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Congratulations to Denis G3UVR who came 1st in the SHF UKAC contest on the 23rd July on 2.3GHz gaining another 1,000 points as Top Man for WADARC.  The Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club are presently running 5th overall on all bands.

This is Denis's 4th "full points" result in 2019 and we offer him our Congratulations for a superb result.

Well done Denis !

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Big Welcome to Andy GD0AMD and his wife Jane GD1LVY who have joined Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club as Country members and will be part our UKAC team of contest operators.  The Club is currently 5th overall in the UK under the General Club Section with all to play for during the remainder of 2019 ! 

We hope Andy and Jane enjoy their stay with us and we look forward to their contributions.

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New French CEPT paper still wants 144-146 MHz for Aeronautical

Saturday 24th August  2019

The French administration has renewed its attack on the Amateur Radio 144-146 MHz band ahead of a key CEPT ECC CPG meeting in Ankara, August 26-30

In a paper to be considered at the conference the French Administration says it is not at this time seeking Primary status for the Aeronautical Mobile Service in 144-146, however, their intent is still that the Aeronautical should share the amateur 2m band.

It is clear where such sharing would inevitably lead, amateur operation in the band would only be tolerated if there were no interference to Aeronautical Mobile. Radio Amateurs might be subject to heavy restriction and low EIRP limits.

We can get on idea of France's long term intent for 144 MHz from their attitude to the 1240-1300 MHz band. It was initially said the Galileo constellation could amicably share this allocation and amateur operation could continue but now France says "unregulated use of the band 1240-1300 MHz by the amateur service is a serious source of harmful interference to RNSS receivers." See
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/august/threat-to-amateur-radio-23cm-band.htm

The French paper CPG(19)137 F - AI10 - Non safety AMS-background information is at
https://www.cept.org/Documents/cpg/53024/cpg-19-137_f-ai10-non-safety-ams-backgroud-information

Read the Save 2 Meter story French administration strikes back at IARU at
https://www.save2m.org/2019/08/french-administration-strikes-back-at-iaru/

Follow Save 2 Meter at
https://twitter.com/Save2Meter

Other Ankara meeting documents are at https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

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Foundations of Amateur Radio

Saturday 24th August  2019

New Entrants are Everywhere

The hobby of amateur radio has been around for a long time. It was here before I was born and it will be here after I become a silent key.
The same is true for you. While there is a recurring discussion about the death of the hobby, the reality is that our community changes continually. People come and go all the time. Reasons for change are as varied as the number of people you care to look at, from interest through to family, from money through to time, from boredom through to excitement, from life through to death.

As our community fluctuates, our skill level varies. We see new people come into the hobby, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for a new adventure, at the same time we have people who are experienced, or jaded, or both, participating in the community and finding themselves answering the same questions over and over again.

What radio should I get? Is this radio better? How do I do HF? How do I get my license? Where is everyone? How do you participate in a net? Which antenna should I buy? What is a QSO or a QTH? How come this and why that? At some point I was that person and I have no doubt that at some point you were, or are that person.

The challenge in maintaining a semblance of community coherence is to balance the needs for new and aspiring amateurs with the expectations of those already in the community. How do you answer the same questions while staying fresh and encouraging, when all you really want to do is ignore the noise and get on with the hobby?

The answer is simple.

You need to recognise that the change in the hobby is fundamental. New people coming in, new technologies, new hardware, new modes, new rules, new customs, all of it is in flux all the time. It shouldn't be seen as a threat, but as par for the course, something that is part of our community and part of why and how we exist.

To draw an analogy with something else, cooking. We've been doing that for a while, some suggest as far back as 2 million years ago. Every day new people learn to cook, new people invent or reinvent recipes, cooking classes abound, television shows with competitive cooking, new ingredients, new tools, new techniques and relearned old methods, there's celebrity chefs, awards and the more you look at cooking, the more you understand how it changes and continues to change. In many ways cooking and amateur radio are the same.

The idea of teaching your child, or a friend, or a person on social media how to cook something is accepted as how it is and how cooking evolves.

In amateur radio we can do the same.

It's easy to dismiss silly questions, or to give snide answers, or to ignore new arrivals, but that's not something that grows our community, strengthens it, or broadens it.

Of course, how much you participate in this is the real yardstick of how much of an amateur you really are. Said in another way, if an amateur calls CQ into a dummy load, does anyone care?

One of the challenges as a new entrant into the community is to figure out where to go and how to learn more. It's never been easier than it is today, even if you think that it's hard. In a bygone era you had to go to a library, or to find another amateur, or go to a club to even know that our hobby existed, these days the access to our community is within reach for any person on the planet.

We have endless resources, in the form of web-sites, books, both electronic and paper, clubs, virtual and physical, social media, podcasts and articles such as this, video channels, and an endlessly growing and evolving community that cannot help but document its adventures and exploits.

Amateur radio today is as close as the nearest search engine and as far as you want to take it.

Never be afraid of asking a question and consider it a right of passage if a grumpy bugger tells you off for asking a stupid one.

The worst question is the one you never asked.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB


This article is the transcript of the weekly 'Foundations of Amateur Radio' podcast, produced by Onno Benschop, VK6FLAB who was licensed as radio amateur in Perth, Western Australia in 2010. For other episodes, visit http://vk6flab.com/. Feel free to get in touch directly via email: cq@vk6flab.com

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Ham radio station active at Chaos Communication Camp

Saturday 24th August  2019

The Chaos Communication Camp is taking place August 21-25.
The Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society are attending the event and the Chaoswelle station is active on HF, VHF, UHF and the Es'hail-2 /QO-100 geostationary satellite

A translation of a DARC post reads:

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) organizes this open-air event until Sunday on the site of the brick-making park Mildenberg in Zehdenick and offers, among other things, interesting workshops and lectures on technical and socio-political topics. The radio amateurs of the Chaos wave and the local friends of the CCC (D23) are on site and provide amateur radio and technology to touch and understand.


Radio Amateurs at the Chaos Communications Camp 2019 by Thomas DO7TWI

Board member Werner Bauer, DJ2ET, took the opportunity to attend the outdoor event with the participating radio amateurs, many of whom are DARC members. The size of this camp fascinates me, for years the CCC has attracted thousands and promotes open thinking - last year there were 17,000 like-minded people at the Congress in Leipzig ", so DJ2ET. "The radio amateurs are doing their part in the camp as inventors, technicians and radio specialists, curiosity, innovation and the creative use of resources are capitalized - a great thing in which the amateur radio can contribute very well."

The local D23 is well organized, There is an Orga, HF, UHF-VHF, Sat, Digi, Junior, Lecture, Workshop and Kitchen team. Technique crafting is also on the program in the tents of the Chaos Wave, as well as radio operation on shortwave, VHF and Es'hail-2.
Further information at http://www.chaoswelle.de/

Source DARC https://darc.de/

Watch videos of the Chaos Communication Camp talks
https://www.youtube.com/user/mediacccde/videos

Follow the Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society on Twitter
https://twitter.com/CardiffARS
https://twitter.com/derekkozel

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EURAO Newsletter September 2019

Saturday 24th August  2019

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

https://www.eurobureauqsl.org/newsletter/

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Radio hams team-up with the military

Saturday 24th August  2019

What happens when hams team up with the military in a communications exercise that envisions a major earthquake?

Well 7 San Diego area hams using Winlink were part of the United States Navy's recent preparedness exercise known as Citadel Rumble 2019.

The two-day earthquake response and recovery exercise at Navy Medicine West in San Diego was designed to sharpen the Navy's ability to respond to disaster by following established response plans.

With the help of seven San Diego area Winlink operators, Navy Medicine West checked in with Naval Hospital Bremerton Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.

They operated four Winlink stations simultaneously (3 VHF and 1 HF) with minimum mutual interference. This was the second year that they participated in Citadel Rumble with the Navy Medical focus being an earthquake scenario north of Seattle.

WIA

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The Italian Job (loss)

Friday 23rd August  2019

If you always wanted to broadcast on 2GO’s old frequency (801 kHz AM) it might be up for grabs right now.

Jose Auditore of the 'Radio Green Room' facebook site says: Rete Italia is abandoning 21 of its services in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Might be a good chance to run a real radio station.

Wollongong is also available on 1575 which used to be 2 Double 0.

Italian Media Corporation’s Board of Directors has made the immediate publication of the following statement:

“We regret to inform the Italian communities of Australia – in particular the listeners of Rete Italia – that, due to the high cost of broadcasting and technical maintenance across all of Australia, it has become necessary to reduce the number of frequencies which transmit Rete Italia.”

This means that, as of Thursday, August 22, 21 frequencies will no longer transmit Rete Italia programs.

( https://www.facebook.com/groups/ausbroadcast/ )

The 21 frequencies are:

Victoria: Mildura 89.1FM
New South Wales: Newcastle/Gosford 801AM; Wollongong 1575AM;
Griffith 90.5FM
ACT: Canberra South 1638AM
Queensland: Gold Coast 1620AM; Atherton 99.1FM;
Ingham 96.9FM; Mackay 1611AM;
Rockhampton 1611AM; Gladstone1620AM;
Toowoomba1620AM
South Australia: Mount Gambier 1629AM
West Australia: Perth 657AM; Esperance 1611AM;
Kalgoorlie 1611AM; Albany 1629AM
North Territory: Darwin 1611AM
Tasmania: Launceston 1611AM; Devonport 1611AM; Hobart 1611AM

The seven frequencies which will continue to transmit Rete Italia programs are:

Victoria: Melbourne1593AM; Shepparton1629AM; Swan Hill 87.6FM;
Wangaratta1620AM
New South Wales: Sydney1539AM
Queensland: Brisbane 1620AM; Sunshine Coast 1620AM

This a painful decision made by the Board of Directors, but a necessary one to safeguard the future of the company, which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Il Globo and the 72nd birthday of La Fiamma.

