October 30, 2014

Small scale DAB trial consultation

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today published a public consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run by Ofcom next year

Switching landline and broadband providers on the KCOM copper network

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom is today consulting on its proposal to introduce a single switching process led by the gaining provider to improve the experience for consumers switching landline and broadband services on the copper network provided by KCOM

IY, Italian special prefix

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station IY1EY to be active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht 'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936

Ham radio operators ready for 'Nilofar'

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur radio operators from West Bengal and Hyderabad are on alert and ready to roll their services to establish radio communication in case their help is sought in the wake of cyclone 'Nilofar' scheduled to hit Gujarat Friday

Essex DF Hunt November 9

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Roy G4JAC will be arranging additional transmitters for the Essex Top Band Multi-Tx amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) event on Sunday, November 9

DXCC News

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC

Arduino for Ham Radio

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us for a special webcast featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC)

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

October 30, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Well a brilliant week culminating in the CQWW SSB contest. There were about 10,550 reported contacts on Saturday and over 13,500 on Sunday. VK9XSP (Christmas Is) and VK9DLX (Lord Howe Is.) were the most popular in the week except 5R8M (Madagascar) snuck in on Friday

October 29, 2014

Bidding in Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends on Thursday, October 30

October 29, 2014 09:33 PM - ARRL -- Bidding in the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction concludes October 30 (at 0300 UTC on October 31). More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles. One-of-a-kind items include a hard-cover 2014 Centennial edition of The ARRL Handbook, imprinted with "Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW" and a hardcover edition of the 2014 Centennial H...

Kentucky Historical Society Honors Former ARRL Director

October 29, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Former ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA, has been named as the recipient of the Kentucky Historical Society's 2014 Award of Distinction. Johnston chaired the ARRL Board of Directors Historical Committee during his tenure, which included stints as both a Vice Director and Director. Johnston is president of the Board of Trustees of the Behringer-Crawford Museum (BCM) in Cov...

Hawaii ARES Volunteers Firming Up Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation

October 29, 2014 03:34 PM - ARRL --

VK3 Homebrew Construction group

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The group meets on Saturday November the 1st. Guest speaker is David Smith VK3HZ presenting a discussion on microwaves

Victorian National Parks period has record activations

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Plenty of support from VK2 and VK5 has seen next month's Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award reach a record of 31 activated parks and more than 40 portable stations

The Shadow Mask Tube

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The British Vintage Wireless Society have released the first of five lectures prepared by Rank Bush Murphy Limited for training television service engineers in the 1960's for then new colour television receivers

TC2M Broadband HF Antenna

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Martin Ehrenfried G8JNJ has developed an omni-directional antenna with a claimed bandwidth of 2-30 MHz at less than 2.5:1 SWR

Ofcom confirms plans to ensure continued access to spectrum for video PMSE users

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has just published its strategy to ensure users of wireless cameras and video links in the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector continue to have access to sufficient spectrum to support their activities

QSO Today - Ep 14 Steve Johnston, WD8DAS

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- You can still build a beautiful tuna can transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum tubes instead of solid state components

QRP by the Bay

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you're into QRP, homebrewing and HF antennas don't miss Melbourne's QRP by the Bay

NASA statement regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences launch mishap

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The mishap occurred at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28

Morse classes on-the-air

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Brendan EI0CZ has been running CW classes on the Limerick Radio Club 2M repeater over the last month or so on Monday and Thursday nights

Ham radio CubeSats lost

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Two amateur radio CubeSats RACE and GOMX-2 were destroyed when an Antares launcher exploded

146-147 MHz Usage and Band Planning FAQ

October 29, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new 146-147 MHz allocation is available to UK Full licence holders from October 31, 2014. The RSGB have issued a FAQ document which answers some of the common questions about the new allocation

Tamworth District Scouts Branch Out by Using Radio and the Web:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TAMWORTH District Scouts held a networking event last week reaching out to scout groups from across the globe. On Sunday, October 19, the group took part in a celebration to mark the bi-annual 'Komunica8' day - an event where scouts worldwide communicate through amateur radio over the internet. Flax Hill Primary Academy was the venue and more than 300 youngsters took part. Event organiser Steve Smith said: "Komunic8 was a massive success with hundreds of young people coming along to take part and to have lots of fun." Communication-themed activities included reading the news, making a 999 call, creating films using clay models and sending secret messages using an enigma machine and Morse code to name just a few. Tamworth's very own TCR-FM were also on hand to teach the scouts the basics of being a radio presenter. There were lots of games and tasks including climbing through lasers to get the secret code.

