01/17/2018 12:13 PM
Western Nevada College Offering Class to Certify Ham Radio Technicians:
If you work or play in the backcountry or are involved in emergency communications, you may want to take a new class offered through Western Nevada College Community Education. Starting Jan. 31, an 11-session class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Instructor Jeff Cauhape, of K7BCV, will lead students through the ARRL licensing manual with hands-on activities. The text is ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, third edition, and is available through amazon.com. There is no Morse code requirement, no electrical engineering experience, or higher math involved in the class. Additionally, students have the chance to walk away from the class with their Technician's Class license. For the final session, students can take their licensing exam in lieu of a final.
01/16/2018 07:12 PM
William Paterson Students Visit Vieques, Forge Radio Partnership:
WAYNE -- More than 1,600 miles may separate Wayne from the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques, but for one group of college students, its people will remain close to their hearts despite the ocean between them. Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria touched down, battering the secluded island and knocking out its only radio station, nine communications students from William Paterson University traveled to Vieques this month for a weeklong humanitarian mission. The students, including members of the college radio station's staff, donated equipment and expertise, and lent a helping hand to the island's ongoing efforts to rebuild. "Flying in, what stood out was all the blue FEMA tarps serving as makeshift roofs," said student Aziza McGill Ayinde. "Where there were once houses, you saw tents and a foundation." Vieques, located off Puerto Rico's southeast coast, became internationally known in 2003 when a series of protests led to the decommissioning of a U.S. Navy base that had used much of the island as a bombing test site since the 1940s. As part of the mission, William Paterson students gifted Radio Vieques' cadre of volunteers with a new computer and ham radio training to help maintain communication should the station go dark again.
01/16/2018 10:06 AM
Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (SK):
Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE
(ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life
Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular
presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.
01/16/2018 10:05 AM
Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92
Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first
stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited
and hurtled AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites
onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less
than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 series
imaging satellite for the Indian government, separated from the
launcher's fourth stage, followed by other satellites on the
mission. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all
nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit.
01/15/2018 07:08 PM
Ham Radio Operators Display Emergency Capabilities During Winter Field Day:
Whether it's winter storms, tornadoes, even fires -- 'ham radio' operators can provide critical communication during an emergency. And later this month, local operators will practice their skills during a two-day nationwide deployment called 'Winter Field Day.' Warrick County ham radio operators will join with thousands of amateur radio operators nationwide, who will be showing off their emergency capabilities on January 27 and 28. During the last few months, ham radio operators in towns across America have provided critical communications during unexpected emergencies -- including the California wildfires, winter storms and tornadoes, as well as other worldwide events. During Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Amateur Radio, often called 'ham radio,' was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer 'hams' traveled south to save lives and property. When disaster happens, Amateur Radio enthusiasts are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.
01/15/2018 07:07 PM
Amazing 3D-Printed Radio Works, Despite Having No Battery or Outlet Plug:
Did you know you can build your very own working 3D-printed radio -- without any soldering, electronics experience, electric cord, or even batteries? That's exactly what talented Houston, Texas-based 3D-printing and electronics enthusiast Sage Hansen has created. And he's willing to show you how to do it, too. Called a crystal radio receiver, or sometimes a "cat's whisker receiver," this is an incredibly simple type of radio receiver that was popular in the earliest days of radio. The only power it requires to work is the received radio signal, which is used to produce sound. It is named after its most important component, the crystal detector or diode.
01/14/2018 07:00 PM
RSGB Band Plans Updated:
The 2018 RSGB Band Plans can be found in the forthcoming February edition of RadCom, due to arrive with Members this week, and online. These incorporate changes from the 2017 IARU Region 1 Conference, along with UK usage changes. The main changes are in the 5MHz HF band, and the 50, 144 and 430MHz VHF/UHF bands.
01/14/2018 07:00 PM
WIA: The Future of Amateur Radio Update:
A key part of how we operate is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Licence Conditions Determinations (LCD), which is to be reviewed later this year. The ACMA is expected to issue a discussion paper and make a public call for submissions.The WIA Board has received some inquiries about its LCD submission following the three consultation surveys in June 2017. There were more than 1100 respondents from the Amateur Radio community. The first survey showed that future Amateur Radio licencing must not be less than what is in the current apparatus licencing. Respondents wanted to see reduced regulation and greater self-determination. In relation to permitted power levels -- it must be reviewed in a sensible, pragmatic way for all licence levels taking into account personal safety and electromagnetic emissions.
