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Free Christmas e-Cards for 2020 to anywhere from Wirral

from Simon our Secretary

You may not have noticed, but Christmas is now just 4 weeks away and closing in fast.

In the last 30+ years, Simon has been involved with the Wirral Scout and Guide Christmas Post which has raised a huge amount of money for many local Wirral charities.

This year, because of the Covid restrictions there is to be a BIG CHANGE to the Postal Scheme.  Sadly there is no way to run the usual labour intensive scheme, sorting over a hundred thousand cards in just 10 days AND getting them all delivered.

So, this year, the plan is to try something quite different .. they are offering the facility to send FREE e-cards, instead of the usual postal service, BUT, with your help they  would still like to raise as much money as they can to support the local Scout and Guide Groups as well as other local charities.

Please check out their website at https://www.wirralcharitypost.org  and see how easy it is to take part.

There is a facility to make a donation in support of the scheme when you send your e-cards which is simple to use.

This can be done by texting your donation BUT in the next few days they should also have Paypal and Just Giving up and running as well.

Most charities are desperate for financial help this year and so your contribution so your support will certainly be most welcome.

Please Help if you can.

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QSO Today - Rick Miller - N1RM

Sunday 29th November 2020

Rick Miller, N1RM’s ham radio story began at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and weaves its way through Russian submarine hunting to operating APRS on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, on a grand tour of the United States.

N1RM fills in all of the open spaces in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

 

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Chennai radio hams walk into cyclone

Sunday 29th November 2020

K.M. Devadas VU2DH and Aravind Balasubramanian VU2ABS played a big role in the establishment of amateur radio communication system by the Cuddalore district administration to tackle possible challenges arising from cyclone Nivar

The Hindu newspaper reports:  

For K.M. Devadas and Aravind Balasubramanian, the fourth week of November took an unexpected turn. ‘Turn’ is an understatement. ‘Twist’ is closer to the truth, as they would be walking into a cyclone. HAM enthusiasts, these residents of Chennai had accepted an invitation from the Cuddalore District Collectorate to set up HAM stations, both VHF and HF, across the district.

If Nivar proved overwhelming and all other communication systems failed, they would have to keep the messages flowing back and forth between the Collectorate in Cuddalore and six local administrative offices, including the block development offices in Kumaratchi and Parangipettai and the town panchayat office in Killai and the revenue divisional office in Cuddalore.


Read the full story at
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennai-hams-walk-into-nivar/article33202213.ece

BBC - Cyclone Nivar: Landfall triggers torrential downpours
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-55068379

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Shard building sends 'Thank You' in Morse code

Sunday 29th November 2020

The RSGB say they were asked to check the Morse code for the illuminations on the iconic Shard building in London. The display features the message "Thank You" in Morse

Illuminated with visual effects in shades of blue and white, this year’s display has been specially designed to show gratitude to all NHS staff and key workers who have worked tirelessly to keep the British public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. NHS workers from Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital were invited to switch on the show on Thursday, November 26.

Made up of 575 LED lights and fixtures across the top 20-storeys of The Shard (800ft to 1,016ft), Shard Lights is the highest light show in Western Europe.

Watch Shard Lights 2020 - Thank You

Read the RSGB Tweet
https://twitter.com/theRSGB/status/1332634058610892800

Shard Lights 2020
https://www.the-shard.com/shardlights/

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Ham College 71

Sunday 29th November 2020

Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 9.
E2C Operating methods: contest and DX operating, remote operation techniques, Cabrillo format, QSLing, RF network connected systems.
1:10:07

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EURAO Party - Autumn 2020: catching Christmas stations

Sunday 29th November 2020

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: " catching Christmas stations".

Remember this is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple 'rules', better to call them recommendations.

The party will be held the whole December (1-31), 2020, 00:00-24:00 UTC. Read more

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 28th November 2020

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

The other day I was adding an item to my to-do list. The purpose of this list is to keep track of the things in my life that I'm interested in investigating or need to do or get to finish a project. My to-do list is like those of most of my fellow travellers, unending, unrelenting and never completed. As I tick off a completed item, three more get added and the list grows.

Given some spare time and to be honest, who has that, I am just as likely to find an item on my to-do list that was put there yesterday as an item that was put there 10 years ago. Seriously, as I migrate from platform to platform, my to-do list comes with me and it still has items on it that haven't been done in a decade, let alone describe what project it was for.

Of course I could just delete items older than x, but deciding what x should be is a challenge that I'm not yet willing to attack.

Anyway, I was adding an item to the list when I remembered seeing something interesting on the shed wall of a fellow amateur. There were two pieces of printed paper with a list of to-do items on it. Looking pretty much like my to-do list, except for one salient detail.

Each to-do list was for a different project.

At the time I spotted it I smiled quietly to myself and thought, yep, keeping track is getting harder for everyone.

Bubbling away in the back of my mind this notion of a to-do list for a single project kept nagging at me. Yesterday it occurred to me why it was nagging.

If you have a to-do list for every project then once the project is done, the to-do list is done. Not only that, the items on a project to-do list don't really grow in the same way as an unconstrained to-do list does.

It also has a few other benefits.

The sense of satisfaction towards completing a project is amplified as each item is ticked off and ultimately the project is done.

I'm sure that project managers already know this, might even have a name and a process for it. No doubt there are aspects that I've not considered, like for example, the never ending range of projects or the trap of a miscellaneous catch-all project, but I'll cross those bridges when I run into them.

As of right now, this gives me an improvement on my stifling life to-do list and it brings great satisfaction when I can tick off a whole project.

No doubt you've gotten to this point wondering what this has to do with amateur radio?

If it hasn't occurred to you, consider what's involved into setting up a portable power supply for when you activate on a field-day, what you need do to get logging working, what needs to happen to get ready for a contest, what you need to do when you're selecting your next radio, how you're going to prepare for the park activation next week and so-on.

If you have insights into this, feel free to get in touch. cq@vk6flab.com is my address. Speaking of me, did you know that "Foundations of Amateur Radio" is a weekly podcast and that we're up to episode 285? If you haven't already and you're itching to get your hands on even more content, before episode 1 there was another podcast, "What use is an F-call?"

It has 206 episodes and other than the name and my youthful self, the content is more amateur radio. If I've done everything right there won't be much in the way of overlap in those 491 episodes, other than the same unrelenting quest for new and exciting things to do with Amateur Radio, but then you already knew that.

Now where's my podcast to-do list?

* Tell you about "What use is an F-call?", tick. * Tell you that I'm nearly at 500 episodes, tick. * Finish recording this episode, tick.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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FCC takes action against marketing of unauthorized transceivers

Saturday 28th November 2020

On November 24 FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) issued a citation and order concerning the illegal marketing of unauthorized radio frequency devices

The citation says:

This CITATION AND ORDER (Citation), notifies Rugged Race Products, Inc. d/b/a
Rugged Radios (Rugged Radios or Company) that it unlawfully marketed six models of radio frequency devices that (a) operated outside the scope of their respective equipment authorization, or without any equipment authorization; (b) permitted any operator to program and transmit on new frequencies using the device’s external operation controls; and (c) lacked the appropriate labeling. Specifically, Rugged Radios marketed models RH5R-V2, RM25R, RM25R-WP, RM50R, RM60-V, and RM100 in violation of section 302(b) of the Communications Act, as amended (Act), and sections 2.803(b), 2.925(a)(1), 80.203(a), 90.203(a), 90.203(e), 95.361(a), and 95.391 of the Commission’s rules.

Read the Citation and Order at
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-1395A1.pdf

Source FCC Enforcement Bureau
https://www.fcc.gov/enforcement

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How to install a PL259 on RG58 coax

Saturday 28th November 2020

In this video Ria Jairman N2RJ explains how to install a PL259 on RG58 coax and looks at Wifi connectors, SMA and TNC F connectors and why we use them in ham radio

Subscribe to learn more about ham radio and electronics! New videos 2-3x/week.

00:00 - Pre-intro
00:30 - Intro graphic
00:40 - Introduction and shout-outs
01:36 - Installing RG-58 on PL259
03:37 - Wifi antenna connectors and polarity
10:43 - F connector in ham radio
16:54 - Next topic preview
17:23 - End card

Watch Ham radio coaxial connectors - RG58, SMA, TNC, F

See Ria's other amateur radio videos on her YouTube channel at
https://www.youtube.com/c/RiaJairam/videos

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TF3YOTA on the air in December

Saturday 28th November 2020

Iceland's national amateur radio society IRA reports TF3YOTA will be active from December 1 for Youngsters On The Air month

A translation of the IRA post reads:

Call signs with the suffix "YOTA" will be prominent on the bands in December. ÍRA has participated in the event from the beginning (2018) with the operation of the call sign TF3YOTA

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ youth representative of ÍRA, will launch TF3YOTA from Skeljanes as early as December 1st and start with connections via the OSCAR-100 satellite. She will also be QRV at 20 meters SSB this month.

The YOTA project Youngsters On The Air runs in December every year and is intended to increase young people's interest in amateur radio.

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ is the initiator of our participation in the project and is also the company's YOTA project manager together with Árni Frey Rúnarsson TF8RN.

Source IRA
https://tinyurl.com/IcelandIRA

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 28th November 2020

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd November, through Friday, 27th Nov there were 214 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later"

OPDX

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QSO Today - Episode 001 - Arie Kleingold - PA3A

Friday 27th November 2020

Arie Kleingold, PA3A, came to my attention because of his DXpeditions, through Mercy Ships, hospital ships, off the coast of Africa. In this QSO, Arie tells us his ham radio story beginning with his stint in the Merchant Marine to the present.

Listen to the podcast

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Special call signs in Belgium during the second lockdown period

Friday 27th November 2020

Due to the recent stricter COVID-19 measures, many radio amateurs will be forced to spend most of the following weeks at home again. Many are obliged to telework.

Teleworking is definitely becoming the new standard for several employees. COVID-19 has accelerated teleworking for almost all companies.

At the request of the Royal Union of Belgian Radio Amateurs (UBA), the BIPT has decided to once again grant permission to apply for customised special call signs. These appropriate special call signs may be used at the home address of radio amateurs. The conditions are the same as during the first lockdown in spring.

CONDITIONS

- The exceptional conditions apply to special call signs with an encouraging. Radio amateurs are allowed to re-request the special call sign obtained during the first lockdown.
- The special call signs can be requested for the period ending on 13 December 2020. In the event of an extension of the stricter COVID-19 measures, the BIPT can decide to extend the validity period.
- Call signs may exceptionally be used at the home address of radio amateurs. This also applies to holders of a class B and C license (ON2, ON3). However, with the restriction that the special call sign may only be used in accordance with the conditions of the own license (frequencies, transmission power, modes).
- The special call signs may be used simultaneously by several radio amateurs, but not by two (or more) radio amateurs simultaneously on the same band. The person responsible for the respective club station must ensure the necessary coordination to avoid concurrent use on the same band.
- The costs for applying for the special call sign are borne by the UBA.


Use the HamAlert app.

HamAlert is a system that makes it possible for radio amateurs to receive notifications when a certain pre-selected radio amateur station appears on the Reverse Beacon Network, the SOTAwatch, the DX cluster or on PSK Reporter.

See: https://hamalert.org/triggers

The HamAlert app notifies you in a flash of special call signs without having to constantly keep an eye on the DX-Cluster. Thanks to the HamAlert app, you get the spots on your smartphone while you are busy with other things.
 

Belgian amateurs activate the following special event callsigns to remind everyone of Covid-19 restrictions and express gratefulness to medical personnel:
OS2HOPE, OT5ALIVE, OT4CARE, OR20STAYHOME, OT6SAFE, OP19MSF, OQ5BECLEVER, OR6LIFE, OO4UZLEUVEN, and OT2CARE. 

For QSL information see QRZ.com.

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Ham radio contact spurred South Pole visit

Friday 27th November 2020

Forbes magazine describes how an amateur radio contact with the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole spurred Jim Clash WA3JID to travel there and operate the ham radio station

The article describes the contact in the early 1970s that changed his life:

I was a 15-year-old in Laurel, MD, when I obtained my general-class FCC license, which allowed me to transmit with 1,000 watts on select frequencies. I spent many an hour on my radio - between homework, sleep and my Baltimore Sun paper route - chatting with hams in countries all over the world, including Australia, the Seychelles Islands, Japan, Mozambique - even the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Late one night, when I was on the 14-MHz frequency band, my life changed. A ham operator in Antarctica poked weakly through the static. Upon a closer listen, it was clear that not only was he in Antarctica, but at the Amundsen-Scott Station on the geographic South Pole. My heart skipped a few beats. The South Pole! That was about as wild and remote a place as my teenage imagination could conjure up.

Read the article at
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2020/11/23/south-pole-radio-contact-spurs-visit-to-the-bottom-of-the-world/?sh=5593f39637c3

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German Gov recognizes importance of Electromagnetic compatibility

Friday 27th November 2020

DARC report that Germany's Federal Government recognizes the importance of Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in the development of microelectronics

A translation of the DARC post reads:

In a current briefing, the Federal Government explains its future goals in the context of the development of microelectronics and their making available on the market. It is particularly interesting that the aspects related to EMC and safety are also given consideration. The Federal Government's Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2021 to 2024, Microelectronics - Trustworthy and Sustainable - For Germany and Europe "was published on November 24th as Federal Print 19/24557.

On page 13 it says literally: "Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) specifically for high-frequency electronics denotes the ability to develop a technical device or an individual circuit so that other circuits in the same device and other devices are not influenced by undesired electrical or electromagnetic effects. The unwanted reciprocal influencing of electronic systems is not only a question of technology and law, but also one of security ”. Kurt Meerkötter, DL8DMA, drew attention to this particular passage.

Background: The information given to the Federal Government is of particular interest against the background of electronics manufacturing in Germany and its EMC aspects. The Round Table for Amateur Radio (RTA) and its member associations have long been calling for an improvement in the electromagnetic compatibility situation in their constant publications and demands. Now the federal government is also pointing out that the "... growing importance of electronics ... major challenges ..." arise. It goes on to say: “In the area of microelectronics and electronic systems, Germany and Europe are intensively involved in global value chains and partnerships…”… “And we have to be able to respond flexibly to challenges through our own, economical microelectronics production in Germany and Europe to react in the global supply chains."

It is also significant that, due to the current situation, the federal government attaches great importance to having its own production facility in Germany. Finally, on pages 9 and 13 of the Bundestag printed paper [1], you will find the information and requirements on electromagnetic compatibility. In this context, it is to be welcomed that the security aspect is now also becoming important to politics. The only criticism from our point of view is that the electromagnetic compatibility and with it the safe communication not only of the amateur radio, but also of the safety-relevant radio services of rescue vehicles, police, fire brigade, THW, Bundeswehr, Deutsche Bahn, road maintenance service, and many others are dependent on interference-free Communication. Bertram Heßler, DG2FDE, and Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG report on this.

[1] Read the Bundestag paper at
https://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/245/1924557.pdf

Source DARC
https://darc.de/

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U.S. postal stoppage

Friday 27th November 2020

The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suspension Due to Foreign Postal Operator Service Suspension
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Libya Madagascar Panama Turkmenistan

 

Suspension Due to Unavailability of Transportation
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Angola Guadeloupe Republic of Congo South Sudan
Brunei Liberia Reunion (Bourbon) Tajikistan
Chad Martinique St. Pierre & Miquelon Timor-Leste
Cuba Mauritius Seychelles Yemen
French Guiana Niger Sierra Leone

Customers: Please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed above, until further notice.

For more details, see:
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm

OPDX

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Discussion point

Friday 27th November 2020

Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.

How sad is it that the ACMA had to post a request to the Amateur Community to use courteous behaviour when they are in contact with the Australian Maritime College. The naughty child aspect is reinforced with the threat of recurrence of poor behaviour being reported to the ACMA, itself.

I and the majority of amateurs will heartily agree with the request as normal behaviour is that of using manners. It is a matter of respect to another person that we are polite in our speech and manner. The punk era was a part of the youth rebellion of 40 odd years ago and whereas there may have been humour in TV programs such as The Young Ones (some of which is available on Youtube) the style of behaviour today has left that type of crudity behind.

I can only ask that we all follow the Amateurs Code in our behaviour and we are courteous and respectful in our dealings with other people.

I'm Geoff Emery and thats what I think.how about you?

( Geoff's complete "thought piece" is available in the VK4 local news and can be heard world wide right now on
www.wiaq.org.au/ftp/vk4_qnews_64.mp3

Ed. VK4BB )

WIA

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Afghanistan operation

Friday 27th November 2020

Robert, S53R, who has been active from Kabul since early September 2019 and will be there for another year, has been active as T6AA and T6A during major contests.

He is there working for the World Food Program (WFP). QSL via his home callsign or LoTW. He posted the following on QRZ.com about his low band activity:
Unfortunately, I have to report that the QRM from many different sources at my QTH now makes 160m operation next to impossible. While it was already very bad during the last season, it has now gone beyond repair.

I have installed 3 different RX systems, to no avail. The last nail in the coffin was the installation of an array of large LED flood lights.
The whole spectrum is affected, but 160 at the bottom and 10 & 6m at the other end, are worst off.

I will continue trying, although I'm afraid the best times for these bands, for as much as they were, are gone.

OPDX

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Alaskan repeater network affected

Thursday 26th November 2020

Alaskan broadcast station KNOM (780 AM 96.1 FM) reports ‘Miscommunication’ between the FAA and SPARC led to an amateur radio network being shut down

The broadcaster says:

For the last two months, since at least Sept 18 , Nome’s HAM Radio network has been inactive. The regional HAM Radio club is working to fix the issue that shut them down, even though they didn’t cause the equipment to fail.

The Seward Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, also known as SPARC, is headed up by Wesley Perkins KL0FM of Nome. Perkins says he first noticed something was wrong with their equipment at one of their repeater sites, a few miles outside of town, around the 18th of September.

SPARC operates about a half dozen receivers across the Seward Peninsula, along with a hub receiver in downtown Nome. Perkins says the majority of these operate on solar power, and the one, located at the aeronautical Very high frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) site, will also be switching over to that natural power source soon.

According to Perkins, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) used to own the outer marker building at the VOR site just outside of Nome. But within the last decade, the FAA abandoned the site and transferred ownership of the building to SPARC.

The FAA confirmed with KNOM via email that the agency no longer owns or maintains the outer marker building, and that responsibility was given to SPARC.

Read the full KNOM story at
https://www.knom.org/wp/blog/2020/11/24/miscommunication-between-faa-and-sparc-leads-to-ham-radio-network-shut-down/

Seward Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)
http://www.sparcnome.com/

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60m in Australia

Thursday 26th November 2020

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) reports information from regulator ACMA that a decision on 60m in Australia is expected in December 2020

https://vkradioamateurs.org/acma-advise-60m-decision-expected-in-december-2020/#:~:text=ACMA%20advise
%20that%20a%20decision,
be%20made%20in%20December%202020
.

Paul Gaskell G4MWO
Editor
The 5 MHz Newsletter

You can find the latest edition freely available at any time at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/koz6msf74mtk76t/5%20MHz%20
Newsletter.pdf?dl=0

and the Newsletter Archive is at
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9si2gq8dnz73uy9/AACCZty4t4wQa
F1mot3cA3d9a?dl=0

plus G4MWO’s Worldwide 5 MHz Amateur Allocations Chart
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dhapwdfqyaraxh2/5%20MHz%20WW%
20Amateur%20Allocations%20
Chart%20%28%20c%29%20G4MWO.xls?dl=0

Wikipedia 60 Meter Band Page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60-meter_band

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Episode 000 - Eric Guth - 4Z1UG / WA6IGR

Thursday 26th November 2020

As the producer and creator of QSO Today, I wanted to make a pre-episode, called 000, to introduce myself, this podcast and blog. I want to share with you my ham radio story. A QSO, however, is a conversation between hams.

That is why Episode 001 will be the first of many conversations that I will have with hams who have a story to tell. Stay tuned to my QSO Today Podcast.

Click  here

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Amateur radio on BBC Radio Essex

Thursday 26th November 2020

On Tuesday, November 24, CB and amateur radio featured in Sonia Watson's popular Breakfast show on BBC Radio Essex

Among those interviewed was the Chair of Essex Ham, Pete M0PSX, who talked about the resurgence of interest in amateur radio.

Listen to the interview at 1:38:20 in this recording
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08xv7dv

You can find out more about amateur radio and the free Essex Ham Foundation Online training course at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

You can follow Essex Ham on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/EssexHam

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December YOTA Month activity – DYM 2020

Thursday 26th November 2020

IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Philipp DK6SP writes about the upcoming Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) activity month

On the IARU-R1 site he writes:

The entire month of December, several youngsters under the age of 26 will become active with YOTA as a suffix in the callsign. The idea behind this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves.

Usually you hear YOTA stations on air from our summer and subregional camps throughout the year. This season has been an exception. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all our camps and events had to be cancelled. Therefore, nearly no possibilities were left to hear YOTA stations on the bands.

Hence, we as Team YOTA want to show the world that the youngsters still want and can be active on the bands during this difficult time. Help your local youngsters to get on the air throughout the December YOTA Month following your national health guidelines. Either you are a supporting elmer or under 26 years yourself, contact your society’s youth coordinator to be active with your national YOTA callsign. If your society did not apply for one yet, feel free to encourage them to do so of course. It will be a pleasure to work a lot of new youngsters on the bands!

Every ham radio operator can support the youth worldwide! By making a QSO with them, they can improve their skills on air and learn more about geography and ham radio abbreviations among others. The youngsters will be happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

As every year, there is again an award program available. Work as many YOTA stations on as many bands and modes as possible and be eligible for your Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum award for free. This program promotes the radio activity on the air waves and shows that there is and will be activity in the future.

For more information about the award rules visit
http://events.ham-yota.com/

Source IARU-R1  
https://www.iaru-r1.org/2020/december-yota-month-activity-dym-2020/

Follow Youngsters On The Air on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/hamyota

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Little green cannonballs of light

Thursday 26th November 2020

Researchers and citizen scientists have just discovered a new phenomenon: "Little green cannonballs of light" streaking through the atmosphere faster than 1000 mph during some geomagnetic storms. And they're not auroras.

Visit today's edition of  Spaceweather.com for the full story.

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   The American Radio Relay League's
round-up of the forthcoming week's DX
activity on the amateur radio bands

Thursday 26th November 2020

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KD7WPJ, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Marko, N5ZO and Oliver, W6NV are QRV as 8Q7ZO and 8Q7NV, respectively, until December 2. They will be active as 8Q7ZO in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL 8Q7ZO direct via OH0XX and 8Q7NV direct to home call.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Saty, JE1JKL is QRV as 9M6NA during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters. QSL via LoTW.

CUBA, CO. Members of the Radio Club de Caibarien are QRV as T46W until December 29 to commemorate the first transmissions 100 years ago by the Cuban radio pioneer Manolin Alvarez. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station EF42C will be QRV from November 28 to December 13 to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. QSL via EB5R.

GUERNSEY, GU. Bob, GU4YOX will be QRV in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest on 40 meters. QSL via bureau. In addition, look for Dick, GU4CHY to be QRV in the contest on 20 meters. QSL direct to home call.

ITALY, I. Raf, IH9YMC will be QRV from Pantelleria Island, IOTA AF-018, during the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

ST. VINCENT, J8. Oleh, UR5BCP is QRV as J8/UR5BCP until November 28. Activity is on the higher HF bands using mainly digital modes. This includes some limited activity in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via KD7WPJ.

JAN MAYEN, JX. Erik, LA2US is QRV as JX2US until the end of March, 2021. Activity is on 160 to 12 meters using CW and FT8 in DXpedition mode. QSL to home call.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Daniel, K8RF will be QRV as NP2J in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest on 160 meters. QSL direct to home call.

FINLAND, OH. Members of the Market Reef DX Association will be QRV as OG1XMAS from November 29 to December 26. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via LoTW.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Juha, OH2N, Kari, OH2XX, Jukka, OH6DD and Tomi, OH6EI plan to be QRV as OH0Z in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest
QSL via W0MM.

ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD is QRV as P40W until December 1. Activity is on 30, 17 and 12 meters as time permits. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via N2MM.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event stations PA20XMAS, PB20CLAUS and PD20SANTA will be QRV during December. QSL via LoTW.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Martin, DL6KR plans to be QRV as PJ4/DL6KR in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. Operators DL3KMS, DL1COP and DC7MO are QRV as PJ4/homecalls until November 29. QSL to home calls.

SWEDEN, SM. Lars, SM3EAE and Goran, SM5SIC will be QRV as SI9AM in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. This will be the last activity from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society Visitor's station. QSL via SM3FJF.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Jim, K4QPL will be QRV as VP5M in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Look for YB0ECT to be QRV in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest on 20 meters. QSL via W2FB. In addition, Yohanes, YB2DX plans to be QRV in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest as an All Band entry. QSL direct to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Geoff, ZL3GA, Paul, ZL4TT and Phil, ZL3PAH will be QRV as ZL3X in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

PARAGUAY, ZP. Manu, ZP9MCE plans to be QRV in the CQ World Wide DX CW contest with a focus on the low bands. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL EME Contest, CQ Worldwide DX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint and RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The OK1WC Memorial, QCX CW Challenge and K1USN Slow Speed Test are scheduled for November 30.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest and QCX CW Challenge are scheduled for December 1.

Please see November QST, page 74, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Australian radio amateurs reminded about respect and basic courtesy

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Communications regulator, the ACMA, has asked Australian radio amateurs not to use threats, abuse or offensive language when contacting staff at the AMC which deals with callsigns

In Australia the contract for running amateur radio exams and managing amateur radio callsigns was won by an organisation called AMC (Australian Maritime College) and in February 2019 they took over the role from national amateur radio organisation the WIA.  

At the end of July 2020 the ACMA announced an end to the unwieldy and unpopular 7 character Foundation amateur radio callsigns and told the thousands of amateurs holding these calls they could apply for a standard 6 character callsign instead. Additionally the state/territory identifiers were abolished and Standard and Advanced licensees were allowed to apply for any available 6 character callsign.

In September the ACMA said radio amateurs could apply for short contest callsigns, this of course added to the workload.

All these long awaited changes were good but with them coming all at once the AMC was completely unable to handle the work and were swamped.
By November radio amateurs were reporting it could take almost 3 months for a request to be processed and there were also delays for exam results, see https://www.ahrdf.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=1005&pid=4346

The ACMA announcement of November 24, 2020, says:

A reminder about respect and basic courtesy

We understand that recently there have been delays in the AMC processing callsign applications, which have been caused by factors out of the AMC’s control.

While this can be frustrating, we have been disappointed to hear reports of rude and disrespectful behaviour from people in the amateur community toward AMC staff.

AMC staff undertake their work with a high level of professionalism and deserve the same respect that we all do for doing our job. It’s never OK to take your frustration out on others.

This behaviour also reflects negatively on the entire amateur community, so if you know anyone demonstrating this behaviour, call it out. Nobody in the workforce should be treated rudely for simply doing their job.

When contacting AMC staff, remember to:

• treat others as you would like to be treated
• be cooperative and respectful
• use an appropriate speaking level and tone
• never use threats, abuse or offensive language.

If communication is not respectful and courteous, AMC staff have the right to terminate the conversation and record a note of the interaction. Repeated or ongoing disrespectful behaviour will be reported to the ACMA.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.


AMC Callsign page
https://www.amc.edu.au/industry/amateur-radio/callsigns

Feb 2019 WIA hands-over exams to UTAS/AMC
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/february/wia-hands-over-exams-to-utas-amc.htm

July 2020 Call sign changes in Australia
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2020/august/call-sign-changes-in-australia.htm

Aug 2020 Long delays as Australian hams swap call signs
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2020/august/long-delays-as-australian-foundation-hams-swap-call-signs.htm

Sept 2020 Australian amateurs get 2 x 1 contest callsigns
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/september/australian-amateurs-get-2x1-contest-callsigns.htm

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Was the C&G RAE easier than today’s amateur radio exams?

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Essex Ham looks at the old City and Guilds Radio Amateurs Exam and compares it to today's 3-tier system

They note:
• 52% of the RAE exam would be covered off in today’s Foundation
• 34% would today be classed as Intermediate
• 14%, mostly electronics theory, would fall under “Full”

Read the Essex Ham article at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/rae-exam-reviewed.html

You can find out more about the free Essex Ham Foundation Online training course and register to join at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

You can follow Essex Ham on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/EssexHam

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Guidelines for operating a multi-station special event

Wednesday 25th November 2020

By Dr. Michael K. Gauthier, K6ICS

Introduction --
It's always fun to work a special event where there is more than one callsign, or the same callsign on several bands, required to receive an award. For the award seeker, this brings out the excitement of the chase. But many times, this excitement turns to frustration and disgust when it is found that all the required contacts are not reasonably available or even worse, they are not even on the air. Having been a ham since 1954, I have participated in many special events as both the award seeker and as the event operator. I have seen these problems too many times. Fighting unexpected mishaps, band conditions, QSB, QRN, and QRM is normal. Not having the special event stations working at their best is tragic.

The Problem --
As an example of the problem, there are 5 stations to contact, over a 10-day period. You have worked 3 and realize that the other 2 you have not heard. Checking DX Summit and other spotting web sites you find that the 4th station you need has been on 160 meter SSB and 80 meter FT8 for about 4 hours over the past 4-days. When you check out the 5th station, you find no record of them even being on the air. RATS! That makes you feel good. What a waste of time.

Pre-Event Analysis --
* Do you have an event e-mail contact? Review e-mails several times
* Do you have a website? Does it contain ALL special event information?
* Review the rules and regulations of your event and award(s).
* What is the time period over which the special event will take place? Does it conflict with other events?
* Planning the bands, modes, and times which will be best for the maximum number of contestants.
* When event stations operators can only operate limited times or bands. Add additional station(s) to cover open bands, modes, and times.
* Do you have backup operators?
* Emergencies: Power failures, equipment failures, operator illness, and other problems.
* After the event starts you need to fine tune your analysis, based on current operating conditions.
* Post-event QSLs and Award Certificates. Logging and reporting contacts. QSLs, Awards processing, and Delivery. "Not in Log" and other problems.

Recommendations --
* Use the "most active" bands: 80 Night, 40 Night/Day, 20 Day. Other bands as open.
* Multiple stations using the same call on different bands and modes, at the same time.
* Use all bands/modes, unless it is a single band/mode event.
* Publish typical operating schedule so the stations can be more easily found.
* Suggest award seekers list contacts on DX Summit and other spotting sites.
* Process all QSLs and award certificates rapidly.
* KISS - Keep it Simple Stupid.

Notes -
Be aware of band limits for all operators. Novices and Technicians are limited to CW only on a portion of 80, 40, and 15 meters. On 10 meters they do have CW, Digital, and SSB, but only a small portion of the band. General and Advanced classes have their own operating limits. Other countries have their own band limits.

OPDX

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RadioShack to be reborn

Wednesday 25th November 2020

The good news is that as of today RadioShack has officially been purchased by Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV), giving the troubled company a new lease on life.

The downside, at least for folks like us, is that there are no immediate plans to return the iconic electronics retailer to its brick-and-mortar roots.

As the name implies, REV specializes in online retail, having previously revamped the Internet presence of other bankrupt businesses such as Pier 1 Imports and Dressbarn.

While the press release doesn’t outright preclude the possibility of new physical RadioShack locations, it’s clear that REV believes the future of retail isn’t to be found in your local strip mall. As the US mulls further lockdowns in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to disagree. There will be millions of bored kids and adults looking for something to do during the long winter nights, and an electronic kit or two shipped to their door might be just the thing.

Read the full story
https://hackaday.com/2020/11/19/radioshack-to-be-reborn-as-online-first-retailer/

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Israel special event

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Members of the 'Holy land DX Group' will operate from the heart of Tel Beersheba's site between December 25-26th, 2020, using the callsign 4X7T.

Operators Ruben/4Z5FI, Mark/4Z4KX, Ros/ 4Z5LA, Yuli/4X6HP, Valdimir/4Z5IW, Alex/4Z4AK, Amir/4X6YA, Arthur/4X1MM and Jan/4X1VF will operate from the site which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site (https://www.biblewalks.com/telbeersheba).

The team will start on Friday, December 25th at 0800 UTC, and end on Saturday, December 26th at 1300 UTC. They will have 3 running stations on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT-8. Reference numbers are: Holy Land Square - F23BS and WFF - 4XFF-035.

QSL Manager is Ros, 4Z5LA

OPDX

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RSGB release Board Proceedings for October 17

Wednesday 25th November 2020

The RSGB has released proceedings for the October 17 Board meeting which discussed Amateur Radio Exam Fees

Members can read the RSGB Board proceedings at
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/board-proceedings-and-reports/

You can join the RSGB online at
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_
Join_the_RSGB_22.html


RSGB membership is free to licensed UK amateurs under the age of 21 or aged 21-25 and in full time education
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/PDF/join_us_
form_junior.pdf

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

IOTA QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AF-018; IH9, Pantelleria Island: Raf/IH9YMC operates the CQ WW contest from Pantelleria Island (AF-018). QSL via LoTW, eQSL.

EU-002; OH0, Aland Islands: Juha/OH2N, Kari/OH2XX, Jukka/OH6DD, and Tomi/OH6EI plan to operate the contest together as OH0Z. QSL via W0MM, LoTW, ClubLog.

EU-022; JX, Jan Mayen Island: Erik/LA2US remains active as JX2US until the end of March on 160-12m on CW and FT8 (F/H mode). QSL via LA2US (d/B), ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

NA-021; 8P, Barbados: Charles/8P6ET joins the contest as 8P1W on all bands. QSL via KU9C (d/B).

SA-006; PJ4, Bonaire Island: Jeff/KU8E operates the contest as PJ4/KU8E on 20, 15, and 10m. John/K4BAI signs PJ4A on 40m. Both operate remotely. QSL for both calls via K4BAI (d/B).

SA-006; PJ4, Bonaire Island: Martin/DL6KR plans to operate from PJ4DX's shack during the contest as PJ4/DL6KR. DL3KMS, DL1COP, and DC7MO will all be signing PJ4/homecalls until Nov. 29 from Bonaire. QSL via homecalls (d/B), ClubLog.

SA-036; P4, Aruba Island: John/W2GD will be active as P40W in the CQ WW contest. QSL via N2MM.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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40 MHz in UK 'unlikely'

Tuesday 24th November 2020

The EI7GL blog reports in a response to an informal query, Ofcom indicated to the Royal Society of Great Britain (RSGB) that an allocation at 40 MHz for radio amateurs in the near future was unlikely

Read EI7GL's post at
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2020/11/radio-amateurs-in-uk-unlikely-to-get-40.html

In 2018 ComReg granted amateurs in Eire access to almost all the spectrum between 30 and 70.5 MHz but unfortunately other national regulators have yet to follow ComReg's good example.

The extensive VHF amateur allocation in Eire can be seen in:
https://www.comreg.ie/publication-download/amateur-station-licence-guidelines

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National Amateur Radio Day resolution introduced into Congress

Tuesday 24th November 2020

ARRL reports 12-year-old Raymond, N7KCB, asked Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona to introduce a resolution into Congress designating April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day

The League says:

US Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona has introduced a resolution designating April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day, to recognize the important contributions of amateur radio operators

“Amateur radio operators are critical in times of crisis and our communities are safer thanks to their dedication to sharing important information with the public,” Lesko said. She was approached to introduce the resolution by 12-year-old Raymond, N7KCB, from Peoria, Arizona.

“I started Long Distance Responders so I can help prepare the community for emergencies with amateur radio,”
said Raymond. “There might be a price for a radio, but the ability and knowledge to help someone is truly priceless.”

As Lesko’s resolution notes, World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is celebrated annually on April 18 to commemorate the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925, and she said her resolution recognizes the amateur radio community with a national day in the United States in 2021. The resolution cites the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) for providing “invaluable emergency communications services following recent natural disasters, including but not limited to helping coordinate disaster relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Maria and other extreme weather disasters.”

Read the resolution at
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/1201/text

Long Distance Responders
https://www.hamresponder.com/

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/arizona-congresswoman-introduces-national-amateur-radio-operators-day-resolution

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LABRE responds to ANATEL's amateur radio consultation

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE has responded to the ANATEL Public Consultation 65 (CP65) that had proposed abolishing amateur radio exams

In the response LABRE say they:

1) REJECT proposals to end exams for COER (amateur radio operator certificate) and / or replacement by presentation of titles or automatic progression over the term, and propose the maintenance and updating of exam content for enrolment and promotion of amateur radio service, following the recommendations of CITEL and ITU for alignment with other international bodies.

2) REJECT proposals to end rules for the formation of indicators by state and end the special indicator, and PROPOSE the maintenance of groups of call signs, including special ones, maintaining the groupingby regions.

3) PROPOSE the revision of Resolution 449 with a view to simplifying and modernizing it.

4) CONSOLIDATE the payment of the various fees for joining amateur radio in a single billet.

5) DEBUROCRATIZE and SIMPLIFY the necessary steps to obtain COER and of the amateur radio station license after passing the exams

The full response is at
http://labre.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CP65-LABRE.pdf

LABRE
https://tinyurl.com/BrazilLABRE

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Huge new sunspot

Tuesday 24th November 2020

A new sunspot several times wider than Earth is rotating over the sun's eastern limb today.

This brings the sunspot count to its highest level in years, and more sunspots appear to be in the offing.

Solar Cycle 25 is clearly gaining steam.

For the full story, visit today's edition of  Spaceweather.com.

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G0KSC Antenna modelling YouTube Channel

Monday 23rd November 2020

Justin Johnson G0KSC inventor of the  LFA (Loop Fed Array) Yagi and BOLPA (Band Optimised Log Periodic Array) Log Periodic antennas amongst others, has added a new YouTube channel to help Hams become proficient in Antenna Modelling.

‘A long time has passed since we could build a radio as good as any top end product we can buy but this is still not the case when it comes to Antennas’ says Justin. ‘There are three types of Hams out there in my opinion, those that will always buy antennas. Those that will always build there own and those that will do whatever is easiest.

This new YouTube channel will provide a set of visual tutorials that will guide the user through antennas modelling packages. We have started a series on exploring EZNEC and will move through 4NEC2, MMANA-gal and on to more sophisticated packages such as Ansys HFSS.’ He went on to say. ‘ Ham Radio is a hobby of experimentation and building antennas that work as good as any you can buy is still possible.

With this series of tutorials, it is hoped that the follower will be in a position where they can understand a little better how their antennas work, make adjustments to suit stacked and clustered antennas and perhaps make their own improvements and adjustments to designs too, before going on to produce their own antennas from software.’

Justin is encouraging ‘how to’ questions which will help shape the direction these tutorials take. You can subscribe to the channel through the link below and are encourage to view and get involved.

www.g0ksc.co.uk

www.innovantennas.com

G0KSC - Antenna Design, Build and Tuition - YouTube

EZNEC Introduction Part 1 - EZNEC Software versions - YouTube

EZNEC Antenna modelling part 2 - Opening and exploring Yagis - YouTube

EZNEC Modelling - Part 3 Yagi analysys and Dipole comparison - YouTube

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FT8 & FT4 Lecture video

Monday 23rd November 2020

In this video, Hilton Dean W4GHD gives us a great overview of the FT8 and FT4 digital sound card modes.

Note the spontaneous appearance of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when Ed Hudgens tells of his QRP adventures at the 32:16 mark in the video!

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ICQPodcast - Emergency Communications with Wade Smith, VK1MIC

Monday 23rd November 2020

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s features is an Interview with Wade, VK1MIC.

ICQ AMATEUR/HAM RADIO PODCAST DONORS

We would like to thank Peter Caffrey - WX6Z, Jack Haefner and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include: -

• 5G: Using Drones to Beam Signals from the Stratosphere
• Shortwave Radio Blackout
• Transmitting Morse Code via Raspberry Pi Ethernet RF Leakage
• 3000km plus Contact made on 433 MHz
• Get on the Air for Christmas Launched by the RSGB
• Christmas Special Event
• Low-Band Titan John Devoldere, ON4UN, SK

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from http://www.icqpodcast.com

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 23rd November 2020

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/November, through Sunday, 22nd/November there were
215 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9U, 9V, 9Y,

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL9, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later"

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 23rd November 2020

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between November 16-21st (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-007 D60AB COMORO 40/15/10m; CW
AF-014 CT3MD Porto Santo 160m; FT8
AF-017 CT9/DF3FS Madeira 17m; CW
AF-018 IH9YMC PANTELLERIA 15m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 15/10m; SSB
AF-024 S79KW INNER 20m; SSB/FT4/FT8
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 30m; FT8
AS-004 5B60AIX CYPRUS 17m; SSB
AS-007 JA1LSY HONSHU 20m; FT4
AS-007 JA2ATE HONSHU 20m; FT4
AS-007 JA3NHL HONSHU 10m; FT8
AS-007 JH1HDT HONSHU 40m; CW
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-012 JA6LCJ KYUSHU'S COASTAL 20m; FT4
AS-018 RT0F Sakhalin 40m; CW
AS-018 UA0FO Sakhalin 30m; FT8
AS-078 JA8COE HOKKAIDO 20m; SSB
EU-004 EA6BE BALEARIC 15m; FT8
EU-005 G2HFR GREAT BRITAIN 15m; SSB
EU-005 G4ZRZ GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-014 TK5JJ/P CORSICA 20m; FT8
EU-015 S52D CRETE 160m;
EU-015 SV9MBH CRETE 40m; CW
EU-015 SW9AA CRETE 20m; CW
EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 20/17m; CW/SSB
EU-024 IQ0AK SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IQ0NU SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-030 OZ8IE/P BORNHOLM 40m; SSB
EU-031 IC8HRG CAMPANIA REGION 17m; SSB
EU-049 SV8JNL NORTH AEGEAN 15m; FT8
EU-115 EI7HBB IRELAND 10m; SSB
EU-115 GI0BDX IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0AIH IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 MI0BHX IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-120 M0OPV ENGLISH COASTAL 40m; SSB
EU-171 OZ1JVX JYLLAND NORTH 17m; FT8
EU-175 CU3HN CENTRAL 20m; SSB
EU-181 LZ5WW BULGARIA 20m; FT4
NA-005 VP9GE BERMUDA 160m;
NA-016 ZF2MJ CAYMAN 40m; CW
NA-027 VO1FOG NEWFOUNDLAND 12m; SSB
NA-032 FP5AC ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON ISLANDS 17m; SSB
NA-040 NL0H St. Lawrence 40/20m; FT8
NA-099 WP4PRS Puerto Rico 20m; FT8
NA-099 WP4U Puerto Rico 12m; SSB
NA-101 J73WA DOMINICA 20m; FT8
NA-102 FG4SO GUADELOUPE 20m; SSB
NA-106 KP2M VIRGIN 20m; CW
OC-001 VK1HX Australia 15m; FT8
OC-001 VK20HOME Australia 15m; CW
OC-001 VK6RC Australia 15m; SSB
OC-013 E51JD RAROTONGA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1DNF Java 15m; SSB
OC-021 YB0IBM Java 15m; SSB
OC-028 V73NS RALIK CHAIN 17m; CW
OC-032 FK8HA NEW CALEDONIA 15m; FT8
OC-032 FK8IK NEW CALEDONIA 17m; CW
OC-034 P29LL NEW GUINEA 12/10m; FT8
OC-073 JG8NQJ/JD1 Minami Torishima 40m; CW
OC-088 9M6ZAE BORNEO 40/20m; CW
OC-088 V85AHV BORNEO 15m; SSB
OC-134 ZL3GAV SOUTH 20m; FT8
OC-134 ZL4TT SOUTH 20m; CW
OC-137 VK4DX/P Russell 40/30/20/15m; CW
OC-143 YB5QZ SUMATRA 30m; FT8
OC-148 YG9PBZ TIMOR 10m; FT8
SA-006 PJ4/DL6KR BONAIRE 12m; CW
SA-006 PJ4EL BONAIRE 15m; FT8
SA-011 9Z4AH TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 12m; FT8
SA-018 CD7CKU Chiloe 10m; FT8
SA-18 CE7VPQ Chiloe 15m; SSB
SA-026 PP5GTA SANTA CATARINA STATE CENTRE 80m; FT8
SA-055 LU8DDG BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE 20m; FT8

** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we
suggest is "IOTA#/Mode/Island or Group" (ex. OC-146/FT8/Celebes).

SA-055. Hernan, LU7EHR, will be active as LU7EHR/E from Martin Garcia
Island (ARLHS ARG-045, ARLHS ARG-152, LUFF-0064, WW Loc. GF05)
between December 5-8th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using
SSB (80/60/40m) and FT8. QSL via LU7EHR, LoTW or eQSL.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX, and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

OPDX

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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Thailand grid NK99 on QO-100 geostationary satellite

Sunday 22nd November 2020

During November 26-28 HS0AJ/P will be active on QO-100 and the other amateur radio satellites from Grid Square NK99 in Thailand

A post on the AMSAT Bulletin Board says:

The Thailand’s Amateur Radio Satellite group (AMSAT-HS) has requested permission to establish a temporary station (DX portable) with the northern office of the NBTC, Thailand’s regulator, in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son (grid  NK99) provinces in the north of Thailand during the period from November 26-28, 2020 to communicate via All LEO and MEO amateur radio satellites (including QO-100 NB) that pass over Thailand using the callsign HS0AJ/P of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.

Hence we would like to notify all radio amateurs who would [be] interested in contacting stations in Thailand on its northern border of this activity. Even if the angle is as low as 0 degrees please try to contact us. We hope to meet you on all satellites frequency then.

Operator by:
E21EJC KoB
HS1JAN NaN

73 All de Kob E21EJC and Tanan HS1JAN

Source AMSAT-BB
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2020-November/080313.html

QO-100 information
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

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Bright Comet Erasmus

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Newly-discovered Comet Erasmus (C/2020 S3) is plunging toward the sun for a December close encounter inside the orbit of Mercury.

Amateur astronomers report that the comet is rapidly brightening and has sprung a long tail.

Check today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story and observing tips.

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Radio hams help in case of man incarcerated 40 years without trial

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Radio amateurs from the West Bengal Radio Club helped trace the family of a man who'd been languishing in a Nepali jail without trial for the past 40 years

The Nepali Times newspaper says:

The mother of a Nepali man who has been languishing in a Kolkata jail without trial for the past 40 years has finally found out his whereabouts after efforts by journalists, lawyers and even amateur ham radio enthusiasts in India and Nepal.

Dipak Jaisi had been arrested in 1981 in Darjeeling and was moved to Dumdum Central Correctional Home near Kolkata 15 years ago, where a fire destroyed all records of inmates.  

Dipak Jaisi, who is now about 62, left his home in Ilam to find work in Darjeeling, but was arrested for an unknown crime. No one bothered to take the court process forward, he was left in jail in Darjeeling and later for some reason was transferred to Kolkata.

The story only came out when Dipak’s fellow inmate Radheshyam Das was released from the same detention facility in Dum Dum, and he told lawyers in Kolkata about a Nepali man in jail without trial. Das had first informed the Nepal Consulate in Kolkata about Dipak, but says the mission did not show any interest.

Then he approached ham radio operators at the West Bengal Radio Club which uses shortwave radio communications during disasters for information and relief. The Club’s Ambarish Das Biswas VU2JFA contacted ham radio contacts in Nepal, and then wrote to Nepal’s former Okhaldhunga High Court judge Bidur Bikram Thapa on 31 October to see if he could help trace Dipak’s family.

Read the full story at
https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/nepali-jailed-40-years-without-trial-in-kolkata/

West Bengal Radio Club
http://www.wbrc.in/
https://twitter.com/wbradioclub
https://www.facebook.com/Wbradioclub/

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SWL via WEB SDR and HS4

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Hello, I just start a new blog to share my SWL and also my listening of LW and MW via the WEB SDR of the Netherlands http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

I also listen to amateur radio on HamSphere 4.0 https://hs40.hamsphere.com/ I dont ask QSL cards, i like the WEB SDR because no QRM.

