March 25, 2017

VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday, 26 March 2017

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this news, we wrap up an exciting week in Amateur Radio with the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. We also have an update on HARGfest, some news about Don VK6DN and Roy VK6XV, the WA VHF Group, the Directors Corner, the Helpline and a new segment, the Soapbox in which you can share your views and opinions on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia

ISWL Callsigns for April

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of April 2017

Ham radio club will celebrate 40th anniversary

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- On April 17, 1977 twenty two radio amateurs met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA)

Hackaday: Amateur Radio Digital Modes

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about some of the digital modes used by radio amateurs

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 94

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- With propagation at an all time low, amplifiers are out in force and QRP is relegated to second class citizen status, but is that really warranted and what does this mean for holders of introductory Amateur Radio licenses

February RSGB Board Proceedings

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB Board Proceedings for February 18 have been released, they note Membership was marginally up on February 1, a mailshot of non-members and a ring round of lapsed members was planned

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th March, through Friday, 24th March there were 233 countries active

ARISS contact planned for Los Angeles, USA

March 25, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An International Space Station. contact has been planned for astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD with Council of State Science Supervisors, Los Angeles, CA USA

Ham Radio Club will Celebrate 40th Anniversary:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Wireless receiving sets have long local history: It all goes back for him, longtime wireless receiving set (or ham) radio operator John Levo says, to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. "One day went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro," Levo said. "That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio -- big." It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license. Fast forward about 14 years to 1977. On April 17 that year 22 local "hams," or ham radio operators, including Levo, met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) with Gary Harris as its first president. Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, according to Levo. On April 22, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications. It is the use of ham radios and related events that Levo says is what kept him interested all these years -- talking to people around the world, attending trade shows and conventions, and the places those events have taken him.

Alliston Historical Society Learns About Early Days of Radio:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Alliston Historical Society members were treated to a nostalgic and humorous talk from Harvey Hart. This gentleman not only was an informative speaker about the early years in radio history, but entertained us with many audio clips from well-known shows that were so popular that listeners went to great lengths not to miss a single episode.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #94:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- "Life's too short for QRP." With propagation at an all time low,
amplifiers are out in force and QRP is
delegated to second class citizen status, but
is that really warranted and what does this
mean for holders of introductory Amateur
Radio licenses.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest for 26 March, 2017:

March 25, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- In this news we wrap up an exciting week in Amateur Radio with the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. We also have an update on HARGfest, some news about Don VK6DN and Roy VK6XV, the WA VHF Group, the Directors Corner, the Helpline and a new segment, the Soapbox in which you can share your views and opinions on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia.

Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet Closes After 26 Years:

March 25, 2017 08:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Due in part to rising rent in the city, the outlet at 510 Lawrence Expressway chose to close its doors and merge operations with its Oakland location, according to shop employees. Steve Gilmore, national sales manager for Ham Radio Outlet, stated on the store website that changes needed to be made to its Northern California locations. "Some of the costs associated with operating in the Sunnyvale location have absolutely skyrocketed, and the traffic and parking availability in our current Sunnyvale location has become seriously problematic," Gilmore's statement read. Store manager Jon Kelly told this newspaper that the rising minimum wage in the region also factored into the decision to consolidate stores. Kelly said the shop was a destination for radio enthusiasts locally and from around the globe. Business came from locals, but plenty of visitors in the area for job training or business trips at nearby tech companies would often drop in. "We have a lot of regulars that come in. It's nearly as much of a clubhouse as it is a store, which is okay sometimes and less okay other times," Kelly said. On the store's last day a printed sign by the door read, "Hey guys, your wife called and said you can buy anything you want!" with "and you better hurry" scrawled under it in pen. Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is a popular hobby that often involves the building of radios and broadcasting over "amateur band" frequencies to talk with other ham radio users. The radios are useful in times of disaster when other types of communication channels may not be available. Operators need to obtain a license to operate on amateur bands above 30mhz, according to the National Association for Amateur Radio.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #12 de K7RA:

March 25, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on
March 6 to 20. Finally one sunspot group appeared on March 21 to 23, with a sunspot
number of 12 on all three days. A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every
group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within
those groups counts for one point. Therefore, the minimum non-zero
sunspot number is 11. So for the past three days there were two
sunspots in one group.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 for Friday, March 24, 2017:

March 25, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. South African hams take on the rising noise floor. AM mode gets its day in the sun -- and you'll go nuts for the world's smallest homebrew transmitter. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 comes your way right now.

