February 09, 2016
February 09, 2016 09:45 PM - ARRL --
February 09, 2016 05:47 PM - ARRL -- The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, will be among three bills that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will consider in a Thursday, February 11, "markup" session. The subcommittee will gather on February 10 for opening statements only. When it reconvenes the next day, its members could vote to send the measure to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further co...
February 09, 2016 03:40 PM - ARRL -- George B. Cline, KP2G, of St John, Virgin Islands, died on January 11. He was 79. For many years Cline served as a radio dispatcher for St John Rescue, and he was a member of the St John Amateur Radio Club. In 1994, Cline initiated the Virgin Islands Weather Net to provide weather updates and critical weather information for the greater Virgin Islands community.He also spearheaded a project to ...
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Charlie M0PZT has updated his Special Event Operating page with some new details including: Planning, Publicity and On-Air tactics
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hams can use this map at any time for free and can zoom in or out on any part of the world!
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Tribune reports Morro Bay resident Harry K. Wolf W6NKT turned 107 on January 29, 2016. That kind of milestone calls for two birthday parties
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- ChubuSat-2, ChubuSat-3 and Horyu-4 are expected to launch between 0845-0930 UT on Friday, Feb 12 into a 575 km, 31 degree inclination orbit
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is 'probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago.'
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- Heard Island DXpedition on Amateur Radio Roundtable on W5KUB.COM Tues night Feb 9 at 8 PMCT (0200 UTC Wed)
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) have a website and Newsletter dedicated to Youth
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The new ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR, says 'I'm thrilled to be part of these exciting times for Amateur Radio'
February 09, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch
February 09, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to renew its sun-setting legislative instrument that allows those radio amateurs qualified through an overseas administration, to obtain an equivalent licence in Australia. This however does not affect short-term visitors, who may automatically use their valid home callsign, prefixed with the VK call area in which they are located. That provision, under a free Class Licence follows WIA advocacy, is available for 90-days, which can be suitable for those on a business trip or a holiday. The ACMA has consulted on its Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination 2016, to replace its 2005 predecessor on April 1, 2016. The ACMA in a discussion paper considers that the system has operated effectively and efficiently, and is worth renewal. The ACMA says individuals may have existing qualifications obtained overseas, and these will continue to be addressed, but by eliminating any consistency that may have developed.
February 09, 2016 03:41 AM - eHam.net News -- As a boy, Harry K. Wolf once made a trip via horse and buggy to Morro Bay to dig for clams from his family's ranch in Paso Robles. He recalls one day, amid church bells ringing, coming home and learning from his parents that World War I had ended. Wolf, who lives in Morro Bay with his daughter Vicki Ryal and son-in-law David Ryal, turned 107 on Jan. 29. That kind of milestone calls for two birthday parties. So, first he gathered with his Estero Radio Club friends for their weekly get-together, and a few days later he celebrated again with his family at home on his actual birthday. Wolf doesn't hear well, so he communicates through writing notes. When asked how it feels to be 107, Wolf simply jots, "It's a lot of work trying to stay alive." He seems to be managing just fine. Wolf still strolls around, with the assistance of a walker. His daily routine includes reading the paper in the morning and watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" at night with the help of closed captioning. Wolf regularly plays gin rummy with family members -- and often wins. As a possible explanation for his longevity, his daughter Vicki, who is 71, says, "He has always kept himself busy and always kept a social life." A ham radio enthusiast, Wolf fashioned his own radio as a teenager in Paso Robles, long before others had them at home, and has maintained a fascination with radio ever since. At home these days, he cranks up the volume of his ham radio and uses Morse code. He's the oldest ham radio operator in the United States, according to his family.
February 09, 2016 03:41 AM - eHam.net News -- Heard Island DXpedition on Amateur Radio
Roundtable on W5KUB.COM Tues night Feb 9 at 8
PMCT (0200 UTC Wed) Hear Dr Bob Schmeider,
KK6EK fill us in on all the details. They
leave on March 1 for the 45 day DXpedition.
February 08, 2016
February 08, 2016 05:45 PM - ARRL -- Icom America recently donated an IC-9100 transceiver for installation at W1HQ, the ARRL Headquarters station used by employees and volunteers. The transceiver was provided courtesy of Ray Novak, N9JA, Icom America Senior Sales Manager, and it includes the optional 1200 MHz module. The IC-9100 is an HF through 1200 MHz multimode transceiver that offers two independent receivers. It received an e...