Also on HS4 no qrm. Yes if i have a place without QRM and if i can have a good antenna i prefer listening on a real RX but here near Paris France its imposible to receive good signal without QRM and have an antenna outside is very dificult. In the past i have a Kenwood R5000 and a long wire on the roof at 30 meter above the ground, 25 years ago no QRM from internet box, plasma TV and all these new technologies ... Yes propagation was better 40 years ago when i start CB radio, now solar activity is very low, many int radios have close, it was the good old time !!! They are many WEB SDR in Europe but many are only for listening amateur radios bands. The WEB SDR from the Netherlands is 150 HHz to 29.999 MHz and you can liste AM, SSB, FM. On HS4 we have a free directive antenna and its ok to listen to many exotics DXCC but wa cant ask for a QSL card as a SWL exept on 48 meter band. They is a BLACK FRIDAY soon on HS4 so maybe i will buy some big YAGI antenna for better reception !

If you want to visit my new blog please use this link https://hamspheref0duw.blogspot.com/2020/11/web-sdr-swl-mon-nouveau-blog.html

Thank you, have a good SWLing.
73 de Frank SWL F14368 ( also FØDUW on HS4 )
QTH Paris France

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Moscow Aviation Institute plans SSTV event from ISS

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Rodolfo Parisio, IW2BSF, reports that a Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) transmission event from the International Space Station is currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 1 starting at 12:30 UTC, ending at 18:25 UTC, and again on Wednesday, Dec. 2 starting at 11:50 UTC and ending at 18:25 UTC.

Listen for SSTV signals to be downlinked at 145.800 MHz +/- Doppler shift. The mode of transmission is expected to be PD 120. These times will allow for one pass over the Eastern USA near the end of the scheduled times.

Received images of reasonable quality can be posted at the ARISS SSTV Gallery at  https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

Future updates on this event will be posted @ARISS_status on Twitter.

Rodolfo Parisio, IW2BSF

ANS

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NanoVNA presentation by David Houser KG5RDF

Sunday 22nd November 2020

David Houser KG5RDF demonstrates how to use the $40 NanoVNA vector network analyzer. Recorded at the Cowtown Hamfest in the Forest Hill Convention Center, Forest Hill Tx. (Jan 18 2020)

The Cowtown Hamfest is operated by the Cowtown Amateur Radio Club in Fort Worth TX. These videos are part of our educational outreach program, to promote Amateur Radio and technology.

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SARL QSL Bureau

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Willem, ZS6X told SARL News that the SARL QSL Bureau is operational.
He goes to the NARC each Saturday to work in the bureau.

Willem further says that some Member Societies from around the world have notified the Bureau they are closed because of the pandemic.
And we are aware of the almost non-existent service of the SA Post Office in delivering mail.

Then Willem has received an enquiry from a Russian radio amateur about a QSO he had with ZS7ANT in the 1993/1994 operation from SANAE. The QSL manager was listed as ZS5UND. Can anybody provide Willem with information about who manages the QSLs for ZS7ANT?
He can be contacted on zs6wwj@gmail.com.

SARL

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 21st November 2020

When one WSPR receiver just isn't enough

The other day during a radio play date, highly recommended activity, getting together with friends, playing radio, seeing what you can learn, we were set-up in a park to do some testing. The idea was an extension on something that I've spoken about previously, using WSPR, Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, to test the capabilities of your station.

If you're not familiar with WSPR, it's a tool that uses your radio to receive digital signals from WSPR beacons across the radio spectrum. Your station receives a signal, decodes it and then reports what it heard to a central database. The same software can also be used to turn your station into a beacon, but in our case all we wanted was to receive.

If you leave the software running for a while you can hear stations across many bands all over the globe. You'll be able to learn what signal levels you can hear, in which direction and determine if there are any directions or bands that you can receive better than any other.

We set up this tool in a park using a laptop, a wire antenna and a radio running off a battery. In and of itself this is not particularly remarkable, it's something that has been done on a regular basis all over the globe, and it's something that I've been doing on-and-off for a few years.

What made this adventure different is that we were set-up portable about a kilometre up the road from the shack, whilst leaving the main WSPR receiver running with a permanent antenna.

This gave us two parallel streams of data from two receivers under our control, using different antennas in slightly different conditions, within the same grid-square, for the purpose of directly comparing the data between the two.

Over a couple of hours of data gathering we decoded 186 digital signals, pretty much evenly split between the two receivers. More importantly, the stations we heard were the same stations at the same time which gave us the ability to compare the two decoded signals to each other.

One of the aspects of using WSPR is that it decodes the information sent by a beacon. That information contains the transmitter power, the grid locator and the callsign. After the signal is decoded, the software calculates what the signal to noise ratio was of the information and records that, additionally giving you a distance and direction for each beacon for that particular transmission.

I created a chart that showed what the difference was between the two, plotted against the direction in which we heard the decode. This means that you can compare which antenna can hear what in which direction in direct comparison against the other.

In telling this story another friend pointed out that the same technique could be used to compare a horizontal vs. a vertical antenna, even compare multiple bands at the same time.

It looks like I might have to go and get myself a few more RTL-SDR dongles to do some more testing. If you don't have a spare device, there's also the option of comparing other WSPR stations that share a local grid square, so you can see what other people near you can hear and if you like, use it as an opportunity to investigate what antenna system they're using.

WSPR is a very interesting tool and putting it to use for more than just listening to a band is something that I'd recommend you consider. I've already created a stand-alone raspberry pi project which you can download from GitHub if you're itching to get started.

Thank you to Randall VK6WR for continuing to play and to Colin VK6FITN for expanding on an already excellent idea. If you would like to get in touch, please do, cq@vk6flab.com is my address.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Sunspot Cycle 25 could be among the strongest ever

Saturday 21st November 2020

The ARRL reports a research paper has concluded that Solar Cycle 25 will stronger than the just-ended Solar Cycle 24 and likely stronger than Solar Cycle 23

The League says:

A research paper, "Overlapping Magnetic Activity Cycles and the Sunspot Number: Forecasting Sunspot Cycle 25 Amplitude," by Scott W. McIntosh, Deputy Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, et al., has concluded that Solar Cycle 25 could be among the strongest sunspot cycles ever observed, and will almost certainly be stronger than the just-ended Solar Cycle 24 (sunspot number of 116). The scientists say it will also most likely be stronger than Solar Cycle 23 (sunspot number of 180). As the abstract explains:

"The sun exhibits a well-observed modulation in the number of spots on its disk over a period of about 11 years. From the dawn of modern observational astronomy, sunspots have presented a challenge to understanding -- their quasi-periodic variation in number, first noted 175 years ago, stimulates community-wide interest to this day. A large number of techniques are able to explain the temporal landmarks, (geometric) shape, and amplitude of sunspot 'cycles;' however, forecasting these features accurately in advance remains elusive.

"Recent observationally motivated studies have illustrated a relationship between the sun's 22-year magnetic cycle and the production of the sunspot cycle landmarks and patterns, but not the amplitude of the sunspot cycle. Using (discrete) Hilbert transforms on more than 270 years of (monthly) sunspot numbers, we robustly identify the so-called 'termination' events that mark the end of the previous 11-year sunspot cycle, the enhancement/acceleration of the present cycle, and the end of 22-year magnetic activity cycles. Using these, we extract a relationship between the temporal spacing of terminators and the magnitude of sunspot cycles.

"Given this relationship and our prediction of a terminator event in 2020, we deduce that Sunspot Cycle 25 could have a magnitude that rivals the top few since records began. This outcome would be in stark contrast to the community consensus estimate of Sunspot Cycle 25 magnitude."


McIntosh's recorded presentation of the paper is available at this link
Use passcode z7qCn@3G

The research paper is at
https://arxiv.org/pdf/2006.15263.pdf

Source ARRL Letter November 19, 2020
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter

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G callsigns for those passing Full exam

Saturday 21st November 2020

Ofcom allows those who pass the amateur radio Full exam to select a callsign from the old G and M call blocks including G3, G4, G5 and M5

In recent weeks a number of those passing their online remote invigilation Full exam have chosen to take the opportunity to get one of these callsigns. It requires paying a fee of £20 but enables amateurs to get a call suffix with letters that are meaningful to them.

G or M + 3 letter calls for a Full licence can be obtained from Ofcom by filling in a paper application form and giving your three preferred choices of callsign.
The form, OfW346, can be downloaded from the Ofcom website at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/47233/OfW346.pdf

See under Amateur Radio Licensees -> Postal Application at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radiocommunication-licences/online-licensing-service

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IARU Region 2 member society pandemic dues relief

Saturday 21st November 2020

The Region 2 Executive Committee (R2 EC) had its fifth and last virtual meeting of 2020 on Nov 18 to complete outstanding business from its October sessions (21, 24, 28) and to approve the 2021 operating budget

Recognizing that the pandemic created many hardships for Member Societies and all amateurs in the Americas, the R2 EC approved a one-year dues reduction for the 2021 year.  Member Societies whose annual dues are less than $150 will be given a dues holiday.  Larger societies will have their dues reduced to 50% of the usual amount.  Region 2 operating expenses reduction is possible because 2021 expenses are expected to be lower, primarily as travel restrictions have moved meeting attendance (WRC preparatory meetings, CITEL, etc) to being held virtually.  

The other major item of business was a review of the proposal made to the IARU Administrative Council (AC) by the Future Committee.  This committee was formed to study and make a proposal on how the future IARU organization should be structured to become far more nimble and able to respond quickly to changes in the telecommunications ecosystem.  Region 2 was represented by George Gorsline VE3YV and Ramón Santoyo XE1KK, committee chair.  

The meeting ended with a brief discussion on how much had changed in 2020, noting that the pandemic had also created some new opportunities.  For example, the traditional in-person 2022 General Assembly planned for Buenos Aires will now be planned as a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual participation, removing the barrier of travel costs for smaller Member Societies to fully participate.  Also, the very popular R2 Workshops will be given a re-boot in the new year focusing more on the needs of our Member Societies as well as Emergency Communications.

The R2 EC meets quarterly, with 2021 meetings planned in February, May, August, and October.

George Gorsline VE3YV

Secretary

Source IARU-R2
https://iaru-r2.org/

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Monthly performance of 8J17CALL for September-October, 2020

Saturday 21st November 2020

Please be advised that monthly performance of 8J17CALL, 7-CALL 30th Anniversary Special station for September-October, 2020 (23rd September to 22nd October, 2020) are as follows;

Monthly result in this period is 1,620 QSOs including 359 DX QSOs.

Thank you for your calling us from all over the world!

Overall result from the beginning is 12,596 QSOs including 1,373 DX QSOs as of 22nd September, 2020.

7-CALL is Japanese callsign starting with “7" and it is a symbol of the golden age of Japanese amateur radio history.

There are only 17,583 7-CALL stations (just 6.81% of overall issued 7-CALLs) still exist as of the end of 2019.

Our club is going to promote 30th Anniversary of Japanese 7-CALL issuance with the special station until 22nd April, 2021.

The special station is also known as a brand new WPX.

More detail:
https://7-call.com/news20201121

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JS1YEY/status/1329815322497486851

Welcome your retweeting!!

 

About us:

7-call.com/en

(English and Chinese available)

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Arecibo dish to be decommissioned

Friday 20th November 2020

The 1,000 foot (307m) Arecibo Dish in Puerto Rico, used for Amateur Radio Moonbounce (EME) communications and ionospheric experiments, is to be decommissioned

On Space News Jeff Foust @jeff_foust writes:

National Science Foundation announced Nov. 19 it will perform a “controlled decommissioning” of the giant radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, citing recent damage that made it unsafe to operate or even repair.

In a call with reporters, NSF officials said two broken cables used to support a 900-ton platform suspended over the telescope’s 305-meter main dish put the entire structure at risk of collapse. One cable slipped out of its socket in August, falling to the dish below and damaging it, while the second broke Nov. 6

Both cables are attached to the same tower, one of three surrounding the main dish. “The engineers have advised us that the break of one more cable will result in an uncontrolled collapse of the structure,” said Ralph Gaume, director of the NSF’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, referring to cables attached to that same tower. That would result in the platform crashing down to the main dish and potentially toppling one or more of the towers.

Read the full Space News story at
https://spacenews.com/nsf-to-decommission-arecibo-radio-telescope/

Arecibo ionosphere HF radio modification campaign
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/july/arecibo-ionosphere-hf-radio-modification-campaign.htm

Listen-in to 2380 MHz radar observations of asteroid
Click here

50th anniversary of historic Chelmsford Essex EME contact with Arecibo
Click here

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA and other amateur radio volunteers used the Arecibo dish to command the ISEE-3 spacecraft
Click
here

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ARRL seeks waiver of proposed FCC amateur application fees

Friday 20th November 2020

ARRL has urged the FCC to waive its proposed $50 amateur radio application fee. The Commission proposal was made last month in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD 20-270. The proposal already has drawn more than 3,200 individual comments overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The fees, directed by Congress and imposed on all FCC-regulated services, are to recover the FCC's costs of handling and processing applications.

The NPRM can be found in PDF format at,
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-116A1.pdf .

"Amateur radio applications were not listed when the Congress adopted its 1985 fee schedule for applications, and therefore amateur license applications were excluded from the collection of fees," ARRL said on November 16 in its formal comments on the proposal. "Similarly, a decade later when regulatory fees were authorized, the Amateur Service was excluded, except for the costs associated with issuing vanity call signs." The new statutory provisions are similar. Amateur radio license applications are not addressed in the application fees section and explicitly excluded from regulatory fees," ARRL said, and there is "no evidence of any intent by Congress to change the exempt status of amateur applications and instead subject them to new fees."

ARRL's formal comments can be found online at,
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/111762316365 .

ARRL argued that the FCC has explicit authority to waive the fees if it would be in the public interest, and should do so for the Amateur Radio Service. Unlike other FCC services, the Amateur Radio Service is all volunteer and largely self-governing, with examination preparation, administration, and grading handled by volunteers, who submit licensing paperwork to the FCC, ARRL pointed out.

"Increasingly, the required information is uploaded to the Commission's database, further freeing personnel from licensing paperwork as well as from day-to-day examination processes," ARRL said. "The addition of an application fee will greatly increase the complexity and requirements for volunteer examiners."

The Communications Act, ARRL noted, also permits the FCC to accept the volunteer services of individual radio amateurs and organizations in monitoring for rules violations. In 2019, ARRL and the FCC signed a memorandum of understanding to renew and enhance the ARRL's Volunteer Monitor program, relieving the Commission of significant time-consuming aspects of enforcement.

These volunteer services lessen the regulatory burden - including the application burden - on the Commission's resources and budget in ways that licensees in other services do not, ARRL said.

Amateur radio's role in providing emergency and disaster communication, education, and other volunteer services also justifies exempting radio amateurs from FCC application fees. For example, ARRL noted, last year more than 31,000 participated as members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and local ARES teams reported taking part in more than 37,000 events, donating nearly 573,000 volunteer hours, providing a total value of more than $14.5 million.

Amateur radio also has motivated many students to develop critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills.

ARRL noted that the Amateur Radio Service contributes to the advancement of the radio art, advances skills in communication and technology, and expands the existing reservoir of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts - all expressed bases and purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

"Accomplishing these purposes entails working with young people, many of whom may have difficulty paying the proposed application fees of $50, $100, or $150," ARRL said. "The $150 fee would be the cost of passing the examinations for the three amateur license levels in three examination sessions," ARRL said. "Such multiple application fees to upgrade would dampen the incentive to study and demonstrate the greater proficiency needed to pass the examinations for the higher amateur classes."

ARRL concluded that the FCC should exercise its authority to exempt amateur radio from application fees generally. If the FCC cannot see its way clear to waive fees for all amateur radio license applications, the fees should be waived for applicants age 26 years and younger. Such individuals, ARRL contended, have the most to contribute to the future of radio technology and other STEM-related activities and are the most likely to find the proposed application fees burdensome.

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DEF CON ham radio talks on YouTube

Friday 20th November 2020

Talks from the DEF CON event are available on YouTube, they include a number of amateur radio talks from the conference's Ham Radio Village

Among the amateur radio talks are:

• Talking to Satellites by Eric Escobar KJ6OHH
• The K0BAK News Van by Pete Kobak K0BAK
• Single Board Computers (Raspberry Pi) In Amateur Radio by Typer Gardner KI7ODK
• Ham Radio Snail Mail NTS and the Radiogram Format by Aaron Hulett K8AMH
• Hunting tape measure yagis and offset attenuators by Mark Smith KR6ZY
• APRS Demo by Bryan Lamoreaux KG7OOW

Ham Radio Village Playlist
Click here

Other DEF CON videos are at
https://www.youtube.com/user/DEFCONConference/videosoo

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Amateur radio on BBC Radio Humberside

Friday 20th November 2020

The RSGB reports Martin Ambrose 2E0IMA was interviewed by Andy Comfort on BBC Radio Humberside. Martin explained why he wanted to get involved with amateur radio

He passed his amateur radio Foundation exam on June 12 and his Intermediate in August through the online remote invigilation exam system.

The show was broadcast on Thursday, November 19, and you can listen to the interview by fast-forwarding to 38:48 into this recording:

https://bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08wsskn

Follow the RSGB on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/theRSGB

You can register for a free online amateur radio Foundation course at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

You can book an online amateur radio exam that you can take at home at
http://www.rsgb.org/exampay

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RSGB's Propagation Studies Committee (PSC) launch 28 MHz study

Friday 20th November 2020

RSGB's Propagation Studies Committee (PSC) has launched a new study to look at the mechanism behind long-distance inter-UK 10m propagation.

The study came about after PSC chairman Steve Nichols, G0KYA noticed that he was often seeing inter-UK 10m contacts on FT8 occurring between stations that were more than 100 miles apart.

"Normally you would expect 10 metres to give contacts out to about 30-50 miles at best," Steve said, "But these contacts, which are often fleeting, were over distances of about 150 miles. I also that they often appeared in the early mornings, but disappeared as the day progressed. We've had to wait for the Sporadic-E season to end to exclude Es as a possible propagation mode."

To take part in the study, just log any UK stations heard via FT8 on 10 metres in excess of 100 miles, making a note of date, time, received SNR and the location of both you and the distant station. Please also include details of your antenna and any beam heading if applicable. Steve can then compare this with weather patterns and barometric information at the time.

More info... https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2020/11/rsgb-psc-28-mhz-propagation-study-nov.html

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SpaceX Dragon capsule Resilience ferries four radio amateurs to the ISS

Thursday 19th November 2020

The ARRL reports SpaceX Dragon capsule Resilience, carrying four radio amateurs, autonomously docked on November 17 at 0401 UTC with the International Space Station (ISS)

The ARRL says:

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher carrying the precious payload went into space on Sunday, November 15, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. They comprise the ISS Expedition 64/65 crew.

“Well, the ISS is loaded with hams now,” Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie White, K1STO, said on Tuesday. “These four arrived very early this morning Eastern Time: NASA astronauts Victor Glover, KI5BKC; Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP.” This marks Glover’s first time in space. The others all are ISS veterans.

Earlier this year, NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, held amateur radio licensing study sessions for Glover, who passed the Technician exam on August 20.

The four will remain on station until next spring. They joined Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, on the ISS.

White said all but Noguchi likely will take part in ARISS contacts with schools. White said the first school contact is tentatively scheduled for December 4 with Tecumseh High School in Oklahoma, home of the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club, K5THS. She said the students have earned their ham licenses, and the club has built an antenna and is learning about satellites and circuits.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/spacex-dragon-capsule-resilience-ferries-four-radio-amateurs-to-the-iss

Follow ARRL on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/arrl

 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
https://www.ariss.org/

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Pella Amateur Radio Club APRS balloon spans globe

Thursday 19th November 2020

KNIA-KRLS reports on November 16 the Pella Amateur Radio Club’s Pella Exploring Near Space 144.39 MHz APRS balloon project, callsign WB0URW-8, had nearly spanned the globe

The news story says:

According to Jim Emmert WB0URW with the group, a SkyTracker placed on the balloon launched November 5 has nearly come back to Iowa after traveling across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Asia and the Pacific.

The Pella Amateur Radio Club has been interacting with students at Jefferson Intermediate School and Pella Christian Grade School via virtual means this fall after many years of in-person interaction at local science classes, and the balloon launched for Pella Community School students will likely be the first to span the entire globe for the project, which could be confirmed as soon as this Wednesday. Emmert says Pella Exploring Near Space is made possible by grants from the Pella Community Foundation and Marion County Community Foundation.

Watch the video at
https://www.kniakrls.com/2020/11/16/pella-amateur-radio-club-balloon-spanning-globe/

The balloon's online track for Wednesday, November 18, shows that it successfully completed the journey around the world and is still flying
https://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FWB0URW-8&timerange=604800&tail=604800

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ARRL responds to FCC ham radio fees proposal

Thursday 19th November 2020

The ARRL to the FCC's consultation on charging radio amateurs fees whenever they apply for or renew a license or if they study and upgrade their licence

In an extensive 9 page response opposing the FCC's proposal the League says:

"the strong public interest is to encourage the volunteer work, emergency communications preparation, scientific investigation, and communications
proficiency outlined in the Commission’s Rules as the basis and purpose for the Amateur Radio Service."

"unlike other services regulated by the Commission, the Amateur Radio Service is largely self-governing pursuant to specific and unique statutory provisions."

"The addition of an application fee will greatly increase the complexity and requirements for volunteer examiners if they will be expected to collect and remit an application fee to the Commission on behalf of each successful examinee, or otherwise to provide a means for each successful examinee to submit fees to the Commission in conjunction with an application that must be submitted by the volunteer examiner."

"The Amateur Radio Service has a unique basis in the Commission’s Rules. In addition to the non-pecuniary requirements and self-regulation aspects discussed above, the basis for the service articulated in the Commission’s rules provides that the service is non-commercial and public service oriented. Providing public service and emergency communications is recognized by the Commission in Part 97.1 of its rules and are major activities carried out by radio amateurs throughout the year at no cost to the federal government."

"In Part 97.1 of its Rules the Commission also recognizes the public interest purpose of the amateur radio service “to contribute to the advancement of the radio art”, to advance “skills in both communication and technical phases of the art”, and to expand “the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.” Accomplishing these purposes entails working with young people, many of whom may have difficulty paying the proposed application fee"

Read the ARRL response
here

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Safe separation distance for exposure to EMF - A practical guide

Thursday 19th November 2020

Derek Hilleard G4CQM, explains in practical terms with analysis of the implications for VHF band DX enthusiasts using yagi beam antennas regarding the OFCOM proposals to implement ICNIRP 1998/2020 recommendations here in the UK.

https://g4cqm.co.uk/EIRP.html

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 19th November 2020

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

IOTA QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AS-025; R0F, Kuril'skiye Islands (Kuril Islands) South: Vlad/R0FP has moved to Iturup Island and operates sporadically on 20m (SSB only). QSL via RZ3EC.

OC-137; VK4, Queensland State (South Coast) South group: Mike/VK4DX plans to activate Russell Island from the 19th to 24th as  VK4DX/p on 40-15m (SSB, CW). QSL via homecall (d/B), ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.
http://vk4dx.com/2020/09/27/upcoming-activity-oc137/

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Netherlands radio amateurs face fee increases

Wednesday 18th November 2020

VERON reports the Dutch regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT) is imposing higher annual charges on radio amateurs and higher exam fees. Repeaters have been hit with much higher fees due to illegal users 

A translation of the VERON post reads:

The Government Gazette of October 28, 2020 published, among other things, the new rates that apply to radio amateurs in 2021.

We pay these rates for the activities and services of Agentschap Telecom (AT). All rates for 2021 will increase compared to 2020.

An additional rate of € 79 has been introduced for repeater stations. This became necessary to cover the costs of investigations and surveillance due to the increased illegal use of the stations.

The Government Gazette lists two rates for registration. Namely an amount of € 59 (was € 57 for 2020) and an amount of € 44 (was € 42 for 2020).

The first amount applies to a “not fully independent digital notification and registration, in the year that the activities [of AT] take place.”

The second amount applies to "fully independent digital reporting and registration and registrations in the second and subsequent years."

The rates for Novice or Full exams will also be increased, from € 68 in 2020 to € 71 in 2021.

