July 27, 2016

Ham Talk Live #24 -- Log Analysis NV9L:

July 27, 2016 04:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Coming up Thursday at 9 pm Eastern on Ham Talk Live!
this week, Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, has rescheduled to
be here to talk DXing and Contesting! Val gave a
presentation on log analysis at Contest University this
year, and she is going to share some of her knowledge
with you and answer your DXing and contesting
questions - including how to analyze your own logs!

Everything Ham Radio Podcast -- Mobile Radios:

July 27, 2016 04:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Howdy everything, this is Curtis, host of the Everything
Ham Radio Podcast. In my latest episode, number 28, I did an
interview with Alan Applegate, K0BG about tips on
Mobile Radio Installations. It is packed full of information
and I wanted to share it with everyone to make sure that
this GREAT information reached as many people as
possible!

July 26, 2016

Past AMSAT President Doug Loughmiller, W5BL, SK

July 26, 2016 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Past AMSAT President and AMSAT Journal Editor Doug Loughmiller, W5BL, of McKinney, Texas, died on July 22. An ARRL Life Member, he was 60 and had been suffering from cancer."This is very sad news," said Al Ward, W5LUA. "He will be missed greatly."Loughmiller was probably best known in recent years as a high-altitude Amateur Radio ballooning enthusiast, and he evangelized on that topic at the AR...

AA0ZZ Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

July 26, 2016 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The winning article for the July 2016 QST Cover Plaque award is "The ZZRX-40 Direct Conversion 40-Meter Receiver" by Craig Johnson, AA0ZZ. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the August issue today.

UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, Heads Ham Contingent to 10 Downing Street

July 26, 2016 03:34 PM - ARRL --

Satellite Beginners Session in Guildford

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford starts at 2pm on Friday, July 29 with a special session for newcomers to the amateur satellite world

Radio waves: Classic communication can save lives

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- What happens, in an emergency situation if there's no wi-fi because the Internet and power are out, the smart phone has no signal, and the landlines are silent?

Radio Theory Handbook Beginner to Advanced

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hi, this is Ron VK2DQ, manager of the Radio and Electronics School. We have produced a new handbook for amateur radio Beginner to Advanced that is not country specific

HamRadioNow: DCC Kickstarter Promo

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary Pearce KN4AQ is using Kickstarter to raise funds for the recording of the 2016 ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

Belarus radio hams get 50 watts on 5 MHz

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Dutch National Society VERON is reporting that Belarus now has the new 5 MHz amateur radio allocation agreed at WRC-15

St Albans Student Brought Down to Earth for Meeting with Astronaut Tim Peak

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- And just as big a thrill came this week when she was invited to a Downing Street reception to meet Tim, now back on terra firma, with new Prime Minister Theresa May. Jessica, a pupil in Year 10 at Sandringham School in St Albans, was the radio operator for Tim's first amateur radio call to a UK school from space and she was the first to speak to jo, when the school linked up with the International Space Station in early January. She had studied for and was awarded her amateur radio licence especially for the call and is now a radio enthusiast. The school has also caught the bug and has set up a radio club. On the day of the link, the students had less than 10 minutes to speak to Tim when the space station was passing over the UK and Jessica both signed on with him and also thanked him when the link ended. At the time she described the experience as surreal and said how crazy it was to talk to someone 400km from Earth, adding: "I would like to go into space but it is quite dangerous." Jessica went on to win the Pupil of the Year award for her endeavours in the Herts Advertiser 2016 School Awards.

Amateur Radio Related Uses for the Raspberry Pi:

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- I presented on amateur-radio-related uses for the Raspberry Pi this evening at my local club, the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society. Here's a copy of my slides from the presentation on Slideshare:

'Triple Whammy' Eruptions Occur Within Minutes of Each Other on Sun:

July 26, 2016 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Although the sun is in a period of low activity, it isn't staying completely quiet. Over the weekend, the 4.5 billion year old ball of gas produced three mid-strength solar flares that have been deemed the most powerful to occur in 2016. Captured by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, these flares were classified as M-level flares -- the category just below the most intense X-class flares.

