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07/19/2018 12:30 AM
CQmaps is Reopen for Business:
CQmaps originally operated from March of 2015 until November 2016 and provided the Amateur Radio community with the best in personalized ham radio maps available on the market. CQmaps shipped more than 2000 individual maps during that time and gained a 4.9 out of 5 review rating. After an 18 month hiatus, CQmaps has been reopened but this time under the Axles And Antennas umbrella.

07/19/2018 12:30 AM
KB6NU Tech Study Guide Updated for 2018:
Updated to cover the 2018 question pool, the No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide really is one of the easiest ways to get your Technician Class license. The KB6NU No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide has helped thousands of folks get into amateur radio. It is now available in the following formats:

07/19/2018 12:30 AM
Amateurlogic Episode 119 is Out:
Join the AmateurLogic crew for Field Day 2018. We assembled and raised a Hex Beam, Cobweb, and Off Center Fed Dipole this year. Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX/VA2VRX talks about licensing requirements for operating in another country and Field Day at VOA. Arne Carlsson, K5ARN/SA7CAR added a little Swedish flavor to the topic. Emile leads the Field Day charge in South Louisiana. Plus it turns out the real Swedish Fish is not a fish at all. It's horse!

07/18/2018 03:12 AM
Milton Amateur Radio Club Host Radio Event:
MILTON -- The Milton Amateur Radio Club hosted an event July 14 drawing ham radio enthusiasts from Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties to shop and talk "ham." The event, held at the Santa Rosa County auditorium, was filled with both vintage and modern ham radio equipment for purchase as well as other items such as phones, radio accessories, and novelty items. But the event was about more than shopping, according to Ken Dunn, a member of the radio club and one of the event coordinators. "It is an event where we have camaraderie," Dunn said. "where we have a chance to exchange equipment."

07/18/2018 03:11 AM
The Sunspot Cycle is More Intricate than Previously Thought:
The sun's pockmarked surface is always shifting. Sunspots and solar flares rise and fall every 11 years, a cycle associated with regular reversal of the star's magnetic field. Huge quantities of plasma -- known as coronal mass ejections -- fly into space, which can disrupt satellites and other electronic signals if they reach Earth. More solar activity during the cycle also amplifies auroras and warms Earth's temperatures slightly. Yet careful study has shown that longer periodicities exist, too. The Gleissberg cycle, first identified in 1862, strengthens and weakens the 11-year cycle over the course of a century (shown in yellow). One paper posits that the Gleissberg pattern is caused by a slow swaying of the sun's magnetic pole. The Suess-DeVries cycle (green) lasts about 200 years, whereas the Hallstatt cycle (blue) runs on the order of 2,400 years. Still, the sun can also be erratic, making it tricky for physicists to predict future sunspots, says Alexei Pevtsov, an astronomer at the National Solar Observatory in Boulder, Colo.: "There's an element of randomness."

07/17/2018 10:18 PM
2019 Hamvention Chairman Announced:
Planning for Hamvention 2019 is officially underway with the appointment of General Chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) board of directors. Gerbs served as assistant general chairman for the 2017 and 18 Hamventions.

07/17/2018 10:18 PM
Ham Talk Live #124 -- NASA on the Air Update:
Back at our usual time, 9 PM Eastern (0100z) on Thursday night, Ham Talk Live!'s guests will be from NASA on the Air! 4 of NOTA's finest will give us an update on how the year long special event is going, and how it's going to really ramp up soon with the Apollo 11 anniversary. From Marshall Space Flight Center, Dr. Rob Suggs, KB5EZ; from Langley Research Center, Mike Logan, KM4WUO; and from Johnson Space Center, Tanner Jones, W9TWJ, and Ken Ransom, N5VHO (ARISS project manager). These guys will take your calls and answer your questions live on the show!