February 08, 2016 03:42 PM - ARRL -- Making his inaugural ARRL National Convention appearance as ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR, said he's looking forward to meeting many League members in person in Orlando this week. The 2016 ARRL National Convention, February 12-14, is hosted by the Orlando HamCation(r), which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year."We are embarking on a new era at ARRL as the second century begins," Presi...
February 08, 2016 03:42 PM - ARRL -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is "probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago." Ellam made the comment during an interview with Maximilian Jacobson-Gonzalez at the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016), held in late January in Kuwait and sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). T...
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last night they had a big storm and VP8SGI members went back to Braveheart for security reasons
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Radio Society of Great Britain is looking for volunteers to assist in ensuring the future of our hobby and provide services for other Members
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- In edition 241 of Ham Radio Now Gary Pearce KN4AQ talks to Larry Scantlan KEØKZ about legislation in Missouri to support amateur radio
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ Magazine's annual DX Marathon contest is proud to announce the addition of two new Plaques
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- A reminder that the first IRTS 80 Metres Evening Counties Contest takes place this Tuesday, 9th February, from 20:00 to 21:00 UTC
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- Essex Ham report the Canvey Rally was, as always, a very busy day, with early estimates indicating 500 people through the door, and long queues of eager amateurs waiting to get in when the doors opened at 10:30am
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Andy Mace 2E0IBF and Chris Howard M0TCH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episodes feature is an interview with Ham Radio Author Don Keith N4KC
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st January, through Sunday, 7th February there were 222 countries active
February 08, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Thursday 11 February 2016, at approximately 18:11 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z-1800Z, Feb 14
February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Feb 14 to 0800Z, Feb 15 and 1400Z, Feb 16 to 0800Z, Feb 17
February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Feb 14
February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- After receiving about 6,500 QSL cards at the WIA Inwards QSL Bureau just after the Christmas-New Year closedown, sorting and distribution continues. Several thousand cards have been sent to the State and Territory QSL managers. The remaining will be sorted over the next two weeks. There are a lot of callsigns receiving QSL cards that are new ones for the bureau.
February 08, 2016 08:41 AM - eHam.net News -- At the behest of a colleague, University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan started poking into the history of ham. The word, that is. "When you think about it, ham-handed is a really weird way to say something is clumsy or awkward," says Curzan. So how does a beloved lunch meat also become an idiom for the ineffectual? The food ham is the most common usage of the word ham, and that originates from the name for a body part. "Ham refers to the back of a knee or the thigh," says Curzan. "And certainly pigs have hams, but humans also have hams. I think we more commonly think of it as a hamstring, the tendon that runs up the back of your thigh." The word ham naturally extended to a pig thigh that was salted and dried, which is the food some of us love to put on sandwiches. But in the late 19th century, the word started seeing uses outside of the deli. "[In] 1919, we see ham show up to refer to an amateur telegraphist, or an amateur radio operator," says Curzan. "There, we have this use of ham to refer to someone who is amateur, and maybe ineffective in that amateur role." After the 19th century, Curzan found usages of ham-handed that were increasingly figurative as writers began to make clear analogies between fists and, well, slabs of meat. Before long, ham-handed began to refer to a general state of awkwardness.
February 07, 2016
February 07, 2016 09:43 PM - eHam.net News -- HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear. HF frequencies used in Taiwan are voice: Main is 7.060 MHz with backup 7.050 MHz and 3.560 MHz. Short range frequencies are on VHF and UHF.
February 07, 2016 12:42 PM - ARRL -- Young operators at school clubs across the country will take to the air for the "Winter/Spring Term" School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 8 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 12, at 2359 UTC.Because of changes in rules for the event, operators should ensure that their logging software is up to date: Contacts on digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31 now coun...
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- ATNO (all time new one) plans are going to change due propagation is shifting day to day. Today, February 7th, they will be asking for ATNO contacts time to time on any band so please, follow operator instructions and respect to those for whom VP8SGI is still an All Time New One
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League and ICASA (South Africa's regulator) held a workshop hosted at the National Amateur Radio Centre last week
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Essex Project Helium Tears hope to launch another 434 MHz High Altitude Balloon when there are better weather conditions
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Brentwood Gazette reports on Essex radio amateur Fred Crockford G6YUY, who turned 100 on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- An earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit Taiwan, and caused buildings to collapse.
HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear..
