May 25, 2016

New ARRL Extra Class License Manual Available as Softcover, Spiral-Bound, or E-Book

May 25, 2016 04:03 PM - ARRL -- Achieve the highest level of Amateur Radio licenses. The new ARRL Extra Class License Manual (11th edition) is available in softcover, spiral-bound, or e-book versions. With the optional academic-style spiral-bound edition (ARRL Item 0550, ISBN: 978-1-62595-055-0, $32.95), the manual lies flat, making it more convenient for both students and instructors.The exam questions-and-answer key is buil...

Kosovo Z60A CQ WPX CW Participation a Dry Run for IARU HF Championship HQ Station Debut

May 25, 2016 02:54 PM - ARRL -- Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF, will be at the helm of the Kosovo Amateur Radio Association (SHRAK) station Z60A during the CQ WPX CW contest over the Memorial Day weekend. SHRAK is the newest International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society. The operation will be in preparation for SHRAK's debut as an official headquarters station for the IARU HF Championship July 9-10.SHRAK became an IARU memb...

Four New Section Managers to Take Office this Summer

May 25, 2016 02:01 PM - ARRL --

Summer passes Advanced exam at 15

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Summer McCormick has passed her Advanced uk exam at the age of 15

Radio hams keep people safe and informed

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- ABC 10 TV news report on the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association (HARA)

WX4NHC annual pre-hurricane season station test set for May 28

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Now in its 36th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May 28

LABRE - Liga de Amadores Brasilieros de Radio Emissão partners with RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory!

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- LABRE - Liga de Amadores Brasilieros de Radio Emissão and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 22 May, 2016. LABRE has now joined as the eleventh Member Society of RFinder

IC-7300 - The Inside Story at the W and S Open Day

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom will be attending the Waters and Stanton 26th Annual Open Day at their Hockley, Essex store on Saturday, 28th May. The event will be in aid of the British Wireless for the Blind

Advanced Distance Learning Course

May 25, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- For most people, distance learning is not as good as face-to-face training but these courses are ideal for anyone who cannot make it to traditional classroom events

WIA: US Technician Class Licence -- Reciprocal Arrangements:

May 25, 2016 07:52 AM - eHam.net News -- The ACMA is seeking comments about the reciprocal arrangements for the US Technician Class Licence. The knowledge requirements for the US Technician Class Licence have changed over the years, and is now considered to relate more closely to the Australian Foundation Licence.

Scientists One Step Closer to Improved Space Weather Forecast:

May 25, 2016 07:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Washington: A team of US researchers has discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind -- a finding that can improve forecasts about space weather. Although invisible to the naked eye, space weather can have serious, detrimental effects on modern technological infrastructure, including telecommunications, navigation and electrical power systems. The researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for the first time observed that regardless of the hemisphere or the season, the polar ionosphere is subject to a constant electrical current, produced by pressure changes in the solar wind. "It's a bit of a surprise because when you have a current, you usually expect a voltage relationship, where resistance and current are inversely related -- high resistance equals small current; low resistance equals large current," explained Robert Clauer, professor in Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "The finding is a new part of the physics that we need to understand and work with," he added. The space weather observations allow researchers to watch how the behaviour of the Sun and the solar wind -- an unbroken supersonic flow of charged particles from the sun -- changes over time and how the Earth's magnetic field responds to solar wind variations. The observations help build a detailed, reliable model of space weather. They hope that eventually, space weather forecasting will become as reliable as today's winter storm warnings.

The Shack Is Back:

May 25, 2016 07:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Back in February 2015, Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy. Many of us feared that we had lost a popular source of electronic products and parts. Well, in case you didn't get the memo, Radio Shack is alive and well as a new company. It did not come out of bankruptcy as is the usual case. Instead, Standard General, a New York hedge fund, bought the assets and brand and formed a new company under the ownership of General Wireless with the name Radio Shack. It retained about 1,700 of the original 4,000-plus stores. Roughly 1,400 of the 1,700 are co-branded with Sprint and the telecommunications giant will sell cell phones and subscriber plans on-site. Radio Shack is now a greatly scaled-down company and more focused on building a new business model around its stores and a greatly expanded online presence. It will continue to sell popular consumer electronics items, but also will take advantage of the growing DIY/Maker niche. Look for a growing number of Radio Shack smaller electronic kits in stores in the months to come. What they really need is a few signature larger kits to generate some significant buzz and dollars. Drones and robots come to mind, but that has been done. How about more radio products? Why not ham radio products, as this is a known and growing market? Besides, the former ham kit company Heathkit is not doing anything.

Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC Set for May 28:

May 25, 2016 01:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Now in its 36th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
in Miami, will conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May
28. The event, which gets under way at 1300 UTC and wraps up at 2100
UTC, is conducted each year in advance of hurricane season.

Hamvention Recap Tonight:

May 25, 2016 01:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Tune in tonight on Amateur Radio Roundtable
and see a recap of the Dayton Hamvention. The
show is every Tuesday night at 8 PMCT or
(0200 UTC Wed) on W5KUB.COM.

May 24, 2016

Hamvention 2016 Post-Show "Satisfaction Survey" Under Way

May 24, 2016 03:56 PM - ARRL -- Was Hamvention(r) 2016 a hit? The sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) and the various committees responsible for making Hamvention happen want to know. Hamvention has posted a post-show "Satisfaction Survey" to solicit comments and observations from those who attended this year's big show."Comments and observations are important in the continual effort to make improvements," DARA s...

UWE-3 Status Report

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- On May 21, 2016 the CubeSat UWE-3 celebrated 2.5 years in space without any significant failures

TransAtlantic VHF Digital Beacon Receiver Site

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- On 19 May 2016 antennas were erected and the VHF SDR turned on to inaugurate the VO1FN/b TransAtlantic VHF Digital Beacon Receiver Site

Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat video

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos has released a video of the Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat transmission from the International Space Station

Special Event Station PA100FDM

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is our pleasure to announce a special event station in the Nijmegen region (South-East Netherlands), celebrating the 100th edition of the famous and internationally well-known event Four Days Marches. The callsign for this event is PA100FDM

Ham radio 'like fishing'

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chicago Tribune reports on the art, the science and the continuing fascination behind ham radio usage

Break-In magazine available for download

May 24, 2016 09:49 AM - Southgate ARC -- The New Zealand national amateur radio society the NZART have made the PDF of their Jan/Feb 2016 Break-In magazine available for download

Radio Group Keeps People Safe and Informed:

May 24, 2016 08:02 AM - eHam.net News -- ISHPEMING -- It's not just a hobby, it's a new look on life. Safety and community involvement are just two of the satisfactions Ham Radio Operators feel as they maneuver the radio frequency spectrum. "We're basically a back-up system. The ARRL, which the American Radio Relay Leagues, motto is 'When all else fails, when everything else fails, we're there," said Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club President Lou Gimbolis. "And we can communicate anywhere in the world." Of the 800,000 licensed ham radio operators in the nation, 1,500 of them can be found spread throughout the Upper Peninsula. The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association, or HARA, has 120 paid members, making them the largest club in the U.P. and runs the frequencies for Marquette County. HARA provides communication to widely-enjoyed events like the UP-200, Fourth of July parade, and ski races. In the past few years, HARA has been awarded two grants by the Marquette Community Foundation.

Hams Throng Dayton for 2016 Hamvention:

May 24, 2016 08:02 AM - eHam.net News -- The 65th annual Dayton "Hamvention" officially got underway in Dayton, Ohio, Friday morning with crowds of radio amateurs streaming in from virtually every point of the compass to check out the latest in ham radio equipment, look for a vintage "rig" or replacement parts for one in the vast flea market, take in the numerous ham radio-related presentations offered, or to socialize and engage in "eyeball QSOs" (speaking to each other in person rather than via radio). Despite rain on Saturday, the hams were very good at "keeping the show going" and were ready with tents, tarps and foul weather gear, with some wet feet about the only casualties of the storm.

May 23, 2016

Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC Set for May 28

May 23, 2016 07:57 PM - ARRL -- Now in its 36th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May 28. The event, which gets under way at 1400 UTC and wraps up at 2200 UTC, is conducted each year in advance of hurricane season."The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas and computers prior to this year's Hurricane Season, ...

