January 20, 2018

CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW

January 20, 2018 12:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2200Z, Jan 26 to 2200Z, Jan 28

January 19, 2018

FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown

January 19, 2018 07:40 PM - ARRL -

The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.

“In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,” the FCC said.

This means the FCC will continue t...

The K7RA Solar Update

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #03 de K7RA:

January 19, 2018 02:17 PM - eHam.net News - It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0 sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between 0 and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are counted. The number gets 10 points for each sunspot group, and one point for each sunspot in those groups. Therefore the minimum possible sunspot number if there is any sunspot activity is 11.

SDR Workshop

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The SARL and AMSAT SA will be holding another SDR Workshop at the National Amateur Radio Centre from 09:00 - 13:00 CAT on Saturday 20 January 2018

Modes used on air during 2017

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Michael Wells G7VJR has published a breakdown by mode of the amateur radio contacts uploaded to Club Log in 2017

DPØGVN WSPR Beacon in Antarctia is operational

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On January 15 in the afternoon hours, the multiband receiver of the new permanent WSPR beacon DPØGVN in Antarctica was put into operation. It is active from the German research station "Neumayer III" of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

The English School, Nicosia students to have live discussion with astronaut in space

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 10:35:45 UTC, students of The English School in Nicosia, Cyprus will have the opportunity talk live to an astronaut in space. The astronaut will be on-board the International Space Station

4U0R, Austria

January 19, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna International Center, Austria, for the 'World Radio Day' (February 13th) between February 13-20th

Candidates Complete Their Amateur Radio Training in Leigh:

January 19, 2018 12:19 AM - eHam.net News - THREE candidates traveled from Brighton and East London to complete their amateur radio training in Leigh. Sarah, Chris and Alkesh joined local amateur radio group Essex Ham at the Leigh Community Center in Elm Road, to complete the tests required to allow them to get an amateur radio license and be able to send messages around the world.

Preserving a 45-Year Record of Sunspots:

January 19, 2018 12:19 AM - eHam.net News - In 1964, the late solar researcher Patrick McIntosh launched an ambitious effort to track sunspots -- relatively cool, dark blotches on the Sun caused by disturbances in the star's magnetic field. He traced sunspots and other solar surface features from daily photographs, creating a map of the full Sun approximately every 27 days. This led to important advances in the prediction of solar flares and helped to reveal the large-scale organization of the Sun's magnetic field. Now scientists are working to preserve and digitize McIntosh's project, a uniquely consistent record of solar activity over 45 years. The Sun's magnetic field is driven by the interior flow of hot plasma, or electrified gas, which creates a magnetic generator called a dynamo. McIntosh's records showed that the location and number of sunspots and filaments -- huge arcs of dense plasma that appear as dark lines on the Sun's surface -- are indicators of just how this dynamo works. By carefully documenting the position and number of sunspots over time, for example, McIntosh's record illustrated how the Sun's entire magnetic field flips polarity every 11 years. The number of visible sunspots helps researchers predict this flip: When the Sun emits more X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, a period called the solar maximum, the number of sunspots peaks. When solar activity dwindles during the solar minimum, sunspots dwindle. McIntosh's maps were unique for also tracking the position of filaments and other features that also change as the magnetic field evolves, drifting poleward or toward the Sun's equator at different stages of the solar cycle.

January 18, 2018

AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

January 18, 2018 09:23 PM - ARRL -

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds.

Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur ...

Dugger Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Date Changed to February 17

January 18, 2018 09:05 PM - ARRL -

The Dugger Amateur Radio Club in Dugger, Indiana, has announced that the date of its hamfest has been moved to February 17 at the City Park Community Building, 840 Hicum Street, in Dugger. Talk-in will be on 147.775 MHz (136.5 Hz). Contact Jonathan Olvey, KD9AMN, for more information.

New Chinese Zhou Enlai Student Satellite Set to Launch

January 18, 2018 06:45 PM - ARRL -

The 2U Zhou Enlai CubeSat, developed with primary and middle school students in China, is expected to launch on January 19. The satellite is named after the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, who held office from 1949 until 1976. A report on the official Xinhua Net website said the CubeSat, constructed at Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province, has been t...

Two More US Educational Organizations Move into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections

January 18, 2018 06:26 PM - ARRL -

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the addition of two more educational organizations to the Phase 2 list to host an ARISS ham radio contact with an ISS crew member. The selected schools submitted proposals before the deadline last November and join the 13 schools and groups announced in mid-December. The two extra scheduling opportunities are special events,...

