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HAM RADIO EXPO RETURNS TO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

Friday 1st July 2022

Ham Radio Expo made a triumphant return and Newsline's Ed Durrant DD5LP was there.

ED: Last weekend saw the 45th Ham Radio Expo in Friedrichshafen, the first after three years of lockdowns and two cancelled events. All were eager to get back to the "Neue Messe" in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in the south of Germany.

Turnout was expected to be around 10,000 compared to just under 14,000 in 2019. After the effects of the pandemic and with the current inflation levels this is not a bad showing. While the main hall seemed a little less full than normal due to the stands of Kenwood and Yaesu not being there along with the large WIMO retailer, the flea market in its two Zeppelin-sized halls was fuller than in 2019.

Talking with dealers and manufacturers, I learned they were all glad to have, it seems, come through the pandemic. Several, however, said it was close and another lockdown would have meant the end of their businesses. Many are worried about parts supply and while most have stockpiled components, their stock is dwindling.

Talking with the national societies and the IARU, I learned there is concern on how we will keep our band allocations especially in the microwave frequencies and a need is seen to have the hobby change and be open to new technologies and possibilities to attract more people.

There were positive notes too: The Austrian national society's president, Michael Zwingl, OE3MZC, was very enthusiastic over several new projects.

An institute will be a platform for hams, makers and professionals to work together on new technology projects in Austria.
WRAN, will supply a way for access from 6 metres, 2 metres and 70 centimetres into the Europe-wide HamNet, which is a 2.4 and 5 GHz ham radio high-speed RF data network.

A Lora-based network linking low power IOT devices using the QO-100 satellite will enable data communications between devices across a third of the world's surface.

Overall there was a very positive feel at HAM RADIO 2022 and as this year's motto said, it was indeed "A reunion with friends."
On Amateur Radio Newsline we can only bring you a brief overview of the event. For a more detailed report with interviews take a listen to our friends at ICQPodcast.com for their coverage.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed DD5LP.

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WORLD OF DX

Friday 1st July 2022

In the World of DX, Rafael, NN3RP will be active from Granada, Nicaragua as YN2RP during July 5. He will be operating on the HF bands, FM satellites, and will be using FT8/FT4, CW, RTTY, VarAC, and SSB. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.

Be listening for Pete, ZL4TE, operating as E51RMP from the Cook islands during July 14th through 21st. Although he will be mainly on Rarotonga, he will make a side trip Aitutaki, IOTA number OC-083, on July 18th and 19th. Be listening on the HF bands. He will be QRP. QSL to Pete's home call.

First-time contest participant VK5KI will be on the air for the Radio Society of Great Britain's IOTA Contest from Kangaroo Island, IOTA number OC-139, off South Australia's coast, from Friday July 29th to Sunday July 31st. The station will operate in CW and SSB. Before the contest, be listening on 80m through 10m. During the contest, be listening on 80/40/20/15/ and 10m. QSL via Charles MØOXO.

Be listening also for KL7RRC from Kiska Island, NA-070, during the RSGB IOTA contest on July 30th and 31st. Send QSLs to N7RO.

(DX-WORLD.NET)

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KICKER: GETTING A STRING OF CONTACTS WITH A KITE

Friday 1st July 2022

NEIL/ANCHOR: For our final story, we introduce a radio amateur who is lucky enough to have found a way to combine two things she really loves - amateur radio and flying kites. Mike Askins KE5CXP tells us about her adventures in Kite POTA.

MIKE: Lisa Neuscheler (Newsh-Lurr) KC1YL has found a way to string together her Parks on the Air contacts from as close to her Florida home as Texas and as far away as the western states, the Caribbean and Europe. That's because the string she uses is the string of a kite. The kite enthusiast launched her first high-flying ham radio antenna in October of last year on Florida's east coast with friends. Back home on the west coast near Tampa, she and her small team have done eight kite activations since that time. This past March, she was on Florida's Honeymoon Island when she achieved her first POTA kite-to-kite contact with another team that also brought their kite there.

Lisa told Newsline that she credits Kourt de Haas, KB5PRZ, with inspiring her lofty goals after she learned that the Texas amateur accomplished his QSO with her in 2016 - while she was still living in Connecticut - using an antenna on a kite over the Gulf of Mexico. Now she runs along the Florida beaches with a POTA kite team of her own, including Julie NF1T, Jack W1BBU and others.

Her next challenge is a longer-distance POTA kite-to-kite contact with her friend Paul W1IP in Connecticut. Their first attempt on June 13th was scrapped by insufficient wind on Paul's local beach. Lisa made 95 regular POTA contacts that day using her kite antenna but none were made with Paul. So they're trying again on July 11th.

Lisa told Newsline: [quote] "You have to be happy when you are holding a kite string." [endquote] No doubt she'll be even happier if on that day the wind helps carries her ambition to reality. You might even say it will be uplifting.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.

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For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG in Union, Kentucky saying 73. As always we thank you for listening.

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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 1st July 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided byThe 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.

FIJI, 3D2.  Dom, 3D2USU is QRV with special call sign 3D2AJT from Nadi until July 27.  QSL via Club Log.

YEMEN, 7O.  David, DL7ZM is QRV as 7O/DL7ZM from Socotra Island, IOTA AF-028, until July 3.  Activity is on 10 meters using CW and FT8, and on 6 meters as well.  QSL direct to home call.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Members of the Djelfe Radio Club are QRV with special call sign 7T60A during July to mark Algeria's 60th anniversary of independence.  QSL direct.

GHANA, 9G.  Haim, DG5HL is QRV as 9G5AF from Accra.  QSL via EA5GL.

ANGOLA, D2.  Mikalai, UT6UY is QRV as D2UY.  Activity will soon be on 20 to 6 meters.  QSL to home call.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP.  Eric, KV1J is QRV as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, until July 12.  Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 60 and 6 meters.   This includes being an entry in the upcoming IARU HF Championship contest.  QSL to home call.

SWITZERLAND, HB.  Special call sign HB75SG is QRV until July 31 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the USKA St. Gallen club.  QSL via LoTW.

SARDINIA, IS0.  Richard, OM2TW will be QRV as IS0/OM2TW from July 5 to 25.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ.  Carsten, OZ4CG is QRV as OZ4SOP from Bornholm Island, IOTA EU-030, until July 31 for the Sea Of Peace award.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW.  QSL via LoTW.

POLAND, SP.  Special call signs 3Z1922PS, HF1922PS, SN1922PS, SO1922PS, SP1922PS and SQ1922PS will be QRV from July 2 to 17 to mark the 100th anniversary since the incorporation of part of Upper Silesia into Poland.  QSL via operators' instructions.

COSTA RICA, TI.  Special call sign TI1GOAL is QRV from July 1 to December to show support of Costa Rica's participation in the 22nd FIFA World Cup that will take place in Qatar.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and FT8.  QSL direct.

NAMIBIA, V5.  Hanspeter, HB9BFM is QRV as V5/HB9BFM from Luderitz and Simplon/Sandverhaar until July 12.  Activity is on 80 to 15 meters.  QSL to home call.

MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0.  Matt, VK1HZ is QRV as VK0MQ from Macquarie Island, IOTA AN-005, until October while on work assignment. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB and FT8 in DXpedition mode.  QSL via LoTW.

HONG KONG, VR.  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, licensed amateurs here are granted the use of the special prefix VR25 until June 30, 2023.

MYANMAR, XZ.  Station XZ2B is QRV from Yangon.  QSL via JH3SIF.

INDONESIA, YB.  Special call signs 8B0FTDM through 8B9FTDM will be QRV on July 4 to 17 for the 5th anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club.  Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily FT8, but with some CW, SSB, and other modes as well.  QSL via LoTW.

NICARAGUA, YN.  Rafael, NN3RP will be QRV as YN2RP from July 4 to August 2.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  He will also try to be active on FM satellites.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The RAC Canada Day Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, NZART 80-Meter Memorial Contest, Marconi Memorial HF CW Contest, Original QRP Contest and the PODXS 070 Club 40-Meter Firecracker PSK31 Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC Memorial, RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, ARS Spartan CW Sprint, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test CW 40 and the Mini-Test CW 80 are scheduled for July 4 to 6.

Please see July 2022 QST, page 78, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

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Monday 27th June 2022


Richard Welch - G8NDD SK

 

It is with sadness that we announce that Richard Welch (G8NDD) went SK last Friday evening after a short illness and brief stay in hospital.

Richard was a long time member of WADARC and was Controller of our local RAYNET Group. Although not a frequent visitor, Richard was always a willing helper, making himself available to assist at many of our Special Event Stations.

For many years, Richard was our 'Chef' at the annual club barbecues and indeed brought his own barbecue along to support the event.

RIP Richard

Further details will follow.

 

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Switzerland: New repeater list available

Friday 24th June 2022

USKA reports an updated list for Swiss Voice Repeaters (HB9/HB0) is available

This list was created on the basis of reports to OFCOM. Please report corrections and additions to the USKA frequency coordinator at qrg@uska.ch

Thanks to Renato, HB9BXQ for the work!

Renato, HB9BXQ

USKA Frequency Coordinator

PDF Repeater list https://www.uska.ch/die-uska/uska-fachstellen/frequenzkoordination/

Repeater Map https://repeatermap.de/?lon=8.1&lat=46.8

USKA
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Switzerland

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 24th June 2022

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Amateur Radio Digital Communications

Friday 24th June 2022

What is ARDC?

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a private foundation whose roots are in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication.

Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance digital communication and broader communication science and technology, to promote amateur radio, scientific research, experimentation, education, development, open access, and innovation in information and communication technology

You can read the full and fascinating facts about ARDC here
https://www.ampr.org/about/faq/

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Portugal takes action against illegal communications equipment

Friday 24th June 2022

Portugal's communications regulator ANACOM reports it inspected 26 vessels with the Maritime Police

A translation of the ANACOM post reads:

ANACOM carried out, during May 2022, together with the National Maritime Authority (Maritime Police) and, in some cases, the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT), various inspection actions on vessels. In total, ANACOM supervised 26 vessels, including fishing grounds and tourist vessels.

On 26 and 27 May, the actions involved the three authorities and took place in the fishing ports of Nazaré and Peniche, and the legality of the means of communication installed on board six coastal fishing vessels (two in Nazaré and four in Peniche) was verified. The radio stations were installed and operating in accordance with the legislation in force.

Between 17 and 20 May, ANACOM carried out an action with the Maritime Police in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, and a total of fourteen vessels were inspected, including fishing vessels (five) and maritime-tourist vessels (nine). Nine of the fourteen vessels were first inspected. All vessels surveyed presented radio stations accordingly.

On May 10, an ANACOM inspection action was carried out with the Maritime Police in the Port of Leixões, to six fishing vessels. In this case, an illicit transceiver of the land mobile service was seized.

These actions aim to verify the status, operability and correct use of radio communications equipment installed on board vessels.

If they are not being used in proper conditions, or malfunctioning or in inadequate spectrum ranges, this equipment may interfere with other services and may hinder the proper functioning of emergency communications.

Source ANACOM
https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1723282

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Five planets to line up in rare planetary conjunction

Friday 24th June 2022

BBC News report that five major planets in our solar system will shine brightly in a row during a rare planetary conjunction from Friday.

If the sky is clear, the naked eye alone will be enough to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn glowing before dawn.

It's a special opportunity to see Mercury, which is usually obscured from view by the Sun's bright light.

The conjunction is best seen on Friday but will remain visible until Monday from most parts of the world.

The last time this conjunction happened was 2004 and it won't be seen again until 2040.

Read the full BBC News article with illustrations
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-61910977
 

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Amateur/RNSS Coexistence - 23cm Band

Friday 24th June 2022

After review and approval by the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee and the IARU Administrative Council a presentation on preliminary Amateur / RNSS Coexistence in the 23cm band has been released

See the presentation at
https://www.iaru.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/23cm-Band-and-RNSS-June2022.pdf

Source IARU
https://www.iaru.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/23cm-Band-and-RNSS-June2022.pdf

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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 24th June 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

YEMEN, 7O. David, DL7ZM is QRV as 7O/DL7ZM from Socotra Island, IOTA AF-028, until July 3. Activity is on 10 meters using CW and FT8, and on 6 meters as well. QSL via QRZ.com

ALGERIA, 7X. Special event stations 7R19MG and 7Y19MG are QRV until July 5 for the 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games to be held in Oran. QSL via IK2DUW and 7X2VFK, respectively.

MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3. Joe, HA2EAV and Csaba, HA2KMR are QRV as CT9/HA2EAV and CT9/HA2KMR, respectively, until June 28. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. This includes being active as CR3DX in the His Majesty King of Spain SSB contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP. Eric, KV1J will be QRV as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, from June 28 to July 12. Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on 60 and 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming IARU HF Championship contest. QSL to home call.

HONDURAS, HR. Alex, K6VHF will be QRV as HR9/K6VHF from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, from June 27 to 31. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL to home call.

THAILAND, HS. Jerry, HS0ZOY is QRV from Buri Ram. He is active on 160 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Koh, JD1AJD is QRV until July 2. Activity is on 20 to 6 meters using CW, FT8, and FT4, with a focus on 6 meters. QSL via JA1ADT.

BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ18NATO is QRV until June 30 to commemorate the 18th anniversary of Bulgaria's NATO membership. QSL direct to LZ2VP.

PERU, OA. Daniel, IK2SGL is QRV as OA9DVK until the end of August. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via IK6BFH.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Henri, OH3JR and Pertti, OG2M will be QRV as OJ0JR and OJ0MR, respectively, from June 26 to July 6. They are here on work assignment. Activity will be in their spare time on the HF bands using CW, some SSB, and FT8. QSL OJ0MR direct to OG2M and OJ0JR via OH3JR.

GREENLAND, OX. Bo, OZ1DJJ will be QRV as OX3LX from Upernarvik Island, IOTA NA-134, from June 27 to July 11. Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on 6 meters and 4 meters. QSL via OZ0J.

GREECE, SV. Rolf, HB9TUP is QRV as SV8/HB9TUP from Naxos Island, IOTA EU-067. Activity is on the HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL direct to home call.

MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0. Matt, VK5HZ is QRV as VK0MQ and will be stationed here for a few months. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Members of the Russian DX Team are QRV as Z21RU from Harare until June 29. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, and Satellite QO-100, using CW, SSB, and various digital modes with several stations active. QSL via R7AL.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
ARRL Field Day, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Pajajaran Bogor SSB DX Contest, UFT QRP CW Contest and His Majesty King of Spain SSB Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge, OK1WC Memorial, RSGB FT4 Contest, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Speed CW Test, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Phone Weekly SSB Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, Mini-Test 40, and the Mini-Test 80 run from June 27 to 29.

Please see June 2022 QST, page 69, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Training scouts in amateur satellite communications

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Members of Indonesia's national amateur radio society ORARI recently trained scouts in amateur satellite communications

A translation of the ORARI post reads:

The Scout Movement is the only scouting organization, which is engaged in non-formal education for its students to form character, increase knowledge and skills as well as prepare students to compete as cadres of national leaders, whose activities are carried out outside the school environment and outside the family environment with the form of interesting, challenging, fun and purposeful activities and are carried out with basic principles and methods of scouting whose goals are Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Intellectual and Physical (SEOSOSIF) achievements.

The Scout Movement, of course, in the implementation of its educational activities always adapts to the times and the needs as well as problems for young people so that every activity carried out always undergoes adjustments and improvements both in terms of concepts and material activities .

The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) together with the Indonesian Satellite Amateurs (AMSAT-ID) and the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization (ORARI) again provided an opportunity for the Scout Movement for two days, starting from June 11-12, 2022. To practice communication Via the satellite IO 86 / Lapan A2.

On this occasion the LAPAN-A2/LAPAN-ORARI (IO-86) satellite participated in conducting voice communication or Voice Repeater (VR). According to Research Center Researcher and Amateur Radio activist, Sonny Dwi Harsono, VR and SSTV activities are an effort to introduce satellite communication to Scouts to disseminate information. Usually, information that is disseminated about disasters is reported immediately at the exact time of the incident.

This opportunity was used by the Kwartir Branch of the Sajingan Besar Scout Movement of the Sambas Branch, together with the coordinator of Messengers of Peace in Sambas West Kalimantan and the coordinator of Messagers of Peace in Sarawak Malaysia and the Scouts Peduli Sambas who has a Callsign, the implementation is centered in Aruk Sajingan Besar at the RI-Malaysia border.

Net Control Station (NCS) for the West region YD0MZQ Kak Edi Junaedi, YD1EYA Kak Bambang Puji Santoso and YD0AVJ Kak Adityo Kusharjanto with Sambas Scouts YC7COM M. Eksan, YD7CHM Kak Handri Mamudi, YD7AKH Kak Akhmad, YD7CKLA Kak Suryadi and YD7 Sis Elita Successfully communicated/contacts with several stations.

Contributor By : YC7COM – M.Eksan
Created By : YD7CHM – Handri Mamudi

Source ORARI
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Indonesia

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Distance Learning for Full Amateur Radio Licence Exam

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Since 2011, the Bath Based Distance Learning team (BBDL) has helped over 900 students to obtain their Full Amateur Radio Licence, the next course starts in August - Book Now

Student feedback is always very positive and the pass rate continues to be well over 80%, compared with a national average of around 66%.

Having completed a second Intermediate Licence course in May, the team are now planning another Full Licence level course. The course will run from the end of August to December.

Students will receive weekly work packages via an on-line classroom and will have access to weekly on-line tutorials. Each student is allocated to one of the remote tutors who provide feedback and additional guidance. There are weekly quizzes to check on progress and at the end of the course there will be a number of mock exams.

There is no charge for the training but applicants must work through some pre-course material and complete a quiz to be eligible for a place. This focuses on the ‘new’ topics that were introduced to the Intermediate syllabus in 2019. The aim of the pre-course classroom is to make sure applicants can use the BBDL systems and to ensure that they are ready for the Full training.

Each student will need to provide their own RSGB Full Licence textbook and arrange their own exam at the end of the course. Advice will be provided as part of the course.

The deadline for course applications is Tuesday 26 July. To request full details and an application form, please e-mail BBDL Team Leader, Steve, G0FUW, via g0fuw AT tiscali.co.uk

Bath-Based Distance Learning (BBDL)
https://badarc.webs.com/bath-training

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Ham radio club holding demo Saturday

Thursday 23rd June 2022

If you’re into electronics, interested in trying to contact people worldwide, or would like to help out in emergencies, stop by Randolph Park Saturday for New River Valley Amateur Radio Club’s demonstration exercise.

The club (NRVARC) will be set up at the picnic shelter 1-7 p.m., offering demonstrations of amateur radios, often called ham radios, to individuals and small groups. Visitors can look around, talk with ham radio operators, and take a personal tour of the setup.

“See what modern amateur radio can do,” states the event promotion. “The folks there can even help you get on the air!”

Referred to as Amateur Radio Field Day, this annual event has been held at various locations since 1933 and is sponsored by American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It provides radio operators an opportunity to gather with their equipment to simulate emergency operations and introduce new people to the interest.

“Ham” radio operation has not only served as a hobby for over 100 years, it also becomes a public service during times of emergency when other forms of communication are rendered inoperable. They even provide communications for other events, such as parades and sporting events, at times.

“Our equipment is independent of cellular or internet technologies, making communication more resilient in disaster situations,” said club president Cam Coble of Pulaski.

“From Morse code, to speech, to digital communications, since 1958 the NRVARC has evolved with technology to be ready to serve the public,” he said.

Coble noted the event should be of interest to “anyone interested in electronics, communications, or just wanting to explore a new interest. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the real-world application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

Read the full South West Times article at:
https://www.southwesttimes.com/news/ham-radio-club-holding-demo-saturday

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ARDC Grant: Support for North Bay Area Mesh

Thursday 23rd June 2022

The Marin County Sheriff Office’s RACES/ACS Unit is funding North Bay Area Mesh (NBAM) to support and promote digital communications, amateur radio, training, public service events and open access to all, especially Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and emergency communication organizations in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

NBAM is a standing committee of the Marin Amateur Radio Society (MARS). MARS communications support of public service events has a 30-year history of effectively engaging the energy and activities of scores of hams; adding the use of the amateur microwave frequencies has excited the keen interest of new members as well as established leaders.

This grant from ARDC will support NBAM’s efforts in:

This set of projects will provide infrastructure for AREDN mesh and improve coverage. This will demonstrate to ham operators, non-ham clients and NGOs the benefit the mesh provides during emergencies. We also anticipate an increased use of digital tools by amateur operators and neighbors to support the deployment of nodes and perhaps even become licensed themselves.

Learn more at https://w6sg.net/site/

Source: https://www.ampr.org/grants/2022-grants/grant-support-for-north-bay-area-mesh/

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AMSAT Field Day 2022 on the Satellites

Thursday 23rd June 2022

It’s that time of year again; summer and Field Day! Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a 'picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!' The event takes place during a 23-hour period on the fourth weekend of June.

For 2022 the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 25, 2022 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 26, 2022. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 25 can operate only 24 hours. The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

This year should be as easy as last year since we have more than 10 transponders and repeaters available. Users should check the AMSAT status page at http://www.amsat.org/status/ and the pages at https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/ for what is available in the weeks leading up to field day. To reduce the amount of time to research each satellite, see the current FM satellite table at https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellite-frequency-summary/ and the current linear satellite table at https://www.amsat.org/linear-satellite-frequency-summary/

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellites, there are ISS, SO-50, AO-91, PO-101 and possibly LilacSat. It might be easier this year to make that one FM contact for the ARRL bonus points with so many FM birds. The congestion on FM LEO satellites is always so intense that we must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice.

It was suggested during past field days that a control station be allowed to coordinate contacts on the FM satellites. There is nothing in the rules that would prohibit this. This is nothing more than a single station working multiple QSO’s. If a station were to act as a control station and give QSO’s to every other field day station, the control station would still only be allowed to turn in one QSO per FM satellite while the other station would be able to submit one QSO.

The format for the message exchange on the ISS or other digital packet satellite is an unproto packet to the other station (3-way exchange required) with all the same information as normally exchanged for ARRL Field Day,

e.g.:
W6NWG de KK5DO 2A STX
KK5DO de W6NWG QSL 5A SDG
W6NWG de KK5DO QSL

If you have worked the satellites on Field Day in recent years, you may have noticed a lot of good contacts can be made on some of the less-populated, low-earth-orbit satellites like FO-29, AO-7, EO-88 or the XW satellites. During Field Day the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The good news is that the transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous contacts. The bad news is that you can’t use FM, just low duty-cycle modes like SSB and CW.
More information may be found at https://bit.ly/39nefgb. Rules in downloadable format: https://bit.ly/3QpJc44. The fillable scoresheet is included in the Rules download.

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director of Contests & Awards

ANS

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Lesotho

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Mark, KW4XJ, who previously operated as 9L1YXJ from Sierra Leone, has now moved on to Lesotho's capital Maseru and is signing 7P8AB.

His equipment is an IC-7300 and a vertical antenna. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, and the Digital modes.

His wife Arina, KO4PZT, holds the callsign 7P8NB.

QSL 7P8AB via KW4XJ, direct or by the Bureau. QSL 7P8NB via KO4PZT, direct or by the Bureau.

OPDX

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GQRP Convention

Thursday 23rd June 2022

The GI-QRP Convention will take place on Saturday the 25th of June at the Tandragee Golf Club.

This event is supported by the G-QRP Club. There will be trade stands, talks and presentations relating to QRP construction and operating. The talks will be streamed live online for those unable to attend. A Buildathon will also take place, where participants, under supervision, will construct a microprocessor-based Morse Code tutor.

The workshops are being sponsored by RCF and others, so the attendees only pay the £3 entrance fee and the youngsters attending the workshop will be provided with a free buffet lunch. All tools and test equipment will be provided and mentors will be on hand to guide the builders. There are 20 places available, 10 for the morning, and 10 for the afternoon. In addition to the kit building workshops, there will be a series of talks about building and using radio, which the youngsters may also find interesting.

The event takes place this Saturday, the 25th of June at Tandragee Golf Club, Markethill Road, Tandragee, Craigavon, BT62 2ER. Doors open at 09:00 and the event will close at 5 p.m.
For more information see www.gqrp.com/GI_Convention.htm

IRTS

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Successful Morse code day in Open Air Museum Arnhem

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

VERON reports on June 12, radio amateurs gave information and demonstrations about 'Morse code as a means of communication' to the public of the Open Air Museum Arnhem

A translation of the VERON post reads:

The interest of the visitors was great. Many were extensively informed. The number of people who wanted to take an "aptitude test" was also above expectations. All in all a very successful day.

This activity was dominated by Morse code as intangible cultural heritage, a status that Morse code received in the Netherlands in 2014.

For this occasion, the grounds of the Open Air Museum was temporarily transformed into an improvised shack and demonstration space. This was already done on Saturday June 11 by Okko PH2CV, Ernst PA1EJO and Rob PA5V.

On Sunday, June 12, visitors to the farm-shack received information about amateur radio in general and Morse code in particular. Many guests had heard of Morse code, some "of the movie", others had to think of "the war".

Okko PH2CV or Rob PA5V meanwhile made CW-QSOs and used the special call sign PA6OLM (Open Air Museum). The speed with which they ended garnered great admiration, especially when they also gave explanations during signaling.

Guests could also try their own Morse skills. One of the instructors (Henk PA0HPV or Okko PH2CV) first told the candidate how he could convert his own nickname into Morse signs, without revealing that name to the instructor. Then he had to "signal" his name and the instructor had to "record". Of course, the graduates received a certificate to take home.

The Open Air Museum had 2290 visitors on June 12, of whom the VERON team received about 400. Many of them were interested in Morse code for fifteen minutes or more. In addition, Henk PA0HPV awarded more than 40 Morse proficiency certificates. All this gave the team (Remy PA0AGF and XYL Geke, Okko PH2CV, Rob PA5V, Henk PA0HPV, Ernst PA1EJO and Erwin PE1CUP) a lot of satisfaction. This activity is well worth repeating.

