June 30, 2016

FCC's OET Clarifies Emissions Compliance Testing for RF LED Lighting Devices

June 30, 2016 04:08 PM - ARRL -- The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has clarified that all RF LED lighting devices falling under Part 15 rules as "unintentional radiators" must meet conducted and radiated emissions limits set forth in those rules."Operation of Part 15 unintentional radiators is subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused," the OET reminded, in a knowledge database paper re...

New RSGB Microwave Manager appointed

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of the Radio Society of Great Britain has appointed a new Microwave Manager, Barry Lewis G4SJH

Flex Radio comes to visit Europe's Ham Store!

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- The team that visited FHN in Germany last weekend, stopped by Europe's Ham Store on their way back to Austin Texas on Tuesday 28 th June 2016

EI1A Green Energy Contesting

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- Olivier ON4EI, is back to Ireland from 2nd July to 12th August 2016 to operate EI8GQB (EI1A during the IARU HF World Championship July 9-10 and IOTA Contest July 30-31). 6m activity is also planned

Alexanderson alternator VLF station

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- The annual transmission of the Alexanderson alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz with the call SAQ will take place Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 09:00 UT (tuning up from 08:30) and be repeated at 12:00 UT (tune up 11:30)

Listening across the globe: 2016 BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast!

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, 21 June 2016, the BBC World Service officially transmitted the 2016 BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast - an international radio broadcast intended for a small group of scientists, technicians, and support staff who work for the British Antarctic Survey

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

June 30, 2016 07:55 AM - Southgate ARC -- The week was weak but the weekend positively buzzing. Not one station really came out top for the whole seven days but there was some good DX about. The King of Spain's contest for one

June 29, 2016

Special Event Stations to Mark Pope's Visit to Poland

June 29, 2016 02:58 PM - ARRL -- Several special event stations are poised to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Poland. The Pope will be in Poland July 27-31 to once again take part in World Youth Days in Kraków. This is Pope Francis' first visit to Poland, where he will also make stops at the national shrine in Czestochowa to honor 1050 years of Christianity in Poland and pay respects to the victims of the former Auschwitz Na...

Youth DX Adventure

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- Jeff, PJ6/NM1Y, will host this year's KB8OCP Dave Kalter Memorial (SK) Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) team from his QTH on Saba Island (NA-145) between August 2-9th

Synchronous or Asynchronous?

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Rud Merriam K5RUD writes on Hackaday about synchronous and asynchronous communications

Possible Canada Post service interruption

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- As RAC members may be aware, there is a potential strike or lockout action which may affect Canada Post in the coming months, starting any time on or after the 2nd of July

Nepal Ham Radio earthquake response presentation

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- The US Geological Survey (USGS) has posted a presentation, 'Challenges and Lessons Learned during Gorkha Earthquake of 2015,' which focuses on Amateur Radio's role in the 2015 Nepal earthquake response

Lighthouse activation

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club (VY2CRS) has installed a G5RV Junior antenna and coaxial connection at Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Heard Island Expedition Newsletter

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 5) is now available

CW Open contest

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- Alf, IT9MUO, CWO Co-Manager Region #1, writes: I would like to inform you that the CW Open will take place September 3, 2016, a contest that develops in three sessions

Brasil Fire Department 160th anniversary

June 29, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- PS7AB and PP1CZ are activating the Special station PY160FD, 01-30 July, 2016 which commemorates the 160th anniversary of the foundation of the first Official Fire Department in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro State)

Despite New Technology Radio Club Celebrates 100 Years:

June 29, 2016 08:01 AM - eHam.net News -- EVESHAM -- A map of the world is displayed across a computer monitor. Seven small circles, representing satellites, float across the map in incremental jumps. Joe Fisher is in a trailer, the kind one might use to get kids' bicycles to the shore. To his left are speakers, radios, microphones, computers, and cables -- lots and lots of cables. Fisher is operating a radio, but his job is not to send waves from one receiver to another. He's waiting for that perfect moment when the satellites on his screen are directly overhead. That's when he has to strike. As quickly as he can, Fisher has to link up with one of those satellites and use it to communicate with another operator somewhere in the United States. For Fisher, that's worth 100 points, and he has 24 hours to make it happen. Fisher started playing around with amateur radio, also known as ham radio, in high school when an instructor let him and his buddies start a small radio club. But he said his love for technology runs even deeper.

