May 06, 2015

X2-class solar flare causes radio blackout

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Emerging sunspot AR2339 unleashed an intense X2-class solar flare on May 5th at approximately 22:11 UT

TX Factor Episode 8

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- At last! You've been very patient, the time is approaching, the wait is nearly over - in just a few days' time the nation will decide!
No, not the result of the General Election... but the launch of episode 8 of TX Factor!

Radio and the Smartphone revolution

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times newspaper quotes the Controller of BBC Radio 1 as saying 'The era of studios, transmitters and radio sets is about to go [into the past] for young audiences'

New SA 2m beacon

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Trevor Brinch, ZS1TR, has indicated that he is prepared to run a 2 metre beacon from his QTH at L'Agulhas within the next few months

Marshall Islands DXpedition

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Rolf, DL7VEE, T30 Team Leader, reports: After the T30D in 2014, our group has decided to go to Majuro, Marshall Islands (OC-029), in October 13-28th, 2015

IRTS Contest Rules

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The rules for Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) contests have been updated

Icom America to provide webcast of Youth Forum event at Dayton Hamvention

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Icom America is broadcasting the 2015 Youth Forum at Dayton Hamvention. Special guests, including American Astronaut Michael Fincke KE5AIT, will also be in attendance

How to build a 10 meter dipole

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE explains how to make a dipole antenna for the 28 MHz band

Former WWI listening post that played a crucial role in Battle of Jutland goes on the market for £575,000

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A former First World War listening post which played a major role in the Battle of Jutland has gone on the market for £575,000 after it was converted into a five-bedroomed house

Double ARISS contact for schools in Italy

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale Enrico Fermi, Lucca, Italy and Universita degli Studi di Firenze - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

A licence for 144 and Above

May 06, 2015 07:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Should the UK have an amateur radio licence permitting low-power experimental use of VHF, UHF and Microwave bands ?

May 05, 2015

ARISS "Ham Video" Ground Station Tests Under Way

May 05, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) "Ham Video" digital transmitter has been conducting tests since May 1 in order to check reception of the signal by a network of ground stations in Europe. ARISS-EU Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, said the test transmissions will continue for as long as ISS on board operations permit. Ham TV has been sending a blank transmission signal...

Amateur Radio Continues to Provide Reliable Post-Quake Communication in Nepal

May 05, 2015 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio has continued to provide reliable communication in the aftermath of the devastating April 25 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck an area in and around the capital of Kathmandu. The disaster has so far claimed more than 7300 lives.Amateur Radio's role has been to provide communication for responders working in more remote regions as well as to help in locating missing people. It a...

Whistler Recalls Jump&Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply Units Due to Fire Hazard

May 05, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that Whistler is recalling its "Jump&Go" Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply units, due to a potential fire hazard. Some ARES/RACES participants use these units as a handy, portable 12 V source. The recall involves more than 10,000 of the pocket-sized devices, manufactured in China. According to the CPSC, the unit's lithium battery ...

This Mother's Day, Support ARRL by Shopping at AmazonSmile

May 05, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10. If you're looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc (ARRL) as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you already know, with the same products, prices and service. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend ...

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

May 05, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- This month's QuickStats poll has been posted! Check the QuickStats page at www.arrl.org/quickstats and answer these questions . . .• Do you plan to participate in the ARRL UHF Contest, August 1 and 2?• Have you ever received an SSTV image from the International Space Station?• Have you ever delivered a National Traffic System Radiogram to a non-ham?• Have you ever used the AllStar Link network?...

Nayif-1 CubeSat to Have FUNcube Transponder

May 05, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have announced that a FUNcubecommunication package has been selected as a major payload for the Nayif-1 CubeSat mission. FUNcube-1 (AO-73) carries an inverting U/V SSB/CW transponder.The Nayif-1 mission, tentatively set to launch toward the end of 2015, is intended to provide students in the United Arab Emirates with a tool to design and test systems in space. The CubeSat ...

