February 19, 2017

SDR-4++ dual diversity SDR receiver

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Recently Cross Country Wireless have been asked to design a dual diversity SDR receiver for a radio propagation research project. The receiver design was based on two SDR-4+ PCBs using a single oscillator so that the two SDR receivers were phase coherent

Radio Amateur News Magazine

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The first issue of Radio Amateur News, published July 1919, along with subsequent editions, are available for free download

RadFXSat-2 frequencies announced

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-NA has announced the RadFXSat-2 CubeSat, with a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder, has received IARU frequency coordination

Ham radio satellite activation of Berry Islands

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Steve M1ACB, Rob M0VFC and John M0IDA will be active on the FM and SSB amateur radio satellites from Berry Islands in the Bahamas

EURAO Newsletter February 2017

February 19, 2017 03:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Amateur Radio Society Upgrading Smokey Repeater:

February 19, 2017 02:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Smokey amateur radio repeater site located 15 kilometers north of Williams Lake is receiving some much-needed upgrades, said Cariboo Chilcotin Amateur Radio Society president Dr. Mike Smialowski. "As soon as you drive west out of Williams Lake and go over the hill and underneath the telephone lines you have no cell service," Smialowski said. "Last summer a person got lost south of Charlotte Lake and the only repeater that would get into the area was our amateur radio repeater."

Louie the Cat Can Operate a Ham Radio, Seriously:

February 19, 2017 02:32 PM - eHam.net News -- My people and place of residence: Don and Billie Kerouac, of rural Kankakee. A little bit about me: I was rescued from a local shelter when I was about 12 weeks old. I enjoy bird watching from my house in the country. Since I was 9, I have needed to take medicine every eight hours. It's sometimes necessary to remind my humans ... they think I have a built-in kitty clock! Of course, I require a treat afterward! Favorite toy: Anything with catnip in it! Favorite treat: Twinkies and tuna Tricks I can do: I can send Morse code on my human's ham radio. My mom was a teacher and she taught me to shake hands (paws), bow, sit up and give kisses on command (as long as there is a treat involved).

NewsWest for Sunday, February 19, 2017:

February 19, 2017 02:32 PM - eHam.net News -- NewsWest, has an interesting variety for you
this week:

ICQ Podcast Episode 231 - Ed's 2017 Predictions

February 19, 2017 12:32 PM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode's features is Ed Durrant DD5LP predictions for 2017. We would like to thank Michael Casavant, N1XRR and our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate Amateur / Ham Radio Licence Status VHF/UHF DX Book Replica Edition NOSintro Book ACMA Reverses CB Decision Online UK Advanced Exam ARES Volunteers Support Oroville Dam Evacuation Making VHF/UHF Contests Better Ivory Coast DXpedition SOTA Summit to Summit VK-EU Event

HAARP Experiments to Get Under Way on February 20 UTC, Reports Invited

February 19, 2017 02:32 AM - ARRL -- On February 20 (UTC), Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will launch its first scientific research campaign since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, reports that he will be ready to go starting Monday, February 20, at 03...

February 18, 2017

Youth take up amateur radio

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- ABC reports Australian youth are taking up amateur radio from inside a central Victorian bus in the bush

VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- NewsWest , has an interesting variety for you this week: Some pre-election information for you from Andrew VK6AS

HamRadioNow: ARRL SE Division Director Recall Petition

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Last year the ARRL Board's Ethics Committee recommended removing incumbent SE Division Director Doug Rehman K4AC from the ballot for re-election

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 89

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Ask anyone who 'knows' and they'll tell you that this is a hobby on Death's door with an ancient membership who are dying and taking our hobby with them

Expect more from Amateur Youth Space Program

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In announcing the end of a successful mission the students who built the amateur radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 say 'We hope more Amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!'

