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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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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   View ?

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  View ?

The first-ever ARRL Youth Rally will be a feature of the League
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ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Application Deadline is May 1  View ?

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   View ?

ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he has expanded participation in his section
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World ARDF Championships Participation Expected to Break Record  View ?

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)  View ?

The road leading into Trupointe Co-op wasn
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Is broadcast radio doomed?  View ?

Conventional radio and television broadcasting are doomed, eventually. Or so one might reasonably assume from reading
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University organizes first radio communication between Romanian students and the International Space Station  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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

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Slovakia to send its first ever satellite into space  View ?

Slovakia is gearing up to launch its first satellite to orbit with the aim of demonstrating the country
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AU6HAP- Special call-sign operation from India  View ?

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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Ofcom consults on Broadcast TV Technical Codes  View ?

Ofcom is consulting on proposed updates to its Broadcast TV Technical Codes. The Codes set technical standards for digital terrestrial TV (DTT)
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VK100ANZAC to be on air again  View ?

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)  View ?

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

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
(16/04/2016 @ 11:07)
Volunteers instrumental to class  View ?

Kudos times two! I recently attended a class (March 19 and 20) called AUXCOMM, hosted and funded by Yuma County OEM
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World Amateur Radio Day Will Celebrate Ham Radio  View ?

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

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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Implosions bring down 48 surplus VOA towers  View ?

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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Steve Thomas, M1ACB, Tapped as New Radio Society of Great Britain General Manager  View ?

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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MicroHAMS Digital Conference Showcases Innovative Applications  View ?

Each March in the heart of the Pacific Northwest
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Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Named as IARU Satellite Advisor  View ?

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  View ?

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
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First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch in April  View ?

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

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ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee Calls for Comments on Proposed   View ?

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
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Simulated train wreck brings out Mat Su responders (Alaska)  View ?

Hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers joined in a mass casualty exercise in Palmer over the weekend. The simulated train
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FEMA Official Tells ARRL Delaware Section Conference that Her Agency Values Amateur Radio  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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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Spotters provide vital information during stormy weather (Nebraska)  View ?

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
(16/04/2016 @ 10:31)
Amateur   View ?

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  View ?

If you do any work with analogue signals at frequencies above the most basic audio, it
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Major DXpeditions Cooperating to Minimize Conflicts  View ?

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

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(31/03/2016 @ 20:31)
Hurricane Watch Net Seeks Net Control Operators  View ?

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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Telewave Co-Founder, President Raymond L. Collins, ex-K7EQB/W6GLN, SK  View ?

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

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

The ARRL DXCC Department has approved for DXCC credit the unexpected P5/3Z9DX
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The first wireless hack  View ?

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.
(31/03/2016 @ 20:18)
Election Commission seeks support from Radio Hams (India)  View ?

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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(31/03/2016 @ 20:18)
DX Engineering Supports the EP2A Iran DXpedition  View ?

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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(28/03/2016 @ 21:41)
ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters  View ?

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
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Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List  View ?

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.

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(28/03/2016 @ 21:38)
Electronic Rule-Breakers That Crept into Everything We Use  View ?

Students in grade school are usually taught square roots before or during junior high, and with these lessons comes one immutable fact: It
(28/03/2016 @ 21:20)
RF Biscuit Is A Versatile Filter Prototyping Board  View ?

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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(28/03/2016 @ 21:16)
555 Plasma Speaker  View ?

The 555 can do anything. OK, that
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ARRL to Review, Evaluate, and Explore Possible Improvements for OO Program  View ?

The ARRL Executive Committee has directed the Headquarters staff to
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Comedian, Actor, TV Writer and Personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, SK  View ?

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.
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The signal and the noise (Florida)  View ?

Bill Preen scanned for other HAM radio operators on his digital setup.
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New York City Keeps Its TV Station  View ?

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

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Weather spotter's goal is to keep community safe  View ?

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.
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Is the U.S. Army Really Spending $12.7 Billion on Radios?  View ?

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
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Kathy's People: Ham radio enthusiast Holly Bevan celebrates 100th birthday (Maryland)  View ?

Margaret Holly Bevan is on the air every weekday morning by 6 a.m. She covers it all
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Portion of GA Hwy 21 in Sylvania back open after old radio tower falls (Georgia)  View ?

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.
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The Way It Was: Recalling the dawn of amateur radio (Ohio)  View ?

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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Saving Historic Radio Before It  View ?

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)  View ?

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
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Michael Ossmann Makes You an RF Design Hero  View ?

To a lot of people, radio-frequency (RF) design is black magic. Even if you
(23/03/2016 @ 23:11)
Unlock the Phased Lock Loop  View ?

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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Focal Point: Two Longs and a Short (Texas)  View ?

...When my brother Stu and I served in Vietnam, calling home was a luxury
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SBE Urges FCC to Improve Medium-Wave Noise Environment  View ?

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
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The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters. W5KUB
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Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition Team Has Arrived, Operation Hours Away  View ?