February 07, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The aim of the Antique Wireless Association's CW Activity Day, which is on the air this afternoon from 13:00 to 15:00 UTC, is for participants to contact as many amateurs as possible on 14 000 to 14 060 kHz; 7 000 to 7 035 kHz and 3 500 to 3 560 kHz
February 07, 2016 09:44 AM - eHam.net News -- Coolidge, Arizona - Clark Johnson, Amateur Radio Activator (Ham Radio Operator) using the call sign K7LRK, will be at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on Wednesday, February 17, as part of the American Radio Relay League's National Parks on the Air program. Visitors will be able to hear Clark's transmissions and any replies, as well as learn about Amateur Radio. His transmitter, which is a small tabletop radio that only weighs 18 ounces and has an output power of 10 watts, is very versatile and portable. Clark will set up his radio in the park picnic area under the center covered ramada. C.A.R.L. (Center for Amateur Radio Learning) and the Arizona Science Center will assist with providing brochures and activity handouts. Additional activators may be available to speak with visitors, answer questions, and permit a trial broadcast over the air. The activators plan to be set up from 10 am to 3pm.
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1500Z, Feb 13 to 1500Z, Feb 14
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2300Z, Feb 13
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2100Z, Feb 13
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Feb 13 to 1200Z, Feb 14
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1100Z-1300Z, Feb 13
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Feb 13 to 2359Z, Feb 14
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1200Z, Feb 14 to 1200Z, Feb 15
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1000Z, Feb 13 to 1000Z, Feb 14
February 07, 2016 08:49 AM - ICQ Podcast -- In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Andy Mace 2E0IBF and Chris Howard M0TCH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is an interview with Ham Radio Author Don Keith N4KC
Congressman Calls for FCC Action
LIDS - The 'Less Involved Data Society'
Morse code: A staple in the Navy IW toolkit
Available UK Amateur / Ham Radio Call Signs
Ham Radio Foundation Course for iOS and Android
Australian Pico Balloon PS-58 Receives Contacts
Ham Radio Tower Dispute
SARL Leap Year Challenge
February 06, 2016
February 06, 2016 04:40 PM - ARRL -- Stormy weather continues to plague the VP8SGI DXpedition team on South Georgia. High winds and snow have caused damage to antennas and tents and even interrupted operations as team members took time out to make repairs. But, stations calling out of turn or not heeding operators' instructions also have been slowing things down."Our biggest challenges are the high winds, which are destroying our ...
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day on February 13 is 'Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster'. Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- All the very latest Amateur Radio news is now available via the TX Factor GB2RS weekly podcast
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- Wandering around the shack at midnight (05:00 UTC), worked all the dx on the cluster, nothing to do? QSY to 3.750 and check into the Trans Canada POW WOW Club
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is reported the Swedish Parliament has rejected the proposal for a transition from FM to DAB+ digital radio
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new edition of the RSGB publication RadCom Plus has been released in both epub and Flip formats
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 2-metre repeater in Kathmandu Nepal serves those with hand-held transceivers and has now been upgraded to become the latest IRLP node with worldwide access
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- It's mid winter, atmospherics are low and you're snug in your radio room. What could be better than to hunt for MF signals? And HF too of course
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR, has appointed Matt Holden, K0BBC, to serve as Dakota Division Vice Director, effective February 4
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Adoor Amateur Radio Club will organise the 14th Ham Expo at Green Valley Conference Hall at Adoor on February 14
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- G0KSC has again broken from tradition and introduced a new design, this time a 40m rotating dipole. The Delta C-140 is under 12m wide and despite being small has an extremely high radiating efficiency which is reflected in the antenna's SWR bandwidth, the whole 40m band in under 1.5:1 without an ATU
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League's vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years
February 06, 2016 10:47 AM - Southgate ARC -- A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started
February 06, 2016 08:40 AM - eHam.net News -- CEDAR CITY -- A heavy military presence will be felt in Cedar City this weekend as the Utah National Guard 213th Forward Support Company teams up with Iron County Emergency Management to conduct "Operation Seismos." Soldiers in fatigues will have boots on the ground starting Friday as they step in to evaluate and help improve Iron County's emergency preparedness capabilities in the event of a large earthquake that could wreak havoc on the region. The exercise began Wednesday morning with the simulation of a large earthquake that buckled Interstate 15 in two places, collapsed a fire station and set a couple of buildings on fire, Emergency Management Coordinator John Higley said. "It was a significant event as far as an exercise goes," he said, and lessons have already been learned. "In this kind of weather we have found that we do have some issues," Higley said. "The trailer that we set up in is extremely cold and we were not able to heat the trailer well enough to maintain it, so we've kind of abandoned that for now until we re-evaluate that and change some things." Wednesday was spent working with ham radio operators in the area to transmit emergency messages digitally to access resources for the community, Higley said. Messages were sent back and forth between ham radio volunteers and the Emergency Coordination Center, and some of the work being done with the radio operators is groundbreaking, Higley said. "We are doing things not done elsewhere in the world as far as communications with our ham radio operators," Higley said. "We are not just practicing voice communication but they are transmitting digital communications." Ham radio operators were filling out forms in their cars out in the field, he said, and then transmitting the forms back to the Emergency Coordination Center digitally via email.
