This Week in Amateur Radio: North America's Amateur Radio News Magazine. Articles on amateur radio and news stories in the media featured here.
On the eve of their annual convention, Vermont amateur radio enthusiasts told a Senate committee Friday that they should be exempt from a bill restricting the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.
Another batch of CubeSats is set for deployment February 25 from the International Space Station, but no Amateur Radio satellites are expected to be among them. They may be put into orbit later in the week, however. According to NASA, astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, last week prepared the second batch of NanoRacks CubeSats for deployment.
The 2014 National Hurricane Conference will take place April 14-17, at the Orlando Hilton in Orlando, Florida. The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the US and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. The conference also serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.
The ARRL plans to file a friend of the court or amicus curiae brief on behalf of an Ohio radio amateur who has been at loggerheads with his community since 2009 in efforts to erect a modest antenna support structure. The Village of Swanton, Ohio, turned down the application of ARRL Life Member Gary Wodtke, WW8N, for an antenna variance to put up a 60 foot tower. Wodtke appealed, however, and in January the Fulton County Common Pleas Court issued a final judgment in his favor, ruling that federal and state law preempted Swanton’s antenna ordinance.
AMSAT-NA Board Member and Vice President-User Services G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM, has resigned both positions with deep regret.
Radio amateur Dr. Antonio Forenza AG6NA has published a paper on Distributed-Input-Distributed-Output (DIDO) Wireless Technology which can be used for HF Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS)
Two Rivers School in North Bend became a ham radio station for a day, Feb. 12 during the nationwide School Club Roundup event.
While complaints of BPL interference have become rare in the US, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), Germany’s national Amateur Radio society, continues to battle the issue. The DARC recently raised questions regarding the measurement protocol that federal authorities used to test devices used for power line telecommunication (PLT), as BPL is known in Europe. The DARC Scientific Research Associate Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, said it appears the Federal Network Agency conducted some of its PLT emission measurements while the devices were in stand-by mode, with no data being transferred.
The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas, after determining that Winstead apparently willfully violated FCC rules by interfering with Amateur Radio communications. The Commission proposed a $7000 fine. The action was in response to complaints from other radio amateurs of intentional interference on 7.195 MHz.
After graduating from engineering school in the early 1960s, I worked for a large radio communications company, which is now out of business. My assigned specialty was the design and development of various linear power RF amplifiers to complement the company's line of transceivers. We catalogued amplifiers from 400W PEP output to 10Kwatts PEP output -- in a total frequency range of 1.6 MHz to 400 MHz. Of course, you must understand that not every design covered the total frequency range mentioned above. Some were band-specific, covering the HF, VHF, or UHF band.
A 52-year-old ham radio operator in Athol lost several fingers and one of his hands Thursday when his amateur radio antenna tower collapsed on him while he was working on it. Multiple agencies responded to Bearpaw Galindo's home on Caravelle Road after his wife, Gail Perry, phoned 911 and informed a dispatcher the man was hanging 20 feet in the air with his right arm pinned within a telescoping-type tower.
Amateur radio enthusiasts on Sunday helped authorities track down a Eugene man with dementia after he had wandered away from his home. Ham radio specialists used locating equipment to find the 78-year-old man. He was wearing an electronic transmitter bracelet when he was found near Eighth Avenue and Willamette Street in the downtown area. Two hours before that, his wife had reported him missing from their home east of the University of Oregon campus, Lane County sheriff’s officials said.
The FCC and the manufacturer of a device that wirelessly reports propane tank levels have entered into a Consent Decree that concludes an investigation into whether the company had been marketing a noncompliant RF device. It also provides a window into how the Commission occasionally resolves certain enforcement proceedings. The EnerTrac Big Drops System operated as an unlicensed Part 15 intentional radiator on 433 MHz; the manufacturer has since shifted to a licensed Part 90 frequency. According to the terms of the arrangement, EnerTrac will admit no wrongdoing, agree not to break the rules in the future, and make a voluntary contribution of $13,000 to the US Treasury. In return the FCC will drop the entire matter.
There were no hams - just awed students who tuned into everything being taught during the amateur radio school club roundup Feb. 4-6 at Two Rivers Middle School. Stephen Kangas brings his amateur radio equipment, his expertise and his FCC license annually to Joe Burgener’s classroom at the North Bend school. This is the sixth year he’s volunteered for the roundup, a week-long event each February. Radio operators throughout the world participate in the School Club Roundup, teaching kindergarten through college students about the joys and challenges of ham radio operations.
Working to comply with federal guidelines and recent court decisions, the Poway City Council this week signaled its intent to ease restrictions on local ham radio antennas.
As a ham radio operator, AMSAT, the amateur radio satellite program, has always been a particular interest of mine. When the first Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR) satellite launched in 1961, a healthy investment in equipment was required just to track and receive telemetry from the satellite. And, you had to be quick, as OSCAR was not in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), affording only a few minutes of "RF line of sight" with the satellite.
A few years ago, Chi-Hi physics teacher Nick Gagnon watched a video of an amateur ham radio operator launching and tracking a high-altitude balloon. He thought a project of NASA proportions that could be done for cheap would be an educational and rewarding project for the students.
RICK RODGERS is all smiles now the Armidale and District Amateur Radio Club has a new clubhouse. See your ad here Stationed in the former rural fire service signal room, the clubhouse gives members a base from which they can contact the world.
Technology is a great thing, but of course, sometimes it can have its flaws. For instance, what if your car breaks down, but you can’t call a tow truck because there is no cell phone service? What if a large storm knocks out all power and there are people who need help?
When the hubbub generated by the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition is still echoing in our ears, the Mellish ReefVK9MT DXpedition will be waiting in the wings to launch its own adventure on the Amateur Radio airwaves. VK9MT will be handing out another rare one March 29 through April 9 from the Coral Sea atoll.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has told its membership that it will advise telecommunications regulator Industry Canada (IC) in the strongest of terms that no changes be made in tower citing rules that might negatively affect existing Amateur Radio antenna installations. A February 5 announcement, Harper Government Making Changes to Cell Tower Placement Rules, and a subsequent notice stating that changes to the current regulations would follow, prompted the RAC warning.
MORE than 500 radio fans better used to speaking to each other over the airwaves met face-to-face in Didcot. The radio enthusiasts from all over the UK gathered at Didcot Leisure Centre in Mereland Road for an amateur radio and electronics rally on Sunday.
The FCC has denied the Petition for Reconsideration by DANIEL K. ROBERTS a/k/a MONKEY MAN a/k/a MONKEY appealing his $10,000 fine for operating PIRATE CAT RADIO, the SAN FRANCISCO pirate FM station.
South Africa's modern amateurs have a lot to be grateful for to our early radio amateur pioneers, who experimented, persevered and laid the foundation of amateur radio in this country against all the odds.
Grants include permits for white space and VHF TV low-band experiments. The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has released a list of experimental license applications that granted between Dec. 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. Wireless microphone manufacturers and users are concerned about the loss of UHF and VHF television spectrum in the upcoming incentive auction repacking. The experimental grants indicate that Audio-Technica may be working on a solution. They were granted an experimental license to operate on 6 GHz, with equipment testing allowed in all 50 states.
On February 5th, Industry Canada's Minister made an announcement bearing the title 'Harper Government Making Changes to Cell Tower Placement Rules'. Industry Canada's current governing document is CPC-2-0-03. A notice has been posted stating that changes to the document will be made subsequent yesterday's announcement. Rest assured RAC will convey to IC in the strongest of terms that no changes be made that would negatively affect the amateur radio antenna installations currently in place.
The newest edition to the Ultimate MotorCycling garage is Harley-Davidson’s 2014 Utra Limited with its new water-cooled 103 power plant. And this baby has it all - all 900 pounds of it. It’s easy to relax and ride the Ultra Limited - all the while accompanied by satellite/AM/FM radio, 4-channel stereo, CB, GPS, intercom, Bluetooth, phone, cruise and more. If you’re an analog rider with simple tastes this may be where you sign off. But if you think that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, then this might be the bike for you. My ride today would be a bit different than most. Why? I carried a small but powerful Amateur Radio transceiver the size of a deck of cards. Events in the past made me curious to know whether I could make contact with the outside world - 50 miles or more from the nearest cell phone tower.
Myron E. Stowell, 73, of Denton, passed away on February 6, 2014. He was born on September 25, 1940 in Spokane, Washington to Myron and Margaret Stowell. Myron was a HAM Radio operator for several years under the call sign KB0ELL. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 35 years as a Roundhouse Foreman.
The collapse of two radio towers in North-Central West Virginia on February 1 resulted in three deaths and injuries to two individuals. The tragedy also resulted in the loss of three Amateur Radio repeaters belonging to the Stonewall Jackson Amateur Radio Association (SJARA) and forming part of the HamTalk linked repeater system, which were available to assist with emergency and disaster communication. Richard Wilt, K8TPH, reported that one tower went down, killing two workers on the 300 foot structure and taking down a second, shorter tower. An emergency responder died after being struck by falling debris. Two other tower workers suffered minor injuries.
Buzz Kutcher of Jenkinsburg was named runner-up for Ham of the Year at the annual Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service meeting held Jan. 25 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
Yaesu and the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group have joined together in supporting the Arecibo Observatory Amateur Radio Club (KP4AO) located at the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, USA.
Cuba’s Ministry of Communications (ACS) recently granted radio amateurs on the island nation a 12 kHz wide band at 5 MHz, 5418 to 5430 kHz rather than the channelized system other countries have had to use to avoid interference to primary users. Now the ham who provided the initial information, Pavel Milanes Costa, CO7WT, said the ACS clarified at an FRC (Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba) gathering that hams in Cuba may not make contacts with hams outside of Cuba on the new band.
Two Amateur Radio-related activities aboard the International Space Station have been postponed. The deployment of Amateur Radio CubeSats planned for February 6 has been put off, and a new date has not yet been announced. NASA reported that astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, this week installed a deployer mechanism that will be used in concert with the Kibo robotic arm to release the first set of CubeSats. He ran into difficulty last week installing some related electronics, delaying the CubeSat deployments. NASA now wants to make sure the CubeSats do not fall into the intended orbit of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, which goes into space later this month.