Friedrichshafen's "Ham Radio" Marks 40 Years in June with Space Theme

May 05, 2015 02:34 PM - ARRL --

Youngest radio ham in Gujarat state

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- In 2012 St. Paul's school student Sakshi Vagadia spoke to astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB in an ARISS school contact. Now, at 15, she has received her amateur radio licence VU3EXP

Taking a close look at shortwave broadcasting in the 2015 'A' season

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sean Gilbert, International Editor at the World Radio TV Handbook, has taken another close look at international broadcasting statistics; this time, for the A15 season

QSO Today EP40 Joe Moells K0OV

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Joe Moell, K0OV, discovered his love for amateur radio transmitter hunting as an 11 year old Novice in the 1950s

Is ham radio still a gateway to electrical engineering ?

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dan Romanchik KB6NU was licensed in 1971, he says when he was a kid he learnt electronics by getting an amateur radio license. It was his gateway into electrical engineering

Ham radios help distress families reunite

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times of India describes the role played by radio amateurs in helping reunite families in earthquake stricken Nepal

GX0MWT on-air for RMS Lusitania centenary

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be operating GX0MWT on Thursday, May 7, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania

Disaster Communication Group calls for release of radio gear

May 05, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) has called on the Amateur Radio community to urge the government of Nepal to release radio equipment being held up in customs, so that it can be used to support the earthquake relief and recovery effort

Ham Radios Help Distress Families Reunite:

May 05, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- NEW DELHI: Ham radios or amateur radios, as they are popularly known as, are trying to help distress families reunite with their members in quake-hit Nepal. Messages like "Save our lives and Can you find my children" -- have flooded ham radio operators in disaster-hit Himalayan nation. The amateur radios rushed to the ravaged Nepal to soon bridge the communication gap and assist people reunite with their family members. Soon this mode became an important lifeline of communication in the disaster-affected areas where telecommunication networks were extensively damaged during the quake. Sometimes, mobile towers cannot take the required load and satphones are not enough or reachable to the victims. These Ham communications are not restricted to few kilometres, these travel to thousands of kilometres through ionosphere. Radio amateurs use a variety of voice, text, image and data communication modes and have access to frequency allocations throughout the radio frequency spectrum to enable communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space.

QSO Today EP 40 Joe Moells K0OV:

May 05, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Joe Moell, K0OV, discovered his love for
amateur radio transmitter hunting as an 11
year old Novice in the 1950s. This passion
for the hunt has led Joe to become the
leading expert in transmitter hunting of
all kinds including popularizing the
European "fox hunt", or on foot direction
finding contests in the USA. He is an
author of over 200 articles on "T
hunting", and is Eric's guest on QSO
Today.

May 04, 2015

ARRL Wants FCC to "Do More Than Talk the Talk" in Millimeter Band Proceeding

May 04, 2015 09:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL has challenged the FCC to "do more than talk the talk" with respect to an FCC proceeding now under way to accommodate vehicular radar applications on spectrum in 76-81 GHz range. In reply comments filed on April 20, the League rebutted assertions from some commenters, and contended that Amateur Radio and short-range vehicular radar, as proposed by Bosch LLC, are compatible at 77-81 GHz...

ARRL to Offer Personalized ARRL Begali Paddle

May 04, 2015 04:33 PM - ARRL --

American-Nepali Disaster Communication Group Calls for Release of Needed Radio Gear

May 04, 2015 02:33 PM - ARRL -- The Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) has called on the Amateur Radio community to urge the government of Nepal to release radio equipment being held up in customs, so that it can be used to support the earthquake relief and recovery effort. CAN-USA held a news conference May 1 in Santa Clara, California, to publicize its role in providing disaster communication in Nepal as well as to...

