February 22, 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

February 22, 2018 02:00 PM - ARRL -

“Vacuum Tubesis the topic of the current (February 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wh...

Radio hams help girl guides go international

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Eight members of the north Norfolk-based Amateur Radio group Bittern DXers have been teaching girl guides how to contact colleagues around the world as part of Thinking Day on The Air

Louisiana elects new Section Manager

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1

Blackhead Lighthouse 2018

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Jim GI0BJH, will be operating as GB5BL from Blackhead Lighthouse, Co. Antrim, UK-0032 on 18th and 19th August 2018, during ILLW 2018

AO3MWC: Mobile World Congress 2018

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - 24 February - 4 March this special event station will be on air thanks to Ràdio Club Barcelona, EA3RKB, echoing this first class international event hosted by the mobile world capital

11-year-old talks to the world

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Reflector-Chronicle reports on 11-year-old Dylan Krueger who is studying to get his amateur licence and is currently using HamSphere

IOTA news from the DARC

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Tony's 10m Band Report

February 22, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - For me this week Ten Metres has been fairly dead. The only stations I could hear were Europeans I’d already worked. The CW contest at the weekend did liven things up a bit, for those who enjoy CW. Z60A (Kosovo) is still popular. Best of the rest: HP1ELV (Panama), ZV8WTT (probably Brazil) and PJ2T (Curaçao)

February 21, 2018

Just in Case You Missed Z60A, More Z6 Operations are Just Ahead

February 21, 2018 04:56 PM -

Bouvet 3Y0Z Team Presents South African Club with Signed Banner

February 21, 2018 04:52 PM - ARRL -

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team got a warm welcome back to terra firma on February 17 upon arrival at Cape Town, South Africa, following their return voyage from Bouvet Island.

The 3Y0Z DXpedition had to be called off due to adverse weather while the team was sailing within view of the subantarctic island, which is #2 on the Club Log DXCC Most-Wanted List. The team’s vessel Betanzos also suffered a...

National Hurricane Conference in Late March to Include Amateur Radio Session

February 21, 2018 04:45 PM -

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager:

February 21, 2018 02:53 PM - eHam.net News - ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the only contested Section Manager election this winter.

Spratly Islands DXpedition set for March

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL reports the Spratly Islands may be on the air in early March under the Malaysian call sign 9M0W from Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reef) with CW, SSB, and digital operation on 160 through 6 meters

SpaceX Tesla Roadster photographed passing a star cluster

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - How far away can you see a cherry red Tesla Roadster? Yesterday, a telescope in Chile spotted Elon Musk's electric car 3.7 million kilometers from Earth as it was passing by star cluster NGC 5694

Enter to win a HackRF One SDR, Ubertooth, and dozens more Ham Radio prizes

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - NooElec and AmateurRadio.com have teamed up again to give away a HackRF One SDR Transceiver Package and over 49 other radio-related prizes. That’s 50 prizes worth over $2,000

More than a hobby

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Squamish Chief interviews Gursimran Gill VA7GUR and Tom Gilchrist VE7NG about amateur radio and its wide-reaching applications

New Jersey Institute of Technology hosts first citizen science workshop measuring the effects of the 2017 solar eclipse

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - This past August, the United States was witness to one of the most beautiful and significant astronomical events in human history – a total solar eclipse that travelled across the country from Oregon to South Carolina

Fears Sweden's new driving regs may hit amateurs

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Sweden's national amateur radio society, the SSA, has written to the Government to point out the unintended consequences of mobile phone driving legislation on radio amateurs

Experimental home brew equipment does not require type approval

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Experimental home brew equipment developed and built by South African radio amateurs for their own use in terms of the conditions of their license will not require type approval, ICASA agreed at the quarterly SARL/ICASA liaison meeting held on Thursday last week

IOTA news from OPDX

February 21, 2018 09:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Speaking to People Worldwide:

February 21, 2018 12:02 AM - eHam.net News - Dylan Krueger, 11, demonstrates how he can speak to people from around the world. He is studying to become a Ham Radio Operator, but until he gets licensed to speak on the Ham Radios, he is communicating with people around the world via HamSphere. Below, Krueger has two antennas coming out of his bedroom window which are attached to Ham Radios.

Telegraph Centre Cardwell at Queensland Celebrates World Radio Day:

February 21, 2018 12:01 AM - eHam.net News - Far North Queensland radio amateurs will be assisting at the Bush Telegraph Centre, which is run by the Cassowary Coast Shire Council, on Tuesday 13 February. In the past they have been very supportive of the event assisting in displays and information on radio.