July 25, 2016

IARU Honors Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV

July 25, 2016 09:46 PM - ARRL -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has bestowed its President's Award on retired IARU Satellite Advisor Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV.He was recognized for his many years of service to the IARU and the contributions he has made to the association, especially in the area of satellite frequency coordination. He will receive the award during a South African Radio League function, to be...

FCC Notice of Violation Alleges Malicious Interference, Transmitting Music, Failure to Identify

July 25, 2016 09:46 PM - ARRL -- The FCC has issued a Notice of Violation (NoV) to a California Amateur Radio licensee, alleging that he caused willful and malicious interference, transmitted music, and failed to identify properly. The FCC Enforcement Bureau said in the Notice, issued on July 13 to Philip J. Beaudet, N6PJB, of Burney, that agents from the San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon, offices observed the vi...

ARS Flight of the Bumblebees

July 25, 2016 06:38 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Jul 31

IARU Honors Hans van de Groendaal, ZS6AKV

July 25, 2016 02:33 PM - ARRL -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has bestowed its President's Award on retired IARU Satellite Advisor Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV.He was recognized for his many years of service to the IARU and the contributions he has made to the association, especially in the area of satellite frequency coordination. He will receive the award during a South African Radio League function, to be...

Strongest flare of 2016

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Space Weather site reports sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23, twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession

ICQPodcast - DA0HQ Contest Station

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Chris Howard M0TCH and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news. This episode's feature is an interview with the organisers of the DA0HQ Contest site

First Thai Advanced Ham Radio exam

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- 125 candidates passed Thailand's first Advanced Class amateur radio examination supervised by RAST and conducted at the NBTC Secretariat Office

DXCC Country/Entity Report

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th July, through Sunday, 24th July there were 203 countries active

Cows Over the World

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tom, KC0W, and his all-CW 'Cows Over the World' DXpeditions still continues and is now active as T2COW from Tuvalu until August 18th

BBC's detailed plans for nuclear war

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The BBC's Nuclear War plan included broadcasts from Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker in Essex which is now home to the D-Star repeater GB7KH and special event station GB0SNB

HexBeam discussion

July 25, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Emmett Hohensee W0QH, Chief engineer of RadioWavz talks about hexbeams, design, building, and more. Rich Moseson W2VU, Editor of CQ magazine gives us a look at what's coming next month

Radio Waves: Classic Communication Can Save Lives in Emergency Situations:

July 25, 2016 07:43 AM - eHam.net News -- Our society has become dependent upon technology in just about every area of life, especially when it comes to information and communication, and the systems we rely on are remarkably fragile. Local coastal telephone landlines, for example, travel to the Willamette Valley and back, so, even if making a local call, the signal travels some distance. Any number of things can happen to disrupt those lines. Cell phone signal capacity easily becomes overwhelmed in high use situations. What happens, then, in an emergency situation if there's no wi-fi because the Internet and power are out, the smart phone has no signal, and the landlines are silent? Jenny Demaris, Emergency Manager for Lincoln County, says the local association of ham radio operators will be "one of the critical behind-the-scenes volunteer groups that will be the back bone of communications when principal systems fail or are overloaded." Demaris goes on to say that, in a Cascadia event, planners anticipate losing all cell and landline communications systems. "As long as emergency fuel is available to run generators, line-of-sight radios will work vehicle to vehicle so long as the batteries are charged," she said. "Amateur radio will step in to provide critical communications between communities, hospitals, tribes, etc." Amateur radios are one of several redundant communications systems, including marine band and CB or citizens band, that emergency responders will use in an emergency. Demaris emphasizes that, when we have a Cascadia or other significant emergency, it will be an "information drought event;" something that will take most people by surprise. "The general population as a whole will be dependent on a very small group," explains Demaris. "As radio frequencies will be used for critical services, other information will have to be relayed."

July 24, 2016

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

July 24, 2016 11:03 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. July 27, 2016.

