05/23/2018 03:54 PM
New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections:
Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin
their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election
ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on
May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition
during the spring election cycle.
05/23/2018 03:53 PM
Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF:
China's Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released
some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be
launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and
CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will have HF
05/23/2018 02:19 AM
Ham Talk Live #116 -- AmateurRadio.com:
Thursday (5/24) at 9 PM Eastern time at
HamTalkLive.com, Matt Thomas, W1MST, the
managing editor at AmateurRadio.com will take
your questions about his blog and how you can
set up your own ham radio blog!
05/23/2018 02:18 AM
Made-in-RI Satellite Now in Space:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- It's a first for Brown University and a first for the State of Rhode Island. A satellite was designed and built here in the Ocean State, and it was launched from NASA's Wallop Flight Facility on Monday. On the small satellite are LED lights. These lights will be so bright that they will be able to seen blinking from Earth while the satellite is passing more than 260 miles overhead. They will be as bright as the north star, according to Manav Kohlie, a Brown University student. People will be able to track and look at the data from the satellite on a web site or phone/tablet app, according to Tyler Fox, a Brown University Grad student who led the software team. In addition, EQUISat will broadcast a transmission over Ham radio with its orbital position and data.
05/22/2018 01:54 AM
Ham Kids Build, Learn Tech Skills:
XENIA -- Hamvention kids walked away from the fairgrounds May 18 with their own wireless Tesla speakers and digital clocks -- built with their own hands. The amateur radio convention's Youth Tech area, sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), provided a space for youth ages 9-18 to build their own technology kits. "The idea here is to teach kids skills such as soddering, which has been pretty much lost by recent generations -- kids don't grow up knowing how to do that anymore," Jeff Ullery, Chairman of the Youth Tech Committee, said. "So it teaches them skills on how to soder and at the same time they get to build some kits that teach different principles." Ullery, from Dayton, pointed out a boy working on a wireless Tesla speaker. "Essentially when he's done with it, he can plug it into any audio source such as his phone," he said. "It's a perishable skill that kids are losing today because they don't grow up doing this," Ullery continued. "This is a way to re-instill those skills, because they're still very useful skills."
05/22/2018 01:54 AM
Well-Known Volunteer Lends His Ham Radio Skills to Sumter:
In public, he is known as Harold Lloyd. On the radio waves, his call sign is W4OE. For more than a decade, the Village of Glenbrook resident has donated his knowledge of being a ham radio operator to Sumter County Emergency Management. "I've enjoyed being able to provide a service to the community," Lloyd said. In February, the members of emergency management recognized Lloyd for his work with Skywarn, a program of the National Weather Service in which ham radio operators relay information about severe weather in their particular area. While he is stepping away from working with Skywarn, he will continue to assist emergency management. "He's been our strongest supporter going way back," said David Casto, director of emergency management in Sumter County. "We're proud of him. He's done so much for the county and others, and he's still going strong."
05/21/2018 07:20 PM
ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ (SK):
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester,
Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and
had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years,
starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation
Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse
Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including Advertising).
She met her husband of 31 years, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart
Jahnke, W9JJ, at Headquarters.
05/21/2018 03:08 AM
Air Traffic Control with a Side of Ham Radio: a Recipe for Success:
Someday in the not too distant future, Alex Hunter '18 plans to be sitting in a radar control room, directing airplane traffic between its starting point and ending destination. Before Hunter had even earned his Hesston College degree in Aviation - Air Traffic Control (ATC) on May 13, he'd already moved part way through the process for the next step in an air traffic controller's career path - the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Academy in Oklahoma City. He just needs the paperwork to be approved and a spot to open and he'll be en route to Oklahoma for more ATC training. "I applied to the FAA for the Oklahoma City Academy in July 2017, so it's a long process to get through, but I'm excited I'm this far in the process now and for the day I get my call to go," Hunter said. As one of only 36 FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Air Traffic Control programs in the country -- only about 30 of which are currently active -- and the only one in the state of Kansas, Hesston's program fits a very specific niche for an industry currently in high demand. The other unique point is an option rather than a requirement, but one that several aviation students take part in every year -- amateur radio, or Ham Radio Club. Harder, who is a licensed ham radio operator with an avid interest in contesting, started the club in the mid-2000's, and has been wildly successful - even in the age of cell phones and ever growing technological advances. Each November, the club competes in the School category of the American Radio Relay League November Sweepstakes, the most popular ham radio competition in the country. The club has beat out competition like Stanford, MIT and Harvard over the years, and is currently on a five-year winning streak. "Ham radio uses the same phonetic alphabet as aviation -- A is Alpha, B is Bravo, C is Charlie," said Harder. "It's great practice because we use the phonetic alphabet to give call signs. It can also be very fast. It's like being in a control tower when the planes are all coming in at once. We also have to accurately log each contact on a computer."