07/17/2018 02:46 AM
Ham Radio Operators Gather at Peace Garden:
Ham radio enthusiasts converged on the International Peace Garden, south of Boissevain, for the annual Hamfest on July 14th. Hamfest started 55 years ago and is a gathering of ham radio operators from Canada and the United States. This year's program attracted more than 80 people from Manitoba, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Minnesota. Jim MacKenzie of Regina has been a ham radio operator for several years and this was his third trip. "It's always a good chance to see my fellow ham radio hobbyists. A lot of people think they don't need us anymore because of the internet but the truth is we are needed more than ever. It's important when there are emergencies and if the power grid goes down or there's a big disaster like the bombing at the Boston Marathon the cell networks get overloaded so the ham radio still has a really important purpose during emergency coordination." Ham radio numbers continue to grow with more than 100,000 licenses in Canada and more than 1.2 million in the United States. "It's partly because it is easier than ever to get a call sign, it's free and it's a lifetime thing and people think that talking to people just using the ionosphere and radio waves is a pretty fun hobby."

07/17/2018 02:46 AM
Indian Scientists Discover Way to Predict Erratic Space Storms:
PLASMA jets within the Sun can help foretell the erratic patterns of sunspots on its two hemispheres, allowing scientists to predict the occurrence of solar flares and space storms that sometimes render satellites useless, a study has found.

07/16/2018 01:40 AM
Being a Skywarn Spotter Not for Everyone During a Storm they Help Everybody
OKEECHOBEE -- From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things to focus on, and weather becomes something to plan around, endure, complain about and use to start awkward small talk. Some people, however, never outgrow their fascination with the sky and simply must study it -- they grow up to be meteorologists -- and then there are others who fall somewhere in between and who, when the opportunity arises, want to learn more about it. Just a handful of other folks were in the room on Flag Day, June 14, when I was the last to arrive at the Glades County Emergency Operations Center for the session. It soon became obvious that a few were there just for a refresher and already were certified weather spotters; at least two were also amateur radio operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, a distinction that can make them even more valuable to authorities during a weather emergency than regular old weather spotters. (Maybe I'll take that up when/if I retire.)

07/16/2018 01:38 AM
RSGB: New Service to Replace AROS:
Following an extensive review of the Amateur Radio Observation Service, AROS, the RSGB has decided to create a new service to provide guidance to operators who experience misuse of the amateur bands by others. This service will be known as the Operating Advisory Service, or OAS, and will replace AROS. The change will come into effect over the next few months.

07/15/2018 03:07 AM
VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 15 July 2018:
It's our NEW AMATEURS week, where we celebrate new, upgraded and returning calls. We'll also discuss gear and portable operations. Onno talks QRP and where you need to go, in order to obtain your license.

07/15/2018 03:05 AM
NanoRacks Completes 14th CubeSat Deployment Mission from ISS:
NanoRacks successfully completed the 14th CubeSat Deployment mission from the Company's commercially developed platform on the International Space Station. Having released nine CubeSats into low-Earth orbit, this mission marks NanoRacks' 185th CubeSat released from the Space Station, and 217th small satellite deployed by NanoRacks overall. EnduroSat One, the first Bulgarian amateur radio CubeSat mission, is a multipurpose CubeSat platform engineered for space application and research. The electrical power system and solar panels will provide power for the mission. Two ultra-high frequency Transceivers type II and UHF deployable antenna will deliver a high-reliability communication system for tracking, telemetry and control (TTC) and data. A network of actuators and sensors will enable spacecraft control and processing capabilities will be provided through the low power consumption and high performance onboard computer.

07/15/2018 03:05 AM
The Breathtaking Complexity of the Wireless Spectrum:
Everything from space exploration signals to ham radios are vying for room on the radio spectrum, in which frequencies range from 3Hz to 3,000GHz. This spectrum acts as the "transportation system" for all wireless communication, and blocks of it are divvied up for specific uses. Nearly all of the radio spectrum is already divided into a number of civilian and military uses. Some of the most prominent blocks (turquoise on the map) are set aside for television and radio broadcasting, as well as various types of navigation and satellite communications. The spectrum also has a number of blocks dedicated to amateur radio and satellite.

