November 26, 2014

Palmyra Island - openings available to operate!

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The TNC will allow up to 12 amateur radio operators. Available time slots are January 11-26th, 2016 (includes set-up, transmit, and tear down), and February 1-16th, 2016 (includes set-up, transmit, and tear down)

New Digital Mode App EXChat

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Con Wassilieff ZL2AFP has developed a sentence-mode radio chat system that works like phone texting!

NCDXF announces major grant to K1N Navassa Island DXpedition

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce an enabling major contribution of $35,000 to the K1N Navassa Island DXpedition planned for January 2015

NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Registration is now open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency's first in-space competition that offers the agency's largest-ever prize purse

Cocos Island

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Dom 3Z9DX, Jon K7CO and Jorge TI2HMJ will be active as TI9A from Cocos Island (NA-012) between February 16-23rd (2015)

Caribbean Tour 2015

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again operators Mek SP7VC, Ted SP3IPB and YL Kate SQ7OYL will be on a Caribbean tour but will also have operators Bogdan K2RPF, Zbyszek SP3CFM and Jerzy SP7TF join them

Canadian Hall of Fame appointments

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to appoint Don Dashney VE3RM (SK) of L'Orignal, ON and George Spencer VE3AGS (SK) of Jordan (St. Catherines), ON to the Hall of Fame for 2014

EURAO Autumn Party: be digital, explore 30m

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization, together with the 30 Meter Digital Group, announce a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'be digital, explore 30m'

83rd IRTS Dinner AGM and Radio Rally

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be hosting the 83rd IRTS Dinner AGM and Radio Rally in Hotel Kilkenny, College Road, Kilkenny on the 25th and 26th of April 2015

Amateur Radio Test In Bend:

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Bend, Ore. -- Local emergency officials participated in the "Oregon Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Section Emergency Test" over the weekend. A total of 16 ham radio operators staffed radio stations at St. Charles Medical Centers at Bend and Redmond, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the Redmond Fire Department. Participants were not given details of the simulated emergency until just before the drill began early Saturday morning. As part of the drill, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management notified local officials about steam and ash eruptions at St. Helens and reported a collapse of the crater dome was imminent. A major ash eruption was predicted to occur within 48 hours. The main purpose of the drill was to exercise the communication systems used by local agencies during major disasters. The assumption in this drill was that local agencies lost their day-to-day communications and needed the ham radio operators to relay messages. The State of Oregon, Deschutes County, and the local ham radio operators have created a system where the hams can take digital messages from local agencies and transmit them by radio to other parts of the country where the internet is still working and put those messages onto the net.

Sheriff's Office Participates In Operation Thor:

November 26, 2014 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- On November 3-6, the Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club participated in a wilderness based rescue training exercise in conjunction with the Emery County Sheriff's Office Rope Rescue Team, Emery County Search and Rescue Rope Team, Black Dragon Rescue Systems and National Guard Civil Support Teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Oklahoma. The Training took place among the high red rocks and deep canyons of Utah's picturesque San Rafael desert in eastern Utah. They trained in Cow Canyon and the CS teams also trained at the Hunter Power plant.

November 25, 2014

Time to Tune Up on Top Band: The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is December 5-7

November 25, 2014 04:33 PM - ARRL -- The beginning of December marks the return of the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. The action gets underway at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 5, and wraps up at 1559 UTC on Sunday, December 7. This is a 42-hour event with no operating time limit. If you have ever yearned to try your hand at Top Band contesting, this is the perfect opportunity!The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is an all-CW event, with ARRL/RAC Se...