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 10th February, through Friday, 17th February there were 224 countries active

Detailed ISS Tour

February 18, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- One of the most detailed tours of the ISS from American astronaut Steven Swanson

Youth Take Up Amateur Radio from Inside Central Victorian Bus in the Bush:

February 18, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Castlemaine student Kezia Hamilton is a product of radio communications, so to speak -- her parents met while talking on CB radio as teenagers. "They had this certain station where they would meet people and would go on a separate frequency to chat," Kezia said. "They decided they would like to meet outside my mum's house, kind of like the equivalent of Facebook in those days." The 17-year-old is part of a group of eight Castlemaine Venturers learning amateur radio in a converted bus located on a bush block on the outskirts of town. "It's pretty cool talking to other people! We once had someone from France and we talked to a couple of people in New Zealand," Kezia said. But it is not just the fun factor of amateur radio that appeals to Kezia. "I think it could be very useful in emergencies and stuff because sometimes the phone towers break down," she said. In the digital age of mobile phones, instant messaging and social media, many swear by amateur radio's resilience.

Group Puts Skills to Test at Winter Field Day:

February 18, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The Gaston County Amateur Radio Society hosted a Winter Field Day event at the home of George Poteat (NC0G) Jan. 28-29. Ten club members and two guests made more than 180 national and international radio contacts, using a variety of modes of radio communications. Winter Field Day is an event with the purpose of encouraging amateur radio emergency preparedness under extreme weather conditions. "Since emergencies and disasters are unpredictable by nature, the goal is to enhance radio communication skills in a less than favorable weather scenario," said Tom Agerton, a member of the group. "Being prepared is the key to a timely response during any emergency event and this is what is expected of amateur radio operators by local authorities and the general community."

Radio-Heads Give Bhubaneswar a Peep into Airwaves from the Past:

February 18, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Spread over three days from February 12, the exhibition was held to mark the World Radio Day on February 13. The centre of attraction was a radio of the General Electric Company make dating back to 1906. Sanjeev Manna, the proud owner of the radio, said he had bought it from a man in Madras (now Chennai). It was touted as the oldest radio at the fair. A self-proclaimed radio activist, Subrat Kumar Pati, also the organizer, said: "The fair brought ham radio, old and new radio sets and broadcasting equipment under one roof." He added that his romance with the radio started early on in life. His fascination for the equipment saw him working with every aspect of it over the years.
A valve radio, the predecessor of transistor, was also a top draw. Its owner Akshay Patnaik said, "I collected it from one of my friends at Manikagada in Khurda." A radio collector, Patnaik is credited with having over 350 radio sets. His set, one of the oldest at the exhibition, dates back to the 1920s, said Pati. "Who says the popularity of the radio is on the decline?" asked Pati with an online radio station making its debut at the fair. People bought as many as 2,000 new sets from the fair, which points to the growing popularity of the radio, added Pati. The 'Outreach International Radio Fair', as the exhibition was called, lived up to its name with the participation of three international broadcasters.

The Social Media of 1939:

February 18, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- In the first two decades of the 20th century, a new subculture embraced a new technology. Ham radio operators built their own transmitters, traded and modified each other's designs, negotiated complicated covenants that let them share the unregulated ether, and formed groups to enforce the rules. They battled the military (figuratively speaking) for the right to use the airwaves, and they invented broadcasting at a time when virtually everyone assumed that radio would be used only for point-to-point communication. They were often young, often anonymous, and often prone to pranks. They were the social media of a century ago, and you can draw whatever parallels you'd like between their subculture and the subcultures of today. Before long the government would be regulating the airwaves, broadcasting would be professionalized, and the ham operators would be confined to their own segment of the spectrum, where the rules they followed became more strict. But on that reservation they kept their kind of social media alive. Here is an artifact from that middle period of amateur radio, after the anarchic early era but before it stopped seeming unusual to hear live voices from another side of the world: a 1939 "Pete Smith specialty" called Radio Hams.