01/14/2018 07:00 PM
Ham Talk Live #98 -- Building Satellites:
Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Jerry
Buxton, N0JY the vice president for
engineering at AMSAT will be on the show to
talk about the process of building amateur
radio satellites, and the latest on the
newest bird, Fox 1D which just arrived in
space last week! Jerry will take your
01/14/2018 05:26 PM
Live Ham Radio Show Tuesday:
This week KatieAllen WY7YL opens the show
with your shack pictures. If you would
like to see your pictures on the show,
please post to our Facebook group. Martin
Jue and Tom will have a discussion on a
wide range of ham radio subjects,
including antennas, operation,
homebrewing, vintage equipment, and more.
01/13/2018 08:07 PM
Pacific Island Villagers Get Electricity and Water Storage:
A radio amateur from Far North Queensland has achieved a lot for a remote village while on holidays in the Solomon Islands. Shane Lynd VK4KHZ visits the village of Busuone once a year, and has been helping to build a guest house/holiday home and teaching a couple of the locals about amateur radio. Shane VK4KHZ was there for five weeks and taught a couple of the local teenagers who want to become H44 amateur radio operators some basic amateur radio techniques and operating. During openings on 6 metres there was also a keen bunch of local on-lookers with many asking questions such as where is that person? One local in particular, Gibson Laeni, after several days of observing, was confident enough to grab the H44DA microphone and call CQ under supervision. With some further assistance, Gibson could become the first Busuone ham in the future.
01/13/2018 08:06 PM
A Cartoonist's Adventures in Radio:
What in the world is "radio illustration," you ask? Who can listen to images like illustrations and cartoons? Well, it's not quite that simple. The best explanation is looking at it from the perspective of the cartoonist! I began drawing cartoons and funny illustrations when I was a little kid. It was an obsession that has carried on into my adulthood. Radio World asked me to share some of my work and the story behind it. In the early 1970s, when the CB radio craze was rising in popularity, I placed a small classified ad in a trade publication. S-9 Magazine was devoted to citizen band radio enthusiasts across the United States and Canada. With knowledge in the area of CB and an interest in cartooning, I decided to offer to create "custom QSL cards." (As many Radio World readers will know, a QSL is a radio enthusiast's calling card of sorts. They're a postcard-sized with the user's call letters, their preferred channel they hang out at and of course, their "handle." Even radio broadcasters sometimes have them!)
01/12/2018 07:01 PM
Sea Cadets Earn Ham Radio Technician License:
During the Winter break from school, local Sea Cadets of the Capitol Battalion Sea Cadets took the opportunity to earn their Amateur Radio Technician's License. On December 18 through 20, Thurston County District 13 Griffin Fire Station hosted these local Cadets. The class and hands-on practice were provided by Lee Chambers KI7SS, Steve Ward WC7I, and Bruce Montgomery WA7BAM, from the Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS). Following their test on the 20th, the group received a gift of five hand-held VHF/UHF ham radios on Thursday followed by a field trip to Lee's (KI7SS) shack. On Friday, they visited the Thurston County Emergency Operations Center and talked with Emergency Coordinator, Tom Bohon W7BHN. In order for the cadets to receive promotions in the Sea Cadets they have to complete several requirements. One of the requirements is to attend an advanced training for each promotion. These training camps, usually 1-2 weeks long, take place all around the country and cover just about any subject you can think of. But, due to budget changes this year within the federal government, it was unclear if there were going to be any training opportunities within driving distance of Olympia during winter break from school. The unit leadership started looking at training opportunities we could provide locally for our cadets. Ham radio seemed like a good fit on a number of levels, from the opportunity for more community service if they earned ham licenses, to fitting in with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program which would benefit our cadets in virtually any career field they choose to enter after leaving the Sea Cadet program.
01/12/2018 07:01 PM
Ham Radio Operators to Train for Next Disaster:
Amateur radio operators across Georgia will meet Saturday at the state's public safety training center to learn how to best maintain critical emergency communications during a disaster. The Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service's annual meeting will be at the Georgia Public Service Training Center in Forsyth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ham radio operators will update their training based on lessons learned from recent disasters. "Hurricane Irma tested our ability to respond to a major disaster, and we are using what we learned to better prepare our operators should we be called on again," said David Benoist, Georgia section manager for the Amateur Radio Relay League. Disasters such as hurricanes Irma and Maria can take out critical communications infrastructure. Ham operators have the ability to still communicate without telephones or Internet, and ARES operators train specifically to assist emergency management agencies with necessary communications should other means not be available.