February 20, 2018

Satellite Show in Surrey BC:

February 20, 2018 10:03 PM - eHam.net News - Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be presenting his 96th satellite presentation - at the Surrey (BC) Amateur Radio Club on March 14, 2018. All are welcome to attend.

Ham Talk Live #103 -- Hamvention Changes:

February 20, 2018 10:02 PM - eHam.net News - Thursday (2/22) at 9 PM EST on Ham Talk Live!, Michael Kalter, W8CI, the official spokesperson of the Dayton Hamvention will be here to talk about how the changes are coming along to the Hamvention and the fairgrounds. You can call in with your questions LIVE during the show, and we will preview our Hamvention 2018 coverage.

Win a HackRF One SDR and 49 More Prizes!

February 20, 2018 10:02 PM - eHam.net News - NooElec and AmateurRadio.com have teamed up again to give away a HackRF One SDR Transceiver Package and over 49 other radio-related prizes.

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager

February 20, 2018 09:49 PM - ARRL -

ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the on...

Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest Changes Location

February 20, 2018 07:39 PM - ARRL -

The Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) and scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has changed its location to Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Highway 36, Avon, Indiana. Set-up times remain the same.

The hamfest will be open to the public from 9 AM until 2 PM Central Time. Admission is $5, and parking is plentiful.

Talk-in is availab...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

February 20, 2018 07:05 PM - ARRL -

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amat...

Postponed DXpedition to Disputed Spratlys Reset for March

February 20, 2018 06:57 PM -

“Faces of the Florizel” Special Event will Commemorate Marine Tragedy

February 20, 2018 02:55 PM - ARRL -

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) mark the 100th anniversary of the SS Florizel tragedy with a special event on February 23-24.

On February 23, 1918, the Florizel left St. John’s, Newfoundland on what was supposed to be a routine trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to New York City. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the ves...

“Awesome” Activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase

February 20, 2018 02:43 PM - ARRL -

“On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. “The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers. Facebook and social media (Facebook, Twitter #ICG) are abuzz with chatter about the event, the excitement, the grids worked.”

Jahnke said the...

Z32ZM from Kosovo

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Mome, Z32ZM, informed OPDX that the next two weekends in Feb/March he will be active on all HF bands 160-10 meters using all modes (CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and JT65)

Students' first entry in School Club Roundup competition

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Reporter-Herald newspaper reports on the 90 Berthoud High School students who signed up to take part in the School Club Roundup February 12-16

Pinoy students fail to reach astronauts at space station

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Getting to talk to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) was supposed to be a first for Filipino students. But the live contact session on Saturday night didn’t work out as planned

NARC Hamfest

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - NARC Proposed Programme 2018 HB Hamfest. Date 7 April, Venue Napier Aero Club, Watchman Road, (Napier Airport), Napier, New Zealand

Len Carrier, G3MAO, SK

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Len Carrier’s obituary is carried in this week's "Camden New Journal", under the title “Talented Len built up radio business”. The obituary is written by Dan Carrier

Kosovo operation comes to an end

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Pristina, Kosovo - Monday morning, February 19th, 2018 ES2RR, OG2M, OH1MA, OH2BH and Z62FB left Pristina and crossed the Albanian border at 2PM today on their way to their Albanian homes. They plan to work on antennas at ZA1EM and ZA1F tomorrow before finally heading to their respective countries on Wednesday

BATC CAT18

February 20, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - This is advance notice that CAT18 and the BATC General Meeting will be held at the Midland Air Museum on the weekend of September 15th and 16th 2018

More Than a Hobby:

February 20, 2018 12:03 AM - eHam.net News - It is like an invisible, global society hiding in plain sight. For many, the idea of an amateur radio club conjures retro images of 1970s fathers tinkering in the shop or long-haul truckers on their CB radios in the 1980s. But amateur radio enthusiasts are alive and well in the internet age and play an essential role in emergency planning for communities. They have a lot of fun with it too.

