April 24, 2014

FCC Cites Washington Resident for Causing Interference on Amateur Frequencies

April 24, 2014 05:32 PM - ARRL --

World War 1 Hunstanton Intercept Station

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A 1979 BBC documentary highlights the role of amateur radio enthusiasts in establishing a radio intercept station at Hunstanton in World War 1

The Basement Satellite movie

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first screening of the movie The Basement Satellite at the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival takes place on Friday, April 25

Successful test of LituanicaSAT-1 FM transponder

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The LituanicaSAT-1 satellite team report the test of the amateur radio FM transponder was a success

Mid Ulster club from the ancient throne of Ulster

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- This weekend the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC) will be active from 'Navan Fort', from where the ancient Kings of Ulster once ruled, near the city of Armagh, Northern Ireland

IARU Region 3 Newsletter

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The newsletter highlights the third meeting of the cycle of Asia-Pacific preparatory work for the World Radiocommunications Conference WRC-15 which will be held in Brisbane, Australia from June 9-13

Ham radio rigs stolen in Norfolk

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Have you been offered amateur radio equipment stolen during a burglary in Heacham?

Essex Hams celebrate St George's Day

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- To celebrate England's National Day, the special event callsign GB1STG was activated in honour of dragon-slayer St George

144 and 432 MHz mixed mode helix antennas

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Martin Ehrenfried G8JNJ has developed omni-direction helix antennas for 144 and 432 Mhz which have proved effective for high altitude balloon and satellite reception at the SUWS WebSDR

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

April 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sometimes you just wonder what's going on. It seemed like Ten was drifting back to the old days of a dead band or sparse weedy signals. Then suddenly (usually at the weekend) it springs back into life

April 23, 2014

More Than 300 Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2014 Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL --

HAARP-Like Ionospheric Research Project Underway at Arecibo Observatory

April 23, 2014 01:35 PM - ARRL -- Work is underway to complete the construction of an ionospheric research facility at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico that bears some similarities to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) far to the north in Alaska, but on a different scale and with different research goals. "It is basically the same as HAARP for the science, except that HAARP was in the Auroral Regio...

Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, is Goldfarb Scholarship Winner

April 23, 2014 12:37 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has awarded the 2014 William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship to Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, of Bloomington, Indiana. The 17-year-old Bloomington High School South senior has been licensed since 2011, is Indiana's Assistant Section Manager for Youth, and is in the top 10 percent of his class. Lysandrou's May 2013 QST article "A Crazy Idea: DXpedition to Cyp...

Young hams take up the RaDAR challenge

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the 19th of April, Andries ZS6VL, Cliriska ZU6BV and Angelo ZU6M completed an 11km hiking trail near Heidelberg, Gauteng province (South Africa) and of course some HF equipment was also part of the package!

LituanicaSAT-1 FM transponder test

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The LituanicaSAT-1 team are carrying out a test of the satellite's amateur radio FM transponder and they request reports

Ham radio operators will be scanning for storms this summer

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- In Ontario, the Cornwall Seaway News reports the fight to keep Cornwall and area safe from wind, rain and hail this summer will have some new allies

GB1STG St George's Day

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just a reminder that Wednesday 23rd April is St George's Day and some Essex Hams will be on the bands with the callsign GB1STG operating from Chelmsford in Essex

Emergency responders at Durham Hamfest

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Duram Region report the Durham Hamfest brought amateur radio lovers and emergency responders together

AM and CW on Anzac Day event

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Tableland Radio Group come up with this idea about 4 years ago after a discussion with an ex Australian Coastwatcher who served in World War 2 - ex SGT Lionel Veale was talking about his use of the transceiver ATR4A which only put out a couple of watts on AM or CW but it was highly successful for military operations

$4.00 Ham Radio Satellite Antenna

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Dave Tadlock KG0ZZ describes a $4 amateur radio dual band 145 / 435 MHz satellite antenna

16 New England communities to host International Radiosport competition

April 23, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) organizers have selected 16 New England communities as operating sites to host its 7th quadrennial radiosport competition, the first held in the United States since 1996

Durham Hamfest Brings Amateur Radio Lovers, Emergency Responders Together:

April 23, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- PICKERING -- Joe Stratton and Al Duncan talked shop during the 38th Durham Region Amateur Radio Hamfest put on by the North Shore ARC and the South Pickering ARC at the Pickering Recreation Complex. "I invited Environment Canada. With all the extreme weather we've had, they've tapped the ham radio community to report on extreme weather," said Walter Cang, event chairman for Durham Hamfest. "There are ham radio operators who go on the air and say 'We have hail here'." CANWARN is a group of ham radio operators who report severe weather to Environment Canada. The volunteers help confirm on the ground what satellites and radars are reading in the atmosphere. The meteorologists can combine the data from the satellites and radar with the information from the volunteers to refine the forecast or prepare a severe weather watch or warning. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group of ham radio operators who travel to help in disaster areas, also attended the Durham Hamfest looking for new volunteers. During a major emergency or natural disaster -- when the power is out or too many people are overloading the system -- communication through telephone or other means can become impossible. Ham radio operators, with equipment and special training licensed by the Canadian government, volunteer to go into these disrupted areas to report to the government with their backup battery-run communication.

The Spooky World of the 'Numbers Stations':

April 23, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. It is 13:03 on a Tuesday in a cramped room with some fairly advanced radio equipment. What is suddenly heard on a shortwave receiving station is a 10-minute message in Morse code. There is a small community of aficionados who believe messages like this are a throwback to the era of Cold War espionage. They are the mysterious "numbers stations". At the apex of the Cold War, radio lovers across the globe started to notice bizarre broadcasts on the airwaves. Starting with a weird melody or the sound of several beeps, these transmissions might be followed by the unnerving sound of a strange woman's voice counting in German or the creepy voice of a child reciting letters in English. Encountering these shortwave radio messages, many radio hams concluded that they were being used to send coded messages across extremely long distances. Coming across one of them was a curious experience. Radio enthusiasts gave them colourful names like the "Nancy Adam Susan", "The Lincolnshire Poacher," "The Swedish Rhapsody" or "The Gong Station." The Lincolnshire Poacher was so named because of two bars from an English folk song of that name being used as an "interval signal". Times have changed and technology has evolved, but there's evidence that this old-fashioned seeming method of communication might still be used. Shortwave numbers stations might seem low-tech but they probably remain the best option for transmitting information to agents in the field, some espionage experts suggest. "Nobody has found a more convenient and expedient way of communicating with an agent," says Rupert Allason, an author specialising in espionage issues and writing under the pen name Nigel West. "Their sole purpose is for intelligence agencies to communicate with their agents in denied areas - a territory where it is difficult to use a consensual form of communications," Allason says.

Armed Forces Day Crossband Test:

April 23, 2014 04:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and
Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual
military/amateur radio communications tests
in celebration of the 64th Anniversary of
Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday,
May 17, 2014, the AFD Military/Amateur
Crossband Communications Test will be
conducted 10 May 2014 to prevent conflict
with the Dayton Hamvention (16-18 May 2014),
which is the same weekend as the actual Armed
Forces Day.

WPI Ham Radio Club Provides Critical Communication For Marathon

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Among the thousands of volunteers working to make this year's Boston Marathon go as smoothly as possible will be the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ham radio club, the WPI Wireless Association.

The 10.0-10.5 GHz Spectrum Battle Heats Up

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC, in its Proceeding RM-11715 is considering a Petition for Rulemaking from Mimosa Networks to create a new frequency allocation for wireless networks. If granted, this that would allow the licensing of high-power fixed microwave links in the 10.0-10.5 GHz band under Part 90, Subpart Z, using rules similar to those adopted for the 3650-3700 MHz band. As of April 18, the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System shows 241 filings, including the original Petition and FCC releases and the deadline for reply comments has now been extended to April 25, 2014. - See more at: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/the---ghz-spectrum-battle-heats-up-/270021#sthash.XXTav1gz.dpuf

Guglielmo Marconi was a hacker victim

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As we mark the birth of an Italian inventor on International Marconi Day, April the 26th, comes the story that one of his early exploits was hacked and caused him much embarrassment.

Local amateur radio operators will be scanning for storms this summer (Ontario)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The fight to keep Cornwall and area safe from wind, rain and hail this summer will have some new allies.

Local amateur radio operators will be volunteering to join the CANWARN Storm Spotter group - a collection of individuals who keep in touch with Environment Canada during major weather events to report local conditions in real-time.