01/12/2018 07:00 PM
Do Shortwave 'Numbers Stations' Really Instruct Spies?
OTTAWA, Ontario -- "6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0." Tune across the shortwave bands (above AM/MW), and chances are you will come across a "numbers station." There's no programming to speak of; just a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing seemingly random groups of single digit numbers for minutes on end. Congratulations! You are now officially a spy-catcher, to the extent that you may have tuned into a spy agency's "numbers station" transmitting one-way instructions to their minions worldwide. Numbers stations are unidentified radio broadcasts that consist usually of a mechanical voice "reading out strings of seemingly random numbers," explained Lewis Bush, author of "Shadows of the State" a new history of numbers stations and the spies who run them. "These are sometimes accompanied by music, tones or other sound effects." He said. "There are also related stations broadcasting in Morse Code and digital modes."
01/12/2018 07:00 PM
Amateurlogic Episode 113 is Released:
Peter experiments with infrared remote control. Tommy fiddles with Tinkercad. Emile becomes an amateur weather scientist. George tests a variety of components with an ohmmeter.
01/12/2018 01:48 PM
DogparkSDR Version 1.10 Released:
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.10 of
dogparkSDR has been released. dogparkSDR is the first Native Mac client for the Flex Radio
Systems Signature series SDR Radios.
01/12/2018 01:46 PM
Propagation Forecast Bulletin #02 de K7RA:
Average daily sunspot number was 11.9 over the past reporting week
(January 4-10, 2018) compared to zero (no sunspots) over the
previous seven days. But average daily solar flux declined slightly,
70.4 to 69.9. Average daily planetary A index went from 5.1 to 5.4, and average
mid-latitude A index changed from 3.4 to 4.6.
01/11/2018 07:06 PM
AX Prefix on Australia's National Day:
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) automatically allows all radio amateurs to substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with the letters AX, every Australia Day. Our national day this year falls on Friday 26th of January. This gives radio amateurs the chance to be part of the commemoration the First Fleet's arrival in 1788 at Sydney Gove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur Phillip.
01/11/2018 07:06 PM
The IARU Watches WPT Developments:
Widespread interest continues in Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology, reflecting the considerable concern about its potential to cause radio frequency interference. Studies continue ahead of the World Radiocommunications Conference 2019 with its Agenda item 9.1.6 - Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles. WPT applications are expanding to mobile and portable devices, home appliances and office equipment. The automotive industry looks to it for electric vehicle applications in the near future. Power levels range from milliwatts to hundreds of kilowatts and typical transmission ranges are up about 30 centimetres.
01/11/2018 02:15 PM
CQ White Paper Follow-Up - ARRL: 'We Have Met the Enemy ... and He Is Us':
In our previous white paper on secrecy and censure at the ARRL, we asked "What is the ARRL So Afraid Of?" The answer is becoming disturbingly clear. The League's top leadership appears to be afraid of at least some members of its own board of directors, or to quote cartoonist Walt Kelly's Pogo Possum, "We have met the enemy \& and he is us." Proposed changes to the ARRL's Articles of Association and By-Laws, scheduled to be considered by the board later this month, appear to focus largely on tightening control over who may serve on the board of directors and impose Draconian sanctions on board members and officers who stray from the "party line." We find these proposals worrisome and feel they are inappropriate for a membership organization. Even more disturbing is a statement by the League's CEO that it's improper for the members to have seen these proposed changes before the board has had an opportunity to discuss and vote on them.
01/11/2018 02:07 PM
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #02:
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and
the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
01/11/2018 02:07 PM
Quantum Radio May Offer Twist on Communicating in Problematic Environments:
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that quantum physics might
enable communication and mapping in locations where GPS, cell phones,
and radio are not reliable or don't work at all, such as indoors, in
urban canyons, underwater, and underground. NIST announced
the technology advance on January 2. The technology may have marine,
military, and surveying applications. The NIST team is experimenting
with very-low-frequency (VLF) digitally modulated magnetic signals,
which propagate farther through buildings, water, and soil than
conventional electromagnetic signals at higher frequencies.
