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This Week in Amateur Radio: North America's Amateur Radio News Magazine. Articles on amateur radio and news stories in the media featured here.


Storm chasers react to TRN article  Voir?

An article in Tuesday's Times Record News has caused a storm among storm chasers, the severe weather enthusiasts who chase thunderstorms in hopes of photographing tornadoes or other weather phenomenon. Sunday night, the Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, a group of HAM radio operators who observe weather dangers for local emergency managers, had to shoo at least two chasers from the group's radio frequency repeater. Audio of the exchange is found here.

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Amateur Storm Chasers Cause Headaches for Emergency Spotters  Voir?

The storm chasing frenzy is causing headaches for emergency personnel in severe weather situations, such as happened Sunday. On several occasions Sunday, the control operator for Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the volunteer storm spotter group, had to shoo amateur storm chasers from their closed radio frequency. But the main problem is traffic congestion as amateur chasers converge on roads where severe weather is developing.

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Want to be a storm chaser? Here's what you need to know  Voir?

Is getting up close and personal with a whirling cloud of moisture and debris useful for anyone? Am I, as a storm chaser, providing any good for anyone; or am I just being selfish and feeding off the storm-induced misery of others? The question is harder to answer than you might think.
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The Next Frontier For Ambitious Entrepreneurs: Space  Voir?

Eric Ward, a graduate student at MIT, has always wanted to work in the aerospace industry. "It's a field full of people who are both very passionate about space and also excited about tackling very hard problems," he says.
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To the edge of space (Colorado)  Voir?

Three Estes Park High School students in Todd Burke's scientific engineering and research class watched their radiation-measuring device sail high into the air on Feb. 13. SophomoreLevi Carpman and juniors Ben Switzer and Colin Soguero proposed their idea for the device to Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) in August. EOSS is a Denver-based nonprofit organization that promotes science and education by exploring frontiers in amateur radio and high altitude balloons.

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ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Application Deadline is May 1  Voir?

Time is running short to apply for a spot in the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this summer. The deadline is May 1. Now in its 13th year, the Teachers Institute is an intensive expenses paid professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.

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The “Other” Heard Island DXpedition — VK0LD  Voir?

The just-ended Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition logged more than 75,000 contacts, but the under-the-radar, contemporaneous VK0LD operation also put a new one into a few more logs. VK0EK logistics team member Mike Coffey, KJ4Z, operated as VK0LD from California, remotely controlling one of the VK0EK Elecraft K3S operating positions. He used a K3/0-Mini and the free RemoteHams.com RCForb client and remote server software to work 41 stations on 20 meters.

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Youth Rally Will Be a Highlight of ARRL's Hamvention 2016 Activities  Voir?

The first-ever ARRL Youth Rally will be a feature of the League's menu of activities at Hamvention 2016. The event is set for Saturday, May 21, and requires advance online registration. Hamvention takes place May 20-22, and the centerpiece of ARRL Hamvention exhibits and activities is ARRL EXPO, a huge exhibit area in one of the main exhibit halls in Hara Arena. The ARRL Youth Rally is open to youth and young adults aged 11 to 26. Participants will enjoy a full program of hands-on ham radio activities, discovery, sharing, and fun!

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ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Application Deadline is May 1  Voir?

Time is running short to apply for a spot in the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this summer. The deadline is May 1. Now in its 13th year, the Teachers Institute is an intensive expenses paid professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.

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Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand “NVIS Antenna Day” Activity this Year  Voir?

ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he has expanded participation in his section's “NVIS Antenna Day” on Saturday, April 23, by inviting stations in neighboring states to participate. This year's activity also will introduce the “anchor stations” concept, to provide more consistent signal reports. The Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVIS antenna has gained traction among emergency communication groups and others desiring a close-in radiation pattern for regional work on HF.

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World ARDF Championships Participation Expected to Break Record  Voir?

According to a post on the IARU Region 1 website from Don Beattie, G3BJ, the 2016 World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships are expected to attract a record-breaking number of participants. The World ARDF Championships will take place in the Black Sea resort of Albena, Bulgaria, on September 3-9.

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First responders vital at emergency site (Ohio)  Voir?

The road leading into Trupointe Co-op wasn't lined with tractors and semis pulling trailers filled with grain Wednesday morning. Instead, the sides were lined with Sidney Fire Department fire engines and rescue squads. “We have four identical trainings set up,” said Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones, “for our crew-based training. There is a four hour window in which they are taking refresher training for their HazMat training.”

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Paul Schafer, Father of Radio Automation, Dead at 90  Voir?

Schafer's initial involvement in broadcasting began with on-air work at a station in his hometown of Hammond, Ind. He worked at several other stations in the state before moving to California in the early 1950s where he landed an engineering job with NBC in Hollywood. It was during this period that the FCC relaxed its rules to allow certain remote control of transmitters for certain classes of radio stations. This inspired Schafer to devise a system for transmitter remote control and monitoring and to launch Schafer Electronics.

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Is broadcast radio doomed?  Voir?

Conventional radio and television broadcasting are doomed, eventually. Or so one might reasonably assume from reading “British, Bold, Creative,” the BBC's broadcast charter proposal for the next decade of its mandate. The BBC's 10-year broadcast charter is up for renewal in 2016. The proposal is the Beeb's funding pitch to Parliament.

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University organizes first radio communication between Romanian students and the International Space Station  Voir?

The Valahia University in Targoviste (UVT) and Vodafone Romania organize the first Romanian ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact in Romania on Tuesday afternoon, April 12.
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Ukrainian hams in Ethiopia  Voir?

The Ukrainian operators continue to be active as ET7L from the INSA Radio Club in Mekanisa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Activity will be limited due to their work duties, but they are expected to be active until May 1st. Their activity has been on 9 bands and they have made 30,000 QSOs as of April 4th. They continue to pay attention to the Top band.

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China targets illegal radio broadcasters  Voir?

Since then, they've become rampant, normally blasting listeners with various types of content, ranging from sketchy medical infomercials to lewd and pornographic content. Law enforcement officials say for the exception of Tibet, these types of illegal broadcasts have been noted all over China.
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International Marconi Day  Voir?

International Marconi Day is a 24 hour amateur radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on 25th April 1874. This year IMD will be held on Saturday 23rd April with many special event stations on air which count as points towards the Marconi Award.
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Connecting With the Ham Radio (India)  Voir?

The stall providing fancy info on ham radio at the Global Education Fair, had a lot of visitors here on Tuesday. The operators of the stall Jose and son Tom, who have been experimenting on various aspects of amateur radio for years could be seen describing the use of radio frequency spectrum of ham radio for wireless communication and experiments. The stall set up by the National Institute of Amateur Radio were one among the attractions of Global Education Fair organised by Jam'iyyat Da'wa wa Tablighul (JDT) Islam at Vellimaadukunnu.

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Slovakia to send its first ever satellite into space  Voir?

Slovakia is gearing up to launch its first satellite to orbit with the aim of demonstrating the country's ability to carry out scientific experiments in space. The pocket-sized one-unit CubeSat, named skCUBE, is currently slated for liftoff in June atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The central European state is one of the last countries on the continent to have its own satellite. Weighing about 2.2 lbs. (1 kg), skCUBE is a 4-inch (10-centimeter) cube that will carry an onboard computer, a communications system, and a small camera to conduct experiments when orbiting Earth. The main goal of this project is to demonstrate that Slovakia is capable of doing highly sophisticated space research.

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AU6HAP- Special call-sign operation from India  Voir?

Special call-sign AU6HAP from India. This activity to operate radio amateur from HAMPI is to tell the world the glory and the prosperity of this great 'forgotten kingdom of 'VIJAYANAGAR'. The participants in the AU6HAP call-sign activity are------- VU2DSI -- Datta Deogaonkar VU3WON-- Jagadev Galgali VU2KOC -- Omprakssh Khiyani VU2BRJ -- Bhaskar Joshi VU3KOD -- Puranik Shiva VU3NXU -- Siddhu Suhas -- SWL The AU6HAP activity details Period -- 17 April to 20 April 2016 Frequency -- 7035,7150 khz 14210, 14250 khz 21235, 21350 khz 28450, 28545 khz (operating frequency depends on propagation) QSL Info -- please send QSL to VU2DSI, Surabhi,Meherabad, Ahmednagar.414006.India. IF POSSIBLE please addressed envelope with one IRC.

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The vital role of disaster response and volunteers (Nebraska)  Voir?

You've seen it in the news: ‘Severe weather destroys a town; cleanup will take weeks' or ‘Child missing in lake area'. When such events occur, Emergency Management arrives on scene, determines a course of action, and calls upon the appropriate support agencies to help. Highly trained and well equipped medical, law enforcement, utility, search, and other qualified response crews arrive as needed.

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Ofcom consults on Broadcast TV Technical Codes  Voir?

Ofcom is consulting on proposed updates to its Broadcast TV Technical Codes. The Codes set technical standards for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) – also often known as Freeview. They specify the types of signal that should be used by broadcasters and set minimum technical standards for the ‘multiplexes' that broadcast digital TV services.

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VK100ANZAC to be on air again  Voir?

The Wireless Institute of Australia has proudly assigned VK100ANZAC to the Geelong Amateur Radio Club on July 19-21, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles. Australia sustained 5,500 casualties in that battle, the worst 24 hours in our military history. Geelong Amateur Radio Club spokesman Barry Abley VK3SY says the event is in recognition of a tragic period which caused loss and grief to countless people and nations.

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Veterans Spotlight: Dave Benedict's ham radio hobby put him in high demand during WWII (Michigan)  Voir?

By 13 years old, Dave Benedict was a licensed amateur radio operator. Boy Scouts introduced him to ham radio a year prior and it quickly became his passion. “I was interested in the world and other countries, and talking to people from other countries was very exciting to me,” said Benedict, a teenager growing up with the cloud of World War II imminently hanging over him.

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Pirates in Space: Berea students reach for the stars with experiment  Voir?

Joshua Woodward's ninth-grade honors integrated science class at Berea Community High School looks more akin to a NASA control room these days rather than a high school science lab thanks to a class project that will have the student's — literally — reaching for the stars. According to Woodward, the class has spent the entire spring semester designing a project to launch experiments to near space (approximately 120,000 feet) using a high altitude weather balloon. The class is planning the mission, constructing the payload and launch system, running the on-board experiments, and even using the project to learn about force and motion.

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Volunteers instrumental to class' success (Arizona)  Voir?

Kudos times two! I recently attended a class (March 19 and 20) called AUXCOMM, hosted and funded by Yuma County OEM's AZ State Homeland Security Grant Program and instructors and registration was provided by DEMA-Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The Yuma Auxiliary Communication Service (YACS) HAM organization was instrumental in assisting the Emergency Manager in getting this class in Yuma.

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World Amateur Radio Day Will Celebrate Ham Radio's Contribution to Society  Voir?

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), observed every April 18, marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925. As they do every year, radio amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate Amateur Radio's contribution to society. “April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” the IARU said in announcing World Amateur Radio Day 2016. “We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!”

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(16/04/2016 @ 11:02)
American Airlines UFO report caught on ham radio  Voir?

A ham radio user caught what appears to be a UFO report near Nephi, Utah while monitoring airline communications between commercial airliners and the control tower. The conversation was not recorded. However, UFO researchers were able to get a copy of the transmission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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(16/04/2016 @ 10:31)
Implosions bring down 48 surplus VOA towers  Voir?

A series of implosions is all it took to bring down 48 radio towers that have been a part of U.S. history for over 50 years. It happened Monday morning at the old Voice of America Site A in Beaufort County. Not used since 2006, the VOA site was sold to Beaufort County as surplus U.S. property.

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BEC Preview: Choosing the Right RF System  Voir?

In anticipation of this year's NAB Show, we got in touch with Gary Cavell, of Cavell Merz & Associates, to learn more about the upcoming “RF Bootcamp-2.0 Applying the Basics” panel.
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Steve Thomas, M1ACB, Tapped as New Radio Society of Great Britain General Manager  Voir?

Steve Thomas, M1ACB, of Sternfield, Saxmundham, England, has been appointed as the new general manager of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). He will succeed Graham Coomber, G0NBI, who is retiring. Thomas has a background in the IT and telecoms industries, with senior roles in management, leadership and strategy. He has also served as a director of an international standards organization and brings experience in contract, project, and financial management.

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Tips for Building That New Translator Rack  Voir?

I've never seen so many stations filing for and building FM translator sites. If a translator is in your future, these tips from iHeartMedia's Dave Agnew will be helpful. You may remember Dave from his many years at Harris, working in field service and then as an applications engineer with the FM product line. Given that experience, you know his facilities are going to be built right. This starts with planning and selecting the location of the build.

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MicroHAMS Digital Conference Showcases Innovative Applications  Voir?

Each March in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's software capital, the MicroHAMS club hosts the annual MicroHAMS Digital Conference (MHDC). Having expanded beyond being Microsoft's radio club, MicroHAMS now boasts members from all around the Puget Sound area, including a lot of digital innovators. This year's conference was booked solid.

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Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Named as IARU Satellite Advisor  Voir?

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has announced the appointment of Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, as IARU Satellite Advisor, effective immediately. Blondeel Timmerman succeeds Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, who had served as IARU Satellite Advisor since 1994. Van de Groenendaal established many of the Amateur Satellite frequency coordination procedures and has been a critical contributor to the IARU coordination process.

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DIY Review: MDT 40m Ham Radio QRP Transceiver Kit  Voir?

If you enjoy ham radio kit building, then you are definitely going to want to hear about the MDT DSB QRP transceiver kit from ozQRP. This article will be more of a real-world, operational performance review of this radios' capabilities, not a walkthrough on how to build it.
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First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April  Voir?

The first-ever satellite to carry a D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio) Amateur Radio payload into space is expected to launch on April 22 from Guiana. The OUFTI-1 (Orbital Utility For Telecommunication Innovations) CubeSat is one of three CubeSats developed by student teams under the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office “Fly Your Satellite!” program, which is aimed at training the next generation of aerospace professionals. The satellites arrived in South America on March 25, followed by the student teams a few days later.

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ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee Calls for Comments on Proposed “UHF and Up” Event  Voir?

The ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization (VCR) Committee has drafted rules for a proposed new UHF and Up Contest and now is seeking input from the contesting community. The invitation follows the Committee's review of “considerable input from the amateur community.”
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Simulated train wreck brings out Mat Su responders (Alaska)  Voir?

Hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers joined in a mass casualty exercise in Palmer over the weekend. The simulated train – school bus wreck tested the abilities of all public safety personnel in the Matanuska Susitna Borough.
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FEMA Official Tells ARRL Delaware Section Conference that Her Agency Values Amateur Radio  Voir?

Amateur Radio leaders from clubs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups around Delaware met on March 19 in Dover to discuss the health of ham radio. This second annual conference centered on interoperability, training, and technology for emergency preparedness.
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Ham radio communication in shadow zone polling booths (India)  Voir?

Ham radio operators will be working in mobile shadow zones as earmarked by the election commission where mobile phone network does not properly reach to provide radio communication assistance for smooth communication facilities on poll day.
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Training day turned into tornado response (Tennessee)  Voir?

April 7, 2006 began as a day set for learning. Public safety agencies from every agency in Sumner County were participating in a full-scale exercise. The exercise involved agencies from Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties, who along with Sumner County, make up Homeland Security District 5.
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Tributes to Feltham man who always 'put others before himself' (UK)  Voir?

The sudden death of a community-spirited man who always 'put others before himself' has left a hole in the heart of Feltham. The passing of Mark Savage, 56, of Carlton Avenue, Feltham came as a great shock to his family, friends and colleagues after he died of a ruptured aorta in the early hours of March 14.

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Amateur radio club is still making waves after 50 years (UK)  Voir?

The letters MNOVFW might not mean anything to the average observer - but to a select group of local folk, they signify something quite vital. Those letters are the call sign for the Mid-Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC), which has just celebrated fifty years on air.
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Woman discovers grandfather's post card on eBay  Voir?

IT'S amazing what you can find on eBay - like a post card sent from Barnsley to America by your grandfather in 1939. That's what happened to Jane Walton when she was reminiscing about her grandfather's passion for amateur radio.
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Spotters provide vital information during stormy weather (Nebraska)  Voir?

Chris Augustine admits he was a weather geek when he was a child. His dream was to be a meteorologist forecasting the weather on television. Those plans didn't pan out, but Augustine is still able to keep tabs on Mother Nature by volunteering with Columbus/Platte County Emergency Management.
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Amateur ‘ham' Radio vital for emergency communications (Nebraska)  Voir?

Amateur (ham) Radio capabilities serve as a vital source of communication during emergency situations. To help support communication efforts in the county during times of need, the Dakota County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in partnership with the Dakota County Emergency Management provided a ham radio operator technician course earlier this month to interested community members.

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Co-Exist With Your Coax: Choose The Right Connector For The Job  Voir?

If you do any work with analogue signals at frequencies above the most basic audio, it's probable that somewhere you'll have a box of coax adaptors. You'll need them, because the chances are your bench will feature instruments, devices, and modules with a bewildering variety of connectors. In making all these disparate devices talk to each other you probably have a guilty past: at some time you will have created an unholy monster of a coax interface by tying several adaptors together to achieve your desired combination of input and output connector. Don't worry, your secret is safe with me.

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Major DXpeditions Cooperating to Minimize Conflicts  Voir?

Two major DXpeditions now are attracting hordes of DX chasers and raising the activity levels on HF. While both the Heard Island VK0EK and Juan de Nova FT4JA DXpeditions coordinated their operating plans in advance to avoid conflicts and confusion, the fact that both DXCC entities are quite rare will keep things hopping on bands where both are active at the same time. Heard Island is number 5, and Juan de Nova is number 4 on ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List.

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Hurricane Watch Net Seeks Net Control Operators  Voir?

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is looking for additional net control operators. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins on June 1 and ends on November 30; in the Eastern Pacific, it begins on May 15 and ends on November 30. Hurricanes can form at any time of the year, however, as witnessed by Hurricane Alex in January.

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Washington National Guard Communications Exercise Involves Use of 60 Meters  Voir?

A Washington National Guard communications drill — “Exercise Vital Connection 2016” — that continues until April 3 is making use of the Amateur Radio 60 meter channels. The exercise includes participation by civil authorities.
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Telewave Co-Founder, President Raymond L. Collins, ex-K7EQB/W6GLN, SK  Voir?

Raymond L. Collins, ex- K7EQB/W6GLN, the president and co-founder of Telewave Inc, died on March 15. He was 83. Collins co-founded Telewave in 1972 to supply custom-built filtering and power monitoring devices for the broadcast industry, which were not widely available at the time. Over his 44-year career at the helm of Telewave, Collins' gained a reputation as a tireless worker, motivator, and innovator. He grew up in the rural Yakima Valley of Washington, where he built and operated his own amateur gear, including a kilowatt amplifier.

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ARRL Okays P5/3Z9DX North Korea Operation for DXCC  Voir?

The ARRL DXCC Department has approved for DXCC credit the unexpected P5/3Z9DX “demonstration” operation from North Korea last December. Well-traveled Polish DXer Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, has said he expects to be back in North Korea — officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) — for his “official” activation by late summer.

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The first wireless hack  Voir?

In this video Tom Scott describes the first ever wireless hack carried out by Nevil Maskelyne in 1903 No, it wasn't called "hacking" back then: it was called "scientific hooliganism". Let's talk about Marconi, Nevil Maskelyne, and a demonstration that didn't go as planned.
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Election Commission seeks support from Radio Hams (India)  Voir?

Page last updated on: Sunday, March 27, 2016 6 Election Commission seeks support from Radio Hams The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought support from ham radio operators, who were applauded for their service during the earthquake in Nepal, in the upcoming Assembly elections in Bengal The Deccan Herald reports: Amateur operators with high frequency radios will provide communications support to EC officials in areas with negligible or zero mobile telephone network. In a letter to Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, secretary of West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur), the poll panel has asked for support during the six-phase polls in Bengal, starting from April 4.

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DX Engineering Supports the EP2A Iran DXpedition  Voir?

DX Engineering provided the EP2A Iran DXpedition team with a Hi-Z Antennas Triangular Array System as they attempt to activate the country under callsign EP2A and make contact with as many other Hams from around the world as possible. Iran is seldom activated, so this is an excellent opportunity for operators pursuing the prestigious DXCC award to grab a rare contact.

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ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters  Voir?

In comments filed on March 23 on its Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759) seeking changes to 80 and 75 meters, the ARRL has told the FCC that its primary objective is to “rebalance” the bands by correcting a 10-year old FCC error. “ARRL's proposal is not fairly viewed as a proposal to take anything away from anyone,” the League's comments assured. “It is more properly viewed as the effectuation of a fair, equitable, and efficient ‘band plan' looking forward for the foreseeable future that balances everyone's needs, and which remedies a plainly unfair plan, imprudently created in the 2006 Report and Order in WT Docket 04-140.”

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Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List  Voir?

The ARRL Awards Committee has voted to delete Kingman Reef (KH5) from the DXCC List, effective March 29, 2016. Kingman Reef will be added to the Deleted Entities List on March 29, 2016. The total number of entities on the List will drop from 340 to 339. The deletion process is described in DXCC Rules Section II DXCC List Criteria, Part 5(a) Deletion Criteria. “An entity may be deleted from the List if it no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added. However, if the entity continues to meet one or more currently existing rules, it will remain on the List.”

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Electronic Rule-Breakers That Crept into Everything We Use  Voir?

Students in grade school are usually taught square roots before or during junior high, and with these lessons comes one immutable fact: It's forbidden to take the square root of a negative number. Not too much longer after that, however, the students all learn that this is a big fat lie and that taking square roots of negative numbers is critically important in many fields of study.

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(28/03/2016 @ 21:20)
RF Biscuit Is A Versatile Filter Prototyping Board  Voir?

As anyone who is a veteran of many RF projects will tell you, long component leads can be your undoing. Extra stray capacitances, inductances, and couplings can change the properties of your design to the point at which it becomes unfit for purpose, and something of a black art has evolved in the skill of reducing these effects.

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555 Plasma Speaker  Voir?

The 555 can do anything. OK, that's become a bit of a trope in our community, but there is quite a lot of truth behind it: this little timer chip is an astonishingly versatile component. [Alexander Lang] has added another achievement to the 555's repertoire, he's used one in the creation of a plasma speaker. Working at Hackspace Manchester, he's used the 555 as a pulse-width modulator that drives a flyback transformer through a MOSFET, which feeds a spark gap mounted in a lasercut enclosure. The results maybe aren't yet hi-fi, but it works, and is very audible.

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ARRL to Review, Evaluate, and Explore Possible Improvements for OO Program  Voir?

The ARRL Executive Committee has directed the Headquarters staff to “review and evaluate the Official Observer (OO) program, solicit input from the field organization, and explore areas of possible improvement including in the area of training for OOs.” ARRL Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky will oversee the study. The action stemmed from a discussion during the EC's March 12 meeting in Westlake, Texas. At the meeting, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, observed that there have been “several positive developments” with respect to FCC enforcement, since the EC last met in October 2015. But with the closure of some FCC field offices and the retirement of several experienced engineers who have been helpful with enforcement matters in the past, the EC discussed how the OO program might be better positioned to help the FCC. A preliminary report is due at the EC's October meeting.

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Comedian, Actor, TV Writer and Personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, SK  Voir?

Comedian, actor, and TV personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, died March 24 after suffering an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 66. Shandling became a ham as a teenager in the 1960s, long before he entered show business. “When I was 13 I had a ham radio set (true!), so I could sit in my room and talk to people the world-over. Geeky? Or just ahead of my time!!?” Shandling had tweeted in May 2011.

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(26/03/2016 @ 20:22)
The signal and the noise (Florida)  Voir?

Bill Preen scanned for other HAM radio operators on his digital setup. “I think I got one from Switzerland,” he said. Preen is a member of the Suwannee Amateur Radio Club, a group of about 30 HAM radio operators based out of a club house off of North U.S. Highway 129. SARC has existed for about eight years, Preen said. The club was founded by John Beaver, of local trucking company Beaver Bulk, Inc.

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(26/03/2016 @ 20:22)
New York City Keeps Its TV Station  Voir?

The City of New York owns one of the most valuable television stations in the country, a channel worth as much as $769 million in a coming auction. Last year, officials said they were considering selling the station. But the city has decided not to cash out. It plans to keep broadcasting WNYE-TV, a noncommercial channel that airs such programming as “Firehouse Kitchen,” a cooking show with local firefighters, and “Neighborhood Slice,” a documentary series on city life.

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(26/03/2016 @ 20:22)
Weather spotter's goal is to keep community safe  Voir?

For weather spotter Tim Ahrens, the number one goal is keeping the community safe. Goal number two, of course, is getting as close as safely possible to severe weather. “The first time I came in contact with a funnel cloud, it was this rush of adrenaline,” he said. “Time just sort of stops.” Ahrens, a former firefighter who now works full time as a patient care technician at Boone Hospital, became trained as a weather spotter at 15 years old. Since then, he has become a licensed HAM radio operator and has taken several advanced courses on radar and weather patterns provided by the National Weather Service.

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(26/03/2016 @ 21:28)
Is the U.S. Army Really Spending $12.7 Billion on Radios?  Voir?

I had one of those moments last week, when the Department of Defense reported that it had just awarded three contractors a $12.7 billion contract to supply it with radios. That number couldn't be right. And in fact, since the exact dollar figure on the contract read “$12,725,724,536,” I thought it was more likely a typo. Someone was data-entering the number for a $12.7 million radio contract, mistyped the “thousands” place, retyped it, and forgot to delete the original entry.

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(24/03/2016 @ 21:28)
Kathy's People: Ham radio enthusiast Holly Bevan celebrates 100th birthday (Maryland)  Voir?

Margaret Holly Bevan is on the air every weekday morning by 6 a.m. She covers it all – weather, traffic reports, everything except politics and religion. You won't hear Bevan chatting on your favorite radio station, but she has a world-wide audience. Bevan, whose call is N3MB, mans a ham radio network. And even though she celebrated her 100th birthday last week, she doesn't intend to hang up her microphone any time soon.

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(24/03/2016 @ 21:28)
Portion of GA Hwy 21 in Sylvania back open after old radio tower falls (Georgia)  Voir?

Part of Georgia Highway 21 in Screven County was closed just outside Sylvania for about an hour Wednesday morning after an old radio station tower started leaning and then fell.
(23/03/2016 @ 23:19)
The Way It Was: Recalling the dawn of amateur radio (Ohio)  Voir?

I graduated from high school in 1935, just about the time when radio was still very new. Amateur radio operators were having fun building their own transmitters and competing to see who had the best ones. The government assigned certain frequencies just for amateur use. Some frequencies would only reach a short distance, while others sent signals that bounced off certain layers in the atmosphere and reached halfway around the world. I tried to get into that, but it required the ability to transmit and receive a minimum of 10 words per minute Morse code in order to get a license. I just barely managed 10, when the minimum was raised to 12, and I quit trying.

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(23/03/2016 @ 23:17)
Saving Historic Radio Before It's Too Late  Voir?

It was the most amazing scoring performance in the history of the professional basketball. So remarkable, in fact, that conspiracy theorists have floated the idea that it never happened at all. On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a Philadelphia Warriors victory over the New York Knicks. No NBA player had ever achieved the feat, and none has repeated it since.

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(23/03/2016 @ 23:16)
Amateur radio club explores communications at UT (Tennessee)  Voir?

At a meeting early in February, Mikhail Kravchenko, senior in electrical engineering, showed his dongle to the other members of the Amateur Radio Club. For those who do not know, a dongle is defined as “a small device able to be connected to and used with a computer, especially to allow access to wireless broadband or use of protected software.” Technically, a flash drive is a dongle, but Kravchenko's was a chip that contained all software and hardware to interface with a wide range of communication channels, broadcast and television.

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(23/03/2016 @ 23:14)
Homebrew Multimode Digital Voice Modem  Voir?

There's an old saying that the nice thing about standards is there are so many of them. For digital voice modes, hams have choices of D-Star, DMR, System Fusion, and others. An open source project, the Multimode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM), allows you to use multiple modes with one set of hardware.
(23/03/2016 @ 23:13)
Michael Ossmann Makes You an RF Design Hero  Voir?

To a lot of people, radio-frequency (RF) design is black magic. Even if you've built a number of RF projects, and worked your way through the low-lying gotchas, you've probably still got a healthy respect for the gremlins lying in wait around every dimly-lit corner. Well, [Michael Ossmann] gave a super workshop at the Hackaday Superconference to give you a guided tour of the better-illuminated spaces in RF design.

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(23/03/2016 @ 23:11)
Unlock the Phased Lock Loop  Voir?

If you want a stable oscillator, you usually think of using a crystal. The piezoelectric qualities of quartz means that it can be cut in a particular way that it will oscillate at a very precise frequency. If you present a constant load and keep the temperature stable, a crystal oscillator will maintain its frequency better than most other options.

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(23/03/2016 @ 23:11)
Focal Point: Two Longs and a Short (Texas)  Voir?

...When my brother Stu and I served in Vietnam, calling home was a luxury … nearly as hard to arrange as an R&R to Australia. Military mail was free, and you wrote a lot, but the MARS line (Military Amateur Radio System) was the only way to talk directly with someone at home. I remember standing in line waiting for my scheduled MARS call, and I hoped my folks were home waiting at the prescribed hour. They were, and I got my free five minutes. I was only allowed that one call.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
SBE Urges FCC to Improve Medium-Wave Noise Environment  Voir?

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has told the FCC that the regulatory agency needs to take another tack in its efforts to tackle AM revitalization. If the FCC takes the SBE's advice, the result could be less noise in the MF and HF Amateur Radio bands. In comments the SBE filed in response to an FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry (MB 13-249) proposing ways to enhance the viability of the AM broadcast service, the SBE said the Commission must “commit to a regulatory plan which, over time, will reduce the levels of man-made noise in the MF bands, and more broadly in the bands below 30 MHz.” In comments it filed earlier in the proceeding, the SBE pointed out that “AM radio in particular is susceptible to interference from electronic devices of all types,” and that ambient noise on the AM band is only bound to get worse with further proliferation of noise-generating electronic devices, including certain lighting devices regulated under FCC Part 15 and Part 18 rules.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
“Amateur Radio Roundtable” Connects Live with Heard Island DXpedition  Voir?

The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters. W5KUB's “Amateur Radio Roundtable” webcast scored a live, audio-only interview on March 22 with the leader of the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition, Bob Schmieder, KK6EK — marking possibly the first such event in ham radio news media history. The VK0EK DXpedition team is setting up and is expected to be on the air soon. When “Amateur Radio Roundtable” host Tim Medlin, W5KUB, spoke with Schmieder, he and the other 13 DXpedition operators had just arrived on Heard Island on the R/V Braveheart and were preparing to start moving equipment and personnel ashore. Earlier a scouting party determined where the DXpedition would set up its camp, gear, and antennas. The VK0EK team will be housed in inflatable air beam structures. Schmieder talked with Medlin for about 15 minutes over an Iridium phone, explaining that he could not do a video interview this time, because he was still onboard the Braveheart, and the necessary Inmarsat phone must be in a stable situation in order to be pointed at the satellite.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition Team Has Arrived, Operation Hours Away  Voir?