March 24, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

March 24, 2017 06:33 PM - ARRL -- The Sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on March 6-20. Finally, one sunspot group appeared on March 21-23, with a sunspot number of 12 on all three days. A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within those groups counts f...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- "Remote Antenna Tuners" is the topic of the latest episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!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 wherever you like!Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, J...

Mayors, Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, Salute Amateur Radio

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- Nevada mayors Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, John Lee of North Las Vegas, and Andy Hafen of Henderson have joined the Clark County Board of Commissioners in proclaiming March 26 to April 2 as "NVCON Week," recognizing the ARRL Nevada State Convention (NVCON), March 31-April 2.The community leaders encouraged the citizens of their respective localities to pay tribute to the area's Amateur Radio o...

ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century" editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial. ARRL began producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available through ARRL social media platforms (Face...

AM Rally on April 1-3 Weekend an Opportunity to Try a Vintage Mode

March 24, 2017 05:33 PM - ARRL -- If you're not familiar with full-carrier amplitude modulation (AM) or have never used it on the air, you'll have a chance during the AM Rally during the April 1-2 weekend, on the bands between 160 and 10 meters (except 30, 17, and 12 meters) plus 6 meters.Once the primary voice mode on the ham bands, AM eventually gave way to SSB, a form of AM. Yet AM has remained popular among dedicated radio ...

WIA financial audit continues

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) had closed its office in Bayswater for a time last week to enable work to start on the 2016 financial audit

SteppIR founder Mike K7IR visits Essex

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In April 2016 SteppIR founder Mike Mertel K7IR visited Waters and Stanton in Essex

Spain: Regulation on the use of the public radio domain

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- URE reports that on March 8, 2017 a Regulation on the use of the public radio domain was published in the BOE Royal Decree 123/2017

Radio hams provide hospital emergency comms

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chicago Tribune reports amateur radio operators keep emergency communication lines open at area hospitals

Kids Event at Glasgow Scottish Hamcon May 7th

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The CQScotland.com amateur group will be coordinating an electronics/computing event for young persons at the first Scottish Hamcom in Glasgow on May 7th

EME on BBC Radio 4

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Artist Katie Paterson and amateur radio 'Moonbouncer' Peter Blair G3LTF send Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to the Moon and back on BBC 'Wireless Nights'

Compensation for landline and broadband customers when things go wrong

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Landline and broadband customers who suffer slow repairs, or missed deadlines or appointments, would receive money back from their provider, without having to ask, under plans published by Ofcom today

AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2017

March 24, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The traditional AM and CW event organised by Mike 'Banjo' Patterson VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air for the 7th year

Ham Radio Operators Keep Emergency Communication Lines Open at Hospitals:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Andy Finick walks up the stairs and opens the door onto a roof at Franciscan Health in Hammond. He points up to a higher roof at several antennae that would -- in an unthinkable emergency -- provide communications for the hospital. In Northwest Indiana, Finick, a licensed amateur radio operator, helps hospitals maintain communications when all other systems fail in an emergency situation. He has radio equipment bolstered with a repeater system and antennae squirreled away in hospitals throughout Lake County.