Warm Reception for Amateur Radio Event:

June 29, 2016 08:01 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio operators used a gas powered-generator at the Niskayuna Soccer Park to show how they would communicate in an emergency situation if other systems -- like cell towers and the internet -- went down. But Saturday's event wasn't just a demonstration. That afternoon, local amateur radio enthusiasts kicked off a 24-hour-long contest, one of hundreds all over the country. Fueled by potato chips, baked goods and soda, the Niskayuna group aimed to connect with as many like-minded amateur radio operators as possible. Last year, the station made about 1,500 contacts over the course of the event.

The Sun Has 'Gone Blank' for the Second Time this Month: What That Means:

June 29, 2016 08:01 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun is blank for the second time in less than a month -- not a single dark sunspot mars its surface. It's a sign our star is entering a new period of decreased activity -- one that will continue to last for about five years. But, despite the overall decline, history has proven that some of the largest solar storms in memory can occur when sunspots appear to be ebbing. The sun is a volatile star. Its surface changes on a 11-year solar cycle that oscillates between periods of increased and decreased sunspot production. Sunspots are dark areas on the surface of the sun that indicate intense magnetic activity -- so strong, in fact, that it inhibits solar convection and thus reduces the temperature of the sun in that location. Sunspots can be just a few miles wide, but the largest can span 100,000 miles in diameter, or more than 12 Earths across. These massive spots can be seen on the surface of the sun without a telescope, and they can be just half as hot as their surroundings.

Ham Talk Live #20 DX and Contest with NV9L:

June 29, 2016 07:05 AM - eHam.net News -- Coming up Thursday at 9 pm Eastern on Ham
Talk Live! this week, Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L,
will be here to talk DXing and Contesting!

June 28, 2016

West Virginia ARES Units on Alert for Possible Activation in Wake of Flooding

June 28, 2016 10:54 PM - ARRL -- All Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) districts and counties in West Virginia are on alert for possible activation in the aftermath of severe flooding, which has claimed at least 2 dozen lives, destroyed hundreds of homes, and damaged countless others. More than 30,000 were without electrical power at one point, but that number now is less than 8000. More rain has been forecast for the reg...

ARRL to Sponsor 2016 Atlantic Season Hurricane Webinar

June 28, 2016 08:04 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL will sponsor a 2016 Atlantic Season Hurricane Webinar on Thursday, July 21, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Friday, July 22, UTC). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to attend this online presentation.Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

AMSAT Symposium 2016 Issues First Call for Papers

June 28, 2016 07:05 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT has issued its first call for papers for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium, November 10-14. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community.AMSAT requests a tentative paper or presentation title as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Final versions are due by October 15 ...

Canada Day Contest is Friday, July 1 (UTC)

June 28, 2016 01:59 PM - ARRL --

UAE Amateur Radio satellite

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nayif-1 carries a 435/145 MHz transponder (FUNcube-5) for amateur radio SSB/CW communications. It is expected to launch along with other amateur radio satellites such as Fox-1C and Fox-1D on a SpaceX rocket between September and November 2016

Rockford to scramble all police radio communication

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea is ordering all digital radio communications to be transmitted over only encrypted channels starting in August, preventing members of the public and news organizations from listening to police radio traffic

Radio hams help students reach for the sky

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Appledore Amateur Radio Club helped students at Caen School in Braunton, Devon launch a balloon, callsign CAEN_CP1, which transmitted pictures using Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) on 434.250 MHz

ISWL Callsigns for July 2016

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of July 2016

Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2016 edition of the book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available from the AMSAT-UK shop

CQ-DATV 37 is out

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The free ATV Magazine CQ-DATV issue 37 is now available for download

Capacitor types - Properties of different types of capacitor

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Find out all about the different properties of the various capacitor types: electrolytic; ceramic; tantalum; plastic film. Find out what they are; how they can be used; and the various attributes of each type

ARISS contact planned for Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Jeff Williams KD5TVQ with Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany

Amateur Radio Roundtable

June 28, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, June 28th at 8:00 PMCT (0200 UTC Wed), Katie Allen, WY7YL will be back with a special guest this Tuesday night

Amateur Emergency Radio Services Participates in Field Day:

June 28, 2016 07:56 AM - eHam.net News -- The American Radio Relay League, or ARRL, kicked off its annual Field Day event Saturday as North American radio operators began spinning and grinning - radio lingo for signal scanning across a frequency band. The event is a 24-hour scored event where teams attempt to contact as many other stations as possible through any of their communication modes. Operators communicate with Morse code, digital teletype and, of course, voice. "It's called Field Day because we get out and set up in the field where we aren't usually operating," Kevin Kingery, of North Augusta-Belvedere Radio Club, said. "It's meant to get out and practice in case of an actual emergency, like hurricanes or tornadoes taking out electricity and phone communications."