01/11/2018 02:06 PM
Radio Amateurs Track Major East Coast Winter Storm:
WX1BOX, the Amateur Radio Station at the
National Weather Service (NWS) office in Taunton, Massachusetts, joined
numerous SKYWARN nets across New England in
activating for an early-January nor'easter that brought significant
coastal flooding, damaging winds -- with hurricane-force wind gusts
downing trees and power lines -- and heavy snow accumulations to the
region. The eastern coast of New England experienced high snowfall
rates, whiteout conditions, and even "thunder snow." A dramatic drop in
barometric pressure generated a so-called "bomb cyclone."
01/11/2018 02:06 PM
Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats
The launch from India of AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat
will take place on January 12 (UTC). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV) flight had to be rescheduled from December 30. AMSAT Vice
President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to
Spaceflight Inc. in Seattle last November for integration.
01/11/2018 02:05 PM
Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio's Social Media Value:
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC)
members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in
early December. Using a variety of the club's analog and digital
Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe
fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information,
often before it was reported by official sources or by local news
media. SBARC operates five communication sites in Santa Barbara County,
including sites on Diablo Peak on the mostly uninhabited Santa Cruz
Island, and on Santa Ynez Peak.
01/11/2018 02:05 PM
DXpedition Leader, Contester, Mentor David Collingham, K3LP, (SK):
Well-known DXpedition leader and contester David Collingham, K3LP, of
Mt. Airy, Maryland, died on January 6 after falling through the ice on
a pond near his home the previous evening while trying to rescue his
stranded dog. An ARRL member, he was 59. Collingham was co-leader, with
Paul Ewing, N6PSE, of the 2016 VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition to South
Sandwich and South Georgia Islands, and he was president of the
01/11/2018 02:05 PM
The Doctor Will See You Now!
"Keeping Cool -- The Importance of Maintaining Proper Equipment
Temperature" is the topic of the latest (January 4) episode of the
"ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.
01/11/2018 02:04 PM
Getting It Right!
In the article "Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Makes Ham Radio Debut with
State's Bicentennial Call Sign," which appeared in the January 4
edition of The ARRL Letter, we got the capital of Alabama incorrect. It
01/10/2018 10:45 AM
Solved? Mystery of Repeating Radio Signals from Deep Space:
Billions of light-years away, short, sharp radio signals ripple through deep space. Lasting only a fraction of a second, most play out alone. Just one of these fast radio bursts has been found to flash again and again: FRB 121102. Now, scientists might have figured out the physical source of this mysterious extragalactic beep. Published in Nature, results show the signals might emanate from a neutron star in an extreme environment of "unprecedented" power. It could be sitting near a massive black hole or in a particularly potent interstellar cloud, or nebula. "Fast radio bursts are short-duration radio flashes that we think originate from very deep in extragalactic space," co-author and associate professor at the University of Amsterdam Jason Hessels, explained to Newsweek. "Only one of the 30 known fast radio burst (FRB) sources is known to repeat: FRB 121102." "Here we see a twisting that is so extreme that it is almost unprecedented for an astronomical source of radio waves," he said. "No other FRB source has shown the extreme "twisting" of the radio waves that FRB 121102 has shown us." This suggests the signals are passing through an incredibly strong magnetic field. Based on observations from our own galaxy, this could mean the source is close to a powerful black hole.
01/10/2018 10:44 AM
Theme for Hamvention 2018:
The theme for Hamvention 2018 is "Amateur Radio...Serving the Community." Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies.
01/09/2018 07:07 PM
Sawnee Amateur Radio Association Uses Ham Radio for Emergencies, Fun:
A local group is able to talk to people on the other side of the world and report emergencies without using a cell phone or the internet. Members of the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association use amateur, or ham, radios for both personal enjoyment and as a source of communication in emergencies, which member Tom McElroy said is a part of a license each operator must obtain from the Federal Communications Commission. "That license says, 'you can have millions of dollars' worth of radio spectrum for your use, however in exchange, in time of need when all else fails, you people had better be able to operate your radios to serve your community," he said. "So we make it fun to serve our community." Jim Farmer, the group's president, said he has met people from across the country and the world through ham radio and it even led him to his career in electrical engineering. "We talk to people in other counties, and that can develop a lot of good will," Farmer said. "One day \& in ten minutes, I talked to people in three different countries. So, that kind of thing fosters good will, and people in different countries will collaborate on different projects." The group holds monthly meetings at Northside Hospital Forsyth and issues an emergency drill on their radios each week.