The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters. A VK0EK DXpedition “reconnaissance team” has arrived on Heard Island. Bob Schmieder, KK6EK; Arliss Thompson, W7XU; Bill Mitchell, AE0EE, and Dave Lloyd, K3EL, are on the island with several members of the R/V Braveheart crew to get the lay of the land. The DXpedition team plans to spend about 3 weeks on Heard Island, which is the fifth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List. Co-organizer Rich Holoch, KY6R, spoke with Schmieder via satellite telephone.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Kosovo Activity in CQ WPX SSB Will Help to Train Young Hams  Voir?

Z60A in Kosovo, the headquarters station of SHRAK, the newest International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society, will be on the air leading up to and during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest the weekend of March 26-27. SHRAK President Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, has announced that other Kosovo prefixes, such as Z61DX, Z62FB, Z63ESC, Z64EEF, and Z68BH, will be active in addition to Z60A.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Radio Caroline - 36 years ago  Voir?

On March 19, 1980, a violent storm broke out off the coast of Essex. The ship's anchor chain broke, causing the vessel to drift for 10 nautical miles until she ran aground on a sandbank. The ship began to take in water and after struggling for eight hours with portable pumps the four-man crew - including DJs Stevie Gordon and Tom Anderson - conceded defeat and were rescued by lifeboat.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Suggestions on IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan  Voir?

The ARRL Board of Directors' HF Band Planning Committee is inviting input from the US Amateur Radio community regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan. That band plan and other significant Amateur Radio spectrum issues will be high on the agenda at this fall's IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Chile. Leading up to that gathering, the ARRL and other IARU member societies in the Americas will be seeking comments and suggestions regarding the Region 2 HF Band Plan. The HF Band Planning Committee will review the current plan, consider comments from the US Amateur Radio community, and recommend any changes to the ARRL Board for submission to IARU Region 2.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Puerto Rico ARES Volunteers Take Part in Caribe Wave 2016 Exercise  Voir?

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Puerto Rico for the second year took part in the annual Caribe Wave exercise (formerly known as the Large Atlantic Tsunami Exercise — LANTEX), a tsunami-preparation communication drill undertaken on different dates on the US East Coast, in Canada, on the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean Basin. The object of Caribe Wave is to test the reliability of communication systems and protocols among tsunami alert centers and to help emergency management agencies to improve their preparedness to execute a tsunami alert. In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Caribe Wave takes place in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (Red Ssmica de Puerto Rico), FEMA, NOAA, and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA-AEMEAD).

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
UK to sell 750 MHz of radio spectrum  Voir?

In the 2016 Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that 750 MHz of Public Sector radio spectrum would be released. The Amateur Services currently share much spectrum with the Public Sector The Budget 2016 says: 1.253 Electromagnetic spectrum is a valuable and scarce resource. Budget 2016 announces a new government commitment that 750MHz of valuable public sector spectrum in bands under 10GHz will be made available by 2022, of which 500MHz will be made available by 2020. This builds on government's previous 2010 commitment, and will deliver wider economic benefits by generating capital receipts and by supporting innovation in digital communications services and the development of new technologies.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Radio operators gather for Hamfest (West Virginia)  Voir?

K8KT, better known as Karl Thompson when he's not on the air, has been working the amateur radio since he was 5 years old in Wyoming County. He has a 120-foot antenna at his house and can type 40 words per minute in Morse code. Thompson is a ham. But so was everyone at the Emmanuel Baptist Church activities room on Saturday. A ham is an amateur radio operator and the local hams were gathered for the 32nd annual Charleston Hamfest.

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(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
The first IC 7300 arrives at Europe's Hamstore  Voir?

On Friday 18th March, the first Icom IC 7300 in Europe arrived at Europe's hamstore. Justin Johnson G0KSC has been operating the radio from his home shack so far this weekend and says he is very impressed.
(20/03/2016 @ 02:05)
GB75ACO 75YRS ATC  Voir?

AMATEUR RADIO SPECIAL EVENT STATION GB75ACO 75 YEARS OF THE ATC. RADIO INSTRUCTIONS. Dates- Operational 1 Sept to 28 Sept 2016. (When Operators Available) Call-sign GB75ACO Air Cadet Organisation (Approved by Ofcom and HQAC Sqn Ldr D Pink) QTH- 1132 Sqn ATC (Stalham) The Old Church School, Sutton Norfolk NR12 9SA NGR O/S TG389243. QRA; JO 02 SS. WAB TG32. World Wide Zone 14.

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(20/03/2016 @ 02:05)
Centenarian, Alaska Women's Hall of Fame Member Arlene “Buddy” Clay, KL7OT, SK  Voir?

Arlene “Buddy” Clay, KL7OT, died on February 11. She was 103. An ARRL member, Clay was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame in 2015 for her work in rural justice administration among the Yup'ik people. She became a ham in 1948 and began calling the Thursday night Snipers Net for the Matanuska Amateur Radio Association, a duty she continued from her retirement community home until she died of a stroke.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:52)
KiwiSDR BeagleBone Black Radio With Multi-User Web Interface (video)  Voir?

BeagleBone enthusiasts that would like to transform their BeagleBone Black into a wide-band (0-30 MHz) SDR with a multi-user web interface, might be interested in a new piece of system called KiwiSDR which has been developed by Valent F(x) based in Salt Lake City. The Valent F(x) KiwiSDR system comes complete with a software-defined GPS receiver, and has this month launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign looking to raise $50,000 to make the jump into production.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:52)
Local, state officials urge weather awareness (Indiana)  Voir?

Sunday begins Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, a time for Hoosiers to review their plans and preparations for possible tornadoes, floods and other dangerous events. A test of communications, including Boone County's tornado warning sirens, will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday, said county Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Martin. If weather requires a delay, the test will be during the same times on March 23.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:50)
Google Can Now Test Millimeter-Wave Tech Throughout US  Voir?

According to reports that surfaced this Friday, Google has obtained permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to perform airborne and terrestrial millimeter wave testing throughout the United States. The FCC's go-ahead is effective from March 17th, 2016 to April 1st, 2018. It covers frequencies in the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz range, both for terrestrial and airborne transmitters. Given how Google's request for this experimental license was met with quite a bit of informal objections in the States, the grant is only valid as long as Google doesn't cause any kind of harmful interference to the already existing and authorized operations in the country. Naturally, the tech giant will also have to abide by the FCC RF safety standards. Google has also already preemptively commented on the concerns about potential health hazards to humans, animals, and plants in the vicinity of its testing grounds in a January letter sent to the FCC. In the letter, the tech company states that its planned experiments are far less risky in terms of potential RF exposure than many other “transmissions the Commission routinely authorizes.”

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:50)
UC Berkeley Trains, Tests Hundreds of New Hams  Voir?

Ham radio-related courses taught at the University of California Berkeley Campus and a follow-on “Annual VE Mega-Session” may be one reason that California continues to lead the nation in the number of Amateur Radio licensees. A March 16 exam session yielded 50 new Technician licensees, as well as three new General class, and five new Amateur Extra class licensees. For the third year in a row, scores of mostly electrical engineering and computer science students capped their participation in one of two ham radio-related classes taught by UC Berkeley EE/CS Professor Michael “Miki” Lustig, KK6MRI. His lower-division “Hands-On Ham” course is for sophomores, while and his upper-division “Digital Signal Processing” course is aimed at juniors and seniors.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:48)
NASA's Crumbling Launch Sites Are Like America's Greek Ruins  Voir?

In Roland Miller's eyes, NASA's abandoned launch pads are the modern American equivalent of Greek ruins, Mayan temples, and Egyptian pyramids. But unlike those ancient wonders, many of these monuments to the Space Age won't be around for long. That's why he photographed them. Miller's book, Abandoned in Place, published by the University of New Mexico Press, collects photos from more than two decades of documentation. Many of the structures he photographed have since been demolished, making the series a one-of-a-kind visual record of the history of space exploration.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:48)
Fox-1C and Fox-1D Satellites Ready for Payload Integration  Voir?

AMSAT reports that its Fox-1C (Fox-1Cliff — named in honor of the late AMSAT pioneer and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR) and Fox-1D satellites are ready for delivery to Spaceflight Industries for integration into the Sherpa payload dispenser which will be making its maiden flight. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D successfully finished environmental testing on February 8. Launch is set for later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:48)
So, You're Scared of Surface Mount  Voir?

If you are lucky enough to encounter a piece of homebrew electronics from the 1950s, the chances are that under the covers the components will be assembled on solder tags, each component with long leads, and chassis-mounted sockets for tubes. Easy to assemble with the most agricultural of soldering irons. Open up a home build from the 1960s or early 1970s, and you might find the same passive components alongside germanium transistors mounted through holes in a curious widely spaced stripboard or even a home-made PCB with chunky wide tracks.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:42)
What Lies Beneath: The First Transatlantic Communications Cables  Voir?

For some reason, communications and power infrastructure fascinates me, especially the long-haul lines that move power and data over huge distances. There's something about the scale of these projects that really gets to me, whether it's a high-tension line marching across the countryside or a cell tower on some remote mountain peak. I recently wrote about infrastructure with a field guide that outlines some of the equipment you can spot on utility poles. But the poles and wires all have to end at the shore. Naturally we have to wonder about the history of the utilities you can't see – the ones that run under the sea.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:42)
ARM Board Transmits FM  Voir?

There is more than a casual link between computer people and musicians. Computers have created music since 1961 when an IBM7094 sang the song Daisy Bell (later inspiring another computer, the HAL 9000, to do the same). [Vinod.S] wanted to create music on an STM32F407 Discovery board, but he also wanted it to play on his FM radio. He did it, and his technique was surprising and straightforward. The key is that the ARM processor on the Discovery board uses an 8MHz crystal, but internally (using a phase-locked loop, or PLL) it produces a 100MHz system clock. This happens to be right in the middle of the FM radio band. Bringing that signal back out of the chip on a spare output pin gives you the FM carrier.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Standard Resistor Teardowns  Voir?

What do you do, when you want an ohm? What is an ohm, for that matter? Take a wander over to the textbook definitions, and you're soon deep in a world of coulombs and parallel infinite planes one meter apart in a vacuum that you probably only half remember from your high school physics class. It's hard work, this metrology lark.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Tiny Raspberry Pi Shield for High-Quality RF Signals  Voir?

Among its many tricks, the Raspberry Pi is capable of putting clock signals signal out on its GPIO pins, and that turns out to be just the thing for synthesizing RF signals in the amateur radio bands. What [Zoltan] realized, though, is that the resulting signals are pretty dirty, so he came up with a clever Pi shield for RF signal conditioning that turns a Pi into a quality low-power transmitter.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Russian “Inventors of Telecommunications” Stations on the Air  Voir?

Special event stations in Russia will be on the air until June 16 as part of the international scientific-educational radio marathon called “Inventors of Telecommunications,” established by the Russian Geographical Society and supported by radio clubs and Amateur Radio operators. There will be awards and certificates.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Spring Break lesson: Prepare now for Big One (Oregon)  Voir?

When it comes to the anticipated magnitude 9.0 or greater subduction zone earthquake expected to claim thousands of lives and cause significant damage in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, emergency response officials say residents swing one way or the other.
(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
“Amateur Radio Roundtable” Plans Live Video Visits with Heard Island DXpedition  Voir?

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, host of the weekly “Amateur Radio Roundtable” video webcast and radio program, is hoping to make ham radio media history. Medlin announced this week that he's working with the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition to have the team make live video appearances on the Tuesday night show for the next 3 weeks, starting on March 22. The DXpedition is planning to be on the air from March 20 until April 10, subject to change.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
San Andreas adds radio and electronics pathway (California)  Voir?

San Andreas High School held its second Quakes Technology Innovation (QTI) business alliance meeting informing invited educators, community leaders and local government officials of the success of its Geographic Information System (GIS) career training program and the planned launch of a new career pathway program emphasizing electronics and radio technologies.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
NIT-K helping forest department set up Ham Radio for ​disaster situations (India)  Voir?

Students of National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) are helping Forest Department of Karnataka set up a communication network using Ham radio system in Kudremukh National Park.
(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
PC Users Caught Unprepared for Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades  Voir?

While it's no secret that Microsoft is trying to move its customers to Windows 10 as quickly as possible, I hadn't realized that the move had become an imperative. That realization came while I was attending a presentation by the Lynchburg (Va.) Amateur Radio Club on how to build a software-defined radio and heard a discussion about the control software, most of which runs on Windows. The engineer leading the discussion was clearly annoyed because the laptop computer he used to operate his SDRs had suddenly been upgraded to Windows 10, and in the process his control software stopped working properly.

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(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Announcing the Tytera MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio  Voir?

Tytera shook the world of digital radio in 2015 with the introduction of the MD-380, a portable handheld capable of both DMR and analog operation at an analog radio price.
(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Triple-Threat RTL-SDR Reads Trunked Radio  Voir?

In the old days, if you wanted to listen to police, fire, or other two-way radio users, you didn't need much more than a simple receiver. Today, you are more likely to need something a little more exotic thanks to the adoption of trunked radio systems. To pick up the control channels and all the threads of a talk group conversation, you might need a wide bandwidth receiver.

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(15/03/2016 @ 23:56)
Designing A Crystal Ladder Bandpass Filter  Voir?

Most hobbyists use crystals as an external clock signal for a microcontroller. A less common use would be to make a bandpass filter (BPF) for an RF signal. [Dan Watson] explains his crystal ladder design on his blog and links to several sources for understanding the theory and creating your own crystal ladder band pass filter. If you want a set of these purple PCBs you can order them straight from the purple fab.

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(15/03/2016 @ 23:53)
FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Provisions For Hobbyists  Voir?

Every year, Congress passes bills directing the funding for various departments and agencies. Sometimes, this goes swimmingly: congress recently told NASA to attempt a landing on Europa, Jupiter's ice-covered moon. Sometimes, it doesn't go as well. The draft of the FAA Reauthorization act of 2016 (PDF) includes provisions for drones and model airplanes amid fears of privacy-encroaching quadcopters.

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(15/03/2016 @ 23:52)
End of an era: CBS to sell its historic radio division  Voir?

CBS plans to sell one of its legacy brands: CBS Radio. "We will begin to explore strategic options," CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves announced Tuesday during the company's investor day. "We will be prudent and judicious. We will take our time to make sure that we do it right."
(15/03/2016 @ 22:33)
ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Respond to Heavy Rain, Flooding in Louisiana  Voir?

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and SKYWARN volunteers in Louisiana assisted the National Weather Service (NWS), as record-setting rainfall led to severe and widespread flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a disaster declaration for the state. Region 7 District Emergency Coordinator John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, said Amateur Radio involvement began on March 8, when the NWS-Shreveport Office requested a SKYWARN activation during a tornado watch. For the next 17 hours, Robertson reported, a group of volunteers handled weather-spotting duties over linked repeaters, filing some 70 reports. Their coverage included parts of Texas and Arkansas. The severe weather included hail as well as major flooding that closed Interstate 20 in three Louisiana parishes and inundated entire neighborhoods. On March 10, the ARES team in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana was active for nearly 2 days in response to heavy rain and flooding.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:29)
Woz recounts Apple's origins, his own start in tech  Voir?

The garage may be the iconic birthplace of many a Silicon Valley startup, but not for Apple. The idea that Apple, like Hewlett-Packard, was started or conceived in a garage is a myth, said Steve Wozniak, the company's co-founder, in an interview posted on YouTube on Tuesday. Apple had a “humble start,” and its founders worked out of a house, but they weren't in the garage when they conceived or discussed products or talked about features for them.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:29)
Clyde Beal: Bond turns radio, TV hobby into career (West Virginia)  Voir?

Before graduating from high school, Dave Bond was working as a radio and TV repairman at a local electronic shop. After graduation he followed this career through Huntington's West Virginia Building to the shadows of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there, the road returned home passing through Marshall before heading to Ashland and eventually retirement in Virginia.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
AT&T Wants Strong FCC Management Over 600 MHz Auction  Voir?

There are four national carriers operating in the United States of America today. The two later carriers are AT&T and Verizon Wireless, with the two smaller being T-Mobile US and Sprint. These four carriers compete with one another and a number of smaller, regional operators plus their own respective MVNOs, Mobile Virtual Network Operators. The industry regulator, the FCC or Federal Communications Commission, is responsible for some of the oversight of the industry and for managing the spectrum auctions to provide each carrier with the necessary airwaves in order for them to provide customers with the necessary technology. At the time of writing, the FCC is preparing a complicated auction in order to sell off a part of the 600 MHz spectrum currently used by American broadcasters and due to make up part of the cellular networks in the years to come.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
The Amateur Radio Operators Preparing for the Worst  Voir?

There's a sense of urgency in the air at a Virginia nuclear power plant. Everything within at least a five-mile radius is at immediate risk due to a critical meltdown. One of the emergency responders opens the envelope she's holding, scans its contents, and announces the bad news: “We just lost 911 and the cell towers are overloaded.”

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Over the Horizon Radars Becoming Routine Visitors on Amateur HF Bands  Voir?

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (Europe/Africa) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports a spate of over the horizon (OTH) radar signals on various Amateur Radio HF bands — exclusive and shared. Many of these signals are being heard outside of the Region 1 confines.
(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Local weather website going strong (Alberta)  Voir?

Lethbridge residents looking for a more local source of weather can check out a newly redesigned site focusing on the westside of town. West Lethbridge Weather is operated by local weather enthusiast Gary Wheeler. The site is fed constant information updates through his own Personal Weather Station and is augmented with a number of additions to both hardware and software he has made over the years as his hobby has grown.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Stuart Sizer: Heathkit designer, dad, and 'bon vivant'  Voir?

Two weeks ago, through a radio preservation group, I met the son of Heathkit product designer of the 1950s-70s, Stu Sizer - 'stylist, artist, maker of models, bon vivant.' His son described the discovery of a few vintage Heathkit brochures, photos, and illustrations his father kept in his family's basement shop, many of which had been scanned at some point.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Ever wanted to speak to an astronaut from home? This guy did, and shows us how  Voir?

What is the most objectively impressive thing you've ever achieved in your shed? Don't bother answering, because British ‘ham' radio enthusiast Adrian Lane has you beat, after he accomplished the astonishing feat of making contact with the International Space Station as it orbited the planet, around 200 miles above his Gloucestershire home.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Seventh grade science class discovers Ham Radio (Missouri)  Voir?

The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club was invited by Stuart Aller, the 7th grade science teacher at Hiawatha Middle School, to explain to his five science classes about amateur radio's role in natural disasters and how amateurs use the properties of the ionosphere to refract high frequency signals around the earth.

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(15/03/2016 @ 22:19)
Chicago Man Charged with Felony for Jamming Cell Phones on a Train  Voir?

People squawking on their phones on public transportation is annoying as hell. That's why one Chicago man allegedly took it upon himself to jam fellow commuters' cell phone signals as part of a morning ritual that lasted months. Now he's a charged felon in jail, being held for a $10,000 bail.
(11/03/2016 @ 00:33)
Ham Radio at Science and Space Festival  Voir?

The Wharfedale Observer reports on the amateur radio involvement in the Science and Space Festival in Otley on February 26 as part of the build-up to a contact with Tim Peake GB1SS in May The event, held at the Ashfield Primary School, was attended by pupils from across the area. Special guests included Astrophysicist Melvin Hoare, from Leeds University, and representatives from the Radio Society of Great Britain and Otley Amateur Radio Society (OARS).

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(11/03/2016 @ 23:48)
ARRL 2016 August UHF Contest Cancelled  Voir?

The ARRL August UHF Contest for 2016 has been cancelled, while the ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee considers alternatives. The Contest Revitalization Committee fielded dozens of comments from members concerning possible changes to this annual UHF operating event, traditionally held on the first weekend of August each year. Many commenters expressed dissatisfaction with the timing of the contest, occurring as it does at the hottest time of the year, and that it was too close on the calendar to other VHF/UHF events.

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(11/03/2016 @ 23:48)
A call from beyond (North Dakota)  Voir?

For the 1,000th time in NASA's history, an amateur radio call was made from Earth to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. For the first time, that call was placed from North Dakota. More than 350 students packed into the Memorial Union ballroom at the University of North Dakota on Thursday for an 11-minute radio call with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, who is orbiting the planet on the space station.

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(11/03/2016 @ 23:48)
Space station astronauts ham it up to inspire student scientists  Voir?

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 astronauts on the International Space Station logged their 1,000th educational contact with the ground. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra answered questions posed by the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. No matter how many times it happens, talking directly with someone orbiting above the Earth remains a thrill for students.

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(11/03/2016 @ 23:48)
Berthoud students discover space anomaly  Voir?

Collin Miller describes the slate of speakers at the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers Western Regional Conference in Arizona this weekend: "There's doctor this, and doctor someone, PhDs, then you have Berthoud High School STEM students." Miller and fellow high school senior, Xander Pickard, will present the research of a team of six Berthoud students, working under five mentors, before an international audience at the conference Saturday .

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(11/03/2016 @ 23:48)
Gigabit Ethernet Through the Air  Voir?

There are a couple of really great things about transmitting data using light as the carrier. It can be focused so that it doesn't spill all over the neighborhood like radio signals do — giving it both some security against eavesdropping and preventing one signal from stepping on another's toes. And while you can modulate radio signals up nearly to the carrier frequency, the few gigahertz we normally use for radio just won't cut it for really high bit rates. Light gets you terahertz.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:30)
Richard Goben, Star of India captain, 62, SK  Voir?

(QRZ lists a Richard Goben as KK6AGP - gsw) As captain of the world's oldest sailing ship, Richard Goben had a much deeper understanding of the Star of India than the ins and outs of her masts and rigging. He knew why setting her sails and taking the old windjammer out to sea was vitally important to keeping history alive.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:20)
DX Engineering Supports the FT4JA Juan De Nova DXpedition  Voir?

From March 29 to April 11, 2016, a group of Amateur Radio enthusiasts will install temporary stations and transmit from the island of Juan De Nova, giving Ham operators a chance to make contact with this rare entity. The FT4JA operators relied on DX Engineering for advice on building an HF receive antenna system that would offer exceptional Ham Radio performance without having a significant impact on the island's environment.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:14)
Ham on top of Buck Hill (Minnesota)  Voir?

Prior Lake resident Nagi Punyamurthula has been into radio since he put his first AM radio together at the age of 8. For the last year-and-a-half, he's been putting his hobby to use for the betterment of the community. Most recently, he collaborated with Buck Hill co-owners Don McClure and David Solner to install a repeater at the crest of the Burnsville ski slope. The signal can be picked up for a 50-mile radius.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:14)
Down Home LA: Radio Hams (Louisiana)  Voir?

The first thing you notice when Darrell Nichols turns on his Ham Radio is the static that immediately fills the room at the Louisiana Special Education Center. The next sign is less common. The faces of his two special needs students, Ryan Trotter and RJ light up with excitement, eager to begin practice with the old machine. Nichols hands the microphone off to Trotter who begins his amateur radio call the way he always does.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:13)
Expert says Coastside ready for tsunami (California)  Voir?

Thursday marks the five-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that rattled Japan and sent devastating waves around the world, including the Santa Cruz harbor. The man primarily charged with making sure the coast is prepared for the next such event says Coastsiders are ready. In the early morning hours of March 11, 2011, many Coastsiders were told to evacuate as the surge made its way to the California shoreline. They quickly found out that the area was expecting small, manageable waves.

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(10/03/2016 @ 23:10)
ARRL alerting of Credit Card Scam  Voir?

The ARRL has received a report of a "phishing" attempt to illegally obtain credit card information from a member. The caller told the member that they needed $75 to “get his QST” and asked the member to provide their credit card number over the phone to complete the transaction.
(10/03/2016 @ 22:59)
Heil Sound Celebrating 50th Anniversary  Voir?

Heil Sound, a name that's probably synonymous within the Amateur Radio community for its microphones and “boom set” microphone/headset combinations, is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Heil Sound came into being in 1966 as Ye Olde Music Shoppe — a music store in Marissa, Illinois, the home town of its founder Bob Heil, K9EID. The celebration — being called “50 Years of Maximum Rock ‘N Roll” — kicked off at the winter NAMM show. A commemorative series of interviews, packaged as podcasts, also debuted with the new year. The series highlights the history of Heil Sound.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:59)
ARRL Urges FCC Not to Impose Overbroad Notification Requirement to Operate on 2200 and 630 Meters  Voir?

In an ex parte statement filed March 10 with the FCC, the ARRL has asked the Commission not to adopt “an overbroad” requirement for notification of utilities in advance of intended Amateur Radio operation on the pending 2200 and 630 meter bands. The statement in ET Dockets 12-338 and 15-99 supplemented the League's earlier comments in the proceeding. The FCC is expected to provide Amateur Radio with access to both bands and to spell out service rules and operational requirements, sometime within the first quarter of 2016. Regulatory provisions under consideration have included a possible notification requirement by some radio amateurs to utilities that operate PLC systems in that region of the spectrum, prior to their starting operation on either new band. Utilities use unlicensed PLC systems to control parts of the electrical power grid.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:58)
How Low Can You Go? The World of QRP Operation  Voir?

Newly minted hams like me generally find themselves asking, “What now?” after getting their tickets. Amateur radio has a lot of different sub-disciplines, ranging from volunteering for public service gigs to contesting, the closest thing the hobby has to a full-contact sport. But as I explore my options in the world of ham radio, I keep coming back to the one discipline that seems like the purest technical expression of the art and science of radio communication – low-power operation, or what's known to hams as QRP. With QRP you can literally talk with someone across the planet on less power than it takes to run a night-light using a radio you built in an Altoids tin. Now that's a challenge I can sink my teeth into.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:58)
Lewis and Clark Historic Site welcomes ham radio operators (Connecticut)  Voir?

To help celebrate the National Park Service's centennial, the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is welcoming amateur radio operators for a special event March 19. Radio enthusiasts will demonstrate emergency and portable communications while making contact with other stations across the United States.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:55)
Air Force Pledges Continued Cooperation with Radio Amateurs During Cape Cod Radar Upgrades  Voir?

As updating of the Pave PAWS radar installation gets under way at the Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts, the US Air Force has reached out to the Amateur Radio community to continue the positive working relationship developed between the two parties since March 2007. Pave PAWS radar installations on both coasts have required the modification of some 70 centimeter Amateur Radio systems to mitigate interference to the military radars. The Amateur Service is secondary on 70 centimeters. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said work now has begun to install the updated early-warning radar standards at Cape Cod.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:55)
Historic site to welcome ham radio operators (Connecticut)  Voir?

To help celebrate the National Park Service's centennial, the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is welcoming amateur radio operators for a special event March 19. Radio enthusiasts will demonstrate emergency and portable communications while making contact with other stations across the United States.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:55)
National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Sessions to be Live Streamed  Voir?

Sessions focusing on the role of Amateur Radio in major weather events will be a part of the 2016 National Hurricane Conference, set for later this month in Orlando, Florida. The goal of the annual conference is to improve hurricane preparedness. Attendance is free to all Amateur Radio sessions, which will take place Tuesday, March 22, from 1:30 until 5 PM ET (1830-2200 UTC). Amateur Radio presentations will live streamed via YouTube and recorded.

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:55)
Young Connecticut Ham Off to an Award-Winning Start  Voir?

Fifteen-year-old Matt Shea, KC1DLY, had no Amateur Radio ticket 1 year ago. Today, he's an Amateur Extra class licensee and already has earned two of the League's flagship operating awards — DXCC and Worked All States (WAS). His 100 W station is quite modest with a 35-foot end-fed wire in the attic for his antenna (and he even operates on 160 meters!). He confirmed all of the contacts necessary for the two awards using Logbook of The World (LoTW).

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(10/03/2016 @ 22:55)
Forecasters harness enthusiasm of amateur spotters for weather intel (Texas)  Voir?

Tricia Clarke stood on a Lakeway hilltop, winds threatening to snatch the ball cap from her head, and pointed across miles of rolling, scrub-covered limestone countryside, past the distant blue line of Lake Travis, to a spot nearly 55 miles away. That's where one of the region's main Doppler radars sits at Fort Hood. Another, at the National Weather Service's New Braunfels office, is 46 miles away in the opposite direction. Radar, Clarke said, accomplishes a lot, but “radar doesn't pick up everything close to the ground.”

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(06/03/2016 @ 23:13)
Teen Aces Two Ham Radio Exams In FDL (Wisconsin)  Voir?

If a receiver mixes a 13.800 MHz VFO with a 14.255 MHz received signal to produce a 455 kHz intermediate frequency (IF) signal, what type of interference will a 13.345 MHz signal produce in the receiver? A. Quadrature noise. B. Image response. C. Mixer interference. D. Intermediate interference. This rather daunting question is one the many questions on the test for your General license for Ham Radio, a hobby that has increased in interest recently all over the world. People use Ham Radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and a lifeline during times of disaster.

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(06/03/2016 @ 13:29)
The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode  Voir?

When I was 10 years old, I found a shortwave radio in a crumbling old leather trunk where we kept family photos and other memorabilia. As I spun the dial, tinny, modulating noises, like the song of an electronic slide whistle, emanated from the radio's small speaker. Staticky cracks and pops competed for airtime. The sounds swished and swirled, unintelligible and unremarkable. But then, emerging through the clamor, was a voice.

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(06/03/2016 @ 13:29)
Cornish flag raised in Porthleven to mark St Piran's Day as Poldhu Amateur Radio Club send special call sign (UK)  Voir?

...The 5th century Cornish abbot and saint is also the patron saint of tin miners and the colours of his flag are often said to represent the white of the tin flowing from the black of the underground rock. One of the oldest depictions of the flag can be seen in a stained glass window at Westminster Abbey, which was unveiled in 1888 in memory of the famous Cornish inventor and engineer Richard Trevithick. Meanwhile at the Marconi Centre, Poldhu, amateur radio enthusiasts have been taking to the airwaves to issue Cornish greetings around the world.

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(06/03/2016 @ 13:43)
Tim Peake contacts Powys school via amateur radio (UK)  Voir?

Astronaut Tim Peake has been quizzed by Powys high school pupils via a live link with the International Space Station (ISS). Builth Wells and Gwernyfed pupils had eight minutes to question Maj Peake - who became the first Briton to walk in space on 15 January.
(06/03/2016 @ 13:29)
Former Boiler, NASA astronaut passes away  Voir?

A Purdue University alumnus and NASA astronaut has passed away. Donald Williams was a Lafayette native born in 1942. He graduated from Otterbein High School in 1960 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1964. He underwent naval training at Purdue and three other states to receive his wings in May 1966.

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(06/03/2016 @ 13:29)
NASA's Last Shuttle External Tank to Cross Oceans, L.A. Streets for Display  Voir?

