July 02, 2015

Record making Aussie balloon finally returns home

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- After heading north the petulant pico party-type balloon PS-46, carrying an Amateur Radio payload, floated over the Indian Ocean near Cocos Keeling Island, or within 660km of Jakarta Indonesia

PV70FEB Special Event Station

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- PV70FEB, new Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years of the end of World War II, and a tribute to Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, in the Italian Campaign

New on-line Foundation course

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wythall Radio Club are pleased announce that we are running our fourth on-line course for those seeking to gain their Foundation licence

It's hard to go undetected by RSM Compliance

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- RSM Compliance is now better equipped to detect unlicensed radiocommunication signals anywhere and anytime in New Zealand

German Ham Radio call sign list

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The German regulator, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), has published a 790 page PDF of amateur radio callsigns, names and addresses

BATC sees big interest shown at Friedrichshafen

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- More than 200 radio amateurs visited the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) stand at the International Amateur Radio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen, in Germany, and it was a 'very busy and worthwhile' three-day event promoting both amateur television and the BATC, writes club chairman Noel Matthews, G8GTZ

13 Colonies Special Event

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Once again the annual 13 Colonies Special Event is underway and runs until 0400z July 5th

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

July 02, 2015 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- By the time you read this I should be back in the UK and opening up the IC7600 again. Not too much to show in the early part of the week, but Friday to Sunday was pretty good

Vital connections: Amateur Radio Field Day Tests Emergency Communications:

July 02, 2015 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- SANDY RUN -- The Columbia Amateur Radio Club, in coordination with the Calhoun County Auxiliary Emergency Operations Center in Sandy Run, held a field day Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, as part of a nationwide exercise to establish and refine communications between emergency facilities. The 24-hour exercise involved efforts to connect all emergency communications services across the country utilizing voice, Morse code and data transmissions. The exercise's successes and failures were then evaluated. For more than a century, amateur radio has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cellphone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. "If there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate," said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. "Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cellphone infrastructure and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That's the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage." Radio operators have provided backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and even the International Space Station. "Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world," Kutzko said. "Field Day is a time when we get together and work with our radios and gear," said Ronnie Livingston, Columbia Amateur Radio Club president, adding that visitors were able "to talk with folks around the United States, if not around the world."

HamRadioCoin 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway:

July 02, 2015 02:33 AM - eHam.net News -- We are pleased to announce that today, July 1, 2015, HamRadioCoin celebrates its first year!
The road is still long but we got there!

Wicker, Blumenthal Propose Fair Regulation of Amateur Radio Operators:

July 02, 2015 12:33 AM - eHam.net News -- U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced bipartisan legislation titled the "Amateur Radio Parity Act" that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators. "This legislation would ensure that our nation's amateur radio operators can continue to provide critical communications support at no cost to taxpayers. This would be particularly beneficial in Mississippi and other rural states," Wicker said. "During Hurricane Katrina, Mississippians learned firsthand the value of amateur radio and its ability to provide information that could save lives in times of natural disasters." "This measure ensures ýincreased access to and availability of critical resources and communication tools to our integral first-responders. We have seen the effectiveness of these systems and the need to provide these emergency response systems to Americans regardless of where you live is evident," Blumenthal stated. Because of private land restrictions, a large segment of amateur radio operators are prohibited from installing functional outdoor antennas at their homes. This bill would call on FCC to apply the reasonable accommodation policy evenly to all types of residential land use regulations and offer amateur radio operators the ability to negotiate with subdivisions that now have restrictions that preclude amateur radio antennas completely. This could be accomplished without taking any jurisdiction away from homeowners associations and would protect neighborhood aesthetics. In times of emergency, amateur radio operators provide communications network backup when first responder network repeaters and infrastructure are not working. During and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio operators restored communications lines with FEMA, the Red Cross, and other disaster relief entities when the primary emergency response network was down.

July 01, 2015

FCC Speedily Dismisses Petitions to Alter Amateur Service Rules

July 01, 2015 07:34 PM - ARRL -- Acting with near lightning speed, the FCC has dismissed two petitions for rule making calling for separate amendments to the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. Willison H. Gormly, WD0BCS, of Des Moines, New Mexico, filed both petitions on June 16, and the FCC turned them away on July 1. Gormly had requested that the FCC amend §97.301(e) of the rules by dividing it into separate sub-paragraphs for t...