05/21/2018 03:06 AM
Pennsylvania Family All About the Ham:
XENIA -- If you're a member of the Latham Family from Greencastle, Penn., operating amateur radio is almost a given. No matter age or gender, it's what you do. "It just seems to be a rite of passage in our family," said patriarch Shannon Latham, also known as KA8JRQ, as he strolled through the merchandise tent during Hamvention 2018 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. It was probably the truest statement of the day. In addition to Shannon, six of seven children all have licenses, including 10-year-old Aaron, better known as KM4LEJ. He's been licensed for two years. "It was fun, playing on the radio, doing what my older sisters did," he said when asked what made him want to obtain a license. "Contacting people in other states and stuff."
05/21/2018 03:05 AM
Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators Measured the Solar Eclipse's Effects:
Astronomers and space fans may have set up lawn chairs outside to watch the eclipse, but Nathaniel Frissell set up his ham radio. As the sky dimmed and daylight turned into an uncanny dusk, the reports started coming in: Communication was dying off over the 20 meter (14 MHz) radio band. Frissell (call sign W2NAF) was one of thousands of hams who set up their radios on the day of the solar eclipse in an effort to measure its effects on the upper atmosphere. They've just release the results of their investigation, which found that the solar eclipse thinned the charged particle-containing part of the upper atmosphere, called the ionosphere. "It's been a really amazing thing to see the entire ham radio community come together and see this through," said Frissell, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research who organized the event. "We have been able to take this really rough piece of physics and science data that wasn't designed for this in the first place and show the eclipse effects in a very clear manner."
05/20/2018 02:48 AM
Civilian, Official Radio Operators Work to Stay Ready in Case of a Disaster
Events happen frequently around the globe that serve as reminders how life as we know it can suddenly change as a result of a catastrophic event. Living in the shadow of an active volcano and near the Cascadia subduction zone has meant many in our community take seriously the advice to be prepared. Conventional communications systems are vulnerable for any number of reasons ranging from physical damage due to a natural disaster to simply being overwhelmed due too many people attempting to use the systems all at once. Maintaining preparedness for the potential collapse of conventional communication systems, the Ferndale Auxiliary Communications Service (Ferndale ACS), along with the Ferndale Police Department (FPD) mobile communications van, Whatcom Unified Emergency Services (WUEM) and a number of other ACS organizations ranging from Point Roberts to Sudden Valley hold what they refer to as a "NET" once a week. NET exercises serve to ensure radio channels and equipment expected to be used in the event of a disaster are functional and the operators are familiar with the process. Many of the NET participants are civilian amateur radio operators readying themselves to be available in case of an event that required emergency radio communication support.
05/20/2018 02:47 AM
Sheriff: Xenia, County, State Provide 'Road Grindings' for Hamvention:
Crews have been working to prepare for rainy weather at the Greene County Fairgrounds, where thousands of people are expected at Dayton Hamvention. The weekend convention for amateur radio enthusiasts, previously held at Hara Arena before its closure in 2016, has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association since 1952.
