumble Contest

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Oct 1

California QSO Party

September 25, 2016 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1600Z, Oct 1 to 2200Z, Oct 2

Weather Volunteers Keep Their Eyes On the Skies:

September 25, 2016 06:40 AM - eHam.net News -- Sarnia residents Ron Cross and Briana Reide aren't the type to seek shelter when a storm approaches. As volunteers with CANWARN, the Sarnia couple instead opts to spot and report what's happening using their ham radio, providing useful details for Environment Canada weather reports. "They look at their computers but they can't see what's going on out there," Cross says. "They rely on us to give them the information. Eyes and ears up." The Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network is an organization with volunteers across the country. A typical volunteer is a ham radio operator who does what's called "ground-truthing, confirming on the ground what Environment Canada officials see on radar and satellite images.

September 24, 2016

Terminated inverted U low noise antenna

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- I've spent some time working on a low noise antenna that can also be used on transmit

Missing VK aircraft

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Channel 7 Australia viewers caught a glimpse of amateur radio operators and WICEN NSW members assisting at a search and rescue exercise in the Barrington Tops area on 16-18 September 2016

Live streaming of CAT16 talks

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- CAT 16, the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) Convention at Cosford in Shropshire, is taking place this weekend Sept 24-25 and the talks will be streamed live

HamRadioNow: Even MORE On the Road

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- By popular demand (and Kickstarter stretch goal), the Q-Mobile rides again. Gary KN4AQ's on the way to St. Petersburg FL to the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

Ham radio in education

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Daiji World reports establishing amateur radio clubs in Indian educational institutions could boost emergency communications

Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club Special Event

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- As part of its 60th Anniversary, the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) in Northern New Jersey, will hold a community open house to commemorate its long history and association with the borough

DXCC Country/Entity Report

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 16th September, through Friday, 23rd September there were 233 countries active

Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 20-member Bouvet Island DXpedition team is happy to report that our longstanding landing permit (2007) has been updated and revised to conform to current environmental protection regulations, planned landing and helicopter operations, base camp set-up, dates of operation, and operating plans

15 years of Ham Radio Training

September 24, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- January 2017 sees the 15th anniversary of the first Foundation training course run by volunteers from the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest

September 24, 2016 07:37 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Sep 30 to 0200Z, Oct 2

Ham Radio Clubs in IITs, NITs Could Boost Emergency Communications:

September 24, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Setting up amateur radio clubs in Indian educational institutions, particularly in technical establishments like the IITs and NITs, could help in disaster management and strengthening the communication domain, an Austrian amateur radio practitioner said here on Friday. Computer network administration expert Miroslav Skoric, who has over two decades of experience in amateur radio digital communication, pointed to prestigious varsities and institutes in developed nations like the US, France and Germany, among others, having small ham radio set ups. "There could be small groups of amateur radio operators in the IITs, NITs and establishments of similar level. "In case of emergency, it is essential to establish some ad hoc communication system because internet and phones wouldn't work," Skoric told IANS here on the sidelines of a conference. Further, he said, local ham clubs would boost collaborations between practitioners and researchers to improve quality of software and ham radio equipment.

Volunteer Connection: Amateur Radio -- a Key Component of Disaster Response

September 24, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- It seems that natural and man-made disasters are increasingly frequent phenomena capable of striking at any time, irrespective of local, regional or international boundaries. The role and the extent of participation that governments should have mitigating the effects of disasters are subjects for legitimate debate; but one constant in disaster preparedness and response is the involvement of trained volunteers supplementing and enhancing the work of emergency officials.

How You Can Talk to an Astronaut from Home:

September 24, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Fans of the empirically awesome Netflix series Stranger Things will recall that at one point our adolescent heroes use ham radio to communicate with their pal, who is stranded in another dimension circa 1983. We have no proof that ham radio actually reaches other dimensions, but on then again, we have no proof that it doesn't, either. And as Trace Dominguez explains in today's DNews report, it's not that crazy of an idea, because ham radio can go a long way. Ham radio is another terms for amateur radio, and works just like the broadcasts you pick up in your car stereo. The differences are that ham radio is strictly non-commercial and dedicated to specific frequencies or bands on the RF spectrum. There are nearly three million ham licenses worldwide, with major populations of licensed operators in Japan, Germany, England, Indonesia, and South Korea. According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), there are more than 727,000 licensed ham radio operators -- called hams -- in the United States alone.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #39 de K7RA:

September 24, 2016 02:36 AM - eHam.net News -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux were down over our reporting week,
September 15-21. Average daily sunspot number was 29.9, down from 50.1 during the
previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went down from 88.9 to
83.4.