Sourced to the Wireless Institute of Australia and the "Green Room"
wia.org.au
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ausbroadcast/

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Special commemorative callsign EI100YXQ

Friday 23rd August  2019

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group (ARG) welcomes any requests to air the call EI100YXQ before the end of 2019, by prior arrangement with Declan EI9FVB.

It is planned to have the callsign active on the air until the end of 2019 on all bands and modes.

This is a special call to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first East to West voice transmission across the Atlantic from Ballybunion to Louisberg, Cape Breton, NS.

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The Space Weather Woman

Friday 23rd August  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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NASA TV to air US cargo ship departure from space station

Friday 23rd August  2019

Filled with almost 2,700 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station Tuesday, Aug. 27. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast its departure live beginning at 10:15 a.m. EDT.


A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft approaches the International Space Station July 27, 2019,
 on the company's 18th cargo delivery to the space station as it orbits 265 miles above the Atlantic Ocean,
 off the west coast of Namibia. Credits: NASA

Robotic flight controllers at mission control in Houston will issue remote commands at 10:42 a.m. to release Dragon from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Expedition 60 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA will back up the ground controllers and monitor Dragon’s systems as it departs the orbital laboratory.

Dragon will fire its thrusters to move a safe distance from the station, then execute a deorbit burn around 3:22 p.m. as it heads for a parachute-assisted splashdown around 4:21 p.m. in the Pacific Ocean, some 300 miles southwest of Long Beach, California. The deorbit burn and splashdown will not air on NASA TV.

Dragon launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket July 25 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and arrived at the space station two days later.

Some of the scientific investigations Dragon will return to Earth include:

Bio-Mining in Microgravity
The Biorock investigation provides insight into the physical interactions of liquid, rocks and microorganisms in microgravity and improving the efficiency and understanding of mining materials in space. Bio-mining eventually could help explorers on the Moon or Mars get needed materials on site, lessening the need for precious resources from Earth and reducing the amount of supplies explorers must take with them.

Mechanisms of Moss in Microgravity
Space Moss compares mosses grown aboard the space station with those grown on Earth to determine how microgravity affects its growth, development, and other characteristics. Tiny plants without roots, mosses need only a small area for growth, an advantage for their potential use in space and future bases on the Moon or Mars. This investigation also could yield information that aids in engineering other plants to grow better on the Moon and Mars, as well as on Earth.

Improving Tire Manufacturing from Orbit
The Goodyear Tire investigation uses microgravity to push the limits of silica fillers for tire applications. A better understanding of silica morphology and the relationship between silica structure and its properties could provide improvements for increased fuel efficiency, which would reduce transportation costs and help to protect Earth’s environment.

These are just a few of the hundreds of investigations aimed at keeping astronauts healthy during space travel and demonstrating technologies for future human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, including missions to the Moon by 2024 and on to Mars. Space station research also provides opportunities for other U.S. government agencies, private industry, and academic and research institutions to conduct microgravity research that leads to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth.

For more than 18 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 230 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,500 research investigations from researchers in 106 countries.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on social media at:
http://instagram.com/iss
https://www.facebook.com/iss
http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station

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SAQ receives 438 listener reports

Friday 23rd August  2019

Alexanderson Alternator station SAQ says it received 438 listener reports — 'an incredible amount' — for its June 30 Alexanderson Day transmissions from Sweden including 8 'super' DX reports, five from the USA and three from Canada.

The historic electro-mechanical transmitter, which dates back to the 1920s, is fired up periodically throughout the year on 17.2 kHz.

“We are very thankful for all your enthusiastic and positive feedback, with images, recordings, videos, and even Morse ink writer strips,” SAQ said.

The station is a World Heritage Site in Grimeton, Sweden and SAQ’s June 30 message commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first east-to-west transatlantic voice transmission from the Marconi station in Ireland to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

SAQ has posted an interactive map showing the locations of all received listener reports from recent transmissions and video of the Alexanderson Day transmission event has been posted to its YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/AlexanderSAQ/videos

WIA

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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 23rd August  2019

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KE1R, 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.

LESOTHO, 7P. Arnold, WB6OJB is QRV as 7P8JK from Roma. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

ESTONIA, ES. Special event station ES30WAY is QRV until August 25 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. QSL via LoTW.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Jan, F6EYB will be QRV as FK8CJ from Noumea from August 29 until the end of 2019. Activity will be primarily on 30, 20 and 17 meters. QSL to home call.

SCOTLAND, GM. A group of operators are QRV as MS0INT from Shiant Isles, IOTA EU-112, until August 25. Activity is on the various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via M0SDV.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Michael, DL2GMI and Bernhard, DL2FAC are QRV as H44MI and H44MS, respectively, until September 3. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL to home calls.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Han, DS2GOO will be QRV as DS2GOO/3 from Sapshi Island, IOTA AS-080, from August 24 to 26. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from Labrelotte Bay, Castries, IOTA NA-108, until October 4. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, AM, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Atsu, 5W1SA is QRV as KH8C from Tutuila, IOTA OC-045, until August 25. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly FT8 and FT4 during his nights and weekends. QSL via JF1OCQ.

ALASKA, KL. A group of operators plan to be QRV as KL7RRC/p from Sledge Island, IOTA NA-210, from August 27 to September 2. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via N7RO.

LITHUANIA, LY. Special event station LY30WAY is QRV until August 25 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. QSL via LoTW.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY. Alesandro, IZ1AZA is QRV as OY/IZ1AZA until August 26. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Bernie, DJ5MN is QRV as SV5/DJ5MN until August 28. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

ICELAND, TF. Tom, KE1R is QRV from Icelandic ARC station TF3IRA in Reykjavik until the end of August. Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using SSB and possibly some CW. QSL via TF3MH.

LATVIA, YL. Special event station YL30WAY is QRV until August 25 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. QSL via LoTW.

INDONESIA, YB. In celebration of the 74th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, look for special event stations signing 8A74RI/call area number until September 17. Activity is on the HF, and V/UHF bands using all modes. QSL via bureau.

VANUATU, YJ. Ron, YJ8RN is QRV from Torres on Lo Island, IOTA OC-110, until August 26, and then Sola Island, IOTA OC-104, from August 26 to September 1. Activity is on 40 meters using FT8. QSL via NZ4DX.

ROMANIA, YO. A group of operators will be QRV as YP0F from Fericirii Island, IOTA EU-191, from August 27 to September 1. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via YO9RIJ.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba and is here until mid October. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via OM3JW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The W/VE Islands QSO Party, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Hawaii QSO Party, ALARA Contest, YO DX HF Contest, SCC RTTY Championship, Kansas QSO Party, Ohio QSO Party, YARC QSO Party, CVA SSB DX Contest, 50 MHz Fall Sprint and the SARL HF CW Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for August 26.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for August 28.

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

Please see August QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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Radio Club makes international connections from Loop Head

Thursday 22nd August  2019

The Clare Herald newspaper reports on the amateur radio activation of the Loop Head Lighthouse as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) during August 17-18

The Limerick Clare Radio Club transmitted non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare lighthouse as part of 22nd annual ILLW.

Alan Cronin EI8EM of the Limerick Clare Radio Club commented:
“The weekend was hugely successful from the perspective of raising the profile of Loop Head Lighthouse amongst radio operators from all over the world. We are delighted with the huge number of successful contacts made and look forward to developing our newly established relationships with other radio clubs in the coming months.”

Read the full story at
http://clareherald.com/2019/08/radio-club-makes-international-connections-from-loop-head-74454/

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FCC issues $39,000 + Forfeiture Order against man from North Carolina

Thursday 22nd August  2019

The WIA report the FCC has issued a $39,000 + Forfeiture Order against a man from North Carolina, for intentional misuse of a local public safety radio communications network, in violation of the Communications Act.

He is said to have impersonated first responders in unauthorized radio communications on Surry County’s licensed public safety frequency,” the FCC said.

Officials, responding to a fire alarm triggered at a local residence, transmitted a request for a unit from the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department. Shortly thereafter, the culprit, posing as ‘Westfield VFD Unit 7331,’ responded, using the mobile radio in his personal vehicle and stated that he was en route to the scene of the alarm. Approximately 4 minutes later, he cancelled the call from the real responders.

As a result of these two transmissions, no real first responder investigated the triggered residential fire alarm. Fortunately, no fire actually occurred at the scene of the alarm.

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ALARA contest August 24/25

Thursday 22nd August  2019

The Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA) contest is on this weekend.

It starts on Saturday 24th August at 0600 hours UTC and ends Sunday 25th August at 0559 UTC. The aim is to contact YLs.

All the details are on the ALARA website. ALARA.org.au

We encourage all YLs to get on the air, and OMs to come and talk to us.

Linda VK7QP

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YOTA Summer Camp Bulgaria 2019 – Looking back

Thursday 22nd August  2019

IARU Region 1 has published a report on the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) summer camp held in Bulgaria from August 11-17

Monty OE3VVU writes:

From the 11th to the 17th of August 2019 around 80 youngsters from 27 countries met in Bankya, near Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria to connect and learn from each other. The event was organised by the Bulgarian Federation of Amateur Radio as part of IARU Region 1’s “Youngsters On The Air” program, abbreviated as YOTA. The summer camp is held in a different country every year, over the last years it has been held in Austria, the United Kingdom, South Africa and many more.

YOTA is growing quickly, this year’s summer camp demonstrated this especially well. The great majority of participants had never participated in a YOTA summer camp before, they are a new generation of young amateur radio enthusiasts. Another thing showing YOTA’s success is the number of girls at the camp, 40% of the participants were YLs, a percentage not often seen in amateur radio.

During the week youngsters did a variety of workshops such as building VHF and HF antennas, electronic kits, and much more. However the focus of this week’s presentations was on learning from each other: YOTA is shifting more and more towards a “youngsters for youngsters” approach where youngsters teach each other, rather than relying on older generations for input. A number of participating youth teams presented their youth activities.

