September 21, 2014

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels

YJ0X Vanuatu DXpedition

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Everything is on schedule for our arrival in Vanuatu on October 3rd. We hope to have at least two of the stations working and at least one aerial up for that evening

SARL change beacon frequency

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The South African Radio League (SARL) has requested ICASA to change the beacon frequency of 5250 to 5290 kHz to line up with the same allocation in Europe and other countries. This will greatly enhance the coverage of beacons

Port Elizabeth to host next RTA

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Port Elizabeth is next stop for the SARL Radio Technology in Action symposium. The RTA will be held on Saturday 4 October at the Magnetic Storm in Newton Park

NZART AGM and Conference 2015

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hamilton Branch 12 is pleased to announce that the NZART AGM and Conference for 2015 will be held in Hamilton over Queen's Birthday weekend, from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015

NASA cargo launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX resupply mission

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21

IARUMS reports Russian intrusion on 20m

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The IARU Monitoring System reports on the interference caused by Russian Over The Horizon Radars (OTHR) operating in the amateur radio 20m band

ARISS contact on Echolink and IRLP

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey Island, United Kingdom and Pilton Bluecoat School, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, on Tuesday September 23rd. AOS is anticipated at 10:37 UTC

90th anniversary of first UK to NZ radio contact

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 18th October 2014 will see the 90th anniversary of the first UK to New Zealand radio contact, made on 80 metres between 18-year-old Cecil Goyder (2SZ) at Mill Hill School in London and Frank Bell (4AA) in Shag Valley, on New Zealand's South Island

60 students learn about ham radio

September 21, 2014 09:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Department of Electronics and Communication of Vardhaman College, Hyderabad has been regularly sending their students to NIAR to learn more about Amateur Radio communications

AGCW VHF/UHF Contest

September 21, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z-1700Z, Sep 27 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Sep 27 (432)

Texas QSO Party

September 21, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1400Z, Sep 27 to 0200Z, Sep 28 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 28

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

September 21, 2014 07:31 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 0000Z, Sep 27 to 2400Z, Sep 28

Series Seven Episode Nineteen - Leixen VV-898 Review (21 September 2014)

September 21, 2014 07:31 AM - ICQ Podcast -- Series Seven Episode Nineteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast has been released. The latest news, Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss changes to Ofcom licence changes and Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Chris Howard (M0TCH) review the Leixen VV-898,
New RSGB Youth Committee
LTE test transmissions in amateur / ham radio 2.3 GHz band
SB6 Ultra Portable 6m Beam
Noble Radio NR-4SC 4 Meter SSB/CW Transceiver
US Amateur Radio vanity callsign fee set at $21.40
Friedrichshafen presentations available online
Send your message 'from the Moon'
The Ham Radio Un-Club
California QSO Party
International Air Ambulance Week 2014
Voodoo Contest Group in Kuwait
Ofcom Consultation - licence changes from April 2015

Isabella Hosted Annual, 24-Hour Amateur Radio Field Day Event:

September 21, 2014 07:31 AM - eHam.net News -- ISABELLA - Ely area resident John Larson was a participant in the June 28 - 29, 2014, amateur radio field exercise at the Isabella Community Center. "This is like the world cup of amateur radio," said Larson, with his radio call sign (KC0RID) proudly displayed on the bill of his ball cap. The field day event is held annually on the fourth weekend of June with more than 35,000 radio amateurs (also called "hams") operating from remote radio stations across the country. Larson said the event runs for 24 hours and is the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country. The grounds surrounding the Isabella Community Center were converted into a remote communications station for the weekend event. Antenna wires were strung through tree tops and an emergency generator was set up to provide alternative power for the radios, simulating emergency operations during a natural disaster or severe weather.The Isabella Community Center was chosen to host the field day event this year because the center's elevation makes the location a prime site for hanging antennas. "According to Wikipedia, this is the highest point in Minnesota accessible by car," said Larson. The primary use of the Isabella location may be as a national field day event, but it is not the first time amateur radio operators came together on the site. "The Emergency Communications Center was set up here three years ago during the Pagami Fire," said Larson, "and ham radio operators were very involved in communicating with the fire crews. Fire fighters are very vulnerable without adequate communications."

September 20, 2014

Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- UK regulator Ofcom is looking for radio hams' opinions about proposed changes to spectrum and amateur licensing.

