March 26, 2015

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:

March 26, 2015 10:32 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:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL President, Directors, Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, made a new Amateur Radio friend on
Capitol Hill this month as she headed a contingent of League Directors,
officers, and staff advocating for H.R. 1301 -- The Amateur
Radio Parity Act of 2015.

ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The window to apply for ARRL
Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open. The ARRL
Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation
that exceeded all expectations.

Preparatory Meeting Under Way for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH/G4HUA, is on hand as the second session of the World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Preparatory
Meeting (CPM) opens March 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates to the
CPM will consider regulatory, technical, operational, and procedural
studies of WRC-15 agenda issues and issue a report for presentation to
WRC-15 delegates in advance of the conference this November.

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global
Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event
will be "Cooperating with Authorities."

Hams on Vanuatu Help with Cyclone Recovery Effort:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Vanuatu radio amateur Rod Newell, YJ8RN, reported this week that his
home survived the recent devastation from Cyclone Pam with only minor
damage, although he still has no electrical power. A bank of solar
panels and a small gasoline generator are permitting him to live off
the grid at least for a little while.

Virginia Ham Test Session Yields Winners from Ages 9 to 90:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio
testing session in Virginia's Tidewater region went home empty handed.
Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who
had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12.
Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted.

Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs Honored:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by
their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene
"Buddy" Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice
administration among the Yup'ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST
advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to
work as air traffic controllers for the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in Nome.

In Brief...

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARISS Announces NA1SS Listening Opportunity: An ARISS telebridge contact is scheduled with schools in
Belgium and in Turkey on April 1. The contact will take place via
ground station K6DUE at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,
Maryland. The scheduled astronaut is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF,
who will use the call sign NA1SS. The contact is set for Wednesday,
April 1 at 0920 UTC.

"Radio DARC" Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

March 26, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Television Pioneer Don Miller, W9NTP, SK

March 26, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio television Pioneer Don C. Miller, W9NTP, of Waldron, Indiana, died March 22. He was 91. An ARRL Life Member, he was licensed in 1943. In the 1960s Miller was instrumental in developing slow-scan TV (SSTV) for ham radio, working with Cop MacDonald, VY2CM, and others. Miller wrote several articles on SSTV for QST. In 1972, Dayton Hamvention(r) honored Miller as Amateur of the Year.Dur...

Two-thirds of FCC field offices face axe

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The USA amateur radio regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), plans to close 16 out of 24 field offices

Shortwave Radio in World War II

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- This 59-minute version of the 1944 film Voice of Victory tells the story of how Hallicrafters developed the WWII SCR299 military shortwave radio from the pre-war HT-4 amateur radio set

PS70FEB

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- PS70FEB is the 4th of 12 Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years of the end of World War II, and a tribute to the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, in the Italian Campaign

KWQC TV - A Radio Ham

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Fran Riley Feature' on TV station KWQC reports on radio amateur Dave Mayfield W9WRL who has a ham shack in his basement

All Mode African DX Competition

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The All Mode African DX Competition took place last weekend. There was quite a bit of activity over the weekend and some stations did very well

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- 9Q0HQ (Congo) just about takes top DX for the week, certainly for the weekend. Other DX about was E30FB (Eritrea), 9N7CC (Nepal), 7QAA (Malawi), CV5A (Uruguay) to mention but a few.

March 25, 2015

ARRL President, Directors and Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill

March 25, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs are Honored by Their States

March 25, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene "Buddy" Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice administration among the Yup'ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to work as air traffic contr...

ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open

March 25, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open! The ARRL Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation way beyond anyone's expectations."This was the biggest on-the-air operation in the history of Amateur Radio," ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said. More than 5.5 million Centennial event contacts...