Permanent WSPR Beacon in Antarctica Now on the Air

January 18, 2018 06:21 PM - ARRL -

The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Antarctica. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

“The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occa...

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Still at the Dock

January 18, 2018 06:04 PM - ARRL -

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team's vessel remains at the dock in Punta Arenas, Chile. Their vessel, MV Betanzos did leave the harbor yesterday and then returned. “This was for some kind of inspection, which they passed,” The Daily DX reported.

The Bouvet MapShare website appears to show that the vessel remains docked. On January 16, the team reported that preparations to depart were contin...

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #03:

January 18, 2018 04:48 PM - eHam.net News - This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire

January 18, 2018 03:14 PM - ARRL -

ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help gui...

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

January 18, 2018 02:51 PM - eHam.net News - Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire:

January 18, 2018 02:51 PM - eHam.net News - ARRL's chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to President Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet:

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice President, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as to the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, has announced that he will retire on March 2. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - "Antenna Wire" is the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day:

January 18, 2018 02:50 PM - eHam.net News - Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

January 18, 2018 02:49 PM - eHam.net News - Right on schedule on January 12, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched, taking AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat and 30 other satellites on board toward a sun-synchronous orbit. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit!

A Message to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR:

January 18, 2018 02:49 PM - eHam.net News - In the last few weeks, the ARRL's Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mis-characterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board's censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL's Articles of Association and Bylaws that are likely to be considered at the upcoming ARRL Board meeting and which were circulated by a member of the Board. None of the proposed Article and Bylaw changes has yet been addressed by the Board of Directors. More recently, other equally erroneous and false statements have been made with respect to completely unrelated issues, in an effort to draw into question ARRL's decision-making processes. The principal suggestion is that ARRL operates under some "cloak of secrecy." The criticism is unfair and undeserved.

Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - Registration now is open for a 2-day HamSCI -- the Amateur Radio citizen science initiative -- workshop February 23-24 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. The 2018 HamSCI Workshop will be held in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Complimentary parking is available.

Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - Uncharacteristically cold weather in central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area's homeless population. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon central Florida, bringing below-freezing temperatures, especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements. NBARC members Ricky Deluco, K4JTT; Robert Ortiz, KJ4VEH; William Klosowski, K4SVT, and Michael Ellixson, KE4MWZ, set out in their own vehicles, searching the city of Titusville for homeless residents. For the next two evenings, and using Amateur Radio as communications, the group worked in the cold, wet weather for more than 12 hours, logging some 120 miles on the roads around Titusville.

DoD Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success:

January 18, 2018 02:48 PM - eHam.net News - A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Amateur Radio community, simulated a coronal mass ejection (CME) event. Army and Air Force MARS organizations worked in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, (SK):

January 18, 2018 02:47 PM - eHam.net News - Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

In Brief...

January 18, 2018 02:47 PM - eHam.net News - In Brief...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

January 18, 2018 02:00 PM - ARRL -

“Antenna Wireis the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wher...

Zhou Enlai student satellite to launch

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The 2U CubeSat Zhou Enlai, developed with primary and middle school students, is expected to launch on Friday, January 19, 2018

The home of the good guys

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A radio amateur from Far North Queensland has achieved a lot for a remote village while on holidays in the Solomon Islands

SSTV on a Baofeng?

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Sending and receiving images over amateur radio using SSTV can be lots of fun. Andy M6XFC has written on the Essex Ham site about how to get started with SSTV on a Baofeng handheld

New SOTA Associations 2017

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Fifteen new SOTA associations were added during the year 2017, bringing the total to 136

New 'Celtic Knot' VHF-UHF Competition

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The GMDX Group is sponsoring a new annual competition to promote VHF-UHF DX and contesting activity in the North and West of the geographical British Isles - and to give stations everywhere an opportunity to work those areas

New BT broadband service to transmit across VHF

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - BT's Openreach plans to use the polluting technology G.fast, that transmits across the VHF spectrum as well as HF, to deliver new broadband services

Auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has published an update on the timetable for setting the regulations that will apply to the forthcoming auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

Tony's 10m Band Report

January 18, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Trying to concentrate on the positive side of Ten Metre activity is a tad difficult at the moment. For example Monday shows H91IT, H91TT and H91T. Only the first of these is a good call.

January 17, 2018

Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

January 17, 2018 10:52 PM - ARRL -

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama...

Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth

January 17, 2018 10:19 PM - ARRL -

The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit.

Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to “Auto” to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame...