Source VERON
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Netherlands

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Fidelity Amateur Radio Club to participate in Field Day

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Ham radio operators from the Fidelity Amateur Radio Club of Rhode Island will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2:00pm on Saturday until 2:00pm on Sunday, June 25 – 26.

The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States. For the 2nd year in a row the club will be participating in Field Day from the historic New England Wireless and Steam Museum at 1300 Frenchtown Rd. in East Greenwich.

Amateur radio operators from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.

Read the full story at:
https://warwickonline.com/stories/fidelity-amateur-radio-club-to-participate-in-field-day,174712?

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Khalsa Television Limited has surrendered its licence

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Khalsa Television Limited has chosen to surrender its licence. This means it is no longer licensed to operate the KTV channel which served the Sikh community in the UK.

KTV has been off air since 31 March 2022, when Ofcom suspended Khalsa Television Limited’s licence due to a serious breach of our broadcasting rules. This was after our investigation found that Prime Time, a 95-minute live discussion programme, included material likely to incite violence, including murder.

Following the suspension, Ofcom issued Khalsa Television Limited with a draft notice to revoke its licence. On 26 May 2022, having received Ofcom’s draft revocation notice, Khalsa Television Limited chose to surrender its licence.

Ofcom has a duty to revoke a broadcast licence if we are satisfied that a licensee has broadcast a programme likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime; that it has therefore contravened its licence conditions; and that the contravention justifies the revocation of the licence.

More details are available, along with a Punjabi summary of our decision. 

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Keplerian data

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Special thanks to Space-Track.org for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:

1 AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ

KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

AO-7
1 07530U 74089B 22171.71643237 -.00000027 00000-0 11761-3 0 9998
2 07530 101.9039 151.5967 0012556 37.0860 137.1405 12.53655455177879

 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22172.39156889 -.00020759 00000-0 -35927-3 0 9997
2 25544 51.6428 315.7624 0004429 285.9179 168.8032 15.49791165345835

SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22171.77647036 .00000538 00000-0 94482-4 0 9997
2 27607 64.5553 291.7321 0078614 293.7944 65.4929 14.76136865 48869

AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22171.82422112 .00002589 00000-0 31248-3 0 9990
2 39444 97.6240 145.5741 0057379 23.4754 336.9061 14.83440422462021

XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22172.52416459 .00023350 00000-0 36559-3 0 9999
2 40903 97.1782 231.0631 0011557 106.8392 0.5065 15.53663712379897

IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22171.55729690 .00000992 00000-0 48810-4 0 9991
2 40931 5.9997 146.9233 0012756 215.0603 144.8794 14.76819488363807

CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22172.54078986 .00004286 00000-0 25820-3 0 9993
2 42759 43.0182 310.1713 0010280 311.4049 136.9947 15.11944941276975

CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22172.50949791 .00004273 00000-0 25675-3 0 9997
2 42761 43.0183 309.1301 0010714 313.6524 130.7299 15.12035472276977

AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22172.15440131 .00002609 00000-0 19959-3 0 9999
2 43017 97.6749 66.1972 0248665 175.3856 184.9737 14.81413456247667

PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22172.40587836 .00001270 00000-0 13046-3 0 9991
2 43678 97.9713 305.7175 0008412 272.7889 87.2392 14.92181309198447

QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22171.82896549 .00000138 00000-0 00000+0 0 9997
2 43700 0.0178 19.1042 0001159 89.4297 124.6790 1.00271124 13308

JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22171.87638589 .00003141 00000-0 27679-3 0 9995
2 43803 97.6198 238.8141 0012789 253.1798 106.8022 14.97099550193583

RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22171.86527923 .00000004 00000-0 -22514-4 0 9999
2 44909 82.5215 228.0087 0216456 311.9751 46.3084 12.79713505115944

HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22172.55420205 .00000151 00000-0 63884-4 0 9996
2 50466 98.5805 249.8062 0005749 129.5257 230.6439 14.38502167 25501

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, June 24, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31

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Opening up more spectrum for satellite services

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Ofcom is proposing to allow satellite operators to access more spectrum so they can provide a wider range of broadband services, including in hard-to-reach areas.

As consumer demand for satellite services increases, we want to support innovation by extending spectrum access under our Earth Station Network licence to include the 14.25-14.5 GHz band.

This would double the capacity available to satellite operators in what is known as the “Ku band”, meaning they would be able to use the full 14-14.5 GHz band for their services.

This would support better broadband for more rural homes and businesses, as well as connecting planes and ships. In the future, these new frequencies could also help connect road vehicles, trains and drones, including in more remote parts of the UK. 

As part of this approach, new conditions would also be introduced to protect existing radio astronomy sites making observations in the 14.47-14.5 GHz band from interference. We also plan to introduce temporary conditions to protect any fixed links remaining temporarily in the band.

Our consultation on these proposals is open until 31 August 2022.

Separately, Ofcom has received licence applications from Starlink Ltd for six non-geostationary satellite earth stations. These are large satellite dishes on the ground that connect the satellite network to the internet.

We are considering Starlink’s submissions, including whether they can coexist with other satellite systems in close proximity, and any potential risks to competition.

We are inviting comments on the application by 19 July 2022.

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EURAO Newsletter June 2022

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

In this issue you will find:

EURAO on Facebook groups in several languages: en, es, it, pt
EURAO for Ukraine
EURAO General Assembly 2022: on July 2, virtual again
EURAO Party - Summer 2022: ad libitum
New members: RCT, 773RG, AOT
News in brief
...

EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!
https://www.eurao.org/newsletter

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Island activities:

Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AF-014; CT3, MADEIRA ARCHIPELAGO:
Jozsef/HA2EAV, Feri/HA2KF, and Csaba/HA2KMR will be signing CT9/homecalls between June 24 and 28 from Madeira. For the King of Spain SSB Contest they will use the callsign CR3DX. QSL via homecalls (d/B).

EU-022; JX, JAN MAYEN ISLAND:
Stian/LB5SH had to cancel his plans for a visit to Jan Mayen in 2022. He hopes for a new opportunity next year.

EU-053; OJ0/SM, MARKET REEF:
Watch out for Henri/OH3JR and Pertti/OG2M operating as OJ0JR and OJ0MR from Market Reef between June 26 and July 6. Their main task is maintenance works at the lighthouse, so radio activity will take place during their spare time. QRV on HF (CW, FT8, some SSB) with a focus on North America, South America, and Asia. QSL for OJ0MR via OG2M (d), OJ0JR via OH3JR (d/B) or via ClubLog.

NA-032; FP, ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON ISLANDS:
Eric/KV1J activates Miquelon Island as FP/KV1J from June 28 to July 12. QRV with a focus on 60m and 6m. He will also take part in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via KV1J (d/B), LoTW.

NA-057; HR, BAHIA ISLANDS:
Alex/K6VHF will be operating as HR9/K6VHF from Rotatan Island between June 27 and and 31. QRV on 80-10m (maybe also on 6m) on CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via K6VHF (d/B).

NA-134; OX, GREENLAND'S COASTAL ISLANDS NORTH WEST:
Bo/OZ1DJJ activates Upernarvik Island from June 27 until July 11 as OX3LX with a focus on 6m and 4m, but also on HF bands. QSL via OZ0J (d/B).

Further IOTA News
=================

JX, JAN MAYEN:
Helge/JX/LB4MI has now set up a 6m wire antenna and already enjoyed a few pile-ups on that band. For direct QSL requests he asks to use the online request system. The next batch from the island will be sent in August. QSLs via bureau will be sent until Christmas.

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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Experimental QRP section in European championship contest

Tuesday 21st June 2022

The Slovenian Contest Club has introduced a few experimental categories for this years EUHF contest on the 6th August 2022 with a new QRP category, as well as single band entries.

If enough logs are received, these categories will remain, otherwise they will abolished.

This is a contest for All (and only) European (according to ARRL DXCC list) countries, single OP.

See https://euhf.s5cc.eu/rules/euhfc_rules_latest.pdf

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Iceland: Renewal of 50 MHz authorizations

Tuesday 21st June 2022

National amateur radio society IRA reports on the renewal of special authorization to use 50 MHz

A translation of the post by Iceland's IRA reads:

It is pointed out that it is important that licensees who are interested in telecommunications at increased power in the 50 MHz frequency range (6 meters) this summer, send a request to that effect to Fjarskiptastofa before transmissions begin. If permission was obtained last year (2021), it is not valid this year.

Licensees must apply separately for an authorization from FST in the same way as, for example, the 70 MHz frequency band has been used. Postal address: hrh (at) fjarskiptastofa.is It should be specified that an application is made for increased power at 50 MHz.

The premise of this is that ÍRA received a positive response from Fjarskiptastofa on 13 May to the organisations request for renewal of increased licenses on the 6-meter band, and the agency grants Icelandic licensees increased power licenses in the 50-50.5 MHz frequency range from 1 June 2022 for 4 months or until September 31st. Full licensees are allowed to use up to 1kW and Novice licensees up to 100W.

It is very gratifying that the validity of the authorization is for longer this year than last year.

Board of IRA.
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Iceland

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ARISS offers more fun to ARRL Field Day operators

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) plans to have its ARISS InterOperable Radio System (IORS) in crossband repeater mode for ARRL Field Day. The IORS ham station is located in the Columbus Module of the International Space Station. 

ARRL Hq has confirmed that successful radio contacts made through the ARISS IORS, in crossband repeater mode, will count for an ARRL Field Day QSO point, but also for Field Day bonus points! Another fun opportunity for points. Don’t forget the rule limiting stations to 1 QSO per any single channel FM satellite. On-orbit astronauts always have very busy schedules, but if a voice contact were to be made with them, it would count as a QSO credit but not for satellite bonus points. Only an ARISS crossband repeater QSO qualifies for the bonus. Crossband repeater contacts are also valid for AMSAT Field Day for satellite operations, held concurrently with the ARRL event.  

Frequencies for ARISS crossband repeater operation are as follows: 145.990 MHz up, 67 Hz tone and 437.800 MHz down. If you haven’t used the ISS repeater yet, be sure to practice with it before Field Day (June 25 - 26, 2022). These contacts can be tricky, but hams can practice right now…can you do it?

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 ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and NASA’s Space communications and Navigation program.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see  www.ariss.org

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS PR - aa4kn@amsat.org

Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Search on Amateur Radio on the ISS and @ARISS_status.

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2022 W1AW and K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Tuesday 21st June 2022

W1AW:

Day Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC

FRIDAY CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sat)
Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145
CW 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 0300

SATURDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sun)
Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145

SUNDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
Digital 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1600

K6KPH:

SATURDAY CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1430
CW 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 0030 (Sun)
Digital 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 0130

SUNDAY CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1430
Digital 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 1630
W1AW will operate on its regularly published frequencies.
CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.
Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095, 28.095, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.
Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390, 28.590, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

During Field Day weekend, W1AW will transmit the Field Day bulletin using 45.45-baud Baudot, PSK31 in BPSK mode and MFSK16 in this order.

Please note the Field Day bulletin will not be sent out via EchoLink.

Also note, on Friday local, June 24, 2022, the digital version of the Field Day bulletin sent from W1AW at 9 PM EDT (0100 UTC on June 25) will be transmitted using BPSK31, Baudot, and MFSK16 in this order.

The regular digital mode lineup of Baudot, BPSK31, and MFSK16 will be used during Field Day weekend.

The Maritime Radio Historical Society's station K6KPH will transmit the CW portion of the W1AW Field Day message for the benefit of West Coast stations on 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz.

The frequencies for the K6KPH Teleprinter version (RTTY, PSK31 and MFSK16) will be 3.5975, 7.095 and 14.095 MHz (in this mode order).

Any additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be posted on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/Field-Day

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Strange things in the sky, courtesy of SpaceX

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Yesterday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The seemingly routine launch set off a series of strange events.

Sky watchers in North America saw an explosive "smoke ring" while onlookers in New Zealand were amazed by a new "spiral galaxy" pinwheeling across the heavens. There was also a head-scratching display of "rocket-powered auroras."

See the photos and learn more on today's edition of Spaceweather.com.

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GNU Radio aims to improve accessibility and usability

Monday 20th June 2022

An ARDC grant will help make GNU Radio easier to use on Windows and improve the graphical user interface GNU Radio Companion

GNU Radio, a free and open-source software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios, has embarked on a project to make the software more accessible to everyone, regardless of which operating system they use and how much experience they have with wireless communications and digital signal processing. GNU Radio developers have identified several improvements that will make the software more accessible and easier to maintain.

These improvements include:
• Easier installation of GNU Radio on Windows and MacOS computers,
• Easier installation of out-of-tree modules (OOTs),
• Better documentation to make GNU Radio easier to use, and
• Usability features for GNU Radio Companion (GRC).

The improvements were chosen because, while they were under development already, progress on them has been hindered by lack of specialized expertise. This grant from ARDC will allow GNU Radio to hire developers with the expertise needed to push these developments forward. For example, hiring a usability expert will give GNU Radio Companion, the project’s graphical user interface (GUI), a much-improved user experience.

For each improvement project, one or more mentors (who will be volunteers from the GNU Radio leadership or core developers) will guide the work. These mentors will help the contractors stay aligned to project goals and offer feedback at periodic intervals.

Source
https://www.pr.com/press-release/863768

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'It’s for anyone': Amateur radio club invites public

Monday 20th June 2022

St George News reports Southern Utahns curious about amateur radio will get a chance to send their voices over the airwaves during this year’s amateur radio open house, known as Field Day

The open house will be held at the Dixie Applied Technology College’s Emergency Operations Training Center, beginning at noon on Saturday, June 25 and concluding at noon Sunday.

The goal of the Field Day contest is to contact as many other groups as possible within a 24-hour window, said Dixie Amateur Radio Club President Don Leonard, adding that clubs earn points by doing so.

The club welcomes newcomers and invites them to talk with enthusiasts from around the globe on the provided radio equipment, said the club’s vice president Ryan Seegmiller W7RGS, adding that Field Day is a family-friendly event. The 15-year-old Ryan is Colby Seegmiller K7CFS's son.

“It’s for anyone,” he said. “Doesn’t matter how young or old you are. Just come and check it out. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Watch the video of the News report and read the full story at
https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/06/18/agl-its-for-anyone-dixie-amateur-radio-club-invites-public-to-join-annual-open-house/

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ICQPodcast - HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen 2022 preview

Monday 20th June 2022

In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB) is joined by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode's feature HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen 2022 Preview.

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News stories include: -

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

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Irish Language Net

Monday 20th June 2022

Tony, EI5EM sends in this report: "Last Monday, a new Irish language weekly net was launched on the Kippure repeater (EI2KPR) at 8pm local time. It is hoped that this will encourage the use of the language among radio amateurs.

The net will be an informal, friendly and bilingual get-together on the air. It will cater for all levels of fluency. Don't be shy, please join in and use the cupla focail that you have, or even listen in. It is hoped to expand this to 40m or 80m. Perhaps there are other EIs who would like to volunteer to start similar nets in their own areas?

You hear rugby referees instruct scrum halfs who delay playing the ball to "USE IT!". If they don't, they lose it, as the opposition is awarded a scrum. Similarly, with the Irish language, let us EIs play our part by using it too."

IRTS

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2022 IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day

Monday 20th June 2022

The 2022 IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day takes place over the weekend of Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of July, from 1400 UTC Saturday until 1400 UTC Sunday.

Last year after following consultation with contesters, to provide greater flexibility this field day was arranged to run as 5 separate contests - one on each band 50 MHz (6m), 70 MHz (4m), 144 MHz (2m), 432 MHz (70cm) and 1296 MHz (23cm).

There is an Open 24-hour and a 6-hour Restricted option for each band, stations may enter one or more bands or all five bands. Also, entries on different bands from a station may be mixed between Open (24-hour) and Restricted (6-hour) sections.

The deadline for submitting logs is Sunday July 17th. For more details and a full list of rules please see www.irts.ie/rules

IRTS

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French Polynesia

Monday 20th June 2022

Barry, KD6XU, is currently sailing around the French Polynesia Islands, and is active as FO/KD6XU from Nuka Hiva, Fatu Hiva, and Marquesas Islands. Reports indicate that he will soon be heading to Tuamotu and the Society Islands.

Activity will be on 40-12 meters using CW mainly. Cezar, VE3LYC, who has been in contact with Barry, reports the following: "I exchanged some messages with Barry, KD6XU, and he indicated that all his operations from various atolls in FO have been and will be from his yacht, at anchor.

He didn't know about the IOTA program (how was that possible, hi), and as such he never indicated any of our references. I very briefly explained to him what IOTA is all about, and mentioned that operations from a boat at anchor won't count toward IOTA credits. He understood, and indicated that in case he will have any land based activity he will let the community and us know."

There is a 21 min. video on YouTube.com of Barry from his yacht "Ma Kai":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej0dLVgR3Dg&
feature=emb_imp_woyt

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Tonga update

Monday 20th June 2022

Masa, JA0RQV, has announced the following on QRZ.com: My travel schedule in Tonga will be changed... due to the unstable operations of the domestic flights.

The latest schedule might be like below:
Term-1: From July 10-16th, 2022; callsign A35JP/P (QTH: Niuatoputapu Island (OC-191))
Term-2: From August 7-20th, 2022; callsign A35JP/P (QTH: Niuafo'ou Island (OC-123))
Term-3: From August 28th to September 25th, 2022; callsign A35JP (QTH: Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island (OC-049))

Since there is no commercial power available in the island on Term-1 and Term-2, it will be a quite limited operation in terms of output power as well as time. I apologize in advance for the very weak signal and short time QRV!"

Remember activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Equipment is an IC-7300 w/100W into a Vertical antenna.

QSL via LoTW and ClubLog, or direct w/2 USDs or by the Bureau via his home callsign JA0RQV. He states, "If you need paper QSL, please be patient to receive it because I will be able to issue paper QSL after I return to Japan in October 2022. Please do not send SASE to my home address."

He also mentions, "Sorry but I can not activate any outer islands this time such as Niuatoputapu (OC-191), Niuafo'ou (OC-123), Vava'u (OC-064) and Ha'apai (OC-169) due to restriction of transportation of COVID19."

For more details and updates, visit his QRZ.com or his Blog page at: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 20th June 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th-June, through Sunday, 19th-June there were 211 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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QSO Today - Herb Goodluck, N7HG

Sunday 19th June 2022

Herb Goodluck, N7HG, is a member of the Navajo Nation and son of one of the famous World War 2 Navajo heroes called the Code Talkers.

Herb keeps the Code Talkers memory alive with an annual special event at Window Rock, Arizona.

N7HG is also an active amateur radio operator and my QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

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Pirate radio stations operating outside London

Sunday 19th June 2022

In a Freedom of Information request Ofcom were asked to provide details of pirate broadcast radio stations outside of London for the years 2021-2022

Ofcom refused to give names of the stations but they did provide some statistics, see this link

You can submit a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom online at
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/new/ofcom

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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium

Sunday 19th June 2022

AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce the 2022 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as part of the RSGB Convention on October 8-9 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from those involved in building and operating amateur radio satellites to beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

Booking for the RSGB Convention is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

Booking for the AMSAT-UK dinner on the Saturday evening at the nearby Hilton Hotel is here

Details of the event can be found at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

[ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA of AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Central Coast Amateur Radio Club News

Sunday 19th June 2022

The club rooms at Kariong are open every Saturday. Members are reminded that Annual Membership is now due.

The club is running raffle which closes on June 30. For information on prizes and terms and conditions, please follow the “raffle” link on the club web page – ccarc.org.au.

At the VK2RAG Somersby repeater site, the D-Star, Rad-Net DMR and 2m Echolink services are fully functional. Brand Meister DMR and 70cm Echolink and IRLP are still having problems. The issue with the 6m repeater has been resolved.

The club has a Web SDR at Somersby. Websdr.ccarc.org.au is configured to listen on 6 metres, 2 metres, 70 centimetres and 23 centimetres.

The daily Morning Tea Net is held at 10:00am each morning and after the broadcast on Sundays. On the VK2RAG repeater – 146.725 MHz with 91.5Hz tone, and on echolink through the HAM and CCARC echolink conferences.

The Thursday evening net is held at 8:00pm on the same repeater and echolink conferences.

Adrian VK2ABS, hosts fortnightly SSTV net on the Club’s 2 Meter WICEN repeater; 147.125 MHz with 91.5 Hz tone, consisting of 2-3 rounds.

Adrian has had a large amount of support from other members and would love to see you drop in. The next net is scheduled for Friday the 24th of June at 7:30 PM.

Both of these nets are also video streamed live to the club’s Facebook page and recordings can be found in the “Videos” section.

You can find out more about the CCARC on the web at ccarc.org.au, by phone on 02 4340 2500, or on social media by searching for “Central Coast Amateur Radio Club”. Remember to give the club a “like” to follow for any updates.

73, Alan VK2MG
Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

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Requesting a ham radio callsign list from Ofcom

Sunday 19th June 2022

People are continuing to ask Ofcom for a list of Available amateur radio callsign but Ofcom can't provide that, you need to ask a different question

A request was made on May 9, Ofcom replied:  

Thank you for your request for information asking for a list of all available amateur radio callsigns.

We received this request on 9 May 2022 and have considered it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You asked:
Under the Freedom of Information Request please would you provide me with a list of ALL AVAILABLE the Amateur Radio callsigns that have an entry at FOUNDATION, INTERMEDIATE and FULL levels.

Our response
Please find attached a current list of all ‘Available’ UK Amateur Radio Callsigns on our system, provided in Excel format. The spreadsheet contains a list of 359 previously used callsigns that are now available once more and may be chosen by someone applying for a new amateur radio licence and held in our system with status 'Available'.

Other call signs are auto generated from our licensing system. We do not hold a list of these because the system produces them on demand when an applicant applies for a new callsign.

So how do you get the information that's wanted ?

The best approach seems to be to ask for a list of all ALLOCATED and RESERVED callsigns anything that doesn't appear in that list or in Ofcom's separate FORBIDDEN SUFFIXES list is likely to be AVAILABLE.

Ofcom database of Forbidden Suffixes is at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1vdzd7tr274mxv/2019_UK_Forbidden_Amateur_Radio_Suffixes.csv

Those who've passed the RSGB Full exam have the option of applying for callsigns from the G and M call blocks including G2, G3, G4, G5 and M5. Details of how to apply for specific callsigns are at
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2020/november/g-callsigns-for-those-passing-full-exam.htm

For those selecting a Foundation or Intermediate callsign the database can be used to see which calls are available in the M3, M6, M7 or 2*0, 2*1 call blocks.

You can submit a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom online at
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/new/ofcom

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 18th June 2022

How to isolate and by how much?

If you connect the antenna ports of two radios together and transmit from one into the other, that would be bad, right? Just how bad would it be and what could you do differently?

Before I dig in, you might ask yourself why on Earth this question even arises.

Consider having two radios and one antenna. You couldn't use a T-piece to connect two radios to the antenna unless both were receivers. So, after connecting and disconnecting coax for a decade, you might decide to use a two position coaxial switch instead. Set the switch to one port and the first radio is connected to the antenna, flick it to the other port and you've just avoided swapping coax between radios.

I'll point out that in most cases a coaxial switch can be used to connect multiple antennas to one radio, or in reverse, connect multiple radios to one antenna.

When you do start looking for a switch it would be good to test that at no point it connected any two switching ports together, potentially causing the magic smoke to escape from your radio.

A less obvious issue is that a coaxial switch has a property called isolation. It's a measure of what part of a signal leaks between ports and you'll see the isolation or cross-talk of a switch described in decibels or dB.

If you recall, a dB is a relative measure. It means that it's something in comparison with something else, in our case, the amount of signal going into one port compared with the amount of signal leaking through to a disconnected port.

You'd think that in a perfect switch none of the signal would leak through, but it turns out that under different frequencies a switch responds differently, even one specifically designed for switching radio frequencies. It might be that a 1 kHz signal is completely isolated, but a 1 GHz signal is not, which is why when you look at the specifications of a coax switch, you'll see something like "greater than 70 dB isolation at 200 MHz". It's worth noting that the lower the frequency, the higher the isolation, indicating that in the worst case, at 200 MHz, there's 70 dB isolation, but at lower frequencies it has higher isolation, sometimes much higher.

If you were to transmit into this switch with 5 Watts at 200 MHz, the amount of signal that can leak through would be 70 dB less than 5 Watts.

You might recall that you can convert Watts to dBm to allow you to do some interesting calculations. As with other dB scales, it's in comparison to something else, in this case a dBm is in reference to 1 milliwatt and 5 Watts is the equivalent of 37 dBm. This means that if you had a switch with 70 dB isolation, you'd start with a 37 dBm transmission, take 70 dB isolation and end up with a -33 dBm signal leaking through. That's the same as 0.0005 milliwatts. In other words your 5 Watt transmission leaks through your coax switch to the tune of 0.0005 milliwatts.

Is that enough to damage your radio?

Well, that depends on the radio, but let's put some numbers against it.

S9 on VHF and UHF was defined in 1981 as -93 dBm assuming a 50 Ohm impedance of your radio.

So, our leaking signal, -33 dBm, is 60 dB higher than S9. You'd report it as a 60 over 9 contact, a tad excessive, but not unheard of. So by that metric, you should be fine.

Many, but not all, radios specify the maximum radio frequency or RF power that they can handle. For example, according to the documentation, both the NanoVNA and a Icom IC-706 can each handle a 20 dBm or 200 milliwatt signal without doing damage. That means that your -33 dBm signal should't do any damage to those two devices.

I'm off to see what the isolation is for cheap 12V relays to see if I can construct a cost effective, modular, remote control antenna switch with lightning detection.

What are you building next?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Jasmine and José build a radio introduces school-age kids to the Science of Radio

Saturday 18th June 2022

ARDC grant will fund publication of the book, kits for 2,240 students, and a field trip for fourth-graders.