The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters. A VK0EK DXpedition
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Kosovo Activity in CQ WPX SSB Will Help to Train Young Hams  View ?

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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Radio Caroline - 36 years ago  View ?

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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Puerto Rico ARES Volunteers Take Part in Caribe Wave 2016 Exercise  View ?

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
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UK to sell 750 MHz of radio spectrum  View ?

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

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Radio operators gather for Hamfest (West Virginia)  View ?

K8KT, better known as Karl Thompson when he
(23/03/2016 @ 22:59)
The first IC 7300 arrives at Europe's Hamstore  View ?

On Friday 18th March, the first Icom IC 7300 in Europe arrived at Europe
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GB75ACO 75YRS ATC  View ?

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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KiwiSDR BeagleBone Black Radio With Multi-User Web Interface (video)  View ?

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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Local, state officials urge weather awareness (Indiana)  View ?

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
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Google Can Now Test Millimeter-Wave Tech Throughout US  View ?

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
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UC Berkeley Trains, Tests Hundreds of New Hams  View ?

Ham radio-related courses taught at the University of California Berkeley Campus and a follow-on
(20/03/2016 @ 01:48)
NASA  View ?

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

AMSAT reports that its Fox-1C (Fox-1Cliff
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So, You're Scared of Surface Mount  View ?

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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What Lies Beneath: The First Transatlantic Communications Cables  View ?

For some reason, communications and power infrastructure fascinates me, especially the long-haul lines that move power and data over huge distances. There
(20/03/2016 @ 01:42)
ARM Board Transmits FM  View ?

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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Standard Resistor Teardowns  View ?

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

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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Russian   View ?

Special event stations in Russia will be on the air until June 16 as part of the international scientific-educational radio marathon called
(20/03/2016 @ 01:25)
Spring Break lesson: Prepare now for Big One (Oregon)  View ?

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.
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Tom Medlin, W5KUB, host of the weekly
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San Andreas adds radio and electronics pathway (California)  View ?

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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NIT-K helping forest department set up Ham Radio for   View ?

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.
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Announcing the Tytera MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio  View ?

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.
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Triple-Threat RTL-SDR Reads Trunked Radio  View ?

In the old days, if you wanted to listen to police, fire, or other two-way radio users, you didn
(15/03/2016 @ 23:56)
Designing A Crystal Ladder Bandpass Filter  View ?

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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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Provisions For Hobbyists  View ?

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
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End of an era: CBS to sell its historic radio division  View ?

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  View ?

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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Woz recounts Apple  View ?

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
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Clyde Beal: Bond turns radio, TV hobby into career (West Virginia)  View ?

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  View ?

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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Over the Horizon Radars Becoming Routine Visitors on Amateur HF Bands  View ?

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
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Local weather website going strong (Alberta)  View ?

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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Stuart Sizer: Heathkit designer, dad, and 'bon vivant'  View ?

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
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Seventh grade science class discovers Ham Radio (Missouri)  View ?

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
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Chicago Man Charged with Felony for Jamming Cell Phones on a Train  View ?

People squawking on their phones on public transportation is annoying as hell. That
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Ham Radio at Science and Space Festival  View ?

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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ARRL 2016 August UHF Contest Cancelled  View ?

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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A call from beyond (North Dakota)  View ?

For the 1,000th time in NASA
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Space station astronauts ham it up to inspire student scientists  View ?

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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Berthoud students discover space anomaly  View ?

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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Gigabit Ethernet Through the Air  View ?

There are a couple of really great things about transmitting data using light as the carrier. It can be focused so that it doesn
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Richard Goben, Star of India captain, 62, SK  View ?

(QRZ lists a Richard Goben as KK6AGP - gsw) As captain of the world
(10/03/2016 @ 23:20)
DX Engineering Supports the FT4JA Juan De Nova DXpedition  View ?

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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Ham on top of Buck Hill (Minnesota)  View ?

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

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)  View ?

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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ARRL alerting of Credit Card Scam  View ?

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
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ARRL Urges FCC Not to Impose Overbroad Notification Requirement to Operate on 2200 and 630 Meters  View ?

In an ex parte statement filed March 10 with the FCC, the ARRL has asked the Commission not to adopt
(10/03/2016 @ 22:58)
How Low Can You Go? The World of QRP Operation  View ?

Newly minted hams like me generally find themselves asking,
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Air Force Pledges Continued Cooperation with Radio Amateurs During Cape Cod Radar Upgrades  View ?

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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Historic site to welcome ham radio operators (Connecticut)  View ?

To help celebrate the National Park Service
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National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Sessions to be Live Streamed  View ?

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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Young Connecticut Ham Off to an Award-Winning Start  View ?

Fifteen-year-old Matt Shea, KC1DLY, had no Amateur Radio ticket 1 year ago. Today, he
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Forecasters harness enthusiasm of amateur spotters for weather intel (Texas)  View ?

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

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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The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode  View ?