The Annual School Club EU Day

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The German AATIS Initiative invites school amateur radio stations to be active on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SEBA9 solar eclipse chasing balloon

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- It wasn't just UK amateurs that were launching balloons for the Solar Eclipse on March 20, radio amateurs in Europe were launching them as well

Gary DeBock's Ultralight Radio Shootout

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary DeBock, acclaimed innovator in the realm of Ultralight DXing, has recently completed a exhaustive comparison of five popular Ultralight (and ultra-cheap) receivers

Camb-Hams to operate from Isle of Mull

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ten members of the Camb Hams are returning to Grasspoint IO76EJ on Mull (IOTA EU-008) from 15-21 May 2015 as GS3PYE/P

ARRLX - World Amateur Radio Day

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Every year, on the 18th of April, radio amateurs from all over the world celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day

2m FM Activity Day March 28

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In response to the lack of activity on 2m FM in S.W. Essex, the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club decided to arrange a Saturday afternoon activity session

War Cemeteries and Memorials:

March 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Many who left the shores of Australia to serve in WWI did not return. The same happened during WWII. One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium. There are many overseas sites of significance including those in France, Malta, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. At Polygon Wood a large mound known as the Butte used for training by the Belgian Army before WWI, now stands a memorial to the 5th Australian Division. Polygon Wood was destroyed in the battle. It has been re-built with walking tracks, and to honour those who served the Great War, it has a large cemetery. It contains the graves of many soldiers, in fact 2,103 burials have been conducted with full honours, and 428 are identified. Work on the cemetery by Australians began at Polygon Wood soon after the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Many Australians now visit Polygon Wood, its 'Brothers in Arms' memorial and stop at the ANZAC Rest Café, often tracing the footsteps of family members who served in the area in WWI. To honour those at Polygon Wood, a commemorative callsign OP0PPY will be activated on April 25, ANZAC Day. Philippe Haverhelst ON8PV reports that a lot of remembrance occurs at that time, that will be joined by OP0PPY using an ICOM 7400 feeding a Hexbeam on CW and Phone.

Senator Receives Award:

March 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, center, recently accepted the Legislative Leadership Award from the Michigan Section of the American Radio Relay League. Jones is the first recipient of the award and was recognized for his leadership on Public Act 556 of 2014 that supports amateur radio operators. The new law codifies a federal order into state law and creates standards for the height of amateur radio antenna structures in Michigan to prevent inconsistent restrictions of these structures by local municipalities. Pictured, from left, are ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, ARRL state government liaison for Michigan Ed Hude, Jones, ARRL section manager for Michigan Larry Camp and ARRL local government liaison Butch Hedges.

March 24, 2015

Virginia Test Session Yields Winners from 9 to 90

March 24, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing session in Virginia's Tidewater region went home empty handed. Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12. Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted. Turnout at the session, sponsored jointly by the Hampton Publi...

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015

March 24, 2015 03:34 PM - ARRL -- Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event will be, "Cooperating with Authorities." GAREC 2015 has extended an invitation to all involved in emergency communication around the world.Hosting GAREC 2015 will be the Finnish Amateu...

Youth Sked on HF!

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first HF Sked for amateurs aged 26 and under will be held on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm on 80m (3.700MHz LSB +/- 5KHz) and will be led by Mark, M0NCG

Successful transmissions of new DARC Radio and EARN on 49m SW band

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last weekend saw the successful launch of two new Amateur Radio related shows on the 49m broadcast band

QSO Today, EP 34, Jerry Buxton N0JY

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- After spending a career working on the railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending satellites into space with AMSAT, as their new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube satellite project

Ofcom Licence emails

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom have now started the process of sending the new UK amateur radio licence by email

MRK set for CQ World-Wide WPX

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's Magalies Radio-Amateur Club will be taking part in the CQ World-Wide WPX competition on the weekend of 28-29 March

2015 Young Ham of the Year Award

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year Award

2015 WIA AGM weekend in Canberra

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Onliine registrations are now open for the 2015 WIA AGM weekend in Canberra. This is your opportunity to join in the fun of this annual event

Can You Read Me? Boy Scouts Send a Message With a New Merit Badge:

March 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Eventually, everything comes back. Young men are wearing beards again, just as they did in Victorian times. Vinyl albums -- thought to have been killed by CDs and MP3s -- are so trendy that record-pressing plants are working round-the-clock to satisfy hungry hipsters. Coffee used to be bad for you. Now it's touted for its miracle properties. I wouldn't be surprised if doctors start promoting cigarettes for "lung health." The merit badge was released this month. "It's almost sort of a throwback, to reintroduce kids to skills which maybe someday they'll need when their batteries run out on their phones," said Steve Bowen, chairman of the Boy Scouts of America's merit badge development committee. I think Steve is joking about the phones, but the merit badge isn't totally focused on outmoded forms of communication. Scouts are required to be familiar with American Sign Language and Braille. Cryptography is an aspect, too. And then there's something that should come easily to any teenager: emojis and emoticons. The merit badge's requirements include: "Discuss text-message symbols and why they are commonly used. Give examples of your favorite 10 text symbols or emoticons." I'm partial to the Easter Island head, myself. "This merit badge is cross-generational," said Steve, a 68-year-old retired Montana veterinarian (and Eagle Scout). "I think kids will learn a lot from the adults and the adults will learn a lot from the kids."

How to be Ready When a Disaster Strikes:

March 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Disaster preparation can save lives. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a group that takes disaster preparedness seriously. Randall Lorenz of Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services says one of the most important things anyone can do is to have a safety kit ready. The kit should be properly packed with food and water in order to support health and hydration for an extended period of time. It should also be readily available when a disaster strikes. "When you're given 30 minutes to evacuate your house and get out because the fire's coming, it could take you only 5 minutes to pull the stuff out of your garage, throw it in your car and go," says Lorenz. He also explained how to properly take care of a pet in a dangerous situation by providing the animal with a safety backpack of its own. He also wants everyone to know that preparing for a disaster earlier is always better when there isn't a lot of time. While he says our local emergency management services are highly trained for disaster situations, he would like more families in our area to be more informed.

QSO Today - Episode 34 - Jerry Buxton - N0JY:

March 24, 2015 05:31 AM - eHam.net News -- After spending a career working on the
railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending
satellites into space with AMSAT, as their
new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube
satellite project. Amateur radio opens
doors to new experiences and
opportunities.

March 23, 2015

Southampton Eclipse Balloon

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Southampton University Spaceflight Society have posted a well illustrated report on their solar eclipse balloon flight on March 20

Science Sunday at Maldon

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunday March 22, 2015 was Science Sunday at Maldon's Museum of Power

Malawi DXpedition

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The second team of the 7QAA DXpedition (SSB, RTTY, some CW and PSK team) is now active until April 1st

ICQPodcast

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Six of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Making PCB's has been released

History This Week

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio HT of the future ?

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Open Source evengilist Bruce Perens K6BP calls it the HT of the Future. It's a product he and partner Chris Testa KD2BMH are working on that's basically a Software Defined Radio for VHF/UHF mobile, and eventually handheld use

Ham Radio Digital Voice Comparison

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this edition of the Ham Radio Now show Roland Kraatz W9HPX presents his research on D-STAR, DMR and Yaesu Fusion

DXpedition to the Isle of Man

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members from the 'DX-Interceptors Amateur Radio Club' (MS0IXD) will be on a DXpedition to the Isle of Man (EU-116) between May 8-11th

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th March, through Sunday, 22nd March there were 236 countries active

100-Year-Old Mormon the Last Survivor of Amelia Earhart Search Party:

March 23, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- As a kid I always loved a good mystery. Unsolved ones such as the Bermuda Triangle, the lost city of Atlantis, and Stonehenge still fascinate me. But, just imagine what it would be like to be to be a part of one -- to be a part of history? That's how it was for Richard Beckham, who turned 100 earlier this month; he was the last survivor of the Navy search party dispatched to find Amelia Earhart. In fact, it was Beckham who sent the first message to the world of Earhart's fate. Beckham was born March 6, 1915, and spent his childhood in Texas where he grew up on a ranch, working side-by-side with his dad. He loved camping and Boy Scouts, where he learned skills such as how to operate a ham radio and Morse code. Due to the Great Depression, however, circumstances caused his family to leave their Texas ranch and move the family to Washington. After high school in 1934, Beckham joined the Navy where his Boy Scout skills of operating a ham radio and Morse code came in handy. In 1937, he was serving on the USS Colorado when the ship was assigned to search for Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean on her attempt to fly around the world. Although he doesn't remember every detail about his life, he has never forgotten being a part of this search party. He recalled how three Navy planes left the ship to search the water and islands in the area it was believed that Earhart sent her last radio signals.