James Miller, G3RUH, was among a small handful of Amateur Radio operators to receive the X band signal January 21 from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, some 500 million miles from Earth. Miller used the 20 meter dish at the Bochum Amateur Radio facility in Germany, run by AMSAT-DL and IUZ Bochum Observatory. In an AMSAT-BB post, Miller noted the frequency at the spacecraft was 8421.786900 MHz, and the signal was 14 dB below that of the STEREO A/B spacecraft. Perhaps more astonishing, Bertrand Pinel, F5PL, was able to track Rosetta 65 kilometers from Toulouse using his home-rigged 3.5 meter dish and receiver. Viljo Allik, ES5PC, a member of Estonian Student Satellite Program team reported his group was able to detect the satellite’s signal using a slightly smaller dish.
The FCC has announced that it is transitioning away from its so-called transition website front page, which has been in place for the last 3 years. The Commission said the move, starting February 3, is in line with its plans to gradually wean users from the transition website.
Amateur Radio operators in Slovenia are helping to support communication after the Eastern European nation was hit by extreme winter weather that has included heavy snow and sleet, and accompanying ice damage to power and telecommunications lines. Accumulated ice and snow took down power lines and even toppled support towers, cutting the electrical supply to a reported 25 percent of households, according to the European Union. Continued bad weather has complicated repairs to the power grid, prompting Slovenia to ask the European Union to help by providing mobile generators.
Beurt SerVaas, W9WVO, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died February 2. He was 94. Known in his home city as the politician who revamped Indianapolis and Marion County politics, he presided over the City-County Council for three decades. Outside of Indianapolis politics, though, he may be best remembered as the person whose publishing company rescued The Saturday Evening Post magazine in the 1970s and moved it to Indianapolis.
The amateur radio service is still important in Sarawak and Sabah, especially in the interior areas during emergency cases. It is also use in several areas in Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang which are still not covered by the cellular communication system.
Today, February 1, Tom SP9UOB hopes to send an amateur radio balloon carrying a 144.250 MHz DominoEX-16 transmitter across the Arctic circle On the UKHAS group he writes: If weather permits, I will take the UKHAS Arctic Challenge attempt. I'm planning on launching Feb. 1 at about 11:00 UTC from Gliwice/Poland.
Under the light of a 60-Watt bulb in his ‘radio shack’ at his home at Kannanchery here, M. Sanil Deep has travelled the world through his HAM radio for three decades. Mr. Deep, or VU3SIO as he is known in the wireless world, is a lucky man. He has not lost any memory to the vagaries of time. In fact, he can pull them out, one by one, at a moment’s notice from his antique iron boxes, caress, and relive them.
A free amateur radio swap fest is set for Saturday from 9 a.m.–noon at the First Congregational Church, 77 Main St. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Valley FM Association and supported by the American Radio Relay League.
Essex-born Dave Rowntree, former drummer with the rock band Blur, got his amateur radio Foundation licence in March 2012 The Independent newspaper reports that Dave recently become a DJ on London radio station XFM 104.9 MHz. As well as amateur radio and amateur satellites, Dave, M6DRQ, is also interested in flying, getting his pilots licence in 1995, he is a practising criminal lawyer and runs his own computer animation company Nanomation.
NPARC - the Amateur Radio Club of the Watchung Mountain Area will hold its annual Auction and Flea Market on Friday evening Feb. 21, with a snow/rain date of Feb. 28. Doors will open at 6 with the auction to start at 7 p.m. This event will take place in the New Providence High School Cafeteria, 35 Pioneer Drive. This is a new location.
If a natural disaster knocks out cellphone service across the Central Coast, Evan Beard will be ready to help coordinate emergency services and spread information.
2014 is a very special year for the Icom family as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of ICOM Inc. Founded in 1954 by Tokuzo Inoue, the company has grown into a world renowned manufacturer of Business radio, Amateur radio, Marine radio, Aviation radio, Navigation products and Communications Receivers.
When a local funeral director needs help organizing a military funeral, he or she calls John Ciesielka. Ciesielka is a very active member of the Flushing American Legion, Post 366, and the 11th District Color Guard. He is the First Vice Commander, serving as a liaison between the public and the legion. Ciesielka stays busy with more than the legion. He takes care of his pets, two dogs and a cat. He also participates in ham radio. Ham radio refers to amateur radio, a hobby for licensed amateur operators. Amateur radio operators must pass an examination for the Federal Communications Commission license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." Ham radio operators can communicate from essentially anywhere, and are often helpful in the wake of disasters. For example, during 9/11 ham radio kept New York City agencies in touch after the command center was destroyed.
It will be a big year for NASA's Earth-observing missions, which focus on weather and climate science. The space agency plans to launch five such missions in 2014, with the first one -- involving a new science satellite -- scheduled for next month.
John A. Piper has grown his now nearly foot-long beard for between eight and 10 years. And he said he acknowledges that his willingness to give it up for a good cause will require a lot of courage. However, the 60-year-old Farmington man is not backing down from his quest to lose the beard if he can raise $1,500 or more through a fundraising campaign on social media site Facebook that would result in a public shaving on Feb. 15, the day of the fifth annual Polar Plunge in Marshall County. Piper has patterned the beard after his favorite musical act - famed rock group ZZ Top. An avid amateur radio enthusiast, his call letters include zzt at the end.
Industry Canada has announced that a number of specific frequencies within the 60 metre high frequency band have been approved for amateur radio use. A total of five specific frequencies within the 5 MHZ band have been allocated, 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz and 5405 kHz.
Industry Canada has granted Amateur Radio operators there the use of five 60 meter channels on a non-interference basis. The center-channel frequencies harmonize with those available to US radio amateurs on 60 meters: 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz, and 5405 kHz.
The City of Medford donated $1,000 to the Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES for the purchase of new equipment that will improve emergency communications in the Greensprings, Medford Fire-Rescue officials said.
Longtime Napa resident Bruce W. Butler, W6OSP, became a silent key Jan. 16, 2014, following a battle with cancer. Bruce was born in Highland Park, Ill., on June 26, 1934, to Charles and Gertrude Butler. In 1949, he became licensed as a HAM radio operator; a hobby he would pursue throughout his life. After his graduation from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of business administration, he joined the U.S. Navy, and building upon his radio skills, served four years as a communication technician.
The ARRL Board of Directors has elected League President Kay Craigie, N3KN, to a third two-year term. The Board met January 17 and 18 in the Hartford, Connecticut, area for its annual meeting, and the election of officers was at the top of the business agenda. The League’s 15th president, Craigie lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has been in office since 2010, succeeding Joel Harrison, W5ZN.
The December newsletter of the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports a new intruding Russian over-the-horizon (OTH) radar signal on 20 meters, audible in Euroope. IARUMS monitor Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said the 10 kHz wide OTH radar signal often jumps frequency. He has posted a sound file. Others posted reports of OTH radar signals on 15 and 10 meters. Hadel also reported the occurrence of taxi dispatch signals from Russia across 10 meters is worse than before.
QST Contributing Editor and ham radio humorist John G. Jack Troster, W6ISQ, of Atherton, California, died January 11. He was 93.
TEN-TEC, Inc has announced that Jack Burchfield, K4JU, effective January 1, has turned over day-to-day management responsibility at the Tennessee Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer to TEN-TEC President Jim Wharton, NO4A.
Bangalore has a strong community of professionals who volunteer - whether it is to work with the disabled, to help in emergencies or everyday traffic tangles, caring for neglected animals, or cleaning up lakes. We introduce you to some people who make Bangalore a better city to live in
On Oct. 28, 2013, Dr. Jay Garlitz flew from L.A. to Fiji, where he met up with a 19-member international team of amateur radio operators, or HAMs, who were traveling to the central Pacific island of Banaba - which is known by HAMs as one of the world’s most sought-after locales.
Advances in technology have always gone hand-in-hand with our radio hobby-indeed, in many cases, those advances originated with our hobby. Because of this, it should comes as no surprise that in a world where we are rapidly replacing home computing with mobile computing, radio hobbies are app-ly supported in the the mobile realm.
A bit of arm twisting convinced Cindy Howard to become a ham radio operator. After many tries, the late Jim Zengerle, a longtime Lebanon Daily News photographer, finally convinced the Cleona woman and her husband, Bob, to join him in the world of ham radio.
Carlson Wireless Technologies (CWT) announced that The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the company's RuralConnect TV white space (TVWS) radio system for use with the Spectrum Bridge TV white spaces database. This certification brings to market the world's first affordable long-distance, non-line-of-site (NLOS) fixed wireless broadband system. Designed using flexible software-defined architecture and dynamic spectrum sharing, RuralConnect is authorized to transmit over "white spaces" in the UHF TV band (470-698 MHz), the unused frequencies between licensed television broadcasters opened by the FCC in 2010 for unlicensed public use.
CQ, CQ, the Palmer Station, Antarctica. This is Victor Echo six Mike Oscar doing a radio demonstration for the local Camrose Canadian newspaper, said Camrose resident Jim Woodbridge, using an astonishing combination of ham radio and computer technology to reach all the way to the frozen continent on the other side of the globe.
Max Forrester Farley, 70, of Westerville, Ohio, died Monday (Jan. 13, 2014). Retired from the Life Sciences Field. Graduated from Marietta High School, Marietta. He earned his MBA in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. During his high school years he worked as a Disc Jockey (WMOA), and with friends, ran a Radio Station (WCFS) from his basement. Max was an active Amateur Radio Operator (KC8GT). He did volunteer work in maintaining the audio equipment for the Cincinnati Speech & Hearing Center and his church, and maintained an active role in Rotary International. Max loved music and tinkering. He played the organ and built two of them from "scratch." After a head-on collision (1991), he was asked by the Ohio State Patrol to advise prospective drivers the benefits of wearing a seatbelt. He was a gentle man with an easy laugh and a great sense of humor.
On January 26, 1967 a record 58 cm (23 inches) of snow fell on Chicago and its suburbs, as this video shows radio amateurs played their part
Ganga Sagar mela has been now put up before a worldwide audience. This has been possible after 'RSGB, Island on the air' - a UK based amateur radio operating organisations that helps amateur radio clubs to operate from Islands all over the world - gave recognition to West Bengal Radio Club (Amateurs club) - a ham radio club based in North 24 Parganas to broadcast the mela all over the world through ham radio technology.
Amateur radio also known as Ham radio is more popular now than it’s ever been, said Tim Duffy, president of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club.
Bob Vasilow, of Owego, was a ham. Not in personality oh, no. Instead, the quiet and unassuming man, known far and wide as W2VDX, single-handedly spurred enthusiasm for amateur ham radios among relatives, friends and even strangers. When Bob died at age 83 on Dec. 1, he left a legion of dedicated hobbyists behind.
