August 01, 2014
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- VE7BS, Bob Eldridge, has become a Silent Key. He passed away July 15th at Lion's Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, B.C. after a short stay. He was a member of the DX and Topband community. He was 93
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- This month, Panama celebrates its 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal and is operating as HO 100 CANAL until August 15
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Not going to the Lighthouse weekend but want to get into some radio action and help energise the VK4KG Memorial RAAF Museum station for the Remembrance Day Contest ?
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A family from Rayleigh in Essex are launching a brand new radio station. Rayleigh Community Radio will be serving Rayleigh and the surrounding areas, and commences operation today, Friday 1st August
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at Space Jam 8, Rantoul Airport and Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul, IL USA
August 01, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- At about 16:30 GMT on Friday, July 31, the solar powered B-64 party balloon launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER crossed the 1 degree West longitude line completing its circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere in just over 19 days
August 01, 2014 06:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
the Weekly 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.
July 31, 2014
July 31, 2014 11:32 PM - ARRL -- ARRL DXCC and Awards Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in a single-car accident on the afternoon of Thursday, July 3. Moore suffered a broken neck and other injuries and is paralyzed from the chest down. He is stable and recuperating at Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford.There is no timetable for his return to work at ARRL Headquarters. DXCC and awards questions that would nor...
July 31, 2014 08:35 PM - ARRL -- A simple party-style balloon carrying a 434 MHz solar-powered Amateur Radio transmitter is nearing the end of its trip around the Northern Hemisphere. Launched on July 12 from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, the so-called B-64 balloon is expected to complete its final transatlantic crossing over Cornwall in the UK on July 31 or August 1. It then is expected to continue east into Europe. So far the...
July 31, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Reflecting the afterglow of the ARRL National Centennial Convention that concluded a couple of days earlier, the ARRL Board of Directors commended and thanked the ARRL Headquarters staff and the National Centennial Convention volunteers for "their devotion and service, contributing to a truly memorable celebration of this unforgettable milestone in the life of the ARRL." The resolution, offered...
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On 6 August, after a decade-long journey through space, ESA's Rosetta will become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Burton upon Trent Amateur Radio Club operate GB2ALE, a special event call with a telling suffix, from the Brewery Museum on August 2/3
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Essex Amateur Radio Society will be operating two HF stations from the Bay Museum on Canvey Island, Essex, with the callsign GB2BM
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Poldhu Amateur Radio Club will be running the unique call sign GB100ZZ during the month of August. ZZ was the call sign used by Poldhu from the early-mid first decade of the 1900s
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Leo Bodnar, M0XER launched a homemade balloon with a 12g solar powered radio tracker on the 12th of July from near Silverstone in the UK
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 434 MHz solar powered party balloon B-64, launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER, is approaching the UK at the end of its record breaking journey around the world
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the heels of the 2014 Pacific Northwest DX Convention hosted by the Orca DX and Contest Club held in New Westminster BC this past week-end, the Radio Amateurs of Canada AGM took place on July 27th
July 31, 2014 07:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Yet another poor week, no reports from anyone and I only worked a couple of European PSK31 contacts. My excuse, I've been busy with kids and furniture
July 30, 2014
July 30, 2014 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Since 1920, members of the London Amateur Radio Club (LARC) have filled the airwaves with banter both about the hobby itself, and about emergency preparedness. On July 19, a handful of LARC members put their talents on display at the Blackfriars Bridge in London. The second annual Historical Bridges On The Air event linked hams from around the world, including LARC, who set up camp with temporary shelters, and amateur radios powered by generators and using home-built antennas. While the Historical Bridges event was a fun way for local hams to make contact with colleagues around the globe, it also served as a reminder that during an emergency when all else fails, ham radio provides a communications mode critical to survival. Case in point: in late July, in the Colorado wilderness where cell phone service remains non-existent, a ham radio operator who never goes hiking without his handheld radio stumbled across an injured hiker and radioed for help. The ham radio operator saved the hiker's life. "Some people may still think that amateur radio is an old, grey-haired, fossil hobby," said LARC member David Lambert, call sign VE3KGK. "But it's still an inexpensive, viable hobby. And we can help save lives."
July 30, 2014 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- GODFREY -- The Lewis and Clark HAM Radio Club has been a part of this area since 1984. This October, they are going to celebrate 30 years as an organization. Over those 30 years, the group has dedicated their time and talents to a hobby that can be used to help people in times of trouble as well as during community gatherings. Larry Roberts, whose call letters are W9MXC, said that HAM radio is a hobby with several facets. According to him, anyone with a basic interest in communications could find a place they would enjoy in the world of HAM radio. He described those who participate in the activity as genuinely nice people. "It's basically a hobby where race, color, creed and stature make no difference," Roberts said. "I could be talking to a dirt farmer in Texas or a Wall Street executive. I once spoke to King Hussein of Jordan." King Hussein is an avid HAM radio enthusiast, and, Roberts claimed, many other celebrities and public figures are as well. He said that placing a CQ call allows anyone from anywhere to respond. Roberts added that there was no way of knowing who may respond.