Read the full story at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/general/1884-yota-summer-camp-bulgaria-2019-looking-back

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 22nd August  2019

Island activities:

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

AS-080; HL3, Ch'ungch'ong-Namdo Province group: Han/DS2GOO activates Sapshi Island as DS2GOO/3 between the 24th and 26th on 40-10m on SSB, CW, RTTY, and FT8. QSL via DS2GOO (d/B).

EU-112; GM/MM, Shiant Islands: Thor/DK7RD, Paul/G4PVM, und Col/MM0NDX will be signing MS0INT from the Shiant Isles between Aug. 23 and 25. QRV on HF on CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via M0SDV, ClubLog OQRS.

EU-191; YO, Fericirii Island: Dan/YO3GA, Mircea/YO4GKP, Alina/YO9RIJ, and Petrica/YO9RYJ plan to operate together as YP0F from Fericirii Island between Aug. 27 and Sept. 1 on 80-10m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via YO9RIJ.

NA-134; OX, Greenland's Coastal Islands North West: Bo/OZ1DJJ is going to pay Upernavik Island a work related visit from Aug. 22 until Sept. 5 and hopes to get on the air as OX3lX during his spare time. QSL via OZ0J.

NA-210; KL, Nome County Centre group: Mike/AD5A, Alexej/NW7M, Yuri/UA9OBA, Yuri/N3QQ, and Henry/NL0H have plans to activate Sledge Island (USi AK097S, WW Loc. AP64vl) between the 27th of August and the 2nd of September. QRV as KL7RRC/p on 40 to 6m on CW, SSB, and digital modes. QSL via N7RO, ClubLog.
 

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

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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WWV Centennial Committee prepares for trial run of WW0WWV special event

Wednesday 21st August  2019

The WWV Centennial Committee reports that it will conduct a trial run of special event station WW0WWV over the August 24/25 weekend.

Radios and antennas began arriving last week, and a tower and beam will be erected, along with several vertical antennas. WW0WWV will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter site in Fort Collins, Colorado. WWV turns 100 years old on October 1.

"We'll be testing band and notch filtering, in an attempt to reign in the extreme RF environment created by WWV and WWVB," said Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC).

The club will carry out the special event operation in conjunction with the WWV Amateur Radio Club and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which operates WWV/WWVH/WWVB.

The special event site is within 1/3 of a mile of all six WWV transmitters and the 50 kW WWVB transmitter. "On-air tests will start Saturday afternoon, August 24, and run through Sunday, August 25," Swartz said, adding that organizers will post specific times and frequencies on the WWV Centennial Committee website.

The WWV Centennial special event is set to run from September 28 through October 2, and round-the-clock operation will take place on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Operations will shift among HF bands following typical propagation and will include 160 meters as well as satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter.

Up to four stations will be on the air for routine operations. A fifth station will schedule contacts with schools, universities, and museums, as well as conducting unscheduled contacts. The additional station will periodically broadcast an AM carrier from a radio locked with WWV's 10 MHz signal.

"At this point we have filled our operator's slots and met equipment goals, but we need more financial resources to cover basic operating expenses, return shipping, and site logistics," Swartz said. Members of the Amateur Radio industry have contributed equipment, including radios, amplifiers, and antennas.

NIST has announced that it will not be able to open the doors of WWV to the public for the event. "Due to a number of reasons, the scope of the formal celebration will be limited to only 100 invited participants," the WWV Centennial Committee announced. "WW0WWV will be the main public event for the centennial celebration."

Visit the WWV Centennial Committee website at http://wwv100.com/ to see how you can get involved.

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Airborne radio may hinder 144 MHz ham radio

Wednesday 21st August  2019

Sweden's national amateur radio society, the SSA, has written again to their regulator, the PTS, pointing out the interference the Aeronautical Mobile Service would cause to amateur radio

A translation of the SSA post says:


New letter to PTS. These days, SSA has responded to the invitation to comment with another letter to PTS.

Here, SSA proposes that PTS should not support the proposal in accordance with EUR-B10-2, as long as 144-146 MHz is included.
This became necessary, since the latest text in PTS documents does not include the proposals previously submitted by SSA.

Much of our traffic is about receiving signals in and around the noise floor. Radio traffic at the same time as that from air-based radio, which normally uses high-radiating antennas at high altitude, thus becomes impossible SSA writes. We therefore want PTS to propose that the band 144-146 MHz be removed from the proposal for coexistence with airborne broadcasts.

Mats SM6EAN, who is SSA's section leader for VHF / UHF / SHF and IARU, gives a detailed account of the matter on our section pages
https://www.ssa.se/nya-skrivelser-fran-ssa-och-iaru-infor-wrc-19/
Here you can also go ahead and read the latest letter to PTS and other documents in the case.

Hans-Christian SM6ZEM

Download the letter send to the PTS on August 14, 2019 from  
https://www.ssa.se/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SSA-f%C3%B6rslag-ang%C3%A5ende-Svenska-bidrag-till-CPG19-9-WRC-19-AI-10-1.pdf

Source SSA
https://tinyurl.com/SwedenSSA

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United States POW-MIA Special Event

Wednesday 21st August  2019

Look for special event station K4MIA/8 to be active between September 13-22nd. Activity is to honor and support our Veterans.

Operators are Linda/N8LRS and Metro/W8MET acting as a sister-station from Ohio for the 4th year. This event was originated by Mike, K4MIA, from Florida with other sister-stations involved.

Details can be found on the ARRL Web site under “ON-THE-AIR” under SPECIAL EVENT under the call-letters of K4MIA. Also, this special event will be in the September QST. Please take part in this special event for our Veterans.

QSLs are available with SASE. They will be operating on 40 meters SSB.
ADDED NOTE: Other sister stations to look for K4MIA/5 and K4MIA/7.

OPDX

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The 'Amateur' tech that could penetrate the Kashmir blackout

Wednesday 21st August  2019

The Wire reports shortwave radio transmission presents an effective way to communicate when conventional networks are down

On August 15, AFP reported that the BBC plans to expand its shortwave radio coverage in Kashmir “to ease the impact of a communications blackout imposed by the Centre”. The report added that “short wave transmissions travel thousands of miles and are able to bounce over mountains that dominate the region.”

In his extensive article Vasudevan Mukunth @1amnerd notes the ability of shortwave amateur radio to provide emergency communications in the event of a disaster, he says:

More recently, Ambarish Nag Biswas, founder of the West Bengal Radio Club, told The Telegraph in July this year that he and his team “provide emergency communications and assist the administration during Gangasagar Mela” (in Kolkata), and have thus far “reunited 2,500 people with their families”.

In India, the Ministry of Communications issues the amateur radio operator license following an examination. In 2008, The Tribune reported that there were 16,000 licensed operators in the country. Some prominent operators include the late Rajiv Gandhi (callsign: VU2RG) and Amitabh Bachchan (VU2AMY). The country’s first shortwave public broadcasting station was set up by E.P. Metcalfe, the vice-chancellor of Mysore University, in 1935.

Read the article at
https://thewire.in/the-sciences/kashmir-valley-article-370-shortwave-radio

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Greenland operation

Wednesday 21st August  2019

Operators Thomas/OZ1AA, Bo/OZ1DJJ, Dave/OZ5DM, Mikkel/OZ7AKT, Alex/OZ7AM and possibly others will be active as OX7A from Kangerlussuaq during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). Operation class TBD.

QSL via OZ1ACB, ClubLog or LoTW.

There will be activity on all bands and modes (including FT8) prior to and after the contest, but with operators using their own personal callsigns (OX3LX, OX3LG, OX5DM, OX7AKT and OX7AM).
There will be an emphasis on the low bands and 60/30/17/12 meters.

Most operators will be in Greenland between October 22nd and November 1st.

OPDX

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Highlights of CITEL WRC Preparatory Meeting: August 12 to 16 in Ottawa

Tuesday 20th August  2019

CITEL, the telecommunications committee of the Organization of American States,  concluded a week of meetings on Friday, August 16 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

These meetings have as their principal purpose to try to establish common positions on agenda items which will be acted upon during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) which begins on Monday, October 28 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The following Radio Amateurs were present at the CITEL meetings and were tasked with looking out for issues of concern to the Amateur Radio Service:

The following are the principal highlights of the week’s activities for Radio Amateurs:

Six Metres:  There are now 14 signatories to an Inter-American Position (IAP) which in effect voices no objection to an allocation in 50 – 54 MHz to the Amateur Service in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Region 1 (Europe, the Mideast and Africa).

Six Metres:  Amateurs were successful in adding wording to protect the Amateur primary allocation in 50 – 54 MHz from a US proposal to study implementing space-based Earth Exploration Service radars to operate in or close to 45 MHz.

47 GHz:  Amateurs were successful in having Mexico remove the frequency segment 47 – 47.2 GHz from their proposal to study several additional frequency ranges for the Fixed Satellite Service.

47 GHz:   An IAP supported by 11 member states supports No Change (NoC) to the existing (Amateur Primary) allocation in 47 – 47.2 GHz. Specifically, not to be considered for sharing with 5G International Mobile Telephony (IMT).

5 GHz WAS/RLAN:  An IAP supported by 12 member states supports No Change (NoC) to the existing allocations in 5725 to 5850 MHz and 18 member states support No Change in the range 5850 to 5925 MHz (as opposed to using these frequency ranges for higher-power and outdoor wireless access points). The Amateur secondary allocation in Canada is 5650 to 5925 MHz.

WPT(EV):  Wording in a Canadian contribution with additions from the American delegation has been added relative to a WRC-19 agenda item which seeks to identify frequencies for medium and high-power wireless charging of electric vehicles. The wording emphasizes the requirement to properly set standards to avoid harmful interference to radio services from WPT(EV) systems.