State police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who has been making fake emergency radio broadcasts over the Litchfield County Dispatch system.
A so-called radio pirate has been accused of hijacking police over the airways. Officials with the McMinnville Police Department said the suspect piped loud rap music into squad cars for weeks, putting the public's safety risk.
Berkeley Middle School's sixth-grade students were over-the-moon excited on Wednesday, when they got to chat with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The sixth-graders experienced a 10-minute live chat with Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins of NASA as the culmination of weeks of study of outer space.
Following the ACMA’s advice to the WIA in August 2013 that it would not make regulatory arrangements for Advanced Licensees to run up to 1 kW, the WIA Board discussed the issues raised and decided in September on providing a strong response and to ask six questions.
The Amateur Radio population in the US has continued to show steady growth. As of the end of 2013, the FCC database showed 717,201 licenses in its Universal Licensing System (ULS). That’s the greatest number of US hams ever and up from 709,575 in December 2012. The volume of Amateur Radio applications slowed somewhat to 141,943 from its zenith of 176,826 in 2007, the year the FCC dropped the Morse code requirement.
Nearly 300 listeners most of them in Europe reported hearing the 17.2 kHz CW transmission from the Alexanderson alternator transmitter SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden, on Christmas Eve 2013. That’s 50 more reports than in 2012. The reports included three from the US. Listeners in Germany filed the most reports - 116.
The Library of Congress Braille and Talking Book Program has a free Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) app for iOS devices available via the iTunes Store. QST is among the available publications that can use this app. People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and Braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress, the Library of Congress announcement said. NLS is also working on a version of the app for Android devices.
An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp Antares rocket that blasted off from NASA’s Wallops Island launch pad on Virginia’s Eastern Shore January 10, carried aloft an Orbital Sciences Corp (OSC) Cygnus freighter with a bevy of Amateur Radio CubeSats aboard, bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
Joe Musachia, W5FJG, a telecommunications technician and trainer, has been assigned to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and will be operating from KC4AAA, the Amateur Radio station there. The station offers a kilowatt into 6 element 20 and 3 element 40 meter monobanders fixed on the US and a tribander fixed toward Europe. He reports that KC4AAA does not have the ability to operate CW as it’s currently configured, so he will operate SSB only on weekdays and some weekends, through the winter season, until November 2014. He also hopes to have a 3 element 17 meter beam aimed at North America, that is supposed to go up this month. Listen for KC4AAA with W5FJG at the helm on or near 14.243 MHz. Almost all activity is currently on 20 meters. QSL to Larry Skilton, K1IED.
Brigadier General John B. Morrison Jr has been tapped to lead the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) the parent organization of the US Army Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS). The MARS program consists of Amateur Radio operators who are interested in military communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.
With smartphones and Wi-Fi everywhere, ham radios can seem a little dated. However, the machines have quite a following, and they can be lifesavers when disasters strike.
Last week I went out to the office yard here in Salt Lake City to test some GPS receivers. When I turned on my base radio, I noticed there was someone else already using my favorite radio frequency (461.025 MHz.) I thumbed through each of the 14-frequencies programmed in my radio, there was someone else on every single channel.
While perusing the shopping mall this holiday season in pursuit of last minute gifts, I came upon an advertisement depicting a popular video game. The ad pictured the game as having just two controls; one labeled ON/OFF, the other was labeled MAYHEM. Reflecting upon this, I thought that perhaps it would have made for good labeling on radios manufactured during the early 1920s.
The FCC has upheld a previous fine of $24,000 against Kevin Bondy for unlicensed radio operation and refusing agency personnel access to his gear. Bondy is the licensee of General Mobile Radio Service station WQGX752, in Encino, Calif. He was originally fined for transmitting on frequencies for which he didn’t have a license and intentionally interfering with authorized operations, according to the commission.
Max de Henseler, HB9RS, the founder and president emeritus of 4U1UN at United Nations headquarters in New York, died December 30. He was 80. A ham since 1955, de Henseler had been a short-wave listener since the late 1940s.
Jenny, VK4FJMP (and Hunter the dog) was headed from Singleton New South Wales to her home in Killarney, just south of Warwick Queensland. The vehicle was fitted with an Alinco dual band amateur radio and APRS tracker
THE Gladstone Amateur Radio Club knew after flooding last year that communications in the Boyne Valley were less than adequate during natural disasters. Approaching its first anniversary, the non-profit, community organisation is operating from the summit of Kroombit Tops to ensure residents can access alerts and assistance in the event of a repeat.
In 1965, daughter Helen Anderson said, he created an amateur receiving station for weather satellite photos, which in 1966 earned him a place in stories in The Inquirer and the New York Times. The station, his daughter said, combined his own amateur radio apparatus with an antenna mounted on a jungle gym in his backyard in Moorestown. After the Nimbus II satellite was launched in 1966, she said, the device received and printed out images of Earth weather patterns for him. "It was the first near-real-time reception of a weather picture," she said.
Wendell was a fourth-generation engineer. His three children and two of his grandchildren are also engineers. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he spent most of his career at the Radio Corporation of America. He worked on anti- submarine warfare, missile defense and the global positioning system (GPS), among many other projects. He was licensed as an amateur radio operator, call sign K2RNF. In 1965, he became the first amateur to create a receiving station for weather satellite photos, using his home-built ham radio apparatus with a motor-controlled antenna mounted on a jungle gym in his Moorestown back yard.
The widely reported balloon flight by Xu Shuaijun made use of amateur radio APRS On QRZ.com Randson Huang BV2DQ reports on the attempt of a Chinese balloon enthusiast to reach the Japanese Senkaku Islands that are claimed by Taiwan, the claim is also backed by Beijing.
Harry Pyle: (1949-2013) Pyle who developed interest in electronics early in his life with, building Ham Radio rigs at his parents’ basement he extended this Morse code to such extent that the American Radio Relay League awarded him a life time membership this interest actually continued throughout his life.
It seems that natural and man-made disasters are increasingly frequent phenomena capable of striking at any time, irrespective of local, regional or international borders.
Marymount University has embarked on a partnership with sixth-grade students at Fort Belvoir Elementary School in Fairfax County, which will culminate in a question-and-answer session with astronauts aboard the International Space Station during the week of Jan. 20.
Cliff Wallace, W6CDW, a retired police officer and radio engineer, as well as vice-president of the Twirlers Square Dance Club, has established two amateur radio repeaters that have been designed to provide increased coverage from Canyon Lake to the greater Temescal Valley.
The low-power expansion of the FM dial will not include as many stations as some LPFM faithful had estimated. The FCC said some 2,819 applications were filed in the LPFM window, which closed in November. Some LPFM supporters had predicted upwards of 10,000 applications.
Ham radio operators like to say that they created the first social network. Long before the computer age and Facebook amateur radio operators communicated with each other across continents. And more than 100 years later, the hobby is going strong. Recently, hundreds of amateur radio operators, vendors and others gathered at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds for Tampa Bay Hamfest, a two-day convention that included forums, exhibitions and more.
There is a moment in the classic 1976 movie "Network" that has unfortunately been lost amid the four decades of people going to their windows and yelling about how mad they are and how they're not going to take it anymore.
When New Zealand switched over from analog to digital television broadcasting, TV operation on that country’s Channel 1 - 44 to 50 MHz - ceased. The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) says the last analog transmitter went dark at the end of November, 'and all New Zealand amateurs now have access to the 6 meter band (50-53 MHz) without requiring a permit' at the full legal power limit as of December 6. NZART said no official notice was expected from regulator Radio Spectrum Management.
InnovAntennas has acquired the legendary Force 12 antenna company and product line and has moved the Force 12 factory from Bridgeport, Texas, to Grand Junction, Colorado, into a facility shared with InnovAntennas America.
The number of Amateur Radio licensees in Kosovo more than doubled December 14 when 50 university students aged 18 to 21 passed the first-ever Amateur Radio exam administered under the republic’s new licensing regime. The new license is the equivalent of the US General class ticket; procedures are not yet in place to administer higher-class license exams, but the developing licensing framework in Kosovo will follow the US structure. Several ARRL manuals have been donated to the Amateur Radio Society of Kosovo (SHRAK), Kosovo’s national association for Amateur Radio as well as to telecommunication administrators.
Tokyo Hy-Power, a manufacturer of Amateur Radio amplifiers, antenna tuners, and other equipment, is in bankruptcy, and its plant, in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, has been shuttered. Telephones at the company no longer are being answered, and its Japanese website has been taken down, although the company’s US website remains working. Company CEO/President Nobuki Wakabayashi, JA1DJW, founded Tokyo Hy-Power Labs in 1975. He blamed 'the recent depression in the industrial RF power products area [which] has led to the very difficult financial position.'
The only two radio amateurs in South Sudan, Massimo Stella, Z81B (IZ0EGB), and Diya al Asadi, Z81D (YI1DZ), told the DxCoffee newsletter that they are doing well, although many others have lost their lives in fighting that began in mid-December in the capital of Juba. The ensuing strife displaced thousands of civilians.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the demise of the Voice of Russia (VOR) may have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier this year the Voice of Russia - the former Radio Moscow during the Soviet Era - appeared poised to cease shortwave broadcasts as of January 1, 2014. In the wake of a December decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that merged the Voice of Russia with several other state-run news agencies, SWL Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL, contacted VOR. As he reports on his blog, the broadcaster told him, 'We are glad to let you know that the Voice of Russia will stay on the air in 2014, however, considerable changes in our frequency schedule are expected.'
The owner of Austin Amateur Radio Supply, John E. “Johnny” Paul, WA5BGO, of Austin, Texas, died December 10. He was 74. Paul was the proprietor of Austin Amateur Radio for 45 years. First licensed in 1960, Paul was a past president of the Austin Amateur Radio Club and was an avid photographer of nature and landscapes. Services were December 16. Survivors include his wife Grace and a son and daughter.
Four leading solar scientists on December 11 told journalists attending the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall conference in San Francisco that current solar Cycle 24 has demonstrated extremely low sunspot activity and appears to be the weakest cycle of the past 10 cycles - more than 100 years.
The sun has "flipped upside down", with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said. Now, the magnetic fields will once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.
CQ Communications, Inc. today announced plans to realign its roster of publications and to launch an exciting new online supplement to its flagship magazine, CQ Amateur Radio.