New 2 Meter Transatlantic Propagation Beacon On the Air from Ireland

May 04, 2015 01:31 PM - ARRL -- A new 2 meter beacon that automatically listens for and logs responses is on the air from County Cork in Ireland.Operated on behalf of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) by Tony Baldwin, EI8JK, EI2DKH/b transmits JT65B on 144.488 MHz with a CW identification on every even minute. The station listens for responses on 144.155 MHz on every odd minute. Any call signs received are posted da...

Sri Lankan 6m beacon back on air

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Sri Lankan 6m beacon 4S7B/B is back on the air

SARC Communicator

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The May issue of the SARC Communicator is now available

NZ to phase-out 25 kHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) channels

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On 1 November 2015, all 25 kHz LMR licences operating in frequencies below 470 MHz (E, C and D bands) will be revoked (except for licences used for SCADA and Data services in C and D band)

History This Week

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Nepal Earthquake - Update May 3

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- An announcement was expected Sunday of the official end of the international Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) phase with the expectation that USAR teams will start leaving the area shortly

March RSGB Board Proceedings

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board proceedings for March 20, 2015 are now available on the Society's website

Ham Video transmitter now transmitting

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Friday May 1st, 2015 the Ham Video transmitter on board the Columbus module of the International Space Station was powered on and started transmitting in 'Blank Transmission' (BT) mode

DXCC Country/Entity Report

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th April, through Sunday, 3rd May there were 233 countries active

Caister radio hams celebrate Marconi

May 04, 2015 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) gained some good publicity for the hobby in the Eastern Daily Press

Winchester Ham Radio Operators Love to Make Contact:

May 04, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Ken Veznaian was messing around on his ham radio one day in 1976 when he was startled by a piercingly loud buzz. It turned out that the signal, which was from another ham radio user trying to make contact, had come from no more than a few streets away from his home in Medford. At the other end of the radio was Sal Arria, better known these days as Sal the Barber of Marco's Barber Shoppe on Winchester Terrace. The initial contact started a nearly 40-year friendship between Veznaian and Arria, who are bonded by their passion for ham, or amateur, radios. Ham radio is a hobby in which licensed amateurs use radio frequencies to talk to new people, experiment with wireless technology and provide emergency communication. Users must pass a test administered by the Federal Communications Commission to receive a license. There are three levels of licensing, the most advanced permitting operators to access frequency bands all over the world. The first ham radios, as used today, were thought to have originated in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Veznaian said there are currently 746,000 ham radio users in the United States alone. Ham radios are always used at major events like the Boston Marathon to monitor the route. Veznaian's and Arria's meeting is one of the countless relationships ham radios have fostered, they said. "We go home at night and talk to people all over the world," said Arria. Veznaian and Arria have spoken to people across the United States, in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Columbia, Brazil and many more spots on the globe.

Military Briefing: Morse Code Out of Army Training:

May 04, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Army to quit teaching Morse code to GIs: The Army will quit teaching Morse code to soldiers, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., announced. The Army has used the code since shortly after its invention by Samuel Morse in 1844. Invented for telegraphs, the system of short and long tones called dashes and dots is transmitted to form messages. "Both the Union and Confederate armies heavily relied on Morse code during the Civil War," the Army said in a news release. "President Abraham Lincoln utilized it to receive military intelligence, as well as command and control his generals in the field." Morse code use in the U.S. military has decreased significantly since World War II. Now, military satellites offer voice service and text messaging on the battlefield. It isn't going away entirely, though. Because some low-tech military forces use the code, troops will have the option of going to an Air Force Morse code course taught in Texas.

YU90IARU and YT90IARU

May 04, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Union of Serbia activates two special call signs YU90IARU and YT90IARU to celebrate 90 years of International Amateur Radio Union.