Deadline Looms to Apply for ARISS Educational Ham Radio Contacts with the ISS

November 25, 2014 04:33 PM - ARRL --

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group AGM

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Annual General Meeting of the Tipperary Amatuer Radio Group will be held at The Park Hotel, Clonmel on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 8pm

SpinSat to deploy from ISS

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- SpinSat was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 21 with deployment planned to take place from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) in the Fall

RSGB Spectrum Forum meeting minutes released

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Spectrum Forum meeting minutes and reports from the annual meeting held on November 1, 2014 are now available

Robust Ham Radio Digital Voice

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- In his blog David Rowe VK5DGR describes his work on increasing the robustness of FreeDV over HF radio channels, in particular compared to analog SSB

Palestine 2016

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The idea came up during a conversation with Marco HB9OCR. After returning from Lampedusa Island for the CQWW SSB 2014 (IO9Y) we decided to organize a small Dxpedition to the Palestine E4

Celebrating the ARRL's centennial year

November 25, 2014 09:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- From 26 November to 2nd December 2014 look for the following stations to be active to celebrate ARRL's centennial year

Calling to Santa Through Shortwave:

November 25, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Kids chat with Santa on the North Pole and go secret shopping. Dressed in a shirt from Frozen and braids in her hair like the character Anna, Kapri Brumwell, 3, was beaming from ear to ear. "I talked to Santa," she said proudly, following her sit down to radio with and speak to Santa Claus on a television at the North Pole on Saturday at the Western Development Museum (WDM) via shortwave. "I talked about the Rocking Mally Horse." That was one of her requests for Christmas. She also said she wanted a Barbie whistle horse. Her mémère, grandmother Darlene Penna, was so pleased to see her granddaughter wearing such big smiles at the event. The Moose Jaw Amateur Radio Club put on the Shortwave to Santa event. The club made all the arrangements for the kids to be able to chat with Santa Claus.

Ham Radio Operators Drill for Emergency:

November 25, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- This past weekend, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) conducted a statewide emergency communications drill that simulated a massive storm with flooding. This gave amateur radio operators all over the state the opportunity to practice their emergency radio skills. The communications test provides a public demonstration -- to agencies such as the Red Cross, state and local emergency managers, and the news media -- of the value that amateur radio provides. It helps radio amateurs gain communication experience using standard procedures and a variety of radio technologies, under simulated disaster-response conditions. Amateur radio operators, known as hams, use equipment that continues to work even when all power and cell towers fail. Hams have a long history of setting up communications for stricken areas around the world until the commercial systems area restored.

November 24, 2014

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Two Others Arrive at ISS

November 24, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Moving to Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico

November 24, 2014 04:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Florida and Arkansas. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, November 26 (the evening of November 25 in US time zones), to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4). So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week, and by ...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 27-28

November 24, 2014 11:34 AM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 28.We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

ZS9YOTA for Youth on the Air (YOTA)

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air seeking contacts using 'YOTA' as their call sign suffix

UKEICC 80m CW Contest

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The third 80m contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club takes place on Wednesday 26th November

The Radio Officers' Association

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Officers' Association Chairman, Tony Selman, would welcome membership applications from readers who are former Radio Officers

History This Week

November 24, 2014 09:37 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

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th November, through Sunday, 23rd November there were 217 countries active

Your Name in Morse at Raspberry Jam

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- At the Southend Raspberry Jam event on Nov 22, Essex Ham member Nick 2E0DVX ran a live 'Your Name in Morse Code' demo, helping to spread the word about amateur radio

Open digital Voice for VHF/UHF

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Turns out that the open-source DV program FreeDV isn't ideal as the digital voice program for the VHF/UHF 'HT of the Future.'

Electronic Coins via Ham Radio ?

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The HamRadioCoin project aims to enable amateur radio operators to send and receive HamRadioCoins via radio

Captain Yuri, UT1FG/mm heading back to sea

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Early reports via e-mail exchanges indicate that Captain Yuri, UT1FG/mm may be headed back to sea in December

Showcase for Torbay Radio Buffs at Newton Abbot:

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - eHam.net News -- TORBAY Amateur Radio Society held its 50th annual communications rally at the Newton Abbot Racecourse. Almost 200 members of the public attended. With 26 different traders and stalls there was something for everyone. These events are a chance for amateur radio enthusiasts to meet each other face-to-face instead just making contact over the airwaves. As well as the usual stall where attendees can sell unwanted equipment for a small fee, there were stalls selling components, connectors, cables and also brand new and pre-used radios.