July 30, 2014 06:34 PM - eHam.net News -- MELAKA, July 29 (Bernama) -- Malaysia currently has 11,626 amateur radio ham operators who can offer help in emergencies or natural disasters. Head of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Southern Region, Roszeta Kassim, said that of the total, peninsular Malaysia had 9,919 operators, including 1,090 in Melaka and Johor. Sabah had 1,487 and Sarawak, 220, she said. Amateur radio is a scientific hobby that involves construction, study and communication through means of radio waves that brings together fellow enthusiasts who use a set of pre-determined and allowed radio frequencies. Roszeta said the amateur radio operators played an important role to help the authorities during emergencies and disasters. "For example, when Johor was hit by the big floods in 2007, a group of amateur radio operators offered assistance as the cellular network was disrupted," she told Bernama. She said Malaysians aged 14 and above were eligible to become amateur radio operators after passing an MCMC-conducted test for a fee of RM50.
July 30, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Experimental operators on 600/630 meters will conduct a special event operation October 31-November 2."This event marks the 106th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty that created the international distress frequency at 500 kHz," said ARRL 600 Meter Experimental Group Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR. "This will be a CW event."Raab said some stations will operate beacons on the experimental band, trans...
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dan Trudgian M0TGN has posted a video from the RSGB YOTA-UK event
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB's technical editor, Giles Read G1MFG, helped Steve Punt to investigate curious rumours surrounding the Baker Street bank robbery of 1971
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Sun Daily reports Malaysia currently has 11,626 amateur radio operators who can offer help in emergencies or natural disasters
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE has made a video of HF reception on his RTL-SDR Dongle using a NooElec HF to VHF upconvertor
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- TX Factor interviews Adam Hutchison MM0KFX about the Commonwealth Games special event amateur radio station GA14CG
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- 25 year-old Fatima Dyczynski, CEO, founder and project manager of Xoterra Space, was an Aerospace Engineer, thought leader, scientist, creative space enthusiast, motivated entrepreneur, public speaker, all world traveller and absolute futurist
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 14 the free electronic ATV magazine is now available
July 30, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Towards the end of July, the (Delta) Aquarid meteor is expected to peak offering skygazers the best chance to watch a meter shower this year
July 29, 2014
July 29, 2014 11:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The 400MHz spectrum review process held in 2010 identified a need for using part of the 70cm amateur band, on a temporary basis, for the orderly repacking of 400MHz commercial services. The ACMA have now advised that, as part of the ongoing 400MHz band plan review, it will be necessary to temporary move some commercial services into the 442.5 -444MHz and 446.5-448MHz segments of the 70cm band. Commercial services will be assigned on a secondary basis (i.e. equal status with the amateur service) and the reassignment will be required from August this year to the end of 2015.
July 29, 2014 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio volunteers in California's Tuolumne County assisted local emergency managers and the American Red Cross by supporting communication at a shelter in Groveland, set up in the wake of the El Portal Fire in Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service reported that the fire got its start in the community of El Portal on July 26, and evacuations were put into effect for Foresta an...
July 29, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL --
July 29, 2014 07:33 PM - ARRL -- When severe weather erupted in Southern New England on July 27 and 28, SKYWARN volunteers went on alert to help forecasters track conditions and, afterward, to assist authorities with assessing the damage. A super-cell storm system organized over northern Norfolk County, Massachusetts, on the morning of July 28 and raced through portions of northeastern Massachusetts, causing wind damage in sec...
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A JA team is planning to be active from Christmas Island (VK9X) and Cocos-Keeling Island (VK9C) sometime between late July and early August
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The VK3FI 473 kHz CW beacon at Mildura in far north-western Victoria is now off the air for the start of some antenna improvements
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tony Voorveld ZS6CCD will be delivering the keynote address entitled 'The Magic Lamps'
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following the advertisement of the position of Chair of the Spectrum Forum, the RSGB Board have appointed Murray Niman G6JYB to the position
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On July 28, 2014 contest committee have completed dispatching plaques and medals to the 2014 contest winners
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Kasimir, DL2SBY, will once again be active from Liechtenstein between September 13-20th
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- HR 4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, is a bill before the House of Representatives that would extend PRB-1 protection to private contracts like your Homeowner's Association rules, deed restrictions, 'CCandR's,' and stuff like that. Every ham supports that, right?
