May 29, 2015

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #21:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
7Z1JA, 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:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

FCC Eliminating Vanity Call Sign Fee:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC is dropping the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio
vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until
required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least
90 days.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Muster for 'Unprecedented' Weather Event:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- When extremely heavy rainfall hit Texas and Oklahoma over the Memorial
Day holiday weekend, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and SKYWARN
volunteers scrambled to assist local emergency operations centers and
National Weather Service (NWS) offices. Severe weather has continued
into this week.

Nepal Now Has a Second Repeater in Operation:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the
response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake has been installed at
Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. The new system will be put to use
during the current earthquake recovery effort and will be available for
any future emergencies. Initially disrupted by a magnitude 7.3
aftershock earlier this month, the installation was completed on May
20. It is Nepal's first VHF repeater (145.81 in/145.21 out with 100 Hz
tone).

China Set to Launch Several Amateur Radio Satellites this Summer:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- CAMSAT has announced that the CAS-3 amateur satellite system is nearing
completion, and six Chinese amateur satellites will be launched in
mid-July.

RL Recognizing 'Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award' Winners:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The League now awards its "Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award"
certificate to recognize active Scouting leaders who make significant
contributions to providing Scouts with a memorable and valuable Amateur
Radio experience. Several of the awards already have been presented.
Last year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) included the ARRL award
within its family of 19 Community Organization Award partners.
Uniformed Scouters who have been recognized for their service to
Scouting youth in the community may wear the BSA square knot insignia.

Got Grids? June VHF Contest is Just Ahead:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Summer is nearly here, and that means it's time for the ARRL June VHF
contest, June 13-15! Participants in the US and Canada (and their
possessions) work stations in as many different 2 × 1° Maidenhead grid
squares as possible, using the bands
above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US and Canada may only work stations
in the US and Canada (and their possessions). Stations in KH0-9, KL7,
KP1-KP5, CY9, and CY0 count as W/VE stations and may be worked by DX
stations for contest credit.

QST Centennial Photo Contest Entry Window Open Until August 1:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The window to submit photos for the QST Centennial Photo Contest closes
on August 1. The competition is part of the 100th anniversary of QST,
the ARRL's membership journal. The first issue of QST was published in
December 1915.

Fourteen US Schools/Groups on List to Host Ham Contacts with Space Station:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Fourteen of the schools and organizations that submitted proposals to
host Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts are moving into the final stage of
the selection process. Schools or organizations ultimately selected
would host scheduled Amateur Radio contacts with an ISS crew member
during the first half of 2016.

USNA APRS/PSK31 CubeSats Up And Running:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The APRS/PSK31-equipped US Naval Academy satellites appear to be
operating, with one exception, following their May 20 launch. Included
in the launch was a pair of 1.5U CubeSats -- the PSAT APRS/PSK31
satellite and BRICsat, a propulsion/PSK31 satellite -- as well as a 3U
CubeSat, USS Langley (Unix Space Server Langley), and The Planetary
Society's LightSail-1.

Nick Lance, KC5KBO, (SK): Prepared Astronauts to Become Radio Amateurs:

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Nick Lance Jr, KC5KBO, of Houston, Texas, died May 24. He was 65. A
retired NASA engineer and an ARRL member, Lance was a veteran member of
the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team, and one of his roles was to prepare the
astronauts to pass their Amateur Radio license exams. Lance was named
ARRL Professional Educator of the Year in 2003. ARISS International
Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, called Lance "a smart, caring,
considerate, and helpful person" who loved Amateur Radio. Bauer said he
would miss Lance's quick wit and sense of humor.

In Brief...

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Insurance Plan Administrator Changes: The ARRL-sponsored equipment
and club liability insurance plans have a new administrator as of May
26. All program administration, including policy application, issuance
and claims administration, is now being handled by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance
brokerage.

Getting It Right!

May 29, 2015 03:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Our apologies to FlexRadio for including the incorrect manufacturer in
the caption of a photo of FlexRadio's new Maestro console, which
appeared in the May 21 edition of The ARRL Letter.

May 28, 2015

MacLoggerDX Version 5.61 Released:

May 28, 2015 06:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version
5.61 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

Radio Call Saves SOTA Climber Following Fall

May 28, 2015 03:33 PM - ARRL -- A Littleton, Colorado, radio amateur and mountaineer was happy to have his hand-held transceiver along on May 17 after he slipped and fell from an icy ledge in Berthoud Pass while snowshoeing. Summits On The Air (SOTA) enthusiast Brad Byland, WA6MM, said he's been climbing and mountaineering for many years now and never before came this close to "a possible life-ending disaster.""I'm doing fine...

