November 23, 2017

AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use!

November 23, 2017 08:37 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA's latest Amateur Radio CubeSat, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), now known as AO-91, has been opened for general use. AMSAT Engineering officially announced that AO-91 was ready for use at 0650 UTC on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, turned over operation to Mark Hammond, N8MH, and AMSAT Operations during a contact on the AO-91 repeater during the pass over...

Ham radio PDF posters

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The RSGB have a range of posters promoting amateur radio available for free download from their website

Distracted Driving in Canada - update

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada are now awaiting a decision on the issue by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Club demonstrates ham radio to school students

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Eight Rivers club members have been demonstrating amateur radio to Pocahontas County High School students

Amazon's Alexa as a shack companion

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Pete M0PSX, from the virtual club Essex Ham, has released a short video to take a look at whether the Amazon Echo Dot makes a useful shack companion

IOTA news from the DARC

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

DX News from the ARRL

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Tony's 10m Band Report

November 23, 2017 03:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- A generally poor week with little in the way of DX in quantity. The main protagonists were 9U4M Burundi), J5T (Guinea-Bissau), VP2MDL (Montserrat), VK9MA (Mellish Reef), 5K0T (Columbia) and one or two others

Ham Radio Operators Have a Busy Day:

November 23, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- It was a great day for local Ham Radio enthusiasts, with plenty to do, plenty of people to share their craft with, and plenty of time on the air talking with people around the world. For the 60th year in a row, Ham Radio operators around the world were joined by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts in the 60th anniversary of Jamboree on the Air. Locally, the event happened in conjunction with the Logandale Fall Festival. Members of the Moapa Valley Amateur Radio club set up their own equipment and a booth on the lawn at the fairgrounds. They invited scouts and others to join them in talking to other Scouts around the world. The Scouts worked in partnership with a licensed operator who taught them what to say and a little bit about amateur radio.

30 Years Later, Notorious 'Max Headroom Incident' Remains a Mystery:

November 23, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- It was Nov. 22, 1987 -- a Sunday night -- and "Doctor Who" fans had just settled in to watch a rerun of the episode "Horror at Fang Rock." Suddenly, the Doctor was replaced by Max Headroom -- not the 1980s comedy character Max Headroom, but a guy in a mask ranting through garbled audio. The WTTW signal had been hijacked. "As it went on it got stranger and stranger," remembers "Doctor Who" fan Gary Zielinski. Indeed, toward the end of the 90-second signal, the imposter exposed his bare bottom to an accomplice who spanked him with a fly swatter. The next morning, WTTW engineers tried to figure out what had happened, and how. WTTW broadcast engineer Al Skierkewicz said they knew the culprit had to be someone with pretty sophisticated technical knowledge. "It had to be a broadcast engineer, a satellite engineer, or a ham radio operator," he said. "And probably a combination of at least two of those in order to pull this off."

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:

November 23, 2017 08:37 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W2GD, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST
and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar Set for November 27

November 23, 2017 12:38 AM - ARRL -- A free webinar, "What is SKYWARN(tm) Recognition Day and how can you participate?" will take place on November 27 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on November 28). Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinarSRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in ...

November 22, 2017

ARRL 10 Meter Contest QST Announcement Correction

November 22, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL --

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

November 22, 2017 08:39 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency's 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, an...

Major New Edition of The ARRL Handbook is Now Available!

November 22, 2017 08:39 PM - ARRL -- The 2018 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications has undergone a complete makeover. First published in 1926, the most widely used one-stop reference and guide to radio technology principles and practices over the years since has documented the state-of-the-art in Amateur Radio as well as emerging technologies in radio experimentation, discovery, and achievement. The 95th edition o...