07/14/2018 01:34 AM
Amateur Radio Emergency Service Receives Grant from W.S. Darley Foundation:
Itasca, IL - Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operators of DuPage County have received a grant of 2,000 dollars from The W. S. Darley Foundation of Itasca, IL. This grant was made in the name of William J. Darley, former Chairman of the Board and CEO, of the W. S. Darley and Company, who passed away in April of this year. The funds will be used to purchase additional radios and support equipment so additional emergency field stations can be operational in any community disaster or public service event.

07/14/2018 01:33 AM
Making Do With What You Have:
It's been 12 years since I stepped on the yellow footprints aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. In the years since, the one thing I took for granted most was how much growing up on a ranch prepared me for the Marines and life in general. Toward the end of the deployment we were given a tricky mission: find a way to talk via shortwave radio from Djibouti -- a tiny country in "the horn" of the continent -- to Nigeria, clear out on Africa's west coast. The Nigerians didn't have access to our satellites, so we had to rely on the High Frequency bandwidth utilized by Ham radio operators. However, when we measured it out, the shot was almost twice the distance of the United States from coast-to-coast. I instantly identified a problem: we'd have to get a more powerful transmitter and do some math and figure out how to make it work.

07/14/2018 01:32 AM
NASA Plans to 'TOUCH' the Sun with Today's Solar Space Probe Launch:
The world-first space achievement will give us an incredibly close look at the Sun, deepening our understanding of our closest star: LATER today, NASA will launch a probe into space that will end up flying directly into the Sun's atmosphere. The incredible mission aims to give NASA an up-close look at how our nearest and dearest star works. The Sun is arguably the most vital source of energy for life on Earth, but its inner workings are mysterious To answer some of the big questions facing scientists, Nasa is today launching the Parker Solar Probe.

07/14/2018 01:11 AM
Foundations of Amateur Radio #162:
It seems that when you categorically state something, like I did recently, you get emails and feedback, almost immediately, pointing out the folly of your assertion.

07/13/2018 03:00 AM
Propagation Forecast Bulletin #28 de K7RA:
As of Thursday, July 12, there have been no sunspots visible for 16 days consecutively. pointed out that to find an equally long stretch of no sunspots, we have to look back to November 2009 when we were emerging from the deepest solar minimum in a century. At the lowest of the low activity in 2008, the sun was blank for 52 consecutive days, they reported, and that seems to be from July 21, 2008 through September 10, 2008, as shown here:

07/13/2018 01:23 AM
Commissioners Learn About Amateur Radio:
COUDERSPORT -- The Potter County Board of Commissioners hosted a couple who spoke about the role of amateur radio, or ham radio, for emergencies. Diane and Thomas Guilfoy attended the July 5 meeting to raise awareness of amateur radio uses. Amateur radio is usually a hobby for personal use. One use for it is to call for help in places where there is no cell phone service. Thomas Guilfoy said it's still very important and vital because people need to be able to call others in places in case of emergency. He said it plays a large role in the world. Examples when it has been used includes after the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing and after the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Thomas Guilfoy said that the radios can be on top of a mountain or down in a valley and still be use to call for help. He can talk to almost any other ham operator around the world just with a radio, an antenna and a car battery.

07/13/2018 01:22 AM
Aussies Head to ARDF World Championships:
Later this year a team of amateurs from Austalia will experience thorn Bushes, deep ravines along with daily temperatures about 20 degrees celsius. They also need to be prepared for rain and cold. No, this is not a SOTA report but a description of the terrain facing competitors in the 19th IARU World ARDF Championships. Competition commences September 2nd and finishes September 8th 2018. It is expected that over 400 people from 25 Amateur Radio Societies around the world will be meeting in Sokcho City Ganwon-Do Province South Korea, this championship event is being hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League. Among the competitors will be a team of 5 including VK3OW, VK3FJTE, VK3FDAC, VK3ADY and VK3WWW representing Australia.