Note:  The French proposal to consider 144 – 146 MHz for sharing with the aeronautical mobile service was not on the CITEL agenda. It will be considered next in a CEPT meeting in Ankara in late August. For more information please visit: https://www.rac.ca/2-metre-sharing-proposal-is-on-cept-conference-preparatory-group-agenda/

This was the last CITEL meeting before the upcoming WRC-19 Conference; therefore, the above is a fair representation of the status of the various Amateur issues going into that meeting.

Stay tuned to the WRC-19 webpage on the RAC website for more updates.

Bryan Rawlings,  VE3QN
Special Advisor to World Radiocommunication Conferences
Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Three starts using 3.5 GHz for 5G

Tuesday 20th August  2019

The telecommunications and internet service provider Hutchison 3G UK Limited has started using its 5G spectrum at 3580-3680 MHz in a very limited number of areas

Signals in the 3410-3800 MHz band have the drawback that they suffers greater attenuation than the lower frequencies, even curtains can reduce the signal strength, making it harder to achieve reliable coverage where it's most needed - inside homes.

BBC Technology reporter Chris Fox@thisisFoxx tried out Three's 5G broadband offering which had a claimed download speed of up to 250 Mbps.

Read his report at
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49394678

Chart of UK mobile phone frequencies
https://spectrummonitoring.com/frequencies/#UK

The UK Amateur Radio allocation in that part of the spectrum used to be 3400-3475 MHz but most of this was auctioned off by Ofcom. Now the Amateur Radio band is just 3400-3410 MHz
https://www.microwavers.org/3400mhz.htm

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Photo tour of the Huntsville Hamfest

Tuesday 20th August  2019

The Huntsville Hamfest (https://hamfest.org/) was an amazing event--I understand the attendance on Saturday may have broken a few records.

Huntsville is the third largest hamfest in North America and is housed in the excellent Von Braun Center in the heart of Huntsville Alabama.

This was our first year attending the Huntsville Hamfest and we published photo galleries for both the flea market sections and the vendors/clubs on the SWLing Post.

Click here to view the flea market photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/08/2019-huntsville-hamfest-photos-flea-market/

Click here to view the vendor/club photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/08/2019-huntsville-hamfest-photos-vendors-clubs-and-organizations/

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NASA TV coverage of uncrewed Soyuz mission to Space Station

Tuesday 20th August  2019

An uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft is set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:38 p.m. EDT (8:38 a.m. Aug. 22 Baikonur time) on a test flight to validate the spacecraft’s compatibility with a revamped Soyuz booster rocket. The booster will be used to transport crews to the International Space Station beginning in spring 2020.


The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a test flight Aug. 21 on a Soyuz 2.1a
 booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan - Credits: Roscosmos

Live coverage of the launch, docking and undocking of the spacecraft will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft will lift off from Site 31 at the Cosmodrome on a Soyuz 2.1a booster, which has been used recently to launch uncrewed Russian Progress cargo resupply missions to the space station.

Two days later, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 a.m., the Soyuz will navigate to an automated docking on the station’s space-facing Poisk module.

The Soyuz 2.1a booster, equipped with a new digital flight control system and upgraded engines, is replacing the Soyuz FG booster that has been used for decades to launch crews into space. The Soyuz spacecraft will have an upgraded motion control and navigation system, as well as a revamped descent control system.

Instead of crew members, the Soyuz will carry 1,450 pounds of cargo to the Expedition 60 crew currently residing on the orbital outpost.

After a two-week stay at the station, the Soyuz will be commanded to undock from the station on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2:13 p.m.

TV coverage of the launch, docking, and undocking activities is as follows (all times EDT):

Wednesday, Aug. 21:

Saturday, Aug. 24:

Friday, Sept. 6:

The uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 will be deorbited for a parachute-assisted landing in south-central Kazakhstan at 5:35 p.m. on Sept. 6 (3:35 a.m. Kazakhstan time on Sept. 7), where Russian personnel will be standing by to recover the spacecraft for postflight analysis. NASA TV will not provide live coverage of landing. The mission’s completion will be reported on social media and the agency’s website.

Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Ideas sought for the next FUNcube satellite

Monday 19th August  2019

In November the FUNcube-1 CubeSat will have been in orbit for 6 years and the FUNcube team are now soliciting suggestions for the next satellite

The team are looking for suggestions for:
• Confirmation of the satellite (2U / 3U)
• Orbit (LEO / MEO)
• STEM Outreach
• Amateur Radio Payloads
• Research Payloads

Please email your ideas to:
funcube-next <at> funcube.org.uk

The topic will be discussed during the AMSAT-UK Colloquium on Sunday 13th October 2019 https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

If you would like to join the team, please email:
operations <at> funcube.org.uk

Dave, G4DPZ
on behalf of the FUNcube Team

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 19th August  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th/August, through Sunday, 18th/August there were 203 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ,

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

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 19th August  2019

Island activities:

AS-080. Han, DS2GOO, will be active as DS2GOO/3 from Sapshi Island (KDN F26) between August 24-26th. Activity will be holiday style (family vacation). He states, "I will be in front of my radio as many times as possible." He will take his IC-706MK2G, TS-570S and vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

AS-206. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, is planning to be active as JG7PSJ/7 from Oshima Island (JA7,Miyagi -- QM08) sometime in September or October. Stay tuned.

EU-112. (Reminder) Operators Thor/DK7RD, Paul/G4PVM and Col/MM0NDX are planning to activate Europe's 5th most wanted IOTA, Shiant Isles, as MS0INT between August 23-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via M0SDV.

EU-191. Dan, YO9FNP/LB3TI, will once again be active as YO9KXF/P from Insula Fericirii between August 16-19th. Activity will be holiday style (working) mainly on 40/20 meters using mostly CW, but with some SSB and FT8. He will have 100 watts into vertical wire antenna. QSL via YO9FNP direct or OQRS (see QRZ.com).

NA-134. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be Active as OX3LX from Upernavik Island between August 22nd and September 5th. Activity will be on various HF bands (Focus on 160/80/60m), but limited to his spare time when not working (He states, "Best chance is in the morning around lunch and after dinner [local time utc+2], on the weekend also during night/morning"). QSL via OZ0J direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

NA-211. IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM Cezar, VE3LYC, on the K7TRL Tillamook Rock DXpedition: https://k7tri.weebly.com. The team is seeking more support from both DXers and IOTA chasers.

CORSICAN IOTA TOUR. Laurent, F8BBL, will be active as TK19IOTA from the following Corsican IOTA islands between September 6-22nd: Corsica (EU-014), Iles Cerbicale (EU-100), Lavezzi Archipelago (EU-164) and Sanguinaires Islands (EU-104). He will also activate one SOTA: Capo Di Locu (TK/TK-148). Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using a KX3 Elecraft + MP1 Antenna. QSL via F8BBL, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For updates, watch: http://rnb.dx-cw.net

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

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

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VRT withdraws slur against radio amateurs

Sunday 18th August  2019

Belgium's Flemish broadcaster VRT falsely said radio amateurs were likely responsible for the transmission of fictional traffic information to vehicle dashboard screens  

VRT Niews published the story on August 13, a Google translation of what they said reads:

"The burglars are most likely radio amateurs. These are people who have equipment with which they can pick up on an FM frequency. You listen to national channels via different masts that are scattered in Flanders. A radio amateur can then actually connect to a local transmission tower, and in that way forward the false traffic information. That can be seen on the dashboard for a maximum of 15 minutes, until your car is no longer connected to the transmission tower."

This was false story was clearly damaging to the reputation of radio amateurs and Belgium's national amateur radio society, the UBA, was quick to respond, contacting VRT and issuing a press release. VRT have since corrected their story.

It is not the first time that local traffic information has been disrupted in Belgium. At the beginning of March, drivers between Brussels and Ghent were also given false traffic information.

Read the UBA report on the matter in Google English at
https://tinyurl.com/BelgiumUBA

Read the corrected VRT Niews story at
https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/08/13/valse-verkeersinfo-hacking/

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SARL RF Noise Workshop

Sunday 18th August  2019

The SARL RF Noise Workshop will be held at the National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 28 September. This workshop is presented in partnership with AMSAT SA.

The agenda will include a review of the SARL RF Noise monitoring programme, updates on the Noise monitoring software, an active antenna design and review of on-the-air test results, a hands-on session on the deployment and application of dongle to turn your laptop or computer into a power receiver.

Other subjects to be covered are how to reduce mains noise and how to identify RF noise sources in your house.

Full details and registration forms will be available on the SARL and AMSAT SA website from Monday.

A paper authored by the SARL entitled "RF Noise can kill amateur radio" is being distributed to Region 1 IARU Member societies by the secretariat for publication in local journals. You can download the paper from the SARL home page.

South African Radio League

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Pirates On US Navy Satellites - UHF SatCom

Sunday 18th August  2019

Here we take a look at how to listen to the Brazillian Pirates on UHF SatCom

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BBC increases Kashmir service on shortwave

Sunday 18th August  2019

The BBC World Service has stepped up shortwave broadcasts to Jammu and Kashmir during the media shutdown in the region

The BBC World Service has extended output on shortwave radio in Indian-administered Kashmir to provide reliable news and information.

The Director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, says: “The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service.

"Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it’s right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services. Audiences in both India and Pakistan trust the BBC to speak with an independent voice, and we know that our reporting through several moments of crisis this year has been popular and valued by audiences who turn to us when tensions are highest.”

BBC News Hindi radio output (9515 and 11995kHz) will be extended by 30 minutes from Friday 16 August. The full one-hour news programme will be on air from 7.30pm to 8.30pm local time.
On Monday 19 August, BBC News Urdu will launch a 15-minute daily programme, Neemroz. Broadcast at 12.30pm local time on 15310kHz and 13650kHz, the programme will focus on news coming from Kashmir and the developments around the issue, and include global news roundup tailored for audiences in Kashmir.