THEY are helping to guard the public in the event of a disaster, but you may not have even heard of them. Gwent’s RAYNET group - a bunch of licensed amateur radio enthusiasts who help the emergency services in the event of a communications meltdown - is part of a national organisation celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Competitors in the SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest 2013 wait nervously for the signal to run up 2,120 stairs to the 100th floor of Hong Kong's tallest building. Two staff members watch monitors on a table at one side showing every floor of the International Commerce Centre.
Pacific took the first step in setting up an amateur radio repeater atop Blackburn Park, that will tie into repeaters in the region, setting up valuable emergency communication to be used in case of disaster.
Central Florida made its way through another hurricane season unscathed - the entire state was only affected by one named system (weak Tropical Storm Andrea in June) - but local emergency authorities stress that residents need to remain vigilant and prepared for any other emergency.
Years before Soldiers used cell phones and social media, and when long-distance calling was expensive, service members would often communicate from remote areas to home via "MARSgrams" or MARS telephone patches.
Sandi Barefoot just wanted to see her husband. The doctor had already told her there wasn't much hope after Tim Barefoot, 57, suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the Keystone VHF Club of York and been taken to Memorial Hospital.
On a cold, bitter night earlier this month, the actions of a Good Samaritan and a ham radio probably saved the lives of a family. "Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment," ham operator Amanda Alden said. "There are about 750,000 licensed operators in the U.S."
Members of the Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) recently visited the newly constructed Lake County Emergency Communications & Operations Center ( ECOC ) in Tavares to see where disaster will take them.
Former radio amateur Jeff Garzik ex-KB4UZB plans to develop a CubeSat to distribute block chain data for the digital currency Bitcoin Jeff’s amateur radio license expired in 2006 and in recent years during his spare time he has been a Bitcoin core-developer, contributing to the core Bitcoin protocol.
Born: Sept. 27, 1921 in Ottawa Died: Nov. 1, 2013 in Ottawa (Congestive Heart Failure) My Father, Ed, was born in Ottawa in 1921 and grew up on Bay Street. He attended Ottawa Technical High School and was a radar technician in the Second World War. He served in three theatres of the war in England, India, and Burma until he returned home after 4 1/2 years of service overseas.
Voice of Russia (VOR http://english.ruvr.ru/), the former Radio Moscow during the USSR era, will cease shortwave broadcasts as of January 1, 2014. From the 1950s through the 1980s, the station, as Radio Moscow, was a virtual beacon for short-wave listeners (SWLs), many of whom gravitated into Amateur Radio. Voice of Russia currently broadcasts to 160 countries in 38 languages for an aggregate 151 hours per day on short and medium waves, on FM, via satellite, and via the Internet. Earlier this year shortwave transmissions were cut to 26 hours a day in all languages, down from more than 50 hours a day in 2012.
Stormy weather has taken down major ham radio antenna towers in Finland and Denmark. On December 6, Radio Arcala (OH8X) reported that its 330 foot tall tower supporting massive 160 meter and 80 meter Yagis literally fell victim to high winds that also took out power to some 200,000 homes in Finland.
DOHA: Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) yesterday launched a special broadcast on the National Day, which could be listened by broadcasters in other countries. The broadcast was launched at the Corniche in the presence of the Chairman of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and President of Qatar Amateur Radio Society, H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah.
There are signs from Myanmar or Burma indicating that normalised Amateur Radio may be returning to that Asian country soon, after decades of little activity.
With only digital television being available in Australia from 10 December, and the loss of the last TV transmitter Channel 0, it does not automatically mean the unfettered return of 50-52 MHz to the amateur radio service.
This weekend will have enthusiastic Hams in Bangalore go on a fox hunt. It’s a sport where amateur radio operators of the city will participate in a contest where they use radio-direction finding techniques to locate radio transmitters hidden in a designated search area, the fox hole. The 14th VHF Bangalore Day Foxhunt is being conducted by the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club tomorrow, December 15. The club is the oldest amateur radio club in India!
Like most people these days, Bob Byrne carries a cell phone. But the form of communication he relies on the most is his ham radio.
The next generation of phone networks is closer than you think. Our current PBX systems and room phones may be obsolete by Federal mandate sometime soon.
TV and radio broadcasting was less of an irritant to people in the second quarter of the year compared to the first. The Federal Communications Commission received a total of 3,828 informal complaints about the over-the-air mediums versus 7,413 during 1Q13.
Thousands of amateur (ham) radio operators around the world were able to say "Hi" to NASA's Juno spacecraft Oct. 9 as it swung past Earth on its way to Jupiter.
Ham radio operators came to the rescue for some accident victims who slid off the road in minus 1 degree temperatures Friday night. The Fowler family was driving home from a Pueblo shopping trip when father Cody noticed a vehicle that had been behind them was no longer there. When the Fowlers turned around, they spotted the vehicle in a ditch along the side of Copper Gulch Road about 5 miles south of U.S. 50.
Even with high tech equipment and radars, the National Weather Service often uses amateur radio operators' assistance when severe whether is happening.
After weeks of deployment the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network stood down November 27, although some activity continues during the disaster cleanup.
The US House Communications and Technology Subcommittee has announced plans for a multi-year effort to examine and update the Communications Act of 1934, the overarching law under which the FCC functions. The subcommittee, part of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, is chaired by Oregon Republican Greg Walden, W7EQI. Walden and Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton of Michigan made the announcement December 3.
Retired FCC Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is the 2013 recipient of the Sarnoff Citation.
As vendors, carriers, politicians, analysts and advocates of all kind queue to offer their support to the emerging G.fast standard, there's one group watching developments with apprehension: radio amateurs.
Around the weekend of November 17, considerable damage was done to the club rooms of the Summerland Amateur Radio Club at Lismore. Club President Ross Dowse on VK2WI News reported much equipment was stolen and a major inspection and clean-up has been held during the past days.
Tokyo's world-famous Akihabara district lost one of its signature stores on Saturday, and with it a piece of the area's rich electronics history faded away. The Radio Store, one of the landmarks that gave Akihabara it's 'Electric Town' nickname, closed its doors for the last time on Saturday evening after 64 years in business.
Some wireless competitors and the DOJ/OSTP are urging the FCC to effectively change their spectrum aggregation rules to treat low-band spectrum-technology <1 GHz competitively different than high-band spectrum-technology >1 GHz.
People in Tsawwassen not happy with five radio towers that could be relocated to Point Roberts are gathering for a protest at noon on Sunday. The organizer of the demonstration says those same towers have been the subject of several complaints in nearby Ferndale.
Being an amateur radio operator is a great hobby for some, but last week, those hobbyists proved just how important their pastime activity can be in an emergency situation.
An amateur radio operator from Waukegan was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he breached security and used racially offensive language on a Lake County Sheriff’s Office corrections radio communications system, officials said.
Right up until 9:14 PM on November 22nd, 1987, what appeared on Chicago's television sets was somewhat normal: entertainment, news, game shows. That night, as usual, Dan Roan, a popular local sportscaster on Channel 9's Nine O'Clock News, was narrating highlights of the Bears’ victory over the Detroit Lions. And then, suddenly and without warning, the signal flickered up and out into darkness.
Every so often I like to do a round-up of events in unlicensed broadcasting. In this update we have a review of FCC actions against unlicensed broadcasters, including one on the shortwave band and another on the CB band, good buddy. Plus, there’s an investigation into one of the country’s most notorious TV pirates.
India's Deccan Chronicle report that what are known as traditional fishermen want the right to use amateur radio with both free ham gear and GPS. This as a communications safety net when they venture out to sea.
A NATIONAL group of communications volunteers will celebrate its 60th anniversary today after being formed in the aftermath of one of the UK’s worse peacetime disasters. The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network (RAYNET) was formed on November 25, 1953, after the East Coast Flood that year that saw the loss of 307 lives.
At Fletcher Heald & Hildreth’s CommLawBlog, Mitchell Lazarus encouraged readers to check out a petition of rulemaking submitted to the FCC on Nov. 15 by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.
Licensed HAM Radio operator Judge Gil Jones is one of several local amateur radio operators offering to help residents connect with family and friends stuck in the Philippines.
A Prince George man's contributions in emergency radio communications have earned him a Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers award from B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton. In addition to a 35-year radio communications career in the federal public service, Frank VanderZande has been teaching amateur radio since 1970, according to a biography provided by the ministry.
One of the great things about the amateur radio hobby, is being able to explore different operating modes - that’s just got a lot easier, thanks to the help of Chelmsford-based amateur Charlie Davy M0PZT.
Clay County radio operators, also known as Hams, set up their antennas and their portable devices at Black Creek Park on Nov. 16. The event, Hams in the Park, was hosted by Clay County Amateur Radio Services-ARES. Being able to converse through county waves is what it makes a hobby. Now, being able to provide urgent services is what makes Hams known as a highly-regarded team standing tall as a professional category in a league of their own.
On Tuesday Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a complete rebuild of the American telephone system. Wheeler joined the FCC as chairman earlier this month, replacing Julius Genachowski.
The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va. Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message. The satellite, using a voice synthesizer, is built to transform that text into an audio message that can be heard over certain radio frequencies around the globe, and in different languages.
Storms rolled through the Miami Valley, bringing strong gusts of wind with them. In Vandalia, the winds knocked down a 100-foot radio tower in John Kovacs' backyard. "We had some good strong winds come through here and the next thing I know I hear a big thud," said Kovacs. Kovacs describes what he heard as the storm rolled through Vandalia.
Amy Kritzman and her husband, Ron, occupied some prime real estate as the 41st annual Fort Wayne Hamfest and Computer Expo opened Saturday. Facing the entrance, the Kritzmans don’t carry the adapters, cords and tools that thousands of ham radio operators forage through every year.
A late-season, multistate outbreak of tornadoes and high winds on November 17 killed six people in Illinois and injured hundreds of others, some seriously. ARRL Illinois Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, reported today that Peoria County ARES Emergency Coordinator Fritz Bock, WD9FMB, has responded with a team of volunteers to a Central Illinois Division Red Cross request for emergency communication support between sites in Washington, Illinois a town of approximately 11,000 residents and hardest-hit by the storm activity and the Red Cross office in Peoria. Most of the injuries occurred in Washington.