Realtime band conditions website

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's

Ham radio operators vital if disaster strikes

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- KING 5 TV news reports if disaster strikes, emergency officials say we will likely be reliant on a growing network of amateur radio operators

FUNcube-1 celebrates its 4th birthday

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, November 21, the amateur radio satellite FUNcube-1 (AO-73) completed 4 years in orbit

D-Star ONE launch on November 28

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- D-Star ONE is the first private German CubeSat and the first D-Star communication spacecraft worldwide

Copying new ham radio satellite AO-91 on launch day

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- RadFxSat Fox-1B (AO-91) was launched November 18 and Hope KM4IPF and her sister Grace KM4TXT decided to try to copy the Voice ID as the new satellite made its way across the Florida Sky

A satellite called OSCAR ?

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ever since the launch of OSCAR I in 1961, it has been traditional for amateur radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR, for "Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio."

2018 Macao DXpedition

November 22, 2017 02:38 PM - Southgate ARC -- After 8 months of preparation for this DXpedition, we are proud to announce a DXpedition to Macao (XX9) from the night of March 9th, 2018 to March 17th, 2018

Ham Radio Coming to PCHS:

November 22, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- You could feel the excitement in the room as Pocahontas County High School students gathered recently to learn about an exciting project being launched at their school. Eight Rivers Ham Radio Club members Rudy Marrujo, Jan Cozart and Lee Wolfe visited PCHS where they were met by a large group of bright-eyed and anxious students who want to learn more about becoming ham radio operators. Amateur (ham) radio is a medium by which people can communicate on specific frequency ranges designated by the FCC for personal, hobby, educational/training and emergency purposes. During the demonstration, students were given the opportunity to handle the equipment and were eager to ask questions. The program is the brainchild of Jean Srodes, who works with students in Pocahontas County. Srodes came up with the idea of bringing ham radio to the school while exploring STEM activities. Her idea for a student-operated ham radio base was presented to the Eight Rivers Ham Radio Club, and club members were immediately on board to purchase equipment and to establish a radio base at the school. Although this is primarily a STEM Club activity, the opportunity is open to all interested students. "The response to this was overwhelming," Srodes said.

Ham Radio Operators Assist With Puerto Rico Recovery:

November 22, 2017 01:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents are struggling to recover. Power has not been fully restored, and fresh water and other supplies are still hard to come by. In the days immediately after the storm, a southern Illinoisan decided to lend his help -- in connecting others who could lend a hand. Taylor Vessel of WSIU's River Region Evening Edition reports on Tim Maloney's trip.

November 21, 2017

New for 2018!

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Following on from their successful
LFA-Q compact quads, InnovAntennas are adding a more traditional looking quad to their range, which boasts two of the features of the LFA-Q

Michigan Section Manager appointment begins on January 1

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30

Kerry Science Festival a great success for the Kerry Amateur Radio Group

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday 18th November saw the Kerry Amateur Radio Group exhibit at the Kerry Science Festival. This was a great success with much interest being shown in the club stand by the many visitors to the STEM Showcase

Interstellar asteroid 'like nothing seen before'

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Last month, telescopes around the world rushed to observe an asteroid from interstellar space as it raced through our Solar System

Video: HamCasters on Ham Radio Now

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The name HamCasters was created when Gary used it to label a new Reddit sub designed to be a place for ham radio podcasters, YouTubers, bloggers and media creators in general to announce their work, and for the audience to comment on it

Farnham WebSDR changes URL

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Noel G8GTZ reports the popular LF/VHF/UHF/uW web based software defined radio at Farnham near London has changed its URL

Ballots counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director elections

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections

Amateur Radio Service Helps Fight Hunger:

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- The Portage County Amateur Radio Service, a local Ham Radio Club, is giving back to the community with a donation to the Center of Hope in Ravenna. The Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County, where local food pantries are not present. Hot meals are offered at no cost five days a week and are typically served to between 75 and 100 individuals each day. Groceries are available monthly through the Christian Cupboard. Opportunities for socialization, cooking classes and referral services are also offered. Outgoing PCARS President Rick Kruis, K8CAV, said he's "honored to be a part of an organization as giving as the members of PCARS are." Incoming PCARS President Jim Wilson, AC8NT, said that "continuing to serve our community will be an important function of PCARS as we move into 2018."