01/09/2018 07:07 PM
Newly Purchased County Equipment Set to Enhance Local Ham Radio Efforts:
For Demotte native Mike Swiader, ham radio plays a valuable if not-to-well known role. "We are the center of communications for everyone," Swiader said. Swiader is one of the founding members of the Amateurs Radio Association of Newton County Indiana, established in the spring of 2017. As such, he was an advocate of the purchase of two digital repeaters, which was approved by the Newton County Commissioners at their December 18 meeting. Swiader said the order for the equipment was completed on January 4, at a cost of approximately $24,000. He is hopeful they will be installed at the county radio tower, located near the Newton County Landfill, within the next couple of months. Although Newton County will own the equipment, it will be leased to the ARANC. "It helps the ham radio community help Newton and nearby counties in the event of a natural or man-made disaster," Swiader said.
01/09/2018 12:33 PM
Kids Get a Handle on Ham Radio:
A "Beeeep beep beeeep, beep, beeeep beep" was heard at the Marian O. Lawrence library in Saturday, as nine-year old Kenneth Leidenfrost, with an intent and concentrated look on his face, went down the list of letters he had carefully written out. "Beeeep beep", he transmitted with the small rectangular telegraph key, as he spelled out his name in Morse code. Veteran Ham radio operator Ron Russell, of Lodi, kept a watchful eye on his young student. Prior to the Morse code lesson, Kenneth had just finished his first ever conversation over a Ham radio during Kids' Day. The event provided children the opportunity to learn first-hand about the amateur radios, which has been in use since the late 19th century. A group of members from nearby Ham radio clubs provided their equipment for free for this unique day of learning for the younger generation. For Russell it was a way of paying it forward, as he too was taught the skills of the amateur radio at an early age in the 1950s. "There was a tremendous interest in those days. I pursued it and got into it. Older people served as mentors and passed it on to younger generations, kind of what we're doing today. "
01/09/2018 10:28 AM
Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats
The launch of AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat will take place from India on
January 12 (UTC). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight
had to be rescheduled from December 30. AMSAT Vice-President
Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to Spaceflight Inc
in Seattle last November for integration.
01/09/2018 10:28 AM
FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60 Meters:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho,
Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise
(COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent
months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the
60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable
communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use
during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication
infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.
01/09/2018 10:27 AM
NCVEC Releases New Technician License Question Pool into the Public Domain:
The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC)
has announced the release of the 2018-2022 Amateur Radio Element 2
Technician class license question pool into the public domain. Each
question pool must be published and made available to the public
prior to its use as a question set, from which individual
examinations are developed.
01/08/2018 07:04 PM
Disaster Management Dept Calendar to Feature Photo of Young Ham:
Kolkata: The achievements of a young ham in the field of disaster management has received the acknowledgment of the state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department. A page of the calendar of the department this year comes with the picture of young ham Saborni Nag Biswas, who is one of the youngest amateur radio enthusiasts in the country. Saborni has been a regular in the Gangasagar Mela for the last few years, working with a team of ham radio operators in close coordination with the state Disaster Management department and the district administration. This will be her fourth appearance in the mela.
01/08/2018 07:03 PM
Frederick County Man (K3LP) Dies After Falling Through Ice Near Libertytown
A Frederick County man died Friday after attempting to rescue his family's dog, which had wandered onto a frozen pond outside his home near Libertytown. David Collingham, 59, was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital after spending more than an hour submerged in water under the ice, according to Tom Coe, deputy chief with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. As the owner of International Quality Registrars Corporation -- an accreditation company based in Frederick -- Collingham was well-known in the community. But he was also a titan in the world of amateur radio, where he went by the call sign K3LP. In his more than 40 years as a ham radio operator, Collingham befriended hundreds of people around the world and led dozens of expeditions to promote amateur radio in hard-to-reach countries, said Paul Ewing, a friend from San Jose, California. "There are several hundred thousand amateur radio operators worldwide, and I would venture to say that most knew of David and knew of his activities," Ewing said. "A ham radio friend in Thailand called me early yesterday morning and asked if I heard the news -- that's how far the word had spread. It's a shock and just a deep loss, that this pillar, this giant, is gone."
