Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspace to end up on Christmas Day in the US and Canada.

Anniversary of BBC World Service

Money Week reports the BBC Empire Service, forerunner of the BBC World Service, began broadcasting 82 years ago. Dr Matthew Partridge says the BBC Empire Service started broadcasting on December 19, 1932 and had a budget of just £606 a week in 2014 prices.

RAC CANADA WINTER CONTEST 2014

In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate. Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC December 27, 2014.

Preparations Under Way for January DXpedition to Iran

Preparations continue on the part of the Rockall DX Group to make Iran — #33 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted List — available through a DXpedition to Kish Island (IOTA AS-166). Look for EP6T starting on January 16. While the emphasis will be on 160 meters, the DXpedition will operate on all bands, 160 through 10 meters. EP6T plans to remain active until January 26. Organizers say the theme of the expedition will be “friendship and cultural tolerance.”

ARRL CW Rookie Roundup Returns on December 21!

Recently licensed radio amateurs who have been working hard to improve their Morse code proficiency will have a great opportunity to put their improved skills to use on December 21, when the CW edition of the ARRL Rookie Roundup returns to the airwaves.

Who is a “Rookie?” A Rookie is any radio amateur who has been licensed for 3 years or less, regardless of license class. If you received your license in 2012, 2013, or 2014, you’re eligible to compete as a Rookie. Operators licensed before 2012 may compete and will be recognized in the final results, but they may only submit check logs. Old Timers are encouraged to get on the air and work the Rookies.

Students Go on Ham Radio Fox Hunt

An initiative led by Jim Breakall WA3FET, professor of electrical engineering, aims to get first-year students excited about ham radio.On Dec. 7, students in his EE 009S First Year Seminar in Electrical Engineering class participated in a “fox hunt” on the University Park campus.

Cook Islands Special 1x1 Callsign

Andy, E51AND, says: "Cook Island's RESIDENT hams will be allowed a special 1x1 callsign in the form E50x for use during the 50th anniversary of Self Governance in 2015.Visitors to the island will be issued a callsign in accordance with current practice in the form E51xxx. The special call is available for use at the operator's discretion ONLY during the period January 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 2015."

K1N Navassa Island DXpedition

The KP1-5 Project and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have been working together on preparations for our joint 14 day visit to Navassa Island NWR. Although the actual dates may still vary, it now appears we will begin transport to the Island during the last week of January 2015.

Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2015

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2015, sponsored by AMSAT for radio amateurs throughout the world. This year's event is being held in memory of Captain Charles Dorian, W3JPT, who passed away in 2014, aged 92. Chuck, who had held many senior positions in the U.S. Coast Guard, was one of AMSAT's earliest members and served as secretary of the Board of Directors.

December is Youngsters On The Air Month!

During December special event stations around the world will take part in celebratinig the first worldwide Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) activity. Stations using YOTA-suffix call signs will be active from all three International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) regions. Although most YOTA stations will be in Region 1, one YOTA station will be on the air from St Lucia in the Caribbean (Region 2), and another will be active from the Philippines (Region 3). IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said YOTA Month is an opportunity to give individuals aged 25 and younger a chance to make contact via Amateur Radio in all available modes.

2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

The 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday, December 13 (Friday, December 12, in US time zones). It concludes at 2359 UTC on Sunday, December 14. Logs should be e-mailed or postmarked by 0000 UTC Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Mail paper logs to ARRL 10 Meter Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

RAGazine Now Available For Download

Volume 2 issue 2 of the free BAA-RAG radio astronomy publication RAGazine is now available for download.

Teenager Wins Prize with Morse Code

The Google Science Fair 2014 Voter's Choice Award has been won by 16-year old Arsh Dilbagi of India. His winning device called 'Talk' converts short and long breaths of air into electrical signals, that enables people to communicate in Morse code.
Arsh, who trialled the cheap device on a hospital patient in New Delhi, now has $10,000 from Google to further develop the product.

South African Radio League Celebrates 90 years

From 1 January 2015, the special call sign ZS90SARL will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the South African Radio League.
The South African Radio Relay League was formed in May 1925. The name was later changed to the South African Radio League.
From January until the culminations of the celebration at the annual Convention in Bloemfontein in April, Amateur Radio Today will transmit a weekly highlighting the amazing events of the past 90 years.

Popular Electronics Magazines Archive

americanradiohistory.com has shared an archive of all the Popular Electronics magazines from 1954 to 1982. Along with many other magazines, there are Millions of pages and Hundreds of books and magazines on Radio, Transmitting, Receiving, TV, Computers, and more.

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm

Keith KB9STR

Time to Tune Up on Top Band: The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is December 5-7

The beginning of December marks the return of the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. The action gets underway at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 5, and wraps up at 1559 UTC on Sunday, December 7. This is a 42-hour event with no operating time limit. If you have ever yearned to try your hand at Top Band contesting, this is the perfect opportunity!

Caribbean Tour 2015

Once again operators Mek SP7VC, Ted SP3IPB and YL Kate SQ7OYL will be on a Caribbean tour but will also have operators Bogdan K2RPF, Zbyszek SP3CFM and Jerzy SP7TF join them. They plan to activate several islands between January 24th and February 14th in the new year 2015.

International Programme for Handicapped Radio Amateurs

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which will be celebrated in several countries by special amateur radio call signs. The Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will be using a special call sign 9K2WDD and the Liberia Radio Amateur Association (LRAA) will be using a special call sign 6Z2RL. The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD) will be using a special call sign SU0ERA. ERASD are planning a workshop with the Egyptian Scouts.

Canadian Hall of Fame appointments

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to appoint Don Dashney VE3RM (SK) of L'Orignal, ON and George Spencer VE3AGS (SK) of Jordan (St. Catherines), ON to the Hall of Fame for 2014.

Palmyra Island - openings available to operate!

QRZ DX reports this past week that Laurie Moore, Director of Palmyra Program, states, [excerpts from an E-mail in a response about inquires about Amateur Radio operations/HAM Radio operations on Palmyra Atoll]

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