Nearly 2 weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Central Philippines in one of the worst natural disasters in modern history, survivors are slowly getting food, water, and medical attention and supplies, along with shelter, communication, and electrical power. Now, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) is hoping that requests for emergency communication gear will provide the means for PARA’s Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network to enhance its presence and efforts especially in less-populated and harder-to-reach areas. At the request of communication authorities in the Philippines, PARA has begun expanding locations and facilities. PARA Vice CEO Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ, said PARA has been working with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Communication is critical in emergencies, but sometimes, weather or other problems can hinder communication between first responders. But Fairfield Medical Center has several backup options for a communication breakdown, including ham radio operators.
Upon earning my Technician Class Amateur Radio License, I was over the moon! I had secretly studied for weeks. Then, I surprised my Dad (who has been a ham for over 40 years) with the great news. He was so excited! And I am super proud to be a part of this special group of communicators. So proud, in fact, that I wanted to purchase vanity license plates with my call sign, KC9VZR.
The ARRL Lab has worked with a manufacturer of arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers to resolve complaints that Amateur Radio RF was causing certain breaker models to trip unnecessarily. Like the more common ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), the AFCI is a safety device. Primarily designed to detect problems that could result in a fire, AFCIs detect potentially hazardous arc faults that result from often unseen damage or poor connections in wiring and in extension cords and cord sets.
A high school boy in Zhejiang province left behind Morse code as clues for his disappearance, Hangzhou-based Metropolitan Express said. The newspaper named the boy only as Xiaoqiang, a high school student in Tongxiang city of Zhejiang, who left home on Sunday morning.
Stratocaching which launches Saturday, Nov. 16 at 0800 UT aims to combine amateur radio stratospheric balloons with the popular pastime of Geocaching
The century-old science of radio transmissions and antennas seem archaic compared with the cellphones and tablets of today. However, James Boyer, known by his call sign KB9IH, says that most of the time, amateur radio operators are waiting for the world to catch up.
The first high school satellite, TJ3Sat, which launched this week aboard a Minotaur I rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, was among several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads two with ham radio transponders scheduled to be put into orbit during November. In addition to the Minotaur I launch, other satellites are set to go into space early November 21 (UTC) aboard a Dnepr rocket from Russia, while still others were scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station. The Minotaur I carried 29 satellites in all.
The AO-7 Amateur Radio satellite turned 39 years old on November 15. Launched in 1974 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as the second AMSAT Phase 2 ham satellite, AO-7 continues to amaze.
Fans of the ABC Television show Last Man Standing may be aware that its main character, Mike Baxter played by Tim Allen is supposed to be a radio amateur, KAØXTT. While it may come as no surprise that the sitcom’s producer is a ham John Amodeo, NN6JA several radio amateurs also are on the production crew, and their number just increased, with help from the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) VEC. The show’s Thanksgiving episode, which airs Friday, November 22 (8 PM ET), will feature a scene with Baxter in his basement ham shack. Amodeo said that for the first time in the series, Baxter will briefly talk on the radio. In response, viewers will hear a pileup created by using the voices of hundreds of real hams, sent in to the production company.
In the face of the internet, mobiles and instant messaging you might expect the hobby of amateur radio - or ham radio as it's also known - to be on the decline. But in the last three years, the number of amateur radio licences has risen by over 8,000 - with 80,000 currently issued in the UK.
Former NASA Astronaut Susan J. Helms, ex-KC7NHZ, has renewed her interest in ham radio and now is KK6HNZ. Helms, a lieutenant-general in the US Air Force, now is the senior officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Due to pressing Air Force duties, she allowed her license to expire in 2005, but when the Satellite Amateur Radio Club (W6AB) hosted a 2013 Boy Scouts Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) activity for several local Scout troops, Helms’s interest returned, and she took and passed the Technician examination during a test session at the event. Word is that she’s applied to get her old call sign back.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced this week that it has deployed satellite communication equipment to the Philippines to help re-establish communications vital for search and rescue in areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Amateur Radio volunteers throughout the Philippine archipelago have been a primary communication link since the storm struck November 8, and their efforts continue.
The XZ1J DXpedition team, headed by Zorro, JH1AJT, in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is operating from two locations about 300 feet apart
The results of the 2013 ARRL Field Day have been posted. Less-than-ideal conditions this past June likely accounted for a slight drop in participation from 2012. Nonetheless, there were more than 2500 entries, and more than 35,500 people participated.
The audio was chilling: Hurricane Katrina had hit, New Orleans was shut down, the roof had blown off the Super Dome and the National Weather Service had lost its communication. All that was left were ham radio operators.
On the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m., members of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club, which is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, meet at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The meeting is for a service organization of these clubs – the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. It is led by Kevin Kingery, KJ4IVJ, the Aiken County section emergency coordinator.
Do you listen to AM radio? I do. And as it turns out millions of others do to, despite the growing number of competitors to conventional broadcast radio. AM radio used to be the only entertainment we had and it provided music, ball games, serials (Lone Ranger, Captain Midnight, etc.) and drama shows (The Shadow). Amplitude modulation radio is the oldest form of electronics there is. It is not like it used to be but it is still around thanks to an interesting mix of technology and market factors.
From its perch 250 miles above the earth, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory will refine scientists’ understanding of the Earth and its rain and snow systems. This new satellite, a partnership between NASA and Japan’s space agency JAXA, will provide accurate global precipitation data, help meteorologists make more accurate predictions during severe weather, and even improve your local forecast.
Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will honor their fellow veterans in a special on-the-air tribute on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. TALARC will operate on 20 meters, IRLP, 2 meter simplex and a Central Indiana repeater from 9 AM through 5 PM Eastern Time (1300-2200 UTC), using special event call sign W9L. Anyone contacting the station is eligible to receive an attractive, full-color commemorative certificate.
Officials in the Philippines are still assessing the extent of damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda), which hit the central Philippines November 8. The death toll is at least 100, with many others injured and some 500,000 people left homeless. The typhoon (hurricane), with sustained winds approaching 150 MPH with gusts to 170 MPH, swept away homes and buildings, blocked roads with fallen trees and debris, and disrupted electrical power and communication facilities. Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) Thelma Pascua, DU1IVT, said hams were handling essential traffic, as the rescue and relief effort continues.
NASA’s Richard Mastracchio, KC5ZTE, Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, arrived at the International Space Station November 7, expanding the ISS crew complement to nine members. The new crewmembers carried the torch that will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Games.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President Geoffrey Bawden, VE4BAW, told the RAC’s Annual General Meeting in his Report to RAC Members last month that the organization is solvent.
What’s the frequency, Kenneth? The annual Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) will take place on November 13 at 10 PM EST (0300 UTC November 14). See page 88 of November 2013 QST for the schedule and full details.
More than 300 amateur radio enthusiasts from across Alabama met at Garrett Coliseum on Saturday for an annual event offering plenty of equipment and shop talk for everybody. Known as a Hamfest, the event put on by the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club attracted veteran radio operators, those who want to be one and curious spectators fascinated by the hobby.
The Grand Strand amateur radio club hosted "Beach Fest 2013" Saturday in Conway. Vendors came from North and South Carolina to sell amateur radio equipment. Amateur Radio Operators, often called ham radio operators, communicate on the radio with other operators around the world. It's a hobby for some but when a disaster hits, ham operators provide backup communication.
The nation's aging, vulnerable power grid and the threat of natural disasters and terrorist activity make a long-term collapse that could leave millions of Americans in the dark a growing likelihood. - To experts, it's not if, it's when. - Parts of the nation's system have gone down. - In 2003, human error and a computer bug plunged 50 million people into darkness for up to two days after high voltage lines brushed against foliage in Northern Ohio. Multiple interconnected systems went down as one failure led to another in a cascade of collapse that sparked about $6 billion in economic damages in the northern U.S. and Canada. Eleven deaths were attributed in part to the failure. - No system is immune.
For 33 years, Roger Burt aka Roger on Your Radio stood inside radio station WSGE’s studio at Gaston College in Dallas and broadcast his four-hour radio program called 'The Good Stuff,' which featured music from the big band eras.
Waves of information shoot from here to there and just about everywhere. "Some people bounce signals off the moon," said Jim Miller, a 68-year-old Saltillo resident. "The International Space Station has an amateur radio and people can talk to them
A hiker in distress in Nevada is thankful that he had his hand-held transceiver along when he found himself stranded in the hills near Henderson. Western Intertie Network (WIN) System member Jim Frederick, KF6QBW, in Arizona reports he was monitoring the system November 3 around midday when he heard, 'Mayday, Mayday. Hiker in distress!' from his WIN System repeater.
Powerful Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda locally) struck the central Philippines on November 8, leaving at least four people dead and cutting off power and communications. Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA), reports that the Ham Emergency Radio Operators (HERO) have been supporting authorities with reports and message-handling.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, has hit the Philippines, triggering flooding, destroying buildings, and causing millions to take shelter. Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) reports that the typhoon made landfall at about 4:40 AM local time November 8 in Guian Estern Samar, about 600 kilometers southeast of Manila. Neighboring provinces are affected. The storm made a second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa, Leyte, with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour (146 MPH) near the center, with gusts up to 275 kilometers per hour (171 MPH).
A Dnepr launcher set to lift off from Dombarovsky, near Yasny, Russia, on November 21 will carry more than two dozen satellites from 13 countries. Individual satellite teams are now in Yasny preparing their payloads for launch. Several of the satellites will carry Amateur Radio payloads, marking this as the largest single deployment of ham radio satellites. Paving the way for this month’s event was the August 22 Dnepr launch of the KOMPSAT-5 satellite from Korea - the first Dnepr launch in 2 years. This month’s launch had been postponed for more than a year to work the wrinkles out of the Dnepr program. The DubaiSat-2 earth-imaging satellite will be the principal payload of this cluster mission.
The Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps is joining forces with the Poway Amateur Radio Society to focus on providing accurate information in emergencies.
There's a must-call list in the event of an emergency, and most people can guess who's on it -- police, fire, public works staff -- but there is also group of volunteer radio enthusiasts on the front lines, though behind the scenes.
The FCC has ordered TBS to pay a $25,000 fine following a Conan O'Brien promo that featured the sounds of the emergency alert system. The network has 30 days to appeal to the FCC with good reason.
What would happen if computer hackers took down the Internet, all the phone systems and electrical distribution in Douglas County, all of Oregon and three other states? How could we get firefighters, police and ambulances to emergencies within our county? How could we alert state and federal folks about our status and emergency needs? How could we find out the extent of the danger faced by our county, our state and our nation?
With more than 150 students’ eyes on him, Paul Ciezniak, an amateur radio operator, stood in front of a table in the gymnasium of the Parks and Recreation building with a microphone in one hand and a switch in the other.