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
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Cornish flag raised in Porthleven to mark St Piran's Day as Poldhu Amateur Radio Club send special call sign (UK)  View ?

...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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Tim Peake contacts Powys school via amateur radio (UK)  View ?

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.
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Former Boiler, NASA astronaut passes away  View ?

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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NASA's Last Shuttle External Tank to Cross Oceans, L.A. Streets for Display  View ?

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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I Became An Engineer: Despite Being Bad At Math  View ?

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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The Callaway Amateur Radio League LLC (CARL) will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill
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Teensy 3.1 Controlled VFO  View ?

[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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Serial Telemetry To WiFi with an ESP8266  View ?

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

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Elementary Schoolers  View ?

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

They say that the first casualty of war is the truth, and that
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Science and Space explorers get out-of-this-world results (UK)  View ?

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'.
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Northern California DX Foundation Announces Scholarship Grant to Falklands Schools  View ?

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  View ?

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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Saharawi Amateur Radio wins the first rank in the radio frequency SSB 15  View ?

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".
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AM RF Engineering Pioneer Dies  View ?

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.
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Illinois Transportable Emergency Comm. System: Peace of mind when severe weather strikes (Illinois)  View ?

This week marks severe weather awareness week in Illinois and it is an effort to make sure you have a plan
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From World War II until today, University Heights' Goldfarb and his radios have been inseparable (Ohio)  View ?

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.
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San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps Holds HAM Radio Operators Seminar (California)  View ?

Ham radio operators gathered in San Bernardino where The Salvation Army Corps held its 20th annual
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FCC Rattles Sword Against Pirate Operations  View ?

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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ARRL VEC Applications, Session Scheduling Getting Back on Track  View ?

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.
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Azores   View ?

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

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Iron County Emergency Management works to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters (Utah)  View ?

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.
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Vertical Bridge Acquires Alpha Towers  View ?

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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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly lands safely following year in space  View ?

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

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Amateur Radio Accompanying   View ?

Amateur Radio will be onboard for the
(02/03/2016 @ 00:08)
Grant Bingeman Dies at 66  View ?

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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LPTV Stations Ask FCC To Delay Spectrum Auction  View ?

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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Radio enthusiasts run through paces at Waikanae (New Zealand)  View ?

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.
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Pierce County Jail limits connectivity to stronger radio frequency (Washington)  View ?

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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Raspberry Pi-powered transmitters broadcast Syrian radio  View ?

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.
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First Satellite Contact Between Antarctica and South America Reported  View ?

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.
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US Amateur Radio Numbers Continue to Soar  View ?

Amateur Radio is alive and well! Growth in the US continued in 2015, with a record 735,405 licensees in the FCC
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Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society Seeks New Leadership  View ?

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.
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Decherd feels sense of adventure, helping others as a storm spotter (Illinois)  View ?

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.
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HAM radio survives internet onslaught(India)  View ?

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.
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Vessel with Rich Ham History   View ?

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
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Did the Apollo 10 crew hear music from space?  View ?

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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Electric cars shun AM radio  View ?

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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FCC docs show Raspberry Pi 3 with on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth  View ?

One of the longstanding shortcomings of the Raspberry Pi
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NASA  View ?

The International Space Station
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Sister Lauren's last sale stocked with memories (Minnesota)  View ?

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

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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Mount Wellington Mine Celebrates St Piran  View ?

A CORNISH mining landmark will be celebrating St Piran
(27/02/2016 @ 22:49)
'Talking to the World' (Minnesota)  View ?

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.
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The buzz from Hollywood is that a TV series based on the 2000 movie
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FCC locks down router firmware  View ?

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
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FCC Seeks Comments on Petition to Grant Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses  View ?

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

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

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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Breaking SimpliSafe Security Systems With Software Defined Radio  View ?

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

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Sputnik  View ?

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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Satellite DXCC Nearly 20 Years in the Making  View ?

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

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

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
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NITK, Ham to provide connectivity in Kudremukh forest (India)  View ?

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  View ?

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

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Fox-1E (RadFxSat-2) Selected for Participation in NASA  View ?

RadFxSat-2, the Space Radiation Effects CubeSat
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New director taking the helm at Connecticut's ARRL  View ?

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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Weather observers help professionals track storms  View ?

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
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ARES Team Leverages Radio Services, Local Media, Internet in Missouri Flood Watch  View ?

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
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The hams of Hoover (Alabama)  View ?

Some hobbies require a certain location. Fishing needs a lake, skiing needs a slope, and for amateur radio, you need a mountain. That
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Record number of Americans apply to #BeAnAstronaut at NASA  View ?

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA
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SA to raise Amateur Radio licence fee  View ?

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.
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Radio ham contributed to Detection of Gravitational Waves  View ?

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  View ?

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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Hands on: A Ham Radio for Makers  View ?

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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Hams and the Big One (Oregon)  View ?

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
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University of Malta 'unveils the nation  View ?

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
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Astronaut Tim Peake in Bristol school hook-up (UK)  View ?

