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 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.

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]

Two Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Payloads into Deep Space this Month

Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

The End of an Era - BBC Relay Station Site Handed Back to Seychelles

Tuesday November 18 marked the closure of an iconic chapter of Seychelles’ history, signalling the end of an era when information was much more difficult to come by. With much of Africa joining the internet and mobile phone revolution, the times of trying to glean information about happenings in the rest of the world on a crackly AM radio station have now passed by.

International Space Station Briefly “Ham-less” After Crew Members Return to Earth

The only two radio amateurs on the International Space Station (ISS) were among three crew members who returned to Earth on November 10, and another ham-astronaut won't arrive onboard the ISS until later this month. But an exciting 2015 appears to be in store.

Get ready for 'Frequency' - the series

Get ready to share the airwaves Tim Allen. The neighbors are buying a ham radio! Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, the lead character on the ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing". In the series Baxter is portrayed as having amateur radio as his hobby.

Old Sunspot Returns

Space Weather reports late last month, the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years crossed the face of the sun, blasting Earth's upper atmosphere with dozens of solar flares. Its name was AR2192, and now it's back. The old sunspot is emerging over the sun's southeastern limb following two weeks on the farside of the sun. See the website for a movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

Real-time Band Conditions Website

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual(real-time) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's.

Radio Amateurs of Canada Holds Line on Affiliated Club Insurance Prices

For well over a decade the Radio Amateurs of Canada has been seeking out insurance for members and affiliated amateur radio clubs. Many clubs view this service as one of the major benefits that RAC provides. From time to time RAC has gone to the market to find the best cost/benefit for its members. We are pleased to advise that through our broker AON we have new a carrier (Intact Insurance) and that costs will not increase for 2015. Currently insured clubs have received renewal forms and will be invoiced upon receipt of the forms by our office.

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.

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