September 23, 2016

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 23, 2016 06:40 PM - ARRL -- "Coping with the Solar Minimum" is the topic of the latest (September 22) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, an...

Amateur Radio Credited with Helping Injured Cyclist

September 23, 2016 05:40 PM - ARRL -- Members of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) in Alabama had a role in getting help for a Louisiana cyclist injured in a September 17 group ride in Madison County, Alabama.A representative of the sponsoring Spring City Cycling Club told WHNT-19 News that a number of riders, including Brian Guerrero, fell as a motor vehicle was passing in the opposite direction. The club spokesperson said ...

The K7RA Solar Update

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM - ARRL -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux were down over our reporting week, September 15-21.Average daily sunspot number was 29.9, down from 50.1 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went down from 88.9 to 83.4.Geomagnetic indices were up a bit, with average daily planetary A index rising from 6.7 to 8.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.1 to 7.6. The predicted average pl...

"RF Seismograph" Improved to Better Reflect Band Activity

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM - ARRL -- The Scanning RF Seismograph, a real-time HF propagation-monitoring tool developed by the MDSR Team and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, now can show both combined band noise and activity and just band activity. The RF Seismograph, which covers 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters, is a project of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC)."We were able to extract signals from the noise and display the result...

Amateur Radio Volunteers on Call during Major Puerto Rico Power Outage

September 23, 2016 03:40 PM - ARRL --

Satellite activation of Bodie Island Lighthouse

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- John Brier KG4AKV has released a video of his SO-50 satellite activation of Bodie Island Lighthouse for National Parks On The Air #NPOTA

Margaretsville Light activation

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club will activate the Margaretsville Light, ARLHS CAN-306, Nova Scotia, Canada on the afternoon of Sunday, 25 September

Ham radio training in India

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindu reports an amateur radio training programme will take place Sunday September 25 in the seminar hall of SRR and CVR Government College in Machavaram

Ham Radio on Fox TV

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Fox TV News reports that amateur radio is gaining new support in the digital era

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 68

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- How to make a propagation map with just your radio and your ears? Today I walk you through the process and you'll be amazed at how simple it is and why I started learning Morse Code

DiGIcon'16, Sat 24 Sept, Portadown Golf Club

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Doors open at 10:30, conference starts at 11:00 sharp

China space station to fall to Earth in 2017

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- China's first space station is expected to fall back to Earth in the second half of 2017, amid speculation authorities have lost control of it

August RSGB Board Proceedings

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for the August 20 meeting have been released, they mention Ofcom Licensing and note the RSGB Chair had written to the Chief Executive of Ofcom

Advanced ham radio exam preparation class

September 23, 2016 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Book now for the Advanced preparation/revision classes run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

Oak Ridge 'Hams' Show Children Fun of Amateur Radio at Children's Museum:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Children and teens from ages 6 to 16 tried their hand at Morse code recently with ham radio operators at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, learning to communicate on amateur radio as they also participated in celebrating the 100th birthday of the country's national parks. Jim and Ronnie Bogard, both amateur radio operators with FCC licenses, welcomed children on a recent Sunday to the museum's Discovery Lab, where they had set up portable radio equipment and a mobile antenna. Jim Womack (KC4RD) also set up an amateur radio station in the museum's Living Light Solar House. "We focus on Morse code, teaching the children to key, so they can send messages. It is like a secret language to kids," said Jim Bogard (KY4L). "Kids will hear two-way Morse code contacts from all over the U.S. and can have fun sending their names in Morse code. There are also opportunities to talk on the microphone with other amateur radio stations."