QSO Today -- Ep 14 -- Steve Johnston WD8DA:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- You can still build a beautiful tuna can
transmitter, especially if it uses vacuum
tubes instead of solid state components.
Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with
Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, where they discuss
Steve's ham radio journey that includes
experimentation in the 630 meter band,
restoration of Chinese military radio
gear, and the love of amateur radio.

Arduino for Ham Radio Webcast Oct 30:

October 29, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join us for a special webcast
featuring our special guest, Glen Popiel,
KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL
publication, Arduino for Ham Radio. This
event will be webcast from W5KUB's personal
ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00
PM CT (0100 UTC). Arduino devices are
powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers,
and they are an easy way for ham radio
operators, students, and professionals to
create devices that interact with their
environment using sensors and actuators. Glen
will discuss Arduino and its many
applications. Glen will show and demonstrate
projects from his book.

Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

October 29, 2014 12:32 AM - ARRL -- The GOMX-2 and RACE CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites that were lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried payloads that operated on Amateur Radio freque...

October 28, 2014

Webcast to Feature Arduino for Ham Radio Author Glen Popiel, KW5GP

October 28, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication Arduino for Ham Radio will be the featured guest on a webcast on Thursday, October 30, at 0100 UTC by Tom Medlin, W5KUB. Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for radio amateurs, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment through sensors and...

Mirage, KLM Co-Founder Kenneth E. Holladay, K6HCP, SK

October 28, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- The co-founder of Mirage Communications and KLM, Ken Holladay, K6HCP, of Gilroy, California, died October 14 after an extended illness. He was 75. Holladay and Everett Gracey, WA6CBA (SK) co-founded Mirage Communications, now a part of MFJ. He also was the "K" in KLM Electronics, Inc, which he co-founded with Leeland "Mel" Farrer, K6KBE, and Mike Staal, K6MYC.A radio amateur from his high schoo...

Tromelin Island DXpedition

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between October 30th and November 10th

Radio ham helps Science Museum

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- RSGB RadCom Editor Elaine Richards G4LFM has helped produce a video for the Science Museum which tells the story of how the British Broadcasting Company began, powered by the UK's biggest radio transmitter 2LO

Portuguese National AM Day on Short Wave and VHF

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARLA invites all hams, domestic and foreign, to participate in a special event in AM; the bands are 40, 20, 10, 6 and 2 meters, on Sunday, November 2, 2014

Off the shelf SDR

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Scotty Cowling WA2DFI defies nature and installs a trio of SDR radios on a Windows computer 'live' in one 45-minute presentation

Ofcom: Packet radio systems and beacons

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- In past years, a number of variations were issued to individual Amateur Radio licensees via the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). The letters that the RSGB sent suggested that it was the RSGB who was authorising the use of radio apparatus

G4ILO goes SK

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sadly, according to his Blog, Julian Moss, G4ILO, passed away last Friday evening

Bury radio amateurs active for ROTA

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bury Times newspaper gave coverage to the Bury Radio Society who participated in a nationwide event to celebrate the country's preserved railways

Asian and African tour

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next month and into the new year

15 year-old radio ham helps save the day

October 28, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- How Tom K. Jose VU3TMO traveled to a cyclone-hit city and used his amateur radio skills to contribute to disaster management

Troopers Plan 'Pumpkin Patrol' Along Thruway:

October 28, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- New York State Police and citizen volunteers are planning their 38th annual "Pumpkin Patrol" to ward off Halloween pranks and protect motorists along the Thruway on October 30 and 31. Patrols will consist of Troop T Troopers as well as local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Earth is Being Blasted by Solar Flares, Largest Active Region Since 1990:

October 28, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun's currently active solar flare region -- 2192 -- is blasting away at us and causing strong radio blackouts in hotspots across the planet. This is the largest active solar flare region since November 1990, and even that large event didn't produce X-class flares causing R3-R5 (strongest) radio blackouts. This current active region has shot four of those big suckers at us in four days and the 6th since the region went hot on the 19th.