CEDAR Conference Participants Dig Into Science of Interest to Radio Amateurs

July 01, 2015 02:35 PM - ARRL --

Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest

July 01, 2015 01:35 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Jul 6 to 2359Z, Jul 7

River Crouch Celebration Field Day report

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, June 28, a group of Essex Hams congregated on the north bank of the River Crouch, to the south of South Woodham Ferrers

Radio Hams in BBC News

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- BBC News has reported on the two 434 MHz balloons flown by Andrew Garratt M0NRD and the South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society

Passport to World Band Radio

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- TV Magazine from 1928 and 18 issues of the short wave publication Passport to World Band Radio are now available for download

Ofcom and RSGB meeting

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB met with Ofcom on June 23, 2015. Among the issues discussed was the interference suffered by amateurs from consumer equipment

In retirement, Nobel Laureate takes up Moon Bounce

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Science News reports on radio amateur Joe Taylor K1JT who has contacted around 900 amateurs via Moon Bounce (EME) since he retired

Ham Radio Deluxe team grows - UK member added

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- HRD Software, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of John Henry, KI4JPL to the HRD Development Staff and Robin Moseley, G1MHU to the Support Staff

Radio club celebrates 50th year

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Farnborough and District Radio Society will be running a special event station from a local scout hut in Frimley as part of their 50th year golden jubilee celebrations

Export bar on TV archive

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Government has announced an export bar has been placed on an archive from John Logie Baird's first transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures which includes amateur radio logbooks

A Maker's Introduction to Ham Radio

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In Make: magazine Ward Silver N0AX explains amateur radio to the Maker community

$50SAT 19 months in Space and still working

July 01, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA provides an update on the $50SAT amateur radio spacecraft which measures just 5x5x7.5 cm

Dickson County is certified as severe StormReady (Tennessee)

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Officials with the local National Weather Service office recognized Dickson County as a StormReady community last week.

The designation means emergency personnel and public places, like schools and government buildings, are equipped to communicate severe weather potential and warnings to the masses.

Arduino HamShield Hits Kickstarter To Communicate Using Amateur Radio Bands (video)

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Casey Halverson has launched a new piece of Arduino compatible hardware he has designed and built called the Arduino HamShield. That is capable of enabling your Arduino project to communicate with people and things using amateur radio bands.

Coverage from the Arduino HamShield is across 136-170MHz, 200-260MHz, 400-520MHz and can be used to create the wealth of new projects including emergency communication devices, beacons, weather stations and more.

Did you know 'storm spotters' in your community keep you safe during severe weather?

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Earlier this week, the Midwest and Northeast were slammed with tornadoes and thunderstorms that grounded planes and held up trains. Thousands of people along the Northeast corridor lost power as a result.

During such hazardous weather, we rely on the knowledge, skill and expertise of meteorologists and designated emergency personnel to keep us safe and in the know. They in turn rely on data supplied by not just satellites and doppler radars but also - a network of citizen scientists.

Ofcom issues call sign guidance

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ofcom have issued guidance about their policy on temporary call signs and call sign enhancement

The guidance is particularly noteworthy because this is possibly the first time Ofcom (or their predecessors) have used the correct term British Islands (Interpretation Act 1978).

In retirement, Nobelist takes up moon bouncing

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- If the moon is up, there's a good chance Joseph Taylor is on his ham radio, using a homemade antenna in his backyard to bounce signals off the moon's pockmarked face. It's a skill Taylor began cultivating in 2003, shortly before he retired from Princeton University, where he used radio waves to probe the secrets of pulsars, the spinning, magnetized neutron stars that emit bursts of radiation with clocklike regularity.

Wicker pushing Fair Regulation of Amateur Radio Operators measure

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced bipartisan legislation titled the Amateur Radio Parity Act that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators.

N.M. AFJROTC cadets soar to space (Alabama)

July 01, 2015 04:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- "How cool! You can see the curvature of the earth!" is a comment repeated by students ranging from 4th grade to high school seniors in the Albuquerque Public School District while viewing images and examining their real-world science results.