'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' Honored:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The High Desert Amateur Radio Group (HIDARG) has announced its annual "Ham Radio Operator of the Year" award for 2016. Bill Johnson, of Bend, call sign N7RGB, was presented with the award at the group's recent meeting. Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for this special award. They look for a ham who has been crucial to the success of our local ham community. The recipient is a person who has shown a dedication to ham radio that exceeds all expectations over a long period of time. Bill Johnson was chosen for the award primarily for years of service provided as part of the team that designed and engineered the ham radio repeater system covering a major portion of Oregon. This extensive repeater system stretches across much of Central and Eastern Oregon. The primary function is to provide backup emergency communications. Agencies served include all hospitals in Central Oregon and all public safety agencies.

'Hotbed' Amateur Radio Waves Getting Bigger:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A "hotbed" of activity and "growth" membership are not the two words that roll off the tongue when you think of amateur radio. That is, however, exactly how the president of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC), Urey Chan, describes the surprising movement taking place within the confines of organizations across the Lower Mainland and Canada. According to Chan, 40 per cent of the national growth in amateur radio licenses is here in the Lower Mainland, where the interest in the activity is matching pace with the increase in population. And, although not known for being a sexy hobby by any stretch, the Richmond president puts the majority of the recent rise in popularity in the formerly dusty pastime down to people's preoccupation with being prepared for a natural disaster. "The president of our national organization was in Vancouver recently and he spoke of a demographic analysis, which showed that amateur radio is actually on the rise in Canada," said Chan. "It just doesn't receive the media profile it deserves; it's actually rising at the same growth rate of the population in the Lower Mainland. "It is (sexy) when you tie it to emergency operations and preparedness; people's eyes widen and all of a sudden they're interested when you mention the connection. "That's by far the main reason for the growth; 40 per cent of which, in terms of the national figures, comes from the Lower Mainland. This is the hotbed here for amateur radio."

Radio Operators Help Update Regulations:

March 24, 2017 11:38 AM - eHam.net News -- After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.'s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation. Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using hand-held microphones while driving in 2014. One was subsequently convicted for distracted driving and fined $100. Members researched the fines and found that a regulation in the Motor Vehicle Act did, in fact, permit the use of handheld microphones for drivers, but because the regulation was outdated and the pictures in the RoadSafetyBC Guide did not reflect new technology, the judge might have erred in the decision, said the group's secretary, Chris Scholefield. "We believe he [our member] was legitimately using that as permitted, but the judge declared his microphone was an electronic device, even though the regulation says you're permitted to use a hand microphone," said Scholefield. "We took up his cause and I worked with Vicki Huntington and the people of Victoria to make some changes. What we really wanted to do is change the regulation to clarify that." Last April, Delta Amateur Radio Society members accompanied the Delta South MLA to Victoria where they gave a presentation to government officials. "They didn't want to change the regulation because they're waiting for other provinces, specifically Ontario, to decide what they're going to do, but they did offer to change the RoadSafetyBC Guide, and introduce a new section on operational twoway radios to clarify what is permitted and what is not permitted," he said. "It is a major improvement because the guide now has a new section on the operation of a radio."

Westminster Attack: Attacker Left Hints Using Morse Code A Day In Advance:

March 24, 2017 09:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Although the attack outside UK's Houses of Parliament is still shrouded in mystery right now, reports have emerged that a thread posted on web forum 4chan yesterday hinted at the attack. In the post, the user posted a string of morse code which was uploaded together with a picture of a two handguns, with a photoshopped paper with 21/3/2017 written on it. The pastebin file contains a simple binary code, which when translated, points to a GPS location around the Big Ben, near the place where the attacker reportedly crashed his car after mowing pedestrians on the Westminster bridge. Users of the site 4chan then noted that the code referred to the iconic clocktower in London, but the significance of it was lost on them until the attack happened today. When asked regarding the significance of the post, 4chan owner, Hiroyuki Nishimura said that he understands the gravity of the situation, and his side will be fully cooperative with the authorities.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F5IXR, WB0TEV, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Reiterates Its Case for New Band at 5 MHz:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition
for Rule Making (RM-11785),
ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide,
60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four
existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested
band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of
current operating rules. More than 5 dozen comments, all supporting the
proposed allocation, were filed on the League's petition. While some
suggested more spectrum or higher power, or a combination, ARRL said in
its comments that it does not at this time favor any changes in its
initial request for a new band. The League proposal would implement a
portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
(WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international amateur allocation
of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W EIRP.