October 27, 2014

4M Moon Orbiter Signals "Quite Weak," Onboard Messages to Loop

October 27, 2014 05:35 PM - ARRL -- It's getting to be more challenging to receive the JT65B transmissions from the recently launched 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission) lunar payload. The 13-character onboard messages posted from around the world prior to launch were expected to be transmitted this week and will be repeated. On October 25 Ghislain Ruy, LX2RG, of LUXspace said signals from the 4M payload were quite weak."This is n...

Indian Radio Amateurs Continue Communication Support Following Cyclone

October 27, 2014 03:35 PM - ARRL --

W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to Wyoming, Massachusetts, and US Virgin Islands

October 27, 2014 01:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Nevada and West Virginia. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 29 (the evening of October 28 in US time zones), to Wyoming (W1AW/7) and Massachusetts (W1AW/1). W1AW/KP2 also will be active until November 5 from the US Virgin Islands. So far during 2014, W1AW has visi...

UKEICC 80m SSB Contest

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first 80m SSB contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club took place last Wednesday evening (22 October), with the results announced only eighteen minutes after the 1-hour deadline for uploading logs

Towards a new RAYNET

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB website carries a statement regarding the structure of amateur radio emergency communications in the UK

There could be trouble ahead

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Potential problems for users of FTDI serial port chips

Rapid-fire X-flares from giant sunspot 2192

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity continues to be at high levels this weekend as giant sunspot AR2192 crackles with strong flares, including two X-class explosions in less than 24 hours

History This Week

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Good news on 70 MHz

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Some time back Dave EI3IO launched an initiative to try to secure a line in the European Common frequency Allocation table (ECA) that would provide for the granting of spectrum in the segment 69.9 to 70.5 MHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis and to amend Footnote EU9 to the table to state that CEPT administrations may allocate all or parts of that band to the Amateur service

FUNcube-1 telemetry statistics

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- FUNcube-1 was launched on November 21, 2013 and since then radio amateurs and schools have been the collecting telemetry data which has been stored in the Data Warehouse

ARISS ham radio contact with Bisei Elementary School, Ibara, Japan

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been planned with participants at Bisei Elementary School, Ibara, Japan on 27 Oct

4M Lunar payload update

October 27, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ghislain Ruy LX2RG has provided this update on the 4M lunar amateur radio payload

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1700Z, Nov 2

High Speed Club CW Contest

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0900Z-1100Z, Nov 2 and 1500Z-1700Z, Nov 2

IPARC Contest, SSB

October 27, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Nov 2 and 1400Z-1800Z, Nov 2

15-Year-Old Helps Save the Day:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- For a week, Tom K. Jose kept his studies aside, travelled to a cyclone-hit city and used his Ham radio skills to contribute to disaster management. When Hudhud swept through Visakhapatnam disrupting its communication network and a team of amateur radio (Ham) operators from the city were sought, the 15-year-old student of Little Flower Junior College, Uppal, volunteered for the task. With his call sign, VU3TMO, Tom was stationed in the control room set up at Visakhapatnam Police Commissionerate and spent long hours collecting messages from other team members spread over the cyclone affected areas and passed them on to the administration for relief measures. The intermediate first year student, who got his Ham licence at the age of 13, along with colleagues, operated under adverse conditions, often skipping meals and spending long hours before the radio, waiting for it to crackle with messages. "For seven days, I was at the Visakhapatnam Police Commissionerate and one day at the District Collector's office at Srikakulam and made anywhere up to 500 contacts," says Tom. One contact talked about trees falling at a Jain temple in Bhimli and resulting in precarious conditions. The young Ham immediately passed on the information to senior officials, who in turn directed their field personnel, and the situation was attended to. Another was a contact from Bangalore who was desperately trying to locate his brother and sister in the Hudhud affected area. "We operated without checking the watch or caring whether it was day or night. We had to just sit in front of the radio and wait for a contact," he says.