In exchange for giving up some spectrum, hams are getting access to new spectrum in the 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands that the Ministry of Defence is happy for them to use. Users of that spectrum will have to quit if the Ministry says they're causing interference.

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio's inventory of VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not receive it until last May.

DX Engineering Announces Exclusive Arrangement with JK Antennas

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Amateur Radio operators can now get JK Antennas' high performance antennas exclusively from DX Engineering. That means enthusiasts will enjoy DX Engineering's fast shipping and hassle-free order-to-delivery process, along with JK's superior antenna designs.

Radio contact allows Lanier students to talk with astronaut aboard International Space Station (Georgia)

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Mention that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday travel at 17,500 miles per hour and students' eyes widen.

Add that students could ask live questions about being an astronaut on the ISS and their jaws drop.

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds obsessing over tech obsolescence.

Floyd County hams talk about their work in the community (Virginia)

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Services (FAIRS), the Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS), and Triad on August 26 was an opportunity to spotlight the work of local ham radio operators.

Setting the record straight (Washington)

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- With only moments until going live on air, a scruffy, blond-haired student still in his pajamas takes one last glance over his set list before placing the needle on the record in front of him.

Radio Prepares for War, Part 1

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As the roaring twenties came to a close, radio technology would continue to evolve with significant improvements to consumer sets, particularly in the area of shortwave reception.

Eau Claire man dies in fall from Chippewa Co. radio tower (Wisconsin)

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A sheriff calls the death of an Eau Claire man who fell 100 feet from the top of a radio tower accidental.

HAM Radio Operators to Help J and K Victims

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- Who would have thought that the amateur radio, the not-so popular hobby, would be one of the most effective medium of communication in times of major disasters?

Are we Running out of Radio Frequency Space?

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- As demand for new mobile services grow, can the UK's limited radio frequencies keep up with technological development? Or will there be a serious shortage of RF space in the very near future?

Amateur radio enthusiasts put Tasmania's lighthouses on an international map

September 20, 2014 08:32 PM - This Week in Amateur Radio -- A couple of amateur radio enthusiasts are putting Tasmania's lighthouses on an international map.

They've joined a growing worldwide gathering of radio operators with a passion to light up the world with wireless, at lighthouses everywhere.

Wisconsin Ham Dies in Fall from Tower

September 20, 2014 01:32 PM - ARRL -- A Wisconsin radio amateur lost his life on September 16 as he was performing maintenance on the 100 foot tower of a fellow ham. Killed in the fall was 59-year-old James G. Linstedt, W9ZUC, of Eau Claire, who succumbed to injuries sustained after he fell 95 feet from a tower owned by Ronald Anderson, W9RMA, in Eagle Point, just outside of Chippewa Falls, on the shores of Lake Wissota. Linstedt w...

Propagation de K7RA

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- On September 11 and 12 two powerful CMEs hit Earth, producing a G3 class geomagnetic storm. The result was a planetary A index of 44 on Friday, and during the final three hours of the UTC day (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT) the planetary K index reached 7, which is very high

Tracking The Lincolnshire Poacher

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A look back at a 2005 Radio 4 documentary on the mysterious number stations that send their cryptic covert messages to 'agents in the field' on the outer limits of the short-wave band

New Amateur Radio Act for Austria

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Austrian society the ÖVSV is involved in the negotiations with the government BMVIT ministry, to create a new Amateur Radio Act (AFG)

Mars spacecraft orbit insertion

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- NASA Television will broadcast live the Sunday, Sept. 21, Mars orbital insertion of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. EDT

K7AGE: Icom T70A-HD

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- In this video Randy Hall K7AGE takes a look at the Icom T70A-HD dual-band amateur radio HT

IARU R1 release VHF/UHF/Microwave Handbook

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- IARU Region 1 have released edition 6.14 of the free VHF Managers Handbook covering the VHF, UHF and Microwave amateur radio bands

FCC turns down petition to create a 4 meter band in the US

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon

Emcomm exercise in Sarawak 9W8

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have asked for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise on September 27 centred on Sarawak in East Malaysia

Dutch NPO to end medium wave transmissions

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- It is reported that Netherlands Public Broadcasting (NPO) plans to end medium wave AM broadcasts