There are two tariffs for the frequency use of a repeater station or beacon per license and / or planned unit. The fee rate for the performance is € 201 (was € 184 for 2020), while € 79 (was € 0 for 2020) is charged for supervision. The Government Gazette gives an explicit explanation of the second rate:
"It has become apparent that relay stations have suffered a lot from illegal users in recent years. To tackle these disruptions, specific criminal investigations and supervision are necessary. In order to be able to carry this out, a supervisory rate (column II) has been included."

Other registration costs:
• Temporary permit in the Netherlands for non-residents: € 41 (was € 37).
• Other non-exempt use of amateur bands: € 74 (was € 68).
• Issue of a certificate to obtain a license from a foreign administration for radio equipment for conducting tests: € 76 (was € 73).

Read the Government Gazette at
https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/stcrt-2020-55550.html

Source VERON
https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVERON

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New dual band FM mobile radio

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Moonraker have worked with Anytone to bring a sub £100 starter radio that is easy to use and ready programmed for the Foundation License holder

The Anytone AT-779UV Dual band Mobile radio is a compact rugged 25 watt mobile radio

Factory preprogrammed with the Moonraker code plug including all UK repeaters,2m Simplex,70cmSimplex,PMR446 (TX disabled),Marine Band (TX disabled)

Key Features/Specifications:

Memory Default power set at 10 watts making it and ideal Foundation license Radio

1.44 inch Colour TFT display

CTCSS, DCS, DTMF, 2Tone, 5Tone, settings for each channel Scrambler with self selectable code Compander Function for improved weak signal intelligibility Package includes

Programmed Anytone AT-779UV Dual band Radio Handheld Microphone Mounting Bracket and Screws Power Cable User Guide USB Programming Lead

https://www.moonraker.eu/

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New launch date for EASAT-2 and Hades satellites

Wednesday 18th November 2020

The revised launch date for the AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades amateur radio satellites is January 14, 2021

In a post on the AMSAT Bulletin Board Felix EA4GQS writes:

To inform you that the AMSAT-EA satellites EASAT-2 and HADES flying with SpaceX, are finally going to be launched, after a small delay, on January 14, 2021. They have been already delivered and integrated on the Alba Orbital deployer.

The satellites have been configured to act as FM voice and FSK data repeaters and not as linear transponders as It was our initial plan. Anyway We think these are the smallest satellites ever given such a function, as their size is only 7.5cm x 5 x 5 cm!.

Hades also flies a SSTV camera that will take and send pictures each 15 minutes. The camera module design is based on the one used in the PSAT2 satellite, being kindly adapted for us by the Brno University of Technology.

Both satellites have also digitized FM voice beacons. Callsigns are AM5SAT for EASAT-2 and AM6SAT for Hades. Downlink frequencies, 436.666 MHz for the first and 436.888 MHz for the second one.

These are our first satellites, with the project leaders being all spanish radio amateurs and almost all the engineering made by radio amateurs too, with help of students of two Universities.

Said that, We apologize if not all working perfectly as expected, as AMSAT-EA doesn't have the flight heritage of other AMSAT organizations as NA, UK or DL. We appreciate your patience and support as we are all willing to improve our skills to build better satellites for the radio-amateur service in the future.

More information and pictures about them (and also about our ASK/CW repeater satellites GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N, also to be launched 2021 with Firefey) here:
Thanks and regards,

Felix EA4GQS

AMSAT-EA President

Read the November issue of the English language AMSAT-EA newsletter at
https://t.co/A7chkoDPyD?amp=1

Source AMSAT-BB
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2020-November/080286.html

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Crazy 3D images of Mars

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Warning: Mars is about to leap out of your computer screen.

European astronomers have just released some of the best photos of Mars ever taken from Earth. They've assembled the images into a crazy-good 3D animation of the Red Planet spinning on its axis.

See for yourself on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

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Digital Sound Broadcasting in South Africa

Wednesday 18th November 2020

South African regulator ICASA has published draft digital sound broadcasting regulations. Licensing applications are invited for DRM in the MW and FM bands

On 29 March 2019, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA or the Authority”) published a notice1 in the Government Gazette regarding the conclusion of the inquiry into the use of Digital Sound Broadcasting (“DSB”) in South Africa. The said notice contains ICASA’s findings and position on the use of DSB in South Africa.

The Authority hereby declares its intention to make regulations for DSB in line with section 4(1), read with section 30 (2) (d), and 34 (6) of the Electronic Communications Act No. 36 of 2005 (“ECA”) and invites interested parties to make written representations thereon.

The DSB services must be provided using one of the following digital standards:
(a) DRM30 technologies to complement AM sound broadcasting services in the band 535.5 - 1606.5 kHz;
(b) DRM+ to complement FM sound broadcasting services in the band 87.5 – 108 MHz; or
(c) DAB+ to complement FM sound broadcasting services in the band 214 - 240 MHz

Draft Digital Sound Broadcasting Services Regulations, 2020
https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202011/43900
gen639.pdf


Thanks to Alokesh Gupta VU3BSE for spotting this item
https://twitter.com/alokeshgupta

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The Space Weather Woman

Wednesday 18th November 2020

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Ofcom consults on new regulations for short range radar equipment

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Ofcom has published proposed amendments to the regulations regarding the use of short range radar (SRR) equipment in vehicles. 

Short range radar equipment includes blind spot and collision radars and other driving assistance technology, some of which relies on spectrum. 

We are consulting on amendments to the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short Range Radar) (Exemption) Regulations 2013. These regulations mean certain SRRs in cars can be used in the 24 GHz band without the need for a spectrum licence. We are proposing a minor amendment so these licence exemptions continue to apply in the UK after the end of the transition period in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the European Union at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

We welcome responses to this consultation by 14 December 2020

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Clear frequencies requested for Caribbean Hurricane Emergency Traffic

Tuesday 17th November 2020

The ARRL reports Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category 5 Hurricane Iota, just off the eastern coast of Nicaragua, are requesting clear frequencies

Radio amateurs not involved in the emergency response are asked to avoid (± 5KHz) the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC (National Hurricane Center) frequencies of 14.325 and 7.268 MHz, as well as a Honduran emergency net operation on 7.180 MHz (net control station is HR1JFA), and a Nicaraguan emergency net operating on 7.098 MHz.

With maximum sustained winds of 160 MPH, Hurricane Iota is expected to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall to Central America. — Thanks to US Virgin Islands Section Manager Fred Kleber, K9VV (operating as WX4NHC)

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/clear-frequencies-requested-for-caribbean-hurricane-emergency-traffic

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HAREC Examination Classes on Zoom

Tuesday 17th November 2020

The first course on the Zoom platform run by IRTS volunteer tutors commences on Wednesday next.

Participants will be advised of the link via email. Over seventy people have registered an interest in doing the course and a second course will begin on Thursday the 26th. Again, participants will be sent the link for this course via email.

Registrations for the current courses have now closed but expressions of interest in future courses are very welcome at any time by email to training /at/ irts.ie. To date, nine experienced members have volunteered to ac as course tutors. Other volunteers would of course be very welcome.

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How ham radio has changed over the decades

Tuesday 17th November 2020

On the DX Engineering blog Sean Kutzko, KX9X, describes some of the changes in amateur radio over the past 40 years

Sean says "I’ve been licensed for almost 40 years now. Hobby radio has been a part of my life, in one form or another, since I was three years old. In that time, it has morphed and changed in some very interesting ways, not all of which I was able to predict."

Read his blog post at
https://www.onallbands.com/five-ways-ham-radio-has-changed-in-the-last-40-years/

Follow Sean on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/SeanKutzko

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IEEE: The 11 Greatest Vacuum Tubes You’ve Never Heard Of

Tuesday 17th November 2020

A IEEE Spectrum magazine aricle says for richness, drama, and sheer brilliance, few technological timelines can match the 116-year (and counting) history of the vacuum tube

To prove it, they've assembled a list of vacuum devices that over the past 60 or 70 years inarguably changed the world. These include the Ubitron, Carcinotron and Coaxitron.

Read the article at
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/space-age/the-11-greatest-vacuum-tubes-youve-never-heard-of

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South Dublin Radio Club video

Tuesday 17th November 2020

South Dublin Radio Club has uploaded its latest video to the club's YouTube channel.

The video was created for Science Week in collaboration with Dublin Maker & Science Foundation Ireland and is called "Signals from Outerspace! Make your own antenna to get images from Weather Satellites".

It is designed as a beginner's radio project and instructs viewers on how to construct a very simple V-dipole for 137MHz, demonstrating how it can be utilised along with a basic Software Defined Receiver and computer in order to decode images from passing NOAA Weather satellites.

This a very achievable project for anyone wishing to learn more about radio and, in particular, would suit younger hobbyists. Seasoned operators wishing to learn more about satellite communications should also give this project a try! Please visit SDR's YouTube channel for details.

The club is currently lining up presentations & talks for further Tuesday night lectures over the next few weeks, please stay tuned to our social media channels & IRTS News for details.

IRTS

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Radio Caroline North broadcast

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Tune in for more nostalgia with another Radio Caroline North broadcast this weekend 21st-22nd November.

You'll hear all the best music from the 60s – early 90s, plus the chance to win some wonderful prizes courtesy of Tonbey London.

Sadly again, due to current restrictions restrictions, we can't use our radio-ship Ross Revenge this time, so the broadcast will be land-based.
Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, the Radio Caroline app and around the world online here (via the Manx AM Radio Player).

We'd love to hear from you during the broadcast via memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only email address that gets you straight through to our 'North' broadcasters directly.

http://radiocaroline.co.uk/home.html

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OH2BC installs large InnovAntennas 50MHz array

Monday 16th November 2020

Every now and then, a really special antenna system gets installed and usually it is a result of desire, commitment and dedication of the station owner. Kari, OH2BC is one of these guys.

Several years ago, Kari installed 8 x 18el X-pols (9v/9h) for 144.146MHz . Impressed by their stability and being able to use them in all weathers, he asked us to produce similar, this time for 50MHz.

Below top is his new Array. We supplied the antennas, cabling and power dividers, the H-frame and guying all prepared and installed by Kari and his team.

The system looks impressive but once you factor that those booms are 10m long and on a cross boom of over 21m wide, you begin to realise the work that had gone into this system.

Congratulations Kari, another Big Gun joins the 6m band party!

https://www.innovantennas.com/.../14el-7h-7v-50mhz-x-pol...

Justin G0KSC - Antenna Designer InnovAntennas –
www.innovantennas.com

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December 2020 Festival of Frequency Measurement

Monday 16th November 2020

HamSCI (www.hamsci.org) is looking for amateur radio operators around the world to help collect propagation data during the December 14 eclipse. Data collection requires an HF radio connected to a computer.

There will be 24-hour practice runs on November 21 and December 5.
The data recording will run from December 9-16.

Details of the experiment may be found here:
https://hamsci.org/december-2020-eclipse-festival-frequency-measurement

Interested operators should sign up at this link (https://forms.gle/C9PFSTeLf7xvCQDYA) or directly contact Kristina Collins at kd8oxt@case.edu.

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Introducing the Winter 2021 AM QSO Party

Monday 16th November 2020

The 'AM Amateur Radio Europe' Facebook Group would like to introduce our second operating event!

The AM QSO PARTY Winter 2021

When? Friday 22nd January 2021 – 18:00 UTC until Sunday 24th January – 17:59 UTC.

To promote / encourage the use of AM on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 12 and 10 metre amateur bands. This is not a 5/9 contest and aim to encourage QSOs and conversation, however points can be gained and certificates awarded.

There will be points to be gained for each QSO and for each new DXCC worked and there are power categories you can enter to suit all levels of the UK licence. However whilst there are points up for grabs and also certificates to win, the main aim is to get people having conversations using the original voice mode!

So fire up those vintage rigs, build that homebrew transmitter or even use your modern equipment and experience the joy of operating AM.

Full details of the Winter 2021 AM QSO Party can be found at the following website: https://amqsoparty.wixsite.com/mysite
or email am.qso.party@gmx.co.uk

To find our group on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/656582541370211

Or search 'AM Amateur Radio Europe' in the Facebook search box.

Simon Taylor MW0NWM
Founder of AM Amateur Radio Europe

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IARUMS October newsletter now available

Monday 16th November 2020

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter says on October 7, three intruding OTHRs were active right next to each other, plus an FSK, the interference covered almost 50 kHz of the 7 MHz amateur radio band

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 October 2020 newsletter can be read at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/IARUMS-Newsletter-20-09.pdf
[Note month typo in filename]

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
https://www.sigidwiki.com/wiki/Category:Military

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
http://www.websdr.org/

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
https://www.iarums-r1.org/

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Tripura’s Ham Radio Club connects childhood friends after 39 years

Monday 16th November 2020

India's The Print reports Chandana Basu and Sabita Roy, two friends in Tripura who parted ways in 1981, were brought together again by the Tripura Ham Radio Club set up by police officer Biswajit Saha VU2LJB 

The newspaper says:

The two women grew up in the staff quarters for the Agartala airport personnel and attended the Bani Vidyapeeth School and later a women’s college in the city together. Basu’s father was, however, transferred to West Bengal in 1981 and the two were separated.

Basu, who now resides in West Bengal’s Barrackpore, recently got in touch with members of the Tripura Ham Radio Club and provided them with Roy’s Agartala address since she did not know her friend’s current location.

The club’s members then dug up information on who resided in the Agartala airport quarters around 1981 and was able to trace Roy to Udaipur, where she now lives with her family.

A video conference was subsequently arranged between the two friends by the Tripura Ham Radio Club and the Calcutta Ham Radio Club.

Source The Print, halfway down page at
https://theprint.in/neye/72-year-old-meghalaya-woman-revives-garo-fashion-with-recycled-material/541848/

Tripura’s Ham radio volunteer team for disaster emergencies
https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/tripura/biswajit-saha-tripura-police-inspector-ham-ameteur-radio-vollunteer-team-disaster-management-5782109/

Tripura Ham Radio Club
https://www.facebook.com/groups/602243577263053

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Alan Turing: Stolen items to be returned to UK from US after decades

Monday 16th November 2020

Items belonging to World War Two Bletchley Park code-breaker Alan Turing that were stolen from the UK decades ago are to be returned from the US.

The mathematician's miniature OBE medal is among 17 items that were taken from Dorset's Sherborne School by Julia Turing, who is no relation, in 1984.

They were found at her home in Colorado in the US in 2018.

A US civil court case launched against her has been settled out of court and the items are due to be returned.

Read the full BBC News story
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-54784018

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Jamboree on the Air in Borneo

Monday 16th November 2020

The Borneo Bulletin reports on the successful 2020 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) held in October at the Belait District Scout Association

The newspaper story by Daniel Lim says:

While the world has advanced with the use of technology, with mobile phones being a commodity for finding one’s location and staying connected with friends and family, it is important to learn where these technologies have evolved from.

Short- and long-range radio communications are precursors to the current technology that everyone relies on and takes for granted today, with the knowledge of these decade-old technologies is slowly on the decline.

The JOTA-JOTI or ‘Jamboree on the Air-Jamboree on the Internet’, the largest digital scout event, held by scouts across the world including the Belait District Scout Association (PPDB) every October, serves as a platform for scout members to learn to use short- and long-range radios.

I had the opportunity to attend the event in the Belait District where young scout members get a taste of operating the radio under a skilled radio operator’s supervision. The skills showcased comprise commonly-used lingo and codes widely associated with radio communication.

This includes Q-code, which is a standardised collection of three-letter codes that serves as a signal to others on the radio frequency; as well as ICAO phonetic alphabet, where letters of the alphabet are assigned respective code words which the scout members were able to make full use to spell out their names in phonetic alphabet.

PPDB committee member Siti Rosmahwardey binti Rosli said the activities help young scout members learn how information is passed through the use of codes and lingo while also helping them to build their confidence in communication skills.

“Alhamdulillah, I did not expect such a positive response from the young scout members, to be so happy to learn how to use an amateur radio.”

Mohd Ranie bin Abdullah, one of the amateur radio instructors at the PPDB who goes under the Radio Operator code of V85RBA, highlighted the aspects and skills required to communicate using radio transmission.

Read the full story at
https://borneobulletin.com.bn/2020/11/turning-up-the-radio/

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 16th November 2020

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th/November, through Sunday, 15th/November there were 212 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later"

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 16th November 2020

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between November 9-14th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8DHA CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-014 CT3NG MADEIRA 17m; SSB
AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 17m; CW
AF-049 3B8BAP MAURITIUS 17m; FT8
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 20m; CW
AN-016 LU1ZG ANTARCTICA 20m; FT8
AS-004 5B4VL CYPRUS 10m; FT8
AS-005 RD0B/P KARA SEA COAST WEST 20m; CW
AS-006 VR2XAN HONG KONG 160m; CW
AS-007 JA7BXS HONSHU 80m; CW
AS-013 8Q7RM Maldives 40/20m; FT8
AS-018 RM0F SAKHALIN 30/15m; FT8
AS-020 BU2EL TAIWAN 17m; FT8
AS-047 JS6TWW DAITO 15m; FT8
AS-077 JL6WVK KYUSHU 20m; FT8
EU-005 G0EVY GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 G0RUF GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 G0VJV GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 G4CFS GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 G4DWV GREAT BRITAIN 60m;
EU-005 G4IIY GREAT BRITAIN 160m;
EU-005 G6INU GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 G8LIY GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 GB100RSM GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 GB7CIP GREAT BRITAIN 20m;
EU-005 M0BZH GREAT BRITAIN 15m; CW
EU-005 M1KMC GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 MM0HVU GREAT BRITAIN 80m; FT8
EU-005 MW0KJN GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-015 SV9RNG Crete 12m; FT8
EU-015 SV9RKU Crete 17m; SSB
EU-021 TF3DT ICELAND 17m; FT8
EU-021 TF5B ICELAND 17m; FT8
EU-022 JX2US Jay Mayen 160m; CW
EU-023 9H1AZ MALTA 40m; FT8
EU-024 II0GD SARDINIA 40/20m; CW/SSB
EU-024 IS0DSW SARDINIA 17m; FT8
EU-030 OZ8IE/P BORNHOLM 40m; SSB
EU-030 OZ1NKS/P BORNHOLM 40m; SSB
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-049 SV8AJN NORTH AEGEAN 20m; FT4
EU-055 LA4WKA SOGN OG FJORDANE/HORDALAND/ROGALAND COUNTY 160m;
EU-115 EI4CKB IRELAND 80m; FT4
EU-115 EI5KP IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0GOZ IRELAND 80m; FT8
EU-115 MI0OBC IRELAND 40m; FT8
EU-115 MI6INB IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 MI7IRE IRELAND 80m; FT8
EU-116 GD4RAG ISLE OF MAN 80m; CW
EU-125 OZ/KH6DXX Romo 40m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 20m; SSB
EU-152 EA7JAV ALMERIA/GRANADA/MALAGA PROVINCE 30m; FT8
EU-172 OZ7PR/P JYLLAND EAST AND FYN 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO6HLP Cuba 15m; FT8
NA-015 CO8LY Cuba 17/15/12m; SSB/FT8
NA-018 OX3XR GREENLAND 12m; CW
NA-058 W8BLA GEORGIA STATE 20m; FT8
NA-096 HI3Y HISPANIOLA 15m; FT8
NA-107 FM1HN Martinique 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2GBR Australia 40m; CW
OC-001 VK4FOMP Australia 15m; CW
OC-001 VK6LW Australia 80m; CW
OC-001 VK6RC Australia 15m; SSB
OC-019 KH6UU HAWAIIAN 15m; FT8
OC-019 WH6EY HAWAIIAN 40m; FT8
OC-021 YB0ECT Java 15m; CW
OC-021 YB0IBM Java 20m; SSB
OC-026 KH2L GUAM 30m; FT8
OC-032 FK8CE NEW CALEDONIA 20m; FT8
OC-036 ZL1AZ North 160m;
OC-036 ZL3TE North 15m; FT8
OC-088 V85AHV Borneo 20m; SSB
OC-088 YB7MRK Borneo 40m; FT8
OC-147 YG9WKB WEST PAPUA'S COASTAL ISLANDS NORTH 40m; FT8
OC-150 YD9GMH TENGGARA BARAT 40m; FT8
SA-002 VP8NO Falkland 12m; FT8
SA-003 PU0FDN FERNANDO DE NORONHA 15m; FT8
SA-006 PJ4/DL6KR Bonaire 160/17/15m; CW/SSB/FT8
SA-018 CE7VPQ LOS LAGOS REGION SOUTH 10m; SSB

** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we suggest is "IOTA#/Mode/Island or Group" (ex. OC-146/FT8/Celebes).

AS-023. Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/6 from Amami Oshima Island between December 18-20th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

AS-025. Vladimir, R0FP, who now is a resident on Iturup Island, will be active on various HF bands (he favors 20m). QSL via RZ3EC.

OC-137. (Reminder) Mike, VK4DX, will once again be active as VK4DX/P from Russell Island, Southern Moreton Bay Islands, between November 19-24th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB, with a 100 watt radio and wire antennas at the water front. QSL via VK4DX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. When mailing direct QSL please include 1 x IRC for return postage. IMPORTANT: US Dollars are not accepted. Any QSL with US Dollars included will be replied via bureau. For more details and updates, see: http://vk4dx.com/2020/09/27/upcoming-activity-oc137

OC-298. The DXNEWS.com posted the following interesting article on November 15th, called "Tatakoto Atoll TX0T Story" at: https://dxnews.com/tatakoto-atoll-tx0t-story

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX, and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

OPDX

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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AmateurLogic 149: Another Friday The 13th

Sunday 15th November 2020

It’s another Friday The 13th in 2020.

Tommy sends pictures over the radio.
Mike discusses the new M17 digital radio protocol project.
Jeffery Kopcak, K8JTK joins in with a background look at the K8JTK Hub Digital Multimode Interlink System we use each Tuesday night for the AmateurLogic Soundcheck Net. AllStar Link, EchoLink, DMR, D-STAR, NXDN, P25, and Yaesu System Fusion are linked together for the ultimate multimode conferencing experience.

1:10:53

Download

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HAMNET upgrades to 802.11ac

Sunday 15th November 2020

Switzerland's USKA reports the HB9ZG section in Zug is the first HAMNET group in Switzerland to upgrade its infrastructure to the new IEEE 802.11ac standard

A translation of the post reads:

Röbi HB9BMC and Koni HB9WAD have upgraded the link connections of the two HAMNET nodes Hünenberg and Rigi-Scheidegg, including the user access. For user access, a Ubiquiti sector antenna now radiates with a horizontal opening angle of 30 ° from Rigi Scheidegg with azimuth 340 ° in the direction of Steinhausen. At the Hünenberg site, two antennas of the same type with azimuth 80° towards the town of Zug and 305° towards Sins.

The HAMNET group in Zug is thus the first HAMNET group in Switzerland to switch to the new, more powerful "AC" standard.

The Rigi-Scheidegg node is accessible on 5835 MHz vertical 20 MHz SSID: HAMNET-HB9ZG, Hünenberg on 5775 MHz vertical 20 MHz SSID: HAMNET-HB9RF. A DHCP server provides the “clients” with an IPv4 address. The Zug section is assigned the subnet 44.142.42.0/24, the HB9LU section has 44.142.41.0/24. For further technical information see https://hamnetdb.net/

Devices of the type “Ubiquiti Prism Rocket 5AC Gen2” were used for user access. The first tests were successful: the connection to HB9AUR in Cham resulted in a bit rate of 29 Mbps at a signal level of -86 dBm.

Text Willi HB9AMC based on information from Röbi HB9BMC

Source USKA https://tinyurl.com/SwitzerlandUSKA

HAMNET
https://hamnet.eu/site/

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RSGB release Board Proceedings for October 1

Sunday 15th November 2020

The RSGB has released proceedings for the October 1 Board meeting which discussed the need for a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System to be in place by the end of March 2021

Members can read the RSGB Board proceedings at
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/board-proceedings-and-reports/

You can join the RSGB online at
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Join
_the_RSGB_22.html


RSGB membership is free to licensed UK amateurs under the age of 21 or aged 21-25 and in full time education
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/PDF/join_us_
form_junior.pdf

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Presentation on a pioneering radio amateur

Sunday 15th November 2020

Colonel Meade James Crosbie Dennis C.B. first became interested in wireless transmission in 1898 and held the amateur radio callsigns DNX, GW11B and EI2B

Born in 1865, his family seat was the Fortgranite estate in Baltinglass, County Wicklow.  He was educated at Haileybury in Hertfordshire and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1884.  In 1900 he served in the second Boer War where he was mentioned in despatches.  In the 1918 New Years Honours he was awarded Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.) by King George V.