05/20/2018 02:47 AM
Hyderabad Radio Ham Receives World Recognition:
Hyderabad: Ashhar Farhan, founder of Lamakaan and a long-time radio ham, is in elite company after being recognized for popularising the open-source Bit-X semi-kits, thus opening up the world to more hams in a much more affordable way. On Friday, the international magazine CQ Amateur Radio inducted Farhan along with 11 others to its 2018 Hall of Fame, with Farhan being the only living Indian on the list. The other Indian name was Kalpana Chawla, the NASA astronaut killed in 2003. Apart from Chawla, Farhan shares space in the Hall of Fame with prominent personalities such as Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, NASA astronaut David Brown, cybersecurity expert Mark Pecen and World War II photographer Ed Westcott.
05/20/2018 02:45 AM
Andy Blank, N2NT, Tom Wagner, N1MM, Inducted into CQ Contest Hall of Fame:
(Xenia, OH - May 19, 2018) - CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ Contesting Editor David Siddall, K3ZJ, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton contest dinner on May 19.
05/19/2018 02:31 AM
'Hams' Hail from Around the Globe:
Traveling from across the country and around the world, thousands of amateur radio operators or "hams" braved the rain at the Greene County Fairgrounds May 18 for the first day of Hamvention. Men and women and children of all ages checked out merchandise at the flea market, attended forums on emergency communications, and visited hundreds of exhibits scattered throughout the grounds. Hamvention continues through Sunday, May 20.
05/19/2018 02:31 AM
Hamvention 2018: International Event Boosts Local Economy;
Tens of thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts from across the nation and the world will converge on Xenia and the Greene County Fairgrounds this weekend for Dayton Hamvention 2018. This is the second year for the fairgrounds to be the site of the annual event, which opens Friday morning and runs through Sunday. Amateur radio can be a vital communication tool in the event of a natural disaster. Operators proved to be invaluable in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, where the American Radio Relay League sent 50 operators to assist, Cramer said. "Our theme this year is based upon working within the community \& because of all the natural events that were taking place," Cramer said. "When you have any type of terrible thing going on, cell phones go down, all communication goes down, and radio is one way of making sure that communication gets taken care of."
05/19/2018 02:30 AM
Women are In Radio, Too:
XENIA -- Ham radio isn't just for men. And the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) will tell you just that. "This organization provides a network and support in a hobby that has been dominated by men," Anne Manna, WB1ARU, from Massachusetts, said. Manna is the secretary of the YLRL. The YLRL was founded in 1939 and, as Manna says, supports women in amateur radio around the world. "Women are getting involved in all aspects of the field -- technology, robotics, digital media, building, friendships, contests -- just like the men," she said. "We have girls as young as 9-10 and as old as 100."
05/19/2018 02:29 AM
Two Space Probes Will Look Into the Sun Closer than Ever:
NASA and the Europen Space Agency (ESA) will launch two vehicles - Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter to study the sun at the closest distance than any other space vehicle before it. This study will permit a better comprehension of the way in which the earth deals with the sun´s radiation, however, it will also help understand the way in which the sun´s energy triggers space weather events. The main objective of this project is to better understand the sun´s processes and how it affects space and our planet, including space technology, so as to predict future sun activity.
05/19/2018 01:02 AM
Foundations of Amateur Radio #154:
With computers becoming more and more
ensconced within the confines of our radio
shack the variety of information available is
increasing regularly. The introduction of a
waterfall display has dramatically simplified
the process of detecting what the activity
level is on a particular band.
05/19/2018 01:01 AM
KH7U, and K1LZ/LZ1SA, Inducted into CQ DX Hall of Fame:
(Xenia, OH - May 18, 2018) - CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton DX dinner on May 18.
05/18/2018 05:58 PM
Announcing: 2018 Inductees, CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame:
(Xenia, Ohio - May 18, 2018) - The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has 11 new members for 2018, CQ magazine announced today. This brings to 321 the total number of members inducted since the hall's establishment in 2001.
05/18/2018 05:50 PM
Propagation Forecast Bulletin #20 de K7RA:
Weak solar activity continues, with sunspots returning on May 4-14,
then gone again. From the previous seven days May 3-9, average daily
sunspot number declined from 14.6 to 6.4 while average daily solar
flux increased from 68.3 to 70.2. Earlier in the week geomagnetic indicators showed unrest from a
solar wind stream. Average daily planetary A index declined to 8.4
in this recent reporting week compared to 15.1 over the previous
seven days. Mid-latitude A index declined from 11.7 to 9.