The strongest solar flare of 2016

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- Departing sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 unleashed a pair of rapid-fire solar flares during the early hours of July 23rd. One of them was the strongest flare of the year so far

Stranger Hams on Ham Radio Now

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary Pearce KN4AQ looks at 'Stranger Things' from Netflix and the recent RSGB video Amateur Radio - A World of Possibilities

Nexø I launch from the Baltic Sea

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday, July 23, Copenhagen Suborbitals launched their rocket Nexø I rocket with 1240 MHz amateur radio band DATV downlink, 432 MHz band command uplink and 144 MHz APRS

Confusion over Bahrain Amateur Radio Association

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News report authorities in Bahrain have notified the IARU that the Amateur Radio Association of Bahrain (ARAB) is not authorized to represent Bahrain radio amateurs internationally

ARISS contact planned for Peoria Riverfront Museum, Illinois, USA

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Jeff Williams KD5TVQ with Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL USA on Wednesday July 27, at 19:59 UTC

The 2016 Victorian Alpine Cross Country Radio mini-Expedition

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Friday the 29 of July, several hardy amateurs will depart Melbourne and drive up to Falls Creek to ski out across the remote Bogong High Plains over four days

PARA Ham Emergency Radio Operation in a Drill:

July 24, 2016 10:13 AM - eHam.net News -- A nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in the Philippines held on June 22 saw many agencies involved including ham operators. The Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) now has reports from Ham Emergency Radio Operation groups that showed they used their capabilities and skills to provide emergency communications. PARA spokesman Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY reports this is the second drill of its type and lessons learned last time were put into action. Each club set up field stations with VHF, UHF and or HF capabilities. The field stations were on high ground to advantage as would be the case in a real emergency.

ICQ Podcast Episode 216 - DA0HQ Contest

July 24, 2016 08:04 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Chris Howard M0TCH and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is an interview with the organisers of the DA0HQ Contest site. Malaysian Amateur Radio Licences Changes BBC Starts Roll-Out of International Radio App US Ham's Save Kids from Surrounded Campfire Earthing and the Radio Amateur Ofcom Proposes Ham Band for Wi-Fi UK Amateurs Visit 10 Downing Street AES Ham Radio Store Closing Down New European Table of Frequency Allocations Australian Radio Operator Fined and Off Air

RSGB IOTA Contest

July 24, 2016 07:04 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Jul 30 to 1200Z, Jul 31

July 23, 2016

Amateur Radio Alive and Well in Turkey

July 23, 2016 10:56 PM - ARRL -- Contrary to erroneous reports making the rounds on various Internet sites, no Amateur Radio licenses were suspended or revoked in Turkey in the wake of the failed July 15 coup."There is no ham radio license revoked in Turkey, and ham radio operators are operating normally," said Aziz Sasa, TA1E, the president of Turkey's International Amateur Radio Union member society TRAC. "The reports on ham...

TX Factor GB2RS News Podcast

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- All the very latest Amateur Radio news is now available via the TX Factor GB2RS weekly podcast

Radiosport vs. Pokémon GO

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARRL editorial looks at the impact of Pokémon GO(tm) and draws comparisons with Amateur Radiosport

Radio Amateur operates RSL broadcast station

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- Programmes include items and interviews on amateur radio

OGASAWARA, JD1

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Japan Amateur Radio Development Association (JARD) was established in 1991,and we are celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year

Ofcom: Online licensing service

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB site is reporting that Ofcom have announced a new date for the availability of the online licensing service

Fees payable for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has amended regulations setting the fees payable for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, steps down

July 23, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League's Board of Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois

Prepare for IOTA Next Weekend:

July 23, 2016 07:57 AM - eHam.net News -- The flagship RSGB HF event of the month is the IOTA Contest, which takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of 30 to 31 July. Every one who lives anywhere in the British Isles lives on an island, so every one will be in demand that weekend. Exchange a signal report, serial number and your IOTA reference. Mainland Britain is EU-005, mainland Ireland is EU-115, while smaller islands have differing references.

Turkish Amateur Radio Status:

July 23, 2016 07:57 AM - eHam.net News -- There have been conflicting reports over the state of amateur radio licences in Turkey. Early reports indicated that the airwaves had gone silent after the Turkish President had revoked 3,213 amateur licences along with those of more than 20 TV and radio broadcasters. Then it was reported that restrictions against radio and TV operations had not yet affected that nation's amateur licensees.

