November 23, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity will at low to moderate levels

Snow: Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL reports Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers have been on alert after several days of heavy snowfall in Upstate New York

SARL Antenna Defence Project - progress made but slow

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- When the South African Radio League launched the initiative to have antenna regulations changed to facilitate the erection of antenna and antenna support structures, the South African Radio League Council indicated that it would be a long drawn out process

IZ0UDF lifts off to ISS today

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Former fighter pilot Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF is all set for her mission on the International Space Station, the launch will be broadcast live

Happy Birthday, $50SAT/MO-76!

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Friday, November 21, 2014 marked the one year anniversary of the launch of the $50SAT/MO-76 PocketQube satellite

Ham Radio Training at UoS

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society report 13 people took the Foundation practical assessments on Saturday, Nov 22 at the University of Surrey, Guildford

Essex Ham at the Raspberry Jam

November 23, 2014 10:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Saturday the 22nd of November saw the worlds of amateur radio and the Raspberry Pi collide in Southend-on-Sea

HamRadioCoin: Crypto via Radio, Alternative Blockchain Channel:

November 23, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- HamRadioCoin utilizes the traditional Ham radio mesh to serve modern blockchain technology. This provides the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the first real alternative channel - a communications network that is both standardized and global. Ham radio has been in existence for over 80 years and who could have thought that its global array of operators would emerge as the perfect candidate for providing a P2P alternative to the internet. As we'll explore below, the invaluable role of Ham radio extends its utility into science fiction as the "old" radio combines with the "new" blockchain.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW

November 23, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Nov 29 to 2400Z, Nov 30

November 22, 2014

ARRL Members Elect Division Director and Two Vice Directors

November 22, 2014 02:32 PM - ARRL -- The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division's new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

Propagation de K7RA

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4

YOTA Month approaching

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, has been updating the Yongsters On The Air Month page

VDSL Emission Investigation

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- A post on the RSGB Forum announces the EMC Committee is carrying out an investigation of the significance of interference to amateur radio from leakage from VDSL systems

HamRadioNow: High Speed digital networks

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- David Bern W2LNX is on a mission: High Speed digital networks on the Ham Radio UHF and Microwave bands, covering the country. Not kilobits... Megabits

Ham Radio at Raspberry Jam in Southend

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham will be attending the Raspberry Jam in Southend event today, November 22, helping to spread the word about amateur radio to the Raspberry Pi / Linux community

CRG AGM change of venue!

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- Due to matters outside of the group's control, the original venue - The Sun Public House, Waterbeach, Cambs - is no longer available for the AGM on Wednesday 26th November

BOXA-SWR

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- SOTABEAMS has introduced the first of a range of products inspired by a small aluminium box!

The 5 MHz Newsletter Autumn 2014

November 22, 2014 10:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free download

Japan Records Huge Sunspot Cluster 66 Times Size of Earth:

November 22, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- TOKYO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japanese space probe and observatory have recorded huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday. Images of the sunspot cluster were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday. The solar observation probe Hinode and NAOJ took pictures of the sunspots on Oct. 16-30, before the sun's rotation obstructed the view. The sunspot cluster could be seen again on Nov. 15, but it had shrunk to one-third of its peak size on Oct. 26. Sunspots appear in big clusters when the sun is most active. Large solar flares, a phenomenon triggered by sunspot activity, were also observed on the surface of the sun on six occasions in October.

City Puts Curbs on Towering Backyard Antenna:

November 22, 2014 09:31 AM - eHam.net News -- For several residents of Coombs Street in Napa, Jeff Hullquist is their least favorite neighbor - or rather, the 55-foot-tall antenna outside his house is. Since the longtime amateur radio enthusiast raised the spidery metal mast in April, some homeowners have attacked it for spoiling their views, and others claim the antenna has even disrupted their electronics - or, in one case, disabled a woman's electric wheelchair. But their efforts to fight the mast in their midst has bumped against federal law Hullquist argues protects his right to build and use the antenna, even without a city permit. On Thursday, the city Planning Commission granted him a use permit for the ham radio antenna - but with limitations including a requirement to lower the mast to 21 feet between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to avoid intruding on his neighbors' views. (The city allowed an exemption to transmit during a local emergency.) Hullquist also was barred from operating his transmitter while the antenna is retracted. Afterward, Hullquist promised to appeal his case to the City Council - which also is scheduled to hear a counter-appeal from an opponent of the antenna. The decision continues a seven-month stalemate pitting Coombs Street homeowners - who say the antenna also disfigures the Napa Abajo-Fuller Park Historic District that includes the street - against Hullquist, who has argued a Federal Communications Commission memorandum from 1985 blocks cities from passing laws that make ham radio use impossible.

November 21, 2014

ARRL Members Elect New Division Director and Two New Vice Directors

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - ARRL -- The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division's new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #47 de K7RA:

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points
to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to
164.4.

WW1USA Special Event, Dec 27-28:

November 21, 2014 09:34 PM - eHam.net News -- One-Hundred years ago, a great war was raging across Europe. Regardless of this conflict, a small miracle of peace occurred over the battlefield on Christmas Eve 1914. The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I.

Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert in Mammoth New York Snowfall's Aftermath

November 21, 2014 08:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers are themselves still digging out from several days of unprecedented snowfall in Upstate New York. The severe weather already has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths. Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Tedesco, KC2DKP, said ARES volunteers have activated a net and are on alert ...

IARU Wants Member Societies' "Engaged" in Seeking Support for 5.275-5.450 MHz Amateur Allocation

November 21, 2014 06:33 PM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has called upon IARU member societies to seek the support of their respective governments for an Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5.275-5.450 MHz, per Agenda Item 1.4 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Ellam told his colleagues in a letter this week that obtaining the allocation is "one of the mai...

The K7RA Solar Update

November 21, 2014 12:35 PM - ARRL -- Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4.Predicted solar flux is 170 on November 21, 175 on November 22-23, then 170, 155 and 150 on November 24-26, then 145, 130 and 120 on November 27-29, 115 on November 30 through December 6, 135 and 155 on December 7-8, 165 on December 9-10, and 160 on December 11...

RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 2000Z-2100Z, Nov 27

QRP ARCI Topband Sprint

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-0600Z, Nov 27

Training with MUARC

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club, will be running another Foundation Course on the Friday evening of 12th and all day Saturday 13th of December 2014. This will be the fourth Foundation course this year

SEARS to start Foundation courses

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- After a gap of many years the South Essex Amateur Radio Society will be offering training for the Foundation Licence

Radio Australia - A history of the Darwin transmitter

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Veteran Melbourne DXer and historian, Bob Padula, has compiled a history of Radio Australia's former Darwin transmitting and receiving sites in a new electronic (PDF) publication

My DX Summit launches today

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new-fangled My DX Summit (MDXS) is scheduled to open to the public today at 1000 UTC

Homeland Security Plan includes Ham Radio

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The US Department of Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency

Ham radio operators drill for emergency

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Wilton Bulletin reports on the amateur radio emergency communications drill that simulated a massive storm with flooding

Four new Section Managers to start in the new year

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager

Chelmsford Calling add Finland SW relay

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Calling World Service produced by Jim Salmon 2E0RMI has added a shortwave relay from Finland

2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA has opened team registration for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Solar Flares May Head to Earth:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Scientists have their attention turned to the sun this week as solar flares could impact us here on Earth. NASA scientists are tracking a massive active sunspot that will rotate to face Earth this week. Last month this sunspot was the largest observed in 24 years. Radiation that is abruptly emitted from sunspots via solar flares can impact various types of technology. NASA scientist, Dr. Alex Young explains the worst case scenarios of solar flare impacts, "In the most extreme case the solar flare could cause radio blackouts for high frequency radio for the side of the earth facing, for maybe an hour or so. Also, we can see disruption in GPS. In the most extreme cases, fortunately the rarest cases, we can have an impact to our power grids which could be in the form of a brown out or even a black out." Solar activity cycles approximately every 11 years. Currently we are at a solar maximum of a slightly smaller cycle. Dr. Young explains why scientists are spending more time learning about solar activity, "The biggest concern here is that we have become more and more dependent on technology, and as we do that we become more and more susceptible to this type of solar activity."