ARRL Seeking Synergy With Maker Movement:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker movement to explore
avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some
new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts
tradition, the Maker movement gained its own magazine, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker
movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own
equipment rather than buying it off the shelf. Those considering
themselves Makers have tended to focus on such areas as electronics and
computers, robotics, 3D printing, metal and woodworking, and even
Amateur Radio, among other avocations.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- "Remote Antenna Tuners" is the topic of the just-released episode of
the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
Listen...and learn!

Motorola Solutions Sues Hytera Communications -- Trade Secrets Theft:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Motorola Solutions
has filed complaints
in federal court (US District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois), alleging that Hytera Communications' digital mobile radio (DMR) products employ
techniques and systems that infringe on Motorola Solutions' patents and
trade secrets. Already known for its Land Mobile Radio Service
products, Hytera entered the Amateur Radio DMR market last year.
Motorola alleges that proprietary and patented information was taken
illegally by three former company engineers who now work for Hytera, as
"part of a deliberate scheme to steal and copy" its technology.

Amateur Radio Gains a Champion in FAA Tower Safety Rules Controversy:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The owners of certain Amateur Radio towers have a friend in FCC
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who feels that tower-marking provisions
required under the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, now
Public Law 114-190,
"could use tweaks." In a March 10 blog post,
O'Rielly expressed his belief that thousands of tower owners in the US
could face expensive, unnecessary retrofits resulting from the law's
unintended consequences.

Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects:

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The University of Virginia (UVA) reports
that some of its engineering students are among those at other
Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching
ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its
student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard
an International Space Station (ISS) resupply vehicle for later
deployment from the ISS. The UVA project will be part of a joint
mission with other Virginia universities to conduct atmospheric density
studies, to gain a better understanding regarding the rates at which
low-orbiting spacecraft slow down and ultimately leave orbit when
encountering the drag of the atmosphere's outer edges.

Odd Call Signs On the Loose -- Be On the Lookout!

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Special event stations sporting unusual call signs are -- or will be --
on the air this spring and later in the year.

ARISS Deadline to Accept Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- The deadline is April 15 for schools and formal or informal educational
institutions and organizations -- individually or working in concert --
to submit proposals to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS
crew members. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) anticipates that contacts will take place
between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits
will determine the exact contact dates. Proposal information and
documents are on the
ARRL website.

In Brief...

March 24, 2017 03:33 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials: ARRL CEO Tom
Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century"
editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a
glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial. ARRL began
producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each
video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available
through ARRL social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
Videos will become available on the 10th of each month, when the
digital edition of QST is released to members, and they will be
archived.

NVIS Research Paper Available

March 24, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- A thorough and fully annotated discussion of Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is available in the research paper, "Radio Communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation: An Overview," by Ben A. Witvliet, PE5B/5R8DS, and Rosa Ma Alsina-Pag├Ęs.First investigated in the 1920s, NVIS propagation was rediscovered during World War II as "an essential means to establish communication...

Amateur Radio Links Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane with ISS Crew, Classroom

March 24, 2017 01:32 AM - ARRL -- One of the enduring mysteries of the 20th Century was the disappearance in 1937 of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her flight companion and navigator Fred Noonan, while she was attempting to circle the globe. It appeared that Earhart's plane went down in the South Pacific, in the vicinity of Howland Island; her last-known radio transmission came from there. On February 18, a team from Nauticos...