05/18/2018 02:56 AM
Hamvention Brings Thousands of Ham Radio Enthusiasts to the Miami Valley:
GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Hamvention brings thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts to the Miami Valley each year, and it's set to kick off for 2018 on Friday. Every year, more than 30,000 people come to town for the event, which found it's new home at the Greene County Fairgrounds after previously being at Hara Arena.
05/18/2018 02:55 AM
Convention Highlights Community Service:
XENIA -- The world's largest amateur radio operator gathering is embracing the theme "serving the community" this year. Hamvention takes place at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 for the second year. Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially during emergencies. "During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the West, amateur radio operators were once again called upon to provide emergency communication assistance when regular services failed or were overtaxed," Cramer said in a release. The event this year will feature forums on emergency communication and public service operations. A special spot will display amateur radio emergency communication vehicles : including trailers, vans, trucks and more.
05/18/2018 02:54 AM
Electronics Still Thrives as a Hobby:
Though the tools and components have changed radically since its hobbyist beginnings, the fascination and passion for electronics remains if the Maker Faire can serve as a judge. Electronics has been a hobby for as long as electronics has existed. It started with radio in the early 1900s, and has continued to this day. Audio was a big focus in the 50s and 60s, but hobbyists turned to micros, computer kits, and PCs in the 70s and 80s. That interest in micros continues to this day. I definitely "are" one, as they say. I started out in my early teens with radios, taking them apart and learning about shortwave listening and ham radio with my Dad's Hallicrafters S38B radio. I got my ham license soon after, and have been involved with that hobby up to the present. I'm a ham extra class, W5LEF. In the 1970s, I worked for Heathkit and was involved in developing the Heath computer kits. I still play around with electronics and have my own workbench with multiple radios, scope, power supplies, breadboards, etc., to try out circuits and equipment. It's still fun for me. I suppose that makes me somewhat of a geek. Whatever.
05/17/2018 05:56 PM
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #21:
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
W1UE, 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.
05/17/2018 05:23 PM
Radio Parity Act Language Inserted In National Defense Authorization Act:
ARRL has praised the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT/2),
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO/4), and Mike Rogers (R-AL/3) for their successful
efforts in securing language in the FY 2019 National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) that asks the FCC to grant radio amateurs
living in restricted communities the right to install effective outdoor
antennas. Text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) formed the
basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.
05/17/2018 05:22 PM
FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes:
Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent
FT8 digital protocol has hams on the air. The mode has caught on so
quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at
the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by
Logbook of The World (LoTW) data, more than 2.3 million FT8 contacts
were uploaded in 1 month -- a net gain of 1.2 million contacts on all
modes over the same month last year, ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm
Fusaro, W3IZ, said. Over the same period, activity in some of the other
modes has declined.
05/17/2018 05:22 PM
Hamvention To Use AM Radio Station to Communicate with Inbound Traffic:
To avoid the first-day traffic tangles of its 2017 debut in Xenia,
Ohio, Hamvention 2018 will utilize a low-power Information Radio
Station on 1620 kHz AM to get out the word on traffic, parking, and
event details to visitors as they approach the city. The town is
bracing to host an influx of some 25,000 Amateur Radio operators,
exhibitors, and the curious, nearly doubling Xenia's population while
the event is under way, May 19 - 21. Hamvention sponsor, the Dayton
Amateur Radio Association (DARA) is hoping things will go more smoothly
05/17/2018 05:21 PM
The Doctor Will See You Now!
"RF Loss" is the topic of the current (May 10) episode of the "ARRL The
Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!
05/17/2018 05:20 PM
ARRL To Show Off Ham Radio at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018:
With support from member volunteers, ARRL will put Amateur Radio on
display for visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 -- the giant, annual airshow July
23 - 29 in Wisconsin, organized by the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA). The event attracted more than
10,000 aircraft and nearly 600,000 visitors in 2017 to enjoy aerobatics
displays, informative programs, hands-on workshops, and diverse
aircraft spanning all eras of flight.