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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Ham radio licenses at all-time high  View ?

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.
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Functional emergency exercise gets jolt of reality (Colorado)  View ?

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.
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Richmond County ham radio club learns about   View ?

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.
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Do you know Rufus Turner?  View ?

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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Regulators Attend Amateur Radio Administration Course in Mexico City  View ?

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

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Why modern makers are bringing back ham radio  View ?

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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House subcommittee approves Kinzinger bills to boost amateur radio usage, prevent FCC broadband rate regulation  View ?

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

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Japanese Satellites with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched  View ?

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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Arkansas VHFer Claims "Mathematically Impossible" AO-7 Mode B Distance Record  View ?

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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Institute all set to revive ham radio in Mangaluru  View ?

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.
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New Amateur Extra Question Pool Puts Greater Emphasis on Digital, SDRs, Propagation  View ?

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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Hurricane Watch Net, Maritime Mobile Service Network Stalwart David Lefavour, W7GOX, SK  View ?

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.
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An Affordable Radio telescope  View ?

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.
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Retiring ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, Passionate about Amateur Radio  View ?

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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Berkley man charged with brutally killing friend in jealous rage (Massachusetts)  View ?

A Berkley man allegedly shot his 70-year-old friend 10 times inside the victim
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Fine tuning in trying times  View ?

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

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

...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)  View ?

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  View ?

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   View ?

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  View ?

The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League
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Volunteer observers monitor Interior's extreme temperatures, snowfall (Alaska)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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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IARU President Touts Amateur Radio  View ?

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

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

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  View ?

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  View ?

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

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

As a boy, Harry K. Wolf once made a trip via horse and buggy to Morro Bay to dig for clams from his family
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VOA Museum of Broadcasting Names Volunteer of the Year  View ?

The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
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Two NTU satellites complete first space missions (Singapore)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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
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Want to connect with people all over the world? Try using a ham radio (New Hampshire)  View ?

Kilo (K) Alpha (A) One (1) Sierra (S) Kilo (K) Yankee (Y) Those words strung together probably don
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Students to take giant leap when Radio Science Day culminates in the fall (Arizona)  View ?

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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Relocated Hamfest draws big crowd  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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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(30/01/2016 @ 22:24)
Google tells the FCC its secret airborne network is nothing to worry about  View ?

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  View ?

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

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.
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Discrepancy Detected In GPS Time  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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?  View ?

Sometimes words just have to be spelled for others. I
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand "NVIS Antenna Day" Activity this Year  View ?

ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he is hoping to expand his section
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
Software Defined Radio  View ?

If you are a Technophile, Raspberry Pi Tinkerer, or Ham Radio Operator, then these SDR
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
University Radio Club Donates Vintage J-37 Key to B-29 Radio Position Restoration  View ?

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

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(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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Ham radio a lasting technology, hobby (Illinois)  View ?

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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ARES Volunteers Support Major Flood Responses  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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.
(30/01/2016 @ 21:51)
Hudson Collins, KLTV's first chief engineer, dies at 94 (Texas)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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

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

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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
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VHF Groups Join Forces to Sponsor Super Conference  View ?

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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J.C. Bose and the invention of radio  View ?

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

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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British astronaut tells Nepali students to follow their cherished dreams  View ?

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.
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First Philippine microsatellite   View ?

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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This old tech: TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer lives to play again  View ?

While unpacking some old boxes the other day, I ran across a computer I hadn't seen in some time. It
(23/01/2016 @ 14:20)
Boulder County commissioners approve two communication tower plans (Colorado)  View ?

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  View ?

The AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio has successfully demonstrated voice and data communications with Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites.
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Satellites and Space in Amateur Radio  View ?

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)  View ?

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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Communications tower proposals are up for Boulder County review (Colorado)  View ?

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  View ?

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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Outgoing ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, Honored with ARRL President  View ?

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
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Changing of the Guard: Rick Roderick, K5UR, Elected as ARRL  View ?

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the League
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ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, Concluding Nearly 3 Decades as a League Official  View ?

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

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

A video recently surfaced touting a new method of joining materials together. It
(18/01/2016 @ 01:53)
AMSAT Takes to the Water for Space Symposium 2016  View ?

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.
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Midwinter 630 Meter Activity Weekend Set for Early February  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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

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.
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WIA: AX prefix on Australia's national day  View ?

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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North Korea doubts emerge  View ?

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

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.
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Armed Forces sue NBTC over master plan (Thailand)  View ?

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
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ARRL Asks FCC for "Minimal but Necessary Changes" to Correct Reapportioning Error  View ?

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

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
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Ham radio operators are busy in Lake Havasu City (Arizona)  View ?

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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Hams in Space: Project OSCAR  View ?

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

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Ham radio to the rescue (Nepal)  View ?

As phone lines were jammed and the internet went down in Nepal after last April
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How Bob McGwier used a Cray-2 supercomputer to decode a ham radio transmission heard in Star Trek IV  View ?