March 22, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low to moderate levels

WW1 listening post - follow up

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Further to our story about the WW1 listening post. The University of East Anglia, East Anglian Film Archives have a documentary featuring R.J.B. Hippisley (HLX)

War Cemeteries and Memorials

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Many who left the shores of Australia to serve in WWI did not return. The same happened during WWII. One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium

Polish Radio Ham's Eclipse Balloon

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ukraine Today reports on Polish radio amateur Tomasz Brol SP9UOB who launched a stratospheric balloon to capture the Solar Eclipse on video

New SA regulations to be published shortly

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The revised South African frequency spectrum regulations are due out soon, it could be as early as next week

Full-duplex radio integrated circuits demonstrated

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology - full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs) - that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio

Falcons stop phone mast upgrade

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nesting falcons have interrupted a £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

Chelmsford Talk: The Raspberry Pi

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, April 7 the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will have a presentation on the Raspberry Pi (RPi) computer board by Peter Onion G0DZB and David Whale, the talk is open to all

Amateur Radio Course Guide

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The national society in Eire, the IRTS, make available an online Course Guide for the amateur radio licence examination

60th Anniversary of ARSB

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio Society of Barbados (ARSB) celebrates its 60th anniversary

Series Eight Episode Six - Making PCB's (22 March 2015)

March 22, 2015 09:37 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Eight Episode Six of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Ed Durrant DD5LP and Martin Rothwell M0SGL to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is - Making PCB's by Matthew Nassau 2E0MTT
Amateur / Ham Radio Statistics - March 2015
Winner of UK CanSat 2015 Announced
Scientist Radio Ham Named for Prestigious Award
World Amateur Radio Day 2015
80th ARRL Anniversary of North Dakota Radio Amateur
PyQSO v0.2 Released
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress
SARL Assist Zambians with the Licensing of Amateurs

FOC QSO Party

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 28

CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Mar 28 to 2359Z, Mar 29

60 Years of Amateur Radio:

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMATEUR RADIO OPERATION may be a "grand and glorious hobby" as one operator described it, but the passion ham radio operators in the Amateur Radio Society of Barbados (ARSB) have for the pastime makes it look like serious business. When the group assembles at its clubhouse in Oxnard's tonight to celebrate the Society's 60th anniversary with light-hearted chat over dinner, there will undoubtedly be many a reflection on how this group has connected Barbados with the rest of the world in good times and bad. As a former president Ronald Armstrong explained, "We have a wide reach, so we extend our hobby to help with disasters. We also help sometimes with special events but we are there really to help specially with disasters and we have done that over the years."

MTN 'Space' -- Ham Radio on YouTube Commerial:

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- MTN Global's latest brand commercial tells the story of a little boy who discovers, via MTN's world class internet, that it is very simple to build a homemade radio that will allow him to actually speak to an astronaut in space. He tries and fails and tries again, using the New World of MTN to embark on a journey of discovery that takes a rather unexpected turn. Because that's the thing about discovery, there's always more to discover.

March 21, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, March 17 a CME struck Earth producing the largest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Aurora was visible all the way down to the central United States. The planetary A index for the day was 117, an incredibly high number

VHF Convention 2015 at Waikanae Community Centre

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Indicative programme

Software Defined Radios for the visually impaired radio enthusiast

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tore Johnny Bråtveit - a devout medium wave DXer - gives his advice on choosing the best SDRs for the visually-impaired radio enthusiast

Satellite test platform will add-in your experiments and test them

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- I'm designing a satellite test platform (for small satellites called CubeSats) and our main goal is to verify 3D printed aluminum as an acceptable material for satellite structures

RT Sytems and RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory bring integrated routing to radio progamming!