In August 1898 he attended a lecture in Dublin entitled "Signalling through space without wires". Following this, Colonel Dennis made a spark transmitter and receiver, sending and receiving messages over a distance of 70 yards.

In this talk Joe Ryan EI7GY presents primary samples of source material that form part of Col. Dennis's digital archive. This archive should be of interest to radio amateurs and experimenters and may also be useful to anyone researching the history of radio transmission.

Watch The first Radio Ham? Radio Experiments by Col Meade Dennis EI2B

 

Digital Archive
https://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?ei2b

1918 New Years Honours List (at that time name hyphenated Crosbie-Dennis)
https://wiki2.org/en/1918_New_Year_Honours

Colonel Meade James Crosbie Dennis
http://www.thepeerage.com/p20940.htm#i209396

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Maunsell Sea Forts on tv

Sunday 15th November 2020

Margaret Flo McEwan wrote on the Maunsell Sea Forts Appreciation Group on Facebook:

12 November 2020

"I’ve been working with ITV this week on the technical voiceover information for Paul O'Grady's Great British Escape.

"The Producer has confirmed to me that the fort will be featured in Episode 5 on Wednesday 9th December 2020 on ITV at 8pm.

Be sure to tune in!"

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Coming soon: A total solar eclipse

Sunday 15th November 2020

One month from today, on Dec. 14th, the new Moon will pass in front of the sun, producing a total solar eclipse over Argentina and Chile.

This year, eclipse chasers have more than eye safety to worry about; the eclipse is happening during a worldwide pandemic.

Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for a preview movie and COVID-19 precautions inside the path of totality.

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Update on temporary Covid-19 Restricted Service Licences

Sunday 15th November 2020

Ofcom has published an update on temporary Covid-19 restricted service licences (‘RSLs’).  

Temporary Covid-19 RSLs were first introduced in April 2020 for those wanting to provide a radio service to share news and information about the Covid-19 pandemic with their community.  

Today’s update confirms our approach to considering and processing licence applications in light of ongoing lockdown restrictions

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 14th November 2020

For that one special event ...

Radio amateurs like to do new things, celebrate, remember, bring attention to, and overall have fun, any excuse to get on air. One of the things that we as a community do is setup our radios in weird and wonderful places, on boats, near light-houses, on top of mountains, in parks, you name it.

Another thing we do is create special callsigns to mark an occasion, any occasion.

For example, to mark the first time the then Western Australian Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley was on air she used the callsign VI6PROF.

When Wally VK6YS (SK) went on the air to educate the public about Rotary's End Polio Now campaign, he used VI6POLIO. More recently the Australian Rotarians of Amateur Radio operated VK65PFA, Polio Free Africa. When it's active, you'll find VA3FIRE to remind you of Fire Prevention Week in Canada, the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club operates B0CRA through to B9CRA which you can contact during the first week of May each year as part of the Chinese 5.5 Ham Festival.

We create callsigns for other things too.

Datta VU2DSI commemorates November 30th, the birthday of Indian physicist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose named by the IEEE as one of the fathers of radio science, by operating a special callsign AU2JCB in his honour for a couple of weeks around the end of November.

I mention this because it's not hard to achieve. It's called a "Special Event Callsign" and many if not all amateur licensing authorities have provision for such a callsign. Rules differ from country to country, some say that the callsign must be for something of special significance to the amateur community, others require that it's of national or international significance. In Canada for example, if you're celebrating an anniversary, it must be a minimum of a 25th increment.

Different countries have different formats.

The USA for example issues temporary one by one calls consisting of a letter followed by a digit followed by a letter.

The UK offers GB and a digit followed by two or three letters. There's also "Special" Special Event Stations, which can have a format like GB100RSGB.

In Canada there's a whole system based on what kind of event, what region it's significant to, who's operating it, and so on.

In the Netherlands you can have a normal prefix followed by at most eight characters and an overall maximum length of twelve characters and you can have it for at most a year and only one at a time.

In Germany you can use a standard callsign pattern with a four to seven character suffix, but only for a limited time.

In Australia there's the traditional VI and a digit followed by any number of characters, but remember if you make it massive, getting it in the log is not always easy and using a digital mode like FT8 might not work as expected.

What ever you want to commemorate, celebrate or bring attention to, remember that your callsign is only one part of the process. Consider who's going to actually operate the callsign, if you're going to issue QSL cards, if there are awards or a contest associated with the callsign, if there needs to be a website, if this is a regular thing, or a once-off.

Another thing you need to consider is how you're going to publicise this callsign. There's no point in going to the effort of obtaining a special event callsign with nobody knowing about it, that's the whole point.

No matter which way you jump, there's always a large range of special event callsigns on the air at any one time and making contact with one is often a massive thrill for the person operating the callsign, not to mention the person making the contact.

So, if you have a chance to have a go, I'd encourage you to get on air with a special event callsign and make some noise

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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20th anniversary of first ham radio operation from ISS

Saturday 14th November 2020

On November 13, 2000, the ISS Expedition-1 crew turned on the ARISS Ericsson radio for the first time and completed several contacts with ARISS ground stations around the world to validate the radio communications system

These inaugural contacts launched an incredible two-decade operations journey on ISS, enabling ARISS to inspire, engage and educate our next generation of explorers and provide the ham radio community a platform for lifelong learning and experimentation.

In celebration of the ISS 20th anniversary, ARISS was part of an ISS Research and Development Conference Panel session entitled “20 years of STEM Experiments on the ISS.”  The video below, developed for this panel session, describes our program, celebrates our 20th anniversary, conveys some key lessons learned over the past 20 years and describes the ARISS team’s vision for the future.  Enjoy watching!

20 years of continuous operations is a phenomenal accomplishment.  But what makes it even more extraordinary is that ARISS has achieved this through hundreds of volunteers that are passionate in “paying it forward” to our youth and ham radio community.  On behalf of the ARISS International team, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to every volunteer that has made ARISS such an amazing success over the past 20 years. Your passion, drive, creativity and spirit made it happen!!

Congratulations ARISS team!!!

Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair

Watch ARISS 20th Anniversary

Source ARISS https://www.ariss.org/

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Radio hams to put Santa on-the-air

Saturday 14th November 2020

The Times-Call reports the Longmont Amateur Radio Club is putting Santa on the airwaves to spark interest in amateur radio among the young

The newspaper says:


The coronavirus has altered the way that communities are celebrating this year’s holidays, meaning Santa Claus may not be able to make his Christmas list through in-person visits. One Longmont club, though, is giving Kris Kringle some air time so that he can still hear from Boulder County’s children in a safe-distanced way.

The Longmont Amateur Radio Club will host On Air with Santa from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 to Dec. 5. The club is encouraging licensed ham radio operators to give their children and grandchildren a chance to connect with Santa in a safe, distanced way.

Firestone’s Chuck Poch K0ITP, president of the radio club, said this is the first time that the Longmont Amateur Radio Club has hosted the event. While the Longmont Amateur Radio Club wants to give children a chance to connect with Santa, members also hope to transmit an interest in the next generation of ham radio operators.

“The thought was, one: Get kids on the radio and get them to experience talking to Santa on the ham radio and maybe saying ‘I can talk to Santa on the radio. Cool, I want to learn more about it,’” Poch said.

Poch (Santa Claus) said it will also be a chance for parents to listen in and find out what their child wants for Christmas.

“It’s a win-win,” he said.

Steve Haverstick KF0AGY, of Longmont, who serves as the publicity committee for the Longmont Amateur Radio Club, said he hopes that the first-time event sparks some interest.

“We are trying to get the younger folk involved,” Haverstick said. “There’s not much talk about ham radios anymore. Kids handle phones and computers and they’re good at that. We thought this is a way to get them to talk to Santa and get them comfortable and maybe get involved.”

Read the full story at
https://www.timescall.com/2020/11/12/longmont-club-puts-santa-on-the-airwaves-with-hope-of-transmitting-interest-in-amateur-radio/

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IARU-R1 attends Radio Spectrum Policy Group workshop

Saturday 14th November 2020

IARU-R1 Political Relations Committee (PRC) members attended a workshop organised by the EU Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) group which is actively engaged in drafting an Opinion on a Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) targeting the 2025-2030 time horizon

The meeting was held on October 15 and the IARU Region 1 site says:

Five main pillars for this new RSPP are under development: strategic spectrum issues, spectrum supporting EU policies, spectrum governance, external relations and other strategic topics such as Climate Change, EMF, pandemic recovery, media policy.

This workshop was an opportunity for RSPG to collect expectations from stakeholders on issues supporting Union policies and to identify possible concrete strategic actions and policy initiatives to be included in the RSPG Opinion on a Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.

After the workshop IARU PRC submitted a contribution which together with inputs from other stakeholders is now available here

Radio Spectrum Policy Group
https://rspg-spectrum.eu/

Source IARU-R1
https://iaru-r1.org/

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Final leg of the Wednesday 80 m Club Sprint

Saturday 14th November 2020

The sixth Wednesday 80 m Club Sprint takes place from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 18th November 2020, with phone and CW activity.

The exchange is an RS or RST report and your 4-character grid square. You earn 2 points for each QSO and 2 points for each new grid square worked.

Submit your log sheet by 23:59 CAT on Sunday 22nd November 2020 by
e-mail to zs4bfn@mweb.co.za.

Turn to page 64 of the 2020 Blue Book for the rules.
South African Radio League

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ARRL petitions FCC to reconsider removal of amateur 3.4 GHz allocation

Friday 13th November 2020

ARRL reports they have petitioned the FCC to reconsider its order removing the secondary Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service allocations at 3.3 – 3.5 GHz

The League say:

“The amateur services in this band long have been operated on a secondary allocation status, functionally similar to the de facto secondary status of Part 5 experimental licenses, whose continued operation was (correctly) approved in the same proceeding,” ARRL told the FCC. “Continued operation of amateur stations similarly should be permitted in the vacant portions of this spectrum that otherwise will go unused.”

ARRL said the public interest is in using the spectrum, not in leaving it vacant waiting for some future application.  “The Commission’s decision in this proceeding undermines its long-standing policy objective to provide for and encourage more intensive use of spectrum.” ARRL said.

“The Commission’s decision to remove the amateur secondary allocation throughout the 3300 – 3500 MHz band,” ARRL said, “appears to be based upon a mistaken conclusion that amateur secondary ‘sharing’ of this spectrum is equivalent to the type of ‘sharing’ that occurs with primary government and other primary commercial users, when in fact amateur secondary operations are quite different in usage, scope and signal range.”

ARRL outlined a number of ways radio amateurs use the band.

ARRL said that weak-signal point-to-point amateur communication often applies new technologies, methodologies, and coding to improve the communications capability of equipment. “Since the purpose of this type of activity is to hear or decode weak signals, operators use every possible means to avoid frequencies with other signals.”

Amateurs also operate radio beacons to study propagation, contributing to a better understanding of propagation in the 3.4 GHz range, ARRL said. “Amateur beacons are fixed and low power, and therefore relatively easy to engineer into the environment if other users initiate operations, or to relocate or shut down if they cannot be ‘engineered in.’”

ARRL’s petition also cited moonbounce as another aspect of amateur operation. “This field of activity has led to a chain of improvements in antennas and equipment design in the 3.4 GHz spectrum,” ARRL asserted, and is extremely unlikely to interfere with terrestrial services.

Amateur satellites also could use the 3.4 – 3.41 GHz band with minimal likelihood to present interference concerns due to the signals’ low power and narrow antenna beamwidths. Plus uplinks employ antenna that point skyward, further minimizing any possible area of concern. “Other frequencies will not necessarily be available when needed, and this limitation threatens to constrain future experiments with space communications technologies as the number of amateur satellite experiments increase in number and purpose,” ARRL said.

The 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band also is used for digital high-speed data mesh networks and for amateur TV repeaters. “Design of and work with mesh networks has attracted an ongoing stream of computer-literate youth to the amateur ranks,” ARRL contended. “The networks themselves are commonly employed for digital experimentation with a wide range of technologies and services, with a bedrock purpose of emergency readiness and availability during actual emergencies. ARRL noted that the greater the number of available band choices, the more likely that a suitable link could be engineered for a specific path.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-petitions-fcc-for-reconsideration-of-order-removing-3-4-ghz-amateur-allocation

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Amateur radio satellite talk now online

Friday 13th November 2020

On Tuesday, November 10, Dave Johnson G4DPZ gave an online satellite talk to the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club, the video is now available for everyone to watch on YouTube

The talk covered the many amateur satellites in Low Earth Orbit that operate in the 145.8-146.0 MHz and 435-438 MHz satellite bands as well as the QO-100 geostationary satellite which uses the 2.4 GHz and 10 GHz bands.

Also covered were the new Inter-Operable Radio System which has recently been installed in the ISS Columbus module and Gateway Amateur Radio Exploration (AREx).

After the talk the Mid Ulster ARC @MN0VFW tweeted:
"What a talk from Dave G4DPZ from @AmsatUK this evening. Thank you to him and everyone who joined in."
https://twitter.com/MN0VFW/status/1326284522388905985

Watch AMSAT-UK and Amateur radio satellites with Dave G4DPZ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnBF85uLdY4

Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC) talks are held online at Zoom Meeting ID 832 6862 3068 at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's of each month
https://twitter.com/MN0VFW/status/1326114389804584963

You can watch previous MUARC talks at
https://www.youtube.com/MuarcMedia/videos

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3000km plus contact made on 433 MHz from St.Helena to South Africa

Friday 13th November 2020

On the 16th of October 2020, there was a remarkable 3000+ km contact made on the 70cms band between South Africa and St.Helena in the South Atlantic.

The contact at 433 MHz was made between Garry, ZD7GWM on St.Helena Island and Tom, ZS1TA in South Africa. The distance was approximately 3136 kms and what was even more amazing was that the contact was made on FM!

To put this remarkable contact on 70cms into context, the 3136 km distance is equivalent to the path across the North Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland.

It is believed that the mode of propagation was probably a marine duct.

More info... https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2020/11/3000km-plus-contact-made-on-433-mhz.html

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Icom IC-705 antenna mounting bracket

Friday 13th November 2020

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Nevada RC-105 antenna mounting bracket for the Icom IC-705.

The bracket is beautifully finished in CNC anodised Aluminium and comes complete with patch lead and mounting screw. It also has a terminal post/banana plug socket, for earth or radial connection.

https://www.nevadaradio.co.uk/product/nevada-rc-105-ic705-bracket/

regards

Mike Devereux

Nevada Group:
Nevada radio
Waters & Stanton
Nevada PR

www.nevada.co.uk
www.nevadaradio.co.uk
www.hamradiostore.co.uk
www.mahaenergy.co.uk

Tel: + (44) (0) 2392 313090

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Japan's 'Virtual Ham Festival 2020' a huge success

Friday 13th November 2020

Dear friends,
my name is Taka, 7K1BIB, a radio amateur in Tokyo, Japan. 

JARL cancelled the Tokyo Ham Fair due to COVID-19, but, unlike ARRL or DARC, JARL did not plan anything in lieu of Ham Fair.  Therefore, some radio amateur volunteers hosted the “Virtual Ham Festival 2020” on November 1, 2020.
I am one of such volunteers.

Please see the Google-translated version of the webpage for the Virtual Hamfest 2020 at this link

Our Hamfest consists of the “Main Stage”, i.e. series of seminars, panel discussions and live performances on Zoom Webinar, and the “Club and Individual Booths”, which is basically a link collection of websites and other contents of ham clubs and individuals.

One of the Main Stage activities was the impressive SOTA’s live from the top of mountains, which was overwhelmingly welcomed by the viewers.  Other than SOTA, there was eight performances.  Famous Professor Miki had a speech on ham’s volunteerism, and Mr. Hamada, well known programmer of the most famous log soft “Turbo HAMLOG”, spoke on his new product.  The recorded sessions were uploaded on YouTube and you can see them from the above website.

Among the Booths, online events were also provided by some booths.

JARL was totally irrelevant to this event at all.  Rather, Takao administration seemed to ignore our event. Nevertheless, more than 750 viewers participated in our event, and gave us positive feedback.

Sincerely yours,

Taka, 7K1BIB/AC1AM

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Radio hams asked to staff shelters

Thursday 12th November 2020

The ARRL reports on the role of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in response to tropical storm Eta

The ARRL says:


Tropical storm Eta, lingering off the west coast of Florida, was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane at 1235 UTC today [Wed Nov 11], before weakening to a tropical storm by 1800 UTC. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported heavy rains and gusty winds across west-central Florida. As of 1800 UTC, Eta was 115 miles southwest of Tampa with maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH with higher gusts — just shy of Category 1 hurricane status — moving north-northeast at 10 MPH. On its current track, Eta will move closer to — but just offshore — the west-central Florida coast today and tonight before moving inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday. Eta is expected to continue northeastward into the Atlantic late Thursday or early Friday.

“To say this 2020 hurricane season has been a busy one is an understatement!” said Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. He cited the NHC’s 1500 UTC discussion that suggested Eta had peaked in intensity, and that an eye feature is no longer evident in radar or passive microwave satellite imagery.

“However, there still remains a band of strong convection in the northeastern quadrant that contains Doppler radar velocity values of 80 – 88 knots between 6,000 and 9,000 feet, which corresponds to equivalent surface winds of at least 65 knots,” the NHC earlier discussion continued. “As long as that feature persists, hurricane-force winds are possible along immediate coastal areas within the hurricane watch area.”

The Hillsborough County ARES/RACES group in the ARRL West Central Florida Section (WCF) has been requested to staff five shelters, Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, told ARRL. “Other counties here in the ARRL West Central Florida Section are on standby as well. A regional SKYWARN net has been activated on the NI4CE repeater system.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/eta-isn-t-done-yet-florida-ares-group-asked-to-staff-shelters

Hurricane Watch Net
https://www.hwn.org/

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Register now for free amateur radio online training course

Thursday 12th November 2020

The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on November 15

The RSGB's introduction of online exams that can be taken at home has led to a surge in demand for free online amateur radio training courses such as that run by Essex Ham.

You can find out more about online training and register to join a course at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

Essex Ham
https://www.essexham.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/EssexHam

 
The Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club offers excellent opportunities to get together and mix with like minded folk for those living within easy reach of Wirral. (under normal non-corona-virus conditions) and gain experiences from those who have gone before. 

As in most walks of life, passing the initial exams is the first stage to proving competence and knowledge to be able to operate.  These are then followed by the joys of the initial experiences of an exciting hobby.  From then on, it is often finding the forum to ask questions and chat with your peers who add their life experiences and knowledge .. which act as a short cut to completely fulfil your personal enjoyment.

We are unable at this moment in time to offer training and so one of the above courses offered above would be an ideal way into the hobby, followed by taking the RSGB on-line exam.

After your success, do consider coming along to the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club for a few evenings (no charge), and I'm sure we will be able to convince you how fulfilling and rewarding being a member of a good club can be.  We have several new members who have joined recently achieving just that.

Our members operate in a wide range of radio and computer activities, including contests and use many of the modes available to us across much of the amateur radio spectrum allocated for our use.  A warm welcome awaits !

 Keep checking our "Calendar of Events"  on the club website for our latest information
 

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An evening with Laurie Margolis G3UML

Thursday 12th November 2020

Laurie Margolis G3UML, BBC journalist and News Editor, is well known for being the radio amateur who broke news of the Falkland Islands invasion in 1982. He shares some of his stories in this talk to the Mid Ulster ARC

Watch An evening with Laurie Margolis G3UML

BBC story on how Laurie G3UML broke news of the Falklands invasion
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-20857595

Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC) talks are held online at Zoom Meeting ID 832 6862 3068 at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's of each month
https://twitter.com/MN0VFW/status/1326114389804584963

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G2YT installs BOLPA

Thursday 12th November 2020

After being consistently ‘Out Gunned’ using his Ultrabeam 6el by Gary G0FWX who uses the InnovAntennas BOLPA (Band Optimised Log Periodic Array), Peter, G2YT decided to join the part and install the much shorter BOLPA Log.

The BOLPA has individual band optimised cells and a pair of tuned square boom feedlines optimised for a direct 50Ω feed point meaning no matching or transformers (and associated loss) is seen.

Extremely high radiating efficiency is the result and the band optimised cells deliver excellent F/B and gain for an antenna of this size

Peter has now clawed back the s” points difference there was between them previously and says he is ‘very impressed’ with the performance of the compact BOLPA long (boom just over 7m).

For more information on the BOLPA
https://www.innovantennas.com/en/shop-page/509/37/professional-commercial-antennas/band-optimised-log-periodic-array-20-10InnovAntennas.html

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Statement:  Bauer Radio’s request to change its ‘approved areas’

Thursday 12th November 2020

Ofcom has approved requests from Bauer Radio to change its ‘approved areas’ in the North, and South and West, of England, following a public consultation.

Local commercial radio stations are required to produce a minimum number of hours of locally made programmes. They can broadcast this content from within their licensed area, but also from studios based within a larger area approved by Ofcom – known as ‘approved areas.’ We can also consider requests from licensees to create new approved areas.

North of England

Ofcom has authorised Bauer’s request to create a bespoke approved area in the North of England. ‘Yorkshire & Lincolnshire (Bauer)’ will now encompass 17 FM licences owned by Bauer, including the Northallerton licence which previously sat within Ofcom’s North East of England approved area.

South and West of England

Ofcom has also approved Bauer’s request to move its Shaftesbury local FM licence from the existing ‘South West England (Bauer) ’approved area to join 13 other licensed services in the ‘South of England (Bauer)’ approved area.

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 12th November 2020

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Mid Ulster ARC Foundation training

Thursday 12th November 2020

The Mid Ulster ARC is planning an online Foundation training course via zoom. This will last a period of weeks and as it is via zoom, anyone can join. The plan will be weekly classes one evening a week.

For further information contact 2i0SJV Dave at dcparkinson@icloud.com

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AU2JCB-Special event call operation

Thursday 12th November 2020

Namaskar & Hello, Sir,

Sir, I want to mention with great pride that I am celebrating his birth-date 30 Nov every year with a special callsign - AU2JCB for the last 15 years. The lookups are 66,700 & my QSOs are more than 1,50,000.

I request you to mention the name of this great scientist from India in the coming bulletin the details mentioned below. PLEASE.

I am going to operate with the AU2JCB call sign from 20 Nov 2020 to 15 DEC 2020.

The Details of operation----

Period----20 NOV 2020 to 15 DEC 2020

Frequencies-------
10 M-- 28545, 28510,28490. 21 M—21235, 21310, 21350.
20M—14210, 14250, 14310. 40 M---7040, 7150.
80 M --- 3710.
IN FM MODE----- 6M –50800, 51500. 10 M---29700.

Preferably the operation will be on higher bands according to propagation conditions.

QSL--- Direct to VU2DSI, "SURABHI" MEHERABAD. AHMEDNAGAR.414006. INDIA

Aacharya J.C.BOSE:

Aacharya J.C.Bose is well known as the “Father of Wireless Communication”.

Acharya Bose's demonstration in 1895 & 1897 predates all.

Bose transmitted wireless signals to distant of a mile. Popova in Russia was still trying remote signaling at this time and the first wireless experiment by Marconi was not successful until May 1897.

Bose is a pioneer in microwave optics technology.

Bose's invention of 1 centimeter to 5 millimeters, radio waves are being used in radars, satellite communication& remote sensing.

Bose's concepts from his original 1897 papers are now incorporated into a new 1.3 mm multi-beam receivers on the NRAO (National Radio Observatory) 12 Meter Telescope.

Bose anticipated the use of P-type& N-type semiconductors & hence 60 years ahead of his time. Bose developed the use of GALENA crystals for making receivers.

In Bose's presentation to the Royal Institution in London in January 1897, he speculated on the existence of electromagnetic radiation from the sun. This radiation from the sun was not detected until 1942.