Ham Radio Operators Vital if Disaster Strikes:

November 21, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- If disaster strikes, emergency officials say we will likely be reliant on a growing network of amateur radio operators. Mark Sheppard with the Seattle Department of Emergency Management says we've learned a lot since the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001. And today, the backup communication system is much more robust. "It's not just the radio, it's the people," he said. "We have a team of people who have been through emergency preparedness training and learned how to communicate in emergencies under pressure."

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections:

November 21, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL
Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1:

November 21, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as
Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His
appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through
June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm
Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section
Manager Larry Camp, WB8R. Camp, who has served as SM since 2012,
intends to step down from the volunteer position on December 31,
when his term of office concludes.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91:

November 21, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The latest CubeSat in the Fox series - RadFxSat (Fox-1B) - launched
November 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Delta
II vehicle lifted off at 0948 UTC.

W8TEE and K2ZIA Win the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

November 21, 2017 01:38 AM - ARRL -- The winning article for the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is "Build Your Own Arduino-Based Antenna Analyzer" by Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and Farrukh Zia, K2ZIA. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the De...

November 20, 2017

Mysterious Signals Did Not Come from Missing Submarine; MF/HF Frequencies Listed

November 20, 2017 11:38 PM - ARRL -- Satellite signals heard over the weekend did not come from a missing Argentine Navy submarine San Juan that went missing on November 15, dashing hopes that the vessel could be located. The submarine had reported a malfunction, had surfaced, and was headed back to its base when the Navy lost contact with it. The sub, built in Germany in the 1980s, carries a crew of 44.Vessels from Argentina, the...

ARRL Board of Directors Publicly Censures Southwestern Division Director

November 20, 2017 11:38 PM - ARRL --

ARRL Seeks Nominations for 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

November 20, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL -- ARRL is seeking nominations for the prestigious Bill Leonard Award. Created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate for the service. Each year, the award honors three professional journalists whose outstanding media coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value of Amateur Radio. Awards are given for audio, vis...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24

November 20, 2017 05:38 PM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions and editions of The ARRL Letter or ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM EST on Monday, November 27. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Voodoo Contest Group in Suriname

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be active as PZ5V from Paramaribo during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry

A sign of hope from Argentina's vanished submarine: Seven mysterious signals

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A sign of hope from Argentina's vanished submarine: Seven mysterious signals The Argentine government was trying to determine whether the signals could be used to pinpoint the sub

HamRadioNow: HamSCI / Eclipse - 2017 DCC

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Nate Frissell W2NAF and team talk about the scientific work carried out by radio amateurs during the 2017 solar eclipse

DXCC Country/Entity Report

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th November, through Sunday, 19th November there were 232 countries active

Australian Amateurs do first HamTV telebridge outside of Europe

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Led by Shane, VK4KHZ in Queensland who handled the audio on 2m. and video for a telebridge contact between the ISS and 3 Italian schools on 11 Nov. Four stations across Australia joined together to 'chain' the live video coming down from the ISS on 2.4 Ghz

37th Chelmsford Amateur Radio Foundation Course

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be holding their 37th Foundation training course starting Thursday, January 18 - Book Now

IOTA news from OPDX

November 20, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Ham Radio Devotees Unite:

November 20, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Sherri Williams and her five siblings all earned ham radio licenses as young adults. It was dad's hobby ... and his orders. In his mind, a driver's license and an amateur radio license were almost a package deal. This was 30 or 40 years ago, well before every teen carried a cellphone. "We all had radios in our cars, and we talked back and forth for safety," Williams said. "Being in Oklahoma, there were always ice storms, and we were always in the ditch." Safety is just one of the reasons ham radio operators fall in love with the hobby. Some get a thrill from talking to people halfway around the world. Others like the technical challenges. The 45th annual Hamfest and Computer Expo this weekend in Memorial Coliseum's Expo I and II appeals to each of those aspects and more. More than 125 vendors have booths, selling every sort of wire, plug, switch and adapter imaginable.