Western Nevada College Offering Class to Certify Ham Radio Technicians:

January 17, 2018 05:13 PM - eHam.net News - If you work or play in the backcountry or are involved in emergency communications, you may want to take a new class offered through Western Nevada College Community Education. Starting Jan. 31, an 11-session class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Instructor Jeff Cauhape, of K7BCV, will lead students through the ARRL licensing manual with hands-on activities. The text is ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, third edition, and is available through amazon.com. There is no Morse code requirement, no electrical engineering experience, or higher math involved in the class. Additionally, students have the chance to walk away from the class with their Technician's Class license. For the final session, students can take their licensing exam in lieu of a final.

Winter Field Day 2018

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - It's that time of year again where we'll get outside and practise amateur radio in the field. The difference now is, we will be doing it via the Winter Field Day 2018 event

SOTA Sherpa Award for 2017 - Guru EA2IF

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Each year, the SOTA Sherpa Award is made to a person who in the opinion of the SOTA Management Team, has made a particularly substantial effort and contribution in the growth and development of the programme that year

NCVEC Question Pool Committee releases errata to new Technician Question Pool

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has announced some errors in the 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 (Technician class) Question Pool released on January 8

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (SK)

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82

InnovAntennas release 4/2m dualbander

January 17, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - InnovAntennas today released the first in a new range of dual band Yagis covering both 4m and 2m bands. The first in the range is a 12 element which has 5 active elements on 70MHz and 7 active elements on 144MHz with a single feed point and 2.4m boom

William Paterson Students Visit Vieques, Forge Radio Partnership:

January 17, 2018 12:12 AM - eHam.net News - WAYNE -- More than 1,600 miles may separate Wayne from the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques, but for one group of college students, its people will remain close to their hearts despite the ocean between them. Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria touched down, battering the secluded island and knocking out its only radio station, nine communications students from William Paterson University traveled to Vieques this month for a weeklong humanitarian mission. The students, including members of the college radio station's staff, donated equipment and expertise, and lent a helping hand to the island's ongoing efforts to rebuild. "Flying in, what stood out was all the blue FEMA tarps serving as makeshift roofs," said student Aziza McGill Ayinde. "Where there were once houses, you saw tents and a foundation." Vieques, located off Puerto Rico's southeast coast, became internationally known in 2003 when a series of protests led to the decommissioning of a U.S. Navy base that had used much of the island as a bombing test site since the 1940s. As part of the mission, William Paterson students gifted Radio Vieques' cadre of volunteers with a new computer and ham radio training to help maintain communication should the station go dark again.

January 16, 2018

Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope’s Visit

January 16, 2018 05:00 PM - ARRL -

The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes.

A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc...

NCVEC Question Pool Committee Releases Errata to Technician Question Pool:

January 16, 2018 03:06 PM - eHam.net News - The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has announced some errors in the 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 (Technician class) Question Pool released on January 8.

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (SK):

January 16, 2018 03:06 PM - eHam.net News - Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

January 16, 2018 03:05 PM - eHam.net News - Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 series imaging satellite for the Indian government, separated from the launcher's fourth stage, followed by other satellites on the mission. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit.

Tom and Jimmy 'complete' GI

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Jimmy Read M0HGY and his dad Tom Read M1EYP became only the 4th and 5th SOTA participants to activate every summit in the GI - Northern Ireland association

SWODXA DX Dinner

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) is pleased to announce that we will again sponsor the DX Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2018 Dayton Hamvention

PEARS National VHF and UHF Contest - this weekend

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The PEARS National VHF and UHF Contest will take place from 19 to 21 January 2018 and is divided into two 22-hour sessions to spread activity over the whole weekend and benefit from changing propagation

Essex Ham at Southend Digital Professionals

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Southend Digital Professionals is a monthly meetup in Southend-on-Sea designed as a networking event and a chance for those interested in tech to chat, and swap ideas

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition news

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk

AX prefix on Australia's national day

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) automatically allows all radio amateurs to substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with the letters AX, every Australia Day. Their national day this year falls on Friday 26th of January

AO-73 / FUNcube-1 Illumination update

January 16, 2018 10:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The time when the amateur radio AO-73 CubeSat enters continuous sunlight, for the first time, is fast approaching

RSGB AFS Contest, Data

January 16, 2018 03:10 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1400Z-1800Z, Jan 20

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

January 16, 2018 01:31 AM - ARRL -

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio...