WWII Navajo Code Talker Speaks at Mesalands:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay's talk was part of Native American Heritage Day at Mesalands Community College. Begay, now 87, expected he would be placed in gunnery school when he joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 after he was recruited at a Navajo boarding school. He was 15 at the time but was accepted anyway. When he got to California's Camp Pendleton for training, however, he found himself surrounded by fellow Navajos, he said. They told him he was going to be a Code Talker, he said, and he protested. "Too bad," they told him. The Navajo recruits trained together and learned everything they could about radios, semaphore signals and Morse code, he said, before they started gathering to develop a code that used the "difficult" Navajo language as a basis. They developed a code that the Japanese could not break, he said, after they had broken nearly every other code the Allies could devise.

Telegrapher Connects At Event In Waterville:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- It's hard to believe Toledoan Barney Stickles hasn't sent a telegram for official business in nearly a half century. With a sure hand and steady dots and dashes, Mr. Stickles, 83, hasn't lost a beat since his time as a telegrapher for Wabash Railroad. He shared his experiences and the local impact of the railroad Wednesday at the Waterville Historical Society in Wakeman Hall with a crowd of about two dozen. The event was titled "Railroad Telegraphy: Connecting Waterville with the Outside World." At 19, he heard the railroad was hiring telegraphers. After three months of schooling, Mr. Stickles passed the exam and had his first day of work July 22, 1951, in Lafayette, Ind. He later would become general agent in Toledo in 1964. Telegraphers, or "brass pounders," were highly skilled workers, and some of the best paid, he said. He remembers bringing home $15 a week.

ARNewsline Report 1945 -- Nov. 21 2014:

November 21, 2014 08:31 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Malaysia shows its
support of ham radio emergency
communications; an unidentified German ham
takes on Russian military communications;
Japan announces a deep space satellite
mission; some new DMR experiments take place
down - under and some space junk turns out
to be a new Russian satellite. Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1945 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:

November 21, 2014 03:34 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AJ9C, VU3DSI, 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.

November 20, 2014

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

MARS Volunteers Reach Out to Amateur Community to Test Interoperability:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The Army and Air Force branches of the Military Auxiliary Radio System
(MARS) merged their long-distance radio networks in late October for a
48-hour Department of Defense-sponsored contingency communications
exercise. The MARS volunteers provided communication support in the
wake of a simulated disruption to the nation's telecommunications
infrastructure.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications
October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams.
For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also
shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant
Park, the marathon's finish line. The hams communicated with the
ambulance service, if further medical support was needed. Some of the
120 radio amateurs taking part in the event ended up walking as many as 9 miles just within
the park during their volunteer stints. Some 45,000 runners from every
US state and more than 100 countries took part in the Chicago Marathon.
Approximately 2.5 million onlookers also enjoyed the ideal weather.

W1AW Centennial Operations Moving To Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in Florida and Arkansas. They will transition at 0000
UTC on Wednesday, November 26 (the evening of November 25 in US time
zones), to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico
(W1AW/KP4). So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states
for at least 1 week, and by year's end W1AW will have been on the air
from every state at least twice.

Red Badge Holders Could Be Key To Boosting Centennial QSO Party Totals:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- It's getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks!
If you've been procrastinating about building your point totals to the
certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious
points into your log lie just ahead. "Red Badges on the Air" activities
will take place on Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December
31.

Riley Hollingsworth to NC Club: Amateur Enforcement 'Very Much Alive':

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH,
told the Forsyth
Amateur Radio Club that the FCC is still active
in the Amateur Radio enforcement arena, even though it's not always
apparent. He spoke to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, club on
November 10.

'Frequency' TV Series Would Reprise Amateur Radio-Themed Movie:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Mike Baxter, KA0XTT -- Tim Allen's character in the "Last Man Standing"
TV show on ABC -- may be getting some competition on the ham bands, as
NBC appears poised to launch a television series based on the 2000
movie Frequency, in which ham
radio -- aided by some spectacular solar phenomena -- plays a central
role in the sci-fi thriller.