Sarah Brightman Spaceflight Postponed

May 28, 2015 01:35 PM - ARRL -- British singer Sarah Brightman has announced that she is postponing plans to go into space as a paying guest aboard the International Space Station. She was set to launch on the September Soyuz TMA-18M mission with Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, KG5GCZ, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, RU3DIS.There had been some speculation that Brightman might use Amateur Radio during her ISS stay; she...

Hams Invited to Test APRS on Duchifat-1 CubeSat

May 28, 2015 01:35 PM - ARRL -- The Herzliya Science Center is inviting stations with the ability to send compressed APRS packets to take part in testing the Duchifat-1 CubeSat, launched almost 1 year ago by high school students in Israel. The satellite will collect packets worldwide and downlink them from time to time over the Herzliya Science Center's ground station.Participants must register in advance to have their packet...

USNA APRS/PSK31 CubeSats Offer Something Different

May 28, 2015 12:33 PM - ARRL --

RSGB Youth Committee Minutes released

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The minutes of the RSGB Youth Committee meeting held on May 18, 2015 have now been released

Radio provides lifeline in quake-hit Nepal

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC reports community radio stations in earthquake-hit Nepal have become a crucial provider of information - in fact, the only source in places where newspapers do not reach and internet service does not exist

Peter Waters demonstrates the features of the new Elecraft K3S

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Peter Waters, of Waters and Stanton, Europe's ham store, demonstrated the features of the new Elecraft K3S this week

Nick Lance KC5KBO SK

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nick Lance Jr, KC5KBO, of Houston, Texas, died May 24 aged 65 - he had prepared astronauts to become radio amateurs

Isle of Man Ham Radio Expedition video

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- A video is now available of the Telford and District Amateur Society expedition to the Isle Of Man in 2014

Host sought for Youngsters On The Air 2016

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders PA2LS is seeking a host for the 2016 Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) event

Honour for Morse code interceptor

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, May 26, Marion Booth received the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge for her work in intercepting Japanese Morse code radio messages during WW2

Chelmsford Talk - The Bodger's Guide to Microwaves

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, June 2 Dr John Worsnop G4BAO will give a presentation to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society on Microwave operation, the talk is open to all

Black Country Radio Rally

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio hams will be tuning in at the first Black Country Radio Rally, on air in Oldbury on Sunday May 31

Amateur Radio Newsline needs help!

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- A few days ago Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak WA6ITF was admitted into the hospital. He is currently in ICU and stable

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- It's been a very disappointing week with no contacts for me. Tuesday was the lowest count for many, many months

Fourteen US Schools/Groups on List to Host Ham Contacts with Space Station

May 28, 2015 09:36 AM - ARRL -- Fourteen of the schools and organizations that submitted proposals to host Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts are moving into the final stage of the selection process. Schools or organizations ultimately selected would host scheduled Amateur Radio contacts with an ISS crew member during the first half of 2016."This is a significant step in ARISS's continuing effor...

May 27, 2015

Got Grids? ARRL June VHF Contest is June 13- 15

May 27, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Volunteers Muster for "Unprecedented" Weather Event

May 27, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- When extremely heavy rainfall hit Texas and Oklahoma over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and SKYWARN volunteers scrambled to assist local emergency operations centers and National Weather Service (NWS) offices."This has probably been the most significant weather event to hit Texas," ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC. "We have had major ...

Nick Lance, KC5KBO, SK - Prepared Astronauts to Become Radio Amateurs

May 27, 2015 03:35 PM - ARRL -- Nick Lance Jr, KC5KBO, of Houston, Texas, died May 24. He was 65. A retired NASA engineer and an ARRL member, Lance was a veteran member of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team, and one of his roles was to prepare the astronauts to pass their Amateur Radio license exams. Lance was named ARRL Professional Educator of the Year in 2003. ARISS International Chairman Fra...