Ham Radio Operators Display Emergency Capabilities During Winter Field Day:

January 16, 2018 12:08 AM - eHam.net News - Whether it's winter storms, tornadoes, even fires -- 'ham radio' operators can provide critical communication during an emergency. And later this month, local operators will practice their skills during a two-day nationwide deployment called 'Winter Field Day.' Warrick County ham radio operators will join with thousands of amateur radio operators nationwide, who will be showing off their emergency capabilities on January 27 and 28. During the last few months, ham radio operators in towns across America have provided critical communications during unexpected emergencies -- including the California wildfires, winter storms and tornadoes, as well as other worldwide events. During Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Amateur Radio, often called 'ham radio,' was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer 'hams' traveled south to save lives and property. When disaster happens, Amateur Radio enthusiasts are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

Amazing 3D-Printed Radio Works, Despite Having No Battery or Outlet Plug:

January 16, 2018 12:07 AM - eHam.net News - Did you know you can build your very own working 3D-printed radio -- without any soldering, electronics experience, electric cord, or even batteries? That's exactly what talented Houston, Texas-based 3D-printing and electronics enthusiast Sage Hansen has created. And he's willing to show you how to do it, too. Called a crystal radio receiver, or sometimes a "cat's whisker receiver," this is an incredibly simple type of radio receiver that was popular in the earliest days of radio. The only power it requires to work is the received radio signal, which is used to produce sound. It is named after its most important component, the crystal detector or diode.

January 15, 2018

A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR

January 15, 2018 09:15 PM - ARRL -

In the last few weeks, the ARRL’s Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board’s censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL’s Art...

ARRL Board of Directors to Meet

January 15, 2018 07:56 PM - ARRL -

The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut.

The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Fi...

Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

January 15, 2018 06:42 PM - ARRL -

Uncharacteristically cold weather in east-central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area’s homeless. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon Central Florida, bringing temperatures that hovered around freezing. Such conditions can be especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements....

Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop Aimed at Hams and Space Science/Weather Researchers

January 15, 2018 06:24 PM -

VFlorida Weak Signal Society 3.4 GHz Beacon Back on the Air

January 15, 2018 06:13 PM - ARRL -

The Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS) reports that its beacon on 3,456.075 MHz is back on the air and invites reports. The FLWSS said all of its beacons, located in EL98 in the Orlando area, are subject to some drift with temperature; each operates independently with its own crystal reference. “We can’t provide individual frequency accuracy, but we strive to keep them all reasonably close to ...

NCVEC Question Pool Committee Releases Errata to New Technician Question Pool

January 15, 2018 05:40 PM -

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

January 15, 2018 03:54 PM - ARRL -

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 ser...

North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

January 15, 2018 03:53 PM - ARRL -

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a chance for collegiate club stations t...

Heavy Sea Ice Alters 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team’s Itinerary

January 15, 2018 02:47 PM - ARRL -

Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has slowed navigation between King George Island and Bouvet Island increased the travel risk for the 3Y0Z DXpedition team. As a result, the 3Y0Z DXpedition team will depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.

“Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days,” team leaders Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Erling Wiig, LA6VM, and Ralph Fedor,...

SERF 2018 The Southern Amateur Radio Rally

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - With so much potential and expansion space at the Eastbourne Sports Park, SERF 2018 is set to be a great event on Sunday the 6th of May

FT8 Operating Guide

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Gary is trying to promote better FT8 operating standards on HF with his FT8 Operating Guide

Essex ham radio training success in the press

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Leigh Times newspaper reports amateur radio is going strong in Leigh with a special training and exam session being held at the community centre

DXCC Country/Entity Report

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th January, through Sunday, 14th January there were 218 countries active

Amazing SOTA Mountain Goat activation

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Perhaps the most noteworthy of any Mountain Goat activation, was the one undertaken by Colin Evans M1BUU from Keighley

AmateurLogic 113: IR CAD Weather Meter

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Peter experiments with infrared remote control. Tommy fiddles with Tinkercad. Emile becomes an amateur weather scientist. George tests a variety of components with an ohmmeter

IOTA news from OPDX

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Invitation to British Columbia QSO Party 2018

January 15, 2018 10:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The British Columbia QSO Party — BCQP 2018 is coming up soon — the first weekend in February — and there is a big change. The event has been expanded with an additional block of time — eight (8) hours on Sunday

Classic Exchange, CW

January 15, 2018 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z, Jan 21 to 0800Z, Jan 22 and 1300Z, Jan 23 to 0800Z, Jan 24

RSGB Band Plans Updated:

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - The 2018 RSGB Band Plans can be found in the forthcoming February edition of RadCom, due to arrive with Members this week, and online. These incorporate changes from the 2017 IARU Region 1 Conference, along with UK usage changes. The main changes are in the 5MHz HF band, and the 50, 144 and 430MHz VHF/UHF bands.