November 19, 2017

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at very low levels

Second leg of the SARL Newbie QSO Party

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The second leg of the SARL Newbie QSO Party takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 25 November 2017 with phone activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres

The South African Radio League discussed type approval at a meeting with the regulator ICASA

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- This week the quarterly ICASA/SARL liaison meeting spent most of the two-hour long meeting discussing type approval and how to overcome the legal obstacles that require all equipment using the frequency spectrum to be type approved

RadFxSat launched, designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

PCB prices to rise on copper foil shortage, says broker

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A shortage of copper and copper foil for use by the printed circuit board (PCB) industry is likely to send prices higher according to Raymond Goh, COO of Elmatica AS (Oslo, Norway), a PCB broker

Ofcom fines True Telecom £300,000 for mis-selling

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has fined communications provider True Telecom Limited £300,000 after an investigation found the company mis-sold landline telephone services to over a hundred people

VK6ARN NewsWest

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In the news this week, a monster edition of Roy's Helpline, activation of a special callsign to commemorate the birth and work of 'Father of Wireless Communication' - plus lots more..

Australian ham radio license numbers stagnant

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- WIA News reports amateur radio license numbers are stagnant despite lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers

Santa Claus is Getting Saginaw Children's Wish Lists the Old Fashion Way:

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- In today's electronic social media world, children are probably sending their wish list to Santa Claus by text or email. Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association President Mike Dougherty says this weekend the clock is being turned back to the mid-1800s, with telegrapher Jim Wades sending hundreds of messages by telegraph from the Saginaw Children's Zoo. The messages are going to Wades' fellow ham radio operator in Fairbanks, Alaska, who will then take them to the North Pole.

Solar Minimum Surprisingly Constant:

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Using more than a half-century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In Japan, continuous four-frequency solar microwave observations (1, 2, 3.75 and 9.4 GHz) began in 1957 at the Toyokawa Branch of the Research Institute of Atmospherics, Nagoya University. In 1994, the telescopes were relocated to NAOJ Nobeyama Campus, where they have continued observations up to the present. A research group led by Masumi Shimojo, assistant professor at NAOJ Chile Observatory, including members from Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and Ibaraki University, analyzed the more than 60 years of solar microwave data from these telescopes. They found that microwave intensities and spectra at the minimums of the latest five cycles were the same every time. In contrast, during the periods of maximum solar activity, both the intensity and spectrum varied from cycle to cycle.

Captain Dave KI4THY Phone Patch Honors Veterans for Veterans Day:

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Last Friday, November 10, Captain Dave KI4THY,
honored Veterans for Veterans Day via 3rd Party Traffic
Phone Patch by calling VFW Posts in South Korea,
Japan, and Guam and thanking them for their Service.

Martin F. Jue on Amateur Radio Roundtable:

November 19, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Tuesday November 21 8 PM Central join Martin F. Jue
and Tom Medlin for a night of ham radio. We
go back 60 years in ham radio. We talk about
first shacks, rigs, antennas, etc. Martin
will answer viewers questions. Let's see what
Katie Allen WY7YL is up to.

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1

November 19, 2017 12:37 AM - ARRL -- Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry ...

