August 22, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #34 de K7RA:

August 22, 2014 08:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar indices and outlook are stronger this week. Average daily
sunspot numbers rose 19.7 points to 114.6, while average daily solar
flux increased 25.7 points to 138.8. Average daily estimated
planetary A index dropped from 7.4 to 4.3. This compares the August
14 to 20 period against the previous seven days.

First Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference Held

August 22, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL -- ARES and RACES were featured during the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference, August 13-15 in Airway Heights, Washington. The largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the country was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC) in conjunction with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Mana...

ARISS School Contact ISS Downlink Should be Audible on US East Coast

August 22, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL -- An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students at Zuni Hills Elementary School in Sun City, Arizona, will take place today (August 22) at 1747 UTC. This will be a "telebridge" contact between NA1SS on the ISS and club station K6DUE in Maryland, with audio relayed to the school in Arizona, and listeners on the US East Coast may be able to copy the 2 meter ISS d...

The K7RA Solar Update

August 22, 2014 01:33 PM - ARRL -- Solar indices and outlook are stronger this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 19.7 points to 114.6, while average daily solar flux increased 25.7 points to 138.8. Average daily estimated planetary A index dropped from 7.4 to 4.3. This compares the August 14-20 period against the previous seven days.The day with the greatest geomagnetic activity was Tuesday, August 19 when the planetary A...

RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2000Z, Aug 28

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andrew RN1CW is back with news of several more castle activations taking place this weekend

State Minister receives amateur radio group head

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bahrain News Agency reports on August 21 the Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa received Bahrain Amateur Radio Group Chairman Fawaz Bader Sulaibeekh A92AA

Schedule for RSGB Convention released

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom staff will be among those giving presentations at the RSGB Convention which takes place October 10-12

Radiosport and Engineering at Olympics of Ham Radio

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On the EDN magazine site, Doug Grant K1DG writes about the 7th amateur radio World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC)

HK QSL Bureau re-established

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- After a few months of interrupted service, the LCRA incoming QSL Bureau has been re-established

December is YOTA month!

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders PA2LS reports that December is Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) month

ARISS contact planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:36 UTC

Activity planned from Calypso Bay

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- John, W5JON/V47JA, will once again be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between September 29th and November 12th

434 MHz balloon B-64 returning to UK again

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER launched his solar powered balloon B-64, carrying an 11 gram transmitter payload, from Silverstone in the UK at 06:51 UT on July 12, 2014.. and it's still flying

RSGB: December is YOTA Month:

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- December is IARU Region 1 YOTA month and the RSGB has arranged for Clubs/Groups to use the special Callsign G14YOTA (and its Regional variations) on a rota basis. The application process for the use of the special Callsign has now been finalised. There are only 31 allocations so applicants are asked to give three choices of date in an attempt to resolve diary conflicts. There are some conditions attached to using the G14YOTA Callsign and these are included on the application form and on the website. The main one is the requirement to use the Callsign to put Youngsters On The Air; anyone under the age of 26 is considered to be a youngster. Events might be limited to Club/Group members or you might like to open the doors to Scouting/Guiding/Cadet groups, or you might like to spend a day at your local school/college/university. Applicants are encouraged to think about making the most out of the activation by including other activities, such as Morse demonstrations, ARDF hunts, WSPR beacon displays, listening to remote SDRs, use of Arduino/Raspberry Pi, etc, etc. RSGB will provide some promotional material, stickers, badges, etc.

State Minister Receives Amateur Radio Group Head:

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa today received Bahrain Amateur Radio Group Chairman Fawaz Bader Sulaibeekh. The minister discussed with Sulaibeekh the registration of the group and commended the members' efforts efforts, contributions and participation in international events and contests to showcase Bahrain's landmark achievements.

ARNewsline Report 1932 -- August 22 2014:

August 22, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Hams in Hawaii are
ready as tropical storms head their way; The
Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference
looks at the future; Ham radio gets the
message through when all else fails; a new
microsat is hand launched from the ISS and
the story of a retirement community that has
adopted ham radio. Find out the details are
on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1932
coming your way right now.