School Hoping Reboot will Bring STMSat-1 to Life

May 23, 2016 02:51 PM - ARRL -- It's been a week since the St Thomas More Cathedral School's STMSat-1 CubeSat was deployed from the International Space Station, and the spacecraft has yet to phone home. Students and faculty and the Washington, DC-area grade school now are pinning their hopes on a reboot signal that will be sent to the satellite sometime soon."As with any satellite, you have to be able to communicate to kill i...

Dayton Hamvention 2016, Day 3: Sunshine and Served Agencies

May 23, 2016 12:52 PM - ARRL -- Day 3 of Hamvention is finished, and with it the 2016 Dayton Hamvention has ended. The sun was shining all day, allowing hams to explore the flea market and make any last-minute purchases.Traffic slowed down in the ARRL EXPO and the ARRL Store after days of long lines. In Hara Arena, vendors gradually packed up their displays and carefully took down antennas. At the Amateur Radio Disaster and E...

Hamming It Up on the Radio Not a Lost Art:

May 23, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Anyone can use a cellphone to chat with someone else in the country or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. And anyone can use the Internet for the same purpose. However, not everyone can use an amateur radio -- better known as a "ham" radio -- to pull off such a feat. This can still involve several factors, such as location of the sun, sun-spot flare-ups, bandwidth openings, severe weather, satellite positions, ionization levels, the time of day, and the propagation of atmospheric levels, among other things. This is the art, the science and the continuing fascination behind ham radio usage.

In Times of Disasters, Amateur Radio Operators Step Up to the Plate:

May 23, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The World Trade Center attack in 2001, the Northeast Blackout in 2003 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 -- notable disasters where ham radio operators provided a crucial link for rescuers and survivors to the outside world. For the first time, the Surprise Citizen Corps Council is sponsoring weekly classes to train residents to become a licensed operator. Citizen Corps was launched in the nation following the 9-11 terrorist attacks as an effort to coordinate volunteer activities to help make communities safer, stronger and better prepared in an emergency. "This is great for the community," Surprise Fire Capt. Renee Hamblin said of the course. "Because it's not if but when something big happens and we will lose our communication and this is the only sure perfect way to communicate without electricity and generators. As long as we got repeaters to pop off with this will work around the world."

Web Makes It Easy to Revisit the Golden Age of Radio:

May 23, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Barrie Craig's a real smart-ass. The guy, a private detective, drives me crazy with the way he talks, the language he uses and the crowd he runs with.Matt Cvetic isn't like that at all; he's an undercover agent. He never calls attention to himself.I've never met either of them, but I know them well. They're both old-time radio characters who pop up on such sites as 1610 AM, a website that originally started broadcasting out of Everett about six years ago before its creator, Paul Erickson, moved it to a virtual server at a data center in Los Angeles. Erickson, of Everett, is a classical guitarist who finds time to handle information technology duties for the Everett Housing Authority. His dive into the world of old-time radio came at the request of his wife, JoAnne, who wanted to listen to old shows while going through treatment for cancer in 2010."He knew I was going to have down time. He and I talked about that," JoAnne said. "I remember radio. I was alive when radio was going strong. There's something magical about it."Paul went about acquiring a couple thousand old radio shows. With his ham radio experience, he cobbled together a simple way to listen to them on a radio. He bought a used transmitter on eBay. All the shows were MP3s that he streamed into the 100 milliwatt transmitter. The signal was injected into the neutral wire of the electrical system in the house, "basically to get it to play on the little radio in the house," for JoAnne, Paul said.Hence the AM name of the station. Paul used power lines to send out the signal a little farther than 400 square feet. "I could go about a block or two away ... it was about as good as it would do."I think it was 2011 when I brought it to the web."

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

May 23, 2016 02:52 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. May 25, 2016.

May 22, 2016

Integrating Amateur Radio into Engineering Classes is International Microwave Symposium Topic

May 22, 2016 03:59 PM - ARRL -- Using Amateur Radio to enhance engineering education will be the discussion topic during a May 24 session at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), taking place this week in San Francisco. For the fourth consecutive year, the ARRL will be represented at the IMS. This year's theme is, "Connecting minds, exchanging ideas." The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society sponsors the c...