November 18, 2017

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91

November 18, 2017 10:38 PM - ARRL --

Propagation de K7RA

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday

WIA Monitoring Service

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A report on the work of the WIA Monitoring Service and how reports of intruders in the amateur bands can be reported online

TX Factor at HamFest and New Broadcasting House

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Episode 19 of the popular amateur radio show TX Factor is now available on YouTube

Roland Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD), appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are pleased to appoint Roland C. Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD) of Lethbridge, Alberta to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for the year 2017

Foundations of Amateur Radio

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- How does a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator work?
You know when you walk down the street and you lift your foot and all of a sudden you realise that you stepped in something and now it's stuck to your shoe? I had that feeling during the week

Exploding Arctic meteor turns night into day

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- On the evening of Nov. 16th, a meteoroid ripped through the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle and exploded

Ajit Pai to remove barriers to wireless innovation

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- In a key speech to the Cato Institute FCC Chair Ajit Pai pledged "If someone seeks approval of a new technology or service that falls within our jurisdiction, we'll make a decision within one year"

WIA: Amateur Licensee Numbers Remain Stagnant, Sustained by Churn:

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Recent amateur licence statistics reveal a small growth over the past year, restoring licensee numbers close to where we were over a decade ago. It seems that those leaving the hobby and those becoming silent keys are being replaced by both new licensees and lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers. This "churn" has driven up amateur licence numbers slightly this past year and seems to have maintained them, with some small variation, over the years since 2006. Peeling back the layers of the onion of amateur licensing statistics reveals an intriguing picture. If we start with the latest annual report of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), released in October, it reveals total amateur licence numbers grew a mere 15 to 15,144 to June 2017. That number includes beacons, repeaters, clubs and those amateurs with multiple call signs. Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Statistician, Marc Hillman VK3OHM, has trawled through the ACMA licence register and found that the total number of individual amateurs was 14,009, an increase of 175 from 2016. Although not statistically significant, it's a move in the right direction. That was achieved despite the ACMA reporting a fall in assessments. Over July 2016 to June 2017, the ACMA report records a total of 486 Foundation, Standard and Advanced assessments conducted by the WIA, which is well down on the 1271 held in the previous year. So, although assessments declined sharply, amateur licences increased.

Scouts Participate in World's Largest Scouting Event:

November 18, 2017 02:37 PM - eHam.net News -- Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts recently participated in the 60th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and ham radio operators around the world, nation and in their own community. It takes place annually the third weekend in October. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had about 13 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries. Four Cub Scouts (Webelos) from Pack 339 of United Methodist Church of Waterman, and Pack 173 of St. Mary's Catholic Church in DeKalb, enjoyed communicating with Scouts from other units in the region on a ham radio station specifically set up for their use.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #46 de K7RA:

November 18, 2017 03:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers
of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday. In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from
0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8
to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and
average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections

November 18, 2017 03:38 AM - ARRL -- The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.In a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director's chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, the Division's members have elected Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Holden, the current Vice Director, received 698 votes, while Dean Summers, N0ND, of Dicki...

November 17, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

November 17, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL -- Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.Predicted solar flux ...

IARU Participation in ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations Called "Mutually Beneficial"

November 17, 2017 09:38 PM - ARRL --

Release of DXtreme Monitor Log 11

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- DXtreme Monitor Log 11 is a Windows logging program for monitoring enthusiasts.
In addition to the usual logging functions, the software features a Schedule Checker for finding broadcast stations to monitor, and integration with Afreet Band Master for finding ham stations

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch reset for November 18

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC

MacDoppler Version 2.26 released

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler Version 2.26 has been released and can be downloaded

Kerry Amateur Radio Group exhibit at the 2nd Annual Kerry Science Festival

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- 2017 marks the 2nd year of the Kerry Science Festival, a week-long festival taking place across Kerry this November

The ARRL International Grid Chase!

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way

Amateur Services feature in free ITU magazine

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The new edition of the ITU News Magazine (04/2017) features an article by IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH about the International Amateur Radio Union and CCIR/ITU-R

9k6 Packet Radio for Raspberry Pi

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- Video of Digital Communications Conference presentation on the TNC-Pi9k a Packet Radio plug-in for the Raspberry Pi computer board

DX News from the ARRL

November 17, 2017 03:37 PM - Southgate ARC -- The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

MSU Club Fosters World-Wide Communication with Century Old Hobby:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- For the next few days, WKAR reporters are sharing how technology built or tested here in Michigan may change our lives. But some of the most useful technology for modern day communication is over a century old. WKAR's Karel Vega visited a dedicated group on Michigan State University's campus devoted to ham radio.