05/17/2018 05:20 PM
Space Station Digital Amateur TV Signal Not Being Seen On the Ground:
The signal from the digital amateur television (DATV) transmitter
aboard the International Space Station (ISS) cannot be detected on the
ground, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has reported. The unit indicates that it is
functioning. So far, ARISS has not been able to pin down the problem.
05/17/2018 05:19 PM
Informal Nets Being Maintained In Wake of Volcanic Eruptions In Hawaii:
Two informal informational nets remain open on the island of Hawaii
("The Big Island") in the wake of recent and ongoing volcanic eruptions
and seismic activity, Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clement
Jung, KH7HO, reports. No formal traffic has been passed, but
frequencies are being monitored.
05/17/2018 05:17 PM
National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC Will Be On the Air for Station Test:
WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the
National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will be on the air for the
annual station test on Saturday, May 26, 1300 until 2100 UTC. This will
be the station's 38th year of public service at the NHC. The purpose of
the annual event is to test Amateur Radio station equipment, antennas,
and computers in advance of the Atlantic Hurricane season -- June 1
through November 30.
05/17/2018 05:17 PM
Maritime Radio Historical Society's Museum Station K6KPH is Back:
Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) Amateur Radio station K6KPH is
back on the air after a brief hiatus, although still at a minimal level
at this point. K6KPH, intended as a tribute to KPH, the "wireless giant
of the Pacific," relays the W1AW Field Day Bulletin, and W1AW Morse
code practice qualifying runs for west coast amateurs.
05/16/2018 02:35 PM
U.S.S. Colorado Battleship BB-45 Memorial Station, AB0BX:
U.S.S. COLORADO BATTLESHIP BB-45 MEMORIAL station, AB0BX, will be activated for the first time for the Museum Ships on the Air Weekend, June 2nd - June 3rd, 2018. The University of Colorado's University Memorial Center (UMC Boulder campus), will be used as it houses the Veteran's Lounge that features a room dedicated to the U.S.S. Colorado's BB-45 ship artifacts. These include the ship wheel, blow horn, ship bells, uniforms, manuals, the ship's Stars and Stripes flag, several photos of the U.S.S. Colorado BB-45, and a beautiful glass wall dedicated to listing those lost on the ship in battle during WWII.
05/16/2018 02:28 PM
John Dorr, K1AR, Named Director of CQ World Wide DX Contest:
(Hicksville, NY) May 14, 2018 - Former CQ magazine Contesting Editor, CQ Contest Hall of Famer and longtime CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee member John Dorr, K1AR, has been named Director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest, CQ magazine Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, announced today. John succeeds Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who has been CQWW Director for the past two years, and who has stepped down for personal reasons. The CQWW DX Contest is amateur radio's most popular contest and may be the world's largest competitive sporting event in terms of numbers of participants.
05/16/2018 02:21 AM
Connecting for Fun, Connecting to Help:
When I was a little girl my father had this old, metal box. The front of it had maybe 10 dial knobs and this tiny screen that eased a needle around in a semicircle. He would pull the box out on clear nights, when we could see every star in the sky. Sitting outside, the backyard illuminated only by the light of the moon, he would pull a small microphone to him. With a single click, audible to only me and him, he would then transmit his voice out into the world. Back then, I always imagined that his voice was stretching across oceans. That someone in another country could hear him. That his voice, with this little metal box, was heard across galaxies, that someone, somewhere was given hope because of the same voice that had always read me bedtime stories. And that's exactly what he used to do. He would transmit bedtime stories through a little, old, metal box, at the edge of a backyard in Texas. I never knew for sure, and I still don't, if anyone was actually listening. But I was. I always listened.
05/16/2018 02:21 AM
Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club: More than Just a Hobby:
Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) -- If you find electronics interesting, you may be a good fit for the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club. "This is W4EGM," Gordon Mooneyhan broadcast over his radio. "It's a hobby I love," he said. "I love being able to tune in the world and hear everything." Mooneyhan's radio interest started when he was young. So did James Grant's. "I had a cousin that did it, and I used to sneak into his room to see all the radios and all the things he had," said Grant. They're both members of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club. Amateur radio operators don't just have interesting conversations, they're an important resource during disasters. They assist at Emergency Operation Centers, ready with radios. "You know the old saying is, what we have when all else fails - amateur radio," said Grant. "So if something catastrophic happens and everything else is gone, we're still there with our equipment and we can talk."