June 30, 2015

Phillip Groves, N8SFO, Named as West Virginia Section Manager

June 30, 2015 09:34 PM - ARRL -- Phillip Groves, N8SFO, has been appointed as ARRL West Virginia Section Manager. Groves, of Beckley, succeeds the late Charles Hardy, WV8CH, of Fayetteville, who died on June 14, apparently as the result of accidental electrocution while working on an antenna at his home."This position will present me with new opportunities to further promote Amateur Radio participation and membership for radio...

NASA Administrator statement on the loss of SpaceX CRS-7

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission

RF breakout board for the Raspberry Pi gives a simple WSPR station

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- A campaign has been launched on Kickstarter for an RF breakout board for the Raspberry Pi

ON1418WOD - Special WW1 Event Station

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Leon ON4VLM, Rene ON3VS, Swa ON5SWA, Eric ON3EE and Joris ON3JL are going to commemorate all the victims of the Wire of Death between 1915 and 1918 in Hamont-Achel (Belgium)

MacLoggerDX Version 5.62 released

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.62 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Inventors hope to launch 'backyard satellites' to fill gap in Australian space exploration

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- Stuart McAndrew is making history from a backyard shed in suburban Perth. The IT worker is building a satellite capable of being launched into space and taking pictures of Earth

First HAB flights were a success

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, June 28, Andrew Garratt M0NRD and the South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society launched two balloons carrying 434 MHz trackers from the 10th World Egg Throwing Championship at Swaton, Lincolnshire

Essex STEM balloons launched

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Monday, June 29, three high altitude balloons from Essex schools and colleges transmitted Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) in the 434 MHz band

Chelmsford and Marconi on TV

June 30, 2015 09:39 AM - Southgate ARC -- ITV News reports on the battle to save the last piece of Chelmsford radio heritage

Ham Radio Operators Pass Wet Weather Test:

June 30, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- QUEENSBURY -- Sometime after midnight Sunday, a weather front passed over Warren County Municipal Center. Members of Warren County Amateur Radio Club were still awake, working the airwaves as part of an international ham radio field day when the wind kicked up, the temperature dropped 20 degrees and it rained hard enough to cause the power in the Internet tent to go out. "That was perfect weather for us," said Donald James, president of the club, which works closely with local law enforcement and emergency services. "It was a really good test for us to see how we would respond to the weather, and we passed the way we wanted to." Within minutes, the Internet was back up and the club's members were still on the air, as they were for a 24-hour period from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. While the Sunday weather was rainy and kept the number of visitors to a minimum, Laurie Kovarovic said Saturday's sunshine brought a steady stream of folks interested in learning about ham radio. "It was so busy (Saturday)," she said. "They enjoyed it, and they went around to all the different stations." One of the radio rigs was set up so people could try it for themselves, and David Price said the exposure is really important for the hobby.

Ham Radio Operators Make Air Waves Sizzle:

June 30, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- Members of the Porterville Amateur Repeaters Association (PARA), or in layman's terms, Ham Radio operators, celebrated Field Day Saturday at Success Lake. The weather sizzled and radios hummed as PARA members attentively contacted other operators across the country. Field Day, which began in 1933, is an annual 24-hour event where ham radio operators across the nation set up their stations and contact as many fellow operators as possible. According to local operators Glenn Ricketson and Lyn Trask, Field Day was set up as a competition though the primary reason is to increase public awareness about the communication advantages of Ham radio. For instance, one can set up a Ham radio with an antenna anywhere. Eddie Orosco from Porterville built a large antenna that he used during Field Day. He says the radio can also be used to send digital messages using the computer like a radio. He demonstrated "morse code" using a telegraph key or "bug." And he proudly displayed a copy of a book from 1869 called "Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph." The 1869 book teaches how to use the telegraph and build batteries. The telegraph predates radios, telephones, and any type of computer. It was the original worldwide communication system developed by Samuel Morse from the 1830s to the 1840s, and worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. You can see how the wire was strung between telegraph and telephone poles all across the U.S.