May 03, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low levels

UKHAS Conference 2015 - Saturday August 22

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UKHAS Conference in London attracts those interested in learning about building and flying High Altitude Balloons or in tracking their 434 MHz signals. An Amateur Radio exam session is planned

Surfing the airwaves of the original social network

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Times of India interviews radio amateur Didier de Melo VU2DM who lives in Panaji, the capital city of Goa

SERF - Eastbourne Rally Special Event Station GB6SRF

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- With only a month to go until the launch of the Eastbourne Rally, the Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair is really building momentum and interest from a wide geographic area

RadCom Plus launched

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB has launched a new 48 page magazine RadCom Plus which will be available free to members 3 or 4 times a year

New Section Manager appointed in North Texas

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL North Texas Section soon will have a new Section Manager. Nancy McCain, K5NLM, of Fort Worth, will take over the position on May 1

Nepal report #7

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- As the massive earthquake disaster in Nepal enters its second week with the lives lost reaching 6,200, many injured and made homeless, recovery work continues after the worst calamity in that country for more than 80 years

Nepal Earthquake - Update May 2

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The death toll in Nepal is now over 6,600 persons with a further 100 believed to have died in neighbouring India, Tibet and Bangladesh. The roads to the highly affected areas are closed and the rescue teams are also facing problems reaching the spots to help people. They all are expecting the roads to open in due course

J43VHF AEOLUS-2way

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The well-known from last year, Greek radioamateur team, will try to send to the Stratosphere for the second time an amateur radio load, with call sign and flight name J43VHF 'Aeolus-2way'

International Marconi Day on ICQ Podcast

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series 8 Episode 9 of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - International Marconi Day at Sandford Mill, Essex has been released

Herman Smit ZS6EMI - SK

May 03, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is with regret that we have to announce that Herman Smit ZS6EMI was tragically killed in a motorbike accident on Tuesday 28 April around 7:00 am

Surfing the Airwaves of the Original Social Network:

May 03, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- It was a calm night in the Indian Ocean when a merchant navy vessel was on its voyage from Brazil to Japan. Amilcar Domingues Santos (Licence number PY2ACT/MM), a Brazilian radio officer aboard the cargo vessel, tuned in to his 'ham' radio in his cabin. Getting some free time from work, Santos cranked up the dial on his device to contact and speak with his family back home in Brazil. Midway through the conversation, Santos was startled to hear someone else speaking to him in Portuguese. The direction that the voice was coming from? The Indian subcontinent. A query to the person speaking Portuguese revealed that his id was 'VU2DM'. There was no mistake about it. VU2 was the code word given to 'hams' in India. DM were the initials of Didier de Melo, a radio engineer, working from his radio station located in his quaint heritage home off 18th June road in the heart of the capital city of Goa, Panaji. "Amateur radio is also called ham radio. Ham is another name given to an amateur radio operator," explains de Melo. De Melo, now 70 and retired, lays claim to being the oldest licenced ham in Goa. "Before me, there was another ham, Luis Catulo (CT1CTZ), who worked at the Dabolim airport during the Portuguese era. But he left for Portugal after 1961", he says. "The best thing about ham radio is that it is not dependent on any mobile tower. During the tsunami of 2006, when all forms of communication failed for authorities to contact the Andaman and Nicobar islands, it was ham radio operators who volunteered and played a crucial role in establishing communication and aiding relief operations between the islands and the mainland. The Goa government would also do well to use ham radios in its disaster management plan," says de Melo.

Radio Operator Hitting Every County In U.S.

May 03, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TRAVERSE CITY -- Ed Eklin is into a little different kind of texting while driving and he's doing it in all 3,077 counties in the U.S. Beeps and blips of Morse code radio transmissions pitter-patter from speakers mounted near the headrest on the driver's seat in his SUV. The vehicle, a rolling radio shack for the ham radio operator, wears a compact antenna and is packed with all the amenities of his home broadcast booth. His cozy cockpit boasts a GPS, a laptop for logging contacts, his Morse code paddles and, of course, his radio. "I've only got 900 to go," said the radio operator who is more commonly known by his call sign, K8ZZ. "For me to complete my feat, it will be 240,000 miles to drive through and transmit in every county in the U.S." Eklin, also known in the amateur radio world as a "county hunter" embarked a handful of years ago on what many in the hobby consider the ultimate challenge. Only 17 other operators have completed the trek since the Mobile Amateur Radio Club began keeping records in 1960, Eklin said.