Big Rockets, Small Rockets: The Age of Space Startups is Here:

February 20, 2018 12:02 AM - eHam.net News - The three-booster rocket blasted off, carrying CEO Elon Musk's bright red sports car into space. On February 6, the American space transport startup SpaceX successfully launched the prototype heavy-lift rocket Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket on earth. At the post-launch interview, Musk said that the startup's success should "encourage other companies and countries." SpaceX, for one, is also developing new rockets for manned flight. The efficacy of Warspace's cost-reduction strategy lies in its connections with the university. The university lets the company use the school facilities to test the satellites' readiness for the harsh environments of space, in exchange for the experiment's data. The use of commercially available parts has also contributed to lower costs. Its terrestrial antenna has a simple structure, designed so that amateur radio enthusiasts can also catch signals from the satellite. Satellite missions have always been a solemn matter, especially when funded by the government or universities. CEO Kameda is hopeful that the focus on budget reductions might also allow an element of "playfulness" to enter the project. Indeed, technological innovation and discoveries are often found in the process of play.

February 19, 2018

SpaceX to launch demo satellites for its high-speed internet project

February 19, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to deliver high-speed internet to the world using thousands of small satellites - and this week that plan is moving closer to reality

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group AGM

February 19, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A date for your calendar. The 2018 AGM of the group will take place on Monday the 26th of February 2018 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford, Ireland at 8.00 p.m. sharp

IRTS Counties Contest

February 19, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A reminder that the IRTS 80 metres Counties Contest is on Tuesday next, 20th February

ICQ Podcast Episode 260 - Xiegu X108G Review

February 19, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Xiegu X108G review by Ed Durrant DD5LP

Geomagnetic storm in progress (G1-class)

February 19, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Feb. 19th as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind

SARL Digital Contest

February 19, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1600Z, Feb 25

North Carolina QSO Party

February 19, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1500Z, Feb 25 to 0059Z, Feb 26

High Speed Club CW Contest

February 19, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0900Z-1100Z, Feb 25 and 1500Z-1700Z, Feb 25

Berthoud High Students Go 'Ham' with Amateur Radio Competition:

February 19, 2018 12:06 AM - eHam.net News - Sequestered behind a room divider in the corner of the Berthoud High School library, a group of students, teachers and adult volunteers leaned over a radio. "CQ, CQ, this is high school station Whiskey Zero Bravo Hotel Sierra," Sergey Eggers, a junior at Berthoud High School, said into the radio microphone. "Standing by for a call from anywhere." As a participant in the American Radio Relay League's School Club Roundup, Eggers issued a call for a random radio contact anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Berthoud High School -- also known by its call sign W0BHS -- is in its first year taking part in the competition, which challenges amateur radio clubs at schools around the nation to make as many radio contacts as they can within 24 hours. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a form of electronic communication used by hobbyists to talk on designated radio bandwidths between cities, across the world, or even into space. While amateur radio operators usually must pass a test to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission before taking to the airwaves, the students can participate with supervision from a rotating pool of licensed volunteers. About 90 students signed up to take a turn either at the mic or as an information logger during the week-long competition. Each student could take one or more 32-minute shifts at the radio during their lunch breaks, study halls or library time. The competition imposes strict rules -- a station may operate no more than 6 hours in a 24-hour period, and a maximum of 24 hours during the 107-hour event. The teams must also take breaks after each shift of 10 minutes at minimum. By midday Friday, the students had logged close to 400 contacts from 40 states, four Canadian provinces and six countries, including Germany, Finland and Kosovo. BHS has had an amateur radio club for three years, said Scott Kindt, a physics and chemistry teacher at the school and the radio club's faculty sponsor. Though participation in the club has been growing each year, Kindt was looking for new ways to get even more students interested in amateur radio operation.

February 18, 2018

ICQ Podcast Episode 260 - Xiegu X108G Review

February 18, 2018 09:12 AM - ICQ Podcast -

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP  to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Xiegu X108G Review by Ed Durrant DD5LP.

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  • Solar Minimum Sunspot
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  • The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

SatPC32 12.8d is released

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Amsat have announced that the English version of SatPC32 12.8d is now available for download on the author's web page

QSO Today Episode 185 - Mitch Gill - NA7US

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Mitch Gill, NA7US is the new editor of QRP Quarterly Magazine, the official journal of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International and a former columnist for both Popular Communications and CQ VHF

Numbers stations: The 'spy radio' that anyone can hear

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - BBC News report that for decades, people around the globe have been able to listen in to mysterious spy broadcasts from all over the world with just a radio

VK6WIA NewsWest

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Bob’s still out on the road on his way to the Wyong Field Day next weekend in VK2. It’s New Hams week, so Andrew shares with you what he would have liked to know starting out.. I’ll give you a quick overview on remote stations, and celebrate an upgraded license here in VK6

Ham radio society looks to add millennials

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - News Channel 6 TV reports Wichita Falls Amateur Radio Society consists mostly of people over age 40. So, they are making an effort to get young people involved