Seeing Sunspots as Early Astronomers Did:

June 28, 2016 07:56 AM - eHam.net News -- Astronomers have reconstructed 18-century telescopes to observe sunspots and better understand solar cycles. Astronomers have been counting sunspots -- the most accessible tool they've had to measure solar activity -- for the past 400 years. In more recent times, technology has advanced, making it easier to pick out smaller sunspots or even measure the magnetic field directly. But some astronomers are now turning back the clock. They're reconstructing ancient telescopes to observe sunspots as our forebears did to better understand the Sun's evolution. Sunspots are irregular shapes on the surface of the sun; the cooler gas, held still by strong magnetic fields, appears dark against the rest of the boiling-hot surface. The more sunspots, the more magnetically active the Sun is. Sunspot observations through the centuries have shown two long-term trends in the Sun's activity: a possible 100-year cycle and a long-term increase in sunspot number. However, it turns out this second trend isn't real -- it's due to inconsistencies in sunspot-counting. A team led by Leif Svalgaard (Stanford) built 18th-century telescopes to count sunspots and record the evolution of the solar cycle in the same way as astronomers from yesteryear. The behavior of the solar cycle is crucial to studying solar dynamics, forecasting space weather, and modeling climate change. Our general understanding of the Sun relies on our knowledge about its past behavior.

10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party

June 28, 2016 07:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0001Z, Jul 4 to 2400Z, Jul 10

June 27, 2016

Yaesu Musen Signs on as Prime Sponsor of WRTC 2018

June 27, 2016 09:03 PM - ARRL -- Yaesu Musen has announced that it will support World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany as the event's prime sponsor. Yaesu Director Masao Mori, JA1COW, and WRTC 2018 President Christian Janssen, DL1MGB, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 25 at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Yaesu, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, will donate all rotators ...

The 13 Colonies Special Event Gets Under Way on July 1

June 27, 2016 09:03 PM - ARRL --

Nepal Amateur Radio Earthquake Response Presentation Available

June 27, 2016 09:03 PM - ARRL -- The US Geological Survey (USGS) has posted a presentation, "Challenges and Lessons Learned during Gorkha Earthquake of 2015," which focuses on Amateur Radio's role in the 2015 Nepal earthquake response. Sanjeeb Panday, 9N1SP, of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, spoke on June 2 in Santa Clara, California.Panjay told the gathering that the Silicon Valley and the Kathmandu Valley share th...

Fox-1C and Fox-1D Launch Window Shifted

June 27, 2016 09:03 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT reports that the launch period for Fox-1C (Cliff) and Fox-1D has been moved. The new launch window will be between September 1 and November 30. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be integrated onto the Spaceflight SHERPA platform for its maiden flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching into a sun-synchronous orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D carry university experiments ...

"Warning" Notices to ARRL E-Mail Users are Bogus

June 27, 2016 04:03 PM - ARRL -- Some ARRL E-mail Forwarding Service (@arrl.net) users have reported receiving bogus notices with a subject line, "Warning!!! Code: WeBmAiLx2F5" or similar. These warning e-mails are phishing attempts and did not originate with ARRL. Recipients should ignore the warning and should not attempt to click on the link provided or to comply with its instructions.The bogus warnings, which be...