August 21, 2014

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #34:

August 21, 2014 11:34 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for H.R. 4969:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- An August 13 webinar on "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" -- H.R.
2014 -- attracted some 450 online
participants who wanted to learn more about the proposed legislation
and how they could get involved in speeding its passage. US Rep Adam
Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4969 in June, with US Rep Joe Courtney
(D-CT) as its first co-sponsor. This bipartisan initiative would direct
the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the
PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy regarding
antennas to private land-use restrictions (CC&Rs). The ARRL Atlantic
Division sponsored the webinar, and Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, served
as moderator.

Pat Barkey, N9RV, Named As Next National Contest Journal Editor:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Well-known contester Pat Barkey, N9RV, of Bonner, Montana, will become
the 15th editor of National Contest Journal (NCJ) effective with the January/February 2015 issue. He takes over from Kirk
Pickering, K4RO, who has served as NCJ's editor since 2012. Pickering
said he believes Barkey will bring a fresh perspective to NCJ readers.

W1AW Centennial Operations Heading to Arizona, Maine:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Ohio and North Dakota. They will relocate at 0000 UTC
on Wednesday, August 27 (the evening of August 26 in US time zones), to
Arizona (W1AW/7), and Maine (W1AW/1). 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 portable
operations.

CHASQUI-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into
orbit during a spacewalk from the
International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers
Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg
spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18.

Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Set to celebrate its silver anniversary next year, LUSAT-1 -- which is also known as OSCAR 19 or LO-19
-- appears once again to be functioning, sort of, when not in sunlight.
At this point, OSCAR 19 is only transmitting telemetry; its digital
transponder has not been reported to be operational.

EMF 2014: It Takes An Amateur Radio Village:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- An Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF will be among
the highlights for hams at the Electromagnetic Field "EMF 2014" event Friday through Sunday, August 29-31,
just south of Bletchley in the UK.

Global Emergency Communications Conference Takes a Technological Tack:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference
(GAREC 2014) held August 14-15 in Huntsville, Alabama, and hosted by
the ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest, offered an
opportunity for participants to share presentations and perspectives
from around the globe. Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, organized this year's GAREC
event, which focused on the application of advanced technologies in
emergency communication.

First Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference Held:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- ARES and RACES were featured during the National Tribal Emergency
Management Conference, August 13-15 in Airway Heights, Washington. The
largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard
mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the country was
organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC) in conjunction with the Northwest Tribal Emergency
Management Council (NWTEMC), and was hosted at a
facility owned by the Kalispel Tribe.

Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock 'n' roll fans in
the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore
shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the
River Blackwater off England's Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power
license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting
authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famous,
pirate radio ships of the era.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Continuing through the 1970s, QST articles written by Lew McCoy, W1ICP,
helped Novice licensees and other new hams by describing various
transmitters, amplifiers, antennas, and station accessories, as well as
coaching newcomers on general radio knowledge and techniques.

Balloting Set for This Fall In Two ARRL Divisions:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- When the ARRL Board of Directors gathers for its Annual Meeting in
January 2015, there will be some new faces around the table. ARRL
members in the Atlantic Division will elect a new Director and Vice
Director, while members in the Great Lakes Division will choose a Vice
Director. Two sitting directors have opted not to run for election:
Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, who was appointed in 2010 to succeed Director, now
Honorary Vice President, Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, in the Midwest Division,
and Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who has headed the Atlantic Division since 2006.

So. FL Section Manager Wins Full Term, New SMS In Two Other Sections:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, has won a full
term in his own right, after being appointed to the post earlier this
year. In the just-completed summer election cycle, Beals, of
Loxahatchee, received 570 votes to 270 for his challenger, Tom
Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach. Ballots were counted on August
19, at ARRL Headquarters.

New Product: End Fed Tuner Kit:

August 21, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS has
introduced a kit version of their popular QRP
Mountain Tuner. The Mountain Tuner is
designed for use with end-fed half-wave
antennas from 40 through to 17 metres.

Some ARRL Website Services to Be Down for Maintenance:

August 21, 2014 09:35 PM - eHam.net News -- Because of ARRL website maintenance and upgrading, some website
services will be unavailable from 0000 until 1000 UTC on Saturday,
August 23 (ie, starting the evening of Friday, August 22, in US time
zones) and again from 0400 until 1000 UTC on Monday, August 25.