Radio operators want FCC to act quickly to save AM Radio

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Panelists at a discussion during the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas said that the best thing the American Federal Communication Commission can do for owners of struggling AM stations is act quickly.

Amateur radio club working on emergency communications preparedness in Estes (Colorado)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Emergency communications capabilities that are being implemented through the Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club are beginning to be linked with other communications systems that may include the Estes Park Medical Center and Front Range hospitals, the Estes Park Police Department, even communications systems in Rocky Mountain National Park and communities to the west of the Park.

Heart of radio keeps on beating

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Dearly beloved,

We are mistakenly gathered here today to mourn the loss of a dear friend.

Our friend has certainly had a charmed life of ups and downs.

So let's take this opportunity to review the life of our dear friend, radio.

FCC Releases New TV/FM Station Numbers

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC recently released its tally of broadcast stations licensed for operation as of March 31, 2014, and when I compared these totals with those from a year ago. I was surprised to see the number of commercial UHF TV licensed increased slightly--from 1,027 last year to 1,030 this year. The number of low-power commercial U's jumped by 94.

SK: Patricia Jean Koella (Ohio)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Karl Koella (W8VSB). Mom met dad on a secret amateur radio hidden transmitter game and that is how she found him. Patricia was known as W8TIL and loved speaking to people all over the world, as did dad. This of course was the Facebook, TWITTER and Social media of the early days! Before GPS signals existed! But of course no selfie pictures involved!

UK school pupils to use ham radio to track balloon

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Students at Bolton School will track the flight of their high altitude balloon with amateur radio equipment

Ham radio a 'fascinating hobby,' enthusiasts say (Ontario)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Dave Newcombe has used his ham radio to connect with fellow operators from Paisley to Russia and Central America to France.

Sometimes, he chats with them about the weather, current events or the type of equipment they're using. Other times, they simply exchange and record each other's call signs and move on.

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

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering. Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on WNPR's Where We Live.

Marathon 'hams' took on vital role after Marathon bombings

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Manchester native Harrison Williams, now a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was at his ham radio command post in Brookline on April 15 of last year, coordinating the "Bus Net" system for the Boston Marathon, when two explosions rocked the finish line on Boylston Street.

Amateur radio making waves (Australia)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- THE arrival of Facebook and Twitter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ipswich's amateur radio devotees.

Ipswich and District Amateur Radio Club marked World Amateur Radio Day with an expo in Booval at the weekend, calling on residents to get involved in the fun.

FM Inventor Recognized in Yonkers

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When the inventor of FM radio stepped out a New York City window to his death 60 years ago this winter, he was despondent about the fate of his invention amidst a pitched legal battle with the giant Radio Corporation of America.

FCC Calls Boston Pirate Raid Justified

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC is defending its actions against three Boston pirate operators.

The commission's Enforcement Bureau agents, along with the U.S. Marshall's Service, raided and seized equipment last week that they say was used to broadcast illegally on three frequencies in the market

Morse code to ring out in Caister as part of radio celebrations (UK)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Members of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) will be running an all day event to commemorate International Marconi Day on April 26, and setting up a special station at Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre.

Marshals Help FCC Seize NYC Pirate Gear

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Federal officials seized equipment from two places in Manhattan that they say was used to broadcast pirate radio stations.

Ham radio enthusiasts to tune in for Anzac Day (Australia)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- JOHN Karr will pay tribute to the troops in a different way this Anzac Day.

The former navy musician will be at Ballarat's Eureka Stadium where he will take part in a world-wide 'ham radio' tribute.

Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs 'ham' it up since 1948

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In a world filled with phones that talk to us, headsets that let us surf the web while maintaining eye contact and GPS systems that speak in the voice of your favorite character, one local group is holding on to a form of communication from the past.

Free App Connects You To Emergency Radio Frequencies

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Severe weather can strike at any time and whether the forecast calls for flooding or tornadoes - North Alabama is often at risk.

Emergency Radio Free is an award-winning app that connects you to live frequencies - handy in a crisis where you're cut off from the usual channels of communication.

Amateur radio operators play important role (Ohio)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- When most people think of amateur radio, they tend to think of a hobby.

But, with severe weather season around the corner, those radio operators may keep residents safe when a disaster hits.