VLF Transmissions, Amateur Radio Activity Set for Alexanderson Day on July 3

June 27, 2016 04:03 PM - ARRL --

UKube-1 Transponder remains active

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- The AMSAT News Service reports the UKube-1 CubeSat SSB/CW transponder continues to remain active

IRTS Contest next weekend

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day takes place over next weekend, 2nd and 3rd July. The contest is on 5 bands 50, 70, 144, 432 and 1296 MHz

ICQPODCAST - Calibration released

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's feature is Calibration

GippsTech conference for the VHF, UHF and microwave bands

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- Learn about the latest techniques, equipment and discuss issues with many knowledgeable radio amateurs at GippsTech 2016, the premier technical event

GB3LV IRLP node

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the past week, GB3LV IRLP node 5600 and EchoLink node 155403 have both been withdrawn from service owing to strong and irregular electrostatic storms

DXCC Country/Entity Report

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th June, through Sunday, 26th June there were 209 countries active

13 Colonies Special Event

June 27, 2016 09:00 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again the annual '13 Colonies Special Event' will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th

Ham Radio Operators: Technology Before the Digital Revolution:

June 27, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) -- Long before smart phones and the internet and the digital revolution, there were Ham Radio operators and their still going strong after the first ham radio operation 83 years ago. The Hampden County Radio Association still feels relevant in spite of social media and other communication advances in recent years. All they've got is what some might consider primitive equipment being in constant communication with ham radio operators around the world. Jeffrey Bail is president of the Hampden County group. He pointed out there are times when ham radios really come in handy. He said, "For example, interruptions in communication like a power failure the ham radio operators are an excellent back up."

Amateur Radio Operators Tune In to Weekend of Global Communication:

June 27, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- "Whiskey Four Sugar. Whiskey Four Sugar," 13-year-old Mason Matrazzo called into his radio transmitter. After a couple of tries through static, a voice replied another set of call letters for an operator in Illinois. Matrazzo was among the members of the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club who spent Saturday and Sunday making radio contact with fellow radio fans across the country who participated in Amateur Radio Field Day. The amateur-radio operators, nicknamed hams, attempt to reach as many other operators as possible to earn points that increases their national ranking. Amateur radio has proven to be an effective form of communication when other systems, like cellphones and the internet, fail. "When all else fails, ham radio," Knight said. "During natural disasters like the tsunami in the Philippines or Hurricane Katrina, ham radio operators set up antennas and contacted people. They're the only things that worked when normal communication was down."

Loud and Clear: Ham Radio Hobbyists Have a Field Day:

June 27, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- RANBURNE -- For 24 hours this weekend, local ham radio operators set up at the Ranburne Fire Department to practice their emergency response and hone their radio skills in the annual National Field Day. The point of the exercise is part training, part social gathering and part competition, said Randy Smith, president of the Turkey Heaven Mountain Repeater Association. The members set up temporary antennas and brought their radios and attempt to make as many official contacts as possible during the 24 hours, beginning at 1 p.m. central time on Saturday and ending at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The test keeps the members' skills sharp so that in case of emergency they can respond quickly and efficiently, Smith said. "Like when Katrina hit New Orleans, all the information that was coming out of there for the first what was it, six hours, was all relayed via ham radio," said Jerry Wysoczynski, secretary/treasurer of the local association. "Cell phones didn't work; nothing worked. Land lines were down."

Kay Craigie N3KN on Amateur Radio Roundtable, June 28:

June 27, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- June 28th at 8:00 PMCT (0200 UTC Wed).
Katie Allen, WY7YL will be back with a
special guest this Tuesday night.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

June 27, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. June 29, 2016.

June 26, 2016

South African Type Approval Regulations

June 26, 2016 09:04 AM - Southgate ARC -- The SARL (South African Radio League) must seriously consider how it will present its case when ICASA is holding its public hearings on type approval and under what conditions equipment will be exempted from the current requirements

How much havoc is caused by unwanted radio signals? FCC tries to find out

June 26, 2016 09:04 AM - Southgate ARC -- The US Federal Communications Commission is trying to figure out exactly how much trouble is being caused by radio noise

HF0F, the visit of Pope Francis to Poland

June 26, 2016 09:04 AM - Southgate ARC -- HF0F (QSL via SP9BRP) will operate from Kraków to mark the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Poland on 25-31 July 2016. A number of special-event stations will accompany the celebrations

Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D launch window update

June 26, 2016 09:04 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT has been informed that the launch period for Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D has been moved and is now commencing on September 1, 2016 and ending on November 30, 2016

AMSAT SA accelerating satellite development

June 26, 2016 09:04 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT Southern Africa is accelerating the development of its Kletskous transponder by introducing a parallel development process