Hams Help at Pacific Marathon:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- At 6 a.m. this past Saturday, 72 runners, age 20 to 65, took off from Berryman Campground for a 100-mile endurance race in the beautiful, but rugged Mark Twain National Forest in remote Washington County. This was the fifth year for the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group'a 100-mile endurance race, which takes place over the rocky Berryman trail, a 25-mile loop. The trails traverse several Ozark hills and feature long, sustained climbs and fast, rocky descents. Runners, including veterans and first timers, could opt to run only 50 miles or 26 miles for a single marathon. Ham radio operators were asked to be on hand for this backcountry run because of the remoteness of the area and the sparse or no cellphone reception once runners are out of sight of the start/finish line at Berryman Campground. Running at different speeds, participants are spread along the wilderness trails that were marked to guide runners. Aid stations along the way provided water and snacks. Amateur radio operators from two local clubs set up their stations at the Berryman Campground start/finish line and Brazil Creek Campground halfway mark to help track ultra runners in the two-day endurance run. Portable antennas, 26 feet tall, boosted by a crossband repeater run off two deep cycle 12-volt batteries, allowed transmissions on radios manned by members of the Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Sullivan Amateur Radio Club. The two clubs are Missouri-based amateur radio operators (hams) who are trained and dedicated to providing radio communications for emergencies.

US Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- In the fight to protect Earth from solar storms, the battle lines are drawn in space at a point 1.6 million kilometres away. There, a US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite waits for electrons and protons to wash over it, a sign that the Sun has burped a flood of charged particles in our direction. As early as the end of this month, NOAA should have a much better idea of just how dangerous those electromagnetic storms are. The agency will begin releasing forecasts that use a more sophisticated model to predict how incoming solar storms could fry electrical power grids. It will be the clearest guide yet as to which utility operators, in what parts of the world, need to worry. "This is the first time we will get short-term forecasts of what the changes at the surface of the Earth will be," says Bob Rutledge, lead forecaster at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. "We can tell a power-grid customer not only that it will be a bad day, but give them some heads-up on what exactly they will be facing." Powerful solar storms can knock out radio communications and satellite operations, but some of their most devastating effects are on electrical power grids.

Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions from Our Readers:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Are there any practical applications remaining for Morse code? Samuel F.B. Morse's system of dots and dashes was revolutionary in the 1840s (Morse, a portrait painter, became interested in speeding up communications after his wife died suddenly while he was away from home), but Western Union sent its last telegram in 2006. Now Morse code is used largely in airplane navigational systems for identification purposes, says Paul F. Johnston, curator of maritime history at the National Museum of American History. Amateur radio operators also use it for fun.

What is the Difference Between DX Radio and CB?

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Ham radio has become closer than ever before! With so many operators around the globe, this activity has turned into a real sensation over the last several decades. However, some beginners are still in search of some general ham radio info to get involved in this exciting hobby with so many interesting things to experience. Amateur radio appears actually the same day as traditional radio was invented. Developed by European and American enthusiasts, it has eventually took the global audience by storm forming an in-ternational community of so-called hams. People of various ages, genders and occupations use their DX radio stations to keep in touch with each other from the most remote parts of our planet. Some of them set up for exciting journeys to faraway lands aiming at establishing contacts from unknown areas. Such journeys are also known as DXpedtions. On the other hand, ham radio is not only about fun and entertainments. It teaches us to be respectful and ready to help in case of emergency. You may appear to be the only person with your radio station to let others know what is happening around.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #68:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- How to make a propagation map with just your
radio and your ears? Today I walk you through
the process and you'll be amazed at how
simple it is and why I started learning Morse
Code.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2030, Sept. 23, 2016:

September 23, 2016 07:37 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Amateurs in Canada and Australia break a distance record on 630 meters. Hawaii hams prep for a tsunami that's unreal -- and the UK gets ready for its largest hamfest. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline's Report #2030 comes your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #39:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ 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:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Momentum Building to Urge Senate Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The response to ARRL's call to action urging the support of US Senators
for the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, has been gratifying --
although the campaign continues. More than 50,000 e-mails have been
sent to Capitol Hill via Rally Congress, and all 100 US Senate members have been contacted. The League continues
to encourage members of the Amateur Radio community who have not yet
done so to reach out to their two US Senators seeking their support.
Just where things stand with respect to the bill's future in the US
Senate is not yet entirely clear.