NJ Hams Enter Emergency Antenna-Raising Project In Innovation Competition:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- A group of young Amateur Radio operators from Warren County in Northern
New Jersey, has entered its 2013 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum project
-- the Emergency Antenna Platform System (EAPS) -- in the Boca Bearings
Innovation Competition.

2 Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Into Deep Space This Month:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin'en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATC,
will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a
ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission,
which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

Four New Section Managers to Start In the New Year:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite
contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager. In a three-way
race, Duffy polled 545 votes, Cynthia L. Rushton, WB3CNJ, received 83
votes, and Paul Plants,W3PLP, 62 votes. Ballots were counted Tuesday,
November 18, at ARRL Headquarters. Western Pennsylvania Section Manager
John Rodgers, N3MSE, of Butler decided to not run for another term
after serving since October 2007. He also was Section Manager from 2000
to 2003.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

November 20, 2014 10:33 PM - eHam.net News -- In January 1997 a high-tech, massive, expensive, and very successful
DXpedition was mounted to operate as VK0IR from Heard Island in the
Antarctic. The 20-man crew, led by KK6EK and ON6TT, made a remarkable
80,673 contacts! The VK0IR story was told in detail in the September
1997 issue of QST.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon

November 20, 2014 09:34 PM - ARRL -- A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications on October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams. For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant Park, the marathon's finish line. The hams communicated with the ambulance service, if further med...

New "My DX Summit" Website Going Live on November 21

November 20, 2014 06:35 PM - ARRL --

Two Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Payloads into Deep Space this Month

November 20, 2014 05:36 PM - ARRL -- Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin'en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin'en 2, developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology and Kagoshima University, will b...

Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan Incorporates Amateur Radio

November 20, 2014 03:36 PM - ARRL -- The US Department of Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is "the nation's over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabil...

The end of an era - BBC Relay Station site handed back to Seychelles

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tuesday November 18 marked the closure of an iconic chapter of Seychelles' history, signalling the end of an era when information was much more difficult to come by

Ten-Ten activity weekend

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ten-Ten organises an activity weekend on Nov. 22/23 to liven up 10m

Steve Unger named acting Ofcom Chief Executive

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Board of Ofcom today announced that Steve Unger will step up as acting Chief Executive at the end of the year

Ofcom decision to make airwaves available for mobile broadband services

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has today published a decision to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, while securing the future of digital terrestrial TV

Broadband-Hamnet expands to include yet another ham band

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Broadband-Hamnet is proud to announce a new firmware release, the most recent in a series of advancements that build on the Ubiquiti firmware released for the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz Ham bands earlier this year

Advanced distance learning course

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Bath-based distance learning team have opened enrollment for their January to June Advanced amateur radio course

9M2SE IOTA AS-072 activation video

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Piju, 9M2PJU has produced a video of the recent 9M2SE IOTA AS-072 activation

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- Another excellent week with quite a lot of DX about. W1AW, in all it's guises, was prominent. VU4CB (Andaman and Nicobar Is), ZW75PSO (Brazil's Parnaso Park) and 5R8IC (Madagascar) all pulling in the contacts

Successful KRMNPA activity weekend

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- There was a lot of portable activity at the weekend throughout VK3 for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award with a record 33 of the 45 National Parks activated, eight more than last year

Ham radio launches to deep space

November 20, 2014 09:45 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARTSAT2:DESPATCH is going to launch on a mission into deep space on November 30, 2014 carrying a 7 watt CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz

November 19, 2014

Working Red Badge Holders Could Be Key to Boosting Your Centennial QSO Party Totals

November 19, 2014 06:35 PM - ARRL -- It's getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks! If you've been procrastinating about building your point totals to the certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious points into your log lie just ahead. Red Badge Days will take place Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December 31.The final point levels for Centennial QSO Par...