Essex Skills Night Monday

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, February 19 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all

ARISS contact planned for school in Portugal

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Scott Tingle KG5NZA with Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundao, Fundao, Portugal

AMSAT Argentina balloon flight completes 2nd trip around the world

February 18, 2018 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT Argentina reports that their earth circling El PicoGlobo WSPR beacon balloon has now completed its 2nd lap around the world

DMR Talkgroup for Universities:

February 18, 2018 12:36 AM - eHam.net News - Paul Thieme, President of the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club, W9YB in the United States wants to hear from UK university amateur radio clubs that have linked DMR repeaters. Recently, his club has been working with Brandmeister worldwide officials to create a DMR talkgroup specifically for university amateur radio operators.

WIA Moves Towards 24/7 Ticketing System:

February 18, 2018 12:35 AM - eHam.net News - We live in an age of digital transformation where organisations providing 24x7 self-service digital delivery to all help to improve service levels. Over the past few months the WIA office team have been trialling an enquiry, complaint and request management system to provide members with better service and status updates. A system that will also enable self-service, 24x7 via an online portal. This means you can check the details of your WIA enquiry or respond to clarifications 24 hours a day, seven days a week without needing to wait for when you can call the office.

North American QSO Party, RTTY

February 18, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z, Feb 24 to 0559Z, Feb 25

UBA DX Contest, CW

February 18, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z, Feb 24 to 1300Z, Feb 25

REF Contest, SSB

February 18, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0600Z, Feb 24 to 1800Z, Feb 25

South Carolina QSO Party

February 18, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1500Z, Feb 24 to 0159Z, Feb 25

February 17, 2018

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

Propagation de K7RA

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3

Students to use ham radio to link to ISS

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Centre Daily Times reports on Bellefonte Area Middle School students who are working on an out-of-this-world project

SARL President to meet Bouvet DXpedition team in Cape Town

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL will meet with the crew of the Bouvet Island DXpedition in Cape Town today during a function arranged by the local radio amateurs

SARL Digital Contest next Sunday

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The aim of the SARL Digital contest on Sunday 25 February is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the FT8 / RTTY modes

Ham radios offered lifeline to Puerto Rico after Maria

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - WESH News reports on the Orlando HamCation and the key role amateur radio played in the aftermath of hurricane Maria

Foundations of Amateur Radio #141

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - What do you know now that you would have liked to have known when you started in amateur radio?

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 9th February, through Friday, 16th February there were 227 countries active

CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB

February 17, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2200Z, Feb 23 to 2200Z, Feb 25

ILLW 100 Entry is YL Team from Portugal:

February 17, 2018 12:01 AM - eHam.net News - The Amateur Radio Ladies Portugal will be operating from Cabo Carvoeiro, Ladin overlooking a western point peninsula of the Atlantic Ocean.

New Policy for WIA QSL Bureau Operations:

February 17, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - Late last year, the WIA QSL Card Committee developed a policy paper which updated the manner in which the WIA QSL Bureaus operate. That paper was submitted to the WIA Board for their consideration at the December Board meeting. The paper was ultimately approved by the Board at that meeting, and is now the agreed policy for the WIA Bureau operations.

WF Amateur Radio Society Looks to Add Millennials:

February 17, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) -- The Wichita Falls Amateur Radio Society says people should still look to amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency, even when everyone can get instant updates on their mobile devices. During emergencies, cell towers tend to get over crowded. At those times, radio is the only way to communicate. The club consists mostly of people over age 40. So, they are making an effort to get young people involved. Even though they're struggling to get young people to join, families are playing a part in peaking their kids' interests and helping them get licenses.

February 16, 2018

The American Legion's 99th Birthday to be Celebrated:

February 16, 2018 09:09 PM - eHam.net News - INDIANAPOLIS - March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 - for the day in 1776 when rebelling patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and the spirit of America was born - March 15 is the day on which the Legion came to life.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #07 de K7RA:

February 16, 2018 09:05 PM - eHam.net News - Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

The K7RA Solar Update

February 16, 2018 02:56 PM - ARRL -

Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

 

Predicted solar flux is 71, 70 and 69 on February 16-18, 68 on Februa...