Brazil proposes 5275 kHz to 5450 kHz international allocation for Amateur Service

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (Anatel in Portuguese) will propose new Amateur Service allocation from 5275 to 5450 kHz in the next meeting of the PCC.II (Permanent Consultative Committee II: Radiocommunications) of CITEL (Inter-American Telecommunication Commission)

2300 MHz restriction in Nijmegen

September 20, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Netherlands Ham News site report radio amateurs within 35 km of Nijmegen will be unable to use the 2300 MHz band on September 21

Radio Enthusiasts Put Tasmania's Lighthouses On an International Map:

September 20, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- A couple of amateur radio enthusiasts are putting Tasmania's lighthouses on an international map. They've joined a growing worldwide gathering of radio operators with a passion to light up the world with wireless, at lighthouses everywhere. More than 500 lighthouses in at least 50 countries connected at this years International Lighthouse and Lightships weekend. And the list included a 'virgin' lighthouse. The Cape Tourville Lighthouse has never had radio broadcast from it before until they set up their radio shack. "We were talking into Ukraine yesterday, Russia, all over Australia and New Zealand," Kevin Norris said. "It's not just a small area, we've actually been talking around the world." "On five watts. That's just a little five watt transmitter.

Researchers Discover Wolverhampton Man's Secret Past:

September 20, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- He was a happily married insurance agent with a secret that he took to the grave. Geoff Hanley was known to be a keen radio ham but nobody realised exactly what he was doing once he donned a pair of special issue headphones in his garden shed. He would leave his family night after night to operate from the 'radio shack' that was specially blacked out for fear of air raids and in which he kept a sten gun, Lee Enfield 303 rifle and hand grenades. When the siren sounded he ensured his wife, two children and dog were safe in the shelter he had dug in the garden of their Wolverhampton home but he would not join them. He stayed above ground at his post in the shed continuing to secretly monitor German military radio signals. The operation was so hush-hush that even he may not have been entirely sure how the information he gathered was being used. But he was certain of two things - it was important and he could not speak about it to anybody outside those he worked with.

September 19, 2014

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US:

September 19, 2014 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70
MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making
filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson,
Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio's inventory of
VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his
petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not
receive it until last May. Zook asked the Commission to allocate
70.0 to 70.5 MHz to Amateur Radio because, Zook's Petition asserted,
"the recent migration of broadcast television stations to primarily
UHF frequencies basically eliminates any probable interference to
television channels 4 or 5." VHF TV channel 4 occupies 66 to 72 MHz.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #38 de K7RA:

September 19, 2014 09:32 PM - eHam.net News -- On September 11 and 12 two powerful CMEs hit Earth, producing a G3
class geomagnetic storm. The result was a planetary A index of 44 on
Friday, and during the final three hours of the UTC day (2:00 PM to
5:00 PM PDT) the planetary K index reached 7, which is very high.

The K7RA Solar Update

September 19, 2014 11:33 AM - ARRL -- On September 11 and 12 two powerful CMEs hit Earth, producing a G3 class geomagnetic storm. The result was a planetary A index of 44 on Friday, and during the final three hours of the UTC day (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT) the planetary K index reached 7, which is very high.Overall solar activity is down, with the average daily sunspot number declining from 152 to 124.9 in the latest reporting period...

Wisconsin Ham falls from tower and dies

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- James G. Linstedt W9ZUC of Eau Clair, Wisconsin died Tuesday evening from injuries he sustained when he fell 95 feet from a ham tower in Eagle Point, just outside of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

WIA plans a submission on new VK operating conditions

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The expiring Australian Licence Condition Determination or LCD for the Amateur Service is an excellent opportunity to re-think how to regulate its existence now, and in the future. The Amateur LCD is due to 'sunset' in October 2015 and needs replacement, so the Amateur Service can continue

Surprising dip in stratospheric radiation during solar storm

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On September 12th, student scientists in California launched a weather balloon to the stratosphere during the most intense solar storm of the year

SpaceX to launch SpinSat Saturday

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Saturday, September 20 at 0616 UT SpaceX plan to launch a Falcon 9 from Florida carrying the satellite SpinSat with its amateur radio payload to the ISS

Plan for beta release of WSJT-X v1.4

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- A public beta release of the weak signal datamodes software WSJT-X, version 1.4, is now planned for October 1

