March 28, 2015

ITU Deploys Emergency Communication Equipment in Vanuatu

March 28, 2015 05:32 PM - ARRL -- In an effort to coordinate relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to the Pacific Ocean island nation. The category 5 storm devastated parts of Vanuatu on March 13. The ITU has dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network terminals, and 35 solar pane...

Two More Radio Amateurs Join International Space Station Crew

March 28, 2015 04:31 PM - ARRL --

Propagation de K7RA

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers from March 19 to 25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4

REP Ham Fair in Lisbon - May 9, 2015

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The R.E.P. is organizing an Exposition Ham Fair in Costa da Caparica, Lisbon

Jamie Nelson 2I0MFB SK

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- 21-year-old Jamie Nelson 2I0MFB was killed in a road traffic accident on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IARU R1 Contest Calendar 2015

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF Contest Calendar for 2015 is now available for download

How to 'Make That Call': #TalkToTim on the ISS

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has published an article explaining what amateur radio is and how students can use it to talk to the International Space Station (ISS)

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 20th March, through Friday, 27th March there were 227 countries active

CQ-DATV 22 out now

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- CQ-DATV 22 is now available for free download

Chelmsford Solar Eclipse Experiments

March 28, 2015 11:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) collected an impressive amount of data during the recent Solar Eclipse

Living with a Capricious Star: What Drives the Solar Cycle?

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- You can be thankful that we bask in the glow of a relatively placid star. Currently about halfway along its 10 billion year career on the Main Sequence, our Sun fuses hydrogen into helium in a battle against gravitational collapse. This balancing act produces energy via the proton-proton chain process, which in turn, fuels the drama of life on Earth. Looking out into the universe, we see stars that are much more brash and impulsive, such as red dwarf upstarts unleashing huge planet-sterilizing flares, and massive stars destined to live fast and die young. Our Sun gives us the unprecedented chance to study a star up close, and our modern day technological society depends on keeping a close watch on what the Sun might do next. But did you know that some of the key mechanisms powering the solar cycle are still not completely understood? One such mystery confronting solar dynamics is exactly what drives the periodicity related to the solar cycle. Follow our star with a backyard telescope over a period of years, and you'll see sunspots ebb and flow in an 11 year period of activity. The dazzling 'surface' of the Sun where these spots are embedded is actually the photosphere, and using a small telescope tuned to hydrogen-alpha wavelengths you can pick up prominences in the warmer chromosphere above.

Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The 'Royalty of Radios':

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Last month, we took a look at the beginnings of what would be the age of connectivity on the go, the battery portable radio. This month I'll feature a line of battery powered tube radios that brought the technology to its pinnacle. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic series of shortwave portables would stretch from 1941 through 1982, with tube models produced until 1963. The radios performed so well, and became so popular, that they earned the nickname "The Royalty of Radios."

Spectrum Policy Forum Urges UK Industries to Cooperate More:

March 28, 2015 07:30 AM - eHam.net News -- Report looks at cross-industry spectrum requirements in the medium-long term: The first of a series of reports on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand has today been launched by the industry-led sounding board to the Government and Ofcom, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum. The study included views on the importance of spectrum as a national resource fo the space, utilities, business radio, meteorology and mobile industries. The research, by Real Wireless, also featured views of a panel of contributors from each sector. The UK Spectrum Usage and Demand report aims to foster open discussion and mutual understanding, reflecting on contradictory priorities from different industries. The report revealed the different needs of different sectors in relation to their contributions to social and economic value. Real Wireless found four key sector trends. Public mobile infrastructure and consequent increasing data consumption will put pressure on spectrum allocations, and change how spectrum is used by the sector. For the utilities sector, a combination of networks that can provide more security and resilience seems to be taking over with consumers moving away from reliance on wireless and adopting 'smart' utilities. The business radio industry also showed signs that there is a high demand for always-on connectivity and increasing data usage as driving the move to digital radio. The nature of these communications will require a high level of resilience, and for some users this will be a synonym of desire for dedicated spectrum bands in mission-critical scenarios. A growing sector for the UK is space. The research found that there is the need to preserve and secure existing spectrum holdings and seek expansion opportunities to maintain innovation and investment. The report today realised comes one year after the publication of the UK Spectrum Strategy, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at CeBIT 2014. Later this year, a second chapter will be made available containing information on Defence, Short-range devices and Wi-Fi, Broadcasting, Amateur Radio, Fixed Wireless Access and Transportation.