BBC World Service English broadcasts (11795kHz, 9670kHz, 9580kHz, 7345kHz, 6040kHz) will be expanded, with the morning programming extended by an hour, ending at 8.30am local time; and the afternoon and evening programming starting an hour earlier, at 4.30pm local time.

The shutdown has left people with very few options for accessing news at this time. However, news services from the BBC continue to be available in the region - through shortwave radio transmissions in English, Urdu, Hindi, Dari and Pashto. As well as providing an important source of news to the region, the South Asian language services have brought added depth to the BBC’s coverage of the Kashmir story.

The recent introduction of four new languages services for India - Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu, following additional investment from the UK Government - has enabled the BBC to offer a wider portfolio of languages and distribution methods to a region that is geographically diverse as well as politically tense. This year’s Global Audience Measure for the BBC showed that India is now the World Service’s largest market, with a weekly audience of 50m.

Source BBC press release
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/world-service-steps-up-broadcasts-in-kashmir

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Threat to Amateur Radio 23cm band

Saturday 17th August  2019

A joint paper to be submitted to the CEPT CPG meeting in Ankara by France, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia and The Netherlands attacks the continued use by Radio Amateurs of our 1240-1300 MHz band

This is the final CEPT CPG meeting in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, October 28 to November 22. This conference will define the Agenda Items for WRC-23.


Paper AI10 - Proposal on AS-RNSS says:

Galileo is close to full operational capability and its E6 signals in the band 1260-1300 MHz will support new services such as the free-to-use Galileo High Accuracy Service, and also robust authentication, expected to be used by a variety of applications including autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Several cases of interference to Galileo E6 receivers from amateur service emissions have occurred in the recent past, sometimes at significant distance, and have taken several hours or even days to be eliminated. There is therefore a serious concern that as Galileo E6 receivers are deployed and used more widely, cases of interference from amateur stations will rapidly grow in number.

A WRC-23 agenda item is necessary to address this issue because:

1. Unregulated use of the band 1240-1300 MHz by the amateur service is a serious source of harmful interference to RNSS receivers. This is demonstrated by experience.

2. The number of Galileo receivers in 1260-1300 MHz will increase dramatically, and interference cases will multiply if not addressed timely.

3. Galileo and other RNSS systems will deploy at global scale, and interference scenario between amateur emissions and RNSS receivers include cross-border cases. The issue is therefore of international nature and is to be addressed in the ITU framework.

4. Galileo is a major European asset, and a decision at WRC-23 is essential to be compatible with the roadmap of deployment of Galileo receivers in this band.

Download Paper: AI10 - Proposal on AS-RNSS from  
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

Also see IARU paper: RNSS Proposal WRC-19 AI 10 at the same URL

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France: National societies send joint statement to regulator

Saturday 17th August  2019

France’s national Amateur Radio societies AMSAT-F, DR @ F, URC and REF have written to ANFR's International Affairs Department regarding the 50, 144, 1240 MHz and 5 & 47 GHz Amateur Radio bands

A translation of the announcement on the AMSAT-F site reads:

In the context of the inter-association work started in June 2019 and the subject of the message of June 5, 2019, the associations AMSAT-F, DR @ F, the URC and the REF worked together to address a common letter to the ANFR 's International Affairs Department at the next WRC 2019 preparatory meeting at the end of August. This mail covers all topics related to amateur services on the agenda of WRC19 and proposals for WRC 23.

A copy has also been sent to ARCEP and the DGE.

Each of the associations named above has sent this same text on their behalf and will publicly indicate their support for these requests via websites and other media. We also received during this joint work the support of several community actors or interest groups of the amateur radio community demonstrating a strong desire for synergy and coherence within the French amateur radio community, we thank them.

We also wish to mention that this is only a first joint step and that we have therefore decided to continue this process between the associations by two meetings on more specifically French subjects in September and October 2019. The details will be published late August on this subject.

Be certain of everyone's desire to act in a coherent and responsible manner at the national and international levels in close coordination with IARU, for the benefit of our amateur radio community as a whole.

AMSAT-F, DR @ F, URC and REF associations.

The joint submission to ANFR can be seen in English at  
https://tinyurl.com/Joint-Response-To-ANFR

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

DR @ F in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/FranceDRAF

The next meeting of the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group CPG-19 takes place in Ankara, Turkey on August 26-30, 2019. The meeting documents are available at  
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

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WIA Director highlights ham radio spectrum threats

Saturday 17th August  2019

WIA Director Aidan VK4APM highlights the threats the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite Services face from commercial interests keen to grab our spectrum

WIA News for Sunday, August 18 carries this report:

Welcome everyone to this special ALARA edition of the National News, this is Aidan, VK4APM for this week's board comment.

A short while ago the ACMA released a series of proposals for changes to the Amateur Radio Service.

These were presented as an "omnibus" Licence conditions update.

The WIA's response to this was made available to Affiliated Clubs this week and we would like to thank the many who, despite the very short time frames, were able to deliver expressions of support on behalf of their clubs, for the proposals contained within our response.

As we have expressed in the past, our community must act with one voice. Without cohesion and solidarity, the threat to the service is real.

We have seen over the years reduction in spectrum access as technology improves and the commercial value of the spectrum that was, at a time, deemed valueless increase.

These spectrum access rights are a privilege and we must collectively defend them - for without spectrum the Amateur Service will cease to exist. Consider, thanks to our never ending demand for more bandwidth for the, literally billiions, of mobile devices and IoT devices around the world, the losses of spectrum in the 3-4GHz band is more than than the entire HF, and VHF bands combined.

Perhaps users in the Amateur Service needs to expand our thinking and find useful, global applications for this enormous spectrum asset that we have access to. (and it is an asset - something that many seem to only appreciate when it is gone...)

By the time this segment goes to air the WIA response will be in the hands of members and the broader community. We encourage all operators, WIA member or not, to submit to the ACMA letters of "in principle" support for the proposals contained therein.

That's all from me,
Aidan, VK4APM

Source WIA News
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_id=
wianews-2019-08-18


WIA Board Minutes
https://www.wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/minutes/

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144 and 1240 MHz threats: IARU submits papers

Saturday 17th August  2019

The IARU has submitted two papers to the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting which takes place in Ankara, Turkey on August 26-30, 2019

Regional meetings of national communications regulators are taking place around the world in August in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from October 28 to November 22.

RSGB volunteers contributed to these two IARU papers:
AI10 - View on 144-146 MHz under B10-2
AI10 - View on Amateur GNSS proposal

The IARU papers and other meeting documents can be downloaded from
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

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QO-100 geostationary satellite talk at Hamfest 2019

Saturday 17th August  2019

Paul Marsh M0EYT gave a presentation titled ‘All you need to know to get going on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite’ at Hamfest 2019 in Dorset on Sunday, August 11

The 50 minute talk covered satellite information, software, hardware, dish alignment and was followed by a question and answer session.

The talk proved to be very popular and attracted a large audience.

Paul has now made available a PDF copy of the slides and you can download it here
https://tinyurl.com/QO100-Slides-M0EYT

QO-100 (Es’hail-2) information
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

Listen to the QO-100 10 GHz downlink using the AMSAT-UK / BATC WebSDR at Goonhilly
https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

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World's first FT8 contact on 122 GHz

Friday 16th August  2019

The ARRL reports Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz

The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers (approximately 57.1 miles). Signals were –17 dB on one end, and –20 dB on the other.

Earlier this summer, VK4FB and VK4CSD claimed a new Australian record for an SSB contact on 122 GHz — 69.6 kilometers (approximately 43.15 miles).

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/australian-radio-amateur-reports-first-ft8-contact-on-122-ghz

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The spectacular end of Longijang-2 moon mission

Friday 16th August  2019

The last commands to Longijang-2 Moon Orbiting Satellite were sent from the from OM Reinhard, DK5LA, during a thunderstorm with lightning strikes nearby his antennas before the satellite crashed on to the moon surface!!

https://rumrejsen20nu.com/2019/08/10/the-crash-of-a-chinese-moon-earth-photographer/

Karsten HS0ZIL

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Amazon Forest operation

Friday 16th August  2019

Daniel 'JD', IK2SGL, and his XYL have moved to a location in the Amazon Forest, Peru.

They are international volunteers in a world-wide education program which contacst and helps the indigenous people of the region: the Awajun people.

JD is active as OA9DVK mostly on Mondays on 160-6 meters using a Kenwood 480SAT and a Yaesu FT891 into an Inverted L antenna for 160/80/40 meters and a 40/20 meters dipole.

He has very little time for radio, but he enjoys contacting people all over the world and practicing his Italian, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Shipibo and now Awajun.

He adds, "The area 9 of Peru is pretty rare. At the moment I have no news of other hams active in the area. So if you need this prefix, just look for me aroung 2200 UTC on 20 meters.   I also have a twitter channel where I usually tweet when I am on air if internet is available."

He currently does not have paper QSL cards, and can only QSL via QRZ, LoTW or eQSL.
For more details, see his QRZ.com page

OPDX

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RSGB-Workshop email reflector

Friday 16th August  2019

A new email group has been created for supporting, discussing and developing technical content based around RadCom and related published articles

Membership is open to all radio amateurs and radio and electronics enthusiasts and anyone of a technical bent, and certainly not just for RSGB members.

You can join at
https://groups.io/g/RSGB-Workshop

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INDEXA Newsletter

Friday 16th August  2019

The Summer 2019 Issue of the INDEXA Newsletter is now available.