February 06, 2016 01:43 AM - eHam.net News -- Over the recent reporting week (January 28 through February 3) both
sunspot and solar flux averages were down a negligible amount, and
geomagnetic numbers were down substantially, compared to the
previous seven days.
February 06, 2016 01:43 AM - eHam.net News -- This video gives an overview of the spectrum
analyzer and details how to use and set up a
February 05, 2016
February 05, 2016 01:43 PM - ARRL -- Over the recent reporting week (January 28 through February 3) both sunspot and solar flux averages were down a negligible amount, and geomagnetic numbers were down substantially, compared to the previous seven days.Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 57.3 to 50.6, while average daily solar flux values went from 106 to 105.4. Average daily planetary A index softened from 11.6 to 7.3, wh...
February 05, 2016 12:42 PM - ARRL --
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Local radio amateur group volunteers can help maintain communications until the normal operations resume
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The National Voice of Museum of Broadcasting board of directors has named Eric Koci, KD8ZSO of West Chester its 2016 Volunteer of the Year
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Phase 4 Ground is an AMSAT sponsored all-volunteer team providing an ensemble of ground terminal solutions for the 5 GHz and 10 GHz 'Five and Dime' band plan
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- In his blog James Stevens M0JCQ says 'portable amateur radio operation is the reason I'm still in the hobby'
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- The wind pattern over Australia's eastern states last weekend had pico balloon PS-60 taking full advantage, but this time the solar powered payload sent VHF and UHF signals at a mere 10mW for tracking
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- Andy G0SFJ is delighted to accept an invitation from the European Space Agency to the inauguration of their Deep Space acquisition antenna NNO2 at New Norcia, Western Australia. This event will occur on 11 February
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday 6 February 2016, at approximately 09:09 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for 'Gesmundo Moro Fiore' Secondary School, Terlizzi, Italy.
ARISS telebridge station LU1CGB, located in Argentina, will operate the contact
February 05, 2016 10:51 AM - Southgate ARC -- AMSAT-BR (AMSAT Brazil) is celebrating its first anniversary on Friday, February 5. To commemorate the event they are promoting QSO's over amateur satellites and will be distributing diplomas in electronic format to stations that confirm their QSO's
February 05, 2016 08:42 AM - eHam.net News -- AN AMATEUR radio ham operator from Hutton who has been taking to the airwaves since the 1920s has celebrated his 100th birthday. Fred Crockford, who turned 100 today (Wednesday), still spends two hours a day speaking to amateur radio operators all over the world, including in New Zealand and Australia. The grandfather-of-three and great-grandfather to a one-year-old girl, was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and began his lifelong love affair with amateur radio in 1926. He said: "We didn't have licences in those days -- it was just a number and two letters. "But from that it just went on and on. It was governed by the Post Office in those early days. "I have always been interested in amateur radio. "I passed my first exam in 1967 and got my full licence in 1983 and have been at it ever since. "The licence enables me to use equipment and speak to anyone on any band." He added: "We talk to whoever happens to be out there on that particular spot and at that particular moment. You give your call sign out, which in my case is G6YUY, and someone comes back to you and they could be from anywhere in the world.
February 05, 2016 08:42 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Club (ARC) at Adoor will organise the 14th Ham Expo at Green Valley Conference Hall at Adoor on February 14. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Saleem Yousuf, ARC president, said the annual expo would be a get-together of ham radio operators from different parts of the country, sharing their knowledge and experiences. The ham radio operators would also exhibit their self-assembled communication devices at the expo and as many as 400 hams were expected to participate in the annual event, Mr. Yousuf said.