Amateur Radio Association Seeking Broadcasters:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- Mike Swiader is President of the Amateur Radio Association of Newton County. The organization has been in existence for six months and now has a 501c3 status as a non-profit. And it is currently looking for grants for repeaters it needs to install off of a local water tower near Rensselaer. If everything goes according to plan for Swiader and his team of broadcasters, he will soon be teaching locals how to become certified in the unique service of amateur radio, often referred to as "ham radio."

Hurricane-Battered Arecibo Telescope Will Keep Studying the Skies:

November 17, 2017 01:38 PM - eHam.net News -- After years of financial uncertainty and weeks of hardship caused by Hurricane Maria, staff at the legendary Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico were relieved to find out Thursday that their telescope will remain operational. For about a decade, the National Science Foundation, which owns the observatory and supplies about two-thirds of its $12 million budget, had been mulling downsizing or even shuttering the telescope to free up funds for other projects. Instead, the NSF will continue scientific operations at the facility in collaboration with an unnamed partner organization, according to a Record of Decision signed this week. Given the high demand for fuel on the island, though, the dish is operating in lower-power mode, without the function that lets astronomers aim the telescope at different areas of the sky. But the first priority is the well-being of people in Puerto Rico, not astronomy. According to the journal Science, observatory staff volunteered their services, communicating via ham radio and handing out water in Maria's aftermath. The observatory's generators, storage space and fresh water from its well have also been shared with surrounding communities.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18:

November 17, 2017 07:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta
II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat
carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now
is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar
Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force
Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, ''due to a
range safety hold and high upper-level winds,'' ULA said in a tweet.
The launch had to be put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery
on the booster.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #46:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

US Court Of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames V. ARRL Case:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A defamation lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section
Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and
several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice
by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

International Grid Chase Will Allow Use of 630 and 2200 Meters:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the
new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL
International Grid Chase. The year-long
operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year's Eve
in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead
grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are
encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be
eligible for award credit, however.

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager (SM) when the New
Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In
Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will
become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate
nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline
arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who has decided
not to run for another term after leading the Western Massachusetts
Field Organization since 2006.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- "NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave" is the topic of the current
(November 9) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a
half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the
podcast's popularity.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Give Back on #Givingtuesday, Nov 28:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL is encouraging its members to give something back on
GivingTuesday, November 28, either by
donating to a favorite charity, by volunteering your time -- or both.
ARRL is among the IRS 501(c)(3) organizations registered as a nonprofit
beneficiary.

Round 2 of Sweepstakes Plus The ARRL 160 Meter Contest Just Ahead:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The phone portion of the ARRL November Sweepstakes is this weekend, November 18-20
(UTC), on all bands 160, 75, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The exchange is
serial number plus Precedence (Q/A/B/U/M/S) plus Your Call Sign plus Check
(usually year first licensed) plus ARRL/RAC Section. It's that simple, and
it's lots of fun! (See "Aiming for a Clean Sweep is Big Part of ARRL
November Sweepstakes"
for more details and information. SS phone logs are due by November 25.

RadFxSat (Fox 1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes on the Way:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II
rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an
AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set
for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite
System-1 (JPSS-1) mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
California, had to be postponed on November 14, "due to a range safety
hold and high upper-level winds," ULA said in a tweet. The launch was
put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery on the booster.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- A heads up: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD)
will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400
UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).

Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz:

November 17, 2017 05:38 AM - eHam.net News -- Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several
successful 78 GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9. "We
believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz," Seguin said in
a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors.

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