Reception Lets Hams Meet in Person

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In 2013, I noticed an Amateur Radio Operators Reception scheduled for Wednesday, and several thoughts immediately entered my head:

There must be a lot of broadcast engineers who are licensed hams. Maybe now that I'm retired is a good time to get my ticket.

- ..- .- .-- presents 5 apps for World Amateur Radio Day

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- We'll bet you didn't know that today is World Amateur Radio Day, which is celebrated by radio amateurs on April 18th to commemorate the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. In honor of WARD, here are five apps that seasoned hams (sounds tasty, doesn't it?) and those who are just thinking about getting a license can all enjoy.

Tuning in to the amateur airwaves (Australia)

April 23, 2014 03:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- David Nebe, is an amateur radio operator and member of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club.

From his self-described man-cave he can often be found chatting with friends from across the Tasman or working on his latest electronic project.

New England Communities to Host WRTC2014

April 23, 2014 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- WRTC2014- World Radiosport Team Championship
brings world's best contesters to New England.

April 22, 2014

Texas Radio Amateur Gives Up License As Part of Enforcement Action Settlement

April 22, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- A Texas radio amateur has agreed to turn in his Amateur Extra class license as part of an agreement with the FCC to settle an enforcement action against him. The FCC earlier this year issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas, after determining that Winstead "apparently willfully violated" FCC rules by interfering with Amateur Rad...

Western Sahara DXpedition update

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Naama, S01A, has delayed his activity until early May because he did not receive the new equipment and antennas in time

SARL Council appoints VHF/UHF/ Microwave Committee

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Council of the South African Radio League has appointed a three-man committee to facilitate repeater and beacon frequency and location planning as well as general band planning on the VHF, UHF and Microwave spectrum

Radio ham taking Grey Nomad DX Vacation

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- To celebrate 31 years of DXing, Mal, VK6LC will join up with Pedro, HK3JJH, in what they are calling a "Grey Nomad DX Vacation" to celebrate their 20 years of DXing

Portable action in Victorian National Parks

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A number of Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activations are planned, with most activity happening on the 40-metre band

Four metre addition to Mt. Leinster repeater

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A four metre port has been added to the 70 centimeter repeater EI7MLR

Coalhouse Fort Easter Activation

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Coalhouse Fort Radio Society was active over the Easter weekend from the historic Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury

CARS Easter Skills Night report

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bank Holiday Monday, the 21st of April 2014 saw a successful fourth Skills Night take place in Danbury, near Chelmsford

AM and CW on ANZAC Day, April 25

April 22, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An annual ANZAC Day event that just keeps growing is the use of AM and CW on our bands in honour of those modes being used by service personnel in earlier wars

Home is Wanted for Radio Ham's Cards:

April 22, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A 90-year-old amateur radio enthusiast in Witney is looking for a loving home for his collection of 200 radio verification cards. Amateur radio operators exchange the QSL cards to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. Each card contains details about one or more contacts, the station and its operator. Harold Buggins, of Moorland Road, Witney, has been collecting the cards since he was a teenager.

Amateur Radio Club's Annual Auction is April 26 in Roanoke:

April 22, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club Annual Auction 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will be held at the American Red Cross Chapter Building on Church Avenue in Roanoke. Building will be open at 7 a.m. for placing items in the auction. All items that do not sell must be picked up by seller. Anything amateur-related can be placed in the auction. All consignees will pay the standard 20 percent to the club. Donated items are most welcome. This is a fundraising event for the radio club.

Amateur Radio Operators will be Scanning for Storms this Summer:

April 22, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- CORNWALL, Ontario - The fight to keep Cornwall and area safe from wind, rain and hail this summer will have some new allies. Local amateur radio operators will be volunteering to join the CANWARN Storm Spotter group - a collection of individuals who keep in touch with Environment Canada during major weather events to report local conditions in real-time. The Seaway Valley Amateur Radio Club is taking a lead role locally, through its network of 26 members who operate powerful radio sets from basements and garages throughout the area. Club president Ed Halliwell said in an interview members will be able to transmit data - including wind direction and ferocity, hail size and storm tracks - to Environment Canada during powerful storms. "With weather getting the way it has, we're seeing more and more severe storms," he said, adding Environment Canada needs all the help it can get. "The weather radar tells them there is precipitation...but it doesn't tell them much about what kind." And unlike powerful Doppler radar systems in the United States, Canada is still lagging when it comes tracking and predicting tornadoes. The idea now is to give severe weather meteorologists as much real-time data as possible so that warnings can be updated for others still within the track of a particular storm. Halliwell expects as many as a dozen of his members will sign on to take part in the program, which is also open to the general public.