Riley Hollingsworth to North Carolina Club: Amateur Enforcement "Very Much Alive"

November 19, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL --

New Jersey Radio Amateurs Enter Emergency Antenna-Raising Project in Innovation Competition

November 19, 2014 05:34 PM - ARRL --

K5DCM Wins November QST Cover Plaque Award

November 19, 2014 03:36 PM - ARRL -- The winner of the November QST Cover Plaque award is David Martin, K5DCM, for his article, "Add USB Connectivity to Your Kantronics KPC-3."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 December issue today.

Silent Key Memorial Weekend

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Texas Amateur Radio Club is hosting its first Silent Key Memorial Weekend which will be held on January 16th, 17th and 18th, the third week of the month

Raspberry Pi at record breaking Skills Night

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Skills Night held on Monday, November 17, attracted a record number of attendees

John Bergman, KC5LK, named CQ WAZ Award Manager

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- John Bergman, KC5LK, of Brandon, Mississippi, has been named the new CQ Worked all Zones Award Manager, effective January 1, 2015, it was announced today by CQ magazine Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU

HamRadioNow: FCC Enforcement

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, former Special Counsel in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, talks to his old radio club from his days as a law student in Winston-Salem, NC

Catch up with TX Factor and win!

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- Now the darker evenings are upon us there's an opportunity to spend more time in the shack, and, if the bands are quiet, why not catch up with TX Factor - the only UK based TV Show dedicated to Amateur Radio

AU2JCB Special event

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - Southgate ARC -- To commemorate the birth-anniversary of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose on 30 November, Indian Hams are going to operate with special call-signs

With the Ham Radio 'Pumpkin Patrol' in Saugerties, NY:

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - eHam.net News -- A nice piece in the Saugerties Times about the continuing popularity of ham radio in that upstate New York town. The article profiled the activities of the Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club, which offers a variety of public safety and emergency communications services to the area, especially during the Kingston Classic running marathon. The group also does "pumpkin patrol," explained certified ham operator/trainer Keith Tilley. This involves monitoring at least ten different highway overpasses to make sure miscreants don't drop pumpkins off of them, causing automobile accidents. "We were there watching 10 or 11 different overpasses over the Thruway," Tilley told the Times.

Report on Success of Recent Emergency Test of Idaho Ham Radio:

November 19, 2014 09:35 AM - eHam.net News -- As the Idaho Section Emergency Coordinator of the American Radio Relay League (the national association for Amateur Radio--or Ham Radio--in the United States), I am always looking for ways to get our local Idaho Amateur Radio Operators involved, to get them moving, and to have fun. Every year we plan and participate in our local Idaho Simulated Emergency Test. We try to base the operation and feel of the Test in a way fitting our unique geographic conditions. For three years now we have engaged in our own game, the Idaho way, training as we go and still having fun. For two years we entered messages into the system as a Radiogram and ICS213 (a form used for communication in emergency incidents) with specific instructions within each message to move it forward, but note how and who sent it to you in an After Action Report sent to the Section Emergency Coordinator. This way we could measure the width and breadth of our penetration into our state and neighboring states. Accuracy was also important, and the After Action Reports gave us the details we needed to identify where we needed improvement. This year however was different. One of my Counties (Latah) was planning a County-wide Exercise which involved 24 hours of operation including all modes, Voice, Digital, and CW (Morse code). Bill Ward, K9GRZ, the planner of this operation, wanted to know if I could help him expand to other counties to give them more check-ins and make it more real.

Help Other Hams and Earn FREE Radio Gear:

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A Time for Revisiting Real Fears - Sobering Relics of a Nuclear Threat That Has Spread

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- In the late 1970s amateur radio operators began hearing raucous bursts of electronic chatter flooding the airwaves and interfering with normal operations. Cutting across the high-frequency bands, the staccato signals resembled a rapidly chopping helicopter blade or the steady fire of a machine gun. Some thought the sound was more like a woodpecker, and that was the name that stuck.