Ham Radio for Dummies Books Available:

February 18, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- With the explosive growth in amateur or ham radio, the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club decided to spread the word about the over 100-year-old hobby. There are now more licensed hams than at any time in history. And no wonder. You don't need the Internet or Wifi or cell plans. Just a simple walkie talkie that now costs as low as $30 can connect you to repeater systems that will send your voice across the world. So how are new people exposed to the hobby? Through a book called "Ham Radio for Dummies" by Ward Silver. It is part of the "Dummies" series that explains topics and things in simple terms. And now that the ham license no longer requires a code test, anybody from age 5 to 95 can easily join in. The Radio club, financed in part by a grant from LDG Electronics of St. Leonard, MD, set out to put a copy of that book in most every school and public library in the tri-county area. The task of being the "Johnny Appleseed" of ham radio fell to Glenn Hughes, a club member and former teacher. Glenn visited with librarians, superintendents and key administrators as he delivered the books. Here are a few of their comments. "I delivered the books to the Junior High and High school libraries and visited with the Lead Librarian. She was very excited about sharing something new with the students," said Brad Koskelin, Asst. Supt. of Mabank ISD.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #89:

February 18, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Ask anyone who "knows" and they'll tell you
that this is a hobby on Death's door with an
ancient membership who are dying and taking
our hobby with them. "Amateur Radio is
irrelevant in this age of the Internet" and
we just have to learn to make do with the
shrinking population we communicate with. In this week's episode we discover that as
Mark Twain put it, "the report of my death
was an exaggeration" to say the least. Our
community attracts new entrants at an
increasing rate, but our retention lets us
down. What can we do to make new Amateurs
keep coming back?

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #7 de K7RA:

February 18, 2017 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In the last reporting week (February 9 to 15) average daily sunspot
numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux
rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9
to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2050 for Friday, February 10, 2017:

February 18, 2017 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Hams test drive an experimental band in the U.S. Young amateurs prepare for School Club Roundup -- and we hear from the winner of the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure's essay competition. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2050 comes your way right now.

MacLoggerDX Version 6.08 Released:

February 18, 2017 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.08 of
MacLoggerDX has been released.

February 17, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

February 17, 2017 07:33 PM - ARRL -- In the last reporting week (February 9-15) average daily sunspot numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9 to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 17-19, then 77, 80, 83, 85 and 80 on February 20-24, 78 on February 25-26, 76 on February 27-28, 75 on March 1-...

ARRL Website, Store to be Offline

February 17, 2017 07:33 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL website, the ARRL Store, and other functions will be offline during maintenance on Sunday, February 19, within the period from approximately 2 AM until 4 AM EST (0700 to 0900 UTC). We apologize for any inconvenience.

The unauthorized history of HAARP

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- There has been considerable interest in the possibility the mysterious 0.9 Hz ULF signal observed by the ELFrad group is a result of HAARP broadcasts

Linc Smart Walkie Talkie MotoMod

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Our project is called Linc Smart Walkie Talkie. Linc mounts to any Moto Z smartphone using on-board phone magnetic connectors

ITU: Characteristics of Amateur Services

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Secretary David Sumner K1ZZ has announced the availability of ITU-R M.1732-2 describing the characteristics of Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services

Ham Radio for Dummies books given to schools and libraries

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- With the explosive growth in amateur or ham radio, the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club decided to spread the word about the over 100-year-old hobby

Great STEM lesson idea

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Dave Ryan, EI4HT/M0GIW, has posted an excellent video of a project he devised with his daught Erin

Deputy Director - Atlantic Region

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome Frank Davis, VO1HP, as the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Region. RAC Atlantic Director, Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, appointed Frank as Deputy Director on February 8, 2017

Campus ham radio clubs encouraged to innovate

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL report that college and university amateur radio clubs have been urged to boost vitality through innovation

Cadet Radio Exercise BLUE HAM 2

February 17, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The above radio exercise on 5MHz (using the RSGB Band plan channels) is planned in for the following dates 18-19th March and 25-26th March

Longlea School Powers Back Up as Bendigo Amateur Radio Club Moves In:

February 17, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- A 130-year-old Longlea school building has burst into the 21st century thanks to a local electronics and amateur radio club. The one-room Longlea School No. 1921 once educated up to 60 students at a time but has sat mostly empty since the mid-1990s. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club has moved in and begun filling blackboards with diagrams and mathematical equations. Club president Kevin Crockett said the new headquarters would be perfect for the club. "Overall it marks the end of a good 14-year period of trying to get good club rooms for us," he said. Mr Crockett said the new headquarters had opened at a time when the club was working to get more people hooked on hobbies like electronics and amateur radio. The group had introduced a number of new programs. "(For example,) I started what in the club we call the Pedal Radio Group a few years ago," he said. There's a few of us who have two-way radios on our bikes and we go out riding, talking to each other and to those around the world. "It gave us a form of communication that then allowed us to provide assistance for the O'Keefe Marathon last year."

57th Ham Radio and Computer Festival Set for Fairgrounds on Feb. 19:

February 17, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- MANSFIELD -- The Ham Radio and Computer Festival has been around since the 1960's, but Danny Bailey, an amateur radio connoisseur, still knows its value. The festival, Bailey said, is a great place to start for beginners. The event will run at the Richland County Fairgrounds Sunday, Feb. 19, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seeing Spots: NASA Video Shows 7 Years of Solar Activity:

February 17, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Watch the sun break out in spots over and over again in a new NASA video of the sun showing seven years of sunspot footage, collected by the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The SDO launched in December 2009 and has been in space long enough to see most of an 11-year solar cycle, which is characterized by a peak in activity, such as the appearance of sunspots and explosions of material from the surface. The mission is intended to help scientists learn more about the sun's influence on the Earth by studying the sun's atmosphere. In 2013, the SDO and other observatories observed the most muted solar peak in 100 years, which is captured in the video. Data in the video is represented up to January 2017. The larger, orange sun on the left side of the screen represents visible light captured by the HMI (Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager). The black dots are sunspots, which are concentrations of magnetic fields that appear darker than the surroundings. Simply put, larger and more frequent sunspots tend to correlate with more solar activity.

CQ to Introduce MF/LF Column; KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, to be Column Editor:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- (Hicksville, NY, Feb. 15, 2017) -- As ham radio operators in the United States await final FCC action to open new amateur bands at 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7 kHz - 137.8 kHz), CQ magazine is getting a head-start by introducing a column that will help interested hams get ready to "hit the ground running" once the FCC issues its final rules. The new column - to be titled "MF/LF Operating: Life Below the AM Broadcast Band" - will appear quarterly, starting in the April 2017 issue, and will be edited by John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #7:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W3MHZ, 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:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

In Brief...

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available: The Field Day 2017 packet now
is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 --
always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant
rule changes from 2016. The Field Day packet contains everything you or
your club will need to succeed in June, including explanations, FAQs,
articles from experts, and even a log page template, if you log on
paper for FD.

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, In Oroville, Dam Crisis:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency
Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reported this week that Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers actively supported
communication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000
people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The
dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US.
Following a period of heavy rain, a section of the earthfill-embankment
dam's spillway eroded, and authorities ordered residents living below
the dam to evacuate, in case the dam should fail. Crews have been
attempting to fill the eroded area with rock transported by helicopter.
On February 14, authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order, but
said it could be re-imposed, if necessary. Residents returning home
were advised to remain vigilant, should the situation again become
critical, and some ARES activity continues.

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule
Making
to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band at 5 MHz to the Amateur
Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the
current five 60-meter channels -- one would be within the new band --
as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP
effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the
primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League's
Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due
Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its
petition.

Campus Ham Radio Clubs Encouraged to Boost Vitality Through Innovation:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW,
believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and
cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. And he urges
college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological
ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio
licensees.