05/16/2018 02:20 AM
Telegraph Club Celebrates Morse's Birthday in the Dells:
The Milwaukee-Madison chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club celebrated the 227birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, on April 27, at Spring Brook Golf Club in the Dells. The non-profit organization is an international club dedicated to preserving the knowledge and traditions of Morse code -- a system of sending messages that uses long and short sounds, flashes of light, or marks to represent letters and numbers, according to Merriam-Webster. Most, but not all, the club members are self-described "old-timers" who used Morse code on-the-job while employed as telegraphers for railroad companies, or in other positions that utilized Morse code. Membership to the Morse Telegraph Club was originally open only to the railroad and telegraph communities. Nowadays, the club is open to anyone with an interest in the telegraph. The club is; however, making a concentrated effort to keep telegraphy alive by recruiting new members from amateur radio clubs -- better known as ham radio clubs -- since the members believe the history of the telegraph is important.
05/16/2018 02:19 AM
ARES and Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Co. to Partner:
Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service signed a memorandum of understanding with Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Station 70 April 28. The memorandum formalized a framework of cooperation and a close working relationship between the two organizations. Under the agreement signed by Bethany Beach Fire Chief Brian Martin; Bethany Beach Assistant Chief of EMS Division Phillip Brackin; Sussex County ARES Emergency Coordinator Chuck Betyeman, W3DEL; and American Radio Relay League Delaware Section Manager Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH; ARES amateur radio operators will provide communications support to Station 70 in times of disasters and emergencies, and in public service-related situations.
05/16/2018 02:19 AM
Cariboo Chilcotin Radio Society to Upgrade Equipment Thanks to Rotary Grant
Money to go towards upgrading radio repeaters on Vedan Mountain, Mount Timothy and Puntzi Mountain. Smialowski, known over the radio by his callsign, VE7SML, is president of the Cariboo Chilcotin Amateur Radio Society (CCARS), and was calling a friend in 108 Mile Ranch as part of an amateur radio demonstration to the Daybreak Rotary Club. Smialowski is using a network of 13 radio repeaters and transmitters that stretches from Anahim and Tatla Lake, through Puntzi, east to Potato Mountain and south through Mount Timothy and Lime Mountain near Clinton to contact his friend. Anyone listening in on the network could pick up on the call. CCARS incorporated in 2015. The network allows amateur radio operators to patch in their location, call out to anyone else on the network, and, if circumstances merited it, connect and extend their network north and south, even sending an e-mail via a series of connections to the U.S. The operators have the ability to turn on connections across the province, and via digital connections can call any system around the world -- as Smialowski did just for fun in a demonstration, reaching an operator in London. They can also be used in a pinch to send e-mails, as the radio connection can be beamed to Seattle or even farther where it can be turned into an e-mail.
05/15/2018 03:02 AM
What Happens After Launch: Two NASA Educational CubeSats:
A small group of students recently got to experience a rare, spaceflight thrill: seeing if the tiny satellite, called a CubeSat, they designed and built not only survived a rock A small group of students recently got to experience a rare, spaceflight thrill: seeing if the tiny satellite, called a CubeSat, they designed and built not only survived a rocket launch to space but also successfully gathered and transmitted data once on orbit. The educational CubeSat missions were selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative as part of the 14th installment of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) missions. The ELaNa XIV mission was an auxiliary payload on the Nov. 18, 2017, launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite (now NOAA-20), a collaborative effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA.