Aided by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), Science is Elementary (SiE) will publish Jasmine and José Build a Radio.

Targeted at seven-year-olds, the book will be the next volume in the SiE Books series, which features diverse protagonists who solve problems using science. The series provides high quality, hands-on, offline science content that enables students underrepresented in the sciences to see themselves as scientists. In addition, the book will include an adult companion to engage families. All books include materials needed to do the experiments, ensuring that families—even those with limited means—can participate.

In the book, Jasmine and José visit a family friend who is an amateur radio operator. They will be intrigued by the radio and build a simple one on their own. Children will learn basic science, and follow along with Jasmine and José’s step-by-step illustrated instructions to build their own radio. Funding for this project will enable SiE to produce 2,240 kits that will include the books, adult companions in English and Spanish, and all materials needed to complete all the hands-on projects. The kits will be distributed free of charge to students in Title I schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, while the book and adult companion will be available in PDF format for free online.

The grant will also fund onsite field trips for fourth grade students. These two to three hour-long activities will take place at schools, rather than requiring students to leave school for a field trip. Students will work in teams to design and build a radio using simple components, after learning the fundamental science behind radio. The lessons track the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which set expectations for what students should know and be able to do.

About Science is Elementary

Since 2008, Science is Elementary has empowered generations to better the world through science and scientific thinking. SiE’s multifaceted program serves over 15,000 underrepresented students annually, along with their teachers, families, and surrounding communities, from Oakland to Gilroy in the state of California. SiE’s work is focused on low-income communities of color, to increase diversity, inclusion, and belonging in STEM. Since its founding, SiE has reached more than 20,000 students, trained over 1,000 scientists and engineers as mentors to low-income youth, and helped hundreds of teachers improve their science teaching. To learn more about SiE, please visit https://www.scienceiselementary.org.

About ARDC

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. The organization got its start by managing the AMPRNet address space, which is reserved for licensed amateur radio operators worldwide. Additionally, ARDC makes grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio’s practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science. Such experimentation has led to advances that benefit the general public, including the mobile phone and wireless internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where all such technology is available through open source hardware and software, and where anyone has the ability to innovate upon it. To learn more about ARDC, please visit https://www.ampr.org.

For more information, contact:
Tzipor Ulman, PhD
Founder & CEO, Science is Elementary
tzipor@scienceiselementary.org

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
ARDC Communications Manager
858.477.9903,
dan@ardc.net

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Sable Island DXpedition news

Saturday 18th June 2022

Murray, WA4DAN, reports the following: -

Here is the latest update on the 2022 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition:
Planning continues to go well for the October/November 2022 CY0S DXpedition.

The following are the assignments for the team members:

Team Leader: Murray WA4DAN
Operations Manager: Dan W4DKS
IT Managers: Jay K4ZLE and Bill K5DHY
Operator Schedules: Lou N2TU
Team Doctors: Glenn W0GJ and San K5YY
Antenna Design: Bob K4UEE and Dan W4DKS
Transport to Halifax, NS: Pat N2IEN
EME Op: Lee WW2DX
Webmaster: Chaz W4GKF
Transport Partners to Sable Island: Sable Aviation and Vision Air Services

This week the team submitted to the ARRL DXCC Desk the Parks Canada approval documents. The team is hoping to have the exact dates for the DXpedition before the end of June.

The fundraising continues to go well and the team is very appreciative of the worldwide support. Thank you!

73, Murray WA4DAN
2022 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition

OPDX

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Russian Robinson Club celebration

Saturday 18th June 2022

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club's RLHA (Russian LightHouse Award) program, look for the following special event stations to be active until August 31st:

RA20LH (Kaliningrad region, R2F) RN20LH (Republic of Karelia, R1N)
RC20LH (Leningrad region, R1C) RO20LH (Arkhangelsk region, R1O)
RG20LH (Rostov region, R6L) RQ20LH (Saint Petersburg, R1A)
RK20LH (Republic of Crimea, R7K) RT20LH (Krasnodar Territory, R6A)
RL20LH (Primorsky Territory, R0L) RW20LH (Sakhalin region, R0F)
RM20LH (Vologda region, R1Q) RZ20LH (Murmansk region, R1Z)

QSL all callsigns via RZ3EC. Special Award is available.

Each QSO counts as 1 point. You need to get 20 points for a free e-award. Repeats are allowed on different bands, modes (each DIGI as one mode) and with different lighthouses.

For more details, see: https://hamlog.online/club/rrc/513

OPDX

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Ham radio to the rescue

Saturday 18th June 2022

Forks Forum reports May 23rd could have turned into an emergency, but thanks to ham radio, Joe Wright KG7JWW, other amateur radio operators, and Ted Rasmussen, it turned out just fine

A friend and I went out to lake Wentworth to test out our new boats. When we got down there, my Suzuki Sidekick was making horrible noises. We started checking things. Low and behold, I forgot to check the oil before leaving, and it was dangerously low, not even a drop on the dipstick.

We had zero cell service, and I knew my SUV wouldn’t make it back to town without seizing the engine. I called on the radio for assistance, and KE7FFX answered. I asked for a “phone relay” and gave him the phone number and message to call Heather M Lewis and have Jacob get on the radio. He was very helpful, at first she didn’t answer and he left a voice mail. He even “stood by” on the radio the entire time.

After a little wait, Joe Wright came on the radio and helped get ahold of Heather for us. Eventually, I heard my lil man throw his call sign out “KY7HAM CQ, CQ, CQ”, Joe answered him “KY7HAM this is KG7JWW, I believe your dad needs assistance and requested you contact him on the radio.”

Read the full story at
https://www.forksforum.com/life/ham-radio-to-the-rescue

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W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention

Saturday 18th June 2022

Hello Friends and Club Officials -- Please pass along this W4DXCC Convention announcement to your club members and friends.

We are EXCITED to report that the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention WILL hold it's 16th convention September 23-24th, 2022!!

It is time to make your Hotel Reservations for this year's convention. You can NOT make Online Hotel Reservations for this event you MUST call the Hotel directly at this number 865 428-8350. When You Do, Tell them you are with W4DXCC by SEDCO for a special room rate, do it now.

Online Convention Reservations are Up and Ready for you to make your convention and banquet reservations. Go here Online Reservations: http://w4dxcc.com/ticket-purchase-here.html

We have an awesome group of presenters this year that I know will interest everyone. Friday is the Ham Radio Bootcamp where we do our best to provide the knowledge to New and Experienced Hams alike.
Saturday is the main convention where we have numerous well known presenters, giving you the inside scoop on what is going on in amateur radio. Following each presentation we have time for questions if you would like to know more.

We have the leading radio and equipment manufacturers setup in the lobby with the latest gear for you to twist the knobs. More importantly you can have a one on one to ask questions about the gear with the company representative in a relaxed environment.

We have a fully operational Ham Shack setup where you can come learn and make QSO's in different modes.

Check out the Website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention. Go Here W4DXCC Convention: http://www.w4dxcc.com/index.html

Best 73, See you soon,
Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention leader
Dave@w4dxcc.com

OPDX

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Student project enables hams to experiment in the 33 cm band

Friday 17th June 2022

ARDC grant enables Bradley University students to develop an open-source, 915 MHz digital transceiver system.

DAEMod-915 is a Bradley University project whose goal is to design a digital transceiver system for experimentation in the under-utilized 33 cm band. The design includes support for multiple FSK/ASK modulation standards, and both hardware and software are open-source.

The designers—Peter Handler, W9PLH; Connor Dickey, KD9LSV; and Philip Pierce, AC9YC—chose the 33 cm band for several reasons:
• It is one of the most under-utilized bands,
• It is available for use by non-licensed ISM users and licensed radio amateurs,
• It offers a good balance between cost, range, and available spectrum, and
• There is a lack of available open-source and open-hardware modules for implementing digital radio modes in this band.

Once complete, the DAEMod-915 project will reduce barriers to innovation in the 33 cm band. The project’s detailed documentation will allow radio amateurs to experiment with digital protocols without spending a lot of money, and allow developers—be they solo developers, other educational institutions, or amateur radio clubs—to build upon the base hardware and software for their own unique applications. Documentation for the DAEMod-915 project is at https://github.com/DAEMod-915.

About the developers
Peter, Connor, and Philip are recent Bradley University graduates and are active Amateur Extra Class licensees. They serve as volunteer examiners and are active in a variety of amateur radio clubs. Peter has a strong interest in VHF/UHF digital modes as well as consumer electronics from the 1990s and 2000s, including portable media players, computers, and radio-operated devices. Connor enjoys contesting, portable operations, and administering amateur radio exams. Philip loves the outdoors and also enjoys mobile and portable operations. Dr. Prasad Shastry and Dr. Aleksander Malinowski are the project advisors. Dr. Shastry's expertise is in RF design and analysis and Dr. Malinowski's expertise is in embedded devices.

About Bradley University
Bradley University is a top-ranked private university in Peoria, Illinois, that offers nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university. Bradley offers more than 185 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. These high-quality programs incorporate global and experiential learning opportunities, preparing graduates to succeed in a complex world. To learn more about Bradley University, please visit https://bradley.edu/.

About ARDC
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. The organization got its start by managing the AMPRnet address space, which is reserved for licensed amateur radio operators worldwide. Additionally, ARDC makes grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio’s practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science. Such experimentation has led to advances that benefit the general public, including the mobile phone and wireless internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where all such technology is available through open source hardware and software, and where anyone has the ability to innovate upon it. To learn more about ARDC, please visit https://www.ampr.org.

For more information, contact:
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
ARDC Communications Manager
858.477.9903, dan@ardc.net
Connor Dickey, KD9LSV
DAEmod-915 Co-Founder
847.282.0466,
connor@kd9lsv.me

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ARISS Europe on HAM Radio 2022

Friday 17th June 2022

ARISS Europe will participate in the Ham Radio 2022 (24 to 26 June 2022).
Link:
https://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/

We will be located on the platform of the DARC in the centre of the hall A1 and we will share a small place together with AMSAT DL. They are promoting QO-100 and part of their team was also actively participated in the Maurer Mission local school contacts.

In combination with DARC team for education, AMSAT DL, ARISS and the German teachers/Engineers association AATiS vis-à-vis we have an interesting team to support STEM activities using amateur radio on ground and in space.

ARISS related presentations within the HAM Radio 2022 days are planned:

Fr, 24.6., 12:00Uhr Stage/Entrance hall: „ARISS und der Cosmic Kiss der Maurer-Mission“ (DG6BCE)
(ARISS and the Cosmic Kiss of the Maurer Mission)

Fr, 24.6., 13:30Uhr Teachers Seminar: „ARISS- Schulkontakte mit Astronauten“ (DG6BCE)
(ARISS school contacts with astronauts)

Fr, 24.6., 14:00Uhr Stage/Entrance hall: „ARISS-Kontakt JKG Lebach zur Cosmic Kiss Mission“ (by JKG Lebach)
(ARISS school contact by JKG Lebach within Maurer Mission)

Sa, 25.6., 10:00Uhr Hall A2/Room 2: „ARISS-Funkexperimente auf der ISS“ (DG6BCE)
(ARISS radio experiments on ISS)

Sa, 25.6., 16:00Uhr Stage/Entrance hall: „ARISS und der Cosmic Kiss der Maurer-Mission“ (DG6BCE)
(ARISS and the Cosmic Kiss of the Maurer Mission) (Repetition on 2nd day)

The permanent ARISS team on-site at our exhibition place will be Oliver AMEND DG6BCE and Micol IVANCIC IU2LXR.

You are welcome to meet us there!

73 de
Oliver DG6BCE

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IARUMS newsletter - Increase in unidentified intruders

Friday 17th June 2022

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 newsletter reports an increase in unidentified intruders in the amateur radio bands following Russia's invasion of Ukraine

The newsletter notes:

Radars continue to be the most numerous and harmful intrusions in our bands. The OTR Contayner (RUS; BW = 12 kHz, 40 sps) tops the list of the most frequently received radars, followed by the Iranian OTHR radar, which broadcasts daily on 28.860 kHz (IRN; BW ca 45kHz; 150 and 313 sps bursts, alternating) and by the British OTH radar located at the Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus (G; BW = 20 kHz; 50 or 25 sps).

But also, coinciding the beginning of the war in Ukraine, these last months and also during May we have been receiving signals whose function we have not yet been able to identify. As these signals are unknown, we report them as "XXX". The most common one has a bandwidth of about 8 kHz, seems to consist of a central carrier and is most frequently found in the 20 and 40 m bands.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 May 2022 newsletter can be read at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/IARUMS-R1-Newsletter-2022-05.pdf

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

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

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

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Talk on the history of Radio Caroline

Friday 17th June 2022

Ray Clark is giving a talk on the history of Caroline at the Southwold Arts Festival June 28th.

"Ray joined Radio Caroline in the 1980s and wrote the book on which the film was based. He will tell us the amazing history of the world’s most famous pirate radio station."

Book here:
https://www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk/festival-events/radio-caroline-the-true-story-of-the-boat-that-rocked/

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North Shore Radio Club to Practice Emergency Communication June 24-25

The members of the North Shore Radio Club will celebrate Field Day with hundreds of thousands of amateur radio operators all over North America on June 25th and 26th.

The event is a combination emergency-preparedness exercise, remote operations test, public relations event, and club social. Clubs and individuals fire up their power generators and charge their batteries and put their radios on the air from 1 pm Saturday to 1 pm Sunday, to make radio contacts with other participants.

The North Shore Radio Club will set up four separate stations at Clarkson Park in Northfield, IL. The event normally draws well over 120 participants. The public is welcome, and will be able to see all parts of the operation in action. The public is also invited to operate on a specific radio station set up for them.

Read the full Daily Herald article
https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20220613/north-shore-radio-club-to-practice-emergency-communication-june-24-25

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IARU-R1 VHF-UHF-Microwave newsletter

Friday 17th June 2022

Edition 89 of the free IARU Region 1 VHF-UHF-Microwave newsletter is now available for download

In this edition the editor notes:

"Prior to the Hamradio Faire in Friedrichshafen Germany, there will be an [IARU Region 1] Interim Meeting."

"The agenda of the meeting will be dominated by spectrum matters. The preparation of the ITU World Radio Conference (WRC23) shows us a couple of disrupting threads, in particular concerning the 23 cm band."


Download the newsletter from
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/VHF-Newsletter-89-15-June-202231.pdf

Archive of previous VHF Newsletters  
https://www.iaru-r1.org/about-us/committees-and-working-groups/vhf-uhf-shf-committee-c5/vhf-newsletters/

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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 17th June 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by LU4AAO, 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.

MADAGASCAR, 5R. Bernard, F9VO is QRV as 5R8BM from Nosy Be Island, IOTA AF-057. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator's instructions.

LESOTHO, 7P. Mark, KW4XJ, and Arina, KO4PZT are QRV as 7P8AB and 7P8NB, respectively, from Maseru. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

ALGERIA, 7X. Special event stations 7R19MG and 7Y19MG will be QRV from June 25 to July 5 for the 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games to be held in Oran. QSL via IK2DUW and 7X2VFK, respectively.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Operators Han, DS2GOO and Lee, 6K2CEW are QRV as homecalls/4 from Sangch'uja Island, IOTA AS-084, until June 19. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, from June 18 to 26. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

ARGENTINA, LU. Members of Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be QRV as LU4AAO from June 17 to 20 to commemorate Argentine Flag Day. Activity is on the HF and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, SSTV, FT8, and V/UHF FM. QSL direct to LU4AAO.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Ryan, K0EFW is QRV as S9EFW from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until June 19. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL via LoTW.

GREECE, SV. Alex, SQ9UM is QRV as SV2/SQ9UM from Poliouri until June 24. In addition, Chris, OE5CFH is QRV as SV8/OE5CFH from Corfu Island, IOTA EU-052, until June 21. QSL to home calls.

SOMALIA, T5. Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6O1OO from Mogadishu and is here for about one month while working for the UN Department of Safety and Security. Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 15 meters using some CW, with FT8 and FT4. QSL direct to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS. Radio station VP8GGM at the Goose Green Military Museum will be QRV during the International Museum Weekends on June 18 and 19, and again on June 25 and 26. QSL direct to VP8ADR.

MEXICKO, XE. Special event station 4A2MAX is QRV until November 1 to commemorate Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe. QSL direct to XE2N.

INDONESIA, YB. Indra, YB8QT is QRV from Siau Barat, IOTA OC-210, and is here while working for the next two to three years. QSL via IK2DUW.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Members of the Russian DX Team are QRV as Z21RU from Harare until June 29. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, and Satellite QO-100, using CW, SSB, and various digital modes with several stations active. QSL via R7AL.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Kevin, ZB2GI is QRV with special event callsign ZQ2GI until June 30 to celebrate her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee that marks 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
ARRL Kids Day, All Asian DX CW Contest, Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, International Museum Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Battle of Carabobo International Contest, IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest, West Virginia QSO Party and the Feld Hell Sprint are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest, K1USN Slow Speed Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, SKCC CW Sprint, Phone Weekly Test,
A1Club AWT, CWops Test, Mini-Test 40 and Mini-Test 80 are all on tap for June 20 to 22.
 

Please see June 2022 QST, page 69, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Radio ham becomes Archbishop

Thursday 16th June 2022

Sweden's national amateur radio society SSA reports that a radio amateur has been appointed archbishop of the Church of Sweden

A translation of the SSA post reads:

We already have a minister SM4HCF who is a radio amateur. But now there is even an archbishop!

Last week, the Church of Sweden elected Martin Modéus as the new archbishop. Martin, who today is the bishop of the Diocese of Linköping, has the call sign SM5LVQ will be the 71st Archbishop of the Church of Sweden.

Tried to find more information about the bishop's radio activities, but it is limited to 1980 when Martin became a member of the SSA as SM7LVQ. (QTC No.1 / 1981)

On December 4, Martin Modéus will be received as the new archbishop of Uppsala Cathedral.

Source SSA post by SM5YRA
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Sweden

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ITU’s ham radio station celebrates 60 years on air

Thursday 16th June 2022

Did you know that the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies owns and operates its very own radio station?

It started broadcasting on 10 June 1962 and was officially inaugurated the following month by then UN Secretary-General U Thant and ITU Secretary-General Gerald Gross – himself a ‘’ham” radio enthusiast known by the personal callsign W3GG.

Recognized as a unique “country” in the ham radio community, 4U1ITU operates in accordance with privileges extended by ITU and the Government of Switzerland. It has also earned the DXCC (or ham radio “century club”) award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), confirming air contacts with 100 or more countries.

From its long-time home on the 5th floor of the Varembé Building in Geneva’s international district, this unique broadcasting outlet still today serves as a model for the highest standards of amateur radio station operation everywhere.

Read the full ITU story by Nick Sinanis SV3SJ, President of the International Amateur Radio Club (IARC), and Attila Matas OM1AM, Vice-president and Station Manager, IARC
https://www.itu.int/hub/2022/06/4u1itu-ham-radio-amateur-station-60-years/

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Distance Learning for Full Amateur Radio Licence Exam

Thursday 16th June 2022

Since 2011, the Bath Based Distance Learning team (BBDL) has helped over 900 students to obtain their Full Amateur Radio Licence, the next course starts in August - Book Now

Student feedback is always very positive and the pass rate continues to be well over 80%, compared with a national average of around 66%.

Having completed a second Intermediate Licence course in May, the team are now planning another Full Licence level course. The course will run from the end of August to December.

Students will receive weekly work packages via an on-line classroom and will have access to weekly on-line tutorials. Each student is allocated to one of the remote tutors who provide feedback and additional guidance. There are weekly quizzes to check on progress and at the end of the course there will be a number of mock exams.

There is no charge for the training but applicants must work through some pre-course material and complete a quiz to be eligible for a place. This focuses on the ‘new’ topics that were introduced to the Intermediate syllabus in 2019. The aim of the pre-course classroom is to make sure applicants can use the BBDL systems and to ensure that they are ready for the Full training.

Each student will need to provide their own RSGB Full Licence textbook and arrange their own exam at the end of the course. Advice will be provided as part of the course.

The deadline for course applications is Tuesday 26 July.

To request full details and an application form, please e-mail BBDL Team Leader, Steve, G0FUW, via g0fuw AT tiscali.co.uk

Bath-Based Distance Learning (BBDL)
https://badarc.webs.com/bath-training

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Brazil: Major ham radio regulation changes proposed

Thursday 16th June 2022

LABRE reports Brazil's ANATEL has published a public consultation with profound changes in the regulation of the Amateur Radio Service. These include abolition of the Morse requirement

A translation of the post by Brazil's national amateur radio society says:

The National Telecommunications Agency, ANATEL, published on 02/06/2022 a new Public Consultation, number 41, which deals with the consolidation of the various telecommunications services in a single resolution. Among the services affected is radioamateur. The proposal will be available for contributions from the company for 60 days and will have a public hearing to allow the online participation of interested parties. The proposal, together with the contributions of the company, will proceed for consideration by the Board of Directors and subsequent final publication, at the time without deadline to take place.

Among the novelties, we highlight something much commented by our entire community the end of the requirement of Telegraphy among the exams for class B and its counterpart, a new criterion for promotion to both class B and class A: Participation in events or courses related to amateur radio and proof of communications made in the various modes of operation and bands available. In the proposal, the confirmation of QSOs will take place through lot, reflecting the understanding that amateur radio should be active and not just a "license holder".

Other important points of the proposal are the creation of new types of station, such as the RELAY, the AUTONOMOUS and the SPACE stations, the increase in the time of the "timer" of the repeaters, which goes from 3 to 10 minutes, the possibility of operating stations type 4 and 5 (repeaters and relays) for up to 30 days without the need for licensing, useful in emergency situations or in tests, for example, express permission for class A and B radio amateurs to modify their equipment, as long as they do not exceed the pre-established limits, being in this case the mandatory approval, and the establishment of a limit for the granting of special callsigns, which can only granted be to the same amateur radio for a maximum of 90 days and only once a year.

In addition to these points contained in the section referring to Amateur Radio, ANATEL also proposes, within the section referring to the Citizen's Band, that duly licensed radio amateurs can operate, including using their own radio amateur callsign, within this band without the need to register specific, just meeting the requirements regarding equipment, such as maximum power, channeling, approval, etc., which are specific for this range.

LABRE has collaborated with the Agency since it was communicated that the current resolution that governs our Service, number 449 and in force since 2006, was on the agenda to be reformulated. Since then, we have met numerous times with ANATEL staff for mutual suggestions and clarifications, where we seek to demonstrate the need for certain changes.

LABRE is aware of the changes suggested by ANATEL in the text of the Public Consultation and will soon publish guidelines and explanations on these points in order to guide and clarify interested parties and encourage the participation of all, so that we have a new regulatory Norm that reflects the our aspirations and that is aligned both with the spirit of amateur radio, which is timeless and international, as well as with the advances that modernity has brought to our environment.

To learn about the proposal contained in Public Consultation 41/2022, access the link:
https://apps.anatel.gov.br/ParticipaAnatel/VisualizarTextoConsulta.aspx?ConsultaId=10021

Source LABRE:
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Brazil

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Mapping a magnetic superstorm

Thursday 16th June 2022

A new study just released in the research journal Space Weather maps the best and worst places in the USA to be during a severe geomagnetic storm.

For residents of some big cities, the news is not good.

See the maps and more @ Spaceweather.com

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 16th June 2022

Island activities:

Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-031; JD, CHICHI / HAHA / MUKO ISLANDS:
Harry/JG7PSJ will be back on the air as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island between the 18th and 26th on 40-10m. QSL via bureau or direct to JG7PSJ.

AS-084; HL4, CHEJU-DO PROVINCE (CH'UJA ISLANDS) group:
Han/DS2GOO and Lee/6K2CEW activate Sanhch'uja Island from June 17 to 19 signing their homecalls /4 on 40-10m (CW, SSB, digital modes). QSL via homecalls (d/B).

AS-117; JA3/4/9, HONSHU'S COASTAL ISLANDS WEST:
Kenji/JA4GXS operates as JA4GXS/4 from this reference on the 18th and 19th on 40-10m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via homecall (d/B). Future IOTA Activities

NA-093; CO1/2/3, PINAR DEL RIO / LA HABANA PROVINCE group:
Eddy/CM3EFM has plans to activate this reference as T41DX. An exact date has not been fixed yet. He plans to operate on 80-10m on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via RW6HS. More information to follow.

NA-063; SABLE ISLAND:
The CY0S Team of the Sable Island DXpedition 2022 has announced the start of their website www.cy0s.com.
Chaz/W4GKF has joined the team as their webmaster and maintains the site together with Randy/N0TG. Plans are moving forward. At present, the team is working on their antenna system, which has to take into account the island's geography as well as the 500 freely roaming Sable horses and the presence of thousands of grey seals.
The trip is scheduled for October/November 2022. Further information on the team's progress will follow.

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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1240-1300 MHz: ITU-R WP5A Meeting report

Wednesday 15th June 2022

IARU report on the recent meeting of ITU-R WP5A, the lead group responsible for developing the Conference Preparatory Meeting report on the WRC23 agenda item on the 23cm band

The latest meeting of ITU-R WP5A concluded on June 2, 2022. The IARU was represented by Ole Garpstad (LA2RR – ITU Lead) and Barry Lewis (G4SJH – WRC23 AI9.1b Lead).

ITU-R WP5A is the study group at ITU which deals in part with topics related to the amateur and amateur satellite services.  It is the lead group responsible for developing the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) report on agenda item 9.1(b).

This Agenda Item provides for a "Review of the amateur service and the amateur-satellite service allocations in the frequency band 1240-1300 MHz to determine if additional measures are required to ensure protection of the radionavigation-satellite (space-to-Earth) service operating in the same band in accordance with Resolution 774 (WRC-19);" The CPM Report will form the basis for consideration of this issue at WRC-23 next year.