Live webcast from K6H - 'Last Man Standing' special event station

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- W5KUB.COM will be webcasting the Special Events Station K6H live from Hollywood on Sept 27 and 28th from the stage of TV's hit Last Man Standing

EURAO Party - Summer 2014: give youth a chance

September 19, 2014 08:33 AM - Southgate ARC -- The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ' give youth a chance'

RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar -- 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 25

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds obsessing over tech obsolescence. In the case of this comic from the June 1919 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine, the tech in question was amateur radio. The strip's protagonist struts around town, proud that his home has the latest and greatest radio tech, a beautiful mast and aerial, towering over his house!

Man Was Fixing Ham Radio Tower Before Fatal Fall:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- CHIPPEWA FALLS -- James Linstedt was familiar with repairing ham radio towers, having worked on the structures that make receiving and sending signals possible for at least the past decade, authorities and people who knew him said. But that experience didn't prevent Linstedt, of Eau Claire, from falling about 95 feet to his death from a tower Tuesday in the town of Eagle Point, north of Chippewa Falls, authorities said. He was 59. Linstedt was working on a 100-foot-tall tower at 8121 163rd St. when he fell. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Linstedt's death is a sad reminder that people must use their safety equipment at all times. "When we use it for years, we get a little lax about using the equipment," Kowalczyk said. "It's safety equipment for a reason. If he had used it, we wouldn't be investigating an accidental death."

ARNewsline Report 1936 -- Sept 19 2014:

September 19, 2014 07:34 AM - eHam.net News -- The following is a QST. Qatar will include
ham radio in an upcoming geostationary
satellite launch; more information surfaces
on the restructuring of the United Kingdom's
ham radio rules; Philippine hams once again
respond as a typhoon makes landfall; W5KUB
announces live coverage of the K6H operating
event and a soon to be space traveler starts
training next January. Find out the details
are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1936 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #38:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
I3VJW, 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:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The national ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is slated
for the October 4-5 weekend, although the window for local and regional
exercises is September 1 through November 30 each year.

High-Value ARRL 'Red Badgers' Will Be Out In Force On Sept 21:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity is just days away. On
Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September
20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will
be on the air en masse, offering a chance to boost your ARRL Centennial
QSO Party total.

W1AW Centennial Operations Now In NC, CT, NM, ID In the Bullpen:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50
states are now in North Carolina (W1AW/4) and Connecticut (W1AW/1).
W1AW operations will transition starting at 0000 UTC on Wednesday,
September 24 (the evening of September 23 in US time zones), to New
Mexico (W1AW/5) and Idaho (W1AW/7). W1AW has visited each of the 50
states for at least 1 week so far during 2014. By year's end W1AW will
have been on the air from every state at least twice, as well as from
most US territories.

ARS of India Wants Less-Burdensome Amateur Radio Licensing Rules:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) India's International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society -- is continuing an effort to make it easier to obtain
an Amateur Radio license in that country, where excessive red tape is
an accepted reality when dealing with government agencies. The latest
attempt came in an August 19 letter from ARSI President Gopal Madhavan,
VU2GMN, to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who heads the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology.

Rare Eritrea (E3) On the Air for Short Time:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, is on the air until September 22 from Eritrea
as E30FB, at present running 100 W to a vertical antenna on 20 and 15
meters, SSB. Eritrea now stands at number 17 (mixed) on ClubLog's DXCC
Most Wanted List (number 10 on
CW, number 22 on SSB). Eritrea has not been activated since 2001.

Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Earthly Messages from Space:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft is
set to carry up to 2500 brief digital messages into space for
retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. China recently announced plans to launch the orbiter carrying the 14 kg battery-powered payload,
developed by LUXspace in Luxembourg.

Qatari Es'hail 2 Satellite Will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Tran

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Gunter's Space Page has reported that the Es'hail 2
communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio
transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es'hailSat,
the Qatar Satellite Company, will be in a geostationary orbit,
positioned at the 26° East "hotspot" position for TV broadcasting to
the Middle East and North Africa. Launch is planned for late 2016.

AMSAT-NA Announces Board of Directors Election Results:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors
election. Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin,
W5DID, were elected to serve 2-year terms.