Cory Colob - hammer, Elmer and all-around communications pro (Maine)

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- So, I'm currently studying for a ham radio operator's license, specifically the technician's license, which is considered entry level. Piece of cake, right? Not so much. The exam involves 35 questions out of a pool of 400 of them, and since I don't know which questions will be coming my way, I have to know the answers to all of them. We're talking lofty concepts like Faraday rotation, quantum tunneling, knife-edge diffraction, tropospheric ducting and dozens of others I won't include here because I can't properly spell or pronounce them.

Not your average radio at Hamfest (Indiana)

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, is a hobby that features licensed participants whom operate communication equipment. The Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo was November 15 and 16 at the Allen County War memorial Coliseum.

Early Transponder Activation Set to Mark FUNcube-1's First Birthday

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The FUNcube team has announced that it will activate the FUNcube-1 satellite's Amateur Radio transponder a bit earlier than usual - late on Thursday, November 20 - to mark the occasion of the satellite's first year in space.

Radio amateurs celebrate Jubilee (Zambia)

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- RADIO amateurs in Zambia celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Zambia's independence by using the special prefix 9I50 as part of their call sign in October 2014.

KKMM to ensure all communication towers function during floods (Malaysia)

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) will ensure that all communication towers are fully functioning even though they are inundated during the flood season, said its minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek .

Frequency TV Series Would Reprise Amateur Radio-Themed Movie

November 19, 2014 03:33 AM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Mike Baxter, KA0XTT - Tim Allen's character in the Last Man Standing TV show on ABC - may be getting some competition on the ham bands, as NBC appears poised to launch a television series based on the 2000 movie Frequency, in which ham radio - aided by some spectacular solar phenomena - plays a central role in the sci-fi thriller.

November 18, 2014

Four New Section Managers to Start in the New Year

November 18, 2014 10:34 PM - ARRL -- ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager. In a three-way race, Duffy polled 545 votes, Cynthia L. Rushton, WB3CNJ, received 83 votes, and Paul Plants,W3PLP, 62 votes. Ballots were counted Tuesday, November 18, at ARRL Headquarters. Western Pennsylvania Section Manager John Rodgers, W3MSE, of Butler decided to not...

Early Transponder Activation Set to Mark FUNcube-1's First Birthday

November 18, 2014 08:35 PM - ARRL --

CQ Names John Bergman, KC5LK, as Worked All Zones Award Manager

November 18, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- CQ has tapped John Bergman, KC5LK, of Brandon, Mississippi, as the new CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Manager. The appointment, effective on January 1, was announced on November 18 by CQ magazine Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. Bergman will succeed fellow Mississippian Floyd Gerald, N5FG, who has served the DXing community in the position for the past 11 years."I am very appreciative of Rich and CQ...

"Frequency" TV Series Would Reprise Amateur Radio-Themed Movie

November 18, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL --

Get Amateur Radio News headlines for YOUR website

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Would you like to have constantly changing amateur radio news for your website? Now you can, and it's easy too. Just paste a little bit of code into your web page and that's it.. job done!

Schofield School Radio Club nears top for contacts

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Schofield Middle School Amateur Radio Club in Aiken, South Carolina, recently earned two national rankings in less than a week

NAQCC Field Event

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hear ye, hear ye all NAQCC members far and wide: Please be advised that the Florida Chapter of NAQCC will hold their November Field Event on Friday, November 21, 2014

Message to US Educators

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- David Jordan, AA4KN has issued a reminder that the deadline for submitting your ARISS school contact proposals is December 15, 2014

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Operators Krish W4VKU (VU2VKU) and Pai VU2PAI who were active as VU4CB from Campbell Bay (AS-033), will be joined by a larger team of operators to activate Neil Island (AS-001) as VU4KV between now and November 30th

Allocate portion of your eBay sales as a donation to AMSAT

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- If you are selling items via eBay consider making a donation to AMSAT by allocating a portion of your sale

RSGB Youth Committee Chair announced

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain has appointed 17-year-old Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ, as Chair of the RSGB Youth Committee

GlobalSET tests our emergency communications

November 18, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday November the 23rd, those trained and prepared for disaster when it strikes will be on air for a special training exercise

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