07/13/2018 01:22 AM
Google's Gboard Keyboard Now Lets You Communicate Through Morse Code:
Google today announced that it is bringing Morse code as an input method to Gboard for iOS. The company first integrated Morse code into the Android version of Gboard (in beta form) shortly after its I/O 2018 keynote. Alongside the debut on iOS, Google says it has made numerous improvements to the Android experience, too. When activated, Morse code fills the keyboard area with two large dot and dash icons. As you tap the icons, word suggestions will appear at the top of the on-screen keyboard just as they do when you're using the QWERTY version. Google has created a Morse Typing Trainer game that it says can teach users Morse code in under an hour. You can play it on both mobile and desktop.

07/13/2018 01:20 AM
Ham-Designed Gear Used In Thailand Cave Rescue:
Unless you live in a cave, you've probably heard a little about the thirteen people -- mostly children -- trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. What you may have missed, though, is the hacker/ham radio connection. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for their expert help. (Rick Stanton), (John Volanthen) and (Rob Harper) answered the call. They were equipped with HeyPhones. The HeyPhone is a 17-year-old design from (John Hey, G3TDZ). Sadly, (G3TDZ) is now a silent key (ham radio parlance for deceased) so he didn't get to see his design play a role in this high-profile rescue, although it has apparently been a part of many others in the past. The HeyPhone is actually considered obsolete but is still in service with some teams. The radio uses USB (upper sideband, not universal serial bus) at 87 kHz. The low frequency can penetrate deep into the ground using either induction loop antennas like the older Molephone, or -- more commonly -- with electrodes injecting RF energy directly into the ground.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by N1DC, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
Just Ahead In Radiosport:
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Ham's Long-Standing License Renewal:
A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Sippel's Order followed Crowell's refusal to appear in Washington, DC, for a hearing to consider not just his license renewal but related enforcement issues dating back 15 years or more.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
Ham to Pay $7,000, Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case:
The US Department of Justice and the FCC have reached a settlement with Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to resolve allegations that Crow intentionally interfered with the communications of other Amateur Radio operators and failed to properly identify. The core component of the settlement calls on Crow to pay $7,000 to the US Treasury, the FCC and US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady announced in separate July 3 news releases. In addition, Crow's Amateur Extra class license will be restricted to Technician-class privileges for 6 months, and he has agreed to discontinue contact with the individuals involved in this case. Crow's Amateur Extra privileges will be restored after 6 months, "if no new violations have been found," the FCC said.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Formally Opens In Germany:
Be ready to listen for call signs in the Y2A - Y9A series this weekend. Following 4 years of preparation, World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) formally opened on July 12. Now attention turns to see how the 63 competing teams fare in the 24-hour event, July 14 - 15 in and around Wittenberg, Germany. Observers will be able to follow their progress via social media or the WRTC 2018 Live Scoreboard. Fourteen North American teams are on the roster, including defending champions Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A. Several well-known US contesting personalities are among those serving as referees at each site. Even as the competition neared, WRTC 2018 organizers were searching for a last-minute replacement for a team leader who had to drop out.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
The Doctor Will See You Now!
"Mailbag" is the topic of the current (July 5) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites Off Spectrum:
ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a "bright line test" to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites that could be authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition In the Books:
All Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition operating positions went silent at 1200 UTC on July 5, and all logs are believed to have been uploaded to Club Log. The final contact was on FT8 with JA2FJP on 80 meters. The 14-member team, accompanied by a US Fish and Wildlife Service escort left the island on July 6 for the 6-day voyage across the International Date Line to Fiji.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
CASSIOPE Spacecraft Listens In on 2018 ARRL Field Day:
The Canadian CASSIOPE (CAScade, SmallSat, and Ionospheric Polar Explorer) spacecraft once again eavesdropped on ARRL Field Day activity. CASSIOPE's Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) was tuned to 7.005 MHz during six passes over the North American continent during Field Day 2018, although there was no advanced publicity this year. The RRI is a component of the spacecraft's Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP), a suite of eight science instruments that study space weather.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open:
Registration is open worldwide for Scouting's Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet. JOTA-JOTI take place October 19 - 21 -- always the third weekend of October. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, encourages JOTA groups to register as soon as possible.