The Original Social Media: Group Broadcasts the Popularity of Amateur Radio

June 30, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- SHENANGO TOWNSHIP -- Amateur radios were the Internet before the Internet existed, one of the original "social media" that continues to grow in popularity, according to Tim Duffy, one of the founders of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club. Duffy and about 40 others spent 24 hours this weekend hosting field day, reaching out to thousands worldwide, testing what not only is a hobby but a proven backup safety system for myraid of events. Duffy won't even guess how much antenna power he has on his property. "Just say a lot. A lot," he said. The field day is held the last weekend of every June, and Duffy hopes it will pique interest in the group. Despite Saturday's heavy rains, volunteers assembled another antenna, for practice, shortly after midnight, he said. Having already bested last year's 3,000 radio contacts by noon Sunday, Duffy -- whose call sign is W3LIF -- shows off a basement with 11 call stations, constant chatter in the background as licensed operators reach out across the world in hopes of a return call and a bit of shared information. Duffy said he really enjoys the hobby, hence all the radios and antennas, and he wants to be able to share that with fellow enthusiasts who may not have their own equipment. The chief operating officer of DX Engineering in Tallmadge, Ohio, Duffy said he's met other radio operators via the airwaves and, in several instances, has gone overseas to meet them. "I've gone to Northern Ireland, Moscow, Brazil, Finland. We get to talking and they'll invite me over to meet them and I went," he said.

Wicker Pushing Fair Regulation of Amateur Radio Operators Measure:

June 30, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced bipartisan legislation titled the "Amateur Radio Parity Act" that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators. "This legislation would ensure that our nation's amateur radio operators can continue to provide critical communications support at no cost to taxpayers. This would be particularly beneficial in Mississippi and other rural states," Wicker said. "During Hurricane Katrina, Mississippians learned firsthand the value of amateur radio and its ability to provide information that could save lives in times of natural disasters." "This measure ensures ýincreased access to and availability of critical resources and communication tools to our integral first-responders. We have seen the effectiveness of these systems and the need to provide these emergency response systems to Americans regardless of where you live is evident," Blumenthal stated. Because of private land restrictions, a large segment of amateur radio operators are prohibited from installing functional outdoor antennas at their homes. This bill would call on FCC to apply the reasonable accommodation policy evenly to all types of residential land use regulations and offer amateur radio operators the ability to negotiate with subdivisions that now have restrictions that preclude amateur radio antennas completely. This could be accomplished without taking any jurisdiction away from homeowners associations and would protect neighborhood aesthetics. In times of emergency, amateur radio operators provide communications network backup when first responder network repeaters and infrastructure are not working. During and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio operators restored communications lines with FEMA, the Red Cross, and other disaster relief entities when the primary emergency response network was down.

Ham Radio Deluxe Expands Staff:

June 30, 2015 08:35 AM - eHam.net News -- HRD Software, LLC is pleased to announce
the addition of John Henry, KI4JPL to the
HRD Development Staff and Robin Moseley,
G1MHU to the Support Staff. Rick Ruhl,
W4PC said, "As our product continues to
reach more ham shacks, the need to
increase our staff in both development and
support became apparent. I'm thrilled to
bring their expertise into the HRD
family."

June 29, 2015

Senate Sponsor of "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015" said Bill Promotes Regulatory Transparency, Equality

June 29, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015" in the Senate, had said the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process. S. 1685 and its identically worded US House version H.R. 1301 direct the FCC to provide "regulatory parity" for Amateur radio operators. Wicker ...

Museum Donates Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Homebrew Equipment

June 29, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Friday, July 3

June 29, 2015 08:33 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. There will be no edition of ARRL Audio News and no W1AW bulletins or code practice on July 3. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

MacLoggerDX Version 5.62 Released:

June 29, 2015 06:35 PM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version
5.62 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

"Founders and Patriots of the Republic" is Theme of Annual 13 Colonies Event

June 29, 2015 05:34 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page

June 29, 2015 05:34 PM - ARRL -- Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is H.R. 1301 in the US House of Representatives and S. 1685 in the US Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on th...