March 23, 2017

Unique Prefix

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Once again, Tom and family will be operational as ZT1T commemorating their 6th Easter on dry land after being rescued mid-South Atlantic Ocean

Raymond Hardman G3LGV SK

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Guardian has published the obituary of Oldham radio amateur Raymond Hardman G3LGV, who passed away aged 96

RAC website and email service back online

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada are happy to report that the RAC website and the @rac email service are now back online

Map of Italian ham radio repeaters

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Andrea IZ8WNH has made available an interactive map of amateur radio repeaters in Italy

Harvard scientists say aliens may be using giant radio beams to travel the cosmos

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the cosmos

'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' honored

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- KTVZ News Channel reports Bill Johnson N7RGB was named as 'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' by the High Desert Amateur Radio Group

California's Cellphone Driving Ban 'Too Broad'

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- CBS TV News reports on the campaign to have two-way radio operation excluded from Californian 'Distract Driving' statute AB 1785

Amelia Earhart search vessel contacts ISS

March 23, 2017 01:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tom Vinson NY0V on the research vessel R/V Mermaid Vigilance made contact with astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD /NA1SS on the International Space Station

March 22, 2017

2017 FAR Scholarship Information:

March 22, 2017 11:34 PM - eHam.net News -- 2017 FAR Scholarship Information:

Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects

March 22, 2017 11:34 PM - ARRL -- The University of Virginia (UVA) reports that some of its engineering students are among those at other Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard an International Space Station resupply vehicle for later deployment from the ISS. The UVA p...

Where are those new hams coming from?

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association just completed another successful Technician license class resulting in 21 new Technicians plus one person that passed both the Technician and General exams

University of Virginia satellite project

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Engineering students at University of Virginia are working on an amateur radio satellite ground station and their own satellite!

Solar wind arrives early

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Arriving a day earlier than expected, a stream of fast-moving solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field today

NASA TV to air seventh Orbital ATK resupply mission to ISS

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK is targeting its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 9 p.m., EDT Friday, March 24, the start of a 30-minute launch window

ARRL seeking synergy with maker movement

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs

Tony's 10m Band Report

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Not the greatest of weeks for quantities of DX but the quality was there and, as I understand it, the operating was good. I listened for TU7C (Ivory Coast) and 5U5R (Niger) and 9G5X (Ghana) amongst others, not a peep. Nor S21ZED (Bangladesh)!

Noticing Ham Radio Antennas Years Ago:

March 22, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- A recent drive on Lorain Road in Fairview Park managed to spark a feeling of nostalgia in me (not terribly difficult to do). Traveling westbound on Lorain Road from Cleveland I happened to recall a very large amateur radio antenna, now long-gone, had once proudly presided over the northwest corner of Lorain Road and one of its intersecting side streets, near Fairview Park's eastern limit. On my recent drive I didn't recall the exact side street. Clearly recalled from a significant amount of time ago was the fact the amateur radio call sign of the antenna's owner was prominently displayed on its support structure. Using the same sort of research techniques I've employed in writing previous Westlake / Bay Village Observer submissions, I found just where the antenna once stood and that the amateur radio operator who owned it was once a very well known ham and long serving Fairview Park Fire Chief, of which I had no idea. Establishing relevance to this publication, having grown up in the city, I came to notice several impressive amateur radio antenna installations in the western part of Bay Village as I ventured on numerous bicycle rides through the area as a youngster. And yes, I likely was much more aware of antenna installations, amateur radio and otherwise, than most kids my age. With worldwide communication now inexpensive to cost-free and easily available to those with Internet access, one might tend to think the amateur radio option listed above is now obsolete and unnecessary. To the contrary, it's arguable that amateur radio is as relevant and useful as ever.

Two-Way Radio Users Worried California's Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad:

March 22, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- SACRAMENTO (CBS13) -- Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change. "I'm driving down the road and talking on this radio," said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. "Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket." For Lucas, ham radio is more than a hobby. It's been his lifestyle since he was 12. "It's enjoyable," Lucas said. "Somebody could come back to you from 40 miles away or 4,000 miles away." But Lucas says his favorite pastime is now in danger. He's referring to a law written by Assemblyman Bill Quirk in an effort to cut down on distracted driving. It's the same law that makes it illegal to use your cellphone behind the wheel. AB 1785 defines an "electronic wireless communications device" as "\&a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device." Lucas told CBS13 several police agencies as well as CHP have told him that the law includes the two-way radios he uses every day. So he and a friend created a petition on Change.org calling the definition of a wireless device "ambiguous" and urging Quirk to clarify the law's intent.

