FCC Fines Radio Ham $11,500 for Causing Intentional Interference

The US communications regulator, the FCC, has taken firm action in a case of deliberate interference to amateur radio communications. The ARRL report the FCC Enforcement Bureau has affirmed an $11,500 fine against Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, for deliberately interfering with other Amateur Radio communications. The FCC had first proposed the fine last July in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), and it released a Forfeiture Order on January 13.

System on a Chip - HT of the Future

HamRadioNow have released a four part presentation from the 2014 Digital Communications Conference (DCC) that describes the amateur radio handheld transceiver of the future.Chris Testa KD2BMH is designing the Whitebox, the "HT of the Future." It will be a multi-mode, multi-band ham radio that will look and work more like a smartphone: touchscreen display, apps, and all the analog and digital modes he can stuff in (and license). Chris is working with Bruce Perens K6BP on the Whitebox project.

The ARRL January VHF Contest Offers a Break from Winter’s Doldrums

If the Polar Vortex has been getting you down, then the ARRL January VHF Contest might just be the antidote! The event gets under way at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 24, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, January 26. The object is for amateurs in the US and Canada (and possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible using frequencies above 50 MHz. It’s the US and Canada (and possessions) working each other and the rest of the world (think F2 propagation!).

British Columbia QSO Party 2015

Rebecca VA7BEC here, contest coordinator for the British Columbia QSO Party. First, let me wish you all a very happy new year - a little late, but it’s still January.) Hope 2015 brings good band openings when you need them and provides lots of DX and contesting fun. BCQP 2015 is coming up the first full weekend in February!

CQ Magazine Combining January, February 2015 Issues, Closing CQ Plus Digital Supplement

CQ magazine has announced that it will publish a combined January/February 2015 issue and cease publication of its CQ Plus digital supplement as of the March 2015 issue. Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, said that both moves are intended to help restore the magazine’s normal schedule for its print edition and to strengthen its foundations moving forward as it enters its 8th decade of publication.

New World Record Claimed on 10 GHz

Two Amateur Radio microwave enthusiasts in Australia are claiming a new distance record on 10 GHz. On January 5, during a tropo opening across the Great Australian Bight, VK6DZ and VK7MO exchanged reports over a 2732 km path, using JT4f mode as well as SSB. The distance surpasses by 36 km the previous World Record of 2696 km from Southern Portugal to Cape Verde Island.

Unexpected Geomagnetic Storm Could Disturb HF Bands, Enhance 6 Meters

Spaceweather.com reports that a G2-class geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of January 7, sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. “The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tipped south, opening a crack in our planet's magnetosphere,” Spaceweather explained. “Solar wind poured in to fuel the storm.”

K1N Navassa DXpedition Team is Ready to Roll for Early February Start

The K1N Navassa Island team has announced that it will hit the airwaves in about 4 weeks. While the team’s exact departure date from its staging area depends on the weather and the availability of US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) transportation, it appears that K1N will be up and running during the first 2 weeks in February. It’s been more than 22 years since Navassa Island (KP1) was last activated, and, according to the team, the USFWS will not allow another operation for at least another decade.

More Strange Shortwave Noises..

Tune around 28.6 MHz most mornings and you will hear a train of two tones, one low and the other high audio (600Hz, 1500 Hz ?) lasting a few seconds each and with a pause of about two seconds between them.

Can YOU Solve the Mystery of UVB-76?

The Daily Mail newspaper asks its readers if they can explain the mysterious radio signal on 4625 kHz known as the Buzzer. The mysterious transmissions from Russia are thought to have started in 1982 and have continued ever since. Up until September 2010, the station identified itself as UVB-76 (Cyrillic: УВБ-76), and it is still often referred to by that name.

Straight Key Night: A Return to the Basics

ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) returns on January 1, 2015 (0000 to 2359 UTC), offering a chance for many to get back to their Amateur Radio roots. Those operators who began their years in Amateur Radio restricted to CW on the old Novice bands used some sort of manual key to send. Straight Key Night is an opportunity to relive those "brass-pounding" experiences. This 24-hour event is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage.

I'm Not Ignoring You, I'm Listening 10 Up

In passing a few weeks ago I mentioned listening 10-up. It's also a slogan I have on a t-shirt, it says: 'I'm not ignoring you, I'm listening 10 up.' So what does that mean and what do you do when a station tells you that they are listening 'up', or 'down'?

Merry Christmas From the Land of Santa Claus

Our Vision for Every Child, Life in All its Splendor - Our Prayers for Every Heart and Soul. Over a period of several years, Santa Claus has appeared on Amateur Radio bands to bring cheer to the whole world, adults and children alike, with the thrill of hamcasting from Santa Claus Land (SCL) and even talking directly to kids of all ages all over the world.

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."

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