Webpages--

https://www.cv.nrao.edu/~demerson/bose/bose.htm

http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/JCBOSE.htm &

http://au9jcb.angelfire.com for info about Aacharya J.C.BOSE & his work.

https://ethw.org/Jagadish_Chandra_Bose

Thanking you anticipation

Regards, HAPPY DEEPAWALI to all.

DATTA

VU2DSI (AU2JCB)

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Get on the air for Christmas launched by the RSGB today

Wednesday 11th November 2020

As part of the ‘Get on the air to care’ campaign that the Society has been running with the NHS since April, it's launching a new focus for Christmas.

Called ‘Get on the air for Christmas’ and shared on social media with the hashtag #GOTA4C, it will bring together a few activities that radio amateurs can participate in over the holiday period. It will run from Saturday 19 December to Saturday 9 January.

Christmas can be difficult for many at the best of times, but with the extra restrictions due to Covid-19 the RSGB wants to make sure that every radio amateur feels part of a caring amateur radio community.

The Society is kicking off the campaign by asking clubs that are planning special nets for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, or indeed any time over the holiday season, to send details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk so they can be published in the next RadCom issue, in the GB2RS news scripts and on the RSGB website.

Other activities are being planned and further information will be added to the campaign web page over the coming weeks: www.rsgb.org/gota4c

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Millimetre Waves online talk tonight

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ will be giving an online talk about the millimetre waves tonight, Wednesday, November 11 at 8pm (20:00 GMT)

Chris will cover all aspects of the millimetre bands including users, propagation, antennas and feeders, basic equipment for each band to 241 GHz and beyond, and finish with mentioning the use of SDR for identifying weak signals.

There should be something in the talk for everyone from beginner on the millimetre bands to expert.

The talk will be streamed on the BATC server at:
https://batc.org.uk/live/ukmicrowave

UK Microwave on Groups IO
https://groups.io/g/UKMicrowaves/

UK Microwave Group
https://www.microwavers.org/

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Free IRCA reprints

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Recently, the North American DX club, IRCA released to the public more than 900 past articles from their publication, DX Monitor.

Since 1964, the International Radio Club of America has been documenting medium wave DXing and DXers’ efforts to improve their understanding of radio reception and to develop better listening techniques. During that time, over 900 articles have been written, that have furthered the art of DXing.

Many of these continue to be relevant to the more general radio hobbyist, including articles about antennas, radio propagation, receivers and accessories, plus general technical information.

Previously, those articles were available only to club members, but they are now available to all. Go to www.ircaonline.org , and click on the “Free IRCA Reprints” button to download your own copies.

Thanks to Nick Hall-Patch (2020-11-10)

(via Ydun's Medium Wave Info)#

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Comet photo-op this weekend

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Around the world, amateur astronomers are taking incredible pictures of Comet ATLAS (C/2020 M3), which is approaching Earth for a close encounter this weekend.

The big green comet is gliding through the constellation Orion, which makes it very easy to find. Bonus: If you go outside to see Comet ATLAS, you're also likely to spot a Northern Taurid fireball.

Get the full story at Spaceweather.com

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All about the UHF coaxial connector and PL259 installation

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Ria Jairam N2RJ has released the first in a series of videos about connectors

Ria tells you all about the UHF connector, better known as the PL-259 and SO-239, and then proceeds with a demonstration on how to install one with basic tools.

0:00 - Introduction
0:41 - Brief primer on coaxial cable
3:27 - History of coaxial connectors
4:01 - History of the UHF connector
4:44 - Deficiencies of the UHF connector
9:32 - Various attachment methods
17:25 - PL259 installation demo
28:22 - wrapup

Watch All about the UHF coaxial connector and PL259 installation -Ria's Shack

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Tracking boats and ships in real time at the same time

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Software-defined radio came on the hacker scene in a big way less than a decade ago thanks to the discovery that a small USB-based TV tuner dongle could be used for receiving all kinds of radio transmissions.

Two popular projects from that era are tracking nearby airplanes and boats in real time. Of course, these projects rely on different frequencies and protocols, but if you live in a major port city like [Ian] then his project that combines both into a single user interface might be of interest.

This project uses an RTL-SDR dongle for the marine traffic portion of the project, but steps up to a FlightAware Pro dongle for receiving telemetry from airplanes. Two separate antennas are needed for this, and all of the information is gathered and handled by a pair of Raspberry Pis. The Pis communicate with various marine and air traffic databases as well as handles the custom user interface that knits both sets of information together. This interface was custom-built from a previous project of his and was repurposed slightly to fit the needs of this one.

This is a great project that goes into a lot of interesting detail about how the web traffic moves and how the UI works, so even if you’re not into software-defined radio it might be worth a look. However, it’s also worth noting that it hasn’t been easier to set up a system like this thanks to the abundance and low price of RTL-SDR dongles and the software tools that make setting them up a breeze.

https://hackaday.com/2020/10/22/tracking-boats-and-ships-in-real-time-at-the-same-time/

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Last few days to respond to Ofcom EMF consultation

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Ofcom is proposing significant changes to the amateur radio licence requiring amateurs to carry out EMF assessments everytime they make a change to the antenna or equipment

In the first round of consultations the RSGB pointed out they were "deeply concerned on both regulatory and technical grounds with the burdensome and disproportionate approach taken by the Ofcom proposals" and "The proposed changes would have a damaging effect upon Amateur Radio in the UK while delivering little or no improvement in terms of EMF Safety."

The deadline for the final consultation is fast approaching, amateurs need to let Ofcom know their views by 5pm on Monday, November 16.

The RSGB has released a draft of their response to Ofcom, it notes:

• serious concerns about the use of “accessible to the general public” as the criterion for identifying areas of non-compliance. It is not accessibility that is a problem, it is someone being there when transmission takes place.

• The record keeping requirements may not be proportionate for radio amateurs whose “self-training” includes experimentation and leads to frequent changes of equipment configuration.

• Ofcom's use of the words “safe separation distance” - Such language is inconsistent with good practice in issue management and quite foreseeably could raise unnecessary concerns, e.g. an erroneous presumption that at reduced distances, the levels would be “unsafe”.

Read the draft RSGB response at
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2020/11/draft-RSGB_
ResponseTo-OFCOM
_2020_11_08-.pdf


Further information is available on the RSGB EMF page at
http://rsgb.org/emf

The Ofcom consultation page contains the consultation response form which should be returned with your comments, see
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/limiting-exposure-to-emf

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Coordinator for school contacts via QO-100

Tuesday 10th November 2020

The DARC reports Charly Eichhorn, DK3ZL, was recently officially appointed by the board of AMSAT-DL as the new coordinator for worldwide school contacts with DP0GVN on the German Antarctic Neumayer Station III

A translation of the DARC post reads:

The appointment is made in close consultation with the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the responsible radio amateurs from DP0GVN.

The local association chairman of the local association Schwalm-Knüll (F34) of the DARC e.V. is very active in the field of satellite radio and is himself an active member of the AMSAT-DL.

DK3ZL replaces Heiner Jürs, DD0KP, as coordinator. AMSAT-DL and DARC e.V. would like to thank Heiner, DD0KO, for looking after the school project AMSAT-DL and DARC e.V. and his work on all aspects of radio contacts in the Antarctic. For arranging school contacts, Charly, DK3ZL, can be reached at the e-mail address dp0gvn (at) amsat-dl.org  

At the request of the AWI, the AMSAT-DL expressly points out that direct contact requests to the Alfred Wegener Institute or even to DP0GVN must be avoided! This would be pointless and counterproductive

Source AMSAT-DL

DARC
https://darc.de/

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IRTS PDF magazine popular with members

Tuesday 10th November 2020

In Eire the national amateur radio society IRTS gives their members the choice of having their magazine as either a convenient PDF or in paper format

IRTS News reports:

More than a third of members are now receiving the society's quarterly journal "Echo Ireland" by way of electronic download instead of in paper form. This gives them access to the almost 100 issues of the journal from 2001 to date.

The downloads are in PDF form and are smaller files than the versions sent for printing, to allow rapid downloading on mobile platforms. Following a suggestion from a member, we have now added the high-resolution printer's copy of the journal as a download option: this is available on the download page for all issues from 2014 to date.

Members who are still receiving the society's journal in paper form may switch over to electronic download by contacting the Treasurer and Membership Records Officer, Dave O'Connor EI6AL, his email address is memrecords\at\irts\dot\ie

Source IRTS News
https://www.irts.ie/cgi/thisweek.cgi

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Etherify: Transmitting Morse Code via Raspberry Pi Ethernet RF Leakage

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Over on his blog SQ5BPF has been documenting a TEMPEST experiment where he's been able to transmit data via RF being leaked from a Raspberry Pi's Ethernet connection.

The idea was born when he found that his Raspberry Pi 4 was leaking a strong RF signal at 125 MHz from the Ethernet cable.

He went on to find that it was easy to turn a tone on and off simply changing the Ethernet link speed with the "ethtool" command line tool. Once this was known it is a simple matter of creating a bash script to generate some morse code.

Quite amazingly the Ethernet RF leakage is very strong. With the Raspberry Pi 10 meters away, and a steel reinforced concrete wall in between, SQ5BPF was able to receive the generated morse code via an RTL-SDR connected to a PC. Further experiments show that with a Yagi antenna he was able to receive the signal from 100 meters away.

His post explains some further experiments with data bursting, and provides links to the scripts he created, so you can try this at home.

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/etherify-transmitting-morse-code-via-raspberry-pi-ethernet-rf-leakage/

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Ofcom fines Islam Channel for serious broadcasting breaches

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Ofcom has imposed a £20,000 financial penalty on Islam Channel Ltd for serious breaches of our broadcasting rules.

Islam Channel is an English-language satellite TV station airing religious instruction programmes, current affairs, documentaries and entertainment programmes from an Islamic perspective.

Our investigation found an episode of The Rightly Guided Khalifas, a religious education series on the history of the Qur’an, contained antisemitic hate speech and highly offensive content.

We concluded that this was a serious breach of our rules which warranted the imposition of statutory sanctions.

These include a financial penalty, to be paid by Islam Channel Ltd to HM Paymaster General, and a direction to the station to air a statement of our findings on a date – and in a form – to be determined by Ofcom. 

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Christmas Special Event

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Operators Ray/PA5DX and Wim/PD8DX will be activating three special event callsigns, PA20XMAS, PD20SANTA and PD20ELF during the Christmas holiday season (specific dates not stated).

Activity of operations and modes were not mentioned, but there will be a special award for working at least 2 Christmas stations to download on QRZ.com at:
https://www.qrz.com/db/PA20XMAS

No QSLs will be available and only the award will be available..

OPDX

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Israel special event

Monday 9th November 2020

During the week of Chanukah celebrations, special Israeli radio amateur stations will be active on the air with a special callsigns ending in letters from the word "Chanukah", (4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A, 4X8H and 4X0NER). "Ner" means candle in Hebrew. The number in the callsign indicates the number of the candles lit that day.

Activity begins on the evening of December 10th when the first candle will be lit on (1400 UTC). The special event stations will operate for 9 days in row and new special event stations will join the activity every day on Chanukah Holiday until the close of the event on December 19th (2159 UTC).

Special event stations will be activated as follows; on the evening of:
December 10th -- From the historical city of Hashmonaim when the 1st candle of the Chanukah Holiday will be lit on; the event activity will start with the 4X1C crew.

December 11th -- From the city of Haifa when the 2nd candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X2H crew.
December 12th -- From the city of Tel Aviv when the 3rd candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z3A crew.
December 13th -- From the city of Netanya when the 4th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X4N crew.
December 14th -- From the city of Beer Sheva when the 5th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X5U crew.
December 15th -- From the city of Kiryat Shmona when the 6th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X6K crew.
December 16th -- From the city of Ashkelon when the 7th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z7A crew.
December 17th -- From the city of Jerusalem when the 8th and the last candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X8H crew.

The crew of the station 4X0NER will be active every day during the 9 days of activity and will be used as Joker for the missing letters.
Important: All the new and previous day's event stations (letters) will continue to be active on the air to the end of operation on the 19th of December (2159 UTC).

Activity will be on all radio amateur bands, WARC and the QO-100 Satellite using all modes. A special award will be available. The eligibility for a special certificate "Chanukah-2020" is as specified:
* For Israeli amateurs: 1 QSO with all the 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER call-sign is a replacement for a missing letter (only once).

* For European amateurs: 1 QSO with all 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER call-sign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice).
* For amateurs outside Europe: to contact only 4 of 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER callsign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice).

The special certificates will be available for download independently from the Israeli Amateur Radio Club (IARC) Web site at: https://www.iarc.org/iarc/
The certificates will be digital in PDF format and not numbered. QSL Manager: Paper cards-Slava, 4Z5MU.  All contacts will be uploaded on LoTW after the end of activity.

Amateurs in Israel and around the World are kindly asked to send them pictures with Menorah's in their own city of residence!
Special prize for the winning picture! E-mail pictures to: 4z4kxx@gmail.com

OPDX

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IARU-R1 Conference VHF-UHF-Microwave Report

Monday 9th November 2020

A report on the key recommendations made by the C5 (VHF+) Committee at the IARU Region 1 Virtual Conference is in edition 87 of the free IARU-R1 VHF-UHF-Microwave newsletter

The conference was held virtually for the first time during October 11-16, 2020.

This new experience was rather successful. C5 (VHF+ committee) had 3 sessions from 2.5 hours each, discussed 35 papers and made 17 recommendations.

Download the newsletter PDF at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Newsletter87.pdf

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HAREC examination classes on Zoom

Monday 9th November 2020

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report a meeting was held on Zoom for prospective students for a HAREC examination course on Wednesday last and fifty-eight people joined in.

Plans for classes are well advanced and the first class will be held on November 18th.

Due to the large numbers, additional parallel courses will have to be run and you can still register until Wednesday next November 11th.

If interested, either as a tutor or a student, send an email to training /at/ irts.ie.

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ICQPodcast - Announcing Homebrew Hero 2020

Monday 9th November 2020

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s features is Interview with Homebrew Hero 2020.

ICQ AMATEUR/HAM RADIO PODCAST DONORS

We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include:

• New Optical Communications Station
• Developer Expresses Puzzlement over FT8 Contest Use
• ARRL Urges Members to Strongly Oppose FCC’s Application Fees Proposal
• Guidelines Issued for ARRL DX Contest Multi Operator Stations
• Oldest Known US Radio Amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, SK
• Successful Mine Rescue Special Event - XR33M
• Historic Radio Books Available for Download
• Stenigot Radio on the Air

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from http://www.icqpodcast.com

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Hacking the Perfect (Spectrum) Auction

Monday 9th November 2020

NPR reports:
In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission held a very special auction. For decades, a lot of the electromagnetic spectrum — the airwaves over which TV, radio and wireless signals are transmitted — were owned by TV stations. But in recent years, cell phones and other wireless technologies have been hungry for more of the spectrum.

So the FCC planned to auction off a big part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The result would pave the way for a future of even better wireless service. The auction was incredibly complicated and would involve years of planning, enormous sums of money and of course... people trying to game the system.

Today on the show, a story about auction design, local TV, Wall Street, and a staggering amount of red licorice and Tums.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/06/932048876/hacking-the-perfect-auction

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Shortwave radio blackout

Monday 9th November 2020

There have been several reports that the AR2781 sunspot let off a C-class flare with a pulse of X-rays and UV radiation which ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a brief shortwave radio blackout over Australia and the Indian Ocean .

Mariners, aviators, and ham radio operators in the region may have noticed unusual propagation at frequencies below 10 MHz.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 9th November 2020

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st November, through Sunday, 8th November there were 211 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y,

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later"

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 9th November 2020

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between November 2-7th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 12m; CW
AF-024 S79KW INNER 20m; FT8
AS-004 5B60AIX CYPRUS 12m; SSB
AS-004 P3X CYPRUS 160m; CW
AS-007 JA0LBE HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JA1CG HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JH3KCW HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JK1BQS HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JL1UCH HONSHU 80m; CW
AS-013 8Q7RM Kandolhu 30m; FT8
AS-017 JH0WMN/6 OKINAWA 17m; SSB
AS-024 JS6TKY Yonaguni 30m; FT8
AS-077 JR6IKD KYUSHU 40m; FT8
AS-200 JA5QAH Shodo 30m; FT8
EU-003 CS8ABF EASTERN 12m; FT8
EU-005 G3UHN GREAT BRITAIN 60m;
EU-005 G1LQT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; FT8
EU-005 G4ZCG GREAT BRITAIN 160m; CW
EU-005 GS8VL GREAT BRITAIN 80m; CW
EU-005 M0RBK GREAT BRITAIN 60m;
EU-005 M3FON GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 MM0DXT/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; CW
EU-012 MM7CGR SHETLAND 20m; SSB
EU-014 TK5AE CORSICA 20m; SSB
EU-015 SV9/SV2DSJ CRETE 80m; CW
EU-018 OY1CT Faroe 17m; CW
EU-018 OY1R Faroe 30m; CW
EU-022 JX2US Jan Mayen 20m; FT8
EU-024 IQ0NU SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IS0GGA SARDINIA 17m; SSB
EU-025 IT9ODQ SICILY 80m; SSB
EU-028 G0LUH TOSCANA(TUSCANY) REGION 80m; FT4
EU-030 OZ8IE/P BORNHOLM 40m; SSB
EU-032 F6BFH POITOU-CHARENTES REGION 20m; FT4
EU-042 DK8OL SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN STATE NORTH WEST 17m; CW
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-048 F4GCD BRETAGNE(MORBIHAN) REGION 15m; SSB
EU-075 SV1GSP/8 Salamina 12m; FT8
EU-075 SV8GGI Salamina 60m; CW
EU-084 8S0DX UPPSALA / STOCKHOLM COUNTY 160m;
EU-115 EI3CTB IRELAND 80m; FT8
EU-115 MI0OBC IRELAND 80m; FT8
EU-124 MW0EUG/MM WELSH COASTAL ISLANDS 20m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO8LY Cuba 17/15m; SSB
NA-015 CO8RCP Cuba 17m; FT8
NA-016 ZF2MJ CAYMAN 80m; CW
NA-018 OX3XR GREENLAND 60m;
NA-024 J35X GRENADA 60m; FT8
NA-026 KA8ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; SSB
NA-027 VO1FOG NEWFOUNDLAND 12m; SSB
NA-047 VE9GLF NUNAVUT 20m; SSB
NA-067 W7LG/4 NORTH CAROLINA STATE EAST 40m; SSB
NA-096 HI8AT HISPANIOLA 20m; SSB
NA-101 J73ESL Dominica 40m; FT8
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 30m; FT8
NA-0106 KP2BH VIRGIN 160m; FT8
OC-001 VK2JNT AUSTRALIA 30m; FT8
OC-001 VK3EY AUSTRALIA 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6OZ AUSTRALIA 30m; FT8
OC-001 VK65PFA AUSTRALIA 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2OWD AUSTRALIA 20m; SSB
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 17m; CW
OC-021 YB0AR JAVA 40m; SSB
OC-021 YB1BZV JAVA 12m; FT8
OC-021 YB2BOB JAVA 12m; FT8
OC-026 KH2L GUAM 30m; FT8
OC-032 FK8CE NEW CALEDONIA 80m; FT8
OC-032 FK8GU NEW CALEDONIA 20m; SSB
OC-082 E51WL PENRHYN ATOLL 30m; FT8
OC-088 YC7YGR BORNEO 40m; FT8
OC-133 9M6NA SABAH'S COASTAL ISLANDS 17m; CW
OC-146 YC8UP CELEBES (SULAWESI) 15m; FT8
OC-150 YC9HIU TENGGARA BARAT 40m; FT8
OC-201 DU6/PE1NSQ NORTH ISLAND'S COASTAL ISLANDS 30m; FT8
OC-298 TX0T Tatakoto 40/30/20/17/15m; CW/SSB
SA-002 VP8NO FALKLAND 12m; FT8

** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports....

AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) Single-Op/Single-Band (??m) entry. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

EU-039. Operators Fabien/F4HIK and Joel/F4IKA, who were expected to be active as TM39EU from Chausey Island between November 4-11th, have canceled their operation due to Covin-19.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX, and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

OPDX

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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Alan Wolke (W2AEW) headlines FLARC November 2020 Speaker Series: "An Intro to NanoVNA"

Sunday 8th November 2020

As part of its 2020 Kawfee Tawk Speaker Series, our November program will feature one of the best technical experts in the region and a ham who has certainly developed a following.

Alan Wolke W2AEW will be our November presenter. This video program will be held on Friday, November 13th beginning at 7:30 PM EST (0030 UTC).

Alan’s topic will be “An Intro to Nano VNA”. For those of you who haven’t seen/tried one of these Vector Network Analyzers (VNA) called NanoVNA they are an excellent and inexpensive (~$50-100) tool that can do functions (and more) such as measure coax length, locate fault in cable like a TDR, measure filters (bandpass, high/low pass, etc.) and sweep antennas and other RF networks

The program will last about an hour and will include an opportunity for questions and comments.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88909489870?
pwd=ZzlxaThyTTJSMm4
rejMrNXVsbmtzUT09

Meeting ID: 889 0948 9870
Passcode: FLARC NANO

Alan was originally licensed as a novice in the late seventies (KA2IZZ), but then dropped out of the hobby after entering college and then the workforce. He re-entered the hobby as a Tech (and then a Tech Plus) in 1997 (KC2BOG). His vanity call (W2AEW) was issued October 1998.

He is an electrical engineer, working as a Field RF Application Engineer for Tektronix, taking care of customers in the Northeastern part of the US. Previous "lives" included design and applications work that focused primarily on analog and mixed signal, high-speed, RF, hard-disk, fiber optic, telecom and datacom circuits and their applications.

You can find Alan's ham radio, oscilloscope, electronics repair and tutorials, test & measurement, etc. related videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/w2aew.

He is a Life Member of the ARRL, a Volunteer Examiner, and the Technical Coordinator for the Northern New Jersey section of the Hudson Division of the ARRL. He is also a returning speaker, having spoken to FLARC in April 2018 on oscilloscopes.

So, join FLARC on November 13thth and learn more about this important topic. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Efchak at 802-282-6700 or at wx2r@arrl.net. For more information, please visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841.

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Scouts SA recognise amateur radio

Sunday 8th November 2020

Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE has informed the SARL that Scouts SA have finally added the Amateur Radio Operator Badge to the Scout Interest Badges and Challenge Awards.

A Scout holding the Class B licence will be awarded the Amateur Radio Operator Interest Badge, while a Scout holding a Class A licence will be award Amateur Radio Operator Challenge Badge. Adult Leaders holding radio amateur licences will also receive recognition.

Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL thanked Richard, ZS6RKE, Brian, ZS6BV and Dennis, ZS4BS for the valuable feedback on the badge requirements they provided. It has taken more than 7 years to get the amateur radio operators badge into the Scout Programme. It is hoped that more young people will be attracted to amateur radio through Scouting.

SARL

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Neutron1 launched from the ISS

Sunday 8th November 2020

Hawaii's first 3U CubeSat designed to detect neutrons was launched on November 5, 2020 by the ISS and is now in Low Earth Orbit.

The science payload, a small neutron detector developed by Arizona State University, will focus on measurements of low-energy secondary neutrons - a component of the LEO neutron environment.

For the first month and during the spacecraft commissioning phase, the beacon will transmit 1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds on the IARU coordinated frequency of 435.300MHz . The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory welcomes the worldwide Amateur Radio community to collect the beacons and forward them to n1-info@hsfl.hawaii.edu. The beacon format is now public and published at:
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-313-Neutron1.

After the initial commissioning phase, Amateurs will be able to use the V/U FM repeater during available timesband according to the available power budget. Stay tuned for more mission updates on their Twitter account @HSFLNeutron1 and their website:
https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/missions/neutron-1/.

ANS, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory

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IARU coordinates frequencies for six satellites in October

Sunday 8th November 2020

During the month of October the IARU coordinated frequencies for six upcoming Amateur Radio satellites:

+ OreSat0 (Portland State Aerospace Society at Portland State
University is a 1U CubeSat. The mission is to provide flight heritage to the "OreSat bus", an open source card-cage based system that is ideally suited for education CubeSat projects involving interdisciplinary teams of students. Downlinks on UHF using CW beacon, 9k6 G3RUH AX25/APRS packet beacon and a 96k GMSK engineering downlink. Also downlink on S Band using amateur 802.11b DPSK with 11M chip/sec spread and 1 Mbps data rate for bulk mission data. Downlinks on 436.500 MHz and 2425.00 MHz have been coordinated. Planning a launch with Momentus Space from Cape Canaveral in February 2021 into a 450 km polar orbit. More info at:
http://oresat.org/ and https://github.com/oresat.