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW has news of 5 upcoming WCA activations

UK radio amateurs use PSK31 satellite transponder

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- After building a 28 MHz 1/4 Wave Ground Plane antenna to replace his dipole Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL was able to receive his 10 watt signal through the PSAT PSK31 transponder for the first time on Tuesday, May 26

PU70FEB Special Event Station

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- PU70FEB, new Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years of the end of World War II, and a tribute to Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, in Italian Campaigne

Ofcom permit Spark transmission for Marconi anniversary

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Penarth Times reports on the historical recreation of the first wireless transmission over open sea by Guglielmo Marconi from Flatholm Island to Lavernock point, 118 years ago

National Vintage Communications Fair 2015

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society have released a video of the National Vintage Communications Fair held on May 10, 2015

Morse code from Tollesbury

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex CW Group (ECWG) will be operating G1FCW/P from Tollesbury in Essex during CW Field Day weekend June 6-7

LightSail-1 CubeSat stops transmitting

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- JoAnne Maenpaa K9JKM AMSAT Vice-President User Services reports that LightSail-1 has stopped transmitting on 437.435 MHz

Essex Radio Ham's Pi in the Sky test flight

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Chelmsford radio amateur Chris Stubbs M6EDF carried out a test flight of the ECC1 Pi in the Sky high altitude balloon tracker on 434.447 MHz

Communications is ham radio group's specialty

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Kingston Whig-Standard reports that if something really bad happens in Frontenac County, there is a small group of volunteers who will try to make sure that, at the very least, emergency services can talk to each other

Canadian radio hams respond to wildfire emergency

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report the Alberta ARES has requested priority access to 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz due to fires

Bengaluru is the Ham Capital:

May 27, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Has 5,000 of the 20,000 licensed operators in the country Concerted efforts over the last 25 years to popularise amateur ham radio has made Bengaluru the ham capital today. With nearly 5,000 licensed enthusiasts using the amateur radio wireless technology, Bengaluru has the highest number of ham licence holders in the country, which has a total of about 20,000 operators.Sunday saw another milestone as the city hosted Silicon City ham Meet 2015, organised by Indian Institute of HAMS, attracting delegates from across the country. The event also saw the International Telecommunication Union, which sets standards for communication and broadcasting, celebrate its 150th year.The Indian Institute of HAMS, Bengaluru, has trained nearly 10,000 persons and with the number of users growing, a 4th repeater was launched on Sunday to bolster communication.The three existing repeaters at Nandi Hills, on Public Utility Building and in Banashankari are being used for voice communication.

Those lights by the missile museum? They're history! (Arizona)

May 27, 2015 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Drivers shouldn't be startled if they see an unfamiliar light while driving along Duval Mine Road at night. They are simply seeing a glimpse into the past.

On May 18, workers from Wallen Communications in Tucson scaled the 90-foot discone antenna at the Titan Missile Museum to install new lightbulbs and to check the wiring and replace the photo cell - the sensor that turns the lights on at night and off in the morning.

Should cell phone use while driving be banned in South Bend? (Indiana)

May 27, 2015 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Talking on your cell phone while driving in South Bend could soon be illegal. The Common Council is considering a proposal that would ban the use of all handheld electronic devices while behind the wheel. It wouldn't apply to people in emergency situations, or if you are stopped in traffic.

A godfather of Tomorrowland

May 27, 2015 05:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In Disney's new movie Tomorrowland, the manager of a movie memorabilia shop introduces himself as Hugo Gernsback.

GernsbackThat's a rather subtle homage to the man hailed as the Father of Magazine Science Fiction and sometimes as the man who gave Science Fiction its name.

May 26, 2015

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee:

May 26, 2015 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur
Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however,
until required congressional notice has been given. This will take
at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92
and others), released May 21, it's a matter of simple economics.

US Naval Academy PSK31 CubeSat Transponders Active:

May 26, 2015 08:33 PM - eHam.net News -- PSK31 transponders on two US Naval Academy CubeSats are operational,
according to Bob Bruninga, WB4APR. The CubeSats launched on May 20
from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas 5 launcher. The launch included a
pair of 1.5U CubeSats - the PSAT APRS/PSK31 satellite and BRICsat, a
propulsion/PSK31 satellite - as well as a 3U CubeSat, USS Langley
(Unix Space Server Langley). The launch also included The Planetary
Society's LightSail-1.

Logbook of The World Will Be Down Briefly on May 28

May 26, 2015 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Logbook of The World (LoTW) will be offline for maintenance on Thursday, May 28, from 1200 to 1300 UTC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Alberta ARES Requests Priority Access to 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz Due to Fires

May 26, 2015 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Alberta, Canada, ARES volunteers are responding to assist with communication during a wildfire emergency that has caused the evacuation of thousands of residents. Radio Amateurs of Canada is requesting that Canadian and US amateurs avoid 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz and give priority access to Alberta ARES as it supports the Alberta government during the emergency.According to Alberta Wildfire ...