April 21, 2014

Amateur Radio Volunteers Supporting Communication at 118th Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Shift to New Jersey and New Hampshire on April 23 (UTC)

April 21, 2014 01:32 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 23 (the evening of April 22 in US time zones), from North Dakota and Mississippi to New Jersey (W1AW/2) and New Hampshire (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work ...

Las Palmas hams plan for the year

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Amateur Radio Union of Las Palmas (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island are planning a number of activities during the Spring/Summer of this year

History This Week

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Heritage Day 2014 - Without any borders

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2014 Heritage Day will be held on April 27th. With the slogan 'A World of Dits and Dahs' the Belgian IARU Society UBA takes part in this event emphasizing Morse code as cultural heritage

Ham radio operators play important role

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- WKBN TV News reports that radio amateurs showcased their skills during World Amateur Radio Day on April 18

Ham radio enthusiasts to tune in for Anzac Day

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Courier reports on amateur radio involvement in the Anzac Day commemorations on April 25

DXCC Country/Entity Report

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-April, through Sunday, 20th-April there were 224 countries active

ARISS contact with Dixon Elementary School, Holly Ridge, NC

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Dixon Elementary School, Holly Ridge, NC on 21 April

2 Metre Data / SSTV Net for Essex?

April 21, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The idea of a 2m data net has been suggested by the team at the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club, where there seems to be growing interest in modes such as PSK31, SSTV and EasyPal

BARTG Sprint 75

April 21, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Apr 27

BDARA Held 3-Day Exhibition in Support of IARU 89th Anniversary:

April 21, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: April 18 marks the 89th anniversary of the International Radio Amateur Union (IARU) and to show support for this particular event, Brunei Darussalam Radio Amateur Federation (BDARA) yesterday held a Field Day with the theme "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications." The ceremony was officially launched by the Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association, Hj Awg Badar Hj Awg Ali. Present at the function was the President of SMARTER Brunei, Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman. The three-day exhibition will enable participants to communicate with their counterparts around the world. The association aimed to expand its roles in the future. Part of the plans was by organising a series of road shows as a way of attracting the attention of youths in the country to take up radio amateur as a hobby. It also plans to hold workshops in giving information on how to communicate using the equipment, ways of setting up the radio antenna, and how to respond to an emergency situation.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts to Tune In for Anzac Day:

April 21, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- JOHN Karr will pay tribute to the troops in a different way this Anzac Day. The former navy musician will be at Ballarat's Eureka Stadium where he will take part in a world-wide 'ham radio' tribute. A ham radio operator for the past five years, Mr Karr will set up two large antennas which allow him to transmit to other ham radio users all over the world. Several ham radio users will set up at various army bases on Anzac Day and transmit on topics about the war. Mr Karr said it was his way of remembering all who served in the wars. "We transmit on an AM mode, which is what radio operators used in World War I," Mr Karr said. "It's actually good fun ... and it's a nice way to remember and pay tribute to all the troops." He said Ballarat was the ideal location for ham radio, given the city had a 400m elevation. Ham radio has become popular among amateurs radio users on Anzac Day.

April 20, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

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

Urgent SHF Contest changes

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

Radio ham's PongSat fund raiser

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

Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna

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

Incoming storm clouds

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

Hamnet provides crucial communications for Two Oceans

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

Ham radio on SNN TV News

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

Ham Radio in British Pathé video release

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

Guglielmo Marconi was a hacker victim

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

630m DX down under

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

10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital

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

Helvetia Contest

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

Florida QSO Party

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

SP DX RTTY Contest

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

Amateur Radio Operators Play Important Role:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lighthouse Spring Lites:

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

Ham Radio Programming by K6LCS:

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

BeagleBone Black on ALE:

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

April 19, 2014

KickSat Has Been Deployed in Low-Earth Orbit

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

Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteers Take Part in Tsunami Preparedness Exercise

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

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

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