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
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Mumbai airport radio frequency goes down and comes up mysteriously for a day (India)  View ?

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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Amateur Radio Parity Act HR 1301 to Get House Subcommittee Airing  View ?

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)  View ?

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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Pupils make radio call to Tim Peake (UK)  View ?

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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Bend man named 'Ham Radio Operator of Year' (Oregon)  View ?

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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Three pico balloons at once  View ?

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.
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Katy amateur radio class promoting fun, skills of hobby (Texas)  View ?

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.
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Orlando Amateur Radio Club Donates to ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund  View ?

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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Carriers warn FCC not to move too hastily in expanding emergency alerts  View ?

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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FCC bullish on airwave auction  View ?

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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"Official" P5/3Z9DX North Korea Activation Now Set for this Summer  View ?

Following an unexpected demonstration operation from North Korea - officially the Democratic People
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Ramsey Kits Calls it Quits  View ?

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.
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Ham Radio operators are emergency communications (New Mexico)  View ?

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.
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Ten Tec announcement  View ?

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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Redesigned FCC Website Makes it Easy for Hams to File Interference Complaints  View ?

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
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Aluma Tower is hard at work re-inventing itself in Vero Beach (Florida)  View ?

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.
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Dishtronix Purchases TEN-TEC Assets  View ?

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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Get Your Amateur Radio License Already!  View ?

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
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Ham licence received after 25 years of passing exam in India!  View ?

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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Pirates Are a State-Level Problem, Too  View ?

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.
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Class back in session for ham radio (Alberta)  View ?

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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Cornwall radio hams open new year with K for Kernow call sign (UK)  View ?

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.
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Norway radio enthusiast tunes into CBC Saskatchewan 5,800 km away  View ?

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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Weather spotters serve as eyes and ears for meteorologists (Michigan)  View ?

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.
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Star Wars sound designer is, indeed, a radio enthusiast  View ?

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.
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Ham Club to Install Packet Radio at Signal Hill Tower (Missouri)  View ?

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.
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Vilas County Amateur Radio Club expands coverage via Ministry tower (Wisconsin)  View ?

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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Out-of-this-world experience for students (Rhode Island)  View ?

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).
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Surrey hams win radio competition (British Columbia)  View ?

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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RSGB: Amateur Radio Primary Allocations in the UK are Insufficient  View ?

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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Commemorative EME Transmission Set from Refurbished Dish on Project Diana Site  View ?

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
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Medium-Wave Transmitters in Germany and France Shutting Down at Year  View ?

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.
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ARRL Again Complains to FCC about Illegal Marketing of Electronic Lighting Ballasts  View ?

The ARRL has again complained to the FCC to allege illegal marketing of electronic RF lighting ballasts, operating under Part 18 of the Commission
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Spain Gets New 5 MHz Allocation for 2016  View ?

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.
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Special day on the airwaves (UK)  View ?

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)  View ?

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
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Entrepreneur expanding broadcast business from Midlothian (Texas)  View ?

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.
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Real-time band conditions website  View ?

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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Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contributions Offer  View ?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to AMSAT members and satellite enthusiasts everywhere! In this season of giving, we
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Timothy Peake, British Astronaut, Dials Wrong Number From Space  View ?

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

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Block level disaster management training module released  View ?

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.
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Straight Key Night is a New Year  View ?

Every day is a good day to operate on CW, but set some time aside on New Year
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'Wireless and the Earthquake' in Radio Times  View ?

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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Low-Power FM: When Your Local Radio Station Is Really, Really Local  View ?

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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Pico balloon detected circumnavigating the earth  View ?

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.
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Spectrum for sale? (Michigan)  View ?

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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You Can Troubleshoot Via This Dongle  View ?

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
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First Geosynchronous Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Aid Disaster Communication  View ?

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.
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ARISS Postpones Anniversary SSTV Event  View ?

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.
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DX Engineering Brings N8DXE Repeater Online  View ?

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).
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P5/3Z9DX Concludes Demonstration Operation from North Korea  View ?

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
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North Korea on the Air for First Time Since 2002  View ?

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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Boston Marathon Seeks Amateur Radio Volunteers  View ?

Preparations are under way for the 120th running of the Boston Athletic Association
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Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Donate Space To Amateur Radio (Wisconsin)  View ?

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.
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School in Remote Alaskan Village Reaching Out via Ham Radio  View ?

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
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DX Engineering Announces Yaesu Day  View ?

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.
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Tech Team Advancing Use of Amateur Radio in Emergency Communications (Virginia)  View ?

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.
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Ham radio in PC Pro magazine  View ?

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
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FAA  View ?

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

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St. Nick on the air from Finland again this Christmas  View ?

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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Firewatch crafts relationships through ... radio  View ?

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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'There's a County Mounty at the Pickle Park,' and More Creative Trucker Slang  View ?

"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.
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Amateur Radio Operators Convert to Digital Television - Part 1  View ?

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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Massena junior high school students honing skills in Morse code, ham radio operation (New York)  View ?