Amateur Radio Operators Attain Highest License:

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - eHam.net News -- Ellis County Amateur Radio Club is proud to congratulate the first members of the Amateur Extra class for passing the FCC test. This is the highest level of amateur radio licenses. John Denson coordinated the material for teaching the Technical and General license material for Amateur Radio, and then he saw the need for an Amateur Radio Extra class. The Technical Class License classes were taught by Tom Forhanafel. There have been several technical classes taught this year. What this means for Ellis County are more storm watchers and more people trained to help with communications if the need.

Warren County Students Design Device Inspired by Superstorm Sandy:

November 24, 2014 09:37 AM - eHam.net News -- A Superstorm Sandy-inspired invention crafted by Warren County high school and college students may help fund the creation of the first-of-its-kind "hacker space" in the area. When Superstorm Sandy knocked out power and cell phone reception two years ago, emergency personnel called on ham radio operators to coordinate water distribution, White Township resident Rob Roschewsk said. There were places in the county where the radio operators couldn't get reception because of the dips and valleys. "We're looking at all these lampposts and wondering, 'Gee, how can we get an antenna on one of those,'" Roschewsk said. "That's kind of how this whole thing was born." About 10 young people who have an interest in ham radio operations designed last spring a system to carry antenna to the top of lampposts or telephone poles in an emergency, Roschewsk said. He's one of the adult mentors who helped the group of young inventors known as the 721st Mechanized Contest Battalion in their efforts. The device the battalion created fills a void, he said. The only way emergency personnel can carry out the same function now is if they have a truck or heavy equipment with a tower, Roschewsk said. The contraption the students created can fit in the trunk of an ordinary car.

November 23, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity will at low to moderate levels

Snow: Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers have been on alert after several days of heavy snowfall in Upstate New York

SARL Antenna Defence Project - progress made but slow

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- When the South African Radio League launched the initiative to have antenna regulations changed to facilitate the erection of antenna and antenna support structures, the South African Radio League Council indicated that it would be a long drawn out process

IZ0UDF lifts off to ISS today

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Former fighter pilot Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF is all set for her mission on the International Space Station, the launch will be broadcast live

Happy Birthday, $50SAT/MO-76!

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Friday, November 21, 2014 marked the one year anniversary of the launch of the $50SAT/MO-76 PocketQube satellite

Ham Radio Training at UoS

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society report 13 people took the Foundation practical assessments on Saturday, Nov 22 at the University of Surrey, Guildford

Essex Ham at the Raspberry Jam

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday the 22nd of November saw the worlds of amateur radio and the Raspberry Pi collide in Southend-on-Sea

HamRadioCoin: Crypto via Radio, Alternative Blockchain Channel:

November 23, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- HamRadioCoin utilizes the traditional Ham radio mesh to serve modern blockchain technology. This provides the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the first real alternative channel - a communications network that is both standardized and global. Ham radio has been in existence for over 80 years and who could have thought that its global array of operators would emerge as the perfect candidate for providing a P2P alternative to the internet. As we'll explore below, the invaluable role of Ham radio extends its utility into science fiction as the "old" radio combines with the "new" blockchain.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

November 23, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Nov 29 to 2400Z, Nov 30

November 22, 2014

ARRL Members Elect Division Director and Two Vice Directors

November 22, 2014 02:32 PM - ARRL -- The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division's new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

Propagation de K7RA

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4

YOTA Month approaching

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, has been updating the Yongsters On The Air Month page

VDSL Emission Investigation

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- A post on the RSGB Forum announces the EMC Committee is carrying out an investigation of the significance of interference to amateur radio from leakage from VDSL systems

HamRadioNow: High Speed digital networks

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- David Bern W2LNX is on a mission: High Speed digital networks on the Ham Radio UHF and Microwave bands, covering the country. Not kilobits... Megabits

Ham Radio at Raspberry Jam in Southend

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham will be attending the Raspberry Jam in Southend event today, November 22, helping to spread the word about amateur radio to the Raspberry Pi / Linux community

CRG AGM change of venue!