05/15/2018 03:01 AM
Dark Sky Exercise Prepares for Long-Term Power Outage:
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- A statewide simulation of a massive power outage is due to take place Tuesday through Thursday, but don't worry, your lights will be staying on. As we first reported a few weeks ago, agencies across the state will train in the event cyber hackers shut down the power grid. The National Guard is leading the training exercise known as Dark Sky, and more than 1,000 from agencies across the state and even federal agencies will take part. When there's no way of communicating, there's a Mobile Response Unit for all the agencies to have a chance to communicate with each other, using amateur radio. "We have some public service radios on this end, so we will share the trailer with professionals with (Wisconsin) Public Service, emergency management. We have amateur radios on this end. We have a dual band VHF-UHF radio for pretty much local, another one for local," said Stan Piekarczyk, Wisconsin AIRES/RACES East Central District emergency coordinator for amateur radio.
05/14/2018 09:27 PM
Ham Talk Live #115 -- Hamvention Prep:
Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern, we will be
LIVE from the SpringHill Suites in Miamisburg
(Dayton, Ohio) getting YOU ready for
05/14/2018 02:35 PM
Leo Laporte, the Tech Guy Interviews Bob Heil, K9EID:
Leo Laporte W6TWT, the Tech Guy interviews Bob Heil, K9EID about the Ham Nation Pine Board Project on Leo's Saturday video podcast and simulcast on the Premier Radio network to over 160 radio stations. The interview brings the activities of Amateur Radio to over five hundred thousand people.
05/14/2018 03:19 AM
2×1 Calls for Norwegian Clubs:
The Norsk Radio Relae Liga, RSGB's counterpart in Norway, has been given the responsibility to issue new 2×1 contest call signs to that nation's amateur community.
05/14/2018 03:18 AM
Radio Enthusiasts Host 'Hamfest':
It's a fun hobby -- and a way to communicate in an emergency. Amateur radio enthusiasts gathered Saturday at the East Greenbush Fire Department for the 15th annual Hamfest.
05/13/2018 08:31 PM
2017 CQWW CW Contest Scoring Change:
A change in scoring methodology for duplicate contacts (dupes) in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored. After considerable discussion and debate among members of the CQWW Contest Committee and consultation with CQ management, it has been decided to restore the original scoring methodology and to rescore all CW logs for 2017.
05/13/2018 03:09 AM
Wood Islands, P.E.I., Speaks to the World on May 18:
WOOD ISLANDS, P.E.i. -- Members of the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group (hams) will set up a number of radios and antennas at the Wood Islands lighthouse on May 18. This endeavour is referred to as a lighthouse activation with the purpose of making contacts to hams around the world who have an interest in "collecting" lighthouses, especially those in rare locations such as P.E.I.
05/13/2018 03:08 AM
Rainsville PD Working on First Mobile Command Post for DeKalb County:
RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -- Keeping you protected in DeKalb County. That's what the Rainsville Police Department says they intend to do with an old armored truck that was donated to them by Brink's security services in Huntsville. "We're going to use it for multiple things. It's gonna be you know, an emergency vehicle, obviously. It''ll be for active shooter or in the event of a tornado or something of that nature. That we can through debris, we can move debris out of the roadway. It'll also act as a mobile command post. It's gonna have different radio systems in it, where we can communicate UHF, VHF, even ham radio," said Smith.
05/12/2018 03:03 AM
Nick's Wizardry Sends Signals Across Europe:
THE upstairs man-cave at Nick Peckett's Woodland home is a jungle of electronics. From this little room the amateur radio operator is in contact with people across the globe, forever upgrading equipment and finding new ways to bounce signals, increase their strength and reach further afield. Talking to him it is clear his enthusiasm hasn't waned since he earned his ham radio operator's licence some 40 years ago, in 1978. His interest began when he started as a radio and television engineer apprentice in the early 1960s, leading on to a varied career that included setting up Afghanistan's first mobile telephone system (during the days when the Taliban were in control, being part of the early development of advanced x-ray imagining and installing moving-map radar on Harrier jump-jets. He explains: "It was ground breaking stuff at the time. It used gyros and radar beacons to find out where it was." Mr Peckett was also instrumental in bringing television signals to countless farms and far flung villages in upper Weardale, earning himself quite a reputation among locals. Now from his radio room in Teesdale he monitors ultra high frequency (UHF), very high frequency (VHF), super high frequency (SHF) and microwave signals. He explains that UHF has a range of only a few hundred kilometres but through the use of clever software he can track the flight of commercial aeroplanes, bounce the signal off them and connect with people in southern Sweden. The connection is fleeting -- maybe only 30 seconds -- but it is enough to record who he is communicating with, where they are and the signal strength. The software called AirScout, he says with pride, was built by amateurs for amateurs. Mr Peckett goes on: "Without a plane you could not make contact -- you wouldn't hear a thing." He explains that while voice and morse code are still used, much of the communication nowadays is done digitally. He adds: "Digital has rejuvenated amateur radio, we were in the doldrums. Digital communication has transformed what we can do, although voice is still important."