This weekend, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management coordinated the largest test ever of the state’s emergency communications network. While the exercise was considered a success, it also shed light on one of the system’s vulnerabilities - a lack of qualified amateur radio operators east of the Cascades.
This week the FCC issued a Citation and Order against the operator of an incidental radiator for causing interference to an AT&T cell site next door. The incidental radiator was transmitting on 705 MHz. The interference wasn't from a computer or other electronic device, but rather from fluorescent lighting fixtures used in the Perfect Cuts Salon in San Antonio, Texas.
New Zealand's last Channel 1 Television transmitter is due to close down at the end of November and RSM has advised that from 6th December 2013 onwards (just in time for the annual VHF/UHF/SHF Field Day Contest) Amateurs throughout New Zealand will have access to the bottom end of the 6 metre band (50 to 51 MHz) without needing to apply for a permit.
Thanks to the Portsmouth Radio Club, the American Red Cross had their Amateur Emergency Communications established.
In 1922, Marshall H. Ensor, a 22-year-old industrial arts instructor at Olathe High School in Olathe, KS, just outside Kansas City, earned his amateur radio operator license. His interest in radio began in 1916 when he built a spark-gap radio that he operated until the end of WWI in 1918.
The FCC has fined Jared A. Bruegman, ex-KC0IQN, of Bolivar, Missouri, $500 for transmitting on 14.312 MHz without a license. Last February, the FCC told Bruegman in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL ) that it intended to impose a $10,000 fine, but in a Forfeiture Order released October 23, the FCC reduced the fine.
Each Thursday evening, members of a club in Sevier County communicate with each other in a way only open to those in the group. These meetings are conducted not in a secret headquarters, but via the public airwaves in the comfort of people’s own homes. The world of amateur radio in Sevier County is reaching a milestone.
I wonder how many people realize they are talking on a two-way radio when they use their cellphones. When you talk on your phone you are accessing an extremely powerful computer through either a satellite or a tower. That signal is available to anyone with equipment to listen in. As an amateur (ham) radio operator, I need a license to talk to our repeater, which amplifies the signal, but cellphone operators don't.
Lauderdale County invested nearly $400,000 last year to purchase new fire department radios that meet federal requirements only to find that the equipment won’t page out firefighters as expected.
Goochland’s first-ever amateur radio (ham radio) technician class has just concluded. Fifteen students were taught by Rick Cook (AB4U), Ralph Fetty (W4FEG), and Mat Long (N4MI) who gave generously of their time and talent. Amateur radio rules do not allow instructors to be paid.
Rick Rogers and the Madison-Oneida Amateur Radio Club, MOARC, are gearing up for another Halloween with the Pumpkin Patrol, a nation-wide service that protects Thruway drivers during the spookiest night of the year.
The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the 2013 operation of 7O2A — Yemen for DX Century Club credit. If a request for DXCC credit for this operation has been rejected in a prior application, contact ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite the search for any rejected contacts.
Dmitry Pashkov, UB4UAD, reports that the Amateur Radio slow-scan television (SSTV) experiment onboard the International Space Station has been active for the past couple of days on 145.800 MHz FM, mainly while the ISS is above Moscow. UB4UAD says that on October 31, RSØISS will transmit SSTV images showing images from the life and work of the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin.
Members of the Uruguay DX Group will be on the air from Easter Island as XRØYY November 1-7. A seven-person team will operate from Hanga Roa, running three stations simultaneously on 1.8 through 50 MHz, CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via EB7DX. Easter Island is number 107 on the ClubLog Most Wanted list. Operators include Jose, CEØHYO; Gustavo, CX2AM; Humberto, CX3AN; Gustavo, CX3CE; Mario, CX4CR; Gen, EA5HPX; Francisco, EA7FTR, and Carlos, LU2NI. — The Daily DX
The Federal Communications Commission once again has its full complement of five commissioners. On Tuesday, the US Senate confirmed the White House nomination of venture capitalist and industry insider Thomas Wheeler, a Democrat, to be FCC chairman. He succeeds former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who stepped down in June. The Senate also confirmed Michael O'Rielly as a commissioner to one of the two Republican seats on the Commission. O’Rielly, a New Yorker who is on the staff of Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, will fill the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014, that had been held by Robert M. McDowell, who resigned in May. Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn, who now will return to her seat as a commissioner, congratulated Wheeler and O’Rielly on their confirmations.
Helping to alleviate concerns that it rarely polices the Citizens Radio Service (CB), the FCC has fined an Alaska CBer $500 for willfully and repeatedly operating a non-certificated CB transmitter with an RF linear amplifier which, the Commission said, violated federal law and its rules and voided his authority to operate his CB station.
Preparatory to a DXcursion to Albania, a team of operators in Kosovo will fire up Z6ØA for the first time November 1 through November 3 on SSB, 14.210, 21.310 and 28.510 MHz, operating split as needed. Special emphasis will be given to Japan and the US.
It looks like Commissioner Ajit Pai got a special Halloween treat from his fellow FCC commissioners with the adoption Thursday of a proposed rule making to revitalize the AM radio band.
He flips the switch on his radio, dialing into a local emergency channel and listens in. Focused, he concentrates, listening for the slight crackle of radio traffic. With just dead air floating through the invisible radio waves, he leans into the microphone, pressing down on the mic's element, and talks to the world: "KØDRJ, this is KCØYCQ -- checking in".
The activity we enjoy has a mixed image among the general public and sadly this is often reflected by some of those who are radio amateurs themselves. The official definition of Amateur Radio includes the intercommunication between amateur stations solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
RADIO enthusiasts were clearly working on the same wavelength last week, as they helped make one woman’s nostalgic return to a south Atlantic island more memorable. Elsa Green, who left St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean 62 years ago when she was a teenager, was ensured of a warm reception on her return to the island, thanks in part to the initiative of Newbury Weekly News chairman Jeremy Willis.
Win was born in Los Angeles to Charles Henry Campbell and Helen Bernice Ireland Campbell. While growing up in Fresno, he became interesting in amateur radio and became a HAM in his teenage years. This hobby has been his lifetime passion. He served as a radio technician in the US Navy in WWII on the USS Southard. He received a purple heart for injuries during his service. After the war he joined ATT (Bell telephone system) and worked for them as an engineer for over 30 years.
Twenty members of the Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Service provided radio support during the recent Mount Dora Bicycle Festival, which allowed them to keep their skills sharp in case they are called on to help with communications during a disaster.
Severe weather can hit at any moment a sunny day can quickly turn into a hair-raising nightmare as an afternoon storm rolls in, just as easily as a chilly winter day can end with frozen streets.
When I was a kid, I bought my first and only Ham radio telegraph key at RadioShack (RSH), which was a haven for those of us geeky enough to like playing with electronics. I also adored its packaged electronic kits, with those little metal springs to hold the wires. But that’s not today’s RadioShack, not really.
Liz Nichols has been playing with radios for years but has really made a connection with the community through her work with Muskingum County Amateur Radio Emergency Services in the local area.
Approximately 30 Radio Club members from Lampasas Middle and High schools competed in two events for amateur radio operators in the last year and earned second place in both world competitions. In October 2012 and February 2013, Lampasas students were second only to the Viking Radio Club at Eisenhower Middle School in Lawton, Okla.
Local boy and girl scouts came from all over the Southern Tier and beyond to learn about technology at the Kopernik Observatory. Jamboree on the Air taught scouts how to communicate with each other using amateur radios on Saturday.
Long ago, before Facebook, Twitter and email, ham radio operators were the original social media geeks. And they're still out there, in greater numbers than ever, chatting and messaging each other all over the world without an Internet connection or even a telephone line.
Joe Blackwell doesn’t know when he’ll reach the Hawaiian Islands. The government shutdown put a halt to the amateur radio operator’s plans for a trip to Wake Island. Blackwell, who lives in Lake Wylie, S.C., was supposed to join 11 other ham radio buffs from across the U.S. on Oct. 4. Before a host of federal government services stopped, they were set to meet at a Honolulu hotel to kick off their journey. At Wake Island on Oct. 7, 1943, Japanese forces killed 98 U.S. civilian contractors, all prisoners of war. The group is known as The Forgotten 98.
Despite the partial government shutdown rendering the FCC dark, a group helping 15 Puget Sound area nonprofits and universities apply for a low-power FM license says the entities are ready to share their plans. The 15 groups plan an event tomorrow at Seattle’s Pike Place Market where they can share their community service plans and a map of the neighborhoods their stations would reach if they get a license.
Long ago, before Facebook, Twitter and email, ham radio operators were the original social media geeks. And they’re still out there, in greater numbers than ever, chatting and messaging each other all over the world without an Internet connection or even a telephone line.
Dozens of brand new radio stations could hit the airwaves throughout the Puget Sound area, as the Federal Communications Commission opens up new frequencies for low-powered community radio. Applicants will be vying to acquire a frequency on the FM band to operate a 10 watt non-commercial radio station.
It was a disaster drill waiting to happen. Wednesday morning seemed normal in the chilly fall drizzle, except for the odd array of blue and pink plywood figures lying flat on the lawn behind the Hubbard schools complex. School administrators were huddled in a small group on the sidewalk nearby.
Starting last month, there is a new partnership between Rockdale County and the local chapter of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. ARES is a volunteer organization that works with local police, fire and rescue to relay vital messages in the event of an emergency.
After helping the Odisha government in disaster relief during cyclone Phailin, HAM radio operators will now help astrophysicists track a comet. Astrophysics experts are joining hands with HAM (amateur) radio operators to track and read data comet ISON, scheduled to pass nearest to the earth on November 28.
Regulatory body that oversees the Internet to take up request to re-define and control RADIO BRS Media Inc., a diverse and growing media e-commerce firm that helps traditional and interactive media companies build and brand on the power of the Web, today announced that it has re-launched Radio Forward @ http://RadioForward.com, as ICANN, a not-for-profit entity that oversees the Internet, is in the process of considering a request to re-categorize the Open Radio Industry to a Restricted and Regulated Community.
Clatsop County’s Emergency Operations Center has been built to use old and new technology in the event of a disaster. Multiple communication systems have been installed to offer contingencies if one system goes down.
Walt was re-licensed as a ham radio operator in the early 1990s. At the time of his death, his amateur radio station call letters were N4AAI. (His first call sign from the 1950s had been W0 [zero]BUH; he was able to recover the old call sign and used it for several years before obtaining N4AAI,
Every year, ham radio enthusiasts descend on the Deerfield Fairgrounds for the largest ham radio festival in the region. It’s called the New England Amateur Radio Festival, or NEAR-Fest.