NASA's last surviving external tank built to launch the space shuttle is about to embark on its final mission, but instead of rocketing to orbit, the fuel tank will travel by road and ocean to join a retired orbiter on display. The California Science Center, which last May announced it was receiving NASA's External Tank 94 (ET-94) to mate with the space shuttle Endeavour for a new vertical launch pad-like exhibit to open in 2019, has now set the route and dates for the orange-brown tank's move from New Orleans to Los Angeles.

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(06/03/2016 @ 13:29)
Everything You Need to Survive the Big One  Voir?

In ‘After the Big One', an epic, 5-part reported work of science fiction, Adam Rothstein took us through, step-by-step, what will happen to Portland after, well, the big one hits. The story resonated widely in the Pacific Northwest, and has many concerned about the future. But have no fear—chances are very, very good that you're going to survive the quake itself. And below, Rothstein has assembled exactly what you'll need to survive the coming days and weeks, too. Here's a guide for creating your very own earthquake kit.

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(05/03/2016 @ 20:00)
I Became An Engineer: Despite Being Bad At Math  Voir?

As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with technical/scientific things. As a very young boy, I loved airplanes, and since my dad was in the USAF, I got to see many of them on the air bases. I learned to read fairly early (my mom tells me that I was reading cereal boxes when I was 5 years old) and loved reading books about a variety of science/technology subjects. I can still remember one Christmas when I got two books that I read over and over - one was about the ocean and the deep-sea creatures that lived there; the other was about the history of rockets.

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(05/03/2016 @ 20:00)
‘Iron Curtain' plus 70 (Missouri)  Voir?

The Callaway Amateur Radio League LLC (CARL) will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's “Iron Curtain” speech, which was delivered at Westminster College in Fulton on March 5, 1946, by sponsoring a Special Event Station where they will be operating their radios throughout the weekend.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:58)
Teensy 3.1 Controlled VFO  Voir?

[Tom Hall], along with many hams around the world, have been hacking the Silicon Labs Si5351 to create VFOs (variable frequency oscillators) to control receivers and transmitters. [Tom] used a Teensy 3.1 Arduino compatible board, to control the Si5351 mounted on an Adafruit breakout board. An LCD display shows the current frequency and provides a simple interface display for changing the output. A dial encoder allows for direct adjustment of the frequency. The ham frequency band and the frequency increment for each encoder step are controlled by a joystick. When you get into the 10 meter band you definitely want to be able to jump by kHz increments, at least, since the band ranges from 28 mHz to 29.7 mHz.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:52)
Serial Telemetry To WiFi with an ESP8266  Voir?

Hackaday.io user [J. M. Hopkins] had a problem with his rocketry. Telemetry from the rockets came down to Earth via a 433MHz serial link, but picking just the bits he needed from a sea of data for later analysis on a laptop screen on bright sunny days was getting a little difficult. His solution was to bring the serial data from his transceiver module to an ESP8266, and from that both share it over WiFi and display pertinent information via I2C to an LCD for easy reference. And he's put the whole lot with a power supply in a rather splendid wooden case with an SMA socket on the back to attach his Yagi.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:52)
Elementary Schoolers' CubeSat Ready to Deploy from ISS  Voir?

The 400 youngsters attending a suburban Washington, DC, parochial school are eagerly awaiting the day the CubeSat they constructed will be deployed from the International Space Station. The little STMSat-1 spacecraft — an educational project of pupils attending St Thomas More (STM) Cathedral School in Arlington, Virginia — is equipped with a slow-scan TV (SSTV) payload that will transmit on 70 centimeters (437.800 MHz).

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:47)
Swarm Of Tiny Pirate Transmitters GetsTthe Message Out In Syria  Voir?

They say that the first casualty of war is the truth, and that's probably only more the case in a civil war. When one side in a conflict controls the message, the other side is at a huge disadvantage. Technology can level the playing field, and in the case of the Syrian Civil War, a swarm of tiny Raspberry Pi transmitters is helping one side get their message out.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:47)
Science and Space explorers get out-of-this-world results (UK)  Voir?

YOUNG minds were buzzing with discovery at a Science and Space Festival in Otley last week. The event saw pupils from across the area visit Ashfield Primary School to check out everything from the orbit of the International Space Station to 'Aliens from Planet Early Years'.
(05/03/2016 @ 19:47)
Northern California DX Foundation Announces Scholarship Grant to Falklands Schools  Voir?

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a scholarship grant to the Falkland Island Elementary and Middle schools to acquire Amateur Radio equipment, antennas, electronics kits, and science curriculum materials. The NCDXF said David Collingham, K3LP, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground during the recent Intrepid-DX Group DXpedition travels through the Falklands for the recent South Sandwich and South Georgia operations. Collingham met with government and school officials and teachers.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
Introducing Space.com's New Satellite Tracker from N2YO  Voir?

Ever wonder when the International Space Station or Hubble Space Telescope will pass by in their multiple daily orbits? Space.com is introducing a new satellite tracker powered by N2YO.com to answer that question for many of the diverse cast of space stations, observational satellites and military orbiters that trace paths through the sky above.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
Saharawi Amateur Radio wins the first rank in the radio frequency SSB 15  Voir?

Saharawi Amateur Radio obtained the first rank in the radio frequency SSB 15 at the international competition organized by the leading US magazine "CQ Amateur Radio".
(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
AM RF Engineering Pioneer Dies  Voir?

Grant Bingeman, known for his design and software work in the area of complex AM RF engineering, has died. He passed away early Monday, according to an obituary on the website of the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, at age 66. A funeral service is set for Friday in Plano, Texas.
(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
Illinois Transportable Emergency Comm. System: Peace of mind when severe weather strikes (Illinois)  Voir?

This week marks severe weather awareness week in Illinois and it is an effort to make sure you have a plan – for a worst case scenario. Even if you don't have a plan – there's a man in Robinson who does. Communication is critical.
(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
From World War II until today, University Heights' Goldfarb and his radios have been inseparable (Ohio)  Voir?

Jack Goldfarb is what's known as an amateur radio operator. It's a shame he's stuck with that descriptive handle for ham radio enthusiasts because, after one has done what he has for so long, the word "pro" should be found somewhere in the title.
(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps Holds HAM Radio Operators Seminar (California)  Voir?

Ham radio operators gathered in San Bernardino where The Salvation Army Corps held its 20th annual “Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network” (SATERN) seminar, which was free to the attendees. SATERN is the official emergency communications service of The Salvation Army. Paul Hager is the SATERN coordinator and promoted this year's event.

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(05/03/2016 @ 19:39)
FCC Rattles Sword Against Pirate Operations  Voir?

The Federal Communications Commission is hoping to help fight pirate radio by raising awareness of the problem. It announced steps a day ahead of an FCC oversight meeting of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The commission released an Enforcement Advisory notice and distributed a series of individualized letters (see list at bottom) that reiterate the illegality of operating certain radio broadcasting equipment without a license. Recipients include mayors, police chiefs, Realtors, rental property owners and other community organizations.

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(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
ARRL VEC Applications, Session Scheduling Getting Back on Track  Voir?

A computer program issue that was preventing the ARRL VEC from managing and posting its schedule of future examination sessions and transmitting application data from completed sessions to the FCC has been resolved, and the backlog is being cleared.
(03/03/2016 @ 19:00)
MFJ Founder, President Martin Jue, K5FLU, Will Keynote Dayton DX Dinner  Voir?

“The Early Days of MFJ” will be the topic as MFJ Founder and President Martin Jue, K5FLU, keynotes the 31st annual Dayton DX Dinner, sponsored by the SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA). Held in conjunction with the 2016 Dayton Hamvention, the dinner will be on Friday, May 20, at the Marriott Hotel, 1414 S Patterson Boulevard, Dayton.

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(03/03/2016 @ 19:00)
Wide-reaching EAS Test Hits Some Potholes  Voir?

Today's alerting test went off at 2:20 pm Eastern but hit a more than a few potholes along the way. The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an IPAWS/EAS test that was to cover a sizable part of the nation: 22 states, two territories and the District of Columbia. But there were hiccups in the process, and six states were dropped from the test with little to no warning to participants due to concerns about real weather activity.

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(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
Azores “Beacon” CR2X to Bid Farewell in the 2016 ARRL International DX SSB Contest  Voir?

Having achieved its goals in the Azores, the Radio Arcala group (OH8X) will bid farewell to CR2X during the ARRL International DX Contest (SSB) over the March 5-6 weekend. An alliance of serious Finnish contesters and their partners, Radio Arcala aims to apply the latest telecommunication technology to Amateur Radio, using contesting as a demonstration test bed and to push the envelope. By targeting youth, the group also hopes to attract newcomers. CR2X — The Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium — was established to serve those aims.

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(03/03/2016 @ 18:59)
Iron County Emergency Management works to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters (Utah)  Voir?

Whether we realize it or not, Southern Utah is earthquake country. There have been numerous small earthquakes in this area in recent years and, according to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), they provide a good reminder that people in Utah and Northern Arizona should be prepared.
(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
Vertical Bridge Acquires Alpha Towers  Voir?

Vertical Bridge, a specialist in wireless communication infrastructure, has acquired almost 200 radio broadcast towers from Alpha Media. Some of the towers were owned by Alpha and others were acquired as a result of the recent acquisition of station group owner Digity. A release said that Vertical Bridge owns, operates or manages 42,000 towers and other communications site locations such as billboards and rooftops.

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(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly lands safely following year in space  Voir?

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly landed safely in Kazakhstan this evening, putting an end to his nearly year-long stay aboard the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz capsule brought Kelly and two of his fellow Russia crew members home, a seven-hour-trip. Kelly has now concluded the spaceflight portion of NASA's One-Year Mission — an experiment to see how astronauts' bodies change during 340 days aboard the ISS.

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(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
Radio Is a Muscular Mass-Reach Medium  Voir?

AM/FM radio is America's top “mass reach” medium. And despite proliferating audio choices, 97 percent of in-car tuning comes from three established platforms: AM/FM, the leader, followed (well behind) by satellite radio and personally owned music.
(03/03/2016 @ 18:48)
'Ham'-ing it up (Indiana)  Voir?

You're talking to someone from Florida. They're laughing at a joke someone made in Canada. Piping in is a smart-mouthed comment from someone in California. You're sitting there, taking it all in, right here in La Porte. It's not a telephone call, it's not Skype or Facetime. It's ham radio and even when the power goes out, you can still pick up that hand mic and tell your friends hundreds of miles away you're sitting in the dark.

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(02/03/2016 @ 00:08)
Amateur Radio Accompanying “Great Northern Way” Arctic Russia Expedition  Voir?

Amateur Radio will be onboard for the “Great Northern Way“ Arctic expedition in Russia. Listen for R3CA/8/9/0 along the route. The historical-geographical expedition was due to get under way in mid-February from Novy Urengoy (Yamal). The project commemorates the 400 anniversary of the Northern Sea Route and will be part of a research program, “Mysteries of the Russian Arctic.”

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(02/03/2016 @ 00:08)
Grant Bingeman Dies at 66  Voir?

Grant Bingeman, known for his design and software work in the often-arcane area of complex AM RF engineering, has died. He passed away early Monday, according to an obituary on the website of the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, at age 66. A funeral service is set for Friday in Plano, Texas. Bingeman was considered an expert in network design, antenna couplers and phasing systems for AM radio, as well as computer control and programming. - See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/grant-bingeman-dies-at-66/278263#sthash.YDaeSZQ6.dpuf

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(01/03/2016 @ 23:03)
FCC Just Making A Bad Thing Worse  Voir?

The FCC's plan to revitalize the AM band is a very hot topic in our industry right now. And the part of the plan that will impact the big booming AMs heard all across the country has generated an interesting debate, often between those owning or operating AM radio stations. Our coverage of the topic yesterday generated a ton of feedback, including this very detailed piece by Doc Searls.

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(01/03/2016 @ 23:02)
LPTV Stations Ask FCC To Delay Spectrum Auction  Voir?

A group of low-power TV stations denied participation in the upcoming broadcast-spectrum incentive auction has asked the Federal Communications Commission to stay the March 29 start of the incentive auction. That is according to a document filed at the FCC. In the Feb. 29 filing, Videohouse, Fifth Street Enterprises and WMTM, representing Class A TV's all denied either participation in the auction or protection in the post-auction repack, filed an emergency motion to stay the auction

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(01/03/2016 @ 23:00)
Radio enthusiasts run through paces at Waikanae (New Zealand)  Voir?

A FIELD radio station was set up under the trees at Waikanae on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The day's aim was to test organisational and radio operation, and to help to form an effective team of radio operators.
(29/02/2016 @ 21:49)
Pierce County Jail limits connectivity to stronger radio frequency (Washington)  Voir?

Pierce County corrections deputies have not had a smooth transition to a new radio system created to unify communication among law enforcement and first responders in the South Sound. Outside the confines of the Pierce County Jail corrections staff can use new radios to connect to the 700 MHz system that came online in 2014.

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(29/02/2016 @ 21:49)
Raspberry Pi-powered transmitters broadcast Syrian radio  Voir?

The Pocket FMs, as they are called, were designed by a German organisation as a way of providing Syrians with independent radio. The devices have a range of between 4 to 6km (2.5 to 3.75 miles), which is enough to cover an entire town.
(29/02/2016 @ 21:49)
Armed Forces Day 2016 Communication Test to Include Direct Military-Ham Contact on 60 Meters  Voir?

This year's Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test on Saturday, May 14, will include a significant new wrinkle: Select military stations will be using 60 meter interoperability channels to communicate directly with Amateur Radio stations on the band.
(29/02/2016 @ 20:54)
First Satellite Contact Between Antarctica and South America Reported  Voir?

The Radio Club of Argentina (RCA) and AMSAT-LU have announced the first satellite contact between Argentinean Antarctica and mainland Argentina on February 28 via SO-50. The RCA's website reports the historic contact was arranged by the Radio Club of Argentina and AMSAT-LU.
(29/02/2016 @ 20:54)
US Amateur Radio Numbers Continue to Soar  Voir?

Amateur Radio is alive and well! Growth in the US continued in 2015, with a record 735,405 licensees in the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) database by the end of the year. That's up 9130 over December 2014, a 1.2 percent rise, continuing a steady increase in the Amateur Radio population in every year since 2007.

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(29/02/2016 @ 20:49)
Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society Seeks New Leadership  Voir?

The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS), sponsor of Intercontinental Lightship-Lighthouse Week, is looking for a new leader. Jim Weidner, K2JXW, who founded the ARLHS in 2000, has resigned as owner and president, due to serious illness.
(29/02/2016 @ 20:49)
Decherd feels sense of adventure, helping others as a storm spotter (Illinois)  Voir?

When a tornado hit the ground near the Quad-Cities just two days before Christmas 2015, most people were waiting it out in their basement. Not so National Weather Service SKYWARN storm spotter volunteer Doug Decherd, who with others, was hard at work tracking the storm.
(29/02/2016 @ 20:49)
Hamfest brings amateur radio enthusiasts from across country to Dalton (Georgia)  Voir?

John Sanders says he can't remember a time when amateur radio wasn't part of his life. “My dad was a TV repairman and just loved electronics,” said the Cleveland, Tenn., resident. “When I was a child back in the 1970s, he'd come home from work and after dinner get on his radio. I'd watch him when I was little, then as I got older, he started teaching me and letting me take part in it.”

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(29/02/2016 @ 20:49)
HAM radio survives internet onslaught(India)  Voir?

In the presence of advanced and highly connected text messengers, tweets and Facebook posts, the century-old social media HAM (amateur) radio is still alive and kicking in the IT capital of India.
(29/02/2016 @ 20:49)
Vessel with Rich Ham History — the Bowdoin — Being Refurbished for Further Exploring  Voir?

The schooner Bowdoin, which has a prominent place in early Amateur Radio history, will be relaunched this spring. The vessel relied on Amateur Radio operators for communication during explorer Donald B. MacMillan's Arctic Expedition of 1923 and on the MacMillan-McDonald-Byrd Expedition of 1925. Now it's undergoing extensive renovation and refitting in Maine. Named after MacMillan's alma mater, Bowdoin College, the Bowdoin today is the official vessel of the State of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy's Vessel Operations and Technology Program, which readied the vessel for refitting last year.

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(27/02/2016 @ 23:11)
Did the Apollo 10 crew hear music from space?  Voir?

Apollo 10 astronauts, who orbited the moon two months before Neil Armstrong's famous 1969 landing, heard mysterious and un-explainable 'music' on its dark side. Because the module(s) were on the far side of the moon they were out of the range of Earthly radio transmissions and the 'spooky sound' has been dubbed 'alien moon music'.

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(27/02/2016 @ 23:11)
Electric cars shun AM radio  Voir?

As an unintended consequence, two popular energy efficient cars from BMW and Tesla are dumping AM radio, due to the vehicles interfering with passenger reception on that band. It seems that the rechargeable battery vehicles have an electric motor with a frequency converter that disrupts AM broadcasts, which can be prone to that kind of interference.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
FCC docs show Raspberry Pi 3 with on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth  Voir?

One of the longstanding shortcomings of the Raspberry Pi—the mini-computer that everybody loves to love—is its lack of wireless connectivity. Sure, you can buy a USB Wi-Fi dongle, but that's an added expense, and it means one fewer USB port at your disposal on a device that's already somewhat limited, connectivity-wise.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
Eleven-year-old Honored as State's Youngest Ham Operator (New Jersey)  Voir?

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – While Hunter Gibbs is not a Cape May County resident, his 11-year-old voice travels far. On Feb. 11, Gibbs was honored for being one of the youngest amateur radio operators in the state. One of those presenters was Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st) who presented a state proclamation and spoke highly of the lad's accomplishments.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
NASA's ‘Robonaut' bot is losing its sight, but maybe you can help  Voir?

The International Space Station's resident robot is going blind, and NASA has put out a call to Earthlings for help. Robonaut 2, for those not in the know, is NASA's highly dexterous robot-astronaut that's been assisting its ISS-based human counterparts with various tests and tasks since 2011. Sadly, R2's extended stay in space has evidently taken its toll, with the space agency reporting a deterioration in the bot's 3D vision capabilities. “Humans use glasses to help them see better, but for robots, the fix is in their code,” the space agency said on its website this week. Offering prizes worth $10,000, NASA is calling on skilled coders to create new algorithms to help R2 “see” better.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
Sister Lauren's last sale stocked with memories (Minnesota)  Voir?

After 48 years of running rummage sales and bazaars in Rochester, Sister Lauren Weinandt has raised more $1 million to help Mayo Clinic patients.
(27/02/2016 @ 23:02)
Missouri Hams Lead the Way, Mirror Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR1301/S1685  Voir?

A mirror bill to the Amateur Radio Parity Act, HR1301/S1685, currently being considered in the US Congress was filed in the State of Missouri House of Representatives on January 6, 2016. This Bill, HB1951, authored by Rep. Bryan Spencer (District 63), was initiated by Larry Scantlan, KE0KZ, of Wentzville, MO. Larry believes that even if the Federal legislation passes and is signed into law by the President, it doesn't hurt to have state law to back it up at the local level. This can be seen by Missouri passing a companion bill back in 2004 reflecting the Federal mandates of PRB-1.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
Mount Wellington Mine Celebrates St Piran's Day with amateur radio broadcast celebration of Cornish mining landmark (UK)  Voir?

A CORNISH mining landmark will be celebrating St Piran's Day on Saturday, March 5 with a special broadcast by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, or CRAC for short. The club has obtained a special events station licence making a one-time-only broadcast at Mount Wellington Mine to activate it as an amateur radio station.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
'Talking to the World' (Minnesota)  Voir?

Kurt Eisenach was about 14 when a friend asked if he wanted to come along to visit with a ham radio operator. He did. And he was hooked. Sixty years later, Eisenach is still on the air, as a member of the Northland Amateur Radio Association.
(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
“Frequency” TV Series Now Planned for CW Network  Voir?

The buzz from Hollywood is that a TV series based on the 2000 movie “Frequency” now is in development on — appropriately enough for a show featuring ham radio — the CW. Amateur Radio served as a plot device in the movie and will do the same in the TV series.
(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
FCC locks down router firmware  Voir?

For years, we have been graced with consumer electronics that run some form of Linux, have a serial port on the circuit board somewhere, and are able to be upgraded through official and unofficial means. That digital picture frame you got for Christmas in 2007 and forgot to regift in 2008? That's a computer, and it would make a wonderful Twitter feed display. Your old Linksys WRT54G router? You can make a robotic lawnmower out of that thing. The ability to modify the firmware of consumer electronics is the cornerstone of Hackaday's editorial prerogative. Now that right we have all enjoyed is in jeopardy, thanks to regulations from the FCC and laziness from router manufacturers.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
An Internet Radio in a Classic Cathedral Case  Voir?

If you're looking for a hot collectible item and a great restoration project, cathedral-style radios from the 1930s are a solid choice. But they're getting harder to find as the years roll by, so if your heart's content is to listen to modern broadcasts through a radio with a classic look, you may need to roll your own cathedral case for an internet radio.

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(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
FCC Seeks Comments on Petition to Grant Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses  Voir?

The FCC is seeking comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetime Amateur Radio licenses. Mark F. Krotz, N7MK, of Mesa, Arizona, filed his request with the FCC last November. He wants the FCC to revise 97.25 of its rules to indicate that Amateur Radio licenses are granted for the holder's lifetime, instead of for the current 10 year term. Krotz noted that the General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) already is issued on a lifetime basis, and he maintained that not having to renew licenses would lighten the FCC's workload.

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(25/02/2016 @ 00:09)
Lancaster hams to help students contact space station  Voir?

An international consortium of amateur radio organizations and space agencies, including NASA, the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at SUNY Buffalo State and the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club, will be helping some Buffalo public school students contact astronauts on the International Space Station via amateur radio.

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(25/02/2016 @ 00:09)
Debate Over the Famous "Wow! Signal" -- Aliens or a Comet? -- Continues  Voir?

When Ohio State University's Big Ear observatory picked up a super-powerful radio signal back on August 15, 1977, the event was permanently crystallized in the minds of extraterrestrial researchers and The X-Files fans alike. It was so strong that Jerry Ehman, the astronomer who found it, couldn't help but scribble “Wow!” in the margins of his data sheet.

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(25/02/2016 @ 00:09)
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition That Seeks 80/75 Meter Adjustments  Voir?

The FCC has put the ARRL's January Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759) on public notice and invited interested parties to comment on what the League has called “minimal but necessary changes” to 80 and 75 meters. The ARRL petitioned the FCC to fix a “shortfall in available RTTY/data spectrum” that the Commission created when it reapportioned 80 and 75 meters 10 years ago.

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(23/02/2016 @ 21:01)
Breaking SimpliSafe Security Systems With Software Defined Radio  Voir?

The SimpliSafe home security system is two basic components, a keyboard and a base station. Sensors such as smoke detectors, switches, and motion sensors can be added to this system, all without a wired installation. Yes, this security system is completely wireless. Yes, you can still buy a software defined radio for ten dollars. Yes, the device has both “simple” and “safe” in its name. We all know where this is going, right?

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(23/02/2016 @ 21:11)
Sputnik's Transmitter Beeps Again  Voir?

Sputnik. The first artificial satellite, the launch of which precipitated the space race. Without the frenetic pace of technological advancement as the USA and the USSR vied with each other during the decade following its launch it is safe to say that we might not yet have many of the tools and components we take for granted as electronics enthusiasts and makers today.

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(23/02/2016 @ 21:11)
Satellite DXCC Nearly 20 Years in the Making  Voir?

It took nearly 20 years, but AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, finally qualified for Satellite DXCC. Glasbrenner submitted the requisite number of QSLs for checking at the Orlando HamCation February 12-14, and ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, verified KO4MA's achievement.

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(23/02/2016 @ 21:06)
The voices on the radio (Alabama)  Voir?

The crackle of radio static is one of the first sounds Jerry Fiore hears in the morning. From the antenna in his Vestavia Hills backyard, Fiore can listen to what's going on around the world. For 60 years, Fiore has been a licensed amateur radio operator — sometimes called a “ham.” His Federal Communications Commission license enables him to broadcast over the airwaves under his own call sign, N4JF, and talk to other hams in any country that his signal can reach. After six decades, Fiore said he's talked to someone in every country around the globe, with only one — North Korea — not being officially confirmed.

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(23/02/2016 @ 21:01)
NITK, Ham to provide connectivity in Kudremukh forest (India)  Voir?

Mangaluru: To combat fire, poaching, naxal and illegal activities in Kudremukh Reserve Forest area, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (NITK) and amateur Ham operators are on a mission to provide technical assistance for restoring the wireless network.
(23/02/2016 @ 21:01)
First Solid-State Transmitter to Span the Atlantic Now Part of ARRL Historical Collection  Voir?

A flea-powered transistorized ham transmitter built in the 1950s and used to make a transatlantic contact has become part of the ARRL Historical Collection. The noteworthy historical artifact was donated by Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, on behalf of the estate of Gus Fallgren, W1OG (SK), the ham at the key for the momentous event. Fallgren — then W1OGU — and two other Raytheon Engineers, Al “Hank” Hankinson, W1OSF, and Dick Wright, W1UBC, built the little transmitter in the summer of 1956 on a lark, to see if they could achieve Work All Continents (WAC) with it.

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(22/02/2016 @ 21:39)
Fox-1E (RadFxSat-2) Selected for Participation in NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative  Voir?

RadFxSat-2, the Space Radiation Effects CubeSat — also known as Fox-1E — has been selected to participate in NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt University's Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and AMSAT, similar to RadFxSat (Fox-1B), scheduled to launch next January. The Fox-1E spacecraft bus will be built as part of the Fox-1 series but will feature a linear V/U (Mode J) transponder “upgrade” instead of the standard FM repeater that Fox-1A through D have carried.

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(22/02/2016 @ 21:39)
New director taking the helm at Connecticut's ARRL  Voir?

A change of leadership is taking place at the nation's largest ham radio organization, the Connecticut-based American Radio Relay League. After three decades at the helm, Dave Sumner is stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by former investment banker and businessman Tom Gallagher, whose ham callsign is NY2RF.

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(22/02/2016 @ 21:37)
Weather observers help professionals track storms  Voir?

With all the advancements in weather technology, the meteorologists charged with keeping Southern Tier residents informed and safe still rely on an age-old tool — the eyes of volunteers.
(22/02/2016 @ 21:37)
ARES Team Leverages Radio Services, Local Media, Internet in Missouri Flood Watch  Voir?

Members of Ste Genevieve County ARES in Missouri pulled together a variety of resources to pitch in when the Mississippi River threatened to crest at a record level in late December. Ste Genevieve County Emergency Coordinator Norm Gallup, KD0HHM, reached out to the county's emergency manager to offer the ARES group's assistance, and the ARES team was tasked with patrolling the north levee. Gallup was familiar with the system of levees and earthen dams that keep the river from overflowing its banks. With only a handful of radio amateurs at hand, AEC Jody Odem, NR9A, said the ARES team soon realized it would have to expand its pool of volunteers to non-amateurs who would be willing to patrol the levee. He suggested providing Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) VHF radios to support unlicensed levee walkers, to supplement ham radio and the Ste Genevieve County Amateur Radio Club repeater.

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(22/02/2016 @ 21:34)
The hams of Hoover (Alabama)  Voir?

Some hobbies require a certain location. Fishing needs a lake, skiing needs a slope, and for amateur radio, you need a mountain. That's why Dave Cisco, Ken Harden and Bill Davidson each bought a home in Bluff Park. They're all amateur radio operators, often known as hams, and the high elevation gives them a better radio signal to talk across the city or across the world.

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(22/02/2016 @ 21:34)
Record number of Americans apply to #BeAnAstronaut at NASA  Voir?

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA's 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number of applications received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.
(21/02/2016 @ 23:30)
SA to raise Amateur Radio licence fee  Voir?

The Amateur Radio licence fee in South Africa will increase from 1 April to R126 per annum. To safeguard against future increases radio amateurs may take out a 5 year licence at R525.
(21/02/2016 @ 23:29)
Group aims to build faith-based disaster relief network (Georgia)  Voir?

Coweta County's growth requires first responders to work above and beyond on a daily basis, and faith-based resources can play a crucial role in relieving that burden. Coweta County Emergency Management has taken the lead in coordinating with the Faith-Based Disaster Network, co-hosting a one-day Faith-Based Disaster Conference with Fayette County Emergency Management at Cornerstone United Methodist Church Saturday.

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(21/02/2016 @ 23:27)
Radio ham contributed to Detection of Gravitational Waves  Voir?

Radio amateur Dr. Joe Taylor K1JT and Dr. Russell Hulse won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 'for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation'
(21/02/2016 @ 21:28)
Breathing new life into an old key  Voir?

For most of us who have experimented with Morse code, the oldest key we are likely to have used will have been a piece of military surplus kit from the Second World War era. [Kyle Gabriel] however is a lucky man. His grandfather left him his key-on-board telegraph practice set, a vintage key and telegraph sounder arrangement used to learn Morse code in the days when the telegraph was king. Rather than keep the set merely as an heirloom, [Kyle] set about bringing it up to date by interfacing it to a Raspberry Pi and writing a Morse reader program.

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(21/02/2016 @ 20:16)
Hands on: A Ham Radio for Makers  Voir?

The RS-UV3 is a shot in the arm for amateur radio. Mobile phones and the Internet have made the basic act of talking to a faraway person an everyday experience. This means that much of the appeal of ham radio is now in things like emergency response; technically challenging exercises such as bouncing signals off satellites or ultralow-power long-distance contacts; and exploring a host of digital communications modes.

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(21/02/2016 @ 19:44)
Hams and the Big One (Oregon)  Voir?

Local amateur radio operators could be the only connection to the outside world when the big one hits. Don Drayton keyed the mic Tuesday morning in the radio room at the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office in Pendleton.
(21/02/2016 @ 19:44)
University of Malta 'unveils the nation's first space mission'  Voir?

Almost 50 years after Maltese UN Ambassador Arvid Pardo established the international law principle that governs supranational jurisdictions, Malta is finally set to venture past the ultimate frontier of the “common heritage of mankind” –Space, the University of Malta said in a statement In keeping with its mission to bring the nation to the technological forefront, the University of Malta, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham in the UK, the Malta Amateur Radio League (MARL), and the Italian Astrodynamics company, GAUSS Srl in Rome, is planning Malta's first space mission.

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(21/02/2016 @ 19:44)
Astronaut Tim Peake in Bristol school hook-up (UK)  Voir?

Students from a Bristol school have spoken to astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. Among the questions from pupils at Oasis Academy Brightstowe was one from 15-year-old Seema who wants to be the first female Afghan astronaut. Major Peake told her it was a "wonderful idea and ambition" and that she should "follow her dreams"

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(21/02/2016 @ 19:44)
Ham radio licenses at all-time high  Voir?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) has been around for more than 100 years. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912. For many years the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) required anyone wanting a ham radio license to take the test before an FCC examiner.
(21/02/2016 @ 19:44)
Functional emergency exercise gets jolt of reality (Colorado)  Voir?