Pat Barkey, N9RV, Named as New National Contest Journal Editor

August 21, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- Well-known contester Pat Barkey, N9RV, of Bonner, Montana, will become the 15th editor of National Contest Journal (NCJ) effective with the January/February 2015 issue. He takes over from Kirk Pickering, K4RO, who has served as NCJ's editor since 2012. Pickering said he believes Barkey will bring a fresh perspective to NCJ readers."I am delighted that N9RV has stepped up to take the role as the...

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference 2014 Takes a Technological Tack

August 21, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- The 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC 2014) held last week (August 14-15) in Huntsville, Alabama, and hosted by the ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest, offered an opportunity for participants to share presentations and perspectives from around the globe. Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, organized this year's GAREC event, which focused on the application of ad...

Some ARRL Website Services to Be Down for Maintenance

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - ARRL -- Because of ARRL website maintenance and upgrading, some website services will be unavailable from 0000 until 1000 UTC on Saturday, August 23 (ie, starting the evening of Friday, August 22, in US time zones) and again from 0400 until 1000 UTC on Monday, August 25.Outside e-mail to @arrl.org addresses and @reflector.arrl.org addresses will be queued for later delivery. Logbook of The World (LoTW)...

New Product - End Fed Tuner Kit

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS has introduced a kit version of their popular QRP Mountain Tuner

Shortwave broadcasting 'of marginal and continuously declining impact'

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting foresees a dim outlook for the medium

Radio Seagull

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- For those of you who liked listening to offshore radio in the 60s, 70s, and 80s a reminder that Radio Seagull has begun its live broadcasts from its radio ship, the LV Jenni Baynton, daily at 1700-0500 UTC on 1602 kHz and online worldwide at radioseagull.com and iTunes. These will continue through 31st August

Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Introducing the Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to build a mobile Software Defined Radio for education and easy direct usage to enhance the understanding of radio frequency applications

Dutch amateurs mark closure of Radio Veronica

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dutch amateurs will operate PA40VRON at the end of this month to mark the closedown of the Dutch offshore radio station Radio Veronica 40 years ago in 1974

ARISS contact with Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ on 22 August

Acorns August 2014 Meeting

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tuesday the 19th of August saw the monthly meeting of the recently formed Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

August 21, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Very little activity on Ten Metres with the odd DX stations still about, S01WS (Western Sahara), 3E100PC (Panama), XR7FTC (Chile) ZP6DYA (Paraguay) and of course W1AW

FCC looks into 'StingRay'-Style cellphone snooping devices

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FCC has established a task force to look into the illegal use of devices that imitate cell towers and enable covert interception of signals and data.

One well-known such device is called the "StingRay," made by Florida-based Harris Corporation, and its existence and specifications are classified despite widespread use by law enforcement.

FCC Revises Part 17 Tower Rules

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In 2010, the FCC initiated a proceeding to update and modernize its Part 17 rules regarding antenna structures. That effort resulted in a Report and Order 14-117, released August 8, 2014. Tower structures over 200 feet (less in some circumstances) require FAA notification and a determination of no hazard before FCC antenna structure registration (ASR). The Report and Order harmonizes FCC rules with FAA recommendations on antenna structure lighting and marking, construction notification requirements, and the accuracy of the data provided by antenna structure owners.

HAM operators hear of Tesla's antenna (Texas)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio (HAM) Club heard of renewed interest in Nikola Tesla's one world communication system from one of its members, Cory Hine.

Beltinge neighbours of radio enthusiast Armando Martins fear 30ft could cause cancer (UK)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A radio enthusiast who erected a 30ft mast in his back garden without planning permission has dismissed claims it could give neighbours cancer.

Armando Martins, 73, has also had to fight off accusations the signal from the 10-metre aerial is interfering with people's pacemakers and hearing aids.

Ham radio specialist picked up the signal early in life (Ontario)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Strange voices filled the waxy ears of young Kevin Clements.

They crackled with exotic dialects and alluring unfamiliarity. They emanated from the mysterious little wood-framed box before him - an old ham radio he'd found in the musty basement of his Cambridge home.

Radio Active (MIssouri)

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- BRANDON BYRD, 10, slowly turns the dial on the amateur radio in his grandparents' home in Gulfport, Miss., as he searches for an open frequency. This is KF5NYQ, says Brandon, speaking into the microphone and identifying himself with his call sign.