SOS -- In Other Words, Help!

May 03, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Now, the VOA Learning English program, Words and Their Stories. Different people have different ways of saying things -- their own special expressions. Each week we tell about some popular American expressions. What you are listening to is a call for help. It is the Morse code distress signal S.O.S. For years, telegraph operators used Morse code to communicate across the country and around the world. A skilled operator could send and receive 30 or 40 words a minute. In the language of Morse code, the letter "S" is three short dots and the letter "O" is three longer dashes. Put them together and you have S.O.S. These sounds represent the international call for help because they are easy to recognize. Now, it is simply known as S.O.S.

Crisis, Communication and Nepal:

May 03, 2015 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- In the aftermath of a natural disaster, communication is crucial. But what happens when internet access is down as happened in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal? Esha Thapa is the Executive Director of SIRC, a spinal injury rehabilitation centre in Sangha, Nepal. Esha says that in the days following the earthquake, the telephone network and mobile internet access were crucial for staying in touch. Mobile internet access is one way of staying connected, but when the internet and other communications systems are down, many people still turn to...ham radio. Nepalese amateur radio operators have been active on local VHF and UHF frequencies there and radio amateurs around the world are working to relay emergency messages.

F9AA Cup, PSK

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, May 9 to 1200Z, May 10

HPC World Wide DX Contest

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, May 9 to 1159Z, May 10

Portuguese Navy Day Contest

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, May 9 to 1500Z, May 10

50 MHz Spring Sprint

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2300Z, May 9 to 0300Z, May 10

FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, May 9

CQ-M International DX Contest

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, May 9 to 1159Z, May 10

VOLTA WW RTTY Contest

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, May 9 to 1200Z, May 10

Nevada Mustang Roundup

May 03, 2015 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z, May 9 to 1700Z, May 10

May 02, 2015

Series Eight Episode Nine - International Marconi Day (02 May 2015)

May 02, 2015 03:32 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) and Matthew Nassau (2E0MTT) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is International Marconi Day.
New Entry Level Licence for Germany?
Ofcom Considers 10.475 and 47 GHz Bands for 5G
Digital Activity Days RDRC
Ham Radio Operator Flies Model Tricopter
FUNcube-1 Transmitting Again
Australian Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe
New Award Scheme for Portable Operators
Surprise Decrease in Australian Ham Licence Renewal Fees

Propagation de K7RA

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- There were no new sunspots over the past week (April 23-29), even though in the previous seven days there were new sunspots every day, and one day, April 21 had two new ones. The day after the reporting week, April 30, saw two new spots

Visiting VK meets TRAC

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The enduring Turkey-Australian friendship borne out of the WWI conflict at Gallipoli 100 years ago, has resulted in a special presentation by the Telsiz ve Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti (TRAC)

Nepal: Role of Mumbai Radio Hams

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindu newspaper reports on the role played by Mumbai's radio amateurs in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake

Nepal Earthquake - Update May 1

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- In all disasters there is a sad shift from search and rescue activities to one of recovery.
In Nepal this transition is beginning with no further Search and Rescue or Medical teams being required to enter the country and those who are in already reaching the end of their normal planned 10 day period in the area

Ham Radio: The unseen eyes and ears of emergency services

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Tarleton Area Amateur Radio Club (Stephenville, Texas) features in the Empire-Tribune newspaper

CQ-DATV 23 free download

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 23 is now available for download

Chelmsford Talk: Operating Portable

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, May 5 the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will have a presentation on Operating Portable by Charlie Davy M0PZT, the talk is open to all

Another FUNcube transponder!