DL-DX RTTY Contest

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z, Jul 2 to 1059Z, Jul 3

Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Jul 2 to 2359Z, Jul 3

FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 2

Marconi Memorial HF Contest

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Jul 2 to 1400Z, Jul 3

PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z, Jul 2 to 2000Z, Jul 3

ICQ Podcast Episode 214 - Calibration

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is Calibration. EURO 2016 Amateur / Ham Radio Award Ofcom Remove Amateur / Ham Radio Statistics White House honors Limor Fried AC2SN Russia Trial Electromagnetic Warfare System FCC Technological Advisory Council Noise Floor Inquiry New National Belize Amateur / Ham Radio Society Radio Shack Photography Competition ZS1TWO Cape Town 2m Beacon

Ham Radio Operators Prepare for Emergency Response:

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - eHam.net News -- The Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club competed in the annual Field Day competition during which they have to contact as many people as possible during a 24 hour period using radio communication. The club says this helps them practice for crisis response when natural disasters strike.

Ham Radio Becomes a 'Contact' Sport:

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - eHam.net News -- CHAMBERSBURG- It was a book that sparked Anthony Ogburn's interest in radio. He was given a copy of "Passport to Worldband Radio" when he was a child and he poured over it, learning everything he could about radios. From the book, he progressed to an actual radio - purchasing a shortwave radio for $10 at an auction. The first time he turned it on, he was able to listen to BBC talking about the Tour de France bike race. From there, Ogburn was hooked. "I knew I liked it and knew I wanted to do it," Ogburn said. "I like the magic of sitting there and it's me, the antenna, and the radio." Ogburn transitioned from a person who dabbled in radio to someone who can use the radio to contact other people on the other side of the world. That's what he and several others were doing Saturday afternoon at a Field Day event hosted by the Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club. For 24 hours, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and ending Sunday afternoon, amateur radio operators attempted to contact as many other ham radio operators as they could. These other operators could be anywhere from a few dozen to thousands of miles apart.

Communicating When Cell Phones Can't Work:

June 26, 2016 08:00 AM - eHam.net News -- PADUCAH, Ky -- Before tablets, texting, or cell phones, a lot of people relied on radios for communication. Today, amateur radio is still a way to communicate in emergencies when cell phone towers are out. Across the world, amateur radio associations like Paducah's are setting up and operating stations for "field day" this weekend. Teams work to connect with stations on amateur bands across the U.S. and even internationally. You get points for successful communication. Ed Pflueger has been coming to almost every "Field Day" for the last 40 years. "We do it through Morse code radio, teletype, and in-voice communications," Pflueger said. That Paducah Amateur Radio Association ranked in the top 20 in the country in their division last year. The club's president, Jeff Wielgos says while competing is fun, "Field Day" also teaches you how to operate in abnormal situations or less than optimal conditions. "Ham radio can be the key to communication, to saving lives, or providing emergency response for people if something does happen," Wielgos said.

June 25, 2016

TX Factor GB2RS News Podcast

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- All the very latest Amateur Radio news is now available via the TX Factor GB2RS weekly podcast

NASA TV to air Russian cargo ship movement at Space Station

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1

Ham radio lifeline

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- An earthquake response exercise on Vancouver Island proved the worth of amateur radio operators when the Big One strikes the West Coast

Ham radio family enjoys distant connections

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Every Thursday night, Abbi KF5BEW and Kendra Wilson KF5FYS talk to friends who may be near Seattle or in the country of Belize. These teenage sisters make these faraway connections without a cell phone, text or email

FCC says 'No' to lifetime Amateur Radio licenses

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The FCC has denied the petition of an Arizona radio amateur, who had petitioned for lifetime Amateur Radio licenses

Caroline North - Euroseige '85!

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Our next Caroline North broadcast from the radio-ship Ross Revenge will be over the weekend 25th/26th June

Barrett supplies equipment to Caribbean Amateur Radio group

June 25, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Australia's Barrett Communications has signed a two-year contract with the Rainbow Radio League (RRL) in the Caribbean under which Barrett is supplying HF equipment, and RRL is installing, operating and maintaining the system

RAC Canada Day Contest

June 25, 2016 07:55 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1

The Super Bowl of Ham Radio:

June 25, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur radio, or ham radio, is one of those things where you get it or you don't. But the American Radio Relay League hopes that a few more people get it after this weekend's National Field Day, described as "part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event:and all about fun!" The event is part of the league's Amateur Radio Week. The idea behind National Field Day is for ham radio operators to show off and demonstrate their radios to the public while attempting to see how far their devices can reach. The event tends to draw emergency department staff, who often use ham radio as a secondary communication option. John Zabriskie Sr., assistant director of the Charlestown, Rhode Island, Emergency Management Agency, noted that the tests work as a nice refresher for employees.