China Set to Launch Several Amateur Radio Satellites this Summer

May 26, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- CAMSAT has announced that the CAS-3 amateur satellite system is nearing completion, and six Chinese amateur satellites will be launched in mid-July."All six satellites are equipped with substantially the same Amateur Radio payloads, a U/V mode linear transponder, a CW telemetry beacon and an AX.25 19.2k/9.6k baud GMSK telemetry downlink," the CAMSAT announcement said. CAMSAT said that each Amat...

Waters and Stanton Open Day report

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- On May 24 the team at Waters and Stanton laid on another of their excellent open days

Special Cuban callsigns

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Two special Cuban callsigns will be activated during the CQWW WPX CW Contest

Morse Code in new book and on TV

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first telegraph message was sent by Samuel F.B. Morse from Washington to Baltimore on May 24, 1844. The 171st anniversary of his achievement saw Morse code featuring in both a science fiction book and TV show

Southgate News takes a break

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Southgate Amateur Radio News will be taking a very short break

Ham Radio catches students' fancy

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The New Indian Express interviews A. Ramesh Babu VU2RDM, training coordinator of the Academy of Ham Radio in Vijayawada

Dayton Hamvention Videos

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Videos of presentations given at the Dayton Hamvention 2015 TAPR and SDR Forums are now available for download

9M2SE IOTA AS-046 2015 DXpedition

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be activating Tioman Island AS-046 this June from 5th to 7th

29 MHz the forgotten band for ham radio satellites

May 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hans van de Groenendaaal ZS6AKV writes in the EngineerIT magazine about the potential for 29 MHz as a satellite uplink band

Communications is Amateur Radio Group's Specialty:

May 26, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- GLENBURNIE -- If something really, really bad happens in Frontenac County, there is a small group of volunteers who will try to make sure that, at the very least, emergency services can talk to each other. With about 22 members, the Frontenac Amateur Radio Group uses some high-tech gear to transmit with an almost century-old short wave radio method. And, in the event of a disaster, the group would be called upon to help co-ordinate relief efforts. "Communications is the No. 1 deficiency found in any exercise, even in the emergency services," said Mark Podgers of Frontenac Paramedic Services and one of Frontenac County's four emergency management co-ordinators. "When you do a hot wash or an after-action report, it's always communications that comes up as a gap." Every municipality in Ontario is legally required to have an emergency management co-ordinator. All of Frontenac County's townships have their own, but the county would become involved if at least two of the townships are involved in a disaster.

Bengaluru is the ham capital (India)

May 26, 2015 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Concerted efforts over the last 25 years to popularise amateur ham radio has made Bengaluru the ham capital today. With nearly 5,000 licensed enthusiasts using the amateur radio wireless technology, Bengaluru has the highest number of ham licence holders in the country, which has a total of about 20,000 operators.

The long reach of short waves (Pennsylvania)

May 26, 2015 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn't used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high school, so there was an emotional attachment.

I bought it in 1962 after reading the book "Alas, Babylon." The early '60s was a time when nuclear war seemed probable, if not inevitable, and the book was about a group of survivors of such a war in central Florida.

May 25, 2015

W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention is the South East's largest and best attended ham radio event for 10 years running

QSO Today EP42 Carol Milazzo KP4MD

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and enjoyment of amateur radio

PSAT PSK31 CubeSat update

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bob Bruninga WB4APR released this update on the PSAT PSK31 CubeSat on Sunday, May 24

Mount Athos update

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you have not heard, the SV2/YL7A operation is not going to take place

Montserrat operation

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Barry N0KV, Ken W0ETT, Greg W0ZA and Jim WD0E will be active as VP2MKV from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters (grid square FK86), between June 10-18th

History This Week

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

DXCC Country/Entity Report

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th May, through Sunday, 24th May there were 219 countries active

SARL Digital Contest

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1600Z, May 31

QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000 local - 2400 local, May 31

CAMSAT announces mid-July launch with six U/V transponders

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The CAMSAT-orchestrated CAS-3 amateur satellite system is now nearing completion, six Chinese amateur satellites will be launched in mid-July, it includes different weight category satellites, consists of a 20 kg, three 10 kg and two 1 kg satellites

ANZAC 100 Logs Milestone:

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The QSOs generated by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program and now uploaded as digital files has already exceeded 5,000 - but will soon nudge 10,000 contacts. Plenty of activity in the ANZAC 100 program is planned right around Australia with soon to be held commemorations in Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. The timing and details of all events are on the WIA website. Meantime, this is the last weekend for the ZL100ANZAC callsign by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART). Already it has many thousands of contacts. Both the WIA and NZART are running complementary programs, with commemorative events held also in Turkey, Belgium and elsewhere. It honours those Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) soldiers who fought in WWI and since. On Sunday May 31, the event 'Our local ANZACs' take to the bands as VK100ANZAC run by the Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club NTARC. At its club rooms VK100ANZAC will be on air for three days, accompanied by audio visual presentations, photographs and posters. It marks the close of a 3 week period of action on Gallipoli, in which Australia's and the Empire's most decorated soldier, Harry Murray, was awarded his first bravery decoration, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Awards Presented to Deserving Amateurs:

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Presentation of the annual awards is always a highlight of the Institute's Annual General Meeting and Open Forum. As you heard on last week's broadcast, a special Certificate of Appreciation, and a small gift, was presented to WIA employee Dianne Ashton VK3FDIZ, who is retiring from the WIA Exams Service after nine years. The AGM audience gave her a standing ovation.

QSO Today Episode 42 Carol Milazzo KP4MD:

May 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- From the very beginning of her ham radio
journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol
Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific
method to her study and enjoyment of
amateur radio. Whether she is modeling
antennas for installation in her attic or
to using WSPRnet to study VHF and UHF
propagation, Carol takes meticulous notes,
adds footnotes and illustrations, and now
produces video. This makes Carol a
terrific online Internet Elmer. KP4MD
joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

May 24, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

May 24, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low levels

SARL at Gauteng Outdoor Expo

May 24, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL (South African Radio League) will be showcasing amateur radio as a hobby of interest at the 2015 Gauteng Outdoor Expo from Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May 2015 at the Waterfall Polo Estate in Kyalami

OT2ØØGBN - Preparation for Waterloo

May 24, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The special event operation is a token of appreciation of the Belgian amateur radio operators for the British and their support in liberating Belgium of French rule in 1815

Flotta Island

May 24, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just to inform you further on our activity to Flotta Island OR13 in EU009,a group of around 7 or 8 ops will be active from 40m-6m all modes with 2 maybe 3 stations

Busy month for Oklahoma radio hams

May 24, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- May has been a busy month for amateur radio operators across Oklahoma and Memorial Day weekend may be the busiest

CQ WW WPX Contest, CW

May 24, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, May 30 to 2359Z, May 31

Ham Radio Catches Students' Fancy:

May 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- VIJAYAWADA: You may be under the impression that HAM radio's days are over! On the contrary, students who are pursuing electronics and communication streams are taking up HAM (Home Amateur Machine) operating as a hobby, in pursuit of engineering projects, and they say that it is indeed quite an interesting hobby. "Ham radio operation is a scientific hobby and is reckoned to be the second line of communication when all the other means of communication fail. It is also a tool to promote friendship globally, even as many youngsters, especially those pursuing electronic engineering, are pursuing it as a hobby in pursuit of engineering projects," said A Ramesh Babu, training coordinator of Academy of Ham Radio in the city. As many as 70 students are undergoing training as amateur HAM radio operators at the academy by paying Rs 1,000 and a majority of them are engineering graduates. The students will be provided with a licence to set up their HAM radio station after the completion of programme.

The Long Reach of Short Waves:

May 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It's not easy to part with my portal to the rest of the world: I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn't used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high school, so there was an emotional attachment. I bought it in 1962 after reading the book "Alas, Babylon." The early '60s was a time when nuclear war seemed probable, if not inevitable, and the book was about a group of survivors of such a war in central Florida. They would have been completely cut off except that one character in the story was a ham-radio operator, and he used his short-wave radio to contact other survivors, which gave the group hope. I said to myself that I needed to get one, too. I looked in the classifieds and found someone selling a Hallicrafters SX-110 in Brooklyn. That was a long trek into undiscovered country from my home in the north Bronx, but I was determined. I bought two subway tokens for 15 cents each and took the D train for the hour-and-a-half ride. The purchase went without problems, and I was soon on my way home with a large box on my lap. I had no interest in becoming a ham operator: The equipment was too expensive and learning Morse code intimidated me. I just wanted to do short-wave listening, to learn about how news events I was hearing about were being interpreted in other countries. After some investigating, I found I had to make another subway trip to Grand Central Radio for a copy of the "World Radio and TV Handbook" that listed frequencies for radio stations around the world. Even though the frequencies changed often, the handbook gave me a place to start.