+ TartanArtibeus-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube.
The Amateur Radio community globally will be provided with a delay ping-back service, allowing Amateurs to send messages, with replies from the satellite transmitted later. A UHF downlink using 3kbps FSK compatible with RadioHead library. A downlink on 437.170 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX launch from KSC in December 2020 into a 550km SSO.

+ SATLLA-2 (Ariel University) is a 2P picosat that will take
low-resolution photos and will broadcast the photos over the Amateur Radio with its position in orbit and data from its sensors. UHF and S Band downlinks using LORA from 476bps to 9k6 bps. Downlinks on
437.250 MHz and 2401.000 MHz have been coordinated.Planning a SpaceX launch into a 410 km 52 degree orbit in December 2020.

+ CSIROSat-1 (University of South Australia & CSIRO) is a 3U CubeSat
mission that will perform hyperspectral infrared imaging of the earth for scientific research purposes. An experimental two-way link for Amateur Radio operators to exchange short messages through a ‘ping-pong’ arrangement of data exchange is among the several communications experiments. Proposing a 9k6 FSK downlink. A downlink on 437.315 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a launch from Cape Canaveral in March 2021 into an ISS orbit.

+ PyCubed-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube that will
test a novel 3-axis attitude control system based on magnetic torque coils. In addition, it will test new low- power LoRa radios in low-Earth orbit which will be of interest to many other Amateur Radio small satellite operators. Proposing a 3kbps UHF downlink. A downlink on 437.290 MHz has been coordinated. Packets are standard LoRa format and are compatible with the RadioHead library. Planning a SpaceX launch from KSC into a 550 km SSO in December 2020.

+ Grizu-263A (Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University) is a pocketcube
satellite with a digipeater mode that will allow forwarding of received messages back to earth to support communication between Amateur Radio operators. Proposing a UHF downlink using 4k8 FSK. A downlink on 437.190 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX launch from Vandenberg into a 500 600 km SSO in December 2020.

Information on these and other upcoming satellites can be found at:
http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/.

ANS, IARU

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Upcoming SARL contests

Sunday 8th November 2020

The second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest will run from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 14 November to 08:00 UTC on Sunday 15 November 2020. CW, SSB and FM activity takes place on 6, 4 and 2 metres as well as on 70 and 23 cm and above.

The exchange is a RS report and the full six-digit Maidenhead locator.  You can participate as a Single Operator, a Multi operator, a Portable/Field Station, a Limited 4 Hour or FM Only station.

The sixth leg of the SARL Wednesday 80 m Club Sprint is on the air from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 18 November. The exchange is a RS or RST report and a four-digit grid locator. You earn 2 points per QSO and 2 points per new grid square worked.

Find the rules for the two contests on pages 46 and 64 of the 2020 Blue Book.

SARL

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Greece's War of Independance special events

Sunday 8th November 2020

Look for nine special stations to be active from these three DXCC entities between December 2020 and March 2021.

Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Greece's War of Independance" against Ottoman Turks. See:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_War_of_Independence

Look for the following callsigns to be on the air with a serial number
(* count down days until the actual celebration day of March 25th, 2021) to be appended to each special callsign:

SX9A/* -- Crete Island (Counts as SV9 DXCC)
as SX9A/99 to SX9A/90; between December 16-25th, 2020
as SX9A/9 on March 16th, 2021
as SX9A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Dimitrios/SV9COL (pilot), Nikos/SV9ANK,
John/SV9CJO, Michael/SV9CVY, Georgios/SV9DJO, Giannis/SV9FBG,
Yannis/SV9FBK, George/SV9GPV, Manolis/SV9IOI, John/SV9IOQ,
Manos/SV9JI, Konstantinos/SV9OFS and Giannis/SV9RGI.

SX8A/* -- Aegean & Ionian Islands (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX8A/89 to SX8A/80; December 26th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021
as SX8A/8 on March 17th, 2021
as SX8A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Dimitris/SV8LMQ (pilot), Alexander/
SV8CYR, Pantelis/SV8DCY, Periklis/SV8DTD and Panos/SV8JNL.

SX7A/* -- Thrace & East Macedonia Region (counts as SV DXCC)
as SX7A/79 to SX7A/70; January 5-14th, 2021
as SX7A/7 on March 18th, 2021
as SX7A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Babis/SV7BAY (pilot), Stayros/SV7BVM,
Akis/SV7CLI, Teo/SV7JAR and Dimitris/SV7RAV.

SX6A/* -- Epirus Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX6A/69 to SX6A/60; January 15-24th, 2021
as SX6A/6 on March 19th, 2021
as SX6A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Crhistos/SV6JHA (pilot), Thomas/SV6EBQ
and George/SV6KRW.

SX5A/* -- Dodecanese Region (Counts as SV5 for DXCC)
as SX5A/59 to SX5A/50; January 25th and February 3rd, 2021
as SX5A/5 on March 20th, 2021
as SX5A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Panos/SV5AZK (pilot), Pantelis/SV5AZP,
Stathis/SV5DKL and Athanasios/SV5SKI.

SX4A/* -- Thessaly Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX4A/49 to SX4A/40; February 4-13th, 2021
as SX4A/4 on March 21st, 2021
as SX4A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are John/SV4RRK (pilot), Thanasis/SV4DCQ,
Spyros/SV4DDM, Costas/SV4FFL, Chris/SV4MLF, Panos/SV4QNP,
Konstantinos/SV4RTG and Panos/SV4RXA.

SX3A/* -- Peloponnese Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX3A/39 to SX3A/30; February 14-23rd, 2021
as SX3A/3 on March 22nd, 2021
as SX3A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Panos/SV3DCX (pilot), Sotiris/SV1BDO,
Joseph/SV3AQN, Takis/SV3AUW, Babis/SV3CKF, Zac/SV3GLL, George/
SV3QUP, Nikos/SV3SCW, Dimitris/SV3SKM, George/SV3SFK and
Nick/SV0LU.

SX2A/* -- Central & Eastern Macedonia Region (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX2A/29 to SX2A/20; February 24th and March 5th, 2021
as SX2A/2 on March 23rd, 2021
as SX2A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Michael/SV2HJQ (pilot), Nikos/SV2WT,
Fotis/SV2BXZ, George/SV2CNE, Antonis/SV2CSV, Demetreos/SV2GWY,
Sakis/SV2FPI and Dimitris/SV2RCN.

SX1A/* -- Sterea Hellas Region (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX1A/19 to SX1A/10; March 6-15th, 2021
as SX1A/1 on March 24th, 2021
as SX1A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Chris/SV1IYA (pilot), Nikos/SV1AJO,
Vassilis/SV1CNS, Manos/SV1DZB, Kostas/SV1DPI, Christos/SV1EEM,
Kostas/SV1SAX and Takis/SV2FWV.

Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
Suggested frequencies are as follows (+/- QRM):
CW - 1830, 3530, 5353, 7013, 10103, 14030, 18073, 21030, 24913,
28023, 50093 and 144053 kHz
SSB - 1848, 3783, 5363, 7130, 14273, 18130, 21273, 24973, 28300,
50130 and 144283 kHz
Digi - 1840, 3573, 5357, 7074, 10136, 14074, 18100, 21074, 24915,
28074, 50313 and 144174 kHz

Four special awards will be available to amateurs and SWLs (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platium). QSL all callsigns via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or direct via SV2GWY. For more details, see QRZ.com.

OPDX

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Kids - and Ham Radio - What's Happening?

Saturday 7th November 2020

In this video Callum McCormick M0MCX talks about his experiences in introducing amateur radio to young people

I ran training courses for ham-radio students for years - I was also Group Scout Leader for 6-years inducting around 800 children into the world of Ham Radio.

I showed them CW, PSK31, SSB, DX, Walkie Talkies, VHF, computer logging, antenna erection, field days, QSL cards and lots of hands-on fun and games surrounding the amateur radio and RF world.

Want to know the numbers of successful conversions I had? You need to watch this. You would be amazed! Callum. M0MCX.

Watch Kids - and Ham Radio - What's Happening?

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 7th November 2020

It lives ... crystal radio with three components

The idea of building a crystal radio occurred to me a little while ago. I committed to building one, supplies permitting, before the end of the year. I can report that I now have a crystal radio. It works, as-in, I can hear a local AM broadcast station, and it took a grand total of three components costing a whopping two and a half bucks.

Before I get into it, this isn't glorious AM stereo, or even glorious AM mono, this is scratchy, discernible, unfiltered, temperamental radio, but I built it myself, from scratch and it worked first time.

Before I start describing what I did and how, I'm letting you know in advance that I'm not going to tell you which specific components to buy, since your electronics store is not likely to have the same components which would make it hard for you to figure out what would be a solid alternative if you didn't understand the how and why of it all.

So, disclaimer out of the way, my aim was to build a crystal radio using off the shelf components without needing to steal a razor blade, shave a cat, sharpen a pencil or any number of other weird contraptions. Not that those aren't potentially interesting as life pursuits, though the cats I know might object strongly, I wanted this to be about learning how this thing actually works without distraction.

I set about finding a capacitor and an inductor combination that made a resonant circuit with a frequency range that falls within the AM broadcast band. If you recall, you can make a high-pass filter from either a capacitor or an inductor. Similarly, you can make a low-pass filter from either component. If you line up their characteristics just so, you'll end up with a band-pass filter that lets the AM broadcast band pass through.

Now notice that I said range.

That means that there needs to be something that you can adjust.

In our case you can either adjust the inductor, or the capacitor, technically you could do both. My electronics store doesn't have variable inductors, so I opted for a variable capacitor.

The challenge becomes, which variable capacitor do you select with which inductor?

I used a spreadsheet to show what the bottom and the top range for each capacitor would be if combined with each inductor. This gave me a table showing a couple of combinations that gave me a range of resonance inside the AM band.

The formula you're looking for is the resonant frequency for a parallel LC circuit. Take the inductance and multiply that by the capacitance, then take the square root, multiply it by pi and again by two, then take the inverse and you'll have the resonant frequency. You'll need to pay attention to microhenry vs millihenry, and picofarad vs nanofarad and you'll also need to confirm that you've got kHz, MHz or just Hz out the other end, otherwise you'll end up several orders of magnitude in the wrong spot.

If you do all that, you'll likely end up with a couple combinations of inductor and capacitor that will do what you want.

Then when you head to the electronics store, you'll find that the stock you're looking for is end-of-life and that the colour coding on them isn't right, but if you manage to navigate that swamp, you'll come out the other end with a few parts in your hands.

Final bit you'll need is a diode. It acts as a so-called envelope detector. I'm not getting into it here, I'll leave that for another time, but a Schottky or Germanium diode is likely going to give you the best results for this experiment.

Wiring this contraption is pretty trivial. Start with joining the inductor and capacitor to each other in parallel, they'll act as the LC circuit. You can change the resonance by tweaking the variable capacitor. Then attach a long antenna wire to one end and an earth wire to the other end. Finally, connect the diode and an amplified loudspeaker in series between the LC antenna end and the LC earth end and your radio is done.

For my experiment the loudspeaker has a built-in amplifier, it's an external PC speaker with a power supply. I also had to keep my hand on the antenna to create enough signal - since essentially I'm a large body of water - great for being a surrogate antenna.

The unexpected thrill of hearing a local announcer coming through into my shack from three components lying on my desk was worth the anticipation. Highly recommended.

What are you waiting for?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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ARRL files comments in defense of ham radio microwave bands

Saturday 7th November 2020

ARRL has submitted comments on two draft recommendations approved in October by the FCC’s World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC)

The ARRL says:

The comments focus on draft recommendations for World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) Agenda Item (AI) 1.2. AI 1.2 will consider the identification of frequencies in the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz and 10.0 – 10.5 GHz bands, among others, “for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including possible additional allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis,” in accordance with WRC-19 Resolution 245. ARRL urged no change to the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz international secondary allocation to the Amateur Service in ITU Regions 2 (the Americas) and 3 (Oceania), and no change to the 10.0 – 10.5 GHz worldwide secondary amateur and amateur-satellite allocation.

“Radio amateurs make substantial use of both bands,” ARRL said in its comments. “They have conducted experiments and designed systems that protect primary users. The lack of interference complaints is evidence that they have been successful in doing so. In this manner, new spectrum horizons are explored and new techniques are developed that put spectrum to productive use that otherwise would represent lost opportunities and waste of the natural resource.”

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-comments-on-fcc-draft-world-radiocommunication-conference-recommendations

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Stenigot Radio on the air

Saturday 7th November 2020

A small band of radio amateurs have reinstated the repeaters up at the RAF Stenigot site in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

The repeaters are MB7PA 6 Mtr parrot repeater, GB3LC 70cms Analogue Repeater and GB7JM MMDVM repeater, which is currently active on modes DMR and DSTAR.

Stenigot is approximately 500mtrs ASL and therefore has a very wide RF footprint, the repeater site is approximately 100mtrs from the chain home radar tower.

The analogue repeaters have been active for over 6 months, whilst GB7JM digital repeater has been active for over three years with little use, it has just been relocated to the new site from the home address of M0AQC.

The radio team comprise of Brian G7AJP NOV holder for both analogue repeaters, he is also the antenna/mechanical engineer for all three repeaters. Tony 2E0OZQ donated GB3LC and helps where possible. Alan M0AQC built GB7JM and is the digital engineer including the networking connections. Kim 2E0KIM helps out wherever needed including fund raising.

The Eagle Radio Group, Mablethorpe support the Stenigot Radio group wherever possible.

Information concerning the repeaters can be found on eagleradiogroup.com website and GB7JM found on QRZ.COM.

Alan M0AQC

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Spectrum trade in the 2.6 GHz band approved

Saturday 7th November 2020

Ofcom has approved a trade of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band, from EE Limited to Telefonica UK Limited, following consultation.

Under the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011 and Ofcom’s spectrum trading process, licence holders need Ofcom’s formal consent to transfer spectrum they hold to another party. In determining whether to consent to a trade, Ofcom considers whether competition is likely to be distorted as a result of the trade.

We recently set out our initial view that there was a low risk of competition concerns resulting from the trade, and invited interested parties to submit details of any concerns by 30 October. There were no concerns raised with us by the deadline and therefore we have now formally approved the trade.

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Group revives amateur radio in the CNMI

Saturday 7th November 2020

The Saipan Tribune reports on an amateur radio revival in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

The newspaper says:


A new group of modular radio enthusiasts have set out to revive amateur radio—or HAM radio—in the CNMI with the purpose of offering voluntary assistance to the community.

According to Cris Francisco Jr., president of the new Radio Amateur Marianas DX that was licensed back in September, the main goal of the club is to offer communication services, especially in times when phone lines become unreliable, such as after typhoons, or in staging large-scale events that demand instant communication, like triathlons.

The club, which currently has over 20 members, was inspired to revive HAM radio following Super Typhoon Yutu when phone lines were unreliable and power was off islandwide with exception of those who had generators.

Since the islands are prone to these disasters, Francisco said that having this kind of communication service could help a lot in getting people the assistance they might need, like aid from the American Red Cross and other organizations that offer humanitarian aid.

Read the full story at
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/group-revives-amateur-radio-in-the-cnmi/

Radio Amateur Marianas DX
https://www.facebook.com/RADIO-Amateur-Marianas-DX-100862021776347/

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Selling used gear safely and successfully

Friday 6th November 2020

As COVID cancels hamfests and the IC-7300 sells like hotcakes, more hams are selling used gear online. HAM RADIO PERSPECTIVES reviews the best ways to sell used gear safely and successfully.

See the YouTube video.

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Ham radio group's mobile emergency command post

Friday 6th November 2020

Clay Today reports the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ClayARES) group have a new mobile command post

The newspaper says:

If you stopped by the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ClayARES) booth at this year’s Orange Park Fall Festival, you certainly noticed their new communication trailer amongst the radios and antennas.

In fact, they probably insisted that you take a step inside the 18-by-12-foot radio shack on wheels to show it off and to enjoy the air conditioning for a few moments. It would have been impossible to miss their pride in the wood panelled radio shack on wheels.

The trailer was retired from service at the Clay County Emergency Operations Center who donated it to ClayARES for use in their support of county workers during disasters and emergencies such as Hurricane Irma.

Members of ClayARES are refurbishing and retrofitting the trailer with their own time and donations. When finished, the trailer will serve as a state-of-the-art communications command center for amateur radio operations during future deployments. It can also serve as self-supporting living and sleeping quarters for radio operators.

“It’s a work in progress,” says ClayARES public information officer Scott Roberts, “but it’s a labor of love for us. We hope that we never have to use it during a dire situation for the citizens of Clay County, but we and the trailer are ready to serve our communities when all other communication fails.”

Read the full story at
https://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/local-amateur-radio-group-hits-the-road-with-mobile-command-post,24832

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Spanish satellites integrated with deployers

Friday 6th November 2020

Spain's national amateur radio society URE reports the GENESIS CubeSats were integrated with the deployer in Athens and while EASAT-2 and Hades PocketQubes were integrated in Glasgow

A translation of the URE report says:

On Sunday October 25, the GÉNESIS-L and GÉNESIS-N satellites developed by the URE Office of Satellites, AMSAT-EA, were integrated into the LibreSpace PICOBUS ejector. This integration was carried out by LibreSpace personnel at its Athens facilities. The integration, which was broadcast live on YouTube, is the preliminary step for its shipment to the United States where the ejector itself, with the satellites inside, will in turn be integrated into the Firefly Alpha rocket for its launch into space from the air base. of Vanderberg in California.

On the other hand, the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites have in turn been integrated into the AlbaPOD ejector of Alba Orbital that the Glasgow-based company will transport soon to Florida, to be launched in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket.

The GENESIS satellites carry regenerative ASK and CW digital repeaters while EASAT-2 and Hades are analog and digital repeaters for FM voice and FSK data. The latter also have a voice beacon recorded in FM.

Regarding their payloads, the GENESIS CubeSats have AIS-gPPT3-1C ion propellants from Applied Ion Systems, while EASAT-2 carries a basalt rock experiment and Hades SSTV camera from the University of Brno.


Source URE
https://tinyurl.com/SpainURE

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EANET Sprint Contest 2020

Friday 6th November 2020

On November 8, from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC, it will be held the next edition of the "sprint contest" version of the same name Award, devoted to the " Radio Clubs of the World".

In just four hours you can win original and funny prizes that you can share with your mate or friends: hotels, restaurants, wellness or adventures.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to contact those radio clubs you still needed to complete the EANET Award.

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UK 5G: Spectrum auction moves a step closer

Friday 6th November 2020

The next UK spectrum auction has moved a significant step closer, with Ofcom publishing the final regulations, application form and guidance for those looking to take part in the auction

To help improve mobile services and give more people access to 5G networks, we will release 200 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands:

• 80 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band
• 120 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band

Earlier this year we confirmed the rules for how the auction will work. Today [Nov. 5], we have made the formal regulations that are necessary for the auction to take place.

We have also published supporting documents for prospective bidders. These include updated guidance on the auction process, an updated information memorandum and the application form all parties wishing to take part will need to submit to Ofcom.

We currently expect to receive applications over two days, from 2-3 December 2020, and that bidding will start in January 2021.

The timing of next steps will be kept under review, in light of Covid-19 developments. We will also confirm the dates for receiving applications by publishing a formal notice on our website, after the regulations come into force.

Ofcom Statement
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/award-700mhz-3.6-3.8ghz-spectrum

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Jan Mayen Island Expedition cancelled

Friday 6th November 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we for various reasons hereby cancel the JX0X Dxped.

While we worked hard for 18 months to secure the entry permit, the permit to stay onshore, the fundraising and the logistics - we have come to the conclusion that there are too many uncertainties involved in this project. There is not a single reason that we cancel but rather several reasons right up to today that altogether makes this a difficult project to complete.

We would like to thank everybody who donated upfront to the JX0X DXpedition, and who believed in our team and our project. You all made a contribution to have the opportunity to work us guys next year, and you all made a difference no matter what you donated. It is people like you who donated upfront that makes DXing happen. Without upfront donations we will see less tent and generator DXpeditions to expensive places.

We will start refunding 100% all paypal donations, and you should see your support returned soon.....

Thanks! 73
JX0X team

OPDX

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5G: Using drones to beam signals from the stratosphere

Thursday 5th November 2020

5G: Using drones to beam signals from the stratosphere

Plans to beam 5G signals to the public via drones that stay airborne for nine days at a time have been announced by two UK firms.

They want to use antenna-equipped aircraft powered by hydrogen to deliver high-speed connectivity to wide areas.

Stratospheric Platforms and Cambridge Consultants say they could cover the whole of the UK with about 60 drones.

But telecoms analysts question whether the economic case for this scheme is quite as simple as it sounds.

The Cambridge-based companies say they would run the service in partnership with existing mobile operators.

They are already backed by Deutsche Telekom, which hopes to trial the technology in rural southern Germany in 2024.

Safety rules

Cambridge Consultants designed the antenna for the Stratospheric Platforms aircraft, which is designed to fly at an altitude of 20,000m (65,617ft).

They say they have successfully tested beaming a lower-bandwidth signal from a plane flying at a lower height.

But so far, the drone required is still on the drawing board and would need to be tested with a emission-free hydrogen fuel cell and 5G antenna on board.

Google, with its Project Loon, is running a similar project to bring wireless broadband to remote places using solar-powered high-altitude balloons.

But the chief executive of Stratospheric Platforms says using hydrogen fuel cells is a superior solution.

"This is a very high-density energy source, which enables us to produce a huge amount of power for long periods of time," explains Richard Deakin.

He adds that each drone would cover an area of 140km (87 miles) in diameter below.

And users would get download speeds of about 100Mbps - allowing them to download a typical four-gigabyte movie in under six minutes.

Antenna model

IMAGE COPYRIGHTCAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS

image captionThis non-working version model of the antenna shows how large it would be "Terrestrial masts are extremely expensive to install," adds Mr Deakin.

"With our system, each aircraft will replace at least 200 masts."

But industry watchers say safety issues need to be resolved.

"The skies are very heavily regulated," says John Delaney from research firm IDC.

"Getting a network of constantly flying drones in the stratosphere within three or four years would be difficult."

Mr Deakin is a former chief executive of Nats - the UK's National Air Traffic Control Service - so is well aware of what is involved.

And he says the initiative is already talking to air traffic control services across Europe.

Shipping signals

By 2024, UK mobile operators should have built much of their 5G networks.

"It is unrealistic to expect that existing infrastructure is going to be displaced by a network of drones," comments Ben Wood from CCS Insight consultancy.

image captionA proof-of-concept antenna has been trialled in a test chamber But he acknowledges they could be useful in hard-to-reach areas, for instance "over large expanses of water, such as a shipping lane".

Mr Delaney agrees, adding that the solution might suit companies looking to quickly link machines together, for example autonomous trucks driving in and out of a mine.

"You could see a role for a technology like this which lets you get coverage up and running very quickly in very remote areas," he says.

For now, the biggest challenge could be funding.

Despite Deutsche Telekom's involvement, the two British firms need more money if they are to offer connectivity from the stratosphere within four years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54797917

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Behind the Enigma: GCHQ book review

Thursday 5th November 2020

Andy, G0SFJ, would like to draw attention to his book review of "Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ" by John Ferris.

The full review can be downloaded as a pdf here:
https://www.academia.edu/44399643/Behind_the_Enigma
_The_Authorised_History_
of_GCHQ_by_John_Ferris

and from Research Gate.

Ferris' book is dismissive of Blethchley Park and pays scant reference to the work of radio volunteers.