My Homemade Radio Station:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- When I was in the seventh grade, my cousin, Lester Ezzell, who was an electrical engineer working in Washington, D.C., told me about a radio transmitter he had built when he was a young man living in Fayetteville on Raeford Lane, which is now known as Union Street. I was so interested in what Lester told me about his little radio transmitter that I wanted to build one for myself, so I could do as he had done and broadcast music and news to my neighbors in the downtown section where I lived on Rowan Street near Saint James Square. After I wrote many letters asking my cousin to tell me how he built his radio station, he finally mailed me a schematic diagram of his one-tube transmitter. When I opened the letter containing the diagram, I had mixed emotions. I was thrilled that he had finally sent me the plans for his transmitter, but I was also quite confused, because I had never seen a schematic diagram, and I did not have the slightest idea how to read his strange-looking instructions. When I took the parts and the diagram home, I spent many hours winding coils on an oyster box and then assembling the parts I had purchased onto a cigar box. To my surprise and joy, when I completed the transmitter and turned it on, it worked perfectly, and I could hear myself talking over the console radio across the hall in our living room. As a direct result of building my own transmitter, I later became a ham radio station operator and enjoyed talking to people all over the world on a much more powerful short-wave transmitter.

Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon:

October 27, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Cold War competition between superpowers dominated the first decades of space travel and exploration. Individual governments took the lead, bankrolling most of the process in the name of competition and nationalism. Ultimately international cooperation and collaboration took root, and the landscape is already very different. The present and future of space exploration is more collaborative, more international, and involves both space agencies and private companies. One such project is the combination Chang'e 5-T1 and Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M), which launched together last Thursday. Both projects are testbeds for ideas: Chang'e 5-T1 is a prototype for a robotic probe intended to return samples from the Moon to Earth, while 4M is a simple communications experiment encouraging amateur participation. But the intriguing bit is that 4M is a project of the private Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace, while Chang'e 5-T1 is a Chinese project, and the whole endeavor was launched on a Chinese rocket. Private companies have been involved with spaceflight from very early days, albeit largely as contractors. Today, many companies are jostling to take on many roles: servicing the International Space Station, building the next generation of rockets, and designing spacecraft to carry human passengers. These companies include SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, and more. These mostly focus on propulsion and transport, but 4M is a different concept. It is riding as an auxiliary payload in the Chang'e 5-T1 mission, so all the literal heavy lifting is done by the Chinese Long March rocket. Instead, the focus is on probe design and communications technology, as well as low cost. The mission itself is simply a small computer powered by solar cells, with an antenna transmitting at 145.980 MHz. That frequency is within the range used by amateur radio operators, so anyone can listen in. 4M's ham radio handle is JT65B, and you can join in using the freely available Weak Signal Communication Software package.

October 26, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels with huge sunspot AR2192 posing a threat for X-class solar flares

UK STEM 434 MHz balloon flight to release plane

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Elysium, a MARS Balloon flight is expected to launch at noon (+/- 1 hour) on Sunday, October 26. The 434 MHz USB signal should cover much of the UK and can also be received world-wide online using the SUWS WebSDR

UK radio ham arrives in Antarctica

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio amateur Cathy Colless M0RTW has arrived at the Rothera Research Station where she will be the Radio Communications Officer for the next six months

CW operating

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the IARU Region 1 conference many aspects of day to day amateur radio operations were discussed and decisions agreed on. One of the discussions concerned CW operating

AT1JCB : special event callsign - exclusively on digital modes!