WRTH free update

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- WRTH has released a free update for the A15 schedules file. This PDF contains frequency changes, address etc., updates and some new stations

Sweden postpones digital radio switchover

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Swedish government is postponing its planned switch from FM to digital DAB+ broadcasting

River Crouch Field Events

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Between June 28 and July 5, a group of Essex Hams will be helping to support the River Crouch Celebrations, and local amateurs are welcome to attend this rather unique series of events

Ofcom: K for Kernow

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Following an RSGB challenge Ofcom say they are withdrawing their offer to Cornish Amateur Radio stations of a permanent K Regional Secondary Locator (RSL)

Ofcom issues call sign guidance

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom have issued guidance about their policy on temporary call signs and call sign enhancement

Ofcom Guidelines and Club Calls

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- GB2RS news highlights the impact of the new Ofcom callsign guidelines on English Club call signs

Next Generation New Radio Initiative

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Austrian national radio society says amateur radios should not look like in the seventies, but should include modern technology and graphical user interfaces and colour touch screen to avoid multi-functional buttons

History This Week

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio Field Day in the media

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- Newspaper and TV reporters visited amateur radio Field Day stations at the weekend generating publicity for the hobby

DXCC Country/Entity Report

June 29, 2015 10:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st June, through Sunday, 28th June there were 206 countries active

QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2359Z, Jul 5

WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1000Z-1400Z, Jul 5

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1700Z, Jul 5

Mac Students to Contact Astronaut on International Space Station:

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- BUNKER HILL -- Kids at Maconaquah Elementary School will get the chance to make a call to outer space. The school was recently chosen as one of 12 organizations in the U.S. to make contact with the International Space Station in August. Fifth grade teacher Cassandra Knolinski applied for the chance to talk to an astronaut through an organization called Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) after she received her HAM radio license. The ARISS program was created and is managed by an international consortium of amateur radio and space agencies, including NASA, to allow students all over the world to experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members on the International Space Station, according to its website. Knolinski said she was encouraged to file the application by Miami County Amateur Radio President Bill McAlpin. "It took about two months to hear that we were finally accepted," she said. "I screamed with excitement. \& Talk about a dream come true." Knolinski said she is excited for her students to experience this "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Ham Radios Not Just a Hobby But a Service, Too:

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- KITCHENER -- There was a buzz of static and a few loud, sharp sounds. A group of University of Waterloo students sat at a picnic pavilion at Breithaupt Park on Sunday morning huddled over a hand-me-down ham radio. They were trying to make contact with other ham radio operators across North America. They trio finally reached someone from Illinois and beamed with delight and excitement -- one more contact to mark down in their log. It was a rough first time at The American Radio Relay League Field Day for these newly licensed radio operators. The continent-wide competition counts how many contacts each radio operator has made, and this group of amateurs had made only 11 contacts in the past 23 hours. But it was their first time and they were learning the tricks of the trade. "It's cool to contact people in this way," said Melissa Tedesco, an electrical engineering student entering her second year. "You really have to work for it; it's not like the Internet where you don't work for it." The ham operators camped out in cold, pouring rain to collect contacts as well as brush up on emergency preparedness skills.

Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club Practices in Event of Crisis:

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- For 24-hours, 34,000 members of the American Radio Relay League set up radio systems in a field environment and made contact with each other across the country. Over a dozen set up camp near Erwin Marina, testing out different radios and frequencies. This might all look like fun and games, but these radio enthusiasts are contacting people from across the country with HAM radios. It's mostly for fun, but this radio field day has a purpose too, and that's to keep everyone prepared in the event of a crisis. "It's designed to simulate disruption of communication. Basically, whether it's power, weather, overload of communication system due to disaster or emergency," said Barclay "Mac" Thomas, Vice President of Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club. In an event like that, cell phones would be out of line. So these radios can be pulled in on a different frequency, to take their place. "If you think back to hurricane Rita and Katrina I believe it was three days the only info coming out was from people with two meter FM hand radios," said Thomas.

Amateur Radio Operators Show Off Their Hobby at Annual Field Day:

June 29, 2015 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- HURLBURT FIELD -- You can't count on phone lines or other ways to communicate during a hurricane or other natural disaster. That's when ham radio operators step up. "For us to ask for help, provide communication with the outside world, let your family know you're okay, this is how it's going to be done," Mo Hodgdon, chairman of the Playground Amateur Radio Club's annual Field Day, said as he sat in front of a radio powered by a battery. Field Day is an exercise for amateur radio operators to make as many contacts across North America as possible. About 10 operators monitored the radio wavesSaturday at stations set up on tables at Hurlburt Field's picnic area.