July 22, 2016

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:

July 22, 2016 11:55 PM - eHam.net News -- All solar indices rose over the past week, and geomagnetic
indicators were lower. Average daily solar flux rose from the previous seven days at 52.6
to 58.1, and average daily sunspot numbers rose from 91.6 to 103.6. Average daily planetary A index went from 15.7 to 10.6 and average
daily mid-latitude A index changed from 14.1 to 11.1.

Editorial: Radiosport vs. Pokémon GO(tm)

July 22, 2016 05:08 PM - ARRL -- Though it has only been 2 weeks since Pokémon GO(tm) was introduced, it is already a social phenomenon. The augmented-reality video game, developed by Niantic for your smartphone, has received praise for luring gamers outside of their homes and into the streets to play. Maybe you count yourself among the players. Or maybe you are feeling a little left out because you are not playing the game, or h...

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Acquires "Creed Machine" from Georgia Radio Amateur

July 22, 2016 05:08 PM - ARRL --

The K7RA Solar Update

July 22, 2016 01:58 PM - ARRL -- All solar indices rose over the past week, and geomagnetic indicators were lower.Average daily solar flux rose from the previous seven days at 52.6 to 58.1, and average daily sunspot numbers rose from 91.6 to 103.6.Average daily planetary A index went from 15.7 to 10.6 and average daily mid-latitude A index changed from 14.1 to 11.1.The latest (Thursday night) predictions for solar flux show 10...

YOTA 2016 Austria Day 4 Report

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday the Youngsters On The Air participants had their first day 'outside of the camp' and operated OE2YOTA/P from Hohenwerfen Castle

Talks on New Geostationary Transponders

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- Peter Gülzow DB2OS and Achim Vollhardt DH2VA will give presentations on the new geostationary amateur radio satellite transponders at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, appointed Central Division Vice Director

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Central Division Vice Director. He succeeds Kermit Carlson, W9XA, who became the Division's Director upon the resignation of Dick Isely, W9GIG, on July 16

ARISS contact planned for ESA Space Camp 2016, Lenk, Switzerland

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Takuya Onishi KF5LKS with ESA Space Camp 2016, convened in Lenk, Switzerland

Amateur 47 GHz allocation avoids 5G juggernaut in the US for now, worldwide defense continues

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - Southgate ARC -- There's good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio's primary allocation at 47 GHz in the US

The Original Social Network:

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - eHam.net News -- On a sunny Saturday morning in late June, in a field overlooking the Patuxent River in Lusby, men assembling two 25- and 30-foot steel towers, section by section. Atop the shorter tower is a contraption that looks like an upside-down umbrella. What in the world is going on here? It's the Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA, call sign K3CAL), preparing for Field Day 2016. Field Day is an annual exercise, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, to promote emergency preparedness. Hams, as they're known, could be a contraction of amateur. On the last full weekend in June, amateur radio clubs from all over the U.S. and Canada compete to see who can make the most contacts with other ham radio operators. They work in makeshift conditions as they might in the aftermath of a natural disaster or national emergency. Amateur radio operators communicate using affordable and highly portable equipment. They are able to exchange emergency messages without using high-tech infrastructure such as satellites, internet, fiber optics or the electric power grid. Because power requirements are very low, about the same as a light bulb, ham radio stations can be run off a generator or even a solar power array. Amateur radio is still up and running "when all else fails," as enthusiasts are fond of saying.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2021, July 22, 2016:

July 22, 2016 09:01 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Concern surfaces over amateur radio licenses in Turkey the wake of the failed coup in that nation. Australian authorities crack down on an unlicensed FM broadcaster. The editor of DXCoffee ham radio magazine is hospitalized following an accident -- and we have an update on Colorado's Hayden Pass Fire. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2021 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:

July 22, 2016 02:57 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.