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Due to matters outside of the group's control, the original venue - The Sun Public House, Waterbeach, Cambs - is no longer available for the AGM on Wednesday 26th November

BOXA-SWR

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- SOTABEAMS has introduced the first of a range of products inspired by a small aluminium box!

The 5 MHz Newsletter Autumn 2014

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free download

Japan Records Huge Sunspot Cluster 66 Times Size of Earth:

November 22, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TOKYO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japanese space probe and observatory have recorded huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday. Images of the sunspot cluster were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday. The solar observation probe Hinode and NAOJ took pictures of the sunspots on Oct. 16-30, before the sun's rotation obstructed the view. The sunspot cluster could be seen again on Nov. 15, but it had shrunk to one-third of its peak size on Oct. 26. Sunspots appear in big clusters when the sun is most active. Large solar flares, a phenomenon triggered by sunspot activity, were also observed on the surface of the sun on six occasions in October.

City Puts Curbs on Towering Backyard Antenna:

November 22, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- For several residents of Coombs Street in Napa, Jeff Hullquist is their least favorite neighbor - or rather, the 55-foot-tall antenna outside his house is. Since the longtime amateur radio enthusiast raised the spidery metal mast in April, some homeowners have attacked it for spoiling their views, and others claim the antenna has even disrupted their electronics - or, in one case, disabled a woman's electric wheelchair. But their efforts to fight the mast in their midst has bumped against federal law Hullquist argues protects his right to build and use the antenna, even without a city permit. On Thursday, the city Planning Commission granted him a use permit for the ham radio antenna - but with limitations including a requirement to lower the mast to 21 feet between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to avoid intruding on his neighbors' views. (The city allowed an exemption to transmit during a local emergency.) Hullquist also was barred from operating his transmitter while the antenna is retracted. Afterward, Hullquist promised to appeal his case to the City Council - which also is scheduled to hear a counter-appeal from an opponent of the antenna. The decision continues a seven-month stalemate pitting Coombs Street homeowners - who say the antenna also disfigures the Napa Abajo-Fuller Park Historic District that includes the street - against Hullquist, who has argued a Federal Communications Commission memorandum from 1985 blocks cities from passing laws that make ham radio use impossible.

November 21, 2014

ARRL Members Elect New Division Director and Two New Vice Directors

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division's new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #47 de K7RA:

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points
to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to
164.4.

WW1USA Special Event, Dec 27-28:

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- One-Hundred years ago, a great war was raging across Europe. Regardless of this conflict, a small miracle of peace occurred over the battlefield on Christmas Eve 1914. The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I.

Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert in Mammoth New York Snowfall's Aftermath

November 21, 2014 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers are themselves still digging out from several days of unprecedented snowfall in Upstate New York. The severe weather already has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths. Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Tedesco, KC2DKP, said ARES volunteers have activated a net and are on alert ...

IARU Wants Member Societies' "Engaged" in Seeking Support for 5.275-5.450 MHz Amateur Allocation

November 21, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has called upon IARU member societies to seek the support of their respective governments for an Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5.275-5.450 MHz, per Agenda Item 1.4 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Ellam told his colleagues in a letter this week that obtaining the allocation is "one of the mai...

The K7RA Solar Update

November 21, 2014 12:35 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4.Predicted solar flux is 170 on November 21, 175 on November 22-23, then 170, 155 and 150 on November 24-26, then 145, 130 and 120 on November 27-29, 115 on November 30 through December 6, 135 and 155 on December 7-8, 165 on December 9-10, and 160 on December 11...

RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 27

QRP ARCI Topband Sprint

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0600Z, Nov 27

Training with MUARC

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club, will be running another Foundation Course on the Friday evening of 12th and all day Saturday 13th of December 2014. This will be the fourth Foundation course this year

SEARS to start Foundation courses

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- After a gap of many years the South Essex Amateur Radio Society will be offering training for the Foundation Licence

Radio Australia - A history of the Darwin transmitter

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Veteran Melbourne DXer and historian, Bob Padula, has compiled a history of Radio Australia's former Darwin transmitting and receiving sites in a new electronic (PDF) publication