'Useless' Amateur Radio? No Such Thing:

March 22, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- I'm skipping the "Why we prep" section this week. There were so many responses to last week's column on amateur radio that I needed all available column space to reply. For example, when I warned that a federally licensed amateur radio operator was fairly easily identified, a poster decided to help prove my point: "Pat's either using a pseudonym for his writing, or he is unlicensed. One of the two. (I checked the FCC database. \&)." Another commenter took me to task about my contention that crooks could use the FCC license database to plan robberies: "I have never once heard of someone getting their equipment stolen because they were talking on the radio about a vacation. It never ever happens. Do you really think some random thief will spend thousands of dollars on equipment and countless hours learning to use it well, just to try and rip off people who live hundreds of miles away?" Couple of things here. I can listen to two-meter conversations using SDR (Software Defined Radio) on my computer within a roughly 50-mile radius of where I live for about $25. I've heard lots of my neighbors talking to each other about their vacation plans and the brand-new radio gear they just got. I'm not the only person out there who has expressed a concern about theft. Matt Thomas, managing editor of AmateurRadio.com, would seem to disagree with you as well: "Most of us have a pretty big collection of expensive radio toys. We also have the FCC call sign database pointing every criminal to the exact street address where they can find our expensive toys."

Ham Talk Live #57 NCJ and N9RV Array:

March 22, 2017 11:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week on the next episode of Ham Talk
Live!, Pat Barkey, N9RV is our guest. Pat is
the editor of the National Contest Journal
(NCJ), and has a unique antenna array for
contesting in Montana. Tune in by going to
hamtalklive.com Thursday night at 9 PM
Eastern time.

Yaesu Announces FT-70DR 5W 2M/70CM C4FM:

March 22, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- Today, Yaesu announced the, a 5W Dual-
Band C4FM Handheld. The is a compact System Fusion transceiver
providing both conventional analog FM
operation and the advanced C4FM Digital
mode.

W4HM Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast:

March 22, 2017 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- I'm now posting my daily solar, space and
geomagnetic weather observations and
discussions, as well as a HF radio wave
propagation forecast.

March 21, 2017

ARRL Reiterates its Case for New Band at 5 MHz

March 21, 2017 08:33 PM - ARRL -- In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. More than 5...

Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations

March 21, 2017 06:35 PM - ARRL -- Radio amateurs in Cuba are scrutinizing and debating the details of new Amateur Radio regulations for the island nation. The Cuban Ministry of Communications adopted the new regulatory scheme on February 28. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) posted the new Amateur Radio Service regulations (in Spanish) as a PDF.The detailed regulations governing hams in Cuba comprise 17 chapt...

ARRL Seeking Synergy with Maker Movement

March 21, 2017 06:35 PM - ARRL -- ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts tradition, the Maker Movement gained its own magazine, Make, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker Movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own equipment rather than buyin...

ARISS Deadline Looms to Accept Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew

March 21, 2017 06:35 PM - ARRL --

USB Battery Pack Keep-Alive Load

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- USB power banks are a convenient way of powering low power USB devices in the field. Unfortunately, as they are designed for charging phones and tablets, many have an internal electronic cut out circuit that switches power off below a certain current draw. The exact current that they switch off at varies from pack to pack

New Oscilloscope video

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Following on from the introductory video entitled What is an Oscilloscope, the next video in the series entitled Oscilloscope Types has been launched

IRTS Ham Radio Publications Archive

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- IRTS has made available for free download PDFs of its Newsletter, Magazine and Call Book from last century

ICQ Podcast Episode 233 - ATU's released

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episode's feature is ATU's

IC-7610 HF/50MHz SDR Transceiver UK availability and projected pricing

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Icom Inc. has released more details about the launch of the IC-7610 HF/50MHz SDR Transceiver and its target price. Icom plans to release this high performance HF SDR transceiver around late May with the product being rolled out across the globe in the following months

HamRadioNow: California Drivin' or... California Nightmare

March 21, 2017 02:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Gary Pearce KN4AQ asks It is... or it is not... illegal to operate a two-way radio while driving in the state of California?