Colorado ARES Team Wins an Honorable Mention In Citizen Corps Awards:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the
Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its
list of nationwide award recipients on September 3.

'Last Man Standing' Special Event Set for September 28:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this
month from the so-called "Seinfeld Stage" on the CBS Studio Center lot
in Studio City, California. The K6H "Hollywood Hamnado" special event
station will be on HF and D-STAR on September 28, from 1400 until 2200
UTC. Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC
television series "Last Man Standing." On the show, actor Tim Allen
plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT. The show's producer is John Amodeo, NN6JA

No Easy Answers for RadioShack's Slow, Downward Slide:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- Back in the day, RadioShack employees would
answer the phone by saying, "You've got questions, we've got answers."
But RadioShack now seems stumped, and the "B" word is looming ever
larger as the retailer -- once the go-to place for electronic
components and, at one point, even some Amateur Radio gear and
shortwave receivers -- casts about for a white knight.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:

September 19, 2014 03:32 AM - eHam.net News -- In March 1980, Mount St Helens spectacularly exploded. Before the
explosion, radio amateurs had been assisting with communication among a
number of sites where ongoing measurements were being taken, because
scientists had concluded that the mountain was nearing the point of
eruption. The hams continued to work after the volcano's several
eruptions, with both emergency communications and a continuation of
their previous support work. Sadly, two of those hams lost their lives
during the disaster -- W6TQF and KA7AMF.

September 18, 2014

ARRL Website Will Be Unavailable on September 19 Starting at 2000 UTC

September 18, 2014 08:34 PM - ARRL -- The ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, September 19, starting at 2000 UTC. The length of the outage could run for several hours and possibly into Saturday, September 20. The ARRL IT Department will be performing maintenance in the process of testing and, if feasible, switching the site to a new server.A "Down for Maintenance" message will appear for the duration of the outage wh...

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - ARRL -- It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio's inventory of VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not rec...

Live Webcast of K6H from Hollywood

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- W5KUB.COM will be webcasting the Special
Events Station K6H live from Hollywood on
Sept 27 and 28th from the stage of TV's hit
Last Man Standing. See interviews, visit the
set, see the different operating positions.
Communicate directly with us on our chat room
during the show. As usual, we will be giving
out prizes to lucky viewers throughout the
day.

QSO Today Podcast -- Service to Country:

September 18, 2014 07:32 PM - eHam.net News -- One of the original founders of the
Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar
Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a
conversation about his early beginnings as
a radio operator for the pre-Israel
Haganah, his training of Yugoslav
partisans in the use of radio behind the
Nazi lines, his pursuit of the Nazi doctor
of Auschwitz across South America, and his
co-founding of the Amateur Radio service
in Israel. At 91 years of age, Amnon has a
rich history of radio, service to his
country and people, and entrepreneurship.

QSO Today Podcast - Service to Country on a radio foundation

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- One of the original founders of the Amateur Radio Service in Israel, Amnon Bar Giora, 4X1DF, joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in a conversation about his early beginnings as a radio operator for the pre-Israel Haganah....

Postage stamp features ham radio satellites

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- A new Lithuanian postage stamp features the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1

PA175RR - celebrating 175 years of railroad in the Netherlands

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- We will be active with at least 2 HF stations and 1 V/UHF station from the RailRoad Station itself. And V/UHF on the train.... we try to be also active on HF from the train

Ofcom invite comment on Annual Plan

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The 'Invitation to Comment' encourages anyone with an interest in Ofcom's activities to offer their views on which areas of the telecoms, media, postal and spectrum industries should be addressed in Ofcom's Annual Plan for 2015/16

Ham Radio is best for communication

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Hindu newspaper explains why amateur radios are the best gadgets for communication

Essex school contact with International Space Station

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Dave G4UVJ reports that on September 23 there will be an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact between students at Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey, Essex and astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO on the ISS

Board of Directors Election - 2014

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- As a result of the 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election the following members were elected to serve for two years:
Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID. Jerry Buxton, N0JY will serve the remaining year of SK Tony Monteiro, AA2TX's term

434 MHz balloons at Bletchley

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Chelmsford radio amateur Chris Stubbs M6EDF reports on High Altitude Ballooning at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event at Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report

September 18, 2014 08:31 AM - Southgate ARC -- Hoorah, it looks like 10m is on an upturn. The week wasn't too bad but the weekend was excellent. Dominating the later part of the week was TY1AA (Benin, Africa) with W1AW and 3B9FR holding the early part.
T6T (Afghanistan) was also active

September 17, 2014

IARU Region 1 General Conference, IARU Administrative Council to Meet in Bulgaria

September 17, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- Representatives of the countries comprising IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia) will gather this month for the Region 1 General Conference. The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs, (BFRA) will host the meeting September 21-26 in Albena on the Black Sea Coast. Regional general conferences are held every 3 years."At General Conferences IARU Region 1 makes major d...