This issue features the reports on:

* The Kanton Island, Central Kiribati T31EU-- “QRV from a scrap heap”
* CE0Y/NP4G--A Father and Son DXpedition
* Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, chosen Honorary Advisor to Bhutan Olympic
Committee
* Introducing a new video presentation about INDEXA
* A message from INDEXA President Bob Schenck, N2OO

The newsletter can be downloaded at:
ENG - http://www.indexa.org/documents/newsletters/Newsletter-Issue-126-Summer%202019.pdf
SPAN -
http://www.indexa.org/documents/newsletters/Newsletter-Issue-126-Summer%202019(ES).pdf

OPDX

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Parks on the Air

Thursday 15th August  2019

Parks on the Air - now in England

This scheme started out from an ARRL event to activate all the National Parks in the USA, during a year. So many Radio Amateurs became involved that following the year there was a high level of interest in working from National Parks. As a result Parks on the Air was born.

In some ways it is similar very to SOTA (summits on the Air), with parks being a lot more accessible, and with Parks on the Air (POTA) you can, I understand, work from a motor vehicle.

POTAs main website is at https://parksontheair.com/ everything you might expect is there, however there is currently very little information on what is happening from a point of view of England, this I am sure will be resolved by Andy 2E0UAW who is the English Administrator. Scotland and Wales being separate, so there are at least a couple of Job opportunities.

As with SOTA you have activators and chasers (hunters in POTA terms), you are required to make at least 10 QSOs in any mode you like, however as you would expect you can not use a land based repeater, however, you can make contact via a satellite (this could be useful if you park you are operating is down in a valley).

You can’t just operate any old park it has to be on the POTA database, and this in England mainly applies to National Parks, Country Parks, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) like the Lincolnshire wolds for example.

The English Location details can be found at https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?entity=England

Parks on the Air, as you would expect has a facebook site and there is some activity on twitter, surprisingly they also use slack and once you have registered on the POTA site you can get details on how to join the slack channels.

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CEPT ECC Vacancies

Thursday 15th August  2019

Ofcom's Chris Woolford, CEPT Electronic Communications Committee Chair, reports the CEPT ECC is looking for a new Chair of the Working Group Conference Preparatory Group (WG CPG)

The ECC is also looking for a Chair of Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM).

In a post on the CEPT ECC site Chris says:

The next (52nd) ECC Plenary meeting, during which the appointment will be made, will be held 3rd to 6th March 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia.
I therefore request that you inform me of any candidates for the post mentioned above, including a brief Curriculum Vitae (CV), by Friday 31st January 2020 at the latest, so that the administrations have time to consider the merits of candidates.

Nominations received will be posted on the ECO website in the folder for the 52nd ECC meeting to be held in Tallinn.

Chris's email address and full vacancy details are available via
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10034

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Ham radio at Exmouth's Coastwatch station

Thursday 15th August  2019

The Exmouth Journal reports radio amateurs will be transmitting to the world from Exmouth's coastwatch station later this month

On Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution will be hosting its annual radio event.

Watchkeepers Alan Campbell M3HXS and Anthony Howell-Jones M0THJ will let fellow radio operators know about the work of Exmouth NCI.

Mr Campbell, an amateur radio operator since 2002, said: 'If atmospheric and weather conditions are right, we could be talking with folks as far away as the United States.
"It's great to be able to explain to people in countries that don't have the equivalent of a Coastwatch who we are and what we do."

Mr Campbell and Mr Howell-Jones will be using the call sign GB8NCI to transmit and will be joined by members of the Exmouth Amateur Radio Club.

The event is open to the public and runs from 10am until 8pm both days.

Source Exmouth Journal
https://www.exmouthjournal
.co.uk/news/exmouth-coastwatch-to-host-annual-radio-event-1-6211661


The charity National Coastwatch tweeted news of the article, see
https://twitter.com/Nat_Coastwatch/status/1161354996396560386

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NASA TV to air US spacewalk, briefing on space station docking port install

Thursday 15th August  2019

Experts from NASA will preview an upcoming spacewalk with two American astronauts outside the International Space Station to complete the outfitting of docking ports during a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 16, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.


NASA astronauts Christina Koch (center top) and Nick Hague (suit with red stripe on legs) conduct a spacewalk
 March 29 to swap batteries and install adapter plates on the International Space Station's Port-4 truss structure. Credits: NASA

Live coverage of the briefing will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Participants in the briefing are:

Expedition 60 Flight Engineers Nick Hague, KG5TMV and Andrew Morgan, KI5AAA of NASA will begin their planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk from inside the Quest airlock about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Live NASA Television coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. The duo will assist in the installation of International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on the space-facing side of the station’s Harmony module. 

IDA-3 will provide a second docking port to the International Space Station to accommodate the future arrivals of Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon  commercial crew spacecraft. The docking port was launched to the station last month on a SpaceX Dragon on the company’s 18th commercial cargo resupply services mission to the station. IDA-2 was installed to the forward end of the Harmony module in the summer of 2016.

NASA’s commercial crew partnership with Boeing and SpaceX will restore launches of American astronauts from American soil on American rockets and maximize the time U.S. crews can dedicate to scientific research and technological advances aboard the orbiting laboratory to enable the agency’s ambitious goals for the Artemis lunar exploration program and future missions to the Moon and Mars.

The spacewalkers also will install a new high definition television camera on the station’s starboard truss as part of an ongoing upgrade of the station’s external cameras.

Hague will be extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the spacesuit with the red stripes, and Morgan will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the suit with no stripes.

The spacewalk will be the 218th in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the fifth outside the station this year. It will be the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about International Space Station research, operations, and its crew at:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

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GX5TO Special Event Station

Thursday 15th August  2019

GX5TO Special Event Station on air on Sunday 22 September 2019 from 10.30Z from Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Sheffield, to help celebrate 100 years of the founding of the Sheffield and District Wireless Society.

Main bands will be 20m and 40m SSB and FT8.

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Propaganda and insults on 7055 kHz

Wednesday 14th August  2019

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports every day for the past 5 years licensed radio amateurs from Ukraine and Russia have been insulting each other on 7055 kHz LSB

Playbacks of Broadcast Station transmissions have also been heard on the frequency.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 July 2019 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2019/news1907.pdf

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

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

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

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

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Radio Hams continue support of RNLI

Wednesday 14th August  2019

Cumbria Crack reports this year the Barrow RNLI received a donation of £650 from the Furness Amateur Radio Society

The RNLI is the charity which saves lives at sea, and in order to do so they rely mainly on generous donations from members of the public for their income.

Barrow RNLI spokesman, Chris Clouter said: “The Furness Amateur Radio Society are ardent supporters of the RNLI’s Barrow station and have, in recent years, regularly broadcast from our station to raise money for the lifeboat, spreading the word about our charity to all of the UK and much of Europe.

“This year over two weekends their efforts raised an impressive £650 for Barrow Lifeboat and we were delighted to be able to thank them as they made a cheque presentation aboard our Tamar Class all weather lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’.”

Source Cumbria Crack
https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/08/12/barrow-rnli-receives-generous-donation-from-furness-amateur-radio-society/

Furness Amateur Radio Society
http://www.fars.org.uk/

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AmateurLogic 133: In A Tight Spot

Wednesday 14th August  2019

In this episode, Tommy installs and reports on the ZumSpot. George shows how to modify those cheap 4 and 8 Relay Modules for better operation. Emile presents COMMspiracy 2. Plus your viewer email and what’s been going on.

1:11:01

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Youth and Amateur Radio

Wednesday 14th August  2019

Belgium's UBA reports the best way to keep amateur radio alive is to arouse young people's interest in our wonderful hobby

A translation of the UBA post reads:

On Wednesday, July 31, ON4ALY, ON5ZO, ON6FC, ON4PC and ON4AAA, initiated young people into the wonderful world of radio and radio waves at the Fablab of Astertechnics in Geraardsbergen.

Within the weekly organization of Fablab where the 9 to 12 year olds learned what 3-D printing, laser cutting, programming and robotics is; they could finally get started with radio. They were with twelve boys and girls to craft a mole key and to find out more about Samuel Morse and the Morse code.

The meticulous soldering of an FM radio also generated enormous enthusiasm when listening to their favorite radio station on their self-made radio. The experimentation went even further afterwards, which meant that some mums and dads called that same evening to ask if the son or daughter's radio could work again. No problem, the volunteers from the NNV and GBN sections did this and everyone had a well-functioning mini radio afterwards.

Source UBA
http://tinyurl.com/BelgiumUBA

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Special FT8 callsign issued in Bahrain

Wednesday 14th August  2019

The Bahrain Daily Tribune carries a report on the issuing of the amateur radio special event callsign A91FTDMC to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club

The newspaper reports that as part of ongoing efforts to serve the amateur radio community in the Kingdom and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), the Information and eGovernment Authority's (iGA) Wireless Licensing, Frequency and Monitoring Directorate issued the special callsign.

A91FTDMC is on the air along with other FT8 special event stations from August 10-24.

Read the Tribune news story at
https://www.newsofbahrain.com/bahrain/56104.html

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NanoVNA $50 vector network analyzer reviews

Wednesday 14th August  2019

The RTL-SDR site has posted a collection of reviews of the NanoVNA vector network analyzer, an instrument that can be used to measure antenna or coax parameters such as SWR, impedance and loss

Until just recently, VNA's have cost roughly US$500 for a decent USB PC based unit like the miniVNA or PocketVNA, and have set people back thousands to tens of thousands of dollars for bench top units.

However, the cost of owning a VNA has now been reduced to only US$50 thanks to the NanoVNA. The open source NanoVNA project by @edy555 and ttrftech has been around since 2016, but only recently have Chinese sellers begun mass producing the unit and selling them on sites like Aliexpress, eBay and now Amazon.

Read the RTL-SDR post at
https://www.rtl-sdr.com/reviews-of-the-nanovna-an-ultra-low-cost-50-vector-network-analyzer/

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IARU prepares for CEPT CPG

Wednesday 14th August  2019

The final CEPT Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) prior to WRC-19 takes place from August 26, the 144-146 and 1240-1300 MHz amateur radio bands are among the issues of interest

IARU Region 1 reports:
There are several issues of particular interest to the amateur service to be discussed:

50 MHz: IARU hopes that the European Common Proposal for WRC-19 will be supported by member states, with as many as possible signing the optional footnote to allow primary access on a national basis over part of the band being proposed for amateur use.

144-146 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to explain to their regulators the concerns of the amateur service over the French proposal to propose a WRC-23 agenda item to study sharing the 144 MHz spectrum with aeronautical services. IARU has submitted a paper that includes background on amateur usage and regulatory concerns. It also includes a basic technical analysis showing the impracticality of such a proposal and believes there are much more appropriate parts of the spectrum for this study.

1296 MHz band: IARU has asked its member societies to discuss with their regulator the best way of resolving concerns about a few cases of interference to the Galileo navigation system that are specific to its 'E6' sub-band at 1260-1300 MHz from amateur signals. It is IARU’s firm view, and stated in the paper it has submitted, that this should be properly studied in CEPT, rather than proposed as an agenda item for WRC-23.

5 GHz and 47 GHz bands: IARU will be seeking support from Region 1 administrations for a ‘No change’ approach to the current regulatory situation in the 5650-5850 MHz and 47-47.2 GHz frequency bands. IARU experts will be present in CPG to explain the IARU position on these topics and monitor other agenda items of interest.

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

You can download the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Aug 26-30 meeting documents at
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=8819

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This day in history - August 14

Wednesday 14th August  2019

On August 14, 1967, the UK Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 came into force and most of the many offshore radio stations closed. 

Radio Caroline continued by moving its base to Holland.
It now broadcasts from the UK mainland and monthly from the MV Ross Revenge within British waters.

Listen to Caroline this weekend

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Caroline North August

Wednesday 14th August  2019

We hope the sun will be shining down on the river Blackwater for the August Caroline North broadcast LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge over the weekend 17th - 18th.

This broadcast sees former Laser 558 DJ Tommy Rivers making his first appearance on a radio-ship in 34 years!

So join Tommy and the rest of our on-board presenters as they bring you some of the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Our sponsor for the August broadcast is the UK's leading Private Jet Charter retailer Rush Jets.

Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio in the North and North-West, online here, on your mobile, on smart speakers … so many ways to listen!

We would love to hear from you – please send your emails direct to the Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast.

Radio Caroline
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 14th August  2019

Island activities:

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

AF-118; CN, Mediterranean Sea Coast group: The activation of Los Farallones (5C9A), scheduled for July 25 to 30, had to be aborted 30 minutes before flight departure. A new attempt will be made in 9 months. For more information see: https://5c9a.com/news/

AS-025; R0F, Kuril'skiye Islands (Kuril Islands): Vladimir/RV1CC und Yuri/RM0F will be signing their homecalls /p from Iturup Island from Aug. 15 onwards. QSL via h/c (d/B).

AS-083; R9K, Kara Sea Coast East group: On August 9, Mike/RA1ALA has set sail with the research vessel Kartesh to Shokalskogo Island.  He hopes to begin operating from the island as RA1ALA/9 on August 20.

EU-052; SV, Ipeiros/ Dytiki Ellas Region group: Michele/IW7EGQ operates as SV8/IW7EGQ from Zakynthos Island between the 20th and 28th. QSL via M0OXO.

EU-053; OJ0, Market Reef: DS4EOI, JE6HIB, JH4RHF, and W5XU will be paying Market Reef a visit from the 17th to 24th. QRV as OJ0O on all HF bands and during the ILL Weekend. QSL via OE1ZKC, ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

Lighthouse Activations ILLW - International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2019:  The upcoming weekend of August 17/18 will see this year's edition of the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW). This on-the-air event coincides with the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend, intended to remind the public of lighthouses, lightships, and other navigational utilities and preserve them as part of maritime heritage.
For more information on the event and a list of stations participating see:
https://www.illw.net/
https://www.illw.net/index.php/entrants-list-2019

Lightship Laesoe Rende - ILLW DE0061:  The lightship Laesoe Rende (ILLW DE0061, ARLHS FED-142, DDFM 22)
will be activated by Michael/DK9BM, Andreas/DK5ON, Ecki/DH8AF,  Marcus/DF1DV, Kai/DB5DN, and Torsten/DL4WD with the callsign  DK5T/LS. QRV with 3 rigs on HF, including 6m and 60m, on CW,  SSB, and digital modes. The ship is moored in the port Moeltenort,  located on the Bay of Kiel. QSL via DK5ON (d/B), ClubLog OQRS.
http://www.feuerschiff.org/laesoe.htm

Leuchtturm Berck-sur-Mer - ILLW FR0014:  TM0BSM will be operated by Hans/DJ8EI (SSB), Stefan/DJ5KX  (CW/SSB), Dietmar/DK5OPA (SSB/FT8), Andreas/DL5KA (SSB),  Martin/DL1DCT (SSB), and Karl-Heinz/DO1KHR from the LH  Berck-sur-Mer (ILLW FR0014, ARLHS FRA-159). QSL via DK5OPA (d/B).

Celarain Lighthouse - ILLW MX0011: Members of the Radioaficionados Yucatecos activate the Celarain  Lighthouse (ILLW MX0011, XEFF-0004) on the island Cozumel (IOTA NA-090). QRV as XF3LL on 40 to 10m on SSB, digital modes,  and via satellites. QSL via EA5GL (d/B).

Punta Maya Lighthouse - ILLW CU0005: i The DX Punta Maya Group (CO2DSE, CO5MK, CO5AY, CO5NS, CO5JK,  CO5ROD, CO5LB, CO5DOR, CO5SD, CO5FR, CL5HMB, and O5HCM/W4HCM) plans to operate from the Punta Maya Lighthouse (ILLW CU0005, ARLHS CUB-032, NA-015, WW loc. EL93cc) with the callsign T45FM. QSL via RW6HS (d/B).

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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ARRL July Board meeting discussed digital modes

Tuesday 13th August  2019

The ARRL Board minutes for the meeting held July 19-20 are now available for anyone to download

Page 13 notes that Ria Jairam N2RJ proposed a motion to bestow the 2019 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to the FT8 development team, led by Joe Taylor, K1JT, and Steve Franke, K9AN. This was approved with applause.

Page 17 notes that the board resolved to instruct the ARRL's Washington Counsel to take steps to obtain the FCC's approval that "No digital mode station may employ a bandwidth greater than 2.8 kHz in any band below 29 MHz".

Currently in the USA there is no explicit bandwidth restriction on digital modes but there is a Symbol Rate restriction of 300 baud on transmissions below 29 MHz. For multi-carrier modes such as OFDM the restriction applies to each individual carrier so currently a 6 kHz bandwidth transmission using multiple 300 dB carriers would be permitted.

Download the minutes PDF from
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/2019%20Board%20of%20
Directors/Final%20Minutes%20
July%202019.pdf


The archive of ARRL Board and Executive Committee minutes is at
http://www.arrl.org/board-meetings

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BARTG GB60ATG special event

Tuesday 13th August  2019

Members of the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG) will be active as GB60ATG until June 2020.

The BARTG is celebrating their 60th Year Diamond Jubilee anniversary with this callsign. Special Awards are available for contacts with GB60ATG using any Data Mode.

QSL via M0OXO's OQRS (Bureau cards ONLY via OQRS).
More information can be found on the BARTG Web site at:
http://bartg.org.uk/wp/bartg-diamond-jubilee-award

PLEASE NOTE: The GB60ATG callsign will be active from several parts of the UK during the year of operation. The country of operation at any time will be shown on the schedule page of the BARTG Web site at:
http://bartg.org.uk/wp/gb60atg-schedule

OPDX

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The Perseid meteor shower is peaking now

Tuesday 13th August  2019

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking as Earth moves through the debris trail of parent Comet Swift Tuttle.

Last night (Aug. 11-12), NASA meteor cameras recorded more than 76 Perseid fireballs over the USA, with an even greater number expected tonight (Aug. 12-13).

When's the best time to look? Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for observing tips, live webcasts, and more.

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ILLW Final Countdown

Monday 12th August  2019

With only a few days to go registrations for the 22nd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) are nearing the 400 mark.

Germany is leading the field with 57 entries closely followed by the USA with56. Australia is a creditable third with 40 entries which represents about 10% of its total lighthouse numbers.

A new country in the event is the US Virgin Island with Buck Island Lighthouse being registered for the first time. It is a typical example of the main objective of the ILLW which is the preservation of lighthouses.

This lighthouse was built by the Danish government shortly before the islands became a U.S. territory in 1917. 

Critically endangered, the lighthouse was added to the  Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List  in April 2004.

Located at the highest point of Buck Island, about 3 mi (5 km) south of St. Thomas. The island has been a wildlife refuge since 1969. Accessible only by boat. The function of this light as a navigation aid has been taken  over by the steel skeletal tower adjacent.

The ILLW is now in its 22 nd year having started in 1993 as the Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland. It proved so popular it morphed into the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend in 1998 with 158 entries in 40 countries. In 2014 it recorded 544 entries in56 countries which for an event that is not a contest, there are no awards or prizes, is quite a remarkable achievement. It has become one of the most popular events in the Amateur Radio calendar.

The usual batch of late entries is expected over the next few days which should put the total around 430. Numbers are not important as long as all those who enter enjoy the weekend and show the public what lighthouses are all about and how they need to be protected.

Kevin vk2ce

https://illw.net

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Chinese satellite DSLWP-2 (Longjian-2) gives RF spectrum of Earth seen from Moon

Monday 12th August  2019

According to reports in the Chinese media (see for example http://www.ccnovel.com/bolan/2019-08-03/133863.html ) the Chinese microsatllite DSLWP-2 which had been orbiting the Moon has now been crashed into it having completed the mission.

This mission included mapping RF interference from the Earth by studying its occlusion by the Moon during lunar orbit.

The Chinese press report (in google translate)  that "The main goal of the ultra-long wave detector is to use the lunar natural occlusion of the Earth's radio frequency interference, and to verify the technology of ultra-long wave astronomical observation and solar radiation research. The detector detects the radiation spectrum at different positions of the lunar orbit, acquires the 1-30MHz ultra-long-wave continuum of the lunar orbit, completes the earth radio interference survey, and also carries out various types of moon-covering tests, and carries out various key technologies for payload. verification."

Figure 1 below, taken from the Chinese Press, shows "Distribution Characteristics of Earth's Interference Spectrum in the 1-30MHz Band Obtained by Longjiang No.2"

73 de Andy G0SFJ

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D4C Contest team set up new 432 MHz station on Cape Verde Islands

Monday 12th August  2019

So far in 2019, the D4C contest team off the west coast of Africa have made some pretty amazing contacts on 144 MHz using the call D41CV. Many of these contacts to the Caribbean and Europe were well in excess of 4000 kms in distance.

The D4C team have recently announced that they are now active on 432 MHz (70cms).

"We are now capable to be active on #70cm #432Mhz #uhf using a 16 El yagi "Pinocchio" model (wooden boom) home made. Transverter connected to @FlexRadioSystem 6600M driving a solid state PA running 100W seems working as we have worked on SSB loc IM66 for 3000 km dx #hamradio"

This now raises the possibility of new records being set on this UHF band.

More info...
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2019/08/new-432-mhz-station-on-cape-verde.html

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Oldham ARC Commemorates Peterloo at 200

Monday 12th August  2019

Oldham Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special event at Tandle Hill Country Park, Royton Nr Oldham on Sunday 18th August for the bi-centenary of the Peterloo Massacre that took place in Manchester on 16th August 1819.

The club will be operating using the callsign GB2PL on UHF, VHF and limited HF bands probably 40m and 80m

On the 16th of August 1819 people gathered in their local districts with the plan to march to St.Peter’s Field in the center of Manchester to demonstrate against parliamentary repression such as the earlier enacted Corn Laws. The people heeded their leaders who insisted that the marches be peaceful and well-ordered and as such they were treated almost like a “family fun day” by the marchers with many wearing their Sunday best attire and being accompanied by their children.

Once the marchers had gathered in St. Peter’s Field the authorities in the form of the local Magistrates ordered the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry to arrest, amongst others, the main leader and orator Henry Hunt. During this action the Yeomanry charged and knocked down a woman and killed her infant son, one William Fildes.

In an attempt to disperse the crowd, the 15th Hussars were ordered-in but their heavy-handed charge, with sabres drawn, caused the deaths of 18 people and countless injuries to 400–700 others.

This iniquitous and disastrous action took place just 4 years after the Battle of Waterloo and was termed the Peterloo Massacre.

In the spirit of those who gathered in 1819 a memorial stone is to be unveiled by the local council in Tandle Hill Country Park, Royton commemorating the people of Oldham, Royton and the surrounding districts who took part in the demonstration.

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 12th August  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th/August, through Sunday, 11th/August there were 201 countries active.

Countries available:

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

A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 12th August  2019

Island activities:

AS-025. (Update) Operators Valdimir/RV1CC and Yuri/RM0F will be active as RV1CC/0 and RM0F/P, respectively, from Iturup Island between August 15-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via details on QRZ.com.

AS-200. Operators Take/JI3DST and Masa/JR8YLY will be active as JI3DST/5 and JR8YLY/5 from Shodo Island between September 20-25th.  Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via their home callsigns.

AS-206. Operators Take/JI3DST and Masa/JR8YLY will be active as JI3DST/0 and JR8YLY/0 from Sado Island between September 6-11th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home callsigns.

AS-083. Mike, RA1ALA, is hoping to activate Shokalskogo Island (RR-06-05) as RA1ALA/8 sometime around August 20th. Plans are to be on the Arctic research vessel "Kartesh" come August 9th for several days and then take a MI-8 helicopter to the island. It takes special permission to visit this island as it is part of the Gdansk Nature Reserve - the state nature reserve in the Tazovsky District of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. No other details were provided.

EU-052. Michele, IW7EGQ, will be active as SV8/IW7EGQ from Zakinthos (Zante), Greece, between August 20-28th. Also valid for Lighthouse LOTA GRE017.
QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

NA-082/NA-089 DX-World.net reports [edited], "A group of operators plan on activating Cat Island (NA-082) as N5C, and Isle Au Pitre (NA-089) as K5P between October 4-6th. The plan is activate both islands simultaneously. The operators include Louis/W5GAI, Mike/AD5A, Dragan/K0AP, Oscar/N5LN, Jose/AD6D, Mike/AB5EB and possibly others. QSL will be via K0AP for both operations.

NA-176. (Update) Pierre, VE2GT, is planning a one day operation from Île du Havre, and will be active as VE2GT/150 between 1330-1530z (+/- delay of boat) on September 1st. Activity will be on various HF bands; probably on IOTA frequencies. QSL via EA5GL.
Track Pierre's progress on APRS at: https://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FVE2GT-5&timerange=3600&tail=3600

NA-187. Rick, K6VVA, is planning to activate White Rock sometime between September 15th and October 15th, but this depends on the weather. There are restrictions involved with this activation – no generators and no gasoline is allowed on White Rock. This means low power battery operation and local day-time only activity for safety reasons. There is no recent history of sea lions on White Rock, but if one is encountered – even if sighted on White Rock before landing, everything will be QRT. Look for more details and a Web page to be forthcoming.

OC-171. Steve, VK3TTT, is active as VK3TTT/4 from Magnetic Island during some evenings. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity is on 40-20 meters using FT8 with some SSB and slow CW with 100 watts.

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

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

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A new source of space radiation

Sunday 11th August  2019

As if astronauts didn't have enough to worry about. Researchers at UCLA using NASA's THEMIS spacecraft have identified a new source of space radiation.

A natural particle accelerator embedded in Earth's own magnetic field is shooting "killer electrons" at satellites and departing spacecraft.

Their research is highlighted on today's edition of Spaceweather.com.

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Ham radio banned at Airpower 19

Friday 9th August  2019

Austria's ÖVSV reports the communications regulator BMVIT has banned the carrying or use of Amateur Radio equipment at the Airpower 19 event taking place in Zeltweg on September 6-7

A translation of the BMVIT statement says:

"The BMVIT-based Supreme Telecommunications Authority would like to inform you about the transport and operation of radio equipment during Airpower 19 in Zeltweg."

"Within the military areas, which are accessible to the visitors, both the entrainment and the operation of radio reception and radio transmitters in accordance with house rules of the air base Hinterstoisser is strictly prohibited!"

"If persons within the military area are encountered with radio equipment that has not been authorized by the Airpower 19 project organization, then these radio equipment will be temporarily removed by military personnel."

However, mobile phones are permitted.

Source ÖVSV story with link to full BMVIT statement
https://tinyurl.com/AustriaOeVSV

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Ofcom release propagation measurement data

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Communications regulator Ofcom has released UK radiowave propagation measurement data for frequencies between 449 MHz and 5850 MHz

This radiowave propagation measurement data was collected by Ofcom in seven areas of the UK between 2015 and 2018. It is representative of the UK’s diverse topography. Measurements were made at six frequencies between 449 MHz and 5850 MHz. All equipment was carefully calibrated allowing the basic transmission loss to be calculated.

Ofcom is using the data to assess and improve UK specific performance and applicable frequency ranges of propagation prediction methods, including ITU-R P-series Recommendations.

PDF doc - UK radiowave propagation measurement data for frequencies below 6 GHz - provides information on the technical parameters and describes the format of the measurement data files
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/158148/sub-6ghz-propagation-measurement-data.pdf

Spectrum Open Data CSV files
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/data/opendata#accordion_target-92004

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Perseid Meteor Shower

Wednesday 7th August 2019

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been active since 23 July and will show its maximum on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

It will reach its end by 20 August.

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Island activities:

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

AF-014; CT3, Madeira Archipelago: Henning/OZ2I/CT9ABR operates as CR3EE during the WAE DX CW Contest. QRV before and after from the 7th to the 13th.
QSL via OZ2I, LoTW.

AS-206; JA0,1,2,7; Honshu*s Coastal Islands East: Ichy/JH7IPR plans to operate as JH7IPR/7 on Aug. 9 and 10. QRV with a focus on 40 and 20m (FT8, some CW), when possible, he also plans to show up on 6m. QSL via bureau, ClubLog.

NA-008; VY0, Nunavut (Ellesmere Island) group: VY0ERC of the Eureka Amateur Radio Club remains active from Ellesmere Island (WW Loc. ER60tb) until Aug. 20.
QSL via M0OXO, LoTW.

OC-171; VK4, Queensland State (North Coast) South group: Steve/VK3TTT plans to activate Magnetic Island for a few nights, beginning August 7, as VK3TTT/4. QRV on 40 and 20m on FT8, SSB, and CW (slow) with a focus towards Europe and USA east coast. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

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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World Scout Jamboree ham radio balloon crosses Atlantic

Monday 5th August 2019

An APRS amateur radio balloon, callsign NA1WJ-5, was launched from the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and floated across the Atlantic Ocean

The Scouting Magazine blog reports:

You can reach practically any corner of the globe via amateur radio. That’s the message K2BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree. Those in the amateur radio association launched four mylar balloons from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, in hopes that one would catch the jet stream and end up on the other side of the world.

One did.

Each balloon, about 3 feet in diameter, was equipped with a global positioning system and an amateur radio transmitter. This combination of devices could relay information about weather conditions, the balloons’ movement and location. Solar panels power the transmitter, sending signals during daylight hours. Filled with high-grade helium, each balloon could reach a height between 28,000 to 32,000 feet — that’s nearly as high as most commercial planes fly.

Read the full story and watch the video at
https://blog.scoutingmagazine
.org/2019/07/31/balloon-launched-from-world-scout-jamboree-floats-across-the-atlantic-ocean/

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