07/12/2018 03:00 AM
In Brief...
In Brief...

07/11/2018 03:00 AM
CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on July 13:
Japan's space agency JAXA has announced that nine CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station on July 13. Three of the satellites - EnduroSat AD, EQUISat, and MemSat - will transmit telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band. EnduroSat AD will transmit on 437.050 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB GFSK); EQUISat will transmit on 435.550 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB FSK), and MemSat will transmit on 437.350 MHz (9.6 kB BPSK).

07/11/2018 03:00 AM
ARISS-Russia SSTV Transmissions Continue:
The ARISS-Russia SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station's the Russian Service module that started on June 29 may continue until July 13, when the equipment being used for SSTV transmissions will be required for a school contact.

07/11/2018 01:01 AM
West Marin Event Helps Keep Morse Code Alive:
The sounds of Morse code will crackle in a distant outpost in West Marin on Thursday, honoring a bygone age when the system was used to protect mariners on rough oceans. For decades, coasts around the world were dotted with Morse code radio stations, all communicating with ships at sea. Radio operators used Morse code to report weather, news, telegrams and other messages to mariners with the sound of dots and dashes that travel at the speed of light over radio waves. Those stations are mostly gone. But one at Point Reyes, dubbed the "Wireless Giant of the Pacific," comes to life at a big event once a year. The station sent its last message on July 12, 1999, as it closed daily operations. Every year since, at an event called the "Night of Nights," the Morse code station -- call letters KPH -- returns to the air as part of a public event at the RCA receiving station in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Maritime Radio Historical Society was formed as the station ceased to operate on a daily basis and brings the station back to life at the event. "We want to make sure to honor the men and women who did this work," said Richard Dillman of Inverness, a member of the radio group. "They were all heroes and we don't want them to be forgotten."

07/11/2018 01:01 AM
Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Enjoy Hamfest Event:
SALISBURY -- Deborah Councilman and her husband probably set up their shop AC and DC Electronics about 30 times a year. The two were vendors at the Firecracker Hamfest, an event for amateur ham radio operators who want to buy, sell or trade electronics and other equipment. Rowan Amateur Radio Society hosted the event, which is in its 33rd year, most of which has taken place at the Salisbury Civic Center. Organizers estimated about 500 people attended the Saturday event.

07/11/2018 01:01 AM
Hams to Explore 50 Years of Technology:
Communications have dramatically changed over the years. And so it is with ham or amateur radio. Equipment that took up large spaces and weighed many pounds now fits easily in pockets. The next meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club will feature videos and pictures from field day operations 50 years ago and the effort just finished two weeks ago in Gun Barrel City. The final score of the contest will be announced by Dave Randall, field day general. The meeting will be held on Saturday, July 14 at the Mabank Café on Hwy 198. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., but many visitors and members come around 8 a.m. for the great buffet. Anyone interested in technology is welcome.

07/11/2018 01:01 AM
University of Alabama Students Selected for Antenna Design Contest:
A team of engineering students at the University of Alabama is one of six selected to compete in an international contest to design a portable radio system capable of locating a hidden radio transmitter in real time. The UA team is competing in the 2018 Annual Student Antenna Design Contest, held by the Antennas and Propagation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology. The UA team won the contest a year ago. For the contest, the teams where challenged to create a portable, battery-powered device to locate a hidden radio transmitter at the frequency of a common Wi-Fi router, as opposed to the lower frequency used by amateur radio enthusiasts in transmitter-hunting contests. The teams will demonstrate their devices during the annual IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium this week.

07/11/2018 01:01 AM
Martin F. Jue Live Tuesday Night:
Tune in to Amateur Radio Roundtable tonight July 10at 8:00 PM central time for a great ham radio show. Tonight Martin F. Jue will be cohosting.