Alaska's HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake
its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken
over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute
18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen,
KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant,
"RAPID: Spatiotemporal Evolution of Radio-Induced Aurora." Fallen says
the HAARP transmissions will take place within the facility's
transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz and should be audible outside
of Alaska, and may even produce visible effects within the state.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual
report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report
focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation,
states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels.
The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency
Coordinators' reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA
region, and a challenge for 2017. According to the report, ARES
membership in 2016 was 27,754 -- up from 17,756 in 2015 -- and the
Service was active in 42 states and US territories. ARES volunteers
responded to 33,136 events last year.

Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT-UK reports the Indian Space Agency (ISRO) on February 15 successfully launched the
Nayif-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat, along with 103 other satellites -- a
record for a single launch. The Nayif-1 1U CubeSat includes a full
FUNcube communication package. Nayif-1
carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and CW and a
telemetry transmitter. Nayif-1 started transmitting about 1 hour after
launch, and radio amateurs on the west coast reported the first
signals.

'Mysterious Foghorn' Is Chinese Over-The-Horizon Burst Radar:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System newsletter reports a
mysterious "foghorn" -- a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar --
is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

National Museum to Mark 75th Anniversary of Voice of America:

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The National Voice of America (VOA) Museum at the VOA-Bethany site in
West Chester, Ohio, will join in celebrating the 75th anniversary of
the VOA. The Voice of America marked its
diamond jubilee
on February 1.

Getting It Right!

February 17, 2017 10:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The February 9 edition of The ARRL Letter included an error in the
title of the QEX article for which Steven J. Franke, K9AN, and Joseph
H. Taylor, K1JT, were awarded with the Doug DeMaw Technical Excellence
Award.

K5LN Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award

February 17, 2017 06:33 AM - ARRL -- The winning article for the February QST Cover Plaque Award is "A Resonant Speaker for CW" by Bill Sepulveda, K5LN. 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 March issue today.

New Section Manager Appointed in Illinois

February 17, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons. ARRL expressed its thanks to Ciciora, who has served at the helm of the Illinois Field Organization for more than 10 years, since July 2006.ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, appointe...

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band

February 17, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL --

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on Presidents' Day

February 17, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 20, for the Presidents' Day holiday. Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM EST on Tuesday, February 21. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available

February 17, 2017 12:34 AM - ARRL --

Campus Ham Radio Clubs Encouraged to Boost Vitality through Innovation

February 17, 2017 12:34 AM - ARRL -- ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. He urges college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio licensees."We really need to be thinking in terms of...stat...

February 16, 2017

Turks and Caicos Islands

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Minnesota Wireless Association (MWA) will be active as VP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island (NA-002), during the ARRL International DX CW Contest

Niger DXpedition

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends will be active as 5U5R in a multi-national DXpedition between March 9-21st

Nayif-1 launched

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Indian Space Agency ISRO successfully launched the amateur radio satellite Nayif-1 along with 103 other satellites, a record for a single launch

Launch of next space station resupply mission

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 18. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website

International Ham Stores Group (IHSG) announce the award of Acom Amplifier agency

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- IHSG one of Europe's largest importers, distributors and retailers of ham and hobby radio products, announces the imminent availability of Acom amplifiers having been awarded a supply and service Agency by the Bulgarian HF amplifier manufacturer

HAARP request reports from radio hams

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Alaskan HAARP experiments: radio amateurs and SWLs asked to record the events they hear and post reports to social media

Entire family works ARRL HQ station W1AW

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- After 8-year-old Grace Lea KM4TXT/AG replied to a CQ call from ARRL HQ station W1AW the rest of her family joined in

Darwin residents no warning of WWII bombing raids

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- When the strategically placed Darwin in Australia's north was hit by enemy bombers 75 years ago, two radio warning messages were dismissed resulting in a real element of surprise

CQ to introduce MF/LF column

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- As ham radio operators in the United States await final FCC action to open new amateur bands at 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7 kHz - 137.8 kHz), CQ magazine is getting a head-start by introducing a column that will help interested hams get ready to "hit the ground running" once the FCC issues its final rules

Contest University Dayton 2017 - classes posted

February 16, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tim, K3LR, reports: The CTU 2017 Dayton Class Outline has been posted

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report

February 16, 2017 03:32 AM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation, states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels. The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency Coordinators' reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA region, and a challenge fo...