February 05, 2016 08:42 AM - eHam.net News -- The engine that drives our sun is the magnetic field heating its multi-million degree atmosphere called the corona. Magnetic field lines come from sun's interior into the corona. They are highly dynamic and follow the sun's 11-year cycle. The coronal loops of superheated plasma are the basis of coronal heating mechanisms. Until now, it was not fully understood why the sun's internal dynamo follows the 11-year long period, during which solar activity spikes up around a period called "solar maximum." At the solar maximum the sun's magnetic activity increases and triggers clusters of active regions as well as dark spots called "sunspots." During this time, massive solar eruptions peak and can affect our planet. In order to understand the solar cycle, the powerful flares in the corona and their impacts on Earth, scientists must understand the process of sun's magnetism. On NASA's website, aid space scientist Dean Pesnell explains that it clear for the scientific community where the magnetic field is created in the sun. In could be over a wide range of depths, from deep inside the sun to close to the solar surface. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is working in conjunction with other space weather observatories and solar telescopes to analyze the dynamic sun in more detail. Complementary computer models are used to interpret these observations based on known physics behind the solar corona. Such models help scientists to better understand the sun's magnetic field and environment.
February 05, 2016 08:42 AM - eHam.net News -- If you've been in meetings and exercises that simulate a total communications loss, you've likely wondered what you would do in the event of a catastrophic failure that takes down cellular, Internet, power, and even your own systems. Haiti, Jan. 12, 2010. Within a few days after the quake, a team of amateur radio operators from WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center was called upon to serve as the main source of medical communications. Over the next five weeks, the team manned a 24-hour net connecting Haiti field hospitals, the University of Miami Medical Center and the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort, relaying on-the-spot medical advice from stateside doctors, relaying medical supplies, charter airplane flight schedules and helping coordinate emergency helicopter and fast boat evacuations. In Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2011. The hospital, two local fire stations and the town took a direct hit by an F5 tornado. All normal communications were down for weeks. Regional amateur radio operators were called in to help establish communications. Fortunately, in these scenarios, there have been established relationships between government agencies and groups of volunteer amateur radio operators who were on call, up to speed and equipped to help. There have also been multiple examples nationwide of 911 centers losing radio communications with police, fire and ambulance because of accidental cable-cutting, cybercutting, or simple equipment failure. Local radio amateur group volunteers are called upon to help maintain communications until the normal operations resume.
February 05, 2016 03:42 AM - eHam.net News -- Amateur Radio Parity Act would require associations to provide 'reasonable accommodation' of amateur radio. In a disaster, it is often the only dependable means of two-way communication, but an organization that supports homeowner associations across the United States is opposing a bill that would prevent HOAs from banning amateur radio operation. Community Association Institute, whose 1,100 Illinois chapter members include association managers, board members, and unit owners, says the Amateur Radio Parity Act is "unnecessary" because the Federal Communications Commission has said it will not get involved with HOA rules that, says the FCC, are "contractual agreements between private parties." "Such agreements are voluntarily entered into by the buyer or tenant when the agreement is executed and do not usually concern this Commission," wrote the FCC in 2012 and repeated in a statement released by CAI on January 12. Introduced last June by Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the Amateur Radio Parity Act would direct the FCC to make HOAs, or any private land owner, provide the same "reasonable accommodation" of amateur radio that cities have been required to provide since 1985. HOAs, says CAI, are concerned with the outdoor antennas that amateur radio equipment requires, even though it can be no more than a stretch of wire. CAI says its members oppose the legislation "because they support the preservation of the community association model of allowing neighbors to create reasonable rules for their neighborhoods." The American Radio Relay League, which represents more than 161,000 ham radio operators, says municipalities can still regulate antenna height and placement, depending on what best fits the community, and the Amateur Radio Parity Act would allow HOAs to do this, as well. ARRL has an agreement with Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide ham radio assistance, for free, in the event of a national emergency.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL
Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL has established an agreement with RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory
of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, for RFinder to be the League's
preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- The list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio
Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) continues to grow. The addition of Rep
Stevan Pearce, KG5KIQ (R-NM), and Rep Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) as
cosponsors on February 1 raises the total to 120 from both sides of the
aisle. Pearce and O'Rourke are among four cosponsors to sign on to the
bill since the start of the year. The other two are Reps Robert Brady
(D-PA) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who became cosponsors on January 12 and
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- The 2016 ARRL National Convention is
February 12-14 at Orlando HamCation. This
year marks the 70th anniversary of HamCation, one of the largest annual