Dresden students learn ham radio skills (Ohio)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Students at Dresden Elementary School participated in an amateur radio club this past school year.
The club won first and second place in a school club contest. One member, Tyler, who uses the call sign KD8UAY, competed in the ARRL Sweepstakes Contest with other local ham radio operators and took a North American first place. He was also a guest speaker at the Dayton International Hamvention.

Eggs in space... Team of radio hams scramble to be first to achieve egg-straterrestrial space mission (UK)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- We are used to eggs flying through the air at the World Egg Throwing Championships but this year the organisers are aiming to go one better by launching an egg into space.

We are used to eggs flying through the air at the World Egg Throwing Championships but this year the organisers are aiming to go one better by launching an egg into space.

Radio Active - Fort Hall ham radio enthusiast helps with Nepal quake relief effort

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ron Edmo is no stranger to emergencies and the need for communications. He was a Green Beret in Vietnam in 1966-1967.

Edmo put his past experiences to work as he used his ham radio to connect to people on the ground in India and Nepal during the April earthquakes that rocked Nepal's capital city of Katmandu and killed nearly 9,000 people.

Unseen flood heroes (India)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- IT was by far the worst flooding disaster to strike the country, but the monsoonal flooding brought out much more than just mud and debris. It saw the rise in humanity and simple show of love and sincerity that fellow Malaysians had for each other in the face of tragedy. Tens of thousands of people lost the basic living needs - food, shelter and clothes.

HAM enthusiasts describe hobby (Quebec)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- He presses a couple of buttons and turns a dial. He reaches over to another device and executes similar moves.
Robbie Robertson has been a passionate HAM radio operator for more than 50 years. He sure knows his way around the various tools of his hobby.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Mississippi Republican Sen Roger Wicker introduced S. 1685 on June 25, with Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, as the initial cosponsor. The Senate bill joins an identical measure in the US House, H.R. 1301, which was introduced in March. Both measures would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions.

Ever ready: Local ham radio operators provide vital link (North Carolina)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the age of smartphones and the Internet, ham radio strikes many as an outmoded technology destined to go the way of eight-track tapes and film cameras.

Father, son communicate with the world (Louisiana)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Chad Haviland and his 9-year-old son, Sam, enjoy backpacking along the Longleaf Trail, part of Kisatchie National Forest northwest of Alexandria. The wilderness sometimes makes the Havilands unreachable by cell phone and the outside world.

Avoiding a communications disaster (Oregon)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Although their technology may seem like something of an anachronism in 2015, amateur radio operators are arguably the most valuable asset for a community during an emergency or natural disaster.

140,000 Thai licenses invalidated

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The RAST reports the Thai National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has invalidated a total of 140,000 amateur radio licences which had been expired for more than two years

Pattern of Contact Padding Prompts Disqualifications, CQ Review of All Past Contest Logs

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The CQ World Wide Contest Committee said this week that it plans to review all past contest logs, after its investigation revealed a pattern of routine QSO padding on the part of one top-scoring CQ World Wide Contest operator. This follows in the wake of the disqualifications of some two dozen 2014 CQ WW SSB contest operators in April, and another 30 contestants in the 2014 CQ WW CW event. Among the latter group of DQs was the TO7A entry of Dmitry V. Stashuk, UT5UGR, of Kiev, Ukraine, for unclaimed use of assistance. TO7A had claimed the top Single-Operator, High Power score.

An 8m amateur radio mast has some Ringwood North residents worried about health concerns and property values (Australia)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- BITTER opposition from neighbours has failed to stop plans for an 8m radio mast to be installed in a Ringwood North backyard.

Over several months Aurum Cres woman Fiona Jenkins has complained to Maroondah Council to prevent her neighbour, a radio enthusiast, from erecting a CB radio mast.

However will go ahead because the structure will be used for recreational purposes, which means it does not need a permit.

Interpreting RF emissions from PCs

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Register highlights a recent paper by students at Tel Aviv University which describes the use of a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR to potentially extract RSA Key information from PCs

Ohio ARES 'NVIS Antenna Day' Concludes That the Truth is Up There

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day on April 25 attracted participation from some 100 Buckeye State stations in an effort to determine which configurations of near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) antenna offer the best results. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said that while the results of the unscientific test were inconclusive, some configurations did seem superior.

