AMATEUR RADIO NEWS

FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Regulatory Fee

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released... [continue]

Friday, 22nd May 2015

Nepal Now Has a Second Repeater in Operation

A VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. The new system will be put to use during the current earthquake recovery effort and available for any future emergencies, if needed. Initially disrupted by a magnitude 7.3... [continue]

Nepal emergency ops suspended again

Amateur Radio emergency operations on 20 metres, resumed in the aftermath of the second Nepal earthquake, have now been suspended again, according to Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, the Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication. He said he discussed the situation on 17 May with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, and that the decision wa... [continue]

Certificate for RSGB Exam Secretary

RSGB Exam Secretary Carol Meredith, M6MUP, has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club for the “hard work, support and extra mile she goes to support both exam secretaries and candidates alike”. About 3,000 amateur radio examinations are held each year and Carol processes all of the paperwork. Part of [̷... [continue]

South Africa new power limit and band

Amateurs in the Republic of South Africa have been given a new 8 metre band, 40.675 to 40.685MHz, for propagation studies. The allocation is for up to 400W and all emissions are permitted except pulse and fast scan TV. At the same time, the power limits for most of the other amateur bands have been […]

Also in GB2RS this week…

RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL and General Manager Graham Coomber, G0NBI represented the RSGB at a garden party at Buckingham Palace recently. They were formally presented to the Society’s Patron, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT. On Wednesday a super-secret US military unmanned spaceplane was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Fo... [continue]

CubeSats launch with X-37B spaceplane

On Wednesday a super-secret US military unmanned spaceplane was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Also aboard the rocket were a number of CubeSats, some of which included amateur radio payloads. BRICSat-P, designed to test a novel propulsion system, carries an APRS transponder with a 145MHz uplink and 457MHz downlink. It also has a [&... [continue]

The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14-20), and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3.You can see the decline in solar flux in addition to the decline in predicted numbers by downloading the spreads... [continue]

RSGB at Buckingham Palace

RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL and General Manager Graham Coomber, G0NBI represented the RSGB at a garden party at Buckingham Palace recently. They were formally presented to the Society’s Patron, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT.

Rallies and Events News – 24 May 2015

We have no information on any rallies taking place today. Next Sunday the Black Country Radio Rally takes place at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 1HE. There is talk-in, car parking, and the opening time is 9.30am. There will be trade stands, a bring-and-buy, special interest groups, catering, disabled facilities ... [continue]

Special Events News – 24 May 2015

On 29 May 1815, over 6,000 British cavalry gathered for an inspection beside the river Dender before the battle of Waterloo. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the inspection and the crossing of the river to battle, the Belgian Amateur Radio Society, UBA, will operate special event station OT200GBN. On Friday the 29th, operation will […]

DX News – 24 May 2015

News for England South West – 24 May 2015

News for Wales – 24 May 2015

Lidl sells DSP short wave radio for £6.99

Mass 434 MHz balloon launch Sunday

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Balloons galore attract trackers

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Antenna made from liquid metal

Getting into DMR

WFF and IOTA activity

Emergency Preparedness Fair Set for May 30:

Campbellford Lions Club Looking to Support Community:

Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO:

RadCom June 2015, Vol. 91, No. 6

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Ankur Puranik Ham Radio IBN Lokmat

How hams of Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services set up a direct communication like between Mantralaya in Mumbai with disaster affected Nepal. We helped resolve many cases. For more ...

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Friday, 22nd May 2015

Friedrichshafen's 'Ham Radio' Marks 40 Years In June with Space Theme: - eHam.net

Friedrichshafen's 'Ham Radio' Marks 40 Years In June with Space Theme:eHam.net"Ham Radio [www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de] Europe's largest Amateur Radio event, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The annual gathering, known to most simply by its location -- Friedrichshafen -- takes place June 26-28 on the shore ...... [continue]

Johnny Donovan Retiring from WABC

... years in various guises, working as a DJ when the station had a pop music format and transitioning as a staff announcer when it moved to talk radio.

Thursday, 21st May 2015

Ham radio trainees to meet on May 24

Mr Ramesh Babu said 70 candidates, who were preparing for Ham Radio exams scheduled to be held sometime in July this year, would participate in ...

Tuesday, 19th May 2015

Farewell To An Old Friend

You would be hard pressed to find an amateur radio operator who does not refer to their setup as their "radio shack," even if it is a table in the corner of ...

Mock Crash, Airlift Provides Training for Emergency Services

On Monday night, personnel from the Riverside Fire Authority, the Centralia Police Department, Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services and ...

HAM RADIO PODCASTS

DX CLUSTER SPOTS

SpotterFreq.DXGMTPref.
IN3ADF3665.0 IT9KKE 1859IT9
F4EFA50110.0 EA1TF 1859EA
KK4YEM21310.0 P40FY 1859P4
SV1NZJ28487.0 PY2VA 1859PY2
K4WY18140.0 A61ZR 1859A6
AC8IL18126.0 OE0ESC 1859OE
F4CUO21070.0 YO9FTN 1859YO
IW2NUY7180.0 II2EXPO 1859I
W3MR21017.5 XV9NPS 1859XV
WA3LKT18126.0 OE0ESC 1859OE
RA7K1850.0 R120O 1859R1
IQ6WJ3635.0 IQ6WJ 1859I
A61BM21282.0 AO150O 1859AO
RV3ZN14017.3 W1AW 1859W1
EA3FHB7095.0 EA3FHB 1859EA
SW2L50110.0 KP4EIT 1859KP4
JR7AMZ14018.0 OY1R 1858OY
UA3LRG14263.0 R120P 1858R1
IU7EQL28418.0 OK2WED 1858OK
WA6SCW28121.2 CW150ITU 1858CW

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HF spots from AS
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PROPAGATION

Solar Flux: 102, A-index: 3
No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.
Report issued 2015 May 22 1505 UTC

DateSun SpotsFluxGoes
May 22, 201536102 B2.0
May 21, 201561102 B2.7
May 20, 201584106 B3.4
May 19, 201583110 B4.4
May 18, 201575115 B4.0
May 17, 2015103120 B5.0
May 16, 2015113131 B5.1
May 15, 2015126137 B6.5
May 14, 2015135145 B7.0
May 13, 2015170157 B7.0
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