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again RFinder and RT Systems have partnered to kick radio programming up a notch

Radio Ham on BBC TV for Eclipse

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Friday, March 20 radio amateur Dave Akerman M0RPI launched his 50th high altitude balloon

Mid Ulster Club on a high

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club, MN0 VFW, will be operational from Slieve Gallion in the Sperrin Mountains, in the middle of Northern Ireland on Sunday 22nd March 2015

DARC Radio and EARN to start this weekend

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following upgrades and maintenance the 49m 10kw SW broadcast transmitter owned by a company run by Radio Amateur, Rainer DB8QC, Channel292 expects its transmitter to be back on the air on Monday evening the 23rd. of March on 6070KHz

Broadband-Hamnet has a new release of Ham-oriented data networking firmware for the Linksys and Ubiquiti products!

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Broadband-Hamnet (BBHN) has released version 3.1.0 firmware for the Linksys WRT54G and Ubiquiti families of products. This firmware returns to the use of patch updates, while also supporting add-on tools such as HamChat created by Nikolai, VE3NKL and a tunneling solution optimized by Darryl, K5DLQ

Astronaut issues challenge for UK students to 'make that call'

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tim Peake KG5BVI, the first British ESA astronaut, has issued an invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio whilst he is in space

Fail of the Week: Measuring DC Current Has to Be Easy, Right?

March 21, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- [DainBramage] needed a DC ammeter to check how long his amateur radio station would be able to stay powered on battery backup power. The one's he already had on hand were a Clamp Meter, which could only measure AC, and another one that measured just a few milliamps. Since he didn't have one which could measure up to 25A, he decided to build his own DIY DC Ammeter with parts scavenged from his parts bin. Measuring DC current is not too difficult. Pass the current to be measured through a precision resistor, and measure the voltage drop across it using a sensitive voltmeter.

Vanuatu Cyclone Recovery Has Lack of Immediate Emergency Communications:

March 21, 2015 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage when it hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu last weekend. Recovery from the Category 5 cyclone in the archipelago will take a very long time and more bad news can be expected as rescue and recovery teams reach many islands. The idyllic location is a haven for tourists and DXpeditioners, with all who had been there struggling to recognise damaged landmarks now being shown on TV news. No organised emergency communication system has stepped in to fill the gap left by the loss of telecommunications, with responders and the community short of vital details. Like some other Pacific countries very few local radio amateurs exist, and no communication has been heard from many islands. Ironically Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was in Japan at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction when the cyclone struck his country. He made an emotional plea for humanitarian assistance and has since returned to Vanuatu. During the UN conference, held in Sendai, International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (IARU R3) was represented on a panel organised by the International Telecommunication Union Development (ITU-D) Sector. The panel also included delegates from Japan, the Philippines, and Uganda. IARU Region 3 Secretary Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP, explained how Amateur Radio can contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction. Warnings or rescue requests can be the emergency communications traffic in the early phase of a disaster.

ARNewsline Report 1957 -- March 20 2015:

March 21, 2015 04:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Another big
surprise from sunspot AR-2297 as it hurls a
massive solar flare toward Earth; Cyclone
Pam devastates Vanuatu's infrastructure
cutting it off from the world; the Dayton
Hamvention names its 2015 award winners, the
next Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Conference will take place this June in
Finland; hams in Colorado now have their own
tower and antenna protection law and proof
that wireless power can be transmitted using
microwaves. All this and more on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1957 coming
your way right now.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #12 de K7RA:

March 21, 2015 12:31 AM - eHam.net News -- On Tuesday, March 17 a CME struck Earth producing the largest
geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Aurora was visible all
the way down to the central United States. The planetary A index for
the day was 117, an incredibly high number. It looks like the
greatest impact was in the second half of the UTC day, when the
planetary K index in the four 3-hour periods was 8, 8, 7 and 8.

March 20, 2015

The K7RA Solar Update

March 20, 2015 02:33 PM - ARRL -- The spring equinox is today, March 20, at 2245 UTC.On Tuesday, March 17 a CME struck Earth producing the largest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Aurora was visible all the way down to the central United States. The planetary A index for the day was 117, an incredibly high number. It looks like the greatest impact was in the second half of the UTC day, when the planetary K index in...