Andy would welcome comments - he is QTHR on any Callbook since 1992 and on QRZ.com

73 de Andy G0SFJ

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Category 4 Hurricane Eta threat prompts activation

Thursday 5th November 2020

The ARRL report as Hurricane Eta increased to a major Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 MPH on track to landfall along the Nicaraguan coast, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) activated

Frequencies used by the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), were 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz as well as the VoIP Hurricane Net, Winlink, APRS, and other modes. As of Tuesday evening, Eta was not threatening the US mainland, and the HWN had not announced any activation plans but was at a Level 3 alert level.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/category-4-hurricane-eta-threat-prompts-activation

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Antarctica radio ham on TV

Thursday 5th November 2020

On November 3, 2020, German TV broadcaster WDR aired a news story about radio amateur Theresa DC1TH who is part of the Neumayer-III base 2021/22 overwintering crew

She is expected to be on-the-air from Antarctica with the callsign DP0GVN using the QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur radio transponder.

Theresa DC1TH visited AMSAT-DL at the amateur radio facility at the Bochum radio observatory for some brief training in the use of QO-100 before traveling to the Neumayer III base.

AMSAT-DL provided the QO-100 satellite ground station for DP0GVN nearly a year ago, it has been operated by Roman HB9HCF.

You can watch the WDR news item at
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1036866973482808

Further information on QO-100 can be found at
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

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Election day sunspot alert

Wednesday 4th November 2020

One of the biggest sunspots in years is emerging on the sun today.
Hours ago it produced a C-class solar flare and a minor radio blackout over the Indian Ocean.

This sunspot, if it holds itself together, will face Earth for the next two weeks as it rotates across the face of the sun, potentially setting the stage for a sustained stretch of solar activity.

Visit Spaceweather.com for updates

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An Introduction to GNU Radio

Wednesday 4th November 2020

The RSGB have made available the video of the Introduction to GNU Radio talk by Heather Lomond, M0HMO, part of the Society's Tonight @ 8 Webinars

A beginners’ introduction to using GNU radio to create simple amateur radio projects. Starting from the beginning Heather will introduce the GNURadio programming environment, develop a little of the theory needed to understand SDRs and then go on to use some simple GNURadio blocks to build a receiver based on one of the super cheap SDRs. Finally, she will show how to build more complex radio systems and where to go to take things to the next level.

Watch An Introduction to GNU Radio with Heather Lomond, M0HM


RSGB Tonight @ 8 Live Webinars
https://rsgb.org/main/tonight-at-eight-live-webinars/

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Neutron-1 CubeSat scheduled for deployment on Nov 5

Wednesday 4th November 2020

The ARRL reports the Neutron-1 satellite’s payload includes a VHF to UHF FM Amateur Radio transponder

The League says:

The 3-U Neutron-1 CubeSat is scheduled for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 5 at 10:40 UTC. For the satellite’s first month and during its commissioning phase, the Neutron-1 beacon will transmit 1,200 bps BPSK telemetry every 60 seconds on 435.300 MHz.

Developed by the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the satellite’s payload includes a VU FM amateur radio repeater during available times and according to the spacecraft’s power budget. The Neutron-1 science mission is spelled out in a formal paper, Neutron-1 Mission: Low Earth Orbit Neutron Flux Detection and COSMOS Mission Operations Technology Demonstration.

HSFL operates and maintains a satellite UHF, VHF, and L/S-band amateur radio ground station at Kauai Community College.

The primary mission of Neutron-1 is to measure low-energy neutron flux in low-Earth orbit (LEO). The science payload, a small neutron detector developed by Arizona State University, will focus on measurements of low-energy secondary neutrons — a component of the LEO neutron environment.

Read the full story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/neutron-1-cubesat-scheduled-for-deployment-on-november-5-other-sats-pendin

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Galway Radio Club release their newsletter for the Winter of 2020

Wednesday 4th November 2020

Galway Radio Club release their newsletter for the Winter of 2020

Following on from the success of their 2019 Winter newsletter, Galway Radio Club have just released another one for the Winter of 2020.

As well as having items of local interest, the newsletter has several articles which radio amateurs worldwide might find of interest.

Some of the subjects covered are...

NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Operation)
Using System Fusion
Low Earth Orbit Satellites
QO-100 Geostationary Satellite transponder
The 4-metre band
The Bazooka Antenna Ground station for QO-100
Antenna matching
Antenna reviews

More info... https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2020/11/galway-radio-club-newsletter-issue-2.html

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 4th November 2020

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

IOTA QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

EU-039; F, Chausey Islands: Fabien/F4HIK and Joel/F4IKA have to
cancel their activation of Chausey Islands, scheduled for Nov. 4 to
11 (TM93EU).

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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DXCC Most Wanted 2020

Wednesday 4th November 2020

ClubLog has recently updated its DXCC Most Wanted List 2020

01. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
02. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
03. FT5/W Crozet Island
04. BS7H Scarborough Reef
05. CE0X San Felix Islands
06. BV9P Pratas Island
07. KH7K Kure Island
08. KH3 Johnston Island
09. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island
10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
11. FT/G Glorioso Island
12. VK0M Mmacquarie Island
13. YV0 Aves Island
14. KH4 Midway Island
15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
https://clublog.org/mostwanted.ph

DXNL

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RAC Canada Winter Contest

Wednesday 4th November 2020

In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the  RAC Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate. 

The global pandemic will most likely still be a fact of life on Saturday, December 19 when the RAC Canada Winter Contest takes place and we want to make sure that everyone participates safely. The RAC Contest Committee is therefore asking all participants to follow the guidelines provided by the government and health officials in your respective area for any of the multi-op categories enabled within the contest. If you do carry out an operation in any of the multi-op categories, please advise as part of your log submission that you have followed your locally applicable guidelines for group sizes and social (physical) distancing. 

New “Rookie Plaque”

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the creation of a new  “Rookie” subcategory for both the RAC Canada Day Contest and the RAC Canada Winter Contest.

The new “Rookie Plaque” will be sponsored by  RadioSport Manitoba and the  Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club and will begin with this year’s RAC Canada Winter Contest which will be held on Saturday, December 19.

“Rookie” is defined as a single operator who was first licensed as a Radio Amateur less than 36 calendar months (three years) before the date of the contest being entered in this subcategory. Any level of Amateur Radio licence available from the licensing jurisdiction qualifies for the subcategory.

The participating licensed Amateur is required to self-declare their eligibility, but the RAC Contest Management Committee reserves the right to request proof of eligibility to assist in resolving any disputes.

Eligible Categories for the Rookie Plaque:

Participants are eligible for the new Rookie Plaque in the following categories.  Note: only one plaque is available across the three categories designated below.

Qualification for the Rookie Overlay Category: 

Any Single Operator All Band entrant, in the categories noted above, who meets the Rookie requirements will need to select or enter the Rookie category by adding a new  “Category-Overlay: Rookie line” in the Cabrillo log file header. You may need to manually enter this line if the logging software you use does not support this category overlay.

In addition, entrants will need to indicate the date they were first licensed by adding a comment with that information in a “Soapbox:” field in the Cabrillo header. An example would be: “Soapbox: First licensed in  January of 2019.”

Rookie participants will still qualify for the plaques in the three eligible categories should they receive the highest score in one of those categories. Previous rookie winners are ineligible for an additional Rookie Plaque in future contests.

RAC Cabrillo Guidelines:

As indicated above, as part of the contest rules update around the new Rookie subcategory we have updated the RAC Contest Cabrillo Guidelines document to reflect these changes. Specifically there is now a Category-Overlay field in the specifications with the expected input to be “Rookie”.

We hope that contest software authors will be able to update their software to include these changes. Until that time, contesters will have to manually enter the following line in their Cabrillo log: “Category-Overlay: Rookie” if they qualify as a rookie and wish to compete for this new plaque.

We have also aligned our Cabrillo document to update to all the current Cabrillo specifications to the published standards that apply to our contests based on the 2020 publication of the V3 standards.

The updated document is available for download at: 
https://www.rac.ca/rac-canada-winter-contest-2020/

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 Ofcom EMF Consultation - Update by RSGB

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The RSGB is currently working on detailed comments and suggested amendments to the second Ofcom EMF consultation

The Society is also preparing guidance to help all UK radio amateurs to assess compliance and keep the necessary records.

Read the latest RSGB Update at
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2020/11/201101_EMF-Update
_Second-Ofcom-Consultation.pdf


RSGB EMF page
https://rsgb.org/emf

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HAREC examination students meeting on Zoom

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society say: Anybody interested in furthering their interest in amateur radio and working towards sitting the HAREC examination is invited to log into a meeting on the Zoom platform on Wednesday next November 4th at 2000.

A link to the meeting will be posted on the IRTS Facebook page and is on the IRTS website at www.irts.ie/training and can also be had by emailing training /at/ irts.ie or by ringing 087-6290574.

This is an attempt to see if online training based on the HAREC examination syllabus is a viable proposition and to establish if there is a demand for the service.

Please pass on the word to any interested shortwave listeners you may have contact with.

IRTS

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IARU Region 2 Executive Committee meets

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The IARU Region 2 Executive Committee held its fourth meeting of the year via Zoom in three parts, replacing an in-person meeting not possible due to the pandemic

In addition to the R2 Officers and Directors, observers from the IARU international secretariat and Region 3 Executive Committee was also present.

In the first session on October 21, President Ramón Santoyo XE1KK, reviewed the year since the October 2019 Lima General Assembly, highlighting the new initiatives undertaken by R2, including the appointment of a Youth Liaison and the introduction of the very well attended Workshops.  Also noted was the work of the Band Planning Committee coordinating with Regions 1 and 3 on a number of issues, especially the explosive growth in digital modes and R2 participation in a Future Committee to develop a strategy and plans for updating the IARU organization to be more effective in dealing with the challenges of the rapidly evolving telecommunications ecosystem.    

In addition to routine business, including a financial update from Mr. Jay Bellows K0QB Treasurer, Secretary George Gorsline VE3YV presented a proposed 2021 strategic plan for discussion.  One Item for immediate action was identifying suitable candidates for the R2 Emergency Coordinator (EMCOR) necessitated by the resignation of Dr Cesar Pio Santos, HR1P, after 12 years of service.  Member Societies were polled for their suggestions, with a decision to be made at the third session.

Session 2 on October 24th was Coordinators Day.  Each of the R2 Coordinators was invited to give a presentation on their function and recent activity.  With 12 Coordinators, ranging from CITEL/ITU to Beacon Coordination, the 4-hour session was an education in the breadth of amateur radio activities in R2.  The presentations will be posted shortly on www.iaru-r2.org/en  website.

The third and final session on October 28 continued the discussion on planning and budget for FY 2021.  The pandemic has created considerable disruption this year and how long that may continue is uncertain.  With these challenges are also opportunities created by the rapid acceptance of virtual meetings for improved outreach to broaden participation by member societies and all amateurs in the Americas.  A special session to approve the finalized budget will be scheduled later in the year.

The Executive Committee appointed Dr. Carlos Alberto Santamaria CO2JC as the new R2 EMCOR, recognizing his outstanding qualifications and his experience with hurricane and earthquake emergency communications.  In this appointment, the EC will request that the new EMCOR consider a proposal from Radio Club de Chile suggesting changes to the traditional approaches used in the past for EMCOMM to provide a more focused approach in different parts of the region.

Source IARU Region 2
https://iaru-r2.org/

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How to use unrestricted two-way radios legally

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

New Zealand's regulator, RSM, report: Two-way radios (also known as walkie talkies) are easily bought online but some overseas models are illegal in New Zealand.

For example, radio brand names such as Baofeng, Pofung and Wouxun are in most cases illegal to own or operate. Only persons that hold an amateur radios certificate of competency can use this equipment.

Read more about:

Using non-compliant Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) devices

Devices that operate on the MURS frequency band are illegal to supply and operate in NZ. 

These devices are designed to operate on US allocated frequencies between 151-154 MHz.  In NZ these frequencies are allocated to Land Mobile services and need a licence crafted by an engineer.  Operating a MURS device in NZ can cause interference to critical radio services.

Examples of MURS radio devices are:

If you plan to import or buy equipment operating in the frequency range 151-154 MHz online or overseas, check with us first. 

You can face infringement penalties ranging from $350 to $1700 if you import or operate a MURS device. Prosecution is also likely for serious non-compliance.

Neutron-1 scheduled for deployment on November 5th

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Neutron-1 3U CubeSat is currently scheduled to be deployed from the ISS on November 5, 2020 at 10:40 UTC.

For the first month and during the spacecraft commissioning phase, the beacon will transmit 1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds on the IARU coordinated frequency of 435.300MHz. We welcome the worldwide Amateur community to collect the beacons and forward them to n1-info at hsfl.hawaii.edu. The beacon format is now public and published at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-306-Neutron.

After the initial commissioning phase, Amateurs will be able to use the V/U FM repeater during available times and according to the available power budget.

Stay tuned for more mission updates on our Twitter account @HSFLNeutron1 and our website https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/missions/neutron-1/.

ANS, Hawaii Space Flight Lab

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Russian Robinson Club in Malawi

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Operators from the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as 7Q7RU near Embangweni, Malawi, between November 7-18th.

Operators mentioned are Lilia/EW7L, Vasily/R7AL, Vladimir/R9LR, Vasily/RA1ZZ, Al/RZ3K and possibly others (On-site support from Don/K6ZO/ 7Q6M, Junior/7Q7JN and Andy/UA3FQ).

Activity will be on 160/80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6/2 meters (with a focus on 160/80m) and 70cm using CW, SSB, FT8 (F/H mode) and Satellites.

QSL via R7AL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
For more details and updates, see: https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/7q7ru


ADDED NOTE: The RRC team announced this past week, the "MALAWI 2020 7Q7RU" plaque. This plaque is issued for contacts with the Russian Team 7Q7RU.
To get this plaque you need to work 3 QSOs with 7Q7RU between November 7-19th, 2020. Plaque's size 200 x 250mm. Plaque's fee 44 USDs or 39 EURs.
Payment is via PayPal (VershkovKN@gmail.com). The fee includes shipping by air mail. For the top 10 radio operators that fulfills the plaque's requirements first, they will receive a special plaque free of charge starting with number 001. All logs for checking will be uploaded to Club- Log service.

Questions and/or applications free form should be sent to RW3DD (VershkovKN@gmail.com). For more info or to see the plaque, go to:
http://www.dxwanted.net/index.php/plaques/other/603-malawi-2020-7q7ru

OPDX

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The night Pittsburgh transformed the world

Monday 2nd November 2020

On November 2, 1920, Frank Conrad made the first radio broadcast of a Presidential Election result from KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ARRL report what became KDKA initially began broadcasting in 1916 as amateur radio station 8XK, licensed by the Federal Radio Commission (FRC), the predecessor to the FCC. At the time, amateurs were not prohibited from broadcasting. The small station was operated by Dr. Frank Conrad, who was Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company assistant chief engineer.

Ham radio clubs participating in the centennial special event include the North Hills Amateur Radio Club in Pittsburgh — which is planning to operate from KDKA’s 1930s’ transmitter site, where an original tower pier still stands. A 1920s’ transmitter site, in Forest Hills, will serve as another operating location. In addition to the North Hills ARC and Skyview Radio Society, other clubs taking part include the Panther Amateur Radio Club, Steel City Amateur Radio Club, the Wireless Association of South Hills, the Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group, and the Washington Amateur Communications Radio Club.

ARRL - Radio Amateurs in Western Pennsylvania to Commemorate KDKA Broadcasting Centennial
http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-in-western-pennsylvania-to-commemorate-kdka-broadcasting-centennial

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports:  

Pittsburghers are proud of the many “firsts” that took place in this city: the first Ferris wheel (1893), the first polio vaccine (1954) and the first Big Mac (1967).

Yet few other “firsts” can match the one that will be observed on Nov. 2. On that date 100 years ago, the results of the 1920 Harding-Cox presidential election were broadcast from a shack atop a Westinghouse building in Turtle Creek, and — magically — commercial radio was born.

The hastily-built transmitter, which used the call letters KDKA, allowed every person, even those of modest means, to access news, music and information through the radio waves. It paved the way for the mass broadcasting, television and global information networks that power our cellular world today.

All of this was made possible by a Pittsburgher named Frank Conrad, who had a seventh-grade education, worked his way up to engineer at Westinghouse Electric’s East Pittsburgh Works and pioneered new ways of transmitting voices and phonograph music across the airwaves from his garage in Wilkinsburg.


Read the full story at
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/11/01/The-night-Pittsburgh-transformed-the-world/stories/202011010029

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Online ham radio training in Eire

Monday 2nd November 2020

The IRTS has introduced an online interactive amateur radio training course for the HAREC exam. The first session takes place on Wednesday, November 4 at 8pm (20:00 GMT)

Further information including the Zoom access details for the course are at
https://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?training

As yet it is not possible to take the HAREC exam online although a Dublin-based company TestReach Ltd does provide the UK online exams (Fnd/Int/Full) for the RSGB, see
https://www.testreach.com/customer-story-radio-society-great-britain.html

Eire only has a single class of amateur radio licence which permits up to 1 kW output. To get a licence from the regulator ComReg you have to pass a HAREC compatible exam. This 60 question exam is equivalent to the UK's three exams (Foundation, Intermediate and Full) combined.

When the HAREC certificate has been issued it can be used to apply for an amateur radio licence in a number of other CEPT member countries.

IRTS Downloads
https://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?downloads

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New server for EURAO websites

Monday 2nd November 2020

Since last week, EURAO changed its websites (eurao.org and eurobureauqsl.org) to a new internet service provider due to several issues with the old one.

www.eurao.org

www.eurobureauqsl.org

We hope now everything works fine.

Thanks for your patience.

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 2nd November 2020

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between October 26-31st (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8ED CANARY 17m; SSB
AF-004 EA8DHV CANARY 17m; CW
AF-004 EA8DJM CANARY 40m; FT8
AF-004 EB8AC CANARY 15m; FT8
AN-011 LU1ZG Ross 20m; FT8
AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 160m; FT8
AF-022 ZD7FT St. Helena 12m; SSB
AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 12/10m; FT8
AS-004 5B4AIF CYPRUS 10m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL CYPRUS 15m; SSB
AS-007 JA0LBE HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JA4MOK HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 17m; SSB
AS-007 JJ1UYE HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JK1BQS HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JR2BCF HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JR2TZJ HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JR3IIR HONSHU 20m; FT8
EU-004 EA6A BALEARIC 15m; FT8
EU-004 EA6NB BALEARIC 20m; CW
EU-005 G0TSH GREAT BRITAIN 17m; SSB
EU-005 G0HDB GREAT BRITAIN 10m; FT8
EU-005 GM2V GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M0PKD GREAT BRITAIN 20m; CW
EU-005 M0BJL GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M2G GREAT BRITAIN 80m; CW
EU-013 GJ0KYZ JERSEY 40m; FT8
EU-015 SV9CJO CRETE 12m; FT8
EU-016 9A4W Croatia 30m; CW
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 17m; CW
EU-021 TF3JB Iceland 30m; CW
EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-022 JX2US Jan Mayen 17m; CW
EU-023 9H1ZX MALTA 17m; CW
EU-023 9H6SGM MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IS0GGA SARDINIA 17m; SSB
EU-024 IS0HGX SARDINIA 15m; FT8
EU-024 IS0HNN SARDINIA 20m; CW
EU-024 IS0KNG SARDINIA 15m; FT8
EU-025 IT9ESW SICILY 20m; CW
EU-030 OZ1NKS/P BORNHOLM 20m; SSB
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-075 SV8/F1RAF PELOPONNISOS(ARGOLIS)/ATTIKI REGIO 20/15m; SSB
EU-089 CU8AI WESTERN 15m; SSB
EU-115 EI3ISB IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 MI0ITS IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0SAI IRELAND 15m; SSB
EU-115 MI7RPG IRELAND 10m; FT8
EU-131 IT9RIY/P Torcello 30m; CW
EU-137 GD0TEP SKANE COUNTY 40m; FT8
EU-172 OZ2LP JYLLAND EAST AND FYN 80m; FT8
EU-175 CU3AC CENTRAL 15m; FT8
EU-175 CU3HN CENTRAL 20m; SSB
EU-186 TA1CQ TURKEY 40m; FT8
NA-015 CL3OR CUBA 17m; CW
NA-026 KA2ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; SSB
NA-101 J73WA DOMINICA 15/12/10m; FT8
NA-105 FS4WBS ST MARTIN 20m; SSB
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 15/12m; FT8
NA-106 KP2M VIRGIN 15m; CW
NA-134 OX3LX GREENLAND'S COASTAL ISLANDS NORTH WEST 20m; FT8
OC-001 VK3CWB Australia 12m; CW
OC-001 VK4CH Australia 15m; FT8
OC-001 VK6LW Australia 160m;
OC-001 VK2GR Australia 30m; CW
OC-001 VK4FNQ Australia 12m; FT8
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 30/15/12/10m; FT8
OC-019 KH6U HAWAIIAN 12m; FT8
OC-019 WH6S HAWAIIAN 12m; FT8
OC-034 YC9VIZ INDONESIA WEST PAPUA 40m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1WN NORTH 15m; SSB
OC-086 KH0W NORTHERN MARIANA 17m; CW
OC-134 ZL3GA SOUTH 17m; CW
OC-147 YG9WKB WEST PAPUA'S COASTAL ISLANDS NORTH 40m; FT8
OC-150 YB3BB/9 TENGGARA BARAT 40m; FT8
OC-275 7H9H Habe 40/30/20m; CW/SSB
OC-278 TX0T Tatakoto 40/30/20/17m; CW
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 10m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4AH TRINIDAD 12m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 12m; SSB
SA-018 CE7VPQ LOS LAGOS REGION SOUTH 12/10m; SSB

** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports....

NA-134. Bo, OZ1DJJ, is once again active as OX3LX from Asiaat Islands (WW Loc. GP38NQ), Greenland, until November 16th. Activity will be on 40-4 meters with a focus 50 and 70 MHz. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on 40-6 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be in morning around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/ morning. QSL via OZ0J direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com or his Web page at: http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

OC-298. (TX0T Tatakoto Atoll Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, is now active as TX0T from Tatakoto Atoll until November 5th. Activity has been on 40/30/20/17 meters using mostly CW and with some SSB. For more details and updates, see: https://tx0t.weebly.com

SA-079. (Canceled Again!) Members of the PARA DX Group who were planning another attempt to activate (for the first time ever) Ilha das Palmas (new DIB for Brazil, RJ [to be defined]) in the Rio de Janeiro State Center Group as ZV1M between October 29th and November 1st, have canceled their operation due to a cyclone that has formed on the high seas. For more information, see: https://www.qrz.com/db/zv1m https://paradxgroup.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/zv1m-ilha-das-palmas

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX, and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

OPDX

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 2nd November 2020

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th October, through Sunday, 1st November there were 213 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later"

OPDX

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QSO Today - Ria Jairam - N2RJ

Sunday 1st November 2020

Ria Jairam, N2RJ, discovered amateur radio on her native Caribbean Island of Trinidad/Tobago back in the 90s.

As an immigrant to the United States, Ria pursued a degree in Electronic Engineering and learned from great ham radio mentors.

Now an electronic security professional, mother, active ham radio operator and contester, Ria was recently elected ARRL Hudson Division Director.

N2RJ tells her story and the ham radio issues that interest her in this QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

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Ham College 70

Sunday 1st November 2020

Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 8.
E2B Television practices: fast scan television standards and techniques, slow scan television standards and techniques.

1:05:59

 

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SolderSmoke Podcast 226 available

Sunday 1st November 2020

Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released a new edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

This edition includes:

• The Gleissberg 88 ‐year Solar Cycle
• Pete's Bench: uSDX project, Hermes Lite
• Bill's Bench: HP8640B,  Global Specialties Corp 6000 counter, Lafayette HA600A
• Mailbag

Listen to the podcast
http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke226.mp3

SolderSmoke blog
http://soldersmoke.blogspot.co.uk/

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The Draft 2021 SARL Blue Book

Sunday 1st November 2020

Thank you to the Clubs and Groups who responded with updates, comments and suggestions for the 2021 Blue Book.

The 46 Long Distance VHF/UHF WhatsApp Group has revamped the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue and Digital contests as well as the SARL VHF/UHF FM contest. Unfortunately, several contests will not be on the calendar for 2021 as no sponsors came forward to host these contests.

The updates, comments and suggestions will now be refined in the 2021 Blue Book. A further draft copy will be made available for a final check before the 2021 Blue Book is published

South African Radio League

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