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Special callsign AT1JCB activation from Rajkot (Gujarat, India), starting 21st November 2014 to 9th December 2014

Another X-flare

October 26, 2014 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Space Weather reports a giant sunspot AR2192 erupted again on Oct. 24 at 21:40 UT, producing a powerful X3-class solar flare

W.Va. Museum Displays Radio, Technology History:

October 26, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Touring the Museum of Radio and Technology is like stepping back in time to the beginning of radio, television, and computers. It opened in 1991 in the old Harveytown Elementary School, 1640 Florence Ave., on Huntington's West End and is touted as the largest radio museum in the nation and attracts visitors from throughout the world. However, many locals are unaware of the rooms filled with history and treasures. "We are trying to create a time capsule," said curator Geoff Bourne, who is aware of the historical significance of the collection as well as how much of it works.

Himalayan Contest

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

NA Collegiate ARC Championship, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2100Z, Nov 1 to 0300Z, Nov 3

Ukrainian DX Contest

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Nov 1 to 1200Z, Nov 2

IPARC Contest, CW

October 26, 2014 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0600Z-1000Z, Nov 1 and 1400Z-1800Z, Nov 1

October 25, 2014

Propagation de K7RA

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest began today at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC

The Rosebud RadioFest is on again!

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Rosebud RadioFest celebrates the amazing hobby of Amateur Radio and its impact on the development of modern technologies

NoV suggestion for Airborne Ham Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB response to the Ofcom licence consultation raises the suggestion of the use of NoV's for aeronautical amateur radio operation

IARU EMC Coordinator receives IEC 1906 Award

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- During the plenary session of CISPR, the IEC 1906 Award was presented to Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, who represents IARU at this international standardization organisation in charge of the protection of radio reception

Shortwave's Newest Broadcaster: Global 24 Radio

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- There is a new shortwave radio broadcaster on the block - Global 24 Radio - an around-the-clock, fixed-frequency, commercial shortwave radio broadcaster, transmitting via WRMI

DXCC Country/Entity Report

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th October, through Friday, 24th October there were 225 countries active

December YOTA month! Bulletin 1

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- December is coming closer, this means it is almost time for the next Youngsters On The Air activity

Cross Country Wireless drops Sentry project

October 25, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Cross Country Wireless of Bolton, makers of various radio items, have been working for three years on a new Sentry SDR-based transceivers and receivers. They have now announced, reluctantly, that they have decided not to go into production

Thruway Pumpkin Patrol Gears Up for Halloween Pranks:

October 25, 2014 08:33 AM - eHam.net News -- State Police are gearing up with the 38th annual Pumpkin Patrol to prevent Halloween pranks that could harm drivers along the State Thruway. Troop T officers along with community volunteers will monitor overpasses Oct. 30 and 31, police said. More than 300 volunteers from 15 organizations will participate, including local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Staying On the Air:

October 25, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A group of dedicated ham radio enthusiasts are keeping the old-fashioned hobby alive on the Gold Coast. Towering antennas sprout from the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society's (GCARS) purpose-built shack in the industrial area of Molendinar. The building houses the group's eclectic collection of modern and revamped transmitters and receivers. GCCARS president George George says the appeal of amateur radio is in the skill. "You can pick up a telephone and dial anybody in the States, England, anywhere," he said. "But to turn a radio on, tune in your antenna and for them to be tuned in at the same time and you're fighting all the elements... this is what the hobby's all about."

Solar Flare Knocks Out Some Radio Temporarily:

October 25, 2014 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch said it affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some radar and plane systems, but not all, and amateur radio.

October 24, 2014

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:

October 24, 2014 09:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the
SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins
tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. The contest is always held
on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the
last full weekend in November.

Preparations Underway for W1AW/KH8 Operation from American Samoa

October 24, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- An advance party of sorts was in American Samoa this week, scouting possible location for the upcoming W1AW/KH8 operation. The team expects the ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operation from American Samoa to get underway November 2 and continue for about 12 days.John Kennon, N7CQQ, Paul Playford, W8AEF, and Clifford Hauser, KD6XH, arrived in American Samoa (KH8) ahead of the rest of the W1AW/KH8...

Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

October 24, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on October 28, and the Amateur Rad...

The K7RA Solar Update

October 24, 2014 01:34 PM - ARRL -- Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. See http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm for rules. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.A series of large solar flares erupt...