February 15, 2017

Contest University (CTU) Posts Course Outline, Faculty, for Dayton Classes

February 15, 2017 06:34 PM - ARRL -- The course outline has been posted for the Contest University 2017 sessions, Thursday, May 18, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, reports Tim Duffy, K3LR, CTU Chairman (and ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Manager). Faculty for the Dayton classes, held in conjunction with Hamvention 2017 this May, includes several returning professors as well as some newcomers: Frank Donovan, W3LPL; Ed Muns,...

The Great Atlantic Challenge

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Edgware and District Radio Society are pleased to announce that they are receiving a visit from Dr.Paul Newham

Radio hams ready to help

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Oklahoma News On 6 TV report on radio amateurs in Okmulgee County ready to help in emergencies

Oroville Dam: ARES volunteers support evacuation

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports on the involvement of radio amateurs in the Oroville Dam evacuation

HamRadioNow: All SDR, All the Time

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Sometime in the near-ish future, all radios will be SDR (software defined). SDR will cease to be a feature, and it will just be a given

Amazing display of colorful clouds in the arctic stratosphere

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Around the Arctic Circle, veteran sky watchers are reporting a remarkable outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs)

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

February 15, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Firstly let me apologise for not including a report last week from M0HLT, Andy, who said,
"Hi Tony. I've not posted for some time, but just to say,I didn't hear a thing over the weekend with the 10-10 contest .Only 1 beacon from Norway. 5/5 signal for a few minutes on Sunday. Called and called CQ on 28;500 but not a sausage!!"

What Makes People Attracted Towards Ham Radio Sessions:

February 15, 2017 01:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Until now we all know some interesting facts and figures about Ham Radio, as this is a known hobby used to identify Amateur Radio, which brings all the electronic tools, communications altogether. It is quite obvious nowadays that the internet is full of DX radio information and accessing such info is one click away and millions of users are being attracted towards this tech. Not just this, the reason behind this attraction is beyond this. The best feature about Ham Radio is this that it is not about wealth or prestige. It is way beyond our imagination, to get first FCC licenses, every year thousands of rookies pass their FCC Test, which is their first step towards the Amateur Radio career. This is such a type, in which no expensive gadgets and tools are needed to be connected. Like any other tool, Amateur Radio is the source which establishes a good connection with the people here on earth or in space quite simple. The answer is clear now and this proves how this field is being common and the interest people are having to be part of this Industry. Following are a few other reasons, which makes people attracted towards Ham Radio.

Ham Talk Live #52 -- DXing with Fred K4IU:

February 15, 2017 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- This week on Ham Talk Live! it's DX night!
We'll be talking with Fred Regennitter DDS,
K4IU, about how to best get that DX, and his
operations from the Canal Zone, Korea, and
more! Tune into hamtalklive.com Thursday night
at 9 PM Eastern time. Once the show goes live,
just click the play button.

White Mountain Amateur Radio Club to Conduct Third Annual Mount Washington Test Session

February 15, 2017 03:33 AM - ARRL -- The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club will conduct its third annual "Backcountry VE Session" on February 18 at Harvard Cabin on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The cabin is at an altitude of 3,250 feet above sea level. Special event station W1M will be on the air from the cabin, built and maintained by the Harvard Mountaineering Club. Examiners are planning to administer tests between 12 and 1...

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

February 15, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES(r)) volunteers are now actively involved in supporting communication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US. Following...

Alaska's HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

February 15, 2017 02:33 AM - ARRL -- The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, "RAPID: Spatiotemp...

