Friday, 1st May 2015

Remotely Controlling VY1JA Station in Yukon Territory a Win-Win

Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, to be Featured TAPR/AMSAT Dayton Dinner Speaker

“Adventures of a Hacker Turned Ham” will be the topic of Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, when he keynotes the ninth annual TAPR/AMSAT Banquet, Friday, May 15, at 6 PM, in association with the 2015 Dayton Hamvention that weekend.

Ossmann grew up as a computer nerd embracing the hacker ethos, and he eventually became interested in the security of wireless systems, such as remote keyless entry, garage door...

New 2 Meter Transatlantic Propagation On the Air from Ireland

A new 2 meter beacon that automatically listens for and logs responses is on the air from County Cork in Ireland.

Operated on behalf of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) by Tony Baldwin, EI8JK, EI2DKH/b transmits JT65B on 144.488 MHz with a CW identification on every even minute. The station listens for responses on 144.155 MHz on every odd minute. Any call signs received are posted da...

The K7RA Solar Update

There were no new sunspots over the past week (April 23-29), even though in the previous seven days there were new sunspots every day, and one day, April 21 had two new ones. The day after the reporting week, April 30, saw two new spots.

Both solar flux and daily sunspot numbers declined. The average daily sunspot number dropped from 120.9 to 60.7, and average daily solar flux went down from 150...

Thursday, 30th April 2015

AMSAT to Roll Out Updated Edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

The 2015 edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, will be available from AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention. This latest edition will discuss how to get ready for the Fox-1 satellites, set to launch later this year. Additional chapters will talk about tracking software, orbital mechanics, antennas, radios, Doppler tuning, and operating techniques.

Other new chapters wil...

ARRL Facebook Repost of Interview with Ham in Nepal Draws Huge Response

The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ” program today featured an interview with Kathmandu Amateur Radio operator Satish Kharel, 9N1AA. ARRL has reposted the interview on its Facebook page, with the permission of The Weather Channel. In the interview segment, Kharel talked about ham radio’s role in the earthquake recovery effort now under way in Nepal.

More than 5000 people have been confirmed dead as a re...

URE to Sponsor ITU Anniversary Event

May 17, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Spanish Amateur Radio Association URE (Unión Radioaficionados Españoles), an IARU member-society, has announced an anniversary operating event, May 1-30, with awards available to all radio amateurs and SWLs.

Eleven stati...

Central States VHF Society Annual Conference Set for July 23-26 in Denver

The 2015 Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) Annual Conference will take place Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, at the Denver Marriott-Westminster. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is the local sponsor.

The conference will feature a banquet, luncheons, and hospitality suites as well as technical programs, noise figure measurement, an antenna range, and a rover vehicle show-and-tell.

ARRL First...

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB a Big Success

Wednesday, 29th April 2015

New Section Manager Appointed in North Texas

The ARRL North Texas Section soon will have a new Section Manager. Nancy McCain, K5NLM, of Fort Worth, will take over the position on May 1, succeeding incumbent SM Chris Brewer, N5GMJ, who resigned due to increased work and family commitments. ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, made the appointment in consultation with Brewer, who recommended McCain for the post, and...

Wednesday, 29th April 2015

ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition Seeks “Social Entrepreneurs”

The Young Innovators Competition, an annual ITU Telecom initiative, is aimed at talented young social entrepreneurs creatively using technology to meet a range of real-life developmental challenges. The Young Innovators Competition is looking for young social entrepreneurs using innovative information-and-communication technology (ICT) based ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in communities ar...

The Sinking of the Lusitania: A Ham Radio Connection

Armed Forces Day 2015 Crossband Communications Test to Offer New Modes

The annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test set for Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, will offer Amateur Radio operators a chance to try their hand at using more modern military communications modes, such as MIL-STD Serial PSK. Also new this year is the inclusion of a crossband Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) test. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard cosponsor...

Nepal Grants Operating Permission, Call Signs to Visiting Hams, as Earthquake Recovery Continues

In the wake of the devastating April 25 earthquake, hams in Nepal, already in limited supply, have been turning out to help in the ongoing recovery. The Nepalese government also is reported to be cutting some of the red tape that has prevented hams from outside the country from operating within Nepal. Several hams from India are among those who have arrived in Nepal to help facilitate communica...

Tuesday, 28th April 2015

Dayton Hamvention® Youth Forum Will Offer Chance to Meet Astronaut

Earthquake Recovery Continues, with Amateur Radio Assistance

Hams in Nepal, already in limited supply, continue to turn out to aid in the ongoing recovery from the April 25 earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation. Radio amateurs in neighboring India are also pitching in, and at least two groups of hams from Gujarat, India, are planning to travel to Nepal and set up stations “at critical places,” said Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) National Dis...