Otero and Crowley County Public Health Director Rick Ritter has been planning the functional emergency preparedness exercise that took place on Feb. 17 for well over a month, but nothing could have prepared the group for the fiber optic cable going out shortly after the exercise began.
(21/02/2016 @ 19:30)
Richmond County ham radio club learns about ‘fox hunt' (South Carolina)  Voir?

The February monthly meeting of the Richmond County Amateur Radio Club welcomed a guest speaker, Rusty George of Cheraw, a member of the South Carolina Palmetto Amateur Linking System.
(21/02/2016 @ 19:16)
Do you know Rufus Turner?  Voir?

It is hard to be remembered in the electronics business. Edison gets a lot of credit, as does Westinghouse and Tesla. In the radio era, many people know Marconi and de Forest (although fewer remember them every year), but less know about Armstrong or Maxwell. In the solid-state age, we tend to remember people like Shockley (even though there were others) and maybe Esaki. If you knew most or all of those names without looking them up, you are up on your electronics history. But do you know the name Rufus Turner?

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(19/02/2016 @ 20:23)
How to choose the best backcountry communication device for your next adventure  Voir?

When you're out in the wild and need to call for help, don't be surprised if your cellphone reads "No Service." Victims of severe trauma or acute medical emergencies have the greatest chance of survival if they are delivered to a level-one trauma center within an hour of the onset condition. Bob Amick, a Red Cross Wilderness First Aid instructor-trainer and vice president of young adult programs in the Western Colorado Council, calls this the "golden hour."

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(19/02/2016 @ 20:23)
Regulators Attend Amateur Radio Administration Course in Mexico City  Voir?

Telecommunications regulators from Mexico and Belize have been attending an Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) this week in Mexico City. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2), the Mexican Federation of Radio Amateurs (FMRE), and the ARRL sponsored the sessions. Presiding at the opening ceremony was Rafael Eslava Herrada, who heads the Concessions and Services Unit of Mexico's telecoms regulator, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).

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(19/02/2016 @ 20:23)
AMSAT Seeks Volunteers to Support Phase 4 "Five and Dime" Ground Terminal Effort  Voir?

Established less than 1 year ago, AMSAT's all-volunteer Phase 4 Ground Terminal team has made significant strides in developing an ensemble of solutions to support the so-called "Five and Dime" (5 GHz and 10 GHz) strategy AMSAT has embraced for microwave satellite projects. Prompting the effort is the planned launch of a geosynchronous military satellite in the 2018 timeframe, which could play host to an Amateur Radio payload operating on the two microwave band.

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(19/02/2016 @ 20:23)
Why modern makers are bringing back ham radio  Voir?

More than a hundred years ago, a few intrepid amateurs began experimenting with a new means of communications known then as wireless. These protohackers - soon to be known as hams - for etymologically obscure reasons - began building their own electronics gear, hoping to use it to communicate with others. By the early 1920s, amateur radio operators were talking with and even transmitting images to complete strangers on the other side of the world.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
House subcommittee approves Kinzinger bills to boost amateur radio usage, prevent FCC broadband rate regulation  Voir?

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved three bills on Thursday, including two measures introduced by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, would instruct the FCC to adopt rules that protect the rights of amateur radio operators. Kinzinger's No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, H.R. 2666, meanwhile, would prevent FCC regulation of rates for broadband Internet.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Japanese Satellites with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched  Voir?

After a delay of a few days, the ChubuSat-2 and ChubuSat-3 satellites launched from Japan on February 17. Initially set for February 12, the launch was delayed due to unfavorable weather conditions. After separating from the H-IIA launch vehicle, beacons on both satellites began transmitting. A CW signal from ChubuSat-2 has been received in Brazil.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Of Hyperbands and Hams  Voir?

We don't talk often of the Hyperband or the role amateur radio plays in our profession. While many have tried, including me (it seems so easy) no one has ever adequately put words around why we often have such affection for a profession that - when laid out in black and white - really doesn't stack up to what the skill set might bring in rewards elsewhere.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Arkansas VHFer Claims "Mathematically Impossible" AO-7 Mode B Distance Record  Voir?

Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Arkansas has achieved another distance milestone on the venerable AO-7 satellite using Mode B (70 centimeters up/2 meters down). On February 10, Swanson, on Shinnal Mountain west of Little Rock (EM34st), completed a scheduled contact with Eduardo Erlemann, PY2RN (GG66lw), a calculated distance of 8030.895 kilometers (approximately 4979.2 miles)

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Institute all set to revive ham radio in Mangaluru  Voir?

MANGALURU: To attract youngsters to Ham (amateur radio), the Indian Institute of Hams has started an awareness campaign, wherein it will also help them to set up their own private station to explore technical experimentation.
(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
New Amateur Extra Question Pool Puts Greater Emphasis on Digital, SDRs, Propagation  Voir?

The new Amateur Extra class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, now is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) website. The latest revision contains a few minor corrections that had been released in a February 5 errata of the initial January 8 release. NCVEC Question Pool Committee Chair Rol Anders, K3RA, said the new pool represents a fairly significant change relative to the current question pool, which expires on June 30.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Hurricane Watch Net, Maritime Mobile Service Network Stalwart David Lefavour, W7GOX, SK  Voir?

A veteran of the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN), Capt David Lefavour, W7GOX, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, died on February 8. He was 82. Lefavour served for more than 28 years in the US Navy as a fighter pilot and later worked in law enforcement.
(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
An Affordable Radio telescope  Voir?

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When you hear radio telescope, the first thing that jumps to your mind is a multi-million dollar facility consisting of a massive dish antenna turned toward the heavens.
(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Retiring ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, Passionate about Amateur Radio  Voir?

Retiring ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, took the opportunity as keynote speaker at the Orlando HamCation banquet on February 13 to deliver his valedictory. HamCation hosted the 2016 ARRL National Convention February 12-14. A sometimes-emotional Sumner, who steps down on April 18, told his audience about the role that Amateur Radio has played in his life, and he expressed optimism that it will mean as much to future generations as it has to him and to his.

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(17/02/2016 @ 21:30)
Berkley man charged with brutally killing friend in jealous rage (Massachusetts)  Voir?

A Berkley man allegedly shot his 70-year-old friend 10 times inside the victim's home Monday night, killing him in a jealous rage after learning the other man had carried on a romantic relationship with his recently deceased girlfriend, authorities said. The details of the love triangle and brutal slaying were disclosed Friday in Wareham District Court in the case against John B. Wittey, 70. Wittey pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of John E. Williams, also 70, of Wareham.

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(13/02/2016 @ 01:53)
Fine tuning in trying times  Voir?

The radio has been an integral part of our lives, since the time it was invented. Through all the wars, floods, earthquakes, accidents, the radio has stood tall as the most reliable means of communication. Today, on World Radio Day, with the theme of ‘Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster', NT BUZZ talks to few radio jockeys across the state to find out the scope for the first modern medium of communication

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Alleged affair led to murder, officials say (Massachusetts)  Voir?

John Williams was murdered because of an affair with a woman who died last month, authorities said at John Wittey's arraignment Friday afternoon. Attorney for the Commonwealth Joe Janezic revealed the 70-year-old Wittey, of Berkley, allegedly shot and killed the also 70-year-old Williams at his home at 120 Glen Charlie Rd. on Monday night, because he believed his recently deceased girlfriend and Williams had had an affair. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a press conference following the arraignment that Wittey and Williams knew each other from amateur radio clubs in which they were both involved. Cruz would not say how Wittey found out about the supposed relationship.

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This Is The Most Dangerous Way To Listen to the Radio  Voir?

AM radio towers are giant beasts thanks to the way AM radio works: amplitude modulation. The more power, the higher the band of the radio. This means that they are essentially radiating out broadcasts with lots and lots of energy, as opposed to FM radio. But just how dangerous are those towers? This Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club demo should give you a rough idea. By attaching a jump cable to the tower, the amateur radio club at the university essentially shorts out the tower briefly. When that happens, the arc of electricity firing off the tower then carries enough strength to actually unleash the audio. There's about 50,000 watts in that tower and briefly in that arc. Hence, all the safety gear on the operator of this temporary unlicensed broadcast.

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Spotlight on: Argent Data Systems  Voir?

The website for Argent Data Systems says the company manufactures "electronic products for amateur radio, education, and commercial users." But the Santa Maria-based company is also affiliated with hyperionloop.com, which is known for its "smart hoops" or hula hoops with light emitting diodes (LED) and programmable electronics. Glittering with a rainbow of colors, the hoops are a popular accessory within the electronic dance music scene.

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Texas APRS balloon crosses Atlantic  Voir?

The solar powered amateur radio APRS balloon BTL-42.1 W5BTR-11 has successfully crossed the Atlantic The balloon was released by the South Texas Balloon Launch Team on February 7 and its signal was picked up at 17:57 UT on February 10 off the coast of Northern Spain.
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Special Valentines after 54 years of marriage (North Carolina)  Voir?

...A Kings Mountain realtor for 33 years, Sandra is employed by Allen Tate Realtors. She relaxes after work with Callie in her lap and crocheting and watching TV with her husband. Arlin, who retired from the electronics business, was a ham radio operator for 60 years and is the only living charter member of the Shelby Radio Club.

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Ellis County Amateur Radio Operators lend hand in tornado efforts (Texas)  Voir?

Throughout most of the day and into the night on December 26, 2015, Ellis County Amateur Radio club members that are part of the Ellis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, http://www.elliscountyares.org/, used their communications skills to keep track of tornado activity that came through the county. Hams were strategically placed while storm spotting. They moved where the storm(s) moved keeping a safe distance. The information that was gathered was then passed on to NOAA weather personnel who rely on ham radio operators to report accurate and timely information. Had Internet and cell phones failed, ham radios would still be functional.

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Ham radio APRS balloon heading for Europe  Voir?

The amateur radio APRS balloon BLT-42.1, call sign W5BTR-11, is believed to be over the Atlantic heading towards France The South Texas Balloon Launch Team released the balloon on Sunday, February 7. It carries an APRS transmitter on 145.390 MHz FM (5 kHz deviation) which should switch automatically to 144.800 MHz FM when it comes within range of Europe.

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ARRL Announces Partnership with RFinder — The Worldwide Repeater Directory  Voir?

ARRL has established an agreement with RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, to be its preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.
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ARRL Board Adopts New Strategic Plan  Voir?

The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League's vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group, said the revised plan represents more than 8 months of work on the part of the group's seven members. Now-Honorary ARRL Vice President Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, chaired the panel, which met some 2 dozen times, mostly via webinar. Kramer said input to the Strategic Plan was considerable and comprehensive.

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Volunteer observers monitor Interior's extreme temperatures, snowfall (Alaska)  Voir?

Thanks to the work of volunteer weather observers, the National Weather Service was able to promptly report how unevenly snow fell across the Tanana Valley during an early September storm this winter. A volunteer south of Fox measured about 15 inches, while in North Pole another observer recorded only 10 inches.

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The New SSCA HF Radio Station  Voir?

With the help of amateur- radio enthusiast Glenn Tuttle, the Seven Seas Cruising Association has a new high-frequency radio voice service for sailors in the Caribbean who are without a cellular or Internet connection.
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"Ham TV" System Used for First Time During ARISS Contact wit UK School  Voir?

The "Ham TV" digital Amateur Radio television system onboard the International Space Station was used for the first time ever this week for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact. UK and ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, inaugurated the system as he spoke on February 11 with students at a school in Rickmansworth, England.

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Amateur Radio Parity Act Gets Favorable Subcommittee Report  Voir?

On a voice vote, the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has sent the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee with a favorable report for further consideration. The measure was among three bills the Subcommittee considered during a February 11 "markup" session. The Subcommittee is chaired by Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR).

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Where to go During a Communications Shutdown  Voir?

If you've been in meetings and exercises that simulate a total communications loss, you've likely wondered what you would do in the event of a catastrophic failure that takes down cellular, Internet, power, and even your own systems.
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IARU President Touts Amateur Radio's Relevance in Emergency Communication  Voir?

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is "probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago." Ellam made the comment during an interview with Maximilian Jacobson-Gonzalez at the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016), held in late January in Kuwait and sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event's slogan was "Saving lives."

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ARRL Signs New Memorandum of Understanding with the American Red Cross  Voir?

The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The document, signed in January, succeeds one agreed to in 2010; it will remain in place for the next 5 years. The MoU spells out how League Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface with the Red Cross in the event that ARES teams are asked by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster or emergency response.

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Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Stepping down as CQ World Wide Contest Director  Voir?

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, said February 9 that he will step down as director of the CQ World Wide Contest as soon as his replacement can be found. His announcement includes a job description for prospective applicants. Thompson cited increasing professional responsibilities for his decision. Thompson became director of the CQ WPX Contest in 2008, serving through the 2012 contest. He was appointed as CQ WW Contest Director in September 2012.

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International Radio Fair in Odisha on World Radio Day  Voir?

Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, will host a two-day International Radio Fair on February 13 and 14 on the occasion of World Radio Day (WRD). It will focus on ‘Role of Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster' as it is the theme of WRD 2016. All India Radio, private FM stations, community radio stations and Internet-based radio stations will participate in the event while Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will grace the occasion.

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Virgin Islands Weather Net Founder, Repeater Network Pioneer George B. Cline, KP2G, SK  Voir?

George B. Cline, KP2G, of St John, Virgin Islands, died on January 11. He was 79. For many years Cline served as a radio dispatcher for St John Rescue, and he was a member of the St John Amateur Radio Club. In 1994, Cline initiated the Virgin Islands Weather Net to provide weather updates and critical weather information for the greater Virgin Islands community.

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Severe Weather, Out-of-Turn Callers Hindering VP8SGI DXpedition  Voir?

The South Georgia Island VP8SGI DXpedition has been cut short by bad weather. "VP8SGI Team back on Braveheart. Big storm right now. Everyone is OK. More news later," was the word earlier today from VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot Toni Gonazlez, EA5RM.
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Quarter Century Wireless Association Honors ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD  Voir?

The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD, for his 70 years as a radio amateur. QCWA Chapter 155 in Charlottesville, Virginia - where Dannals lives - hosted a celebratory luncheon for Dannals on February 3. Dannals also is a QCWA President Emeritus.

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Ham Radio Experts Study Kudremukh Area (India)  Voir?

A team of people who take part in amateur radio (also known as ham radio) has decided to assist the Kudremukh Wildlife Division, Karkala for restoring the wireless network to combat poaching and fire incidents effectively.
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Morro Bay radio enthusiast turns 107, drinks two glasses of wine each day  Voir?

As a boy, Harry K. Wolf once made a trip via horse and buggy to Morro Bay to dig for clams from his family's ranch in Paso Robles. He recalls one day, amid church bells ringing, coming home and learning from his parents that World War I had ended.
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VOA Museum of Broadcasting Names Volunteer of the Year  Voir?

The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting's board of directors has named Eric Koci as the Volunteer of the Year for 2016. Koci first joined the West Chester [Ohio] Amateur Radio Association, a division of the VOA museum that also operates radio station WC8VOA. His skills in electronics enable him to aid in technical improvements of the radio transmission facilities, the announcement noted.

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Two NTU satellites complete first space missions (Singapore)  Voir?

Two satellites built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and launched in December have completed their first space missions to test a variety of new Singapore-made satellite technologies. NTU now has six satellites in orbit.
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Brentwood radio ham still taking to the airwaves at age of 100 (UK)  Voir?

AN AMATEUR radio ham operator from Hutton who has been taking to the airwaves since the 1920s has celebrated his 100th birthday. Fred Crockford, who turned 100 today (Wednesday), still spends two hours a day speaking to amateur radio operators all over the world, including in New Zealand and Australia.

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HOA trade group fights bill that would ease ham radio restriction (Illinois)  Voir?

In a disaster, it is often the only dependable means of two-way communication, but an organization that supports homeowner associations across the United States is opposing a bill that would prevent HOAs from banning amateur radio operation.
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US House Cosponsor List for Amateur Radio Parity Act Grows  Voir?

The list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) continues to grow. The addition of Rep Stevan Pearce, KG5KIQ (R-NM), and Rep Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) as cosponsors on February 1 raises the total to 120 cosponsors.
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Want to connect with people all over the world? Try using a ham radio (New Hampshire)  Voir?

Kilo (K) Alpha (A) One (1) Sierra (S) Kilo (K) Yankee (Y) Those words strung together probably don't mean a whole lot to you, but in the world of ham radio, that's the call sign of The Sky is Not the Limit Amateur Radio Club at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
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Students to take giant leap when Radio Science Day culminates in the fall (Arizona)  Voir?

In the fall, students in the outlying districts of La Paz County will get to do what very few people could ever dream of. They will talk with astronauts on the international space station. It will all be the culmination of a project that began on Jan. 13 when students from Ehrenberg, Salome, Quartzsite, Bouse and Wenden were bused to the Quartzsite Community Center and met people involved in radio communication as part of Radio Science Day.

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ARRL 2016 Field Day Packet is Now Available, New Bonus Point Categories Announced  Voir?

It's not too early to be thinking about Field Day 2016 and planning your club's strategy for a bigger score and greater participation than last year. Field Day is June 25-26 - always the 4th full weekend in June - and the 2016 ARRL Field Day Packet now is available to download as a PDF file. This year's Field Day introduces two new ways to score bonus points - Social Media and Safety Officer.

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Relocated Hamfest draws big crowd  Voir?

It was a Hamfest - and we aren't talking about pork. The Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club (MMARC) hosted its 22nd Annual Hamfest last Saturday, at Odenton Baptist Church. MMARC is a local club dedicated to the development of Ham operators. Their Hamfest is the club's annual fundraiser. It helps cover the cost of the Annual Field Day Competition and other public services offered by the club.

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Satellite Package Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Released into Orbit from ISS  Voir?

A package of two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads has been deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a collaborative Texas A&M and University of Texas at Austin research effort. Built by Texas A&M students, AggieSat4 (AGS4) will release UT's Bevo-2 CubeSat in about a month, once it is far enough away from the ISS.

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City Ham Radio operator to coordinate global meet in Vizag (India)  Voir?

Arza Ramesh Babu, Director of City Ham Radio Academy has been appointed as coordinator by the Wireless Monitoring Organization, New Delhi for the International Fleet Review-2016 to be held at Visakhapatnam from February 4 to 8.
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Emergency two-way radio equipment to be installed at hospital (Indiana)  Voir?

Emergency two-way radio equipment will be installed in St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil thanks to a nearly $2,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband received permission to apply for the grant during Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners.

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Long-Time ARRL Vice Director, Honorary Vice President Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR, SK  Voir?

A beloved member of the extended ARRL family has passed on. Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR, of Dunedin, Florida, died on January 31. She would have turned 87 this week. An ARRL Life Member, Gauzens served as the Southeastern Division Vice Director for more than 20 years.
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FCC Proposal Would Bring Some New EAS Terminology & Procedures  Voir?

Assuring some good weekend reading in the broadcast and alerting communities, the FCC has released its new 75-page notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at improving the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Among other things, it is considering adopting new EAS designations to more accurately reflect current roles and responsibilities of key EAS participants including radio stations. For your reading pleasure: Radio World has posted the document here (PDF). http://bit.ly/1QDqJfl

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FCC Turns Attention to EAS  Voir?

Emergency alerting continues to be a priority for the Federal Communication Commission. It has adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking designed to strengthen the nation's Emergency Alert System by encouraging authorities to take a more active effort in promoting participation, supporting greater testing and leveraging technological advances.

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Rose Shure Passes Away  Voir?

Rose Shure, probably the last connection to the group of founders of modern audio equipment manufacturers, has passed away. She was the wife of Shure's original founder, Sidney Shure, and was involved with the company's business for decades, including serving as chairman of the board.
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RSGB:DX News - 31 January 2016  Voir?

Dagoberto, CE5COX will operate as 3G9JA from Hornos Island from 1st to 6th February. This one counts as SA-031 for the Islands on the Air Award. QSLs go to CE5JA. Roly, ZL1BQD will be on the air from Raratonga, OC-013, in the South Cook Islands until the 7th of February. He is using the callsign E51RJR on CW on all bands from 80m to 10m. QSL to his home call.

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North American "RST" Stations on the Air Activity Set for February and March  Voir?

The "RST" stations will take to the airwaves in February and March from several locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, with members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) at the helm. All call signs will have "RST" suffixes: KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, and VY0RST. The idea is to further promote Amateur Radio in that part of the world. The joint KL7, VY1, VE8, and VY0 is a first.

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Google tells the FCC its secret airborne network is nothing to worry about  Voir?

In an FCC filing, Google has told the US government that it believes its secret airborne network won't interfere with any existing networks and won't harm any people or animals. Google has been hoping to perform a "two-year nationwide test" of the network and recently addressed some concerns people had raised about it.

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(30/01/2016 @ 22:24)
The MIchigan Mighty-Mite Rides Again  Voir?

One of the best things about having your amateur radio license is that it allows you to legally build and operate transmitters. If you want to build a full-featured single-sideband rig with digital modes, have at it. But there's a lot of fun to be had and a lot to learn from minimalist builds like this Michigan Mighty-Mite one-transistor 80-meter band transmitter.

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
APRS harmonization and removal of OSCAR sub-band  Voir?

IARU Region 1 has released the papers for the Interim Meeting to be held in Vienna April 15-17, 2016 Among the papers for the C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee is one on harmonizing APRS.
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
Discrepancy Detected In GPS Time  Voir?

Tuesday, 26th January, Aalto University's Metshovi observatory located in Kirkkonummi, Finland, detected a rare anomaly in time reported by the GPS system (Google translation). The automatic monitoring system of a hydrogen maser atomic clock triggered an alarm which reported a deviation of 13.7 microseconds. While this is tiny, it is a sign of a problem somewhere, and does not exclude the possibility of larger timekeeping problems happening.

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
It Takes Civilians to Make LA's Emergency Preparedness Work  Voir?

This is the next in a series of articles about emergency preparedness. We stress the attempt to bring the public up to a level of preparation that will be required should we have to deal with a major earthquake.
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FCC Waives Filing Deadlines Due to Weather-Related Closures  Voir?

ue to adverse weather conditions, FCC headquarters closed early on January 22 and was closed altogether on January 25 and 26. "In recognition of the numerous closings and disruptions caused by the weather in the Washington, DC, area, all paper and electronic filings that were due on January 22 through January 27, 2016, will now be due on Thursday, January 28, 2016," the FCC announced on January 28 in a Public Notice.

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FCC Ready To Move Public Files Online  Voir?

This Thursday, the FCC is voting on extending online local public file requirements to radio. As you may recall, several years ago, television stations were required to convert over to an FCC web-based local public file for most local public file materials. So, what does all of this mean for you?
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the Phonetic Alphabet?  Voir?

Sometimes words just have to be spelled for others. I've been on phone conversations where the person on the other end is spelling for me and it's painful. "Was that a ‘b' or a ‘p'?" Sometimes they'll try on the fly to use words with the beginning letter trying to convey the letter: "B as in boy". Then they'll get stumped mumbling while they think desperately for ‘k' words... ‘ketchup'. Okay, but is that really ketchup or catsup?

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Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand "NVIS Antenna Day" Activity this Year  Voir?

ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he is hoping to expand his section's "NVIS Antenna Day" on April 23 by encouraging participation by stations in neighboring states.
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Software Defined Radio  Voir?

If you are a Technophile, Raspberry Pi Tinkerer, or Ham Radio Operator, then these SDR's (Software Defined Radios) are right up your alley. First up is the HackRF One, an open source SDR. This device has some pretty impressive technical specifications. First off, this is not just one of your regular garden variety receive-only SDR; this bad boy can also transmit. On top of that, its transmit/receive frequency bandwidth covers an impressive 1Mhz - 6,000MHz (6GHz).

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
University Radio Club Donates Vintage J-37 Key to B-29 Radio Position Restoration  Voir?

The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas (W5YM), which celebrates its centennial this year, has donated a J-37 telegraph key to be used in a radio position under restoration onboard Fifi, a World War II vintage B29 Superfortress. Members of the Rockwell-Collins Amateur Radio Club have been recreating a radio operator's position on the aircraft.

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IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL  Voir?

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been honored with the 2016 Microwave Application Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was credited with Significant contributions to the development of low-noise oscillators. The Microwave Application Award recognizes an individual, or a team, for an outstanding application of microwave theory and techniques that have been put into practice within the past decade.

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ARES Volunteers Help to Distribute Water in Ohio Community with Lead-Tainted Water  Voir?

Flint, Michigan, is not the only community with water problems due to high lead content. During the week of January 18, some 8100 water customers in Sebring, Ohio, were notified that they, too, had problems with high lead content in their drinking water.
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
DX Engineering Supports the A35T Tonga DXpedition  Voir?

DX Engineering supplied 1,000 feet of its new RG-8X Coaxial Cable to the Tonga DXpedition, to enhance the team's ability to make contact with amateur radio operators around the world.
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
Ham radio a lasting technology, hobby (Illinois)  Voir?

When everything else fails, ham radio operators will still be there. For many amateur radio operators, that is their motto, and hundreds from throughout the Midwest came out Saturday to shop, talk and listen to experts at Winterfest, an annual meeting put on by the St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club.

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
ARES Volunteers Support Major Flood Responses  Voir?

Amateur Radio operators put their skills to work during flooding in the Centralia area of Southwest Washington and historic flooding in the Greater St Louis area in December and January. In Missouri ARES volunteers from three counties pitched in. According to Bill Grimsbo, N0PNP, District C Emergency Coordinator, Amateur Radio volunteers contributed more than 170 hours of service just in his district, working with responding agencies.

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Tom Gallagher Elected CEO of ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio  Voir?

Tom Gallagher, of West Palm Beach, Florida, has been elected as CEO and Secretary of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States. Gallagher will succeed David Sumner, of Coventry, Connecticut, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18. Gallagher was elected by the ARRL Board of Directors in a special session on January 25. He will join the ARRL staff in Newington, Connecticut as CEO-Elect on February 29, and a transition period will follow.

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SKYWARN spotters: Frederick Countians who feed snow data to the National Weather Service (Maryland)  Voir?

17.5 inches. 23 inches. 33.5 inches. Where do those numbers come from? They come from the "weather spies" - people who are bundled up in layers and carrying yardsticks who plunge into the great outdoors, during a blizzard, to relay the latest snow accumulation from their yards to the National Weather Service.

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
DX Engineering Introduces New 572B Tubes for Power Amplifiers  Voir?

DX Engineering is a new source for the popular, yet often difficult to find, 572B model power tube, which means Ham Radio operators can finally repair or upgrade their 572B linear amplifiers and put them back into service.
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Class offers introduction to amateur radio (Tennessee)  Voir?

Jim Hoffer has spoken to people in every country in the world, aside from North Korea. Almost daily, he does so - as he has for nearly 50 years - from the comfort of his home, with his ham radio.
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NASA captures incredible solar activity on our Sun in stunning detail  Voir?

AT more than 90million miles from Earth, it is hard to believe you can watch activity on our huge Sun in such incredible detail. But thanks to the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) telescopic cameras we can watch a magnetic field zip across the Sun's atmosphere.
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Hudson Collins, KLTV's first chief engineer, dies at 94 (Texas)  Voir?

Hudson Collins, the first chief engineer of KLTV and a pioneer of local television in East Texas, has died at age 94. For decades, Collins was responsible for maintaining the station's day-to-day operations during an era of significant technological advances.
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Hams Turn Out to Help as Massive Snowfall Stuns Several States  Voir?

Amateur Radio volunteers were at the ready as a storm of historic proportions over the January 23-24 weekend dropped up to 3-1/2 feet of snow, some of it on states not used to seeing much snow at all.
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Winter Field Day Set for January 30-31  Voir?

There really is a Winter Field Day, and this year, it takes place over the January 30-31 weekend, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA). The annual event's stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it's also a great opportunity to operate in the great outdoors.

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(25/01/2016 @ 20:23)
VP8STI Shuts Down, Operators Return to Ship  Voir?

After managing to recover from the effects of a fierce South Atlantic storm, an emergency resulting from the storm has forced the VP8STI team back to their transport vessel, the R/V Braveheart. Chief Pilot Station Toni Gonzalez, EA5RM, said the Braveheart's skipper, Nigel Jolly, declared an emergency on January 25 at 2120 UTC, ordering the VP8STI team to cease all operations and return to the ship.

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(25/01/2016 @ 20:23)
Australian pico balloon heard in South Africa and stateside  Voir?

The balloon PS-58 launched in Melbourne four weeks ago is floating slowly just south of the equator near South America, as it edges easterly. Jim Linton VK3PC says keeping track of the flight are Ken ZS6KN in Pretoria South Africa, Jim W8AC in Ohio and John AT4AT of Virginia USA.
(25/01/2016 @ 20:23)
TYT quad bander offers a lot of radio at a modest price  Voir?

Love it or hate it, the Chinese invasion continues in the two way and ham radio and market. Buyers are taking advantage of the low cost, high quality radios and brands like Baofeng, Wouxun and TYT are replacing old legacy names like Kenwood, ICOM and Yaesu.
(25/01/2016 @ 20:23)
A Life Remembered: Don's Hobby founder loved hobbies, lilies (Minnesota)  Voir?

For decades Don's Hobby store was a dream spot for model railroad enthusiasts, amateur and professional artists, model builders, coin and stamp collectors and crafters. Don and Julia Schlichting moved to Mankato from Austin nearly 50 years ago and opened the Big Dollar Store in the building that now houses Blue Bricks.

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(23/01/2016 @ 17:04)
Ham radio operator asked to take down tower (Maine)  Voir?

A federally licensed amateur radio operator said he plans to sue the city for harassment in regards to a radio tower he was forced to remove. Adams Street resident Karl Reed said the city violated his First Amendment rights and failed to give him due process when it threatened to fine his landlord $2,500 a day if the tower was not removed.

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(23/01/2016 @ 16:44)
Dayton Amateur Radio Association Surprises ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ  Voir?

As he nears retirement, ARRL CEO David Sumner has been honored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), which sponsors Dayton Hamvention. Sumner had been invited to speak at DARA's January 8 meeting, purportedly to recount his many years with ARRL. While such out-of-town speaking engagements are not out of the ordinary for him, something he wasn't anticipating awaited him at this event.

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(23/01/2016 @ 16:44)
VHF Groups Join Forces to Sponsor Super Conference  Voir?

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS), North East Weak Signal Group (NEWS) and Mount Airy VHF Radio Club (Pack Rats) are cosponsoring a VHF Super Conference, hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group (K8GP) and Directive Systems and Engineering. The conference will take place April 15-17 in Sterling, Virginia.

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(23/01/2016 @ 16:44)
J.C. Bose and the invention of radio  Voir?

The early days of electricity appear to have been a cutthroat time. While academics were busy uncovering the mysteries of electromagnetism, bands of entrepreneurs were waiting to pounce on the pure science and engineer solutions to problems that didn't even exist yet, but could no doubt turn into profitable ventures. We've all heard of the epic battles between Edison and Tesla and Westinghouse, and even with the benefit of more than a century of hindsight it's hard to tell who did what to whom. But another conflict was brewing at the turn of 19th century, this time between an Indian polymath and an Italian nobleman, and it would determine who got credit for laying the foundations for the key technology of the 20th century - radio.