Some J.W. Leary Junior High School students have discovered the joys of communication using technology that
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FCC Hands Ham Operator $25k Fine  View ?

Ham radio operators who violate the rules are on the Enforcement Bureau
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NASA astronauts to conduct spacewalk as early as Monday  View ?

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
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N.J. kids to get 'radio-active' at New Providence Community Center  View ?

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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Decorated veteran revived wartime radio skills (Pennsylvania)  View ?

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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Bouncing Radio off of Airplanes  View ?

Amateur radio operators are always trying some new stunt or other. It
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FCC Proposes to Penalize California Licensee $25,000 for Causing Intentional Interference  View ?

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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HAM radio now in T school syllabus (India)  View ?

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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Heathkit's Triumphant Return?  View ?

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
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Man sends his wife's engagement ring into space  View ?

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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Philippine Radio Amateurs Respond to Typhoon Threat  View ?

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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HAM operators to visit storm-hit Bengal to assess state  View ?

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.
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AO-85 Slow Scan TV Image Likely a Prank, Not a Test  View ?

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
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Antenna Donation Aids Emergency Communications (California)  View ?

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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George Marti Dies; Iconic Equipment Maker  View ?

Ask any U.S. radio broadcast engineer above the age of 40 for the name most associated with Cleburne, Texas. They
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American satellite started transmitting 46 years after being abandoned in 1967  View ?

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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Ohio Amateur Radio Club Donates to Help Needy Families  View ?

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

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Mongolian High Speed Morse Championship  View ?

The Mongolian High Speed Telegraphy (HST) Championship, which took place November 20-22 in Ulaanbaatar, attracted 34 competitors, 14 male and 20 female
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The Impact Of World War I On Ham Radio  View ?

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.
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WIA Director resigns and goes to the Fair Work Commission  View ?

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
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Bradley Observatory Hams it Up (Georgia)  View ?

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
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Precision Radio closes its doors after drop in sales (Hawaii)  View ?

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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Florida Ham Agrees to Penalty for Failure to Identify  View ?

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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The Way it Was: Wide variety of programs on old-time radio (Ohio)  View ?

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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SAQ to Carry on Tradition of Christmas Eve VLF Transmissions  View ?

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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Gabi San Martin Hernandez, EB1BT, Dies in Afghanistan Violence  View ?

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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Polish Radio Amateur Traveling to North Korea in Advance of Proposed Operation  View ?

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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AMSAT Expands Ground Terminal Development to Texas  View ?

AMSAT has expanded the development of ground terminals for the Phase 4B and other digital/microwave satellites it
(07/12/2015 @ 23:43)
The Amateur Radio Obsessives Who Send Messages from the Ends of the Earth  View ?

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.
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Ham Radio Outlet Founder Robert G. Ferrero, W6RJ, SK  View ?

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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UK Telecoms Regulator Revokes 500+ Ham Radio Licenses Not Revalidated by Holders  View ?

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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UK ham radio licences revoked  View ?

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
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In Chennai where communications are cut off, ham radio operators chip in (India)  View ?

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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Amateur radio turns vital link when gadgets fail in flood-hit Chennai (India)  View ?

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.
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Radio Amateurs Respond to Grim Flood Situation in Southern India  View ?

Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, the president of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) - India
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Qatar signs revised radio regulations treaty  View ?

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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This duPont has more to do with coding than chemicals: meet Ben duPont (Delaware)  View ?

Ben duPont started cutting deals as a young man. In the 1970s, the social web wasn
(05/12/2015 @ 03:29)
Google Seeks FCC Permission For Secretive Tests  View ?

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
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ITU Affirms UHF for Broadcasting  View ?

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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HAM-strung by highrises (India)  View ?

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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There  View ?

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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Santa Claus Arctic Circle Team Active During December  View ?

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  View ?

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

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.
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ARRL Reiterates Call for FCC to Make Historical Licensee Data Available  View ?

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)  View ?

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

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!  View ?

There are seemingly many bargain price Diamond antennas on various online stores and auction sites. As the UK
(28/11/2015 @ 22:20)
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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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

APRS Cave-Link uses the amateur radio
(26/11/2015 @ 21:02)
Manufacturing for the Stratosphere  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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
(26/11/2015 @ 20:51)
Reaching out to Santa with technology (Saskatchewan)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

[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
(26/11/2015 @ 20:05)
FCC Getting Ready to Launch New Website  View ?

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  View ?

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

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The Changing Face of Hobby Electronics  View ?

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.
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Senate Committee Endorses Ham Radio Bill  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

The other day a friend asked what kept me interested in amateur radio. I
(21/11/2015 @ 22:17)
FCC Not Processing License and Exam Session Files Again  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today praised the Committee
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Preparing for emergencies: Amateur radio operators ready to help out  View ?

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

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  View ?

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  View ?

ARRL Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry, W6ABM, has told the Section
(21/11/2015 @ 21:30)
State Ousts Leader Of Oregon Amateur Radio Service  View ?