ARNewsline Report 1958 -- March 27 2015:

March 28, 2015 04:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Thailand's new
master frequency list takes 6 meters back
from ham radio; U-K regulator Ofcom uses
ham radio input in Ultra Wideband device
rule making decision; International
Telecommunications Union symposium endorses
small satellite regulation; a successful
transmissions of two new ham radio shows
from Germany and our annual April 1st roving
reporter is back with the latest on the FCC
enforcement cutbacks as only he can imagine
them. All this and more on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1958 coming your way
right now.

March 27, 2015

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #13 de K7RA:

March 27, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily
sunspot numbers from March 19 to 25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9,
compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux
rose from 117.5 to 122.4.

Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Net to Track Severe Weather

March 27, 2015 04:36 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio SKYWARN volunteers in Oklahoma went on alert March 25 as severe thunderstorms sparked tornadoes. The Southwest Independent Repeater Association (SWIRA) and Tulsa Region SKYWARN nets were active in support of tornado warnings in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metropolitan areas. No Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activation was required, however."March 25 was a busy after...

The K7RA Solar Update

March 27, 2015 12:32 PM - ARRL -- Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers on March 19-25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4.Average planetary A index dropped from 29.4 to 19.4, although conditions continued to be active. March 22-23 had planetary A index numbers at 24 and 21, but there was nothing lik...

YP10EURAO 10 years of EURAO from Romania

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- From February 2 to September 31, 2015, you will find on air, mainly on weekends, this special callsign celebrating the 10th anniversary of EURAO

'Radio DARC' debuts on ham-operated shortwave outlet

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The inaugural transmission of the 'Radio DARC' Amateur Radio program aired over the March 21-22 weekend on 6070 kHz

How to use an antenna analyzer

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows how to use an MFJ 259/269 Antenna Analyzer to check your antenna for SWR and resonance

ISS Ham TV update

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- ARISS are now custodians of the Ham TV system on board the ISS

Did the eclipse affect propagation ?

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- For the full 24 hours of 20th March, Derek G4SWY took world map screen shots of propagation as reported on WSPRnet.org every 4 minutes on 600, 160, 80 and 40 metres

Amateur Radio in Ofcom Annual Plan

March 27, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has published its Annual Plan for 2015/16, setting out its priorities and work programme for the year to 31 March 2016

SARL 80m QSO Party

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1700Z-2000Z, Apr 2

A Radio Ham:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, I'll. (KWQC) -- He talks to people all over the world. It's a way of life for Dave Mayfield. Fascinated by electronics, Mayfield is a ham radio operator. The Rock Island County man has a ham shack in his basement. He collects, restores, and uses ham radio equipment. Ham radio is a backup communication system for the United States. Mayfield has some vintage equipment in his basement. Much is retired military equipment. Some of it is similar to what was on the airplane which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Dave also uses digital equipment, typing and replying to people by using a more high tech method. Whether by voice, code, or digital, he has made many friends through the world of ham radio communication. He has conversed with people in England, Guantanamo Bay, Russia, and even outer space. Ham operators also swing into action, assisting with emergency communications and working with public service agencies. That was especially true during Hurricane Katrina.

Fort Smith Hosts Amateur Radio Event:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club will host its 17th annual Hanging Judge Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4 at Columbus Acres, 10203 Columbus Acres Road. The event includes Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing, many forums to attend and learn about ham radio and new technology. The event also includes vendors, tailgaters, buying and trading amateur radio equipment, prizes and more.

Come Join Ham Radio Operators:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In times of local emergencies, the ham radio operators of our community band together, aiding local law enforcement and emergency personnel. We might relay a message by radio or data across the country or across the world. We are always looking for more good people. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the 2015 "Ides of March " hamfest will take place at the Tennessee National Guard Armory, 2017 E. Reelfoot Ave., Union City, sponsored by the Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club. The public is invited to attend. Vendors will be there selling equipment, and you can take a test to become an operator.

'Hamfest' Set for Saturday in Gallia, Mason:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- OHIO VALLEY -- Amateur, or "ham," radio use is growing in popularity across the country, and the local tri-county area is no exception. Both the Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Radio Club, based in Gallia County, and the Mason County Amateur Radio Group have upcoming events planned for veteran radio users, as well as those wanting to get started. The Mid-Ohio Valley club will host its 2015 Hamfest on Saturday. The Mason County group is planning a class, beginning April 2, to help get interested people prepared to take their technician's exam.