Using Amateur Radio to enhance engineering education

May 22, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio will be discussed at the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium (IMS) taking place May 22-27, 2016 in San Francisco

REP - Rede dos Emissores Portugueses partners with RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory!

May 22, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- REP - Rede dos Emissores Portugueses and RFinder are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement effective 15 May, 2016. REP has now joined as the tenth Member Society of RFinder

MT0IXD DXpedition video

May 22, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Billy McFarland GM0OBX has made available a video of the DX-Interceptors MT0IXD Dxpedition to the Isle of Man, May 2016

2016 IARU HF World Championship Contest

May 22, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2016 IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200

Portuguese Navy Day Contest, Digital

May 22, 2016 07:55 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0800Z-2359Z, May 28

CQ WW WPX Contest, CW

May 22, 2016 07:55 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, May 28 to 2359Z, May 29

Kids in Space: Melbourne Primary School Puts an Astronaut In the Hot Seat:

May 22, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- There is a famous scene from The Right Stuff, the movie about the first astronauts, where the entire world sits on the edge of its seat, waiting for word from John Glenn on his overheated re-entry to Earth, NASA control calling to him, time and again. Everybody waiting. Such a scene played out on Friday night at Essex Heights Primary School in Mount Waverley. About 300 parents and children were hunched forward in the school hall, as a amateur radio operator in Queensland attempted to provide a hook-up between the International Space Station and 11 young students who were waiting to ask question of Flight Engineer Jeff Williams. "Calling MA 1SS, MA 1SS ... this is five Zulu ... copy here." After a couple of callouts, there came the same burst of static that in 1960s television news reports delivered a novel thrill to a world-wide audience whose mind was blown at the very idea that this rather ugly sound was coming down from space. The world soon became jaded - but here there was some of that old-time excitement and emotion. Soon enough, Jeff Williams -- who has spent more than a year in space over three missions, including a 2000 Shuttle mission to do construction work on the space station -- could be heard, like a ghost under water. And the questions began.

Dayton Hamvention 2016, Day 2: Awards, Remembrance, and Intermittent Rain

May 22, 2016 04:49 AM - ARRL --

May 21, 2016

TX Factor GB2RS News Podcast

May 21, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- All the very latest Amateur Radio news is now available via the TX Factor GB2RS weekly podcast

New Icom UK Video: 'Reviewing the IC-7300'

May 21, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following on from their initial 'Introduction to the Icom IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver' video, Icom UK have put together a more in-depth, video called 'Reviewing the IC-7300'

Propagation Studies Minutes

May 21, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The minutes of the meeting of the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee held in Leicester on Saturday, April 30, 2016 have been released

Pico balloon to send greeting message

May 21, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The small party-type solar powered PS-65 balloon is due to be floating at high altitudes, but this time the tracking data is to include a special greeting message for the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) annual general meeting activities

No signal yet from STMSat-1

May 21, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Pupils at at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, have begun tracking the orbit of STMSat-1, the 1U CubeSat they built and which was deployed on May 16 from the International Space Station

Hamvention Takes Over Hara Arena:

May 21, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- TROTWOOD (WRGT) -- Hamvention is hitting Hara Arena with the voices of thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts. They communicate all over the world on Ham frequencies. Some people do it for pleasure while others do it for public safety. People use Hamvention as a social networking event and a way to meet other amateur radio lovers. They exchange radio IDs and communicate with each other long after the weekend convention is over. FOX 45 talked with one man who says he has been speaking with a person from New Zealand ever since they met over radio. Now their children are pen pals. The technology of amateur radio communication has come a long way from the "two cups and a string" people remember playing with as a kid. One Miami Valley company is working to keep people connected even if the internet goes dark and all other communications go down.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

May 21, 2016 06:55 AM - eHam.net News -- Average daily solar flux and sunspot numbers rose over the past
week. The average daily sunspot number rose 5 points to 64.1 while
average daily solar flux was up 11.6 points to 100.4. Geomagnetic
indices were quieter, with average planetary A index decreasing from
22.6 to 9.9 and average mid-latitude A index dropping from 14.6 to
10.9.