My DX Summit launches today

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new-fangled My DX Summit (MDXS) is scheduled to open to the public today at 1000 UTC

Homeland Security Plan includes Ham Radio

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The US Department of Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency

Ham radio operators drill for emergency

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wilton Bulletin reports on the amateur radio emergency communications drill that simulated a massive storm with flooding

Four new Section Managers to start in the new year

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager

Chelmsford Calling add Finland SW relay

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Calling World Service produced by Jim Salmon 2E0RMI has added a shortwave relay from Finland

2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA has opened team registration for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Solar Flares May Head to Earth:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Scientists have their attention turned to the sun this week as solar flares could impact us here on Earth. NASA scientists are tracking a massive active sunspot that will rotate to face Earth this week. Last month this sunspot was the largest observed in 24 years. Radiation that is abruptly emitted from sunspots via solar flares can impact various types of technology. NASA scientist, Dr. Alex Young explains the worst case scenarios of solar flare impacts, "In the most extreme case the solar flare could cause radio blackouts for high frequency radio for the side of the earth facing, for maybe an hour or so. Also, we can see disruption in GPS. In the most extreme cases, fortunately the rarest cases, we can have an impact to our power grids which could be in the form of a brown out or even a black out." Solar activity cycles approximately every 11 years. Currently we are at a solar maximum of a slightly smaller cycle. Dr. Young explains why scientists are spending more time learning about solar activity, "The biggest concern here is that we have become more and more dependent on technology, and as we do that we become more and more susceptible to this type of solar activity."

WWII Navajo Code Talker Speaks at Mesalands:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay's talk was part of Native American Heritage Day at Mesalands Community College. Begay, now 87, expected he would be placed in gunnery school when he joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 after he was recruited at a Navajo boarding school. He was 15 at the time but was accepted anyway. When he got to California's Camp Pendleton for training, however, he found himself surrounded by fellow Navajos, he said. They told him he was going to be a Code Talker, he said, and he protested. "Too bad," they told him. The Navajo recruits trained together and learned everything they could about radios, semaphore signals and Morse code, he said, before they started gathering to develop a code that used the "difficult" Navajo language as a basis. They developed a code that the Japanese could not break, he said, after they had broken nearly every other code the Allies could devise.

Telegrapher Connects At Event In Waterville:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- It's hard to believe Toledoan Barney Stickles hasn't sent a telegram for official business in nearly a half century. With a sure hand and steady dots and dashes, Mr. Stickles, 83, hasn't lost a beat since his time as a telegrapher for Wabash Railroad. He shared his experiences and the local impact of the railroad Wednesday at the Waterville Historical Society in Wakeman Hall with a crowd of about two dozen. The event was titled "Railroad Telegraphy: Connecting Waterville with the Outside World." At 19, he heard the railroad was hiring telegraphers. After three months of schooling, Mr. Stickles passed the exam and had his first day of work July 22, 1951, in Lafayette, Ind. He later would become general agent in Toledo in 1964. Telegraphers, or "brass pounders," were highly skilled workers, and some of the best paid, he said. He remembers bringing home $15 a week.

ARNewsline Report 1945 -- Nov. 21 2014:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Malaysia shows its
support of ham radio emergency
communications; an unidentified German ham
takes on Russian military communications;
Japan announces a deep space satellite
mission; some new DMR experiments take place
down - under and some space junk turns out
to be a new Russian satellite. Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1945 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:

November 21, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AJ9C, VU3DSI, 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.

November 20, 2014

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

MARS Volunteers Reach Out to Amateur Community to Test Interoperability:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The Army and Air Force branches of the Military Auxiliary Radio System
(MARS) merged their long-distance radio networks in late October for a
48-hour Department of Defense-sponsored contingency communications
exercise. The MARS volunteers provided communication support in the
wake of a simulated disruption to the nation's telecommunications
infrastructure.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications
October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams.
For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also
shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant
Park, the marathon's finish line. The hams communicated with the
ambulance service, if further medical support was needed. Some of the
120 radio amateurs taking part in the event ended up walking as many as 9 miles just within
the park during their volunteer stints. Some 45,000 runners from every
US state and more than 100 countries took part in the Chicago Marathon.
Approximately 2.5 million onlookers also enjoyed the ideal weather.