Fry's Electronics Adds ABR Industries' Coaxial Cables to Retail Stores, Online Catalog

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- ABR Industries, a value-added manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) coaxial cable assemblies, today announced a distribution deal with retail electronics giant Fry's Electronics.

Become a ham radio operator: It is easier than ever and the 'saintly' thing to do on Staten Island

August 21, 2014 01:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Have you always wanted to be a ham radio operator? Or do you have a vague idea about ham radio operating and how it might be useful, especially in an emergency when cell phones go down?

August 20, 2014

Southern Florida Section Manager Wins Full Term, New SMs on Deck in Two Other Sections

August 20, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, has won a full term in his own right, after being appointed to the post earlier this year. In the just-completed summer election cycle, Beals, of Loxahatchee, received 570 votes to 270 for his challenger, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach. Ballots were counted on August 19, at ARRL Headquarters.Beals will begin his 2-year term of o...

Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for H.R. 4969

August 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL --

Balloting Set for this Fall in Two ARRL Divisions

August 20, 2014 03:33 PM - ARRL -- When the ARRL Board of Directors gathers for its Annual Meeting in January 2015, there will be some new faces around the table. ARRL members in the Atlantic Division will elect a new Director and Vice Director, while members in the Great Lakes Division will choose a Vice Director. Two sitting directors have opted not to run for election: Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, who was appointed in 2010 to succeed ...

Now Shipping: Arduino for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP

August 20, 2014 02:35 PM - ARRL -- The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of micro...

The QSL that was half a century in arriving!

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Better late than never, they say, and a recent Amateur Radio experience echoed that sentiment for me in a big, big way

QSO Today Weekly Podcast - Ron Weaver W6OM

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Ron, W6OM

Operators wanted for Botswana trip

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Frosty, K5LBU, has announced that the planned trip to Mozambique (C9) by Arnold, WB6OJB, and him has been canceled due to medical problems with Arnold

GB50LM Leighton Moss 50th Anniversary

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On August 23rd, 24th and 25th, members of the Sands Contest Group from Morecambe, will be holding a special event station at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve at Silverdale, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leighton Moss

GB4JDF Special Event Station, Sunday 24 August

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- GB4JDF Special Event Station will be on air on Sunday 24 August 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs in memory of Joey Dunlop MBE and in support of the Joey Dunlop Foundation

GAREC 2014 a huge success

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communication (GAREC) conference, held in Huntsville Alabama USA, shared many informative presentations, videos and discussions on recent experiences plus some media interest

China Special Event

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station B4YOG to be active until August 28th. Activity is to celebrate the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing

CARS August Skills Night

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The August Skills Night held by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society saw over 40 amateurs gather to swap ideas and try something new

Andaman and Nicobar Islands DXpedition

August 20, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Krish, W4VKU, will be leading a team of 10 amateur radio operators to the Andaman Islands (AS-001) and Nicobar Islands (AS-033) in the month of November. The callsign for both activations will be VU4KV

Ham Radio Specialist Picked Up the Signal Early In Life:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Strange voices filled the waxy ears of young Kevin Clements. They crackled with exotic dialects and alluring unfamiliarity. They emanated from the mysterious little wood-framed box before him -- an old ham radio he'd found in the musty basement of his Cambridge home. His father Jim gave him permission to bring it up to his bedroom and run a wire across to the window so he could connect with the glittering disco-ball heavens of the mid-1970s. The electronic display opened up into bright cat's eye lights when a signal came in. Clements' vacuum-tube heart purred with each feline flash and flicker. "I listened to faraway voices and accents -- and the beating of the Morse code would fill the room," recalled Clements, now a 52-year-old navy reservist in Hamilton who still taps into the ham radio atmosphere daily from his home in Welland. "It's still magic how it all works."

Kalamazoo Father and Daughter Launching Camera Into Space:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- A dad and daughter from Kalamazoo are preparing to launch a camera into space! Mark and Katherine Gilbert have been working on the out-of-this-world project for nearly two years, hoping to take photos of earth from a capsule they created. The pair designed their own instrument pack, built it from the ground up and earned HAM radio technician licenses to make this long-anticipated launch possible.