Hacking the Nazis: The Secret Story of the Women Who Broke Hitler's Codes:

March 27, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II. "I was given one sentence, 'We are breaking German codes, end of story'." It was Ruth Bourne's first job out of college, when, like thousands of other young British women during World War II, she was recruited to aid the Allied cipher-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park. Today, the mansion in the heart of the southeast English countryside is famous for being where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing cracked the Nazi's Enigma code. Because Turing's individual achievements were so momentous, it's sometimes forgotten that more than 10,000 other people worked at the Government Code and Cypher School, of whom more than two-thirds were female. These servicewomen played a pivotal role in an operation that decrypted millions of German messages and which is credited with significantly shortening the war.

March 26, 2015

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:

March 26, 2015 10:32 PM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL President, Directors, Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, made a new Amateur Radio friend on
Capitol Hill this month as she headed a contingent of League Directors,
officers, and staff advocating for H.R. 1301 -- The Amateur
Radio Parity Act of 2015.

ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- The window to apply for ARRL
Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open. The ARRL
Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation
that exceeded all expectations.

Preparatory Meeting Under Way for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH/G4HUA, is on hand as the second session of the World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Preparatory
Meeting (CPM) opens March 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates to the
CPM will consider regulatory, technical, operational, and procedural
studies of WRC-15 agenda issues and issue a report for presentation to
WRC-15 delegates in advance of the conference this November.

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global
Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event
will be "Cooperating with Authorities."

Hams on Vanuatu Help with Cyclone Recovery Effort:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Vanuatu radio amateur Rod Newell, YJ8RN, reported this week that his
home survived the recent devastation from Cyclone Pam with only minor
damage, although he still has no electrical power. A bank of solar
panels and a small gasoline generator are permitting him to live off
the grid at least for a little while.

Virginia Ham Test Session Yields Winners from Ages 9 to 90:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio
testing session in Virginia's Tidewater region went home empty handed.
Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who
had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12.
Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted.

Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs Honored:

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by
their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene
"Buddy" Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice
administration among the Yup'ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST
advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to
work as air traffic controllers for the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in Nome.

In Brief...

March 26, 2015 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- ARISS Announces NA1SS Listening Opportunity: An ARISS telebridge contact is scheduled with schools in
Belgium and in Turkey on April 1. The contact will take place via
ground station K6DUE at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,
Maryland. The scheduled astronaut is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF,
who will use the call sign NA1SS. The contact is set for Wednesday,
April 1 at 0920 UTC.

"Radio DARC" Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

March 26, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Amateur Radio Television Pioneer Don Miller, W9NTP, SK

March 26, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- Amateur Radio television Pioneer Don C. Miller, W9NTP, of Waldron, Indiana, died March 22. He was 91. An ARRL Life Member, he was licensed in 1943. In the 1960s Miller was instrumental in developing slow-scan TV (SSTV) for ham radio, working with Cop MacDonald, VY2CM, and others. Miller wrote several articles on SSTV for QST. In 1972, Dayton Hamvention(r) honored Miller as Amateur of the Year.Dur...

Two-thirds of FCC field offices face axe

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The USA amateur radio regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), plans to close 16 out of 24 field offices

Shortwave Radio in World War II

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- This 59-minute version of the 1944 film Voice of Victory tells the story of how Hallicrafters developed the WWII SCR299 military shortwave radio from the pre-war HT-4 amateur radio set

PS70FEB

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- PS70FEB is the 4th of 12 Special Event Station to celebrate 70 years of the end of World War II, and a tribute to the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, in the Italian Campaign

KWQC TV - A Radio Ham

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Fran Riley Feature' on TV station KWQC reports on radio amateur Dave Mayfield W9WRL who has a ham shack in his basement

All Mode African DX Competition

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- The All Mode African DX Competition took place last weekend. There was quite a bit of activity over the weekend and some stations did very well

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

March 26, 2015 09:36 AM - Southgate ARC -- 9Q0HQ (Congo) just about takes top DX for the week, certainly for the weekend. Other DX about was E30FB (Eritrea), 9N7CC (Nepal), 7QAA (Malawi), CV5A (Uruguay) to mention but a few.

March 25, 2015

ARRL President, Directors and Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill

March 25, 2015 07:33 PM - ARRL --

Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs are Honored by Their States

March 25, 2015 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene "Buddy" Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice administration among the Yup'ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to work as air traffic contr...

ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open

March 25, 2015 05:33 PM - ARRL -- The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open! The ARRL Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation way beyond anyone's expectations."This was the biggest on-the-air operation in the history of Amateur Radio," ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said. More than 5.5 million Centennial event contacts...

The Annual School Club EU Day

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- The German AATIS Initiative invites school amateur radio stations to be active on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SEBA9 solar eclipse chasing balloon

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- It wasn't just UK amateurs that were launching balloons for the Solar Eclipse on March 20, radio amateurs in Europe were launching them as well

Gary DeBock's Ultralight Radio Shootout

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Gary DeBock, acclaimed innovator in the realm of Ultralight DXing, has recently completed a exhaustive comparison of five popular Ultralight (and ultra-cheap) receivers

Camb-Hams to operate from Isle of Mull

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ten members of the Camb Hams are returning to Grasspoint IO76EJ on Mull (IOTA EU-008) from 15-21 May 2015 as GS3PYE/P

ARRLX - World Amateur Radio Day

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Every year, on the 18th of April, radio amateurs from all over the world celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day

2m FM Activity Day March 28

March 25, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- In response to the lack of activity on 2m FM in S.W. Essex, the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club decided to arrange a Saturday afternoon activity session

War Cemeteries and Memorials:

March 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Many who left the shores of Australia to serve in WWI did not return. The same happened during WWII. One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium. There are many overseas sites of significance including those in France, Malta, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. At Polygon Wood a large mound known as the Butte used for training by the Belgian Army before WWI, now stands a memorial to the 5th Australian Division. Polygon Wood was destroyed in the battle. It has been re-built with walking tracks, and to honour those who served the Great War, it has a large cemetery. It contains the graves of many soldiers, in fact 2,103 burials have been conducted with full honours, and 428 are identified. Work on the cemetery by Australians began at Polygon Wood soon after the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Many Australians now visit Polygon Wood, its 'Brothers in Arms' memorial and stop at the ANZAC Rest Café, often tracing the footsteps of family members who served in the area in WWI. To honour those at Polygon Wood, a commemorative callsign OP0PPY will be activated on April 25, ANZAC Day. Philippe Haverhelst ON8PV reports that a lot of remembrance occurs at that time, that will be joined by OP0PPY using an ICOM 7400 feeding a Hexbeam on CW and Phone.

Senator Receives Award:

March 25, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, center, recently accepted the Legislative Leadership Award from the Michigan Section of the American Radio Relay League. Jones is the first recipient of the award and was recognized for his leadership on Public Act 556 of 2014 that supports amateur radio operators. The new law codifies a federal order into state law and creates standards for the height of amateur radio antenna structures in Michigan to prevent inconsistent restrictions of these structures by local municipalities. Pictured, from left, are ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, ARRL state government liaison for Michigan Ed Hude, Jones, ARRL section manager for Michigan Larry Camp and ARRL local government liaison Butch Hedges.

March 24, 2015

Virginia Test Session Yields Winners from 9 to 90

March 24, 2015 06:33 PM - ARRL -- None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing session in Virginia's Tidewater region went home empty handed. Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12. Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted. Turnout at the session, sponsored jointly by the Hampton Publi...

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015

March 24, 2015 03:34 PM - ARRL -- Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event will be, "Cooperating with Authorities." GAREC 2015 has extended an invitation to all involved in emergency communication around the world.Hosting GAREC 2015 will be the Finnish Amateu...

Youth Sked on HF!

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The first HF Sked for amateurs aged 26 and under will be held on Tuesday 24th March at 7pm on 80m (3.700MHz LSB +/- 5KHz) and will be led by Mark, M0NCG

Successful transmissions of new DARC Radio and EARN on 49m SW band

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Last weekend saw the successful launch of two new Amateur Radio related shows on the 49m broadcast band

QSO Today, EP 34, Jerry Buxton N0JY

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- After spending a career working on the railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending satellites into space with AMSAT, as their new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube satellite project

Ofcom Licence emails

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom have now started the process of sending the new UK amateur radio licence by email

MRK set for CQ World-Wide WPX

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- South Africa's Magalies Radio-Amateur Club will be taking part in the CQ World-Wide WPX competition on the weekend of 28-29 March

2015 Young Ham of the Year Award

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year Award

2015 WIA AGM weekend in Canberra

March 24, 2015 10:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Onliine registrations are now open for the 2015 WIA AGM weekend in Canberra. This is your opportunity to join in the fun of this annual event