05/12/2018 03:02 AM
No Phones, Internet, A/C How Prepared Are We for a Major Power Grid Attack?
Imagine the life we know gone dark. For weeks, maybe months. Dark as in loss of power. No cell phones, ATMs, traffic lights, heating or cooling. About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid -- a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark -- is struck by a cyber or physical attack, a 2015 USA TODAY analysis of federal energy records found. We're about to get a taste of that Tuesday through Thursday. Dark Sky : a mock disaster scenario of mass power outage proportion -- will bring together the National Guard, local law enforcement and communications and emergency management personnel to pose the question: "What if?" Ham radio operators would serve key roles during a major power grid knockdown, said Joe Scheibinger, head of Fond du Lac's 60-member Amateur Radio Club. Each summer operators gather for a field day to test their mettle when it comes to emergency response. "We can operate with solar and gas generators," Scheibinger said. "One mobile unit could work voice on a single side band (one or two frequency radio bands), another could operate Morse code, and another digital communication," he said. "Obviously, we would be the first in line, offering our services to police."
05/12/2018 03:00 AM
Amateurlogic 117 is Released!
How would you describe a particular artifact in someone's transmit audio so they understand what you are hearing? In Sounds of the Studio, we listen to some common audio problems and effects to see what everyone calls them.
05/12/2018 03:00 AM
VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 13 May 2018:
In this broadcast:
It's HISTORY week -- and we head back to
1974, and before.
To warm you up for your trip to the 2018
Gold Coast WIA extravaganza, Onno brings
you a wrap of "WIA Convention number 37"
Bob discusses "A funny thing happened in
the shack the other night"
I'm shaking up a can of magic LPS spray
We have news of the Limited AOCP
...and to end history off, a round the
world yacht race.
05/11/2018 03:18 PM
Three CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS:
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that
three CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads, including one with a
V/U linear transponder, were deployed from the International Space
Station (ISS) on May 11 at around 1030 UTC.
05/11/2018 03:15 PM
Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act:
ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT),
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful
efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth
of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an
outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their
homeowners associations. This language - text from the proposed
Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) - formed the basis for the
Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.
05/11/2018 03:29 AM
Aiming High: Allen Park Students are Preparing to Talk with Astronauts:
When fifth-grade teacher Courtney L. Black has her students lined up, she claps her hands three times. "Dream big," she calls out. "Dream bigger," the students reply in unison. "Aim high," she says. "Aim higher," they reply. Then just one, punctuated word in perfect unison: "Space!" "They added that part," she says. All spring, students at Allen Park Elementary School in Fort Myers have been preparing for a space odyssey. Thanks to Black's love of space, CenturyLink and a group of local amateur radio enthusiasts, a select group of students will talk directly to astronauts on the International Space Station via ham radio this fall as the station passes more than a million feet above the school. Allen Park is the first in Lee County and one of 14 chosen nationwide for this year's Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program, Black says.
05/11/2018 03:27 AM
2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest:
The 2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place the second full weekend of July, that is the weekend of 14 and 15 July 2018, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday 14th July and ending 1200 UTC Sunday 15th July. Both Single and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period. All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate in this contest. The objective of this contest is to contact as many other amateurs as possible, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Multipliers are the total number of ITU zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). Thus, your Society's HQ stations participation is very important for the multipliers. Last year, we had 11 societies participated in the contest from Region 3, and I hope to hear/work more HQ stations from our region this year.