This Week In Radiosport:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- This Week In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Plays Key Role In Major FEMA Earthquake Disaster Exercise:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio played a major role in meeting the objectives of the June
6-10 Cascadia Rising 2016 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
exercise in the Pacific Northwest. In the exercise scenario, a
magnitude 9.0 earthquake and consequent tsunami has struck the Pacific
Northwest, causing a blackout of all conventional communication
channels -- a natural opening for Amateur Radio to step in. ARES/RACES
organizations in Oregon and Washington were heavily involved, and ARRL
Headquarters was also in the loop. Upward of 500 Amateur Radio
volunteers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho took part in the exercise.
Success of the exercise depended in large part on Amateur Radio
point-to-point communication.

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- Yet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stemming from the recent passage in
Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA
Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a
small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to
enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed
at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological
evaluation towers (METs) set up in rural areas.

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger
leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint
Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League's Board of Directors.
He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of
Batavia, Illinois.

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Appointed Central Division Vice Director:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Carl Luetzelschwab,
K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Central Division Vice Director. He
succeeds Kermit Carlson, W9XA, who became the Division's Director upon
the resignation of Dick Isely, W9GIG, on July 16. Luetzelschwab said he
plans to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to Central
Division members.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- "HF Propagation" is the topic of the current (July 14) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

The National Parks On the Air Update:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program now has more than one-half million contacts resulting from
nearly 9000 activations of NPS units in 2016! As we've just crossed the
halfway point of NPOTA, we hope to reach 1 million contacts by the end
of the year.

Amateur 47 GHz Allocation Avoids 5G Juggernaut in the US for Now:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- There's good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio's primary
allocation at 47 GHz in the US. Still a test bed for point-to-point
propagation experimentation by dedicated enthusiasts, the 47-47.2 GHz
band is among those under consideration at the next World
Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) to accommodate so-called
5G wireless broadband devices.

Pikes Peak ARES Supports Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- In late June, members of the Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) Region 2, District 2 team ("Pikes Peak ARES") supported the
100th anniversary running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb --
"The Race to the Clouds" -- the second-oldest motorsport event in the
US (right behind the Indy 500). One hundred vehicles attempt the
course, from a starting point of 9390 feet above sea level to the
14,110 foot summit. A good run is less than 10 minutes, although two
made it in less than 9 minutes this year.

Two Young Radio Amateurs are First Americans to Take Part in YOTA Camp:

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- Two young ARRL members are among the more than 100 attending the
Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) camp in
the Austrian mountains this week. Sterling Coffey, N0SSC, of St Louis,
Missouri, and Sam Rose, KC2LRC, of Syracuse, New York, are the first
two Americans to take part in the week-long YOTA camp. Participants not
only enjoy a variety of Amateur Radio activities, they hone their
electronics and contesting skills and make new international friends.

In Brief...

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Keynote W9DXCC DX Convention Banquet:
The 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and
Banquet will be held Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, in
Schaumburg, Illinois. ARRL's new CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will be the
Saturday evening banquet speaker.

Turkish Amateur Radio Licences Revoked:

July 22, 2016 12:59 AM - eHam.net News -- Following the attempted coup d'etat on July 5th it has been confirmed by the Supreme Council of Radio and Television of Turkey (RTUK) that all 3213 national ham radio licenses have been revoked. Ham radio in Turkey is now silent. No transmissions are allowed. RTUK have also cancelled the licenses of over 20 radio and television broadcasters.

July 21, 2016

Statistics from Germany Show Decline in Amateur Radio Numbers

July 21, 2016 01:30 PM - ARRL -- License statistics and exam information provided by Gerrit Herzig, DH8GHH, show that Amateur Radio numbers in Germany have been declining since peaking 2002. Herzig presented the statistics at Ham Radio 2016, during the fifth International Youth Meeting.The ham radio population in Germany topped out in 2002 at about 80,000 licensees. In 2015, the number had dropped to 67,349.To combat the decli...

New European Table of Frequency Allocations Released

July 21, 2016 01:30 PM - ARRL -- A new edition of the European Table of Frequency Allocations in the range 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz has been released. The table is maintained by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Working Group Frequency Management.Information collected in the European Common Allocation (ECA) table is intended to reflect the main usage of spectrum within CEPT countries. A...

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Appointed Central Division Vice Director

July 21, 2016 01:30 PM - ARRL -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Central Division Vice Director. He succeeds Kermit Carlson, W9XA, who became the Division's Director upon the resignation of Dick Isely, W9GIG, on July 16. Luetzelschwab said he plans to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to Central Division members."It is an honor to serve and ...