Radiosport and Engineering at the Olympics of Ham Radio:

August 20, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- I had the privilege of organizing the Seventh World Radiosport Team Championship event last month (see this page for more info, or listen to the coverage on WBUR's "Only a Game" NPR program). Many call this competition the "Olympics of Ham Radio." This event involved inviting the world's best operators to the same geographic area (in this case, the Boston area), and setting them up with identical stations to create a level playing field. In other radiosport competitions, the contestants usually try to operate from locations with advantageous HF propagation in rare countries, with favorable local terrain (hilltops instead of valleys) and use the biggest antenna systems they can install and maximum power. However, for this event we wanted to test operating skill and had to remove all the other variables.

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS:

August 20, 2014 12:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1
Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the
International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers
Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg
spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the
Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de
Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State
University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's
batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014
on board a Progress cargo craft.

August 19, 2014

We are Happy to Tell You, that the QRZCQ Premium is Now Available!

August 19, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- There is no advertising, no blink blink, no junk. Only ham radio put in a nutshell.

QSO Today Weekly Podcast, August 19 2014:

August 19, 2014 07:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Ron,
W6OM. Listen to Ron's ham radio journey from
his beginnings as a ten year old boy with a
receiver rescued from the garbage, his
apprenticeship under George Hutchens, the
original W6OM, to his present "Elmering" of
neighborhood boys to their Extra Class
licenses. Ron uses a re-assigned Bauer 707 AM
broadcast transmitter to join the 80 meter
Western AM Net on 3870 kHz.

EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village

August 19, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- An Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF will be among the highlights for hams at the Electromagnetic Field "EMF 2014" event Friday through Sunday, August 29-31, just south of Bletchley in the UK."EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think ...

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

August 19, 2014 05:33 PM - ARRL -- A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenie...

VK6RIO chirp beacon project

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DXpedition, V1CT, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth

The First Pirate

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The First Pirate is the title of a Radio 4 Extra to be broadcast on Thursday this week, at 06:30, 13:30, 20:30 and Friday 02:30 (UK times - UTC is minus one hour)

LUSAT-1 alive at night!

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Pedro, LU7ABF, reported to the AMSAT-BB: We knew that our LUSAT start transmitting again a couple of years ago, but only when
illuminated by sun, and was not heard during the night

Ham radio Chasqui-1 CubeSat deployed from ISS

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The amateur radio satellite Chasqui-1 was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) during a space-walk

GoList business decision

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- For years, the DXer's number one tool for QSL information has been John Shelton, K1XN's 'GoList'

DXCC News

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The July 2014 DX Advisory Committee Report (Doc #27), which was submitted by Arne Gjerning, N7KA, Chairman of the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC), to the ARRL Board of Directors (BOD) and Program and Services Committee (PSC), is now made public and contains some interesting subjects

August RAC Report available for viewing

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The August 2014 Radio Amateurs of Canada Report is available for viewing on both the old and the new website

Amateur radio club needs your help

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Bob, G0YYY has contacted Southgate News with this plea for help

73 on 73 Award announcement

August 19, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Paul Stoetzer N8HM has announced a new award for contacts made via the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite

Zuni Hills Students to Chat with Astronaut Aboard Space Station:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Students at Zuni Hills Elementary School are scheduled to participate in a unique event just before 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. Sixth-grade science teacher, Jennifer Cheesman, will lead the effort to coordinate an Amateur Radio International Space Station radio contact between her students and astronauts aboard the ISS. In the spring of 2014, Cheesman's students submitted questions to the NASA mailbox outside Cheesman's classroom and a panel of teachers selected the top 20 to be asked during the ARISS contact. One student from each grade was selected to ask the astronaut a question. ARISS contacts are real-time radio communications between students and an astronaut living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Contact will be made via telebridge which acts as a connection between the school and the space station. As the space station passes over the telebridge radio station, it allows for contact to be made. Students will set-up in the multi-purpose room waiting for the call to go through at 10:47 a.m. and will be able to listen to astronaut Gregory "Reid" Wiseman from the United States answering their questions. The radio contact will allow students, staff and guests to learn why science is important on board the ISS. Kevin Wesolowski, a local HAM operator, will assist with the technical side of the event as well as educate the student body in how amateur radio plays a part in their daily lives.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Set Shining Example:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMATEUR radio enthusiasts camped out at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre over the weekend as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Amateur radio operator Malcolm McIntosh said the aim of the event was to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time promote amateur radio. "It began in Scotland about 21 years ago in 1993," he said. Mr McIntosh is a member of the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club and said the set-up was based on the same principles as AM radio. "It's about information exchange, if it's a lighthouse or a lightship we ask for the details such as the name of the operator and the technical details," he said. Since the inception of the international event, participants from more than 50 countries participate, with approximately 500 lighthouses and lightships.