Can You Read Me? Boy Scouts Send a Message With a New Merit Badge:

March 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Eventually, everything comes back. Young men are wearing beards again, just as they did in Victorian times. Vinyl albums -- thought to have been killed by CDs and MP3s -- are so trendy that record-pressing plants are working round-the-clock to satisfy hungry hipsters. Coffee used to be bad for you. Now it's touted for its miracle properties. I wouldn't be surprised if doctors start promoting cigarettes for "lung health." The merit badge was released this month. "It's almost sort of a throwback, to reintroduce kids to skills which maybe someday they'll need when their batteries run out on their phones," said Steve Bowen, chairman of the Boy Scouts of America's merit badge development committee. I think Steve is joking about the phones, but the merit badge isn't totally focused on outmoded forms of communication. Scouts are required to be familiar with American Sign Language and Braille. Cryptography is an aspect, too. And then there's something that should come easily to any teenager: emojis and emoticons. The merit badge's requirements include: "Discuss text-message symbols and why they are commonly used. Give examples of your favorite 10 text symbols or emoticons." I'm partial to the Easter Island head, myself. "This merit badge is cross-generational," said Steve, a 68-year-old retired Montana veterinarian (and Eagle Scout). "I think kids will learn a lot from the adults and the adults will learn a lot from the kids."

How to be Ready When a Disaster Strikes:

March 24, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Disaster preparation can save lives. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a group that takes disaster preparedness seriously. Randall Lorenz of Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services says one of the most important things anyone can do is to have a safety kit ready. The kit should be properly packed with food and water in order to support health and hydration for an extended period of time. It should also be readily available when a disaster strikes. "When you're given 30 minutes to evacuate your house and get out because the fire's coming, it could take you only 5 minutes to pull the stuff out of your garage, throw it in your car and go," says Lorenz. He also explained how to properly take care of a pet in a dangerous situation by providing the animal with a safety backpack of its own. He also wants everyone to know that preparing for a disaster earlier is always better when there isn't a lot of time. While he says our local emergency management services are highly trained for disaster situations, he would like more families in our area to be more informed.

QSO Today - Episode 34 - Jerry Buxton - N0JY:

March 24, 2015 05:31 AM - eHam.net News -- After spending a career working on the
railroad, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, is sending
satellites into space with AMSAT, as their
new VP of Engineering on the FOX-1 cube
satellite project. Amateur radio opens
doors to new experiences and
opportunities.

March 23, 2015

Southampton Eclipse Balloon

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Southampton University Spaceflight Society have posted a well illustrated report on their solar eclipse balloon flight on March 20

Science Sunday at Maldon

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Sunday March 22, 2015 was Science Sunday at Maldon's Museum of Power

Malawi DXpedition

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The second team of the 7QAA DXpedition (SSB, RTTY, some CW and PSK team) is now active until April 1st

ICQPodcast

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Series Eight Episode Six of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Making PCB's has been released

History This Week

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at events that made history this week - compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Ham radio HT of the future ?

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Open Source evengilist Bruce Perens K6BP calls it the HT of the Future. It's a product he and partner Chris Testa KD2BMH are working on that's basically a Software Defined Radio for VHF/UHF mobile, and eventually handheld use

Ham Radio Digital Voice Comparison

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this edition of the Ham Radio Now show Roland Kraatz W9HPX presents his research on D-STAR, DMR and Yaesu Fusion

DXpedition to the Isle of Man

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Members from the 'DX-Interceptors Amateur Radio Club' (MS0IXD) will be on a DXpedition to the Isle of Man (EU-116) between May 8-11th

DXCC Country/Entity Report

March 23, 2015 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th March, through Sunday, 22nd March there were 236 countries active

100-Year-Old Mormon the Last Survivor of Amelia Earhart Search Party:

March 23, 2015 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- As a kid I always loved a good mystery. Unsolved ones such as the Bermuda Triangle, the lost city of Atlantis, and Stonehenge still fascinate me. But, just imagine what it would be like to be to be a part of one -- to be a part of history? That's how it was for Richard Beckham, who turned 100 earlier this month; he was the last survivor of the Navy search party dispatched to find Amelia Earhart. In fact, it was Beckham who sent the first message to the world of Earhart's fate. Beckham was born March 6, 1915, and spent his childhood in Texas where he grew up on a ranch, working side-by-side with his dad. He loved camping and Boy Scouts, where he learned skills such as how to operate a ham radio and Morse code. Due to the Great Depression, however, circumstances caused his family to leave their Texas ranch and move the family to Washington. After high school in 1934, Beckham joined the Navy where his Boy Scout skills of operating a ham radio and Morse code came in handy. In 1937, he was serving on the USS Colorado when the ship was assigned to search for Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean on her attempt to fly around the world. Although he doesn't remember every detail about his life, he has never forgotten being a part of this search party. He recalled how three Navy planes left the ship to search the water and islands in the area it was believed that Earhart sent her last radio signals.