W1AW Centennial Operations Moving To Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Florida and Arkansas. They will transition at 0000
UTC on Wednesday, November 26 (the evening of November 25 in US time
zones), to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico
(W1AW/KP4). So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states
for at least 1 week, and by year's end W1AW will have been on the air
from every state at least twice.

Red Badge Holders Could Be Key To Boosting Centennial QSO Party Totals:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- It's getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks!
If you've been procrastinating about building your point totals to the
certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious
points into your log lie just ahead. "Red Badges on the Air" activities
will take place on Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December
31.

Riley Hollingsworth to NC Club: Amateur Enforcement 'Very Much Alive':

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH,
told the Forsyth
Amateur Radio Club that the FCC is still active
in the Amateur Radio enforcement arena, even though it's not always
apparent. He spoke to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, club on
November 10.

'Frequency' TV Series Would Reprise Amateur Radio-Themed Movie:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Mike Baxter, KA0XTT -- Tim Allen's character in the "Last Man Standing"
TV show on ABC -- may be getting some competition on the ham bands, as
NBC appears poised to launch a television series based on the 2000
movie Frequency, in which ham
radio -- aided by some spectacular solar phenomena -- plays a central
role in the sci-fi thriller.

NJ Hams Enter Emergency Antenna-Raising Project In Innovation Competition:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A group of young Amateur Radio operators from Warren County in Northern
New Jersey, has entered its 2013 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum project
-- the Emergency Antenna Platform System (EAPS) -- in the Boca Bearings
Innovation Competition.

2 Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Into Deep Space This Month:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin'en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATC,
will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a
ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission,
which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

Four New Section Managers to Start In the New Year:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite
contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager. In a three-way
race, Duffy polled 545 votes, Cynthia L. Rushton, WB3CNJ, received 83
votes, and Paul Plants,W3PLP, 62 votes. Ballots were counted Tuesday,
November 18, at ARRL Headquarters. Western Pennsylvania Section Manager
John Rodgers, N3MSE, of Butler decided to not run for another term
after serving since October 2007. He also was Section Manager from 2000
to 2003.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- In January 1997 a high-tech, massive, expensive, and very successful
DXpedition was mounted to operate as VK0IR from Heard Island in the
Antarctic. The 20-man crew, led by KK6EK and ON6TT, made a remarkable
80,673 contacts! The VK0IR story was told in detail in the September
1997 issue of QST.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon

November 20, 2014 09:34 PM - ARRL -- A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications on October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams. For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant Park, the marathon's finish line. The hams communicated with the ambulance service, if further med...

New "My DX Summit" Website Going Live on November 21

November 20, 2014 06:35 PM - ARRL --

Two Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Payloads into Deep Space this Month

November 20, 2014 05:36 PM - ARRL -- Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin'en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin'en 2, developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology and Kagoshima University, will b...

Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan Incorporates Amateur Radio

November 20, 2014 03:36 PM - ARRL -- The US Department of Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is "the nation's over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabil...

The end of an era - BBC Relay Station site handed back to Seychelles

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tuesday November 18 marked the closure of an iconic chapter of Seychelles' history, signalling the end of an era when information was much more difficult to come by

Ten-Ten activity weekend

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ten-Ten organises an activity weekend on Nov. 22/23 to liven up 10m

Steve Unger named acting Ofcom Chief Executive

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Ofcom today announced that Steve Unger will step up as acting Chief Executive at the end of the year

Ofcom decision to make airwaves available for mobile broadband services

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today published a decision to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, while securing the future of digital terrestrial TV

Broadband-Hamnet expands to include yet another ham band

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Broadband-Hamnet is proud to announce a new firmware release, the most recent in a series of advancements that build on the Ubiquiti firmware released for the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz Ham bands earlier this year

Advanced distance learning course

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bath-based distance learning team have opened enrollment for their January to June Advanced amateur radio course

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