07/10/2018 02:00 AM
Austintown Hamfest Shows Ham Radios Remain Vital Tools:
All of today's modern technology and ready-made ways to communicate at our fingertips are more than sufficient to handle any natural disaster, right? Not so fast, a disaster-preparedness expert contends. "Ham radio is still popular, especially during communications during disasters like hurricanes," said Dotti O'Neil-Meleski, vice president of the 20/9 Radio Club Inc. "We can operate off generators, solar power and car batteries, if necessary." Even though most people have iPhones and many other sophisticated electronic devices, they could easily be rendered temporarily useless if, for example, a tornado damaged an area cellphone tower. Ham radio, on the other hand, can act as a vital liaison in quickly disseminating critical information to emergency personnel during such disasters, O'Neil-Meleski explained during Sunday's annual Hamfest, Computer and Electronics show at the Austintown Senior Center, 110 Westchester Drive.

07/10/2018 01:59 AM
An Active Sun is a Somewhat Smaller Sun:
How big is the sun? That depends on when you look, a new study finds. Our home star shrinks slightly and expands again as it goes through a solar cycle. That's a roughly 11-year period. It is characterized by times of high and low magnetic activity, changes in sunspot numbers and more. Two researchers now report finding that when the sun is most active, its radius drops by 1 or 2 kilometers (0.6 to 1.2 miles). That's not much. The sun's full radius is about 700,000 kilometers (435 million miles)! Unlike many planets, the sun has no solid surface. That is one thing that makes computing the star's size challenging. "It's a slippery concept," says Jeff Kuhn. "What does it mean, the radius of the sun?" asks this astronomer who works at the University of Hawaii in Maui. One way scientists have measured the orb's width is based on how the brightness of the sun falls off from its center. In 2010, Kuhn's group did that. That turned up no sign that the sun's radius changed during the solar cycle. The new study does something different. It measures what's known as the sun's seismic radius. Seismic waves travel through the sun's interior. Any change in the sun's size would change the frequency of those waves.

07/09/2018 12:53 AM
WIA Responds to ACMA Consultation Paper on Amateur Qualifications Framework
In early June the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released a consultation document regarding possible variations to the existing qualifications framework for the Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency. The Wireless Institute of Australia is the peak body for Amateur Radio in Australia. There are approximately 14,000 Amateur Radio Licences issued in Australia. The WIA sought feedback from both members and the amateur community prior to producing its response to a document that is clearly contentious. Despite an abridged timeline the WIA received numerous well considered and thoughtful responses all expressing deep concern about the impact that the approaches identified in the ACMA consultation paper would have on amateur radio in Australia.

07/09/2018 12:52 AM
Ham Talk Live #123 -- Live from WRTC:
Thursday at 8 AM Eastern (July 12, 1200Z) on Ham Talk Live!, Ed Durrant, DD5LP will be our link to the World Radiosport Team Championship in Wittenberg, Germany! Ed will have both organizers and competitors on the air as they arrive at the HQ hotel just prior to the opening ceremonies! And YOU can call in to ask YOUR questions live!

07/08/2018 01:04 AM
World Radiosport Team Championship Looms:
The World Radiosport Team Championship takes place this week, running from Thursday the 12th to Monday the 16th. This invitation-only event pits the world's elite contesters against each other in two-person teams. To level the playing field, all the contesters use similar stations with similar antennas, all within a relatively small geographical operating area to ensure no-one is aided or disadvantaged by local propagation conditions.

07/08/2018 01:03 AM
VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 8 July 2018:
Amplifiers, The Top of the Wazza Radio, bequests, radio knobs are all part of this week's History Edition of the news looking back at 50 years.

07/07/2018 03:00 AM
Foundations of Amateur Radio #161:
A regular question from people who go on holiday is: "Which repeaters should I put into my hand held radio?"