February 14, 2017

Radio released from shackles

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Commercial radio stations will no longer be shackled to an outdated regulatory system under new plans announced by the UK Government on World Radio Day

Powerpole Polarity Tester

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows you how to build a simple red/green LED Powerpole polarity tester. Along with a bit of Ohm's law

National VOA Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary of Voice of America

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- There's an important birthday celebration in West Chester this year: the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America

Loving radio in the internet age

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Times of India report on World Radio Day in the former Portuguese Indian territory of Goa

Ham radio: Around the world and into space

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports on an amateur radio club calling members around the world, even outer space

ARRL Collegiate Ham Radio Initiative Forum

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Sterling Coffey N0SSC has made available a video of the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative Forum at the Orlando Hamcation on February 11

AmateurLogic 101: Android RTL, BitX40 and lots more

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Tommy explores Android RTL SDR, Peter completes a BitX40 transceiver, Emile takes a Byte of Pi, George talks about tool stores, and special guest John Ossi, N3DRH has part 1 of 2 on Karl Jansky. You won't want to miss it

2017 Scientific Valentine's Day Cards

February 14, 2017 03:33 PM - Southgate ARC -- Each year, Evil Mad Scientist Labs releases a set of scientific cards for Valentine's Day. The 2017 cards are now available to download and print for your loved one

Ham Radio Club Calling Members Around the World, Even Outer Space:

February 14, 2017 01:32 PM - eHam.net News -- BLUEFIELD -- It was Saturday morning, but Johnny Borich of Bluefield and his son Jaiden were cramming for a test; if they passed, they would join the ranks of ham radio operators speaking to others across the world and even in outer space. Members of the East River Amateur Radio Club gathered Saturday for breakfast at the Valley Country Restaurant on Blue Prince Road. The club meets there every Saturday morning, but they were moving a little faster than usual that day. Some new members had to be at the Mercer County 911 center by 9 a.m. to take a licensing test. Johnny and Jaiden Borich were doing some last-minute studying. Jaiden had a small ham radio ready for use. Like many other technologies, ham radios are becoming smaller and more affordable. Johnny Borich is also in the radio-controlled aircraft hobby, and having the license will help him use a video transmitter that allows RC pilots to put on special goggles and fly their drones and airplanes by sight. Jaiden had other plans. "I just want to talk to people," he said. Operating ham radios is a very family-friendly hobby, club president Keith Jennings of Bluefield said. The club now has about 60 members, but more are welcome. Ham radio is essentially two-way communications by radio, and it offers contacts around the world and literally above the world.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Ready to Assist with California Evacuations

February 14, 2017 03:33 AM - ARRL -- Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES(r)) volunteers are ready to assist in the evacuation and sheltering of upward of 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest dam in the US. It impounds Lake Oroville, the second...

February 13, 2017

"Mysterious Foghorn" is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar

February 13, 2017 09:33 PM - ARRL --

Wyong Field Day

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- In less than two weeks, on Sunday February 26th, the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club in New South Wales, Australia will be putting on their annual Hamfest (or Field day as these are called in Australia) at the Wyong rcecourse

SOTA Summit to Summit VK-EU event

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Mike 2E0YYY, Andrew VK1AD and Ed DD5LP are planning another long path propagation

Scout ham radio around-the-world APRS balloon

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- An amateur radio balloon K2BSA-11 transmitting 144.390 MHz APRS will launch from the 2017 National BSA Jamboree

Radio Emma Toc celebrates 95th anniv 2MT

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday, February 12 Radio Emma Toc broadcast live from the famous Marconi 2MT Writtle Hut located in Sandford Mill museum

Essex Skills Night February 20

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Skills Night takes place Monday, February 20 at Danbury Village Hall in Essex, this free event is open to all

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th February, through Sunday, 12th February there were 214 countries active

Baofeng handy talkie meets GNU radio

February 13, 2017 02:32 PM - Southgate ARC -- Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the work of Bastian Blössl DF1BBL in sending data packets with a $30 Baofeng HT

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