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(23/01/2016 @ 16:44)
VP8STI is Battling the Elements and the Pileups on South Sandwich Islands  Voir?

VP8 DXpedition Co-Leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said the VP8STI team is been on the air from Southern Thule Island with three stations, and he expects more to be ready soon. The DXpeditioners arrived on January 17, not without complications. As expected, the pileups have been hectic.
(23/01/2016 @ 16:43)
SDRplay shipping $149 SDR receiver in volume  Voir?

SDRplay of Wakefield, the 18-month-old software defined radio specialist, is now shipping its $149 software defined radio (SDR) receiver in quantities of 1,000 a month. Inspired by the SDR capabilities that even a simple 8-bit TV dongle can perform, SDRplay had the idea of partnering with Mirics to take their 12-bit wideband broadcast chipset and to re-purpose it for the hobbyist market.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Ham TV Operators Go High Definition  Voir?

As described in the initial installment of this article on the movement by radio amateurs or hams to digital video transmission, hams have been experimenting with television since the 1920s, and as a group are acutely aware of technological developments in this area, as many are employed in the TV broadcasting, R&D and manufacturing sectors. Through the years, hams have always been quick to try out new technologies including microwave, satellite, digital communications, and most recently, high-definition television.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Congressman Intercedes with FCC Chairman on Amateur Radio Interference Concerns  Voir?

New York Congressman Peter King has asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to put some Enforcement Bureau heat on those interfering with various radio communication services, including Amateur Radio, in the New York City Metropolitan Area.
(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
British astronaut tells Nepali students to follow their cherished dreams  Voir?

Timothy Peake, the first British European Space Agency astronaut, who is popularly known as Tim, today advised Nepali students to follow their dreams when an eighth grader Rozway Regmi of Naxal-based Brihaspati Vidhya Sadan High School requested him to say something to students listening to him.
(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Edwin Armstrong Invented Sound For Radio And TV  Voir?

Edwin Armstrong saw radio's huge potential when no one else did. In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi sent a message in code over a wireless telegraph, the first form of radio transmission, but he didn't think voice would ever be broadcast. In 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden sent the faint sound of his voice and violin by radio. The next year, Lee de Forest invented the Audion, which made long-range reception and greater clarity possible using headphones.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
First Philippine microsatellite ‘Diwata' set to launch  Voir?

The potential uses of Diwata, the first all-Filipino assembled microsatellite, include: improved weather detection and forecasts, disaster risk management, detecting agricultural growth patterns, and the monitoring of forest cover, mining, protection of cultural and historical sites, and the territorial borders of the Philippines. Diwata was turned over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to prepare for its launch into space in April. With Diwata, comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
This old tech: TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer lives to play again  Voir?

While unpacking some old boxes the other day, I ran across a computer I hadn't seen in some time. It's a tiny machine with an integrated chiclet keyboard in a cream-colored case about the size of two VHS tapes set side-by-side. I'm talking about the TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer, of course.
(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Boulder County commissioners approve two communication tower plans (Colorado)  Voir?

Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday approved two land-use applications to erect communication towers in unincorporated parts of the county. One tower will be adjustable, with an antenna on it that would be a maximum 65 feet high when fully extended. Amateur radio operator Dayton Jones plans to install in on his property at 2715 Eagle Ridge Road, north of Lyons.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Army tests Manpack radio-MUOS satellite connection  Voir?

The AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio has successfully demonstrated voice and data communications with Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites.
(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Satellites and Space in Amateur Radio  Voir?

Many radio amateurs have traditionally had a deep interest in aviation, astronautics and space sciences. In the immediate pre-WWII era, Dr. Grote Reber W9GFZ invented the science of radio astronomy, which to this day serves as an important source of information about the universe in which we live. And by 1953, Ross Bateman W4AO and William Smith W3GKP were successfully bouncing amateur radio signals off the surface of the Moon.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Old-fashioned ham radio proves its reliability in age of texting (Oklahoma)  Voir?

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3115 runs a fairly standard operation. For years, the post - at Douglas and Anna in west Wichita - has been known as a place where veterans can relax and socialize. But the post offers something else, which is tucked away in a broom closet: a fully operational amateur radio station.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Communications tower proposals are up for Boulder County review (Colorado)  Voir?

Three proposals to erect new communications towers in unincorporated Boulder County are up for review this coming week. Tuesday afternoon, Boulder County commissioners are to consider Dayton L. Jones' application to erect an adjustable, telescoping 65-foot-tall personal amateur-radio antenna tower on property at 2715 Eagle Ridge Road, north of Lyons.

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(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
NASA Control Terminates Spacewalk by Two-Ham Astronaut Team  Voir?

NASA has prematurely terminated the extra-vehicular excursion (EVA) - or spacewalk - that Astronauts Time Peake, KG5BVI, and Tim Kopra, KE5UDN, had been undertaking since early this morning. The two had been carrying out maintenance work to replace a voltage regulator near the solar arrays that failed in November outside the International Space Station (ISS) when Kopra reported what NASA Control called "a small amount of water" inside his space helmet. NASA cut the spacewalk short at about 1700 UTC. The maintenance work already had been completed, and the pair was carrying out other tasks that required crew members to be outside the ISS, when NASA Control, invoking its conservative flight rules, called Peake and Kopra back inside.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:59)
Outgoing ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, Honored with ARRL President's Award  Voir?

As both are on the threshold of departing their official positions with the League, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, presented ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, with the ARRL President's Award. The presentation came during the ARRL Board of Directors' 2016 Annual Meeting, under way through January 16 in Windsor, Connecticut. She also recognized two Board members for their 50 years of League membership.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
Changing of the Guard: Rick Roderick, K5UR, Elected as ARRL's 16th President  Voir?

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the League's next president. The Board took the action as it convened for its 2016 Annual Meeting in Windsor, Connecticut. Roderick, 63, will officially assume office for a 2 year term at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, which wraps up on January 16. He will become ARRL's 16th president, succeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Blacksburg, Virginia, who is completing her third term as the League's president.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, Concluding Nearly 3 Decades as a League Official  Voir?

Now completing her third term, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will be handing off the baton this week. The ARRL Board of Directors will elect her successor when it meets January 15-16. President Craigie said it was her privilege to serve during the ARRL Centennial in 2014 and to help usher in Amateur Radio's second century.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
Will Metallic Glue Replace Solder?  Voir?

A video recently surfaced touting a new method of joining materials together. It's called MesoGlue, and apparently, it could replace soldering or even welding in certain cases.
(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
AMSAT Takes to the Water for Space Symposium 2016  Voir?

AMSAT-NA will take to the water for its 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium. The event will take place November 10-14 aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship that will depart from and return to Galveston, Texas. The voyage will include 2 full days at sea and a 1 day port stop at Cozumel, Mexico.
(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
Ham Radio Public Service Activities - Rewarding and Useful  Voir?

"Hi! I'm Rud, Kilo Five Romeo Uniform Delta." That's me introducing myself at a ham meeting. Ham radio operators kid that we don't have last names, we have call signs. Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator (ARO), our more formal name, is not difficult and opens a world of interesting activities, including hacking. As with anything new, becoming actively involved with an existing club can be daunting. The other hams at a meeting are catching up with their buddies and often seem uninterested in the new guy standing nearby. Some groups will invite new members to stand and introduce themselves early in the meeting, which helps break the ice.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:37)
Midwinter 630 Meter Activity Weekend Set for Early February  Voir?

US and Canadian radio amateurs and experimenters will join forces in February for the first Midwinter 630 Meter Activity Weekend. The event will get under way on February 6 at 0000 UTC (Friday, February 5, in US time zones) and run through 2359 UTC on February 7.
(18/01/2016 @ 01:37)
Sponsors rally to support Kletskous CubeSat  Voir?

SA AMSAT has announced that three major companies have come on board by sponsoring their services and components to build the first flight model.
(18/01/2016 @ 01:37)
SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Christmas Eve Transmission Generates a Host of Reports  Voir?

The 2015 Christmas Eve transmission from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station at the World Heritage Grimeton site in Sweden, elicited more than 350 reports, according to a preliminary accounting, many of them from hams. SAQ transmits on 17.2 kHz. The lion's share of reports - nearly 160 - came from Germany. Listeners in the US filed eight reports, with just five indicating they actually heard SAQ.

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(18/01/2016 @ 01:36)
Who ya gonna call? Surrey hams! (British Columbia)  Voir?

If you felt the recent earthquake that hit B.C., you may have pondered the aftermath of a large disaster. Technology, as we know it, would likely be rendered useless. Our phones no more useful than paperweights. Our televisions and computers worthless without energy to power them.
(18/01/2016 @ 01:36)
WIA: AX prefix on Australia's national day  Voir?

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 Tuesday January 26. 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.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
North Korea doubts emerge  Voir?

Australia's WIA News report that claims and a counter claim are being made about putting North Korea on the amateur bands with government approval. 3Z9DX of Poland is reported that he's planning to be active from North Korea after a surprise short-term approval was given while in the country last year.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
WIA: EME or Moon Bounce began 70 years ago  Voir?

The United States Army was the first to bounce a radio signal off the Moon, and the site is now part of the Information Age Science History Museum and Learning Centre. The historic transmission on January 10 1946 from an Army tracking dish, is the starting point for all moon bounce experiments.
(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Armed Forces sue NBTC over master plan (Thailand)  Voir?

THE ROYAL Thai Armed Forces Headquarters recently filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) with the Central Administrative Court over the telecom watchdog's overall spectrum master plan, which would pave the way for amateur radio operators to share the Armed Forces' 50-54MHz spectrum range.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
ARRL Asks FCC for "Minimal but Necessary Changes" to Correct Reapportioning Error  Voir?

The ARRL has petitioned the FCC to fix a "shortfall in available RTTY/data spectrum" the regulator created when it reapportioned 80 and 75 meters in 2006. The League's January 8 Petition for Rule Making asks the FCC to shift the boundary between the 80 meter RTTY/data subband and the 75 meter phone/image subband from 3600 kHz to 3650 kHz.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Netherlands low-power AM broadcasting  Voir?

Marcel Rommerts reports on the Medium Wave site that The Netherlands may open up the AM band to low power stations After switching off a number of high power transmitters in 2015, at the end of December the Dutch government has launched a public consultation on ‘opening up' the medium waveband for radio and non-radio applications with 'low power' and with limited government regulation.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Ham radio operators are busy in Lake Havasu City (Arizona)  Voir?

The big news for January for the London Bridge Amateur Radio Association is the special event station, which the FCC has licensed as K7B for the LHC Balloon Festival! Thousands of amateur radio operators, or Hams, around the world will contact the K7B station, and many will receive a beautiful full color special event certificate to frame and display on their radio room wall. These radio contacts and certificates are highly sought after, and local hams will man the four stations in Lake Havasu City to chat with as many hams as possible.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Hams in Space: Project OSCAR  Voir?

In early December 1961, a United States Air Force rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a special payload. The main payload was a Corona surveillance satellite, but tucked just aft of that spacecraft was a tiny package of homebrew electronics stuffed into something the looked like a slice of cake. What was in that package and how it came to tag along on a top-secret military mission is the story of OSCAR 1, the world's first amateur radio satellite.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Ham radio to the rescue (Nepal)  Voir?

As phone lines were jammed and the internet went down in Nepal after last April's earthquake, the only way Manju Sunar could find out if her daughter was safe was to ask an amateur radio operator in France, where she worked, to contact another radio hobbyist in Nepal who then sent people out on motorbikes and found Sunar's daughter safe.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
How Bob McGwier used a Cray-2 supercomputer to decode a ham radio transmission heard in Star Trek IV  Voir?

In response to our recent post with a message to us from Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt, SWLing Post reader, David Guilbeault, comments: Here's a similar story that circulated on the Internet around 1990 (pre WEB!). I worked in packet switching at that time and was very impressed with Bob's achievement (even with a CRAY to work with) .

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Mumbai airport radio frequency goes down and comes up mysteriously for a day (India)  Voir?

Late last month, the primary radio frequency on which the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at Mumbai airport communicate with pilots went down mysteriously and came back alive equally mysteriously after 24 hours. No one knows the exact reasons for the failure even now, though some officials say that the role of amateur hackers cannot be ruled out.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Amateur Radio Parity Act HR 1301 to Get House Subcommittee Airing  Voir?

HR 1301, the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, will be among four communications-related measures set for a legislative hearing on January 12 before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Chairing the panel is US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, an Oregon Republican.
(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Amateur Radio: Buzz Kutcher a ham for more than 40 years (Georgia)  Voir?

The first time Buzz Kutcher sat for his amateur radio license, he did not pass. Now he is president of the Butts County Amateur Radio Club and has many awards under his belt. He is also the ham emergency coordinator for Butts County. Kutcher got involved in the amateur radio world in the 1980s while living in York, Pa. He first talked on ham radio as a child.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Pupils make radio call to Tim Peake (UK)  Voir?

The children contacted Major Tim Peake as he flew overhead on Friday morning. Pupil Jessica, who has recently passed her radio exams, led the conversation. It took a few minutes for the crackle and hiss to die down and allow the students to put some questions to the astronaut, before the ISS then went over the horizon and out of range.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Bend man named 'Ham Radio Operator of Year' (Oregon)  Voir?

A Bend man is the Ham Radio Operator of the Year for 2015. Joseph Barry was chosen for the award by members of the High Desert Amateur Radio Group (HIDARG). He was also given a service award from the group. Barry was given a plaque and a certificate along with a handmade ceremonial telegraph key made by one of the HIDARG members.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Three pico balloons at once  Voir?

The small Australian balloon PS-57 is over the Indian Ocean and heading for home to VK. This balloon crossed the equator to go around the northern end of South America, before dipping south again. Most interested in its movement have been numerous trackers in the USA and Canada.
(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Katy amateur radio class promoting fun, skills of hobby (Texas)  Voir?

Radio communication is vitally important in some hazardous situations where time is of the essence, and a local club is offering residents a chance to gain those skills while also learning the fun of the hobby at HCESD 48 Fire Station #4 this February.
(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Orlando Amateur Radio Club Donates to ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund  Voir?

At its January meeting, Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) President John Knott, N4JTK, presented ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, with a check for $2500, designated for the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. OARC sponsors the Orlando HamCation, which will host the 2016 ARRL National Convention February 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
Carriers warn FCC not to move too hastily in expanding emergency alerts  Voir?

U.S. carriers say they support the FCC's effort to expand its emergency wireless alert (EWA) system, but they're urging the agency not to make any hasty moves. The nation's emergency messaging system launched four years ago with the aim of sending urgent messages regarding severe weather, AMBER alerts and presidential alerts during a national emergency.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
FCC bullish on airwave auction  Voir?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is growing bullish as it nears the end of an extended effort to convince television broadcasters to sell off their airwaves in an auction. The sale could be a boon for wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon, and officials see the auction as crucial to bolstering the infrastructure used by smartphones and other mobile devices.

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(18/01/2016 @ 00:47)
"Official" P5/3Z9DX North Korea Activation Now Set for this Summer  Voir?

Following an unexpected demonstration operation from North Korea - officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) - just before Christmas, Polish DXer Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, now expects to be back in the DPRK - the most-wanted DXCC entity - for his "official" activation by late this summer.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:54)
Ramsey Kits Calls it Quits  Voir?

After more than 40 years as a purveyor of inexpensive electronics kits for hobbyists, the Ramsey Hobby Kits group has thrown in the towel, effective on January 1. The Ramsey RF Test Equipment Group is unaffected by this change.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:54)
Ham Radio operators are emergency communications (New Mexico)  Voir?

As our society becomes increasingly dependent upon the internet and cell phones for staying in touch, few stop to consider what would happen in an emergency situation if these methods of communication were rendered useless.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:40)
Ten Tec announcement  Voir?

As some of you may be aware, Dishtronix has purchased the assets (but not the liabilities) of Ten Tec from RKR Designs. . I had desired to keep this under wraps until Ten Tec is reorganized, but there is too much speculation concerning the service department to continue without an announcement of some sort.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:40)
National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Event Gets Off to a Strong Start!  Voir?

The year-long ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event got off to a strong start, with considerable activity reported on the HF bands and even some on the SO-50 satellite over the first weekend of the new year. Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service (NPS) to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:40)
Redesigned FCC Website Makes it Easy for Hams to File Interference Complaints  Voir?

Radio amateurs once were the target of interference complaints filed with the FCC. Now, the FCC has made it easier for hams to file their own RF interference and other complaints, thanks to a new feature of the FCC's recently redesigned website. The addition was made at the ARRL's request. Hams have always been able to file such complaints, but when a new system geared largely to consumers came online a year ago, they lost the ability to do so via e-mail to a dedicated address. The change made it less clear how amateurs should file such complaints and what, if anything, would result.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Aluma Tower is hard at work re-inventing itself in Vero Beach (Florida)  Voir?

Every day Aluma Tower Company manufactures portable aluminum towers, shipping them across the country and around the world. This multi-million dollar manufacturing business has been located in the center of Vero Beach on Old Dixie Highway for the past 40 years.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Dishtronix Purchases TEN-TEC Assets  Voir?

Dishtronix, an electronics design and manufacturing company, has purchased the assets of Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer TEN-TEC from RKR Designs. Headquartered in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Dishtronix manufactures and markets the "Prometheus" solid-state Amateur Radio amplifier, among other products. No formal announcement has been made by either company, and details of the purchase are still being finalized. RKR Designs announced last April 2 that it had acquired the assets of TEN-TEC and Alpha Amplifiers from RF Concepts, less than 1 year after the two lines had merged under the RF Concepts brand in an asset sale. Dishtronix owner Steven M. Mike Dishop, N8WFF, told ARRL that, while TEN-TEC has had different owners over the years, he is in it for the long haul.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Get Your Amateur Radio License Already!  Voir?

We run a lot of posts on amateur radio here at Hackaday, and a majority of our writers and editors* are licensed hams. Why? Because playing around with radio electronics is fun, and because having a license makes a lot more experimentation legal. (*We're sure you have good reasons for slacking, Szczys.)

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
ARRL Board of Directors to Elect New President, Officers at January Meeting  Voir?

The ARRL Board of Directors' annual meeting in mid-January will mark the beginning of a changing of the guard for the League. After serving three 2-year terms, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Blacksburg, Virginia, is stepping aside, and the Board will choose her successor - and the League's 16th president - when it convenes on January 15. The Board also will elect other officers, as well as vice presidents, Executive Committee members, and ARRL Foundation directors.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Ham licence received after 25 years of passing exam in India!  Voir?

I think it is an International Record indeed in the history of Amateur Radio! Three ham radio enthusiasts from Guwahati, Assam, India who passed their licencing exam conducted by the Ministry of Communications & IT, WPC wing, New Delhi, almost 25 year ago, received their radio communication licenses in a single day, today !

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Pirates Are a State-Level Problem, Too  Voir?

Planned closings and staff cutbacks at FCC field offices that sparked debate about the impact on enforcement are likely to bring fresh attention to the role of state, rather than federal, laws against broadcast pirates.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Class back in session for ham radio (Alberta)  Voir?

In the age of smart phones and Skype, there is still room for an old-fashioned ham radio, especially in case of an emergency. Last fall, a course in ham radio was offered at the RCMP building after being in hiatus for a number of years, and students will be studying again beginning this Wednesday.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Cornwall radio hams open new year with K for Kernow call sign (UK)  Voir?

CORNWALL'S radio amateurs have opened the new year on the air making contacts world wide using their K-for Kernow call signs. The designation has been granted to celebrate national minority status, which was given to the Cornish people in 2014.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Norway radio enthusiast tunes into CBC Saskatchewan 5,800 km away  Voir?

A dairy farmer in Norway went to great lengths to tune into CBC Saskatchewan. Sure, The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles is the No. 1 morning radio show in Saskatchewan. But few people could have expected it to reach a group of listeners more than 5,800 kilometres away - and not through the internet.

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Weather spotters serve as eyes and ears for meteorologists (Michigan)  Voir?

Stan Arnett has been tracking severe weather for at least three decades. The 70-year-old Marysville man is one of about 50 trained weather spotters in St. Clair County. Arnett said it was something he started doing through his love of amateur radio.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Star Wars sound designer is, indeed, a radio enthusiast  Voir?

SWLing Post readers may remember a post I recently published in which I believed I'd identified a familiar shortwave time signal station in the Battle of Hoth scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Ham Club to Install Packet Radio at Signal Hill Tower (Missouri)  Voir?

The Pacific amateur radio club recently added a new element to its repeater installation on Signal Hill, one that extends the reach of Franklin County emergency services. The Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC) was formed as a digital radio club, using the D-Star system.
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Vilas County Amateur Radio Club expands coverage via Ministry tower (Wisconsin)  Voir?

You shouldn't call Paul Clay pessimistic. Instead, just call him a potential problem solver. "We have to assume the worst [in the event of a natural disaster]," Clay told Newswatch 12 Monday afternoon. "You've lost your power grid, your cell phones don't work anymore, you may have lost some cell towers or county communications towers."

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(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Out-of-this-world experience for students (Rhode Island)  Voir?

It was one giant leap for Blackstone Millville Regional school students who got an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Tuesday to talk live with European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Tim Peake on board the International Space Station (ISS).
(07/01/2016 @ 23:20)
Surrey hams win radio competition (British Columbia)  Voir?

The results have just been released and the amateur radio operators of Surrey have scored first place in Canada for the annual North American Field Day emergency communications competition. Despite the Internet, cellphones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, storms, landslides, ice and even the occasional cutting of cables leave people without the means to communicate.

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(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
RSGB: Amateur Radio Primary Allocations in the UK are Insufficient  Voir?

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is quoted in the UK Spectrum Usage & Demand Second Report, saying that it believes current Amateur Radio primary allocations are insufficient. The RSGB pointed out that there are no primary ham radio allocations between 400 MHz and 24 GHz in the UK, "threatening confidence, investment, and growth" in Amateur Radio. The UK Spectrum Policy Forum released the report on December 18. Launched in 2013, the forum is a sounding board on long-term UK spectrum issues for the government and UK telecoms regulator Ofcom.

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(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
Commemorative EME Transmission Set from Refurbished Dish on Project Diana Site  Voir?

Radio amateurs will attempt an Earth-Moon-Earth (EME, or moonbounce) transmission on January 10, using the 60 foot diameter TLM-18 dish on the former Project Diana site, now part of the InfoAge Science History Museum in New Jersey. This month's event marks the 70th anniversary of Project Diana. It was on the InfoAge site, then a part of Fort Monmouth, that the US Army's Project Diana team on January 10, 1946, first received radio signals bounced from the moon.

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(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
Medium-Wave Transmitters in Germany and France Shutting Down at Year's End  Voir?

Deutschlandradio will close down its medium-wave (MW) transmitters in Germany on December 31. The shutdown of the seven transmitters marks the end of German-language programming transmitted from Germany in that part of the spectrum.
(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
ARRL Again Complains to FCC about Illegal Marketing of Electronic Lighting Ballasts  Voir?

The ARRL has again complained to the FCC to allege illegal marketing of electronic RF lighting ballasts, operating under Part 18 of the Commission's rules, on the part of two major retailers. Letters went out this week to the FCC Enforcement Bureau and its Office of Engineering and Technology claiming Part 18 marketing regulations violations by Lowe's and by Walmart stores.

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(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
Spain Gets New 5 MHz Allocation for 2016  Voir?

Temporary permission for radio amateurs in Spain to operate at 5 MHz ended in November, but World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 established a new 15 kHz Amateur Radio allocation at 5 MHz.
(01/01/2016 @ 21:15)
Special day on the airwaves (UK)  Voir?

CHRISTMAS Day was extra-special for one Leigh-on-Sea family, who used radio signals to connect four generations together. Amateur Radio is a hobby that dates back over 100 years, and each radio experimenter has a unique callsign. World-renowned radio amateur Gordon "Dicky" Bird was responsible for the design and development of a number of radio antennas from the 1950s onwards, and was a keen radio amateur sending signals around the world for many decades.

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A couple of minutes with ... a deejay within the (his) home (Michigan)  Voir?

Steven Cherry built a low-power AM station that he runs from the front room of his corner home on Sobieski Street in Hamtramck. If you're lucky to stumble onto this little radio station in Hamtramck - like I did - you might get to meet Steven Cherry, who built a low-power AM station that he runs from the front room of his corner home on Sobieski Street.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Entrepreneur expanding broadcast business from Midlothian (Texas)  Voir?

Craig Pelletier was educated in radio - literally. It was part of a work study program during his senior year in high school that he worked in a local AM radio station in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Real-time band conditions website  Voir?

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contributions Offer  Voir?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to AMSAT members and satellite enthusiasts everywhere! In this season of giving, we've had a generous offer for matching funds up to $1,000 for those that contribute to the Fox-1Cliff and -1D crowdsourcing campaign at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92/ab/561Zd between now and December 31st.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Timothy Peake, British Astronaut, Dials Wrong Number From Space  Voir?

He may have the right stuff, but he got the wrong digits. Timothy Peake, a former British Army Air Corps officer and current European Space Agency astronaut aboard the International Space Station, phoned home to a wrong number on Thursday. After failing to connect, he took his flub to Twitter, posting: "I'd like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?' - not a prank call...just a wrong number!"

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Block level disaster management training module released  Voir?

A block level training module on disaster management has been released following a three day training programme on disaster management at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) where representatives of all stakeholders and NGOs involved in disaster management participated.
(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Straight Key Night is a New Year's Day Tradition  Voir?

Every day is a good day to operate on CW, but set some time aside on New Year's Eve and Day to enjoy Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event gets under way a 000 UTC on January 1 (New Year's Eve in US time zones). The 24 hour event is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
'Wireless and the Earthquake' in Radio Times  Voir?

The 1923 edition of the BBC Christmas Radio Times, available for download, includes articles by wireless operator F. A. Cobb and radio amateur William Le Queux 2AZ On page 4 of the PDF (p450 of Radio Times) is "Wireless and the Earthquake" by F. A. Cobb, a senior wireless operator in the merchant service, who was engaged in relief work during the terrible Great Kanto earthquake in Japan in which at least 105,385 people perished.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Low-Power FM: When Your Local Radio Station Is Really, Really Local  Voir?

The most unlikely thing in radio came to Washington DC-area airwaves earlier this month: a new FM station on a previously unused frequency. A "No Vacancy" sign has been up on the radio dial for decades - to launch a new station, you'd normally need to silence an old one. So how could a new broadcaster like Arlington, Virginia's WERA (96.7 FM) get its own slice of the airwaves?

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Pico balloon detected circumnavigating the earth  Voir?

The Aussie solar powered pico balloon PS-56 that had a catastrophic GPS tracking failure, has been tracked by its weak CW signal, having encircled the southern hemisphere. Meantime its sister balloon PS-57 crossed over the equator and is now in the northern hemisphere.
(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
Spectrum for sale? (Michigan)  Voir?

Michigan State University is considering whether to participate in an auction for the license of WKAR-TV's current frequency on the broadcast spectrum. Like other television stations around the country it is taking a hard look at the costs and benefits of traditional broadcasting as a growing number of viewers cut the cord and watch TV online.

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
You Can Troubleshoot Via This Dongle  Voir?

Reid Fletcher is with the University of Wyoming broadcast engineering department. Not long ago, he was at a new site, pointing a dish for their Ku feed. For curiosity's sake, Reid decided to experiment with a device he keeps with his laptop. Reid is an amateur radio operator (WB7CJO) and has been experimenting with software-defined radio for several years. He was introduced to SDR by a friend who is an EE professor at UW and encouraged Reid to purchase a small digital video broadcasting-terrestrial dongle

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(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
First Geosynchronous Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Aid Disaster Communication  Voir?

Well-known AMSAT figure and Virginia Tech researcher Bob McGwier, N4HY, says the Amateur Radio payload planned to go into geosynchronous orbit in 2017 will be like a new ham band for the Americas, available every hour of every day.
(27/12/2015 @ 22:27)
ARISS Postpones Anniversary SSTV Event  Voir?

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Slow-Scan TV event set for December 26-27 has been postponed due to complications in planning, ARISS has announced. ARISS now is targeting mid-January as the next possible opportunity.
(23/12/2015 @ 22:29)
DX Engineering Brings N8DXE Repeater Online  Voir?

Amateur Radio operators in northeast Ohio can enjoy new 2 meter coverage. With its antenna secured to a professional communications tower located at DX Engineering headquarters, the N8DXE repeater promises to serve Hams in the Akron, Ohio and surrounding areas (146.985 MHz frequency).
(23/12/2015 @ 22:28)
P5/3Z9DX Concludes Demonstration Operation from North Korea  Voir?

P5/3Z9DX is now off the air for now. After logging several hundred stations - most in Asia - during an unexpected operation from North Korea, the world's most-wanted DXCC entity, Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, is back at his hotel, resting and recuperating from a cold. According to DX-World, he will leave for Beijing on December 22. The equipment he transported to North Korea in advance of a planned operation early next year will remain in government hands for now. Grzyb operated on 20, 15, and 10 meters during his surprise operation, which got under way early on December 20 (UTC).

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(23/12/2015 @ 22:28)
North Korea on the Air for First Time Since 2002  Voir?

In an unexpected turn of events, Polish DXer Dom Gryzb, 3Z9DX, who has been visiting North Korea this week in advance of a planned Amateur Radio operation early next year, came on the air from the most-wanted DXCC entity around 0000 on December 20. P5/3Z9DX has been active on both 20 meters and 15 meters SSB only, and a few hundred stations have been fortunate enough to work him. The P5/3Z9DX operation is the first since the 2001-2002 operation in North Korea by 4L4FN.

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(23/12/2015 @ 22:28)
Boston Marathon Seeks Amateur Radio Volunteers  Voir?

Preparations are under way for the 120th running of the Boston Athletic Association's Boston Marathon, which takes place on Patriots' Day, April 18, 2016. Nearly 300 trained Amateur Radio volunteers staff the event each spring, providing vital communication services over the entire 26 mile course. Volunteers are recruited, selected, and managed by the BAA's Communications Committee, now in its second year.

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(23/12/2015 @ 22:14)
Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Donate Space To Amateur Radio (Wisconsin)  Voir?

Recently the Vilas County Amateur Radio Club activated their first radio repeater using tower space provided by Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. Hospital spokesperson Mark Dascalos says the hospital was glad to help the ham operators.
(23/12/2015 @ 22:14)
School in Remote Alaskan Village Reaching Out via Ham Radio  Voir?

You probably have never heard of Pilot Station, Alaska, but the school in the little Yukon River Delta community 400 miles west of Anchorage offers an inspiring demonstration of how Amateur Radio can help youngsters reach out to the wider world. Donn Gallon, KL7DG, a 5th grade teacher in the Yup'ik Eskimo village of about 650, has been using ham radio as a teaching tool at Pilot Station School and as a window into what lies beyond the isolated community.

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(23/12/2015 @ 22:14)
DX Engineering Announces Yaesu Day  Voir?