High-Value ARRL "Red Badgers" Will Hand Out Centennial QSO Party Points on September 21

September 17, 2014 06:32 PM - ARRL -- The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity is just days away. On Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September 20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will be on the air en masse, offering a chance to boost your ARRL Centennial QSO Party total. ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staff...

AMSAT-NA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

September 17, 2014 04:34 PM - ARRL -- AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors election. These candidates have been elected to serve 2-year terms: Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID.Jerry Buxton, N0JY, will serve the year remaining on the term of the late Tony Monteiro, AA2TX.The First Alternate is Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and the Second Alternate is Frank Griffin, K4FEG.The re...

'Welcome to Amateur Radio' Symposium

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- On Sunday 23rd November 2014, the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, will be holding a 'Welcome to Amateur Radio' symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the basics of the hobby of amateur radio

Amateur Radio World Castles Award

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Details of a World Castle Expedition in Poland and the Westphalian Castle Day

The Five Bridges Cluster

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- A workshop for Invigilators of Radio Amateur Examinations held Monday 15 September 2014

Successful Ham Radio Skills Night

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Monday, September 15 saw the ninth CARS Amateur Radio Skills Night take place at the Village Hall in Danbury, and as with previous events, it was a busy one!

Radio Exterior de España to abandon shortwave October 1st, 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- Radio Exterior de España will cut all shortwave radio broadcasts October 1st, 2014

EURAO Newsletter September 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Auction of AM and FM radio licences to take place in November 2014

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced further details for the sale of AM and FM licences

AmateurLogic 70: Arduino Antenna Switcher

September 17, 2014 09:37 AM - Southgate ARC -- George builds a remote control antenna disconnect switch with an Arduino and a Servo. Tommy experiments with the MFJ Ultrasonic Noise Locator. Peter participates in the 2014 DATV QSO Party

Radio Enthusiasts from 25 Countries Compete in Borovoye:

September 17, 2014 07:33 AM - eHam.net News -- BOROVOYE - More than 300 amateur radio enthusiasts from 25 countries gathered in Borovoye Sept. 6-13 for the 17th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championship. ARDF, also known as "fox hunting," is a radio-based discipline that originated in Denmark and England after World War II. Competitors use maps, compasses and radios with directional antennas to find five transmitters ("foxes") in the woods or in rough terrain in the shortest amount of time. Participation requires physical and mental skill.

September 16, 2014

Qatari Es'hail 2 Satellite will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Transponders

September 16, 2014 06:34 PM - ARRL -- Gunter's Space Page has reported that the Es'hail 2 communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, will be in a geostationary orbit, positioned at the 26° East "hotspot" position for TV broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa. Launch is planned for late 2016.Es'hail...

"Last Man Standing" Special Event Set for September 28

September 16, 2014 04:35 PM - ARRL -- A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this month from the so-called "Seinfeld Stage" on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, California. The K6H "Hollywood Hamnado" special event station will be on HF and D-STAR, September 28, from 1400 until 2200 UTC. Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC television series "Last Man Standing." On the sh...

Colorado ARES Team Wins an Honorable Mention in Citizen Corps Awards

September 16, 2014 02:35 PM - ARRL -- The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the nationwide award recipients on September 3.BCARES was cited under the Technical Innovation category for its use of Amateur TV and APRS and for its Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN...

Update on local TV in the UK

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- Ofcom has issued a progress update on local TV, two years since the first licences were awarded

Typhoon hits Central Philippines

September 16, 2014 08:34 AM - Southgate ARC -- At least 70 people are missing after the Maharlika II experienced steering trouble and sank off the central Philippines during the approach of fast moving Typhoon Kalmaegi

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