Dayton Hamvention 2016, Day 1: Meet and Greets, Cautious Optimism on Parity Act, and Late-day Rain

May 21, 2016 03:52 AM - ARRL --

May 20, 2016

CQ Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:

May 20, 2016 08:56 PM - eHam.net News -- (Dayton, OH - May 20, 2016) -- CQ magazine today announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, including only the second non-amateurs elected to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, two new inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame and 21 new members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Elementary Schoolers Tracking STMSat-1 While Awaiting 70 Centimeter Signal

May 20, 2016 06:58 PM - ARRL -- Pupils at at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, have begun tracking the orbit of STMSat-1, the 1U CubeSat they built and which was deployed on May 16 from the International Space Station. It is object 41476. After being place in orbit, the CubeSat had continued roughly in the same orbit as the ISS and of other satellites deployed on May 16. Emily Laura at St Thomas Mo...

Radio Club of America Debuts Updated Website

May 20, 2016 04:57 PM - ARRL -- The Radio Club of America Inc (RCA) has debuted a revamped website. It includes resources unique to RCA and its rich history, while maintaining a focus on items of current and future use. The new website includes an archive of Technical Symposium slides and videos of the 2015 presentations, an updated publications archive, offering instant access to RCA's technical journal The Proceedings and q...

CQ Announces its 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

May 20, 2016 04:57 PM - ARRL -- CQ magazine has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. The list includes the election of non-amateurs to the CQ DX Hall of Fame for only the second time. There are two new inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and 21 newcomers to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.CQ Amateur Radio Hall of FameThe CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals, licensed or not, who have made significant...

Arrrr, Mateys! Pirates Abound:

May 20, 2016 04:57 PM - ARRL -- Ahoy! Ever-persistent Hassan the Pirate from Baghdad, Iraq, continues to plague the Amateur Radio bands. According to The Daily DX, this individual has been pirating and bootlegging multiple call signs for several years. He's been heard bootlegging YI1HR, YI1H, YI1HRP, and YI1HI, and pirating the call signs YI1BGD, YI1IRQ, YI1DZ, and, most recently TA7/YI1RZ.Telecommunication enforcement in Ira...

Arrrr, Mateys! Pirates Abound:

May 20, 2016 04:57 PM - ARRL -- Ahoy! Ever-persistent Hassan the Pirate from Baghdad, Iraq, continues to plague the Amateur Radio bands. According to The Daily DX, this individual has been pirating and bootlegging multiple call signs for several years. He's been heard bootlegging YI1HR, YI1H, YI1HRP, and YI1HI, and pirating the call signs YI1BGD, YI1IRQ, YI1DZ, and, most recently TA7/YI1RZ.Telecommunication enforcement in Ira...

The K7RA Solar Update

May 20, 2016 01:59 PM - ARRL -- Average daily solar flux and sunspot numbers rose over the past week. The average daily sunspot number rose 5 points to 64.1 while average daily solar flux was up 11.6 points to 100.4. Geomagnetic indices were quieter, with average planetary A index decreasing from 22.6 to 9.9 and average mid-latitude A index dropping from 14.6 to 10.9.USAF and NOAA predict solar flux at 100 on May 20-24, 95 on...

Radio hams prepare for hurricane season

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- With hurricane season only a few weeks away, radio amateurs in Florida are participating in statewide tests

Educator, ARRL Field Organization veteran, author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z (SK)

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Past Connecticut ARRL Section Communications Manager (SCM - now SM), veteran Field Organization volunteer, and author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, died on May 17. He was 67

ISS SSTV video

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- John Brier KG4AKV has released a video showing both his failure and success in receiving Slow Scan Television (SSTV) from the International Space Station

Frequency tv series trailer

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The CW Television Network has released a trailer for their upcoming TV series Frequency staring Peyton List

First UK astronaut 25th anniversary

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- On May 20, 1991 Britain's first astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR arrived on the Mir Space Station