Up, up and away (Texas)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Twenty-one miles isn't a long way. It's a few minutes' drive. As it turns out, 21 miles is a long way . if you go up. It's three times higher than commercial airplanes fly. It's high enough to get above 99 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. Temperatures plummet to a very un-Texan level. It's not easy to get up there, either. Essentially, it's space.

Taylorville man charged with threatening public official (Illinois)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A ham radio operator and self-proclaimed free-speech advocate from Taylorville was arrested Monday for allegedly sending a threatening email to the city's police chief.
Police said Todd Daugherty, 46, (QRZ has a listing for a Todd Daugherty in Taylorville, IL as N9OGL, expired in 2012) sent an email to Taylorville police Sunday with an image of Police Chief Dave Herpstreith that included a bull's-eye and threatening language.

Proximity Fuze History - developed by radio hams

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- British military researchers Sir Samuel Curran and W. A. S. Butement developed a proximity fuze (fuse) in the early stages of World War II under the name VT, an acronym of 'Variable Time fuze'.

Man's license plates one of a kind (Nebraska)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Erv Siemoneit of Hastings has had the same license plate number - K0ICI - since 1957. "It was my call number for ham radio," he said. "It's the only one issued in the United States. It's one of a kind."

Amateur radio helps teen with disabilities (Virginia)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Dots and dashes changed Zachary Barnum's life.

This 17-year-old resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who is legally blind in one eye due to optic nerve hypoplasia and has a form of bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness), has built his self- confidence and a worldwide social network by learning Morse Code and becoming an amateur radio operator.

Charter school's balloon reaches 23 miles (Wisconsin)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- That was the phrase of the day for Merrimac Community Charter School's students and staff as their first-ever weather balloon left the ground and traveled high and away out of sight into a layer of stratus clouds.

Teacher Jenna McCann said the school may well have boldly gone where no elementary school has gone before.

States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of Amateur Radio, Field Day

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Several US states, counties, and communities this month took the opportunity to formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL Field Day.

DIY satellite launches from backyard shed to lower orbit

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Working from his shed in suburban Perth Stuart McAndrew is constructing Australia's first Rubik's Cube-sized satellite which he hopes to launch into orbit next year.

Mr McAndrew's satellite, OzQube-1, is a PocketQube which is an inexpensive type of miniaturised satellite that utilises commercial off-the-shelf components for its electronics.

HAM RADIO 2015 Gets Under Way in Friedrichshafen, Germany

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The 40th anniversary edition of HAM RADIO is now under way in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The event, which takes place near Lake Constance, attracted more than 17,000 visitors in 2014, including contingents from the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is a Ham Radio cosponsor, and its theme for this year's gathering is 'Space stations, satellites, reflections: Amateur Radio contact with space.'

New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Two California radio amateurs - one of them in Hawaii - have set new world distance records on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz microwave amateur bands. Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, operating from a radio-equipped rental car on the big island of Hawaii, worked Gregory Campbell, W6IT, operating Overbeck's own fixed station near Orange, California, on both bands - a distance of more than 4024 km (2495 miles). The

Kidderminster radio ham harassed someone on the airwaves (England)

June 29, 2015 05:34 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A BLIND disabled amateur radio ham harassed someone on the airwaves leaving them living in fear. Nigel Hopkins (QRZ.com has a listing for a Mr. Nigel Hopkins in Kidderminster England as G1XYU) almost had his license revoked and his radio equipment seized after repeatedly broadcasting hurtful things about someone, who The Shuttle has chosen not to name, while encouraging others to do the same between January 21 and April 25 last year.

June 28, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low levels

Visitor recommends ham radio club

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In a letter to The Star newspaper Richard Shaw writes about his visit to the Sheffield Amateur Radio Club

TAARC - young operators wanted

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex-based Thurrock Acorns are looking for young radio amateurs to take part in the Condovers Scout Activity Centre Open Day on July 18

Radio ham appears in court

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Shuttle reports a Kidderminster radio amateur has appeared in court

ICQPODCAST in Friedrichshafen 2015

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode of the ICQ Amateur / Ham radio Podcast, we start our review of the Ham Radio Friedrichshafen event

Ham radio helps teen with disabilities

June 28, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dots and dashes changed the life of 17-year-old Zachary Barnum KK4RUT of Fredericksburg, Virginia

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