The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has caused many dog-piles on the bands. DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that concentration has been on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. The lower bands are a bit of a challenge during the Australian northern wet season with very high noise levels.
Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and for multioperator teams as well as a choice of power levels in each category, from QRP to full legal limit. In other words, there’s a place for Big Guns, Little Pistols, and everyone in between. Excitement and enthusiasm levels will be high, and it’s a terrific opportunity to boost DXCC totals too.
The solar powered around-the-world high altitude balloon was released by the California Near Space Project team on Monday, February 23 and is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The APRS beacon should have a radio range of up to 400 km.
Michael Fincke, KE5AIT recently renewed his Amateur Radio license through February 18, 2025. Fincke served on Expedition 9 (April 18 to October 23, 2004), Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009),and STS-134 (May 16 to June 1, 2011). He currently holds the American record for the most time in space, 381.6 days.
CW, DXing, and contesting come together and go global February 21-22 for the 2015 ARRL International DX CW contest. This HF contest season has seen incredible high-band conditions and record entry numbers, and as it draws to a close, this is a terrific opportunity to get on the air and get in on the fun. It’s the US and Canada working the world in this event.
Fans of portable ham radio are encouraged to grab their equipment and head for the water as part of the new “One-Day Getaway,” sponsored by the US Islands Awards Program. The annual event will debut on Saturday, May 9, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Friday evening to Saturday evening in the continental US). Founded in 1994, US Islands promotes portable ham radio operation from islands in all bodies of water — lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and coastal islands in US territorial waters.
The K1N DXpedition is now QRT as of early Sunday morning 1400z.
It was an interesting week for the team as they ranked up big QSO totals (see below) on all bands, as well as operations on 6m, 60m and the satellites.
A BBC News report on insurgents in Ukraine show them to be using what appears to be Boafeng UV-5R handhelds
The pressure to work K1N on Navassa Island continues. The DXpedition has topped 100,000 contacts as it enters final few days, but demand seems insatiable. The pileups continue to be fierce with little letup, K1N team member Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, said in a February 10 media release. A day earlier, during a satellite telephone interview with Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, Johnson advised phone operators to turn off their speech processors when trying to break the pileups. He said the splatter generated when phone ops max out their speech processors in an effort to be heard “makes it almost impossible” to pick out individual callers.
ITU International Amateur Radio Club station 4U1ITU in Geneva will mark World Radio Day on Friday, February 13. This event also marks the kickoff for the International Telecommunication Union 150th anniversary.
A fairly new experimental website, bandconditions.com, offers radio amateurs and others interested in HF propagation a quick look at band conditions from the Continental United States. The site provides real-time conditions for 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The site developer is Biz Wichy, K5BIZ, who lives in Texas.
A 90-year-old California radio amateur — Stan McEtchin, WB6KDZ, of Paradise — will be among the surviving members of the First Special Service Force (FSSF) known as “The Devil’s Brigade” to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on February 3. The medal recognizes the unit’s extraordinary heroism and service during World War II.
K1N Navassa Island DXpedition..
As you know, our plan was to begin helicopter trips this morning as soon as USFWS gave us the go-ahead. We hoped to get in as many as three trips in today. Because of the presence of a congressional delegation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, air services prevented the first of the two Navassa-bound USFWS helicopter flights to take off until 1830z. The first flight carried three of the six USFWS personnel, so the helicopter had to return to Guantanamo Bay and return with the remaining three USFWS people. It's about an hour each way so all of the above equals delay.
New Scientist magazine interviews radio amateur James Cutler KF6RFX as part of their story on plans to launch hundreds of Internet satellites into a 1200 km orbit. This month, Virgin Galactic and chip-maker Qualcomm announced their backing of a venture called OneWeb. This plans to put 648 satellites in orbit about 1200 kilometres above Earth's surface, where the round trip time for radio waves is just a few thousands of a second, fine for any online application. SpaceX immediately announced its own plan to do the same, building and launching 4000 satellites to a similar altitude.
As many of you know, WW1USA, the Amateur Radio Club of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial at Kansas City is hosting a number of Special Radio Events, commemorating moments in history during the four year centennial of the Great War. On the weekend of February 7th and 8th, such a special event will be 'on the air' in observance of the Beginning of War from the Air.
The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station. The FCC’s Los Angeles District Office on December 31 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Martin K. Elliott of Inyokern, California. The FCC said it issued the Notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation on multiple HF frequencies, including some allocated to aeronautical stations. The FCC said its agents used radio direction-finding techniques to confirm that signals on 6280 kHz and 11,595 kHz were emanating from a residence located near Inyokern, and that property records indicated that Elliott was the current owner and resident.
2015 Burnaby Amateur radio Club Annual Swap Meet Sunday February 22, 2015 Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewan Avenue, New Westminster, BC Doors Open - Dealers: 8:30 am Sellers: 9:00am Buyers: 10:00am to 1:00pm Cost $6.00 at the door per person. Children under 12 years free Tables are priced at $25.00 each. This includes one seller.
QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact confirmations from ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook. Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a previous call sign into a user’s current call sign account. QRZ will automatically put contacts into the logbook associated with the call sign used when the contact was logged.
The marijuana industry and Uncle Sam haven't been on the same page for 80 years, but these days, in a unique bit of weirdness, it's not the U.S. Department of Justice that could create a problem for pot growers: It's the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC regulates the country's electronic communications, which is relevant because it turns out that, bizarrely, light ballasts used in the growing of cannabis emit radio-frequency interference that screws up amateur-radio transmissions being sent by local ham operators, a licensed, legally protected practice.