Tony's 10m Band Report

July 21, 2016 12:05 PM - Southgate ARC -- Not a single DX station was a clear favourite all week. I suppose SV2400A (Greece, Aristotle Anniversary Year) hit more days than most. I worked nothing as I was in Shanghai

Turkey crisis: State of emergency announced

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a state of emergency for three months. An as yet unconfirmed report indicates amateur radio licenses have been revoked

The tiny radio telescope

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ever wanted a meteor detector? Interested in radio telescopes? This project is for you

Pokémon Go cheat uses Ham Radio tech

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- An article posted on the RTL-SDR site describes how to cheat at Pokémon Go using technology developed by radio amateurs

New Digital Voice Smartphone Ham Radio

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- A posting on Imgur apparently shows a smartphone integrated HT made by the Austrian Amateur Radio Society ÖVSV

Gallery of QSL cards

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- The use of LotW and eQSL, for confirmation of the QSO, no doubt the high is fast and what is very important - free of charge, however, paper, real, tangible in the hands of QSL-card, continues to deliver a special treat!

D-STAR QSO Party 2016

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom Inc. will be holding once again a D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party this year

5 GHz HamNet link at YOTA

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- Young radio amateurs at the YOTA 2016 event in Austria are setting up a 5 GHz HamNet WiFi link to use in their Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation

2016 SARCfest

July 21, 2016 11:10 AM - Southgate ARC -- Australia's Summerland Amateur Radio Club welcomes one and all to the 2016 SARCfest, to be held at the Richmond Hill clubrooms, east of Lismore, on Sunday August 28th

Mystery as North Korean Radio Broadcasts String of Random Numbers:

July 21, 2016 01:55 AM - eHam.net News -- North Korea's state radio has recently broadcast strings of indecipherable numbers in a possible move echoing a Cold War-era method of sending coded messages to spies operating in South Korea. A female announcer at the radio station read numbers for two minutes on June 24 and 14 minutes on Friday, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry and National Intelligence Service, including phrases such as 'turn to page 459, question 35' in what she described as a mathematics assignment. During the Cold War, Pyongyang sent such numbers via shortwave radio to give missions to agents dispatched to South Korea, according to captured North Korean spies. South Korea jams most North Korean radio frequencies but Pyongyang-based Voice of Korea broadcasts on shortwave signals which can be picked up far beyond the Korean peninsula, and are difficult to jam.

Amateur 47 GHz Allocation Avoids 5G Juggernaut in the US for Now:

July 21, 2016 01:55 AM - eHam.net News -- There's good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio's primary
allocation at 47 GHz in the US. Still a test bed for point-to-point
propagation experimentation by dedicated enthusiasts, the 47-47.2
GHz band is among those under consideration at the next World
Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) to accommodate
so-called 5G wireless broadband devices. Early this year, some FCC
commissioners indicated they would include bands on the WRC-19
agenda in the Commission's "Spectrum Frontiers" 5G initiative. As
the Commission put it this week as it made nearly 11 gigahertz of
spectrum above 24.25 GHz available for licensed, unlicensed, and
shared use: "High-band millimeter wave spectrum is key to unlocking
the potential for 5G." The FCC's Spectrum Frontiers included several
of the bands set for consideration at WRC-19, but not the 47 GHz
band - although it did target 47.2-50.2 GHz.

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down:

July 21, 2016 01:55 AM - eHam.net News -- Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger
leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint
Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League's Board of
Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson,
W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois.

July 20, 2016

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

July 20, 2016 06:01 PM - ARRL -- Yet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorolo...

Amateur 47 GHz Allocation Avoids 5G Juggernaut in the US for Now, Worldwide Defense Continues

July 20, 2016 04:04 PM - ARRL -- There's good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio's primary allocation at 47 GHz in the US. Still a test bed for point-to-point propagation experimentation by dedicated enthusiasts, the 47-47.2 GHz band is among those under consideration at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) to accommodate so-called 5G wireless broadband devices. Early this year, some FCC commis...