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last weekend saw the AMSAT-UK Colloquium take place and Jim Heck G3WGM and Ciaran Morgan M0XTD together gave a presentation on the FUNcube-1 mission
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Aberkenfig Radio Club in South Wales, will be celebrating their first birthday on the 23rd and 24th of August 2014 and they will be holding a radio weekend at Nash Point lighthouse in south Wales, and anyone is welcomed to come along
July 29, 2014 08:32 AM - ARRL -- There will be no editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News this Thursday and Friday, July 31 and August 1. The ARRL Letter will return on August 7, and ARRL Audio News will return on August 8.
July 28, 2014
July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- Hartford, Conn.--The "test range" was a plain-vanilla office
table inside the big exhibition hall. At the left end sat the PRC-150,
one of some 10,000 or so backpack HF radios carried by U.S. troops,
its whip antenna extended and ready for action. The other end was
occupied by an innovative new commercial radio with the look and feel
of a late-model amateur transceiver priced in the upper-middle range.
July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler. But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people. So when the power is out, many of its 6,500 Skywarn weather watchers in southern New England go the traditional route, using ham radio to file reports. "A lot of our reports do come from amateur radio," said weather service meteorologist Glenn Fields. "We do monitor Twitter and Facebook, so some spotters use that, as well as phone and Internet." Fields estimated that only about 650 of the trained severe weather spotters provide regular reports, but as many as a third of them use ham radios to file their reports. Ham radios are good because they are battery powered and it doesn't matter if the electricity goes out in a storm.
July 28, 2014 07:35 PM - eHam.net News -- CULLMAN -- The nearly-full parking lot at the Cullman Civic Center was filled with cars Saturday, many of which were sporting multiple two- and three-foot-long antennas. The vehicles belonged to attendees of the 2014 Cullman Hamfest, an annual event for amateur radio enthusiasts, several of whom had custom license plates on their cars with their radio IDs, or "call signs." Inside the center, some attendees wore caps and badges with their personal call signs. Close to 200 people milled about the tables displaying radio gadgets and accessories.
July 28, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The "test range" was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At one end sat a PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so back-pack HF radios carried by US soldiers, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. At the other end was an innovative commercial radio that had the look and feel of a late-model Amateur Radio. This odd pairing was Army MARS's high-tech contribution to the...
July 28, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- While best known for its efforts to aid voyagers on the high seas, the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) occasionally helps out in land-based emergencies too. That was the case recently when MMSN net control stations received distress calls regarding motor vehicle incidents in Nevada and Texas. On July 24, MMSN Net Control Station Ken Porter, AC0ML, was notified by HF mobile operator Georg...
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Fireballs detected this weekend by NASA meteor cameras signal the start of the annual Perseid meteor shower
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless links are often used to bridge two halves of a computer network together in situations where physical cables cannot be used.
Over the last weekend, members of North Humber Raynet and Yorkshire 4x4 Response have taken this idea one stage further, and have succeeded in joining together the two ends of one of the world's longest suspension bridges in aid of their local charity the Dove House Hospice
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Amateur radio club is born
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Shannon Basin Radio Club will once again be hosting the SSB Field Day on 6th and 7th September
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from the Inistioge Vintage Rally which takes place in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday 3rd of August
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- S7 E15 of the ICQPodcast - Programming with Chirp has been released
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'give youth a chance'
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Czech DXpedition team will be in Togo for 14 days, but will be active between September 25th and October 3rd
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for the special event station OE2WURZL14 (Boy Scout Club station of Club TeleScout) to be active between August 3-13th, from the international 'Camp of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Salzburg (PPÖ)' operating from the Gasteiner Valley (JN67NE)
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 163 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available
July 28, 2014 08:33 AM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW po...
July 28, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1300Z-1630Z, Aug 3
July 28, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0700Z-0830Z, Aug 3
July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler.
But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people.
July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014.
July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder.
Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable.
July 28, 2014 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Although they're not from outer space, the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment is definitely reaching out across the atmosphere to bring people closer together.
July 27, 2014
July 27, 2014 07:31 PM - eHam.net News -- In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver. Ham radio - once a derogatory, then later affectionate nickname for amateur radio - got its start at the beginning of the 20th century, when amateur radio lovers began tinkering with equipment to talk to each other. In many ways, it's the first social network - anyone with the right equipment can join, get a call sign, and start chatting. Kind of like an Internet chatroom, but without everyone asking "A/S/L?" all the time. While the technology is now mostly obsolete in the world of Internet connections and smartphones, there are still times when modern ham-operators can serve as essential communication channels, since ham-radios can be used without any major infrastructure.