Join in Field Day Live Worldwide!

June 25, 2016 07:55 AM - eHam.net News -- Call in for Field Day LIVE on International Shortwave!
Tomorrow - Saturday, June 25, 2016 on WTWW on 9930 Starting at 4 PM Central Daylight Time (21:00 UTC) until 7pm CDT (0:00 UTC) when we will then switch frequencies to WTWW 5085 and go until?

June 24, 2016

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #26 de K7RA:

June 24, 2016 08:05 PM - eHam.net News -- This weekend is ARRL Field Day. Good conditions are expected, but on
Thursday prior to this weekend there were no sunspots visible. But
the forecast is for a rising solar flux over the weekend with no
geomagnetic upsets expected.

India Launches Amateur Radio Satellites:

June 24, 2016 08:05 PM - eHam.net News -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully
launched several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads.
Satellites put into orbit include Swayam-1, a 1U CubeSat that
carries a digital store-and-forward messaging system for use by the
Amateur Radio community.

2016 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:

June 24, 2016 08:05 PM - eHam.net News -- 2016 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:

Youth DX Adventure Team Headed to Saba in August

June 24, 2016 01:58 PM - ARRL -- The 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) team is heading to Saba to the Caribbean station of Jeff Jolie, PJ6/NM1Y, who will host three teenaged Amateur Radio operators and their chaperones.This year's youth team includes Morgan Croucher, KD8ZLK; Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, and Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH. Escorting them will be Joe Binkley, KD8YPY; Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, and James Lea, WX4T...

The K7RA Solar Update

June 24, 2016 01:58 PM - ARRL -- This weekend is ARRL Field Day. Good conditions are expected, but on Thursday prior to this weekend there were no sunspots visible. But the forecast is for a rising solar flux over the weekend with no geomagnetic upsets expected.Last week changes in averages of daily sunspot numbers and solar flux were mixed, not illustrating any particular trend.Average daily sunspot numbers went from 29.1 to ...

The European DX Foundation Marks 30th Anniversary

June 24, 2016 12:55 PM - ARRL -- The European DX Foundation (EUDXF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 24-26. The EUDXF DX dinner is set for the evening of June 24 in nearby Tettnang.The European DX convention will take place on Saturday, August 27, and the EUDXF DX Award will be presented during the convention banquet.The EUDXF was active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest...

Handihams' Sister Alverna O'Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, SK

June 24, 2016 12:55 PM - ARRL -- Handiham stalwart Sister Alverna O'Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, of Rochester, Minnesota, died on May 30. She was 84. Sister Alverna joined the then-fledgling organization in its earliest days, when founder Ned Carman, W0ZSW, came up with the idea of sharing Amateur Radio with people who had disabilities."Ned enlisted the help of a group of local nuns, the Sisters of St Francis, on April 30, 1967," reti...

Campaign Under Way to Save Lightship Planet, Home to GB2LBL

June 24, 2016 12:55 PM - ARRL -- A campaign is under way in the UK to save the Lightship Planet from a one-way voyage to the scrap yard. The Planet is home to club station GB2LBL. According to John Hudson, M0CMW, GB2LBL was set up on board the Planet about 7 or 8 years ago, and a group of Marine Radio Museum Society (MRMS) volunteers operate the Amateur Radio station each week."We also enter the lighthouses and lightships year...

Balloting to Begin for AMSAT Board of Directors

June 24, 2016 12:55 PM - ARRL --

Sunspots vanish ...again

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- For the second time this month, sunspots have faded away leaving the face of the sun completely blank

Special webcast of Field Day

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- We have a special field day webcast scheduled on Saturday June 25 from 4 PM Eastern until 9 PM Eastern on W5KUB.COM

Radio Caroline ham radio station

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex-based Martello Tower Group will be operating special event station GB5RC from the MV Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline, to commemorate five decades of offshore radio broadcasting