FCC Proposes to Permit Amateur Access to 2200 and 630 Meters

Amateur Radio is poised to gain access to two new bands! The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 47...

Monday, 27th April 2015

AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geosynchronous Satellite

[UPDATED 2015-04-27 1803 UTC] There is big news on the Amateur Radio satellite front. AMSAT-NA has announced that, if all goes according to plan, an Amateur Radio payload will go into space on a geosynchronous satellite that’s planned for launch in 2017. As opposed to the more typical low-Earth-orbit, a geosynchronous orbit would permit an earthbound ham at a given point within its footprint to...

April 27, 2015, Marks 224th Anniversary of Samuel F.B. Morse’s Birthday

The man who lent his name to the Morse code, Samuel F.B. Morse, was born 224 years ago today near Boston. According to an EDN blog by Jessica MacNeil,Morse was a bit of a renaissance man who was already established as a portrait painter before shifting his focus to communication in the 1830s.

“Morse became fascinated with the idea of transmitting messages instantly using electricity,” MacNeil wr...

Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, is 2015 Goldfarb Scholarship Recipient

The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has named Jacob Nunez-Kearny, KF7DSY, of Mesa, Arizona, as the recipient of the 2015 William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship. A senior at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, he plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and pursue a career in aerospace engineering. Based on qualifications, need, and other academic funding sources, the award can be $10,00...

Thursday, 23rd April 2015

Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Emergency Nets Following Chile Volcano Eruption

Southern Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted this week for the first time in more than 40 years, forcing the evacuation of an area of some 12 miles around the volcano. Approximately 5000 residents have been relocated, and ash has been reported from as far away as Argentina.

“Nature strikes our Chilean brothers one more time,” said International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 news editor Joaquín Solana...

CQ DQs Two Dozen CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB Participants

The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has disqualified 2 dozen entrants in the 2014 CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) last October. Another six received warnings. The committee said that it has warned contesters to play fairly and to obey the rules. The vast majority of the disqualifications were for “unclaimed assistance.”

“The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very se...

Spratlys DX0P DXpedition Participant Evacuated for Medical Emergency

[Updated 2015-04-23 1455 UTC] One of the participants in the just-ended DX0P DXpedition to the disputed Spratly Islands was airlifted from Pag Asa Island after suffering a medical emergency. Chito Pastor, WW6CP, became ill just as the DXpedition was starting to wrap up on April 20. 

“The Medevac just arrived half an hour ago!” DXpedition leader Leo Almazan, WA6LOS, told ARRL early on April 23. “...

Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Participants May Apply Anytime for Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards

Amateur Radio Special Events to Mark International Marconi Day, April 25

Saturday, April 25, is the 28th International Marconi Day (IMD), organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club in Cornwall, UK. IMD recognizes the anniversary of the birth of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, born on April 25, 1874. Participating stations are expected to be on the air during the period 0000 to 2400 UTC (ie, starting the evening of Friday, April 24, in US time zones). The occasi...

Monday, 20th April 2015

Fox-1C and 1D Satellites to Include L-Band Uplink; Fox-1E to Have Linear Transponder

AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced plans to incorporate an L-band receiver in the Fox-1C and Fox-1D satellites. This will allow ground controllers to select the normal U/V configuration or the new L/V 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands will operate as FM single channel.

“Rather than adding a complete new receiver, the L band ‘Project Downshifter’ will convert the re...

Amateur Radio Heads into WRC-15 “With Every Possibility of Success”

The just-ended second World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM15-2) left Amateur Radio “with every possibility of success” heading into WRC-15 this fall, said ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX. Price represented the US at CPM15-2, which wrapped up on April 2. The 2-week-long meeting addressed a variety of spectrum-related matters, inc...

Saturday, 18th April 2015

Special Event Stations Mark World Amateur Radio Day, April 18

Today, Saturday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). The event celebrates the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925, in Paris, with ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, as its first president.

From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions.

Radio amateurs worldwide are taking ...

Friday, 17th April 2015

ARRL Teachers Institute Sessions Still Accepting Applications

The ARRL Education & Technology Program is still accepting applications for all four sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. Apply now! The deadline is May 1.

ARRL is offering three sessions of its “Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology” (TI-1) during the summer of 2015. Topics covered in the TI-1 course include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller prog...

Australian Ham’s “PicoSpace” Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe

A foil, party-type balloon carrying a ham radio payload has circumnavigated the globe. Launched on April 6 by Australian radio amateur Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, of Kensington, Victoria, Australia, the balloon, designated PS-41, completed its round-the-world journey on April 16 and is still in the air. Along the way, it has been tracked by a network of Amateur Radio operators. Nguyen has been trying s...

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