May 23, 2015

LightSail Space Mission Will Shine Global Spotlight on Solar Sails

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Planetary Society's first LightSail mission, due for launch on Wednesday, may be just one small step for a technology that could one day send spaceships to the stars, propelled by solar sails. But it's a giant leap in the eyes of Bill Nye the Science Guy, the society's chief executive officer.

Farewell To An Old Friend

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With all of the publicity given to RadioShack, its bankruptcy, and possible reorganization in the past few months, I decided that it was only fitting to take a look at the electronic retailer's long and interesting history.

Communication and logistics: using radios at Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (Wisconsin)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Cellcom Green Bay Marathon coordinators work closely with hundreds of volunteers to host Green Bay's biggest annual marathon, but Sunday's logistics will come down to about 50 people carrying radios.

A new station set-up this year assists ham radio and communication volunteers to make the race safer - with the drink and medical stations separate from one another to create more frequent stops in case of an emergency.

The unsung heroes behind successful Wellington and Wairarapa search and rescue missions (New Zealand)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Combing two separate mountain ranges for very different search subjects proved a daunting challenge – even for some of the country's hardest-working volunteers.

Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) teams rose to the challenge to provide two high-profile successes in as many days, as police dog Thames and cross-country runner Susan O'Brien were found alive and well in the Tararua and Rimutaka ranges.

First Wireless transmission marked with recreation (UK)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- LAVERNOCK beach hosted an historical recreation of the first wireless transmission by Guglielmo Marconi which was sent from Flatholm Island to Lavernock point, 118 years ago.

Although the first wireless signal was sent on May 11, it was on May 13 when Wales and England were linked by wireless, from Lavernock to Brean Down in Somerset.

The new head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made her debut amidst Austin's creative disruptors.

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Lee grew up surrounded by technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her dad was an electrical engineer, and she fondly recalls building an amateur radio from a kit with him in their living room as a young girl. She studied electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she worked at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories as a computer programmer before enrolling in Stanford Law School.

Littleton snowshoer rescued after falling off icy ledge (Colorado)

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A man snowshoeing on Berthoud Pass ended up walking straight into trouble Sunday.

Two volunteer groups had to come to Brad Bylund's rescue after he fell off the icy ledge of a mountain.

New NASA Deputy Administrator is a Radio Ham

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator on May 15 from her MIT office

Her appointment had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27.

Radio hams invited to test APRS on Duchifat-1

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Duchifat-1, the Israeli high school students 1U CubeSat launched June 19, 2014, is ready for its first public tests. People with the ability to send Compressed APRS location packets are invited to join the tests.

The satellite will collect these packets worldwide along its flight at 620 km high orbit, and will downlink them from time to time over our ground station in Herzliya/Israel.

Iowa CubeSat students get ham radio licenses

May 23, 2015 06:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The University of Iowa reports its students will conduct Van Allen radiation belt experiment with the AMSAT Fox CubeSat

Thanks to a proposal by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, a group of senior electrical and computer engineering students will reenact James Van Allen's original experiment - this time with updated technology. Group members Kevin Klosterman KD9CPF, Bryan Senchuk KD9CPD, Tyler Dunkel KE0CHR, and Patrick Maloney KD9CPD took on the task as a part of their senior design project for the College of Engineering.

Amateur Radio Field Day June 27,28 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service (Iowa)

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur radio operators from the Cedar Valley Amateur club, Eastern Iowa DX association and the Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club will be joining forces to participate in an international practice emergency communications event termed Field Day 2015 June 27 & 28 at Faye Clark Park in Hiawatha.

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015: 55 Cosponsors - and Climbing

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - also known as H.R.1301 - has attracted 55 cosponsors as of May 12. The bill, introduced earlier this year in the US House of Representatives by Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.

Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL - for an antenna

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Boffins have made a liquid metal device which can alter its shape through voltage alone, removing the need for clunky external pumps previously used to arrange such material.

In a breakthrough which brings humanity much too close to the development of functioning T-1000s, boffins from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have demonstrated a reconfigurable liquid-metal prototype in the Journal of Applied Physics.

May busy month for Oklahoma amateur radio operators

May 23, 2015 05:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The month of May has been a busy month for amateur radio operators across Oklahoma and Memorial Day weekend may be the busiest.
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