The Documentary Archive for the History of Radio Communication and Electronic Media (DokuFunk) has posted several PowerPoint lectures from Ham Radio 2013, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Long ago, before Facebook, Twitter and email, ham radio operators were the original social media geeks. And they’re still out there, in greater numbers than ever, chatting and messaging each other all over the world without an Internet connection or even a telephone line.
Gloucester calling! Anyone out there on the radio waves? People as far as Scotland picked up radio messages sent out using an antenna on the rooftop of Gloucester Cathedral on Tuesday.
Due to the partial US Government shutdown, the National Wildlife Refuge Week Amateur Radio special event October 12 until October 20 has immediately suspended rules that confine NWR Week stations operations within the boundaries of national wildlife refuges and wildlife areas. The government shutdown has closed some, if not all, federal wildlife refuges, so stations may operate from any location for this year’s event. Although rules 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been suspended; all others remain in effect.
Radio amateurs around the globe greeted NASA’s Juno spacecraft October 9 as it looped past Earth for a gravity-assisted boost on its way to Jupiter. Participants were invited to spread out across 10 meters to transmit HI in very slow speed CW (1/25 WPM), sending 30 second dits punctuated by 30 second spaces and 90 seconds between the two characters. The experiment involved 16 identical rounds or cycles and ran a bit longer than 2-1/2 hours all told (1800 to 2040 UTC). The object of the experiment was to see if Juno’s onboard Waves experiment would be able to detect the collective RF. One possible glitch was that the spacecraft’s systems went into safe mode at some point. University of Iowa researcher and Waves Principal Engineer Don Kirchner, KDØL, believes the unexplained switchover will not prove to be a problem for the Say HI to Juno experiment.
It was 30 years ago this month, after a 1979 pro-Soviet coup degenerated into civil disorder on the Caribbean Island nation of Grenada, that the US spearheaded a military intervention known as "Operation Urgent Fury." As The Daily DX reports, Mark Barettella, then KA2ORK and a student at the Saint George's Medical School, got on the air /J37, becoming a source of news and vital information regarding the US and Caribbean Regional Security System intervention and rescue of US medical students in Grenada on October 25, 1983.
The Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon was held Sept. 22. The event included a .62-mile swim component, an 18-mile bike and a 4.3-mile run.
The shutdown is affecting Pocono Record readers in ways both offbeat and unexpected. Here's a story as told by reader Douglas Gontz of Stroudsburg: I will be ordering a new piece of ham radio equipment. The item is manufactured in Japan and will be shipped to a Virginia-based company that sells radio equipment.
The number of UK amateur radio licenses appeared to hit a record high at the end of September The October figures released by Ofcom show that at the end of September there was a grand total of 82,040 licences an increase of 152 over the previous month.
Robert W. Ford, who operated from Tibet as AC4RF from 1948 to 1950, died September 20 in London. He was 90. His fascinating autobiography, Wind Between the Worlds, published in 1957 and available as a free Internet Archive download, describes his time and travails in Tibet and how his radio work nearly cost him his life.
Representatives of the US Army Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) met with ARRL staff at League Headquarters October 2 to discuss ways the two organizations might collaborate in emergency response activities. Army MARS Region 1 Director Bob Mims, WA1OEZ, headed the delegation. Mims, who is also manager of the Army MARS National Net, said most of the discussion centered on how ARRL Headquarters and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) could interact with MARS during its national-level test of backup communications set for early November, and going forward.
Security for some might mean first-aid supplies in the trunk of the car or the voice of a 911 operator on the other end of an emergency call, but to members of the all-volunteer Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LAARES), a pocket-sized handset radio is the quintessential tool for peace of mind.
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau recently made public warning letters to several individuals for alleged infractions of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules or Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. On August 9, Special Counsel Laura L. Smith wrote Jack Hartley, K4WSB, of Tampa, Florida, citing evidence received from members of the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observers) that Hartley had operated outside of his Advanced class privileges while attempting to work a station on Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific.
A Nobel Laureate recently spoke about "How to win a Nobel Prize" on Sept. 11 at Chestnut Hill College’s 20th anniversary of its Biomedical Lecture Series. Dr. Michael S. Brown, 72, who grew up in Elkins Park, said an amateur radio operating license obtained at the age of 13, while a student at Thomas Williams Junior High School in Wyncote, sparked his passion for science.
The Air Force spends millions of dollars to ensure its pilots can communicate with commanders and controllers, but if that equipment fails, there’s a small group of dedicated volunteers making sure that the pilot stays in contact in a simple way: through a telephone.
The government shutdown that started early Tuesday has already hit the Federal Communications Commission, the government agency that among other things regulates obscenity on what used to be known as the public airwaves.
For anyone questioning the reach of the federal government shutdown, consider Wake Island. Not much more than military-plane refueling and classified operations occur on the unincorporated U.S. territory, a coral atoll located between Hawaii and Guam, about 6,700 miles (10,780 kilometers) from the legislative standoff in Washington.
The FCC remains closed, as the Federal Government shutdown continues. All FCC websites, including the Universal Licensing System (ULS), are offline until further notice. The Commission’s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, facility, which handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, is shuttered as well. Here’s how the FCC shutdown will affect Amateur Radio licensing application transactions and VE-administered examination sessions. We will update this list as new information becomes available.
Long ago, before Facebook, Twitter and email, ham radio operators were the original social media geeks. And they're still out there, in greater numbers than ever, chatting and messaging each other all over the world without an Internet connection or even a telephone line.
A councillor can keep a 27 feet high radio mast at the side of his house. Radio ham Ian Douglas put up the mast to replace an earlier 30ft mast. He apologised to a South Ayrshire Council planning committee for erecting it without planning consent.
Amateur (or "Ham") Radio operators are mobilizing to help provide emergency communications along the Gulf Coast if needed, in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from the Florida panhandle to Lafayette, Louisiana are ready to serve at a moment's notice, in the event normal communications infrastructure is rendered inoperative.
Swamped with form letters in support of relocating the KRPI radio towers to Point Roberts and boosting the Punjabi radio station’s signal, county planner Suzanne Bosman wants to shut the door on further general comments.
University of Iowa scientists, students, ham radio buffs, and space enthusiasts teamed up Wednesday to give the equivalent of a slow-motion hello to NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The opportunity to coordinate a rare greeting of sorts came between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday as Juno orbited our planet in a slingshot maneuver, passing within 350 miles of the Earth’s surface on its way to Jupiter.
In the wake of the FCC shutdown, the ARRL VEC is continuing to accept, prepare, and file Amateur Radio license renewal and modification applications with the FCC as it is able. But the ARRL VEC has not yet filed any applications resulting from Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner-administered examination sessions.
The FCC appears to have ground to a complete halt for all intents and purposes beyond emergencies, as the Federal Government shutdown continues. This includes functions at the Commission’s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, facility, which handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, as well as the FCC’s main website and the Amateur Radio call sign database (ULS).
The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) will face an agenda heavy on FCC and regulatory issues when it meets Saturday, October 5 in the Denver, Colorado, area.
Dorothy D. Thompson, KF5IX, of San Antonio, Texas, died September 2. She was 95. Born and raised in China where her grandparents were missionaries, Thompson - then Dorothy Davis - came to the US and graduated from nursing school.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) is looking into ways to work with non-IARU Amateur Radio organizations in countries where the IARU member-society may not be representing all of that country’s hams. The issue came under discussion at the annual AC meeting September 21-22 in Cancun, Mexico.
In the aftermath of the congressional failure to reach agreement on a new budget or on a continuing resolution to keep the federal government in business, the FCC is telling consumers that it is closed. This includes all functions at the Commission’s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, facility, which handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, including new, renewal and vanity call sign grants.
The long-anticipated K9W Wake Island DXpedition has been put on hold because of the US government shutdown, "pending a revised schedule,"the organizers said in an announcement on the K9W webpage. The DXpedition was expected to kick off October 7 and continue until October 18.
Two satellites, DANDE and CUSat, carrying amateur radio payloads were launched on Sunday, September 29 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base marks several firsts for the commercial space transportation company, including the maiden launch of an upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket with stretched fuel tanks, more powerful engines and a 5.2-meter payload fairing to enshroud satellites.
On August 23, radio amateur John Petters G3YPZ made a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Ofcom, on September 24 he received the reply John G3YPZ's original FOI request can be seen at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ ofcom_methodology_with_respect_t
Well-known DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, reports that the first Amateur Radio licensing course in the Republic of Kosovo is nearing its end; passing the license exam will pave the way for 10 Technical University of Pristina http://www.uni-pr.edu/ students to become licensed Amateur Radio operators.
George Lee first learned about amateur radio operation as a child, listening to radio frequencies on his Stuart Warner cabinet radio. Lee, 81, now has a room in his Longview home dedicated to his own amateur radio operation.
Warren B. Bruene, W5OLY, of Richardson, Texas, died September 28. He was 96. A pioneer in HF communication, Bruene worked closely with the late Art Collins, WØCXX, on many aspects of HF design during his 44 years with the Collins Radio/ Rockwell Collins.
A Low-Power FM filing window will begin in October, and FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai have all released statements applauding the impending creation of new stations.
Seems to be a pretty simple question, but think about it, do you have the right answer or answers? Dare say most of us would not be able to succinctly give an answer. That is, without saying what we did, and even a few who would slip into jargon and ham-lingo to give some sort of a reply.
In this age of cell phones, the Internet and social media, there is another form of wireless communication - amateur radio - that has been around for more than a century and is still going strong.
Nate Brightman, K6OSC, has reluctantly resigned as the W6RO Wireless Room Manager aboard the Queen Mary museum ship, anchored in Long Beach, California, effective October 1. Brightman cited his recent illness and hospitalization and his advanced age -he turns 96 on October 9 -as reasons for his decision.
Today, there's a lot of scaremongering in the media surrounding online trolling. When people are being terrible to each other, there's often this knee-jerk reaction to blame the technology rather than acknowledge that human beings have always been just plain horrible. Case in point: the radio trolls of 1910.
At TwilioCon today, Vonage co-founder Jeff Pulver gave a fascinating keynote about ham radio, getting fired, and a run-in with the FBI - and how all that gave birth to modern voice over Internet protocol technology. Pulver is widely recognized as a pioneer of VoIP technology and was the chief writer of the FCC’s first VoIP ruling.