On Saturday, January 23, DX Engineering is celebrating Yaesu Day at its showroom near Akron, Ohio. The event will allow Ham Radio operators to meet and mingle with colleagues from around the Midwest, and get their technical questions answered by Yaesu representatives.
(23/12/2015 @ 22:14)
Tech Team Advancing Use of Amateur Radio in Emergency Communications (Virginia)  Voir?

Researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology are preparing to send an amateur radio transponder into a geosynchronous orbit in 2017.
(23/12/2015 @ 22:14)
Ham radio in PC Pro magazine  Voir?

In his Real World Computing column in Issue 256 (Feb 2016) of PC Pro magazine Jon Honeyball G1LMS gives an update on his return to amateur radio
(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
FAA's registration program will apply to more than drones  Voir?

If Santa puts an expensive drone under the Christmas tree, he may attach a note saying that it must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration before it can soar outdoors. More than 500,000 drones are expected to be given as gifts this holiday season. Only the heavier models weighing more than a half-pound fully loaded must be registered with the government. But longtime hobbyists who fly radio-controlled planes and helicopters that meet the FAA weight threshold for registration are also affected. And many of them don't like it.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
St. Nick on the air from Finland again this Christmas  Voir?

A group of dedicated Finnish radio hams are marking the 30th year of Radio Santa - in which the Jolly One broadcasts from his traditional home in Lapland, near the Arctic Circle. Operating two stations, OF9X and OH9SCL, Santa and his helpers are proving to be a popular attraction on shortwave frequencies again this holiday season.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
Firewatch crafts relationships through ... radio  Voir?

Most adventure game protagonists talk to themselves. A lot. Such is the case for a video game genre dependent on players observing and/or picking up everything for the purpose of puzzle-solving. For decades, intrepid adventurers spent a concerning amount of time rattling off mundane details about nearby objects to give players hints about their potential use, looking like a disconcertingly lonely person in the process.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
'There's a County Mounty at the Pickle Park,' and More Creative Trucker Slang  Voir?

"Smokey in the bush," says a fuzzy voice coming from a box on the dashboard. Any trucker sailing down Interstate 91 in New England would know the drill: press the brakes, slow down, and look for cops on the horizon.
(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
Amateur Radio Operators Convert to Digital Television - Part 1  Voir?

Radio amateurs, or hams, have been involved in one way or another with television practically ever since commercial entities began developmental work in the medium during the 1920s. And many TV engineers have held ham licenses and performed their own share of experimental work in their off-duty hours. Early on, at least one manufacturer offered camera pickup tubes at discounted prices to encourage experimentation by the radio amateur community.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
Massena junior high school students honing skills in Morse code, ham radio operation (New York)  Voir?

Some J.W. Leary Junior High School students have discovered the joys of communication using technology that's more than 170 years old. Seventh-grade social studies teacher Tony Cafarella has incorporated Morse code and ham radio into his class as an after-school activity.
(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
FCC Hands Ham Operator $25k Fine  Voir?

Ham radio operators who violate the rules are on the Enforcement Bureau's radar. That's doubly so for those that continue to do so after being warned by Enforcement Bureau agents about their activities. Consider one of the Federal Communication Commission's most recent amateur radio fines, which was levied against licensee William F. Crowell of Diamond Springs, Calif. The commission handed down a $25,000 fine to Crowell for violating the Communications Act and in the FCC Rules by intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and transmitting prohibited communications, including music, the commission said.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
NASA astronauts to conduct spacewalk as early as Monday  Voir?

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra, KE5UDN of NASA are preparing for a previously unscheduled spacewalk outside the International Space Station on either Monday, Dec. 21, or Tuesday, Dec. 22. The pair will move the station's mobile transporter rail car so it can be latched in place ahead of the Wednesday, Dec. 23 docking of a Russian cargo resupply spacecraft.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
N.J. kids to get 'radio-active' at New Providence Community Center  Voir?

A ham radio on-the-air operating event for kids will be held on Sunday Jan. 3, at the New Providence Community Center. NPARC, the Amateur Radio Club serving the Watchung Hills Area, will set up two operating ham radio stations in the DeCorso Community Center, 15 East Fourth St., New Providence, on Sunday, Jan. 3.

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(23/12/2015 @ 21:46)
Decorated veteran revived wartime radio skills (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

When the doors of his B-24 bomber were sheared during a mission through the Zuiderzee, a narrow channel in the North Sea with anti-aircraft guns on each side that airmen dubbed Flak Alley, Bob Jordan took off his parachute to be able to reach out and kick the door loose as the gunner held him by his harness.

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(21/12/2015 @ 01:37)
Bouncing Radio off of Airplanes  Voir?

Amateur radio operators are always trying some new stunt or other. It's like they've got something to prove. Take Aircraft scatter for instance: the idea is to extend your radio's range by bouncing it directionally off of overhead airplanes.
(21/12/2015 @ 00:38)
FCC Proposes to Penalize California Licensee $25,000 for Causing Intentional Interference  Voir?

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has proposed fining William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, $25,000 for intentionally interfering with other Amateur Radio operators and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. FCC San Francisco District Director David K. Hartshorn released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on December 18, detailing the allegations. An Advanced class licensee, Crowell is no stranger to the Enforcement Bureau, which had warned him as far back as 2000 about intentional interference.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:38)
HAM radio now in T school syllabus (India)  Voir?

When 15-year-old HAM radio operator Tom K Jose travelled to Hudhud-hit Visakhapatnam last October, little did he know that one day he would create history. His experience of saving dozens of lives has inspired the school education department to publish the tales in the class 11 SCERT English textbook.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:38)
Heathkit's Triumphant Return?  Voir?

Heathkit, the storied purveyor of high-quality DIY electronics kits that inspired a generation of enthusiasts and launched the careers of many engineers, has returned from the dead. We think. At least it seems that way from this build log by [Spritle], an early adopter of the rebooted company's first offering. But if [Spritle]'s experience is any indication, Heathkit has a long way to go to recreating its glory days.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:38)
Man sends his wife's engagement ring into space  Voir?

When Shawn Wright of Calgary, Alta. bought an engagement ring for his wife, he wanted to do something special with it -- so he set in motion a plan that is out of this world. Wright originally proposed to his wife in Barcelona, Spain, using a "stand-in" ring. After a year of saving, he was finally able to purchase the real ring. Before giving it to her he wanted to do something special with it. "I thought it would be really cool to, kind of, enchant it," he tells The Weather Network. That's when Wright decided he would send the ring into space. It took a lot of research and some planning, but he was able to pull the plan off without a hitch. He launched the device on clear day in October in Calgary. It landed some 300 km away in Taber after reaching an altitude of 110,000 feet.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:38)
Philippine Radio Amateurs Respond to Typhoon Threat  Voir?

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) on December 12 as Typhoon Melor - locally called Typhoon Nona - threatened the Philippine archipelago. The storm boasted winds up to and slightly in excess of 100 MPH. National Traffic System Chairman Jojo Vicencio, DU1VHY, announced the activation during the early-morning DU NET. HERO used 7.095 MHz for emergency traffic, and other hams in the region cooperated in keeping the frequency clear.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
HAM operators to visit storm-hit Bengal to assess state's preparedness (India)  Voir?

A team of 10 HAM or amateur radio operators from south India who worked tirelessly to coordinate relief efforts during the recent Chennai floods will visit areas in south Bengal ravaged by cyclone Aila in May 2009.
(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
AO-85 Slow Scan TV Image Likely a Prank, Not a Test  Voir?

A Slow Scan TV (SSTV) image that a Brazilian radio amateur reported receiving on December 13 from Fox-1A (AO-85) was most likely a prank, not any sort of official test of the satellite's SSTV capabilities.
(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Antenna Donation Aids Emergency Communications (California)  Voir?

Six antennas now sit atop Moraga's new Town Council Chambers at 335 Rheem Boulevard. The antennas and the two-way radios they are connected with link town employees or emergency communicators to police, public works and amateur radio operators across Lamorinda and throughout northern California. Moraga Rotary donated approximately $1,700 a few years ago to purchase one of the antennas for Emergency Operations Center use, according to Rotarian Gary Irwin.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
George Marti Dies; Iconic Equipment Maker  Voir?

Ask any U.S. radio broadcast engineer above the age of 40 for the name most associated with Cleburne, Texas. They'll be sure to answer: Marti. Iconic radio manufacturer George Marti has died at age 95, according to the Cleburne Times-Review. Marti was indeed a central figure in that city - he was its long-time mayor, for one thing - but radio people know him for the remote pickup and studio/transmitter links he manufactured for many years.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
American satellite started transmitting 46 years after being abandoned in 1967  Voir?

An American satellite, abandoned in 1967 as a piece of Space Junk has begun transmitting again after 46 years. Lincoln Experimental Satellite refers to a series of satellites designed and built by Lincoln Laboratory at MIT between 1965 and 1976, under USAF sponsorship, for testing devices and techniques for satellite communication.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Ohio Amateur Radio Club Donates to Help Needy Families  Voir?

The Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) in Ohio recently donated nearly $4000 to support the efforts of the Center of Hope in Ravenna. PCARS President Rick Kruis. K8CAV, and Vice President Jim Wilson, AC8NT, presented Mark Frisone, chief executive officer of Family & Community Services Inc (FCS), with a check for $3,851 to support the Center's efforts.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Mongolian High Speed Morse Championship  Voir?

The Mongolian High Speed Telegraphy (HST) Championship, which took place November 20-22 in Ulaanbaatar, attracted 34 competitors, 14 male and 20 female
(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
The Impact Of World War I On Ham Radio  Voir?

When America declared war on Germany in 1917, most radio stations came under government control, reserved for war efforts. On this edition of Up To Date, we learn why ham radio operators were prevented from broadcasting during The Great War.
(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
WIA Director resigns and goes to the Fair Work Commission  Voir?

After his unique enthusiasm and expertise as a WIA Director, Chris Platt VK5CP has taken up a position on the Fair Work Commission - the nation's workplace relations tribunal.
(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Bradley Observatory Hams it Up (Georgia)  Voir?

Amateur radio (or "ham" radio) has been called the first social network, bringing people, electronics and communication together for over 100 years. Ham radio can communicate across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Precision Radio closes its doors after drop in sales (Hawaii)  Voir?

It's hard to miss the green building on South King Street. For decades, Precision Radio has been the go-to place for electronics, offering everything from meters to television tubes. The company was founded by Dorris and Harris Tarumoto following the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Harris ran a fishing supply store. In fact, he was out fishing when the Japanese attacked. "By the time he got home, the MPs where there already," said Milton Hironaka, Harris' son-in-law. "They interned him because he was a ham radio operator."

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Florida Ham Agrees to Penalty for Failure to Identify  Voir?

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has entered into a consent decree with a Florida radio amateur to resolve an investigation into whether the licensee violated Sections 97.113(b) and 97.119(a) of the FCC rules by transmitting one-way communications and failing to identify. As part of the deal, Thomas J. Warren, K3TW, of Lecanto, Florida, will pay a monetary penalty. The FCC issued an Order incorporating the Consent Decree on December 9 in the case, which dates back to June 2015.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
The Way it Was: Wide variety of programs on old-time radio (Ohio)  Voir?

Early radio, because of what it was, made for some very funny and very interesting situations. Anyone could build their own receiver. All you needed was a crystal, some wires and earphones. If you could build something yourself that then provided you with news and entertainment, that was a real accomplishment.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
SAQ to Carry on Tradition of Christmas Eve VLF Transmissions  Voir?

Alexanderson alternator transmitter station SAQ at the World Heritage Grimeton site in Sweden will continue a holiday tradition begun 10 years ago when it takes to the airwaves on Christmas Eve, December 24. There will be a CW transmission from the Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz from Grimeton Radio/SAQ at 0800 UTC on December 24, with transmitter tune-up starting at 0730 UTC. Amateur Radio station SK6SAQ will not be active this year, because the radio room is being refurbished. The Alexanderson Association website has information on how to receive the VLF signal.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Gabi San Martin Hernandez, EB1BT, Dies in Afghanistan Violence  Voir?

Isidro Gabino "Gabi" San Martin Hernandez, EB1BT, of Leon, Spain, died on December 11 as the result of a 9 hour shootout in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was 48 and the father of four. San Martin was part of a police contingent guarding the Spanish Embassy in Kabul when a car bomb, believed set by the Taliban, exploded at the Embassy Guest House gate. The bombers then entered the compound, and a gun battle erupted. At least seven members of the diplomatic staff were killed, including San Martin and another police officer who died in the residential block of the embassy.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
Polish Radio Amateur Traveling to North Korea in Advance of Proposed Operation  Voir?

DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, plans to travel to North Korea later this month to discuss his proposed Amateur Radio operation from that country. North Korea (P5), the most-wanted DXCC entity, has not been activated since Ed Giorgadze, 4L4FN, operated for about a year from the capital city of Pyongyang in 2001-2002.

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(21/12/2015 @ 00:37)
AMSAT Expands Ground Terminal Development to Texas  Voir?

AMSAT has expanded the development of ground terminals for the Phase 4B and other digital/microwave satellites it's working on in partnership with Virginia Tech. The second ground terminal will be in the Dallas, Texas, area. Hardware was recently ordered from National Instruments Corp for delivery to Bill Reed, NX5R, to equip a second AMSAT ground terminal community.

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(07/12/2015 @ 23:43)
The Amateur Radio Obsessives Who Send Messages from the Ends of the Earth  Voir?

In 1993, Bob Allphin and a team of 11 other men took a boat to remote Howland Island, an uninhabited slip of coral that is officially part of a group called United States Minor Outlying Islands located in the Pacific Ocean.
(07/12/2015 @ 23:27)
Ham Radio Outlet Founder Robert G. Ferrero, W6RJ, SK  Voir?

Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) Founder Robert G. Ferrero, W6RJ (ex-K6AHV), of Danville, California, died on December 4 after a period of ill health. He was 78. An ARRL Life Member, Ferrero was a California state trooper and US Navy veteran when he acquired Ham Radio Outlet in Burlingame, California, in 1971. The original store operated from a former railroad station.

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(07/12/2015 @ 23:27)
UK Telecoms Regulator Revokes 500+ Ham Radio Licenses Not Revalidated by Holders  Voir?

Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator, has revoked the first batch of Amateur Radio licenses that had not been revalidated by their holders. Ham licenses in the UK used to expire annually, but in 2006, Ofcom began issuing lifetime licenses, which remain in effect until the agency takes specific action to revoke them.

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(07/12/2015 @ 23:27)
UK ham radio licences revoked  Voir?

Ofcom has revoked the first batch of amateur radio licences, they are believed to be the first amateur radio licences to be revoked since Ofcom was created in December 2003
(06/12/2015 @ 21:27)
In Chennai where communications are cut off, ham radio operators chip in (India)  Voir?

Ham radio operators have swung into action in flood-hit Chennai where communication network at several places was affected. In addition to Hams who have surfaced, having been caught in the flood waters themselves, to provide the required communication to carry out relief works, many more hams from across the country are ready to travel to Chennai.

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(06/12/2015 @ 21:27)
Amateur radio turns vital link when gadgets fail in flood-hit Chennai (India)  Voir?

A steady stream of messages and news relayed from a home in suburban Kolkata kept many anxious people posted about relatives stuck in flood-ravaged Chennai, not with 21st-century technology but through its humble forefather - the radio.
(06/12/2015 @ 21:27)
Radio Amateurs Respond to Grim Flood Situation in Southern India  Voir?

Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, the president of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) - India's International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society - has told ARRL that Amateur Radio is assisting with communication in the wake of severe flooding in and around India's fourth-largest city, Chennai.
(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Qatar signs revised radio regulations treaty  Voir?

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), has signed the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations International Treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Qatari Communications Regulatory Authority President Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai signed the Final Acts on behalf of Qatar.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
This duPont has more to do with coding than chemicals: meet Ben duPont (Delaware)  Voir?

Ben duPont started cutting deals as a young man. In the 1970s, the social web wasn't quite yet available, but he still wanted to connect with the world. So at 13 he earned his ham radio license.
(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Google Seeks FCC Permission For Secretive Tests  Voir?

Google sought permission from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow it to experiment with millimeter-wave technology for two years, says a report from The Register. Google's public filing is redacted and is mostly related to the name of the entity it wants to run the tests, specific locations and antenna characteristics.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
ITU Affirms UHF for Broadcasting  Voir?

The international body governing global spectrum treaties has affirmed the reservation of UHF channels for broadcasting across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and neighboring nations. In making way for mobile broadband, the World Radiocommunication Conference last week voted to reserve 470-694 MHz (U.S. Chs. 14-51) for broadcasting.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
HAM-strung by highrises (India)  Voir?

Skyscrapers that have cropped up in various parts of Kolkata in recent years are blocking crucial radio waves that come in handy during natural disasters when regular communication channels are disrupted. HAM radio enthusiasts have warned that the vulnerability caused by the fast-changing topography needs to be immediately addressed to ensure the city is prepared for emergencies.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
There's a New Ham in the House  Voir?

US Rep Steve Pearce (R-NM-2) has become the third Amateur Radio licensee in the Congress. Pearce recently became KG5KIQ. He joins his House colleague, Rep Daniel Benishek, KB8TOW (R-MI), and Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Pearce had reached out earlier this year to ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, and New Mexico Section Manager Ed James, KA8JMW, to find out more about ham radio.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Santa Claus Arctic Circle Team Active During December  Voir?

The Santa Claus Arctic Circle Team will be active as OH9SCL (Santa Claus Land) from the Finnish Lappland above the Arctic Circle during December. OH9SCL has been on the air each holiday season for the past 30 years. Activity will be mostly on the HF bands, on all modes. Operators include OH3BHL, OH9KL, OH9MDV, and OH9MM.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, Among Latest Amateur Radio Parity Act Cosponsors  Voir?

US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), is among the latest House members to sign on as an Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 cosponsor. One of the few radio amateurs in the Congress, Walden chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which will hear H.R. 1301, the House version of the legislation.

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(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Radio Amateurs of Canada Releases Revised 0-30 MHz Band Plan  Voir?

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has released an updated 0-30 MHz band plan. It became effective on December 1, replacing the band plan released last January 1.
(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
ARRL Reiterates Call for FCC to Make Historical Licensee Data Available  Voir?

At the request of the FCC, the ARRL on has filed supplemental comments urging the Commission to continue to make available via the Universal Licensing System (ULS) historical Amateur Radio license information not associated with a current licensee or a pending application.
(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Lakeshore Repeater Association finds a new home (Wisconsin)  Voir?

The Lakeshore Repeater Association will soon be transmitting from a new location at the South Shore Fire Department on Old Green Bay Road on one of its two frequencies in Racine County. Lakeshore's VHF 2 Meter repeater (KR9RK) had operated for the last 40 years on 147.27 MHz from the recently sold American Red Cross Building at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Meachem Road.

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(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
RSGB: G15YOTA to tour the country  Voir?

During December, 14 groups from schools, universities and local clubs will activate callsign G15YOTA and its regional variations. Many of the operators will be experiencing amateur radio for the first time, a fantastic opportunity for licensed youngsters get on the air.
(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
Beware of fake Diamond antennas on-line!  Voir?

There are seemingly many bargain price Diamond antennas on various online stores and auction sites. As the UK's only official importer and distributor, we know how much these antennas cost and when they appear online cheaper than the cost price, you have to ask questions.
(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
‘HAM'MING IT UP (India)  Voir?

We live in a world ruled by visibility, courtesy social media and television. But we still need our daily dose of radio - while driving home from work or while reading on a Sunday morning.
(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
WRC-15: Allocates Spectrum For Future Innovation  Voir?

he WRC-15 (World Radiocommunication Conference 2015) concluded its deliberations by allocating spectrum to mobile broadband, amateur radio service, emergency & disaster relief, search & rescue, earth observation satellites, unmanned aircraft & wireless avionics, flight tracking, maritime communications and road safety.

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(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
MARS-Amateur Radio Exercise an Overall Success  Voir?

A 2 day Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communications exercise in early November was an overall success, especially in terms of MARS-ARES cooperation.
(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
APRS Repeaters Get the Signal Out of Mammoth Cave  Voir?

APRS Cave-Link uses the amateur radio's Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) inside caves to get their position data (and other messages) out. Imagine that you're coordinating a large scale search-and-rescue mission in a cave. You need to know where all your groups are, and whether or not they've found anything. But how do they all communicate to the command center?

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(26/11/2015 @ 21:02)
Manufacturing for the Stratosphere  Voir?

Video explores the challenges in designing and testing the balloons used for Google's Project Loon. The balloons provide broadband links using the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands
(26/11/2015 @ 21:01)
Securing medical in the IoT  Voir?

You may remember Jay Radcliffe as the white hat hacker who in 2011 took the stage at a security conference and showed that the wireless communication in his own insulin pump was not secure and could be subjected to attack.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:57)
Broadcast Engineering Thanksgiving  Voir?

Broadcast engineers have acquired (or perhaps in some cases cultivated) an often-undeserved reputation as a curmudgeonly sort. Therefore, in light of the Thanksgiving season, Radio asked readers why they are glad to work in the industry and what makes them glad to go to work. Read a few responses below.

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(26/11/2015 @ 20:52)
Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Kits  Voir?

Jenny List G7CKF has made available an RF Breakout kit and a Pi-HF direct conversion radio kit for the Raspberry Pi The breakout kit provides a breakout board to use the Raspberry Pi clock generator as an RF source or simple amateur radio transmitter.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:52)
DeorbitSail Satellite Unsuccessful in Deploying Sail  Voir?

Following its July 10, 2015, launch, the DeorbitSail satellite has achieved some, but not all, of its mission objectives, including contact with the satellite, solar panel deployment, and taking pictures of Earth. The satellite, a University of Surrey research project, carries a 1200 bps BPSK beacon transmitting on 145.975 MHz. DeorbitSail is a 3U CubeSat with a deployable sail to demonstrate rapid deorbiting.

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(26/11/2015 @ 20:52)
DX Engineering Acquires InLogis, Exclusive Rights to Make and Market Active Magnetic Loop Antenna  Voir?

DX Engineering of Tallmadge, Ohio, has acquired the assets of InLogis and the exclusive right to manufacture and sell the Inlogis (formally Pixel) Active Magnetic Loop Antenna, model RF-PRO-1B. All manufacturing operations and equipment for the RF-PRO-1B have been moved from Golden, Colorado, to Tallmadge, Ohio.

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(26/11/2015 @ 20:51)
Some 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Certificates Mailed to the Wrong Recipients  Voir?

A formatting error in a data file for the 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest has caused a problem in the distribution of certificates for that event.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:51)
Amateur Radio Parity Act Senate Sponsor Praises Bill's Committee Passage  Voir?

Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS), who is the sponsor of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) in the US Senate, has praised the bill's approval by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:51)
Reaching out to Santa with technology (Saskatchewan)  Voir?

Several youngsters from across the city this past weekend were treated with a special opportunity to chat with Santa Claus via radio and video feed thanks to the ingenuity of the Amateur Radio Club of Moose Jaw.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
HAM operators signal discontent (India)  Voir?

Andhra Pradesh has witnessed two major disasters in recent months, the stampede at the Godavari Pushkarams in July and the ongoing floods in Nellore and Chittoor district, but there has been no effort made by HAM radio operators to chip in with the relief effort. There are nearly 500 HAM radio operators, or amateur radio operators, in and around Vijayawada, equipped to serve as an important communication channel in disaster-affected areas. But they have been reduced to being silent spectators.

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(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
The First Radio Sets: a Spark Gap and a Coherer  Voir?

[Ashish] let us know about his experiments in recreating the earliest type of radio set: a spark-gap transmitter and iron-filings coherer. He goes through the historical development of the kit in great detail, so we're just going to skip that part. Go read it yourself!
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
FCC Getting Ready to Launch New Website  Voir?

The Federal Communications Commission says it is is performing a large-scale redesign of its website to improve usability and the switch to the new site is scheduled to begin on December 9 and take at least a day.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
FCC fines more companies for Wi-Fi blocking  Voir?

On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued two proposed fines related to Wi-Fi hotspot blocking. In the first notice the FCC proposed a penalty of $718,000 against M.C. Dean, one of the largest U.S. electrical contracting companies, for allegedly interfering with and disabling the operation of consumers' Wi-Fi devices at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
Broken stuff gets timely rescue (Ohio)  Voir?

A laptop that won't charge, an antique radio that won't play, and a sewing machine that won't sew. These are among the various broken objects that Athens area residents spent time repairing at the ReUse Fix-it Workshop at the Athens Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 21.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
The Changing Face of Hobby Electronics  Voir?

A series of videos which trace the changes in Australian hobby electronics In this episode of "State of Electronics", they explore the 1970's & early 80's when the retailing of electronics to hobbyists exploded onto the Australian scene.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
How to Evaluate an Old Transmitter  Voir?

In the pages of Radio I've written many times about the importance of having a second (and even a third) transmitter. Usually, the context for this is ways and means to buy a new transmitter.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
Senate Committee Endorses Ham Radio Bill  Voir?

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee endorsed a bill that would give ham radio operators who live in deed-restricted communities reasonable accommodations to erect antennas. On Nov. 18, the committee approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
Dave Floyd W9MPD sk  Voir?

An icon of Amateur Radio in southern Nevada passed away Saturday morning November 21. David Floyd W9MPD age 75, of Boulder City, known around the planet as 'Radio World Dave' sucummed this morning at St. Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson, NV after being removed from life support.
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
Magic Moments (Alberta)  Voir?

The other day a friend asked what kept me interested in amateur radio. I'm not a contester, I enjoy the occasional rag chew, chase a little DX and have done some community service but why am I still involved in this day of instant communication and the Internet?
(21/11/2015 @ 22:17)
FCC Not Processing License and Exam Session Files Again  Voir?

To borrow a common highway traffic warning: Expect Delays. The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system is down again, after working for a brief window on Wednesday, November 18 following an outage on Friday, November 13. Some files were processed through the system Wednesday, but the FCC reported on November 19 that it was again unable to process VEC license and examination session files. The problem remains unresolved.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
FCC Moves Emergency Mobile Alert System Proposals  Voir?

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris highlight the need to improve U.S. emergency alert systems, the members of the Federal Communications Commission said at a Nov. 19 meeting. Against that backdrop, the FCC unanimously approved a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to improve the effectiveness of wireless emergency alerts (WEAs) (PS Docket No. 15-91).

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
Key Senate Committee Passes Amateur Radio Bill  Voir?

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today praised the Committee's approval of S.1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced in June by Wicker and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators. The measure awaits consideration by the full Senate.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
Preparing for emergencies: Amateur radio operators ready to help out  Voir?

Amateur radio may be just a hobby to some, but during an emergency these radio operators will likely be able to keep the lines of communication open to the outside world. Also called hams, during an emergency when the power is off and the Internet and phones aren't working, local amateur radio operators might very well be the best way to communicate with each other.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
Nutley man indicted in fatal Belleville home invasion (victim was ham operator - New Jersey)  Voir?

An Essex County grand jury has returned a seven-count indictment against Ray Cooley, 25, of Nutley in connection to the alleged murder of an 85-year-old Belleville man earlier this year, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
Fitzsimmons had been a resident of Belleville for over 60 years. According to his obituary, Fitzsimmons served as a manager with Wakefern Food Corporation in Secaucus before retirement, and also worked at Breyer's Ice Cream in Newark. He attended Bloomfield College and was also a member of the Roseland Amateur Radio Club, the Military Auxiliary Radio System and the American Legion. He also served with the Army National Guard, and retired with the rank of captain.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
Radio Deluxe Version 6.3.448 Released  Voir?

HRD Software, LLC announces the release of Version 6.3.0.448. This release includes new enhancements and maintenance updates. Everyone that has purchased HRD since February 2012 will get the fixes at no charge. The HRD staff continue to work on new features and fixes and is doing more frequent releases.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:49)
Oregon SM Pledges Continued Cooperation with Office of Emergency Management After Rift  Voir?

ARRL Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry, W6ABM, has told the Section's Amateur Radio Emergency Service Emergency Coordinators that Oregon ARES/RACES will continue to work with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OOEM). Curry's statement comes nearly a week after the OOEM severed its working relationship with Oregon Section Emergency Coordinator Vince Van Der Hyde, K7VV. Van Der Hyde remains as SEC.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:30)
State Ousts Leader Of Oregon Amateur Radio Service  Voir?

The state is cutting ties with the head of Oregon's amateur radio service, Vince Van Der Hyde. The cut comes after he asked volunteers not to take part in a recent emergency drill - because of bad equipment and control issues.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Ham radio bands under threat  Voir?

Colin Thomas G3PSM reports from WRC-15 that industry is attempting to grab more amateur radio spectrum for 5G technology at 10 and 47 GHz The 47 GHz band is a primary allocation for both the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Recording of 1935 Marconi Speech Released  Voir?

The Essex Record Office in the UK has released a sound recording that includes the second part of a speech by wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, delivered at the unveiling of the Fisk Memorial at Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia. In the speech, Marconi forecast the impact that wireless communication will have on ship navigation and on the world economy in general. "Without long-distance communications, no country can make much headway," he asserted. The Fisk Memorial commemorated the first direct wireless message sent from the UK to Australia in 1918.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
New DMR server Brainmeister BM in Spain  Voir?

Greetings to all! A few weeks ago the first server is running in Spain Brandmeister DMR is universal communication server has more features than DMRMaster of DG1HT is.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
New 60m allocation shows positive WRC-15 progress: IARU  Voir?

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is in Geneva (November 2-27) has developed consensus around a new 15 kHz-wide global secondary 60 metre Amateur Radio allocation at 5351.5-5366.5 kHz.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Southern Leyte Ham radio operators agree to work as one group in times of disasters (Philippines)  Voir?

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) successfully brought all the ham radio operators in the province to an agreement to work as one group in times of disasters.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Map Now Available  Voir?

In cooperation with ARRL, CQmaps has introduced a 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) map. The full-color map includes all NPOTA units, within the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Department of Conservation approve radio enthusiasts' trip to Antipodes Islands (New Zealand)  Voir?

After much consideration the Department of Conservation has given approval for a group of radio enthusiasts to travel to the Antipodes Islands but insists it is not setting a precedent. The group of international amateur radio enthusiasts were seeking to broadcast from the Antipodes Islands which lie 860km to the southeast of Stewart Island.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
New ham radio band at 5 MHz  Voir?

During the November 18 afternoon plenary session of WRC-15 in Geneva a new amateur service allocation at 5 MHz was approved Although only a small allocation of 15 kHz between 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz was eventually agreed, it is the first new allocation at HF since the WARC of 1979.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
World Radiocommunication Conference Approves Global 60 Meter Allocation  Voir?

The Plenary Meeting of the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva has approved an allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis with a power limit of 15 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP).
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
FCC chairman says the feds need more wiretapping powers after Paris attacks  Voir?