Come In, Lighthouses of the World:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- BASED in a chart room next to the lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, the maritime village's amateur radio group connected with other lighthouses around the world over the weekend. International Lighthouse Weekend is held annually across the globe to celebrate the significant role of lighthouses throughout history. The weekend was initiated in 1998 by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland to promote public awareness of lighthouses and other aids to navigation and their need for preservation and restoration, as well as encouraging amateur radio operators to practice their skills.

Sunspots 2014: Two Big Surprises:

August 19, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AUSTIN, August 16, 2014 -- A rare spotless day on the sun on July 17-18, 2014 triggered public speculation that an already stunted Cycle 24 was nearly over. Such is not the case. Defying the odds for so late in a sunspot cycle, another solar sunspot maximum was set last month. Another one is coming this month. In other major news, a long needed revision to the 400-year sunspot record was proposed. It'll be the first change made to the sunspot record since it was first established by Rudolf Wolf back in 1849. The changes will affect long-term climate and other dependent scientific studies. One effect of the proposal will be to reduce modern sunspot totals. That will wipe out the so-called "Modern Maximum" and make the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, the weakest in 200 years.

August 18, 2014

Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side

August 18, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL --

Pirate Radio Ship Redux: Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set

August 18, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL -- The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock 'n' roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England's Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famo...

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)

August 18, 2014 04:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and now in Oklahoma will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 20 (the evening of August 19 in US time zones), to Ohio (W1AW/8) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). 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 sol...

Updated Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz Allocation Chart

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- It has been several months since the last version of the Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz Allocations Chart has appeared

SolderSmoke Podcast

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 164 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke features Tube and Tube-like Radios

SEARS GB2HB Special Event Station

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- SEARS, the South Essex Amateur Radio Society, activated the special event callsign GB2HB on the 16th of August 2014, to commemorate the downing of two American B17 bombers in June 1944

SEARG at the Kilkenny Motor Club Vintage Rally

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from the Kilkenny Motor Club Vintage Rally which takes place in St James's Park, Kilkenny on Sunday 31st August

ILLW sets many new records

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The International Lighthouse and Lighhtship Weekend (ILLW) had 541 regstrations from 56 countries this year making new records in the annual fun-event

History This Week

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

EI1100WD celebrates Ireland's oldest city

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ireland's oldest city, Waterford in 2014, celebrates its 1100th birthday. To commemorate and celebrate, SEARG (South Eastern Amateur Radio Group) will activate the special event call-sign EI1100WD until the end of the year from various locations

DXCC Country/Entity Report

August 18, 2014 08:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-August, through Sunday, 17th-August there were 205 countries active

Hamfest Brings Together Amateur Radio Operators:

August 18, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) There weren't any pork products, but they "hammed it up" at the Cary Boy Scout Camp Sunday morning. The 44th annual Hamfest featured amateur radio operators. Many were from the Greater Lafayette, but others came from outside the state. The event gives radio operators the chance to exchange equipment that would otherwise be tough to acquire. From devices that communicate with radios using morse code, to digital connections, the group enjoyed talking about their passion for the equipment.

Pulicat Lighthouse Celebrated by Hams:

August 18, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Pulicat, a sleepy fishermen hamlet some 50 km north of Chennai, has secured a place on the world amateur radio with a group of HAM operators setting up a special radio station (VU69) on this picturesque place on Saturday to commemorate the two-day annual international lighthouse/lightship weekend. The trio K. Rajesh (VU3RGK), S. Narayanan (VU3GJP) and K. Premchand (VU2RPC) had set up the radio station and contacted over 500 similar groups across the world also commemorating the event in their places. "Our objective is to promote public awareness about lighthouses and lightships and the urgent need for their preservation and restoration. At the same time, we want to promote amateur radio and foster global goodwill through HAM. We like to conduct this event every year in different light houses in Tamil Nadu. We contacted over 200 light house stations across the world as part of the event," Mr Rajesh said.

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