ATT's New 'AirGig is Not Your Father's BPL:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Recalling the earlier efforts of the FCC and telecommunications and
utility interests to roll out "Broadband over Power Line" (BPL) technology, the
Amateur Radio community has been buzzing with questions about AT and T's
just-announced "AirGig" BPL plan to make broadband available via apparently similar technology.
ARRL's earlier anti-BPL campaign, and market forces, eventually led to
the demise of the prior BPL initiative. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed
Hare, W1RFI, who spearheaded the earlier effort to quantify BPL's
threat to Amateur Radio's HF spectrum and remains the resident expert
on the subject, said this newest BPL incarnation should not pose an
interference issue for radio amateurs.

Get Set for the Set: ARRL 2016 Simulated Emergency Test is Oct. 1-2 Weekend

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The primary focal point of the 2016 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
is just ahead -- Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. The national
emergency exercise is aimed at testing the skills and preparedness of
the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other organizations that
are called into action in actual emergency situations.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- "Coping with the Solar Minimum" is the topic of the latest (September
22) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

National Parks On the Air Update:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- More than 650,000 contacts have been logged for ARRL's National Parks
on the Air (NPOTA) program. This comes from
over 12,000 different activations of over 450 eligible NPOTA units from
1,178 Activators.

A Record Breaker On 630 Meters!

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Although US radio amateurs do not yet have access to 630 meters,
Canadian licensees do, and one of them was on the North American end of
the first two-way contact on that band between Canada and Australia.
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, in British Columbia, and Roger Crofts, VK4YB, in
Queensland, completed a contact on September 15 between 1225 and 1319
UTC using JT9 digital
mode. The distance covered was on the order of 7000 miles.

'Cows Over the World' Dxpedition Tour to Resume:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Tom Callas, KC0W, reports his all-CW "Cows Over the World" DXpeditions
will resume with his T30COW operation from Western Kiribati, September
25-October 24.

FCC Updates Notice On Amateur Radio Operation In CEPT Countries:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has updated its Public Notice on
Amateur Radio operation in European Conference of Postal and
Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT)
countries that have adopted certain recommendations regarding the US.
The updated notice, in English, German, and French, includes some
additional countries where operation is permitted. Licensees operating
in CEPT countries must have a copy of the Public Notice, proof of US
citizenship, and evidence of an FCC Amateur Radio license grant. These
must be shown to "proper authorities" upon request.

AC2SN, Named Among Most Influential Women In Internet of Things Industry:

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor
Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most influential women
in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices
from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet
and/or to each other. Individuals were named on the basis of attainment
of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on experience developing IoT
technology, outstanding research related to IoT, and social reach,
among other factors.

World War II Norwegian Resistance Member Haakon Sorbye, LA8Y, (SK):

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- World War II Norwegian resistance activist Haakon Sorbye, LA8Y, of
Trondheim, Norway, died on September 15. He was 96. In 1939, the year
after World War II erupted in Europe, Sorrbye, then an engineering
student and young radio amateur, first enlisted as a telegrapher in the
Norwegian military.

Past ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, (SK):

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, died on
September 10, after a period of declining health. He was 82. Stimson
served as Oregon SM from 1987 until 1998. In 2003, he was appointed to
fill a vacancy in the SM post.

In Brief...

September 23, 2016 01:38 AM - eHam.net News -- In Brief...

September 22, 2016

HR2.0 EP58 -- DMR Codeplug Instructions:

September 22, 2016 07:40 PM - eHam.net News -- In this episode I provide instructions for
writing a DMR Codeplug and importing
contacts with the N0GSG Contact
Manager.

ETH036 -- Don't Skimp on the Coax:

September 22, 2016 06:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Hello everybody! In today's episode we
talk about Coax; different kinds, dB
Losses and how to figure it, Is it worth
buying new coax and connectors.

Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay Set to Launch Pratham Satellite

September 22, 2016 05:37 PM - ARRL --

CWops Announces 2016 Award Recipients

September 22, 2016 05:37 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to Raise Rates

September 22, 2016 04:48 PM - ARRL -- Although ARRL believes it's important to maintain the long-standing tradition of the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service as a membership benefit, increased administration costs will require an increase in rates, in order to keep the Service available and viable."The Service has been a member benefit for decades," an ARRL statement said. "Since its official formation in November 1976, tens of millions of ...

Momentum Building to Urge Senate Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act

September 22, 2016 01:34 PM - ARRL --

RSGB IARU-R1 Conference Forums

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Forums for the consultation process leading up to the September 2017 IARU Region 1 General Conference are now available

Project AirGig - New BPL Technology

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Richard Chirgwin writes in The Register about the new AirGig Broadband over Power Lines technology using Surface Wave transmissions in the Millimetric bands

How to see the new Chinese space station

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur astronomers have spotted China's new Earth-orbiting space station, which was launched just last week

Ham Radio at Children's Museum

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Children and teens from ages 6 to 16 tried their hand at Morse code recently with ham radio operators at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

Chelmsford Newsletter Archive

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- This year is the 80th anniversary of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) and the club's newsletter archive is now available for download

Amateur Reciprocal Qualifications Review

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reset the qualification equivalency of the US Technician Licence for new applications to that of the entry level Australian Foundation Licence

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

September 22, 2016 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Contacts, DX or otherwise, are pretty hard to find on 10m. I've not worked anything since last week. In fact I've only heard the odd station which I'd already work before

Ham Talk Live #32 -- 100WAAW 'Fall Out':

September 22, 2016 06:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Coming up Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern on
Ham Talk Live!, the host of the wildly
successful podcast 100 Watts and a Wire,
Christian Cudnik, K0STH joins us to talk
about his podcast, the 100WAAW community,
and especially to promote an operating event
coming up in October called "Fall Out."
Listen about all the details of this fun
weekend on HF by going to hamtalklive.com
and hit play!

September 21, 2016

Past ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, SK

September 21, 2016 09:56 PM - ARRL -- Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, died on September 10, after a period of declining health and inactivity. He was 82.Stimson served as Oregon SM from 1987 until 1998. In 2003 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the SM post. He was elected to the post in 2004, and he served until 2006, making him Oregon's longest-serving SM. Stimson was active for many years in Cycle Oreg...

AT&T's New "AirGig" Not Your Father's BPL

September 21, 2016 08:45 PM - ARRL -- Recalling the earlier efforts of the FCC and telecommunications and utility interests to roll out "Broadband over Powerline" (BPL), the Amateur Radio community has been buzzing with questions about AT&T's just-announced "AirGig" BPL plan to make broadband available via apparently similar technology. ARRL's earlier anti-BPL campaign, and market forces, eventually led to the demise of the prior B...

Limor "Ladyada" Fried, AC2SN, Named Among 25 Most-Influential Women in Internet of Things Industry

September 21, 2016 06:39 PM - ARRL -- The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on exp...

World War II Resistance Member Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, SK

September 21, 2016 02:37 PM - ARRL -- World War II Norwegian resistance activist Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, of Trondheim, Norway, died on September 15, he was 96. In 1939, the year after World War II erupted in Europe, Sørbye, then an engineering student and young radio amateur, first enlisted as a telegrapher in the Norwegian military. After Norway surrendered to the Nazis, he joined the Norwegian resistance and became part of the "Skyl...

Limor "Ladayada" Fried, AC2SN, Named Among 25 Most-Influential Women in Internet of Things Industry

September 21, 2016 02:37 PM - ARRL -- The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on exper...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Prepped, Packed for Shock Testing

September 21, 2016 01:40 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has posted a video of the final day of RadFxSat live testing, where the satellite gets one more time in the sun and on the air to gather power and temperature data. In the video, Buxton secures the solar panel covers, conducts a pre-flight initialization, and packs it up for shipping to California for shock testing September 22-30.After th...

RSGB Convention - Free entry for the young

September 21, 2016 08:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Youth Committee has announced that under 21's will get free entry to this year's RSGB Convention

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