WIA: The Future of Amateur Radio Update:

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - A key part of how we operate is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Licence Conditions Determinations (LCD), which is to be reviewed later this year. The ACMA is expected to issue a discussion paper and make a public call for submissions.The WIA Board has received some inquiries about its LCD submission following the three consultation surveys in June 2017. There were more than 1100 respondents from the Amateur Radio community. The first survey showed that future Amateur Radio licencing must not be less than what is in the current apparatus licencing. Respondents wanted to see reduced regulation and greater self-determination. In relation to permitted power levels -- it must be reviewed in a sensible, pragmatic way for all licence levels taking into account personal safety and electromagnetic emissions.

Ham Talk Live #98 -- Building Satellites:

January 15, 2018 12:00 AM - eHam.net News - Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Jerry Buxton, N0JY the vice president for engineering at AMSAT will be on the show to talk about the process of building amateur radio satellites, and the latest on the newest bird, Fox 1D which just arrived in space last week! Jerry will take your questions LIVE.

January 14, 2018

Live Ham Radio Show Tuesday:

January 14, 2018 10:26 PM - eHam.net News - This week KatieAllen WY7YL opens the show with your shack pictures. If you would like to see your pictures on the show, please post to our Facebook group. Martin Jue and Tom will have a discussion on a wide range of ham radio subjects, including antennas, operation, homebrewing, vintage equipment, and more.

WSPR Beacon on its Way to Antarctica

January 14, 2018 02:58 PM - ARRL -

Hardware for a planned permanent WSPR beacon system in the Antarctic is currently on its way. The installation -- a joint project of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Bremen, and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) -- consists of 5-W beacon transmitters for 160 through 6 meters, and a multiband WSPR receiver that will simultaneously monitor all bands from 160 to 15 meter...

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels

ZS6SRC - Celebration of 30 years in amateur radio

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - South Africa's Secunda Amateur Radio Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a week of DXing on six HF bands

WSPR beacon on the way to the Antarctic

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The DARC report the hardware for the planned WSPR amateur radio beacons are now on their way to the Neumayer III base in Antarctica

TM20SLR: 20 years since the closing of Saint Lys Radio

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Starting today, 14 January until the 28 January, 2018 , this special callsign will be on air in memory of Saint-Lys Radio

SolderSmoke Podcast

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Episode 202 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Geomagnetic storm in progress

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Jan 14th as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind

Exciting change for Amateur Radio Today

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In December the SARL (The South African Radio League) announced exciting changes for the SARL Magazine programme, Amateur Radio Today

dogparkSDR Version 1.10 released

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.10 of dogparkSDR has been released

Do 'Numbers Stations' really instruct spies?

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Radio World reports unidentified radio broadcasts have been transmitting coded messages, using numbers, for years

3D-printed radio

January 14, 2018 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Did you know you can build your very own working 3D-printed radio - without any soldering, electronics experience, electric cord, or even batteries?

Pacific Island Villagers Get Electricity and Water Storage:

January 14, 2018 01:07 AM - eHam.net News - A radio amateur from Far North Queensland has achieved a lot for a remote village while on holidays in the Solomon Islands. Shane Lynd VK4KHZ visits the village of Busuone once a year, and has been helping to build a guest house/holiday home and teaching a couple of the locals about amateur radio. Shane VK4KHZ was there for five weeks and taught a couple of the local teenagers who want to become H44 amateur radio operators some basic amateur radio techniques and operating. During openings on 6 metres there was also a keen bunch of local on-lookers with many asking questions such as where is that person? One local in particular, Gibson Laeni, after several days of observing, was confident enough to grab the H44DA microphone and call CQ under supervision. With some further assistance, Gibson could become the first Busuone ham in the future.

A Cartoonist's Adventures in Radio:

January 14, 2018 01:06 AM - eHam.net News - What in the world is "radio illustration," you ask? Who can listen to images like illustrations and cartoons? Well, it's not quite that simple. The best explanation is looking at it from the perspective of the cartoonist! I began drawing cartoons and funny illustrations when I was a little kid. It was an obsession that has carried on into my adulthood. Radio World asked me to share some of my work and the story behind it. In the early 1970s, when the CB radio craze was rising in popularity, I placed a small classified ad in a trade publication. S-9 Magazine was devoted to citizen band radio enthusiasts across the United States and Canada. With knowledge in the area of CB and an interest in cartooning, I decided to offer to create "custom QSL cards." (As many Radio World readers will know, a QSL is a radio enthusiast's calling card of sorts. They're a postcard-sized with the user's call letters, their preferred channel they hang out at and of course, their "handle." Even radio broadcasters sometimes have them!)

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