At the conclusion of the recent WP5A meeting a draft recommendation was prepared which will provide guidelines to administrations to ensure the protection of the RNSS primary allocation from the secondary amateur and amateur satellite services.

The draft recommendation will be the most important element of the WP5A work going forward for the amateur and amateur satellite services in the 23cm band. The working document contains a number of proposals for severe limitations on amateur usage of the band including transmitter power constraints. Very low power levels are proposed for large portions of the band (100% in one case). Proposals also identify possible frequency band usage limitations for broadband applications (e.g. ATV), narrowband applications and amateur satellite services in 1260-1270 MHz.

A full report of the WP5A meeting can be found here.
https://www.iaru.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Report-from-WP5A_June-2022-FINAL.pdf

None of these proposals are adopted at this time and work will continue at the next meeting of WP5A to rationalise the variations proposed by national telecom-administrations.

The IARU will work to minimise the constraints on amateur radio activities and continue to seek amendments to the draft recommendations through the ITU process, but as a secondary user, radio amateurs should understand the need to protect the Radionavigation Satellite Service (RNSS) in many consumer and industry applications (like autonomous vehicles) that will lead to some restrictions on our use of the 23 cm band

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Nordic HF Conference August 15-17

Wednesday 15th June 2022

A series of Nordic conferences on HF communications was initiated in 1986 when HF 86 was held in Sweden, they now attract international participation

International interest in contributing with papers, exhibits and participants has grown, and we are now pleased to find that a conference that initially was planned for a limited audience of Nordic countries now has an international acclaim.

The next Nordic HF conference, HF 22, is being planned for 15-17 August 2022. Among the many talks are:

• Batts, William et al - A Comparison of Wideband High Frequency Data Link Protocol Performance
• Bernier, Jean-Yves et al - HF-XL Airborne Trials over the Atlantic
• Jeffrey, Christopher - Development of a New HF Tool that Tracks Covariance Information for Propagation Studies through Disturbed Ionospheres
• Wickenhäuser, Harald - Vertical Antennas, an "Old Hat"?
• an Wyk, Danie et al - Performance of WB-RDL with 4G ALE (WALE) for Wideband HF Radio Systems

Further information, including the provisional programme is at  
https://www.nordichf.org/index.htm?index2.htm&2

Nordic HF Conferences
https://www.nordichf.org/

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Fostering connections around the Sound, around the world

Wednesday 15th June 2022

The Mukilteo Beacon interviews Mikel Edwards K7MGE about amateur radio and the 50th anniversary of the Puget Sound Repeater Group

Mikel Edwards initially became interested in amateur, or ham radio, more out of necessity than anything else.

Edwards owns an off-the-grid cabin that has no cellular service or electricity. But with ham radio, Edwards is able to communicate with fellow amateur radio operators.

About two years ago, Edwards joined the Puget Sound Repeater Group, a nonprofit organization that maintains an amateur radio repeater system in the Seattle area.

The group, which marked its 50th year of operation this year, held a rain or shine event May 29 at Lighthouse Park. Members gathered to visit face-to-face for the first time in months.

Members also brought their radio equipment, antennas, and power supplies, so that they could host remote nets, which are similar to radio call-in shows. During a morning broadcast, Puget Sound Repeater Group Vice-President Jack Wolfe heard from people from all over the world.

“It’s just a way to stay in touch with everybody, test the equipment, and get out in the field,” he said.

Amateur radio isn’t limited by geography as ham radio operators also use the internet to check into remote nets.

“On these nets, we’ve had several people from Oregon that I’ve heard this morning, and as far away as Australia and Trinidad and Tobago,” Edwards said.

Read the full story at
https://www.mukilteobeacon.com/story/2022/06/08/news/fostering-connections-around-the-sound-around-the-world/23098.html

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WWFF activities

Wednesday 15th June 2022

WWFF QRGs:
CW: 28044 24894 21044 18084 14044 10124 7024 3544 kHz
SSB: 28444 24944 21244 18144 14244 7144 3744 kHz

FFF-2209, Marais du Bout du Lac:
Jean Marie/F5NLX signs /p on June 17 from this reference on 40 and 20m (CW, SSB). QSOs also count for DFCF 74101, WCA F 07262 CHATEAU REVEU, und DMF 74013 MOULIN LA NUBLIERE. QSL via F5NLX (d/B) or
eQSL.

OEFF-0058, Landschaftsschutzgebiet Bernstein - Lockenhaus - Rechnitz :
Gerhard/OE1GTU activates this reference (also COTA WCA OE-00003) on June 18 (08z-16z) as OE1GTU/p. QSL via OE1GTU (d/B).

DXNL

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Sussex County Amateur Radio Club to participate in national event

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Ham radio operators from the Sussex County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national amateur radio 'Field Day' exercise from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at the Sussex County Fire Academy (114 Morris Turnpike, Newton).

The aim will be to contact as many stations as possible on the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-, 15- and 10-meter high frequency bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate “in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions,” according to ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. ARRL has been conducting this exercise since 1933.

Hams from across North America participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service.

“Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities,” the Sussex County Amateur Radio Club said in a statement. “Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.”

Read the full Sparta Independent article
https://www.spartaindependent.com/news/local-news/sussex-county-amateur-radio-club-to-participate-in-national-event-XB2102220

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Keplerian data

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 OSCAR 7
1 07530U 74089B 22165.47966403 -.00000046 00000-0 16761-5 0 9995
2 07530 101.9039 145.3402 0012609 48.7114 69.9338 12.53655370177091
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22165.68699381 .00006852 00000-0 12792-3 0 9991
2 25544 51.6443 348.9701 0004265 238.8456 223.1496 15.49999324344799
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22165.47589231 .00000597 00000-0 10261-3 0 9996
2 27607 64.5552 311.0131 0078258 295.0178 64.2813 14.76128231 47935
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22165.48366130 .00003002 00000-0 36142-3 0 9991
2 39444 97.6236 139.5194 0057946 43.9093 316.6705 14.83405417461084
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22165.63981203 .00018784 00000-0 29808-3 0 9991
2 40903 97.1793 224.1688 0011718 128.3527 22.9200 15.53331848378825
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22165.34425222 .00000841 00000-0 27817-4 0 9992
2 40931 5.9988 191.2872 0012585 125.1623 234.9872 14.76815237362885
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22165.60813492 .00002802 00000-0 17360-3 0 9993
2 42759 43.0191 348.3857 0010350 273.9481 197.0761 15.11876708275928
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22165.56605666 .00002885 00000-0 17793-3 0 9994
2 42761 43.0194 347.4082 0010783 274.7193 131.2514 15.11969230275922
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22165.12945273 .00003000 00000-0 22958-3 0 9994
2 43017 97.6762 59.4598 0248204 198.4185 160.7922 14.81372596246623
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22165.56600480 .00000259 00000-0 31243-4 0 9997
2 43678 97.9697 298.7968 0008642 299.6318 60.4027 14.92162508197424
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22165.23730046 .00000152 00000-0 00000-0 0 9991
2 43700 0.0155 304.0778 0001383 153.8624 275.8050 1.00272420 12996
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22165.12569763 .00003142 00000-0 27720-3 0 9991
2 43803 97.6192 232.2325 0012997 278.0937 81.8810 14.97053927192574
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22165.21990536 .00000028 00000-0 74912-4 0 9999
2 44909 82.5221 232.4228 0216669 327.5664 31.2271 12.79713383115090
0 HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22165.52895707 .00000177 00000-0 72606-4 0 9998
2 50466 98.5805 242.7841 0005473 146.4144 213.7391 14.38499137 24493

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. The next scheduled transmission of these data

will be Friday, June 17, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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IOTA News from OPDX

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW

Island activities:

The following are IOTA operations that were active this past week between June 6-11th (as per the DXCluster):

IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
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AF-004 EA8DET CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8DHH CANARY 15m; FT8
AF-004 EA8DKA CANARY 17m; FT8
AF-014 CT3HU MADEIRA 20m; FT8
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 17m; FT8
AF-018 IH9YMC PANTELLERIA 10m; CW
AF-019 IG9ITO PELAGIE 20/10m; SSB
AF-024 S79VU INNER 20/17m; SSB
AF-060 C5B Bijol 40/20/17/15m; CW/FT8/FT4
AF-060 C5C Bijol 20/6m; SSB
AN-016 DP0GVN Antarctic 20m; FT8
AS-002 A92EE BAHRAIN 15m; FT8
AS-004 P3X Cyprus 20m; CW
AS-006 VR2CH HONG KONG 40m; FT8
AS-006 VR2XAN HONG KONG 10m; SSB
AS-007 7L1WII HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 8J7SDGS HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA0LNS HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JA1CTV HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA1FWS HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA1NLX HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA1SKG HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JA2MWP HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JA3CTR HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA3EQC HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA3JYE HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA4DNC HONSHU 17/15m; FT8
AS-007 JA4NIJ HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JA7OWB HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JA7WTC HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JE1AZZ HONSHU 40m; FT8
AS-007 JE2BSJ HONSHU 20/17m; FT8
AS-007 JE2SJK HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JF1EHM HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JF1JBO HONSHU 40m; FT8
AS-007 JF1LMB HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH4IFF HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JH7RTQ HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JI2IXA HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JJ1LAH HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JK1KSB HONSHU 12m; FT8
AS-007 JK1VXE HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JM7GTK HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JN2QCV HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-007 JQ1VDJ HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JR1BAS HONSHU 6m; FT8
AS-007 JR1BLX HONSHU 40m; FT4
AS-007 JR1FYS HONSHU 40m; FT8
AS-007 JR2IUB HONSHU 20m; CW
AS-007 JR2PAU HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JR3IIR HONSHU 6m; FT8
AS-007 JR7RHO HONSHU 20m; FT8
AS-013 8Q7PR Maldives 15m; FT8
AS-019 9V1KT SINGAPORE 20m; FT8
AS-031 JD1BLY CHICHI/HAHA/MUKO 17m; FT8
AS-031 JD1BOW CHICHI/HAHA/MUKO 17m; FT8
AS-045 HL5FUA ULLEUNG 20m; FT8
AS-053 HS0ZLV PHUKET 20m; SSB
AS-066 R0MR/P FURUGELMA 40/15m; CW
AS-076 JE5HTN SHIKOKU 20m; FT8
AS-077 JA6FFO KYUSHU 40m; FT8
AS-077 JH6OPP KYUSHU 20m; FT8
AS-078 JA8KSF HOKKAIDO 15m; FT8
AS-078 JE8AGX HOKKAIDO 20m; SSB
AS-078 JH8RBY HOKKAIDO 17m; SSB
AS-103 BX9AA Penghu 17m; FT8
AS-117 JH2QXG HONSHU'S COASTAL WEST 17m; FT8
AS-200 JJ5RBH SHODO 17m; CW
EU-003 CR8ACL EASTERN 20m; SSB
EU-003 CU2YK EASTERN 17m; SSB
EU-004 EC6AAE BALEARIC 20m; CW
EU-005 G0CKP GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 G2HFR GREAT BRITAIN 10m; SSB
EU-005 G3ZOH GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 GB70E GREAT BRITAIN 40/20m; CW/SSB
EU-005 GB70M GREAT BRITAIN 20/17m; CW/FT8
EU-005 GB70W GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 GM0OQV GREAT BRITAIN 10m; SSB
EU-005 GQ0GLJ GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 GQ0HWK GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 GQ0KUC GREAT BRITAIN 10m; FT8
EU-005 GQ1OVK GREAT BRITAIN 10m; SSB
EU-005 GQ2HC GREAT BRITAIN 15m; FT8
EU-005 GQ4BWP GREAT BRITAIN 12m; CW
EU-005 GQ4POF GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 GQ8DQP GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 M0BEW GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 MM3AWA GREAT BRITAIN 15m; SSB
EU-005 MQ0DFV GREAT BRITAIN 20/15m; FT8
EU-005 MQ0DGR GREAT BRITAIN 17m; FT8
EU-005 MQ0EPC GREAT BRITAIN 15/10m; FT8
EU-009 GM0OFQ ORKNEY 15m; SSB
EU-009 MM0AUP ORKNEY 20m; FT8
EU-013 GB70J JERSEY 20m; CW
EU-015 SV9/F4HRG CRETE 20m; SSB
EU-016 9A9RR DALMATIA SOUTH 20/15m; SSB
EU-017 ID9/IK6QON Lipar 40/30/20m; CW/SSB
EU-018 OY/DL6JZ/p FAROE 20m; CW
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 10m; CW
EU-018 OY6BEC FAROE 10m;
EU-020 SE1TDE GOTLAND COUNTY 17/15m; CW
EU-021 TF1A ICELAND 15m; FT8
EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-022 JX/LB4MI JAN MAYEN 20m; CW
EU-023 9H2NC MALTA 10m; FT8
EU-024 IS0DCR SARDINIA 10m; SSB
EU-024 IS0HMZ SARDINIA 20m; SSB
EU-024 IS0IOA SARDINIA 10m; SSB
EU-024 IS0KNG SARDINIA 15m; FT8
EU-025 II9WRTC Sicily 12m; RTTY
EU-025 IT9CLX Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-025 IT9VPT Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-026 JW5E Spitsbergen 20m; CW
EU-028 IA5/IK5AEQ Giglio 15m; FT4
EU-029 OV1CDX SJAELLAND 40m; CW
EU-029 OZ1RH SJAELLAND 17m; FT8
EU-030 OZ/DL5CX Bornholm 40m; CW
EU-030 OZ7BQ/p Bornholm 40m; CW
EU-031 IC8CQF CAMPANIA REGION 6m; CW
EU-032 F1HOM/p SOR-TRONDELAG/MORE OG ROMSDAL COUNTY NORTH 40m; SSB
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 20m; SSB
EU-052 SV8/EI8ITB IPEIROS/DYTIKI ELLAS REGION 20m; SSB
EU-054 IF9IDT FAVIGNANA 17m; CW
EU-057 DO7ES MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN STATE 20m; CW
EU-062 LA6OP NORDLAND/NORD-TRONDELAG COUNTY 6m; FT8
EU-067 SV8/DL7UZO KYKLADES 20m; CW
EU-067 SV8DJW KYKLADES 20m; SSB
EU-079 LB5GI MORE OG ROMSDAL COUNTY SOUTH 10m; SSB
EU-114 GB70U GUERNSEY 20m; SSB
EU-114 GU5WZY GUERNSEY 20/15m; FT8
EU-115 EI5IMB/p IRELAND 40m; SSB
EU-115 EI7HO IRELAND 20m; FT8
EU-115 GB70I IRELAND 40/20/15/10m; CW/SSB
EU-115 GB0QE IRELAND 40m; SSB
EU-115 MI0AIH IRELAND 17m; CW/SSB
EU-115 MI6OLJ IRELAND 20m; SSB
EU-115 MI7CDL IRELAND 17/15m; FT8
EU-116 GB70D ISLE OF MAN 20m; CW
EU-125 5P5K JYLLAND WEST 40/20m; SSB
EU-125 OZ1RDP JYLLAND WEST 40/20/15m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH VENETO REGION 40/20/15m; SSB/FT4
EU-137 SA6G/7 VEN 40/30/20m; CW
EU-171 5P1KZX JYLLAND NORTH 6m; FT8
EU-171 5Q5W JYLLAND NORTH 40m; CW
EU-174 SV8/DK7TX MAKEDONIA/THRAKI REGION 20m; SSB
EU-181 LZ3DP BULGARIA 20m; CW
NA-015 CM2LFF CUBA 40m; FT8
NA-015 CO6HLP CUBA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO6XDX CUBA 17m; FT8
NA-015 CO7CRJ CUBA 15m; FT8
NA-015 CO8LY CUBA 20m; FT8
NA-015 T46W CUBA 20m; SSB
NA-016 ZF2VE CAYMAN 15m; CW
NA-021 8P6GE BARBADOS 17m; SSB
NA-021 8P6GU BARBADOS 20m; SSB
NA-021 8P6NW BARBADOS 20m; SSB
NA-022 VP2EIH ANGUILLA 30/10m; FT8
NA-027 VO1IDX NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; FT8
NA-029 VY2/DD0VR PRINCE EDWARD 20m; SSB
NA-072 HP1CDW PANAMA/DARIEN PROVINCE 20m; FT8
NA-096 HI3A HISPANIOLA 40/30m; FT8
NA-099 KP3V PUERTO RICO 15m; FT4
NA-099 KP4PUA PUERTO RICO 15m; SSB
NA-099 WP3DX PUERTO RICO 20m; SSB
NA-099 WP4J PUERTO RICO 20m; FT8
NA-102 FG8OJ GUADELOUPE 20m; FT8
NA-105 PJ7AR St Maarten 20m; SSB
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 30/20/10m; SSB/FT8
NA-108 J69DS St Lucia 10/6m; FT8
NA-140 K3RLW MARYLAND STATE WEST 40m; FT8
NA-148 N1DRS MASSACHUSETTS STATE NORTH 30m; FT8
NA-168 WD5CFM LOUISIANA STATE SOUTH EAST 20m; FT4
OC-001 VK5RS Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK8NSB Australia 15/10m; FT8
OC-006 VK7XX Tasmania 20m; FT8
OC-016 3D2MP VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 20m; SSB
OC-019 AH6U HAWAIIAN 20m; SSB
OC-019 WA6QDQ/KH6 HAWAIIAN 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB0DOS JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-021 YB0FLY JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1EAO JAVA 15m; SSB
OC-021 YB1HR JAVA 17m; FT8
OC-021 YB1LRG JAVA 20m; FT8
OC-021 YB2MVD JAVA 20/15m; SSB
OC-021 YB3COY JAVA 20m; FT8
OC-021 YC1DAP JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-021 YC2DBW JAVA 15m; SSB
OC-021 YC2WXV JAVA 20m; FT8
OC-021 YD3CER JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-032 FK4QX NEW CALEDONIA 20m; SSB
OC-032 FK4UJ NEW CALEDONIA 20m; SSB
OC-034 YB9RHM NEW GUINEA 15m; FT8
OC-042 DU3AW LUZON 20m; FT8
OC-073 JG8NQJ/JD1 Minami Torishima 15m; CW
OC-075 YE5TA BATAM 17m; FT8
OC-086 KH0W/M NORTHERN MARIANA 20/15m; CW
OC-088 9M6BOB Borneo 20m; SSB
OC-088 9M6DEN Borneo 20m; SSB
OC-134 ZL4SY SOUTH 20m; FT8
OC-139 VK5AVB Kangaroo 20m; SSB
OC-143 YB4DCE SUMATRA 12m; FT8
OC-143 YB5DDE SUMATRA 15m; SSB
OC-143 YB6IVW SUMATRA 17m; FT8
OC-143 YC5AKH SUMATRA 15m; SSB
OC-146 YB8SB CELEBES 15m; SSB
OC-146 YB8SCP CELEBES 20m; FT8
OC-148 YB9PBX TIMOR 15m; SSB
OC-150 YB9HJD Lombok 15m; FT8
OC-166 YB7RV Kotabaru Laut 15m; FT8
OC-201 ZL1LC NORTH ISLAND'S COASTAL 15m; FT8
OC-236 YD8IKY Gusung Toraja 40m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 15m; FT8
SA-006 PJ4KY BONAIRE 17m; SSB
SA-006 PJ4MM BONAIRE 6m; FT8
SA-011 9Y4D TRINIDAD 6m; FT8
SA-011 9Z4SS TRINIDAD 15m; FT8
SA-060 PY8ABH PARA STATE EAST 15m; FT8

** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode (which is very important) on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we suggest is "Mode/IOTA#/Island or Group" (ex. CW/SA-036/Aruba).

AS-084. Operators Han/DS2GOO and Lee/6K2CEW will be active as DS2GOO/4 and 6K2CEW/4, respectively, from Sangchuja Island (Chuja Island) between June 17-19th. A few guest operators could be added for the operation, but not confirmed yet. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns.

AS-117. Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island between June 18-19th. Activity is usually on 40/20/17/ 15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Kenji will also be active as JA4GXS/4 from Kasado Island (Also AS-117) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st).

AS-147. Takahashi, JH7IPR, will be active as JH7IPR/8 from the Hokkaido Coastal Islands, Rishiri (June 30th-July 3rd) and Rebun (July 3-5th) Islands. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW.

EU-010. Brice, G0WAT, will be active as GM0WAT from Isle of Lewis and Harris during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as Single-Op/ 12-Hrs/Mixed or CW/Low-Power entry. QSL info TBD.

EU-146. Operators Maarten/PA3EYC, Hans/PE1KWH, Gert/PA2LO, Gerard/PD0PIW and Tymen/PA3GRM will once again be active as PI4AMF/p from Schouwen-Duivenland Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-2/Island Station/Fixed entry. QSL via PA3EYC or ClubLog's OQRS.

NA-057. Alex, K6VHF, will be active as K6VHF/HR9 from Roatan Island between July 27-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, possibly 6m, using CW, SSB and FT8, with an IC-705. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, direct or by the Bureau to his home callsign.

NA-062. (Reminder) Leonard, K1NU, is now active as K1JV (1A Operators Club Call) from Shelter Key (WW Loc. EL94), Key Colony Beach, FL, until June 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and FT8. QSL via K1NU, direct, ClubLog or LoTW.

NA-070. (Update) Operators Yuri/N3QQ, Walt/N6XG, Rob/N7QT, Tim/NL8F and Hal/W8HC have rescheduled their aborted KL7RRC IOTA DXpedition to Kiska Island to take place between July 25th and August 1st. There will be NO operations from Adak Island. QSL via N7RO. Complete details and their schedule is available at: https://www.na-234.com

NA-093. Members of the Locos Por Los DX will be active as T41DX from Boca de Galafre Beach, San Juan y Martínez Pinar del Rio, La Habana Province, between July 14-17th. Operators mentioned are CM1ZR, Dairis/CM3DAI, Edibel/CM3EFM, Miguel/CO1CB, Carlos/CO1CP, Ivan/CO1IB, CO1KB, Noel/CO1ND, CO1WM, Boris/CO2DSE and Mike/CO5MK. Activity will be on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and the Digital modes (PSK31/65, JS8, JT9, JT65 and FT8/FT4. Satellite operations MIGHT be possible. QSL via RW6HS direct or LoTW.

NA-134. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX, but from Upernavik Island (WW Loc. GQ12ws) between June 27th and July 11th. Activity will be focused on 6 and 4 meters, but also on various HF bands. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/morning. QSL via OZ0J direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the IOTA website 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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ICOM SHF-P1 and IC-PW2 shown at Dayton Hamvention

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Icom's SHF-P1 concept model and the IC-PW2 HF/50 MHz 1 kW linear amplifier were shown at the recent Dayton Hamvention, one of the world's largest Amateur radio events held between May 20th-22nd 2022.

The event, which saw it celebrating its 70th anniversary had the Icom team out in force with new products including the forthcoming IC-T10 dual-band hand-portable and glimpses into these future products.

The ICOM stand was bustling with many Amateur radio operators asking questions about the SHF-P1 concept project model, part of the development project called the ICOM SHF Project (Super High-Frequency Band Challenge) aimed at developing a new amateur radio for use in the 2.4 GHz and 5.6 GHz bands. Visitors were also excited to be getting a good look at the forthcoming IC-PW2. Both products should also be on display at the forthcoming Ham Radio 2022 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

To find out more about these models, you can download the pre-release/concept information distributed at Dayton Hamvention 2022 from the Icom UK website:

SHF-P1 Concept Model Information (0.5MB) (PDF)
IC-PW2 Pre-release Information (0.5MB) (PDF)
IC-PW2 Technical Information (0.5MB) (PDF)

As to their launch date and pricing, Icom UK said ‘we don't have those details but rest assured we will publish them on our website and social media channels when we have them.’

We will be showing them later this year at the National Hamfest so make a note in your diary to come along and see them for yourself on our stand at Newark.’

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FUNcube-1 / AO73 update

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Many will be aware that FUNcube-1 has been transmitting a special Fitter message to commemorate her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this month

Everyone who receives this message and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can generate a certificate to remember this historic event. The special message includes a link to a website that has the full instructions. It is intended to keep this message active until the end of June.

The spacecraft’s orbit continues to run near the sun’s terminator and this is resulting in less than optimal solar power generation. The battery bus voltage is now centering around 7.45 volts rather than the 8+ volts that we have seen for many years. We believe that this reduced voltage level may be due to a combination of factors, illumination levels, battery and/or solar panel degradation or, possibly, gradual changes in some component values within the EPS. It is also possible that the high spin/tumble rates that we experienced over the recent months may be involved. Our thanks to to Colin VK5HI and his team for continuing to keep track of this issue for us.

Operators may have noticed that the spacecraft is now in high power telemetry mode when in sunlight and in receive only mode during eclipse. Although the transponder is not currently active, with the rapid fading presently being experienced on the downlink, the high power telemetry setting will assist listeners to decode the data more easily.

We continue to be extremely grateful to all those stations who continue to contribute their data to the FUNcube data warehouse. The information you are providing is invaluable to the FUNcube to team and will greatly assist us in managing the spacecraft through its “middle age” after more than eight years in space!

AMSAT-UK https://amsat-uk.org/

https://twitter.com/amsatuk

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Feedback wanted on digital mode bandplan changes

Tuesday 14th June 2022

With the IARU Region 1 interim conference taking place soon the RSGB is requesting feedback from radio amateurs on the proposed global HF bandplan changes to accommodate growth in digital modes

The IARU paper FN22-C4-06 – HF band plan revision 2021 Proposal and the other HF papers are available at
https://interim.iaru-r1.org/interim-meeting/documents-2/hf-c4/

RSGB Consultation page is at
https://rsgb.org/main/rsgb-consultations/iaru-consultations/

Feedback should be posted to this group by 19 June
https://groups.io/g/RSGB-Workshop

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HAMChallenge 2022 finalists announced

Tuesday 14th June 2022

IARU Region 1 have announced the finalists of the first HAMChallenge  

IARU-R1 say:

We received a lot of contributions and it has not been easy for the Jury to preselect 5 proposals for the finals.

For the final selection, the Jury has chosen the following proposals:

• 5B4AHZ for “Escape Rooms”,
• EA4HDN for “AM BoB”,
• HB9FEU for “A public database of fun projects for innovation”,
• IU2FRL for “UrgenSat”,
• ZS6GUY for “A Workbook that will showcase various aspects of the hobby”.
*contributions are done by individuals or teams, only one person per team is mentioned above

In addition, the Jury thanks DL2BQA and F4GOH for their excellent contributions! Although their proposals were not taken through to the final selection they receive “honourable mentions” for their ideas.

The five selected proposals now have up to the 22nd of June to prepare:
• A short video presenting their project
• A document explaining the proposed next steps to make their proposals a reality

They should be ready for a short Q&A session to be scheduled during HAM Radio 2022, either online or in-person.

Finally, we thank all participants for their interest and invite everyone to prepare a contribution for next year. We will need to continue to innovate and prepare the future of amateur radio.

Source
https://www.iaru-r1.org/2022/hamchallenge-2022-finalists-announced/

HAMChallenge 2022 information
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/HAMChallenge_v4.pdf

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Radio amateur interviewed in Irish News

Tuesday 14th June 2022

The Irish News interviews radio amateur Keith Burnside GI4IYO who has just retired from the BBC and he talks about the GB100BBC activation

For years Keith has been an enthusiastic ham radio operator and when a former colleague got in touch with him three months ago the news was exciting.

"Jim Lee G4AEH, Radio 4 newsreader, contacted me to say we'd been granted permission to use a special call sign to celebrate the 100th birthday of the BBC. We'll be able to use GB100BBC around the UK and he asked me to organise it here in Northern Ireland," he says.

Yesterday [June 12], Keith was involved in setting up a shortwave station at Broadcasting House.

"Tomorrow [Tuesday June 14], we go to to Divis mountain transmitter site and set up a VHF (very high frequency) and UHF (Ultra high frequency) station and begin transmitting throughout Ireland and into parts of Scotland."

But there's a serious side to this hobby. "As a member of RAYNET, radio amateurs emergency network, we provide communications when medical teams are needed urgently, for instance, if there's a natural disaster, at sporting events like the North West 200 race, also we can provide assistance in extreme weather conditions when communities are cut off."

Read the full story at
https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/columnists/2022/06/13/news/anne-hailes-modest-keith-burnside-looks-forward-to-life-away-from-watching-the-clock-2738830/

Also see GB100BBC in Northern Ireland
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2022/june/gb100bbc-in-northern-ireland.htm

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Magnificent CME

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Earlier today, an unusually slow solar flare hurled a magnificent CME into space. The explosion and its afterglow lasted nearly 8 hours.

The CME could sideswipe Earth's magnetosphere later this week, producing minor geomagnetic storms.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com.

Don't miss the next solar flare:
Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service receive instant text messages when strong solar flares are underway.

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Bilsdale Transmitter Fire - Ofcom Review


Tuesday 14th June 2022

Ofcom have published their review of the Bilsdale Transmitter Fire, which looks at how the incident was handled and what lessons need to be learned

Organisations delivering broadcasting services need urgently to review their contingency plans to avoid the kind of transmission failure that occurred at Yorkshire’s Bilsdale transmitter last year, Ofcom has found.

The recommendations come in Ofcom’s review of the Bilsdale Transmitter Fire, which looks at how the incident was handled and what lessons need to be learned.  

The Bilsdale transmitter provided up to 670,000 homes with free-to-air TV and radio services across Teesside and much of North Yorkshire, with coverage extending from York to Middlesbrough.

Following a fire at the transmitter in August 2021, TV and radio services came off air for a prolonged period. The mast was so severely damaged that it had to be demolished.
What we found

We were very concerned by the local impact of the fire, and closely monitored the steps taken by the transmitter’s owner, Arqiva, to restore services to viewers and listeners and communicate with affected communities.  

Broadly speaking, once it became clear that the damage to the mast was severe, Arqiva moved quickly to restore coverage by working with broadcasters to manage the incident and plan the deployment of the temporary equipment. But we also found that:

• there were delays in getting temporary transmitters –  particularly the one located at the Bilsdale site – up and running, due to site access, planning and technical problems. Some of these arose as a result of the site’s location within a National Park and Site of Special Scientific Interest, but better site-specific planning could have pre-empted this.
• information provided to affected viewers and listeners was initially very general. As the situation developed there were delays in providing appropriate targeted support for affected households, which could have been avoided.

Recommendations and next steps

Today’s incident report makes a number of recommendations that we expect the industry to act upon to reduce the likelihood of a similar situation occurring in the future.  

Organisations that work together to deliver broadcasting services should promptly carry out their own internal reviews to ensure lessons are learned from the fire at Bilsdale. These reviews should consider the adequacy of their plans for recovering services in the event of a major incident, as well as those in place to support and communicate with affected viewers and listeners.

Ofcom will monitor the effectiveness of any any new initiatives put in place before we consider whether further regulatory action is necessary.

Download the review from
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/tv

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Tuesday 14th June 2022

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th-June, through Sunday, 12th-June there were 206 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TY,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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GB100BBC in Northern Ireland

Monday 13th June 2022

BBC News reported on the GB100BBC special event station in Northern Ireland commemorating the centenary of the BBC

Taking part in the event are two BBC newsreaders, Radio Ulster's Keith Burnside GI4IYO and Radio Four's Jim Lee G4AEH.

BBC News says:

The special-event station, callsign GB100BBC, will be in operation on shortwave from Broadcasting House in Belfast from 12:00 on Sunday 12 June.

It will operate on VHF and UHF from the BBC's main transmission at Divis Mountain, near Belfast, from 12:00 on Tuesday 14 June.

Read the BBC story at
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-61763832

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Press publicity for ham radio club celebrating 75 years

Monday 13th June 2022

The Teignmouth Post reports members of Torbay Amateur Radio Society gathered for a special event station commemorating their 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 4

The newspaper reports:


Operating out of a former air-raid shelter turned community museum in Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot, the group of radio enthusiasts spent the day traversing the airwaves and some even took part in a national Morse code contest.

Chief among the entrants for the National Field Day CW contest was TARS president, 90 year old Derrick Webber G3LHJ.

Derrick, who lives in Newton Abbot, was among those who founded the society in 1947 - he was just 14 years of age at the time.

Derrick said: ‘It has been a long time, certainly a big-milestone and a cause for celebration.

‘I started learning Morse code when I was eight years old - sending Morse code is my favourite means of communication, I love talking to the world.’


Read the full story at
https://www.teignmouth-today.co.uk/news/when-all-else-fails-amateur-radio-prevails-549846

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Young person's Morse Tutor kit building event

Monday 13th June 2022

An event aimed at young people who want to learn about radio and electronics in being held in Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland on Saturday, June 25

We are building a kit that will send out Morse Code so you can learn the code, or you can plug in a Morse key and send Morse code for yourself.

All tools and test equipment will be provided and there will be mentors in attendance to help you along the way - no previous experience is needed.

FREE LUNCH - youngsters attending this session can book a free lunch.

Parents are welcome to sit in, but will need to order their own lunch and pay for it on the day.

For full details and tickets see  
https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-persons-morning-kit-building-tickets-338199282157

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Why did Sunspots disappear for 70 years?

Monday 13th June 2022

Eos reports five decades of data revealed a star undergoing a pause in magnetic activity similar to what the Sun experienced almost 400 years ago

Every 11 years, the number of spots dotting the surface of the Sun increases and decreases like clockwork. Astronomers have been tracking the 11-year sunspot cycle for more than 400 years, using it to better understand the chaotic magnetic field the Sun puts out. (The current solar cycle, number 25, started in 2019.) The timing of the solar cycle is remarkably consistent: Sunspot numbers rise and fall, rise and fall…except for that time that they disappeared and weren’t seen again for 70 years.

That period of time, from 1645 to 1715, is known as the Maunder Minimum, named after 19th century British astronomers Edward and Annie Maunder. Astronomers still don’t understand why the Sun ceased making sunspots for 70 years, but a new analysis of more than 5 decades of measurements of nearby stars has identified one that might be undergoing its own Maunder-like minimum. The star, HD 166620, could help scientists understand this mysteriously quiescent period of the Sun’s history and unlock clues about how the solar dynamo functions.

“We can’t build a time machine and go back to the Maunder Minimum and study the Sun as it was,” said Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University in University Park and a coauthor on the new analysis. “But we can find an analog and study its Maunder minimum.”

Read the Eos article at
https://eos.org/articles/why-did-sunspots-disappear-for-70-years-nearby-star-holds-clues

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Runestone Amateur Radio Club to host Field Day in West Union

Monday 13th June 2022

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an amateur ham radio operator, communicating with other operators from around the world?

Now is your chance. The local Runestone Amateur Radio Club will host its annual Field Day Operating Event on June 25-26 at the 4-H Park in West Union, just southeast of Osakis.

The event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.

From Saturday at 1 p.m. through Sunday at 1 p.m., local amateur radio operators will set up their equipment in the park and make contact with other radio operators.
The public is invited to see how it all works.

The local radio operators will join more than 40,000 hams throughout North America that will set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to their communities and the nation in a single event.

Ham radio operators are involved in public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, demonstrating their operating skills and promoting STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"The local Runestone Amateur Radio Club hosts Field Day at various public accessible locations each year," said club member Jim Froemke. "You’re welcome to join us in West Union to get acquainted with amateur radio as a service and hobby."

More information is available from:

Source: https://www.echopress.com/news/local/runestone-amateur-radio-club-to-host-field-day-in-west-union-june-25-26

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The Space Weather Woman

Monday 13th June 2022

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Insane 20cm aluminum-foil antenna for 10m

Monday 13th June 2022

Our thanks to
Stephen Walters
Professional Celebrity Photographer / G7VFY
www.facebook.com/mister35mm
Tel 07956-544202

for the above information

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Irish Language

Monday 13th June 2022

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society say: It's not too often these days to hear our beautiful native Irish language spoken on amateur radio. As the newly appointed Irish language officer on the IRTS Committee Tony, EI5EM, would like to launch a pilot project, initially in the Dublin area, to promote the Irish language.

The plan is to start a net on the Kippure two-metre repeater on 145.7625 MHz on Monday evenings at 2000 local time, starting on the 13th of June. This will cater for all levels of fluency, so don't be shy, please join in or listen in to the net.

If this proves a success, it is planned to expand it onto HF. Perhaps some EIs in other areas might like to assist in this worthwhile project by starting similar local nets. As they say in Rugby parlance, "Use it or lose it!"

A special word of thanks to Mike, EI2DJ, for use of the Kippure repeater for this weekly net.

IRTS

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QSO Today - Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ

Sunday 12th June 2022

Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ, while a relatively new ham, has an infectious excitement and enthusiasm for amateur radio that cannot be underestimated.

She is already a mover and shaker for advancing amateur radio to her community, and she is a key player for NASA on the Air Event, NASA’s year long amateur radio celebration.

N3DEZ is my QSO Today

Listen to the podcast

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Albania: Press interview of UK radio amateur held for suspected spying

Sunday 12th June 2022

The Scottish Daily Record interviews one of the two radio amateurs who were questioned by Albanian authorities and had their equipment seized and sent to the Albanian Criminality Laboratory

The other radio amateur held was from Chelmsford in Essex. The two had travelled to Albania to operate from what is a rare DX entity.

The newspaper says "Albanian Police’s C Unit (Cybernetic Unit), aided by the Albanian secret service (SHISH), is liaising with prosecutors in the country to establish beyond doubt that Colin is the innocent amateur radio enthusiast he claims to be."

Read the Daily Record story at
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scots-radio-ham-says-im-27202744

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Central Coast Amateur Radio Club News

Sunday 12th June 2022

The club rooms at Kariong are open every Saturday.

Given the popularity of the raffle at Mayham, the club is looking to run another raffle. Details will be made available on the club’s website and social media pages in the coming days.

At the VK2RAG Somersby repeater site, the D-Star, Rad-Net DMR and 2m Echolink services are fully functional. Brand Meister DMR and 70cm Echolink and IRLP are still having problems.
The club has a Web SDR at Somersby. Websdr.ccarc.org.au is configured to listen on 6 metres, 2 metres, 70 centimetres and 23 centimetres.

The daily Morning Tea Net is held at 10:00am each morning and after the broadcast on Sundays. On the VK2RAG repeater – 146.725 MHz with 91.5Hz tone, and on echolink through the HAM and CCARC echolink conferences.

The Thursday evening net is held at 8:00pm on the same repeater and echolink conferences.

Adrian VK2ABS, hosts fortnightly SSTV net on the Club’s 2 Meter WICEN repeater; 147.125 MHz with 91.5 Hz tone, consisting of 2-3 rounds. Adrian has had a large amount of support from other members and would love to see you drop in. The next net is scheduled for Friday the 24th of June at 7:30 PM.

Both of these nets are also video streamed live to the club’s Facebook page and recordings can be found in the “Videos” section.

You can find out more about the CCARC on the web at ccarc.org.au, by phone on 02 4340 2500, or on social media by searching for “Central Coast Amateur Radio Club”. Remember to give the club a “like” to follow for any updates.

73, Alan VK2MG
Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club

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AMSAT announces Youth Initiative at Hamvention

Sunday 12th June 2022

During its Hamvention forum on Saturday, May 21, AMSAT formally introduced plans for its Youth Initiative. In the planning stage for two years, the program will now proceed in a series of phased releases.

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT VP, Development provided highlights of the program saying, "The Youth Initiative takes a radically different approach to introducing youth to Amateur Radio and Satellites. It approaches youth in terms that are already central to their everyday lives. Whether it be climate change, pollution control, preservation of natural resources, meteorology, or a career in broadcasting or transportation industries or in the military, the use of satellites is pervasive in virtually everything we do. Our message to youth is 'Satellites in Space Help Us Live Better Lives Here on Earth'. Once we have gained the youth's interests, we can engage them in experiences and exercises that then use amateur satellites and amateur radio as their 'laboratory' or 'classroom'.

"Also unique is the fact that this is a community-based program that makes the experiences available directly to youth, their parents and all youth organizations. While our program will be promoted though our trademarks, KidzSat for grades 5-7 and BuzzSat for grades 8-12, all content is openly and freely available."

Karnauskas then went on to summarize key components of the Youth Initiative that serve as the engagement points with youth, including:

+ KidzSat.com and BuzzSat.com websites that provide age-appropriate activities and exercises that cultivate the general interests listed above into understanding of how satellites play a role in our daily lives. Activities range from simpler "merit badge" level to a complete course on satellite meteorology. Participating youth can earn certificates of completion that would be useful in college admission or job applications.

+ A network of online SDR's that serve as ground stations for youth to experience, first-hand, receiving images and telemetry from actual satellites as they pass overhead. Accompanying activities guide youth through decoding and analyzing the images and data. A fleet of 200+ ground stations is planned so that virtually every youth has access to real-time satellite experiences. It is hoped that from this starting point, a fair share of kids will become interested in the communications process and go on to set up their own dongle-based ground station and even on to an Amateur Radio license.

+ A fleet of CubeSat simulators referred to as "Non-Orbiting Earth Science Experiments" (NOESE). The NOESE "birds" transmit online telemetry for five separate values associated with climate change. Participants will learn how to download telemetry, convert it into useful data and have opportunities to study the information for short or long term study. The NOESE simulators will be deployed with the SDR ground stations so that a nationwide network of data collection points is available for local access and for comparison.

+ LEO satellites with advanced educational payloads. The websites, SDR ground stations and NOESE simulators are all designed to cultivate interest in youth to getting on the air and interacting with AMSAT satellites. Nicknamed "LOWER" (Lower Orbit Within Everyone's Reach" this family of satellites will feature higher power output to make reception by beginners an easy task. Educational payloads will be mainly based on store-and-forward imaging and digital messaging, an experience that youth are already comfortable with. And, of course, these satellites will host a combination of FM repeater and CW/SSB transponders for general Amateur Radio use.

Karnauskas concluded the presentation by saying, "The Youth Initiative is not only the right thing to do, it is the essential thing. By focusing on what our Articles of Incorporation direct us to do, advancing scientific and educational skills and knowledge, we appeal to a broader segment of society that can provide the financial support and critical resources that AMSAT needs to flourish."

AMSAT, ANS

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Learn about Amateur Radio and Emergency Communication - free

Sunday 12th June 2022

The public is invited to learn more about amateur radio at a free outdoor event sponsored by the Kensington Amateur Radio Operators and the El Cerrito Ham Operators (KARO-ECHO) and the East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC). The event will be on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Upper Canyon Trail Park, 6757 Gatto Ave, El Cerrito, CA.

The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of amateur radio equipment where visitors will be able to make voice contact with operators in other parts of the country or watch experienced “ham” radio operators sending digital emails through the radio and making long-distance contacts using Morse Code. Over 40,000 amateur radio operators across North America will be online for this annual celebration of amateur radio known as Field Day.

Amateur radio is a great hobby for the whole family and amateur radio operators also play an important role in natural disasters and other emergency situations. Even when the cell phone towers and Internet are down, amateur radio operators are able to communicate over long distances using battery-powered transmitters like the ones that will be demonstrated on Field Day. Learn more at this free and fun event.

Source: https://patch.com/california/elcerrito/calendar/event/20220625/1873343/learn-about-amateur-radio-emergency-communication-free

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QCWA presents AMSAT with $4,000 contribution to support Youth Initiative

Sunday 12th June 2022

AMSAT is pleased to announce that it received a generous $4,000 contribution from the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA).

Discussions for the contribution began in early May when Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT VP, Development spoke with Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, QCWA President. The discussion centered on how plans for the AMSAT Youth Initiative were consistent with the QCWA's vision statement stating that it "develops resources to assist young Amateur Radio operators in furthering their education through the QCWA Scholarship Program."

Thanks to Mr. Oelke's help, the QCWA Board of Directors approved the AMSAT contribution. During a brief conversation at Dayton Hamvention, Karnauskas outlined how the QCWA contribution would be used to support the AMSAT Youth Initiative's online lessons programs and accompanying SDR ground stations.

In recognition of its generous contribution, the QCWA was inducted into the AMSAT 2022 President's Club at the Platinum level.

AMSAT, ANS

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A lifetime in broadcast tech

Sunday 12th June 2022

A word about James O’Neal, whose articles about technology and history are among our most popular features. His series about Franken FMs concludes in this issue.

James has been involved in broadcast technology for more than half a century, beginning in his early teens, when he worked at a commercial radio station in his hometown of Hope, Ark.

He worked in radio and TV during high school and college, then began his engineering career after college in 1969. He spend 30+ years in U.S. government television operations, including the U.S. Information Agency’s Television and Film Service, WorldNet Television and VOA-TV. Among other things he helped launch Uncle Sam’s first global satellite-delivered TV network.

On retirement he began a second, decade-long chapter as technology editor of TV Technology magazine, our sibling publication. 

Sought after as a speaker — even by the Smithsonian — James also restores consumer radio and TV items and commercial broadcasting equipment; he even built a working replica of the 1947-vintage small-town radio station where he began his career. He holds both commercial and amateur radio licenses. 

Oh, and he is a Life Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers … a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers … Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers … member of the IEEE’s Editorial Advisory Board …  editor-in-chief of BTS’s Broadcast Technology publication … a manager of the Washington, D.C., SMPTE section … member of the SMPTE Board of Editors … an associate editor of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal … member of the board of directors of the Early Television Foundation Museum … an enthusiastic proponent of keeping broadcast history alive … a friend to Radio World … and a true gentleman.

We’re grateful to have him in the RW family.

Source: https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/from-the-editor/a-lifetime-in-broadcast-tech

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 11th June 2022

Smith, the chart to end all charts ...

In the time that I've been a radio amateur not a day has gone by without learning something new. Today was no different and this time learning took me both by surprise and delight. I realise that being delighted by charts, since that's what we're talking about, might not be something that comes naturally, but I can highly recommend that you use this as an opportunity to explore.

So, which specific chart am I referring to?

The venerable Smith Chart, something which I've seen from a distance many times in the past decade, but never actually understood, or to be honest, even looked at with anything more than a glance and a shudder.

My first exploration started with a book published in 1969 by the person who developed the chart, Phillip Hagar Smith, an electronics engineer. The book, over 250 pages, is dense and frankly my reading of the first part of the book did not fill me with delight, but based on what I discovered afterwards, I might revisit it.

The purpose of the Smith chart is to visualise complex mathematical relationships. Instead of filling your worksheet with a litany of calculations, you can draw lines, circles and read the answer straight off the chart.

For example, given the impedance of an antenna system, determining the standing wave ratio becomes a case of putting a dot on a chart, drawing a circle through the dot and reading the VSWR straight off the chart.

It gets better.

If you have a digital Smith chart, like the one shown on a NanoVNA or a RigExpert antenna analyser, you can read the antenna impedance in relation to frequency, use a tuner to change it and see the chart update in real-time in direct response to you changing inductance or capacitance by twiddling the knobs on the tuner.

One of the main things that a Smith chart solves is to visualise a chart with infinity on it, twice. In radio a short-circuit is one extreme and an open-circuit is another. Coming up with a way to show both those conditions on the same chart is a stroke of genius.

The chart has evolved over time, but in essence it's a circle with an amazing set of arcs drawn throughout. The very centre of the chart has the number 1.0 next to it. That's the point at which the VSWR is 1:1, the reactance is zero and it's called the prime centre. A dummy load should show up as a dot in that spot, regardless of frequency.

The Smith chart is normalised. It doesn't matter if you're using a 50 Ohm or a 75 Ohm antenna network system, the middle of the chart is 1.0. Follow the horizontal axis to the right and you'll discover 2.0, that represents twice the resistance. If you're using a 50 Ohm system, 2.0 represents twice that, or 100 Ohm. Go to the left, find 0.5 and that represents half, or 25 Ohm. The far left point on the horizontal axis represents zero Ohm, or a short circuit, the far right represents infinite resistance, or an open circuit.

Positive reactance, or inductance is shown above the horizontal line, negative reactance, or capacitance is shown below the line.

Going back to the middle of the chart, you'll discover a circle. All along that circle the resistance is the same, that is, on a 50 Ohm system, all of that circle represents 50 Ohm. If you look directly above the prime centre, you'll discover another 1.0 on the edge of the chart. The arc coming from that point represents an inductive reactance of 50 Ohm all along its path. Similarly, at the bottom of the chart you'll see an arc coming from a 1.0, representing the capacitive reactance.

Before you pack it in with all this inductive and capacitive reactance, think of it as another attribute of your 50 Ohm antenna system. You don't need to precisely know how it works in order to use it.

Remember how I mentioned that you could just read off the VSWR from the chart?

Drop a point on the chart, anywhere is fine. You can read off both the resistance and reactance following the two arcs through that point. If you draw a circle through the same point with the centre at the middle of the chart, the VSWR of that system is the number that you can read, where your circle crosses the horizontal axis.

Before I go, there are plenty of YouTube videos on the topic, but there are a few that I'd recommend you explore. Among an amazing array of RF educational videos, Rhode and Schwartz made a ten minute presentation called "Understanding the Smith Chart" which walks you through how to read the chart and you don't need the prerequisites to follow along. In Part two of his "Smith Chart Basics" series, Carl Oliver shows how to look up the VSWR in three easy steps and Alan W2AEW has several videos showing the chart in action with several vector network analysers or VNAs and I'd recommend that you look at videos 264 and 314 to get started, but there's plenty more of his handy work to explore.

If you take away anything from this, it should be that the Smith Chart isn't scary, there's just lots of stuff there, but spend a few minutes looking at it and you'll discover just how useful it can be in your day to day amateur antenna tuning adventures.

If you've come across other interesting resources on the topic, don't hesitate to get in touch.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Interference: FCC pursuing 'largest fine of its kind'

Saturday 11th June 2022

The Moscow-Pullman (ID/WA) Daily News reports on FCC action following interference to the radio communication of aircraft involved in firefighting

The newspaper says:

The Federal Communication Commission is pursuing what it calls the “largest fine of its kind” against a Lewiston man who the agency acknowledges went astray while attempting to help firefighters during their effort to snuff a blaze near Elk River last summer.

According to a Notice of Apparent Liability of Forfeiture approved by the commission Wednesday, Jason Frawley interfered with radio communications guiding planes during efforts to suppress the 1,000-acre Johnson Fire and is seeking a $34,000 fine against the man, though a final figure in the civil proceeding has not yet been determined.

Over the course of two days in July, the agency alleges Frawley made eight unauthorized transmissions using government frequencies while identifying himself as “comm tech” and in doing so, interfered with communication between pilots and ground crews. According to the commission, interfering with such communications is prohibited by the Communications Act.

Read the full story at this link

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Public invited to ham radio club’s field day

Saturday 11th June 2022

The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise June 25-26. The exercise, known as Field Day, involves setting up and operating emergency radio communications using amateur (ham) radio to communicate with similar operations throughout the country.

The club will conduct its 2022 Field Day operations at the Deercreek Township Hall, 75 Middle St., Lafayette, from 2 p.m. June 25 to 2 p.m. June 26. Operations will include digital messaging, as well as voice and Morse Code communications. Madison County club members will demonstrate the “magic” of ham radio by contacting hams across the country while using wire antennas, low power radios and emergency power.

The public is invited to come and see modern amateur radio technology in action and learn about the hobby. Club members will be available to answer questions, provide literature and help visitors get on the air. The best visiting times are 2-6 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 26.

Field Day is sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, and has been an annual event since 1933. This year’s operations are expected to involve more than 40,000 ham radio operators from across North America.

Often using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct and operate emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When all else fails, ham radio works,” is demonstrated by hams who can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. The event combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills.

Modern amateur radio is a fast-growing hobby. There are nearly 28,000 licensed amateurs in Ohio, more than 750,000 in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide.

Through ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, volunteers provide emergency communication for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency communication to a wide variety of community and civic organizations, all without cost to the public.

To learn more about the Madison County Amateur Radio Club, go to http://mcarcoh.org/. To learn more about Field Day, go to http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

Source: Madison Messenger
https://www.columbusmessenger.com/public-invited-to-ham-radio-clubs-field-day.html

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Commercial drones set for take-off under new Ofcom plans

Saturday 11th June 2022

Ofcom is helping pave the way for a revolution in commercial services delivered by drones, under a new licensing regime proposed today.

Advances in technology have led to drones increasing in size and complexity, and flying over longer distances – in some cases travelling beyond the sight of the operator.

This has created a range of commercial opportunities across several industries, from doorstep deliveries to machinery maintenance. But long-distance, high-altitude drones still need to be controlled from the ground and send back data or video to the operator.

We’ve been working closely with the Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop a new approach for authorising the radio equipment needed on these drones. We are proposing to introduce new spectrum licences that allow operators to use mobile and satellite networks to achieve this.

Ofcom’s new licences would also authorise the use of safety equipment to enable drones to operate safely in UK airspace.
This should enable the CAA and Department for Transport to further progress their wider airspace policy proposals, including the framework for how commercial drones can be integrated into UK airspace.

The consultation on our proposals is open until 5 September 2022.

An Ofcom news release with more details about the announcement is also available

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UK police to spend tens of millions on legacy comms network kit

Saturday 11th June 2022

The UK's police service is set to spend up to £50 million ($62.7 million) buying hardware and software for a legacy communication network that was planned to become obsolete in 2019.

The Home Office had planned to replace the Airwave secure emergency communication system, which launched in 2000, with a more advanced Emergency Services Network by the close of the decade. However, the legacy network has seen its life extended as its replacement was beset with delays. The ESN is expected to go live in 2026.

In a procurement notice, the Police Digital Service (PDS) said it was looking for up to three suppliers of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Encryption Algorithm 2 (TEA2) compatible radio devices – including handheld, desktop, and mobile terminals – as well as software, accessories, services, and maintenance for use on the UK Airwave system.

The notice said the resulting awarded contracts, starting in September, are set to run for four years, with the option to extend for an additional 12 months.

The procurement demonstrates the additional costs the UK government is incurring on the old system three years after it was supposed to be decommissioned. The initial plan was to begin the transfer to the ESN in September 2017.

The ESN is designed to give emergency services priority over commercial traffic on a 4G network. Its so-called push-to-talk feature, which gives a caller direct connection to a peer without audio delays, relies on software called Kodiak, which was bought by ESN supplier Motorola.

But the National Audit Office (NAO) said in 2019 that the system required development and would "not meet user requirements until 2020 at the earliest." At the time, the public spending watchdog warned the project would be three years late and £3 billion ($3.76 billion) over budget.

A year later, civil servants responsible for the project appeared before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee. Home Office boss Matthew Rycroft said a "mindset reset" in 2018 was behind £1 billion ($1.25 billion) in additional costs and a further delay of two years.

Source: https://www.theregister.com/2022/06/09/uk_police_legacy_airwave_bill/?

Our thanks to
Stephen Walters
Professional Celebrity Photographer / G7VFY
www.facebook.com/mister35mm
Tel 07956-544202
for the above information

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Keplerian data

Saturday 11th June 2022

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 OSCAR 7
1 07530U 74089B 22161.42079590 -.00000037 00000-0 53860-4 0 9998
2 07530 101.9037 141.2686 0012630 56.2549 111.8474 12.53655321176585
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22161.75324242 .00006325 00000-0 11894-3 0 9993
2 25544 51.6449 8.4553 0004374 216.7841 240.8072 15.49946154344184
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22161.41098266 .00000300 00000-0 61794-4 0 9999
2 27607 64.5551 323.4523 0078039 295.8078 63.4988 14.76122478 47335
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22161.36895674 .00001656 00000-0 20223-3 0 9990
2 39444 97.6239 135.5906 0058212 57.0810 303.5986 14.83384958460478
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22161.51036693 .00016315 00000-0 26067-3 0 9990
2 40903 97.1791 220.0343 0011177 140.8902 334.9720 15.53180282378187
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22161.22470234 .00000791 00000-0 20800-4 0 9997
2 40931 5.9996 220.6954 0013362 62.1183 298.0659 14.76813613362270
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22161.50634959 .00002633 00000-0 16406-3 0 9999
2 42759 43.0193 10.9942 0010155 250.4177 189.9325 15.11851676275307
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22161.47541060 .00002300 00000-0 14460-3 0 9997
2 42761 43.0193 9.9532 0010344 253.3907 181.2301 15.11940880275301
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22161.14407170 .00001628 00000-0 12744-3 0 9997
2 43017 97.6763 55.6365 0247948 211.5092 147.1071 14.81354009246030
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22161.60957929 .00000885 00000-0 92692-4 0 9991
2 43678 97.9695 294.7942 0008805 314.1757 45.8736 14.92162837196834
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22161.55044122 .00000160 00000-0 00000-0 0 9994
2 43700 0.0179 10.6378 0001260 75.9971 36.2017 1.00271644 12967
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22161.44949935 .00001643 00000-0 14743-3 0 9990
2 43803 97.6192 228.6492 0013316 291.9514 68.0293 14.97035291192025
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22161.46723248 -.00000004 00000-0 -57705-4 0 9993
2 44909 82.5224 234.9154 0216820 336.3600 22.7652 12.79713269114613
0 HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22161.56420774 .00000058 00000-0 33441-4 0 9998
2 50466 98.5804 238.8211 0005263 156.2615 203.8815 14.38497584 23920

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. The next scheduled transmission

of these data will be Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31

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Rare morning sky show

Saturday 11th June 2022

The last time this happened was almost 20 years ago. All five naked-eye planets have lined up in the morning sky arranged in order of their distance from the sun. The arrival of Mercury on June 10th completed the quintet.

Visibility will improve in the mornings ahead with the Moon poised to join the show as well.

Sky maps and observing tips @ Spaceweather.com

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Two Brits arrested in Albania as police accuse them of spying after seizing radio gear

Friday 10th June 2022

Two Britons were quizzed on allegations of espionage by officers at Tirana International Airport in Albania after police discovered sophisticated Kenwood radios in their luggage

Two Britons have been arrested by Albanian spooks and accused of spying after border police found radio transmitters in their luggage.

The pair were quizzed on allegations of espionage by officers at Tirana International Airport after they discovered sophisticated Kenwood radios in their luggage.

They told the officials they were IT engineers who were carrying the amateur gear to indulge their hobby while on holiday in Albania.

One suspect was registered as using a “ham radio” in the Tirana region on online profiles, which also say he specialises in “electronic warfare”.

Albanian police confirmed that they have opened a probe over allegations of “spy activities” and “espionage”.

A source said: “It’s highly unusual to be carrying this sort of equipment and even more strange for someone to be stopped and accused of being a covert agent.”

The two Britons were held on May 30 and then allowed to return to the UK. However they remain under investigation, police say. The electronic kit by Kenwood – which makes a range of cutting edge communication devices – was sent to the Albanian Criminal Laboratory for further examination.

You can read the full Daily Mirror article at
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/two-brits-arrested-albania-police-27191861

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Canada: Ham radio youth movement

Friday 10th June 2022

CTV News in London, Ontario, reports Rob Noakes VE3PCP has started an amateur radio international youth movement

 “Poppa, Charlie, Poppa” rings out inside Rob Noakes’ home in the hamlet of Inverhuron, near Kincardine. He’s been a Ham Radio operator for more than 30 years and knows exactly what the perception of his hobby is.

“There’s an image of Ham Radio operators, as a bunch of old guys sitting in a dark room, talking on a radio. We’re trying to change that perception,” said Noakes, who runs the Inverhuron Ham Radio Club.

Through his own remote Ham Radio station, Noakes has started an international youth movement in his hobby.

He recently gave his station over to 11 youngsters, seven young ladies, and four young men, from as far away as Serbia and Switzerland, to operate remotely. Among them, is Raisa Skrynnikova R1BIG / OH7BG from St. Petersburg, Russia.

“In our hobby, mostly it’s men, but I do not agree with this position. This hobby is wonderful for women, too,” Skrynnikova said.

Skrynnikova started her own Ham Radio station a few years ago. She says it’s a great way, to meet people, from around the world.

Watch the CTV News video and read the full story at
https://london.ctvnews.ca/bruce-county-man-leads-ham-radio-youth-movement-1.5936824

To learn more about Ham Radio’s youth movement being led from Bruce County, you can visit the Inverhuron Ham Radio Club website at
https://www.ve3ihr.ca/
 

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Register now for free online amateur radio training course

Friday 10th June 2022

The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on June 19 - places still available. Register Now

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

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

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

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

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

The Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club are unable at this moment in time to offer training opportunities locally and so recommend one of the above courses as an ideal way into the hobby, followed by taking the RSGB on-line exam.

After your success, do consider coming along to the Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club for a few evenings (no charge), and I'm sure we will be able to convince you just how fulfilling and rewarding being a member of a good club can be.  We have several new members who have joined recently achieving just that.  We now interleave ZOOM meetings, introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic with actual club meetings once again .. for more information .. contact our Secretary from  our "Who to Contact" page, or check-out our Calendar page for more dtails.

Our members operate in a wide range of radio communication modes enhanced with computer activities, including contests and as a club we use many of the modes available to us across much of the amateur radio spectrum allocated for our use. 

A warm welcome awaits .. come and talk with us !

 Keep checking our "Calendar of Events"  on the club website for our latest information re: coronavirus and meetings.
 

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ARRL ARDC Club Grants Program Q&A

Friday 10th June 2022

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Consultation: National radio multiplex licence renewals

Friday 10th June 2022

Ofcom is today consulting on the renewal of the UK’s two national commercial radio multiplexes. These multiplexes, operated by Digital One Limited and Sound Digital Limited, carry national commercial DAB services.

Digital radio is an important way for people in the UK to enjoy audio content. Recent RAJAR figures show that 42 million adults tune into digital radio every week.

Digital One’s national radio multiplex licence expires in 2023, while Sound Digital’s licence expires in 2028. This year, the Government gave Ofcom the power to renew these licences until 2035.

We are seeking views on three main proposals; in renewing the licences we intend:

not to impose any additional coverage obligations, or require the provision of a new technical plan in renewing the licences;
not to require the licensees to provide new proposals for how they would promote or assist the acquisition of digital radio equipment; and
not to set a percentage of multiplex revenue (PMR) rate for the renewed term of the licences. This approach would require the consent of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who might direct us on a PMR rate to set.

The consultation does not relate to the BBC’s national digital radio multiplex, which is regulated under the BBC Charter and Agreement, or to local radio multiplex licences.

This consultation closes on 21 July 2022. Following this, we will set out our final views and a timetable for renewal of both licences.

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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 10th June 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

AZERBAIJAN, 4J. Alex, 4J3DJ is QRV as 4JF1EU from Baku until June 15 during the sixth Formula One Grand Prix. QSL to home call.

MONTENEGRO, 4O. Majo, YT2ISM is QRV as 4O/YT2ISM from Ulcinj until June 10. QSL to home call.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Dennis, 9M8DEN is QRV from Kuching City and is usually active on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

BAHRAIN, A9. Special event station A91BFA is QRV until June 15 to draw attention to Bahrain's national football team. QSL via EC6DX.

BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6. Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as EA6/DK5ON from Mallorca until June 17. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4. QSL to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Operators DS2GOO and 6K2CEW will be QRV as home calls/4 from Sangchuja Island, IOTA AS-084, from June 17 to 19. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Operators K9HZ and WA2LLN are QRV as J68HZ and J68AG, respectively, until June 24. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and FT4. QSL via LoTW.

OGASAWARA ISLANDS, JD1. Operator JI5RPT will be QRV as JD1BLY on Chichijima, IOTA AS-031, from June 11 to 14. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and on Satellite. QSL via LoTW.

SVALBARD, JW. Peter, DL5FF is QRV as JW5E from Longyearbyen until June 12. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Stefan, DL7AOS is QRV as 5P5K from Romo Island, IOTA EU-125, until June 18. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home call.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PA900UTR is QRV until November 11 to celebrate the 900th anniversary since Utrecht was granted city rights. Activity is on various bands and modes. QSL via PI4UTR.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Ryan, K0EFW will be QRV as S9EFW from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, from June 14 to 19. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL via LoTW.

POLAND, SP. Adam, SQ9S is QRV with special call sign SN35FISTS until June 30 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the FISTS CW Club. QSL via LoTW.

GREECE, SV. Special call sign J43POTA is QRV until August 31 to promote Parks On The Air, POTA, activity from the Peloponnese region. QSL via LoTW.

BELIZE, V3. Joe, KD9CJX is QRV as V31JX from Ambergris Cay, IOTA NA-073, until June 10. Activity is on 20 and 17 meters using mainly SSB but may also be on 15 and 10 meters if conditions permit. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Warren, VK7WN is QRV as VK0WN from the Australian Casey Station, possibly until October. Lately he has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB around 0430 to 0800z. QSL via operator's instructions.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Dave, G4WXJ is QRV as ZC4RH until June 15. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, possibly FT8, and on Satellite QO-100 as well. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The ARRL June VHF Contest, NCCC Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, GACW WWSA CW DX Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and Cookie Crumble QRP Contest are scheduled for this weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, RTTYOPS Weeksprint, NAQCC CW Sprint, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40, Mini-Test 80 and the RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship are on tap for June 13 to 15.

Please see June 2022 QST, page 69, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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FCC proposes to fine ham for firefighting interference

Thursday 9th June 2022

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to fine an amateur radio operator for alleged interference with firefighting efforts in Idaho last year.

It said Jason Frawley, WA7CQ, apparently interfered with radio communications that were guiding fire suppression aircraft working the “Johnson fire” near Elk River. Frawley later told the FCC he was only trying to help.

The $34,000 fine would the largest of its kind, the commission said in issuing its notice of apparent liability. All four commissioners approved the NAL. Frawley now has the opportunity to respond, and the FCC would then consider final action.

Commenting on the notice, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wrote: “You can’t interfere with public safety communications. Full stop. So today we propose the largest fine of its type for this interference that put fire suppression and public safety itself at risk.”

“Comm tech”

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands were fighting the 1,000-acre wildfire on national forest land.

“As firefighting crews from the Forest Service and Idaho Department of Land worked to fight the wildfire, Forest Service radio communications received eight unauthorized transmissions on government frequencies from an individual identifying himself as ‘comm tech,’” the FCC said in its announcement.

“The individual interfered with communications between fire suppressant aircraft and ground crews by communicating his observations of hazards near the Elk Butte airstrip, where he and his radio equipment were located.”

According to the FCC account, a Forest Service supervisor drove to the airstrip, identified Frawley as the person and told him to stop.

“Mr. Frawley admitted to the supervisor to broadcasting on government frequencies as ‘comm tech.’ Mr. Frawley subsequently admitted to his conduct in a taped interview with an agent from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations Branch at his residence and in response to an FCC letter of inquiry which followed a Forest Service complaint to the commission.”

“Regardless of the intent, the FCC finds that the apparent willful violations cannot be overlooked as interfering with authorized radio communications — and especially public safety related communications — is a serious violation of the law and can put lives and property at risk.”

The commission says Frawley — the owner of Leader Communications, licensee of eight microwave licenses and one business license — told the FCC he did not mean harm and instead meant to help the firefighters by providing them with details regarding Elk Butte.

Source: https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/headlines/fcc-to-fine-ham-for-firefighting-interference

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Ham radio group receives recognition

Thursday 9th June 2022

ABC 6 News reports an amateur radio group in Iowa is being recognized for their work, both on and off the airwaves

You may not know it, but amateur radio or ham radio operators play a big part in our lives. They work with the National Weather Service during severe weather and also assist with disasters like wildfires and emergencies like search and rescue operations.

The Northland Amateur Communications Group was named the top 'non-profit' in the state through a poll on the site 'great non-profits'. The group is being recognized for raising money for various charities like Alzheimer's research, Walk MS, and RAGBRAI.

"Hopefully, it means that we are recognized for the good work that we've been doing and can gain community support to continue with more good work and to grow the ability that we have to serve through the amateur radio service. To serve our community," Northland Amateur Communications member Jeremy Ryal KE0YDB said.

The Northland Amateur Communications Group is made up of all volunteers.

Source ABC 6 News
https://www.kaaltv.com/rochester-minnesota-news/ham-radio-group-receives-national-recognition/6493404/

Northland Amateur Communications Group
https://ke0pou.com/

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Demonstration of ham radio satellite contact

Thursday 9th June 2022

In this video ARRL members Tom KB5FHK and Sloan N3UPS show how to make an amateur radio satellite contact from a parking lot!

The video was recorded during the 2022 ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation

In this video, you'll see demonstrated:
- satellite tracking application on a mobile device
- hand-held satellite antenna
- solar powered equipment
- on-air operating technique

Watch Amateur Satellite Pass Demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhyUbC_o1JM

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NASA leadership to advocate for Agency missions at ESA council meeting

Thursday 9th June 2022

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy will travel to Noordwijk, Netherlands, to participate in the ESA (European Space Agency) Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 15.

The event will be livestreamed at: https://esawebtv.esa.int

ESA is one of NASA’s key partners in science and exploration. Nelson and Melroy will address the heads of delegation from the 22 agencies that comprise ESA and advocate for continued, robust funding for NASA-ESA collaboration for the next three to five years, including for Artemis, Mars Sample Return, and Earth science missions.

At the ESA Council, NASA and ESA will also sign two agreements: a strategic partnership in Earth science and a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies on the Lunar Pathfinder mission.

Following their presentation to the ESA Council, Nelson, Melroy, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, and ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration David Parker will be available to meet with media, both in person and virtually, at 12:40 p.m. CEST (6:40 a.m. EDT). Media should RSVP by Friday, June 10, at: https://blogs.esa.int/forms/esa-media-briefing-form

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Australia: Update on proposed amateur class licensing

Thursday 9th June 2022

Communications regulator ACMA was announced a delay in the consultation process for the proposed amateur radio class licence

The ACMA announcement says:

The next stage of our consultation on the proposed amateur class licence and supporting arrangements has been delayed until Q3 2022.

At that time, we will consult on an updated draft amateur class licence, which incorporates feedback and practical suggestions made by submitters. We will also update the amateur community on the status of key outstanding matters, including international recognition of amateur qualifications and call sign management, since we released our Response to submissions in November 2021

https://www.acma.gov.au/consultations/2021-01/review-non-assigned-amateur-and-outpost-regulatory-arrangements-consultation-012021

Source ACMA Amateur Radio Update June 2022
https://acma.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/d/CE6DCBE1F76609812540EF23F30FEDED/A1942D187CDAF0B6A7F290B8E8FDC6A0

You can subscribe to the free ACMA Amateur Radio update emails at
https://www.acma.gov.au/subscribe-our-newsletters

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When storms hit and power goes down, volunteer amateur radio operators step up

Thursday 9th June 2022

When a major storm hits Hillsborough County, and residents are left in the dark, leaders of the County’s Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) are still able to answer the call.

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Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA) provides donation to support ARISS

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, Inc. (ARISS-USA) is very pleased to announce that the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc.(QCWA) has made a highly notable contribution--$4,500—to support the ARISS  program. QCWA President Ken Oelke VE6AFO presented the generous gift to ARISS-USA at the 2022 Hamvention in Xenia, OH, during the ARISS Forum. ARISS is the acronym for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

Ken hopes the funding will catalyze individuals and other groups around the globe to follow suit and contribute to ARISS. He commented: “I had asked Rosalie White (amateur radio call sign K1STO), the ARISS-US Delegate for ARRL,about new initiatives ARISS may have and learned of new education programs set into motion and about ARISS’s enhancements being developed for its amateur radio station on the International Space Station (ISS). Those things are in addition to the ARISS team’s daily operating activities—ARISS educational radio contacts for schools and education groupswith astronautsorbiting on the ISS. I believe ARISS provides a great opportunity to the QCWA to stand out in the Amateur Radio Community, and to carry out QCWA’s education mandate described in its constitution.”

In late 2020, Astronaut Chris Cassidy (amateur radio call sign KF5KDR) installed ARISS’s new radio system on the ISS. Crew members with ham radio licenses began using it for scheduled ARISS education radio contacts. In addition to supporting these student interviews, the radio system allows amateur radio operators to engage with the ISS using Automated Packet Reporting System (APRS), making cross band repeater contacts, and downloading special slow-scan TV (SSTV) images downlinked by cosmonauts.

ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer (amateur radio call sign KA3HDO) thanked QCWA members for their tremendous support, stating: “This funding will help propel forward some of the ARISS educational activities that were recently put in motion. Also, the gift will spur on the ARISS team working on radio system enhancements.” He noted: “It is fantastic to see amateur radio groups such as QCWA generously offering a gift to ARISS. It shows potential future ARISS benefactors, foundations and corporations that the amateur radio community believes in ARISS and wants to further ARISS’s goals.”

Rosalie thanked Ken for the QCWA Board of Directors and members standing with ARISS, and said: “The entire ARISS team conveys its deep appreciation for this exceptional generosity! We hope your members are enjoying ARISS packet and cross band repeater contacts and ARISS SSTV sessions while knowing countless students are engaged in science and technology activities tied to space and radio.”

Individuals and groups wanting to help ARISS can go to https://www.ariss.org/annual-fund .html , and in many cases, gifts are tax deductible donations. Donors giving $100 or more are awarded a beautiful ARISS Challenge Coin.  

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 ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and NASA’s Space communications and Navigation program.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org .

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS PR

Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Search on Amateur Radio on the ISS and @ARISS_status. Check out ARISS on Youtube.com.

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Belgium: Military use of 50 MHz frequencies

Wednesday 8th June 2022

IARU Region 1 reports on the planned use of two frequencies in the amateur radio 50 MHz band by the Belgian Military on June 18

The Belgian telecommunication authority BIPT informs that a military exercise will take place in Elzenborn near the German-Belgian border until June 18, 2022, during which two frequencies in the 6-metre band will be used: 50.200 MHz and 51.075 MHz.

Radio amateurs are therefore asked to keep these frequencies clear or observe them during this time before transmitting there.

The amateur radio service has a secondary status in this band, while military radio has a primary status.

Source IARU Region 1
https://iaru-r1.org/

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Amateur radio construction popular in Indonesia

Wednesday 8th June 2022

400 amateurs attended a meeting of Indonesia's Amateur Radio Homebrewers Club held on Sunday, June 5

A translation of the ORARI post reads:

Amateur radio activists who are members of the ORARI (Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization) organization met at the Indonesian Homebrewers Club event which was held at the residence of Hernandy R. Karli (YB0TOY), Timah Cilandak Complex, South Jakarta, Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Homebrew is termed the activity of radio amateurs who assemble home devices (self-assemble), to channel a hobby in the field of radio engineering. This event is a vehicle for education and trials of radio devices. It is an honor for those who can present their work in this performance.

The event entitled, "Friendly in the Air, Familiar on the Ground" was attended by 400 MEMBERS of ORARI, the SAR team and electronics observers. As the host, Hernandy expressed his joy at seeing the interest of participants in participating in the entire series of events.

This annual event was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "This activity is highly anticipated by amateur radio fans, in addition to the performance of the work, it is also a forum for friendship participants". Hernandy added.

A participant from West Java, Sofyan Malik (YB1AN) in his speech said, "In the past, it was not like now, where it was easy to find radio components. In the past we met exchanging components. It took a long time to build a radio device." Sofian also advised radio amateurs to continue to create and innovate from home.

Hasdiyan (Familiar greeting: Ucok Ciganjur), a YD0SSC call sign, had the opportunity to present his work at the event. Ucok enthusiastically explained the advantages of his product, the Matoa SDR HF All Band.

Source ORARI
https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Indonesia

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The Venus cloud discontinuity

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Something big is happening in the atmosphere of Venus. A massive wall of acid clouds is racing around the second planet, possibly spinning up Venus's entire atmosphere. The structure is so big, amateur astronomers can see it from Earth.

Get the full story and observing tips @ Spaceweather.com

Don't miss the next solar flare:
Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service receive instant text messages when strong solar flares are underway.

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France: Ham radio contest group TM5W in newspaper

Wednesday 8th June 2022

French newspaper The Montagne reported on the activities of the TM5W amateur radio group during the VHF/UHF/uW contest on June 4-5

A translation of the newspaper article reads:

The higher we are, the more likely we are to look for distant stations," explains F5RQQ. Behind the call sign is Jean-Marc Vigier, an ex-soldier passionate about amateur radio. "F for France, 5 for my license level. And RQQ is my identifier.

A dozen radio amateurs activated the Cantal on the airwaves, this weekend, from the parking lot of Puy Violent, in Saint-Paul-de-Salers. "We participate in the league 1 of amateur radio at very high frequency," explains F5RQQ. A few minutes before kick-off, willingly agreeing to spin the football metaphor. "We will try to contact different countries in the world. The farther away they are, the more points will be scored. Our goal is to rank in the top 5. We set the bar at 600 contacts. Will we reach it? That's something else..."

The contest lasts 24 hours. It sees teams from all over the France, including TM5W, the special callsign representing the Cantal, up there, from grid square JN15GD. "This contest is called the THF REF Cup. REF is the national amateur radio society and THF signifies the higher frequencies (VHF/UHF/Microwaves). "In amateur radio, what motivates you is the competition," says Jean-Marc Vigier.

"Can you spin me a one-meter cable?" The time for the final preparations is ticking. The four antennas have already been removed from the rental truck, unfolded and installed, by scaffolding, in the Puy Violent car park, where the TM5W team was able to establish its base thanks to the agreement of the municipality. In Saint-Paul-de-Salers, the whole of Europe can be contacted, "from the Azores to the north of Holland", via VHF, UHF and SHF frequency ranges (ranging from 144 MHz to 10 GHz).

"We were recognized as being of public interest in 1911," says Jean-Marc Vigier. In the event of a natural disaster, if tomorrow there are no more communication relays, radio amateurs are called upon to develop a rescue network. We pass an exam, in which we are asked for a certain technical level, knowledge of Walrus, electronics and digital transmissions. According to him, the discipline must succeed in attracting young people.

F5RQQ, FK8IK and the others have in any case worn high the colors of Cantal, with 362 contacts. Enough to touch the top? The team will know its ranking in a few days.

Source The Montagne
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Wm4B2ZBNvZoJ:https://www.lamontagne.fr/saint-paul-de-salers-15140/actualites/le-puy-violent-vous-recoit-cinq-sur-cinq-quand-la-coupe-de-france-des-radioamateurs-se-joue-sur-les-monts-du-cantal_14140276/

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Keplerian data

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 OSCAR 7
1 07530U 74089B 22158.45789310 -.00000029 00000-0 10622-3 0 9994
2 07530 101.9036 138.2965 0012639 61.7750 59.9517 12.53655264176210
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22158.71853192 .00006236 00000-0 11753-3 0 9991
2 25544 51.6456 23.4869 0004509 205.4513 228.0917 15.49906525343712
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22158.49779022 .00000248 00000-0 54781-4 0 9998
2 27607 64.5551 332.3673 0077875 296.3726 62.9396 14.76119675 46907
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22158.46839688 .00001361 00000-0 16741-3 0 9993
2 39444 97.6237 132.8211 0058344 66.3653 294.3672 14.83374197460045
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22158.54557316 .00013788 00000-0 22143-3 0 9991
2 40903 97.1789 217.0662 0010967 151.0393 318.7944 15.53077084377720
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22157.71291939 .00000827 00000-0 25801-4 0 9995
2 40931 6.0003 245.7483 0013559 14.6327 345.4160 14.76812583361757
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22158.35154809 .00002249 00000-0 14209-3 0 9991
2 42759 43.0192 28.3797 0009477 234.2699 295.7677 15.11831888274826
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22158.62570376 .00002214 00000-0 13975-3 0 9996
2 42761 43.0186 25.6627 0009901 237.3397 148.4791 15.11926228274874
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22158.44210467 .00001425 00000-0 11244-3 0 9996
2 43017 97.6765 53.0447 0247810 220.3903 137.8680 14.81344273245631
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22158.45785103 .00000479 00000-0 52822-4 0 9993
2 43678 97.9691 291.6063 0008975 324.8403 35.2255 14.92154386196361
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22158.53673105 .00000156 00000-0 00000-0 0 9992
2 43700 0.0175 344.0971 0001204 95.2131 35.6186 1.00269509 12931
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22158.44167591 .00001130 00000-0 10297-3 0 9997
2 43803 97.6195 225.7173 0013512 303.3410 56.6518 14.97024583191577
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22158.34000894 .00000002 00000-0 -31718-4 0 9994
2 44909 82.5225 236.9925 0216953 343.6820 15.7368 12.79713335114210
0 HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22158.50369750 .00000034 00000-0 25874-4 0 9999
2 50466 98.5804 235.7619 0005079 164.0006 196.1343 14.38496856 23486

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, June 10, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AF-023; S9, SAO TOME ISLAND:
Ryan/K0EFW operates as S9EFW between the 14th and 19th on 40-10m (SSB). QSL via K9EFW, OQRS.

AS-004; 5B/ZC, CYPRUS ISLAND:
Dave/G4WXJ will be active holiday-style as ZC4RH from June 5 to 15 on 40-10m (CW, SSB, FT8). He will also sign 5B4/G4WXJ. QSL via G4WXJ (d/B), LoTW.

EU-004; EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS:
Andreas/DK5ON is currently holidaying on Mallorca and operates as EA6/DK5ON until June 17 on 40-10m on SSB, CW and FT8/4 with a groundplane and a dipole. QSOs also count for ARLHS BAL-010 (Cap de Pera) and WLOTA 1902. QSL via DK5ON (d/B), LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog OQRS.

EU-054; ID*9, EGADI ISLANDS:
Members of the Italian Dxpedition Team activate Favignana Island with the callsign IF9IDT from the 10th to the 16th. Operators are I2PJA, I2YSB, IK2CKR, and IK2HKT. QRV on 80-6m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via I2YSB. For more information see: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt/

NA-062; W4, FLORIDA STATE (FLORIDA KEYS) group:
Between June 11 and 18, Leonard/K1NU signs K1NU/4 from Key Colony Beach on CW and FT8 on HF and 6m. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog, or K1NU (d).
 

Future IOTA Plans
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EU-127; DL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN STATE SOUTH WEST group:
Sebastian/DL1AXX activates Helgoland Duene (DID N-15, Air Field Diplom IAFA Flughafen Helgoland EDXH) from July 1 to 7 on 40-15m (mostly on CW).

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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The Weinheim VHF Conference

Tuesday 7th June 2022

The Weinheim VHF Conference has been organized by committed radio amateurs on a non-profit basis and on a voluntary basis since 1956.

It sees itself in its tradition as a meeting place for everyone who is interested in radio technology and electronics. Amateurs from all over Europe present their experiences at this forum, provide information about innovative developments and share their know-how.

The organizers would like to put together a varied program of lectures again this year and call on you to contribute with a presentation. The lectures are not limited to VHF topics, but cover everything that is of interest to the technology-loving amateur. Lecture topics from all areas of amateur radio are welcome - from long-wave to gigahertz applications.

A growing focus of interest are topics from the field of micro-controllers, computer applications in amateur radio, SDR, HamNet and digital processes. In a call for papers to be presented at the convention the organizers ask for interested hams to send the title and approximately 300 word abstract by July 19th at the latest. The upcoming 67th VHF conference Weinheim will take place from the 9th to the 11th of September 2022.

More information about this event can be found at www.ukw-tagung.org

IRTS

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EI90IRTS

Tuesday 7th June 2022

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society was founded in 1932 and this year the society celebrates its 90th birthday.

To mark the occasion the society has secured the special call-sign EI90IRTS.

Since its initial use the call-sign has attracted multiple pile-ups on all bands and modes it has been used on. This call is available to activate for any EI IRTS licensed member that’s interested in activating it. The special call can be activated on all bands and modes and the duration of any activation is entirely up to the operator. It can be for an hour or even a day!

All logs must be submitted electronically in ADIF format.

To make sure that the call-sign is not used on the same bands or modes at the same time, the use of the call-sign is being coordinated by Declan, EI9FVB. A special WhatsApp group is in use to help with the coordination. If any fully licensed EI IRTS member would like to activate the EI90IRTS call-sign you are please asked to get in touch with Declan EI9FVB by email to horandx /at/ gmail.com . A special QSL card will be made available, once printed.

Direct QSLs can be sent to Dave, EI6AL. For more information including QSL details please see www.qrz.com/db/EI90IRTS

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Connacht Regional Newsletter

Tuesday 7th June 2022

The Connacht Regional Newsletter is inclusive and unbiased primarily written for the local Clubs in the West of Ireland for clubs including the Galway Digital Radio Group, the Galway Radio Club, the Galway VHF Group, the Marconi Radio Club, the Mayo Radio Experimenter’s Network, and the Shannon Basin Radio club.

There is a wealth of information about forthcoming Special Events and activities of interest to all Radio Operators. A decision was recently taken to expand to a Monthly Magazine combining the Special Events and Activities with featured articles and topics. Next month it is planned to include articles from CB and PMR 446 operators.

The Magazine is freelance and not affiliated in any way to any National Society which enables it to report activities and events from all Clubs and Groups from both the North and South of Ireland.

The monthly Connacht Regional Newsletter may be downloaded from http://galwayvhfgroup.blogspot.com/

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Amateur Radio Club gears-up for Field Day

Tuesday 7th June 2022

The New Providence Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise known as 'Field Day' on the weekend of June 25-26 (2pm Sat to 2pm Sunday).

Radio club members will be setting up and operating amateur radio stations under emergency power only, that is "off the grid". 

This event is open to the public where we will demonstrate the ability to maintain communications during man-made or natural disasters when "all else fails". 

It will take place at the field in back of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. 

Please visit our website at www.nparc.org for more information about Field Day and Amateur Radio

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WIA directors trip self funded

Tuesday 7th June 2022

NOT WELL SPOTTED was the line in last week's WIA news where Vice President Lee Moyle's item on Dayton and how he and fellow Director Chris met with other National Societies WAS self-funded and NOT by the WIA. You'd be surprised at how many queries on this arrived at the WIA news desk.

LISTEN UP ONCE AGAIN

Director Chris and myself Lee took the opportunity to meet with other International peak body representatives such as ARRL, RSGB, DARC and IARU.

We discussed the potential changes to our VK licencing structure, high power proposals, examination processes amongst many other things. It was great to meet ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR and ARRL FCC Council David Siddall, K3ZJ. Early discussions were had about reciprocal licencing processes along with CEPT and HAREC
compliance.

The WIA will be following up with ongoing zoom meetings to solidify the relationships. Although this trip was partly official WIA business, it was totally self-funded by both Chris and Lee and as such, no WIA members funds were used.

Source WIA News

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Platinum Jubilee ham radio station GB70U on TV

Monday 6th June 2022

The Guernsey Amateur Radio Society got coverage on ITV and BBC for their special event station for the Platinum Jubilee, GB70U

Keith Le Boutillier GU6EFB was interviewed by ITV, he said:

"Amateur radio is a hobby in which you can communicate with people all over the world."

"A lot of stations are aware it's the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the one thing that has become evident is the affection for the Queen across the world, even in countries which she has no direct control over."

"We've been speaking with some stations in Brazil last night and we were quite surprised to find that they actually watched the Trooping of the Colour. That's the same for a lot of other countries and amateurs watching it on the television, it's amazing."

Watch the ITV news broadcast at
https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2022-06-04/guernsey-radio-enthusiasts-use-tech-to-travel-the-world

The GB70U station also featured in the Guernsey Press.

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Sable Island DXpedition update

Monday 6th June 2022

Hey Guys -
Here is the latest update on the 2022 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition....

"The 2022 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition team is pleased to announce the launch of our new CY0S DXpedition website at: https://www.cy0s.com

Chaz, W4GKF, has joined our team as webmaster and has been working tirelessly with Randy, N0TG, on launching the new website. The website is still a work in progress and new information will be added almost daily.

Planning continues to go very well for the 2022 DXpedition. Thanks to K4UEE, W4DKS and W0GJ for their efforts in planning and designing our antenna system for CY0S.

Even though Sable Island is 42 KM long, space is very limited within the Sable Station compound. The Sable horses, which number over 500, have free run of the island, except for the area around the Sable Station, which is fenced in! The DXpedition team has a relatively small footprint to work with. Additionally, no antennas can
be placed on or near the beach as Sable Island is home to tens of thousands of Grey seals. A DXpedition to Sable faces many challenges!"

73, Murray Adams WA4DAN

OPDX

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Murdered ham radio op vk3vzp update

Monday 6th June 2022

The man accused of killing two campers who disappeared while on a trip in the Victorian high country is facing delays in his case, a court has been told.

Gregory Stuart Lynn is charged with two counts of and faced the Sale Magistrates Court for an administrative hearing on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old is accused of killing Russell Hill and Carol Clay while camping at the Wonnangatta Valley on March 20, 2020.

The last known contact before they vanished was when Mr Hill, vk3vzp, was heard via HF radio, stating he was in the valley.

WIA, The Wireless Institute of Australian

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BBC Countryfile featuring amateur radio now online

Monday 6th June 2022

The episode of the BBC TV show Countryfile featuring segments on Marconi and Amateur Radio Summits On The Air (SOTA) is now available on iPlayer

The Flat Holm island edition broadcast on June 6 is at
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00183kc/countryfile-flat-holm

Fast forward to:
42:04 Marconi's 1897 radio transmissions over sea from Flat Holm island in the Bristol channel
52:40 Summits on the Air feature with Ben Lloyd GW4BML

Fraser Wenseth MM0EFI was approached by the BBC for SOTA footage and he's released a video about it.

Watch SOTA v BBC Countryfile from Ben Newe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DBGOe2sguM

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Netherlands: 433 MHz Low Power Device users

Monday 6th June 2022

The Netherlands regulator, Agentschap Telecom (AT), has issued a clarifications of the rules concerning license-exempt Lower Power Device LPD users and radio amateurs in 433.050-434.790 MHz

A translation of the VERON post reads:

Agentschap Telecom (AT) regularly receives questions about the use of the frequency range from 433.050 to 434.790 MHz. Here radio amateurs are the primary users but there are also license-free users (Short Range Devices).  Agentschap Telecom explains the rules for them here:

Interference from primary, secondary and other LPD users must be accepted and that a user must prevent malfunctions as much as possible. Radio amateurs are Primary users there with the restriction, based on the efficiency principle from the Telecommunications Act, that wireless home, garden and kitchen applications may not be structurally disturbed. This can lead to unpleasant situations such as cars that (at critical moments) no longer open or want to start.

Radio amateurs only make connections with other radio amateurs, using equipment (also own construction) intended for radio amateurs. LPD users make connections to equipment freely available on the market, recognizable by the CE marking on the device and which is intended for LPD use. The main features are the maximum permissible transmission power of 10mW and a fixed antenna to the transmitting device.

Now radio amateurs and LPD users meet in this frequency range. In addition to the conditions already mentioned, what are the rules of the game:

• Radio amateurs may only make connections with other radio amateurs. Radio amateurs don't make connections with LPD users.
• If a radio amateur uses SRD equipment and makes a connection with another LPD user, it is not necessary and undesirable to use amateur call letters.
• If you are not a licensed radio amateur, you may not use, install, or have installed equipment for radio amateurs in whole or in part. This applies to self-built equipment, to building kits of separate parts to be assembled by radio amateurs. But also for commercially available equipment that has been converted for personal use.
• Antennas do not fall under the supervision of the Telecom Agency (with the exception of the obligations from the Antenna Register) So the placement of amateur antennas by non-radio amateurs is a matter for the municipality.

In addition to these legal obligations, there are also undesirable consequences of a mixture of amateur activities and SRD activities. Because of this mixing, an image can arise that taking an amateur exam is less necessary because it is already possible to communicate in an amateur way with radio amateurs and not. This also creates the desire to have and use amateur equipment. Because other participants in these activities also use it.

It is understandable that those interested in amateur radio want to take a look at amateur frequencies and want to use amateur equipment, but it is important that this is done in a way that fits within the current laws and regulations, for example under the guidance of a radio amateur. If you want to stimulate amateur radio, that's fine. But then support this desire by enthusing people and them to take exams and not by making connections as a radio amateur with non-radio amateurs.

Finally, the use of amateur equipment is not limited to these SRD frequencies. Amateur radio operators are also observed on other license-free frequencies such as 27 MHz or PMR446 frequencies , possibly using their amateur equipment. This is therefore not allowed, any form of license-free frequency use requires specific transmission equipment. Keep this in mind, a radio amateur adheres to the agreements.

Telecom Agency: The frequency range between 433 and 435 MHz
https://www.agentschaptelecom.nl/onderwerpen/radiozendamateurs/documenten/publicaties/2020/06/22/het-frequentiegebied-tussen-433-en-435-megahertz

Source VERON https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Netherlands

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Grant for Amateur Radio group

Monday 6th June 2022

KWHI News reports the Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services have received a substantial grant to purchase radio equipment

Thanks to a big grant, Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services will be able to purchase new radio communications equipment to strengthen their county’s response during emergencies.

The Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative gave them a grant for $11,349.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $3,500 in matching funds from the recipient, will allow the group to expand its geographic reach and resiliency through the purchase of new radios, antennas, and other electronic equipment.

Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a volunteer organization that was founded in 2019.

They serve the Lee County Emergency Operations Center’s official backup for communications during events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or cyber-attacks.

In the event official channels go down, the group will assist in connecting first responders with members of the community, as well as state and federal support networks.

This grant is one of 36 grants awarded recently through the LCRA Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders, and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement in their service areas.

Source KWHI News
https://kwhi.com/2022/06/03/lee-county-group-receives-grant-from-lcra-bluebonnet-electric/

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IRTS panel of newsreaders

Monday 6th June 2022

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) are currently trying to coordinate the weekly Sunday morning 40m and 80m news bulletins and form a panel of newsreaders as to make sure that there is always someone available to read each bulletin and, most importantly, to spread the workload evenly among the newsreaders.

As the old saying goes “Many hands make light work”.

We have a small list of those who are currently reading the 80m and 40m bulletins. Ideally, if we had a list of 6 to 8, or more people who would be willing to read one of the bulletins it would spread out the workload considerably. Any of the current newsreaders will tell you that there is very little involved in reading the bulletins. If any fully licensed EI feels like that they would be interested in becoming part of the IRTS News Readers panel, can they please get in touch with the IRTS Public Relations Officer Sean EI2HZB directly on 083 4713001 or by email to irts_pro /at/ irts.ie . Likewise, if anyone has any further questions please get in touch also.

Once a list of those interested has been compiled, we will set about getting a rota in place for both the 40m and 80m Sunday bulletins.

IRTS

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ICQPodcast Episode 378 - Gateways On The Air 2022

Monday 6th June 2022

In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB) is joined by Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Frank Howell (K4FMH), Bill Barnes (WC3B) and Leslie Butterfield (G0CIB) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode's feature Gateways On The Air 2022.

We would like to thank Yusuf Chadun (M7CZF) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include: -

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

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RAC Amateur of the Year 2021: Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET

Monday 6th June 2022

Through the RAC Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Canadian Amateurs.

The RAC Board considers nominations for the RAC Amateur of the Year Award and presents it if and when the nomination demonstrates the exceptional contribution made. If there are several nominations the best for that year is approved.

RAC British Columbia/Yukon Director Keith Witney, VE7KW (left), was pleased to present the award to Hiroshi at his home on March 8

Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, has made a significant contribution to the Amateur Radio community in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

He was highly active with the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), which operates the Amateur Radio program that supports the Vancouver Emergency Management Agency and raises the communication preparedness of the community. 

Hiroshi’s contributions to Amateur Radio include the following:

In 2021, Hiroshi founded the Lower Mainland Radio Room (LMRR) to focus on the “fun” in radio technology to get more people on the air and inspire existing Amateurs to discover new ways they can use their radio. 

For more information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award visit: 

https://wp.rac.ca/rac-amateur-of-the-year/

Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
RAC President and Chair

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QSO Today - Tracy McKim, VE3TWM

Sunday 5th June 2022

Tracy McKim, VE3TWM, believes in the effectiveness of low power communications to communicate across town or around the World.

Tracy uses his YouTube Channel, Outdoors On The Air, to first demonstrate the use of fiberglass poles to install wire antennas, and then to successfully demonstrate outdoor ham radio operation using those full size antennas to operate QRP single-sideband.

VE3TWM is my QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

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Annual Amateur Radio Survey 2022

Sunday 5th June 2022

The annual amateur radio survey run by Essex Ham took a break during the pandemic, but now it's back !

We’re keen to get a snapshot of amateur radio in the UK today, and by taking part in this short survey, you can help to have your say on the following:

• What aspects of amateur radio appeal to you
• Your thoughts on amateur radio clubs and groups
• Your thoughts on the RSGB
• How Covid has affected your enjoyment of the hobby
• The top 3 threats and opportunities for growth

Take part in the survey at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/amateur-radio-in-2022.html

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

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How to receive SSTV from the ISS

Sunday 5th June 2022

In this video Randy Hall K7AGE shows you how to receive Slow Scan TV (SSTV) pictures from the International Space Station, the next transmissions are expected on June 8-9

The YouTube description reads:

I show you how to receive Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (ISS).

Several times a year SSTV images are sent from the ISS.

A simple two-meter amateur radio, or scanner, is able to receive the signal on 145.800 MHz. You can receive the signal using the antenna on an HT, mobile antenna, or a vertical antenna mounted outside.

I show you how to learn when the ISS will be in the range of your station.

Heavens-Above is a good website to use and it will generate a list of passes for your station.

To decode the SSTV signal you will need software on a computer or portable device. I show MMSSTV on my Windows computer decoding the SSTV signal. I also show decoding SSTV on my iPad.

Watch How to receive SSTV images from the ISS

 

ISS SSTV transmissions are expected on June 8-9

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Samuel Morse gave the first public Telegraph demonstration 178 years ago

Sunday 5th June 2022

A neglected anniversary of sorts came and went May 24; it was the first public demonstration of Samuel F.B. Morse's telegraph 178 years ago at B and O Mount Clare Station, today the home of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum.

As with so many things, tragedy can be the mother of invention, and Morse's development of the telegraph was born from a deep personal tragedy.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse, born in 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University and made his living as a portrait painter. He was in Washington working on a commission in 1825 when word reached him that his wife, Lucretia Pickering Walker Morse, had died of a heart attack in New Haven, Connecticut, shortly after giving birth to their third child.

In the face of wide skepticism, Morse obtained from Congress a 30,000 dollar appropriation that allowed him to pursue his work for what eventually became known as the telegraph. Morse also created what’s known as Morse Code, the dot and dash code used for sending messages. Morse used different combinations of dots and dashes to represent the letters in the English alphabet and the 10 digits.

Source: Baltimoresun.com

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Ham Radio Emergency Communications Drill being held in South Jersey

Sunday 5th June 2022

The Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual amateur radio Field Day on June 25 and 26 for the 63rd consecutive year from its club house grounds within the Gloucester County 4-H Fair Grounds in Mullica Hill.

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators, according to a news release. It is the largest single emergency preparedness exercise with over 40,000 operators participating each year across the U.S. and Canada. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and running through 1:59 p.m. Sunday

Read the full article at https://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/2022/06/ham-radio-emergency-communications-drill-being-held-in-south-jersey.html


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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 4th June 2022

Can you build an all HF band concurrent WSPR transmitter?

It is in my nature to ask questions. It's been hammered into me from an early age and it often brings me new friends, new ideas and new projects. After spending quite some time mulling over my understanding of radio, I came up with this question: "Is it possible to build a single radio transmitter that is capable of emitting a WSPR signal at the same time on all the HF bands?"

Before we look at the hardware, let's contemplate for a moment what this transmission might look like.

Imagine a WSPR transmission as a normal audio signal. It sounds like a couple of warbling tones for two minutes. Unpacking it, the audio signal is about 6 Hz wide and sits somewhere between 1400 and 1600 Hz. If you were to draw a power chart of this, displaying the frequencies horizontally and power vertically, you'd see a completely flat chart with a little spike, 6 Hz wide, somewhere between 1400 and 1600 Hz.

Using an analogue radio, you can play this sound into the microphone or audio port and the radio takes care of transmitting it on the 10m band as a 28 MHz beacon. Tune the radio to 40m and it appears as a 7 MHz transmission.

The two takeaways are that the WSPR signal itself doesn't change between bands or transmissions and the radio does the heavy lifting to make your WSPR transmission come out at the right frequency.

Your radio is moving the audio frequencies to the correct amateur band. The electronics in your radio achieve this move by mixing the audio and the tuning frequencies together.

If you imagine a 28 MHz WSPR signal coming from your transmitter as a power chart, it's essentially silence, except for a little WSPR peak somewhere just off to the right of 28 MHz.

>From a mathematical perspective, the frequency mixer in your radio is performing a multiplication and best of all, you don't need a radio to do this. You could use software to multiply frequencies instead and end up with something that represented their product. If you were to create a power chart of this equivalent multiplication, you'd see a completely flat chart with a little spike near 28.1261 MHz.

Sound familiar?

It gets better.

You can store the result of this calculation in a file as a 28 MHz WSPR signal and you could do this as many times as you want. You could create a file with a 3.5 MHz WSPR signal, one with a 7 MHz one and so-on.

Since we're talking about shuffling numbers only, you could combine all these calculations, and end up with a single file that had several WSPR signals inside it.

The chart picture is again mostly silence, just with little WSPR peaks at frequencies suitable for say transmission on the 80, 40, 15 and 10m bands.

Now all you need is to find a device that's capable of transmitting it.

Turns out that we have such a device. A PlutoSDR, a software defined radio which I've spoken about before. It's capable of transmitting a 56 MHz wide signal, more than ample for what we're doing. We don't need to use the PlutoSDR to calculate the combined signal either, since we can do all that in advance, because as I said, a WSPR signal doesn't change.

So essentially, all we'd need to do is generate a file that has all the WSPR signal information at the right frequencies and send it to the PlutoSDR to transmit.

There are a couple of hurdles to overcome.

When you multiply two frequencies, you end up with two peaks, one at the sum of both frequencies, and one at the difference between them. One you need, the other you don't, so we're going to need to filter this out, something that your analogue radio circuit also does.

Another challenge is around sampling rates. The PlutoSDR needs a specific sampling rate and bit depth, so we're going to have to generate our file just so. I'm going to skip past complex numbers and move on to power output, since all the power from the transmitter will be spread across all of the combined WSPR signals we're attempting to transmit, so we're likely going to need amplification.

There's also the matter of testing before we actually connect this contraption to an antenna and I've glossed over one minor but essential point, the PlutoSDR doesn't do HF.

So, where does this leave us?

We can build a proof of concept using 2m and 70cm. Both those bands are native to the PlutoSDR. I'm currently working on generating the actual WSPR signal file to start the transformation process. A friend has some testing gear that could allow us to see what's coming out of the transmitter without polluting the airwaves and of course, at this point this is all still "What-if". I've not actually made this work, but it's keeping me entertained and that's half the fun.

It gets even better. The Pluto has an FPGA on board, so theoretically at least, we might be able to generate this actual file inside the Pluto in real-time, which opens up a whole other avenue of exploration, but we'll start with crawling before running.

If you have thoughts on this, or any other aspect of the hobby, please get in touch. You can send email to cq@vk6flab.com or you can find me on Twitter and Reddit with my callsign.

In the meantime, you know the drill. Get on air and make some noise.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Bouvet Island DXpedition

Saturday 4th June 2022

In late April we successfully conducted a 4-day vessel inspection in Brazil that ended with a very good result. The inspection was carried out by a 3rd party vessel inspector and covered more than 105 checkpoints.

The vessel inspection focused on safety equipment, instruments, navigation, engines/machinery, deck, tenders, fuel and fluids, interior, and exterior.
Marama is in very good condition and hence the overall feedback is positive. The vessel went through significant upgrades with regards to machinery and engines in 2021 and has since been tested for years, most lately during the previous Antarctica season. The inspection file resulted in a punch list of only a few minor items to be followed up, no major findings during the 4-day inspection.

The team is currently working on the final preparations for packing the container scheduled to be shipped from Oslo in early September. Preparing the packing and shipping the container is extremely time consuming and requires a focus on details as our more than 2 years of work now is being materialized into packing lists and labeling the equipment. Today we have finally decided our container will be shipped to Port Stanley, Falkland Island. In Port Stanley a local team of ham radio operators will assist us in receiving the container, conduct a container inspection and make sure all is OK before the team arrive in early January. To Bouvet the team will bring with us 6500 kg of equipment, which includes several tons of fuel and food. Our contract allows for 22 days on the island, but we have food for 30 days and a plan for rationing should we have to stay beyond 22 days.

At this stage all the operators have already paid their full deposit of their individual 20,000 USDs operator fee. This is your insurance that we will do whatever we can to make this DXpedition a success. In a few weeks we will pay our 2nd vessel deposit to Marama. Ultimately this represents a huge undertaking for us financially as well a commitment to go to Bouvet and activate the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island. With all the preparation and planning over the course of the last two years you can rely on our commitment and our determination to go onshore Bouvet in a zodiac 7 months from now.

Going to Bouvet would simply not be possibly without the support from the vendors, clubs, foundations, and individual sponsors. June 1st, we completed our budget update, and this shows we?re still missing roughly 100,000 USDs out of our 690,000 USDs budget to be able to go to Bouvet. As we now prepare for the next vessel deposit, we need your support to close the gap. Please consider supporting us by donating upfront.

You can follow our plans from our website and the 3Y0J Facebook pages:?
http://www.3y0j.no
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3093983840726129

Thank you, Oslo 3rd June 2022
Ken Opskar, LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye, LA7THA, Co-Leader??
Erwann Merrien, LB1QI, Co-Leader

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Hams in US Virgin Islands will be active for Field Day

Saturday 4th June 2022

The St Thomas Source reports radio amateurs in the US Virgin Islands will be participating in an emergency readiness exercise - Field Day - on June 25-26

Radio amateurs (aka “hams”) literally head to the field and install portable antennae and operate on emergency power to test their equipment and practice their readiness abilities. The event also demonstrates ham radio’s science, skill and service to the Virgin Islands and the nation.

It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills all in a single event.

“When disaster strikes, ham radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications,” said Fred Kleber, ARRL V.I. Section manager.

On St. Croix, the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club will partner with VITEMA to operate from Cane Bay. Field Day is known as amateur radio’s open house. Media organizations are invited to come out between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, June 25, to cover the event.

VITEMA will have their emergency response vehicle on-site, and V.I. radio amateurs will be demonstrating the capabilities they can provide to the community.

Read the full story at
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/03/territory-amateur-radio-operators-to-hold-field-day-readiness-exercise-june-25-26/

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Central Coast ARC Weekly News

Saturday 4th June 2022

The club rooms at Kariong are open every Saturday.

At the VK2RAG Somersby repeater site, the D-Star, Rad-Net DMR and 2m Echolink services are fully functional. We are looking at some issues with the 6 metre repeater and Brand Meister DMR and 70cm Echolink and IRLP are still having problems.

The club has a Web SDR at Somersby. Websdr.ccarc.org.au is configured to listen on 6 metres, 2 metres, 70 centimetres and 23 centimetres.

One of our members was approached by a local Air League Squadron, as some of the cadets had shown an interested in obtaining their morse code badge and overall wanting to have a better understanding of where it originated from. Brad, VK2NMZ has posted to the club’s facebook page about his experiences both with the Air League and the restoration of a Circa 1940 Morse Training Key along with some great photos.

The daily Morning Tea Net is held at 10:00am each morning and after the broadcast on Sundays. On the VK2RAG repeater – 146.725 MHz with 91.5Hz tone, and on echolink through the HAM and CCARC echolink conferences.

The Thursday evening net is held at 8:00pm on the same repeater and echolink conferences.
Adrian VK2ABS, hosts fortnightly SSTV net on the Club’s 2 Meter WICEN repeater; 147.125 MHz with 91.5 Hz tone, consisting of 2-3 rounds. Adrian has had a large amount of support from other members and would love to see you drop in.
 The next net is scheduled for Friday the 10th of June at 7:30 PM.

Both of these nets are also video streamed live to the club’s Facebook page and recordings can be found in the “Videos” section.

You can find out more about the CCARC on the web at ccarc.org.au, by phone on 02 4340 2500, or on social media by searching for “Central Coast Amateur Radio Club”. Remember to give the club a “like” to follow for any updates.

73, Alan VK2MG
Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

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Keplerian data

Saturday 4th June 2022

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1
AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 OSCAR 7
1 07530U 74089B 22154.46807595 -.00000035 00000-0 66845-4 0 9993
2 07530 101.9035 134.2944 0012646 69.1661 53.5262 12.53655172175712
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22154.71660900 .00008335 00000-0 15465-3 0 9996
2 25544 51.6450 43.3086 0004702 190.2267 219.5676 15.49850191343095
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22154.50061088 .00000264 00000-0 56876-4 0 9997
2 27607 64.5553 344.5994 0077651 297.1514 62.1686 14.76116314 46312
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22154.42106811 .00001532 00000-0 18762-3 0 9995
2 39444 97.6236 128.9570 0058465 79.2956 281.4835 14.83361997459445
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22154.62324281 .00017136 00000-0 27575-3 0 9994
2 40903 97.1799 213.1407 0010636 163.2014 351.8549 15.52977427377114
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22154.06606354 .00000967 00000-0 45316-4 0 9999
2 40931 5.9996 271.7316 0013698 323.7000 36.2375 14.76812098361211
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22154.18220009 .00003475 00000-0 21256-3 0 9996
2 42759 43.0188 51.3581 0009258 208.7569 283.1128 15.11816687274199
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22154.42394520 .00003270 00000-0 20031-3 0 9999
2 42761 43.0181 48.8183 0009283 212.2723 317.3406 15.11909771274235
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22154.52423982 .00001586 00000-0 12465-3 0 9993
2 43017 97.6763 49.2864 0247617 233.2691 124.5554 14.81332754245051
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22154.43434415 .00000407 00000-0 45769-4 0 9997
2 43678 97.9677 287.5361 0009305 339.1001 20.9828 14.92150336195762
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22154.51863000 .00000154 00000-0 00000-0 0 9999
2 43700 0.0163 315.9133 0000934 100.7168 47.8540 1.00269295 12892
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22154.43121935 .00000897 00000-0 82811-4 0 9995
2 43803 97.6194 221.8081 0013696 318.6956 41.3229 14.97015393190970
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22154.35280248 .00000024 00000-0 53098-4 0 9992
2 44909 82.5227 239.6408 0217124 353.0160 6.7928 12.79713272113706
0 HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22154.53894362 .00000068 00000-0 36793-4 0 9999
2 50466 98.5804 231.7990 0004825 174.6645 185.4595 14.38496215 22914

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. The next scheduled transmission of these data
 will be Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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GB70U: From Guernsey to space – and back again

Friday 3rd June 2022

Platinum Jubilee special event station GB70U is active on the amateur radio QO-100 geostationary satellite transponders

Over the course of the Jubilee weekend GB70U will be hosted and operated by members of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society.

One station at GB70U is using the Es-hail QO-100 satellite. The station will be operated by Keith GU6EFB and will operate on the narrow band and digital amateur TV (DATV) transponder.

You can listen to live transmissions from QO-100 without the need for any special equipment directly from your computer or device by using the AMSAT-UK/BATC WebSDR hosted at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall
https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

Read the full post at
https://gb70.co.uk/2022/05/19/gb70u-from-guernsey-to-space-and-back-again/

Follow the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Guernsey_ARS

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How to comply with FCC RF exposure rules

Friday 3rd June 2022

How to Comply with FCC RF Exposure Rules Forum Featuring Ed Hare, W1RFI at 2022 Dayton Hamvention

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Essex radio amateur in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Friday 3rd June 2022

Essex-based radio ham Tim Neobard M7TMN has received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Essex Ham report Tim, together with other volunteers created the East Essex Hackspace – a maker community in Hockley, and at the height of the Covid pandemic, Tim and the team manufactured 12,000 face shields using the Hackspace’s laser cutter – and these face shields were distributed free where they were needed. During the second lockdown, the team shifted focus to providing laptops for kids.

Read the full story with link to the BBC Essex interview at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/ham-honoured-in-birthday-honours.html

The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on June 5 - places still available. Register Now

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

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

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 3rd June 2022

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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AMSAT-EA English language newsletter available

Friday 3rd June 2022

Spain's amateur satellite organisation AMSAT-EA has released the English language PDF version of their newsletter for May 2022 for free download

It features:

• URESAT-1 Satellite Modules
• Calculation of frequency in a linear LEO sat contact sked
• AMSAT-UK at EMFCamp 2022
• Satellite Frequency Tables

You can download the PDF from
https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/13181031/AMSAT-EA-Newsletter_05-2022.pdf

AMSAT-EA
https://www.amsat-ea.org/contenidos/
https://twitter.com/AmsatSpain

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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 3rd June 2022

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

SOMALIA, 6O. Ali, EP3CQ is active as 6O1OO using FT8 and CW on 80 to 15 meters, until June 5. He will then resume operations on June 16 for a one month stay.

GHANA, 9G. Alan, G3XAQ is currently operating as 9G5XA with a QRP rig, mostly on 17 and 15 meter CW. QSL direct via G3SWH or LoTW.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A large group of operators will be QRV from the SOTA location Bukit Perangin as 9M22DX from June 3 to 5. QSL direct via 9M2CDX or OQRS.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is signing 9X2AW until June 22 on 160 to 10 meters using mainly digital modes with some CW and SSB, and QO-100. Following his stay in Rwanda, he plans to move on to Burkina Faso and continue as XT2AW. QSL via M0OXO.

BAHRAIN, A9. Special call sign A91BFA is for the Bahrain Football Association. Operation is planned for June 3 to 15 during the FIFA World Cup (soccer/football) and Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers. QSL via EC6DX.

SPAIN, EA. Members of the Radio Club Torrevieja will participate in the Museum Ships on the Air event from the submarine S-61 Delfin on June 4 and 5 with the call sign EH5SUB. All contacts will be confirmed with a special QSL card.

ENGLAND, G. The following special event stations celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee throughout June: GB70E from Windsor Home Park, GB70I from Northern Ireland, GB70M from Scotland, GB70W from Wales, GB70U from Guernsey, GB70J from Jersey, and GB70D from the Isle of Man. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS).

ST. LUCIA, J6. Stations J68HZ and J68AG manned by ops K9HZ and WA2LLN, will be QRV from June 4 to 24 using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FT4. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, Club Log or direct.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, R. Look for RI0QQ from Brusneva Island, AS-082, from July 17 to 31. Operators are R7AA, UA6EX and RM0F. QSL via R7AA.

USA, K. W5KID from the destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) will take part in the Museum Ships on the Air event on June 4 and 5. See QRZ.com for QSL information.

CANADA, VE. Club station VE3CWM at the Cold War Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary with the call sign VE3CWM20 during the month of June on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via VE3BX (d/B), qrz.com, LoTW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from July 12 to 28. QSL direct to W5JON or LoTW.

NICARAGUA, YN. Rafael, NN3RP will be active as YN2RP in his spare time from July 4 to August 4. Activity will be on FT8, FT4, VarAC digital, CW, RTTY and SSB using dipoles, and on the FM satellites. Contacts will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and Club Log. You can also QSL direct to NN3RP.

JAPAN, JA. Special call sign 8J1H90T is QRV until March 31, 2023 in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the city of Hiratsuka, which was established in 1932. QSLs will be sent automatically via the bureau.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. ZC4RH and 5B4/G4WXJ will be active June 5 to 15, using SSB, CW, and probably some FT8 as well as the QO-100 satellite.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Reiner, DL2AAZ is operating TO2AZ holiday style until June 10. He is using CW and SSB on 40 to 10 meters. QSL direct or via bureau to his home QTH in Germany.

ITALY, I. Station IY4ELE from the Fidenza club will remember the Elettra ship, a double-masted steam yacht that Marconi used as a floating lab for his radio experiments. The club will be QRV during Museum Ships Weekend, June 4 and 5. QSL to IQ4FE.

POLAND, SP. Adam, SQ9S will be at the key of SN35FISTS to mark 35 years of the FISTS CW Club, the International Morse Preservation Society, until June 30. QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The 10-10 International Open Season PSK Contest, Wake-Up. QRP Sprint CW, KANHAM Contest, Tisza Cup CW Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, UKSMG Summer Contest, IARU Region 1 Field Day, RSGB National Field Day, ARRL International Digital Contest and the Cookie Crumble QRP Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

Please see June 2022 QST, page 69, and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) represented at Dayton Hamvention 2022

 

Thursday 2nd June 2022

On the 19th-22nd of May, new WIA Director Chris Dimitrejivic VK3FY and WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK attended Dayton Hamvention in Ohio USA representing the WIA.

Dayton Hamvention is renowned to be one of the “big three” hamfests in the world. The other two are Friedrichshafen in Germany being held in late June and Tokyo Hamfair which is to be held in August later this year.

For those local VK hamfest attendees, here is a size comparison.
Wyong Field Day, or Mayham which is VK’s biggest hamfest we understand gets about 500-600 attendees.
Local VK3 hamfests attract about 250-350 attendees with often having 40-70 vendor tables booked is not uncommon.

Dayton Hamvention usually attracts about 35,000 attendees from all over the world, although most are from the USA. This is over 100 times bigger than our local hamfests. It’s hard to comprehend unless you have experienced the event first hand.
Rough statistics this year suggest about 29,000 to 30,000 attendees.
(Official attendee numbers just released were: 31,367)
Down a little this year but Covid is still quite prevalent in most parts of the USA. Also many countries borders are still restricted or closed to tourist travel.

There are 6 main buildings that cater for over 460 vendor booths. The outside flea market or car boot sales area, which is the whole inside arena at the Green County Fairgrounds has just over 2700 spaces available. This year most spots were taken up by sellers.

The weather in Dayton is quite predictably unpredictable but you can guarantee hot and humid days of around 28 to 30C with a humidity in the 70-80% range. Along with the usual thunderstorm and Tornado warnings, which we had in both cases.

The Hamfest Program is comprehensive and starts early on Thursday morning with “Contest University” or ‘CTU’.

Registrations from 7am, with CTU starting at 9am till 5pm finish.

This year CTU was live streamed on Youtube and will be available for viewing after the event.

Evenings are taken up by specialist dinners.
The DX Dinner and Contest dinners are the favorites of many and this is where DXers and Contesters are recognized for their contributions to Amateur Radio and inducted into the respective halls of fame.

Afterwards the “Hospitality Suites” take over, which are social get togethers with tall stories and tales of that ATNO that got away.

Hamvention runs 9am till 5pm Friday, Saturday and the first half of Sunday 9am until 1pm close.
First prize giveaway this year was an ICOM IC7851, with many consolation prizes.

WIA Directors, Chris VK3FY and Lee VK3GK took the opportunity to meet with other International peak body representatives such as ARRL, RSGB, DARC and IARU. They discussed the potential changes to our VK licencing structure, high power proposals, examination processes amongst many other things.
Lee VK3GK commented that, “It was great to meet ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR and ARRL FCC Council David Siddall, K3ZJ. Early discussions were had about reciprocal licencing processes along with CEPT and HAREC compliance.”

The WIA will be following up with ongoing zoom meetings to solidify the relationships.

Although this trip was partly official WIA business, it was totally self funded by both Chris and Lee and as such, no WIA member’s funds were used.

Further reading:
https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2022/20220530-1/index.php

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ISS SSTV June 8-9 145.800 MHz FM

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images on 145.800 MHz FM probably using the SSTV mode PD-120

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda). This will be the first time the experiment will use the recently installed Kenwood D710GA.

• June 8 Setup and activation 09:45-10:15 GMT, stop about 15:00 GMT*
• June 9 start about 08:35 GMT, stop about 16:15 GMT*

*Dates and times may be subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld with a 1/4 wave whip. If your rig has selectable FM filters try the wider filter for 25 kHz channel spacing.

You can get predictions for the ISS pass times at
https://www.amsat.org/track/

ARISS SSTV Blog
https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Useful SSTV info and links
https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

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Remote Monitoring Saves the Day!

Thursday 2nd June 2022

New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management reports how remote monitoring can be used to track down a source of radio interference

Recently we had the opportunity to put one of our new Remote RF sensors to the test. A licence holder in Whanganui was experiencing intermittent interference and tracking it down was proving difficult. After several trips ‘JR’, our Radio Investigator in Wellington, decided it was time for a new approach.

He installed one of our newly purchased RF Sensors at the customer’s premises; this allowed us to monitor and record spectrum remotely. Within a short amount of time the customer called to say the interference was back on; JR was able to dial into the receiver and analyse the spectrum. He was able to determine a nearby transmission was active whenever the interference occurred. Using this information, the customer was able to locate the offending transmitter and install appropriate filters.

This was a great result for both the customer and RSM, and a fantastic example of how remote spectrum monitoring can reduce interference resolution time.

Radio Spectrum Management is responsible for managing the radio spectrum in New Zealand
https://www.rsm.govt.nz/

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Ham Radio Summer School

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Ham Radio Summer School hosted by the Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts Group will prepare you for the UK Full licence exam.

We guarantee one to one attention via Google meet sessions and we have over 140 usefull videos.

All services are completely free so why not apply today by contacting gi0vkp@gmail.com or visit the Strangford High Frequency Enthusiasts groups facebook page.

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June GEO Newsletter available for free download

Thursday 2nd June 2022

The June PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

The Group for Earth Observation's aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future.

Membership of GEO is free.

This edition includes:

• Floodwaters Reach Australia’s Channel Country
• Record Low for Great Salt Lake
• Ice Shelf Collapse in East Antarctica
• Currently Active Weather Satellites and Frequencies

Download the GEO Newsletter from
http://leshamilton.co.uk/GEO/newsletter.htm

Previous newsletters are at
http://leshamilton.co.uk/GEO/archive.htm

Group for Earth Observation
https://groups.io/g/GEO-Subscribers
https://www.facebook.com/groupforearthobservation

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AO-73/FUNcube-1 Fitter message for 70th Jubilee Celebration

Wednesday 1st June 2022

In June 2022, Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service

AMSAT-UK has decided to send a special Platinum Jubilee greetings message via FUNcube-1 (AO-73). Anyone who receives this message and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can generate a certificate to remember this historic event.

AO-73/FUNcube-1 is transmitting the Jubilee Fitter message on the BPSK Telemetry beacon which has a nominal frequency of 145.935 MHz +/ Doppler.

The AO-73/FUNcube-1 Dashboard App can be downloaded from
https://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

Data Warehouse
http://data.amsat-uk.org/missions

Online tracking of AO-73
https://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39444

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International mis-representation

Wednesday 1st June 2022

The WIA appear to have misled the ARRL, RSGB, and others regarding the representation process for Amateur Radio in Australia.

We note the WIA reported they met with ARRL, RSGB, DARC and IARU at the world’s largest Hamvention in Dayton, USA last week to discuss:
“potential changes to our VK licencing structure, high power proposals, examination processes amongst many other things…. Early discussions were had about reciprocal licencing processes along with CEPT and HAREC compliance. “

https://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_id=wianews-2022-05-29

This WIA news release is simply misguided and sends the wrong messages to Australian amateurs and our equivalent bodies overseas. Foreign representative bodies have no influence over VK policy or negotiation with the ACMA.

As we’ve said many times, the WIA need to overcome their unwillingness to recognise RASA and, for the good of the hobby, sit down and agree how we can jointly liaise with Australia’s national regulator.

The WIA’s refusal to cooperate with RASA means that many enhancements to the hobby such as 1 kW and fee free licences under the proposed class licence are being delayed unnecessarily.

We speak informally with WIA President, Scott Williams VK3KJ, and we sense his frustration with the situation. We understand Scott wants to cooperate with RASA, but it appears that he is being blocked by his board.

In the meantime, RASA continues to meet with ACMA and AMC to promote responsible policy outcomes as well as finding a pathway to work constructively with the WIA.

We welcome an open dialogue with the WIA and their President.

Source: RASA

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New HEMA DL Region live

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Following close behind the DL-HBW (Baden-Wuerttemberg) region, the DL/HBM (Bayern Mittlegebirge) region has now been added to the HEMA summit awards scheme in time to be available to those amateurs travelling to and from Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in three weeks time, for activation 'en-route'.

This new region has 132 summits in it and completes the coverage of Bavaria (Bayern) in the HEMA system.

Further German and some international regions are planned to be added over the next few months.

For regions worldwide where HEMA is not yet defined, those wishing to survey and possibly support those regions should send an email to "newDXCC (at) hema (dot) org (dot) UK".

You can find full details of the HEMA award scheme at hema.org.uk

73 Ed DD5LP Country manager HEMA-DL.

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Keplerian data

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00 0 0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB .CCCCCCCC 00000-0 00000-0 0 DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 OSCAR 7
1 7530U 74089B 22151.44275530 -.00000045 00000-0 61293-5 0 9990
2 7530 101.9034 131.2597 0012652 74.7927 79.9441 12.53655137175572
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A 22151.74766098 .00009500 00000-0 17542-3 0 9994
2 25544 51.6444 58.0118 0004791 179.3331 214.6796 15.49801400342632
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C 22151.04541502 .00000387 00000-0 73876-4 0 9992
2 27607 64.5556 355.1726 0077467 297.8359 61.4909 14.76112616 45809
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE 22151.18317606 .00001761 00000-0 21476-3 0 9991
2 39444 97.6234 125.8659 0058519 89.6480 271.1440 14.83351199458961
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E 22151.45554228 .00023571 00000-0 37973-3 0 9991
2 40903 97.1803 209.9708 0010533 173.6459 284.0367 15.52884167376629
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 22150.82442510 .00001061 00000-0 58362-4 0 9992
2 40931 5.9996 294.8742 0013376 284.8494 75.0179 14.76810510360733
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B 22151.48021237 .00004381 00000-0 26475-3 0 9993
2 42759 43.0174 66.2446 0008111 191.1116 338.1640 15.11800979273780
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D 22151.24647811 .00004277 00000-0 25809-3 0 9996
2 42761 43.0174 66.3335 0008806 192.0181 303.1525 15.11891994273752
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E 22151.14676296 .00002085 00000-0 16230-3 0 9995
2 43017 97.6773 46.0464 0247490 244.3811 113.1644 14.81320633244550
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H 22151.55082210 .00001290 00000-0 13244-3 0 9992
2 43678 97.9671 284.6201 0009539 349.9688 10.1313 14.92153132195336
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A 22151.13591118 .00000154 00000-0 00000-0 0 9992
2 43700 0.0447 108.1799 0000891 327.8887 247.2934 1.00275855 12857
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX 22151.15599911 .00001545 00000-0 13905-3 0 9992
2 43803 97.6207 218.6151 0013796 331.3913 28.6551 14.97007082190481
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E 22151.22558263 .00000027 00000-0 64948-4 0 9999
2 44909 82.5229 241.7179 0217256 0.3315 359.7891 12.79713221113307
0 HO-113
1 50466U 21131B 22151.54798768 .00000145 00000-0 62070-4 0 9993
2 50466 98.5805 228.8094 0004619 182.8929 177.2232 14.38495458 22481

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.

The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, June 3, 2022, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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WWFF activities

Wednesday 1st June 2022

WWFF QRGs:
CW: 28044 24894 21044 18084 14044 10124 7024 3544 kHz
SSB: 28444 24944 21244 18144 14244 7144 3744 kHz

PAFF-0158, Boezems Kinderdijk:
PD0RWL signs /p and activate 15-20 mills on 40m on June 6. QSL via PD0RWL.

VPFF, FALKLAND ISLANDS:
Bobby VP8ADR/P activated VPFF-8112 recently. Dave/VP8CLE (G1OCN) announces the following activations up to mid-June: VPFF-8135 Volunteer and Cow Bay, VPFF-8130 Stanley Common and Cape Pembroke Peninsula incl. Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, VPFF-8132 The Narrows, VPFF-8105 Bertha's Beach, VPFF-8121 Moss Side, VPFF-8108 Cape Dolphin

DXNL

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Island activities:
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON

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

AS-031; JD1, CHICHI / HAHA / MUKO ISLANDS: Nobu/JA0JHQ is currently active as JD1BOW from Chichijima on 40-10m (CW, SSB). He remains on the island until June 19. QSL via homecall, LoTW, ClubLog.

EU-017; I*9, EOLIE (aka LIPARI) ISLANDS: Francesco/IK6QON operates from Lipari between June 4 and 10 as ID9/IK6QON on CW and SSB. QSL via IK6QON (d/B).

EU-125; OZ, JYLLAND WEST group: Stefan/DL7AOS signs 5P5K from Romo (DIA NS-001; OZFF-0040) between the 4th and 18th of June. QRV on 80-6m (SSB, digital modes). QSL via DL7AOS (d7B), LoTW. All SSB QSOs will be recorded and are available for playback at: https://qsorder.hamradiomap.com

EU-137; SM7, SKANE COUNTY group: Lars/SM6CUK operates holiday-style as SA6G/7 from the 6th to 12th of June on 40-10m (CW, some SSB). QSL via homecall (d7B), LoTW, ClubLog.
 

Upcoming Island Activations

3Y/B BOUVET IS.: Apologies for the typo in last week's DXNL. The callsign for the Bouvet trip in January 2023 will be 3Y0J

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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