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Congress yesterday that, following the attacks on Paris, wiretapping laws should be expanded, The Washington Post reports. Wheeler's comments focused specifically on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, known as CALEA, a 1994 act that forced telephone companies to make their phones easier to wiretap and that has been controversially extended to other communications. Wheeler, in his comments, suggested further broadening the scope of "lawful intercept," which provides for law enforcement wiretaps under CALEA.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
AO-85 Commissioned and Turned Over to AMSAT-NA Operations  Voir?

Fox-1A (AO-85) has been formally commissioned and turned over to AMSAT Operations, which now is responsible for the scheduling and modes. Fox-1A is AMSAT-NA's first CubeSat.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors  Voir?

The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18, two Senators - Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) - asked to be recorded as voting no. The Committee held an executive session to consider the various legislative measures and nominations.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Police search for missing man at McLaren Falls (New Zealand)  Voir?

One man has drowned and police will resume their search for another man at McLaren Falls Park, Kaimai this morning. According to Police 2 men were seen going into the water just after 5pm yesterday and both disappeared underwater.
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, Tweets Anniversary Greetings to ARISS  Voir?

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, has tweeted greetings to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program on the 15th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contacts between the ISS and Earth. "First QSOs conducted from the ISS ham radio station 15 years this weekend. Happy Anniversary ARISS! 73!" Lindgren tweeted on November 15.

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(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Call signs, not names, ID hams  Voir?

The thousands of people attending the Hamfest & Computer Expo at Memorial Coliseum this weekend certainly all have names, but practically none of them had any interest in using them.
(15/11/2015 @ 21:18)
Alfa Radio Ltd. appoints Hector Garcia Authorized AlfaSpid USA service rep  Voir?

Alfa Radio, home of the highly regarded AlfaSpid antenna rotator line since the late ‘90s, have appointed Hector Garcia authorized AlfaSpid service representative for the USA with immediate effect. Garcia, a professional antenna and tower installer for the amateur and commercial markets, has a comprehensive knowledge of antenna and tower systems in addition to knowing antenna rotators "inside and out."

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(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
Manhattan Project Sites Now Eligible for National Parks On The Air Event  Voir?

The US departments of Energy (DOE) and the Interior have signed an agreement making the three sites of the Manhattan Project a National Historical Site - and the 409th official unit of the National Park Service. The Manhattan Project was the name given to the secret World War II effort to develop the first atomic weapon. The agreement makes the new NPS unit eligible for the ARRL 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event, celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.

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(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
Effort Under Way in Puerto Rico to Reclaim Desecheo Island (KP5)  Voir?

A legislative effort is under way in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reclaim Desecheo Island (KP5) and to include it within the municipality of Mayagez. According to a report in El Nuevo Da, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives of Puerto Rico approved two bills on October 26 that call on the US government to return ownership of Desecheo Island to Puerto Rico.

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(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
ARRL President Urges Blast of Support for Senate Version of Amateur Radio Parity Act  Voir?

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.
(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
Potential 15 kHz-Wide 60 Meter Band Advances at WRC-15, but Far From a Done Deal  Voir?

As World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) moves into its second week in Geneva, consensus is shaping up around a new, 15 kHz-wide secondary 60 meter allocation, at 5351.5-5366.5 kHz, with amateur stations limited to an effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) of 15 W.
(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
Who owns the world's most hotly contested islands?  Voir?

For most of history, the shallow rocks and reefs dotting the South China Sea were something to be avoided rather than owned.
(11/11/2015 @ 00:16)
Whatever happened to WWBS?  Voir?

It's interesting to look back and reflect on the disappearing shortwave broadcasters from our past. Down in Macon, Georgia, USA there was once a private shortwave radio station with the callsign WWBS.
(11/11/2015 @ 00:03)
Review: LD-5 HF Ham Radio QRP Transceiver  Voir?

The LD-5, made in USA, by LNR Precision Inc. is an amazing little 5 band SSB/CW Amateur Radio QRP Transceiver that's small and light enough to fit in just about any backpack. this makes it one of the most portable SSB multi-band HF rigs currently on the market. Not only is the LD-5 small in size at 4.724"L X 3.937"W x 1.957"H, it is also very lightweight, weighing in at only 1.19 pounds (without microphone, antenna, or battery).

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
SKYWARN Recognition Day Is Saturday, December 5  Voir?

The 17th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/) on-the-air event is set for Saturday, December 5, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. Cosponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service, SKYWARN Recognition Day pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. Registration is now open for stations planning to participate from a National Weather Service (NW) Forecast Office; a list http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/participating_offices.php of NWS participating offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. During the 24 hour event, Amateur Radio operators set up at NWS offices contact other hams across the country.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
Communication tower in Mulmur-Melancthon damaged by windstorm (Ontario)  Voir?

Winds not only caused damage to trees in our region, it also caused a big problem for the Mulmur-Melancthon fire department. The 100-foot communication tower was bent and damaged when the windstorm swept through the region.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
Wind gusts of 100 km/h in Dufferin County's weather forecast (Ontario)  Voir?

It was a windy Friday morning in Dufferin County. Early Friday morning (Nov. 6), Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Dufferin County in expectation that gusts of 100 km/h could cause some damage in the area throughout the day.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
TASIS Group Donates Radio System to Friends of Rogers (New York)  Voir?

Robert H. Benton of TASIS Group recently donated a commercial UHF radio system to Friends of Rogers for its use at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
Radio operators serve the Sun Lakes community (California)  Voir?

The purpose of the EPAP organization in Sun Lakes is to prepare for and respond to the occurrence of a catastrophic event affecting our community. When a disaster occurs, electrical power can fail, and telephone, cell-phone and internet networks can stop working, cutting off Sun Lakes from outside assistance.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
New UK/EI DX Contest to Launch in December  Voir?

A new contest to promote activity between stations in the UK and in Ireland (UK/EI) and the rest of the world will debut with an SSB event in December and a CW event in January. The SSB weekend will be December 5-6, and the CW weekend will be January 23-24. Both events get under way at 1200 on Saturday and end 24 hours later. The United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club (UKEICC) is sponsoring the new contest.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
Ham Radio Accessory Dealer, Publisher Idiom Press Changing Hands  Voir?

Idiom Press of Merlin, Oregon, has announced the sale of its assets to Ham Supply of Elizabeth, Colorado. Owned by Wayne Ordakowski, N0UN, Ham Supply is a new business formed to manufacture and distribute the products previously offered by Idiom Press, as well as other new Amateur Radio products.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
World Radiocommunication Conference 2015: The Deliberations Have Begun  Voir?

The more than 3000 delegates and observers attending World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) have gathered in a large conference center adjacent to ITU Headquarters in Geneva for the nearly month-long event. WRC-15 officially got under way on November 2. It will close on November 27. Chairing the conference is Festus Daudu of Nigeria, the first African elected to chair a WRC.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
Radio revival in Pescadero (California)  Voir?

Within short succession in 2011, the South Coast community radio station KPDO found itself without a home, an antennae for broadcasting and the bulk of its funding. Since then, a dedicated group of residents has been working behind the scenes to get KPDO back on the airwaves.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
Hams Support Air Force Marathon  Voir?

When the 15,000 plus runners sprang from the starting line at the recent 2015 Air Force Marathon and related races, 65 ham radio operators were on duty to make sure the September 19 competition was as safe as possible. Held each year at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, the Marathon uses base roadways as well as streets in Fairborn and Riverside. Hams are positioned at critical points throughout the courses, not only to provide communication, but to serve as additional eyes and ears, watching for any signs of problems. Hams have been a part of the race since the first official marathon was held in 1997.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
FCC: We can't force companies to stop tracking you online  Voir?

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it can't force Internet companies like Google, Facebook and ad providers from tracking you online. The commission had been petitioned by the privacy advocacy group Consumer Watchdog to make the "Do Not Track" setting in many browsers illegal to ignore.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
On-air ‘hams' aided by new technology (Connecticut)  Voir?

Even in these days of incessant tweets, texts and Facebook posts, a century-old form of social media is drawing new enthusiasts by embracing the latest technology. Members of amateur, or ham radio clubs in the area may use everything from a telegraph key and Morse code to satellites to transmit video, digital data and voice communications.

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(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
New symbol graphics and better support for mobile devices on aprs.fi  Voir?

I've just upgraded aprs.fi to use my new APRS symbol graphics set. The new symbols are drawn in vector format (as opposed to a raster format at a fixed resolution), allowing them to be rendered at larger and smaller sizes without distortion or blurriness.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
Radio operators across Mohave County, state participate in earthquake drill (Arizona)  Voir?

A series of earthquakes rocked Eastern California on Tuesday, each rippling with a magnitude of up to 3.0 across Arizona and Utah. More quakes are expected along the West Coast in the near future, and local radio operators are preparing for similar activity in Arizona.
(10/11/2015 @ 20:56)
Ofcom wants radio silence from pirates (UK)  Voir?

The concept of ‘Pirate Radio' may be steeped in nostalgia for Radio Caroline but the country's telecoms regulator has kicked off a clampdown of modern-day pirate DJs that it says put lives at risk.
(05/11/2015 @ 00:15)
Berlin NGO smuggles pirate radio into Syria  Voir?

A Berlin-based NGO has given an old technology a modern twist to ensure that independent journalism can fly under the government radar in the Syrian civil war.
(05/11/2015 @ 00:14)
How to Make Your Own Pirate Radio Station  Voir?

Tired of the preprogramed junk that makes up radio? Don't curse the DJ; seize the airwaves! An FM transmitter (like this one) is a simple device that connects to your music player and broadcasts your tunes through a weak radio signal. This signal can be picked up by receivers in the immediate vicinity, but with a few tweaks you can strengthen it and reach up to 100 feet. Although it may not be much, it can turn your car into a vehicle that doubles as a mobile radio station.

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(05/11/2015 @ 00:11)
Free Frequency Allocations Handbook  Voir?

The National Academies Press have made available the Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses: Second Edition (2015) as a free PDF
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Hawaii Launch of Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Fails  Voir?

The November 4 inaugural launch of an experimental US military vehicle carrying several satellites with Amateur Radio payloads into orbit failed in mid-flight shortly after taking off at 0345 UTC from Hawaii.
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Amateur Radio Parity Act Continues to Gain Traction in US House  Voir?

It's full steam ahead for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, as the House version of the bill, H.R. 1301, now has 112 cosponsors and counting. The House bill and its identical US Senate measure, S. 1685, call on the FCC to amend its regulations to extend the limited PRB-1 federal preemption regarding Amateur Radio antennas to include private land-use restrictions such as deed covenant, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs).

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(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
World War II Eire neutrality sign restored to coast in Donegal (Ireland)  Voir?

Photographer Homer, also an amateur radio enthusiast and researcher, has written about the history and significance of the signs and lookout posts along the coastline. "On the flat plain just below the Banba's Tower at Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point is the word EIRE, marked in stone and painted white. ..."

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(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Amateur Radio Contact with ISS Takes Place in Conjunction with WRC-15  Voir?

An Amateur Radio contact between students at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters Amateur Radio club station and two crew members of the International Space Station helped to kick off World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
January VP8 DXpedition to Incorporate Youth and Community Participation  Voir?

When a team from The Intrepid DX Group embarks on its South Sandwich/South Georgia VP8SGI/VP8STI DXpedition in January, it will incorporate a youth and community participation aspect into the adventure, as it has done since the 1990s.
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
LAH Planning Commission considers new antenna policies (California)  Voir?

magine a Loma Prieta-grade earthquake in Los Altos Hills: The power is out, fires blaze, cellphone signals are jammed and emergency officials are spread thin - too thin. "The only people you're going to have left for communications is your ham radio operators," said Jim Abraham, city planning commissioner and Emergency Communications Committee co-chairman.

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(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Tackling pirate radio could save Londoners 1 million  Voir?

A new approach to tackling pirate radio has eradicated the problem in one London borough, and could save up to 1 million for Londoners by being rolled out across the capital.
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
FCC probing Los Angeles radio firm said to be backed by Chinese government  Voir?

Federal regulators are investigating a Los Angeles-based radio broadcasting company that is reportedly majority-owned by a unit of a Chinese government broadcaster. A spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Tuesday that the agency will open a probe into G&E Studio Inc., reportedly owned by James Su, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Shanghai.

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(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
12 student satellites to launch  Voir?

Five satellites built by Indian students have already been launched by ISRO, 12 more are expected to be in orbit by the middle of 2016
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Scouts Get Radio Active At Lake View Event (Iowa)  Voir?

A Lake View Troop 195 Boy Scout, Ryan Carpenter of Lake View, attended the 2015 Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) event this past Saturday and learned more about amateur radio operation.
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
How to turn a Raspberry Pi into an FM radio transmitter  Voir?

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is an amazing computing platform; it's small, it's cheap, it's fast, and it's remarkably versatile. So versatile in fact that with practically no additional hardware you can turn one into an FM transmitter
(01/11/2015 @ 22:04)
Rackley: AM May Never Have an Opportunity Like This Again  Voir?

It was good to see the high level of participation in the comment process of this FCC rulemaking by broadcasters, broadcast industry professionals and other interested parties. I believe the FCC has done an overall excellent job of considering the various opinions that were expressed by the commenters, within the public service framework mandated for them by the Communications Act, to arrive at decisions that will be good for AM radio going into the future.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:58)
White House releases plan for if EMP wipes out nation's power grid  Voir?

The White House Thursday released a contingency plan for about the most terrifying scenario possible: a massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that wipes out the power grid. Just imagine no more cell phones, Internet, credit cards, gas pumps, running water, electric lights or industry in a single fateful moment. It could come from a solar flare that sends ultra-high-energy particles cascading toward the earth, frying every electrical transformer they encounter. So the White House, in conjunction with 24 other federal agencies, published a "National Space Weather Strategy" and accompany action plan, outlining a response if such a disaster were to occur.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:37)
Ham radio team leaves for edamalakkudy tribal colony in idukki for polling duty  Voir?

KOTTAYAM: The men on election duty in the tribal settlement colony of Edamalakkudy in Idukki District left for the tribal settlement colony from Munnar on Saturday afternoon. Polling in Idukki is on Monday. Devikulam RDO Subin was there to see off the group. The group includes Polling officers, policemen, forest guards and watchers and ham radio operators. The group stayed in Pettimudy on Saturday night.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:37)
ARRL Medium-Wave Experimenters Sponsoring Special Event in November  Voir?

The 107th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty, which created the international distress frequency at 500 kHz, will be the occasion for a special event operation in that vicinity of the spectrum. The event, announced by ARRL Medium-Wave Experiment (WD2XSH) Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, set for the November 13-14 weekend, will involve experimental operators in the US, Canadian Amateur Radio stations, and US heritage maritime stations.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:36)
ARRL Seeking Contest Branch Manager  Voir?

The ARRL is accepting applications for the position of Contest Branch Manager at League Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience.
(01/11/2015 @ 21:36)
Japan may widen millimeter-wave radar band for self-driving vehicles  Voir?

A wider radar frequency band can accommodate increased volumes of data transmission, thereby boosting the sensitivity of radar equipment and their ability to detect obstacles. The ministry also plans to expand the frequency band of 77.5 to 78 gigahertz, currently allocated to amateur radio services and those conducting astronomical observations, for use in self-driving vehicles as well, the sources said.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:36)
DX Engineering Supports the VK9WA Willis Island DXpedition with RFI Reduction Products  Voir?

The VK9WA Willis Island DXpedition team was concerned that the small space on the island would present significant radio frequency interference (RFI) problems. DX Engineering supplied the team with a large assortment of RFI-reducing products to combat any RFI problems.
(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
The 807, a Vacuum Tube for the Ages  Voir?

In the 1930s, as the United States recovered from the Great Depression, most people couldn't afford a new radio. Even so, the Radio Corporation of America earned a tidy profit on vacuum tubes like the 807, [pdf] introduced in 1937. The 807 proved especially popular with amateur radio operators, as evidenced by this ad from the March 1940 issue of QST, a ham-radio magazine. And in 1947, English engineer D.T.N. Williamson described the circuit for his eponymous high-fidelity audio amplifier [pdf], variations of which used the 807. Although RCA closed its electron tube operation in 1976, 807s are still made in Russia and China, and audiophiles continue to debate the technical and aesthetic qualities of 807s from different companies, eras, and countries.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
College Radio Watch: CBI Recap, Minneapolis Radio History and More News  Voir?

I had a great time at the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference in Minneapolis last week and was glad to have had the opportunity to speak on two different panels about college radio history and culture.
(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
Polish Radio Amateur May Be a Step Closer to Activating North Korea  Voir?

Polish radio amateur Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, has indicated that he's moving forward with his plans to operate from North Korea early next year. Earlier this year Grzyb announced that he had secured written permission to operate from North Korea in January or February 2016 and that he would be going to the capital, Pyongyang, for a final meeting to discuss guidelines for the operation.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
Promoting use of ham radios for city students (India)  Voir?

A seminar on ‘Ham Radio and its Uses' was held to promote the benefits of practicing Ham communication among the student community, at SRR and CVR Government Degree College in the city on Friday. Organised by the Ham Radio Training Center of the city, students of the Science discipline were enlightened about the needs and uses of the communication system in times of emergency.

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(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
A Closer Look: the AM Radio Revitalization Order  Voir?

This item has been updated with additional or clarified language regarding daytime and nighttime coverage standards, and in the additional proposals section. More than two years in the making, the long-awaited AM Radio Revitalization Report and Order was released on Friday by the FCC.
(30/10/2015 @ 21:52)
Radio legend Ed Walker dies at 83, three hours after final broadcast (Delmarva)  Voir?

Radio pioneer Ed Walker, whose "Joy Boys" broadcasts with Willard Scott dominated Washington's airwaves in the 1960s, has died at age 83, three hours after his final broadcast. Related Stories Walker, who was born blind, "died quietly in his sleep at 2 a.m." says Ken Mellgren, Walker's longtime friend and former boss at WWRC.

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(30/10/2015 @ 21:52)
WSM 650 AM Celebrates 90 Years  Voir?

A lot has changed in 90 years in both the radio industry and the world in general, but one constant for the people of Nashville has been WSM 650 AM and country music. Now owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (the former Gaylord Entertainment Co.), the station this month celebrated its 90th birthday and a rich history, including its relationship with country pioneer the "Grand Ole Opry" - which the station spawned - as well as WSM's distinguished diamond-shaped tower.

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(30/10/2015 @ 21:52)
Morse Code Encoder/Decoder using LinkIt One  Voir?

This is the second project using the LinkIt One board in the previous instructable I showed you how to build a distance measuring tape. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make a Morse Code Decoder/Encoder using the LinkIt One. The output can be displayed on an LED or a Buzzer, this project can encode/decode up to 300 words per minute. This is a fun project and can built over the weekend, we can set up two of these and communicate with each other.

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(30/10/2015 @ 20:36)
KDKA Memories: Celebrating 95 Years of KDKA Radio  Voir?

On November 2, 1920, the Westinghouse Electric Company of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched the world's first broadcast of delivering the 1920 election results to listeners. This year we celebrate 95 years of broadcasting and we couldn't have made it this far without our loyal listeners, and many thanks to George Westinghouse!

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(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
CBS-FM Helps Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Master FM Antenna Atop the Empire State Building  Voir?

Hope you had your radio dial tuned (or Radio.com app launched) to CBS-FM and your eyes fixed on the Empire State Building on Thursday, October 29th at 7PM when WCBS-FM helped the Audio Engineering Society celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Master FM Antenna on top of New York City's most iconic building.

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(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Secret Radio Stations by the Numbers  Voir?

One thing has stayed with the James Bond movie franchise through the decades: Mr. Bond always has the most wonderful of gadgets. Be it handheld, car-based, or otherwise, there's always something to thrill that is mostly believable.
(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Using RF To See Through Walls  Voir?

This is some seriously cool stuff. Researchers at MIT recently came up with a device that can "see" through walls. It can actually identify a person (or people) behind a solid object. They call it RF-Capture and it uses radio waves to identify people. Kind of like some high tech radio-frequency sonar. Using a very complex algorithm it can reconstruct the human figure by analyzing the various reflections of the signals transmitted. It's so accurate it can even distinguish between different people based on size and posture, and even trace a person's handwriting in the air.

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(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
The Myth of Channel 6  Voir?

I am unaware of whether this is really true; for all I know it's just a twisted fantasy, some sort of urban radio legend. But it goes something like this: A major owner of failing AM stations is making a bid in the spectrum auction for Channel 6.
(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Applications for ARRL CEO Position are Due by November 15  Voir?

The League is accepting applications for the position of ARRL Chief Executive Officer. The deadline to submit an application is November 15. The complete position description is available on the ARRL website. The position is at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.
(29/10/2015 @ 20:38)
ARISS Celebrates 1000th Event, 15 Years of Permanent Ham Radio Presence in Space  Voir?

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program this month marked its 1000th space station Amateur Radio event, continuing a string that started 15 years ago, when the program established the first permanent ham radio presence in space.
(29/10/2015 @ 20:38)
World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 Starts on November 2  Voir?

Amateur Radio's interests will be well represented as the 2015 ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) convenes on November 2 in Geneva, Switzerland.
(29/10/2015 @ 20:36)
Don't blame it on the (Upminster) weatherman! (UK)  Voir?

Alan Paul, a 69-year-old electrical engineer, has been carefully tracking the weather around his home and sharing it via his website. Alan writes two forecasts daily and provides live records of the temperature, wind speed and cloud coverage.
(29/10/2015 @ 20:27)
Successful first flight for RIT SPEX group (New York)  Voir?

Early Sunday morning, more than a dozen Rochester Institute of Technology students assembled in a campus parking lot to launch a scientific experiment to the edge of space. Plans for the launch, using a high-altitude weather balloon, began several months ago, as members of RIT SPEX - short for RIT Space Exploration Research Group - designed the container, constructed the experiments and arranged clearances with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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(29/10/2015 @ 20:27)
HAM communications get upgrade in Audrain (Missouri)  Voir?

Thanks to grant funding from area foundations, the HAM Radio communications in Audrain County is now one of the most versatile systems in the State of Missouri.
(29/10/2015 @ 20:27)
Bengal's ham radio operators to help Afghan quake affected  Voir?

After playing a significant role in the rescue operations during the devastating earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, a group of ham radio operators from West Bengal is all set to fly to Afghanistan to provide a similar service. Awaiting an official nod from the Indian government, these amateur radio operators are part of a worldwide community that travels to areas hit by natural calamities and disasters, providing communication.

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(29/10/2015 @ 20:27)
FCC under fire over TV, mobile broadband signal interference fears  Voir?

Staff at the FCC, America's communications watchdog, have been accused of not doing enough to prevent TV broadcasts from interfering with mobile broadband signals. This comes as television stations in the US prepare to auction off some of their radio frequencies, which can then be used by cellphone networks to extend their wireless broadband coverage.

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(29/10/2015 @ 20:27)
ARRL Medium-Wave Experimenters Sponsoring Special Event in November  Voir?

The 107th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty, which created the international distress frequency at 500 kHz, will be the occasion for a special event operation in that vicinity of the spectrum. The event, announced by ARRL Medium-Wave Experiment (WD2XSH) Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, set for the November 13-14 weekend, will involve experimental operators in the US, Canadian Amateur Radio stations, and US heritage maritime stations.

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(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
UK to Auction Former Amateur Radio Spectrum  Voir?

Spectrum at 2.3 and 3.4 GHz that once was allocated to Amateur Radio is going on the auction block in the UK. Telecommunications regulatory agency Ofcom announced this week the steps it will take in selling off the shared spectrum it took back after the military no longer needed it.
(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's First National Spacecraft, Completes its Mission  Voir?

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first national spacecraft, has now completed its nominal mission following more than 14 months of operation. Although the USKA-supported mission phase has ended, discussions are underway with AMSAT-UK about the possibility of its taking over UKube-1 operations to continue the spacecraft's educational and outreach activities.

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(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
Amateur Radio to Have a Presence at National Tribal Assistance Coordination Group Workshop  Voir?

ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, will be among the presenters at the national 2015 National Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G) Workshop, November 3 until November 5 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Colston will speak on "Social Media in Emergency Management/Amateur Radio."
(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
Palmyra DXpedition to Sign On as K5P  Voir?

When the Palmyra DXpedition gets under way in January 2016, operators will be using the call sign K5P. The Pacific Islands DXpedition Group has been granted permission to activate Cooper Island in the Palmyra Atoll.
(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
Fox-1A (AO-85) Transponder Again Open for Use  Voir?

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced that the Fox-1A (AO-85) transponder reopened at 2225 UTC on October 23 following several days of testing and commissioning activity.
(28/10/2015 @ 23:40)
SAREX Reflector to Close on November 1  Voir?

AMSAT Vice President for Human Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has announced that the SAREX (Space Amateur Radio EXperiment) reflector will close on November 1, and its functions folded into the AMSAT-BB list.
(28/10/2015 @ 23:19)
New technology keys ‘ham' radio revival (Connecticut)  Voir?

Even in these days of incessant tweets, texts and Facebook posts, a century-old form of social media is drawing new enthusiasts by embracing the latest technology. Members of amateur, or ham, radio clubs in the area may use everything from a telegraph key and Morse code to satellites to transmit video, digital data and voice communications.

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(28/10/2015 @ 23:19)
Makerfest Features Robots, Electronics, Paint Brushes, Marshmallows  Voir?

As a drone buzzed overhead, children manipulated the arms of Davinci, a robotic surgery program. Nearby, teens showed off how their robot could catch a large ball and throw it back, clearing 10 feet of air. The Jersey Shore Makerfest featured projects for children of all ages, incorporating fine art and high technology projects to show the diversity of what it means to be a maker.

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(28/10/2015 @ 23:19)
John Clough is radio active (Massachusetts)  Voir?

In August, stalled in traffic while 12,000 runners in the Falmouth Road Race passed by, I met John Clough, one of many volunteers from the Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth Amateur Radio Associations helping out that day. John's interest in radios began at a young age, and helped support a career that has taken him from the Southwest to the frozen North.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Radio ham helped restore BTTF DeLorean  Voir?

The San Bernardino Microwave Society newsletter reported his interest in the amateur microwave bands when he was a student in 2008. Ara N6ARA has since flown many amateur radio High Altitude Balloons and in 2013 attended the UKHAS Conference in London to give a presentation on US Ballooning.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Nevada Day Treasure Hunt medallion found (Nevada)  Voir?

While Daniel Dull participated in the Nevada Day Treasure Hunt for the first time and just moved to this state, it's not like he hasn't been well acquainted with its charm. So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise Dull, who recently moved to Dayton, found the Nevada Day Treasure Hunt medallion.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
MAGMA volunteers to bridge communication needs in times of disasters, launches H.E.A.R.T. (Phillipines)  Voir?

When conventional communications in times of disasters, emergencies fail, the MAGMA amateur group volunteers strives to bridge communication needs with its self-powered communication facilities.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
CRSA/CRAC report ham radio numbers  Voir?

The CRSA/CRAC submitted a paper to the IARU Region 3 conference on the number of radio amateurs in the territories administered by Beijing They describe the difficulties in getting accurate figures but say that in 1993-2012 the accumulative population of certified amateur radio operators was over 120,000. Now in 2015 the total number of active amateur radio operators is about 60,000.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
FCC: 'Everybody sues us about everything'  Voir?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it is not worried about the threat of another legal battle as prison-calling companies promised a lawsuit to block new rate caps approved Thursday.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
ARRL Executive Committee Presented with Draft Enforcement Improvement Plan  Voir?

At the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting on October 3 in Bloomington, Minnesota, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, presented a draft plan for the improvement of timely and visible enforcement in the Amateur Radio Service.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Cornwall Wins Independence (For Radio Amateurs) (UK)  Voir?

Radio amateurs in Cornwall have been given permission to change their call sign to show they are in the Duchy. At the moment just two letters - G and M - are used to denote England as a general location. But these letters do not indicate which county the amateurs come from.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Council likely to approve taller radio towers (Oregon)  Voir?

The Brookings City Council Monday likely will approve an ordinance to allow ham radio towers up to 70 feet in height in residential neighborhoods, despite concerns residents outlined this summer regarding safety and aesthetics. The issue caught the attention of residents in the Dawson Tract north of town in June, when residents there learned a ham radio operator on Susan Place wanted to extend his tower from 40 to 70 feet.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
GV leaders firm up plans - and contact info - for emergencies (Arizona)  Voir?

If disaster strikes Green Valley, we'll be ready, according to formal plans - which include a comprehensive list of contacts - drafted over the last several months by community leaders and response managers.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Five-hundred-metre dish nearing completion  Voir?

This week's SARL News reports that, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) will be completed in 2016 - allowing researchers to detect radio signals - and potentially, signs of life - from planets orbiting a million stars and solar systems.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Compute Module CubeSats  Voir?

CubeSats are a type of miniature satellite that are around the size of a shoe box and made from easily available, non-aerospace, parts. Because CubeSats use widely supported technologies, you no longer have to be a government or a space corporation to send a satellite into orbit: building a CubeSat is within the reach of individuals, universities and other organisations. The small size of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module makes it suitable for this very exciting application, and today we have a guest blog post from the University of Surrey to tell us more.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
What I did is because...well not to be dramatic (parody)  Voir?

Many of you know I dropped the radio service and for mainly peace and my sanity, but I moved on to a less stressful situation, I also dropped my band project and for mainly piece of mind and my sanity as well.. BIO and why I became a HAM Radio(Amateur Radio Operator),KE7GGV
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
FCC Station Counts: 2015 vs. 2005  Voir?

We're spectrum geeks here at Radio World so we always have fun with the trivia question, "How many broadcast stations are there in the United States?" Longtime readers know the reply should be, "Depends on how you define it." But here are several ways you can answer when the question comes up at your next scintillating cocktail party.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Amateur Radio Was Part of Typhoon Koppu Response in the Philippines  Voir?

Amateur Radio in the Philippines was part of the comprehensive response to the Category 4 Typhoon Koppu - known locally as Typhon Lando - which hit the islands over the weekend with damaging winds and heavy rain.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
FCC Seeking User Comments on New Beta Website  Voir?

As part of an ongoing research and design project "to dramatically improve the usability and functionality" of its website, the FCC has debuted a new prototype website and wants to know users think about it. The FCC's 2011 website re-design was not well received, and the Commission has continued to maintain its previous, much-older website design in tandem with the newer one.

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(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
17 Questions for the FCC About AM Class A Protections  Voir?

How far should the FCC go to protect AM anchor stations in the United States while trying to help the band's other operators?
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Oakmont educator loved teaching, learning electronics (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

Louis Dimasi (W3SMX) spent countless hours tinkering with circuit boards and other gadgets in his basement. He taught electronics for more than 50 years at the former Penn Technical Institute, which later merged with Pittsburgh Technical Institute.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Preparedness fair asks 'When Will You Be Ready?' (Arizona)  Voir?

Skills necessary to survive were prevalent at the Fourth Annual Preparedness Fair, held Saturday at the Prescott Valley Event Center. With the theme of "When Will You Be Ready?" presenters focused on being ready for emergencies such as disasters, job loss, illness and more.
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Cornwall gets 'K' for Kernow after bid by Poldhu Amateur Radio Club  Voir?