March 22, 2015

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at low to moderate levels

WW1 listening post - follow up

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Further to our story about the WW1 listening post. The University of East Anglia, East Anglian Film Archives have a documentary featuring R.J.B. Hippisley (HLX)

War Cemeteries and Memorials

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Many who left the shores of Australia to serve in WWI did not return. The same happened during WWII. One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium

Polish Radio Ham's Eclipse Balloon

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ukraine Today reports on Polish radio amateur Tomasz Brol SP9UOB who launched a stratospheric balloon to capture the Solar Eclipse on video

New SA regulations to be published shortly

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The revised South African frequency spectrum regulations are due out soon, it could be as early as next week

Full-duplex radio integrated circuits demonstrated

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology - full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs) - that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio

Falcons stop phone mast upgrade

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- Nesting falcons have interrupted a £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

Chelmsford Talk: The Raspberry Pi

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, April 7 the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will have a presentation on the Raspberry Pi (RPi) computer board by Peter Onion G0DZB and David Whale, the talk is open to all

Amateur Radio Course Guide

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The national society in Eire, the IRTS, make available an online Course Guide for the amateur radio licence examination

60th Anniversary of ARSB

March 22, 2015 10:32 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Amateur Radio Society of Barbados (ARSB) celebrates its 60th anniversary

Series Eight Episode Six - Making PCB's (22 March 2015)

March 22, 2015 09:37 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Eight Episode Six of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Ed Durrant DD5LP and Martin Rothwell M0SGL to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodes feature is - Making PCB's by Matthew Nassau 2E0MTT
Amateur / Ham Radio Statistics - March 2015
Winner of UK CanSat 2015 Announced
Scientist Radio Ham Named for Prestigious Award
World Amateur Radio Day 2015
80th ARRL Anniversary of North Dakota Radio Amateur
PyQSO v0.2 Released
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress
SARL Assist Zambians with the Licensing of Amateurs

FOC QSO Party

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z-2359Z, Mar 28

CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Mar 28 to 2359Z, Mar 29

60 Years of Amateur Radio:

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMATEUR RADIO OPERATION may be a "grand and glorious hobby" as one operator described it, but the passion ham radio operators in the Amateur Radio Society of Barbados (ARSB) have for the pastime makes it look like serious business. When the group assembles at its clubhouse in Oxnard's tonight to celebrate the Society's 60th anniversary with light-hearted chat over dinner, there will undoubtedly be many a reflection on how this group has connected Barbados with the rest of the world in good times and bad. As a former president Ronald Armstrong explained, "We have a wide reach, so we extend our hobby to help with disasters. We also help sometimes with special events but we are there really to help specially with disasters and we have done that over the years."

MTN 'Space' -- Ham Radio on YouTube Commerial:

March 22, 2015 07:32 AM - eHam.net News -- MTN Global's latest brand commercial tells the story of a little boy who discovers, via MTN's world class internet, that it is very simple to build a homemade radio that will allow him to actually speak to an astronaut in space. He tries and fails and tries again, using the New World of MTN to embark on a journey of discovery that takes a rather unexpected turn. Because that's the thing about discovery, there's always more to discover.

March 21, 2015

Propagation de K7RA

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Tuesday, March 17 a CME struck Earth producing the largest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Aurora was visible all the way down to the central United States. The planetary A index for the day was 117, an incredibly high number

VHF Convention 2015 at Waikanae Community Centre

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Indicative programme

Software Defined Radios for the visually impaired radio enthusiast

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- Tore Johnny Bråtveit - a devout medium wave DXer - gives his advice on choosing the best SDRs for the visually-impaired radio enthusiast

Satellite test platform will add-in your experiments and test them

March 21, 2015 09:38 AM - Southgate ARC -- I'm designing a satellite test platform (for small satellites called CubeSats) and our main goal is to verify 3D printed aluminum as an acceptable material for satellite structures

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