EURAO at CEPT/ECC Meeting

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Next week, May 23-27, 2016, in Helsinki (Finland), EURAO will participate in the meeting of WGFM ( Working Group Frequency Management) of CEPT / ECC, where several issues on amateur radio will be addressed

CQ announces 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

May 20, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ magazine today announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, including only the second non-amateurs elected to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, two new inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame and 21 new members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

Statewide Tests Underway for Ham Radios as Hurricane Season Nears:

May 20, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- With hurricane season only a few weeks away, statewide test are occurring for ham radios. Operators emphasize the importance of the tests, noting that when the power and internet go out, ham radios are a dependable source of communication. "It's basically resource allocation. Let's say there are 5,000 people at the shelter in Palm Beach, and we need to get them food, we need to get them water, the roads are out on I-95, people can't travel the roads," said ham radio operator Barry Porter.

How Will 'Frequency' the TV Show Be Different from the Movie?

May 20, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- If there's one television trend that seems here to stay, it's adapting TV shows from popular movies. We've already seen it with CBS' Limitless, A&E's Bates Motel and SyFy's 12 Monkeys, and now The CW is also getting in on the game: The CW just released a "first look" preview for Frequency, a new series based on the 2000 Dennis Quaid movie of the same name. The sci-fi flick is a twist on a classic time travel story: a man named John discovers that he can communicate with his late father Frank across time via a ham radio, and in doing so, alter the past and present. John is able to save his father -- a firefighter -- from dying on the job, which creates a new timeline with its own series of problems. So how will the Frequency TV show be different from the film? Bustle spoke to star Riley Smith at The CW Upfronts about how the series will diverge from the original film.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2012, May 20, 2016:

May 20, 2016 07:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. One of SATERN's founders becomes a Silent Key. A veteran ham's Dayton Dreams. National Parks on the Air from down under ... the bridge! And a sad goodbye to a tireless promoter of amateur radio. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2012 coming your way right now.

Educator, ARRL Field Organization Veteran, Author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z (SK):

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Past Connecticut ARRL Section Communications Manager (SCM - now SM),
veteran Field Organization volunteer, and author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, of
Wesley Chapel, Florida, died on May 17. He was 67. An ARRL Life
Member, Kemp served as Connecticut SCM for 6 years in the late 1970s
and early 1980s. Over the years he also had filled several other
ARRL Field Organization roles in Connecticut and in West Central
Florida, including Assistant SM (1992 to 2004 and 2008 to 2015);
Public Information Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinator,
Emergency Coordinator, and Official Observer. For many years, he was
an Assistant Director for New England Division Director Tom Frenaye,
K1KI.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #4:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL CEO Taking Open Door to Dayton, League Leadership Available for Input:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said he's looking forward to hearing in
person from ARRL members when he makes his inaugural appearance at
Hamvention, May 20-22. Gallagher, who
succeeded David Sumner, K1ZZ, as CEO in April, not only will be at
Dayton for the first time on behalf of the ARRL, but for his first time
ever.

Experience Hamvention Remotely -- It's the Next Best Thing to Being There:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Those not going to Hamvention May 20-22
still can get the flavor of things -- if not the smells of whatever's
cooking out in the flea market -- by checking out some of the webcasts
that will emanate from Hara Arena during the big show.

New LED Prize Numbers Display to Debut at Hamvention 2016:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The Sunday afternoon Grand Prize drawing at Hamvention 2016 will feature a bright new LED display
that will present winning ticket numbers as they are drawn.

Hamvention Offers ARISS Challenge Coins to Spotlight ARISS Fundraising:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Hamvention is teaming up with the Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program and will offer a set of ARISS Challenge Coins as a door prize
this year, Prize Committee Chair Tom Holmes, N8ZM, said.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- "Hunting Down Interference" is the topic of the new (May 19) episode of
the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.

National Parks On the Air Update:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) is only possible because of dedicated Activators. Activators
are the ones who take their gear and transmit from NPS units around the
country. More than 800 Activators have made nearly 5500 Activations
around the country.

Maritime Mobile Service Network Responds to Mayday from Stranded Vessel:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The crew of a sailing vessel that foundered on a reef in the South
Pacific in early May was rescued in good shape, thanks in part to the
alert ear of Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) member Russell Taylor, AI6GV, of San Marcos,
California. On May 3, Taylor monitored a "Mayday" call on 14.300 MHz
from the Alaska-based Morning Dove, at the time some 200 miles
northeast of French Polynesia. The vessel's captain, Bruce Moroney,
KL3RK, reported that his 46-foot ketch had become stuck on a reef and
was unable to move. The crew transmitted the Mayday distress call after
the vessel began taking on water.

Student-Built STMSat-1 May Start Transmitting SSTV Images Soon:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The STMSat-1 built by students
at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, silent
since it was deployed from the International Space Station, will start
transmitting when its orbit is stable, the transmitter has power, and
its antennas are deployed, according to a tweet from the school this
week. Satellite enthusiasts around the globe have been listening for
the little spacecraft to come to life since its deployment.

AMSAT'S FOX-1B CubeSat Gets January 2017 Launch Date:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT has announced that its Fox-1B (RadFxSat -- Radiation Effects
Satellite) CubeSat is set for a January 20, 2017, launch. Fox-1B will
carry a Vanderbilt University Institute for Space and Defense
Electronics radiation experiment, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering,
Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said.

IARU Assumes Custody of Ethics, Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has
become the custodian of the operating standards guide Ethics and
Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur.

IARU Region 2 Calls for Emergency Communications Papers, Presentations:

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) will hold an Emergency Communications
Workshop in Chile this fall, in conjunction with the 19th IARU Region 2 General
Assembly.

Hollywood Producer, ARRL Patron Dave Bell, W6AQ, (SK):

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Award-winning Hollywood producer and ARRL benefactor Dave Bell, W6AQ,
of Encinitas, California, died on May 13. He was 84 and had been a
radio amateur for 65 years.

SATERN Founder Pat McPherson, WW9E, (SK):

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) Founder and past National Director Maj
Patrick E. "Pat" McPherson, WW9E, of Coloma, Michigan, died May 14. He
was 70. After serving as SATERN Director for more than 23 years,
McPherson stepped down 5 years ago, although he reassumed the role in
2014-2015 on an interim basis.

In Brief...

May 20, 2016 01:51 AM - eHam.net News -- New Date for "ARRL Understanding Local MOUs" Webinar: The date has
changed for an ARRL Headquarters webinar training session on local,
section, and state level Memorandums of Understanding for ARES. The
training webinar, aimed at for ARES Emergency Coordinators, District
Emergency Coordinators and Section Emergency Coordinators, now will
take place on Wednesday, May 25, at 2400 UTC.

May 19, 2016

Countdown to Dayton: T-minus 1 Day Until Hamvention

May 19, 2016 09:55 PM - ARRL -- Inside the Hara Arena complex, in the portion of Ball Arena devoted to the ARRL Expo, gold curtains are hung and tugged into place by the setup team. Banners are dusted off, backdrops are ironed, and tables are meticulously organized.The steady beep of a forklift breaks through the hum of chatter echoing through the room. The smell of pizza hangs heavy in the air as setup crews finish smoothing...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

May 19, 2016 01:02 PM - ARRL --

Broadcast TV DXing

May 19, 2016 08:52 AM - Southgate ARC -- Motherboard reports on the hobbyists obsessed with picking up TV signals from thousands of miles away

Probable UKHASnet launch May 21/22

May 19, 2016 08:52 AM - Southgate ARC -- James Coxon M6JCX reports he is hoping to launch a UKHASnet node from East Anglia this weekend

Ham radio emergency comms in Wichita

May 19, 2016 08:52 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times Record News reports Wichita County officials and radio amateurs hash out rules for emergency situations

Campaign demands telecoms unlock the FM radio found in many smartphones

May 19, 2016 08:52 AM - Southgate ARC -- Your smartphone may include an FM radio chip but, chances are, it doesn't work. Now, an online campaign has launched in Canada, putting pressure on telecoms and manufacturers to turn on the radio hidden in many cellphones