01/07/2018 07:01 PM
Ham Radio Kids Day Scheduled in Berkeley Heights:
NPARC The Amateur Radio Club for the Watchung Hills Area In cooperation with the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission and the New Providence Recreation Department presents "Ham Radio KIDS DAY" on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Berkeley Heights Community Center, 29 Park Avenue between 2 and 5 p.m. This is a chance for kids of all ages to operate a Ham Radio Station and speak with other kids from all over the USA and Canada, and possibly from all over the world! No experience required. Just show up at any time in the afternoon.
01/07/2018 07:00 PM
AMSAT Fox-1D Launch Scheduled for January 12, 2018 (03:58 UTC):
AMSAT's next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is
scheduled for launch on January 12, 2018
at 03:58 UTC (Thursday, January 11th at
10:58 PM EST) from Satish Dhawan Space
Centre in Sriharikota, India. Fox-1D will
launch as part of the PSLV-C40 mission on
board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
with Cartosat-2F, an imaging satellite for
the Indian government, and 29 other
01/07/2018 07:00 PM
Ham Talk Live #97 -- WRTC 2018:
Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern on Ham Talk
Live! Doug Grant, K1DG takes your questions
about the World Radiosport Team
Championships! WRTC 2018 is just around the
corner in Germany, and the teams are already
preparing. Doug is a past winner and chairman
of the event, and will be participating this
01/07/2018 02:32 PM
What's the Buzz? Ham Radio Fans Fine-Tune Skills at Brookville Conference:
For ham radio enthusiasts gathered at a conference Saturday in Brookville, it was clear that their calling is a passion. About 300 fans attended the annual Ham Radio University conference at LIU Post in Brookville, participating in more than 30 educational forums and hands-on workshops -- from building their first amateur radio stations to creating their own ham antennas and honing their skills, organizers said.
01/07/2018 02:32 PM
Amateur Radio Roundtable: Hamvention 2018 Breaking News:
This week Hamvention officers announce
breaking news update, Riley Hollingsworth,
retired FCC begins his regular segment
called Ask-Riley where he answers your FCC
questions, And Emmett Hohensee III W0QH,
chief engineer of RadioWavz, talks
antennas. Join Katie, Martin Jue, and me
and our guests for a great ham radio
discussion. Phone lines and chat room will
be open for your comments and
01/06/2018 07:23 PM
ACMA Five Year Spectrum Outlook:
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in its forward planning has a Five Year Outlook mapping out the spectrum priorities. It gives all stakeholders, including the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), an opportunity to input into the ACMA spectrum management work program. The WIA consulted the entire Amateur Radio community in five consultations in 2017. The WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee is assisted greatly by the survey results to produce an evidence-based view that represents the Amateur Community in Australia.
01/06/2018 07:22 PM
EME to Feature on BBC2 Show:
In 2017, a team led by Noel, G8GTZ and Brian, G4NNS made several visits to Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to use the 32m GHY6 dish for 3.4GHz and 5.6GHz EME operation. During one of the visits, Michael Portillo and the Great British Railway Journeys team visited and filmed a sequence including EME operation.
01/06/2018 07:22 PM
RSGB: HF DXpedition Fund Trustee Wanted:
The RSGB assists HF DXpeditions to the rarer countries through a fund that is supported each year from proceeds of the raffle, which is held at the annual RSGB Convention, as well as income from legacies and donations. The Society is looking to appoint a fifth trustee for the HF DXpedition Fund who, given the increasing number of applications, will also act as Secretary to the group.
01/05/2018 07:09 PM
Boca Raton Essay Winners Chat with Astronauts on Board Space Station:
Palm Beach County students who won an essay contest got the chance to speak to astronauts out of this world, literally. About a dozen students from Palm Beach County got to speak live with an orbiting astronaut on board the International Space Station. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium recently hosted the ARISS (Amateur Radio on board the International Space Station) event. Students in grades 2-12 from public, private and home schools wrote a 250-word essay on the topic: "If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?" Two winners attended Boca Raton schools. Paolo Nespoli, the Italian astronaut on board the ISS, answered the twelve winning questions while the space station orbited over the Georgia/Florida border. The communication was done through ham radio, thanks to one of the largest amateur radio organizations in the country that works with the Science Center. Traveling at 17,000-miles-per-hour 250 miles up in the air, the ISS was only in radio contact for eight minutes.