EURAO Newsletter February 2018

February 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Upcoming ARISS contact with University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines

February 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines on 17 Feb

Ada Lace book features ham radio

February 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Emily Calandrelli's latest book aimed at young people Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader, features amateur radio

A44A cancels youth participation in CQWW 160m contest

February 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The IARU Region 1 site reports the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) has canceled the youth participation in the CQWW 160m contest

DX News from the ARRL

February 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Bellefonte Area Middle School Students Work On Out-Of-This-World Project:

February 16, 2018 12:18 AM - eHam.net News - For a federal agency dealing in rockets and space travel, NASA operates by kind of a loose timetable. All that Bellefonte Area Middle School Principal Summer Garman and her students have been given is a 120-hour window at the end of February wherein 7 to 9 minutes will be allotted to a conversation with personnel aboard the International Space Station. Student engagement was important to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, the group playing operator to two very long-distance parties.

Ham Fest:

February 16, 2018 12:18 AM - eHam.net News - This past Saturday I attended the Collinsville Ham Fest: no it was not a pork jubilee. What a Ham Fest is: partly a show, a swap meet, and socializing for Amateur Radio enthusiasts. I know there are a lot of preconceived ideas about hams (short for amateurs), some think they are geeks; that ham radio is a dying group - why would anyone need a two way radio with computers and cell phones? As far as being geeks, radio was probably the first geekdom, going back to the 1920's. Radio was really the first mass media and the world fell in love with the technology. For a few decades, the purchase of a radio was quite prohibited. The average wage back in the day was 5 bucks a week, and a commercially built receiver could cost hundreds of dollars, so folks improvised and built their "rigs." Later others experimented with building two way set ups. If you could get the active device, which in that time was a tube, you could shortly be listening to news broadcast or music, soon after talk radio was conceived. This was the norm till after WW2, when the surplus market was flooded with military gear and parts. As far as it being an old mans hobby, even today that is rather misleading. While I was in the convention center, I closely watched the people milling through the sales area. While there were a substantial number of old men, there were also quite a few women, and an astonishing amount of young people. There are many facets to the hobby. I've found that the younger members of the hobby enjoy using their laptops and even pi setups for digital communications. All of which is quite inexpensive, portable, and can be powered from an array of alternative power sources. Examples would be PSK 31, JT 9 and JT65. Some people collect old test gear, others like restore decades old equipment; myself I like to take those odd and end pieces and build working pieces to use on the air.

Wi-Fi-connected 3D-Printed Objects Communicate Without Electronics:

February 16, 2018 12:17 AM - eHam.net News - With technologies of all sorts having invaded our lives in every domain it is interesting to see how new technologies are being developed that exploit existing technologies as if they were part of nature instead of man-made. Wi-Fi is a good example. Because Wi-Fi access points are everywhere navigation systems can use databases of Wi-Fi access points to accurately calculate their position. Wi-Fi access points thus have reached the status of landmarks. Another emerging technology based on Wi-Fi signals is Wi-Fi backscatter communication where passive objects use the Wi-Fi signals surrounding them to send information to a receiver in a way similar to a mirror reflecting sunlight. Since Wi-Fi signals are reflected by objects they can superimpose information on the signal by modulating their reflectivity. A receiver can detect the object and extract the information by comparing the Wi-Fi signals it receives over different paths. Without modulation all the packets should contain the same information whereas modulated reflections are different and therefore detectable.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW

February 16, 2018 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2130Z, Feb 22

February 15, 2018

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

February 15, 2018 10:02 PM -

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

February 15, 2018 09:30 PM - ARRL -

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. 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 March issu...

IARU Secretary Presents ARRL Antenna Book CD During Visit to Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba

February 15, 2018 07:56 PM -

W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

February 15, 2018 07:36 PM - ARRL -

W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

A staff of four control opera...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Presidents’ Day

February 15, 2018 04:32 PM -

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #08:

February 15, 2018 04:00 PM - eHam.net News - This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

February 15, 2018 03:59 PM - eHam.net News - Just Ahead In Radiosport:

'Awesome' Activity for The 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase:

February 15, 2018 03:59 PM - eHam.net News - "On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!" ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. "The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers.

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived:

February 15, 2018 03:59 PM - eHam.net News - Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful earlier this month in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa on their way back home. According to the latest ClubLog DXCC Most-Wanted List, Bouvet is the second most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.

ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award:

February 15, 2018 03:58 PM - eHam.net News - This week, ARRL announced a Mobile DXCC Operating Award, available to radio amateurs who have contacted at least 100 DXCC entities from a working vehicle, with antennas and power source capable of operating while in motion. ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, advised those pursuing the award to put safety first.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

February 15, 2018 03:58 PM - eHam.net News - "Vacuum Tubes" is the topic of the new (February 8) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

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