Radio listening declining among young

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- An Ofcom report says fewer than half of young people aged 11-15 listen to live radio on a weekly basis

Radio ham established WW1 listening post

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Telegraph newspaper reports on Hippisley Hut, named after Richard John Bayntun Hippisley, an amateur radio enthusiast with the call sign HLX

Ofcom act on radio ham's UWB response

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- Following the response to the Ofcom UWB consultation by Essex radio amateur John Gilliver G6JPG several changes have been made

Impact of UK budget on radio spectrum

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- The UK budget announced on Wednesday states that the government will allocate up to £600 million to deliver the change of use for 700 MHz spectrum and centralise the operational management of public sector spectrum

Hamvention award winner George Dobbs G3RJV

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Dayton Hamvention has announced that George Dobbs G3RJV will receive the Technical Excellence Award 2015

Essex ham radio course in April

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - Southgate ARC -- South Essex Amateur Radio Society (SEARS) member Steve 2E0UEH attended the recent RSGB 'Train The Trainers' course in Tamworth and is now an accredited trainer

National Hurricane Conference Will Include Amateur Radio Sessions

March 20, 2015 01:35 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference, March 30-April 2 in Austin, Texas. The conference theme is improving hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free and will take place Tuesday, March 31.The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in order to save liv...

Northern Alberta Radio Club Offers Community Service Through Their Hobby:

March 20, 2015 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- It's touched down as far away as Japan, Australia and Romania. He is among the 120-odd ham radio hobbyists, the president, actually, that make up the Northern Alberta Radio Club, which opened its doors in 1922. Ham radio enthusiasts, in short, use their personal equipment to contact their fellow hobbyists across distances, both long and short. "Sometimes I'm talking to someone in Florida when I'm driving to work," said Patrick Piedmont, the club's public service director. "Sometimes, I'm just talking to a couple of my friends here." There are numerous clubs and users located across the globe. For connections closer to home, users set their frequencies higher, while making contact across longer distances (in other countries, for example) requires longer wave-lengths that can range in metres. This latter goal also requires that ham radio users bounce their signals off objects (including clouds, the ground and, in some cases, Earth's Moon) to achieve an angle for the signal to touch down in the desired region, Piedmont said.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #11:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - 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:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL President: H.R. 1301 is All About Fairness:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The push is on to convince Congress to pass The Amateur Radio Parity
Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301, which was
introduced in the US House early this month with bipartisan support and
now has 22 cosponsors.

FCC, Regulatory Issues Dominate ARRL Executive Committee Meeting Agenda:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- When the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meets on March 21 in Dulles,
Virginia -- in the shadow of the nation's capital -- it will confront a
raft of FCC-related and regulatory issues. The continued evaluation of
strategies for improving the FCC Amateur Radio enforcement program
heads the list.

Colorado Governor Signs Amateur Radio Antenna Bill Into Law:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Colorado hams, as Gov
John Hickenlooper signed into law an Amateur Radio antenna bill that
mirrors the PRB-1 federal pre-emption
policy. The signing brings the number of states that have similar
Amateur Radio antenna laws in place to 32. The Colorado General
Assembly, without amendment, passed Senate Bill 15-041, sponsored by Sen Chris Holbert and Rep Kevin Van Winkle.

Emergency Communication Lacking In Vanuatu Cyclone Recovery Effort:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- With the telecommunications and electrical power infrastructure in
Vanuatu knocked out by the Category 5 Cyclone (hurricane) Pam, which
struck the Pacific archipelago over the weekend, no organized emergency
communication system has stepped in to fill the gap.

National Hurricane Conference will Include Amateur Radio Sessions:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2015 National Hurricane
Conference, March 30-April 2 in Austin, Texas. The conference theme is
improving hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free
and will take place Tuesday, March 31.

Dayton Hamvention Names 2015 Award Winners:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Dayton Hamvention has named its 2015
award winners. Three radio amateurs and a club will be honored during
the annual ham radio gathering, which takes place May 15-17.

IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide Available Online:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Emergency
Telecommunications Guide is now
available for download from the
IARU website.

Deadline Extended to Apply for Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarships:

March 20, 2015 01:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) has given individuals another couple of weeks
to apply for the 2015-2016 academic year scholarships it
administers.

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