The state is cutting ties with the head of Oregon
(21/11/2015 @ 21:19)
Ham radio bands under threat  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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.
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National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Map Now Available  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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
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Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors  View ?

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)  View ?

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.
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Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, Tweets Anniversary Greetings to ARISS  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

Alfa Radio, home of the highly regarded AlfaSpid antenna rotator line since the late
(15/11/2015 @ 20:10)
Manhattan Project Sites Now Eligible for National Parks On The Air Event  View ?

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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Effort Under Way in Puerto Rico to Reclaim Desecheo Island (KP5)  View ?

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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ARRL President Urges Blast of Support for Senate Version of Amateur Radio Parity Act  View ?

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.
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Potential 15 kHz-Wide 60 Meter Band Advances at WRC-15, but Far From a Done Deal  View ?

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.
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Who owns the world  View ?

For most of history, the shallow rocks and reefs dotting the South China Sea were something to be avoided rather than owned.
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Whatever happened to WWBS?  View ?

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  View ?

The LD-5, made in USA, by LNR Precision Inc. is an amazing little 5 band SSB/CW Amateur Radio QRP Transceiver that
(10/11/2015 @ 20:57)
SKYWARN Recognition Day Is Saturday, December 5  View ?

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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Communication tower in Mulmur-Melancthon damaged by windstorm (Ontario)  View ?

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.
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Wind gusts of 100 km/h in Dufferin County's weather forecast (Ontario)  View ?

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.
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TASIS Group Donates Radio System to Friends of Rogers (New York)  View ?

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.
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Radio operators serve the Sun Lakes community (California)  View ?

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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New UK/EI DX Contest to Launch in December  View ?

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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Ham Radio Accessory Dealer, Publisher Idiom Press Changing Hands  View ?

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.
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World Radiocommunication Conference 2015: The Deliberations Have Begun  View ?

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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Radio revival in Pescadero (California)  View ?

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.
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Hams Support Air Force Marathon  View ?

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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FCC: We can't force companies to stop tracking you online  View ?

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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On-air   View ?

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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New symbol graphics and better support for mobile devices on aprs.fi  View ?

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.
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Radio operators across Mohave County, state participate in earthquake drill (Arizona)  View ?

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.
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Berlin NGO smuggles pirate radio into Syria  View ?

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  View ?

Tired of the preprogramed junk that makes up radio? Don
(05/11/2015 @ 00:11)
Free Frequency Allocations Handbook  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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World War II Eire neutrality sign restored to coast in Donegal (Ireland)  View ?

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
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Amateur Radio Contact with ISS Takes Place in Conjunction with WRC-15  View ?

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).
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January VP8 DXpedition to Incorporate Youth and Community Participation  View ?

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)  View ?

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
(04/11/2015 @ 23:22)
Tackling pirate radio could save Londoners 1 million  View ?

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.
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FCC probing Los Angeles radio firm said to be backed by Chinese government  View ?

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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12 student satellites to launch  View ?

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
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Scouts Get Radio Active At Lake View Event (Iowa)  View ?

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  View ?

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is an amazing computing platform; it
(01/11/2015 @ 22:04)
Rackley: AM May Never Have an Opportunity Like This Again  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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Japan may widen millimeter-wave radar band for self-driving vehicles  View ?

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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DX Engineering Supports the VK9WA Willis Island DXpedition with RFI Reduction Products  View ?

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  View ?

In the 1930s, as the United States recovered from the Great Depression, most people couldn
(01/11/2015 @ 21:27)
College Radio Watch: CBI Recap, Minneapolis Radio History and More News  View ?

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  View ?

Polish radio amateur Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, has indicated that he
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A Closer Look: the AM Radio Revitalization Order  View ?

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)  View ?

Radio pioneer Ed Walker, whose "Joy Boys" broadcasts with Willard Scott dominated Washington
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WSM 650 AM Celebrates 90 Years  View ?

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

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(30/10/2015 @ 21:52)
Morse Code Encoder/Decoder using LinkIt One  View ?

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  View ?

On November 2, 1920, the Westinghouse Electric Company of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania launched the world
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CBS-FM Helps Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Master FM Antenna Atop the Empire State Building  View ?

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
(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Secret Radio Stations by the Numbers  View ?

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
(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Using RF To See Through Walls  View ?

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

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(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
The Myth of Channel 6  View ?

I am unaware of whether this is really true; for all I know it
(30/10/2015 @ 20:05)
Applications for ARRL CEO Position are Due by November 15  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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Don  View ?

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)  View ?

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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HAM communications get upgrade in Audrain (Missouri)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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UKube-1, the UK Space Agency  View ?

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency
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Amateur Radio to Have a Presence at National Tribal Assistance Coordination Group Workshop  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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   View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Radio ham helped restore BTTF DeLorean  View ?

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)  View ?

While Daniel Dull participated in the Nevada Day Treasure Hunt for the first time and just moved to this state, it
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
MAGMA volunteers to bridge communication needs in times of disasters, launches H.E.A.R.T. (Phillipines)  View ?