hamfests in the US. Chairman Peter Meijers, AI4KM, reports that advance
ticket sales have been very brisk, and the largest commercial building
at the fairgrounds -- which will
be filled with ham radio manufacturers, equipment dealers, and other
exhibitors -- sold out early this year.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League's
vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years. ARRL COO Harold
Kramer, WJ1B, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group, said
the revised plan represents more than 8 months of work on the part of
the group's seven members. Now-Honorary ARRL Vice President Jim
Fenstermaker, K9JF, chaired the panel, which met some 2 dozen times,
mostly via webinar. Kramer said input to the Strategic Plan was
considerable and comprehensive.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- It's not too early to be thinking about Field Day 2016 and planning your club's strategy
for a bigger score and greater participation than last year. Field Day
is June 25-26 -- always the 4th full weekend in June -- and the 2016
ARRL Field Day Packet now is available to download as a PDF file. This year's Field Day introduces two new ways to score
bonus points -- Social Media and Safety Officer.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- Statistics from the first month of National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) prove that the event is a big hit
nationwide! In January, 243 of the 483 eligible NPOTA units had at
least one activation, with 606 total qualified activations. More than
72,100 NPOTA contacts were uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) in January.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- A package of two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads has been
deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) as part
of a collaborative Texas A and M and University of Texas at Austin research
effort. Built by Texas A and M students, AggieSat4 (AGS4) will release UT's
Bevo-2 CubeSat in about a month, once it is far enough away from the
ISS. Both schools received support from NASA's Johnson Spaceflight
Center (JSC) for the design, construction, testing, and launch phases.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- Students at an elite school in the Himalayan nation of Nepal enjoyed
that country's first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact, when they spoke via ham radio
with ISS crew member and UK Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, on January 20.
Youngsters attending Brihaspati VidhyaSadan School (BVS) in Kathmandu
interviewed Peake about life onboard the space station.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- Flint, Michigan, is not the only community with water problems due to
high lead content. During the week of January 18, some 8100 water
customers in Sebring, Ohio, were notified that they, too, had problems
with high lead content in their drinking water. On January 22, both the
Ohio and Mahoning County emergency management agencies began giving out
bottled water in Sebring. Mahoning County ARES Emergency Coordinator
Wes Boyd, W8IZC, activated ARES to assist.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- A beloved member of the extended ARRL family has passed on. Evelyn
Gauzens, W4WYR, of Dunedin, Florida, died on January 31. She would have
turned 87 this week. An ARRL Life Member, Gauzens served as the
Southeastern Division Vice Director for more than 20 years. The ARRL
Board of Directors elected her as an Honorary Vice President in 2002.
She may be best known in the wider Amateur Radio community for having
co-founded and chaired the Miami Tropical Hamboree for 45 years. Past
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, said that when she became a Vice
Director in 1990, Gauzens was there for her as the "go-to" person to
teach newcomers the ropes.
February 05, 2016 12:01 AM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Matt Holden,
K0BBC, to serve as Dakota Division Vice Director, effective February
4. An ARRL Life Member who lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, Holden
succeeds former Vice Director Kent Olson, KA0KDG. Olson became the
Dakota Division Director when former Director Greg Widin, K0GW, was
elected as ARRL First Vice President at the ARRL Board of Directors'
Annual Meeting in mid-January. Holden, 46, will serve out the
remainder of the current term of office, which ends on January 1,
February 04, 2016
February 04, 2016 07:42 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The document, signed in January, succeeds one agreed to in 2010; it will remain in place for the next 5 years. The MoU spells out how League Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface with the Red Cross in the event that ARES teams are asked by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster or ...
February 04, 2016 06:39 PM - ARRL -- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Matt Holden, K0BBC, to serve as Dakota Division Vice Director, effective February 4. An ARRL Life Member who lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, Holden succeeds former Vice Director Kent Olson, KA0KDG. Olson became the Dakota Division Director when former Director Greg Widin, K0GW, was elected as ARRL First Vice President at the ARRL Board of Direc...
February 04, 2016 03:41 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL IT Department will conduct overnight maintenance on its network this weekend, between 0100 UTC and 1100 UTC on Sunday, February 2.During this period some or all systems may be temporarily inaccessible. The website will remain up, but online purchasing will not be available. E-mail will not be available, but all messages will be queued for later delivery.We apologize for any inconvenien...
February 04, 2016 01:43 PM - ARRL -- Dayton Hamvention(r) has extended the deadline to accept nominations for its 2016 awards program to March 1."Get that special person you know the recognition they deserve," suggested 2016 Dayton Hamvention General Chairman Jim Tiderman, N8IDS. "Look at the clubs around you and their promotion of our great hobby, and give them the recognition they deserve."Awards include Amateur of the Year, Speci...
February 04, 2016 09:41 AM - Southgate ARC -- 13 February is World Radio Day - a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves