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Interested in Radio & Electronics ? 

Get started right away, by acquiring a Short Wave or VHF receiver and listening to the activity on the amateur bands but if you want to transmit and talk to people then you will need a valid Amateur Radio Licence to achieve the full enjoyment of Amateur Radio.  This includes experimenting with antennas and much more.

WADARC has a team able to provide Foundation and Intermediate Licence tuition so if you are interested please contact our training team by sending an email with your details to the link at the bottom.

We hope to be starting an Intermediate Licence Course very soon, with other exam possibilities to follow.

If you would like to find out more, please send an email to training@wadarc.com explaining your interest.
 

 

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Golden Globe Race: Penalty given for ham radio use

Friday 22nd February 2019

My Sailing reports a sailor in the Golden Globe around the world race has been given a penalty after using amateur radio to ask for weather routing information

The site says:

Third placed Estonian skipper Uku Randmaa has escaped disqualification from the Golden Globe race after breaching the strict rules forbidding outside assistance, but has been handed a 72-hour penalty for asking and receiving weather routing information during radio contact with a Ham radio operator.

A 16-minute recording of the radio communication was received at Race HQ yesterday (19th February). The first five minutes covers a legitimate publicly available weather information, but at -9:15, Randmaa asks: “I have a question…How can I say it… I’m heading 90°. Can I be sure that I can take the wind if I’m sailing east?"

Race Chairman Don McIntyre explained: “This is a retro race with skippers restricted to using a sextant, paper charts and wind-up chronometers just as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston used in the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years ago. All digital equipment is banned, including sat phones and GPS. Skippers can only communicate via Single Side Band (SSB) radios and amateur Ham radio net, which the whole world can listen in to if they wish.

Read the full story at
http://www.mysailing.com.au/offshore/more-dramas-in-golden-globe-race-broken-tiller-and-penalty-for-weather-routing

In January a Sailing News post suggested some sailors in the Golden Globe Race have been operating in the amateur radio bands using made-up callsigns
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/january/ham-radio-in-the-golden-globe-race.htm

Yatching Monthly January 15
https://www.yachtingmonthly
.com/boat-events/golden-globe-race/golden-globe-race-slats-considers-quitting-comms-row-68574


Golden Globe Race 2018-19
https://goldengloberace.com/

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World JOTA-JOTI 2018 Report published

Friday 22nd February 2019

With a goal of increasing JOTA-JOTI participation to three million, what were the numbers for 2018?  But as importantly, how were Scouts engaged in the largest annual Scouting event in the world?

All these questions and more are addressed in the World JOTA-JOTI 2018 Report.

You can find the 2018 report (along with all the previous reports) at
https://www.jotajoti.info/annualreports/

Direct link to PDF
https://www.jotajoti.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/World-JOTA-JOTI-2018-Report-FINAL1.pdf

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 22nd February 2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Atmospheric radiation update: Cosmic rays continue to increase

Friday 22nd February 2019

New data released by the Earth to Sky Calculus/Spaceweather.com high-altitude ballooning program show that atmospheric cosmic rays are intensifying for the 4th year in a row--an ironic side-effect of the decaying solar cycle.

The new results are of interest to everyone from astronauts to air travelers.

Get the full story on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

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

Friday 22nd February 2019

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA4NC, F4EBK, W2AIV, W3UR, WB2REM, 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.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Johannes, PA5X is QRV as 5T5PA from Nouadhibou and is here for six months. Activity is in his spare time on 160 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

SENEGAL, 6W. Willy, ON4AVT is QRV as 6W7/ON4AVT from Warang until March 30. Activity is on the HF bands, including 60 meters, using CW, PSK, and possibly FT8. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Christian, F4EBK is QRV as DU3/F4EBK from Luzon Island, IOTA OC-042, until March 31. Activity is on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, GK. Arnaud, JG1XMV will be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from Grand Terre Island, IOTA OC-032, from February 23 to March 10. This also includes a visit to Mare Island, IOTA OC-033, and a few other islands as well. Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. A group of operators will be QRV as HD8M from Santa Cruz Island, IOTA SA-004, from February 27 to March 6. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, and FT8 in DXpedition mode. This includes being active in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via WB2REM.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Jean, VE2FDJ is QRV as 5J0JC from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-049, until February 27. Activity is on 80, 40, 20 and 6 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

PANAMA, HP. Special event station H31A is QRV until August 15 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly RTTY, PSK31 and FT8 with some SSB. QSL via HP1AVS.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from Roatan Island, IOTA NA 057, until February 26. He is QRV as HQ9X in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest. Activity includes being on 160 and 80 meters during his evening hours, as well as 60 meters. QSL via KQ1F.

TUVALU, T2. Tony, 3D2AG is QRV as T2AR until February 27. He is active in his spare time on 160, 80, 60 and 40 meters using CW, with some SSB, RTTY and FT8. Tili, T2AT is also active during these days using FT8. QSL T2AR to home call and T2AT via N7MSI.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32. Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati Island, IOTA OC-024, from February 28 to March 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Members of the Giresun Radio Amateur and Sports Club are QRV with special event call TC10GITRAD until the end of 2019 to celebrate the club's 10th anniversary. QSL via bureau.

BELIZE, V3. Will, AA4NC is QRV as V31NC from Placencia until March 13. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via EA5GL. In addition, George, W2AIV will also be QRV as V31GF from Placencia from February 23 to March 2. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters, and possibly 15 and 10 meters, using SSB with some CW and PSK31. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, North American RTTY QSO Party, North American Collegiate RTTY Championship, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, REF SSB Contest, UBA DX CW Contest, South Carolina QSO Party, High Speed Club CW Contest, Classic Phone Exchange, SARL Digital Contest and North Carolina QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend.

The SKCC CW Sprint, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and The QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for February 27.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see February 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Receiving the Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite

Thursday 21st February 2019

George Smart M1GEO has published an article about his experiences in receiving the amateur radio transponders on the Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite

He writes: "Following Noel G8GTZ‘s talk on Es'hail-2 at the RSGB Convention 2018, I started collecting the parts required to put together a receive system. At the time of Noel's talk, I remember thinking how he’d made the process sound simple. It wasn’t until I started playing with the setup that I actually found how simple the process was."

Read the article at
https://www.george-smart.co.uk/2019/02/eshail2-rx/

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ARRL adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW configuration file

Thursday 21st February 2019

The ARRL has released version 11.7 of the Logbook of the World configuration file adding the ability to confirm QSOs made through JO-97, FO-99, and QO-100 via LoTW.

LoTW users should receive a prompt to update their configuration file when opening recent versions of TQSL. The file can also be downloaded at https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/config.tq6

ARRL, Amsat

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NASA to provide coverage of SpaceX commercial crew flight test

Thursday 21st February 2019

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Demo-1 flight test to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011.


This illustration depicts SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket lifting off
from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credits: SpaceX

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:48 a.m. EST Saturday, March 2, for the launch of the company’s uncrewed Demo-1 flight, which will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station. The launch, as well as other activities leading up to the launch, will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at approximately 5:55 a.m. Sunday, March 3.

This will be the first uncrewed flight test of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations. 

The flight test also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX’s crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the space station. SpaceX’s Demo-2 test flight, which will fly NASA astronauts to the space station, is targeted to launch in July.

Following each flight, NASA will review performance data to ensure each upcoming mission is as safe as possible. After completion of all test flights, NASA will continue its review of the systems and flight data for certification ahead of the start of regular crewed flights to the space station.

Full Demo-1 coverage is as follows. All times are EST:

Friday, Feb. 22

Thursday, Feb. 28

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

Friday, March 8

For more information on event coverage, go to:
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-spacex-demo-1-briefings-events-and-broadcasts

The goal of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station, which could allow for additional research time and increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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ITU WRC-19 Conference Prep Meeting Geneva

Wednesday 20th February 2019

ARRL report the second Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in advance of World Radio Communication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall got under way on February 18 at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva

Delegates from around the world are attending.

This CPM will prepare a consolidated report that will support of the work of WRC-19, based on contributions from various administrations, study groups, and other sources concerning the regulatory, technical, operational, and procedural matters, and the inclusion of reconciled differences or of differing views and their justification.

Agenda items affecting Amateur Radio include the harmonization of the 50-MHz amateur allocation, 5G in the 47-GHz band (Amateur Radio has an allocation at 47.0 – 47.2 GHz in the US) and elsewhere, and studies concerning Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles to assess the impact of WPT for electric vehicles on radiocommunication services and to study suitable harmonized frequency ranges which would minimize the impact on radiocommunication services from WPT for electrical vehicles.

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/itu-wrc-19-conference-preparatory-meeting-under-way-in-geneva

Among those attending and tweeting from the conference is Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Special Advisor Bryan Rawlings VE3QN, follow him at
https://twitter.com/VE3QN

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Stevenage shed radio DJ visits Radio Caroline

Wednesday 20th February 2019

A shed-based DJ, whose interest in radio was sparked by pirate station Radio Caroline, has had his "dream come true" by visiting the ship it broadcasts from.

Deke Duncan, 73, was given his own one-hour special on BBC local radio last year after broadcasting to just his wife for more than 40 years.

The station took him to the ship off the coast of Essex at the weekend.

"This is the climax of my life," he said during the visit.

Mr Duncan started playing records from his back garden in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in 1974 and set up Radio 77 - named after a job-lot of second hand jingles bought from a US station of the same name.

But with no licence, the station could only be beamed through a speaker in his living room to wife Teresa.

He presented non-stop weekend slots on the station with friends, broadcasting from - and to - 57 Gonville Crescent.

Read the full BBC News story
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-47276976

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500 years of foundation of Panama City

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Dear fellow ham,

The special callsign H31A is being used to commemorate 500 years of the foundation of Panama City, PANAMA. The station will be available until August 15th  2019.

We will be operating on 80 m to 10 m specially in digital modes (RTTY, PSK31 and FT8) and some SSB.   

This Sunday, February 24 from 14:00 to 22:00 UTC we will be operating on a Field Day using the special callsign H31A. We will operate from 40m to 10m on phone and FT8.

For more information, please refer to QRZ.com.

QSL manager is HP1AVS.   

Thank you!

via OPDX

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Ofcom fines Virgin and MS3 for providing information late

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Ofcom has fined Virgin Media £25,000, and MS3 £2,000, after both companies missed the deadline for responding to a formal information request, as part of an Ofcom market review.

We regularly request information from companies as part of our work to protect consumers across all the markets we regulate.

This information is vital to our decision-making, and companies are required by law to respond by the deadline, with accurate and complete information. If companies fail to do this, they face action from Ofcom.

Last year, we requested information from Virgin Media and MS3 – a fibre network operator based in Hull and East Yorkshire – about their networks and services.

The requests were part of our review of the market for ‘leased lines’ – dedicated, high-speed data connections used by large businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers.

Virgin Media and MS3 both submitted information beyond the set deadline, and gave no reasonable explanation for the delay. We take such failings seriously and have decided to fine both companies. We have also reminded them of the importance of responding to formal information requests by the deadlines set.

The amount of money we decide to fine a company always reflects the circumstances of the case, including the seriousness of the infringement and the size of the company.

Another network operator, CityFibre, also failed to submit information to us on time as part of the leased lines review. However, this was due to an administrative error, and given the specific circumstances of this case, we have decided not to fine the company.

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Tuvalu mini-activation

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Tony 3D2AG plans a mini-activation of Tuvalu (OC-015) for the 22nd to 27th.

He visits on a job assignment and his operating time will likely be limited to local evening, night, and morning hours.

QRV as T2AR, focus on 160, 80,60, and 40m on CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY.
Tili/T2AT will be active on the same days on FT8.

QSL for T2AR via 3D2AG, T2AT via N7MSI, LoTW.

DXNL

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Island activities:

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

NA-049; HK0, San Andres Island: Jean/VE2FDJ remains active until the 27th as 5J0JC on 80, 40, 20, and 6m (SSB only). QSL via VE2FDJ (d/B).

NA-102; FG, Guadeloupe: Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will be operating holiday-style from Feb. 22 until March 10 as FG/F6HMQ and FG/F6GWV. They will also participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as TO3Z. QSL via homecalls (d/B).

NA-249; KP3,4, Puerto Rico's Coastal Islands: Members of the Radio Operadores del Este ARC (KP4RV, KP4VP, KP3LR and KP4RD) activate Culebra Island from the 22nd to 24th as KP3RE on 80-10m on CW, SSB, and FT8 (Fox & Hound). QSL via EA5GL, ClubLog.

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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Federal Government responds to The Left's EMC question

Tuesday 19th February 2019

The German political party The Left (Die Linke) raised the issue of the Electromagnetic pollution caused by consumer devices such as switched-mode PSU's and LED lighting

A Google translation on a DARC report reads:

In the printed matter 19/7649, the Federal Government has published the answer to the question from the group Die Linke [The Left] on the subject of "Exposure of the electromagnetic environment to electrical equipment". The answer is available as a PDF file under the following link:
http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/076/1907649.pdf

The DARC previously reported in its media on the Inquiry, on the DARC portal at
https://www.darc.de/nachrichten/meldungen/archiv-details/news/fraktion-die-linke-stellt-neue- small-request-to-emc themes/

Among other things, the Federal Government addresses the question of which standards are used as the basis for the assessment of noise levels in the electromagnetic environment for decisions of proportionality in accordance with § 27 (3) EMVG.

Source DARC http://darc.de/

2018 Radio interference from consumer devices raised in Bundestag
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/august/radio-interference-from-consumer-devices-raised-in-bundestag.htm

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BBC: Parking charges waived for ham radio rally

Tuesday 19th February 2019

BBC News reports car parking charges will be waived to allow a popular amateur radio event to continue being held in a Somerset town

The West of England Radio Rally takes place at Frome's Cheese and Grain, with part of the nearby Cattle Market car park being given over to exhibitors.

Last year Mendip District Council introduced Sunday charges in a number car parks across Frome, including the exhibitors' site.

The council has announced it will stop charging for the duration of the event.

Councillor Nigel Taylor said: "This event has taken place on the Cattle Market car park for the last 16 years.

"During this time parking has always been free of charge on Sundays in Frome.

"As the new pricing structure, which included charging on Sundays in Frome, came into force on October 1, 2018, the decision has been made to allow the event to utilise the required small area of this car park free of charge in 2019," he said, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The West of England Radio Rally will be held on 16 June.

Source BBC News
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-47281143

West of England Radio Rally
https://westrally.weebly.com/

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HRN 411 Team Exuberance

Monday 18th February 2019

David talks with Violetta Latham KM4ATT about Team Exuberance and their upcoming K3LR trip, and her other adventures in amateur radio!

HRN 411 Team Exuberance

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The only radio ham in Taiwan for 25 years

Monday 18th February 2019

Tim Chen BV2A was famous among amateur radio enthusiasts as the only person allowed to operate in Taiwan until 1985, when the government started issuing more licenses

The Tapei Times reports:

Until 1985, Taiwan’s amateur (ham) radio scene consisted of one person: Tim Chen ( 陳實忻 ), who held the country’s only license due to Martial Law era restrictions. According to a Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) report, this resulted in the unusual situation where Taiwan Garrison Command had to establish a set of amateur radio regulations just for him.

Since there was nobody else in Taiwan to talk to, Chen connected with people around the world, using Morse code at first via his station BV2A, and gaining voice communication capabilities in 1974 through BV2B. Chen was strictly forbidden to speak with anyone in China or the Soviet Union, but he enjoyed much popularity as the world’s only BV (Taiwan’s country code) station operator — so much so that US senator and fellow ham enthusiast Barry Goldwater K7UGA specifically requested to tour Chen’s two stations when he visited Taiwan in 1986.

Read the full Taipei Times story at
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2019/02/17/2003709864

Taiwan has three classes of license:
Class 1 1500w - 50 question exam, pass mark 40
Class 2 600w - 40 question exam, pass mark 32
Class 3 25w VHF/UHF - 35 question exam, pass mark 25

Frequencies
http://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/freqpowr.htm

Exam question pool
http://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/peotest.htm

Regulations
http://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/rule.htm

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Build your own Space Weather dashboard

Monday 18th February 2019

Dear HAM friend

For the Ham Radio community I wrote an article on how to build your own Space Weather Dashboard with NOAA data. The article is published at http://www.pa2p.nl/noaa

Title:                   Build your own Space Weather dashboard
Author:                Jan, PA2P
Subject:               The article is about how to design your own gauges and charts with Space Weather data from NOAA for your own website, instead of using the existing dashboards.
Date:                  Published February 17th, 2019
Link:                   http://www.pa2p.nl/noaa

For additional information you can contact me by email.

Jan van den Berg, PA2P
Mook, The Netherlands (JO21wr)

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AMSAT-SA Space Symposium

Monday 18th February 2019

Es’hailsat has been one of the major discussions on the agenda of the AMSAT Space Symposiums over the past two years with Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP providing details of how to set up an inexpensive ground station.

The subject will again be on the agenda on 16 March 2019 when Hannes will show the final version of his ground station and make some QSOs during a live demonstration.

For this alone do not miss the 2019 Space Symposium to be held on 16 March 2019 in Midrand. There are many other interesting presentations and demonstrations on the agenda. It is an event not to be missed.
For details and a registration form visit www.amsatsa.org.za or follow the link from the SARL home page.

AMSAT SA is also proud to announce that AMSAT SA Space Symposium 2019 is being validated by the SAIEE, as per ECSA Policy, under validation no. SAIEE- 2479-V

Es’hailsat is the first geostationary satellite to cover Africa, Europe and the Middle East providing DX opportunities 24 hours per day. The transponder was built by AMSAT DL in Germany and is being managed by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society.

South African Radio League

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IRTS Awards

Monday 18th February 2019

Nominations for 'Awards for Services to the Society or to Amateur Radio' and 'Awards to IRTS members for Other Achievements' are being sought by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) Awards Committee.

Details of these Awards are available at www.irts.ie under the Awards section. Nominations should reach the Awards Manager Jim Holohan EI4HH, email “holohaj2 /at/ hotmail /dot/ com”, as soon as possible.

Last Year Prize Winners

A request has been made by Larry EI9CN that any members who won prizes last year and who have not already returned them, please could they do so to a local committee member in time for them to be brought to the next committee meeting on the 2nd March.

Larry hopes to pick them up at the March committee meeting, as he requires some time to have them engraved / repaired if necessary. If unable to return them via the above routes, members may also send them directly to his QTHR.

Irish Radio Transmitters Society

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North and South Cook Islands

Monday 18th February 2019

Operators Dagmar DM7PQ, and Rainer DL1AUZ will be active as E51NPQ and E51AUZ, respectively, during March and April.

Activity will be from the following scheduled islands:
March 9-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
March 13-25th -- Manihiki Island (OC-014), North Cook Islands
March 27-31st -- Aitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands
April 2-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands

Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands.

QSL via their home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates.

OPDX

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AmateurLogic 127: Winter Projects

Sunday 17th February 2019

Emile and the Ozone ARC participate in Winter Field Day. Winter is the perfect time to catch up on projects. Tommy shows how to update the firmware of a DVMega. After six years, George revisits Echolink on the Raspberry Pi. SVXlink part-1. Plus your viewer email.

1:11:25

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ZS4A first to receive signals from Qatar OSCAR-100

Sunday 17th February 2019

SARL reports Rickus de Lange, ZS4A in Bethlehem was the first station in South Africa to report having monitored QSOs on Qatar OSCAR 100 

Rickus pointed his dish skywards and on the eve of the official inauguration of Es'hail-2 on February 14 monitored QSOs from the geostationary satellite. Listen to Rickus' recording on  http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

Es'hail-2 has been one of the major discussions on the agenda of the AMSAT Space Symposiums over the past two years with Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP providing details of how to set up an inexpensive ground station. The subject will again be on the agenda on March 16, 2019 when Hannes will show the final version of his ground station and make some QSOs during a live demonstration. For this alone do not miss the 2019 Space Symposium to be held on March 16, 2019 in Midrand. There are many other interesting presentations and demonstrations on the agenda. It is an event not to be missed. For details and a registration form visit www.amsatsa.org.za or follow the link from the SARL home page.

AMSAT SA is also proud to announce that AMSAT SA Space Symposium 2019 is being validated by the SAIEE, as per ECSA Policy, under validation no. SAIEE- 2479-V

Es'hail-2 is the first geostationary satellite to cover Africa, Europe and the Middle East providing DX opportunities 24 hours per day.

Source SARL News
http://www.sarl.org.za/public/_news/read_arch.asp?
file=../../bulletins/sarlnews
%2020190216.txt


Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

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Digital mode OPERA used on Es'hail-2

Sunday 17th February 2019

Luis EA5DOM and Iban EB3FRN have successfully completed the first contact using OPERA via the Es'hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

Graham G0NBD writes about the contact on Digital Radio groups.io:

Interesting test by EA5DOM and EB3FRN after the successful EME tests, 3 cm and 24 GHz terrestial links over 200 miles plus range. The latest involves the newly released geostationary satellite.

Spots showing for 23cm on the PSK Map and the OPERA data base are actually, dual band spots via the new Es’hail-2 satellite

Luis reports excellent results using the op05 mode, probably the ideal satellite beacon mode, -20 db sensitivity, virtually zero bandwidth, and with 50% duty cycle, only 15 seconds of Carrier in the 30 second timeline, easy on the power budget, and a data decode, ADIF listed for DX hunters.

See Digital Radio groups.io 

https://digitalradio.groups.io/g/main/topic/ea5dom_first_
opera_over_the/29865875


OPERA was developed by Jose EA5HVK and can be downloaded from
https://rosmodem.wordpress.com/

Es'hail-2 / Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

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QO-100 released by QARS

Sunday 17th February 2019

Following the successful launch of Es'hail-2, the new Es'hailSat teleport was inaugurated on February 14, 2019.

Prior to its official inauguration and opening the QO-100 NB Transponder was opened for experimental use on February 12. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invited radio amateurs worldwide to make good use of the NB transponder and make contacts with each other.

In parallel to the experimental operation, Es'hailSat, QARS and AMSAT-DL monitored transponder performance and optimized transponder parameters.

Access the full article with photos on the AMSAT-DL website:
https://amsat-dl.org/en/eshail-2-qo-100-teleport-inauguration

Stations finding themselves out of the footprint of QO-100 or those who have not had the opportunity to acquire 10 GHz down-link receiving capability can join in the action using on-line WebSDR resources:

+ In co-operation with AMSAT Deutschland, the British Amateur Television Club will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.
The Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous site in Cornwall, UK: https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

+ The IS0GRB Es'Hail2 (QO-100) SAT 26E WebSDR receiver, located in Dolianova, South Sardinia island, Italy, JM49OJ, operated by Roberto, IS0GRB, using a 100cm parabolic dish can be accessed at: http://websdr.is0grb.it:8901/

AMSAT-DL

ANS

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WIA Board comment

Saturday 16th February 2019

Since the announcement that UTAS/AMC are the preferred providers, the WIA has begun the process of transitioning-out.
This process has been documented by the WIA and ACMA and involves the transfer of Commonwealth Intellectual Property back to the ACMA as per then previous Deed and Transition-Out Plan. This material was sent to the ACMA last Friday.

The Board has been receiving many questions from clubs and Assessors.  These range from when will the new arrangements come into place, how do you book for an assessment and what will be the new assessment process.

The WIA cannot answer any of these questions as at the time of writing this Board Comment a new Deed had not yet been signed between the ACMA and UTAS.

Enquiries should now be directed to the ACMA who administer exams, certification and all matters relating to callsigns. The email address for enquiries is licencing@acma.gov.au

Whilst on transitions, last week members would have received an email about the WIA movement to Google for our email processing system.  If you have an email redirect in place from your @wia.org.au email to your personal email address then this will remain in place and will be going via google mail system.

With these new arrangements comes some great member benefits. Members will be able to access the full G-Suite range of products and services as part of your membership. There will be further information available on how you access G-Suite in the near future once the email transition has been completed.

Justin VK7TW
WIA Director and President.

Wireless Institute of Australia

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Live video from Wyong

Saturday 16th February 2019

With just a week to go - we have something NEW happening at the Wyong Field Day!

There will be three roving cameras live streaming video on the day, by Bill and Rod from CB domain and another Bill and Tony from the "Fire up the Wire" Facebook group. We believe this is a first for an Australian HamFest. Along with that all of the lectures (and more about those later) will also be recorded and made available after the event.

So while there will never be anything like ACTUALLY being at the field day, if you can't be there in person, at least you can watch via the Internet.

Unfortunately unless you are at Wyong you won’t be able to buy tickets for the raffle with three major prizes of an ICOM IC-7300 transceiver as the first prize, an ICOM IC-2300H transceiver as second prize and not forgetting the GME GX-400 as third prize.

On to those lectures - so many are planned in fact that we now have two lecture rooms running in parallel to cope with the quantity.
An explosion of information! Plan ahead so you make it to your favourite lectures.

Lecture Stream 1 has:
A presentation on the Australian Touring HF Club by Ray Palmer, including use of HF digital.

A talk on the Historic Radio "RAVEN” frequency hopping system by Ray Robinson VK2NO.

Brian Clarke will enlighten you on "How Science Works" you might think you know why and how things work, but do you really?

A talk on Space Weather and how it affects aviation will be given by by Vickal Kumar from the Australian BOMs Space weather services department.

David Rowe will update us on the latest improvements in the FreeDV HF digital voice mode software.

Lecture Stream 2 has:
Lindsay Harvey talking about the new MMDVM digital mode interface including how easy it is to cross the various digital voice system borders.

Cameron McKay will cover all you need to know about satellite telemetry and CubeSats.

As another special this year Greg VK2GX will be running a Scouts Conference at the Field day.

As well as a good line-up of commercial traders, there has been lots of interest shown in taking part in the car boot sales, so we're looking forward to seeing lots of good deals on the day. Just remember as Joe the Gadget man used to say "Bring yar money with ya."

With the handover of licence examinations from the WIA to the AMC, the CCARC regret to announce that they will be unauthorised to perform either training or examination tests at Wyong this year. It is hoped that these services will be back in 2020.  For full details about the Field day please refer to the clubs web page at www.ccarc.org.au and the facebook page ccarcwyongfieldday.

From the other side of the globe, this is CCARC member Ed DD5LP wishing everyone who attends the Wyong Field Day a great experience and for the volunteers from the Central Coast ARC, my hearty thanks for putting this on for the sixty first time. Who knows I might even make number sixty two. 73.

WIA

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The RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2019

Saturday 16th February 2019

Australia's WIA News report that the RSGB’s Commonwealth Contest is one of the oldest radio contests in existence, having been first run back in 1931 when it was known as “British Empire Radio Week” and lasted for six days!

All those countries that were part of the British Empire – including Australia, of course – were invited to participate. While the sun set several decades ago on the empire, strong ties still exist between the countries that once were part of it and the contest still exists, but in a much shorter format.

British Empire Radio Week metamorphosed into the 24-hour British Empire Radio Union or BERU (pronounced berroo) contest in 1935, with the objective of linking all those having an interest in the amateur radio within the empire.

Then in 1976, BERU morphed into the Commonwealth Contest.

This year the contest is 82 years old and takes place on 9th – 10th March 2019, from 10:00 to 10:00 UTC. All operation is on CW and you can find the rules at the RSGB HF contest site
https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2019/rberu.shtml

As some will be aware, these days the Commonwealth Contest has a team section – and Australia is the current commonwealth champion, with our two five-person teams finishing first and third respectively in 2018.

The team contest started in 2007, where the teams taking part reflecting those that took part in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

The stations that form the two Australian teams taking place in 2019
are: Kevin VK6LW, John VK4CT, Barry VK2BJ, Steve VK6VZ, Allan VK2GR, Alan VK7BO, Alan VK4SN, Patrick VK2PN, Steve VK3JA and Brian VK3MI.

In addition we should have six Wireless Institute Australia headquarters stations supporting us, consisting of VK2WIA, VK3WIA, VK4WIA, VK5WIA, VK6WIA and VK7WIA. Many thanks to Tommy VK2IR, Keith VK4TT, Grant VK5GR, Peter VK6RZ and Martin VK7GN who have volunteered to help by operating the HQ stations for as long as they can.

In order to make the best possible score it is important for each member of the Australian squad to work as many “bonus stations” as possible. Each Australian state counts as a separate call area on each band, and the first three contacts made with each Australian state other than their own on each band each earns a vital twenty bonus points, so please join in and work the Ausssie Team!

For those who would like to enter, free software logging program called SD, written by Paul EI5DI can be used.  This runs under Windows and can be downloaded from:
http://www.ei5di.com/

Hope to see you in Commonwealth Contest 2019.

Steve Ireland VK6VZ
Australian team coordinator

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Macao DXpedition news

Saturday 16th February 2019

The XX9D team is once again active from Grand Coloane Resort, Macao (AS-075), until February 26th.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via DL4SVA, LoTW or Club-Log's OQRS. For more details and updates, see: http://xx9d.mydx.de

The following Press Release was posted on February 13th [edited]:
XX9D is QRV! -- This DXpedition was possible by the great help of the management and staff of Grand Coloane Resort, the CTT authorities and Bom, XX9LT.

All team members including the baggage arrived well in Macau on Sunday afternoon, February 10th. The team has fixed the complete station setup and all antennas within 24 hours. The successful inspection of CTT was on February 11th. So we were able to be on the air around 10 UTC the same day.

After 48 hours of operation we have around 6500 QSOs in the log. So, this is a good starting point. A first log update to club log was made today. Still a few FT8-QSOs from F/H-mode are missing in the log.

Sorry about the confusion with the pile-ups of V84SAA sometimes.  Remember it is difficult to find a good place for ham radio in Macau.  We had to follow the restrictions of the hotel and the nearby golf-range.  That means limited space for antennas. All antennas were installed above the 8th storey of the hotel-building. We are able to use only 30m length of the railing there. (see picture on our homepage)
For 160 and 80 m we are using wire verticals on 18 m high Spiderbeam poles with elevated radials. On 40 m we have a vertical as well, on 30m we are using a delta-loop. Unfortunately there are no receiving antennas possible.

Noise level is high on all low bands. Our new wire beam from LZ-Antennas works fine on all five higher bands 20 – 10 m.

We have made a detailed propagation tool for the difficult parts of the world via SP and LP from here. On FT8 we are also using the F/H-mode.

Please check our new actual frequencies. (7070, 14079, 18105, 21079, 24920 …)
In CW we recommend for outside US stations 1-3 kHz up and for US stations 2-3 kHz up splitting. Please don’t call only 1 up. North America has by the way our highest priority. On 160m the highest allowed transmit - frequency for us is 1825 kHz.

Macau has an interesting Portuguese history and also the status as an world culture heritage. As You know we have 6 wives of operators with us. They take the opportunity to visit the places of interest of this tourist crowded city. Next days they plan to visit HongKong and probably China- mainland.

OPDX

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The Gambia op

Saturday 16th February 2019

Don, G3XTT, will be in The Gambia from March 5-12th.   He will mainly operate in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest over the weekend of March 9-10th.

The callsign will be C56DF, and Don hopes to do some operating before and after the contest. This will be a CW only operation, low power (IC-7300 and wires) from a rooftop apartment.

It is unlikely there will be space for 80 or 160m antennas, but Don hopes to use the trip to recce possible opportunities for a larger operation later in the year or early next year.

He will, of course, upload logs to LoTW and ClubLog, but possibly only after his return to the UK.

QSL direct to Don's home callsign or via ClubLog's OQRS.

OPDX

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 16th February 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 8th February, through Friday, 15th February there were 211 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA,  JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, 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" (WFWL).

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Saturday 16th February 2019

Island activities:

NA-049. Jean, VE2FDJ, will be active as 5J0JC from Providencia Island, Colombia, between February 15-27th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/6 meters using SSB. QSL via VE2FDJ, direct or by the Bureau.

SA-071. Junior, PY2ZA, who was expected to be active as ZY2FM from Moela Island (DIB SP-06 and DFB SP-07) and the Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-043 and WLOTA 1335) during the American Lighthouses Weekend (February 14-17th), had to cancel his operation due to"Conditions for approaching the island remain dangerous and have not been authorized..

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......

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

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Space Station Slow Scan TV Event Feb 15-17

Friday 15th February 2019

ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events from the International Space Station on February 15-17

Transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 15 at 08:45 UT and run through Sunday, Feb. 17 at 17:25 UT.

SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio and received by ham operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, similar to pictures shared on cell phones using Twitter or Instagram.

When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from the ISS at the frequency of 145.800 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD120 and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a 2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed.


NOTA ISS SSTV image received in Elgin by Peter Goodhall 2M0SQL February 10, 2019

Transmissions will consist of eight NASA On The Air (NOTA) images (see https://nasaontheair.
wordpress.com/
). In additional, four ARISS commemorative images will also be included.

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at
http://www.spaceflight
software.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php


In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/

Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time. Please check for news and the most current information on the ARISS Twitter feed @ARISS_status or the AMSAT Bulletin Board

The SSTV images will be transmitted in PD-120 on 145.800 MHz FM using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver located in the Russian ISS Service module.

Note the ISS transmissions use the 5 kHz deviation FM standard rather than the narrow 2.5 kHz used in Europe. If your transceiver has selectable FM filters try using the wider filter. Handheld transceivers generally have a single wide filter fitted as standard and you should get good results outdoors using just a 1/4 wave whip antenna.

ISS SSTV links for tracking and decoding Apps
https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

You can receive the SSTV transmissions by using an Online Radio (WebSDR) and the MMSSTV software:
• Listen to the ISS when it is in range of London with the SUWS WebSDR http://farnham-sdr.com/
• Listen to the ISS when it is over Russia with the R4UAB WebSDR http://websdr.r4uab.ru/

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Radio Ham lone yachtswoman

Friday 15th February 2019

At 16:33 GMT on 14th February 2019, radio ham Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS reached another milestone that no other seventy-year olds have. The 76-year old passed the longitude of Cape Agulhas 20°00´E, in her yacht SV Nereida. She never saw the most southern tip of Africa, 330 miles to the North, as she ploughed on towards Australia and New Zealand.

Many ham radio operators have shared time with Jeanne, who makes a point of communicating by amateur radio. As she travels the Southern Oceans she is in contact with numerous hams. Details of current skeds are on her QRZ.com page.

She is partway into her non-stop voyage leaving the World’s southern capes to the North! With Cape Horn under her belt, and now Cape Agulhas, the next waypoint is the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia. She is attempting to be the oldest woman to achieve this incredible feat, despite having completed this voyage at the age of 73!!

Her blog can be found at htpps://svnereida.com/blog

The other marks are the longitude of South East Cape, Tasmania and Southeast Cape, Stewart Island, NZ.

Tom Morgan ZS1AFS

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SSO-A Solar Sails deployed - may be visible to naked eye

Friday 15th February 2019

The solar sails on the SSO-A mission 'Free Flyer' deployers, launched December 3, 2018 with many amateur radio satellites, are believed to have deployed and may now be quite bright to the naked eye 

Ben Taylor writes:

I represent a team from the University of Surrey in the UK; we have been developing and flying drag de-orbit sails with our first successful demonstration on our InflateSail mission in 2017.

Two dragsail systems were installed on the "Free Flyer" deployers used on the SSO-A launch from December 3, 2018

https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/content/-/article/sso-a

The free flyers separated from the launch vehicle and in turn deployed multiple satellites each including Microsats and CubeSats over the course of several hours. The Upper Free Flyer (NORAD ID: 43763) is a large structure at approximately 1,000kg and the Lower Free Flyer is approximately 260kg (NORAD ID: 43760). Each Free Flyer hosts one of our 16m2 aluminised kapton sail which was set to deploy 24 hours after launch.

The systems were standalone isolated systems with no communications so we don't have any telemetry confirmation. Drag parameters from the TLEs are indicative of a successful deployment, but far from definitive. We're therefore waiting for them to become optically visible in northern latitudes in the next couple of weeks. Based on the experience with our InflateSail mission, we'd expect these objects to be quite bright to the naked eye if the sails have deployed successfully. InflateSail was 10m2 and (initially) transparent with a +4.2 mag, whereas these sails are 16m2 and metalised so could well flare brightly.

Any observations that could be made by the community of either of these objects would be greatly appreciated and they should make for interesting targets.

We are also the team leading the RemoveDebris mission (NORAD ID: 43510) launched from the ISS last year
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/surrey-space-centre/missions/removedebris

We have a 9m^2 dragsail installed on this mission too which is planned for deployment next month. Similarly, this should make quite a big change to the brightness of the satellite which could make for some interesting observations.

Best Regards,
Ben Taylor,
Guildford, Surrey, UK

Seesat-l mailing list

http://mailman.satobs.org/mailman/listinfo/seesat-l

Track of Upper Free Flyer
https://n2yo.com/?s=43763&df=1&live=1

Track of Lower Free Flyer
https://n2yo.com/?s=43760&df=1&live=1

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Big activity on the sun

Friday 15th February 2019

Sunspot numbers remain very low as Solar Minimum continues. Nevertheless, there is some big activity on the sun today. Really big.

NASA satellites and amateur astronomers are monitoring a giant filament of magnetism jutting out from the edge of the solar disk. The glowing structure is fully one-tenth of the sun's diameter.

Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com to watch a movie of the unstable prominence

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Radio hams transfer Crypto Currency on 40m band

Thursday 14th  February 2019

CryptoVibes reports amateur radio was used to send Bitcoin from Toronto to Michigan on 7.077 MHz using the digital mode JS8Call

The transfer was made on February 12 between radio amateurs @nvk in Toronto and Sam Patterson @SamuelPatt in Michigan (MI).

This is believed to be the first transfer of a Bitcoin across national borders using amateur radio.

Read the full story at
https://www.cryptovibes.com/crypto-news/bitcoin-transaction-shortwave-radio/

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 14th  February 2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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First ham radio geostationary satellite transponder active

Wednesday 13th  February 2019

The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es'hail-2 / QO-100 satellite was made available for amateur experimental use on Tuesday, February 12

"The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invites radio amateurs worldwide to use the NB transponder in a good manner and make contacts among each other"
https://amsat-dl.org/en/qo-100-nb-transponder-experimental-operation

The 250 kHz bandwidth transponder uses the 2.4 GHz band for the uplink with the downlink in the 10.45 GHz band and should provide communications over a large segment of the globe 24 hours a day. Potentially both Brazil and Thailand might be in range from the UK.

Contacts have been made by running as little as 500 milliwatts of SSB to a 1.2m dish.

You can listen to the Narrowband transponder from anywhere in the world by using the online WebSDR developed by members of AMSAT-UK and BATC which is located at Goonhilly in Cornwall, UK, see
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

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Radiocommunications Agency tightens supervision of wireless devices

Wednesday 13th  February 2019

The Netherlands national amateur radio society VERON reports the Radiocommunications Agency (AT) is tightening supervision of 'smart' wireless equipment

A Google translation of the post about AT's 2019 Annual Plan reads:

We are becoming increasingly dependent on this. Think of solar panels, thermostats and medical applications. The equipment must work reliably. Now it happens that the smart equipment is not working properly. This causes problems. The equipment must also be safe, so do not produce too much radiation.

The new Annual Plan for Supervision 2019 of the AT states that the availability and reliability of the IT and communication networks is a spearhead. So these applications must work reliably and undisturbed. Think for example of mobile phones and weighing installations with wireless reading.

The AT also looks at new wireless applications such as 5G.
This is the introduction of a whole new standard in the field of wireless communication. Telephony and internet are just two of them.
The supervision of telephony and related services or on a network for communication between self-driving cars or drone management provides the necessary supervision issues. Receiving an email a little later is, for example, less serious than that self-driving cars can not communicate with each other.

Due to the far-reaching automation of society, we are becoming more dependent on well-functioning communication networks. Monitoring the undisturbed use, and abuse by, for example, hackers, is therefore very important.

The AT will also look at licensed wireless applications such as LORA.
Users often do not have a good idea of the vulnerability in case of failure of these systems. Also, users often have no idea what to do if a system does not work properly or fails.

By drawing up spearheads and new measurement protocols, the AT hopes to guarantee good and uninterrupted operation of mobile networks by 2019.

Download the 2019 Agentschap Telecom Annual Plan from
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/jaarplannen/2019/02/04/jaarplan-toezicht-2019-agentschap-telecom

VERON in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVERON

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EF50: The tube that changed everything

Wednesday 13th  February 2019

From today’s perspective, vacuum tubes are pretty low tech. But for a while they were the pinnacle of high tech, and heavy research followed the promise shown by early vacuum tubes in transmission and computing.

Indeed, as time progressed, tubes became very sophisticated and difficult to manufacture. After all, they were as ubiquitous as ICs are today, so it is hardly surprising that they got a lot of R&D.

Prior to 1938, for example, tubes were built as if they were light bulbs. As the demands on them grew more sophisticated, the traditional light bulb design wasn’t sufficient. For one, the wire leads’ parasitic inductance and capacitance would limit the use of the tube in high-frequency applications. Even the time it took electrons to get from one part of the tube to another was a bottleneck.

There were several attempts to speed tubes up, including RCA’s acorn tubes, lighthouse tubes, and Telefunken’s Stahlröhre designs. These generally tried to keep leads short and tubes small. The Philips company started attacking the problem in 1934 because they were anticipating demand for television receivers that would operate at higher frequencies.

Dr. Hans Jonker was the primary developer of the proposed solution and published his design in an internal technical note describing an all-glass tube that was easier to manufacture than other solutions. Now all they needed was an actual application. While they initially thought the killer app would be television, the E50 would end up helping the Allies win the war.

https://hackaday.com/2019/02/12/ef50-the-tube-that-changed-everything/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 13th  February 2019

Island activities:

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

AF-014; CT3, Madeira Archipelago: Henning/OZ1BII/OZ2I will be active from Porto Moniz between the 14th and 17th as CT9ABR. QRV on the WARC bands (CW) and during the ARRL DX CW Contest. QSL via OZ2I (d/B).

AS-031; JD, Chichi/Haha/Muko Islands (aka Bonin Islands): Makoto/JI5RPT activates Chimchijima Island as JD1BLY from Feb. 15 to 17. QRV on 630 to 6m on CW, SSB, and digital modes (JT9 on 630m). QSL via JI5RPT (d/B), eQSL. http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1/

AS-128; 3W, Gulf of Thailand group: Jean-Pierre/F6CTF operates from Phu Quoc Island between Feb. 19 and March 6 as 3W9JF on 80, 40, 20, and 17m. QSL via EA5GL (d).

NA-001; C6, Great Bahama Bank group: The C6ANM team (K1EP, NE1B, N1GN, and K1VK) will be active from Feb. 15 until March 4 on 160-10m on CW, SSB, and FT8, as well as during the ARRL DX SSB Contest.  QSL via LoTW.

NA-002; VP5, Caicos Islands: Mario/I2HBW remains active as VP5VMA until Feb. 28 on 40-10m (SSB only). QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

NA-057; HR, Bahia Islands: Dennis/W1UE will be signing HR9/W1UE from Roatan Island between the 13th and 26th. QRV on 160-10m (except 17m and 12m) as well as during the ARRL DX CW and CQ 160m SSB contests. QSL via W1UE (d/B).

OC-016; 3D2, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu Group: Jim/WB2TJO remains active as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island until March 10. QRV on HF, mostly on CW. QSL via WB2TJO (d).

SA-071; PY2, Sao Paulo State Centre group: PU2TYA and PY2ZA plan to activate Moela Island (ARLHS BRA-043, DIB SP-06, DFB SP-07) as ZY2FM between the 15th and 17th on HF (CW, SSB). QSL via bureau.

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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Space Station SSTV decoder setup for Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 12th  February 2019

David Honess M6DNT has written an article describing how to receive ISS Slow Scan TV images using just a Raspberry Pi computer and an RTL-SDR USB dongle

SSTV is a picture transmission method for sending and receiving static pictures via radio. The International Space Station transmits the pictures on 145.800 MHz FM to amateur radio operators and other radio enthusiasts around the world.

Read the article at
https://github.com/davidhoness/sstv_decoder/blob/master/README.md

The most recent ISS SSTV event took place February 8-10, details at
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/03/ariss-nota-iss-sstv/

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France: Mandatory ham radio ERP declaration

Tuesday 12th  February 2019

In France radio amateurs have to declare to the regulator ANFR their Effective Radiated Power (ERP) if it is higher than 5 watts

A Google Translation of a REF post reads:

The decree of January 30, 2009 relative to the conditions of implantation of certain installations and radio stations obliges us in its article 9 to declare our effective power radiated if this one is higher than 5 watts.

".. the radio installations of radio amateurs established pursuant to Article L. 33-3 (1 °) of the above-mentioned code, whose effective radiated power (ERP) is greater than 5 watts, are declared by the operator to the National Frequency Agency within two months from the date of their installation. The information declared is the "WGS 84" geographical coordinates of the radio installation, the maximum effective radiated power (ERP) in HF, VHF, UHF and SHF. "

II.-Radio amateurs bring themselves into conformity with the provisions of this article within three months after the date of entry into force of this decree.

We hope that the reminder of these notions will allow you to evaluate your RAP as part of this mandatory declaration. We urge you to make these verifications on the ANFR website, showing the reality of your amateur radio activity.

Read the full post at
https://tinyurl.com/FranceREF

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Austria World Radio Day

Tuesday 12th  February 2019

Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna International Center, Austria, for the 'World Radio Day' (February 13th) until February 28th.

Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via UA3DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

For more details, see: http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/4u0r

This station counts as Austria for DXCC purposes.

OPDX

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Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live

Monday 11th  February 2019

The BATC and AMSAT-UK 10 GHz Narrowband WebSDR and Wideband Spectrum Viewer for the amateur transponders on the Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite are now available on line

Qatar OSCAR-100 is the first geostationary amateur radio transponder, a joint project between the Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat), the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS), and AMSAT Deutschland (AMSAT-DL) which provided the technical lead.

OSCAR-100 is hosted on Es'hail-2, a Broadcast Transponder Satellite owned by the Es'hailSat Qatar Satellite Company, the satellite is now in geostationary orbit at 25.9° E.

More information on the OSCAR-100 project can be found at AMSAT-DL Phase 4-A

In co-operation with AMSAT-UK, the British Amateur Television Club will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.

Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous site in Cornwall, UK.

Es'hail-2 WebSDR
https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

Es’hail-2 Narrowband amateur radio transponder operating guidelines
https://amsat-dl.org/en/p4-a-nb-transponder-bandplan-and-operating-guidelines

Es’hail-2 Wideband amateur radio transponder operating guidelines
https://amsat-dl.org/en/p4-a-wb-transponder-bandplan-and-operating-guidelines

Es’hail-2 amateur radio information
https://amsat-dl.org/en/eshail-2-amsat-phase-4-a

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ANATEL publishes regulations on exposure to electromagnetic radiation

Monday 11th  February 2019

Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE reports the communications regulator ANATEL has published regulations on human exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields

A Google translation reads:

ANATEL published on January 30, 2019, Normative Act No. 458, dated January 24, 2019, establishing the technical requirements complementary to the Regulation on the evaluation of human exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated to the operation of radiocommunication transmitting stations (CEMRF), approved by Resolution No. 700 of September 28, 2018.

As a matter of great concern to all amateurs, ANATEL's original proposal considered the criterion of simplified theoretical calculation of the minimum distances of amateur radio antennas to be exempt from the compliance report, but with formulas that practically tripled the distances.

Among the proposals accepted during the public consultation phase is the one sent by LABRE for the maintenance of the formulas of Resolution 303 for the specific conditions for amateurs, reinforcing that they already corresponded to conservative criteria, with expressions recognized by the International Telecommunication Union, among other arguments.

Thus, radio amateurs will continue to follow the same distance calculations applied by the former Resolution 303, republished in Act 458 (Table D.1).

For more information on Act no. 458:
https://tinyurl.com/ato-458-cemrf

LABRE in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/BrazilLABRE

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Romania: Law details level of ham radio fines

Monday 11th  February 2019

Romania has adopted a new law defining sanction measures relating to radiocommunication, including amateur radio

The law was published in the December 27, 2018 edition of the Official Gazette. The level of fines stipulated ranges from 2,000 leu up to 7,000 leu (£369-1291) depending on the contravention.

Translation of Official Gazette Law No. 356/27.12.2018
https://tinyurl.com/Romania-Gazette-2018-12-27

Romanian: Monitorul Oficial a Legii Nr. 356/27.12.2018
http://www.monitoruljuridic.ro/act/lege-nr-356-din-27-decembrie-2018-privind-unele-m-suri-sanc-ionatorii-n-domeniul-radiocomunica-iilor-emitent-parlamentul-209533.html

Romanian Radio Amateur Federation FRR
https://tinyurl.com/RomaniaFRR

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AO-85 turned off due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition

Monday 11th  February 2019

At 1114 UTC February 6, 2019, AO-85 was commanded OFF until further notice, due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition as noted by Mark Hammond, N8MH, control operator.

Beginning in December, 2018 AO-85 had issues with the batteries dropping precariously low during eclipse. The Engineering and the Operations Teams think it's likely the batteries suffered degradation due to heat during previous periods of no eclipses.

This made it difficult to keep the satellite available for use with-out further endangering the batteries. On December 19 the nominally 3.6v battery pack was down to 2.8v at the end of the eclipse which is dangerously low.

In an effort to extend the usable life of the satellite, both the IHU and the transmitter were turned off at this time which ceased all transmissions, including the beacons every two minutes in both sunlit and eclipsed parts of the orbit.

AO-85 was turned back on during the next period of no eclipse, full sun illumination which began on January 24, 2019. The repeater was enabled for regular use. AO-85 occasionally reset due to low voltage on it's batteries and operated in SAFE MODE.

February 4 marked the end of the recent full illumination period with periodic eclipses. The battery condition began to deteriorate again. The satellite health will be tracked with periodic telemetry transmissions when commanded by a control operator.

The next full illumination periods without eclipses for AO-85 will be June 7-19, 2019 and the next in early September, 2019.

During this time it is important to leave AO-85 tracked in your FoxTelem setups, in order for us to gather telemetry and keep tabs on the situation. If you do happen to hear a Veronica beacon, or either the normal repeater or the COR/no telemetry repeater, please let the amsat-bb list know, or send an email to ko4ma@amsat.org

The Data-Under-Voice (DUV) telemetry is decoded and uploaded to the Fox Data Warehouse with the Fox Telem software available on the AMSAT
web: http://www.amsat.org/tlm/leaderboard.php?id=0&db=FOXDB

Stations not equipped to receive and decode the telemetry can monitor the latest reports at: http://www.amsat.org/tlm/health.php?id=1&port=

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we try to make the most of the situation. Please consider supporting the AMSAT GOLF project with your membership, and one-time or recurring donations at https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-membership/
or
https://www.amsat.org/donate/

Thanks to Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations, and Mark Hammond, N8MH, AO-85 control operator and ANS for the above information

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Is August now Lighthouse month ?

Monday 11th  February 2019

WIA news say Kevin VK2CE runs a great web page for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend. The weekend is the 3rd full weekend in August

On VK2CE's page we see that for some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one or another of lighthouse activity.

Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week.

In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the 3rd full weekend in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and related visitors centres to the public with a view to raising the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, and preserving their maritime heritage.

However, the major event which takes place in August is the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, which came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group.

The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries.
It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.

https://illw.net/

WIA

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Have you tried RTTY?

Monday 11th  February 2019

Almost everybody is operating the new-fangled digital modes, here is a chance to operate the original digital mode!

The SARL RTTY Ccontest is open to all radio amateurs in Southern Africa and encourages QSOs using RTTY.

The contest takes place from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 24 February 2019 with activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres. The exchange is an RST report and your grid square (e.g. KF26) and you may work a station once per band.

QSOs with stations in Southern Africa are worth 3 points and QSOs with DX stations are worth 1 point. Your log must be submitted by 4 March to contest@sarl.org.za. The full set of rules can be found on page 34 of the 2019 SARL Blue Book.

Set yourself a goal - Worked all ZS, the 2019 Worked Zone 39 and/or Worked all Grid Squares on RTTY!

The South African Radio League

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 11th  February 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Networkfor the week of Sunday, 3rd February, through Sunday, 10th February there were 209 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, 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, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, 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" (WFWL).

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 11th  February 2019

Island activities:

AS-063/AS-152 Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) activate two IOTAs in the Khatanga Bay region during a two week period in July.
Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AA, Eugene/UA6EX and Leonid/UA7A. They will operate from Popigay-Ary Island (AS-063) first, signing as R63RRC between July 24-28th. They will also operate from Bol’shoy Begichev Island (AS-152) signing as RQ73QQ between July 30th and August 2nd. Activity will be on 40-17 meters.
QSL via R7AA (OQRS after expedition – preferable), via the Bureau.
For more details and updates, see:
https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/r63rrc/en

EU-192. (NEW IOTA) If you missed the special OPDX.1401.1 bulletin, operators Martti/OH2BH, Nigel/G3TXF, Niko/OH2GEK and Gerben/PG5M are currently activating Inakari Island as OH10X until February 11th. Conditions are very cold with local temperatures on the island dropping to around -20C (-4F). Kataja/Inakari Island has been added to the list by the IOTA Committee in October 2018 as EU-192.
The team travelled by snow mobiles several kilometers out over the frozen seas of the Bothnian Bay to set up camp on Inakari Island, using a Finnish abandoned fisherman's refuge. As Inakari Island is part of the Bothnian Bay National Park, the party needs to obey several related restrictions, but they have been successful in dealing with them all.
https://julkaisut.metsa.fi/assets/pdf/lp/Esitteet/peramerieng.pdf
They will be running two stations simultaneously across 80-40- 30-20-17-15 meters, operating CW and SSB. QSL via PG5M and using ClubLog. Log search is available on ClubLog. They will provide daily posts on (www.dx.to) to keep you updated on progress and on the conditions on the island.

NA-057. Dave, VE3VSM, will once again be active as VE3VSM/HR9 from Roatan Island between February 12-17th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using mainly CW with possibly some SSB and RTTY, and an entry in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th). QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.

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......

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

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Es'hail-2 / QO-100 Teleport Inauguration Day - February 14

Sunday 10th  February 2019

Following the successful launch of Es'hail-2, the new Es'hailSat teleport will be inaugurated on February 14, 2019.

This will also be the occasion to officially put the two amateur radio transponders of Qatar OSCAR-100, the first geostationary P4-A satellite from Qatar, into operation.

The opening ceremony will be held by His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, former Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar. A71AU is also the chairman of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and initiator of the first Qatari amateur radio satellite.

A team of the P4-A team of AMSAT-DL, consisting of the chairman Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA and Thomas Kleffel, DG5NGI, is on its way to Qatar to set up and commission the P4-A ground segment at the ground station of Es'hailSat. In addition to LEILA and the DVB-S2 DATV system, this also includes a club station for SSB radio operation under the callsign A71A. A backup station is installed at QARS in Doha. The ground station of the AMSAT-DL at the observatory Bochum is also ready for reception and transmission. Later, radio operation via Qatar-OSCAR 100 will also be carried out here under the callsign DL50AMSAT.

During commissioning, AMSAT-DL expressly requests that you refrain from any transmission attempts! Only after the official release ceremony on 14 February will the transponders be released for general radio operation by radio amateurs worldwide. AMSAT-DL appeals to patience and to the Ham Spirit: any disruptions during commissioning and on the opening day could result in further postponements of the official release of the transponders by QARS!

The SCC in Qatar, as well as Bochum in Germany, are carrying out tests to measure both transponders and to calibrate the ground systems.

Please also note the beacons sent in the NB transponder. On opening day a video of Es'hail-2 will be broadcast in an endless loop in DVB-S2 format on the DATV beacon of the WB Transponder.

Furthermore, as defined in the Operating Guidelines for the NB transponder and WB transponder, please observe the band boundaries of the NB transponder as defined by the upper and lower beacon! A later adaptation and possible extension upward may be considered after commissioning is completed.

Access the full article with photos on the AMSAT-DL website:
https://amsat-dl.org/en/eshail-2-qo-100-teleport-inauguration

Stations finding themselves out of the footprint of QO-100 or those who have not had the opportunity to acquire 10 GHz down-link receiving capability can join in the action using on-line WebSDR resources:

+ In co-operation with AMSAT Deutschland, the British Amateur Television Club will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.
The Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous site in Cornwall, UK: https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

+ The IS0GRB Es'Hail2 (QO-100) SAT 26E WebSDR receiver, located in Dolianova, South Sardinia island, Italy, JM49OJ, operated by Roberto, IS0GRB, using a 100cm parabolic dish can be accessed at: http://websdr.is0grb.it:8901/

AMSAT-DL

ANS

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Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon

Sunday 10th  February 2019

South Africa's SARL reports the RSGB is organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales between 30 May and 14 July 2019

The SARL news item says: 
We are writing to you as a member or associate member country of the ICC to invite you to participate by activating one or more special call signs in the marathon.

The marathon will run from 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019 with UK and International call signs activated on 9 HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes. A series of award certificates will be offered to participants based on the number of QSOs they achieve with UK and International activators.

The RSGB will be using the excellent Hamlogs system that allows logs from activating stations to be uploaded to a central database. Participants will be able to track their progress towards the available awards.

From the UK we will be activating 31 special call signs including eleven for the famous Cricket Grounds that will be used in England and Wales and ten for the teams that are participating. The UK callsigns will all have the prefix GB19 with a two or three letter suffix. We are inviting you to join us in activating one or more special callsigns. If you can obtain call signs with the suffix "19CWC" that would be ideal, but other distinctive callsigns are also welcome.

Full details of the marathon will be published at
https://rsgb.org/main/activity/radio-marathons

Source SARL News
http://www.sarl.org.za/public/_news/read_arch.asp?file=../
../bulletins/sarlnews%2020190209.txt

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New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available

Sunday 10th  February 2019

IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian coastal radar “Sunflower” located East of Vladivostok is audible at night on 3716 kHz (center)

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 January 2019 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2019/news1901.pdf

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
http://peditio.net/intruder/bluechat.cgi

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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Toledo man reflects on 50 years in radio business

Sunday 10th  February 2019

The Toledo Blade interviews radio amateur Jerry O’Reilly W8JOR

What other people might call a museum, Jerry O’Reilly calls a hobby. 

Mr. O’Reilly has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life.

Now, at 73 years old, he owns thousands of models, spread across three stories in a brick building in downtown Toledo. CB radios. Ham radios. Heathkit radios, which he started building as a cub scout in the 1950s.

For 50 years, he has operated a radio repair business in the city for individuals and organizations alike. He’s still in business, kind of, though he’s semi-retired. He’s also in all likelihood the only game in town when it comes to his line of work, meaning the police, the fire department, local hospitals — anyone who uses radios and scanners — comes to him when they need a tune up.

“Right now, I’m just having fun,” he said.

Read the full story at
https://www.toledoblade.com/business/technology/2019/02/08/toledo-jerry-o-reilly-reflects-on-50-years-in-radio-business/stories/20190201004

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A trans-Neptunian comet is approaching Earth

Sunday 10th  February 2019

In only a few days, newly-discovered Comet Iwamoto will split the orbits of Earth and Mars, making a relatively close approach to our planet visible through small telescopes.

This is a rare visit. The comet comes from the realm of Extreme Trans-Neptunian Objects, a distant region of the solar system inhabited by strange objects such as "Sedna" and "the Goblin."

Get the full story on Spaceweather.com

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WIA hands-over exams to UTAS/AMC

Saturday 9th  February 2019

Australia's WIA News report the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) have congratulated the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) in being selected by the ACMA as the preferred provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination, callsign management and associated services.

In a Memnet advisory and now published for all on
https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2019/20190205-1/index.php
we see the WIA board views this as a watershed moment in the history of amateur radio in Australia. The expedient delivery of these services by a skilled team backed by a sandstone university promises to deliver a robust, cost-effective and efficient qualification service for the Australian amateur community.

It is the view of the WIA board and the WIA Education Group that anything other than a smooth transition to the AMC will damage the already fragile amateur radio community. For this reason, the WIA and ACMA met in October last year to begin planning for this potential eventuality. " We are committed to ensuring that the WIA does not cause any obstruction to this process." said the release.

The WIA National Office is in the process of transferring all callsign applications, assessments and other activities that were in progress on Friday the 1st of February, 2019 to the ACMA.

The WIA sincerely thanks all WIA volunteers, assessors and learning facilitators that have been involved in the previous examination systems over the past 20+ years for their incredible contribution to the hobby of amateur radio.

There will be changes and uncertainty in the near term.

To ensure a smooth transition and continuity of services for this great hobby the WIA will work collaboratively with the AMC and trust you will as well.

Marcus VK5WTF
WIA Director

Wireless Institute of Australia

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ARRL Board gives the go-ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

Saturday 9th  February 2019

ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs

The ARRL web site reports:
The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.

While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning Initiative will initially focus on creating online learning opportunities for new and newer hams, a segment of the Amateur Radio community desperately searching for educational and instructional and resources.

The ARRL Board of Directors set the Lifelong Learning Initiative in motion, endorsing and funding the program and approving the hiring of advertising agency Mintz + Hoke to work with ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, and other ARRL staffers in building this learning environment. Mintz + Hoke will conduct the research necessary to identify the different educational needs within the broader Amateur Radio community.

“Mintz + Hoke is a really strong partner in this project,” Bickell said, adding that the firm has developed a really deep understanding of the Amateur Radio community as part of the investigation phase of this endeavor.

Bickell noted that youth education will be a critical component of this Learning Initiative, but he also believes that overall opportunities in this area are huge, as many individuals are looking to expand their knowledge of Amateur Radio.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-gives-the-go-ahead-to-lifelong-learning-initiative

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NKOM now issuing PDF license documents

Saturday 9th  February 2019

Norway's communications regulator NKOM now issues PDF's to radio amateurs instead of the old license letter and plastic license card

A Google translation of the post by the Norwegian amateur radio society NRRL says:

The National Communications Authority (NKOM) replaces the previous license card so that radio amateurs themselves can print their own license letter and license card.

Radio amateurs who have passed their own test have so far received a small plastic card with name and call sign from Nkom. This card is now replaced with a license letter and a license card in PDF format.

The change happens because Nkom digitizes and streamlines its services.

The license letter will also contain a section that can be cut, folded and laminated, and which then becomes the size of the old card.

Radio amateurs who do not use e-mail or digital mailbox can receive the license letter in ordinary mail.

The old license cards will still be valid, but if anyone wants a new license letter, this can be ordered by sending an e-mail.

In the email, you must state your name, address, date of birth, call sign and when your call sign was issued. If you are unsure when you received your call sign, it is sufficient to estimate a time.

Source NRRL
https://tinyurl.com/NorwayNRRL

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VERON reports 2018 membership number

Saturday 9th  February 2019

The Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports the number of members fell by 0.8% (52) in 2018

A Google translation reads:

The number of new members that has registered has increased by 8% in 2018. That is a trend break with the years before. The number of members who canceled has also dropped by more than 13% in 2018.

Radio amateurs often use this hobby from their radio or hobby room (shack). As a result, the radio hobby is invisible to the general public. And unknown makes unloved. That is why VERON is committed to making the hobby visible through the internet and social media. But also the members and volunteers of departments are doing a lot in this by showing the hobby through events such as radio markets, JOTA-JOTI and field days.

Presence on the internet and social media

In the past year, the PR committee and in particular the web editors mainly worked on the presence on the internet and social media. The number of visitors on the website has doubled in two years to 241,090 unique visitors in 2018. In addition, 2,772,585 times a page has been viewed and 470.27 GB of data has been sent. The web editors are especially pleased with the arrival of Erwin van der Linden. From January 2019 Erwin PE1CUP will strengthen the web editors. Erwin, welcome to the PR committee.

20% of new members took advantage of membership discounts at exam sessions

In 2018, the VERON was present in all radio-amateur examinations in the country, from Assen to Veldhoven. That day there is a special offer for new members. A large 20% of the total number of new members of the VERON has become a member during an exam. The VERON is again present in all examinations in 2019. Feel free to drop by for a chat or a question.

Visibility of the radio hobby

Radio amateurs often experience the hobby from their shack. But during events such as field days the radio amateurs come out and are visible.
This way a wider audience can get to know the radio hobby. These field days are also used to provide information. Not only about the hobby but also about EMC or technology projects in schools. To introduce young people to technology. Through the annually recurring JOTA-JOTI event , the youth is busy sending and receiving a weekend. Both among themselves and via the radio with other scouting groups around the world. To promote the hamer to a wider audience, the work of the local departments is particularly important. They can organize fun events together and demonstrate the radio hobby to the general public.

Silent keys

Unfortunately, a number of members die every year. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and acquaintances. This year too we had to say goodbye to 76 of our radio friends. This is a large proportion of members each year whose membership is canceled.

Despite the 8% increase in new registrations and the 13% decrease in cancellations, the number of members fell by 0.8%. This corresponds to 54 members. That is an improvement compared to 2017. That was almost 2%. Also in 2019 the VERON will be visible on different media and events.

Source VERON
https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVERON

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QSL cards from the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia

Saturday 9th  February 2019

Information about 'QSL Ultrama'" from F. Costa, CT1EAT/M0HOJ.

This page (in https://qslultramar.wordpress.com) aims to be the most complete repository of QSL cards from stations of the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia.

Some important notes:
The QSL of Angola and Mozambique are organized by decade, and in each decade they are sorted alphabetically; the rest are arranged in alphabetical order.

All images have watermark with the text “QSL Ultramar”.

It is obvious that some QSL contain elements that are not well accepted by current civility standards. Their inclusion in this collection does not represent apology or sympathy for any ideology or activity, but only fidelity to historical truth.

The QSLs shown are part of my private collection, except where otherwise mentioned. If you would like to collaborate and include your QSL on this page, please send the scanned image (minimum 800×600 pixel, 300 dpi) to ct1eat at gmail dot com.

This page is dedicated to my long time friend Romualdo Teles, CT1BT (SK).

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Ofcom guidance on operating in other countries

Saturday 9th  February 2019

Ofcom have released a revised version of their guidance document 'Advice to UK radio amateurs operating in other countries'

The latest version dated January 8, 2019 can be downloaded from

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/51296/fkm.pdf

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New IOTA on Ice DXpedition

Friday 8th  February 2019

We are proud to announce that a new IOTA island will be activated for the first time by a small international team during this very cold winter with local temperatures on the island dropping to around -20C.

Kataja/Inakari Island (Inakari Island coordinates: Lat: 65° 41' 49.4460" Lon: 24° 10' 5.0460") has been added to the list by the IOTA Committee in
October 2018 as EU192.

Martti-OH2BH, Nigel-G3TXF, Niko-OH2GEK and Gerben-PG5M will be travelling by snow mobiles several kilometers out over the frozen seas of the Bothnian Bay to set up camp on Inakari Island, the Finnish part where they will use an abandoned fisherman’s refuge. As Inakari Island is part of the Bothnian Bay National Park the party need to obey several related restrictions, but they have been successful in dealing with them all.
https://julkaisut.metsa.fi/assets/pdf/lp/Esitteet/peramerieng.pdf

From 7-11 February, we will be running two stations simultaneously across 80-40-30-20-17-15 meters, operating CW and SSB. Call sign is OH10X and QSL via PG5M and using Club Log. Log search is available on Club Log.

We will provide daily posts on www.dx.to to keep you updated on progress and on the conditions on the island.
 
Regards,
 
Gerben PG5M

OPDX

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HamRadioNow Elmercast 1: From the Ground Up!

Friday 8th  February 2019

Ward Silver N0AX joins Jim Aspinwall NO1PC and David Goldenberg W0DHG for the first of the ElmerCast Series to talk about Grounding!

Watch HRN401 - Elmercast 1: From the Ground Up!

Previous editions of HamRadioNow
http://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow/videos

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US Navy provides ham radio training

Friday 8th  February 2019

Can learning amateur radio make for better engineers and software developers?

Writing in C4ISRNET - Electronic Warfare, Eric Tegler says:

When a group of [US] Navy engineers and software developers took time away from their day jobs in December, they spent the time pursuing a task long considered passe: they became licensed amateur radio operators.

Some 23 employees from Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) took a week-long class in amateur radio at Point Mugu, California culminating with an FCC amateur radio license test. All passed and are certified at the “technician” level for amateur radio operation [permitted 200 watts on some HF bands, 1500 watts above 30 MHz].

Now, Navy officials say the move may make the workers better at their jobs. The staff gained an understanding of radio frequency (RF) propagation that’s essential to what they do, said Brian Hill, electromagnetic maneuver warfare experimentation lead and collaborative electronic warfare supervisor at NAWCWD.

Hill, who earned his amateur radio license in high school, noticed that while most of his department’s recent hires had degrees in computer science, many had little background in RF theory or operation.

“You can explain antenna patterns and concepts like omni-directional vs directional using Smith charts, but it’s helpful to add a demonstration to really convey the concept,” Hill said. “You can explain modulation as a concept, but for a demo... let them listen to how modulated digital signals with audio frequencies sound... For those who never knew the joy of hearing a 2400 bps modem connect over a telephone line, it was a new concept!”

These concepts are central to electromagnetic maneuver warfare.

“We need to be able to have awareness of all threats and opportunities from [zero frequency] to light within an integrated system,” Hill said. “Our adversaries are looking at the entire spectrum to use against us, and we need to do the same. Having awareness of how the atmosphere changes from daylight to night and how that affects propagation of [high frequency] is important.”

This can be critical for young developers/engineers whose experience is typically limited to the UHF/EHF-based systems now in vogue across communications, guidance and ISR technologies.

Read the full story at
https://www.c4isrnet.com/electronic-warfare/2019/02/06/can-learning-ham-radio-make-for-better-engineers-and-software-developers/

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BFI Archive: Radio Servicing

Friday 8th  February 2019

This film offers a fascinating glimpse back to a time when radios and other electrical items were repaired, rather than just replaced

It is made more so by being filmed around the time of World War Two, when radios were extremely important both for obtaining information and for keeping up morale. Customers in Leeds bring in their heavy valve radios for repair, one in a pram, while the two children of the owner wreak havoc in the workshop.

This film is part of a collection of mainly family films. All that is known of the filmmaker is that his surname was Clarke, and that he had one son, Peter, born in the 1930s, and another, Michael Andrew, born in 1943. The Fred Reynolds electrical shop at 253 Dewsbury Road, looks now to be a Polish grocers, while 81 Lady Pit Lane is possibly now a small park area. The date for the film is unknown, although the notice that can be seen re. U boats and waste paper suggest that it was either wartime or soon after. All British radio manufacturers switched to wartime production in 1939, such as radar, although some basic models were still being produced, only without long wave so we couldn’t be influenced by German propaganda!

Watch Radio Servicing at
https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-radio-servicing-1935-online

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AOxWRD: World Radio Day 2019

Friday 8th  February 2019

This year, the theme of the Day, February 13, is: 'Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace'.

As we are Radio too, we will celebrate again, but our way, being on the air with the special callsigns:
AO1WRD, AO2WRD, AO3WRD, AO4WRD, AO5WRD, AO6WRD, AO7WRD, AO8WRD and AO9WRD;
for just over a week: from Friday 8 to Sunday 17.

AOxWRD: World Radio Day 2019

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Plate pirates target ham radio operators

Thursday 7th  February 2019

CBC reports thieves steal specialized amateur radio callsign licence plates right off their vehicles

There's a different kind of pirate radio situation unfolding in Corner Brook.

Someone is stealing the licence plates of amateur radio operators there, right off their vehicles.

"It's sort of uneasy because it's something we enjoy doing," said Kody Gardner VO1KJG, who lost his plate over the weekend.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, amateur radio operators can get licence plates starting with "VO1," followed by a call sign. In Gardner's case, it's his initials: "KJG."

"There's a lot of plate collectors in Newfoundland and Labrador, and these plates are fairly rare. You don't come across them very often," said Gardner.

"So maybe to someone it might be worth a bit of money if they sell it online or something. So that's the only thing I can think of. I don't think anyone has something against us ham radio operators or something."

Read the full story at
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/ham-radio-licence-plate-pirates-1.5006169

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Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2019

Thursday 7th  February 2019

Lisa Leenders PA2LS, Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, reports on the Youth Contest Program (YCP) 2019

On the IARU Region 1 site she writes:

Check out our Youth Contest Program (YCP) 2019. Youth members from IARU R1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called “Top-Gun” stations. These young HAM’s will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team.

We have contests confirmed from our long time partners 9A1A, ES9C and 4O3A already. But we would like to welcome our new stations into the program as well.

LX7I will make the beginning during upcoming ARRL SSB, LZ9W, OZ5E and DP9A will be available for contests later in the year.

We hope for additional locations joining soon! More information and the application form is available here.
https://www.ham-yota.com/youth-contesting-program/

IARU Region 1
http://iaru-r1.org/

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Zorro off to Bhutan

Thursday 7th  February 2019

Look for A5A to be activate again between February 27th and March 9th.

Zorro/JH1AJT (A5A), will travel to Bhutan with Franz/DJ9ZB (A52ZB) and Champ/E21EIC (A52IC). The main purpose for Zorro is to meet with the Foreign Ministry to continue discussions on outcomes and progress on their collaborative project for the youth development program SEISA working for BOC. He will also meet the official of the Ministry of Health, sports federations, BOC Olympic and Paralympic committees (also collaboration of sports, education and medical issues).

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. The team will focus on 160 meters FT8.

Suggested FT8 Frequencies/Modes are:
160M : 1840 QSX 1908 for JA (FT8 normal mode)
80M : 3567 DXpedition mode 17M : 18095 DXpedition mode
40M : 7056 DXpedition mode 15M : 21091 DXpedition mode
30M : 10131 DXpedition mode 12M : 24911 DXpedition mode
20M : 14090 DXpedition mode 10M : 28091 DXpedition mode

QSL via JH1AJT: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, KANAGAWA 255-0003, Japan
OQRS will be available at ClubLog after Zorro's return to Japan.

Support FGC ­ Foundation for Global Children:
http://www.fgc.or.jp/english

OPDX

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Greenland op

Thursday 7th  February 2019

Nils, SM3UQK, will be active as OX/SE3A from Ilulissat on the west cost between February 9-21st. Ilulissat is one of the 'bigger' communities on Greenland, with around 4500 inhabitants.

Activity will be on 40/20 meters running portable with a Yaesu FT-857D and a Buddistick™ Portable Multi-Band Vertical Antenna. He "may" also be active using an Icom IC-7300 and endfeed multiband antenna.

QSL via SM3UQK, direct or by the Bureau.

OPDX

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DXCC Most Wanted

Thursday 7th  February 2019

The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of January 29th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:

  1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
  2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
  3. FT5/W Crozet Island
  4. CE0X San Felix Islands
  5. BS7H Scarborough Reef
  6. BV9P Pratas Island
  7. KH7K Kure Island
  8. KH3 Johnston Island
  9. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
10. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND

Four changes this month. San Felix Islands (CE0X) and Scarborough Reef (BS7H) switched places in the 4th to 5th position. Kerguelen Island (FT5/X) moved from the 10th to the 9th, and Macquarie Island (VK0M) dropped to 11th and Peter 1 Island (3Y/P) moved to 10th.

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

OPDX

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Help required in final MarconISSta tests

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

The International Space Station MarconISSta experiment will cease on February 9. Martin Buscher DJ1MBB asks radio amateurs with suitable equipment to participate in final tests

The MarconISSta is a spectrum analyzer payload that monitors parts of the frequency spectrum in VHF, UHF, L and S band from the ISS in order to analyze current use and availability of bands for satellite communication.

Martin Buscher DJ1MBB writes:

We were just informed that it is likely that MarconISSta will be deinstalled on February 9, 2019. This is about three weeks earlier than expected, so we quickly have to finish any outstanding activities. Therefore: All Power To The ISS!

We want to invite everybody who owns a UHF antenna, preferably with an e.i.r.p. of more than 30 dBW, to do transmissions to the ISS. These transmissions will be recorded by MarconISSta and we will publish the results here. This experiment is a nice way for you to test your antennas, while it is great for us and ARISS to evaluate the ARISS VHF/UHF antenna pattern.

Transmission Details:
• Transmission time: Whenever you see the ISS between now and February 9th.
• Frequency: 435-438 MHz. Please avoid 435.95 MHz (our reference frequency) and 436.5 MHz (center frequency of receiver)
• Power: Continuous transmission of carrier, we recommend  an e.i.r.p. of more than 30 dBW

Please do not use Doppler correction. We want to see the Doppler shift, it might help us to localize your transmission from this.

Further information
https://marconissta.com/2019/02/05/urgent-call-all-power-to-the-iss/

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2 Meter News reader

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

The Dublin IRTS 2M news team is looking for a new volunteer newsreader for the Sunday morning FM news.

Any IRTS members interested in joining this dedicated team should, in the first instance, contact Tony (EI5EM) by email at “ei5em /at/ eircom /dot/ net”

Irish Radio Transmitters Society

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Lesotho DXpedition

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

The 7P8LB Team is now well established as they near their departure date in a few weeks time.

Operators Svein/LA3BO, Piotr/LA7RRA, Rune/LA7THA (Team Leader), Arne/ LA7WCA, Svein Jarle/LA9KKA, Thor/LA9VPA, Harald/LB2HG, Chris/OE5CWO and Phillipp/OE7PGI will be active as 7P8LB from Molengoane Lodge (WW Loc. KG30VO), Lesotho, between March 8-16th.

They plan to have 2-3 stations running 24/7 on all HF bands using CW, SSB, with the focus on low bands and FT8.

QSL Manager is Charles, M0OXO. QSL is via M0OXO's OQRS: https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php
Logsearch can be found on Clublog:
https://clublog.org/logsearch/7P8LB

Not in log: Use the busted callsign facility on the OQRS page.

For more details and updates, see: http://www.la9vpa.com/7p8lb/index.html

OPDX

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Kerry Amateur Radio Group special event

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

KARG will be QRV during calendar year 2019, using the special event call EI-100-YXQ.

This call will commemorate the centenary of the first voice transmission across the Atlantic, in an East-West direction, from Ballybunion County Kerry to Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The original call used from the former Marconi radio station in Ballybunion was YXQ.

On the anniversary date of 19th March 2019, KARG will be QRV from the site of the former Marconi radio station in Ballybunion, where an open day is planned to include a number of lectures and demonstrations.

KARG invites expressions of interest from any EI ops to air the call throughout 2019. Please contact Declan EI9FVB for further information.

IRTS

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

Island activities:

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

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island: Jon/LA1QH is going to activate Spitsbergen (WLOTA 0125) between the 8th and 11th with the callsign JW1QH on 80 and 20m (SSB only). QSL via LA1QH (B).

NA-101; J7, Dominica: David/KK4WW und Gaynell/KK4WWW will be active holiday-style with the callsigns J79WW, J79WWW, and J79USA from the 12th to 19th on 160 to 10m (CW, SSB, digital modes). QSL via N4USA, LoTW.

NA-104; V4, St Kitts and Nevis: David/K1KA plans to operate from John's (V47JA) station at Calypso Bay (WLOTA 1164) as V47KA between the 11th and 25th. QRV on 160-6m with a focus on FT8 (no Fox/Hound mode). QSL via K1KA (d), LoTW.

OC-153; P2, Papua New Guinea's Coastal Islands South:  The activation of Daru Island by Derek/K3KHZ, Hans/SM6CVX, and Eddy/K5WQG had to be cancelled for security reasons.

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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Incredible video of South Pole auroras (Stunning ! Neil G4OAR)

Wednesday 6th  February 2019

Cold-weather astrophotography pioneer Robert Schwarz has just released a new video of Southern Lights dancing over the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The short movie is a must-see for anyone interested in auroras and space weather. It highlights the otherworldly effect of geomagnetic activity on our planet's south polar skies with scenes unlike anyplace else on Earth.

The video is highlighted on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

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Announcing ARISS / NOTA Slow Scan TV Event

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 14:00 UTC and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC.

SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio and received by ham operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, similar to pictures shared on cell phones using twitter or instagram.

When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from the ISS at the frequency of 145.80 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD120 and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a 2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed.

Transmissions will consist of eight NASA On The Air (NOTA) images see
https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/
,
In addition, four ARISS commemorative images will also be included.

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware
.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php
.
In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ .

Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

Please check for news and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status.

About ARISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.

Also join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status

Media Contact:

Dave Jordan, AA4KN

ARISS PR
aa4kn@amsat.org

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Electronics Notes opens a Ham Radio store

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

The website, Electronics Notes provides a huge amount of reference material for engineers, students and hobbyists. Within this there is a huge amount of material for radio amateurs on subjects like amateur radio itself as well as radio receiver technology, RF design, antennas, radio propagation and a whole lot more.

To complement this, Electronics Notes has opened a ham radio store.

In association with Amazon, this offers some really excellent bargains which do not appear with many other amateur radio stores.

It is surprising what you can find - there is a much bigger choice than you might think, and the prices are often really good as well.

Currently we are set up so that the links automatically link to the UK or USA, so you can enjoy local shopping within these countries. We are soon hoping to be available in Canada and possibly other countries as well.

Check out the link and browse though our ham radio store: https://www.electronics-notes.com/hamstore

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PMSE funding scheme now open for applications

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

Owners of wireless programme making and special events (PMSE) equipment can now register for funding to help cover the costs of replacing their equipment, due to the 700 MHz clearance programme.

The 700 MHz spectrum band is currently used for Freeview television and PMSE equipment such as wireless microphones, but is being cleared so it can be used to help improve mobile coverage. Last year, Ofcom confirmed details of a Government-backed funding scheme to support PMSE equipment owners who will be unable to use their existing equipment after the band is cleared.

From today, eligible PMSE equipment owners will be able to register for funding on the Ofcom Claims Management System. Managed by Equiniti on Ofcom’s behalf, this new online portal provides all the information claimants need to register their equipment and submit their claim. Further guidance and contact details for assistance are also available on the site.

Those claiming for funding through the scheme will need to submit their claims on the portal by 26 April.

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The February 2019 Communicator

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

The February 2019 Communicator is now available, and includes an in-depth look at digital mode FT8, plus Amateur Radio News from the SW corner of Canada and elsewhere.

Amateur Radio related articles, profiles, news, tips and how-to's.

You can download it as a .PDF file directly from goo.gl/MoLwKS or from ve7sar.blogspot.ca

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Revisions to Digital Radio Technical Codes

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

Ofcom has today published a consultation proposing changes to the technical rules that digital radio (DAB) broadcasters need to follow.

These technical rules ensure that digital radio signals are transmitted in a uniform way and don’t conflict or interfere with one other. This helps enable digital radio listeners to receive the same listening experience from the digital radio stations available in their own areas.

Today’s consultation proposes changes to ensure our Technical Codes keep pace with new technology and industry developments, including making the rules more suitable for the needs of future ‘small scale DAB’ services – an innovative technology which could make it easier for smaller radio stations to transmit on digital radio.

The consultation closes on 18 March 2019.

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EURAO Newsletter February 2019

Tuesday 5th  February 2019

In this issue you will find:

EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

EURAO Newsletter February 2019: contents

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Ham College 49

Monday 4th February 2019

General Amateur Radio Exam part 20. More on modulation. Coaxial cable loss explored.

1:07:03

Download

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Two milestones in Distance Learning

Monday 4th February 2019

The Bath-Based Advanced Distance Learning Team (BBADL) have announced that their 700th student has passed the Advanced amateur radio exam 

They have also just passed the £15,000 mark for donations to radio charities.

Steve G0FUW says:

"Not bad since we only started in 2011 and expected about 20 passes a year.
Will we make it to 800 before we close down the Advanced classes?
With the biggest class ever (150 enrolled) and the added incentive of getting through before the syllabus changes to Full, we just might!"


Well done to all the students and tutors!

2018 Last chance to do Advanced Distance Learning under the current syllabus

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Review of the CommRadio CTX-10 QRP transceiver

Monday 4th February 2019

In the past two years few QRP transceivers have generated the interest of the CommRadio CTX-10.

I’ve gotten no less than two dozen emails from readers asking about the CTX-10 after learning I had one here at SWLing Post HQ. And, I’ll freely admit, I was among those people who couldn’t wait to give this promising little radio some on-air time––and, as a result, a proper evaluation.

The CTX-10 transceiver is based on the excellent and well-regarded CommRadio CR-1/CR-1A receiver.
Click here to read our review in a new window.

Fans of the US-made CR-1 and CR-1A appreciated the approach to the CommRadio design: simple operation, clever engineering, near-mil spec components and construction, superb receiver characteristics, as well as excellent audio. The classic CR-1 has all the essentials––multiple modes, filters, and the like––yet offers relatively few features when compared with other tabletop radios in its price class. It’s a simple get-on-the-air rig that feels like its engineered to last forever.

Here's a link to the review including a number of photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/02/initial-review-of-the-commradio-ctx-10-qrp-general-coverage-transceiver/

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ICQPodcast - Peanut the D-Star App

Monday 4th February 2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Peanut the Dstar App.

ICQ AMATEUR/HAM RADIO PODCAST DONORS

We would like to thank Keith Schlottman (KR7RK) and Richard Perzyna (G8ITB) along with our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include:-

• Student Promotes Ham Radio
• Bloomington South School on the Air
• Public Consultation on Electromagnetic Field Regulations
• PocketRxTx v3 Released
• Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner
• Nominate for CWops Award
• Peanut App (Google Play Store) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=peanut.peanut
• Ed Durrant (DD5LP) HF propagation Article -

https://wp.me/P3u0rP-19E

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

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Consultation on Amateur Satellite Service – Your input needed

Monday 4th February 2019

An open consultation aims to discover what services radio amateurs would like to be provided on CubeSats

Satellite / nanosatellite project managers often wish to use amateur radio frequencies for educational and outreach purposes. The amateur radio community thus offers them a tremendous potential for monitoring their fragile conception. They often ask what kind of amateur radio experience would be interesting onboard a CubeSat or what services they could provide with their communications systems. The answer can be simple: a transponder, but these designers would like to bring novelty and innovation.

In order to provide more factual input, AMSAT-F has decided to launch an English Language Online Survey to find out what you do and would like to do as a satellite activity, what you expect from satellite designers and what you can bring to them. *The synthesis of these results will be presented at the second* AMSAT-F meetings « Rencontre spatiale radioamateur » on March 9-10, 2019 in Nanterre (France).

Do not hesitate, give your opinion by completing the questionnaire via the link:
https://framaforms.org/amsat-francophone-survey-1548716436

The survey is in English but hosted on French server. Few guideline could be in French.

73
Christophe Mercier
AMSAT-F President

AMSAT-F in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/France-AMSAT-F

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Ham radio course cancelled due to lack of interest

Monday 4th February 2019

Iceland's amateur radio society, the IRA, reports only four people registered to take the Amateur Radio course and exam planned to run from February to May

A post on their website says:

On January 6th, ÍRA announced its intention to participate in an amateur exam in February-May 2019. The deadline was January 20, but later extended to January 31. Inquiries were received, but only four registered.

In light of this, it has been decided in consultation with the Examination Committee and the course coordinator to abstain from course holdings now, but instead aim at a course in October-December.

It can be considered that the [IRA] requests the Post and Telecom Administration to conduct an examination for an amateur license in May (without prior course).

Those interested are asked to send an e-mail to the company on "ira at ira.is" before February 15th. Such mail is not a commitment, but provides the company with important information about interest in the examination.

Source IRA site
https://tinyurl.com/IcelandIRA

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Cuban special event

Monday 4th February 2019

Members of the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) in Las Tunas Province and the Grupo DX de Cuba (GDXC) will be active with the callsign T40SC between February 4-10th.

Activity is to celebrate the Baseball Caribbean Series in Panama, where Las Tunas Baseball team will be competing representing Cuba.

Activity will be on all HF bands, depending on propagation and operators' free time, using CW, SSB and FT8.

A special certificate will be awarded to those who work T40SC at least on 4 bands, no matter the mode.

More information is on CO8ZZ's personal blog https://xavian2016.cubava.cu/
and the FRC's Web site
https://www.frcuba.cu/

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 4th February 2019

Island activities:

AF-019. Members of the ARI Modena will be active as IG9MO from Lampedusa Island (IIA G001, WLOTA N. 2312, WAIP AG) between March 28th and April 2nd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and other Digital modes. They plan to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via info on QRZ.com.

AF-118. (New IOTA) Toufelaz, CN8QY, is planning to lead a team to activate Los Farallones Island, Morocco, between July 25-30th.
Callsign will be 5C9A. Operators mentioned are Zidane/CN8CE, Toufelaz/CN8QY, Hamid/CN8HDZ, CN8PA/CN8PA, Ferti/CN8RAH, Leopoldo/I8LWL, Bruno/IK2PZG, Simon/IZ7ATN, Col/MM0NDX and possibly 1-2 more. They are looking for support. Details are on QRZ.com.

OC-016. Jim, WB2TJO, will once again be active as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, Fiji, between early February and March 10th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using mainly CW, but also SSB and the Digital modes. The rig will be an ICOM 706 MK IIG with an MFJ 971 manual tuner. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-150. Members of ORARI Lokal Lombok Timur Club Station, YB9ZGD, will be active from Lombok Island, Indonesia, during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. Team leader as Ahbab/YB9JA and supported by Adi/YB9GV. QSL via YB9ZGD, direct, eQSL or ClubLog.

OC-183/OC-211. Operators Andy/VK6MAV and Vlad/ER1PP will be active as VK5MAV/6 from both Houtman Abrolhos Island (OC-211) and Favorite Island (OC-183) between April 15-25th but it's not final; it depends on Vlad's visa conditions and international flight's availability. Also third party's interests and plans are involved.
For more details and updates, watch:
http://vk5mav.wixsite.com/dxpedition/next-expedition

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......

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

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Announcing ARISS / NOTA Slow Scan TV Event

Sunday 3rd February 2019

ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 18:25 UTC and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC.

SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio and received by ham operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, similar to pictures shared on cell phones using twitter or instagram.

When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from the ISS at the frequency of 145.80 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD120 and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a 2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed.

Transmissions will consist of eight NASA On The Air (NOTA) images see
https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/
,
In addition, four ARISS commemorative images will also be included.

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware
.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php
.
In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ .

Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

Please check for news and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status.

About ARISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.

Also join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status

Media Contact:

Dave Jordan, AA4KN

ARISS PR
aa4kn@amsat.org

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SA amateur radio license fee increase

Sunday 3rd February 2019

South Africa's regulator ICASA has informed the SARL that the amateur radio licence fee will be increased by 4.7% on 1 April 2019.

The new fees will be:

1 Year - R 148.00;
2 Years - R 283.00;
3 Years - R 406.00;
4 Years - R 517.00
and 5 Years - R 617.00.

ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2019/2020 period from 4 February 2019 (and hopefully the Post Office will deliver the invoices!)

Radio Amateurs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their licence is up to date. If for some reason no invoice is received, check that ICASA has been informed of any address changes.

The correct account for your ICASA Licence Fee is NEDBANK Account number: 14 62 00 29 27 Corporate Client Services - Pretoria, Branch Code: 146245 and in the reference field type in your licence number.

South African Radio League

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Es'hail-2/P4A designated Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100)

Sunday 3rd February 2019

On November 15, 2018, Es’hail-2/P4A was launched on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

Es’hail-2/P4A was developed jointly by QARS (Qatar Amateur Radio Society) and Es’hailSat (the Qatar Satellite Company), with AMSAT-DL as the technical lead, and is the first geostationary amateur radio payload.

The satellite has reached its final position at 25.9 °E, and the narrow and wideband transponders were successfully tested on December 23rd. The transponders are expected to be opened for general use in February 2019.

At the request of AMSAT Deutschland e.V., QARS, and Es’hailSat, AMSAT hereby designates Es’hail-2/P4A as Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100).
May the 100th OSCAR satellite be the guide star to future amateur radio satellites and payloads to geostationary orbit and beyond.

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

Amsat website

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Panama special event

Sunday 3rd February 2019

Look for special event callsign H31A to be active until August 15th. Activity is to commemorate 500th anniversary of the foundation of Panama City, PANAMA.

Activity will be on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31 and FT8).

Operators mentioned are Victor/HP1AVS, Henry/HP1CDW, Enrique/
HP1ECA, Alejandro/HP1COO, Roberto/HP1MRA, HP1JGG, Anel/HP8FOX, Romel/HP8MAK and Guillermo/HP1GES.

QSL manager is HP1AVS. For more information, please refer to QRZ.com

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AMSAT-DL website now multilingual !

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) the AMSAT-DL website is now available in four languages, English, German, Spanish and French

For some weeks now we have been looking for different ways to make our website available in several languages. We consider the multilingualism of our website to be very important, on the other hand the manual effort is very high.

In addition, one is torn back and forth in which language one should write the articles. On the one hand, we have a German-language membership booklet, but on the other hand we also have international members and an international audience. After all, we transmit worldwide via OSCAR satellites.

We've tried and experimented a lot, including some fun things with automatic translators. Everyone has certainly experienced it for themselves, many free translators find it so difficult to translate technical articles in particular that one very often hardly understands the context after the translation.

The way out was then finally a translation service with costs, among other things on the basis of artificial intelligence. Their translations are so good that everyone should understand everything in the chosen language.

We still have some difficulties with some pages, which we had already kept bilingual by hand when creating them. Unfortunately, our new automatic translator still has a few problems with that. Little by little we now have to change all pages to the "mother tongue".

Unfortunately, all automatic translators only support one configured native language for the entire website. But even this problem is only a matter of time and with all future articles, hopefully the good translation will exist immediately.

Source AMSAT-DL
https://amsat-dl.org/en/amsat-dl-webseite-mehrsprachig

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Radio ham's Open Satellite Project

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Radio amateur Lucas Teske PU2NVX explains the Open Satellite Project and its open-source weather satellite software

"The final goal is to have a generic satellite receiver that is easy to configure to a new satellite or protocol," project originator Lucas Teske PU2NVX explains of the Open Satellite Project and its open-source weather satellite software.

Developer Lucas Teske has a very clear reason for having started the Open Satellite Project, an ongoing effort to develop open-source software for the receipt and decoding of satellite data using software-defined radio (SDR) hardware including the LimeSDR family.

“I have studied electronics and computing since I was two years old, and one day, a few years ago, I saw that I could receive weather satellite images at home. That’s where it all started. They’re signals from space,” he explains of his fascination with the concept.

“Images from satellites are always amazing. But to know that there is something up in the sky that is sending something back and to actually see the signal that is coming and its content, its a totally different thing. It’s amazing to receive and decode stuff”

Read the article at
https://limemicro.com/community/open-satellite-project/

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LimeSDR and Digital Amateur TV

Saturday 2nd February 2019

The Lime Microsystems site carries a report on the work of BATC Chair Dave Crump G8GKQ and the Portsdown ATV Transmitter Project

The march of technology brought Crump into the world of software defined radio (SDR) and PC-driven transmission systems.

“We started the ‘Portsdown’ project two years ago in an effort to re-interest members who had previously been transmitting analogue amateur TV and then had been put-off by the complication of Digital TV. I had built a home-build digital TV transmitter based on parts designed to work with PC-size computers,” he recalls, “and had heard that a French radio amateur – Evariste Coujard, F5OEO – had built a version using a Raspberry Pi and a touch screen.

“The capabilities and probable future potential of the LimeSDR made us choose it,” Crump explains of the BATC’s decision to further develop Portsdown around the open LimeSDR family of software defined radios. “We needed something to generate a complex signal on frequencies from 70 to 2450 MHz at a reasonable (> 0dBm) power level. The fact that Evariste was one of the early adopters tipped the balance.”

Read the article at
https://limemicro.com/community/the-british-amateur-television-clubs-portsdown-atv-transmitter-project/

The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) is offering free 5 years cyber membership for students in full-time education
https://batc.org.uk/student-membership/

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Supporting innovation through wireless technology

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Ofcom's paper "Supporting the expanding role of wireless innovation in UK industry" highlights the importance of the spectrum from 1-75 GHz for innovation

Ofcom has published a discussion paper on how wireless technology can help businesses to innovate and be more efficient.

Harnessing the potential of wireless technology is crucial to businesses being able to increase productivity, lower costs and improve the quality of their services. Industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and logistics are already using wireless connections to improve their services. For example, by introducing automation in factory production lines or using real-time data to monitor crops remotely.

Our discussion paper looks at how these connections are driving innovation across different sectors; the issues businesses need to consider when introducing wireless technology; and the different technical approaches they can take when doing so.

Ofcom manages the UK’s airwaves, so we also explain our role in supporting this innovation. This includes providing a wide range of organisations with access to the spectrum needed to power wireless services.

Ofcom is keen to work with any businesses or organisations who are interested in making better use of wireless connections. We will be holding a series of workshops this spring to discuss the opportunities highlighted in this paper in more detail.

Download the report from
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/135362/supporting-role-wireless-innovation-uk-industry.pdf

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Black Arrow: UK space rocket returns home from Australia

Saturday 2nd February 2019

The UK's only rocket to successfully launch a satellite into orbit is to be unveiled in Scotland after a 10,000-mile journey back home.

The Black Arrow projectile had lain at its crash landing site in the South Australian outback for 48 years.

Over time it was damaged by extreme weather and vandalism before space technology firm Skyrora stepped in.

The historic rocket is set to go on display in Penicuik, Midlothian, later this month.

Daniel Smith, director at Skyrora, said: "This is quite feasibly the most important artefact linked to the UK's space history.

"While our engineers have been working on our own launches, our STEM ambassadors have been arranging all of this in the background."

'Inspiring generations'

The rocket will be unveiled near the company's headquarters and workshop in Edinburgh.

Mr Smith said: "With the UK government aiming to make us a launch nation again, it seemed like the perfect time to bring Black Arrow back.

"We really hope the rocket will help to inspire current and future generations of scientists and engineers."

The UK Space Agency has previously announced £2.5m of funding for a proposed vertical launch spaceport in Sutherland.

Developed and tested on the Isle of Wight, the Black Arrow programme completed four rockets between 1969 and 1971.

The third flight was the first and only successful UK-led orbital launch, but the programme was then cancelled.

This is said to have given the rocket "cult status" among the space community.

Read the full BBC News story, with pictures
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46938858

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VK6WIA NewsWest

Saturday 2nd February 2019

NewsWest for Sunday, 3rd February 2019 is now available, and it’s Club Focus time this week. 

We take a look at what Amateur Radio Clubs are doing around Western Australia.  

But that’s not all. Andrew is freshly back from Tasmania and he brings us an exclusive report on the future of Amateur Radio Training and Assessments and the relevant announcement by the ACMA  

We also have updates on PerthTech and the raffle, and there’s more information and booking links at vk6.net.  We’ve got Roy’s Helpline and a report from RASA via Chris vk3qb .

NewsWest is available on air, online and on demand.  Podcast is back! Find out how you can listen to NewsWest at vk6.net

NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News, Inc.

Our email address is newswest@vk6.net .

Producer:  Bob VK6POP

Duration:   33:04

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Consultation on 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum auction regs

Friday 1st February 2019

For first time, an Ofcom spectrum auction will require successful bidders to provide adequate mobile phone coverage of the UK within 4 years

Ofcom has today published new consultations in preparation of the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.

In December, we published proposals to auction airwaves in these two bands by early 2020. This included proposed coverage obligations that would mean up to two winning bidders would each have to provide good outdoor mobile coverage to at least 90% of the UK’s landmass within four years of the award.

In addition, the winning bidders would have to reach at least 140,000 properties that do not yet have good outdoor coverage, and deploy at least 500 new transmitter sites.

To prepare for the auction, we are consulting on:

• Our proposed regulations that will implement the auction.
• Our proposal to make four Statutory Instruments in connection with the award.
• Our proposed approach to verifying compliance with the coverage obligations.

Further details at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/proposal-auction-regulations-700mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz

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RSGB to drop use of Flash for RadCom

Friday 1st February 2019

The RSGB has made the welcome move to scrap the use of Adobe Flash for its digital magazine RadCom

In a Tweet to Matt M0PUH the RSGB said:

We're pleased to say that the digital version of March's RadCom will be produced using an updated version of the present software, which will eliminate the need to use Flash.
https://twitter.com/theRSGB/status/1090925922683887617

Digital RadCom is available to members at
https://rsgb.org/main/publications-archives/radcom/

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Solar wind storm

Friday 1st February 2019

The Arctic Circle is glowing with auroras as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind.

Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are likely on Feb. 1st with a chance of stronger G2-class storming as well. If the G2-class storms materialize, auroras could become visible from northern-tier US States along a line from Maine to Washington.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

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ARRL release January Board meeting minutes

Friday 1st February 2019

The ARRL have published the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting held January 18-19

As part of his CEO report, Dr. Michel presented a PowerPoint outlining of his plans to reorganize and refocus the activities at ARRL Headquarters. He has identified providing better value to membership as a top priority. He sees value creation and value delivery as a key component to long-term membership retention and growth.

Mr. Ryan moved, seconded by Mr. Widin, that: “The Funding for the Mintz & Hoke project is authorized in the amount of $485,000.”
After discussion of the project, which is the development of life-long learning strategies and programs designed to attract and retain members, especially newly licensed Amateurs, the motion was adopted by voice vote.

Download the minutes from
http://www.arrl.org/board-meetings

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Foxhall Transmission Station

Friday 1st February 2019

John Norman writes in the East Anglia Daily Times about the Foxhall transmission site just outside Ipswich which played a key role in WW2 and the Cold War

Getting a coded signal back to the States, both during the Second World War and the Cold War, proved incredibly difficult. The solution was Operation Tea Bag: a scheme to connect telephone switching stations from across Europe, as far south as Italy, to Foxhall for forward transmission across the Atlantic.

Read the article at
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ipswich-icons-when-the-cold-war-was-played-out-right-on-our-doorsteps-in-suffolk-1-4947730

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