Eight Days of Solar Flares on NASA Video

NASA has released a video showing eight days of solar flares produced by the largest sunspot in the past two dozen years.

Known as AR 2192, the video is a time lapse that shows its X-class flares in both visible and ultraviolet light using images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory Atmospheric Imaging Assembly Instrument.

California Scientist-Ham On the Air from Antarctica's McMurdo Station, Ross Ice Shelf

Ham radio is not the primary reason Ron Flick, K6REF, is in Antarctica, but it’s proving to be an enjoyable diversion to his scientific activities at McMurdo Station and the Ross Ice Shelf. He’s put a few hundred contacts in the log since arriving late last month from California.

American Legion Amateur Radio Club Plans On-Air Tribute to Veterans

Amateur Radio operators who are members of the American Legion will honor the military services and their fellow veterans in a special on-the-air tribute on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will be on the air as W9L from 1400 until 2100 UTC, from American Legion national headquarters in Indianapolis. Radio amateurs who contact the station or shortwave listeners who monitor it are eligible to receive an attractive full-color commemorative certificate.

Does Shortwave Radio Have a Future?

This article regarding the future and relevancy of shortwave radio broadcasting originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine.

Russian Air Tankers Use Morse code

The Aviationist reports on Morse code transmissions when two Russian air tankers were deployed to Egypt Oct 30-31, possibly in support of strategic bombers. The Russians still use quite a lot of Morse and especially for these extended out of area missions. They send the same short 3 figure tactical messages back to their control in Russia using Morse and Voice. Radio enthusiasts were busy logging the activity last week.

The Beginning of the Long Dash' Indicates 75 years of Official Time on CBC

The National Research Council's official time signal was first broadcast on CBC Radio 75 years ago on Wednesday. On Nov. 5, 1939, as the Second World War was breaking out in Europe, Canadians first heard "the beginning of the long dash" which officially indicated the arrival of 1 p.m. eastern standard time.

VP8RAF/100 Falkland Islands

The RAF Amateur Radio Society, G8FC, is sending an expedition to the Falkland Islands and will be operating from the Joint Services Welfare Facility Asigns commemorate the Battle of Coronel on November 1, 1914. All VP8 stations are able to use the suffix /100 between 1 November and 15 December 2014.

1st Russian WW MultiMode Contest

The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the 1st Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2014. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in Russia.

40th Anniversary of Ham Radio Satellite OSCAR 7

Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK has secured the special call sign W7O (Whiskey Seven Oscar) for use in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the launch of OSCAR 7 on November 15, 1974. The amateur radio satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched by a Delta rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on November 15, 1974 and provided many years of service until it went silent from battery failure in mid 1981.

Nikola Tesla Slept Here

Joseph Kinney, who was a radio amateur in his teens, is interviewed in an IEEE article about Nikola Tesla and the hotel in Manhattan were he lived.

Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried Amateur Radio payloads. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded about 6 seconds after launch, sending a huge ball of fire hurtling toward the ground, which set a massive fire at the NASA launch site.

CW Operating

The South African Radio League say a detailed report-back document from the IARU Region 1 conference is in the final stages of preparation and will soon be available for download from a link on the SARL web. During the conference many aspects of day to day amateur radio operations were discussed and decisions agreed on. Over the next two months SARL news will highlight some of these discussions. One of the discussions concerned CW operating.

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Canadian Amateurs Authorized to use Special Prefix in Their Call Signs

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Canadian Amateurs may use the prefixes; CF for VA, CG for VE, CH for VO, CI for VY. Of the 1,477 people aboard, 1,012 perished in 14 minutes.

9M2SE Pangkor Island IOTA DXpedition

My name is Piju and my call sign is 9M2PJU and I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I would like to announce about 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team Island On The Air (IOTA) AS-072 activation and DXpedition on 7, 8 and 9 November 2014.

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

CQ has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL’s DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by “a large number of contesters around the world” that CQ was unfairly denying Crimean radio amateurs the opportunity to fully participate in CQ-sponsored contests.

STATIC Summer 2014

Distracted driving: B.C. adds 3 demerits points for talking on phone

Effective October 20 2014 drivers caught talking on their cellphones or programming a GPS while driving will be penalized with three demerit points on their licence.

For Sale

Western Radio WR-2400 Synthesized UHF Transceiver
With Mobile Mounting Bracket & Mike
Programmed with Vancouver BC Area Repeaters as of 1985
$30 + Shipping
ICOM IC-211 All Mode 2 M Transceiver Serial 03521
with AC, DC power connectors
$60 + Shipping
ICOM IC – RM2 Computerized Remote Controller for IC-211, IC-245 or IC-701
Serial 03004
ICOM IC – EX1 Extension Terminal to allow RM2 to control more than 1 radio
Both Items together $60 + shipping
Heathkit – HM-102 SWR/Power Meter – up to 2000 watts. Good working order.
$20 + shipping
ICOM IC-22A 2M FM transceiver 1/10 Watt – with Mobile Bracket, 22 channels of crystals.
$39 + shipping
ICOM IC-30A UHF FM Transceiver. Serial 3203. With mounting Bracket, Mic, 16 Channels of
crystals (holds 22).
$39 + shipping
Johnson Viking Ranger 160-10 M AM/CW transmitter. Have owned more than 10 years and never
plugged it in – needs RECAPPING and NEW RESISTORS FIRST. Good candidate for a
$275 + shipping – be aware this is a very heavy beast – at least 100 lbs.
Johnson tube type TR-SWITCH 250-39 Covers 1.8 – 30 Mc 4000 Watts Peak. Has not been used or
plugged in past 10 years – NEEDS RECAPPING, NEW RESISTORS first. Comparatively rare item
$60 + Shipping
Will do a package deal with Ranger and TR-Switch for $300 + Shipping.
Contact Bob Smits, VE7HS, 250-245-2553

VA7MPG Duties as BC Yukon Section Manager Ending 01 Nov 2014

My duties as Section Manger for the BC Yukon Section of the Radio Amateurs of Canada will come to an end November 1, 2014.

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