May 02, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-NL has announced that an initial series of tests of the FUNcube transponder payload aboard the QB50p1 CubeSat have been successfully completed

Diligence is Due, In the Event of Disaster:

May 02, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Dreary weather may have dissuaded a higher turnout, but there were more vendors this year at the annual Disaster Survival Exposition that took place last Saturday at the Banning Community Center. It didn't hinder Derek Gallardo, 12, of Banning, from dropping by to check things out. The police Explorer was curious to see what the event had to offer. "They showed ways to get out of a fire; they showed a lot of possible careers to pick from; there were demonstrations on energy-savings," Derek reported. "I was a former BPAL director, so I like coming to these things," referring to the Banning Police Activities League, a recreational program for Banning's youth. Members of the San Gorgonio Pass Radio Club, or SPARC, were offering demonstrations from their ham radio sets, which would be used if electronic communications systems went down during a disaster. A couple of SPARC members, Charlie Strauser, a Citizen Volunteer Patrol officer, and Sam Shoemaker, were stationed in the Banning Police Department's mobile command center. "We want the community to know, we're prepared," Strauser said. "We recently had a mini-field day in Oak Glen. The radios worked. It's the biggest thing you have to worry about: if you don't test them often, you don't know if they work" when the time comes to rely on them.

Ham Radio: The Unseen Eyes and Ears of Emergency Services:

May 02, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- During last weekend's violent storms area ham radio operators were busy helping to ensure the quality of all our lives by keeping first responders, storm chasers and government officials informed. Locally, Gene Morrison, William D. Allen and Larry D. Barr are among the top go-to ham guys. Allen is president of the Tarleton Area Amateur Radio Club and Barr is the public information officer of the club. Barr spoke to us about the club and the Sky Warn program. "The club started up about nine ago and we got authorized to administer the [ham license] tests. Over the years we have administered about 150 tests for people to get their licenses, so we're real busy doing that. "We also encourage everybody to get involved in the Sky Warn program and the ham radio club and the Tarleton Planetarium co-sponsor the training for that program that's held in the planetarium each year. Somebody from the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service comes out and teaches that; how to spot a wall cloud and all the parts of a super cell thunderstorm that could turn into a tornado. We had about 120 people at the last one. "A couple of the teachers made it mandatory for their students, which was good," he says. "Even if somebody's not a ham operator, if they know what to look for, they can take steps to protect themselves and their family and feed us information." "I have people calling or texting me during weather events that are not hams but who've gone through the Sky Warn training and I know they're reliable spotters. They just don't have a ham license so they go through me. It's very helpful."

The Sun Is Almost Completely Blank:

May 02, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun is almost completely blank. The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86 percent of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century.

QRP Kits is Back! Reopened Today:

May 02, 2015 05:32 AM - eHam.net News -- We appreciate everyone's patience over the past couple of months and are excited to begin operations.

May 01, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #18 de K7RA:

May 01, 2015 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- There were no new sunspots over the past week (April 23-29), even
though in the previous seven days there were new sunspots every day,
and one day, April 21 had two new ones. The day after the reporting
week, April 30, saw two new spots.

ARNewsline 1963 -- May 1 2015:

May 01, 2015 08:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Hams worldwide
respond after an earthquake devastates Nepal;
the FCC makes ready to introduce a pair of
new ham radio bands; AMSAT announces
opportunity for a ham-sat rideshare to
geostationary orbit and a house committee
asks for documents on proposed FCC field
office closures. Find out why on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1963 coming your
way right now.

Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win

May 01, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL --

The K7RA Solar Update

May 01, 2015 02:32 PM - ARRL -- There were no new sunspots over the past week (April 23-29), even though in the previous seven days there were new sunspots every day, and one day, April 21 had two new ones. The day after the reporting week, April 30, saw two new spots.Both solar flux and daily sunspot numbers declined. The average daily sunspot number dropped from 120.9 to 60.7, and average daily solar flux went down from 150...

New 2 Meter Transatlantic Propagation On the Air from Ireland

May 01, 2015 02:32 PM - ARRL -- A new 2 meter beacon that automatically listens for and logs responses is on the air from County Cork in Ireland.Operated on behalf of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) by Tony Baldwin, EI8JK, EI2DKH/b transmits JT65B on 144.488 MHz with a CW identification on every even minute. The station listens for responses on 144.155 MHz on every odd minute. Any call signs received are posted da...

Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, to be Featured TAPR/AMSAT Dayton Dinner Speaker

May 01, 2015 02:32 PM - ARRL -- "Adventures of a Hacker Turned Ham" will be the topic of Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, when he keynotes the ninth annual TAPR/AMSAT Banquet, Friday, May 15, at 6 PM, in association with the 2015 Dayton Hamvention that weekend.Ossmann grew up as a computer nerd embracing the hacker ethos, and he eventually became interested in the security of wireless systems, such as remote keyless entry, garage door...

TV interview of Radio Ham in Nepal

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report the Facebook repost of an interview with radio amateur Satish Kharel 9N1AA in Nepal has drawn a huge response

Political Relations Committee - Vice Chair

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following the appointment of Thilo Kootz DL9KCE as Chairman of the IARU Region 1 EMC Committee, the Executive Committee has considered the future leadership of the Region 1 Political Relations Committee (PRC), of which Thilo Kootz is currently also the Chairman

Official MLandS New Store Launch Party

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- After 25 glorious years of business, Martin and his team recently moved to a brand new store in Staines-Upon-Thames near Heathrow. The new building is not only Martin's largest property to date, it's also quite possibly the largest dedicated ham store in Europe, incorporating two floors of amateur radio fun!

Nepal Earthquake: Frequency now 14300 kHz

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- As an Italian contest is scheduled for this weekend, the Nepal disaster frequency has moved to 14300 kHz until further notice

Double ARISS contact for schools in South Africa and Italy

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sol Plaatje Primary School, Mahikeng, South Africa and Scuola Secondaria di 1 Grado, Caprino Bergamasco, Italy

Amateur Radio Resources and Downloads

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham have made available a number of documents and videos that may be of use to UK amateur radio clubs. They are intended to help with event planning and training

70 MHz access for German Radio Hams

May 01, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) report radio amateurs in Germany will have access to the 70 MHz band during the Sporadic-E season

Locals Provide Assistance To Earthquake Victims:

May 01, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Magic Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) After a massive earthquake hit Nepal Saturday, a group of people locally sprang into action to help amidst the chaos providing a valuable resource to those searching for survivors. Ham radios may sound out of style, but when all other communication is lost amateur radio can be the only link around the world. That's why a local group of ham radio operators are doing their part to help in Nepal. Meanwhile, a Rupert teen is in Kathmandu helping save lives. "I woke up in the morning and plugged my phone in and saw that there was 14 missed calls from her and I thought this is kind of weird," said Javier Lopez the father of a missionary in Nepal. Karina Lopez has been in Nepal just over a month serving as part of a church group called, Youth With A Mission (YWAM). When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit, the groups focus moved from missionary work to humanitarian aid. "Watching the news you see aftershocks of 6.2, that's not an aftershock that's another earthquake. Then not hearing from her I'm constantly texting her and losing a little bit of sleep, but she'll text me I'm fine we're all good", said Lopez. While the Lopez family has been fortunate enough to hear from their daughter, others have not been able to open up the channel of communication. That is where amateur radio operators come in. On Monday Bil Johnson received an email from a man in Alabama searching for a family member he'd lost contact with after the quake. "I started passing that along through our network, which goes from the United States to Israel over into Kathmandu about this lady and her last known location. The family member's son called me this morning and told me that she had been rescued; she had been airlifted out and currently in Kathmandu Hospital seeking medical attention. Those types of things are what really make it worth doing what we do," said Bil Johnson an amateur radio operator. When large disasters strike, ham radio operators are called upon to establish communication and provide assistance around the world.