Just Like Houston: Engineering Students Work On Satellite Ground Station:

March 21, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Houston, we've had a problem here." Astronaut Jack Swigert uttered that famous statement on April 13, 1970, when problems became apparent during the failed Apollo 13 mission. Members of NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston immediately went to work to figure out what happened and ultimately saved the lives of the crew. Since the space age began, spacecraft and their crews have been communicating with ground stations via radio. Now, University of Virginia engineering students are about to join that tradition with their own ground station for tracking a small spacecraft of their own design. The station will allow student engineers to track and collect data from their craft, scheduled to be launched into orbit in late 2018 aboard a NASA-sponsored rocket as part of an International Space Station resupply mission. "We're building our own version of NASA's Mission Control, to communicate with our own spacecraft," said Christopher Goyne, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor who serves as faculty adviser for the project. "Our students have a lot of work to accomplish prior to launch, and during the six- to 12-month flight mission." The student-built spacecraft, shaped as a cube about the size of a softball, will be part of a joint mission with other Virginia universities to conduct atmospheric density studies, which will help NASA better understand the rates at which low-orbiting spacecraft slow down and ultimately descend back to Earth when encountering the "drag" of the outer edges of our atmosphere. The craft, called a CubeSat (for cube-sized satellite), will be the first developed and flown by UVA. Assembly and testing will be completed this summer. Goyne's group recently began work to construct the ground station, with assistance from the UVA Amateur Radio Club. The mini-satellite is being designed to accommodate a small UHF radio that transmits in the amateur radio band. The station will transmit instructions to the craft as it passes over from horizon to horizon, and also receive scientific data from the craft. The ground station will communicate with other satellites in space, and possibly with crew members aboard the International Space Station.

Sun Goes Blank for Two Weeks Straight:

March 21, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- (WATTSUPWITHTHAT) -- Over the weekend, we reviewed the state of the solar data for March 2017. Now, there's a two week straight lack of sunspots, the longest stretch since 2010. Overview: The sun is currently blank with no visible sunspots and this is the 14th straight day with a blank look which is the longest such stretch since April 2010 according to spaceweather.com. Historically weak solar cycle 24 continues to transition away from its solar maximum phase and towards the next solar minimum. In April 2010 - the last time there was a two week stretch with no visible sunspots -- the sun was emerging from the last solar minimum which was historically long and deep. There have already been 26 spotless days in 2017 (34 percent of the entire year) and this follows 32 spotless days last year which occurred primarily during the latter part of the year. The blank look to the sun will increase in frequency over the next couple of years leading up to the next solar minimum -- probably to be reached in late 2019 or 2020. By one measure, the current solar cycle is the third weakest since record keeping began in 1755 and it continues a weakening trend since solar cycle 21 peaked in 1980. One of the impacts of low solar activity is the increase of cosmic rays that can penetrate into the Earth's upper atmosphere and this has some important consequences.

March 20, 2017

World Thinking Day On The Air

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides from the 17th A Leigh unit took part in amateur radio activities for World Thinking Day

The DXer and the Technician

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- This is the true story about two amateur radio operators who have been friends for over 35 years

Sunspot counts drop to 7-year low

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The face of the sun has been blank (no sunspots) for 13 consecutive days. The last time this happened was in April of 2010, near the end of an historically deep Solar Minimum

PEARS and Eastern Cape in action again

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Last weekend saw the Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society and Hamnet Eastern Cape in action again - this time providing radio communications to the organizers of the Addo Elephant Trail Run - an event that included a 44 km, a 76 km and a gruelling 100-mile (160 km) route

Nuclear powered QSOs ?