IT'S 'K' for Kernow next year as radio hams are given permission to broadcast new call signs to celebrate Cornish minority status. OfCom agreed today that radio amateurs in Cornwall can add the letter 'K' for the whole of 2016, after the proposal was put forward by the club based at Poldhu's Marconi Centre.

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(17/10/2015 @ 23:40)
Aussie balloon ditches in the Southern Pacific  Voir?

The flight launched on Saturday October 10 by Andy VK3YT is the latest in his series of small balloons over the last two years to carry an Amateur Radio payload. This solar powered party balloon with a 25mW transmitter on 20m and 30m used the weak-signal modes of WSPR and JT9.
(17/10/2015 @ 23:40)
Hams Practice Sending Messages (Missouri)  Voir?

Practice may not make you perfect, but it goes a long way toward making you ready, according to Tom Usher, amateur radio operator, kdqkk. Usher spent 25 minutes Oct. 10 assembling his 29-foot tripod and J Pole antenna at the Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC) digital repeater site on Signal Hill at Mid-America Testing Laboratories in Catawissa.

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(17/10/2015 @ 23:40)
IARU Region 3 Conference Urged to Focus on Youth as the Key to Amateur Radio Growth  Voir?

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 conference has highlighted youth as a key growth area for Amateur Radio. The 16th Region 3 conference in Bali, Indonesia, wrapped up on October 16.
(17/10/2015 @ 23:40)
RSGB: Licences to be revoked  Voir?

Ofcom have published a notice advising that steps are now being taken to revoke all amateur radio licences that have not been revalidated as required by the terms of the licence. The first tranche of revocations will affect those licences due for revalidation between September 2012 and January 2013. If you have not revalidated your licence within the last 5 years, contact Ofcom by email to [email protected] or telephone 0207 981 3131, option 3.

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(16/10/2015 @ 23:28)
Parachute Mobile Group to Hold Jump in Conjunction with Pacificon  Voir?

As it has done in past years, the Parachute Mobile group - in the air, on the air - has scheduled jumps for October 17 in association with Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, in San Ramon, California.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:20)
HAMs again to electoral rescue (India)  Voir?

Tucked inside the dark forest folds of the West Ghats , the election process in the tribal panchayat of Edamalakkudy will once again see a collective of amateur radio enthusiasts chipping in. This will be a repeat of their feat in the 2010 poll.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:20)
Mile High Radio Club hosts Skywarn presentation (California)  Voir?

As part of a run up to what is predicted to be a strong El Nino, Mile High Radio Club hosted a presentation about Skywarn - a Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service program.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
Amateur Radio Helps Promote National Park Service Centennial  Voir?

Amateur Radio operators in the Unites States will transmit from some of our nation's most important natural and historic sites throughout 2016. ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio - sometimes called ham radio - will coordinate a year-long activity, called National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), in parallel with the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

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(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
Hackers use radio waves to silently control Apple's Siri, Android's Google Now  Voir?

A newly spotlighted hack utilizes an iPhone or Android handset - with headphones plugged in - to remotely and silently access the smartphone's built-in voice controls, potentially unbeknownst to the user.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
A new generation discovers the good old TV antenna  Voir?

When 25-year-old graduate student Jordan Bishop moved into his apartment near the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, he bought a television and signed up for broadband internet. But cable? No way.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
Willistown Boy Scouts Join Global Online Ham Radio Event (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

Are you a Boy Scout and want to take part in a worldwide meeting of fellow Scouts? You can - this weekend - using Amateur Radio, whose signals reach around the globe, to all seven continents, to tens of thousands of fellow Scouts who will be on the air this weekend for the 58th Annual Jamboree on the Air.

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(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
Pack 66 Webelos Participate in California QSO Contest  Voir?

When you see a bunch of boys huddled around an electronic device, you might hint at an Xbox, Sony PlayStation or Nintendo as the center of attention. But it wasn't video gaming that brought Pack 66 Webelos to a meeting on Oct. 3, 2015 on a Saturday afternoon. It was ham radio.
(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0 (Oregon)  Voir?

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday's Hood River County ARES/RACES participation in a statewide communications exercise, dubbed Quake Ex II simulating amateur radio operators' response in case of a destructive 9.0 earthquake in Oregon.

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(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
ARRL Asks FCC to Clarify that Hams May Modify Non-Amateur Gear for Amateur Use  Voir?

The ARRL has asked the FCC to make clear that Amateur Radio licensees may modify non-amateur equipment for use on Amateur Radio frequencies. Some hams have expressed concerns that recently proposed rules would inhibit post-sale modification of Wi-Fi equipment, now sometimes altered for use on Amateur Radio frequencies.

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(14/10/2015 @ 00:44)
Man receives Grand Ol' Ham radio award (New York)  Voir?

Hal Post of Middle Grove has been named a 2015 Grand Ol' Ham award winner for the American Radio Relay League's Hudson Division. The Connecticut-based ARRL is the national association for amateur radio, connecting ham radio operators around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
(14/10/2015 @ 00:38)
Twin Valley physics students chase balloon in the name of science (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

Science projects can prove more fun when they unfold unexpectedly. But Matt Martini really wanted one Sept. 29 to work as planned. Martini, four other Twin Valley High School physics students and a teacher were chasing a high-altitude balloon across southeastern Pennsylvania. As their school van crossed the Susquehanna River into Lancaster County, a transmitted altitude reading said the balloon was about 30,000 feet lower than it was supposed to be if it were to burst near Morgantown.

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(14/10/2015 @ 00:38)
Mics and hikes (Oregon)  Voir?

HAM radio and Rogue River hiking on learning institute agenda Amateur radio and the Rogue River Trail will be on the agenda when the Oregon Coast Learning Institute continues its fall semester on Tuesday, Oct 20, in Gleneden Beach.
(14/10/2015 @ 00:38)
Heathkit returning to kit building  Voir?

Any ham radio operator who's been active for more than a few years is familiar with the Heathkit radios. Kits built from the ground up to teach and to guide a ham radio enthusiast about how something works. Heathkit hasn't been doing much kit building in the last generation or so, but that looks like it's about to change.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
IOTA Foundation to Manage RSGB's Islands on the Air Program  Voir?

A new entity - the IOTA Foundation - will assume management of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Islands on the Air (IOTA) Program. Last year the RSGB Board identified a number of challenges facing the program, including the need to provide an online system to track and manage the submission of island credits - similar to the ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW).

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
Lapan develops instrument that can detect high fishing-potential areas (Java)  Voir?

..."Each fishing boat is equipped with high-frequency communication tools that enable it to receive radio communication from the operator," Afif said. The system, the Deputy said, is also connected to the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization channel that can effectively spread the information.
(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
Massey Set to Lead Engineering Society  Voir?

Jerry Massey is disappointed if he doesn't learn something new every day in his job. He's pretty sure most broadcast engineers feel the same. The fast-evolving technology of the broadcast industry seems to suit him well. Massey, director of engineering for Entercom Greenville in South Carolina and corporate regional engineer southeast for Entercom Communications, begins his tenure as president of Society of Broadcast Engineers in October with a plan that focuses on education, retention and recruitment.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
IARU Administrative Council Stresses Importance of Antenna Systems for Amateur Radio  Voir?

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) has adopted a resolution calling on IARU member societies to encourage governments to recognize the importance of the Amateur Radio Service and of Amateur Radio antennas. The AC met for its 38th meeting on October 9 and 10 in Bali, Indonesia, in conjunction with the IARU Region 3 Conference there.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
Ham radio links Scouts around the world (Missouri)  Voir?

The local Boy Scouts of America are getting set to participate in the 58th annual Jamboree on the Air. William Coverdell, assistant merit badge counselor and member at-large for the local Scouts, said the Jamboree is an annual event that uses ham radio to link members from around the world.
(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
Radio waves goodbye (New Zealand)  Voir?

He strolled through late-night Dunedin with Mick Jagger and felt no nerves entertaining crowds of more than 2000. But that is only one view of Neil Collins, writes Bruce Munro who, last week, spent a revealing few hours with the veteran broadcaster. The view from the window of Neil Collins' radio studio on the last morning of his broadcasting career is quintessential Dunedin.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
This Puja, meet the quake live savers  Voir?

At Kumartuli Park Sarbojonin Puja, visitors will have a unique experience - a first-hand demonstration of how HAM radio operators helped rescue hundreds after the Nepal earthquake. HAM radio does not rely on an external power source, which makes it the most favoured tool of communication during natural calamities. The organizers have thus decided to bring forward the exemplerary work that the operators do.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
CubeSat to Demonstrate Miniature Laser Communications in Orbit  Voir?

NASA and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, California, have received confirmation the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) CubeSat spacecraft is in orbit and operational. OCSD launched aboard an Atlas V rocket Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
JOTI/JOTA - The 21st Century Scout Jamboree (UK)  Voir?

33,000 scouts from 85 countries camped in Sutton Park for 12 days with an additional 17,000 British scouts camping on other organised sites spread over a 15 mile radius from Sutton Park and attended the daily organised events. A total of 50,000 scouts descended on Sutton Coldfield with a further 7,000 being bussed in from all over Britain for day-long visits to Sutton Coldfield.

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(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
Old technology could prove valuable (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

Folks are already starting to pile in for Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival. There will be a group of volunteers to make sure everyone can stay in touch without a hitch. If communication is key, then call Lloyd Roach a locksmith.
(09/10/2015 @ 19:34)
Fox-1A is Now AO-85, Transponder Temporarily Active  Voir?

In what might have been record speed, AMSAT's new Fox-1A satellite received its OSCAR designation on the day of its launch, and its FM transponder has been activated temporarily until 0000 UTC on October 10.
(09/10/2015 @ 19:27)
US Spy Satellite Launches Into Space Along with 13 Tiny Cubesats  Voir?

An American spy satellite and 13 tiny "cubesats" shared a rocket ride to orbit this morning, lighting up the predawn sky over their California launchpad. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off today (Oct. 8) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT; 8:49 a.m. local California time), lofting the secret NROL-55 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the agency that operates the United States' spy satellites.

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(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Lovin' Life: When ham is not ham (New Mexico)  Voir?

Last weekend was jammed packed as well. I decided to swing by the Hamfest last Saturday morning out at the Firefighters Academy, where all the hammers get together once a year to check out the latest in the amateur radio world and swap stories.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Chesterfield Island TX3X DXpedition Hampered by High Winds, Rain Squalls  Voir?

With just 3 more days to go until it shuts down, poor weather has been literally putting a damper on the Perseverance DX Group's Chesterfield Island TX3X DXpedition. The team's 12 operators have been having a time of it, dealing with high winds and rain squalls as well as crummy propagation.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Building a safety net (California)  Voir?

Laguna Wood's Amateur Radio Club installed three antennas on the 100-foot radio tower behind at Gate 14 on Sept. 23, giving Laguna Woods wireless, Internet-like communication over radio frequencies.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
NZ hunter fined for using illegal dog-tracking devices  Voir?

A Whakamaru man was fined $2,250 plus court costs of $130 and solicitor's fees of $250 in the Tokoroa District Court on 1 September 2015 for using illegal dog tracking equipment.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Ham it up - in an educational way, of course (Arizona)  Voir?

Exzavier Clubb and Justin Foran are operating the ham radio equipment they've set up at Kingman Middle School, part of student enrichment activities offered last week while the school was on intercession break.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
ARRL President Congratulates Hurricane Watch Net on its 50th Anniversary  Voir?

On behalf of the League, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has congratulated the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on the 50th anniversary of its founding by Jerry Murphy, K8YUW.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Amateur radio operators take part in simulated emergency (Puerto Rico)  Voir?

Fourteen San Benito County amateur radio operators on Oct. 3 participated in an emergency communicators simulated emergency test, designed to ensure they are prepared for real emergencies as local as a power outage or as devastating as a large-scale earthquake.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
UAF students sky high with successful satellite launch (Alaska)  Voir?

A tiny satellite designed and built by a group of University of Alaska Fairbanks students launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday, capping more than five years of work on the project.
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Students in Chambersburg connect with astronaut in space (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

For the students at Corpus Christi Catholic School, just reading about astronauts in space isn't enough. The school took it to the next level as they gathered in the Capitol Theatre to talk to astronaut Kjell Lindgren aboard the International Space Station.
(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
Volunteer opportunity: Editor-in-Chief of the AMSAT Journal  Voir?

AMSAT is searching for a volunteer to assume the position of editor-in-chief of the AMSAT Journal. You'll help develop article sources and using AMSAT provided software and templates, compile the 32-page magazine for six issues per year. Our publishing system is the Adobe InDesign CS6 package. This can be learned quickly by any computer literate ham. InDesign is MS-Word on steroids.

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(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
Ham radio techs (Pennsylvania)  Voir?

When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, response teams from the surrounding area were desperate for any information about the disaster scene.
(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
Two Danish CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched from ISS  Voir?

Two Danish CubeSats carrying payloads operating on Amateur Radio frequencies have been deployed from the International Space Station, but, so far, only one of the satellites has been heard.
(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
AMSAT's Jerry Buxton, N0JY, to Serve on NASA TV Panel Prior to Fox-1A Launch  Voir?

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, will be part of a NASA TV prelaunch panel on October 7 at 1800 UTC. The Fox-1A Amateur Radio FM transponder CubeSat will be among 13 CubeSats flying as secondary payloads on the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) NROL-55 mission, scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket on Thursday, October 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
New OSCAR Satellite Status page  Voir?

Thanks to the efforts of Joe KM1P and Peter 2E0SQL, and with the permission of David KD5QGR, we have set up a copy of the OSCAR satellite status page
(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
Massive hospital move will take over Birmingham highways this weekend  Voir?

Convoys of emergency vehicles will wind their way through Birmingham beginning early Saturday morning to move more than 100 patients from Trinity Hospital to Grandview Medical Center in one of the most massive public safety efforts in recent memory.
(07/10/2015 @ 00:26)
Hamvention Fully Committed to Hold 2016 Show at Hara Arena, General Chairman Says  Voir?

Dayton Hamvention General Chairman Jim Tiderman, N8IDS, is downplaying talk arising from an October 2 television news report and a more extensive and detailed October 3 Dayton Daily News article, that Hamvention might move from Hara Arena as early as next year. Tiderman characterized the reports "all speculation and rumor."

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(04/10/2015 @ 23:29)
Fear of Hamvention relocation prompts meeting (Ohio)  Voir?

The continuing fear that Dayton Hamvention could relocate from Hara Arena, the site the destination for amateur radio has called home since 1964, has Trotwood and Dayton area officials working to keep the event in the region. The fear is so real, the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau has been working with city of Dayton staffers on a plan to ensure the world's largest gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts remains in Montgomery County if relocation is necessary because of the arena's financial problems.

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(04/10/2015 @ 22:41)
Meet the ham radio volunteers behind the weather warning system (Massachusetts)  Voir?

It was late afternoon, and a set of thunderstorms was working its way from Vermont into Western Massachusetts. One particular cell was dropping precipitation from high in the atmosphere, and forecasters feared dangerous hail along the Deerfield River.
(04/10/2015 @ 22:40)
Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down, Reactivates as Joaquin Nears Bermuda  Voir?

After standing down but remaining in standby alert mode, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has reactivated as Hurricane Joaquin, now downgraded to a category 3 storm, poses a threat to Bermuda.
(04/10/2015 @ 22:40)
Alternative sites for Hamvention proposed (Ohio)  Voir?

Fears about Hamvention leaving town because of Hara Arena's economic struggles has local officials scrambling to propose alternative sites for the economy-boosting event. Hamvention, the world's largest gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts, injects millions of dollars into the local economy each year. It has been held at Hara Arena since 1964.

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(03/10/2015 @ 01:06)
NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events  Voir?

Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

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(02/10/2015 @ 22:13)
New at DX Engineering: Yaesu Radios  Voir?

For over 50 years, Ham Radio enthusiasts have relied on Yaesu for radios that offer exceptional performance. Now Amateur Radio operators can purchase Yaesu radios at DX Engineering.
(02/10/2015 @ 22:13)
Sky Sat Communications Confirms Initial Production Run Ham Radio Products  Voir?

Sky Sat Communications founder and CEO Ranko Boca (amateur radio callsign 4O3A) today confirmed the initial production runs of Antenna Genius 8x2TM, Interface Genius IG-MTM and Rotator GeniusTM joining Station Genius SSC-XLTM in the 4O3A GeniusTM product line manufactured by Sky Sat Communications d.o.o. of Igalo, Montenegro. All will be available in North America via the Force 12 SuperstoreTM and select dealers starting in October 2015 with pre-orders accepted starting today at www.Force12inc.com.

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(02/10/2015 @ 22:13)
Hurricane Watch Net Enters Third Day of Hurricane Joaquin Response  Voir?

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has entered its third day of its activation for Hurricane Joaquin, which the National Hurricane Center is calling extremely dangerous.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:43)
West Valley radio club prepares to help community (Arizona)  Voir?

National Emergency Preparedness Month came to a close Wednesday, but ham radio operators in the West Valley are always prepared to help.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:43)
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Now Has 100 Proponents in the US House  Voir?

H.R. 1301 and S. 1685 - now has the support of 100 members of the US House of Representatives. Two additional cosponsors signed onto H.R. 1301 on September 24, raising the number of cosponsors to 99. Those members plus the House bill's sponsor, US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), total 100 proponents, and the number is expected to continue growing.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:42)
Should Broadcast Stations Be Closed Off from the Public?  Voir?

Broadcast stations may soon no longer be required to make their buildings be open to the public, Republican FCC commissioner Michael O'Rielly wrote Tuesday. The announcement comes a month after two broadcast journalists in Virginia were shot to death on live television by a disgruntled former colleague.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:42)
Pope Francis Visit Amateur Radio Special Events Log More Than 26,000 Contacts  Voir?

Jim Nitzberg, WX3B, has reported that the recent multi-station special event operation logged more than 26,000 contacts, with a few reports still outstanding.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
Minimal Mighty Mite  Voir?

If you're getting started building your own ham radio gear, it's hard to imagine a more low-tech transmitter than the Mighty Mite, but [Paul Hodges, KA5WPL] took it one step further and rolled his own variable capacitor. (That's the beer can with tape and alligator clips that you see on the left.)
(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
Wyoming Club Supports League's Washington Advocacy Efforts  Voir?

ARRL Wyoming Section Manager Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, on September 18 at ARRL Headquarters presented ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, with a check for $1000 on behalf of the Shy-Wy Amateur Radio Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The club's designated its donation to support the League's efforts in Washington on the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
ABC listeners hear about Amateur Radio (Australia)  Voir?

ABC Radio Capricornia 873 kHz in Queensland broadcast an interview on September 23, 2015 with Clive Sait VK4ACC, Secretary of the Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club The interviewer Lisa Clarke in her regular segment 'Portraits: In the club' named this particular session 'On the same wavelength'.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
Weather Buffs, Amateur Radio Operators Needed (Connecticut)  Voir?

If you're interested in weather, the National Weather Service is hoping you will attend an upcoming training session. SKYWARN is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters who report hazardous weather to local National Weather Service (NWS) offices. Volunteers are trained by NWS personnel to recognize features associated with rapidly developing, mature and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather. Spotters also report on heavy snow, rain and flooding.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
Hamjam 2015 to take place November 14, 2015 at the metropolitan club in alpharetta  Voir?

HamJam 2015, an annual lecture series about amateur radio topics presented by the North Fulton Amateur Radio League, will take place November 14, 2015 at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, GA.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
How high can a drone fly?  Voir?

The pilot of an Air New Zealand plane reported a near-collision with a drone at an altitude of 1800 metres Friday. Aviation New Zealand represents the commercial aviation sector, and chief executive Samantha Sharif said she doubted it was a drone.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Area agencies invited to disaster response conference  Voir?

Volunteers who help in disaster responses - first responders, public officials, and agency personnel who use volunteer assistance - will have the opportunity to hear more about local emergency response in October.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
MARS Invites ARES/RACES Participation in Coronal Mass Ejection Disaster Exercise  Voir?

A disastrous coronal mass ejection (CME) will be the focus of a national Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) communication exercise in early November, and MARS is hoping to collaborate with Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) groups. The MARS exercise will get under way on November 8 and continue into November 10. It will be a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the US Department of Defense.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Hey FCC, Don't Lock Down Our Wi-Fi Routers  Voir?

On the coastal edge of Tunisia, a signal bounces between 11 rooftops and 12 routers, forming an invisible net that covers 70 percent of the city of Sayada. Strategically placed, the routers link together community centers-from the main street to the marketplace.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Ham radio: A hobby or community service or both? (Wyoming)  Voir?

When all other communication is down or unavailable, ham radio operators, also known as amateur radio operators, can provide emergency communication. However, the emergency assistance is not the main reason many operators get involved. For Basin's Jerry Pyle, it's been nearly a lifelong passion.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Joe Phillips: I was a nerd (Georgia)  Voir?

Nerdy kids today are far more technically advanced than I at the age of 12. Elliott Minor was nerdier and struck a spark by showing me a basic table AM radio he converted to the short-wave band. The hook was firmly set.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Static in radio frequencies disrupting communications between pilots, El Paso airport tower (Texas)  Voir?

A federal agency is investigating an aircraft communications problem that is making it difficult for Borderland pilots to talk to the control tower. For the past year, aircraft in the El Paso area have been encountering bursts of static intermittently on some radio frequencies for communication between planes and the control tower.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m  Voir?

The recent news that a pop vid director had sent a vintage Sony telly up to the stratosphere prompted us to note that just about everything bar the kitchen sink has been dispatched heavenwards under a meteorological balloon.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Russia launches three Rodnik military satellites into orbit  Voir?

The Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (VKO) successfully launched a Rokot light-class carrier rocket with three Rodnik military satellites this week. The launch took place at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 23 (22:00 GMT; 1:00 a.m. Moscow Time Thursday, Sept. 24) from the launch site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Space Center, located in northwestern Russia.

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(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Stitches in time (New Zealand)  Voir?

Brenda Bell, who died in 1979, has other claims to fame: because of her father and brother's interest in wireless communication, she was New Zealand's first female amateur radio operator, and she was the first New Zealander to make radio contact with South Africa in 1927.
(02/10/2015 @ 21:07)
Carolina DX Association Forms Carolina DX Foundation  Voir?

The Carolina DX Association (CDXA) has announced the formation of the Carolina DX Foundation as a non-profit organization under IRS 501(c)(3) rules. The purpose of the CDXF will be to provide financial support to Amateur Radio DXpeditions, specifically those that further scientific research, exploration of HF propagation, and education through public presentations.

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:52)
CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee Conducting Survey  Voir?

The CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee is conducting a survey to gather feedback about the contest from participants.
(25/09/2015 @ 00:51)
Fox Telemetry Decoder Software Now Available  Voir?

AMSAT has announced that FoxTelem ver 1.0 software, the Fox Telemetry Decoder, has been released so stations can start setting up, testing, and debugging their ground stations prior to the October 8 launch of the Fox-1A satellite. FoxTelem is used to demodulate, store, and analyze telemetry data from AMSAT's Fox series of CubeSats. Until Fox-1A launches, users can confirm that everything is working by using a test WAV file, available from AMSAT.

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:46)
ESA: Be The First to Catch Signals From Student-built AAUSAT5 Cubesat  Voir?

To celebrate the launch of the student-built AAUSAT5 CubeSat from the International Space Station into low Earth orbit, ESA's Education office challenges the amateur radio community to listen out for the tiny satellite. Be the first to send in your recorded signal from AAUSAT5 and you will receive a prize from ESA's Education Office.

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:46)
Railway to hit the airwaves this weekend (UK)  Voir?

SWINDON and Cricklade Railway will be leaving the rails to take to the ariwaves this weekend in a special event to mark the very first passenger train almost two hundred years ago. Members of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway will join in with many other heritage railways in an event called Railways on the Air, using the call sign GBOSCR this weekend. They will be joined by two heritage railways in India as part of the celebration.

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:46)
Surette Goes in A New Direction  Voir?

He's been a fixture in the broadcast industry for four decades. Now Bob Surette has decided to hit the links. He spent 38 years at Shively starting in 1973, with a brief interruption to work at nearby Dielectric. He returned to Shively and remained for the rest of his career, an industry constant for both clients and co-workers.

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:46)
South Sandwich/South Georgia DXpedition Dates Announced  Voir?

The Intrepid DX Group has announced its itinerary and operating schedule for its January 2016 South Sandwich/South Georgia VP8SGI/VP8STI DXpedition. South Sandwich Islands is No 3 on ClubLog's Most Wanted DXCC List; South Georgia is No 8.
(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
ARRL VEC Reminds License Applicants: The FCC is Now Paperless!  Voir?

The ARRL VEC is reminding Amateur Radio license applicants that the FCC no longer routinely prints or mails license documents. In an effort to streamline its procedures and save money, the FCC went paperless in February 2015.
(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
RSGB Takes Over Responsibility for UK Amateur Radio Examinations  Voir?

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will assume overall management of Amateur Radio examinations in the UK, starting on October 1. Radio examinations have been handled since 2007 by the Radio Communications Foundation (RCF), under agreements involving telecommunications regulator Ofcom, the RCF, and the RSGB.

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(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
Two Aussie Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched from California  Voir?

Foil party pico balloon launcher Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, couldn't resist the opportunity during a work assignment on the US West Coast to release a couple more balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads.
(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
Orlando HamCation to Host 2016 ARRL National Convention  Voir?

Orlando HamCation will host the 2016 ARRL National Convention in February. The convention will mark the 70th anniversary of HamCation - second only in the US to Dayton Hamvention in terms of attendance. Orlando HamCation is sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL-affiliated radio club, and is supported by volunteers from radio clubs throughout the region.

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Radio Amateur-Deputy Sheriff Shot and Killed in Florida  Voir?

An Okaloosa County, Florida, deputy sheriff who was also a radio amateur died of gunshot wounds after serving a domestic violence restraining order at an attorney's office in Shalimar, where he lived. William J. 'Bill' Myers, KK4KF, was 64.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
American Tower topples an Oklahoma tower while its sole tenant was broadcasting  Voir?

Radio station KGUY 91.3 FM's listeners out of Guymon, Okla. might have been waiting last weekend for the consuming crescendo of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture or another epic ending of a music piece from the High Plains Public Radio-owned classical music station, but were instead treated to deafening silence after a tower crew hired by American Tower Corporation cut the broadcaster's tower down without notifying them, perhaps timed perfectly by the tower techs for it to pancake upon the earth at the end of Siegfrieds's funeral march blasting from their crew cab.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
How to Get Parts the Same Day  Voir?

Need a resistor or fuse to complete a repair project today? Where are engineers turning for same-day procurement of electronic parts now that Radio Shack has reorganized and closed many stores? We interviewed several engineers in various parts of the country to see how they are managing and dug up details about retailers that help to fill the gap.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Registration fee imposed on Dutch Radio Hams  Voir?

VERON reports radio amateurs in The Netherlands will be forced to pay a 31 Euro registration fee On Budget Day 2015, the government of The Netherlands announced that in 2016 amateur radio operators will pay a fee for their registration. Before 2008, Dutch amateurs had a license from which they could derive rights. In 2008 this was transformed into a system of free registration from which they could derive fewer rights. Even with the new fee the regulator has no intention of providing a better service.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Will FCC keep its promise to help AM radio?  Voir?

We were privileged to serve together on the Federal Communications Commission for more than five years, and from time to time we disagreed on some fundamental communications policies. Almost as importantly, we disagreed vehemently on the best basketball program out there, one preferring Duke and the other, North Carolina. Nevertheless, despite these differences, there is one critical issue on which we are fully united - the need to take serious steps to revitalize AM radio service.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
A Better Spectrum Analyzer for your Rigol Scope  Voir?

The Rigol DS1000 series of oscilloscopes are popular with hobbyists for good reason: they provide decent specs at a low price. However, their spectrum analysis abilities are lacking. While these scopes do have a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) function, it's limited and nearly useless for RF.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
China's Long March-6 Carrier Rocket Succeeds in First Trip  Voir?

China has successfully launched the country's first Long March-6 carrier rocket as well as 20 satellites on Sunday. China Central Television (CCTV) reports that the carrier rocket lifted off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China's Shanxi Province at 7 a.m. Beijing time. The 20 satellites, including nine amateur radio satellites, were developed by a number of universities and space research institutes across China.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Hackers Launch Balloon Probe Into the Stratosphere to Spy on Drones  Voir?

For governments seeking to hide controversial programs from their citizens, there are few better directions to transmit secret military and espionage communications than straight up. Unlike here on earth, no pesky amateur radio eavesdroppers or curious hackers monitor the open sky between ground control and a drone-not to mention between that drone and its communication satellite perched miles higher up.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Back to The Woods (Indiana)  Voir?

Kathleen Brentlinger's experience with amateur radio began with a simple receiver and a wire antenna strung across her bedroom. "One of the first things I heard was someone speaking Spanish from Argentina," she said.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Butte Fire victims identified  Voir?

Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio identified two residents of Calaveras County who fell victim to the nine-day-old Butte Fire, both of whom refused to leave their houses within mandatory evacuation zones. Mark McCloud Mark McCloud, 65, was a survivor. Prior to his death when his residence on Baker Riley Way in Mokelumne Hill was engulfed by the Butte Fire, Jim Hutchinson, a ham (amateur) radio friend, says McCloud made a habit of overcoming life-threatening obstacles.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Osakis man connects with 330 countries (Minnesota)  Voir?

Long before the days of Internet chatrooms, people were still capable of speaking to strangers from the other side of the world. Wayne Johanson of Osakis has spoken to people in 330 different countries through the power of amateur radio.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
2nd district brgys to get radio sets (Philippines)  Voir?

About 174 barangays in the second district of Negros Oriental will receive three radio handsets and one 950-watt generator set each, from Board Member Erwin Michael Macias, to help in their disaster preparedness programs and other emergencies.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
From a background of family achievements, he builds his own (New York)  Voir?

Either you integrate the best of your family's character traits or you don't. Growing up surrounded by the go-getters in his family, St. Liberata's Italian-American of the Year John Rocco was influenced by what he saw. Then he added his own accomplishments.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Hams Plan Special Coverage of Pope Francis' Visit  Voir?

Six amateur radio special event stations will chronicle Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States, broadcasting from Sept. 22-27, ARRL reports. The Pope will arrive Sept. 22 at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, meeting with Pres. Barack Obama the following day and addressing a joint Congressional session. He will then travel to New York attend a UN General Assembly session Sept. 25 and also take part in a service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.

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(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
3D Printed Capsule Returned to Students After Two Years  Voir?

In December of 2014, 3DPrint.com covered the development of a 3D printed capsule designed specifically to hold a camera that would then be attached to a weather balloon, for the purpose of getting some amazing photos and videos from the stratosphere.
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
Over the air (Virginia)  Voir?

You can't see them, but they're all around you. Nobody knows that better than hams, who mostly use the unseen radio waves for fun but who can also become the lifeline for communities that have lost the normal modes of communication in times of distress.
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