John Goffe Rand -- Inventor of the Collapsible Tube:

May 01, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- EVERY DAY, MOST of us have the occasion to use something that was invented by an artist who grew up in Bedford. This artist was John Goffe Rand (1801-1873), and his invention was the collapsible (compressible or squeezable) tube. John was born on Jan. 27, 1801, one of nine children to Jonathan Rand (1762-1838) and Sarah Abbot Rand (1774-1887). His great-grandfather was Col. John Goffe (1701-1786), one of the founders of Derryfield (now Manchester). John worked on the family farm in Bedford when he was a boy, but he wasn't much interested in the agricultural life. As a teenager he showed early promise as an artist and craftsman, so he was apprenticed to Robert Parker, a local cabinetmaker. Between August 1816 and December 1817, a noted young portrait artist was making the rounds in New Hampshire, Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872). Samuel is best known today for his later inventions, the electric telegraph and Morse code. John and Samuel became acquainted, and the two became friends. Samuel was impressed by John's talent, and he encouraged him to pursue a life in art. John endeavored to become an artist, but without training, the best he could do at first was to work as a sign and house painter. While in England, John put a lot of thought into solving a problem that artists faced -- how to store oil paints for future use. To paint in oil, an artist had to mix dry pigments with linseed oil. The only types of containers that were available for saving leftover paint were glass syringes, and cases made of dry pig's bladders. Neither of these were very useful. John went about experimenting, and ended up designing a collapsible tube made of tin with a screw-on cap. The paint would be put into the tube from the open bottom, then the bottom would be folded over, trimmed and crimped. This air-tight container proved to be a success, and John patented his invention in 1841.

Rebuilding Nepal: Mumbai's Ham Radio Plays Crucial Yet Humble Role:

May 01, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- At a time when all means of communication have failed for those stranded in Nepal, HAM radio has come to their rescue. A hobby that is being pursued for years has now found a place in the Disaster Management Cell's control room at Mantralaya. Ankur Puranik, 35, is one of the HAM radio operators who is accompanied by many in relaying communication to other HAM radio operators in Nepal, in the absence of functional telephone lines or internet connections in the country that recently witnessed an earthquake of the magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale. Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services (DARES), a group of HAM radio operators, was co-founded in December 2014 by Puranik, a businessman, and now has around 50 members. "HAM radio was always pursued as a hobby, but soon, it's importance during times of disaster was realised. In fact, the Department of Telecommunications and Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing of the Ministry of Communications takes an exam to certify HAM radio operators. Now, Maharashtra alone has around 400 HAM radio operators. Explaining how an HAM radio works, Puranik said, "It is a transceiver device, one that contains both a transmitter and a receiver. It works on the same principle as an FM radio. Messages are sent out on a particular frequency and other radios can receive those messages if they are tuned into that particular frequency." Thus, the situation in Nepal can be made known to radio operators here by operators in Nepal. Currently, around 20 members of DARES, take out time from their respective professions, and operate in shifts at Mantralaya relaying communication concerning the people belonging to Maharashtra who might be stranded in Nepal. Of the 60 people from Maharashtra who were in Nepal when the earthquake struck, the status of 20 people is now ascertained by relying on the communications with HAM radio operators in Nepal, Puranik added.

April 30, 2015

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #17:

April 30, 2015 11:31 PM - 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:

April 30, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters:

April 30, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio is poised to gain access to two new bands! The FCC has
allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on
a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200
meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has
proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to
Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12.

Nepal Grants Operating Permission, Call Signs to Visiting Hams:

April 30, 2015 10:31 PM - eHam.net News -- In the wake of the devastating April 25 earthquake, hams in Nepal,
already in limited supply, have been turning out to help in the ongoing
recovery. The Nepalese government also is reported to be cutting some
of the red tape that has prevented hams from outside the country from
operating within Nepal. Several hams from India are among those who
have arrived in Nepal to help facilitate communication. Word earlier
this week via Amateur Radio Society of India President Gopal Madhavan,
VU2GMN, was that visiting hams would not be permitted to operate in
Nepal, unless they were part of a government team. On the other hand,
getting needed Amateur Radio equipment into Nepal remains problematic.

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