07/07/2018 01:39 AM
Backup Radio System Teaches One More STEM Lesson During Astronaut Chat:
PEORIA HEIGHTS -- It wasn't the planned lesson, but it may have been just as valuable for the middle school students gathered in a steamy gymnasium Monday because of their shared interest in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. The coordinators had been prepping the event for more than a year, making arrangements with NASA to initiate radio contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. "They learned about amateur radio and did a high-altitude balloon launch," said Judy Schmidt with the University of Illinois Extension. "It's really a great opportunity for kids to get a spark about STEM." They also learned in real time on Monday about the importance of redundant systems. Thirteen-year-old Margaret Conahan, who will enter eighth grade at St. Philomena in the fall, was first in line, ready to ask about astronaut relationships in the space station's close confines. But the connection disappeared as soon as Johnson switched on power to the students' mic -- a blown fuse, as he would later explain, likely disabled the entire system. Fortunately -- and as required by NASA -- Johnson had a backup radio set up and ready to go. Within minutes, Conahan and a few others had their chance to converse with astronauts in space.

07/07/2018 01:38 AM
South Pasadena Radio Club Demonstrates Emergency Response Through Radios:
The question is asked over and over again. Answers vary depending on who you ask. Police have an answer. Fire officials have an answer. City officials have an answer. What do you do in the case of an emergency is the question that is traversed time and time again. One of the most essential elements to that answer, though, is overlooked because it's like breathing. You take it for granted until it's gone. That is communication. How do people talk with one another when a massive emergency knocks out modern technology? How, indeed? Ham radios are, in large measure, the answer to that question, according to officials with the South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club, also known as SPARC.

07/06/2018 01:51 AM
Hammin' It Up On the Airwaves: Amateur Radio Spans Generations, Saves Lives
Look up the origin of the term "ham radio" and you'll find almost as many theories as there are ham operators, everything from people's initials to the inept telegraphers who were referred to as "ham handed," or as one wag put it, "heaps a' money." Ham radio isn't the same as CB (citizens' band radio), which allows communication on a series of public channels with a limited range of about 15 miles. Ham operators are licensed to communicate on various frequencies that aren't available to the public and not limited in reach. Calls to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America are not uncommon. Since 2009, Dave Bratcher has contacted 340 foreign entities worldwide -- not just countries, but also principalities and territories. The best part of being a ham, said Hart, is the camaraderie. Though ham operators are no longer blamed for interfering with radio and television reception like they were in the 1950s, they play a vital role in communications during crisis. "I don't think society today is even aware of us, yet we're their only means of communication if a crisis takes the power grid down," Hart said. "Cell towers depend on electricity, as do computers. We back up our systems with generators, batteries, even solar and wind power." Ham operators were instrumental in getting help to the residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria took out all electrical power.

07/06/2018 01:50 AM
Amateur Radio Operators Band Together with Regular Frequency:
About 50 people in Sarnia-Lambton use a communication device that's more than a century old, is independent of the Internet, and keeps on working even when the power goes out. Amateur radios, also known as ham radios, use many frequency bands across the radio spectrum, allowing users to communication by voice or Morse code. Battery powered ham radios are critical during emergencies when communication lines are down, said Charles Chivers, president of the Lambton County Radio Club. In fact, Sarnia Police have a ham radio to get updates on incidents and hazards, which can then be shared with the public, he said.

07/06/2018 01:49 AM
Scanner Chatter Goes Quiet as Police Agencies Turn to Encryption:
Across the land, the scanners are going dark. Several law enforcement agencies in Virginia have moved recently to encrypt the messages they send over the radio, leaving dead air for listeners of police scanners -- long the source of information for the news media and titillation for thrill-seekers. On Monday, police in Richmond and surrounding Henrico and Chesterfield counties encoded their radio signals. And soon, police and firefighters in Roanoke County and Salem will encrypt radio traffic, both as part of a shift to new technology and as a reflection of trends nationwide. Law enforcement agencies in Nevada, Ohio, Iowa and elsewhere have already encoded channels. Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers struck down a bill that would have banned departments from encrypting radio signals.