ZS5 Sprint results

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- The organizers of the ZS5 Sprint express their thanks for the great participation in our ZS5 Sprint

Two young US radio hams at YOTA 2016

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports two young ARRL members are among the more than 100 attending the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) camp in the Austrian mountains this week

A historical day, the first ARISS contact with YOTA

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, described Monday, July 18 as a historical day for youth and amateur radio

Simple, low-cost FMCW radar

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- A basic radar system makes radar accessible at low cost for experiments with rangefinding and navigation of autonomous aircraft or spacecraft

Setting up a ham shack part 4

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- Randy Hall K7AGE moved home and has been setting up a new amateur radio shack. In this video he looks at audio mixer installation

Call for nominations of Candidates for Regional Director to serve on the Board of Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Secretary of Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc. hereby solicits nominations for the positions of Director for the Regions of Atlantic, British Columbia/Yukon, Midwest and Ontario North/East

Operating QRP from Beeston Bump

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- TV weather forecaster Jim Bacon G3YLA and Steve Nichols G0KYA successfully activated Beeston Bump in Norfolk on Tuesday for 'Bumps On The Air' #BOTA

Geomagnetic storm in progress

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- Unexpectedly, a CME struck Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of July 19th

Beatwave

July 20, 2016 08:02 AM - Southgate ARC -- Beatwave - a fun celebration of 60s Pirate Radio on Sunday 7th August at the Chichester Hall, Sandgate, near Folkestone, Kent featuring a mix of pirate documentary films, jingle montages, vintage recording of the old stations - plus a bring and buy sale

Not All Amateur Radio Enthusiasts are Old Guys:

July 20, 2016 07:06 AM - eHam.net News -- Not all amateur radio enthusiasts are old guys. This is obviously a statement of fact, but it took a listener to the podcast to write in and remind us. Co-host, Eric Klein apologizes for error. Paul Riismandel attended a local marketing conference as part of his day job and was reminded just how small the world of podcasting still is in 2016. Among the 20 or so people Paul talked to at the conference he estimates that more than half did not listen to podcasts, although many of them had listened to one podcast or another at some point in the past.

Northport City Council Honors Ham Radio Operators:

July 20, 2016 07:06 AM - eHam.net News -- NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -- Ham Radio Operators in Tuscaloosa County were honored Tueday night at the Northport City Council meeting. They use their radios to help cover storms and communicate when newer forms of communication fail.

Amateur Electronic Supply Signs Off:

July 20, 2016 07:06 AM - eHam.net News -- Among ham radio operators, it's known as the candy store. Amateur Electronic Supply sells radios, antennas and equipment that help hams connect with other hams throughout the world. It opened in Milwaukee in the late 1950s, attracted amateur radio enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest and eventually spawned stores in Cleveland, Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas. Ham radio clubs meet at the store at 5710 W. Good Hope Road in Milwaukee, aspiring ham radio operators take their FCC licensing tests there and enthusiasts stop in to pick up a part or carpool from Chicago or Dubuque, Iowa, to check out the latest radios. Dozens of license plates sporting ham radio call signs sent by customers hang on the walls. Now AES is closing its doors after almost six decades in business, and the stunned ham radio community is reeling. "It's certainly a blow to the local amateur radio community. Not everybody has a local store they can go to," said Dave DeFebo, historian of the Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club which has 100 members. "But probably one of the things that did them in is that a lot of people will use the internet and find the best price, especially with the more expensive things, and people get crazy about paying sales tax," said DeFebo, whose call sign is WB9BWP. At one time, AES was the largest amateur radio supply company in the U.S. Now, it's second behind Ham Radio Outlet. When AES owner Phil Majerus earlier this month announced his decision to shutter the business, Ham Radio Outlet agreed to hire some AES staff members and open an outlet in Milwaukee in the AES facility.

NASA Could Soon Send Probe Closer to the Sun than Ever Before:

July 20, 2016 06:00 AM - eHam.net News -- NASA is a step closer to its first mission to "touch" the sun as the space agency's Solar Probe Plus passed a critical development milestone on July 7. The spacecraft is entering the system assembly, integration, test and launch stage of the project, on track towards its scheduled launch in 2018.

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