July 27, 2014 07:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder. Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable. If McKean County Emergency Management director Bruce Manning has his way, he'll be able to turn to a group of amateur radio operators for help. They would be able to fill in the communication gap between emergency responders. On July 31, Manning is calling a meeting to revive an amateur radio group that has been dormant for about two years. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency office at 17175 U.S. Route 6 in Smethport. "It's another tool in the toolbox that you hope you never have to use," Manning said. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a well-known hobby, but it can also be also a major public service. They have the equipment needed, in case all other communication fails. In fact, operators can exchange information with others operators, rain or shine, from across the county or the world.
July 27, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...
July 27, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low levels. There is no major solar flaring threat
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) held an INTECNET on Tuesday 22 July to brief the SARL delegates on how to vote on the various agenda items
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The formal Ofcom notice regarding the use of the 144 MHz band during the Commonwealth Games is now available on the Ofcom site
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The prestigious 400th registration in this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend goes to the USA and the Lydia Inlet Lighthouse in Texas
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- With the recent announcement of the launch opportunity for the Fox-1C Cubesat, AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Since the 21st of July, the Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) have been busy hosting the Special Event Station GA14CG; Golf Alpha One Four Commonwealth Games, to celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
July 27, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the ESA 2014 Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, United Kingdom on Tuesday 29 July 2014
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 2 to 1800Z, Aug 3
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-2359Z, Aug 2
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Aug 2 to 2359Z, Aug 3
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2400Z, Aug 2
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1800Z, Aug 2 to 0559Z, Aug 3
July 27, 2014 07:33 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Seven Episode Fifteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss the joy of working and operating a special event station as GA214CG comes live and Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) reviews Programming with Chirp.
Thai hams get special permission for 6 metres
UK CubeSail Amateur / Ham Radio Satellite
Wirral Grammar School for Girls launch 434 MHz balloon
Top Ten finish for UK Team in WRTC
Spanish 5 MHz experimental period extended
Andorra joins 5MHz allocations
New Zealand Amateur / Ham radio Brass Monkey Contest
Communicate with 'walkie talkie' dongle
New Amateur / Ham radio Licences in Ireland
144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games
20th Commonwealth Games, Galsgow 2014 Special Event
July 27, 2014 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Hi folks, I have finally finished my book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR.
It is called "An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio".
July 26, 2014
July 26, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- AUSTIN, Texas -- Although they're not from outer space, the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment is definitely reaching out across the atmosphere to bring people closer together. Older military members may remember MARS, the Military Auxiliary Radio System, as a way to keep in touch with family while stationed in Vietnam, or other far-flung posts around the world. The concept was, and is, fairly simple - a volunteer "ham" radio operator, using a phone patch switching station, receives a request via high-frequency radio to connect someone to a standard phone line. Although "MARSgrams" saw peak use during the 1960s and 70s, the technology has weathered the ensuing decades well, and with the technology's relative simplicity, the MARS program is making a comeback. Since the basic infrastructure used, radio towers and phone lines, are already up and running, using MARS doesn't cost the military anything past purchasing switching stations and other high-frequency equipment. Recognizing how valuable this type of communication is during disasters, the Texas State Guard stood up a special MARS detachment in 2008. Prior to that, TXSG members supported other parts of the Texas Military Forces for short periods in low-risk areas using personal equipment.
July 26, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Two years ago, modern infrastructure came very close to a serious disruption. The culprit? One of the largest solar storms in recorded history. Plasma exploding from the surface of the sun in a coronal mass ejection barreled through space and crossed through Earth's orbital path on July 23, 2012. If the flare had erupted about one week earlier, Earth would have been squarely in the line of fire, Daniel N. Baker wrote in a study published in the journal Space Weather. (Baker is with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado).
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- QSO Today, a new interview style podcast for prospective, new, and returning hams, was launched today
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nasa is asking for help to get data back from its science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- FISTS CW Club in North America has reduced its dues for members aged 65-80 from $15 to $10
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 18th-July, through Friday, 25th-July there were 206 countries active
July 26, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/ KC5RNJ have received this prestigious designation from Canada's Governor General
July 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0230Z-0300Z, Aug 1
July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensable in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.
That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group.
July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Scientists are shedding new light on a massive solar storm that narrowly missed impacting Earth two years ago.
"If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a statement released by NASA this week.
July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up co-sponsors for The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 HR.4969. The measure, introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June, would call on the FCC to apply the reasonable accommodation three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.
July 26, 2014 02:31 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- THE Blaskets will be going on air later this month as a group of amateur radio operators spend a week operating from the islands.
Their aim is to participate in the Islands On the Air (IOTA) contest of July 26 and 27, which will see radio operators on islands large and small around the world bouncing signals to one another.