Residents in Tsawwassen are raising a ruckus to show solidarity with people in Point Roberts opposing a 150-foot tall five-tower AM radio array that will broadcast Punjabi programming to Lower Mainland residents. Whatcom county accepted an application month from KRPI radio for a conditional use permit to install the powerful 50,000-watt signal just 330 metres from the Canadian border.
Most likely you already know the term "ham radio." If you don't, let me take a moment to educate you. Ham radio is the act of using a specific section of the radio wave spectrum for recreational use. No commercial entities are allowed. Something about the fact that it is completely "free" really gets people's juices flowing. Every operator takes great pride in their equipment -- equipment that is, more often than not, cobbled together from pieces found in the trash and repaired.
In this video, radio amateur Waldo 'Walt' T. Boyd K6DZY talks about the early days of radio from the mid-1920's onwards The YouTube descriptions reads: Waldo T. Boyd K6DZY passed away at the age of 94 in 2012 - Waldo, or Walt, as he liked to be called, preserved the Society of Wireless Pioneers (of which he was one) and enabled its merger into the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS).
Your pirate radio gear may come back to haunt you in a case that may well lead to similar situations leading up to the low-power FM application filing window. This story involves what the commission says is an unauthorized, non-FCC-certified FM transmitter being used at a pirate station in California.
The World Wide Web gets all the glory for connecting an average guy on the East Coast with anyone else anywhere on the planet. Before the Internet, Wifi, smartphones, Yahoo! chat rooms and iPads, a guy on the East Coast - with a radio and an antenna - could experience the "elegant randomness" in stumbling upon someone else in Antarctica, Russia, Africa, Cuba, or anywhere else in the world where there's an antenna and radio.
Sandoval County amateur radio operators played a key role in the search for a fallen firefighter in the Jemez Mountains earlier this month. Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) volunteers helped with communication among search and rescue teams and incident commanders during the week-long search for Token Adams. In places such as the Jemez wilderness, there is little cell phone coverage or other communication infrastructure, but amateur radio operators, or hams, can still communicate.
Friday the 13th came early for cluster balloonist and radio amateur Jonathan Trappe, KJ4GQV, of Raleigh, North Carolina. Trappe's attempt to cross the Atlantic in a cluster balloon ended when he "Landed safe, at an alternate location," as he put it in a Facebook post. That "alternate location" was in Newfoundland, where he remained for the night.
Many hams will remember Wayne Green, W2NSD (Never Say Die). Wayne was editor of CQ magazine for a while, then started 73 magazine and was easily the most colorful and controversial character in ham radio in the 60s and into the 70s. Wayne died on Friday, September 13, 2013. He was 91.
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft nearly 12 billion miles from Earth is still phoning home from interstellar space, and a new NASA photo captures that radio signal as pale blue speck in a cosmic ocean. The space agency unveiled the amazing image Voyager 1's radio signal glow as seen by an array of radio telescopes on Earth earlier this week to celebrate Voyager 1's arrival in its new interstellar frontier.
NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly past Earth on October 9 to receive a gravity assist, putting it on course for Jupiter. To celebrate, the Juno mission is inviting http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/hijuno/ Amateur Radio operators around the world to say "HI" to Juno in a coordinated Morse code message. If enough operators participate, Juno's "Waves" radio and plasma wave experiment should be able to detect the message.
nterest and participation in amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) continues to grow, even in Mongolia. The 9th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 ARDF Championships was held in Hongcheon, Korea, from September 1 to 6.
Amateur radios used for two-way communications have long served as an invaluable and effective method of communication for their users. The Federal Communications Commission has allocated certain radio frequencies to amateur radio use, and it has required those seeking to communicate on those frequencies to first obtain FCC licenses.
NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before. Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, NASA said Thursday.
The ghost station of Omaha is a mysterious radio signal at 1490 AM seemingly without owners, advertisers or disc jockeys that plays a continuous loop of Buddy Holly, Petula Clark and Bobby Darin, like a 1960s malt-shop jukebox stuffed with an endless supply of coins.
Pete Wessel has seen quite a bit in his first 100 years. At 100 years old, Walter Pete Wessel ponders each word and sticks to a slow and steady pace. He and his wife, Marte, maintain an independent lifestyle, tucked away in the Seward County countryside. But make no mistake about it: Wessel is far from isolated. He is thoroughly a citizen of the world.
When all other known forms of communication fail in an emergency situation, amateur radio operators could provide the salvation needed to get that vital message through.
A group of HAM radio operators who volunteer their time to support Washington County’s disaster response efforts are helping the Southwest Utah Public Health Department install radio communication equipment at hospitals and other care facilities throughout Southern Utah.
For Rob Hoyt, president of the Charles County Amateur Radio Club, his interest in amateur radio started when he was a kid. But he credits his hobby for leading to a successful career. Growing up in upstate New York, ham radio operators provided Hoyt with entertainment when there was not much else to do. After graduating from high school, Hoyt entered the Air Force and worked in electronics because, he said, he already knew how to take apart and put together machines. In the Air Force, he became more active with amateur radio, earned his operator’s license and has enjoyed the experience for more than 25 years.
When disaster strikes and traditional telecommunications services are curtailed, who do emergency responders call? A Ghostbusters-like crew of amateur radio operators.
Radio amateur Jonathan Trappe, KJ4GQV, of Raleigh, North Carolina is trying to cross the Atlantic in a cluster balloon. He took off September 12 at 1200 UTC from Caribou, Maine. According to a reporton AMSAT-UK, Trappe is carrying Amateur Radio beacons on 14.0956 MHz and 144.390 MHz APRS.
Jagjeet Singh Virdee, 5Z4GB, died August 29 after he and his 70-year-old mother were shot and killed outside their residence in Kericho County, Kenya, by five men armed with automatic weapons. He was 50. The attackers got away with a wallet and a pistol, according to one local news account. Singh Virdee, who also held the call sign 5H3JS in Tanzania, was reported to be a prominent Asian businessman who operated Kabianga Tea Factory in Kenya.
The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) is seeking papers for its 2014 Western Regional Conference. The event takes place March 22-23, 2014, in Bishop, California, and at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles from the sun, cruising through interstellar space _ the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said.
After World War 1 and with the banishment of radio amateurs to the supposedly "useless shorter wavelengths" an amazing period of radio exploration took place. Amateurs all over the globe soon learnt that far from being useless these wavelengths seem to allow communication over long distances.
CONGRATULATIONS from around the world have floated across the global airwaves to radio operators in Furness as they celebrate 100 years of operation. The Furness Amateur Radio Society was granted a special call sign to mark the event GB100RXY helping the group make 3,500 exchanges around the world in just one month.
After a successful radio transmission to outer space, students at Mill Springs Academy had the opportunity to speak with astronaut Christopher Cassidy as he traveled in the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
I have just taken a look at an interesting video produced by a Chinese amateur radio operator, and I have been entertained, delighted and sometimes a little amazed by what it shows.
What do you get when you start off with four enthusiastic amateur radio operators, add six HAMS doing presentations, spice it up with a group of displays and add a whole dollop of volunteers? The answer is a radio event called Radio Talk!
Over a dozen kids spent all summer preparing to make radio contact with the International Space Station. An astronaut's voice broke the static Saturday at the Duluth Children's Museum. It was standing room only as the Duluth's Children's Museum turned into a command center early Saturday morning. The 15 children that took part in the training got a chance to talk to a commander aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which was 250 miles overhead.
When Larry Elkin of Rio Rancho was going to college in New York, he picked up a radio transmission astronaut John Glenn sent from orbit around Earth. Now Elkin is president of the High Desert Amateur Radio Club of New Mexico Inc., a local group that aims to educate people about amateur radio operation and is available to help with emergency communication.
Ofcom have released the amateur radio licence statistics for September 2013 showing a further rise in numbers The grand total of licences at the start of September was 81888 an increase of 87 over the August figure.
The Kent Communications Support Team (KCST), a dedicated community group of more than 25 amateur radio operators, is an activity of the Kent Emergency Management Department. The group is tasked with providing emergency communications support for the city of Kent in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
The city of Pascagoula and the Jackson County Amateur Radio Association are planning the Reactivation of the Round Island Lighthouse on Oct. 18-20. A concert featuring Pascagoula native Les Kerr will also be held Oct. 18 to raise money for the lighthouse restoration project.
In the midst of increasing consolidation of big media, there’s a new chance for local communities to bring their voices to the air. This October, the Federal Communications Commission will begin accepting applications from around the country for local non-profits, schools, unions, First Nation tribes, religious groups and public safety organizations to own and operate their own low-powered radio stations.
The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club upgraded its communication abilities at the Sheriff’s office with four new antennas and cabling. Dick Lemke, president of the club, said the old short wave antenna had been up for 30 years and did not cover all the bands. The club installed a new shortwave, also known as high frequency, antenna and VHF antennas.
A 50-foot tower that will help a Muscatine ham radio enthusiast connect with even more people around the world won approval from city planners Tuesday. The Muscatine Zoning Board of Adjustment approved by a 3-1 count Bob Weatherman’s request to erect a 50-foot radio tower at his residence.
Paul Miller Trucking reflects how truckers have developed an image over the years, as they are often associated with big rigs plowing down a desert road while occasionally blaring their horn and talking into a CB radio. Traditionally, the CB radio, phones and HAM radios have been recognized as a trucker's most essential tool for carrying out their mission. But as society moves further into the 21st century, it seems like this older technology may need to step aside. Smartphone apps are quickly integrating into the trucking world.
Meeting Tuesday night, the Poway City Council took the following actions: Assured about 50 amateur ham radio operators that the council would take a serious look at revising local planning codes to make sure they conform with federal laws regarding the placement of antennas on private property.
NASA is asking all ham operators that can participate to assist in testing out some equipment onboard the JUNO spacecraft when it makes its flyby next month.
Everything about the MARS Pacific Endeavor-13 exercise was simulated, except the power failure in Pacifica, the fictitious disaster-battered Asian nation that a small band of amateurs was seeking to assist. The Pentagon and US Pacific Command set up the drill as a test of Amateur Radio emergency support in Asia in the aftermath of Japan’s tsunami catastrophe. MARS, military stations and amateurs collaborated. The blackout occurred at the outset of the US Department of Defense globe-spanning exercise August 25-26. A star of the show was PSK31, which performed well, even in the otherwise grim propagation that prevailed during PE-13.