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

May 19, 2016 08:52 AM - Southgate ARC -- A very poor week to start with, but improving from Thursday onward. I even managed to get into the spotters list

May 18, 2016

Educator, ARRL Field Organization Veteran, Author Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, SK

May 18, 2016 08:01 PM - ARRL --

County, Ham Radio Operators Hash Out Rules for Emergency Situations:

May 18, 2016 06:55 PM - eHam.net News -- (TNS) - Wichita County officials met with local members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Texas Amateur Radio Emergency Service (TARES) to hash out some regulations about control of radio networks during emergency weather situations. County Judge Woody Gossom said ARRL regional members decided to realign the system to have SKYWARN be the parent network of a controlled network rather than a closed one. Local ARRL member Charlie Byars said in a previous article that a repeater is normally open to all ham radios, but is closed to unauthorized users during severe weather events. He explained that they would take a emergency report, such as a tornado sighting, and refer the information to the National Weather Service. The issue arose earlier this spring when a HAM operator who was not a member of the group tried to talk on its repeater during a severe weather event. In April, Matthew Morris, section emergency coordinator for the ARRL North Texas area, set into policy that local ARES cannot prohibit participation of any license ARES user in the network.

High School Students Call Around the World via Amateur Radio Club:

May 18, 2016 06:55 PM - eHam.net News -- The high schoolers stand in a cluster around a desk in the classroom, listening to the crunching waves of static as the operator turns a dial on the radio, searching for a clear signal. "If they sound like Donald Duck, then you're a little off frequency," said club adviser Bob Lightner. Students at the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School are using radio waves to reach out to people across the world. Under the call sign K4WTL, club members have already spoken to operators in several different countries. The students have plans to build and launch their own satellites and even contact the International Space Station. Led by Lightner, a substitute teacher and ham radio enthusiast, the HAM Radio Club meets in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Academy at the school in east Gainesville. While the official meeting takes place on the second Wednesday of the month, Lightner comes every Wednesday to operate the station with students, unless he's substituting. Ham radio is an older technology still in use today, said club president Caleb Lowe.

Student-Built STMSat-1 Not Yet Ready to Start Transmitting SSTV Images

May 18, 2016 06:55 PM - ARRL -- The STMSat-1 CubeSat built by students at St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia, silent since it was deployed from the International Space Station, will begin transmitting when its orbit is stable, the transmitter has power, and its antennas are deployed, according to a May 18 tweet. Satellite enthusiasts around the globe have been listening as the little spacecraft's orb...

RAC to Induct Larry Price, W4RA, as Honorary Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame Member

May 18, 2016 05:13 PM - ARRL -- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) will induct ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, as an Honorary Member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21, at Dayton Hamvention(r). The 10:30 AM induction ceremony will take place at the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) booth in the ARRL EXPO area of Ball Arena.The appointment recognizes Pric...

QCWA Issues Invitation to Eyeball QSO Party During Hamvention

May 18, 2016 05:13 PM - ARRL --

Experience Hamvention(r) Remotely - It's the Next Best Thing to Being There

May 18, 2016 05:13 PM - ARRL --

DX Engineering Announces New Acquisitions

May 18, 2016 05:13 PM - ARRL -- DX Engineering has announced two new acquisitions. It has acquired exclusive rights to Clifton Laboratories' ham radio product line, and it has purchased TW Antennas.Clifton Laboratories manufactured preamplifiers and filters, which DX Engineering will now produce. DX Engineering said that part numbers and design specifications will remain the same. The company will manufacture more than a doze...

Norfolk Island DXpedition to Coincide with WIA General Meeting

May 18, 2016 03:54 PM - ARRL --

New Date for ARRL Understanding Local MOUs Webinar

May 18, 2016 02:52 PM - ARRL -- The date has changed for an ARRL Headquarters webinar training session on local, section, and state level Memorandums of Understanding for ARES. The training webinar, aimed at for ARES Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators and Section Emergency Coordinators, now will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at 2400 UTC.Register for the webinar here. The webinar will be recorded and ma...

Radio hams help in emergency

May 18, 2016 08:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Richfield Reaper reports Keith Cartwright N7XUO used amateur radio to help in an Uintah County emergency

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