01/05/2018 07:09 PM
Saturday is Kids Day at Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting:
WEST CHESTER TWP. -- Children can learn how amateur radio works during Saturday's Kids Day at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. From 1-7 p.m., members of the West Chester Amateur Radio Association will teach children about shortwave radio and its emergency communications capabilities through a program designed by the American Radio Relay League. "(The) Kids Day program is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people, introduce them to amateur radio and generate an interest in the hobby, Dennis O'Neill, club president. "It's important to attract young people to the hobby, as amateur radio operators provide extensive public service."
01/05/2018 07:08 PM
ICON & GOLD Teaming Up to Explore Earth's Interface to Space:
Like Earth, space has weather. Except instead of swirling winds and downpours of precipitation, space weather is defined by shifting electric and magnetic fields and rains of charged particles. At the very beginning of space, starting just 60 miles above Earth's surface, there's a layer of the atmosphere that shifts and changes in concert with both types of weather. Above the ozone layer, the ionosphere is a part of Earth's atmosphere where particles have been cooked into a sea of electrically-charged electrons and ions by the Sun's radiation. The ionosphere is comingled with the very highest -- and quite thin -- layers of Earth's neutral upper atmosphere, making this region an area that is constantly in flux undergoing the push-and-pull between Earth's conditions and those in space. Increasingly, these layers of near-Earth space are part of the human domain, as it's home not only to astronauts, but to radio signals used to guide airplanes and ships, and satellites that provide our communications and GPS systems. Understanding the fundamental processes that govern our upper atmosphere and ionosphere is crucial to improve situational awareness that helps protect astronauts, spacecraft and humans on the ground. Two new NASA missions are teaming up to explore this little-understood area that's close to home but historically hard to observe. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument launches aboard a commercial communications satellite in January 2018, and the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft launches later in 2018. Together, they will provide the most comprehensive observations of the ionosphere we've ever had. The two missions provide distinct but complementary perspectives: ICON, in low-Earth orbit, flies directly through and just above regions of interest, capturing detailed remote and in situ data on the forces that shape this area. GOLD, in geostationary orbit over the Western Hemisphere, will build up a full-disk view of the ionosphere and upper atmosphere every half hour, providing detailed large-scale measurements of related processes -- a cadence which makes it the first mission to be able to monitor the true weather of the upper atmosphere, rather than the longer cycles of its climate. GOLD is also able to focus in on a tighter region and scan more quickly, to complement additional research plans as needed.
01/05/2018 10:47 AM
A Place to Memorialize Your 'SK' Friends:
Many of the readers may not know about the NATIONAL SILENT KEY ARCHIVE. This excellent resource is available for the Amateur Radio community to memorialize their Silent Key friends. Michael Carroll, N4MC, is the founder and you are invited to place birth-death years, life narratives, photographs and more about a known silent key.
01/04/2018 07:06 PM
Locating Significant Australian Amateur Radio Equipment:
The WIA Historical Archives Committee has received inquiries over the past few years about the availability of historical radio equipment for viewing and photography. Some important collections are held by individuals, clubs, and of course, public museums around Australia. The number of inquiries has encouraged preparation of a rudimentary database of known significant collections. WIA Historian Peter Wolfenden VK3RV says initially sought is information about publically accessible collections. They don't have to be major public collections such as the Sydney Power House Museum or the Melbourne Science Museum. However, most of their collections are not on public exhibition, and often difficult to access.
01/04/2018 07:05 PM
Radio Event Aimed at Young:
Members of Telford and District Amateur Radio Society set up a special radio station, call sign GB17YOTA - "Youngsters on the Air" -- to transmit to the world from the village hall. Martyn Vincent of the society said: "It was well supported by members, with no less than 15 attending for part or all of the chosen day. "Conditions on shortwave were poor, and activity on the bands was low, but about 36 contacts were made.
01/04/2018 12:22 PM
Greene County Seeking Bids to Build Expo Center Ahead of Hamvention:
Greene County officials are opening bids to contractors to build a new exhibition center at the county fairgrounds. The construction of the building, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million, is expected to be finished and open in time to accommodate Hamvention, which is set to happen May 18-20. Hamvention, hosted by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association since 1952, is billed as the world's largest amateur radio gathering.