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Look for special event station OE17ATOM to be active from the Nuclear Power Plant (inside the reactor's hall) in Zwentendorf, Austria between April 21-22nd

NASA announce three U.S. spacewalks

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Expedition 50 astronauts will conduct three spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) in late March and early April to prepare for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 20, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th March, through Sunday, 19th March there were 233 countries active

Volunteers Needed for WIA Monitoring System:

March 20, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the 'Primary' frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than five thousand intrusions. These are collated into a monthly report before sending to the relevant spectrum regulatory agency in IARU member countries. A resulting clamp down on the Indonesian 'village radio' stations was occurring with the government regulator progressively removing offenders. The WIA reports intruders to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but due to the itinerant nature of some intruders the ACMA has difficulty in confirming them which draws out the process for their removal. Unfortunately, some administrations seem to ignore requests for the removal of interfering services. The observations have included a multitude of Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) systems mainly Chinese, Turkish, Iranian and British systems. There have also been CODAR systems (oceanographic radars) particularly on the 20m to 10m bands.

PayPal Users Take Note (Scam Alert):

March 20, 2017 10:36 AM - eHam.net News -- If you use PayPal for transactions on
classified sites, be on the lookout for scam
e-mails "thanking you for your recent
purchase" using PayPal. They will list a
bogus sale, complete with product
descriptions, prices, and transaction
numbers, etc., making it look like someone
has hacked your account. They offer a link
to follow (which requires your PayPal log-in
info) to dispute the transaction. If you take
the bait, then they got you.

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Tuesdays:

March 20, 2017 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Please join Katie Allen and me for Amateur
Radio Roundtable . This week our guests will
be James NO1PC, who will talk about CA hands
free bill and how it might affect
you, (regardless of your state).

March 19, 2017

WIA volunteers find 5000 intruders

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the 'Primary' frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than 5,000 intrusions - FIVE THOUSAND !

Solar wind advisory

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- A hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth

SARL rising noise floor workshop

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Recently, following a concern raised by the South African Radio League at the SABS TC73 meeting, it was agreed that the question of the increasing level of the RF noise floor should be included in the Strategic Business Plan of the technical committee and added to the work schedule of Working Group 6

SARL establishes Financial Work Group

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The work entailed in unravelling and properly reporting on the South African Radio League finances from the past few years has proven to be a much bigger task than at first anticipated

IARU page shows proposed South Korean satellite K2SAT

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Republic of Korea Air Force Academy has applied to the IARU for coordination of its K2SAT satellite frequencies

Neutrons on a plane

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Researchers have long known that air travelers are exposed to cosmic rays on board commercial aircraft. Indeed, pilots are classified as 'occupational radiation workers.'

Conference 2017 Rotorua

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Rotorua Branch (33) of NZART invites NZART members and their partners to join us for a weekend in Rotorua. Come and visit New Zealand's Coolest Hotspot

Bletchley Park - website upgraded

March 19, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology

World Thinking Day: Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides from 17th A Leigh Unit:

March 19, 2017 12:32 PM - eHam.net News -- 'World Thinking Day' is an important annual event for Brownies and Girl Guides around the world. This takes place on the birthday of founder Lord Baden-Powell, and is an opportunity to think about others around the world. In support of this year's event, Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides from the 17th A Leigh unit met on February 27 at Hadleigh Methodist Church, on the theme of 'communication.' With the help of the local amateur radio group Essex Ham, more than 20 Brownies, Guides, Seniors and Team Leaders sent greetings messages over special radio frequencies to other amateur radio enthusiasts across Essex. The experience helped youngsters of the 17th A Leigh unit to get their 'On The Ai' communicators badges. The event also included a video showing astronaut Tim Peake performing experiments on the International Space Station, and the importance of radio in our daily lives.

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