Phase-4A geostationary Amateur Radio transponder video

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Es'hail 2 is a geostationary satellite which will carry two amateur radio transponders. The coverage area of the Narrowband (NB) and Wideband (WB) transponders should extend from Brazil to Thailand

MacLoggerDX Version 6.03 released

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.03 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Ham radio Training and Assessment Guide

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - Southgate ARC -- The amateur radio Training and Assessment Guide is now available on the RSGB website

Radio Amateurs Make History in B.C. Disaster Drill, Play Key Role: Minister

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - eHam.net News -- COBBLE HILL, B.C. -- When every way of communicating was cut off during an earthquake exercise on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, amateur radio operators were the first to step in with a call for help to the outside world. Telephone lines, cellular and wireless communications were knocked out in the simulated scenario, but volunteer ham radio operators managed to contact a Canadian Forces long-range patrol aircraft flying over the Rockies to broadcast rescue information. "There's the old amateur radio saying that when everything else fails, there's amateur radio," said Steve Bradshaw, president of the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society, who participated in the $1.2 million government exercise earlier this month with about a dozen other radio operators. Naomi Yamamoto, B.C.'s emergency preparedness minister, said the operators made history by communicating directly with the Canadian Forces aircraft on amateur radio frequencies. She said the radio volunteers proved their worth as a vital lifeline during a disaster. "If there is an emergency, the only communication may be these amateur radio guys," said Yamamoto. "All I know is that if they weren't there for that first hour, we would be behind the eight ball. We wouldn't know what happened to Port Alberni or the west coast of Vancouver Island."

College's 30-Year-Old Ham Club Fashions Antenna for Satellite:

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - eHam.net News -- Pune: The College of Engineering Pune's Ham Club, among the oldest in the country, can also take pride in Swayam's success. The satellite's antenna was designed by the full-fledged amateur radio club. Now that Swayam is up there and functioning, it will provide point-to-point communication for the Ham radio community. The club was established in 1986 in the college. Over the years, it has seen technology change from vacuum tubes to advanced transmitter-receivers. Students, who are taught to communicate in Morse code, have also communicated with an international space station. "I was in my second year when the club made the antenna for Swayam. First, the parameters were decided and designed, and then, using a software, the design was simulated to check if the result matched the needs. The club then constructed the antenna and decided on which frequency Swayam will communicate with the ground station," current head of the club Priyanka Zambre said. Anybody who can operate a walkie-talkie can receive and hear messages if tuned into the message's frequency level, but certification is required to transmit it to someone. The licence must be obtained from the Amateur Station Operators Certificate (ASOC) examination conducted by the Wireless and Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC) of the ministry of communications and information technology. The radio communication channel is useful during emergencies, students said. "During the Nepal earthquake, none of the cell towers were working. Hence, all communication was through radio. Similarly, during floods and other natural calamities, radio communication is used. Even during terrorist attacks, if cellphone towers are jammed, Ham is used by authorities," Zambre added.

FCC Wants Your Help Understanding Radio Noise:

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - eHam.net News -- Interference from radio noise remains a big problem... and it's tricky enough that the FCC wants your help understanding the issue in the first place. The agency has put out a call for public input that should not only determine the scale of radio noise problems, but design the studies needed to measure them. It wants to identify the main sources of this noise, where it's most likely to happen and whether it varies based on time. It's particularly concerned about "incidental" noise from devices that aren't meant to emit radio frequencies, like motors or power lines.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2017, June 24, 2016:

June 24, 2016 08:59 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. New Mexico ARES teams respond to deadly wildfires. There's upheaval inside the ARRL's National Traffic System. Some DXing friends prepare to take a big step. And it looks like the North Korea activation is about to happen! All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2017 coming your way right now.

Special Webcast of Field Day:

June 24, 2016 03:09 AM - eHam.net News -- We have a special field day webcast
scheduled on Saturday June 25 from 4 PM
Eastern until 9 PM Eastern on W5KUB.COM.
The first 2 hours will be live from the
youth field day K1D in Florida. This
field day will be totally constructed and
operated by youths. James Lea WX4TV will
supervise that operation. The second part
of the show will be live webcast visits
from field day locations all across the
country. Watch and ask questions as hams
call in and give us a tour of their
operations. Watch the good, the bad, and
the ugly. Hopefully it will be nice
weather everywhere but as you know, that
wont happen.

June 23, 2016

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #26:

June 23, 2016 10:54 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.

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