UK students' CubeSat project

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Coventry Telegraph newspaper reports on students at Warwick University who are building their own satellite

UK-NZ contact on TV news

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- TV's One News featured the 90th anniversary of the first contact between radio amateurs in the UK and New Zealand

UK ham radio tutors' newsletter

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The October edition of the free RCF amateur radio training instructors' newsletter reports a worrying trend

LituanicaSAT-2 announced

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The LituanicaSAT team has announced on Facebook that the LituanicaSAT-2 CubeSat will be coming soon

Exam Checklists

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB report checklists to help ensure consistency of exam provision between Exam Centres, and that essential requirements don't get forgotten or overlooked, are now available for download

9M2SE Pangkor Island IOTA DXpedition

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Piju, 9M2PJU announces the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team Island On The Air (IOTA) AS-072 activation and DXpedition on 7, 8 and 9 November 2014

Lunar Ham Radio payload launched

October 24, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 4M amateur radio payload with a WSJT JT65B 145.980 MHz beacon was launched on Thursday October 23 at 1759 UT

Boy Scouts Get Their Hands on 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Cadewryn Fletcher, 11, a Boy Scout from Upper Marlboro said he was nervous to step up to the mic Saturday night and talk to a stranger over amateur radio. But with encouragement from his mother and brother, Cadewryn sat at a picnic table with amateur radio operator Kenneth Greenhouse, 68, of Upper Marlboro and chatted about his favorite color with a Boy Scout in Saskatchewan, Canada. "I think it's awesome," said Cadewryn's mother, Renea Fletcher, 47, "I guess for so many years you tell them, 'Don't talk to strangers,' and now it's time to talk to strangers." Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Prince George's County gathered at the American Legion Southern Maryland District Youth Camp in Cheltenham on Oct. 18 for the 57th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air, an amateur radio event that connected scouts all over the world. Amateur radio, also known as "ham" radio, started out as an experimental communication technology that is now used primarily for emergency situations, said Kenny Courtney, 74, of Clinton, a member of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team in Glenarden.

Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- A monster solar flare erupted early Sunday (Oct. 19) from a huge sunspot that may just be getting warmed up. The sun fired off an X-class solar flare -- the most powerful type -- that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT (5:01 GMT) Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare. The flare erupted from a sunspot called AR (Active Region) 2192, which has since grown to become 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) wide, according to Spaceweather.com -- almost as big as the planet Jupiter.

Ham Radio Groups Tapped as Extra Eyes, Ears for PNP:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- MANILA, Philippines -- Hobbled by the lack of manpower, the Philippine National Police is turning to "radiomen" to boost its anticrime campaign in Metro Manila. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday tapped private radio communication groups as force multipliers for the PNP, even as he cited a slight drop in the number of reported crimes in the capital. In a meeting with members of various radio groups and senior PNP officials at Camp Crame, Roxas ordered Director Carmelo Valmoria, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), to set up a protocol that would guide members of the radio groups in reporting crimes to the police. "For a start, we can deploy your members to the 12 places in Metro Manila which are considered to be crime-prone areas," Roxas told the officials of the radio groups. "You can be the additional eyes and ears of the police versus the criminals (in Metro Manila)."

ARNewsline Report 1941 -- Oct 24 2014:

October 24, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Hams in the
Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch;
the Sun unleashes an X class flare on
October 22; China launches a ham radio
payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a
revised policy statement in regard to Crimea
in contest scoring; the Veterans
Administrations announces plans for its own
High Frequency radio network; Russia plans
to launch newly designed smart mini
satellites and how to collect cosmic rays on
a smart phone. Find out the details on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941
coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #43:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KD6XH, 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:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Radio Amateurs Play a Role In Separate Storm Responses:

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last
week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and
Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths,
serious injuries, or major property damage reported.

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input On 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

October 24, 2014 01:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing
additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the
ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable
discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion
by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, called for a
Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking digital privileges for
Techs on narrow segments of 80, 40, and 15 meters. Rehman's motion had
noted that Technicians already enjoy digital privileges on 10 meters, a
band with highly variable propagation that will diminish as the sunspot
cycle declines.

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