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  View ?

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'  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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.
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Council likely to approve taller radio towers (Oregon)  View ?

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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GV leaders firm up plans - and contact info - for emergencies (Arizona)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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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What I did is because...well not to be dramatic (parody)  View ?

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
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Amateur Radio Was Part of Typhoon Koppu Response in the Philippines  View ?

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  View ?

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
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
17 Questions for the FCC About AM Class A Protections  View ?

How far should the FCC go to protect AM anchor stations in the United States while trying to help the band
(28/10/2015 @ 22:44)
Oakmont educator loved teaching, learning electronics (Pennsylvania)  View ?

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.
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Preparedness fair asks 'When Will You Be Ready?' (Arizona)  View ?

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.
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Cornwall gets 'K' for Kernow after bid by Poldhu Amateur Radio Club  View ?

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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Aussie balloon ditches in the Southern Pacific  View ?

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.
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Hams Practice Sending Messages (Missouri)  View ?

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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IARU Region 3 Conference Urged to Focus on Youth as the Key to Amateur Radio Growth  View ?

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.
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RSGB: Licences to be revoked  View ?

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 amateur.validations@ofcom.org.uk 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  View ?

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.
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HAMs again to electoral rescue (India)  View ?

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.
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Mile High Radio Club hosts Skywarn presentation (California)  View ?

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.
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Amateur Radio Helps Promote National Park Service Centennial  View ?

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  View ?

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.
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A new generation discovers the good old TV antenna  View ?

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.
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Willistown Boy Scouts Join Global Online Ham Radio Event (Pennsylvania)  View ?

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  View ?

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
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Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0 (Oregon)  View ?

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday
(16/10/2015 @ 23:09)
ARRL Asks FCC to Clarify that Hams May Modify Non-Amateur Gear for Amateur Use  View ?

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)  View ?

Hal Post of Middle Grove has been named a 2015 Grand Ol
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Twin Valley physics students chase balloon in the name of science (Pennsylvania)  View ?

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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Mics and hikes (Oregon)  View ?

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.
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Heathkit returning to kit building  View ?

Any ham radio operator who
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IOTA Foundation to Manage RSGB  View ?

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

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Lapan develops instrument that can detect high fishing-potential areas (Java)  View ?

..."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.
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Massey Set to Lead Engineering Society  View ?

Jerry Massey is disappointed if he doesn
(13/10/2015 @ 00:30)
IARU Administrative Council Stresses Importance of Antenna Systems for Amateur Radio  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

In what might have been record speed, AMSAT
(09/10/2015 @ 19:27)
US Spy Satellite Launches Into Space Along with 13 Tiny Cubesats  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

With just 3 more days to go until it shuts down, poor weather has been literally putting a damper on the Perseverance DX Group
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(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
NZ hunter fined for using illegal dog-tracking devices  View ?

A Whakamaru man was fined $2,250 plus court costs of $130 and solicitor
(09/10/2015 @ 18:48)
Ham it up - in an educational way, of course (Arizona)  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

Fears about Hamvention leaving town because of Hara Arena
(03/10/2015 @ 01:06)
NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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
(02/10/2015 @ 21:42)
Should Broadcast Stations Be Closed Off from the Public?  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

If you're getting started building your own ham radio gear, it
(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
Wyoming Club Supports League  View ?

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
(02/10/2015 @ 21:35)
ABC listeners hear about Amateur Radio (Australia)  View ?

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)
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Hamjam 2015 to take place November 14, 2015 at the metropolitan club in alpharetta  View ?

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?  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

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

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(25/09/2015 @ 00:46)
ESA: Be The First to Catch Signals From Student-built AAUSAT5 Cubesat  View ?

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)  View ?

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)
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South Sandwich/South Georgia DXpedition Dates Announced  View ?

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
(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
ARRL VEC Reminds License Applicants: The FCC is Now Paperless!  View ?

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  View ?

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  View ?

Foil party pico balloon launcher Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, couldn
(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
Orlando HamCation to Host 2016 ARRL National Convention  View ?

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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(23/09/2015 @ 23:15)
Radio Amateur-Deputy Sheriff Shot and Killed in Florida  View ?

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
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
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How to Get Parts the Same Day  View ?

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  View ?

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?  View ?

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  View ?

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
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
China's Long March-6 Carrier Rocket Succeeds in First Trip  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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  View ?

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)  View ?

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)  View ?

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)
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Hams Plan Special Coverage of Pope Francis  View ?

Six amateur radio special event stations will chronicle Pope Francis
(23/09/2015 @ 22:08)
3D Printed Capsule Returned to Students After Two Years  View ?

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)
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      On Behalf of the new Executive and active members, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all members of the Manotick Amateur Radio Group that we are back on line with a new look and feel. We hope to make a difference by getting more people involved within the hobby, such as community events, field day radio events and emergency services. We appreciate you taking the time to register and really look forward to reading your posts.

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